Posts tagged ‘life’

September 3, 2011

August Personal Favorites

I know I’m a few days late, but life is so crazy lately.  Whenever I do happen to have the rare moments of a little bit of quiet time, I’m usually hanging with Brian and the dogs.  However, I did have a really great August, minus classes starting again, and I wanted to share some of it!
  • Six Flags

 Brian and I went to Six Flags with my family the other weekend and we had a lot of fun!  We rode a bunch of roller coasters and enjoyed the water park until it started raining.
  • Class schedule
Getting my class schedule figured out was hectic – I was waitlisted, and didn’t into a few classes. I also moved a lot of classes around in my schedule.  However, it is all worth it because I have a GREAT schedule this semester.  Obviously, it’s not smart to say my schedule exactly, but I couldn’t be happier!
  • Atmosphere Concert

With school starting, this concert feels like ages ago, but we were able to see Atmosphere at our favorite venue this month.  It was his tour for his new album, The Family Sign.  Personally, this is my least favorite album of his, it has a very different mood.  However, if you haven’t checked him out, you definitely should.  A few of my favorite songs of his are Little Man, Saves the Day, Sunshine, and almost every other song he’s produced.
  • Horsetooth Reservoir

I made a post about our trip, so I’ll link it here.  It was just your typical day at the lake with tubing, cliff jumping, tanning, swimming, and beautiful scenery as well!
  • Suits

Brian and I have discovered, yet another great show!   It is currently airing it’s first season on USA and it has quickly made it to the top of our favorite shows.  It follows a sucessful law firm, and it sort of like Mad Men in the sense of they’re dealing with different cases each episode but there’s the underlying story following their lives that continues throughout the season.  I don’t want to talk too much about it because a lot goes on in the first episode that gets you set up for the following ones.  Just take my word that this is an awesome show!  I’ve already got my dad watching it ;).
  • Beginning Meal Plans
After talking about it forever,  Brian and I finally started the meal plans.  We have made some delicious meals (vegetarian for me!), but I also need to start dieting during the day time meals if I want to continue eating such deliciousness.  I’ll start posting more meal plans and pics of the food in the upcoming weeks!
August 27, 2011

Dog Attack

I had one of the scariest experiences of my life yesterday, one that made me just breakdown and cry because it  was such a shock.

I went to let the boys out before work yesterday.  As we were walking down the stairs, another guy was entering into his apartment.  When he opened the door, his dog escaped and came running towards Boo, Kicks, and I.  I figured the dog would be friendly so I didn’t move or pick Kicks up.  Instead, this dog was not friendly.  It didn’t even bother to smell Kicks, but instead just starting violently attacking him and biting him.  Boo was trying to protect Kicks, but he couldn’t really do much.  The other owner was trying to break it up as well and in the process, he picked Kicks up by his leash so Kicks was basically dangling in the air by the leash on his collar.  That is probably what made me the most angry.  There’s other ways to pick up my dog, he’s not going to bite you like your crazy dog is attacking mine.  Another dog from their apartment started running down the walkway and almost joined in.  By then Kicks was in my hands and I had Boo in control, but he was never out of control to begin with.  The other owner picked up both of their dogs.  They apologized and walked off.  When we finally got downstairs and onto the grass, the first thing Boo did was come up to Kicks and make sure he was okay.

Kicks was barking and whimpering and the other dog was growling and also barking so there was a lot of commotion and it was really loud.  A few neighbors poked their heads out for a second, but then quickly shut the door.  I was in such a shock of what happened, Kicks wouldn’t even go to the bathroom or leave my  arms.  Even 30 minutes after this happened, I had to go to work but Kicks was still barking and shaking.  I have never seen Kicks this scared in his life.   We’ve taken him to the dog park and have had some dogs chasing him, but then turn aggressive and try biting him, but we’ve never had anything this serious to deal with.  When I walked in the door I was so heartbroken, and scared, and shocked, and worried, and probably every other emotion in the book that I just broke down and started balling.  That  was my baby being viciously attacked and it came out of no where, I wasn’t prepared for that. Luckily, I didn’t find any blood.

On my way to work I stopped by my leasing office because Kicks was barking, and I thought he would for a while so I simply wanted to let them know that he was shaken up and might be barking for a while.  I ended up in tears again and they basically strongly suggested I tell them who it was because this has happened before with another dog getting out.  I ended up telling them, but said a few times that it was not why I was there and am not upset, I understand accidents happen.  I simply wanted to tell them  that Kicks is scared and might be barking more than usual that day, in case one of the neighbors complained.  The office said they would talk to the people and I then felt very bad about going to the office in the first place.


When I got home from work, Kicks seemed to be much better and had calmed down a lot.

August 25, 2011

Horsetooth Reservoir

Last week, as a last summer hoo-rah Brian and I went to the lake with part of my family.  The day started off rough, with Brian hitting something and it puncturing his tire (thankgoodness for AAA!).  However, afterwards it was a fun day of tubing, tanning, and hanging out.  The scenery is beautiful as the lake is surrounded by mountains.  I have some great pics of the scenery and Brian and I that I wanted to share!




















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August 22, 2011

Summer Vacation Is Over

Yes, sadly the first day of classes are today and my official “summer”  has come to an end.  I have never been so sad, and feeling not ready at all for classes to start.  I think it is because we did so many great things this summer that I am not ready for it to be over.   I’m going to list my favorite things we did this summer, so it’ll be a great way to remember the fun!

  • Dog Parks
  • Outdoor movie of “Friday the 13th”
  • Water World
  • Atmosphere Concert
  • Lake Havasu
  • Fourth of July

  • Horsetooth Resevoir
  • And we’re hopefully going to Elitch Gardens amusement park next week  if Brian has the day off!
We also did a bunch of other fun little things and day trips.  For the most part I did almost everything I wanted to.  Next summer we’re planning another vacation, not sure where yet.   I also want to go camping and do more hiking as well!
July 30, 2011

Personal July Favorites

July has been a great month overall.  It’s had it’s ups and downs, but we did a lot of cool things this month that made summer even more special.  I am extremely upset that August is a day away because that means classes are starting up again, and eventually cold  weather. Yuck.  However, I want to share some of my favorite things I did and saw this month.
  • Harry Potter Deathly Hallows pt 2 – I am a huge Potterhead.  I’ve read all of the books and want to read them again, have seen all of the movies numerous times, and wish Hogwarts was real.  Unfortunately, we were out of town on the night that Dealthy Hallows part 2 premiered otherwise we totally would have been there.  However, we did go the night we got back.  This and the movie beforehand have been my favorites because the follow the book so well.  The one thing I don’t like in the movies is how soft Voldemort is portrayed.  His voice, his actions, his persona.  It’s annoying because that’s not the Voldemort we know from the book.
  • Lake Havasu –  My friend owns a beach house out there so we went there for about 5 days.  There were 8 of us and it obviously got crazy.  We had some really good times, and a few miserable experiences as well.  Overall it was a lot of fun with a lot of booze, tubing, tanning, drinking, hungover-ness, drinking, no eating, Michael Jackson, and drinking.  I have some really great pics and memories, I still haven’t decided if I want to do a post talking about it or not.
The REAL London Bridge
  • Fourth of July – The kid in me loves watching fireworks and I look forward to it every year.  This year we went with some friends of ours to our college stadium where they did a show and lucky for you I filmed the finale 😉
  • Dog Parks – For a while Brian and I were taking the dogs to the dog park everyday but then we went on vacation and now our work schedules have been the exact oposite from one another so we haven’t been able to do it daily lately.  For the most part the boys love it, Kicks can get scared sometimes because the larger dogs are so aggressive and they’re always so intrigued by Kicks.  We’ve had a few close calls with dogs chasing and biting him so I’m a lot more careful and weary of other dogs when around him (especially when other owners do nothing to control their dogs, but that’s another story).  The dog park we go to is the best one I’ve ever seen.. it’s a huge area of open space with trails, a ditch that’s full of water and a mini lake.  The boys love going in the water.. and Kicks began to go in by himself too. I love watching them play and sometimes I wonder if I don’t have more fun than they do.

So dirty - the result was a 30min bath

  • Californication – I just talked about this in my Netflix post, but I’ve been obsessed with this show all month long and watched 3 seasons in less than 3 weeks.  We finally finished season 4 and I have never been more bummed than when I found out that season 5 isn’t coming out until 2012.  SPOILER ALERT: With the way they left the season finale, it could have easily been a series finale so I’m hoping they find a way to make season 5 as  good as the others.  If you know of any other great shows like Californication, or any other great ones in general let me know so I can watch those!
July 11, 2011

Beach Body

Confession: I hate running.  Not just dislike it, I hate it.  Probably more than hate it, if I knew of the word.

About a year ago, my boyfriend and I would run about 4x/week or everyday.

This carried on for a few months.

…a few miserable months.

We even were seriously considering doing a local 10k.

I felt good after the run,

but the whole two miles or so it was miserable

and I had to use every little bit of tiny self motivation I had to force myself to go on the run.

School finally got too busy and we started to run less and less (thankfully).

However, my body paid the price.

I’ve never been overweight, but I haven’t had the perfect body either.

So, we are going to Lake Havasu and I decided it was time to get the perfect beach body.

I’ve been watching what I’ve eating, but I needed to take it further than that.

I realized that I can work out, without having to run.  Yay!

So in order to not only lose weight, I have been working out to tone my body as well.

Here is what I’ve been doing:

Breakfast – skipping (I know, I know, not healthy at all but it helps!) or having a glass of oj and mixing 30g protein within 30 minutes of waking (this is essential!!)

Small snack – toast

Lunch – pro-long lunch as long as possible.  Lunch is where I allow myself to indulge because I know I’ll have a work out and the rest of the day to work it off.

Dinner – I honestly have been trying not to eat dinner, or eat a very small portion of something. I will also eat about 5 hours before I head to bed

Bedtime snack – fruit leather if anything

Throughout the day – 8 glasses of water.  It  helps to make you feel as if you’re full!

My biggest thing is portion control.   What I do eat and or unhealthy items I let myself indulge in, I do in small portions.  It’s a  compromise.

I’ve also learned not to beat myself up if I don’t eat as well as I had planned.

Tomorrow is a new day to start over.

Now, I realize this is not a healthy diet by any means.  I needed something that would help me loose about 5 lbs fast.

I would not recommend anyone try this, it is just what worked for me.

As far as working out I have been doing:

this  and this ab work out everyday

and to get a variety of moves as well, I have been doing these varying ab workouts everyday as well.

To get cardio in I have been doing 30 minutes on the eliptical.

Each time I try to up the level/intensity and time

and then 20/30 minutes on the bike.

The reasons I do these is because the only areas I feel I need to tone are my legs and abs.

Obviously, this is not for everyone.

Find a workout routine that fits best with the areas you struggle with.

This is the first time, ever, that I actually look forward to working out.

Also, seeing improvements on your body is such a booster and motivator!