Posted in Life + Living, Self-Reflection, Uncategorized, Wedding Planning

Back rant [edited]

You know those exercises you’re supposed to do to get rid of your muffin top? “Trunk twisters” I think they’re called.  Yeah. I can’t do them. My back hurts so badly that I can’t even WIPE properly… And maybe that’s TMI for the internet, but when I have to pop my shoulder in an effort to clean up, well, I guess I’d rather vent top the anonymous crowd that is “the internet” than actually confess this problem to anyone I really know.

My mid/upper back hurts like I got half way through cracking it and never finished. It’s like the pieces aren’t aligned properly and the weight of me is TRYING to force them into place but they just won’t go.  Getting out of bed was an accomplishment. Breathing is another. Getting dressed will be a feat. And driving myself to the chiropractor in pot hole season… Well gee, I’m so looking forward to THAT.

I wish this were fixed already. I’m so very tired of mornings like this. I’m afraid that they might last forever. On a smaller scale, I’m afraid I’ll have a day like this on my wedding day. And I’ll have to pop pain killers just to smile.

[edit]: I got an adjustment and feel loads better already. I even brushed my hair and put lip gloss on…booyah.

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Posted in Fitness, Food, Life + Living, Self-Reflection, Wedding Planning

Wedding Planning Update

If you’re interested in a twitter-type tracking of my food and fitness, please check out my other blog: http://megsfitnessphototracker.wordpress.com  I update meals as I have them (when I can) and post day-end totals.

So, my own wedding is pretty much planned and now it’s all down to execution.  We’ve got exactly two months left until The Big Day.  Two months from now, we will have had the couple’s shower, the rehearsal dinner, and I’ll be kicking Jeff out of the house for the day/night so that we can have our Bachelor/ette parties on the Saturday before the wedding.

My goodness.  So much fun.

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This last Saturday, my mom and I actually headed out to Sephora for make-overs.  I wanted to try on a wedding look and this dramatic smokey-eye is what they came up with.  The pictures seriously do not do it justice.  The lashes are my own but they were enhanced so much by the mascara and the liquid eye-liner.  I don’t like the way the foundation looks in the pictures so I did not buy into that, but I definitely snatched up the liquid eye-liner.  If only it came in water-proof because that stuff smudged at the tiniest provocation.  It’ll be *gone* by the end of the wedding ceremony, lol!

Speaking of wedding stuff… My fabulous sister has schemed with my grandma to throw a couple’s wedding shower for Jeff and I.  That’s coming up on Sunday and I’m super excited.  We were excited AND perplexed when boxes from Target started showing up in the mail randomly.

Cat-in-the-boxThe cats were also thrilled.  Taz has been attacking the packing stuffs and diving into the boxes like no one’s business.  Toby has been tentative as usual =P  We’ve got some stamps left over from mailing the invitations, so we’re able to be pretty quick about sending thank-you cards back through the mail.  It’s been really fun checking the mail every day because it’s like opening a gift–sometimes there’s an RSVP in there and we get to think about all the wonderful people we’ll get to reunite with in just a couple short months.  At least it’s something to look forward to amid all this mucky-muck:

Winter Wonderland

 

Posted in Life + Living, Wedding Planning

Crazy little thing called love

I figured that I may as well post about our wedding planning since Valentines day is right around the corner.  This post is being brought to you via the mighty WordPress mobile app.  And sometimes my keyboard gets finicky and I end up with unresolved typos. I ask your forgiveness up front…

Just kidding, any typos are the result of fluffy fluffy paws on the keyboard.
Just kidding, any typos are the result of fluffy fluffy paws on the keyboard.

So the latest development with wedding planning includes the conclusion of the majority of alterations on my gown.  My mom asked a friend to “take a look at it” but this friend ended up working wonders.  I was in my gown standing on a wine crate while she’s got pins at the ready. “yep and I’m just going to baste it here…” And before I could get too carried away with the mental image of her using a turkey baster in some manner she saw my look of confusion and explained what basting meant.  “oh!! Like what the mice do in Cinderella!!”

I think she needed a moment to decide whether or not to be offended, or perhaps just to recall the scene in question.. Then her face lit up and she confirmed my simile.  Diane had been just wonderful and I’d say my dress is about 98% complete.

The invitations were assembled with the help of some good friends.  My buddy Gloria has some really nice pictures of the details, but we’re waiting to release those until they’ve had time to arrive in the mail.  Once I get the first update that the invitation was received, there’ll be a flood of invitation detail pictures and descriptions posted here 🙂

You've got mail!

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We were able to go to the post office at the international airport to get the invitations mailed.  They’re the only post office I know of that’s open until 11pm on weeknights.  The clock behind Jeff’s head is accurate =P  I think it was almost 9pm by the time we were done 🙂  The cool news is that they’ve come out with a new “Global Forever” stamp that can be used to mail any 1oz letter ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD for the low low price of $1.10.

Considering we thought that the cost of mailing each Canadian invitation was going to be $6.75, we were THRILLED to discover this new stamp.  The stamps for the U.S. invitations were only $0.66 each and featured cute little cakes on them.

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We’ve got plans for the rehearsal dinner (cupcakes will be involved!), got the measurements started for the men’s tuxes, corrupted Lori and Ross with Talenti ice cream, and got some more details worked out.  It’s honestly staggering to realize how much we’ve done and how much we still have left to do.  Things are really moving along and we’re pretty excited about it.

So, on this wedding-related note, happy Valentine’s day!  No matter where you’re at in your life-stages, take time today to reflect on things that make you happy, and the people and pets that you love.  It’s just a day for love and warm fuzzies, so I hope you catch some 🙂

Posted in Wedding Planning

The Shoes-ah!

I’m so excited. I knew there was no way I could be tottering around in my towering heels on my wedding day and so I went shopping on Zappos for the first time, looking for a back-up plan.  I was bummin’ around with my mom at the time so I used their mobile site.  It was super easy.  I bought a couple pair of back-up shoes for the wedding and I was really impressed with everything.  Zappos has an agreement of sorts with Amazon and so I was able to use the login credentials from that site. Since I was using my mobile phone to do all of my shopping, that made it super easy.  There’s nothing worse* than trying to configure a secure password that you’ll remember on a PC using a smartphone keyboard.  Ugh. (*there are worse things, but I like being mellow-dramatic).

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So yes, the mobile site was great. The shipping (even super fast ‘next-business-day’ shipping) was free and it’s free to send them back, too, which may come in handy… I saw a pair of purple heels that had my name on them – “Meg.”  They were kind of summery, strappy.. I thought, what the hey, they might work!

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First impressions were good–they were the perfect color, the style was pleasing…but wearing them around the house kind of made me realize that they’re a little cheaply constructed.  The sole was flimsy and the liner was pulling up near the toe bed.  Womp womp 😦  It’s safe to say I was kinda glad I ordered a second pair, and really glad that they have free shipping for returns, ’cause these aren’t going to make the cut.

The blue, oh my goodness.. the blue were beautiful!! Breathtaking, even.. I unwrapped them and inspected them for quality and was pleased with the stitching and the fabric, the construction of the sole and the heel…

2013-01-08_19-38-08_577I wore them around the apartment for a while and was pleased with the fit and the comfort.  It’s got excellent cushioning for such a low heel.  The only trouble spot is near the big toe.. unfortunately, these rub right near the cuticle in a way I can tell will cause a blister 😦  I’m going to try to find a way to break them in gently so that it’s not a problem.

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They are even a perfect match to the bridesmaids’ dresses ❤  I’m so thrilled!  I’m going to be showing the blue ones off tomorrow when I get to work to see if mom likes them.  Even if she doesn’t, I do, and they’re perfect.  *gush* The shoes-ah!!

Posted in Fitness, Self-Reflection, Strength Training, Wedding Planning

K.I.S.S. — Having a work out plan

Along the same lines of the cooking related “I don’t feeeeeel like it” there’s also the exercise demon named “I don’t wanna.”  He’s a fiendish thing, sneaking up and stealing the best of your intentions and leaving you as a gelatinous heap on the couch.

The “I don’t wanna” excuse comes out after a long day at work and although you *meant* to go to the gym after work, somehow you ended up at home eating funyuns and watching re-runs of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  Or Dr. Who, either or.

“I don’t wanna” also comes around early in the a.m. when the alarm is set nice and early to allow you time to work out–he sneaks up and slaps the snooze button for an hour until you cannot possibly squeeze in a work out before you have to squeeze into your shrinking work clothes and get your bum to the office.

The good news is that “I don’t feeel like it” and “I don’t wanna” are both trumped by “it’s too easy NOT to.”

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In the last K.I.S.S. entry, I told you about Campbell’s Skillet Sauces.  In this entry, I’m going to tell you about a number of tools and resources that you can use to make a quick work out too easy NOT to do.

1. The first, and my new favorite, are resistance bands.  My mom got both Jeff and I resistance bands for Christmas and I have been using them quite a bit ever since.

You can still partially give in to your couch potato ways and sit in front of the TV while using an exercise band to do seated rows, arm curls, chest presses, etc.  Get a door anchor for the resistance band and you can do even more workouts–single leg abductors, kick-backs, squatting rows, etc.  The band should come with a booklet of ideas, but then that’s where a couple of other resources kick in:

2) Fit Deck.  These handy-dandy cards let you shuffle up any and all exercises you might be interested in and then choose as many exercises at random as you’d like to do.  Originally, we sorted them out into specific areas of the body to target because I really need to focus on my arms, upper back, chest, and torso so I can make sure to rock it in my wedding dress in May.  I realized I was defeating the purpose of the cards by targeting them, though, so recently they’ve been mixed together again so that we can have a spontaneous work out any time.  Right now, we can use the body weight and resistance band cards thoroughly.  Stairs are optional depending on how embarrassed we’d feel if a neighbor were to catch us.  We’re looking into getting a medicine ball at home, too.  If you like to work out at home, but DVDs are too predictable for you, definitely look at picking up some Fit Decks.

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3) Spark People’s Work Out Generator.  Answer a few simple questions in this free tool and it will spit out a fitness plan that works with where you’re at in your fitness journey and the equipment that you have available to use.  I am a member of spark and value their community so much.  A few of my spark buddies have recently gotten engaged and so we will be able to get together (virtually) to do wedding dress work outs.  I’ve taped a few to my front door so that as I leave for work, I know what’s coming up and I can stay motivated.

4) Pinterest for Fitness Motivation.*  I love pinterest.  Granted, not as much as I used to when it was new and shiny, but it’s still a great place to find new ideas and inspiration.  My fitness board is my place to dump ideas that I come across for fitness info online, funny quotes about working out, self-image, self-acceptance, reasons to work out, etc.  It’s a one-stop-shop for workout ideas and inspiration to do them.  I love to laugh, so there’s a lot of humour thrown in.  I have some body image issues, so there’s a lot of self-acceptance thrown in.  All in all, my board is my place for fitness inspiration.  Your board, might be different!  Pinterest user Emily has more workout plans and how-tos than inspiration.  The point is that you can use pinterest for whatever you want to use it for.  *The caveat is that it can be addicting.  Don’t get sucked in to pinterest for so long that you lose the time to actually go do something. 

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My S.M.A.R.T. goal for fitness is:

S – Specific – I want to lose 12 pounds by the end of March, 2013.

M – Measurable – I will weigh in every other Saturday and report it to The Last Stand girls (spark people)

A – Attainable – 12 pounds in three months is l pound per week gone, doctors recommend 1-2 pounds per week weight loss in order to keep it off in the long term.

R – Relevant – Losing weight is relevant because being at a healthier weight will reduce the cost of food, clothing, and medical bills in the future, plus it has the potential to increase my happiness and self esteem.

T – Time-bound – Weigh-ins are bi-weekly with a milestone check-in in March.

So there you have it.  The cure to “I don’t wanna” is to make it too easy not to.  How do you defeat the “I don’t wanna”‘s?  

Posted in College, Counseling, Emotional Eating, Fitness, Gaming, Life + Living, Menu Planning, Overeating, Wedding Planning

2012 – Out with the old…

Most bloggers are doing posts about 2012 and showing their personal version of the year in review. I keep TRYING to come up with things to talk about, but, all of you have been with me through the ups and downs of 2012.

We rang in the new year with news of my engagement, and then barreled right into the rest of the year, much of which was spent studying.

In March, my parents officially lost their house and so we moved them to their new home.  I kept busy with work.

In April/May, Jeff and I got our own place

June and July had us traveling to Canada for adventures galore.

August was probably my favorite month of all, because we got to have our Bridal Party Get Together. And–GW2 came out..

September and October were especially difficult but life has honestly been on an upward swing ever since.

November was a slow month, blogging-wise, but I had my highest-hitting blog entry with my Search for 1st Dance Wedding Songs (we’re still undecided).

December was probably the best month of the year and leaves me happily looking forward to 2013.

I have some new year’s resolutions tumbling around in my head, so, hopefully those will get posted tomorrow 🙂 For now, I’m off to make merry and ring in the new year with the family!  Thank you for reading my blog!

 

Posted in Life + Living, Wedding Planning

Searching for 1st Dance Wedding Songs

1. Ingrid Michaelson – The Way I Am

2. Jason Mraz – I won’t give up

3. Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi – I can see the light

4. Metallica – Nothing Else Matters

5. Nora Jones – Come Away With Me

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I am leaning towards Nora Jones, but all of these songs have potential. Which one do you like best?

Posted in Food, Menu Planning, Wedding Planning

Weekly Menu Planning: Week of 10-29-12

Hello readers,

The pictures in my previous post weren’t exactly the best, but the recipe definitely was!  I posted that entry while riding along to the coffee shop with my mom.  We headed out to Caribou to hang out and get some wedding planning stuff done.  The culmination of which amounted to a three-page list and the decision to buy buttermints.  Mmm.. buttermints..

This week’s menu includes a left-over from last week’s menu that never made it into the rotation – Bourbon Chicken.  The recipe itself calls for skillet cooking, but it also says it can be done in a crockpot, so we’ll see how that goes.  Our menu this week also features:

Stir Fry (pork)

Pork Chops w/ Potatoes and mixed Veg.

Eight-Layer Casserole

Shrimp w/ mushrooms, spinach, bell pepper and spicy alfredo

Broccoli & chicken casserole

So, we’ll be doing lots of baking this week and not so much slave-over-the-stove type cooking.  One of the things that I did to help with my weekly menu planning and the facilitation of actually cooking these recipes, is I made a new board on Pinterest and I just repin menu items from my “Foodies!” board to my “Weekly menu planning” board.  If you’re a member of Pinterest, you should check it out for all of the recipes that I’m going to be using this week.  If you have your own “Foodies!” style board, or make your own Weekly Menu Planning board, I’d love to check it out 🙂 Just include the link in the comments.

Posted in Counseling, Self-Reflection, Wedding Planning

Second visit

I think I might have found a counselor that suits my needs. After the first (would it be too much to describe it as harrowing?) experience, I contacted my employee assistance program hotline again. I was lucky enough to talk to someone named Al, and he had a lot of good things to say:

  • “Continue success.  You’re on the right track.  You’re doing well with how much you’re dealing with.  Just give yourself a reward once in a while!”
  • Make a list!  After every 3 items, put a reward.  My reward might be different than your reward, but put in in there.  Just break it up–because otherwise it just becomes one thing after another after another. A reward doesn’t have to be food.  It could be going for a short walk, or visiting a fun website, or calling a favorite friend.
  • Tell yourself every morning “I’m going to do the best job that I can, with the resources that I have, and the time I’ve been given.”
  • You have everything with you, [all the tools that you need to be successful.]  The key is finding someone who can help support you in that.  And that’s where the counselor comes in.
  • If you go in and say “Doc, I’m broke, fix me,” they’re not going to know where to start.  Be specific about the goals that you have, and it’s not unreasonable to expect results in five weeks.

So, with Al’s wisdom, I saw the next counselor.  This time, I went in with a goal–I am stressed, I want to know how to de-stress, and cope with stress. I met with her yesterday and started off the conversation cordially “Have you had to write the date yet today..? It’s 10-11-12.”  “Oh! I hadn’t noticed that.  I’ll have to share that..”

This time, the office was clean, presentable, she introduced herself and I felt at ease.

“So, what brings you to counseling, today?”

“I am stressed, and I would like to have tools to deal with that stress.  I go to school, I go to work, I’m trying to lose weight–and I’m quite overwhelmed.  But there will always be stress in life, so I would like to know how to balance it and to cope with it.”

She was receptive to me, the conversation started out pretty well, and then she hit me with perception.  “Has something heartbreaking happened?  You seem hurt.”

Until she said those words – Heartbreaking, hurt – I didn’t realize just how right she was.  My relationship has been through some trials lately, and in working through it, I convinced myself that I was alright.  I knew I wasn’t 100% better, but I didn’t recognize that it was this lingering heartbreak that was holding me back.

We talked about what happened, and it was freeing to share everything with someone who wasn’t going to paint anyone out to be the bad guy/girl.  It was freeing to admit that I felt betrayed and that I still felt as if I could be second best, even though I am treated like number one.

She comforted me with facts.  The divorce rate is huge, and based on my own experience, I should know that distance is not a deterrent to relationships.  He chose me.  He has chosen me, every time he’s presented with the chance not to.  We are good for each other and I just need to believe it when he says that I’m the one for him.

The rest of the session went exceptionally well.  At first, when I left, I was concerned about my heartbreak and how to fix it.  I was able to do some reflection and realized that I thought everything was fixed, but really I was just holding it together like a bad entry on ‘there-I-fixed-it.’  Now that I know that there’s still a problem, I can take intentional steps to get better.  To heal my broken heart and mend the relationships with the people important to me.

One thing that hinders our understanding is that the English language is actually quite limited in describing different forms of love. We lump love for a spouse, a child, a pet, a job, a higher power, yourself, a good meal, and family members into one generic word. Other languages have specific words for different types of love, so the best we can do is make up some new ones. So this post is going to cover “romantic love” and “committed love”, two of the most often confused and discussed in my office

Romantic Love This is the type of love that is the stuff of countless poems, songs, films, and fantasies. The all-consuming, heart-skips-a-beat, shooting stars in the sky during a kiss, can’t wait until he/she calls, crazy kind of love. Most committed partnerships start here (romantic love usually doesn’t last more than a year), in the phase of intensity, “connection”, longing, focus, and feeling that is hard to describe and feels special. What a ride this can be! This is the stage where people generally describe being “in love” or “falling in love”, and is the stage of courting and being in a state of “fusion”.

Committed Love Robert Johnson, a Jungian writer, calls this “stirring the oatmeal” love, and describes it as: “…a willingness to share ordinary human life, to find meaning in the simple, unromantic tasks: earning a living, living within a budget, putting out the garbage, feeding the baby in the middle of the night. To ‘stir the oatmeal’ means to find the relatedness, the value, even the beauty in simple ordinary things, not to eternally demand a cosmic drama, an entertainment or an extraordinary intensity in everything. Like the rice hulling of the Zen monks, the spinning wheel of Gandhi, the tent making of Saint Paul, it represents the discovery of the sacred in the midst of the humble and ordinary.”

(http://willmeekphd.com/item/romantic-vs-committed-love)

And so, I’ve learned that I have heartbreak to deal with.  But, more than that, I’ve learned (or perhaps I’ve finally accepted) that Jeff chose me.  Time, and time, and time again, he’s chosen me.  He’s my committed love, and I am his–no matter that there was a romantic love in the past, ours is the love that has staying power.

I think exploring this is going to help me to sleep better at night and to handle stress much better, because I have peace, now, about where we’re at, where we’re going, and hope that we can be little old folks holding hands while feeding ducks.

I’ve talked to both parties involved, and discussed with them where I’m at, and where I’d like to be in my relationships with them.  It’s not fair to blog about a person without their knowledge or consent.  There are still bonds that need to be mended, hearts that need to be forgiven, faith that needs to be restored.  But I am comforted that everything happens for a reason and this trial tested my relationship with my future husband in a way that could have broken it to pieces.  But we got through it together and that proves to me, more than happiness could, that we’re meant to be together.  There were also lessons learned for the other person involved that will lead to personal development and healthier relationships there, too.  Because of this, because of the good things that can come out of it, I think I’m one step closer to being okay.

Posted in College, Fitness, Gaming, Life + Living, Strength Training, Wedding Planning

A picture is worth 1000 words. This must be a 6k word entry…

TL:DR – I’ve been busy. Scroll through pictures 🙂

[On the subject of expanding my gaming know-how]
I did some World Vs. World Vs. World last night with a few guys from the guild (Yezhik, Starry, Krew). I didn’t die nearly as often as I usually do. I die often enough, though, that I’ve proposed a story idea to Hellrazor entitled “Leveling as a lowbie: oops I died.” I pitched it as a humour piece using a format of either “dear diary” type entries or straight up story-telling. I’ve been mulling it over for a bit but I’m just not sure yet where I want to go/start with that. I think it’ll definitely include the time that I grouped up with Fibbi to “go exploring” and I got bit by a mosquito and it got me TKO with one hit. Better get some better repellent.

[On balancing gaming vs. studying vs. other stuff]

My schedule has been pretty saturated lately.  I get up around 6:30-7am, go work out, work work work, come home, cook dinner, study from about 6-9pm and from 9-11pm I’ve been playing GW2.  This is why I haven’t been blogging @_@;  Tonight, I got home at 7 from work, and I’ve been studying ever since.  No GW2 today… It’s 11:27 and I have to be at work early tomorrow for career-based training.  It’s a GOLD course on Facilitating Effective Meetings.  So far, I’ve picked up a few strategies for gathering information, synthesizing data, narrowing topics, and making decisions.  The end of the course today involved an hour and a half about how to build a meeting agenda that really defines what is going to be accomplished, lays out roles, and identifies the tools that will be used in each portion of the meeting.  The instructor is just great.  Her name is Candyce Penteado and she actually owns her own business in corporate training and leadership.  http://www.thepeopleside.net/candyce-penteado

So I have that to look forward to tomorrow…

[On college stuff]

I’ve been hitting the books pretty hard, too.  The Accounting class that I am taking has an excellent tool from McGraw Hill that lets me practice creating balance sheets, t-charts, adjustments etc. without it being scored.  The testing program on there, too, is pretty helpful.  Instead of just blinding going forth and filling in what you expect the answers to be based on your careful study of the curriculum, you can actually select a link that lets you check your answer.  I don’t know how other people use this tool, but, for me it means two things: 1) I can learn in the last stages of the coursework because I can fill in the blanks with how I *think* it works and be shown that it just does *not* work. That makes me revisit my strategies, make changes, and try again until I get it right.  2) I pass every test with 100% because I don’t quit until it’s right.

Tonight in my Business Management course, I started reading about Ethics/Decision Making and thought that with a good moral compass that I’d be able to face any decision that came up because obviously it would be clear cut.  Then they throw the hypothetical trolley incident at me:

“A runaway trolley is heading down the tracks towards five unsuspecting people. You’re standing near a switch that will divert the trolley onto a siding, but there is a single workman on the siding who cannot be warned in time to escape and will almost certainly be killed. Would you throw the switch?”

Do you think you have the answer?  Was it “yes” because the lives of many are greater than the life of one?  According to The New York Times, if you answered this way then you’re in the good company of 97% of respondents. Now consider the following:

“Now, what if the workman were standing on a bridge over the tracks and you would have to push him off the bridge to stop the trolley with his body in order to save the five unsuspecting people? (Assume his body is large enough to stop the trolley and yours is not.) Would you push the man, even though he would most likely be killed?”

Wut.  I think, personally, I would freeze and not know WHAT to do!  In that type of instance, you need to have your ethics and actions ingrained so deeply that your reaction is instinctual.  The more time I have to think about it, the more time I have to think about “what if the workman is Jeff?  What if the five on the tracks are thugs looking for things to spray paint?”

The good news is that my assignment is not to actually answer this question.  It is used as a tool to illustrate that not all ethical dilemmas are cut-and-dry.  Tomorrow, I’m looking forward to reading about strategies for decision making including the utilitarian approach (for the greater good), individualism approach, moral-rights approach, justice approach, and virtue ethics approach.  It should be intriguing for sure.

[On working out]

I don’t have a great transition from ethics to working out.  If you made it this far, we’re now going to look (briefly) into my fitness update.  I don’t think I’ve lost any weight.  I blame it on sweets (still, always).  I am, however, making strides in my strength training.  I’m actually getting calluses on my hands.  The above is my attempt at showing you my calluses, but I’m realizing they didn’t actually show up, lol.  Basically, I did/do the following 1-2x/week in addition to another routine:

[2x, 30 second break in between]

  1. Plank on a balance ball, 0:00:45

[4 rounds, 6x reps per]

  1. squats, 35lb dumb bell
  2. overhead press, 2x 20lb dumb bells
  3. cable cross-over pulldowns, 25.7 lb
  4. RDL, 55lb barbell
  5. static lunges, 2x 15lb dumb bells
  6. incline push-ups
  7. single-arm farmer’s carry

I’d say any calluses are well-earned at that point 🙂

[About Wedding Stuff]

Wedding planning stuff is coming along great 🙂 I think a lot of people might be critical of me for getting things done so far in advance (the wedding date isn’t until May), but the way that I see it–the more I can get done now, the less I have to do in the weeks leading up to the wedding.  I want to savor the process as much as possible and that means reducing stress prior to the event.  It’s supposed to be fun, so I’m trying to space stuff out.  Jeff is interested in invitations so I’ve been working on that when I find a few minutes, but the leaves on the trees are starting to change so photography got bumped up in front of invitations.  While we were in Colorado, we also picked out some awesome tuxes to rent from Men’s Warehouse.  All in all… he’s probably feeling overwhelmed, but I am feeling accomplished about the progress.

[Kittehs!]

Last but not least are the furbutts.  Toby had a round of illness recently that set us back another few hundred dollars but we’re hoping that his eye issues are finally cured.  We’ve got rounds of eye-drops to run for about a week or so and then we’re actually going to start both of the cats on an anti-histamine regimen.  We joke that Taz is allergic to cats because he’s sneezing all the time and Toby has been absolutely miserable since we moved and we’re thinking that he’s got allergies triggered by the woods that we now live so close to.  They’re both indoor cats, but with the number of windows that we have here, and the acres of woodland that we have now compared to the more urban environment that we were in before… I’m just thinking that they have allergies acting up.  Our vet made a good recommendation that should cost less than $10/month and make both of the cats more comfortable.

Now all I need is someone to photoshop a cheeseburger in front of Toby’s mouth, lol…