Going back to campus

Posted on September 26, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , , |

So it has been 10 years. 10 years since I was back in my old college stomping ground. 10 years since I walked the halls of Weil Hall (Engineering building).

Hard to believe.

It was an awesome experience.

Sitting at a table with the deans and department heads of the College of Engineering. Talking to the new head of the Dept of ISE- now more as peers. What an incredibly cool experience. I remember the days when the dean and the professors were scary to me…and here I seat as their equal in a conference room. They wanted something from me…not the other way around. It was very cool.

I walked through the campus. Wishing I took more photos. I walked by the Swamp. I spent hours in the O’Connell Center. The trees had grown. The spanish moss was more beautiful then I remember. The ivy on the brick buildings was outstanding. In my eyes the campus had gotten prettier with age.

The Reitz Union was so different. A new food court that looked like I was in the middle of a mall or airport. Starbucks right there in the middle. OMG what would have college been like if I had Starbucks??????

10 years. Here I walk confident, happy, and content with the direction my life is taking. 10 years ago I walked happy, unsure and unaware of what lay ahead.

I enjoyed expensive bottles of wine. No more 25 cent pitchers– though I wouldn’t have been too proud to go that route :). In fact I wonder why our happy hours are just $1 off beers…why can’t I get some of those 25 cent pitchers please!

I sat with newly made friends and laughed so hard my stomach muscles ached. Same ache, same bar….10 years later.

I saw the kids out on first dates. The boys cruising to pick up the ladies. The gaggle of girls hoping to get picked up. Oh boy college life.

I talked with kids who were so nervous, hoping to find a job, no knowing what to expect, what lay ahead in life. No idea what the next 10 years would look like. While I sat there thinking about how that one conversation set me on the path to where I sit now 10 years later.

Wow. There are no other words, but wow.

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Running in Florida

Posted on September 24, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , |

So I am on week 2 of my training plan.

This week it is

Monday- Strength Training

Tuesday- Run 35 min

Wed- Cross Training 30-45

Thursday- a speed/interval workout

Saturday- run 3 miles

I am in Florida for the Tuesday run and OMG…running flat is so different. I got outside and started running and it felt like I could run forever…not really but I definitely was feeling a lot stronger than I do at home. The hills I met were like ant hills so nothing that really slowed me down…it shaved about 45 seconds of my pace and just felt so good. Now the humidity was a different story- I don’t believe I have every sweat that much. Cleaned the pores out for sure.

It was funny running through campus. I was not a runner in college. It just wasn’t even something I thought of. As I ran and enjoyed how beautiful the campus was I thought what a waste. I had so much more time in college and was 10 years younger than I am today…why didn’t I ever get out and run.

Well there are probably a million reasons, (like sleeping in versus getting up at 6am for a run) but one I realized was back then I used to workout inside a lot. In fact for so long it was always working out inside. That was till the stress of life got to be so much and I felt like I spent all of my life indoors- sitting behind a desk or in a meeting room for most of the day. I craved the fresh air and openness to release that stress. I didn’t have that feeling in college. I am lucky that I live somewhere now where I can run outside as I realize that part of what makes me love the sport is that I am outside doing it.

I would never have taken on the half-marathon challenge if I was doing it on a treadmill. Never. Never.

Looking forward to my speed workout on Thursday. Not just because I will get to do it sans hills…but because I am looking forward to getting one last glance around campus via the eyes of a runner.

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Wow I feel like a “Mother” now

Posted on September 15, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , , |

This past weekend I was attending a birthday party of a 1-year-old.

It was a friend of a friend I was visiting.

It was a great low-key party with some great people.

The birthday boy was sitting in his high chair and enjoying some pieces of hamburger.

Mom is in the kitchen making sure all the guests are getting their food. Aunt and Grandma are busy feeding the birthday boy.

I am chatting with friends in the room with the birthday boy.

The Aunt starts screaming “he is choking, he is choking.”

“Mom, Mom- he is choking”

I look over and his face is getting red.

Grandma comes up and starts to pat his back but he is turning redder and his eyes are watering. There is no sound from his mouth.

With wine glass in hand I move from where I am standing and stick my finger in his mouth had do a sweep. The burger bites come out. Birthday boy screams are heard for a second the he calms. I go to the kitchen to wash my hand.

My friend and others were freaking out, you just saved his life. OMG. OMG.

I was un-phased.

That was when I realized I really am a MOM. I know it has been almost 6 years, but this was the moment for me.

I wasn’t stressed. I wasn’t freaked out. It was just a natural reaction. I didn’t even put my wine glass down.

That gut instinct of what to do with the calmness knowing that it was all going to be ok.

Now I don’t need any pats on the back and I don’t really think in my head that I saved his life. I just cleared his mouth. Though I am thankful I did…and the party went back on and fortunately it was low-key enough we didn’t have to stress out the mom too much.  The biggest thing for me is I realize I am a MOM-MOM.

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Revolving Kitchen

Posted on September 7, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , |

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Revolving Kitchen.

That is how I feel.

Now I admit we eat out our fair share and I am by no means chained to the stove, but it still feels like I spend most of m day in the kitchen.

Yes, I am exaggerating, but its a vicious cycle.

Wake up.

Short order cook at your service. Cut the strawberries. Prepare the waffles, pancakes, mixed, or maybe an egg.

Feed the girl with the hollow leg. Whoops you forgot a beverage.

Ok- now make some granola and berries for yourself and TB. Coffee, no time? Ok Diet Coke.

Now clean the dishes. Wipe down the counter.

Off to the bus stop.

Now the day is full of work and that task list we talked about yesterday.

School bus arrives, back at the bus stop.

Home, maybe, or off to an activity.

Either way a snack is required. Ok maybe I am tired– just pick something out of the pantry.

Then.

Unpack the backpack. Pack the lunch. Clean the dishes. Dishwasher is full again- I swear we run it every day!!!

Wipe the counter.

Time to start dinner prep.

Think. Cut. Cook. Serve.

Eat.

Time to clean up again. More dishes. Wait, have to put the clean ones away first. Now the dirty dishes.

Wipe the counter.

Sigh.

Enjoy the clean empty counter for 10 seconds. Then leave the kitchen. Good night my kitchen. Till tomorrow when I will visit you again as relive my Groundhog Day moments.

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Moody but can’t blame it on PMS

Posted on August 27, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

There are lots of things I have had to come to terms with since having an unplanned partial hysterectomy in your 20’s.

For the most part I manage it all ok.

However, there is one thing that just kills me.

You know those moody days, weeks when you just want to cry and you are on edge, or just plain bitchy. Yeah you know those days.

Well we all get them..don’t lie. We all do. When we do it can usually be a sign of those hormones going out of whack. Right? Or at least it feels good to be able to blame it on them.

That is what I hate. I don’t know if that is the reason or not. I would love to be able to justify or have some reason for my moodiness. I am sure TB would too 🙂

Everything can irate me. I don’t have much patience. I cry at the drop of the hat. It all piles up.

Then a week later I wake up and its all ok. So was it stress? Was it just life? Was I really annoyed? Or was it PMS….I just want to know. Or just be able to blame the moodiness on something so I don’t have to feel so bad for going off my rocker.

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And the Award goes to

Posted on August 9, 2010. Filed under: Awards, Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Wow does this award hit home…I am all over the place with my blog topics or in a positive note “versatile”. Adventures with 3 Girls bestowed this award on me and you should definitely go check her out. She is a LA mom with 3 girls who loves being green. Every Thursday she has a new green post!

According to the rules I am supposed to tell you 7 things you don’t know about me. I guess it should be 7 things you want to know about me too…but no promises.

1. I have an addiction to reality TV. I just can’t look away…Kardashdians, Housewives, Big Brother…you name it, it is probably sitting on my DVR waiting for a night when TB has to work late and I can catch-up.

2. I love to cook. I absolutely love it…I am always looking for something new to try. Our schedule sometimes makes it hard to cook lots of meals…but now with MB here full-time, school starting, and lots of new friends I think there will be plenty of opportunities for me to try new stuff and cook more. Excited about that.

3. I never liked running till I started the couch to 5K in my 30’s and now I am addicted. Only have done 5Ks so far but thinking of going further this season..how far is still to be determined.

4. I am the survivor of a horrible 3 year divorce/custody battle. Where I learned how dubbed I had been in marriage. But that is all behind me and I have a beautiful future ahead with my love bugs.

5. I usually check on my daughter about 5 times before going to bed. Love watching her sleep.

6. I fall asleep with the TV on…love sleep timers.

7. I have been to Africa, Bali, Japan, Thailand…and on and on. I love to travel and was blessed with a family and job that gave me so many great opportunities.

Whoops updating the post as I forgot to pass the award on….the award goes to The Adventures of Chip and Bob. One of my favorite reads! Check out their adventures.

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The day is finally here

Posted on August 4, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

To my little princess.

Your mommy has been looking forward to tomorrow for 3 long years. I can’t even begin to explain the feelings of happiness, contentment, and relief that I am feeling.

For the past 3 years your mommy has had to learn how to be away from you for 2 weeks at a time. To not be a part of every minute of your life. It has been hard. So hard. I have missed you from the moment you said good-bye on the airplane to the minute you landed back in my arms. I have had to learn to let so much go. There have been times when it has just been too much. But I have had to be strong for you. I have had to protect you and your innocence. I have done the best that I could. Sometimes I have not been able to protect you from others and for that I am sorry but we will work through that together and someday it will all be a memory.

But tomorrow is the day my world becomes right again. I no longer will have to go 2 weeks without you. We no longer will have to have that crazy back and forth life. We will have a more normal schedule. You will have settled life. No more 2 schools & 2 schedules, no more flying 2 weekends a month, no more disruptions.

I have waited and dreamed of this day for so long…it is what has kept me going when things have gotten bad. I have heard it in your voice on the phone as you count down the days till you come home. The countdown is over sweetie.

So much has changed in the last 3 years. I am amazed at how you have grown and what an amazing little girl you are. You are so resilient and going to continue to grow into such a wonderful person.

It is now just not you and I, we have TB. We are rebuilding our family. We have made a fresh start at life in AZ and already have made good friends and are building our community. You are starting Kindergarten. It is going to be an amazing year.

I love you with all of my heart little one and tomorrow is going to be one of the happiest days of my life.

p.s. your doggies are ready for snuggles too. The books are from me and the Camelback and hiking socks are from best buddy. “You must always be hydrated in the desert”

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Ahh the weekend is here

Posted on July 30, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , , |

What a week. I am so happy for the weekend. Everything that was broken on Monday is now fixed or replaced. The house is fully operational again.

The to do list which was massive is all done. From scheduling weekend visits with friends to preparing party decorations to picking up the dry cleaning I have managed to get it all done. Not a single item left for the weekend. That never happens.

All this while having a pretty heavy workload at work, lots of early mornings and long days. I guess that is one positive of being on my own for the entire week.

I also got to finish the Passage finally!!!! And had a few fun nights out with friends.

I feel accomplished. I am happy with all those check marks on my to-do list. I get a perverse satisfaction in that.

I am exhausted.

I have no desire to do anything for the next 48 hours. A hike, hanging in the pool, sleeping in, nothing that takes any real mental work, nothing that requires a decision, nothing that requires me to be in charge. It is my last weekend off before MB gets home and school begins. I plan to enjoy it doing absolutely nothing!!!

Please house respect my want to do nothing and keep yourself together, at least for 48 hours. Thank you.

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Missing the laughter…

Posted on July 26, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Well not the horse..but when his image popped up I did smile.

TB makes me laugh. Even when I don’t want to he makes me laugh.

I know he will read this but he knows he makes me laugh..even when I try hard not to.

Laughter is happiness.

I love that he makes me laugh.

I love that he makes MB giggle.

I miss the funnies when he is gone.

He tries to get out of trouble with funnies. Sometimes it works…sometimes it doesn’t.

But when he is home so is the laughter. There is always laughter. Always.

I am enjoying the quiet time. I am enjoying some unusual for me girlfriend time. A wonderful morning walk with a neighbor. A girls nights out tomorrow. I am getting lots of things crossed off the task list. But I am missing the laughter.

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Five Question Friday

Posted on July 9, 2010. Filed under: Five Question Friday | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

So I was browsing through the web and found 5 Question Friday…thought it might be fun to play around with that today. So here it goes.

1. What is one food you could eat everyday?

Hmmm..Mexican. Nachos, Tacos, Quesadilla…anything on a Mexican menu. I love Chipotle and I think I would be fine to eat it everyday!

2. Are you working in the career you thought you would be when you were 18?

No, I thought I was going to be a pediatrician. I don’t know when I started that plan but it was young…like grade-school age. I stuck through it all the way to college when I remember someone telling me that I should get a degree in something other than pre-Med so that if something happened after college I would have a working degree to find a job right out of college. From there as a freshman I did an Engineering 101 class where each week we saw a different Eng. I knew quickly I couldn’t do Chemical Engineering…the professors reminded me as the guy from Ferris Buehler or those Visine commericials…so DRY. I found Industrial Engineering and then my major was set….from there the rest is history.

3. What is something that you wish you would have done when you were younger and you didn’t?

Hmmm I don’t really have anything…I had a great childhood. Huge travel adventures thanks to my parents. I guess I wish I hadn’t gotten married so soon after college, lesson learned there, but now I have TB!

4. What color are your kitchen walls?

Beige…nothing special, but I love the wall to wall cabinetry.

5. Do you remember what your very first favorite song was?

Hmm I don’t I think it was Dave Matthews Band- Ant’s Marching…but I can’t remember…it could of been NKOTB!   Haha that made laugh 🙂

This was fun I think I will do 5 Question Friday again!

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