Saturday, 28 December 2013

Winter Park Vacation

Our toobing adventure last night was so much fun. 

My attempt to take a picture of the hill. I wish you could tell how steep it was was a bit scarry at first. 

Then they had this handy pullie-thingy that pulled you back up the hill so we didn't have to walk. Which was nice because this altitude had me out of breath just walking around. It is sad. I swear I work out and there is no way I am that out of shape. Anyways I digress. 

Today we hit up the slopes. 


Pretty view. 

I will layer more tomorrow. I got a little cold at times- mostly my hands and legs. Did you know it's best to wear mittens?! They keep your hands warmer. I wish I would've known that before I bought a new pair of regular gloves. Now I know. 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! 

Friday, 27 December 2013

How I made it to Denver.

So I don't think I have mentioned this before but my Grandma retired from continental airlines and has 4 buddy passes which allows 4 people to fly stand by for a year. She gave me a buddy pass this year since I travel often and I can go see my little brother in Indianapolis as much as possible. Having this pass is really great because I fly for free but i take the chances of the flight being full. 

Yesterday my flight was at 3:45. I got to the airport in plenty of time, checked my bags and made my way to the gate to find out the flight was full. The next flight was at 7.... I was not looking forward to sitting around until 7. One of the ladies working the gate goes,"There is a delayed flight heading to Denver at gate C17 if you can make it there fast enough." Bush Contenental Airport is huge and I was in terminal E and ran to terminal C. Flats are not ideal running shoes and my shins were on fire. I made it to the gate in time and boarded the plane. Thank God. & since the flight was over an hour late they were giving away free liquor. Only the best for United travelers. 

I got to track the flight progress. 

And I made it to Denver, got on a little shuttle and met Ashton & her family in Winter Park. 

It is beautiful here! 

Tonight we are going toobing and we will hit the slopes tomorrow! 

Hope everyone is having a great day & thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, 23 December 2013

Crazy Thoughts.

Sometimes when I am driving I get crazy thoughts. For example, I do not like to be window to window with the car next to me at red lights (or at any time). I either stop a couple feet ahead of them or behind. I think the other driver/passengers may try and pull a drive by or something. I think it will make it harder on them to shoot me if they cant see me.
As I am typing this I am realizing how crazy this sounds.
Also, when I am at a red light I leave plenty of space between me and the car in front. The van in the picture below is a little creepy. I pictured guys jumping out and high jacking my car. I always make sure I have enough room to drive around if I need to. But I just thought about the car in front reversing to trap me and then what do I do? Oh shit. I need a back up plan.
These paranoid thoughts really go through my head. Do things like this cross your mind?

Today starts my 10 day vacation from work!
& I leave for my SKI TRIP on Thursday!!!
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!!


Wednesday, 18 December 2013

13 Favorite Songs from 2013

1. I have to admit I found some love for Miley this year.
& I have tickets to her concert March 16 in Houston.
The countdown will begin soon.






7. The video is so weird but I love beat.

8. Always been a Demi fan..



11. This is my favorite song off of her new album for sure.



Just a little link up fun!

Helene in Between

Ashten/Ashton Ski Trip Countdown

Since my ski trip is a week away (I CANNOT WAIT!) I decided I should get my shit together. Last night after crossfit I decided to fight the holiday traffic and make my way to Academy. I looked online yesterday and Academy had the best prices for ski gear. Sun & Ski prices are so high and I couldn't bring myself to spend $250 on a jacket! I decided on the items below. At one point I had everything on (in the middle of the store) and I was sweating my ass off.
Polar Edge® Women's Stretch Fleece Headband
Ear warmers
Polar Edge® Adults' Snow Goggles
Goggles in case sunglasses
aren't cutting it.
Columbia Sportswear Women's Phurtech™ Softshell Jacket
This is lined with material from heaven.

Seirus Adults' Phantom Gore-Tex Gloves
Polar Edge® Women's Nylon Keystone Ski Pant
I actually still have these
pants from my last trip so
I didnt have to buy them.
Which saved me 50 bones.

I am going skiing with my friend Ashton (spelt with an O, mine is with an E) on the 26th!
People always think I am referring to myself in 3rd person. I am crazy but not that crazy. 
Also, her last name is Lee and my middle name is Leigh. So when someone would say "Ashton Lee" I thought I was in trouble because as a child I heard "Ashten Leigh" alot.
Is that confusing enough? Ok, anyways... I met my friend Ashton in college.
We were in the same sorority, took several classes together, were roomates & became great friends. She lives in Dallas now getting her masters & I barely get to see her anymore. BUT we get to spend a week together in Winter Park, CO. I am so pumped!
We always have the best time together. Also, I love when we introduce ourselves to people "Im Ashten" + "I am Ashton too" ... we get alot of weird looks. SO great.  
Ashten / Ashton

 & We both think this is a cute pose after a few cocktails.

Is anyone else going skiing soon? Or have any fun holiday plans?!
Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Weekend Recap & Photo Dump

Friday after work I headed over to my moms house to get a Christmas tree & have dinner.
Instead of bribing us to take pictures with Santa she made us wear these to pick out a tree.

I think the tree turned out really pretty. My Mom has always been a fan of a red and silver tree. We have had these decorations for yearssssss. I think I may buy her a new tree topper for Christmas.
Jillian came home with me because we had a "sister day" planned for Saturday. We really had pictures planned but I needed a reason to steal her for the day. We met brother at our grandparents house for pictures.

My brother made me so mad because he said "This picture
looks like Jillian  is our child. I hate it."
& I LOVED it. He annoyed me all day yesterday.

 Then had lunch and did some shopping so it really was a "sister day" after all.
Excuse her mess of a room.
 Saturday night I went to my first MMA fight. My co-worker's fight was the main event and several people from work went to support him. It was so much fun!
His fight was over in 25 seconds!!! He won his 3rd title & it was amazing.
Then we went out to celebrate.
Fight about to begin...
This guy won against a guy who was a foot taller than him.

This belt is way heavier than it looks & everyone seemed to
post with their fist up so I thought it was only appropriate.

Are you jealous of my 2014 calendar?!  
Thank you Nicole. I Love it!
Sunday, I rested. All day.

This month has been really great. 
8 days until Christmas!!!!!! (I have 1 gift bought)
& 9 days until I go skiing!!!!!


Sami's Shenanigans

Monday, 16 December 2013

Mood Swing Monday

My mood has been affected by the following...
My alarm went off way too early.
I woke up freezing because it was 28 degrees outside.
MY BROTHER. I will fill you in tomorrow.
When I got in my car this morning I was on E. So I had to stop for gas.

Just a little shout out to my first blogger friend A!!!!
Thank you so much for this amazing & sweet card. It made my day!!!!  
Weekend recap will be tomorrow because I am running out of time!
Have a great evening everyone!



Friday, 13 December 2013

It Is Finally Friday!

This week went by slowwwwwwwwwww. TGIF.
Anyone have any great plans for this weekend??
I am headed to my Mom's house tonight to have dinner & decorate the family Christmas tree. Just a little tradition. This is the night when my mom attempts to bribe us to get our picture with Santa at the effing mall. We are 25, 22 & 13. We. Will. Not. Give. In.
We have taken pictures with Santa every year at the mall and we are over it.
I actually cannot believe we agreed to it last year.
It is a tad embarrassing to be waiting in line to see Santa in your 20's & its not like we have a baby with us.. nope just all of us old people standing in line with our mother.
Not happening again.
Then my little sister is staying the night. I cannot wait to hang out with this little diva.
I have made it very clear that it is my Birthday Month.
I promise this will be the last time I mention it.
Since all of my frivolous money goes to Express they showed their appreciation by sending me a $40.00 gift card for my Birthday + I had $15.00 reward cash to spend. So, last night after dinner I decided I would stop in to see what they had I haven't already bought.
& Everything in the store was 40% OFF! Soooo.. I got 2 pairs of jeans, 2 tops and some accessories.
Shirt only
Shirt only
In black
& this is my jam of the week.
Does anyone else look up song lyrics?
Some lyrics are tricky (or my ears are bad), so I did today.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Bound 3.

Have you seen Kanye's new video?

If not, don't waste your time. Here is my summary: Kanye is driving a motorcycle and Kim is facing him completely naked. There is a green screen flashing random backgrounds. It is really dumb & I dislike Kanye which doesn't help. But I have to admit the song is growing on me because I have watched the spoof a few times.

This spoof is brilliant & hilarious.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

I need a dictionary.

There are two stories here but they will tie in somewhere, bear/bare(??) with me here.

Summer of 2012 I was on the lookout for a boot camp in the area. A crossfit gym down the street from was offering a boot camp so I decided to check it out. I love working out with a group of people and my workouts alone at the gym are useless. I was interested in boot camp but not Crossfit because I thought it looked terrible. And I thought there is no way I could do it.

I absolutely loved boot camp, made a few friends, and enjoyed working out with them 3 days a week.
Little did we know, boot camp was an intro class to Crossfit. They were actually preparing us for Crossfit and we had no idea! After 2 months of boot camp our trainer was forcing us to take it to the next level. She knew what we were capable of and had prepared us. Myself and 2 other girls stepped into the "box" prepared to leave crying or vomiting. Shocking news, we survived and have continued to work out together ever since! We have become great friends. We hold each other accountable & push each other to achieve our workout goals.  I am the one who goes to chat and laugh and if I make it through the workout, great. If I don't make the best time, no big deal. I need to get serious about it again, but I am showing up regularly and that is a step in the right direction. And these shoes will be motivation once they arrive.

One day we were on a long run just chatting away trying to make it go by faster. Well, I told my connoisseur story... & here it goes.

Setting: at work, eating lunch & chatting it up with my lunch bunch (about 8 people).

We got to talking about bananas. One of my coworkers does not like bananas & I eat one almost every day. She said it was a texture thing and has never liked them. I said, "I am a connoisseur of bananas". At this point I got a few strange looks but I didn't think anything of it.. then I said, "I am actually a connoisseur of bananas and peanut butter because I like eating them together". Which was followed by this question, "Oh really... well what kind of peanut butter is your favorite". I said, "I like all peanut butter, I don't really have a favorite."... Followed by more confused looks. Then, "How are you going to call yourself a connoisseur but not have a favorite??" < I did not understand why I was being asked this question.

My meaning of connoisseur: something you eat a lot of

The dictionary's meaning of connoisseur: a person with special knowledge

Total. Definition. Fail.

I finally understood why I was getting weird looks and I could not stop laughing at my mistake. I was so sure I used the word correctly and I was a little impressed with myself that I used such a big word since my vocabulary is limited. I was wrong.

Please tell me you have had a Definition Fail?!

And this is where the stories tie together.... So, yesterday after a crazy-hard workout the ladies surprised me with a birthday gift. I died laughing. Every time they eat peanut butter they think of me and laugh. Good times. Good times.

Crossfit this week has been great. I am shooting for 4 days in a row (mon- thur).

Skill - Ring Dips- 3 x 5
WOD “Mary”
20 Min AMRAP:
5 Pushups
10 Pistols
15 Pullups

Skill- Deadlift 3-3-3-3-3 @ 175 lbs
WOD 3 Rounds:
300m Row
10 Ring Dips
15 Plyo Pushups < thought my arms were going to fall off
30 Jumping Lunges (my butt is killing me today)

Wednesday: My sore legs aren't looking forward to this.
Skill: Pose Running Drills
WOD 5 Rounds:
300m Shuttle Sprint/ fast jog
Max Reps Unbroken Thrusters @ 75 lbs
- Rest 2 minutes between each round

Thursday: Don't know what I will be tortured with tomorrow.

Is this week dragging on or is it just me? Come on Friday!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

I sang Happy Birthday to myself.....

 My Birthday weekend was a blast. 48 hours packed full of alcohol & girl time. So fun.
 Friday we headed down to Galveston. Denae picked me up and you would think we were going somewhere for a week. Once all the girls arrived we went out on the town & here are 43270 pictures from the weekend.
We came super prepared.
Started off the night with some shots
photo prop

Out at dinner

This drink was amazing.

Xtina & I

Us 3 have been friends for 16 years!
We did a little reinactment of an old photo. I cannot stop laughing at this.

 Friday night we got home from bar hopping and my friends lit the candles on my cake and started singing. I decided to join in on the song and I stole the show. I sang happy birthday to myself in my opra voice. I wish I had this on video. YouTube worthy for sure.
We woke up to this kind of weather. Since it wasnt raining we hit up the strand for some food and shopping.

Cute litte sign.

Then we came back to the condo & hung out for a bit before we hit up the bars again.

Two girls in the front win the drunk eyes prize.

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Sunday I got home, umpacked, got a pedicure & went to sleep at 7. Exhausted.
Happy Tuesday!