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Archive for January 2012

Liz and Robby’s Wedding

Posted on January 23, 2012 by under Events.    

Brian and I had a great time at Liz and Robby’s wedding in Shawnee over the weekend. Here are some of my favorite photos.

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Liz and Robby’s snowy exit…



Brian and me with the groom…


Kasey and me…


Kevin and Kasey…


Best man, mother of the groom and groom…


Me and the bride…



Cake cutting and toast…

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Garter toss…


Brian and me with the bride and groom…


Another photo of Kevin and Kasey…


Group photo…




Robby and me…


Kevin and me…


Me and Brian…

Ching and Brian

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I Want These Shoes

Posted on January 17, 2012 by under Wishlist.    

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Brian and I went to try on some shoes at Dick’s Sporting Goods over the weekend. I mainly wanted to see if he liked the fit and feel of the Nike Free Run+ running shoes before I ordered “his and hers” Nike ID Free Runs for us for Valentines Day. We haven’t decided yet, but I think that’s probably what we will do as we don’t really have a special Valentines trip or celebration planned this year.

As luck (or bad luck) would have it, I found a pair that I wanted. Why? Because they matched my 80’s Zumba outfit perfectly. LOL. Yes, I’m silly like that. I try to match my shoes to my workout clothes or my workout clothes to my shoes.


You’ll be proud of me, though. For someone who has no “will control” (as Brian calls it), I resisted the urge to add to my sneakers collection. I’m pretty sure these shoes will go on sale eventually. When they do, that’s when I’ll pounce on them. LOL. I mean, how many people really buy purple shoes?

Incidentally, if anyone out there is feeling generous, I wear size 6 in Nikes. Hey, I had to give it a shot. I did get a free Ladder Golf set a couple of years ago just by simply blogging about it. 😉

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Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0

Posted on January 15, 2012 by under Toys.    

Samsung Galaxy Player

Brian bought a Samsung Galaxy Player from his coworker who had won it at the SAP Conference last November. Brian’s coworker bought an iPad 2 for himself for Christmas and couldn’t find use for the Samsung. He decided to offer it to Brian for $75. It was supposedly a deal we couldn’t pass up. LOL.

The device is basically an MP3 player that is on an Android platform so you can install various apps on it. It’s just like our phones, only bigger. Makes watching Netflix movies more pleasant. Though, we wouldn’t really do that because we would just as soon watch Netflix movies on our TV when we are home. Speaking of TV, since it’s also Samsung, the player can communicate with our TV just like our phones can using the AllShare feature. It’s nice when all of your technology works together seamlessly.

At the moment, I mostly just use it to listen to my Pandora music stations when I’m getting ready for work in the morning. I also have my Kindle app loaded so I can read my books on it, but I haven’t really had time to do that. Anyway, I’m not sure what else to use it for? Any ideas?

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Weekend vs. Work Attire

Posted on January 10, 2012 by under Outfits.    

This is how I dress on weekends…

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This is how I dress at work…

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I prefer to dress pretty conservatively when I am at work, so I have clothes specifically for work and clothes for everyday life. There are some articles of clothing that can overlap (like cardigans and such), but in general these don’t mix. Even on our jeans days (when I can be more adventurous in my clothing choices), I stick to very strict dress rules. Thus, I have some jeans that I will never ever wear to work (e.g. ones that are distressed or worn-in or have holes, even if these are intentional because of the style).

Today I realized that I’m not alone in my wardrobe philosophy. Contrary to popular belief, “business casual” does not mean “anything but jeans.” I think sometimes people forget the “business” part. There is a clear distinction between “business casual” and “party casual” and “weekend casual” and there are other people (besides me) who can tell the difference. What a revelation! Now I don’t have to feel like such a nerd for dressing like a nerd at work. LOL.

Who cares if the people at work think I dress boring or lame? I can dress fun too, but you’ll have to come to Suede on a Friday night to see it. 😉

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Spending Quality Time with Brian

Posted on January 8, 2012 by under Relationship.    


We started our day with chocolate-iced cinnamon rolls. It was a sweet start to a sweet day.

I originally planned on going to both Group Power and Zumba, but then I figured hanging out with Brian while we leisurely had our cinnamon rolls for breakfast would be much more fulfilling (despite how bad it is for our diet). Anyway, I could still get my workout in Zumba.

After breakfast it was time for the gym. Brian did his own workout while I was doing Zumba. Steph borrowed him to spot her for a bit after class. Brian and I just met up at the standing ab workout station (I’m not sure what it’s formally called) when they were finished. I did a few upright leg lifts and knee lifts already, but I had to do some more when he finally came over just to prove that I could really do them. I think I’m improving because I actually did several today as opposed to my first try at Gina Ann and Coley’s basement when I only did five. I think I’m going to make that part of my regular workout.

We tried to go bowling after a quick lunch at home, but they had some kind of event at Northrock Lanes. The lady told us to come back at 4 pm. Luckily, we don’t live too far away. I decided to catch up on my House Hunters and House Hunters International recorded shows while Brian did some work. We also had just enough time for a little something-something before it was time to go back to the bowling alley.

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Because we are highly competitive people, we decided to make a wager. We usually wager for sexual favors; however, as we had just gotten done with it, neither of us were thinking about sex. I couldn’t think of anything, so it was Brian who came up with our bet this time. He wagered blender hand-washing duties for the rest of the month. I accepted. It’s not fun so we both found it to be a bet worth winning.

It was kind of an off day for me, but Brian was off too so I still won. Brian’s scores were 124, 129 and 136 respectively. Mine were 139, 158 and 167. I usually get better as I get warmed up so I’m thinking had we done five games, I might have been able to bowl a 200-game today. We usually have to calculate who had the better average because our matches are pretty close but, having won all three games, it was a clean sweep. Brian averaged about 130 compared to my 155, which is actually really close to my normal average when I used to bowl in a league over ten years ago. I’m not sure what Brian’s normal average is as I don’t think he ever bowled in a league before. I’m thinking about joining a bowling league again. Although, Brian thinks that I’m too busy as it is. When would I find the time for a league? I’m sure I could find the time if I really wanted to.

After bowling, Brian did some more work before playing video games. I did some work while he played video games. After he got gaming out of his system and I was tired of working, we decided to watch a movie on Netflix. Tonight’s pick was Tangled. It was quite good actually. After our movie, I demanded some quality time.

Brian was like, “What do you mean? We just got done watching a movie together. We had several hours of quality time today.”

“You need to turn off the TV and sit here and just talk to me. That’s quality time. No TV, no movie, no computer, no phone, no distractions. Just you and me. What time is it now?” I asked.

“Ten forty six,” Brian replied.

“Alright,” I said. “You’re going to give 14 minutes of nonstop quality time starting right now.” Brian and I both started laughing hysterically because what I said came off completely absurd. Who times their quality time?

After we regained our composure he said, “That’s messed up. Your definition of quality time is a lot different than normal people. To normal people, what we just did, watching a movie together, that would qualify as quality time.”

“Just because we’re in the same room together doesn’t mean we’re spending quality time,” I said. “We were watching a movie. You were paying attention to the movie. I was paying attention to the movie. Neither of us were paying attention to one another. That’s why this world is so messed up. Couples think that just because they’re doing stuff together, they’re spending quality time. If you’re there but your mind is elsewhere, that’s not quality time. Like when we’re in the car and you’re driving and I’m trying to play Words and we’re trying to have a conversation with one another, that’s not quality time. When we’re sitting in bed and we’re both on the computer and one of us is trying to have a conversation with the other, that’s not quality time. If we’re hanging out, but either you or I am really thinking of work or all the things that I have to do later or the next day, that’s not quality time. I would rather have ten minutes of good, uninterrupted quality time with you each day than several hours of all that fake quality time.”

Brian was like, “So does debating about quality time count as quality time?” We both laughed again. Mind you, we were both sitting on the loveseat with Brian laying on me so that I could rub his head and earlobes while this conversation was going on.

I said, “Yes. Debating about quality time counts as quality time. Although, I’m not sure that I’m getting as good of a quality time as you are because you’re thinking about how good your head rub feels instead of thinking of me. Maybe we should ban head rubs from our quality time in the future?” LOL. I was just kidding. Head rubs and earlobe rubs are always going to be part of our quality time. How else could I ever get Brian to stay put? We actually went about ten minutes over on our quality time, but it was well worth it.

I had at least thirty minutes of real, honest-to-goodness quality time with Brian tonight. What about you? Did you get to spend some quality time with your loved-ones today? Was it more like Brian’s idea of quality time or was it more like mine? What is your definition of quality time?

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