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Posted on Dec 12, 2010 in Dear Diary | 7 comments


Okay, okay, okay. You got me. I was totally lame last week for not posting, uh, at all. But in my defense, I was having a rather melancholy week, so I honestly didn’t feel like bringing all of you down with my super emo-ness. Consider it a favor from your Friendly Neighborhood Gretchen!

All right, that’s a pretty lame excuse. Nobody to blame for not posting (and for the aforementioned emo-ness) but myself. I’m not really sure what’s been going on with me lately, if I’m feeling like I’m failing at losing weight during this holiday season (and thus, dreading the thought of not meeting my goal of 200 by the cruise), or if it’s just that things at work are starting to really affect me personally, or what, but I’ve been pretty down. I guess something’s just gotta give. It’s freaking Christmas and I’m not feeling so jolly, people! That is simply NOT okay. But on the bright side, I’m back for right now, at least! And I have legitimate things to post about! Huzzah!

So, Saturday my family and I went to see Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Kennedy Center:

It. Was. AWESOME. Seriously, the kinds of things that people can do with their bodies is just crazy to me! There was ridonkulous balancing, crazy pole tricks, people hanging from those long rope things, people unicycling on tight ropes… yeesh! It was definitely a much more family-oriented show compared to other Cirque du Soleil performances I’ve seen, but it was still seriously sweet. Very entertaining, and a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

Today’s activities were family-oriented again – after church with my Pops I went to brave Tysons with my mom and my sister! The mission: to find my mom a cocktail dress to wear for the cruise’s “Formal Night” at my dad’s behest (his anniversary present to her was to pay for said garment.)

We definitely succeeded! We found this nice little fitted purple knee-length dress for my mama which is super flattering and super pretty! And, of course, I couldn’t go dress shopping without trying on a few things myself! It was actually kind of, dare I say it, fun to go shopping, since I could actually find items in my size every store we went! Imagine what it’ll be like when I’m a 12… whenever that ends up happening. I didn’t end up buying anything (aside from a couple pairs of sweet tights to winterize my rapidly dwindlingly wearable wardrobe) although I was pretty tempted to go for this little number:

Yes, that’s me and my sister in the exact same dress – my mom tried it on, too! It was a winner in all our eyes, haha. And, lucky for you guys, that’s the last amateur, poor quality phone-pic you’re going to be seeing in this post, because it’s now time for the main event! Last Monday (December 6th) I met with the amazingly talented and beautiful Ali to do a celebratory photoshoot!

It was so great to see Ali again (we were housemates in college!) and she was awesome – I think we got quite a few pretty good ones! I’ll try to be nice to your corneas and try to only post some choice ones, but no promises. She’s such an awesome photographer, and I actually felt kinda pretty, hehe (although contrary to my beliefs on modeling ascertained by watching all known seasons of America’s Next Top Model, modeling is freaking hard!!) We found some pretty cool Falls Church locations to shoot around – including the State Theatre (although they wouldn’t let us inside when we asked! I’m sure the guy in the box office found us pretty amusing shivering outside, haha) and Clare & Don’s and Lazy Sundae’s delivery trucks, hehe. Also, minor fact, it was freeeeezing! As in, cold. Which definitely didn’t make the whole modeling thing much easier, but I rallied and made it through, hehe. Proof:

But that’s enough talk from me – pictures are worth thousands of words or something like that. 😛 There are a few additional ones posted on Facebook too, if we’re friends like that, hehehe. Enjoy! And thanks again, Ali. You are seriously the best.

(All photos copyright Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! and Alisandra Photo or something. :))

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Posted on Dec 3, 2010 in Dear Diary | 6 comments

Happy Shopping Trip!

Other than the fact that I spent entirely too much money (what else is new, right?) I just had the best shopping trip I’ve had in a loooooooong time. In spite of the holiday crowds, the parking garage catastrophe and the thirty minutes it took for me to drive the 4 miles home from the mall, it was awesome. Because of this:

Sorry for the extra blurry pics… but anyway, that is me, in size 14 skinny jeans (low-rise, even!) and size L tops. Aren’t my mismatched socks schweeeeeeet? No more XL for me! (At least not at Old Navy, hehe.) This is the first time since my Freshman year of college I’ve been a size 14!! I originally went into the store to grab some presents, but as I passed the jeans wall, I figured I might as well try on a pair of 14s just to see how much further I have to go. I knew my 16s were getting really loose, but I didn’t really think I had officially “dropped” the size yet. But I guess I did!

I don’t think I look too bad, either! One more size and I will officially be un-plus sized (foreverrrr!) As I was passing by stores, popping my head in, I wasn’t inwardly ashamed of the fact that I wouldn’t fit a single thing not defined as an accessory. I know that I’m still not at my goal, not where I want to ultimately be, but it feels really good even to just take a second right now.

I think that maybe this was the motivation I really have been needing to keep myself on track. I have already gotten this far – I can keep going, and I know I can get to the place I want to stay. 🙂

Next week I’m kicking back into gear with running and working out. Also, I‘m researching a new 5K to sign up for – they’re kind of sparse in the Northern Virginia/DC/Southern Maryland area in Jan/Feb, so we’ll have to see where we end up. I’m also eyeballing this huge DC St. Patrick’s Day 8K in March. Since March is still so far away, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to think that I could train for a 8K by that point, right? Incidentally, walking a full loop around Tysons Corner from end to end carrying 25 pounds in purchased retail is excellent exercise. 😛

Thanks for sticking with me this far, friends. Here’s to what’s to come!

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