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My Husband Likened Me to the Queen and Other Happenings

The other morning (I think it was this past Sunday), Vishnu and I woke up and chatted for a bit before starting the day. During the conversation, we somehow started talking about kings and queens. And here’s how that went…

P: You’re the king of my heart! Am I the queen of yours?
V: Of course.
P: It’s like I’m Queen Elizabeth and…you’re Prince Phillip?! Hahahahaha. (obviously kidding)
V: OMG! You ARE Queen Elizabeth. And I am your humble servant. That’s it. That’s our relationship. Hahahahaha.

And then we started our day.

While I’m pretty sure Vishnu was joking, I would have to say that I don’t think the power balance in a relationship is ever 50/50. Maybe it’s just me, but I think in any given situation, one person dominates (even if it’s just a fraction more). For example, when it comes to deciding what we eat at home, how and when things are cleaned, and our finances, I am the one in charge. Of course, I consult with Vishnu, but in the end, he usually defers to me. And in situations having to do with our cars, major purchases, and any medical type stuff, he’s the go to person. And when it comes to the everyday issues, it boils down to who has more time (usually me). This system works for us.

Anyway, don’t let his comment fool you…he IS NOT a servant.  Anything but if I do say so myself!

Moving on…

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I was gifted something pretty amazing this past week by Vishnu and my in-laws.

camera 1

For the past two weeks, we’ve had two boxes sitting in our bedroom that I was told were off limits. We received the “final” package this past Monday, and that evening I was allowed to open my gift while Vishnu and my in-laws watched (via Facetime).

We had been talking about getting a DSLR camera for a while now but decided to wait since they are pretty expensive. Well, my amazing in-laws decided that we shouldn’t have to wait and bought me (us) one! I think they’re secretly hoping we’ll become really good photographers so that when we have kids we can share all of our frame worthy pictures with them! Not that anyone said that directly…

I’ve had a lot of fun playing with the camera over the past few days and am really excited to learn more.  I may even take a class at some point.  For now, I’m going to read lots of “tips and tricks” post/articles and watch as many instructional videos that I can.  Expect more pictures from here on out!

Thank you, mom and dad!!!  Y’all are too awesome!  And by the way, the other two packages contained a cute camera bag and a cleaning kit (gifts from Vishnu)…thanks, babe! #soblessed

In other news, my friend Shelly was given two tickets to see Hillary Clinton speak at the University of Miami and asked me to be her date!  What an amazing and unique opportunity!

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To be honest, I’m not deeply familiar with Hillary’s political views so I can’t comment on them (nor do I really want to).  However, I respect her as a female leader and all that she’s accomplished with regards to women’s rights around the world.

Thanks for taking me with you, Shelly!

Well, I think I’ve said enough for today.  Have a wonderful weekend and do something fun!  We’re going to the beach tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  And I’m Just a tad bit excited.

Do you think it’s possible for a relationship to be 50/50?
Any recommendations for photography sites or videos?
Weekend plans?

Chicago + Las Vegas

Last week was such a great week, both professionally and personally.  It was also exhausting.  My body is definitely craving some normalcy, mostly in the form of sleep and homemade meals!  One more mini-trip to go and then we’re home for an entire month and a half before we have to fly again.

The first part of last week was spent in Chicago where I attended a workshop called Fierce Conversations.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that I attended the same workshop while I was with my last company.  I plan to blog more about my takeaways (some of which are the same as last time) in the next couple of weeks.  Overall, I left the two days with lots to think about in terms of how I communicate.

The highlight of my stay in Chicago was eating dinner at a restaurant called RPM with two of my best friends.  The food was absolutely amazing, the ambiance was very chic, and my co-diners were pretty great too!

I wish I had better pictures to share, but trust me on this…the next time you’re in Chicago, make reservations and GO.  You won’t regret it!

We ordered a number of dishes to share.  After looking at the menu, I really don’t think you can go wrong with any of the items.

Personally, we went with the…

  • Burrata – OMG!  This was the creamiest, richest, silkiest, freshest burrata I have ever had.  In fact, my mouth is watering right now!
  • Cremini mushroom pizzettes – The subtle truffle flavor took this seemingly simple dish to another level.
  • Truffled garlic bread – Apparently, we have a thing for truffle!
  • Eggplant parmesan – This was one of the best eggplant dishes I’ve ever had.  I think the eggplant was fried because there was a little crunch as you cut through the layers.
  • Donuts with Nutella and mascarpone cream – These were essentially fluffy pillows dusted with sugar.  Airy, light, and the perfect ending to a delicious (and filling) meal.

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RPM 1

And Vegas – oh what a weekend!  It was seriously one of the most fun trips I’ve ever been on, and I’m not just saying that because I helped plan it!

I’m going to oblige by the “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” mantra but will share some details in case anyone reading is planning a trip out there in the near future.

  • We stayed at the Aria Resort and Casino.  I highly recommend this hotel – beautiful, great restaurants, and nice casino.  Not to mention that the beds are the comfiest things I’ve ever slept on!
  • As far as nightclubs go, we went to Tao (at the Venetian) and Hyde (at the Bellagio).  Good choices for our group since everyone wanted to dance to top 40/hip hop type music.
  • We gambled at the Aria, the Venetian, and Excalibur (where I won lots of $$$!!!).
  • We also went to Platinum Entourage one afternoon to get blowouts.  We thought this would be a fun alternative to getting manis/pedis, which it was.  Everyone’s hair looked fabulous and sexy!
  • As far as restaurants are concerned, we ate most of our meals at the Aria.  We did, however, venture 3 miles off the strip one night to eat at Firefly.  This was the perfect place for a large group because the entire menu is made up of shareable tapas.  And the sangria…so good!

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LV 2

If you’re planning a trip to Vegas, especially a bachelorette party, don’t hesitate to email me.  After 4 months of planning, I have lots of suggestions and ideas!

Have you been to RPM?  Thoughts?
Any fun Vegas stories out there?  Feel free to share. :)

Jumping on the (Crazy) Tough Mudder Train

If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you saw this…

Tough Mudder
Yep.  I am participating in the South Florida Tough Mudder event.

Tough Mudder is an endurance event where participants attempt (and hopefully complete!) military style obstacles over the course of 10-12 miles.

Now, I should mention that no real thought went into signing up.  Let me explain…

While we were on our way to the Pretty Muddy event back in December, Andy mentioned putting a team together for the Tough Mudder.  I laughed and said, “No way am I doing that.”  We talked about it some more, got to the event, and forgot all about it (or so I thought).

Fast forward to this past Wednesday.  We got a text from Andy saying that he and Robin signed up for the Tough Mudder, and if we wanted to take advantage of the special pricing, we needed to register that very night.  After looking at the date again, Vishnu was out (he has a bachelor party to go to).  I, on the other hand, was thinking I would go as a spectator and cheer on R&A.  I texted back saying just that.

Tough mudder convo
My friends (and husband) can be convincing.  I signed up about 10 minutes later.

The only thing keeping me from freaking out is that it’s still 3 months (ish) away.  This means I still have time to train and get TOUGH!

So here’s what I’m thinking in terms of training…

I have Best Body Bootcamp for the next eight weeks, which is perfect because it will help tremendously in the muscle department.  And this time around, I plan on increasing the weights I use a little at a time to build my strength up slowly.  Tina’s workouts incorporate all kinds of training techniques and muscle groups, so I know I’ll be as well prepared as possible.

There’s also a little running involved (!), so I have to build up my mileage.  Since the day of running will be broken up by the obstacles, I want to get to a point where I can run 7-8 miles and feel good.  Feeling good is key since this isn’t for time!

Here’s what this week’s workouts look like:

SUNDAY: REST
MONDAY: Upper body + core; 20 minutes light cardio (elliptical)
TUESDAY: 3.5 mile run
WEDNESDAY: Lower body + core; 20 minutes light cardio (elliptical)
THURSDAY: REST
FRIDAY: Full body circuit; 2 mile run
SATURDAY: 4.5 mile run

My three main goals going into this thing are to feel confident, to avoid injury, and to have fun!

I plan on blogging about my journey on a weekly basis (ish).  Since Wednesday, I’ve had a lot of thoughts about facing fears, being more adventurous, etc.  I’ll be sharing more on all of that as well!

Let’s hope I’m this enthusiastic in three months.  Ha!

Happy Monday!

Have you done the Tough Mudder?  Any tips?  What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? I would have to say sky diving.  I did it with one of my best friends.  No one expected it from us.  And it was AWESOME!