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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Brad's and my schedules could not be more different. He is SO busy opening a new restaurant, and he is working ALL THE TIME. Me? I am off for the summer. Last night I was SOOO upset. We had a talk about it - I think my issue is that I don't want him to forget about me while he's at work. I know he doesn't, but I told him that I really would like a phone call at some point during the day just to hear from him.

So what do I get just about two minutes ago? A phone call from Brad! I was so happy to hear from him. I just need that little bit of love. :)


Eating has been, eh, ok. It's kind of not fun cooking for just me - I don't feel like I want to put any effort into making my food special. Today for lunch, though, Brad was actually home (he got to go in later today!) so I made a veggie-marinara sauce (kind of like a primavera) with some angel hair. I really seasoned it well - it was SO good and SO healthy. But when I'm by myself? Forget it. I'm lucky if I can throw together a salad. I think the key is preparation. I just need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and get stuff ready. Cut up lots of veggies, get salads ready... kind of like a restaurant kitchen. I have learned a lot from Brad's work - prep is SO important. So a new focus - PREP WORK.

Fitness/workouts - non-existent. I have stitches in my forehead (by my hairline, so they're not right in the middle!) from a removed mole and I was not supposed to bend over or lift anything heavy while I have the stitches in. And I don't think that doing cardio and getting lots of sweat on my wound would have been a good idea, either. So I've been getting lots done around the house. I hung some pictures I've been looking at for weeks, I did some serious cleaning (vacuuming the ceiling corners!), and making phone calls. Phew!


And I don't want to get too ahead of myself here, but school starts in a month! In a month from now I will be sitting at the beginning-of-the-year orientation. And aren't habits formed in 21 days? It's the perfect time for me to start my school-year routine (ugh) of getting up early for the gym, planning all my meals, and getting my weekly food ready at the beginning of the week. This is not a bad thing. I have to admit, while I love having the summers off, the lack of routine really throws me for a loop. I have all the time in the world, but my excuse is "I'll do it later, I have time"; the time comes and goes, and all I've done is sit on the couch and play Angry Birds or watch Criminal Minds (even if I've seen the episode 7842397 times already).

On another topic, I noticed this evening that my eyes are really bloodshot. I found out that dehydration can be a cause of this. It's been so stinkin' hot and I KNOW I haven't been drinking enough water. Hopefully a few days of some super water drinking will get rid of my red eyes!

Off to drink some H2O!

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PINKCOCONUT 7/27/2011 10:21AM

    I hate it when Alan works late and doesn't call. He's normally pretty good at it but if he's busy and doesn't have time I get in a funk. He's been working late since Sunday so my nights have been bleh.

I hear ya, routine is KEY! I'm trying hard to stick to a routine now that I'm working from home and it's hard! I'm doing alright but on days like today, I just slept the hell in and missed my run (have to work all day and then my last class of my term tonight).

Discipline sucks!

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KALIGIRL 7/27/2011 9:01AM

    Here's to getting back into the swing and adding water!

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BOBBYD31 7/26/2011 10:58PM

    carrie sometimes we(guys) forget the little thing because we get so wrapped up in work. glad you talked to him. no get away from angry birds and start you prep, then you can come perp for me

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RYVERMOM 7/26/2011 9:32PM

    Oh girl I defiantly understand this post, me and my boyfriend's schedule are crazy hectic, and he doesnt understand that even a text or a call helps get through the times we are apart.

Hes gotten better but he still doesnt fully understand "my emotional woman thinking". He's like i think of you and miss you, and im like well show me helps so we dont bicker lmao.

Im only 2 days old on this site and its already making a big difference seeing so many people to connect to and talk with and motivate and be motivated.

Good luck

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JOEJMCNULTY 7/26/2011 9:24PM

    Good Luck!

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FLYSHOPGIRL 7/26/2011 9:18PM

    I think the crazy non-compatible-with-anything-normal
-people-do schedules are something that all guys named "Brad" have. My Brad owns a fly-fishing pro shop and guiding outfitter service--one here in town and one up the hill in Woodland Park (nearer the river). He lives up in WP most of the time to run that shop while his parents work in the one down ehre and summer is by far his busiest season. It's my only downtime as a teacher. Upside, I can go up to visit more, but I still don't see him much--maybe once every couple weeks at most. We planned for FOUR MONTHS to go see OAR at Red Rocks Amphitheater this Friday and because he has so many guide trips (that just came up this past weekend that aren't optional) going out and things are so busy, we can't take the time to go. He'll be on guide trips (as the owner!) all weekend...and there's just no way to do both. I AM SO BUMMED. So yeah, I feel your pain. During the school year, there is always a long-range trip to somewhere exotic during the month of my birthday, October, usually the week of my birthday, so we never celebrate it until Christmas, which is usually the next time I see him (for a few minutes on Christmas Day) because of dealer trade shows that he has to go to out of town in November, December, and January (right after New Year's so we lose that holiday too). Because I'm in school for 10 months and have school events several times a month at night, there are times that we have gone 4 months without seeing each other. Thank GOD for IM! Without it, we would never converse at all. I can't WAIT till we live in the same house. I dunno that we'll know what to say!

Well done on creating the new school year habits!! I started in July because we go back to school on August 1 (teachers anyway for 2 weeks of meetings and 1 work day--kids on the 17th.) You can do this!! Just tell yourself that if you do it NOW you don't have to think about it the WHOLE rest of the day. That seems to work for me.

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oooh ooooh oooooh

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My head hurts. I got a mole removed this afternoon and the stitched area is hurting a little bit. I don't feel like doing anything, and I have to sleep on my back with my head elevated. And tomorrow I have to drive an hour for a follow-up appointment at the doctor.

On the plus side, I am planning a 2-3 day trip to a spa with a friend of mine. She is a teacher too, and today we were both lamenting the non-schedule of summer. So we're going on a little trip. I've been checking out some great spas...

Off to make some popcorn and watch some Without a Trace.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/21/2011 11:28AM

    ooohhh! a spa visit!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 7/21/2011 11:06AM

    mmmm...popcorn and movie...FUN! hope the head is feeling better today:)

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BARBIETEC 7/21/2011 10:41AM

    I hope you are feeling better!

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DIZZYDOC 7/21/2011 8:55AM

    Think about the Spa and it will keep your mind off the pain. The spa sounds fantastic.

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CFMOSS 7/21/2011 7:30AM

    Hugs to you. Take a look at your sunflower background - I had to smile:)

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CAMROLA 7/20/2011 10:11PM

    Feel better--just think of being pampered at the spa! emoticon

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SHIHJABO 7/20/2011 9:14PM

    Hope you feel better soon. Enjoy the movie!

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Today's mantra.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I think I found my new mantra. And even if it's only for a little while, it works for me. Here it is:

The only way to do it is to do it.

I read it in a book a while back (it was similar, I don't think it's exactly what was in the book...) and I have been thinking about it a lot lately. It applies to almost anything. Painting the closet room? It's not going to get done by itself. Putting together a table and then taking out the trash? The cardboard isn't going to walk itself out to the garage.

Phone calls? They aren't going to get made just by wishing. Getting stronger? Thinking about it isn't going to make it happen.

Tonight I have to go pick up my veggies and then I'm meeting a friend for dinner. I have been wanting sushi... mmm.

I made it to the gym today. Tomorrow afternoon I have to go get a mole removed (ugh) so I don't know how long I'm not going to be able to go to the gym. The mole is on my freakin' forehead. Not smack in the middle, but still. Luckily, it's in a place where my hair can cover it easily. Sigh...

Off to take out the trash...

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JUST-AMY 7/21/2011 1:29PM

    Love it! I've returned to DOING IT too! Let's stay on track!

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KALIGIRL 7/20/2011 12:25PM

    Here's to Doing It!

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CAMROLA 7/19/2011 10:20PM

    So true!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/19/2011 5:04PM

    I'm a procrastination expert!! I like your method better. Good luck with the mole removal.

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SUZIEQS65 7/19/2011 4:38PM

    I agree - like Nike says - Just Do It!

Have a great dinner!

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Monday, July 18, 2011

I love love love the summer.

The problem (well, kind of a problem) with the summer is that I don't have a schedule. I don't set the alarm, which is nice and not nice. No schedule means no scheduled workout time, which means a fluffy Carrie.

A little while ago I stopped making to-do lists. I don't know why, I thought maybe I could get by without them. But I don't know how much I like the idea anymore. Like today, I sat on the computer and did some "window-shopping." Just what I *don't* need to be doing. There is so much to do!

So tonight I gave myself a little ultimatum. If I go to the gym tonight for some cardio, I can have some blueberry crumb later tonight (if I want it).

Off to drink some more water.

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KALIGIRL 7/19/2011 12:34PM

    Good ultimatum!

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PINKCOCONUT 7/19/2011 10:38AM

    I'm finding I give in to excuses more now that I'm working from home! But I've had to crack down on my to-do lists so I don't waste the day on Facebook (or SP...heh...) instead of trying to make money!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/18/2011 6:33PM

    I can totally relate.

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MOHAW54 7/18/2011 6:27PM

    I hope you pass on the ctumb -- just have the blueberries -- good luck :)

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    Carrie-great idea!!! I would think with no job to wake to and no kids..there's be lots of time to workout. But, 'the grass is always greener."..right?
Glad that you're making yourself some compomises to get 'unfluffy'. Make sure you tell us how the w/o goes!!!

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Closet room!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

My inspiration for my room was a pair of curtains - I saw them and just HAD to have them.

I love my little walk-in IN my closet room! I finally cleaned it out and made it useable. It was holding junk and random stuff since we moved in three years ago, but I could use the space!

I found the perfect little vase for my room...

This morning I found a great rug! It's actually bamboo - so not soft like I wanted, but it was only $40.00 and it matches perfectly! Turns out I really like it.

This is my favorite wall - I love my jewelry against the teal color. I put up some cork boards so I'd finally have somewhere to put my inspirational stuff! Notice the Spark patch from JASR!

I'm so happy with the way it turned out. I didn't spend a ton of money, and I really feel like I have my own special little space now. No more using my room for storage!

Tonight I am having a treat of an Italian hoagie, some chips, and some cookie dough ice cream. I put half the hoagie and a few chips on a plate, and I ate much less than if I would have just eaten the chips out of the bag. The other half of the hoagie is for Brad when he comes home from work. I haven't really gotten to talk to him about the restaurant a whole lot... he's been so busy!

Off to clean up a little bit before I enjoy my ice cream!

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PILLOWFOOL 7/23/2011 2:44AM

    girl, I am SO jealous!!! what fab space for you to have :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/18/2011 5:51PM

    Love it!! When we buy our house next month I'm going to get a whole room to turn into a closet/laundry room, I am so excited about that. :) I love your style!

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KALIGIRL 7/18/2011 12:56PM

    Very cool!

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REDHEADMOM2U 7/17/2011 9:52AM

    Great closet! How fun to have that space!

How did you get the patch, btw?

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BILLALEX70 7/17/2011 7:14AM

    That's quite a closet you've got there...even I'm jealous of all that space!

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PINKCOCONUT 7/17/2011 7:01AM

    Wow! That's an enviable closet woman! LOVE the teal colour! Great job!

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FLYSHOPGIRL 7/16/2011 10:43PM

    That is totally my dream closet!! I should send my shoes to live with you--they deserve a closet like that (they're worth a ton!)!!

I'm impressed with your style too! My favorite part is the rug in the third pic! (My absolute FAVORITE colors!) I'm not good at styling up a room like that. I'm lucky my house got painted more than one color (different rooms, different colors :P)


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FITKITTYMAMA 7/16/2011 10:38PM

    That is an amazing closet! And I agree with an earlier post that its like a sanctuary.

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CAMROLA 7/16/2011 10:32PM

    It's like a sanctuary--lovely! And I think it's as big as my NY bedroom LOL! Enjoy--it's beautiful!


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KIMBIES1124 7/16/2011 8:09PM

    This looks like the closet my daughter-in-law is envisioning for my husband to make her!

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YELLOWDAHLIA 7/16/2011 8:05PM

    I want that closet!!!

You did a great job!

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PORTO44 7/16/2011 8:05PM

    Everything looks great!! And I'm soo jealous! I really wish I had a room to devote to a closet. :D

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