Friday, August 19, 2016

"Are you ever going to blog again?" - John Apfel.

So little known fact about John, he loves this blog. He might not ever go out and admit it, but I know he does. When I used to blog more often, he would get in bed every night and pull it up on the iPad and I would nervously watch his face as he read my posts. And usually he has NOTHING to say afterwards, but I can tell that he likes when I write about our life. (I think he just likes all the compliments I pay him, haha.) And he used to check like every day...so he must not hate it, right? And maybe it wasn't exactly worded ^ that way, but last night before getting into bed he was like, "new blog post??" And I was like...no. BUT DO YOU WANT ME TO WRITE ONE? I CAN WRITE ONE? Lol.

And then later on he said something really, really funny and I thought why not do a life update according to some of my favorite John quotes? So let's get into it...


But first a picture of the requester himself. We were driving home late one night, listening to country music and I kept going, "I feel like we're having so much fun." Hahaha. So I took this picture to remember that moment.

And then here's us having "so much fun" at a baseball game!


But wait. I actually don't have any quotes for this first update, hahaha. Maybe I can think of something...

But yeah, we went to a Rangers game last Sunday! John's had like literally ONE day off a week lately, so on Sunday when he wanted to go to a game - because Detroit was in town, duh! - I was like, "YES!" Because I think on his day off he should go crazy and do whatever he wants.


But it was so hot. I'm sure there's a quote about that, if I tried to remember. John kept talking about how his shirt was getting sweaty and then drying  It has been raining a lot lately so it started off really cool and cloudy and then the sun came out and it was like, OH MY GOD. I took this picture actually to send to my fitness group because on Saturday it's #sweatysaturday and I was like, "um, sweaty Sunday anyone?" Haha. We had fun though, and I think John had a great time, which was the point, but towards the end I was dying in the heat. I made a pact before we left that I would have NO ICE CREAM. And then seriously, I thought I was dying...and then before I knew it, I was in the ice cream line, and then standing alone in the hallway eating it all ashamed but at the same time relieved, lol. OH WELL.  

And on the topic of sports, the Olympics!! We don't have cable but we have a little "cheat" way of watching a few channels, so at night we've been catching some of the events here and there. And this was the story that inspired the whole blog post...and it might only be funny to me, but that's okay because this is an example of "blogging for myself and only myself" basically, haha. So the women were running yesterday. And we kept laughing because they're like...running...like, it's a sport...and they're in the fricking Olympics, and they're all wearing lipstick and jewelry and some had even like, their hair down and we're like, "what???" Does that make anyone else go, what??? Like, if I was planning on running 100 miles an hour in a race, the last thing I would do is put hoop earrings in, lol. But that's just me! And we were making fun because a few of the girls had chockers on, and sorry, but I HATE that this trend is back. I cannot go back to 10th grade, lol. So anyways, John goes,

"where did they even get those things? Did they pull them out of a box from under their bed??"


HAHAHA. Like, did they put them away in 2004 and then pull them back out this year? (Unless they're young and they didn't go through that phase the first time around. I forget sometimes that I'm old...) But yeah, that's the something "really, really funny" that he said. OH, and we started watching "Stranger Things" the other night, and I think we like it. Well, we like it enough that we renewed our Netflix, lol. But we're not too far in because John keeps falling asleep...

Pretty interesting update so far, right? How about some foooood.



I actually already Instagrammed this recipe, in case anyone's interested. (Could also do chicken!) But it's our OUR FAVORITE lately. I don't know why I ever though fajitas seemed hard? They're literally the easiest thing ever. I got the recipe from the Beachbody "Fixate" cookbook, even though I slightly changed it (because, LIME) and John watched me one day and went, "oh you made your own rub?" And I was like, "yeah it's from the 21 Day fix cookbook." And his face gets sad and goes,

"oh yay, protein powder."


HAHAHA. He thinks I put Shakeology in everything. (I don't for the record. I actually found out that if you bake it, it destroys the nutrients, FYI.) But I have been making some pretty amazing protein balls though. They look like little shit balls...haha, but a few people have asked for it, so I'll just link the recipe here  - GF Balls and Bars Recipe.

Okay and then this isn't really a quote, so I'm failing at this, but John keeps accusing me of treating Ted like a cat, lol.



And this picture actually has nothing to do with the story, but he sort of looks like a cat here, right? Maybe? Ok no but really. He has been SUPER crazy and puppy-like again ever since he started on this new allergy medication, and I'm so happy he's feeling better, but he's driving me nuts. As I'm writing this, he's currently throwing all his toys at my feet trying to get me to throw something. He has TONS of energy again and it doesn't stop at night! He's been doing this thing where he gets on the bed. Gets off the bed. Gets on the bed. Gets off the bed. And somehow John sleeps through it, but I keep getting woken up all night long by a 77 lb (yes!) dog jumping up and down, up and down. Sometimes he sits and stares at me, sometimes he sits on my face. So I've been "picking him up like a cat" according to John (I'm not sure how to explain this...lol) and shoving him off the bed multiple times every night. I've even started locking him out, because he's just so annoying. And I don't really feel bad because then I just find him on the couch in the morning, so I'm sure he's fine. Maybe he even sleeps better?

OH, and next week he gets his big surgery. YOU KNOW. THE ONE. Is it weird I'm feeling sentimental about it? I asked John, "should we take a picture of his balls?" And he was like, "I wouldn't.." hahaha. I was kidding though, really. I'm ready to never see those things again.

So where do I go from there, haha? Um..

OH. OH. My favorite John quote of lately actually. Again, it might only be funny to me...but hey! So, I was opening up Facebook to show John something, I don't remember what, and he goes to my page and says in a voice that's supposed to be mine,

"Facebook! Stop asking me if I have a job!"


HAHAHAHA. (Am I the only one laughing??) Because it's a joke that's not really a joke around here that I don't have a "job" yet...BUT GUESS WHAT? I do now! Starting next week. A little part-time gig that I'm pretty excited about. And I am still doing my Beachbody coaching, but it's not really enough to be "it" quite yet. (Someday!!) So TAKE THAT FACEBOOK. But no really, I try not to put that much information on Facebook. I have "Dallas" as our city, even though if you came to Dallas, you would never find us!! We're not "in" Dallas. But you don't need to know that! 

And then I'll end this with one last picture of my special husband...


You wouldn't believe the pictures John has of me sleeping. It's like his thing. And they are HORRIBLE. Like, if he were to open up his phone to show someone a picture of his wife, that someone would be like, "wow...she looks...like she's tired." Lol. They're so bad. So I'm doing it back, haha. No actually, I took this because he came home early one day last week to catch up on sleep, and I just missed him and thought he was so cute. Maybe that's why he does it to me..? Is that why? Am I cute, lol? I'm tempted to throw in one of me just so you guys get the picture....

Ok, fine. 


I clearly picked the "cutest" one I could find, lol. But I'm clearly not really sleeping, it looks like I'm "pretending to be sleeping" which is weird, and I actually have no idea when this was from or what I was doing. But you get the picture.

Now how do I end this...

Until next time?

 xxx

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

"I'll have the smoked sausage dog....?" and other stories from our day date in Fort Worth.















Wow, talk about a photo dump, lol. But forever on a time crunch lately (self-imposed of course) so gotta stop taking HOURS to recap life stories. But I thought this was a day I needed/wanted to remember.  And I'll get to the weird title, but starting at the beginning...

For our "day date" last Saturday John wanted to go to this Mediterranean place in Fort Worth, which is actually a bit of a drive for us, but we wanted to get out of the house (aka apartment). And the food looked awesome! Like chicken kabobs and veggies and falafel, and I was like, "YEAH." So we left and like halfway there, he was like, "wanna go to the Stock Yards?" And I was like, "YEAH!" Just kidding, I was like, "um what's that?" Because I am a little hermit crab and I don't know. And I'm still not really sure what it was or how to describe it, haha, but we had so much fun! (In case anyone's really interested - http://www.fortworthstockyards.org) I guess it's a little (or not so little) historic district and there were shops and fun and food and cattle parade the streets twice a day! We missed that part, but we still got to see some. In a few different spots, they had them out in the streets and for $5 you could climb on and get a picture with them. I never do those things, because I feel like it's supporting animal abuse, lol. Is that weird? It really bothers me. We walked by some and I was like, "oh my gosh John they're probably so hot!" Because it was HOT. But then I remembered that they live outside...but I still felt bad for them. 

Probably our favorite thing we did though was walk through the horse stables. (Are those called stables? They were in like pens.) At first we didn't know if we could just walk in, but John just went for it and then other people started to follow him so I followed, haha. So we walked around for probably thirty minutes saying hello to all of the horses. They all had such funny little names too, like "Texas Jim" and "Whiskey Pete." And there were all these signs that said not to touch them or feed them, but when no one was looking we did. Well, we didn't feed them but we petted them. I kept going, "John I think they want to be petted" haha. I'm actually really scared of horses though. Funny story, my Mom loves horses and put us in lessons and everything and I never really felt comfortable around them, and then once we were riding with our girl scout troop and mine went BERZERK and took off like running full speed in circles while I was barely holding on and almost fell off and maybe I remember it more dramatically than how it really happened, but it was SO SCARY. My sister loves to tell this story, lol. So yeah, I like the horses because I love all animals, but you will never get me to ride one again, haha. Nope. Never. 

After that that we sort of just walked around, in and out of shops. We didn't buy anything, but I finally found some "cowboy boots" that I like! For real, John. Christmas, lol. They were sort of expensive, but oh my gosh not like some of the ones John picked up. He turned one over and it was $975.00!!!!!! He also apparently wants a cowboy hat, like a real one, and I was like, "okay where are you going to wear that??" And he was like, "everywhere." Haha. Really. John, love you but too soon. Oh my gosh, and every store smelled HEAVENLY like leather! Oh my gosh. Do they make leather scented candles? I'd buy that. 

And then we had to stop for lunch since that was the reason we left the house in the first place, so we just picked a place and I quickly decided it was going to be "treat day." (I hate to call it a cheat day, because I hate the word cheat.) So I though I might as well get the craziest thing on the menu, so I ordered the smoked sausage dog. It was a smoked sausage obviously, and had some spicy sauce and mustard and bacon and cheese. AND FRIES. I never have fries, so that was exciting and luckily they were like REAL FRIES and so good. I didn't go nuts and scarf the whole plate down or anything because it was A LOT, but I enjoyed the hell out of them. So anyways,  the story behind the title of this post. So the waitress seemed totally nice and normal at first, and then I ordered "the smoked sausage dog" and she sort of just started at me for a minute, and I was thinking like, "that was on the menu right?" Because she was looking at me like waiting for something. So I laughed like nervously and then she started laughing and was like, "OH YOU GET IT. YOU GET IT. YOU LOOK SO INNOCENT. ORDERING THE SMOKED SAUSAGE. HA HA HA." And I was like fake laughing looking at John like, "help?" And then she finally left and I looked over to John like, "I did not mean that in any sort of sick way, lol." Like honestly, I'm the person who never catches onto the "that's what she said" sort of jokes. So that was so weird. But it sort of made our day because it was a funny story afterwards. 

But really the highlight of the entire day was definitely the horses. (We only spent like three hours there, and then another ten at the Apple store after, haha. No blog post dedicated to that experience.) There's something that just says "Texas" about horses, you know? Or maybe not since even my little brother in Michigan works at a horse stable, haha. STILL there's something Texas about it. 

It was just one of those really unexpectedly fun days and those are the kind of days I want to remember forever. So here's to more unexpectedness! (Pretend I am cheers-ing or something here, lol.)  
xx

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

July leftovers...or more like July 30th and 31st leftovers, lol.

So not much to share from July since I only began trying to take pictures within the last week, haha. But #GOALS for August. Take more pictures of my every day life with my family. I've been feeling super sentimental lately. Maybe because it's frickin AUGUST already and I'm not sure where the past few months have gone? I know for sure I haven't been making the best of them. But it's a new month, and I love a new month. It's always so rejuvenating isn't it? Lot's of goals for this month. I'm new to "goal making" but I think it's going to be good! (PS any blog friends want in my new August challenge group on Facebook - YOU KNOW you're always welcome right?) 

Alright back to...the beginning of July with our trip to DQ. 


Honestly...good, of course, but not even as good as I remembered. John got cookie dough, and I got Oreo. We were both like, "did these get smaller?" haha. (Did they?) And they were like $7 for the two of them too, which was a lot I thought. I think I'm all about the Froyo to be honest. I might make ooonnne last trip there this summer. Juust one. 


And another car selfie because...that's my life! This was just one that we sent to John last week. I basically just text/send pictures to John all day long about whatever I'm thinking/whatever we're doing. Because that's just my life, lol! (This is very quickly becoming the most boring thing I've ever posted..) 


So how about some food? I almost eat strictly out of bowls anymore, and almost exclusively Mexican style foods, lol. This was eggs, spinach and red pepper topped with a little cheese, crushed corn tortilla chips and then I did some salsa. Am I bowl genius or am I not?

...and then that's honestly all I have up until two days ago, haha. (I mean, obviously I post a lot on social media, food in bowls, etc, but these are the "leftovers.") 


But I have made good on my promise to take more pictures of John. He got new boots the other day, and before he left for work I was like, "WAIT! PICTURE!" This is his THIRD pair of cowboy boots! He said to me, "when are you getting some?" And I was like, "never" haha. But to be fair, these are for work. He actually "needs" them. I do not have any need for cowboy boots, lol. Except I am going to do some Beachbody "Country Heat" this Sunday, but it would actually be very hard in cowboy boots. Nike's all the way.


Did anyone see my snaps the other day? John had to work all weekend, so Ted and I came to visit on Sunday and we took Ted for a ride in the buggy...and then took a ride without Ted and let him chase us, haha. Oh my gosh. It was so funny. He loves to chase/be chased. But it was hot and he's not really used to that much running so I was like a freaked out overprotective Mom and was screaming, "JOHN STOP. HE'S TIRED. HE'S GOING TO OVERHEAT. LET HIM CATCH UP." Hahaha. But no really, he had the best time. Then we went inside and stayed for a while and I was just sitting in Johns office with him and Ted was like exploring the whole place and opening the doors by himself and leaving, and looking for water and then the cleaning crew showed up (because it was Sunday/empty except for John) and Ted scared the SHIT out of them, haha. People always think he looks mean? I don't see it. He's literally a big giant baby running at you because he wants to lick you. 

Anyway. It was good family time, lol. 


Until this happened. I was driving home with Ted afterwards and this warning came up "tire pressure low" and it showed all 4 tires and the other three were at like a 40, and then this one was at 20, then 19, then 18 and then within like 60 seconds was down to 1 as I BARELY got off the highway and turned into a gas station. It's a big fear of mine to have to pull over on the highway, so super glad I happened to be right by an exit. It's all good now, but probably not safe to drive around the job site anymore, haha.


And  then this is just a random, but I think it's a cool shot! Like, I'd frame this! For a "day date," John took me to the cutest little place near where he works. I'm not sure if was the "downtown" of wherever we were at or what, but it was the cutest little street lined with the cutest little restaurants. (A lot of emphasis on "cutest little" lol.) We didn't eat at this place, it was just CUTE so I took a picture. 


The place we went to was called "Tacos & Avocados." (CUTE RIGHT?) And here's the super spicy ceviche I had. (And a chicken taco.) I keep trying, but I just don't really enjoy jalapeƱos. I'm too midwest. I can't.


But I CAN do this. We decided to do a date night in last Friday and get takeout. I texted John, "I'm not in the mood to eat healthy." All day I kept opening the fridge and just felt like, "eh" to everything. So I thought I'd be fun and suggested pizza. This place on yelp had such good reviews, but we both decided it was sort of "eh." It wasn't bad, but it wasn't 5 star by any means. I ordered this cheesecake at the last second, and it was sort of "eh" too. But..trying to let loose a bit. So accomplished that, lol. (You know I could talk more about this, and I did via Instagram, but I'll stop there haha..)

And then I'm going to end this with a picture of John from yesterday, which I know was the 1st, but whatever! I just like it. 


He had to get some work photos taken yesterday so he took a half day and was able to go get his Texas license afterwards, but he forgot something so I ran up to meet him. (I actually packaged up everything I thought he needed, but forgot the car stuff, so my bad!) And even though I didn't have to, I stayed and waited with him just because we don't get a ton of time together recently. And even though he was on his phone almost the whole time, and so was I, it still was sort of fun somehow. He does this thing when he's on the phone and in "get shit done" mode, and he gets super loud so I kept having to be like, "John! You're yelling!" Haha. But of course he made friends with everyone around him, so don't think anyone cared. SO, we're both officially Texans now right? Maybe this month we will get out there and do some more Texas things? Probably not, but you never know! 

Happy AUGUST. Enjoy the last bit of summer! (Unless you live in Texas, then stay in the air conditioning and wait it out for fall, haha.) xx
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