The following is a stream of consciousness about the upcoming arrival of our Baby Girl, and the possibility that it might just be time to start working from home until she gets here. See the rest of the content after the jump!
Unfortunately, I didn’t get my strength training in as I had hoped.
I did, however, complete 2 written assignments for college, get started on a third, cleaned the whole house (including 5 loads of laundry, excluding the kitchen, which Jeff cleaned), got new glasses,
did the meal planning, grocery shopping, modeled a bridesmaid dress for my long distance bestie, picked up our bikes from the repair shop, and finally got off my feet to play guild wars 2 for a couple hours over the course of the weekend.
Yes, I could’ve worked out instead of spending time on the computer, but I’m a big fan of balance and after so much work, it was time for a recharge. It was a fantastic weekend and I’ve done enough of the prep work to be ready for Monday when it comes swinging. 😀
Bring it on.
Is it just me, or is WordPress being weird? I usually include photos in my posts and this one *STARTED* fine, but then I went back to edit the draft of this post and the photo exploded. The preview looks fine, but, I dunno…I’m typing right now and all I can see is the orange and it’s super zoomed in and… let’s just say it doesn’t look like an orange at the moment @_@;
I’ve been away a lot lately because, well, life happens–I needed to be there for family and so I was. This involved going back to Canada for a funeral service just a week and a half after we had come home from Canada, but it was well worth the journey, just to gain some closure, healing, and time with family.
I’m at a point, where I want to get back to what I originally intended with this blog–cooking, working out, getting healthy.
Today, I’m spring cleaning around the apartment and I’ll be cooking up a few things for this week’s dinners. I’ve got my grocery list planned out and the meal plans, too. Now it’s just a matter of executing on the plan:
Monday: Chorizo Chicken Jambalaya
Tuesday: Taco Chicken Bowls
Wednesday: Wild Rice Soup – made from a mix, I’ll be adding fresh mushrooms and serving with a salad and a crusty bread.
Thursday: Spaghetti – nothing fancy, just browned beef, pasta, and sauce
Friday: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Saturday: Skillet Gnocchi w/ Chard and White Beans – we’ve tried this one before, and it was terrible. Mostly, Jeff says, because “melted spatula” wasn’t supposed to be part of the recipe.
We had a potluck at work today, which pretty much means I over-ate. After that one plate, I found myself wishing for the champagne from the capitol of Panem..you know, the kind that makes you less full?
The shamrock shake didn’t help 😛
After work, I spent a few hours shopping so that I could walk off some of the guilt. It helps that I found cute clothes and earrings on sale 😉
I got the grocery shopping done, too. I used some of the goodies to make pesto shrimp pasta.
While I was browsing, I made a conscious effort to actually meet people’s gazes. In doing so, I was able to visit with some of the people working and shopping there. I can’t tell if I’m just lonely, or if I just like people that much, but when it was time to leave, I felt almost misty.
I texted my encounters to Jeff so that I could remember them:
Tonight, I met Oleg from Belarus, who works two jobs (target and home depot). Since his accent reminded me of my brother-in-law, it made me think of my sister and I missed her and her family so much.
I also met Bob, who retired five years ago and came back to work because he missed people. He worked for the airline and loves the Caribbean islands. His wife is from Hawaii but his favorite place to visit is Nova Scotia.
I also met a 41 year old mother of three, Joe, Claudia, and Clara. Clara is just a baby, but Claudia is 8 and Joe is 13. Joe has high functioning autism, but Clara lights up his life. She gave up caffeine for lent and keeps calling Claudia “Clara.”
I’m really glad I got the opportunity to talk with these folks. I come from a “heads down” generation, so I guess it’s nice to know we can still connect. I told Bob that I would look for him next time. I introduced the mom to cinnamon in her chai latte. Oleg told me I could come listen to him talk whenever I was missing my family.
I think I’ll keep talking to strangers. I really enjoyed the ones I met tonight.
I had today off of work, but it ended up being busier than a normal day, even a weekend day.
It started at 5am when I took to the internet to waste time and debate social issues.
From there, I stopped at the chiro with Jeff, chatted with Brittany, said hi to Holly, then of to the coffee shop I went. I read the paper and studied for a bit, then took my car to get fixed. While I was there, I priced out some pretty sweet wheels for the car.
They’re a bit spendy, so we’ll be saving up before that splurge. I loved the shop I found, though. They had a five-star rating on yelp, and from the looks of it, it was well-earned. They were neat, tidy, professional, and fair priced. There was some swearing that I didn’t appreciate, but it wasn’t AT anyone or about anyone, so I’m alright about it. Everyone swears, lol, he probably just didn’t realize I could hear him.
Along the way, I found a Crossfit studio–what!!
They were closed, so I couldn’t check it out.
When my car was fixed, I drove across town (30 minutes northeast) to pick my Mom up. We grabbed lunch, picked up her new glasses, and drove across town (30 minutes south) to pick up the keys to her desk. We traded seats and I let her drive so I could help my brother with an email response to an interview invitation via text and Facebook. She drove us to the office (25 minutes west) to get her laptop, then we headed back to her house (25 minutes east). We stopped off for some grocery shopping and to off my gas tank ($132 later…), Then I dropped her off at Grandma’s work so they could run more errands.
From there, I drove back to the chiro (25 minutes west) to pick some things up, then went home (15 minutes northwest).
Once home, I played butcher for about an hour cutting the bulk meat down to reasonable sizes and organizing the freezer. I cooked dinner, and now I’m ready to eat. Phew!! I’m tired!
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.
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.
The 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:
A good pair of work out shoes, at least a good pair of mine, get the life beaten out of them before they get replaced. This was my last pair of running shoes before the ones that I used in the dash. I got them from Nordstrom Rack a while back (over a year ago?) and they were $45. I thought I scored a great deal on them! At that point, I had never shopped at Nordstrom Rack, but I *had* paid a prettier penny for similar shoes at other stores.
It’s hard not to get swept up in the glitz and the glamour of big-box-retailers–especially when you live within walking distance of Dick’s Sporting Goods:
You walk in and suddenly you’re engulfed in the Willy Wonka-style world of sports – indoor and out, with everything you can possibly think of needing for your sporting pleasure. Of course, they have prices to go with it. Of course, they have a coupon and a rewards program that makes it very reasonable, too, so–there’s that. But, I digress. We moved out of that neighborhood and now live a comfortable 5-10 minute drive from anywhere we might want or need to spend a bunch of money. Our latest sporting purchase came from a new sporting goods store that you also might have in your area: Sports Authority. Now, the name of this store doesn’t make me giggle as much, but their store principals must be very very similar. We walked into the doors and–you know how some stores, you walk in and you’re greeted with the smell of stale air conditioning?–we were greeted with the smell of SPORTS! – Iron, cotton, latex, and whatever gumption smells like, this store had it.. just long enough to give the impression that they would be fully competent in supplying our sporting good needs.
The cool thing about this store is that I can actually come across gift cards for it rather easily through a rewards program at work. I do things that are above and beyond, my co-workers recognize that and nominate me to receive a gift card of my choosing–I select Sports Authority, and bada-bing! New equipment for “free.” Now, of course, I work my tail off to get things done around there, and I certainly can’t expect such awards on a recurring basis, but I was able to save up points and get enough for a new pair of shoes for both Jeff and I this time around. 🙂
We found ourselves separated and enveloped in a shoe wonderland of our own for about 20 minutes or so. The selection of women’s shoes as pretty impressive, but their selection (in my size) of training shoes left something to be desired. For the first time since high school, I was looking specifically for a cross-trainer that could be used for cardio but still provide ample support for my strength training sessions. I only had enough on my gift card for two pair of shoes and one of those was for Jeff so mine had to do double duty.
I found another great pair of Asics that I think will meet my needs. They’ve got ‘gel-cushioning’ and mid-sole support for mild pronation. I did a few lunges and squats in the store, but you can hardly tell if they’ll stand up to the type of beating that I give my shoes. They were marked as trainers, but there’s also a part of me that’s a little worried that these are still considered running shoes.. Mostly because of the ratio of mesh to leather:
Jeff started his search in Men’s running shoes and was looking for trainers but only found ones marked as “Athletic.” We asked a clerk if men’s “athletic” shoes were considered cross-trainers. She rambled on ad nauseum about how things changed and wandered her way to telling us about the rewards program that they have and “Just let them know that I helped you, up at the front.” Somehow I think this rewards thing goes both ways.. But that’s neither here nor there–it saved us 5% on our purchase and we’re already on our way to saving more this quarter. Anyway, after her presentation got snuck in, we were pointed to a different aisle that had a scant selection of shoes marked as trainers for Men.
Jeff was a good sport and tried on a few, but, truth be told, he had already fallen in love with an “athletic” shoe. Since he’s still in the beginning stage of working out, he’s not yet doing much in the way of lateral movements or high impact moves, so I think his shoes (also Asics) will work out just fine. Come to think of it.. they look like a black-and-orange manlier version of mine:
We also got a new Camelbak Groove and technical shirt for him, so we’re all geared up for round two of personal training with Emily. I have lost 2″ on my waist and Jeff has lost close to 10lbs, I’d wager. We’re excited to keep going 🙂
In other super happy fun time news – yesterday was day 1 that I went entirely without any confections, desserts, or chocolate. It’s another of my attempts to quit cold-turkey. The next sweet I eat will be wedding cake 😀
I’m learning yet again that if I shirk my duties on the weekend, the following week ends up miserable. I have yet to go grocery shopping for the week and so I am spending money every day (that I shouldn’t be) making up for that fact. Why don’t I just swing by and grab the staple items, at the very least?! I think I will do that tonight. In the mean time, I have learned that Apple Fritters have 15 points plus.