Current Randomness (I’m Back From the Dead)

Hello out there, I promise I am still alive and kicking. With everything that has been going on the blog kinda fell to the wayside. I’ve been working like a crazy person and sleeping any chance I could get. Pretty sure when I was working on my latest website project that I looked like a homeless person; my hair was matted and in knots, I wore the same pair of sweats, and I ordered so much jimmy johns that the delivery guy recognized my order. Sexy I know…. 

Until I can organize my thoughts into some sort of coherent post I will leave you with some current randomness that has been going on in my life.

  1. My dog decided to eat cat litter tootsie rolls the other week. This made his already bad breath significantly worse, which I didn’t think was possible
  2. I just recently realized that I have inadvertently been using body wash as shampoo for awhile now
  3. Apparently there are “fake” ladybugs, aka Asian beetles. I just always thought they were orange tinted ladybugs, but it turns out they aren’t ladybugs at all and these beetles bite
  4. I don’t know how I lived before without dry shampoo. Seriously this stuff is amazing
  5. I have recently gotten hooked on the TV show Monsters Inside Me and it is amazing. However, I am now scared to eat sushi, pork, crab, and a variety of other things (I should prob stop watching before I can no longer eat anything)
  6. The house buying process is a pain in the ass
  7. How does an apartment get so dirty so fast?
  8. When you go on a week long vacation, upon returning you are going to be cranky especially when met with 30 degree weather

And it Ended With Chicken Parm

When I started writing this post I was sitting in a hotel room in nowhere Wisconsin, while it  was not only raining, but freezing outside.  It is only September and already 50 degrees out. Isn’t September suppose to be warm? 

Anyway, back to the being in Wisconsin part. My boyfriend is an audiologist and on some weekends he spends his time working a booth at Road America car races providing hearing protection for fans as well as drivers. Last time we came was warm, dry,  and a rather fun time. Did I mention already that it was warm?

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My “It’s too cold and early to be out of my warm bed” face

This time as we made the 2 hour drive it started to rain and I knew that it was going to make for a less than enjoyable day. We arrived in nowhere Wisconsin early Friday morning and thankfully our room was ready so we were able to check in early. I had barely enough time to get all cozy in the amazing king size bed before we had to leave to set up the tent for the next days races. (I tried to convince him to let me stay in the warm, dry room and watch TV, but that didn’t really work out). So there we were, all 5 of us, stumbling around in the rain trying our best to get this 20 foot tent set up and not fall in the growing mud puddles. I am very happy that I decided to pack that extra sweatshirt and my hunter rain boots last minute. After getting all set up I made a beeline back to the resort where I resumed my place under the covers until it was time for dinner.

While it wasn’t raining the next day it was still incredibly cold and Sunday wasn’t much better. By the third day I had stolen the bf’s under-armor shit, his extra sweatshirt, and his windbreaker. He actually thought that it felt nice out! I had so many cups of coffee and glasses of hot tea,as an extra attempt to stay warm, that I spent half the time running back and forth to the bathroom. When we finally packed up at the end of the third day I we were both exhausted and not looking forward to the 2 hour drive home. I was however, looking forward to the seat warmers and the nice pair sweatpants I had waiting for me in the car.

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Race day gear

While it may not sound like it, I actually had a great weekend. At the end of each day, before dinner, we got comfortable in front of the fireplace drinking wine. The first night we had a delicious dinner at the main restaurant and ending the evening with a nice relaxing soak in the Jacuzzi. For dinner the second night we decided to try out a local diner and then came back to resort to have desert in the bar by the warm fire.

I’ve never been that in to cars, but it was fun to see all of the different vintage cars and watch some of the races. Mostly it was just nice to spend the weekend watching the bf work and being a part of what he does. As we got back home Sunday we ended the weekend with dinner at one of our favorite places and a nice big serving of chicken parm.

Suburban Get Away

I know it’s already the next weekend, but I still wanted share my labor day weekend. Instead of going the usual party route and end up dead on Tuesday morning Winston and I decided to escape to the suburbs, to my bfs parent’s house, for a long relaxing weekend.

I love to get away from the city from time to time and Winston loves going because it means he gets to spend time running around the large yard with 6 other dogs. Yes, there are 6 dogs there. Being a city dog he doesn’t get much time to just run around and be wild. 

Anyway, we went up later Friday evening and kicked off our weekend with a little Breaking Bad marathon (I am really behind on this one, but so far I’m addicted) and then heading to bed early. This is something so great about waking up refreshed on a Saturday morning and not hungover. The rest of the weekend went pretty much the same way. We had a BBQ on Saturday and then went to a classic scary movie marathon at the drive-in that night. Sunday included spending the day at the beach followed by a family dinner out and an early Monday morning brunch before we had to head back home.

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Throughout the weekend we spent a lot of the time hanging out with the bf’s niece and nephew, both of whom are adorable. Seeing as how I don’t have children of my own I am not used to spending so much time around them. It was fun, but exhausting. I quickly learned that no matter how cute they are you have to be able to tell them no or you get stuck playing Go Fish about 5 thousand times. I also learned that I need to remember to lock all doors because they will come barging in any room, it doesn’t matter if you are on the toilet. We looked for frogs, played basketball, watched football and baseball (try explaining football to a 5 year old it’s hilarious), and caught a snake (my bf and his dad caught the snake I want nothing to do with that). 

All in all it was a wonderfully relaxing weekend and I have to say I sure learned a lot about spending time with a 5 year old and a 3 year old. Mainly hide your pizza because anything you have they want.

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SUPYO: Paddle Board Yoga

I am an avid yoga fan and so when my regular yoga studio offered a sunset yoga class on Lake Michigan I jumped at the chance. Despite its popularity lately I had yet to do a paddle board yoga session, in fact I had never been on a paddle board before.

A few days ago I made my way down to one of the city beaches in Chicago so I could attempt to practice yoga while floating on the water. I was pretty nervous that I would:

  1. Not be able to do anything
  2. Fall off my board, causing a huge scene
  3. Have a panic attack and have to return to shore mid class

Basically, I was terrified of making a complete fool of myself….

Things started off well; the usual introduction for newbies, followed by getting all set up with all the proper gear we would need while out on the water. Once on the board I realized that it was going to take a lot of core strength to keep me from returning soaking wet. Working through some initial wobbling I was able to stand up and paddle successfully. The yoga part of the class was a little frustrating because I wasn’t able to do the poses as well as I can in regular class, but I suppose there in lies the challenge. After running through a variety of poses we got to my favorite part of the class, stretching.

I have to say despite the life-jacket being out on the water while practicing yoga, especially savasana is a truly great experience. Floating on the peaceful water, staring up at the blue sky, and temporarily forgetting the world.

Our teacher said something to our class that has stuck with me because it is such a great outlook on life.

“Just like floating on the water, in life there are going to be things that we have no control over and so we have to just relax and go with the flow. If you tense up and try to fight the flow of the water you will fall off your board and in life if you continue to fights the things you can’t control it will beat you down.”

I will for sure be trying SUPYO again.

Break from Reality

As I predicted this Monday it was especially hard to get back into my normal work routine, made even more difficult because taking a vacation caused my work load to pile up. Needless to say my to do list was extra long this week and the deadlines were quickly approaching. Hello stress!

Another problem was waking up early (or what was my normal weekly wake up time) because I took full advantage of sleeping in while up in North Carolina. And what is this, no mid day nap?

Anyway, back to the point of my post. When I was on vacation I decided that no matter how busy I am I am going to make a point of taking some time for myself to step back and relax. While I wish I could go on vacation everyday few weeks, that simply isn’t possible so I have to rely on other ways to relax.

Here are some things I do to relax or things that just make me smile and forget about my hectic day, if only for a moment.

Soak in a nice bath with soothing scents and bath oils
Give myself a facial complete with a soothing face mask
Curl up in comfy sweats with a good book
Light a scented candle and just sit enjoying a cup of tea
Sit out on my back porch with some new magazines
Baking something delicious
Going to yoga
Talking a long walk with my dog Winston

These are just a few things that I enjoy that let me step back from my daily responsibilities and allowing me to enjoy some much needed alone time. Another thing I do is buy a bouquet of flowers every week and put it on the dresser in my room. Flowers are so pretty and smell so great that you can’t help but smile. By placing them in my bedroom this way I can wake up every morning and see fresh flowers. Now isn’t that a great start to a day.

What do you do to relax and take time for yourself?

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Fresh flowers