Girls just wanna have fun

I woke up this morning at 8:30 after having gone to bed last night at, oh…9:30.  I was exhausted!

I put on my running clothes and woke Milhouse up, fully intending to go for a 3 mile dog jog.

Then I got outside.  It was rainy, and windy, and cold, and muddy, and Milhouse started whining to go inside almost immediately.  I thought “I have to run…but I don’t want to!” and had a minor panic attack.

Milhouse dragged me back inside and I had a bowl of Kashi and flipped on a little Stacy & Clinton.  I was already dressed for a workout, so I felt especially bad about skipping.

Then it dawned on me.  I can work out inside!  Suddenly, the idea of some indoor, at-home strength training in front of the TV sounded PERFECT.  It’s not running, but I’ve been neglecting weights of all kinds for the last few weeks, and I’ve missed them. 
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I set the oven timer for 30 minutes and grabbed my yoga mat and 2 8 pound weights (the heaviest I have at home, sadly).  I improvised a 30 minute weight circuit, repeating the following circuit 6 times in a row:

  • Weighted squats for 1 minute
  • Upper body move (shoulder press, flies, rows) for 1 minute
  • Abs (bicycle crunches, planks, reverse crunches) for 1 minute
  • Weighted lunges for 1 minute
  • Upper body move (bicep curls, skull crushers, chest press) for 1 minute

0313 002 It was a really great idea and I’m glad I did it!  I would have been crabby and unhappy for the half hour if I had gone running, but I had a lot of fun doing this!  I’ve missed weight training since I’ve been so running-centric lately.   And I must have done something right, because by the end I was pouring sweat and shaky. 

Then I went for a massage.  While the massage itself was great, the whole experience was ruined for me by how pushy they were for tips the whole time.  I’ve worked in the service industry, and I understand that tips are important, but this just came across really grabby to me:

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Combined with envelopes with GRATUITY on them in the rooms, and the “How much gratuity would you like to add?” question at check-out, I will not be going back.  Not worth it. 

At least my legs feel a little bit better.

Then I went shopping.  Ann Taylor Loft had a big sale today, and I noticed they’d gotten more stock in since last time I’d been, so I figured why not.

MAJOR SCORE!  I wound up with a shower dress, a dress for my downtown bachelorette party,  a dress for Napa Valley, a necklace, earrings, and headband for 50% off…which amounted to maybe $15 more than just my first shower dress cost. 

For the shower:

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And for my bachelorette party night out in Chicago:

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And for bumming around Napa Valley:

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I’m definitely a dress person in the spring and summer, so these will be re-worn on our honeymoon and various other ways while the weather is nice.  I hate wearing shorts—I can never find pairs that fit me in both the waist and thighs, so I own a lot of summery sundresses.  I think they’re cuter and cooler than shorts anyway!

I got home and spent the afternoon  watching Precious:

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Good movie, but sad.  As expected.  I also wrote some thank-you notes.

Buckley’s taken up residence on the back of my chair for the time being:

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Tonight?  Homemade pizza for one and bumming around.  Glorious!

Anyone else get any good shopping deals this weekend?

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11 Responses

  1. Great deals! I’m heading out to the mall tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll find some cute stuff.

  2. I am SO jealous of your trip to ATL!!! I want some summer dresses!!! love your shower dress!!! i agree, I can never find shorts that look good on me but I loooooooove dresses – so easy to throw on and much much cuter 😉 more comfy too!

    damn its 7:20pm now i’m pissed I frittled away today’s rainy day. I was going to go to the mall but my friends said they would pick me up – oh the time that has been wasted! oh well, I should wait until I get birthday cash for my march 30 birthday and hope ATL has another good sale!

  3. I like the shower dress but I’d try & get a cute little cardigan or something in a brighter color to liven it up :). I liked the dress you ordered online color wise, but not style wise. This dress I like style wise, but it needs something a little more in terms of color.

  4. Cute dresses!! I have Precious from Netflix right now too! not sure when we will watch though…

  5. My running buddy and I were just talking about Anne Taylor and how it’s so elegant! Love the choice of dresses, esp. the one for Chicago!

  6. I love your shower dress! It’s very pretty

  7. I love all of those dresses! I need to find some honeymoon attire, so I’ll have to check out this sale

  8. The only shopping I ever do is grocery shopping! 😛 No. But seriously, that’s not a joke.

    Love the living room routine! Even more, that you were watching What Not To Wear during it. I always watch the news when I work out in my living room, perhaps I should choose something less depressing and more entertaining…

  9. That black dress looks great on you!

  10. Ah Brie, I love it! The dress looks great, I’m glad you picked that one. I saw the coral one and thought it was work nicely for you too.

    And that black dress. Um, I want one.

    Good finds!

  11. I hit up Ann Taylor Loft this weekend too! I tried on the dress you purchased for the shower but it didn’t work with my coloring. It looks a lot better on you! I ended up finding a black and white strapless dress for my rehearsal dinner. Finally- I’ve been searching for months! And the thirty percent off definitely helped 🙂

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