Getting back on track.

All of the traveling, parties, and overall crap eating has really taken a toll on how I’ve been feeling lately.  Actually, a lot of how I’ve been feeling lately started over the summer when we were having all the issues with our foster dog.  Now I know that sounds kind of silly because it’s a dog but I’m dead serious.  And maybe it’s partly my fault for getting all stressed out over it.  However, sleep deprivation is the worst feeling in the world and a recipe for disaster.  Lack of sleep every. single. night for nearly SIX WEEKS meant surviving on caffeine throughout the day, poor food choices because you’re too tired to cook an actual meal, and then drinking too much on the weekends because it made you forget about how awful you felt during the week.  And now we’re getting right into the holiday season which will just add to feeling like garbage if I don’t start making a change now.  I’m the type of person that can’t go head first into something because I will burn out and give up.  

 

First things first:  Caffeine.  The amount of coffee that I drink every morning is slightly ridiculous.  If I’m feeling extra tired, I’ll have one of those energy drink mixes in the afternoon.  And then all that caffeine throughout the day makes it hard to sleep at night.  Honestly, I feel like all of it is doing more damage than good as I’m left feeling foggy throughout the day and find myself feeling like I NEED it.  I am near the end of my regular coffee so I picked up the “1/2 Caff” at the grocery store this weekend as I am not one of those people who can go cold turkey.  I like coffee so I don’t plan to give it up all together but possibly switch to decaf.  I’ve cut out caffeine before so I’m sure I can do it again!  I stocked up on ibuprofen just in case though.  🙂  

All of the crap food has definitely left me feeling pretty fluffy.  Now that we don’t have any trips or parties planned, it should be easier to get back into a normal routine with eating.  Hopefully.  Food is especially where I burn out super quick so just getting back into a routine is my only goal for now.

Over the last few months, I’ve been breaking out hardcore all along my jawline & chin.  On my chin are little tiny pimples/blackheads that never seem to disappear while my jawline is more of the cyst-like acne.  UGH.  I wash my face every night, have used face masks/peels, acne creams, etc. but nothing has worked.  I have the Mirena so I can’t blame it on my period.  I believe it’s stress & diet related but figuring out which part of my diet is tough.  I read that it could be related to dairy intake so I may need to work on cutting that out again at some point.  For cystic acne, I read that a keto diet might be helpful but that is a whole different beast that I am not ready to conquer yet.  As for the rest of my skin, it’s still super dry even after using the new filtered shower head the past month (but it’s helped my hair out tremendously!).  I just ordered some collagen powder after Kathy raved about it on her blog.  I’m crossing my fingers that it helps a little, especially now that we’re getting into the colder months.  

Anywho, thanks for letting me ramble on here today.  This has been heavy on my mind lately because I’ve been feeling so off for far too long.  

Minnesota Weekend

Hello!  I’m SO glad that I took today off from work as I feel like I have a ton of things to catch up on around the house.  We have had something going on almost every weekend over the past month so some cleaning & organizing needs to be done!  I still have Halloween decorations up & I have the back half of our kitchen filled with a project I started but never finished from a few weeks ago.  

As you can figure by my title, we spent this past weekend in Minnesota!  It was kind of a last minute decision to go up there even though Curtis has been talking about going to a Timberwolves game forever.  Apparently they aren’t going to have another weekend home game until the middle of winter and that would have been a dicey road trip.  We both worked Friday morning & then left Omaha around 1:30.  We made quite a few stops on the way up there (too much water!) and then hit some traffic thanks to an accident south of Minneapolis so we didn’t end up at the hotel until 7:30.  


We were starving by the time we got to the hotel so I quickly changed clothes & got ready to go eat somewhere.  We decided on Hell’s Kitchen which did NOT disappoint!  Oh, and we were able to get there by walking through the Skyway —  GENIUS, Minneapolis.  We were able to avoid the freezing cold AND possible snowy sidewalks thanks to being able to stay inside the entire time.


The restaurant had these black chandeliers everywhere and I LOVE them!  

We didn’t stick around too long after we finished eating thanks to my stomach being a little funky.  Even though our meal was amazing, it just made my stomach hurt even worse (not from the food– it had started while we were still in the car on the way there).  So, we walked back to the hotel and called it a night before 10pm!  

Saturday morning, we were up fairly early and walked over the Dunn Brothers for some coffee after getting ready.  After that, we walked back to the hotel to get our car & then head to the best place ever — MALL OF AMERICA.  😀 😀 😀  The last (and only) time I was there was 2006 but I barely remember it thanks to getting super sick that weekend.  I was mostly excited for Nordstrom & Nordstrom Rack since we don’t have one anywhere near Omaha.  Sadly, their selection of items was pretty sad so I walked out of both stores empty handed.  I thought I had a $10 Nordstrom Note but then when I searched my emails, it was nowhere to be found.  🙁  

We walked ALL three levels of the mall which was exhausting but so worth it!  We had gotten to the mall around 11, walked around the entire third level and part of the second level, had lunch at Margaritaville, and then walked around the rest of the mall where we didn’t leave until after 4!  The crowds were pretty insane by the afternoon so I’m glad we got there in the morning before it got too busy.  I feel like we spent more on our lunch than what we bought in the actual mall!  I got some stuff at Ulta since I had a $10 off coupon that was only good until the 5th.  And then I got a shirt at Old Navy to wear to the basketball game since I don’t really own anything navy. 

After the mall, we went back to the hotel to get ready for the game.  Again, we got to go through the Skyway all the way to the Target Center to avoid the cold!  🙂  


We left the game after the third quarter to walk over to Brother’s to eat a super late dinner and also to catch some UFC fights.  The fights got over just in time as the bar started filling up with the young’ins so we headed back to the hotel and called it a night.  

And then Sunday.  We were up pretty early so we packed up & hit the road back to Nebraska after grabbing some breakfast.  I ended up driving nearly the entire way home which was quite exhausting.  We got home just before 4:00 so we planted ourselves on the couch where Curtis watched the Chiefs game & I did some work on my computer.  The rest of the evening was spent grocery shopping, unpacking, and relaxing. 

Overall, it was nice to get away from Omaha for a minute + I enjoyed Minneapolis.  We didn’t spend a lot of time exploring the city hence the minimal pictures.  It’s about a 5.5-6 hour trip so I would love to go back & spend a few more days there!  Maybe in the summer instead.  🙂  Or attend an early season Vikings game when it’s not so cold!  However, I’m ready for a break from all the traveling & spend a few relaxing weekends at home.  🙂  

Have a great week everyone!  Linking up with Heather, Johannah, and Biana!

Confessions: Things That Drive Me Bonkers

Hello!

I’ve had this post drafted for some time so I’m glad to finally be able to get it up thanks to the new confessions link up!  

Folding clothes, unloading the dishwasher, and ironing.  I have to do these things and I hate every single minute of it.

When people listen to music/podcasts, watch videos, play games, continuously text, etc. on their phones with the sound on.  Or better yet, listen to everything through headphones but just let them sit in your desk with the volume turned all the way up.  PUT YOUR PHONE ON SILENT OR WEAR HEADPHONES FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.

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Going along with phone noises, I recently learned that there is an actual condition called Misophonia which I’m convinced that I have.  I feel nothing but rage whenever I hear tapping, whistling, humming, shuffling, coughing, throat clearing, hacking, etc.

Whenever I see/hear an ‘s’ at the end of words that shouldn’t be plural.  I can’t tell you how many times I hear people say “Aldi’s” or “Nordstrom’s”.  No.  You don’t tell people that you are going to “Target’s”.

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When I’m driving & need to get over to a certain lane but there are a million cars in said lane making it nearly impossible to get over.  

Speaking of lanes, the fact that I always manage to pick the slowest grocery checkout lane or drive-thru lane.  It never fails that I’m always behind that one person that still writes checks or a car full of people who have never seen a drive-thru menu before.

Clothes made out of rayon.  WHY is this even a thing?  I’ve ruined so many shirts/dresses after washing because of this god awful fabric.  

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People who leave food in the microwaves at work.  We only have three for about 100 people so when lunch time hits, they are almost always in use.  What drives me crazy are the people who can’t seem to wait the 2, 3, 4 minutes it takes for their food to heat up.  Instead, they go back to their desk & don’t come back for several minutes AFTER their food is done cooking.  Seriously, work is not THAT important that you have to go back to your desk.  TAKE A BREAK!  

Paying for shipping.  I mean, I get having to pay for postage & what-not but there are some stores that charge a ridiculous price for shipping no matter what item you purchase.  *cough* Old Navy *cough*

Musicals.  Nope.  

When stores/brands discontinue products.  It’s so frustrating to go into a store to re-purchase something that you really love only to find that they stopped carrying it or they stopped making it all together!  

Boomerang.  As in, every single story on your Instagram should not be a boomerang.  Oh, and blogs that never end.  The ones where you just keep scrolling down & it never stops!  

What drives you bonkers??

Linking up with Amanda

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Happy happy Wednesday!

Did you all have a good Halloween?  Ours wasn’t anything too special.  I wanted to dress up for work this year as my office is usually pretty festive.  But, I was scheduled to work with the walk in clients so that meant business casual attire.  Oh well, maybe next year!  We handed out some candy to a few trick or treaters but it was a pretty slow night thanks to SNOW and the fact that it was freezing cold outside! 

Speaking of snow, it has been SO cold here lately and we finally had to turn the furnace on last week.  It practically feels like winter already.  I’ve officially packed away all the summer clothes & busted out the boots/scarves/gloves/winter coat/etc.  Ugh.  

This past weekend, we went to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch with some friends for the first time ever!  This isn’t a typical pumpkin patch though.  It’s like a pumpkin patch on steroids.  I can see how this would be fun to go to as a kid because they have a ton of stuff to do.  They had some things for adults but otherwise, we just walked around the majority of the time.  And rode the big slide.  And had to take a picture in their famous rocking chair!


Sunday morning, we headed to Lincoln to cheer on Nancee at the Good Life Halfsy!  We parked by the 12 mile mark just in time to see her go by and then met up at the finish line in the Railyard.  I’m so proud of her for completing a half marathon!  I can’t even imagine the training and pain of running that far, haha.  She claims that she will never do it again!

Today is the first day for Trek Up The Tower registration and you can bet I’m signing up for it again!  I definitely need to tweak my training this year though.  The stair machine is pointless because you’re not actually going up stairs but rather just pushing them down.  I’ve been running on the treadmill a few times a week although not as much recently because my ankle is being stupid.  My goal is to get under 9 minutes since the last two years have been between 9-10 minutes.   

What else is new?  I mentioned in a previous post that I was trying to decide what to do with this little ‘ol blog as my site hosting is up this month.  Well, I decided that it wasn’t worth to spend the $$ on another year when my motivation has completely gone out the window these last few months.  I had gotten a pretty awesome deal on my hosting during Black Friday last year and the price of another year is more than double that amount.  Yuck.  So, I think I’ll take a nice long break from the blogging world at the end of this month.  I mean, I enjoy blogging and having something to look back on so I don’t think I’ll be gone forever.  If I do come back, it will probably be on my old Blogger account.

I am looking forward to a nice long weekend which can’t come soon enough.  I’m leaving work at 12 on Friday and not going back until Tuesday.  Then we have next Friday off thanks to the holiday so next week will be very short for me!  I need to plan another week or 10 day vacation though.  But to do NOTHING.  All the long vacations I’ve taken from work have been to go on trips somewhere.  I need a break to just sleep in, sit at home, do some work around the house, and relax!  

Have a great day everyone!  
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