And now ... the answers to your burning questions!
Stacy - Who is your favorite ggrouper and why?
This is a very unfair question. It's like asking to choose amongst my children. I am probably biased towards those whom I've met in person, and that list is growing over time.
Kim - I love your work outfits - where do you shop?
Goodness, I shop everywhere! When I used to have to wear suits every day, The Limited was my one-stop shop, but I can get away with a broader range of things now. I seem to be perpetually between sizes, so I try to buy things I like and make me feel good, but not really investment-type prices. That means a lot of Old Navy, TJ Maxx/Marshalls, and anything I can find on sale via Shop It To Me. I tell myself that once I am in my goal size (getting there!) I will spend more money on classic pieces, but I cannot lie - I love quantity. I love JCrew, Nordstrom, Anthro, Boden, Urban Outfitters, ON, Gap, Banana, Shop Bop, Express, Loft, Victoria's Secret, Target, TJ Maxx ... I am an equal opportunity shopper, really.
I have two rules for myself when I am clothes shopping:1. No wishful shopping. It has to be my RIGHT NOW size and I have to have a legit place to wear it. I accumulated way too many things that were too small, for a social life I do not maintain before adopting this mantra.2. No matter what the price or size, I have to think of three different ways to wear something before I buy it. Otherwise I get into really bad ruts.And if you've seen a white pencil skirt around anywhere, let me know. I am on the hunt.
Anonymous - I read your blog daily and enjoy it completely....I have left a comment under "anonymous"once and not because I am a "creepers" as you say..lol...but I don't know how to answer using my e-mail address...I am not that good with computers..I love that you love your furry friends as much as I love mine...I love the way you take the time each week to tell Kenny 5 reasons you love him...and I love love love your style...where do you get your clothes?...I am on Weight Watchers and have them same problem as you..that scale does not move enough...I am in the process of buying the dvd's you spoke of, DDP...have you used them?...hope you and Kenny are feeling well soon....Beth..(anonymous..lol)
Just a joke, I promise. Thank you for commenting regardless - I love love love comments. Like they seriously make my day, especially since I don't get a ton. I haven't bought the DDP Yoga dvds yet, but I think they look really cool! They are on my wishlist, and that video I posted about it recently is something I look at a lot. So inspiring! You will have to come back and tell me about the DDP dvds please, and best of luck with WW!
Anonymous - when are you going to have kiddos?
This was a popular question! It's kind of hard to answer it. In a lot of ways, we're ready, but then again, not at all. We talk about it a lot, and we know that we want to have little cheesetots some day sooner as opposed to later.The short answer is: later. Most likely at least a year before we can start the whole get-pregnant-on-purpose process. Although I know you can never be 100% ready, we have some ducks to line up with insurance (a new HSA plan that needs funding). It would be nice to tackle some big house projects and take a vacation or two first, too. I'm in the place of really liking the idea of a baby and really enjoying other people's kids right now. I will be the first to admit that I have baby fever, but it's a manageable case that's mostly satiated by getting googly over my friends' and coworkers' babies. With all due respect to having a timeline, I also know that it will happen when it happens.
Devon - I see you haven't read any of your 35 books for your 2012 reading challenge. Have you just not updated it?
My button only seems to update about half the time. I've actually read almost 30 books already this year! I am on Goodreads nearly everyday. My to-read shelf is bananas.
Devon - Why do you drink so many protein shakes? They are high in calories, just thought maybe substituting food would be a bit better.
I initially joined the protein shake bandwagon when I tried the GNC Lean plan. I liked the idea of supplementing a meal with a shake - super convenient. I've gotten away from the GNC brand to something with higher protein and actually fewer calories: Muscle Milk chocolate and Cryosport vanilla whey powders. I can buy them in bulk at Costco for a lot cheaper than GNC brand.Since I am doing this whole high-calorie plan to force a maintain right now, I actually NEED those higher-calorie, lower volume meals. I can't say I am good at it yet, but protein shakes help. It's actually hard to hit 2500-2600 calories in a day while still trying to keep the junk down. In that context, a 140ish calorie protein shake is actually low-calorie. They are also fantastic for recovery after a workout.
Devon - I love your Angel Chicken recipe. Where do you go most often for your recipes?
I collect recipes kind of like I shop: everywhere. I subscribe to a lot of magazines and blogs, and those are probably the biggest sources. Cooking Light, Bon Appetit, Food Network, Rachael Ray, Martha Stewart, Taste of Home are my favorites. I also have a serious cookbook addiction. I try to cite where I get something from, but some of them have been torn/printed out so long ago that I don't remember! I've been building my recipe collection since I was in college and I just haven't kept good track of where a lot of things come from.
Devon - Post more often, we love reading. More posts, less dogs. Thanks for being honest about your struggle with weight loss, it's something so many of us face.
I know, I know. I've become a lazy blogger lately. When I am feeling uninspired to write, I typically post a picture of the dogs or my meals for the day instead. It's kind of a placeholder so I can stay in the habit of posting and hopefully keep people coming back. Writing about the wedding was easy since there was a constant flow of data. Everyday life isn't always so ... flowy. I blog for myself as much as for anyone else, but if there is something else you'd like to read about, what would that be? Maybe you can help get some things flowing again.
JennyAZ - I don't really have any questions to ask, but wanted to say, I love pictures of your dogs. If I think of anything, I'll come back later. Hope you two get to feeling better!
Finally feeling like a normal human today. I even put makeup on yesterday. Thanks!
Amy - What are your fav TV shows? Maybe you should talk about those sometimes and give us your opinion on them. Maybe an "Entertainment" section?
I like to say that I avoid trashy reality TV, but I have a weakness for the Real Housewives of Everywhere and My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. I have a deep love of What Not to Wear - I take Stacy and Clinton's word as gospel when I am shopping. I also love New Girl, Mad Men, Happy Endings, Once Upon a Time, Big Bang Theory, Downton Abby, How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, Project Runway, and Top Chef. I would have told you that I don't watch a lot of TV, but I guess this list proves me wrong.
Crystal - What hair products do you use? Your hair always looks so shiny and frizz free! :)
You have no idea how flattered I am that you say this, because I actually really dislike my hair aside from the color. It's very fine and flat of it's own volition. First off, I have a fantastic stylist. My hair does well with this inverted bob cut, and she helps me keep it up and looking nice. Growing my hair out for the wedding was the worst. Never again. I wash my hair no more than every other day, which means I only blow dry and flat iron it that frequently too. Cutting back on how much heat I apply to my hair (even though you can pry my straightener from my cold, dead hands), has really helped reduce breakage and shedding in general.
For shampoo and conditioner, I can't decide if I want to spend a ton of money on soap or not, so I go back and forth between Organix Coconut (cheap) and Davines Volu (spendy). I love both of them, they smell fantastic, they do great things for my hair, and they last forever. My stylist has me completely sold on pretty much all of Davines products - they are European and fancy and more gentle than American products. I use the Davines Volu misting spray and mousse whenever I wash my hair - these are the only volumizing products I have ever tried that actually volumize. Once a week I do a Davines deep conditioning mask too - this is to make up for the fact that I tease the crap out of it on a regular basis. I use cheapy dry shampoo by Tresseme on non-wash days, but I am not really that wild about it. Sephora sells a black dry shampoo that works better, but I have been too lazy (cheap) to go out of my way to pick some up.
Anonymous - Why do you always sleep on the right side of the bed? Why does penny always fall asleep on you? And what are you overall feeling regarding jet packs? Why can't I get a saint Bernard?
Because it's more comfortable. Because she likes me best. Absolutely not. Because you don't even like yorkie-sized poop.
Anonymous - P.s. the food on the blog tastes even better than it look.
Thank goodness it does, because some of those pictures are terrible.
Thank you for everyone who commented (and Kenny too). This was fun! And I love getting comments, so keep them coming in the future!