Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Great Wednesday

What a great day!!  Two more days and then a three day weekend.  I actually have the chose to use Friday at home as a study day.  I am trying to decide if that is what it will be.  It might be that I end up going to the office in the morning and then heading home at lunch.

I woke up this morning and checked my Reader on my phone before getting ready for work and saw the best thing!!  Baking Blonde had a giveaway from Shabby Apple and lo and behold I was the lucky reader!!!  Thank you so much Baking Blonde!!  Can I just say how much a LOVE Shabby Apple.  I mean, look at this...what's not to love?

Image Courtesy of Shabby Apple


I didn't realize how much I needed a wardrobe update until I grabbed one of my two remaining black skirts and the hem was coming out.  I have three and one is at the tailor getting a zipper replaced and now one is being held together with safety pins.  The last one is too big and needs to get a little nip/tuck done to it.  Heck, most of my clothes need a little help from a needle and thread.

So first it was black shoes leaving the closet in mass and now it is black skirts.  I am scared of what is going to start breaking next.

Off to clean the kitchen, watch a little TV and then hit the hay!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Lazy weekend

This was the first weekend in a long time that I had no plans.  It was great to be able to just relax and enjoy the weekend. I am very proud that I didn't become one with the couch.

I had four pair of go-to black heels that were comfortable and worked for work. (Yes, I have a ton more but these were my favorite pairs).  Within the span of a week, I am down to one.  Two are not salvageable and one pair needed new caps.  After I got up early yesterday and washed the car, I took the shoes and a skirt to the tailor to get them repaired and then headed to Dick's to get some new summer appropriate workout  clothes.  Jack pot!!  I now have a new clothes and I am not going to have to wash the same three shirts all week.

Today, I actually planned to get out the weed-eater and get rid of the grass by the house.  I got 5 minutes into it and ran out of line.  Of course I have none as backup so now if I want to finish I am going to have to head to Lowes...on a Sunday.  I deserve a medal and a man servant to come do the lawn for me since I am doing that feat.

After Lowes will be grocery store (again, I must be crazy) and then home to cook everything for next week.  I realized I have been getting off the diet because after I come home from the gym at night I have no energy to cook anything.  I need stuff I can throw in the microwave and eat.  So the plan is to cook all the meats, cut up all the veggies and package all the lunch stuff up.  Wish me luck!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Weigh in....nah.

So last week apparently was not a good week. I'm saying it was bloat and moving on.

The good thing about weighing in on Wednesdays is that it feels like the beginning of the weight loss week.  I kind of like being able to start over midweek.

Of course today I am beyond tired. It must be catching because even my trainer was out of it today.  We usually talk the whole time...today we did good to just hold small talk.  I came home and was just awake enough to make dinner.

One thing I love about the single life is the crazy crap I make up to eat each day.  There was a time I followed recipes every night now I just throw stuff together and call it a night.  Tonight it was a chicken breast, black beans, rice and salsa all mixed up and topped with a little cheese.  It wasn't anything special but it hit the spot.  This is also good for emptying out the freezer.  I have enough food to feed an army in there so it is time to eat it down.

Now off to finish watching the TV and cure this sweet tooth...almond butter and honey!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

It finally happened

For the masses that have never seen my kitchen, I have amassed a collection of cookbooks, Clean Eating Magazines, Cooking Light Magazines and various other cooking magazines.  (think 3 shelves work with most of that magazines).  Yes, I know eveery Cooking Light recipe is online but something about pages to turn just keeps me subscribing.  I blame that page love on why I won't go to e-books.  Maybe one day I will change my mind.

Anyway, I have always been good at finding recipes I am looking for...until now.  I am CRAVING a particular shrimp taco.  I swear I blogged about it and even referenced it but no dice.  I thought I put it on my weekly menu plans I keep excpet that I remembered I got crazy and just threw them away.  I thought it was a CL recipe but I can't find it online.

Now when I get home from work and the gym tonight I will be tearing apart my freshly cleaned kitchen looking for that darn recipe.

I promise a post with more purpose later but I just had to get that out. 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Weigh In Wednesday - on Saturday

Things have been so crazy around here that I haven't had a chance to post anything.

Wednesday - 4 more pounds down.  Another milestone....I had to move the scale to the next lower interval on the bottom side! When I noticed I was as low as I could go without moving it and it was still showing too heavy, I yelled for my trainer to show him!  It was a needed boost let me tell you.  I ended up doing my full hour of training and ran a short mille and a half just to end the day.

Thursday - I had a friend in town and I met up with him at lunch to catch up.  Definitely needed.

Can I just stop there and say this freaking heat is killing me!!!  It is zapping all energy I have and just making me lazy.  Needless to say, I haven't gotten my butt to the gym in a few days.  I am going to go today at sometime before I head out with friends tonight.  I should do my circuit but if I can at least get in cardio, I will be a happy girl.

Other than that, this weekend is all about cleaning the nasty house and spending time with friends and family.

I don't know about anyone else, but I am ready for my 4th of July three day weekend!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Crazy Weekend

This is the one weekend of the year where my sleep schedule gets WAY off.  This is Le Mans weekend!  I record the whole thing but I watch as much as I can when it comes on live.  Needless to say, I suffered jet lag without even leaving my house.

Can I just say that this chick ROCKS!!


This is my new girl crush...Leena Gade, Lead Engineer of the Audi team that completely rocked it today! I would give anything to have a job like that for my dream team. 

Now it's Mavs time, kitchen clean time, and get food ready for Monday time.  It's been a fun weekend of dreaming of ditching it all and going to work in motorsports but now I need to get back to my number crunching life.  I blame this on missing track days this weekend. I would never miss track days except for...

Baby shower!!  Not for me of course, but for a good friend of mine.  I'm looking forward to meeting the baby next month, but it feels strange going to a baby shower.  Honestly, it just is another glaring image of how much my life is no where near others my age.  But I do enjoy my life and the fun that I have doing what I love. 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Thursday Thoughts

It has been a long day and I am not sure I can have thoughts longer than bullet points so time for random musings!!

1.  The urge to add to my fur family is getting strong.  I literally almost stopped by Operation Kindness on my way home to look at a golden shih tzu mix they have posted.  But, I just don't think my 15 year old cat would appreciate an addition to the family at this time.  So I am practicing planned parenthood and restraining myself. BTW, Operation Kindness rocks!!  They are one of the two organizations I give to each year (along with the USO....thank you ex-hubby and still great friend for serving!!).

2.  I am just not in the mood to work out tonight so I think it isn't going to happen.  I know what they say, just go and you will be happy you did.  But, right now, I can tell you it isn't happening.  Instead, I am going to clean up the house since it seems I won' t have time this weekend because...

3.  It's baby shower time!!  Some friends and I are hosting a baby shower for one of my besties and I need to decide what kind of stuff to make as food.  The theme is a carnival and apparently most of this was planned without me so I got assigned to bring stuff for a nacho bar?!?!  Ok, whatevs moving on.  Probably a good thing since all of the other food is NOT clean.  The last shower we had, I didn't bring any food and I ended up not eating the whole time.  So the nacho bar is going to include some things that are clean so I can eat that sans chips.

4.  The urge to achieve something is back. I got so adjusted to doing school work while getting the never ending MBA that now I am ready to tackle another piece of paper.  Part of cleaning tonight is getting back in my office (I literally shut the door after my last final and haven't been in since) and get ready to get my work certifications and then my CFA.  I must be losing my mind.

5.  I need to get in the habit of picture taking more so I can have something on here worth looking at.

6.  I need to spend more time blogging is anything, to help improve my writing. I spend so much time now crunching numbers that I forgot how to actually write.  I was once pretty good and I really want to get back to it.

7.  DUDE!!!  Sometimes it REALLY helps to check your blog settings every now and again.  Way back in the day, I changed my URL and apparently when I did, I took off Analytics.  I went to reload it and I kept getting the error that the code wasn't installed.  Hello??  I coded in a previous life so I know it was installed correctly.  Dig a little deeper and I realize that somehow the blog was restricted so no one could view it!  That answers SO many questions.

Seven is apparently all I have tonight.  I'm off to find something for dinner, clean the office a little and then enjoy the Mavs game and hope they don't cause me to have a heart attack again!

Later Taters!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Weigh Me Wednesday

Crazy, crazy last few weeks.

Being so crazy, I was scared to step on the scale tonight.  I have been making a good choice of food, but just not writing it down or counting the calories of it.  However, I must have done something right since I lost 4 pounds!!

I'm working with a strained leg muscle right now so my knee hasn't been cooperating but slowly I am getting back.  I hope to be able to start back to a little bit more high intensity cardio tomorrow.  Along with massive amount of foam rolling of course!

This week has been all about the schedule.  Getting to bed earlier (minus Mavs game nights of course) and waking up at 5am to get to work on time.  This week is just about getting in the habit of getting up early.  Next week, I am going to try and add in morning workouts to the mix.  We shall see though.

I have decided to try and make it to my goal weight by my birthday in a few months.  No matter what I have decided that my birthday will consist of taking the day off of work and treating myself.  Massage, facial, pedicure, and shopping!  The shopping part is why I hope to get to goal.  I really want to get a new outfit that shows all of my hard work.  That day is also the day I am going to hand my trainer my before and after photos so we can see the difference.  It definitely is something to work towards!!

Bed time for me. Until tomorrow.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday, I've missed you so!!

It was a crazy day at the office and I am SO glad to be home.

The day that started bad actually got a little better.  We are looking to bring on contractors for a few open sales roles and one of them is trying to negotiate his pay.  My job is to analyze his numbers with my internal numbers and come to a fair distribution.  It's what I do and crave...analysis and profitability studies.  (yep, call me a nerd now!)

Anywho, this particular gentleman seemed to think I was the secretary and I use that term hating it but that is how he viewed me. I called him and asked him for the numbers that he didn't give to me the day we met (but he gave to all the men).  He ended up sending it...to my boss. I sent him back a really sweet email, letting him know that my boss forwarded me his email and I would be working it this weekend.  I then signed my email with MBA at the end of my name and putting Director in my title.  He called me back in 5 minutes and I didn't answer.  He called back and I still didn't answer.  I listened to his message on the way home.

The "women's role" is something I have leaned to deal with rather effectively in my industry.  It still kills me that people see women as not able to handle complex finance and investments but if I let every older gentleman bug me, I would be a bug all day long.

Well, just got back from being good at dinner out with friends so now it is time to take out the contacts and enjoy the couch a little before heading to bed for an early start tomorrow.