"In all of living have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured!"
~ Gordon B. Hinckley

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Need/Want Get it Done

Our house is a mess. We have waaay too much stuff and not nearly enough places to put it. Plus I'm great at finding things to do other than clean and organize, and Trevor is always so busy he never gets around to it. So today was going to be dedicated to transforming our house into a more beautiful place instead its current disaster zone state that it's been in for like a week or two now. And then I slept in.

It's crazy how easy it is to go from having basically an entire day free, to only having 4 1/2 hours when you do that. Well, that and then I got my morning off to a slow start because I was feeling groggy. I had a ton of things I wanted to do today in addition to all the good homemakerey things I've been putting off, soooooo I'm going to play the Need/Want get things done game so I won't get daunted by my 'to do' list, I can still do fun stuff that I want, and I'll still get things done!

What I Want to Do --- What I Need to Do First
bake caramel, walnut, chocolate chip, brownie awesomeness!!! --- do the dishes
bake more of those streusal-topped fiberone muffins and mess around with the recipe --- mop the floor (I spilled some applejuice on it and wiped it up, but it's still a little sticky...)
do a yoga video in the living room - clean the living room
eat said brownie gloriousness - eat a cucumber and a good dinner (leftover guros from scratch!! yum!)
practice the piano - clear off the junk on top of the piano
take pictures of the food I baked - write Friday workouts for both of my clients
blog about the recipes - prepare Friday's water aerobics class
play house of chocolates - sort one stack of papers/box of junk
watch a show with Trevor - fold and put away laundry

and then of course both a need and a want is going to a 2-hour ballet technique class, followed by a 2-hour swan lake rehearsal :) 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Those Who Can't Do, Teach

I guess it's true. Just a couple of months ago I had never been in a gym in my life, and I'm terrified of water and never learned to swim. And as of yesterday I'm a personal trainer for 2 clients and I teach water aerobics. How does that even happen?

Well, it's probably a combination of a lot of things. First off, I quit my job at Costco and moved on to something better! Second, I started an awesome internship that provides teaching and opportunity. Third, I got thrown into situations/opportunities that were out of my comfort zone and I wouldn't have ever chosen on my own. Fourth, I had great resources to prepare with (exercise science major, old textbooks to use, smart people at my internship, notes and plans from previous interns and group leaders, the internet, etc.) and time to spend figuring things out.

Honestly, if there was an easy and reasonable way to get out of ever having to leave my comfort zone, I'd probably never leave it and never get anywhere. In this case, personal training is part of the internship so there really is absolutely no sense in avoiding it, and I was the only intern whose schedule worked out with the water aerobics class, so I had no choice but to learn. Lucky me.

But actually, I'm glad. Because on Monday (after tons of stressing out and hours of planning, learning, and prepping) I taught my first water aerobics class ever and it was actually super fun! And then I found out right after finishing the class that I was assigned a second personal training client who was starting at that very moment! I literally didn't have any time to prepare, so fortunately I was already prepared because I had just started my very first client the Friday before, and I happened to still have my notes and first-visit beginner exercises list in the pocket of my jacket, and it actually went ok! And then just a few minutes after she left, my second client came. And that went ok too!

Busy busy busy with tons of new things! It's good for me though. And I actually am discovering it's not as bad as I think it will be.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Be Careful What You Wish For / How to Get all the Boys

My phone died last night and I fell asleep on the couch so I didn't end up charging it...which  means the alarm never went off...but I still managed to wake up by 7:40 all on my own and got ready super fast and drove off to Springville for ballet at 8. I was a bit late, but they started class late and I made it in before they had even finished plies :)

After 2 hours of technique and almost 2 hours of Swan Lake rehearsal I headed back home in my trusty rusty old truck with the wonderful afterglow of hours of dancing. The weather is absolutely GORGEOUS today!! Sunny and warm and glorious. So I drove home with the window down, and as I drove I decided I wanted to go for a run today, or at least a walk. Just something to get outside with Trevor and enjoy the day. I knew it probably wouldn't happen since Trevor is just so busy and has a huge test today, but I still thought about it like the entire 20 minute drive home. Well, at least for the first 18 minutes...

Then as I pulled up to the second-to-last stoplight before home, my truck rattled to a stop and just broke down. Blast. I tried to re-start it several times and it got really close, but by the time it finally started up I had completely missed the light. I pulled up to the white line since the cars that were waiting in front of me were long gone, and my truck rattled and shook and pulsed for about 20 seconds and shut off again. Not good. I turned on my hazard lights and kept trying desperately to get it to start, but it just wouldn't, and I sat there light after light after light.

There was this little green car behind me, and on the third light they started honking angrily at me. Seriously? Dear little green car person, I'm very sorry you had the misfortune of being stuck behind me and being late for wherever you're going. I understand; I absolutely hate it when cars make me late too. But it's not my fault and honking at me will not fix my broken truck!!! (They did finally back up and take the other lane. I'm not sure why they didn't just do that before.)

I couldn't even call Trevor or anyone to come help me because my phone was still dead from last night! Of course the one time I really need it is the one time it's dead! I sat in my car trying to figure out what to do and just praying that something would work out and I would somehow get the help I needed. Finally I decided to try to power up my phone and see if it had enough juice to make 1 10-second call for help before it died again. I chose Trevor. He didn't answer. My phone officially died the rest of the way. Perfect.

Then a nice man came over and offered to try to start it up, but to no avail. So he offered to push me through the intersection and into a parking lot on the other side during the next green light. While we were waiting this super hot nice guy jogging on the other side of the street ran over and offered to help too. They both offered me rides home, but I told them I didn't live far and I was fine. It took some effort, but we finally got me through the intersection, down the street a little, and safely into a parking lot! Another really cute guy saw us and came over to help, but he didn't get there until we were about to the parking lot anyway. I thanked the first two guys profusely and they went on their merry ways, and the last guy stuck around for a bit. He offered to drive me home, offered me his phone, offered to help me get more gas in my truck if that's what I needed, and talked to me for a bit about the truck and what happened.

In the end I finally convinced him I was fine now, and then I started the mile-long walk home in the beautiful weather, just like I had been wishing for the whole drive home :) ...I just wasn't wishing for it to happen with the same circumstances...haha oh well. Trevor never got my message - I guess my phone died before it went through - so he had no idea about any of this mess, but he passed me a block from home as he drove off to take his test, so he gave me a ride the rest of the way and I'm home safe and sound now!

And for all you single ladies, from this experience I learned that apparently the way to get the attention of strong, nice, helpful, and very attractive men is to play damsel in distress and break down in provo in a busy intersection. So now the next time you have a dateless Friday night, you know what to do ;)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

...So This One Time...

I was craving some Pillsbury biscuits a few minutes ago, so I broke down and got a can out of the fridge. As I was putting the dough blobs on the cookie sheet I remembered this wonderful little event from last year...

One Sunday afternoon I was taking a nap on Trevor's couch and I woke up to the sound of a girl screaming. Turns out it was actually Trevor's roommate opening a can of crescent rolls :)

I can't say I blame him though; it had been sitting on top of the oven while it preheated, so it was all warm and blew open a little more violently than usual, and even under normal conditions I consider it a personal victory every time I successfully open one of those things without screaming :)

Feeling Wonderful!

Kind of along the same line as my previous post Things I Think I Want, healthy is definitely happier! Yesterday afternoon snacking and dinner consisted of lots of crackers, 2 granola bars that are more like candy bars than nutritious snacks, Flipz, pretzels dipped in peanut butter with chocolate chips, my leftover guacamole bacon burger and steak fries from Red Robin the night before, and some BYU Creamery peanutbutter cup ice cream I found in the freezer leftover from our wedding (...it turns out 8-month old already-opened ice cream just isn't the same...go figure). Not the healthiest eating ever, although in my defense my serving sizes were all small.

But I repented later :) I went to ballet 8-9:30 so I got a bit of a workout in. Then I came home and went on a somewhat brisk walk for about 20 minutes taping fliers on doors for our Relief Society birthday party activity tonight, and concluded the evening with a little salad with Romaine lettuce, spinach, tomato pieces, and chunks of mozzarella and hickory smoked turkey deli meat, with poppyseed dressing on top. Mmmmmm sooooo good! And this morning I woke up right at 7 - no alarm or anything! - and went to yoga.  LOVED it! I'm totally doing that again next week. For breakfast I made a banana, mixed berry, vanilla yogurt, apple juice, and spinach smoothie and ate it parfait-style with raw old fashioned oats instead of granola, and it was surprisingly delicious! It's the best I've felt for a good long while :) Love it!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Things I Think I Want

Isn't it funny/sad how I crave chocolate and baked goods like ALL the time, and I'll sit around and think about them all day, and then eat ridiculous amounts of them instead of healthy food because eating desserts makes me feel good. But then I nearly always feel sick afterwards for sometimes hours, and blaming myself because I knew I shouldn't eat so much junk. And then after several days I'll finally decide enough is enough and break down and make myself a nice big healthy salad...and it's so delicious and refreshing and filling and doesn't make me sick! It's amazing! And it's almost as fun to eat as the junk food, without the unpleasant aftermath! It's like a new surprise every time. Why can't I just remember how wonderful healthy food is all the time?