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

Weekend update

Unfortunately, I didn’t get my strength training in as I had hoped.

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Organized accessories using a shower caddy

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,

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Taz approved

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.

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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.

Posted in Food, Life + Living, Overeating

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with veggies

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Yesterday, someone snuck a salad into my eggs, so, today I’m putting veggies in intentionally 😉

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Maybe it’ll help me cure my pizza hang over. We hung out with friends last night and ate really good food.

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Okay fine. It was “bad” food, but it was delicious, and we enjoyed ourselves 😀

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Party Rock – on a rock – in game

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This weekend was 100% enjoyable.  a majority of it was spent gaming, hanging out with the family (Jeff, and our two fur-balls, Taz and Toby).  A LOT of it was spent studying because I had two exams to post for.

Breakfast this morning was Quaker Real Medleys with blueberry and banana, with a side of research.  See, I’m still dealing with chronic back pain.  Turns out, I’m doing it wrong.  When my back hurts, I feel like I can’t  exercise because of the pain.  It’s like, I can’t twist or bend, so why try?

Well, I was reading some peer reviewed articles on www.spine-health.com and one of them said that for Chronic Intractable Benign Pain (CIBP) one of the best things you can do is to exercise.

 A typical response to experiencing back pain is to take it easy – either staying in bed or at least stopping any activity that is at all strenuous. While this approach is understandable and may even be recommended in the short term, when done for more than a day or two it can actually undermine healing. Instead, active forms of back exercises are almost always necessary to rehabilitate the spine and help alleviate back pain.

Guess who’s going to the gym after work?

 

Posted in Food, Life + Living, Menu Planning

Zoe and Zucchini

Is it just me, or are quizzes becoming popular again?  I think I’ve taken a couple in the last week or so, but I know I’ve SEEN a gob of them show up in my friend feed.  I like it 🙂 Let’s bring back the blogging habits from the early aughts.  I feel like bloggers were closer with their audience because there’s a certain bit of ‘audience participation’ when you can share your answers with each other.  Go ahead! Take the quiz above (in a new window) and come back to share your answers…. I’ll wait.

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Did you post your answer in the comments yet? 😀

Anyway… The plan for today is to do a lot of cleaning, menu-making, and cooking.  Our last week month has been out of whack with the three of those above, culminating in a desk that the cat cannot sit on, a kitchen that has seen little to no use, and a waistline (I’m sure) that’s expanding from all of the fast food we’ve been eating.

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By the end of the day, I’m going to have a menu whipped up for dinners for this whole week, a grocery list, AND a plan to batch cook all of it. Nothing to it but to do it!
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Busy bonus day!

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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!

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

Iaido and groceries (cross post)

Yesterday was spent cleaning house and practicing iaido.  Since class us across town, and an hour and a half on its own, going to iaido takes up 3 hours. Add in getting ready to go and cooling down, well, half the day is shot.

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It’s worth it, though. It’s a really enjoyable pastime. It just means Sunday becomes the chore day instead of Saturday.

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Today I got the menu planning done for the week and the grocery shopping, too. I got our budget up to date, ordered my text books for school, cleaned the kitchen, visited family, and even made time to work on a drawing for a friend.

On Pinterest today, I found the idea to make your own instant oatmeal packets. To that end, I bought oats and chia seeds at the Co op today.

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Just tooling around..

I’m such a putz.  Aileen over at Army Pants and Flip Flops posted an entry all about how she used Pinterest as inspiration and organization for her wedding day.  The way that I relate to people is to share something about myself that is similar to what they’re sharing.  On paper it sounds find, but in practice it might come off as a bit self-centered.  So what do I do?  I just keep commenting.  No really–like after-thoughts.. I think she ended up with 4 comments from me? Oi oi oi.. 

In other news… the only thing exciting going on is that work has been crazy as per usual.  We’ve got another batch of new hires and thankfully they’re all showing promise.  There’s a couple of snags that snowballed but we’re working through those.  Learning week is coming up and I’ve got a couple of really promising training classes that I was able to sign up for.  The first is ‘Inclusiveness,’  which helps to break down the difference between tolerance and acceptance and make it easier to communicate and work with people from varied and diverse backgrounds.  The second is a communications course about inter-generational communication.  There are 4 cohort groups that we work with right now and one of the issues that was a snag and snowball is because one of the older members of my team didn’t take me seriously when I provided guidance.  I’m really looking forward to that class and hope that it’s more up to date.  My god, if they talk down to me as a member of the young-and-entitled cohort, I’m going to walk out.  Because that doesn’t help me to understand the other generations, that just tells me I’m a spoiled brat.  It might be true, but WORK WITH ME, PEOPLE!

Lastly, school is great, but it’s MEA week.  No school tomorrow, so I’m going to take the time to get some of my work out of the way that I’ve been falling behind on… at work. Overtime just isn’t enough time to finish what I need to do.

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Happy Birthday, Ma!

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I hope all of you had wonderful holidays, whichever it is that you celebrate.  The list of 100 things I’m thankful for was queued up and pre-scheduled so that I could take the time to celebrate with my family without being distracted by writing up a blog entry.  After the Christmas festivities died down, my mom’s Birthday festivities started up.  Her birthday was on December 27th, and we made this year unforgettable.  It started with a record-converter from my brother and his girlfriend, hugs, kisses, and a ‘happy birthday’ wish from Papabear, followed by surprise flowers at work from me, then an edible arrangement from my sister and her family.  Today, we (my sister and I) whisked my mom away for a surprise day of complete and utter pampering.  We got leg massages, pedicures, manicures, facial waxing, and back massages.  We drank wine and caught up around my sister’s dining room table and enjoyed just being together.

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Then, we piled into the car and drove to dinner where she was surprised by most of her favorite people – Her husband, her kids and their significant others, her mom, and her friend Becca.  We had a family-style meal at Buca di Beppo and wrapped up the night with a giant brownie sundae (shared between all of us, but photographed to look like she finished it herself).  The whole time, she was never told the financial cost because no matter what the dollar amount adds up to, she’s worth every penny and it was so special that we could do this for her.

Happy Birthday, Mom, we love you.

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Song of the South – Alabama

When my momma and I would “rock and roll” on the house, or give it a “white tornado” (cleaning as opposed to destroying like a black tornado), she would blast her music which consisted of Alabama, The Eagles, Johnny Lang, AC/DC, Def Leopard, Little River Band, Bonnie Tyler, Reba McIntyre, etc. Every once in a while, I get the itch to listen to some of her old favorites, so this morning’s song of the day is from Alabama – Song of the South.

It’s mullet tastic. mulletmansparkpeople

I got up at 7am did some sit ups, push ups, squats, then did my therapy exercises for my back. By about 8, I was ready to get some work done and headed down to the garage to clean my car out.. man.. what a mess, haha. I had a whole grocery cart full of stuff to bring back up to the apartment – cleaning supplies that can’t stay in my car over the winter, a lawn game that’s just been hanging out in my trunk, supplies for the wedding that my roomie gave me months ago, and a box full of stuff that I brought home from work–art supplies, stamps, stationery, etc.

It really gathers up fast! 

For breakfast I made eggs over medium with toast and clementines. Jeff and I are going to head out to get his phone replaced and do some prep for when we leave for Canada.