October 1, 2014

Right Now - Blogtober Edition

Blogtober is here and I have made the commitment to post something on this blog everyday this month.  How convenient that I took the last 4 days off of the blog to prepare.

Since it's the first day of this wonderful month, it's time to check in on the happenings in life currently.  Right now, I'm...

Reading The Widow's Guide to Sex & Dating (and I don't think I really like it.)

Sitting in a hotel room in Milwaukee wanting to have a bloody mary with this dirty Packer fan, but instead I'm sick and exhausted.

Eating fried Zucchini and saltines for dinner and wishing that I had some candy.

Beginning our Christmas shopping.  I'm not counting down the days for the holidays to get here, but I do like to spread around the spending a little bit.

Missing a normal routine.  We have had so much work travel lately that we kind of forgot what it's like to both be home for more than a weekend together.  Plus, these dogs are just so damn wonderful.

Wishing that the fall colors are beautiful next week for our trip up north.  I landed in the Midwest this morning and the colors here have changed way more than at home.

Loving my new TOM's wedges.  They are sooooo comfy and I'm so happy that I impulse purchased. I also love my most recent IWYP shirt - I hate super tight shirts and this one is so damn comfy.

Drinking so much water.  I'm determined to be "hydrated" and not feel like I'm drowning myself or having to wear a diaper.

Listening to 19 Kids and Counting in the background.  I've never watched an entire episode of this show, but it's so damn interesting - I had no idea.

Thinking about what I would do if I won the lottery.  I think I would purchase everything on my "Big Dreams" Pinterest board.

Follow Steph's board Big Dreams on Pinterest.

Who am I kidding?  I'd also travel everyone on that board on Pinterest and fill my closet with all those pins.  Pinterest really is a place to get lost in dreamland.  I guess I should probably start purchasing lottery tickets.

If you are curious about Blogtober and want to play along or even follow along, click below and see what's it's all about.

Helene in Between

September 26, 2014

Friday Favorites

I am spending another day in NYC with a few of my favorite people from Minnesota, so I'll keep it short and sweet today and leave you with 5 awesome things.

1.  Our friends, Keith & Whitney, will be making their Amazing Race debut tonight and you should all make sure to cheer on #teamnashville.  Also, go check out Whitney's new single, Roll All Night.  If you don't want to take my word for it, here is a Rolling Stone article to read instead.

2.  It's Samantha's wedding weekend so make sure to show her a little love today as she begins the 24 hour countdown.  

3.  Justin just introduced our friend, Tony, to fainting goats yesterday.  The thought crossed my mind that maybe other people have never seen this video.  You are welcome.

4.  My dogs are getting groomed tomorrow and it is long overdue.  Be prepared for Instagram to blow up with pictures.  If you don't follow me, you should @stephgregerson

5.  We are having a super tourist day today with our friends and I'm beyond excited.  Top of the Rock, Broadway Show, Central Park.  But the best part is that we are starting with my favorite breakfast in all of New York City and I actually had a dream about my food last night.  It's so nice to have friends from home here and have an awesome excuse to take ridiculous pictures, eat so much food, have a few afternoon cocktails and appreciate this place in a totally different way.  Love you Caroline!!!!

September 24, 2014

Things I've Learned from 30 Days of Yoga

Another item has officially been checked off my 30 before 30 list and it feels amazing.  After 3 failed attempts, I finally succeeded.  I did yoga every day for 30 days and I loved it.

30 Day Yoga Challenge

The Rules: at least 20 minutes each day, learn more about yoga and the history of the practice, try different styles, do not put too much pressure on myself.

The Tools: Erin Motz videos on youtube, Rodney Yee DVD's, the outfit in this post and other comfortable clothes, my Gaiam mat, Google.

Now that it's done, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you:

I still shake during almost every balance pose.  For some reason, I thought this would go away after about a week.  One of the articles I read said, "Think of a graceful treetop swaying in the wind, held firmly in place by strong roots."  That helped.

I have better balance on one side than the other.  That was a fun little surprise too.

I didn't lose any weight doing this challenge.  I didn't try to lose any weight, but I thought it might magically happen anyways.  I should stop eating cookies all the time.

My hips making weird popping noises and they desperately need to be stretched.

Midday yoga breaks make afternoon meetings easier to get through, plus I am 10x more aware of my posture.

Sometimes it is hard for me to stay in peaceful pose for too long without falling asleep.  It happened to me 3 times in the last month while cooling down.

The Chakra system is beyond intriguing to me.

I have strong legs.  I need to keep working on my core and my arms.

Being upside down and making it look cool has become one of my life goals.

I love my quiet yoga time.  I'm terrified of any yoga in a group setting still, but I'm sure I'll get over that someday.  Until that time comes, I will continue to make yoga part of my routine at least 3 days a week solo style.  I will eventually do some fancy hand stands and shake a little less while in Warrior 3.  I will keep learning and making progress.

Have you ever done a 30 day challenge?  Turns out they are kind of my thing, so share your favorites in the comments.

September 23, 2014

So Long Summer

I wrote my requirements for summer back in June and I revisited that list today.  Turns out, I didn't accomplish everything on that list, but I had an amazing summer.  It wouldn't be a normal blog if I didn't highlight some of my favorite things that we did, right?

Watched the Mermaid Parade in all of its crazy and insane glory.  In my opinion, it's one of the best ways to kick off the season.

Summer afternoons sitting outside enjoying fresh air, sunshine and a few cold ones.

A weekend at a lake in the Berkshires sitting on the dock watching one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.

Flying over a mountain valley via Zip Line.

Nights in a tent in the mountains enjoying the sounds of nature.

Spent a hot, but amazing, weekend in Nashville.

Bonfire nights with marshmallows and sangria.  So much sugar.

Epic road trip across the country with one of my best friends.  Laughing, singing and some of the great roadside attractions this fine country has to offer.

Lots of yoga, strolling and healthier decisions.

An engagement ring on my soon-to-be sister's finger.  And a new puppy niece that I got to play with for hours on a weekend trip home.

Weddings, weddings and weddings.  I love celebrating love.

Minnesota weekends with decent weather and not quite enough time with friends & family.

Days spent wandering through little beach towns.  Our favorites were Newport, Cape May and Montauk.

A successful bicycle ride through New York City.

Sunday strolls down so many streets in Manhattan complete with crepes, brunches, pizza, smoothies, donuts, seafood and tacos.

It was just a wonderful three months.  I'm sad to see summer go, but I'm excited for our first Autumn on the east coast.  I think my favorite thing about living here are the endless places to explore and discover.  

What was your favorite summer moment?  

September 18, 2014

If I Could...

I found the prompts for this little game/quiz on tumblr and thought it would be fun to play along.  I love answering questions like these.

If I could...

Travel anywhere, where would it be?  Iceland.  I think everyone knows I'm a little obsessed with the country and we've had a few setbacks and our trip has been rescheduled AGAIN.  Damn life.  We will get there soon.

Meet anyone, who would it be?  Jimmy Fallon.  Duh.  Hopefully, it's the night that he's hanging out with Justin Timberlake, but I won't push my luck.

Be anyone for a day, who would it be?  Beyonce.

Get anything free for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Lush products so I could smell awesome forever... I would also like a free lifetime supply of 3 wick candles from Bath & Body Works.

Change one thing about your life, what would it be?  I would like all my friends & family to live where I live instead of half a country away.

Have any superpower, what would it be?  I would love to be able to teleport places without the travel time.

Be any animal for a day, which would you be?  I would love to be a bird so I could fly.

Change one thing about the world, what would it be?  Wow, one thing is completely impossible, but I'm going to say clean water... for everyone.

Live in any fictional universe, which would you choose?  If you are a super nerd, I would pick Naboo from Star Wars.  If you are anyone else, I would pick any part of Harry Potter as long as I have friends that are magical.

Eliminate one of your human needs, which would you get rid of?  Clean clothes and clean dishes.  I hate laundry and dishes - simple as that.

Change one thing about your physical appearance, what would you change?  I would like a smaller midsection without having to work at it... #sorrynotsorry

Change one of your personality traits, what would you choose?  I wish I was a little less of a control freak, but at the same time, it is who I am and I don't really want to change that.

Be talented at anything instantly, what would you choose?  I wish I could just speak tons and tons of languages.  Also, cooking.  I wish I was an awesome chef.

Have any hair/eye/skin color, which would you choose?  Love being a strawberry blond with hazel eyes and skin that burns.  No shame in my game.

Be any weight/body type, which would you choose?  The kind that never has to work out and just is in shape at all times, that would be good.

Live in any country/city, where would you choose?  I love where we live, but I would love to live in Boston or Charlotte, NC for a while.

Change one law in your country, which would you change?  Without starting an entire debate, I would probably change some gun laws.

Have any job in the world, which would you choose?  I would be a writer.

Have anything appear in your pocket right now, what would it be?  A Boston Terrier puppy - even though we couldn't handle a 3rd dog.  Maybe tickets home for Christmas.  Money too - that's always fun.

Have anyone beside you right now, who would it be?  My husband is working crazy hours right now, so I would love if he were next to me right now.  I would also take one of my girlfriends too.  I miss them so damn much.

Let me know what you would do.  Play along - these are fun.