Just for me

I took an extra long weekend with having Friday and Monday off as well as Saturday and Sunday.

I gave myself an extended weekend for a variety of reasons: I needed to get stuff done I don’t have time for in my spare time; I wanted to do some de-cluttering on our storage unit and wanted to go on a weekday; I wanted to do some extra lounging and relaxing and sleeping in for me.

On Friday I lounged a little in the morning before heading off to the storage unit and did some cleaning and de-cluttering. I also watched a few movies and then headed to yoga.

On Monday I enjoyed my coffee and TV watching in the morning. After that I tackled a few errands. Then some me time with a visit to Tootsies, a shoe store, and then a mani/pedi.

After that I came home and watched a movie and did some more lounging.

And I ended my me time with a yoga class.

And I am sure glad I took care of myself over the past few days. Because today at work was HELL. I am working on a big project and it is taking a … Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day

When I was 9 and my brother was 5 our parents divorced.

The choices and decisions my mom made almost 30 years ago makes me the person and woman I am today.

At a time when few people were divorcing my mom made the best decision for herself and for her kids. And we struggled. But as I look back at the hard times and great memories I am proud of my mom and the little family we were.

One of my favorite memories were Friday nights. At the end of our week we would get a movie or two at the 99 cent video store and pizza from Little Caesars. We would pile on the sofa bed and watch movies and eat our pizza and zonk out.

Growing up with a single mom was very humbling. The sacrifices my mom made for John and me was truly an act of love. And I will always be grateful.

My mom has been retired for about 9 years, she owns her own house (has for many years), travels regularly, volunteers at many organizations (it’s like part-time job) and reads like crazy.

She is such an inspiration for how much she cares … Continue reading

Love of reading

As a little girl I loved to read. I read so much that I was three grade levels ahead of my own grade reading level. My vocabulary was quite advanced. I would participate in reading contests.

My parents really limited the amount of TV my brother and I watched. I didn’t need TV. I had a world of imagination in my books.

In junior high in my reading class we were able to pick any book we wanted and write a report. I picked Jane Eyre. In college as an English Lit minor in one of my classes we were assigned to read Jane Eyre. I was assigned that at the age of 21 or so but had already read it about 10 years earlier.

For seven years of my life I got paid to read. I was a copy editor at two different newspapers: one in Salem, Ore. and the other in Phoenix.

Since I read all day at work I really wasn’t into it in my free time. As the years went on I started to read less and less. I am embarrassed to admit this, but I don’t think I read one book last year.

When we … Continue reading

It’s Corona Light time

Oh yea, just got home from my work day … well, after work I stopped at the gym for a yoga class. Friday nights at the gym are 75 minutes. It’s a decent yoga practice with about 10-15 minutes of Restorative Yoga.

Found out tonight that tonight was the last Friday night yoga class with Ken. What a bummer. The gym is changing the class to Pilates/core, which most of the people in that Friday class seem upset about, myself included. It is harder for me to get too upset over it since I am no longer a regular to that class. But I do plan to say something to the manager.

At the end of class Ken shared a story with us. I paraphrase it here:

There were two men sharing a hospital room. Bob’s condition required him to lie flat on his back. Because Jorge was sitting up he would describe to Bob what he could see out the window to help the time pass by. Jorge would describe the children who ran and walked by, the animals flying around or scampering, the weather, etc. Over time Bob and Jorge became good friends. One morning Bob woke up … Continue reading

How I started 2010

My goal was to hit the gym this morning.

Uh, didn’t happen. Mostly because I didn’t sleep well and a champagne headache doesn’t help. Being lazy was a good excuse.

So instead today I stayed in my jammies and watched Lifetime movies and SVU marathon and read.

Starting on Monday I am detoxing and going back to my healthier lifestyle. I have some challenges ahead of me. But I have some plans to help me through it.

Stay tuned for my updates. Also check back on Tuesday, another Comment Contest Tuesday is coming up. Don’t miss it.

Mac & Cheese

Tonight for dinner I made the Mac & Cheese recipe from Cook Yourself Thin.

It wasn’t your typical Mac & Cheese. Man, it was good and rich and filling. I couldn’t finish what I had served myself–well, I could have. But I didn’t want to feel gross!

It took longer to make than I normally like to take to cook. I don’t really cook and I pretty much hate it. It was a long day at work–like 10 hour long day–but I still wanted to make the Mac & Cheese, which was easy to make just took longer than nuking soup. 🙂

Cook Yourself Thin recipe made

Tonight for dinner I made one of the recipes from the Lifetime TV show Cook Yourself Thin.

I made the Easy Herb-Roasted Chicken With Roasted Veggies. I altered the veggies slightly.

I have to say it was really good and filing. Though this wouldn’t be the normal thing I would make for dinner on a week night. I just don’t have time for that. Especially these days with working long hours and also making sure I get my gym time in, which gets much more difficult with long work hours.

I would like to try a recipe from Cook Yourself Thin or Hungry Girl at least once a week, likely Sundays–because I will have the time to cook and experiment.