IT’S THE PITS

Continuing from my other post about going to a new doctor, my appointment finally came around. There wasn’t an almost 2 hour wait to see the doctor. So already we’re off to a good start. My new doctor is very nice (not that my other doctor wasn’t, I couldn’t deal with crazy waiting room times and nobody answering phones anymore). I got some blood work done while I was there, and going through medical history. I didn’t know specifically what things run in my family, only what part they effect. So that kind of made me feel like an idiot, but I’m sure doctors are used to that kind of thing. I do plan to follow up with my mom on those family medical issues.

Anyway, they made me get a tetanus shot while I was there. I specifically asked if this was the type of shot that made your arm hurt for days. They said it was no worse than a flu shot, and flu shots don’t usually bother me after. But that is not the case with this shot. I felt fine at first, but last night my ARM PIT. Yes, arm pit started to hurt. It was annoying me enough that I couldn’t fall back asleep so I had to take some Tylenol before returning to bed. It still hurts today, but I haven’t taken anything additional since last night.

I also may end up getting my constant allergy headaches looked at. But I’m going to try some basic things first, as I’d hate to go through the trouble of seeing a specialist when I can try changing up my allergy meds and adding in a decongestant to see if that helps things.

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STITCHFIX!

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I got another Stitch Fix package the other day. It’s a monthly styling service that sends five pieces of clothing/accessories each month based on your style profile. It costs $20/month plus the cost of the items you want to keep. But if you keep any items, you get the styling fee back as credit towards your clothes. Also, if you decide to keep all five pieces, you get 25% off your order. Sound good? Sign up using my referral link. You can make things even easier for your stylist by creating a Pinterest board with your fashion tastes.

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Anyway, this round I got Corinna Striped Dolman Top, Filbert Abstract Striped Henley Blouse, Potina Draped Cardigan, Kamile Jersey Ruched Detail Dress, and Malin Bootcut Jean. I loved all these pieces except for the abstract striped henley. I just wasn’t feeling it. Not sure if I’m keeping all the pieces as the styles can be a bit pricey. Although, you do you get your $20 styling fee back and 25% off when you buy all the pieces.

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OLDER AND BOLDER! #TBT

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Here is some #TBT, Throwback Tuesday for ya!

Since my cousin’s wedding is over, I was really missing my funky hair color. So I added it back in during my salon appointment this weekend. I was going to wait until my following appointment to make the change, but I thought WHY WAIT?! At first I was going to go back to purple, but my friend just did purple in her hair and I didn’t want us to be matchy-matchy. So I went hot pink instead! I haven’t had pink hair since high school, so it was a fun throwback for me. This picture is from my senior prom. The second picture was taken over the weekend. 

I actually have to go back to the salon tonight. My hair stylist ran out of pink dye so my ends aren’t as vibrant as I would like. So she is going to fix it for me. I’m happy to be pink again. It’s been a long time. 

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“THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE”

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I had a really busy weekend. I had a hair appointment and I went a bit bold, but I’ll save that for my next post. Anyway, we went to Flatbread Pizza Company/Sacco’s Bowl Haven on Saturday night. The place was hoppin’. They told us it would be about a 30 minute wait for a table and longer than that to bowl. So we squeezed ourselves into the bar area. The bar itself is made from re-purposed bowling alley flooring. The bar was packed though, but it miraculously thinned out 15 minutes later. It was weird, but I wasn’t complaining! Our food came out really fast and I think I ate too much, hence why my stomach was bothering me the next day. I think since I’ve been eating healthier and sticking to my calorie limit, my stomach got used to it. So eating too much pizza didn’t go over well. It was still delicious and I have no “ragrets”, not one single letter. ;)

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After that, we tried to go the hidden Saloon but it was crowded and filled with bros. NO THANKS! So we took our party to Five Horses Tavern, where there was plenty of seating. We are too old to deal with annoying college kids and hipsters. Heck, I didn’t even like college kids when I was in college, so I’m not going to start hanging out with them now. haha!

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On our way home, we noticed a vivid green sky. After our Lyft driver dropped us off, we ran inside to let Zorro in and out, then shuffled off to find the source of the green sky. We drove towards the green sky and ended up at a cemetery at 1:30AM. We thought we could cut thru, but we couldn’t after walking around. After gathering some creepy pictures, we left.

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We got back to the car and parked on a college campus. We wandered around and hit some road blocks so we couldn’t access the stadium. After snapping some cool pictures, we could see part of an LED sign next to the stadium. We concluded the green sky was reflecting from the super bright stadium sign. Since it was rainy and humid out, it really lit up the sky. It’s definitely a case of the adventure being cooler than the answer. It was a lot of fun running around a cemetery and college campus with Andy. I had to wash my feet when we got home though. I forgot to change into sneakers and my feet got wet and dirty from wearing flip-flops. I’ll try to be better prepared next time we hunt aliens. 

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ROCKSBOX SET #4

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I was selected to try Rocksbox free for three months.  I’ve become an IT Girl, and you can try Rocksbox too, use my ref code (germanabff)! Once you sign up for Rocksbox, you take a style quiz. Then you get three pieces sent to you on loan. The pieces are selected based off your style quiz by stylists. But you can also create a wishlist and they will sometimes include those pieces as well. Or you can specifically request a piece from your wishlist. 

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From my last post, I kept the necklace and earrings. I liked the ring, but thought it was too pricey to keep. ANYWAY, this month I got Kris Nations Star Stud Earrings in Silver ($28 insiders’ price), Wanderlust + Co Industrial Deco Bib Gunmetal Necklace ($44 insiders’ price), and Sophie Harper Pavé X Ring in Silver ($38 insiders’ price). I love the necklace and earrings. While I like the ring, I definitely won’t be spending $38 to keep it. Yikes! 

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21DF PROGRESS!

Since my last post, I completed my second round of the the 21 Day Fix. I didn’t end up at my goal weight because my stupid “monthly bill” threw a wrench into things. So I couldn’t get an accurate weight measurement. Then shortly after, I left for a trip to Italy. I knew going into it, attempting to diet would be a big fat, LOL! So I paused it during my trip and gained a few pounds, which I’ve lost since. But now I need to work on getting back to my goals. I’ve been really good about working out when I got back. The good news, my pants and tops are fitting much better (YAY, NO NEW PANTS!). Also a dress I bought that was too small, no longer requires Crisco and fishing line for me to wear. Not that it stopped me from wearing it before, haha!

I’m not attempting a 3rd round of the 21 Day Fix because I’m tired of the workouts. So I got a monthly membership to Workout Trainer app. There are hundreds of workouts on it, so I do a different one everyday. The best part, I can follow along on my tablet while watching the Housewives on TV. I have to be watching TV or something while I’m working out. It distracts me and forces me to keep on a truckin’. You can either stream video, video with timer cues only, or follow step-by-step instructions with pictures. This app is more my speed! I hated having to pop in DVD’s for 21DF. I’ve reached the point in my life where I can’t even be bothered to pop a DVD in anymore. I prefer to stream things.

Oh yeah, 21 Day Fix diet (a.k.a eating healthy) is going okay. I’ve relaxed my grip a little on it.  I usually reserve Saturday nights as my cheat meal. Plus I may toss a couple extra cheat meals into the mix, if I’m meeting friends for dinner. So I try to eat small healthy meals during the day to compensate. I knew the diet wouldn’t be a forever thing, but I stick to it most of the time. 

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EURO TRIP (PT.4)

Sites around Milano: canal, train station, Expo ticket center, and Sforza castle

Sites around Milano: canal, train station, Expo ticket center, and Sforza castle

Sorry, sorry! I’ve been neglecting my blog for a few days, I’ve been busy and I’ve also grown sick of my own re-cap posts. But fear not, I’m rolling the rest of my trip into this post, so I can finally be done and go back to my meaningless sarcasm-fueled drivel. WOOO! HOWEVER, this means there will be loads of photo collages. So brace yourself, Effie!

Sforza castle fountain, inside the courtyard of Sforza castle, peace square, and another Sforza fountain shot

Sforza castle fountain, inside the courtyard of Sforza castle, peace square, and another Sforza fountain shot

So we spent a few days in Milano. We did some shopping, drinking, eating, walking, touring Sforza castle, the galleria, and visited  il Duomo di Milano. Oh yeah, we also went to the Expo. It was basically like Epcot but better! 140 countries set up exhibits there, which show things about the country plus food and drink! It took them a couple years at least to set up. But it’s only there until October and then it moves to another location. It’s too bad it’s not permanent. 

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Milano is a beautiful city to walk around. I loved roaming the streets and shopping while seeing the sites. So much history there! Next time I will do a longer trip to Italy. We also went to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Which is one of the oldest shopping centers, and probably the fanciest I’ve ever been too. The architecture is just unreal!

This is a freaking MALL! Italy does malls all fancy!

This is a freaking MALL! Italy does malls all fancy!

We also visited Il Duomo di Milano church. It was beautiful! I liked that you can go on the roof and walk around the labyrinth of staircases. The views on top are fantastic, definitely worth a stop there.

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Once you get to the top, they have some art installations. They were cool to check out! We took the elevators to the top, it was too hot for steps. We still had to climb steps though, there are many levels and balconies to check out once you’re there. I didn’t mind that as much.

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I still can’t get over how beautiful it is! Although I’ve been to Italy a bunch of times when I was younger, I never spent any time in Milano. I’m glad I got to do it this round. It’s too bad Andy couldn’t go with me, he’s a big history buff. He would have enjoyed the trip as much as I did.

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Now on to the EXPO! We went at night because the sun is KILLER! Europe is going through a heat-wave and boy did we feel it. Even at night the Expo was still pretty warm, but at least we didn’t have to deal with the sun. 2015-08-19 09.19.07.

I don’t have a favorite country, each exhibit was more amazing than the rest. Again I wish I had more time in Italy. The Expo isn’t something you can fully experience in one night. But we made our time worthwhile and saw the major POI’s. 

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I skipped over the USA exhibit because burgers and fries are something I can get at home, lol. My favorite part of the Expo was the Tree of Life show. It was incredible! I made a video, but I’m too lazy to upload, so just enjoy my collage for now. The tree changed colors and had a synchronized fountain and light show to music. There are also fireworks throughout. Definitely worth it to stay for the show!

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We stayed at the Expo well past closing, nobody kicked us out. That’s the thing about Italy, people are on a much slower and relaxed pace. That was definitely hard to get used to. I guess I like schedules and getting to places on time, lol. Anyway, after we partied in Lithuania and had some tacos and cervezas in Mexico, we left the Expo. We got some street pizza. The street pizza was actually some of the best pizza I ever had. I could tell the sauce was fresh, smelled like they slaughtered the tomatoes that day. Can I go back now?!

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