High Five, It's Friday!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hiya friends! I'm actually writing this post up on my Thursday night which is a super shocker, since most of my posts are usually done real-time. BUT, since we are going to be gone when this little post goes live, I'm being an overachiever here.

Linking up today over here for Five on Friday!

This weekend we are off on another mini-adventure to a little place called Bohol! We are planning to check out the Chocolate Hills while we are there and the rest of the time, I'll be the one on the lounger, reading a book & napping periodically :) 

Doesn't this look gorgeous?!

This song has been on repeat lately. The voice = swoon. The video = harrowing, heartbreaking and gives me so many feels that I can't handle watching it again. 

I am so happy to have found a bunch of new blogs that I just adore. Before I left blog world for a while, I had gotten so caught up in reading "sponsored only" posts that I had gone nuts. It's so nice to be back and to find fresh bloggers (yes, you!) that have made my coming back so much nicer & so much more real. SO to all my new readers and all the new people I've recently found - thanks for being around! Y'all make me smile.

I've been tracking my macros (thanks Mia for all the help!) & keeping up with my fitness routine like a crazy person. I've started seeing some small changes & that makes me so happy. I'm getting better at the whole using My Fitness Pal and making sure I am eating the right quantities of things.
Yesterday, I was craving chocolate something insane, and while browsing Pinterest, I found the most amazing Protein Chocolate Mug Cake recipe ever. I topped it off with some chocolate chips & whipped cream & bada bing, bada boom, craving satisfied ;) 
Get the recipe here

I reallllly want to put purple highlights in my hair. Is that weird? Maybe I should let my hair grow out first, huh? I have issues, y'all. Most people are all "Change is hard, change is bad" and I'm here like "Gimme all the change!!! Especially for my hair!" Weirdo, I know.

But really, just look at how pretty this is. 

Who wants to join the purple hair club with me?!

What are y'all up to this weekend, friends?! Hope it's a fabulous one, full of sparkles and unicorns :) Haha!

One. Two. Three. FOUR.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The minute I typed out the title of this post, the first thing I thought of was...

Oh, gorgeous Four. I love you. 

Unfortunately, this post has nothing to do with the beautiful specimen that is Theo James :( Sad, I know. 

As I was reading through some fabulous blogs, I came across the ever lovely, Pamela from Sequins and Sea Breezes and after seeing her fun post, I figured I would steal the idea & play along too!

Are you ready for this jelly? On we go. 

:: Four Nicknames ::
1. Myra Tyra -- Mum calls me this & has since I was a wee bebe!
2. Myrtle -- This one came from my my darling sisters-in-love & it stuck around way longer than I thought it would, lol. In fact, it is the most common nickname I have.
3. Mertz -- Amir started calling me this a while ago & again, it just stuck. I respond, so I guess it's fine. 
4. Myrie -- I haven't heard this one very often anymore, but it came around in college and a lot of people called me that for a long time. I'm okay with it being semi-retired.

If anyone would like to call me Myra Mouse, I won't object.

:: Four Jobs I've Had ::
1. Dominos Pizza -- Oh yes, first job ever. I can make a mean pie, y'all. 
2. Smith Barney -- When I decided I was over the pizza business, I moved on to financial life. I actually really loved this job. They were super flexible with my college schedule & my bosses were wonderful.
3. KPMG -- AKA the place where I met Amir. We call interoffice relationships "KLove".
4. Goodman Manufacturing -- Internal Audit. Yes, I'm one of those punks who tells people at their company what they are doing wrong. People are afraid of us. I left this job when we moved to Manila, but I would love to go back! 

:: Four Movies I've Watched More Than Once ::
1. Pitch Perfect --Aca-Believe It.
2. Beauty & the Beast - It's an obsession, really.
3. Mean Girls --You go, Glen Coco.
4. The Fast and the Furious -- Sometimes I have tomboy tendencies. 

:: Four Things in My Purse ::
1. Wallet
2. Umbrella -- I know, weird, right? But in Manila, you never know when the weather will get all bipolar on you and decide to ruin your nice outfit with a load of rain. You also never know when you will pull it out and do the Asian thing and use the umbrella as a protector from the sun...confession: I did that today.
3. A little hand sanitizer/lotion/chapstick pouch
4. An external charger for my phone

:: Four Places I've Lived ::
1. Hyderabad, Pakistan -- I was actually born there and stayed til I was 2.
2. Sugar Land, Texas
3. Austin, Texas
4. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

:: Four Places on My Bucket List ::
1. London
2. Australia
3. Italy
4. South Africa

:: Four Places I've Visited ::
1. Tokyo
2. China (Beijing, Xian & Shanghai)
3. Amsterdam
4. Paris 

:: Four Things You'd Never Eat ::
1. Caviar
2. Scorpions -- Yep, Amir ate them while we were in China. Crazy guy.
3. Spam -- Just ew. It's a big thing here in the Philippines...people are nuts over it.
4. Sardines -- Gag. Gag. Gag. Gag.

:: Four TV Shows I Watch ::
1. Gilmore Girls
2. Friends
3. Suits
4. The Good Wife

:: Four Quick & Easy Recipes Y'all Should Try :: 
1. Meatloaf -- I use 1 lb of beef, a TON of veggies (i.e. carrots, zucchini, eggplant), 1 egg, any spices you like (including garlic), and a mixture of tomato sauce & tomato paste. Brown the beef, drain the grease, put it into a mixing bowl, add in the egg, veggies, spices & use your lovely hands to mix that baby up. When it's all mixed, add in about a 1/3 cup of the tomato mixture and mix with your hand some more. Next, put the whole meat mixture into a pan (I use a brownie/cake baking dish). Spread some additional tomato mixture on the top, cover the pan with foil & stick that baby into the oven at 350 degrees for about 45-60 minutes. Boom, easy peasy & super healthy.
2. Baked Fish & Veggie Packets from here.
3. Beef with Broccoli (the healthy version) from here.
4. Banana Pancakes made with 4 ingredients from here.
(P.S. If you're not already following me on Pinterest & Instagram, shame on you! I'm usually pinning clean eating recipes & trying them out regularly!)

:: Four Things I'm Looking Forward to in 2015 ::
1. Exploring more of the Philippines and Far East Asia -- As this might be our last year here, we are trying to soak up everything we can.
2. Going back to Houston to see family & friends!
3. Celebrating our FIFTH wedding anniversary in December :)
4. Maaayyybeeee getting a puppy for Kobi, lol. Homie could use another crazy tail-wagger around the house.

Linking this post up here

Do you wanna play along? Share your fours with me!

Oh, Happy Day -- It's Time for Confessions.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Does anyone else think "confessions" and then immediately feel the need to start singing some Usher? Just me? Yeah, okay.
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Ok, Usher. It's gonna be alright. 
Moving on to pouring all of my weekly confessions on y'all. Ready?

+ I've been watching FRIENDS & Gilmore Girls on repeat lately. Clearly I'm missing the 90's something fierce. Anyone have a little time travel machine I could borrow for a while? I'll pay you with ice cream & cake. 

+ I've been on this clean eating thing lately, which is all good & great and all that, but all I really want to do is eat many pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream with brownies underneath and some chocolate sauce. Finding all that zero calorie ice cream stuff around here is pretty much non-existent, which makes this whole situation even worse. #AllTheSadFeels (I did eat Coldstone last night and was extremely happy afterwards)

+ When I see Kobi taking a nap during the day (which is often), sometimes I just lay down next to him because you know, cuddles. Who needs to study anyways, right? 

+ I've been obsessively craving coffee at all hours of the day. I've never been a crazy coffee person, so I blame Amir for this constant need.

+ Amir will be busy with work events and dinners for the next two nights. Know what that means? NO COOKING FOR MEEEEEE. Ring, ring, hello? Hi can I order some Pho for a single, lonely person? K, thanks, bye.

And there you have it, folks. My soul has been bared. Until next time, peace out homies. Don't forget to go link up with Melissa!

Things That Make Me Stabby.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

You know how sometimes things happen that just make you wonder what the heck is going on?! Seems to happen to me oh so often. Today, I wanted to share some of the things that drive me up the wall and make me want to do evil things (i.e. throat punching).

+ When I finish painting my nails and immediately mess them up. I cannot explain to you how many times this has happened to me in the last few days. I'll do a perfectly good manicure, only to have my top coat get bubbly and ruin my life. Time for a new one? Perhaps.

+ When people think that because I'm a stay-at-home Myra I don't have a life. Uh, hello. I do. I might not be going into an office every day anymore, but I am studying, working at keeping myself updated in my career life, taking care of my house & my husband. So hey, next time you wanna assume I'm just free all the time to do your bidding...don't.

+ There's some weird thing here where people see Kobi and they immediately freak out. If they see a small dog, they are all over them - hugging and loving on them, but holy moly when Kobi comes around, it's like they all lose their crap. Today, I had a lady scream in my face when the elevator doors opened -- even though Kobi was safely sitting next to my side & doing nothing at all. Yes, I told her to stop screaming. And I gave her a dirty look.

+ When I workout then get on the scale and I haven't immediately dropped 10 lbs. Lol. Yes, I'm impatient. Don't worry, my fitness routine is a lifestyle change, not just a fad. I'll be fine. Now, who wants to eat some ice cream with me to deal with the depression of the no weight loss situation?


+ Those times where I'm reading a REALLY good book...and then life gets in the way. #AmIRight?!

Do y'all get stabby over any of these things?! Tell me what bothers y'all!
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