Thursday, February 16, 2017

Project Sara, Episode 1: What is Project Life?

It has come to my attention (and really, I should have realized this from the beginning) that not everyone knows what I’m talking about when I talk about Project Life, even if I’m posting pictures of my spreads.  My apologies for this oversight.  So, in this first “episode” of my Project Sara series of posts on here will be an introduction to Project Life.  I’ll start with telling you about a conversation about this very subject with a friend of mine.  She asked me what the difference was between Project Life and traditional scrapbooking.  So I said it like this, you know how all rectangles are squares but not all squares are rectangles?  Well, simply put, MOST Project Life is scrapbooking, but not all scrapbooking is Project Life.  I say “most” Project Life because some people do digital layouts and are, therefore, in my opinion, NOT scrapbooking even if they’re adding digital embellishments and things to their layouts before sending them off to be printed professionally.  I’m also not saying that hand layering and embellishing is superior to digital layouts, but it’s how I prefer to do it.
This is how Becky Higgins’ website describes it: “Project Life® is an ultra-simple, ├╝ber-stylish solution for getting your photos off your phone and computer, out of boxes, and into albums. Gone are the days of cutting, pasting, buying oodles of supplies, and spending hours on an album. Or even hours on just one page.”  (FYI, I and a lot of people that do Project Life still do buy oodles of supplies.  It’s all personal preference as to how you want to do your album, just know it’s not “required” like it is in traditional scrapbooking.)
Okay.  So, what exactly is Project Life?  It’s a concept created by a lady named Becky Higgins.  It’s a way of chronicling your life.  The vast majority of people that do a Project Life…project…do it week by week, so you have weeks 1 thru 52 in your album if you do it that way.  However, I do not follow this method.  I will have a title card for the month (instead of one for each week of the year) and then just chronicle my month until the next month starts, and I start that with, of course, the title card for that month and so on.  The basic idea of Project Life is to simplify while still having elements of tradition scrapbooking…just on a smaller scale.
Project Life uses pocket pages.  Like traditional scrapbooking, but it doesn’t normally use the 12x12 size pocket page (unless you’re doing a digital layout, then you might use that size).  There are many different types and sizes of pocket pages to choose from.  I have been exclusively (so far) using the one that has two 4x6 at the top AND at the bottom of the page and then four 3x4 pockets across the middle.  This is the standard and most popular pocket page for Project Life participants.  I do have a bunch of other pocket page varieties and plan to start trying them out to see how I like them.  The one I’m most excited about trying out is the 12x12 page that has nine 4x4 pockets in it.
So, how is Project Life like traditional scrapbooking?  You can embellish your photos and journaling/filler cards like you would embellish a traditional scrapbook layout, just not so big and 1-event centric.  You can cover many different events all on the same page just by using different photos and embellishments and then you can tie them all together with a common theme like you used a certain type of embellishment (like tags, for instance…but it could be anything) in all or most of your photos/cards…or you use a common color with all of your embellishments. 
So, I hope this answers any questions you might have about the basic idea of Project Life.  If it does not, please leave a comment and I will do my best to address the answer to your question in a future Project Sara post. 
Also, I just want to say to Carina…I HAVE MISSED YOU!  WELCOME BACK!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Karaoke, Handmade Gifts & Project Sara

First, this was supposed to be posted last week……..


When I stepped on the scale last Monday morning for my daily weigh in, I was shocked.  It said 172.  That’s now a re-gain of about 21 pounds since September!!!  Whoa.  Something needs to stop and something needs to change and it all needs to happen NOW.  I hope that this is the kick in the pants I need to get myself back in gear with losing weight.  I’ve been in such a rut when it comes to being motivated to lose weight.  Last week I came to the realization that while I still WANT to lose weight, I just don’t care right now.  I step on the scale every day and it has desensitized me to my weight.  Like, what I weigh really doesn’t matter to me…it doesn’t impact me like it used to.  That’s good and bad.  It’s good because I really shouldn’t be super focused on my weight anyway.  How I look, how my clothes fit and how I feel are way better judges of my overall fitness and health.  It’s bad because it doesn’t instill me with any kind of urgency to do anything about the fact that the number is slowly creeping up and up, higher and higher. 


So, as of Monday, I’ve cut my calorie intake.  This week, my meal plan looks like this:

• breakfast: yogurt fruit smoothie, 3 boiled eggs & coffee blended with butter (nixing the coconut oil…for now at least)

• lunch: chicken patty on 2 slices gluten free bread w/truffle mayo & deli mustard and lettuce leaves

• snacks: 2 cups of low calorie quark yogurt

• overtime snack: 3 apples, sliced


That’s at least 500 calories less per day that I’m cutting out so that should help a lot.


I’m starting to freak out a little bit.  I have LESS THAN 2 weeks until my next marathon and I do NOT feel like I’m prepared for the time goal I have.  I think I’m generally discouraged after having failed to hit 4:15:00 twice now.  So, while I’m going to wear a 4:15:00 pace band, I’m not going to kill myself trying to hit it.  If it happens, GREAT!  If not, then I’m going to be okay with it and not cry over it.  Okay, so I might cry at least a little bit if I don’t hit my goal, but that’s okay too.  It’s totally okay to be upset that you didn’t hit your goal.  But you know what?  There will be other marathons and Boston isn’t going anywhere, so I’ve got plenty of time.  Though, running marathons and training for them I think is really starting to wear on me.  My PT has recommended I consider dropping down to no distance greater than the half.  I’m okay with that, but I really want to run Boston once.  I need that unicorn. 


I think I’m going to start going to karaoke once a week on Sunday nights.  I went last Sunday to a new place and I really like it, called Top Spin.  It’s a nice and laid back place, lots of friendly people that can really sing!  So, instead of sitting on my ass at my desk on the computer and watching trashy TV on Sunday nights, I will go out and sing karaoke.  Besides, one of my New Year’s goals was basically to be more social and that definitely fits into that category!   Plus, I just really love singing.  Also, who knows, maybe I’ll get lucky and meet Mr. Right during a night of karaoke!  Ha!  Not holding my breath.


So, I’m super digging my new up-do for work.  The more I do it, the easier it is for me.  Also, it seems that it’s easier to do when my hair is slightly damp.  I don’t wash my hair every day, though.  Usually only on days that I’ve worked out and gotten all sweaty. 


I got some more pages done in my Project Life this past weekend.  I mentioned that in my previous post, but forgot to post pictures of the new pages.  When Amanda came over, she let me use some of her stamps, so I made some of my own PL cards, some with the purpose of lining them and using them for journaling.  I still need to color some of the stamps in to make them prettier.  I really love one that has a girl with an umbrella.

Tuesday, when I got up after my 3 hour “nap” between my overtime shift and my regular shift, I weighed myself as per usual and showed a 3.8 pound loss from Monday.  Yea.  Hello gluten bloat.  So, I’m just going to do my best to not consume gluten anymore.  If I want pizza, it’s to Russo’s I go (or somewhere else that I can find that has gluten free options).  And I just plain need to stop eating out more than once or twice a month, tops.


Thursday I had my physical therapy appointment where he had me do that exercise where I alternate intervals of increasing speed on the treadmill at 8% incline and various strength exercises.  Afterward ran 7 miles at a SUPER easy pace.


Saturday I had bootcamp and it was a really good class.  I’m really enjoying that class and I’m pretty sad that I’ll be missing 1-2 more classes.  I wish I could make it to the Monday night classes on the weeks I’ll be missing class, but it’s Monday night and, well, I’ll be at work.  Booo!  Oh well, it is what it is, right?  After that I had my deep tissue work at physical therapy.   That went fantastically.  Her appointment right after mine canceled, so she worked on me for an extra 5-10 minutes and let me tell you, that made a WORLD of difference.  I had like no back pain all weekend! 


After my deep tissue, I went to a place called Chi’Lantro (it’s Korean fusion food).  I got the kimchi fries, bulgogi burger and a grapefruit apple cider!  So yummy.  I was feeing the cider a bit, so I went next door to the thrift store where I picked up 3 dresses, 2 pairs of shorts and a canary yellow pair of 5 inch heels!  All for less than one of the dresses I got probably cost when it was new!

Saturday night, Amanda and I went to a coworker’s birthday party.  I wore one of the dresses and those canary yellow heels.  I danced a lot, ate cake and chips & queso. 

We left around 1am and I was home and in bed by 2.  And then I slept until freaking almost 10:40 Sunday morning!  I was supposed to meet my friend David at the Ethiopian restaurant at 11:30!  However, when I checked my phone I had a text from him.  He was sick and couldn’t make it.  So, instead I worked on my Project Life album, getting it caught up thru Saturday.  Put away a bunch of laundry, did the dishes.  Then I did Amanda’s Valentine’s present.

Amanda and I went to karaoke at that new place.  I sang 3 songs and she sang 1.  It was good times.  We both tried the pineapple cider…so good!

Monday morning, I had my follow up gait analysis filming.  That took about 25 minutes, then I was home shortly after 9…after stopping at the grocery store and buying the BIGGEST fuji apples I’ve ever seen!  I headed out for a 4 mile run at almost marathon GOAL pace, even though I’ve abandoned my goal of hitting a 4:15:00 finish at the Austin Marathon this coming Sunday.  I’ve decided I’m just going to do my best to hang with the 4:25 pace group.  That’s a 10:07 average pace.  I know I can do that.  I can do a 10:15…not super easily, but it’s totally doable.


I hit the self present jackpot Monday!  I got the new case (with Bluetooth keyboard!!!) I ordered for my new (free!) tablet from AT&T.  Super stoked about that.  I also got my order from Blitzy (mostly some super cute stamps plus some alphas and other sticker embellishments) and I’m very excited to use those to make some of my own Project Life cards.  I also got an order from Paper Issues (mostly paper…duh…but some stickers too), one of my orders from Peachy Cheap and my accidental order from the Disney Movie Club (I forgot to decline the monthly offering last month…oops) of the double feature of Pete’s Dragon (the original and the new one).

I’m thinking of semi-separating my posts on here.  What I mean by that is that I want to do separate posts that are about my Project Life.  I want to call these posts “Project Sara.”  What do you think?

And now a few random pictures from the last week or so.....

Monday, February 6, 2017

Stamping, a Tattoo & the Super Bowl

Let’s start this off with a bit of a back track.  I want to revisit Saturday’s trip to Plano with Jes and Manny.  I didn’t post any pictures in the last post and I’d like to do that now.  I had set a budget for myself for the convention and I exceeded that by about $25.  Not too bad, really.  However, I don’t need any more stamps for the rest of my life.  HAHA!  I’m sure that at some point there will be stamps that I find that I just HAVE to have.  But I don’t need anything for a good long while at the moment.  I got 3 embossing folders, a few dies, and a boatload of stamps!  I did buy some 12x12 papers, some wood veneers and paper embellishments, and a few alpha stickers from the Tim Holtz booth.  There was really quite a lot that I wanted from that booth, but the things I wanted were all so pricey, so I skipped them.
who can resist balloon animal stamps?!?!?!

For a late lunch on Saturday, the 3 of us headed over to Spaghetti Warehouse.  I got the Italian Burger and, other than needed probably a little mayo, it was amazing and delicious!  We all got a sample of the red sangria and it was fabulous!

As I mentioned, we went to the nearby Tuesday Morning post-convention and then after that we went across the highway to a vintage clothing and costume shop.

Okay, now onto Monday.  I was up around 6:30, had my coffee and prompted did NOT want to work out.  I was going to do an 8 mile run.  Nope, didn’t want to do it.  Then I was going to go to the gym.  Nope, didn’t want to do that either.  Instead, I made this accordion insert for this decorative storage box I picked up at 40% off from Michael’s on Sunday.  I then stuck all my clear cling stamps (that I could find.  I knew there were some more hiding somewhere, I just didn’t know where off the top of my head) in the slots.  So, now instead of being in like 3 or 4 different drawers in those drawer storage containers I have in my crafty area, they are now super easy to find and are all in one box.

After that, I decided I’d go to another Tuesday Morning and see if I couldn’t get lucky and find a Sizzix BigShot or BigKick machine.  I have that Spellbinders machine, but the 2 Tim Holtz dies I bought say they’re only compatible with the Sizzix machines and I’ve tried to use them in my Spellbinders machine and they’re not working.  I didn’t find a Sizzix machine, but I did find a We R Memory Keepers machine that was similar to the Sizzix machines.  But, when I got home with it, 1, I discovered it didn’t have its crank handle in the box and, 2, the dies don’t work with that machine at all.  So I’m returning it.  On I found the magnetic base plate that goes with the Tim Holtz dies, so I’m going to buy that and see if that won’t get them to work with the Spellbinders machine I already have.  If not, then I’ll go ahead and buy the Sizzix machine and then sell the Spellbinders because I don’t need 2 machines for the same purpose.  That’s just silliness. 


After that, I decided that I didn’t want to NOT workout and I was already in workout clothes, so I grabbed all my stuff and went up to the fitness room at my apartment complex to do that speedy hill treadmill interval workout with the quad fatiguing exercises in between the intervals.  I did a total of 1 mile of sprints and then did a semi-speedy 2nd mile.  Oh the “hill” was an 8% incline, just in case you wanted to know.

I’m trying to stop chewing on and picking at my cuticles.  I’ve been good for a few days (since late last week, actually) about it and they’ve gone from an “angry red” to a more “mildly annoyed pink.”  I think something that really helps them heal is this homemade hard lotion my friend Kirsten (aka: “coach”) made herself and gave me for Christmas!  I love it.  I put it on at night before going to sleep and while it’s initially a little oily, there’s no gross residue or anything when I wake up like there always was with regular lotion.  Also, I really like the smell.  Without asking her what she used (besides wax, of course), I’d guess that there is olive oil and tea tree oil in it.  I should ask her for her lotion recipe because I really do love it and want to keep using it.


I’ve got a new hairstyle for work!  It looks kinda fancy, but really, it’s quite easy (just a little more time consuming than what I was previously doing with my hair).  I watched about an hour total of different videos on YouTube to make sure I got the process down pat.  I think it looks pretty good.  And everyone else says they like it too.  The look I’m going for is like a fluffy faux hawk.  The style is called a “pull thru braid.”  I don’t even know how to describe it, but if you’re interested in checking it out, just google “pull thru braid.”

I’m training in a new area at work and it’s a super busy, multitasky position.  I really like it as it makes the day go by SUPER fast.  I have to really pay attention as there is a lot to remember and, like I said, it’s very fast paced.


Thursday, I had physical therapy again.  My appointment time changed from 8 to 7am and the funny/sad thing is I only have to wake up like 20 minutes earlier to get there on time.  Stupid traffic.  During my appointment, John (my technician) did some slow-mo video of me running on the treadmill to check out the progression of my hip drop.  Back in December it was around 10°.  Now, it’s around 4°!  Woohoo!  Just think if I’d been doing my PT homework on a consistent basis how much more improvement I’d be showing by now!  He had me run with my feet fairly wide apart and that was super awkward for me and he said I looked pretty robotic.  So then he had me run with my feet slightly wider than my regular stride and that was way more comfortable for me and my hip drop was basically non-existent!  He also had me run with my elbows tuck into my sides more and my hands angled out a little bit.  It makes your back straighter and your lungs more open. 


Anyway, on my post PT run, I stayed parked at RunLab and just ran down the street in the same direction as I did for the Black Eyed Pea Run on December 31st with Rogue Running.  Except I didn’t go almost 12 miles.  Just 6 this time.  I felt pretty fantastic during the run.  I tried out being mindful of my stride and doing the slightly wider than my regular stride and the tucked elbows with the flared out forearms and hands.  I really think that helped a lot with how I felt during the run.  My pelvis definitely felt way more stable.


I really think that my lack of high mileage in January was quite beneficial for me.  During my run on Thursday, I felt fantastic and rested and like my body was saying “Let’s go!  Let’s do this!”

After that, I returned that second die cutting machine I had bought and then went to another Tuesday Morning and, of course, bought MORE scrapbooking stuff.  Haha.  Mostly alphabet stickers.


I meant to post this on Saturday but got busy busy.  I had my boot camp class at 9:30, but I had to show up 45 minutes early to do my “before” weight and pictures for the challenge program that the bootcamp class is part of.  Plus we did my “fit test” that consisted of 2 minutes of squats, 2 minutes of step ups, 1 minute of situps, 1 minute of pushups, and a bent arm hang.  I got a score of 64%...which is deceiving because that 64% got me a rating of “Very Good” which is like 2 spots above average.  So I’m pretty happy with my 64%.


Then I had to rush over to RunLab for my deep tissue appointment.  Boy did that appointment kick my ass this time.  Like seriously.  I think she bruised me this time.  But it’s in my best interests.


After that, I rushed home, changed clothes really quick and headed over to my tattoo artist where I got a little home state love tattooed on the inside of my right bicep!  Woohoo!  He did an amazing job with the splatter for the heart inside the outline of Oregon.  I really do love it.  And, it didn’t hurt nearly as bad as I was thinking it would hurt being so close to my armpit.  At one point I asked if it would be bad if I fell asleep.  I was so tired.  I didn’t fall asleep, though, in case you were wondering. 

Then the DirecTV technician came by to install my satellite TV service.  YAY!  He was really nice and even played with Vlad (one of my kitties). 


Sunday, after sleeping for almost TEN hours (told you I was tired), I got up and had my coffee.  Then I took a shower and hit the store for some grocery shopping.  Amanda came over around noon and we hit the road for IKEA where I bought a Raskog (a 3-tiered rolling cart that “legit” scrapbookers all have…so I guess I’m not a “legit” scrapbooker…haha) and some clip-on tubs that I have since put pens, scissors, an x-acto knife, tweezers, staplers, glue and adhesive runners in for easy access and so I can quit misplacing them and forgetting where I put them.  After IKEA we went to Joann’s Crafts and I got another decorative storage box that I later made into another accordion storage, this one for about ¼ of my alpha stickers (I might have an alpha sticker problem…lol).  And then one last stop at Marco’s for our pizzas.


Back at my place, we turned on the Puppy Bowl while beginning our crafts.  I made the accordion storage and then started work on catching up my Project Life album.  Amanda pulled out her clear cling stamps and I went through them and picked out a few and made some journaling and filler PL cards with them.  I just need to color them in and they’ll be done.


Monday morning I was going to go for a run since I didn’t do that Sunday morning.  However, I had to call AT&T to cancel my U-verse TV service.  I thought I’d be on the phone for like 15 minutes…tops.   But, I was on the phone for over an hour, but she bundle my DirecTV (since they’re partnered with AT&T) with my AT&T internet and my AT&T cellphone services.  She got me a $10 discount on my internet…and that’s a lifetime price for as long as I have my account with them.  And then she asked if I’d thought of adding a tablet to my service to which I said yes, then plugged my tablet in, thinking I’d need to give her the info off of it so she could hook it up.  But, she surprised me when she started talking about free shipping and whatnot.  Wait, what?  A free tablet…well, it cost me $1.07.  But, free shipping, free activation.  Yes please.  And from what I hear from some friends, the tablet I’ll be getting is pretty awesome.  So I’m excited.  She said I should have it within about 5 business days.  Yay!!!


Needless to say, I didn’t have time to run Monday morning…ugh!!!  But, my back still hurts pretty bad from that 10 hours in bed Saturday night (geez), so I’m not sure how well the run would have gone anyway.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sleeplessness, Stamping, and a Lack of Mileage

Thursday morning I had physical therapy again.  I thought that we were doing a follow up gait analysis on me, however, it was a progress assessment.  What that means is that I performed a bunch of exercises that I had performed during my very first  PT session with RunLab.  There was 1-legged hopping, box jumps, 1-legged squats, and so on.  John, my PT, scored me based on my ability to do the exercises without fault (aka: without losing my balance).  I scored WAY better than I did in my initial assessment.  I was actually quite surprised with how much improvement I made in just 5 weeks, especially with how spotty I’ve been with doing my homework.  I have been foam rolling more often on my own since I have discovered that it makes not only my hip feel better, but my back too.  Shocker, I know right?

After physical therapy, I hit up Ladybird Lake trail for a 4-mile easy-paced run.  Very easy paced at a 10:45 pace.  Seeing as how I was just finally no longer sore from my sub-2 hour half marathon just 4 days prior, I didn’t think I should really do much more, even though I did want to do 7 miles.  also, physical therapy is pretty…well, physical…so I’m at the very least a “little” fatigued by the end of it.

I seem to be more hungry…or maybe it’s “hungry”…lately.  I’m not sure what is causing it, but one thing I don’t want to do, even in the smallest way, is to make excuses.  I don’t want to not take responsibility for how I eat.  I want to own that “ish,” you know?  Because if I don’t do that, then it sets me up for further failure to eat as I should and that just leads to further regaining of weight which I most certainly do not want to happen.  I think a few things are making it difficult for me.  1st is that I seem to be having continued issues with getting back on track thanks to the whole birth control fiasco.  I thought that once I got back on my previous pill (which I have been for about 3 months now), that within a few months everything would be as it was before, but it’s not.  And that is extremely frustrating.  Related to that is that I’m now having a cycle again.  And with a cycle comes bloat and water retention and occasional cramps and food cravings.  Lastly, there is the fact that I’m chronically sleep deprived due to working 64 hours between Monday and Friday and it’s not like those hours are evenly split between those 5 days (you know, like 12 hour shifts every day or something like that).  nope.  I wish!  Instead, I work 16 hours for 2 days in a row (getting just 2.5-3.5 hours of sleep each day), then my regular shift, then I get up early for PT and work another 16 hour day followed by 2.5-3.5 hours of sleep and another regular shift. 

As you can see, I don’t sleep much.  Frankly, I wouldn’t sleep too much more than I currently do even if I wasn’t working so much, because I have pretty bad insomnia that isn’t even helped by prescription sleep medication.  Also, I have my chronic pain issues that keep me from staying in bed for more than about 7 hours so even if I have time to sleep longer, I don’t usually sleep much longer because of the pain.

Saturday, I went to the Stamp Scrap Art Tour up in Plano, TX with my friend Jes and her boyfriend Manny.  I got up at 5am to make the 3-ish hour drive for the tour show.  We were an hour early so we could be one of the first 100 people in the door and get a key to the “treasure trunk” which would have won us $100 in tour bucks to spend at the show vendors.  However, before either one of us had a chance to go try our keys, someone else’s key opened it.  Wah wah.  Also, they had hourly drawings for door prizes, also for $100 in tour bucks.  We also didn’t win any of those.  And then, finally they had 2 baskets full of about $600 worth of stamping and scrapbooking items and we didn’t win those either.  My luck sucks sometimes.  Oh well.  I spent a smidge over my budget, but I’m okay with that.  I had a spending cushion anyway.  I was hoping that there would be more regular scrapbooking items (like Thickers and ephemera and embellishments and stickers, etc), but it was like 93% stamping stuff.  There were some die cuts, so I bought a few of those.  I used a few of them in the Spellbinders die cut/embossing machine I scored for super cheap at Tuesday Morning a few weeks ago and love them.  Oh and I also got 3 embossing folders.  Used the city skyline one in my machine on some black cardstock and love that too!  However, 2 of the dies I bought won’t work in my machine, so I suppose I’ll try and find a Sizzix Big Shot machine as cheap/discounted as possible because that is the machine that the packaging states it is compatible with.  Lame.  But, I really like the dies and even though they were in the 50% off basket at the booth I bought them from, they still weren’t super cheap.

We also stopped at the Tuesday Morning that was nearby the Plano Center where the Tour took place and I was able to assuage my desire to buy regular scrapbooking supplies.  I kind of regret not buying the fancy (well, fancier than the one I have) paper cutter that they had for $15.  Oh well.  I’ll be hitting up the Tuesday Mornings around me in the next few weeks looking for a Sizzix machine for cheap.  So maybe I’ll find another fancy paper cutter at one of them.

Sunday I found out my parents will be taking a cruise out of Miami for their anniversary in March and will be stopping to visit me.  OMG!  My apartment isn’t even close to being ready for a visit.  So I need to start cleaning and organizing NOW if I want it to be presentable by the time of their visit.  One of these years, I’ll have the time and money to go on one of their cruises with them.  Obviously, I would have my own cabin on the ship…duh! 

I seem to be having issues with being motivated to do anything active, beyond walking anyway.  This is frustrating to me.  I want to run, but then when it comes down to it, I don’t want to run.  Does that make sense?  I also don’t seem to want to go to the gym and do a workout like I need to be doing.  But, FYI, once I start, I’m usually fine and totally get into it.  If I can’t get my mileage in running to ramp up by the end of March, then I think I will abandon my 1300 miles in 2017 goal without guilt.  It’s just a goal anyway and there’s no requirement to hit it.  I ran 1274 in 2016 and my body seems to be pretty exhausted from that, hence my lack of high mileage so far this year.  But the good news about the lower mileage is my legs are more rested!  Haha, that can be good, but it can also be bad.  Everything will be fine.  Sure I have a time goal for the Austin Marathon next month…attempt #3 at a 4:15:00 finish, but I have no time goal for the 50K I’ll be running in March with my friend.  That is strictly a “fun run.”  Haha, 50Ks of fun! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A Week in the Life

Soooo, I saw this lady on YouTube using this super HUGE date stamp in her videos and I immediately wanted it.  So I asked her where she got it and she said Studio Calico but that the last time she looked it was sold out.  I went to the website anyway and they had an option to notify me when they get more of it in stock.  So I did that.  Then, like 5 days later, I got the email saying it was available for preorder!  So I bit the bullet and bought one!  This thing isn’t cheap.  It’s $30 for the stamp, not including shipping.  I’m not going to lie, I got a bit queasy over how much I spent on a STAMP!  But I love the stamp and I know I’ll use it a lot.  It’s just a fantastic tool that I’m going to love.  I mean, this thing is 8 inches long, 3 inches wide, and the date is ½ inch tall!

I ordered some alphas and other stickers and things (like a fine line glue bottle and some quick dry tacky glue) off amazon last week.  Most of the stuff has already arrived.  One thing won’t arrive until later this week or early next week.  I ordered some 12x12 page protectors with nine 3x3 pockets from Walmart and selected the free in-store pickup so I’ll get those next Monday and I’m excited to add that page layout option to my album.  I also ordered a corner round paper punch off Etsy before I realized I could get one for the same price in person from a physical store and didn’t have to wait a month for it to arrive in the mail because the place I ordered it from is in Hong Kong.  Ugh.  Oh well.  Too late now.  I don’t have any need to have 2 corner round punches, and it’s not like a shape punch where they come in different sizes, so I’m just going to wait for the one I ordered to arrive in my mailbox.

I worked overtime on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, which meant I could go for a run Friday morning.  YAY!  I did sleep in a smidge just because I wake up so early all the time and get so little sleep.  I didn’t sleep TOO long, just until like 8:30, so an extra hour really.  I ended up doing 5 miles.  It was a decent run but nothing to get all excited or anything about. 

After my run and, of course, after my shower as well, I had a little time where I could do some organization in my scrapbooking area.


Back up to Thursday night…I went out for karaoke with some coworkers to a place called Ego’s.  always fun.  I really wanted to sing stuff I haven’t sang before.  And I really wanted to sing a newer song by Niall Horan called “This Town.”  I really love that song.  So I asked the KJ if they had it and she did so I got to sing it!  YAY!  It ended up being the only song I sang because the rotation at Ego’s for singing is super long and I needed to go home and go to bed so I could get up the next morning and go for a run.

Some more scrapbook related stuff.  I bought a fine line glue bottle!!!  I’m pretty excited about this.  Why?  Because, duh, I can apply glue in a very fine line to thin embellishments, like die cut lettering.  That way, I don’t get way too much glue on the item I’m gluing down.  I also bought some super cute tea and coffee time puffy stickers, so I’m pretty excited about those.  I also bought a bunch of stuff off a discount scrapbook supply online store for super cheap.


Saturday I had the 12 week Challenge class.  But when I got there and went to sign in, my name wasn’t on the sign in roster.  I asked and one of the trainers then texted the manager who initially said that the Saturday class was already maxed out with participants and I’d have to do the other class that meets on a weekday night.  So I asked for a refund.  To which he responded (not knowing that the trainer was allowing me to read the texts for myself) “we don’t want her to refund.  Sounds like she’s just being difficult so go ahead and let her attend the class.”  Wow, really?  You’re going to call a customer of yours “difficult”???  Part of me really, really wants to confront said manager and part of me doesn’t even want to go through the effort of trying.  Anyway, I got to attend the class and while I have to say it’s not much of a workout in regards to calorie burn (or at least this past Saturday’s class wasn’t), at least it’s got me doing exercises I don’t normally do, so that makes it worth the cost of the class.


After that, I stopped and bought some plastic drawer storage for my crafty table, then my friend Heather came over and we went downtown to pick up my race packet.

And I bought some Texas flag running shorts!  I saw some of them at the RNR San Antonio expo, but they didn’t have my size.  This vendor had my size and they were 20% off so of course I bought them!


On the way back to my car, I saw a guy carrying boxes of Voodoo Doughnuts so I asked Heather if she wanted to go real quick since it was super close and she said yes.  We both got a Butterfingering donut and she also got one of their water bottles.  I saw the stickers too late.  I mean, I suppose I could have still gotten some, but whatever.  If I go again, I’ll grab some stickers.

Then back to my place for some scrapbooking, but Heather forgot her pictures, so I scrapbooked and she organized her travel bag for about 45 minutes.  Then it was time to head to Trudy’s (a local chain Tex-Mex restaurant) for dinner with our friends Becky and Eileen.  After that we crossed the parking lot and did Painting With A Twist.  That’s one of those places where you drink while you paint.  This was my first time doing this and omg it was a blast!!!  I want to do it again and am now not adverse to going by myself.  I’d really love to do the “paint your pet” night! 

When I was in San Antonio for the New Year’s Day 5K, I grabbed my friend Becky a  “Come and Take It” hat, so she bought me a University of Colorado hat.

Sunday was the 3M half marathon.  I was really shooting for a second attempt at a sub-2 hour finish time.  I was wearing a pace band, but I didn’t really pay any attention to it after the first mile…after I caught up to the 2 hr pacers essentially.  Then I just played leapfrog with them for the majority of the race.  Something that pissed me off was that my Bluetooth earbuds kept cutting out due to the up to 50 mph wind gusts that were happening!  Also at a couple points the wind blew one of my legs into the other and I almost stumbled and fell down.  Long story short (hopefully I get the recap typed up soon so you can read the long story if you’re interested), I snagged that sub-2 hr finish time!  And I’ve now completed 4 of the 5 races in the Distance Challenge!  And all 4 are races I’ve never run prior to this challenge.  After the race, I ate donuts and took a 2 hour nap, then I meal prepped and scrapbooked.


And, last but not least, I had my 2000m row test for work.  So, to set the stage, last month I rowed it in 8:25 minutes and scored 109%.  On Monday I weighed 2 pounds more, rowed 1 second faster and scored 108%.  Woohoo!  I’m still super happy with my score.  And as an incentive I don’t have to do another fitness test this year, however I’m already signed up for the combat fitness test in September and if I score 90% or higher on that I get a special award, so I want that, so I’m telling my supervisor not to cancel me on that.

And now for some random pics.....

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