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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Okay, so I have to admit I'm getting a bit spoiled being a corporate wife at the moment. Usually I don't talk about it much but I am a housewife and I do a bit of work on the side to keep my sanity. But, I love being here in a hotel where there is a lot of people going in and out. Plus, I love having a gym and pool in the same building.

(Dinner a few nights ago that I didn't get to post yet...)

(My hotel suite Kitchen...)

Today's massively exciting events:
Morning I got up early thanks to my husband having to still drive an hour to work seeing that our hotel is a distance from his office. Guess that's what we get for living in the outskirts of a bigger city. Usually I love mornings but the people above our room for some reason had a vacuum and decided that 10:45P.M. was a good time for cleaning. (Which included moving furniture in the entire room and then banging things around...) Got him off to work in record time and then I was free for the day.

Breakfast: two bites of waffle, two slices of toast with a little vegan butter and blueberry spread. Nothing exciting but it did the job. Oh and the necessary coffee too.

Snack: a few bites of bagel before workout.

Gym Time: 3 miles in 35 minutes. Felt great to sweat! When I finished an older employee was walking down the hallway and asked if I was tired. And I said a bit but nothing the pool couldn't cure. He laughed and said I should be very tired. Guess he was watching through the windows? Ah well, he was a cute old man... ^_^ I walked next door to pool and did a few laps in lukewarm water.... Then i gave up and jumped into the spa for 30 minutes. (That's working out right?)

Lunch: Leftover Aztec Salad, mixed organic greens, two small tortillas, and *cough* two cookies...

Sunbathing with the furry baby outside while reading. Then I worked a little on the laptop.

Snack: Chinese Vegetarian Mushroom Strips- hot! Just a little.

Dinner: Vegan sausage, zucchini and... haven't decided yet... Hoping to cook this outside.

How was your day today?

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RACEWELLWON 9/12/2012 10:11AM

    Sounds like a workout to me, I am doing almost the same thing here today. Nice pictures.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/11/2012 10:14PM

    You should count sunbathing as good fitness too. emoticon

Nice job on the running!

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NATPLUMMER 9/11/2012 4:46PM

    Sounds like a nice day...except for the peeping tom emoticon
That's a nice kitchen. We stayed at an Extended Stay hotel last December when we were in southern California for a few had a similar kitchen.

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1st Day Back

Monday, September 10, 2012

Hello Everyone, Happy Monday! Today was my husband's first day at his new job! Hooray! It's a large change for him going from government work at NASA to the private sector. For me it was the first day being a housewife/freelancer from our hotel room. We have three weeks in this hotel room but I'm not complaining because it is pleasant. The only thing I fear is that I might get too spoiled and not want to leave. Everything went really good today and I was surprised that I got a lot done even though I didn't have too much to do. We only have one car right now, so in this transitional change, I am stuck at the hotel all day long. But, don't fear there is a gym, pool, spa, large grassy area outside, television and even wi-fi. So I'm all setup for the next few weeks. We'll see what I'm feeling after a week or two. The kitchen is a help though so we can eat healthy and not eat out for dinner every day; that would be so tough.

We got up early and went downstairs to breakfast - continental. I have to say that I was hungry and nervous all at the same time and the food got the best of me. I ate vegan options (I checked last time we were here) but not the healthiest.

Breakfast: Coffee, 1/2 waffle, 1 medium banana muffin, and some OJ.
Snack: Mac apple (so little!) and some tea
Lunch: (again bad) Thai summer roll (contains raw lettuce, carrots, a little rice noodle) with a little sweet thai sauce and a donut. (gasp!)
Snack: banana and green tea
Dinner: To be determined still but I did make an raw Aztec Salad to either go in burritos or on top of a mixed bed of organic salad.
Snack: Probably more tea and possibly popcorn if we are wanting more.

Exercise: 3 mile run on treadmill, numerous times up and down 3 flights of stairs to take furry baby outside, carrying laundry to and from laundry facility in our hotel, and maybe some swimming tonight (depending on how tired the hubby is).

Enjoyment: Sitting in the sunshine reading for just less than two hours! Can't believe I have more time now that I don't have to clean the house. (Plus the hubby is on 9 hour days now instead of 8)

This last weekend we toured the gorgeous downtown of Fredericksburg, VA. We went to an Episcopal church on sunday but then walked around a bit checking out the stores again. It was really nice. Then in the afternoon we went to Lee's Campaign trail and hiked a little with the furry baby. I can't believe we get to live in this amazing place! I just love walking the streets (okay that sounds bad but still) while listening to all the foreign languages of visitors. Here are some photos:

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SDANLSON 9/11/2012 8:53AM

  The Fredericksburg area has lots of parks and areas that can be nice for walking. So you will be able to find more. The older parts of town can offer some nice walks too. I do not live real far from some of the sites you posted.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/10/2012 10:18PM

    Gorgeous! Yay for a kitchen and dog friendly hotel too! I'm glad you get to take advantage of some amenities during your transition instead of shacking up in some crappy NoTell Motel. I agree with Natalie. Summer rolls are one of my favorite healthy go-to's. Hope your nerves chill out and you have a great week!

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NATPLUMMER 9/10/2012 10:11PM

    It's not that unhealthy...okay, maybe the donut. The summer roll is good for you...ooohhh...summer rolls :-)
Looks beautiful!

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Welcoming the Sun...

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

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Hello Everyone! Happy Wednesday! Sorry I missed yesterday but we were out and about getting things ready for the big move on Friday morning. For now we are still in Michigan and loving the relaxation of our hometown. Things have thankfully calmed a little seeing as we potentially have a house! Yay! We are just waiting for the final lease to sign from our Realtor and then we will have a place as of October 1, 2012. That's 3 weeks in a hotel suite and we are ready for our new life in a gated community in Virginia. Hooray!

Seeing as we are more calm, we sat outside in the sunshine yesterday for about an hour. Our neighbor friend came over and offered the usage of her kayak's. (My husband's family lives on a lake.) So this morning we headed to the lake early in the morning to take three hours of joyous kayaking around the entire lake. It was hard work in the arms but totally worth a little discomfort. Great upper body workout! We probably would have stayed out there longer but a dark storm started to come through and we were stuck in the middle of the lake. We moved really fast when we saw the dark clouds coming towards us. emoticon As you can tell though, we didn't get struck by lightening and lived through it. So much fun!

English Muffin with Vegan butter, OJ and some fresh cherries

Fresh grapes

Leftovers of Boca Chickenless patty, 3 Korean rolls, some tortilla chips and an oatmeal cookie

Oops! 1/4 Jelly Belly (supposedly they are vegan but does anyone know?)

Homemade Thai Green Curry with Thai Jasmin rice and a few tortilla chips

Snack: To be determined

We had such a lovely day, I'm going to be a little sad once the hubby has to go to work again starting on Monday. The good thing is I will soon have a gym to work out in at the hotel. emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/9/2012 3:04PM

    You're doing great in the midst of non vegan junk food land! I hope you're weekend is settling down and the week brings peace, ease, a lease, more kayaking, and all kinds of other good stuff this change has to bring!

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NATPLUMMER 9/6/2012 1:33PM

    Yay for a house!!
Kayaking....great way to spend the day!!

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WENDYJM4 9/6/2012 5:42AM

    congrat on the rental and the move. emoticon

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IMREITE 9/6/2012 12:52AM

    Moving to a new house is exciting. hope you enjoy the new surroundings

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Finally a Run...

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Today I finally got myself back into the swing of running, well at least I started. I've wanted to get back into things for the last month or two but it's been so crazy with the Hawaii trip and then the soon to be move to VA. I took Island Sharon's suggestion with planning out a schedule and just making sure everyone knows about it to assure I get my workout in. Today I made sure I went ahead and run outside at around 3PM, my normal daily schedule before I went on a hiatus from it. It had just rained and the moisture in the air was unbelievable! But it was still the best run ever since it was the first time at it again. It's always hard to get back into it but always nice nonetheless. Two miles in around 25 minutes wasn't the best time but it was hot outside and very hilly. Where did these hills come from in my hometown? haha Eyes are truly opened when you start running aren't they?

Food, much better today but still could be doing better. We went to our local farmers market and got some more fresh veg and apples. Hooray! I love being about 5 miles from a local farmer and their family-run farm stand. It's perfect!

Thank you all for your suggestions, I'm really thankful to be back here.

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Fun Friday

Friday, August 31, 2012

Hello Everyone! Twice in one week, impressed, I know... We are still living the life of the "homeless" lifestyle at my parents house in Michigan. Today is our one week countdown before we make the official move to VA! Hooray! It's been one week since I left OH and a few days since we moved our things into storage. As an update, we finally sent in our request for an extended stay hotel of two choices to our relocation company. Feels so good to finally have two options for a hotel for about a month. Just in case you didn't know, we are moving into a hotel for about one month before we get into a house. We also have a house that we have put in for and paid but are still awaiting the lease paperwork from our realtor. It's a small house with no garage but it is in a gated community that has a private gym for only $100 a year per person. Hopefully that's a good price, haven't had to pay for a gym in about five years. Thrilled to get in there in October though and start up. Our two hotel choices do have a private gym also, so thrilled to have this option to get started once we get down there.

As far as food, we are still eating vegan and trying to eat healthy. I do have to say though healthy options are hard to come by in my parents household. They do not eat on a three course meals a day - so it's hard to remember to keep to our schedule. I don't know how they survive on eating off schedule and the pre-packaged meals that they dine on daily. I can tell why their health is not optimal now. It just reminds me that I want to be healthy and lighter so that is pushing me to keep with my lifestyle and not falling into the healthy habits again of my juvenile years.

Exercise has been difficult too since I'm cleaning like a crazy lady lately. I've been trying to keep up on housework at my parents house even though no one else seems to care about sanitation. Maybe I'm just a clean freak, I do not know... haha But, I am making my husband and furry baby go out at least once a day for about a mile walk. I hope to start running again but with the stress I don't want to over do it. Hopefully we can get the lease papers on the house rental and just get everything setup finally to reduce stress.

What's your favorite exercise during stressful times?

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WENDYJM4 8/31/2012 10:02PM

    extra hard cleaning is exercise. It is about a month and you will be in your own house, that will be special. Do enjoy the time with your parents, but do the best you can with your eating and you never know it may improve your parent's diet.

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    Such great changes in your life - isn't it interesting when you return to your parents home and see how much you have changed to a healthier lifestyle - go for it - I hope your move goes well.

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NATPLUMMER 8/31/2012 1:16PM

    Sounds like it'll be a nice place!
Cleaning like a crazy lady is exercise.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/31/2012 11:48AM

    I hope it all works out swimmingly! $100 a year? I'm jealous, that's a steal.
Wishing you much stress reduction. emoticon

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