Thursday, June 29, 2017

First Weekend of Summer 2017

It was a hot one but a good one! This is later than I wanted but getting back into the groove is taking some time, lol.

Friday I got off early and headed for the land of Disney! While I've been to Disney many times before this was my first time staying on property.

I did the online check in thing and you're supposed to get an email when your room is ready and be able to skip check in lines, yay!! Well, I decided to test this out (am I the only one that does that?) and didn't check in when I got there, just looked around and read my book. I waited until a few minutes after 3:00 and with no email went ahead and stood in the line that thankfully wasn't long. They told me my room wasn't ready but could move me to one that was. Now I know not to wait, just ask when I get there.

We stayed on property to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours, special for Pandora until 1:00 am. Totally worth it, we got to all the things with no more than an hour wait without a fastpass for the Flight of Passage which I've been referring to as Flight of the Banshee, lol. Disney and the Imagineers did such a great job making it an immersive experience as soon as you step into Pandora.

Their ordering process in the Disney app for the restaurant in Pandora is bar none my new favorite. We didn't have to do anything except confirm we had walked in and our order was ready when we walked up to the counter.

Before we did Pandora I did put us on a sunset Safari ride and we got to see some awesome wild life. While I haven't done this another time of the day, I would definitely recommend doing it in the evening hours before the sun goes down. There were only a few animals we didn't get to see.

We also saw the Rivers of Light from really good seats. Kim had seen this previously from crappy seats, so she suggested getting those fastpasses if you can. It's not something I would see every time I go, but if someone new visits with me, I'll take them.

Saturday was rough since we were up late with Extra Magic Hours and then our neighbors were young guys that were laughing and carrying on until 4:00 am.

Luckily I had planned for us to stay until check out time so our first FP+ wasn't until 11:30-12:30. We did our few fastpasses, had lunch at the SciFi Dine In theater which was fabulous!

I even caught the storm troopers marching through on our way out. I couldn't focus on my pic because there was a guy that kept dodging me thinking I was trying to take a pic of him...have you ever heard of a selfie dude?

How was your weekend? What do you have planned for this upcoming weekend?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Goals

I wanted to post these goals for the last half of Spring, but Summer will just have to do. Yay, goals!

You guys, I'm a lazy bum when it comes to taking care of my body and as my age goes up my waistline has continued to creep.

BODY GOALS - Exercise 30 minutes 4 times a week - right now I'm doing maybe one day of 30 minutes and that's obviously not going to cut it. With my wrist tendinitis, I'll have to stick to lower body exercises. I'm thinking maybe a squat challenge or something. I might even try 50 miles in July. I liked doing that and tracking!! I just need to find an app that tracks continuous and lets me post on my pics. Do you know an app that does this?

Eat all the things.
Not sure how I'm going to go about this goal. I've done pretty good cold turkey, but not recently or only having carbs/sweets before 2PM but then ice cream happens. I need to eat a lot more salads. This is a work in progress as I haven't settled on what will actually work. As I've gotten older my self control is out the window.

Hello, you must have fun during the Summer. I have a couple of trips with friends to Orlando and Jacksonville planned but not much else. My calendar is scarily wide open and as a planner that's driving me a little wild. However I've had weekend plans get cancelled quite a bit the last couple months so there's something to be said for planning.

Prayer Journal! I purchased this but haven't written in it. While in Costa Rica I kept a journal, and that included prayer but I need to be more intentional back home.

Teehee, I'm early but I'm linking up with Steph and Sara.
Life According to Steph

What are some of your goals for Summer?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

What's New With Me

I read this on Kristen's blog every month and I always think I NEED TO LINK UP WITH THIS, but obviously I never have, until now.

It's that time of year, lol and this time I'm actually moving back to my parents house. My sister and I are moving into my parents house because they bought land to build a house a little north of us and have a farm with things like mini cows!!! Those are far off BUT I'm excited for all the things coming their/our way. We'll unfortunately all be sharing space while the house is built, BUT I'll be saving money and maybe pay off my student loans finally!!

Young adult and small group
I used to go straight home pretty much every night after work. This was good and all but I wasn't really building relationships or growing in my walk with God. I think I started small group in the Summer and then the young adult group in the Fall and I really didn't start making connections with friends from the young adult group until THIS semester. Building friendships as adults is awkward to me, IDK. We've done some things outside of group like a ball game and bike rides to dinner, I'm absolutely loving it and it's so good for me, too!

Books and Reading
I finally got back into reading. They aren't anything to "write home about" but I've really been enjoying the Harlequin Inspired Romance books. I also got rid of 75-100 books before the move and I don't miss them one bit. I finally ordered a prayer journal and can't wait to start that. Definitely after the big move on this weekend.

One of my friends moved back to Florida. She's over in Orlando, so even though it's not back home it's close enough I've been able to spend A LOT of time with her. We have done Sea World, Disney and several other fun things since she's been back. I will be sharing those at some point once I get settled but if you want to keep up with stuff like that Instagram is the best place. I'm not even great about posting there, but I'm trying to be better!

That's about all folks!

What's New With You

Monday, January 23, 2017

Pink Chair Weekend

Good morning lovies!!

I didn't have a super busy weekend, in fact the one thing I had to do was take down my Christmas tree. Anybody else still have theirs up? Well, I decided if I could get that done in January, I didn't care when I took it down as long as it wasn't still up in February. Don't worry, I have a fake tree so it wasn't rotting in my house or anything, lol.

I got that taken care of Saturday morning, but Friday night I enjoyed one of the three kinds of salads I made this week. This one was actually shown as a breakfast salad, but it works for any meal and refreshingly delicious!

Saturday, after I took down and packed away my Christmas stuff I had another salad, this time with shredded buffalo chicken on top. This is a healthier version of buffalo chicken because it uses plain Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese like a lot of buffalo chicken dips. I drizzled a little bit of ranch on top and couldn't even finish it all. My stomach is finally shrinking, yay!

Saturday afternoon I got a mani-pedi and then I stopped at a local shopping center looking for some specific things and came across a pink office chair. I have an office chair, so I didn't immediately pick it up. It was $70 cheaper than a pink sitting chair I had looked at and contemplated buying but this was more useful since it was an office chair and I typically read in bed or on the couch. Even though a pink sitting chair would look fabulous next to my bookshelf I didn't see myself using it.

That night, after I had helped my dad with renovating their bathroom, I couldn't stop thinking about it. Since it was at Home Goods, I knew it could disappear at any time so we headed off to pick it up.

Sunday was church, a meeting about an upcoming Costa Rica mission trip I'm going on and more renovations.

I also spent whatever time I had trying to catch up with Nashville. I stopped watching it because it was unnecessary drama and I thought with CMT picking it up they might stop that. I'm still in season 4 so I don't know if that's true but Deacon sure reminded me what a drama queen he was and I almost stopped watching again but taking it one episode at a time I've been able to make it through.

Next weekend is a little more packed with my mom's Birthday and maybe Gasparilla. How was your weekend?!

Linking up with Biana!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2016 vs 2017

If 2016 was the year, then 2017 is the year of...better me?

I did what I wanted this year. I didn't want to blog (much), so I didn't. I stopped reading in favor of binge watching shows like Criminal Minds and SVU. I tried out meal things like Blue Apron and I paid over $100 for a ticket to see the Jaguars lose; I won't be doing that again even if Blake Bortles was a good quarterback for UCF.

In 2017 I want to focus on my health and that includes moving more (words from my doctor) meal planning/prepping and not spending frivolously. Let's look a little closer at some categories.

Frivolous Spending - Mindfulness and Intent

Makeup: I don't wear makeup everyday to work right now, so I definitely don't need to be buying it on a regular basis. I want to get rid of things I don't use and I don't want to buy ANY unless I run out. The only thing I foresee running out of would be foundation, but hopefully not anytime soon.

Books: Since I've stopped reading as much, I don't see this being a problem, but I'd really like to not buy any books this year. *gasp* I know, but I really want to use the library and borrow from friends, etc.

Clothes: After donating bags of clothes, I put away some clothes that if I lost about 10 pounds I would fit into. I told myself if I don't lose the weight in January I probably won't be losing the weight anytime soon and I will get rid of them. Currently, I just bought clothes I feel comfortable in right now, so for the next 25 pounds I have clothes. If I lose even more than that I'll be closer to a size I can find at second hand stores easier and that's where I'll look first.

Amazon: It's so hard when it's at the touch of the fingers and here in two days, lol. At least until March 1st I can't buy anything off Amazon. Anything.

Gifts: I want to minimize the "stuff" in my life and I want to do the same for others. I'm still trying to decide how this will go and I'm leaning toward experiences instead of things.

Things I AM Spending Money on:
Pedicure - In FL this is something I just don't want to give up and it's something I look forward to.
Time with Friends - I have a couple weekends already scheduled and I'm debating putting a spending limit on those outings.
My Little - BBBS encourages no spend events, but I also budget $$ each month to use for my times with her.

Food and Exercise

Better Eating:
I really need to set a schedule where I plan, shop and then prep so that's my first goal.
Friday - Meal Plan, I can do this on my breaks at work before the weekend.
Shopping in between. I'm not sure yet when I'll want to shop. Either on my way home Friday after work or ...
Sunday - Meal Prep, this is going to be harder. A lot of times I end up spending Sunday at my Parents and I need to be intentional about leaving with enough time to do some serious meal prep.
Any pointers for food prepping or shopping you've found that work?

I have the 21 day fix Country Heat and I like it. We have crazy people below us and I feel like I can't give it my stomping all and I'm sure other reasons behind why I stopped I just need to get back into it dang it!
I have been trying to get in 15-30 minutes of walking at work while enjoying this nice weather we've been having. Especially since it won't last long. :(

One last thing:
You guys, I only posted on Instagram 42 times this year! You could almost fit all of those posts in one screen, if you had a really large screen but my point is my reference for looking back on the year is minimal compared to years before it and I need want to get back to sharing. We went to the Manatee Festival in Crystal River and I took pictures but I didn't share it, didn't even blog about it but it's on my list because if you're ever down this way in January you should totally go and see the manatees!

Here's one of the pics I got on my phone, it was super cloudy when we headed out but we still had a great time.

Whew! That was A LOT but now I'm ready for the new year, just a couple weeks late.

How about you?! What are you looking forward to this year?

<3 Heather