Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekend Recap

This weekend there was very little relaxing and instead we had a whole lot of painting going on. Since we are now feeling settled in, we figured it was about time to throw some paint up on the walls. Some areas, such as the entryway and the dining room, will probably stay in the butter cream color they are right now because I like it and we have a huge ceiling in the entryway. We did change up the kitchen and living room in a light mocha color to go with our darker furniture and the kitchen cabinets. All the burgundy accents play with the color nicely as well. Yesterday, we painted the master bedroom a pretty lavender color and the bathroom will be a lighter shade of lavender to match. The white furniture really pops now and the black and white photos look awesome in there as well. We still have the office to do after this and maybe one of the other bathrooms, but the remaining two bedrooms will be left alone since they still look pretty good.  It's crazy how sore your muscles get from painting. I am feeling it in both the arms and the legs today.

Beyond that, I made a yummy lasagna for dinner last night and tonight is rosemary chicken and potatoes, which I should probably check on in a couple of minutes. My next house project is going to be the backyard. There is no landscaping, plants, etc. out there and it could use a little splash of color and a few shrubs...grass would be nice too! So that's my next mission, maybe in a couple weeks.

How was your weekend?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Escaping the Comfort Zone

Yesterday, I was reading through one of my Fitness magazines when I came across a section named Fit Life, in which it takes inspirational snippets from two or three people every month, discussing some way they have changed their lives for the better.

The one I read yesterday was about a woman who was 35 years old with two small children in tow who was invited by a friend to take a trapeze class. She was very intimidated by the thought of it, especially since she was out of shape and not sure if she could handle the challenge, but with some friendly persuasion, she went ahead and did it anyway.

As she stated, it was tough at first but the challenge of a new endeavor followed by the thrill of picking up the basics and getting the hang of the trapeze encouraged her to continue with the lessons and she now takes 2 classes a week and loves it. Not only has it become a fun new hobby, but also has greatly toned her body, especially her stomach and back muscles.

I find it interesting to see how people develop new habits, what encourages them to try new things, and how they are able to break out of their comfort zones and embark on a new adventure, no matter what it may be.

Some new things I would like to try is scuba diving, rock climbing, zip lining, and doing more traveling to foreign countries. I think it time we try something new and get out of our comfort zone, we become a stronger and more well-rounded person, even if we decide we don't like or want to pursue that particular item again. It's just fun to try lots of new things and make some wonderful memories along the way.

What is something you have always wanted to try but haven't done so yet?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What's Your Inspiration?

It feels like this past week has flown by, especially when I check my blog and notice that I haven't written anything in a week. A week? It's really been that long? Apparently so and I think I know why...I have had nothing much to say. It's been a pretty typical week here with work, home, dinner, tv time, wash, rinse repeat. You get the idea.

Hmm..idea, I could use some of those. Lately, since I haven't been scouring through "the list" or focusing my attention on any new project, I find myself with not a whole lot of content to throw out there. I mean, I just wrote nearly two paragraphs about how I have nothing to say. Good times.

So, it's time to find some inspiration, I think. I must say my most inspiring places are in nature. I think that's why I have enjoyed all my trail hikes lately is they get me out in the middle of the woods with the beautiful surroundings, scents, and smells. Gets the brain all happy and shiz. The water is another place I draw a lot of my inspiration. The sounds of the waves, the ripples on a lake, how peaceful a good swimming rhythm can be when you're swimming in the zone. Swimming as always been one place where I could listen to the sound of the water and not think about anything else.

I also enjoy reading quotes as a source of inspiration. Some are quirky, others thoughtful, and some just give me a good chuckle. It gets the creative juices flowing and the thoughts running wild. I guess with my inspiration waning, I should check out some of these hot spots and see what's in store.

What about you? Where do you find your inspiration?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thoughts on Thursday

  • I tried some oysters for the first time last night. They were pretty dang good...although I must admit they were fried and I coated them with cocktail sauce. Still counts.
  • I also ate mussels for the second time last week in a big lobster platter. Pretty dang tasty this time around.
  • Other than food news, work has been brutal this week. Just crazy busy and I foresee it staying that way for quite some time. It's always nice to be busy, but it's also nice not to be buried. At least tomorrow is Friday so I am going to plow through my desk and see how much I can accomplish.
  • As for this weekend, we have a big car show we are planning on going to on Saturday. I am hoping for lots of cool old F100 trucks to look at and I don't think I'll be disappointed!
  • For the rest of the weekend, I am thinking maybe doing some household projects and, of course, all that pesky cleaning that always comes up. 
  • So, that's what's happening around here this week. How bout you?
  • Oh...and they already know me at the McDonalds drive-thru. This morning the guy said, the usual for you this morning? Yep, that's me, the iced coffee queen.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Day at the Races

Today Brian and I enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day in Charlotte at the ZMax Raceway watching the races.
The weather was perfect for it, in the mid-70s and clear skies. We enjoyed some corn dogs, chili cheese fries, and tons of lemonade, and picked up some great t-shirts as well.

Here's some pics from our day:

Brian next to one of the cars

 John Force, very well-known drag racer


These ones were the loudest and this track is 4 wide instead of the usual 2 wide. We were shaking in our seats!

The only downer to the day was seeing one of the crew get caught up in the tire and flung up into the air. He got up and was able to walk to the ambulance, but it still shows how dangerous the sport can be.  Overall, we had a great day and got to see some awesome racers. My ears are still ringing, even with the ear plugs. Now it's time to relax with some beer and tv a lower volume.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Staying in the Moment

Most people who know me know that I have this Bucket List. It has gotten so big that it should almost be in all caps: THE BUCKET LIST. It seems to have gotten that ominous at this point. I glance at it every now and then and review what's on there. Sometimes I change or alter something that is no longer important to me, and sometimes I add more items. I was reviewing it the other day, trying to decide what I want to accomplish next...there are so many choices! I would love to start at one end and keep going to the other end but there is a bit of reality that slaps me in the face: this list is EXPENSIVE.

Many of the items on the list require travel, money, and time away from work that I don't have access to right now. Although it frustrates me at times, I am trying to get myself to stay in the moment and enjoy the little things right now. Exploring the areas around me, taking lots of pictures, and working on the things that are free and less time-consuming. I don't want THE LIST to become another to-do list I feel I have to do. I want it to be full of wonderful things I want to do...when the time is right. Until then, I will enjoy this lovely glass of red wine and prepare for the new season of Deadliest Catch this evening. That's good enough for me tonight.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Count Your Blessings

Sometimes in the chaos of life, we forget what's really important to us. We start complaining about the mundane things in life like traffic (ugh), our jobs, people who gossip, money, clothing, etc. It's easy to get caught up in all those things as they are part of our everyday lives.

But then something happens and we are reminded of what is really important to us: family and friends. Today, one of my coworkers received the horrible news that her mother had just passed away. I ran to her side to help her sit down and let her get her thoughts organized a bit before she drove home to be with her family. A similar situation happened to me several years ago and I could imagine how devastated she was by the news, especially when it's a parent. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family during this very difficult time.

It reminds me how important my husband, family and friends are to me and that having them in my life means more to me than stuff and the bullshit parts of life. Today is one of those days when I count my blessings and thank God for everyone I have in my life.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Weekend Recap

This weekend was pretty laid-back in the Stachowski household. Saturday turned into a project day, where we did some of the little things around the house we hadn't gotten around to yet, such as putting together two new dressers for the master closets, hanging pictures, putting up all our ceiling fans, and putting up some mirrors, etc. In the evening, we relaxed by watching Real Steel, which turned out to be a pretty good movie. The premise reminded me a lot of Over the Top with Sylvester Stallone, not a bad movie for a rental.

Today we went out for a great breakfast at a local diner, picked up my rocking chair for the porch (yay!), did some more household chores and Brian tackled the lawn. I hit up the bookstore, a second-hand bookstore, for some great deals and picked up Julia Child's book, My Life in France, which I am enjoying so far. Now, we are just enjoying the evening before another work week approaches. I must say, these weekends go by way too fast!