Sunday, August 29, 2010

I Need A Dose Of Motivation

I have totally be slacking on my jogging lately. I don't know if I've been on a slump or something or what. I just haven't had the motivation or drive to get out of bed and do things. And it's not just the jogging. I've gotten bad with the soda thing. I said it's ok for me to have soda this week because my parents are up but really it needs to stop. I think I've kind of been realizing that I have to stop anyway because I'm just not feeling it with my body. Like it's a swift kick in the ass whenever I drink it now. Which could be a good thing. Anyway on to my jogging...

I'm not exactly sure why I have been slacking because there are so many great people-watching opportunities that come about whenever I go out. Today, however, was not one of them. I felt more like I was the spectator to other people's people watching pleasures. And I totally could have been. For starters, I feel like I was running faster than I normally do, which is cool. I felt really good today when I was on my jog.  I felt like I was floating the first loop. The next two loops I felt like I was down to business. I think the fact that I sing along to the music I listen to while I run and sometimes get a little into it with my shoulders and dance makes me to be quite a spectacle to those around me. Luckily, I tend to go out when not too many people are out, or awake, or can see me. That's a plus.

On the way home, three emo girls who looked like they were in 9th grade, trying their hardest to be hardcore and cool, totally busted me singing along to Danzig She Rides. At this point, I'm on my cool down period walking home. That's fine. Instead of doing the "embarrassed to get caught doing something embarrassing" act and stop singing, I look them all square in the eyes as I keep on singing my little heart out as if to tell them, "I am way older than you, I don't give a shit what you think about me singing alone as I walk down the street all sweaty and winded. I have more balls than all of you combined and I'll always be cooler and more hardcore than you. OH SNAP!" Yeah. Sometimes being old and condescending can be fun. I guess it's harmless ways grow ups get their kicks.

Good times.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Happy Wife Moments

1. Jesse and I were driving home from Carson a few weeks back and we were listening to the radio. The Eagle's Already Gone came on and Jesse says, "Hey, this song was playing in the car the first time we went shooting together!" Aww. He remembers a detail from so long ago. Long before we dated things were important because he cared.

2. A few mornings ago I was going in the safe to get out the Glock 36. I chambered a round and put it into my belly band to go jogging. I turn around and see Jesse zonked out asleep in bed smiling. I asked him what was so funny and he says he's smiling "just because". I guess the thought of your wife carrying on of your favorite guns to go jogging at 7am is a pleasant thought.

3. I call Jesse at work today to tell him not to tank up at lunch because I'm making beef bourguignon for dinner. I can hear the excitement in his voice as he says, "YOU READ MY MIND! I was going to call you and ask if you could make that!" Today totally felt like a beef bourguignon day and the fact Jesse got so excited about something as simple as dinner made me happy.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

All Epic Heroes Need A Song

So in a lame attempt at putting Charlie to bed, I go on with the usual list of lullabies and eventually run out and don't want to start from the beginning. What the hell more can I sing to him about? Pugs? No, I spent about 5 minute singing about pugs. Trains? Tuna Fish? Lifeguards? Been there, done that. Finally I had one of those moments of, "Why didn't I think of this earlier!?" I drew out my list of Tall Tale epic heroes and came upon my newest hero, Snowshoe Thompson! Alas, I made up a little tall tale campfire type song to put the boy to bed about Mr. Snowshoe Thompson. It didn't work but damned if it isn't a great new ballad!

The Ballad of Snowshoe Thompson
Snowshoe Thompson, Snowshoe Thompson,
Hero of the west,
Mailman of the Sierras.
Snowshoe Thompson, Snowshoe Thompson,
Doing all the things
No one else could dream of!

Trekking through the mountains
on skis, in the snow.
Didn't need a compass,
but he knew where to go.
Guided by the stars
and the rivers and the trees,
He could get it done and
that's what everyone believed.


Snowshoe Thompson, Snowshoe Thompson,
Hero of the west,
Mailman of the Sierras.
Snowshoe Thompson, Snowshoe Thompson,
Doing all the things
No one else could dream of!

A traveler lost his way
and didn't know if he'd survive,
But the hopes of Snowshoe passing
kept his hopes alive.
Lo and behold, Snowshoe did arrive
with doctors and ether to keep the man alive!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Reno People Strangeness

1. Crazy Cat Lady #3 - I see her regularly on my jogs around the lake. She usually has on the same outfit which consists of carnation pink shorts with an elastic waistband, a matching carnation pink and baby pink or dirty white striped t-shirt tucked tactfully into said shorts, and black snow boots. Yeah, I don't get it either. She has a cat with her... at the lake... on a leash and harness. Did I mention the harness is black leather with spikes?

2. That Guy - There is this old man downstairs. There is also this creepy guy who is with him a lot. I draw all kinds of conclusions as to what could possibly be going on. Assisted living? Loser son who looks to be in his 40s or 50s that can't get a job and has to live with dad? Some sort of gay boy toy? (Strangely the last theory seems to make the most sense.) Old man looks like your typical old dude. That's fine. He's a little odd, but that could just come with age. It's That Guy that is the weird one that I get a bad vibe from. He looks like Gerard Depardieu if he had silver grey hair. He also has this kind of oaf/giant manner to him. He is often walking up around our driveway and going back inside. He's not a smoker. He's not buying drugs. He just goes outside. If he needs air, they have a patio he can go out on. It's just strange. He always wears the same royal blue t-shirt too. Weird.

3. Crazy Duck People - Back to the lake. There's always some crazy people feeding the ducks at 7 in the morning. I guess that's what you do when you're retired and your kids don't talk to you or something, I dunno.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Measurements

I've kinda been tracking my weight loss for the past 2 years since Charlie was born as a way to keep myself in check with my health and to track the progression of where I've come with things. I always say so long as I'm under 200 lbs I'll be happy. That was the biggest I ever was when I gave birth and I don't want to be that big ever again. Of course I've gained a lot of weight over the years and I'm trying my hardest to get rid of it and tone up. Since Charlie was born I've been trying harder to watch what I eat and exercise. I believe that it takes months to put on pregnancy weight and it can take months to lose it all (unless you breastfeed and then you're burning 500 calories a day!) But I also believe the same applies to general weight gain and weight loss. I gained a lot of weight over the course of some 5 years and granted it could take just as long to go away. I don't believe in fad diets. I have spent the past 2 years changing my lifestyle from cutting back on fast food and soda to just eating healthier and exercising. It's nothing rapid but it works. I still go get fast food about once a week and I still will have ice cream. But I also run 3 miles 3 or 4 times a week and do sit ups and push ups afterward, not to mention I chase a 2 yr old around all day. I'm relaxed and enjoy my life and my food and I'm doing it one day at a time with a long term goal of a healthier life instead of a short term goal of losing a few pounds. The weight loss will come with the lifestyle. The lifestyle takes time. Good things take time, which is why patience is a virtue. :)


First prenatal appointment
November 2, 2007
Weight: 167 lbs.

Last day of pregnancy
May 8, 2008
Weight: 200 lbs.

6 Weeks Postpartum
June 23, 2008
Weight: 165 lbs.
Triceps: 11.5"
Bust: 39"
Waist: 34"
Tummy: 38"
Hips: 42.5"
Thighs: 24"


The very last time I measured myself
March 25, 2009:
Weight= 150 lbs.
Triceps= 11.25"
Bust= 36"
Waist=31.5"
Tummy=34"
Hips=36"
Thighs=22.25"

Where I'm at today       (difference from last measurements)   (difference from 6 weeks postpartum)
August 12, 2010                               appx. 1yr 5 months                       appx. 2 yrs 3months
Weight = 147 lbs                                   - 3 lbs                                       - 18 lbs
Triceps=11"                                          - 0.25" muscle                           -0.5"
Bust=35.5"                                            - 0.5"                                        - 4"
Waist=30"                                             - 1.5"                                        - 4"
Tummy=33.5"                                       - 0.5"                                         - 4.5"
Hips=35"                                               - 1"                                           - 7.5"
Thighs=22"                                            - 0.25"                                      - 2"

My haven't we come a long way... I'm proud of me and my accomplishments not to mention I'm 20 lbs less than I was the day of my first prenatal appointment. Go me! Woo!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Lefties Have Rights Too: Revolvers For Lefties

Let's face it. It's a right handed person's world. Everything is geared towards the right handed person. When it comes to guns, this still applies for the most part. While there are many semi-auto pistols that now come in ambidextrous models or even left handed models, the left handed revolver shooter can feel left in the dark. It is always hard to watch a left handed person learn to shoot a revolver designed for a right handed person. Fortunately, while most instructors do not have left handed revolvers on hand for classes, that doesn't mean they don't exist. There are options for left handed revolvers, even one specifically for the lefty.

Smith & Wesson recently introduced the Bodyguard, a compact revolver similar to the size of most J-frame revolvers. While it has an ambidextrous cylinder release on the top, it's not truly left handed as the cylinder still releases onto the left side of of the frame like every revolver geared to the right handed person.


Charter Arms, however, has been the front runner in the lefty revolver arms race with a revolver that is designed solely for the left handed shooter. Their Southpaw is your standard carry sized revolver. Not only is the cylinder release on the right side of the frame for a left handed shooter, but the cylinder additionally opens up onto the right side of the frame. For any lefties in the world who are interested in shooting revolvers but dislike having to learn as a righty, this is the best option. While Charter Arm's isn't as big of a name as Smith & Wesson, that doesn't take away it's credibility. It is still a manufacture of quality firearms.

Monday Funday

Ever notice how coupons are always made for products no one ever buys. Like seriously, who is going to buy two boxes of cake mix to want to save $0.50? That has nothing to do with any of this post. I just wanted to mention it.

I came home today to some new contracts. Freelancing is going well. Rent for the month is paid. Jesse gets paid Friday and it will be a bigger check than usual because his sick time or PTO was left off his last check. We only need part of it to pay for all our bills plus my shotgun class so it's nice to know financial obligations are paid for. Plus he will have a little extra. It's nice to know we can actually start to save some money for our trip to Cali in October for my sister's Sweet Thir-ty (sung in the tune of MTV's My Super Sweet 16)

I made good friends with some little ground critters today. It was pretty awesome. They hopped on my lap and ate Cheeze Its. We also checked out the Galena Creek Fish Hatchery. That's where we want to do our vow renewal at. I got some pics of the place. It's got a great view of the pond. Super pretty. We also walked around looking at the old historic ruins. It was a good time. I caught some fish. We finished it off with In N Out.

Needless to say right now I am a super happy camper.


My Ground Critter friend



By some old irrigation shed


Jesse and Charlie at the fish hatchery on the north east end


Jesse and Charlie at the fish hatchery on the south east end


Me and the boy at the view of the pond from the fish hatchery