Quirks Are Us Thursday | Volume #6


quirksI like the word “quirk”; it’s quirky. A much better term than “weird” to describe the little idiosyncrasies that make me, me.

Here are a few more quirks that make me, me. Share some of yours below, I would love to hear them!

bathroom1. Restroom stalls. This actually goes way back into child hood. In elementary school, I had “my” stall in the restroom. I have no idea why but I always used the same stall and would be devastated/furious when someone else was in there. Didn’t they know it was mine? Fast forward to today and I’m the same way. In certain places, I have “my” stall. Not sure if it’s based on location or comfort but I play favorites.  

dog2. Licking. I hate when dogs lick. Anything. Especially their private bits. It completely grosses me out to hear a dog licking anything. I will literally scold my dog when she does this. She likes to lick my husband’s watch, arm, face, her own crotch, anything…. The only thing I hate more than my dog licking something, is her licking her own crotch in the middle of the night when she comes in from outside. Ugh!!!!  

pens3. Blue pens. Not sure where this one came from either but I prefer blue pens. I will actually turn down free pens if they’re not blue. I only buy blue pens and will only use blue pens, unless there is no other option available. I hate using black pens.

Stay tuned for more quirks next week. I have a million of them…


One + Four = Life | May 31


Another busy week down! My week revolved around my workouts mostly, feels like I live at the gym right now. I also met with my volunteer coordinator to go over my paperwork, tour the facility and briefly discuss how things will work when I start volunteering in July. It’s been a great weekend so far, even took our little girl for a short walk on Saturday, a walk today and got caught up on homework so I can take this coming week off and focus on the competition and had a relaxing night.

Hope you enjoy the glimpse into my life…

walk 1

Me and our little girl, Savannah, during our walk yesterday. This is one of the rare times she’s actually looking at the camera; she tends to turn her head at the last minute. This was about the only shaded spot. We did a quick loop around the baseball field area because Savannah can’t do long treks. It was a nice little break from the house and gym though, plus I love spending some time with my family 🙂

walk 2Another view on our walk. The trail runs through multiple cities and you can join at multiple spots. This entrance we used is right next to my work and the area isn’t the most scenic (on the West side) but the East side (towards the river) is really beautiful in spots. I’m no artist but these old tracks are really calm and pretty in my opinion.

abs yetI just love this one! It sums up a lot of my feelings lately, with the competition getting closer. Plus it’s a cute picture 🙂

Still working hard now that it’s down to the wire. Only 6 more days!!!!

trailA cute pic of us on our trail walk today. The same trail by my work that we went on yesterday, just a different direction. Below is a view of the river from the bridge. It was nice to get out in the sunshine!

Totally by coincidence, we’re wearing shirts by the same company. Fear not, we usually aren’t that “matchy-matchy” couple 😉

trail 2



One + Four = Life | May 17


Well, it was an okay week. I’m on the upswing of this blasted cold, so that’s a plus. Despite being sick and not feeling the best, it’s been a productive and good weekend. Got some cute stuff for our friend’s baby shower next weekend. Just finished giving the hubs a haircut so I’m covered in hair 🙂 Getting ready to practice my posing for a few minutes, then settle into some homework time before getting my food ready for the week. Then it’s relaxation time for the rest of the day! Here’s a snapshot of my week.

Hope you enjoy the glimpse into my life….

study eat lift

This sums up the last week for me, with a little variation. My Journey to the Stage post breaks it all down but, for the most part, this will be my life for the next 3 weeks. Super busy but still plugging away!


Unfortunately, this also sums up my week. Not sure where I caught it from but I caught something. And, sadly, gave it to Shawn. Which I feel super, super SUPER horrible for 😦 I’ve had this type of cold before, not too long ago, and it hits hard. Luckily, it’s not a full blown head cold but still slowing me down and irritating, nonetheless. I’m a trooper though!


A nice belly-rubbing moment with our little girl. Ear flapped back, not a care in the world. Her, not me. Though, I didn’t really have a care in the world just then either. It was nice to enjoy a few moments before bed just focused on her.


The view from my patio door. It’s been chilly and rainy this week, we had quite the wind/rain storm yesterday and into today. Typically, you could see the mountains beyond the houses but, due to the storms, they aren’t visible. Must be getting some snow up there! Boo! 🙂 Seems like April showers just brought more May showers instead of flowers. Looks like another week of showers ahead, too. Oh well….

One + Four = Life | April 12


Oh man, not going to lie… I’m glad this week is behind me. Nothing bad happened, just felt exhausted, worn out and crabby. The best part of my week was Thurs-Sat because of the fun activities. Below is another installment of what I’ve been up to this week.

Hope you enjoy the glimpse into my life….

glamour mag

Got the new Glamour magazine, always a great day when this arrives! I’m not super trendy or into fashion, nor can I master the makeup tips but I love the magazine just the same. It has some funny articles that I look forward to and some useful ideas or tips that I attempt and (sometimes) get right.


These are tickets for the shows we went to this week. A total of 5. Friday night we went to The Off Broadway Theater, which puts on a comical “improv/scripted” version of famous movies, tv shows and/or plays. Saturday was light/laser shows at the Clarke Planetarium (3 shows total) followed by comedy at the Bob & Tom Show. All were super fun and in early celebration for Shawn’s birthday tomorrow.


Our cute little wiener dog, Savannah. She usually looks away when you take her picture. I was lucky to get this one of her looking up. She was sunbathing on our deck before I came outside to snap pictures. She’s too cute!

sea salt

I bought this Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray because I’m determined to get those beachy waves that I keep seeing in magazines. I could only find 2 options at Target and this one was cheaper. It sucks! This did nothing different for my hair but make it feel super raggedy (like a hobo) and gross the next day. I enjoy the smell though. I’ve given it a good run this week. Definitely won’t buy again!

If you’re interested in playing along, head over to Pip’s blog and drop your link in her collection + check out other One + Four = Life posts. Drop your link below as well, I would love to check them out!

The Dog Ate My Earplugs…


Sounds like the punch line to a really funny joke, right? Wrong. For real… the dog ate my earplugs. It’s hard to believe that our sweet little princess (pictured below, with grass in her mouth after being caught eating said grass) would do such a thing. So how do I know she ate them, you may be asking yourself? Simple. THEY’RE GONE! *POOF* Just like that.

Savannah So the earplugs that I’ve been using for the last 1-2 weeks and keeping on my nightstand, were magically gone one night. Getting ready for bed Saturday night, I reached for my plugs to discover they were gone. “Okay,” I thought, “Maybe they rolled off the stand.” Nope. I checked under the night stand, under the bed, between the wall and the head of the bed. No where to be found. Surely I had misplaced them or something then, right? Nah. Turns out there was something more sinister at work here.

Sunday, the hubs and I went to Home Depot and I picked up some new plugs. A whole pack of them. Took 2 plugs out and placed them on my nightstand. That night, I reached for my plugs before bed and guess what? Mysteriously gone. I checked everywhere. Again. Now, I can definitely admit when I’m losing my marbles but there is clearly only ONE solution. The dog ate my earplugs.

Those missing plugs have yet to surface. Will they ever? Who knows…