Friend Makin’ Mondays: 10 Things That Make Me Happy

Yes, it is Wednesday, not Monday. But I want to make sure I blog more, so I’m going to jump in! I’ve been off Paleo, and I think I see more of what it offered me off it than I did when I was on. I never felt that different as I was on it, but I think any changes were too gradual. Being off it has been different. I haven’t gotten back on the horse completely, but I’m getting there.

FMM

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Ten Things That Make Me Happy

1. Tiffany & Co. I love Tiffany blue so much I painted my bedroom that color. I love Tiffany jewelry. My husband bought my engagement ring there because I told him how the diamonds sparkled differently. Sure, it’s expensive, but not only are the styles timeless, they are just a little bit quirky. Enough to make them awesomely original. Every time I go to a new Tiffany store, I go get my rings cleaned. And they are really nice to me, even though my rings aren’t giant by any means.

Freshly painted room!

Freshly painted room!

2. My cat, Tess. She’s the best. She’s my constant companion. She’s a mini me. She’s a diva. She’s trouble. She’s my daughter. I can’t even begin to tell you how much she means to me.

The cutest kitty.

The cutest kitty.

3. Alpha Phi. I’m not only a proud member, I’m happy to be serving at San Diego’s Alumnae Chapter President. This organization has given me so much as a college student and as an alum.

My Alpha Phi sister Jen and I this year at our chapter's 50th anniversary celebration.

My Alpha Phi sister Jen and I this year at our chapter’s 50th anniversary celebration.

4. Lifting heavy weight. I get a special kick out of really killing the heavy lifting days. I’m not fast, I’m not coordinated, I’m not graceful, but I’m really, really strong.

5. Tennis. I’m so happy on the court. I have no idea why I don’t play more often.

6. Being home in Maine. I love California, truly. But I’m so happy when I’m at home in Maine. I miss my parents and I feel very connected with myself when I’m there.

Hanging out our lake house this year.

Hanging out our lake house this year.

7. The ocean. I’ve always loved it. It never fails to calm me down when I’m anxious. I don’t think I could ever live far away from it again.

8. Music. I’m not talented at all when it comes to music, but I love to listen to it, and I love that it makes me feel things.

9. Friends. I’m lucky to have great people in my life. I thought my college friends were the best, and they are. I learned how to keep surrounding myself with the best people. My San Diego friends are my urban family.

Here we are at Club 33!

Here we are at Club 33!

10. Last but not least, my husband! We’re currently living in a commuting situation at 2 different parts of the state, but we’re making it work. He’s my best friend, my partner in crime, the person I trust the most in the world, the guy that drives me crazy in every possible way. Going on 12 years together, it has yet to nearly get boring.

This is after our bachelor/bachelorette parties in Las Vegas.  We met back up and I harassed him just a little bit.

This is after our bachelor/bachelorette parties in Las Vegas. We met back up and I harassed him just a little bit.

Friend Makin’ Mondays: Let’s talk about TV.

How ironic! We’ll be talking about TV while I’m up in Palo Alto with my husband who doesn’t have cable! Yes, it’s Netflix life here. I am going to bang this blog out a little fast because I’m super tired. I slept poorly last night (excited for a race) got up early to race, and then had too much to do to take a post race nap!

FMM

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Let’s Talk About TV

1. Share your current “Must-See” TV shows. Right now is kinda of a bad TV time in the calendar. I’m still Keeping Up with the Kardashians and I’m enjoying American Ninja Warrior and The Hero. I just finished 666 Park Avenue, which makes me sad because it was cool and creepy and then got cancelled.

2. Do you prefer reality shows or sitcoms? While on the surface, I prefer sitcoms, I don’t think the quality is really there for the most part. There is nothing like The Cosby Show or Family Ties! So, I’m drawn more to reality if I had to choose. But my fave unscripted TV shows are thriller/adventure/mystery things.

3. Who is your favorite talk show host? I don’t really watch many talk shows, but I think I’ll pick Dr. Drew! No doubt Anderson Cooper is awesome as well.

4. Which network(s) do you turn to for news? CNN and Headline news. I also try to watch as much local news as possible. My mom instilled in me at a young age that it’s important to know what’s going on in the world and in your town.

5. Do you have Tivo or DVR? If so, which programs do you have set to record? I think it’s only set for American Ninja Warrior currently! It’s slow in the summer. I use the Primetime on Demand feature a lot so I don’t have too many things on the DVR. I’ve been watching old My Cat From Hell episodes that I taped, too.

6. Have you ever started watching a show simply because you heard so much about it on social media? If so, which one did you watch? Downton Abbey for sure. It helped that I had friends that absolutely wanted to share it. Way back before most social media, my friends from an online game got me interested in LOST, which is definitely a favorite of mine.

7. List any TV series that you own on DVD. LOST, The Osbournes, Roswell, Nip/Tuck, Firefly, Gossip Girl, Greek and an oldie: Voyagers!

8. Do you have a subscription to Netflix, Hulu, etc? We have Netflix streaming at both home bases, on AppleTV. I love the AppleTV. I love that I can play my iTunes library, bring in my Photo Stream, and watch You Tube and control it with my phone.

9. If you could star in a TV show that already exists, which one would you choose? Vampire Diaries, so I could hang out with Ian Somerhalder! I’d like to be a sassy vampire like Lexi, only not so dead.

10. If you could bring back one TV show that is no longer on the air, which one would you choose? That’s hard, really hard, because so many shows I like have been cut down in their prime. I’m going with Journeyman. It was a great time travel, fix the past, kind of show. It had a lot going for it. Setting the time period with music was so great. The story was just starting to heat up with us learning more about why the main character jumps in time… when the axe came down.

My Paleo Diet: Day 31 – WHAT THE WHAT?!?

I stuck it out. It sucked sometimes. But I finished. I had a deal with myself, if I lost under 10 lb, I would integrate a lot of the Paleo practices in to my life and diet. If I lost more than 10, I would seriously commit to this at least 80% of the time.

I lost 14.

I KNOW!

I really don’t understand it! Things are fitting a bit better, but 14 lb lost isn’t what I thought it would be. I don’t care, I’ll take it. All. Day. Long.

How did I celebrate? I did a 5k! I also, had my first non Paleo meal afterwards and it sat in my stomach like a load of bricks and I got crazy gas burps.

The 5k was good – I didn’t run as much of it as I wanted, and I probably didn’t PR, but I beat people, and I got to run across the 50 yard line at Qualcomm stadium to see myself on the Jumbotron of the Chargers. Not a bad way to start a Sunday. And I got a new medal.

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