Cats, Coffee, Crepes, & CrossFit

OMG so much to say, guys! I’m kidding. Except it has been a really busy week. Oddly enough, I took this week off to finish up my assignments for the semester and I have literally done no work at all related to school so far. But today I have to finish my paper because tomorrow, I have far too much to get done before we head out for vacation!

Anyway, so I can’t recap all my days in detail because that’d be too long and really, nobody cares, I’m sure. This post is brought to you by Tom and me.

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Sometimes you just want to eat a piece of cheese without your cat trying to be all up in your business, but I’m just so happy that this big orange blob is healthy again that I just let him run my entire house and sit anywhere he wants.

In other news, yesterday Jon got had a light day of work so I asked him if we could finally go to Julianna’s Crepes. I have been wanting to go there for so ridiculously long but just never end up going. It’s not really in a convenient part of town for us. But I saw it on a link I had saved and it reminded me how much I wanted to go, so we made it.

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It was so freaking delicious! They have a handful of sweet crepes and a handful of savory crepes. Their Nutella and strawberry crepe was better than a lot of the ones I had in Europe. Their savory one was also really awesome too, so I am seriously excited about going back and trying more of their crepes. They brew Batdorf & Bronson coffee so it really put me in the mood for a latte, but they don’t make lattes there.

Afterwards, I got Jon to stop at Dancing Goats for a Batdorf & Bronson vanilla latte.

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I’m definitely loving Batdorf & Bronson coffee lately. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many places that brew it around here (and make actual coffee drinks- some places make regular pots of coffee with their beans). The coffee is just so smooth though. It reminds me so much of Dutch Bros because Dutch Bros is some of the smoothest coffee I’ve ever had. Even Dutch Bros 911 (which is 6 shots of espresso) is super smooth and not bitter at all.

Speaking of Dutch Bros, there’s one in Carson City, Nevada! And it’s like, a mile off the main road we’re taking to Lake Tahoe! I am SO FREAKING EXCITED! I am definitely going to get some Dutch Bros! I seriously crave it all the time and can never get it, obviously, since it’s a Western US thing. I told Jon I want to open some franchises in Atlanta because Atlantans love their coffee too, but he told me no. #dreamcrusher

Monday night, Jon and I also had a date night together. We went to an older movie theater and saw Spotlight. We were one of three couples in the whole theater! And it was such an old theater and I just loved it. I want to make it our new date spot because it’s close and it was so cute! The movie was pretty good but the end was kind of disappointing. Gina said she saw the movie too and wasn’t a huge fan of it, but it has good reviews.

Tuesday night, Laura and I went and got Buford Hwy foot massages. Buford Hwy is the big international road the runs through the northern end of Atlanta, so anything “Buford Hwy…” usually indicates some sort of foreign experiences. The massages were not really anything special. The people did literally the exact same thing to our feet and I feel like if you’re going to give a massage, you need to make it specific to each person. What my feet need may not be what Laura’s feet need. There was also hardly any pressure and I left wanting Jon to give me a foot massage! But the atmosphere was nice and I decided I need to play spa music at my house more often to help de-stress. I haven’t done it yet though.

Thankfully, Jon did massage my feet when I got home from my foot massage that I actually paid for because he’s the best and he loves me. And then the next day Kassie told me that pregnant women need to be careful with foot massages because it can induce labor. So I googled it and there is so much stuff on google about inducing labor with foot massages! WTF! And the exact spots they showed were the exact spots where I have been sore and that Jon has really been focusing on. (My feet have reached a whole new level of being sore recently.) Good thing he hasn’t put me into labor yet!

Last night, we had our book club meeting at my house. Apparently there is a lot of drama in book club since I joined, since myself and one of the other girls don’t work normal hours. Before they would plan around her, but now there are two people to plan around. It has been so petty. And then at the last minute, one other girl cancelled. So it was Gina, Kassie, Rachel, and me. And we ate pizza and talked and I showed them all the baby clothes that Jon’s parents bought for us. It was just nice to hang to with friends, as always. I do love friend time!

I also made these Paleo pumpkin muffins that are delicious. If you leave out all the spices she mentions and just add cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg, that’s what I did. Except I added a ton of cinnamon. And cooked them for way longer than that says, but they are super good. (I ate all the golden pieces off the tops while they were halfway through cooking. So that’s why every muffin is missing part of the top.)

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Other than that, I managed to stay active this week. Clearly my sugar intake hasn’t decreased, but whatever. I did a 30-40 minute workout at LA Fitness on Tuesday. It was after I made my first French press coffee ever and definitely brewed it far too strong, but it was delicious and I drank all of it. So I killed the elliptical cause my energy was insane and then I felt totally out of it and weird from the caffeine. So the rest of my workout wasn’t that awesome. I went to CrossFit yesterday at my usual ClassPass gym and had to modify the entire thing since I’m trying to be careful not to further separate my abs. And then today I went to a CrossFit gym that I had gone to awhile ago on ClassPass (they didn’t have classes posted for a long time, so I haven’t been in a few months) and the owner was there, who I hadn’t met. But he was fun to talk to and I really liked the atmosphere and energy there today. I’m going back tomorrow, too. I plan on Saturday being an off day, and then our hotel has a gym in Tahoe so I’m taking gym clothes to hopefully work out every day that I’m there.

I also happened to work 4 hours this morning (I was called in) and I’ve already been called in from 7-11a tomorrow. So this afternoon will be my homework day and tomorrow will be my get-shit-done day before our trip.

Making Your Health a Priority

Yesterday, Jon and I had plans to go to my mom and dad’s house for dinner. I had to work till 3 so Jon decided to head to their house in the later afternoon. I had already told him that I’d be stopping by the gym on my way there and invited him to go, but he said we already had plans and he wasn’t going to the gym instead. (I did try to tell him that there is no set time to go to my parent’s house, which he knows too, but he wasn’t having it.)

When I called Jon at 3:45 saying I just arrived at the gym, he sounded grumpy. I asked if he was mad that I came to the gym and he said no, that he was just disappointed.

I had actually been thinking lately about the sacrifices you make in order to work out regularly. Back when I was doing CrossFit all the time, I’d tell people we’d have to make plans at a certain time so that I could shower before we met up on a Friday night.

Or does anybody have this conversation with themselves? I have two hours before I need to leave for class. I can either shower and nap, or I can go to the gym and eat and just go to class really dirty again? or If my haircut is at 2, I can either shower and be clean for my haircut, or I can just go to the gym and show up dirty. Is that gross to make them wash my hair after sweating that much? or If I go to the gym right now, I will have to meet up with Laura in my gym clothes. Should I just go home and change or show up again in gym clothes?

Part of being dedicated to staying active is making sacrifices. Instead of being lazy on the couch like you really want to do on a rainy day, you get up and move. Instead of having time to shower, you go to the gym. (By the way, the gym almost always wins, no matter what the dilemma is.) Sometimes I have to postpone my plans with Jon so that I have time to get a workout in and take a shower. I also always meal prep the night before work because I don’t eat prepackaged lunch foods, so I always have to allow time to cook when I’m planning my off days. I really do plan a lot of my life around having time to maintain my health.

It can be difficult staying active when you’re married to somebody who isn’t nearly as active. I’m really glad that I’ve finally recommitted to the gym and go very regularly, but when Jon and I are traveling, he won’t stop at a gym so we can work out. He still gets disappointed if I show up to my parent’s house an hour late so that I can have 35 minutes at the gym for a day! And I get it. I’d be frustrated if he wanted to go shooting on all of our trips or go fishing. But, he can tell me I’m being selfish for stopping by the gym before making it to my mom and dad’s. In my mind, it’s not. I mean, I wouldn’t show up to a wedding late for the gym and I wouldn’t make my family wait on me for dinner- I was getting there well before dinner! I don’t think taking care of yourself is selfish- it is what will preserve your health for when your have grandkids or even just 15 years from now if I have to be a caregiver for my mom and dad in their old age! (Note: I was not upset with Jon for his opinion and he wasn’t really upset with me for going to the gym, but I’m trying to show the two sides of this in a marriage as well.)

But we have fully capable bodies and the way to keep them capable as we age is to be active and to use it! I work with too many elderly patients who are overweight, have osteoporosis, COPD (can’t breathe), can barely walk, and I never want to that to be me. I’m really trying hard in our pre-baby phase to make sure working out is one of my top priorities so that it will remain important throughout our life, so that when we are two saggy geriatrics sitting next to each other, we can still live our lives to the fullest. Besides, when I go out on a hike or to enjoy nature with friends or family, I don’t want to be struggling to keep up or to breathe. Doesn’t it take away from the beauty of what you’re doing if you’re more focused on how you feel like you’re dying? I don’t want to that to be me.

Monday Updates: ClassPass, Shooting, Super Bowl

Happy Monday! I was actually supposed to work form 11-3 today for somebody, but they JUST called me off work for the four hours! I can’t say that I’m the least bit disappointed since I was really not feeling work today! Aside from a Svelte class (from ClassPass) this evening, my day is now wide open to get cleaning and taxes worked on! How fun.

This past week was a fairly busy one! I worked pretty much every other day, and the days I was off, Jon was off as well. I never really talked about it in my blog, but Jon quit school this past semester so that he could hopefully get a job as a clinical rep. It was a fairly long process and he found out at the end of January that he didn’t get the job, which came as a bit of a surprise. He is still only working Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays for right now (that’s what he was working while he was in school) and we’re hoping to get his work situation sorted out soon so that he can go back to full time. I want to make sure we have stable health insurance coverage if we’re going to be having babies. That’s also why I was waiting on an MRI, but clearly, that won’t be happening now. (I’m not too worried about the MRI since I’m definitely improving now. Slowly but surely!)

Anyway, when Jon and I have days off together during the week, we typically spend some time hanging out with each other so I don’t really get on the computer much! This past week we ran a bunch of errands and enjoyed a coffee shop together!

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We were hoping to hike, but it never ended up happening! We did go to the range one night for some shooting fun! I don’t think it’ll be a regular outing as it cost us close to $150 (WHO KNEW?!), but it was good to shoot my gun again and I got some hands on time with Jon’s. I like to make sure I remember how to use them every so often since they’re in the house and when Jon is out of town, I have to protect myself against any intruders! The cats won’t be much help. Also, that $150 was totally worth it because at the end, this guy came in with some really awesome guns and he let Jon shoot them and I haven’t seen him that excited in a long time! He was like a kid in a candy store. (That gun in the picture is mine. I prefer revolvers.)

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Last Wednesday night, Laura and I tried a Pure Barre class in Druid Hills and it was absolutely terrible. We were totally lost and the woman kept telling us to tuck and extend. Who knows what we were tucking. I thought our tailbone, but then in most of the positions, there was no way to tuck it? We were lost. We hated it. Fail. We won’t be going back. I did my first BodyPump class at Adrenaline GX on Saturday morning. It was super crowded but it was also a pretty good workout! I sweat a little bit, even if only from the warm air in the room. I was also excited to do squats, even if they were only with about 30#! No pain in my hip! I would like to give it a shot at LA Fitness when I can really focus on the movement, but I’m hopeful! Lunges are still out, but if I could do squats, I’d be a happy girl! Overall, I’m enjoying checking out these studios and getting a different type of workout! I do miss going to either CrossFit or LA Fitness because I’m not getting in much cardio or strength at these gyms, and I definitely miss it. This week I’m trying a TRX class (I am SO excited about this one!), a kettle bell class, and then Laura and I are going back to our Cardio Muscle Mix class that we did the other week. I may try to make it in to LA Fitness on my work nights this week and try to go for a run on my days off since I have a 5k coming up.

Also, I’ve had a lot of recent search terms about ClassPass and their cancellation policy! My guess is because it is nearly impossible to find anything on the website about it and there is no contact number to call them! But when I missed my very first class because I couldn’t find it, I had emailed ClassPass and they responded saying they know that sometimes people get sick or something happens and to just email them about it so they can cancel that $20 fee. The website tracks your classes, so I assume if cancellations happened frequently, the response may be different… But I was happy with the customer service regarding that class!

Last night Jon and I went over to Crista and Billy’s for the Super Bowl. I was totally not interested at all and was looking forward to going home after work, but it was good to see Crista! Thankfully we had a really slow afternoon at work (funny how people stay out of the ER when it’s convenient for them) so I wasn’t totally beat, but by the time we got home, I got ready for bed, read for 20 minutes, and crashed hard. I didn’t wake up till Tom sat on my face this morning for his morning cuddles!

Alrighty, time to go attempt to be productive in this dreary weather! It’s bumming me out!

ClassPass: Elevate Your Body

After my gym fail yesterday, I laid on the couch all day. Not even an exaggeration. I was nauseous and felt really under the weather, so I just watched Real World on Demand until Jon got home and made me something to eat. Then I napped. Then I took Benadryl and still went to bed by 10.

I met up with Laura this morning for another ClassPass try at Elevate Your Body for their cardio muscle mix class. It was a a smaller studio but as soon as we walked in, Ellen, the trainer for this morning’s class, was so welcoming! She ran us through how to set up our stations and asked Laura and I about our fitness. We started the class and it was a lot of stepping up onto the platforms and using 3# weights. I actually really enjoyed the class a lot! Ellen was great about asking throughout the class how everybody was doing, and at the end when she got to a more advanced ab move that nobody was doing, she changed it up to something we could all do. Although I don’t think my heart rate ever got all that high, my arms and abs were burning, even with the lighter weights.

The only thing I didn’t like (which would never stop me from going back) was that she said a few times that we were lifting lighter weights to build long, lean, feminine muscles and that we don’t use over 10# so that we don’t bulk up. I’m always against when trainers/coaches try to tell you what you would want to look like. I like building muscle. I like looking as strong as I feel. But like I said, it’s nothing that would ever stop me from recommending the studio. I still thought Ellen was great and it was such a nice way to change up a workout! And despite the class being an hour, I never got bored with it and started watching the clock (that frequently happens with me in these hour long classes).

I made a stop by Zukerino Pastry Shop right near my house. The bakery looks like a bit of a dump and is near a somewhat sketchy gas station. I’d never really had any interest in going there till I read a ton of 5 star reviews on yelp! So we gave it a shot and their baklava is out of this world! It was so dang good! Our interpreters used to bring baklava back to base when they would go home when we were in Iraq, and this was a million times better.

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After I got home this morning, I showered and Jon made me breakfast, and then I climbed back in bed for a 4 hour nap. We were wanting to go to the Chattahoochee Coffee Company that I went to last week since it’s sunny out, but I didn’t even have enough energy to get dressed. Instead I just laid on the bed and passed out.

I’m about to start getting ready for our date night. Today is our big one year anniversary! We made it! We’re going to the Melting Pot and then he said he has a surprise, so we’ll see what that is! Hopefully I’m rested up enough to make it out of the house for that long today since my energy level is just so low.

Workouts + Waffle Window

I had another day of staying in bed till 3pm! The rain was coming down pretty good today, so I lost all desire to get out of bed! No way I’m exploring in constant rain! I was awake a lot of the time, but really, I’m still enjoying my lazy days in bed! Can’t help it.

As soon as I got up, I headed out the door to the gym. I had a good mile run and then did some sumo deadlifts. I was able to lift more and go a little lower than I was before and actually think I may have been able to hit my weights on the floor at the end of every rep, but I didn’t. I made it through some Romanian deadlifts and some dips and a bit of an ab workout, but then I was feeling depleted! I go to the gym without eating first about 25% of the time and typically make it through fasted workouts just fine, but every once in awhile, I just want food! Today was one of those days. So I kept it short and sweet and headed out to get some waffles! (Duh- gotta refuel after a fasted workout.)

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I decided to head to the other Waffle Window on Alberta St today (this one was closer) and it definitely was cuter than the other one on Hawthorne St. This one actually had its own space!

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How cute is this place?

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I ate the same savory one as I did last time (Three B’s, added an egg) and then got a pumpkin pie waffle since it’s the last weekend for it! I ate part of the pumpkin pie one at home and it was good, but not as good as the savory one! I need to cut back again on my breads, but I’ll only be here to enjoy these for 2 more weeks, so I’m just kind of ignoring my eating habits for right now.

I ran some errands after that and then came home. I took some Benadryl tonight so I’m about to shut off the computer, get ready for bed, and do some reading! I’m headed to Seattle tomorrow to hang out for the day exploring and then at night, I’m going to Vashon Island with my oldest sister for the night and part of Tuesday! I’m excited!

I’ll check back in later!

Randoms!

1. I don’t think I’ve included this yet in my blog, but Jon is making the drive home with me! I have 19 days until he gets to Portland and I am way beyond excited! I was fine (missing him, of course, but nothing too crazy) until we booked his ticket to Portland and now that’s just about all I can think about! If you ever want to know how to make your first year of marriage work, just separate! Distance makes the heart grow fonder! Now I can enjoy my nightly hotel Forensic Files on the way home because I’ll have him to protect me and keep me safe!

2. My oldest sister is coming to an area close to Seattle next week with her fiancé! Hopefully the staffing coordinator at work will approve me to swap shifts with another girl so that I can actually go see her! It would be awesome to see Seattle (and I’m thinking I may spend the day beforehand up there too) and get to see my sister too!

3. My hip is finally getting better! I’ve been able to squat down at work without having any pain and I’ve noticed a decrease in the pain while I’m in bed (laying flat on my back and lifting my leg has been consistently very painful- finally improving!)! I may try to go to the gym this weekend and see how it feels there! I’ve noticed that every time it gets irritated, there’s a noticeable improvement in it when the irritation goes away. I won’t be going too crazy, but since I need to cancel my gym membership anyway, I might as well try to get a workout in! I’m really hoping to start squatting again by the first of the year, but I want to make sure I have a few weeks without pain first and I’ll most definitely be starting out at a very light weight (or no weight) and building back up.

4. While my hip is better, I’ve had a lot of left knee pain lately. I don’t know if I was somehow compensating for my hip on that side (thought my hip hasn’t bothered my while walking for awhile) or if my work shoes are screaming at my and telling me that they need to be replaced. Or maybe I just twisted it when I was getting out of the car and didn’t notice. Who knows! Not too concerned, but I’m tellin’ ya, I’m really feeling like my body is going downhill in my late 20s!

5. My roommate is making some Thanksgiving dinner in the crockpot and it smells amazing. I may have peeked in it (I know, you aren’t supposed to open a crockpot or it adds 30 minutes to the cooking time- or maybe that’s a lie- but I know she’s going to be cooking it plenty long enough tonight!) and saw turkey, stuffing, and green beans! What an awesome idea.

6. I got off work 1 1/2 hours early tonight. I normally wouldn’t have accepted an offer to leave early (I owe money if I’m short on hours), but I’m working Saturday night for a few hours for somebody and this allows me to give her another 1 1/2 hours off to spend with her husband! I’ll be heading down to bed in a few! It’s getting late.

7. I think my hormones have finally evened out after going off my birth control. I haven’t cried in awhile, so I’m hoping I’m back to normal! I can’t be crying regularly- that’s just not me!

8. BED TIME!

 

Working Out Through An Injury

As we’ve previously discussed multiple times now on this here blog, I popped my right hip at the bottom of a squat. No clue what happened (in the squat I do- I didn’t stretch enough beforehand and came out of the squat too quickly) to my hip. I was in such severe pain the first night that I couldn’t even sleep. I took 3 full weeks off from the gym entirely and tried not to do anything strenuous. I’ve been back a the gym for 3 weeks, but have been careful about doing anything that aggravates my hip and I have been going 2-3 times per week (all for less than 40 minutes each, and I do a lot of upper body lifts and run a mile in about 12 minutes every time I go).

I had a comment on my last post about how I should just hold off on the gym until it gets better, especially since I do occasionally go on (really short and easy) hikes and am still up and about all the time. I have always told people to rest with an injury! I tend to take time off completely when I have an injury. I didn’t initially with my thumb awhile back because I really though it was nothing. Once it was diagnosed, I stopped using it and started running.

So I thought to myself- why is it so hard for me to just not go to the gym right now?! 

I think the big reason really is my sanity. When I took 3 months off the gym for my thumb, I was busy! I was just moving into my condo. I went to Europe for 3 weeks. It was summer and I hung out with all my friends! Jon and I were in our early stages of dating again! I hate tons to do!

Now… I’m in Washington/Oregon alone. I have two friends here and one has a kid. They both work 9-5 jobs and also have lives outside of me (how dare they!). I get bored and I get lonely and I get grumpy. Those endorphins keep me going! I can be in a foul mood and that trip to the gym just resets me!

I also finally feel like I got back in the habit of the gym. I’ve always been really all or nothing with the gym. I either skip an entire month (or four) or I go all the time. There’s not much of a gray area! Lately, I’ve started seeing things other than CrossFit as exercise for me, and now even see things like hiking as exercise. It was hard for me to see anything where my heart race doesn’t really get up and I work up a huge sweat as a workout. I’ve been working on my overall fitness level in general and have really wanted to stay in the habit of going to the gym on a regular basis (whether that be 5 times a week or 2-3, I just don’t want to go an entire month or more without going anymore).

There’s two big reasons for that: 1. I really and truly believe in the good of exercise. I think it’s absolutely crucial to living a long healthy life and I see too many lives suffering because people didn’t care for their health (thank you, nursing). I can’t just preach everything and then do something completely different. 2. Jon and I have decided to have kids in the nearer future than we originally planned. I know it takes time to make something an actual habit (for a lifetime- not just a month long while I have time for it). My life will be crazy- working, grad school, and momming it (I can’t believe I’m referring to myself as a mom- weird). I need to make sure now that I will make time in the future to go to the gym, despite my crazy life, because I need to. I need to start creating a lifelong habit when my life actually allows for that (hello 36 hours of work a week with no other commitments at all). This is the least stressful my life has been in years. Maybe ever, aside from my deployment! (Thanks to not being a student and not working any overtime!)

We all know I used to struggle pretty severely with depression for years. I’d say at least a good five years, and there were frequently times where I felt suicidal. I absolutely worry about postpartum depression and know that in the past, staying active has really helped with that. So I want to know that if my life is crazy and I feel overwhelmed, that I will look to the one thing that has worked well in the past, and that’s being active. With the habit I’m creating now, I’m hoping to curb that postpartum depression (and hopefully that doesn’t happen to me, but I’m honestly going to be very shocked if it doesn’t) in the future.

So, as of now, because I have no diagnosis of what’s wrong, I can keep on going with my more minimal workouts. If I prolong the healing by a few weeks, then so be it. I’m not in a hurry to get back to CrossFit (that’s sort of a lie- I actually really want to go back, but I feel patient about not being able to for awhile) and I’m definitely not trying to run any races in my near future! I sort of feel like the overall emotional benefit is going to take precedence over the physical benefits of not going to the gym at this time.

This outlook may change in the future. I may get frustrated with the daily pain. I may decide I do just want to get back to CrossFit once and for all. But I’m not there yet.

New Shoes & Traveling to South Oregon

I got up at 9am today and decided to try and get this travelin’ show on the road! I had a fairly quick breakfast and headed out at 11, however, quickly realized I left my deodorant at home! I wanted a new camera lens cleaner also, so I made a pit stop by an insane Wal-Mart and then got on the road, only to make a second stop at REI in Salem! I returned the hiking boots I bought and kept the shoes, so I was pretty happy to get that $195 back! (The hiking shoes were on clearance for $75.)

There happened to be a Ross right by REI and I decided to stop in there as well. When I went to the Ross by me yesterday, they had Brooks Pure Drifts for $25, but they only had a 6.5 left and they were just a tad bit too small. I was super bummed! This Ross had only one pair left too, but in a 7!!! I was going to wear them for work and still may, but I don’t wear my work shoes for anything other than work (yah no, that stepping in blood and urine thing) and I might like these shoes too much to dedicate to the hospital. They’re so light, have a wider fit, don’t smash the tops of my feet, and they have a really minimal drop. I could easily use them for hiking shoes and stop getting my Minimus shoes all dirty. Or the other way around. I actually almost bought these shoes for $60 a few weeks ago and talked myself out of it because I was feeling cheap.

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Moving on with the trip! When I stopped to get gas, I was super excited to see the sign for this coffee! Definitely my new favorite!

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The drive really was not very pleasant! It was so ridiculously windy for over an hour and my car was blowing everywhere! I drove through the Cascades which was awesome, but it literally rained 85% of my drive! I had to make a quick pit stop on the side of the road for a potty break (no bathrooms in the mountains), and I was fortunate enough to find a fairly decent view when it was just barely drizzling!

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I actually saw tons of bright yellow aspens, but it was way too wet to get out and take pictures.

I ended up getting to Klamath Falls around 6:30pm and headed to a sushi place with 5 stars on yelp. Yelp is unreliable in small towns cause people just don’t know good food! I also waited for 25 minutes in an almost empty restaurant for two simple rolls. My food was slightly disappointing (I hate really sticky rice and that’s exactly what I got!) but I was starving so I ate it. I was also freezing since it’s in the 40s and rainy. Not used to this weather! I stopped by Sports Authority for thick hiking socks since tomorrow is a high of 49! Ah! Cold feet!

Now I’m just hanging out at a hotel, thinking about getting ready for bed, enjoying some Forensic Files (my hotel ritual) and then getting some sleep before Crater Lake tomorrow! The weather just changed today and shows sun in my forecast for tomorrow (thank goodness I moved away from the coast), so I’m really hoping that stays true! I am so tired of this rain!

Also, my hip was a bit more painful today, but I’m not sure if it’s because of my gym time yesterday or because I sat in the car and it got stiff for 6 hours today. Either way, I skipped the gym this morning on purpose so it could have a rest day before hiking! We’ll see how the next few days go with it!

1st Day Back at the Gym!

I went to the gym today! WOOHOO! I struggled through waking up at 10:30 in order to go get my fingerprints done, but I knew it had to get done. I was so tired and unmotivated, but I somehow managed to convince myself to just go look at a gym today and sign up for the membership. Then I managed to convince myself to just get some sort of workout done!

I ran 1/2 mile at 5.3-5.5 and 0 incline. I was going to go for a mile but I was so bored with running that slow that I quit. I couldn’t increase it at all because if I got any faster, my hip was “there.” Not painful, but noticeable. I did Russian deadlifts and felt comfortable as long as I kept them under 100#. When I went over that, it was more painful. I actually felt like my hip was pretty stiff and it was irritated walking around towards the end, but it feels back to normal now. No more pain than before I went at all. I’m just bummed at how limited my gym capabilities are and am really looking forward to this being behind me!

I got some Dutch Bros. coffee after and the gym + coffee managed to put a little pep in my step.

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With all this dreary weather and nearly constant drizzle, it’s hard to get anything done other than sleeping in and sitting on the couch!

I had to go grab some things at Target and ended up buying two shirts and then went to Ross and bought a pair of shoes (like I need black booties- probably not- but I will eventually wear them). I grabbed some food at Whole Foods and am now hanging out at home!

Juliette and Roy just got home, so I’m going to go visit with them. I’m hoping to get up early and maybe go get a hike done. I plan on heading out Sunday for Crater Lake!

Georgia Time & Haircuts

It’s Wednesday evening but I’ll post this for Thursday, since I’ll be working tomorrow (waaahhhh) and all. It really is so nice being home and I really wish I had stuck with my 3 week rule between assignments, but I’ll manage with these two! At least it’s more than I was home in the middle of my Plymouth assignment! I get to relax a little bit more and Jon is still having to work, so I get some alone time at the house which is really my favorite.

Tuesday was spent cleaning and getting my hair cut! I was so stinkin’ excited about my hair cut! I must have told Jon how excited I was about 12,000 times on our drive home on Monday. As a matter of fact, I told him so many times that he told me I was annoying him by repeating the same thing over and over again. Clearly men don’t get hair cuts. I could still rock my hair wavy, but straight was a mess. The ends were just all over the place and it wasn’t cute. See below (I’m the short one with too long of hair).

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Malcolm worked his magic on my hair and I am SO GLAD that it is shorter now!

After my hair cut, I threw together some chili in the crock pot and then Laura and I went and got ice cream together and had a nice relaxing evening. It was a beautiful night out and I am loving the Georgia weather right now! Spring and fall are the best times of the year!

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I had a weird filter on when Jon took the photo (I was wondering why all my cat pictures were coming out weird- fancy iPhones have too many options for me) so I ended up having to do my best to make it look more normal. But there’s my shorter hair! And me and Laura, of course. I’m hoping to be able to see her some more while I’m home, but it’s always so busy trying to fit in family time, husband/wife time, and friend time… AND me time (which is usually during the day while everybody works).

Jon and I made a quick Target run last night (need my shower caps and mine stretched out too much!) and then we went for a drive across from our house so I can learn to drive his Jeep. I used to drive it home from Florida occasionally but that was over 3 years ago. He wants to trade his Jeep in for a 4 door newer Jeep, but I told him he can’t trade in the Jeep for another manual until he teaches me how to drive it! I’m tired of only having one car that we can both drive! I actually did pretty well last night but I need way more practice before I go on any bigger roads!

Today I got a last minute phone call that my dentist had an opening for a cleaning, so I rushed out of bed to make it there to get these whites whiter. I kid. They’re not any whiter. But they are clean and the dentist adjusted the bite on my crown and my mouth feels 100x better now! I’ve been waiting to come home to have it done so my tooth has been super sensitive!

I made it to CrossFit in the afternoon! I was excited to go back to one of my old gyms, but nobody I knew was there! The owner came by briefly but there was a coach I’d never seen. Regardless, I had a good workout! We did 30 chest to bar pull-ups, 60 wall balls (I did 12#), and 90 double unders. I finished in 13:23, thanks to my double unders taking me 8 minutes. Felt good to sweat! It was also awkward cause the new coach asked how long I’ve been going to that gym. I said I had only gone for about 6 months prior to taking my travel assignment but that I had “been to other gyms before.” She then told me how great I was doing at everything and asked me if I can do handstands. I get it’s good to ask, but I got from her tone of asking that she was asking cause she thought I was new (also, by the amount of times she told me I have great pull ups). Then I didn’t want to be like, “Aaaaactualllly I’ve been doing it for 5 years,” so I just let it go. She was nice, regardless of how new she thinks I am. Maybe I should enjoy that she thinks I’m just some awesome person.

I’d like to say that I enjoyed the beautiful fall day taking a walk or going to the park, but I didn’t. Instead I came home and cleaned 13 weeks of fur off the floors. Jon just told me the other day that the cats don’t shed. They do. I tried to tell him that they do, but he said they don’t. I’m sure he has no idea they shed because I clean up the fur when I’m home and while I’m gone, it just accumulates under EVERYTHING on the floors. It was a serious job today. But the house is now spotless and I’m a happy woman!

This evening I headed to my parent’s with Jon. We hung out for a bit before going to Home Goods to look for a TV stand. We left with two nightstands for the guest bedroom (which is currently our roommate’s room). Coming home always breaks the bank because I don’t pay for anything while I travel. But then I come home and go to the dentist and get my hair cut (which is usually accompanied by a trip to Von Maur as well- the damage this time was only $21, not bad!!!), get my eyes checked, get my emissions done so I can get my registration this month for my car again… And then I make barely any money while I’m home and take time off work. Can’t wait to get some paychecks again! Travel nurse ones. Weekly.

Time to head to bed soon. Jon’s probably passed out already and I have to be at work at 7am, so gotta get some Zzzzzs.