Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Best of our Vegas Vacation

We just got back from our Vegas Vacation!  It was the best time, and the most fun thing I’ve crossed off my bucket list this year.  I learned how to play Black Jack, I learned how to lose at Black Jack, and I learned I’ll never be good at Black Jack.  I can’t resist the urge to say, “hit me!”

Our Vegas Vacation also included a trip to the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, and Phoenix Wedding.  It was a trip full of good times, here are a few of our “best” moments.

Best Dam(n)…. Dam

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I clearly couldn’t figure out what temperature it was outside. #jortsandjacketweather

Winner is… Hoover Dam.

Best Tiny Food

We ate at a really fancy Asian place in Vegas.  It was so fancy we couldn’t even figure out how to order.  When the food came out it was deliciously–tiny.  These tacos were the size of my thumb.  They were also $10.00 a piece.  I told you we didn’t know how to order!

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Best “Don’t Die!” Moment

Grand Canyon

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He’s afraid of heights, but that doesn’t stop him from sitting on a 5,000 foot cliff.

Best Book

Our trip included plane, car, and pool time.  I read four books over our trip.  Well, if you ask my husband, I really only skim books.  Or, I read like a crazy human.  I’m going with the latter (minus the crazy part!).  Annnnyway, best book I read was Gone Girl.  You have to read this book.  I was on the edge of my (plane, car, pool) seat the entire time.

Best… Balls?

We saw the Blue Man Group.  They were pretty incredible, but the best thing was the HUGE helium balls they floated around the audience.  While the balls were floating, somehow the performers got the entire audience to participate in a crazy dance party.

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Best Bride.

Check out me and my beautiful friend Karoline. I’m not sure what we were doing in this picture, but it looks ridiculous… so of course I’m including it.

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There was probably some food in my hair.

We had the best trip!  Now, we have to go back to the real world, which doesn’t include Black Jack, tiny tacos, and wonders of the (American) world.  But, it does include two dogs.  Who knows what Pink and Rick have been up to, but I can guarantee they didn’t eat as much food as we did.

February Bucket List Update!

Hello Pink and Rick-ers,

I made some good-ish progress on my bucket list in February.  Some goals I killed, but others I still haven’t touched.  I think that’s how 2014 is going to be for me–killing but no touching.  That’s officially the weirdest thing I’ve ever written.  You’re welcome.  Please keep reading, despite this introduction.

February Bucket List Update:

1.  Organize one room in my house every month (Reoccurring and taking the place of a January Challenge).

Check!  This month I organized our laundry room.  This room is literally 6 feet by 6 feet.  It’s tiny!  Somehow, I found a garbage bag worth of stuff to toss.  It’s insane how much stuff you can find tucked in hidden places.

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Before After

The funniest thing we threw away is about 6 bottles of wine from our wedding.  Don’t judge!  I kept them because they were sentimental, and I thought we would drink them.  But, after years of dusting them, they got tossed.

The funny/strange part is, that our neighbor came over and told us the garbage men were yelling outside our house.  He thought they were yelling in anger, but when he went outside they were yelling for joy and pulling the wine bottles out of our trash can and sticking them in the cab of their truck.  Lesson learned: someones trash is OFFICIALLY someone elses treasure.

2. Lose 10 pounds through the Paleo Diet or South Beach Diet (February) (March).

I actually moved this one to March, so I’m just getting started.  I started the Paleo Diet a week and a half ago.  It’s going pretty good.  I feel great!  Unfortunately, I had a cheat day on Saturday (okay, and part of Sunday!) and I gained back the weight I lost last week.  Killer.  Anyway, I’m going to write a full post about Paleo/giving up Diet Coke at the end of the month.  So, please come back.

3.  Go on a Vegas Vacation (March).

Everything is booked, and we’re ready to go!

4.  Run 365 miles (reoccurring and taking the place of an April challenge).

January: 12.75

February: 19

March: 6

As you can see, I’m not making as much progress as I need to, but I’m not giving up yet.  I’m running a 5k on Saturday, so I hope to make March the first month I hit my 30 mile-ish goal.

5.  Go one month without artificial sugar (May)  (February)

I moved this one to February, and it was a great success!  I only drank one Diet Coke, and that’s because it was my only option (besides water, but who wants to drink that?!?)  I’m going to blog about this and the Paleo Diet at the end of the month.

6.  Learn to hula-hoop or whistle (June).

7.  Go skydiving (July).

8.  Write 2 blog posts every week (Reoccurring).

Ugh!  I thought this would be the EASIEST challenge.  But, I was super wrong.  I’m going to gear up this month and try and start this in April.  I’m blaming my slacking on all the ice and cold weather we’ve been having.

Pink and Rick have been slacking like crazy beasts!  It’s been so cold they’ve been riding sleeping in the back seat of the truck. 

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Rick’s mad because this isn’t a good angle for him.

9.  Become debt free– including paying off our house (September).

We’ve been doing pretty good at this.  We’re on track to finish this year.  Check out this update.

10.  Write a fiction book and sell it on Amazon (October).

I actually started writing this.  Bad news: it’s  terrible.  Luckily, I didn’t say the book had to be goooood, so there’s hope that I’ll at least finish.

11.  Do something spontaneous (November).

12.  Make $1,000 of side income a month, by freelance writing/blogging/video projects (December).

Nothing on this.  Not even sure where to start.

Didn’t get enough?  Check out Sarah and Megan‘s Bucket Lists.

How are you 2014 goals going?  I hope they are going well.  You deserve it!