Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Seriously bummed...

I'm feeling restless tonight. I'm not sure why, but I just can't settle down. So I keep circling the internet. Facebook, blogger, pinterest, repeat. Unfortunately, no one is updating anything so it is all starting to look the same.

I decided to break my 3-site cycle and I went to see if they had posted the date for the Nashville Color Run. I had signed up for the newsletter so I could know when to register, but I hadn't heard anything yet. Not only have they posted the date, but it's already sold out. :-( I'm seriously bummed now! I was really looking forward to it. And I'm really kind of pissed because I never got an email from them about the dates being posted or anything. I also liked them on Facebook and I never saw anything there either. Boo.

That actually makes me antsier... I don't know what I want to do. Nothing appeals at the moment. I thought about doing some WiiFit, but I really don't want to. I finished the novel I was reading, and I don't have a new one yet. I thought about running to the store, but  I already have to go tomorrow anyway and I don't want to waste gas. Greg is still up, so I guess I could go over there, but it's late and I don't want to end up needing to crash over there. Someone call whine-one-one, I need a wah-mbulance.

Maybe I'll dig out some note cards and write letters for Tony during his trip to Beach camp. Last year we were asked to write a note or two for the kids to read while they were gone, letting them know we were thinking about them and praying for them. I actually wrote him a note for every day he was gone. I think I'll continue the tradition this year. :-)

Well writing this post seems to have focused my brain and slowed it down a bit. It's calmed me down some. I think I will go write some of those notes. Maybe that will get me ready for rest.

Busy, busy, dizzy

Today has been a busy day! This morning I cleaned out the fridge (like cleaned out the fridge), took out the trash, and started roasting chickens to make chicken salad for tomorrow, all before breakfast! I actually sat down to blog this morning when I realized I had about 20 minutes before I needed to start getting ready for work. At work we were audited for most of my shift, which is always stressful. It's not that I was worried about not doing my job correctly, but it's always nerve-wracking when your boss's boss is watching! And immediately after work I had to run to get Mom and Tony and hurry to church. The students are going to beach camp in 10 days and today was registration. I was supposed to be there at 5:30... yeah that didn't happen lol. I didn't get off work until almost 5:15 and of course work is halfway between home and the church, so I had to backtrack and blah blah blah. It still went really well and I made it without too much of a problem to get the kids registered. Now I am at home enjoying a lovely cup of coffee and trying to unwind.

Good news for today. I weighed in and I am down to 208.4!  That's a total of 41.6 pounds off my frame. I'm excited! I'm actually really excited to see some progress again. As you know, I had a few weeks days in a row where I did not eat super well. Ok, fine, I didn't eat well at all. I don't even want to think about it! But anyway, I have recommitted to paying attention to what I'm eating and what I'm doing for my body.

I'm remembering that recommitting each and every day really is the key. I have to wake up each morning and decide that I'm going to make healthy eating decisions that day. I have to decide that I'm going to get some kind of exercise and/or movement done. No, of course I don't feel like it all the time! And sometimes I REALLY want a burger. Well, I have to suck it up about not feeling like working out. And I can have a burger sometimes, but I need to earn it!

I have been to Hobby Lobby (or as we like to call it The HobLob) more times in the past week than I think I have in the past few months! Can I just say how much I love that place? It is seriously my happy place. But I was very sad to realize that they are already turning over to their fall decorations. When I walked in last week, I noticed that most of the summery stuff has been condensed to a few aisles. Then yesterday I saw that they had even more fall things out.

Apparently it has worked it's way into my subconscious. This morning I had English Toast with apple butter. My first thought when I bit into it was "yum, this tastes like fall..." Then I almost spit it out. Fall is totally my favorite season. I love everything about it. But don't take away my summer! I mean heck, it's not even July yet! Slow your roll, y'all! Let's not even talk about the fact that Target has already set up their Back-to-School section. Are you KIDDING me???

Friday, June 22, 2012

High Five for Friday!

Why am I always so surprised when Friday rolls around? I mean Rebecca Black taught us all how the week works... Yesterday was Thursday. Today it is Friday. But here it is, Friday once again. As usual, I'm linking up with Lauren @ From My Grey Desk to bring you the top 5 things that happened this week. I missed last Friday because of Relay, so I may steal things that happened last week, too.
What up, Friday?
1. Relay for Life went really well. My team ended up raising enough money to move up a level. We were a Bronze level team before the event and we got a Silver level sticker at the closing ceremonies.

2. Greg and I had a good time at his reunion. I pretty much just sat and chatted with some of his friends' wives. The food was good and the company was great. I was pretty exhausted, but it was still a fun night. 

Lucky, lucky
3. Greg found me a four-leaf clover. Actually, as I said, he found 4 but he was nice enough to give me one. It seems to be working... :-)

4. I made it through my week! That is not a Debbie Downer statement, I promise! I had one of the oddest scheduled weeks ever with Relay being overnight, picking up an overnight shift, and other random events. It's just been fun and crazy. 

5. I just got an email from Linda, the lady trying to get me a job. Literally. Like while I was typing this list my phone chimed. She said she was talking to a lady who works in that same office and she's totally sold on me working in the office. I'm supposed to call on Monday. Prayers and positive thoughts appreciated!

Well, that's me for this week! How's your week been?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Best breakfast ever...

I had a sandwich for breakfast this morning and it was one of the best things I've ever eaten.

Bad pic, so I distracted you with a title :-)

Let me start by saying that I cannot take full credit for this genius idea. One of the bloggers I follow posted a revamped BLT and I just changed the bread and added an egg.

First, I put my turkey bacon in the pan to cook.
I was making 2 by the way.
Then I remembered that I needed to gather the rest of my ingredients....
Bonus points if you can guess where I was shopping... 
Next I cooked the egg, but I didn't take a picture... Well, I tried, but there was no way to make fried eggs look good with a camera phone. For the record, I just cooked the eggs in the turkey bacon drippings. While all that was going on I was toasting the English Toasting Bread... because it tells you to in the name!

Then I assembled my beautiful concoction.
Nom nom nom
For just 303 calories, it was quite the satisfying breakfast. I'm not gonna lie... I'm kind of tempted to have another one for lunch. :-)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What's up, skyscraper?

Monday disappeared into dreamland for me. I got off of work at noon, took mom to run some errands, and then went home to take a nap. As I may have mentioned, I was exhausted! I think I slept from 3-6 and I still went to sleep at 10:30 last night. And as if I wasn't confusing my poor sleep schedule enough, I work night shift (10p-4a) tomorrow night. Oh well! At least it's all happening kind of close together!

1 of 4
I went over to Greg's for a cookout on Sunday, and we were sitting around chatting when Greg looked down and spotted a four-leaf clover. He gave it to me, so of course I posted it on Facebook saying maybe it would bring me some luck. Then he looked down and found another one... and walking into the house he found 2 more. I swear, that kid finds four-leaf clover like they are dandelions.

Apparently all that luck worked. That night I saw a lady from church who has been trying to get me a job at the hospital where she works. She said she talked to someone who said she planned to call me for a phone interview. I hope she does. Linda (the lady from church) said she (the interviewer) was a little nervous because I have a Masters degree and it's an entry-level job. Linda said she told her that I wouldn't mind because I'm not actually using my Masters degree anyway. If I get this job, it's about $3-4/hr more than I make now. Yes, please! I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but I am praying about it. 

I'm getting that Crafting Bug again. I've been so preoccupied with Relay lately that I couldn't even look at patterns and ideas. But now that I'm done with Relay for another season I'm getting a little itchy to work on another project. My boss at the gym just found out she's having a little boy, so maybe I'll make something for him.  And of course I've been perusing Pinterest again. I've seen so many neat little projects! I may start stock piling for Christmas.

Now, you're probably wondering what I'm doing thinking about other projects when I haven't even finished that one blanket I was working on. Well, I'm almost finished. I'm just waiting on them to find out what they are having so I can put a border on it. They are completely convinced they are having a girl, but they she is only 14 weeks pregnant. I know as soon as I finish it for a girl, they will find out they are having a boy.  And I don't know if Denise has a feeling one way or the other about her pregnancy. I know she and her husband want another girl. I'll just wait until everyone knows for sure. 

I need to find a new exercise program. The running is great, but I need to find some more workouts to do. I've been reading the blog of one girl who's been doing a kettle bell workout. I may have to check out some of those. I called my trainer to see if we could workout Friday, but she's on vacation this week. I guess I'll look online and see what I can come up with. We also moved the Wii back into the living room, so maybe I'll start doing the WiiFit again. I need to do something, that's for sure. 

For the past few weeks I've just felt like a slug. Maybe if I can find a workout that a least seems interesting, it'll get me motivated to move again. I know I feel better when I workout. I miss being able to take classes. But I can find something to do with what free time I do have. No Excuses.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

I. Am. Exhausted.

Relay went well. We had a great turnout, which always makes me happy. A lot of times it seems like you just see the same faces every year, which is great, but I'm always excited to see new people come out. We also had a lot of new teams this year too. I'm sure they brought out new friends that had never been before. Our team ended up raising about $500 at the event, which I think is the most we've ever raised on-site.

I ended up being awake for over 27 hours by the time I finally was able to crash. A girl I work with had to have emergency surgery last week, so I said I would pick up part of her morning shift on Friday. I worked 6-9, which meant I had to be up at 5am. After I got off work I was just go go go, so there was no nap for me. By the time I could have taken a nap, I didn't want to because it was so close to time for me to start packing up... there gets to be a point where it's just easier to stay up and power through than to sleep. If i try to nap so close to the end, I can't sleep when I actually get home. I ended up crawling into bed around 8:30am.

I was only able to sleep for about 4 hours before I woke up and couldn't doze off again. Then Greg and I just kinda hung out til it was time to get ready for the reunion. We had a good time. I think he enjoyed talking to all of his friends. Social butterfly that he is, he kept wandering off. I was okay with that, though. I chatted with some of his friends' wives. There wasn't really any dancing, but I was okay with that, too. I'm not sure I could have done much anyway lol. I was falling asleep sitting up by the time we actually left.

I should have take off today, too. I think it's the first year I've done Relay that I haven't been working a 9-5 job, so I didn't even think about it. Lesson learned for next year!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I wouldn't have to work so much if Chuck Norris would just cry already

You know... because Chuck Norris's tears are the cure for cancer. ;-) It's Relay week and I'm exhausted just thinking about what's going on this weekend. I love, love, LOVE doing work with Relay, but sometimes I look at it like planning a wedding. Once you get a certain distance out, you are just ready to be done planning and enjoy the event. But having never planned my own (non-Pinterest) wedding, maybe I'm wrong. Regardless, I'm just ready for it to be Friday already. But I am proud to say that my team has reached and surpassed it's goal. We were trying to raise $2500 and the last I checked we were almost $3000. So proud of my team.

Last night I started working on my PhD in shirt folding. Since I worked yesterday morning, I offered to go to the ACS office and help set up for Bank Night last night. Our staff partner asked if I would please sort the tshirts into teams for the captains to pick up. Is it weird that I actually had fun doing it? There were 28 teams ranging from 2-30 people, but I had my little spreadsheet so I just went to town. I like the little moments where I can appreciate all the people that have come together to raise money for cancer research. And I especially like them when I get to reflect quietly by myself and I don't have to answer questions. Everyone in the ACS office knows way more than I do about this weekend. :-)

Ok, I try to stay pretty positive in this blog, and in life in general really, but I'm going to have to go off on a rant for a moment. I do NOT understand why some people feel the need to be all out hateful at all times! There is one woman who is on a Relay team and every time I have to deal with her she makes my blood boil. To the point where I told the volunteer committee that if they left me alone with her again I would punch her. Every time she talks to me, she acts like I'm an idiot. She spent 15 minutes last night blaming me because she could find something that I had nothing to do with. Seriously, it was a paper from her office that I have absolutely nothing to do with. For real??? Then I was trying to help her enter a check online and she kept changing her mind as to whether it was a team donation or individual gifts. Again she blamed me because she couldn't decide what to choose. When she finally decided she wanted to do individual gifts, she got irritated again because she didn't know how to to divide it between the people. These are decisions you should make prior. For the record, this was not her first rodeo. She knew to come prepared. And she was not picking on me, she's hateful to everyone. Oh, but she was also bad mouthing me from across the room. She kept saying that I just didn't care about anything. I'm not sure if she thought I couldn't hear her/wasn't paying attention or if she knew I could hear her and wanted to be a hag. I'm more inclined to believe the latter. But enough about that!

I am also excited/nervous for this weekend because I'm going with Greg to his high school reunion on Saturday. This will be the first event I'm going to that I won't already know people there. I'm excited though because a) it's somewhere that I've never been before, and b) there will be dancing. I love to dance with Greg. If you know me, you know I don't mean crazy club dancing or anything. We used to be goofy and waltz around his apartment living room. Every once in a while we still do at the house.

I can't decide if I want to go out an buy a new dress. I have a few that will work, so I don't really need to buy anything. But since when has that stopped me? ;-) Really, what I need  is the time. I might be able to go look tomorrow after work. Since I have dresses at home I'll probably find the perfect thing in my size on sale. Because that only happens when you have money and don't need the item.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Happy Friday, Yall!!

It's FRIDAY! And as always I'm linking up with Lauren @ From My Grey Desk to bring you my Top 5 things that happened this week.
What up, Friday?
Without further ado...

1. I FINALLY got to break in my new Brooks Adrenaline running shoes! I have owned them since late April and they have been sitting in their box just waiting for me to take them for a spin. Not sure what took me so long, but they have officially seen the trail. :-)

2. I'm a TV star! Ok not really, but 2 of the local news crews came out to the Zumba event Sunday and interviewed me. I didn't think much about it, but a lot of people at work told me they had seen me and said I was very good on camera. I'm most excited because it generated some questions about Relay for Life. 

3. Speaking of my Relay team, I realized that we are only $139 away from our overall goal. And we have a fundraiser going on tomorrow. I'm very excited. 

4. Today is PAY DAY. Enough said.

5. Now this may be the coolest thing that's happened in a long time. That would be a photo of Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. They did a pre-screening of their new movie Hit and Run at a theater here in Knoxville. Because Greg is friends with one of the local DJs sponsoring the event, we got tickets. They spoke for a minute before the show, then did a Q&A afterwards. The movie was awesome. It doesn't come out until August, but make plans to see it! And they were so funny in the Q&A. They were so down to earth. Probably one of the cutest couples ever, too. 

Alright, that's it for the awesomeness this week! I hope everyone else had a great time, too!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Happy Wendesday

First things first, my weigh-in for today.
One of these days I'll get a pedicure
A loss of 0.2 is still a loss. And especially so after this weekend. I feel like I say that all the time. Why is it that every time I have a great loss I turn around a throw it out the window? That's lame. But anyway, my weight went down so I'm happy. 

Hmmm, I have a weird schedule for today, so I guess I need to go get ready for work. I'll try to post more later. Have a good day!

Friday, June 1, 2012


As you may have heard, I recently hit my -40.2 mark (woot woot!). Somehow, that number doesn't really seem real to me. I know I've lost weight, I've seen the number go down on the scale, but I still can't wrap my head around why my pants don't fit. I think a lot of people who lose weight have that feeling... but eventually something comes along to remind you how far you've come.

I told you yesterday that I was going to enter the Transformation Challenge at work. Since I had to take the photos to enter, I thought I would compare them to the photos I took last January when I decided to work on my weight loss.

I think the difference is especially evident in my face/neck. It's ridiculous! I keep looking back and forth. I can't believe either one is me... I'm not sure what I THINK I look like, but I'm very pleased with my progress.

High Five!

Not only is it Friday, but it's also June! I can't believe it's already this late in the year. Wasn't it just Easter? Here's the highlights from this week.

1. I lost weight! I know, that's what I've been trying to do, but there's something about seeing a 20_ number instead of a 21_ number. Probably because it means I'm scary close to One-derland.

2. Zumba for a Cure is this weekend! Part of me is excited because it should be a fun day, and part of me is excited for it to be done. I swear, I feel like we've been gearing up for it more than we have been for Relay itself!
Fun, fitness, and fighting cancer!
 3. I do get to hang out with Greg this weekend! He told me he's not doing the 24-hour film festival. I'm not sure what we're going to be doing... probably getting everything ready for Zumba. :-)

4.  I tested out a new project! I followed a tutorial I found on Pinterest. I think it turned out really well! One spot got a little extra-bleached, but this was a test on an old shirt so I don't mind. I think I may use another tutorial I saw to make it into a bag.
Echo Ninja
5. IT'S SUMMER! Ok, maybe not officially, but it's June 1st! Close enough. It's time for trips to the river and the lake, reading outside by the pool, and lots of fresh veggies! I love everything about summer except maybe the sweltering humidity. I'm hoping for an awesome time.

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