Thursday, August 30, 2012

Weekend of Labor

Almost full moon rising.  Friday night is the full fave!

I "get" to work this weekend.  Something about needing 92 hours of vacation and not having 92 hours of vacation and not wanting to take vacation without pay because paying the bills is a good thing...lame sauce.

But amongst the workingness, there is...

...a high school football game Friday night (GO HANFORD!),
...sushi lunch date with a girlfriend, Oregon Ducks play their first game against....Arkansas State, I think, on Saturday night (OOOOO!!!),
...hiking Sunday morning,
...a (maybe somewhat surprise, but not really because I know something is going on?) bon voyage party for me on Monday night,

And a whole lot of packing and organizing and preparedness.

It's going to be a whirlwind of a weekend, but it's going to rock!

My beautiful friends, what do you all have planned for this lovely long holiday weekend?

Have an awesome day!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Scattered Castles


I think that best describes my brain right now...scattered.  

Five days. Five days. FIVE DAYS until I fly away.  Holy my goodness.  WOW!  I'm going to Spain.  I'm really going to do this.

I'm really going to travel to a country I've never been to, with no real plans other than hotels arranged and a few "must see" places.

I'm going to meet the locals.  I'm going to do what the locals do.  I'm going to see what the locals see.

I'm going to eat the best damn tapas EVER!  And drink sangria and Spanish wines.  

I'm going to lie on beaches that touch the Mediterranean Sea. And the Atlantic Ocean (no, I've never done that either).

I'm going to see architecture that is 1000+ years old.

I'm going to wander Las Ramblas to my heart's content.

I'm going to get lost in the maze of streets in Barri Gotic.

I'm going to lay on a glorious beach in San Sebastian and watch surfers.  All. Day. Long.

Five more days.

Until  There is so much to do.  There are so many lists to write and accomplish.  There is much work to be done (at work!) so that I can leave for two weeks (TWO WEEKS!).  There is so much packing.  There is so much to prepare.  And then my mind those beaches...and I'm yet again scattered.

Have an awesome day!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Just Jaac

Do you remember the show Will and Grace?


Well, this is kind of like a totally not even close sort of way.

It all started with vacation extraordinaire and this guy...

This is Gnomio.  Lisa and her friends have "liberated" him from his rightful home over the last few months and he has been traveling the world.  For real...he's in Germany right now, getting his photo taken with real Germans and stuff.  Anyhoo...

Fast friend Amy, her momma saw pics of Gnomio and decided that the WolfPack needs its own gnome.  Enter Jaac...

Poolside, of course.

Jaac (pronounced with a French slur accent) is the WolfPack's little buddy.  His name comes from our names...Jamie, Amy, Angie, Claire (yeah, I know...AWESOME!).

Jaac has been trusted to me for the time being.  And we have been partying it UP! Poolside last Sunday was awesome, but his first rodeo was his favorite part of the weekend!

Jaac's first rodeo!

I mean really, what wasn't awesome about the rodeo?  He met Axel Rose...

Yeah, I know, not really...but close!

He got his fill of Crown Royal...

And he got to make out with me!

Yes, I have a thing for gnomes.  They're good kissers.

AND...guess who gets to go to Spain next week!  Yes, me!  But in addition to me, I've invited Jaac to tag along...and he's soooo excited!  Did I mention that we leave in six days?  SIX DAYS!!!!

Friends, what little friends do you have?  I'm I the only one who makes out with inanimate objects?

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Your Feet

You'd think I was blogging about anatomy class with these last two titles, huh? Not so much.

I found it here.

I've gone through some life changes as of late. I've made some changes personally that have been extremely beneficial to me.  And I have been forced to make some changes that I didn't really want to make, or was blindsided with and didn't ever believe that I'd have to make.

Some of those changes have cut me so very deeply...but I am very thankful for every single one. These changes...they've taught me.  They've molded me.  They've reshaped me into a person who is so very capable of standing on her own two feet.  

I'm not the strongest person.  I give in sometimes.  If my mind isn't 110% made up, I'll often cave.  But I promise you this...on the things that I've made that final decision on, the times that I've had that "no turning back" moment, NOTHING can change my mind.  

Some call it stubborn.  Some call it selfish. I call it protecting me and standing up for what is right and what I need...because I am worth it...ALWAYS.

Friends, the blunt question...when it comes down to it, are you capable of standing on your own two feet?  Practice makes perfect, and there is still time. I BELIEVE IN YOU!

Have an awesome day!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fat Arms, Fat Legs

Conversation at the gym this a.m. with one of the older guys that I often chat with:
Him (as I'm putting on my sweatshirt): "You're done?"
Me: "Yep.  Another day down.  We did it!"
Him: "Yep.  It feels good to be here doing this.  A year ago, I wasn't able to do this.  I'm 400+ days out of bone marrow transplant surgery."
Me: "WOW!  AWESOME!  Congratulations!"...and other excited Angie-isms.

This guy is super cool.  I don't know his name, but he's one of the regulars that I share good mornings with.  He's at the gym working out most mornings...and in a way, it's a privilege for him.  Think about it....bone marrow transplant...that means at one point, he was pretty dang sick.  Maybe going to die?  And people of the educated sorts saved his life.  And now he makes a conscious effort to get to the gym.  He has purpose. 

I love this.  I love everything about this.  I love knowing what other people's purposes are for working out, for being fit, for choosing health.  His purpose is his life. 

What is your purpose for being healthy?  Kids?  Family?  Life?  Purpose...find it!

P.S. The post title...just realized that doesn't seem to go with the post, but fret not my goes.  He was mentioning that his left leg is swollen...because they took a lymph node...I kind of jumped and said OH! You see, I have a swollen left arm.  I affectionately refer to it as my fat arm.  I had surgery (almost 13 years ago) that disrupted the lymph nodes in my arm pit, causing the lymph system to slack in its daily duties.  So my arm swells up.  And I think it's huge...and no one else in the world notices it unless I point it out.  I go to physical therapy for it.  It's good fun.

Anyway, fat arms, fat legs.  Makes more sense now, yes?

Happy Friday my sunshines!  Thanks for stopping to see me.  Have amazing weekends!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

And So It Begins

Or maybe ends?

People keep talking about fall and cooler temperatures and Halloween...friends, I'm not ready.  Not even a little bit. I hate that the daylight hours are shorter already.  It hurts my heart a little.

I love summer.

I love the heat.

I love being hot, as opposed to cold.

And I really especially love THIS summer.  What an incredible season it's been.  I was just flipping through some photos (like in the olden days when there were photo albums, except this was flipping through facebook), looking at the activities I was a part of.  I am so fortunate to have been a part of some really good times!

My first 5k...

The Dirty Dash...

Birthdays, random togetherness, new friends, old has been incredible.

And now Spain (which 9 times out of 10, I manage to spell Sapin when I'm typing).

I was talking with my dad this morning, telling him all of my plans for the trip, and he reminded me that it will pretty much be fall by the time I return home.  Kind of sad, but this will be the trip of my lifetime, at least this life so far.  And if it means I will experience fall upon my return...well, these are chances I'm willing to take!

In the mean time, I will continue to soak up every minute of sunshine that I can.  And I will enjoy every second of patio time with my friends (I lovelovelove eating dinner on my patio!).  And I will continue to make this the best summer!

What will you be doing to continue the summer goodness?

Have an awesome day!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Training For...


That was my answer.

And I think it's a good answer.

I found it here, and they found it here.

As I was leaving the gym this morning, one of the trainers started chatting with me, and asked the question, what are you training for?  I smiled, kind of chuckled, and answered, life.  He asked if I had a marathon or half marathon (HA!  Silly boy!) coming up, or some sort of race.  Nope, none of that.  I mentioned that I did a couple of 5k races earlier in the year, but at this point, I'm just exercising for me.  And I work out twice a day because I don't have time in the morning to squish it all in.  And I've lost 30 lbs. doing it and I don't want that to find me again!

I found it here, and they found it here.

My answer really made me think...if not for life, then what is the point of the time that I put into this body?  

I train for physical and mental well being (a LOT of mental well being!).

I train to look good (I'm not gonna lie...this looks way better than 30 lbs heavier Angie).

I train in hopes that I am motivation for others to start the process of getting healthy, or to continue their wellness journey.

Most of all, I train because I thoroughly enjoy it.  I love the endorphin high.  I love that no matter how crappy of a mood I'm in, I can go for a run and it will ALWAYS make me feel better (unlike the ice cream that I use to inhale). I love ME when I train.

Here by me. Here by them.

I know that I lost some of you when I started talking about working out, and that's long as you make it to this paragraph.  Friends, what are you training for?  Every decision you make in your life if a form of "training."  Are you making choices and decisions with purpose?  Even if you don't know what the outcome will be, are you considering what you're doing and how it will benefit your life in the long run?

Think about it.  I believe in you, and I believe that you'll like the answers that you come up with!

Have an awesome day!

And then here, and here.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Weekend That My iPhone Imploded...Again

I took some awesome photos on my way to Portland on Friday.
Too bad Apple BLOWS!!

I hate iPhones.

I hate Apple.

Steve Jobs (RIP) was not my friend.

This weekend I decided to be a good little droid and update my phone's software. Before beginning said update, I synced and backed up my phone.  I do this because last fall, I tried to update my software and not once, but twice, lost EVERYTHING on my phone. So I've learned my lesson.  I now back up my phone before I start the process.

Unfortunately, it has become apparent that I did not learn my lesson.  And that lesson is...DON'T "FIX" IT IF IT'S NOT BROKEN!!!!

I commanded my itunes to proceed in said update of said (stupid freaking) iPhone...and low and behold...the update wiped my phone clean.  How nice of it.

No contacts.

No apps.

No PICTURES.  This part breaks my heart.  I could care less about contacts and apps.  I'm sure on both accounts, my phone could use some cleaning.  But the photos...2000+ photos...gone.  :)  Because clearly I didn't learn my lesson about HOW to back up my stupid phone properly (NOTE TO BLOG FRIENDS: itunes does NOT automatically backup your camera roll from your phone.  Or at least I've been told numerous times that it doesn't.  You need to do this manually.  Or turn on your iCloud photo storer place. Again, not something I had done.).  *sigh*  My heart is kind of sad right now.  I had a lot of good photos on this phone.

So, we start over.  Again.

Luckily, the rest of the weekend was awesome!  The AdvoCare togetherness time was successful.  Family time was amazing and much needed.  Time with the Old was really good.  It kind of made me miss my old life, ever so slightly.  But...there is a reason why it's my old life and  not my current life.  And the current life, well, it's mine.  And I'm living it the way I want because I own it. And it's really freaking amazing!

Friends, I hope you had awesome weekends!  Make it a great week!


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Friday's Letters

Dear Friday: Where have you been all my life? (insert Rihanna, because that is what is not screaming in in my head.)  I've been waiting not so patiently for you!  It's about stinking time.
Dear This Week: Exit cranky pants, hello Ms. Sunshine!  Thank goodness, because cranky pants does NOT look good on this girl.  At all.
Dear This Weekend: Oh Poooooortlaaaaand...I'm coming for you!!  Are you excited?  Good!  ME TOO!  I get to throw an AdvoCare mixer, see my fam, hang out with the Old Crew, go to Trader Joe's, eat a giant burrito at Chipotle, maybe have some sushi, do some final shopping for the trip to Spain...holy goodness!  I wish I could take tomorrow off work and head down early because there is SO MUCH to do in such a short time! 
Dear Spain: Hey you doin?  I booked the rest of my hotels this week, so besides just a plane ticket, I now have places to lay my head each evening.  And I have a few activities that I've deemed "must do" in each city.  Spain, I do believe you and I are going to be BFFs really soon!  Oh yeah, that's like 17 days!  HOLY CRAP!  17 DAYS!!!!  EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
Dear Work: I'm having  hard time being at you.  Not just because of cranky pants week, but because I'm ready to fly away.  Sorry about that.
Dear Dry August: I'm still winning.  So suck it.
Dear Friends Out There on the Interwebs: Thank you.  Thank you for stopping by here and reading me and leaving me notes and just always being you.  You ROCK!!

Friends, have super incredible SAFE weekends!  

And an awesome day!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

When J Met Angie

Seriously for real...Best.Movie.EVER!  I love When Harry Met Sally.  If you haven't watched it, well, if you'd like to remain friends, you should probably watch it this weekend.

I had the opportunity to pack up some stuff tonight for the husband of ex.  You see, when he moved back to P-town, I was supposed to go with...eventually.  So he never really packed up/moved out.  He moved for a job, and I was supposed to find a job and move...for the fourth time in just over a year.  The problem was...I didn't want to move.

I liked our house that we just bought.

I liked the area that we moved to.

I liked the idea of a fresh start in a place that we only knew each other.

Turns out, these are all things he hated...passionately.

So he moved.  And I stayed.  Long drawn out three+ year story condensed into two sentences.  The W questions (who, what, when, why, etc.) aren't important in this story.

Tonight, I packed up some stuff.  Electronics and some other random stuff that he asked me to bring.  And then he asked for the movies, so I went through those tonight.  Interesting the movies that a couple collects over an 11 year span.  A huge chunk of them are James Bond, his collection.  Most of the movies are going to P-town, and I'm cool with that.

I just thought I'd share tonight's activities.  I was going to write something motivational.  But then I packed up some stuff.  Strangely (maybe not strangely?), I'm OK with it.  Just wanted to let someone know that it happened...and I feel indifferent.  Maybe that's the new me?  Just indifferent.  Interesting.

Have an awesome day!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

This Is What It Looks Like

...when cranky pants take over the evening.
...when the roommate is the most annoying person ever...mostly just because he's breathing.
...when you already feel disgusting, but your body says no thank you to cardio.
...when you eat pretzels for dinner even though you really wanted a big fat burrito.
...when you didn't go get said burrito because that would have required putting on a bra...and leaving the house.
...when your stupid computer and interwebs connection are hateful and you have to write your blog from your phone.

Sexy, I know.

Friends, I hope your evenings were spectacular! I'm just cranky...don't mind me. It'll be all better tomorrow! :)

Have an awesome day!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Perseid - Star Gazing

Did anyone catch the meteor showers this weekend?

Did anyone know that there was a huge meteor shower this weekend?

Well, I did, and I did.  I'm a huge fan of laying under the stars and counting the shooting ones.  It reminds me of high school.  I grew up in the country.  On warm summer nights (before we could drive), my bff and I would grab a blanket, my portable stereo (not quite a boombox, but you get the idea), and lay out in my backyard watching the stars and listening to Crying, Loving or Leaving (yes, in a previous life I listened to country...don't judge).  We would lay there for hours, spotting the shooting stars, trying to decide if a plane was a plane or a satellite, listening to music, talking about whatever.  It was good times...really great times actually

This weekend, I grabbed a friend and a couple of blankets and pillows, and we headed to a dark corner of our world to watch the stars.  And it was AMAZING!  We didn't see a whole lot of shooting stars (I was expecting several per minute), but the ones that we did see were bright and magnificent.  I'm thankful that my friend said yes to my invitation and joined me in one of my favorite pass times!

This morning, on my way to the gym, I snapped this photo...

This is a blurry crescent moon and Venus, with Jupiter in the top right space.  The moon and planet together were so awesome...awe-inspiring.  I was in a trance.

This is one of the simple pleasures that brings my heart great joy.  What simple pleasures bring your heart and soul great happiness?

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dry August, and Other Nonsensical Things

Hello my lovely friends!  Happy new week!  I hope you all had splendid weekends!

Mine was pretty low key.  The girls came over Friday night for pizza and movie night.  It was very relaxing and much needed.

Saturday evening, Jamie and I went to a high school all-stars vs. police baseball game.  We had a great time. After the game, Jamie and I stood in the parking lot trying to force each other to make a decision about Dry August.  Do we continue to be good little soldiers and stay dry, or do we throw our willpower into the toilet and enjoy a lovely libation on a warm Saturday night?  After 30 minutes of standing the parking lot staring at each other and saying, "I'm not making the decision, YOU make the call," we decided to part ways, go home, stay dry.  We're so good that way.  Ugh.

With all of that said, I am happy to report that today is Sunday, August 12, and I have had three sips of three different drinks (new stuff that I've never even tried before, and I'd hate to be rude...), but have not had any full on drinkingness.  See what I mean?  Nonsensicalness.  Almost half way through...and I'm sticking to it!  YEA ME! :)

Other than that, this weekend was pretty low key.  A lot of errands, farmers market, did some clothes shopping for my upcoming trip (you know...when I go to Spain!), cleaned out my pantry and discovered that I have an addiction to purchasing party supplies.  Very interesting.  Yes, it's true that the party is 9 times out of 10 at my house, but you'd think I'd use leftover stuff?  Fascinating things you learn about yourself when you clean out the pantry.  OH! And I hiked Badger Mt. for the first time in almost two months and didn't see any snakes!  My time wasn't all that great, but no snakes = AWESOME workout!  :)

You tell me...the next Hoarders?

Farmers Market finds

Sunday morning Badger hike

Beautiful friends, I'm going to make more hotel arrangements for said upcoming trip.  I love you and I hope you have amazing productive weeks.  You've got this!!

Have an awesome day!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Friday's Letters: On Turning 37

Dear Age: How does one little number in the "ones" spot make such an impact on how one feels about self?

Dear 37: Why is it that 36 has felt so good (which is totally messed up considering the crap I've been through this year) and 37 feels like it might be a death sentence?

Dear Weird Ages that I Feel Weird About: Why? I'm not sure what else to say.  24: there was a lot of turmoil in life at that time.  That one makes sense.  33: Why?  Why did I have nightmares (mind you, I rarely ever remember my dreams, but had this one repeatedly) that involved fuzzy red numbers from Sesame Street, complete with fangs, chasing and attacking me??

I know you see the resemblance! 

Dear August 10: Two months.  Only two more months.  Ugh. Even worse...I was thinking 10/10 was still three months out.  Double Ugh.

Dear 37 (yes, again): We need to be friends, like good friends.  Great friends.  It's going to be a great year, full of super goodness. So stop trying to put your funk on me and get with the program.

Dear 40: Jamie is already planning your party.  Wow.  Not sure how I feel about that.  But she said that The Brian Odell Band will be there.  In that case, I'm already OK with 40.  (See! Weird about random ages!)

Dear Spain: Even though I won't be in you for my birthday, you are my present to self, and I cannot WAIT to meet you!

My new desktop image, via.
Friends, have super glorious Fridays and weekends!  And don't be like me...don't let a stupid little number freak you out!

Have an awesome day!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Please Excuse Me...


While I escape for the evening.  I need a moment to focus on the task at hand...plans for Spain!

Don't fret, my little sunshines..I'll be back tomorrow with Friday's Letters.

Have an awesome day!

P.S.  You're welcome.

Good Morning Beautiful!

Today I'm feeling strong, both physically and emotionally.
Today I'm well rested.
Today I'm ready to take on whatever the world decides to throw at me.
Today, as with most days, I will take it all with a smile.
But today, I will also take it all with an open heart.

Have an awesome day!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Ode to The Boy

You are my sunshine.
You are the happiest boy I've ever met...always, every single time.
You don't judge people (although you sound like you are whenever you hear a noise outside).
You don't hold grudges.
You love everyone unconditionally (even the really annoying people that mom sometimes wants to tell to shut up).
You are a great cuddle bug.

I have a lot to learn from you, my dear Diesl boy.
Thank you for your kind heart.

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Oh Weekend, My Weekend

WolfPack. I don't usually tower THIS much over my friends, promise!

My most favoritestest fruit!


Sharing AdvoCare with others.
Birthday party goodness with great friends.
Farmers market.
Pool party for another friend's birthday.
Breakfast with partial Crew.
Sun!  So so much!
A lot of much needed rest.
It has been good.
Very very good.

I hope you had a splendid weekend as well!

Have an awesome day!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Friday's Letters

Dear Sushiya: I have been craving good sushi for days and weeks, and I'm so very excited that you will be gracing my mouth this evening.  Happy reunion to us!
Dear Summer: Have I told you lately that I love you?  Because I do...really really a lot.  I love your heat surrounding my body.  I love your sunrays kissing my skin.  I love your incredible sunrises and beautiful sunsets.  I love spending time with friends on patios and in pools and on boats.  I wish that you could stay longer.
Dear Dry August: I have faith that we are going to be successful in this venture.  You, me, alcohol free for 30 days...we've got this!  (Funny fact: On Wednesday, August 1, before noon, three different people asked me how Dry August was going.  Really people?  You all think I have THAT kind of problem?  Holy goodness!)
Dear Body: Yes, you have worked hard this week.  And yes, you did that Revolution class at the gym last night (p.s. crossfit meets circuit training meets hell).  But for real, snap out of it.  You slept like a log last should be wide awake and ready to roll.  So what if you had some chocolate flourless cake (holy yum!) at lunch for the boss's bday...get over yourself.
Dear PDX: I'm going to come see you in a few weeks...have you missed me?  Because I think I'm starting to miss you.  Not so much the driving part, but the being and seeing part.  I'm anticipating a good weekend with you and all that you have to offer.
Dear Bloggy Friends: You, my friends, are AMAZNING!!!   So many thoughtful words.  So many compassionate thoughts.  So much insight.  Thank you!

Friends, I hope you have amazing weekends.  I will be spending time with The Crew and enjoying the sunshine...I hope you do the same!

Have an awesome day!