Taking Stock | October



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


My Journey to the Stage ‘aka’ Scared Sh**less – Entry 9: The Fog Rolls In


May 28 – Another video and this time it went a lot smoother than the last one! One good thing is that Vimeo, the site I’m using to download the videos, only allows me to do one per week. So at least you guys only have to actually see my mug once a week 😉

Hope you enjoy the video. As always, let me know what you think!

Password: Journey

One + Four = Life | May 17


Well, it was an okay week. I’m on the upswing of this blasted cold, so that’s a plus. Despite being sick and not feeling the best, it’s been a productive and good weekend. Got some cute stuff for our friend’s baby shower next weekend. Just finished giving the hubs a haircut so I’m covered in hair 🙂 Getting ready to practice my posing for a few minutes, then settle into some homework time before getting my food ready for the week. Then it’s relaxation time for the rest of the day! Here’s a snapshot of my week.

Hope you enjoy the glimpse into my life….

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This sums up the last week for me, with a little variation. My Journey to the Stage post breaks it all down but, for the most part, this will be my life for the next 3 weeks. Super busy but still plugging away!


Unfortunately, this also sums up my week. Not sure where I caught it from but I caught something. And, sadly, gave it to Shawn. Which I feel super, super SUPER horrible for 😦 I’ve had this type of cold before, not too long ago, and it hits hard. Luckily, it’s not a full blown head cold but still slowing me down and irritating, nonetheless. I’m a trooper though!


A nice belly-rubbing moment with our little girl. Ear flapped back, not a care in the world. Her, not me. Though, I didn’t really have a care in the world just then either. It was nice to enjoy a few moments before bed just focused on her.


The view from my patio door. It’s been chilly and rainy this week, we had quite the wind/rain storm yesterday and into today. Typically, you could see the mountains beyond the houses but, due to the storms, they aren’t visible. Must be getting some snow up there! Boo! 🙂 Seems like April showers just brought more May showers instead of flowers. Looks like another week of showers ahead, too. Oh well….

One + Four = Life | May 10


Once again, I’m a day late in posting. Yesterday was a little busy with the gym and taking my mother-in-law shopping. By the time we got home, I was pretty worn out. Plus, I had to dig into the delicious turkey (below) and relax for the remaining hours of the day. It was a great weekend and, other than a slow work week, a great week.

Hope you enjoy the glimpse into my life…


My new “scented” plug in light. My mother bought this for me on our last shopping trip. I also have a red one in my living room. Absolutely love them! Just add a scented bar, turn on the light and my house smells absolutely wonderful! This works so much better than the big warmer I have in my kitchen. Love it!


Volunteer world, here I come! Met briefly with the program director and have started working on the training material. I won’t start volunteering until July but am super excited (and really nervous!). Hopefully it’s a good fit and I can help make a difference. It’s so unlike anything I’ve ever done before and I’m truly looking forward to the experience, good or bad.


This is a 2 part picture, mainly because I have no idea how to merge pictures together and forgot to take a picture right after I took it out of the oven. So…. this is a delicious turkey and veggie that we made yesterday. YUMMY!



Also from the recent shopping trip with my mother (she spoiled me for my late birthday gifts!). Cute kitchen décor that I picked out and have yet to put above my cabinets. I love the colors and style of both pieces!

If you’re interested in playing along, head over to Pip’s blog and drop your link in her collection + check out other One + Four = Life posts. Drop your link below as well, I would love to check them out!

10 to 1 Challenge


I was roaming around yesterday, saw this challenge and thought it looked fun and interesting (I modified it just a little…) Hopefully you agree! I love learning more about my new blogging “friends” and hope you enjoy another glimpse into my world.

So…. I Nominate EVERYONE for the 10 to 1 Challenge!! 🙂 I just ask that you do 3 super easy things: 1) Share your answers, or include the URL to your blog, in the comments below, 2) Mention who nominated you for the challenge and 3) Nominate anyone and everyone you know!



10 Facts about Yourself

1. I used to hate the color yellow. With a passion. Now, it’s growing on me.

2. I’m not a “sleep in” person. I’ve always been an early riser and actually prefer it that way.

3. I have an addiction to chocolate and peanut butter.

4. I have resting bitch face. People often ask me what’s wrong. I tell them “Nothing, it’s just my face.”

5. I like meeting new people but, at the same time, I’m terrible at small talk and am afraid of talking to new people.

6. I’ve often wondered if I could lead a minimalist lifestyle.

7. I’m impatient. Get to the point already!

8. I love cake and will devour one by myself if left alone to my own devices.

9. I’m a planner/go with the flow hybrid.

10. I need to have all the information laid out in front of me before making decisions.

9 Movies You’ve Seen Recently

1. Underworld

2. Iron Man

3. Unbroken

4. The Imitation Game

5. Death Becomes Her

6. Innerspace

7. Fast and the Furious 7

8. The Lazarus Effect

9. St. Vincent

8 Places You’d Love to Go to

1. Ireland

2. New Zealand

3. England (again)

4. Italy

5. New York

6. Alaska

7. Australia

8. China or Japan

7 Things You Couldn’t Live Without (Basics aside, like Family, Health, etc.)

1. Chap stick

2. Gum

3. Books

4. Comfortable clothing

5. A good gym!

6. Hair ties

7. Chocolate and peanut butter!

6 People Who Inspire You

1. My mom

2. My friend Becky, who is always fabulous, adventurous and loving life

3. Positive people

4. Other bloggers

5. My dad

6. Figure competitors

5 Favorite Ways to Spend Your Free Time

1. Read

2. Travel

3. Movies

4. Time with friends

5. Hiking or being outside

4 Reasons You Enjoy Doing Your Blog

1. Meeting new people

2. Gaining new perceptions

3. Feeling like I can discuss parts of my life, uninterrupted and unfiltered

4. It’s a good stress reliever and way for me to feel semi-creative

3 Things You Like About Yourself

1. My strength

2. My sense of humor

3. My curiosity

2 Things You’re Looking Forward To

1. Mexico in June

2. A better career one day

1 Quote You Live By 

1. I’m not a huge quote person but here is one I like – “You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”

Easy peasy! Remember to complete the 3 easy steps above – thanks for taking the time to read my answers AND complete the challenge yourself! Happy Blogging, Friends!

Happy 1 Year Anniversary to My Routine Crazy Life!


Today marks the 1 year anniversary of my blog, My Routine Crazy Life, and I’m SOOOOO excited! The title of my blog sums up the whole enchilada. My life is both routinely crazy or crazily routine. That’s just how I roll. When I first started my blog, I wanted to focus on fitness and health but ultimately decided to focus on life. More specifically, my life, thoughts and experiences. But it almost didn’t happen…

balloonAfter publishing my first couple of posts, and not getting any likes or comments, I felt really deflated. I had a pity party and then thought, “Who cares? I want to blog so I’m going to blog.” And here I am….

knowingI got ideas from Facebook and my own experiences and started typing away. Eventually, I discovered the “Reader” feature on Word Press and started clicking on different blogs that seemed interesting. I’ve discovered so many talented people and wonderful blogs that I truly look forward to reading each day and am getting to know more people. These bloggers and blogs are a source of inspiration, a portal into other worlds, thoughts and ideas that have opened up different doors in my own world. Just today I got a shout out from a fellow blogger and it felt amazing, a true honor in my book!

Always a wayThe lessons learned? You can draw inspiration from anything and everything, other people’s worlds are interesting and fun, and I truly love sharing my world with you all! Admittedly, I don’t share my whole world, thoughts and feelings with you all. You might think I’m a little too crazy and we wouldn’t want that 🙂 Another lesson is DON’T GIVE UP! I wouldn’t have discovered the fun and wonder of the blogging world if I hadn’t stopped the pity party and got back to writing.

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has read, commented and liked my posts and for allowing me to become a part of your worlds, the same way you’ve become a part of mine. I truly appreciate you all and this experience so far!