Thursday, December 31, 2009
So -- pictures.
A few from my family visit and then a link to some stuff.
My sister and I in the theater prior to Avatar. Those 3D Shades look so awesome w/ the flash... hehe :) Also --- that movie was actually REALLY GOOD. :)
We tested a game my mom made w/ some modifications -- I think it still needs a bit of work maybe, but we were able to give some suggestions and I love the idea. Basically the players tell a story together with the aid of cards for Characters, Talents, Objects, Transportation, Scene, and PLOT - who enters (new character in story), Events (can be many different specific things), you found (new object card enters) ... like that!
My dad and mom:
My character, vehicle, objects and talents:
I think I actually drew the picture of my character... LONG ago. And my brother and mom drew the other cards. :) hehe
We also played Masterpiece - I LOVE THIS GAME. You bid on paintings and at the end you see who has the highest combination of value in paintings and money. You don't know how much a painting is worth until you posess it -- the value cards are attached to the paintings at random and there are also two forgery cards! :)
My brother wearing a gift from my sister on his head:
I'm not really sure what this face is for, but we're playing "Nucklehead News" which are homemade Mad Libs made by my mom and they are AWESOME. I think they're better than Mad Libs - they're written as though they are all news stories. :) And apparently they are stored in my sister's old physics notebook.
HOME Christmas tree. With all the ornaments I remember from my childhood -- also that's a picture of me on the wall - SENIOR PHOTO! :)
The stockings hung by the chimney w/ care -- my brother's stocking is HUGE because he was born on Christmas Eve and he was IN that as a baby! :) (the one w/ the bear in it!)
My DH opening a gift I gave him -- also my sister made the scarf he's wearing. :)
I got a scarf, too, and I LOVE IT!
We also went to the National Infantry Museum during our visit -- we used to go frequently when I was younger but they recently built a brand new gorgeous building with some new things in it and DH had never gone -- it was really cool. :)
Then we came back and it was MOVING TIME. I took pictures of some things I finally decided I needed to get rid of but never could before -- now they are memorialized in digital image! :)
Like my DOLLY! My mom made this for me:
It was hard to get rid of it, but my sister suggested I could take a picture of it and it was like OH YEAH. I've actually suggested that to other people before but for some reason I didn't think about it until she said it to me. :) haha.
I did the same for some HAIR clippings from my first haircut at 2 and 1/2 years old... and a TON of drawings from some sketchbooks. :)
I also got rid of my old Kindergarten Year book -
That's ME in the MIDDLE where it's written ME in pencil and then erased. HAHAHA
I had all these NAMETAGS that I was saving from various band events and Young Women's Camp... yeah I photographed those and ditched them. My sister took a box of photos with her to scan for me as well. :) I'm really excited about having all those photos digitally and I am SOOOO GRATEFUL to her for doing it.
This link is to the photos of my old sketchbooks. LOTS of drawings with questionable proportions -- a couple that were self portrats as well. :)
and QUESTIONS - I'm not sure if these were all intended for BLOG answering, but here are some:
LIMELITESHINES asked where my running journal came from:
Well since it was a gift I don't really know where they purchased it, but I just pulled it out and it's titled: "The Complete Runner's Day-By-Day Log 2010 Calendar" by Marty Jerome - Andrews McMeel Publishing. It says it's $13.99 in the U.S. HAHA That's aLLL the info I have. It has a page with a month calendar, a picture and a quote and the opposite page has a little article about something about runners/running -- January is HISTORY. Then after that each 2page spread is a week, with a space for each day - Where&When, Distance, comments: and a bigger place for writing other stuff. There's also a photo and tip for each 2page spread, and at the end of each week a Distance and Weight totals line. Looks pretty good! :)
BRUIN2 asked what the highlight of the decade was for me -
DEFINITELY GETTING HEALTHY. There's nothing that compares to the life altering transformation. OH WAIT. I also got married this decade -- that was a pretty major deal as well... :D hehehehehhee oohhhh poor DH. I forgot about that. ;) OK Getting married number 1, getting healthy number 2.
RUN_LIFT_EAT asked about my new CD's:
I got Paolo Nutini, new Modest Mouse, new Sondre Lerche, Neutral Milk Hotel, Brandi Carlile, Julian Casasblancas's new solo album (lead singer of the strokes)
I haven't listened to ANY of them yet, so not sure which is good cardio music yet. I'm guessing some of the new Modest Mouse, Brandi Carlile, and Julian Casablancas would work. Sondre Lerche is pretty mellow, and I really do not know about Paolo Nutini or Neutral Milk Hotel yet. :) I know I've listened to both before but I do not remember them at all... haha. :D
Also - RUN_LIFT_EAT asked about DH applying for jobs: ALL SPRING. And sometime in this semester we expect to know.... so... also I DO plan to go back to school and/or get my PT Certification once we're settled somewhere so it is definitely very exciting. :)
OK! LONG BLOG. BYE! :)
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I've been gone.
It's been fun.
But also sweets filled. And I'm soooo happy to be back. :)
We are pretty much done moving now -- my DH is making another run to the old place tonight to bring over the contents of the fridge and a few other things that are left and that's it. We slept in the new place last night, my closet is all unpacked and organized, as is the pantry, the office is set up, the electronics are all working (cable guy came today) so WOOHOO.
I took the TINIEST of a run today. HAHAHA :D I had to walk the rent over to the office and on the way back I jogged. I didn't have the right shoes on but it felt fantastic and safe and comfortable and lovely to be making that movement again. I NEED TO GO RUNNING. FOR REAL.
I got some wonderful tools to help me in the new year for Christmas:
The New Rules of Lifting for Women
a 2010 Runner's Log/ Calendar
$$$ specifically for getting a membership back at the gym
(so I can have a gym membership AND row is the idea)
I also got many fun things - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Runner's Rule Book, a BUNCH of CD's, a scarf made by my sister, a pedometer (actually two pedometers to be used w/ my husband's gift from his family of a DSi! :D hehe. I'm actually really excited about using it...), all kinds of fun stuff.
I have yet to read any of the books, I hope to get a good look at the New Rules of Lifting for Women soon and get the new gym membership squared away and then make myself a more specific and concrete PLAN for moving forward in the new year with HEALTH and FITNESS. :) I do have some VAGUE ideas, but the only concrete right now is the Mercedes Marathon Relay on 2/14! Yes, on Valentine's Day. :D haha. So I gotta get running again to be in good shape for that, for sure. But other than that I want my primary focus to be on STRENGTH. And probably some erging to get ready for rowing to resume -- there will be a new Learn to Row course offered at the end of Jan/Beginning of Feb and then I'm assuming after that the regular rows will start again. I may be able to help with the Learn to Row to get back on the water again as well. :)
But also in 2010 I want to -
Participate in a Sprint Regatta in the Spring
Do at least one 5K
Complete my first HALF-marathon race
Complete my second marathon race
But, I intend for the marathon to be in the fall, and the half sometime before that but after the Spring probably, so... I can't really figure out which ones I'll be doing because I don't know where we'll be living. And without being sure of what our situation will be like (since it is all dependent on DH finding his job post PhD), I can't really just say I WANT TO DO X RACE, and commit to travelling on some unknown date to a location that I have no idea how far it will be from us. So..... yeah. Just gonna kinda wait on that and mentally prepare that I will be training for those distances later in the year and I can figure out the details later as well. :)
I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL Holiday -- my family visit was very nice, and then my sister came to help us move and DH's family came as well, it was awesome.
S318830 did something cool on her blog lately, she opened up to questions. So I'm going to copy her -- shoot. I may answer it... :D Here in my blog.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I think my butt might have gotten bigger -- but also firmer and more muscular -- through all my marathon training. This might be dually contributing to some of the tight pants and higher scale scenarios. Not that I'm using that as a total excuse, getting rid of FAT is always a worthy goal -- but my hubby said he thought so the other day and I dunno if it's these pants (I'm also definitely posing to my gluteus advantage) but WOOHOO!
I've never really had a REAL BUTT before! HAHAHAHA :D But since I lost weight, and my boobies, and did lots of exercise type things, the butt got awesome.
I also took a couple pictures on Sunday before church and before the Christmas party:
So to give you an idea of the AMAZING place we had our party -- the man in the utilikilt is our host, and yes, those are actual GASLIGHTS in the background...
Also at once I entertained myself (and drew a crowd) with a self-playing banjo!!! (Which had one string which was VERY out of tune, as opposed to the others that were only somewhat, but still very awesome!)
This man is literally one of the coolest people I know -- he at once went to watch repair school and has a watch tinkering station in his upstairs, he also collects and trades bricks, has some fire hydrants and manhole covers he collected, his coffee service was part of E.B. White's estate, and so on and so on -- he installed the gaslights HIMSELF. He is a total historic afficionado and I just LOVE IT! Plus he rows. GLOBALKEEWEE -if you're reading, he's done well over 200k in the Concept 2 Holiday Challenge. :D hehhehe.
Well now I'm off to finish Christmas shopping!
Just wanted to say I'm still working on treating myself well and appreciating my body and for me taking pictures so I don't get stuck in the dysmorphic image in my head definitely helps at this stage...
Monday, December 21, 2009
All in one day! In the interest of full disclosure for accountability -- I share the following:
So last night - Christmas party - I splurged mindfully. Surely I was over on calories, but it was my cheat meal so I wasn't counting -- but I DID plan to stop eating when I was full and I did. HURRAH!
But today someone gave me chocolates for Christmas! I took them with me when I left on a long lunch to do errands... and I ate all of them in the car!!!! One after the other! It was a full on chocolate binge. Luckily it was nothing as large as a bag of chocolates you would buy at the store, but it was still far more than a serving... probably at least 4-5 servings? maybe?
I then bought salad fixings for lunch, and some fruit, baby carrots, new cereal. To get some good healthy things that will last for the next couple of days before I leave to visit my family.
I had a nice salad for lunch. I resisted goodies in the break room -- came close. I even picked up a ham and cheese croissant after thinking about it for a good chunk of my lunch break, but when I touched it -- it was soggy and gross and it brought me back to reality.
I have a nice healthy dinner planned, I will drink TONS of water for the rest of the night as well. It WILL BE O KAY! I should have saved those chocolates until I could get home and put them in a container in the pantry, as to be slowly divvyed to myself in ordinary servings. Not eaten on the go. I know what was up!
Also it's nearly that TOM, so I suspect that had something to do with it as well -- not an excuse, but merely a way for me to understand myself even better.
I have felt a bit haywire today, but I have to remind myself that everything will be okay. The world is not spiraling out of control just because there are things to do that cannot be easily checked off. Maybe I need to put the BIG LOOMING TASKS into tiny things that CAN be checked off so I can feel more in control. ? I give myself vague tasks mentally, but maybe I need to actually write things down and check them off. OOOOh. Thoughts! Ideas! :D Blogging is so helpful!!!!!
Monday, December 21, 2009
So -- I definitely indulged, but I also stopped. It wasn't ALL about the food. I didn't take huge servings of things, mostly small small servings, I only went back for some of the very most delicious things, but that was very rare also. I didn't feel overly stuffed when we left! HURRAH! :D
Yeah, the scale was up a bit today, but I expected that. It will go back down again. Got a few more things packed today -- it was a bit more time consuming than the books again because it was little knick knacks that needed to be padded and wrapped and whatnot. :P But at least that's done.
I'm heading off at lunch to do some errands, leaving early for a LONG lunch...
Just trying to keep things together through this vacation and move! :) Gotta get some ST in tonight, I was a bit of a slug as far as physical activity goes this weekend. -- DH is sick and so I mostly just spent time with him, although I did get some present wrapping done on Saturday as well.
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