Monday, May 25, 2009

Bloggity Update

Hi faithful readers! Just popping in....not much new going on these days. Joey has to work today, which really stinks, but we can use the money and he likes his coworkers, so there are much worse things that could have happened today. I've been enjoying a relaxed, laid back morning catching up on the blogs that I read. I'll spent most of the rest of the morning reading my book for class, and then I'll hit the gym (we skipped yesterday because we were so exhausted) and maybe try to clean up a little after I get back home.

I've been feeling pretty overwhelmed by the clutter in the house for the past couple of days. It's almost too much to tackle, but after my desk makeover at work this past week, I'm really feeling like decluttering is something that I need to do in all aspects of life, you know?

We're also shooting to avoid eating out or getting takeout for this whole week since we did it twice last week. And since the food is always so high sodium and high fat.

I was looking at Shelli just now and flashed back to when we adopted her, how overwhelmed I was about having to take care of her and how needy she was when she was so little. But then she'd crawl into my lap and fall asleep sprawled out and I would just feel so blessed that she was there. And now, I can't imagine life without her. Things wouldn't be the same. Even if she does fling herself at the wall in the middle of the night when a car passes by the house and the headlights shine on our wall. hehe;)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sore Feet, Blisters, Worn-out Voice, etc...

Sorry it's been so long. I've had a pretty busy week thus far. Today, I did a 4 mile walk with Anne, who's been an awesome motivator during my newfound motivation to lose weight and get healthy. However, I wore my new running shoes, and I ended up with blisters on both of my heels...guess I hadn't broken them in well enough. I even wore two pairs of socks to fit my shoes more snugly.


Here's a pic of my lunch today. It was really good!


It's brown rice, taco sauce, onion, frozen mixed veggies, and a garden burger. Yum!!

Now, it's time to chill and watch Criminal Minds and veg some:)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

MAAAAA

My mom is the greatest. There's not much else to say. I've done all of the sappy stuff (although not today because today was time for laughter and fun (usually at the people around us's expense...)) already, so we'll leave that at that. My mom's a total trip, and, once I got past the teenage "my-parents-are-stupid" phase, I realized that I had a waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay cooler mom than any of my friends! So, Ma, as always, you're the greatest, and I'm glad we're all BFF and stuff...and I love ya:)


I leave you with a bag of yummy candy. Enjoy the nomnoms. Srsly. Okbai.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Graduation Day (for Some of Us...)

Today has been a good day. We went up to Charlotte for breakfast with Mom and Dad, stayed to watch The Soup, and then came home and Joey did the lawn while I spent thirty minutes with Billy Blanks kicking my butt!! Lunch today was super healthy and fabulous!






This is the rest of my broccoli with garlic sauce from last night. I didn't feel like having too many carbs, so I didn't have any rice and just ate this as it was. Yumminess! I also refrained from eating all of the sauce left pooled in the bottom and poured it into a container to put in the fridge for something else later.




And this is:
  • 1/2 small flour tortilla
  • 1 wedge Laughing Cow Light Cheese
  • 1 spoonful of Trader Joe's Roasted Garlic Hummus
  • seven baby carrots

Man, this was fantastic! And I'm left feeling full, but not stuffed and pretty happy with myself. I may have a salad and an apple with PB later, but nothing too heavy because we're going to a shindig for dinner!

Today is the first day in a while where I really feel like things are pretty good. I think that making the effort (finally) to take care of myself has been a big player in that, as has the natural relief of finishing the semester. I know that the summer class will be hectic, but I think I'll be good because Native American Lit is absolutely my favorite genre of ethnic literature.

But I do think that I'm going to have to work very hard to make sure that I don't get too scattered and overwhelmed this fall. I feel like I can do it. Today is a good day. I'm surfing the net and Joey is napping (he definitely DESERVES it) !!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

An Apple A Day...

Is really tasty. Until you get tired of apples. After two bags full, you may get tired of them. And then, an apple a day is not all that tasty.

I need to look at a lunar calendar. I hope the full moon has already passed. If it's just now coming, that's going to be really crappy.

Yep.



Wednesday, May 6, 2009

My Mom is the Bomb:)


How cute is this?? It arrived in the mail today from Mom and Dad. Thankfully, Joey doesn't think he'll remember to use it, so that means it's MINEMINEMINE ALL MINE!!!! Even though the message is probably more a propos for Joey than me. It definitely brightened up my otherwise crappy day.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cinco De Mayo!!

HOW yummy does that look?? That was my dinner tonight:

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 cup Great Value Medium chunky salsa
  • 1/3 cup black beans
  • small sprinkle of taco blend cheese
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • crushed red pepper flake

It was fantastic! Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!

Monday, May 4, 2009

FREEDOM!!

For two weeks, at least. I just sent in my last paper for the semester, so I'm officially ALL DONE for my first graduate semester at ECU!! I also got my big paper back (the one for Cultural Studies) and I got an A. Holy cow, I wasn't expecting that!

Of course, two weeks isn't that long, and then Summer Session 1 rolls around and I'm taking Native American Lit. I'm really very excited about taking a course over the summer. I wish I'd had the forethought to sign up for two classes so that I could be halfway done with the program by the end of the year, but I also don't want it to go too fast lest I lose the joy of the process.

I'm also a little conflicted right now with things in my life that don't bring me joy and what I need to do about that....whether it be wait it out or what. I don't know.

Anyway...I've got to give Joey the computer now so he can work on his research now that I've finished mine. Good night, everyone!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Shelli, Shelli, Shelli....

She scared us to death last night; apparently, one of the neighborhood cats was taunting her (seriously), and she lunged at the window, causing such a loud noise that we thought someone was trying to break into the house. Joey found her on the back of the chair, looking out the window, puffed up and hissing like crazy.
Here is miss predator looking innocent...

And here is miss predator wreaking havoc on the camera strap...
Knitting has been sparse lately, mostly due to an unpleasant case of tendinitis in my left wrist, that's just now starting to clear up. I worked on this some during our time at church this morning. It's a scarf for my MIL's birthday!

We took another nap today; I feel like I'm finally starting to get caught up on sleep entirely, and it feels really good. It's nice to just slow down every once in a while and let things be what they are and stop worrying so much about trying to please everyone.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Up All Night and Nursing a Sunburn:(

It's been a very busy couple of days, gosh. Yesterday, we went right to the studio after work for some recording. We'll probably have to go back to work on it again because we got started on the background vocals later than anticipated and tried to add in some new stuff. However, I got some knitting time in!


Then, we went to see a Rolling Stones Tribute concert for charity that one of our friends, Nicolette Emanuelle, was featured in. Twenty local bands played Stones songs; she sang "Angie," and did an awesome job, and she had the Rolling Stones logo glued on her back in sequins (one at a time)...it was freakin' FANTASTIC. Anyway, she's moving to Portland tomorrow, so we wanted to get a chance to see her perform again before she left. We stayed until after 2, when everything ended so that we could say goodbye.

We got home around 3, and I woke up at 7:30 (the alarm was set for 9:30, bummer) because Shannon's final track meet of her college career was today. We followed her over there and hung out with her parents and watched her fly through the air several times. It always amazes me that I have a friend who can do something cool like that. She's only got a few days of exams and presentations and then she'll be graduating next week. It takes me back to graduating from college...it all happened so fast that it felt like a blur, walking, taking pictures with my professors. I don't think it really sunk in until we were on our way to Florida (for a cruise) that I realized that life would never be the same. But, you know, I don't wish to go back there like I used to.

I ate pretty healthily today! Breakfast was a bowl of oatmeal with some frozen/freezerburnt berries:

Then, I figured that we'd probably be hungry once we got to the stadium, so we packed for the occasion:

These Odwalla Bars are *really* good. I had the super protein bar, which was chewy, cakey, and fruity. It was very dense, and it stayed with me from 11:30 to 3, with most of that being sitting in the sun, which is pretty draining. I'll definitely be interested to see if we could fit these into the budget somehow.

After we got home, I had a snack of some strawberries, five or six bagel chips, and a wedge of Laughing Cow Light Cheese. Lunch was a HUUUUUGE salad, some leftovers from a visit from West Coast Life to our office yesterday (thanks!!). I had to take it home or it would have wilted left over the weekend, and who wants to waste perfectly good salad? It had romaine lettuce, field greens, tomatoes, red onions, carrots and purple cabbage, black olives, and pepperoncini (I also added two more pepperoncini...I have this sick love with burning my butthole off). I sprinkled about 1/2 oz of cheese on top and used some fat free Caesar Italian dressing, and it was fabulous!!

Then, after our nap, we did our weekly Chinese meal; I had an apple while Joey was going to get the food, and then I had some broccoli with garlic sauce (about 2 cups) with 2 cups of white rice. I know, white grains are the devil, but I really love them with my Chinese food. Tomorrow, when I have the rest, I'll have it with brown rice.

So, there you have it folks. I'm nursing some sunburned arms and shins, which I'll hit with lotion again before bed (I'm psycho about skin cancer). But, it's been a really nice day, honestly!