Girl Meets Real World

I watch a lot of TV shows.  I try not to let it run my life, but I know if I am not home by 7pm on Thursdays on the couch ready to watch TGIT my entire week is ruined.  I watch Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder like it is my job. Then on Sunday’s I find myself addicted to Revenge and Madame Secretary, and when it comes back on I will binge watch House of Cards and Orange is the new Black in one sitting. I have a real problem.  Last night I was watching Scandal and I turned to my husband and told him I thought I was going to have an anxiety attack because it was just getting to be to much for me. (Did you see that episode? Holy Cow!) That is how attached I am to TV shows.

I have always been a TV show fanatic.  Before these shows I watched ER, 7th Heaven, Golden Girls, Will and Grace, Friends, and for my high school graduation, my gift to myself was a TV and all 6 seasons and movies of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman,  Michaela is my girl.  One show in particular that I have loved and still watch when it comes on is Boy Meets World. Corey and Topanga are still one of my favorite TV couples, and now they are back on the small screen with a new spin off series called Girl Meets World. This TV show makes me want to be friends with Corey and Topanga so bad! They are still just as perfect now as they use to be.

This show is all about Corey and Topanga’s children and I have fallen in love.  Yes, it comes on the Disney Channel and I know I am almost 23 years old, but it is so cute. Not to mention I love seeing my favorite couple again, 15 years later.  I have started to record the shows when ever they come on, and I binge watch them when the DVR gets full.  My favorite thing about the show is the relationship Corey and Topanga still have.  I never knew Disney could be so racy, but the chemistry between them is still there and its adorable. (Yes, I realize this is a TV show and they are actors. I’m not that crazy.) When the show Boy Meets World came out I remember everyone wanted to be like Corey and Topanga.

Yesterday I was procrastinating doing my homework, much like I am now, and I started to watch Girl Meets World and think about who my Corey Matthews was.  If you aren’t familiar with the TV show Boy Meets World, Corey and Topanga met when they were little bitty tiny on the play ground dated for 20 years (literally) and then got married.  They had their ups and downs along the way but it made for a great TV show.  I started to reflect on my early childhood and who my first real crush was.  I was a player as a younger child and I had several crushes, there was Jared, Joey, 2 Jacob’s, a Keith and then a kid named William who I remember the most.  He was behind me in alphabetical order and I thought he was so cute.

Being the player that I was our relationship didn’t last outside of the kindergarten classroom, but we went through all of school together, and he sat a few chairs down from me when we graduated high school. We had different friends, different interests and we were different people than we were when we were in Kindergarten.  Yesterday I looked him up through a Google Search and found out that he had not gone to college and was now in jail and had several felony charges against him. This smart, funny, sweet kid I had known my whole life fell through the cracks and ended up with a horrible fate.

I was shocked by my discovery and then started to think about what would have happened to me had I stayed with him, and had a relationship like Corey and Topanga.  Would I be in jail now instead of procrastinating on my Graduate Degree Homework? Or would the tables have turned and William would have never fallen through the cracks and never ended up in jail? You can never really tell.

I did learn that a love like Corey and Topanga’s is hard to come by and a little unrealistic.  I also learned that your life is affected by every single choice you make and you may not know it now, but you will 17 years later.  My life today could be drastically different than it is. I am lucky to have met the man of my dreams and fallen in love with a person who is as goal orientated and driven as I am. Maybe we should leave the childhood love to the actors who portray it so well on the small screen, and look for  more realistic love in the real world.

What are your favorite TV shows? Where is your childhood sweetheart now? Were you lucky enough to have a love like Corey and Topanga?

I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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Thawed Out Thursday: Italian Orzo Spinach Soup

Since I have stopped writing about my half marathon training every week, due to lack of information, I have decided to start writing about what I eat!  Most nights of the week Andrew and I eat something simple, baked chicken, bbq chicken, skillet chicken… we eat a lot of chicken.  I have been looking around at some different recipes I wanted to try, and I realized I have a library of cookbooks and a million Pinterest recipes I want to get through, so I decided once a week I would try to make a new dish and share it with you guys!

I love to cook, so I am excited to learn a little more in the kitchen and expand my everyday cook book of easy meals.  This week Andrew and I tried Italian Orzo Spinach Soup I found this on another blog/pinterest.  You should go check it out to see what the original blogger’s reaction to it was.

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I have to admit I didn’t have enough chicken broth for this meal, I only used 4 cups, but I really liked the way it turned out. I had 70% of the ingredients in my cabinet and I made this meal while only spending about $10 total.  Here are some things I learned while making this meal:

1. My dutch oven is really cool

2. There is a noodle called Orzo, and it is awesome!

3. This meal looks really difficult, but it is super easy!

4. I should have let my onions, carrots, and celery cook longer before adding other ingredients.

5. The Husband Rating was a 7! So Andrew really liked this one too!

Here is the recipe:


INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 8 ounces) Orzo Pasta (or other pasta)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 4 cups loosely-packed spinach
  • salt and black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 4 minutes, until soft. Add carrots, celery and garlic and saute for an additional 3 minutes. Add chicken stock, tomatoes, orzo (pasta), thyme, oregano, rosemary and stir to combine. Bring soup to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente.

Stir in the spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes until it is bright green and wilted. Season with salt and black pepper to taste (if needed). Serve warm.


At the end of the night it was a success.  I loved the way it turned out and I got to use my adorable little crocks that I found at At Home.  This recipe will for sure be making its way into our weekly rotation.  I might even try to add some chicken next time!

What did you think of this recipe? What recipes would you like to see me try next? What if your favorite recipe?

I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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Thunder Thighs Thursday: Other Runners

So for the past few weeks I have learned a few things about my Thunder Thighs Thursday Post. Mainly that, I don’t do enough to write about it every week.  So I am going to stop forcing myself to write a little something about my half marathon training every week.  I will write about it every other week just to keep you in the loop though.  I will find something to supplement it with, just so you don’t miss my Thursday post to much.  I’m not sure what that will be just yet, but I’ll let you know when I find out.  This week though I will share some of my wisdom with you. tandccollage

Since I have started running I have figured out a few things.  You cannot and should not compare yourself to other runners.  It will  not make you a better runner, a faster runner, or help you run longer.

I finally found a trail in Tupelo that I like to run.  It is a reasonable distance from start to finish and it is wooded so it reminds me of the trails I use to run back home.  The trail is a loop if you start at the correct location, if not it is this weird run out and turn around kind of thing.   The first time I went I parked at, what I thought was, the trail head and I was the only person on the trail for a majority of my run.

I ran all the way to the end of the trail and turned around only to meet this 6’5 lean, mean, running machine on my way back.  Of course I am over here dying barely able to move my feet, and he is giving a cheetah a run for their money, and instantly I thought to myself, “I’ll never be able to run like that.”

Whoa!  Why would I think such a thing,  I may not be cheetah speed and I may not even be turtle speed, but that guy and I ran the same distance that day.  We both accomplished the same thing.  So why am I comparing myself to him?  This is something we do in all avenues of life.  We compare love lives, beauty, and even money.  It’s pointless. You are still living aren’t you?  You are still happy aren’t you?  You are accomplishing the same things just in a different way. So why does it matter?

I hate when I compare myself to someone else because it makes me think of all the negative things about myself, and that is something I am trying to do less this year.

I have also learned that some runners are cocky; to a point that it makes you want to puke.  I can’t run 15 miles every Saturday at a 9min pace.  Does that make me any less than you?  No I’m still a runner and you are too.  Why can’t we just be happy that we take joy in the same hobby?

There is a group of people in a Facebook group called Running with Curves and some of these people are overweight, some are recent mothers who are adjusting to their new bodies, some of them have diseases that make it hard to run,  but most of them have picked up running as a new hobby and are loving every minute of it.  These people are the runners I want to be like.  They don’t care how far they go they are just happy they aren’t sitting on the couch.

I may never be Cheetah fast and I may never be able to run 15 miles (13.1 may kill me) but I am running almost every day and I am enjoying myself.  I am not going to compare myself to others anymore. I run because it is finally making me feel good again.  I run because I get a high off of completing the challenge I have for myself every week.  I run just like all the other runners out there.

How do you compare yourself to others? How can you think more positively about yourself? Are you a Cheetah or a Turtle, and does it really matter? 

I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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Sometimes you just need your Mom

Andrew and I have been living away from home for almost a year now, married for 4 months, living in Tupelo for 2 months, and been home owners for 1 month.  Wow! It has truly been a crazy year, and it seems like life gets crazier and crazier everyday.

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My mom came to visit this weekend, and I was so happy to see her.  When you live 7 hours away from home you get use to not seeing your mom everyday and then she comes and visits for a few days and you don’t ever want her to leave. It is like a blessing and curse all in the same weekend.

Mom came down and helped us put the finishing touches on our living room and helped us clear some of the overgrown forest behind the house.  When mom comes to visit we go to work! No vacation for her.  (Sorry Mom) Although I did take her to see Elvis’ birthplace.  That counts as a vacation right?

Her trip came at the perfect time, and it was really great seeing her.  Andrew had another conference to go to in Birmingham, and then had to work the whole weekend so it was nice to not have to worry about being alone in the house for a week.

My mom is just an amazing woman.  I honestly don’t know what I would do without her most days, even though she is several hours away.  I have been really homesick for a while and her coming to visit helped. I just keep thinking about our trip back home in March and it never seems to be getting any closer. It is times like these I realize I really need a job to keep me occupied.

I am slowly learning to deal with my homesickness.  I have a lot of remedies for when I am feeling bad, some are good some are bad.  Here are just a couple of my remedies:

1: I go for a run.  Yes, I am still training for my first half marathon.  When I feel home sick a nice sweaty run is exactly what I need.  I can turn my music up and clear my head and just run away from it all for a while.

2. I bake.  This is horrible for two reasons.  1. I am a horrible baker! (I always forget the sugar.) and 2. I always go for the big triple chocolate everything when I feel bad.  This remedy doesn’t help my marathon training.

3. I cuddle.  I will cuddle Andrew. I will cuddle Tug. I might even try to cuddle Elsa, but if you are stationary long enough just be prepared.

4. Bubble Baths.  With this new house came an amazing bath tub.  I got the deluxe size in bubble bath from the kids aisle and I will just go soak for hours, or until I finish my magazine.  Either way it makes me feel a little better.

All of these help me for just a little while not feel so homesick.  I think what makes someone so homesick is thinking about all the things you are missing out on.  Dinner parties with your friends, going shopping with you mom, even the bad stuff like funerals make me miss home.  Just knowing that the people you love and care about are gathering and you can’t be there.  It sucks.

But Andrew and I have friends here.  We went to the neighbors for dinner last night and had a great time.  Stayed later than we should have, but had a great time.  We go and explore and life is grand, but I still miss home.  It will get easier with time and more trips home, but I don’t think homesickness is ever completely curable.

How do you deal with homesickness? Any remedies you recommend?

I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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Thunder Thighs Thursday: Tupelo Half-Marathon

Last week I did some research and I found some great places to run in Tupelo, for both long and short days.  I went down to the parks office and just asked and they were so helpful. It is really helping to keep me off the roads, and it is also encouraging me to go a little bit father everyday.

Then Andrew and I went to, and are still in, Orlando for the week! I have to admit that I haven’t been running as much as I had hoped, but I have been walking quite a bit.  Andrew is here for a conference so most days I spend exploring downtown Disney and shopping, and then others I spend in the room finishing homework, or typing blog posts.  It has really been a great vacation but I am ready to be back home with my puppy and kitty.  (I had to call the boarding place to check on him today, I held it in for as long as I could. He has made friends with a boxer!)

I do have some exciting news though! I have signed up for my first half-marathon!! Yay! Even though it is not the one you guys are expecting I have signed up for one.  The Tupelo Half-Marathon, and I am really excited about it!  All of the running clubs down here talk about this race like it is the Boston Marathon and I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity.

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Not to mention when I can finally run long enough I hope I can do some group runs with the local running club here.  I have finally gotten over being scared of running this race and I am extremely excited for September.

The whole reason I am running this race though is for the t-shirt.  I’m am not a skull and crossbones kind of girl, but this is the coolest shirt I have ever seen come out of a race.  So that is just another added perk.

I have gotten back in the swing of things for running and I can already tell I have fallen in love with it all over again.  I can’t wait to get back out there everyday.  I have a feeling training is going to be a lot easier from here on out, because I finally feel like I know what I am doing.

I am no longer running in circles in my neighborhood trying to get to my desired mileage for the day and I am not longer making up excuses to no go for a run.  Maybe I am finally on this train for the long haul! Not to mention I have had a lot of encouragement from my family and friends.  It is great having family text you and daring you to eat healthy on vacation instead of slacking off.  (Thanks Aunt Karen).

Well it is almost lunch time for Andrew so I better get going! I hope you all have a great day and I will be back later to tell you more about our mini-vacation in Orlando!

What is your favorite race shirt? Have you signed up for any race this year?

I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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Thunder Thighs…Friday: Ugh Motivation

Today I am the guest post on Stephanie May Wilson’s Blog!! This was one of my goals this year for my blog and I am sooo excited for this opportunity!  This blog is my all time favorite to read.  I read it religiously, and I am so glad she allowed me to be on it today.  One of the loveliest things I wrote about today was my half marathon training.

So since I haven’t had internet in a while I haven’t been able to update you on my half-marathon training.  Well…it is not going great. It is really hard to stay motivated, especially when everything seems to be going against you!

First, it has been freezing here in Mississippi!  I don’t know how people do it up in the north.  I am a part of a group and people have been running outside in -5 degrees!  I’m sorry, but no, just no.  Not to mention it has been cold and rainy here.  Why can’t it be beautiful and sunshiny all the time?!

Second, my clumsy gene came out this week.  I was getting groceries out of my car and while I was carrying them in, I fell down.  I sprained my ankle, had to crawl to the house and I just laid there not moving for a while.  My ankle swelled and had a huge knot on the side and I struggled to walk let alone run.  I would kill for some grace.

Lastly, my couch and TV are so great.  Its been cold and sitting on my nice comfy green couch, under a blanket, with a cup of hot coco or a bowl of ice cream is just to great to pass up.  Who would want to leave that scenario for a freezing, wet, run?

I need to get motivated again.  I was so pumped when I started this journey and now I have fallen off the horse.  I still want to run a half-marathon and to do that I need to take baby steps. So what I am doing is getting back on the horse!

I am going to run at least 4 days in the upcoming week.  I’m going to change my attitude and start working on gaining mileage.  I’m going to start eating better again.  I love the way my body feels when I eat healthy and run.  I have so much more energy and life about me.  So I am going to get going again.

I stopped by the visitor center, here in Tupelo, and I picked up lots of resources on where to run in Tupelo.  I’m going to give them a try this week.  So it’s time to get off here and lace up my shoes and start again.  I’m going for a run.

How do you stay motivated? What are your favorite motto to keep you going?

I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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Buying your First Home: The Drama of a New Build

Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while!  We haven’t had internet since we moved into the new house, but as of 5 mins ago we are back on the net!  It has been nice taking a vacation from the internet and everything that goes with it.  I was able to get a lot of stuff done and really enjoy being a home owner.

Just as a little update, Andrew and I have learned a lot since buying a house and about our new little town.  Andrew is loving work, and I am going crazy being at home all day, but I am in the job hunt and have had a lot of luck.  I should start substitute teaching in the next couple of weeks!

Andrew and I are really enjoying being home owners.  We have found that you can do pretty much what ever you want when ever you want.  Including, yelling at the top of your lungs just for the fun of it, blowing duck calls from different areas of the house and pretending like you are two ducks talking, burning things in your front yard, back yard, or side yard and so much more.

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We have also learned that buying a brand new house is really expensive! I had no idea that toilet paper holders were $20…a piece! There are so many little things that go into buying a new house that you wouldn’t even think about.  Builders don’t install things like towel rods in the bathroom and shower curtain rods.  They also don’t paint or make sure you have a yard full of grass.

So many things add up when buying your first house, and Andrew and I were blown away by the extra cost.  Since buying the house we have put close to $3,000 back into the house to make it our home. We have painted, which meant we had to buy paint, a ladder, brushes, trays, and tape lots and lots of tape.

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We have also put several closets up.  Who would have thought a simple linen closet could cost $100+!  Thank goodness the builders put in all the bedroom closets.  For any of you young first time home buyers who think a new build is the same as a turn key, think again!

So all of this has been really challenging on Andrew and I, but we have loved every minute of it.  Its has been fun going to Lowe’s everyday for something different, and putting up things like our mailbox or our house numbers.  We are having the same kind of love affair with our house as we did with each other when we were dating.

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Something about home improvement really helps a couple bond.  It is funny when you go to pick out paint and you pick up a color and you both agree instantly that it is perfect.  It is also a lot of fun when you both agree that you don’t want your house to be boring and you agree to take some chances on the color scheme in certain rooms.

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Andrew and I have also learned a lot about our selves.  Andrew has built two benches for the dinning room table, and a work bench for the garage!  Who knew he was so manly and handy with a saw?  I also learned that all those summers of my grandmother trying to teach me to sew actually worked.  Granted a pillow is no major feat for I plan to try curtains next!

Buying your first home, although exhausting, is a lot of fun.  Andrew and I will always remember living in this home and how we made it ours.  I’ll post some more pictures as we finish some of the other rooms.  Hopefully all the boxes will get unpacked this weekend.  (Only a few left!)  Then Andrew and I are heading to Orlando, FL for some work training and some rest and relaxation.

What was your favorite part about buying your first home?  What tips would you give first time home buyers? 

I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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