our proposal story.

our proposal story.


No Monday Musings yesterday. I didn't know how to write them and leave out the most important detail. But I also knew that I couldn't get away with just one bullet point about the event. It deserved it's own post. So I set out to try and write a post...about the proposal.

My mom says that she knew C and I would get married after our first three dates. Motherly instinct I guess. Just weeks after we'd been dating, I had friends asking me if he was "The One". I think that's because just after we met, we attended five of my friends' weddings. Five. Marriage was on the brain. It's weird how after college, whoever you're dating, instantly becomes a candidate in a race to be "The One".

While I may have been afraid to admit it to myself, I think I knew C was "The One" after our first date. It was the best date I'd ever been on. In fact, the next two dates completed a week of amazing dates. It just worked for us.

Fast forward to more than a year later. It's Thanksgiving. Again. The last time I was in Baltimore was Thanksgiving 2011. I was so looking forward to this trip and excited that my mom was going to join C's family for the holiday. While I was suspicious of C's strange behavior in the weeks leading up to our trip, I attempted not to dwell on it. Nothing worse than ruining a surprise that someone has planned for you. But I got a manicure, you know, just in case.

As we were landing at BWI, I asked C if he was excited for this trip. He brushed it off and didn't really seem to show any interest in going home. All part of his rouse I now know.

We had some errands to run when we got to C's parents house including gathering our packets for the Turkey Trot and feeding me. I. was. starving.

On the way to run our "errands", C pulled into a park/farm and asked if I wanted to go for a walk. It was beautiful outside and the late afternoon sun was so warming. I agreed hoping that our next stop would be for food.

C spent the next 30 minutes feverishly texting. I tried to ignore it, but I was a little miffed. I figured he was coordinating with friends on plans for the evening.

Just as I thought we were headed back to the car, C leads me over to a small field bordered by an old farm fence. We chatted for a minute and then I turned to head to the car. C turned me around and dropped down on one knee.

I'm pretty sure he asked me to marry him and I'm pretty sure I asked him if this was really happening. Somewhere in there I think I said yes, cried, asked again if this was real life and then was told Maria was taking pictures. What. a. whrilwind!

I didn't even take a good look at the ring until we were back in the car (and I was crying again). I was completely overwhelmed and caught off guard. I'm so lucky. We're so lucky to have found each other. I can't believe I get to spend the rest of my life with this amazing man. He makes up for everything I lack and I can't imagine spending my life without him.

C, you did good. You surprised me. You captured the precious moment on film. You asked my mom. You made me {happy} cry. You picked me to be your future wife. I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you. I'm a lucky girl.
the packing list.

the packing list.


I’m currently 35,000 feet in the air headed to Baltimore, MD for what should be a fun, stress-free Thanksgiving vacation with C, his parents, my mom and C’s sweet friends. But before I boarded this plane, there was some serious planning/packing happening (and cookie baking as well!).

I am notorious for over packing. I’m also notorious for forgetting something. Funny how that works.

A typical packing session for me involves taking half of my closet and attempting to stuff it all in a carry-on suitcase. I have commitment issues. I never know what I’m going to feel like wearing and I hate being bound to a strict outfit schedule. I just end up bringing four options per day which adds up to a lot of clothes.

But this time, I resolved to make a change. I was inspired by the tips I read here. I will be re-wearing the same jeans and boots throughout the week and I’m sticking to a somewhat consistent color palate. I’m also bringing my favorite necklace and two scarves to help change up the outfits. Scarves are easy to pack and a great option to pull and outfit together. Madewell and Zara make some great ones.

So, I turned to my trusty friend Excel for some organizational help. I made a snapshot of the week we’ll be in Maryland. I then outlined each day, considered what I thought we would be doing, and chose an outfit. One outfit. That’s it. I included a workout outfit and something to sleep in as well. I picked three (count ‘em, just three) pairs of shoes (including running shoes).

The spreadsheet looks a little something like this…

You say OCD, I say organized. This should mitigate any chances of me forgetting something (just check it off the list) and it should also make for easy dressing each day. There is always the chance that I won’t have packed just the right sweater or shoes but that’s just a chance I’m going to have to take. Living on the edge, I know.

My beloved carry-on had a small tear repaired yesterday and was in perfect condition to be loaded up with all my goods.

I had every intention of taking pictures of my packing process to post but in an effort to finish baking six dozen cookies before midnight, it didn't happen. But the spreadsheet was flawless! It made packing a snap and I'm confident that I didn't forget anything! I'll chalk that up to a win in my book.

Do you have any packing tricks or tips?



We’re slightly obsessed with Homeland right now. This spoof is SPOT on. Kerry is ALWAYS crying and Dana is the most annoying character on that show. She just shows up everywhere and feeds on awkwardness. And whyyyy does Brody talk so weird? I love this. 


Beautiful day at the Dallas Arboretum with the best guy I know.

monday musings.

monday musings.


1. I don't think I've ever been so ready for Thanksgiving vacation. C and I are headed to Baltimore next Wednesday. I. could. not. be. more. ready.

2. We saw Skyfall over the weekend and I think it was my first James Bond movie. It was really good and kept me on the edge of my seat. While we were in Highland Park Village, I talked C into purchasing these beauties. Practical and at 30% off, affordable! This girl loves a bargain!

3. We had a really amazing dinner with sweet Collin and Jenna at Taverna on Wednesday night. The food was good, the wine was great but the company was the best.

4. I did what seemed like 12 loads of laundry this weekend and a WHOLE load dedicated to workout clothes. This is just half of it.

5. Then I quickly dirtied some of those clothes during two great runs this weekend. I can't run without my Nuun. I'm loving Kona Cola right now. But Grape was a delicious surprise! Maybe I'll start mixing flavors...

6. Dropped my boots off to get cleaned, colored and spiffed up for the winter. I'm pretty sure it's going to cost me $75. I'm also pretty sure the boots cost me like $125. So yea. But man, I love those boots.

7. I'm so beyond thankful for new friendships. You know who you are. It's even better when that friend brings you amazing presents like adorable PJs with bikes on them for "our hobbie". We're awkwardly obsessed with each other. Sometimes we hold hands at swim practice. We're also known to get really silly during run drills. It is what it is.

8. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I've tried a million different kinds of dry shampoos. I'm the QUEEN of 2, 3, 4?? day old hair. Here are my top three faves:
9. We have this strange thing where we really like each other. We hang out a lot. I know, so odd. But it works for us.




The Dallas Half Marathon is officially 30 days away. I’m pumped. Really though. This has always been a goal of mine (even if I didn’t know it).

So obviously I’ve been training my little booty off. I’m still swimming and I’m still biking and I’m even doing weights. I probably only run about 2-3 times a week. The longest I’ve run for is one hour which equates to about 5-6 easy miles.

I’m no where near 13.1 miles.

When I realized today marked the 30 day countdown, I freaked out a little bit. I signed up for this race in July. At that point, the race was 5 months away. I didn’t think much of it.

30 days.

So I texted my coach this morning hoping for some wise words of wisdom. After all, he’s my coach. He’s supposed to know what he’s doing.

The exchange went something like this:

And that was that. So obviously I have no reason to worry. So silly. That’s why I have a coach. So I don’t have to do the thinking. He emails me the schedule each week and I just do the workouts. Simple.

I don’t know why I’m over thinking it. I’m guessing it has something to do with the fact that this is my first half, that I’ve never run for more than an hour, that 13.1 miles seems like a lot, that I want to meet my goal time, that I have high expectations, that I have expectations at all…

So for all you pro runners out there, now is the time to chime in! Come at me! I need all your best “first half marathon” advice! Aaaanndddd GO!

my date with the nutritionist.

my date with the nutritionist.


I had an appointment with a sports nutritionist. Honestly, I’ve always wanted to learn more about what I’m supposed to be eating and how much - what’s right for MY body. I was excited to meet with her and make a plan especially now that I’m training more.

I learned so much!

She determined that if I was a vegetable, I would need about 1300 calories just to stay alive and I need about 1500 to live a normal, functional lifestyle. The kicker was that with my training, I need to be eating about 1800-1900 calories a day to be able to effectively perform my workouts. Awesome. I normally eat around 1300 calories a day! WHOA.

Based on my current eating habits, we decided to focus on six small meals a day of around 300 calories. That means if we’re eating out, I need to “bank” some extra calories and skip a snack or two.

The hard part for me will be the veg. Me and the veg don’t always get along so well. For example, my dinner plate is supposed to be half veg, 1/4 protein and 1/4 carb. Right now, it’s probably a full plate of carb with a sprinkling of protein.

Example of a good eating day (each meal is around 300 calories):
  • Meal 1 - Overnight Oats or 2 whole wheat waffles with peanut butter
  • Meal 2 - Wheat Thins & cheese or carrots & hummus
  • Meal 3 - 0% Greek Yogurt, granola and a banana
  • Meal 4 - Luna Bar, Clif Builder Bar or Apple and Peanut Butter
  • Meal 5 - Grilled Chicken, Broccoli and Quinoa or Whole Wheat Orzo
  • Meal 6 - Juice Plus+ Smoothie or Shake with spinach or kale blended in

So, I’ve spent the past few weeks tracking my calories on My Fitness Pal to see if I’m getting in the 300 calorie range at each meal. It’s tough! Sometimes the “right” foods are not always accessible.

I stocked my desk at work with lots of healthy choices so I’m not tempted to stick my hand in the candy bowl throughout the day. Too bad I can’t keep a blender at work. I’m on a HUGE smoothie kick right now. I made one with instant espresso powder and it tasted just like a mocha milkshake. Amazing!


monday musings.

monday musings.


1. I love my training group! So lucky to have such an awesome coach and amazing teammates.

1.5. I’m URGING you to check out GymPact again!! I already have 2 referrals and made $10! You can make $5 too with my referral code “spotAless”!

2. Dear Hurricane Sandy, You are SUCH a bitch. Sincerely, daughter of a displaced parent

3. PUMPED for dinner this week with some sweet, sweet friends. I’m looking at you C&J. Are you reading this?

4. Oddfellows. You know the way to my heart. C and I went for brunch (his first time) and we couldn’t help ourselves. We ordered beignets, cheese grits, eggs, lattes, and then C managed to put down a Fried Green Tomato BLT. We. were. stuffed.

5. Williams-Sonoma makes so many awesome gadgets! We picked up this, thisand this on Sunday. Because garlic is a food group, right?

6. Volunteered at Zoo To Do this weekend for Junior League. SO FUN! What an amazing event. I even got to pet a penguin and a chinchilla!

7. We had an SUPER easy and delish dinner last night of salad (with C’s special lemon dressing), Apple Butternut Squash Soup (that I made and froze in September), amazing purple whole wheat bread from the Whole Foods bakery and our favorite bottle of Route Stock Cab. It was SUCH a treat and the perfect way to end the week.

8. Soooooo Showtime caught on and you can’t watch Season 1 of Homeland anymore!! UGGGHHHH! We have to purchase and download the episodes on Apple TV. Oh well. It’s still so amazing. Clare Danes, get a cuter cry face or stop crying.

9. I’m soooo over Walking Dead. How much longer can this all go on?

10. C bought an iPad which means I can now download this app.

11. I’m dying to make this ASAP. Oh Giada…
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