A Day in my Life – Wednesday Edition

Thanks to Kerry I am participating in the A Day in the Life!  You can read all about it by clicking on the link.

The alarm went off at 3:00 am this morning.  Two snooze buttons later I was up and brushing my teeth and jumping in the shower.  3:35 I was out the door.  My friend Melissa has been staying with me for a week and a half and I had to get her to the airport this morning and we were both pleasantly surprised at how little traffic is out that early in the morning!  I made it to the airport in record time.

I got back home and seriously considered going into work early.  I mean way early.  Imagine how much I could get accomplished!

Then I heard my bed calling my name in a loving tone, like a siren calling Homer to the craggy beach shore.

The bed won.

A couple hours later I crawled out of bed, again.  I made a cup of coffee and checked on Mr. T, who assured me he was eventually getting up before I settled down to work.   An hour later we said our “good-bye, I love you, have a great days” to each other and I debated a second cup of coffee.  The fact that it is Day 2 of Week 4 of C25k had me switching back to water.  All I could picture was the caffeine getting me going and then doing my training and my heart literally exploding.  With that image in mind, water was an easy choice.

Alas, an hour later I was on the torture machine, ear buds in and music blaring.

31-1/2 minutes later I was dying.  I almost curled up in a ball on the bed sobbing; however, I didn’t want to get the bed wet with salt water – because between the sweat and the tears, well… it wasn’t pretty.  I sat and sent a text to a friend “I’m going to have to redo week 4, Today was awful.  I can’t jog.  I can either breathe OR hold in my abs, but apparently I can’t do both.  I only made it 4.5 miles and had to walk 3 of the last 5 minutes.”

His response:  “yeah sounds good.  Keep it up.”

Dude, could it be more obvious that you didn’t read my text? Let me go ahead and tell you, the answer is ‘no’, it could not be any more obvious that you didn’t read my text.

Fast forward through oatmeal, emails, quick scan of the blogosphere and some technical writing.

Then I bit the bullet and called my boss.  We had a long talk as he had mouthed off to me in an email the night before, one of those quick, catty and aimed to hurt remarks.  I in turn felt smoke coming out of my ears when I read it and took time in answering the email.  I addressed the other questions first, and then let him know that I found his remark rude, hurtful and completely inaccurate, and then listed a prime example disputing his comment in the original email.  We cleared the air – and as long as I had him talking, we discussed the mess of his that I spent most of Monday cleaning up.  By the end of that conversation stream he was back on the same page as me and sadly, we were exactly where we were 6 months ago.

An hour and 20 minutes later I was able to hang up.  During that call we did resolve several items, I sent multiple emails and got the dishwasher half way unloaded!  I chained myself to my computer and sat down to work on a project until 2:00 pm when I had to take a break.  I had to run a box and a watch up to T at school (I have no idea… he sent a text asking for the items and sometimes, it’s just better not to ask!) and as long as I was getting out I figured I’d swing by my neighborhood 7-Eleven and grab a slice of pizza.  It wasn’t until I was walking into T’s school, and I caught a glimpse of myself in the reflection of the glass doors, that I realized I was still in my workout pants.  Yoga capri pants.  Yup… that’s what I walked out of the house wearing.  All I could think was how happy I was Stacy and Clinton had retired and there wasn’t a chance of secret footage being filmed for “What Not To Wear”.

Back home and back to work at 3 pm.  I need to focus for one more hour, but I can’t, all I can think about is how far behind I am at work, and more importantly – for my annual Halloween party this weekend!!  I don’t have my menu finalized, and without that I can’t put together my shopping list – and I need to go shopping.  I need to prep, I need to clean so I can get all of my supplies out and make sure I’m not missing anything – and I NEED A PINATA!!!  I don’t have time to go get a pinata!!

Do you know how hard it is to do technical writing when all I can think about is my pinata? Oh – and the fact that I forgot to get anything out for supper.  I’m praying that God performs a fishes and loaves miracle in my fridge and when I open it I will have plenty of food to feed me and T dinner.

Well – I’m at my word count – so here is where I leave you!  I promise I’ll get more work done (doubtful) and the rest of the dishes unloaded (doable).  Mr. T and I will have supper (as long as a miracle happens) and we will do homework, play on our phones and hopefully watch the episode of Supernatural we missed last night!

a day in the life

That’s a day in my life!  Thanks Kerry!

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Have You Ever Wanted to Run Away?

That’s exactly what I did this weekend.  I ran away.  From it all.  Just took off.

Saturday I had to take Mr. T to school so he could get to a UIL Theatre clinic.  He didn’t have to be there until noon, so we had a slow morning and as I sat there enjoying my cup of coffee, I got to thinking.  My plans were to take T to lunch, drop him off at school and then go to my friend Karaboo’s house.  We have been working on our Halloween costumes, and her 2nd bathroom, getting the remodeling finished. That was on the schedule.  It was all planned.

So, I sent her a text… “Want to run away? Head up to the casino?”

Ready to run away with me yet?

Ready to run away with me yet?

It was going to be a beautiful day – cold, but beautiful.  I didn’t want to be inside.  I didn’t want to do what I was supposed to be doing.  I wanted to run away.

After a few texts back and forth, I was told to go ahead and sound the alarm.  So, I put out text to the group.  I got back the following responses: previous plans, t-ball with the kid, getting ready for the cruise, and the best – still drunk from the night before.  Man, I love my girls.  We are so very different from one another, but yet, it just works.  But, as awesome as they are, that’s not the point!

I took T to lunch, just a little one on one time for the two of us.  We were sitting there and waiting and playing and talking – and we hacked the Wi-Fi at the restaurant.  Yup, that’s just how we roll. Make me wait too long and I get into trouble – obviously the apple didn’t fall far from the tree, because Mr. T is actually the one that guessed the correct password!

Lunch was wonderful; it was some good quality time together.  I ran him over to the school, said our goodbyes and headed for Karaboo’s.  I got there and she was putting on the second coat of paint.  Her primary goal was around the electrical boxes, so that on Sunday her husband could hook up the light switches.  She actually got a lot accomplished!  Then I walked in.  I was ready to help her.  I was taking off my jacket… and nope.  We were running away!

Away we ran!  Well, we got in the car, stopped by the bank and then the gas station, she filled up the car and I grabbed us some Coke’s.  Then, away we ran!  We hit the freeway, and just kept driving.  And driving, and driving.  And then that’s when we realized we’d missed our exit.  Technically, she missed it, because I didn’t know what exit we were looking for!  I’m totally putting that on her!  Not really, we were talking, and engaged in great conversation and the road slipped away from us! So, we turned the car around, and then, yet again, away we ran! Free like the wind!

Road Work Ahead, the most common and most dreaded sign in our fair cities!

Road Work Ahead, the most common and most dreaded sign in our fair cities!

Until we ran into road work and then we had to slow down.  Then we had to stop, merge into one lane, travel a bit, and then – Away we ran!  It was smooth sailing the rest of the way up to the casino.  We arrived a bit later than anticipated, but we arrived.  I got me a player’s card and off we went! It was fun! I hadn’t been to this casino yet, so I got to explore!  I like walking around, taking it all in, and stopping to play the slots.  I spent my teenage years in Reno, NV, where gambling is legal, and there are slot machines in the grocery stores and your neighborhood 7-11, so gambling doesn’t hold a big thrill for me, I just like to go and enjoy, to participate in life.  Now, don’t get me wrong – I love it when I win! But, even if I don’t, I never consider it wasted time.

We talked, and played, and walked around.  I like to stare at all the different machines, look at the pretty pictures and bright lights!  Occasionally either she or I would stop and we’d hit a machine.  It was perfect.  It was relaxing.  I didn’t have to do anything or be anything to anyone.  Ahhhh… feel that?  That was the tension leaving my body.

After a couple of hours, we were done, and back in the car headed home.  Yes, I ran away – but my responsibilities were covered.  More importantly, I came back.  I needed the break, and I found it very healthy.  As a result, I’m a better person today.

And, for those keeping score – I did something spontaneous!  This is so outside my character, that I get major points for this road trip!  Even Erica commented on my FB post how proud she was of me!  This is a big deal in my life!  I had the time, and I was spontaneous with it!

Yay! Go me!

Yay

Lunch

I’m a good cook.  Not spectacular and not a chef, but I’m pretty good at trying out new recipes and keeping up with our old favorites.  Normally I try and cook 3 portions for dinner, a portion each for my son and I, and then a portion for me for lunch the next day.  This does not always happen.  It did not happen last night…

I did make a new recipe last night, and it was good!  I wish I knew who to credit for it, but it is just a picture on Pinterest with the ingredients typed in the description. 

4-6 raw chicken breasts (I used 4 tenderloins), new potatoes, green beans (I used fresh, any veggie would work). Arrange in 9×13 dish. Sprinkle with a packet of Italian dressing mix and then top with a melted stick of butter. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Enjoy!

It was as easy as predicted, the Italian dressing mix added lots of flavor, and the stick of butter kept everything moist.  There were no left overs.  We enjoyed it.

I left the house early for an 8:30 am meeting, and then proceeded to do a little Christmas shopping.  Got home, delved right into work.  Surfaced about 1:00 pm and realized that all I had had was a Grande Pumpkin Spice latte and half of a diet Coke.  I went to raid the kitchen.  I hosted a party a few weeks ago (Halloween) and had a bag of left over crackers.  I grabbed that, and a few slices of cheese… and the left over icing (again, from the party).  After I finished the crackers and cheese, I dipped crackers into the icing. I say dipped, there was only about 2 teaspoons of icing left, and all at the bottom, so I had my hand shoved into the little container trying to dig out all the icing I could.

Yeah, that just happened.  I had icing on my crackers for lunch.  🙂