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Friday Night Confessions

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to confession. So here goes…

Confession: I am totally ashamed to admit this but I absolutely LOVE the new Robin Thicke song.

I know. How embarrassing is that?!?! Am I the only one that thinks of Alan Thicke whenever you hear the name Robin Thicke or one of his songs?

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The song is catchy and sexy–reminding me of Marvin Gaye and Earth Wind and Fire and I find myself dancin’ a little bit whenever the song come on. {hangs head in shame} And doesn’t he look like George Michael in the above video?!?

Confession: I have a 14 year old girl crush on JT. Like I’d probably be in the first row of his concert screaming like the other 14 year old girls if I didn’t want to keep SOME shred of my 33 year old dignity.

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Whenever he hosts SNL I get ridiculously excited and squeal like I just won the lottery. Fat Kitty’s eyes get super big and I’m sure he’s looking around for the mouse I must have seen… Michael gets sooo annoyed. But, I know his confession would be that he loves JT too. 🙂 He’s FUNNY on Saturday Night Live! The skit he does about the Vegan Town is hi-larious.

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To all the other 14 year old girls with crushes, you’re welcome for those photos. MOVING ON…

Confession: I have sung karoake exactly ONE time in my life. I have zero singing talent, can’t carry a tune, have no sense of timing and hate being the center of attention. So karaoke has never once been something I aspired to do. One time I had a friend who was a drag queen (and awesome performer) who serenaded me at a club with Dancing Queen and managed to get me on stage but I surely did not sing with her! Anyway, so back to the one time I sang…

I met my friends Jackie and Kathi at this total dive bar in Milwaukie (Oregon). It’s a steak house and definitely not the kind of place mid-20-somethings would ever go to but they wanted to sing and picked out the place. I drove from my place in SE Portland to what I thought was the boonies (at the time) and met them at this super dark, weird restaurant. It ended up being a cowboy bar. After several hours of drinking, eating fried foods and watching cowboys get up there and sing, they FINALLY convinced me to get up there. I agreed but ONLY if the two of them came up there with me. So the three of us got on stage and sang this song:

It’s a girl my lord in a flatbed Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me! Yep, I sang my favorite Eagles song. You should have seen the evil glares from the half dozen patrons in the bar…the nerve of us…singing an Eagles song in a cowboy bar…

It was just as awful as you imagine it to be.  🙂 But I did it.

Confession: I’ve started watching two shows new to me: Hung and Homeland. I’ve heard great things about both but so far I’m on the fence. I don’t feel like my life would be missing out on something if I stopped watching either show, but I’m hanging on to see if they get better. Especially with Homeland–so many people talk about how it’s the best show on TV (I have to disagree, Breaking Bad or Walking Dead are the best) that I feel like I’m missing something.

Another couple shows that Michael and I tried but gave up on were The Americans and The Following. The Following had such potential. I love Kevin Bacon, I like those types of shows…but it got absolutely ridiculous and predictable and I was SO ANNOYED that everyone on the show turned out to be a secret member of the cult. Give me a break. Lazy writing if you ask me. So we gave up half way through.

Since I’m confessing about TV shows, I just have to say this…

Confession: I love Modern Family and think it’s one of the funniest and smartest shows on TV right now. But I absolutely loathe Lilly. She ruins the show. She’s a horrible actor (yes I know she’s just a kid) and I feel like the writers are crowbar-ing her into the show to give her a bigger part than she needs to have. She seriously ruins the show for me. I can’t be the only one

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Confession: I’m pretty bummed that I’m not attending Fitbloggin this year. I’ve wanted to go to a blogger conference for a few years now but the cost of the conference and a plane ticket discouraged me. This year it’s in Portland! Sounds perfect right? Except it seems to be sold as a package deal –including the hotel–which makes it just as expensive as it would be to go to one out of town! So disappointing. 🙁 I really wish they had an option for people who don’t want to stay in a hotel. 🙁 BUMMER!!!

But on a positive note, if anyone wants to meet for coffee or something, or needs advice on must see and must do things in Portland, let me know! 🙂

QUESTION: Got anything to confess?

Lost in the Labyrinth

Saturday after my workout (which I’ll share soon because I did my PT exercises and want to share them with you) I met another blogger who was in town for the Portland Marathon. If you haven’t read Sugar Magnolia’s blog, you should. She’s incredibly inspiring. She flew to Portland to do the half marathon after completing a half Ironman last weekend! I am so impressed with her fitness ability and I love reading about her adventures. Maybe someday I can follow in her footsteps and also do triathlons.

I met her and her friend downtown at Powell’s Books for coffee. I got a cappucino and we got to know each other in real life. It’s so fun meeting people you talk to on a regular basis online in person. She’s exactly the way I pictured her. I’m really looking forward to reading her race recap for Portland.

We hung out for about an hour and then they were off to explore Powell’s and go to the Portland Marathon Expo. I headed home to eat lunch, pick up Michael and make our way to Sauvie’s Island. I bought the Groupon special for the corn maze. We’d tried to do it last year and it was just too crazy–the traffic to even get ON the island was at a standstill. I’m glad we finally got a chance to check it out.

It was a lovely fall day; the sun was out and bright in the sky, the temperatures were in the mid-70’s and the farms were packed on the island. At the Pumpkin Patch you could buy food (there were lines for elephant ears, corn on the cob, hot dogs, candied apples and just about anything you can imagine). Michael got a hot dog. 🙂

The place was packed. There were tons of families and kids and the lines were really long. We finally got through the long line for the corn maze and we were ready! (Does anyone else think of this movie when you hear the word Labyrinth? No? Just me?)

There were actually two mazes. The first one was short and easy to give people a taste of what it was it like, then there was a second maze. It was longer, more complicated and easy to get lost in.

They didn’t offer maps but there were trivia cards that helped you figure out which way to turn at certain points in the maze. The cards were all different so you could choose them depending on your expertise. We grabbed the TV and movie trivia card and also the health and fitness card. (There were cards for kids movies, sports, science, etc.) To give you an example of one of the questions:

Question #2: Which “Friends” member had a twin sister? Obviously if you’re a fan of friends you know the answer is Phoebe. If you chose Phoebe, you turned right at the #2 marker. But if you got the answer wrong, you went in the wrong direction! The trivia questions were pretty easy and we did a good job navigating through the maze.

At one point in the maze, we heard some whimpering and a little kid about 8 or 9 years old was clearly lost in the maze, separated from his family and was trying to find them via cellphone. Poor little guy!

During the first part of the maze, the easy one, it was pretty crowded and you kind of just followed the guy in front of you. Not challenging at all. But the second one was better because everyone got separated. Michael and I had to figure it out ourselves instead of following the people in front of us.

After taking a bunch of wrong turns and discovering dead ends, we made it to the end! We survived the corn maze! Afterward, we checked out the animal farm and then went to the market to get some stuff. I bought some beautiful looking organic Gala apples, some corn on the cob, and pumpkins. I also got a bottle of Marionberry syrup and Michael got some kettle corn (which was like crack).

I can’t wait to make waffles and try that syrup. As we drove back to Portland we snacked on the kettle corn and when I got home I decorated for Halloween. The corn maze also had the option for a “haunted” maze–basically it’s at night in the dark and costumed people jump out at you! Maybe next year. It was a fun day, packed full of activities…meeting a blogger, mini road trip, getting lost in a maze, and having a delicious dinner (to be shared with you soon).

QUESTION: Have you ever done a corn maze or labyrinth?