Friday Randoms

This has simultaneously felt like the longest and the shortest week. I worked on Monday, but most people in my office did not and it’s really thrown me for a loop. At the same time, mom-related things have been challenging me this week (more so than usual) and I’m just ready to slow it down for the weekend. Yeah, because “slowing it down” actually happens.

I was going to do a Five for Friday post – but eh, who needs structure? Here’s a bunch of random stuff going on in my life…

1. A few weeks ago NASM asked me if I was interesting in taking their Weight Loss Specialist course and, of course, I said yes! I started that this week.


It’s a 15-hour online course that covers the physiology and psychology of weight loss, nutrition, exercise guidelines, and other relevant weight loss assessment tools. It’s designed to help fitness professionals meet their weight loss goals.  I’m excited about this course for three reasons: 1) I really, really want to do the NASM Certified Personal Trainer program this year and it gives me a little insight into their course design and 2) I design online training and I’m kinda a nerd about this kind of stuff. Truthfully, I would love to design health and fitness training some day. 3) I considered going into health and nutrition before I decided on psychology/learning and I really feel passionate about the topic. Obesity – especially childhood obesity – is such a big issue right now that touches me and my family on so many levels. It’s an epidemic that we NEED to do something about.

I’m sure I will sharing what I’ve learned in weeks to come!

2. I love this eye shadow.

The loot

I have been using the cheap stuff forever and I’m pretty sure I can’t go back. (I like the other stuff too – but the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette is definitely worth the splurge!)

3. I went to a blogger meetup last night and I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in months.


I love my local blogging girls.


Dinner was at Pho Hoang Minh and it was sooooooo good. I love pho.


Christine organized the event and even brought drinks ! I obviously didn’t partake, but she themed 3 drinks to 3 movies nominated for Oscars: The Lincoln (an apple drink for Lincoln), The Bathtub (Kahlua and Bailey’s were involved for Beasts of the Southern Wild), and Red Wine (for Les Mis – because really, what other drink is appropriate?). These drinks (and the other 6) will be featured on her blog very soon!

4. I don’t necessarily know if I look any bigger this week, but I feel like this baby is so much heavier. It COULD be because my ligaments are recovering from last Saturday. All I know is that rolling over in bed suddenly became a lot tougher.



Also, I don’t know why it looks like my mirror is so dirty.

5. I am having one of those days where I think my kids are adorable.

We've had a challenging week -- but he always gets me with that smile.


For what it’s worth, I did not feel this way yesterday.

6. I really tried to read I am Charlotte Simmons because I feel like everyone has read it and loved it — and after 300 pages (out of 700) I’m throwing in the towel.  Maybe I’ll pick it up another time (<-probably not). Instead I’ve switched to Terra. I love that it was written by a fellow blogger!


I’m all of like 2 chapters into it. Full review to come!

7. We started watching The Following this week and I’m already hooked.


I hope they keep up the creepy factor – as well as the well-played twists. I love a show that keeps me guessing! I’m also excited about The Americans starting up this week…


Keri Russell!! She is one of my favorites and I love spy dramas. I REALLY hope it doesn’t suck.

8. Best Body Bootcamp is kicking my legs in the ass this week (umm.. if that’s possible), but in a good way.


This week’s nemesis? Balance!! I’ve been able to most of the moves without modifying, but the balance aspect of it is hilarious and challenging. It’s as if I have something large pulling me forward for some reason. Hmmm.

I’m still soooo happy with my decision to sign up for this challenge. I don’t know that I would have worked out AT ALL this week after my race last week – and really it just takes one lazy week for me to get stuck in a rut. Are you stuck in a rut?? Sign up for a good challenge. It’s amazing what it can do for you – mentally AND physically.

9. I am really starting to ramp up with the baby gear purchases, but I’m still in denial that I’m going to be a mom of three. I feel like I’m just buying stuff for someone else at this point! The past week I’ve bought diapers, breastfeeding supplies, a nose frida, and car seats. I *think* the only thing I’m lacking is a baby monitor (I’m going to splurge and by a video one this time around and a bouncer (any of my new friends want to lend me one for a few months? :)). I am starting to feel like I am insane for doing this all again. 

10. I think my brain is empty now. Happy Friday!!


  1. Deb says

    I think my eyes are playing tricks on me …. in the picture of you (btw – you look fab!) I don’t see legs!!!! I exploded the picture, and nope, no legs…. what’s with that? Optical illusion, or just really bad eyes?

  2. Jen says

    I love that nose frida it’s so much nicer than the bulb and is easier to clean. I bought it during a 3am nursing session

  3. says

    I haven’t quite wrapped my head around becoming a mom of one, so yeah, no baby shopping (or registering) has been done yet. The NASM course sounds great! If I had it to do over again I’d probably major in nutrition.
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    • says

      I swear it will feel more real after your u/s! I don’t we started registering for B (the only time we registered) until after we found out that he was a he!

      I really wanted to do nutrion too – except there’s SO much chemistry! Ha ha.

  4. says

    The NASM class sounds great! I also have a passion for putting an end to childhood obesity. I’m doing my Masters in Public Health right now with a concentration in epidemiology but I also love the social and behavioral side of PH. My goals are to implement programs for childhood obesity and prenatal health & fitness when I finally graduate one day :).
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    • says

      Yes! Most days I forget to put on primer and it’s still on at the end of the day. Amazing! I almost got the original palette, but I loved the silver and the purple in the 2nd one.

  5. says

    That NASM program looks awesome! I would love to be a part of a program like that.

    As always, your post had me laughing out loud while I was reading. You should be a comedian!

    P.S. Your kids are adorable! And I’m not just saying that…I don’t think all kids are cute. haha
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  6. says

    You look adorable and so tiny for so far along. I wish I could have gone to the meet up, but my 9 year-old niece asked us to go to her choir concert. So, next month.

    The NASM course looks interesting and there is so much to that plays a role in the childhood obesity problem. When I was working on my PhD, I was involved in a number of projects looking at the role that food marketers play in this problem. It is such an interesting and critical topic.
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