Thursday, June 30, 2011

Nebraska Pit Stop

On the road again...
 Hola from Nebraska! After cruising along on I-80 all day, we've stopped for the night in North Platte, Nebraska. We were hoping to make it all the way to Colorado tonight, however, our Jeep had other ideas. We're having an issue with it that could be an easy fix...but maybe not...and we won't be able to find out until 8 am tomorrow when the repair shop opens. And the movers are supposed to be delivering our stuff to our apartment tomorrow, so I really don't know how it's all going to work out. (Plus our other Jeep that we shipped out Colorado has been having issues as well, so I think it's pretty safe to say that we're going to be buying a new car ASAP...let me know if you're in the market for a non-reliable Jeep...that's not a joke) Pray for us that everything works out and that we somehow get to Colorado tomorrow! :)

I actually wrote this post earlier today...the drive from Chicago to Nebraska isn't super exciting (understatement of the century) so I wrote down some random thoughts to keep myself from getting bored out of my gourd. However, America's heartland doesn't have great 3G coverage (shocking), hence why I'm just posting now. Here are my random road ramblings, enjoy...
City dog loving life in Chicago
Lolz people watching at breakfast before hitting the road
We left Chi-town early this morning, and driving through both Iowa and Nebraska has just been brutally hot. The temp gauge in the Jeep was at 102 degrees all afternoon. I love hot weather and I've been in the South for a year so I shouldn't be complaining, but I just wasn't expecting it to be so scorching!

Also, Nebraska is really flat. I knew that's how it was going to be, but I'm just reiterating it. There's nothing here. And it's flat. I did expect it to be more yellow cornfields, but everything is all green since the corn won't be ready for awhile. So lots of flat green fields. Remind me not to ever move here. (Sorry if you're from Nebraska...I think I'm just ornery about the Jeep!)

And speaking of Chicago, sorry if yesterday's post was a little scattered. I was literally half asleep when I wrote it, but I had to do something to entertain myself while I was waiting for Cam to get out of the bathroom. Ha...I wish that were a joke.

I want to send a big thanks to my friend Alex and her super sweet magazine job; she read my post about how I like Marie Claire, so she brought me some issues from work to read on my 1239841 hour drive today. AND she got me a subscription to the magazine, so I'm really excited to start getting that at our new place! So super thoughtful of her :)

And while I'm on the subject of thank yous, I want to say THANK YOU so much for all the sweet comments/emails I've received about our move! I really appreciate it and will respond as soon as I am no longer living out of a suitcase...so hopefully soon? But it really does make my day every time I get a nice comment so thanks a bunch! :) :)

In other news, this week hasn't been very conducive to working out or eating healthy...at all. But I know that it's ok and I'll get back on track once we get to Colorado and life gets back to normal next week. However, I did manage to get in one little workout at my parents' house though, so I wanted to share it with everyone because I felt was actually pretty effective (aka I was tired and sweaty when it was done!) Before leaving South Carolina, I had been pretty consistent with my Body Pump classes so I wanted to do some strength exercises in order to work on preserving the muscle I've built. However, I didn't have any weights with me, so I just did a quick little workout right in my driveway using my own body weight for resistance. After taking Lola for a 50-minute walk with my mom (aka very light cardio) here's the circuit that I did:

Upper Body
-50 jumping jacks
-15 dips (off my front porch)
-15 push ups
Repeat 3x then move on to...

Abs
-50 jumping jacks
-5 sets of 25 ab exercises (Standard crunches, Bicycles, Leg lifts, etc...I can't remember now which specific ones I did...)


Lower Body
-50 jumping jacks
-25 standard squats
-50 standard walking lunges (alternating legs, so you end up doing 25 on each side...I was at this point in my workout when the mailman came by and saw me lunging up the driveway...awkward)
-25 wide stance lunges
-50 plyometric lunges, alternating legs (hate these)
-25 standard lunges
-50 walking lunges, except this time step backwards instead of forward alternating legs (it works the muscle in a different way)

Stretch and shower :)

It took me about 25 minutes to get through it, and it definitely works all your muscles while still keeping your heart rate up. This is something that can be done anywhere, so depending on how ambitious I'm feeing I may try to do it again tomorrow morning while we're waiting for the repair shop to open...I don't know what the workout room situation is like at the North Platte Quality Inn & Suites (Nebraska's nicest dog friendly hotel...ummm...) but I guess we'll find out tomorrow!

Get in my belly.
While we're on the subject of making healthy choices while traveling, I did choose to get Subway instead of McDonald's for lunch today! Go me. I loaded up my six inch turkey sub on wheat with lots of yummy veggies! It was delish and nutrish (my word)...and then I proceeded to stop at Dairy Queen for a dipped cone a few hours later...hey, this Nebraska heat is no joke!
Blahhhhh.
One last thing while I'm being random--I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions for how I can improve my blog! Once we get settled in Colorado, something I'd like to do is revamp In The Pink & Green's design and content a little bit. Since we now have our new camera and will hopefully be taking some good pics in Colorado, I'd like to make the layout a little more photo-centric and just make the overall look a little more clean and modern. So if anyone has any ideas, questions, or suggestions for content I should include, I'd love to hear them! Feel free to comment or shoot me an email :)

Alrighty, we're off to go try and grab a quick bite to eat and then hit the hay as I know Cam and I are going to need a good night's sleep because I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be somewhat trying...but I know it'll all work out and we'll get to Colorado one way or another...I'll keep ya posted...never a dull moment I tell ya! :)

Hello from Chicago!


Happy hump day everyone! I feel like I've lost track of what day of the week it is, but I'm not complaining because so far this week has been great! I'm so glad we made the decision to come to Michigan for a few days because we've had such a great time with my family and we've had really beautiful weather.


Yesterday, my mom and I got manicures and pedicures which was so much fun. (I went with a light pink sparkly OPI shade called Princesses Rule! on my nails, and then Essie Fruit Sangria on my toes...pink pink!)


We did some more shopping, and when I have a little more time next week I want to do a separate post about some of my finds because I got some really super deals! (Don't worry, my dad and Cam got some fishing time in on the pond, so it wasn't all girl stuff!)



Last night, we had dinner at my favorite restaurant in Lake Orion, Sagebrush Cantina. They have the most delish Mexican food ever, and I was glad that a lot of my extended family was able to join us for dinner. All in all, it was a great few days in Lake Orion...there are definitely things I miss about living at home (and of course I miss my family) but I just have to keep reminding myself that even though the weather is beautiful now, it's terrible for 75% of the year :)




Anyway, we got an early start this morning to start our journey west...first stop, Ann Arbor! The weather was gorgeous, so we had a great day reminiscing about our days at Michigan. We met up with some of our friends from college, Dan and Daniela, who happened to be in Michigan as well and it was great to see them. We had a nice little brunch at Zingerman's and it was just as delicious as I remembered.



Afterwards, Cam and I took Lola on a long walk all around Kerrytown, Main Street, and campus and she seemed to enjoy all the hustle and bustle. It was fun to see how new businesses and restaurants that have come in since we've left, but for the most part, things looked the same. We had a second lunch at No Thai (can't go to Ann Arbor with out eating there!), and we even got Lola a Michigan collar before hitting the road. (Some of these pictures are with my phone, others are with the new camera...just fyi)


Ann Arbor has such a great Farmers' Market
Walking on Main St...
So happy that they added a Cherry Republic to Main Street, I was able to get a bag of my favorite Sour Cherries! :)
Checking out the famous Michigan squirrels
 

Ahh the memories

We got engaged under that arch back in 2008! :)

Family photo :)


Best pad thai you've ever tasted
So Ann Arbs.
She so pretty
South U
State St.
Me trying to put Lola in front of the sign for a picture...and getting sprayed by the sprinkler...awesome.
 This afternoon, we drove from Ann Arbor to Chicago, and we're resting up for a long day of driving tomorrow. We're staying at dog-friendly hotel near Michigan Ave (and Lola is loving the Windy City may I add), and I'm kind of sad we didn't get here a little earlier to do some shopping. (Although, I don't think we could fit anything else in our car!) We had a fun dinner at the famous Gino's East Pizzeria with my cousin Olivia and my college roomie Alex. It was great to see them both, and I definitely need to plan a longer visit to Chicago ASAP!

 



Tomorrow, we've got about 16 hours of driving between us and Colorado so it's definitely going to be a loooooong day. However, after talking about it for months I'm excited to just get there already! Our plan is to drive all 16 hours tomorrow, stay in a hotel in Colorado tomorrow night, then we're moving in to our new apartment Friday. However, we're going to play it by ear and may end up staying overnight in Nebraska tomorrow if we get tired. Speaking of tired, I need to hit the hay! Nighty night!

#1 Co-pilot
**We took a TON of photos today in Ann Arbor with our new camera, however I just put up a few, mainly pics I snapped with my cell. But I promise that I'll be putting up more pictures soon, as well as putting up some pictures for yesterday's post...I'm just too sleepy from all the deep dish pizza to put up anymore tonight! I'll let y'all know when I do though! :) **

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Greetings from America's High Five!


 Hi everyone! Hope that y'all (I'm going to keep awkwardly saying that wherever I go ps) had a great weekend. I'm currently chilling at my parents house in Michigan! I'm so glad that Cam and I decided to come visit for a few days before heading west to Colorado.

Despite my early morning blog sesh, we were able to get packed up and on the road early on Saturday morning, but I think it still hasn't hit me that we're not going back to our apartment in Greenville. The drive from South Carolina went really well; Cam drove the whole way...not that I didn't offer to drive, but I think it's more relaxing for him when I'm the passenger because I know the way I drive stresses him out!) Lola did really well on the 11 hour car trip; being her typical snoozy self she slept for most of the drive. (We actually only made 2 stops the entire drive!) My parents live out in the woods on about 3 acres, and so Lola has been having the time of her life getting to run and play and explore everything from the second she got out of the car. Here are some pictures that Cam took with our new DSLR camera that we just got...and are still learning how to use...




I love this action shot...this is what happens after you put a dog in the car for 11 hrs!

Anyhoo, we arrived in Michigan on Saturday evening a little before 7pm, after making great time on our drive. After having dinner with my mom and dad out on our deck, Cam and I went to a bonfire/out to the bar with some of my friends from high school. It was really  great to see everyone and catch up!

Mike I stole this from your FB :)
Yesterday the weather was gorgeous, so we took Lola to the dog park in my town. I had never been there before, but I was pleasantly surprised by how great it was. The dog park in Greenville is more of a smaller, fenced in area inside Cleveland Park, where as the Bark Park here in Lake Orion was huge! There were tons of trees, lots of space for the dogs to run, and there was even a separate little fenced off area for dogs under 15lbs. (Not Lola anymore...even though she thinks she still only weighs 3 lbs)


She loves standing by the door and being prez of the welcoming committee
Hey where are you going?!
Kisses! (aka our dog is kind of a floozy)


A face only a mother could love :)
 The best part about the Bark Park was that they had a "Dog Dock" area where the dogs could swim. It was hilarious watching all the different types of dogs around the water, some dogs just love to swim. Lola, however, does not. This was our third attempt to try to get her in the water, and she just does not like it. She'll get really excited and run to the edge like she's going to in, then just doesn't...and just wait for all the other dogs who did go in to come back with the ball that was thrown in the water. (Such a baby!) At one point, I gave her a little nudge into the water and she started frantically dog paddling and didn't understand how to get on the ramp to get back on the dock and I thought she was going to drown so I started freaking out and Cam had to reach down in the water and scoop her up. Ridiculous. Oh well, maybe one day she'll learn to love the water, and all in all, it was still a really fun day!


Thinking about taking the plunge...



Last night, my parents had a BBQ for my family and so it was great to see my grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins. We sat around visiting for hours and I'm happy that they all got to meet Lola! (I know, I'm obsessed with my dog, it's fine.) I'm so blessed to have such wonderful relatives :) AND my sweet grandma got Cam and I matching Michigan Snuggies (except she thinks they are called Snuggles...I didn't correct her...I love that lady :) )








So in continuing the theme of our visit to Michigan basically revolving around Lola, today my mom, Cam, and I went to this mall called Partridge Creek which is really nice outdoor mall that allows dogs to go in all the stores! Really. As pathetic as this sounds, it's been my dream to take Lola here since we got her back in December, so I was having the best time ever today. Shopping + my mom + Lolz = fabulous. Lola seemed to have a great time socializing with all the other dogs, and everyone kept stopping us to comment on her ears! All the stores were having great sales, and I picked up some really cute things! (They actually may warrant their own separate post tomorrow...we'll see how much time I have between getting pedis with my momma and going out to the best Mexican restaurant ever that  just happens to be in my town...I love being home...)



Lola even got a treat here for being so good :)
The rest of today consisted of more visiting with the family and introducing Lola to her dog cousin Max. (That didn't go so well, Max was a little frightened of Lolz's eager advances to kiss him right in the face!) Now it's time for sleepy sleeps, I need to rest up for the long drive that's coming later this week!

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