Things I Love Thursday

I just got back from the gym.  While sweating it out in the basement of my apartment complex's amenities center, I was feeling pretty dang amazing.  I was grooving away to "Rapper's Delight" and thoroughly enjoying my time on the elliptical, feeling strong and patting myself on the back for my fitness accomplishments.  Then, all of a sudden, in walks the most beautiful blond I've ever seen in my life with long, spindly legs that came up to her eyeballs.  When Giselle came breezing through the door, the air in the room noticeably shifted. All of the other girls at the gym lowered their gazes and cowered on their respective workout machines. The monster of female competitiveness had officially reared its ugly head.

I tried my best to ignore her and focus on my workout, but I kept staring at her like a major creepo while she effortlessly galloped on the treadmill.  I suddenly felt very stupid in my Kelly Clarkson concert t-shirt and mis-matched shorts. I hate that I let someone like her make me feel so ridiculously insecure about myself. I tried to pretend like I didn't notice the men in the room stealing glances at her, too.

Towards the end of my workout, and after about 30 minutes of leering at her from my corner, I stopped to adjust the playlist on my ipod.  I glanced back up just in time to see Giselle fidget with her headband, trip, and fall off the back of a treadmill.

I suddenly felt better.


Moving on to "Things I Love Thursday"!

Ft. Myers, Florida

Clayton and I are leaving for Ft. Myers in exactly 5 days.  I had been to Florida only once as a child, and that was to visit my grandma in some city that only had hundreds of golf courses and zero sandy beaches.  Then I took a trip for Spring Break every single year of college and always found myself in Florida.  Even if we couldn't really afford to go, we'd get the cheapest, crummiest hotel we could find and bring our own food.  It didn't matter where we were staying, we just wanted the beach.

Clay and I try to take an ocean vacation as often as we can, and last summer was the first time we weren't able to in about 5 years.  So this summer we made sure we saved some money so we could lay on a beach blanket and listen to waves crash into the shore.

Of all the place I've been in Florida, Ft. Myers is definitely my favorite.  One Spring Break we spent a lot of time at Lover's Key and it was the most gorgeous beach I've ever seen.  So beautiful, in fact, that it was listed on the Travel Channel's 10 Most Beautiful Florida Beaches.  The sand is white, the water is warm, and little pools of sea water gather in random places that make for perfect shell hunting. I love it.

With the economy as bad as it is, I feel like it's more important than ever to invest in experiences and not material things.  Clayton and I love to travel and we make sure we can always go somewhere at least once a year.  Memories will last far longer than any handbag or new dress. In fact, one of my favorite parts about traveling to Florida is the actual drive.  Clay and I are great travel buddies and we always seem to have a good time in the car, listening to mixed cds and scouring the horizon for a Waffle House.

Origins' Modern Friction

I like a good bargain, so I tend to not spend a lot of money on cosmetic items.  Most of my bathroom drawers are filled with off-brand or generic versions of the good stuff.  However, as I've gotten older, it's become really important to me to take good care of my skin.  My mom is pushing 62 and still looks like she could pass for her late 40s - and that's exactly how I want to be when I'm older.  So, I figured I'd get a headstart now by being good to myself.

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you may or may not have read about my gosh-awful experience at the doctor's office last spring.  To make a long, embarrassing story short- I made an appointment to talk about poison ivy on my face and ended up getting a lecture about how bad my skin was. According to this doctor, my face isn't fit to be in public unless I shell out loads of money for microdermabrasion sessions and have the ugly literally lasered off my face.  Well, I don't have enough money for those kinds of treatments (because apparently I need to be investing that money into buying friends and paying people to be seen with me), so I had to find a plan B. 

A good friend of mine read my blog post and instantly recommended Orgins Modern Friction. She used the product herself and swore by its effectiveness in clearing your pores and smoothing your skin.  I immeditaely took to Origins' on-line store and was dismayed by how expensive it was for a small jar.  However, I was desperate to try it, so I relied on my good ol' friend Ebay to help me out. $25 later, this little jar of magic showed up on my doorstep.

This product is truly amazing.  Sure, if you're a little sunburned it burns like the dickens, but the amazing benefits are worth any mild discomfort.  The goo sloths off dead cells and bacteria gently, leaving my skin so smooth I swear you could slip-n-slide down by face. I use Modern Friction about once a week to buff away impurities, and it has left my skin noticeably better.  I no longer have little bumps all over my forehead and, if I didn't hate that doctor so much for making me cry, I'd probably prance into his office and show him.

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

Whenever I read a book, I usually enjoy it at the time but, once I'm finished with it, I never think about it again.  However, there have been one or two times when a book has impacted me so greatly, I feel like I have to keep re-reading it every year.  And that's exactly how I feel about Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone.

I read this book for the first time last spring when I saw it sitting on a shelf at our library with a sign saying, "Oprah's Book Club".  Oprah is never ever wrong about anything, so I figured I'd give it a try.  After quickly skimming the back of the book, I became instantly intrigued.

She's Come Undone is the story of a girl named Dolores Price who grew up in the New England area.  Throughout her entire life, Dolores has been hit with almost every kind of hardship you can think of (a mentally ill mother, a father who abandons her for a new family) and at only 13 years of age finds herself miserable, alone, and weighing 257 pounds.  More than a story about an obese girl, it's a coming-of-age story about a broken girl with a bruised past. 

I was completely blown away when I realized this book was written by a man. He captured a young girl's perspective so well, it's almost creepy.

I just went back to the library on Monday and checked the book out again because I couldn't wait any longer to re-read it.


I have to admit, other than Glee, I don't really watch quality TV programming.  My DVR diet consists mostly of The Real Housewives and Jerseylicious.  I not only love reality TV, I love bad reality TV.  So I was incredibly skeptical when Clayton suggest I watch Dexter with him.

Clayton told me the basic plot-line to the show, and I was not sold on it at all.  A blood spatter analyst who moonlights as a vigilante serial killer did not sound amusing to me, rather it sounded gross and immoral.  I could never sit there and root for someone who murders people.

But, 4 seasons of the show later, I can honestly say I am rooting for someone who murders people.  Moral convictions aside, this is just a great TV show.  The acting is wonderful and I am super duper in love with all of the characters and their unique stories. Each season has a serial killer that the Miami Police Department is actively searching for, but Dexter always knows more than they do and can't say anything because of what he does.  I don't want to give anything about the show away, so I will just leave it at that.

Dexter is a show that I'm invested in to the point where if characters break-up or someone dies, I get emotionally distraught about it.  This show has some of the greatest plot twists in television history and on several occasions I've stared open-mouthed at the scrolling credits asking Clayton, "Did that really just happen?"

And for being a show about blood and murder, it's really not all that graphic.  I actually take a bigger issue with seeing boobies than I do seeing crime scenes (it's on the Showtime network).


  1. i think i'm gonna try to find a deal on the origins modern friction.... i've heard someone else say how much they loved origins. i can't remember the last time i had a clear face. it's worth a shot! thanks!

  2. If you're looking for just a facial cleanser to use every day, I would HIGHLY recommend Orgins Checks and Balances. The same friend who recommened Modern Friction bought me a tube of it for Christmas two years ago and I didn't have a pimple the entire time I used it!


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