Tuesday, November 26, 2013

This or That and Sore Arms

This or That Link Up
Today, I thought I would participate in the This or That linkup hosted by the lovely Jodi from Love and Crayons. She is the sweetest and I'm jealous of her hubby's handyman skills. Anyway, on to the questions.
  • Stuffing or Mashed Potatoes? Neither actually. I much prefer mashed sweet potatoes with walnuts and brown sugar on top. Delicious.
  • Homemade Cranberry Sauce or Store Bought Cranberry Sauce? I have never really been a fan of cranberry sauce at all, but I would go homemade if I had to choose.
  • Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Pie? Pumpkin Pie for me, I think Pecan Pie is way too sweet. Not Jason, though. Pecan is his favorite pie of all time.
  • Cooking All Day or Cleaning Up All Night? I have never hosted Thanksgiving at my house but I would probably have to say cooking all day. I'll let the kids do the cleaning up. ;)
  • Thanksgiving Day Parade or Football Game? Parade all the way. Honestly, I couldn't care less about a football game and the parade is so much more entertaining.
In other news, Happy Tuesday! Anyone else as tired as I am? I know I mentioned this before, but I simply struggle to get out of bed in the morning. Today was no exception. This may have something to do with the fact that I got a wild hair up my butt on Sunday and decided to sign up on bodybuilding.com. I picked the Jaime Eason 12 week program and got started. Plus, I decided to do this instead of taking a nap! (The nap wasn't happening anyway since Emmeline kept coming into my room every 10 minutes to yell, "Mommy, I need you!"

Let me tell you, my arms are freaking sore today, but I am loving it. After being a slug for so long, it felt good to do some exercise. I even busted out a mile and a half on the treadmill. Sure, I was wheezing a bit at the end, but it was a good wheeze.

I received my package from my KikiLaRue purchase yesterday and I was so excited. The Ambiance sweater is so nice and fits beautifully and the V-Neck Essential top will be great for lounging this week. I did not have as much luck with the jeggings, however. I was going to get mediums, but they were sold out so I gambled and got a small. Not happening. They are too small, so they will be going back. Sigh. I'm 0-2 on jeggings purchases so far. I got cocky and bought a size 6 from Costco and they were just a bit too snug. Can we say, muffin top? I'm sure I'll get it right eventually.

I'm still hovering 152 with my weight and I want to get back out of the 150's. That is part of my main motivation with this new weight lifting plan. Well, that, and to lose the muffin top, obviously. Anyway, have a great day and I'll leave you with this cubicle selfie. I thought I'd change it up a bit from the bathroom.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Baby, it's Cold Outside

I am not a morning person. Never have been, never will be. I can remember my mom threatening do dump a cup of water on my head on a regular basis when I was in school. She followed through a few times too, so
I knew it was legit.

This morning was no exception. The cold crappy weather moved in yesterday and that made my warm bed only that much more appealing. Jason was noticeably absent from our bed because he had driven down to Springfield yesterday. There was a metal show with two of his favorite bands that he really wanted to see, so he took a little mini-vacation to go down there. He really wants me to love metal as much as he does, but it is never going to happen. I just can't get into it.

Since Emmeline and I were on our own last night, I decided to head over to Target to do a little shopping. She has grown out of all her winter clothes so it was time to stock up again. I really don't see the point in spending hundreds of dollars on high end kids' clothes when all she does is play all day, and Target has such cute stuff anyway. I let her pick out what she liked with a little guidance and I think she did pretty well. She got several pairs of leggings and jeggings as well as some long sleeve shirts. I did get a pair of jeans, but they didn't pass the "sit test" (she said her tummy was squished) so those will be going back. She also picked out the requisite winter boots so she is all set now.

I picked up a few things for myself, but will have to take back about half of it. I didn't attempt the fitting room at the store so I just tried everything on when we got home. I had grabbed this cute plaid button down shirt, but it didn't even come close to buttoning over my boobs. (busty girl probs) I did manage to place my very first official order from KikiLaRue so I'm very excited to see how everything fits. (I did buy two scarves last year, but they were gifts so I haven't purchased anything for myself.) I'm trying to plan out my Thanksgiving Day outfit since I want to be cute, yet comfy (jeggings for the win).

I'm off to struggle through today to make it to the weekend. It is really sad how much I look forward to sleeping in.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

It's Almost Turkey Time

Only one more week until Thanksgiving and I'm so excited! Thanksgiving is definitely my favorite holiday. I have a great family that doesn't see each other all that often so it is always a good time when we get together. It is always a time for me to relax and enjoy everyone's company. (I'm sure that would change if I ever had to host Thanksgiving) I have all the girls this year and we are trekking across the state to spend a few days with my parents. My sister and her hubby are coming in from Chicago and I'm sure my brother will wander in at some point.

My step-mom is an amazing cook so I know that she will put on a good spread. However, since she has been battling cancer this year, I'm sure we will be doing everything we can to get her to sit down (with no success, I'm sure). The woman does not know how to relax. She is a hostess through and through. We love her, though and wouldn't trade her for anything.

The trip is usually about 4-4.5 hours and we have it pretty much down pat. It really helps that the girls are now older and the DVD player is a lifesaver. There is nothing like having a crying baby for the last 45 minutes of the trip because she is so done with the car. Fortunately, there is always booze available upon arrival.

The next few days for me will be spent cleaning(ish) and doing laundry. If I didn't have to work the next few days, I wouldn't be sad at all. Seriously though, why isn't is Friday yet? I'm ready to catch up on my sleep.

What are your plans for the holidays? Travelling or staying home?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


So what that I haven't had a new post in over two weeks. Ever get that "not so bloggy" feeling? For me, that has kind of been where I've been mentally that past few weeks. Blogging got to be a chore, something that I HAD to do and I was getting to the point where I resented it. It was all too much with the constant pressure to come up with something new and the neverending contests and giveaways. I just had to step away from it all. Since I do enjoy my blog, I didn't want to feel like that so I took a much needed break. I probably won't ever be one of those people that blogs every day and that's okay.

In other news, I have been feeling really good lately; like this overall contentment has settled in. I can't describe it any other way, but it has been so nice. I haven't been stressing about what other people are doing or thinking and have just concentrated on myself and my family. As someone who has spent her whole life worring about what others think, this is a big deal for me. It feels good to let some of the baggage go. Oh, I still have baggage, but I'm working on going through one bag at a time.

Exercise has been non-existent since I ran the marathon relay a month ago. I haven't been too worried about it, but I am planning on getting back at it. I really want to start lifting and am contemplating the option of joining a gym. We are already planning on setting aside some money so Jason can join a gym because he wants to start getting in shape and he knows he won't be able to do it on his own. He needs structure and someone telling him to do, plus the thought of throwing money away is a big motivator for him. I'm excited for him to get started.

I have been reading the book, The Nine Rooms of Happiness and am really getting a lot out of it. A lot of what the author says is really resonating with me. I'm trying very hard to work through the issues of my past so I don't cycle through the same destructive patterns. I haven't finished it yet, but I highly recommend it so far.
Not too much has been going on the past couple of weeks. Emmeline enjoyed her first trick-or-treating experience. Once she realized she was getting free candy, she was all over it. I was pretty impressed when she decided she was done after about 10 houses though. I though for sure she would have a meltdown. She also attended her first classmate's birthday party. The parents had a pirate theme going on and it was very cute.

I had a very nice weekend with Hannah last weekend. She came up by herself since she had missed out so much from working the past couple of months. We didn't do anything special, it was just really good to spend time with her. My baby girl is all grown up. She's also very talented when it comes to drawing. She drew this awesome mandala on my foot. I was bummed when I had to wash it off. Take note, I will be getting a new tattoo very soon.
Please ignore my old lady feet.

I'm looking forward to getting back to blogging and I'm thinking I may need a new look for my page. I definitely need a new picture. Anyway, if you ever get to missing me though, you can always follow me on Instagram or Twitter (my not so secret obsession).

Anyone else reading some good self help books that you would recommend?