Monday, January 30, 2012

Doctor's Office

I'm sitting in the X-ray waiting room, waiting for them to x-ray my hip/leg.

I've been training for a half marathon since (technically) September and about 2 months ago my hip started hurting.

We have tried ice, heat, stretching, rest... Nothing is getting the nagging pain I go away.

I am back up a 6 miles for each run and J doesn't want to up my mileage until we can figure out what's wrong so I don't hurt myself worse.

So now I wait for my x-ray and hope that my new awesome doctor, I just met her but absolutely love her already, can figure out what's wrong with me.

Well, here goes nothing...

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Hello Illinois

We are currently in our way to Champagne, Illinois to watch the UT Arlington Movin' Mavs play wheelchair basketball.

The coach and his wife are some of our beat friends from Texas and they adopted us many times for Thanksgivings when we couldn't be with out families.

If you've never seen wheelchair basketball, it's pretty awesome and you should check it out. If you ever have the chance to play, you'll really appreciate the strength and agility that these guys and gals have!

Hope you are all having a great weekend and I'll have a menu recap for you on Monday!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Menu Monday

J and I have decided that we are going to take turns planning the week's menu.  This week is my turn and I got all of my recipes this week from Pinterest.  Here's what's on our menu for the week ...

Monday - Portobello Pizzas


Tuesday - Crock Pot Barbecue Chicken


Wednesday - Taco Stuffed Shells


Thursday - Southwest Chicken Wraps


Friday - Fettuccine with Prosciutto and Aparagus


I'll let you know next week how everything turns out!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Indiana, Our Indiana

I was born in Indiana, to two parents who went to Indiana University.  This means I grew up a Hoosier.  When I was 3, I knew all the words to the IU fight song (and still do to this day) and at the age of 5, while walking around campus on a visit to see my mom's long time friend,  I announced to everyone that I thought it was time for us to go visit Bobby Knight.

I lived a few years in Illinois and then, during my grade school years, we spent about 7 years in West Lafayette... Purdue country.  IU and Purdue are rivals and the hatred runs deep.  I had a teacher in 4th Grade... Mr. Lyle... he was awesome, but he was a Purdue fan.  That year, IU beat Purdue in basketball and because of some luck at the grocery store, we were able to make our way into his classroom on Sunday and decorate it in red and white (something that would surely get you in trouble these days... I'm so glad I'm not a kid now) just to gloat.

I moved to Texas right before I started middle school, but still loved Indiana.  My dad watched basketball games at every chance he got and often times, if he was out refereeing, the game would be taped to watch later.

When I was looking at colleges, it really came down to 2... Indiana and The University of Texas.  I got a pretty great scholarship that would have made out of state tuition at IU relatively affordable, but in the end, I didn't want to be that far from my parents and chose UT.  I had an amazing college experience and a pretty great 4 years of sports teams while I was there, even though the football team never beat Oklahoma while I was in school.  Even though I am a Longhorn through and through, I have always had a love for Indiana basketball.

I was a freshman in college the last time they went to the Final Four and after a few bad years and a few worse years, IU basketball has finally made its way back into the Top 10 in the nation and is having a great season so far!

All of my life, I've watched IU basketball on TV, but I've never been to a game.  Now that we live in Bloomington, I thought I was finally going to get my chance this year.  J and I looked at tickets this year, but with that win over Kentucky early, the prices on Stub Hub were kind of ridiculous.  I was kind of disappointed that I was going to have to wait another year, and then Christmas came.

I had an envelope in my stocking and when I opened it, I found out that I'd be going to a game in Assembly Hall... the real one, not the one in Champagne.  J used to work with a guy who is an IU alum and he's hooking us up!!!  I am so excited that after 28 1/2 years of watching IU basketball on TV, I'm going to actually be there, crossing something off my bucket list!


Saturday, January 07, 2012

When did 2012 get here?

Obviously I'm a little behind on my New Year post... the beginning of the semester just drains me and we haven't even started school yet!

I've been catching up on the blogs I follow tonight and everyone did such great recaps of the year and their holidays and mine kind of sucked...

Not my holidays... they were great.  I took a little over a week off work and it was fantastic to get to spend time at my parents'house baking, and hanging out with family and spending just about every day in my pajamas.  It's a great feeling to get up, take a shower and put on some clean PJs.

Christmas was hard... I never would have thought that I would be spending this Christmas without my grandma... despite the fact that her house has been sold and her stuff is all over my parents' house and filling up their garage, it still just doesn't seem real sometimes.

I had to come back to work on the 29th, so my parents, aunt, uncle and a few cousins came down for New Years Eve.  We continued the holiday tradition of eating, watching basketball/football and playing games.  Once again, we spent another holiday in pajamas, but I'm not someone who likes to get all dressed up and go out with the crowds.

On the second, I had some coworkers over for dinner and then I went back to work on the 3rd.  This weekend is a training weekend so there's some extra time in the office.  Next week will be another long week full of late nights and then I get a 3 day weekend because of MLK day, so I'm looking forward to that.

SO, the fact that it's 2012 has not really hit me yet... my Christmas decorations are still up, my suitcase from my trip to my parents' house has not been unpacked and all of our Christmas presents are still in boxes.

Like I said, this week is not going to be much better for me as far as extra time goes, so I guess I just need to plan on MLK day being my day to get stuff done around the house.  It's pretty likely that I won't get any blogging done this week either (maybe a lunch post or two) so I'll put that on the schedule for next weekend as well, now that all of my Wedding Wednesday posts have run out  :-D

Here's hoping that you have a nice, relaxing, quiet week ahead of you... one of us should...

Monday, January 02, 2012

6 Months

I have another post on the blog entitles "6 Months"... it was a year ago... it was 6 months BEFORE we got married.  Now, we have been married for half a year... a different "6 Months" post.  There are so many things about our wedding day that are a blur to me, especially now, but the most important part of the wedding is the marriage that comes from it, and I am so lucky to wake up next to my best friend and husband every day and with all of the things we have experienced in our first six months of marriage, I am so grateful to have an amazing husband who is always by my side...

Our first look
Our first kiss (as a married couple) 
Our first dance

Happy 6 Months to my awesome husband!!