Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Visitors from Australia

 This past weekend was my 6th Annual Halloween Spook-tacular.  I spent pretty much the entire month of October preparing for this party.  The great thing about this years party was that my friend Karen from high school and her husband Ben flew in from Australia to attend!  I had told them about my party for years and this year they were finally able to make it.  Her brother Seth will be getting married Nov 1st so they came in a week earlier just to visit me!  They arrived late Friday night and we spent that evening catching up.  Early Saturday we went tailgating for the UT game and then were back at the house around 2:30pm for last min food prep and cobweb decor.  Sunday we went to Chuy's for some great Tex-Mex before dropping them off at the airport.  Everyone had a great time and it was wonderful to see them again.

Ben, Tina, Karen tailgating

Christina, Jonathan, Ben and Karen 10/25/08

#44 - Work out at least 3x's a week [IP]

Nice!  I've already hit the gym twice this week.  Running 3.1 miles each time as well as sit-ups, leg lifts and arm weights.  I had a VB match on Sunday as well as one today and 2 more on Thursday...not to mention softball starts tonight as well.  So many sports!  At least it keeps me active.  ;-)

The Race for the Cure is on Sunday...so I'll be able to count that towards my workouts.  I was hoping to increase my miles/time, but I guess 2 weeks wasn't really enough time for me to properly train.  I'm not expecting to obtain a PR on this race...I'm just hoping to jog/run the entire time, no walking!  :-P

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Back to working out #44

#44 - Work out at least 3x's a week [IP]

I managed to hit the gym twice this week so far and I'm planning on going Friday as well!  I've been slacking for the past couple months on gym time (bad Tina).  I am still involved in volleyball (2-3x's a week) and softball (once a week) so that has helped.  Next weekend is the Race for the Cure so I really need to get in as much running as possible until the race. 

Let's hope I can keep this up after the race.

 

*** Update ***
Didn't run on Friday...oh well, I made it 2x's to the gym and played VB 2x's.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Wonderful past 2 weeks

Well, I've neglected my 101 now for about 2 weeks.  It's just been so hectic!  Here's what I've been up to lately.

Wed Oct 8th- Karen and Laura fly in from MI!!!  Woot Woot!  I'm so excited.  I haven't seen Laura in over 4 years and Karen is one of my closest friends.  They arrive in the evening so we just relax at home with some Long Islands and catch up.  I decided to take off Thurs and Fri to hang with the girls.
Thurs Oct 9th- We all decided to sleep in since we were up till 2am the night before.  I made pancakes for breakfast and we had a nice lazy morning.  Around lunch time we decided to head to the mall for some retail therapy (GIRL TIME!).  Gotta love it, I haven't been to the mall with my girl friends in ages!  Karen bought an amazing purple dress for our cruise to Alaska next year.  Laura and I found some nice work and going out apparel.  We arrived back home around 5pm and decided we needed a GNI!  We ordered Chinese food, rented 3 DVD's (all chick flicks) and drank 2 bottles of wine.  -)  What a nice relaxing night.
 Fri Oct 10th- HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTINA!  I am now officially in my 30's and feeling great!  Jonathan came over in the morning to give me my gift (MSU Jersey!) and cook us bacon while I made scrambled eggs and toast.  Breakfast of champions and 30 yr olds!    We then head over to the RR outlet malls for yet more shopping.  By 1pm we are starving and mosey on over to Rudy's for mouth watering moist brisket!  Karen specifically asked for Rudy's on her visit and I didn't want to disappoint.  Jonathan and I then dropped everyone off at home so that we could pick up my brother and his g/f Christina (yup...we have the same name) from the airport.  Wow, I have a full house!  Now this is the funny part....around 5pm us girls decide we need to start getting ready.  All 4 of us are in my closet trying on dresses!  We each were able to find one we liked (quite amazing actually...and all of them were given to me by my mother!) and then proceeded to make-up and hair.  We managed to be ready in time to leave for dinner at Hula Hut!  I think we even surprised the men.  After dinner at Hula Hut we headed to the Warehouse district and 6th street for some drinks, dancing and fun!  I think we made it back home around 1:30am and some of us decided to jump in the hot tub...the last time I looked at the clock it was around 3am.  Not bad for a 30 yr old!
Laura, Tina, Karen and Christina 10/10/08
Jonathan and Christina 10/10/08
Sat Oct 11th- The majority of us woke up around 9am.  Jonathan made us bacon, Laura worked on the pigs in a blacket and I put together an awesome coffee cake and the biscuit breakfast ring.  Do you think we had enough food?  We turned on the TV to watch the UT game followed by the MSU game.  Grill master Jonathan was running back and forth cooking us ribs, brats & onions and watching the game, while the rest of us napped and relaxed.  -D   They were amazing ribs too!  Saturday night is the night of my big party which my friends put together for me.  We all headed to Players around 8pm for shots, karaoke, food and good times.  It was a great night and we closed the bar down.  I had a pretty good buzz going and we continued to party when we arrived home and once again jumped in the hot tub.  Surprisingly I was able to get up at 4am to say goodbye to Karen and Laura and then was back in bed.

It's great to know I have such amazing friends who care about me and all the time & effort they put into throwing me a wonderful birthday!  THANK YOU!
Shots for the girls
Amanda, Tina and Jenn at Player's 10/11/08
Sun Oct 12th - Woke up around 10 or 11am, have no clue what we made for breakfast but we did make something (I think it was sausage patties and biscuits), then dropped Christina and Steve off at the airport.  The rest of the day was spent sitting on the couch and catching up on all my TV shows....oh and we had a volleyball game Sunday night.
Wed Oct 15th- Tammy, Brent, Katie, James, Jonathan and I attended the Grahams Central Station Concert for the Cure, featuing Eli Young and Kristy Lee Cook.  Brent was even able to 2-step with Kristy!  It was a pretty good concert, especially since I only knew one of Eli Youngs songs ("When It Rains").
Thurs Oct 16th - La Dolce Vita XIX!!!!  This was my 2nd year attending Austin's grandaddy of them all food and wine festival.  Tammy and Brent accompained me this year to the event held at the Austin Museum of Art on the Laguna Gloria grounds.  Austin's top restaurants are at this event dishing out one or two of their favorite foods.  Needless to say we were stuffed after 2.5 hrs of grazing.  I just love this festival and can't wait till next year!
Brent, Christina, Tammy
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This past week was spent decorating my house for my annual Halloween Spook-tacular!  I LOVE Halloween and can't wait to see everyone's costumes.  This year my HS friend Karen and her husband Ben are flying in from Australia for the party.  I can't wait!  It's been 2 years since I went to Australia to visit them.

#15 - Cook at home (31/143)  .  With all the breakfasts and BBQing....I think this counts for about 4 home cooked meals.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The big 3-0!!!!!

This Friday I will be 30 yrs young!  My wonderful friends have planned a surprise party for me this Saturday...'surprise' as in the fact that I have no clue as to what the details entail, but they've told me there is a party.    I'm actually excited to turn 30...the only down side I've found is that I can no longer tell someone I'm in my 20's.  Though really no big deal, especially since the 30's are supposed to be AWESOME! 

I'm also excited because my best friend Karen, my college roommate Laura, my brother Steve and his g/f Christina are all flying in this week to help me celebrate in style! 

I'll definitely be rocking the end of my 20's, party like a rock star! 
Club 30 here I come!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

#112 - Challenge myself : Go to the movies by myself

I went to the movies for the first time by myself tonight.  Indiana Jones 4 was playing at the discount theater in RR and it was the last night to watch it.  If you’ve never done this before, you’ll be surprised at how liberating it can be! I used to think that I wouldn't like going to the movies by myself...quite the opposite, I really enjoyed the experience.  Not to mention it only cost me $1.50!  :-D