- I’m really interested in the conversation happening here. It’s a conversation about student affairs professionals and professional dress. I think my style has grown more casual as I’ve moved through the institutions I have been in. Part of that is my comfort level, where my office is, how often I am out and about and walking, etc. The culture of the institution and your office in particular makes a difference too.
- I met with the new Sustainability Coordinator today to talk about Spring Give ‘n Go. I told him I created the idea based off of Dickinson’s U-Turn and he said “Oooooh, you’re from the holy land!” Bonus: I got to share this story with the Dickinson Phoneathon student who called me tonight.
- I took my crutches out of the closet last night. Either I let someone borrow them or I really thought I needed to have them on the 5’8″ the last time I used them. They are back down to 5’4″ and much easier to use. Hopefully I won’t have to use them for very long anyway.
- I already have 3 lists going for Thanksgiving. It’s going to be awesome to have both sets of parents here, but it is still going to make me a little nervous!
- I need to make bread this week!
On October 23, 2010, I married love of my life. We had a beautiful, exhausting, love-filled, crazy day, and I will never forget it. I wrote about it here and of course, threw tons of pictures up on Facebook. I had amazing vendors (Lauren Liese Photography, Natalie Diener Weddings and Events) and we also had amazing friends and family.
Things just my mother did:
-Bake a 4 tier cake and ice it in the design we requested.
-Create beautiful corsages for herself, my MIL, SIL, grandmother and our godmothers.
-Made the Unity candle, ring bearer pillow, and flower girl baskets.
-Modified the flower girl dresses to add a red sash.
-Sewed the buttons on my brother’s uniform the morning of the wedding.
-Created a card box to be a paper version of Fallingwater.
To say my mom did a lot is an understatement. And she had the time of her life that day.
Our friends were amazingly supportive and had a great time as well, which was key for us.
Sunday was our 1 year anniversary and we wanted to make sure it was a special day. We woke up late thanks to a late night for me on-call, then got ready for the day. Had lunch in Harris, then headed to the grocery store to restock on staples. We headed home and put away groceries, then started to get ready for our 7:30 dinner reservation at Bravo Bravo. I saw a pin on pinterest about a couple that took a picture with a picture from the year before year after year and I loved it, so I made sure I printed an 8×10 of our wedding photo to take with us to the restaurant.
Before we left, we exchanged presents.
Then we headed to our delicious dinner! We ordered a Bellini Martini and Manhattan and started with their Baked Mozzarella as an appetizer. I wish I had pictures, but I think I’m going to make this as an appetizer for Thanksgiving! Melty cheese and crusty bread and bright tomatoes…it was lovely. I ordered the shrimp “paisano” for my entree, which was 6 baked shrimp with bread and cheese topping on them with warm olive oil. So, so good. Matt ordered the veal ravioli. It had all his favorite elements: pasta, red sauce, veal, mushrooms and goat cheese. We ended with cheesecake for Matt and chocolate lava cake torte for me. I was stuffed at the end, but it was so worth it.
Frida was nice enough to hold the phone for me for the rest of the night, so we got to go home and drink the champagne we have been saving for a year. I remembered too late that we had cake in the freezer, but I went down and emptied the freezer to get to it anyways and we ate it on Monday night. It was still good after a year in the freezer!
Here is the first of what I hope is many photo within a photo pictures on our anniversary!
Sorry for the long wait on this post…it has been a busy week!
Last Saturday was the Mystic Aquarium Run/Walk for the Penguins. I did this race last year and really enjoyed myself. It’s an interesting course with road and trail components and you get to go to the aquarium for free afterwards! I knew I was going to do it again this year and my friend D decided this would be the race she would run to knock the “Run a 5K” item off her 30 before 30 list.
We had been registered since August and I had been doing some slow training runs and NROLFW to prepare. I was really excited the Tuesday before to go to Zumba and get my dance on. It was a great workout, but resulted in another torn SI joint. I had really hoped it was just soreness from bopping my hips in a new way and did heat and rest for the rest of the week in hopes that it would not be as bad for Saturday.
Saturday dawned bright and sunny. I like to get up early and get to the registration table before it gets too busy. I picked up my packet, pinned on my number and spent the next hour or so staying warm in the car and playing Words with Friends while I waited for Darcie and Kate to arrive. Two of our Floor Governors spotted me before the race who were also going to be racing, so we chatted about the course. It was their first 5K race as well! For as slow as I run, I felt like an old pro. 🙂 I made sure I found out Darcie and Kate’s bib numbers so they could jump right in line for packets and then we lined up to get ready to go.
That bit of shadow on Kate’s back…oh yeah, that was a giant stuffed penguin. She carried him in her infant carrier the whole way. It was awesome.
The race started and we were off on a steady pace. Like last year, we ended up having to walk through the first part of the trail thanks to the muddy and slimy foot bridge, but it was a welcome break after .75 miles! Made it through the trail and saw the 1 mile marker up ahead. For some reason, I had convinced myself that the path through the neighborhood was relatively flat until the big ass hill on the turn around. I was wrong. It was at this point that my hip started to get unhappy. I grabbed some water, walked a little more, ran a little more, walked some more. Kate and Darcie eventually pulled ahead and I caught up with them after a steady run of a .5 mile when we got back to the asphalt. They started running again and pulled away and I kept walking, trying to reserve my last bit of strength for the finish line. Took the last .25 mile at a steady run and was greeted by my awesome students cheering me in. I still have no idea what my official time was but it was something around 43 minutes. Worst time for a 5K I have ever run, but the point was that I finished it.
We spent the rest of the morning walking around Old Mystic Village where we had glorious grilled cheese from The Bleu Squid and I bought an awesome present for Lydia and Nolan. Then we explored the aquarium (still doesn’t get old for me) and then I finally headed home. I was exhausted and in a ridiculous amount of pain. Like, aching groin muscles, tight calves, rock hard shoulders. It was bad.
I went to the chiro Wednesday and she took me off running and Zumba again until the hip heals. Good thing I’ll be fully restricted next week thanks to surgery.
Regardless of the pain, I did start to be able to cross “Run 5 5Ks” off my list. Hopefully I will be more fully healed in the spring when I start to train again!
So I managed to knock two things off my list this week.
9. Apply for a job outside of my “safe” states.
I did this by applying to a Women’s Center position at a small, liberal arts college in Ohio. While it is certainly not across the country and actually borders PA, it is still a state I have never applied to before. AND, outside of my Res Life comfort zone bubble. It’s not a guarantee that they’ll even consider my resume; but it is so worth it to at least get my name out there.
2. Bake a souffle that does not collapse.
It was a mini souffle. 4, in fact. Spinach and Parmesan souffles from Cooking Light. Eggs were whipped, spinach was cooked, parmesan was shredded and off they went to the oven. Of course, my oven sucks so they needed even more time, but they still didn’t collapse! I think that while I’ve accomplished this one, I may go for something bigger. In my parent’s oven. That has an oven light and a window.
Coming up: Knocking off the first of five 5Ks!
1. I am asthmatic. And colder weather does not help.
2. I have a bunion…but new shoes DO help.
3. I am a runner, and I need to get out there more often.
I had been hearing about the New Rules of Lifting for Women (NROLFW) in the fitness blogosphere for awhile. I’ve never felt like much of a weightlifter…other than bicep curls and shoulder presses, I never spent much time with any sort of weight machine. I was ready to try something new workout wise, and picked up the book at 30% off at Borders.
I thought it was going to be a dry read and I seriously considered skipping right to the workouts, but I’m glad I didn’t. It was actually a pretty enjoyable. The author is engaging and recognizes that if you’re reading this, you’re serious about taking control of your fitness destiny. (Wow, that was corny.)
I started the workouts about 3 weeks ago. You’re supposed to do them every other day, and I was consistent for about 2 weeks before I got the viral infection and took a week off. I’ve completed 6 workouts completely and I’ve already seen marked improvement from Week 1 to Week 3. Workout 1 called for 2 sets of 15 squats. I did those at body weight for the first workout and was definitely feeling them by the end. Workout 3 called for 2 sets of 12 squats. I did those with 15 pound weights in each hand at shoulder height. If I had been able to use the squat bar, I probably could have added on another 10 pounds. So it definitely works to challenge you and strengthen you.
I also did prone jackknifes in front of the entire gym. Go look up what those are. See why that is a big deal? Those things are killer, but they WORK.
I’m really proud of completing things like deadlifts, and pulling down 55 pounds in wide grip lat pulldowns, but I will be even prouder if I finish this program. I think I am on my way, even if my should be 2 day breaks are occasionally 5 day breaks.
My colleagues and I are holding each other accountable with Weight Watchers and I had a solid first day. I was on plan for the majority of the day and counted every single meatball I ate tonight. My husband makes delicious meatballs…veal, pork, ground beef, bread crumbs, garlic and parsley. They were fabulous and we froze A LOT. Our freezer is officially full.
We actually planned out our menu for the week too. Since we have so much stuff in our freezer, we figured we should start eating out of it more often. Hopefully this will help us make less trips to the grocery store and use some of the recipes out of the 25 cookbooks plus 100 some recipes in the binder torn out of magazines. Can you tell we like to cook?
I’m looking forward to Friday. I took the day off and I’m going to make Kelsey cookies, maybe pumpkin bread or muffins and pack to head to upstate NY to see Kev and Kels. We’re going apple picking and just hanging out. It’ll be nice to not worry about work for a weekend and play with an adorable baby and be with good friends.
D and I are going for a practice run for the Penguin Run on Wednesday. It’ll be nice to run with someone who’s going around my pace. If I’m running with someone, it’s usually my brother or sister, who both run competitively, so I get left behind and they come back to find me. I’m okay with going slow right now, because you need a base to go faster.
Tomorrow is crazy, Wednesday is pretty full and Thursday is blissfully empty of meetings…and I am SO looking forward to it.