losing it!


*i’m eating tiramisu right now. jealous?

* i was able to sign up for drawing 2 the other day, which is the last thing i need for my degree. something told me to look the other day, and i did, and there was one open spot. 😀  this is great news. the not-so-great news is that i’m going to have a very heavy course load for the last semester of my senior year. but the really great news is that it’s my last.

*i started going to zumba with my friend liz a few weeks ago. it’s a lot of fun! very hard work. it makes me sweat like crazy, and i feel really good afterward.

*the weight loss thing is driving me nuts lately. i’m stuck. admittedly, i haven’t been very good with keeping track of my WW points for the last few weeks. i need to work harder. (let’s pretend i didn’t tell you i was eating tiramisu, mkay?)

*i’m addicted to two games on my phone: stupid zombies and where’s my water?  i’ve never been a phone game person, but these are so much fun. willy is addicted as well.

*we took a super fun trip to las vegas at the beginning of june. we met a group of friends there, including jen & liam. you should read about their hilarious escapades on jen’s blog. 🙂  i also got to see my soulmate chelsea and meet niki and gen, two friends i’d never met face to face. it was seriously a blast. we hadn’t had that much fun in a while. willy & i learned how to play craps on one of our cruises, and we love it. it’s so different in vegas, though. minimum bets are higher, and the dealers aren’t quite as forgiving as they are on cruise ships. SO we were elated to find electronic craps tables! there are huge dice inside this tube in the middle of a circle of video consoles, and the roller pushes a button to roll the dice. it was very neat and a lot less stressful than regular table craps. i ended up walking away about $200 richer.

*i got an A in my principles of nutrition class. i’m doing music appreciation right now. this summer’s classes have been electives only. i needed a break from paper writing and painting (paintings i get graded on, anyway).

*i’m already getting anxious about next semester. i haven’t had a photography or drawing class in over two years. i’m also not looking forward to the amount of money that will be spent on supplies with three studio classes. yeesh.

*confession: um, i just cried a little bit while watching chopped  (one of my favorite shows). the chef who always judges food network challenge is playing for the make-a-wish foundation, and he cried a little bit while explaining what they do. i hate that i cry when other people cry. such a baby.

*effie is getting SO. BIG. she’s almost as tall as lola now. she’s also got a zillion nicknames now, which means she’s an official member of the family. i know i’ve mentioned our crazy tendency to give weird nicknames before. effie’s are fifi, feef, fife, fayfay, effer, eff, little b (she’s going through a wild, bad puppy phase, so you can imagine what the b stands for). lola has a new one, by the way. i’ve found myself calling her gogo a lot. don’t ask. i shudder to think what kind of nicknames we’d come up with if we had a kid. lol

*i reeeeally need to make a new wreath for my front door. maybe i can do that tomorrow. i’ll try to post a tutorial if i do.

*we finally have dvr. hee. i love it. i never have to miss an episode of jeopardy or chopped or martha or little house on the prairie. 🙂

*ashley has been coming over a lot so we can work on homework at the same time. it’s more fun that way. we try to keep each other on task (but sometimes we end up on pinterest or disney sites instead). and sometimes i make her read my textbook readings to me. heh.

that’s all for now, i think. i’ll try to be better about blogging. ashley & i are starting up a new beauty blog, so i’ll let you know when that gets off the ground. ttfn!



1. i do not love apple peels. i hate how they get stuck between my teeth. it’s almost as bad as eating corn on the cob. but i do like apples.

2. i’m excited that my friend lindsey is going to be in my maymester class with me. 🙂

3. there are a few days left to vote in this contest to get my friend jen’s book on the shelf at walmart! you can vote once a day.

4. i want a beer. too bad they’re like six weight watchers points.

5. speaking of weight watchers, i’ve lost 11 pounds. i’m between sizes, which sucks, but yay!

6. a professor (cliff peacock) agreed to supervise my independent study in the fall. i met with him today and assured him that i’ll work really hard and am ready for it.

7. speaking of painting, i’m going to have two paintings set up at jail break 3 on april 14th! they’ll be for sale, but i really just wanted to do it to show myself that i could.

8. i loved the hunger games. i literally had to hold in sobs during two parts. if you go in with the realization that movies are always different from the books on which they were based, you will probably love it too.

9. i only have three weeks of regular classes left for the semester. how is this possible? it’s amazing. i cannot wait.

10. i’m excited for the flowertown festival this weekend. especially because the king of pops is going to be there. i recently heard about him, and i really want to try the lemon basil popsicle. sounds really refreshing and yummy.

that’s all for now. have a good weekend!

day eight: favorite healthy snacks

one of my favorite snacks is a mini babybel light. it’s a tiny round of cheese that only has fifty calories and three grams of fat. it’s a yummy way to get in a serving of dairy.

a snack i’ve always loved is actually a drink, but it’s really filling. i love v8 (the regular kind). two servings of vegetables per can (the size of a soda can), and really tasty. 🙂

one way that makes it easy to get in the one carbohydrate and fat i’m supposed to eat daily is a toasted multi-grain english muffin (8 grams of fiber!) with peanut butter. verrry good.

i also really like sugar free popsicles or fruit. plain or vanilla yogurt with blueberries and/or strawberries is another of my faves. if you add actual healthy granola to yogurt with berries, it’s like the fruit & yogurt parfait from mcdonald’s, only healthier. hmm…what else? oh, i love nectarines!

day 3: favorite workout tips

it’s day three of 11 in 2011, and today’s topic is “favorite workout tips.”

since starting p90x last year, i’ve actually learned a LOT about what to do and what not to do when trying to get healthy/lose weight. the number one thing that i’ve been doing all these years that is completely WRONG? eating less.

in order to lose weight, you actually need to eat *more.* unless we’re talking about french fries and cake, that is. 😉  it’s all about keeping yourself from being hungry by eating the right foods more often. i’m sure you’ve all heard that it’s better to eat small meals throughout the day rather than three big ones. i’ve always done that. i get full quickly, but i end up getting hungry again two or three hours later. but i’ve never been good at eating the right things all the time. will power’s never been my strong suit…

when you’re working out, you have to eat a lot of proteins. they keep your energy up and help you keep your workout more efficient. super especially with an extreme workout like p90x, or even if you’re including running in your new year’s resolution!

my eating plan while working out (which has been totally shot during the holidays…but i’m back on it today) is as follows:

5 proteins (e.g. eggbeaters, turkey bacon, veggie burgers, lean means, etc.); 2 veggies (this is super easy to get in if you like v8!); 2 dairy; 1 carb; 1 fruit; 3 snacks (two of which are a protein shake and a protein bar); 1 fat; 1 condiment.

it’s actually quite a lot. i sometimes struggle to eat everything i’m supposed to each day. i can really tell if i haven’t been eating right. the workout is much harder.

so that’s the workout tip that’s made me SO much more successful in my weight loss goals. once i started eating more regularly (even though i was already trying to eat more healthily), the weight started coming off so much more quickly. try it! even if you’re getting great results with your workout plan, you’ll get even better results.


my face is all scrunched up in this picture, but my sister and i took at least twenty trying to get jumping shots. lol

i hope everyone had a great new year’s eve! mine was lots of fun– spent with family, eating oysters and other yummy things, and sitting beside a bonfire. we had our champagne toast at midnight and watched a little bit of times square on the television. i can’t imagine how exciting it would be to be there for new year’s eve! i’d love to go someday.

i don’t believe in making new year’s “resolutions,” but i do believe in setting goals. i started making my goals for 2011 last week. some of them are small, and some of them are pretty big. i think i’ve got a lot to work on this year.

1.  send birthday cards and thank you notes regularly.

2. drop two more pants sizes by june (shouldn’t be too hard…back on p90x hardcore as of monday! i’ll also be walking a LOT downtown for school.)

3. at least one restyle project each month.

4. be proficient at sewing (i need an idiot-proof sewing machine. willy’s 1970s models aren’t cutting it for me…)

5. edit my novel and have it ready to present to potential agents by november. (this one’s a huge job.)

6. finally finish my art room. we painted three walls pink when we moved in five years ago, and willy did the counter & built-ins. i’ve been waiting all this time for the wallpaper for the fourth wall. i’ve found several that i like, but for some reason or another, we’ve just never ordered it. i sort of want to forget the wallpaper and repaint all the walls gray, but i hate painting walls. so i think i’ll stick with the original plan. 😉  now that the majority of my classes will be studio classes, i need a nice place to work at home that isn’t messy and disorganized.

what are your goals for the year?


one more month of twenties…

we finally booked our cruise to celebrate my THIRTIETH birthday next month! i do *not* feel like i’m going to be leaving my twenties in just 36 days. i still feel like a kid, really. i’m married, i own a home, i’ve lived on two coasts and proven to myself that i am a responsible person, yet i still dont feel like an adult. it’s odd, really. though i guess thirty is still young these days, right? right? 😉

SO anyway, i wanted to celebrate in a big way. we decided a fun trip would be a good way to do that. so we’re going on a cruise. since it’ll just be the two of us, it’ll be a romantic vacation too. 🙂  i’m so excited. we’re going for eight days, and the places we’ll be visiting are:

grand turk

la romana, dominican repulic

aruba (we’re most excited about this one!)


aside from all the other projects i want to have completed by spring semester (assuming c of c doesn’t mess it up & lose my paperwork again. grr), i’m going to start working on a “30 in 30” art journal. i’ll do one entry each day for the thirty days leading up to my thirtieth birthday. the idea just hit me the other day, & i thought it sounded fun! i’ll start in on the 24th and end it on my birthday, november 22nd.

other than that, there’s not a whole lot going on here (though i think that’s enough to be excited about). we’re working on painting & redecorating the master bathroom…yeah, i’ve got the painter’s tape up, but that’s as far as i’ve gotten. heh… i’m doing research for my nanowrimo (national novel writing month–30 days of literary abandon. and wow, the topic for this post seems to be the number thirty. it’s like sesame street!) novel. just a hint: i’ve been researching schizophrenia, mind control/brainwashing, and physics. sounds intriguing, right? i have an amazing plot. i only hope i can do it justice. i’ve never written *anything* like this before. most of my writing has been semi-romantic chick lit or memoir-like anecdotal stories. we watched a clockwork orange last night as research. it was…interesting. i’m really glad i finished reading  1984 this summer. i’ve got a good idea about mind control from that. i’m so excited & nervous to start writing this! i have to keep reminding myself that, even though i’m supposed to write 50,000 words in 30 days, i have as long as i want to polish it up and finish it. it’s my lifelong dream to be published (and get credit for it, unlike ghostwriting!), but i have to keep telling myself that there’s no hurry.

so those are a few things that are going on lately. i’m also going to be working my butt off to try and lose maybe ten more pounds before the cruise. i’ve lost twenty doing p90x so far, but i’ve admittedly slacked off on the working out & eating right. i’m recommitting myself to p90x this week. 😉

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back to it

we’ve gotten back to our daily p90x schedule after our unexpected travels. even with the week-and-a-half break, i still feel stronger and have more stamina. i usually HATE plyometrics. i was really not looking forward to it today. but it actually wasn’t as bad as before. 🙂  plus, i haven’t even put a single pound back on. i’d thoroughly expected to, as we always eat horribly (read: lots of extremely yummy food) when we go to texas. i’m pretty proud of myself. i’ve even got a war wound: rug burn on my knee from doing push-ups. lol. if i learned to do them the non-wimpy way, i wouldn’t have this problem. 😉