Friday 5

Sometimes, after a particularly trying day (or night) like…say… moving way too much furniture after way too tough of a workout after way too long of a day…ahem… I have trouble stringing my random thoughts into coherent sentences. Case in point: the run on in the sentence preceding this one.


Pretty much.

During such circumstances, Ilike to organize my thoughts into lists. So today, you’re getting 5 thoughts in list form. (Note that I really wanted to add two more points, but apparently my love for alliteration surpasses my love for rambling on and on. You guys win on this one, trust.)

1. I recognized the other night what was my first twinge of homesickness. Shane and I were driving home from IKEA, talking about our old house and how Niko would always jump from the chair to the couch like a crazed animal.


(our old couch)

All of the sudden, it hit me – a pang of homesickness. Aww, our old house! The feeling was fleeting, but it was still there. I was just surprised that it took me a month to feel homesick. I would have thought I’d have had a break down by now. Want to know what I think the reason is for that?



Sweet, glorious sunlight! Guys. It was 65 on Wednesday, 64 yesterday, and 60 today. I walked to yoga in stinking sandals today, walked Niko in a T-shirt yesterday, and ran outside in short sleeves on Wednesday


Check out that high!

Seriously, though. I’ve been getting more than my share of vitamin D, and I can honestly tell that it’s positively affecting my mood. I can get pretty SAD in the winter, but not when there’s sunshine 300 + days a year. I love Colorado weather.

3. However, unlike Illinois, in Colorado winter is not synonymous with 3 months of ick and grey. This means that I have to wash my car in January!


I’m used to the inch thick of ick on my car fitting in with the rest of the cars in the lot. Notsomuch here!

4. After a trip down to Centennial to IKEA earlier this week, I am now 100% convinced that IKEA and Target are conspiring against Americans as consumers and have magical powers to get us to spend at least $100 more than we originally planned on spending. Right, Jillian?


Alas, I’m happy with my purchases.  I’m happy to say that if you come visit me, you’ll not only have a place to put your shoes in our mudroom, but you’ll have a place to sleep, complete with pillows and blankets!


Niko approves Winking smile


5. Speaking of IKEA, I had a big girl moment yesterday when I went to put together what else but a laundry basket we also bought there:


I know what you’re thinking: Paige, a laundry basket?! Well yes, a laundry basket. A laundry basket that was way too complicated than one should ever be. One that came with 12 parts, 4 screws, 2 bolts, and a screw driver.


But I prevailed! Now I just need to learn how to hang shelves. Baby steps, people, baby steps Winking smile

That’s all for today, folks!

How often do you wash your car?

I have to admit, I probably could have gone all winter in Illinois without washing it. But in my defense it’s just not worth it to wash your car when the snow never melts – only turns an icky shade of gray that gets pushed around until more snow comes!

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  1. I would maybe wash my car once during the winter months when I had one… most likely around christmas so it would look ok when I went home. :) There was just no point!
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  2. So jealous of those flip flops! Moving to a warm weather town is a goal of mine 😉 I never wash my car in the winter either. It’s so bad but I know it just keeps getting dirty again so what’s the point!
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  3. My car is silver, so it rarely gets washed…oops.
    And I am so jealous right now of your weather! We’re in the middle of a hideous cold snap.
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  4. I suck at washing my car. Honestly, what tends to happen is that my husband will be driving it for some reason and come home and be like, “Your car was disgusting, I took it to the car wash.” Works for me! And it’s silver so the dirt is not that noticeable. Well, on the outside at least.
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    • Aww. haha. I think mine has done that once for me…while we were dating. I need to start dropping some hints! haha

  5. Love the idea of an upper day, lower and full body. I have found when trying to hit the whole body three times a week, I don’t get enough volume/isolation like I do by adding in the upper and lower day. Would love to see your leg and full body routine. Do you always add two ab exercises in at the end? Also, I always have shied away from side oblique crunches etc because a trainer once told me they tend to make the waist appear wider. Is there any truth to that?

    • Oh geez. It would take a LOT of oblique work for it to make you wider, as in you’d need to literally build some serious muscle on those obliques. It’s pretty much impossible, or at least would take months and months of weighted oblique crunches and oblique work to do so. I wouldn’t skip side planks/rotations/other oblique work because of that :-)

  6. My car is in desperate need of a car wash but with the freezing temps and more snow, I can’t do it. I think I’d either end up with a window or door frozen shut and a car that immediately went back to being gray and covered in salt from the roads.
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  7. I rarely wash my car, especially in the winter – maybe 2-3 times the entire winter. In the summer maybe once a month. I am bad at not washing it but it seems like I wash it and two days later the weather somehow chnages and makes it dirty!
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  8. Ahh good ‘ole Vitamin D… it sure can do wonders (and I’m jealous)! Also, I totally agree about IKEA and Target. It’s such a sense of accomplishment when I get out of there only with what I intended to purchase (which is rare)… they’re like Squints from the Sandlot – they know exactly what they’re doing! haha
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  9. I need a laundry basket like that! I still have those pangs of homesickness, it is never easy to leave someplace you love with all the people you know.
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  10. I don’t have a car, but when I did, I was very lazy about washing it.
    I love the guest bedding!
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  11. Love trips to Ikea and Target, and always always spend way more than anticipated. I feel victorious if I’m ever able to keep the bill under $100. And hanging shelves is super hard! I can put together a dresser, table, TV stand, whatever. But I cannot hang a shelf for the life of me. I think you need special equipment or something.
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  12. my car is in desperate need of a washing! I almost bought that bedding at ikea a few months ago, I love the pattern and color scheme!
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  13. OOsh! I would love to have your warm weather right now! It is freezing here. I love the spare room bed. So cute!!
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  14. I don’t wash my car nearly as often as I need to. I’m a neat freak when it comes to my house, but somehow that doesn’t translate to the vehicle! I’m new to the blog so I just realized you’ve recently moved to CO. Gotta say I’m jealous! It’s my favorite place on earth, and my husband and I dream of moving there.
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  15. dude i need to get some vitamin D STAT. we have the worst inversion ever over here in SLC and it’s depressing!
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  16. Haha! I must say – my last trip to target…. well, I finally won! Target – 34985 Jill – 1

    And my link is broken!! But I knew it was me because of IG! :)
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  17. PA winters tend to be similar! Right now, my car is disgusting, but it has been snowing for three days and the temps have been in the single digits…so definitely not worth washing my car until the snow is gone and my doors won’t freeze as soon as I pull out of the car wash!
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  18. I think because I’ve always lived in Florida, I take vitamin D for granted. You’re right though – sunny days enhance my mood too. Every once in a while it will rain for several days in a row here and I always notice a shift in my mood during those times.

    Hope you have a great weekend!
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  19. You are so right – the weather here in Colorado is ridiculous! And the sunshine really helps, although it is pitch black when I leave work at 6PM. I can tell it’s getting a little bit lighter at night already. :)
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  20. Living in Chicago, I totally get it. I probably go the entire winter without washing it. Ick, I know. I still clean the inside usually though ;-). I’m so jealous – I was born in Boulder, CO and would love to move out there again!!! The sun out there ROCKS!
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  21. i think it’s totally normal to feel a pang of homesickness every once in a while! or i mean all the time i mean you did just take a huge leap of faith by moving cross country! i give you a crazy amount of props! GAHH i would love some vitamin d right about now! its gloomy and cold and gross in NY and i’m over the snow and so totally ready for summer! that bed looks great for when i visit someday! hahah

  22. We have the same icky, gray, snowy DEPRESSING winters here in DC. Although last year was pretty mild, and this year is completely bi-polar (it’s freezing rain today, then is supposed to be high 60s Wednesday, and then 20s and snow on Friday…). I can’t wait to be enjoying those 300+ days of sunshine!!

    I LOVE your bedspread!!
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