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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

AnthroOHMYGOSHINEEDITNOW

Most of you know my obsession with Anthropologie, and you also know that I'm not rich, so I can't really shop much at Anthro.  But I wish my world had a LOT more Anthro-style to it.  So fantastic.

Here are two things I want NOW.  I realize I don't have a little girl, but if I did, I would buy this IMMEDIATELY:

Tea-And-Crumpets Apron
SO CUTE.  And actually SUPER affordable at $24.

And of course I'd need a new apron too... like this one:

Strawberry-Rhubarb Apron
Still not a bad deal at $32!  So sweet and classy.

Or maybe get a matching apron???

Adult Tea-And-Crumpets Apron
Once again, not a bad deal at $32!  In LOVE, so SWEET and classic!!

Harry Potter is my Hero

Head over to Geek in Heels to check out some AWESOMENESS, like this piece of goodness:



Click for the full size!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Talkin' Bout My Healthy Bits

So if you've keeping up with my blog, you'll remember that I had lots of bloodwork recently.  Oh, and I had an ultrasound on my left boob.  Yep.

My boob is totally fine, although it is WEIRD to see a boob on an ultrasound, I have to admit.  "What's that??"  "Oh, those are the fatty deposits that make up breast tissue."  "What are those little white lines?" "Those are Cooper's ligaments... they keep your breasts perky.  And when you get older they will break down and your boobs will sag.  It's just what happens."

Yikes!

So they have no idea why I have the weird sensation in my boob, but I was told to cut down on caffeine (I DID start drinking coffee again about two or three months ago... have to switch to decaf, I guess), to take Vitamin E supplements twice a day, and to take Evening Primrose Oil supplements.  Supposedly that should help, so that's good.

All of my bloodwork came back fine, except my Follicule-Stimulating Hormone was a little bit high.  Apparently that means that I may have slightly less eggs than I should have at my age, or something like that.  Of course, it's only a little bit higher of a level of this FSH stuff, and I still have a ton of eggs, so they're not worried that it will really affect my fertility or anything.  Which is pretty cool, because we are planning on starting a family in the next year or so.

As far as my weight loss plan... well, apparently I just suck at weight loss.  I've been working out regularly since January and have only lost about 3 pounds.  Which is better than nothing, I suppose!  I have also lost an inch around my hips, and about an inch off each thigh.  This morning I tried on some of my cute dresses, thinking about weddings this summer and our cruise next winter.  I really hope that I lose at least another two inches off my hips (I'd prefer more like 5 inches, but we'll see) and at least another two off my thighs.  If I could lose some tummy, that would be pretty awesome as well. 

We've been struggling with P90X this last week or so.  We've had a hard time getting the work out in, and we've been pretty tired and trying to catch up on sleep.  Tonight is the second round of Yoga X this week... this is HARDCORE YOGA.  Seriously, I do not know how they do some of these poses.  My body doesn't move like that.  Last night, after Core Synergistic, I made Bryan take pictures of my downward dog (that sounded dirty) so I could work on improving my pose.  I'm doing well, but I totally want the awesome almost concave downward dog that Pam (the Blam) can do.  Mine looks like this right now:

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which is totally good.  BUT, I would love for it to look like this (similar to Pam the Blam!s):

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Okay, Pam's is even MORE concave.  But look at that!  Feet flat on the ground, hips to the sky, chest to the knees... impressive!

So.  We're only on week 4 out of 8, so I'm hoping that I lose more weight.  Apparently many women don't recommend weighing yourself for the first 45 days, as you're primarily building muscle, so you won't see much weight loss.  I would, however, like to lose some poundage and inches, so it's hard not to check that scale in the morning.  I'm hoping between P90X and some running that I'll slowly get back in shape.  I want to look good for this cruise next January!!  And I'd like to feel less self-conscious in a lot of my clothes.  So here's hoping.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

2 Spiritual Thoughts.



I love Nickel Creek, and I love this song.  Ignore the Comic Sans.  It's evil, I know.

"For all our talk about narrow roads, Christianity has become a broad, gushing stream. Acknowledging that, with humility, ought to give us pause before we start all the in-fighting and name-calling."

Read more: Flexibility, Heretics, and Love Wins  (very little is actually about "Love Wins")

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hi, I'm Neurotic, Would You Like to Be My Friend?

Ohhhhhhh.  Sometimes my craziness drives ME crazy.  I know that doesn't really make much sense.

Let me explain.

Bryan and I are painting the living room.  Two (ish) walls are bright white (it's really one full wall and two partial bits of wall) and one is a light blue grey.  Earlier today I decided I hate the blue grey color and Bryan agreed it looked violet, and I'm an adult who doesn't want a violet wall.  Decided.

However, after a second coat, it's getting better.  Weeeeee'llllllllll see.

That's not the basis of the crazy, though.

WHILE I was painting, I happened to get my monthly friend (heck yes this is THAT sort of story... sort of) and thought "I ought to sanitize my Diva Cup before using it."

What's a Diva Cup? Check out what I wrote a year ago or whatevs for specifics, but, in shorthand, it's a silicone cup I shove up my vagina during my period to catch menstrual blood.  I take it out every 10-12 hours, pour the stuff in the toilet, rinse it, and put it back in.  It's much easier than tampons, I almost never have to change it in public, and it's environmentally cuddly, or something.

So.  I put it on the stove, along with some dishsoap (I have no idea why... it's not in the directions and probably a bad idea....) and I walk away.

....

And I don't remember that I've put it on the stove to be sanitized until all the water has evaporated and it's burning and the house is filling with smoke.

Oh yeah, did I mention our smoke alarm's battery died last week?  Yeah.

So I run and grab it (it's not burning, thankfully, but smells TERRIBLE) and throw it outside, pot and all.  And then I open the door, the sliding door, and all the windows I can.  Bryan has been in bed for a half hour so doesn't understand WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME when I run into our room saying "Bryan!!" and then "I almost burned our apartment down!" and then "I burned my Diva Cup!" and then "I have to open all the windows in here and I'm stealing your fan."

Then I try to air the place out for two hours.

But of course, my mind starts working....

And now I have semi-convinced myself that burning a Diva Cup in a non-stick pot (I know, they're bad) will immediately give me cancer, or carbon monoxide poisoning, or death, or something.

Seriously.  This happened two hours ago and I'm still awake freaked out and wanting to keep the doors open all night (probably a bad idea????).

It just smells gross.  I know it's probably not at all healthy for us, but I'm not sure it's MORE unhealthy than sitting around a campfire when people throw in styrofoam plates (hello, childhood) or plastic.  BUT IT IS MY HOME and now I'm obviously coming down with a bit of cancer/blacklung/pickyourdisease.

Annnnd it doesn't help that I'm getting an ultrasound on my left boob tomorrow because it's still feeling a bit weird/tender, and that I have like 9 tests to have done at the lab on Wednesday to find out if I have polycystic ovarian syndrome or whatever else it could be making my hormones wacky.

So.  I'm feeling a bit neurotic these days.

Did I mention we invited new friends over to our apartment tomorrow night?  The same day that I'm getting my ultrasound and finishing painting the living room ceiling and putting all the furniture back and cleaning up and making dinner???

Hi, I'm neurotic.  Would you like to be my friend? 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Parks and Recreation

Any Parks and Rec fans here??  I LOVE this show, I think it's one of the absolute best shows on television.  And last night's episode was AMAZING. 

I don't want to give anything away to those of you who still need to catch it on Hulu like I did this evening.  But SO AWESOME.  I'll try to recap later this week, yes?

Seriously.  So good.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Sometimes I Pretend That I'm Social

So I've been emailing back and forth for the last two days with one of the pastors at the Episcopalian church.  Once again, trying to find a church/faith gathering that fits our worldview and beliefs.

It's not easy.

We heard about this emergent gathering that will start up again in June, which is cool.  The pastor let us know that he and a bunch of other people in the community that do sort of an interfaith thing were going to the Center for the Arts for an improv show.  So we went too!

It was a pretty good time, pretty funny.  The most awkward part was when the guy asked "so what do you guys do for fun?"

Uhhhhh... hang out together.  Go to eat at a lot of the same restaurants.  Go visit family in Idaho.  Do stuff outside.  I dunno.

"Do you guys go dancing, or do karaoke, or hang out with friends?

No.  Not really.  No.

Whatever.  At least we tried tonight.  The funny thing was, a few people we saw tonight we'd already met at some churches that we didn't really feel comfortable in; they're the same people, they just go to different churches.  So we know people that these people know.  And some of them are the ones who are super fundamentalist about stuff (as in, one of them said that "bonnet lit" or whatever those Christian Amish books are.... is porn for women.  Seriously.  Emotional porn.  You have GOT to be kidding me).  BUT, some of them are pretty cool.  As one of the guys said, with a town that's this transitional with seasonal work, you almost have to prove yourself to people so they'll get to know you.  I hate feeling like I have to prove that I'm worth liking; like me or don't, but let's just be real, you know?  Whatever.   So.  We'll see.

All I know is that we're pretty much going to be in Jackson for another year, which is fine, but I'm already getting itchy to try a new place, see new things, all of that.  And we've got one more year, so we better eventually find friends.  Because we hung out with people this summer, but it's been about 8 months of just the two of us hanging out.  I occasionally hang out with Kate from work, and Bryan occasionally hangs out with Kyle, but that's about it.

I have to have an answer for "so what do you guys do for fun?" eventually.  Right??

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Yeahhhhh... you NEED to watch this.

Tilt-shift video of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and backcountry skiing - extreme!!! And extremely cool. Ends with a beautiful shot of our lovely town.  It's high def, so maximize the window.


A Tiny Day in the Jackson Hole Backcountry from Tristan Greszko on Vimeo.

Snow. On April 7th.

once again, sorry for the blue... keep forgetting to adjust the white balance

Walked outside this morning in flats and a light jacket.  And saw this.  Went back inside.  Put on snow boots and warmer coat.  Went to work.  Only pouted a little bit.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Highs and Lows

Low: I've been having a fairly crappy week. Work sucks.  I miss having community, close friends, dinner parties, wine with movies... I miss that.  I miss California.  I miss Catalyst, my friends.  I miss my Chicago girls, Kathy, Monica and Molly.  I REALLY miss my folks; today Bryan and I were watching HGTV during lunch and they made this awesome headboard, bedside tables, and bookshelf for under $200.  Bryan said "I wish I could do that; I've made some things but nothing that complicated."  And I immediately think, "Dad would LOVE to teach Bryan how to make bookshelves and headboards!"  He's done both of those before, and I know that he'd relish the time spent working in the shop with my husband.  But we don't live by them.  That's just how it goes.

High: Bryan and I stayed up LATE on Saturday, past 1am (which is REALLY late for Bryan, who goes to bed before I do most nights).  We slept in the next morning, lazed about the couch watching tv, and then he said we should go out to dinner.  We went to the brew pub and Bryan got trout and I had a Thai-ish chickeny peanut sauce noodle thing that was awesome.  The best part was the conversation we had, though.  We talked about our goals, our values, what we want out of our life in the next couple years.  We are so alike in some ways, yet different in others.  We compliment each other so well. 

We talked about our life in Jackson - we love the town, the mountains, the accessibility of outdoor activities.  But we don't have a close group of friends, don't have a church (still haven't heard back from the one I'm excited about, so I'm not sure when they meet), don't have community like we had in California.  We're close-ish to family, but not super close.  Neither of us are in love with our jobs, but we make a paycheck, and that's what counts.  So we talked about the future.  Chris and Amanda (Bryan's sister and brother-in-law) are going to be done with school around June of next year (Chris is in a master's program in Detroit).  They are talking about moving back out West.  And we have spoken many times about living close to them so we can raise our kids together, so they really know their cousins.  And Bryan and I are pretty set on the idea of moving close to them, as long as they don't live somewhere horrible.  So we're getting more serious about the idea that Jackson will not be our end game (although Bryan was set on that for quite a while).  There are many places we'd consider living... Denver, Boise, the West Coast again... I'd love to live by my folks, too, especially after we start a family, but I have no idea where they are planning to end up in the next five years or so.  But if we lived by Chris and Amanda, we'd have that family connection nearby, and it helps that we LOVE hanging out with them and their kiddos.

So I don't know.  I'm glad we're in Jackson, even though I don't feel like all my needs are being met (I'm more extroverted than Bryan, I NEED friends).  I am excited for the summer, for getting in shape and hiking and backpacking.  But I'm also aware that my itchiness to move has re-emerged.  I hope one day I will want to stay in a place for more than a year or two, but I like moving around.  I hate the actual MOVING, but I like new places, new experiences.  And if we were to find a place we loved, and have the friends and community like we did in California, I'd really consider putting down roots, especially if we had family nearby.  So we'll see.  Today I'm just feeling unsettled with my job (there's drama) and unfulfilled in my social life.  At least I have my incredibly awesome husband, my partner in life and in crime, who makes things SO much better.  That's the highest high there is.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

"Spring" in Jackson


Jackson in "Spring", from a top Snow King.  Wish the color was better, but the clouds were rolling in...  it was a great day though!