someone help!

I am buying a new camera bag from and I can not pick a color to save my life.
I just simply can't decide between.....

something practical like....

or bronze

or fun purple

 or green

Now the site isn't working, but I don't think they have that exact purple anymore.  I found it on google images.  I keep wanting to go practical because I think I will use it as an everyday purse too and carry my camera more, but then I want something fun too!  HELP!  :)

wee bits

{one} what was your first job?
i worked for my dad at his RV dealership when I was 13.  i just answered the phone and got to work the cash register.

{two} have you ever seen a stand up comedian?
yes!  it was hilarious :)

{three} when was the last time you played mini golf?
i love it!  its been a while though.  probably last summer.

{four} what was the last picture you took?
last night i took pictures of my sushi.

{five} burnt food: yes or no?
no… yuck. hate it!

{six} if you have a pocket full of change, what do you do with it?
save it for a rainy day.

{seven} can you touch your tongue to your nose?
ummmm NO!

{eight} do you scrapbook?
no i dont.

{nine} do you buy lottery tickets?
every once in a while.  
i will be winning the Mega Millions this week though.
guess i best buy a ticket, huh?

{ten} do you prefer to be in front of the camera or behind it?
i am a control freak and have to frame the shot correctly, but i also like being in the picture.


{one} scruffy or clean shaven?
clean shaven

{two} what’s your favorite sundae topping?
chocolate ice cream with peanut butter topping

{three} do you own slippers?

{four} did you ever have a tree house?
no :(

{five} how you do relieve stress?
taking pictures.

{six} what’s your favorite dr. seuss book?
green eggs and ham.

{seven} have you ever taken dance classes?
yes!  for several years but I was really bad.  My sisters were awesome though.

{eight} which do you use more: the thesaurus or the dictionary?
the thesaurus.

{nine} what’s your favorite form of exercise?
elliptical.  wii fit.

{ten} what’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line?
i hate waiting.  only time is on vacation at disney...probably for like an hour before their new system.


taken on 02.21.11
freak snowstorm hits ohio.

crazy weather!
i was sitting and waiting in the pharmacy drive thru and thought this was a pretty cool shot.


taken on 02.20.11

alans 29th birthday.
alan opening his birthday gift from me.  i got him a TON of things for Christmas, so birthday was pretty small.  We also went to a really nice dinner every night of the weekend so that more than made up for it as well :)

fill in the blank friday

1.   My biggest accomplishment in life thus far is       my marriage. I really am so lucky.  I found someone who just completely compliments me and takes care of me and allows me to take care of him.  Its the perfectly imperfect relationship.  The best thing I've ever done.

2.  My favorite place to sit in my house is  in my chair in the living room.  I can see out the front window and the back window, as well as up the stairs, "centrally located" and am in the dining room and kitchen at the same time.

3.  My fashion philosophy is  I am exploring new things as I become a much smaller size.  Its weird to me, because I still keep picking up things in 2x and its WAYYYYY too big.  I am just about to NOT be able to shop at Lane Bryant anymore.  I am still too nervous to try out shopping at the Limited.  I feel I will be judged and that I am still "too big" to shop there.

4.  Something every girl should have is   fun color purses.  I like to get mine at Target.  That way you only spend $10-$20 on it and don't feel bad switching it up.

5.  If you looked in my purse right now you'd find....   a ton of random items!  My paper journal, because I can't just blog.  Pens, random sticky notes, random paper lists, ipod, cellphone, 3 packs of gum or more, work name tag, wallet, extra wallet with extra store discount cards, camera, earphones, WW pamphlets, etc.

6.  My favorite music right now is  Mumford and Sons.

7.  My favorite part of my body is  my face.  You can really tell I've lost a LOT of weight in my face. I love my smile.  Even though parts of my face aren't my favorite, overall, its perfectly imperfect and I love that because its ME.

don't forget to link up over at lauren's :)



I didn't really stick to my promise of the gym this week.
Yesterday was my day off, so after I went and weighed in for the week......
which puts me at.........
-66.6 total!!!

I still didn't break 220....220.2...I was so hoping to see 219.  Next week!  What do you think?  20 pounds by April 15th?  Yea, I don't think so either.  Thats way too ambitious.  BUT, I am not giving up.  Its still my "goal" but I am not going to beat myself up for not hitting it, I am just going to see how close I can get to it.  Then, maybe I will hit it a month later. 

Anyway.  After all that craziness, I finally decided to just go to the gym.  Why not.  At least go on my day off.  1 day a week is better than no days a week.  I just hopped on the elliptical with no real plan, put it on manual and started off.  It was so much easier than it used to be. 

I ended up doing 3.46mi in 43:55 min.  That included 5 min cool down  Burned 437cal per the machine.
mile 1 was 13:31
mile 2 was 11:42
mile 3 was 11:35 (holy crap!!!)
3.2 38:55

I am an idiot because I wrote down .2 and not .11
I was feeling a bit lightheaded because I was an idiot x2 for not eating before I did it as well. 
Next time!
I really want to get outside and actually do it there.  walk/run, but since we are getting another HUGE snow storm, I may have to wait a while.
I also want to find a 5k to walk/run but most are on a Saturday, and since I work Saturday's now (booooooo!) that makes it really difficult!



taken on 02.19.11

this little camera was given to me by Alans grandpa.  He got it while he was in Japan way back when.  Can't remember what year right now...better find that out.  Want to say in the 50's?


taken on 02.18.11

the day i got rid of the past.
i finally emptied my closet of all my old shirts from my old job.
after 2 months, they are gone.
there is no looking back now!


taken on 02.17.11

alan used points from one of his hotel loyalty cards to get me these bose speakers for my ipod to use at home. It sounds amazing!


taken on 02.16.11


wee bit wednesday!

{one} what color is your kitchen?
man, i can't remember the actual name, but it is a green color.  greenish-brown.  sagebrush.  there we go :)

{two} do you have a good luck charm?

{three} do you prefer to write with a pen or pencil?
pen.  i never use pencil.

{four} can you use chopsticks?
yes!  i look like an idiot, but its fun!

{five} do you prefer baths or showers?
showers!  we even HAD to get a garden tub {Alan} and I think I've taken 1 bath since July.  I more than despise prune-y fingers.  YUCK!

{six} what is your favorite salad dressing?
i usually go with honey mustard or sweet & sour.

{seven} can you sing the alphabet backwards?  it takes too long because i have to think about it.

{eight} do you have any allergies?
yes, but nothing serious.

{nine} crunchy or creamy peanut butter?

{ten} have you ever hitch hiked?
no i have not.

work it out

my weight loss seems to be in a holding pattern
i think i have finally exhausted the no gym weight loss
i am stuck in the 220s and i really want to get below 200
i wanted to do it by my birthday but i just didnt make it
{well, i still have about 6 weeks, but lets be realistic here}
20 in 6 weeks is just crazy

so....i am going to start back to the gym this week
ya know, since i am still paying for it and all.
might as well go.
right?  haha
i am going to start with the elliptical
just do 3 days a week and more if i feel like it
going to try for MWF, but if i feel like going tu, th i will do that.
try for the morning, but if i wake up too late, i will pack my gym bag
the gym is literally 1 mile from my house.
i have no excuses any more.
i need to make time for me.
i want to learn to run.
i have dreams of running a marathon one day.

work work work

It seems that work is slowly quickly taking over my life. 
I am actually working another show this weekend.
12-9 yesterday.
10-9 today.
10-5 tomorrow {plus tear down}

Thankfully, it is the last show of the year.
After this, we go to being open on Monday and Thursday until 7p Mar 21.
Then we start "promotions"
or, monthly open houses.
Then, once memorial day hits, we start SUNDAY hours.
At least those only go until Labor day.

On the bright side, I have aquired a sewing machine!
I am getting my Grandmas.
I am so happy about that, because I can remember sewing with her when I was little.
I would go over there while mom and dad were away.
Sit and she would show me how to do it.
Those were precious times before the brats aka sisters came along and ruined things.  lol.

Alan is picking up the sewing machine today with all the random items that come with it from my Grandmas house, since she didn't move it to her new independent living.

I will get pictures, and hopefully find an old picture of me using it, cause that would be fun!

We have a busy weekend next weekend already too!  It seems like we are always running crazy lately.

On a good note as well, I planned out my birthday finally.  I am doing EXACTLY what I want for my 30th.  It only involves and very small select group of people on those 3 days.  VERY small.  I just can't take disappointment or people making things about them, so I am picking who  I want to be around and making things all about ME!

wee bit wed!

{one} do you wear holey jeans? if so, do you buy them that way?
no not really.

{two} do you get a full 8 hours of sleep per night?
i have no idea.  i never count hours.  lets see......midnightish to 645....nope.  not 8.  
sometimes 8 though on days off and sundays.

{three} what’s your favorite way to eat an oreo?
dont eat oreos.  bad for WW.  mainly because they are a trigger for me and i can't eat just one.  well, i eat one row.  lol.

{four} do you wear shoes in your house?
heck no.  no socks either.  my feet like to be bare.

{five} who would you call first if you won the lottery?
alan!  then cooper.  lol.  then probably my little sister.

{six} have you ever been in a food fight?

{seven} do you snore?
not usually.  unless i have a cold.

{eight} do you know how fast you type?
no i dont.  pretty fast though.

{nine} can you do a headstand (without using a wall)?
i used to do them.
probably can't now though unless in a pool.

{ten} how do you like your popcorn?
kettle corn!!
100 cal packs at home.
i cant control it otherwise.

Blog Party!


I found a really cool Blog Party going on and thought, why not join?  It is being hosted by the awesome Lynnette Kraft
You really should join up!  She has some amazing giveaways and all you have to do to enter is LINK UP!

First though, a brief introduction to me!
My name is Sarah, I am almost 30 and very excited to finally be out of my 20s.  I have so much hope for my 30s, and I really hope they don't let me down :)  I am very lost right now, but working on finding my way in this crazy world.  I've made a million changes in my life, maybe as a fear of beginning my 30s so far from perfect.  I want to at least be heading in the right direction of perfection {by my definition} 

I do have an AMAZING husband.  We have been married for 5 and a half years now.  Together for so many.  {14!}  High School Sweethearts.  He is my rock.  My solid place.  My home.  My life.   He grounds me, makes me whole.  All that corny stuff that is so true.  Without him I would be a complete and total disaster.  We adopted our gorgeous "son" Cooper, who is a crazy 2 year old Goldendoodle back in September 2008. Now I could never imagine life without a dog.

I have a very sad family history, but I don't talk about it.  I don't have a mom.  That is what I began seeing a therapist for and hopefully will begin opening up soon.  BUT, I do have really great in-laws.  They sorta, kinda make up for the crappy regular parents I do have.  I have a huge fear of others judging me.  

I am shy, but love to smile.  I LOVE taking pictures, but definitely don't consider myself a photographer.  I LOVE traveling, but don't get to do it nearly enough.  I love cruise ships.  I love the beach.  palm trees.  ocean.  water.  sand between my toes.  a good book.  These are things I long for, especially during the long, freezing cold Ohio winters.    

I am working on my spiritual journey.  It is a VERY personal subject to me and I don't like others judging me for it.  I blamed God for a lot of bad in my life and I am trying to get over that and realize the good that has come out of it and His true plan.  I definitely DO NOT talk about it here though...its way too personal.

for i know the plans i have for you...
plans to prosper you
not to harm you...
plans for hope and
a future.
-Jeremiah 29:11

How would people describe your personality? (If they could only use ONE word.) Are they right?
quiet.  to some extent they are right.  I am quiet, until you know me.  I am reserved.  I don't share things if I don't know you. 

What celebrity/celebrities would create a “Star-Struck” feeling if you saw them in real life?
 oh geez.  I really don't know.  I can't really come up with anyone right now.

Who is your favorite blogger? Why?
Keli @  ; she is super cool and a really great friend!

What is your comfort food/drink?
starbucks mistos always make me happy.
Be brave – tell us something very random and weird about yourself.
  I take my contacts out a very strange "pinching" them, without touching my eyes.  I squeeze my eyelid down and have to use both hands.  Can't explain it well, but it looks very weird.

Do you have a strong desire to do something you’ve never done? What is it?
quit my job without a backup plan and have no regrets

Movies: Action, Drama, Romantic Comedy, Documentary, Comedy? What are your favorite genres?
 Romantic Comedy is my favorite

Books: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance, Biographies, True Stories, Self-Help, Devotional/Study? What are your favorite types of reading material? favorite right now is fiction, but I feel its geared more towards self-help.
Titles include.... The Secret, The Power, Eat,Pray,Love, and The Saint, The Surfer and The CEO

Music: Funk, Rock, Country, Jazz, Classical, Film Score, Blues, Classic Rock, Crooner, Alternative, Heavy Metal, Techno? What are your favorite types?
I'm Country Gal!

If you inherited a million dollars, what is the first thing you would do with your money?
I'm not going to lie.....I would quit my job.  Then I would invest the money so I would have income, make sure hubby could buy what he wanted and find a job doing what I love.  I would probably spend a little and give a little cause you have to give to get.

Name one weakness of yours (confession is good for the soul).
weakness?  just one?  When Alan's not home its really hard for me to control my snacking at bedtime.  I will often save a couple WW points for a bedtime snack and take diet coke and a snack to bed with me.  {whoops}  SOOOOOO unhealthy and it is stopping!

If you could live anywhere at all (and take all your loved ones with you), where would you go?
St. Croix. In one of these houses.  Loved ones next door.
my house is on the left...
Strange Talent? Can you juggle basketballs, put your legs behind your head or perform some other strange feat?
 hmmm...nothing too strange.  I used to play clarinet?  I got nothin'

What’s something you consider yourself to be good at? (Don’t worry, it’s not bragging, it’s acknowledging a God given gift).
smiling :)
Im getting pretty good at photography too!

What is one of your favorite things to catch a whiff of? 
new house and new car!
When you leave a social gathering, do you wish: You would have talked more or You would have talked less? 
lately its been talked less.  I tend to ramble and say too much.  I wish I would listen more.
If money wasn’t a factor, what stores would you shop in?
Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel to start with....
What is your greatest fear or strange phobia?
losing Alan and Cooper.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
losing 64 pounds in 8 months!!!!!!
{even if I don't make my birthday goal....I am still pretty damn awesome!}

What are your favorite animals?
DOGS!  Monkeys, Gorillas, Giraffes
Are you a hopeless romantic?
ehhh...not really.  Pretty realistic.
What movie or book character can you most relate to?
honestly can't come up with anything right now.....
feel like there's something i am missing