evolving

Two Meatballs: Is Dick Cake Paleo…and Other Questions That Keep Me Up at Night?!?

This past weekend we celebrated the impending nuptials of sweet Anna Broome…Nanners if you will! You may remember her from such posts as Let’s Give em Pumpkin to talk about!  There are so many reasons to love Anna.  She is quirky and interesting and super low key.  She prefers a pants free life #soulmmates and loves Tim the Toolman Taylor and beauty bloggers.  She has a penchant for dark chocolate and a love for cats #catsofinstagram that is terrifying.  I think these memes (I don’t know if I’m using that term correctly bc I’m old #whatdoesfleekmean #whatdothekidslistentothesedays #trufflebuttermeanswhaaaaaat!?)

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She is the single most interesting human!  So who came to the epic Bachelorette party?!  None other than Anna’s bff Anna Martin (part time Mermaid, full time Fabulous) and my super best buddy Katie!!!!!!  I love these girls and love doing this in our 30’s…it was the most low key night with no hangover and plenty of sleep!  Katie and Anna Martin came over to my house to decorate and then we scooped up the bride to be on the way to dinner at Sitti!!!!  Yum!

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We had the yummiest dinner…I had the lamb chops and they were excellent and paleo as hale!

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The conversation was great and it was awesome to catch up!  Katie, Anna B and I worked together at Hilker’s Dry Cleaners and have known each other for years…

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and we always knew Anna through Anna but I can’t tell you the last time we were all together.  And the people watching in Sitti was amazing!  My adhd was in heaven with the set up in there….so much to look at!  Our waiter was awesome and super hot  and took a great pic of us all together in our glory!

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Soooooooo much fun!  Then we came home for some good old fashioned fleshy orange dick cake!

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It was Delish!  And Anna is so presh.  Then we opened some cute lingerie…

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Then we got super duper comfy…

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And watched a real Rom Com…Gone Girl….bahahahahahahaha, the least romantic, most opposite of a happy marriage movie EVER! But gahhhh do I love that movie!  Then we all passed the F out…y’all know I love a sleepover!  It was so great seeing everyone and hanging out! Anna, I can’t wait to watch you and Adam tie the knot!!!  You guys make me so happy!!!!  The next morning after Katie and I snuggled up all night #sleepoverswithyourbestie #thankgodforearplugs we got up early and she got ready to see her fam for Mothers Day and I actually got dressed and went to the gym!  Victory!!!!  I saw my adorable parents leaving as I was walking in.  This normally would have made me walk right back out with them but I went in and worked my ass off.  Then I grabbed some breakfast and enjoyed a solo breakfast outside at Whole Foods!

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Soo good! And why do I ever forget how great it feels to eat healthy.  It is so challenging to make yourself a priority, but so totally worth it and I’m learning slowly but surely that it is not selfish in the least!  Mothers Day was lovely and healthy and full of family!

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#outtake

The weekend flew by but was spent with those that I love!  Katie, I love when you come home…everything is better…shopping at Target, getting ready together, snuggling…MOVE HOME PLEASE!

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Then it was on to the work week!  I went on a hiring spree and it felt great!!!  Then Joelle and I pow wowed about the salon meeting.  I was super excited about my team builder this time.  We take a learning style format test that helps you understand how you learn and interact with others.  The premise is that you are a combination of the numbers 1-4.  The first time I took this test I was a 4213, then a  couple years later I was a 4231. We’ve talked about the numbers before!  I have always strongly identifies with 4’s!  We are creative, we lived outside of the box, it’s hard for us to conform…or follow rules.  We are so gd fun!  And we can be the biggest procrastinators EVER! So in preparation for this meeting I retook the test…and I am now a 3421.  Oh how I have changed!!!  It was shocking!  3’s are take charge leaders, do-ers, dependable, alphas who can be too blunt and critical.  But wait,  that all sounds familiar!  As my role has changed, I’ve had to change so this makes sense.  After everyone retook their test…we broke out into groups based on your most dominate number.  I was going to be breaking out with a new little family…I could hear my 4’s whooping it up and I just knew they were already drawing on their giant sticky note!  In our own groups we wrote down our strengths and weaknesses and then we presented!

The 1’s started out the presentations and came in strong!

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Our 1’s are def the majority in the salon…the sweetest group of people ever.  They love peace and harmony.  they are emotion driven and people pleasers.  They are so pleasant!!!

Next, the 2’s!!!

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These gals are driven and like order, structure, rules and avoid awkward at all costs!

Next was my new family…the 3’s!

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This was a funny group bc we are all born leaders!  You could feel the power.

then the 4’s came up and entertained the hell out of everyone…say hello to your other meatball!

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They did self portraits!!!!  I was so jealous!  Jenny and I have always been the same numbers. #bfff But I am going to embrace this shift and embrace my 3 in all aspects of my life.  I’m going to remain driven at work!  I’m still struggling to communicate effectively and I am still learning the ins and outs of management but I feel super empowered.  It’s so great to know and embrace that no matter our differences, everyone has strengths and everyone has things they need to work on…the ultimate equalizer! I love my team and salon family oh so much.  Then Wednesday morning I woke up bright and early to meet with the education team…i love a meeting and i adore these people!

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(plus Libby and Carolyn!)  I am going be more patient with myself and allow for the fuck ups while learning!

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I am going to 3 out at the gym and do it…Im going to find the love in the kitchen again!  It’s go time y’all!!!!!  Feeling so rejuvenated and super revived! Xoxo to all!

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Also, in an effort to achieve more balance we are going to post three days a week!!!  Love y’all!

 

 

Two Meatballs: Pampered Chef

Ok sooooo, Sara and I really do well when we plan out the week. Especially our meals.  Having food prepared keeps us both on track.  So I left work with Sara’s house key and threw her chicken into the crockpot. Check. Cross it off the list!  So I thought we were being so productive. I would just show up at her house that night and have fun finishing the meal together. So I came in and the chicken smelled aaaaaaammmmazing!!!! I sat on her couch and got into such a deep conversation about how we were both feeling!!! Unexpected turn of events!! Oh and it gets worse,  after all this talk of how exhausted we were, we talked our selves into blizzards at DQ!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhh Our dirty secret is out!!!!!!!!  We got back to the house and both had an overwhelming feeling of regret!!!!!  We felt so disappointed in ourselves, which lead to a deeper conversation of, “what are we doing”?   This conversation felt so different then any other in the past.  We both want this and want it for the other.   We Are so strong together, but we both easily slip into the others dark place and give in.  But not anymore!!!!!!!  We are capable of change!!!  We have come so far!!!!!  Today was a new day, we both feel strong and empowered!  We cooked today and followed our plan!!! Love you Sara, thanks for being on this ride of self discovery with me!!!  So here is this yummy recipe for tonight’s meal……Honey garlic chicken and roasted carrots and mushrooms!!!

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Lets fucking cook Sara!!!!

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Half way through we got really fired up just looking at past fatty pictures on sara adorable collage on her refrigerator.

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Then we got really distracted and walked around in one boot each….omg whos’s who????? #lifeofa4

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Sara and I were so distracted with our conversation we didn’t even take a picture of this chickkkkkeen!!! so here is a generic one!

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and our veggies!!!!!!

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Now onto the pampering!!!!  Hi guys it’s Sara!!!  It was a night full of high school revisits!!!  My super best girl friend from Sanderson, Jaclyn Devita and I went to dinner while Jenny was finishing up her shift at work before the cooking began!  We hadn’t hung out in 12 YEARS!!! Which is the craziest thing everrrrrr.  But we didn’t skip a beat. We had a great dinner at North Ridge Pub and caught up on everything.  Shout out to our favorite bartender and buddy Keyvin!!!!  We love you and your support!!!  Xoxo.  I am so grateful to have always had such strong and positive women in my life and it was the living best hanging out again!  Backstreet Boys were our obsession back in the day (she loved nick, I loved kevin) and ironically enough quit Playing Games with My Heart played as we ate our healthy dinners!!! Jack is in the nutrition and wellness world so it was fun picking her brain.  We chatted about staying healthy, our time at NC State, our families and the anamoly that is dating in the world of technology! She is also a successful and single woman so it was so nice to be on the same page!!!  Ugh literally can’t wait to see you again Jack!!!

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So then, my  other sweet high school pal Jennifer Orr Compton reached out awhile back and said that she loved the blog and would love to send Jenny and myself some mini facials to pamper ourselves from Rodan + Fields!!!  She sent the sweetest little package! Look at all the goodies!

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Inside were two little packages and a sweet note with instructions!

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And after sweating over the oven, we needed a little brightening and refreshing!  Both Jenny and I are terrible about a skin routine!  The best I can do these days is use a MAC face wipe before bed!!!  We started by exfoliating(this smelled like heaven and felt even better, Then a calming night serum and then a hydrating lip serum!

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We both feeeeel amazing!!!  Something to consider for sure!  Thanks so much for reaching out Jennifer!!!  She sent along some info in case anyone would like to get a skin care system of their own!!!  Happy shopping!!!  Love y’all!

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And to Jenny, I am so thankful every single day to have such a wonderful, judgement free relationship of mutual love and respect with you! It feels so amazing to dig deep and find out what is at he core of it all.  I love rediscovering ourselves together on this super challenging journey and striving to become better people.  You are the best and I love you so much!