Life really is beautiful

When life starts to bring you down; look around you I bet you can find something that is beautiful. Whether it be your child laughing, something beautiful in nature or maybe your partner’s smile. You can always find something beautiful around you. When my mind goes to a dark place I look around and always find something that is beautiful to me. Whether I am at home or out and about. Even at work there are beautiful things. Maybe a picture of a great memory on your desk or a co-worker that has turned into a friend stops to say hi. If you take the time everyday to find the beautiful around you in your life it helps you to get through the day. What do you find around you that is beautiful?


A day at the gym: Part Deux

Today was judgment day; it was gym day. It was wonderful. Yes, I said it the gym was awesome.

The day started out by me actually being ready on time and personal trainer was late. I am awful at being ready on time or anywhere near the time I am supposed to be ready. I was so proud of myself. It only took 32 years but I did it! Anyway, back to gym stuff. We pulled into the parking lot and there was a minimal amount of vehicles there. A big check on my list complete 🙂 We walked in, paid and then it was time to change. I guess I kind of forgot about the short factor when I was prepping for the gym. It has been a while since I have shaved my legs and apparently it has been a while since I put lotion on them. So I ended up being the kind of hairy dry leg girl. I entered the locker room and to my surprise I was met by a naked woman who is very comfortable with her body. I immediately looked down and she started waving and saying hi. Very pleasant person I just wasn’t ready for that level of nudity at 7:45 a.m. (I have never been comfortable with locker rooms because I don’t enjoy being nude in front of a group of people.)

As we walked into the gym I noticed there was only one person there. Another check on the list. This day just kept getting better and better. We decided to go on the elliptical first for a warm-up. There were four elliptical’s. Of course I ended up with the one next to the only person there. As I was setting my playlist I realized something; he was sweating and wearing an outfit similar to mine. When I thought it couldn’t get any better he pulled out a Kleenex and blew his nose. Perfect! Someone else with allergies/sinus issues. If he would have had a shirt on explaining his ailments I would have had to ask him if he reads my blog or if this was a set-up by personal trainer. The only negative about the elliptical was the channel the TV was on. It was some show about sick animals. Not what you want to see at the gym. I would have preferred a show about fluffy kittens or something but since the TV was about the only negative at the gym I’ll take it.

After the elliptical it was on to the machines. The first one personal trainer wanted me to try looked very scary and hard. You have to lay down and then push your legs off. He said it was the equivalent of doing squats. Since I never turn down a nap possibility I tried it. I figured if the squat thing didn’t pan out I could catch a quick snooze. The first rep was a little sketchy but the rest went smoothly and I ended up doing quite a few.  The rest of the machines went great for me as well!!

More people began flooding in. My nerves were getting a little higher on the nerve scale until I realized all of them were 65 years of age or older. Definitely more of my speed than those 20 year olds in sports bras. I even chatted with one of them while I was waiting for personal trainer to get changed.

Hands down this day went 100% better than I could have ever imagined. I was even going to try the sauna but I didn’t have a swimsuit. Shopping for a swimsuit makes me want to vomit so we will see about that one. Usually the sauna makes me feel like I am boiling on a stove top and I am going to pass out. I am going to try the sauna one more time though. If I had to rate this gym it would be a 9.5. The only reason it wasn’t a 10 is because of the sad animal show and there were a lot of mirrors in the workout room.

On the way home we stopped to take some pics of an ice jam that I will share with you. Enjoy!

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It’s really cold. Let’s go snowshoeing!

Even though it is pretty cold out I had the bright idea to go snowshoeing today. When I say cold I mean it was -40 degrees below yesterday with the wind chill. Today is better. It was 3 degrees when we left and 4 degrees when we came back. So pretty much a heat wave 😉  Since I haven’t purchased a lot of new clothes in the past three years or so I had to scrape some cold weather gear together. I started collecting things a couple of days ago. The first thing on my list was long johns. I don’t own any that fit. So I had the bright idea to borrow husband’s. The first pair I tried on was a no go. That followed with a small freak out from me when asked if they fit. So I waited until this morning to try on the next pair. They fit! Well, kind of but enough to wear underneath my pants in the wilderness. I also found a facemask that I thought was mine. Turns out it is personal trainers. He said he lost his; I guess I found it 😉 I scraped together some other miscellaneous cold weather gear of my own and we were off.

The snowshoeing went well except for the cold. Now this is the first time I have went were there is an alright amount of snow. After 30 minutes into it or so my thigh started to ache. Well you know me immediately I though tumor. I must have gotten a tumor in the middle of the night and now it is presenting itself. I kept it quiet for a little bit until finally I had to say something. Personal trainer informed me it was from snowshoeing. Phew! I know it sounds silly but that it is the first thing that comes to mind when I get a new pain or something. Anyway it was a beautiful day in the woods and the snow made it even better. Today was supposed to be gym day but we did a snowshoeing day instead. I know you are probably thinking I am trying to avoid the scary gym. I kind of am but the outdoors is way better than any old gym. We did reschedule for Saturday morning.

After hypothermia set in we decided to head home. Just kidding it wasn’t any where near that but it was still pretty cold. We logged a good 45 minutes in; which I think is pretty good on a day where the high is around 4 degrees. Of course I took some snapshots of our frozen journey. Enjoy!

Snowshoeing in Wisco
See that white stuff by my face? Yeah that is my frozen hair
River is brown. Not sure why?

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I don’t always need to be mama bear

I have a problem. My problem is I am way too overprotective of my kids. I am that mama bear just waiting for someone to strike. It doesn’t matter who it is I always feel the need to defend my kids. Even to my own husband. Not that he picks on them or is mean at all but even when his scolding is justified I still usually give an eye roll at least. It needs to stop. It’s not fair for the people who truly care. Even though my son is in heaven I still feel the need to be a protective mama to him.

I am starting to come to terms with my protectiveness and I realize I need to let it go. (A little bit) The incident that pushed me over the edge was when I heard my husband and daughter after bath tonight. At first I thought he was scolding her for something. All I could hear was him talking loudly and I was about ready to go upstairs and see what was up. I turned the TV down and then I heard it. They were singing. All I could think was what a fool I am. How upset would my husband have been if I went running up the stairs to break up signing. I couldn’t have blamed him if he would have been upset.

It got me thinking about the events that could or most likely will happen in my daughter’s life that will make me want to pounce on someone who does her wrong. But unfortunately I will probably have to back off. I know she has to learn how to deal with what life throws at her and that won’t happen if I am constantly stepping in. I know it is going to be extremely hard. I am sure there will be some situations that I will step in. I can’t help it; but I will try my hardest to stand back. I have always been ready to pounce if someone hurts someone I love. I think I was just born that way. Sometimes it may be warranted but other times maybe not so much.

Even though I will always be there for her when she needs me I also need to learn how to stand on the sidelines. There are times when I will need to pounce but there will be other times that I need to stand back. (Maybe growl but no pouncing) It will be hard, maybe for both of us but I at least have to try. I guess this mama bear needs to hibernate. (A little bit)


One more minute

Wherever you are in your fitness journey I hope this can give you some motivation

One more minute is all it takes

One more minute leads to another minute tomorrow

One more minute makes you stronger

One more minute makes the next workout easier

One more minute increases stamina

One more minute makes you feel better

One more minute is worth it

Even when you want to give up; go one more minute. The results can be more than you imagined if you add one more minute everyday.

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Training for the gym?

Due to wind chills and not being able to go outside I have agreed to try the gym again. This time we will be attending a new gym and I am hoping this gym will be filled with nice people wearing regular clothes. Even though I am very grateful for personal trainer’s equipment I need to change it up a little. I had to force myself to go over there today and workout so I know I need a change of scenery.

Since I know a gym is looming in my future I have been trying to step it up a little so I am ready for the gym. I am not sure why I am admitting this but I have actually been looking up machines online so I will have knowledge of how they work. I just do not want another embarrassing situation. I have also been trying to push myself on the elliptical at personal trainers. Side note on that I was really thinking I was being lazy because every time I got on the dang elliptical my regular routine seemed very hard. After a couple of days or maybe even a week of this personal trainer admitted that he amped up the elliptical to make it harder. Well played personal trainer, well-played. Anyway I am trying to learn more about gym equipment and I am trying different programs on the elliptical so I will be ready for anything on the more high-tech gym kind. I am also giving myself little pep talks. “This time will be different” “You got this” Not really helping but whatever.

Will I have more powder on than the other people at the gym? Probably. Will I be wearing a sports bra? Heck no! Will I be sweating more than everyone else? The answer is yes. I am ready to tackle this gym thing again. I have my powder, deodorant and regular bra ready to go. The only thing missing is a pair of blinders. You know the ones horses wear. Than I wouldn’t be able to see anyone looking at me and my baggy gym clothes. Wish me luck; I have two more days until gym day.

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Sunday, Sunday

I don’t know why but I have always had the Sunday blues. When I was in school it was because homework had to be done and I was gearing up for a new week. Then it was work and making sure housework was done. Even though I stay at home for now I still get the Sunday jitters. I always tell myself that I am not going to save everything for Sunday and I always do. Today it was laundry, dishes, vacuuming and cleaning Percy’s litter box. It seems like as hard as I try I always have tons of stuff to do on Sunday and it waits until Sunday night.  Instead of enjoying a nice supper I am running around making sure the clothes are washed and the house is tidy. I can only blame myself and the dang maroon carpet in the living room. (I have a huge list for the tax fairy this year; carpet included) It seems like I always get cranky too. I think it’s mostly because I am upset with myself for saving everything for Sunday again. Then the crank comes out on other people and then we have a situation.

Every Sunday I tell myself that I need to change. Well this Sunday for some reason put me over the edge. My plan of action for next Sunday is to get that laundry done in the morning and get supper in the crock-pot so then I only have to clean it up at night. As for the litter box it has to be done on Sunday since garbage goes out on Monday. (Not sure I am supposed to be putting my litter in the garbage?) Do you ever get anxious or cranky on Sunday? Or maybe you are a lucky and organized and Sunday is a walk in the park. If you are one of those people you must share your secret so I can copy you 😉

This is what Sunday should be all about 🙂

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. I know I am a little late in posting this but this is a little thing that WordPress put together for me 🙂 Thank you all so much for reading, commenting and sharing! I am looking forward to 2015 😀

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I need my purse!!!!

Today marked the end of the shopping season for me; stepson’s Birthday is next week and we hadn’t gotten him anything so one of us had to go. Well that is until I had the bright idea that we should go together. We don’t shop well together and it slips my mind since we don’t do it often. Once we got in the car it all came flooding back. I thought it would be nice to get a babysitter since we hadn’t had one since October and that was only for a couple of hours. So I called bestie and asked if her step-daughter was available. She was not; but besite offered to do the job. We promptly delivered Avery before she could change her mind.

Husband had informed me that he knew what he wanted to get step-son so I figured it would be an easy day. I always feel bad since his Birthday is right after Christmas so I thought I would pick up a couple smaller items to go with his big gift. Since we live in a smaller town we had to travel 40 minutes to get the gifts. If you live in a smaller town you probably think the same way that I do; that is you might as well get the things that you use/need that you can’t get in the town you live in. I really didn’t think that stopping at Target and Younkers would be that tall of an order but I was wrong. For some reason every time I go shopping it seems like I see these couples that are having a wonderful time shopping together. You know them; the ones that are picking out clothes for their kids and holding them up going “That’s so cute!” “Let’s get that one!!” Yeah that’s not us. If it’s dinner and a movie we do good. Throw in a pit-stop at Target or a mall it’s over. Don’t even mention Wal-Mart. We both don’t handle Wal-Mart very well. Anyway, we had an alright lunch and then headed to Younkers. I like to stop there and comb the clearance racks and if I do my algebra homework correctly I can use one of their coupons. (I’ll explain later in another post) I figured I could pick up some stuff for step-son and we had Avery’s boyfriend to shop for cause his party is on Saturday. Younkers was okay until I wanted to look at a purse. If you know me you know I love a good purse; especially when they are on sale. I guess purse hunting wasn’t on the agenda today or so I figured from some looks I received. So off to Target we went. Today was especially exciting for me because on my Cartwheel app sat an offer for an additional 15% off of clearance baby and toddler clothes. Since one of my best friends is having a sweet bundle soon and Avery can always use clothes the hunt was on! I really did end up with some screamin’ deals! Anyway after my exciting clothes hunting it was on to wipes, diapers and stuff like that. I was still on my savings high when I ran into husband. He had decided to go and get some things he needed and I must have not been paying attention because all of a sudden he was gone. With my cart and purse. You want to put the fear of God into a woman take her purse and cart full of clearance stuff. At first I was thinking I had heartburn from the French Onion Soup but soon I figured out I was having a panic attack. My purse is my life and I never realized it until it was taken from me. All my coupons, iPod, phone and countless other things that I think I need. I was running around like a mad woman looking for husband. In what felt like hours I spotted him cruising along. I ran up to the cart almost taking out two ladies on my way. I am sure they understood when they heard our conversation. I don’t remember the exact words but I think it went a little something like this “You took the cart?!” “What were you thinking?” “My purse is in here!!”  Husband looked at me like I was a nutball. Usually when we do any shopping together I am more than happy do excuse him to his own deeds so I can browse and enjoy my day. I am sure he was very surprised and confused that I was upset.

What I took away from today is that if your husband says that he will go to the store and purchase something by himself smile and wave goodbye. My purse and it’s contents mean to much to me to risk their lives. Yes, my purses are people and they have their own place in my closet hanging next to my clothes. Don’t judge; I have meticulously picked out each beautiful purse and they all have a special place in my heart and closet. To the two ladies at Target I sincerely apologize but I am sure you would have had the same reaction. To the awesome people that read this let me know. Are you part of a couple that shops well together or should one of you just stay home?

There she is safe and sound 🙂 Yes, my purses are girls. Aren’t yours?