CARILOUIE   83,796
80,000-99,999 SparkPoints
CARILOUIE's Recent Blog Entries

A gift

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I recently got a WONDERFUL book recommendation - The Writing Diet by Julia Cameron. I started the Morning Pages exercise right away. The idea is to write three pages of *whatever* first thing in the morning. The pages aren't meant to be amazing prose. Rather, they are meant to just be free writing about whatever pops into your mind. Well, I didn't think they'd have such a profound impact on me! But since I've been writing in the morning, I have a bit more clarity and I feel like I'm on the right track to furthering my professional life and my creative life.

Today I sent away for information about Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor Certificates. In Pennsylvania, you have to be certified to be an administrator in that area. I already have the masters degree, so the logical next step (and no small thing is the money I spent on the degree!) is to get this certification so I can move on. I've been doing a lot of thinking about my career, and I think I might be ready to move on to the next step. I've been scared to take on more student loans, but honestly, that's really the only way I'm going to get any further in my schooling. I *have* to get this certification to be able to get into a job I want, so why not just dive in and take the next step?!?

This camera I got from Brad for Christmas has really opened up new worlds for me, too. I LOVE my food photography, and along with discovering my love for food photography, I've re-discovered my love for art. When I was younger, I was really into art. I painted, I took drawing classes, and I was a pretty darn good artist. I don't know what ever made me stop. But I'm back into it, and I'm considering some more art classes. I feel much more complete, and I feel like it's helping me in all aspects of my life. I can't believe I'm still learning so much about myself! And all because of a book and a camera.


Our drywall is getting replaced today. We had water damage, and we're finally getting it done today. The house is on its way to getting put on the market. We've been talking about it for so long, and I finally feel like we're ready to do it. I'm not as scared as I was before. I had lots of doubts. I mean, I have a good job, benefits... but Brad is not happy and honestly, there aren't many opportunities for growth around here. Unless we want to drive far, and neither of us do. Part of why we want to move is so that we can get by with less driving and more walking/biking. Greening our lives is no small thing to us! Not to mention getting closer to good food.

I'm thankful for the two-hour delay today. I can get lots of stuff done and it's nice to be at home for some extra time. I feel productive and wonderful!

It's a great day!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

COOPSM 1/18/2012 5:24PM

    Carrie--love how you are exploring yourself and goals all the time....go for it girl!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BE-THE-CHANGE 1/18/2012 5:44AM

    What is your 'dream' job?

Report Inappropriate Comment
CFMOSS 1/17/2012 3:44PM

    sounds really good:)

Report Inappropriate Comment
CUTENHEALTHY 1/17/2012 11:37AM

    I'm a teacher and I have several friends that have went on to get there masters and administrative degrees! I know what you are talking about! This is a great next step, good for you! We have a lot in common as art is my hobby along with fitness. Photography is so fun. I love the Julia Cameron books...she has one for artists too. Your book sounds really good. I'm going to have to check it out! Thanks!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNERRACHEL 1/17/2012 10:08AM

    great that you are using these morning pages to focus and explore your creativity! And so good to hear that you are taking the next step in your education/certification and furthering your career. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Carrie! I am so proud of you in taking these next big steps! Seems to be that marrying that man of yours has really made a positive impact in all areas of your life. Happily married people live longer-and you're rediscovering so much about yourself.
Have a great day

Report Inappropriate Comment

Ode to My Day

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I had to scrape off all the snow
that fell upon my car.
If I chose not to do that,
I wouldn't make it far.

So bundled up I got and went
out in the freezing cold.
It made me want to go back to bed,
if the truth be told.

But I won't fit into my jeans
if I choose to skip a run.
All I'll be in are sweatpants
and that isn't very fun.

Got to the gym, put on TV,
and there I watched The Soup!
Oh cable, you are wonderful,
You really are the poop.

I sweated and I sweated
and home again I came.
My shower felt so very nice,
and hey, a football game!

Healthy food is in the fridge
and freezer, food inside.
I made some bread and pasta sauce,
the onions made me cry!

And now I'm in my sweatpants,
but *now* it feels right.
Sweatpants should be saved
for home and for the night.

I had a fun and busy day
and my reward's a glass of wine.
And your reward, my friend,
is to read my blog in rhyme.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RENLA6991 1/16/2012 10:37AM

    You make me smile!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAMROLA 1/16/2012 10:20AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
BILLALEX70 1/16/2012 10:15AM

    Too talented.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BILLALEX70 1/16/2012 10:15AM

    Too talented.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MUFFIY831 1/16/2012 8:21AM

    Love it. :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 1/15/2012 11:41PM

    SWEET!!!! glad you did it and got into those sweats for the 'right' reasons...

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARLIMOO 1/15/2012 8:22PM

    YOu rock sistah

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNINGWILD 1/15/2012 6:53PM

    Fun! I, on the other hand, ditched my run. Too cold and my head was throbbin'. I will live vicariously through you. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLYSHOPGIRL 1/15/2012 6:50PM

    Love it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNERRACHEL 1/15/2012 6:40PM


Report Inappropriate Comment

Super Saturday!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Well, this morning I said it was going to be a productive day, and so far, it has been! We took up a load of stuff to Goodwill, and took some paper and cardboard up to be recycled. We didn't get it all, but we got some.

Which is kind of like this weight-loss/fitness thing. A little bit is better than nothing. You may not clean out your body all at once, but a small little bit here and there is working toward the goal and making progress.

This afternoon after I took a little nap (it was heavenly!), we bundled up and walked around the loop of our development. Despite it being FREEZING, it really was a nice walk. And it felt good to be moving and to get some fresh air.

Tonight is smoked salmon on whole wheat bread, and a little salad. It's a good day for eating. I snacked on a grapefruit (I am really digging grapefruit lately!) and drank some hot tea. Piano is tuned, house is warm, it's a good day!

Time to catch up on some more reading... football later!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 1/14/2012 11:15PM

    This blog was just 'dreamy'....perfect Saturday in my opinion and I LOVE the easy winter bundle up walks...

Report Inappropriate Comment
COOPSM 1/14/2012 8:19PM

    Carrie--sounds like a perfect day!!!! Glad you are enjoying!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PELESJEWEL 1/14/2012 7:04PM

    Thanks for sharing! I love how you link the weight loss thing to de-cluttering,"Alittle bit is better than nothing". Well said!

emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KATIEEMMA5 1/14/2012 4:55PM

    Have a lovely weekend!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLYSHOPGIRL 1/14/2012 4:20PM

    That's true--doing a little is better than doing nothing at all! Glad it's been a good day for you! Me too :) I just got back from Whole Paycheck so I have ACTUAL food. My one indulgence was strawberries :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
GIANTPANDA 1/14/2012 4:19PM

    Congratulations! My husband and I are spending the long weekend doing much the same thing when it comes to decluttering and Goodwill. Congratulations on all your progress!

Report Inappropriate Comment

The triceps are burning!

Friday, January 13, 2012

I really didn't want to get up early this morning. But I did. And I truly learned what it means to work your muscles to fatigue. I was doing incline chest presses, and I use the heavier weight until I couldn't press any more. And then I went down a little bit in weight and did some more.

I was the lone female on the "man side" of the gym. I love love love hauling around the heavy weights. OOOOH and this is exciting! The other day when I was doing deadlifts, I used the yellow weights! The black weights are five and ten kilos, and the yellow is 15 kilos. So I put those yellow weights right on. I felt pretty awesome. I love using the yellow weights!

It flurried a little bit this morning and I am thrilled. I just needed to see a little snow to make my day! And I'm happy. Friday the 13th - ooooooooh. At least it's Friday!

Off to school... I have to stop and get some gas and some breakfast. I'm almost on E (oops). I MUST get better at filling my tank at the halfway mark.

Happy Friday!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RUNNERRACHEL 1/13/2012 9:57PM

    emoticon pumping iron!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CFMOSS 1/13/2012 1:10PM

    Good job my friend - guys side of the gym does bring a sense of accomplishment and woohoo on the increased weight!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    SWEET!!! guy side of gym...I don't go to the gym but have an inkling of what you're talking weights,not the machines. GO YOU!!! and don't you LOVE the burning muscles(esp. the bingo wing area) which you'll really feel tomorrow!!
Have a great weekend,Carrie-hope you got filled up with gasoline in time. I'm terrible about not putting gas in,too..I hate spending the $ so I put if off til it's near fumes.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BE-THE-CHANGE 1/13/2012 8:22AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
JILLIANPRNCSS 1/13/2012 8:13AM

    I still don't make it over to the guy side yet but you go girl!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JESSYVIRGINY 1/13/2012 7:53AM

    Happy Friday emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

I'm tired.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Really? My whole blog just disappeared. In a nutshell:

I am tired.

I wish we would have had a two-hour delay this morning.

I need to track all my food today.

My esthetician (sp?) likes my eyebrows.

Yesterday's facial was amazing!!!

I'm loving my camera.

Today I must make a JASR list of things to do. Lots to get ready!

Have a super day!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MIMMICA 1/12/2012 12:04PM

    Have a fantastic day!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BILLALEX70 1/12/2012 10:50AM

    Hope to see you at JASR!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    perk up and look! tomorrow is Friday!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CFMOSS 1/12/2012 7:11AM

    you make me smile - i hope your day has a super component to it in the midst of being tired.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAT609 1/12/2012 7:00AM

    Sounds like you had a great day yesterday! I wouldn't mind a facial. Good luck today! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLYSHOPGIRL 1/12/2012 6:53AM

    Ok...what's JASR?

Have a great day! (and sorry about the lack of two hour delay..I hate that--we never get them either!)

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 Last Page