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

Monday, June 23, 2014

June 30-day Challenge Check-in #3

I finished week #3 of my salad-a-day challenge, and I'm still going strong! This week I actually got all 7 salads in! Yay!!!

I forgot to take a picture of one of them, so I only have 6 pictures of ugly salads. I really did eat 7 though, I promise :) And since several of my salads were veggie-laden pasta salads instead of straight up fruit or veggie salads, I actually ate quite a few more servings than are showed to make sure I got in enough veggies to feel like it counted.

I'm still 3 salads behind from the first two weeks, and the month ends next Monday! 10 more salads, here I come!

Monday, June 16, 2014

June 30-day Challenge Check-in #2!

It's time for some more ugly salad pictures on a tacky template! And I think the salads are getting even less photogenic :)

I'm proud to say I'm still doing pretty good at my 30 days, 30 salads challenge! Unfortunately I did miss 2 days this week, so now I'm 3 salads behind where I want to be. I'm going to try to eat 2 salads a couple of times this week to make up for them though! Haha we'll see how that goes...wish me luck!

Here is my photographic proof of my 5 oh-so-delicious and oh-so-healthy, but oh-so-ugly salads! (yes they are basically all the same. I lacked creativity in the food department this week)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I Hope My Skin Doesn't Fall Off

Once upon a time (just now) I drove up to my house and discovered a dog there waiting for me. I don't have a dog, and to be honest, I really don't like dogs. He/she/it followed my car up the driveway and sat outside waiting for me. There was no owner in sight and I could see the dog was really dirty, so I figured it ran away and was lost. I decided to do a good deed and check for a name tag on the collar and hopefully call the owner.

I don't know what I was thinking.

The dog decided it loved me and jumped all over me repeatedly for a couple of minutes, scratched up my legs a little, and bit my hand a few times (playfully, but still broke skin)...which I wouldn't have minded *as* much if the dog hadn't just come from messing around with the dead armadillo that has been rotting in the street for days!! My inner (and outer) germaphobe self pretty much had a heart-attack and died.

this is what it looked like last week...it's a lot worse now

In addition to all the nastiness of a rotting carcass, armadillos carry leprosy. No joke. So now I might have rabies and leprosy, in addition to whatever other horrors run rampant in rotting, diseased roadkill. Ick! That's the last time I ever try to help someone find a lost dog again!

I washed my hands and arms about 7 times in a row and completely changed my clothes. Then, just to be safe, I ignored the warning label and gave all my contaminated skin (arms, legs, feet) a rubdown with Lysol wipes. That might not have been the smartest move. So now if my skin doesn't fall off from leprosy, it'll fall off from the chemicals. Seriously though, it's hard to feel clean enough to pick up your baby after an incredibly germy encounter like that! (I did rinse off the Lysol before touching her)

To top it all off, the dog didn't even have a nametag! It was all for nothing! So if this happens to be your dog, I'm sorry, I don't know where it is anymore.

This whole little adventure reminded me that I recently came across a 10-page college research paper I wrote about leprosy and the Bible while going through old boxes. If anyone needs me, I'll be studying it while locked up in my house, far away from all dogs and armadillos...and imagining living the rest of my life as a quarantined rabid leper.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

June 30-day Challenge Check-in

I finished the first week of my salad-a-day challenge, and, I'm proud to say, I'm doing awesome! I started a few days early, and I've only missed one day so far! (hence the 7 pictures when today is the 8th...)

Like I said back when I was introducing my challenge, these are definitely not picturesque salads! They are just proof to myself that I am actually succeeding this month :)

And in addition to being super proud of myself for actually making it for the first week, I am super proud that I figured out how to crank out this graphic - as simplistic and not-so-awesome as it may be - and it only took me like 10 minutes start-to-finish!

Time to start week #2!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Good Enough

I found this video today and it was a very timely reminder that it's ok to go back to ballet even if I'm not very good at it anymore.

Check it out here :)

"Finally you just ask yourself 'how complicated do you want to make this?', and, 'why don’t you just do it for the reasons that you enjoy it?'"

"I always think of just a feeling of almost like my heart bursting. If you could have joy in the shape of a person..."

Yep, some of the shots of the dancer with the blossoms are cheesy, but it's still a good reminder that it doesn't matter if I'm the worst dancer in the classroom. I can do something I love for the sheer fact that it brings me joy, and that's good enough :)