Weekend recap + I’m scared!

Quick rundown of the weekend since I need to get to bed soon! (First day of new job tomorrow; feels like the first day of school, yikes…)

Friday

  • CrossFit at 5:15am (rough, but I needed it)
  • Got some iced coffee
  • My last day at old job! A nice co-worker brought in donuts
  • Didn’t have to do much and I got to leave at 3 instead of 5pm
  • Talked to my grandma as I was driving and she made me smile so much my face hurt
  • Felt the urge to celebrate, so I drove straight to the wine & spirits store and grabbed a bottle of my favorite wine (the last one – meant to be!)
  • Toasted myself with a glass before 4pm (not sorry)

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  • I rarely drink anymore, so this resulted in a nap
  • Woke up from said nap and went to the mall to get my mom a birthday present…
  • …remembered I had some coupons + treat yoself is in order + I’m already here =

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Seriously, I’m really proud of myself – I’ve drastically reduced my retail therapy over the past few years, and I’m glad that even when I did indulge, I got realllly good deals. I go on a Victoria’s Secret shopping spree 2-3 times a year (I mean, you gotta have underwear…make em pretty), and I made out like a bandit with my coupons and stuff on sale: total discount of $167 and I spent less than $200 total…and got a ton of stuff! Second surprise win of the trip: I found out I’ve been wearing the wrong bra size for, oh, nine years. I’m slightly ashamed to say that! I always hear on tv/see in magazines “ladies, get measured regularly!” bc some 80% or something of us are wearing the wrong size. I’ve never heeded this warning because, well…I don’t have big boobs haha Proud of mine though – they’re functional. So I always politely decline when the associate walking around with the pink tape measure asks if I need to be measured. Friday night, I just said, sure why not. Good thing I did! Who knew I was two cup sizes off?! She changed my life, so much more comfortable and they look great, wink wink. I mean, a good bra, the right pair of shoes, or a new hairstyle – a girl can take over the world. Since I’m starting new job/new chapter in my life, I thought this was fitting (get it?) I groaned at the thought of having to buy more bras in a new size, but the deals made it bearable.

Second stop – Bath & Body Works. I have been CRAVING the line of candles for the fall. I have a slight obsession with candles regardless, but I love when my house smells like fall and is all cozy. $20 for a candle?? Nope. I got excited because they were on sale 2/$22, and I had a 20% off coupon, so I grabbed a bottle of lotion. I asked the lady at the register if I could do two separate purchases to do both deals, and she said she could do them all on one (score). SO I ended up getting three candles for $8.80 each instead of $20! Total discount of $35. Awesome.

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Saturday

  • Woke up and ran a couple miles at sunrise (calm & pretty)
  • Got dressed and went to get my hair done!
  • …It’s super straight and lovely; and I got my eyebrows done – best shape she’s done so far, love
  • Met my mom for her birthday, spent the day laughing and eating
  • Had a relaxing evening at home (boring, didn’t go out)

Today

  • Slept in til 8am, took the dogs out
  • Iced coffee from DD (duh)
  • Went to yoga class – felt good after I skipped last week’s; only six people in the class, helped my quad
  • Quick CrossFit strength session to work on form
  • Got dressed and stopped by the library for a bit (I’m such a nerd…my life sounds so glamorous)
  • Was too lazy to do the usual Sunday groceries (will go tomorrow night)
  • Did laundry so I could say I was somewhat productive
  • Packed for tomorrow!

Ahhhhh, I’m so nervous! It’s really sinking in now, and I’m starting to freak out a little bit – for the first time in four years, I won’t be casually walking into the same place. I’ll be working in the city now and I’ll have to get used to parking garages and walking blocks again. I feel like a lost little puppy haha

And I won’t be sitting at my desk just staring at the clock and yawning – it’s going to be A LOT of hard work. For the most part, my jobs over the past few years haven’t been a challenge – I haven’t had to use my brain that much. This on the other hand, will be a challenge. A welcomed one though. They say that “life begins at the end of your comfort zone” and that “if your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” Well, just like CrossFit, this makes me pretty uncomfortable, and I’m a little scared – not that I can’t do it, but just bc it’s such a huge opportunity. I’m looking forward to pushing my limits 🙂

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I’ve failed as a girl.

I don’t get excited over shoes. At all.

They’ve been talking about it on the radio all week long; I was recently looking through about 30 pages on zappos.com for new work shoes and found NOTHING; and when my mom and I went shopping on Monday, I was bored out of my mind in the shoe department as she was busy drooling over everything. She kept asking me “Are you sure you don’t see anything?! Well just look!” Ugh.

What’s wrong with me? That’s like a required girl trait – to be obsessed with shoes. I’m just super picky and it’s hard for me to find something that I really like. Also, thanks to the stress fracture in my right foot from running track, every time I’m on my toes, it’s sheer pain. So you can imagine what wearing heels feels like. Especially for hours on end. Kinda boring, but I wear flats to work every day, heels maybe once a month. The only time I really wear heels is for going out on the weekends and even then I’m complaining and sitting as much as possible. And going out is always the worst combination possible – not just walking in them, but also standing for hours on end, dancing/intense movement for hours, and usually walking for blocks to and from the car. But we gotta be cute – it’s tough being a girl…

So besides the pain, here are some reasons why I think the obsession is kinda silly:

  • they get scuffed up/dirty so easily. Even if you’re a super cute walker, you never know when someone is going to step on your foot (which happens a lot when you’re in a crowded club or other venue). And even if people don’t step on you, you’re just bound to bump into a curb or something. So I get real upset when they’re damaged beyond repair and I just spent all that money and only got one or two “clean” uses of them. Even if you stay on top of things with the cleaning/polishing, it just happens – your feet really go through the elements (random crap on the street, rain, mud, sand, puddles; dare I say it…gum (gasp). You never know.
  • they usually only match like 2 outfits in your closet. Call me crazy, but if I’m dropping a good wad of cash on shoes/anything, I don’t want them to sit in my closet unless I’m wearing that one dress. Yeah, you can get creative/mix and match with basics, but a lot of people I know buy shoes that really only match one outfit. Maybe it’s my Finance kicking in, but that doesn’t seem worth it…not really getting your money’s worth…

But I will admit – I agree with something I’ve heard a lot of people say about how great shoes are: no matter how much your weight fluctuates, your shoe size pretty much stays the same. So even on those days you feel fat and every outfit makes you look gross, you can always rely on a good pair of shoes to make you feel pretty.

My thing? BAGS. Handbags, purses…ALL. DAY. Love. Why are they better? A good bag will go with half of your closet, if not everything. They LAST and aren’t prone to fads fading/weight change – you really can invest in a good bag and have it for years and years. Even if you run out of the house in sweats, that good bag will make you look (somewhat) more ‘put together.’ They happen to hold well…all of life’s necessities. Do your pumps hold your cell phone, keys, money, lip gloss, and emergency band-aids? Don’t think so.

So that is my PSA. For the price you spend on one or two pairs of shoes, I’d much rather buy a nice bag…and laugh at you teetering around.