Sorry it has been ridiculously long since my last post…life got so busy and hectic between my new job and my husband finally coming home that I barely have had time to think!
The biggest update of course is…
Sorry it has been ridiculously long since my last post…life got so busy and hectic between my new job and my husband finally coming home that I barely have had time to think!
The biggest update of course is…
So much has been going on! Some HUGE milestones that I have been waiting for, as they are huge indicators that June is on it’s way and my hubby will soon be home where he belongs! End of internship, finals for grad school, my half marathon, among other things…so busy yet a really happy kind of busy!
First I need to share this awesome mini path we found to a local beach. My friend Tim came to visit and we decided to go to a seafood place a town over that my husband loves. Now when hubby is home, he is way too excited for food to bother going for a walk around the town, so we have never found this awesome path before! Excited to show him when he gets back!
My internship has drawn to a close! 300 hours in one year DONE! I know 300 doesn’t sound like a lot, but when they are 300 unpaid hours that you are fitting in along with 2 parttime jobs and a fulltime grad class schedule, plus a deployed husband, it’s definitely a big chunk of time!
My last day outfit…
The gifts I made for my supervisors…
The nice flowers my supervisor gave me:)
The weather has been fabulous and the puppies have enjoyed MANY hikes lately…gotta love the springtime!
In honor of earth day, I busted out one of my favorite qyotes from one of my favorite books…I would love to get this as a tattoo someday…
Or this…. can’t decide…maybe I’ll get both…
Been keeping up with eating healthy, mainly because I eat the same thing every single day…an example of my tuna burger and broccoli lunches…
I’ve started adding dinner into my routine…trying to get an extra serving of protein and veggies into my diet, especially on days I work out extra hard…
I saw this shirt on tumblr and I WANT IT!
Another hiking picture…just because it’s been a huge part of my week…
I think this is one of the greatest pictures ever….as soon as a lay out my blanket to tan, the little monster wants to join me…just as I went to take a picture of her she yawned and she looks like a total monster with her mouth open haha!
Little boy enjoyed the sun as well!
Really ramped up my training for my race…and I’m getting my awesome running legs back!! Love feeling strong and fit!
I’ve been trying to master fallen angel pose in yoga…it’s not perfect but I’m getting there:)
THE COUNTDOWN IS GETTING SHORTER!!!!!! (this countdown is in no way accurate for actual homecoming dates….we only know he is coming home in June, so I have the countdown for June 1st…no security violations here!)
Another hike…this time to the giant field of sand dunes!
MY idea of a perfect day…puppies, sun, and a giant mug of tea!
Yesterday was my long awaited half marathon!!! A beautiful early start at the beach!
Luckily my sister is law is smart and brought an extra long sleeve shirt…I wouldve been FREEZING waiting around in my tank top!
My old roommate came to run with us! Note her post-race carbo fest…muffin and pizza haha!
I ran with my Pro Compression socks and OH MY GOD…not a single blister!!!!!!!!!!!! Also my feet didn’t go numb…and my legs are SOOO not sore! I am in LOVE with these things!!!!!!!
It’s SPRING! THERE ARE TULIPS IN MY YARD!!!! I love spring, if you couldn’t tell:)
Look how short that paper chain is getting! Remember when it went to both sides of the mirror and then over to the lamp!?! So close!!!!!
And like a true nerd…had to wear my race tshirt to work today:)
Can we tell it’s getting to be that time? Even though it’s still far away in some regards, it’s also seeming more and more close….meaning it’s been harder and harder to concentrate and keep a train of thought. My husband is coming home in roughly two months and I am too excited to sit still! Maybe getting back into this blog, which helped keep me sane at the beginning of the deployment, will keep me sane for the end of it as well!
Let’s start by introducing what I thought was a GREAT Yoga Journal article, by Coral Brown, a teacher right here in RI! It is about strengthening your core, but she comes from the stance of your physical, emotional, and spiritual core…I really liked her paralels to strength and acceptance rather than the mainstream “Get a 6-pack now!” type articles in most fitness magazines. Cool stuff, check it out!
I taught a fair bit of yoga the last two weeks…always the anchor that keeps me grounded!
I am super psyched to be feeling healthy and STRONG again, finally! My muscles are back , I feel energized, able, and so happy and confident in my body again. I credit so much of this with yoga. Running has definitely been a huge factor, with getting my legs and energy levels and strength back, however yoga has been the biggest change in my life this year…teaching 4-5 times a week plus my own practice….my arms are stronger and more jacked than when I used to lift every other day. I never realized the power of body weight exercises like chataranga and crow until now! Love feeling strong and seeing new progress every week!
Sunny weather means lots of hiking for the puppies this week! (Also it was school vacation so I didnt have internship for five whole days!!)
I made them pose for a few pictures, they weren’t too amused haha.
By the end of the week, Chlo-chlo was EXHAUSTED, so she took a nice nap in the sun… MOST EPIC PICTURE EVER…
Every send some prayers out for our little foster pup who my mom adopted…he was attacked by a dog out on a walk and has a few puncture wounds:( He is healing well, but it is such a shame that the other owner was so irresponsible…police are investigating and it looks like the owner may be charged with cruelty to the dog, which makes sense because dogs aren’t just vicious for no reason. Sad situation, but I am glad he is feeling good…sending good vibes his way!
We went for a wonderful hike this weekend…well actually two…one to tire the dogs out, then another one to find this awesome view and climb some fun cliffs! Of course I had to do yoga on every boulder…
And who can see a bridge without DOING a bridge on it? Not this girl…
I also used my mornings off to finish painting the living room! Yay for happy bright colors every where!
And…..surprise! More hikes at my favorite place!!! These sand dunes make me feel like I’m living the dream out West, so that’s what I pretend whenever I’m hiking there…
Poor pups were tired after all of my hiking adventures this week…they say “Ok, you can go back to internship now!”
I LOVE this mix on 8tracks…so perfect for this upbeat sunny weather we’ve been having!
We finally have a working LIGHT in our bedroom! Since we’ve moved in we’ve relied on awkwardly placed lamps that have resulted in lots of stubbed toes…now let there be light!! Next project before hubby comes home is a nice dark wood floor install and then our new bed comforter set…I think the dark browns will make the lavendar walls look less tacky..it didn’t look as ‘purple’ in the sample…
On a side note, this just about summed up my week….I made SO many cookies!
Took the pups for another hike today…then we got kicked out because apparently the air force uses the area to practice air drops of supplies on random days…super safe! Haha. I decided to go for a 4 mile run, which for some reason was a struggle…need to take some time off so I am all rested up for the half marathon….which is in less than two weeks!!!! It snuck up on me fast, and my longest run has been less than 6.5miles…it’s gonna be rough…
On a side note, when I flipped to the back of YJ today, I saw this….how…is…this…even…possible….????
Once again, I have fallen almost a week behind on updates, but life has been hectic lately! It’s like everything is falling into place at once the last few days!
Our new center beam is finally finished! The living room is still in disarray, but it’s just good to know that the house is now safe! A fresh coat of paint and some creative furniture rearranging and we’ll be as good as new!
On a side note, our little monster dog ate the cage off of my spin bike pedal! Evil! Her master plan for my workouts to all revolve around walking her…
My new obsession is looking up crazy awesome yoga poses I want to learn on tumblr and pinterest….some of my new favorite obsessions…
The pups love having their couch back! Giant snuggle party as soon as the living room was free and clear!
I had a great weekend full of teaching yoga and meeting up with old friends! And on Sunday I was able to meet up with an awesome yoga student/friend of mine for coffee to discuss an interview she had helped me set up at her workplace! It was great and I’m really looking forward to it!
While at Whole Foods, I picked up some herbs that I’ve been reading about for helping with chronic allergies/autoimmune issues…I’ve only been taking them about a week, but wow, they really do seem to be helping! I have read some awesome articles lately on how inflamation is the root cause of so many issues, especially in those with immune system problems! (Kris Carr wrote another great article on this just this week you should check it out!) The quercetin and tumeric are great antiinflammatories and the ashwagandha is an adaptogen, meaning it helps your immune system react to stress.
I’ve also started a new book by the Dalai Llama…I love books on Buddhist meditation if you cant tell…
Now, realistically I shouldn’t finish this book until the summer because I have about 6 other books I SHOULD be reading for school…..
Hubby sent an awesome handmade rug home and the dogs ADORE it….so of course we had a photo shoot…
I had such a puppy-tastic week! The weather is finally getting nicer and we took full advantage with many fun yard play dates and hikes!
Chloe don’t take no trouble from no body!
Jack biting Chloe’s head…no big deal…
A wonderful view!
Posing with monster dog!
Yesterday was my first big interview of the week! I am kind of torn because in an hour I will have my second big interview. Both jobs are really similar…clinician jobs in the human services field. One is dealing with foster kids and foster families, which has always been my area of focus and most interest…but it has a higher caseload and lots of responsibilties. Job two is much more therapy focused and I would be specializing in MST therapy in home, which deals with kids at severe risk for placements. It seems like parts of it would be more intense and clinical, however its a smaller caseload. Both jobs pay the same and both have really interesting aspects to them. Obviously I don’t know if I’ll get offered one or both or neither so I’m trying not to over-stress. However, in the event I was offered both I really don’t know which one I’d take!
Anyway, here’s my pretty dress…I feel so professional! I never get to dress up with my usual jobs so I felt super pretty and fancy the last two days!
And finally…my best friend sent me this hysterical ‘reasons to eat healthy’ picture last night….EPIC.
Do I always start off my posts with pictures of the dogs? ….yes, yes, I do…
Nothing beats sunny days and puppy kisses!
And cute puppy naps!
I am SO excited to run our yoga mala 108 sun salutations event tomorrow! We are going to bring in the spring and hopefully get the warm weather back since we had a freak snow storm Monday night!
I made a quick whole foods stop on my way home before yoga Wednesday night…needed to buy lots of yummy food to prepare me for my 4-day YogaFit Level 4 training in Boston!!!
A beautiful view from our conference room…
Love me some free shirts:)
The training was at the Boston Hyatt Harborside and the views were amazing!
I really really enjoyed learning basic Sanskrit for the pose names. I forgot how much I LOVE and excel at learning languages. I would really love to learn even more Sanskrit and am once again dedicated to relearning Spanish and at least one other language in my life. I am having so much fun going over the pose names in my head and learning the unique pronounciations. I am excited to bring some of them to my classes as well!
My dog sitter sent me this funny series of photos that totally sum up the pups…
I got home from the 2 hour drive around 830, made lunch for the next day, then slept and woke up once more at 5am to beat the traffic and get there by 7…
Another lovely day!
Delving into the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras…LOVE love love the yoga philosophy part of teacher training. I have always been drawn to sutra 1:33, “MAITRI KARUNA MUDITOPEKSANAM SUKHA DUHKHA PUNYAPUNYA VISAYANAM BHAVANATAS CITTA PRASADANAM.
By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.” Now that I can pronounce the Sanskrit, I am really considering getting the script for this as a tattoo…I feel like it is such an important lesson to remember every day…
I absolutely loved the vinyasa classes each day! Day two was the day of backbends…my specialty!!! I may not be able to do handstands or headstands or crazy hip openers, but give me a chance to drop from standing into wheel or flip a downward dog to wild thing and I’m there!
Day three brought another 5am wakeup, and I made it to the 7am bonus class! Day 3 also brought the need for some extra caffeine…
I’ve had these malas hanging up in my room for I dont know how many years…I dont even remember where I got them from! Sadly they are somehow missing one bead, so they are a 107 mala! Oh well, I still think they are pretty and I love the mysterious aspect that I have no idea where they came from!
Watching the sailboats on the harbor took up my afternoon…
More Sanskrit! So much fun!
During break we took a little walk on the water…so gorgeous out, even though it was pretty cold…
I have a problem with taking too many pictures!
Of course I needed to do some crazy yoga poses while we were outside…who doesn’t do yoga in the 30 degree weather?
Onto day 4! It was amazing how fast the weekend went by. A 4 day training seemed so daunting, but it was the last day before we even knew it! This had a lot to do with our instructors, Tracy and Lisa…they were truly amazing and inspirational each step of the way!
Day 4 is inversion day…and with orthostatic hypotension, I can’t really go upside down. But I totally love this halfway up modification we learned in level 3, so I stuck with this for the practice. All the benefits of an inversion without the passing out lol.
Another photo shoot followed lunch…my friend Ashley and I had way too much fun coming up with crazy poses to do in front of the city skyline…
Fun partnering poses!
….annndddd TADA! My Level 4 certification! Now I just have Level 5, retrain level 1, Yoga for Seniors, Yoga Back , and I think one other one-day workshop and I will have my 200! I’m getting there! It will happen:)
Now onto other random things from this week…
Runner’s World sent me this great article on strengthening exercises…this one for shin splints looks awesome and I definitely need to build more lower leg strength so I can’t wait to try it!
First day back after Level 4….I was planning on an easy day with some cardio, but my friend needed a last minute Pilates sub, so I jumped in! With some green tea, I was ready to go and it was fun to incorporate some new moves into the class I had learned this weekend!
I had such a good idea on carrying multiple yoga mats for our event on Monday night…I felt like a genius…
I don’t know why I got such a laugh out of this, but I paused the Biggest Loser finale at a random moment when Allison Sweeney looked like a zombie and texted it to my friend Katie and we laughed about it for a good ten minutes….
Freak snowstorm …really?!?!?!
I’m trying to make an effort to eat REAL dinners most nights of the week. Usually I just eat a snack for dinner, but I am trying to incorporate more healthy proteins into my dinner now.
This picture summed up my entire day…
Wednesday came with a trip to the orthopedist to make sure I wasn’t developing a new stress fracture in my leg (yay I wasn’t!) The doc helped me to figure out how to change my gait to avoid putting pressure on the outside of my leg and how to stregthen around my knees to avoid the pain I’ve been getting. I’m hoping I get through the half in April with no injuries!
I’ve been away from the blog for one whole week! Everything has been happening all at once and life has been crazy! But no complaints here (mainly because I have been complaining too much the past week to everyone else and I’m tired of it!)…I am taking a look at the positive side of everything and enjoying my life one day at a time! To start off with, all these crazy happenings have just made the last week fly by, and that means it is that much sooner until hubby comes home! Another plus is that dealing with household emergencies and a crazy work and internship and school schedule just reassures me that I am totally competent and in charge of my life right now, and that feels great!
A nice surprise pick me up came in the mail last week….cute gifts from E! I love the random teddy bear with greetings from Afghanistan…matched my Kuwaitit camel from last deployment! Also, I am a huge sucker for precious stones…forget gold and diamonds and bling, give this hippie girl lapis and jade and turquoise and I’m good to go! I really loved my gifts and it felt nice to be thought of. Good job, husband!
And now, a picture that totally sums up our two pups…Jack running for his life and Chloe with a crazy open mouth “im coming for you!” grin!
The past two weeks have been a total running party…speed workouts and all types of fun stuff (until my old injuries started acting up which I’ll talk about later…)
This was my first sub 30 5k in I don’t know how long!
Rocking my new necklace and loving my hippie hair getting longer and longer!
We got a surprise random blizzard on Friday…the dogs were NOT impressed. “Mom…wtf??? Why is that white stuff back?!?!”
…guess we’ll just have to hide under the blankets all day!
Ok…everyone in the world is going to either judge me or secretly are also hiding their bad habit, but….
After giving it up almost all winter, minus going once or twice , I caved and went tanning again… the blizzard totally threw me and my SAD was like “oh HELL no, winter is supposed to be gone, this is horrible and the world is ending!” …so I jumped in the fake bake bed for 10 minutes…let the judging begin. I wanted to share only because I know there are still closet tanners out there and I am doing so good at beating my tanning addiction, but as long as I live in New England there are going to be those winter days here and there that I just can’t get away from it!
I saw this on pinterest and about died laughing…this is SO me every deployment…but hey, let’s be honest, I’m not exactly in the smooth legs club all the time when hubby is home either.
Another sub 30 5k!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!! And a blurry picture because I was still running haha….mad skills at life.
Vicious pit bulls that have to sleep with their head directly on your chest so they can feel your heart beat….preciousness overload!
My friend sent me this and it is SO true. I am totally that girl and proud of it….as evidenced by today’s completely random and in no way sporadic post haha! Common themes that run through a post? Who DOES that?
AAAaaaaannnndddddd…..SPRING IS BACK! Let’s celebrate by laying in the grass happily!
I think I see a discrepancy in toy size to dog size ratio…
Somewhere in between all of these things was spring break…which wasn’t really a break for me, but I did have no class and there were no students on campus which made work a lot easier haha!
Then came the weekend…
I SOOOOO wish Eric was home to see the gem I discovered on SyFy network this weekend….a movie about military engineered camel spiders?!?! Oh hell yes.
Sunday morning yoga was fun, and one of my friends came so it was great to have her come to her first Theresa-led yoga class. Afterwards, her husband and our other friend helped me with some things around the house that I couldn’t figure out on my own. Did I tell you in addition to all the structural problems we had last week, that our septic almost overflowed? Yay…crazy murphy’s law of deployments… So we drained the washer out to the garden and now there will be that many less gallons of water to cause sewage chaos in our back yard…aren’t you excited to read about sewage? I know I sure am…lies…all lies…
Sunday afternoon it was time for a nice relaxing hike!
We found a random teepee in the woods so I of COURSE had to go inside! Who wouldn’t?
And when you find a rusty old tire swing in the middle of no where who DOESNT swing on it?
…same with rusty old gates…
I was SO happy that the surprise baby shower I threw my boss on Monday went well! It is SO hard to surprise her and we NAILED it. She was almost mad that we got one over on her haha! Everyone had a blast and she was so happy. I made her two paintings…one for the baby’s room with inspirational quotes and one for her other daughter’s room with a cute quote about sisters on it since she will be a first time sister soon!
With Monday came structural repair week!
So….turns out I wasn’t paranoid and that big center beam that was sagging so bad?? …Yep…..it’s resting on a TWO BY FOUR….someone TOOK OUT A WALL and rested the CENTER BEAM on a TWO BY FOUR…are you kidding?????
To escape from the $7000 disaster that is my house, I took the pups for a nice hike…so much fun.
And at night I went for a lovely run!
I had to share my conversation with my best friend from home as she was trying to motivate me to go out for my run…I love that even 1000 miles apart we are still best friends. By the way go check out her blog…. Eat well, Run hard, Love yourself…
Sadly, after my run, the old injuries I’ve been ignoring all started to rear their ugly heads again…old fractures, old achilles, old knees, and old ankles… all at once! Not sure if it was the hills, the speedwork, the distance…or maybe everything combined, but crap…not good! I am taking a few days off and I got a referral today to go see an orthopedist. I have a sneaking suspicion that my horrible running form and really weird gate are the root cause of my injuries. Running is the only thing that causes my injuries to flare up, which sucks because running is my favorite thing….but I’ve had a few people tell me, in the nicest way they could, that I run like a total weirdo. This is the same reason I teach dance instead of perform…I have tibial torsion so my feet point outwards, which means to run normally, my feet either have to go out like I’m in first position in dance to keep my knees facing forward, which then torques my ankles and hips, OR my knees have to bow inward to keep my feet straight. Yes, I’m aware I am a giant trainwreck…I’m just hoping that the doctors can figure it out…I don’t care if I have to wear Forrest Gump leg braces, I just want to be able to run again!!!!
My new favorite cold drink…honestly it is AMAZING go try it! And no, they aren’t paying me to say this…although I wish they were…with a lifetime supply of these drinks haha!
I love taking the dogs with my to run errands…can you spot the pit bulls?
Since we cant go in our living room, I drug a recliner to our dining room to relax and watch tv. The doggies of course KNEW it was for them too and decided we should all pile on there together…this was such a comfortable set up for all involved. Just look at how snuggly we all look? Five minutes later the recliner collapsed and scared us all half to death…fun night.
As always, lets start out with a nice big hello from the kiddos…
“Hi! …can we have our treat now?”
So let’s start out with the bad news….our house is basically falling down. Yes, along with the theme of “f— it all february”, it turns out we missed something pretty big when we bought the house…
Yeah…that’s a good three foot section of the main support beam MISSING…vanished…cut out…gone…out of the picture…
Never a good thing…
But I’m handling it surprisingly well!
Case in point:
Excuse my french….was just SO happy and SO positive I had to enhance it with colorful adjectives… ughhhh!
I was really upset and overwhelmed with all the house stuff, and trying to figure out taxes, along with the 50 other house projects I’ve been working on….oh and work and school and interning AND being sick….. you get the picture.
But then I took a step back, took a deep breath, and reminded myself that I am so lucky and grateful for the life that I have. I am surrounded by loving friends and family, the two cuddliest puppies every, I have great jobs and internships, I’m in school, and our deployment countdown is slowly getting smaller and smaller. AND the weather has magically gotten brighter…instant spring! No matter what happens with the house, we have been super responsible and saved up enough to cover anything that needs done. No matter how much I may want to complain, I dont deserve to, because I am in such a good position in my life and this is nothing I can’t handle.
Time for an inspirational Thich Naht Han quote, since he sums things up better than I ever could…
As SOON as the snow melted, we needed a hike! So this week, with the cold and mud and damp, I laced up my boots and out we went!
It was so nice to be out in the fresh air again! We have been cooped up far too long this winter!
And there is nothing like the peaceful puppy sleep you get after a hike!
Wednesday was great…I taught two wonderful yoga classes and it felt so good to be healthy enough to really teach all out. Yoga is so therapeutic! I woke up to a message from the studio owner asking me to add another of my yogalates classes to the schedule! Last night was PACKED and she wants to put another one on the schedule! Everyone loves it! I was SO happy:) I made a new playlist of my favorite songs of the month, so here it is!
Today has been wonderful…I was supposed to give a big presentation but class got cancelled! So I packed up the pups and drove an hour to our FAVORITE secluded beach! 3 miles of shoreline…and it was the perfect day! No one else around…just the sand and the waves and the wind and the sun….oh my goodness, spring is really coming!!!!
I wanted to get a cute picture…but when I asked the puppies to sit it went a little like this….
Sit? WHY?!? Are you tricking us? Is there another dog you are distracting us from?!?!
Stay? Nooooooo….you must mean come and give me kisses if you are sitting in the sand!!!
Oh…picture time? Why didn’t you just say so…let’s look regal and adorable…ready go!
Tonight should be fun…off to the gym to train a client at 7, then working (aka working out) til close at midnight. Not the biggest fan of late shifts, but it’s a good excuse to get a long run in on the treadmill or track since I’m stuck there for a few hours. I NEED to get my mileage up. Last week’s illness put me off track and I want to be ready for the race in April….5 miles is my long run now…gotta get comfortable with 13 again and I have two months…time to work!