Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I love this crazy tragic, sometimes almost magic, aweful beautiful life

This was my facebook status yesterday, and it was just so fitting. What a week it has been, and will continue to be.

My mom got out of the hospital yesterday. She is going to have to have chemo, but I think it's more of a precaution that anything else. It sounds like it won't have to start until after Christmas which I know she is very happy about.

I did find out that a friend of mine from Minnesota's mother lost her battle with cancer this weekend and passed away. The friend is younger than me and her mother was probably about the same age as mine. I feel terrible for my friend, but it's hitting just a little to close to home for me this week.

I have been having these feels all at the same time that I have been feeling super excited for the Good family to come visit. I know they have a long travel day ahead of them, but it will be really great to spend some good time with them.

I am cooking the turkey for only the second time in my life. I am sure it will be fine and I have momma Good there to guide me. From what I understand she made Thanksgiving dinners for 20 for a lot of years. We're cheating and using Stove Top Stuffing. I feel like that is one of those things that you need to practice ahead of time if you're going to make it from scratch. I am going to try and make a pumpkin pie from a whole pumpkin, not in a can.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. This year, I am thankful for my mother's health, my new husband, getting to spend time with family, my two doggies, not yet being affected by the economic downturn, and the love of the people around me.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The inlaws are coming, the inlaws are coming

I am hosting Thanksgiving for my mother, sister, and brother in law. One would think a girl might be a bit nervous.

I am actually not nervous about everyone coming, I am really excited. Thankfully I have cooked Thanksgiving dinner once before so I think I should be able to do it. Jake and I have been reading up on the best ways to cook a turkey all week.

All of this was of course until my mother in law post this comment on facebook the other night.

"(Mother in law) is watching food network and getting hungry for Thanksgiving dinner. I know Jake and Becca will be serving us an awesome meal."

Umm the food network.... you are hoping for food as good as the food network...... yeah no pressure there!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Training Recap Week 2

I made it through my second week of training. This week the weather and the companions were a factor. We dealt with humidity, winds, and rain this week. But the story of the week comes on Wednesday when I decided to take BOTH dogs with me.

You see we are a little nervous to leave Bentley home by himself. He has a little anxiety when we're gone as it is and I think it would be 10 times worse if he was without sister. Well Lucy was excited as all get out to go on this run, and Bent was just excited to go... Oh did I mention it was already dark... So off we go, and Bent is running around like a crazy person, and Lucy is pulling as hard as she can, and the next thing I know, Bentley is under my feet, and I'm falling. Yep BAM hit the street. WE. WEREN"T. EVEN. OFF. OUR. BLOCK. This is not going to be good.

So much happened on this run. I could make this post two days long, but I'll just give you the highlights.. We saw a cat, Lucy wanted to chase the cat, attempting to pull me and Bentley along. Bentley is afraid of storm drains and stopped dead in his tracks several times to avoid them, almost yanking my arm out of it's socket, and choking Lucy. Our neighbors dog had gotten out and was following us, we get Charlie back into his yard, and finish the run.

I think I was more tired from all the commotion and not from the run. I will not be taking both dogs with me on a run again.

Bring on week three!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Tough Day

To blog or not to blog about family ills. My mom is having surgery today. She has a one inch spot of cancer on her liver that needs to be removed. Anytime you throw the word cancer around it begins to sound very morbid and probably worse than it is. It should be an easy surgery, and at this point is so very much not life threatening, but at the same time. Dude my mom is having cancer surgery today and I'm a little nervous for her.

Keep us all in your thoughts today.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

No Love

Seriously people. I wrote like 4 posts in a row and no comments??? My feelings are seriously hurt!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Delectable Delights

I was pretty successful in my veg-up challenge. I did find that if you aren't having eggs for breakfast it is a bit difficult to get a veggie in, I found myself switch to V-Fusion juice drink. I know I'm not getting a veggie in with every meal these days, but I am still working really hard to at least think about it add more veggies to my diet.

Tonight we had steak, and potato's so I added some sugar snap peas for a green veggie. I got the recipe from the veggie website I posted before. They were delicious!

Here is the recipe

SUGAR SNAP PEAS with LEMON BUTTER
Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 20 minutes
Serves 4

Salted water to cover
1 pound sugar snap peas (tonight's were fresh but I've seen them frozen too which would be even quicker)
1 teaspoon butter (reduced from 5 teaspoons but more than plenty)
Zest from a lemon
Good salt (aka sea salt or kosher salt)

Bring the water to boil. Wash the peas and snip off the stem ends. (Instructions usually say to pull off the strings, too but what I had tonight weren't in the least stringy.) Cook for 3 minutes, drain and return to the hot pan. Add the butter and lemon and stir well to coat with the butter. Transfer to a serving dish, salt well, serve and enjoy!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

I do declare

I have been reluctant to post this for fear that I'll back out and then you will all laugh at me! But I think it's time to announce that I am going to run the Cowtown marathon on February 27th 2010 here in Fort Worth.

One of my professors gave me this great book called "The Non-Runners Marathon Trainer" It is written by a couple of professors from the University of Northern Iowa who for a while taught something dubbed the marathon class at UNI. My understanding of the class is that it is a cross between a physical education credit, and a psychology class. The book follows those same lines. Anyway, it had a great training schedule to get you in shape to start training for a marathon. I have been running/walking since about Sept.

This week I completed my first week of marathon training. Per the vets orders to get her some more exercise, I have been taking my trusty dog, and blog namesake Lucy with me.

I think I'll attempt to post each week to update how the training is going. This week, we had some really great runs with the longest being 5 miles for a total of 15 miles. One of my hips is a little sore after I run, but I'm not sure if it is my actual hip or just the muscles. I'll be keeping an eye on it.

Until this marathon goal, the longest run I have completed was the Twin Cities 10 mile. I feel committed, I have good support from Jake, and my girl Lucy to keep me company.... at least for a while.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Doggies having fun

This morning I was able to capture the doggies playing in the backyard. It is really cute.

video

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Signs

I was going through some photo's and thought I would share a few from post wedding/honeymoon that I meant to share but never got out.



We took this picture the day after we got married. We stayed an extra night in our wedding suite because we had to be at the airport so stinkin early on Monday morning to fly out for honeymoon, so we had some time to wonder around downtown St. Paul and came across this sign. I had good intentions to crop it and send it with our thank you notes, but it honestly slipped my mind.


This was on our honeymoon. We were walking down Duval St and came across this sign and I just thought it was hilarious. We went to the Florida Key's where we found Jake Key with a sign that says Life is Good. Get it??? Jake Key, Good? Jake Good?? Alas, I thought it was clever and when your on your honeymoon, you better believe Life is Good.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

This and that

In an attempt to blog more, I'm just gonna post a few things I've come across tonight.

My laffy taffy jokes.....

Why was the police officer in bed?

Where do cows go for fun?

Answers at the end.


A couple of really cool websites Family Circle shared with me in their latest issue.

http://www.greenraising.com/


This website sells fair trade and recyclable goods that give back to the community. If anyone wants to give me this necklace for Christmas that would be fantastic.

http://www.localharvest.org/

It's a website that helps you find locally produced fruit, veggies, and meats.

And finally a couple of really cool websites from my friends.

http://kindboutique.com/

My friend Erin just started this website. She is selling Vintage and eco-friendly items. Jake got me this for my birthday. LOVE IT! You can feel free to get my pretty much anything from here for Christmas.

And finally, I've mentioned my friend Andie a couple of times, it finally dawned on me that I should like to her artwork. She is very talented, I am having her make something for me as a keepsake from my wedding and I recently purchased something for a birthday gift for a friend.

http://artsieandie.blogspot.com/

All of the proceeds from her artwork go to support her families upcoming adoption.


Finally the answers to the jokes.

why was the police officer in bed? Because he was undercover!

where do cows go for fun? The MOO-vies!


Friday, November 6, 2009

Not to be such a Nancy

I wanted to post something that makes me happy.


There is this space in our living room that I have been trying to fill since we moved here two years ago. First I filled it with a bookshelf, but the bookshelf didn't fit and was re purposed in another room. Then I put a table thingy but it was something my mom got at a garage sale and I never really like it that much and have since sold it at another garage sale.

I have finally pulled this together. I love the space because it looks cool and because everything in it has a lot of meaning.

The table is something that was originally made by a relative, it was either my grandpa rollins or Kelm or even maybe a great grandpa. I forget, my mom could tell me. My parents had it in their house for a while, and then my sister did. When my sister was moving to CO she didn't want it anymore so I took it. I love that it was made by a family member, and has been used by serveral of my immediate family.

The sewing machine was my grandma Rollin's and I think when my mom gave it to my she was hoping I would use it. Alas I tried once but it has one of the footpeddle things and it kinda went crazy even when I didn't have my foot on the peddle so I decided it would make a better decoration. The photo above the desk was given to us by my dear friends Andie and Andrew as a wedding present. I love it for that reason AND because they bought it from someone who is trying to raise money for an adoption.

I'm not sure if the glass on the desk will stay or not, it's their for now, but it too has a story. I am a theif. I stole that glass from TGI Fridays after I had consumed the contents of the glass. It was just so cool and in my tipsy state I couldn't resist. It goes well with our red rug!

Here is a little better picture of the space so it doesn't look quite so isolated.



Oh I almost forgot, the red cloth that the sewing machine is sitting on was given to me by my friend Mary. It was something she got when she traveled to Spain while we were roommates! It's actually got a really cool pattern on it that you can't see from the pics.

I'm sure I have a lot to say

but for some reason lately I feel like I have nothing. I don't want to post all kinds of negative crap, but I also don't want to be all Mary sunshine when I'm not feeling Mary Sunshine. That's not to say I'm feeling negative all the time. I sometimes want to curse on my blog, but my dear uncle the mister reads my blog, and while I know he is a terrific guy and not a judgy pants at all, I can't get over the feeling that my uncle would be none too please to read his dear niece curse on the interwebs.

But to be honest this semester has been really hard. I don't like either of my classes, my boss at my "student assistant" job is asking way to much of me and I feel like I'm being taken advantage of by her and the entire department. She needs a full time assistant, so I don't think she is purposely taking advantage of me she's just really busy fuckin busy, I do however think maybe the office is taking advantage of me and using me instead of getting her the real assistant that she wants. Being super busy at my paid job, makes it a little difficult to get hours in at my not paid internship, (especially when the boss at my paid job keeps asking me to skip the internship and come work for her). Each week I start out thinking this week will be better and each week something comes up. For example I was thrilled to end daylight savings. I was having a lot of trouble getting out of bed in the morning because it was so dark and because I don't have much to look forward to during the day, and I thought ohh daylights savings will end, and it will not be so dark in the mornings, and my body will be used to getting up earlier, and going to bed earlier and form good habits and the rest of the semester will be good.... well monday started out that way, but by monday night I'd picked up a cold from my husband and I was feeling pretty crummy so tuesday I slept in a little more and then Tuesday was just a cluster fuck and the rest of the week was sort of weird.

I did have a really great day on Thursday and I have the day off today so it's not like everything is crappy.

My new husband and I seem to be fighting a lot lately and I'm not sure if I should even share that, but how does one have a blog when they feel like they can't share stuff. I feel like the fighting is all my fault because I know I'm just not that happy of a person right now and I'm taking it out on him, but then I get kinda pissy because I don't think it's all my fault.... it's a vicious circle.

I feel guilty because I feel like I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off, but when I really site down and think about it, I'm not actually that busy, and Jake gets up every day and goes to work, and works and he's probably busier than I am.

I'm just not sure what the deal is, I just can't seem to get it together. For a while I thought it was the weather, it just didn't seem like it would ever stop raining, but then it did stop raining and I'm still cranky.

Again don't get me wrong it's not like I'm always craky, I've had some really great days. Last weekend for example was great. Jake and I went out and threw the football around for a while on Friday, we took the dogs for a great walk on the Trinity Trails and then Sunday I got to watch the Vikes give it to the Packers, and make some really yummy food.

But overall, it just seems like I can't get my shit together, and without my shit together, I feel like I don't have anything to blog about except another instance of not having my shit together, and how I almost missed my appointment with my trainer last night because I didn't leave where I was supposed to be until 5:35 and because I didn't know exactly where I was I turned the wrong way and had to wait at two stupid lights.... blah blah blah.

So here is what I've decided. I'm going to blog more, or at least attempt to. It might be because I'm crabby and I might curse. This blog was intended to be an outlet for me so my friends and family could feel like they were still a part of my life even though I'm thousands of miles away from most of them. My life like most peoples is not always happy and this semester just seems to be a struggle. Of course I will try to post some of the nice things too.

So if you are still following my blog, or this post for that matter, I hope you stick around, I'll try to write more.