Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Confession Time

Wednesday Confessions! I looooove me some confessions and I love me some hashtags too.

I'm sitting her with a wheezing cat who sounds like he needs a CPAP machine. I really want to get him one. I also want to do a day in the life of my cat. It look something like this.

8am - 7pm: Sleep on the bed
7pm - 10 pm: Sit on Lara's lap and make typing awkward
10pm - 11pm: Lick crotch
12am: Beat on the bedroom door while everyone is sleeping
12:15 am: Come into the bedroom, lay on Lara's legs making it impossible to roll over
2:15am: Beat on the door to go got
2;45am: Beat on the door to come in
3 am: Get thrown in the upstairs bathroom
7am: Get out of the bathroom and trot to the food bowl


Alright, on to confessions.

1. I have almost lost hope on being able to find decent employees to interview. Yesterday one of the guys said "dick". As in, when asked where the college he attended was, he said "Not to be a dick but it's on blah blah street." Le sigh, now you don't get a job.

2. This is kind of a big confession but Kev and I are considering moving. is mom has been thinking about living down here part of the year and wanted to build an extension on our house. We chatted and I think it makes more sense for us to move to a house that has a 1st floor master or a separate suite, I love where we live but there are a lot of things I would change about this house and honestly, moving might be better. #Ihatemoving

I can't. And I want an updated kitchen with dark cabinets and light granite counter tops. 

3. I DON'T understand the obsession with 50 Shades of Grey. I just don't. Let me be a little blunt and break it down. It's porn. Or Erotica, whatever you want to call it. Let's just call it what it is. You can find porn, practically everywhere now days. If you want to watch porn, awesome, watch all the porn you want. Want to read porn? Go to town. Just because there's a tie on the cover, and not a chesty blonde doesn't make classier. #Ivesaidporneightytimesandimgoingtogetallsortsofspam

It's like when romance novels realized that when they only put a male model on the cover that the sales skyrocketed. Why? Because women imagined themselves with the studly man. #Fabiowasthefirst

4. I have a fleece blanket with a giant Big Bird head on it. I call it the Birdy Blankey and it lives on the floor of my bedroom and I put it over just me when I get cold. It adds an extra layer that Kev doesn't want. I've had that thing, no lie, since college. A bunch of us bought them at maybe Wal-Mart for $10. That dang thing has held up a really long time.

5. I hate birds. Really, I hate all birds with their little bodies and light bones that let them fly. Hate, hate, hate. You know why else? Because after an admittedly long time I got my car cleaned on Saturday. THEN on Monday 17 birds had a poop party all over my car. It's in different places and I KNOW more than one bird was responsible. Birds are jerks.

Kinking up with the Weds Crew!
  Making Melissa

#Hashtaghumpday @ Life with Lolo
Monday, January 26, 2015

Low Carb Pancakes and a non-eventful Weekend

Back to the grind for another week of work. Thankfully I really like my job, even though I have to write reviews this week. Oh the joys of review time. Right now I'm trying to blog with a cat on my lap and one curled up next to me. They have no sense of personal space. Everything is their space.

My exercise was pretty non-existent this week and I'm OK with that. I had a busy few days and the evenings I had free, I didn't feel like adding another thing to my day. Sometimes you just have to make peace with it and just accept that you can't do all the things.

Instead I tried to catch up on some blogging and KD stuff. I mostly succeeded. :)

Friday night Kev and I went out to dinner. We tried to go to Vinnie's for steak but didn't have a reservation, which was no bueno. Instead we went to Couquette which was super disappointing, I ordered the steak tartare which I always get and it was gross. They added WAY too much mustard and it was over powering, I sent it back and the chef said, "too bad, that's the way we make it". Seriously? I've eaten it there before as well as at may other French restaurants and it never tasted like that. Ewwww.... I remember working in restaurants and dealing with cocky chefs, they're a pain but it really put a bad taste in my mouth for the rest of the meal. We won't be back.

Saturday morning I had an acupuncture appointment and when I got home I sat on my butt most of the day and worked on my cross stitch. I can't stop and I want it finished. The end is in sight and I already bought the frame to hang it in my bathroom. Let me tell you, my fat cat loves nothing more that to sit awkwardly on my lap and bat at the string as I'm working. It's the only exercise he gets aside from stuffing his face and beating on doors, so I guess it's a good thing.

I also made these killer low carb pancakes that are really really close to the real thing.They even look like real pancakes!

Kev had to leave early Sunday morning so it was just me and the animals all day. I went grocery shopping, bought the dog some treats and me some new running sunglasses.

Headed out for my run around 130 and I think I did 3.5 miles. My Garmin wasn't charged and I used my Nike+ app. I ran the trail and I KNOW that from the start of the trail to the bathroom it's 1.87 miles. That's what my Garmin always says. The app said it was 1.75 miles and that my pace was 12:35. No, it wasn't. Add in the extra distance and I'm faster. 

Can I just take a minute to again comment on the ridiculous people on the Greenway? The last 2 weeks there have been tons of people on their kids, which great for them. Let the kids get out and get some fresh air. However,  I will push your 4 year old out of my way when they dart in front of my running self. I'm not falling on the trail because your kid is swinging a stick. 

AND what is up with the people feeding the seagulls at the lake??? Don't feed them an entire loaf of bread, they are poop machines and will dive bomb runners. Running through a flock of seagulls (heh heh) is never awesome and I swear if one of them poops on me I'll wipe it on your bread bag.

It was almost 60 degrees when I finished my run which is ridiculous in January. Just plain crazy, I didn't need a long sleeved shirt.

After I got home and showered I took Cleo to the dog park and she wanted to leave almost immediately. Why? because I gave her a new chewy treat before going on my run and she obsesses over them. She's convinced that the cats are going to steal them. Sigh....

Low-Carb Awesome Pancakes!
1 cup cottage cheese
1/3 cup Quest Nutrition Baking Mix
4 eggs
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 Tsp Coconut flour
2 tsp sugar or 2 tsp Truvia Baking mix

Blend until smooth in a food processor. Spread sum butter on the griddle and go to town! Add a few blueberries for a little added sweetness.

That's my weekend! Did you do anything exciting???

Linking Up withBLoved Boston!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Five Thing Friday!

Hello Friday!! I don't know about you but I am so ready for the weekend! Kev is out of ton a little and it's just me and Cleo and the cats. In case anyone is considering coming over to rob me... my really cute dog is super protective and doesn't take kindly to strangers.

If you happened to come over from the Angelos article, WELCOME! Thank you for taking the time to look at the magazine and actually type the blog address in your computer! The original blog post that started the whole thing can be found here. Again, thanks for stopping by!

On to 5 thing Friday! It's super random... love me.

1. If you hadn't deduced from my last post that I've been doing a lot of interviewing, you're right. So many people and so many bad resumes. I confess, I judge your grammar and sentence structure. Especially on your resume. My friend was telling me that when she interviews her favorite question to ask is, "What would you do in case of a zombie apocalypse?" I have 2 interviewees tomorrow and believe me, I'm asking it to both of them.

2. These are AMAZING! I'm typing this post with sea salt, truffle delicious fingers. Go to Trader Joe's, buy them and eat them.

3. Yesterday I made breakfast for my team. Ham, egg and cheese bake, apple french toast, blueberry muffins and lemon bread. You know what they like the best? The egg bake, "OMG, what was in it?" Eggs, cheese, ham, salt and pepper. "Ohhhh it must be the salt and pepper". Are there people in this world who DON'T put salt and pepper on their eggs???

4. A few weeks ago I had a nutritionist do my macros and she told me to eat 148 grams of carbs per day, Do you know what happens when I eat 148 grams of carbs?  I am STARVING all the time. Carbs make me more hungry which is absolutely ridiculous. For 3 weeks I couldn't stop eating. 2 weeks ago I gave up on the macros and went low carb. Since then I'm considerably less hungry and my pants are fitting much better. Kev went low carb and in 9 days lost 10 pounds.... Men...

5. As part of my #BeMoreCreative resolution I started doing something I hadn't done in a while, cross stitch. But I didn't want some boring cats/lighthouse/rainbow scene. Instead I found Grannie Panties on Etsy. Seriously, this is some needlepoint I could get into.

This will be my first creation.

It's going to be hung in my downstairs bathroom.

Stop by and say hi to Amanda! Have an awesome Friday!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thankful Thursday

If you happened to come over from the Angelos article, WELCOME! Thank you for taking the time to look at the magazine and actually type the blog address in your computer! The original blog post that started the whole thing can be found here. Again. thanks for stopping by!

This week I wanted to drop by super quick and play along with Rebecca's Thankful Thursday!

1. I'm thankful that hopefully some people still stop by and read my blog even though I haven't been the best reciprocater in the last few weeks. Work is kicking my butt and I;m usually organized enough to have a little procrastination time during the day. Not so much anymore.

2. I'm thankful that I work for a company who is experiencing tremendous growth and is able to create multiple new positions and expand departments. I really like being able to give other people the opportunity to join out team

3. I am also thankful that someone sat me down and showed me how to write a proper resume before throwing me out into the world. And this was a time before Internet where we had to speak with people and get their opinions.

A few of the things I learned not to do:

  • List "Create flyers" as one of my areas of expertise on my resume. I actually make a pretty sweet flyer but you know what, it doesn't go on my resume.
  • Ignore spell check.  PLEASE, click on the little spell check button before you send a resume to a hiring manager. It's a small thing that means so much. You know what, I'm going to spell check this post right now.
  • Properly format my resume. Maybe print it out before sending, do all the fonts match? Oh wait, why is this thing bold? And this bullet clearly is a different font from the rest and much better written. You copied that from somewhere else. 
  • Spread it out over several pages. I had a small break down when my resume went to 3 pages and I've been working for quite some time. When you have 4 retail jobs, you can put all that on 1 sheet of paper. 
  • Don't smoke all the weed before an interview. I'm not dumb, I know you were high.

4. I'm super thankful that my boss listened to the small panic attack I had over the quality of resumes and interviewees I've had to deal with the last 2 weeks. I'm going to recruit my own people. I need to go to some networking events and find me some people who refrain from lighting a bowl until after the interview.

5. I hate even numbered lists. Thank you mild OCD.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Things I Learned at My First Audition in 20 Years

Happy Monday and happy MLK everyone! I hope some of you are enjoying a day off. I got to work a little early so I could type up this post before people got here and started wanting stuff from me.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that part of my New Year's resolution was to be more creative and to be fearless. I decided to take both of those head on when I auditioned for Rent at one of our local theaters last Friday night.

I put down I was interested in the role of Maureen, because it's really the best fit vocally, and I'm not a 19 year old heroin addicted stripper by any stretch of the imagination.

As I was waiting to audition, a few thoughts crossed my my mind.

1. Theater kids have not changed in the last 20 years. They all still know each other, they're constantly singing something and hugging each other.

I was in a bunch of shows back in the day and I totally get it. I knew I was in trouble when I was the oldest person there by a good 15 years. I know I skew young but I can't pass for 24.

I soon realized that I would be better suited for "Rent - Where are they now, 20 years later". It would be a really small cast though, just Maureen, Mark and Joanne. I'm a terrible person... If you're laughing, you're a terrible person too. 

2. People are still really ambitious with their song choices 

I heard at least 5 people sing Let it Go. As one of my FB friends said, "It's become the new On My Own". I know everyone really wants to sing Let it Go, but realistically there are a small handful of people who should. None of those people were there....

I prepared Take Me or Leave Me and The Winner Takes it All. At least 15 people sang Take me or Leave Me. At least..,  I only got to sing the first and in hindsight I should have gone with a different song.

3. I should have prepared a resume. Honestly though, I didn't have time to make one and really, I've done 3 things since 1995. Really, 3 things. I was in 2 musical reviews that Kev directed and that movie. I guess I could have buttered it up and coming in brand new it probably would have helped. Eh, maybe next time.

So, what happened? I felt really good about my audition, my voice was good and I was still slightly buzzed from the 2 shots I took before leaving the house. Mental note, vodka wears off when you have to wait 2 hours to audition, put some in your purse.

I didn't get a call back for a lead which is totally fine. I was by far too old for the rest of the cast. The cast list will be announced on the 27th and there's still a chance I could be cast in the chorus. I'd have to look at the rehearsal schedule and decide if  I'd want to spend endless hours with a bunch of kids in high school. Part of the show experience is the cast and I'm not sure if this show is the best fit for me. I don't think I'm done just yet. There are a lot of other companies in the area and who knows, Maybe I'll give one of them a shot. We'll see what the year holds!

Linking up with B Loved Boston!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Five Thing Friday

Happy Friday everyone! This has been a crazy week for me. It was Spirit Week which is capping off with a Sales Summit today. Every day we dressed up for a different theme. Monday = Fav Sports Team, Tues = 80s Day, Weds = Super Hero Day, Thurs = Dress for Success.

Yesterday morning the cat woke me up at 5am banging on the door. I couldn't go back to sleep so I got dressed and went to work. Everything was awesome an I was planning on sneaking in a little blog love then I got an IM from the CEO.

It was fine, we talked about my team and his expectations which are mine as well. I've got some more changes to make to turn around the ship I received when I started. I ran to my boss afterwards and he said everyone gets their first Walter call, he just thought my first would be after I'd been there 6 months instead of two. Ahhhhhh..... Apparently that was my initiation, I'm a real manager now.

Alright, on to my 5 things.

1. Godiva is in the cone of shame because she's neurotic and rips the hair off her back side. The vet says she's hyper sensitive to allergens and told us some things to cut out and gave her a steroid and a cone. We tried to take it off Tues and she immediately went back to digging. On goes the cone again. I'm a terrible cat parent because I kinda like it. She can't hide under the bed because she doesn't fit and keeps banging her cone on the bed frame. Snicker....

2. After 4 months of letting my credit sit there I finally decided to get some stuff off Thread Up. I used my $44 credit and got 3 sweaters and a dress. I sent in a TON of stuff and I guess it's nice to get a little something back. I decided I needed more colors in my cardigan collection and this was a good way to get some new ones. I know how Loft, Gap and Old Navy fit me so they're generally a safe choice.

3. The reason I went on ThreadUp is because I've become a little obsessed with Get Your Pretty On. If you haven't been there before, Allison will have challenges where you can purchase a shopping list and hook up with other women who are rocking the Challenge. She really teaches you how to re-mix the items in your closet. I'm so bad at this. I always wear the same things together and she gives such great pointers on how to switch up your wardrobe. You have to sign up for her newsletter, she'll send you an old challenge with the shopping list.

4. Kev and I decided to go low carb to get rid of some of the extra pounds we ate in cookies over the holidays. I started a few days before him and I'm sure I'm down a little, but in 3.5 days he lost 5 pounds. Seriously, All I want to lose is 10-12 and he loses 5 in 3 days. Men suck. This morning I didn't feel like I was rolling over my jeans which is a good thing. It's really interesting how much of your mood for the day is based in how your pants fit. Loose pants, good day.

5. I have 4 open positions and need to find some people to hire. I've been looking at resumes and some of them are a hot mess. One dude, no lie, listed his 2 half marathons and a 5K in the Activity section. He also managed 3 inflatables and knows how to drive a forklift. I really want to interview him. There was another guy who worked at 3 retail jobs and had a 4 page resume. 4 pages... Not necessary buddy. I kinda want to reach out to them and offer my resume writing services for a low low price. I'm not going to hire you, but please let me help you. :)

Have a great Friday and go see Amanda over at Meet at the Barre!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I'm on a Two Hour Delay

Happy Wednesday all! I hope you're staying warm where ever you are! I'm enjoying a 2 hour delay because when you work in a small office there isn't a lot of bureaucracy when it comes to closing the office for inclement weather. Why you ask? Is there a blizzard in NC? Nope, we're going to have freezing rain because the temperature is going to get down to 30 degrees. We can't handle that down here because, well, we just can't. #noonecandriveinsnow #reallynotthathard #weonlyhavethreesnowplows

No lie, this was last year.

Alright time for some confessions.

1. It's spirit week at work because we're getting ready for a big Sales Summit, Every day there;s a different theme and today was 80s. I almost didn't dress up because I didn't feel like finding an outfit. Then I realized I could rock a giant sweater and leggings and anytime you can wear leggings to work is always a good thing.

That's Kev's Cosby sweater and he loves it. Thank the Lord that thing is hot as can be because he would wear it ALL THE TIME. #donthavecoffewithcosby

2. I looked all over the house for a scrunchie and unfortunately I couldn't find one. I really tried though, this was as big as I could get my hair. I needed some hot rollers or a perm to make it bigger. Confession, it's impossible to get anything done at work sporting a side ponytail. Don't even try to have a one on one

3. I've seen a lot of posts about why you should embrace the January resolutioners at the gym. I get it, everyone started somewhere. but you know what? I want my damn machine. I hate that there isn't an open treadmill and I hate the people who put their equipment too close at Body Pump class. I can't wait for February. #getoffmymachine

4. I've been looking at all these people who decorate the pages of their planners. Seriously, stickers and washi tape for the days of the week and creating a dashboard for the month page. I'm lucky that I remember to write in the stuff I'm supposed to be doing, let alone decorate the pages. But you know what? I can't stop looking at them and thinking about decorating my planner too. It's kinda like a mini scrapbook that you carry with you AND it's a great way for me to use the stamping supplies in my craft room. #cuteortoomuchtimeonmyhands

5. It's super strange when you're going to bathroom and the cat busts in and proceeds to take a poop in the liter box. There's an awkward moment when you make eye contact then he starts grunting.

6. I love my Monday night Body Pump instructor. She always complements me on my form and Monday night she said she really noticed how hard I was pushing myself and upping my weights. I upped my bicep, triceps and squat weights. I can't move my arms and I crawled up the stairs to bed but yay for pushing yourself!

7. I don't understand why so many people here can't drive in the snow, Seriously, 50% of the people here are from the North, we know what it takes! and WHY does everyone have to get bread and milk??? It's not like we'll be trapped in the house for days. The snow/ice ALWAYS melts in the afternoon.

By the way, my Silence of the Lambs loving employee mentioned today that he had a shed where he "stored things". If I ever turn up missing, look in the shed!

Linking up with 2 awesome ladies today! Head over and show them some love!
Making Melissa

#Hashtaghumpday @ Life with Lolo

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Frosty Vox Box Influenster Review

A few weeks ago  I received the Frosty Vox Box from Influenster full of goodies to review. I was supposed to get the Victoria's Secret box with a pair of work out tights and a sports bra but something happened, it didn't ship and they offered me 2 boxes to make up for it. I really wish I'd gotten the sports bra....

A few years ago Kev and I thought it would be fun to try secret shopping, What we discovered was that it took a long-ass time and you got next to zero dollars. I remember going to Harris Teeter (grocery store) and walking around looking for the items displayed in the flyer. Then you would have to write a report and the whole thing would take 2 hours and you'd get paid $11. Not worth it. 

Free is awesome but if you aren't going to use it, it's just not worth the time it takes to review. I'm really picky too which makes me difficult to please. Yep, not even gonna sugar coat it.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Influenster but sometimes the amount of tasks just isn't worth the freebies. After saying that, this might be my last Influenster box so let's go out with a bang. 

Before Christmas I got the box in the mail and here's what was inside.

THIS I liked. Mmmmm Cherry Fruit Vines. I busted into the bag (when I was still eating carbs) and enjoyed myself a handful or two. I love red licorice, mainly because it doesn't have any soy in it or give me a stomachache. But I never buy it. Why? Because I think licorice is a road trip food. You get a bag and eat it in the car on a log trip, or at the beach, and you get sand in the bag but it's cool because everything you eat at the beach has sand in it.

I would take you to the beach. Thumbs up!

Next up was a jar of Thyme. Not gonna lie, no idea what to do with this, Kev is in charge of the meat making and I don't think he's ever used Thyme. I have nothing to say about the quality of the herb or the depth of flavor. This -ish went right into my cupboard and will probably live there for 3 years until I throw it away. Eh, who am I kidding, there's a jar of Mrs Dash in there that might be 8 years old. I'm never throwing it away. 

This gets a meh from me. ***UPDATE*** I was making some chicken thighs with mustard (brown and 2 kinds of dijon because we only have mustard for a-holes in our house) and I sprinkled some Thyme on them.

Then there was a hair brush. 

Let me tell you, the older I get the more wavy my hair becomes which is BS. It means I have to actually do something to my hair every morning because it looks a hot mess otherwise. Another thing I can't do in the morning is use this brush. I got more static in my hair than I've ever experienced. I looked like one of those kids touching the silver ball thing at the science museum.

It's apparently called an electrostatic generator, #themoreyouknow. Thumbs down from me.

Oh look, tea! I love tea, oh yes I do, nothing like a hot cup of holiday peperminty goodness on a cold (for us) winter night.

But wait, Celestial Seasonings uses SOY in their tea. Annnd I can't drink it. Thumbs down for you.

This one I was super excited about. Eye make-up remover! Confession time. I never wash off my eye make up like I should. I generally get in the shower, rub my face and get long black streaks down my face which I leave there, Then I come downstairs and do my best Alice Cooper impression. 

 Needless to say, Kev was super excited that I might actually wash off my make-up. I tried, I really did but I had to scrub and scrub my eyelid to get my eyeliner off. I use Stubborn Brown by M.A.C and it wouldn't come off, Really, water works better for me. I had high hopes for this one but no, thumbs down.

Then there was a NYC lipstick in Sugar Plum (I think). It was a pinky brown shade with some shimmer. Hated it. I think my mom might like this but I actually think the dog hid it somewhere. I haven't seen it since I tried it on and immediately wiped it off.

 Thumbs down again.

Last but not least was an eyeliner from Rimmel... I don't like black eyeliner. I feel like an emo kid. I need a little brown in my liner. It went on well and I'm sure other people really like it but for me, this isn't an every day thing.

I'll give this one a neutral thumb.

Well, that's probably my last Influenster review. :) I've always said I would be completely honest on this blog and I'm not about to feed you a line of BS because I got a free something in the mail.

Disclaimer - I received these products for free in exchange for my review and promotion on social media, although they might prefer I not. Obviously, all opinions are my own.

Linking up because it's OK to not really like anything in the box of free stuff.
Airing My Dirty Laundry
Happy Tuesday everyone! This is Spirit Week at work and today is 80s day. I'm off to spray some Aqua Net on my hair and turn up my hair metal. Have a great day!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Banana Protein Muffins

After nearly a month of eating all the carbs it's time to get back on the wagon, Thankfully I have plenty of cute skirts and to tide me over until I'm happy with my pants again. I digress but why do we need to even wear pants? Seriously I know that wearing pants was part of the women's rights movement and totally necessary to bring us out of the kitchen. But really, I think those ladies were on to something. Dresses are so much more comfortable than pants and everyone thinks you're so much more dressed up than usual.

When I put on a dress Kev feel like he has to wear a suit. Nope, just don't wanna wear pants.

And at what age do zippers and buttons become a clothing requirement?? Kids clothes don't have zippers, just elastic and maybe a snap. It's all a conspiracy. #Ihatepants

After all the carbs, I need some protein. I know it's especially important after a work out but Like most people I struggle to eat enough protein in a day. I know that Greek yogurt is a great source of protein but the texture makes me want to vom. That's why I was super excited to find great  recipe that's packed with protein-y goodness.

I took this one and made a few tweaks.

It all started when I found THIS at GNC. Each scoop is about half a cup, 100 calories and 24 grams of protein. Awesome.

Banana Protein Muffins
1 cup mashed banana
3/4 cup egg whites
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt (I used Trader Joe's non-fat unflavored)
1/2 cup oat flour
1 scoop Quest Baking Mix
1 Scoop Plant Fusion Vanilla Bean Protein Powder (You could use the Quest and keep it all in the family)
4 packets Sugar in the Raw (I don't eat artificial sweeteners but you can use Stevia instead)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking Powder

Mix it all up and divide into 12 muffin cups. Bake at 350 for 18ish minutes or until they're done.

They're seriously delish and the stats are pretty good too. 76 cal per muffin, 1 fat, 10 carbs and 7 protein

If you see the Quest Baking mix out there, definitely grab one! I can't wait to experiment and try some new recipes!

Fun fact, while spell checking this post I misspelled seriously every time. I also over-use the word seriously.

Greek Yogurt, are you on the train or do you hate it too?
Muffins or cupcakes?

Linking up with the super awesome Rebecca for the first ever Thankful Thursday! I already wrote this post and it wasn't exactly thankful, but I guess I can be thankful that I found a way to eat Greek Yogurt that doesn't make me gag.

Any who, stop by and give her some love!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wednesday Confessions

It's been a while but I wanted to bring back some Wednesday confessions. I guess I need to atone for my sins. So here goes. #confess

1. I confess that I was ready to call the animal shelters because my cat was missing for almost 48 hours. I saw Titus before everyone came over for rehearsal Sunday night and I figured he escaped when people were coming in. He didn't come for breakfast Monday morning and I was a little worried. Tuesday morning he still didn't come for breakfast and I told Kev to go look for him outside. I was afraid he'd been dragged off by some wild animal. That cat doesn't miss a meal.

Got home yesterday, Kev hadn't found him and I asked if he'd checked in all of the cabinets and up in the attic. Then I opened the door to the linen closet and he jumped out. My cat was locked in the linen closet for almost 48 hours and I feel a little bad about it. At least he peed on the towels which are super easy to clean. He seems really happy to be out and it's not like he was going to starve to death. #hesreallygoingtopeeonsomething

2. I hate Greek Yogurt. Everyone is on the dang Greek yogurt bandwagon and it makes me want to vomit.

3. I'm concerned that one of my employees might be a serial killer. He quotes Silence of the Lambs all day long. If the cops came and asked if I were surprised that bodies were found in his back yard, I'd say no. #Imnottheonlyonewhothinksthat

4. I'm more upset than I should be about not being able to find a Chuck Norris calendar this year. I really, really love my monthly Chuck.

5. I still have my Christmas tree up. It's dry as a bone but that dang thing is still festive. We put it up late and I'm getting every last bit of Christmas out of it.

6. I texted the house cleaners to see when they were coming back and she didn't respond for 2 days. I knew they were out of town but I was terrified that they thought my house was too dirty and not worth what they were charging. I had a lot of anxiety that I might have to find someone else. 

7. I'm hiring a new intern and I can't wait. I have so much crap for her to do and I needed her yesterday. Just waiting for her education to be verified which makes no sense because she was home schooled. Seriously, just call her mom. #thatrefridgeratorisn'tgoingtocleanitself.

I'm super excited that Melissa is bringing back the Wednesday confessions! Go check out the other posters! Also check out #hashtaghumpday. Love it!

Making Melissa

#Hashtaghumpday @ Life with Lolo
Spill your guts, what do you need to confess?
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday and New Years. For most people today it's time to get back to work and back to real pants. I don't know about you but the past few weeks have been a sugar and treat binge. Yes I've been to they gym and have gone on a few runs, I'm sure it's staved off the worst and only resulted in my pants in being a little bit tight instead of unwearable.

I know what I need to do, now to actually do it. Today starts day 1. No more treat-a-palooza. Whole Foods and no processed crap.

I've also been thinking a lot about what I accomplished in 2014 and what I wanted in 2015. At the beginning of 2014 I knew I wanted to get a new job and go back into managing sales people. I also wanted to put myself back on track salary-wise and get to where I would have been if I hadn't gone into training. I also wanted to get back into running after my injury and  complete the Tobacco Road Half marathon. I'm pretty pleased that I accomplished all of those things.

Now on to 2015. I've been thinking a lot about what I want and 2 things keep coming to mind.

1. Be Fearless

There are times when I find myself thinking that I can't do something and when I try, it's not a problem. For example, the other night in Body Pump the instructor told us to put our toes up on the bench and do push-ups. My first thought was "HELL NO"! But I did it and didn't have a problem banging out 8 toes-on-bench push-ups. 

It's dumb things like that that I want to be fearless about. There's also some other non-dumb things that I also need to overcome and not be afraid of but that might be a post for another day.

It's easy to say you can't do something. It's easy to let notions get in the way of doing something that will make you happy. Getting out there is the hard part and something I want to work on in 2015.

2. Be Creative

I used to think of myself as a pretty creative person. I did crafty stuff, I sang, I acted, heck I even was in a small movie. I kid you not, I have an IMBD credit for a local film called Citizen Pratt. I got paid $100 and if you Google me it'll come up. 

But I haven't done any of that in a long time. I don't know why. Other things took up my time. I had a bad theater experience; my evening time was replaced with going to the gym 4-5x a week. Free time was taken up with sorority tasks. The more time that passes the more I miss that creative spark and I want to recapture some of that in 2015.

When I decide to do something, I need to make a giant leap and do it. On the 16th I'll be embracing being fearless and being creative when I audition for Rent at the local theater. 

I haven't been on stage in a very long time and haven't done a singing audition in even longer. I'm not where I need to be vocally and I have less than 2 weeks to get in shape. I don't expect to get a lead (even though I'd make a fantastic Maureen) and I might need to take a shot or 2 before I get up there, but I'm going to do it!

Thankfully I have a musician husband who will get me into fighting shape and ply me with liquor to get me on stage. Now all I need to do is pick out my audition song. I'm a belter so thins should be fun.

Wish me luck!

Do you have any resolutions this year?