Monday, January 30, 2012

Weekend

This weekend was a rather enjoyable one. Although I worked Friday night, on Saturday Alister and I, along with Mom, Dad, Alex, & Laird, drove to Benson to see my uncle and aunt. We shot some skeet and then attended a Dove chocolate tasting party that one of my aunt's friends was throwing. Afterwards we headed back to my parents house and Alister made some homemade chicken-cordon-bleu. Sunday we slept in, and then Alex and Laird came for the day and evening. Sunday evening, the three of us along with some friends all met at Kanki for some awesome hibachi and drinks. We came back to the house, watched a couple Redbox movies, and finally got to bed. I woke up early this morning to take my cat to the vet, but he climbed up in the box spring so I had to move his appointment until later in the day. I went to see an orthopedist about my back pain, but I guess I won't really know anything until the xrays are processed. Alister and I went and had our taxes done- huge disappointment but at least we're not paying anything- before I actually did manage to take my cat to the vet. He had a clean bill of health but needs a teeth cleaning. Huge shocker (not really). Alister was nice enough to ride his bike while I went running (only 2.5 miles tonight) and now we're finishing up dinner and some How I Met Your Mother reruns. All-in-all a good weekend that adds to the dread of returning to work tomorrow, I'm supposed to teach a class Wednesday morning and I've done nothing for it. Fail.

Friday, January 27, 2012

This week...

...I:
  • Got to see Alex and Laird briefly when they flew into town- yay!
  • Moved back to the PACU full-time (although I do miss my pre-op people)
  • Kept running
  • Kept ellipticating
  • Lost a few more inches
  • Only cheated slightly on Weight Watchers
  • Decided I would train for a half-marathon after my 5k's
  • Got new ski boots (that actually were comfortable)
  • Bought a purple ski helmet
That's all. Nothing exciting. This weekend though:
  • Shooting skeet
  • Going to a chocolate tasting party
  • Having dinner at Kanki with some friends
Life is good.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Optimism

I don't have much. However, I did manage to run a full 2.8 miles today (almost to a 5k distance!) and Alex/Laird should be flying in tomorrow (cross fingers). Maybe everything will work out this time through!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Slump

Well I'm back home, and not surprisingly, none too happy about it. I had been looking forward to this trip for months and needless to say, I just needed the vacation. I know weather is one of those uncontrollable things but sometimes it just seems like a higher power is out to mess with me. Work is letting me go in for a shift tomorrow- at 530am of course- so I won't lose as much PTO but it's also depressing to think I'll be back in the nitty gritty when I should be in DuPont playing with the cutest nephew in the world. Anyways, I've been in a slump for about a week now, and would LOVE to get out of it; I just have no idea how. This constant bad mood- and nitpicking from the husband- is getting to be a little much...with no vacation to look forward to for a while longer. Really, REALLY hoping Alex and Laird's flight can come on Monday, although I'll hardly see them due to my work schedule and their commitments in Charlotte. Sigh.

Booo

So today I woke up at 4am, excited to be headed to Seattle to see my sister and nephew. As of last night, the airport in Seattle was keeping the runways open and all flights were getting in. I arrived in Cincinatti at 8, boarded my flight for Seattle at 9, and was informed at 915 on the plane that the Seattle airport was now closed. Fail. They offered to put me on a flight to Seattle tonight (if they opened enough runways) but those flights went through JFK or Salt Lake City and didn't arrive until 11 or so. After much contemplating- b/c I'm a horrid decision maker- I decided to just fly back to RDU and call it a day. As badly as I wanted (and needed- bad week) to go, I didn't want to risk getting stuck in NY or UT until tomorrow. I got a direct flight back to RDU for this afternoon and have since called work to beg for hours tomorrow. They said they'd let me know. I think AB and I might go skiing for a day this weekend, but other than that it'll just be the same old, same old. Hopefully Alex and Laird can still leave on Monday to come here- if it will only stop snowing and sleeting. So, boo.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Today

Today I:
  • Slept in (like I needed to...I'm a lazy ass)
  • Went running (still at 2.5 miles but today seemed especially hard)
  • Walked the dogs (my dog insists on peeing on EVERY SINGLE mailbox and electrical box...it's starting to drive me insane)
  • Returned my ski boots (they were heinous getting in and out of in the ankle area)
  • Exchanged my extra Northface jacket for another jacket, ski gloves, and an awesome hat for Fishtank
  • Got a load of awesome shirts at Belk's with my mom
  • Ran by PetsMart and got dog food, cat food, and a bag of stuff for our new spoild beta Wally (see story below)
  • Spent <$5 at WalMart (that's a record)
  • Am now cooking hamburgers and roaster corn with AB while we watch season 6 of How I Met Your Mother
2 days of work starting tomorrow and then headed to Seattle to see Alex and Laird- yay!

Story of Wally: I went to WalMart Friday night and there was a lone, depressed looking male beta on the shelf near the dog treats. I contemplated getting him for about 10 minutes. He refused to acknowledge me. I got him...and a vase...and rocks...and food. I introduced him to AB- AB stares at him intently. I think he likes him too. We moved him upstairs since it's always warmer. Today we got him a plant, castle, brine shrimp, net, and pellets. Spoiled fish.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Benefits of running (or any exercise)

  • More energy
  • More stamina
  • Less cravings for unhealthy food
  • More fascination with fitness and healthy eating
  • Almost total lack of menstrual cramps
  • Increase in water consumption
  • People tell you that you look better
  • Glowier skin
  • The bragging rights to say that you're a runner
  • Skinny jeans without muffin top...enough said

Friday, January 13, 2012

Yep

I ran 2.5 miles yesterday before work- goal for the month met! Now for 3 miles.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Disappointing

Today was my Weight Watchers weigh-in and I have to say, I'm a little disappointed. I lost 0, ie ZERO, pounds since last week. I even stripped down to my birthday suit and used the restroom before I hopped on the scale. AB did lose a pound or two though so maybe it works better for him. On the flip side, I'm tracking my bust/waist/hips and my bust went down 1 inch, my waist 2 inches, and my hips 1 inch. My clothes fit the same though. I know running builds muscle- so if I can get down to a 6-8 in clothing and still weigh the same, that's fine- otherwise, I need to do something better. Too bad BMI doesn't account for muscle.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Saturday

Today has been a fairly uneventful and relaxing day, but let me just say- I ran my 2.25 miles and boy do I hate running! I am getting there though, and since my first 5K is March 10 I can't quit now. AB and I slept in, took the dogs to the dog park for a bit (they're so antisocial), went to PetsMart (cutest cats ever), had some Greek food for lunch, grabbed a couple cupcakes at Gigi's, and then came back to sit around and enjoy the beautiful 70 degree sunny weather. He has convinced me to watch his favorite ski movie, so we're sitting down now to do that with the sun setting and the temps finally cooling again. Dinner isn't going to be too big since our Weight Watchers points are almost completely used up, but chicken stir fry is always a good option. WW is hard by the way, especially when you only get 26 points a day like I do; sticking to it though because I paid for 3 months.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

I was running

Well, one more day of the 2 miles and then I move up to 2.3 miles. I have to do everything in thirds because one of the blocks in my neighborhood is exactly 0.3 miles so it's just easier to count that way. I have to admit, I'm super-proud of myself for sticking with it for this long- I think I might actually make it to 3 miles in February. Holy crap. AB on the other hand is going to do Couch-to-5k...and I don't mean the program. He literally plans on sitting on the couch and then getting up one day and running a 5k. His own words. I think it's an amusing thought because I can hardly get him to walk the dogs a full mile.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Bracelet

After hearing great things from my sister about buying items on Etsy, I finally gave in and bought myself a leather bracelet. I've been thinking about a certain quote for a tattoo for a while now, but I figured for now I would make due with the saying on a bracelet. I found this seller who was making what I was looking for and placed the order. It arrived today and I LOVE it. The next thing I will be purchasing from Etsy is a t-shirt quilt- and although AB and I have enough shirts ready to go, I'm going to save up for a little longer before taking the leap. I'm adding a picture below- the quote (for those who don't know) is from The Lord of the Rings- my favorite book and movie of all time. And I love the saying b/c people are always telling me to figure out what I'm doing with my life, get my head on straight, etc, etc. Love it.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Green Smoothie

I found a recipe for a green smoothie the other day from this website and decided to try it this morning. Believe it or not, it's actually fairly good. It's not by any means the best thing I've ever tasted, but after reading reviews on it I figured why not? It's easy to make (key for me), has only a few ingredients, is healthy, and counts for ZERO points on Weight Watchers. Score. I'm putting the recipe below, a fuzzy picture of mine taken from my phone, and a professional photo of what it should look like. I think I did well!
  • 1-2 frozen bananas (I used 1)
  • A handful of frozen mango
  • A handful of frozen peaches
  • A handful of fresh spinach
  • About one cup of water
  • Blend and drink!
You can also substitute other fruits for the mango or peaches. The idea is all the same- fresh fruits and some greens in the morning.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Resolutions?

I will not be making resolutions this year, because I never follow through. Instead, I'm going to set a few goals to aim for- and if I fail, then I won't feel as bad.

  1. Run 5- 5k races. I have no intention of running any further since hearing true runners talk about bloody heals and scabby nipples.
  2. Be able to run a 5k in under 30 minutes.
  3. Learn 1 new thing every day- and write it down. Whether it's a fact, a skill, or a hobby- it has to be something new. I have a list of things I want to learn anyways!
And that's it. Yes, there are other things I want to do or accomplish, but making them a resolution always seems to automatically lead to failure. Now I'm off to join Weight Watchers.

New Year's

Yesterday AB and I slept until 2pm before I finally got up to run some errands (AB stayed in bed for several more hours). A friend (and bridesmaid) from nursing school asked us our New Year's Eve plans and we invited her and her husband to come have dinner, sit on our asses, and drink all evening while mocking Dick Clark (yeah, I know- it's not nice). AB smoked a fabulous chicken, Erin made a really tasty apple cider and bourbon drink, and we sat around the chiminea and played Apples to Apples until 11pm. We ended up watching Dick Clark, but boy is he hard to watch now. Aside from the speech issues from his stroke, someone decided to give him a really orange spray-on tan and they totally missed around his eyes. Fail.

Today we slept in again, but got up earlier so we could have New Year's Day dinner with my parents and aunt/uncle. Of course we had black eyed peas and collards for luck and money- and all of it was really yummy. My uncle had squeezed some fresh oranges and I made some mimosa's with them- definitely a different taste (less sugar) but really good all the same.

When AB and I got home we took down ALL the Christmas decorations- both outside and in- and although it's usually depressing saying good bye to the holidays, the 70 degree weather made it less so. Now he's upstairs playing his drum set (how ling until he gets bored???) and I'm watching "Water for Elephants". I loved the book, hopefully the movie is just as good.