Love, Fun and Football

Sep 30, 2014

A Day Off

Yesterday I got a surprise day off from my work which was AWESOME. I mentioned last week that I'd been working every day for almost three weeks straight and I think my glazed-over eyes were starting to show to my boss. He kindly agreed to let me stay home Monday and it was one of the most productive days ever. Jared doesn't work Monday's, so we were both home to celebrate National Coffee Day together. 
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You know me, I don't like "real" coffee that actually tastes like coffee so Jared grabbed us both some caramel frappucinos and oh my gosh! 400 calories of deliciousness right there ;) Yes, we worked out afterwards. #necessary
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We sat outside sipping our delicious "non-coffees" as I call them and I couldn't get over how fast our leaves have changed! One tree always seems to turn much faster than the others, and this year is no different. It's nice that my favorite color is orange and I get to look at this view out back every day for awhile :) Consider this my obligatory "I love fall" post and accompanying photos.
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After getting all jacked up on caffeine, we tackled some much-needed house projects. Decluttering our garage, cleaning out our cars and taking another load of stuff to donate at Goodwill! I mentioned the "bag" last week, but I really think it's already helping us get rid of the unnecessary junk in our house- I love it! Little by little we're reducing our stuff.

Days like yesterday make me really wish I had a more flexible work schedule, or one that involved working from home in SOME form. It's really nice to just have a few more hours at home, and few less hours commuting. How far do you all drive to and from your jobs each day? Typically it takes me about 35 minutes in the morning, and closer to 45 minutes on the way home. I know many people who drive an hour or more to work in bigger cities than I do, and I can't imagine! For everyone's sanity, I'm voting all Mondays become a play at home and clean your house day. Thoughts? ;)

Sep 29, 2014

Football is Life

Even on my free, non-working weekend I can't seem to stay away from football. You really can't blame me though. Football IS the best sport out there- no arguments will be tolerated. I mentioned Friday that a client had given me tickets to the Ohio State game over the weekend. Jared and I had an absolute blast. We obviously don't get to attend games together very often (i.e... never) so even though part of me didn't feel like driving up to Columbus for the day, I knew it would be fun once we got there- and it definitely was.

It was hard to pick who to cheer for. Ohio State played U of Cincinnati, but you know me, I'm an NFL girl so I didn't care that much about who won. I wanted a good game, but sadly UC got destroyed out there. I had my Buckeyes necklace on anyway though, so I guess I picked the right team! We were able to stop by a friend's tailgate for some free food to say hi for a little bit before the game started which was fun. I have honestly never tailgated in my life. Yes, you read that correctly! I'm always working, so it felt so weird/different to be on that side of things.

Our seats for the game were awesome, as usual. They're located right by where the band runs out and I was too excited about them coming onto the field to get any pictures of them, but my former band-nerd-self was loving it. Plus, the cops all stand right behind our section because the rowdy student fans are right above us-- we felt nice and safe from any craziness the whole game! 
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It turned out to be a super hot evening for September football, so we were pretty gross by the time we left the game. We'd been working up a sweat cheering our hearts out and watching the Buckeyes win 50-28!!! However, no weekend adventure is complete without a jumping picture and a selfie so we were sure to grab those on our way out.

Ohio State, you were a great host- but now it's back to my Bengals and the NFL, my first love ;) It was nice to have the Bye week and not have to stress over our score, but now I'm already anxious for us to play Sunday night. Patriots - here we come!! 

Who were you all rooting for this weekend?

Sep 26, 2014

Fifteen

Fifteen things you "need to know" from me and my blog today seems like a ton, I know. I started the post with the intention of listing 5 things, but sometimes I just have a lot to say. Or a little bit to say about a lot of things- so roll with me and these next 15 if you wanna' get caught up in the world of Erin.

1. I'm not loving my job right now, and things got a little messy here last week. I know everyone thinks my job is super awesome, and while I'm incredibly thankful for paychecks and benefits? It's not always as amazing as it may seem. I wish I could talk about it more on here, but I also don't want to cross the fine line of over sharing career stuff. Never know who's reading, unfortunately.

2. Today I am finally completing 19 days in a row of working. So yes, I'm prettttty excited about the weekend ahead of me. Praise the Lord for time off!

3. But in true football-lover fashion, I just can't stay away from it. One of my clients gave us tickets for the OSU game this weekend and Jared and I are looking forward to cheering our hearts out tomorrow night.

4. I've officially started Christmas shopping and I bought a few things from Amazon already. You really can't beat their prices and two-day shipping from Prime. Plus, my Swagbucks are getting redeemed there so it's a double-win.

5. While I've jumped ahead to Christmas, I can't figure out what Jared and I should be for Halloween, yet. We've had some fun costumes in the past, but I really want to top them all this year. Big decision, I know. Suggestions?

6. Jared is freakin' cute. This is obvious of course, but sometimes it just needs to be said.

7. I officially have visible triceps now.  They are teeny, tiny little guys, but they are there. Jared may or may not have caught me checking 'em out in the mirror while imitating a rope pulldown the other day. It happens.

8. On days where sometimes I feel like I just want to shut down the blog, one of you always seems to pop up out of no where with something kind/encouraging to say, and it changes my mind. I can't thank you all enough, but know that I appreciate your words every time.

9. Some nights even when there are chores to be done and rooms to be cleaned, you just gotta push it all aside and watch a Disney movie. Gosh, why don't I live in Florida? Ohio is too far away from these guys.

10. Many of you have heard the Devon Still story now, I'm sure. If not, he's a Bengals player who's daughter has been battling stage 4 cancer. Well, her 6-hour surgery went great yesterday and the doctors removed ALL of her tumor, all of her lymph nodes and her right adrenal gland where it all started from. God is so good!

11. Jared and I started a donation bag/box and we're leaving it at the front door where we can't help but see it. I forget where I saw this idea, but an organizing blog I read does this and tries to make a trip to GoodWill every week or two. That way it forces her to not having anything in the house they don't love/need/use.

12. Last night's workout was one of the best I've had in awhile. Before we headed to the gym, I psyched myself up by looking through my favorite inspiring fitness gals on Instagram. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this?!

13. EVERYONE I know is pregnant, and it kindof stresses me out. There, I said it.

14. I'm counting down the days until Thanksgiving. Yes, for the food of course, but mainly because I'll get to squeeze my little cute niece again. Why doesn't family all live in the same city? It should be a law.

15. Thanks for sticking with me (all 2 of you!) during this most random post. Hopefully after some actual downtime this weekend I'll feel like a normal person again and this blog might just be in better shape next week ;) Have a great weekend everyone!!

Sep 24, 2014

The Perfect Fall Soup

Since yesterday officially kicked off the Fall season and since these Ohio evenings are dipping down into the 40s (!!) I was in the mood to make a delicious fall soup for dinner this week. This was such an easy soup to make and can be adapted very easily for your tastes and preferences. There is chicken in this soup, but it could easily be omitted if you don't eat meat- it's super filling without it, too! Here's what I did:
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zucchini-soup-ingredientsWhat you'll need:
1.5 lb's chicken breast or tenderloins, cubed
4 c. chicken broth (I also added about 1/2 cup water to my mix, but you don't have to)
2 zucchini's, chopped
1-2 cans tomatoes (I ended up using 2 because to me, you can never have enough tomatoes!)
1 cup quinoa, uncooked
1/2 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed
Salt, Pepper, and/or Italian Seasoning - all to taste!
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How to make it? Once you've chopped everything up, toss alllll that goodness into a large pot and let simmer on low for about an hour to an hour and a half until your veggies are soft and the quinoa is cooked. 
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Eat, enjoy and embrace this fall weather!
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