Frump to Fabaganza: Week 3

Welcome to Week 3!

This week mostly consisted of various combinations of t-shirts and jeans.  I didn’t really venture out much except for a dental appointment and a jeans shopping excursion…  Which ended in tears.

Jeans shopping, man.  It’s a bummer!  They’re either too tight, too loose, fit but have a massive waist the size of a small planet, make your butt look flat (which is not flattering for those of us that have some bubble), or the pockets are too low.  They are almost harder to find than a good fitting bra.  I complained to Hubs that it’s “just so easy for guys!”  He sighed and gave me a big hug.  Maybe next week…

Anywho, fabness:

Week 3

Week 3

9. Weekend comfy:
Shirt — Kohl’s
Jeans — Delia’s
Shoes — Target
Earrings — Kohl’s

10. House Hunting:
Shirt — Marshall’s
Jeans — that one place in New York…
Shoes — Target
Watch, earrings, necklace, ring — Gifts
Bracelet — Forever 21

11. Peach Pie Making:
Shirt — Target
Jeans — same as #10
Shoes — Target
Necklaces, earrings, bracelet — Gifts

12. Errands:
Shirt — Kohl’s
Jeans — Delia’s
Shoes — Target
Earrings — Claire’s

13. Semi-successful Shopping followed by A Good Hard Run:
Shirt — New York & Co
Sweater — Target
Jeans — Target
Shoes — DSW
Necklace — Target
Bracelet — Gift
Earrings — Forever 21

My favorites of the week are #9 and #13.  I felt comfy and put together, which is sometimes a rarity.  What are your favorites?  How do you successfully combine comfy and put together?  Let me know; I love hearing from you!

Tri-ing Tuesdays: Training Schedule


It’s the Tuesday after the Tuesday I said I wanted to post this… but last week was not only hectic, I was also under the weather.  Sometimes something’s got to give.  I also didn’t get dressed as per the Frump to Fabaganza Project, so last weeks installment was a little short on the super fabness.

Damn you, summer cold!


I am here to give you a glimpse at our training schedule for our Triathlon in 4 weeks.  Writing that totally freaks me out…

Our philosophy is to train to complete, not train to compete.  I know that may sound totally counter intuitive and purpose defeating however, Hubs and I would rather have fun, not just in our training but also in our everyday lives than be slaves to the training schedule.  Although, I do like to race against myself — getting a PR (Personal Record) is pretty damn satisfying, and since I don’t envision myself as ever making it to the Olympics, self-competition is how I gauge improvement.

So with that in mind, my goals for this triathlon are similar, yet different from what they were last time:

Assateague Assault Tri 2011

Assateague Assault Tri 2011

Assateague Assault Sprint Tri Goals (2011):

  1. Finish without stopping (particularly the run). (CHECK)
  2. Finish in under two hours (CHECK, 1:53:33) Pretty good for my first tri, I think.

Bear Lake Brawl Sprint Tri Goals (2014):

  1. No doggy paddle during the swim. In my defense, the Assateague Assault was the first time I swam in the ocean.  As in swimming.  In the ocean.  With waves and stuff.  Getting the hang of breath timing was crucial and something I seriously struggled with, hence the doggy paddle.  It’s rather terrifying trying to catch your breath when your face is being slammed by another wave.  Just sayin’.
  2. Faster transition between the swim and the bike.  Last time my transition was terrible (like 7 minutes or something awful).  I couldn’t get my bike shorts on over my wet legs.  This time, I might just forego the padded butt in order to beat my time.
  3. Finish without stopping.  We only have a short amount of time to train and I haven’t done squat since the 10K Turkey Trot in December we did with a friend.  The pressure is on.  Also, altitude.
  4. Finish in under 1:45.  That’s 8.5 minutes.  My mind has conflicting feelings about this goal.  First, it’s less than 10 minutes, so how hard can it really be?  Assateague was my first tri, so it’s natural that it wasn’t the best time, being inexperienced and all.  Now that I have some experience, things should go smoother, right?  However, it’s also over 5 minutes.  Which anyone who has done any sort of timed sport knows that goals in seconds are sometimes more realistic.  Also, 4 weeks.
  5. Goal of the goals: complete at least 3/4 of the above goals.

I have a pretty good feeling about my time goal.  First, the swim portion is in a lake not the ocean.  I’ve been lake swimming my entire life; before I even swam in a pool.  Lake swimming comes naturally to me.  Second, we are visiting the lake about two weeks before the race.  There’s something to be said about training in the conditions you will be competing (or in our case, participating) in.

I wish we would have spent some time training in the ocean for my first tri.  I have always felt that I am a strong swimmer.  I can swim a long time before I am tired and I have never been afraid of the water.  However, this was not the most pleasant first ocean swim experience.  I wasn’t afraid of drowning or anything, but I will have to admit that it was the first time I have ever been uncomfortable with my watery surroundings and not completely confident in my swimming abilities.  The doggy paddle portion of my swim reflected my adjustment to ocean swimming.  It took me a minute (or several) of observing the other swimmers to find that breathing on the backside of the wave, not the trough, was the way to go.

And without further ado, the schedule:

6 Week Tri Training Schedule

First of all, sorry for the Word download.  I couldn’t figure out how to get a pretty table onto WordPress.  If you have any suggestions, lemme know!

Second, we are training four days a week with some flexibility on what EXACT days those are.  Usually Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and… a weekend day.  I’m also doing some “cross-training” on my own in the form of hiking with girlfriend of mine and the occasional HIIT to build up some general strength (I’ve got a fair amount of endurance, but zero strength).

Lemme know what you think!  And tell me about your first race experience!



Frump to Fabaganza: Week 2

Soooo… this week was a little on the weak side for getting dressed and what not.  I was sick on Monday and Tuesday and basically stayed in my jammies… because that what you do when you feel like crud.  But I did pretty good for the rest of the week.  Even made the 9 am cut-off time, which I took as more of a suggestion than a rule last week.

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6. Shirt — Kohl’s
Jeans — Delia’s
Shoes — DSW
Earrings — Kohl’s
Necklace — gift

7. Shirt — Kohl’s
Shorts — Old Navy
Shoes — DSW
Necklace — New York & Co

8. Shirt — Old Navy
Sweater — Target
Jeans — Delia’s
Shoes — somewhere in downtown D.C.
Necklace — Claire’s
Bracelet — gift

Frump to Fabaganza: Week 1

Week 1 of Frump to Fabaganza was a little more effort than I originally thought.  Breaking out of bad habits (pj’s all day) is hard, and this was no exception.  My usual morning ritual is to make coffee before Hubs goes to work, then sit in front of the computer writing emails, making calls, occasionally getting up to make the bed and fold laundry… all while still in the jam-jams.  Days 1 and 2 were easy — I actually had places to be and things to do before noon.  The rest of the week, well, lets just say that this project was the only thing that kept me motivated.  I mean, really.  Who wants to think about hair and make up if you’re just hanging out by yourself all day?

I did find (and this is a lesson learned for the billionth time) that I was more productive, even if I was just hanging out at the house by myself.  I was more inclined to venture out into the world beyond and get things done.  Like grocery shopping.  Dog grooming.  Class registration.  Ya know, grown-up, “responsible” things.

I struggle sometimes with being a grown up…  My usual motto is “Responsi–SHINY!!!!!”

The struggle is real, folks!

The Outfits

The Outfits

1. T-Shirt — Target
Pants — Loft
Shoes — Target
Necklace — New York & Co
Earrings — Claire’s
Sunglasses — Target

2. Black Shirt — Target
Necklace — New York & Co
Shorts — Old Navy
Watch and Earrings — gifts

3. T-shirt — Target
Pants — …somewhere in New York
Shoes — Target
Necklace — Claire’s
Bracelets — gifts

4. Shirt — Target
Jeans — Delia’s
Shoes — Target
Necklace — gift

5. Shirt and skirt — Target
Necklace — Claire’s

Awesome August

Welcome to Awesome August!  This month is going to be AWESOME!!!

I have to admit I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately.  Sometimes boredom does that.  It’s been hard to get the motivation to do anything, especially taking care of myself.  What’s the problem?  We’re in a new city, a new apartment, and we are starting to make new friends…  But sitting at home all day biting my nails hoping to a) get into a school so I can finish some sort of degree and b) trying unsuccessfully  to get a summer job have started to wear me down. (As an aside: I have been accepted into both schools I applied for, chosen which to attend, signed up for classes, and am waiting for school to begin — YAY!)

All this blah-ness has led me to this months projects.

Project 1: August’s Great Frump to Fabaganza

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Part of the reason I feel so crappy and lazy is due in part to there being no need for me to get out of my pajamas unless I’m headed to my twice weekly volunteer job.  That’s two days out of seven that I actually need to be dressed in some semblance of real clothes.  That’s just ridiculous!

So, here are the guidelines for August’s Great Frump to Fabaganza:

  1. I will be totally ready for the day no later than 9:00 am.  This includes face (washed), hair (brushed), clothes (on), and accessories (fanceeeh).  Doesn’t need to be over the top, but at least put together.
  2. I will do this process 20/31 days in August.  Most likely Monday through Friday, maybe a weekend or two thrown in, starting August 4th.
  3. I will document this project in a weekly post (Friday Fabaganza! — except this week, post on Sunday), which will include pictures of what I wore and any tips, tricks, or products that seem pertinent.

Project 2: Tri-ing for 6 Weeks

Assateague Assault Tri 2011

Assateague Assault Tri 2011

Hubs and I signed up for a Sprint Triathlon this last week.  SUPER EXCITED!!! This tri takes place on September 13th, so we have exactly six weeks (technically five I s’pose, but we started training last Sunday, so six it is) to get ready.

Guidelines for Tri-ing for 6 Weeks:

  1. Train, obviously.
  2. Post training schedule by August 12th so those of you interested can follow along.
  3. Post 4 times about tri’s in the next 5 weeks (Tri-ing Tuesday):
    1. Tri Training Schedule (August 12th)
    2. Food for Tri-ing
    3. What You Need to Tri
    4. Post-Tri Awesomeness (Because finishing a triathlon is something to celebrate!)

Project 3: Motivated Maybes Reads

July Reads (still have some left in The Year of Living Biblically, but I started it in July so I’m counting it…)

July Reads

I have been obsessed with BookTube this summer!  What’s BookTube you ask?  It’s a channel on YouTube where they talk about books, books, and more books!  I love it.  I started my own channel at the end of June, but haven’t posted any videos yet.  August will change that.

Guidelines for Motivated Maybes Reads:

  1. Post intro video onto YouTube (and here) by August 9th.  I will include a link to the video and to my quote blog on Tumblr on Motivated Maybes.
  2. Read and stuff…
  3. Post BookTube vlog at least once a week for a total of (at least) 4 videos in August.

I’m really excited!  I think this month will be great!  And busy.  Busy is good.

What are your goals/projects for Awesome August?

Master Bath Reveal: Let’s Make This As Hard As Possible

Seriously.  Can we?  Make it as hard. As. Possible.  Because we can…

I know you are dying to find out how it turned out, so here ya go!



I think Hubs would agree with me that the Master Bath was the most frustrating of all of our DIY projects to date.

Part of that may be because neither of us had ever tiled a wall (which is EXTREMELY different from tiling a floor).  Part of it may be because we chose to do a niche.  Another part may be because we chose to do a “really cool” accent in the middle of the wall.  Part of it may be because we changed our minds half way through.  Regardless, this was the hardest project we’ve done and we couldn’t be more pleased with the way it turned out!

Welcome to the Home Spa!

Welcome to the Home Spa!

It’s a spa-like zen when taking a shower in there, I promise you!

Disclaimer:  The “After” photo in this post was taken by a photographer (not me) for The Hoffman-Terry Group, LLC, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. This image has been reproduced with permission from The Hoffman-Terry Group.  No Copyright infringement intended.

Vanity is a Sin… But Face-lifts Are Nice

Ha!  That title cracks me up.  Sometimes I am witty…


As you may know, Hubs and I started working on another bathroom update a while ago.  Our motto was “It’s not for us, just make a decision.”  Because, ya know, decisions are hard —  especially when you’re faced with living with them for the rest of your life (i.e. the powder room tile choice).  I have found, though, that makeover decisions were easier when the goal was “neutral, but interesting” in order to sell.

Hubs and I talked about getting a new vanity for the master bath, but after shopping around and not finding anything affordable we liked we decide to try out a “vanity face-lift.”  Read: paint.

If you have been following me at all, you have probably noticed that I have done a few old-to-new face-lifts (here and here) and that spray paint is my new best friend.  Unfortunately, I didn’t think spray paint would be the appropriate choice for this particular makeover.  So paint it was!

I was a little apprehensive at first.  I just really disliked the vanity we had.  It was white.  And boring.  And ugly.  And  old.  But after some Googling, and some inspiration from one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love, I decided maybe it was doable.  Besides “It’s not for us…”

Sanding Tools

Prep Tools

Preparation Tools:

Electric Sander with 100 grit sand paper (I used a finer grit since it wasn’t real wood and I didn’t want to destroy the finish; just rough it up a bit…)
Screw driver to remove pulls/door
Mask (sanding dust is no fun…)
rubber gloves

I used the same basic technique outlined in previous posts, with a few modifications.

First, I got a new toy.  🙂

New Toy!

New Toy!

After taking the door off, pulling the drawers out, and cleaning the inside out with some diluted Simple Green, I lightly sanded the entire outside surface of the vanity.  Then, I followed that with  TSP, and some left over deglosser from a previous project to ensure the surface was SUPER clean.  It is just builder grade white vinyl (?) — the cheapest of the cheap found on every home improvement stock floor everywhere and not even real wood.

Color Change: Behr Premium Plus in Roman Plaster

Color Change: Behr Premium Plus in Roman Plaster

Once the prep was done I was ready to paint!

Get your paint on!

Get your paint on!

Painting Tools:

Behr Premium Plus Ultra in Roman Plaster
paint brush
Foam rollers (as suggested by Young House Love; they worked like a charm!)

The second modification was deviating slightly from the How To’s I read in that I didn’t use a separate primer before I painted.  This is not a step I skipped when I painted the kitchen cabinets, but I felt that the bathroom vanity gets a little less wear-and-tear than a kitchen cabinet, so I made a judgement call.  I did, however, use a paint-and-primer-in-one (Behr is my all time favorite paint, and we pretty much use it exclusively in our house).


I was surprised by how pretty it turned out!  Roman Plaster is a beautiful, creamy neutral that is NOT WHITE.  It really looks spiffy now.  There was a spot I was particularly concerned about where the finished had chipped quite a lot, but after sanding and painting, it has completely disappeared!

Disappearing Act

Disappearing Act

Also, it’s really amazing what new hardware will do.  The new nobs bring this old builder-grade vanity to the next level.

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You can really see the color difference here, since I forgot to paint the kick plate (that has since been corrected).

Fin (sorta)

Fin (sorta)

Check out the upcoming Master Bath Update: Let’s Make This As Hard As Possible for the final-final product with the new counter top and pretty fixture.  🙂

Have you ever painted a piece of furniture?  What did you do?  What materials did you use?  Tell me all about it!

Where Have You Been Lately?

(Now that song is stuck in my head….)

Holy cow bell, y’all!  It’s be a lllloooooooonnnggg time.  Hope everything is going well with you and that you are getting Motivated for Spring!

Also, Happy Easter!

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I know, I know.  It’s been forever and I’m sure you felt abandoned.  Fear not!  I have fun, juicy deets about the house renovations coming up.  And now that I have the kitchen back, I can start cooking again so I might even have a recipe.

First of all, I want to tie up some loose ends.  I’m sure you’ve been wondering about the Master Bath.  Well, that’s finished!  So I will be forthcoming with details, stories, and how to’s soon.  Second, we started and finished the kitchen with barely enough time to clean the house before putting on the market.  And finally, we’ve sold.  It’s all very bittersweet.

My goal this week is to get pictures ready for the above mentioned posts, and will probably have the first one out today or tomorrow.  I hope you’re as excited as I am!