Friday, May 8, 2015


I stole this blog post idea from Juliette. Blammo.

4 names people call you:
1. Val
2. Valmonkey
3. Baby toots (only Mike is allowed to say that one and we know it makes no sense)
4. Valerie (duh)
4 jobs you've had:
1. Customer service at Hallmark (an old woman threw something at me once, good times)
2. Flight attendant
3. Compliance Specialist at a major food chain (current)
4. Development/PR for a marine museum
4 movies you've watched more than once:
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2. All the Harry Potters 
3. All of the Lords of the Rings
4.  27 Dresses (nothing beats a good/bad romcom)
4 books you would recommend:
1. The Devil in White City
2. The Night Circus
3. All the Harry Potters (duh)
4. In Cold Blood
4 places you've lived:
1. Newark, NJ
2. Chico, CA
3. Lexington Park, MD
4. San Luis Obispo, CA
4 places you've been:
1. London (best honeymoon ever)
2. DC 
3. Puerto Rico
4. New Orleans
4 places you'd rather be now:
1. London (my sister is there, that B)
2. Denver in the sun (it's night and rainy right now)
3. New Zealand (not because of LOTR's nerdiness, I swear...)
4. Chico (we miss that place!)
4 of your favorite foods:
1. Cheese
2. Veggie burgers
3. Cheesecake
4. My mom's spaghetti
4 tv shows you watch:
1. Law and Order SVU (currently binge watching for the first time and it's giving me the WORST dreams)
2. Nashville (I can't help it)
3. Game of Thrones
4. Veep
4 things you're looking forward to this year:
1. Getting better at Orange and losing weight
2. Our first Denver summer including tons of hikes and beers
3. My mom's upcoming visit
4. Lots of friends having lots of babies
4 things you're always saying:
1. Does my hair look dirty?
2. I'll get off the internet in a minute.
3. I'm so fat.
4. I want a cocktail.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Want It Wednesday

This Want It Wednesday is kiiind of depressing because I'm trying not to buy any clothes or shoes for the rest of May starting last week after I got some much needed workout gear. We want to take big trips and plan for our future so I probably shouldn't be buying as many things for myself as I do so I'm starting my goal small - one month!

But I can still want things on Wednesdays, so here we go!

Hi-Rise Jegging by AEO
These jeans from American Eagle. I've finally realized that high waisted works best for me (especially right now with my extra pudge cough cough) and these are comfy as crap.

This necklace set. I need more long necklaces to wear with my casual/simple outfits. > UO Leather Strap Sandal
These sandals. Don't these look like the perfect commuting sandals? Cute, but still comfy.

The Nourish + Glow Miracle Bowl | Oh She Glows | 3 #vegan #recipes in one, and some sweet news! :-)
This bowl for dinner or lunch every day. I mean, how delicious and good for you does this thing look?!

matte black.
This manicure all day every day.

For my mom to come visit. Oh hey, she is in like 3 weeks!

The Manitou Incline near Colorado Springs, Colorado is said to be one of the most challenging and unique trails in the Country. Olympic athletes and military personnel train on this vertical wonder that gains 2,000 feet in elevation over less than 1 mile. >>> This looks very cool!
To walk up this and not die. People RUN that. They RUN it. People are nuts.

To have a cable package that has AMC because hello, last season of Mad Men dammit.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

This Sunday Currently

(I know the blogger who created this series doesn't do them anymore, but's Sunday, so why not)

Currently I am...

Reading: Nothing. Since my crazy commute has ended, I haven't been reading at all which is good because it means I spend most of my time doing fun stuff and not sitting on a train, but bad because I miss reading. I just got Before I Go To Sleep and am really looking forward to reading it so I need to get on that.

Writing: This blog post and that's it. I spend a lot less time on the internet now that I'm happily employed and live somewhere I love.

Listening: To Mike cooking this meal from Blue Apron and to Tuffy barking at the dude bros in the hot tub outside our window (don't get an apartment that faces the pool, don't do it).

Eating:  About to eat another tasty Blue Apron meal (we love Blue Apron) and then our favorite dessert in the warmer months: strawberries, fat free cool whip, and a tiny little angel food cake round. So good, so few calories.

Wishing/Hoping: For the weather not to be as rainy this week as the app says it's going to be, for our new hire who starts tomorrow to work out, for Mike and I to figure out whether we're going to have kids and where we are going to end up living when our lease is up (our lease is up in about a year, I'm psycho and like to plan).

Wearing: Black leggings and a grey long sleeved, off shoulder top from F21 - my go to lounge outfit.

Loving: Denver. My job. Our new lives. How sore my legs are right now. How good our dinner smells while Mike is cooking it. How tasty lunch was. Just, you know, everything right now.

Wanting:  To move into the neighborhood that we walked around today (we walked 7 miles today, my dogs are barking), to lose 10 pounds, to not ever have to buy a second car, to be wearing this tomorrow and to have the small chest to pull it off, to take a vacation here with Mike and the pups, and five more pairs of these pants that I bought on sale at Old Navy today.

Needing: To make time to read my new book, to do my nails and toenails, and to pick an outfit for tomorrow.

Feeling: Full from dinner (I took a break to eat while writing this blog), happy, and sleepy.

Clicking:  Facebook, Amazon to get Mom's day gifts, and Blue Apron to check out our upcoming menus.

And some other things...

We celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary last week with tasty pizza, wine, salad, cupcakes, and Star Wars. Perfect!

Yesterday we went for a long walk around Golden, CO and had lunch and shopping downtown. It was gorgeous and just a dang great day.