Friday, April 29, 2011

Short & Sweet

Short and sweet is exactly what my post will be.  I have an hour left of work and then I will be a busy busy girl the rest of the afternoon and evening.

Right after work I am going to a late lunch (it'll be after 2pm) with my friend Megan.  Megan now lives in Georgia or wait is it North Carolina??  Well, either way it's somewhere down south because her husband is in the Air Force (I think? ugh I can't remember anything lol).  They're both up here until the 1st because by the end of the month he will be deployed.  Sadly he is going to miss the birth of their first child.  But on a positive note he will be with Megan when she finds out what they are having (boy or girl since it's obviously a baby duh! ;) )

When I get home after eating lunch I am going to do my best to work on some homework.  I have late assignments to get done and handed in so I can at least get some points for them.  I feel so crummy about it but there is no one to blame but myself.  Thankfully the semester is FINALLY almost over.

My mom, brother, and I will be going to see Fast Five tonight at 7pm.  MMM hot men and fast cars what girl doesn't like the sounds of that ;) We're probably going to leave pretty early because my brother has been asking for NASCAR 2011 (game) for a while now and one of his friends has it so he wants to get it even more now so we will be stopping at Best Buy to let him buy it.  I'm going to be a nice older sister and let him use my Reward Zone Points reward of $10 off a purchase to get the game.  Those games are not cheap lol!

So those are my fun and exciting plans for this afternoon/evening.  I'm not going to bore you with my plans for the rest of the weekend but I'll do my best to figure out something interesting to post about and to find take the time to post.

I hope everyone has had a great week!

What are your plans for your Friday night?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New Goals

Sorry for the non-existent blog posts lately.  Procrastinating on school work has just caught up with me recently so I've been super stressed out.  I have no excuses though, I brought it on my self.

But in other news I have set some new mini-goals for myself.  I used a handy-dandy tool on Spark that helps you figure out how much weight you can lose by a certain date to come up with these goals.  I know I want to lose weight by my 21st birthday which is June 18th so I put that date in and that I wanted to lose 1 pound/week.  Spark's calculator says I can be 179 pounds by then if I work out 3 days/week for 30 minutes/day.  The next goal date I gave myself was September 6th when I start the fall semester of school.  Spark says I can be 168 pounds by then.  And the last goal date I gave myself was Christmas.  According to Spark I'll be able to be 152 pounds by then.  Only 2 pounds away from my goal of 150 pounds!

If I lose more than 1 pound/week I'm definitely OK with that (of course!) but I would really like to lose at least 1 pound/week.

Now my plan of attack to lose that 1 pound every week will look something like this:

  • Nutrition ~ Watch portion sizes, eat more fruits & veggies, drink 8 glasses of water, limit soda (HUGE battle for me), limit desserts or at least portion sizes of them

  • Fitness ~ Cardio 3 days/week (walking, running, EA Active), weights 4 days/week (one day each: full body, upper, lower, core)

I know I have made plans before and just not followed through but I'm getting really frustrated with myself for doing absolutely nothing to achieve my goals to live a healthier lifestyle.  I'm going to work on channeling this frustration into motivation to follow through with this plan.

No more putting it off!  I will start this afternoon when I get home from work.  I plan to run as much as I can for 1.89 miles with my dog Duke.  Tomorrow will be a day of weights (I forgot what part of the body it is though lol) and Friday I will hit up some cardio again.

I can do this and I need to not use school as an excuse.  School should be an excuse to work out as I am currently stressed out about it and working out will be a good stress reliever.

I'll do my best to check in and update y'all with my progress soon!  School isn't over for me until May 19th so bear with me until then if my posts are scarce or super short.

Until next time...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Samsung Captivate Stole The Show

Well it's Sunday already, weekend is almost over booo!  I have more than enough homework left to do but of course I'm feeling tired and lazy so productivity will be hard to come by.  Thing is, I have the itch to clean today.  Weird?  I think so.  I don't want to be productive when it comes to homework but I want to clean??

So anyways my last post I was stressing out about all of the work I had to do.  Let's just say after that I got to an "I don't give a rat's butt any more" mood.  Tuesday I had a speech prep form due, I haven't done that yet.  Thursday I had to respond to my group member's speech prep forms, haven't done that yet.  I need to do a discussion post that was due Tuesday that I was having technical difficulties with.  And tomorrow my speech, the one I haven't even started to look at yet, is due.  And to add the cherry on top of all of these things that were due this last week that I haven't done yet I need to start work for this week again.  School is just a never-ending cycle and being a procrastinator means you always feel behind, even though you think about working on things and being productive to be on top of things.

Once I am done writing this post I will be hitting the books...while watching the race.  So that means I'll probably be trying to work on things but will get very little done until after the race.

In other news, Wednesday after I was done with work at 3pm I went to the AT&T store to renew my contract and pick out a new phone.  As you recall I had posted earlier about either a Blackberry Torch or iPhone.  Well neither of them won.  I arrive at the store and tell the man, Michael, what I'm there for (to renew my contract and get a new phone).  So when Michael asks what phone I want I tell him I've been thinking BB Torch or iPhone.  He tells me he doesn't think I'll like the BB for what I want to do (texting, Facebook, Twitter) and that he personally doesn't like the iPhone (he told me some reasons why but I can't remember).  He tells me about the phone he has, the Samsung Captivate.  About 45 minutes to an hour later I'm sold on the Captivate.

When Michael looks at my account on the computer he tells me it looks like you're out of contract and are not eligible for an upgrade until July.  I'm like "whaaat Louie said I could upgrade on 4/13!"  Louie is another AT&T employee, or he was not sure if he's still with the company, who I had seen towards the end of 2010 or early 2011 and asked when I could upgrade.  So while I'm kind of freaking out Michael assures me that even if he can't get corporate to authorize the upgrade with my current phone number worst case I can cancel that number and get a new number, for no extra cost.  Well the worst case happened, the woman Michael called said she's send me a phone but what that really  means is it's refurbished and that's not what I want.  The woman was rude to Michael as well so he was going to report her...she said "What part of she's not eligible for an upgrade do you not understand?"  Oh yea, she said that to him all because he said "Well she'll just open a new line on her account to get her upgrade if you won't leave her keep her number" which he was basically saying either way this customer is getting what she wants today but you could be nice and help her out by letting her keep her number.

I was a bit sad to have to let my number go, it was the easiest number in the world to remember and I had it since I got my phone which was when I was like 12-years-old.  But the sadness quickly went away when they found a sweet new number for me to have, 0288.  Dale Jr, my favorite driver in NASCAR, drive the #88 so as soon as I heard this number I was like "OMG OMG OMG yes please I want that number!"  Michael was awesome about my little freak out and even joked that I must just be cool because the receipt paper was at the end so it was striped, racing stripes haha.

I finally headed home at 5pm, 2 hours after arriving at the store.  Of course when I got home I wanted to do nothing but play with my phone so I was lucky to get my history of rock and roll test done.  Sadly I got a 60/100.  These tests are seriously hard.  You have to remember random facts about bands/artists that are discussed and stuff like that.

Thursday I went to my Managing Global Organizations class and took my first test of the class.  I studied the vocabulary like my professor had said to.  Turns out that wasn't very helpful, you need to study more than that.  But I did get a 76% which was slightly above the class average.  My professor left a note on D2L saying if you were at the average or above we were doing good but if not we needed to do better for the next test.  Whew, I'm doing good! :)

Friday after work I came home and took my Organizational Behavior test and scored at 90% (Thank you Lexie for telling me to take it instead of waiting for Saturday!).  Thank you professor for having the questions be only about the textbook readings so I can look up all the answers!  That night my parents and I went out with another couple and their son and his friend.  My dad was the DD (designated driver) so everyone was drinking.  The son and his friend drove separately so they left shortly after eating.  It was quite the night.

Because of the late night and drinking the night before Saturday (yesterday) was a very unproductive day unless you count watching DVR'd shows as being productive.  I watched The Vampire Diaries, Nikita, Deadliest Catch, Survivor: Redemption Island, and How I Met Your Mother after I woke up at 10:30am.  Other than that a whole lot of nothing got done haha.

I will be doing a post about my current weight loss progress soon as I think that's what everyone is most interested in reading about on my blog, with a sprinkling of other things in my life.

No questions today...

Until next time!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I'm stressing out...I've been procrastinating a ton lately and this week I am feeling all of that building up on me and making me stress out.  I'm behind on assignments and am actually posting/turning them in late.  It's so easy to do when the discussion board doesn't become locked and the drop boxes don't become locked either.  It's horrible though, I feel crappy about doing it.  I have a test to take by midnight tomorrow and another one by Friday at midnight, which I need to get done way before then because I'm going out.  But anyways, I'm stressing big time and just wanted to get it out there.  Tomorrow after getting my phone I will have to peel it away from my hands so I can focus on doing a speech prep form that is really due tonight, take a test, and study my butt off for another test I have Thursday.

Blah...that is how I feel.  But I'm going to try to de-stress by reading before going to sleep.

Until next time...whenever that will be, maybe this weekend??

Monday, April 11, 2011

iPhone vs Blackberry Who Will Win?

The battle is on!

Wednesday after work I will be going to my local AT&T store to renew my contract and pick out a new phone.  I'm asking for your help peeps!

When the Blackberry Torch first came out and was being advertised on TV I thought I knew what I would get when the time came.  I currently have a Samsung Impression which is a touch screen with a slide out full keyboard.


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So a Blackberry Torch would be very much the same.


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But recently I've seen people in the blogging world that have gotten iPhones and just raved about how much they love them.  I also know people who have iPhones and love them.  So I've sort of been toying with the idea of getting one myself.


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My main concern with the iPhone is that it is a full touch screen.  I'll admit I do not use the full keyboard much on my current phone but I do like having the option to use it.  Sometimes I do use it a lot.

The Blackberry Torch seems to be the best of both worlds just like my current phone.  I can use the touch screen to text or I can use the full keyboard.  The Torch will be a step up from my current phone though because it will be a smart phone.

I'll admit I haven't really done research on either phone as the renewal date has kind of crept up on me.  Basically in my uninformed mind I see the phones as both having apps and one being a full touch screen while the other is a touch screen with a full keyboard.

I have essentially have two days to make my decision.  Help me out peeps!  Give me your honest opinions with some pros and cons of both, especially if you were a previous BB owner and now have an iPhone.

I should mention I am an AT&T customer.  The iPhone 3GS 8GB is being advertised as $49.  If you vote iPhone which one should I get, the 3GS, 4G...I don't know if there are any other options out there.  Seriously, I need help.

I will of course be taking the information I learn from you peeps and going over it with someone at the AT&T store to cement my decision.

Tell me what you think and why.  I value your opinions!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Randoms & ABC's

I wanted to do a post for my readers to get to know me better so I went on my Facebook under the notes thingy and looked around for a quiz type thing to do.  These are just some random questions I guess followed by some ABC's.

Do you tend to speed when you drive? Without the cruise set, yes.  Otherwise I go just the usual 5 over the limit.

Do you smoke cigarettes? No

Does your temper flare a lot? Not publicly. I will vent at home about something the upset me but I generally don't show that I'm mad as the situation is going on.

Do you get emotional easily? Yes, sometimes I wish I didn't.

Do you get obnoxious when you're drunk? I don't think so.

Which shoe goes on first? Um I'm not sure.  I don't know that it matters to me.

Are you lazy? I can be but not always.

Name one thing you do that people always tell you about: I wear my emotions on my face.  My mom reminds me that it's not a good thing quite often.

Are you superstitious? No

Do you get bored with relationships quickly? No

Can you sleep without blankets covering you? No, unless it would be super hot.

What position do you sleep in? On either side.

What do you do when you're angry? Yell, or say nothing and vent about it later.  Depends on who or what is making me angry.

What do you do when you're sad? Cry and talk to someone about it or keep it to myself.  Depends on what it's about.

Who do you call when you have a bad day? Right now I would say I would call no one.  I would either talk to my mom about it or as of recently text Lex.


A - is for the last person that made you ANGRY ~ Myself for putting off a discussion post that was due Tuesday at 6pm until tonight.

B - is for BEER you prefer ~ Not really a beer drinker but Coors Light or Miller

C - is for do you have a CAT? No but I wouldn't mind having one.

D - is for can you DANCE? I'm going to go with no lol.

E - is for do you have your EARS pierced? Yes, twice in my left and three times in my right.

F - is for your best FRIEND ~ Honestly at this very moment I'd say Lex.  Sounds weird as I've never met her but since we've started texting I feel like I can tell her anything, and she's very supportive.

G - is for did you ever watch GUTS on Nickelodeon? I think so.

H - is for the last person who HUGGED you? My mom

I - is for close your eyes.. what IMAGE do you see? Uh nothing?  Weird question.

J - is for have you ever been to JAIL? No.

K - is for when is the last time you flew a KITE? I didn't fly a kite but in April of last year the group I was with in Milwaukee was flying kites.  They even untied a kite from its string to tie it to the end of another kite's string to make it super long.  It was up there pretty high!

L - is for the LOVE of your life ~ Oh I'll say Mountain Dew lol.

M - is for the last piece of MAIL you got ~ American Eagle credit card bill boo :(

N - is for do you remember NERF guns? Yes!

O - is for do you OWN a car? I drive a car but my parents paid for the majority of it and it's titled in my dad's name so technically no I guess I don't.

P - is for your favorite PAST-TIME ~ Reading

Q - is for do you like peace & QUIET? Yes, I get much more done when its quiet and peaceful.

R - is for do you like the color RED? Yes, my room walls are painted red.

S - is for how many hours of SLEEP you need to function? I don't honestly know.  I do know I'm not getting enough sleep though since I can never get my butt out of bed in the morning.

T - is for what TIME is it? 11:55pm

U - is for what is UNDER your bed? Dust bunnies I would assume.

V - is for what you did last VALENTINE'S day ~ Nothing, didn't have a valentine to do anything with.

W - is for do you drink a lot of WATER? No but I am working on drinking at least 8 glasses per day.

X - is for have you ever had an X-RAY? Yes.  At the dentist, when I injured my finger playing basketball in middle school, prior to having surgery on my mouth and after the surgery for an implant.

Y - is for the last person you YELLED at ~ I don't remember, it's been a while.

Z - is for have you ever watched ZORRO? No.

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Mr. Potato Head & The Creepy "New White Pages"

This is going to be short and sweet because I have a ton of work I need to get done for school.  I won't bore you with all the boring details but lets just say I have 3 exams and a speech this week.  Boo college :(

Alexis and I have never met but we have so much fun texting each other.  Tuesday night was no exception.  We were both studying and took a little break "together".  Alexis sent me a picture message of her DIY Chia Pet, or Mr. Potato Head, which she said she had just given a hair cut.  We ended up giving the Mr. Potato Head a makeover!  Check it out!  Needless to say this girl is awesome and I am so glad the blogging world gave me the opportunity to "meet" her!

On my day off from work and school, Tuesday, when I should have been working on homework I was checking out Life of bLyss, a blog I found that I really really like.  As I was looking through some of her older posts I came across this one in particular that I wanted to share with my blog readers.  The Creepy "New White Pages" is a post I'm really glad I found!  Please, please go check it out.  Alyssa, Life of bLyss writer, includes directions for how to delete any of your listings.  I deleted at least 6 that were accurate for me, my mom, and my dad.  It seriously creeped me out how much information was out there!

Well I'm off to go work on all my homework.  I may or may not survive this so if you don't hear from me send someone to look for me ;)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Results Are In

Good morning!

Once again I am sorry for the week delay in my next post.  Here's a little catch up with what's been going on in my life.

Wednesday I worked, nothing spectacular.  Watched Survivor Redemption Island with the family and probably thought about working on homework but never got around to it.

Thursday I had my first Managing Global Organizations class from 11-1:30.  I think I will like the professor but it sounds like this class will be a lot of work :(  Prior to going to class I was trying to read all of chapter 1, that didn't go so well.  After I got home I can't remember what I did so obviously it was nothing productive, whoops!

Friday I worked from 8-2 and planned on coming home and getting my homework done that was due that night.  If you're thinking "Yeah right she didn't get it done" you are absolutely correct.  I've mentioned in a previous blog that I'm a NASCAR fan so when my dad had practice on I was getting hooked into watching that instead of working on my homework.  My mom had won a basket at church (it was a silent auction) that had a $25 gift certificate to Homestead Inn (a bar we go to occasionally for Friday night fish).  At work she had already mentioned wanting to go there which is part of the reason why I was planning to get the Friday night homework done right when I got home.  But anyways, we went out to dinner and ended up staying out until 11.

Saturday morning I wake up at 8 and am thinking to myself gotta bust out this homework you didn't do last night.  Of course plans changed.  I ended up going to town with my parents for the morning before meeting up with Jackie and her two children Lane (7) and Lauren (3) to go see the movie Hop.  We had seen them at Homestead the night before and when Jackie mentioned she had no plans for the weekend I asked if she would want to take the kids to the movie with me, she said yes obviously.  It was a cute movie and I thought it was good.  I was a bit frustrated though, Jackie mentioned that she'd pay for my ticket and we'll figure out something for food when we get in there.  I'm thinking OK that's fine.  But when we get in the theater she's just like "I'm going to get food" so I give her $15, which is all I had on me in cash.  I didn't expect her to use it all!  She comes back and had gotten the big bucket of popcorn and the two big sodas and didn't give me any change!  Lane ate 3/4 of the pop corn and the one soda was for the kids to share, the other was mine because of the caffeine.  I would have rather paid for my $7 movie ticket than $15 for the food.  I know she had to pay a lot more for tickets because she had herself and two kids (which are $6.50, 50 cents cheaper?!) but she didn't ask if it was OK if she just used my money to pay for the food.  I guess that's what irritates me the most is that she didn't communicate what her plan really was for the food situation.

Finally when I got home from the movie I got my homework done that was due Friday.  After that all of my productivity went down the tubes.  If I recall correctly I spent the rest of my weekend with my nose stuffed in a book.  I finished Riding Lessons towards the end of the week, started and finished Flying Changes probably Thursday/Friday-Saturday, and then started The Horse Whisperer Sunday.  I'll see what I can do about writing up some reviews.  I forgot to stop at the library yesterday to pick up Water for Elephants so I will definitely be doing that after work tomorrow!

And now onto yesterday!  I worked 7:30-2:30 so I could arrive at my doctor appointment on time.  At the end of the visit my doctor talks to me about my cholesterol, which I had blood drawn for last week (mentioned in So much to say, so little time).  It's a bit high, 236 when it should be 200 or less.  But on the bright side my good cholesterol is good at 66 (I can't remember what it's supposed to be over).  And then again on the downside there is something that is a bit higher than it should be, but because I have 0-1 risk factors it's OK where it is.  I'm sorry I don't have a better explanation for you all, this is just what I remember.  Anyways, she wants to check it again in a year.  Oh!  And she brought up my weight, said it had gone up since last time.  I was like "Yeah and your scale sucks because just last week I was 187 and now I'm 195!"  We decided it was the shoes and clothes because when I weigh myself at home I only wear shorts and a t-shirt, nothing heavy.  But still she wants to see my weight go down, and the dieting and exercising would help the cholesterol go down.  Guess I'm now under a bit of pressure to really see some results in a year with my weight loss.  Wish me luck!

Now it is time to buckle down on my homework.  I am not turning the TV on today so it cannot be a distraction.  I have so much to do so if I can make today really productive I will have a weight lifted off of my shoulders.


When you're unmotivated to do something you have to do, like homework, do you set up a reward for yourself to help motivate you?

I'm kind of thinking being able to watch TV with my family in the evening might be a good reward for me since that's what I like to use to distract myself from homework.

How do you deal with what feels like an overwhelming work load?

If I made a list of everything I need to get done this week it would be super long, and just seems like I can't get it done unless I ONLY work on homework whenever I'm not in class or at work.

Looking forward to reading your answers about these questions!

Until next time...