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300th Blog Post, Day in the Life & Awesome Giveaway!!!

15 May 2013

I'VE REACHED THE 300TH BLOG POST!!!!!!

Hello! Good morning! Welcome to the celebration of the year! I can't believe I've reached 300 blog posts!!! That is crazy to me! To celebrate I'm bringing you along with me through my whole day! Yes whole day! Consider this a "day in the life" post. You know, no one has ever shadowed me like this for an entire day...I hope that you find it entertaining! 




7:30 a.m. Every morning you'll find me just like this. Standing in my kitchen where I enjoy either a cup of coffee or tea, today it was Ginger Green tea with two slices of Ezekiel bread. Have you heard of this stuff? Well, since I'm trying to clean eat, I've removed as much processed and shelf-stable food from my diet as possible. The best thing about the Ezekiel bread is that the flavors are delicious and wholesome which fill me up until snack time! I've been up for about 15 minutes in this picture, don't judge! 




8:15 a.m. Awww....Mr. Collier and I arrive at work, park in the garage and walk into lab together. I love having the opportunity to see my hubby throughout the day! Some people ask us if we ever get sick of hanging out since we do it ALL the TIME. Well, truthfully no. We may not be so lucky to work in the same building or even the same campus someday, so I treasure the time we have together now. My grandparents were always the type that held hands especially in the car or at the movies. I think about them a lot when Mr. Collier and I hold hands.  




9:30 a.m. You'll find me sitting at my desk looking up research articles and surfing the web when I first to lab. I set up all of my daily blog plugs and social media shout outs. Luckily, I have a beautiful window that overlooks a busy street. As you can see, I make my desk really cozy with motivational and hysterical decorations. My personal favorite is The Office magnet of Michael Scott that reads, "I am going to make this way harder than it needs to be." I wonder what my boss thinks when he stops by and see that! 




10:30 a.m. Experiments are in full swing! Did you know that I was a scientist in training? I sit a my desk and do experiments at my bench. It is sort of like what you might see on CSI just doesn't take a minute and a half to type the DNA or determine what the poisonous compound is. My favorite color is purple and I make a point of using the purple ice bucket anytime I'm doing an experiment. Maybe it brings me good luck? 





12:30 p.m. It is time for lunch and I am starving!! I took this photo while I was heating up our lunch. I am typically hungry about 11:00 a.m. but I am attempting to train myself to eat lunch at a "normal time" curbing those blood sugar plummets and subsequent cravings in the afternoon! Today, I've got leftover baked pasta from the crockpot. Let's just say that the crockpot pasta wasn't the best idea I've had i the kitchen! I don't know where I got the idea for that. Creativity in cooking is a risk. Even for something as simple as pasta.  





1:30 p.m. Experiments are back in full swing! And yes, my fashion accessories at work typically involve a timer/broach and safety glasses! Some days it is really fun to think that I work on the cutting edge of discovery but frankly, it is often daunting! 





3:00 p.m. Snacks & time to take a break. Between checking up on my blogging friends or watching the street outside my window, I usually take a breather mid-afternoon to power through until 6! Do you have a break time? 





6:00 p.m. Dinner time! Welcome to Moe's Southwestern Grill! Fortunately, Mr. Collier and I had some time before our group dance lesson to grab dinner. It was looking kind of tight when we were planning out our morning. Eek. Again, the clean eating poses a bit of a challenge when dining out but I checked the nutrition info and played around with combinations on the Moe's website. I settled on a Streaker Personal Trainer salad with guac, onion, pepper and black beans. I hated the fact that I did not or could not have chips. Sad day! It will all be worth it right?? 






7:00 p.m. Group Dance lessons! For my birthday, Mr. Collier enrolled us in dance lessons and tonight we had our first group lesson. We've taken several private lessons but this was our first adventure out into a group lesson. We were totally nervous but the atmosphere is totally relaxed so it is easy to fit in. We worked on the rumba as well as the push-pull swing. I can't wait to show off our skills in two weeks at a wedding in South Carolina!  




8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Goodnight! We finally got home, twelve hours later! I am super sore from BarreAmped last night. I made the awesome decision of attending the BarreAmped Fire class, which supersedes the intensity of the BarreAmped Advanced class. Based upon how I feel today, I think I need to get a bit stronger before I return. I could only equate my muscle pain to being hit by a bus. I've taken a lot of Advil for a foot issue and so all I wanted tonight was a hot shower! And now I'm finishing up this blog post. 


So now, for the moment you've all been waiting for, the GIVEAWAY!

You will get this awesome vintage inspired octopus necklace and a $10 Starbucks gift card!



Enter by using the Rafflecopter below! The number of entries per task is shown. Do as many as you'd like! There will be one lucky winner who snags the loot! Hence, the more that you enter, the higher the chance you have of winning. Contest ends at 12 a.m. May 17th. The winner will have 48 hours to respond by email. Good luck! The lucky winner will be announced on Monday, May 20th in a blog post! 


18 comments:

  1. I would eat 300 dark chocolate milky ways!

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    1. Yummy! Dark chocolate is one of my favorites!!

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    1. 300 cheeze-its would not be hard to do!

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  3. I would eat 300 Apple Cinnamon wheat puffs from Trader Joes, I already ate at least 100 yesterday!!

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    1. I've never tried the Apple Cinnamon wheat puffs from TJ! I must experience these delicious sounding things!

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  4. YAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!! Lots and lots of posts!!!! Love this post by the way... I can't imagine taking a picture of myself in the morning, ha!

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  5. Oh my gosh CONGRATULATIONS!! 300 posts is soo exciting :) And this is a really cute posts! I think I would eat 300 junior mints...and pray that I don't get fat hahah

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  6. YAY YOU!!! Congrats girl, couldn't be any more proud of you! Cannot wait to see your blog grow and find out even more about you! Happy you day!

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    1. Oh, and I'd eat 300 Chipotle burrito bowls ;)

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    2. How in the world would you ever fit 300 Chiptole burrito bowls in your belly?

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  7. Yay for your first giveaway!! I love Moes! Hard question. Hmmm maybe lobster lol. That would be expensive haha.
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  8. oh goodness.... haribo gummy bears for sure! great giveaway! :)

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