Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Date Night

Playing darts on the tv. I love living in the future.
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Monday, January 30, 2012

RnR @ TnT

I can't believe I forgot to share this here last week! Sometimes when I do my choreo, I find myself either making up a story or to go with it or I envision a specific locale or outfit. This one stemmed from the boy in the song being 17 (which at 36, I find hilarious). So as I describe to my class the imaginary scene at the bar (I chose the bar in Top Gun) trying to get the attention of this young pilot (let's call him Val Kilmer). My favorite joke is that even if there were 2 of them, I'd be older than their combined ages. ugh :)

But without further ado, here's your regularly scheduled program of cute butts clad in Victoria's Secret pants. Also, this dance is super fun.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Fashion Friday

ROWR!
What did you do to that poor cheetah?
Nice Leopard :)

It's kind of fun when an outfit solicits a bunch of comments, even if they're snarky. I recently got these boots in black and brown since my standard winter work outfit pretty much equals this look: skirt/tights/boots/hat. I have lots of hats and I like that, at least with long or longish hair, you can still have hairstyles (pony(ies), braid(s), down, up) and still keep your noggin warm. While I am comfortable in and like my winter dress code, I was just at the mall yesterday and it made me lust for the outfits of spring and summer (colors! dresses! no sleeves!). Until then however, I will cozy up in one of the best resale finds of all time. This Michael Kors jacket for $60. It's so soft, it's like wearing whipped cream.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Li.bar.y

I have a book club with a guy I met in a bar.  It's a guy John and I befriended and almost immediately, he and John deep dove into smart guy stuff and I had to go shop for shoes to avoid sitting there and smiling politely for hours.  However, after a couple times hanging out there and becoming FB friends, there was a time when he said something that made me bring him a book to read.  When he returned it, he brought one for me.  This weekend, I stopped by the bar after a FB message from him and asked "Did Nathan leave anything for me?"  Behind the bar are two books (the last one I gave him plus a new one for me) with a sticky note and my name on it.  I will read it and carefully select one for him, and send him a message when I've dropped them off at the bar with his name on them.  It's pretty fun.  I hope neither of us get a Kindle or stop drinking.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Minnow.

I've waited a long time to replace my beloved Zu, and when I was finally ready, it was the off season and there were some regulations limiting how many could be shipped in. I was told that I should expect to get a call around March, but it cam a bit early! I was hoping to get a small one so that I could have the same bonding as I did with Zu. My rule with minnows is that you have to live a week before you get your name. Baby Ahzi has been eating worms like a champ since last Saturday. The little swimmer starts out the size of my pinkie, but I look forward to little buddy growing into a delightful big fish and being my pal for many years.
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Aloha, Maui

I am probably going to be a light poster this week because we have our big Sales Kick-Off. That means a week of meetings and events and general business-y shenanigans. But to appropriately wrap up our Maui trip, here's our last night of fun in the sun(set).
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Sand raft!
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Thanks Maui, we had a blast!
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until next time, lovely beach.
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Friday, January 13, 2012

Fashion Friday

On the second or third day we were in Maui, we woke up to a very rainy day. While the prospect of sitting in the open air bar all day and watching it was kind of appealing, we decided to make an adventure out of it and drive around West Maui. It was a beautiful drive. We were an hour or so into it when the road narrowed. and narrowed... and narrowed....
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There were some pretty sketchy corners and thankfully the only traffic coming from the other way occurred when there was an extra couple inches and allowed us to get around each other without backing up. In some places, that would have been the only solution. After our spring adventure, we were both a little nervous.

After we made it safely back to town, we cleaned up and headed out for a drink. I have had this dress for years and although I don't wear it often, I absolutely adore it. Adding the hair flower made it perfect for happy hour in Maui.
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After happy hour, we took a drive out through the sugar cane fields.. It was still a bit windy :)
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Snorkeling

Snorkeling, and simply swimming in the ocean in general, is super fun.
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One morning, at the best spot we found, we were simply surrounded by these black fish.  It was so fun to swim around with a school that big.
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We also did a snorkeling trip out to Molokini.  I have to admit that we found better snorkeling on our own (Like right outside the hotel :)), but the trip was super fun.  We got up early to board and whale watched our way to the site.
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We snorkeled at two different places and had an awesome lunch on the boat while we looked for sea creatures. When we saw this dolphin, we also saw a mama and baby dolphin, quite possibly the cutest thing ever.
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On the way back, we stopped at a popular turtle destination.
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Speaking of turtles, we got to swim with one at our hotel beach. We saw him when we were out there one day and followed him for a while and then on our last morning, we decided to take one more swim around the reef and were lucky enough to see him again. Turtles are cool.
Also cool? This little lizard that just about made me jump off my bar stool when we landed on my shoulder!
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A perfect day in Maui

Thanks to some pro lessons from our visit a few years ago to ex-Hawaiians Nic and Kim, we had some tricks up our sleeves for days in Maui. We woke up early and went out for a beach jog:
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Our perfectly placed hotel was on a strip of beach about a mile long, so a run to the end and back was just enough to get the blood flowing and start the day off right.
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Plus, sand and warm water on your toes first thing in the morning is a pretty awesome way to start the day. Optional cool down swim in the ocean for bonus points.
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After that, we packed our bags with our snorkels and hit Starbucks for breakfast and then a trip to Foodland and Subway to get snacks, drinks and lunch for the day. We packed these in an insulated bag (you know, to keep the vodka nice and chilled ;)) Then we'd drive out to explore. We did a bit of hiking.
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When we got to a place that looked like good snorkeling, we'd stop and give it a try. More than once, we found that we had a little beach all to ourselves.
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After a few hours of hiking and swimming and exploring, we'd head back to our car and have our picnic lunch and drive back into town to spend the afternoon at the beach by our hotel.
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Here, we'd make some drinks and suntan and chat and people watch and swim and snorkel some more.
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I have to say that JJ did an awesome job of picking our hotel. Out of all the snorkeling that we did, the second best place was right outside on "our" beach. The cool thing about that was that we didn't have to spend any more time than we wanted in transit to something cool. Something cool was right outside our door.
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Even though it was cloudy, the temperature was delightful and the water was amazing.
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After a few hours of lounging and a couple rounds of vodka and diet Mt. Dew, we'd go clean up and head into town for a snack or happy hour.
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We'd usually come back to the little bar by our hotel for one last drink or a walk on the beach as the sun set.
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Then hit the hay early, wake up and repeat.  Perfection.
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Maui

So once upon a time in 2011, about the time I started ignoring my blog for a while, we went on a delightful little vacation to Maui.
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I'm going to relive a bit of it this week. Even though my tan has already faded, I want to transport myself to the beach...
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and remember the awesomely warm water...
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and fantastic sunsets...
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So awesome.
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Friday, January 6, 2012

Jan. 6

The timing of John's surgery date coinciding with the new year makes for a good time of reflection.  His "second birthday" will always follow the ringing in of the new year and I think it adds to the mindset of starting fresh and being thankful for everything that we have.  I'll never forget that very long day but I am glad that I took the time to write about it when it was fresh.  Every time I read this, I remember the 'me' that I was that day: vulnerable, hopeful, scared.  Remembering how quickly you can lose everything you love is a good impetus to align your gratitude and your goals and drive the course of your life instead of letting it drive you.

January 6, 2009

Happy 3, JJ.  I love you.  I'm glad we're still on this road together.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Baby, it's cold outside!

The kitties have discovered where the warm comes out.
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