• Driveway Day

    October 23, 2012

    It’s driveway day! Yay!! The pavers arrived bright and early this morning to get started on our driveway.

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    So long rocks and roots! Remember how bad they looked?

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    Ready to pave!

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    Of course, Murphy assumed his role as “supervisor” for the project. He hasn’t left his post on the sun porch since 8:00 AM this morning.

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    Oh my gosh, I am so excited about this driveway. I seriously can’t wait to see the final product in just a couple of hours. These guys are cruising right along with it!

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    It’s funny how excited I am about this project. If you told me 10 years ago I’d be this pumped for a new driveway, I would have thought you were crazy. At 22 years old, I would’ve went nuts about a sale at J.Crew or free shots at a bar (ok, I still get pretty psyched about those things), but now driveways, new bedding, and coconut aminos make me excited. Haha! Oooh, how things have changed!

    Breakfast

    This morning’s breakfast was a two-ingredient pancake with peanut butter spread on top and a glass of Dandy Blend with almond milk.

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    Lunch

    Around 11:00, my stomach started to grumble, so I threw together an early lunch. In the mix: TJ’s turkey meatballs, Sweet Potato Slices, sautéed spinach, avocado, and Curry Spice Blend. Delish! So many favorites!

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    Question of the Day

    Ten years ago, what made you excited? What makes you excited today?

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    { 79 comments… read them below or add one }

    Taylor @ liftingrevolution October 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I get super excited now a days about new kitchen gadgets. I cried when I got my Kitchen Aide Mixer!
    But I was a strange young adult too and got really excited about kitchen gear back then.. especially my fondu pot, it was a party favorite!

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    mindy October 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Fun question – my first thought was – time with college friends. 10 years ago I was 25 and – for the most part – all of my friends were in Boston and we’d go out every weekend. 10 years later we’re all scattered and don’t get to see each other very often – so when we do, it’s a gigantic love fest (now with husbands and kids, too)! I had no idea how lucky I was back then to have them all so close to me, and how lucky I was every single time we’d go out. It never occurred to me that would end, and I never thought I’d be so excited to see them. So – as corny as that sounds – the amount of time with friends is something I took for granted and now when we do have plans I’m like a little kid over the holidays – SO SO SO excited that I can’t sleep for days!

    For younger readers – enjoy the time with your friends! :)

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    Lauren October 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    How exciting! I remember when they did our driveway in the new house and how happy I was to have it done. It’s the little things that make you happy when you’re a homeowner. :)

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    Anne October 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    What a neat thin to think about! It’s funy how excited it still get over the things that excited me ten years ago like Halloween and candy :)

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    Traci October 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I’m with you – I get sooo excited about that type of stuff. Murphy makes me laugh! Love reading about him!!

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    Megan@funsizedfitness October 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Oh gosh – ten years ago I was excited about picking out a Halloween costume and getting buttloads of free candy! This year, I’m excited about trying out new pumpkin recipes and trying not to go too sugar crazy this holiday season :)

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    kate October 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I’m surprised you picked black tar! any other choice would have been better for the environment.

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/in-urban-jungles-green-roofs-bring-relief-from-above/

    just sayin’

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    kim@hungryhealthygirl October 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    New kitchen appliances make me excited today. A Vitamix would make me very excited! 10 years ago it would probably be a new outfit {which pretty much still excites me}! Yay for the new driveway!!

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    Ellen Renee October 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    My goodness do I feel old reading the ages of your readers!! What catches my attention when you show pictures of your property is how close your neighbors home is to your driveway – do you have a good relationship with them? I know as a day sleeper (work nights) I would not have loved all that equipment outside my bedroom window 1st thing this morning.

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    Laura @ She Eats Well October 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Oh man, 10 years ago…probably what made me exited was starting to rehearse for the Nutcraker Ballet, as I was in my last year of high school and dance company. Now, different things definitely excite me: weekends are more valued, seeing my family, and trying new recipes among a few.

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    Kristen @ notsodomesticated October 23, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Ten years ago, sorority/fraternity homecoming made me excited haha. I was a sophomore in college, and all I cared about was hanging with my sorority sisters. Nowadays, I’m excited to be planning for our first little one! My, how times have changed! ;)

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers October 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I don’t know what I was excited about 10 years ago, I think it is when I bought my first new car! Now I’m excited to buy kitchen appliances and Coach purses. lol

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    Debbie October 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Buying a new toy for my dog makes me excited. Saving money makes me excited. Buying a new kitchen appliance. And finding a great buy at a Goodwill store makes me excited

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    10 years ago I got excited about new Coldplay cds, anything to do with Orlando Bloom, and 8th grade graduation. Today I get excited about going out to new restaurants, having a great run, and spending time with friends/family!

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    Ed October 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Congrats on getting your driveway paved…being a home owner too I know how important getting things like that done can be! Bet your pup was happy to have all the activity finish,up!

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    mary matheson October 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Ten years ago I was chasing after my 1.5 year old. Now, I’m driving her everywhere. I hope it never changes. :)

    Oh yeah…I get excited about summer trips, remodeling and spending time with my family.

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    Katelyn October 24, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Count me in for the plank challenge! Looking forward to the core workout tomorrow! My goal is to make your two-ingredient pancake sometime this week too. Must buy eggs first! ;)

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    Nicola October 24, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Tina! I’ve been away for ages and just re-visited. Still loving the blogs, recipes and Murphy and you can count me in for the plank challenge! (Although 6 mins sounds like an awfully long plank! Can we read magazines whilst we’re at it?!)

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    Tina October 24, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Sure! I’ll probably do the same! :)

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    Kelly@BalancedDaily October 24, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Weird to think about! Ten years ago I was 12 years old and I would get excited over hanging out with guys in a friends basement, going to the movies or mall (driven by parents) on a Friday night, middle school dances, basketball game wins, and the spring carnival…At 22 what makes me excited: weekends, concerts, the beach, cookouts with friends, and planning trips home to Massachusetts.

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    Sheila October 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Murphy looks lie he takes his job serious!! My excitement of learning new things and a healthy lifestyle still excite me 10 years later!!!

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