Thursday, September 29, 2011

been there - a guest post

I (Jen with 1 ‘n’) recently went on my honeymoon and of course brought the PassingLEFT Austin shirts. I have loved all of the posts on where the shirts are being shipped and enjoyed seeing all of the different posts on the Facebook album Faces, Places, and Races. I thought it would be really cool to share with everyone where these shirts have been!

My husband and I started in Munich, Germany and road tripped to Strasburg and Reims in France, then to Spa and Liege in Belgium, and then to Nurburgring and back to Frankfurt, Germany. So technically, since the shirts were in my suitcase, they went to all those places. But I have some photos to prove it.

This is just a snippet of my guest post on PassingLEFT's blog today. To read more and see a photo of the speedometer while I was driving on the Autobahn, check out the post on their site here:

 While you're at it, you can check out some of their awesome shirts!  I know you runners and cyclists would LOVE their gear!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Tis the Season

I updated my design portfolio with some fun Holiday Card designs that are available on Etsy!  Here are a few of my designs.  Definitely more to come! 


© Adrinah Design

Friday, September 23, 2011

test tomorrow

So, a few weeks ago I posted two different times writing about my frustrations in losing the rest of this weight.  After discussing with my nutritionist and doctor, they both agreed on having me take a list of blood tests.  Well, tomorrow is test time.  I've sort of forgotten about it.  A little because I didn't want to dwell over it for 6 weeks and a little because I've just been too busy to think about anything like this.

I'm supposed to go in having not eaten anything, so it was recommended to go in first this in the morning.  This stresses me out a little bit because my veins are difficult to find if I'm not very hydrated.  How can you be very hydrated first thing in the morning?  I'm going to drink tons and tons of water tonight so hopefully that will help.

After talking with a girl friend and researching it a little bit, my thyroid is likely 100% to blame for everything going on with me.  Who knew that it controlled so much of your body?! Seriously!  I think I have hypothyroidism which would explain many, many things: cold all the time, difficulty losing weight, being tired all the time, and all the aches I've been getting in my joints (mainly my knees).  So, I researched treatments for it.  Luckily, they have them and thankfully, they seem relatively easy.  Just a pill.  That simple.  The hard part is finding the right dosage, I guess.  Yay for guessing games!

Anyways...I'm getting a little ahead of myself.  I haven't even taken the test yet, let alone received the results.  I'm honestly just hoping that it is something and that the something is really easy to fix.  I'd hate to think that I've put all of this time, effort, energy, and money to realize that this is as good as it gets.  I refuse to believe it.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Sorry it's taken me so long to post this.  As you can imagine, after taking 10 days off from every day life, it takes a bit of time to catch back up.

Our honeymoon was AMAZING!  Despite the worst night-before-traveling-to-a-foreign-country anyone could ever experience, once we got off the ground it was perfect!

For starters...we were supposed to leave from Austin to Newark at 6am on Saturday, August 20 - meaning we were supposed to leave our house at 4am (cab already ordered).  At 9pm Friday night hubs got an email from AIRLINE WE'LL NEVER FLY AGAIN (AWNFA) saying "Your flight from Austin to Newark leaving at 6am CST has been canceled." That's it.  Nothing else.  No "it's been delayed, we'll put you on a later flight" or "we've refunded your card so you can book a different flight" or "we are working with A-BETTER-AIRLINE to put you on a similar flight"...nothing.

So naturally, hubs calls AWNFA trying to sort it out.  After all, that was just ONE leg of our international flight.  Of course AWNFA is bombarded with calls "We are experiencing a high volume of calls.  If you would like a service rep to call you back in order of when we received the calls, leave your phone number."  So he does.  Mean while I call on my phone (I don't trust those call back things).  I actually get a wait time of 120 minutes.  Wow.  After about 3 hours of being on hold and waiting for the call back, we finally get a hold of someone who straightens out our situation.  We were booked on a leg a flights: Austin to Houston to Newark to Frankfurt to Munich.  We finally got to be around 12:30am Saturday morning and set our alarm for 3:00, but whatever we got it figured out.  I felt awful for the people who didn't find this out until they got to the airport...I would have lost it.

So...the fun part began!  We were going on a 10 day road trip to 3 countries.  The rest of the post will be mostly photos.  Enjoy!

Double decker plane (PS this was NOT the AWNFA -- promise!  Lufthansa was wonderful.)  

 We had enough AMEX points to be upgraded to business class and were served free booze...champagne before the flight! 

Frankfurt of my faves!  It looks like a train station.

Munich, Germany
 BMW Museum in Munich


This photo almost got me thrown in German prison.  This is the US Consulate so naturally I wanted to take a photo of the American flag.  The German officer assumed I was trying to take a photo of the building for sinister reasons.  So he stopped me with his machine gun and asked to see the photo.  Thankfully he let me keep it and I didn't get in trouble.  Scared the living $%^& out of me though. 

 Beer and pretzel at the Hofbrauhaus (not exactly gluten free, but whatever)

Strasbourg, France


Reims, France

Champagne vineyards. 

Old race track on the side of the road.  

Spa, Belgium (The Formula 1 Race!)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

i owe you a post

And I promise I'll post it.  We got back from our honeymoon last Tuesday and are still getting back in the swing of things.  The post will come (soon) and it will be filled with fabulous photos, I promise!  

PS - We are safe in Austin.  Just watching the wildfires.  They evacuated about 10 mi from our house, but thankfully the winds have died down and we are on the other side of the river.  Praying for miracle rain!  Thanks for all your tweets of encouragement and prayer!