{FIVE on Friday}

Happy FriYAY friends!  I hope you're looking forward to the weekend as much as I am.  I woke up this morning convinced it was Saturday.  #fail  Obviously I'm looking forward to the weekend!

Time to link up with the lovies (Darci, April, Christina, and Natasha) again and share my FIVE on Friday!


1) Baylor Besties in Texas!
My sweet friends, Cari and Adair, are in town for a wedding this weekend - YAY!  Since they're in town, that means the old Baylor gang is getting together for brunch on Sunday!  That means I'll be spending some quality, good-for-the-soul time with some of my most favorite people - Cari, Allison, Adair, Lauren, Megan to name a few in no particular order!  I. CAN'T. WAIT.


2) Chicken Scratch
I am determined to get Ryan to take me to the delicious establishment this weekend, and if I can convince him well, tonight will be the night!  Everything about this place screams delicious, and the outdoor area is perfect for summer nights like this where it's not too sweltering to enjoy being outdoors.

3) Running Outside
This weekend I plan to run outside both Saturday and Sunday.  Yesterday I attended training at our company and one of the topics discussed was excellence.  One major take away for me was not to complain about the circumstances.  I haven't been running lately, primarily because I had the sinus infection for so long, but later on this week I could have gone for some beautiful runs but just didn't.  I have been doing Blogilates which has been a nice change, but it's time to get back to the grind and run.

Several of my favorite bloggers have talked about their commitment to run even in the elements and that is inspiring.  So, I'm going to be excellent and not complain about the circumstances, especially because I live in the Lone Star State and it's about to get hot up in here.

My marathon training starts Monday, and I'm pretty excited to start training for that.  It's one step closer to Ironman 140.6 Texas on May 16, 2015!!!

One of my runs this weekend will also include a border collie.  Why?  Because, they're awesome, and I think they're both going to be great running buddies, we just need to work on the not doddling, or tripping Mom thing.  AND I have this sweet hands free, waist leash Ryan bought me and the girls a while ago and I haven't tried yet.  I think I'm going to try and take Oakley Mae because I think she has a lot of potential.  I'll have to let you know how that goes. :)


3) Border Collies
Because I haven't talked about these babies enough lately, and I adore them to pieces.  Over Memorial Weekend the girls played so hard and were exhausted when we piled into the car to head home.  They were the first ones in the car and were passed out before we even pulled out of the driveway.

Sleepy Jetta Belle

One night we couldn't find Oakley and I went upstairs to find her sleeping on our bed.  Sweet baby put herself to bed.  We had washed the bedding and everything and homegirl was not thrilled about having to be moved so Mom could make the bed.  Silly baby.



4) Nature Box Vanilla Macaroon Granola
Holy heck, Batman, this granola is killer! My sister-in-law gave me a Nature Box 3 month subscription for my birthday.  It's quickly become one of my favorite gifts.  Each month I get to select 5 treats from a huge list of options, and the bags are full size bags - not little tester bags.  The first month I went more sweet, the second month I have selected more savory items.  They give you the calorie count information and there are filters for products that are gluten-free or soy-free, etc.

The Vanilla Macaroon Granola is heavenly.  I love Macaroons which made this selection an easy choice, but I had no idea what heavenly goodness would accompany this granola. It's really sweet which is nice because I don't just want to stuff my face and eat the whole bag in one sitting.  After a couple pinches of this I was totally satisfied.  Omg, it's good stuff.  Thanks, Brittany, for such an awesome gift!


5) New Jeans
Time for some honesty... my upper thighs are out of control.  I call it Half Ironman muscle, some call it runner's legs, some call it fat, whatever the name my jeans just weren't fitting great anymore.  Normally it's the calf area that gives me a little bit of trouble, but nearing the end of my Half Ironman training my jeans were just not fitting great.  In my past two weeks of pretty low-key working out sinus-infection induced laziness, the waist got a little tight too.  Urg...

So, I have been on the hunt for new jeans.  I am cheap though, and picky, and this generally proves to be a problem in a world super obsessed with skinny jeans which are just not flattering on my legs.  With a mission to find boot cut jeans at a not overly expensive price, I found some at Target, where I usually have zero luck in the jean department.

I'm digging this new brand called Paisley Sky.  At $34.99 a pair, these are a steal and still have some cute detailing on them without going overboard on bedazzling.  They are super comfortable and they actually fit really well.  *Just so you know, my normal jean size did fit, but I opted for the next size up because they were a little more flattering and with all my marathon training I imagine my thighs will stay big, so YAY ME for not letting the number on the tag sway my opinion.*


Ryan calls them my fat jeans.  I digress.  He's teasing of course, but maybe he's right.  However, operation lake body is in full force between Blogilates and running AND adult gymnastics.  Don't forget about that little gem. :)

How will you be spending your weekend?

{If Job Interviews Used Buzzfeed Survey Answers}

As I sat there discovering what my personal theme song was from Buzzfeed, I stopped in my tracks at this question:

"How do you handle a challenge?"

Choices:
a) Make a Plan
b) Freak Out
c) Attack It
d) Procrastinate
e) Get to Work
f) Do Whatever a Champion Does

What does F even mean?

Obviously I handle every situation a little differently, but ultimately I make a plan and figure out what my next steps are.  But before that I could freak out, procrastinate, attack it, or get to work.  Does a champion do all these things?  Obviously.  But let's get real, I'm not choosing that answer.

This got me thinking about corporate recruiters.  How do they tell the bologna from the truth?  I guess if you recruit for a living you learn how to weed out the BS-ers and find out who's actually telling the truth.  I guess that's also why so many interviewers ask for a situation in which you demonstrated x, y, z... situations where answers "like a champion" don't cut it and get you written off.

Whoa... rabbit trail.  Anyway, how awesome would it be if recruiters had access to information like this.  I guess it wouldn't be awesome, more different, but I don't know I tend to answer pretty truthfully on some of these quizzes, duh because I want true results..., but I think on these bogus Buzzfeed tests I'd be more likely to answer truthfully even if it didn't make me look the best.  Ya know?

Like who's going to tell someone in an interview, "Yeah, I'd totally procrastinate if faced with a challenge."  No one.  Ever.  Unless they're not interested in getting the job.  In which, why did you go to the interview in the first place?

Think about how much you could really find out about somebody by the way they answer their Buzzfeed quizzes.  Am I reading too much into this?  Perhaps.  Definitely.

On "How much of a Disney Princess are you?" it asked me to check off all that applied.  I feel these would be important for a future employer to know.
  • I am bookish AND beautiful. - well obviously
  • I put others before myself.
  • I am humble.
  • I'd easily make big sacrifices for my loved ones.
  • I am brave.
  • I would do anything to defend my family's honor.
Man this movie is so good!

Okay, so there really weren't that many more that applied that day after I looked around, but the first one inspired this post.  You're welcome.

Oh, and just so you know, Buzzfeed thinks my personal theme song is Queen, "Another One Bites the Dust". because my answers indicate I'm "obviously cool".  I can't say I agree with my results... though clearly I am cool. ;)

{Currently Crushing On}

Long weekends are good for the soul, y'all.  I hope you enjoyed time celebrating our freedom and those who fought for it with a delicious beverage in hand and perhaps a hot dog by the lake. #Merica

Currently Crushing On:

1) Clean & Clear Advantage Oil-Absorbing Cream Cleanser - this stuff smells amazing!


2) 4 day weekends - If only these gems happened every weekend.

3) Lake Time - Can't get enough of spending time relaxing, reading, boating, and floating.

4) This man - for obvious reasons, duh.


5) Blogilates - don't knock it 'til you've tried it y'all.  These quick, HARD, workouts guarantee the burn and the core work that I've been craving lately.  Time to get my summer bod back!  Join me and Lo!

I'm on Day 5 today!

6) Oh Simple Thoughts Blog - If you're looking for an awesome new read, check out my new friend Rachel!  I am obsessed with her posts.  She recently posted a One Year Interview with her husband - it was darling.  Not only is she a solid example of a Christian wife, she's a crazy talented designer -- which brings me to an exciting announcement...

7) Newly Nabors is getting a makeover!!  Rachel has been working to update my outdated page and bring us something fresh and new!  I've seen a sneak peek and, y'all, I am obsessed!!!  I can't wait to unveil it to you so soon!  If you're looking to update your blog's design head over to Oh Simple Thoughts blog and check out her designs!

Happy Wednesday!  Currently crushing on anything good?  Let me know in the comments below!

{Five on Friday}

Haven't joined in on the Friday Five in so long, but I KNOW I can come up with 5 things to celebrate!  Care to join in on the fun?  Click the button below!


1// It's a holiday weekend celebrating the ones who died for our freedom.  Join me in praying for our armed forces and the families that have lost brave husbands, wives, daughters,sons, children, etc.  Thank you, brave ones.

In addition to praying for, and remembering, our brave men and women, the Nabors will be lakeside all weekend long!  I think I speak for all of us when I say we could not be more excited for some R&R, jet skiing and boating, and just soaking up sunshine.  Jetta Belle and Oakley Mae could not be more excited for 72+ hours of swimming, frolicking, and running wild.  It's a win-win for all!

2// I am officially on my non-joke-getting computer doctor prescribed Z-Pack and steroids.  Why does this count as something to celebrate, you might be asking yourself?  Well, I haven't been able to breathe well and I have had crud in my throat since, so the thought of running just seemed unbearable because I'd be wheezing every breath and I've frankly just been too tired to work out.  But yesterday I ate one two .50 cent corndogs from Sonic (I have no willpower)... so homegirl needs to get back on the workout bus.  Yeah...  So, there's that.  Plus, I enjoy working out.  I think it helps keep me sane.  Can I get an amen from all those that agree?

{Legally Blonde}


3// I shared this delicious flat bread of heaven with a side of carrot cake as big as my face on a patio with one my favorite co-workers today for lunch.  These beauties can be found at Kona Grill, and you know that's one of the best places to people watch - my fav!

Seared Tuna & Crab Flatbread

Carrot Cake

4// I'm getting my eyebrows waxed in 15 minutes!!!  So, I've gotta finish this up and JET!  They are caterpillar-esque, so it's a welcome waxing!

5// It's FRIYAY and my office closed early!!!!  Time to go get my weekend started.


Happy Friday and holiday weekend friends!!  What's your Five on Friday?  Be sure to leave me some love below and follow me on bloglovin'!

{Feeling Misunderstood}

As I'm driving to meet up with my friend Jen for half priced bottles of wine at Villa-O and dinner last night I have Siri and the apple map app open giving me driving directions.  Not that I really needed the directions, but I was hoping Siri would give me some magic path to take around the horrendous traffic.  She did not.  Why am I not surprised?

What did surprise me, however, is as I'm sitting there rocking out to something clearly fabulous on the radio Siri starts to tell me my exit is coming up.  As I hear her start to speak I pick up my phone to look at the map, while still singing mind you, and she cuts herself off mid-sentence... like she was waiting for me to stop being so rude and not interrupt her!  I'm sure you're thinking, "yeah, Taylor's officially lost it...", but I kid you not people, Siri stopped talking and waited for me to finish singing before she started talking to me again.

I thought about testing my theory out again, but Siri told me, before I could interrupt her of course, that I had "reached my destination".  Call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure my smart phone is smarter than I ever imagined... or I've been on too much Mucinex my brain cells are suffering as a result and the multiple tall buildings interrupted my cell phone service.  Call it what you want. :)

In other news, the doctor in the computer (aka the Redi MD doctor we have access to at work) officially diagnosed me with a sinus infection since it's been a week and I still have this horrible sinus problem.  He prescribed me a Z-Pack and then steroids saying, "have you taken steroids before?"  Naturally, I replied, "not since my gym days, haha... just kidding...".  Doc in the computer did not laugh and proceeded to say steroids are good at knocking out infections.  I'm blaming the 5 second communication delay for not delivering my humor well over the internet.

First Siri, now computer doctor.  I'm feeling so misunderstood.


How's that for my 100th post? :)

{Runners Tell All: Race Picture}

Happy Wednesday friends!


I'm linking up with my favorites, Amanda from The Lady Okie and Beka from Sunshine to the Square Inch, in the Runners Tell All Link Up!


Today we're sharing our favorite race photos and our most awkward race photos.  Since I'm so proud of my latest accomplishment, of course, I'm going to share my Ironman 70.3 Texas photos with you!

This is obviously my favorite race photo!

I can't wait for next month's topic where I get to talk about my proudest race moment.  My emotions get all wonky when I talk about this race, and I'm fairly certain the beaming pride I feel is actually exuding from my entire body as I tell people about it.  I feel like I'm glowing with pride perhaps like this....

 Is that weird?  Certainly I can't be alone in this feeling.  I digress, we'll discuss next month. :)

And now, on to the gems.  The crem de la awkward.

I was so excited to see my family and husband that I just started talking to them.  What a pick me up (!) and awkward photo, haha.

Yep, even the finger over the camera lens here is awkward.  I believe I was asking where my Dad was, but this beauty was captured.  And apparently I didn't get the memo about lifting my legs when I run since it appears I am walking, though I promise I was running/jogging.

There is a professional photo on my bike where I am clearly going to blow my nose, but a) I would mortify my husband if I posted that, and b) I didn't buy the photo because naturally it's not the most glamorous picture of me and so I don't want to rip off the photography crew.

As I've competed in more races, I've tried to be aware of the photographers when I see them and to try and look cute when I pass them.  Sometimes there are awesome successes, like getting a Sic'em in while you run or bike, and then there are failures like the ugh face or trying to blow your nose.

Join the conversation!  YOU ARE A RUNNER regardless of the distance.

{7 Things That Helped me Get Well}

Wellllllllllllllllllll, I'm back!

So, not to dwell on the fact that I was MIA the past week (fail), but last week was pretty typical for my busy life lately, not to mention I was down for the count with some sinus allergy infection that zapped me.  So, I'm sorry I left you hanging!  Since I'm feeling better and today's the first day I haven't slept the most of, if not the entire, day away I decided to make a list of 7 things (10 was too ambitious) that helped kick my sinus infection to the curb... well mostly.  I'm still just a weee bit congested.  Boo.

7 Things I'm Fairly Certain Made Me Well:
  1. The beautiful invention that is sinus allergy medicine.  And lots of it.
  2. Sleeping for easily 60+ hours this past weekend.  Despite sleeping away my weekend, my body obviously needed it and it was glorious.
  3. Puffs Plus Lotion - my little Rudolph nose appreciates you, tissue.
  4. My handsome husband who not only checked on me consistently, kept me hydrated, gave me medicine, let me watch Netflix on his iPad, and let me sleep the whole weekend.  Ry, I am so thankful for you!
  5. Watching GRΣΣK on Netflix when not zonked out.  I can't believe I never watched this before.  Don't judge.  Makes me miss college and Chi O, but in a non-slutty fashion.
     
  6. Cold pizza - This is a weird one, but it was so delicious.
  7. Bubble baths - there's nothing like a soothing bubble bath anytime in my book, especially when you're sick.
  8. *Bonus late addition*: Border Collie Snuggles - I can't believe I left them off.


    Oakley Mae snuggling.  It's so dark.  Also the one on the right is just funny because she fell asleep in her antler shed.
What helps you when you're under the weather?

{Be All There}




Such a simple thing to hear, but a much more difficult thing to do.  I talked about my May Goals earlier this month, and one of the goals I had was about being more intentional this month.  I think I desire this in many areas of my life too.  

I want to be intentional with/in:
- my husband
- my walk with Christ and my quiet times
- the time spent with friends/family
- my rest
- my commitments
- etc.

I have changed my cell phone background to the image above, to remind me of just that.  In every area mentioned above I know I have been guilty of not being there.  Even in my rest, I'm on my cell phone or Pinterest or letting my mind wander 1,000 miles away from where I am.  Ridiculous, no?  

I don't want to be that person that jumps every time her cell phone goes off, or who can't look someone in the eye while having a conversation, or doesn't put down the phone at dinner or wherever I may be.  We all have that friend who can't give you their full attention.  It doesn't make you feel like you're worth much, does it?
What do you do to be all there?  If my phone is proving to be a distraction, for a week, I'm going to try turning off my phone to see if that helps me give my all wherever I am.  What will you do to be all in wherever you are?
Friends, wherever you are be all there.

Thanks to one of my new favorite blogs to follow, Jenni at Frankly My Dear, for letting me join in on Tuesday Tea!  Check out some other great blogs via the link below.


{Weekend Recap - Celebrate, Celebrate!}

I love to celebrate, which meant this weekend was a fabulous opportunity to do so between Mother's Day and my birthday!  There's something lovely about gathering together to celebrate the ones you love with the ones you love. :)

I got to spend Friday volunteering at Leadercast since my company was co-sponsoring the event.  Haven't ever heard of Leadercast?  I hadn't either until this year, so I grabbed this off their website:

"Leadercast is a brand that builds Leaders Worth Following."

(Also from their website)
Leadercast believes:
  • Leaders should think and behave differently.
  • Certain behaviors serve as the framework of a leader worth following:
    • Simplicity - brings clarity to the complex.
    • Creativity - fosters an atmosphere that allows others to dream.
    • Bravery -  possesses a posture of unrelenting boldness.
    • Beyond You - leverages influence for the sake of others.
    • Insight - resolves to consistently do the right thing.
    • Vision - moves towards a preferred future with little deviation.
    • Culture - architects the conditions to win.

Each year, Leadercast puts on a global simulcast event based in Atlanta filled with keynote speakers who believe in the Leaders Worth Following mentality and are actively promoting that change within our culture.    The speaker line up included Andy Stanley, Malcolm Gladwell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Randall Wallace, Bill McDermott, Laura Schroff, Dr. Henry Cloud, Simon Sinek, and Former First Lady, Laura Bush.

The event was actually pretty cool and was centered around the idea of "Beyond You Leadership".  I walked away feeling hungry to make a difference.  Next year's event will be centered around the concept of bravery.  It should be pretty good.

Since the event started early, the day was done around 4:00 and I headed over to the Nodding Donkey to meet up with the lovely Jasmine since I had canceled our breakfast date earlier in the week.


After we ordered our second drink a waitress walked over with 4 drinks in hand and asked us if we had ordered this and that.  We said no, that we had just gotten what we ordered, and so she walked off.  Not 2 minutes later our waitress walked up with the drinks and said that she had forgotten to write "don't make" when she entered them into the system since she input them after she gave us our beverages.  So, we each got 2 drinks for free!!  Talk about starting off the weekend right! :)



Saturday was busy (story of my life currently) and unfortunately I didn't get to sleep in.  I haven't been able to sleep for several weekends now, pooohooohoo, which is a bummer, but the training I got to attend was really interesting and made the 8-4 session more worthwhile.

When I got home I found this on the door...


And this in the fridge. :)


Ryan came home not much later with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and started making me a tie-dye birthday cake!  Yes, he loves me!



Sweet right?!

As I was about to hop in the shower to get ready for a night of bowling with friends Ryan dropped the "our hot water heater is busted" bomb on me.  Yep, that meant a cold shower for me or figuring something else out.  Thank goodness, Lauren and Michael live down the street from us and she was gracious enough to let me use their shower!

Bowling was a tremendous success, and I'm so grateful to have such fun and thoughtful friends!  Thanks to everyone who shared the evening celebrating with me!

{T&R}

{LO}

{Allison}

Sweet color glowing candles

Sunday after church we celebrated Mama Nabors with brunch at Lekka.  It's delicious and a must try if you live in the Big D!  We then had a delicious Nothing Bundt Cake and coffee at their house.  #yum  I am so lucky to have such a fabulous Mother-In-Law.

After my first nap in the last several weeks, I met Mama McD at the nail salon for pedicures.  Our toes obviously look fabulous now.  We shared wonderful, vulnerable conversation over wine and a board game at her house afterwards.  I am grateful for the conversations that were shared last night and I am so thankful that I can call her Mom.  She is the best.

So after a weekend of celebration it's back to the grind.  How did you celebrate this weekend?

{Guilty Pleasure: People Watching}

Sitting on the Chuy's patio last night, celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Ry and Mama and Papa Nabors inspired me for today's post.  Since it was Cinco de Mayo it was a given that we'd be waiting at any mexican restaurant we went to... especially for a spot on the patio since Texas has hit that prime patio weather time.  Between the crowds of people, the DJs varying between Cinco de Mayo more relevant music, and then some straight up club music, and the deliciously festive margaritas and other Cinco libations it was the perfect opportunity to indulge in one of my favorite guilty pleasures... people watching.

People watching can come in many forms.  Last night was mostly filled with watching guys become bolder with each drink to talk to, and drunkenly dance with, some of the girls celebrating Cinco.  I've broken the people watching down into some categories.  Granted there are infinite categories, but these are a few notables.

1) Dancing - drunkenly or otherwise
This has got to be one of the most fun things to stumble upon when people watching.  There's something endearing about the guy who clearly feels uncomfortable about being seen on the outside awkwardly dancing but likes the girl who loves to dance and is gettin' her groove on.  You go Glen Coco.  You own that hip rock and arms slightly raised.


Then there's the over-served population of dancers who now think they're Beyonce, MJ, or part of the SYTYCD group.  While you've nearly mastered the pop, lock, and drop it, you've also managed to look like you're having a slight seizure.  But despite that fact, most people around you have had as much or more than you to drink and to them you're a dancing master.

Of course you and that random guy looked just like Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey!... That's right, no one puts you in a corner!

Then there's the girls who just don't care.  They're not there to get picked up, and they're concerned with taking someone home.  They're just there to dance, and everyone knows it... because they're sweaty, singing every lyric like they wrote the dang song, busting a move in the middle of any dance circle that might break out, and only stop to re-hydrate with their beverage of choice.  I am proud to say I usually fall into this category, and there's no shame in that.  Right?


Lastly, there's little kid dancing.  It is always hilarious and can often be impressive.  Like last night, this little kid, probably 8 or 9 years old, stood up and schooled everyone with his 15-20 second dance session.  I had to pick my jaw up off the floor.  My handsome husband even high fived him as we were leaving.  Little kid, you are a stud.  Any kid dancing is usually pretty cute and always a good time to watch in my book.



2) First Date
These are fairly close seconds in my book to encounter during people watching.  There's bound to be someone sitting nervously or on their best behavior (making mothers proud all over the world), someone on their phone glancing occasionally around so they don't look like their waiting for someone while clearly hoping they don't get stood up, the first meeting handshake or side hug, and it's either vividly a huge success or horrible fail.


3) Amusement Park/Fair/Event
This is the last one I'll mention today, but this is a fantastic place to people watch.  When I was growing up I envied the couples that would walk around with their hands tucked tightly into each others pockets as they waited in line or walked around together.  Now I find it somewhat uncomfortable.  I'm all for holding hands or standing close when you're in line together, but is the hand in the pocket totally necessary?


I guess it can be done less awkwardly?  Maybe?

Then there's the girl walking around the giant stuffed animal her significant other had to win her and probably spent $30 on, because let's be honest, those games are rigged.  A) No one can walk around easily with a giant stuffed animal in tow, and B) where are you going to display that?  It's going to take up your entire bed.

Lastly, there's the people watching that warms your heart.  A family enjoying time together.  A group of friends enjoying a fun day.  Lots of celebration and smiles.

So, thank you Chuy's patio for the inspiration.  I can't be alone here, right?  Who else loves some good people watching?
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