Back to the basics – 2014 Preview

While I haven’t had a chance to “backblog” and catch up my blog on the 2nd half of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, I’ve got to start somewhere.  The good news for readers is that we have A LOT to catch up on.  And a lot to look forward to in the next few months.

Just give me two days back in school and reading to procrastinate on to give me a reason to blog…

Certainly the best news of 2013 was that I’m Engaged! And I can’t wait to write a full post on the “Engagement” for sure.  The month since the engagement included some planning, CHRISTMAS + New Years, finishing Downton Abbey Season 3 (obviously) and a road trip to Gulfport by way of Atlanta and Destin Beach.  In what I called our “engagement-moon” Jay and I went to the beach and spent a week in Gulfport doing what we do best…cooking, cuddling and maybe a little cleaning.  We sure are exciting, huh? Oh yea, and a gorgeous day spent in New Orleans to boot.

Girl + her Boy

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Boys (plural)

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And after two Daiquiri filled weekends…it was back to the grind.

Back to school, back to work, back to cooking for 1 and back to the Gym! Jay and I enjoyed some beautiful runs and beach walks…but my body is dying to get back to Crossfit 757.  Tomorrow is the day!  In other news, I started a Whole Life Challenge last week, in hopes of getting back on track after indulging (in JOY) over the holidays.  Do not get me wrong, I enjoyed every day of my month off and was sure to keep myself in track enough to to fall into a poor mental health state.  But with a wedding on the horizon, I cannot afford to gain back the 10, yes 10 pounds I trimmed (read = turned into lean muscle mass) in 2013.  So its back to lifting, to running (maybe another 1/2 marathon in the fall?) and to paleo-ish home cooking!

Here’s whats on the menu this week:

PaleOMG’s (Almost) 5 Ingredient Spaghetti Pie – This has been trending like no other! I had to try.  Added canned diced tomatoes and mushrooms to mine + Italian turkey sausage.  I also used fresh basil which is a HUGE flavor boost.

PaleOMG’s Pumpkin Cream Chicken Casserole

And last but not least a sweet treat to use up some overripe bananas that were CALLING to me from the fruit bowl: Civilized Caveman’s Paleo Banana Bread.

You can’t go wrong with PaleOMG or Civilized Caveman and it is no coincidence that they are joining forces to release a joint cookbook this year, sounds like a blog book review to me!

And for the rest of MY year, here’s a few things I have to look forward to every month to make these last few months as a “single-lady” worthwhile!

January – engage-moon, Gulfport vacay (done and done)…and I think that’s it [MBA classes start day one, not even a syllabus week to look forward to!]

February – Last goodbye to my Jay before I send him off to Cambodia BUT I do have something fun planned for Valentine’s Day 😉 And a bridal show with the Mother of the Bride on the 23rd

March – Spring break, a must needed weekend in D.C. and hopefully some dress shopping!

April –  Wedding Planning [Charlottesville 10 Miler], Bridal Shower?

May – Exams + Brother’s Graduation (wahhhh!!) + 1 week at the beach [Elizabeth River Run]

June – Summer Session 1 plus Beach Week part dos [likely CHKD run/walk for kids]

July – Summer Session 2, nothing to look forward to here 😦 More wedding planning?

August – HE COMES HOME (no more explanation needed)

September – Engagement Party + Final details aka confirming that job relocation I am praying for!

October – CHILL and enjoy engaged life + Fall Break

November – Last minute touches AND IT’S SHOW TIME 11.15.14

December – Graduating (Mrs. MBA to you) and Moving!

I’ll be adding little details here and there to update my year in progress but I’ll leave you with that little skeleton for tonight.

And just in case you needed some cuteness in your life today like I did, I will share a picture of my spontaneous “Golden Meet-Up” today featuring Miss Madison Host, an old man male Golden, and a BABY Golden.

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