January 29, 2015
by Alex Meyer
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Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud

It’s been … quite the week. As a result, I’m feeling majorly MIA from the social media & blog world. But as we approach the weekend, I do have a few thoughts stirring around in my head, so I thought I’d join in with Amanda for a little “thinking out loud”. Otherwise know as, Alex rambles.

1. Did you notice that I lost a couple of posts?

I actually didn’t, at first, but my mom (biggest fan, ‘natch), and then Laura, mentioned to me that my engagement photo post from last week was gone.

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Queue the confusion …

Turns out, Bluehost (who hosts my blog) had a hard drive error that did, well, SOMETHING, that essentially, made me lose both blogs I posted last week. Not a huge deal as I had both posts saved in my blog reader, so it was super-easy to repost, but I am seriously disappointed in the fact that I lost all of those blog’s comments! Both posts had several (awesome) comments that are now lost forever. (Okay, yes, I can see them in my email, but still.) No way to get them reposted. Sad. Day.

The thinking part is – this is not the first time I’ve had issues with Bluehost. I’ve hosted some websites through them for my day-job, and the constant downtime and lack of help from customer service are NOT impressing me.

Does anyone else have a better host?

2. On being “open” to the Open.

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked Crossfit, huh? I’m sure that will change again soon, but one thing I’ve been thinking about lately is the Crossfit Open, which begins in February. The Open is the precursor to the Crossfit Games – essentially, how anyone can qualify to reach the games. It’s more complex than that, but, many crossfitters sign up for the Open whether they truly believe they can make it to the games, or not.

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2014 Crossfit Open Workout / Photo courtesy Ginnie Coleman Photography.

Last year, I blogged about how the Open workouts helped push my comfort level. I still believe that they pushed me to see how far I could go, and helped me advance far more quickly in Crossfit in 2014 then I would have otherwise. Because of that, I’m excited to see how the Open workouts challenge, and change, me in 2015. But, the $20 registration fee? It has more important places to go right now.

Do you “sign up” for the Open?

3. Blogging vacations …

As many of you know, I’ve enjoyed the Blend Retreat for two years now (2014 & 2013). A couple of weeks ago, Blend 2015 details were announced, and I, needless to say, was stoked! This year’s retreat is in Boulder, Colorado, a state which I really, really enjoy. I immediately requested the preceding Friday off of work.

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Photo courtesy Blend Retreat

Then stopped for five minutes.

I want to tell you I bought my ticket. But, I haven’t. I have the time off approved, but this year, I really, really need to find a company to sponsor me for the retreat. I’ve reached out to several companies, but I haven’t heard much yet, and I really don’t know if I should expect to. I still have high hopes, however, so wish me luck (I’d love to see you there!).

Any tips for landing a sponsor?

4. Cooking sucks

I’m having a terrible time getting back into my cooking “groove” that I had before leaving for Kenya. It’s been toooo much take-out and frozen dinner meals since we’ve returned. I don’t like it, but I can’t seem to just *get* it again! The only thing I can think of is that I need to have some new, exciting recipes that make me really want to eat them (and thus, cook them). Maybe?

Who has a recipe to share?

5. Seriously, cereal.

Has tasted the BEST lately. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I didn’t even care about cereal before I left for Kenya, and now, I’m eating it at least a few times a week.

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Breakfast of champions? Weird.


What’s on your mind today?


January 21, 2015
by Alex Meyer

Wedding Wednesday: Engagement Pictures

Happy hump-day, everyone! I hope everyone is having a good week so far. It’s flying by, if you ask me. Although it’s been less than 24 hours since my last post (and I don’t typically post so close together) I decided to post anyway. Because, today is a special day for me and the fiance, so that made the post especially appropriate. You see, today is Phyll and I’s seven-year dating anniversary. Seven whole years – can you believe that? To be honest, this morning, I did the math wrong and thought it was eight. Math gets hard after five years. Right?

Anyway, here is a smattering of engagement pictures for your viewing pleasure. I think we had close to 300 total, and it was SO hard to choose what to share. I love so many of them for different reasons. Our photographer for the engagement shoot (and for the wedding) is Nuzum Photography out of Ankeny, Iowa. They have really been a dream to work with. I can’t wait to see our wedding shots! Continue Reading →


January 20, 2015
by Alex Meyer

I’m Alive! And Back in the U.S.A.

Why, hello there! Long time, no see! So yeah, I’ve been home for a couple of weeks. But between trying to get used to “normal” life again, unpacking, and some family stuff that came up, I haven’t been able to check in, with the exception of a couple of times on Facebook. My trip? Pretty much … amazing. I don’t think that’s a wholly original word to describe a trip to Africa (did that really happen?) but it’s the only word that I have. Continue Reading →


January 2, 2015
by Alex Meyer

How to Find a Workout Buddy {Guest Post from Katie Looking Forward}

As I’ve been traveling, my wonderful blends have been guest posting for me so I don’t have to stress while I’m away. Today’s post is from Katie, who I met at Healthy Living Summit and blogs at Katie Looking Forward. A fellow Midwesterner, Katie blogs about all sorts of fun things including running, yoga and triathlons. But, that’s not the least of it! Ah, how about I just let her talk, huh?

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Hello Alex Tries It Out readers! While Alex explores Kenya, I’m sharing How to Find a Workout Buddy! I’ve moved a few times in my post-college years and with each move it means finding new places to sweat, and new people to sweat with! Continue Reading →


December 31, 2014
by Alex Meyer

how to survive your big day {Guest Post from LLinaBC}

Happy New Years Eve! I’ve been hearing about New Years in Kenya for years, so I’m excited to finally be here for one. Since it happens to be Wednesday, my guest post today is Chelsea from Little Lessons in a Big City. I met Chelsea, a fellow Des Moines-er through Twitter (I think?) and when I was brainstorming who I wanted to guest post for me, I just knew I had to have her. She just got married, and let me tell you, it was gorgeous! Her tips are just divine, and since my brain is all things wedding these days, perfect for me. I hope you enjoy some of her tips (and even if you aren’t getting married, great, great pictures!). 

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hello all. you have me, chelsea from little lessons in a big city, to keep you company today while alex is in kenya for the holidays.

I am a newlywed and freshly over the wedding planning process. and since alex is amidst the fun, I thought I’d share a few things I learned. I’m calling it ..

how to survive your wedding day. Continue Reading →


December 22, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Alex’s World Beer Tour: Half Acre’s Pony Pilsner {Guest Post From Athlete at Heart}

While I’m off gallivanting around the world (isn’t that a great word?) I have some awesome blends stepping in my shoes to post for me. Aren’t they the best? Today’s post is from Stephanie at Athelete at Heart. When I heard the girl likes beer … well I HAD to ask her to post about it! I hope to get back to my own beer posts in 2015. But, until then … here’s Stephanie!

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Hello to all of Alex’s readers!  I’m happy to be guest posting while she is on an amazing vacation.  Is anyone else jealous??

I’m Stephanie from Athlete at Heart.  I write about my athletic endeavors, weight loss, and overall health with some recipes, travel, and life thrown in the mix.  I’m currently training to complete an Ironman 70.3 triathlon in 2015.  Eek! icon smile Alexs World Beer Tour: Half Acres Pony Pilsner {Guest Post From Athlete at Heart} Continue Reading →


December 19, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Travel Beauty Essentials {Guest Post from Wake Up for Makeup!}

Happy Friday everybody! As you’re reading this, I’m either still flying, or just having landed, in Kenya. (I told you I’m bad at time zones.) While I’m away, I recruited some of my blends to guest post in my stead! I met Ivy through blogging (and maybe because of graphic design?) and I love checking out her blog for new makeup and beauty tips. She is a great source of how-to on all SORTS of makeup tricks, and always has the best recommendations when it comes to what products to use. I should know, I bug her via Twitter with my questions. Without further ado … here’s Ivy! Continue Reading →

Atlas Balls

December 12, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Workouts of the Week: Checking In {Diane + New PRs}

Happy Friday! Woohoo. TGIF – you know? This week has just been insane between planning for the trip (tired of hearing about that by now?), wedding planning, and work. I’ve got quite a bit to wrap up yet before I leave – and I’m just hoping I can get it all done. *Sigh*

Anyway, I’m a few weeks behind on sharing workouts with you, but I wanted to hit the highlights for prosperity’s sake. I won’t be able to lift heavy (I’m pretty sure, anyway) while we’re in Kenya, so I’m pretty sure that some of these recently accomplished PRs will go by the wayside. Sad day! But, maybe the rest will be just what my muscles need and I’ll be back and stronger than ever. It could really go either way. Hopefully. Maybe. Continue Reading →


December 11, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud

In one week … I’ll be somewhere. In the air, or maybe at our layover in Turkey. Time zones confuse me, so I can’t really tell you. But I know I won’t be in Adel anymore, at my desk, at work. Phyll and I have been talking about visiting Kenya for such a long time. I can’t quite believe that it’s going to happen.

I’ve been asked if I’m nervous, or excited, or how I’m feeling – and honestly, although I’ve had glimmers of both, I just don’t feel like it’s hit me yet. I don’t really think it will until we step food on Kenyan soil. Maybe it’s because it’s so unknown? I can’t imagine what the airport will really be like, or our first car ride. I can’t see it in my mind. I can only see an image in my head, a fuzzy one, of what I think it might be like. Continue Reading →

Map of Kenya

December 8, 2014
by Alex Meyer

#MIMM: 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Kenya

How was your weekend? Ours was full of wedding and trip planning. It was pretty busy, and though I wasn’t necessarily looking forward to the to-do list, it ended up being a lot of fun. Well, I’m not sure just how much fun that Phyll had while we were finishing some of the wedding registry. But, I enjoyed myself icon smile #MIMM: 8 Things You Didnt Know About Kenya .

Since so much of my life is consumed with packing for Kenya, I thought it would be fun to give you some good ol’ education about the country. I’m so engrained with the culture of Kenya that sometimes I don’t remember what others don’t know. So, I’m going to try and hit you with my top 10 “fun facts” about the country today. Here goes nothing! Continue Reading →


December 3, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Wedding Wednesday: All About That Planning

So, I finally cracked open my ol’ wedding planning binder this week. I bought it last year with the best of intentions, but even the best of intentions seem to fly out the door when grad school happens. I can tell you right now – I haven’t opened the book in at least two months, and the resulting to-do list? It’s most definitely showing it.

I’m not going to get too deep into the details, but posting is accountability – right? So, I felt like if I shared some of my goals for the month (or, count ‘em, 2 weeks before we leave for Kenya!) that would help give me a little *push* in the right direction. Continue Reading →


December 2, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Currently: December

What’s this? Another post in the same week? It’s a Christmas miracle! Thank you for all your love on yesterday’s post. We’re very excited, and I’m so glad you are, too! I can’t wait to share our adventures in Kenya with you on the blog. Can you even believe that it’s December, though? This year has absolutely flown by. It’s been awhile since I’ve hit you with a “Currently” post, and it seemed like good timing to post one today. I skipped some of the categories that made my brain hurt too much. Don’t kill me. This post is long enough as it is! Continue Reading →