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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…

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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…

2010 looking back…

28 Dec

January 2010-

  • moved back to Vancouver after 15 years of separation only to find out it’s not nearly as bad as I remembered!
  • Spent the first day of the new year with new friends at Drew & Annie’s
  • Picked a fight with a grumpy old man at the BINGO hall with the girls
  • moved into new offices at work
  • celebrated Jameson, Erin and Uncle Jim’s birthday’s
  • Joined the gym and became addicted to spin class
  • re-connected with long-lost friends

February

  • Cheered Livi on in soccer, along with other 18 Lovelace’s in the stands!
  • spent Monday nights watching “The Bachelor” with the girls
  • Got sweet little valentines from all the “littles”
  • joined a bible study
  • explored downtown Portland with the parents
  • celebrated Tiff’s 23rd!

March

  • Got to be apart of The Trautman Families miracle by raising funds at PM’s!
  • spent the weekend at Cannon Beach with all the girls and was introduced to my Aunt’s “gangsta” side.
  • celebrated Jack’s 3rd birthday
  • went to a few Blazer games
  • Threw a baby shower for Brittany
  • spent some fun nights watching the “littles”
  • Celebrated the birth of Bennett Graham Bradford!

April

  • stared greeting at Grace
  • had the ultimate egg hunt for Easter
  • surprised my mom with a party on her birthday
  • celebrated the twin’s 4th birthday in mill creek
  • experienced the farmer’s market and $3 theatre with Er and the kids
  • sat through the final Blazer game of the 09-10 season

May

  • celebrated my Dad’s birthday
  • spent a week with the fam in Palm Desert, CA
  • started getting my butt kicked at the gym by Brandon
  • went on some fun Portland adventures
  • celebrated Bradford’s birthday

June

  • experienced the ER with my Grandma
  • had a work retreat in Seattle
  • started playing volleyball with Melissa at Liberty
  • gushed about my Dad at Grace for their Father’s Day service
  • went to a Cubs game at Safeco
  • entered “event season” at work

July

  • spent a little over a week with the WHOLE family in San Diego
  • had fun bonfires with great friends
  • skipped a work day and spent it at the beach with the girls and kids
  • celebrated my Gma’s birthday
  • went to a family reunion
  • met a pretty great guy
  • spent some hot days at the pool with the girls

August

  • celebrated 1 year on my blog
  • did a fun lil’ photo shoot for Bennett in Portland
  • celebrated Jonesy’s 8th birthday
  • went on some fun lil’ dates with the littles
  • was thrown my first surprise party by my favorite family
  • had some help from my girls on checking off some things on my “list”
  • starting helping out at G2!

September

  • took the little’s on fun little adventures
  • spent a week at the beach with the whole family
  • celebrated my favorite brother’s birthday
  • stepped foot in Autzen stadium for the first time!
  • got to be apart of raising funds for Team Jensen!
  • experienced some “interesting” places in clark county

October

  • watched my brother propose in the pouring rain on a “beach” in Canada
  • saw Jack Johnson at the fair grounds
  • had a fun road trip with Brandon
  • finally got to see all my favorite Lynden people
  • fun Bunco night with the girls
  • went on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin with The Wallers
  • helped out at Grace for Fall Family Fest
  • celebrated Brandon and Brittany’s Birthday’s!

November

  • spent a week in Disneyland with the Arnolds
  • took an unplanned break from blogging…oops!
  • celebrated Livi’s 5th birthday
  • went to a few Blazer games
  • experienced TSO
  • had our first thanksgiving at home with all of the family
  • played the worlds longest game of balderdash 😉

December

  • watched all the Beaver fans cry over their expected loss to the Ducks
  • wore the worlds ugliest sweater at the Paull’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
  • went to a few more Blazer games
  • celebrated Mollie’s 5th birthday
  • had some fun nights at G2 with some great students
  • enjoyed a few work Christmas parties
  • spent Christmas with everyone I love

Not too sure how 2011 can beat 2010, but with a few weddings and a couple of babies on their way from friends and family, I’m pretty sure it has the potential to!

top ten #897.

3 Jun

The top ten people you will meet at the gym.

1. the old man whose frame is frail, but is religiously at the gym 5 days a week at 8pm on the dot…oxygen tank and all.

2. the girl who comes to “work out” yet never touches one piece of equipment and looks as if she just came from Prom.

3. the guy on the treadmill with jeans and flip flops.

4. the guy who is obviously exchanging his daily vitamins with some roids because his arms are permanently extended from his body as he makes waddling laps around the gym in between reps.

5. the three grandma’s in the lap pool who secretly wish they were on a syncronized swim team.

6. the 15 high school boys who lift weights in groups while all proudly wearing their schools weight training shirt while carrying an old milk jug full of water.

7. the married couple; where one isn’t as excited to be there as the other

8. the (what I like to call) inapporpriate gym clothes guy; too tight, too short, too white, too disturbing

9. the creeper; the guy that uses the gym as another form of online dating

10. and the rare 10% of humanity that uses the gym for all intent and purposes…to work out.

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