Browse Month: May 2017

3 Things Thursday

1. I went camping a couple of weeks ago, and we went fishing, and I caught my first bass!!  It was so much fun.  I can’t wait to go camping/fishing again.  I cooked the bass, and some crappie, for dinner, and it was so good.

2. My mom is getting here tonight!  She’s going to be here almost two weeks, and I’ve got a lot of fun planned.  We’re leaving for Nashville (#NashVegas) first thing in the morning, and going to see Eric Church two nights in a row.  There will Loveless Cafe biscuits.  There will be Biscuit Love biscuits.  There will be craft beer.  And a brazilian steakhouse.  There will questionable WW food logging.  It will be worth it.

3.  I went to Washington, D.C. last week for some industry volunteering that I’m involved with, and the trip was awesome.  We spent basically two days in teambuilding and training exercises, followed by a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill.  I actually did some lobbying while I was in college, so it wasn’t totally new to me, but having a chance to speak on behalf of the aftermarket at the federal level was an honor.

While I was there, I went out for an “oops it was supposed to be 3” 5 mile run, all the way down the mall, from the capitol to the Lincoln monument.  Beautiful – especially in the quiet of sunrise.  I’m sure that the people who live there take it for granted, but it’s amazing.  I’m a pretty patriotic person, but I think I hit new levels last week.

Here’s some shots from that run, and our Tennessee aftermarket representatives, ready to hit the Hill.  If you’re into cars, make sure you check out the SEMA RPM Act site to super easily send letters to your legislators, and them know how important it is to their voter base.

These are the devil shoes that did me in….guess they should’ve been broken in…oops

Shout to the department of Agriculture for my mortgage!

Weight Watchers Weeklies

WW is one thing I’ve definitely not slacked on in my blog absence.  Gone every week, lost pretty much every week.  Picked up a couple new charms along the way – most notably my 10% charm, and my 25 pound charm.  I’ll run through all of them in another post, but working the plan is totally working for me.  I’m down nearly 30 pounds, and I’m completely happy with my progress.

So here’s some weight watchers brain work, chosen at random from the stack of weekly handouts that’s grown much faster than I’ve blogged here…oops.

These questions are from the weekly dated April 30-May 6, “Get in the Groove to Move.”

Choose one new activity to try….

I’m going to be giving the stationary bike a go.  My go to cardio is running in the wee hours of the morning, and actively competing with my office mates for miles logges, but when I went to D.C. last week, I got a little too run sightseeing happy and gave myself horrendous blisters (pictures – of the run, not the blisters – coming tomorrow).  Running isn’t in the cards for a least the next week, maybe longer.  I’m going to put in 30 minutes 3 times this week on the bike whilst trying not to die of boredom.

And if I know me, I should probably invest in a helmet…


Touse Tunting Tuesday

Not every post name can be a winner, okay?

Since I really got into the posts on here, I’ve been through a serious real estate roller coaster (and there’s the alliteration I was looking for…..dammit).

I made an offer on a house that was accepted, and so I was under contract.  The NEXT day, another newer house on more land, closer to work, with a shop came available, but I was already under contract with the first one, and so I decided that the house with the shop just wasn’t meant for me.  I shelled out a few hundred of the best dollars I have literally ever spent (second only to the dollars I spent on gas to leave my ex, probably…) for inspection, and found out that the house was a disaster in a million invisble-to-the-naked-eye-but-probably-going-to-burn-or-fall-down-anyday ways.

And so I was no longer under contract, because there was NO way I was signing on for that mess.  Immediately regrouped with my agent, and got an appointment to go see the house with the shop.  Got a call on the way there, and it was under contract to someone else.  Went to see the neighborhood, and fell in love.  Big mistake. Big. Huge.

Anyone?  Anyway….

Put a backup offer in, but was already like seventeenth in line.  BUT!  There was another one in the same subdivision – FOR SALE! More land! Bigger shop! We made an appointment, and like clockwork, it went under contract before I could get in to see it…again.  Seriously started to feel like I was cursed.

And so I basically took a month off from house hunting.  It’s such a fun process the first few days, but it starts to suck the life out of you.  I started considering houses I didn’t even like in the name of…I don’t know….winning?  It was dumb how my ego got caught up in it all.

So then one morning, I’m casually browsing Zillow with my morning cup, as we do in our office (3 out of 4 are house hunting now. I’m such a trendsetter).  Anyway, came across the cutest brick ranch in Tennessee, where I’d been intentionally NOT looking because of property taxes.  Sent it to my lender to get a quick idea of my monthly payment, and was pleasantly surprised to see it well within my budget.  Got an appointment, saw it, made offer, offer accepted, and now, I’m under contract again.  I’m carefully NOT celebrating until I close this time – I feel like I learned my lesson.

Here’s my two favorite parts though – beautiful yard with lots of room for my new shop, and this kitchen (which I’m already making plans to upgrade).







Stay tuned, more updates to follow!