Thursday, February 28, 2013

How lame am I?

I'm sorry I've been such a sucky blogger. My job is ridiculous. I work so much. It's insane. So by the time I get home, I don't want to look at my computer at all. So I'm attempting to blog from my iPad. We'll see how this goes.

So this is what I've been up to/obsessed with lately:

Running: I've been attempting to run 20 miles a week. It's harder than it sounds. I run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. I try to knock out as many miles as possible early in the week so I can take it a little easier on Saturday, and Friday nights I'm usually in a rush to get my workout done.

Working: like I said before, my job is ridiculous. But I'm getting into my groove and trying as hard as I can to win people over.

Bowling: Gavin is obsessed with bowling, so I am too. And when we bowl with him, we get to play with the bumpers up.

Candy crush: I'm not going to expand on that. But I will give someone one billion dollars if they can beat level 65 for me.

Hating carbs: I'm trying low carb. The first week FUCKING sucked. This week is better. I live for Fridays, because no meat (I'm such a good catholic) means I'm allowing myself carbs that day. Can you imagine if I didn't eat carbs OR meat? I would be a cray cray bia.

Hating the scale: I took February off from the scale. I've only been measuring myself. I have lost inches, but I'm not really feeling much lighter so I think the scale will disappoint me in the morning. If it does, I will be taking another month off! Inches are much nicer!

Hating the weather: WHAT THE FUCK is up with this freezing cold shit? I thought that little bastard predicted an early spring? My attitude about the freezing weather can best be expressed by this picture of a very upset Chandler Boone.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Happy one year!

Tonight while I was at the gym I realized something crazy - I have been running for one year exactly. It was two days before my dad's birthday last year when I sped the treadmill up - just to see if I could even do it. That night I ran for one minute and was pretty sure I was going to die.

Tonight I ran for seven miles. And the back of my shirt looks like this.



Thursday, February 21, 2013

Random thoughts of the day

1. I may be too obsessed with mastering a playlist on Songpop.
2. I miss Mariah Carey circa 1996-2002.
3. If needed, I can hold tears in for 3.5 hours.
4. I thought my grandma was ridiculous when she insisted on washing the dishes before she out them in the dishwasher. Yep. You guessed it, that's exactly what I do now.
5. Text-confronting someone who sucks is almost as good as ripping their face off in person.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Getting pounded by twelve inches

Apparently my Homaha is going to get a massive snow storm this week. Which means two things: 1. That little beaver/groundhog/porcipine character is a lying dick and 2. I am now obsessed with watching the weather online and asking as many people as possible if they really think it's going to snow. Because they know. Actually one of them used to be a weather guy, so I always ask him. And even though by "weather guy" it just means he stood in front of a green screen, read off a teleprompter and looked hot, I still take his word as gold. About the weather, anyway.

Since I work at a college, if the weather is bad enough to cancel classes, that means I get a snow day as well. I assume at this point I will either get one on Thursday or Friday of this week. They are calling for 8-12 inches, and yes, I can't stop saying "that's what she said" in my head everytime that is mentioned out loud. I also have been saying that we are going to get "pounded" by this storm. I'm a wee bit immature.

I really want a magical snow day out of this. My plan right now is to get something delicious (carb free, of course) to cook in my crockpot on said snow day. I plan on drinking coffee and cuddling under my electric blanket with my new lover (iPad). I will catch up on my DVR, paint my toenails and probably buy a lot of music of iTunes.

Of course, I live in Nebraska, so this snow storm fantasy could be gone when they change the forecast. Or Mother Nature could be a real c-u-next-tuesday and really POUND us, with dangerous winds and power outages. That would bite the big one, at least after my iPad dies.

Monday, February 18, 2013

My new relationship

I began a new relationship this weekend.

I am 100% cheating on my iPhone with my new, bigger, prettier iPad. I freeeeeaking love it. I can't believe I have fought with myself about buying one for so long.

On Saturday Nicole, Kate and I went to lunch and then to Nebraska Furniture Mart to buy it. Since I knew exactly what I wanted, it took about five minutes to make the purchase and leave the store. We ran a bunch more errands, and it was about 6pm before I got home and took the beauty out of the box.

I didn't put it down til 12:30a.

I know right. What a loser. On Sunday I was determined not to spend the whole day on it. I went to church, then grocery shopping, then Missy's, then Walmart, and then I got home. I cleaned, did laundry and ate dinner. And then I finally broke the iPad out.

One of my new years resolutions was to stop my obsession with my iPhone, and I realize this isn't going to help. So if I can just limit myself to only using it after all my evening "chores" (workout, any cleaning that needs to be done, dinner and dishes) then I will feel okay about this new relationship.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Ultimate Survey Part 8


What was the longest car ride you’ve ever taken?
Dad and I drove to Bill's graduation from Basic Training. The drive down was fine. The drive back, however, my throat closed up and the only solution was vanilla milk shakes, which I cried about until we got one. And I almost died because Bill kept farting and it smelled like rotting death.

Have you ever taken part in a protest?
No. But when I went to Atlantic City for work once, the entire casino was on strike so I had to physically work the entire time I was there. I never left the casino once, even to walk outside and get fresh air. But I did learn how to make fried twinkies.

Would you ever use an online dating service?
No. I'm too scared.

What is your ethnic heritage?
Indian and Czech on my dad's side...I think my mom's side is German? My grandpa randomly cusses in German sometimes, so maybe?

Describe a person that inspires you.
Anyone who is happy every day and is nice to people inspires me.

If you earn minimum wage doing what you love, would you?
No. Can't pay the bills or buy Coach purses on mimimum wage.

Do you believe in luck?
I do.

Describe the last time you were very angry at someone.
Two nights ago when I went to dinner with my mom and step-dad. Some people's behavior just really burns my gears.

Do you want to live until you’re 100?
I am terrified to die, so I want to live until I'm 1003771878.

Do people change? If so, how do you keep a relationship together when both of you start to change?
I don't know. I feel like this is a loaded question. If a person changes, I guess the other person needs to decide if they like the new person that the old person has changed into, and if the other person still loves the new person that the old person changed into, then I guess there is no problems right? Yep. Disect that sentence.

Weird ramblings

I was going to take the rest of the month off from blogging. I have just been in a weird mood lately. It's not a funk, because I think to be in a "funk" you have to be crappy and not really sure why. I'm not crabby at all. In fact, things literally couldn't be going better for me. I don't know how I am as lucky as I am. I have a supportive family and amazing friends. I somehow managed to turn a layoff from Kaplan into this amazing opportunity at Metro, and I still am pinching myself over that. I am so content in so many areas of my life, and I am so glad I have people to bask in my randomness with me, whether its going to the mall just to get a soft pretzel, or armwrestling with me and not letting me win.

I think my problem stems from other people's problems. Let's see if I can explain this one. There are two people who aren't in my life, but they are in my friend's lives. And they are not doing so hot. Like in the hospital, bad stuff happening every day, yikes stuff. I am praying for them (yes, still doing the church thing. Peace be with you.) and I am trying to support my friends, even though their friend has no real affect on me. I don't really know how to be a good friend to a friend whose friend is sick. But I'm trying.

This is also becoming a stuggle for me because I am SO lucky. How come I am so lucky, but these girls aren't? Why was my tumor a nothing; just an egg sized nothing attached to an artery? It came out clean and every doctor since my surgery has told me my recovery was miraculous. I was back at work ahead of schedule, and I've had no problems since, other than an ocassional freak out because I think the scar is ugly, or a melt down because I'm (still) scared it's going to open back up.

Seriously? I am whining over an ugly scar? I AM ALIVE. It was NOT CANCER. Why am I SO LUCKY? My mom had cancer, and now it's just gone. My brother went to war, twice, and now he's here living next door to my dad. I have beautiful nieces and nephews who are all smart, healthy and growing like they are supposed to be. I have a pregnant sister with a healthy baby in her belly.

I haven't always been this lucky, or in these good of spirits. I hit my low too. But it was temporary, and everything happens for a reason. Life is hard. I have been thanking God like it's no ones business lately. Not only because of my incredible blessings, but for the strength to continue fighting the good fight.

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Ultimate Survey Part 7


Predict what your life will look like a year from now.
I have learned not to predict. So all I will say is that I hope I am employed and ten pounds lighter.

What's the last piece of clothing you bought?
Yesterday I bought an Eddie Bauer gray long sleeved tee, a Gap jacket and this cute little tan New York and Company vest type thing. All for $13 bucks!

Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?
Jason's Deli or Ruby Tuesday. I could eat at either of those places every single day.

What is something you want to change about your current situation?
I wish my shoulders and neck weren't hurting. Dr. Leslie to the rescue!

Early bird or night owl?
Night owl for sure. Getting to work at 8:30a is killing me slowly.

Are there any childhood possessions you still hold on to?
My Baby-sitters Club collection.

Give me an unpopular opinion you have.
I think Oprah sucks.

What was the last song that was stuck in your head?
Hit 'em Up Style by Blu Cantrell

Where do you live? Be as general or specific as you want.
I live in a darling little apartment in Omaha Nebraska, southwest style.

Do you believe in giving kids medals and trophies for participation?
I think that's fine until the kids are in middle school, then they need to suck it up.

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Ultimate Survey Part 6


Have you ever met someone through the internet, then met them in real life?

I met one guy off some dating website. We went to dinner downtown. I couldn't get out of there fast enough. I am not met for online dating. 

What is your favorite sport?
Well, running is the only sport I actually do. But I do love to watch football and basketball (I would prefer live, but TV is fine too as long as there is some sort of dip involved) and I love the College World Series, although I can't say I have ever watched a full baseball game on television. 

What has been troubling you lately?
Um..nothing really. Well, nothing more than usual.

Did you enjoy your high school prom? If you didn’t go, why not?
I did go to prom three times. My sophomore year I went with Matt, which was magical. My junior year, I went with a bunch of girls, which was fantastic. And my senior year I took Nick, which was awesome. 

What do you use more often: your intuition or logical reasoning?
I only use my intuition, which fifty percent of the time if illogical. 

Do you know what makes you happy?
Cheese, Ellen Degeneres, The Wizard of Oz, weekends, any of my kiddos, dinners out with Nick, hanging with the girls, awards shows, sleeping, running outside, sweatpants, coffee and something else. 

Tell me about the last book you read.
I am in the middle of the first Sookie book. Again. The last book I can remember finishing is the Fifty Shades series. Hmm. I need to read those again. 

What is the nicest compliment you’ve ever been given?
"Don't ever change, you are amazing just the way you are."

Who was your first crush?
Danny Foster in kindergarten. I was pretty convinced I would die without him. 

Do you believe that there is life on other planets?
Absolutely, I think it is pretty silly of us to think we are all that's out there.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Ultimate Survey Part 5

Is it annoying I'm only halfway through this survey? Nope!

Write the first paragraph of your obituary.
"Jen Wilson was murdered, just like she always knew she would be. She always was a little psychic. She was a friend, a daughter, an aunt, a sister. And a lover. But that's why she got murdered."

What is the best TV theme song ever?
Growing Pains, followed closely by Family Ties.

When you were young, what would you dream you would be when you grew up?
I always thought I would be an author/writer. That dream ended in college, when I realized 1. That's hard to make money at and 2. I don't like being forced to interview people who are going through hard times. 

When you’re alone in your own home, do you walk around naked?
I am naked 96% of the time when I am home alone. And sometimes when I am home not alone. Why do you think it takes me so long to answer the door?

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
I usually wake up about 20 minutes before my alarm goes off. It makes it pretty easy to get out of bed when the alarm does go off. And Monday-Friday, I get up because I have to go to work. On the weekends, I usually get up to get my workout out of the way so I can start my awesome day. 

Do you want to have more friends than you have right now?
No, I love my friends but they are just about all I can handle right now. However, I would like the ladies at work to be just a little nicer to me. 

What part of the past year sticks out in your mind?
1. I started running a year ago this month. 2. I had an egg sized tumor cut out of my neck. 3. I graduated with my masters degree. 4. I lost another job. 5. I got the iPhone5. 

You win a scratch-off lottery game that gives you $2000 a week (after taxes) for the rest of your life. Do you keep your job?
No. No I do not. 

Could you be in a long-distance relationship? If you’re in one, what makes yours work?
I don't think I could make one work. Plus I'm 32...what would be the reason I would need to do long distance?

What’s the best route to your heart?
Make me laugh, be excited to see me, be nice to your mom, be a good dad. And kiss me a lot. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Ultimate Survey Part 4

Here's Part 4 of the neverending survey...

Have you ever bought a product from an infomercial?
No. I usually think I need to, then I look up reviews online and realize I do not.

If you could give up your car and never have to drive again, would you?
No? Why would I want to stay home all the time? However, I would give up driving if I had a personal driver willing to drive me anywhere at anytime, even Hyvee at 11pm.

If you go back to one point in time to give advice to yourself, when would you go and what would you say?
I'd go back to myself about two weeks ago and say "STOP using that chapstick balls - you are going to get addicted and your lips will feel like they are on fire ALL THE TIME."

What’s your “quirkiest” habit?
Um, I have a lot. I don't flush the toilet at night bc I am scared. I do, however, immediently flush the toilet as soon as I get out of the shower. I refuse to change light bulbs because I am scared. I hate to touch meat, but I love to eat it (food, you sick assholes). I like to go to bed with my hair wet and no product, to see how big it is in the morning. I don't wear underwear. I have several more, but I am going to stop here.

What is “normal?” Are you normal?
I don't think there is such thing as normal, although I do cry and tell my mom I just want her to act normal all the time. I think normal is whatever you want it to be. So I am very normal.

Someone close to you is dying. You have the choice to let this person live for 10 more years, but if you do, you cause the death of 10 strangers. You don’t have to see them die. Do you take the offer?
This is a ridiculous question that would never happen. I refuse to answer it because it's so stupid.

What is one thing you could never forgive?
If somone murdered someone I love or tried to murder me. Or if a boy hit me.

Would you rather be in a relationship after the honeymoon period ends, or be single?
Maybe I'm naive, but I don't think the honeymoon period needs to end?

Is it possible for guys and girls to be just friends?
100% yes. Examples: me and Nick, me and Zach.

Where do you and your friends go to hang out?
Usually just one of our houses - we've become theme night homebodies. And we love us some potlucks.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Who am I?

I had a weird night last night. I left work, went home and changed and headed straight to the gym, like always. When I got to the gym, I got on my treadmill and started warming up. That's when I realized I forgot to switch bras.

Now, I realize my boobs aren't that big anymore. But I also cannot run in just my normal bra. So I decided I would do a 45 minute walk, raising the incline every 2 minutes until I got to level 10, and then lower it every two minutes. That was a helluva workout, and I felt like I really worked my legs and ass.

I ran a few errands and went home. I was feeling weird. Something was bugging me. I couldn't figure out what.

Then it hit me - I felt like I half assed it at the gym. I only walked.

I realize hearing over and over again how I don't really know myself anymore is getting old, but it still amazes me sometimes. When I started going to the gym, I would have never run on the treadmill. Ever. EVA. I tried to get  30 minutes of cardio in, sometimes having to split it between 15 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes walking on the treadmill. Sometimes I couldn't even do that, so I would do 10 on each of those and then 10 minutes on a bike. Bumping it up to 45 minutes seemed like a massive task that I wasn't sure I could do.

Fast forward a year later and I'm feeling guilty?

I also got this message on Sunday, from a guy I have known since the beginning of time (well, since elementary school):

"I just wanted to let you know that I recently started trying to get into tip top shape and I'm using your amazing success as a motivation tool. You should be so proud of yourself. "

Wait what? How can I motivate anyone? I am still in awe every single day of this journey, that just started with a bad doctors visit. I never know how to respond to things like that, so hopefully I didn't sound like too much of a tool.

However, I LOVE these types of comments, because they are holding me accountable. I have quite the audience to keep me motivated to continue this lifestyle. I don't ever want to be the person people talk about and say "Oh my, did you see Jen Wilson? She gained back that weight she lost, how sad."

The Ultimate Survey Part 3


Do you enjoy being with only one or two friends, or with a large group of people?
It depends on the situation. I always like to have a few close friends with me at most every situation, however.

Do you like the type of music your parents listen to? Do your parents like the type of music you listen to?
Some of the old country my dad and Peg listens to makes me want to die. My mom only listens to country, but I'm not really sure she even listens to the music - I think she just posts pictures of the young male artists on her facebook page becuase she is secretly a pervert.

I listen to some stuff that they listen to, and I try to get my dad into my music because I think he will enjoy it - Theory, Seether, Eric Church...

Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied anyone else?
I was a bit of a bully in high school. Not really a "push you into lockers" type bully, but just a secretive, telling secrets, being mean type bully. I was bullied a bit, too. By mean bitches. And a few mean boys. I don't know that we really knew it was bullying, I think we were just playing around. But looking back now, it wasn't cool.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Doritos and cottage cheese.

If your partner wanted to wait until marriage before having sex, would you stay in that relationship?
No way. Next.

Do you believe in a god?
Yes.

What is your favorite social media outlet?
Twitter for sure. I freaking love it. It's how I get all my news.

Who's your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
Well, I think I am pretty entertaining. I also love Molly Gordon, Neil Patrick Harris and Blake Shelton.

Would you call yourself/your family “middle class?”
I don't really know what that means. I am rich.

Name a TV series you didn’t enjoy until after it ended.
I have never liked a show after it ended - the closest I have come is not realizing how awesome a show is until years into their run, so I have to get all the previous seasons and catch up (Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Weeds, How I Met Your Mother).

Monday, February 4, 2013

Super Bowl weekend

Sorry I kinda disappeared on y'all. My weekend was busy and I don't even think I looked at my laptop once. Here is what I was doing:

Friday
Work all day, then I sat in traffic until after 6pm! I missed my training session and lost that credit. (At $1 per minute for my trainer, that's kind of annoying.) I did Jillian Michael's Last Chance Workout when I got home to make up for it, and I'm pretty sure that sadistic bitch kills me more than my actual trainer, anyway. My sister Kate met me for dinner after that (Jason's Deli, my favorite place on earth), and we went to Dicks and Scheels in search for a new warm coat/sweater/jacket for me to wear since I am freezing 98% of the time (the 2% of the time I'm not freezing seems to happen at about 3am when I am sweating bullets). After a quick trip to Target, we went our separate ways.

Saturday
I got up and was determined to hit the gym hard, since I was eating pizza with Hannah, Nick and the boys later. I put on my new Bears long sleeved dry-fit thingy (with thumbholes!) and told myself I couldn't take it off til I had run at least 30 minutes. This is a game I play with myself. I wear long sleeves and run, and reward myself with taking it off at some predetermined point during my workout. It makes the rest of the workout feel like a breeze. I know - you don't want to get into my head. Anyway, I set the treadmill at an 11 minute mile and just decided to run until I die. 60 minutes later I hadn't died, but the treadmill stopped and went into cool down mode. And I hadn't even take my long sleeves off yet! I think I am ready for a marathon! (Wait...nope.)




After that I got a manicure (which is already ruined) I went to the Boone's and hung out with these two fools while their parents went to get their taxes done.

I cannot put into words how much I love these two little spooks. I hung out there the rest of the day.

Sunday
Super Bowl!

Did I fool you? Does it seem like I care?

Nope, I didn't really. I like any game day, but I don't care about these teams (or the NFL as a whole, really). I did secretly want the 49ers to win, to appease an old friend who is going through a tough time.

I went down to Dad's first, for Super Bowl Party Day part one. They had so much food. Kate and I also were a bit confused on who was actually playing in the game.


I was freezing (go figure) but Addy and Gavin's blanket warmed me up a little.


After lunch and watching some Travel Channel, I headed to Katie's for Super Bowl Party Day part two. Again, we had so much food, but not enough for dear old Katie, who insisted on ice cream when the blackout happened.


She's in heels and sweats. She didn't think I would make her go into Dairy Queen. She also told me I can't post this picture to Facebook.