Friday, July 20, 2012

i survived the week (barely)

so my 3 things tonight might not be all that cheerful & optimistic but after this week, it's the best i've got

1) i survived my 1st week of couch to 5k.  i walked/jogged/died 3 times this week. the worst was today for some reason.  my legs hurt so bad when i was done, i could barely walk down the stairs to get in my car to drive to work ... thankfully the Advil kicked in fairly quickly but it was pretty miserable way to start the day.  i am definitely repeating week 1 next week ... i am in no way ready to move on to increasing my running time just yet.  i need to be able to jog the 8 minutes i'm supposed to without dying on the side of the road.  i am however proud of myself for finishing week 1 ... and i am very grateful for the support on facebook and my partner in crime - Christine - who has agreed to do this whole thing with me ... i would not have gotten my butt out of bed today if i didn't know i had to 'report' to Christine on how i had done!!  so thank you for that!!

2) my oldest niece, my shorty, left today.  she was here for 7 days and is now off having an adventure in NC with her father, step-mother and step-brother.  it takes her 3-4 days normally to relax and adjust to our routines and rules and then she becomes a real sweetie pie  ... so that means we had 3 great days and she's off again. it will probably be thanksgiving again before i see her which is sad, but i'm happy to have had the time with her

3) honestly i'm rejoicing i get to have my life and routine back.  don't get me wrong - i have loved having my family and especially my nieces around these past 3 weeks but i really do need my routine back! my weight watchers has backslid and my beauty rest has been pretty non-existent since the end of june .... so here is hoping i can sleep in tomorrow and get back into my low-key, almost boring routine that i so desperately enjoy!!

hope you all have had a better week than i!!!


Sunday, July 15, 2012

sun night musings

what a whirlwind weekend!!  went out Fri night with the BFF for dinner and FroYo (news flash for those of you in the 518 ... there is this new FroYo place on Wolf Rd in the Panera Plaza called Lemondrops.  it's is sooooo good - with 10 different flavors of frozen yogurt and about 20+ toppings for you to add to it. the place is adorable, decorated in bright yellow & green - go check it out! you won't be disappointed) ... 

where was i?  oh yeah, my weekend.  so fri night was fun ... sat work was INSANE ... actually BEYOND insane!!  we were 3 people short and had about 500 more calls that normal to answer.  it was the craziest shift i've ever worked, even worse than new years eve and st patrick's day!!!  sat night my oldest niece from TN arrived.  i call her Shorty :)  she's 10 1/2 and lives with her mom and step-dad.  she spends 2 weeks with us each summer. currently, she has purple hair .... um, yeah ...  today was great, we did church, lunch, fro yo, grocery shopping and then big family pizza & wing dinner w/ games afterward. then we made lemon cake-mix cookies that we'll decorate tomorrow.

here she is with her bed bug Riley

my three things

1) i loved having my niece in church with me today!  she used to come to church with us every weekend from birth until 5 1/2 when she moved to TN.  it does sadden me to think that if she had been with us all this time, she would know the words to the songs, know kids her own age at church, probably know the pastor and pay attention during the messages.  but i am trying to focus on the positive and her being at church today with me and my mom was a very positive thing :)

2) cake mix cookies might be one of my new favorite things ... a cake mix, 2 eggs and 1 stick of melted butter ... that's it ... we made lemon ones tonight and rolled them in a little flour - used a flower shaped cookie cutter and there you have it ... (our theme for dinner tomorrow night in sunflowers - and it wasn't even MY idea - although those of you who know me, know i was definitely on board) ... only nieces / granddaughters get to pick themes for dinner i'm thinking  :)  we are going to decorate the cookies tomorrow with yellow frosting and mini choc chips and make our own sunflower cookies.  i'll post pics if they turn out cute :)

3) tomorrow, i'm going to start the couch to 5K program.  i'm putting it on here, so that those of you who read it, can be my witnesses.  feel free to ask me about it this week so i can tell you how it's going.  knowing you will be asking, will be really good incentive for me!!!

hope you all have a great week!  i have high expectations for a great week!!


Friday, July 13, 2012

vacation wrap up - i LOVED it

i feel like such a slacker! vacation was over on sunday night and yet i still have not blogged.  honestly, it has taken me almost all week to recover and catch up on sleep.  i'm just doing my laundry tonight!!  it really was a very relaxing vacation ... but somehow i was still exhausted.  i wanted to recap on all the things i was hoping for before i went on vacation

so here was my list that i posted 2 weeks ago:

1) spending time with my nieces - this was awesome!  i really loved spending time with each of them!! the bear, bug and i went to the nail spa when they first go here which was oh so much fun.  while we were at the lake, we spent lots of time decorating cupcakes, cuddling and tickling, swimming (they swam, i waded in up to my waist lol), coloring, playing with play dough etc.  The bug was even able to go to work with me a few hours on monday morning!  it was great.  the youngest, the bird, was pretty attached to me, which i wasn't expecting, but certainly did not complain.  we had lots of snuggle time in the mornings and she would come running to me with arms raised up quite a bit.  we had this fun game where i would sing "la la lu lu" and she would repeat it ... and then i would say "la la rae rae" and 'la la riley' and everything i sang she would repeat.  i LOVED it :)

2) hanging out with my brother ... this was great too ... now we didn't get that much one on one time, but that is to be expected ... with the whole fam together.  we did have quite the experience at the drive-in theater last friday night, more specifically walking home in the pitch black with our chairs strapped to our backs,  both in desperate need of the bathroom, hilarity ensued, trust me on this one :)

3) seeing Riley swim in the lake ... he did it! he swam in the lake, albeit reluctantly.  if i took him out, he would swim ... right back to shore. the best part about a riley who swam every day, was that he was a very tired, very submissive riley.  to the point that he was even able to be off his leash most days because he was too tired to wander off ... and the few times he did wander off, when we called him, he came right back ... which is awesome, because as you know from previous blogs, he's not exactly the most obedient dog.  funny story ... the 2nd night we were there, we were all sitting on the beach with a bonfire around twilight.  a mama duck and her baby came swimming by.  and guess who decided it was a nice night for a swim? yep, my hunter of a dog.  he did not get that close to the mama duck before he decided he was ready to swim back to shore .. but it was hilarious to see him take off into the lake after them ... 

4) the peace and quiet ... there was cell service, but it was ok.  i left my phone inside a lot of the time, unless i was taking pictures.  the setting was incredibly beautiful!  the lake was perfect, blue and clear.  and the mountains on all sides were breathtaking.  it was serene and you just were able to sit outside and take a breath ... or 3 ... i loved it.  i would definitely go back there.  and would even consider owning property somewhere like it.  you just almost have no choice but to relax.  you are 15-30 minutes away from just about "everything" so you are at the lake, to be at the lake .... and it's a nice thing to have that choice of 'what are we doing to do today'  be taken away from you ... there isn't anything to "do" ... only to "be" and "enjoy" ... it's almost surreal

5) celebrating the 4th of July in the village of Schroon Lake ...  ok so this did happen ... and it did have it's moments of fun.  but the parade was really long and we all got tired and cranky.  plus we were NOT able to see the fireworks from our beach and that was very disappointing.  but it wasn't worth REALLY complaining about, because really, fireworks are fireworks no matter where you are ... pretty much ... 

6) not working ... this was WONDERFUL.  no need to elaborate

7) having loud, crazy, chaotic family dinners ... yup, these happened too ... :)

overall it was a great vacation and i was not ready to come home when we did ... everyone else got a little bored (even the nieces) and so after 5 days, the rest of the family voted to load up and come home on day 6 ... instead of day 8 ... but being outvoted, i survived. it was nice to come home and have a couple days to unpack and get re-acclimated before having to go back to work

lots of funny things happened, things that will be talked about when we all get together years from now ... the sleeping arrangements were comical at times ... sometimes we ran out of blankets and pillows but instead of it being a disaster, it was just ... FUNNY

there were some cranky kid times and most everyone came home with scrapes or bruises from just being outdoors, climbing on rocks and sand ... but overall, it was GREAT ... and i would definitely do it again!!!