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Hello 2014!

And hello to all of you! Soooo yeah. The last time I wrote a blog post was over the summer… I think…? I hang my head in shame at my lack of contributing to the blogosphere. I don’t really have any excuse, except, life happened and kind of took over everything else. So this blog kind of got stuck in the back of the metaphorical pantry and almost reached its expiration date. Funky.

But I digress. I thought I would take inspiration from Amber and recap what happened in 2013 and what I’m hoping will happen in 2014. It’s cliche but it’s fun! I am not a person who like to make resolutions. I call ‘em goals and each year I set a few for myself and hopefully I can accomplish most, if not all!

Recap of 2013:

  • I turned 30! I had a list on here for the 31 things I wanted to do before turning 30 and I did what I said: I accomplished half. There are things that just didn’t happen due to money and time constraints, but I’d still say that’s pretty damn good. How did I celebrate turning 30? My friend and I threw a Roaring 20s party to say goodbye to our twenties. It was definitely a highlight of the year!
  • Ran two 5K’s! I ran my first 5K in April 2013 and then did the Color Run with Amber in May. Both were fun! I had hoped to run another one, but oh well.
  • Trip to Cali. We witnessed two of our very good friends tie the knot and partied with them in a beautiful villa in Santa Barbara. The addition of wine tasting, running/walking on the beach and driving the Pacific Coast Highway made the trip fun, though busy!
  • Trip to NYC with my friend Jackie. To ring in our 30th birthdays, she and I spent 5 wonderful days in The Big Apple. I didn’t want to leave. Hands down, one of my Top 5 favorite vacations of all time.
  • Excelled at work. I helped lead a major project at work, which was successful and made me feel pretty good!
  • Had a total of 15 photo session this year, 4 of them being weddings. This was absolute perk for me this year. I had hoped to gain more exposure for my photography side business and it totally happened! Here’s hoping it will continue.
  • Interior design/home improvements. We spent a good amount of money repairing things in our house and also decorating it. It’s slowly but surely coming together.

I can’t complain about the way things went in 2013. I just hope 2014 can be like that, or better! Here are some things I hope to accomplish this year.

  • HEALTH. It’s so cliche to make this statement every year, but I really, really need to focus on my health this year. I’m officially in the “old” category (haha, OK not really but you know what I mean) and it will only get harder to lose weight, keep endurance up and the energy up, so I want to make a conscious effort to continue a healthy lifestyle. The first big thing? Cutting out alcohol for a least 3 months. I did this before I got married and I didn’t miss it one bit. I felt healthier, lighter and more energized.
  • Completely decorate and finish 2 full rooms in the house. We decided to start with our bedroom since we want it to be a place we spend time in other than to just sleep. I’m happy to say that with a few more accents, this room will actually be done! Then I hope to start the front rooms of the house, or the guest room.
  • Run another 5K. One of the Christmas presents REB and I got each other was a treadmill for our basement. I plan to put that thing to good use and put it (and me!) to work.
  • Explore more of Detroit. I had the pleasure of finally going to Eastern Market in Detroit and also trying out Supino pizza! It was definitely well worth the wait and easily became one of my favorite spots in Motor City. I have seen other parts of Detroit a few times (Heidelberg Project, MCS, Dequindre Cut, Cafe Roma, Tigers and Lions games, theaters downtown, etc.), but I want to explore more! Like, I’ve never been to the River Walk, or a Red Wings game, or a casino downtown other than getting a drink at MGM and Greektown. Plus, I’d still love to do a portrait session down there sometime. I hear Amber is looking to see more of Detroit so maybe she’ll join me in this quest!
  • Have a picnic in the Arb. I love living in Ann Arbor and it might be totally “hipster” or stupid, but I want to have a picnic in Nichols Arboretum here in town. Especially when all the lilacs and flowers are in bloom there in the spring/summer.
  • Blog more! I feel awful for not having blogged in so long this year, but I hope to blog a little more. Maybe not recipes all the time, but anything. At least once a month. That’s a pretty good goal, right?
  • Sleep earlier. One of the biggest factors in having a healthy lifestyle is getting a sufficient amount of sleep. I can function on between 6-8 hours sleep, which I think is pretty average for someone of my age and stuff. However, we always, always watch TV in bed before going to bed. I’d like to make a conscious effort to not do that. To spend the last part of my day reading in bed then getting some decent shut eye.
  • MOAR PHOTOS! I hope to continue with portrait sessions for families, kids and seniors. I’m also excited to be assisting my friend in a few weddings this year, too.

So here’s to 2014! It’s going to be way rad and full of high fives and fun!

 

ABCs of Yours Truly

A. Attached or Single? Very much attached and very happy :)

Happy hubby :)

B. Best friend? My sister Shar. She’s way rad.

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C. Cake or Pie?  Pie. Always pie. Say “YES!” to Pie!

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D. Day of choice? Saturday. Middle of the weekend, still a day left, and a whole day to spend however I want!

E. Essential Item?  Wedding rings, iPhone, Chapstick, ID

F. Favorite color?  Green

G. Gummy bears or worms?  Ew

H. Home town?  Being a professor’s kid I moved around a lot as a kid. I was born in New Delhi, India. But then I moved to Columbus, OH; Pullman, WA; Houghton, MI; Oxford, MS; and then Grand Blanc, MI and now Ann Arbor, MI. Pop Quiz! name the universities at each city (except for GB).

I. Favorite indulgence?  Gelato

Coffee flavored nomz!

J. January or July?  July. Middle of summer, warm weather (although sometimes ungodly hot), July 4!

K. Kids?  None, unless you count the four-legged fur kid. Not sure kids are in the future for us, though.

L. Life isn’t complete without?  Laughter

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M. Marriage date?  August 20, 2011. We beat Kim Kardashian!

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N. Number of brothers/sisters?  1 older and wiser sister. She’s rad.

O. Oranges or Apples?  Apples, but then I have to share with the four legged fur kid

P. Phobias?  I have several: Entomophobia – the fear of insects; Arachnephobia (MAJORLY); Coulrophobia – fear of clowns; Achluophobia – fear of the dark.

Q. Quotes?  “Life is full of surprises, but never when you need one.” -Calvin & Hobbes

R. Reasons to smile? 

  • When I see other people smiling
  • When REB holds my hand, then kisses it -swoon-
  • When my dog gets “greedy eyes” when we’re eating apples or carrots
  • When we gift a present to my mom or dad and they smile
  • When I see older people who I know have been married for 40+ years
  • Texting my best friends random inside jokes (DFB…B…B…)
  • This could go on and on….

S. Season of choice?   Fall: football (college and NFL), cider mills, pumpkins, Halloween, sweater weather, boots!

T. Tag 5 People.  All of you! <3

U. Unknown fact about me?  I don’t really like beer.

V. Vegetable?  Any and all. Om nom nom.

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W. Worst habit?  Biting my nails. I know how gross it is yet it’s a terrible, nervous habit.

X. X-ray or Ultrasound?  Is this asking what I prefer? I’ve never had an ultrasound, so x-ray?

Y. Your favorite food?  Indian street food (chole batura, chaat, etc.); risotto, pickles, mom’s southie Indian home cooking ;)

Z. Zodiac sign?  Libra. I’m balanced and shit ;)

Big thanks to Parita for tagging! Hope you all have a wonderful week! <3

California in Pictures

Last weekend two incredibly close friends of ours, Sean (one of the best men at our wedding) and Courtney, got married in Santa Barbara, CA! And since my man was the best man, we flew out there to celebrate and enjoy some sunshine!

Our trip started with a flight from Detroit to LA, then picking up our rental and making the 90-mile-journey (read: at least 2-1/2-hour-drive-in-rush-hour-traffic) up to Santa Barbara. Our flight landed at 5 p.m, – worst time to try and navigate a six-lane highway in the worlds smoggiest, most disgusting city. However since we had the time, we took a slight detour, added another hour to our trip and drove up Pacific Coast Highway. And I am so glad we did!

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When we finally reached Santa Barbara it was kind of late in the night, but the bride and groom had rented out a vacation home near the beach, for the week! So the entire girls side of the wedding party (minus the brides sister/MOH) stayed there, the groom of course, REB and I, and some other friends! The house was gorgeous.

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The courtyard in the backyard where I spent most of my time. The formal dining was there in the back. There was also a heater when it got cold at night, and a huge bed/seating area for anyone who wanted to chill and sleep out there. The bride and groom actually did their “first look “photos out here by the fountain.

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Lemon tree! The backyard actually had apple, plum, lemon and fig tress. So wonderful!

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The guest cottage was up those stairs to the left, which is where REB and I slept during our stay here. It was super cozy but had a bed, bathroom and mini bar! It was also next to the chickens that lived in their own roost up and to the right. They were the cutest things ever and gave us some eggs each morning :)

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The next day, REB and I decided to meet up with his buddy Pat (the other best man at our wedding) and do some wine tasting! We also got to meet his fun girlfriend and explored the beach front/downtown area of Santa Barbara. It was a cute little city and all the wine tasting places were right next door to each other and on the same block. This makes it easy when you’re already tipsy by 1 p.m. ;)

REB and his best bud Pat Pat!

REB and his best bud Pat Pat!

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Municipal Winemakers

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Kunin Wines

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Kunin Wines

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara

We eventually had to get back to the house because the girls and I were taking the bride out for her bachelorette party! We had a blast! We started the night back at Munci wines for some wine tasting and enjoying a bottle or two. Then we walked to the Fish House (which had some vegetarian stuff actually!) and then took her out for dancing and debauchery. It was too much fun.

The bride with all her bridesmaids!

The bride with all her bridesmaids, minus her sister/MOH was riding in front.

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Courtney’s getting married!

We had at least a box of wine we went through that night. We are not ashamed.

We had at least a box of wine we went through that night. We are not ashamed.

The rest of the debauchery photos, I don’t have, so I can’t share them. But trust me when i say the bride had a good time.

The following day was the day of the rehearsal dinner, but we had some time in the morning, so REB and I headed into town and checked out downtown Santa Barbara. We got some lunch at a cute little Danish cafe, walked to the historic, gorgeous courthouse which has a viewing tower, and walked around a little before getting ready for the BBQ on the beach!

View from the top of the courthouse

View from the top of the courthouse

La Arcada - a cute little alleyway/street with boutiques and restaurants.

La Arcada – a cute little alleyway/street with boutiques and restaurants.

Time for the rehearsal dinner!

Time for the rehearsal dinner!

Goleta Beach

Goleta Beach

Goleta Beach Pier

Goleta Beach Pier

Saturday was the big day! While the wedding party was bustling around getting ready for the wedding, I decided to stay out of the way and walked down to Shoreline Park and then down to the beach! Have I mentioned how much I love bodies of water, especially the ocean? I seriously could have walked up and down the beach along the shore, listening to the waves, all. day. long.

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Time for the wedding!

REB. groom, and Pat Pat. BFFs since freshman year of college <3

REB. Sean and Pat-Pat. BFFs since freshman year of college <3

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The beautiful bride getting ready.

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First dance!

First dance!

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It was a busy, but incredibly fun 5 days in the golden state. I met some new people who will be lifelong friends, all while celebrating the love of two people who mean the world to us. I couldn’t be happier for them and thank them for those fun days and night in Cali and we hope we can visit them again soon! Thanks for letting us be part of your special day!

 

 

 

Canine keratitis sicca

I thought I would take a turn from the usual blog post and share something about our beloved four-legged fur kid, Gryff.

Mostly because he’s a big part of our lives, but also because we are going on vacation in a few weeks and I started to get worried about boarding him. I always do. Call me the paranoid pet owner, but in a second, you’ll understand why I’m nervous about boarding him.

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About a year and a half ago, Gryff was diagnosed with keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or keratitis sicca. To you and me it’s better known as “doggie dry eye”. If not treated it could lead to blindness! :(

When we noticed

It started about 2 1/2 years ago when we noticed that every spring Gryff would have a discharge in his eyes – eye boogs we would call them. We would take him to our vet and they would do their routine check for ulcers in the eye, scratched corneas, and whatever else, but everything would come back clean. So they gave us a drop and send us home. While the drop did work and cleared up the gunk, we noticed it kept coming back.

After months and months of going through this cycle, our vet finally told us they were stumped and referred us to an animal ophthalmologist about an hour from our house near Lansing (the capital). One trip there and the doc said he had this condition.

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So what exactly is it?

It’s extreme dryness of the eye, to the point where Gryff’s tear ducts don’t produce tears. Or enough tears to help moisturize the eye. If not treated, the simple act of blinking can scratch the cornea and could result in blindness. Scary!

How is it caused?

We don’t really know. The most we can find online and after conversations with Dr. Ramsey is that it can just happen and it might hereditary or genetic. He actually told us only one place in the whole world would be able to not only find out what caused it, but also completely treat it – and that’s a vet hospital in Oxford, England.

So how do you treat it?

Dr. Ramsey prescribed several eye drops and medications for Gryff to use. Now he’s on 5 different medications, which he gets 3 times a day. It seems like a lot, but if it means he can see clearly, we’re all for it. He’s given his meds once in the morning (around 6:30/7 a.m.), then again at 4:30/5 p.m., and lastly at 11 p.m. Each medication is given to Gryff 5 minutes apart.

The medications

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  • Alpha Interferon – A refrigerated drop that cancer patients actually use when on chemotherapy to help keep moisture in the eyes and tear ducts. One drop in each eye 3 times a day.
  • Pilocarpine – A pill also used by some cancer patients undergoing chemo, which helps create saliva and moisture in the salivary glands. The salivary glands are hooked into your eye glands actually! Half a pill given before each meal (he eats twice a day, so one pill, total, a day)
  • Tobramycin Ophthalmic – A drop that helps prevent bacterial infections of the eye. One drop in each eye, once a day (we do it during his morning round of meds)
  • Tacrolimis – An anti-inflammatory eye drop to help stimulate the tear glands and prevent further decrease of  tissue. It’s a super oily drop, but it’s the one we notice seems to work almost immediately! One drop in each eye, 3 times a day.
  • Genteal Eye Gel – An eye gel for humans, found in the eye care aisle at any drug store or supermarket. One squeeze in each eye, throughout the day as needed.

So you can see my nervousness of the Petsmart Pet Hotel being able to do this for us. I assume they will do fine since I’m sure they get all kinds of dogs with medical problems coming in there, but I really do worry if they will do the meds on time. If they mess up or skip anything once, he could be a squinty pup for a while, which also hurts his eyes :(

The kind of bad news

Gryff will be on these drops for the rest of his life. He’s 4 1/2 now, so he’s got a lot of years and a lot of eye meds ahead of him. These drops and pills are also not cheap. The pilocarpine pill, since it is a human pill we get at the pharmacy, costs $50 for one month dosage or $150 for 3 months. His other drops range from $20-$40 each whenever a refill is needed. The Genteal which we get in the eye care aisle is $10-12 and we try to buy in bulk since we give that to him the most throughout the day.

The good news

Dr. Ramsey said Gryff is making great progress. The meds are clearly working and he’s even starting to see some tear production. It’s still not enough to warrant going off the drops, but it’s still great news. We used to have to take Gryff up to see him twice a year and now we just see him once a year to ensure no new developments have occurred.

Gryff will go on living a normal, healthy live as a happy pup. He doesn’t even care about the drops. I know some dogs would hate it, but I think he knows it helps him, so he never bites or fidgets when we are giving him the meds – a huge help if you ask me ;)

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Conclusion

Get your pet checked every year for their routine visit. If you are noticing the symptoms we noticed with Gryff, ask your vet if keratitis is a possibility. They should know what it is and can start testing for that, or refer you to a vet who can.

It’s scary to find out something is wrong with a family member, especially a pet. But the important thing is to stay calm and see about treatment. I am forever grateful to Dr. Ramsey and the fact that animal eyes are his specialty. My big fear, still, is that Gryff will go blind before he’s too old. He’s such a happy little dog and he didn’t ask for his, which is why REB and I are always very conscious of getting home on time if we’re out, in order to give him his meds.

He’s a big part of our lives, and we want him around for as long as time will allow!

I hope this was helpful and informative for dog owners and other corgi owners!

 

 

 

I swear I still exist

I know, I know. I’ve neglected my piece of Internet for almost a month. It’s horrible, but I have a good excuse: LIFE.

Seriously. Things have been so busy lately and the blog has been the last thing on my mind. I feel so horrible for saying that, but it’s true! The thing is, so much has been going and I’ve been taking pictures. However when the day is done, the last thing I want to do is download pictures to a computer, sit down and write it all out.

I also feel bad for not giving blog love lately to all my favorite bloggers. I’ve been neglecting that as well. I apologize and send hugs to all of you!

But I will say this: I’m still here! I do still exist! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ll see that I do still exist. I’ve even been neglecting the Twitterverse, too. Ugh. Just that time of the year I guess.

So real quick, here’s what’s been happening:

  • I bought a new camera body! I finally upgraded and joined the full frame club. I am now the proud owner of a Canon 5D Mark ii and I absolutely love it! Love is an understatement really. I still plan on keeping my Rebel as a backup and for the everyday (like taking pictures of food if I ever make something worth blogging about ever again. Stupid busy-ness). The 5D is really for all the sessions I book so I don’t put too much wear and tear on it.
  • Memorial Day came and went and I had a BBQ with family and friends. REB was in Vegas with his best friends for a bachelor party and I didn’t want to be alone all weekend, so I invited people over. Logical.
  • We’re past the one year mark and have been homeowners for one year! Hooray! I decided it was time to no longer have completely bare walls so I’ve started planning out where all the art prints I’ve collected throughout the years will be hung. It’s a fun process. I’ve also planned out which rooms I’ll tackle first in the decorating department so it’s a bit more of an organized process.
  • I’ve been booking more sessions, which has had me really happy! That’s also what’s been taking up so much of my time at night: editing photos! I have a few sessions lined up this summer including two more weddings! I promise, promise to share some of those pictures soon! But you all can always go check out my Facebook photo page to see the ones I’ve taken recently!
  • REB’s best friends wedding (the one he was in Vegas for the bachelor party) is at the end of June so I’ll be even more MIA while we’re in SoCal for that. I seriously can’t wait. A laid-back California wedding near wine country? Sign me up!
  • When it hasn’t been raining nonstop everyday, REB and I have been riding our bikes again! I have a goal to ride 500 miles before my 30th birthday in October, and I still have another 475 or so go to  - haha. Need to hope to it!

So even though things are busy-busy, I’m still thinking of all of you and promise to play catch up on your blogs. I hope to be a bit more “present” to update you on how the summer is going and what items I can check off the bucket list.

I hope you all have been doing well, and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Marvelous weekend

It’s a bit of a slow Monday for me today. So much so I had to get a coffee from my favorite coffee place in town instead of relying on the Keurig at work. I also had them put three shots of espresso in it, instead of the usual two. Yep, it’s one of those Mondays.

So to help make Monday a little brighter, I thought I would follow suit of one of my new favorite bloggers Dixya (Food Pleasure Health) and do a recap of all things Marvelous on this Monday.

Marvelous is finally seeing a movie you have been waiting to see since the winter.

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I can’t say enough good things about this movie other than I loved it and you should go see it. Baz Luhrrman has made a beautiful film and one I would probably go see again if given the chance. I wasn’t as big a fan of Romeo + Juliet, but I liked how he directed it. I think mostly I don’t like that play so watching an entire movie about it, wasn’t my idea of fun. But I love everything about the 1920s! I remember reading this book in the 11th grade and thinking to myself, “I want to go to Gatsby’s parties!”.

I also had one of my buddies Nick come hang out with us for a night. The three of us went to see Iron Man 3 at the theater where you can have a cocktail while watching. It wasn’t so bad! I still liked the first one the most, but the third was good too. I was also nice to catch up with a friend I hadn’t seen in months!

Marvelous is running in a 5K you’ve wanted to run in for over a year.

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Marvelous is also running this race with a good friend and having a blast! I finally did the Color Run over the weekend and Amber and I had a great time. It was her first 5K and my first Color Run and I do plan on running this again next year! Amber did great for it being her first 5K! I’m so proud of her :)

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Marvelous is also setting a new personal record from the first race you ever did and knowing it can only get better from here!

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Marvelous is spending an entire day with this gorgeous woman and making her feel like a million dollars. We went up to my parents for Mother’s Day and treated my mom to lunch and I was just happy to spend some QT with her! While at my parents, I found several old pictures from when I was born and the first few years I lived in India before moving to the States. I had fun going through them and showing REB too. Afterward, we went and visited his grandmother and she showed us some old pictures of him as as kid. All I can say is: my hubby was an adorable little dude! Still is ;)

All in all, it was a fantastic weekend despite there being so little sleep. I hope to make up for some sleep this week and also get a few more runs outdoors!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! – xo

 

What a weekend

Remember when I was so ridiculously busy the month of March and had something going on every single weekend? It seems like May is about to become like that for me! However, I’m more in control of all the things happening this month, which is always better than just having things scheduled for you.

This past weekend flew by and it was so jam-packed busy, at times I felt like I couldn’t breathe! But it was also a super fun weekend!

On Friday I went over to my friend Amber’s house. Her hubby is in Oregon visiting his family, so she was on her own and wanted some company. I told her we should have a slumber party and that’s exactly what we did.

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Things I learned:

  • Centipedes are absolutely disgusting and can be disposed of by: screaming, using a drumstick, continued screaming, a coaster, heavy objects and wishing a man was there to kill it instead.
  • A spider can be scared off by screaming
  • Bugs are gross. Full stop.
  • The Arbazons are quite possibly the most badass band around.
  • Only Geddy Lee can sing like Geddy Lee
  • Only Alanis Morrisette can sing like Alanis Morrisette
  • Rock Band and 2 1/2 bottles of wine produce some ridiculous Vine videos
  • I have some of the best friends I could ever ask for

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On Saturday Amber made me pancakes. No joke. And they were legit pancakes. It was so very needed after the intoxicated night before and was just the thing I needed before a morning of shopping at Nordstrom Rack.

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I’m officially in love with that store. I found the cutest pair of Enzo Angiolini nude pumps to help dress up my look for REB’s grandfather’s 89th birthday shin dig on Sunday!

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I’m always iffy about pumps because I’m not a big heel person. However, these were not only comfortable but they made my usual chicken legs look kind of decent, which had me excited. The party was fun! I always love seeing REB’s family and catching up with everyone.

Other fun this weekend included photographing a high school senior! I was so glad the weather cooperated with us since we did all the photos outside in a park and then in the city. I was able to provide some accessories for the spunky 18-year-old gal, which she rocked completely. I started editing a few pictures over the weekend and seriously can’t wait to share them with all of you!!

All in all it was a super fun weekend and I’m ready for a busy week ahead! Hoping to get a lot of stuff done at work, clean the house, go on a few runs and bike rides, enjoy the sunshine, doing the Color Run this weekend, and spending Mother’s Day with mi madre!

I hope you all have a fantastic week! <3

What was the highlight of your weekend?

 

 

What Keeps Me Running

I have become so addicted to running. I think most people know this. I love it more now since I can run outside versus inside a stuffy, poorly ventilated gym. Always outside. Always, always. I am so grateful that it’s going to be a gorgeous week of weather here in Ann Arbor. I plan to take my runs outdoors as often as possible from here on out!

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I have many a playlist I listen to when I run, too. I used to only listen to the Essential Mix from Michael Woods. Truth be told, that is still probably my favorite continuous electronic mix that I never get sick of playing. However, I made a new list and OH MY GOD, I am in love. Music is essential when I run! I am definitely one of those people who looks straight head, focuses on one point on the horizon (something I’m running toward) and I need music to help me get there.

So I thought I would share it:

  • Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon
  • Deadmau5 – I Remember
  • Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
  • Michael Woods, Duval – Last Day on Earth – Original Mix
  • The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up
  • Surkin – Ultra Light
  • Deadmau5 – A City in Florida
  • Electric Six – Danger! High Voltage
  • Underworld – Born Slippy
  • Deadmau5 – Bad Selection
  • Kaskade – Here I Am
  • The Whip – Secret Weapon (Alex Metric Remix)
  • Calvin Harris, Ne-Yo – Let’s Go
  • Kaskade – 4 AM (Adam K & Soha Radio Edit)

Most, if not all of these, you can find on either iTunes or Spotify! Clearly I have a thing for Deadmau5. I absolutely love him. He makes great music, both chill and upbeat, that helps keep me going. Give him and any of these others a listen!

Happy running :)

What is on your running playlist?

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New Additions

1. Two new tats! Some people may know I already had a tattoo, but I added two more to the collection over the past weekend. Two incredible passions of mine, now forever imprinted on me!

photo2. More clothes from the LC collection by Lauren Conrad at Kohls. I seriously can’t get enough of her style and clothing. I love how delicate it is with touches of lace. Plus the pastel macaron colors make me feel so feminine!

Concerts 

1. Last Thursday REB and I saw Ben Folds at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. The Music Matters program was raising money for scholarships and they got him to come perform. I had been wanting to see him since college and he put on a great show!

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2. My friend Amber has tickets to see Great Big Sea with two of our other friends tonight, so I’m going to that. I don’t know much about this band, but they sound like an Irish jam band of sorts. Should be a fun show!

Photography all week

1. I’m doing a newborn session for a friend of mine who just had a baby! Although newborn photography isn’t really my focus, I had donated a 30 minute mini session to another friends charity and was thrilled when a mutual friend of ours snagged the deal!

2. The second session will be for the friend who ran the charity event, and I’ll be photographing their adorable son for their 2 year photos. Again, child photography isn’t really my focus anymore, but I always make exceptions for friends! I should mention that in addition to these, I have two more sessions this week: taking photos for a business on Thursday and another wedding on Saturday. It’s going to be a busy week for Aparna Photography, but I welcome it!

Big purchases this week

1. We bought a new couch for our den! The one in there now is REB’s from when he had his own apartment. And while it’s just a den, we wanted something a bit more comfortable. I can’t wait for it to delivered on Thursday!

2. Oldnavy.com has become our new friend. REB was in dire need of new clothes, and since I get coupons from oldnavy.com multiple times a day, we took advantage and decided to re-stock our closet with some spring-friendly clothing!

Thoughts

1. My heart is heavy today and with all those affected by the tragedy in Boston yesterday. It’s absolutely devastating that such an iconic race is now going to be changed forever because of what happened.

2. On a happier note, though, my parents finally return to the U.S.! After spending almost 5 months in India, they fly home today and I can’t wait to see them again!

Over the weekend

What a busy weekend I had! Here I thought March would end up being a busy-weekend month for me, but April is proving to be exactly the same.

I welcome it though! A lot happened over the weekend including being able to cross yet another thing on my list.

I ran my first 5K! Finally! A year in the training (and making!) and it’s finally done. I did the Rear Saver 5K on Belle Isle in Detroit – a race to prevent colon cancer. I’m not really big on the cause and whatever, so I mostly just ran it “just because.”. It was a really flat course and on the track of the old race track on Belle Isle. So it was a good first race for me!

My friend Kat and I got there bright and early to pick up our bibs and race packets.

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Then it was time to stretch, warm up and line up for the race! My friend Kat is amazing. Throughout my “training” or weekly runs up until Saturday, I had been doing a 5 minute warm up brisk walk, then running and sometimes stopping to walk, until I reached the 3 mile mark. Yeah, Kat wasn’t letting me off the hook that easily. She said we’re running the whole thing, I couldn’t look at my Garmin at all, and she kept encouraging me, telling me I was kicking ass and doing awesome which kept me going strong!

She was my rock and I couldn’t have had the confidence to run the entire thing without her! She’s training for the half marathon in Pittsburgh in May, so I think she liked having this 5K as a simple run for her to get in over the weekend before her long distance running during the week in training. Either way, Thanks KAT!!

I ended up finishing the race in 38 minutes. Not the best, but I’ll take it. I had told myself that I wanted to finish it in 45 minutes, so seeing that number as I crossed the finish line only boosted my confidence! I had been averaging 40-42 minutes during my weekly runs, and that included the 5 minute warm up walk and cool down walk.

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Maybe it was adrenaline, excitement, or the fact I never gave myself credit, but I was determined to run that entire damn thing and I’m so glad I did! I can’t wait to do another race. I officially have the running bug and want to just continue to improve! I have a goal to increase my distance to 3.25 miles this week and gradually work on increasing speed as well. I’ve set a new goal for myself to try to hit the 5 mile mark by mid-summer. I hope to do this before that, but I know me. I want to give myself time!

So after the race, we made the trek back to Ann Arbor and had a much deserved brunch at Cafe Zola. The rest of the day was spent chillaxing and taking a long nap (I hate getting up early on the weekend!) which got me all revved up for the evening of fun! My brother-in-law’s (REB’s brother) birthday was March 31 and we didn’t get to see him for it then. So we had planned to do a group dinner Saturday night so we could celebrate it.

Saturday night outfit

Saturday night outfit

We met up at an Indian place called Mirchi, which some of my coworkers had been to when they were under different management. It wasn’t bad food! The service is another story, but overall, the food wasn’t horrible. We all ordered Thali plates. Thali is basically a large platter that has small dishes on it with all different kinds of things: curries, yogurt, a dessert, rice, a lentil dish, a soup-ish dish, etc.. It’s really the best way to try a bunch of Indian food and curries (both south and north Indian) when there isn’t a buffet!

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I barely made a dent int it. So much so that we still have leftovers. It was seriously more food than I ever needed, plus I had eaten the righteous Turkish Brunch at Zola’s earlier in the day. But in my book, having leftover Indian food is a total pile of win.

The night ended with Scary Movie Night at my friend Amber’s house (becoming a tradition) where I got introduced to the amazing Bruce Campbell and Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2. Truly a work a masterful art, lemme tell ya. Groovy, baby.

On Sunday before Sunday Funday and Game of Thrones night, Amber stopped over with one of her dogs and she and I took a long walk through our neighborhood with her dog and Gryff. Then we let them play in our backyard for a little bit.

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I also uploaded a few sneak peek wedding photos on my photo FB page! Here are a few, but the rest you can find here!

All in all, it was a perfect weekend with beautiful sunny weather and fun! I have ended up with a cold, but it was well worth it. I already look forward to the fun this weekend will bring!

What did you do over the weekend?