Top 10 Reasons I need a Highlight

10. I have concocted a weird up do that only shows the blonde parts

9. I tell people that I currently have winter "low lights"

8. Before people can even look at my head I tell them not to worry I've already made a hair appointment

7. I have tried parting it on the other side in hopes of finding some blonde hiding underneath the 2 in long roots

6. I'm starting to forget what it feels like to be a blonde

5. I'm considering getting a spray tan in hopes that the darker skin color will off set the darker hair color

4. I've started to reason with myself about how mousy brown might actually be a cute color on me

3. I forget what it feels like to be a blonde

2. I compared my roots to Vienna on the Bachelor and none of my girlfriends disagreed

1. My husband came into the bathroom after I dried my hair this morning and said "We need to get you to the hair doctor and fast!"

 Happy Friday!!

Sorry I totally ripped the top 10 list idea off like 5 bloggers this week :)


Upholstered Love

So over here at Casa H we've been working on redecorating the master bedroom and bathroom. I am dying for an upholstered headboard. I am I.love.with.them.

I am however not in love with their price tags so, Gasp, I'm going to attempt to make my own!

One for my room and one for my guest room.

Below are some inspirations:

I love tufted headboards

I especially love tufted headboards with romantic shapes

or how about this one? Not tufted but still gorgeous

or how about this one with the nail head trim ? It's so classic.

How fun is this striped one?!?!
I'm sorta leaning toward this one, but I don't know for a master bedroom

or this bright blue one?

or another fun colorful one! If only I liked bright colors!

I am loving this one too and the bedside table and the awesome lamp

So bffs which one do you like best?

Would you do a simple solid white or tan headboard
or a fun color or pattern?



What was I thinking?

Or why did I sign up for another half marathon?!

I usually take a workout "vacation" during the holidays to enjoy copious amounts of apple pie, wine, cookies, and egg nog ice cream and only workout sporadically. So obviously this year was no different, except it was.

Prior to the holidays I had a solid 6 weeks of "good" regular work outs that were making me feel great. Prior to those 6 weeks I don't think I had worked out regularly since June 2009 when I was on my 30 day Shred kick numero dos.
The weeks leading up to the wedding were very stressful for me trying to tie everything together so exercising got put on the back burner when in reality it shouldn't have been because the endorphins would have definitely helped the stress but I digress.

So I really haven't run further than 3 miles in about 7 months which is one heck of a long time for me.

I am a runner.

It's the only form of exercise I truly enjoy. I am not flexible enough for yoga or pilates and I'm not coordinated enough for aerobics or zumba. Trust me.

So what did I do on Saturday? I hopped on the treadmill set it to 1.0 incline and put it at 6.0 to start. I was ready to bust out a 3 mile run at 10 minute miles, I figured it would be easy.

Hahahahahahahahahaha. That is what my body laughing at me.

I got in about 1 minute before I had to reduce the speed to 5.7 and I broke into a heavy sweat about 5 minutes in. I sweat a lot when I work out but not until 10-15 minutes into my workout, not five.
This was bad. I decided to run intervals- 3 minutes at 5.7, 2 minutes at 5.9 and do that for next 3o minutes. Let's just say I only got through 15 minutes before I thought I was going to pass out or fall off the treadmill and have to be revived. (I've fallen off a treadmill before it's not fun or pretty for anyone involved.)

So I pulled my super sweaty self off the treadmill and humbly walked over the elliptical machine where I finished my workout.

My race is in 19 weeks. I have a lot of work cut out for myself. I'll keep you updated with my workout schedule and progress.

Did I mention my quads are so sore today it hurts to go up and down stairs, ugh.


Real life is getting in the way

Sorry but real life has been getting in the way of me putting together a meaningful blog post. I promise I will be back soon with something, hopefully well thought out and without too many grammatical errors.

So I'll leave you with you this... I could so use a vacation back here right now!

Can't you just see me sipping a Strawberry daiquiri working on my golden tan....



3 day weekend

Is anyone else excited for a 3 day weekend? I know I sure am. Any reason for a day off makes me smile.

We have some bigs plans around Casa H this weekend. We, well I, will be painting our master bathroom. Our bathroom is currently a pale blue (it actually looks brighter in these photos) that we had painted when we moved in a year and a half ago. The color is Duron Quiksilver. The painter we hired did not due the best job on this room so we've decided to re-paint it. The walls have been painted many times over the years and they are a little uneven. The pale blue makes this uneveness stand out even more so we're going with a slightly darker color.

We are going with Relaxed Khaki another Duron color. Our guest bathroom is actually painted this color already and it's one of our favorite colors.

Below are pics of the prepping I started:

Luckily the color is light so we don't have to use a primer. Like when we bought the house and our master bathroom looked like this:

Do you like that neon green color? That's not even the brightest green that was in the house. Wait until I you all that one.


Prayers for Haiti

Obviously the earthquake in Haiti is devastating to everyone but it hits home with me because one of my best friends little sister's has been working there for the past year. She is with a group of doctors and medical professionals helping to build and establish clinics to bring medical care to some of the most impoverished towns in Haiti.
I've been reading her emails through the past months and I'm just constantly amazed by the work she does and the life she's been living. I mean no Jersey Shore, the Bachelor, heck not even electricity or clean water at times. I would never survive and I am always so amazed with the things that people do to help others in need.

Thankfully she happened to be home this week on medical school interviews!! So crazy because if she didn't set them up she would have been there. It just gives me the chills thinking about it. She sent out an email this morning to let us know she's ok and that her clinic is ok, they felt the earthquake but weren't rocked nearly as hard as Port au Prince. She is heading back to Haiti on Jan 18th if all continues as is and they don't face anymore aftershocks.

The doctor she works with directly left this morning to head to Port au Prince to look for his wife and newborn son because he can't get in contact with them. Please keep them and all the others in Haiti in your prayers!!


Cook Yourself Thin Giveaway!

Looking for new delicious recipes that will let you enjoy your food yet still look hot in those leggings!!

Then head over to visit Sara from Running from the Law! She's giving one lucky winner the
Cook Yourself Think Cookbook!!



The Bachelor Recap


First off you totally need to come play with us during After the Final Tweet. You can find more info if you visit Babbling Abby but it was too much fun!

1. Oh Jake. He is just way to sappy and sweet to be a man and feelingsish. I like my men just a bit more manly.

2. On the Wings of Love- seriously ABC.

3. I'm afraid of flying and Ali looked awfully calm for someone who was "terrifed" she did say she was going to "throw up in her stomach" though.

4. Roz- you can't turn a ho into a housewife

5. Oh a bikini. That is subtle

6. Michelle, as K would put it "is totally batsh*t crazy." He's only keeping her because ABC doesn't want to deal with a suicide attempt

7. Elizabeth- first a note, then no kissing, then being a tease. Girl figure yourself out.

8. Vienna it's always a really good idea to tell a guy you've known for a week about some weird engagement- break up- marriage thing. Also WHY ARE YOU STILL AROUND??

9. Christina stop drinking you're talking too much.

10. Ali try not to name the last 5 boyfriends you've had with "J" names it doesn't sound as funny as you think

11. Chris Harrison you rocked (minus the choking up- that was weird). That was my favorite scene ever with you, you really know how to tell a girl like it is, even a "confused" one.

12. Define "inappropriate relationship" and can I see a picture of this producer, come on TMZ you've got to have something?!

13. Roz- again you cannot turn a ho into a housewife

14. Tenley- what are you doing tell him about the divorce!!!

Some of the good tweets through out the night:

DuetDiva "something turned him off" -it was the blue flight attendant outfit

namastebyday It would have been cooler if Jake said, "A male staffer or a female staffer?"

Just once, when someone says, "can I steal Jake?" I want the other girl to say, "HELL no! Back off!"

daveandbrit Who wears the crazy panties????? I'll give it to Michelle.

babblingabby This show is out-awkwarding The Hills.

babblingabby Now B says: Roz is skanktastic and whorific. I am dying.



Friday Fun Facts

Because today feels like a bullet point kind of day

-It snowed here last night but not enough to warrant even a 2 hour delay let alone a snow day. Next time mother nature I would like a blizzard, I could use another 3 day weekend or at least a day off work.

-I am lurker. There are quite a few blogs I visit daily or weekly that I never comment on. I've decided 2010 would be a good time to come out of hiding and finally comment. Clearly I find what they're writing interesting so I should totally tell them, right? You know you all do it too and I'm sure there are probably some lurkers on my blog, so come forward and just say hi!

- I knocked a filling out on the upper left side of my month about 3 weeks ago, I really don't want to spend the $$ to get it fixed so I've been drinking all my drinks luke warm and chewing on the right side. I know eventually I must cave and get it fixed. Can anyone tell me why fillings are sooo expensive??

- I LOVE home decor. I'm completely obsessed with home design/decor/DIY blogs, tv shows, and magazines. Actually I'm just obsessed with houses in general. I'm still working on our house and figuring out my "design style" but I'm having a blast doing it. (I have a laundry lists of blogs I stalk consult, if you're interested- let me know.)
Want to try a fun design style quiz, go here. It's says I'm Nantucket Style.

- I find blogging so fascinating. I read blogs from all over the country and I have a lot in common with people but then on other levels we are all so different. I mean I consider all of you my friends, yet I've never met any of you in real life! It's crazy what the internet has done for us, I guess this is what online dating is like?!

- I am so ready for summer. I don't like sweaters or cold weather in general.

- I like being my own boss. I will own my own company or store one day.

- I don't like things with glaring designer labels. Wow we can see it's Juicy did you have to have it plastered across your butt like that! There are even some handbags I don't like because I think you're just asking for people to look at you. Don't get me wrong I love designer labels, trust me and I'm not saying anything is wrong with that and I don't want to insult any of my readers, it's just not my style. I'm into subtle fashion statements.

- Ikea is one of my favorite stores. I don't care how crowded it is I still love going there and I could spend hours browsing, I mean the stuff is so cheap it's crazy. Plus they have some darn good cinnamon buns.

- I am so excited to come home from work today pour myself a glass of wine, put on my pink snuggie, and watch tv knowing that I don't have to work tomorrow. It truly live for my weekends.



So I'm a week late but here are some pics from NYE and by pics I mean 2. I'm not sure who was manning my camera during our girls marathon photo session but they missed all the good photos!!

Me & K

Me and my sis Lovely Chaos

I don't feel like re-hashing all the details but lets just say our fancy schmacy (I love that fake word) party turned out to be awful and we left after 30 minutes and we went here.

So this jeans and t-shirt crowd ended up right where we should have been all along. In a dive bar dressed to the nines drinking cheap beer and even cheaper red wine ringing in 2010.

Next year I've saving my money and staying home!



Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010

We are officially 5 days in the new year and new decade and so far I have no complaints. It's going to be hard to top 2009 because of this one minor event in my life but I have a feeling 2010 isn't going to disappoint.

Now are we calling it twenty ten or two thousand and ten? or maybe just ten? Thoughts?

I'm not a fan of new years resolutions.
Like I need something else to feel guilty about?

I'm pretty sure I've never followed through on any of my resolutions except for 2006 when I stopped eating fast food for one whole year and trust me Jan 1, 2007 I was all over McDonalds like ketchup on a hotdog, but other than that I usually F-A-I-L with a capital F.

So in efforts to keep down my Catholic guilt level in the yellow zone in the new year I've decided instead to set 2 goals for myself.

1. Run another half marathon
2. Run another full marathon

Stop laughing at me, I can see all of you who know I haven't run further than 3 miles in 6 months.

I haven't yet signed up for either one yet but I plan to sign up for the half marathon for this May/June and then do the full marathon in the fall.
The decision on the full marathon will be made close to or after the half marathon as I want to see how my body handles the half marathon.
I would really like to complete both of these again before 30 so I figure what a better year than my 28th (not yet but only one month until I'm 28 (insert loud scream here)).

Well there you have it. What are some of your goals for 2010?

I will back tomorrow with a picture filled post of our NYE, lets just say our fancy schmacy party didn't really turn out as expected.
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