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Life is NOT slowing down!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

I feel like I'm in warp speed right now.

I have 35 days to finish my thesis. I have about... 70-90 days of work (SKAHONEY4U knows what I'm talking about!)... So there's that.

The house inspection was Friday. It went okay. They are asking me to fix the jetted tub jet that works, but not as well as the others... so instead I'm like -- noooope. How's about I just give you the washer/dryer instead. I don't want any more work done. I don't really want to spend any more money on the house. I just want it SOLD! The appraisal is the only thing left. AND its the major decision point, because I'm not confident it will appraise for what we want. But there's no point in worrying about it now.

I just went home for the weekend. I ran to the outlet stores on my way home since I didn't have the dogs in my car with me for once. Apparently I'm a size 12 again at Banana Republic, but still a size 8 at the GAP -- and they're owned by the SAME company. Oh vanity sizing... I just go with what fit. And to throw this for a loop, I fit in a size 8 and a size 10 dress at Banana. So I guess I really AM pear shaped. Silly small boobs. My butts getting a lift from all of the squats though. Speaking of which, I need to do some while I watch the Walking Dead tonight.

Friday I spent at home with the pups and my parents. The dogs were RIDICULOUS when they saw me. You'd think I'd been gone for 2 months and not less than two weeks. I put on a zip up hoodie and they let me put both of them in there to snuggle. (they're 6# and 7#, so yes, I can fit 2 dogs in my hoodie with me ;-) I also went to bed super early and didn't accomplish anything.

Saturday I got up early to go shooting with my dad, TJ, and TJ's step dad. So my dad finally met TJ's mom and step-dad.... so the families have almost met. My mom was going to go, but then opted out because of the cold and didn't really want to meet TJs family yet... Basically as soon as my dad met TJ's stepdad, they did NOT shut up for the next 3 hours. It was pretty funny to watch. TJ also didn't like the fact that my first time ever shooting his gun I had a better grouping than he did. There was some grumbling afoot, and he wasn't as excited when I was better than he was ;-) After that I had lunch at TJs house with his mom also. So my dad also met his mom.

Then we drove back to my house for what seemed like 30 minutes. Cuddled the dogs some more and then I had to rush out for the hockey game. Since we had lunch late we just went to get boozy milkshakes at Bailey's Range and split one hamburger between us. We also decided to hoof it around, so I got a bit of a walk in parking the car, walking to dinner, walking to the Scott Trade Center for the Blues game and then walking back to the parking deck afterwards.

I got TJ Blues/Ducks tickets for his birthday, so we sat in Row K/section 121 -- down by the glass. I spoil that boy! I even wore a Ducks jersey circa 1992 aka the Disney years! No one said anything to me since my 6'7" BF was right next to me. Apparently he's kind of intimidating ;-)

Sunday was also busy. Got up, did some messing around on the computer, cuddled pups, and packed up. I met TJ's best friend in town and his fiancee who was visiting. Then ran to Nordstrom Rack with my mom. She needed to get a dress for a wedding next weekend. She bought one... but it doesn't fit... so she was in a bad mood once she figured that out. I got to the store before her so I picked out a ton of stuff for her to try on like her personal shopper. She ended up finding a silver dress.

I also tried to find a dress to wear since I have 4 weddings to go to this year. A size 14 Jessica Simpson dress fit, but my boobs weren't big enough so it was too big up top. A size 12 Kate Spade dress was too small up top to fit. Then a size 14 dress from another brand was too big, and a 10 was too small, and they didn't have a 12. So... clothing designers suck... but my wallet is happy.

Now I'm back in my house in Columbia -- although I don't know for how much longer it will be mine... I really need to work on my thesis... and this week is super, crazy, busy. I'm also going back to StL next weekend to watch the dogs since my parents are going to a wedding, but I also need to force myself to get some work done!

And work out in the meantime. I did cardio on my treadmill last week. I thought I'd go easy on myself. 30 minutes (with several phone call breaks, 'cause like 4 people called me!) -- at a 5% incline at a speed of 3. Hard because I haven't done it in 3 months, but not impossible. The next day -- charlie horse and a tiiiiiiiiiiiight calf. I didn't stretch it out afterward. Its like I've forgotten everything!

Then the next day I did my 2600 crunches. I use the term "crunch" here liberally. Its more like 6-10 different crunch positions that I do ~500 reps of in bursts of 100. I don't target just one muscle group. I do all the abs including the obliques and some glutes. I haven't done a weighted side crunch in awhile. I was doing 500 on each side with a 20# kettlebell. I only got 300 on each side with a 10# bell, and I swear to god those hurt ALL WEEKEND. I had done some crunches in the weeks previous, but nothing that involved holding weights. Holy crap people, 3 days for those muscles to recover. I am planning on doing more tonight, but not as many. I apparently can't jump in headfirst to my old routine (smacks self upside the head for being Captain Obvious).

But I am coming back. It may be the post-TOM bloat is gone, but my core feels stronger and my waist is more defined. Exercise feels GOOD. Good good. The sore muscles felt GOOD. The stupid arm is ALMOST closed. I almost have an armpit again. So suck it armpit, I'm working out!

Right now I'm going to focus on muscle tone and getting that back, and my cardio endurance. My arms are flabby again. Mainly since I haven't lifted anything since November. My right arm still has some fluid in it, but my left one has no excuse. Its going to get shapely again soon. I mean I didn't go through the arm surgeries to remove excess skin to just let them get flabby! I'm going to get a license for my guns this summer. ;-)

In other news (yea, there's still MORE news). TJ's trying to figure out his budget to see how much he wants to spend on my engagement ring. *cue silly girl happy dance of epic proportions* Apparently since EVERY single person that meets me and him together tells him to "wife me up" immediately, he's gotten more serious. His mom and step dad and two best friends are basically yelling at him for taking his time with me ;-) I like them.

Haha, I'm going to have my mom call the Zoo this week to see how much it costs to get married there. I'm kinda set on it, so hopefully its not too expensive. Okay -- blame Pinterest for me being crazy. You literally CANNOT go on Pinterest and ignore weddings. I have a whole dang board now! I'm a very silly girl. A very silly girl who is deciding to work out and watch TV instead of write. So I'm being productive with one thing right ;-)
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NIMIRRA137 3/20/2013 7:48AM

    Clothing sizes/designers suck! It's so frustrating to shop. Reading about your shopping experiences sound a lot like mine.

Good luck with the appraisal on the house!

Despite wearing a Ducks jersey, you're a Blues fan right? Go Tarasenko! He's the only player on the team that I know of and it's because his last name is the same as my bf's.

Squee! That's great that TJ is looking into rings! Pinterest and all the wedding stuff really can make you insane but it gives a lot of great ideas. I have my own "secret One Day" board that is all wedding stuff. My bf has a Pinterest and I don't want him seeing all the stuff I pin even though he knows about it.

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SKAHONEY4U 3/19/2013 6:08PM

    I have no idea how you do all of that and have time for your thesis! You are crazy! Also, I'm not going to make it in time to graduate in May, sadly. I should still be defending before the summer, though. Reality bites. Good luck!!!

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EMMYLOU010409 3/19/2013 10:40AM

    Busy gal! Great! And I'm impressed by your ability to work around your "injury" (surgery? busted arm? uh... incision?). YAY!

Oh, man, I started up Say Yes To the Dress. I Pin like crazy, and then get another dose from TLC. Wedding crazy, and we've only browsed rings! ;)

Yay for the healing arm! Don't forget to sleep! AND DO YOUR PAPER!

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LOLATURTLE 3/18/2013 4:39PM

    I'm tired just reading this!

You know those motivational posters that say, like, "someone busier than you is exercising right now."? I always read them "Sara is probably exercising right now." to make me get off my couch. emoticon

Way to go getting back to exercise! I know it feels slow, but you'll be back to your old routine before you know it!

I need to do more core work. A LOT more. And arms. Finally done with PT, so I can set my own workout schedule a little better. WOOOO!

My thesis advice is when you feel like you can't do anything, do the easy stuff first. Methods, format your references, go through any rough draft stuff you have or previous papers & make sure all the refs are there, etc. Block out a section. Whenever you get stuck, go add something to a different section. Anything to keep from "sitting still!" Good luck!!

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CHODGES83 3/18/2013 2:21PM

    I think I've commented on this before, after 15yrs of retail I still can't walk into a store and now what size I am.

Sounds like you're going to be busy for awhile! Keep at it girl!

I love the idea of having your wedding at the Zoo! Complete Awesomeness!

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AHTRAP 3/17/2013 11:45PM

    Whole lotta shakin' going on, eh? It's ridiculously cliche to say so, but take 'em one at a time. Don't worry about the appraisal, because it's going to come in at what it comes in. Get cracking on the writing, because I've seen too many friends in the throes of last minute thesis writing (or not seen them, as they turned into hermits or hermit crabs or some other such mollusk). And so on and so forth.

Glad that arm is back in commission.

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KIKKI-G 3/17/2013 10:33PM

    Agreed with Pintrest= ADDICTION and i'm not even planning on getting married anytime soon and I have a wedding board hahaha.

As for the sizing, I did windows/was a visual for H&M and even within the store the sizes varied. I could be a size 30 in one type of pant and a 34 in another.... strange!

but good luck on the Thesis, I find that I bang stuff out better under pressure anyways haha

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JUJUFISH 3/17/2013 9:38PM

    Wowsers! So much exciting news going on. Good luck on the appraisal and ring shopping.

As someone who spent very very little time sleeping last week finishing her thesis, try to resist the TV and Pinterest. Sleep deprivation really really sucks!

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