Opps, I Did It Again

I’ve been MIA for over a month. I have good reasons this time though, I promise!
First and foremost, my stay-at-home dog momming days came to an abrupt end, less than three weeks after they started. More on that in another blog, but the point is – I’m a happy, working woman again!
Second, we’ve been on an intense apartment search that ended with a move last weekend in WAY below freezing temps.
Last and certainly not least, we went home for the holidays.

So I wanted to post a quick update to let you know that I’m alive and doing well, just extremely busy, and plan to return to regular blogging very shortly.

2013 – Part Two

That’s right, today – July 1st marks the second half of the year. For me that means checking in on the goals I made at the beginning of the year, evaluating my progress and ramping up again to make some things happen before 2014.

For more on my “new year’s resolutions”, read here.

What will you be doing with the second half of the year? It’s never too late accomplish your goals!

2012 – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Another year down in the books. Was 2012 good for you? It was an action-packed year for me, to say the least.

And as always, I love to use this post-holiday time to reflect on the year that’s just passed. You can visit any of the other 53 posts from 2012 to see my year in detail, but here is a quick summary:

The Good 

Kicking off 2012 in Hawaii & enjoying the time spent w/Cory’s family.
Making the decision to move.
Coming home to the arrival of sweet Baby Briggs!
Gaining one naughty, little chihuahua Winston (thank you, BooBoo).
Lots of traveling for work – Kansas City, Chicago, Vegas, etc.
Volunteering w/Junior Achievement.
Trip to California, including wine tasting through vineyards (best part!).
Putting our first home on the market.
Completing my first Warrior Dash, alongside my husband & some friends.
Starting a Book Club.
Vegas Trip w/my best friend.
Training for my first 1/2 marathon w/Cory & several good friends.
Skypping with a REAL author (How to Love an American Man).
Spending 8 days over the 4th of July holiday in peaceful Montana.
Running my first 10k with my husband & friend, Bonnie (thanks for cheering us on, Alex).
Becoming a First Year Active in the Junior League of Wichita.
Celebrating two years of marriage w/the man who was put on this earth for me (& I for him).
Running my first 15k w/Cory.
Selling our house!
Handling the social media for Holiday Galleria 2012 while on the JLW HG Promotions Committee.
Running a 1/2 marathon w/Cory, Alex & several other good friends. What a feeling!
Celebrating two years at my job.
Celebrating Days I Can’t Get Over’s first full year of existence.
Finding an apartment in Fort Collins.
Traveling to NYC to ring in Alex’s 25th birthday.
Achieving some sort of balance – my word of the year.
Making the BIG move to CO!

To name a few…there were many more good times spent w/friends & family in 2012.

The Bad

Losing our sweet, little chihuahua, Coco.
Lots of traveling for work – to some very non-glamorous locations that will remain unnamed.
Discovering Cory’s grandmother has lung cancer (though this isn’t all bad, since she is recovering & doing well – thank you, Jesus!).
Finding out my mom has breast cancer, though everything looks to be extremely hopeful.

The Ugly

Have I mentioned lots of traveling for work?
Trip to California – I learned the lesson that not everyone travels alike & that some friends just aren’t meant to be travel buddies! Beth – You think I would have learned that lesson in Peru, right? : )
Vegas trip w/my best friend (for my wallet).
Running my first 1/2 – the last several miles were NOT pretty. But we did it!
NYC trip w/my best friend (once again, solely on the Ugly list for my wallet).

While making this list I realized that in 2012 I did a lot of firsts (I highlighted those). This is something that I think is important for everyone to do each year, even if they are not “big” items. Something as simple as trying sushi for the first time can really give you energy & adjust your outlook on life.

I hope that you had a great 2012 & that your 2013 is even better. I encourage you to reflect on your year & identify your successes, failures, good & bad times and then decide what you want your 2013 to look like from there.

I’ll be doing the same in my next post. Happy New Year!

Happy One Year to Days I Can’t Get Over!

One year ago today I created my blog, “Days I Can’t Get Over”, which I named after a line in one of the prettiest songs I’ve ever heard. Listen to “Endlessly” by Green River Ordinance here (FYI – I did not make this YouTube video) & read my very first post here
I love to write and have had a passion for it since I can remember. When I was just a kid, I would spend many days at my grand parents’ computer, typing up what I pretended to be my novel. 
I beam w/happiness when friends tell me that they read my blog, because that’s just so cool. When you put something out into the universe, it’s nice to know it was noticed, even if just by a few. And it’s even better when someone says they they love reading it, because I know how it is to get hooked on a blog.
So today I want to post about the blogs that originally inspired me to start blogging regularly & help push me to keep improving. I check these babies daily, so fair warning – you may get hooked too!
This adorable site JUST got a face lift last week. It’s a great little style blog, that includes details of Julia’s life from time to time. 
Formerly titled Three’s a Crowd, until the Moore’s welcomed their sweet baby boy, Henry into their lives earlier this year. I met Ali through Junior League of Wichita last year & instantly fell in love with her blog, style & photos – which is why she is taking our family pictures tomorrow! A post on that to come…
Lately she’s written a lot about life w/Henry, but make sure you scroll through some of her older posts too, because her pictures are gorgeous. She makes every day life look peaceful, preppy & perfect.
PS – Ali is a super cool & nice chick, which makes reading about her life even more fun.
This site is “a guide for defining your style, reinventing your space and entertaining with ease” and is so popular that Emily also published a book of the same title. She has such inspiring personal & decor style and I never get bored with her posts because I don’t know what’s coming next. 
One of my favorite things that Emily does is a Five Things post nearly every Friday, which showcases five of her favorite things from the past week. Read her last Five Things post, here.
 My 2012 goal was to write at least one blog a week & I’m right on track to meet that goal by the end of the year. Next year I want to step my game up & blog three times a week, especially since I will want to share my Colorado adventure. Also, as you can tell, I really love personal style & blogs about it, so expect to see more of that incorporated into Days I Can’t Get Over in the future. 
And who knows, maybe a face lift is in store for us here too!

Life on 10/11/12

To say that our life has been a little hectic lately is an understatement.
Since I last posted (over two weeks ago – that’s how crazy it’s been) we’ve:
– Hosted a Fall Party to celebrate w/our loved ones in our first home, one last time.
This is one of my favorite pictures from the evening, at the end of the night.

– Sold Cory’s F150 Truck, Toby Keith (don’t ask).
– Celebrated sweet Madalynn’s 3rd Birthday. 
– Traveled to Oklahoma to purchase a 4Runner and returned from Oklahoma, sans a 4Runner.
Which means, in addition to everything else that we have going on, we are a one car family at the moment.
Traveled to Austin for Cory & friends to compete in the Tough Mudder.

Before

During – Yuck!

After



– Packed up & moved.

Which required some caffeine..

And stairs..


And lifesaving friends..


And a little supervision.

Some playtime didn’t hurt either!


– Said our final “good bye” to our first home.


– Closed on the house!


– And CELEBRATED!

We got an amazing couple’s massage & had dinner at Bonefish, which consisted of:
Martinis (me) & Beer (him)
Bang Bang Shrimp
Surf & Turf Sushi Rolls
Chicken & Shrimp Pad Thai
Brownie & Ice Cream – YUM!
And this is just all of the out of the ordinary stuff that we’ve had on our plate. We still did plenty of: work, running, spending time w/family, having wine & DVR nights, book clubbing, chili cook-offing…
So needless to say, I’ve been a very busy girl. 
To wrap up the week, Holiday Galleria  starts tonight! I’m on a committee that has been hard at work since the summer to promote this event & we’re about to see all of our hard work pay off! Since this is the top thing to do in Wichita this weekend, you must come! 
And then there’s that little thing called The Prairie Fire Half Marathon that we’re doing on Sunday. For those of you who are asking how my training has been going: I haven’t done a long run in three weeks, so my longest was 10.5 miles. I have been keeping up with my short weekly runs, except for this week. I am ready for the 1/2 to be here & done, but feeling confident that I can do it! : )
At this point, I’m looking forward to life slowing down, just a little bit. But what is it, if not a crazy ride?
Enjoy your 10/11/12!