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Do you have to say every thought out loud?

Sean went to work yesterday which meant…

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The honeymoon I mean. He’s supposed to stay home with me allthetime!

See, I typed that BEFORE and then he came home from work and told me a little about his evening. And I started to tell him about my day and his eyes glazed over. And I said, “yeah, you’re not even listening. I’m not even going to bother talking to you about this. Whatever”. And I got up and left the room. I came downstairs, made him dinner and seriously I’m pretty sure he has no clue what freaking happened upstairs in his office. Not one word. I think he thinks I was talking, he responded, I just gracefully (because I’m so graceful) left his office to go make dinner and all was right with the world.

Dude. ::shakeshead::
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Now I’m totally okay with him going back to work.
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It’s a good thing I like him.

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I went to see my friend yesterday and her mom is going through counseling for gastric bypass. The counseling lasts a year long…they’re incredibly careful about making sure you are psychologically ready to take such a drastic step and that you recognize how you came to be in such a position to begin with.  After a lot of counseling and discussion one of the things they have learned is she has a family member that is “encouraging” her to lose weight and diet. She’s constantly on her about her appearance and according to the psychologist this has the opposite effect. It took me 20 seconds to find an article about it. It’s crazy. There’s a fine line between being encouraging and being demoralizing which causes the exact opposite reaction.

We want people to be healthy. Appearance CANNOT BE the  primary focus in our lives.  We have to move OUT of that mindset and recognize the old way of thinking was broken. It was broken.  The person has to want to change, they have to do it on their own, harassing, nagging and effectively wearing them down emotionally because you don’t like how they look is not only not going to work but they’ll feel horrible and sad and bad about themselves for your agenda. 

SCIENCE SAYS: Nagging Your Family Members To Lose Weight Has The Opposite Effect

However, she went on to explain that pressure from family to lose weight can increase stress, which is a known cause of weight gain. “We all know someone who points out our weight gain or offers to help us lose weight. These results suggest that these comments are misguided.”

I don’t blame my parents for my weight gain; my choices and lifestyle have been my own, and there are a number of other emotional factors that have contributed. But nagging me to lose weight — even when it’s done with the best of intentions — hasn’t helped. I want to lose weight. I just don’t want to talk about it with them, especially when I’m not the one bringing it up. ~xojane

We learn in grade school that words hurt.  Women need to support each other and remember the struggles that brought us to where we are. That we are made up of more than the weight we carry. We are more than the body image people see and judge. If how someone looks is that important perhaps we need to look internally and ask ourselves is this about them or is this about me?   Their life isn’t about you and you hurt them every time you bring it up.

I have a family member who is overweight. She doesn’t mince words, she knows the situation she’s in. She recognizes her life and the work ahead of her. She’s beautiful, smart, talented pretty damn honest about the fact that her weight is her business and  extremely personal. It’s her story. She knows what she needs to do and encouragement, nagging and harassing is the exact opposite of that. I don’t talk to her about her weight, her diet, her exercise or what she wears. It’s her story to live and if she wants to talk to me about it, she will. 

Leave your friend or family member to do this journey on their own. If they ask for your help then you can give it.
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No! I don't think I would be. It'd kind of be a good reminder if they bleed from the inside out. We would all be a little more careful with our words
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Confessions of a sugar lover

I know what you’re thinking…  this should be confessions of a sugar ADDICT. But no. I don’t consider myself an addict (denial much?) even though I love Skittles, Mike N Ikes and Hot Tamales. I also have developed a deep and crazy longing for chips of all sorts as long as they have salt salt salt and Celiac has sapped me of all my minerals. I can go weeks (weeks I tell you!) without sugar and there have been many times I am actually nauseous at the thought of…gasp…

….a cupcake.

I KNOW>

I feel like I’m betraying my people.
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Years ago Oprah confessed on her show that in a moment of desperation (she is sugar addicted like many people are) she reached for anything…just anything…and that anything was frozen hot dog buns and syrup (yuck).

Not judging her just..yuck.
I remember an episode of Sex in the City when Miranda, in frustration, threw a cake in the trash and then covered it in dish soap so she wouldn’t take it back OUT of the trash and eat it.

Do guys do this? I never hear of guys doing this. What is UP with that?

I’ve confessed this before and the world didn’t fall apart so it’s not a real shock but just a heads up to let people know I eat unbelievably healthy 95% of the time and occasionally (like Sunday morning OMG) I snapped and was desperate for somethinganythingwhatdoIwant?? I didn’t know. So I ate powdered sugar. Yep. A few teaspoons of powdered sugar to see if that fixed it. It did.

My husband is always horrified when he sees me doing stuff like this. He doesn’t care for sweets.

Doesn’t care for sweets (muttered under my breath) Who doesn’t care for sweets??? (outrage)

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Ever eaten spoonfuls of pure sugar? Syrup on hot dog buns? Syrup on anything?
We all have our low points and it’s always hard to bounce back after we do something stupid but remembering it’s one moment of weakness and moving on is better than saying ~forget the whole thing~ and giving up. Be confident and do your best and remember life isn’t perfect. We are imperfect beings. Shake it off and move on.

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Since I didn’t get to work out Sunday because I spent the day trying to figure out the shoe thing and of course, just hanging with my sweet husband, yesterday I headed down to Castle Rock to run (because JOY) and of course…do the incline.

Can I just say, running is HARD.

Oh, you knew that? yeah…I keep forgetting until I do it again and then BAM I remember again.

But while I was down there I came upon previously undiscovered lands! I mean, they were all sidewalked and playgrounded and whatnot but hey…they were previously undiscovered by ME and it’s a whole maze of sidewalks and every time I turned around there was another playground. They have like…three zip lines. It’s the coolest park. And here I thought it was an incline and a park bench. Who knew?

I did three miles and the incline and that took me some time because it was mostly uphill and the wind was wicked mean so I was slow crawled up the incline. I crawled. Or I wanted to.
If leg day is part of your weekly workout schedule, these quotes will ring all too true.:

Mean though it was, the workout felt GREAT and I LOVE going to the incline. Nothing makes me feel stronger than those damn stairs. Also, nothing makes me feel weaker than those damn stairs.

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Today I am … well…I don’t know. I wanted to run, it’s on the schedule to run…but the winds are 25mph wind gusts and 16mph winds. I’m not feeling it. Maybe I’ll do a HIIT workout today and swap it with tomorrow.

Have I mentioned my intense dislike of wind?  Also the sun is shining so freaking bright it’s fooling me with it’s joy of Summer so I’ll definitely get outside and see the sun. One can’t be a vampire forever, after all.

The pain you feel today, will be the strength you feel tomorrow. http://stores.ebay.com/nutritionalwellnessstore:

Run on…

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best laid plans.

A day that I thought would go different than it did. I planned, I scheduled and at the end of the day I thought…at last I run.

This day was so long. I drove to Colorado Springs and then all over Denver and didn’t get home until ridiculously late.  A day of driving, a day of talking, I’m spent. I’ve been “on” far too long.  Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to turn off until 10:00pm and by then there was no heading out the door for a nice relaxing run. We were well into the  scary dark hours of the night by then.
Sean had gone out for a bike ride and I was jealous. He came in from his ride so happy I was seriously overcome with pure jealousy. Although I was also pretty damn happy for him because he loves to ride. But… I wanted to be out running. 

I just fixed him a burger and went to bed.

I’m just being sad because I missed my run, don’t listen to me. This is what happens after two many days of a missed workout.
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SPECIAL PROSECUTOR! CAN WE PLEASE GET A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR??

We keep hearing about Democratic senators belief we’re in a “constitutional crisis” and that the president is making dangerous decisions and needs to be fully investigated by independent special prosecutors. 

Could we MAYBE get a Republican on board? Are we so split that the Republicans refuse to admit the insanity the whole world can see? Can the Republicans, if they do agree with this please LOUDLY and from the rooftops proclaim it?? 

I mean come ON…
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I have a quick doctor appt today and then I’m going to figure out a workout because if I don’t get a little sweat on I’m going to have a little crying meltdown.

Short and sweet today, I’m running late. There’s a doctor out there that’s just waiting to put 30+ shots in my skull…

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Kickass Quotes For Those Days You Need A Little Extra Inspo on ToneItUp.com:

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Mother’s Day is just not my favorite.

So,  it’s okay if it’s your favorite, I have no grief with that. I personally love Valentine’s Day and I’m positive I’m totally in the minority there.

Mother’s Day has just never been my day. It doesn’t spin my wheels.  Shaughnessy is a mom now so she should get to have her day, too.

Every year Andrea and I think we’re going to escape for Mother’s Day weekend and it just never happens…we thought it would this year but no. And you know what? I’m just not feeling anything this year. This year I’m feeling very hang out and go for a run just do what I want to. Isn’t that what Mother’s Day is all about anyway? #MotheroftheYear #mykidsarethebestkids #yoursareprettygoodtoo

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Day two of my new phone. 
The jury is still considering its options.
It’s very frustrating to me after the wonderful world of Android that now I have to work with the world of Apple or should I say work within the boundaries of Apple because they limit you. They make you do what THEY want. They’re so bossy.
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It’s frustrating to be dealing with a company that prides itself on the individual and yet limits their ability to customize the phone.
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I hate conforming.  #stepitupapple
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It POURED rain here all.day.long. It was cold. It was wet. It was not welcoming to the runner at all. Also my head hurt so I slept very very late into the morning. I have a Botox appt on Friday which explains the migraines this week.
Not loving this. I’m trying very hard to kick this out so I don’t have any sign of the migraine when I go get the Botox.

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My friend posted this yesterday and you have to watch it, it’ll take the stress away from the Trump crazy.

Mason is an ancient, battle-scarred feral cat with advanced kidney disease. Instead of euthanasia, we felt he deserved to live his sunset months in comfort, free from pain. What happened next will make your heart melt. <3 See additional videos of the adorable interactions between Grandpa Mason and "his" foster kittens at TinyTuxies. And please remember that spaying and neutering is the only way to prevent unwanted cats and kittens like Mason and "his" kittens from being born and suffering. Contact your local shelter or SPCA if you need assistance with spaying and neutering… most have free or low cost programs, and are happy to help. More about the rescue work we do: TinyKittens.com

Posted by Tinykittens on Sunday, May 7, 2017

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I did a HIIT workout yesterday because of the pouring rain. The rain discouraged running. I’m going to try and run today. Still major rain planned for today but I’m going to try and run through it. I just can’t stand the thought of not running at all. At least some workout will be done.

Also…I see Princess Anna for hair. My hair grows so fast. What’s that about??

This was real deal this morning. I turned my alarm off and everything with intention of not going. my body woke my ass up and dragged me in, anyway.:
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This is Colorado. We can’t decide.

So I was going to do a Sweet List but sometimes my heart just isn’t in it. So maybe later. 🙂

I had enchiladas for breakfast, shout out to Theboy who said they eat leftovers for breakfast all the time and he likes it. I never do…except enchiladas because I love them.
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The weather today, after the blizzard and 30* degree weather all weekend, is FABULOUS. High of 61*! Happy days. Okay…25mph winds…it’s just a tiny glitch we’ll have to figure out. But 61*! I’m pretty damn happy about that.
Sorry to MT (thekidnotthestate) who is in VA with the record temps and no air conditioning.
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Rumor has it every other state is the same way. Blizzard. Record heat. Blizzard. Record heat. It’s a miracle we can grow anything.
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Check this out. It’s called Ringly and it’s “Activity tracking & Mobile Alerts Made Beautiful”. They have smart rings and bracelets and then a few non tech accessories. I feel a little out of the loop that I’ve never heard of them before but I am excited to give them a try because I am all about beautiful jewelry.

Even though it’s pricey it is Mother’s Day soon so I think I’m going to give it a go. There’s a discount code with TheSkimm (who we LOVE and if you’re not on board with The Skimm then you’re missing out) so I’ll use the discount code and see if I like it. Plus, I don’t eat so I’ll just use my part of the grocery budget. I think that’s fair. Beautiful jewelry over nutrition, yes, I totally have my priorities.
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We here in Denver marched our ice cold collective asses off on Saturday for the Climate March. I was truly surprised how many people showed up considering we had serious snow and it was the really cold wet snow and it was also really cold and wet ( just in case you didn’t get that the first time) on the heels of a march the previous weekend well…turnout was not as good as the big D.C. let’s just state that right now. The official numbers say “several hundred” but it seemed well more than that and if we’re going by the “official photo” I can tell you right now it was snowing like hell and NO one was sticking around for that sucker. We marched and left. It was cold and wet. So that’s that.
Also, a giant thermometer?
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I know, right?
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Today’s workout is running with hills. I’m going to throw strength in there because I just looked at my workout and it looks like I just have strength once a week and HIIT once a week. So I’d like to add one more day for sure. Since it doesn’t actually have a plan I’ll have to figure it out.

I for sure have to foam roll this morning and I want to do a full on stretch routine. Did I mention the beautiful weather? Included with that is my left eye set at a constant water torture drip due to the allergy season situation. I opened the door and the allergies just came pouring in right along with the sunshine and the spring breeze also known as ~holy hell someone get the cat~. That’s some mighty strong wind right there.

the struggle is part of the story:

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the cliche of life.

I first have to send love to my friend. She knows who she is. She lost her significant other two days ago and though they weren’t married they were as close as they could have been…living together, having a child together and being a family. He was young and she is broken. I am broken for her. His parents lost their son…such a loss.
I went to see her and I found myself flitting back and forth between practical mode ~looking absentmindedly for the hairbrush for the baby’s hair ~ and hugging her because that’s really all I want to do. I want to sit on the couch and hug her and let her cry as long as she wants to. The practical in me totally takes over and I don’t know how to turn it off. But the house filled up and she had things to do so I left because at that point I was just in the way. I’m good when no one else is there I think…

I hope she’s okay. She has a big job ahead of her but a lovely support system from what I saw today and of course, she knows I’m a message or a text away any time. My phone is always on. As long as she forgives me my verbal gaffes. I’m sure there are many.
I love you, Friend. Hope you’re okay today.
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I bought one of those stability balls and I got my workout in just blowing the damn thing up. I was exhausted and by the time I was done I didn’t have the energy to workout. I read the instructions (I know, right? Instructions? To blow up a ball? This should not require instructions…I was seriously doubting my ability to function as a human being if I needed help with this) and it told me it wouldn’t be fully inflated until tomorrow. I don’t know why. Today it would only partially inflate. Tomorrow it would inflate the rest of the way. This seems like a lot of work for a workout I’m not even sure I’ll like.
I had one of these before but I had kids at home then and I don’t workout with kids so I ended up donating it because I never used it. Trying again now. It’s supposed to be great for your abs. My abs need all the help they can get.
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The Gilmore chronicles
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you know some men retire...”~ Emily
yes, and some men tattoo their mother’s names on their biceps...” ~ Richard, Emily’s husband, a line I appreciate and smile at as I fondly think of my son…with “Mom” tattooed on his bicep. LOL (shout out to Alex Michael)

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I think it is really important to take a moment to recognize what you have. Appreciate it and thank the universe.

We can’t always “appreciate every moment”. It’s incredibly unrealistic and I don’t like cleaning the toilet, talking to the car mechanic, having the flu and I really really don’t like pulling weeds…sorry Mom. Never have and I’m a little bitter about the memories. Bugs. But I am a HUGE lover of life and all the little things. I am the person that appreciates life for all those stupid little things that people make fun of me for.

  • I love the plant I haven’t killed yet that’s still sitting on my counter (Megan asked if it was real..she obviously knows me…LOL)
  • I love that my husband is ridiculously happy playing this game (he just left again tonight…he’s so happy…my husband is happy..he’s a very subdued introvert, that’s a big deal)
  • I love Netflix. What a brilliant idea Netflix was
  • I love strength training…I KNOW> can you BELIEVE IT???  Yep. That happened after my surgery kept me from it
  • I love great restaurants that are gluten free (so much)
  • Podcasts. joy.
  • I love running so SO much. I can’t wait until it’s not so much work. SOON. I’m holding my breath. Not really I would totally be dead.
    Can you imagine if I actually put real thought into this list? This took me like 4. 6 seconds.
  • The gist is…life gives us surprises every single day. kiss your family. 

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Today I did a half ass workout due to my day being out of whack. Friday is supposed to be a rest day so I’m swapping and doing Thursdays workout on Friday.

I’m going to run and I have a strength training workout that includes the stability ball. I know you’re shocked.

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Running with the wind in my hair…well maybe not. Maybe I’ll just not. Hmm.

All 100 senators have been called to the White House for a rare briefing on the situation in North Korea. I hope we’re all paying attention here. It’s not unusual for senators to be called to the White House, it’s unusual for all 100 of them to be called together to the White House.  They actually don’t have room there, they’re going to make the room. This was Trump’s idea. Photo op? Media play? No one really knows for sure.  North Korea is not a situation we need to be messing around with. It hasn’t gone well from the moment the president spoke and got us into this. Decorum and diplomacy and government…the man needs to learn. And my heart goes out to the families of the crew of the USS Carl Vinson, the carrier that Trump ordered to Korean waters because as a mom I just wouldn’t sleep at all if my kid were on that ship.
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I JUST came started catching up on Stephen Colbert (WHY do I put this off?? It’s so good?) And seriously…I could watch it all day and catching up I probably will. I was dying it was so funny and yet so scary.

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It’s the 50th anniversary of S.E.Hinton’s The Outsider’s. I love this book. I read it so many times when I was younger.  Of course, when they made it a movie it was only that much better.
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OH my gosh the wind! Colorado is having the worst winds this season…I totally blame global warming…it’s the worst. This season has been terrible. The winds have been like…25 mph gusts every day.
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It’s crazy. I have zero desire to be outside in that. Tonight…at 9:30 pm the weather was perfect. No wind and 50*. It is so lovely and I wish I was out running in it. I think I’m just going to have to aim for great weather and if it’s not going to be there, I’ll have to treadmill it or try a different workout. I’d rather run hills than run in the wind. Running in the wind is evil and I don’t even WANT to do it. Zero desire.
I’m a deadbeat.
This is when I get the whole “a real runner would push through and head out in the massive gale force winds no matter what”.
So there’s a bit of a letdown there with my pride but it didn’t take long for me to get over that and reassure myself I was fine with staying home.
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Today’s wind isn’t AS bad currently so I’m going to walk the dog this morning and then come home and try a run.
I’m telling myself this will help with the wind…what do you think?
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Tuesdays with Michelle

I spent the morning with Michelle (no photo…I did not feel good, sorry. Here, look at this one to remember us by. It wasn’t that long ago….)

hiking at Red Rocks (insert amazing picture of Red Rocks here so everyone will be appropriately jealous because they so don’t live here…SO sad)


photo by Michelle because her phone is ridiculously better than mine. Now I’M sad.
We did a hike that was nowhere…this bears repeating…nowhere near as painful and mean as the hike Sean and I did on Easter Sunday. We were able to hold a conversation nearly the entire time with me only stopping a few times to gasp…again…I’m woefully out of shape so please do have mercy before you pick on me too much. And it was hot (nearly 80*!)
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name that movie! ::swoon::

I was smart enough to put sunscreen on part of me…the facial part of me (ha!) and my neck…but I stopped there apparently and didn’t think to do the rest. Why? Ladies and gentlemen, we are sponsored by ADHD week! I’m relatively certain I was working on it and then…

What’s that??

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yeahhhh.
So my upper back looks pretty damn red.
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Let’s be real here…my skin is far more freckle (thanks Daddy!) than lily white but it is in there somewhere. Now it’s pretty in pink.
Meanwhile…Miss Michelle said she read my blog and saw the photo and said, what the hell is Ingress. She googled it and it didn’t tell her anything! I thought that was odd. I’ve googled it before and it told me exactly what it was but whatever. I’ll update the blog because I do talk about it. So here you go for everyone that has forgotten how Google works. 😉

Ingress is a location-based, augmented-reality mobile game developed by Niantic, a company spun off from Google.[4]The game was first released for Android devices on November 15, 2012,[2][5] and later for iOS on July 14, 2014.[3][6] The game has a science fiction back story with a continuous open narrative.[7][8] Ingress is also considered to be a location-based exergame.

Unlike many other MMOGs, the competition in Ingress is primarily between the two opposing factions rather than between individual players, and players never interact directly in the game or suffer any kind of damage other than temporarily running out of “XM”, the power that fuels all actions except movement and communication. The gameplay consists of capturing “portals” at places of cultural significance, such as public art, landmarks, monuments, etc., and linking them to create virtual triangular “control fields” over geographical areas. ~source

I totally understand this is confusing but suffice it to say, it’s a computer game, Sean travels on his bike a lot, on foot and in the car and he loves it. Shaughnessy and Adam play it, too. They all find it really interesting and engaging. I think anything that keeps them that interested obviously has some value and the fact that it includes learning with interacting and also exercise well, it all kind of combines to make the best scenario for me. I don’t mind if he plays it.
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Here’s a randomly dumb story.
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And just for the men that read the blog, it’s about underwear. Sorry about that. There’s a particular style I like and I can find it in two brands at two stores. No big deal. I’m very simple.  It’s the OCD in me. I stopped at the store the other day to pick some up and they have changed the sizing. If you know me, you know I don’t care about sizing, I wear whatever fits me.  I have size 11 in my closet and size 4 (well probably not a 4 anymore…ha! yeah…it’s been a long year). But now the new sizes are as follows:
size 5=S
size 6=M
size 7=L
size 8=XL
size 9=2XL
And that is as big as they go. Anyone else think that’s random? Also, the cut is way different, so I usually wear a size M and there was NO way they were fitting me anymore.
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I just looked at them, shook my head and walked away. What genius thought they should resize underwear and make it SMALLER??  

Because women don’t already need therapy for body issues. Honestly.

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I have to take my car in and get some minor work done. See, I’m hoping to not jinx that by saying it’s minor…I should just say “work done”. Hm. I’m finishing up here at home quick, then to the store, then back home quick and then I toyed with dropping the car and walking home.

Now to be clear….it’s six miles. That’s quite a walk. But in the grand scheme it’s not that bad and I can always take the bus. Oh! I should totally take the bus. Hm. I’ll think about it. I mean…city buses are an experience..personal space being invaded, possibly mugged, minor sexual assaults..hey now.

Just kidding Mom. Just the personal space thing.

So Sean has turned into me. He’s headed out the door this morning and I reassure him that I’ll take care of it. He hesitates and then kisses me goodbye. At the door he says goodbye again and then stops and turns and says…

“how are you going to take care of it?”
Ha. I said, “I just am. Go to work”.

Such a mom moment.
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Sweet List <3

  1. I found a site that lets me post little 💕 and teaches me shortcuts. I’m keyboard illiterate so it’s right up my alley. Prepare for emoji craziness.
  2. Cheesecake. Because why not. Yumbana Shoppe based here in Colorado is full of amazing deliciousness. Their cheesecakes are melt-in-your-mouth. I do not recommend their carrot cake as it taste rather like crumbly dirt…
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    but we don’t have to talk about that.
  3. Choosing new wallpaper and ringtones for my cellphone. #itsthelittlethings
  4. I just finished The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas on Audible.  It’s a YA book but the age and content are totally relevant and I was glued to my Nano until I finished it. It was really good and yes, I still own an iPod Nano and I still use it exclusively for my music and my podcasts. Don’t judge me.
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  5. Finishing up my scrapping projects. So close. I mean, not the whole thing but this one set. Hey now… 🙂
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  6. I bought an actual real live plant that I’m in charge of keeping alive. I KNOW> Pretty crazy. Anyone that actually knows me knows that is a big deal because I do not have success with real live things. Except children. I managed to not screw that up. Thanks be to God.
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  7. Ted Talks. Anyone else watch Ted Talks and get sucked in to the next one and the next one and the next one? It’s the only thing I will do that with on the computer. It’s so wrong and yet it’s so good.
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  8. Little pink bowl…how cute is this? Shaughnessy found it at a second hand store and she clearly knows me.
  9. Aura Cacia Nurturing Sweet Almond Skin Care Oil. Which is a mouthful for sure but it’s lovely stuff. My skin is so dry I am always reaching for some kind of moisturizer for my skin (welcome to Colorado and the land of no moisture) but oil is always a plus and almond oil is a bonus. Delicious. It’s so very light you don’t have an oily feeling, the scent is barely there. and it just feels amazing. Highly recommend.
  10. Challenging myself on those crazy hiking trails. That was just the best part of my week. It might also have been the worst part but we won’t talk about that.
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  11. These cute picture frames from Shaped Expressions. I bought them for my kids bedroom doors, it’s a project I’m working on but I really love their options and that they’re small business on Etsy. Side note to small businesses, I didn’t love that they had really cute  items but I didn’t find them anywhere on Etsy which means they had to be buried deep and I never saw their website listed which means it also was not featured very prominently. Work harder, People. Show your work.
  12. Fairmount Cemetery in Denver. This is an old cemetery with beautiful grounds and when we drive past it we are reminded of how tempting it is to want to run or bike through it but there remains the age old questions…how respectful (or disrespectful) IS that? Well I popped onto the website and they say right on there please…enjoy our grounds.  Also, take one of our tours! They have tours and they are awesome. Also, you can take them at twilight. How great is that? You can make up your own kind of tour and ask them to create that. I love it. What a great experience. I’m totally going to check it out.
  13. I’m off to see Michelle this morning so that has to be on the Sweet List. I’m assuming it’s going to be injury free. We’re maybe climbin’ those stairs. Wish us luck.

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It’s the leftovers, sort of.

Shout out to MT, my favorite. He’s my favorite as long as he’s gone away like this. He reminds me of that every time I talk to him. I think he’s a little down right now and that makes me unfathomably sad. If you look that up…that’s pretty sad. He is starting school finally and I’m sure he’s beyond relieved plus maybe a little nervous. But he’s amazing and seriously smart and great at everything he does so I have total confidence in him.
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I didn’t want one that was patronizing but a lot of them had the “f” word in them and you know me. Plus she’s cute.

How this president so cavalierly orders this missile strike, while having dessert, is just disturbing. He thinks it’s just a normal everyday Tuesday or something. He’s so ridiculously proud of his big accomplishment, like…TOYS! I get to play with the TOYS now!!  I am beyond sad by this. And discouraged. And weary.
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I went to my doctor and she finally officially cleared me. She also accidentally took out part of the last of the stitches but hey…I’m not complaining. I told her the Celiac was probably contributing to my being so difficult. We’re both learning here. She cheerfully said, “see you next year!”. I told her I just had five exams in two months…I should be good for longer than a year…sigh. But no. She did not clear me for that. She actually laughed at that.
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I’ve been feeling really out of control and having bad dreams and I’m not sure why but today I felt a little better by cleaning my fridge and my cupboards. I clean it out all the time but somehow have missed a few things so I think I have leftover stuff from when the kids have moved and gifted them to me. My cupboards feel much better to me now and so does my refrigerator. Also, I really want a new refrigerator. Mine is literally twenty years old. Typical lifespan of a refrigerator is 12-14 years. Gasp.
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In a crazy unbelievable spin of events, Trump has decided that NATO is in fact no longer obsolete. Crazy shocking, I know. I’m sure it’s all because he is awesome and all because of his hard work since January 28th. He is amazing. We are all so grateful for him.
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I read this letter from a pilot’s wife  about how the world shouldn’t be mad at United and it’s employees over what happened to the passenger, we should be mad at the passenger. And yes, many things were done wrong but the passenger should have done what he was told. I read the whole thing and I really did see some of her points but that’s because I am a rule follower. I do what I’m told. But I also have issues with United because if nobody is volunteering to give up their seat then they shouldn’t be even boarding people. That’s where the problem lies. Up the incentives until you get the seat issue taken care of. If this guy is litigious then they really did pick the wrong guy to screw with. Odds were not really in their favor, frankly. What with the internet, cell phones, everyone having the ability to record and the whole…blood thing.
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When I just need background noise I turn Friends on and they just had a New Years episode on. Ross says something about “no divorces in ’99!” and I think…holy crap. This show is so freaking old. I can’t believe how old this show is. And yet. I still love it. What is wrong with me.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet…today was seriously ADHD day. Total and utter chaos in my head.  I couldn’t focus on anything and I was just feeling off. The result was this leftover mish mash of a post. Can you tell I was a little worked up about the news today? Also…focus.

I mean, if I wanted to I could have totally continued to rant about:
Russia (and Paul Manafort…I mean…seriously)
The horrible shooting in San Bernardino (so awful!)
Rex Tillerson is in Moscow. Yikes.
Bill O’Reilly

There is so much more but I’ll stop for now.

Moving on ….

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