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Friday, August 22, 2014

Marking a Record

This year was the big 1-5 for the Hayleys - 15 years of (mostly) wedded bliss.

As DINK (Dual-Income-No-Kids), we've been a footloose and fancy free household. In 15 years, we have:

  • Lived in 5 apartments
  • Rented 1 house
  • Owned 1 house
  • Cared for (and spoiling) 3 cats
  • Moved overseas (and back)

It only seemed fitting to sit for anniversary photos to commemorate surviving - and enjoying - our time together.

Though after I drug Kelly out to a park on a 98F evening, I wasn't so sure we'd be together for year 16...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I Sent a Text

I sent Kelly a text the other morning, just to let him know that I loved him.

He never answered.

That night was his usual evening commitment, which means I tend to either book evening meetings or work late. When I finally got home, I found a box of donuts from Max's on the kitchen counter.

I sent Kelly a text to let him know I was home and had seen the donuts.

And he answered.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Predictable Guy

We had a great time on Saturday hanging out in Fort Worth with my family.

That despite having run 15 miles with a 3:45 am start time and experiencing the closest thing I've felt to jet lag without actually being in jet lag. I suppose a week at conference plus a 3:45 am run start time with only 20 hours of sleep to my name will do that.

But enough of that.

We met up for lunch and a visit, then wandered over to one of my company's most recent projects, the Sundance Square Plaza. It's a gorgeous public space and, fortunately, it was a unseasonably cool gorgeous summer day. Perfect to watch a little girl do this:

And that's when we got in trouble. Kelly noticed that other adults were in the fountains.

He thought it would be fun to splash around.

He thought I should join him.

I should have known better.

Never. Never. NEVER trust Kelly to simply "splash around."

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

About Last Week

This poor blog - it's either a reflect of my life (busy) or of my mental state (tired). Whatever the cause, I've surely moved long past the days of updating every day.

Things change. That's life, right?

Anyway, about last week. I was offline for most of the week while attending a conference. Last year at this time, I had the honor of being inducted into the College of Fellows for my professional organization. Fun and meaningful times.

This time, my cohorts and I snagged a national First Place award for our work on our chapter's newsletter.

Awards can be a means to make you feel good - and there's a place and time for that. (Last Thursday was definitely that place and time!) But awards can also validate the work you've done and the importance that you've placed upon it. Our little newsletter that could is, according to this award, as good as we think it is.

I also had a great deal of fun presenting at the conference with my good friend, Random Cathy. I think I'll write about that more later, because I'm still processing the experience and what I learned through working on, preparing for and presenting with Cathy.

The one takeaway that I'll note today is that we had more than 260 people crammed into our presentation room - since none had heard us present, I would say that does not reflect so much on our skills as speakers as it does the topic: How to find your bounce (passion). We're living in a world with tired, run-down people.

All in all, it was a busy, exhausting, fun, educational and energizing four days at conference. I love networking with nearly 1000 professionals in my field from across the country.

And I always love spending time with my cohorts from the Dallas chapter!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cross Training

Now that Kelly's finger has healed, twice a week we're heading to the pool to swim laps.

Yes...swimming laps. I haven't swum laps since swimming lessons and I don't want to think about how many years ago that was.

Kelly's never swum laps before - in fact, he's never taken swimming lessons. I'm his instructor for the time being.

Our goal is to improve endurance, work on our breathing and to give our bodies a different type of training. We have several running friends who swim (and bike) and have found it helpful in overall fitness as well as race performance.

We're fans of both of those things.

Anyway - swimming. Who would have thought it?


Monday, July 28, 2014

Delicious Dinner: Brats and Warm Slaw

A simple summer dinner - brats from Fischer's Meat Market and warmed slaw mix.

Truthfully, this was a use-it-up meal - the brats were in the deep freeze and the cabbage-carrot mix was nearing the end of its life. Taste of Home to the rescue!

Brat Hoagies with Coleslaw
Original recipe here

  • 4 uncooked brats
  • 3 T water
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1.5 t lemon juice
  • 3 c shredded cabbage
  • 1/4 c chopped onion
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 c sour cream
  • 4 buns, split

Place bratwurst and water in a skillet, cover and cook over medium heat for 10-12 minutes. Uncover; turn bratwurst and cook 13-17 minutes longer or until browned and centers are no longer pink. Cut bratwurst in half lengthwise; set aside and keep warm. In another skillet, cook 2 T butter, sugar and lemon juice over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add cabbage, onion and salt. Cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until cabbage is crisp-tender; drain. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream. Set aside and keep warm.
Toast rolls until golden brown. Divide cabbage mixture between roll halves. Place on bratwurst half, cut side down.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

How Bridget Spent Saturday

Honestly, it's how she spends nearly every day outside of stalking me throughout the house.