Wednesday, December 31, 2008
~we got engaged
~we bought a house
~we watched my best friend get married while I stood by her side as a bridesmaid
~we spent Spring Break / St. Patrick's Day in San Diego with Ryan
~we celebrated our 28th birthday's
~we spent countless hours at numerous game nights with our nearest and dearest friends
~we had an amazing engagement party thrown for us
~we started planning our wedding (aka - the biggest party of our lives)
~we overcame obstacles (Jon receiving a pink slip and then waiting to find out if he would get rehired & struggles at my job that had me temporarily searching for other employment)
~we ran numerous charity 5k's and I consistently broke my personal records
~we made lifestyle changes to our diet and exercise, which led to Jon loosing over 40lbs and me loosing almost 20lbs & both of us being healthier and happier
~I became a runner :) and enjoyed it every step of the way (well, almost every step)
~we celebrated Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas in our new home
~and together we continue to make plans for our future together :)
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Posted by The Jesse at 8:30 AM
Monday, December 29, 2008
I make it sound like it was painful. It definitely wasn't. It was so nice to spend some time with our families ... and each other (since I was on vacation, too).
Originally (when we first purchased our new home) we had grand plans for painting and working around the house over our Christmas vacation ... but as the holiday got closer we realized that we had way too much going on and not enough money to make those dreams a reality. Instead we spent our time with our families and tried to relax as much as possible. We also spent some time working on and finishing our wedding invitations. Running got pushed aside ... as did eating sensibly ... and I'm dreading our weigh-in this afternoon ... but today is a new day, this week is a new week, and its almost a new year ... lot's of new beginnings are on the horizon!
We'll be spending New Years with my cousin and her boyfriend down in the Santa Barbara area ... and after the new year we'll be focusing on preparing for our wedding!
Posted by The Jesse at 11:00 AM
Friday, December 26, 2008
***Update - a friend just pointed out that there's a duplicate listed below - she said #26 & #92 and when I went to check it out I noticed that my numbers were off, too! So, I fixed the number sequence and now I have 111 things for my 100th post! See if you can find the duplicates!
Some interesting (or not so interesting) facts about me that you may (or may not) know1. I’m 5’1” inches tall ... my husband to be is 6’6” tall
2. I was born and raised in
3. I love the ocean, but I never go in it
4. I have one brother, who is 8 years older than me
5. My parents are divorced, and both remarried
6. I graduated from CSUS in 2005
7. I did not want to go to college, but I did anyway
8. It took me 7 years and 4 different schools to graduate
9. I did not walk with my high school class on graduation day
10. I lived in
11. Since I was 17 and moved out of my parent’s house, I have moved 10 times
12. I love The River City (aka,
13. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday
14. I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween
15. I always decorate for Christmas on December 1st
16. I’m an organizer and a to-do list maker
17. I love cooking and baking – it soothes my soul
18. I have an excellent memory for mundane information
19. But I often block out memories from my past and have to dig deep to conjure them up
20. I hate scary movies but I love to watch them
21. I am very, very passionate about a lot of things
22. I love taking and looking at photos – I usually carry my camera every where I go
23. The only things I miss about working in a brew pub is the beer, the brew fests, the friends, and the money
24. I have been to Vegas three amazing times and I want to go again, and again, and again
25. Until I met Jon my music knowledge was very limited
26. I hate spiders
27. I love my last name and refuse to loose it when I get married, so instead I will have four names
28. I love food
29. I want to love to run so I run as much as possible and my love for it is growing more and more
30. I want to run a ½ marathon
31. When I (we) have kids, I wish to be a stay at home mom
32. I want to go back to school so I can take the classes need to work with small children (like in a daycare or preschool or kindergarten)
33. I stopped drinking soda in February of this year
34. I often crave Sprite so instead I drink carbonated flavored water (lemon lime flavor)
35. I try not to eat ground beef – its makes me physically feel ill
36. I eat a raw lunch (all veggies and fruit) everyday at work
37. My favorite color changes, but not too often – currently its red (one of our wedding colors)
38. I believe in miracles, fate, luck, and LOVE
39. I look and act just like my mom
40. My niece has my eyes
41. My nephew was born when I was 9 years old – he turned 19 this year!
42. My towels have to be folded a certain way
43. I’m only a perfectionist sometimes
44. I hate shopping alone
45. I have a growing fear of malls
46. I like talking on the phone – mostly when I’m driving (yes, I have a new hands free device)
47. I (we) have two cats – Lucky and Layla
48. We also want two dogs (eventually) now that we own a home
49. I love to read
50. Sometimes I’m selfish – and I think that’s okay
51. I have four tattoos – and yes, my Polish flag is upside down – its okay – I’m Polish
52. I have a mean jealous streak
53. I am a Scorpio – and I have every single Scorpio tendency
54. I sleep with two pillows to ward off migraines, neck pain and heart burn
55. I have chronic migraines – they are stress related
56. I have chronic neck and back pain – from a car accident I was in when I was 15 years old
57. I have Acid Reflux Disease and asthma
58. I didn’t get asthma until I quit smoking cigarettes (on
59. I drive a VW Jetta – it’s a VR6 – and yes, I use premium gas – even when it cost almost $5 a gallon over the summer!!!
60. I love beer ... but I use to hate it
61. A dry, vodka martini, extra dirty is my favorite drink
62. I love watching baseball live – but it bores me to watch it on TV
63. I’m a Yankee fan – and no, I’m not on any bandwagon
64. My dad was born and raised in upstate NY
65. My mom was born and raised in
66. I will always be a California Girl and plan on never leaving this wonderful state
67. I love the rain
68. But, I hate thunder and lightning
59. I love the snow
70. But, I hate driving in it
72. I love hiking, but we don’t do it often enough
73. I use to hate red wine – but now I hate white wine instead
74. I love game nights and hanging out with friends
75. I love that my friends are like family
76. The fall and spring times are my favorite season
77. I like the feel of the cool crisp fall air and the warm spring breezes
78. I see the glass as half full almost always
79. But I also easily get discouraged and have to remind myself to think positively and remain optimistic
80. I watch a lot of TV and thankfully we have two DVR to record all my programs when I’m too busy to stay caught up
81. I love music, almost all kinds, and song lyrics often stir up strong emotions in me
82. I love to watch chick flicks and feel-good movies, both of which most often make me cry
83. I am a very emotional person, and sometimes even a sappy commercial can make me cry
84. Every time I cross the finish line at a 5k I’m amazed that I actually completed it because often I feel like I’ll never make it to the end and even when I am racing against the clock to improve my time, at the end all that matters to me is that I finished
85. I love the fog and after 6 years of living in the
86. I love watching the sunset into the ocean – it’s make me feel peaceful inside
87. I love designer handbags (Coach is my fav) and jewelry (Tiffany’s to be exact)
88. I wish I was more creative
89. I love to paint, even though I’m not very good at it
90. My oldest cat, Lucky, purrs louder than any other cat I’ve ever heard
91. My youngest cat, Layla, likes to open the closet doors with her claws and sleep on the blankets
92. We recently purchased our first house and we are very excited to make it our home
93. I prefer to read love novels, and I prefer only to read a particular author
94. I read every day on my lunch break
95. My favorite movies are: The Sound of Music and 10 Things I Hate About You
96. My favorite song is “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra and I’m very much looking forward to dancing with my dad to this song at my wedding
97. I have been to more concerts in the past 3 ½ years with Jon than during the entire 24 ½ years before I knew him
98. My favorite artists are: Jack Johnson and The Killers
99. When I was two years old I was bit in the face by a Austrian Shephard dog and had to have reconstructive surgery on the tear duct of my eye – there are no scars and I don’t remember the incident at all
100. When I 15 years old I ditched high school for the first time with 3 other friends and we ended up getting into a car accident – we hit a tree head on at 50-60 mph – everyone was okay and we are lucky we all walked away
101. I did not walk with my high school glass on graduation day, I graduated early because I was on the home school program and I was already living in
102. Walking with my graduating class at CSUS was a very big accomplishment for me
103. My favorite color changes, currently its red (one of our wedding colors)
104. I love sleeping in but at the same time I hate it because I feel like I am wasting my day
105. I wake up at 5 days a week to get ready for work and even though that is very early in the morning, I wouldn’t trade my work schedule for anything because I get home from work everyday at
106. After our wedding, I want to start focusing on volunteering more and giving back to my community and helping those in need
107. I am very excited about spending 5 days in
108. Every apartment that I ever lived in I always found something I hated about it after I moved in, I keep waiting for that to happen in our new house BUT I love it so much I can’t find anything wrong with it to hate
109. I never wanted kids until I feel in love with my soul mate and best friend and we started planning our lives together
110. I can’t wait to start a family with the man I love
111. I can’t wait to be Jon’s wife and to share my life with my best friend
Posted by The Jesse at 7:00 AM
Thursday, December 25, 2008
My Christmas Wish For You
My Christmas wish for you, my friend
Is not a simple one
For I wish you hope and joy and peace
Days filled with warmth and sun
I wish you love and friendship too
Throughout the coming year
Lots of laughter and happiness
To fill your world with cheer
May you count your blessings, one by one
And when totaled by the lot
May you find all you've been given
To be more than what you sought
May your journeys be short, your burdens light
May your spirit never grow old
May all your clouds have silver linings
And your rainbows pots of gold
I wish this all and so much more
May all your dreams come true
May you have a Merry Christmas friend
And a happy New Year, too ..
We wish you a merry Christmas :)
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
to Jon's work Christmas party
Here is our tree, all lite up :)
Lights around our fireplace
Our totally awesome new ornament!!!
I wrote our address for our first home on the back and the year
and three little pre-lite trees that on our our walkway
up to our front door :)
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
We had beautiful weather ... good company ... and a great time!
The view from Big Sur at sunset
With my girl-friend at the Monarch Butterfly Grove (she volunteers there and taught us all about the monarch butterflies)
Jon and on the 17 Mile Drive
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I'm not really into the Christmas spirit this year - which I think a lot of people are experiencing. The economy sucks and with the purchase of our home and our upcoming wedding, our budget is stretched pretty tight. Christmas is also a very stressful time of the year for me. Don't get me wrong, I love my family dearly and I enjoy spending time with them - but when you have four sets of parents (both our parents are divorced) it makes things a lot more difficult. We actually plan on going to see the movie Four Christmases either today or tomorrow because we are pretty much convinced that the 2nd half of this upcoming week is going to be very similar.
In other news - it was freezing cold this week! We only did one run. We had a run planned for yesterday morning but I woke up with a migraine (that I still have) and so I laid in bed until I absolutely had to get up and get ready. I struggled with the migraine all morning then it got dull and almost went away for part of the afternoon then returned at the Christmas party we were at last night (for the husband-to-be's work) and I woke up with it still pounding away this morning. Today the pain keeps coming and going in waves ... I just wish it would go away! Ugh. I haven't had a migraine since my birthday. But, like I've mentioned before, even though they are getting less frequent - the intensity is growing with each one. Yesterday the nausea was horrible. Today I'm sensitive to noise.
I think the only up side to this depressing post it that I am on vacation for the next week and I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with my husband-to-be ... we get a nice little break on Christmas Day (when it will be just the two of us and our kitty cats in our new home) and then we start traveling to see all my family. Then I have to go back to work for two days then I am on vacation again and we will be heading down to Santa Barbara to celebrate the New Year with my BFF/cousin and her boyfriend (my college roommate). I can't wait :)
Posted by The Jesse at 12:07 PM
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Posted by The Jesse at 12:36 PM
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
White Chocolate Candy Cane Fudge (peppermint bark)
1 pkg of Ghiradelli white chocolate chips
1 16oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 pkg of 12 candy canes
Put all the candy canes in a plastic sandwich and break them up into small pieces. Using a double boiler (or a pot with a glass heat proof bowl - like I use) melt the chocolate and condensed milk. Once melted and creamy and smooth, add the candy cane pieces. Spread into a foiled covered dish, let cool. Once cool, cover with foil and place in the fridge for a couple of hours until hard. Cut into desired pieces. Enjoy!
This recipe is so easy and quick and the results are worth every calorie filled bite :)
Monday, December 15, 2008
Anywho. Last week was okay. We ran a few days. We did all our Christmas shopping in two trips with a few loose ends we finished up on Saturday morning. We also played darts with the best friend and Jon's mom and we had a movie night on Friday with the same before mentioned best friend and we attended two Christmas parties and cleaned the whole house! I guess it was a much busier week than I realized.
This week looks a lot less busy, but more jam packed with wedding stuff. And other random stuff now that I think about it. Like today for example. It was a busy afternoon. I picked my car up at the shop (where its been since last Wednesday) and after I paid almost as much as my mortgage payment to the auto repair shop I drove The Jetta home and then we headed out for a run (which ended up being a great run - I think the freezing cold weather really motivated me tonight) then I made white chocolate candy cane fudge (again - I had made a batch on Saturday to take to a friends Ugly Sweater Holiday Party) and sugar cookies - both of which I am taking as my contribution to the office holiday cookie swap that I organized that we are having tomorrow. We ate dinner and then headed to the office to finish up the wedding invitation printing. We are this close (as I mentioned in my wedding planning blog) but at least the bulk of them are done. The rest of the week is pretty low key. We've got some shopping to do, some presents to wrap, and a few other small wedding projects to work on. And some runs planned. Let's just hope the weather cooperates on that last one.
Posted by The Jesse at 8:34 PM
Sunday, December 7, 2008
1. Link to the person that tagged you
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself
4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs
5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
6. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.
The non-important random facts about me …
1. I'm a list maker. To-do lists. Grocery lists. Meal plan lists. Christmas card lists. Christmas present lists. List of lists to make. Lists of tasks to do. Lists of projects to complete. It goes on and on and on.
2. I did not graduate from a high school in the traditional sense. When I was a junior I dropped out of traditional high school, waited a few months until I was accepted into home school, then finished up all my credits about 3 months before the rest of my graduating class. By the time the graduation ceremony came in June, I was already living in Berkeley, and I chose not to walk with the rest of my class. That of course ended up being one of the only reason I decided to walk with my graduating class from CSUS in 2005 (along with being able to share the moment some great friends I met that semester)!
3. My favorite number is 3. For the longest time I never had a favorite number, but over the years I just kind of adopted 3 as my favorite because it was my best friends favorite number. Now its all over my life. It our wedding date, in our address, always on our weekly lotto picks ... its everywhere!
4. Since I was 17 years old, I have moved 11 times. That's an average of once a year (since I'm now 28) but that average is deceiving. I moved from Oroville to Berkeley (1), from Berkeley back to Oroville (2), Oroville to my first solo apt in Sac when I started CSUS (3), from my first solo apt into a duplex (4), from the duplex back to Oroville with all my belongings in storage someplace in Sac (5), from Oroville to a 4 bedroom house with 4 roommates (6), from the 4 bedroom house with 4 roommates to a 3 bedroom house with 2 roommates (7), from the 3 bedroom house with 2 roommates to the 2 bedroom apt with my official "college" roommate (7), from our 1st apt together (me and "college" roommate) to our 2nd apt together (8), from my 2nd apt with "college" roommate to my 1st apt with husband-to-be in downtown Sac (9), from downtown Sac with husband-to-be to awesome-at-the-time with it's-own-indoor-laundry apt in Elk Grove (10), from awesome-at-the-time turned I-hated-that-apt-at-the-end to our first home (11).
5. We have two cats, Lucky (he turned 10 this year) and Layla (she's just a baby at 2). Lucky is a river cat that I got from calling an ad in the newspaper in Oroville one weekend when I was home visiting from Berkeley. Sadly, Lucky the kitty has moved more times that I have (there were a few instances when I had roommates (moves number 6 & 7) where Lucky moved back and forth from where I was living to my mom's house in Oroville - some of the places just were not good places for a kitty to be). Layla is a SPCA rescue that the husband-to-be and I got together in 2007. She has been a struggle, but we love her dearly. Soon after we brought her home, we discovered that she had a rare kennel disease that usually only affected cows. It was very sad because she was very sick and it was hard on us all. She survived, thankfully - even though the vet said it was untreatable and most likely the medicine would be toxic to her and she would not make it - and a little over $1k and 3-4 weeks later, she was doing great. Those 3-4 weeks were pure hell. H-E-double L.
6. Most of the animals I've had in my life have had names that start with the letter L. I had a cat named Lacey that I got when I was about 11 or 12. When I moved to Berkeley after high school she stayed with my parents, and when my parents got divorced she moved in with my dad. He had to put her down last year, she was getting too old and sick. I miss her. I had a dog named Lily. Again, when I moved to Berkeley she stayed with my parents, and when they got divorced she moved with my mom. She is a beautiful black Lab. My mom still has her. Then I got Lucky the kitty. And now we also have Layla. I'm hoping to keep the L names going, I've even got a few picked out that would be perfect in the future because we hope to get at least two dogs someday, and probably more cats will be in our future, too.
Pretty random facts, I know. But, I'm a pretty random person :)
I'm going to tag:
Posted by The Jesse at 6:56 PM
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Jon ~ for being my constant, for accepting my faults and loving me the way I am, for giving me hope when I have none left, for picking me up when I fall, and for teaching me that love is a wonderful, beautiful, amazing thing!
My family ~ I'd be lost without them
My friends ~ I have some of the most amazing friends ever
Lucky & Layla ~ the two best kitties in the whole wide world
My health ~ even if I'm not as healthy (yet) as I want to be
Running ~ even if I walk, a lot
My job ~ especially in this economy
Jon's job ~ being a teacher is tough job, but someone has to do it (I'm glad its not me!)
Our new home ~ because not everyone's dreams can come true
My hope and dreams for the future and knowing that Jon is going to be right by my side :)
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Posted by The Jesse at 7:43 PM
Monday, December 1, 2008
11/1 - rest, raining
11/2 - rest
11/3 - 2 miles (in the pouring down rain), abs & pushups
11/4 - 3 miles biking, squats & lunges
11/5 - 1.25 miles, abs & pushups
11/6 - rest, lunges & squats
11/7 - rest
11/8 - rest
11/9 - abs & pushups
11/11 - 2 miles, abs & pushups
11/12 - rest
11/13 - pushups
11/14 - rest
11/15 - rest
11/16 - rest
11/17 - 2 miles, abs & pushups
11/18 - 1.25 miles, abs & pushups
11/19 - 3 miles
11/20 - 2 miles, abs & pushups
11/21 - rest
11/22 - rest
11/23 - rest
11/24 - 3 miles
11/25 - 2 miles
11/26 - rest
11/27 - Run to Feed the Hungry 5k, 37:59
11/28 - rest
11/29 - 2 miles
11/30 - 50 min bike ride
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Be thankful that you don't have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to.
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
they will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
However fulfillment also comes to those who
are thankful for some of the setbacks in life.
May the good things in life be yours in abundance,
not only on Thanksgiving but through the coming year.
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Monday, November 24, 2008
This wallet and purse (that I L-O-V-E) have recently been added to my collection, courtesy of my mom and step-dad, my dad and step-mom, and my husband-to-be (they all pitched in so I could get these for my birthday). Both were purchased at the Coach Outlet in Folsom. The wallet was on clearance and the purse was half off. I'd say we saved around $300 by purchasing these beauties at the outlet instead of a retail store. Score.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Everyone loves lasagna ~ it happens to be one of my favorite foods. But sometimes you want some lasagna without having a week's worth of leftovers. Enter the lasagna roll-ups. Yum-o!
lasagna noodles (I use whole wheat ones)
ricotta cheese (I use fat free)
mozzarella cheese (I use reduced fat)
fresh ground black pepper
1 small can of tomato sauce (or any kind of pasta sauce - we always use tomato sauce because its cheaper)
Preheat your oven to 375/400 degrees.
Cook just enough of the noodles according to package directions (usually till al dente) to make 4 servings (for us, 4 servings would be 12 noodles).
While the noodles are cooking, mix together the tub of ricotta cheese, a generous portion of the Italian seasoning (I'd sad a couple of tablespoons), 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of mozzarella cheese, and the garlic and onion powder and fresh ground black pepper (probably about 1/2 tablespoon each).
Spread some of your tomato sauce or pasta sauce on the bottom of your lasagna pan, to keep the noodles from sticking. Once the noodles are ready, drain the water and rinse the noodles with cold water. Dry the noodles then place one noodle flat on a plate. Scoop out some of the cheese mixture and place it at one end of the noodle, spread it a little with the spoon up the noodle and the roll the noodle up. Place the rolled up noodle in the pan and repeat with all the noodles. Once all the noodles have been rolled up with the cheese mixture and placed in your pan, top each lasagna roll-up with your tomato sauce or pasta sauce and then with a little sprinkle of cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and the mixture in the roll up is hot. Serve immediately.
*This recipe is so versatile. You can add your favorite lasagna ingredients (spinach, grated zucchini, ground beef, etc). It can also be made ahead of time and place in the fridge.
Have you ever tried to remove stickers from your new plates, a glass vase, a candy jar, etc? I'm sure almost everyone has. It's a pain in the you-know-what! I use to use Goo Gone. It works, but its super greasy and it stinks and then you have to wash the item you removed the sticker from like 500 times to get the grease and smell off.
A co-worker told me about this:
Use Pam! You know, Pam. The non-stick cooking spray. OMG. It works, amazingly good. I sprayed a little dab on my new class cookie jar that my step-mom gave me at our housewarming party it the sticker came right off. I couldn't believe it. I also sprayed a little dab on the new pasta dishes we bought last night (to complete our set) that Jon had removed the sticker from last night before he stuck them in the dishwasher (he obviously did not get all the sticky stuff off from the sticker) then put the dishes back in the dishwasher and started it. I haven't checked yet (because the dishwasher is still running) but I'm going to venture to say that I'm sure the rest of the sticker came off.
What a great household tip! And, I always have some Pam in my kitchen! Woo-hoo!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
These are perfect little roll-ups for parties! My mom always makes these and last weekend she taught me how as she was preparing them for our housewarming party!
1 package of 8 burrito size flour tortillas
2 8oz packages of cream cheese
1 4oz can of Ortega green chilies
1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch dip mix
Let the cream cheese sit at room temperature for about an hour before you begin.
After the cream cheese has been softened at room temperature for about an hour, place both packages in a large bowl and start to blend them with a fork (the cream cheese may be difficult to work with at first so use the fork to start making the cream cheese softer and easier to work with). Add in the green chilies and the packet of dip mix and blend well.
After the cream cheese mixture has been blended well, place one tortilla on a large cutting board and spread the cream cheese mixture onto the tortilla starting from the center and working you way around to all the edges. After the cream cheese has been spread onto the tortilla, roll the tortilla up tightly and firmly. Once the tortilla has been rolled up, scrape the excess cream cheese mixture that may have come out off and place the rolled up tortilla seam side down on your cutting board. Cut the roll up into pieces, whatever size you desire. Place a colored or fancy party toothpick into each roll up and arrange the roll ups on a platter. Repeat with each tortilla until you run out of cream cheese mixture. (We were able to make about 5 tortillas which made a lot of little roll-ups)!
*This recipe is very versatile. My mom always makes it the same way and I love them but my friend Kylie told me that she adds salami and black olives and pimentos to hers and uses garlic powder instead of the ranch dip packet when she makes them.
**The picture listed above has salami in the recipe. I made these today for a party that Jon and I went to. They were a hit, as always. Mine do not look as good as my mom's always turn out, but they were good just the same :)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tuesday - chicken and rice with peas and mozzarella cheese
Wednesday - leftover spaghetti and turkey meatballs
Thursday - Taco Soup
Friday - Lasagna roll-ups
Saturday - appetizer party
Sunday - leftover lasagna roll-ups
Posted by The Jesse at 4:06 PM
Friday, November 14, 2008
After dinner we headed to a bar in walking distance for a few drinks! It was a lot of fun! A few more friends met up with us at the bar and helped me celebrate my 28th birthday!
On my actual birthday, I was quite lazy. After an amazing breakfast at Paesano's with Farina and Ryan, I crawled back in bed with a migraine (damn insomnia after drinking turned into a massive migraine that had me in bed for hours) and then we went shopping at Ikea. After our shopping trip, Jon and I headed to downtown Sac again and had dinner at PF Changs! It was sooo good!
I had a great birthday ... despite the number of years I was celebrating.
Later that week we celebrated Halloween by handing out candy at our new house and then we got dressed up and headed out to a party! We had every intention of heading to a second party after the first, but instead we ended up having a drink at local bar in Elk Grove then heading home - not wanting to do a lot of driving in the rain.
Life has been a little crazy since we started the home buying process and moved into our new house. We haven't really gotten back to a normal routine yet. This week we have been in overdrive getting things unpacked and put away because tomorrow we are having our families and close friends over for a housewarming party. There are still a ton of boxes (all hidden in one bedroom) but its finally starting to look like a home :)
Here is a sneek peek at some of the work we've done getting unpacked and decorated:
That's vinyl wall art in our master bedroom above the window above our bed :) *love it*
Running has been all most non-existent and weight loss has hit a plateau. Life has been hectic and stressful and I'm drained. I need a vacation from life. But, it doesn't work that way. So I just keep on keeping on.
I saw this on someone's blog (I can't remember when or who) and so I thought, sure ... why not ... let's do it ... why not share a little about The Jesse with the rest of the world.
I AM ... 28 years old
I WANT... to have a baby before I'm 30!
I HAVE... just recently purchased my first home, with my husband-to-be
I KEEP... just about everything
I WISH I COULD... be more daring
I HATE... spiders and snakes & when people wear brown and black together
I FEAR... death
I HEAR... my co-workers talking around me
I DON’T THINK... I just know
I REGRET... a lot and none of it at the same time
I LOVE... Jon and my kitties and my family and my friends :)
I AM NOT... outspoken but I wish I was
I DANCE... badly but have fun doing it
I SING... pretty good when it's American Idol Karoake on the Xbox
I NEVER... apologize unless I mean it
I RARELY... judge a book by its cover
I CRY WHEN I WATCH... Extreme Home Makeover
I AM NOT ALWAYS... on time or organized and when I'm not it drives me nuts!
I HATE THAT … people percieve me as mean/rude/short-tempered
I’M CONFUSED ABOUT … life mostly
I NEED … to win the lottery
I SHOULD … be working!
Posted by The Jesse at 1:13 PM
Thursday, November 13, 2008
So, with all that being said - check back soon for some updates ... and I mean soon as in maybe-I'll-find-the-time-to-post-an-update-when-I-get-home-from-work-today soon!
Posted by The Jesse at 12:14 PM
And, you can follow along with our wedding plans by visiting my other blog, www.jesseandjonswedding.blogspot.com
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
While I'm proud to have been a part of this change for our nation, and even though all the precincts have not yet reported, and they are saying its too close to call - for now I'm currently disappointed to be a resident of the great state of California. I'm just going to leave it at that for now.
Posted by The Jesse at 8:40 AM
We've got a busy weekend coming up. We are meeting with our wedding photographer on Friday morning to get our engagement photos taken in Old Sac and then on Saturday we are heading up to North Lake Tahoe for a mini-belated-birthday-getaway. Next week is the first week in a long time that life looks normal again. No crazy work schedules (today I'm taking a long lunch to go the dentist - which means I'll be working later than normal - and tomorrow I'm working another split shift so that I can be home for a few hours during the day to get our heater looked at - we've got a crack in our heat exchanger so currently we can't use our heater or we risk the chance of catching our house on fire), no appointments, no major errands to run. Life might just be getting back to normal sooner than I thought :)
Posted by The Jesse at 8:26 AM
10/1 - rest, working at the new house
10/2 - rest, painting - this is getting very depressing
10/3 - rest, painting and cleaning the new house - gosh, I can't wait to go for a run again ...
10/4 - rest, painting - still
10/5 - rest & a road trip to Sunnyvale to visit family
10/6 - rest, cleaning at the new house
10/7 - rest, cleaning at the new house
10/8 - rest, packing at the old apt
10/9 - rest, packing at the old apt
10/10 - rest, moving
10/11 - rest, moving and unpacking
10/12 - rest, unpacking, visiting with family & friends
10/13 - rest, sick, cleaned old apt
10/14 - rest, sick
10/15 - rest, still sick, and worked a split shift
10/16 - rest
10/17 - rest & dinner with the best friend Ryan
10/18 - rest & game night
10/19 - rest, hung over :(
10/20 - 2.88 miles @ the park, abs & pushups
10/21 - approx 2.5 mile bike ride, squats & lunges
10/22 - 2.88 miles @ the park, abs & pushups
10/23 - approx 2.5 mile bike ride, squats & lunges
10/24 - rest, abs & pushups
10/25 - rest, squats & lunges
10/26 - rest, my birthday :)
10/27 - 2.88 miles @ the park, abs & pushups
10/28 - rest, squats & lunges
10/29 - i can't remember if we did anyting or not :(
10/30 - rest, raining
10/31 - rest, raining
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I recently saw on someone else's blog (I forgot to bookmark it, yikes) a list they created about the number of things they wanted to accomplish that year - and they published it on their birthday (and the number of things coincided with their age). I thought that was a really cool idea and when I started thinking about considering doing something similar I remembered a post that I have been working on (that I plan to publish sometime) that is very similar - except the completion date is unknown. So ... check back for that post ...
Posted by The Jesse at 3:30 PM
Friday, October 24, 2008
I purchased those jeans last weekend and wore them for the first time yesterday to work. I felt great! AND they fit great ... they didn't even threaten to fall down once! LOL
Posted by The Jesse at 2:58 PM
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Even though we were on a sabbatical from running ... we still made sure we were eating as good as possible, watching our portion sizes, drinking plenty of water (we even invested in 5 BPA free water bottles), and eating our fruits and veggies. We didn't gain too much weight - actually, I gained 1lb the first week, then lost 1.6lbs the second week, and the gained 1lb this week. I'm back above 150 but I'm down less than before we took our break from running.
This week life has started to return to regularly scheduled programming including exercising and meal plans. We also have been spending some time catching up on our TV shows (we had quite a little experience with trying to transfer over our previous cable account and keep our previous DVR and all the recorded shows that we hadn't yet watched and ended up switching from that cable provider to satellite so we've been trying to catch up on what we missed by watching the full episodes online - yes, I know - I obsess over my TV shows a little too much ... just deal with it). We have also been trying to unpack as much as possible between daily household chores, running, and life in general. We haven't gotten very far yet ... but that's okay. We'll be living here the next 30 years (as the joke goes) so ... we've got nothing but time. Besides ... I really don't enjoy unpacking very much. Sure it's fun to find some place new to put my purple Fenton vase and our engagement photo that my cousin Farina took of us ... but it's a hassle and time consuming and I'd much rather watch some TV and relax in our new house!
With all that being said ... here's this weeks food plan:
Monday - leftover past from last week
Tuesday - Turkey Meatloaf
Wednesday - leftover Meatloaf
Thursday - Mizithra pasta
Friday - leftover pasta
Saturday - out to dinner for my birthday after the corn maze!
Sunday - my 28th birthday ... probably dinner with the husband to be
The last few weeks in review:
Overall they were pretty good even though we did eat out a lot and we didn't run. It was getting depressing not running so I'm glad we are back at it.
Gained 1lb. I'm lucky and thankful that it wasn't more because I totally thought it was going to be at least 5lbs!!!
This weeks goals:
It's going to be a slow start ... but we plan to run twice, bike ride twice, and we started a 30 day tone up challenge (abs, push ups, squats, and lunges). Next week will be better, after my birthday!!!
Not running. Gaining 1lb this week. Not running.
30 day tone up challenge:
Alternating days of abs/push ups and squats/lunges
Day one (10/20) - 5 different ab exercises and WK1 D1 of 100 push up challenge (www.hundredpushups.com) - my initial test was 5 and Jon's was 7
Day two (10/21) - 20 reps each of 4 different squat and lunge exercieses
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I support same sex marriages 100%. Who am I, or any of us, to say that two people who love each, regardless of their sex, can or can not get married? Isn’t marriage about commitment and love? Who are we to tell anyone that they can’t make that commitment to each other just because they are gay or lesbian? Even though my parents are divorced I still (whole heartedly) believe in marriage (the love and commitment it takes to make those vows to each other) – and it’s a commitment I’m preparing to take in just over 5 short months.
I’m not a very political person and my views on this topic vary vastly from those of others (and I respect their different opinions, on this matter, and others) – but it’s something I support and I want my voice heard. I will Vote No on Prop 8. I will continue to support same sex marriages.
And even though I respect the opinion of my friends and family on this matter – sometimes I just don’t understand their reasoning, but I’m not going to write about that because I do respect their opinions and views.
Here’s my reasoning:
I believe that any adult who wishes to make the commitment to love and cherish another adult, regardless of their race, sex, or religion, should be allowed to enter into the union of marriage. I believe that marriage is about love and commitment. By voting to deny same sex couples this right, we would be voting to deny them the legal right to shout at the top of a mountain that they love one another and they want to make the commitment to each other, for better or for worse. Who are we to vote on their marriage? For those of you in a heterosexual marriage, did we vote on yours? I would be devastated if someone stood in the way of me marrying my college sweetheart in 5 months. Do you want to be apart of that kind of heart break for someone else? I don’t. I’ll be voting No on Prop 8. Will you?
Posted by The Jesse at 8:16 AM
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I'm sure I have lots and lots to blog about - but I'm at work - and I really shouldn't be blogging at all. Here's a little tidbit to tide you over ... we moved! Woohoo! We love the new house! Yesterday, at weigh-in, I recorded a loss that put me under 150lbs!!! We still haven't been running - it's almost been three weeks (sad, sad, sad) and our 30 day challenge that we wanted to start yesterday has been put off until after I'm over this horrible flu-ish cold that I have.
That's all for now. I'll update more once we've got internet at home again!
Posted by The Jesse at 7:08 AM
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Visit this website for some info: http://nbcam.org/
Or visit this website for more info: http://www.feelyourboobies.com/
Or this one: http://www.komen.org
Early detection is the best prevention!!!
Also, it's almost time to vote! Have you registered yet??? If not, click on the Rock the Vote icon at the top of my page! The registration deadline for California is October 20th if you want to vote in the presidential election on November 4th!!!
Speaking of voting - I don't usually express my political views because, lets face it, I'm not a very political person (even though, yes, I do have my own opinions) but I want to tell everyone to VOTE NO ON PROP 8!!! Here is a website for some info: http://www.noonprop8.com/home
Need more convincing? Check out this video:
Tuesday - leftover pasta
Wednesday - SUSHI :)
Thursday - Taco Soup
Friday - leftover Taco Soup
Saturday - ??? (moving day)
Sunday - ??? (who knows, my dad and step mom will be in town to see the new house)
Last week in review:
It was crappy - well, it was a pretty great week considering we got the keys to our new home on Monday but our eating was horrible and exercise was non-existent. We ate out, a lot. We ate out a lot and ate bad-for-us food. We over ate. We ate late. We ate on the run. It was just b-a-d.
I'm not at all surprised that I gained 1lb - BUT I am surprised that it wasn't more than just one!
This weeks goals:
Seriously? I'm too busy getting ready to move this weekend to even think about exercising. Regular exercising and running will resume starting Monday October 13th - and the husband to be and I are starting a 30 day challenge (I've seen other bloggers who have done similar things ... the details are to come).
It's been almost two weeks since we've been for a run :(
Sunday, October 5, 2008
And, the (almost done) after photos:
We removed the wallpaper and painted ... and the only reason I say its almost finished is because there are other things we'd like to do to the room (to make it our little haven) but we just can't afford it right now (new ceiling fan, new baseboards, new doors, crown molding, new closet doors, new electrical outlet covers, new window treatments - and upgrade the master bath) - but we will get to all of that in time. I just can't wait to move in and enjoy our very large (check it out, we have a lot of closet space in our master) and very beautifully painted master bedroom (the color turned out great and we love it).
6 more days till we move in ...
Posted by The Jesse at 8:28 PM
Today we are taking a break from working on the house and we are driving down to Sunnyvale to visit with some family (an aunt and uncle visiting from New York state, and my west-coast-best-coast cousin, who happens to be our ordained minister for our wedding next March, and her husband - along with my dad and his wife) but tomorrow night we have a big to-do list of items we need to get done ... painting the top coat in the master bedroom took longer than we anticipated (it took us the better part of 4 hours) so we didn't get much else done before my mom and Floyd arrived. It's gonna be a long week ...
Posted by The Jesse at 6:30 AM
Saturday, October 4, 2008
9/1 - 1.0 (10:51) @ the park
9/2 - 1.0 (13:10) @ 4.6
9/3 - 2.31 (30:00) @ 4.6
9/8 - 2.30 (30:00) @ 4.6
9/9 - 1.44 (17:52) @ the park
9/11 - 3.1 (39:55) @ 4.6 (4.7 for the last 0.4 to 0.2 then 4.8 for the last 0.2)
9/14 - 1.44 (17:00) @ the park
9/17 - 1.64 @ the park
9/20 - 3.18 (37:59) @ the park
Total: 17.41 total miles ran w/o stopping
Total Miles running/walking combined for September:
9/1 - 2.88 @ the park (38:17)
9/2 - 1.65 (30:00)
9/3 - 3.10 (43:31)
9/4 - 2.88 @ the park (45:00)
9/5 - rest (sore & shin splints)
9/6 - weights & abs at home
9/7 - rest (sore from painting w/ Kylie)
9/8 - 3.10 (44:26)
9/9 - 2.88 @ the park (40:24)
9/10 - rest
9/11 - 3.60 (49:55)
9/12 - rest
9/13 - rest & abs at home
9/14 - 3.64 @ the park (~47:00)
9/15 - 2.12 @ the park (~31:00)
9/16 - rest, feeling sick-y
9/17 - 3.26 @ the park (~45:00)
9/18 - rest, does walking around Home Depot count???
9/19 - rest, still feeling sick-y
9/20 - 3.98 @ the park (~50:00)
9/21 - rest, box hunting/packing
9/22 - 3.36 @ the park (~51:00)
9/23 - 2.04 @ the park (~35:00), all walking
9/24 - 1.81 around the neighborhood (~31:00), all walking
9/25 - rest, picking up paint for new house
9/26 - rest, homecoming football game at Jon's school
9/27 - rest, busy packing
9/28 - rest, all these non-running days is getting pretty depressing :(
9/29 - rest, becoming a homeowner and getting the keys :)
9/30 - rest, removing the wallpaper in the new master bedroom and prepping to paint
Total: 40.3 total miles walking/running combined
During the month of September I recorded the total miles I ran without stopping and the total miles I ran overall walking/running combined. Towards the end of the month I had a lot of rest days because life has gotten in the way with the purchase of our first home and we have not (unfortunately) had the time to run ... but that will be changing - as soon as we move in :)
I'm a little concerned about how the large number of rest days are going to affect my progress in running ... but I'm not giving up - as soon as we get all moved in I'm heading out for a run :) I can't wait!!!