Monday, April 20, 2015


The dictionary defines renew(al) as :
 to make (something) new, fresh, or strong again
: to make (a promise, vow, etc.) again
: to begin (something) again especially with more force or enthusiasm

A little over two years ago I started down the road of improving my fitness thus improving my overall health. I did well until a back injury last summer sidelined me. Over the course of a year I have taken notice about how fitness and my outlook on things were closely tied.
When I was working out I actually felt less stress and more confidence. Maybe I just handled it better when I had an outlet.  Now that outlet is gone and I find that I am quick to feel overwhelmed and more apt to go with the flow regardless of what I actually think or what it means to/for me.
As my family is dealing with a hugely stressful event right now and this may sound strange as most people would say “when things calm down then I will____,” but I actually think it is a good time to renew my promise to myself to be kinder to me. Which means getting back into fitness, controlling my stress as much as possible and frankly relearning how to say NO to things that I don’t want to do regardless of who is asking.  Honestly we all have the right to say NO.

What promises do you need to renew to yourself? 
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Odds and Ends

The end of last week threw me into a tailspin so the pic updates and whatnot that I had planned to blog didn't get done.  I am still treading water actually, a lot is going on both personally and professionally so this is just the random shit running round my head today.

This weekend was spent chillin with the Lil Man we took him to lunch and the park Saturday. We spent all afternoon playing and running around.  I didn't straighten my hair that morning I had opted to stay curly and go a day without heat styling my hair. Lil Man was not impressed. He came over to hug me, stopped in his tracks and said "hey wait why are you curly, how did you do that and I don't like it.  I realized that he hasn't ever seen it not straightened. Poor dude.  No matter how much we tried to explain that WAS my hair and it was curly naturally - he wan't buying it. Save to say he's NOT a fan. Meh, its okay neither am I!!

Sunday afternoon was paperwork hell for me. I had personal taxes to get done then my normal paperwork for the week for work. I spent the evening melted into a puddle on the bed watching Long Island Medium and wondering where the hell the weekend went.  Next weekend I have scheduled in a weekend of JACK SHIT. After 3 weeks I'll be able to sleep in!!

I am still researching Whole30 and I wondering if I bumped my head LOL. No sugar, no bread, no cheese, no chocolate.....

I read an article last week about approaching work clothes as an uniform and how men do this all the time and no one thinks twice about seeing them in the same thing day after day. No one ever wonders is that the "exact same shirt and pants" let a woman do that though and the water cooler bitch brigade begins with the whispers.

Honestly I am thinking about embracing this way of thinking - last week I ended up changing clothes 4 times and leaving the house late because I just didn't like what I was wearing. If you have a standard so to speak boom time saved! Que the black pants, or dark washed jeans and all black tops add color with accessories.  Yes I really DO like dressing in all black - created a darker color and I'll stop wearing all black! To me its just classic, especially being blonde. My opinion is that its polished and looks put together.

Kohl's here I come ........................................
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Wednesday, April 08, 2015


As part of my renew goals for April I have been looking into the Whole30 plan. In essence its basically a reset of your eating habits. I have spoken to friends who have completed the plan and joined a facebook group for newbies to Whole30. The people I have spoken to who have completed the plan say that its not all hype. It has really helped them the way they were promised. Several friends have experienced a lot of their health issues lessen or dissipate completely. That alone has my interest. 

I am still in the research phase. .  Everyone I have talked to has said this is key to success.  The plan is very restrictive cutting out all added sugars, grains, coffee creamer, soy etc. So planning is a MUST. The process behind the plan is to cut out all the things that are common triggers for allergies or causes intolerance for most people. Clear up your diet, even it out and after the 30 days slowing reintroduce the foods to see what bothers you personally. 

While most people who complete the 30 days report weight loss this is not my goal. Yes it will be nice but my goals for this are to simply get a few issues under control. I'd like to get a handle on my IBD, headaches, and the cystic acne that reared its head when I turned 40. Gaining back some energy will be nice as well. 

I think my biggest mental struggles will be sugar - I love me some baked goods! Creamer is also a huge thing for me - even my beloved vanilla soy creamer is a no-no.  There will be a lot of label reading and researching recipes and finding approved substitutes. I will be picking up the Whole30 book this weekend to start the prep process and figure out when I will be starting the 30 days. 

Anyone completed the Whole30 plan? Any tips to share? Hit me up in comments or email! I could use tips and words of wisdom. 

Monday, April 06, 2015

What's New??

Hey y'all whats new with you?? 

Things here have been steady with a few major changes at the office. My partner and "work husband" is relocating which means onsite management will just be me.. EEK.   We are also changing things up a bit so it will be exciting to see how things level out. 

I finally got all my pictures hung in the new place. I also got wedding pictures printed and up on the walls. Eleven years later.. oops! It took me awhile to get the family photos up as I wasn't quite sure #1 where I wanted them and #2 I knew I wanted to do gallery walls but wasn't sure which ones I wanted grouped together and if I wanted everything in the same style frames so I waited. I think they turned out pretty well even if I didn't exactly follow directions and measure all that shit out.  The picture I have on my phone isn't the best and I have changed some of the photos in the frames - I will do a pic update later.

Saturday night we had some friends over for dinner and a game night. Let me just say that a bunch of adults sitting around playing go fish (yes we really played go fish) is a LOT more fun than playing go fish as a 6 or 7 year year old. I would have played more as a child had I been able to cuss and trash talk!  I have not laughed that hard in ages. My sides ached by the time the night was over.

Sunday was a low key day - Yep I know it was a holiday but we really didn't do much of anything. Lil man and his mama were over late in the afternoon for about 2 hours then we caught dinner and that was it.  The Easter Bunny had left Lil Man a Thomas the train set at our house for him.  He was thrilled and immediately wanted the track set up so he could watch Thomas go around the track .. 

Lil dude is super cute in dress clothes! 

Last bit of news I have is that I am the blogger of the month over at the Kansas Women Bloggers Association. My first post is slated to be published in the next few days.  I will be tying some of my posts here with the theme of the month which is Renew. I thought that was a perfect theme for April. 

Later this week I will get a picture up date posted while I was not blogging for a week I did do a 5k, put up the gallery wall and got back into some fitness type stuff!! 

Have a great Monday! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Annndddddd it's Monday

Really wasn't Friday like 7 minutes ago?? Its also the last full week of March - yeah let that sink in.. Oh and Easter is next weekend.  I'm telling y'all stop blinking!

Friday night was low key grab stay in catch up on some shows and just chill. It was a late night for me, I really need to get better at staying on schedule with my Melatonin on the weekends. It was about 2 am when I decided it was time to go to sleep.  Until then I worked on my genealogy. I have discovered that my ancestors really didn't have much to do but farm and fornicate! So far the biggest of the bunch is a couple with 17 children.  Wow just sayin...

I also have found a cousin - which for me is a HUGE deal.  I grew up with it just being me, mom and my dad. My sisters were all out of the house and being in the military we moved around .... A LOT.  I would not trade the travel for anything, but it did foster the feeling of a very small bubble.  There were no huge family holidays or gatherings. There was not a sense of camaraderie with me and and cousins or brothers and sisters. There was just me. Probably why I am so fiercely independent as an adult.  So the finding of a cousin and extended family thrilled me to no end. I am able to give her the info she needs on the younger generation and she can fill in the holes I have on the later generations.

Saturday was take your mother, her dog and 3 suitcases to the airport day. What a fucking circus. It ended up being a 5 hour ordeal and ending with a migraine. Short story - I had to purchase a different pet carrier from Southwest - even though the one my mom had originally bought DID fit the dimensions list on the website for the airline the agents determined it WOULD never fit under the seat. So now its take your mom 3 suitcases, her dog and and extra carrier to the airport day.

Mom had to have a wheelchair which meant I had to run back to the Southwest counter and get an escort pass so that I could get her and her dog and her carry on through TSA and boarded. Which now meant I had to go through TSA.  They made me take the dog out of the carrier, then picked me for a hand swab and wasn't happy the dog did NOT want shoved back in that tiny ass bag for the 3rd time. Finally get Mom through that and get her situated up front so the attendants will board her first. This little can you drop me off at the airport was a 5 hour long exercise in patience.  Thankfully getting her back on the plane at LAX is my sisters issue!

 Sunday I woke up with the migraine still alive and beating the hell out of my brain. I did a lot of lounging around and catching up on The Voice battle rounds. That afternoon I did a few loads of laundry and cleaned house. Thankfully it was a pretty laid back chill day. Especially with this week gearing up to be a busy balls to the walls week.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Favorites & Weekend Plans

I love Tracy Chapman - I have to confess to watching this over and over. It is simply awesome. Kelly does a freaking fantastic job.

This is the best way to treadmill

This is the pallet I purchased last weekend.. I have used it everyday since.

I am looking forward to not doing much of anything this weekend. There are only two things I have to do take my mom to the airport and laundry.. That's it that's the list. Well three things - I should probably put some groceries in the house.

I want to get my bedroom straightened back up - which honestly is pretty much doing the laundry and running the vacuum cleaner. I did not get the pictures hung last weekend so that is on this weekends list.  Truth be told I am looking forward to lounging, reading, and working on the family tree.

Enjoy the weekend y'all!

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