Thursday, February 22, 2018

What I'm loving right now

1. Nick and Hannah FINALLY listened to me and started watching Bates Motel. I am rewatching it too, and I'm loving it just as much the second time around.

2. I went and met with a Hy-Vee dietitian last night. I have just been stuck lately in a cycle of starving myself and fueling my body with crap. I needed a reset, and even though I already knew everything she told me, I needed to hear it from a complete stranger who took a list of everything I won't eat (which is a lot, if you know me) and came up with a plan for me. We met for about ten minutes, then walked around the grocery store for about 40 minutes, then we finished with another ten minute talk and she is going to email me my plan. I cannot wait to put all of her good ideas and menu items into action. This cost $62.50 and I think it was worth every penny.

3. It is winter. And it feels never ending. But the idea of spring and summer is keeping me going.

4. I got an Apple Watch a few weeks ago and I am LOVING it. Closing my rings is such a fun game to play. I had worn a fitbit for several years, and I think it was time for a change.

5. My aunt texted me possible dates for her trip home this spring/early summer. I can't wait! I hope we do a ton of RD shopping together.

6. I can't stop looking at this hilarious picture of my nephew eating a donut. Those curls! If my sister ever cuts his hair, I will set her on fire.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

That moment

I recently saw a movie that talked about that moment.

That moment when you make a move and it changes everything. Sometimes the moments are huge. Sometimes they just change the way you feel about a person. But, in one tiny little moment, things changed.

I sat in the theatre and pondered this. I was by myself (literally my favorite way to go to the theatre) so I could just sit for a minute afterwards in silence. That moment. Those words hung on me. How many "that moments" could I remember?

I remember the exact minute my mom told us she and my dad were divorcing. I was with my three siblings watching Charles in Charge. I remember how the sunlight was pouring through the window. I remember Mom walking in and telling us, and Nicole's big brown eyes staring at me, waiting for my reaction. I started crying, then she did. (I have since found out that Mom was supposed to wait for Dad so they could tell us together. Of course, that's only one tiny example of the nastiness of their divorce.) One moment my world was put together and fine, the next it was torn apart and I had no idea what to expect.

I remember the exact moment friendships ended, I remember the exact moment of deciding to be the "other woman" in relationships. I remember the exact moment that I answered a text, in a car riding back from Sioux City with my sister, and I have wondered so many times what would have happened had I just ignored that text. And I remember the exact moment my dad told me that Duke died, and I remember not even feeling the tears building up, just all of a sudden I was crying.

Of course, for all the terrible moments there are the best ones. Like the exact moment Dad and I were shopping for a pool table and we got the call that Gavin was on his way into the world. Or the moment I got called to HR at Harrah's, and as I walked down the hall my VP was standing outside his office holding his forehead....totally prepping to lay me off. While that seemed like a terrible moment, it was actually exactly what was supposed to happen. And that's exactly the point of all of these moments. Everything has ended up the way it was supposed to, and my life is seriously awesome because of all of these moments.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Boone weekend on the MP compound

You know a weekend is really good when you forget to take pictures.

I headed to Nick's on Friday afternoon. We didn't do anything crazy - on Friday, we ate tacos and watched some TV (I finally got Nick and Hannah to try Bates Motel). On Saturday, we went to the gym (the boys had swim lessons and Nick, Hannah and I all worked out at various points), then hung out for awhile and then Nick, the boys and I headed to see Black Panther and went to dinner. On Sunday we had breakfast and then I headed Homaha.

So, nothing crazy, but those weekends are important to me. Also, if they could move closer that would be great.

Oh, and side note, Black Panther is fucking amazing. Go see it.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February Running

Two months into the year, two 5k fun runs done!

It snowed all last week. It was so so annoying and I am sure you can assume how I felt about it. I was pisssssssssy.

The final round came Friday night (actually, I think it snowed Saturday night, too...), and we were due to be in Waterloo at 10am to run our second 5k of the year. I let Missy know earlier in the week she would need to drive, as I am a giant chicken shit about driving if the weather isn't perfect.

As the snow fell Friday night, I was just sure they would cancel or postpone the run. But they didn't. So we ran.

It was freezing. Then it wasn't. Then it was. I was able to keep up with Missy for about 2.5 miles, then I let her run ahead and I started listening to Blink 182 to get me to the end zone.

Breakfast afterwards was at Shirley's Diner, and it was amazing!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Valentine’s Day

I am not expecting anything crazy for Valentine’s Day. I’m not typically the type of girl that needs romantic gestures. But I do love to get some love on Valentine’s Day.

That being said, I’m not a big fan of flowers. Or candy. Or stuffed animals. So I was thinking...what would be my ideal valentine?

1. Tacos. Specifically, from Taco Casa in Des Moines. And if that means dirty hotel room sex cause we have to road trip it to DM, even better. 
2. A card with a heartfelt message. 
3. A gift card from HyVee, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods or Marshall’s. 
4. Rae Dunn, obviously. 
5. A weekend road trip getaway. That involves dirty hotel room sex. And tacos. 
6. A trip to Hawaii, if he really wants to get cray. 
7. A date night in with pizza, wine and a Ninetendo marathon. 
8. A special lunch date during the work week. Jason’s Deli would be ideal. 
9. Take my car to get detailed. 
10. Books. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Brace Face: Molds for Revision Phase

Yesterday I had to go in and get my molds/impressions done for the next phase. I do not enjoy this process.

This time was a little different, as we had to do it twice. The first time (for top and bottom) my teeth were shoved into the molds and I sat there, with my dentist's hands all up in my mouth, for 4-6 minutes while they set. It was uncomfortable, but obviously didn't hurt. Just imagine having a retainer full of clay shoved onto your teeth and then someone's hand pressing it. For five minutes. Which is forever in that circumstance.

After that, we had to do it again, only this time it was only for like two minutes. After we were done and I was getting ready to leave, I stole a peek at the molds and I do not understand how anyone can tell anything from them. But whatever, that's not my job.

As we were saying goodbye, I told my dentist I am really hoping they don't come back with a million more trays. She said she really didn't think it would be that many. I don't know if she was just telling me what I want to hear, but I'm really banking on that statement.

It will be another 3-4 weeks before my trays come in, so I am enjoying a button-free, gum chewing life right now!