I’m Back- Liebster + Weekly Goals Week 1

Hey blogland.. it’s been a long time. Sorry about that. As usual I promise to try to do better.. I have so many things to get done that I kind of just feel that I am failing at them all.

Sooo for 2014 I have decided to give up… SLEEP.

Just kidding, kind of.

I have a ton of stuff that I want to write about/document that has happened over the last couple months. It may be a strange holiday blast from the past around here for a bit, so feel free to skip over those posts. I know that I’m over the holidays, so I can imagine that you all are too. Buuut like I said, I want to document them!

Lauren from Another Mom Another Blog was kind enough to nominate me for a Liebster so I am going to jump back into blogging by answering her questions. Carolyn nominated me for a Leibster some months back, so if you’re curious about that you can check it out here. I am just going to answer Lauren’s questions because I am lazy like that. 🙂

1. What’s the meaning behind your blog name?

Well I started this blog to document wedding planning and my goal to run 1000 miles in 2012. I ran 500 mines in the last six months of 2011, so I thought it would be neat to run 1000 in 2012. Too bad I completely burnt myself out on running in 2011 though.. Also, I tend to get TOO nostalgic at times and live in the past more than I should. Hence “another mile, another memory”. Plus it’s a lyric from a Dierks Bentley song, and I just love him. 🙂

2. If you could be any animal, what would you be?

Oh man! That is such a great question. I think I would want to be something aquatic. I love the water.. a dolphin would be cool. They are super smart, intuitive and playful. Who wouldn’t want to be all those things?

3. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

I have a lot.. I think I am more easily annoyed than a lot of people. (Aren’t I so loveable?). I really hate bad drivers and when T picks at his nails with his teeth though. He handles money all day..EWW!

4. What’s your dream car?

Another great question!! I am such a Chevy/ GM girl. I LOVE my SRX, but I would also love the truck from this post as a nice weekend ride for up at the cabin ;-).

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If I had to pick something besides a GM I would probably pick a VW Beetle- the body style before the current one- or an Audi sports car.

5. What do you enjoy the most about blogging?

The fact that it forces me to take a little time out for myself? haha no, I absolutely adore the fact that I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing women from all over North America.

6. What is your favorite breed of dog (or cat if you’re a cat person)?

I love both cats and dogs, and really most animals (not reptiles or bugs though!) but if I had to pick I would have to say Border Collie.What a surprise, right? I have wanted a border Collie since I was 12 years old and Lori is everything that I could dream of. She was housebroken at 6 weeks– you tell me that she isn’t a genius?!

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I work in a pretty crappy part of town (for one of my jobs) and Lorelei has picked up an awesome new habit.. If someone she doesn’t like (usually guys) and they come within 10 feet of my desk she goes insane and lunges at them. It’s gotten to the point where instead of anchoring her leash to the chair I had to put a hook on my desk.

Lori is not only smart, but protective. I can’t say she works wonders to make customers feel welcome though..

7. Where do you get your news from?

The internet/ everyday life. It’s really bad, but I can’t stand to watch the news these days. It makes me way too sad.

8. What is something crazy you’ve always wanted to do but never have?

Ooh! Travel somewhere exotic without worrying. I am so neurotic about travel.

9. What was your favorite toy growing up?

Pretty much anything art related. (You would think that I would be able to draw something that actually resembles– ANYTHING). Barbie stuff was always cool too. Interesting how I would up minoring in Women’s Studies in University.. haha.

10. What recipe have you been dying to try but haven’t yet?

Alll the cupcake recipes I have pinned on Pinterest.. some day!

11. What are your goals for your blog?

Easy- be a more consistent blogger!

As far as goals go.. I am going to start back at counting from one for the new year. AND I’m not going to bother recapping my last goals, because it’s been waaay too long.

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I’m going to keep it simple for my first week back:
1.) Drink at least 100 oz water daily
2.) Track EVERYTHING
3.) Get back to the gym at least 2 mornings this week.
4.) Become BFF’s with my day planner- this week is another and I don’t want to forget any appointments.

Lastly, WordPress just informed me that today marks my one year anniversary of starting this blog! Woohoo! I can’t say that I have kept this blog up like I wanted to, but I can say THANK YOU to all the amazing friends that I have made over the course of the last year. I may not update often, but I still enjoy following along on everyone else’s adventures 🙂

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What An Insane Week..

First of all, thank you so much for the sweet comments on my last post. You are all the absolute best.

This past week has really just been too weird. On Tuesday I went back to work to (I was just going to say ‘put out fires’…) deal with me and my Dad’s unexpected absence. Everything was a bit crazy as per usual, but I also had a meeting with the City to deal with the road project. Lets just say I’m not a fan of emanate domain.. it didn’t actually get to that point, but it sure feels like it some times.

Wednesday was another day of craziness.. it never ends 🙂

Thursday it was back up to the cabin. We met with the insurance people and the fire investigators. The insurance people were absolutely amazing- we had a good policy, but I just can’t say enough good things about the crew they have put together for us.

Farmer’s had a builder come in and look at the damage- mainly because they do this every day so they can work with the adjustor to get the costs where they need to be. Our builder is awesome. I was joking that he had my dream truck (Remember this post?) and he basically forced his keys on me when we had to run up to the community center for a working bathroom.

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So I did what any sane person would do.. Took it and then posed with it before I brought it back. Maybe I’m not that terrible of a blogger?? haha

We know a fair amount of families up there- the neighbor informed us that the Women’s Bible study group heard what happened and “we are officially the talk of the town”. Ohi. Small Towns.

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There was no shortage of people up there.

This was early in the day. By 1pm there were plus five more cars/trucks + firetrucks.

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Trying to take an inconspicuous picture.. and TOTALLY got called out. Thanks, Will! haha

The pattern of the fire was a little bizarre so everyone wanted to know what the fire investigator had to say. They had 2 local guys look at it, brought someone in from the nearest “big” city (ha), and then the insurance company had a private person come out. Right now it’s looking like it could be related to the gas line (it was corrugated- there have been problems with this type in the past) so now the insurance company is investigating. Unfortunately, this means there’s going to be back and forth with the lawyers so instead of starting next week they aren’t sure when they will be able to. Right now they are hoping to have demo, framing and mud done before it snows.

This is also the time that I need to go through and inventory the ENTIRE house. Let me just say that my parents had it nicely stocked. My Dad and Uncle when a little crazy last January and decided they wanted a doomsday retreat if need be… even my Dad thinks it was dumb now! ha! Beyond that- the closest store was 50+ miles away so there was no running out for Q-tips, batteries, TP, soda/whatever. Once I get the inventory done I have to collaborate it with receipts and then try to find replacements.

This is going to be an adventure for sure.

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Command Central.

Did I mention our team is amazing. Seriously, thank you God..again.

It was alternately sunny and rainy- Will was kind enough to bring covering, water + chairs or everyone.

The day ended kind of ironically and sad though. I realized I have spent more quality time with my parents up there in the past week than I have ever before 😦 As we were packing up my Dad was standing there and he kept commenting how sad he was that my room was completely demolished. He knew how much time I spent getting everything just right.. as for me I was facing away from the house enjoying the trees. He talked about how it was sad to watch it rain in the house.. me? Still enjoying the trees. I’m trying to look at this as an adventure.. and I think I’m still in denial. Is that bad?

Lucky for me I have some amazing friends. They were waiting for me when I got home with a lovely wine night.

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Don’t ask me why J thought it necessary to grab every wine bottle in the house and pile it in front of us for the picture..

E found a pin on pinterest that we tried last night. (I’d link it, but I couldn’t find it).

It called for mango sorbet and champagne. We used a melon baller and put the sorbet in our glasses and then the champagne melted it and it combined.

Super yum, in case anyone is looking for a fruity champagne drink 🙂

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend

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A Very Surreal Day

So I had the best diet intentions ever for today. I shopped and prepped all my breakfast, snacks, lunches and dinners for the entire week last night.

Another big thing I did was make the mental commitment that no matter what I tell myself in the morning I would be getting my damn ass out of bed for the gym.

Last night I slept terribly. It was weird, I knew as I was sleeping that I was troubled. I tend to have BAD anxiety dreams when I’m stressed and last night’s topped them all. I woke up around 3-4 and saw a text message from my Dad asking if I was awake. He sent it around midnight and then followed it with a message saying call me before you go into work. Since he followed it up with that I figured it was just work stuff (not uncommon) so I tried to go back to sleep for a bit.

Around 6 I woke up to my phone ringing and it was my Dad. He asked if I was awake and I told him not really. He asked me to wake up a little because he had some bad news. He started off by saying we’re fine, Grandpa’s fine, the animals are fine.. but the cabin burned down last night. My heart just sunk when he started telling me everyone was fine, because I knew I wasn’t going to like what he had to say by any means.

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The cabin was my happy place. There was no work and no stress up there. Just relaxation and family. I wrote a post in May that summed it up well I think. It’s just the most relaxing place on Earth (or AZ at least).

My dad talked about selling it a few years ago and it was then that I realized how much I loved it.

The fire started by the side of the house- they are guessing lightening was the cause right now, but that isn’t the final work. It actually started right under my window.

As crappy as it is I know everything happens for a reason. It’s still hard to deal with right now though.

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That’s my bed frame laying on the ground.

The closet and most of the ceiling is laying in the basement below my room. My parent’s bathroom was above it and their tub, sink, and toilet are all laying in the basement closet.

Everything happens for a reason. I can’t even begin to think how bad it would have been if we were there. (And I don’t want to). My Grandpa would have been in the room next to me. He can walk, but he’s slow. My parents would have been trapped upstairs with the smoke. We would have had five dogs with us. (My 2, Grandpas 2 and my moms). Best case scenario we would have had five dogs loose in the forest. Worst… no. T and I also took pretty much all of our family pictures up last time we went. We had plans to come back the next weekend (didn’t happen) and I considered leaving them up there. Thank GOD I didn’t. Seriously, thank you God.

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The fire was concentrated in my bedroom, but the downstairs bath, laundry/mudroom and kitchen all got it bad.

The cabin is 2.5 hours away so we drove up there to talk to the fire chief, police and insurance people early today. The house is likely a total loss. There are a few little things like pictures that they will be able to save and clean up. It started raining while we were up there and they opened up the basement doors so we could look it. It was raining in the basement…water was coming in from the lofted ceiling 3 stories up.

It was all just too much to deal with. It still doesn’t seem real.

2 random asides from today that actually made the day somewhat tolerable:

1.) The police chief brought his k9. As he was leaving I asked if I could see him. He said sure so I followed him to his car. I just literally meant see, but he brought him out so I could pet and meet him. He was super sweet, and it was cool to learn a little bit about him and his training. The funny part was I thought his name was “kilo” from what I read in the community newsletter. Nope, actually “kiko”.. pretty sure they chief thought I was an idiot, but I did explain that I thought it was a pun..

2.) When we went to open the storage unit under the kitchen it reminded me of when I opened it a few summers ago and I saw a really weird critter. It looked and moved like a snake, but it had legs. I asked the fire guys if they were local, and they said yes. So I asked them what it was called. One of the two left to take a call, so it was just me and the younger one. He replied “a skank”. The whole day caught up with me and I snort laughed, because I thought I misheard him. I asked him to repeat himself and he turned bright pink and I was like “I swear I’ve heard them called skanks”. Good stuff.

I told my mom about it in the car on the way home and her comment was “well I wonder how they came up with that. You don’t get that name for nothing”. This came from my super conservative, sweet, quiet mom.

Everything is just so weird right now. I don’t think it’s sunk in much.. I know it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could be.. but damn.

Anyway, thanks for the mini therapy sessions. To actually get back on point- my goals are simple this week. Just make it out with my mind. I am going to try to hit the gym extra for some sanity and eat well- the hard part is done. No recap this week.. next week ‘kay?

Operation Skinny Jeans

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Weekend Recap.. A Day Late

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Sleeping in the truck, no shame, begging

These three pictures pretty much summarize our weekend last weekend. It was AMAZING!

T and I joked that when we are old and gray we are going to have a bunch of pictures of our dogs traveling, but none of us. I’m okay with that. 🙂 (At least for now!)

There was some of this:

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Exploring

We packed dog food, and then promptly forgot it at home. So we ended up taking a trip into Winslow. It was everything I have ever heard about it– completely boring! haha! Buuut it was fun to get out for a bit.

And plenty of that:

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As you can see we kept in pretty in check last weekend. There was plenty of eating going on, but we did keep it pretty “clean”. Beer never counts as clean when you’re at the cabin– right??

This was the first 24/7 time T and I spent together in awhile. He sees me eat dinner (usually when I eat the worst), but not breakfast or lunch. The 24/7 time was good- I think he finally gets that I am serious about it. We had  a bit of a “come to Jesus” talk about how I really wanted to work on cleaning up our my dinners.

He was great, and really supported me. Two things make me really believe it this time though:

1.) He went grocery shopping with me when we got home on Sunday

2.) He ate Skinny Taste Buffalo Chicken Wraps with me. Lettuce and all! I got him tortillas for them thinking there was no way he would do lettuce- but he wanted lettuce.. and even said he preferred it!

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Thanks to the aforementioned beer I decided last minute that I wanted to have a birthday party. Apparently my new go to thing to do when I am drinking is invite everyone I know  to events.

So between working, commuting, cooking, gyming, and not losing my mind this week I am party planning! woohoo!

I decided it’s going to be tiki theme. I found some cute stuff online- so expect lots of pictures next week 🙂

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In a Funk + Tuesday Randoms

I have been in a serious funk the past two days..

It started on Sunday night when I read about the Volunteer Fire team that was killed in Northern Arizona. 19 people were lost. They were all volunteers. They didn’t have to be there.. but they were. They did solely it to help their communities. The fire spread so fast it basically took out an entire town. At this point they still don’t know if/how many residents didn’t make it out.

My heart literally hurts. I have so much respect for all those men who were out there.

I love Arizona soooo much–especially in the winter. Whenever I see natural disasters on the news I feel for the people who have to go through such terrible things but at the same time I am thankful for our virtual lack of them.

The few things Arizona does have are floods and fires. Floods are pretty easy to avoid- danger wise- as long as you have common sense and don’t drive though washes, watch the weather when out hiking, ect. The fires however… there is a degree of common sense there as well-no camp fires when its dry, don’t be using spark/flame emitting machines before 8 pm (ie yard equipment), ect– but there is almost mother nature. This fire was started from lightening- not human caused in any way.

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Picture I stole of FB- Blue Ridge Hot Shots

My parents have a cabin up North. A few weeks ago there was a fire nearby and the team that was killed came and helped fight it. The picture above is our team after they heard the terrible news. I just can’t even put into works how bad I feel for their community and family members.

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So that was Sunday night before bed- then while I was asleep I had a freaky dream that really stuck with me. I don’t know that freaky is the right word really- but the dream stuck with me.

I dreamed that I was next door at my Grandpa’s business- not that weird. Except I was by the back door and Grandpa came in and heard me but couldn’t see me from where I was standing by the kitchen.. Then my Dad and Grandpa came around the corner with my Grandma. They were all talking about who was going to do the bank run (aka completely mundane stuff). Meanwhile I saw Grandma and she acknowledged me (while no one else did) and all I could focus on/wanted to do was walk towards her while I asked her if she was “real”. I walked to her and she said yes and I remember touching her face. Then I woke up.

My Grandma died last year and I would be completely lying if I said it didn’t effect me big time. In my conscious mind I knew she wasn’t alive.. I’m trying to remember if I’m dreaming about an old memory and inserting current day (Grandpa not seeing me because his bad vision and me knowing she wasn’t on this Earth anymore) into it or if it was something else.

Really, “freaked me out” isn’t a good phrase for it- more like made me curious and sad. I miss her 😦

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On to some better things.

4th of July Decorations

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Finally remembered to snap a picture of the wreath I put together for the 4th.

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. I don’t think we should need a reason to act patriotic, but I do love the feeling of pride and unity on the 4th.

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Early and Unexpected Birthday Gifts

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Looking a hot mess in the nasty infamous work bathroom.

My uncle Guy surprised me yesterday with 2 pairs of earrings that he got for me at the gun show last weekend. He got me a pair with horses and a pair with hummingbirds. Horses are one of my favorites and hummingbirds were my Grandma’s thing. The timing was a little funny please I don’t think he knew/remembers that. The style is definitely not something I would have picked myself, and I love them for that very reason!

I also love that my big, bad, tough military guy uncle was buying me delicate glass earrings at the gun show! hahaha!

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I also received a box of Fairy Tale brownies last week as a closing gift..  I was a good girl and shared them (and the calories 😉 ) but that was a fun first.

Usually I am the one who loves giving gifts, but I gotta say the unexpected gifts in the past week or so have been fun!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

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Back on track?

Sooo when I started this blog I started by writing an ‘about me’ page. It was harder than I thought it would be.  A lot harder. As you’ve probably figured this blog is primarily about getting healthy, and the truth hurts I guess. Ha! The fact that I try not to talk about myself definitely didn’t make things any easier either.

But with that being said- writing the ‘about me’ was beneficial because it really FORCED me to think about actual goals. Instead of the typical  “I want to get healthy and lose weight” I actually really thought about why I wanted to and how I was going to do it. Saying I want to be healthy is all well and good, but I need to get my arse in gear and actually STICK WITH IT! In the past I’ve had a lot of false starts. It’s easy to stick with something in the beginning.. but then I become flaky about it. Uhg. I can’t stand flakiness in others (and I even dislike the word- eww) so why in the world would I accept it from MYSELF!?

Life has changed a bit since I wrote my ‘about me’ page. I am still balancing a lot (and pretend planning a wedding, I should really start working on that….), but the 4 vacations I mentioned have become 3 vacations. I didn’t go into a lot of detail about them, but one of them was a girls trip to the Bahamas!

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(Focus on the clear, pretty water- not the awkward stance or roots..)

Well..that trip was 2 weeks ago, and I didn’t lose the weight I wanted to. (SEE: False Starts). I was super insecure about the whole thing. I LOVE the islands, needed a vacation, and wanted to push myself outside my normal boundaries. BUT all the women I was going with are tiny, petite little things and I didn’t really know any of them all that well. Unfortunately, everyone but the person that planned the trip and I cancelled.. We still had fun, and had lots of relaxing time. But the major bonus was the big “breakthrough” I had.

The woman I went with is probably 5′ 3″ (7 inches shorter than me) and weights 110lbs on a “bad” day.  (Not ready to publicly discuss my weight- HA!) We were together 24/7 for the entire week and it was really interesting to see how she ate. She did eat, and not particularly well (ie junk, probably because we were on vacation), but she ate what I thought were tiny portions. I decided that I was going to eat the same way she did, and I wrote down every bite that went into my mouth. What I found was scary.. I was really eating 1700-1800 calories and I felt like I was hardly eating at all. WOAH- telling much?

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To be in full disclosure there was a fair amount of rum involved most days- hello empty calories.

Also everything on that dang island is super expensive ($15 for a crappy burger, forget salads as even an option) so we went to the grocery store there on our second day and pretty much just ate in the room. We really bought a lot of processed garbage, but when we were buying it she was looking at it’s vitamin and mineral content. Me? I’m looking at calories- and I try to avoid overly processed stuff. It was interesting to me to see our different views, and how it was working for us. I still feel that as far as “health” goes whole foods are the way to go.. but it seems unfair she eats teddy grahams and ramen and gets to be skinny. Life’s unfair, I know. lol. I did feel pretty good when she was having trouble walking through the water and on the sand and I wasn’t having any trouble. (That sounds terrible, but I don’t mean it like that!)

Honestly I was/am mad at myself for not sticking with it and being able to feel at least moderately comfortable in a swim suit on vacation. Even though I’m upset with myself I know life’s a journey, and I feel like I’ve got the kick I needed to stick with it. Now I just need to keep up the will power– 3 other good things did come out of the trip as well.

1)While I was gone I got in the habit of drinking a ton of water, so I am trying to keep up with it.

2.) I managed to lose approx 2.5 lbs while on vacation, and that was weighing in right when I got home at the end of the day.

3.) An acquaintance became a friend 🙂

It’s dawned on me that the 1.5 year engagement is down to 14 months and haven’t made (hardly) ANY progress at all.

So with that being said I am off to take Lori on a walk 🙂

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Can you tell who runs the animal kingdom here? Poor Lori..