Tuesday, January 31, 2012

color crazy

I just heard about The Color Run.
No, it's not millions of miles.
There's no training.
No fundraising.
No overnight camping.
No prep involved. 

All you have to do is wear a white shirt, 
and run a 5k while people throw paint at you. 

It looks like so much fun. Who's coming with me?
June 2nd. 
Come on! It'll be fun!

*yes, the video is cheesy. who cares?!

Monday, January 30, 2012

There's not much better than...

...a snoozy, snuggly dog.
(in case you didn't already know)

And yes, that is in fact an American flag bandana. 

Why, you might ask?

1. Jax loves America (duh)
2. People react much better to our scary white pitbull 
when he's wearing a bandana....
somehow it makes him seem friendlier. 


Thursday, January 26, 2012

The time I died and went to food heaven.

Our friend Joel loves food as much as we do. 
Anytime we get together, 
we geek out about different places we love. 

Since last summer, 
he's been talking up something called "Brunchlox". 

His friends invite friends over.
(sometimes over 100-200 show up!) 
They pick a theme. 
Spin house music.

Cook AMAZING food. 

It's like Friendsgiving every month.
It just so happened that we got to go with him last weekend. 

I almost cried. 
I ate my weight in food. 
(and then almost threw up. seriously). 
And then took a nap when we got home
(something I never do). 

Enjoy the food pics! Don't be too jealous! 

Cindy had been cooking bread for days...
it was delicious! 

I don't remember the story behind how Karl 
got hooked up with Gusto meats, 
but they sponsored. 
This is 25 lbs of bacon. 
Whoa buddy. 

Bacon and Onion Mac-N-Cheese.
Usually, I'm not a big mac-n-cheese person. 
But I went back for seconds 
(and thirds, don't tell!)

My contribution, 
pretty self-explanatory from the pic :-) 
Thanks Momma B for this awesome and easy dip recipe! 
It was a hit.

Pork, Chicken Terrine and Picked Herring.
So good! 

Sandwich spread. 

Venison stew. 
Oh me, oh my. 

This is me on my second bowl of stew. 
With so many options, 
going back for seconds on soup 
(or anything for that matter)
is a big deal. 

I may have named it "My Precious". 
Hands down favorite of the day. 

One of my fav shots of Joel. 
He was smart and kept his fork...
he also got super photo-bombed in this pic. 

Please excuse the noisy bw photo. 
If you don't know what photo "noise" is...
see all those dots? 
That's noise. 
Bad photo work. 
But I was food drunk, 
no shame in that. 

Oh, and this is Bella, their pup. 
Bella also loves Brunchlox
because there are millions of people 
to play ball with. 

No joke, she bashes a tennis ball 
against your leg until you throw it.

And finally, it was pretty snowy on Sunday. 
Which meant there were about 200 shoes in their entryway.
I had a Carrie Bradshaw moment 
when searching for my duck-snowboots. 
They were found though. :-)

All in all, 
hands down, 
best day I've had in a while. 

And thanks to Cindy and Karl for hosting 
and Karl and Joel for some stolen photos. 

Can't wait til next month! 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The best new makeup/workout secret!

I read a lot of magazines.
Especially fitness ones.
Anthony often balks at these because 
"They're all models who are super-thin
and photoshopped rather than being super-fit"

He makes a good point 
and is probably right.
(not that I'm going to give up my beloved 
Women's Health subscription, that's crazytalk).

In regards to that,
this video makes me laugh 
and remember that things are not usually as they seem.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Scenes from life lately....

I love this time of year. 
Although it's a bit sad because the holidays are over and it's cold,
It's the perfect time to snuggle in or play in the snow. 

Here's just a bit from my camera the past couple of weeks!

Coming back from Christmas Break
We went a little crazy at Sam's club.
Good thing I put the giant rolls of paper towels back. 
Jax was not amused with this arrangement.

I went down to Indy to celebrate my awesome friend Molly's Bday. 
Here's her sweet dog Zoey :-) 

Molly and I also got festive disco ball manicures. 
Mine lasted a day and a half :-) 


And we set up a bday photobooth, 
which as so much fun.
You can find more pictures here.

Jax looking like a sweet boy. 
He's probably trying to trick us into giving him a treat. 
He's pretty good at that. 

When I was in Indy, 
we went to a great Belgian restaurant. 
I tried Carbonnade Flamande for the first time. 
Perfect winter soup. 

Oh yeah, and did you hear it snowed in Chicago? 
First snow angel of the season. 

 Happy Winter!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

can't lose.

This is at my work. 
No joke. 

It makes me smile every day. 
If you don't watch FNL yet, 
you're really missing out. 

It's on Netflix instant. 
You're welcome. 

And here's an oldie but goodie in case ya missed it! 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Ebony and Ivory

A word to the wise. 
Don't take your dog on a run 
when snow is melting in the city. 
It was hard to capture with my crappy phone camera,
but his entire underside was black

Nothing kills a runner's high
like throwing a happy post-run pup into the bathtub
(a place he hates worse than the vet). 

At least he was worn out though.
His superpitbulljumpouttathetubcheststrength 
was at an all-time low.

Sorry buddy, no more runs for a while. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Quiet wkd.

As you know, Anthony is in NYC this weekend. 
You've probably already guessed that 
I drank a lot of whiskey and ate a lot of pizza. 
Which I did. 
And not just any pizza, 
but a party pizza. hahaha,.

I just couldn't help myself**. 

I also had some friends over to make Pinterest crafts. 

It's funny, in doing so, I really embraced being a Bowers. 
And what I mean by that is, 
there were 5 people (all women)
and I cooked for 12 men :-) 
Somehow, I was still worried there wouldn't be enough food. 

It's ok though, 
because now I'm going to be really popular at work tomorrow
with leftover lasagna (pizza lasagna, no surprise). 

Oh, and these mini pretzel bites stole the show. 
They're super easy too! 

Even the pups got some Pinterest craft love. 
Check out Riley Dog in his new headband :-) 

As the weekend winds to a close, 
I'm snuggled in, nursing an ear infection, 
(who knows where that came from)
drinking mom's hot chocolate 
and watching the Golden Globes. 

Hell ya weekend, you rocked. 

**Did you notice how I snuck in the Instyle? 
That was my "I like some fashionish mags, not just trashy ones" move. 
Maybe throwing in the Economist would be more effective. Ha.

Friday, January 13, 2012


All around. Great movie. 
Watch it today.

I like numbers. 
I like sports. 
 And Andy from Parks and Rec is in there too.

Brad Pitt's also in one or two scenes....
he's not so bad to look at for 2 hours.

If you like any of the above,
I suggest you check it out. 

JaxDog, however, was not impressed.

In his world though,
if it's not sleep/run/food related, 
he doesn't give a rat's booty. 

His interest did peak during an acoustic guitar/humming solo.
Who knows what that was about.
Maybe in a former life he was a master at the guitar.
Or maybe it was the sharp cheddar cheese I was eating at the time. 

Movie reviewed. 
the end. 

Jammin on the couch.

Friday Night. 

Jammers on. 
Dog snuggles. 
Scotch in hand. 
Leftover hearty beefy stew. 
Moneyball and Project Runway in the queue. 
(plus this because it never gets old!)

Sometimes you just need a night in. 

Oh, and what's with the word queue? 
Phonetically it doesn't make a lick of sense to me. 
Just sayin. 
Happy weekend! 

Thursday, January 12, 2012


I am super competitive. 
But no one can deny that winning contests is awesome. 
Take in point one that I won at Threadless.

Gift Card + Starbucks delivery to my desk everyday for a week. 

Thanks again, work, for being super awesome.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

This is Indiana.


Oh, and if you haven't read this article 
about Indiana's football bubble bursting,
it's pretty fantastic.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Things I'm loving...

December was a great month. 
Here are some of my recent obsessions :-) 

New Books. 
I went a little overboard on my wishlist this year. 

 Lemon Lime Hummas. 
After taking this picture, I ate half of the container. 
Oops. :-)

My new running buddy. 
Now that Jax is better on a leash, 
he's awesome to run with. 
Well, except when he busted open a cigerette bin 
when he zigged as I zagged. 

New slippers. 
Maybe my favorite gift of all!

Happy 2012!