Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Exciting Year

It will be an exciting year. How do I know? Because we will make it so!! And because a word find puzzle told us so. Ryan saw one of those "the first three words you see will be your 2014" silly bits of nonsense. His three words were love, intelligence, and experience. My words were love, lust, and popularity. Both sets sound very exciting ;)

It has already been exciting. Our apartment is not equipped for single digit temperatures. We have three space heaters so its slowly getting better. I'm just so glad we got our rugs down last weekend! I imagine it could have been colder without them. It would also help if I could find my curtains :/ And my sewing machine to hem them as the windows ere are MUCH shorter than at the house.

That's all I have for today. More tolerable than yesterday's novel, yes?

Oh, before I go. Here's an updated picture of our horse...goat...er, puppy. She's 7.5 months old and 53lbs now :)

Monday, January 6, 2014

It's a New Year

Here's to being more consistent...hopefully ;)

I've completely forgotten about blogging lately.  It's not that I mean to, of course.  It's just not in my face so I don't think about it as much.  Things haven’t necessarily been stressful, just busy!  Christmas was quiet and simple.  My dad’s side of the family didn't celebrate much.  It just isn't the same as the old days when there were at least 20 people around.  Ryan’s side of the family was ill so we waited until Saturday to get together.

New Year’s Eve was tons of fun.  Ryan had to work the next morning.  I was fortunate enough to be off. 
I started reading The Hunger Games a few weeks ago.  I finished Catching Fire last night.  Now I have to wait until Thursday, pay day, before I can get the last book.  I'm not usually surprised by book events.  Perhaps it's because I haven't read a book in FOREVER.  I was certainly thrown off by the tribute selection, though...the process of the choosing, I suppose.  I need the third book pronto.  I’m growing impatient.  I suppose I’ll occupy my time with art...until Thursday.  Then I'm borrowing Game of Thrones from a friend.  So excited!

We spent the weekend sleeping and working on the apartment, aside from reading my book.  It felt like a lazy weekend, but it really was quite productive!

The other day my friend asked me what my New Year’s resolution was.  I hadn't thought about it.  I had originally thought to not make one, and then forgot about it altogether.  When she asked I figured I should come up with something.  Considering I hadn't thought about it, I came up with one rather quickly.  It isn't a goal necessarily.  It’s more of a resolution of existence.  Here is what came out when I responded:
“I suppose with my self learning this past year it would be to stress less, better practice what I preach in taking thing in stride as they come, be less reserved because what people think about me shouldn't be based on what I choose to show or hide from them…to just be happy…because THAT is what people will see and I want people to remember me as a free spirit who loves unconditionally and as someone who loves (lives) life to the fullest.”

Sound like a plan?  I think so.

Do you remember when I was going the 200 squat program?  If so, I'm sure you can recall that I stopped doing it (along with the 100 push ups and 200 sit ups).  I'm still not doing it, BUT I am doing squats again, but without the program.  I feared I was back to square one...45.  I sort of was at 50, but I also didn't push too hard because I was recovering from a cold.  About a week later I had the pleasure of getting two good nights of sleep and was feeling rather peppy so I pushed myself to failure...130.  Woo!  About another week passed and I did squats with my friend (we're trying to encourage each other) and we did 70.  I should have done more, but I'm trying not to burn myself out.  Another week went by...150!  I shot a video of the 150 as proof, but it's a really silly looking video so I won't post it.  My squat buddy can vouch for the video, though :P  I definitely feel a difference in only four sessions.  My thighs feel a bit less lumpy, and I definitely have more strength/stamina that before.  My squat buddy showed me some yoga and I have an app that I enjoy so I'm going to try to incorporate it more.  I definitely need it, especially in my lower legs.

Part of the work we did on the apartment was putting rugs down (all concrete floors).  Now that there's some cushion I'm going to *try* to do more push ups.  We'll see how long that lasts.  I like squats.  I hate push ups and crunches >.<

I am due to clock back in.  I will post again soon, even if it's not very exciting.  It will at least keep these novels down to short, easily read posts.