Valentine’s Day Weekend!

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend! It ended up being a pretty good weekend over here! Jon and I went to Brio for our Valentine’s Day dinner on Friday night.

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The food really wasn’t anything that special but Jon and I had a good time anyway.

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We were planning on riding the ferris wheel in Atlanta but the line was so long and it also started to rain as soon as we drove up to it! So we came home instead and I crashed early!

We woke up Saturday morning with big plans to go hiking, but then I started cleaning and got ready really slowly and I wanted to go buy my wedding band… So no hiking happened at all! I did, however, buy my wedding band (for like $300 more than I was expecting! shocker) as well as three new shirts from the outlet mall. Definitely not what I need while saving for a wedding.

After that, Jon and I decided to head up to join my parents at the cabin for the rest of the afternoon.

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We saw some snow capped “mountains” on the way! We actually had thought about going up that mountain, which is Brasstown Bald but I figured it’d be closed because of the snow. We hung out with my parents for a bit and then Jon and I decided to head out and go for a drive and hang out for a bit in town.

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We stopped along our drive to get a picture of one of our favorite views! Apparently I deleted most of the pictures already off my phone though! Oh well! Once we finished that, we stopped to pick up some barbecue to take back to the a cabin for  dinner with my mom and dad. We ended our night with a game of Scrabble (that I won!) and then Jon and I stopped to pick up my resized wedding band and headed home!

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This morning I was going to wake up early and go to yoga but I could not fall asleep for the life of me last night! And Tom woke me up all night and so did Jon snoring! So I got up, studied for my test and then took my test (it’s online), and then headed out for a run! It was pretty warm out and although I actually wanted to go to speed work at LA Fitness, I decided I better take advantage of the weather when possible!

I ran 4 miles and felt like dying! I also went a different route than usual and one road was really hilly and then my third mile was almost entirely up hill. One road is 95% up hill and I hated every minute of it. I didn’t notice any knee pain at all though, but my left ankle was feeling it, as always. At least that pain immediately goes away when I stop running. I finished in 37:13 and all my miles were between 9:06 and 9:29, so really not very good. I’ll take it though since I haven’t been running in so long!

I got home and had planned on going to the gym for a leg day but it was just way too nice out! Jon said he’d go to Stone Mountain so we headed over there. It was really packed, so we decided to walk some trails instead of walking up the mountain.

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We grocery shopped after that and now we’re home! I’ve been putting off a lot of biology since we’ve been out of class so much lately. It’s so hard to stay on track with so many snow days! The test I finished today was supposed to be taken 3 weeks ago but has been delayed! So tonight I’ll be studying and heading to bed early. Doesn’t feel like tomorrow is Monday! Waaah!

Have a good night!

Happy Valentine’s Day

I was hoping to have an extremely productive day, full of studying for biology and taking my test online! Well, and I was going to go to CrossFit at noon. Instead I ended up calling USAA to switch over my car insurance and my condo insurance and spent a good hour on the phone with them! By the time I finished, it was 11:45 and I didn’t have time to change and get to CrossFit. I decided to head to LA Fitness!

On my way to LA Fitness, I decided it was too nice out and that I wanted to go to Stone Mountain to hike instead. If I do a quick hike, I can end up sweaty and definitely feeling like I worked out! However, today the mountain was closed because of ice! I decided to brave it anyway and I’m really glad I did cause it was pretty, but it was a fairly slow hike cause of how icy some parts were!

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Despite how snowy it was on the mountain, it was still a beautiful day outside! I was planning on heading to LA Fitness after to go for a run and do some legs but I was starving since I barely ate anything this morning (I had planned on being done working at by 1pm and it was already 2:30 when I left Stone Mountain).

On my way home, I decided to make a Valentine’s Day collage for Jon (anybody notice how much I didn’t want to study?). So I put together this little beauty of pictures from our last 5 years together and then had it printed at CVS and bought a little card to go with it:

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Once I did that, I finally came home to eat! And now I’m back on the phone with USAA trying to get my condo insurance settled (this makes 1 1/2 hours on the phone with USAA so far- but I’m on hold to get conferenced in with my mortgage lender so they’re taking care of everything!).

Anybody who has ever bought a house- the agony apparently never ends. I actually have put switching my insurance company off for months now because I didn’t know how to do it. Come to find out, it’s easy, you just spend a lot of time on hold.

Enough of boring house stuff. I was having a conversation with myself on my hike today because I was feeling like I really needed to lift weights. I don’t want to get to a point where I do all the same exercise. I only did CrossFit for over 4 years. But I found that I actually do enjoy running now, and I know that I should do yoga to work on my flexibility, plus it’s nice being able to use LA Fitness sometimes and do other classes. And on days where I hike, I need to just enjoy hiking and not worry if I’m not lifting weights and running and all kinds of other mess! (By the way, just finished all my insurance stuff! WOOHOO!!) I really want to make sure that being active and healthy is permanent in mine and Jon’s lifestyle and making it to the gym every day just won’t be possible, just as it won’t always be possible to go outside and run. Besides, I’m not working on any specific goals (other than to run a 1/2 marathon sometime this year) so I have some flexibility with the type of workouts that I do.

As my last note for the day: Although Jon doesn’t read my blog, I feel incredibly lucky to have him in my life. Sometimes I probably need to remind myself of that. I can be very trying at times and also completely bitchy, but in our time apart and in our time back together, I really think we’ve learned how to have a much better balance. Even when I’m not exactly acting the most appreciative, I still know how much I love him and how grateful I am for him. I really do feel lucky to have him and can tell a huge difference in our relationship this time around. I know that he loves me unconditionally. One of my biggest goals in our relationship is to always put him first. Not that I’m not important because I clearly am (duh), but if both of us strive to put the other first, the other person will always want to do that. Who doesn’t want to do nice things for the man who treats them so well?! I notice a huge change in our interactions when I make the effort to really make him happy instead of just nagging him for the things he’s not doing (like the laundry… or dishes… or cleaning up after himself… haha). And when I try to make him happy and stop nagging, magically he starts making more of an effort to do the laundry and dishes and cleaning up after himself! Anyway, this blog doesn’t go into much in the way of our relationship, but I’m just feeling immensely grateful for having such an amazing man by my side every single day, and also for the rest of my life! Hard to believe that he still had another girlfriend at this time last year, huh?

And just to reminisce, here was my Valentine’s Day date last year! Crista and I went to Two Urban Licks downtown and we were the hottest couple of the night 🙂

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On that note, I’ll be off to shower seeing as it is now 4:30 (I feel like this was such a wasted day!). No clue what Jon and I have in store for us tonight, but probably nothing fancy since we didn’t make plans ahead of time! I think tomorrow we may go hiking and just enjoy spending the day together! And we may go buy my wedding band too since I’m definitely going to need that for our wedding!

Have a great day, everybody!