Thursday, January 18, 2018

What I'm Loving Thursday



I'm loving...
That I'm trying to improve on my 5K time. After participating in my first 5K last year, I've decided to actually train for my next one. Last time I did it "cold turkey". I downloaded an app called Couch to 5K and I really enjoy it. 



I'm loving...
That I got to see my BFF Mandy last weekend while I was in Austin. We are going on 30 years of friendship this year!


I'm loving...
That two non-beer drinkers made a 45 minutes drive to a beer brewery just to support one of our favorite actors. Mandy and I love the show Supernatural and one of the stars (Jensen Ackles) just opened a brewery last week. We decided to show his business some support and went out there on Saturday. It's an awesome place (even if you are a non-drinker)- it's in Dripping Springs (just outside of Austin) and it is beautiful out there. They have a lot of seating (inside and outside) and there is a food truck available. They have a gated playground for kids and have a lot of areas for people to bring their dogs (on a leash, of course). We went out there on Saturday afternoon, and I really didn't expect Jensen to be there, but after sitting down for a few minutes, he walked by us. We didn't say anything the first time he walked by, but the second time he walked by, I stopped him and told him how much we enjoyed the atmosphere and that the place looked great. He stopped and chatted with us and expressed his appreciation that we were there checking it out. And he agreed to take a photo (Mandy's daughter was super excited to meet "Dean"). This was much cheaper than the time Mandy and I paid to get a photo with him at a Supernatural convention. Lol.


They also serve non-alcoholic drinks
I'm loving...
That I got to hang out with old friends this past weekend. My friend Thomas turned 40 and I went to his birthday party (I've known him since college). Another college friend Kris was there, it was great catching up with them and reminiscing on old memories. I also got to meet up with my friend Justin while I was in town, we went to high school together and hadn't seen each other in 20 plus years. 





I'm loving...
That I got to stay with my "summer mom" while I was in Austin. During the summer of 1998 I lived with this wonderful lady and her family. She has been calling me her "summer daughter" for 20 years now. :)


I'm loving...
That I got to visit the church I grew up in, I hadn't been by in about 13 years. This church will always be very dear to me. Sadly there aren't many members left from my time there, but there was one lady who remembered me. She kept saying "I can't believe you are little Rachel." :) I attended that church from age 5 to age 18.

Ms. Pat

I'm loving...
That I got to hear author Mike Cox speak on his book Legends & Lore of the Texas Capitol. Mandy and I went to hear him speak on Sunday (last thing I did before I left Austin). I can't wait to read the book- I'm a history nerd (especially Texas history) so I look forward to it.


I'm loving...
The cold weather. HA. Just kidding. Going to work when temperatures are in the single digits is not for me. I live in Texas for a reason (well, many reasons, but not having to deal with freezing temperatures in a main one). Lol.


I'm loving...
That I got to have lunch with my amazing friend Devin. You should just be jealous (even if you don't know him). :)


I'm loving...
That I got to attend a farewell dinner for my (now former) manager. When I interviewed at my place of employment ten years ago, she was the second person I interviewed with and she has been nothing but 1000% supportive of my career from the beginning. She retired last week and is going to sail the Caribbean with her husband. I'm going to miss my daily chats with her (and the never-ending supply of chocolate candy in her office). Lol.


What are YOU loving today??

XOXO!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

It's the first What I'm Loving Wednesday of 2018! Here's to many more posts from me this year. I'm looking for blogging motivation. :)


I'm loving...
My new One Year Bible that folks gave to me for Christmas. It has sections that you can color in- I love to color (I will never grow out of it). :)


I'm loving...
That I completed my 365 thankful challenge last year. Every day in 2017 I wrote down something I was thankful for (or something of significance that happened that day). I look forward to reading through these soon.


I'm loving...
That I'm slowly working through my 40 by 40 list. Five months to go- I need to step it up! I can finally cross another item off my list though. Number 18- try sushi (non seafood kind since I don't eat seafood). I can't say I'm now a sushi lover. Or ever liker. Maybe if I was starving to death and sushi was the only option would I ever eat it again. I wasn't a fan of the cold rice. And this sushi had avocado in it (I can't stand avocado). Oh well. I at least tried it!


I'm loving...
That even though I was sick in bed on New Year's Eve, I still stayed awake until midnight to ring in the new year (it was looking iffy for a while, about 9:30 I started to doze off). I celebrated with a glass of sparkling grape juice. 


I'm loving...
My Best Nine Instagram posts from 2017. I like that they will tell you your top nine photos of the year- it's fun to look back and see which pictures people liked the most. :) If you don't follow me already- my handle on Instagram is Averyfan! :) That's also my handle on Twitter. :)


I'm loving...
After Christmas sales. I got these items for about $3 each. The Norman Rockwell book was normally $27. I need to get a table so I can work on the Star Wars puzzle. :)


What are YOU loving today??

XOXO!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

A Look Back at 2017

When you are home sick on New Year's Eve, what else is there to do but write a blog post recapping 2017, so here I am.

2017 brought new friends and reconnected old friendships. There were some challenges at my work, but we got through them. I had some low moments, but for the most part, 2017 was a good year.

2017 brought many travel adventures for me. I went on my first cruise and used my passport for the first time, visiting Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. I finally fulfilled my lifelong dream of swimming with a dolphin!









I crossed four states off my States to Visit list (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Minnesota). 






I finally made it to Washington D.C.!







I took a short weekend trip to Atlanta where I went to a Braves game, wore a Dr Pepper shirt to the Coca-Cola museum, went to the home of Margaret Mitchell, visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, and ate at the original Chick Fil-A. All in under 24 hours.







I visited two more presidential libraries, LBJ and Jimmy Carter.





I attended games at three ballparks I had never been too.







I had a great birthday dinner at Norma's Cafe where they set up the room especially for me, and provided Rangers balloons. :)



I flew all the way to Minneapolis so my friends and I could get a Prince Purple Rain umbrella.



I was able to see friends I hadn't seen in years as well as friends that I don't get to see as often as I would like.






























I was able to (safely) see the solar eclipse.


I attended many baseball games in 2017 (shocker).









2017 was the year I met my favorite actor of all time, Dick Van Dyke. There were other celebrities and sports figures who had the pleasure of meeting me in 2017 as well. :)




























I got to meet up with some of my awesome Twitter friends.









My friends and I enjoyed concerts, musicals, movies, museums, sporting events, Six Flags, State Fair of Texas, dinners, lunches, game nights, and just hanging out with each other. I don't know where I would be without these wonderful people!



























I got to spend the holidays with my wonderful family, including celebrating at my nephew's wedding.







I read 27 books (falling way short of my goal of 46).


Happy New Year to you all! May 2018 bring you blessings and happiness!

XOXO!