Monday, May 11, 2015

See Garth Brooks in concert...check!

Saturday night I got to check something off my bucket list.

Garth freaking Brooks was in Omaha. He started with two shows, then added a third, a fourth, a fifth and a sixth. Six shows in four days. This dude is crazy.

Thank God for his craziness, because it was an amazing show.

Is it bad I cried a little? It was just so overwhelming to see him live, playing all the songs I grew up listening to. When our families combined back in 1990-1991, Dad and Peg didn't have a lot of money, so we just spent a lot of time at home, entertaining ourselves. I mean, they had both just gone through divorces and just wanted their kids with them as much as possible. So that meant a lot of goulash, a lot of Friday nights watching TGIF, and a lot of time playing music and dancing around in the living room.

We mainly listened to two artists: Cher and Garth Brooks.

So when Garth was singing the songs that I grew up dancing to, getting to know my new family and screaming the lyrics with all my might, I got a little emotional.

I only took two pictures that night.

Yes, you're seeing this correctly. I took no pictures of the actual show. I just couldn't bring myself to lift up my phone and watch a single second through the screen. I wanted to absorb every moment of this show, and I did. And it was amazing. It was, however, disheartening that every time the big screen did a crowd shot, everyone was on their phones. Yes, most were obviously taking pictures or video, but a good amount were texting, or something of that sort. It made my heart hurt.

But then Garth rocked my soul, and he made it all better.

He sang all of his hits - it was AMAZING. That guy has endless energy, and I have never seen an entertainer like him. I have been to a lot of concerts, but wow....dare I say that was the best one? I feel like my body still has not recovered.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

5 week testing!

Today was five week testing at Farrell's. It was a "take the good with the bad" type day.

I lost two pounds in the last five weeks, which I am thrilled with.
Somehow, however, the body fat machine measured no change, which sucks.
However, I lost three inches off my waist and almost an inch off my arms, which is great.

After all the measuring and weighing, we did our fitness tests.And this part was AWESOME!!

Last time I did 17 sit ups in one minute. Today I did 30!
Last time I did 22 push ups. Today - 55!
AND I took 33 seconds off my mile!

I am trying really hard not to think about the numbers. I impressed the hell out of myself with the fitness testing. 55 push ups!!

Shannon did really well, too. We are basically badasses.

But then we remembered we're not that hard and smiled.

Thursday, May 7, 2015


When I was working at Kaplan, we all got in trouble for planking one day. I will never forget it.

It was between terms, so I was super busy during between-term stuff (grades, adjusting schedules, figuring out academic progress, etc), but everyone else was bored. I get it. A college campus is a lonely place to be without students there (and's almost summer and my students will be leaving me soon. BANG).

Anyway. Everyone was jacking around except me and Nick. That was typical at Kaplan. Everyone was taking pictures of planking and sending them to the Omaha campus, who was doing the same thing. It was a competition to see who could do the most hilarious plank.

I fully admit I was completely entertained. Although I wasn't participating, I laughed hysterically whenever someone came in to show me a picture. But I kept chugging away at my work.

Finally Nick came in. "What do you think of all this?" he asked.

"It's funny, but whatever. I don't think any of them are that creative." I replied.

"Yeah, none of them are that risky. It would be risky if they like, I don't know, planked on the president's desk," he said.

So of course you can imagine what happened next. I planked on the president's desk. And it was hilarious. However, someone from the Omaha campus posted all my pictures (except mine) to Facebook, and then the next day everyone got in major trouble. Like sent home in the middle of the work day major trouble.

I, of course, did not, for two reasons - one, my picture wasn't on Facebook so my boss didn't know I did it, and two, I had way too much work that had to be done so my boss couldn't afford to send me home. However, I did get called into the office and asked about it, where I admitted I was involved but didn't mention there was a picture floating around out there of me planking on her desk.

After my ass chewing (can you seriously believe this was a real issue??) I sat at my desk and thought about how bad it would be if the picture of me came out. So I walked back into her office to 'fess up.

"Hey I told you I was involved...but I was like really involved. Somewhere out there, there is a picture of me here...across your desk."

I waited for a tongue-lashing and started planning out what I would do with my afternoon off. I could totally go to the pool! But then she killed my dream and said since she didn't see the picture she couldn't punish me and I was fine to stay at work. Orrrrr.....she needed me to do too many things that she didn't know how to do, so she couldn't send me home. But whatever.

Anyway, everyone came back to work the next day and nothing ever came out of it.

So, the reason for that longggggg story is that today in class we had to do a two minute plank. And it almost killed me. And then when I thought I was going to die, the instructor came over and pushed my butt down further. DEATH.

Monday, May 4, 2015

I really need a day between Saturday and Sunday

This weekend went by way too freaking fast.

Last week was straight up crazy. I didn't spend any evenings at home, but every night off my couch was well worth it. But still - I was anxious for some time this weekend to catch up on my DVR and just sit.

That couldn't happen on Friday, though, because I was meeting Missy and Katie out. So I went to kickboxing at 4:30pm (6am was not happening that day) and then met the girls for drinks (water for me, beer for them) and dinner.

Saturday was THE day. I was doing to go to class in the morning (leg day) and then not leave my house for the rest of the day. I was PUMPED.

Then my sister asked me to go to lunch with her for her birthday (she got her free Hu Hot lunch coupon) and then help her pick out paint. Obviously I wouldn't say no to that. So I told myself I would go to class, meet her and then spend the afternoon/evening on my couch.

So I met her, we ate, then we went to Menards and a few other stores. Soon it was after three and we parted for the day. "Okay," I told myself, "you have a lot of hours for nothing." I drove all the way home and as I put my car in park, I realized I hadn't picked up my race packet for the 5k Missy and I were running in the morning. So I headed to Peak Performance to get that and got home around 4pm.

THEN my night of nothing officially began. Except instead of nothing, I cleaned every crevice of my jeep (I spend a LOT of time in my car and it was starting to gross me out), did two weeks worth of laundry, cleaned every inch of my apartment and started food prep for this week. But I did manage to clear a lot of my DVR, so win win win.

Sunday was a pretty wonderful day. The weather was BEAUTIFUL, so Missy and my 5k was great. I was nervous about the route being hilly (it seems like every race I do that is in downtown Omaha is super hilly) but this one wasn't bad. The only bad part was since Saturday was legs day, I was cramping up every few minutes. But it was nothing compared to those poor suckers in Lincoln running 13.1 miles, so I tried hard to suck it up.

After that I went home and finished food prep for this week, then went down to Glenwood because all of my siblings were there and we had a two year old's birthday to celebrate! It was a pretty great day, and of course the selfie stick made an appearance!