L-O-V-E

Well folks, this is a little late but I crossed off another item from my list ~ Say I love you to someone new, and mean it.

The first time it was said was via text and sadly I don’t remember when the first time it was said in person, but the fact of the matter is it was said 🙂 

Here’s the text story! My honey had just left for Austria to go to his best friend’s wedding.  It was a 6 hour time difference so I wasn’t able to really talk to him, plus phone calls are insanely expensive so we just texted here and there.  One morning I woke up and I had a sweet text from him saying he loved me.  (by this time I had already known I was in love with him but I hadn’t said it yet, I was kind of wanting to wait until he said it to me first, why I don’t know but I was…) I obviously said it back.

Here’s a pic of me and my honey a few weeks ago ~ don’t mind the boot.  I am healing a broken big toe 😦

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Who woulda thunk it

I had been trying to work up the number of miles I could ride at one time over a few weekends so that I could reach my goal of 40 miles at once before winter came. Last weekend Mark and I did a 24 mile ride so this weekend I was hoping to do around 30-35 miles. Well as we were on the trail he kept saying “why don’t we just do 40 miles today” – after all I was going the fastest I had ever gone and the day was beautiful riding weather – so I finally agreed.

We took the W & OD trail past Sterling Station and when we hit 20.something miles I was ready to turn around and head home. Mark had other plans. He convinced me that 45 miles would be “cooler” and he knew I could do an extra 2.5 miles out so I agreed. When we hit the 22.5 mile point, and after a long stretch, we turned around.

As we were getting closer to Vienna (about 9.7 miles away from home) he started saying “why don’t we just do 50 miles.!?” I repeatedly answered “let’s wait til we are closer to home, I do want to make it home after all so we can reassess then.” We were coming up to “the easy route home” aka less hills than our normal route when he said one last time, “let’s keep going a bit and just do 50 miles”. By this point I was cranky and wanted to get off the bike so I said “no.” I can’t remember what it was but I decided to keep going past the turn off to head home (I was delirious by this point).

We finally got closer to my house when Mark said we needed to do an extra mile to get to 50 so we biked around my neighborhood and the high school across the street so that we actually hit our mark.

Honestly, without my fabulous boyfriend motivating me throughout the ride, and having faith in me for being able to do 50 miles (I’m not the type of person who thinks pushing my body is fun), I’m not sure if I would’ve continued past the 30-35 mile point. He is one amazing guy!

Here is a screenshot of the app. I use on my phone to track my rides. Can’t believe I did it!

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No Longer Living With My Parents

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We finally did it! We closed on our house as of YESTERDAY! Codi and I own a townhouse in Leesburg VA. We celebrated with Mimosas and Lunch…and then we got a Costco Membership…very domestic of us I know.

After the wedding we will have to buy some furniture and move in and then we will be able to have a house warming party!!!!

dolla dolla BILLS Y’ALL

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I live to tell the story of my bachelorette party… it was a bit dicey there for a bit, wasn’t sure I would survive… With the help of some amazing women I not only survived but had an amazing time!

My cousin and Sister did a bang up job with planning a fabulous trip to Atlantic City for much needed Mayhem in the end of August. I was not allowed to know any of the details which I really enjoyed not having to plan anything.

Right from the start I was welcomed with booze, balloons, streamers and oh so many penis decorations… what more could a girl want, right?

Friday night we went to a Hulk-O-Mania where I got the DIVA package… how do I put this…. IT WAS AMAZING.  Think Magic MIKE and then a bit wilder… I will let you use your imaginations.

Saturday we recovered at the beach and then rallied for a night on the town. We went to Haven, a night club in the Golden Nugget and danced and drank the night away.  Lets just say it took me a solid week to recover from 2 nights of partying with these ladies. Good times… and so many pictures I Can’t even post….

Hide yo kids, hide yo wife..sherry has a gun in her hand!

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I wanted to see what it would feel like to shoot a gun but the closest I had ever come to this was my brothers beebee gun.  They make it look so easy in the movies and I wanted to feel the power between my hands.

My friend from cross fit happens to work for the NRA and she HOOKED IT UP! Codi and I went to the head quarters in Fairfax and were set up with the ranger manager, guns, endless bullets and a coach for a few hours for FREE.

We got to shoot a 9MM and an AR-15 , that’s right I was holding an Assault Rifle with a scope on it! Turns out I am a lousy shot with the 9MM, I kept closing my eyes and shooting the ground.

When I got to the AR-15 it was ON like Donkey Kong… zeroed in on the head and went for the kill shot. The instructor actually asked if I aimed for the head on purpose….YEP.

I wish I could have taken a picture while I was shooting but that was strictly forbidden. While in the range it sounded like 4th of July fireworks were going off right next to my head. We had a secret service agent testing his weapon right next to us and MAN was that loud.

Overall it was a great experience and it made me want to try again. Lets just hope an intruder doesn’t break into my house b/c unless he is lying on the floor completely still I am sure to miss…

Is it a ballerina? Is it a fairy? No! It’s me all dressed up for Portland to Coast!

On Thursday August 22nd I began my journey to the west coast. With a slight delay in Chicago (go figure) I finally arrived in Portland Oregon around 2pm. I headed straight to one of my teammates houses to meet up with some TuTu team members for the 2013 Portland to coast relay event which raises money or the American cancer society!

We ate some lunch and began to decorate the van, it needed its own tutu of course, because Friday morning at 630am we were going to begin the 132 mile walking relay from Portland to the ocean community of Seaside Oregon!

Overall I walked 4 legs for a total of 20.7 miles, averaged a 13.5 minute mile for one leg and 15 minute miles for the others, ended up with only one blister (the size of Texas), had a hard time walking for only half a day and gained 6 new friends!

It was an amazing experience – sitting in a car with 6 ladies for 24+ hours, sleeping a total of about 2.5 hours in that same time, taking a “shower” that consisted of me stripping down in front of the car at an exchange point, while raining, and my teammates sleeping in the car while I washed down with baby wipes! I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t done it before (and to you two that have , maybe do it again with me for real this time 😉

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Hello Nashville!

1) Line Dance in Nashville

I’ve been busy working on checking off things on my list but keep forgetting to share. Here’s to playing catch up…

Over Memorial Day weekend my husband and I along with friends travelled to Nashville, Tennessee for the first time. We’d been talking about going for awhile so we were very excited. I’m not the biggest country fan so everyone was interested to see how I would adapt 🙂

We had a blast eating and drinking our way through Nashville — we honky tonked on Broadway, toured the Ryman, walked Music Row and my favorite –LINE DANCED!

Everyone told us the place for line dancing in Nashville was the Wildhorse Saloon. So we started our evening with some bar hopping down Broadway and made our way over to 2nd Avenue to Wildhorse.

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1-2-Yee Haw!

We grabbed our first round and jumped right in with a big group line dancing session. The instructor cued us through the dance and we even ended with a “YeeHaw!” 

Afterwards, the live music continued and we pushed our way to the front of the dance floor to follow the two instructors. We studied them intensely and fumbled quite a bit (who knew line dancing could be so intricate – this was no Electric Slide!), every time I picked up the moves the song would change and we would be on to another dance.

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All in all we had a blast, we drank, we danced and the boys even got some love from a pink haired bachelorette.

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Next time I may even upgrade my flip flops to cowboy boots!

Next one off the list – see a play!

Mark and I were planning our trip to NYC for the July 4th Holiday weekend and really wanted to snag tickets to see The Book of Mormon.  After looking and looking, and the prices getting more and more expensive we nixed the idea.

It was Friday night and we were trying to decide what to do Saturday after kayaking (NYC has free kayaking on the Hudson river!) we thought, let’s just look at tickets one last time.  Well we found some on stubhub that seemed reasonable, rather than buying right then we waited and just stalked them to see what the price did.  About an hour and a half before the show the price got down to below face value and they were 3rd row seats!!  We had to buy them!  We ran to the closest FedEx store, bought the tickets, printed them and we were off to the show.  It was hilarious and definitely a must see if you’re willing to shell out some dough.

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Attend a Natural Hair Expo

I have attended 2 Natural Hair Expos this year. Yay me! The first expo was in Baltimore MD in April it was called the Natural Hair Care Expo the evolution of a natural revolution. It was my first experience and a great one. I enjoyed meeting other women that do not chemically straighten there naturally texured (curly, coily or afro textured) hair.

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The Second Expo that I attended was in ATL shawty. Atlanta GA. We went in May. One of my BFF’s and I decided that we wanted to head down to Atlanta to attend one of the largest Natural Hair Expo’s in the world, so we went. ROAD TRIP!!!. We decided 2 weeks before the event made a plan and made it happen. We drove down on Friday night and come back on Sunday morning. Yes we did this in one weekend – keep in mind we live in Arlington VA so it was quite the adventure LOL. All in all it was a great unforgetable experience would do it again if I could!!!

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