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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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