Monday, September 24, 2012

So This Was My Day

Meal preparation
Running 3 miles
50 squats
30 pushups
Knitting during 2 episodes of Breaking Bad (OMG! I am addicted to this show!)

Rinse and repeat

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Night, Swimming, and Sushi

Today we switched our plan of going to Disneyland for an invitation to swim at my mother-in-law's. I am excited to see all the Halloween decorations at Disneyland,  but it is still very hot here so I was happy to swim instead.

My mil's pool is amazing and we always enjoy spending time there. She treated us to sushi for lunch. Delicious!

Have I told you about my burning desire to move to Washington with my sister? Yes. Recently I have been missing my family so much I have started praying about moving up there. Well, any chance I get I am talking to DH about moving. Not nagging or trying to sway his mind, just pointing out little things here and there or comparing weather reports, things like that.

Wouldn't you know, the sushi restaurant had a roll called Washington! It was like a California roll, but topped with salmon. You know I ordered it! I just grinned at DH and laughed. It's a sign!

We were back in our old neighborhood tonight and noticed a lot of changes. I reminded DH that at our new home, we don't pay rent. I could see a little nostalgia taking hold of him. I told myself we are in a better place. We feel like we are in limbo, not totally removed and not totally settled. Could it be because we belong in Washington?

I am officially naming this my Wishington Campaign.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Saturday Evening Quickie

I spent the afternoon knitting and watching one of my all-time favorite movies, Julie & Julia. That movie appeals to me on so many levels, the cooking, the eating, the writing, the journey to being published. Sigh. It is wonderful.

So I was inspired, not to cook, it's way too hot, but to post the picture of the quiche I made for a potluck on Friday morning. Here it is. I love that my quiches are good. I'm actually amazed by how easy the recipe is and how delicious they taste! My family did not get to eat this one and actually requested that I make another for dinner, which I did. That quiche turned out really good, too. I can now add this recipe to my menu of meals that I make confidently. My quiche is right up there next to my ceviche. Yum-o!

Now, I am off on a date with DH. We need to keep it cheap, so he asked me what I wanted to do, for cheap. I grinned and said I would love to do something for free. He looked at me warily. I just grinned and then did the finger-walking mime. He laughed, and agreed! So we are off on our 3-mile walk. What a great date!

What are you eating tonight? Have you gotten some extra movement logged today? Go for it! Don't give up! Choose to be sore, not sorry!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thursday, Ho Hum

Today was just a regular old day, for which I am thankful. I look back to September 2011 and my life was in turmoil. I am very grateful for my family and where I am now. I am focused on making my life the best it can be.

Homeschooling was uneventful, but special in that it was finished before PE class. I love getting things done by lunch and then we have the whole afternoon to do whatever we want. Of course, by the time PE was over and we made a Target run for dinner stuff, it was time to start dinner. No knitting. Boo.

My routine for dinner is the same. I start off by turning on the TV. I record The Office reruns every day so I am sure to have something for myself in the DVR list. I start an episode and then I turn my attention to cooking. Once that is underway, I hit the dishes. One appliance I sorely miss is my dishwasher, DW. I hate hand washing dishes. But it is a necessary evil right now. By the time dinner is ready and the family is assembled, I am ready to sit down. You know that great feeling you get when you've been on your feet for a long time and finally sit down? I love that! Plus, I get to eat, and that's always good.

We watch TV during dinner, yes. I know, I know. People say you shouldn't do that. But I don't think those people homeschool their kids. After being in constant interaction with this kids all day, and serving two meals previously, I want to zone out a little and watch TV. Occasionally we leave the TV off and turn music on, and that's nice, too, but usually we don't.

DH is the boss of dinner. You say you're full and can't finish your food? Talk to him. You want more rice and won't eat your chicken? Talk to him. I am off duty. Then he and the kids clean up.

Have you ever noticed that a man cleaning up after a meal consists of putting refrigerated items away, packing up leftovers, and that's about it? No dishes get washed. The table might not even be completely cleared. Ah, well. He works all day, right? I shouldn't complain.

I enjoyed my 3-mile run today. I have some new music I am trying out thanks to Run Hundred. I love getting new music in my inbox every week. I also did over 50 squats throughout the day. I finally figured out the proper form and, wow, I am feeling it! I want a nice, round butt. Is that wrong? :) I also did some abs work, ugh. I think all the inspirational people I follow on Instagram are motivating me to do more. I simply did squats while I waited for things, like coffee brewing, commercials, kids eating. I can do 15 squats in the time my Keurig brews my coffee. Good to know.

I am thinking of cutting my hair short to make it easier to keep out of my face when running. Maybe coloring it, too. I think the approach of fall is inspiring me to make some changes. How about you?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Blue Jeans, Knitting, and What to Watch

So, let's start with the daily life. I woke up, had my coffee, and realized when I took the dog out that I could, gasp, wear my blue jeans today! The weather had cooled to a lovely 80-something at 8am and I took full advantage! I wore my jeans all day, until they were stuck to my legs with sweat and I traded them for my running shorts. By then it was 90-something around 2pm. Bleh. Where is the cooler weather? Dang it! I'm ready to get my holiday knitting going and it is very difficult to think about cozy yarn gifts when it is stinkin' hot outside.

Speaking of holiday knitting, have you seen the new Knit Simple magazine preview? Oh. Em. Gee. I cannot wait for this issue to come out! On October 2nd I will be running to the bookstore to grab my coffee and spend some time perusing, making lists, and planning. The preview was just what I needed to get my knitting mojo back.

Speaking of knitting mojo, I dragged out a WIP b&w bag that needs to be finished and worked on it while DH watched Jeopardy. This project demands attention so I had to watch for the stitch markers and pattern changes. But, when DH turned the TV over to me, I whipped out a no-look, knit in the round, red bag so I could knit without looking. I got to watch another episode of Breaking Bad while everyone in the house was off on their own. Bliss! I am so caught up in this show. Walter continues to surprise me, even though I know to expect the unexpected with him. His wife is really getting on my nerves. It is almost like she wants to own his cancer and control his reactions to it. Ugh! Anyway, I spent 47 minutes glued to the screen and knit about 1/4 of the bag without looking and without error. Boo-yah!

Speaking of boo-yah, I laced up and hit the asphalt with DH this afternoon before dinner. We did an easy 2.6 miles in the heat. Blech. I had so many words to use that I just talked his ear off. He was nice enough not to interrupt and even sound interested in what I was telling him. And what I was telling him was all about K is for Killer by Sue Grafton. I finished this one last night, although I intended to just read one chapter and then go to bed. I couldn't put it down! This is one of the best in the series. I am in awe of Grafton writing such a complicated character as Kinsey Milhone and bringing something new to the storyline every time. Big thumbs up!

Speaking of a thumbs up, when my family was reconvening in the TV area, I paused Breaking Bad and switched to Happy. Have you seen this documentary? I am fascinated by films that show life around the world and draw us all together by common drives, like being happy. What helps people be happy? There is so much good information, like goal-setting and new experiences, it is definitely worth watching. I love knowing that my ideas of exercise and having something (anything) to look forward to really do impact my state of happiness. I love that money is not the answer. All the qualities and characteristics of happiness that were spotlighted in the film are free. You just have to know on what to focus. Big thumbs up!

My Six in September campaign is a success so far. Can you believe I have just 3 more pounds to lose to hit that goal? I weighed in this morning and was amazed! I am running my booty off (literally) and it's totally worth it.

Tomorrow is Thursday. Make it a good one! 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

So This was My Day

Slept until 8:30am and it was awesome
Homeschooling until 11:15am
Piano lessons 11:30-1pm in some incredibly refreshing a/c

Finished homeschooling
Made dinner so DH would come home to a delicious meal (I've been slacking b/c of the heat)

Professor X had practice at the high school so I got to run on the track
Ran 4 miles (interval run/walk)

Now I'm waiting for my turn in the shower so I can go to bed and read. Not the most exciting day, but then I didn't tell you about the smell in the car and the ensuing search for the source. That was fairly exciting.

Monday, September 17, 2012

I Won the Battle Today

I did great sticking to my eating plan today. I had about 600 calories left even before my run. DH bought a package of Klondikes last week. The peanut butter kind. I love those!

So I ate a couple last week, and then I hated myself. I swear if that stuff isn't in the house, I don't miss it. But if it IS in the house, it calls my name. The cookies. The chocolate. And tonight, the Klondikes.

But, my Nikes were also calling to me. Go run, they said. Just do it, they said. I was torn! Although, I knew that if I went for a run I wouldn't eat the ice cream. I wouldn't hate myself. So...I think that was the fastest I've ever laced up my shoes! I ran! I had a great pace and an even greater sweat going. Aahh! So good.

Shut those Klondikes up,  yes yes!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday is a Rest Day?

Saturday night ended with Princess O puking all over the floor, just outside the bathroom. All OVER the floor and the clothes on the floor. All. Over. It.

This girl is 9 years old but waited just a few seconds too long before sprinting to the toilet. I was the only adult home. Guess who had to clean it up? Yep. Me.

Puked up pb&j smells a lot like Thai food. I kept thinking, when did she eat chicken in peanut sauce? Then I realized I was cleaning up the sandwiches I made for lunch. I don't think I will be in the mood for pad Thai for a long, long time.

She ran a fever all night, which meant no sleep for me. She is finally feeling better this evening. I am exhausted. A sick child adds a layer if stress to everything. I am ready for some solid sleep.

Tomorrow we spend back in our old neighborhood at homeschooling classes. I dread the drive. The bright spot will be hanging out with my homie in the evening. I am looking forward to a shrimp burrito and a nice long chat.

How are you starting your week? Make it a good one!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Saturday Morning Started Right

I kicked some asphalt this morning to start the day! This is me nice and sweaty after my run. Today was more walking than running, but my shins thanked me. I stretched a little before I took off, which helps, but I am so lazy about. The main reason I ran early was the temperature. My phone reported a lovely 74 degrees. I got ready in 10 minutes and blasted out the door into a very warm morning. So disappointing! Definitely NOT 74 degrees, not even at 7am. Unbelievably, we are headed to 105 degrees again today. Ugh!

Plans for today are simply to stay inside, wear as little clothing as possible without scandalizing the neighbors or myself, and run the air cooler full blast. This is the only day all week that I have no commitments, no one expecting me, glorious! 

Check out this great blog, another runner/knitter!

Friday, September 14, 2012

This and That

Life is in its usual ebb and flow of busy-ness and routine. I find it hard to get here to write, but I think of doing it every day. I seemed locked in this eternal struggle of desiring to get up super early and never really doing it. Mr. M is an early bird and it's difficult to get my quiet time in before he wakes up. I swear that kid has supersonic hearing! My goal for the rest of this month is to blog daily, no matter what time. I can even do it from my phone, but the right environment is often lacking.

Here are a few things I am into right now.

Breaking Bad, the television series, has caught my attention. I knew this show was a big hit. I just never watched it. We started our Netflix membership again (love!) so I decided to give Breaking Bad a look-see. Wow. What I really love about this show is the psychological side to Walter's actions. Yes, the show is taut and dramatic, but Walter facing his mortality is what kicks him into reality and drives him to make these crazy, but understandable choices. I wish his wife would give him a break! Does anyone else watch this? I would love to dissect scenes and discuss plot with someone! If you haven't seen it, give it a try. Breaking Bad is worth watching, if only for those moments where you think, oh thank God it isn't me!

Weight loss, yes, the battle continues. My goal for this month is to drop these next six pounds to get myself to a nice, round number. I have started running, yes, actually running and not walking anymore. Thank you thyroid medication! I run at least 2 miles a day, 3 if I can. I love the exercise! I haven't been to Zumba for a while since Professor X no longer has practice at that park. I miss it!

My DH printed out an awesome Sarah Connor poster for me as motivation. She looks amazing, totally toned and cut in T2. This is my goal! I just have to remember that my focus right now is on weight loss, not muscle creation. It's frustrating sometimes. I want to be there already! So six pounds this month, Six in September. Who's with me?

Knitting has taken a backseat lately and I am trying to get my inspiration going again. Honestly, the weather has been so incredibly hot (106 degrees today, seriously!) I have not wanted to touch yarn at all, not even cotton. The past couple days I made myself knit just to do it. I started some kitchen rags I need, simple garter stitch while watching Breaking Bad. I am a process knitter, no doubt. I love the rhythm of the needles and yarn moving between my fingers. Definitely have to keep this at the top of the daily to-do list!

And so life goes on. I am thankful it's Friday even though we are facing a very busy weekend. I hope your weekend, or workend, is marvelous and lots of interesting things happen!