New Year’s Resolutions

Last year, I regaled you all with my resolutions goals for 2013. I think I kept many of them (except the whole “stress less” one…its kind of tough to do that when you’re preggo or when you’ve got a newborn in the house). But I do think I did pretty well (even though there are still books on my classics list I have yet to get to).

This past year was a big year for me (and Huff the Hubs). I got promoted, became a mother, traveled to London, and FINALLY got my book 100% finished.

My sister that teaches fourth grade and I were talking about New Year’s Resolutions. She said she doesn’t really make resolutions, but she is going to talk to her students about it when they return to school. She showed me an awesome project she’s going to do with them:

I may color mine.

I may color mine.

For each number, there’s a direction:

For the 2: Name the two best things that happened in 2013.

For the 0: Name something you want to STOP doing in the New Year.

For the 1: Your one wish for 2014.

For the 4: Four goals for 2014.

Two best things that happened in 2013:

1. Hermione.

It was literally one year ago today that I found out I was pregnant. I was shocked, obviously. Mostly because I didn’t think it would happen so fast. It was a whirlwind; scary at times, but its been so worth it.

Don't I make cute babies?

Don’t I make cute babies?

2. Getting out of debt.

Huff the Hubs and I had been aggressively working toward getting out of debt from the moment we got married. We both had student loans we needed to pay off and were very serious about taking the shackles off. And we did! Our reward? London, baby!

Hands down, best Abbey ever.

Hands down, best Abbey ever.

Something you want to stop doing in the New Year:

Worrying.

I feel ya, Dr. Cooper.

I feel ya, Dr. Cooper.

I’m a worrier from way back. And, if at some point I’m not worried about something, I worry because I’m basically waiting “for the other shoe to drop”. I hate living like that. I’m ready for some peace of mind, yo. I have been to counselling and I’ve read some good books (like this one!) and its really helped me A LOT. But I still wake up in the morning terrified of the potential bad the day could hold. I want to wake up in the morning feeling excited about the possibilities, not terrified. So that’s the goal: STOP. FREAKING. WORRYING.

Your one wish for 2014:

Health.

Well said.

Well said.

I don’t just mean physical health. I mean mental health (i.e., the stop worrying thing), emotional health (keeping my mood up), spiritual health (spend time with God each day and not because I feel like I have to), relational health (making sure my marriage, familial relationships, and friendships are nurtured) and environmental health (be more mindful of how my choices affect the planet, its people, and animals).

Four goals for 2014:

 1. Lose the baby weight.

Either way, I'd be happy.

Either way, I’d be happy.

Before I got pregnant, I was working toward maintaining my weight and maybe even dropping a few pounds as my clothes weren’t fitting me as well as they had been (holidays and all), but then I found out I was with child and weight loss went on the backburner (as it should have). Now that Hermione is 4 months old, I’m healed and recovered from childbirth and my milk supply is established, I’m ready to work on losing those last 9 pounds of pregnancy that are sticking around. And, to be honest, I’m not too concerned with the number on the scale. I’m more focused on how I feel and how my clothes are fitting me.

I know a lot of people will say: “You had a baby, be proud of that!” And I am. But I also don’t feel like myself with the extra weight. The holidays with its endless mountains of sweets and the stress on our schedule has made me push my health to the wayside. I want to get refocused on my health. Plus, my clothes are still tight and I’m too cheap to buy new ones—ha!

2. Stop the “fat talk”.

Thanks, Abey.

Thanks, Abey.

Sometimes, without even thinking, the words: “Gah, I’m so fat!” will come pouring out of my mouth. Or, “I can’t wear this, I look fat!” will pop into my head as I look at my reflection after picking something out at a store that looked cute on the rack, but hideous on me. I know it may seem hypocritical to say I want to stop the fat talk in the same blog post describing my desire to lose weight, so let me make myself clear.

I want to stop the negative talk.

I don’t want Hermione to talk to herself the way I talk to myself. I want her to be healthy, to enjoy being active, to eat good foods, and feel confident in who she is. How can she do that if she doesn’t have the proper role model? I want to be an example of being healthy and fit while still loving who I am and being proud of my body.

3. Put down the devices.

Put down the phone!

Put down the phone!

Every night before I fall asleep, I do the same thing: pick up my phone and look at Pinterest or Facebook (or both) for about 45 minutes. Huff the Hubs will say something to me and I’ll grunt in agreement or say, “That’s cool” even though I’m not paying attention.

When I go places with people, a lot of our time is spent with them or me (or both!) on our phones, looking at pointless stuff. I want to get into a habit of putting the phone down, looking people in the eye, and actually listening to what they’re saying (gee, what a novel concept!). I don’t want to be a slave to my phone (HtH already calls my phone “my kidney” because I can’t function if I don’t have it).

4. Finish my 30 by 30 list.

Really, a lot of my goals are on my 30 by 30 list. I am determined to finish that list by the time I’m 30. I know some stuff may be difficult (like going to Italy with my sister) but you better believe I will work my hardest to get those things knocked off that list! I’ve already signed up for the OKC Memorial Marathon!

Sack up, Jess!

Sack up, Jess!

 

Do you have any resolutions? Goals? Reflections on the past year?

I hope you have a safe and happy New Year! (And please drink responsibly!)

My Last Year In My Twenties

Hey guys! Guess what today is?

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Yep, that’s right! Its my birthday! Woot woot! And not only is it my birthday, its my 29th birthday! And, according to my sister, after this it all goes downhill. So I need to live it up!

A few years ago, I made a list of stuff I wanted to accomplish by the time I turned 30. I called it my “30 by 30 List”. Wanna know what’s on it? Good, because I’ve got the list:

  1. Watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies
  2. Get a literary agent
  3. Work on a political campaign
  4. Finish my book (Done! August 2013)
  5. Go to Italy with BB
  6. See Graceland
  7. Meet someone famous (Jay Leno, Orlando Bloom, Cameron Crowe, the cast of Chuck–I got ‘Jeffster’s’ autograph!)
  8. Participate in a protest rally
  9. Sew and wear a dress/skirt
  10. Read every Jane Austen novel
  11. Enjoy a bottle of Cristal (but not by myself)
  12. Take Noah and Ellie (my nephew and niece) to see The Nutcracker (we’re going next Saturday!)
  13. Go camping (Done! Twice!)
  14. Finish my classic novel reading list
  15. Take a pole dancing class (Done! bachelorette party!)
  16. Run a marathon
  17. Get married (Done! 7-23-11)
  18. Buy my parents something BIG
  19. Go to the Red Carpet to see a movie premiere/award show
  20. Go to every state
  21. Get a job I LOVE (Done! August 2011)
  22. Have a baby (Done! September 2013)
  23. Change the oil in my truck
  24. Buy a house
  25. Donate my hair to locks of love (Done! August 2011)
  26. Make a meal from scratch
  27. Milk a cow
  28. Learn the guitar (one song all the way through)
  29. Go skinny dipping
  30. Pay off all school loan debt (Done! February 2013)

Some of these I’ve already accomplished (as you can see), but the others I need to get done SOON (especially #2!). So my goal for the next year is to get these things knocked off this list. I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated about my progress (and ask for some accountability!). Do you have any 30 by 30 goals? Or maybe 35 by 35?

Fall Bucket List

The weather is cooling down, football season has started, and my Pinterest news feed is jam-packed with pumpkin-flavored goodies. That can mean only one thing: fall is here. Now that autumn is upon us, I’ve been thinking about all the things I want to do now that the days are getting shorter and fashion calls for hoodies instead of flip flops.

I give you: my fall bucket list.

#5: FINALLY make this apple cider that I pinned almost two years ago and have yet to try: 

Allegedly this is supposed to rival Starbucks...

Allegedly this is supposed to rival Starbucks…

I’ve had this pinned for a looong time and I have yet to try it. I love apple cider, but I typically just buy the packets. And even though they smell great, the granules don’t always mix well and you’re left with cider that has the consistency of sand. So this is a must try this fall!

 

#4: Watch an entire OU game

Boomer Sooner!

Boomer Sooner!

When I worked at a local radio station, I produced the OU football games. So every Saturday that there was a home game, I was manning the booth while Bob Barry Sr. did the pay-by-play. I’d also watch each and every game. So far this season, only like one game has been broadcast on a channel that Huff the Hubs and I actually have. I watched a little bit of that game, but not the whole thing. I’m determined to actually watch one from start to finish this season! Its hard to call yourself a fan if you don’t watch the games!

 

#3: Make a nerdy costume for Hermione’s first Halloween.

Cutest kid in all of time and space.

Cutest kid in all of time and space.

Pinterest has made my excitement for Hermione’s first Halloween sky rocket. Everyday I see more and more awesomely geektastic costumes for my little nerdling. I’ve already got an idea for what I want her to be, but there are just so many cute ideas! I need to start working on it. I’m starting to learn that having a baby equals not a lot of time to do other things. 

 

#2: Take Hermione to a pumpkin patch.

Gobs of gourds!

Gobs of gourds!

There’s a nearby farm called the Orr Family Farm. It is ADORABLE. I’ve been wanting to go for a long time, but I’ve just never had the chance. In May of this year, the F5 tornado that ravaged Moore also tore up most of the Orr Family Farm. I was so sad; I didn’t think they’d ever be back in business by the fall and their annual Pumpkin Patch. But thankfully, they’ve reopened just in time for Halloween! I cannot wait to take Hermione and get some pumpkins for my little pumpkin!

 

#1: Run more. 

Basically.

Basically.

I hate running in the summer. Its hot, its humid, and if you don’t go at the butt crack of dawn, you’ll die from heat exhaustion. My favorite time of year to run is the fall. You can basically lace up your shoes and go at any time of day and its PERFECT. And seeing as how I still have 10lbs left to lose before I’m at pre-baby weight AND I’m going to need to start training for the full marathon in April. I’m ready to hit the pavement!

#R2R

On April 19, 1995, a bomb was detonated in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. It claimed the lives of 168 people, including 19 children. Thirteen years ago, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was set up for Oklahomans to remember and raise money for the memorial. Yesterday the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was held downtown.

 

Run to Remember

Run to Remember

 

I love this event. Not just because of what it represents, but also because there are events for everyone. There’s a Kid’s Fun Run (1 mile), a 5K, a marathon relay, a half marathon, and a full marathon. So no matter your activity level, you can still participate!  Me, Huff the Hubs, my sister Bridget, and two of our friends ran the relay yesterday.

 

It. Was. Awesome.

 

I ran the second leg of the relay, so I had to wait around for about an hour after the start. My relay spot was at a church, so I really go the good end of the deal. They provided snacks before the race started (something a preggo really appreciates).

 

I also got to run the “fun hill” (is there a such thing as a “fun” hill? My calves say no). This stretch of the race, Gorilla Hill, is awesome and famous for marathon vets.

 

Go ape!

Go ape!

 

While running up GH, you see some hilarious sights: people dressed as bananas, a man in a gorilla suit, and even a guy smoking a cigar and pouring mixed drinks for the runners. (I also saw a pair of 60-something men stop at a curb where there was a tub full of beer, pop open a Coors Light, chug it, crush the can, and take off running again.)

 

I love the energy and spontaneity of the Memorial Marathon. You never know what or who you’ll see. You may see a kid with a unicorn mask holding a sign that reads: “Taste the rainbow” and holding a basket of Fun Size Skittles, you may see an 80-year-old man wearing a rainbow wig, and you may even see an Oklahoma legend:

Big Barry

Big Barry

 

The spectators are awesome, the runners are inspirational, and the reason we run is heartfelt. Even though I was a little nervous, running basically a 5K while 4 months pregnant, but I’m glad I did it.

I got it!

I got it!

I now have a medal from every single event at the marathon except the Full Marathon. I am determined to do the full next year. A few people think I should wait (since Hermione is due in September and I may not be 100% by then) but I think I can do it.  Maybe I’ll recruit some of my teammates to run with me.

Go Team BB's and J!

Go Team BB’s and J!

 

 

 

 

 

Fan Girl Friday

Hello, fellow nerdlings! I’ve got some great goodies for you to feast your eyes upon today!

Think Geek has really pulled out all the stops this week, I’m telling ya. That’s why the first two finds are from them!

Sad that you’ve already played Arkham Asylum and Arkham City so much that you know the Riddler map by heart? Lamenting the fact that Arkham Origins won’t be out until October? Put your tissues away, puddin’ ’cause I’ve got a dose of the Bat just for you!

"I'm Batman."

“I’m Batman.”

Check it out! You can be Killer Croc, Two Face, The Joker, The Penguin or the Dark Knight himself! From what I gather, this is basically Settlers of Catan with the B-man. You work to take control of Gotham City, fighting crooks and takin’ names the whole way!

Next up on TG’s list of awesome geekery is something for the Trekkers (“Trekkies” is not PC, people).

"Paper, the final frontier."

“Paper, the final frontier.”

 

Yes, my friends, that is made of PAPER! Its the latest in papercraft from Think Geek! The paper craft book contains all the pieces needed to build the ultimate paper model of the original USS Enterprise 1701! There’s even electronics and lights to make it even more awesome!

 

Guys, I found an awesome blog this week through Pinterest (you know, besides my own). Its all about crafts from Doctor Who! Check out this amazeballs crib I found:

Rock-a-bye, Doctor in the treetop...

Rock-a-bye, Doctor in the treetop…

Huff the Hubs and I are registering tonight. Think Babies R Us carries this?

 

And speaking of DW, check out pictures from this AMAZING Doctor Who-themed wedding!

"I'm rubbish at weddings. Especially my own."

“I’m rubbish at weddings. Especially my own.”

 

I love the stamps!

I love the stamps!

 

You can check out all the pics here and totally be jealous that you didn’t have a Whovian wedding. (I think I may tell Hermione when she grows up that I’ll plan her wedding for her…)

 

Have a great weekend, everyone! And if you go to the OKC Marathon on Sunday, be sure to cheer for the pregnant woman crying whilst running (AKA, me).