Monthly Archives: August 2011

Accountability + Wedding Wednesday

I’ve been making a lot of excuses lately. You should see the piles of laundry and dishes I have yet to put away. I have boxes full of “stuff” in my car that I’ve been meaning to take to Goodwill for weeks. All the recipes I’ve been planning on making? Well, the ingredients are currently wilting (read: rotting) away in the fridge.

I’ve been lazy. There I said it. I’ve let my stress become a complete and total hindrance to living a normal life. I recently posted about beating my stress. And, for the most part, I did. But I’m still living like I was when my stress level was pushing me to my limit… yet this time I have no excuse. It’s time to just admit it: I’m in a rut. And I have nothing, and no one, to blame but myself.

It’s time for some accountability. I’ve been eating whatever and whenever I please. I baked a batch of cinnamon roll cookies this weekend. Who do you think ate them all? No wonder I’ve been feeling like shit lately (sorry, but there is no other way to describe it.) I know my eating habits are completely to blame. So, for at least a little while, I’m going to be posting my meals and snacks. I mean, if anything can keep me from grabbing that fourth cookie, having to publicly air it on the internet will. At least, I hope. Winking smile

Breakfast: English muffin with peanut butter and cottage cheese with cinnamon and frozen strawberries. I have a feeling this cottage cheese combo is going to become a habit. It tasted like cheesecake! Lumpy ass cheesecake… but cheesecake nonetheless.

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Lunch: Salad with mixed greens, tomato, feta, broiled shrimp, and two hardboiled eggs. Hardboiled eggs are one of those hate it or love it items. I love them. Thank goodness, too, because they are such an easy way to pop in a lil’ extra protein.

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My one mistake of the day? No real carbs at lunch. By the time I got home, the hunger monster was in full attack mode. I should have had a more nutritious snack, but my taste buds were screamin’ for some buffalo. Side note: I despise buffalo wings. Even when I ate more meat, I couldn’t stand them. Eating meat off of the bone gives me the willies. Gross.

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Dinner: Annie’s Whole Wheat & White Cheddar Shells with some roasted veggies. Hit the spot. Well, it did after I had myself a second bowl. Look, once the hunger monster is allowed to roam free, that beast doesn’t slow down.

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Workout: 3 miles on the dreadmill. I’m counting down the days until I can run outdoors again… It’s still hotter than hades here!

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And now it’s time for another pointless wedding re-cap! Really, there is no substance to the following portion of this post. Just gratuitous dessert and drinking photos. I wish I would have known that I would be blogging about these events. I would have actually taken more (and better) pictures!

Anyway, moving on… I was fortunate to have an absolutely amazing bridal luncheon. My maid of honor (far right) is a member at Sage Valley and her family graciously offered to host my luncheon there. Only three of my bridesmaids were able to make it. The other two definitely missed out. Sorry suckas! Winking smile

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You’d think my mom would let me know my hair was out of control. But whatever.

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I’d take a million bad hair days in order to enjoy one slice of this ridiculous cake.

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This is my all-time favorite cake. By far. I’ve got the recipe in my possession… but I’ve yet to make it because a few of the ingredients aren’t really my thing (like gelatin). But if I don’t make it, it isn’t in there. Right? Kind of like calories.

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After my bridal luncheon, I headed home and rested for a few hours before riding over to our rehearsal dinner. I don’t have pictures of the actual rehearsal. To sum it up, it was quick and I got really sweaty. That’s what she said.

Back to the dinner…

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Sadly, that’s the only picture of the food I managed to snag. But I had scallops… and they were delicious! After dinner, we partied a little too hard and took a lot of pictures. (In case you were wondering, I think everyone changed clothes after lunch but me. Fashion fail… story of my life.)

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And then we lost Spears… and promptly found him in the next room. Alone. Naturally we decided that he must model for us.

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Ow, Ow!

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Work it, playboy!

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Sorry, Ryne.

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You can take a picture with him, too.

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Now, get the hell out of the way. It’s the girls’ turn! (How psychotic do I look?)

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After this, we lost Logan for a little while. Then BAM… we found her. So creepy.

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All in all, I had a great time. And also realized why I love my friends. They are all as weird and awkward as I am.

Gym. Tan. Shopping.

Yesterday was just what I needed. Gym. Tan. Shopping. Just not in that order.

After a few weeks of less than stellar weather, we finally had a cloudless sky. Ryne and I really had no option other than to head to the pool. Winking smile

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We cut our relaxing pool day short after a loud, middle aged woman starting throwing f-bombs all over the place. It was a war zone out there. Instead of subjecting our ears to this attention-starved woman’s antics, we decided to call it a day. We threw on some clothes (read: didn’t shower) and headed to TJ-Maxx. The sales were on point yesterday!

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Side note: does buying workout clothes guilt you into working out? It totally makes me feel like a fraud if I haven’t been very athletic lately. New gear makes me want to get my sweat on! It’s like… shopping for your health. New excuse for shopping? CHECK.

After my small shopping spree, I actually went to the gym. Given my track record lately, this was extremely shocking. I ran 6 miles… which was even more shocking. Maybe all these breaks lately have been good for me. It wasn’t the fastest run in the world, but it still felt pretty good! (In case you were wondering, my new goal for the half marathon is not to puke/to finish. I’m 80 percent sure I’ll be able to achieve this.)

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Oh, and did I work out today? No. Because I didn’t go shopping. See? It’s definitely a causal relationship. Scientific fact. Your children will be learning this in school.

And now I would like to end this post on a sad note…

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Buddy’s left ear is deformed. I know. It’s upsetting me, too.

Free Money… No, Seriously.

I’m just dropping in to let y’all in on a little secret of mine. It’s an app called Field Agent. And it flipping rocks. I’ve been getting paid to go places I normally go and do things I normally do. Basically, I’m rich now. Yep. It’s happening.

Anyway, Field Agent is an app that allows you to make money just by completing simple tasks. Basically, if a company like Schick wants to know if their razors are out of stock at Wal*Mart, they’ll contact Field Agent. Field Agent will advertise the job. Then an “agent” (aka someone with the app) will take a picture and send it in. That someone will make about 5 bucks. It’s pretty sweet.

The money will collect in your Field Agent account until you swap it over into your PayPal… from there, you can transfer it into your bank account. I’ve successfully transferred twenty dollars so far. I just made 2 more, so I’ll have to transfer that soon. It’s really pretty simple. Almost too simple. Like getting paid for nothing.

The app:

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Me making bank:

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Okay, so I’ve only made 22 bucks. But hey, it’s cash I can spend without feeling bad about it. Which means less stress. And I’m all for that right now.

(If you already use this app, don’t tell me. I want to feel cool. If you know of any other badass money making apps, hit me up!)

Tackling Stress + Wedding Wednesday

Lately I’ve found myself incredibly stressed out and I know that I haven’t been handling it as well as I should. As a teacher, I usually encourage my students to work through a problem with a direct, systematic approach. However, I’ve been tackling my stress in a random, haphazard way. I’ve been attacking it from all sides, all at once. I needed to slow down and devise a plan. And I have to admit, it’s been working so far. Just in time, too, because I was about to lose my damn mind.

Step 1: Turn to alcohol.

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Just kidding. A little. Anyway, back to my plan…

Step 1: Identify the stressors.

  • Finances.
  • Work.
  • Health/Fitness.

Step 2: Attack one problem at a time. For example, I created a “must do” and “can wait” list for work. I realized I was trying to do too much when it came to planning. I needed to break it down!

  • Must do: choose one state standard for ELA and one standard for social studies and plan a week’s worth of relevant plans. I’m starting with a project on explorers in SS. My plans are pretty legit if I do say so myself.
  • Can wait: everything else! Smile I was overwhelming myself in this area particularly. My husband pointed out that I was trying to do everything and know everything too soon. He reminded me that no one becomes an expert in a week and a half and that I needed to give myself a break. Done!

Step 3: Relax. This one comes naturally after you’ve completed the first two steps. I already feel much better about everything that’s been happening lately. Well, almost. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t stressing out a little about the blog. I love blogging, but I’m just not good at it! I’ve said it before, but I really look up to people who can come up with relevant and meaningful posts day after day. I struggle with just producing half-assed posts once or twice a week. Maybe practice makes perfect? Here’s to hoping…

As one of my fellow teachers reminded me: “The sun’s gonna rise and set either way.” It’s true. The world isn’t going to stop spinning if I type up a ridiculously sucky post, mess up a lesson, spend an extra five dollars at the store, or skip three runs in a row. Life goes on… and we better enjoy it while we can!

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Speaking of enjoying life… Let’s take a little peek back at my bachelorette party weekend! It is Wedding Wednesday after all. I know, I know… My very last post was about a bachelorette party. Overkill? Maybe. But I’m rolling with it! My bachelorette party took place this May at The Inn at Harbour Town in Hilton Head, South Carolina. It was one of the funniest/most amazing weekends I’ve ever had! Sad thing is, we didn’t take that many pictures. We were too busy having a blast… so I’ll leave you with a wordless wedding post, bachelorette style!

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Good News and Better News!

The good news?

Y’all are amazing! I can’t express how thankful I am to have you amazing ladies right now! I feel like I started this blog at just the right time in my life. Writing these short (and, right now, sporadic) posts is pretty much the most relaxing thing in my life right now. I know this blog lacks direction, but I’m so glad y’all are stickin with me! One day I might actually figure this whole thing out… Winking smile

The better news?

Today I found out that my grandmother’s cancer hadn’t yet reached her adrenal glands after all. The preliminary scans caused the doctors to assume the worst, but the biopsy ended up coming back negative. She still has a baseball sized tumor in her lungs and some in her liver, but it is nice to know that it hadn’t spread as far as they had originally thought. So it’s a small blessing! I’m secretly hoping that they were wrong about it all, but I know I’m just wishful thinking!

I guess today is as good a time as any to recap the bachelorette party I attended this weekend for my friend Logan. It might seem out of place, but I need a little levity right now! After driving to Charlotte on Friday night, we hit up Dave and Buster’s for dinner.

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I’ve never eaten there before, but I was pleasantly surprised. I ordered grilled shrimp, sweet potato fries, and apparently a shadow.

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After we ate, we were ready for a little late night ski ball. I’m obsessed with that game but unfortunately sucked that night. I think I won the least tickets of anyone the whole night! Sad smile

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We were all pretty tired after an hour of playing games, but it was time for the real party to begin! We headed back to the hotel for a lingerie party. I’m only sharing one picture as I don’t want to embarrass the bride! Winking smile Her expression definitely sums up the gifts…

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Finally, it was time for bed. We were all so tired… and we had to be well rested for a BIG day the next day. But obviously not before a free and filling hotel breakfast!

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After breakfast we headed to the US National Whitewater Center!

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We were determined to fit in as much as possible while we were there. We ended up zip lining, rafting, and rock climbing!

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Of course we also made time for lunch! We ate at the restaurant on the premises and it was freaking fabulous! It seemed like half of the menu was vegetarian and vegan friendly. I got the Black Betty Salad (mixed greens topped with avocado, red pepper, cucumber, grilled pineapple, homemade black bean burger, and citrus soy vinaigrette) which was delicious!

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When we got back to the hotel that evening, a few of us even had enough energy to hit up the hotel gym.

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That’s pretty much the extent of the equipment. It was honestly kind of sad, but I hit up the treadmill for a quick 5 mile run. I finished in 40 minutes which completely shocked me! I must have been running on pure adrenaline because I should have been utterly exhausted after all the day’s events! After showering and getting ready (which took HOURS with five females!) it was time to hit up the town! A friend from high school (who now lives in Charlotte) stopped by to join in. Obviously prom-style photos were necessary.

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We didn’t end up eating until 10 pm so we stuffed our faces in a totally lady-like way. We went to Aria and it was absolutely perfect! I ordered a shrimp, artichoke, and arugula pizza for my entrée, but my favorite part of the meal was the simplest. They brought out white beans and oil with the bread and it was amazing. I unfortunately forgot to snap a picture, but I’m totally going to have to make it at home!

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Once we refueled, we acted a fool for the remainder of the evening! I even rode a mechanical bull for the first time. Hilarious.

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That’s about it for the trip! But I wanted to thank y’all again for being so kind lately… It means a lot. I’m heading to bed now, but I can’t wait to catch up with all of your blogs in the AM!

When It Rains…

I’m stressed out beyond any point I’ve ever been before.  I’m one of those people that lets it build and build… until it’s completely out of control. This past week:

  • My husband and I decided we need to drastically scale back on our budget. I know it’s such a trivial thing, but it’s stressful none the less.
  • I started a new job in a grade I have no experience in and I’m starting to feel the pressure. I feel inadequate.
  • I found out that my grandmother has cancer in her lungs, liver, and adrenal glands. I feel bad that I haven’t been spending time with her lately.

When it rains, it pours. 

(Luckily, I had a bachelorette party to attend in Charlotte this weekend that helped me take my mind off of it all… for the most part. Saturday I ended up calling a friend at home and balling my eyes out. I just needed to get it out of my system. And I wasn’t about to unload it on my friend who should be having one of the most fun weekends of her life.)

I know that many people around the world are going through things that are much tougher than anything I have ever dealt with. I don’t want to sound like I think that my life is in total shambles, because it’s not. Hell, my grandma is taking this like a champ. I’m just not dealing with it all properly. I don’t know what to do. I don’t feel like myself right now.

As I type this, I’m so thankful that I have this little blog as an outlet. It’s definitely already helping me calm down and I appreciate the fact that you guys let me unleash all of my whining on you! I will elaborate on most of the things I’ve mentioned, but for now I’m going to try to unwind and get ready for school tomorrow. I’m going to try to kick some serious ELA and Social Studies butt!

Delayed Fatigue + Wedding Wednesday

I must have really over done it on Monday. Between teaching, running, and baking… I had no energy at all on Tuesday! After work, I nursed a serious headache for the remainder of the afternoon and evening. Excedrin Migraine didn’t even knock it out! I think the headache was my brain’s way of yelling “slow the heck down!” So that’s exactly what I did. I didn’t even have the brain power to type up a post about the day. But really, what was there to say? I taught, skipped a workout, and went to bed. Exciting. And yes, this means I already missed a run on my half marathon plan… on the second day. I’m what I would like to call an underachiever.

Today at school I found out I will be team teaching starting on Monday, which means I will only be teaching two subjects. However, it means that all my planning up to this point has been pointless. I have to scrap it all and re-plan. I’m pretty stressed, but I know in the end this will be a good thing. I’ll be teaching language arts and social studies, my two favorites! After today, I’m tired again. I have a feeling this will be a trend in the weeks to come. (Oh and once again, this means I skipped a workout. I promise I’m not completely lazy… I will be prepared for this race if it kills me!)

And since there’s no way for me to segue into the Wedding Wednesday portion of this post, I’m just going to jump right in. Bridal showers! Ryne and I were blessed to have several great (and fun!) showers.

First up was a traditional brunch thrown by my mom’s friend, and my high school secretary, Jenny. The attendees included several of my family members and a ton of my mom’s old coworkers, who were also my high school teachers.

Two of my beautiful cousins, Paige and Emsley:

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My fabulous grandmas, Mammy and Memaw:

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The spread, all delicious and cooked by the wonderful host (shrimp and grits, fruit salsa, baked French toast, and an omelet bake):

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Awkward, unflattering pictures:

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Seriously, there was not a single picture were I didn’t look totally creepy or gross. It was pretty sweet.

Next up was a couple’s shower, which also meant Ryne could finally enjoy a wedding festivity. It’s unfair the guys usually miss out on all the fun (and food!)

Husband-to-be and Maid-of-honor:

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The parentals:

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I got panties:

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So did Ryne:

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He also got a ton of other junk I wasn’t interested in…

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The third shower was another girls-only event, thrown by my amazing MOH and her mother. There were tons of cute decorations and a bunch of yummy finger foods!

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There were also plenty of candid group shots,

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more awkward gift-opening shots,

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and one shot of my beautiful friends!

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I know this post is getting ridiculously long but I can’t forget our stock the bar party. It was a co-ed event, but you’d never know it… since we all stayed completely separate all night. Middle school dance flashbacks, anyone?

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The girls with the hostest-with-the-mostest:

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I swear I’m not four feet tall…

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But I am four years old…

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Aaaand that does it for this evening’s installment of Wedding Wednesdays. Hope I didn’t bore you to death. See ya tomorrow!