Monday, October 20, 2014

SIX MONTHS of Marriage!

Last weekend Jeff and I celebrated our first six months of marriage! Now, we don't intend on celebrating every six months ... but I thought our FIRST six months would be fun to celebrate and give us a reason to get out of town (the desert) for a few hours!

I made reservations for us at Matchbox in Downtown Palm Springs. We see this place every time we go down the hill and say we want to go there. THIS was the perfect reason! Matchbox has private balconies you can reserve that overlook the small courtyard and the main strip of "downtown".


Here's our balcony!

Of course we hit Great Shakes afterwards for dessert ... I got a small this time ... there wasn't too much room left in my belly!! 

In other events of the weekend, Duke went for his first ride in the truck!


He waited in the truck bed while Jeff pumped gas :) 

 We made these from our Omaha Steak care package ... OH MY GOD.. This is Stuffed Sole (with crab and scallops) I was sad when I was done eating. I never wanted it to end LOL

My hubby also took me to Yucca to see "Gone Girl" .. You should totally read this book and then see the movie. It was great! I love having a long weekend and a few dates all in a row with him!!

Awesome awesome weekend. A great way to celebrate and enjoy a long weekend :)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Eight Happy Things!

I have many happy things happen to / for me in a week ... but isn't it awesome when they all seem to come at once? It's one of my favorite things. When you have good things coming and you can't even help being happy or excited!

Here's eight happy things! Happy Friday!



  • My weekend started last night! Thursday night was my "Friday night"... I never drink on a week day but I had a glass of wine with my dinner and knew that Friday was a bonus day for me this week :) I even did my Friday work out yesterday so I could have all of today to myself to do whatever I wanted!

  • TGIT recorded for me last night ... Which means I get to watch "Grey's Anatomy" today while Jeff is at work ... and when he gets home we will watch "How To Get Away With Murder" at some point this weekend. Probably sooner than later, because we are both soooo hooked already! (SOME PEOPLE are mad at the whole "TGIT" thing ... listen .. ABC did the whole TGIF thing so I'm not even mad about it ;) It's not like they stole it from another station!)

  • More TV you ask? YES. "Hart Of Dixie" season 3 was uploaded to Netflix this week and I'm THRILLED to have those to watch ... I'm going to get caught up so I can watch the next season with the rest of the world #obsessedwithTV #seriouslyivebeenwating6months

  • This one is happy for US and not so happy for other people .. so I feel kind of bad being happy about it ... My paycheck will be a little extra this week because they needed me a few extra hours. WHY they needed me a few extra hours is sad ... but I'm trying to be happy about it! :/ Is that wrong? :/

  • I have a four day weekend. Jeff has a three day weekend. THAT is happy! Columbus Day is Monday so Jeff has a 72! YAY!!! I love having him home with us a little extra :) :)

  • SUNDAY we will be married six months already! Man, time flies huh? So ... Saturday night I have a fun little surprise for Jeff in Palm Springs. I've been looking forward to it for a week and a half. I hope it's everything I have in my head!! :)

  • My dress came!! I officially have my dress for the Marine Corps Ball in November .. pics to come once we go!

  • I signed up for this tour of the commissary thing called Cooking Matters yesterday during the day before work. It was all about tips on prices and healthy options to chose at the commissary (translation: grocery store). Things to avoid, things to look for .. etc. A lot of it was basic information, but I can totally appreciate. They actually were completely booked all day, which makes me so happy! People "into" learning about eating healthy. Then at the end ... they said there was a $10 challenge. Umm .. if you know me, I have a love/hate relationship with grocery store challenges :) So, they said you have 10 minutes to get all the things to make a meal with what you learned AND you had to have something for all the food groups. Dude, I nailed it. $5 and some change and I had yogurt, eggs, whole wheat toast, a banana and a potato. Well ... what they didn't tell us what that you get to KEEP what you picked. They paid for our groceries! I did TOO well and they sent me back to spend my other $5!! HAHA!! So funny! I went back for two packages of turkey bacon because I knew they were on sale for $2 each .. and we eat a lot of turkey bacon in my house! Free healthy groceries? Yes please! Check it out:


  • Okay that's all for now ... What are you happy about this Friday? Have a great weekend!

    Friday, October 3, 2014

    Where DID September Go?

    September went by with a blink of an eye.
    Seriously, I can't believe it's over. Here's how I did on my September goals:
    (If no one cares about these goals, it's totally fine! Keep coming back! :) I just like to keep track .. it keeps me moving forward!) 



    1.  Get a puppy ... eeeeeekkkk!!!!!! Okay, that's not a goal .. it's an announcement! -- We DID get a puppy! His name is Duke and we are in love.  ... he is a stinker ..just nine weeks old yesterday. He still nips and bites but it's because he's a baby .. he doesn't like to let me SLEEP .. but he's doing great in the short time we've had him! Read and see more of him {HERE} And also know, that I'm officially a loser dog person who's obsessed with their dog. 



    2. Come up with a YUMMY dessert (not healthy!) to take to Jamie's when we visit for the weekend... Yes! I did this too. I've made [these] before, in Michigan .. so I brought them to the housewarming party and they were a huge hit if I say so myself ;) Oh! They were called "Monster Cookies" .. soft, PB, oatmeal, chocolate chip and mini M&M cookies! I DID forget to take a pic though. Go check out the recipe.  

    3. Purchase a plane ticket home for CHRISTMAS for me? As I said before, there were a few things in the way of this one. I haven't done it yet. 

    4. Get to mass (church) THREE weeks in September. Fail. I went twice .. I'm working on it. I need to find a mass I like the music at, here. I've been spoiled at home.


    5. Send two pieces of "just because" mail to anyone I see fit. I love mail. I'm going to call this a win. One just because and one thank you note :) 

    6. GET ON A LIFTING SCHEDULE! I'm lifting four days a week. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This whole week I upped almost everything ... I'm REALLY excited about it! Who knew??!?!

    7. Watch the stars in Joshua Tree at least once in September. Nope. I wanted to .. we've been busy ... September FLEW by and now that we have the pup we would either have to bring him or keep him in is crate at home while we go ... so it didn't happen :( But we will go again soon. 




    1. Up the rest of my weights this week and moving forward. 

    2. Keep couponing! The more the better! 

    3. Get to mass THREE weeks in October (A carry over from September)

    4. Find a dress for the Marine Corps Ball! EEeeekkkkkk! 

    5. Buy at least two Christmas presents (Planning ahead so we aren't shocked with it all + travel expenses in December!) 

    6. Celebrate being married 6 months, October 12th!!! <3 

    7. Get to Joshua Tree National Park to star gaze. 

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    Introducing .... Duke!

    I told you guys to buckle up right?
    Introducing ......... Duke! 

    A Marine Corps Puppy already :) 
    Some pics on the way home <3 


    Silly boy



    I think he missed Jeff when he went for his run .. what do you think?

    Here he is! 

    Comfortable already

    Sweet boy! Look at those ears ... and eyes!! :)



    Duke loves to sleep on my feet while I cook in the kitchen

    And he ALWAYS wants me to hold him :) 



    Duke's first trip on base to see Jeff! 

    Sorry I haven't posted in about a week! I've been busy getting used to this new life of mine.
    I now have a job! I now have a puppy! I now can't get any sleep ... LOL Okay, after two or three sleepless nights, Duke is accepting his crate a little at a time. He hasn't cried ALL night in a few nights which makes me one happy chick. I NEED MY SLEEP. I had no idea I'd feel like that. Thank God we are getting over that bump in the road ...

    I promise to try not to be a crazy dog person here on the blog. BUT.. how sweet is he???

    And he's only eight weeks! <3