Six for Saturday

01.) We have had a deluge of rain these past few days which resulted in a cancelled soccer practice earlier this week and a cancelled game today, much to Annelise's dismay.

The Shipley donuts we had this morning helped to brighten her mood.

02.) I know the donuts pretty much cancel out my workouts, like ordering a Diet Coke and a pizza, but it's our Saturday tradition. We don't get that many like we used to (hey, progress!), just one each, okay, and donut holes, because cute and tasty. 
03.) Annelise had achievement testing this week (not the mandated state tests, but still...). She liked it mainly because she got to bring a blanket and book, have snacks and bigger breakfasts. Eggs!!

Reading + eating = bliss.

(She started reading The Hunger Games recently and is hooked.)

04.) I was totally geeking out over my new labels for my essential oils (my April ER order arrived this week). Now I can find things so much faster. Yes, I need to invest in better storage, especially since it appears I am out of room, but I haven't seriously looked for anything yet since this leftover tin from Christmas pecans has been working just fine. #fancy
05.) I'm using several of my oils every single day, for my skin and hormonal issues and I'm so glad to have others on hand when needed, like for headaches, allergies, colds or digestion issues.
06.) Yesterday I tried Ningxia Red Nitro for the first time before my Les Mills Pump workout. It's a little tube of energy goodness! I don't think I will use it before every workout but I was planning on doing Pump and T25 for cardio so it seemed like the perfect time to try it out. I also put some En-R-Gee on the bottoms of my feet (one of the fastest ways to get the oils into your system) for an extra boost.

Maybe it's all a placebo but I think I had a little more oomph.

Lately (well, twice now) I've been choosing the option to pump up the music and mute the trainers (their spiel gets a little annoying after doing the workout over and over) and it's like a whole new world of Pump. #whateverworks

I managed to get in five, count them 5, workouts this past week, which feels awesome. Today is a double down day with T25 (one day a week you're supposed to do two 25 minute workouts, whee) and I'm scared but also excited because Beta is really, really a lot of sweaty fun. Some of it is crazy challenging for sure but the good news is it's only 25 minutes!

Happy weekending y'all.


Coffee Talk: Fitness

(I feel like Mike Myers on SNL with that title, minus the wig.)

I started my second mug of coffee and decided a bit of random blogging was in order.

Annelise has been on a running kick recently. It's totally her doing, no prompting necessary. She got a new pair of Nikes over the weekend which led to a tester run and I guess they passed because she's gone for a run up and down our street the following two afternoons as well. She downloaded the Nike app to her iPod and she likes seeing her stats. Yesterday she made it a full two miles and was rather pleased with herself.
I haven't been running in a good long while, big surprise. I toyed with the idea of trying the #58milesinapril Instagram challenge, as I've done well working toward a mileage goal in the past, but I never got going with that and now it's the middle of April (not that I couldn't still do it, but not starting closer to the beginning messes with my mind).

Earlier this year I ordered two new fitness programs from Beachbody. I know, I know, did I really need new ones since we already have a fair stockpile? Apparently so. I obviously have commitment issues and figured my level of commitment would be highly improved by a bright and shiny new program.

Since I knew I wanted a combination of cardio and strength training I decided on Les Mills Pump, which is like the BodyPump group classes at gyms. It's a high rep barbell based workout set to fun music. The instructors change with each body part track so there's a lot of variety and you end up working your whole body before you know it. Time flies, seriously. Also? It was on super clearance sale at the time. Winning! (Unfortunately though it has now sold out at Beachbody and they are not restocking. Insert sad loser horn.)
Soon after starting Pump I decided to also try Les Mills Combat  (I was on a Les Mills high I guess) which is a mixed martial arts cardio and strength program. The main trainers, Dan and Rach, are AWESOME, the music is jamming, the workouts are challenging and the sweat flies, but they are doable (there's also a low impact modifier). I love it!
So...all that to say I am doing a mash-up of these two programs having lots of sweaty fun. I'm not really following the calendars that came with the programs but just trying to get a balance of cardio and resistance training. In a perfect world I would workout everyday, but I'm not quite there yet, usually getting in four or five...maybe six days these last few weeks, which feels like a huge accomplishment based on my track record of zero, zilch, nada earlier this year.

Scott is doing T25, except this time he's trying out the Beta phase, which technically comes after the five weeks of Alpha, but he was getting bogged down and bored with Alpha and made the executive decision to jump ahead to keep himself motivated. The fantastic thing about T25 is that it's only 25 minutes and the workouts are all challenging but fun (and there is a modifier). After Pump & Shred yesterday I tried Beta Core Cardio for the first time to get my cardio in and thought I might die. But I didn't. In fact, I kinda loved it (once I was done, of course).

And that, my friends, is what's new on the fitness front around here.

(And no, I'm not a Beachbody coach, just a big fan of their programs.)

What's your latest fitness JAM? Do tell.


Miscellany Monday

We went to La Madeleine for lunch yesterday after church, which is always one of our favorites. Annelise is old enough now to scout out and claim a table for us while Scott and I go through the line, which is a total La Mads game changer when it's crowded. As we were finishing up getting our drinks and about to move our trays on toward the lemons a young girl, probably close to Annelise's age popped up right in front of me, totally up in my personal space, to refill her drink, which included  rinsing out her glass, haphazardly filling with ice as one errant cube landed in my tomato basil soup and then getting her fresh Dr. Pepper.

All without an "excuse me" or at least a "whoopsises" as her ice splashed into my soup.

Time seemed to slow down as I tried to keep my face calm but I'm fairly sure my right eyebrow raised involuntarily just the same and I debated with myself as to whether I was bold enough to say something to her about her intrusion. Was I going to be one of those women?

As it turns out, I wasn't brave enough, but I did stare at her with all my might.

Scott even giggled a little because he could no doubt sense my mood and the girl actually said, "What?"

My belabored spooning of her wayward ice cube out of my tomato basil was completely lost on her.


I dd however turn the incident into a preventive life lesson for Annelise.

In other news, soccer is getting back into full swing and Annelise has been loving every minute of it.
Last week they had a friendly scrimmage with another team for an extra practice. It was really nice to watch the game and the sunset all at the same time.

Dance pictures were also last week, which were as delightful as always. #sarcasm

This year wasn't quite as crazy as past years, which was nice. 
This is her outfit for jazz, which she'll be dancing to Taylor Swift's song, You Belong to Me. Annelise is only dancing two routines this year since it's a play year. The first act will be a variety and the second act will be The Wizard of Oz, where Annelise will be a lion tap dancing to "I'm a Mean Ol' Lion" from The Wiz. It's a fun routine and her lion costume is really cute, but there is a fur head piece  involved and head pieces, especially furry ones, are her nemesis.

Happy Monday y'all!

******Would you correct a random child's rude behavior? Have you?********


Miscellany Monday

Happy day after Easter y'all!

We scrambled to pose for a quick family photo on the porch (it was sprinkly) after church before changing clothes and making the long walk (it's two houses down the street) to my dad and Peggy's house for lunch.
Annelise and I were unintentionally semi--twinning in our denim jackets.

Y'all may remember that I am a severe introvert bordering on hermit, with only occasional bursts of emotionally exhausting extrovertedness, so a large family lunch with several strangers (okay, not technically strangers but very extended family and strangers to me) is almost too much for me to handle. For the love.

Also? It has apparently become my *thing* to make my Big Salad for every single stinking family get together, which is fine because I love it, but I was feeling rather rebellious this Easter and decided to make my Asian Slaw instead.


I was almost exiled.

Even though just about everyone commented on how much they liked the slaw several also made sideline pleas for me to resume my regularly scheduled salad contribution for the next family get together.

For the love.

Annelise was excited to see her cousins, play basketball and get her egg hunt on.
Which was not as abundant as one 11 year old had hoped.

As it turned out, we had given the five year old a head start and that heavily depleted the available hidden eggs--especially since Annelise chose not to waste her time picking up any of the boiled eggs. Give her candy or money or nothing.

For the love.
Random rabbit selfie.

You know.

Annelise and the other Force 410 kids at church got to celebrate their hard work and the end of the program (three months!) Thursday night with a private party at Putt Putt Fun House.
She invited a friend from school, Emma, and they had a fabulous time together, the highlights being the laser tag (several battles), the arcade, and the water bumper boats. 

Annelise completed all four levels of the program and we couldn't be more proud of her!
Random giant burger selfie.

You know.

It's actually called a Frito Bean-Dito and it's delicious.

Annelise had Good Friday and today off from school, which was nice.

After sleeping semi-lateish and lazily getting ourselves together this morning we ventured out for breakfast, er...brunch, at our favorite joint, the Egg & I and then popped by the mall.

As you do.
Random mama-daughter selfie before brunch.

You know.

I finally got my hairs did last Tuesday, it was loooong overdue as my last visit was for my birthday back in November, and my roots were screaming for attention. On a whim I told my stylist that my hair was possibly a tad too long and we agreed that trimming off the long back under section, like three or four inches, would be a good thing to do. Well, she got a little carried away with her scissors as she was cleaning up my layers and I now have significantly shorter hair. Like almost a lob ( a long bob). At least it feels that way as it hits just below my shoulders. I'm having to figure out how to style it all over again as the layers feel all gangly and awkward right now.

My appointment also went off the rails time wise, either due to my need for more foils this time and my massive amount of hair or to the fact my appointment was scheduled an hour later than normal, and I realized I would be late picking Annelise up from school. Yikes! I had given her a heads up that morning though that this might happen and she might need to go to after care, which we've never done before but is thankfully available at her school. The whole time Susan was finishing up my hair--and every time she stopped to take a phone call--I was a nervous wreck wondering how Annelise was adapting to after care and worried she was worried about me or something.

When I picked her up she announced that after care was AWESOME (except there were no snacks and she was starving), she got to play almost an hour of dodgeball (!!) and asked if she could go back to after care the next day (um, no).

So in other words I was in an anxious heap for nothing.

Happy Monday, y'all.
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