Wednesday, March 30, 2011
It's still been a huge adjustment, this getting used to working a regular job. My stress release has been walking. And I've been very consistent again. I find it to be a huge release, both physically & mentally. I've been walking a mile on my morning & afternoon breaks & trying to walk at lunch. Then I come home & walk Maggie a couple of miles. Plus there are the walks a couple of times a week with Audra. Couldn't do without those! I've even been doing the dvd's now & again. It appears I cannot drag my ass out of bed early enough to do them before work. So I try to do it after I walk Maggie. My husband has even started doing them when he gets home. (They're really very good). One would think that all this walking, exercising & healthy eating (with the exception of tonight) would result in the pounds I gained since I sold the store just melting away. One would be wrong. But I'm not giving up.
As I sit here & type this I am feeling somewhat guilty for not doing the Year in Review class for the store yet. I am so tired in the evenings, it's a wonder I'm not asleep by 7 pm. (after all that walking!) I have the photos. I have the papers & embellishments. And this weekend I will have the pages done. Promise.
Monday, March 28, 2011
One of the things I love about hiking is being outside. I love the outdoors. And for some reason, over the past few months my love & appreciation of the outdoors has intensified. It's like I need to be outside to be able to breathe. The Peaks were so beautiful the other morning that I burst into tears. What's up with that? Maybe I'm pre-menopausal, I don't know, but damn, the sight took my breath away! Wish I would have had a camera with me!
Anyway, we're hoping to tackle a hike once every weekend. This weekend we happened to hike Fat Man's Loop on Saturday (it sounds like it's not hard...but it is!) and then the hike today. The reason we're slacking off & not doing two hikes is that Don just had his shift put back to normal & for the first time since August he'll be working days again....woohoo!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Now? Well, I have this really strict dress code, yet the only people we see are other employees. Business casual for what amounts to data entry? Are you kidding me? The other employees are all really nice, but honestly, they're there for the benefits. It's one of the reasons I flipped out the first three days. Many of the employees that I met have only been there 2, 4, 6 months. Out of about 30, there were maybe five or six who have been there over two years. That's a huge turnover. I'm not a turnover kinda girl. I stick it out...until I get so fed up that I cannot stand it anymore. That seems to happen around eight years. Not months.
Friday, though, was awesome. I finally got to try out a part of what my job will be. And though it's data entry & you're sitting there thinking you'd rather pull your eyeballs out with toothpicks, I actually really enjoyed it. It's a good start, right? And it made such an improvement on my attitude to like what I was doing...whew! It was touch & go for a few days, but you know what? I'm gonna do just fine.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Because I knew the workouts with Brenda were looming, before we left I bought The Last Chance Workout and Bob Harper: Pure Burn Strength. Now ask me if I did them. (nope)
Tonight I thought I'd take The Last Chance Workout for a spin...OMG! It was HARD! In a good way, but hard, none the less. Seems I have a long road ahead of me. Oh, and I won't be poking fun at workout dvd's again. Are you kidding me? Now the dilemma is do I try the Bob Harper one tomorrow? Can I handle it?
This post wouldn't be complete without a photo of our adorable new great nephew, Jaxson:
Many more things to tell you about, but I have just a few hours left of my time off & well, I'm on to other things! Have a beautiful day!
Friday, March 18, 2011
Here we are at the end of spring break. How did it end so quickly? I'm starting my new job on Monday & while I'm excited, I'm also profoundly sad to be giving up this much needed rest. I asked the universe to give me a month off between the store & whatever new job I got. I got exactly what I asked for (why didn't I ask for 2 months?) I can't really explain the feeling to you other than to say I feel like I've missed out on so much with my family...both near & far. Hoping I can make up for that with this new job...I mean seriously, its only 40 hours a week...that's a nice change.
We had a great time in San Antonio. I hope to visit again soon. Its beautiful there. It was nice to have time to spend with my sister in law...we don't see eye to eye on a great many things, but this is the first time I've felt ok about that. We got to snuggle with our new great nephew who is just three months old. And we got to see our niece who has been struggling to find herself for the past couple of years. Seems having a baby has changed her path & we're so happy for her. I didn't want to go...but I'm so happy I did.
We're driving up from Phoenix as I type...gotta love technology! I've finished skimming my Google reader...caught up on Facebook...Twitter, too. I'm wondering if I can get my husband on board with no directv, like Rachel (nice thought but I suspect that's a pipe dream). Wondering about what I learned in my Dave Ramsey FPU class & getting gazelle intense (gotta do he budget now that the trip is over...shoulda done it before the trip, but then there wouldn't have been one). Wondering about my taxes since my accountant has seemed to blow me off. And wondering if changing altitude can actually explode your brain because I'm fairly certain thats what's happening...dang my ears hurt. So many things are going through my mind I can hardly keep up.
Photos & San Antonio tidbits coming soon!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Finally....a family vacation! We have not gone on a family vacation together since 2007. That's the year we went to Disneyland...so much fun! I did go to Oregon in 2009 for a long weekend...Don & I went to Colorado for two days in 2010...that's it. Sounds kinda pathetic, but that's what happens when you own your own business. And its one of the many reasons selling the store was the right move for my family.
So we find ourselves on spring break headed to San Antonio to see Ron & Brenda (Don's brother & sister in law). We're pretty excited! Kendall has been there to visit them but this is our first time. Kendall loves San Antonio...she adores her aunt & uncle...she's been begging for us to go visit them for a while. So here we are, on our way...
Now to be totally honest, I didn't want to go. I didn't want to spend the money on a ticket for me. I didn't finish my immense to do list of everything I needed to accomplish before I start my new job. And honestly, I was looking forward to some time alone. So the past three days I have behaved pretty badly. My husband refused to go on the trip without me, forcing me to go. I've been taking it out on him...every little thing he's done the past couple of days has pissed me off. Everything. As I type this I'm thinking that an apology is in order. I'm also finding myself more & more excited to go. To do list be damned. We'll have a great time (once I get over myself). Vacations are fun, right?
I love my in-laws & we'll get to meet our new great nephew Jaxson. Hopefully we'll see some touristy things & do lots of relaxing. Take some photos. And not let that to do list nag at me...
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I tried on a whole bunch (and I mean a whole BUNCH!) of stuff at Anthropologie. I think that what I like about Anthropologie is their eclectic taste in books, dishes & linens. The clothes are just not for me. Didn't buy a thing.
I had my first success at White House/Black Market, much to my surprise. I thought I couldn't afford anything in there & had never once even been in the door. I ended up with a beautiful skirt & a matching sweater. Love, love, love the skirt!
As suggested, I tried Banana Republic & found a shirt I adore. The pants there? Um, no. I mean they were ok, but they didn't have much of a size selection & told me repeatedly that I'd need to order others online. Nothing like making a girl feel fat. So just the shirt came home.
I can't copy the picture for these, but got them too. And the fun pair here.
Ohhh...I found some shoes at the Nordstrom Rack store this morning:
Other than a few shirts from here & there (H&M, Macy's) that about sums it up. I spent a fortune & I had HUGE buyers remorse all last night. As a matter of fact, I wanted to take it all back this morning, much to my husband & cousin's grave dismay. (I took back almost everything I had bought in Flagstaff). But I seriously had nothing to wear to work...nothing appropriate. I feel really, really guilty about it. I'll get over it....but damn. I think the clothes are all dressy enough for business casual...or even just business...& can also go casual if the office is more informal. They are practical, good quality clothes. And I'm gonna look so good in them!
And to thank my four readers for reading all the way to the bottom, I'll share an embarrassing story with you. This morning I was leaving Macy's after returning a pair of shoes that I didn't love & I held the door open for a lady with her hands full. I walked out in front of her & she said, "Excuse me, ma'am, I don't mean to offend you if this is your style, but did you know your dress is on inside out?" Um, no, no I did not. I damn near died...
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I've done a little shopping for this new job...it's business casual. Unfortunately, I'll be taking back most of what I purchased today. I bought Dansko shoes like these:
a pair like these, too:
So why the ugly, practical shoes? Because my feet hurt all the time. I cannot wear heels. I have had plantar fascitis off and on for the past six or seven years. Then there's that breaking my foot episode last year...and in 2006 I fractured my right ankle. Coupled with my size 10 (or even 11) feet, I just can't wear heels. Every pair of Born's I tried on yesterday didn't fit. (And I've worn Born's for years.) But don't worry. Practicality took over. I cannot spend this kind of money on shoes that are that ugly...even if they are practical.
I bought this dress at Kohl's on Sunday. Kendall hated it. It's going back.
I also bought some dresses from Target. I bought this one in black (big shock) and this one in black (again big shock). Why these dresses? Because I saw the first one on the Already Pretty website & she looked so cute! But as I discovered last night, you can't just throw on a dress & look good. You need to accessorize...and that my friends, is where I fail. I did buy this sweater, too (in black), thinking that you always need a black cardigan. I did score some cute tights at Dillards for $1.99 a pair. I bought 3 pairs for myself & 1 pair for Kendall.
I posted on Facebook where should I go to look for clothes that are business casual & just about everyone said Banana Republic. That's fine when you're tiny & petite...that is not me. I tried on clothes at the outlet store in Anthem a month ago & it almost made me cry. I'm thinking about going to Phoenix tomorrow & walking into Nordstroms & asking someone to please help me find something appropriate. Something cute. Something that makes me feel like I am not lame at dressing myself.
I'm drawn to Mod Cloth. Anthropologie. Athleta. How does one put together a wardrobe that is practical, affordable, flattering & stylish? How does one find their own style? This is so frustrating...
Thursday, March 3, 2011
So what's the point of me telling you this? Well, today she did a post that really resonated with me. And I think you'll like it, too. Here's the link...enjoy!
Fuji Instax Mini camera, which I adore. It's funny...I had put it away & hadn't used it in a while...but I do love it! The film runs around $1 per shot, but it's so worth it! (The tulips are leftover from the fundraiser...aren't they lovely?) It was fun to teach the page! It was even better to feel no responsibility...no need to rush back to the store! It was great to just be a participant!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Organize Craft Room
- Reprint & re-organize recipe binder
Purchase sheet protectors for recipe binder
- Clean guest room (dust, purge, change the sheets, change the comforter)
- Clean our bedroom (dust, purge, change the sheets)
- Get the cobwebs out of Kendall's room
- Clean the upstairs bathroom
Clean the downstairs bathroom
- Clean out the downstairs closet
- Clean out the coat closet
- Paint the living room (trying a gray)
- Clean out the kitchen cabinets & purge
- Purge the spice cabinet
- Order Snow photos from sledding
Pack for Saturday's Crop
- Talk to my dad about the bathroom tile downstairs
- Menu Plan & make a grocery list
- Post more sledding photos on blog
- Figure out a reasonable workout schedule for when I start my new job & a schedule of daily chores
- wash mini
- wash kendalls truck
- vacume the pathfinder
- clean garage
- year in review page for krista
- Purchase 12x12 & 6x12 sheet protectors
- Finish photo sorting project
- Pack for San Antonio
- Purge my closet & dresser
- Buy new underware
- Excercise every day
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
- I have a photo box filled with negatives that need to be put in negative sleeves (which I am out of) & put into the 3 ring binders that I use to store them.
- I have a box of photos from the 1990's that I either need to merge into my scrapbooks or toss.
- I have that HUGE tote filled with who knows what that I need to go through. I know there's some important stuff in there...I accidentally found my social security card in there one time...
- I have a few more pages to merge into the scrapbooks once I get more protectors.
Did I mention that I'm going to have this done before I start my new job on the 21st? Oh, and that now I've added in transferring old video of Kendall to something we can actually view to my to do list. That was a job I assigned to my husband years ago & it never got done. I have no idea how to do it & thank heavens there's not much to do. This trying to catch up with everything I've been putting off is exhausting!