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Making Memories Monday: March-ing On

On to my second post of the day:  pictures!  🙂

I wasn’t actually able to do all the pictures like I wanted, so I’m thinking I’m going to tack them on to April.  Mostly because they’re awesome.  Especially the pedicure.  I want and need one SO BAD and I have a nail polish I’ve been dying to use but just haven’t gotten to yet.  Anyways, without further delay:

March Pictures to Take

DSCN5167Kites flying

 

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This was one of the pictures that I honestly wasn’t expecting to get this month, because I feel it’s actually a little too early for kite-flying weather.  It was a happy surprise, though, to be driving by our local park and see some people flying kites!  Special thanks to the hubby for being able to capture this on his phone (while at a stop sign…wouldn’t have happened otherwise!).

DSCN5167St. Patrick’s Day festivities featuring green

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At the Irish pub we visited during our “trip to Ireland”.

 

DSCN5167the yard after its first mow of the year

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This was definitely a highlight of the month.  I’m lucky that hubby likes to mow the lawn, mostly because we have a HUGE yard.  But I had a lot of fun chasing around the lawnmower to get good pictures, and Dexter (my doggie) was only too happy to try and help by following at his side with a tennis ball (perhaps he thought that was HIS lawnmower?).  The yard looked great after the mow!  Beautiful mow lines.  🙂

DSCN5167family members working in the garden

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Okay, obviously there are no pictures of family members, but here are the fruits of the garden-working labor.  And I suppose I’m my own family member, right?  Anyhow, for many weeks, I’ve been looking at the dried-out, brown hydrangeas out my dining room window.  They looked beautiful, but I saw some green buds coming in to replace them, so I thought it was about time to pick the dried ones off to make room for new growth.  I then gathered the dried ones to make this pretty bouquet.  Wouldn’t be a beautiful centerpiece for a fall wedding?  🙂

To Being Okay With Leaving Things Undone (as long as you’re left with pretty things!!),

Violet

 

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Making Memories Monday: A Fresh Start

Happy Monday, dear readers!  🙂  I hope this week is proving to have a great start for you.

For me, I feel as if this week is a chance to start again.  At the beginning of last week, I had every intent to keep the everyday-posting momentum I started two weeks ago.  I was ready to go with a topic in mind for every single day, and I had a draft written up for each one, too.  Unfortunately, nothing came to fruition.  The good news, though, is that it should be easier to do a post every day this week, because each post is already about halfway done.  So I’m feeling really optimistic about this week.

It also feels like a fresh start for me because it’s a new month, and as far as pictures go, I have to say the list of items for March is the one I’m most excited about.  Each item really conjures up a great and fun adventure in my mind.  So let’s begin, shall we?

March (week one)

DSCN5167Your pet on a walk

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Friday, March 1st just happened to be my dear doggie Dexter’s ninth birthday, so I thought that was the perfect excuse to do dog walk pictures.  He got treated to not one, but two long walks to his favorite parks in my town.  We were thinking of adding a third and going to the off-leash dog park, but it was too rainy for that.  We did, however, make up for it by taking him for a swim in a lake on Sunday.

DSCN5167Your exercise routine

I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself for picking up a consistent exercise routine again.  I’ve come across a few weight loss blogs that have been very inspirational, so I thought it’s about time I started working on getting healthy, too.  I’ve done some form of exercise every day for the last two weeks, so I’m hoping it’ll stick.  Weight loss is hard, but I’m taking baby steps to a healthier lifestyle.  Anyhow, here is my usual routine (warning:  there are some silly/embarassing pictures, but you have my permission to giggle at them.  I know I did).

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Step one: don an adorable and inspirational workout shirt.  This one’s my absolute favorite and it’s this one I try to always wear.  The only times I don’t are when I didn’t have time to clean it.  Those times I do have cute backup shirts, but they pale in comparison to the perfection that is this one.  Seeing as I’m obsessed with unicorns, I think this completely embodies what I feel like when I work out.  Go, rhino, go!  🙂  One day I hope to be a beautiful unicorn, too.  😉

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Step two:  the nerve-racking weigh in.  I like to weigh in on the Wii because I personally think it’s more fun than stepping onto a scale, and I almost always do a balance test afterwards, which is good for me.  Also, it’s kind of fun to see my cute little Mii hanging out with my hubby’s Mii.  She even has a little pooch like me.  What’s also kinda cool about Wii weigh-ins is that it gives you weight, BMI, an opportunity set a goal for yourself, a mini-celebration if you reach your goal, and encouragement if you don’t.  And your Mii’s body shape changes along with the changing of your BMI, so you can see on the screen (as well as your own body, I hope) your progress.  You also get to mark your progress with a stamp.  All these things are very encouraging to me, as I need lots of praise when I take on a difficult journey.

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This day I happened to lose more than two pounds, so I totally patted myself on the back.  Yay me!  🙂

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Steps three & four: yoga warmup and strength training.  In this case, downward-facing dog and jacknife sit-ups.  Sorry for the butt shot.

Steps five & six (not pictured):  I usually follow up the strength training with some aerobics (I’m partial to some sort of dancersizing, like Zumba or salsa or, yes, stripper-cizing [I own the first DVD in Carmen Electra’s series.  It’s actually tons of fun!]), then make sure to do stretches as a cool down.

All this being said, this is only my exercise routine when I exercise at home.  I don’t currently have a gym membership, so my “outside of the house” exercising consists of long walks with the dog, yard work, hiking, snowshoeing, biking, and hours’-long shopping marathons with my mother.

DSCN5167Favorite Dr. Seuss books

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Can you believe that I don’t own any Dr. Seuss books?  I’m thinking that may need to be remedied.  This was taken at the same indie used bookstore that was nice enough to masquerade as Shakespeare & Co. for our Paris date.  I realize they’re not all Dr. Seuss books, but it works.  Happy belated happy birthday, Dr. Seuss (his birthday was on Saturday)!  Note to self:  other things that need to be remedied is the fact that I only have one Shel Silverstein book, don’t own any Ogden Nash, and don’t own a copy of Jack Prelutsky’s a Pizza the Size of the Sun.

DSCN5167The first signs of spring (flowers sprouting, tree blossoms blooming)

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All of these pictures are from my front and back yards, and what makes them especially meaningful is that these flowers are blooming even though we completely tore up the ground to do house projects (French drain and other drain-like things).  That gives me hope that the beautiful things that bloomed around our house when we first bought it have weathered the storm.  Can’t wait to see them when there are blossoms!

DSCN5167Children playing in the yard

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This was totally Photoshopped, because I wanted to be kosher and not break any rules about not getting permission for the faces of these kids to be published.  So I blurred it out, and I dig the effect.  It wasn’t really in THEIR yard; it was in a grassy area of the park we walked Dexter at, but I think it counts.  🙂

And now, since it’s Monday, it’s time to do Friend Makin’ Monday!  🙂  I actually LOVE the questions this week!

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If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: http://www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Almost Spring

1. What do you love most about Spring?  The sense of things coming to life.  Also, my birthday’s in the spring.  🙂  Also also, since I was married on the last day of winter, spring signifies the start of our lives together.

2. If you’re lucky enough to have a Spring Break, what will you do to enjoy it? We started a cool tradition of taking the week after our wedding anniversary off of work to do a road trip, and it’ll be no different this year.  I’m so excited for it!

3. What is your favorite flower?  Daffodils!  There are a lot of reasons for this, which I may go into later.  More specifically, ice follies daffodils, which are white on the outside and yellow on the inside.

4. Do you have a garden?  If so, what do you grow?  I do!  Our house came with a beautiful one, and I’m so afraid of ruining it because both the hubby and I have brown thumbs.  But I took copious notes from the previous owners on upkeep, so I’m crossing my fingers that we do their beautiful garden justice.  We’re also starting to grow edibles for the first time!  Hubby is really determined to save money by growing all our produce.  We’re starting with onions and they’re doing good so far, knock on wood.  I’ll post pics soon.  🙂

5. Share one thing that you hope to accomplish during Spring.  I really hope to finally completely unpack my craft room so I can start doing stuff in it!  (Equally important:  finishing my wedding scrapbook, five years after the fact.)

6. Do you do Spring cleaning?  I always have the intention to, but I never quite finish it.  Hopefully this year I’ll carry it out.  I do have to say, though, that we always do a pretty good job of taking a huge haul to donate the thrift store, so that’s pretty cool.

7. What is your weather *really* like right now? {Just b/c it’s almost Spring, doesn’t mean that it feels like it for some of you.}  Absolutely sunny and gorgeous!  The funny thing is that all the news channels in my area were calling it a “one day wonder”.  So guess the weather must’ve known this question was coming up and decided to dress for the occasion.  😉

8. Share one photo that you’ve taken during the month of March. Why, funny you ask!  See above for way more than one.  😀

9. What’s your favorite thing to do on a sunny afternoon?  Since most of the time I’m actually not a fan  of sunshine, I prefer to hide in the shade and hunker down with a good book.  Farmer’s Markets are also fun, but again, if given the choice between that and being in an air-conditioned place, I prefer the air conditioning.  Just one of my quirks, I guess.

10. If you could spend the day doing anything in your city, what would you do?  I actually love my little town and have spent the past year getting to know it better and finding great things to do.  It’d be a toss up between antiquing, frolicking in the daffodil fields, or hanging out at the 24-hour coffee shop with good company and/or a good book.

Wishing You a Week Full of Potential,
Violet