March 2, 2015

1215 Steps

We completed the climb this weekend.  1215 steps in total in a little under 20 minutes.  I stopped at both rest stops and caught my breath - or at least attempted to.  Considering I didn't do anything to "train" for this event, I was pretty happy.  Plus, we raised over $2000.00 and the donations keep coming.  We are so incredibly grateful.

The event was organized really well.  I was really worried about being stuck on the stairs with hundreds of sweaty people, but we were released one at a time within our time slot.  The stairs were wide, clean and the perfect temperature.  They had lots of snacks and waters at the top and the bottom.  But the highlight was the view.  I love that view of the city - it's one of my favorites.



Our start time was before 7:00 AM and we had to get there early, so we were out the door by 5:30 AM.  The city is a pretty amazing place that early in the morning.  Rockefeller Center was quiet and empty and we had 6th Ave to ourselves on our way there.


We took our before picture and got lined up to make the climb.  I was anticipating at least 45 minutes in the stairwell.  I had no clue what normal was and I figured my legs would be crying about halfway up, but we just powered through and felt pretty good.  The trick is to chew gum or a hard candy because it is extremely dry in the stairwell.



And obviously we had to take a few pictures with our "first place medals" at the top before heading down to stuff our faces with bananas, granola bars and juice boxes.



We had epic naps when we got home and relaxed the remainder of the day.  

This was the perfect way to kick off our March.  We are starting a 21 day cleanse today (not to be confused with the 21 day fix.)  We have read the book Crazy, Sexy Diet and it has guidelines at the back for a 21 day cleanse for your body.  We are cutting out gluten, caffeine, dairy, animal products, alcohol and processed sugars as much as possible.  We are sticking with the 80/20 rule to allow ourselves some normalcy, but will be upping our vegetable intake and making lots of quinoa and rice dishes.

Being a girl that lives for a beer, a stick of cheese, coffee and cupcakes, this will be challenging, but we've been cutting things out over the last week to reduce the risk of headaches and crabbiness.  We aren't doing this as a weight loss challenge, in fact, we will be watching our calories closely to make sure that we are taking in as much as possible over the next few weeks.  Our goals are to feel good and reset a little bit.  I have no intention to make this my lifestyle in the future, but I'm excited to try some new foods and challenge myself a little bit.  What perfect timing to link up with one of my favorite bloggers, Erin.

Love, Fun & football

February 27, 2015

Pre-Coffee Mind Dump on Flyday Friday

Happy Friday morning.  I'm writing from an ungodly hour in my hotel room in Kansas City.  I try to stay on East Coast time (I know it's only an hour, but it's just easier) when I travel, but that means I go to bed like a little old lady and I'm up way before the sun.  It's freezing out and I wish I had a nice crackling fire.


Here is a pre-coffee random ramble about things:

- I logged onto Facebook this morning and everyone is talking about the colors of a dress.  It instantly stressed me out.  I have a strange obsession with colors.  Think about this, we are all taught about colors by someone pointing and telling us what color it is.  What if we all see something totally different?  You could see grass as my color purple and think it's totally normal.  I can go on for hours about this, so I'm refusing to get sucked in to a color debate about a dress... at least until I have time to kill at the airport.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, just look up #thedress

- I had fish tacos twice this week.  I'm continuing on my journey to have fish tacos in every city in the country to find the best ones.  Last night, they were from Manny's in Kansas City and I have to say that I was impressed.  They were no San Fran tacos, but I would definitely go back there.

- On that note, there are a lot of meat eaters around here.  I finally did the smart thing and went to the grocery store and stocked up my hotel room with smoothies, fruits, veggies and snacks.  Best decision ever.

- I binged on Bravo while in my hotel room.  It made my evenings way more entertaining.  I also didn't open my book once.  Oops.

- ICELAND IS BOOKED.  More to come on that, but we are now only 2 months away from this amazing trip and I dream about it every day.

- It's been one year since I hung out with Jimmy Fallon, Shaq and Paul Rudd.  Read about it here.  I need to get that on the schedule again.

- Last but not least, our MS Climb is on Sunday, so if you want to donate click here (we are only $50 away from our team goal).  Otherwise, please pray for my glutes and my will power.  It is a lot of stairs and I'm terrified.  EEEEEEEK!  Also, if you have anyone in your life with MS, I will happily add them to my bib for the climb, just email me steph@insertclassyhere.com or comment below.

I think that's all I've got for now.  I'm off to find some coffee and get ready for my flyday Friday.  I'm supposed to fly through Charlotte today and I'm a little worried that my flights are going to be all kinds of messed up today.  Wish me luck!

February 24, 2015

We Quit

We gave up a huge part of our lives and it feels amazing.

Cable TV.  Well, TV in general I guess because we didn't go and buy one of those funky antennas and don't really plan on it.  We called Verizon and had cancelled our service 3 weeks ago and we are so happy with our choice.  Not only will it save us $125 a month (YES THAT IS INSANE) but we will save ourselves from time on the couch.

Let's be honest.  We've all sat down and turned on the power and flipped through 600 channels and found nothing good but settled on some stupid reality show marathon and then spent hours getting sucked in.  What a waste.

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We already had a Netflix subscription and we added Hulu Plus a few months ago.  Less than $25/month to have all those shows at our finger tips.  We can still watch new episodes of Jimmy Fallon or Modern Family the day after they premier, which was already what we were doing with DVR.  Amazon Prime members get access to their library as well, which we haven't spent too much time looking through, but I know they have the seasons of Drunk History - WIN.

The only network that seemed to be missing from my streaming services was Bravo.  I needed a plan to watch my favorite crazy housewives, so I made a deal with my husband.  I can purchase those on iTunes, but I can only buy one at a time and I have to watch it on the treadmill.  Another win.

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Sports is another issue, so we are researching different subscriptions that you can stream a bunch of different games and events.  I think we'll end up going to a few more live games this year instead of paying for any subscriptions, but we'll see where my husband lands with this.  We do have a TV in our rec room with cable if things get desperate.

So, this is not a public service announcement that you shouldn't have cable, but I felt that it was my duty to tell any of you that have considered it, that it is pretty great.  We've read more, wrote more, watched movies we haven't seen in years and even in the cold winter, we've gotten out more.

Do you have cable?  Is there something holding you back from quitting?

February 20, 2015

Thank You Notes Vol. 6

It has been a few months since I've done a round of thank you notes.  Plus, I spent an hour last night watching Jimmy Fallon clips on YouTube.  I'm kind of in love.

Thank you tiny hippie lady who has a store in Lake Placid for selling me the greatest pants I have ever owned and I've worn them at least 7 times in the 2 weeks since we've been back.  They are fuzzy and colorful and my BFF has a matching pair.


Thank you Apartment Complex for reminding me that I should not be doing food prep in the trash room's sink.  I had no idea that you shouldn't prepare food in that sink on the floor where people dump their trash and recycling, but now I do.  Also, thank you neighbors for doing weird and stupid things so I can get a laugh in the mornings reading my emails.

Thank you Ice T for living in my neighborhood.  The check out man at the grocery store loves to tell me what you purchased this week and for some strange reason, I love hearing about it.  Maybe one day, Coco and I will be best friends and will walk the dogs around the neighborhood together while you cook up $100 in meat.

Thank you Year of the Sheep for this epic parade I'm going to watch this weekend.  I haven't been to a parade since Thanksgiving 2 years ago and I'm so excited.

Thank you Barkbox for throwing our dogs a Mardi Gras Party.  I've held off on signing up for this box because I knew there would be no turning back, but my sissy sent me a free month and I couldn't resist.

Thank you Tulips for making this freezing ass winter morning feel a little brighter.  Spring is less than 30 days away.  I love winter, but I won't miss long underwear and frozen dog paws.

Thank you feet and legs for your forgiveness in a week and a half when I climb 66 stories with little to no "training" - I've been climbing the stairs at the apartment for the last few weeks, but it's only 5 floors.  I think I'm in trouble.  If you still want to donate, my husband is a little further away from reaching his goal of $1000, so you can help him (and our team) out by clicking here and donating.

Thank you Embarrass, MN for being in the news all the time for being the coldest place in the US.  I don't know why that's funny, but I always giggle when I see it.  You can read the article here about why it's so cold.

Thank you in advance to dragons, books, coffee and warmer weather for making this weekend awesome.  Happy Friday friends.  Make sure to send your thank you notes.

February 18, 2015

The Home of Olympic Miracles - Lake Placid

One GoPro, 4 friends, mountains, Olympic miracles, lots of food and a condo near Lake Placid = a super fun weekend.  

It was our 2nd annual ski weekend with Katie and we had a blast.  Last year, we were in Vermont and had a blast.  This year we opted for a place with a little more to do off mountain, so Lake Placid was the perfect choice.  We rented an awesome 3 bedroom condo with a beautiful fireplace.  We had a view of the lake and the mountain - when the snow wasn't falling heavily.




The off mountain day was full of Olympic fun.  We checked out the Bobsled run, the main street full of bars & restaurants, the ski jumps, a snow tubing experience, the museum and the arena where the Miracle on Ice took place.  If you are a hockey fan at all, you know what the miracle on ice is.  If you don't know, you should definitely check out the movie starring Kurt Russell - it's the 35th anniversary this weekend and the perfect time of year to celebrate one of the greatest sports moments in history.









There's something special about ski towns in winter.  The snow fell the entire weekend and it was the perfect place to enjoy it.  I think the final count was between 21-30 inches.  We played in the backyard with snow pants on and made snow angels.



I can't wait to get back up there again soon.  Thanks to an awesome group of friends and an awesome little town.