Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday. hmmm.

I give yesterday a 5 out of 10.  I got to work and was immediately faced with a few errors that I made (not a big deal) but still... my brain must have been full last Wednesday...

Today is payday.  I've written my rent check and now I'm poor again.  I guess I should get used to it - right?

I'm not sure if I've discussed this yet or not but my family has decided to not exchange Christmas gifts this year which is a good idea - but it's a little bit sad.  I don't have money to spend on anyone so I don't know why I'm being nostalgic. 

This whole weight watchers change is weird too... people are freaking out online.  they just need to chill out.  I get the feeling that some people are a little bit crazy when it comes to change...   Weight watchers would not still be in business if it didn't work.  People need to have a little faith.

Today I am going to walk to work (it's rainy)...  and then I will work... and then I will come home.

I plan on watching the Biggest Loser tonight and possibly working on putting things away (not that I have anyplace to put anything...).

I need to change my attitude a little bit I think.  It's not too bad - but it could used some adjustment.

I better start now.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dear Weight Watchers...

Yesterday Weight Watchers switched over to a new plan called PointsPlus.  I would tell you about it but I can't get on the site and THAT really sucks.  I can just imagine people who are even more crazy about ww are jumping off window ledges because they can't figure out the points of anything...

The weekend turned out to be pretty good.  A little anti social behavior was thrown in but other than that things were pretty good.  Yesterday afternoon I went for a walk with my friend Marlo.  She lives a few blocks away so it was very convenient.  We walked up to Volunteer Park and went to the Conservatory to look at the plants...

here's a photo...

I have a few more photos but I'd have to get them off my phone...

Okay, I guess I should work my way into moving.... maybe if I wish hard enough the ww site will work.

less than a month until Christmas....

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The end is near.

The long weekend is almost over, and what do I have to show for it?  MMMMM...  I don't know.

Yesterday I actually lost weight at ww and then in the afternoon I decided to haul myself to University Village by foot.  It only took an hour to walk there... and a little over an hour to walk back.  I ended up walking over 13 miles yesterday (give or take a few for my cycle class).

I made one purchase while I was there at Ravenna Gardens I bought this holiday decoration...

Today I am meeting my friend Holly for coffee after class.  I haven't seen her in a while so it will be nice.  I don't have anything else planned, but I may go about organizing some papers and things that have accumulated on my kitchen table.  I found some file folders and am going to work on getting organized.  (if you are a member of my family and are reading this rest assured it's not as bad as you think... I'm doing a splendid job keeping things tidy...).

I don't know what else to tell you.... Mr. Arms is still around - still taking my class... he knows I have a crush on him which is alright...

It's almost time to start thinking about new years resolutions again.....  I'm thinking about working on getting my core muscles back (I don't know where they went...).  I tried to take the core class yesterday and I thought I was going to die.

I think that's all I have to tell you today...

Saturday, November 27, 2010


I had a little bit of a panic attack this morning when I thought I didn't have my cycle drills in my bag.  These are lists of classes that I have written down on sheets of a legal pad I borrowed from work... luckily I found them, they were in a different bag.

Yesterday went pretty well until I got home at 12:30 or so... then I went into full hermit mode.  I managed to make myself lunch and do some cleaning and then take a nap... I was supposed to go to a party last night but I didn't.  The hermit inside decided I didn't really want any social interaction.  I know, baby steps.

This morning I have to head out to ww and then teach.  I don't have anything planned other than that.  I can't go shopping because I don't have any money left (technically). Until Tuesday that is.  I would put things away but I don't have anything to put stuff away into... it kind of sucks...

I should just quit being cranky... it's hard though.  I can't say anything nice so I won't.

Friday, November 26, 2010

"mother, don't scratch yourself in public!"

That line was the best one overheard at my dinner yesterday with my Dad.... The woman referenced was at the next table over - it wasn't like she was scratching her lady parts - it was her upper back between her shoulders... I'm sorry but if you're itchy you should be able to scratch yourself.

After dinner I walked around Greenlake and then headed home.  It was nice... I caught up on some recorded television and then fell asleep on the futon around 8:45... actually the past two nights I've gotten funny vision and then a headache (actually I didn't get a headache on Wed...)... but last night I did get a headache... I took some drugs and fell asleep - I feel better this morning. 

Today I am going to be a marshal at the parade... not my idea of a really exciting time but it's become a ritual... the good thing is I can just walk down to the Hyatt...

There is a dance party I've been invited to tonight... don't know how long I will stay but I will try to go for at least a bit...

That's all that I have planned today... if I had any money I might see about shopping but, I used to be an advocate of buy nothing day... maybe I still am...

Okay, I am going to focus on my coffee for the next ten minutes before I have to get ready and go... I may stop for a gingerbread latte on my way there...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy T-day.

I made it home last night - the roads weren't too bad... on the way home I stopped to pick up some bacon for breakfast.

I burnt it, and my hand...

Those are blisters on my knuckles..

ah, who needs them anyway.  Right?  At least I know that my smoke detector works.

I was going to go to the gym but It started snowing again.  I think I will take a walk around greenlake instead today (after dinner with my dad). 

So now I sit here with my coffee.  Waiting for my laundry to be done so I can venture out. 

I was going to try and make a frittata but after the bacon incident I think I might wait.

Three years ago today I was hanging out at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade... fun times.

Okay, I have to go check the laundry... be safe and have fun everyone!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's cold.

I am grateful for my ability to dress in layers.  It's in the teens this morning... I am going to walk to work, but I'm going to take my time. 

I am a bit concerned about getting my car back from the gym tonight... it will probably end up being nothing... I am a worrier....  I should stop.  I think the thing I am worried about is the fact that I've never driven in my new neighborhood in the snow and I don't know the preferred routes to go.  I think I will just go on the bus routes and cross my fingers.

This morning I am going to be taping listener feedback - I haven't listened to the podcast for a few weeks. Life has been crazy busy the past month or so...

Yesterday at work one of my bosses gave me a house warming present (cash)... so I went out and bought a countertop composter.  I am so excited!  (I know, it's sad)... it was on sale at Bartell's so I bought it.  I still need some more things for the place like a storage cabinet for my linens and bathroom stuff, another book case would be nice too... I have ceramic stuff on my bookcase now.  No room for books.   Then there's the studio... I have to figure out some storage system for that stuff... not an easy task.  Maybe this weekend I will get something figured out.

As I was walking home I saw this satellite truck waiting for unsuspecting commuters on John Street.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

a better update...

I am back in my spiffy little apartment.  There is something to be said about having good leg muscles and being able to walk home.

After a hectic 36 hours or so I am back... for tonight I am staying put.  Tomorrow is another story maybe. I have to teach tomorrow and if it doesn't clear up I may just leave my car at the gym again until it does.  I drove it in yesterday morning and just left if there last night.  I'll figure out how to get around somehow.

I am thinking about taking a bath tonight - there is some soup simmering on the stove and some bread warming up in the oven.  Then I will snuggle up with some microwave popcorn and watch the Biggest Loser makeover edition.  woot woot...

Okay, I need to check my soup.

High point yesterday was some guy on the bus telling me that he would offer me his seat but he's seen me teaching at the gym and he knew my stamina was much better than his.  buh.

It's been a long 24 hours.

here are the brief details.
2 1/2 hour bus ride only to get to the gym 10 minutes late.
Overnight with mom and the dogs.
Waiting to see about going in.

Wearing the same clothes at yesterday but they were washed last night!

no makeup, no hairdo.

I'm okay with that.

Monday, November 22, 2010

snow induced craziness...

It is supposed to snow today - PEOPLE ARE GOING CRAZY.

I don't know if you all know this about Seattle, but when there is even the inkling of snow in Seattle people freak out and mayhem breaks loose.  I have to teach tonight so I will drive to the gym this morning and then take the bus there after work... if it's dicey I will just take the bus home and leave my car at the gym...

It should be exciting.

This week is a short one at work because of Thanksgiving... that will be nice.  I am going to sleep in on Thursday.  I will at least try.  I will probably only make it to 7:30...that's alright.  I'm going to try to make it to the Zumba class at the gym. 

This past weekend I managed to hang a few pictures and put some stuff away.  I still need to get some more furniture to put things away into - I need storage spaces and then at some point I need to get my studio set up.  I also managed to buy some staples this weekend... I am going to attempt to make cookies this week... I'm going to break out my kittchenAid stand mixer... I've had it since 2004 and I don't think I've ever used it... it will be fun...

Okay, back to the snow.  If I didn't have to teach I wouldn't have to worry... I would just walk to and from work.

Oh well, I think I will just sit here for a few more minutes and enjoy my coffee.  Then I will head out to endure the strife of the inclement weather.  Watch, it won't snow at all.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Checking in again...

I had a very long day yesterday.  It wasn't bad long, just it took a long time to be over with.

Good news I got yesterday - I got a refund from my deposit for my studio - it was more than I was expecting (woot)... I didn't gain any weight last week. (double-woot).  I got some things unpacked (little woot).

With my new-found riches I thought about going to Ikea - but I resisted.  I am going to keep it in the bank and pay a bill (what happened to that financially irresponsible youngster??)...

Today I am teaching and then it's back to unpacking things...  maybe I will do a bit of shopping for the apartment.  I've been eying a tabletop compost keeper... My life is so glamorous.

I will leave you this morning with a photo of leaf I found on my walk yesterday... it's not the best quality photo because I took the photo with my phone...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

It's the Weekend - why am I up at 6am?

Okay, I'm always up at 6am on Saturdays so the title of this post is a little bit misleading.

Last night my dinner was canceled so I only went to the birthday party... I had a good time and was home before 11pm.  I know - living on the edge.  That's how I roll. 

Today I will be unpacking and trying to get things organized here... not an easy task.

I have to run.  I am still not used to Saturday mornings - I have to get moving quicker than I am used to.


Friday, November 19, 2010

did you ever have one of those mornings?

I had some strange dreams... they involved driving our old pickup truck over Snoqualmie Pass and worrying about snow and such...  I think I was driving from Spokane to Seattle to drop off the truck and pick up my car... it was hard to steer the truck - and then I had some weird contraption on my knee...then I woke up and realized I was Friday... woot woot...

Tonight I am not sure what is happening... I was supposed to have dinner with High School friends but I'm not sure if that is still happening... then later on there is a birthday party I need to attend.  woot woot....  and it's just down the street so I don't even need to take my purse.  I can just chuck my keys in my pocket and go.  woot woot.

I must say I am enjoying being able to walk to work... although it is getting cold outside.  It reminds me a lot of Chicago.  I would walk everywhere there... woot woot.  I am sure saying woot woot a lot....

I think it's time for me to enjoy my coffee..... too bad it's not payday today too...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday is better.

Shirley (my momma) took my car to the Emission testing station for me and I passed.  woot woot... I have the best momma ever.  I managed to renew my tabs online and everything is back to normal-ish.

I am really enjoying my coffee this morning... that is one thing about living on my own - all french press coffee all the time.  yummy...

This morning I have an appointment to get my teeth cleaned... fun fun.  Actually I don't mind it that much.  It's a necessity of life right?

I am still trying to get things unpacked around here... a friend of mine is moving and I promised her some boxes so I have to get rid of some by Saturday.  It is not an easy task because I don't have a lot of things to unpack things into.  Hmmmm... a dilemma I guess.  I am pretty happy that I'm managing not to get things too cluttered.  I find that can be a problem sometimes...  but I'm trying to manage it all.

I guess I know what I'll be doing tonight.  Unpacking and saving boxes...

Did I mention that I have a lot of ceramics?  I do.  Once I get everything unpacked I'll take some photos and post them for you....

I'm also slowly working on my t-shirt project... but I don't know exactly how it's going because I have only sent out a few t-shirts and I don't know if the postal service delivered them...


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Holy crap, I'm losing my mind.

Yesterday I spent most of the evening going through boxes of papers and eventually found my license renewal for my car... it expired on the 9th.  Ooops.  That really sucks.  I went to the emissions testing station on Saturday but was a half an hour too late.  Well, what can I do?  the hours of the testing station are really inconvenient. 

That made my whole evening sort of suck... but what can I do?

I just need to take a deep breath and let it go...

I have nothing more good to tell you.  So I shall go.  Okay, there is the royal wedding coming up but that's about the only good news I can think of right now...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A slow moving morning...

It's hard to move this morning.  The body just doesn't want to work that hard just yet.

Last night we had a pretty good wind storm - luckily I didn't lose power... the lights did flicker though a few times....

Yesterday I experienced some tragedy in my life.  I blew out the inner thigh of my jeans that I love so dearly.  I know from watching a million episodes of What Not to Wear that I can not repair them and wear them again...  I just need to throw them out.

On the agenda today is work (it's been busy), acupuncture and then I have to do some more putting away of things.  It's hard to put stuff away when I don't have a  lot of places to put things.  I need furniture... it will come eventually... I guess until I have some more money saved up I will continue to use a cardboard box as a nightstand....

and finally this morning...

My friend Brendan Codey just released an EP - I'm listening to it right now... you should download it here!

Monday, November 15, 2010


I'm really tired.  Everything just keeps plugging along though...

The weekend turned out to be alright. One thing I have come to realize is that even though I have a lot of friends - I don't have a lot of friends who do things with me.  I just spend a lot of time by myself... which is okay... it gets kind of lonely though.  More time for me to clean things I guess.

I did some laundry yesterday and the washing machines are great - I just need to get more quarters from my change jar at work.... it adds up.

Up this week is the usual - work, cycle, work, cycle, acupuncture and then on Friday I have dinner with some friends from High School and then a birthday party for my friend Tia (the one who used to live in this apartment...)... Now I have no excuse not to go because it's just around the corner (really - it's just around the corner).

Did I tell you that I looked at my Comcast bill??? yikes... it's okay though... then this morning I realized that groupon had a special yesterday for 20 bucks for the Seattle times Sunday edition... why didn't they have this on Wednesday when I ordered my subscription??? tell me???? gah!

Oh well, more money for them, less for me.

I need to wake up a bit more.... it would be nice just to go back to bed though...


Sunday, November 14, 2010

It takes a lot.

It takes a lot of money and time to move...

Yesterday I did the usual things... ww (I was down), coffee with the group, and then cycle... then I got the armpits waxed and legs done.  I also tried to get my emissions checked on my car but I was a half an hour too late.... oh well.  I guess I will try again this week.

Yesterday afternoon I did some organizing and went to the grocery store - where I saw this...

Just what you need - ping pong balls near your beer - for all your beer pong needs.

On my shopping trip I also bought some items for my new place.... a new lock for my storage unit, a light bulb for my lamp and a pepper grinder - woot woot....

I also checked my comcast invoice (YIKES)... it's going to be more this month because of the installation but I expected that...  oh well - it's the price I pay to be wired...

This morning I am enjoying my coffee and my Sunday paper... I'm getting it delivered.... things are looking good.

I will really try to take some photos today of the neighborhood...

Gotta go check out the ads in the newspaper...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

It's the weekend!

I made it to the weekend. 

I figure I have about a half an hour or so before I have to head out the door...  I sure am tired...

Today I am going to work on getting things unpacked and put away - even though I don't have a lot of places to put things away in... I'm at least going to give it a shot.  Then I think I will take a walk around the neighborhood and check things out.

I am pretty sure that I will be up at ww this morning... I think I've done better than last week - but I've had a few issues.  I guess that's alright...  it's just a struggle every day I guess.

Somehow I managed to reload my starbucks card three times yesterday - so apparently I have 75 bucks on it... that's not something I really want to spend money on when I'm economizing.

I have started sleeping with earplugs in and find that I am sleeping like a rock now... no waking up to the sound of the upstairs neighbors heavy feet.  The jury is still out on my new mattress - It's a little firm - but I think I will adapt.

I think I will go back to my coffee now... maybe I will post some photos later...  woot woot.

Friday, November 12, 2010

I think I'm going to like it here.

Yesterday I walked to and from work.  It was perfect.

It only took me 35 minutes to walk there - of course I was the only one wearing sensible shoes while I was doing it...  then when I walked home I ran into two - count em - two people I know!  My friend Courtney from camp and then I went to Trader Joe's and ran into my friend Jenn Campbell (former director of Crawl Space Gallery).... I was so happy to see both of them.

Have I mentioned that I have some pedestals set up in the apartment which I'm using as a television stand and postcard holder stand.

Okay, back to my day yesterday - when I got home I started working on cleaning up the sofa that my friend Nancy gave me... it's a retro orange colored sofa... I borrowed my friend's spot cleaner (a spot bot) and let it go on the cushions... I'm going to have to do some more work on them but they look a lot better... almost makes me want to sit on it.

My upstairs neighbor is clomping around - but that' alright.  There's just no insulation in between the floors.

Today is Friday!  Woot woot.... I'm having lunch with my friend Matt.  That should be interesting.

Well, I have to go drink more coffee.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Today I will attempt...

This morning - if it's not too icky outside, I will walk to work and check out my new neighborhood... it should be fun.  Rich Marriott just said that it was going to be a rainy afternoon so I should take this opportunity.  Fun fun fun.

Last night I slept pretty well... I don't know if I mentioned that my upstairs neighbor walked really loud.  Well, either he wasn't home, my manager talked to him, or the earplugs I was wearing really really help.  I'm thinking my new bed might be a little on the firm side but I think I can deal with it... if I would work on my core strength I probably wouldn't have this problem would I?

I am almost feeling normal.  That's not saying a lot though... I think tonight I will work on putting more things away around here and cleaning the sofa.  Today is the first day that I actually can spend doing things here... this weekend I will try to get some things unpacked in the studio.... but I need to figure out how I'm going to set it up.

So, what else do I need to tell you?  I miss the dogs a little bit... I miss my momma a little bit.  I LOVE my new bathtub and shower... it's really deep and there's a lot of pressure.  I like my hardwood floors.  I don't really like hand washing dishes - but I'll do it.

I don't like cramps.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Here I am - fully connected.

I really don't have a ton of time - but I am coming to you from my futon!

That's it on the left - and there is Crusty II right next to her.

I can update you on all the craziness of the past few days later...  Let me just tell you that going 36 plus hours without internet or television is a little much.  My upstairs neighbor walks really heavy (like an elephant) and I bought a waste basket for my bathroom yesterday.

Tonight I have to teach cycle but the rest of the week is all mine to get everything set up and unpacked.

Yesterday I almost got side swiped on my way to park at the gym... I have cramps, and I am officially poor - but I'm happy.

woot woot... here are some more photos...  pardon the mess..

My bedroom is really blue..

pardon the mess...

Who knew the old pedestals from Crawl Space would come in handy!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

I really am here!

I know, I know - it's been forever!

Here is what you need to know.

I moved.

Mr. Arms helped.

Cable and Internet Installed yesterday A.M.

Cable and Internet don't work yesterday P.M.

Jen Cranky.

The end.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

I think I'm still alive.

I don't know, but I think the easy part will come today...  Yesterday was busy busy busy.... I got a text message in the a.m. asking me if I could teach body sculpt class at 9:00 am... so of course I need the money so I did...  it wasn't so bad - but it took forever.

Then I taught cycle and point blank asked Mr. Arms if he was going to help me move... after class he asked for the details... so who knows.

Then I went to the apartment with my momma and took some kitchen stuff and waited for the mattress to be delivered...

Then it was back home, then back to the apartment with my sister, then some unpacking, then back home for more packing and then I ate pizza.  then I packed some more and then I went to bed.

Now I'm up at the crack of dawn again....

it should go smoothly... I hope.  Don't expect any update tomorrow - the cable gets installed in the morning... and the internet... should be interesting.

I suppose I should go.  woot woot.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

middle of it

I got the keys yesterday and now the fun starts.  The apartment looks smaller without anything in it... I guess it's about 650 square feet or so...  also, it turned out that my move in cost was 200 more than I thought it was.  oh well - so much for savings.  I get a gym paycheck on Monday so that will cover it... now the penny pinching begins.

The dogs woke me up early again... yes, I guess I can sleep later.

Today my new bed comes... momma and I are heading over to the new place at 11:45 or so... they gave us a two hour window of time of when it will be delivered...  then we will also unpack some kitchen stuff... it should be interesting...  I will make it!

I don't know how many people are going to help tomorrow - maybe 7 or so... I think that should be enough... Melissa and the nephews are coming over this afternoon so that should be fun...

and of course it's raining outside.... fun times.

Who knows... maybe my blogging adventures will get turned up once I get settled into the new place.  I don't know. Hopefully for you all they do.  It can't stay this way - I'm stuck in a rut.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Today I get the Keys

I think I have hit the point of exhaustion...  I did manage to stay in bed until 5:45, although I did wake up at 4:30... I managed to go back to sleep...

I get to pick up the keys at lunch today and then the move weekend begins (okay, I have to go back to work and finish up the day though)...  I think I will make it - I just have a lot to get done and I'm not sure how it's all going to pan out.

I have a few people helping me with the move - some people I thought I could count on are giving me the stiff but that's alright - who needs them?  not me.  I am woman, hear me roar.

I am not really looking forward to weighing in tomorrow... it's not been a good week.  oh well.

I guess I better get going.  Need to get this party started...

Thursday, November 04, 2010

I sent it off...

Amidst all this hubub in my life I managed to get one of my t-shirts off yesterday - I don't know if I mentioned it yet but it's a newish art project...  That feels pretty good... well, at least a week from today I will be able to hopefully relax a little bit.

I've been awake since 4:30.... the dog started whining and I just figured I should get up... I can sleep next month right?

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The countdown continues.

I am at the tipping point of exhaustion...  it is now time to buckle down and not spend money... get things packed and figure out how I'm going to make it...  I will make it, It will just take some adjustment.

Yesterday I had my first gingerbread latte and I must say I was disappointed with it.  It was a bit bitter... I don't think it was too much nutmeg - but who knows...

The elections are over so that's nice - still no decision on our Senate race, but my gal Murray is in the lead.  I am a bit miffed about the income tax initiative.... and the repeal of the soda/candy tax.... people should just suck it up and pay for their vices... if I ruled the world...

Today at work we are getting new copiers - that should be nice... the cute guy from our IT place will be there... I have to look presentable.

I am sore sore sore from my body sculpt class on Monday = my backside really hurts.  ouch.  It hurts even more today that it did yesterday...

Okay, enough complaining.  I've got things to do.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Good News!

Today is the first day for Gingerbread Lattes at Starbucks!  woot woot - I'm going to get one! 

I am pretty excited about it all. 

I am also too stinking busy and tired.  I am ready to be done with the packing and moving.  argh.

Here are some photos for you - Zoe

 Here is my new Love seat - pretty retro but I think it will fit into my apartment decor just fine!

The good news is that I did find two of my three netflix selections when I was sorting through things last night.  I am still missing Lars and the Real Girl... maybe I will find it - I decided to just have Netflix charge me for it... I think I should give it up....  money money money - everything costs money!

I am pretty psyched that we will be getting new copiers/printers at work tomorrow... also our cute IT guy will be there too... I have to spiff myself up for it all!

Okay, I have to gear up for listener feedback recording... argh.  this time next week I should be in my new place on my orange sofa (or futon) - coming to you live!

Monday, November 01, 2010

I don't have a lot of time.

I really enjoyed sleeping this morning... didn't want to get up.

Yesterday was really busy... the usual morning stuff happened with the exception of being online with Comcast for over an hour trying to order my new phone/cable/internet service.... I don't need the phone service but it was the most cost effective way to go.... I am going to have to give up eating in order to survive...  I had to go out and buy a phone!  then I spent the rest of the day picking up furniture, moving furniture and going through crap that I needed to pack/sort.  I have a lot of junk.

This week is going to be busy - pack, work, teach, pack, get keys, move, teach, aye aye aye....  It makes me tired even thinking about it.

Blurg - well, it's almost Thanksgiving!  gobble gobble!