>Mid-decade crisis?

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As I rapidly approach my next birthday that ends with a 4, I have been wondering, am I entering my Mid 30’s or is it still considered early 30’s? I know that 35 will mean Mid 30’s, but does 36 automatically put you in the late 30’s category?

I typically don’t care about age – I’ve always seemed to do things later than my friends. First bra, Period, first boyfriend, extra year of college, marriage, etc. Not sure why this one is bugging me this year! I think it’s like when you go to the Doctor and your chart has how many years and months old that you are … it’s not enough just to have the year. I’m also beginning to hear my “clock” start to tick and that is a little scary too.

But don’t worry… I do love birthdays and will be celebrating “birthday week” as usual!
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>Weekend Recap

>It was relatively quiet around Chez Labrador this weekend. Hubby and I had date night on Friday for sushi. Saturday was spent cleaning, errands and somehow getting sucked into a marathon of America’s Next Top Model. Geez. We did successfully book our hotel room for the Country Music Half Marathon in April. I didn’t realize how quickly rooms would fill, so we ended up paying more than we expected, but it’s a super deluxe room located in the downtown area.

On a cleaning note, and of course with our abundance of dog hair, I will say that my favorite cleaning tool is the Dyson. We have the Animal and it is great.

Also, an update on Let’s Dish . We tried one of the dinners and a dessert over the weekend and they were both great. We tried the citrus tilapia last night. It consists of filets of tiliapa, drizzled with olive oil & cayenne pepper. There are also slices of lemons & limes between the filets. Before baking, you sprinkle a few spicy almond slivers on top. It was easy and very good. We also tried the individual molten chocolate cakes. Ooey-gooey chocolate and cake. Need I say more?

We also started Week 4 of Boot Camp today. Today we focused on arms/back for our weights and then tons of running outside. Backward running, power skips, pop squats, jumping jacks and squat thrusts. Whew.

>Addition to my morning coffee

>No, it’s not Kahlua, it’s dog hair. How do these labs manage to shed so much & how does one little hair seem to find it’s way to my hot, vanilla-creamed coffee? I’m used to seeing a few tumbleweeds behind doors or under chairs, but this?? Oh well, I guess a little dog hair won’t kill me!

>Let’s Dish…

>We seem to have had an abundance of quick-fix dinner solutions pop up in our city. We have Super Suppers, Let’s Dish & I think there is even another one. I had the opportunity to go to Let’s Dish, make two meals and a dessert for $25, so I went.

It is such a great concept and perfect for busy professionals or for busy moms. You can choose to either prepare yourself or have the staff do it for you. It’s a bit more expensive if you have the staff do it.

I chose pork tenderloin with apricot-chile glaze and prosciutto wrapped chicken breasts, stuffed with herbed cream cheese. And, individual molten chocolate cakes. I was shocked at the servings – two tenderloins & 12 chicken tenderloins. Plus, 6 cakes! Hubby and I will be well fed for quite a while. You freeze your meals & prepare when you’re ready. We sampled some other dishes & I am sold on this concept. We always ask “what’s for dinner” when it’s 7pm and we’re both starving, so hopefully this will help that dinner solution! And, it’s real food – nothing really processed, so you also feel good about what you are eating.

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>Busy….

>Last week was a little crazed. Work really took over and I don’t think I was finished in the office any night before 7pm. Then my evenings typically entailed working from home that evening as well. So, Friday night, we met up with friends at our old neighborhood haunt. Our beloved pub has been closed for several months, due to the owners not paying bills. Whoops. So, new ownership, new name, new appetizers, but somehow we all felt like we were “home”. Hubby and I had dinner & a few beverages, but when the call for Irish Car Bombs was made, we made a quick exit stage left.

On Saturday, we attended a friend’s wedding. It was a beautiful and sweet ceremony with many personal touches that made it so special. The bride and groom were announced & they did the processional. The groom escorted his new Mom-in-Law out and I found that to be such a nice gesture. After the parents and grandparents were out, the Bride and Groom came back and served as “ushers” for the guests. They both greeted their respective “side” as the guests left each aisle. It was very appreciated and a lot shorter than trying to do a receiving line.

The reception was a blast -great music, great food, fun favors. The band was big where they attended college and appealed to all ages with fun beach/shag music. Hubby and I took a few spins on the dance floor and really had a good time.

>I know where I get it from

>Note: Thanks to everyone for their votes! The contest ended at midnight on Saturday and mom thinks she won. Apparently, she had left the computer momentarily (she’s on central time) and when it was 12:00 EST, the home page changed. So, cross your fingers & we should find out Friday if she’s a finalist!

My love of dogs, that is. I think I have mentioned Smoochablepooch.com before. My mom entered her English bulldog, Thunder into the contest several months ago. I followed suit and entered our labs as well. Mom took this contest much more serious than I, and is currently in the top running for her state.

Here’s the catch… Thunder, my family’s beloved bulldog did not make it to see the end of the contest. He had to be put down in December, due to canine lymphoma. It was horrible and very sad. I think my mother is on a mission to ensure that he wins the Tennessee vote. I find it funny that if she wins, she’ll win a year’s supply of dog food. Helloo? She has already said that she will be donating it to their local animal shelter.

The voting ends Friday at midnight, so if you have a chance, please vote 5 stars for Thunder. You can follow this link and vote here. My mother (and Thunder) would greatly appreciate it!

>Valentine’s Day continued

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Hubby and I celebrated our Valentine’s Day tonight with a yummy chicken pot pie from a local gourmet deli. Heat and eat, baby. Along with chocolate covered strawberries for me and red velvet cake for him. Plus, my laptop came along to our dinner. Grumble, grumble. I have been working on a proposal for work and I needed to try to get a jump start for hopefully finalizing it tomorrow.

Hubby was very thoughtful and bought me two sweet gifts, both from Swoozie’s. Since our store opened in the fall, I think he has bought nearly every gift for me there, which is great. First, a new coffee mug with a personalized “Rise and Shine” message from my Hubby. And, a new red leather address book. Love it. I’ve been looking for months & haven’t found the right size, texture,etc. I can’t find a photo online, but it’s great! Plus, a sweet card, which is always tops in my book!
Oh, went to my Dr. – I’m sure he thinks I’m stalking because I’ve been there so much with the same issues. Lungs are clear, no infections so Mucinex for me. It actually seems to have helped, even though I am creeped out by their ads. Luckily, no mucus-monsters on their packaging! Thanks for the get well wishes… hopefully, I’m on the mend!

>Happy Valentine’s Day!

>After feeling that I was about to cough out a body part last night, I made another appointment with my Dr. to find out what all of this bronchitis/sinus/stuff is that apparently loves to settle in my body! This is my 3rd time to the Dr. since Thanksgiving, so I am hoping for a big Z-pack, or better yet, a shot in the booty to finally be rid of this junk! Coughing, sniffing and nose-blowing is not how I pictured spending today!

>V-Day

>I do love Valentine’s Day, or actually what it represents. Do I think that there is a lot of unnecessary pressure put on every man and woman out there and a whole lot of bad gifts, candy and stuffed hearts that can be given as gifts without any thought? Sure.

So, Hubby and I were discussing V-Day this morning. We couldn’t get reservations at any of our favorite restaurants, but it’s not like we typically just don’t go to those restaurants any other night of the week. So, we decided that we’ll either order in or cook dinner at home, which I enjoy. Then, we have been going to a Bikram yoga class on Monday and Wednesday nights and the question was… should we go on Valentine’s Day? I guess in theory, it sounds sort of sexy – heated room, sweaty bodies, flexible poses, but in reality, we are both sweating like pigs, red faced and tired. Not sure if it would be an appropriate prelude to a fun, “romantic” evening at home!

It’s funny… the older I get and the longer I have been married, the acts of “love” come in so many different shapes. I saw one of these acts of love last night. I had settled into bed when I realized that I had forgotten to apply chap stick. Weird obsession, but it’s just one of those things… like my nightly hand lotion ritual. Comfy and tired, I asked Hubby to get my chap stick for me, so I could stay happily nestled under the down comforter. He did this without complaint, then waited for me to apply so he could place back into my purse. Awww, ain’t love grand?