Annoyances vs. Wonderful Things

That’s the best title I could come up with. Bear with me. It has really been prevalent to me lately that whenever I have something great happen, there’s always some little bitty thing that goes and messes it up. Usually I’m able to find humor in these things, since they’re not typically large enough to screw up my happy moment completely. These are truly all examples of things that happened over the weekend. I kid you not. I did not make one of these things up.

I ran a 5k without stopping. Now that seems like nothing for most of you runners, but it’s big for me. I did it outside around my subdivision and just kept pushing myself to make it to the next mailbox and then the next one and so on….before I knew it I glanced at my watch and it said I had gone 1.95 miles. Then I knew I could finish the darn thing without stopping.

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But then, I got chased by a dog. No joke friends. When I was probably at like mile 2.4, I saw a huge barking golden retriever a few houses away. I ignored it and smiled because it was cute and I’m a sucker thinking it had an invisible fence like most dogs do nowadays. It sure didn’t. Chased me for a good .1 mile. Just wanted to play, but I was not about to stop because I was determined at this point! It only made me run faster, so thank you random dog. And yes, I shooed it back into the direction of its’ home so its’ not out running wild. No worries.

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I got some extra cash this weekend. Three weekend babysitting jobs and two personal training sessions have left my wallet very happy. I had a great time with all of it, too, so the money doesn’t even really mean anything to me. Just an added bonus.

I looked at my ever-growing list of things to buy. Including:

  • k-cups
  • a new lunchbox/cooler bag for my newly starting food prep
  • a juicer
  • perfect fit protein powder
  • kettlebell and heavier weights
  • random things for my LA trip next month

I know those are random things, but they’re needed for me. So there goes my cash. However, they will all end up being fun purchases, so I’m not mad. I’m usually extremely good at saving money, so it’s really hard for me to buy things that aren’t absolutely “essential.”

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The banana flavor of Chobani. Oh my goodness gracious. There are real pieces of banana puree in there. I am amazed.

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It’s all gone Sad smile However, I still have my typical peach, blueberry, and strawberry variety pack of a million I get from Costco, plus the random pear, blood orange, and lemon flavors I picked up at the grocery store.

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Quite a few little play-dates with friends this week! As I talked about in my post yesterday, I’ve really lost contact with a lot of people who I used to be very close with in my life. I’m trying this whole “socializing” thing out again, and I’m actually super pumped.

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I’ve had opportunities to babysit during these times. I really just need to learn to say no sometimes. If I already have plans made with friends, I do not need to cancel them every time if I am asked to babysit. I am allowed to say no, and I’m constantly reminding myself of this.

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There’s only one more episode of The Bachelor before the finale! I am so excited for the finale episode. I always settle in with my bottle of wine and smile the entire time I think.

The Bachelor is almost over Sad smile However, I’ll have some more free time, which is always desperately needed. Is it pathetic that I consider watching this show something that I need to do?

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I had the weirdest, best dream I’ve ever had. Now you guys totally can’t judge me on this one. Just go with the flow. I never remember my dreams, so you know it’s something fantastic when I do. Long story short, I dreamed that Jillian Michaels told me she loved me! She was in my bedroom telling me how she wanted me to come to LA to be there with her and her kids and wanted to take me to Punta Cana with her and her family. We talked for like, ever in my room and then we flew to LA together. There were a ton more details, but I’m ridiculously too embarrassed to type them out, haha! I think this happened because I was thinking about vacationing with families I nanny for before I fell asleep last night, and I guess it’s kinda similar? So Jillian, if you ever read this, I love you more. And I will come live in your home and be the best roommate in the world<3

It makes me sad every time I look at her, because I want her body. Goodness, that woman is a machine. My new mantra is WWJD: What Would Jillian Do? Not even kidding. This is implemented immediately.

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Onto a new topic. As you all are reading this, bright and early on a Monday morning, I’m at the gym (hopefully) completing my workout and starting with this whole “work out at the same time every day” thing. I’m hoping this gives me some consistency and peace. It will also give me some much needed free time to relax and play catch-up in the evenings. Hopefully this routine will work out and make things a bit easier for me! Fingers crossed.

I usually post a quote on Mondays, and today I’m giving you one that I found on Kate’s blog. I fell in love with it and want to read it every single morning.

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah Winfrey

What’s the strangest and/or best dream that you can remember?

Spice Up Your Life, Week 4

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the fact that it’s a Friday night at 9:30 p.m. and I’m home, drinking wine in bed, typing a blog post. Some people call that pathetic or boring, but I call it happiness. I am so freaking content right now. Let me be people. Sorry that I’m not a typical 21 year old, out partying, blowing all my money, and getting wasted. Sorry that I would rather be in the comfort of my own bed with no pants or makeup on and my $10 jug (yes, I mean jug; it’s huge) of Cabernet. If this post is all over the place, bear with me. I’ve got a lot on my mind.

Yesterday rocked my socks off. Literally. A 7-month old pulled my socks off. I babysat for two new families and in turn fell in love with 3 new children. Total, I was with the kiddies for 10 hours. Whew! Then Luke and I went out for a super nice dinner, where I ordered like a 5 year old and got minestrone soup and Caesar salad, light on the dressing. But I did get a significant amount of wine, which made me seem a bit more my age. Luke wasn’t any better. He gets penne with meat sauce anywhere we go. Oh well. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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Last week I challenged ya’ll to read a classic book. I got Wuthering Heights on my kindle, got through approximately 26% of it (my kindle said), and shut it down. I can’t stand it. I just cannot get into it. Oh well. I tried. That’s all I have to say on that. Anyone have more success than me?

We’re going big this week.

49. Conquer a fear.

Here’s a list of my biggest fears:

  • throwing up
  • police officers
  • someone breaking into my house
  • a child I babysit choking
  • my wallet being stolen, more importantly my planner being stolen
  • locking myself out of my car
  • flying in airplanes
  • butterflies (don’t laugh, they’re creepy as hell)

My goal this week has nothing to do with any of them. My goal is to run 6 miles without stopping. I know, I know. To most of you that’s nothing, but it’s huge for me. I am more than capable of doing it, but I always second guess myself and tell myself I need a walking break or to hop on the sides to get a drink of water. All I want is me and the treadmill (my only choice right now Sad smile) and 6 miles. The end. I need to prove to myself that I can do it. I’m hoping to bust this out on Sunday. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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I have a pretty big post coming tomorrow if I can be balls-y enough to post it. Stay tuned friends.

Any big goals for this week? Are you going to conquer a fear?

The Unexpected

Let’s just go ahead and say that today didn’t go quite as planned.

I was originally going to get up and do a workout before going to work, but I ended up hitting the snooze button one too many times and missed it altogether.

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I was planning on having a big salad for lunch, but I ha a good ol’ pb&j with the girls I nanny for.

I was planning on having time to write my daily blog post sometime this afternoon, but at had a sick baby to take care of who just wanted to cuddle and play.

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I thought since I missed my morning workout I would go to the gym after work and get some cardio in, but I was exhausted and it just wasn’t appealing to me. So I didn’t. I went home and literally fell asleep in the shower. Don’t knock it til you try it.

I was going to go to the boyfriend’s house tonight, but he had a surprise visit from his nieces, so that didn’t happen. I decided to stay home and give him some time with them. There’s always tomorrow.

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I thought I would finish my to-do list, but there’s still 3 things that need to be checked off. Oh well.

I’m starting to learn the importance of ‘going with the flow.’ I try extremely hard every single day to not let my OCD take over my life. In case you didn’t know, I really do have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). I’m not as extreme as those people you see on TV, but I do have my own little quirks. For example, I like things to be in even numbers. I have to have the radio volume on 10 or 12, never 11, and I have to eat my food in even numbers. Like, I literally count out 8 almonds every morning to put on my yogurt. I’m a lot better than I used to be, but some days it’s out of control.

Enough ranting! What I’m trying to say is that I try to tell myself that there is always another option when my original plan doesn’t work out. This is something that I can apply to all aspects of my life. I have great people in my life, I am very blessed, I am healthy, and I am safe. What more could I ask for? I gotta let my life plan out the way it’s destined to….not necessarily the way I think I want it to right now. I’m 21 and reckless, what can I say? ;)

Now if you don’t mind, I need some advice! I am totally new to blogging and really am not sure how to go about things, so I have some questions for all you more experienced bloggers. I would adore some feedback!

1. Do you write your posts on your actual blog or on Microsoft Word or a similar program? I find that my posts appear differently if I type them on WordPress, on my iPad, or on my dell. Super fustrating.
2. How do you get all your pictures to be the same size?
3. Is it worth it to buy your own website?
4. How do you get involved in giveaways and sponsorships?

Any help would be more than greatly appreciated :)

Pros and Cons

I have recently realized that I’ve developed this horrible habit of thinking way too much about all the decisions I make. Instead of just doing something, I consider what I should do and what others expect me to do. And then when a circumstance arises where I should consider my options before doing something dumb, I just jump right in and do whatever I want! What on earth.

So here’s a list of some decisions I made today and why or why not they were good ideas. The pros and cons pertain to the first option in each scenario.

Do I use the extra 10 minutes I have at the gym to do some quick cardio or do I sit in my car and read a book before I wait for class to start?

Pros: extra calories burned, productive use of time, catching up on news while running on the TV
Cons: get sweaty before class, I’ve really been pushing myself lately, I hadn’t eaten breakfast yet

I chose to do the cardio and felt awesome after. Good choice Allison.

Do I watch TV and catch up on blogs while the baby is sleeping or do I clean the house?

Pros: catch up on blogs, catch up on shows, relax
Cons: house was a crazy mess, something to show for my efforts

I chose to clean WHILE watching TV. Best of both worlds.

Do I text back the person who sent me a message that I really have nothing to say to, or do I choose to ignore it and be true to myself?

Pros: be nice, get it off my mind
Cons: person is not a positive influence in my life, nothing to say to them, don’t want to be fake

I chose to ignore it. That may have been rude, but I’m sick and tired of being fake to people. I will never be outright rude, but in situations like this I’m going to go with what my gut is telling me.

Do I eat the cupcake sitting on the counter for my sister’s birthday or do I have a healthy snack?

I had the cupcake. No pros and cons necessary. I knew I would be craving it all night if I didn’t. These are the situations when I tend to not think about the consequences of my actions, but I really need to start to.

Do I tip the girls who did my sister’s and my nails really good (like I usually do) or save money and do the typical 15-20%?

Pros: make them feel good, make ME feel good, help out people who work really hard at their jobs
Cons: spending extra money, going over budget

Luke and I have really been trying to save money lately, so I’ve been very frugal the past few weeks. I decided to tip the girls well. They deserved it. I’ll just be more careful this weekend. Plus, look at what an awesome job she did!

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Do I hang out in my room tonight or do I spend time with my little sister?

Pros: catch up on Walking Dead, read blogs, drink wine, organize, relax, plan my weekend
Cons: being very unsocial, being lazy, not setting a good example

One of my resolutions was to work on my relationships, so I really took tonight to utilize that one. It’s Olivia’s birthday and she asked me so nicely to catch up on all our shows tonight and just cuddle. How on earth could I refuse? That would just be terrible of me. I love the kid so much and want to be a good, active big sister to her.

There’s many other choices, but these were just the ones that stuck out in my mind. I’m still trying to play trial and error with when I need to go through the decision-making process and when I can just go with my first thought. Any advice on how to do this?

On a totally unrelated note, we had pancakes for dinner tonight which was fantastic.

How do you make decisions, either simple or difficult?

Sometimes You Just Gotta Do It

Have you ever had one of those days where you just were so excited for something that you couldn’t even sit still, let alone concentrate on anything?! Yeah, that’s me right now. And I’m not even excited for anything big. I haven’t seen my boyfriend in 2 days and tonight I’m babysitting for 3 little girls and he’s coming with me and bringing Chipotle for dinner (which I’ve never had!; burrito bowl, here I come). Maybe it’s odd to be so completely pumped up for our little night playing house, but I couldn’t think of any better way to spend my Wednesday evening. Throw in the fact that The Middle and Modern Family are on AND American Idol starts back up and I am one happy girl. Can’t wait to see Nicki Minaj on there!

 

I’m also really happy because I had a great morning at mommy and me with the baby I nanny for. We were in the same class as last session, so I really got to know and love some of the moms. Two of my favorites were there today and we had an awesome discussion about life and major changes for me while the girls played together. They gave me great advice on my future career, having kids of my own, and the best age for me to get married at. So thanks for that ladies! Really put a lot of things into perspective for me.

 

By the time lunch rolled around, I was exhausted from running around with the girls all morning and only wanted one thing: comfort food. Then this happened.

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That’s right a good old fashioned grilled cheese. I made it with multigrain bread if that counts for anything? And yes, I dip my grilled cheese in ketchup.

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Mmmmm, look at that cheese!

Lunch may or may not have been finished off with some of these. No, not the whole thing ;)I needed this lunch, bad.

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Gonna continue to count my blessings this afternoon, cuddle with my girls, and count down the hours until I get to see Luke!

What’s your favorite comfort food??

If I had to pick something different than grilled cheese, my grandma makes this fantastic macaroni pasta with cheddar cheese and diced tomatoes. Totally simple but totally fantastic.