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I don’t think I was meant to have “down time”.  I truly think I have some sort of energy radiating from my body that attracts people to give me stuff to do when my calendar suddenly clears.  Remember how I’m FREE on Saturdays (AKA no work) until January 13th.  Well my grad school mentor/advisor emailed me yesterday to see if I knew anyone interested in editing some EdD and PhD projects for CASH.  Uh…editing AND cash?  Sign me up friends.  I don’t think people understand just how much of a stickler I am when reading/editing.  I carry a red pen in my purse at all times for crying out loud.  You know, just in case!  So yes, I am excited to edit for an hourly wage, but I am not necessarily excited to read several  100+ page projects over my next few weekends.  On the other hand, I do love higher learning opportunities and, aside from the time commitment and the toll on my brain, I would stay in grad school forever.  So getting the chance to read these EdDs and PhDs will fuel my brain.

Did I mention I ran 11 miles last week!?  Well, I did!  If I make it through my 4-miler tomorrow without needing to stop (I’ll only stop because of foot pain), I’ll hit another 11 miles this week too!  EEEK!  It’s so nice to finally see progress.  I’m even starting to THINK like a runner again!  Scoping out my next few races, people coming to me for running advice, etc.  It sure feels good again!

I only ran 2 miles today.  I only did cardio today (2-mile run, 40 min. bike intervals, 20 min. on the elliptical). My body just felt tight and sore.  Plus, the thought of even picking up dumbbells to do 150 squats nearly brought me to tears.  Since I’ll be out of town Wednesday-Saturday I won’t have the opportunity to do any cardio.  I know shopping and napping can burn a lot of calories, but it’s just not the same.  SOOOOO I’ve had to squeeze my four workouts in on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday.  This is a total no-no in my book.  Pre- and post-injury.  I only work out 2 days in a row before taking an “off day”.  Granted, the off-day could include yoga, volleyball, or TRX.  Just no treadmill/elliptical/bike/weight lifting to allow my muscles, joints, and BRAIN to rest and heal.  I’m absolutely dreading my leg workout tomorrow (meh…).

Gotta run!  I’m off to a few meetings…hopefully I’ll be out by 6:30!  Oh student affairs…you always make my schedule suck so much! 🙂

 

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4-day Thanksgiving Weekend Round-up

I know you can’t wait to about every minute of my break…Lots to talk about here…must. use. headings.  YAY!

Day-of:

Oh Turkey Day…you were great.  Thanksgiving is always so relaxed, at least in my family.  I lounged in my PJs until relatives arrived.  I spent the night at my parents’ the night before just to make things easier and to seem more like a real holiday again.  It doesn’t feel real unless I spend the night there – talk about needing to grow up!  I got up early and did a CRAZY hard workout to earn my feast.  Our meal consisted of: turkey (duh), sweet potato casserole, homemade mashed potatoes, Waldorf salad (YUM!), homemade potato rolls, green bean bundles (wrapped in bacon), and the following pies: cherry, pumpkin, mincemeat, and apple crumb.  WOWZA!  The only thing that really went untouched was the Aldi’s frozen cream puffs my grandma brought.  Cream puffs aren’t really a fan favorite in my family.  Oh, Grandma…

I was beyond full.  The minute I felt “human” again, my body went through food withdrawals and I had to go back to eat more food.

Detox Run-Down: 
Since I absolutely refused to take part in Black Friday, to “detox” on Friday, I did a session of Bikram Yoga (hot yoga).  I LOVED IT!  I was nervous and didn’t really know what to expect before I went.  I had done regular yoga for years (and years ago…) but I’d heard hot yoga was much different.  And it was.  The heat really wasn’t that bad, although every inch of me was drenched.  (I’ve been told I sweat more than the average person.  Understatement of the year.).  It was much different than “regular” yoga.  Aside from the heat (obviously), the lights are left on, the instructor paces around the room, the “non-judgement” aspect is not there, the pace is much faster.  According to a calorie counter website I burned 750 calories.  I’m still a little skeptical on that one…  However, it will be a great additional workout/stretching session for my muscles and the heat will help my cardio build up even more for running (and for running in the heat).  Now my hamstrings and back are s-o-r-e (also an understatement).

After yoga, I spent the rest of the day putting up my tree and other Christmas decorations.  My apartment looks so cozy now 🙂  The lights on the tree just make me feel all cozy inside…I wish I could keep it up all year!  But then I guess it wouldn’t be as special around December…humph 😦

After holiday decorating, I met up with 5/8 of the Crazy 8s (friends from high school/home) for a few drinks.  I sure do miss them and wish they didn’t all live so far away.

Saturday: 

Saturday was spent at a massive craft fair with my mom and 2 of her friends.  Too. Many. People.  But we found some neat stuff (naturally since I went with the intention of spending no money).  *sigh*.  Oh well…sometimes retail therapy is good, even when I don’t have the money to do it!

Sunday RunDay:

Yes! Sunday RunDays are back!  I ran another 5-miler on Sunday followed by a leg-killing weight session followed by 30 minutes of intervals on the bike.  Soaked & dripping pony-tail?  YUP.  I felt like I had worked out hard, but NOT hard enough for the sweatiness level of my ponytail.

I refueled after my workout, enjoyed my daily massive cups of coffee, and headed to the grocery store for our traditional Sunday Soup-makin’.   We haven’t had the chance to take part in our Sunday Soup tradition for a while (mostly thanks to my job or some other stupid commitment).  We made a 30-minute turkey chili from the Food Network.   It was super tasty.  I didn’t even think I would be able to taste the beer in the chili, but every once in a while I got a whiff of it.  It really did add to the recipe.  I always add an additional can of tomatoes than the recipe calls for since I don’t like my chili watery or too thick.  The 2nd can really gives it the perfect consistency.  Oh, and I added a can of black beans.  I don’t trust a chili recipe that only calls for 1 can of beans.  Absurd.  Lessons learned from this soup-makin’ experience:

  • Sharp knives are really sharp.  Even the slightest run-in with a thumb and a knife will cause bleeding for hours (even if it’s just a teeny tiny cut).
  • Wear gloves when de-seeding/de-ribbing jalapenos.
  • Don’t lick your fingers or touch your eyes for 24+ hours after cutting jalapenos without wearing gloves.  Even when I put in my contacts this morning there was STILL jalapeno “oil” on my fingers.  Owwie 😦  I even washed my hands repeatedly with Dawn dish soap AND wiped them down with rubbing alcohol.  Those peppers mean business.

Insanely Awkward Moment for Monday:

After listening to the steel drum band in the UC’s lobby, I went to the restroom before heading back into my office.  I always bump into a woman from my New Employee Orientation class.  She said “HA I only see you in here, never any where else on campus”.  I laughed and said “Well I’m in here a lot…”.  She said “Oh, are you pregnant?”.
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No.  No, I’m not.  But my bladder must think I am.  Fail

Wednesday = Friday

“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us—that’s where it’s at.”  – Jesse Owens

Gosh, isn’t that the truth?!  Not only can I relate this to running and all the internal struggles (physically & mentally), but to life in general.  It makes you think about a room full of people and trying to even fathom the thoughts and struggles they are dealing with that you are completely oblivious to.

I read this interesting article from Runner’s World this morning about upper body strength being just as important in running as strong quads and glutes.  Obviously, I knew a strong core is important, but I had no idea upper body strength can help fight fatigue and improve your speed/times.  Maybe I need to get huge guns so I can be a faster runner…my speed is considered “Grandma speed”.  I don’t care how fast you go…if you think you’re running, you’re a runner.  Here’s a bit from the article:

The best distance athletes don’t just have impressive quads and glutes. They have muscular arms and shoulders that help them maintain speed throughout their races. When you run, your arms counterbalance the motion of your legs, resulting in saved energy. The swing of the arms helps propel the body forward so the lower body isn’t doing all the work.

Another great thing about this article is the video showing great exercises for improving upper body strength.  If there’s only a description of a certain exercise, you might as well be talking to me in a foreign language.  Gotta have pictures folks.  Too much type = too much stimulation for my tired brain.

Today was a workout (non-TRX) day.  I RAN 4 MILES!  Which is huge since I ran 5 miles on Sunday.  I’ve been trying to run an easy run on the 3rd day after a “long” run in my rehab.  Hopefully I don’t have any achy-ness tonight or tomorrow in my foot. Fingers crossed!  This could be a HUGE step in the right direction for the healing process!

For those of you that are working today, HAPPY FRIDAY!  We’re unofficially supposed to be able to leave around 2pm with one person staying behind to keep the office/university “officially open” since it’s considered a government entity.  That person will probably be me.  *sigh*  Grateful for Netflix 🙂  Regardless, I’m so pumped to have a “free” 4-day weekend!!!  And no, I will not be partaking in the ridiculousness that is Black Friday/Thursday.  Stores opening earlier this year is just stupid and shows the inability of our society to simply “be” for one day.  So unfortunate.

I will be doing my first session of Bikram Yoga on Friday instead.  I’m pretty pumped to sweat my butt off and detox.  I did a pros & cons search on Bikram Yoga last night and didn’t find one negative.  EEEEE! (<—— excited squeal!)

I hope everyone has a wonderful day of feasting and giving thanks!


Double U – Tee- Eff

Congrats to Bye Week for a fun and successful season.  We lost in a single elimination play-off game to a team that held opposite standings.  Given that we’ve won 4 championships in a row, it’s obviously disappointing to lose.  We were 9-1. They were 1-9.  Let’s say it together: WTF?  Honestly, I don’t enjoy playing against cheaters, I don’t enjoy playing against teams that suddenly have “good” players for the playoff games, and I don’t enjoy playing against a team with a pregnant player.  Yes, let’s say it together again:  W-T-F?!  She was at least 7 months pregnant.  I’m pretty sure she wasn’t hiding a volleyball under her shirt.  PLUS, I’m almost positive some of the players were under 18 (another broken YMCA rule).  I know, I know…”It’s ONLY rec league volleyball, Sarah. Why are you getting so worked up over it?”  It’s really not a big deal.  It’s just the principle of it all that just makes me so darn mad.  If it IS just rec league volleyball, then there shouldn’t be a need for cheating OR for pregnant players.  Just sayin’.  (I’m not sayin…BUT I’m just sayin’)

After the game yesterday I baked 2 batches of delicious Nutella biscotti cookies.  I love these.  They’re not too over-powering and almost seem “light”, even though I’m 99.9% sure they aren’t “light” by any means.  They are super easy to make too.  I know cookies and Thanksgiving don’t really go together, but I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie and everything else people are bringing I don’t like, can’t eat, or just don’t want on Thanksgiving (like brownies).  I love brownies, but I want PIE for Thanksgiving.  Not brownies.  So I rebel and make my own cookies.  So there.

Somewhere in between and after batches of cookies, I made more Nutella & peanut butter granola.  I’m addicted to this stuff.  I’ve been eating it for lunch since I found “sugar free honey” at Walmart.  I know…I don’t see how honey can be sugar free either, but it is.  So aside from the Nutella, it’s a sugar-free snack/lunch.  The peanut butter granola truly is sugar-free.  Last night I made some with sugar-free honey and peanut butter powder.  The only nutritional value comes from the oats.  Now THAT’S impressive.  I got a little creative and threw in some toasted hazelnuts and crushed flaxseeds for added nutrition.

Good news:

  • My appetite is back. Sort of.
  • My computer at work is fully-functioning again.  Apparently you should remove jumpdrives before you restart your computer.  Whatever.  You didn’t know that either.
  • Today is my mom’s birthday (and the anniversary of the assassination of JFK).  Her birthday is usually ruined by SOMETHING.  And I’m not making fun here.  It usually happens every year (not the part about JFK getting shot though…).  But fortunately, we can always laugh about it a few days later.
  • Tomorrow is “Friday”
  • We’re decorating for Christmas in the office today.  (Giddy sounds)

Awkward:  Someone whacked me with their coat at the gym yesterday.  She didn’t realize it, but I was bending over picking my stuff up off one of the benches in the locker room (facing the woman putting on her coat).  As she was putting on her coat, she got a little excessive with the “swinging of the coat to put it on” and it pretty much consumed my face.  I just laughed about it because things like that always seem to happ to me. Although she should maaaaybe be a little more considerate about the amount of space she occupies.  JUST sayin’.

 

Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Appetite Gone?

Seriously appetite.  Where did you go?  I know I used to get mad at you when you wouldn’t shut up and I would want to eat even when I wasn’t hungry.  But now the only time I’m hungry is when I wake up.  And even then it’s more of an empty stomach feeling than hunger.  I’ve been trying to eat light throughout the day just to keep my nutrients and energy.  Yesterday my lunch consisted of grapes, granola, and a bite of a 90-calorie Fiber One bar.  This better go away before Thanksgiving.

I have been insisting I eat a normal supper though.  Last night’s was delicious, although I still wasn’t hungry.  Pan fried chicken breasts (with a little olive oil), whole wheat couscous, and this AMAZING asparagus recipe we’ve made several times since discovering it in Cooking Light (my favorite magazine, 2nd only to Runner’s World).  The asparagus dish is the perfect combination of textures of flavors: crunchy asparagus, creamy feta crumbles, sweet cherry tomatoes, and a tangy balsamic vinegar.  So good!

Asparagus+tomatoes+feta+balsamic vinegar = YUM!

I did a quick TRX workout this morning.  Mostly leg workouts but I managed to do a little core and arm exercises too.

Since today is Friday, AND the Friday before students’ Thanksgiving break, all is quiet and calm in the office.  It’s lovely.  Although I was so “head-down & focused” yesterday I’m not sure that I’ll have the productiveness to take advantage of the quietness today. I had planned to get more things accomplished this week.  Actually,  I DID get quite a bit done, but none of it was on my to-do list…it all popped up this week.  ARGH!  Does anyone else HATE when that happens?  Now I feel so unaccomplished, or at least terribly behind.  I have several meetings and other things to prepare for BEFORE Thanksgiving.  They aren’t due or don’t occur until after Thanksgiving, but who wants to work on stuff last-minute?  Not me.  I do my best work when it’s last minute because I have an “oh shit” moment and the adrenaline keeps me going and keeps me creative.  Otherwise, the extra stress doesn’t really appeal to me much.  Shocking?

Tomorrow is my LAST volunteer project Saturday until at least the middle of January.  WOOT!  I told myself that November would be crazy, but I absolutely refuse to work any Saturdays  after Thanksgiving and until the students get back in January.  I’ll have a little less than 2 months of a normal “Monday through Friday” week with 2 whole days of a weekend.  Word. To. Your. Mother.

 

Awkward Moment:  We were talking about swallowing teeth as kids yesterday at the front desk at work.  Several students/staff chimed in saying they had swallowed one or more baby teeth on accident (obviously) but “never found them again”.  Obviously no one digs around for them, if you know what I mean…Then Miss Smarty Pants (me) offered up the fact that they might not even make it THERE, again, if you know what I mean.  I bet our stomach acid is so powerful those little teeth just dissolve like a chemistry experiment.  Yup. That’s gotta be it.  Why was it awkward?  Talking about poo and digestion with coworkers and having strangers chime in is just awkward.  Even if your comfortable with the topic and the people involved (which I am), doing it in a professional setting is so weird.  I’m glad we’re all weird and OK with it at least…  Plus, I bet it got you thinking didn’t it?  Enjoy that one…

 

Hugs (or working out), Not Drugs!

Lack of appetite and esophageal pain solved.  Typically when my stomach feels like this it’s from a food sensitivity.  So I took a look at my recent diet to see if there’s any item I’ve been eating more of or started eating:  prunes.  Not sure why I didn’t think of it before.  Prunes (dried plums) are on my IC “may cause problems” list.  Duh…I have bladder/tummy sensitivities to pitted fruit (peaches, plums, etc.) but still ate them any way because I only eat them when they are in season.  Since I only get to enjoy them a few weeks out of the year I usually say “Screw you bladder” and devour them.  BUT, obviously prunes are a year-round kind of thing so I didn’t even think about them being “year-round plums”.  I might try to take Prelief before I eat them throughout my day to see if that helps.  Some foods I just won’t/can’t give up because I’m so active that it’s nearly impossible to avoid all the foods on that list.  It would actually be unhealthy (generally and “fitnessly” speaking) to avoid those foods.  Take a look at some of these nutrition-packed foods I shouldn’t eat:  http://www.ic-network.com/handbook/diet.html#list

Check out all that fruit and other low-fat options I’d be missing out on!  Even Splenda/Equal is on the no-no list.  GAH!  So in order to be healthy, sometimes I have to take the good with the bad to prevent bigger problems like weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, or, God forbid, a runner that can’t run at her best because she can’t eat the food that helps her run at her best (try saying that 5 times fast!).  Although, I certainly don’t want to jeopardize the health of my bladder, stomach, or esophagus either by eating  healthy foods that I know will cause inflammation and pain.  How’s THAT for a balancing act?

I’ve been trying to switch to Truvia, a more natural sweetener, since I try to limit my sugar consumption too.  Apparently sweeteners like Equal & Splenda are outlawed in other countries because they are so bad for you.

I skipped my pre-workout snack again this morning.  Fortunately, I was “more hungry” afterward, but the appetite is still not what it should be.

Since I typically talk about working out or fitness-y things:  I ran across this article yesterday about rats that found working out to be like a drug.  Check it out!  Apparently rats that were previously addicted to substances were less likely to “push the lever” for more substance once they had worked out a lot/for a while.  Scientists aren’t sure if working out acts as a distraction, stress reliever, or just makes you feel good (like drugs do, apparently).  I’d like to believe it just makes you feel good.  Who needs drugs when you’ve got all those endorphins raging through your body?!?!

Awkward, awkward, awkward: I ran into a bathroom stall yesterday.  I really just clipped it with my shoulder, but given that it was a crowded bathroom I’m sure people noticed and thought “ooooh, awkward.”

 

 

Broken Cardinal Rule

“In running it is man against himself, the cruelest of opponents. The other runners are not the real enemies. His adversary lies within him, in his ability with brain and heart to master himself and his emotions.”

–Glenn Cunningham, American runner in the 1930s

That quote couldn’t be more true.  I don’t know how many times I’ve had to tell my mind and body to shut up and keep going during a hard run.  Or when I’m working out and have only 5 more minutes on the bike/elliptical and I just want to call it quits  since “what’s 5 more minutes going to do?”.  But then I think to myself, “What if I’m only 5-10 minutes away from the finish line?  Would I quit then?  NO!  Keep going! It will make those last 5-10 minutes that much easier when I need to dig deep.”  So that’s just ONE of the many things going through my mind during a workout.  Exciting, I know.

I broke a major rule in the workout world today.  I didn’t eat anything before my workout.  Not even a bite of fruit.  I woke up feeling full & bloated even though I got about 6-7 hours of sleep.  I grabbed my Clifbar to-go just in case I felt woozy once I got on the machines.  I did drink about my entire day’s-worth of water between my workout and my morning coffee.  Not sure why I was so thirsty but not hungry like I usually am.  Oh well.  I still didn’t eat that much for breakfast and I dumped half of my coffee (blasphemy!).  I had 2 pieces of whole grain toast, 1 prune, and a few nibbles of peanut butter granola.  Realizing I hadn’t had any protein and might regret eating so little for breakfast, I cooked up an egg.  I knew I had a long meeting in the morning and sitting through a meeting when you’re pass-out-hungry is unbearable.  Been there, done that, don’t want to do it again…unless it’s on accident.

I’m still not that hungry, and it’s pushing lunch time.  Odd.  Maybe it’s just the universe evening everything out from the days when I can’t seem to stop eating.  Who knows.

Better cut this post short.  I have a massive to-do list (with lots of deadlines) staring me in the face.  Hooray!

Vipers? Vipered.

I apologize in advance for the hodge podge and less than exciting post…

Shout out to Bye Week for defeating our OTHER big rival, the Vipers, last night.  We played the best we’ve played all season – lots of teamwork, lots of good passing & setting, etc.  And lots of getting smacked in the head or face with the ball…but apparently that’s our secret weapon.  So, YAY us!

My “comp day” yesterday was quite enjoyable.  I rocked out an intense workout, finished up laundry, vacuum sealed some healthy lunches for work, washed my sheets (a huge accomplishment here…) and enjoyed plenty of couch time watching Mad Men with my sweet cuddle buddy, Hobbes.

Does anyone else not wash their sheets for a good month or so?  Bueller…?  Bueller…?  It’s the one thing I love more than anything , but I just feel like having one more load to wash and dry in a weekend, plus having to stick around when the sheets/blankets are drying so I can put them back on, is just “too much”.  Could I be a bigger drama queen here?  I absolutely love having fresh, clean sheets that are tucked ever-so-tightly and perfectly before they get all catty-wompus after a few “sleeps”.

I upped my mileage yesterday by 1/2 mile, running 3.5 miles.  WOO!  My foot was a little achy yesterday afternoon, but feels fine now.  I suppose it’s just something I will have to get used to.

I’m pretty pumped that this week AND next are short weeks.  I’m so excited for the holidays this year.  Mostly because of the free time off, but the food, family, and friends part is always good too! 🙂  Unfortunately, I’m just having a hard time getting started this morning.  You would think having a day off would make me be motivated to get things done, but I’m stuck in “done mode”.  I’m partly blaming it on the headache I woke up with that kept me from a TRX workout.  This darn St. Louis weather has made my apartment too hot for sleeping by my standards, but I refuse to turn the air back on.  Honestly, the thermostat hasn’t gone above 71 degrees, but that’s “hot” enough to have me sleep restlessly AND wake up with a headache.  Can’t wait until it gets down in the 30s at night again!

Awkward Moment:  Lots of them over the weekend, especially at the trivia night…one in particular included a teacher breaking it down to Nelly.  Not classy…not classy at all!

Homeless & Harry Potter

I know you’re all DYING to know how our Box City event went…successful, unforgettable, cold, windy, “box-y”.  It really was successful and an experience many students said they will never forget.  We had a pretty good turn out.  I shared a box (house) with a student which proved to be a pretty good idea.  Although we never touched throughout the night, I feel like just having another “warm soul” helped out.  I did manage to get a few hours of sleep, non-consecutively of course.  Everyone crashed after the hot chocolate arrived around 12:30.  I think I slept until 2am, then until 4am, then until 4:30.  There was plenty of consciousness/unconsciousness in between so I really think I only averaged 2 hours that night.

My back surprisingly held up.  The only things that still hurt are the sides of my legs and arms that took the “brunt” of sleeping on the concrete, my lips that are “crazy chapped” (official medical term), and my shoulders/upper back that are feeling a bit tight…probably from sleeping on cardboard.  I still have a little of that “hungover” feeling you get when you don’t get any sleep.  My camera has decided to be difficult so I will have to post pictures later…

After I napped for about 2 hours and flip flopped between being too cold and too warm (I suppose my body was on the fritz from my “homeless awareness adventure”, we headed to my high school’s trivia night.  It was so great to see some of my old Marquette “family” (teachers, acquaintances, etc.) and just to be back in the gym.  Trivia nights are the best…great friends, awesome trivia food, fabulous people-watching, and putting your useless knowledge to good use.  What a perfect time 🙂  We placed 11th out of 40-ish teams…not bad, but definitely the lowest my team has placed in a long time.  Can’t win ’em all, eh?

Since my body and mind were still a little foggy this morning, even after a great night’s sleep last night, I did a light workout.  It was mostly cardio with very little weights just to “get the kinks out”.  Sometimes if I’m sore or achy I’ll still do weights, but just go light to get the blood moving into them for a speedier recovery. Honestly, even the thought of lunges & squats made me feel exhausted, physically & mentally.  I love when I actually listen to my body when it’s practically begging for rest.  I’m pretty hard on my little body sometimes…Tomorrow is my “Sunday” so I will do my “gospel workout” then.

Speaking of recovery, I can’t think of a better way to “recover” from this weekend than to catch up on my Saturday “chores” and watch the Harry Potter marathon on TV.  Fabulous.  I love watching Harry Potter movies at the gym.  I know people automatically assume I’m cool when they see me watching them.  I just know it…

11

Yeah, yeah, yeah…Happy 11.11.11. And Happy Veteran’s Day. And happy “Everyone is going to be phony and make their facebook status say ‘Thank you for all the veterans’ day”.  Not saying people don’t mean it, exactly.  Hmm…Maybe I’m just a little bit cynical this morning.  But seriously, Happy Veteran’s day to everyone who has served, especially to my Pops, uncle(s), grandpa, and my cousin Jennifer.  I know I totally don’t have what it takes.  I’d be on the first plane home, in tears! Weak…

Today marks the official day of Box City on campus so I’m not going in to work until 11am.  You would think since I’ll either be getting absolutely no sleep tonight (or for a total of 31 hours) I would have stayed up late and “slept in”.  HA!  That’s silly.  I stayed up later than usual but woke up at 6am.  ARRGHHHH!!!  Staying up late to push back my sleep cycles always back fires on me.  So now I’m going to be awake for 31 hours on a less-than-ideal amount of sleep.  Boo and/or hoo.

I have a volunteer project on Saturday morning (right after Box City concludes at 9am) so I either need to get at least 2 hours of sleep (in my box or in my office) or I will be a major hazard on the road (all laughing aside here) Saturday morning.

I picture 4 possible scenarios occuring Saturday:

  1. My back will “go out” from sleeping in a box, sleeping on the floor of my office (basically concrete), or just from being overly tired.
  2. My stomach will rebel against me.
  3. I will have a massive headache.
  4. I will be so exhausted I become weepy.

Let’s be honest…all four of those will probably happen.  Woo and/or hoo.

I really do love my job though and I really am excited for these events/projects.  Both are awesome educational experiences and I’m excited to see students participating to raise awareness.  I’m just dreading the unknown at present.  And the students helping me plan are phenomenal.  I couldn’t have asked for a better “planning committee”.  We’re pretty awesome for pulling this together in only a few weeks.

HOWEVER, I had a glorious bite of Bread Co’s pumpkin muffin with a piece of dark chocolate and Dunkin Donuts’ peppermint mocha coffee (with sugar free (!!!) peppermint mocha Coffee Mate) this morning.  So for now, all is well.

Although, I do want to vent about teachers just for a moment for all of the whining and facebook status updates I saw recently for “having to be at work for 12 hours” for parent teacher conferences. Wah, wah, wah.  I get that parent teacher conferences aren’t fun and mad props to you for dealing with parents that don’t want to take responsibility for their childrens’ problems AND for even getting verbally abused by some parents.  I really don’t care that you’ve worked two-12 hour days in a row because you probably have a 3 or 4 day weekend following your extra time at work.  So a big shout out to student affairs professionals (and any other professionals out there) that work at least two 12-hour days without even batting an eye because “it’s just the nature of the beast”.   (I know I might take a hit on this opinion, but I just had to get that off my chest.  Now you all know how awful of a person I really am.  Whatevs.)

Happy Friday to everyone out there (all 2 of you that read this)!  Any exciting weekend plans anyone wants to share?

After my crash nap tomorrow afternoon, I’m going to a trivia night at my high school.  I’m so excited to be in that gym again and experience the smell.  Weird, right?  The smell of that place is pure nostalgia.  It feels like home.  My team will pretty much dominate.  Stay tuned for results.

I awkwardly completed a leg & core TRX workout this morning.  It was awkward since I was still getting a feel for the “moves”  Whewie! It kicked my butt!  Now I’m excited to do the same workout next week, but with more confidence.