Thursday, May 31, 2012

Travel Bug

Because moving wasn't enough travel for me...

One of my good friends just hopped a flight to Frankfurt, Germany today for a "last minute" trip to Europe. Well, I would like to hop a plane for a quick trip too! Where's my ticket? While some people enjoy new stuff such as new tablets, iphones, clothes, cars, etc., I prefer to travel anywhere I can possibly go, especially if it takes me to another country, which unfortunately doesn't happen all that often,(apparently you need lots of funds and a very understanding boss for this kind of lifestyle). I should also place some of the blame on House Hunters International as I tape many of their shows to watch and find new places I would love to visit.

Here I sit thinking about all the places I would love to visit. Some of my top choices would be Paris, Italy, Argentina, Iceland, Costa Rica, South Africa, and Spain. There are many more,  but these are at the top of my list right now. If I truly had my wish, we would live abroad for 6 months to a year in another country to truly experience a different culture and lifestyle, but I don't see that option on the horizon..at least not any time soon. Maybe in those retirement years...

Instead, I shall just have to enjoy my little outings here for the time being. We have a trip to Chicago in July and Minnesota in August. We are also hoping to go somewhere for our anniversary in November, maybe a cruise of some sort. We haven't really looked too much into it right now. As for other travel, there are still numerous places to visit in North Carolina that have yet to be explored as well as many places in the U.S. I still want to see. The travel bug will be fed, just maybe with more local cuisine for the time being.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Recent Happenings

Another week has flown by and now it's Wednesday already...heck it's almost June already! Hard to believe. This past weekend was pretty nice. We had some hot days over the weekend but I still managed to get to the park for a 4 mile walk on Saturday and Sunday, Wilson even joined in on Sunday. He loves his trail walks and seems to do better in the woods than walking the sidewalks, probably because he has more to entertain him in the wilderness. We did some barbecuing on Saturday evening and went to the Nascar race on Sunday. It was a pretty good race and, for it being the longest race, it felt like it went by pretty fast. We had seats in the fifth row just before turn 1 and it was great! But so. many. people. The campgrounds and all surrounding areas were packed. Reminded me a lot of We Fest in Detroit Lakes, but with more rednecks :)  Monday was just a nice relaxing day spent reading and doing all the household chores.

The previous weekend, my mom and aunt were here and we explored the antique mall for 6 hours (we shut the place down), went to Reed Gold Mine for a history lesson, which turned out to be way more interesting than I thought it would be, and we got to walk down into the mine. Sunday was our big excursion as we drove to Ashville, NC to visit the Biltmore Estate. That place is absolutely gorgeous! We spent the entire day there and didn't see everything because it is so damn big, but we made sure to tour the house, do the wine tasting, eat ice cream, visit the gardens, and drive around the estate. I'm sure there will be another visit in the future.

As for the exercise front, I have been doing quite well so far. Lots of bicycling (indoor), some push ups/ sit ups, trail walks and an exercise dvd even thrown in there. I have also started working on drinking my 64 oz of water per day, which feels like water overload when you're not used to drinking so much, but I keep chugging away.

Not sure what this weekend will bring. The antique show is back in town and I have some things I want to do around the house so we shall see. How is your week going?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

And how do I bring sexy back?

By pole dancing, of course!  My friend A.M. has been going to pole dancing classes for about 3 months and loves them. She has been trying to get me to go with her but I haven't thus far because, it's dang expensive to climb the pole! Those specialized gym classes are not cheap, that and the classes are a good 20 minutes from my house, so it's not the quickest commute for me either, therefore very easy for me to talk myself out of going.

However, today she sent me an email of a groupon for 3 pole dance classes for $20 or a month of classes for $48 (usually $100). Hells yeah! Now that gives me some incentive to try this. After all, it is on my bucket list. So, I think I am going to pick up one of these groupons and, in July, strut my pole skills (I have other plans for June). As for June, I am planning on joining Crossfit down the street from my house for a month of hell...I mean, great workouts, yeah, that's it.

So, that is how I am planning on bringing sexy back...at least for the next couple months. Can't wait to get some strongs again!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bringing Sexy Back

Cue Justin Timberlake's song....

I have been a sloth for long enough. Although I have made a few attempts at getting back into the workout groove, those attempts have been few and far between. This has resulted in a slight weight gain since our arrival here in NC nearly 4 months ago. Unacceptable!

It's time to start eating healthy again.
It's time to start exercising regularly again.
It's time to start using that new gym membership.
Or as Jen Lancaster said so eloquently in Such a Pretty Fat, it's time I stop sweating while I eat.
It's time to bring sexy back. She's been hibernating for way too long.

I could give you reasons for this need for change such as " I want to feel healthy again; I want to live forever; and I want to be stronger but I will be honest and state the truth: I am vain. And based on the title of this post, my vanity wants to be sexy again. Yes, all that other healthy, good for my body stuff will be an added bonus and I will love the added bonuses of my efforts, but seeing as I'm not getting any younger, the bottom line is that I want to get back to my prime shape while I still can do it and enjoy it. All the other stuff is icing on the cake.

Mmmm...cake....

Focus! Okay, so as I was saying, it's time to get back in the saddle and reach my weight loss goal. I would like to lose 50 lbs by December 31st. Hopefully, even with the thyroid, I can reach this goal if I stick to my guns and stay away from the bakery. Here's to a new start on the weight-loss wagon. It's gonna be a bumpy ride.

Be Bold...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thoughts on Thursday

My mom and aunt are currently on a road trip, destination: my house. They should be arriving here sometime this evening. It's been almost seven months since I've seen them so it should be a good visit...hopefully good weather too!

Work has been stressful lately. We have lost several employees ( i blame crappy management) and there is a lot of work and not enough people right now. I've done some overtime here and there but it does make for long days, especially with a long commute.

I have been doing some morning workouts this month. Although I don't love getting up to exercise at 530 am, the long work day keeps me from being motivated to do so after work so, until my hours can be changed, I am going to keep up the a.m. workouts.

We have a lot of things planned in the next few months. Friends will be visiting next month, my sister will also come for a visit, we head to Chicago in July and Minnesota in August. Well, it appears it is time to start work so I'm off. Shorter day today to get home before the gals arrive.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I love Saturdays...

It is a beautiful day here in the Charlotte area. High 70's, partly cloudy, just heavenly weather. This morning we enjoyed a great breakfast at this cute 50's diner called Punchy's Diner. They had the whole 50's theme inside, lots of car pics on the walls, and some cool cars in a show window. The food was excellent as well and we can now add that diner to our weekend breakfast rotation, as we enjoy going out for breakfast at least once on the weekends. So yummy!

As we were leaving the diner, we saw a few classic cars drive by us and decided to follow them. They headed a couple miles down the road to this huge manufacturing factory-turned-antique mall in Concord where a classic car show was going on. Talk about timing! Of course we had to stop in and check out all the cool cars and spent a good hour walking around the car show before venturing in to the antique mall. That place is HUGE. We probably walked around for another hour in there looking at all the stuff before heading out again...I am planning on bringing my mom and aunt back there and didn't want to see everything twice in one week...so we did a quick tour of the beautiful homes in downtown Concord before doing some grocery shopping and heading home again.

What was supposed to be a quick breakfast and shopping turned into a mini afternoon adventure. It's always fun when you can get a little excitement mixed in with those mundane tasks. This afternoon I think I'll do some reading and maybe go for a walk later this evening. These laid-back Saturdays are the best!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Five for Friday

1. We saw The Avengers last night at IMax. If you like actuon films, this is a must see. 2. The weather is perfect here and I cant wait to finish work and enjoy the weekend 3. My mom and aunt are road tripping down here next Tuesday through the weekend and I can't wait to see them. 4.Since spring is here i am thinking i need some new lip gloss. Just sounds like fun. 5. Debating on a new phone. My contract ended last month so i get an upgrade but dont know if i want to go through the hassle. My phone is being an ass right now though...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

You Go Grandma!

No, not my grandma...

So yesterday, I was purusing MSN and noticed an article with the headline 55 year old cheerleader. With a title like that, of course I was interested! When I pulled up the article, it was about a lady by the name of Sharon Simmons, a 55 year old grandmother, who auditioned for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders this past weekend. Not only is she a grandmother, and would be 56 at the start of the season, she is also an author and a fitness competitor since age 50 and a fitness model. 

It had always been her dream to audition for the cheer team in her early 20s, but being a single mother with little disposable income, she chose to focus on raising her family. Now, she figures, this is her time to get out there and try to see where she can take her dream. I must say, she looks pretty damn good for 55!

I will be waiting to see if they state whether she makes the cut or not. Right now, the oldest NFL cheerleader is 42 years old. There may be a new record breaker!  This story just tells us that it's never too late to go after your dreams and see what you can make of them. Never give up and reach for the stars.

For her story:  Sharon Simmons Dallas Cowboys

Monday, May 7, 2012

The weekend here was pretty low-key for us. On Friday, we got to enjoy a nice visit from our good friend, Mark, who was here for the week for a trade show. It was great to catch up over dinner and drinks. We miss you Florida guys!

Saturday was basically a clean house kind of day. I cleaned up the kitchen, did the laundry and some other random household chores. We grilled out for the evening with some awesome chicken bratwaursts and side dishes and watched J. Edgar Hoover and Rum Diary. Both were pretty good movies.. I liked the first one cuz I love learning about the FBI and the Rum Diaries had Johnny Depp. Enough said there.

As for Sunday, I relaxed and caught up on many of my reality shows such as Bethenny Ever After and the Real Housewives of Orange County and New Jersey. Good times! Plus there was some good book reading on the deck. I finished, in the water they can't see you cry by Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard. It was really interesting to read how someone that strong and dedicated can have some much going on in their mind that can tear them down. A great read and right in time for the summer Olympics.

Today it was back to work. I must say, it is so nice to work in a normal workplace again. I forgot what that was like after my last place. My coworkers are normal and everyone does their own work and carries their own weight, such a change!  As for this evening, I have to wrap my niece, Morgan's birthday gift for her party this weekend....3 years old already! She's already riding a bicycle and is getting a pet fish from my sister so it's an exciting year for her! After that, maybe some reading on the deck and a little TV time.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!