I've been sort of in introvert mode lately, so I wanted to drop in and say hi and catch you all up on what I've been up to.
Reading: I've been voraciously consuming as much Hugh Howey as I can. If you like dystopian future stories he's your man. Character driven drama with a big fat dose of hope.
Working Out: (Duh.) I had the Adventure Run last week and a crabby lady nearly ruined it for me as she shot me dirty looks the whole night BUT I did this fun obstacle water carry. They gave us 3 options: carry a half full 20 lb water jug around a circle, carry a full 40 lb water jug around a circle, or carry 2 full 40 lb water jugs (80 lbs total) tied to a bar with rope around a circle on your shoulders. Guess which option I chose?! Surprisingly, it wasn't the weight that was the hard part, it was the fact that the jugs swayed as you move, throwing off your balance! Either way I did it and I got 6 tickets for it and I'm super proud of myself.
Food: Like I said in my status update, June and July were not kind to me on the scale, and it was most definitely my fault. Potato chips, chocolate chips, ice cream and peanut butter (along with stress) were my downfall. This week I didn't buy any of them except peanut butter. I got some no sugar added fudgsicles, made healthy banana bread, homemade grape jello (grape juice and gelatin), roasted butternut squash to reheat for breakfast, and will be making baklava protein bars later this week so I have healthy snacks.
Fun: The Hubs and I saw Star Trek yesterday. It was okay, but not great. It was a matinee so we didn't spend much. We got gelatis afterwards, which are water ice layered with frozen custard, which was delicious in the high 90s heat we've been having.
Not Fun: Saturday was the 4th anniversary of my father's death. I didn't do much about it except post remembrance on Facebook. I saw a butterfly this morning on my way to work, which is supposed to mean someone is watching over you from the afterlife. If that's true, I hope he knows how much I miss him.
Work: I was very busy at work last week. We're trying to completely renovate the showroom before the holiday season, so we've moved showcases and relocated my boss's desk from the prime spot in the front of the store to the back of the showroom so we can use the brightly lit space for product. It's working out well, but we're still waiting for the electrician and a carpenter to do some work so we can hire a painter. The room is currently moss green, yucky beige and gold and we'll be transitioning to a much more sophisticated slate blue and black. Hopefully it will give us a much more elegant vibe come the holiday season, which is our busy season.
What's Coming Up: Bingley gets a photoshoot on September 4th so we'll have a professional family portrait soon! Then on September 14th we're road tripping to Chicago to visit with my cousin Susan, who's the closest thing I have to a sister. We're bringing Bingley with us so it's gonna be an interesting car ride. (It's about 14 hours.) Might be tough to eat healthy but I'm going to do my best!