• ABCs of 2013 (What I’m Looking Forward to this Year)

    February 1, 2013

    Good morning and happy February! I can’t believe the first month of the year is already over.

    Since the new year is moving right along, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of the things I’m looking forward to in 2013 with the help of the alphabet. (Why not, right?)

    A – Annual party: Our Pig Party and tiny HUGE party were both huge successes, so we’re already thinking about what to plan for this year.

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    B – Black Butte Ranch: Mal and I had such a blast last year, we’ll be spending a week at Black Butte Ranch again this summer.

    black butte ranch

    C – CrossFit Open: I’m pumped! I was a new CrossFitter and then had a bad flare during the Open last year, so I’m excited to compete!

    D – Date nights: One of my goals for 2013 was to plan a monthly date night with Mal, so I’m looking forward to having some fun times together.

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    E – Engagements and weddings: Mal and I only have one wedding on our calendar so far this year, but I think there will be quite a few engagements in 2013!

    F – Five years with Mal: I can’t believe we’ll be celebrating 5 years of marriage this summer. Time flies when you’re having fun!

    G – Grilling in our backyard: After all of the work we put into our backyard last year, I’m looking forward to enjoying it to its fullest this summer.

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    H – Headstands: I recently learned how to do headstands, so I love practicing them whenever I have a chance. They’re so fun and there will be lots in 2013!

    I – Ireland: Mal and I randomly purchased a Groupon-type deal for a 7-day trip to Ireland in April. It’s Mal’s dream to visit, so we are psyched!

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    J – Juicing: Recently, I’ve been reading up on juicing. It sounds like it might be a good option for helping to heal my colon and provide me with some serious nutrients, so I’m considering giving it a try.

    K – Kipping pull-ups (and Thrusters): Ok, maybe I’m not looking forward to Fran Rx, but it’s definitely a top fitness goal of mine for 2013.

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    L – Learning to make sushi: Learning to make sushi is one of my goals for 2013, so it will most likely become a date night for Mal and me. Two birds, one stone.

    M – Mocktails: Since the holidays, I’ve been drinking like a fish (and my colon doesn’t appreciate it), so I’m trying to lay off the booze a little and enjoysome “mocktails” instead.

    N – Nephew: I am super psyched to meet my new nephew in June!

    O – Oahu: I was invited on a press trip to Oahu by the Oahu Visitor’s Bureau later this month. I was able to coordinate the dates with Mal’s school break, so he’s coming along!

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    P – Pug therapy: Murphy and I are really enjoying our visits, so I see a lot more of them in our future!

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    Q – Quotes (in True American): New Girl fans, you’ve seen the cast play that crazy drinking/climb-on-furniture game, right? Well, it’s called True American, and I really want to play it sometime soon. It looks like such a blast!

    NEW GIRL:  L-R:  Nick (Jake Johnson), Jess (Zooey Deschanel), Holly (guest star Brooklyn Decker), Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Daisy (guest star Brenda Song) play a heated game of "True American" in the "Cooler" episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Jan. 29 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr: Patrick McElhenney/FOX
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    R – Rock climbing: Mal and I are going tomorrow! I can’t wait!

    S – Shower: Did you know my sister is having a baby?! I may have mentioned it a few times on CNC already. Anyway, I’m excited to plan her baby shower this spring.

    T – Tough Mudder: Some people from my box are getting a team together for Tough Mudder, and I’m going to join them. So pumped for it!

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    U – Underwater adventures: Our trip to Hawaii includes snorkeling, which, of course, will be an adventure for me since I’m scared of the ocean sharks.

    V – Volcanic tuff cone: Our trip also includes hiking Diamond Head, which is a volcanic tuff cone on Oahu. It looks so cool, and I’m excited!

    W – The Walking Dead: It returns on February 10th! Can’t wait!

    X – X-rated Jokes: I’ve recently fallen in love with Tosh.0, which is hilarious and full of x-rated jokes.

    Y – Yoga: Specifically hot yoga in the winter. Love it.

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    Z – ZOOMA race: I’m joining some blog friends in Annapolis for a girls’ weekend and race with ZOOMA in June. It’s going to be fun!

    Question of the Day

    What are you looking forward to in 2013?

    P.S. Loved this post and just wanted to share: Why CrossFit Ruined My Life.

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    Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles February 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Loved this post! I’m most looking forward to my wedding (of course) and to moving (but don’t tell Jared…he likes where we currently live!)

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    Kelly @ Kelly the Culinarian February 1, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Oh I didn’t realize that Zooma had a race in Indy. Is this where they’re moving the Great Lakes race to this year? I did it in Wisconsin last year and it was a blast!

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    Annette@FitnessPerks February 1, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    This is so fun!!! yay for fun events in 2013–looks like you’ve got some awesome trips planned :)

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    Erin February 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    A lot of my friends did a Tough Mudder last year and they want me to do it, but I’m terrified! I don’t have to cut my legs! Ice water and electric shocking just doesn’t sound fun to me. yikes

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    Brooke February 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I signed up for my second tough mudder in June! You will love it!!!!

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    Ellie@Fit for the Soul February 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    ommmmahhgoodness Ireland! I was just telling my husband last night that we have to go there someday~someday… :) And I think it’s a good thing you guys are having monthly date nights! “Dating” while being married is so so important and helpful to the relationship.

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    Jodea @ chillichocolatelove.com February 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Hawaii and Ireland! Fabulous! I’m looking forward to weddings in Stockholm and Sorrento and a trip to Athens with friends. I also can’t wait to get the garden at my new house in shape for summer parties.

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    stephanie gramlich February 1, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I’m so jealous about Ireland! My parents are going there for their 25th Wedding anniversary. I’m so jealous of you all!

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    Kelly@BalancedDaily February 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    In 2013 I look forward to turning 23, moving home to Massachusetts!! (at the end of March), spending time in Cape Cod this summer, and going to one of my best childhood friend’s wedding in June.

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    michelle kim February 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    WOW! I’m excited for the trips you have planned for the year (especially the trip to Oahu! How amazing :D)!
    Fun post!

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    Kaitlyn February 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Love this list!! So jealous of your Hawaii and Ireland trips!!!

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    Monica February 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I did a Tough Mudder, it’s not as scary as it sounds. I could only do 5 pushups, and no pull ups when I did it. I was and am not a cross-fit guru like you  However I could run 10 miles and that was the more important thing because of the time of year I did it. It was in the low 40’s and the water was chilly. I had never felt what shock is until then. I couldn’t breathe. Then you had to run to keep warm. They soaked you through the whole course. But the comradery is so prevalent that I was greatly helped and gave as much help as I could through the whole course.

    PS just run through the “electro shock therapy” obstacle, everyone who entered with trepidation slowly got shocked a lot. Those who ran through (Like me) didn’t get shocked at all. JUST GO FOR IT! 

    Good luck, have fun, show off your battle wounds, they are awesome!

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    Tina February 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    @Monica: Ha! Thanks for the tip! :)

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    Melissa @ A Girl Called Cake February 1, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Oahu is AMAZING! You are going to love it. So far it’s my favorite place on earth. And….thanks for telling me the New Girl drinking furniture game is real! I was talking with my husband the other day wondering if it actually was a game or if it was made up for the show!

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    Melissa @ A Girl Called Cake February 1, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    @Melissa @ A Girl Called Cake:
    I just read more closely, so I guess it is a real game but was made up for the show, in any case I think I may have to play it soon!

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    Tricia February 1, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Ireland picture is where I got engaged 2years ago at the cliffs, make sure you go to dingle and kinsale- kinsale s like Newport they actually have Newport signs there! We drove the entire country it was amazing! I have a ton of b and bs and restaurants if you need help. Frommers book wa great and very helpful

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    Erica @ For the Sake of Cake February 1, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Looks like you’ve got a few great trips coming up… so fun!

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    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I’m definitely looking forward to more yoga (hopefully trying some new to me studios in the area) and running my first 1/2 marathon in April!

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    Kendall @onaninhale February 1, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Oh my you have a great year ahead! Two huge trips! I’m looking forward to my wedding and honeymoon in sept :)

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    Katie @ skinnyminniemoves February 1, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I really want to do a tough mudder! Really looking forward to being social again! I previously worked nights and now I am back to daytime! Yay

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    Alicia @ NeverEverBeenSkinny February 1, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    This is so cute! I have to remember this idea for sometime. I can not wait to see the pictures from Ireland!

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    pruttybird February 1, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Wow … Sounds like you have a great year planned. You’ll love Annapolis in June … Not too hot … can’t guarantee anying about the humidity though :). If you get a chance, go to downtown Annapolis by the docks and get ice cream from Storm Bros. It’s the best there. Also if you’re looking for a gret place to eat with some yummy drinks, try Pussers Carribbean Grille. I thought about doing Zooma in Annapolis but the idea of running 13.1 miles makes me very very nervous. I’m a 5k kinda girl :).

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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance February 1, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Juicing is a MUST!! I also can’t wait to see the photos from Ireland. I am so taunted by all of those amazing deals, every single day.

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    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    What an awesome and creative post. It looks like you have a lot to look forward to! :)

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    Melissa February 1, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Those trips are going to be amazing! How did you score that Oahu one?

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    Karen February 2, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Are you going to do a meet up in Oahu?? I live here and I’d love that! Also, my husband and I go to Crossfit Kailua. You should try to come out for a WOD :)

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    Kelly @ Femme Fitale February 2, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Great post idea!! Really enjoyed :)

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    Anne @strawberryjampackedlife February 2, 2013 at 1:58 am

    We went to Oahu (and Maui) for our honeymoon! I’d recommend doing Diamond Head (most likely the location for your linked picture), Pearl Harbor, and getting banana pancakes with Macademia nut sauce at Boots and Kimos! Ah-mah-zing! Sounds like a great 2013!
    I’m looking forward to spending some of my summer in Oxford England working on my PhD research.

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    Suzanne February 2, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Sounds like it will be a great year! Our goal is to get my husband colon cancer-free this year, he was diagnosed in December and just began treatment…and then we look forward to getting back to all the fun things we enjoy doing!

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 2, 2013 at 7:28 am

    You’ve got such a great year ahead of you! This year I’m looking forward to going on a road trip with my mom and sister and starting grad school or an internship!

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    Amanda February 2, 2013 at 7:47 am

    You like Tosh?! I like you even MORE now! So funny……have you seen his stand up?

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    AJ February 2, 2013 at 11:29 am

    YAY for training for a Tough Mudder! I did one in October and it was crazy. Here’s my blog post with tips, and links to my other posts related to the event. :-)

    http://fittraveleraj.blogspot.com/2012/11/tough-mudder-tips.html

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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    Theodora February 2, 2013 at 11:48 am

    You are going to LOVE Ireland! That was probably one of my fave trips ever.

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    She Rocks Fitness February 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    My trip to Austin, TX and I’m actually here and so pumped! I tried my first CrossFit class and pumped about that as well. In 2013, I’m also looking to travel more; be more social; adventurous; and let my guard down a tad bit more. :)

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    Vicki February 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Looking forward to my sister’s baby shower, the arrival of my nephew, and the 28 mile super hike I am doing in September!

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    Abbey February 3, 2013 at 7:05 am

    I was lucky enough to live on Oahu for several years abd know you’re going to love Hawaii. You MUST take the opportunity to do a sunrise run around Diamond Head. Head around the back side of the mountain and the second half of the run takes you right along a cliff overlooking the beach. Simply amazing.

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    Georgina February 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    So excited that your visiting Ireland. Im Irish (but in NZ) so if you have any questions; drop me a message…i’d be happy to give you tips/recommendation son wheres good to visit. :D Cannot wait to read the blog on it! Always nice to see home through the eyes of someone else :D

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    Rynessa@eatrightnewsletter.com February 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    This was so creative! I can’t believe you found something for each letter. As of now all I can come up with is V for vacation. lol.

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