Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hodge Podge

Howdy do, y'all?

Yesterday was a weird day.  You ever have one of those just hodge podge days where if someone asked you what you did, you wouldn't really be able to pinpoint it?

Let's see, I scrubbed these outdoor pictures we have hanging up because they got mold or something on them.  Vinegar and baking soda FTW!  I watered our lilacs and enjoyed the scent as the wind whipped.  I did some research on blog stuff which I then forgot to talk to the Mr about when he got home.  I filmed a recipe that had to be done in parts so that was irritating because my light kept getting worse throughout the day despite being assured by the local weather team that it would be sunny all day.  Lies.  The other night at the grocery, I saw that they marked down Easter turkeys and for $12, I can't pass that up.  So I got him thawed (not gonna tell you how) and roasted his bum up because I always love the option of having turkey to grab from the freezer.  Thank you, Food Saver!


The Mr, of course, got stuck at work and had to run to Trader Joe's for a few things they were out of the other day so we got down to workout later than I care to these days.  We've been trying to make it a point to go down by no later than 5 pm now which is an hour before we almost always did.  Then I started to get a phantom gall bladder attack.  Those are rare but always so fun.  That thing has been out of my body for almost 20 years and there are still times the scar tissue will twitch and mimic an attack.  It freaked me out the first few times I experienced it but I read from people it happens all the time no matter how long it's out.  Usually, I can do a really exaggerated stretch and massage the area and it'll calm it but sometimes it laughs and says "nope, not happening!"  Oh, we got our AA rewards gift cards.  We both got $100 gift cards for Target.



We had BBQ pork chops and sweet corn for dinner.  Yum!

Today Mean Dreams comes out.  It was one of Bill Paxton's last movies.  I remember seeing a press junket and he was so proud of this movie so we are definitely going to rent it and I will try not to cry.  I recorded Nights in Rodanthe from the HBO preview so I could watch it and sob.

So as you can see, it wasn't a fantastical day but you know, any day above ground is a good one so there's that.

What movie always makes you ugly cry?

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Back to Nature Weekend Recap

Happy Monday all!

For once, I can say the weekend didn't do a swirlie down the toilet!  I don't know the last time that happened!  We were both shocked that we lost a pound each given the Easter basket carnage of last Saturday but we were both ecstatic so it was a good way to kick off the weekend.  

We went to a mom and pop store that will be shuttering while we're away and I wanted to see while it still had some items on the shelves.  It was very sad.  It's the only place I could still walk in and smell my childhood.  While the Mr didn't grow up and have childhood memories attached to it like I do, it's still been a big part of his life for 25 years because of me.  I mentioned how I wanted to get some lilac bushes since I've seen people with them planted in our area and they happened to have spring flowers in and some bushes.  We thought that would be a lovely way to remember them by planting fragrant three season lilacs and always think of them when we're enjoying their blossoms.  Sigh...I have to stop talking about it.

I felt the need to be by the water.


We sat watching the swallows skim and swoop the top of the water and the herons be creepy as herons tend to be.  Even the ducks were like "yeah, I'm not swimming by that thing unless you come with me."



It was a nice sunset and it made me get the itch to get paddling season underway.  It won't be long now!  I don't think we cleaned the muck off the paddleboards/yak last season so I'm sure a good wash down and pump up to check bladders will be in order in the next few weeks.  It will be nice to have that as a workout option again especially since we've both been working all winter on building up our paddling muscles.  *Flexes back like I'm in a fitness competition*

We went to Trader Joe's and Target for the first part of our refuel.  There was a hilarious moment in Target with a couple and their two kids.  One was maybe a year and the other was about four years old.  Well, the four-year-old was being a twit and the dad threatened to put her in the cart if she didn't stop acting a fool.  Of course, she didn't and he sighed as he begrudgingly went to his dad duties and said loud and sarcastically "have kids they said...it'll be fun!"  We went to the side and started giggling and the Mr said out of earshot "glad we didn't!"  Truth!!

Sunday was a work day for me but it wasn't too bad because we got to indulge in the fruit of my labor before boxing it up to be sent to his work for the dingoes.  ;-)  I put on a Hawaiian radio station, so it set up a nice chill day.  We still had a produce run to make and then get in our workout.  Beh.  The Mr was craving lemon pasta alfredo so I obliged with some grilled zucchini and shrimp on top...



I feel like I'm able to breathe a bit and still looking to get in some cushion on some stuff so I can try to enjoy the summer.

What did you guys get into this weekend?

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Friday, April 21, 2017

What I'm Reading This Week #16

Happy, happy Friday you sassy pantses!  (Is that how you address multiple sassy pants?) 

I hope you're ready for the weekend too.  Let's jump right into...



11 Cooking Tips Pro Chefs Swear By (and You Should Too)  (Some good stuff in there!)

39 Mindless Ways You're Wasting Money in Every Part of Your Life  (Take inventory...you could save some moolah!)

4 Weird Ways Your Body Warns You Something Is Wrong  (Pay attention!)

24 Essential Push-Up Variations for Total-Body Strength  (Because we all need options.)

4 Important Reminders to Ask for Help (Earlier Than You Think)  (We can't do it all and we shouldn't hold it in)

12 Garage Sale Items That Sell Like Hotcakes  (It's that time of year!)

Are Big Muscles “Scary?”  (Actually, when I see a chick with big muscles I always assume she can kick my @ss!  I think that's a pretty good thing!)

10 Ways to Relax Before Bed   (Please don't light incense when you're trying to fall asleep.)

Every Little Box of Jiffy Mix, Baked, and Tasted  (OMG, those fake blueberry muffins...soo good!)

Prince Harry stifled his grief after his mom Princess Diana's death  (So great he's speaking about this)

Stuffed Animals Bring Comfort to Dementia Patients  (We can vouch for this)

Smoky, purple home fries??  (Oh yeah babe...a brunch staple!)

Dog's Smooth as Hell Jailbreak Captured on CCTV Cameras  (Courtesy of the Mr.  I LOVE the cagemate next door like "dude...teach me!")

Not too sure what we're doing this weekend but looking forward to hopefully chilling a bit after having so much to do last weekend.

What kind of trouble do you have planned?

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

So what is this all about?



I have always been a very sensory, tactile person.  There are certain sounds, smells, and textures I like. For instance, I love the sound of a rotary phone...the longer the number the better.  When I was a kid, I used to sit and rub my grandma's smooth, polished fingernails for a good 20 minutes.  I always found it soothing.  I loved it when people would stroke my hair, don't touch my scalp but just stroking my hair with their hand.  When the Mr and I were dating and he'd whisper whatever sassy things teens would whisper to each other when trying to score, it would literally send an involuntary jolt through me down to my lower back.  I thought that was totally normal because you know, horny teen.  I never gave much thought to any of these things until a week ago.

People have always told me my voice is very soothing.  I don't think it is but a friend's boyfriend said he fell asleep to my voice when they were watching a video I did one time.  Others have told me it de-stresses them.  (I bet the Mr would beg to differ but now that I think about it, he may say "this is why I yawn when you speak!")  Last week, two different people contacted me saying how soothing my voice was and I would be big in the ASMR community.  AS-ya what??  I think, like a lot of people, I mistakenly thought it was a fetish thing but I soon found out it's not at all.

So I looked it up and if you're curious what it stands for, you can go here.  It basically means you get a physical (tingles from head through the spine) or psychological (relaxation/feeling drowsy) response from hearing people whisper, tap objects (I've always been a finger tapper but don't like to hear other people tapping), flip pages in a book or color or even watch Bob Ross paint happy trees. The more I read, the more I saw how much it actually helps people with all kinds of ailments and issues.  It helps people who can't relax on their own to unwind, people with insomnia to become sleepy and even people with PTSD get to sleep or relax if they're having a hard episode.

I kept seeing ASMR Darling pop up in my findings so I watched a few of her videos.  Now if you're watching them without earbuds on, it might look a little strange because she talks into each side of her microphone so it's like she's whispering in either ear.  Should you decide to check out her videos, I suggest wearing earbuds and do it close to bedtime.  You could definitely fall asleep at your desk listening to her at work.  I'm not a big fan of the role-playing videos because it's just not my thing but I guess the ones where she's just whispering are really calming to me and so many people in the comments talk about waking up with their earbuds strangling them or never knowing how a video turned out because they fell asleep!  Only a few times did I ever experience the tingly jolt I described earlier but a lot of people do with her videos.  Imagine how helpful this could be if you have insomnia, anxiety issues and need to unwind and don't want to resort to taking medication to do it.  Not all people experience ASMR like I don't think the Mr does but I guess it's taking the internet by storm.  I'm all for whatever makes people relax in this high-stress society and I'm actually thankful for those few people bringing it to my attention.  I really like this girl's channel not just because of her videos intended purpose but her personality is so sweet, encouraging and positive.  Can't we all use a little more of that in our lives?

Have you heard of ASMR?  Have you experienced any of those sensations and not known what the heck they are?

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Squared away and Movie Night


Our rental situation thankfully got settled before lunchtime yesterday but it wasn't without a nice morning full of panic attacks where I couldn't take a full breath.  Don't mess with mah vacation woman!  Thankfully that passed by the afternoon and I got some work done.  The Mr was kickin' butt helping me so we had the evening free.  We did our cardio of walking the hood for three laps because my legs were cursing me from deadlifts from the previous night's workout.  Tonight will definitely be upper body because I'm still pretty tight and I don't want to overdo it.  Dinner was BBQ chicken, twice baked potato and green beans.  Then it was time to take in some movies.

Wild Oats  (Jessica Lange, Shirley MacLaine, Billy Connelly)  A recently widowed woman (MacLaine) erroneously receives a five million dollar check instead of the $50,000 she was expecting from her husband's life insurance.  Egged on by her best friend (Lange), they embark to live life to the fullest before they get caught.  Connelly's character is somewhat endearing and you'd know why I feel that way if you rented it.  The romp in the hay scenes with Jessica Lange were actually refreshing because it was very reminiscent of her performance in Tootsie.  Very innocent and sex kittenish without trying to be if that makes sense.  It was nice to see that part of her come out again.  Howard Hesseman and Demi Moore also star.  The trailer on this looked pretty awesome, even the Mr agreed it looked good.  It's not that it wasn't good, it was just a little draggy and it was the director, not the talent that made it a little disappointing.  (Though I will say either Demi Moore has lost it acting wise or was directed to play an infantile schmuck,  It was grating.)  I wouldn't steer people away from it just know there could be some parts you're hoping will pick up a bit.

Split (James McAvoy, Betty Buckley)- This is an M. Night Shyamalan movie so you know you may sit through 110 minutes of "hurrrrry uppppppppppp" for 10 minutes of "holy sh*t!!"  While there are some slow parts, McAvoy is seriously...OMG.  Wow.  So very talented.  I don't even know who he is honestly but some split personality disorders are over-acted in movies but he makes you believe it. The back story of the main female lead, Anya Taylor-Joy, was predictable to me from the start but still doesn't make it any easier to watch evolve.  So it was enough to distract from the abduction situation.  (I'm not giving anything away, it's in the whole trailer.)  Honestly what you think is the twist was predictable as well however, you were just bracing to see "okay, is he going to go super over the top with this and make me regret renting it even though we got it for free or do it justice?"  He did it justice.  I guess the REAL twist at the end is one that only true Shyamalan fans will get because I just thought it was a famous actor doing a cameo at the end and the Mr immediately knew what it meant and it had to be explained to me.  I told him I thought it a little pretentious that M.NS presumes we all remember this character as though it's part of pop culture but whatever.  Still really liked it though and would suggest it for a rent.  Betty Buckley was also a nice surprise and played a pretty hefty role so I was glad to see her in something like that.

If this is riddled with typos, please excuse me as my editor is sleeping now.  :-)

Do you like suspense to be drawn out in movies or constant action?

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Earning it and feathery goodness

Happy Tuesday.

I got some work done yesterday which made me feel a little better.  Then I got an email from one of the places we're staying saying we still owed money.  (We don't.)  I emailed her proof through the place I booked it through that it was paid 4 months ago.  She claimed we didn't pay the security deposit (we did) and I sent her a screen shot of our credit card statement showing not only the payment she claimed she received but a separate charge of the security deposit with her reservation next to it.

*Crickets*

I sent a follow up and we'd better be square or I'm sicking the Mr on her.  Why is it we always have to "earn" our vacations 4-6 weeks before we leave by dealing with extra crap we shouldn't have to.  It doesn't matter how big or small.  So say a prayer because mama needs a crap free vacation on all fronts.

We did our workout, a Fitness Blender lower body workout- a bit of bodyweight HIIT in the first part and then strength training for the second part and then full on PT afterward for us both.  I'm sure my legs will be thrilled today.  Dinner was mahi and Brussels.

Then it was time to catch up on the DVR.  We watched Training Day.  It's still so hard to see Bill Paxton but then he gets some great lines that are right in line with his personality and he delivers them so hilarious, we can't help but feel blessed to have had him to entertain us for so many years.  He was a big part of the Mr and I's lives both before we met and more so after we met.  Then it was time to watch the Grammy salute to the Bee Gees.  My Lord did I have the vapors for Barry Gibb.  I had the old school Bee Gees metal lunchbox...

(via)

I think it was my kindergarten lunch box.  I started young.  My Lord, look at that feathery goodness. Rawr.  So it was quite a treat to watch the special and see John Travolta and Barry enjoying the tributes from other artists singing their songs.  It also made me want to watch some Barry Gibb Talk Show episodes.

That about wraps it up on my end.

Who was on your grade school lunch box?  Metal, plastic or paper bag?

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Post Easter Weekend Recap

Good Monday morning all!  Everyone recovering from da ham bloat?

Saturday we got out and had fish and chips outside at a local eatery.  It was nice to be able to sit outside but unfortunately it was a little breezy so we had to dodge crap from the trees we were under.  I took the ducks my leftover fries and just as we were finishing up, the heavens opened up so we had to run back to our car.  We ran some errands and visited with some friends of ours who own a local store.  Of course the table I was there to show the Mr was sold.  I knew it would be.  Sigh.  We totaled our Easter baskets and our guts were full of regret.  Remember when you could demolish that thing as a kid and think nothing of it?

(I couldn't help myself when I saw his little butt after I bit it off- Lindt Dark Chocolate bunny.  Homer Simpson drool)
But I will say we did enjoy some of the treats we picked up in Canada.


The Mr loved his Oh Henry egg even if it looked like a Caddyshack turd and I loved my Cadbury egg which is packaged in the plastic casing like those Oreo eggs you might've seen and not that horrible foil that let's them get all stale because it gets peeled back or damaged.  They were the freshest creme eggs I've had in YEARS and if they don't start doing them that way here, we may be going out of the country for Easter candy.  Seriously, look at all of the stuff they had there...


We grabbed dinner later and did a grocery run.  I figured since I had half the ingredients at home, I'd also bring a fruit salad so I'd have something else to eat in addition to the turkey I was bringing.


I made our banoffee pies and put together the Easter platter my grandma used to do so all of that was done.


The Mr said he'd help me work on my rabbit lollys for the kids.

"Don't eat me, bro!!!"

The weirdo in me loves how the candy button eyes kind of makes them look like they're on something or just had their eyes dilated by the optometrist.  "Sorry bunny, your eyesight is going bad...eat more carrots."  Brrrum bum bump!  I just didn't have the motivation to put smiling mouths on them.  I think it's better they look terrified they're going to be eaten.  So all I had to do Easter day was jam a stick up their butts and we were ready to go!  That never happens!

Unfortunately we both woke up with horrendous headaches.  I think between allergies, stress and sleeping on the wrong pillow, I was a goner.  I don't know why he was so bad but we did our workout, Turbo Fire 55, grabbed our showers, packed up the truckster and headed out.  All was well and we were more than happy to be home and collapse for the night but yet again, another weekend swirled down the tubes.  How I would love one to just stretch out for once!

How was your weekend?

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Friday, April 14, 2017

What I'm Reading This Week #15

Another week zipped by...how'd that happen?  No matter, it's Friday!!

Let's dive straight into...



Eating More of This Will Make You Live Longer  (If people need to be told this, we're in serious trouble y'all!)

The 5 Top Nutrition Mistakes & How to Fix Them  (All of these)

Are You Sabotaging Your Health and Fitness Success?  (There's some good tips ri-cheer)

Beyond The Back Squat: 3 Squat Variations To Mix It Up  (Always appreciate a new way to work mah booty!)

Do These 4 Things to Have an Amazing Poop Every Single Day  (Is there a guarantee on this because I do most of these and no go.  Also, we tried the squat stool and that thing made a bad situation worse for both of us!  LOL)

7 Signs You're Losing Weight (Even When the Scale's Being Rude)  (Good things to remember if the scale is giving you the middle finger)

8 Diet Myths – Busted!  (Courtesy of the Mr)

Everything You Need to Know About ‘Natural’ Skin Care and Makeup  (People!  Gotta read your ingredient lists, you can't just rely on the word "natural" being slapped on a label!)

Hollywood Business Manager: I Stole From Alanis Morissette and Other Clients and I'm Sorry  (Interesting read.  It obviously doesn't make a difference in the end but does give some insight into his motives.)

Man meets Tim Curry, shares heartwarming story of why he's the sweetest guy ever  (Sweet, sweet nugget)

Kimberly Williams-Paisley recalls her most difficult scene in 'Father of the Bride'  (Oh well thanks...make me love you even more KW-P!  Video has nothing to do with the article other than the movie so turn down the speakers if you're at work)

How is it Easter weekend already?!  Cripes!  Today the Easter bunny will be putting together our baskets and then I have to get some work done so I can hopefully have all of Saturday to make my bunny pops for the kids for Easter.  Sunday morning we'll have to workout (ugh) then I'll make brunch then in the afternoon, I'll slap together my pies and reheat my turkey before heading out for festivities.

What are y'all doing this weekend?

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Peeking in to say hello

I was watching this vlogger yesterday and they have a 7 year old daughter.  They were buying carpet and the camera was set up between the rolls for the shot and it triggered a memory for me.  I used to love going to the carpet store as a kid.  My favorite thing was to stand between the tall rolls and hide and be enveloped in that probably cancerous scent of new carpet.  Sometimes I would just stand there out in the open and other times I'd hide and watch my parents looking for me.  I also loved flopping down on those cascading samples of carpet and just breathing it in.  Weirdo.

Then typing about that made me think of how I used to hide in racks of clothes at retail stores. Remember when they'd have those big, round racks of clothes?  (I know some places still do)  My mom worked retail and I loved just going in there and sitting.  Something about people being all around me but not knowing I was there.

It was something I obviously sought as a kid and then it just became a self-fulfilling prophecy as an adult.  People all around but no one knowing I'm here or at least caring enough to reach out from time to time.  My cousin dropped off of social media and I tried emailing him but he obviously never checks it and I don't text so...  My other cousin is wrapped up in herself and has a busy school schedule right now.  The last time I heard from her was on my birthday.  It wasn't to wish me a happy birthday either, it was to invite me to a performance of hers.  She literally could not have logged in without seeing it was my birthday but yeah...that didn't sit well.  We had plans the day of her performance anyway.  My mom doesn't really talk to me anymore and I don't know if that's because she's mad at me for not being involved in Grandma's care or if she just feels like we don't really connect anymore or what.  I've tried inviting her over to cook dinner a few times and she has turned me down but has no problem filling her social calendar with her sister and close friends.  My friend that I used to see once a month is now down to once a year and feels like an acquaintance relationship.  It feels like things have changed and I feel like her husband's attitude toward us has changed a bit and I'm not quite sure why.  I would love to just have a girls day with her or something but my own schedule is going to need to let up a bit before I can offer that up.  I have some people that are really good people to have in my life but I am the person who keeps the relationship alive.  I know they care about me/us but I'm always the one to have to reach out and keep it going.  I get it, people are busy and I know I've probably been guilty of being too busy when it doesn't take much just to check in with someone and say "hey, I was thinking about you."  It feels pretty darn good.

Then I have people I'm so close with and they live nowhere near me.  My heart kind of aches to have people who "get me" in my life that I could just say "hey, wanna go to the park?" or whatever knowing that a good talk would likely ensue.  They're people who I've revealed the more in depth stuff to and have accepted me as is...or at least they appear to!  LOL  Yet the people in my life geographically closest to me, I could give them a multiple choice quiz about me and they'd fail miserably.  I try to go deeper because it's just who I am but people don't seem to be interested in deep, they want surface.  So I sit here with the Mr, in our carpet roll row and inside the retail rack waiting for someone to pop in...wondering what it is about us that seems to be so hard to like or love.  I think we're kinda cool but we seem to be in the minority on that one.  So I'll focus on those willing to accept me/us.  The ones willing to poke their head in and say hello.

Wow, that was friggin' deep.  Sorry.

Are you the one who puts in the majority of the effort in your relationships and did this make you realize maybe you should text/email or call a few people to say howdy?

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Squeakin' in the "us time"

Happy Hump Day all!

I hate to sound like a broken record but yesterday was crazy busy...again.  I'm trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel but every time I see a pinprick of light, some other seemingly urgent new task pops up.  I had the tornado dream the other night.  I knew it was coming.  It always happens when I have a crapload of stuff to get done with a deadline.  (FYI, according to dream interpretation sites: "To dream that you are in a tornado means that you are feeling overwhelmed and out of control."  Yep, that about sums it up!)

Like I started this post an hour ago, got sidetracked and here I am at 11:30pm.  *bangs head against wall*

Earlier, when the Mr's work day came to an end, it was time for our workout.  The previous two days made us both pretty hobbly so something with a bunch of jumping and stuff was out.  I suggested a walk around the hood.  I had to laugh at this duck enjoying his "pond" before flying off...


We did three laps (3 miles) and by the time we were ready be done, the signs were all there.


I felt bad because I've been seriously neglecting the Mr the past two weeks.  No real down time so I decided we should take advantage of an expiring Family Video coupon and rent Office Christmas Party because Jason Bateman and Wild Oats because Jessica Lange.  Wild Oats is a 5 day rental so we're going to probably watch that later in the week.

We knew that based off of the usual office or party culture movie formula, it had the potential to be bad.  But we were laughing pretty much beginning to end.  Lots of crudeness but a really endearing undertone and I love it when Jennifer Aniston plays a ruthless beeotch.  The scene where she schools the girl who ate her Cinnabon is life and I hate that term.  So if you like kinda rude comedies, we both really liked it.

Unfortunately by the time it was over, we had a few errands to run.  The Mr has to get up early this morning to workout because he's got PT after work so that means I'm on my own for strength today. Oh hang on, let me send him a workout to do in the morning.  Okay...sent it to him.  Here it is if you want to do it too.  I'll figure out today what my body can handle but I'm thinking upper body for me.  I knew he was going to get his upper body workout at PT later too.  I think this might be his last session.  The previous one, he put him through a bunch of core crap and was making things up on the fly and he said he felt like he was just keeping him around because there were two more visits approved by insurance.  Well, we still pay $100 pop after insurance and if he was 95% two weeks ago, he's probably good to go.  So if he feels he's gone as far as can with him tonight, he'll probably just call Friday or something and cancel the one two week from now and just not reschedule it.  He's done quite well and it will continue to improve as he keeps up his home PT.

So I think we're caught up!  If this is riddled with typos and grammatical errors, my apologies since my proofreader is in dreamland at publishing time.  ;-)

Do you make a point to have "us time" when your schedule has been crazy?  Have you rented any good movies lately?

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Multi-tasking Tuesday

Top o' the Tuesday to you all!

I was quite the busy bee yesterday.  I made my homemade baked beans which need to be babysat a bit while the beans are re-hydrating but I didn't mind the excuse to have to get up every 30 minutes.  I got some work done when the lawn care people went on lunch where I needed silence...or as close to it as I'm going to get where I live.    I felt super productive but dang the day zipped by and before I knew it, the Mr was coming home and boom, the evening was upon us.

We did a Fitness Blender kettlebell workout and I created some new swear words.  I'm not a super fan of when they repeat a round (or in this case 3 rounds) of the same exercises.  It's like when I know they're coming, I usually tend to give less effort.  But thankfully the past few weeks, we've really been bringing the intensity so I feel like we were just as strong in the last set as we were in the first one, focus wise.  Now I won't lie, we both felt like we had our butts handed to us but we did that for 40 minutes and then 20 minutes of PT that had my butt that was handed to me falling back off onto the floor.  I was a sweaty mess.

(We've got a crappy old iPod downstairs so sorry for the bad pic but it works so I'm not getting rid of it anytime soon!)
The darker spots are sweat stained proof we killed it.  My work was not done for the night.  I seasoned our pork chops then headed up to grab a shower and got them searing.  While that was happening, I cleaned the thawed turkey I'm taking to Easter and made a chipotle butter to season it with.  Since I'm making what *I* like for me (and the Mr- who is now excited about Easter), I don't care if others don't like the spice.  I swear if it's not straight up salt it gets the side eye.  More for us!  So I slathered up da breast and skin and got that going while balancing dinner in there too.  Multi-tasker I am!


Dinner shot.



The Mr was kind enough to do some editing for me while I meal planned for the week and now I'm talking to y'all and trying not to fall asleep.  I got to bed at 2:30am and couldn't get to sleep until 3am Sunday into Monday and I felt it as last night wore on.  I can't keep getting to bed so dang late!  I've got some research I need to get done today and try to get some stuff planned.  All of this hustle bustle is so I can hopefully have a little breathing room in the near future!  HA...that sounds impossible!

Are you a multi-tasker?  Do you finish the tasks you start or find you start a bunch of things and get distracted and don't finish?

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Knock, knock

Who's there?

Boo.

Boo Who?

The weekend's over, you don't have to cry about it!

Actually I do have to because damn man, it was jam packed full of work and even though we got out of the house it was for half of our grocery re-stock so that just feels like work!  Then we had dinner out (we usually do lunch out, less crowded).  We had some loud family beside us, screeching children behind us and a waitress that thought we apparently looked like it'd be okay to drop an F bomb as she bid us adieu.  (We're not prudes but yeah, not appropriate until you've waited on us about 3x then let 'em fly.)  The meal was okay but this is why I end up cooking at home half the time.

I wanted some fur fix so we got out this little guy...

"I'm about to remind you why you haven't gotten another pup!"

He was a cutie and ran around in circles until he started circling period looking at his butt and took a fresh, steamy dump on the floor... followed 3 minutes later by a squirt thus reminding us why we don't have dogs.  The Mr was about done after that....probably because he was the one cleaning it up.  Bwaaahahaha!  (Seriously, steaming dog poo makes me dry heave.)  So we said goodbye, wiped down our clothes which were freshly shed on and went to a few more stores.

My new bedtime seems to be 1am.  That needs to stop, weekend or not.

Sunday I worked again while the Mr helped and before we knew it after working on some projects, the day was down to 4:30pm and we still had our produce haul to hit and one more store.  I decided since we were able to find a turkey for $17, I'm going to make a turkey and bring that for Easter.  I'm saving back the best pieces for us (two nice breasts please...LOL) and they're welcome to the rest.  I'll also make it clear I'm not bringing turkey every year either.  Don't wanna start that thought in their heads!  ;-)  So if I do that and maybe have some baked beans then I should be good.  Hopefully they'll have a veggie or something I can put on the plate too.  I decided on the sugar free banana cream pies.  Mix and dump.  Then I'll do donut bunny pops for the kids.  I did a test one and it looks like it'll work without being too much of a pain in my buttocks.

By the time we got done and took a few minutes just to sit down, it was 7:15pm before we got downstairs to start our workout.  I'm not gonna lie, I wanted to skip...hard.  Instead, I decided on Shaun T25 Focus because I knew we could do 25 minutes and if we put it into beast mode then I would feel like I wasn't wussing.  Well my lungs were burning and I was hacking and crap so I think we worked hard enough!  Thankfully, I had some makeover lasagna still in the freezer, so I put the oven on 325 while we worked out and then I took a shower after and it was done.  I had nothing left in me to prepare a whole meal afterward.

Then it was time to finally catch our breaths and that was at 9:30pm.

So yeah, I could totally use another day please.

What did you guys do this weekend?

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Friday, April 7, 2017

What I'm Reading This Week #14

It's Friday!!  This week has kind of flown by for me.  So much to do and not enough hours in the day. (Hence my being up until 1am most nights.  Oy)

But enough of my sleep deprivation, let's get to...




A Trainer's Take on How Many Days Each Week You Should Strength Train  (I already do three, I don't really want to up it from there just yet.)

The One Thing No One Realizes About Happiness  (Very good tips)

I Did the World's First Ice Cream Cleanse: Yes, Really  (Courtesy of The Mr)

Here's What a Doctor Has to Say About All That Protein You're Eating  (That large Spain study is some scary shizz!)

Nutrition and healing; how to eat to help healing  (This came at a time the Mr needed to read it.  Very helpful info for those coming back from injury)

15 Little Spring Cleaning Tasks You Can Tackle in Under an Hour  (We've all got that drawer/bin)

The Unexpected Reason You're So Anxious  (YES, this!!)

8 Times in Your Life to Take Advantage of a Major Declutter (I remember hearing a tip once about when you set out on a declutter mission to pretend you've just accepted a job cross country and you're keeping what you're moving.)

OMG, Eating Cheese Is Linked to Better Health in New Study  (Runs to cheese drawer in fridge)

Dad Devises Genius “X-Plan” That Could Save Your Teen from a Dangerous Situation  (For every parent out there!)

Bob Harper of ‘Biggest Loser’ Recounts Heart Attack ‘I Was on the Ground Dead’  (Scary stuff!)

Payless is closing 400 stores — see if your store is one of them  (Well poo balls.  Not that I shop here a lot but still nice to have a lower cost option.)

'The Neverending Story' Empress Tami Stronach Shares Behind-the-Scenes Stories From the '80s Fantasy Film  ("Bastian...pleeeease....CALL MY NAME!"  "I will!...*runs to window*..."MOFMOHDIAAAAAAAAAAAA!"  (aka-"Moonchild"  Bastian's mama or grandparents were hippies!))

I have a sneaking suspicion this is going to be a working weekend for me as I will actually have sunlight to film by.  Yay.  Not.  I'm hoping to at least get out of the house for an hour or two in there.

What are you guys up to this weekend?  

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Current Easter Crushes

Hey, it's been a while since I've told y'all what I'm crushin' on!  Since there are so many Easter things I'd love to have and not enough space to store them, let's go window shopping!

First stop...Pottery Barn.

This Bunny Basket Small Serve Bowl makes me want to host Easter...almost.  Never mind.

It really just makes me want to grab a few bags of those Ferrero mini hazelnut eggs we're obsessed with, fill the basket to pretend "guests" would eat them and then polish them off so they wouldn't "go to waste" Easter night in shame.


Let's hop over to Williams Sonoma.

I literally screamed when I saw these Damask Bunny Silicone Spatulas.  That first spatula...I die.



There's also this Nordic Ware Mini Easter Bunny Cakelet Pan.  The little bitty bunnies are just too adorable!  Look at 'em all curled up like that just waiting to be made into cake!


Am I the only one who wants to make red velvet cake, dump white chocolate ganache over the top and wait for the screams of horror from the family children when they bite into them?  Hey, I'm just honoring Aunt Fern's armadillo cake.  What??  (Points if you got the reference)

Time to head over to Sur La Table.

I am in love with this adorable Easter Bunnies Kitchen Towel!!  Bunnies on scooters?  Yes please!

I could put it in the drawer with my 73 other well-intentioned tea towels I couldn't live without!

OMG, look at this Easter Chick Child’s Mug!  I wouldn't use it for drinking but probably as a small vase for tulips or something.


Anyone else think it resembles Henrietta's boy chicken on the Foghorn Leghorn cartoon?  Crap...just dated myself.

Do you decorate for Easter?  Do you hoard tea towels?

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Don't be rash

Rashes are not a pretty topic but hey, it happens and they happen for all kinds of reasons.  They happen if you're a regular exerciser and/or runner and yes they happen when you're overweight and even when you've lost weight and the excess skin rubs.  If you don't take precautions to help prevent them, you're gonna end up walking bowlegged or be in tears in the bathroom at work cursing the biggest organ on your body. 

Here are some products we use to help reduce the risk of friction rashes when we're in beast mode.




Lady Anti Monkey Butt-  That is one attractive name, isn't it?  But the name doesn't matter when it works this well.  This is perfect for all places you have friction from under da boobs to gut overhang to thighs and thigh cracks to arm or batwings.  It keeps rash and funk at bay.  Yes, ladies it's talc free so you don't have to worry about having it around your lady bits because... cornstarch.

FungaSoap-  This is the first thing we lather on our hoo ha area in the shower after our workouts. (Sorry...but we do and you should too!)   It's typically used for athlete's foot to be treated naturally with tea tree oil.  It washes away bacteria and fungus from your skin so wash anywhere your skin has rubbed together during a workout or after a long day to keep the area as clean as possible.

Boudreaux's Natural Butt Paste- Another great name because having something called "butt paste" is just good conversation starters for snooping guests.  (Fill the bottom of your medicine cabinet with marbles to catch them in the act if you want a sure fire way of making sure they don't come back due to embarrassment.  I digress.)  If you know you're in for a long run/workout where the potential to sweat like a fountain, this talc free diaper rash cream is a good way to really bring out the big guns for all cracks, under the breastages and even nips if you don't already use BodyGlide for that purpose.

Look, whether it's an athlete problem or a weight (or weight loss) problem, people don't like to talk about this stuff.  So you know your girl is going to be real with you when others may giggle and pretend they don't suffer from these issues.  Rash can be real, yo and thankfully you don't have to suffer!

Do you use any of these products?  What are your tried and true items to help with rashes?

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Friday, March 31, 2017

What I'm Reading This Week #13

Happiest of Friday's to you all!  It's the last day of the month, can you believe it?

Let's dive straight into...



9 Things to Cut Out of Your Life to Be Healthy   (None of these have to do with cutting out a food group)

5 Ways to Jump-Start a Whole-House Decluttering Effort  (I need to get a jump on this)

The 16 Best Exercises For Arm Day  (L Stand would be if you'd like to rearrange your face for free)

Anatomy of an Egg  (In case you were wondering if that white gel thing was a dead chicken)

How to Quit Being Indecisive About Life Decisions  (Mmm hmm)

21 Low-Impact Workouts That Are More Effective Than You Think  (Get to it!)

This Is What Nutrition Experts Really Think About Dairy  (I'll never give up mah dairy)

How To Stop Sweating The Small Stuff For Good  (Must implement ASAP)

This Mansion Has Sat Virtually Untouched For 50 Years  (Beautiful home!)

Three's Company 40th Anniversary Cast Reunion for Antenna TV   (While good to see them, it's also, well...you'll see.)

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John set to return as Sandy and Danny to mark 40 year anniversary of original (LOVE them together!)

No plans that I'm aware of this weekend.  I'm sure there's some kind of trouble we can get into.  ;-)

You guys got any trouble on the radar for the weekend?

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Now or Then?

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I was reading this article last night and it talked about how we tend to focus on long term goals instead of short term ones.  They talked about how health or any goals we have can fail based on a concept called "delay discounting" and the further off the reward the more we tend to discount it.  Or sometimes it seems so unattainable that it ends up losing its value.  But if you make the reward more immediate it might be easier to make choices that ultimately end up getting us toward our goals.

Like instead of skipping workouts you have to remind yourself why doing them makes you feel good today.  Does it give you stress relief?  Start your day off right?  Make you feel like a beast to conquer that hard exercise or give your all?  Does it give you that much deserved 'me time?'

I read this at a point I felt like I was at the bottom of a pit with Nate Fisher shoveling dirt on my grave.  I have an avalanche of crap that needs to be done with various timelines, some negotiable and some not.  It's the same avalanche I find myself in this time every year.  I know it's coming and I do nothing to get myself out from under it but always keep my eye on the future reward whether that be a vacation, reaching more people, reaching weight loss goals that seem like they will never come and all that jazz.

I have to focus on what will relieve the stress off of me today!  (This post being one of them.  Sometimes I stare at the screen and say "yeah...I got nothin'.")  Then I begin to worry that I'm not an inspiration anymore and why the heck would you stick around here when there are so many other people who are actually moving forward.  Basically totally discounting the success I touted yesterday about how we rocked it food and movement wise on a mini vacay because I know we live in a very "what have you done for me lately, Miss Jackson?" kind of world.  I'm not saying that to fish for compliments or petty crap like that, I'm just trying to relay the thought process.  It tends to be that way when I go through an episode.  My current episode is one that just has me completely sh*tting on myself for a lot of things I have failed at.  Some of it has to do with comparisons...everyone else is better and I suck.  It's an episode that is coming at the worst possible time because again, I have nothing but this Jenga skyscraper wobbling over me and any second it's going to crash down and bury me.

Why the eff I don't I do a to do list??  I know how good it feels to physically cross something off of that list yet here I sit.  It would go a long way to help me prioritize what needs to get done most urgently that will eventually benefit me long term.  I need to make that a priority this morning so I can see what I can do today to eventually make for a better tomorrow.

Do you only plan for the long term and avoid planning for the short term?

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Our Trip to Hollywood North

When I saw we were going to Toronto, The Mr immediately said "FINALLY we get to see where Forever Knight was filmed!"  I had totally forgotten about that.

For those of you who are drawing a blank on it, it was based off of this Rick Springfield TV movie called Nick Knight in 1989.  I was glad to see Rick because he was my first concert and I loved the premise of a vampire cop trying to become human again.  In 1992, they made it into a late night series called Forever Knight and it ran basically the entire time the Mr and I dated.  On Sundays, they would play it late at night and I would talk him into staying until it was over at like 1am on a school night.  So seeing these places were very sentimental to us.

The top picture is "Nick's Loft" 


The lower left is Natalie's Medical Examiner office and the lower right is the outside of the police station in seasons 2 and 3.

Then of course when I found out Police Academy was filmed there, our first stop had to be the upper left...The Blue Oyster Bar.  (Cue the theme...you know it)  Upper right was Commandant Lassard's office on Humber College's campus.


F Building was a cadet's quarters (lower left) and Cumberland House was where the Commandant and his wife lived.

Finally, one of our favorite Christmas movies was filmed about 15 miles outside the city in Oakville...The Santa Clause.  Upper left is Carol and Neil's house which is now navy instead of gray. Can't you just see the reindeer up there?  Upper right is the establishing shot of the town.


Lower left is one of the businesses still left from the establishing shot but sadly they changed the sign which was a big beautiful 1960's type font but the archways are still the same.  Then the lower right was Scott's condo where Santa fell off the roof and he unknowingly assumed responsibility for the role.

So you can see given we were there to see a show featuring an iconic performer, I felt the itch to keep the theme alive during the whole trip.

You know how I was very worried about finding my balance where food was concerned on this trip? Well I am happy to report we didn't gain a pound from the days that were not designated high cal days.  I pre-made all of our meals for Wednesday night through Friday night knowing we had a "free" meal and dessert on show night, Thursday.  Thankfully the mini bar just fit everything I brought including a half gallon of Fairlife Skim and I still had a few cans of their crap I could've moved to the drawer if I had to...


We did a great job on that front including working out.  We did Jessica Smith's fusion band workout in the hotel Thursday morning and then our PT.  We did get in 2-3 miles walking as well at The Bluffs.


Our treat was before dinner at Bang Bang Ice Cream.  Half an ice cream sandwich.  It was really hard not to order a whole one but a half is what "normal" people order and they're fine.

Oh yeah, one thing we made sure to do when we got there was take the "mini bar" tray and stick it straight in the closet.


Outta sight, outta mind!

Thursday night we went to a steakhouse and luckily there was nutritional info but I already had my dinner planned out anyway.  What I didn't plan on was the mocha ice cream pie slice they brought us out for the occasion we were celebrating.


We thought it'd be easy to just take a bite or two and kind of mash it down to feign an attempt because we both hate coffee.  Well this was actually the most awesome thing we'd stuck in our pie holes in a while...okay, since the last ice cream we stuck in there but I digress.  We could NOT stop eating it and both felt pretty crappy about ourselves afterward and thought we were going to pay for it big time.  Thankfully we walked enough to seemingly offset everything because those days warranted us no gain on the scale.  Now Saturday, our designated high cal day was another story but even that day was a pound better than we usually do and that was with not a lot of water and driving a whole day which always bloats me like crazy.  So we are very happy that our impromptu side trip didn't cost us on the weight front.

Have you ever been to Toronto?  Do you look up movie locations when you go on vacation?

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Post trip weekend recap

Happy Monday guys!

We took a nice little trip Wednesday night...


We were there to see this amazing show...


I will review the show eventually but let me say if Patricia Ward Kelly comes anywhere near your city or close enough for a weekend trip, GO!  I have recently fallen totally in love with Gene Kelly and this was just completely amazing.  Even the Mr who really knew nothing about him came out a fan.  As I said, I'll cover more in another post but wow.  So glad to have seen this show and so much for your money as well.

We made a pit stop in Niagara on the Lake and here's a gift from Vader for you.


I hope you didn't already have one.  ;-)

It was grocery restock weekend so there went 2 1/2 hours of our evening yesterday.  We got started with our workouts when we typically finish them and the Mr came up a few minutes early to start cutting my veggies.  Then I came up and he's like "what is that noise?"  Tornado warning on the weather radio.  Of course we immediately said "it looks to hit Wakita head on."  *blows kiss to heaven*

So I heated up dinner and 3 minutes later we were eating it on our laps on folding chairs.


Does anyone else with a basement home gym think that they would likely die down there from their free weights being projectiles in a tornado/hurricane?

I will recap the Toronto trip a little more but I'm a pooped pup so I'll sign off for right now.  I must say though, we're very happy with the results on the food/weight front.

What did you guys do this weekend?

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Friday, March 24, 2017

What I'm Reading This Week #12

It's Friday and that's worth celebrating with some links to help you dork off at work! 

So let's get right to...



9 Things to Cut Out of Your Life to Be Healthy  (This has nothing to do with gluten, sugar or dairy)

What's the Least Amount of Exercise You Can Do and Still Be Healthy?  (No excuses!)

How to Securely Dispose of an SSD  (It's not as easy as the old hard drives)

Six Stretches to Help Your Stiff Back Feel and Move Better  (I will do anything because my back constantly feels like crapola!)

10 Lifestyle Changes That Will Always Pay Off  (A few I still need to master)

6 Delicious Ways to Make Sweet Potato Oatmeal  (Yum!)

Here's How to Network Like an Extrovert if You're Shy  (I totally clam up)

Potatoes Are Not the Enemy; Here Are 9 Healthy Ways to Eat Them  (You could not pay me enough to cut potatoes from my diet)

7 Reasons to Do Moderate-Intensity Exercise More Often   (Point taken)

12 Dangerous Chemicals to Avoid in Everyday Products  (Well, this is kind of scary)

6 Surprising Drawbacks of Being Too Nice  (This soooo used to be the Mr!  He's still nice but no longer allows people to emotionally manipulate him.)

Two Monkeys Were Paid Unequally  (I feel ya dude, cucumbers suck!)

This Hilarious Woman Just Gave the Most Honest (NSFW) Exercise Review  (OMG, crying laughing!)

We're road tripping this weekend so I'm glad we'll be in some different scenery.

Whatchu guys got planned this weekend?

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Food Review: Chips Ahoy Cinnamon Sugar Thins

I never buy cookies to keep in the house because I don't need the temptation.  But when something is free, I can justify trying one and then sending the rest to the Mr's work for the dingoes to attack.  That's just what we did when our local grocery store was running a promotion to get these for free.


The cookie marketing people seem to think that if they put the word "thin" on the package that people will think they're getting something they can either manage or are better for them that the regular version.  I'd like to think people don't buy that but we all know someone out there is falling for it.  Let's see what the numbers say...


Four cookies for 150 calories sounds like a pretty good trade off to most people because you can have more for the same calories.  Wellll, not quite.  I mean, they're 'thins' so you're getting less.  If you have two cookies, it tastes like what one cookie would taste like and the nutritional info basically supports that.  I don't think they make this flavor in "regular" though so the cinnamon sugar and oatmeal cookies are just in the thin version.

How did they taste?


We each had one and didn't expect much going in even though cinnamon sugar is one of my favorite flavors ever.  The were good.  Too good.  We only had one...and a half since one cookie was broken.  Then I slammed the seal on them and said "take them to work, get them out of my sight!"  They would be perfect in the summer if you want to make little ice cream sandwiches for a kids party or something like that.  I could easily see myself blowing through the box on a Saturday or worse, justifying ways to "fit them into my calories" during the week and I just can't risk having them around to obsess over.  So I guess the verdict would be...delicious if you like crispy cinnamon cookies.

Just like their Oreo Thins brethren, I get that mentality of "ooh I get four!"  But when the four are gone, I'd want more.  (I have to laugh though because my mom was like "those Thins are a joke, give me CREAM!"  But the regular versions don't have much more cream than their thins counterparts these days.)

If you have the willpower, tip o' the hat to you and if you like cinnamon sugar, you'd probably like these.  Or if you want to try them, I suggest taking out a serving and then putting them on the community table at work so you don't find yourself in the corner surrounded by an empty package, crumbs on your shirt and enveloped in self hatred.

Do you like the "Thins" version of cookies or would you rather just have 2 of the regular version should you indulge on occasion?

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