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Saturday, January 10, 2015

AZ - Take Me Back!

A few randoms for this freezing friday...

Last weekend we flew down the AZ for a long weekend.  When we landed it was 45 degree which was still 40 degree warmer than Chicago so I'll take it.  It was a busy couple of day and we happened to fit quite a bit in during those 4 days in the sunny weather.  We stayed in the same house/resort that we stayed in for the sisters wedding which was a little crazy and felt like we were just there!

Cozy by the fire the first night

We woke up to sunny skies and a gorgeous view of the city
Fun cocktail at the resort bar
Plane tour of the Grand Canyon

We did some golfing!  I haven't golfed in 15 years!

So I ended up in the sand! haha!
How gorgeous is that view!
And tennis was played..
And then we came home to this..

Friday, January 9, 2015

A Year of Jawbone

I've officially been wearing my jawbone (basically the same thing as a fitbit) for over a year.  I received it last Christmas and basically didn't take it off until just yesterday.  I think a year of wear and tear finally got the best of it, because it no longer works.  It will still track my steps, but I can't put it on sleep mode and it doesn't do the vibrate reminders that I have set up for it.  I'm not even mad, because at this point I am really excited about the new jawbone that came out.  It has the ability to track your heart rate and tracks your sleep in more detail.  Although, I do think I am going to wait a few weeks before ordering, because I like to idea of not tracking anything for a while. And I have to admit - I am debating getting the fitbit instead only because of all of the cute tory burch accessories that could go it. :)

A few things I learned from wearing a jawbone for a year..

- How far 10,000 steps really is.  Yes, 10,000 steps seems really far.  And it is.  But it is doable, but not without some type of cardio exercise everyday.  I walk to work.. everyday.. 8/10 of a mile one way.  Which means just to work and back I walk just over 1.5 miles.  And it is just hard for me to get all of those steps!  And it is exhausting!

- It is harder than I though to get 8 hours of sleep.  For as early as I get in bed - I still dont' always get the full 8 hours. Typically I get into bed around 9-915. Phone off around 9:30-9:45.  K typically gets up around 6:30 and I get up around 7. That means I'm in bed for almost 10 hours some nights!  But even with all that time in bed - I don't always log the full 8 hours of sleep!

- I have a strangely hard time getting enough "deep sleep."  At least according to my jawbone.  Although I have to admit.. I don't feel much of a difference when I get a lot of deep sleep and when I get barely any.  I am equally as sleepy the next morning no matter what the Jawbone says.  It could be picking up on K's sleeping too, but who knows!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ahh.. 2015..

I can't believe it's 2015.  Where is time going? Part of me is loving that time is flying right now, because it's the middle of winter and just miserably cold in Chicago.  I'm already anxious for spring and to walk to work without having to bundle up before I leave the house.  The other half of my is just so sad that time is moving this quickly - it is making me feel so old!

The past few weeks have been jam packed with holiday activities and traveling to AZ again with my family.  Between my family and K's family we were nonstop for a few weeks. It was great to get to have some time off work and relax.  And I just love how cozy our apartment gets with all of our Christmas decorations.  It makes our small apartment feel the perfect size of cozy with the Christmas tree next to the couch.  

As much as I loved the holidays - I have to admit I am a little relieved to get back into a routine.  We are headed to Honduras with friends in March and it is definitely going to be perfect timing. It was still be freezing cold in Chicago and it gives us something to look forward to after all of these holidays and time off. I'm trying to get into a good workout routine for the next few months before Honduras.  I'll try to keep you posted on how it goes - it will definitely be consisting of less cardio and more weight training!

A few things I'm loving lately..

- I think my hair is actually getting long.. finally.. yes - I've been growing it out for like 10 years.  I hardly ever straighten it anymore so when I finally did straight it it looks so long! 

- Lego advent calendar.. what a fun way to get excited for the holidays!

- My new iPhone 6!  I have been wanting to update my phone for months. I love the fingerprint identification!  Can't wait to update my picture quality for my blog :)

This Friday I have my holiday party for work.  I still have no idea what I am going to wear.  It is a "happy hour" from 5-8 at a nice hotel downtown.  K's holiday party is on the same night so we won't be able to go to each other's which will definitely be a bummer.  It will be my first holiday party at my new company and I'm already a little nervous!  Any tips on what to wear?!  The rest of the weekend will hopefully be spent relaxing and hibernating from the cold!