Sunday, March 28, 2010

hello again!

Life is pretty crazy right now getting ready for the 5K in LESS THAN 2 WEEKS! I'm still having issues running for long periods of time. Right around 15 minutes I pretty much die and have to walk for 2-3 minutes before I can keep going. I'm going to keep pushing myself in the hopes of being able to run the full distance of the race so please keep your fingers crossed for me!

Yesterday Steve and I went over to my in-law's house and pressure washed it for them. It wasn't too bad except for the fact that it was freezing cold! It turned out okay though since they made a low country boil for dinner.

While we were there my mother-in-law told us that once we get a china cabinet she is going to give us the china she got when Steve's family lived in Germany. Since we already have somewhere to put it, she gave us the crystal stemware that goes with it last night!

Check it out:
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champagne flutes
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wine glasses
I love them! Call me crazy but I prefer to own and use things that have a history. I don't mind mismatched pieces as long as each piece has a story. I'm looking forward to being able to use these!

Friday, March 19, 2010

my husband rocks Friday!

My husband has been gone all week getting some training for his job. It's great that his company wants to give him these opportunities but it also sucks because I miss him. Everyone needs alone time every now and then but weeks at a time are not fun.

Anyway, about 5 minutes ago I got a call from Steve letting me know that the airline had room on an earlier flight and let him switch with no penalty! Now, instead of him getting home around 10:00 tonight I get to pick him up on my way home from work!

I love surprises. :)

Stay tuned this weekend for pictures of our new furniture!

Monday, March 15, 2010


I am not a patient person. It's a huge weakness of mine and leads to incredible frustration and jealousy. Lately I have really really been struggling to keep that jealousy at bay. Some days are harder than others but even the better days have been harder lately.

I've always prayed for patience but I think I finally understand that what I really need is peace and a willingness to let go of the frustration.

Two things happened today to bring me to this realization:
1. I heard this song on the radio: You're Gonna Miss This by Trace Atkins - It reminded me that I've got it pretty good right now even if it isn't everything I've ever wanted.
2. I ran across this quote as I was reading this afternoon: "Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That's laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow - that's patience" - It made me realize that it's okay to be a little frustrated but you have to be willing to work through it if you ever want to get where you're going.

Is this a magical cure for my crazy jealousy? No.
Does it make everything all better and take away the frustration? No.

However, it does make me take a second or two to think and remember that life isn't a race and maybe, just maybe, I should put a bit more trust in the one with the plan. And that one or two seconds is a start.

Happy Spring[ish] Break!

Spring break has started for the University I work for which means that I don't have to work late at all this week. It also means that student traffic in the library will be light and less people will stop by to ask random questions about the "hidden" rooms upstairs.

To kick off spring break the Board of Regents gave us all a furlough day which, for those unfamiliar with the term, is a day when the entire campus is closed in an effort to save money. You don't see me complaining. I'll take a free day any way it comes.

On this semi-spring-like day off I am going to be cleaning the apartment and making preparations for next weekend. Steve and I bought new furniture for our living room and it is being delivered on saturday! I'll post pictures once everything is situated.

New Moon also comes out on DVD this Saturday... so excited!

Friday, March 12, 2010

So excited!

Our wedding photographer just emailed me to let me know our wedding album is on it's way to us! Eeek! So freaking excited!

Ok, so some of you may be thinking "didn't you get married in July?" And you would be correct. But, with the move, me being super anal about choosing pictures and the album company messing it up the first time (which my photographer caught and corrected for me) it has taken a little longer than usual.

I'll post pictures when it gets here but I'm ridiculously excited. I love the pictures from our wedding and I can't wait to have our album to show them off more! I must say, my photographer, Carolin of MPC Photography, has been incredible through all of this. Since the first time we met with her until now there has never been a single time I have ever been anything other than completely satisfied with her services. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs a photographer.

Last but not least: My Husband Rocks!

Seriously, he truly does. Yesterday, when the Eclipse trailer premiered, he sent me a text and email with the link so I wouldn't miss it. He has also already agreed to go see it with me the week it comes out. (side note: opening night crowds freak me out which is why we aren't going opening night.) Having a husband that humors my fangirl tendencies rocks. :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

one month and an idea

Yesterday I had another awful flare up of my IBS. It was so bad I couldn't make it in to work. This has happened at least once per month since moving to Savannah and twice in the last two weeks. To say I'm concerned is a bit of an understatement.

However, today while I was in line at subway getting lunch I came to a bit of a realization. My "usual" is the black forest ham sandwich on 9 grain honey oat bread. It is incredibly delicious but the ham could be the cause of the increase in flare ups... or at least the ones this month. Ever since I was first diagnosed with IBS red meat has been a huge trigger food for me... which is sad since I like it and my family has an entire holiday celebrating it (seriously, it's called steak saturday and involves a trophy called the golden fork). I can eat it and be fine but only every now and then and only in small amounts.

Now, most people wouldn't count ham as red meat since it's pork but in the last month I've been eating more ham than usual (thanks to my increased amount of lunches at subway and sunday dinners at the in-laws) and tada! More issues! So, I am going to add ham to my list of foods to watch out for and see if that helps.

Finally..... it is officially one month until my 5K! Woohoo!

Monday, March 8, 2010

defining success

I did week 5 day 3 today (yeah, I know, a little off track there but at least I got myself back). I didn't quite make it the full 20 minutes. Around 12 minutes in I power walked for about 1.5-2 minutes and finished the rest running.

Technically this should be considered failure, but I can't bring myself to see it that way. It's better than I've ever done before! I truly cannot find it in me to be disappointed especially considering that I ate like crap this weekend and haven't run in four days. In all honesty, I should have repeated week 5 day 2 before moving on after that gap for a more accurate idea of my ability but meh. I wanted to try and keep moving forward. Wednesday I'll try again.

Tomorrow I'm getting back into the strength training that I started a couple weeks ago. That cruise is coming up soon and I want to feel good in a bathing suit before I get on that boat!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

week 5 day 2 and cruisin


I never thought that there would ever be a time in my life where I could run for eight minutes straight without wanting to die. Today I did that twice and I feel amazing!

That's part of why I love this program so much. Every week I find myself doing things that, even the week before, I didn't think I could. Each step is such a huge victory for me and I feel like I am at least a couple steps further away from the things I'm trying to avoid.

Also, this week Steve and I booked a cruise for this summer! We're leaving from Miami then going to Key West and Cozumel... it's going to be a blast! Neither of us have ever cruised before and both ports are places I have always wanted to go. Right now the plan is to do a pub crawl and then visit the Hemmingway house in Key West (for the true Hemmingway experience of course). Then, in Cozumel, we are going to go see some of the Mayan Ruins! I have wanted to go see the Mayan ruins since we studied them in the third grade. Words cannot express my excitement that I actually get to go do it!

Of course, there will be tons of relaxing and beach bumming going on as well. Which is serving as more motivation to get to the gym and the park... especially once the 5k is over.

Monday, March 1, 2010

brushin' the dirt off my shoulder

I made it through week 5 day 1 today! This week was much easier than week 4 for some reason. By the end of the workout I wasn't feeling like I was about to die. I was still sweating like crazy and tired but I wasn't completely spent.

As you may be able to guess from the title of this post, today's song of the workout was Dirt Off Your Shoulder by Jay-z.

It came on just as I was finishing up and starting my cool down and it sort of matched my mood. I was feeling really good and like a could do anything... like the struggles I have been dealing with in regards to my workouts are securely in the past. I'm brushing them off because they don't matter anymore.

This week is the first time the workouts change from day to day. It's going to present some interesting mental battles but I'm ready.

Finally, I weighed in this morning and I'm down another 2 pounds! That's a total of 12 since I started actively trying about 7 weeks ago. I'm really proud of myself but I want to keep pushing. I would really like to feel comfortable in a bathing suit in time to enjoy the fact that I live on the coast.