Monday, May 23

The 17 Day Diet: Day 9 Review

I started the 17 day diet May 14th after reading through the book and reflecting on the diet quite a bit.  I’ve never been on a formal diet before, where I follow rules and such, so I’m a complete newbie at it.  Deciding to go on a diet was a big decision for me.  I don’t really like the idea of diets in general.  The reason I went with this one was because it promoted whole foods and healthy eating rather than eating whatever you want within a certain “points” or calorie scale.  So far here are my thoughts, my apologies in advance, it is long, but I wanted to give a full review :)
1-      The 17 days thing is misleading, I was very disappointed to read that really, that is just one phase.  There are 4 total phases, phase 1 and 2 everyone must do and phase 4 is more about the lifestyle.  So really, I committed myself to 34 days.

2- The diet is do-able, but it isn’t as easy as they’d like to make it sound.  I was already on the track to eating only non-processed sugars and am not a huge carb person.  So for me it wasn’t huge leaps and bounds from my every day diet. 

Dairy- I have found it difficult to cut most cheeses and dairy.  I couldn’t find the acidophilus milk, although I tried to find it at several health foods stores.  There is one more for me to try, but in the mean time I bought fat free milk to put in my tea, scrambled eggs and protein shakes.  I’ll try almond milk (which is preferred over milk) if I cant find acidophilus milk when I'm out of the milk I have now.  To be honest, I would like more of an explanation in the book of why milk is completely avoided.  I bought kefir and was sorely disappointed, it has a very bitter taste.  I have used them in shakes (1c kefir, 1 c frozen blueberries, 1 scoop protein powder) where the taste didn’t bother me, that is the only way I’ve been able to incorporate it into my diet.  I already eat a lot of Greek yogurt, so I’ve kept that and it has helped.

Sugar/sweeteners- the book suggests using sugar substitutes like Truvia.  Personally, I do not eat sugar substitutes.  Not even the ones that “come from nature.”  White sugar from the grocery store also comes from natural origins, but that doesn’t make it good for you.  Before this diet I was weaning myself off of sugar, but was still using about ½ tablespoon in the morning with my huge cup of tea.  I’ve stopped putting sugar in my tea and to be honest, I don’t miss it.  This has shocked me.

Fruit- The 2 servings of fruit before 2 has been a do-able component of this diet, no problems here!

Carbohydrates-  One of the hardest parts of this diet has been not eating my oatmeal for breakfast.  My whole life I’ve eaten oatmeal for breakfast, I’d say 75% of the time.  I love oatmeal.  Thankfully, in the next part I can eat oatmeal every other day (I think, don’t quote me on that one until day 18).

Protein- For some reason getting enough protein has been hard for me.  I don’t think it really has to do with the diet, I'm working on it this week!
Veggies- I like veggies, but wouldn’t consider myself a veggie lover.  I got a steamer to help me with the vegetable portion of this diet.  I’m doing ok, but will continue to do better this week.  Just getting in the mindset of packing veggies for snacks while I'm out is probably my biggest challenge here.

Travel- This weekend I traveled to see friends for 2 days.  Eating out was difficult.  Plain and simple, it is not easy to find things on the menu.  I packed my Playmate for the trip which helped immensely, but it required quite a bit of planning.  All together I didn’t totally fail this weekend, but it was hard.  It was also the first time I’d had something fried in weeks, my body really didn’t like it and I barely ate dinner because my stomach was rejecting it.

Alcohol- Im a wine and beer enthusiast.  How do I put this without sounding badly?  My social engagements usually revolve around a glass of wine on the back porch.  Me and {E} have a book of beers from around the world.  When we find and try a new beer from our book we make notes about it in our book.  My family drinks wine, our extended family drinks, my friends all drink.  Alcohol is something I’ve realized is immersed in my culture.  The wine on the back porch was not at all hard to give up, but the general absence of alcohol has been.  For instance, this weekend I was celebrating one of my best friend’s upcoming wedding.  It was a girls weekend, a time for celebrating, hence a time for a cute margarita.  I broke the no alcohol rule.  The good news is that after the month of dieting, alcohol in the form of a glass of wine is acceptable on a normal basis.  I am very much looking forward to this. 

Headaches- I had headaches about the same time of day for days 2, 3 and 4.  I practically never get headaches and nothing else was out of the normal so I attribute them to the diet.  They weren’t anything serious, I think my body was just letting me know it was a bit stressed with the change in food.

Exercise- The exercise is not at all difficult for me, and I do well over the 17 minutes required daily.  Just walking the dog daily requires me to be walking for 30 minutes.  I am trying to incorporate more strength training to help me get toned.

Results… what everyone cares about.  Before I left for the weekend I’d lost 5 pounds, which was at Day 6.  After the weekend I had gained 1.5 pounds back, so at Day 8 I'm 3.5 pounds under.  I'm just going to put it out there because it was something I wondered while reading the review.  People said they would lose 10, 15 or 20 pounds the first 17 days, but they gave no reference.  If I lost 20 pounds I'm pretty sure I’d be having an intervention from my loved ones.  My starting weight was 134 pounds.  I’m 5’6” and have a small to medium frame.  My general goal isn’t about loosing weight, I want to get more toned.  I am not a perfectionist, I'm not trying to starve myself, I just want to feel more comfortable in my body.  Even at 3.5 pounds down I feel much leaner.  I started trying to eat healthier and exercise a couple months ago, but only lost 3 pounds over the course of a couple months, mainly because I did eat very healthy most of the time, but when I slipped I really slipped.

If you have any questions or comments I’d love to hear them!  I’ll continue to give feedback as the diet progresses!

Tuesday, May 17

Not-So-Healthy Granola

I started the "17 Day Diet" on Sunday and have been doing very well.  The diet isn't far from my normal diet, but it is cutting out sugar and complex carbohydrates for 17 days.  One of the difficulties I've had is that my body is metabolizing the food so quickly that I am hungry very quickly.  So today I packed some Cauliflower Crust Pizza (I will blog about this soon!), an apple, a cup of grapes, and marinara, spinach and mushrooms to go on my pizza.  For 8 hours I thought I'd be ok, but I thought wrong.  Sitting at my desk I was so hungry I resorted to {dun, dun, dunnnn} the vending machine.  Trying to make a healthy choice I picked a Nature Valley Oats N' Honey granola bar, "100% natural."  While I imagine that this probably was the best choice out of what was available, I was a little disappointed to see the ingredients list.

#1- Whole Grain Oats- Makes me happy, whole grains are great!
#2... Sugar! 
Next was canola oil, followed by yellow corn flour before we finally get to honey.

I am really taken aback by this.  There are only 12 grams of sugar for the snack, which is equivalent to 3 teaspoons or 1 tablespoon.  Even before my diet I have tried to remove processed sugar from my diet.  I've also made a vow after becoming educated about the corn industry in the US to reduce the amount of corn I consume as much as possible.  Whole corn does not have the nutritional benefits other vegetables has and has been broken down, stripped and modified so much to fit into so many foods today.  I'll go into detail about this soon!

What foods have you found that have a high amount of sugar that you though was so very healthy for you?

I think they should change the name to Nature Valley Oats N' Sugar.  I'll contact their marketing team and see what they think :)

Friday, May 13

Black Bean Chili; Easy, Organic and Inexpensive

Didn't know those three words could describe one meal?  Using the base of the black bean chili recipe from All Recipies, I have made my own take on black bean chili.  I wish I had a picture, but honestly, a picture does not do it justice.  It isn't the prettiest looking meal, but it is very good, inexpensive and easy-peasy.

Ingredients list with my adjustments:
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey (I don't always use a full pound)
  • 3 (15 ounce) cans black beans, undrained (I buy beans in a bag, $1.99 for a 1lb of organic black beans at Whole Foods as apposed to 3 cans @1.29)
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes (2 cans instead of 1)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (can use balsamic vinegar)
How I do it:

The night before, when I'm getting ready to go to bed I boil 6 cups of water, after the water boils I turn off the heat.  I then put 2 cups of black beans from the bag into the water and cover.  I let this sit overnight, in the morning I drain it all, rinse it and add it to the crock pot.  I cup up the ground turkey and pour that in.  Then add the rest of the ingredients.  Set the crock pot to cook at medium for 8 hours and *tada* delicious black bean chili when I get home.  I top mine with plain Greek yogurt, avocado, shredded cheese and serve over some brown rice.  This makes a huge batch because it is so filling, but it is easily freezed. 

Do you have a favorite crock pot recipe you'd like to share?  If you try this let me know what adjustments you make and what you think!

Wednesday, May 11


This week is my two year anniversary from graduating from college.  Coming soon is my two year anniversary working full time at the Corporate Colony.  I have been reflecting on what I expected as a new graduate and how those expectations have changed as I've made my way through the last couple years.  I call it the "Corporate Colony" because not long after I started working there on my way home I stared at all of the red brake lights for what looked like miles in front of me.  I got the sense that we were all worker ants or bees, coming to the colony every day, and leaving in the fashion ants do; in a slow line, one following the next until they diverge to place they find food.  Then its the same slow route back.  I digress.  To take you back to two years ago, I had given up the better part of a social life to finish a challenging degree.  I quite honestly did something I never thought I'd be able to do.  That gave me the confidence to go forward knowing I was strong, smart and resilient.  However, in the process I gave up a lot, I worked 20-30 hours a week, managed copious amounts of work and tried to keep my sanity along the way (I don't think I would've gotten through it without wine nights with friends and constant encouragement from my loved ones).  I thought I would easily find balance in my life now that I was starting to only work 9-5.  I was excited to design hardware, it was creative, it was rewarding to see something I'd made in my mind come back to me in a polished, working part.  There was a lot I didn't see though.  I now know this is something I could've only learned through experience, but wanted to share.  I've come a long way in two years!

I've learned that an education is one of the most precious gifts that is not valued enough, it is one of the only things in life that can not be taken away from you.  I think that as I get older my appreciation for education will only grow.  I owe a huge thank you to my parents for giving me the means, financial and emotional, for my education; I will never be able to repay them for that opportunity.

I don't like sitting in front of a computer all day.  I'm extremely social, but for some reason I didn't think that it would bother me to design CAD day in and day out.  I've realized I need much more social interaction to feel connected to what Im doing and accountable for doing my best.

I've learned that my job environment has more to do with job satisfaction than I would've ever imagined.  Do I feel safe?  Is it clean?  What is the lighting like?  I never would’ve guessed that this would be so important to me, but it grates my nerves daily that my workplace is severely lacking ergonomics and these basics.

Success can not be defined for me by someone else, it is deeply personal.  While I thought of success in such a straightforward way before, I’ve realized I don’t consider success to always be getting the big promotion.  I’ve realized success isn’t even entirely related to my job.  There are a lot of ways I measure my success, but my goals are different from the next persons.  And, that is ok.

I've learned that being fulfilled is worth more than spending money at the mall.  I don’t discount that money is extremely important, without it we can not live.  I have a sincere gratitude for the job I’ve had and the salary that has afforded me to live well.  But, money is not a motivator for me.  Sacrificing my free time for a bonus isn’t something that interests me.  Coming from the girl that lived off of $800/month my last year of school I thought money would change everything, and while it changed a lot, Im still me (my family has a word for it… cheap).  So for me, money is a way of living, not something to live for.

Im really interested to hear others' reflections on what differences others have had with their perceived values were before starting and how those evolved as they gained experience.  Have you had a similar or different experience?

Tuesday, May 10

And we're back...

Im back from my hiatus.  I started feeling as though my blog was something I was “reporting” into, something that had to fit the mold to what was expected of me.  I was getting questions about my “theme” or focus.  These questions left me conflicted, basically because I can not put anything in my life into a little neat package and leave it at that.  Im messy, everything bleeds into the next in my life.  I want to be real, to discuss what is on my mind.  While I’ll focus on health and fitness because it is something that is deeply part of my life, this isn’t a “health and fitness blog.”  Are you confused yet?

The last year and a half of my life has been, well interesting to say the least.  Six months after graduating college and accepting what I expected to be my dream job I settled into a townhouse and surprisingly started dating an amazing man, who happens to be in the military.  Apparently the consensus between my friends was that I would be single for quite a while longer.  I was happy with my independence, they could see that and thought I’d do nothing to give that up.  Then I met a cute boy at a bar who made my heart stop when I saw his smile.  I was pretty much done from there. 

Then came my job woes.  The honeymoon of my “fancy” corporate job quickly faded away, to my dismay.  Truth be told, I was shocked.  This was what I worked five years in undergrad for, I was doing exactly what I though I’d want to do forever.  Since then I’ve discovered that there are many, many reasons that all attribute to the complete dissatisfaction with my career. 

On top of all of this, the military has made my life, well, challenging.  {E} got his final station location to be where he’s been stationed for the last two years.  We’re currently exactly 90 miles apart.  While it is not bad, we’re both over the long distance commute and ready to start a normal life together.  In the current arrangement we’ll be apart for yet another two and a half years.  We’re working to change that.

So, basically this will be a blog about a young lady in her mid-twenties trying to figure it out.  In the middle I will post about the things that keep my sane, the things I love and hopefully share a lot of smiles and good times.

I would love feedback, please email or comment :)

Wednesday, February 9

I've Come to my senses; and I STINK!

One of my benefits of yoga is that I become much more intune with my body, including my senses.  I tried a new Bikram place yesterday.  I have to say I wasnt entirely impressed.  This Bikram studio is supposed to be top of the line, and their prices reflect it.  I signed up for a "try it out week" for $25, so I figured I better get bang for my buck and get back there again today.  hmmm, ok, really one of my best friends told me to get my butt back in it!

Yesterday I left the class feeling so-so.  Not good, not terrible; it had been a rough class for me in general.  But today was "WOW."  My breathing was on track, my body responded to what I asked it to do.  I felt awesome going through my standing poses.

Then I laid on my map for first floor shivasna I started to smell something... it was a pretty empty class so there was no one within 5 feet of me.  I conceded it had to be me.  Im not sure if my body was getting out some built up toxins, or if I usually dont smell as well, but man did I stink!  I also felt the drops of sweat pouring down my body.  I felt water dripping down the skin on my back, stomach, neck, ankles, elbows... It made my body feel alive.  It made me smile every time I smelled my stinky self or felt that sweat dripping down. 

I think Im finally starting to get it!  My favorite part of the new place; showers!  I thoroughly enjoyed smelling fresh and yummy all the way home.

February 8th: 70 minutes walking, 90 minutes hot yoga
February 9th: 30 minutes walking, 90 minutes hot yoga

Monday, February 7

Fitness February- Week 1 In Review

Saturday I tried a new hot yoga place in downtown Raleigh.  I really liked it, but it is really far away.  It is certainly not somewhere I could make it to during the week, but they have great weekend times!  And our instructor was awesome!  Sunday I spent the day cleaning and organizing (a work out in itself) and eating yummy Super Bowl food.  My plan was to run Sunday, but my back felt a little weird.  This morning I woke up and my back was really hurting, in a painful, not sore kind of way.  I think I strained a muscle in my lower back so instead of doing yoga tonight I took it easy.

February 5th- 90 minute hot yoga
February 7th- 60 minute walk

Week In Review:

Yoga- 270 minutes in hot yoga (3 sessions)
Walking- 290 minutes of walking

Pretty darn good!  And I hope that I can beat it next week!  My back is already starting to feel better, so hot yoga might be a possibility tomorrow night :).

(Go me, Go me, Go me... happy dance!)

Sunday, February 6

Getting back into the groove

It is truly amazing to see the undeniable effect physical activity has on me.  It effects all aspects of my life. 

This is not rocket science.  After not working out Thursday (although I did walk alot) and Friday, I felt terrible Friday night!  I was tired, cranky, whiny... overall just not feeling great.  And I was eating junk food, nothing to nourish my body that has been working so hard!  Saturday morning, even though I had to do a lot of self "policing" I got my booty to hot yoga.  It felt great and got me back on track.

Progress Report!

First, I wanted to clarify "When the Cat's Away, Mice Will Play."  A couple days after posting that I thought it might have a bad connotation, I just wanted to clarify that when {E} is gone I have a lot of time I need to fill!  When he is home we end up doing so much fun stuff that I neglect a lot of house projects. 

So this week I was talking to a friend that works at the "Corporate Giant" with me about my never-ending search for a craft table.  We had talked about it a few times before (I've been obsessed with trying to find one!). As we were walking and talking he had a brilliant idea... the Corporate Giant scrap yard!  They take anything that isnt being used anymore and scrap it.  We walked down through several creepy dark hallways and found the scrap guy.  He showed me an awesome scrap table that was exactly what I was describing.  All of the table I'd been looking at online were about $150.  But this table was $27!  I was pumped.  My friend wasnt as excited when he had to help me get it home and up the stairs... {E} owes him for that one!

This is the room.  The picture is taken from the doorway.  To the right of the doorway are double doors to a closet.  There is one wall to the right with nothing on it, the center wall with a huge window and then the other wall the door swings open to.

So my big lesson learned here... DON'T spray paint inside!!!  Yeah, I thought my ventilation would be good enough, it wasn't.  I had to open my downstairs doors (it was 30 degrees out there!) to get the fog of chemicals out.  I still have some work to do on the paint so dont look close!  But I am waiting for {E} to get home and help me carry the metal piece down to the garage or back yard.  Scroll down to see all the progress!

After a trip to the Big Box Store I got the tools to take it apart... it wouldnt fit in the door!
Lesson learned....
Its Home!  

Thursday, February 3

Too Tired to Come Up With Something Clever

So tomorrow I'll update you with the exciting progress I've made towards my Craft Room Project!  And I have pictures to prove I really have made progress!  But, until then I figured I'd update my Fitness February :)

February 2nd- 90 min hot yoga, 40 min walking
February 3rd- Rest day (my muscles are sore!), 85 min of walking

Hot yoga was much harder yesterday.  All my small stabilizing muscles that were worked so hard the day before were sore.  It made it that much harder to twist myself into all the crazy positions.  It lead to one great night of sleep last night, and I as tired as I am tonight I think the trend will continue.

Hopefully I'll go to hot yoga tomorrow before my friend comes to spend the night!  Something about adult sleep overs is still as much fun as when we were little girls.  Maybe a little better, now they include wine.

Wednesday, February 2

Fitness February!!

I'm desperately trying to get back on track in the workout department.  I saw another blogger start her "Fitness February" and thought that sounded MUCH better than the "Mustache March" {E} is convinced he's doing (Im trying to figure out what I can wager to make this not happen...).  I'll be updating you on my work outs!

Since yesterday was the first day of February I'll start there.  I started strong! 

February 1st- 45 minutes walking and a 90 minute hot yoga class

Hot yoga didn't feel at all as good yesterday, I missed the uplifting teacher I had this weekend!  Im a little sore, but feeling good.  Im doing their week long trial period then will try a few others to see where I fit best.

Ironically, after getting home from hot yoga I spotted a package on the door step...

My sweetie sent me a basket of sweets to enjoy while he was gone.  Apparently he was not aware of Fitness February :).  It came with a recipe for toffee crumble cookies.  I think I'm going to have to make some for him when he gets back so he can enjoy it too!

While the Cat is Away, Mice Will Play

Actually it is more like work.  I made a huge list of things to do while {E} was gone.  Thus far, I havent made much progress!  My big project is to redo the spare bedroom.  And when I say "redo" I mean unpack all of the boxes I hid in there since I moved in (well over a year ago, and that were never unpacked after I left college), and in general make it somewhere a guest could actually stay {which is now put on a timeline since one of my best friends is coming for the weekend in a few weeks}.

Here's the list...

*Craft Room
     Make/Buy Craft Table
     Organize all craft stuff
     Accessorize the room
     Get pillows and finish the bed

*Find tile to tile the back porch (planned for the weekend {E} gets back)

*Update me and {E}'s scrapbook

*Work on my Dad's birthday present

*Update the decor in the living room/ downstairs

*Finish filling all of the picture frames and put printed pictures in albums

*Store all bills/statements from last year and start this year's [Done]

*Clean the front and back porches

*Maybe put something in the front foyer (its completely empty)

*Vacuum Car(s)

*Clean up back yard

*Make/Send invites for {E}'s party.  And organize/plan where his family is staying, what they're doing and so on while they're here (only a few weeks till they're here!!).

...yeah, I have a lot to do.  I need to get my booty in gear!

Tuesday, February 1

Already Deliquent

I've been crazy busy the last few days and haven't been able to post.  To make it up I'll be making several posts tomorrow about the last few days' festivities! 

Until then, sweet dreams.

Exploration in the Kitchen

I love the grocery store.   I mean love it, probably because I love food.  I can spend an embarassing amount of time going through the isles just looking at all of the crazy things there are to eat.

After last year's epic Black Bean discovery, I have been trying new foods all the time.  A little background; ever since ever I've refused to eat beans.  I didnt like the texture.  Then, one day, I got the crazy idea to try them in a Mexican dish where the black beans were the primary ingredient.  And I loved it.  I ate black beans daily for a month.  Im eating black beans right now, actually, in a delicious black bean chili {}.  You should try that recipe, its healthy, and delicious.

First one since I've started my blog... Almond Butter.  I love peanut butter, especially with fruit to dip it in.  I saw this at the grocery store and decided to give it a try.

Final thought; it is really good.  I had it with apples as a mid morning snack.  Problem: it costs about double what peanut butter costs, which makes me feel like I should be cherishing it while I eat it and I dont love it.  I think in the future I'll stick to peanut butter and eat almonds (cheaper that way!).

Saturday, January 29


I survived!  Hot yoga this morning was amazing.  The facility alone blew me away, much different than the basement looking one that I go to.  Our instructor was awesome, she really inspired me to keep pushing myself.  I feel amazing after it.  And as you cool down with breathing exercises they give you a cold towel with soothing oil on it.  Amazing.  I want to try to find a place like it back home, I know of a few different ones that are {much} further away then the basement one I go to now. 

Driving back to my old college city I had to transition radio stations.  That was my fist reminder of how much I miss it here.  Really, they are great, seriously some of the best I've ever heard.  And there's tons of them, tons of variety.  But being with one of my best friends at her new loft apartment in the heart of the city brought me back to the days of living in a city.  I live in a "city" now, but is is suburbia, just a lot of if.  This place is full of life, a million things to do, the best shopping.  Its like a mini NYC.  I realized just how attached I could be to a city, and how unattached I am to the city I've lived in for 2 years {as an adult} and grew up in. 

After early morning yogurt and granola (Chobani yogurt is amazing, how have I never had it before today!?), hot yoga, boutique gazing, yummy lunch at an eclectic cafe specializing in salads (another reason I love this city, the food is amazing!), walking the dogs around the hustle and bustle street... we're getting ready for the rest of the day with lots more fun to come.  We're having our traditional girls night... Im not sure life gets better than a dressed up, delicious dinner in the center of the city and coming home to pajamas, a couple bottles of wine and a couple of the best friends a girl could have. 

Friday, January 28

January Sore Abs Bring............................. May Flat Abs{?}

Ok, Im not nearly as good at making catchy sayings as someone with April and May... interestingly enough {at least here in NC} April is the driest month!

Back to the point, my abs are still sore from hot yoga 2 days ago.  That can mean only one thing right?  I hope so, I'll be going back for more tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow's hot yoga class is my first 90 minute class.  If I dont post, I died and went to yoga heaven.

{E} is in training for the next few weeks and has been all of this week {training means nearly no contact while hes gone to never, never land}.  While he's gone I come up with tons of stuff to do around the house to keep my mind occupied {more on that to come soon!}.  This weekend Im throwing that aside and spending a weekend with some of my favorite girls in the world.  Celebrating birthdays, getting ready for an upcoming wedding and shopping; all the really girlie stuff... the perfect way to the spend time away from my love.

Thursday, January 27

Making It Happen

I've been following other's blogs for a while now.  They've always inspired me, taught me, and given me a different perspective.  And I wanted one of my own, but felt silly to even seriously consider it.

As the New Year turned I was busy making goals for 2011.  Yes, after Christmas every year my Dad would have me and my brother write out our goals for the next year, the next 5 years and what we thought we had to do to get there.  As a teenager I thought this was the dumbest idea, now looking back Im greatful that he taught me those tools before I had to actually use them {be an adult}.  So I make goals every year, not resolutions.  My "goal" for this year, in general, is to live in the middle.

"In The Middle."  I was inspired when I was reading about Buddha, who gave all of his belongings away and lived in vast poverty and fasting for years after living as a prince with all the luxuries life had to offer.  After both experiences he encouraged his followers to live in moderation, neither one extreme or the other. 

This year I am continuing my {lifelong} adventure in being healthy and happy.  As I look ahead this year has a lot of craziness in store... but Im ready for it!  I thought this would be the perfect time to start my blog.  As you can see, its January 27th, Ive been a big scaridy pants and needed the encouragement of a great friend to push me over the edge.

~~Im always up for an adventure.  Id love for you to join me in mine.~~