May 29, 2009
After I allowed my food and drink to settle, you guessed it, I went for a run:p I know I said I wouldn't be blogging about running for a good two weeks, but I just want to say, this walk/run thing is panning out! Today I found the pace they spoke of which is DEFINITELY in the jogging catagory:p I felt even stronger then I did one day ago when I finished that exact run/program...My lungs felt better, legs were feeling great and I definitely felt like I could do it again, but didnt't:p Looks like I'll be doing this every other day so I'll be running 5 miles a week instead of the 4.5 I was doing while doing straight runs...Sounds good to me! Thats all or now:) I'm off to clean the apartment or talk myself into buying some new running shorts...Hmmmm...Which sounds more fun:p
May 27, 2009
- I need to back it off to 60 second SLOW runs and 120 second walks for a good two weeks, every other day for my 2 miles. This will improve my lungs, muscle strength, stamina and speed.
- When I finish, I should feel like I could do it again, but then DO NOT!
- I should be able to carry a conversation or sing my ABC's comfortably while running. This is a good measuring tool for whether I'm maintaining a good speed.
All of this COMPLETELY goes against what, I thought, I knew about running but I'm willing to give it a try...Most all of them strongly disagreed with Robert on the HARD sprinting as I have not yet built a strong base and haven't allowed my body to adjust to the impact of running yet. Apparently this is a really good way to get injured...They all took the time to review my running charts on Running Ahead, which was so nice and helped them give advise better, so I feel like I'm being given the right advise.
This is going to be tough so I'm not going to act like it won't...I am a bulldog when it comes to success and seeing improvement. If I know I can do more then, by God, I'm gonna do more! However they say not to...UGG! I hate having to walk when I know I can go further, so again, toughie! In fact, I started this program last evening and the only reason I stuck with it was because of Robert:p So If I stop posting about my running for the next two weeks its because I'm in a transition phase and most likely very ill at heart:p It needs to be done though so I'm going to stick with it! I just can't wait to report in two weeks that my 2 miles are now a breeze and my speed picked up to a 10:00 mile run! This is my hope anyhow:) I have more I could say on other subjects but right now my stomach is churning nothing but acids so I need to eat:p I had inventory at one of the stores early this morning and I was the dufus who didn't leave enough time for breakfast...One of these days I'm going to learn:) I'll keep ya'll posted and again, thank you, thank you for the advise and support...Showers ya'll with hugs:p
May 26, 2009
May 25, 2009
May 23, 2009
"And how did you get this job?"
Me: "Mr. Green, its no secret that you know way more then me about this product but I got this job because I have a lot of management experience and that IS what they were hiring for. If they had needed another game advisor, like you, they would have hired one"
Mr. Green: "Well let me just say that we were ALL surprised when you got the job."
Me: "You weren't the only one, but that doesn't change the fact that I'm here. Its amazing what experience will do for you even if its not in a particular field."
I stopped talking to him at this point because my blood was boiling. Ya'll don't even know half of the mean stuff he has said so I guess you could say this was the straw that finally broke the camels back...I've talked to the other ASM about this and even my manager and they just reply with "Mr. Green will be Mr. Green. He has burnt all of his bridges and will never advance in the company because of his attitude. And he will remain to get pissed off everytime he's been passed over but what are ya gonna do..." So I guess they've learned to accept Mr. Green and his "ways" and learned to tune him out. Maybe I should do the same? Thank you all for listening to my rant. I really needed to get that off my chest and I actually feel better! This is probably the first ugly post I've written so I hope I didn't completely shock all of you:p Also, thank you for your comments on my last post. I was glad you all found it interesting enough to read:p Have a wonderful Memorial Day as I am headed off to another work day with Mr. Green...Lord help me:p
May 22, 2009
I've been debating on what to post about while downing a bowl of tomato soup and a burnt grilled cheese so during my annoying slurping and munching I decided to make good on a promise and write more about my adventures growing up as an Amish kid....Those of you who have been with me from the beginning might remember my first post on this, but for all of my new followers, here is where you can catch up...Brace yourselves:p
Probably the biggest question people would ask, when approached, is "What is is like for you being Amish?" For the life of me I can never remember answering them in terms of how it effected me personally. Instead, I would always give them facts of what we were about and what we did while on the road hopping from state to state. I would never single myself out in those conversations; always referring to myself as a unit i.e, my family and I... So this is me, putting into words how I dealt with being Amish in the real world and not in some community where you have protection. This is me voicing how I was effected and what my uncensored thoughts are on living this lifestyle; about whether it was a good thing or a bad thing; The pros and cons if you will...
Pros: You learned to have a back bone for sure!
Cons: Sometimes that back bone became too strong and very much resembled a chip on my shoulder...This came from many years of being mocked and made fun of so it was hard not to have a, I don't give a shit what you think attitude...Kind of funny when you picture me all innocent and holy with that covering looking at you like, make my day...Lol! I'm sorry for it now:)
Pros: It was a huge learning tool....It taught me to respect my body and instilled a great sense of modesty that I will most likely carry the rest of my life.
Cons: I struggle with wearing dresses now:p I have a love hate relationship with them...I stopped dressing that way six years ago and I'm just now getting to the point where I'll put one on and actually enjoy wearing it:)
Pros: I now, in the deepest sense, understand the Amish and Mennonite...Obviously that lifestyle was not for me as I do not follow in it now but I completely respect them still and want to just hug them every time I see a bonnet clad woman in the store or on the street...
Cons: The way we dressed hindered me from interacting with those outside of my family. To me, I always felt like less of a tool for God when all I did was hide from people and refuse to make conversation. Dressing that way in the normal world makes you very self conscience, especially when your not doing it for yourself. I felt like I could be more effective for God without the dress and covering; that it was easier for me to approach people and shine without it. That was another thing, you would never see my true self during those years....I was too wrapped up inside. I would not allow any one in to see who I really was...How could God work with that?
Pros: I was approached by a lot of different religions so I feel that I am sort of cultured in that way or at least that I know a bit about each one:p Religious folks would just feel drawn to you and want to talk about your faith vs. theirs...Sometimes that could be sticky but it was always interesting! However, I hated when I'd come across the people who really knew their stuff, even more then what I knew about this faith I was displaying:p No more BSing at that point:p there was a lot of finer points I did not know about the Amish as we didn't completely follow it 100%...Kind of made you look dumb because your dressing a certain way, but didn't really know why? My favorite response when I'd get stuck, "I don't know dude, my dad made me do it." HA!
Cons: I felt that because this lifestyle was a choice I didn't make, I rejected a lot of what I could have learned from it. I.E. a closer understanding of God and his Word, learning to do for yourself in the home, sewing, cooking, gardening, farming, ect...I rebelled silently at anything you would consider a "woman's place" in the home:p I was a total feminist! Actually tried to be a boy most of the time, in interests, my attitude, strength ect, always out to prove I was better and could do better then the average male... I felt that the way I dressed made me look weak and so I was out to prove them wrong...I was in my teens at this point so you understand, don't you:p
Wrapping this up I'll leave you with my final words, in case your confused if this was a good or bad experience...It was both:p But out of it all, I have to say there were more cons then pros. I just felt like I hid more as a person during those years and that was never a good thing. It has been a long road in learning to be myself and really who that person is that I wanted to be! I know myself now and am comfortable in my skin. I love meeting people now. God and I worked our kinks out. I am living life to the fullest. I can now wear a swimsuit and not feel naked. I love to cook and even have kicked myself that I never complied and learned how to sew. I am proud of being a woman and am so glad I never stayed in that boyish phase:p I love that I don't have to be the stronger sex all the time and that God made men so that we can lean on them:p I think I would have thrown up six years ago at the thought of having to say that! No joke ladies, I was that bad! I am just a more well rounded and happy person all around...However, I would do things the same way if I could do it over because I am proud of who I am and what I have become and who knows how vital those experiences were to who I am today...So heres to, wouldn't change a thing!
May 20, 2009
But on another note, I'd just like to say, "when it rains, it pours." I had suspicions of this last night but thought I'd wait until the morning to be sure and what did I wake up to? PINK EYE! Ugggg...All red, itchy, sore, mattery, eyes...But even still I am rather happy today! The cramping has stopped and my feverish cold has boiled over into pretty much a simmer, so now I just need to get over this and I'm back to my normal self! I've made a doctors appointment for 3:30 to be prescribed eye drops, so by tomorrow, I should be right as rain:) I promise to stop posting about my sickly self after today:p Hope your all have a wonder day!
Why do I always forget to sign off with my neat little signature! I go and publish my post then immediately have to go back and edit to add the signature:p Is there a way you can have it automatically do this for you? Would make my
May 19, 2009
P.S. Thank you all SOOOO much for your "get well" wishes and support for taking off a day I should have been working:) Love you gals!
May 17, 2009
P.S. Cool signature huh! Thanks to Mayham At The McNeil's
May 15, 2009
May 13, 2009
I thought I'd take a break from my running posts today and venture into posting the reasons of how and why I got into blogging! But first, what brought me to this post?
I read all of your blogs daily and think about each of your lives as I finish reading the most recent post of your day. With each blog, it always brings me to the question of, How did you all get here and what made you decide to start writing to cyber space anyhow? So please, feel free to answer the above:p So while I await your comments and continue to wonder "this" about you, I thought I'd share this (curious) information about me:p
Okay so I have to go back to mid March where my sister sends me a text telling me about this magazine called Military Spouse she found at an FRG meeting. I had been married to
So I indirectly just answered why I got into blogging as well as how. But allow me to clarify the why; I simply started blogging because I wanted to make friends, even if that meant friends thousands of miles away and conversation only through the glow of a computer screen...I also wanted to share my excitement about being a newlywed to one of the most honest, hardworking, kind, loving, everyday American/soldier out there! I love to write, read, laugh and learn...Blogger is great for that! But mostly I wanted to make friends; and that I have, so every new reason I blog is just an added bonus...On a final note, looking back, I never imagined that I'd become an inspired runner by simply be-friending you all. I also never saw myself learning to do
May 12, 2009
This was taken from my perch....Not too shabby huh? They have all kinds of flowers and bushes so it makes it really private even though your right next to the gated entrance and exit points. They have a fountain as you can see, a kiddie pool and hot tub...I keep meaning to drag Robert out to the hot tub one evening;)
Oh, I almost forgot...Sending a shout out to Lola for the advise on using ice after I run! I immediately took two cubes when I was done and ran them up and down and all over my calves/knees to help the swelling...Not only did it help but it felt fabulous! I wasn't expecting it to feel so garsh darn nice:p Thanks girl!
May 11, 2009
The other side and also a better shot of the entire car.
The handsome hubby with his "Oh yeah" smile on:)
- Slept in until 9:15
- Immedately logged onto blogger to catch up on ya'll's lives:)
- Thought about eating breakfast before 11:00...didn't quite make it...
- Played with the cat then booted his butt outside.
- Was suprised when the hubby walked through the door at 10:45
- Threw some clothes and shoes on with a spritz of purfume, ready to go with the hubby to register the car!
- Ate a tuna cheese melt at Jason's Deli for breakfast/lunch.
- Came home and took a 30 minute snoozer after the hubby headed back to work.
- Cleaned the apartment for two hours while throwing a few loads of laundry in the mix
- Took a shower and shaved then just waited for the hubby to get home:)
Now I'm sitting here multi tasking; blogging while watching "Son in-law" Lol, not sure if that classify's as multi tasking but hey! How was all of your mondays!
May 10, 2009
In another part of my world, I am beat! I had my longest run yet on friday which ended up being a grand total of 2.5 miles! I ran the first two miles on the tred (yeah thats getting old) and then took my last half a mile outdoors! This I was excited about even though I was moving pretty slow by his point. The hubs bought me a distance watch friday night because I've been mentioning that I'm REALLY getting tired of running on the tredmill and would like to move outdoors soon. I'm excited to start conditioning myself to heat, moving air, bugs and pavement:p Sounds good, huh! I know that last half a mile, up and over hills, did me in however...I've been having some really bad muscle cramps ever since saturday. My lower calves are wound up extremely tight...The hubby ran a super hot bath tonight for me with the hope that it would loosen my muscles up a bit. It seemed to work and definitely felt good! I just need to do better at drinking more water while spending more time streaching before and after my runs. Hopefully this will fix some of my problems? I'm crossing my fingers that theres a run in my future tomorrow but will be very frusterated if I can't make my legs cooperate for it. We'll see...
I also can't believe that its been over 24 hours and I haven't blogged that Robert's mustang arrived yesterday morning!!! It is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!! I plan to take some pictures tomorrow, if the weather permits, and post them for you all. Sadly, I wasn't home when he got the car so I wasn't able to capture his (little boy at christmas) facial expressions while they rolled the trailer door up and unloaded the car:( But that smile isn't going anywhere for sometime so I'll have time to get those in:p We took a small drive after I got home and you wouldn't believe all the neck snapping looks we were getting...Mostly from men around Roberts age...Theres something about watching a room full of guys around a beautiful car...They all turn into little boys with that" Ooo Ooo pick me, pick me" look of dessperation look in their eyes:p Very adorable and I cannot help but smile:)
Well ladys, turn me over cause I am DONE! That bath turned me into jello, my legs feel like grenades fixin to explode and the rest of me resembles a very large and heavy piece of meat so its time I hit the hay...I plan to spend tomorrow catching up on all your lovely blogs as I have yet another two day:p Yay me! lol...Goodnight chica's!
May 7, 2009
Monday night I come home at about 11:45 p.m to the sound of his heavy breathing in the bedroom. I go in, kiss his forehead and whisper "Love you babe." Then head to bed myself...
Tuesday, please repeat monday but only on Tuesday:p
So you can imagine how nice it was to have yesterday off knowing that I would get to see Robert and actually talk to him before it was bedtime! I cooked us a nice meal accompanied with waldorf salad for dessert and was still working on it when he came through the door at about 6:30. I immediately wanted to hear about his first three days so while I chopped and stired he filled me in. Apparently the privates are already responding to him and wanting to earn his respect which I totally understand because Robert takes the Army very seriously and his job seriously so through that he demands respect and seems to be getting it. I had no doubts about this, just his ability to keep that mean muggin face on all day long:p Well turns out that hasn't been a problem either:p
On his second day one of the platoon leaders told Robert to go out into the hall and scuff the privates up...This is not something Robert is foreign to, as he is/was an NCO, but he asked the platoon leader what they did wrong.
Patoon Leader: "Nothing, you just need to go out there and tell them that you might be new but show them not to **** with you." Lol, Robert just smirked, spun on his heel and entered the hallway yelling...I have to say this is a side of Robert that I have never seen before so it is strange to hear these stories, but I am really proud of him and the fact that he's fitting right in. His platoon leader gave him his approval yesterday, meaning that Robert had made the transition smoothly and that he's doing just fine. Phew!
During combatives yesterday Robert had all the privates wanting to fight him and ladies you should have seen the bruises he came home with! Apparently most of them were telling another private that they couldn't get anything on Drill Sgt., that all they could do was hold for dear life:p Those bruises are of the after math I'm guessin:p Apparently he's a PT stud in their eyes now which makes him happy because in the Drill Sgt. world a private never has anything on you and never will...lol...Way to go babe! Although the poor guy is losing his voice, ekkk! Not such a good thing in this new line of work:p Note to self: Go buy hubby some cough drops and lemon tea...
They get all kinds there. I was shocked when Robert told me that he has a former NFL football player and the graphic designer that worked on the movies Iron man and one other major movie (the name espaces me) as his privates! Wow, just goes to show you, that even though they made it in life, they still want to serve their country and that makes me proud...
There is so much more I could share but this post is already long enough so I will wait until a later date! I get to see the hubs again tonight so yay me! Just want to say "thank you" to all my readers for your time spent on my blog and your left comments, they REALLY make my day:)
May 6, 2009
I was pretty excited to see that I ran 17+ miles last month and very excited to see that I've went from running 3+ miles a week to 6+ miles this past week! I use the website that a lot of you have called Running Ahead; This free little gadget is such a motivator! Seeing the progress I'm making each week keeps me so excited and fired up. I can't hardly wait until next month to
see were I'm at:p However, I ran yesterday and only made it 1.5 miles instead of my regular 2 miles:( my muscles and knees where just too fatigued from my run on Sunday I'm thinking. I have to say that completing those two miles are getting harder but I think its because I'm trying to run every other day instead of every two days now and that I'm running a bit faster. I've went from a 12:00 minute mile to a ( it fluctuates) 10:36/11:33 minute mile. I read a really good piece of advise on the Running Ahead forum yesterday that said, "You have the rest of your life to run, so whats your hurry?" This blogger was giving out advise as a 66 year old man who has been running for 33 years! He had a lot of good things to say, but this one really struck home. I plan to make this a life style, so really, whats my hurry. I've decided I'm just going to take it slow and welcome even the smallest bit of progress if that's all I'm making. Why have I decided this? Well I kept reading about all these new runners who just got burned out because they ran too hard out of the gate...They built too fast and so it became more of a chore instead of something fun that they loved. This makes so much sense and I DO NOT want his to happen to me. All last week I was in the (newbie) mind set and was getting down that I wasn't at 2.5 miles yet, even though I've only done (four) 2 mile runs...Okay, so now that I say this I see where I was stupid to want progress THAT fast:p I am going to stop thinking like a newbie and start thinking like an old timer; build slow- have fun- patience is a virtue- run slow, you'll get faster-walking between running IS okay-rest days are a must-drink chocolate milk:p Ha Ha!
Sorry guys, I meant this post to be more of an update on several things but got stuck on the running thing...Hope you didn't mind too much! I'm off to wash my buggy car;)
May 4, 2009
- Conquer the mounding pile of laundry that keeps growing beside my bed
- Take time and wash my very buggy car from all the road trips I took last week
- Learn to eat breakfast before 11:00 a.m.
- Learn to live peacefully under one roof with my kitty and not want to strangle him everymorning when he wants to play at 4:00 a.m!
- Stop growing leg hair, among other things:p
- Learn to hate pizza and fries
- Overcome my fear of wasps
- Drink more water rather then start a bottle and quit three sips into it:p (p.s, I found those crystel lite packs so this might change here shortly!
- Play more video games then I do. I just cannot get into killing zombies and shooting the heads off of big fire ants? Ewww...This is my job however, so I found a happy medium; I bring them home and Robert demos the game for me as I watch....Brilliant:p
- Get my butt of here and go conquer that mound of laundry growing beside my bed:p
So here is an update on a few things. As a lot of you know, we did infact win the mustang on ebay last Sunday but have not recieved it yet:( The seller is very reluctant to let go of the car which is starting to frusterate the crud out of Robert. The only reason he even put it up for auction is because his wife made him:p Apparently he is in the process of building up another car and his wife didn't want to give up the garage space for him to keep both in there. I had to laugh at this:) So he has recieved the deposit check but not the rest of the money (fedex was to have it to him two days ago) and is holding off on letting us send out a shipment company to get the car until then, understandable...
The other update is that Robert started his first day as a drill Sgt. today! I'm hoping all goes well...Since the graduation, he has just been taking it easy. He had to go in a day last week to finalize paper work, recieve an award and transfer from one company to another but other then that, not much else. I told him to enjoy it while it lasts:)
Tomorrow is my friday so I plan to cross off the first two in my wish list those days, but for now I am going to work on line three and eat before 11:00:p It is now 10:36 a.m so I better get to it! Caio