Sunday, February 28, 2010
This run was supposed to be like this: warm up, run 8 minutes, walk three minutes, run 8 minutes. I did all of that and after the second 8 minutes I walked for about two minutes, and then turn on some good ol' Jimmy Eat World. It was their "Bleed American" album (or self-titled) and it reminded me sweetly of my junior year of high school. With that as my background music I ran for an extra TEN MINUTES STRAIGHT!
Yeah I know. I rock. Boo-yah.
PS I totally think barefoot running on the beach is easier than running in shoes on cement. I will definitely miss it when we move away from the ocean.
Friday, February 26, 2010
When I was planning my wedding (and even after I got married) one of my favorite sites was Weddingbee. Weddingbee is a wedding site (duh) that features many different brides and shows their planning processes. I really enjoyed following certain brides that has similar styles to my own, and I've gone on to read their personal blogs now that they're married as well. I found so many great wedding and decor ideas from that site! I highly recommend it to any brides.
Another site I really like for design ideas and "before and afters" is Design*Sponge. I really enjoy their "before and after" furniture posts. Some are incredibly intricate jobs that would take forever, and others just go to show what a nice coat of paint can do!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
And she's adorable. Take a look! Pic from a phone, but I'll get fancier ones soon enough. Look at those cheeks!!! I cannot wait to meet her!
It was probably August or September when I started questioning Yaz. My brother, David, and I were talking about birth control, and he said that his wife, my dear sister Stacey, was feeling a bit hormonal/emotional on her birth control. Wow did I understand that!! The first birth control I used, Tri-Sprintec (generic Ortho Tri-Cyclen) did incredibly terrible thinks to my state of mind and my blood pressure. It was on Tri-Sprintec that I had my first panic attack, the first in a long line of such attacks. It was on Tri-Sprintec that my blood pressure shot up to 160/95 (normal is 120/80), and it was on Tri-Sprintec that I had ridiculous crying fits at least twice a week.
It was a dark time, let me tell you. And only a couple of months into our brand new marriage!
All that to say, when David mentioned Stacey's birth control, I said "well how about Yaz?" His response was surprising to me, "You mean that birth control in all those law suits? The one that's killed people?"
I was woken up this morning by my dear honey bunny saying "Hey Jessers" to which I responded "It's not time to get up LEAVE ME ALONE ::growl::"
And he said "Baby, I have something to tell you."
I opened one eye. Slowly.
"Stuart just text messaged me to let me know that Nicole is in labor."
I will admit to squealing just a tiny bit. Nicole is my dear, dear sister. She is 22 years old and sweet as sugar. She and her hubby Stu, or "Stu-Stu" as Bryan and I prefer to call him, were married August 1st, 2008. They became pregnant a number of months after their wedding, and she was elated. Unfortunately she suffered a very sad miscarriage early on in the pregnancy. It was heartbreaking for all of us. I cannot imagine exactly how she or Stu felt. To go through such a thing is too painful to full imagine.
I remember finding out that she was pregnant with this little baby. I was so, so, so happy for her!! She was further into the pregnancy when she revealed it to the family this time, and I remember praying fervently that she would have a safe and happy pregnancy.
I was able to see her in her seventh month at Christmas, and she absolutely glowed! She is such a cute prego. Big ol' baby bump in front, and looks so not-pregnant from the back.
Jeaaaalllous. I KNOW I'm going to slowly expand everywhere when I get pregnant. I just know.
I heard from Stuart that she received the epidural about 4 hours ago, and I have been anxiously awaiting news since then. I know Nicole was nervous about labor, but I know she will do amazing things. I am so proud of her and Stuart. They are such a sweet and loving couple, and I know this little will be born into a family full of love, fun, and compassion. They will love and spoil this little girl like none other; she will truly be their treasure.
I will post a picture of the new family as soon as I see one. Love you Coly! Love you Stu! Love you yet-to-be-named Baby Girl!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
But I do some things that are 'green.' I recycle. I use a Diva Cup (don't know what that is? Post is below... somewhere). I sometimes remember my reusable shopping bags.
I think a lot of us could be better are reusing things, recycling things, repurposing things, all of that. So these are some things I'm really liking right now that are a bit more eco-friendly.
Reusable sandwich/snack bags from WasteNotSaks. So cute! Lined with nylon so they are mostly water-proof, I am definitely going to buy/make something like this for the summer when Bryan and I are both packing our lunches.
Cute tea towels like this one from Brookish. Oh yeah, that's a Mr. Darcy quote from "Pride and Prejudice." I have a new and blossoming love for that book. I thought it was "lame" to read anything at all from that era in high school, and I'm now hooked!
Another beautiful tea towel:
from Ninaglaser. Perhaps if I had cute towels like this, I would use paper towels less?
Any other ideas of how to be eco-friend and still cute??
So we're moving. You know that right? Of course you do. We're moving to Jackson, WY eventually, but that won't be until late April/early May. We've moving from Arcata to Eureka this weekend, though. It's only twenty minutes away, so not a big deal, really. We're moving in with our friends Keith and Bethany for all of March. They're going to Burkina Faso for two weeks so we get to watch their dog, Hagen! I'm super excited about dog-sitting. I miss having a dog. Bryan and I would love to adopt one but we simply don't have the time/space/money to deal with one at the moment. Sad!
Since we are moving out of our current apartment next weekend, we need to get rid of a lot of the stuff we have. To Craigslist, with haste!
We posted everything Sunday night and so far we've sold two dressers and a lamp, and we have three people coming over tonight to look at more stuff. I love Craigslist!!
Have you SEEN how many animals you can get for free on Craigslist?! I always want to adopt them, I feel so bad that they need a home!
There are a few things we have that we can't seem to GIVE away. Like:
Monday, February 22, 2010
A "Naked Lady Party" is a clothing exchange, just with a silly title. I actually organized one for some of the ladies in our church and their friends. It was awesome! My friend Rachel hosted and everyone brought the clothes that they don't wear enough to justify wearing, or that don't fit. Being a bit of a dork, I carefully organized areas for everything and had people place their clothes appropriately. Yes. I am that girl. But only with certain things... I'm certainly not like that in my own house with most things.
Anyways, it was great! We had sooooo much clothes! I think there were about 14 girls who showed up. It's amazing how many unwanted/unneeded clothese 14 girls can drum up! And it wasn't just clothes either. There were a number of books and kitchen stuff, which was great. A lot of ladies hadn't been to a Naked Lady Party before and seemed a bit hesitant at first. When we said "okay, go for it!" people sort of started shuffling towards the clothes slowly and gently touching piles. After a while they got into it and started grabbing whatever and trying stuff on. I advised the gals to wear leggings and a tank top so they could try stuff on without stripping down, in case they felt that would be immodest.
One of my good friends, Bethany, kept finding such cute stuff! It was fun to see her try things on and have the other girls say "you need to take that, it's adorable!" and have her protest, "But look at all the stuff I am already taking!!"
When the gals had gone through every pile multiple times and taken everything they wanted, we still had two whole tables worth of clothing! We filled up Rachel's trunk with clothes to donate to the local women's shelter.
I highly recommend Naked Lady Parties. First of all, they are super fun. It's always nice to get together and "go shopping" with friends. Secondly, it's a great way to get a lot of new things without being super consumeristic. Finally, it's a good way to do all of the above while still helping others by donating everything that is left. Last year when we had a NLP, a lot of people brought jewelry. When it wasn't all claimed, it was donated. The gal at the women's shelter was so happy! She said that a lot of donations are clothes that aren't in great shape, and that they never get jewelry. It was nice to know we had "good stuff."
I tried to be good. I put things back. But I still walked away with a good amount of stuff!! I got a nice new bra that looks like it was never worn, three simple tanks (black, purple and brown, which are the colors I wear most, actually), two very pretty knit cardigans, a pretty white and teal scarf that I've worn in my hair the past three days, a cute tee with a sweet print on it, and a complete work out outfit. Oh! And a skirt. And a Brighton bracelet. And a pedicure kit with soaks and lotions and scrubs. And a shirt for Bryan (Rachel's husband brought out some guy stuff). And two books on herbs and wellness. And "The Earth is Flat" by Thomas L. Friedman. Yeah. I think that's it.
Naked Lady Party. You heard it here first. Or maybe not first. But seriously, do it!!!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
But she just seems so darn nice that you really don't care. You also don't care that she's successful and has money for pretty things, and that she has a great body for a mother of 4, and that she does everything better than you.
You try not to care, at least.
So anyway, I was checking out her website this evening and on her cooking page, she linked to a recipe for Spaghetti Squash. Apparently, this is a real thing.
Friday, February 19, 2010
So the run was good. Then I came home, showered, picked up some groceries and a pizza and Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
And then I thought "maybe I'll do a couple of those high knee kick things."
So I did one correctly. And then landed sideways on my foot and crumpled to the ground. I'm icing it now.
So I don't hurt myself after running for 4 weeks, but try to kick high, and I'm toast.
Man am I graceful. Like a ballerina.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
These people have been known to chase deer on foot, capturing the deer when it drops to the ground OUT OF EXHAUSTION.
The book "Born to Run" argues that, like the title, evolution has slowly made humans better and better runners without the addition of footwear. We're born with the ability to run without orthotics.
Monday, February 15, 2010
FREAKING BUNNY T-SHIRT!!!!! And they are bunnies IN LOVE.
I'm allergic to real bunnies, which is so so so sad, but I do love them so much, and I love this tee. And it comes in a more girly style shirt....
Okay, okay, I'm calming down. It's just too darn cute. I call Bryan "Bunny" all the time, and he puts up with it, and I have a habit of calling very cute small children the same... Not quite sure why, but that's what comes out when I see something I just LOVE. Maybe when Bryan and I decide to have our OWN bunny I'll look into owning this adorable t-shirt.
A la TeeShirtGnome
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Valentine's Day doesn't mean all that much in the Lords Family. At least in THIS Lords family; there are quite a few and I cannot speak for them all. We "celebrate" on February 10th, since it was the day we got engaged three years ago.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
My sister Amanda inquired a bit as to what the C25K program does, exactly. So here's a quick overview:
The program is "couch to 5 k" so it starts with the idea that you SUCK at running (which I totally do). It slowly trains your body to be able to run a 5k. C25K is an interval training program, so you switch running and walking to get your body progressively used to running longer times. For most weeks, you run the interval schedule 3 times, with a day of rest in between each run. I try to run on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, but it just depends. Sometimes I take two days off, sometimes one. So here's what I've done so far:
Friday, February 12, 2010
I have a bachelor's degree in Social Work. The first half of my university education was dedicated to becoming an elementary school teacher.
Then I realized that there was no way I could deal with that many children, much less keeping them on task, ESPECIALLY if I feel like they're just expressing their self in a funny and not-destructive way.
I think the reason that I decided to go into teaching was that I wanted to help people, and I loved the idea of having summer off. I sat in class after class but never meshed with my co-students. We just didn't really bond, and I realized at the beginning of my fourth semester at Olivet that one of the reasons we weren't meshing was that we didn't have the same passions. I wasn't passionate about teaching.
So what to do? I went back to high school (for cereal!) and spoke with my guidance counselor for a bit of advice. After our meeting, I decided to change my major to Social Work.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The secret? The secret that makes me so so happy that I use it every month?
May I present to you, dear readers....
THE DIVA CUP!
This little baby is a Diva Cup. It's a silicone menstrual cup and I am in love with it. Okay, I'm not actually in LOVE with a MENSTRUAL CUP because that's WEIRD and GROSS. I am in "like" with what it does for me.
It's amazing how well this program trains your body! I kept thinking "okay, yeah, I'm tired... but I can't believe I'm doing this so well!" It's very cool to see my body adapt. For instance, during week 1 it was difficult for me to run for 1 minute straight. WHICH IS RIDICULOUS. But this is week 3, and it was fairly easy for me to run for 3 minutes. I even had a little bit of push left at the end and Bryan and I checked out each other's form (dirty!!!) when we met up for the last few hundred yards.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I just realized that, as of April, I will be at least three hours away from the closest Target and Victoria's Secret.
This shouldn't seem like a big deal. It's not, really. Except that I loooooove those stores. I don't even buy much from either of them, but they have occasional great great great deals! And I LOVE a good deal.
Especially on undies. I loooove buying undies.
Especially since, in preparation for the move, I have gone through my clothes and thrown out what was gross or whole-y, and donated/exchanged what is still good.
I am very low on undies!!!! And I realize that I have a lot more thongs than I thought. Which is okay. But I'm really a bikini girl through and through. Especially if it's cute and has lace somewhere on it. I LOVE lace.
So I've decided that I have to scour the internet for the next month and find as many free undies coupons as I can. I got a free lacey thong last week, and I got a coupon for a free lacie hiphugger this week. The thong was "no purchase necessary" but the hiphugger requires a purchase. They have lotions on sale for 3 bucks though, so it's still cheap for a full-sized lotion and a pantie.
My underwear mecca will be no more. The closest one will be in Idaho Falls.
Don't cry for me, pantie kingdom. I swear, I've always loved you.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
"Once asked to write a full story in six words, legend has it that novelist Ernest Hemingway responded: "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn."
In this spirit, Smith Magazine invited writers "famous and obscure" to distill their own life stories into exactly six words. It All Changed in an Instant is the fourth collection of very, very brief life stories from Smith. The tiny memoirs are sometimes sad, often funny — and always concise.
It All Changed in an Instant is full of well-known names — from activist Gloria Steinem ("Life is one big editorial meeting"), to author Frank McCourt ("The miserable childhood leads to royalties"), to actress Molly Ringwald ("Acting is not all I am").
Larry Smith, founding editor of Smith, and Rachel Fershleiser, Smith's memoir editor, talk to NPR's Rebecca Roberts about the fun and the challenge of capturing real-life stories in six little words.
Smith's six-word memoir? "Now I obsessively count the words." And Fershleiser's: "Bookstore to book tour in seconds."Can you write your autobiography in one sentence?
Some examples from "It All Changed in an Instant:"
Found on Craigslist: table, apartment, fiance.
Alzheimer's: meeting new people every day.
Met wife at her bachelorette party.
Family portrait: everyone smiles but me.
I picked passion. Now I'm poor.
Kathleen E. Whitlock
Yale at 16, downhill from there.
Anita Kawatra "
This is kind of fun! Here's the first one I thought of: Childhood vs. Responsibility; Belief vs. Doubt.
Perhaps: I thought I understood; I didn't.
or: Under the radar but still flying.
Try it! Leave me your 6 word autobiography in a comment.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Pretty much what that means is that this little pillow smells delicious, and my undies and bras are going to smell so good that I will probably get caught trying to smell them while at work. Which will be weird for all parties involved.
I currently wear Ralph Lauren Romance, which is a very yummy perfume I got from Bryan for Christmas. According to the website, this perfume combines "velvety woods, extravagant florals and seductive musk." Apparently I like musky, woody fragrances. Me-ow.
So I think I'm going to save up my shekels and get the Silk Mandarin Santal perfume sometime when it gets a tiny bit cheaper. It just smells sooo sooo yummy. If you like sandalwood, you will love this perfume. And I'm a bit obsessed with anything sandalwood-y. Ralph Lauren Romance is a bit sweeter and smells a bit more... mature? to me. It's definitely my go-to perfume when I want to feel pretty. I like the idea of the Silk Mandarin Santal as a different option. It has almost an incense smell to me, mixed with a tiny bit of citrus. Very delicious.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
I decided to take Samoa road home since I like driving over the three bay bridges at night, and it's a nice relaxing drive compared to the 101. I was right at Manila when my windshield was hit by what I can only assume was a huge ass rock.
Friday, February 5, 2010
As we got ready to leave, he said "I'm not sure how much I'm going to run tonight, I'm not feeling a long run." I got my iPod Nano and turned it to Week 3 of my Robert Ullrey podcast and as I was selecting the podcast, it split screened and froze. Lame!!!! It's done this a couple times before, and apparently it's just something that iPods do every so often. The only way I know to fix it is to let it go through the battery and die. Double lame.
So instead of having a podcast to listen to, I wrote down the day's workout and borrowed Bryan's watch, figuring I would just keep time myself. Bryan said he'd walk the first part with me and see how it went.
Anyways, Before Wyoming ('06) (B.F.), I was feeling pretty good about my body. It was a bit soft as I wasn't working out much, but I looked pretty good. I was amazed at the difference elevation made in Wyoming, though! All of a sudden I felt terribly out of shape, and had difficulty riding my bike a mile. It took about two weeks to get used to the elevation, and it still took a bit of effort to get used to working out and hiking at such altitudes.
Evidently, working out more at high altitude was great for my body, because I lost about six pounds without trying that summer! I was also eating healthy, mainly homemade meals. I ate a lot of wraps, chicken, some pasta, and salads. It was that summer that I began to enjoy cooking, and I tried new things, like making Mexican and Thai dishes. It was a good time!
Then came A.W. or After Wyoming. In late August I moved back to Illinois and went to my "last" semester at university. It was really just my last semester of full-time classwork, as I had a full-time internship that spring. My best friend at university, Kathy, was in Costa Rica for a study abroad program. I was living with two girls I didn't know very well, and I was attempting to date a boy long-distance that I had only dated in person for two weeks. It was an interesting semester.
I gained ten pounds that semester, which was incredibly disheartening. At the beginning of my final, final semester, I got engaged, which was awesome, and Bryan moved in with my family. I worked full time at a pregnancy clinic and went down to Olivet (my university) once every other week for a seminar class. I gained five pounds that semester, and was able to lose about two with extreme calorie reduction (1,000-1,500 a day) in time for my wedding.
Then came the move to California. And switching birth controls. I gain another ten pounds. What does this mean? This means I am now 25 POUNDS HEAVIER than I was when I left Wyoming.
I never in my LIFE thought I would weigh this much. I realize it's not like I'm obese, but it's still not healthy. I need to lose 15 pounds to be back in the "good zone." It used to be pretty easy to lose some weight, but now every pound is a struggle. I even thought of using Alli but decided that I didn't want to poop my pants.
So I decided to start the C25k (Couch to 5K Challenge). Then I read that a lot of people don't really lose weight on this program. EAK! So I started to the 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels. I tried this a few months ago, decided it was too hard, and quit. Oh yeah, perseverance! I picked it up again last week and realized it was a bit easier after starting C25K.
Then I hurt my knee. My right knee to be specific. I pretty much figure my right leg is my gimp leg. I hurt the knee in college, and I've hurt that ankle a few times. It's the leg with the knee and the ankle that have cracked since I was little, it's the leg where I've had cellulitis, and it's the leg where I have had these little stupid bumps for three years that I'm hoping to have removed on Monday.
It's my gimp leg.
I couldn't decide whether to just run through the pain, or give it a rest for a few days. Bryan recommended I rest, and I took his advice, since it was raining all week. I did the Shred instead, and it's been a nice workout, although I'm scared to go to Level 2. I put in on my computer with the sound off and the captions on while I watch tv on the big computer. That way I don't have to listen to Jillian yell at me. I find her terrifying.
I figure between C25K and the Shred, I should lose weight EVENTUALLY. PLEASE GOD LET ME LOSE WEIGHT EVENTUALLY. I know that I will most likely lose a bit in Wyoming just because I'm a bit more active there with more outdoor activities, but I want to lose more than a bit.
I want to lose those frustrating 25 pounds.
I know. It pretty much sounds impossible. Even thinking 25 pounds is extremely daunting. That's like... 3 good-sized newborns. It's also about the same weight of a small dog. It would be like losing 2 bowling balls. ISN'T THAT RIDICULOUS?!
But I'm not officially making 25 pounds the goal because it may be so high that I'll just get frustrated. And I'm really really going to try not to be tempted to use poopy-pants-pills.
Anyone have any suggestions for losing weight? Specific workouts or foods that helped you on your way?
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Today we had another "nothing." 6.0 earthquake at 12:20 this afternoon. I was in a meeting, crowded around a computer station with 6 other ladies all listening to someone yell through the phone about reproductive health program guidelines.
Here's a screen shot from the US Government's earthquake site:
That big blue thing? The earthquake.
So, like I said, gathered around a computer in a small space. We felt it moving and all got up to go outside, and I tripped over my stupid little step stool that I was sitting on, and ran into two of my coworkers and accidentally kicked one in the shin while trying NOT to fall.
So now I'm the girl who pushes through people and kicks to get out a building during an earthquake. I feel so bad!!!! I would never actually push past or kick a friend during an earthquake. But it certainly looks strange, doesn't it?
The other thing is (TMI alert!) the FIRST big earthquake last month messed with my (ahem) cycle. So if a normal cycle is 28 days, think of how hormonal I am at 36 days with no menses in sight!!
Le sigh, again.
Hopefully this one won't mess me up any more! No more earthquakes, here me California?
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Then I remembered that I took them off last night while making delicious biscotti last night. BUT STILL. I feel all nake-y, and not in a good, scandalous way.
Let's be serious, there's no way I can feel nake-y in public in a good way. I'm too self-conscious and get weirded out when people check out my ta-tas.
BUT STILL. Want my rings! We still don't have them insured, WHICH IS STUPID, but I keep forgetting to do so. That may have to be on my list of things to do before we move.
Only one more hour and I can go retrieve them from the ice tea glass they sit in, drenched in dish soap and water.
Monday, February 1, 2010
On Saturday Bryan and I ate out at Rita's (our favorite Mexican in Humboldt) to celebrate a stupid contest that we made up that we won the night before (each of us drinking 1 gallon of water before bed). While we waited for our yumsciousness (Super burrito with carnitas for me, torta for Bryan) I tried to engage Bryan in conversation regarding what he was looking forward to in Jackson this summer.
I did my third run of Week 2 on Saturday, and it was pretty awesome if I do say so myself. It definitely gets easier after you've done the first run for the week. I even did a little bit of a "heyyy, how about I go run in the grass over there.... pretend to not realize you're running past a homeless camp... woohoo!"
So the next morning I get up at a reasonable time (noon, ahem) and weight myself, and I AM A POUND HEAVIER THAN WHEN I STARTED RUNNING.