Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday, healthy monday

After a relatively uneventful weekend (mostly due to rain thwarting plans), it is monday again.  Another week full of work, bootcamp, and maybe a few social gatherings.....maybe.  And while i have taken a lot of time/effort to becoming more healthy in a physical sense, i think i might be lacking in the mental sense of health.  So time to put some effort into that as well.  Healthy mind and healthy body.

I saw this quote today and think it is going to be my new mantra:
"I have made it a rule of my life never to regret and never to look back."
                              -Katherine Mansfield

Ironically there have been studies showing that "looking back" is bad for your health.
Researchers from URG discovered that remembering the past with regret or bitterness worsens health.  The study found that people's attitude to past events, present experiences or future expectations, influences their perception of health and their quality of life.
Cristián Oyanadel, who co-authored the study, said: "We have observed that when people are negative about past events in their life, they also have a pessimist or fatalistic attitude towards current events. According to what we have observed in our study, the most influencing dimension is the perception of the past. A negative view of the past is highly related to worse health indicators."

So in order to better my mental health, i'm gonna stop regretting choices.  I'm going to focus on the future.  And i'm going to stop looking back and worrying about the "shoulda, woulda, coulda."


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Photo Dump

Sorry that it has been almost 3 months since a post...I've been busy....not too busy but just busy enough to forget to write.  I'm still writing blogs in my mind but they just never make them to  I'll do better.  I promise.

So here is a photo recap.

Candace's Bachlorette Party-

Wasn't she a beautiful bride?

And then a baby shower for Q.

And this is what happens when you leave your phone unattended......
Larry, Mo and Curly steal it and do a selfie!
I do love my work peeps though.
And then a WAY overdue trip to Detroit to see Jen and Glenn.

And while I was running around doing all of this, Taylor went to visit her dad and Sara and her brother James, and the twins, Gunnar and Grace.

And then, what do you do when it seems like your life is changing direction unwillingly and shockingly....and you don't want things to go from bad to worse? 
You hang out with your friends, of course!
<3 my friends from work!!!

So it looks like we are having a good time.....and we are!
Hope everyone is having a good summer!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

One word Wednesday

Morning everyone!
(More) Ombre



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(both one year old, Ava 2012 (L), and Mya 2014 (R)
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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Duke/Raleigh whirlwind trip

This past weekend Taylor and i took a quick trip to Raleigh.  She wanted to see Duke (where she spent 4 years of her life), wanted to eat as cosmic, and then there was this little concert that Taylor and her friend Haley were excited about going to.  I didn't care so much about the concert...but i didn't want the girls to go i got to be their chaperone.  :)

 We left Friday.....drove up 95.
And had to stop at South Of The Border (aka Pedro's Playland)

But that stop was brief because we had other things to do: including eating at Cosmic and seeing Duke campus.  For those of you who don't know, Cosmic is a burrito place on 9th street, a few blocks from my Central Campus apartment.  The burritos are....legend.....wait for it.....airy.  I still remember the nights with my Duke friends eating there.  The 2am burrito after dancing at George's Garage, and even the time where the drunk guy was pissed in line and took the burrito in his hand and crumbled it!  And for some reason Taylor remembers it too....she remember the stairs you have to walk up to get there.  The smell of rice and chicken and cheese that permeates though the building.  The soft texture of the actual burrito shell.  And the amazing taste of the "Constance" burrito.  Rice, cheese and sour cream.  Simple.  Tasty.  And A-mazing.

Taylor and Haley enjoying Cosmic.....and Taylor decided to get the "deluxe" - basically 2 full burritos in one.  Good luck finishing that one Taylor!!!

Then a  quick visit to Duke...
 East Campus

West Campus

And of course we drove by Cameron, the Duke Gardens, and our apartment- 1700 Pace St Apt R.
Ahhh the memories.

Then on to Raleigh.....the girls broke off and waited in line for a concert.  They went to see Cage the Elephant.

This..................................................................................................................................not this.
(in case you were wondering)

So i went to the mall where i frequented as a young Duke student....

And then after doing a little shopping, I went and had sushi (and champage) at Sono, a sushi joint a few blocks from our hotel.

After a glass and a few rolls, my night ended and i turned in, waiting for the girls.  They got back to the hotel late(ish), and were happy, dehydrated, and their ears were ringing.  A perfect end to a good night. 

And after a good night sleep, we got back on the road to Charleston. 

Love my town...and my home....and my bed....and my pups.  :)
Hope y'all had a nice weekend!!