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I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart.

So, at the moment, I’m keeping my stomach settled by sheer will power. ¬†Must’ve eaten somewhat that didn’t agree with me ūüė¶ ugh..¬†

Prior to that, though, I’ve been having a fine day. ¬†I finally threw out the old vacuum cleaner in favor of the shiny new one we bought. ¬†I took down a couple bags of recycling and a bag of rubbish while I was at it. ¬†While cleaning today, I also came up with a bag and a box full of stuff for the donation bin. ¬†I think I’ll take it on over to the DAV on the morrow and let them have a go at it.¬†

Mm. ¬†I’ve just realized there are a few terms slipping into my vocabulary that probably don’t belong there. ¬†Somewhat. Rubbish. Morrow. ¬†Have a go. ¬†That’s probably a sign I’ve been watching too much Dr. Who. ¬†I LOVE David Tennant and can’t bear to think of another doctor after him, but friends say that this Matthew character grows on you. ¬†I dunno.. something about his hair and that bowtie sets me at odds and makes me think he’s a just a bit off. ¬†Dunno.

I thought I’d be gaming more but there simply hasn’t been time. ¬†I am designing the programs for the wedding and for a few moments there, considered skimming vector art from google images and just blotting out the istock logo. ¬†Now, before you start a big row over this, know that I, too, am an artist and respect people’s work, so all it took was a brief confession to my bestie to put a stop to that. ¬†“Not only is that illegal, it’s unethical, too!” ¬†Aand, how right she is..¬†

So, instead, I’m crafting Dollz from free-to-use bases. ¬†Does anyone remember Dollz? ¬†They were big in the early 2000’s? ¬†I used to be way into them and so I guess by incorporating them into my programs, they’ll be even more personal and reflective of our past. ¬†

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I’ve been working on them all weekend and so now I’ve got 4/5 of my bridesmaids done, plus my flower-girl. ¬†Here, you can see the finished dollz along the top and the bases that they started from below:¬†

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The real fun starts when I try to make the Groomsmen using the same base… oi. Credit for these bases (in case you’d like to try your hand at making your own) goes to Mariii’s Dolls House.¬†

The more I work on them, the more I think I’ll like it. ¬†It’s so much more personalized than the silly silhouettes. ¬†I have made each one reflective of the style of the woman it’s representing, and I was able to illustrate the bridesmaid’s dresses as well as the dress my little flower girl is going to wear. ¬†I think that turns the programs into keepsakes for the people featured on them ūüôā¬†

Jeff and I have gone over the ceremony, the program, etc. ¬†He figured out groomsman gifts today and we got a lot of the requirements wrapped up for the tux rentals. ¬†Tomorrow, I’ve got to call the tux shop because we paid for shoes and left them at the store. ¬†We’re just a touch scatter-brained, I suppose. We are comfortable with each other, though–we’re not arguing one bit over wedding details–not like on the shows. ¬†Yes, it’s stressful trying to get everything done, but at the end of the day–it’s just a party. ¬†It’s just a grand celebration so that we can shout to the rooftops that we love each other, and then dance around with our friends and family. ‚̧ It’s not worth fighting over.¬†

 

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I-i-i-i Work Out

 

So, now that vacation is over and I’m climbing out of my funk, I’ve got a new routine that I’m establishing. ¬†This is going to be another one of those short posts because I’m writing it as I’m sippin on a smoothie when I should really be heading out the door instead. ¬†I’ve got, oh, 10 minutes maximum. ¬†Here goes:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Wake 5:45, make breakfast/lunch, leave by 6:30. Strength routine at the gym until about 8:15. ¬†Work until 5:30, then it’s home to cook dinner by 7. ¬†After dinner, go for a 30 minute walk/play racquetball. ¬†Then, from 7:30 on, lollygag–er, I mean, study, work on my blog, and generally have free time until bed at 9.¬†I give myself leeway to read until 9:30pm, at which point I’m generally nodding off anyway.

Tuesday: Wake 5:45, make breakfast/lunch, leave by 6:30. Physical therapy (for my back. Finally. After almost 3 months) until 7:30am. Go for a morning walk/jog/bike for 30 minutes. Work on blog/browse the internet until 9am. Then the rest of my schedule is the same as M/W/F.

Thursday:¬†Wake 5:45 just to stay in the routine. ¬†Make breakfast/lunch and watch My Little Pony until it’s time to go to work. ¬†Work. Then evening is the same as M/W/F.

Saturdays and Sundays are not nearly as structured except to say that there will be at least 8 hours of studying and at least 3 hours devoted to menu planning and grocery shopping, an hour to working out (on Saturday) and 30 minutes cardio on Sunday.

My workouts have gotten pretty darn good, too. ¬†My personal trainer really listens to me and I think we’re going along at a good pace. ¬†My strength training routine has an “A” day and a “B” day that alternate. ¬†My “A” Day looks like this:

Warm Up: Bird Dog, Adductor Mobility, Hip Flexor Mobility, Wall Slides, Ankle Mobility
Abs: Plank 1 minute; rest 30 seconds; Plank 1 minute [When I asked for more ab work, she said that if I’m doing the movements right, everything involves abs]
Strength: Squats (30lb DB); Chest Press (20lb DB); Static Lunges (10lb DB); Cable Cross-over Pull-Downs (25.7); Glute Bridges with a Bench (18lb Bar); TRX Rows; X-Band Walk

And that’s what I’m up for this morning. So there we go. ¬†There’s the old me that would struggle with cuddles vs. muscles¬†¬†and then there’s me: ready and rarin’ to go.

Blueberry Shake: 

2 Tbls (Plain, non-fat) Yogurt

1/4 Cup Blueberries

1 (medium) Banana

2 Rounded scoops protein complete (meal replacement) powder

splash of milk

(smoothie button until blended)

Ice cubes

(Icy drink button until blended)

Eat right away and rinse of all components before protein turns to glue. ¬†ūüôā