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    Thanks Lillie. You're right! I DO need to get back to running. I wouldn't say that it takes my mind off things, but it does make me feel healthier and more energetic over all, and that can't help but improve my mood. Tonight is my night to pick up T and get groceries and cook, so I prob won't have time tonight, but tomorrow!

    So, lotsa good stuff today.

    My friend Jina (JKfmAustin) has suggested something fabulous for this month. Rather than driving ourselves to the brink with TTC this month, we are going to focus on accomplishing some things that we want to get done this month, complete with pictures. Love it! Although our digital camera is on the fritz, so I bet all of my pictures are going to be crappy cell phone snaps. Oh well, still a fun way to document the month.

    So first things first, I need to come up with a list. Criteria for the list - the items must either be fabulous (like get a massage), fun (like go to a Murder Mystery Playhouse), involve taking excellent care of myself (like going for a run) or really useful/practical (like cleaning out my closet). I'm going to start my list, but if you have any fab ideas for me, please feel free to drop me a note. All items added to the list must be completed by CD1 of next month.

    Self Care:
    1. Work out (run, lift weights, zumba) atleast 20 times. I will keep a tally. IIIII II
    2. Cook meals from scratch at least 10 times (I know that doesn't sound like very much, but DH does a lot of cooking too!) I will keep a tally. III
    3. Give myself a pedicure, since sandal season will soon be upon us. Must include exfoliation. Which means...See number 3 under Fabulous Done

    Fabulous:
    1. Get a massage. Okay, a little unfair to put this one on the list since I already know that I'm getting one in about an hour BUT I figure it will be motivating to be able to check something off the list so soon. LOL!!!! - Check! Done! If I put this one on the list again, can I have another one?
    2. Buy myself a new blouse or two. I'm sick to death of all of my clothes. Oh, but when I do, I will pick out two blouses that I don't wear any more to donate. Makes closet space, and good for my heart.
    3. Buy some new nail polish to try out. - Done

    Fun:
    1. Take T and DH and go for a hike in Daniel's Park (beautiful spot, not far from our house.)
    2. Take T to the Cool Park (we have a park (aka the Cool Park) that is like a mile from our house. It is waaaayy bigger and better than the park (aka the Cow Park) that is 2 blocks from our house. But we always go to the Cow Park because, well, it's 2 blocks from our house. At least once this month I we will make a special trip to the Cool Park instead.)
    3. Try a new restaurant

    Practical:
    1. Put away all of our laundry, and then stay on top of it. Okay, I have a confession. I don't mind doing laundry. Heck, I probably do like 4-5 loads a week. I don't even mind folding laundry. I'm just awful about putting it away once it's done. I currently have 2 large laundry baskets teetering full of laundry that just needs to be put away, and more stacked on T's dresser. - Done! Now the trick is going to be staying on top of it!
    2. Clean out/reorg pantry Done!
    3. Start cleaning out/reorging spare bedroom. I hope to turn this into a nursery some day, so it's time to start cleaning it out.

    Okay, that's what I've got so far. If anyone has any great ideas, let me know. I may just add them to the list!
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    I love the list! I am laughing over your laundry habits. I don't mind doing laundry at all and I also don't mind folding laundry...it's the hanging clothes part I can't stand. I don't know why but I. just. can't. stand. hanging clothes. lol

    Trying a new restaurant is a fantastic idea! I think I might steal that one for next time.
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    Default Project TTC-D Post #1 (Pic Heavy)

    Okay, so I am BLOWING through my Project TTC-D (Trying to Calm Down) list today.

    I....

    Got a massage! Wheeeeee! That lady has the hands of a goddess. So relaxing. The bad part is that I did this on my lunch hour, and so after getting completely relaxed, I had to shake myself back awake and go back to work. Boooooo!

    Yes, the salon is over a Quiznos. If you're super into kind of meh chain subs, you could grab a massage and a sammy at the same time!


    Calling my name...


    Me, after a 50 minute massage. This picture makes me laugh for 2 reasons. A) I look like a hot mess. My HAIR! B) That is what I call my Monkey Face. Sometimes, depending on the camera angle, I look EXACTLY like a hairless monkey. If you know anyone that is still denying that humans and apes evolved from a common ancestor, please feel free to direct them to exhibit A. And yes, I combed my hair and refreshed my makeup before I went back to work.


    Then, this afternoon before I left for the day, I went to my work's free gym and did some strength training. Ideally, I would rather do free weights than machines, but since I don't work in a gym or a prison, I will have to make do with machines.



    The torture rack:


    For the uninitiated - you like...hang from that thing, and then pull your knees up to work your abs. The ab thing is bad enough, but after a while my arms also feel like they are going to pop out of their socket from holding up my lovely bulk.

    Then, I cooked a meal from scratch. Mostly. I used jarred garlic, and got a loaf of bread from the bakery. But if I only ate home made bread, I would never eat bread.

    I made Unstuffed Pepper Casserole and a salad.

    The ingredients:


    The salad:


    I don't believe in bagged salad. Don't hold with it. Those little shreds of carrots infuriate me. I want more carrot, and that is almost worse than having no carrot.

    The casserole:


    Probably it would have been pretty healthy if I hadn't melted like half a bag of cheese on top. But that's what makes it casserole - you can't have casserole with out mass amounts of almost burnt cheese!

    A (Tristan sized) plate:


    Aaaand finally, while I was at the grocery store today, I bought some new nail polish for when I give myself a pedicure.



    Pshew! Big day!
    -Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)

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    LOL Alissa, you so do NOT look like a monkey! You look great, it's just a funny angle. Love the pics!

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    Alissa, you go girl! You are off to a wonderful start with TTC-D! I really enjoyed your post and you do not look like a monkey! You look happy! Oh and your dinner looks yummy! Yay! can't wait to see your next post!
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    My kid a weirdo. I love him, he's awesome and funny and sweet and bright. But he's still a weirdo.

    For the past, geez, probably at least 8 months now he has been really into socks. And not even cool socks. We bought him all of these really cute socks with dinosaurs and firetrucks last summer. Those aren't the socks he is into. He loves what he calls his "letter socks." What are letter socks? Plain old white crew socks that say Hanes 4T-5T (he's got big feet for a little guy). Like these.

    Every morning, I ask him if he would like to wear his dinosaur socks, or his firetruck socks. Nope. He wants his letter socks. But okay, there's no accounting for taste, so that's not what is so weird. What is so weird is that he will actually dig dirty socks out of his hamper, and sleep with them. In the morning if we wakes up before we do, he will wander into our room with yesterday's socks clutched in his hands. DH said that one night he peeked in to check on him, and T was asleep with his hands stuffed inside a pair of socks like they were mittens. Maybe his hands get cold????

    I can't wait until he's older, so I can tease him about his sock fascination. In the meantime, I will continue to think that it's funny and cute, but also completely bizarre. Which, if I think about it, pretty much sums up life with a pre-schooler.
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    Yesterday I knocked another thing off of my TTC-D list. I put away all of my laundry, and THEN when I did another load, I put that away right away too. I took pictures, but I was having trouble uploading them, so I will try it again later and update with pictures if possible.

    I also took my Zumba class (that's workout #3), but I didn't take any pictures of that. Haha, I don't think that the other ladies would be particularly happy with me if I whipped out my cell phone and starting snapping pics while they are trying to work out. I'd prob be arrested or something. LOL

    I was EXHAUSTED by the end of the day yesterday. For some reason, I could not fall asleep until after midnight Saturday night (well after my normal bad time) and then I got the time wrong for my Zumba class. I used to go on Saturdays at 10, but I find the Sunday instructor to be more intense and gives a harder workout, so I am switching to Sundays. I forgot the Sunday class starts at 10:30, so I showed up 1/2 an hour early, so I did some laps on the track for a half an hour, and then got my butt kicked for an hour at Zumba.

    Then I went home and cleaned the whole house (including dusting, sweeping, mopping, and several loads of laundry, and put all of the laundry away.) By 10 pm, I was dead on my feet. DH gave me a back/foot/head rub (the holy trinity!!!) that put me right to sleep.

    Tonight is the first night of Passover, so we are going to my IL's house for dinner. So, I won't be cooking for the next couple of days, and if I am going to get a chance to work out, I am going to have to leave work early. I am going to try to leave today at 3:30 if I can, but it's hard because I am also possibly going to be coming in late the next two mornings (Passover dinners go so late and involve copious amounts of wine...)
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    Alissa, yay for doing all the laundry! I am loving our project ttc-d...aren't you? Lol @ taking pics of the women in Zumba class....lol. Yeah...I'm sure they would not have been happy about that. Wow, I think you are doing great and how nice of your Hubby to give you a massage. Oh and I hope you had a nice time last night. I can't wait to see pics!
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    Okay, so here are the pics from Sunday's laundry adventure.

    For shame.



    All done except some singleton socks!



    Okay, so I'll blog more about it tomorrow, but I have been knee deep in Passover for the past couple of days so I haven't had much time to do anything else, and I'm completely wiped out.

    But tomorrow marks the first day we can start getting back to normal, so here is to tomorrow!
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    I picked up my bridesmaid's dress on Monday. I am going to be in my brother's wedding this summer, wearing this dress. Now, keep in mind that I tried the dress on in October of 2010, when I was full on in my "getting healthy, losing weight, toning up" phase. About a week after that, I found out I was pregnant, then I lost the baby, went through some depression, and what with one thing and another I haven't been nearly as dedicated to the "cause" of rocking a hot bod as I was back then. Not that I have completely fallen off the wagon, but my eating hasn't probably been as great as it could be, and I'm not nearly as consistent about working out as I used to be.

    So, I went home and tried on the dress. And the good news is, it zips. That's pretty much the sum of the good news. The bad news is, taking deep breaths is going to be a problem. The other, bigger, problem ("bigger" because I'm vain and I care more about looking pretty than breathing properly) is that it doesn't look that great on any more. The skirt part under the rushed waist sticks out weirdly where my tummy and hips are bigger than they should be, and weirdly, I think I have managed to lose weight in the boob area.

    *Sigh*

    So I have a two point plan of attack.

    #1 - Get more consistent about my working out and eating. Lose a little bit of weight, and tone up. I don't have to lose a ton, but toning is a must.

    #2 - Industrial Underwear

    *Sigh*

    I can't believe that I'm actually in a place where I have to contemplate buying big scary underwear to look good in a dress. I told one of my friends about it, and she assures me that big scary underwear is de riguer on the red carpet (I guess that makes it glam or something ) but I'm still feeling a little sketch about it.

    Oh well, major motivation to throw myself into Step 1 of the plan, which is to actually do something about my body that doesn't involve "compression."

    Oh a completely different note, last night was, as I have mentioned, the second night of Passover, and I had a homework assignment (we all did.) My assignment was to talk about why we eat horseradish (aka bitter herbs) during Passover. The reason is to remember the bitterness of life for the Jews while they were enslaved, but I was thinking about how we always eat charoset (a sweet paste made of apples and nuts) with our horseradish. It made me think about how every life is a mixture of bitter and sweet, and how the bitter can't ever cancel out the sweet, no matter how big of a bite you take (it's like Fear Factor at my ILs house every year - I think they compete to see who can take the biggest bite of raw horseradish. *shudder*) Maybe the more bitter you get, the more sweet you take, to make up for it.

    Anyway, wish me luck on toning and losing weight so that I look and feel like a hottie in my ball gown.
    -Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)

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