Friday, April 11, 2014

5 On Friday

Happy Friday yall!  We made it! The sun is out and warmer weather is on its way to Michigan (hopefully).

I thought I'd share the 5 things that I'm loving on this beautiful Friday.

1. The Color Run

I am so excited to finally run my first 5K tomorrow.  I know that is small potatoes compared to some of you marathoners out there, but I have never been a "runner" and I am excited I can finally run 3 miles without stopping or needing my inhaler. #dork

2. Shape Magazine's 50 Hottest Trainers

I love me some Shape Magazine and obviously the 50 Hottest Trainer feature is enough to get anyone motivated.  However, it's a little more motivating when you know one of them. That little hottie above is my sorority sister Amanda. I am so proud of her (and let's face it a little jealous). Just gives me an incentive to workout harder and eat cleaner than I have been.

3. Teaching Dance

I get to spend my whole Sunday teaching at a local studio. I've taught a couple of classes at the studio before and their students are some of the sweetest and hardest workers I've ever taught.  I've taught dance for almost 15 years in some capacity and this past year it's been very weird not to teach every week. I'm looking forward to the inspiration and energy that always comes in a studio.

4. Maxi Skirt (and dress) Season

I am so happy that warm weather has started peeking its little head out. I love me a good maxi and am so ready to just live in one for the next 4 months.

5. New Lipstick

I first heard about this color on Abby's blog.  This pink is perfect for spring/summer. One warning for my fellow pale ladies, this color is a little bright (I lighten mine up with a nude gloss) but once a summer tan is in the works it will be perfect!

Hope yall have a great weekend. My boss just walked in with cupcakes so this day is automatically better!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

That Time I Got Stuck With Justin Timberlake

Last year Michigan took me to The Vegas. We ate as much food as possible, drank a lot of beer, gambled, and saw 2 shows.  It was a fabulous weekend.  After we said our airport goodbyes, I boarded my plane for my layover in sunny Los Angeles. This is where the fabulousness stopped.

I walk back to my seat only to find it was already occupied by a small Asian woman who didn't speak English.  Her traveling companion informed me that I was about the 3rd person who was assigned to 21B. I asked the flight attendant standing closest to me what I should do and she directed me to her co-worker at the front of the plane. After squeezing my way past 50 bajillion people, I reach the next flight attendant to repeat my problem.

 "Ma'am you are going to need to take that up with the ticketing department, not me."

Umm so you want me to get off the plane?  This was in NO way happening!  I was not about to get stuck in Vegas by myself with no money (see the part above about gambling) and no hotel reservation.  After blankly staring at her for what felt like 20 minutes, she informed me that the airline always oversells flights leaving Vegas because they have so many cancellations. I was told to hang out and she would figure this out for me.  Hang out?  Where exactly do you want me to just hang out on this tiny airplane?  She came back to inform me that 21B was indeed MY seat but they didn't want to ask the person that was already there to move so they were moving me to another seat.  Yeah another seat. In the middle of 2 not-so-small men.  Awesome. So long comfy aisle seat.
United Airlines=1, Elise=0

At this point, what could I do?  I settled in to my new oh-so-roomy seat and prepare to take off in 10 minutes because that's when we were scheduled to leave.  Keep in mind, I had only a 45 minute layover at LAX.  10 minutes pass and I start frantically checking my watch only to discover that there is NO way we are going to leave on time.  An hour after our scheduled departure, we were heading down the runway.  No big deal, I thought.  There were several people on my flight that I knew were also catching my same connection. I'm sure they'll hold the plane if there's enough of us.  A few short minutes later we land at LAX and at least 15 of us line up to start running for our gate.

I wait in the longest line ever and finally hear "I'm sorry Elise, there are absolutely NO more flights from LA to Dallas tonight".  "Ok so what are my options?" After being told that I could take the 7am flight the next morning, I decided to just suck it up. At least I'll have a relaxing night to myself in a hotel and I can make it to work tomorrow. "7am will work. What hotel are you putting me up in?"

This is where I expected to be handed directions to an airport Hyatt or at least Holiday Inn.  "Ma'am we don't do that. I can give you a $5 Starbucks voucher for breakfast tomorrow though."

Lady, I'm not sure I've ever spent just $5 at Starbucks! "Ok thank you."

You see, I have several friends that live in LA and could have stayed with any of them. Except for the night I happen to be stuck there was the Grammys. Not so great when your friends are in PR and the music business and are more than likely not going to be home or able to pick me up from the airport.

Looks like I was spending the night at LAX.

About this time, I decided to let my LA friends know that I was stuck in their city and hope that one of them could at least offer me a couch and a ride.  Call #1 to my sorority sister:

"Ok you can definitely stay with me but I have tickets to the sold out Justin Timberlake-post Grammy show. It's a pretty small event and will be awesome so I can't miss it. But you can absolutely stay on my couch and listen to me talk about the concert tomorrow."  Ok so that last sentence is an exaggeration but just roll with it. This lovely sistah headed towards LAX at least pick me up and take me to dinner.

Call #2 to my always dependable best guy friend from college.

"I am going to the Maroon 5 Grammy party. Dang, I just got a date too. I would have totally taken you had I known you were going to be in town."  Seriously, you can't bag on your date for me?

As I'm waiting for my ride, friend # 2 calls. "So I may be the best person ever because I just snagged you the absolute LAST ticket to this Justin Timblake post Grammy show. As in, you owe me BIG TIME!"

Needless to say I stared at my phone for about 5 seconds before screaming and jumping up and down.  Little ol me was about to stand 10 feet away from JT himself.  WHAT?!?!?!

Needless to say, the concert was one of my favorite moments of all time. JT was amazeballs and he had some special guests i.e. Jay-Z and Timbaland come out and perform with him.

And this is the story of how my fabulous Vegas vacation ended at a fabulous Justin concert with a fabulous friend/sister.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Are you there motivation? Its me, Elise

It seems odd to me that just when the #1800MinuteChallenge starts, I stop lacking any motivation. Since January, I've been up at 4:45am Monday-Thursday to hit the gym for weights and/or cardio and then taking barre class Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturday.  I don't know what the heck happened last week but I seriously gave 0 cares about the gym.  Grrrr!  So this week it's been even harder to start back up.  I finally pulled out the 30 Day Shred DVD for yesterdays workout and am heading to barre tonight.  Gotta make myself get back on the morning gym train.

In other news, Mr. Michigan leaves on a business trip today for the rest of the week.  Because we both were independent for so long, I think we both look forward to these little breaks.  It gives us a chance to miss each other while enjoying some much needed alone time.  I finally finished the Hunger Games series last week and picked up Divergent to start while he's gone. Yes, I realize that I'm about 4 years late to both of these parties so if you've read the Divergent series, DON'T be a spoiler!

Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Goals

I truly believe that writing down your goals is the first step to achieving them, and as I've said before, I am going to start putting my monthly goals here on the blog.  I hope that this will keep me accountable and focused.

April Goals
1. Run my first 5K
(This is happening next weekend!)

2. Find the hottest birthday outfit for my 30th birthday
(A girl can't turn 30 in something she already owns)

3. Take additional steps towards my fitness certification goals
(Stay tuned for more on this)

4. Take a new class at the gym
(I've gotten so comfortable with bootcamp and RPM but I've heard that Body Pump is amazing)

5. Call at least 2 friends a week to catch up
(I live SO far from my friends and have not been the best about trying to keep in touch)

Hopefully this month I can cross all 5 goals off the list!

What are some of your goals?