May 5, 2016

#trendingontwitter - America, Nerds and Margaritas

Back again for another hashtag round up. Twitter is becoming the fastest way for people to get their news, so every once in a while, I grab the trending topics and discuss them here.

#dropouthillary - I guess the tweeps are trying to send a message. This hashtag has been used over 250k times. Yikes.

#dropoutbernie - This one only has 24,000 uses on Twitter. I guess Twitter is a different kind of polling system.

#losewithcruz  - Heehee, that wasn't really a hashtag, but Ted Cruz was all over Twitter this week after dropping out of the race. I always find it interesting that they say that no matter what, they will not give up and then 10 hours later, they are suspending their campaign. I still think the guy looks like a villain, so I'm happy to not see his face every five minutes.

#ripamerica - OK, this is the last political one. I really haven't touched on politics on the blog much. I am definitely not a fan of Trump or Cruz. It's been very interesting watching how much attention this election has received just on social media, but it will interest me even more to see if people actually turn out to the polls. I wish people wouldn't be giving up on this country just because they are upset about the primary elections - there are still months of things to happen and we kind of need people to show up to the polls.

#starwarsin4words - Wednesday was officially Star Wars day and of course, Twitter showed up to celebrate. There were some real gems here but my favorite was "Luke, that's your sister."

#manlybookclubnames - For all you book lovers, I suggest browsing the hilarious options in this hashtag. There were quite a few toilet references, but some people were extremely creative.

#teacherappreciationday - Did you hug a teacher this week or at least send them an awesome message of gratitude? Their jobs are hard. Show some love.

#ManusXMachina - Sorry, I just don't really care that much about these red carpet events. I tried looking at the pictures and Kanye's eyes freaked me out, I'm obviously behind on what's happening in Beyonce's life and the only thing I thought was super cool was that Emma Watson's dress was made out of recycled bottles - she just keeps getting cooler. You can read more on her dress and the story behind it here.

#nothingcompares2u - I haven't really talked about Prince on the blog yet, but radio stations across the country played this song for him this week in unison. I was in Minnesota when he died and it's hard to really explain to anyone not from there. I didn't shed any tears or go into mourning, but he's a legend and has done some really awesome things locally there and it was a sad day. I just read this awesome collection of photos and a deeper explanation of his relationship with Minnesota on one of my favorite blogs - check out Kati Rose to see for yourself.

#RunningManChallenge - If you haven't heard of this, you can see a video about it on my Facebook page by clicking here. Also, I'm probably going to attempt to recreate this on Snapchat this week at some point. I love a new dance move.

Now, today I'm looking forward to pictures of tacos, guac and margaritas. Thank you Twitter for helping me stay on top of what's happening in the world.

May 4, 2016

Rain for Days

I started a post this morning about the rainy weather and how it's completely demolished my motivation and I could barely handle the pathetic nature of it.

This all started a few weeks ago. We went back to Minnesota and spent a week working in the office during the day and then working on our house at night. We are getting ready to sell it and you can't really do much from 1000 miles away. Add in four days in the car with a few work meetings each way and a wedding and sneaking in some family time - you get the idea. We overextended ourselves on this trip and have been struggling to jump back on the awesome bus since then.

So here I was today, writing a post about my low FitBit activity, my sad unused yoga mat, the T25 discs that haven't made it into my DVD player, the videos from our Costa Rica trip and NOLA trip that haven't been touched, books that I haven't dove into, a pile for goodwill, laundry to be done, the remainder of our spring cleaning items and the list goes on... (I was also going to confess how much I love a few Justin Bieber songs, but that was just to lighten the mood.)

Once I saw it all listed out, I annoyed myself. We had a crazy few weeks and a lot is going on and life doesn't always get to be flamingos and unicorns.

Starting today, I'm getting back to celebrating the little things and getting back to my word for the year.

Things I'm grateful for right at this second:

1. The coffee maker that automatically starts brewing each morning when my alarm is going off. The smell of coffee is one of the greatest things to wake up to.

2. My newest Frostbeard candle, Gatsby's Mansion.

3. A cuddly dog that is sitting in my lap right now.

4. The fact that this household hasn't wasted a single scrap of food in 4 days - this is our focus for May.

Already I feel like I'm one or two steps closer to flamingo and unicorn land again. Then I checked the weather and it's four more days of rain here. Maybe a few Bieber songs will help me or exercise. Thanks for letting me work this out on the internet this morning. Happy hump day.

May 2, 2016


May is my favorite month of the whole year. It is the month that both Justin & I celebrate our birthdays as well as some of our awesome friends. We have a few weekend adventures planned this month. The weather is getting warmer. So many happy things.

I'm currently...

Celebrating tiny victories. We spent a lot of time in the month of April working on our house in Saint Paul and it is officially going on the market. I hope we'll be able to celebrate a quick sale soon.

Reading Dragonfly in Amber. All 734 pages of it before it's due back at the library later this week.

Pondering our options for the fall. Our current lease is up in September and we don't think we'll be staying in the same building for now.

Sipping midwest beers. I was able to stock up on a little bit of everything while back in Minnesota and I'm determined to make them last.

Needing a vacation where all I do is eat, read, sleep and hang out with J.

Watching old school Home Improvement. I forgot how much I loved that show. I also can't stop watching all the HGTV shows that are on Netflix now - Tiny Houses are my favorite.

Listening to the new Lumineers album. I love the whole thing and have had it on repeat.

Practicing saving my money. We have just dropped lots of cash money on the updates to our house, so we are going to try and spend a little less this month. We failed miserably this weekend with a day in the city, but it's a new month.

Loving pesto on everything lately. Green is the color of the season.

Focusing on food this month. Our goal this month is to not waste a single piece of food. The more I learn about food, the more important each bite I take has become.

Happy May everyone.

Linking up with these lovely ladies.

April 27, 2016

The Beaches of Guanacaste, Costa Rica: Part 2

Oh hey, here we are for round two of beach pictures galore. The warm weather kind of disappeared in the last few days and I'm back to dreaming of beaches. Here is part 2 of my Costa Rica beach recaps. If you missed part one, go experience it here.

These beaches were a little closer to the house we stayed in, so we spent a little more time in these areas. Again, I'll tell you that each beach is a little different and that's what is so cool about the country.

Playa Brasilito

The area around Brasilito has a lot going on. There are lots of little restaurants and bars, gift shops and tours. We did our ATV tour from a place near this beach. Our favorite restaurant was called the Spot. We visited the very strange casino/bar on the beach and even had a lengthy conversation with a man that spoke no english, but kept leaving his horse with us... like for ten minutes at a time. A HORSE. Seriously.

We also watched the sunset from this beach and you just need to watch the sunset over the ocean - it's incredible.

Playa Flamingo

Here is where the Monkey Bar lives. That's my dad's favorite place in Costa Rica. The beach is beautiful. There are lots of resorts in this area which means lots of food and drink options.

Playa Danta

This was a small beach with a resort on it, but it's secluded and beautiful. The water is a gorgeous color and the restaurant on the beach and it's lovely. Two of our friends rented kayaks here and loved it.  The hammocks here were like something out of my dreams.

Playa Amor

This beach was a highlight for me. We reached the beach via boat. There is a trail, but it's long and tough. We were on a sailboat and they anchored here for lunch. We were able to swim to the shore and enjoy the beautiful waters and green trees on the shore. Lots of awesome snorkeling and scuba diving here.

So that's what I've got. Which beach is at the top of your list? I wish I was on a sailboat right now getting ready to jump into warm ocean water and swim to a private beach. Instead I'm drinking wine and binge watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I guess things aren't too bad. Bring on summertime!!!

April 25, 2016


I am looking forward to tomorrow. After two full weeks of driving, remodeling, working and sleeping, we will be back in our apartment in NJ. We have a work meeting in Rochester, NY in the morning and then we are driving home.

Here are the 10 things I'm looking forward to:

1. Coffee in a mug, not in a paper cup.
2. My shower.
3. The Manhattan skyline.
4. Real Housewives stocked up to binge watch.
5. Pizza.
6. Drinking the beer I've picked up in the Midwest.
7. Routine.
8. Not touching a paintbrush for at least a few months.
9. My full collection of sweat pants - not just the few pairs in my suitcase.
10. Seeing photos of a for sale sign in our yard in Saint Paul.

Sorry for the insane amounts of snapchats I've been posting - it's the only form of communication I've been capable of lately.

Also, I'm currently tearing up over this commercial. I may need help soon. Wish me luck getting through one more day.

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Also, I'm currently tearing up over this commercial.