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Friday Five: Where Have I Been?

I have been MIA for quite a while. It’s been a busy two weeks trying to dig out of the hole left after Disney Princess weekend and the Atlanta trip. In honor of my time away, I would love to share with you this latest version of Friday Five: Where Have I Been?

  1. St. Patrick’s Scavenger Run
  2. The Bachelor Fantasy League Finale
  3. Work. A lot of time was spent at work.
  4. High School Basketball Games.
  5. Snowshoe, West Virginia

St. Patrick’s Scavenger Run

Goal: run, find the shamrocks hidden throughout the city, come back to the store, win prizes. 

Every shamrock on the map is the location of a painted wooden shamrock in real life. Go!

I saw this event pop up on Facebook sometime early this month, but I disregarded it. Yesterday it popped up again during the 7:00 hour. The day was beautiful outside. But the CrossFit workout looked super fun, so I was conflicted. I can do kettlebell swings any day. But there’s only one St. Patrick’s Shamrock Scavenger Run.

The event was hosted by Robert’s Running and Saucony. Big props to the organizers. I had a BLAST! My partner was Jill Meadows, the incredible spirit who is an impressive yogi and previous 50K ultra winner. So I sprinted… partly because we wanted to get the first shamrock before someone else found it… and partly because she’s pretty swift. Later I found out that she was running faster because I was running faster.

No running watch, no Apple watch, and I didn’t even start my RunKeeper. I just had a bunch of fun and ran something like 3-4 miles? What a great evening! I’m glad I chose the scavenger hunt over kettlebell swings. I won a two-pack of Saucony socks! I love socks!

Oh, and there was green beer to be had. So that’s a win-win.

Tell us who won!?


The Bachelor Fantasy League Finale

Bingo cards ready!
This event was on Monday night this week. Let’s put in this way, Bachelor Bingo really engages the viewer in the TV show in a very intimate way. 🙂 We cannot wait to start our next league in May!

I posted back in ?January? about The Bachelor GIFs and mentioned this fantasy league. My team netted me last place. Oy! Kristy ran away with the contest… lucky choices, I suppose. 😉 But I think the five of us had a lot of fun. Next time we will be changing the draft rules just a bit to make the teams larger and maybe I can last longer in the competition?


Shown: The Final Rose and our league prizes.
Ashley made The Finale Rose, her signature cocktail. Totally yummy! I highly recommend sampling any of her signature cocktails if you ever get a chance. I’ve never been disappointed.

But how about those two lovebirds?!?! I was a Lauren B. fan. I’m extremely pleased that Ben chose Lauren B. on The Bachelor. And JoJo as the new Bachelorette? Great choice, ABC. Her voice is a little annoying, but her nail polish and style points make up for that small, petty complaint.

Chinchilly by Essie

Work. A lot of time was spent at work.

We are the last two people at work. The eye clinic staff is dedicated.

That hole I dug myself (not on purpose) when I was on vacation? Yeah, I’m just now seeing what sea level looks like. We’ve had some incredibly challenging cases at work lately. Just last Friday I had a retinal tear, intractable CME, recurrent post-op uveitis x2, a huge NAION, severe retinopathy with macular edema, and a sixth nerve palsy. That’s a lot of charts to sign and care to coordinate.

We survive, though. Being understaffed in the eye clinic has proved challenging. We’ll be back down to 2 providers once Johnson goes on paternity leave. But at least the residents are a little more self-sufficient than this summer or early fall. Always a plus side, right?

It would be lovely to get the 2 providers who are currently in the boarding process. It would be lovely to get our clinic expansion we were promised. It would be lovely to have less administrative duties that interrupt my patient care. I’ve had a lot of whiny moments lately, but for every whiny moment I’ve had 3 excited moments. 

You have no idea what this picture is… so let’s just move on to the next photo.

Example A: woman couldn’t get to the clinic until after 4pm. She shows up, tells me she is crazy, tried really hard to read those letters, and then hugged me for calling her the day before to get her to come in for an exam.

Example B: I took a picture just yesterday of an early horseshoe tear through our slit lamp camera using a 78D lens AND my scleral depressor. Yeah buddy.

Example C: My grand rounds presentation was accepted for the 2016 American Academy of Optometry meeting in Anaheim, California!!!

Late evenings are worth it sometimes. 

My reward! Beautiful evening!

High School Basketball Games


How did I not save the photo of dad coaching? His girls, though, took plenty selfies. This night was on my birthday!
My dad coached at AAA Logan High School this year, and as per every year around my birthday, games were to be attended. Lots of games, I had hoped. Alas, we only got to attend 2 games. The first was the night of my birthday, when the team won. The next was last week, when the team lost.

The most difficult aspect was seeing my dad being the head coach. The actual head coach had a health scare… and then he was hospitalized… and then he had surgery! It was terrible news, and I was nervous for both of the men.

But what a great time getting to spend some weeknights with my family! I miss them!

Can you play basketball in Tory Burch flats? Taylor can.

Snowshoe, West Virginia

During ski season, it is odd to find a post on my blog that doesn’t have a ski picture or mention me skiing. This time around… a video! Paul and I are learning how to ski bumps (moguls, but not the crazy ones). I bobbled at the top and I tried to spray Bri with snow at the end of the video; the middle of the video isn’t a bad representation of my current bump ski level. b e g i n n e r.

And that’s it! That’s all I’ve got for you this week. I’m pretty excited I was able to even hit publish on this one with all the stuff going on in my world. 

Until next time, tell me what you’ve been up to lately in the comments below. Have you gone on a vacation? Bought a car? Hung out with an awesome kid? Gone for a bike ride? Please share!

Friday Five: The Bachelor Season 20 GIFs

In celebration of my rediscovered love/hate relationship with The Bachelor, I bring you my five favorite GIFs I found on the Internet (sourced appropriately when I can find the actual source) from the 20th SEASON of ABC’s The Bachelor.

GIFs add to my happiness in life. And fantasy leagues also add to my happiness. I’ll be writing a post in the near future about the Fantasy League (link takes you to the points system) I’ve joined. No, not fantasy football. The Bachelor. Yes, I’ve been pulled back into the ABC train wreck… but the only thing to really bring me out of retirement is this Fantasy League. I’m hooked again.

But… about those GIFs. My Friday Five: The Bachelor Season 20 GIFs. In no particular order:

  1. This is Olivia. All of the time. All the stinking time. Girl, a fly is going to swoop in there and cause you to aspirate. *dying*

    Source: ThoughtCatalog.com
    Source: ThoughtCatalog.com
  2. This is Lace. She drinks a lot, pour girl. *seewhatididthere????

    Source: giphy.com
    Source: giphy.com
  3. You’ve got the bachelor himself, Ben. Here he is being exasperated because of Lace and her craziness.

    Source: PerezHilton.com
    Source: PerezHilton.com
  4. And here is Jubilee with her gun. I love guns, right? Well this girl loves them, too. But she loves her drama more. Work it, girl. Work those tears… after you holster your weapon.

    Source: I don't know. Sorry, source.
    Source: I don’t know. Sorry, source.

Finally, here are my home girls, the twins Haley and Emily. I drafted Haley to my team, but in retrospect I think Emily might have been a better choice. We’ll see how it pans out next week, ladies. Drink up, until then.

Source: Decider.com
Source: Decider.com

Thank you to all of the sources that probably stole their GIFs from someone else. Much obliged.

Have you been watching The Bachelor: Season 20? What’s your favorite moment so far?

Friday Five: Most Played iTunes Songs

You have iTunes? Do me a favor- open up your desktop app (or download an app that can tell you your play count). Sort by play count. List off your top 5 most played songs on iTunes in the comments section below! Ready?

Since it’s my game, I’ll go first:

  1. Club Can’t Handle Me (ft. David Guetta) – Flo Ride  341
  2. For a Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic – Paramore  208
  3. Misery Business – Paramore  170
  4. Cups – Anna Kendrick  160
  5. El Tratra – La Banda del Caribe  158

I think my playlist numbers are lower than expected because I have 4 different devices and my iTunes with all my music in it hasn’t been updated in a long long time. Nonetheless, I doubt the top 2 would be any different.

Club Can’t Handle Me is my jam. I love that song and it’s been my jam since the very first time I heard it in 2010 at my first Zumba class with Sara Bremer. I just love how it makes me feel! I love the energy of the beat and the ridiculous lyrics. Put it on and I’ll throw it down on the dance floor.

For a Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic is my get shit done song. It’s my favorite song for charting. It’s one of my favorites for running. I love it!

3-5 are funny because they are all so different. Perhaps these songs are indicative of my versatility in music tastes? It would be awesome to see how my iTunes top 5 stacks up if it ever consolidated correctly. 🙂

Okay, your turn!

Friday Five: Photos From 09/04/2015

Top 5 photos from morning to tonight. Go!

1.  The sunrise at Butter It Up for coffee with a friend. ?

2.  My buddy let me borrow his Sawyer Filter!

3.  A coworker gave me a compass to use for the weekend after I told him I laminated my map (like a nerd). 

4. This burger at Butter It Up (after yoga!). It was kind of tall. 

5.  This weather forecast from just a bit ago. I am crossing my fingers the rain stays far away and we have clear nights to star gaze. ?

Leaving in the morning! Wish me luck and say some prayers!

Friday Five: Childhood Favorites

“Favorite Things” posts make me so very happy. So in honor of my guest post over at Krista Winbigler’s blog, I’m cross posting here. If you didn’t read last week’s Friday Five: The Alchemist then you should peruse it a bit. Thanks again, Krista. Great job!

I’ve started a running list of my Favorite Things here. Whenever I post a Friday Five full of favorites then I’m going to add them to the list. Today’s additions are from 1988-1995. I bring you Friday Five: Childhood Favorites. It was pretty easy to decide what my topic would be because I’ve been trying to get back to a simpler time, less complex ideologies and more simple, profound ways to express myself. Also, I just got back from vacation and I’m feeling pretty sentimental.

I truly believe that we all must put childish actions away as we get older, but I also believe that if you put away memories of childhood then you’re losing the strings binding you to your past. The past creates you, so honor it!

Five Childhood Favorites

  • Crayola Crayons
  • Micro Machines
  • My Amazing Glasses
  • Mario
  • R.L. Stine

Crayola Crayons

My friend, Sue, and I were talking about these beauties at dinner on Saturday night. Have you ever opened up a brand new package of 96 crayons and just smelled them? Have you, too, gazed lovingly at the perfectly pointed blunt tips? Have you remembered the satisfaction of coloring Cinderella’s dress with Midnight Blue or Grandma Minnie’s rocking chair with Burnt Sienna?

It feels so good to recall these memories. And remember what I said about putting away childish actions? Yeah, forget about that. One version of happiness is me, a TV show on Netflix (or a movie I’ve seen a thousand times), and a coloring book.

Micro Machines

Choking hazard. Endless hours of imagination. They were my Barbies. ‘Nuff said.

My Amazing Glasses

I’ve posted a picture of them before… man those suckers were HOTT. Big, round, glass lenses. Post-LASIK me gets reminiscent for my old glasses, but especially that first pair. Gold with tortoise shell laminate on the front. I remembered that flaked off pretty quickly.

I remember the smell of them (yes, I know I have a weird obsession with smell, sorry not sorry). I remember the weight and the feel and the entire year I wore them playing basketball. I truly looked like a doofus. And I’m grateful for having had them because, well, I couldn’t see very well without them.

Oh, and as an aside, pretty much all of you reading this post are not blind. “I’m blind without my glasses.” As an optometrist who sees a lot of people who are actually blind, you aren’t. And if you actually are blind, rock on for reading this! I hope you enjoy your low vision devices– you all amaze me!! I am so in awe of you. 🙂 And I bet your glasses are totally better looking on you than my first pair looked on me! Hahah

Dr. Mario

Dr. Mario isn’t about me playing it, it’s hearing the music come on and watching my parents play. My Nintendo was in my little room hooked up to my little TV in our apartment. They played without the music, no “Fever” or “Chill,” just them and “doot doot duhn boin scrascrascrascras doot doot…” over and over mixed with my mom yelling out STAN!!!, my dad giggling and trying to mess her up. The sounds play on repeat in my head sometimes and it actually makes me miss being 6 years old begging to play my Nintendo but secretly being okay just watching them.

And for the record, they still play Dr. Mario. The only thing that is different is the amount of hair they both have and the year.

I couldn’t find the basic theme music… you get this instead.

R.L. Stine

If you were lucky enough to have the Scholastic book order form make it home with you, and if you were lucky enough to have your parents actually agree to purchase at least 1 of the 14 books you circled… chances are one was an R.L. Stine book.

I love the memories of the smell of new books, the feeling of cracking the spine for the first time; it’s incredibly powerful for me. I also remember the way my friends would hold their books at their desks in grade school (continuing on into middle and high school their techniques never changed). Most of the time those books were by R.L. Stine if we were allowed to free read.

Do you have a favorite? Was it a Goosebumps variety?

My favorite was one I have been Googling all week. I remember the cover distinctly as having this shimmer on it with silver and green. Google image search turned up nothing that jogged my memory, but I do recall that it was the only one I read more than 2 times.

Image search also reminded me of “Beach House”, “The Dead Lifeguard”, “Truth or Dare”, and “Ski Weekend”. I think I’ll go to the library this weekend and read one again.

hit and run bookEdit: It’s called Hit and Run. I spent 40 minutes trying to find it on Goodreads and Amazon before I sent my draft to Krista. Slowly the cover came back to me. I saw an outline of a dead body on a road in my fogged memories. Then BOOM: the title materialized. One Google search later I tasted sweet victory. Check it out:

So that’s it. My Friday Five: Childhood Favorites. In the comments section below, tell me which of the above is YOUR favorite and why. 🙂

Happy Friday!

Friday Five: The Alchemist

“Woah! Hold up, put the emoticons down and nobody gets hurt.” -Krista Winbigler

Krista told me I had been using too many emoticons lately so she demanded that we switch blogs for today. We look out for each other, people.

So today is the perfect day to introduce probably my most favorite feature… Friday Five. And today is the perfect day to hand over my shiny new blog to a fabulous fellow writer. And I think I need to read The Alchemist now.


It’s a blog takeover!! I’m seriously so pumped that Meg asked me to swap blogs for the day to share a few of my favorite things with y’all. To be totally honest, I’ve been procrastinating hard. Where do I even begin with sharing my favorite things with you?! Currently, it’s Thursday night and I was staring at my computer screen for a long while, wishing I could get back to reading my new favorite book. And then it hit me!

Friday Five: The Alchemist

I’m going to give you my top five favorite quotes from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This book is everything. It’s a novel jam packed with the most perfect little truth nuggets and knowledge bombs. Your brain might actually explode.FullSizeRender

The best part? When it was first published, 25 years ago, it totally bombed. Six months after it was published, only two copies had sold; both to the same person! Coelho lost his publisher and the book was considered a failure. Today, The Alchemist has spent more than 300 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list, and is considered one of the top 10 books of the twentieth century.

Moral of the story? You just never know what’s around the corner. Keep the faith, my friends. Until next time!

  1. “…dreams are the language of God. “ – You know those mornings when you wake up from the most perfect dream and would give anything to dive back into it? You kind of spend the day cruising on a whole different level. Elevated.
  2. “It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them.” Like the tear on your cheek when you laugh until you cry, dark chocolate, heavy squats and great sex.
  3. “Everyone seems to have a clear idea about how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” – A couple months ago I guided a dear friend of mine through a decision to make a career change. It was so easy for me to do that for her, but for myself, it’s always “so complicated.” (Except it’s really not.)
  4. “[The world’s greatest lie is] this; that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” – You and I are in the driver’s seat of our own lives. Always. No one else. We can set your eyes on a destination, or fall asleep at the wheel.
  5. “If God leads the sheep so well, he will also lead a man, he thought.” – Notice how the flowers grow. They do not toil or spin. But I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of them. Luke 12: 27. Coincidence? I think not.

IMG_3026.PNGKrista is a graduate student living and working in Columbus, Ohio. She is still naive enough to believe she can avoid getting a “real job” after finishing her career as a professional student. Her favorite forms of procrastination include reading, writing for her blog, paddle boarding, powerlifting and long walks with her soulmate, a three year old Australian Shepherd named Hank.

Thanks so much, Krista, for hijacking my blog. Sorry I stalked your Instagram account @kristawinbigler to find a headshot for this post. Haha, I just chose the one that made me smile the most… hope you don’t mind. Show Krista some love in the comments!!