Oh hai blog.  You're still here?  I'm not?  Oops.

You have to just assume when there is a lot of static on the ole blog here that things are going on a pretty even keel for me.  Nothing over the top fabulous and nothing down in the dull-drums of ick.  And that is SO ok with me.  And of course, I told you my "theme days" wouldn't last.  Part of the problem is, I haven't been super inspired by any music as of late to keep up with Music Mondays.  And I have been finding things "fabulous" so to speak but then I forget by Friday sometimes too.  I sound like I'm making excuses here.  Maybe I am.  

Anyhoo.  Hello. What's new?  

We did Easter "round 2" with Nate's family on this past Sunday.  I'm happy we're keeping the Russian Orthodox tradition alive in honor of his grandfather and aunt and what not.  We had some delicious Russian delicacies and of course, ham.  And I love me some pork but I am super hammed out right now.  I don't want to look at another ham for awhile.

Nate and I trying a more laid back approach to our running this year.  Did I mention this already?  I'm too lazy to go back and look.  Anyway, for his stress level we're going to do the famed "Couch to 5K" program this year that only has you going three days a week.  We're also trying going right after work instead of first thing in the morning.  It's different so far.  Not going to lie and say I love this change.  There is more traffic and it is making dinners more challenging and I don't know how I'll feel in the middle of a heatwave in July.  But I love him and I want him to still want to do this, so we'll make it work.  I'm also trying to figure out what to do on the off days.  So far I've been adding in some strength training and some elliptical and some walking.  If anything I'm getting quite a bit of variety, so I do like that.

So yeah.  That's where we are at right now.  Super exciting right?  

A reminder if you truly need a daily dose of Beth (and come on now, who doesn't?) I am blogging daily at my fashion blog: http://fashionableadventuresboo.blogspot.com - but while I am throwing in tidbits from daily life it's still fashion-y and stuff.  So you kind of need to like that sort of thing and I respect that not everyone does.  But it's there and I'm there and if you miss me you should go there.  I'll continue to try to come here and play occasionally too though.

That's enough for today.  This post brought to you by the letter "S" for sarcasm and "B" for babble-y cause apparently that's how I roll today.


Tuesday Thoughts

Decided to do kind of a random thought, stream of consciousness type post today.  All the things currently on my mind.

It's really cold outside and seems harder to take because it had been so warm.

I refuse to dig out my winter coat.  I did however break out winter gloves.

Running is coming back to me easier than I thought it would when we started last week.  I miss our old program but I am glad we're doing something.

I miss my cat.  My parents' house feels so empty without her.  I wonder when that feeling starts to go away.  I don't dare say that to my mom, because her recovery is going so well.

It is really cold outside.

Nate's spaghetti is one of my favorite meals of all time.  It will easily be the highlight of my week tonight.  And that makes me think that my life must be getting kind of boring.

I think I'm getting old.  I actually enjoyed watching the Masters with my dad on Easter.

I think I'm getting old because I'm making sort of responsible adult choices and actually feeling like a true adult. On the one hand I kind of don't like it.  On the other it feels oddly...normal?

Construction has started at my work and it reminds me of being in high school all over again.  Pounding.  Drilling.  Random noises disrupting the work day.  Awesomeness.

Did I mention it's cold outside?

I'm in a baking mood.  Might have to make cupcakes again.  It's actually been awhile now.

Now that I can shop again, I'm surprised by the things I want to buy.  Or maybe the things I don't want to buy.  Maybe it's that whole adult thing I was talking about.

Sometimes when I get lost in my own head I think I must be one of the strangest people in the world.  But don't we all feel that way sometimes?

And oh yeah, it's cold outside.


Woo hoo it's Wednesday!

It's Weekly Update Time!  And today's feature is....our getaway this last weekend to the lovely city of Duluth, MN!  We had a fabulous time - it was a super nice B and B we stayed in.  It's called Cotton Mansion.  It's tucked away in a neighborhood up on the hill and away from the less tourist-y area of Canal Park, I liked that it was a little more secluded.  The food was fantastic, our room was nice, I would totally do it again!  Below are some pictures that highlight our stay.

The bed was comfy, it takes up most of the room and it smelled like lavender

We had a fireplace!  Wish we had one in our own home!

Took a side trip to Gooseberry Falls State Park, aka, one of my favorite places in MN!

Nice self portrait of the two of us!
We visited Gooseberry Falls and we also tried some delicious smoked trout and cheese and ate at Fitgers too.  Couldn't have planned a better getaway.  Seriously awesome.  I would like to try some other B and B's now too.

Now we're into Holy Week which isn't nearly as packed as me as it used to be when we were at IC.  I'm going to the Good Friday service by choice, but that's about it for Holy Week this year.  Sunday we are doing Easter Mass with Praise Project at St. Tim's and then having dinner with my parents and celebrating my mom's birthday.  We'll do Easter with Nate's family the following Sunday on Russian Easter.  I'm glad we're continuing that tradition in his grandpa's honor.

That's the latest and greatest.  Things are kind of quiet besides Easter coming up here and you know what, that is ok with me!!


Music Monday - Life's A Happy Song

I think most people know we've had some up and down times so far in 2012, and I know my last few Music Mondays certainly have been downers. But right now, things are good. We had a fantastic getway to Duluth this past weekend that I'll share more about later. In general, I'm just feeling good, so I'm sharing a fun happy song today - Life's A Happy Song from The Muppets. This particular video is from their appearance on Dancing with the Stars this past November. Enjoy.