Life Lately

    Post Valentines Love Story

    I was scrolling through my Facebook feed yesterday when I happened upon this post by The Lady Okie. 10 questions to throw out there this Valentine’s Week to share your love story for all the world (or you handful of people) who read this.

    When did you meet?  The glory years of high school. Specifically, 2009-2010

    How did you meet? Oh gosh okay well we met in high school. I was a wee sophomore point guard and he was a large junior football player. My high school basketball coach had her son’s church ball team scrimmage us during practice in order for us to practice against harder teams we were competing with that week. Matt was on the team that scrimmaged us and I knew of him a lot earlier than I ever actually met him. I didn’t actually talk to him until my junior year of high school and his senior year.

    First Date: Well, we somewhat debate on this. The first time Matt took me to dinner (Outback) was in June of 2011. We then went to the zoo together a few weeks later which Matt considers our “first date.” I consider the night we spent at Outback Steakhouse and then Pinkberry after is our first date (I mean he paid so there).

    Date you got engaged: January 3rd 2015


    Marriage Anniversary: December 20th, 2015 (Close to Christmas and I love love love it because we saved A TON on decor for our wedding. Boom).

    What is your song? Bad question. I grew up loving listening to music with my dad and hearing things from The Police to Bruno Mars. Matt doesn’t share the same desire to guess the singer and song on the radio. Anyways, we used to say our song was Play That Funky Music because one time when we first started dating it came on the radio in the car and we blasted it and sang all 6 minutes of it at the top of our lungs and it’s one of my favorite memories ever.

    Do you remember the first movie you saw together? The Other Guys and I didn’t even watch it because I fell asleep and thought it was boring. Matt’s a movie guru and I read books. It’s just how it is and how it’s always been.

    First road trip together? Not including the Zoo I’d say his families reunion in Walterboro. We had only been dating a few months and we headed down there to Walterboro and I met majority of his extended family.

    Who was interested first? I’m going to say him but I was for sure interested. He was very straight forward like “are we doing this dating thing? Because I think we should.” And I was very “you’re super great and super nice and opposite of me but let’s do it.” But secretly I was like OH MY GOSH I LOVE YOU ALREADY.

    Who said I love you first? He did and it was precious and I love him so so so much yesterday and today and will continue to love him more everyday for the rest of our lives.

    Happy Valentines Week, friends!

    Life Lately

    Things I tell myself to get up in the morning

    When the new year started Matt and I joined a gym near our house. We live too far away from the gym that we own to go there everyday and workout so joining a gym near our home was the best option. The only time that I can workout though is in the morning. If you’ve never worked out in the morning (or just gotten up super early) you may not be able to relate to this post.

    Sure, I could go workout after work but I won’t do that. Even if I say “I’ll just workout after work” nope. Nada. Bye. Not gonna happen. I have no desire to do anything after work except come home eat, read and go to sleep.

    I set my alarm for 4:30 in the morning and then another at 4:35 each morning. When the first alarm goes off there are a million thoughts that fly into my head. Mainly they fall along the lines of “NO- I CAN’T WORKOUT THIS MORNING IT’S FINE LET ME SLEEP, WORLD.” And then I do. I fall right back to sleep until the second alarm goes off.

    When my second alarm goes off I have to really start mentally preparing myself to get up and go workout. When my bed is warm and it’s cold outside (which hasn’t been the case here lately in North Carolina) it is sooooo hard to getup. The “you can do it” just doesn’t work for me. My mind is all “yes you can get up, just do it” and my body is all like “nahh we’re good here.”

    So you see, it’s a struggle.

    Before Matt’s accident we would go to the gym in the mornings together. Having someone else be like “OKAY GET UP NOW” was pretty good motivation and accountability. Now though, it’s all on me.

    Here’s just a general list of thoughts that run through my head as I am getting out of bed:

    • Why in the literal hell am I doing this
    • I am a crazy person
    • WHO GETS UP THIS EARLY WILLINGLY (other my parents- hey mom and dad)
    • I think I’ll just go to the bathroom and then get back in bed
    • The front desk guy is totally going to make me feel bad if I don’t go today…. but I don’t care.
    • I’m not as strong in the morning as I am in the afternoon, I’ll just go back to sleep
    • Tank is still sleeping… I’ll just go back to sleep too.
    • Let me just pop on social media to wake myself up…. oh she’s having a baby… okay, I don’t have a baby… okay I should go back to sleep because when I have a baby there will be no sleep.
    • REST WHEN YOU’RE DEAD MORGAN- or now. just go back to sleep now.
    • It’s winter don’t even worry about working out until the spring/summer.

    You get the idea.

    My goal is to go 5 times this week. So far we are on day 3. Typically Monday’s are pretty good because it’s like “Yeah, I’m starting the week on Monday working out, getting back in the groove, getting all those foods out of my body I consumed this weekend, woop.”

    Tuesday I’m like “Okay okay I can get this together, it’s fine, just go”

    Wednesday is like “wellllll I could just take a mid-day off here or something…”


    Friday is like “Bye.”

    The funny thing is that I get up super early to go to the gym and then I’m only there for 30-45 minutes depending on the workout I’m doing that day.

    I get home and have like a solid 2 hours before I have to leave for work. I think it’s basically that I’m paranoid about being late or forgetting something so I just have to have this time to just chill at home after working out.

    Plus I’m pretty productive as well. I can have a quiet time, drink coffee, blog, make lunches, unload the diswasher, shower/get ready, make a smoothie, take care of gym emails, read some of my book, and BOOM. Time to leave for work.

    I secretly love it.

    Deep down getting up this early and having the morning to do whatever I need to do to start the day is my favorite. Physically waking up and getting my butt out of bed is another story.

    Tell me, do you wake up early in the morning? HOW do I keep this consistent? Do I just throw myself out of bed each morning? Any and all advice is welcome.

    Life Lately

    February Goals 2017

    I’ve been doing this blogging thing for a few years now and have sporadically posted about my goals each month on here. I used to be really good about it and then I just sorta stopped. But now I’m back to share my goals for February- no time like the present.

    I feel like 2017 has already been a blur. January flew by with doctor visits, lots of rest, adjustments, and now here comes February. I can’t even believe we are already a week in with this short month, but that’s never too late to post your goals right?

    February Goals:

    • Workout 3x/week
    • WATER (seriously I say this every month but really….)
    • Breakfast everyday
    • Meal plan weekly
    • Back to the blog
    • No spending on anything aside from food

    I always feel the need to explain my goals each time I do one of these posts. Don’t ask me why, I just do.

    1. Breakfast everyday– sounds simple right? But seriously sometimes it will be 10:00 at the office and I’m so angry/annoyed and it’s because I have yet to have anything that morning aside from coffee. I’ve been making smoothies for Matt and I in the morning and having a mid morning snack as well but breakfast is a necessity to everyday life!
    2. Meal plan weekly– And that doesn’t mean cook all day Sunday because I just value my Sunday’s too much to cook for 3 hours each Sunday (yes I KNOW it would save me time throughout the week but oh well). This is simply, write down what we’re eating each night and make sure I have all the ingredients.
    3. Back to the blog– As in blog about things other than just updates on Matt’s hand. Obvi I’ll still be posting about those things but I’ve missed this place and regularly posting.
    4. No spending on the house– Each month since we bought our house I’ve gone to home stores (Target, Home Goods, Market place’s, home decor stores, etc) everrryyyy weekend just buying random things for our house. You know, I neeeeed that pillow to complete my couch, that rug is onnnllyyyy $40, that lamp would be perfect, that sort of thing. But looking back I have spent wayyy to much money each month on the house and like random shit we really don’t even need. This month I’m only spending money on FOOD. Because we are foodies and I go to like 3 different grocery stores when I go grocery shopping and we like to go out and drink with our friends so February is spend money on food, not the house, and save up for some bigger home items we’d like one day.

    I know that this month is going to fly by and before I know it it will be March. Writing these goals on here for the 10 people who read this blog though will definitely help in keeping me somewhat accountable- if you’re reading this make sure I’m a) drinking water b) worked out this morning or c) eating something (especially if I’m looking a little hangry).

    Cheers to February!

    Life Lately

    Life Lately: Update on Matt

    Sunday marked the three week mark since Matt’s accident. It has been a rollercoaster of a month as we have adjusted and slowly gotten back into a routine. I’ve read more books this month and we have spent more weekends just relaxing on the couch because we are just a little more tired than usual this month.

    We had Matt’s 2 weeks post op appointment on January 23rd. The removed most of his stitches in both his thumb and his index finger. Because he has no feeling in his thumb, this was no problem. His index finger was a little more painful though and the process of getting those stitches pulled out was no fun at all. He had a lot of dried blood and scabbing that the doctor had to get through to get to the stitches so it definitely was not a fun experience for sweet Matt.

    The doctor checked everything out and Matt’s poor hand is still looking beaten and bruised. This past Monday we actually headed back to the doctor because we were pretty certain that Matt’s index finger was infected. When we had our appointment on the 23rd there was a small infection where the pins in his finger are but the doctor made it seem like it wasn’t a huge deal and for us not to worry about it.

    Because Matt’s in a cast and we can’t see his finger we really had no way of actually knowing if it was infected and getting better or getting worse and Matt had finished up his antibiotics as well from his surgery at this point.

    We decided to be safer rather than sorry and head back in to get a check up and a new cast as well. They checked everything out and “cultured”  (I’m probably spelling that wrong in the medical field) his infection just to make sure but thankfully his finger was looking MUCH better than it did when we went to get his stitches out. We got a clear report from the doctor and we head back to see them in about 10 days to get another x-ray to see how his bones are growing.

    What’s to come:

    We asked the doctor about best and worst case scenario’s at our last visit. Best case: we see her for the next 4-5 months assuming the bone in his thumb that was severed grows back naturally after the fusion they did. They plan to take his pins out at our next appointment in ten days if the x-ray shows that there is some growth on his thumb bone. We are so praying that his thumb naturally re-grows that bone (although the doctor is very skeptical). If his bone hasn’t began to grow, the pins will stay in and they will assess what the next steps are at that time.

    Worst case scenario: Matt’s thumb bone does not grow back and they have to go in and do another surgery. The surgery would be a bone graft taking bone from his wrist on his hurt hand and putting it in his thumb. This would basically be making us start back over completely in this scenario since it would be another surgery and another time for recovery. This surgery would also be extremely risky for many reasons. Matt lost both of his blood supplies in his thumb when it was cut. He is getting blood from the dorsal side of his thumb and they weren’t even sure in the beginning that his thumb would even “take” to that blood supply. Thankfully it did, but there is always the chance that if they do have to go back in for surgery he could lose that blood supply and essentially have a “dead” thumb. If they go back in for surgery, replace his bone with a bone graft, his thumb takes to the blood supply, we will be seeing the doctor and doing check ups for the next 8 to 10 months.

    Phew. Wow friends. It has been a time here in the Hall household but we are SO thankful for all of you. Seriously, we cannot thank each and everyone of you for the kind words, texts, meals, hugs, laughter, and love you’ve shown us this month.

    Of course the next big update will be on when we head back to the doctor on the 13th! We will know then how things are progressing and what the doctor feels the next steps should be.

    Life Lately, Recent Reads

    What I read: January

    January was a month of book reading that is for sure. Many of the books I had on hold at the library were made available this month so I was eager and excited to get lots of reading done. That, and with Matt’s accident, I had plenty of time on my hands to read some great books. Enjoy!

    Winter Street

    4 out of 5

    Elin Hilderbrand is one of my favorite authors. I originally meant to read this in December but that month got away from me so I picked it up right after the new year. This book is about a family during the Christmas holiday. The book focuses on the many different viewpoints and it could be hard to follow at first but everything comes together so well at the end. This is your typical crazy family drama that many families have wrapped into a short 3 book series.

    Winter Stroll

    4 out of 5

    This is the second book in the three book series and follows Winter Street. I enjoyed this book as it picked right off where you left in the first book and it didn’t miss a beat. There were many things that happened in the first book: new romance, marriage, babies, jail time, and more that quickly caught you up to speed on what was happening with this family. There is a third book in this series but I did not end up reading that one.

    Winter Garden

    5 out of 5

    Gosh Kristin Hannah does it again with this tear jerker. This book centers around two young girls who have grown up with an unloving mother due to a past that they are just now learning about. When their father tragically dies from a heart attack they get to hear the story of their mother’s life in Russia during the war. It’s heart wrenching but oh so good.

    Behind Closed Doors

    5 out of 5

    I read this book in 1 sitting. Literally. I had the day off and decided to pick this book up before getting out of bed and finished it in just a few hours. So so good. This book focuses on a young girl who falls in love with a charming, wonderfully handsome man. They get married quickly and she quickly realizes that she has fallen into captivity from a monster who keeps her locked away all day long. This book has many twists and turns that I never saw coming.

    You Will Know Me

    3 out of 5

    I read Megan Abbott’s Fever a few years ago and loved it but ever since then I haven’t been able to get into her novels. This one was about a young girl who is destined to be in the Olympics for gymnastics. The novel focuses on her family and how they will do anything to make this happen for her even cover up a terrible crime. Definitely interesting but not my favorite from this month.

    The Way I Used to Be

    3 out of 5

    This book was another heart wrenching book about a young girl who is raped by her brothers best friend in her home one night. The book starts right off with her rape and how she copes with everything after.

    First Comes Love

    4 out of 5

    This book was just okay to me. It was good but I felt like it dragged on (maybe that’s just me though). The story focuses on two sisters perspectives at very different points in their life. Their brother has died in the beginning of the book and we learn about how their brother kept there family together.

    Before the Fall

    3.5 out of 5

    This book focuses on a private plane that crashes in the middle of the Atlantic ocean one night. There are two survivors. A young boy of a very prestigious and wealthy family and a painter who randomly ends up on this plane as an acquaintance. The book goes back and forth from the present to the past with all the members on the plane and while I enjoyed the ending the middle was a little too boring for me.

    The Wonder

    4 out of 5

    I really love Emma Donoghue’s writing. This book focuses on a nurse who is hired to come and “observe” a 9 year old girl who has been fasting for the past 4 months. She is there for a week with another nurse watching all day everyday the girl and never seeing her take any sort of food. And then, she begins deteriorating fast. We learn about her true reason to fast for God as a devout catholic and the ending was one of my favorites.

    Everything you Want me to Be

    5 out of 5

    Books that just get me hooked right off the bat are my favorites. This was one of those books. The book focuses on a high school senior girl named Hattie who is found brutally murdered in her hometown. We go through different suspects to figure out what happened and how she was killed. From love to heartbreak we learn the truth- I couldn’t put this one down.

    I actually have 11 books that all just came in from the library on Thursday for this coming month. Wowzer- hopefully I will be able to read them all this month but I am so excited to already have my February reads lined up. I know they will be good but I’m always looking for more suggestions!