Sunday, November 29, 2009
Well, that's what I did.
Patrick had to write 2 papers. And he is not showing much enthusiasm over vampires these days. ::sigh:: Someone has to keep up with modern day, 21st century, 9th grade girl culture around here. Might as well be me.
I got out of school early on Wednesday afternoon. Came home and took a gloriously long nap. That really set the tone for the weekend. Thursday, we slept in. I got up, made some sweet potato casserole, drank multiple cups of coffee wearin' my PJs and watched the parade. We went to my mom and dad's for my side of the family's Thanksgiving. Then we came home and took, you guessed it, another gloriously long nap. Then, in a thrilling and unexpected turn of events, we sat on the couch all night long and watched more TV than we have in ages. It was delicious.
I did make it out of the house on Friday to have lunch and browse some great consignment shops with one of my bestest friends. We had pizza at Grace's, which is the best dang pizza place I have ever been. I bought a great fitted vintage-looking fair isle sweater that looks as good as new at the consignment shop down the street. My friend bought a vintage black lace dress (it was awesome), a beautiful graphic looking pillow and some dish towels from the 1970s that were so cute. We managed to make it all the way through Black Friday without buying a single gift for anyone but ourselves. We're really good at that. Shopping is how we made it through college.
We had Thanksgiving dinner with Patrick's side of the family that night at his parent's. We finished up the night at the movies with good friends whom we hadn't seen in ages, and they had an exciting announcement to share!! (I'm not supposed to tell yet though, sorry. You'll have to be on the edge of your seats for that one. Don't you hate it when people do that?)
Today I did not get out of my pajamas. Like at all. Except to go eat dinner with my family before sending my brother back to D.C. At dinner my brother asked Patrick and I what we had done all day and we sort of looked at each other confused. Patrick said, "Did we go anywhere today? Do anything? I can't remember??" And I said, "I didn't. And you slept 'til 2." "Oh," he said, looking at Dave, "Nope, we didn't do anything. Just wanted to make sure." And so that was that. We watched the Vols beat Kentucky, laying on the couch, curled up with some cute kitty cats and full bellies. It was truly a restful and relaxing day. A restful and relaxing weekend!
We felt so blessed to have this time.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Please do not hear that I mistakingly think that I am a runner now.
I know I am not. But I am at least sticking with it. And that is far more than I can say about some other healthy habits in my life at the moment...
During Week 2, I have increased from running 60 seconds, walking 90 seconds (in Week 1) to running 90 seconds, walking 2 minutes. You are supposed to warm up with a brisk 5 minute walk, and then alternate these intervals for the next 20 minutes.
Today, after the 20 minute run/walk session, I was even fueled to keep running for the additional 5 minutes! (I always set the treadmill at 30 minutes, so after the intervals there is usually 5 minutes left to cool down.) I am starting to feel really great after my workouts, instead of just painfully exhausted and sore.
Next week is crazy though. Here's the breakdown:
1. Brisk walk for 5 minutes
2. Jog for 90 seconds
3. Walk for 90 seconds
4. Jog for 3 mintues
5. Walk for 3 minutes
6. Repeat #2-5.
Also, I would love to eventually run outside. However, these timed sessions prevent that from happening because I don't own a digital watch (and I REALLY don't feel like trying to keep up with a secondhand on a regular watch), nor do I own one of those cool little GPS thing-a-ma-bobs to track distance.
Maybe once I become a real runner (read: can handle more than 3 minutes at a time) I will treat myself to some running gadgets.
Yeah, I'll let you know when that happens.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Beth is a (probably the only) devoted follower of our blog.
She is one of our favorites.
When she comes to town, we drop whatever we are doing.
We took Beth to the Salem Fair 2 summers ago. She is forever changed, we think.
Beth is the only cousin who has shamelessly played our "dive for pennies and quarters in the pool" game, despite the fact that we are all well into our twenties.
Beth let my husband take copious amounts of pictures at her wedding with his new camera, despite the fact that she had hired a professional photographer. It was the only wedding Patrick has ever thoroughly enjoyed. Including our own.
When I have issues about my ability as an English teacher, Beth reminded me that I am a good writer.
Beth told me to blog for our unborn children, Lord help them. She insists that they will care at some point in their lives what Mom and Dad had for dinner before they were born.
Beth, thank you for reading!
It was so good to see you this past weekend.
We love you!!
(And please don't kill me for putting your picture on our blog. You were a beautiful bride!)
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I've learned to let him be and a paper eventually makes it out of the printer sometime during the night. How do I know? Oh, because he married an English teacher and I have to proofread EVERY. SINGLE. WORD. (I feel like this is slightly cheating?)
Nonetheless, we had a VERY productive weekend. Here is the list of tasks that got accomplished:
- cleaned the house (!!!!)
- learned to fold in the windows and clean them on inside AND outside
- put away clean clothes that have been sitting in the laundry baskets for weeks
- filled said laundry baskets with more clean clothes
- changed the sheets on the bed
- water our unkillable plant
- lots of groceries
- made some chocolate chip cookies for my expecting sister-in-law
and finally....[drum roll please.......]
dun dun dun DUNNNNNNNN
- CLOSED AND COVERED THE POOL!!
You heard me right. We had the pool open until November 7. A record for even us. This is slightly embarassing but I will say this in our defense: the longer we leave that thing open, the less time it has to get green and murky before Spring. We are only making things easier on ourselves down the road. That's our story and we're stickin to it.
On another note, our neighbor has swine flu (sorry Jenn) and her husband Trevor came over tonight to bring me lesson plans to take to school for her sub (she teaches with me). Of course, I'm in pajamas that don't match. (Why don't I have pajamas that match?? What has happened to my life??) Seriously, polka dot blue pants and a cheerleading t-shirt. And huge silver dangly earrings still in from church this morning. I think I was even wearing a black bra underneath my white t-shirt. Sooo Joy on My Name is Earl. So tacky. Oh goodness. I digress. Anyway, I'm frantically cleaning the house in my weird outfit, screaming over the vaccuum cleaner at Trevor who is in my living room dropping out lesson plans. Apparently I looked pretty stressed out, because he looked at Patrick and said, "You know, I thought about getting a cleaning lady to help Jenn out. To take a load off of her a little."
Trevor, you are my new favorite person. Please keep hanging out with my husband.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
- worshipped the Creator of the universe, who loves me despite my sinfulness
- sipped tea cozied up on the couch watching Gilmore Girls reruns
- baked fresh bread
- did not have to clean up lunch dishes (thank you, Subway)
- am happily catching up on neglected schoolwork from the past 2 months
- am looking forward to hanging out with friends tonight that we haven't seen in months
- am loving the cute kitty cat curled up at my feet
- breathed--for the first time since school started.