Wednesday, March 30, 2011

So much to say, so little time

Hey there bloggers...I started this post on Monday after work but saved it as a draft without publishing it because I had homework I needed to get done, and I had planned this whole productive afternoon and evening out which didn't include blogging until after I was done with my to-do list.  Unfortunately, I never got around to finishing the post.  And then yesterday was not the day I thought it would be either but more on that in a bit.

Sunday I had planned on working on my assignments for history of rock and roll that are due next week.  But because of the fact that those assignments are due next week, meaning I was (or would be) working ahead, I gave myself an excuse to not put in as much effort as I should have.  I got nothing done yesterday :(  I read one section of the assigned reading and then just kind of messed around online and watched TV.  So in a nut shell, nothing got done.

My plan for Monday afternoon to make up for Sunday's lack of productivity was to do the following before dinner. 

  • Speech - No speech for this unit but there was an activity needed to be done by Monday.  The plan was to have this completed before my parents came home and we ate dinner.

  • Laundry - Put laundry in while working on speech assignment.

  • Walk the dog (with parents?) - After dinner take a walk with my dog Duke and possibly my parents if they chose to come with me.

  • Watch Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) with Alexis - This one is pretty self-explanatory :)

While I didn't carry out my plan as well as I had been thinking I would I did pretty well.

  • Speech - Started reading articles to do the opening activity but did not finish the assignment before dinner.  Because of the walk and DWTS I didn't finish the assignment until around 10pm.  By this time there was still hardly any posts by other students so I decided I would do the response the next day.

  • Laundry - Success!  I didn't get all of my laundry done but I did do some.

  • Walk with Duke - Another success!  After dinner both of my parents and I headed out on a walk.  I walk faster than my mom so she told me to go ahead, she would walk with my dad.  I had Duke so I wasn't walking alone, even though I had no one to talk to ;)  Duke and I went 1.89 miles in 31 minutes, shaving off 2 minutes from the week before when we did the same walk.  Wanting to get home in time for DWTS was motivating obviously ;)

  • Watch DWTS w/Alexis - Success again!  I love watching DWTS and it was even better "watching" it with Alexis.  She is just too funny sometimes, but I love it.  I'm rooting for Chelsea (the Disney star) and Kirstie Alley this season.  I've voted both weeks for them and it has paid off because neither of them were eliminated last night.  Oh by the way, Maks is HOT! I would definitely dance my butt off for him ;)

Yesterday (Tuesday) I had no work and no class to attend so I was thinking it would be a great day to be super productive for my online classes.  I should have never turned on the movie channels yesterday...all my productivity went down the tube then.  I watched The Bounty Hunter with Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston, Dear John mmm Channing Tatum!!, The Ugle Truth (love love love Gerard and Katherine Heigle (sp??)), and I rounded out the day with Rock Star which had Jennifer Aniston in it.  I had never heard of this movie until I found it on CMT yesterday.  It was from 2001.  Not a bad movie. 

I did all of this movie watching after I had gone in to have my blood drawn for labs early in the morning.  On Monday (the 4th) I am seeing my doctor for my yearly visit and she decided last year that I should have labs done up, I think to just get a baseline of my cholesterol but I'm not really sure.  I am a bit nervous to find out what the labs say.  I am really hoping that my weight gain and lack of weight loss has not affected my health.

I've finally created a new page on my blog.  I decided to make it My Journey page of my weight loss.  I am going to do my best to take pictures on a regular basis and post them along with posting my weigh ins on this page.  I have never been one for measuring but if I do end up taking measurements I will also post them there.  Basically anything that can serve as a means to track my weight loss will be on this page.  I took my first pictures Monday and posted them there.  You can check it out here.  I also weighed myself on my Wii Fit yesterday before eating breakfast so that is also posted there.

I was browsing through Hollie's blog roll Sunday and chose to check out A Taste of Confidence.  I found a book review of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and found myself really interested in the book so I requested it from the public library.  It also helps that a movie based on the book is coming out with Robert Pattison and Reese Witherspoon ;)  It was when I was on the public library's website that I discovered I own a book by the same author.  I have already read Riding Lesson but it was a while ago so I started re-reading it.  It's an awesome book.  I had always been on the look-out for the sequel whenever I saw books at the store but I never found it.  I decided to request it from the library as well along with The Horse Whisperer that was mentioned on the back of Riding Lesson.  The Horse Whisperer is already ready for me to pick up so after work today I'll be stopping at the library.  Unfortunately, Water for Elephants is a popular book right now and I am number four on the request list so I don't think I'll be getting that book as quickly.

Besides the books I am getting from the library I just received the next 3 books in the Pretty Little Liars series on Monday.  I picked up the first 3 from Barnes and Noble when I took Duke in for a grooming and had 3 hours to fill.  I started watching the TV series based on the books last summer.  I DVR'd the whole season the day of the summer finale (they re-aired all the episodes that day).  And then this spring I have been watching the new episode every week.  Sadly the spring finale was last week so now I have to wait until summer for more episodes.  I love the show but from what I've read of the books so far it's pretty different.  I like them both equally though despite the differences between the two.

I apologize for this really long post.  I guess I had a lot to say, and I'm not even out of things to say yet!  But I'm going to call this the end for today before I put you all to sleep ;)

I hope you have had a marvelous Monday, a terrific Tuesday, and a wonderful Wednesday so far this week.


When books are made into TV series or movies do you love 'em or hate 'em compared to the book?

Twilight comes to mind for me...I LOVE the books more than I love the movies buuut I LOVE the movies too.  I've read the books multiple times and watched the movies multiple times :)

Is there a book you highly recommend everyone to read??

Until next time...


Jess said...

Thanks for the shout out!

Amy @ countrystrong21 said...

You're welcome! I can't wait to read Water for Elephants now after reading your review!

Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) said...

I love Jess's blog! Another good one to check out. :)

I'm glad you added that page to your blog Amy, it can only help you and keep you motivated. You are going to do well and I think this is only the beginning on your life changing journey.

Amy @ countrystrong21 said...

Thank you for all of your support Hollie! It is so great to have someone like you supporting me. I appreciate it so much.

antoszewskia said...

This has nothing to do with your post-- sorry but heres that LOL cat i wanted you to look at yesterday!

Amy @ countrystrong21 said...

LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing with me :)

TheCreamFilling said...

I really, really want to read Water for Elephants!

A progress page is a great way to stay motivated :) Good luck! I am sure you will be successful in your journey.

Amy @ countrystrong21 said...

I can't wait to read it. I was notified Friday that it was available for me to pick it up from the library so I'll be getting it Monday, super excited!

Thanks for the luck, I'll need it ;)

Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices said...

Oooo I can't wait to hear what you think about Water for Elephants. I have been wanting to read it too. I will be on the look out for a review ;)
Good luck with your progress- you will do great & you have lots of support from all of us! :D

Amy @ countrystrong21 said...

Aw thank you. All the support is greatly appreciated! A review, yikes! I've never written a review lol.

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