February 21, 2017

Making it through

I'm remembering why I love meal prep!!!!

This evening, I did the zumba class after work. Usually, after we cool down, I grab my bags and rush home so I can cook dinner, do dishes, and get my nightly routine completed.

Well, tonight, I stuck around in the locker room talking to the girls for a bit...and it felt good to be more social! The older I get, the less social I am...but it felt nice knowing that I didn't still have to cook when I got home. And then the meal was delicious (chicken stir fry) and there were no dishes. And here I am, waiting for This is Us to come on. Usually I have to pause it when it starts so I can get everything done before watching.

Love it.

Work was insane today. But I survived. Zumba was definitely the high point of the day.

This evening, I'm going to watch my show and go over notes for our VIP presentation tomorrow. And that's about it.

February 20, 2017

Not too shabby

:: Today was Day 1 of my boss being on Sabbatical -- 29 days to go!!! It wasn't too bad, thankfully.

:: This evening, we had meal prepped meals, and it was sooooo nice to not cook!!! I forgot just how wonderful it is. And then...no dishes too!!

:: After dinner, I was able to price all of our stuff for our big sale this Saturday!! If you are local, stop by between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm!! We have so many goodies!!! Help us declutter!!!

:: I'm on episode 4 of Stranger Things...it's definitely got a creepy vibe! But I am enjoying it.

:: This Thursday is Book Club...and it appears that no one really finished the book! I just couldn't get into it. It was more like a research paper instead of a novel. So much detail. Everyone seems to really love the movie Hidden Figures though...it's a quandry.

:: I need to do a little practicing for our VIP presentation that is on Wednesday -- I have to do some of the portion that my boss usually does. I know my own portion pretty well and feel comfortable speaking on those topics. This, though, is stuff I haven't presented on before. Should be interesting.

:: I think I shall spend the rest of this evening relaxing...I need as much of that as I can get this week!!!!

February 19, 2017

Weekend Recap

:: It was soooooooo nice being at home this weekend!!! I love to go and do and travel, we do so much fun stuff! But wow, I really needed some time at home to rejuvenate and feel normal.

:: Friday evening, we had gyros at Nikko's, mmmm! Then we had a movie date to see Split -- I was a little worried that it would be too scary for me, but I really, really liked it. It was a great story, and the lead guy was fantastic...he played a part that had 23 different personalities, and he nailed it. It wasn't scary enough for Chris -- but he did still like it!

:: Saturday morning, I did the grocery list and put in my pick up order with Walmart. Then Chris and I spent the remainder of the day getting everything ready for our declutter sale! We moved everything into our upstairs room over the shop, and got everything displayed nicely for easy shopping. Chris even made me a rack for the clothes! He's definitely handy to have around! Everything is all set, I just need to print up some pricing posters and tag the other items that will have different pricing. We're going to try to have our sale next Saturday -- hopefully a lot of people will come and buy some stuff! We'd like to make a little money, and also get rid of everything!!!

:: Saturday evening, we had dinner at JoJo's, the BBQ restaurant where Aspen works in Potosi. She's a hard worker, it was good to see her in action. The food was very good too -- I had the catfish, and the seasoning on the fish was so tasty! Then, we came home and had a relaxing evening.

:: Sunday, I picked up my Walmart groceries, stopped at a few other places, and then headed home to do meal prep for the upcoming week! It felt great to get back to it! And it makes me so happy to not have to cook all week now!!! With my crazy work life, and now with my boss on Sabbatical and having to cover for his workload now too, I'm going to need all the help I can get.

:: Our friend Nick is flying into town tonight so he can work here this week. We'll be picking him up from the airport and having dinner with him tonight. Can't wait to see him!

:: If you would, I ask for prayers for this next week. As many as you can lift up. I'm feeling very anxious and need lots of peace and tranquility and calm. Thank you!!!!!

February 16, 2017

Today I...

:: watched some more Stranger Things...episode 2 has been good. I think it will be a good season. I like that it is only one season so far...then I don't have to invest too much time!

:: skipped my workout after work again. So that I could work late. Again.

:: put some more things away in my scrapbook room. It's a process. So much stuff.

:: am enjoying some chocolate vodka. Mm.

:: am worried about sweet Roxy, mom and Randy's dog...she gets a little better and then gets a little worse.

:: still have no desire to read Hidden Figures...I may decide to pass on it. Maybe I will skip book club this month.

:: feel like I have an overflowing load of anxiety. I need to find a way to simplify life. A lot.

:: don't have anything else to say...

February 15, 2017

Just Another Day

:: Last night, I showed Chris all 133 of my scrapbook pages...he is always so good to look through them after I do them :) Now I can put them away in their albums...always fun!

:: Work was insane but productive today...I feel like I got a good amount done. I did work about an hour and a half late today, trying to catch up. I will probably work late tomorrow too.

:: Chris and I have a movie date on Friday evening! We are going to go see Split...looks so good! I don't like scary movies, so hopefully I can handle it. And not have nightmares afterwards!

:: I started watching Stranger Things on Netflix...it comes very highly recommended. I just started the second episode. Episode 1 was enough to peak my interest! It also seems like it might be a little scary, so I am going out on a limb here!!

:: I don't have much to report this evening...my head hurts a bit, and has all day. I may get these layouts filed away and then rest on the couch.

C'mon Thursday!

February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day to you!

:: Today, my Grandma had surgery and it seems that things went well. Please say a little prayer for her, as her recovery begins and I'm sure she will be experiencing some pain. I love you Grandma!!!

:: Work. I'm so behind. I'm starting to feel like I'm drowning. I finally had to close my office door so I could concentrate and get a few things checked off my list. More tomorrow.

:: "This is Us" was soooo good tonight. I love that show.

:: Tonight was a Baileys on ice kind of night. A big glass.

:: I finished my "Truly, Madly, Guilty" book -- I enjoyed it. I didn't like it as much as the other one of hers that I read...but I think she (Liane Moriarty) has such amazing character development.

:: Now it is time to start my next book club book -- "Hidden Figures", about the Nasa women. It is currently also a movie. I'm having trouble getting into it. The first few chapters aren't grabbing me. I need to get cracking, book club is next week.

:: I counted last night -- I got 133 scrapbook pages done at my retreat!! So pleased with that!! I need to show them to Chris, and then I will also enjoy getting them put away into their rightful albums.

:: Our VIP trip was cancelled this week!!! AND our CEO gave us Casual Dress for Wed/Thur/Fri!! I don't know why, but THANK YOU!! Definitely some highlights of the week.

:: Zumba was awesome tonight. I could've definitely have worked late...but I desperately needed that hour to turn off my brain and move. So glad I did it.

:: Well...I suppose I should go read!! :)

February 13, 2017

longest day

Relaxation days are over...sadly! My scrapbook retreat was so much fun!! Four days of time to do exactly what I want, when I want...

I scrapbooked (about 80 pages!); I worked on organizing a scrapbook (2!) for the woman who hires me; I did a lot of reading (sometimes in bed!); I worked on some felting projects (a fun succulent plant and a little gnome); I ate lots of junk food; I slept great all nights; and I enjoyed the time with my friends. It was a perfect weekend!

We got back to Abilene around 8:00 pm...I unpacked and then Chris and I watched The Walking Dead.

Sadly, it seems that taking time off only means I am going to have to pay for it later. My Monday today was absolutely insane. Packed full and stressful. And then I had to grocery shop after work, get gas, pick up a Valentine gift, pick up dinner. Put groceries away, eat, and do a few loads of laundry.

Longest day ever.

So, for now, I'm about to go sit my little fanny down.

February 08, 2017

4 Days!!!!!


It's finally here!! It's time for four days away and some serious scrapbooking time!! It's time for our retreat!!!!

Today...whew...so stressful. I feel a bit numb from the week because it was really quite a doozy. So busy. So much to get done in three short days. And today's VIP trip went until 6:15. But -- I walked out of there and now I have four full days of solid relaxation.

I'm not taking my laptop. I am going to scrapbook. And felt. And read. And take a bath in the big jacuzzi tub. And just veg out. I cannot wait!!!!!!

Kim and I are leaving at 6:30 in the morning...we'll get to Mansfield between 9:30 and 10:00, and then the fun really begins :)

So...I'm signing off until next week. You'll probably still see me over on Instagram, and I can still get emails on my phone. But otherwise...nada!!!

February 07, 2017


Another crazy day...I am hoping that things slow down a lot, very very soon.

Today, work was another full-blown sprint from from 8-5. I was able to accomplish a lot, but still a lot to get done tomorrow before I head out to my retreat. Throw in a VIP presentation and some training, and I have limited time to accomplish a long list.

After work, I had a hair appointment...so that took up a good chunk of my evening. I picked up dinner on the way home and then watched This is Us...which was soooo good tonight!

Now I want to spend a little time with my hubby!!!

February 06, 2017

Insane Day

Today felt like a full-blown, all-day sprint. I am tired.

Work was insane. I had to play catchup, and then there was so much to do on my to-do list. Things are busy busy, stressful stressful there.

After work, I had a few errands to do. I stopped at PetSmart to get Poppy more food. I had to go to Michaels to pick up a handful of adhesive packs for the retreat. I went to Walmart to pick up my online grocery order. Then I finished off at another grocery store, where they have the protein powder Chris uses and for the two things the Walmart order was out of. Then, home...put it all away, and then cooked dinner. I am tired.

Then I threw in three loads of laundry. Finally caught up on that.

I packed a little for my retreat -- lots of stuff and food to take for that!! It's getting me excited for Thursday!

Luckily, I am feeling a little better...the meds worked pretty well. Not 100%, but better.

I've made it to 8:30 and am ready for bed. I think I shall sit myself down and stare at the tv for the remaining hours.

February 05, 2017




Trying to get the grocery list done and entered into Walmart so I can pick it up tomorrow.

Doing laundry.

Trying to help Chris...he's very sore and his feet/ankles are very swollen.

More tomorrow!

February 02, 2017

On the Mend

:: Today, I am feeling a little better...the meds are starting to work. I slept very well last night thankfully -- that was much needed! Hope it keeps improving.

:: Half a day left of work, and then a fun weekend ahead. Can't wait to tell you all about it! Follow me on Instagram to see us along the way...

:: While Chris is running for about 20 hours on Saturday, I will be in the truck passing time. I'll get to see him each 20 miles of the 100 miles, and in between those times I am going to: read books; read magazines; nap; knit; felt; watch movies; watch tv shows; and some more napping :) It is going to be an interesting day!!

:: I'm currently rewatching the 4 Reboot episodes of The Gilmore Girls. After reading Lauren Graham's book, I learned a few additional tidbits and felt like I had missed a lot of things. Now that I know what happens overall, I can watch more closely and pick up on the little things. I'm enjoying it.

:: And now it's time to relax...

February 01, 2017

Today I...

:: woke up feeling unrefreshed from a very fitful night of sleep, alone in the guest bedroom so as not to keep my hubby up all night. High point though -- headache was gone! Finally.

:: I went to see our nurse practitioner to see what I have going on -- sinus infection?? It seemed like more to me, because I have a little achy feeling and my throat is really sore and red. She took one look and thought for sure I had strep...but the strep and flu tests came back fine. So, she treated it liked a sinus infection. I got a short-term steroid shot, and two other drugs. I'll start those in the morning. Gotta kick this outta my system, I'm so tired of it.

:: I was part of a 2 hour VIP presentation...and we'll do the same thing the next four weeks, too.We are trying to streamline it down to take less time, but it is proving to be difficult -- there is so much stuff for us to cover.

:: I skipped my workout in favor of rest.

:: I blew my nose way more than one person ever should.

:: Made Mexican Lasagna for dinner -- tasty!

And now...I will see how the remainder of my evening goes, to determine if I can return to our bed instead of the guest bed. Fingers crossed!

January 31, 2017

This Day

It was a fine day, overall...

Except my head still hurts.

And except my allergies are out of control. I think I may have another sinus infection. Again. I am going to try to make an appointment with our nurse practitioner tomorrow. Blah.

I'm headed to the couch.

January 30, 2017

I Hate Headaches

:: Oh today...today, I woke up with an awful headache and it is still hanging on now as I type...long day. Headaches kind of interfere with everything.

:: On top of that, mountain cedar is really bad right now, and I must be really, really allergic to mountain cedar. Geesh, I cannot breathe. My asthma is also very influenced by my allergies, so it has been more flared up than normal too. Blah.

:: This evening, for dinner, I made Poppy Seed Chicken -- nom nom nom!! Chris unfortunately doesn't love it, so I can only cook it about twice a year, tops. It's always sooo good though. We enjoyed it tonight!

:: Due to said headache, I plan to spend the remainder of my evening on the couch. It's calling my name! Hopefully Poppy will join me!

:: Next up in our life -- Chris' 100 Mile Trail Run! He estimates that it should take him around 20 hours to run it. It will be a very interesting day and experience. I can't wait to tell you all about it!

:: I also have a lot of things I need to accomplish, like a custom scrapbook for hire and a wedding invitation design...as soon as the 100 mile run and the scrapbook retreat are completed, I should be set to get cracking on some things I've put on the back burner. I have a list!!

:: For now...I'm going to rest my head...