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Day 32 – A picture of what you did today.

Yay. Finally posting on the correct day! Yippee! Guess that is what a hurricane will do you do. It will end you on the couch with not much to do. I’m kind of dreading when the power goes out. At this point it’s kind of inevitable!!!

So here is my day in pictures.

Breakfast. Banana bread oatmeal and coffee.

Then I finally got to a Groupon I purchased  and joined World Fitness! Awesome zumba studio… even though at the moment saturday morning kickboxing is my favorite!

I had a bunch of coupons for Old Navy, so a quick trip there was planned.

After Old Navy, I headed back to my apartment and packed up. I decided to get stuck at my parents house with my brother instead of being alone during this hurricane!

We got a little funky for dinner. I present you with sweet weenies!

You need: sugar cookie dough and a pack of mini weenies!

Mix the cookie mix, and wrap around each weenie!

Bake at 375º F for 10 minutes.

And bingo… sweet weenies!

There are by no means healthy. In fact, I only had 2! It was dinner and dessert in one!! I will be making these again at some point!! Less cookie dough next time!  Perfect for a party!

Also made  pigs-n-blankets and a big salad 🙂

Very interested to see what Irene has in store for us. Be safe everyone 🙂

L

Last night, we headed to an Italian fest located at our local church. It was so much fun… food & friends!

 

 

‘skinny me’

 

Every time I go to a festival of this kind, I realized how old I really am 😦 Teeny bobbers running amuck! And then realized where is my other half and child. There aren’t many single folk to present themselves at such a festival. Overall though.. it was a blast!

I’m sitting here watching Ms. Irene’s progress up the eastern coast. Scary stuff I tell ya! Please be safe!

Whoa… talk about writing the feelings out! I’m on a much better playing ground today then I was a couple of days ago. Many different reasons why, but I think the MAIN reason has alot to do with eating better and working out. Give me pizza, cheeseburgers, beer and other crappy stuff and I’ll be a world wind in a couple of days… hence the mini-break down the other day! I’m happy to report I’m on the path again, the sidelines aren’t nearly as fun as being on the path 🙂

So. Now that I have that outta the way… I must fit 7 days worth of my 60 Day Challenge. A 60 Day Challenge is not intended to be done in a few sittings. But hang tight… I will get back to the daily postings soon.

Day 25 – A picture of your best day.
Day 26 – A picture of something that means a lot to you.
Day 27 – A picture of yourself and a family member.
Day 28 – A picture of something you’re afraid of.
Day 29 – A picture of someone that can always make you smile.
Day 30 – A picture of someone you miss.
Day 31 – A picture of what you wore today.

Day 25 – I’ve had many good days. Hard to pin point just one! However, last summer my friend Ryan planned a surprise trip around RI. It was a wonderful day!

 

Which included: cheese shops, cookies, beach time, wine tastings and trying a new restaurant out. Gooo Ryan:)

Day 26 – Something that means a lot to me.

My family, my friends, Remi, learning… ANNNNNNNND…. being adventurous and exploring new cities. I have crossed off many on my list, but still have many to go:)

(EEEK. That might be a lame that this means a lot to me… but it does 🙂

Day 27 – A family member. Nick. My brother! I love him. Then End.

 

Day 28 – I’m petrified of losing this little guy!

I know he is getting old. He  has diabetes now, can’t see and can barely hear. But I LOVE him so much. I’m bracing myself for the day when I lose him 😦 I really hate thinking about, and cry almost every time do! Sigh.

Day 29 – There are lots of things that make me smile. It’s the small things in life. A hug. A kiss. A great conversation. A wonderful meal. Wandering around a new town. Flip-flops. Sweatshirt weather. Meeting new people. AND. Going to see the Christmas Carol EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Even though I know the story will never change.

Day 30 – My grandma. I miss my grandma so much.

Make-up and hair done for the prom.. circa 2000!

Day 31 – I’m currently wearing this.

If I actually kept up with this challenge I would have know today was.. A picture of what I wore today. However, I wasn’t. Therefore, I wore dress down Friday gear. Jeans off the sale rack and an old navy t-shirt paired with flip flops from a store in Sarasota FL. Oh… and messy messy hair. It was a crazy morning. Which also included this…

Tons of blueberries packed down on a honey Chobani Greek yogurt, with more honey and sprinkles on top. I think every Friday should involve some sprinkles on b-fast 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend peeps!

L

The month of August has been one big shit show! While looking through photos to go along with each ‘day’ of the 60 day challenge, I came to the conclusion, I took ALMOST no pictures in the month of August! This month as been filled with some very high highs and some very low lows. I’m currently in the middle of something I would like to call normal…. but deep down I know it is not. I was always the one who said I would never let a man change me. I am who I am, take me or leave me. Apparently that isn’t working anymore and people just leave! SO. I must gather whatever remains I have left on the table and move on. I must move on in more than one aspect of my life. I read many many healthy livings blogs daily. Over a year ago when I first started working out, eating better and over all feeling better these blogs REALLY helped me. I know these bloggers only post positive aspects of their lives, but sometimes it’s a little overwhelming. I think I’ve seen enough oatmeal to last a lifetime, the wedding dresses look superb, and now recently many are showing off their baby bumps. Sigh. Where did I go wrong? I know NO ONE is going to make me happy besides ME! I have come to terms with this many times before. I must stop comparing myself to others. But its human nature to do so right?

A few months back I like to think on was on top of the world. I had a job. A good job. A job I sometimes loved and at other times hated! But in this economy a job is a job! I was working out all the time. I purposely made friends in certain classes, so I knew they would be they’re looking for me. Asking where I was the week before, if somehow the couch got ahold of me before I put my sneakers on. I was cooking. Not a lot, but just enough to satisfy myself while sneaking in yummy treats for friends and co-workers. I wasn’t smoking. In fact, when I walked pasted a smoker, I thought.. ‘Oh My.. do you know what you’re doing to your body?’ I was riding around in a brand new car.. windows down, sun roof open. I took Remi for long walks and loved being home, in my apartment, me and Remi. I was able to get up early, put 2 feet on the ground and declare it a wonderful day in the neighborhood. I would look up at the sky and be thankful for all I had. The flowers were just overpowering, beautiful and life was great! I still missed that someone special in my life. But, I was overall happy.

Fast forward to today! What the hell happened? I haven’t been to the gym in weeks. I’m eating whatever crosses my path. I may or may not be smoking every now and again. The sky is dull (even though its blue skies) and the flowers look like they’re about to die! And Remi walks around wondering who the hell took his mother away?

I hate to admit this, but the one thing that changed in the past few months, was dating. Meeting guys, talking about myself and holding meaningfully conversations. Also, my ability to actually open up to a man. See when I first meet someone, I have this wall up. It’s pretty much like a brick wall! I don’t let them in. They knock and sometimes hard… but I’m too fearful for the day when they come to me and say… ‘this just isn’t working’! So I pretend to be the happy-go-lucky girl I portray. And every single time it has come to bite me in the ass! These guys are great. Family oriented, great jobs (one was a chef.. holy yummy), wonderful personalities, lovely friends, but when I get down to the nitty-gritty… it’s me. Maybe I’m just not ready. Maybe I’m not ready to share my life with someone. Maybe I’ll be the perpetually single friend. Life is not laid out like a business plan. Sometimes things will click, other times things will clang together with the worst noise ever! As I sit here and write this, I’m not exactly sure what my next steps will be. I have pulled myself together in the past and I will now do it again. Life is too short to see dull flowers, when in reality they are springing with life! It can sometimes take a matter of seconds to destroy something that has taken months to build. Picture a sand castle on the beach. Children and their buckets, hard at work for at least 10 minutes or so…. castle is beautiful… and with one BIG stomp from the older sibling it’s crushed. I guess that is how I’m feeling at the moment. Crushed. I know what I NEED to do. I’ve done it many times before and I’ll do it again with the confidence of hitting re-start one last time. This time I won’t let ANYONE stomp on my castle!

And another state off the Flavortown USA list! Yippie!

This weekend I venture out to find Wilson’s BBQ in Fairfield, CT.

Can’t believe this place has basically been hiding right under my nose! Holy Yum.

The inside was a lot smaller than we originally thought it would be, yet it still somehow worked!  Within minutes of being inside I spotted Guy…

I ended up have half a rack of St. Louis ribs, a side of sweet potatoes and a side of black-eyed bean salad, with corn bread of course!

The food was superb!! We got there at 11:25, they opened at 11:30 and by 11:5o there was a line! Finally we ended up somewhere early, where no line waiting was necessary!

I can’t wait to go back to Wilson’s BBQ and try some different dishes out 🙂

Day 21 – A picture of something you wish you could forget.
Day 22 – A picture of something you wish you were better at.
Day 23 – A picture of your favorite book.
Day 24 – A picture of something you wish you could change.

Day 21 – Something I wish I could forget was the day my car got watermelon-ed! I know. What? Yeah. This is a very small piece to my life, almost a minor detail. However, when I went to look at my car, I was completely crushed. I know. Trivial. Small. Not really worth even writing about, but for me it was big. It was hard for me to understand why someone would do something to a complete strangers car. Really? Why?

I look back now and laugh!

Day 22 – There are many things I wish I were better at. Painting, drawing, writing, SPELLING, listening, understanding others, and the list goes on and on. But most days I wish I were better at meeting people. I have put myself in a situation where meeting the one and only, my true prince charming, the one I’ll be with for the rest of my life is quite difficult! I replay the last 10 years of my life over and over again. When I look back, I have some sort of answer as to why I may still be single. During college dating wasn’t my thing. I was too busy working and keeping up on school work. I then become a full-time nanny. Single dad anyone? I was living in a great place, but I had kids with me for most of my days. Not exactly the perfect way to meet someone. I was there about 5 years and decided to move back near my home town. I’m now living in a small suburb. Again, a place where the married folk go to raise their family. I’m here. Minus the husband and kids 😦 Sorry for my rant about the single life. I love it. I do. But it’s getting old fast!

Day 23 – I haven’t really read any outstanding, note worthy books lately! So. I went digging through my brain to remember a book that has really stood out. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd comes to mind. It’s about a Mother, Daughter and Monk. This was a great easy read and I loved the story line!

Day 24 – Something I wish I could change. I hate to draw upon the fact that I’m single again. But if there were one thing in my life, at this moment in time, it would be to find the one and change the single status to taken 🙂

That’s it. I’m going to somehow get rid of my melancholy mood and move mountains later on today! Get ready!

My original intention wasn’t to go 5 days without updating my 60 day challenge. I didn’t realize what a challenge this was going to be. Not only getting the chance to post, but also coming up with 60 different pictures. I take pictures of almost everything, so I really thought I had this in the bag. However, what on earth is my biggest insecurity.. or shall I say.. how do I pick just one? Here is another 5 days in pictures.

Day 16 – A picture of someone who inspires you.
Day 17 – A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.
Day 18 – A picture of your biggest insecurity.
Day 19 – A picture of you when you were little.
Day 20 – A picture of somewhere you’d love to travel.

Day 16- Someone who has a played a big impact on my life recently would have to be Jillian. I know.. a little cliché. But I throughly enjoyed meeting her back in October and think she gives more to society then just weight loss. Just sayin….

Day 17 – Something that has made a huge impact on my life recently.

???? – pathetic I know. Gonna have to really think about this one!

Day 18 – My biggest insecurity is the thought of failure. Failure on many different levels; my job, my love life, my family, etc. It isn’t a good feeling and I try to divert my thoughts and actions when I start thing about it too much.

Day 19 – A Picture of when I was little.

Day 20 – There are so many wonderful places I would like to travel too. I would love to step foot on the Greek Islands, drink a beer in a small pub in Ireland, and venture up to the North for some leafpeeking. However….. I would love to go on a Safari someday. Someday!

Happy Monday folks :0)

 

Day 15 – A picture of something you want to do before you die.

I currently have a bucket list the size of a gigantic zucchini! (I’m comparing EVERYTHING to zucchini these days!) I hope to one day…

…go Sky Diving!! Whose with me?

 

Day 11 – A picture of something you hate.
Day 12 – A picture of something you love.
Day 13 – A picture of your favorite band or artist.
Day 14 – A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.

Whoa.. Where did I go? Ready 4 days in 1. Here. We. Go.

Day 11. Hate is a really strong word. I don’t use it much. However, I HATE household chores. There, I said it.

Day 12. There are many things I love. Sunshine, weekend getaways, flip-flops, apples, the perfect dress, friends, REMI, dancing in the rain, picnics, hikes, exploring new cities, cooking up a fantastic meal, picking fresh flowers, etc. However, if I had to pick one.. I guess it would be the realization that I am the only one that can make changes in my life. No one is going to hand over the magic key and open the door that leads to the ultimate life. The ultimate life for each one of us differs greatly. I am the only one who knows what the ultimate life is for me (and it changes quite frequently!) Therefore, I must conquer my fears and move forward with a strong head on my shoulders. Only looking back to see how far I have come 🙂

(This says I believe in Italian. It isn’t real yet!)

Day 13. It is probably really sad that I don’t have a favorite band or artist. I guess, I just kinda go with the flow with what is on the radio and xm pulse. My favorite song of the moment is Gotta Keep Your Head Up by Andy Grammer.

(He is pretty cute too;))

Day 14. Someone I couldn’t live without. At this point in my life I like to think I’m a pretty independent person. I have a great apartment, I’m single, I enjoy the working out routine and can pretty much tell you what I’ll be doing on any given day. However, with that being said, my family are the people I couldn’t live without!

More to come tomorrow!

L

Day 10 – A picture of your favorite sport or favorite athlete.

I dabble in many different sports and can’t just pick one. But if I had to.. Baseball would be it! It’s easy to understand, there are some great teams, the fans are fun to be around, hot dogs and beer cure any bad day and the baseball hats look quite good if I say so myself.

Enter Yankee Stadium.

Love Baseball! (And Nick Swisher too!)

XOXOX

L

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