Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thank*full Thursday

Melody, the woman who owns my beloved boot camp, reminded me today with a sweet message that it is, indeed, Thursday, and I haven't written a Thank*full Thursday post in ages.  There is no better time than the present, so.

Today, I am thankful for:

1.  My alarm clock, my friend Laura, and a warm coat - all of which get me out of bed and out to boot camp in the morning.  I might not go if not for these things, and then I would not feel so very fabulous as I do when I do.  You got that, right?

2.  The warning light on my vehicle, which informed me this morning that I had low pressure in one of my tires.  One of my great fears is that I will have a tire blow out on the expressway.  I did not, and I got my car to the shop, and a new tire, as there was a piece of metal in one of them.  Thank you, Chrysler designers.

3.  Postmodern Jukebox.  How have I never heard of these people? A posted a video of their cover of "All About That Bass" last week, and it is better than the original.  And check this:


Oh yeah. That's "Sweet Child O' Mine" done as New Orleans style.  Fantastic.  

4.  My friend Deanna.  It's gotten pretty cold around here, as in, it's been snowing today.  And last week she said something about how we choose to look at the weather - enjoy it, or whine.  I've decided to enjoy this cold.  I've decided to wear warm clothes and socks, drink hot tea, and burrow.  And I am kind of loving it.

5.  My son has suggested I be thankful for Eddy.  So, here we are.  I am so thankful for my Eddy.  He keeps my legs warm, and he purrs very loudly, and he loves biscuits.  
I think I will go snuggle my Eddy.  

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Happy Happy November.

I know.I know! I just posted the other day, but just so much awesomeness has happened this weekend, including some much-needed kick in the rear-type motivation, I just had to post again.

Let's start with the fact that it is my husband's and my 18th anniversary.  Which is, of course, a ridiculously long time, no matter how you slice it, but to quote Cam from Modern Family, "we have fun."  We had a good portion of he weekend to ourselves, which rarely happens, and was doubly enjoyed since we know next Saturday night we will have several giggly preteen females in the house, so, there we go.  Several people asked what our plans were.  They don't understand how we treasure this time at home alone - we do not go out, we do not see other people if at all possible.  We stay home, eat something delicious, and watch whatever the heck we want.  That usually means some form of sporting event for him, while I read.  We did watch the new Doctor Who.  Is anyone else totally over Clara and Mr. Pink?  Ditch the romantic crap and get back to the adventures.  Kind of digging this dark new Doctor, and last night's twist...gasp! No Spoilers, I promise.  Anyway, today is the actual anniversary, and while I was taking the Girl to volleyball, the husband made good chicken parmesan and apparently bought me a laptop!  On which I am typing this, right now!  Yay!  I have been using a Dell from 2002, so you can see why I am excited. 

Inspired by Organize Yourself Skinny, to which I have referred in the past, I would like to start posting my healthy plans each week.  This doesn't mean I will do away with my completely meaningless babble, oh good heavens, no!  Simply, that I will have opportunity for more, plus, maybe I will feel a bit more compelled to stay on track if I post about it.  Melody, from the famed boot camp, often says "your failure to plan is not my problem."  And that cracks me up, and speaks to me, as  I find I am so much more on top of things if I plan, and prepare.  Not rocket science, I know, shush.  But I need more than the usual dose of motivation, and this may just help.  So here is something fun:

I did this today - made the menu plan, chopped many veggies, made up mason jar salads (love!), prepared snacks, got some stuff together for smoothies and for dinners (there is not really as much dressing as it looks like there is in the salad on the left, just tilted some.)  Also did a buttload of laundry, but that is not part of this.  Went through the boot camp schedule and figured out my exercise for the week.  I'm ready to kick butt and take names, and it couldn't come sooner, I'll tell you, because this past week I have been one lazy Missy. 

What prompted this hysterical rush of healthy prep work, you ask?  Scary story:
Last night, I dreamed I went back to school.  I had several papers to write, and I had no freaking clue how to do the math I apparently learned last year.  So I had to reteach myself the math from last year, study for tests, and write papers, and then I realized I hadn't been in to work in several days, and they really wanted me to be there.  Plus, my kids had school work and several of their assignments required me to take them to Indiana.  I was extremely stressed out.  In my freaking sleep, I was stressed out.  I woke up very angry - if I can't relax in my sleep, where can I relax, for crying out loud!  I realized, I filled in my November calendar last night before going to bed, and the Girl recently made a select volleyball team, which is going to require more driving around, and if we are not going to live off fast food (and I haven't had fast food in awhile,) I'd better start preparing things ahead of time. 

Since I've babbled on for a while tonight, I'm not going to give you the nitty gritty of the week's plans, maybe next week.  I do plan on 5AM boot camp, 5 days this week, plus a definite 8:30 yoga class on Saturday.  I'm feeling pretty good and on top of things for this week.

Ooh, also, have you checked out the Dia De Los Muertos Google banner today?  Very cool. 

I think this is done by MisNopalesArt on Etsy- she does a lot of this very cool stuff.  Google didn't tell me for sure.
 
Doesn't the stormtrooper helmet lend itself well to the Calaveras treatment?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Getting comfy

It's been months. When I have the time, I don't feel inspired, and when I feel inspired, I don't have the time. But today's weather is inspiring, and I have the time, so it is all falling into place.

Don't get me wrong, I love warm weather, and swimming, and sunshine, and all of that, but nothing is more comforting than the things we do to make ourselves warm in cold weather. Sweaters and blankets and warm socks, hot tea and soup and oatmeal for breakfast. An extra cup of coffee and hot pumpkin bread just out of the oven. I wish I had a fireplace, which is funny, as I had a fireplace in our condo in Illinois, and rarely lit it. But now, all I want to do is snuggle up by the fireplace with my book and my tea.

I've been posting a lot of photos to Facebook lately since I got my nifty new phone (with a better camera than my "good" camera.) Here's a fun one of my two guys - see how they are pretty much the same person? They were not posing.

Still working the boot camp. This past week was a wash - it was an off week, although several of the instructors still led classes. But the first two days my family was in town, and then I just kept not going. I have no excuses, and Monday is going to be tough because of my lazy, but I am not going to let this go again. I've been feeling way too good to let it all slip away. Cooler packing has been a big part of the "Let's get Missy healthy" movement:
When I take the time to plan my meals and snacks on Sunday, the week goes well. Otherwise, hello white cheddar popcorn and Pepsi. I don't pack my dinners (although I did on this day), but as long as I plan for the dinner, I do fine. I have to credit Tammy from for the help with this - planning and organizing is so crucial to success with everything, and health is no different.

The kids are fine - the Boy is applying for colleges, and the girl is playing sports and doing very well in school, and singing in choir, and playing clarinet, and all the other things a girl who enjoys being active in school does. My job is going well, although I really need more hours in the day, but don't we all?

I will try my darndest to get on here and say something fascinating a little more often, but for now, I hope you all enjoy your weekend.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Coffee and a chat

Good morning! It's been forever, I know, and I've missed you, but so very much has been going on and I am still trying to work on this schedule - figure out when to do all of the things I need to do. Here is a view of my schedule on a normal day:
4:20AM: Wake up, get dressed for boot camp, fill water bottle (sometimes I am moving quickly and I fill the dishwasher or something.)
4:40AM-6:15AM: boot camp (plus commute time)
6:15-6:45: make lunch, pack stuff, start a load of laundry, maybe start dinner in the crockpot (all while son is using the shower)
6:45-7:10: shower, get ready for work
7:10-7:30: breakfast, glorious coffee
7:30-8:30: commute time
8:30-5: work
5-6: commute time
6-7: make dinner, eat dinner, sometimes get girl to softball, or another activity
And here is where we have the problem. Generally at least 3 evenings a week we have some activity or another (and some are for me - book club, yoga, Relay meeting, etc.) Sometimes we don't and I'll take time to clean something, or do some work for my client, or something, but by 8:30 I am so wiped, and I can be dead to the world by 9PM. Trust me, I realize I actually have a significant amount of time in the evening I could be productive, more so than a lot of people. And now that the boy is driving, he can run errands, and I don't have to take him anywhere, as long as there is a car available. The point is not that I have less time, just that I'm having trouble adjusting to what I have. It was funny, I was talking to a friend the other day about scheduling, and how when I was home with the kids I rarely got anything done. My house was no cleaner, and I would love to take a whole day off, by myself, and just knock out the whole house. Then I remember what I did when I was home - I often would take the whole morning over at A's and play with the nieces and drink coffee. Which was glorious, but accounts for the fact that I got nothing more done then than I do now :) When the kids were little, I liked taking them places like the zoo. I could spend hours at the zoo. I can still spend hours at the zoo. I kind of want to go right now.

Yummy. I do enjoy my coffee.

Ok, let's move on. Weight loss efforts are going pretty well. When I think about posting here, the updates are generally boot camp related. It's funny, I used to make fun of some of my friends for being so "Melody-obsessed" as I called them (the boot camp is called Melody's Boot Camp and Lifestyle Fitness,) and now I am a total Melody-evangelist. The instructors get me to do things I never think I can do. I'm stronger, I have more energy, and I haven't had a panic attack in months. I've also lost weight, of course, but it's funny how secondary that feels. It's not, though, since I really would like to put less stress on my body, so I joined the latest "6-Week Challenge." No pop (again, I did drink some over the past month, although not nearly what I was drinking, and I never keep it in the house anymore), no fast food, move everyday, 5 servings of veggies everyday, etc. The pop really does make a huge difference, and yesterday I didn't get my veggies in, only fruit, and I felt exhausted and gross all day. It's really amazing what a difference I feel in my body depending upon what foods I eat.

That was an awkward sentence.

I haven't had as much time to read lately, which is sad, but I certainly don't give it up completely. Right now I'm reading "Joy for Beginners" by Erica Bauermeister, and it is delightful. A nice complement to all the "serious literature" I have been reading.
Yikes, it's already 7AM! I have about 105 things to do before 9AM, so I had better get a move on. It's been a pleasure, as always - talk to you soon.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Millions of peaches...

One of my favorite things about early summer is that it's peach season. I love peaches, and there are millions of peaches. Peaches for me. You're going to sing that now, aren't you. I know I do, every time I go to the grocery.

You know what Saturday night means to the most awesome of us? Pajamas by 5:30, and marathon watching of Game of Thrones in bed with my guy. Of course, now he's asleep, and snoring, and I can't fall asleep, even though I was up at 5:30AM to go to kickboxing. Sigh.

So it's been over a month since I last posted, and life is pretty nifty. The kids are out of school, which means they're not whining quite as much about going to school as they were. They were both at camp for the first week, which was quite lovely, as the Guy and I were able to spend some quality time together. Which was when the binge Game of Thrones watching started, and I am thankful for that, because that is one freaking awesome show. Holy crap, tell me you have been watching this...

Some cool news - I was promoted! I am moving up to the Cincinnati office on July 7 to be the Senior Coordinator, Division Office Support, Ohio. Which means, basically, admin stuff, but I will no longer be the absolute lowest on the totem pole, and that's a good feeling. I'm excited and I hope to be challenged.

Let's do some thankfuls, since it's been awhile. Today I am thankful for:

1. Peter Dinklage. Seriously, I don't care that his English accent is kind of bad. He's the most excellent character. And I want to be Daenarys Targaryen, and not only because she's hot. Well, after her brother dies, anyway.

2. Tammy's blog, She did this great Mason Jar salad tutorial a few months ago - changed my lunches forever.

3. Relay For Life is over for the year. Yes, I love being a part of it, but it is a lot of work, and I am getting too old for this staying up all night stuff. I have to sleep for two days to recover. We had to move the event inside, unfortunately, but the energy was good. Our money is down, but we still have two months to fundraise.

4. My classics book club. I would never read some of the books I've read without it, and I finished The Awakening this past week. It was excellent, if you've never read it. The language alone was worth the read.

5. This is rather obvious, but Melody's Boot Camp. I'm still boot-camping, and loving it. Everyday I discover something else I am able to do that I didn't think I'd ever be able to do. I'm down 22 lbs from my starting weight, and I haven't had pop in almost two weeks. I feel strong and excellent, and I never thought I'd wake up this early on purpose, and keep it up. And, most important, no panic attacks in months.

I'll try not to stay away so long this time.
Movin' to the country, gonna eat a lot of peaches...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Softball and superheroes, oh my.

I just sewed a hole in my winter coat. It took me all of 10 minutes, but the hole has been there for 3 years. The coat has been sitting on the floor next to the door, and my cats have been sleeping on it. Now I can wash it and wear it again. Of course, it is 86 degrees out...

What else is new...?

I mentioned in my last post that things, they are a-changin' on the professional front. I have started doing some administrative work remotely for an executive coach, which has been an interesting change. I have not done much yet, but I look forward to learning a lot. Also, and this is pretty huge, my job at the American Cancer Society will be changing in the next month or so. They are eliminating my current position, so I applied for several in the Cincinnati office. I have had a preliminary phone interview for 8 of the positions, and today I had a second interview for one of them. This position is several steps above the one I'm in right now, but I am confident I can be an asset. We'll see what's what over the next week.

Still doing the boot camp. Still loving the boot camp. Seriously, my friends, I am feeling so much cleaner and healthier. I quit pop cold turkey on Friday. I am missing it, especially when I drive, which kind of cracks me up, as my mom always said that was when she wanted to smoke the most. I'm always reaching for snacks and drinks while I'm driving...so I keep an enormous bottle of water and drink from it constantly. Which means that, by the time I get to work, I have to pee like a racehorse. But I haven't had a Pepsi...

So much softball.
All of a sudden, this week, practices and games galore.  She is enjoying it, though.  The girls on her team are great, and they have a great time together.  So much evidence to support the benefits of team sports on a young girl - she is definitely a more confident girl than I ever was.

Went to see the new X-Men movie yesterday - the most aesthetically pleasing movie I've seen in awhile. 
fassmcavoy
Be still my heart.  And there was this one scene...with Hugh Jackman...sigh.

Ooh, my left eye is all swollen today.  I woke up this way.  Kind of gross, but not seepy, so that's good.  The doctor says it's just allergies, but it was a weird way to wake up.
Okey doke, 4:30 comes early, so I have to get to bed.  You all take care, kisses...

Saturday, May 17, 2014

What happens when you leave your kids home with your camera...

One of our many snow days. I went to work, the Girl grabbed my camera. This is a big "corners of my home" post.







In other news, I'm still doing boot camp 4 days a week, and enjoying it. My son turned 17 (yikes) last week. I'm in the midst of yet another career flux (I'll update another day.) Laundry needs to be done and I'm reading a lot (not news.) I hope you all have been enjoying your spring...