2013 Goals- How’d I Do?

31 12 2013

This time last year I posted some goals I had for 2013. This is a little embarrassing, but I didn’t look back at them until just this week. Um, that’s not the point of goals! You set goals because you want to accomplish them; you refer back to them throughout the year so that you can track your progress towards them and figure out what you need to do to make it happen.

They’re meant to motivate you, to keep you going when things seem tough. So, as I reflect on how well I accomplished my goals for 2013 and I start planning for 2014, I’m definitely going to plan to display my new goals so I can always be working towards them.

2013 Goals:

Personal Goals:

Read more frequently: I know that “more frequently” is tough to measure, but I’d give myself a B+ for this goal. I’m part of a book club, and we typically meet every month (or maybe every other month, depending on how busy we are). My favorite reads this year have been: The Red Tent and A Life Without Limits.

Learn/experience something new each month: I’d give myself a C for this. I was really good at tracking this for the first few months of the year. Unfortunately, I stopped being diligent about it. I’m sure I could find something I experienced or learned new each month, but that’s a cop out.


Volunteer at least once a quarter (hopefully more!): Big fat F. I’m so sad to say that, because I absolutely love volunteering for races. The only race I volunteered at this year was the Best Damn Race in February. Fail.

BDR Volunteer

Keep a clean/organized house: So I think I’ll also have to give myself a poor grade here. C-, perhaps? I think I’m better than I used to be, but still need improvement. 

#HappyList daily: Big Fat F. I started this, and was diligent for about a week. Maybe I should be more realistic with these things and instead of doing “daily” things, make them weekly or bi-weekly.

Fitness Goals:

Finish a half ironman: A+!! In November, I was able to complete Rev3. Though I didn’t meet my time goal, I accomplished my goal of finishing! I did it with a smile on my face, and with my XP teammates!


PR a half marathon: Unfortunately, I have to give this one an F. I had grand plans to do a half marathon after my HIM. That was a big mistake. I was sore for a week following my HIM and then took the break my body desperately needed. I’m only now just getting back into some easy training. I will get that PR, but 2013 was not the year to do it.

Podium at least once this season: Another A+! I surprised myself this season and of the 4 races I did, I podiumed at 3!


I’d say I had a pretty stellar triathlon season!

Now, to write (and post) those goals for 2014!

How well did you meet your goals for 2013?

2013 in Review

30 12 2013

One of my favorite things about blogging is that it’s like a virtual scrapbook. I can share stories and pictures from throughout the year and then look back on them and smile. I don’t look back often enough, because as I was preparing this post, I found myself saying “OH yeah, I forgot about that!”

Here’s a few of my favorites- I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them!

For my 30th birthday, I went FlyBoarding!

fly boarding(And um, I’m 30. WHAT!?)

I rode a motorcycle for the first time.


A weekend in the mountains with my favorite people was exactly what I needed in March.


I made some mouth-watering, decadent pancakes, if I do say so myself. (exhibit A, B, C)


I embraced the outdoors and went camping for the first time, followed by some Florida hiking, all in preparation for my big trip to ALASKA!!


My Alaska trip was BY FAR the highlight of my year. It was an absolutely incredible experience that I will never forget. You can relive the experience by reading my posts (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) (<–Clearly, I didn’t want to miss a single detail!)


I wanted to know what it was like to work in the food service industry, so I took on a part time job (in addition to my full time job) for a short time. Unfortunately, I couldn’t balance the two, so it didn’t last long. However, it was a great learning experience!


And, last, but certainly not least- my biggest triathlon accomplishment to date: I competed in my first Half Ironman.


Call me crazy, but I really enjoyed pushing myself through 70.3 miles- using my own two feet, pumping heart and burning lungs. I can definitely tell you there’s another 70.3 happening in 2014.

I had an absolutely awesome year, with fantastic friends and family to support me along the way. Thank you, my wonderful readers for joining me on my journey! Here’s to a 2014 that’s just as great (if not better) than 2013!



Cindy Lou Who Costume

23 12 2013

I’ll be perfectly honest here- I really don’t like getting all dressed up in costumes. Perhaps it was all the years I spent in drama club, or perhaps it is my disdain for all Halloween costumes being “Slutty fill in the blank” and completely acceptable.

However, over the weekend the XP gang had a Christmas party. A themed Christmas party. A dress-up like your favorite Christmas movie character themed party. I loved the idea, but I wasn’t super pumped to put effort into creating a costume. I didn’t really put much thought into who I would be until a few days before when I randomly decided to be Cindy Lou Who.

When I first thought about Cindy Lou Who, the image that came to my mind was from the cartoon- the original, which I still think is way better than the Jim Carrey version.

Cindy Lou Who

But then my friends started talking about doing up my hair and I remembered the real-life version of Cindy Lou Who:

MV5BMTMxMzY3ODg4Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwOTE5MDA3._V1_SX640_SY720_Hm. I could do something like that.

I didn’t really start putting thought into it until Thursday (the party was on Friday), when I started googling “Cindy Lou Who Costumes” and “Cindy Lou Who Hair”.  Who knew there were so many “How To” videos and pages out there!? I spotted one site where a mom used an empty water bottle, and I watched a video where a girl teased her hair A LOT.  I had ideas swirling in my head, but really didn’t have a plan in place when I left my house late Friday afternoon to go to a thrift store, fabric store, and Lowe’s, in hope that something would come together in the two hours I had before the party started.

At the thrift store, I saw a pink nightgown that might have worked for the original Cindy Lou Who, but kept to my plan of the real-life character. I grabbed a red fleece blanket (actually, a Delta airline blanket) for $0.95 and figured that would work for a cape. Then I went to Lowe’s and grabbed some wire for my hair. Finally, at Hancock Fabric I bought (way too much) fuzzy white fabric and some styrofoam balls.

When I got home, I wrapped the blanket around me and crossed my fingers that it would work as a cape, and wouldn’t be too bulky. Surprisingly, it was perfect! I just had to trim a little off the bottom. Then, I cut a strip of the white fuzzy material and hot glued it to the bottom edge. Voila! A Christmassy cape!

I threw on a black dress I owned and my striped socks I bought for last year’s Christmas run.

IMG_4895Then, it was hair time. I started with a pony tail on top. I knew I wanted to put the styrofoam ball in the pony to add structure, and I was a little worried that with my shorter, fine hair it wouldn’t work, but it actually worked!


This was a good start, but it wasn’t quite right yet. I wanted to go higher, but how would I get there? Another styrofoam ball was too big for the remaining hair. Then, I got a bright idea.

IMG_0311My cats have plastic toy balls with bells inside that they play with all of the time. They were the perfect size for the amount of hair I had left. So, I covered it with hair and then secured it on top with a hair tie. Unfortunately, the top ball kept flopping over, so I grabbed a piece of wire and stuck it through the openings in the ball and into the styrofoam. The added jingle whenever I moved my head made the ‘do. Perfection!

I added some pigtails, a few bows, a butt load of hair spray, sparkly makeup, and I was good to go!


I didn’t get a great picture of the whole ensemble, but here’s the best I have:

IMG_0300Once I started putting together the costume, I really got into it! I was actually quite fun! It was even more fun to see what my friends had come up with:

IMG_0273Cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation and a Christmas present!

IMG_0305Frosty the Snowman!

And my favorite, the Starbucks Red Cup!


The costumes weren’t the best part of the night though. We surprised Mary and Marcus with an awesome gift for Baby Baum.


What a fun night! It was a fantastic way to spend a Friday night with my favorite people!

(And for some more fun pics, check out Meghann’s blog!)