Saturday, November 19, 2011
On cold evenings like these, there is nothing better than a nice cup of hot tea. I am not much of an herbal tea kind of gal... I like black teas. Earl Gray is my most favorite. I also like just regular straight up Lipton. I have been trying to get used to drinking decaf. Once I have my surgery, I will only be allowed one cup of a caffeinated beverage per day. I would rather spend that on my daily cup of coffee. I am permitted to have as much decaf as I want. I usually drink it with a packet of splenda and some times a little french vanilla creamer, but sometimes not.
I am going to the doctor in Monday for my monthly check in. I am still not losing weight, but I have accepted it at this point in the journey. The little bit of weight I have managed to lose, has come back on, then went back off, then came back off... and lather, rinse and repeat.
I admit that I have not been going to the gym because my membership ran out, so I have just been doing stuff at home - walking, bike, walk away the pounds.... I did call the gym, and they are running a special next month, so they advised me to wait until then. Membership will be $25/month instead of $30 - which is pretty good. I am sad that I am leaving my other gym, because it had a lot of great features, but it is just a pain in the behind to make a special 30 mile round trip. The new gym, while it doesn't have as many perks, is literally a 1/2 mile from my job. I have to drive past it on my way to and from work. It will just work out better. I mean, as long as they have an elliptical, treadmill and some weights, I should be just fine.
Work really sucked today. People are such jerks...
We are having Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday at my parents. Since Him and I are both off my family decided to have it on a day where we could all be together and not have to worry about one of us rushing off to work. I am looking forward to spending the day with my family, and pumpkin pie without the pie. It is my most favorite! Since I don't like pie crust, my mom makes me pumpkin pie with no crust and just bakes the filling in a dish.
I think that is all for now
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I went phone shopping today. I was going to buy a new Smartphone. I ended up not buying anything. I just can't justify paying that much for phone service. My bill will go from being around $50 to over $100 and I just can't see spending that much on phone service. I don't know how people justify it... I am trying really hard too, and haven't been able to.
I had a hard time spending $100 on contacts, and I need those to see!
I did get some fantastic Mexican food on my adventures today. Other than that, I came home empty handed.
Lucy cat has a vet appointment tomorrow as a follow up to her surgery. On Friday my grandparents are coming to visit, and I have to work the weekend.
I think that is all for now
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I smoked for about 15 years. I quit July 16, 2009. I have been smoke free for quite a while. 2 years and 4 months roughly.
Lately, and I don't know why, I have been getting the urge to smoke. I am having constant dreams about it. Sometimes, I just really want to smoke.
I keep fighting the urge... I know that I am better than that and that I can beat it, but I want to know WHY I am having these issues. I want to know what is making me WANT to smoke? I could understand it if...
1. I had only quit a short time ago
2. I was constantly around smokers
but neither of these apply to me. I mean, sometimes it takes all the restraint I have in my body to resist. Sometimes I just want to stop and buy a pack and smoke smoke smoke!
In other news, I didn't go to my |Great Aunt's funeral today. I called my Grandmother and sent her a card. I had to work... what can I say? I mean, my family understands, and honestly I don't feel any guilt about it. What I do feel horrible about is Teddy. Teddy was my aunt's dog. My aunt loved Teddy, and now I guess they don't know what they are going to do with him. My cousin has him right now, but he isn't exactly good with little kids. Actually, he might be good with little kids, my cousin's kids are just spoiled brats. Me taking him is out of the question. So, I am not sure what they are going to do with him... I hope they find a home for him.
My eye appointment is tomorrow, and I think I am going to get some take out Mexican. They have this awesome grilled chicken in a pineapple that is soooo yummy. It has a bunch of other stuff in it too, but it is fantastic! I am pretty sure that it isn't overly horrible for me either. Plus it is a HUGE portion, so I will have enough for at least 3 meals out of it.
I think that is all for now
Monday, November 14, 2011
I am feeling kind of HUGE today... blah.
My great aunt died. Her funeral is tomorrow, and I don't think I am going. I don't know. I mean, I know I should go, but I don't see the point of going. It is my grandmother's sister. We weren't close. I mean, I know she is going to expect me to show up, but in my defense I work until 5am and the funeral is at 1100. Which means... I would have to get up at 9, leave the house by 10 to get there on time. When you get home from work at 5am, that makes it a little rough. I don't know... blah
I have an eye appointment on Wednesday to get my contacts. Then on Thursday I have to take the cat to the vet for her post-surgical checkup. Friday my grandparents are coming to visit.
I am thinking about getting a new smart phone. I don't know what kind I want... I just know that I don't want an iPhone. I am not sure if I am ready to shell out the money for it either. I mean, I can get the phone for free, however, with the data plan, and the messaging and stuff, my cell bill will most likely be over $100. I think that is too much to pay for phone. The reason I am thinking about getting a new one is because my internet at work blows, and it is hard to talk to my friends. Of course, I am supposed to be working, not playing on the internet... but it helps time go faster, and I am an excellent multi-takser anyway. I am still not sure. I need to be saving all of the money I can right now.
Speaking of... it looks like the insurance paid for some of my sleep study. I don't know how much of it I will need to cover, but it paid for some of it, so that makes me happy!
I contacted the surgeon's office, and the only thing I have left to do is 4 more months of Doctor supervised diet and exercise. I need to go join my new gym next month. I was going to do it this month, but then I got hit with the expenses for the cat. I guess I can see how much it is. I get a discount through work. I have to admit, I do feel a lot better when I go. Since it is right by my work, I should be able to cruise in at 5:30am and do 20mins on the elliptical before heading home. I get a max calorie burn on the elliptical. I am not so worried about strength training at this point in the game. Post-surgery, I am going to have to hire a trainer to work with me. I think that will be my best bet. Even if it is just for a few sessions to help establish a good, solid strength training routine.
I can't wait to get my bike rack for Christmas. I am looking forward to doing lots of riding this summer. I suppose I can ride my bike all year around as long as there is no snow on the road? I don't see why not, I will just have to dress warm!
I think that is all for now
Saturday, November 12, 2011
In the wake of all of the controversy surrounding Penn State I am struggling to understand something.
First, I think it is important to point out a few facts about myself, so perhaps someone may better understand my question.
I am a 2002 graduate of Penn State
I grew up less than 20 miles from the main campus
My father worked for Penn State for 35 years
I grew up "State" - my parents and grandparents were always taking me to Penn State to the Ag Barns, the Deer Pens, Ag Progress Days, the Creamery (which has the most fabulous ice cream in the world) - As I got older, I attended concerts on campus and went to exhibits.
So, given all of that, why is it when people shout WE ARE... PENN STATE the only thing I think is... shut the $&%^ Up? I don't feel any sense of school pride. My coworker owns every Penn State shirt known to man, and I own nothing. He, by the way, didn't even attend Penn State.
When I asked this question to a few other people, my boss said that the reason people have such a strong affinity for a school is because it helps identify them as part of a group. It helps people identify with other people and gives them a sense of belonging.
Ok, that makes sense, but that still makes me wonder what it is that I am not understanding. Is it that I have no desire to be part of a group? Or, is it that they have something figured out that I haven't?
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