Thursday, October 23, 2014

Friday Five!


{happiness is this right here}
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Another Friday morning blog post from good old Texas! My boss and I flew in early Tuesday morning and spent the whole week in the Houston office. Lots of productive meetings were had and I feel good moving forward on future projects. Thanks for the hospitality Texas. Until next time…

This weekend is U of M vs. MSU football! I can’t wait to get home to my husband tonight, relaxing at home and preparing for the oh-so-anticipated East Lansing day tomorrow. The thought of returning to our campus is truly what kept me going and excited this entire week. It’s like my pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

GO GREEN!

Friday Forte:


{best candle purchase to date}

{Shipley’s donuts! The southern Kripy Kreme}

{awesome gallery wall edition… look familiar?}


{Gumbo at Pappadeaux!!}

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Gymnasts Take Chicago!



I don’t think it’s any secret that I love Chicago. I love Chicago so much it hurts! I think Chicago is the city I've visited the most in my entire life (besides cities where I've lived) and I NEVER get sick of it! I never will. I know I've probably said this before, but the city inspires me. It makes me feel like the best, most alive, version of myself. Therefore, my visits there are the best times and I make sure I go all out when I’m there.

This past weekend, the retired ladies of Branch Gymnastics, took the city by storm. Doing the touristy thing (the bean!) and doing the local thing (BRUNCH)! Friday night we stayed in and had the obligatory puppy chow and catch up time, and maybe some drinking games... Saturday was spent shopping and exploring, working up an appetite for dinner before hitting the town dressed in our best. And we brunched. Oh did we brunch. That might be my favorite part of Chicago!


Oh and don’t worry, the next visit is already in the works!


{Canadian cookies! appropriate given my recent workload}

{Brunch! This bad boy has made it on multiple top brunching restaurants in Chicago!}

{i got the Personal Trainer}

{$10 bottomless mimosas is a great start to the day}

{Millennium Park}










{I was stalking the 6 brides we saw out and about that day}





{mandatory pit stop!}




{happiness is this right here!}

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Motivators!


I just can't help it...sometimes these guys are all it takes to get me through a week. Meggie, once you and Max get Butters 2, you'll understand. It's just part of being a Fur Mom.


[The facial expressions on this boy lately have been priceless]

[Very suspenseful viewing sesson of The Blacklist
Glad my girl was there to keep me calm.]


[Another classic]




+PLUS...Only 12 more days to train for the season's first half marathon! I've taken almost an entire week off from running to rest my legs for this final stretch of race preparation, and now that I have the course map, I think I'll try out different sections...though most of it is more than familiar.

[Now....Must. Find. More. Great. Music.]


Friday, October 17, 2014

ArtPrize 2014



By now the whole world knows who won ArtPrize (just take a look above), and I must admit this is the one that I was rooting for from the start! The piece was absolutely unbelievable and made the room feel like it was a completely different shape. Beautiful work! Max and I spent the last Thursday evening of the event (the day before the winners were announced) walking all over the city exploring the 2014 art (with hot cocoa in hand). It was a really fun night!

Our last stop was The B.O.B. (naturally), but before heading inside we decided to sit at a food truck and enjoy some warm beverages. Hot caramel apple cider with WHISKEY!? Yes, please! As we were walking around sipping our delicious bevvies, we stumbled across a spray paint artist. This man was incredible. He started with a completely blank canvas and was all done in 5 minutes. Right in front of your eyes! The tools he used to make the shapes on the artwork was pure genius! Check out Cosmo-Joe!!  

Other than that, there was no giant Panda or flaming dragon like last year, but ArtPrize is always an event that attracts talent all over the world and really brings the city to life. I love it. And I love that my city has this world renowned event!



{made out of glue!}

{top 10 i believe}



{bees on bees on bees}