The Unmotivated Spartan

It’s just 30 days till my next Spartan Sprint but I am feeling so unmotivated. So much so that I think I’m just stalling by creating projects that never really needed starting. before bath process progress bath For instance our guest bathroom: It always had fantastic vintage bones with its shiny black tile and baby puke pink tub and walls. When we first bought the house it still had the original matching pink toilet and gold flecked counter top which I loved but the county requires that any new home or newly purchased home be fitted with an energy efficient toilets and shower heads. So we replaced the vanity and got a new clean white toilet and I painted the walls a clean off-white and called it good. Read more...

Forced Vacay

For the last two weeks I’ve been stuck in a weird transition period where my old job has ended but my new job hasn’t yet started. I’ve been completing HR orientations and pre-employment health testing and physicals and TB tests but that’s just a few hours here and there. Meanwhile we’ve already paid for our regular daycare hours so I’ve had two full weeks where the kids are at school and mommy’s at home relaxing in pure, joyous, magical silence. First I got caught up with a GROSS amount of Real Housewives (of multiple cities) then I got all up to date on a new favorite, HBO’s “Insecure”, and most recently started watching Game of Thrones all over again from the very beginning. I can hardly keep track of all the crazy nerd conspiracy theories because I can barely even pronounce or remember character’s names, let alone remember what happened like 6 years ago. Winter is coming… I think? Read more...

Building New Beginnings

It’s been a long time since I last posted. I’ve been busy hustling and networking and interviewing and finally after a loooong week of waiting, I got word that I was offered a new position! To be honest I’ve been pretty unhappy with my work for a long time, healthcare reform has changed things and hospitals are struggling to make money, keep patients happy and healthy, and retain good nurses. Hence, my exit... byyyeeeeeeeeee! Read more...

Leo Turns 2

inviteOne of the best parts of becoming a Libra mom is that I now have two more whole people to plan Halloween costumes and themed birthday parties for…. At least until they’re old enough to realize they have their own free will. For now, mommy gets final say and absolutely runs with ideas. This year Leo was briefly into dinosaurs before becoming totally obsessed with all things that move- fire engines, delivery trucks, buses, ambulances, cement mixers, big rigs, vans, bull dozers, etc. Driving with him is like having your very own personal Rain Man in the back seat ranting off modes of transportation on the freeway. But, I had already committed to the dino theme so sorry kid, when you can actually speak better you can help contribute to your theme- but for now, mommy made that decision for you and it’s fucking dinosaurs. Read more...

Old Lady Crafting

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Before- Ugly Ant Highrise

I’ve been letting the creative juices flow pretty heavy these days planning for my son’s 2nd birthday party. I had a bit of an overflow of creativity and repurposed an old birdbath that’s been an eye sore in the back yard since we moved in. We bought our 1950’s California ranch home from a sweet old woman who had lived here from when it was built to when she passed away at 100 years old. (No ghosts here, she passed away outside of the home). Because I love the design aesthetics of the time and many things in the home were in great shape we were able to keep many things original. This birdbath however was ugly and has been hiding behind an overgrown ornamental bush. It’s usually filled with dead leaves and probably mosquito larva so it was time to re-use and re-purpose. Read more...

LET’S JUST POP DOWN FOR LUNCH!

Famous last words. For months we’ve been seeing foodie/traveler shows head south to explore Tijuana’s blossoming gourmet scene. People as famous as Anthony Bourdain and as unknown as the fat Mexican-American guy from on our local PBS channel head south of the border to eat and drink some of the best food this side of the Mississippi. Since I am no longer tracking every single calorie that touches my tongue and generally enjoying life again, we decide to check it out for ourselves. Read more...

POST SHOW THOUGHTS

stage dayWell, I got last place. Yep, 10th out of 10 competitors. Am I bummed out? Yes, sort of, but not as much as I thought I would be. I just can’t get over the fact that I did it, I competed!!! The professional photos from show day were posted on the NPC website and I still can’t believe that’s actually me! I’m so tan and sparkly and glam! My overall score beat out other scores, so if I had competed in multiple divisions I could’ve placed higher, but unfortunately, not in my group of just 10 girls. Not to mention competing in additional divisions means spending significantly more money as you have to pay to play. Since I didn’t win, my sponsor (aka my cheap mom) said she wants her money back so I’m going to try to sell my suit and shoes and send in my stats to Bodybuilding.com in attempts of winning their “Transformation of the Week” contest. Here’s my bio I’m sending in, let’s hope they pick me! read more...