Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Remember that one time when…you got a little somethin’ right there

It’s Wednesday.  Not sure what it is about this week, but I am super tired this week.  So I am giving myself a break and going to bed early and taking it easy.  Hopefully I will kick out of this slump soon.

This weeks memory is inspired by my old roommate Staci who I’ve been talking to a lot this week.

Remember that one time when…why didn’t you tell me I had crap on my forehead.  I was hanging out with my roommate Staci and Laura.  It was shortly before Halloween and we were celebrating by making popcorn balls and carving pumpkins.  We started first with the pumpkins.  I carved this masterpiece.

Before:

After:

Pumpkin Pi, get it? 

Next up, was the popcorn balls.  First the jello and marshmallow combination was mixed.

Till it was nice and gooey.

Apparently, sometime around this time I started eating raspberries.  They must have been very delicious because somehow this particle ended up on my forehead. 

What, you don’t see it?  Let me point it out.

Yup there it is.  I have no idea how long it was there.  So apparently, as Staci would tell you, she attempted to tell me that I had something on my forehead.  But Laura interrupted her and she took that as a sign that she wasn’t supposed to tell me. 

So I went obliviously on, mixing popcorn balls with raspberry on my forehead.  Until Laura wised up and laughed at my red dot situation.

That’s when Staci piped in that she tried to tell me, but her efforts were thwarted.  I asked why she didn’t try harder to tell me but I think she was slightly afraid of Laura’s intimidating personality.

Good news is the popcorn balls turned out great!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thankful Thursday [on the Farmer, beds, dessert]

Happy Thursday everyone! I love Thursdays because it means tomorrow is the last day of work for the week.  We got a little bit of a snowstorm this evening.  We were originally forecasted to get between 6 and 9 inches, but I am hoping most of that doesn’t stick because I am planning on driving to Iowa tomorrow after work.  So without further ado I give you this week’s Thankful Things.

I’m thankful for the Farmer.  It’s his 24th birthday today, or rather the 3rd anniversary of his 21st birthday as he likes to call it.  In his words, “Wow, I’m old.”  Not sure how 24 actually equates to being old.  Part of the reason I’m going back to Cascade this weekend is to do a little celebrating with him.  That will probably will include some of this.

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I’m thankful for these bars I made on Monday.

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They are peanut butter bars and they are delicious.  I even health-ified them a bit from the original recipe.  And I didn’t tell my coworkers!  I’m so sneaky.  These were my special Fat Tuesday treat before I went cold turkey on sugar for the Lenten season.  And they were a mighty good treat.  I can’t wait till I eat a big old piece of something sugary on Easter.  p.s. I will share this recipe with you soon.  Like Saturday, yeah Saturday.

I’m thankful for chapstick.  My lips are so, so chapped and I reapply my Carmex approximately 1.243 million times each day.  I also consume copious amounts of water but nothing seems to be helping.  Anyone have any suggestions on how to heal my severely chapped lips?

I’m thankful for snuggly beds.  My bed is so comfy and cozy that I do not want to get out of it in the morning, but I eventually force myself out.  Is it me or are beds just more comfortable in the winter? 

I’m thankful for my friend Laura.  We finally got a chance to catch up last night and we ended up talking on the phone for an hour and a half.  Oops.  Kind of ruined my plans to get other things done around my apartment last night, but it was definitely worth it. 

Peace out!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Remember that one time when…Going to what movie?

Fact: I hate scary movies.  I don’t like when things jump out of places.  I don’t like the creepy music.  And I always wonder why girls walk into dark rooms with scary music playing. I mean, duh? Either turn on the light or turn your hiney around and walk run the other way!  All of this is also coming from the girl who both hides behind a blanket and plugs her ears when she knows something scary is about to happen.  Yeah, I’m pathetic.  This memory is a flashback to one of the numerous scary movie watching events in my life.

Remember that one time when…I went on a double date to a movie.  I know I’ve already talked about my experiences with double dates and this was another one of those times.  The Farmer and I were again coerced into going to a movie with another couple.  My friend had already picked out a movie for us to see and each time I casually asked what movie we were going to see, I was ignored.  At first, I didn’t think anything of it and thought no one had heard me, but after awhile I started to see the light.  They were purposely ignoring my questions. 

From all this “ignore Alyssa’s questions” I deduced that we were going to a scary movie.  But by that time we were already in the car on the way to the movie theatre.  So there was no backing out then.  I was stuck.

Turns out we were going to see The Exorcism of Emily Rose.  Okay I watched the original Exorcism and it scared the living crap out of me.  And it freaked me out to the extreme.  I was scared to sleep and scared of the dark.  But amazingly I was mostly okay with The Exorcism of Emily Rose.  Sure it freaked me out a bit, but I could still sleep fine and I didn't have to  hide by my coat or plug my ears the entire movie.  Quite impressive for me I assure you. 

Fact: I still hate scary movies.  Especially now that I live alone.  Freaking me out.

Monday, February 20, 2012

A Bock, an Ale, and a Country Lager

So I know I promised you a post about my Wisconsin weekend.  You may not remember, but I did.  And I am finally delivering.  Because I absolutely cannot pass up the opportunity to tell you about my favorite beer. 

The Farmer needed to use up some vacation time while they aren’t busy with planting or harvesting so he had a 5-day weekend.  I had the great sense to take off Friday and head up to DeForest on Thursday evening.  I have yet to discover a good way up to the Madison area that is involves no toll roads, is fairly direct and doesn’t have a lot of traffic or go through small towns.  In fact, I haven’t gone the same way twice yet.

By the time I arrived I.was.starving.  It was already almost 8:30 pm by the time we left for dinner!  We were both in the mood for pizza and after scoping out some picks on Yelp we decided on Pizza Brutta.  And it was a good choice indeed. 

We started off with a shared caprese salad.  The ingredients were so fresh!  Caprese is one of my favorite things. 

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We didn’t have to wait long at all for our pizza to come out of the brick oven.  I can’t even remember what pizza we ordered but I did watch them assemble it right at the counter.  Toppings included olives, fresh mozzerella, and basil.  The crust was nice and thin and also very flavorful.  The edges were a little bit crispy but the center was still soft.  It was delicious.

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We demolished this whole thing.  Totally worth it.  I would definitely eat there again!

I had a huge hankering for something sweet after dinner so we made a pit stop at Perkin’s.  The Farmer enjoyed a slice of caramel apple pie a la mode and I enjoyed a vanilla malt with good old malt flavoring.  I really enjoy that they give you your malt in a tall glass and then give you the extra in the metal tumbler. 

The rest of the evening involved lounging around and watching a few episodes of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix.  Pretty sure we were in a carb coma. 

Friday started off nice and late in the morning.  We needed to take advantage of our vacation day and sleep in!  Unfortunately we were woken up by the yells and laughter of children coming from the daycare in the apartment below the Farmer’s.  Don’t you think it is a little strange to have a daycare in a 2-bedroom apartment?  We sure think so. 

Our plans for the day were to head to New Glarus, Wisconsin, to visit my favorite brewery.  I thought the snow might derail our plans, but fear not, we made the trek anyway.

The brewery is open for free tours and after there are several brews available for sampling.  We wandered through the brewery and watched as kegs were filled were filled with beer.  The kegs were flipped upside down and right side up several times before there were placed on palates which I thought was interesting. 

The Farmer even spotted this little 30 liter pilot brewery.  He thinks he could buy one like this and keep it in his apartment.  I am not so sure if that is a great idea.  But it would probably mean more beer for me. 

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Then of course it was onto the sampling.  We each had three-3 oz. samples of beer.  The Farmer sampled the Moon Man which is a no coast pale ale.  He really enjoyed it, but I am not crazy about very hoppy beers. 

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I went with my favorite Fat Squirrel.  It is described as a nut brown ale and I enjoy the earthy flavor that the hazelnut gives it. 

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Both of those beers are regular year round brews for New Glarus Brewery, but the brews we tried next were specialty brews. 

Next I had the Back 40 Wisconsin Bock.  It was very smooth and actually reminded me a lot of Fat Squirrel. 

Next up, the Farmer sampled the Golden Ale.  I can’t remember a lot about this beer but I do remember that it came out of a bottle and it is one of their specialty brews.  And our server informed us that each bottle has a unique flavor.  What a unique brew!

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The Farmer sampled the Wisconsin Belgian Red next.  Which is sweetened with Wisconsin’s own Door County cherries.  It was okay at first but I’m not sure if I could handle the sweetness for a whole 12 oz. beer. 

I can’t even remember what I chose for my third sample, but it might have been Two Women, a classic country lager.  I honestly haven’t met a New Glarus beer that I’ve hated yet.  Which may be demonstrated a little more by the following picture.

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To be fair, most of that is not for me.  I only purchased two 6 packs.  One of various beers and one of Back 40.  I purchased a lot of beer for my friend Laura and her friend Jeremy.  You can only buy New Glarus beer in Wisconsin so I have to load up.  The brewery store also has different beers that are specialty and I can’t buy other places.

After loading up and weighing down the Farmer’s car with my beer purchases we headed back into town for some lunch.  With our beer sampling purchases we received a coupon for a free small beer at several restaurants in town.  We randomly chose Puempel’s Olde Tavern, mostly because it was the first one we found.  I tested out the Honey Bock and the Farmer chose the classic Spotted Cow. 

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Lunch of choice was bratwurst and chips for him and chili in a bread bowl for her.  They were out of everything else we wanted to order but we were both happy with our meals. 

On our way back to DeForest we stopped in Madison for one of my favorite activities—GROCERY SHOPPING!  Is it weird that I like it so much? Don’t answer that. 

Our dinner that night consisted of baked tilapia paired with some failed not-crunchy not-crispy sweet potato fries.  I still haven’t been able to perfect the crispy sweet potato fry.  I really want those crispy, salty fries you can get at a bar, but I don’t want to deep fry them in oil, I want to bake them.  Anyone have any solutions?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thankful Thursday [On chocolate, spin, and a great weekend]

It’s Thursday again and I can’t wait for the weekend.  For some reason I haven’t been getting very much sleep this week.  Actually, pretty sure that reason is because I’ve had a really hard time pulling myself away from the puzzle I’m working on.  Is it obvious yet that I have an addictive personality?

Here is what I am thankful for this week!

I’m thankful for dark chocolate.  I bought some Chocolove Extra Strong Dark Chocolate at Whole Foods yesterday.  It is so delicious and I don’t need very much to get my fix.  It was a little pricey but totally worth it.  It’s probably not very good for my less sugar goal, but I’m okay with that. Besides, isn’t dark chocolate supposed to be good for you?

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I’m thankful for spin class.  I took quite the hiatus from spin class, but I went again last night.  And my goodness was it hard.  I don’t know what it is about spinning that makes me sweat like a monkey (I just made that up), but boy do I get a good workout.  My quads were on fire! The great music and high intensity of spin class always leads to a great workout.

I’m thankful for the great weekend I had with the Farmer.  When both he and I go to Cascade for the weekend it can be hard to spend a lot of time together because we also need to split up our time between our families and friends.  But visiting him in Wisconsin meant there weren’t a lot of other distractions.  We ate delicious food, ran together, and drank some great beer.  We also watched way too many episodes of How I Met Your Mother but it was totally worth it. 

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I’m thankful for puzzles.  There, I said it.  I love that puzzle.  I could stay up all night and work on it, but I make myself get some sleep.  It’s 1000 pieces.  I have a feeling I am going to finish it this weekend, which makes me sad.  I guess I will just need to get another puzzle to work on after this one. 

I’m thankful that the days are getting longer.  It is (usually) light when I leave work now!  Sunsets still doesn’t stay away long enough for me to get in an outside run or bike in after work but we are getting there.  It is so much better that the whole get dark at 4:30 pm thing.  That was quite depressing.

I’m thankful for sushi.  I had some for lunch this week and it was delicious.

I’m thankful for good music.

I’m thankful for all you guys! Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

11 Things You Always wanted to Know.

How was your Valentine's Day? I couldn't post last night because I was on the most romantic date of my entire life swooning and fawning.  Okay, just kidding, there was no hot date, unless you count the sweaty date I had with the gym last night. I must say it was pretty darn hot in my Turbokick class with all those ladies punching and kicking and dancing their bootays off.   

Most romantic part of my evening?  I'd have to say it's a three-way tie between doing the dishes, getting groceries, or working on my two raccoons in a tree puzzle.  Nevermind, the winner was definitely the raccoons.

I've never been a big Valentine's day person, probably because the Farmer and I very rarely spend the day together.  I am fairly certain we haven't exchanged gifts for at least 5 years because a) we were in school and broke, b) wasn't Christmas just a few weeks ago? and c) the Farmer's birthday is in a week and that is just too many gifts ideas for me to come up with.  I usually would send him a card but I got sick of doing that because he never sent me one.  That didn't make me sound selfish at all.  We are not the hopeless romantic type.

Well whatever you did last night, I hope you consumed some chocolate.  This is one part of Valentine's Day I never skip and last night my chocolate came in the form of some chocolate chips.    

For a little fun today I am going to do the 11 Things Survey.  This has been floating around the blog world for awhile and I thought it would be a fun little thing to do.  It reminds me of those pass along email type of things my friends and I would all do in junior high.  

11 Things Survey

Here are the rules:
  1. You must post these rules.
  2. Each person must post 11 things about themselves on their blog.
  3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and create 11 new questions.
My 11 Things:

1. I like to be right.  I know, I know, everyone likes to be right, but I take it to the extreme.  Even when I know I am wrong I have a hard time admitting.  In high school English class one class we had to come up with an Indian chief name after we read some story whose title escapes me.  I chose "Chief Likes to Be Right".  Everyone in my class laughed at me.  And anyone who has had an argument with me in real life, probably knows this.


2. Sometimes I wish Netflix had a limit on the number of shows I could watch consecutively.  Entire nights have been wasted because it is way too easy to just keep hitting "Play Next Episode".  


3. I do not have a smart phone.  I get why people like them but I kind of enjoy not having one.  I never feel like I have to answer my email 24/7 or answer pointless Facebook posts.  I have also been known to say "Dumb phones unite!" at random.


4. I sing to the radio when I am in my car.  And do so loudly and without abandon.  I'm sure I look like a fool, but no matter, I will continue.  


5.  When I was a toddler I had very large cheeks.  My uncle used to call me Chipmunk Cheeks because they were so large.  They've slimmed down a bit since then but I assure you, they are still nice and plump.


6.  I have dimples which I inherited from my mom.  And it's the feature that I probably get the most common compliments/comments on.  


7. I love grocery shopping.  I honestly get excited when it is time to buy groceries again.  And when I do go to the store I go through every aisle just to browse.


8.  I tend to talk in my sleep.  No one ever knows what I was saying because it is usually just mumbo jumbo, but I am convinced it was something important.


9. I use my bed to store things.  Like books and my computer and other clothes.  I put all that stuff on one side and then I sleep on the other half of the bed.  I even did this in my twin bed in college.  Sometimes I would wake myself up by kicking things off and onto the floor in the middle of the night.


10.  Every night when I arrive home I drop all my belongings right inside my front door.   There is always a pile of junk right there and if I clean it, it is only clean for one day till I come home the next day and drop stuff right there again.


11.  Some days I am too tired to get out of bed and shower before work.  So I just spray dry shampoo on my hair and go to work.  I don't even care what I look like. 

Questions:

1. If you could be one bird, what would it be?

An eagle.  They seem so statuesque and beautiful to me.

2. PB or chocolate on a desert island?  You can’t have both.

I have to choose just one?  Wahhh.  I think I would choose PB. No chocolate. Nope, definitely PB.

3. Mountain or ocean?  You still can’t have both.  haha!

Mountains because I love to ski and hike. 

4. If you could live in a different era, which one would it be?

Hmmm not sure. I think I would need to check out the 60s.

5. What president, dead or not, would you like to have lunch with?

Abraham Lincoln.

6. What is your favorite book of all time?

Where the Red Fern Grows.  Classic.

7. You win the lotto, who do you call first?

Probably my boyfriend and then my mom.



8. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?  To watch live?

Football for both!  So much cheering and yelling!

9. What was your favorite cartoon to watch growing up?

I watched a lot of Tom & Jerry.

10. How long have you been best friends with your best friend?

Since about 8th grade.

11. What is your favorite comic from the Sunday paper?  Come on…I know you still read it!


I skip the comics and go straight for the Sudoku and the KenKen.



I'm cheating and not tagging anyone because most of the blogs I read have already done this survey.  But if you want to do this, I'm tagging you.

Remember that one time when…Dr. Love

Well I need to do some kind of “Remember that one time when” post related to Valentine’s Day.  All I could think of though was this story about Dr. Love. 
Remember that one time when…I accosted by Dr. Love at a football game.  So it is always a tradition at Iowa football games to dress up for Halloween and go the game.  People come up with some very interesting costumes.  My personal favorite activity is to search for all the Waldo’s in the crowd a la Where’s Waldo?  But it is also fun to count the number of Teletubbies in the crowd.
During my last year at Iowa we happened to stand by a guy dressed up as a donut.
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At this particular football game, we decided to make a trip to the concession stand--a rarity for me.  I decided on the pretzel because I love its salty goodness.  I have weird habits when it comes to food so I ate the middle part of my pretzel first, making a heart.
It just so happened that one of the guys standing near me was dressed up as Dr. Love, a gynecologist.  He insisted that we take a picture together.  So I present to you Dr. Love and Alyssa’s Heart-Shaped Pretzel.
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So incredibly classy. 
I asked Dr. Love if he had any great pick-up lines related to love and gynecology yet and he answered no.  So I proceeded to brainstorm for the remainder of the game.  Too bad I can’t remember any of them now.
Pretty sure I also dropped part of that pretzel on the ground.  I was extremely upset but I picked up the pretzel right away.  After conferring with my friends we decided that the 10 second rule still applied and I ate the rest of the pretzel.  That’s disgusting but I don’t care.
The end.

Monday, February 13, 2012

February Goals

Like I said yesterday, this is a little late coming, but I am still participating because I want to have something to strive for the second half of this month.

Side note: It really bothers me when a person incorrectly uses the word "half" when they should be using 'third" or "quarter".  For example, "Coming up in the third half of the show".  This doesn't make any logical sense.  1/2 + 1/2 + 1/2 = 1 1/2 (also known as 1.5).  How can 1 whole show be 1.5 shows long?  I'm looking at you Click and Clack from Car Talk.  You are driving me nuts!

I realize that everyone reading this is probably now rolling their eyes at me.  But I can't help it, I am very particular.  You may also think I am a nerd because I just admitted to listening to NPR for fun but hey, I like to be honest.  And I am a nerd.

Since February is nearly half over, I am cutting it down to 4 goals this month.

Goal 1:  Complete a craft project

Crafting used to be such a regular part of my life.  At different times I've crocheted, sewed, scrapbooked,  and completed many other random crafty things.  For some reason, ever since I've been at my current job I haven't been doing as much crafting.  I am blaming the TV for sucking all my time away.  Current unfinished projects included a sundress--sewing project, a winter jumper--crochet project, and a scrapbook.  I am admittedly sick of scrapbooking but I want to finish using up the pictures and pages I have left.  I realize I don't take as many pictures anymore.  I may still do some smaller scrap projects of trips I've taken but no more huge scrapbooks.  It can also be an expensive hobby so I am glad I'm not buying anything anymore.

My goal is to finish at least one craft projects and make some progress on the other craft projects.  I despise unfinished business!



Goal 2: Incorporate morning workouts!

Morning workouts were mentioned several times in the January Goals Recap.  Several studies show that even though late afternoon may be the best time for your body to workout, morning exercisers are more consistent.  Lately getting to the gym after work has been a struggle for me because I am tired and hungry after a long day at the office.  Making exercise a morning activity means that I won't normally have any other commitments and sets the tone for the whole day.  Turns outs, morning exercise can also be good for your career.

It's unlikely I will do all my workouts in the morning, but when triathlon training picks up this spring, getting in two-a-day workouts should be a little easier.  I'll set my sights low to start out with and aim for 2 morning workouts a week Monday-Friday, weekends don't count.



Goal 3: Visit the Farmer in Wisconsin

So this may seem like a cheater goal especially when I tell you that I already made this happen.  But to be fair this first appeared in my November goal list and it hasn't happened till now.  Sad, but true.  He's lived in Wisconsin since September when he got a new job and only a two and a half hour drive has kept me from visiting him there.  It's pathetic that this has taken 5 months but to be fair, he travels back to our hometown almost every weekend.

I'll have to tell you about all of our Wisconsin adventures soon!


Goal 4: Limit sugar intake


This seems a little ironic since I just ate a donut.  Darn you office goodies.

Almost every year for the past 5 or so years, I have given up sweets for the Lenten season. At times the challenge has gotten the best of me and I fall off the wagon prematurely, but I've done fairly well in the past with only a few slip-ups.  This year I will be attempting to do it once more and complete it with flying colors. It seems that once I stop eating desserts and treats all the time I stop craving sugar.  Don't get me wrong, I love indulging in the occasional treat, but when every night after dinner I convince myself I need some dessert, I realize I have a problem.  Usually this dessert fiend shows up around Christmas time and sticks around through January and February till I eventually decide to kick the habit.  It's a vicious cycle.

Lent starts in a little over a week so till then I will try to cutback on the sugar consumption so I don't go into withdrawal.  Don't talk to me because I might be cranky.

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What are your goals this month?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

January Goals Recap

Oh hey, January 12, where the heck did you come from.  I meant to do this a long while ago, um well, 12 days ago to be exact.  But for some reason it didn’t happen.  Meh.  I’ll do it now to make it up to you. 

My original January goals are here.

Goal 1: Find a new dentist and make an appointment.

Check and check. 

I finally did this! I went to the dentist on February 2nd! Even though it had been over 1 year since I’d been to the dentist I am proud to say I am still cavity free!  The dental hygienist just told me that I need to floss more, which I already knew but am still notoriously inconsistent with it.  I am trying to improve at it but I am not going to make any promises.

Goal 2: Swim regularly

Well I definitely made swimming a more regular part of my exercise regime.  I probably swam an average of 2 times a week in January but there were a few weeks when I made it up to 3 times a week. 

Of course more swimming means more strange stories from the pool.

I’ve noticed I feel better in the water when I am swimming more regularly.  My technique is better and my pace is faster.  Now I just need to convince myself that I need to keep going to the pool.  I want to try to start getting up for the gym in the morning but I have yet to be able to accomplish this.  I just love sleeping in in the morning way too much.  Getting out of bed is such a chore in the morning.  Any one have any tips for switching over my sleep schedule to get up for morning workouts?

Goal 3: Update Blog

After two months of the goal list I finally completed this! I didn’t do everything I wanted to do, but I did at least update the About page and added a Contact page.  I also updated my Blog Roll page so you can see what blogs I have been reading lately. 

My Workouts page still leave a bit to be desired but  am still debating  how I would like to do it.  I think I am going to start sharing my daily workouts once again.  I should also share my half-marathon training plan on that page as well.  Maybe that will actually make me accountable for my plan. 

I have yet to switch to Wordpress but I need to do some more exploring on Wordpress’s setup before I make the jump.

Goal 4: Decorate Apartment

Welp, I re-signed my lease so it looks like I will be staying put for another year.  I did take some time to put up a bit of d├ęcor, but I still haven’t printed off new pictures to put in picture frames and hang up.

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My blurry wall art.

Goal 5: Arrive at work earlier

Fail.

Morning and I are just not friends.  I can’t help it.  I’ll be there on time one day and then the next day I will roll in at 8:15.  No consistency here.  I have a feeling if I start getting up in the morning to exercise I will also start getting to work on time. 

Now I just have to start about getting myself out of bed.

(Half) February goals coming soon!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Thankful Thursday [On Weekends, Workouts and Wine]

Look at that alliteration!

Happy Thursday everyone! Guess what?  It’s already my weekend because I have tomorrow off from work! Yippee!  So tonight I am writing from the Farmer’s couch in Wisconsin.    To start off the weekend right I am doing a little Thankful Thursday.

I’m thankful for my long weekend.  Sometimes a mental health day is just what the doctor ordered.  And I have some vacation time so I thought I might as well use it up.  The long weekend also means I get to spend some time in Wisconsin with the Farmer.  Can you believe that this is the first time I have been up here to visit him?  He’s lived here since about September!  We’ve got some major exploring to do!

I’m thankful for strength training.  Holy cow, I hoisted some weights yesterday and I am so sore.  Owie.  It hurts but it hurts so good.  I told the Farmer tonight that I am going to get really strong and then beat him up.  Wow, I am such a great girlfriend.  I really want to get back into strength training but I tend to do it once and then not do it again for 2 weeks.  Not a great training plan.  I’m working on it.

I’m thankful for TJ’s cheap-o wine.  Not many semi-good bottles of wine cost only $3.  Three buck chuck is changing lives.  I opened a bottle last week and decided to finish it last night.  Turns out the 2.5 glasses of wine is enough to get me quite tipsy these days.  I ended up staying up way too late last night watching the Princess Bride.  Getting up this morning for work was a little rough but totally worth it in my book. 

I’m thankful for bike rides in February.  The weather was so great this past weekend I took my bike out for a hilly 13 mile ride.  My hands were a little chilly but the rest of me was warm and sweaty.  It’s been so long since I was able to go for a ride outside so it was exhilarating.  I even went flying down this huge hill and it was awesome.  Sometimes I wish Chicago was hilly but you better believe I cursed that hill up and down as I was riding back up it.

I’m thankful for friends.


I’m thankful for sleepy time.


Good night!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Remember that one time when…Pool date

So I am slightly cheating today because this story isn’t really blast-from-the-past kinda story but it’s funny and I don’t have any other ideas right now.  Tomorrow is my last day of work for the week as I am taking Friday off to visit the Farmer.  So that means I am busy tonight packing up my things for the weekend.  I’m debating on whether I should pack my bike or my skis.  Maybe I will just take both?  It should be cold enough this weekend that artificial snow on the “mountain” will stay melted and yet the weather should be enough to have clear roads.
On to the story.
Remember that one time when…I got asked on a date while swimming laps in the pool.  Oh yeah, that happened.  The other day, like two weeks ago for reference, I wandered into my gym’s lap pool to complete some laps for cross-training.  It just so happened that at that particular time, all the lanes were occupied in the lap pool.  It seemed there was another dude waiting to get in the lap pool so I hopped the jacuzzi to occupy myself while I waited.  I wasn’t there one minute before a lane opened up.  The random dude asked if I wanted to share a lane with him.  Now let me say that I am always slightly leery of sharing lanes with people because I swear the lanes at my gym are exceptionally narrow.  If your lane sharing partner cannot swim in a straight line you are most likely in big trouble.  I just hope that the other person will get out of the pool soon so I can have my own lane.
But that night I didn’t feel like waiting anymore so I decided to take a risk and share the lane with this dude.  Big mistake!  Almost immediately upon entering the water this dude tried to strike up a conversation with me.  I was still busy putting my cap and goggles on so I politely answered his questions in his small talk.  Apparently he mistook that small talk for me being even slightly interested in conversing with him because in about 30 seconds he decided it would be a good time to ask me if I wanted to meet up with him outside the gym.  Um, no.  Never, ever, ever.  Again, I was polite and said no thanks and immediately took off for my warm-up swim to avoid any more potential strange and uncomfortable conversations. 
I wish the story ended there, but it doesn’t.  After I finished my warm-up I noticed the lane two slots over had opened up.  In relief, I swiftly switched lanes to avoid this creeper.  In my head I think I am in the free and clear and take off for my first swimming set.  Not even 500 yards later, I take a break and notice that the lane next to me has opened up and the creeper is moving into that lane.  Oh, this is just great.  I quickly take off on another set so he can’t talk to me.  But it turns out I can’t avoid him forever because the next time I take a breather at the wall, there he sits.  This time he decides it’s a good idea to ask if I want to meet up for lunch sometime.  I feel incredibly awkward at this point.  I definitely hate situations like this and sort of start fumbling over my words.  I end up just answering, “No, I don’t.”  I don’t want to explain that I have a boyfriend or that I am not interested, I just want this creeper to leave me the heck alone.  So I start swimming again. 
The next time I take a breather at the wall, there he is again.  Seriously, dude?   This time he makes some comment about how I am swimming for a long time and I just take off before he has a chance to say anything else.  He eventually got out of the pool and sauntered back over the jacuzzi, where I swear, he spent the rest of his time watching me.  Creepy. 
All I could think about was how exceptionally attractive I must have looked in my one-piece, cap and goggles that day.  Just kidding.  But really does 30 seconds of small talk really justify asking someone out to lunch?  I certainly don’t think so.
Have you ever been awkwardly asked out on a date?
Someone please make me feel better by sharing a story.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Remember that one time when…

Happy February bloggies and bloggettes! Already one month down in twenty twelve.  One year ago today a snow-pocalypse  dumped about 2 feet of snow all over the city.  I was still in Iowa City at the time since I hadn’t started my new job yet.  This year it was much fairer weather. Warm and sunshiney with hardly any snow left on the ground.  For this featured post I am doing a flashback to that blizzard.

Remember that one time when…we went on an adventure.  Iowa City may have not gotten as much snow as Chicago, but it was definitely still a blizzard.  Enough to close down the university for the day.  I worked over at the hospital and was planning on taking the bus to work since it is already approximately a 30 minute walk without any trudging through the snow.  I’m sure that would have added at least another 15 minutes.  Turns out the snow also shut down the busses for the morning so I decided to take a day off from work.  Around noon my roommate and I got a call from my friend Laura and her roommate.  They were having cabin fever and wanted to get out for an adventure. 

Off to the grocery store! Boots, snow pants, hats, winter coats, gloves and double socks to stay warm.  And we were off!  Through the snow we trudged, to climb the snow pile mountains.  We were headed to the grocery store, not really because we needed any groceries, but we thought it would be fun to make a good meal on our day off. 

On the way back from the grocery store we took a shortcut through a shoveled sidewalk.  Turns out that sidewalk was the one to the adult video store.  As we were walking by, an apparent employee stepped out from a side door to inform us the store was closed.  Uh, thanks??  We all started laughing and tried to explain that we weren’t really interested in browsing around the store.  We just went on our merry way and the employee went back inside. 

The not so fun part of the snow day was digging out my car.

I wish I could have another snow day!

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