One + Four = Life | March 2016

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Welcome to another One + Four = Life posts! Honestly, this month has flat out sucked just a little. It started out great (see below), then turned to crap when I caught the super fun bug name pneumonia. And then passed it on to my husband last week. So, yeah, this month has been a little lackluster on the activity front.

Hope you enjoy the glimpse into my life…

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The first weekend of the month started out f*cking fantastic. We stayed in SLC on Saturday night, had some pre-drinks, followed by an awesome dinner at The Melting Pot (one of the martinis is picture, along with my husband’s lips), walked around, went to a piano bar then a comedy show. Seriously, one of my all-time favorite nights out. It was great to cut loose, get away for the night, and have some laughs and loads of fun with my partner in crime.

 

littlesThen shit hit the fan when I started feeling sick a few days later. A couple Instacare visits and a chest x-ray later, I was told it was pneumonia. So I’ve spent the last 3 weeks (literally) sick and unable to do anything. Not so much fun when you feel like total crap, hurt, can’t go to the gym (still) which is one of the most painful parts of this whole ordeal 🙂 and can’t concentrate on homework. Good thing my little girl kept me company during many a lazy day on the couch. Let me just say that day time tv SUCKS and I went through 2 seasons of The Golden Girls. Don’t judge, it’s one of my all-time favorite shows on this earth. This has been pure hell.

 

 

Any other time of the day, we’ve been binge watching the original Star Trek series, which I’ve never seen before in my life. Yesterday, we watched the episode with Kahn then watched Star Trek 2 to get some more of the Kahn saga. Actually, I’ve enjoyed the show and the movie more than I anticipated. Good thing my husband introduces me to nerdy shows 🙂

And… Sunday was my birthday (wahoo). But… since I gave my husband pneumonia, he has been down and out since the middle of last week. He was going to take me out but we couldn’t do much of anything. So, he bought me Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream and made me a Funfetti cake, minus sprinkles and frosting, for my birthday yesterday. We ate that and watched Star Trek. Not the fantastic birthday day I was hoping for but I applaud his efforts for trying to make it special and fun any way. And that’s all a girl can ask for. Oh, and not to be sick anymore. Do birthday wishes still come true at this age?

 

 

 

 

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Kick Excuses to the Curb

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Seriously, enough with the excuses on not being able to eat healthy or workout. No, this does not include actual, valid reasons for situations. I’m talking about just plain excuses thrown out to justify an unhealthy action….. For these, I have no sympathy.

      I forgot my lunch and had no choice but to stop by McDonald’s for a Big Mac and large fry.  

     I didn’t have time to cook a healthy meal so I ordered a pizza. 

It’s soooo hard getting up early to go to the gym.

[Insert another lame excuse right here]

Stop coming up with a million excuses how you can’t do something and start coming up with ways you can do something.

One + Four = Life | Feb 2016 (Part 2)

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Welcome to another One + Four = Life posts! Honestly, the last half of the month was a little uneventful. Still a good couple of weeks, though I have been sick with either a mild cold or allergies. Never sure which one anymore.

Hope you enjoy the glimpse into my life…

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Went to the spinal care doctor because I’ve been having back pain since November. This was my awesome getup before the x-ray (which revealed nothing abnormal). I swear these are 7-XL and made for someone 8 feet tall. I felt like a real-life hobbit. Laughing about the gown was the best part of that 3 hour trip. Yes, 3 hours. In a hospital. Lame city…..

 

 

Saw The Witch on Sunday. Don’t worry, no spoilers on the plot! Honestly, this is a total Redbox experience, not that I feel ripped off going to the theater. It was just not quite worth theater prices. I was confused by the beginning and the family being banned from their community (??) and a lot of the film was slow moving. The creepy parts were really creepy, just needed to be more fast-paced and creepy all the way through. Overall, just okay, but it got us out of the house.

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It’s the little things in life….. Here’s our little girl, Savannah, being super cute as always. We flipped the covers over her head and she was peaking out. After our extensive Star Wars viewing over the last month, we instantly joked that she was secretly a Syth Lord.

Seriously, though, that face!!! Cute!!!

 

Switched up my workouts the last few weeks, doing new combinations (especially for lower body) and different moves. Oh… my…. god…. I swear my glutes and hams are sore EVERY… SINGLE… DAY. So I basically feel like this –>

 

 

One + Four = Life | Feb 2016 (Part 1)

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Welcome to another One + Four = Life posts! These are pretty fun to do, though I may not get to them weekly. I’m hoping for bi-monthly because 1) other priorities and 2) my life just isn’t that exciting, sadly.

Hope you enjoy the glimpse into my life…

Had another nerd out last weekend! Went to see a local improv group at The Off Broadway Theater. They performed “Star Ward”, which was a Mormon-themed Star Wars. Not as funny as the local comedy we saw a few weeks ago but still entertaining!

 

 

Of course, the Super Bowl!! Great defensive game, glad my Broncos won! Best of all, got to chill at home with the hubs and our little girl and eat homemade cauliflower bites and super yummy chicken wings (both made with combo of Frank’s Red Hot and Parmesan). Mmmmm….. 😀

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“For Your Kitchen” (a local kitchen/gadget store) held a hands-on Fondue night on Feb. 13th. Fondue? Yes please! We were given chicken, veggies, batter and sticks and got to make our own dinner. It was a little awkward (we had to share a pot with 4 other people) and slow but a lot of fun. We made a fun, unique memory together which is my favorite part of any activity.

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What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with Deadpool, wings and shakes?? Okay, we don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day. This was just a typical Sunday date for us. And it was fantastic! We had awesome wings (at our favorite Wingnuts), saw Deadpool (which was f***ing awesome, btw!!!) and then hit up Warren’s drive through for some shakes. Yes, there are 3 shakes and only 2 of us. If the hubs wants different flavors, he gets 2 small shakes. When we got home, we popped in the last season of Star Wars: Clone Wars and enjoyed our shakes. This was seriously the best day of the weekend!

One + Four = Life | January 2016

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Sooooo…… I forgot about these One + Four = Life posts that I got into last year. These were pretty fun to do, though I may not get to them weekly. I’m hoping for bi-monthly because 1) other priorities and 2) my life just isn’t that exciting, sadly.

Hope you enjoy the glimpse into my life…

 

A few weekends ago, we went to Slamdance in Park City, which coincided with Sundance. If you don’t know it, look it up. Our first time there, didn’t see any movie stars other than the ones in Director’s Cut (which was crowdfunded by people like us). Crazy navigating the town and parking! We had some crappy pizza, thanks Red Bango… did some window shopping (too artsy for me) and watched the movie. It was a different experience but fun!

 

 

The beginning of the month, I had a fun girls’ night out to celebrate one of my best friend’s birthday. We went to Twiggs Bistro and Martini Bar. Had a pineapple martini (not a pic of my actual drink because I forgot to take one, but this is pretty close) and yummy food. I love going out with my two best friends! We don’t do it often enough but it always puts a smile on my face and makes me realize how lucky I am to have them in my life. Man, have we been through some crap….. LOL

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This last weekend, we nerd-ed out! First, we kicked off the night with delicious wings from Wing Nuts Restaurant. We shared the bone-in wings with buffalo chips (not pictured), followed by equally amazing Sub Zero ice cream (not pictured). I love their brownie batter w/chocolate chips and cashews. Mmmmm….. Afterwards, we went to a local theater for a comedy-improv of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 

To finish out the weekend, and nerd out session, we went to see the actual Star Wars: The Force Awakens (again) in the theater. I really liked it the first time, in 3-D, but liked it even more this time. Perhaps because I caught some more humor and little things that I missed the first go-around. Seriously, this movie kicks ass!

 

 

Taking Stock | December

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So here’s a look into my December (yes, I’m a few days early), the final chapter in the book called 2015.

What was YOUR favorite part of this month? Comment below! If you start your own Taking Stock – leave the URL below – would love to read all about your world 🙂

This month was kicked off by finishing up the school semester a week early followed by a trip to Orlando, Florida, where we hit about every theme park in existence. Exhausting but totally fun! The rest of the month has flown by, with the holiday and all. I can’t believe another year has come and gone. This year had it’s bright spots but, overall, wasn’t one of my favorites. Crossing my fingers that 2016 will be an improvement!

Making: strides.

Cooking: stuffed-turkey peppers – super yum!

Drinking: way too much alcohol than was necessary

Reading: a ton! Finished the Harry Potter series and have almost finished the Twilight series. Say what you will (though the movies were terrible), the Twilight series is one of my favorite reads.

Wanting: to shop like a fiend!

Looking: forward to a quiet night in for New Years, with some cheese, crackers and wine. 🙂

Playing: some fun games during the mini breaks at my internship. Those are my favorite days.

Deciding: that I simply cannot, and do not, want to live without chocolate and peanut butter. Ever.

Wishing: my new supplement regiment will work

Enjoying: the lights of my decorated Christmas tree. Looking at the tree makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Waiting: for the holiday crowds to dissipate. Too many people out and about.

Liking: having my little doggies come visit for the week, though one of them is ornery as hell sometimes

Wondering: why I’ve let my old CD’s gather dust on the shelf. Busted ’em out!

Loving: my new Harry Potter t-shirt!

Pondering: why the holidays aren’t as jolly for me the last handful of years.

Considering: other opportunities

Buying: school books. Ugh.

Watching: The Wire, it’s super addicting. We’ve been binge watching this whole week.

Hoping: that things will turn around for the better.

Marveling: at how I’ve survived living with snow all these years. I hate the cold.

Cringing: at the amount of supplements I have to buy now.

Needing: my massage today, can’t wait!

Questioning: whether we really needed to visit the buffet this last weekend. Too much yummy food.

Smelling: “Christmas Cookie” lotion, a xmas gift from my mom

Wearing: hoodies and more hoodies lately. I’m basically a scrub at work. At least, that’s what it feels like 🙂

Following: my own advise more

Noticing: the little things

Knowing: that attitude and mindset are everything!

Thinking: of joining the circus but not as the person who catches elephant poop.

Admiring: people who have managed to stay together for so long. How do they accomplish this?

Sorting: through my emotions. It’s a tough job.

Getting: excited for another long weekend

Bookmarking: more books I want to read on Goodreads.com

Coveting: new blouses and home art décor!

Disliking: negative people

Opening: Christmas presents, love it!

Giggling: at my dog running back and forth like a crazy freak, for no reason. Seriously, got it on video.

Feeling: tired, per usual

Snacking: on Ghirardelli chocolates my coworker gave me for xmas. Delicious evilness.

Wishing: I knew the right path in life

Helping: my parents get to and from the airport

Hearing: classical music while at work, it’s been nice listening to something new.

Taking Stock | October

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Oh man, I fell off the wagon last month. Let’s see what’s new… I’m still doing school, just one more month left of this semester. Unfortunately, there’s way too many semesters left to go before I’m done. I’ve also started a part-time Wellness Internship with a local county department and also started a part-time job at my university’s new Money Management center. Since being laid off, it seems like my schedule has constantly changed. Hopefully, it’s leveled out now. Hopefully. Didn’t do anything exciting for Halloween, just stayed home and watched some scary movies. Pretty low key this year.

So here’s a look into my October, another chapter down in the book called 2015.

What was YOUR favorite part of this month? Comment below! If you start your own Taking Stock – leave the URL below – would love to read all about your world 🙂

This month was kicked off by

Making: new friends

Cooking: kale chips

Drinking: coffee!

Reading: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Wanting: new clothes

Looking: for answers

Playing: the game of life

Deciding: on new work schedules

Wishing: for the years to slow down

Enjoying: getting soup and wings for date nights

Waiting: to see what happens

Liking: my jobs so far

Wondering: what’s wrong

Loving: being in my pajamas whenever possible

Pondering: what to do

Considering: that I’m still lucky

Buying: nothing lately!

Watching: The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and American Horror Story: Hotel

Hoping: to maintain my A average this semester

Marveling: at how naïve people are

Cringing: at the folks at Walmart

Needing: some new shirts and winter wear

Questioning: life

Smelling: fall air

Wearing: my hoodies more

Following: my own thoughts lately

Noticing: how happy others seem

Knowing: something good will come one day

Thinking: sad thoughts

Admiring: the differences in other people

Sorting: through donation items

Getting: more sleep!

Bookmarking: financial sites

Coveting: those new shirts!

Disliking: making less money

Opening: doors for myself

Giggling: at cute Dachshund pictures

Feeling: anxious

Snacking: on almonds. I’m addicted!

Wishing: for a sign

Helping: those less fortunate

Hearing: rain