ketch-up.

5 Aug

It’s been about 5 months since my last blog, so I thought I’d play a quick game of ketchin up (yes, I know it’s spelled catching up…that NU diploma doesn’t sit in a drawer in my desk for nothing people!). 5 months have come and gone and while I struggle to figure out if they’ve gone by fast or slow, I’ll save you the battle in my head and digress regardless.

By the way, I miss blogging (blogging about things other than burgers, that is!) and because I’m so OCD, I can’t continue to blog out-of-order, thus the recap of the last 5 months. I know, ridiculous, but just let it happen.

March-

Wedding Madness (no, not mine…hold your horses people). My brothers! Other than the wedding being utterly perfect (and freezing), I came out of the ‘experience’ with a sister! A sister (might I add, “well, sure Jenn..it’s your blog”) who is about the greatest sister I could ask for! Not only does she put Martha Stewart to shame (as if she already wasn’t), but she has become my much-needed cohort in continually proving my brother wrong in any and all circumstances ;). Plus, the 6 hour drive with Jake (including the ‘memorable’ stop to Cabella’s) where we didn’t end up killing each other proved to be a good point in our relationship!

March also rolled in Jackson’s 4th birthday and Bennett’s 1st birthday, which was just another piece of evidence that time is flying by too fast!

And, if change didn’t happen already in March, I rounded out the month by moving in with Jeremy & Amy into a cute little (big) 3-story town-home in (what I will FOREVER refuse to call Washougal) Camas. Other than the initial 5 lbs I gained from Amy’s ‘defiantly worth-it’ cupcakes, living there has been so much fun!

April-

April, is what I (now looking back on it) will refer to as “the calm before the storm”. April is where I should have valued every slow moment, every lazy day, every bit of boredom I could gather because little did I know, life was about move faster than I could follow. April was spent celebrating my favorite mom’s birthday, kicking my butt in the gym on behalf of the wonderful Angie Lewis & Advocare and spending Easter with 22 members of the loudest family a girl could ask for.

May-

May lied. It didn’t bring flowers, but in fact brought floods and showers. However it did start off pretty good by celebrating Jake’s birthday in which I made him open far too many gifts on a random street in Portland where cats came out of nowhere and men roamed the streets having the most random conversations. This all came about after we had the world’s spicyest “salad” from one of our favorite hole in the wall restaurants, Pok Pok.

Next came the celebratory engagement of my one and only fathers birth (sounds more extravagant then “my dad’s birthday” huh?). Man oh man, I just love that guy! If I remember right, we spoiled him with a hybrid golf club, which I hear is something great…who knows, the “golf obsession” has yet to hit me yet.

Then came another party for the newlyweds, Jeremy & Amy, as we invited all our friends and family who couldn’t make the trip to the wonderful world that is Canada.

Following shortly after that fun shindig came the SOME Awards, in which our use of social media for brothers (the new restaurant we were opening) was nominated for an award. Accompanied by my trooper of a boyfriend (who proved to be, yet again, a perfect match when we were abruptly thrown on the red carpet (seriously) with photographers everywhere and we both just looked down and walked as fast as we could down the entrance) where we mingled with social media guru’s and sat through the awards ceremony emcee’d by Daniel Baldwin. Walking out with out award, we did however leave with quite the experience (which might be another story for another day).

With work piling up higher than I could reach, deadlines coming and going faster than I could achieve some of them, I checked out mentally and physically and hopped on a plane to Hawaii for Toby & Tandra’s wedding. Melissa might have been my perfect vacation partner as we spent our days on the beach and our nights drinking the most delicious pina colada’s. Tandra’s wedding was perfect (other than a few, now humorous, altercations) and the vacation was at the perfect time!

May wrapped up with a cap and gown on the cutest little pre-schooler you ever did see, Mollie 🙂 Hands down, might just be the most entertaining little 5-year-old on a stage.

June-

June is a blur. As we geared up for the opening of brothers (which I won’t dive into here because my last 5 months have been spent writing its own blog www.90daystodelicous.com) I somehow managed to fit in; Olivia’s dance recital, fun date nights at the zoo, Monday night family nights (where we “forced” the boys to watch The bachelorette), a Tim McGraw concert, the purchase of a shiny red car and showering Erin with cute girly gifts in anticipation of Nola Grace’s arrival!

July-

www.90daystodelicious.com. There you will find my life during the month of July.

Phew! Feels good to ketch-up and start “new” and continue on to blogging about all things random instead of burgers and business, although those topics may randomly flow from my fingertips at times too. And now onto August, where the Lovelace family will welcome baby Nola (man is she in for a lifetime of spoiling!), Jake and I will celebrate 1 year of not killing each other (someone should throw that man a party for sticking it out with me for 365 days, that deserves some kind of trophy…), Jones will turn 9 and all the more smarter than I and I will enter the 26th year of my life which will hopefully be full of continued adventure & memories than the past 25.

Until my next random thought…

March Madness…

5 Mar

…more like 2011 madness! How is it already March?! To say I am overwhelmed is understatment…so I won’t even say it :). I feel like life is moving too fast and I am keeping up, but not in a good way. More like in the way of…a 500lb person running a marathon. Hey, it could happen!

I miss blogging, I miss taking pictures, I miss coaching, I miss being bored. However, don’t mistake the things I miss as complaining because the things and people and work that has taken their place for this season of my life are more than worth it. I just feel crazy. Legitimately crazy. No comment!

Some things I’m looking forward too, which I will defiantly have my camera at to document:

  • lil’ Jackson Daniel turning 4 years old on March 8th!
  • hanging out with all the Portland food bloggers
  • My brothers wedding; finally getting the sister I’ve always wanted; being proved right from day one that Amy was the one for my brother; the EPIC merging of the Walsh Family & the Lovelace Family!!!
  • Bennett’s 1st Birthday on the 26th!
  • Moving to our new “camas” home 😉
  • Blazers winning more games instead of losing
  • Buying a car that doesn’t cost me half a pair of 7 jeans every time I fill it up
  • Continuing to develop & open our new restaurant, brothers!
  • SUNSHINE…what? It could come out one day…
  • Citizen Cope at the DougFir
  • Tandra & Toby’s Hawaiian Wedding in May!

I’m sure there is a billion other things to be excited about, but that’s all my mind can contain without having to grab a paper bag to control hyperventilating.

Baby Steps, right?

HUGE news!

18 Feb

Huge…

ginormous….

News!

NW Premier Investments, which is owned and operated by Tom & Jim Lovelace (dad & uncle to me :)) is launching a BRAND new NW restaurant! Now, if that wasn’t exciting enough, we will be opening this fast casual restaurant in a mere 90 days! Yeah, we know…we’re crazy and just to prove it…we’re are documenting the WHOLE process and inviting  all who are interested to join our exclusive blog and follow us on our twitter account. By subscribing to our blog, you will literally get to watch, learn, and develop with us as we open our first restaurant here in Vancouver, WA.

To subscribe to the blog go to: http://90daystodelicious.com and follow us on twitter at: twitter.com/nwprestaurant. Make sure and spread the news to all your friends & family too!

Thanks in advance to all of those who have and will continue to support this company & ultimately our family along the way! We are so excited to start this new adventure…join us?!

Vacation

7 Feb

Our last vacation as a family of four started this week! I really can’t believe brother is finally taking the plunge into marriage! I am so excited for him…and selfishly, for me too! I finally get a sister and a great one at that!

Day 2 in vacation and skipping the gym is not an option! We found the nearest 24 and included into our morning routine. I feel really thankful for parents who have been so supportive of my goals, even when it comes to fitness. In fact, after they picked me up from the airport they drove me to the grocery store to make sure our fridge would be stocked full of everything I needed for week 3 of this 12-week challenge.

Yesterday & today got into the 80’s, so I’m happily spending my post-workout afternoons working on my tan by the pool and catching up on my reading which has so far consisted of; Women’s Health Magazine, Elle, Glamour, Self, Blue like Jazz and Crazy love. Such a random mix, I know!

Tomorrow will contain much of the same, including shopping and pedicures. I think I need to move here…

Sweat Drippings.

1 Feb

Disgusting, I know. It makes me think of Amy, Michelle and I trying to figure out how to make gravy without gagging at the fact that one of the ingredients is “fat drippings”. Eww.

3 Yoga Hells down, 17 to go. Britt and I conquered yet another “experience”. Every session seems hotter than the last and we are coming to find out that the Yoga studio is much like they gym in January…packed full of resolutionist. While I wish those people motivation to continue on…please choose another studio or at least a different session!

Arriving 15 minutes before class is no longer enough time, in fact, it landed us right by the door…crammed next to 35 other people in a room smaller than my own. Our yoga mats were literally 6 inches apart on all sides…which created some “interesting” and EYE OPENING experiences.

To my left; my partner in crime, Britt…but to her left was a first timer! And although I felt her pain because I was in her ‘bare feet’ just a week or so before…she was one of the most dramatic 20 somethings i have ever seen. From her elaborate breaths to dramatically falling to her mat, nothing compared to the forest that grew from her armpits. My gag reflex is getting stronger and stronger in these sessions.

In front of me; the soon to be eye opening/burning experience. To put it bluntly….if you are a guy in yoga, and you wear loose shorts…please wear spandex underneath them. I’d take an overweight guy in spandex any day over what my eyes were scarred with tonight. Thankfully the heat led the sweat to drip into my eyes and burn some of the horrifying images.

All around me; smelly, sweaty people, however at least these people stayed in their bubble. The instructor, however, (scrawny, hairy, sweaty, spandexy, sweaty, pony-tail wearing, sweaty guy) kept making his laps around the room, dripping sweat on everybody, unintentionally of course…but still.

All around me was chaos…pure, sweaty, hairy, dramatic, eye burning chaos. Yoga Hell, you’ve truly outdone yourself this evening!

Day 7.

30 Jan

I guess, now I wake up at 7:30 in the morning…even on a weekend…awesome!

Waking up that early left me no excuse to get my work-out in, however, not being able to sit up becuase my ribs were so sore atleast tempted me to skip it. Walking around like I just got off a horse made me think that a good trip to the gym might help the soreness. Well…it was a good thought.

Got my work-out in, headed to church and found myself a ‘cozy’ spot to stand in the back becuase sitting was out of the question. Apparently I do not know how to do a sit-up correctly…or I do and it has just been WAY too long! Either way…pain is an understatement.

Tonight is the end of the first week of the 12-week challenge; down 5 lbs; feel so much better; no longer crave coffee (okay, maybe I do, but I’m hoping the more I say it the more it will be true). All in all, I’m in love with this program. It feels good to see results in all the effort thats been put in this past week. Hopefully that will be enough motivation for the next 11!

*oh and by the way, I don’t know what I was thinking starting a seperate blog…like I have time to do both! Anyways, the posts from that short-lived blog are below. Enjoy!

Day 5.

29 Jan

Went to Crossfit Untamed with Melody today. Walked in feeling like a champ and left feeling out of shape and shakey. After burpees, supermans, pull-ups and a few other timed excercises, I realized quickly how far I have to go in this whole “getting healthy” process. Thanks to Melody for enduring an extra set of air tucks with me so I didn’t have to do them alone and SORRY to Brittany for the amount of times I told you that I hated your gym…:) I love it…just the heat of the moment!

Feeling good after a saturday morning work-out abruptly ended with me rear-ending the nice lady in front of me. Go figure. Story of my life…not really, but it felt like it. Must have been zoned out…clearly!

Intense work-out & stupid accident opened the doors to a shopping day with mom at the woodburn outlets. Nike and Vans might have been the only plus about the long drive out there…oh, and maybe Coach for finally upgrading my mom from her TJ Max deals :). 

I have a feeling I am going to be really sore tomorrow…

Day 3.

26 Jan

Not sure how spinach, chicken, oatmeal and 130+ ounces of water can make a girl sick, but somehow it did….could have been the 8 hour meeting we had today too…hmmm.

Tonight was the hardest part of the diet so far…going out to eat for dinner. The hard part wasn’t not eating anything (becuase I hadn’t worked out yet), but it was trying to not make others feel akward or uncomfortable as i drank my tea like the 90 year old lady that i sometimes feel like.

It worked out though and suprisingly i wasn’t really tempted by anything…okay, maybe the bread, but self-control won.

After “dinner” I was actually excited to head to the gym…its kind of nice having a cardio/strength training plan that is designed for me and the assurance that I am actually doing things right at the gym. There is nothing more frusterating than wasting time on something…especially at the gym. Example: the girl that was on the treadmill next to me tonight that walked at a 2.5 while drinking a shake…i guess its better than sitting, but seriously?

All I can say is that after doing Hot Yoga the other day, the gym was AMAZING. Although, I do feel the urge to go back to Hot Yoga…I could use a good stretch after tonights stairmaster.

12-week challenge, so far, so good!

Yoga Hell Part 2.

24 Jan

There must be something in that hot, smelly room that locks something into your brain that triggers a desire to return to that awful place….and if that’s not the reason, then I just must be crazy. Either way, my partner in crime endured Yoga Hell with me tonight. Much to our surprise, we were greeted by the poster child of yoga, a scrawny, sweaty, hairy, spandexy, pony-tail wearing man. His greeting was much better than the lady before…

The 6pm class must be the place to be becuase even though we were 15 minutes early, we found ourselves crammed in the back corner right in front of the bathroom. A good 20-25 people joined in as we found ourselves dying…it had to have been 120 some degrees in that place. Aside from trying not to laugh at the Yoga Superstar, formally known as Brittany, (who must be gumby on the side) as she kept warning me that she was about to puke.

90 minutes later, we survived….however, we did not survive all the lame jokes the instructor insisted on telling. Stick to Yoga dude….

After a much needed shower, our guilty pleasure show ‘The Bachelor’ and the best ground turkey/green beans I’ve ever had (Thanks Bradford!)….we nervously laughed at the fact that we only have 18 more sessions to go…stupid Groupon, why did you have to give us such a good deal?!

Day 1.

24 Jan

Today was the first day of the 12-week challenge…suprisingly the only challenge was choking down my breakfast this morning. Although I love egg whites, its the whole wheat oatmeal that I find myself gagging at. The only benefit so far of breakfast this morning was tricking my brain to not want coffee becuase i was so full of oats….pretty soon my brain will out think my stomach and then I’ll have a real problem on my hands!

The rest of the meals today have been fine, however, I have to set little alarms to remind myself to eat….this whole 5 meals a day thing is more work scheduling than actually eating. Anyways….off to hot yoga with Britt tonight, this should be a whole new kind of interesting!