You’ll never believe it!!

Hello, lovelies! You will never guess what I had the sheer LUCK of getting today!! I’m so excited to tell.

But first I would like to introduce you to some of my daily interactions.

Meet TJ!

She’s my not as fat as she used to be kitty that I switched to weight controlled food. She’s my 6 a.m. snuggler and one of my favorite cats, ever! Though nobody else but me sees her personality, it’s quite colorful 😉

Meet Mo.

His butt gets filthy. It's quite a pain!

Named after this cutie from Wall-E by my BFF Sara.

Mo is currently breaking. Oh boy, is he breaking. The front wheel bearing is sooo loud and needs to be replaced and his poor little exhaust pipe broke off a few weeks ago. Broke off and made my car sound like a motorcycle/semi truck! Poor Mo.  I hope my grandpa can fix him!

Not to mention he has some problem where he constantly smells like burritos! (I don’t eat burritos!) Hmmm.

Meet my Skates!

It's okay to have a waffle iron in your car with your skates, right?

These are my skates that are in my car to use at any given time I feel like roller blading. I planned for them (or my bike) to be my main source of exercise until I can run again. However, I’ve been quite a slacker. Not only have I started eating terribly but I’m pretty sure I can win an award for the amount of excuses used to not exercise.

I’m hoping this bloggy can help keep me motivated to use them! 🙂 They’re dying to be used!

Meet my tard foot.

This is tard foot. You can see one of the two scars from my surgery. What you can’t see is how much of a pain in the butt this foot is! The weather changed and my tendons decided that they didn’t want to stretch so I was in agony for about 2 weeks! Eeesh.

It’s okay though, exercise will help it! 🙂

Meet my Mother’s chickens.

Little beasts, I call them!

Hear me out.

One of those two roosters (the other hens are sitting away) is out to get me! He attacks me all the time.

And let me tell you, it is not very easy to kick a rooster. They are much heavier than they look!

Meet my Hanson.net Fan Club Member Card!

This card got me to my exciting news today!!

I asked BFF Sara if she wanted to go to a Hanson concert in Ft. Lauderdale and she said of course she would go with me (she just started digging on Hanson!) Anyway, I bought the tickets a few weeks ago and clicked the special fan club “request a meet and greet” button and didn’t think anything of it.

Low and behold, I got an email today saying I won a meet and greet with Hanson!!!! AHHH!!! You have no idea how pumped I am!! I’ve been in L-O-V-E with them for 13 years and have never met them! I can’t believe it, I’m so pumped up. It’s surreal 🙂 I cant’ wait to share the pictures with y’all!
Hopefully I can find some time to cook some food in the next few days. I miss cooking but I’ve been so swamped with school that I may just need to make quick and healthy meals instead of time consuming tasty treats 😉

Lazy?

I feel like it’s important for me to say this. I know I say I need to update this blog on a regular basis and that I will update more often. My thing is, I feel like I only have boring things to update about! It gets extremely frustrating. I think I need to set some personal goals that I can blog about. I already have a path carved out for the future with careers and school but I have none that are attainable for right now. One of my best friends over at Ant Andy Antertainment has been losing weight like crazy and it’s mostly (I’m not sure if it is all, that would be quite a statement) on things I have taught him and advice I’ve given him about eating correctly and exercising. So I have the tools to do the things I want…I just lack motivation for it.

I’m extremely frustrated with the fact that I cannot do anything impacting on my feet because of my car accident.  I cannot expect my body to bounce back so quickly after a few months but it gets really annoying! I was exercising with Sean (one of my best friends and my current trainer!), Kevin (another best friend), and Alex (another best friend, as well as Kevin’s girlfriend) and I couldn’t even jump rope without being in agony, or do jumping jacks. This on top of the fact that one of my life goals is to run a marathon and to actually be a runner, I hate being halted. It’s irking. And I’m bitching, woops!! I really don’t mean to, it’s just a frustration I have to get out. I also feel like I’m using it as an excuse to not be as healthy as I know I can be. I eat overall a pretty healthy diet but I know I slip into bad habits more often than not which I need to alter into good habits.

I did try to give up bread for a week after asking Sean for a challenge but failed that miserably after a 4 hour canoe adventure.

Which I am definitely going to tell y’all about!!  (Plus I have a video I’m going to put together of the clips I took of the fun but that’s for another entry!)

The plan was for us to substitute a canoe adventure for one of our workouts in the middle of the week. You can rent a canoe for $10 a person and have it all day, and we were going to rent it and canoe up to Wekiva Springs where you can swim around and cool off and eat, then paddle back down to the car. We were pretty pumped!!

Oh yes, I’m using past tense.

We were pumped. We were paddling our brains out up that river and having fun! Then we kept going. And going. And going. Pretty soon we were 2 hours away and wondering where the heck these springs were? We asked another couple that was out canoeing but they seemed irritated by us so we just gave up asking. Eventually a boat came by and told us we were in the complete wrong direction! Yowza!!! Morale was low, friends.

Jurassic Park similarities?! We were on the alert.

We did not pack or prepare for a journey like that. We had a few bottles of water, some carrot cake I had made and brought the boys each one piece of, and Sean had brought some pork. It was hot. The sun was scorching in the way only a southern sun can, and we had 2+ hours to go to get back to land.

My sweaty, pouty face when I realized we were 2 hours in the wrong direction.

And little gator sounds were everywhere. Eep!! That’s the thing about Florida, our fresh water areas are pretty much guaranteed to have gators in them. Granted, the actual attacks aren’t often but still, it makes you think before you go gallivanting around in a swimmin hole.

Eventually we got to the point where we were seeing more people with canoes and kayaks and were relieved, everything looked very different on the way back.

The Springs!

I cannot even begin to say how exhausting that trip was. We pulled through though, with minimum complaint! We drove about 1 and a 1/2 minutes up the road and went to the springs, jumped in the amazingly fresh and cool water, then hopped out and decided to eat at golden corral. Where I stuffed myself with potatoes, chicken, and corn bread.

Kevin was freezing!

It was a really fun adventure, despite the sunburn! I’ve been wanting to go canoeing for years and really hope we plan another trip where we actually go the right direction and follow the original plan because it’s a fun way to work out your shoulders/arms.  Another plan is to go to the ice skating rink! Hooray, fun!

Check that sweet and weird patterned sunburn!

So I think I’m going to make it a goal of mine to get on my bike trainer every day. Right now I get on it every couple of days but perhaps if I got on it every day I wouldn’t feel like I’m so stagnant in my “getting healthy” routine. Any suggestions for no impact exercise?

Oh, life.

So, I’m finally carving a big, fat, completely paved, all signs go in this direction path in my life. It’s lovely, amazing, refreshing, revitalizing, and wonderful.

For months upon months I have been trying to figure out the best way to go about doing what I want to do and it has never been quite solid for me because I did not like the options that I had available, nor did I think they were doors that would be open to me. In January of this year I met a wonderful girl named Sara, who smacked me right in the face with the perfect career that she had chosen as her own, as her current major. I was instantly intrigued and could not believe that for so long it didn’t even pop into my brain as an idea! She is such a great and interesting person, with interests so similar to mine it makes me wonder how we don’t spend more time together, that I looked up what she had told me on our coffee date as soon as I got home. Library science. Perfection is what it should have been called.

How fitting it is, for the girl with piles of books everywhere around her room and stashes of them in the attic. The one who used to sneak reading in during bed time when she was little by a night light next to the mattress (only to be found the next morning by her mother asleep in a nook against the wall, face smashed into a book), reader of encyclopedias when running out of things to read, to be a librarian.

So! I have been thinking over this since January. About the one and only time I visited the National Archives in D.C. and many of the libraries there and how I had an INSANE spaz attack at being inches away from the Declaration of Independence. (Pictured below 😉 ) How I would love to work with those things every day of my life.

My hair is short. I had a fashiony mohawk at one time.

And I thought. And thought. And thought. Until this past week when I was thinking of grad school and how I want to be there by the time I’m 25, which gives me 2 years to finish up my business here and get my bachelors done. I was excited! I’m so thrilled to be reaching a halfway point that I began to search. I searched for the best graduate schools and their rankings, looking for ones surrounded by museums. I purposely skewed my own search results to make myself end up in Washington, D.C. so that I could be close to plenty of them. I knew I was skewing them.

I declared a school in D.C. my goal and was proud! But I knew I had skewed it. I looked at their graduate rankings for Information and Library Science and they were nowhere near what my other front runner had to offer. They had museums. This other location has a big fat library with an amazing archives section. It stole my heart away when I looked with fresh eyes.

I didn’t want to leave the south, I’m too in love with it. This school is there. My parents own property across the state. This school is there. It’s been #1 for 8 years in that major. This school is IT! Say hello to my big, fat, new obsession:

IN LOVE, with this place. I am head over freaking heels in love with Chapel Hill, NC. The school, the town, the scenery, the fact that wisteria grows along the streets in the spring, every bit of it.

So my plan now? Work my ass off and make sure I study my ass off for the GRE exam and get my ass into that grad school. I am consumed with the desire to get into this school, it is the only thing I am thinking about and every action I take will get me there.

No coincidences! I firmly believe I was meant to meet Sara and she was meant to steer me towards this goal and I will be grateful for it til the day I die. Hooray!

It feels so great to type that. It feels so great to have a goal!! It’s completely changed my views of what I’m doing. In light of that, I have started working out with the lovely Sean! Sean is someone who practices crossfit, an awesome workout that utilizes and maximizes what the human body was meant to do. It works out your full body every time you do it and you do actions that you use in every day life. That makes it sooo much more appealing!

What makes it unappealing: the fact that I am in utter AGONY today and can barely stand because my muscles lock up. It’s the price I pay for a sexy butt, HAH! It was fun though, I’m very excited. Sean is a great trainer. When my legs physically would not let me continue doing squats (I seriously could not lift myself up, the front of my thighs had turned into jelly) he altered it to have me do sit ups, which I gave everything I could. I was really worried he’d think I was faking to get out of doing squats so I’m glad he gave me an alternate to prove to him I was serious.

I definitely recommend crossfit workouts  😀

Oh yeah, I totally got sick while we were doing it. Soooo not fun. That means it’s working though! YEAH!

Another plus (almost) is that I might be getting my very own dog! I’m so excited! As part of my no coincidences philosophy of life, when my mom called about a week ago and told me my dad might be bringing another dog home, I was baffled since we have so many pets. Then she told me it was a german shepherd. I have been telling her I want one of those for years and years and that when I move out I want to have one. Since I’ll most likely be living alone I want to feel safe and to me a dog would add to that feeling. I couldn’t believe it! Someone my dad knows has a customer who is too old to take care of a big dog and doesn’t feel she gives the dog what it needs and she loves that we live on 16 acres and love animals.

The plan as of right now is to have me go visit and spend time with her and build up a relationship with her so that I can bring her home and be “in control” of her and be her master when we introduce her to our other pups. I’m getting all this from Cesar Milan, people. She is A-DORABLE. I’m in love. Two loves in one week, I may just die.

Isn’t she so cute!!? Her name is Bella. Awww. I think she’ll fit right in when I move to NC 😉 And I am promptly watching 2 seasons and 1 special of the dog whisperer to make sure she comes into the house without much trouble!

I plan to post my pot pie attempt tomorrow and my tips on how to make it so yours doesn’t suck like mine did. Also my tips on how to make chocolate croissants even better. 🙂

Other recipes to come soon:

  • Home made carrot cake a la Peas and Thank You (mine wont be vegan though)
  • Zucchini fritters a la Runners World (even though I made cakes before)
  • Healthy open face turkey sandwich
  • Bruschetta a la Julie and Julia 😉
  • Granola bars from a yet to be determined location!

If you have anything you’d like me to make, let me know! I’m willing to try anything. So if you have a recipe you’re too scared to make, tell me! I’ll post it here and tell you my results, good or bad 😀

Obligatory cat shot. Lou is on the hunt!