No Pressure Book Club

The No Pressure Book Club (NPBC) was formed last month and I was lucky enough to be included. Our first meeting, at Sal & Mookie’s, we were introduced to one another, passed around a few book selections and voted on our first few picks.

A tradition I started was, although I plan to eat dinner with Ken before the meetings, to enjoy a treat with the ladies. I plan to always order a treat of some kind and get one to take home for Ken to enjoy as well.

At the first meeting I had decided to have the Creme Brulee, but alas, they were out! So I settled on the plain New York Cheesecake and it did not disappoint. I also ordered the same for Ken but added strawberry sauce.

Tonight we are meeting, at Corner Bakery Cafe, to discuss our first book selection. I’m looking forward to the hearing everyone’s opinion, the extra conversations and enjoying a treat!

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WIWW – 5/16/12

Happiness consists in getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more.

Robert A. Heinlein

As soon as I read this quote I knew I had to make use of it! I whole-heartedly agree: Sleep can equal happiness. I know I love my sleep!

Ever have an issue, problem, or decision that seems impossibly big and overwhelming? Usually if I can put off the decision til I get some rest, I can deal with it better. When I wake up, the situation doesn’t seem as unsolvable or as huge as it might have to begin with. I also tend to be in a better frame of mind emotionally (not as mad, upset, sad, or overwhelmed as I initially was). The expression to “sleep on it” certainly seems like advice to be heeded.

Of course, a sufficient amount of sleep is also tied with weight loss and eating habits along with generally enhancing your mood, feel rested and more alert in the mornings. (something I could definitely use)

How is this leading up to WIWW? (I promise I had a point when I began!) I was able to get in bed earlier last night! Yippee!!(have I mentioned I love my sleep) So, upon waking this morning, my eyes did not feel like they would rather stay glued shut and I did not wander back to the couch to sit for “five more minutes” before getting ready for work. By no means was I chipper, wide-awake, and ready to get the day going. I was, however, able to get some neurons firing to be able to put a little extra thought into my wardrobe selection this morning.

Dress – JC Penny

Earrings – Charming Charlie

Belt – Material Girls

Shoes – DSW

Footless Tights – Walmart

Do you find sleep helps with making decisions – big or small- ?

WIWW – 5/9/12

“Never use the word “cheap”. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.”
Karl Lagerfeld

When on shopping trips I tend to look for the best bargain. (who doesn’t!?!) Often I go to the sale rack first and work my way up from there. I try to keep in mind “Just because I don’t/can’t pay top dollar doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty and look good.”

When I was younger, as with most, everything was something I needed. Mom I need this… Dad I have to have that… oh my gosh!! I need it! My dad would always stress to me to stop and really contemplate is it something you need or something you want. To this day when shopping I always go through the question: need or want? I’m not saying though that frivolous and indulgent purchases aren’t warranted at times… that’s another post!

Shirt – T J Maxx
Shoes – Shoe Station
Necklace – Charming Charlie
Ring – JC Penny

What are you wearing today?
Any advice or guidelines you use when shopping?

Fitness Festival & Spring Luncheon

The complex that my building is in had a Fitness Festival on Tuesday, May1. I was excited to go see what all would be demonstrated and offered.

Sadly, I could only go during my lunch hour instead of being present the entire time. I made it over there just as the Zumba demonstration was ending. After Zumba, the Tabata demostration began. It was interesting learning a little more about this form of exercise. The instructor mentioned the tabata timer app and I downloaded it that afternoon. I can’t wait to incorporate this in my daily routine, especially since it is already getting very humid and hot during the day. Yoga was to be demonstrated afterwards and I really wanted to join in but unfortunately I would have to return to work before they were through. I was able to snap a few pictures before I had to leave. Overall, I was there about 15 minutes and I was hoping for something a little more involved.

Wednesday, May 2, we had our Spring Staff Luncheon at the agency. Any time lunch is provided is a special treat for us. It’s also what I feel are make-you or break-you days as far as eating goes. Occasionally some of the dishes provided are contributed by employees. You don’t want to hurt anyones feelings by skipping their dish or gross anyone out by piling up your plate putting its sturdy claims to the the test. If you eat too much.. there goes your good eating habits for the day and can result in feeling stuffed and sleepy. Eat too little and the rumbling from your tummy can be heard echoing off the walls, kicking yourself for not bringing at least a snack for the day from home.

I think I was able to get a decent balance this time. My plate is featured in the center of the collage below. I chose: salad with olives, cucumber, raspberry vinegarette; a nice helping of green beans; a small scoop of chicken spaghetti (the guilt took over momentarily while in line but at least it was a reasonable size.. just a taste); fried chicken breast(removed the fried part) and a roll. The rolls looked scrumptuous… but after a bite I wasn’t impressed and didn’t finish it. I also grabbed a cookie (just one!) and a small slice of a store bought pound cake (unpictured). After lunch I thought my choices could have been better.. but also could have been very worse.

Menu
Chicken Spaghetti
Green Beans
Fried Chicken
Green Salad
Rolls
Tea/Soda

 Do you have a personal guideline when lunch is provided?

What I’m Wearing Wednesday (WIWW) — 5/2/12

“It’s better to have fewer things of quality than too much expendable junk.”
—Rachel Zoe

That quote mirrors the mindset I try to have when shopping for new clothes. A few new quality pieces to contribute to the building up of my wardrobe. Pieces that can have multiple uses (e.g. can be paired with several colors, goes with work or casual attire) and pieces that are specific in use, such as tshirts, shorts, etc.

Today I’m wearing two new pieces I picked up over the weekend. Both fall primarily in the “for work” catagory, but could be used for separate occasions as well. I think the ruffle adds a extra special touch to the shirt. And these flats… I’m in love with them! So cute and comfortable. They will probably be featured in their own post.. and worn plenty.

                                                                             Shirt- JC Penny
                                  Shoes- DSW
                                  Necklace- Christmas gift from hubby
                                  Earrings- Charming Charlie

What did you wear today?

Pirate Golf & Undercover Cops

Recently, Ken and I decided to take full advantage of the beautiful weather Mississippi was offering. In Pearl there is a great (and only in our area) mini-golf adventure, Mac & Bones, which offers 18 holes of fun for reasonable prices. We hope it sticks around and expands with more courses! Previously there was another mini-golf place in Jackson/Flowood area that had golf, go-carts and laser tag, games and even an ice skating rink but it closed unfortunately. I miss ice-skating! There is so little “to do” in the area and it’s so far to drive to somewhere that has more to offer.

After Mac & Bones we drove over to Tinseltown to catch a movie! Ken had his heart set on the new 21 Jump Street with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

 

After grabbing a water for me, large drink and container of Nestle Crunch Dibs for Ken we headed into the theater for almost two hours of laughter. The premise of the movie is the two main actors are cops that are assigned to go undercover at a local high school, where the roles of nerd and cool guy are flipped from their previous experience in school, to catch a drug supplier. It was SO hilarious!! I still crack up with laughter when thinking about scenes. Will definitely be adding it to our “media library” when it comes out. *Warning — it’s crude humor and rated R for a reason..

We were able to meet M & K, a sweet couple, for dinner that evening. K & I have been friends since our pre-teen years. They are getting ready for their wedding coming up in May. I’m excited for them and hopefully will be able to share in their special day.

The house hunt is still on.. kind of at a standstill but hopefully it will be in full swing soon. I think we have even decided to switch counties. Oh joy for the possibility of sleeping later during the work week!! We will see.

Seen any movies you thought were great recently? What activity for a fun outing do you prefer?

A Peek into Thoughts

I just cant think of anything really to write about.. I feel like our life actions are pretty much on repeat… which is fine for day to day but doesn’t seem exciting for a blog.
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Here is an actual excerpt from a conversation with a close friend of mine:
“and i cant be a food blogger.. i just cant.. because there are so many awesome recipes i’d love to try but 85% of them are desserts and i cant make them and then give it away.. that’s wasting money
and i cant eat them all
i mean .. i could but… it would NOT be good”
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I read advice on blogging to write about your passion…. but I’m not quite sure what that is. I guess I have a passion for life since I am grateful for my life.. but it needs to be less vague… I have a passion for shoes… and clothes.. but not so many I could take a daily picture and you would never see multiples.. sometimes in a week. I do love makeup as well. and books.
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The more I have thought about it though, I don’t have to have a specific purpose to my writing. It’s great for bloggers who do, but just because I don’t have one specific thing in mind doesn’t mean I shouldn’t write. Just because I’m not licensed, have a degree or specialize in certain fields doesn’t mean that what I write won’t mean anything.

I can post about what works (or doesn’t work) for me and it will matter, it will make a difference to me. Because after all, I’m writing for me. And if what I write happens to catch the eye of others, they read along or even share what works for them, then I will be grateful to be blessed with their insight as well.

I know this post had all kinds of random thoughts. For 3 weeks I’ve had this draft.. just sitting in que. Any time I’d have new thoughts about blogging I’d read back over what I had written, add new thoughts or  sometimes just stare at the blinking cursor waiting for some inspiration to write. Today was the day it all clicked in place and I made sense of what I was feeling and wrote it down.

Hopefully it makes sense to others too.

Have you ever had any thoughts like these or concerns about what you should write?

A to Z

I saw this quiz Jenn @ Eating Bender posted and thought I’d join in the fun! Feel free to do the same!  I’d love for you to pick the letters of your initials and leave your answers in the comments.


A is for age: 25 for two more months

B is for breakfast today:  peanut butter on two slices of bread topped with sliced banana and a small cup of milk

C is for currently craving: fruit and nut trail mix — sweet and salty = devine!

D is for dinner tonight: leftovers: turkey breast, sweet peas, corn, some other veggie and sweet tea of course!

E is for favorite type of exercise: dancing — love playing xbox kinect games

F is for an irrational fear: when i hear fear i automatically think snakes.. but that is a completely rational fear.. an irrational fear of mine is being dressed too casually or too dressy for occasions.

G is for gross food: raw tomato.. i can not stand it! of course i love salsa, ketchup and cooked tomatoes (my husband says i’m weird for this)

H is for hometown: Crystal Springs, MS

I is for something important: April 3 – our wedding anniversary

J is for current favorite jam: love bites by Halestorm

K is for kids: none .. everytime i start to think it may be a good time to try — i hear a screaming kid at a restaurant or store — poof! there goes that thought. i do like picking out imaginary names tho.

L is for current location: at work in Jackson, MS

M is for the most recent way you spent money:  i scheduled a hair appointment for Saturday..the money will be well worth it!

N is for something you need: stick-to-it-ness

O is for occupation: Administrative Assistant II

P is for pet peeve: oh, this could be a very long list… but i’ll go with people who do not read signs… and people who do not use blinkers.

Q is for a quote: this could be another long list but more positive! “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” ― Douglas Adams

 R is for random fact about you: i was named after both of my grandmother’s middle names.

S is for favorite healthy snack: cantelope (when its sweet!)

T is for favorite treat: lemon ice box pie

U is for something that makes you unique: my eye color is blue.. but they often change color with what i wear. i have many times had people argue with me that my eyes are green or grey and not blue.

V is for favorite vegetable: squash

W is for today’s workout: walking

X is for X-rays you’ve had: i had a sonogram of my stomach when they figured out i needed my gall bladder removed. and i’ve had dental xrays (gag me!)

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: getting a job interview scheduled for Monday.. now my nerves will kick in. i feel i don’t sell myself well… i’d much rather them just tell me what they want and then i could say i can do that for you or will learn to do that!

Z is for your time zone: central (CST)

Weekend Update 3/10

Can I just say I hate hate hate trying to get credit cards and credit bureaus updated.. yeah, I said it…. (please mr. man who updates the bureaus.. don’t take this statement personally and make things even more impossible to be correctly updated for me! thank you)

As far as the house hunt goes… it’s still on. Which I think will end up to be a good thing. We didn’t (and still don’t) know what we were doing and almost got hoodwinked! They were asking waaaay too much and wouldn’t back down. But that’s ok… we have options.  We are going to regroup a bit and get connected with a realtor who apparently is awesome. This weekend we got to snoop browse around some other houses in the same area, but will have to wait a couple more weeks to be able to really see the details and not just drywall.

Besides the mini tour of homes this weekend, I got my hair done on Saturday… boy did it need it! Shannon from Lacru salon worked her magic, gone are the dark roots and fresh blonde hues are once again in place. I tried taking particular notice to how and what products she used to style my hair. I feel I get stuck in the same rut with how I fix my hair the mornings. (e.g. straightener straight or up in a ponytail) I seem to leave myself little to no time for hairstyling — would you like to guess how I have my hair styled today… it’s a 50/50 chance you will get it right! I need to take time to study Kate’s tutorials on the Small Things blog to have a few options committed to memory.( I ❤ her site!)

Then Saturday evening Ken and I stayed up til 3 (A.M.!!) playing Star Wars The Old Republic! It was so much fun! But you know what wasn’t so much fun?? Going to bed at a normal time Sunday to get up at ridiculous-o’clock Monday for work. Booo work… why can’t we be independently wealthy… or our work be playing games.. that has to be a cool job! (I am grateful to have a job nonetheless)

How do you change up your hairstyle?

I’m Walking on Sunshine

Renewed.

The sweet smell of freshly mowed grass.
The warmth of sunshine on my body.
The crisp air slightly burning my lungs as I inhale.
The gentle breeze offering cooling refreshment.

The past two days it has been perfect outside!

I have started walking again on my breaks.. it may only be 10 minutes 2-3 times a day.. but every little bit helps and it seems to recharge me.

Its so easy to recall “that feeling” I get from exercising when I’m out walking. The satisfaction of not only accomplishing goals but how amazing I feel physically and personally when keeping up my activity. 11 pounds to get back to where I was… that is no mountain to climb. I must do more than talk about doing something about it though.

Of course this all easily slips from my mind when I get home.. the couch is soooo comfy… and the bed.. well it has a tight hold on me in the morning.

I have to constantly remind myself that I will feel better if I get up and accomplish what I know will make me feel good. Maybe one morning it will sink in and make me roll out of bed.

What gives you motivation? How do you keep it?