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It's a Funny Feeling

Let's be honest, I've been riding my bike more this year than the last 3 years COMBINED. While that's sad for the last couple of summers, it's great for this one. And this girl. 
Thanks to some riding buddies who are calm and patient, I've been able to get out and ride more in the city whereas before even the thought of riding in Buckhead scared the living daylights out of me. I've encouraged myself when I really, REALLY don't want to ride and would prefer to go home after a long day and drink a glass of wine. I've pushed myself to go a little further than I felt I could. I faced some fears.

I was out this evening by myself on a local rail-to-trail and it was glorious. The trail was quiet with very few people on it, the weather was great and I just felt good! I trucked along at my best pace yet and kept thinking to myself how cycling can really be therapy. It's great to get out on my own sometimes and work through some of those thoughts rolling around…

Lately

Puppy bow ties




Memories in music
Coldplay Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends 2008
Adele Live from Soho 2009
Madonna Confessions on a Dance Floor 2005

This...aka as Pure Joy!







Take Off the Kid Gloves!

I've been away! Work has me busy and I got to travel to California last week for a little bit of "work" and a little bit of play, so I'm just now trying to catch up on life.  Missed y'all...

Last week I attended Specialized Bicycles annual dealer event. This is where dealers are educated on all the brand new products and ideas for the upcoming sales year. I was out 2 years ago in Utah and this year the event was held in Monterey, CA! That's a stone's throw from my birthplace and family...I HAD to go, right?! I can't not get almost giddy when surrounded by the sport that I'm passionate about along with 600 other people who have that same passion. We sit through presentations, go through the trade show and meet other dealers to talk about business trends, etc. It's a big ole bike lovin' week (with beer included) and it's heaven in my eyes. 

So after the women's product presentation, the question of whether I was offended by how women&#…

Grenada - Trip in Review

We had a fabulous time in Grenada! How can you not, though? The weather was great even though they had just started their rainy season, the island was beautiful and rich in history and the people were absolutely lovely. This was a trip that didn't necessarily meet our expectations (we wanted LOTS of beach), but it also gave us some pleasant surprises. I've learned that being flexible on vacation can lead to some great things!

Grenada isn't a big country and there's literally one U.S. flight that arrives to the island per day so we started and ended our trip with 7+ hour layovers in the beautiful Miami Airport. *thank GOD for the admirals club!* We had a great, relaxing first few days where we lounged by the pool and drank and ate all we wanted! Gotta love an all inclusive.




On day 4, the air conditioner in our room went kaput and we were upgraded to the most amazing room we've ever stayed in!! Fourth floor with a separate bedroom and infinity pool on the balcony!! Whi…

Grenada!

We just got back from an awesome holiday in the lovely country of Grenada.  We're currently experiencing "back to reality depression" as we're back to the real world of laundry, work and all of those other "grown up" things we're supposed to do.

I'm going to do my best to do a few blog posts about our 11 day adventure complete with pictures!  I've got just over 1,000 to sift through, so bare with me.

Here are some highlights though:

- After 3 days of a broken air conditioner, we were upgraded to an absolutely GORGEOUS room complete with infinity pool.  On the 4th floor.  They aren't joking around at Sandals La Source Grenada!

- We had another fabulous sail boat charter.  It was just J, myself and the 2 crew members on a beautiful boat called the Timshell.  

- Grenada is so rich in history and we learned all about it on a day long tour of the entire island!  I'm talking rum distillery tours, waterfalls in the rain forest, fruit growing on the …

ONE

Thanks for hanging out during this fun 10 Day YOU "Challenge".  This is the last day: ONE Picture


This was taken on our engagement trip to Jamaica in December of 2011.  It was the last night of this whirlwind adventure and I remember being so over the moon excited for what our future held!  If you're reading this, we should be in paradise currently.  Still as excited as ever.  Still filled with excitement about our future...we just happen to share the same last name now.  

Stay tuned for pictures when we return!!

TWO Songs

You and Me by Dave Matthews Our song.  The one that seemed to play the entire Summer we first started dating.  5 years ago this July.  Our wedding song.  Perfection.

Fancy by Iggy Azalea My official Summer song for 2014.  It makes me wanna turn it up and dance!

Three Films

1.  Cinderella.  Not sure you can call that a film, but dear GOD I love that freaking movie.  The Disney one of course.  Glass slippers, ball gowns, pumpkin carriages, mice friends...  When, I list that stuff out it sounds quite weird.  Either way, I LOVE a good fairy tale and this has been my favorite since about 4.  It was THE movie that I watched over and over and over again as a little one.

2.  Legends of the Fall.  It's a long one, but worth it.  This is one of those movies that takes you on a journey.  I loved the dynamic way all of the characters evolve.

3.  Napolean Dynamite.  Not really Oscar worthy, but one of those stupid cult classics that I just think is great.  A movie with no cursing and no sex is rare nowadays.  I also happen to be able to recite half the lines from it...

Four Books

1.  Eat, Pray, Love. Elizabeth Gilbert.  This is actually the first book I got that got me hooked on reading again.  I couldn't put this story of a woman's pretty ballsy journey in Italy, India and Indonesia.  Well worth the time to read it....great insight!

2.  Bossy Pants.  Tina Fey.  I've read some funny books, but this one had me hysterically LOL'ing while simultaneously crying during a flight back from California.  It was a random airport buy (I liked the orange cover) and is one of my favorite books.  I want to be Tina Fey's BFF. 

3. The Kitchen House.  Kathleen Grissom.  This is one of the only books that didn't come recommended by a friends, but was chosen by yours truly based on Amazon.com reviews.  It's one of those books that sucks you in resulting in a quick read because you simply can't put it down.  Not an easy read necessarily, but a GREAT one!

4.  East of Eden.  John Steinbeck.  I love this man.  I love his work and I loved this book.  It w…

Five Foods - Well, This Will Be EASY!

1. Mac and cheese.  I prefer my own home made, but will KILL a box of Kraft.  Don't hate on that blue box, y'all.

2.  Potatoes in pretty much any form.  French fries are my #1, but I love them mashed, roasted, as pancakes, baked, as chips.  You get the idea.

3.  Sour Patch Kids.  We rarely go to the movies, but when we do I've gotta have my little yellow bag of kids.  And not the knock off version either.  

4.  Broccoli.  Because I had to put something healthy on this list and because I've been in love with this veggie since infancy (or that's what my mom's told me).  It's my go-to veggie!

5.  Cheeseburgers.  Like, the good ones.  Well cooked, great cheese, perfectly toasted bun...yes!  I don't have a favorite place here in Atlanta, however, I am open to suggestions.

SIX Places

Happy Friday, y'all!  Let's continue our the YOU Challenge, shall we?  This is one that will not be difficult and one I've been excited to post about!




SIX Places

1.  Jamaica.  Our surprise engagement trip and my first trip out of the country.  Absolute perfection!
2.  California.  I was born there and haven't lived there since I was 6, but it will forever be home to me.  My family and so many amazing memories are there.  <3
3.  England.  My family is English and while I haven't been, it holds so many sweet stories and an entire side of my family I haven't met (yet - planning a trip in Winter!).
4.  Antigua.  We spent 14 days of pure paradise on our honeymoon.
5.  Georgia.  Where we met, married and have our first home.  The place my husband was born and raised.  Where I met my very best friend in the world.  Where Frank was born.  ;-)  H-O-M-E
6.  Grenada.  We have a trip planned in less than a week!  Never been before, but super pumped to go on another island adve…

SEVEN Wants

If you've been missing for a bit, I've decided to do the Ten Day YOU Challenge.  I love sharing things and thought it would be a good exercise in regularly blogging.  :-)

SEVEN Wants

1.  A content home life...no one is ever happy all the time.  I'd like to continue to say that our life in our little home is perfectly content and on the upside of happy!
2.  A family.  I've always known I've wanted a husband and little ones, so we're laying the foundation for that one day.
3.  Another dog...WHY AM I SAYING THIS?!  Because I do.  Frank needs a friend, y'all. 
4.  The ability to retire.  Planning, saving and more planning!
5.  To be able to travel more.  Not necessarily more frequently, but I'd love to be able to continue crossing places off of our bucket list.  We're doing pretty well so far!
6.  A new bike.  Shh....I haven't really talked to J about this.  ;-)
7.  To continuously strive to be better.  If we aren't trying to improve, what's the poi…

It's Been SIX Months?!

Taking a quick break from my YOU Challenge.  Don't worry, it'll be back tomorrow!  ;-)



Today is sort of a weird one because it was six months ago tonight that we lost our shop.  I have those feelings of, "it feels like only yesterday" while at the same time thinking, "we're a world away from that night".  

Sometimes, it feels downright silly to be a little emotional about a place.  But I don't mind being silly and anyone who knows me knows I can be a bit emotional.  The memories of what I jokingly call Peachtree Bikes Buckhead Version 1.0 are bittersweet.  They only occasionally come flooding back when I hear a song that always played on our XM radio or see an old familiar face that's popping in to "check out the place".  I miss the old space and things are different, but I hear change is good. :-)

Those emotions aren't as raw as they were six months ago and we've come so far.  I jokingly feel like I can't really remember much…

EIGHT Fears

Continuing with the "challenge":  EIGHT Fears

1.  Heights.  6'1" and PETRIFIED of heights...
2.  Failure.
3.  Ants...less of a fear and more of a creepy, crawly, make me jump around kinda thing.
4.  Crowds of new people.  I'm SUPER awkward!
5.  Drowning in a Tsunami....while I realize this is pretty unlikely, still a fear.
6.  My teeth falling out.  Like, all at the same time.  Anyone else have those weird nightmares?!
7.  Loosing all I've worked so hard for.
8.  No blog readers.  :-D

NINE Loves

Yesterday, I started a fun, 10 Day Challenge. Here's Day 2!

NINE Loves

Justin...almost 5 years together and I'm more in love with this guy than ever. Family (this does NOT represent all of them!) I forever wish we lived closer to some of the best people I know!!
My Bestie There are a MILLION words to describe this lovely lady, but my favorite is BEAUTY!
Frank How can you NOT love those ears?!
Workin' at Peachtree Bikes 3 Years at this place and the last 6 months have been the craziest!  Thankful to have a job that I love and challenges me.
Travel We've been to some beautiful places and have so many more trips planned!  Life is wonderful traveling with people you love.
Our Home Our first place together!  We're blessed beyond measure to have a place to call "home".
Wine Because, duh.
Macaroni and Cheese I think if I had to choose one food to eat for the rest of my life, this would be it.

10 Day "You" Challenge - Day 1

I recently saw this on another blog and thought I'd join in the fun!



So, today I share TENSecrets/Truths:

1. I have a random fear that reaching my arms over my head in a room with a ceiling fan will result in my losing my hands.
2.  I am 6'1" and am petrified of heights.  Random, I know.
3.  If I could eat carbs EVERY day without any health or weight consequences I would.  Potatoes, pasta, bread...yum!
4.  I've never been ice skating or rollerblading.  Ever.  
5.  I LOVE terrible, trashy, "reality" TV. 
6.  My engagement story is one of the best ever (I may be a bit partial) and I really wish more people would ask, "How did you get engaged?"
7.  If I won the lottery, I'd pay off all my bills and never tell anyone.
8.  I had to delete Candy Crush off my phone because I was afraid I'd become one of "those" people who started paying out the wazoo for "extra lives".
9.  I'm a constant worrier.  
10.  I sleep with knife by my bed wh…

Tall Socks? No Thank You!

I feel like I find myself thinking this on a regular basis lately.  Like, a TON.

I've recently increased my time on the bike trying to get in at least 3-4 days per week.  To some, that's not much, but to me it's a big improvement over nothing.  While riding has brought on feelings of empowerment, it's also brought on some other not-so-great feelings.  If you aren't aware, my life pretty much revolves around this industry (hence, the desire to actually RIDE more) and my renewed love in the sport has also begun to shine a light on some of the more judgmental side of this sport I love.

Since starting out on a "real bike" in 2003, I've always just enjoyed the ride.  I started it because I "knew a guy" and continue it because riding has introduced me to some pretty awesome people and a career I never imagined...  I've never been into going fast or timing myself or paying attention to my heart rate zones.  It's just not my thing. That thing…

It's a 4 Day Week: Tuesday's Motivation

After a long weekend, I'm lucky to say I have a short work week!  Hooray!  We kicked off Summer this weekend and, in the spirit of warmer (H-O-T) days, I thought I'd share some fun Summer quotes.

Here's to a warm and sunny next few months!

"Ah, Summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it." -- Russell Baker

“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.”  -- Yoko Ono

The summer night is like a perfection of thought.  -- Wallace Stevens





Thank You

Thank you to the service men and women whose strength and courage makes my whole world possible.  I am forever in debt to those who sacrificed their lives so that I can live mine as I wish.  




"Memorial Day this year is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the armed services make to defend our way of life." -- Robin Hayes

Sorry I've Been Away!

I was so proud of myself for doing a couple of blogs a week and then I kind of dropped off the Earth for a bit. Sorry about that. We're slowly easing back into "normal" (whatever that means) at work which means I've been able to spend more time at home, on my bike and with my 2 favorites: J & Frank.

One big thing we've been project we've been involved in is a complete overhaul of our landscaping. This week marks week #8 of a 3 week project, so I have yet to show you a complete set of before, during and after pictures because we're still in the "during" process.  I'm told that dealing with contractors and their apparent lack of time is normal, but EIGHT weeks? C'mon! It's our first interaction with contractors and we've learned a couple of lessons like:

1. Get EVERYTHING in writing
2. Get CHANGES in writing
3. Explain that for every day they go over their estimated day, we'll be taking $25 off their bill.  (we didn't do th…

Motivational Monday

Sorry for the absence, y'all.  We've been working on our home, enjoying each other and getting back to normal after a pretty intense Winter with work.  More on all of that later!  For now, I hope you have a lovely day!


"I hope everyone that is reading this is having a really good day. And if you are not, just know that in every new minute that passes you have an opportunity to change that." -- Gillian Anderson

"Probably the worst time in a person's life is when they have to kill a family member because they are the devil. But otherwise it's been a pretty good day." -- Emo Philips

"You have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger. The bad days make you realize what a good day is. If you never had any bad days, you would never have that sense of accomplishment!" -- Aly Raisman











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Things I'm Loving Friday

Happy Friday!!!  The list lover in me had to share the following, random assortment of things that I'm in love with lately. 

Craft Base Layer


This thing is AWESOME.  Designed to layer under your jersey, it's job is to keep you dry and cool during hot rides.  I was pretty skeptical at first, but then I wore it on a 90+ degree ride and was more than pleasantly surprised.  I wasn't all gross and sweaty when I finished my ride and I didn't overheat either.  I've even been wearing it in mild conditions where my rides start off a little cool, but warm up quickly and it's been awesome!!! (If you're in the Atlanta area, come check them out at Peachtree Bikes!)

Creeping Phlox



The little bed of purple flowers was actually planted last Spring.  I watched it survive the worst Winter we've had in awhile and when the weather got warmer, these flowers started popping up.  I actually had forgotten what it was since I usually plant annuals and forget about them after Septem…

A Little Dirt Digging

Spring is officially here, y'all.  It brings much warmer temperatures, unpredictable weather and LOTS of pollen.  I'm lucky that I'm not one of the people who suffer from terrible pollen allergies, but it seems to get to everyone this time of year.  So much so that I find myself thankful for rainy days that help keep my car clean and my nose a little clearer!

We recently started a new landscape project on our ENTIRE yard.  I'll post all about that when it's done!  It's our first big project for the house and something we've talked about since we bought the place.  We're learning lots of lessons in the process including the one where you start a massive project on your house only to have your air conditioner die.  :-/  It is what it is and we're thankful that the weather is nice enough for us to have our windows open while we wait the 5 to 10 days until we can get it fixed.  

While we've been focusing on the bigger picture, our back deck was lookin…