Sunday, February 16, 2020

My Everyday Life [Week 7]

Here's what week 7 looked like!

A full moon and fresh coat of snow to start the week off. 

I woke up on Monday morning and cried tears of joy reading Joaquin Phoenix's Oscar acceptance speech. I am so thankful for his bravery. 
 Craig had a little fun in the snow.
 Movie night at home! The book is always better than the movie.
 This was really yummy!
 My love on Valentine's Day. He wore my favorite shirt.
 All three of my loves.
Tortilla soup is delicious!
 The winter sun and shadows are so pretty.
I rarely buy new books, but I could not get two of these at the library and "How Not to Diet" is worth purchasing because the proceeds go to a good cause and I love the author's work.

Side note: as a I approach 40 this year, I am finding that my hormones are definitely changing as I age and I am fascinated by getting them under control. I've heard "Period Repair Manual" is amazing!
Loved this month's Vegancuts box!
I'm a big Michael Pollan fan and I was so happy to listen to this on a walk outside today. I really want to listen to his new book "Caffeine" now. It's only being released on Audible. 
My fingers used to be cold when I was outside for more than two minutes, but these Kombi mittens have kept them toasty. My hands are usually sweating when I get back from walks and I'd much rather have that than being frigid.
 Beautiful Pema.
 Naughty! This guy literally winked at me when he was on the ground. He was cute to watch.
 Steel cut oats with lots of delicious fixings this morning.
 Self care Sunday! My skin has been feeling really dry lately so this seemed to help a little bit.
I learned to knit this afternoon at my parent's church! It helped to have a good teacher who was patient.
I'm borrowing some knitting needles so I can practice with YouTube this week. I'm so lucky my mom gave me a bunch of yarn to practice with.

When I went home to practice, the cats were so fascinated by the yarn and needles. I had to be very careful as Pema was so nosy, per usual.
After class, I went over to my parents's house to visit and catch up.

It was a great week! I'm just sad the weekend is over already. It went so quickly because I went in to do some overtime at work yesterday and then spent an hour at the gym there afterwards.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

My Everyday Life [Weeks 4-6]

Catching up on sharing what the last two weeks looked like!

Craig caught the flu from me and while he was home, he caught Shiva watching Bob Ross. He liked the movement of the brush strokes. 
Capturing the beautiful snowy area behind the technical school I took CPR at.
CPR class! Glad to get it done so I could renew my personal training license.
Yummy tempeh wrap.
This quote sums up the last two weeks quite well.
 Trying to keep up with practicing yoga when I can.
Shiva crashing my photo of books 2 and 3 read this year. Know My Name is amazing and I highly recommend it. I wasn't as thrilled about Miracle Creek.
Treated myself to Mod pizza on a Friday. I usually take my lunch every day, but once in a while it is nice to get away from the office.
The fort Craig built for Pema while the roomba ran. I sent it to my mom and she said he takes after his mama (I used to love to build forts when I was little).
 Sunset Sunday yoga.
 The sky takes my breath away sometimes.
When I lift weights, I am hangry and need my protein right away. This was really delicious and I'd definitely purchase a large container of it.
Working on my family tree at the library. I learned a few new things, like my third great grandfather was a peddler when he first came to Milwaukee. I knew he was a millner later in life, but I didn't realize he was a peddler to start.
 Shiva is obsessed with the heat vent in our bedroom.
 He's always kissing my cheeks or biting them.
I embraced winter walking again this week. I walk twice a day on breaks at work, but it's always on the treadmill. It felt good to to get outside and wasn't as cold as I expected it to be.
Brunch yesterday with my friend and kindred spirit Vanessa. We talked for two hours straight and never ran out of things to discuss. It's hard to make new friends midlife, especially when you're a non-parent introvert, so I am thankful we met volunteering at a vegan festival last year.
I went to one of my favorite grocery stores, Whole Foods, after brunch and grabbed some delicious guacamole to snack on. Pema is creepily watching me eat and he has no clue that I'm eating his favorite food, avocado.
An all day snowstorm meant that mom and I didn't make it to a free knitting class I was looking forward to attending. I'm hoping we can go next week!

Monday, January 20, 2020

My Everyday Life [Week 3]

I tried this dairy free yogurt and it was ok. I probably won't buy it again as I prefer unsweetened yogurt with fresh fruit added in now. 
If you're in a book club, I recommend listening to this podcast. It gave me some good ideas for ours!

I took a couple of hours off of work to study for my test. My buddy Shiva would not leave me alone! Also, I look tired here and it's because I didn't know it then, but I was coming down with a flu-like virus. 
I think this is where I left off before I got sick. I need to catch up as I miss my daily practice. 
I started to feel sick on Wednesday afternoon, had a day off of work to study on Thursday, and then I had to take a test on Friday. I didn't know if I could pass it while I was sick, but I did and even earned an 80-89%. I know that the weeks of dedicated studying really paid off.
We finished watching Chernobyl and it was so good. I learned so much. Craig already knew a lot about the topic. 
Shiva has been my little cat nurse while I've had this virus. He has slept with me almost every night and follows me around the house. I have appreciated it so much. 
Pema continues to be independent and silly. On Sunday, he decided to randomly sit on our humidifier. It was blowing out cold air and he normally prefers the warm air of the heat vent instead.
Once I finished passing that insurance designation test for work, I moved onto studying the ACE Behavior Change program so I can renew my personal training license. It's a fascinating course so far! There is so much psychology that goes into it.
Other things going on this past week: I really got into the book "Know My Name" by Chanel Miller and I'm almost done. It's so good that I am slowly reading it and processing her experience.

We got a bunch of snow and while it's pretty, I am already ready for spring.

And to be honest, it was a pretty crazy week so I understand why I got sick. Besides my test, I was contemplating a change at work and decided not to go forward with it.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

My Everyday Life [Week 2]

Welcome to week 2 of 2020.

First book of the year finished. 1 down, 59 to go!
I'm still obsessed with baby yoda. We finished watching The Mandalorian this week. I really enjoyed it, despite not growing up as a Star Wars fine like Craig.
 Library haul.
 I've heard good things!
 When you accidentally match Adriene with a black top and blue pants.
 Stuck inside on a snowy day. These guys loved all of the cuddles and attention.
 Pema wanted to practice yoga with me. He likes to lay on my mat and flip from left to right.
I've been cramming in insurance info for a designation test this week. It's not the most exciting or easy material to study, but repeat practice exams and skimming the books helps.
Day 11 of the 30 day Yoga with Adriene challenge. I'm hoping to keep up with daily 20-30 minute yoga practices after this challenge ends.