Oh Hello!?

Hi blog world… it’s girl in pigtails. I know it has been a while (cough… too long!). I guess I should start by saying HAPPY THANKS…B-L-A-C-K… friday! Umm yeah ok it has been a while. But what doesn’t kill you (you get the point).

So, I am at the half way point with my MBA. (yay) This has my full attention right now and I just want to power through and knock it out! I am starting to realize more and more that I might have a nack for project management. As a Starbucks Manager, there is a ton of projects to manage. My BA degree gave me the foundation for business administration but the MBA is inspiring me to think of how to be a better manager.

Work is like a hurricane of goodness. Overall, I finally have a full staff. There were a few months there were it was me +2. Thanks to my girls, we survived. We have our ups and downs but Team Starbucks continues to crush last year sales.

Mr. Awesome Boyfriend has found a few new hobbies while I stay focused on work and school. He still is on his weight loss mission. I am just maintaining at this point. We terminated our gym membership in order to start cycling. The weight lifting period was great! I built muscle and gained so much strength but after about 130 days. It was time for a change. The weightlifting also took up a lot of time about 3-4 hrs a day. I needed more time for homework. We found cycling to be a great low impact cardio sport. Boyfriend is still trying to lose about 25lbs. These bikes are fun and I get to wear cute outfits.

Boyfriend also found a new game which was the inspiration for the new workout… Ingress. You play an agent and capture portals for your team. The portals are real life statues, landmarks, signs, etc. In other words it is a virtual capture the flag with real life coordinates. It is made by Google and it is FREE! Just make sure to have a battery or portable charger… oh and a good pair of shoes. These portals are also most of the time in a place that you have to walk or bike too. Hence, the new workout program. We walk and bike more than drive a car now. But, it is working Boyfriend has lost about 5lbs. It all comes down to the delicate balance of food intake and energy output.

So, what do I do to stay healthy… I ingress!

There are a few more posts about surfaces, birdies, princesses, dragons, and Santa.

 

Stay tuned…

-girl in pigtails

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You know in cartoons when the eyes pop out with surprise?

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Yeah, that is the new MX5 Mazda Miata. My first reaction when I saw this was as followed:
1) WTF… that looks like my car but in red, and newer, with ugly wheels and clean and shiny…
2) I miss my car

Yes PIGTALS is still out of commission and there have been no offers for purchase. But the powerball lottery is at 167 million for Wednesday’s drawing and if I win… PIGTALS will rise and live again…
Can I get an Amen!?
hallelujah…resurrection!

-girl in pigtails

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Yes… I (Hair) Do!

I want to say that I have found the best hair artist ever! Tara at Victoria ‘ s hair and salon in Danville. She took a great deal of care and time to give me a new doo. I pretty much walked in a hot mess with no style or shape (and home cut bangs). I asked her to fix me up but not to go too short. She pulled this look out with happy confidence. Plus, she said bang trims are free after a visit and that I have no excuse to DIY. :-) I realized how amazing she was after a 45 min eliptical workout. Below is a pic of my new hair style post workout and it still looks amazing!

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And… yes we are back to the gym after about a three month sebaticle. Mr.Awesome Boyfriend was hurt and took a few months to recover. I just finished my 3rd and 4th classes for my MBA. I kicked butt and start the next set in a few days.
Live long and stay pretty!
-girl in pigtails

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Keep Calm… and Vacation!

I have been going through life at top speed for a few months now. I just finished my fourth class towards my MBA. It is a ton of work especially when trying to plan for vacation but I busted butt and finished two weeks early so while on vacation… can you say, “no homework!”

I am spending my first real vacation in beautiful Arizona. My last vacation, I spent a glorious week in bed with the flu (sad face). Anyways, Mr.Awesome Boyfriend has a sales conference at a casino/resort. I usually attend for a few days because of work. This year, marks my 3rd year with Safeway and I have not 1 but 2 weeks paid vacation! So, here I am in Az for a week of rest and relaxation.

I realized that we spend too much time with our nose to the grind stone. Most people are working too hard and not spending time on themselves to play hard! Find a time to unwind… whether it is reading a book, watching a movie, getting coffee with a friend or taking a real vacation (no work interruptions). We are not the energizer bunny… balance is needed or else we are just robots waiting until we break.

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Don’t be grumpy cat!
-girl in pigtails

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Happy Hump Day!

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Man’s Best Friend…

Should always be in the passenger seat! I was on my way to work (super early) this nice Sunday morning. I saw this beautiful classic old convertible. This is not uncommon in our area. There are always classic car shows on the weekend. Then all of a sudden this brown fury little head pops up. It is a chocolate lab in the passenger seat. He was so happy to feel the breeze through his big floppy ears. This totally made my morning! What would we do without man’s best friend?

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Happy Sunday!
– girl in pigtails

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Happy Saturday!

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