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Monday, August 22, 2011

It's amazing how the little things can make a big difference. We have a beautiful back deck, but we don't spend much time out there. I think it's because it's kind of sparse out there - I haven't really spent the time or money to make it a nice place to be. But today I went out and bought some new lights for the deck. I only plugged in one strand, but WHOA what a difference! It looked SO nice out there tonight. I even had my dinner out there! I guess now is a good time to start thinking about getting stuff for the deck since it's all on sale!

Kind of bummer news today - I got a phone call that the hearing scheduled for tomorrow is rescheduled for next Tuesday. Which really stinks because now I have to take a personal day for it. Bleh. The second day of school and I have to take a personal day! And for nothing fun! I am racking my brain trying to think of a doctor I could go see that day so I could use a sick day instead... isn't looking promising. Oh well, I will get my stuff back so I think it's worth it to take that day. I want to talk to my principal and see if I can just leave for part of the day without a personal day, depending on what my schedule is. Sigh...

I got my bike out of the garage tonight for the first time this summer (!). I drove up to the local state park and rode around the loop a few times. I didn't go for too long, but I worked up a sweat and got in some good hills. I could just kick myself for not having done that earlier! I wrote in my journal tonight how I kind of frittered away the whole summer being sad and bummed out when I could have been doing tons more other stuff. Anyway. I think one of my upcoming goals is going to have something to do with taking advantage of where I live - it's a beautiful area, and people come up here on vacation all the time. There's no reason I shouldn't be out enjoying this!

In fact, today I saw a baby deer just lying in the grass by the road, its mom was across the street. And on my way to the gym, there are two baby deer I always see running around with their mom. I saw a buck in a driveway on my way to the gym over the weekend, and tonight while I was on my deck I saw an owl fly through the trees! I happened to look over when it was flying - I saw one fly once before and it's AMAZING how quiet they are.

I guess it didn't hurt that today's weather was BEAUTIFUL! The humidity was non-existent and it was in the mid-seventies. I love it! My hair didn't get all frizzy and I didn't feel like a big nasty sweat ball all day. Hooray!

Tomorrow my dad is coming up to visit. I haven't seen him in a while, so it will be a nice day. Brad is off of work, too - extra nice!

Today's good:

- drank all my water
- ran some errands
- enjoyed my deck!
- made some amazing buffalo meat enchiladas with farm fresh sauce!
- looked at some old pictures from my mom - holy MOLY.

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RENLA6991 8/23/2011 10:26AM

    The view in your area sounds beautiful. My wildlife consists of the neighborhood dogs, squirrels and the ducks that my neighbor raises (don't ask.) Oh, and we also used to have possums that would eat cat food off our front porch. Have fun decorating your deck, and enjoy your time with your dad & Brad!

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LYNNANN43 8/23/2011 9:17AM

    This blog made me smile just reading it! emoticon

emoticon getting out that emoticon

I really have to have Hubs dig mine out of the shed since the temps are getting cooler:-)

Enjoy that deck! Make it a place that really want to be!

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KALIGIRL 8/23/2011 8:40AM

    WAY Good and emoticonon getting the bike out!

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COOPSM 8/22/2011 11:31PM

    Carrie--I always love reading your blogs!!! I have to get back into doing this!! You make things sound amazing!!! Hope next Tuesday gets worked out...enjoy your day with your dad and Brad!!!

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LAURIEWY 8/22/2011 10:45PM

    The buffalo meat enchiladas sound delicious. I love looking at old pictures and laughing at myself. There are some that I just don't have any excuses for (lol). Hope the rest of your week goes well!

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Sunday Night Football! Hooray!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

So my hair smells a little like Starbucks right now... I got this hair oil and I'm trying it out while I type this blog. I have an Ulta card and I spent so much in a certain period so I got some "free" hair oil. In 20 minutes I should have some luscious hair!

Going back to writing to-do lists has been one of the best things I've done in a while. I tried going without them for a while, and what ended up happening is that the dining room table was always spotless but the bathroom got neglected. I did everything on my list today.

- Make tomatillo salsa (we got some from the farm - yum!)
- Make enchilada sauce
- Make bread dough
- Bake carrot cake (we have farm carrots I needed to use up)
- Laundry
- Vacuum upstairs

I even planned my meals and I stuck to them!

Dinner with mom was nice last night. We didn't talk about the wedding or anything, but we seemed to be ok. It was really nice to visit. I got home super late last night, though - dinner took FOREVER - the restaurant is pretty new and the service was SOOOOOOO slow. And THEN, as I was getting ready to drive home, my brother called me. I said "if you are calling to tell me a light is out, hang up now." (The last three - yes, three - times we've left somewhere at the same time, he's called me to say that a light was out on my car.) Turns out that BOTH my rear lights were out, and there was no way I could make it home without them. It was so dark and not only would it be illegal, but seriously dangerous. So we went out to get new bulbs and put them in. Sigh.

But I woke up this morning and went for a swim. Go me! My shoulders told me when to stop, but I was super glad to have gotten 20 minutes in. I went grocery shopping, got home, and prepped the food I bought. So many times I'll buy things and because I don't prep them right away, they spoil. Ugh. So I got the strawberries hulled and cleaned, and I did everything else I needed to do.

You know what's really good? Talenti Double Chocolate Gelati. It was on sale this week - YUM.

The carrot cake is baking - it smells so good. And I licked the bowl, so I don't know if I really feel like eating a piece. Maybe Brad and I will try it together when he gets home from work.

Lately I just feel like everything is falling into place. The siding, finally talking to my mom again, getting back into my workout routine, using up our veggies and eating better... it must be the star chart I made up for August!

Have a wonderful evening - off to rinse my hair and watch some football!

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    Star Charts make all the difference (see my most recent blog!) I'm glad things are coming together for you! Keep it up!

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PINKCOCONUT 8/22/2011 9:55AM

    Starbucks smelling hair oil?! Crazy!! That's a good selling feature though!

Glad you had a nice night with your mom and it sounds like a super yummy Sunday!!!

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BILLALEX70 8/22/2011 5:06AM

    Just don't confuse that hair oil for something to drink when it's time for carrot cake!

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RUNNINGWILD 8/21/2011 10:57PM

    I don't think I've ever heard of someones hair smelling like Starbucks before... a fruit basket, maybe, but never a Starbucks. That made me LOL.
Crazy about your tail lights. I have one that glitches when I hit a bump. It's so bad, I had - should get again - a stash of replacement bulbs in the glove box. Just to be sure.
I *think* I might start making lists like you do. Preggo brain is starting to affect me in the most horrible of ways. I even ran out of spaghetti... I never, NEVER run out of spaghetti noodles.

Oh! Good job on the swim!!

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Funk, be gone!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

It's kind of funny how when you start paying attention to your body through eating and working out you can start to tell the difference between "Man, I really don't want to do this, but I will anyway" and "You know what? I can NOT drag my rear off the couch for anything." Yesterday was the latter. SERIOUSLY the latter. I got home from school and was on the couch from 3:00 until 11:00, and then I went up to bed and slept until 8:00. Holy moly! The last thing on my mind when I went to bed was if I was going to make it to the gym today.

But you know what? I did make it to the gym today. And I had a great workout. My muscles were happily lifting, and my legs were happily running little sprint intervals at the end of my workout. It's just crazy to me that my body was in that much need of rest!

And I have a confession - I was kind of checking myself out at the gym. Ha! My tum was not NEARLY as roly-poly as it was last week, and I have a pretty nice arse. My shoulders are getting seriously nice, and I think I felt "the fat melting off" today. I thought of all you friends out there in Spark land, running faster and farther, lifting more, spotting more muscles, doing longer planks, and it seriously helped me push through and have some time well spent at the gym! hooray for you!

And THEN, I came home, took a shower and started to get ready to go. (I am actually going to my mom's tonight for dinner - it's the first time in almost two months that I've seen her; since she's been mad at me for the shotgun wedding.) My hair did exactly what I wanted it to, and my new makeup is seriously wonderful.

And! I got an e-mail today that my pants shipped! The ones I forgot that I ordered! Hip hip hooray! I should have them by the end of next week.

Water water water! Have a super day!

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THE_JENCH 8/21/2011 7:41PM

    Many emoticon s deserved in this blog!

Listening to your body and loving your body and soon with a new pair of pants that will love adorning your body! Keep up the good work and enjoy it all the way!

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ROGUE_1 8/21/2011 1:09PM

    Reading that you made it to the gym made me smile! I'm really proud of you!

Heck yeah, check yourself out, you are strong, awesome, fit, beautiful!!!! It's pretty motivation to see YOURSELF in a positive, healthy light, to see that you are smaller, more tones, have a nice booty! I do it too, and am not ashamed. It makes me want to work even harder!

Have a super day yourself!!!

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COOPSM 8/21/2011 11:05AM

    Carrie---always love reading your blogs!!! How was the visit with mom?

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RUNNINGWILD 8/21/2011 1:36AM

    Cari, have I told you lately how much your realness inspires me? emoticon

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JUDIL62 8/20/2011 8:03PM

    Nice! Have fun @ your moms.

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CFMOSS 8/20/2011 4:25PM

    good job.

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CASSIOEPIA 8/20/2011 4:07PM

    I love that you are in love with your body. It's great to have those kinds of thoughts, as opposed to the "I hate the way I look" thoughts. Way healthier mentally.

Have a great dinner tonight. Your mom still loves you :)

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PINKCOCONUT 8/20/2011 2:12PM

    I think we ALL check ourselves out at the gym! :)

I also think that for those of us who do work out on a regular basis and have one of those days where we just can't get off the couch we can sit back with a smug grin on our face and realize we deserve that day off! That's a great feeling!

Hope you have a good dinner with your mom and things are better!

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I never met a carb I didn't like

Friday, August 19, 2011

Today was a totally carb-filled day. From morning to night. I think I ate every kind of carb imaginable!

Scone - check
Potatoes - check
pasta - check
cereal - check
popcorn - check

What else is there? Sigh... This afternoon was a little bit of a bummer. I got home from school and Brad left me a note about our Canada application. We didn't get in.

Totally sad. The e-mail said that Brad's experience wasn't enough to move there. I guess the silver lining is that now we *know* and can move on with other plans... we are going to talk about those other plans tonight when Brad gets home. It's a little bit of a relief, knowing for sure. But still a bummer. And on top of that? I had a killer headache all afternoon and I still have one. I spent all afternoon on the couch sleeping, and I'm ready to go back. I don't know if it's the huge drop in pressure (we got HUGE thunderstorms today), stress, or what...

BUT! I DO know that tomorrow is another day and I'm going to chalk up today as "One Of Those Days." Luckily, those days are getting fewer and fewer! Off to drink some water and get rid of this headache...

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    I'm a carb junkie, too! I can make an entire meal out of carbs! I just read a recipe the other day for Baked Potato Pizza! Carbs on top of carbs!!

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CAMROLA 8/20/2011 9:41PM

    I'm sorry to hear about Canada, but glad you are looking to the future. So much opportunity for both. Hope you had a better day today and are feeling better.

Uh carbs, my trigger, so I get you there.

Hang in there! emoticon

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GOTTALIVEFREE 8/20/2011 11:01AM

    Thanks for the action on my page. Sorry to hear that you had a rough one yesterday is Saturday and it's all things new!

Hope. Isn't that what we're all going for, here? There's hope.

And on another note...I LOVE carbs!

Signing off as the CARB QUEEEN! ;)

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PINKCOCONUT 8/19/2011 11:23PM

    Nooooooooo!!!!! That sucks! But you're right, at least now you know. Man, now we'll never be neighbours! :p

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LYNNANN43 8/19/2011 11:12PM

    So sorry about Canada, Carrie:(

I too have never met a carb I didn't like.
pop-tart -check
oreo -check
pumpkin cookie -check
au gratin potatoes - check
cereal - check
flatbread- check

Let's both for a better day tomorrow! emoticon

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GOEGIRL 8/19/2011 10:04PM

    Oh no! I'm so sorry!!! I was so excited for you. :o( sigh. Keep us posted on your next big plans.
sigh again.

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Friday Eve!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I did it. I did an evening workout. Short TM run and then a stretch class. And you know, I had energy and drive to cook dinner after that. I made some chicken curry. GOOOOOOOOO energy from working out!

And it was a busy day. I spent most of my day at school working in my classroom - I LOVE to work in my classroom. I know it may sound a little weird, but I love getting ready for the first day of school. Labeled all my new books for my little reading corner, hung up the stuff on my ceiling, got my desk organized... AND I even took my lunch to school so I could stick to my plan! It felt really great to stick to my plan today.

Note to self - keep planning meals! And keep prepping stuff BEFORE it's time to make the meal. How stinkin' easy was it tonight to cook my chicken curry? Chicken was cooked, veggies were chopped, all I had to do was saute an onion and stick everything in the pot!

I'm going to try the early-to-bed thing tonight. No more midnight bed times, which I am kinda glad about. I mean, I love being awake when Brad gets home from work, but going to bed at midnight isn't going to cut it when school starts. In about a week! EEEEK!!!! I love it.

I love my man. He just called me from work to let me know he was thinking of me. Swoon.

Time to get some stuff ready for tomorrow... one of my girlfriends is coming to my classroom tomorrow to get some ideas. She was moved to elementary music from middle school music, and she wants to know what I use and check out some lesson plans. We're meeting for breakfast before we head over to the school... I'll get to indulge in some chai!

Time for this blog to end... the thunder is rumbling and I don't want to lose everything I've typed! Happy Friday Eve!

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/19/2011 2:51PM

    Wow...sounds like you're excited about school starting!

Meal planning makes the biggest difference, I agree!

I also have been going to bed at 12am...when school starts (I teach middle school) that is all going to change...

I am actually a morning person so I will be glad to start getting up early.

Happy to hear about all the excitement!!

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KALIGIRL 8/19/2011 8:32AM

    What an upbeat emoticon blog emoticon for sharing!

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CFMOSS 8/19/2011 7:46AM

    Nice day. Glad you have lots to report on the positive moving forward side of the ledger:)

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BILLALEX70 8/19/2011 5:37AM

    emoticon on the workout!

Have a great first day of school.

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THE_JENCH 8/18/2011 8:39PM

    mmm chai! a wonderful spicy drink to look forward to in the morning, even better with a girlfriend!

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JOHNWBROCKSR777 8/18/2011 8:35PM

    Glad you had a good day!

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