Operation Wear My Closet: Be My Valentine

I'm still on my mission to shop my own closet for cute outfits instead of going out and buying something new.  I have too many clothes and not enough money to add new pieces to my wardrobe so I'm trying to wear my closet (or at least what I have in my closet - actually wearing my closet would be weird - I bet Lady Gaga could literally wear her closet, though).  Most days I'm just in my work clothes or in running clothes, but on the rare occasion I have to put on different clothes I'm really enjoying discovering my wardrobe again.

Dennis and I don't really do anything special for Valentine's Day.  Last year, Jack and I kept Dennis company while he did some work on our front porch railings, then Dennis had to work an overnight shift, so Jack and I visited him at work and ordered a heart shaped pizza.  This year, Dennis was on an overnight shift again, so Jack and I made ourselves scarce around the house so he could sleep.  We met up with my brother-in-law and mother-in-law for lunch and then ran some errands, but that was no reason not to break out a snazzy outfit!  By the time we got home, Dennis was awake and he was able to take some outfit pics for me.  I don't know what was more awkward, posing in front of a tripod or trying not to look a fool in front of Dennis.

I'm still getting used to having short hair, so my hair is a little cray-cray, and I wish I knew where my box of jewelry was hiding in the house.  A nice necklace and some earrings would really have set off this outfit.  And makeup.  Maybe next time I do an outfit post, I'll put on some makeup.  I love makeup, but I never take the time to wear it; this seems like a good excuse reason.

I wore one of my all time favorite dresses with a cardigan and heels.  Okay, so I didn't wear my heels when I was out running my errands, but they look way better with this outfit than my old flats did.  Hot pink and red seemed fitting for Valentine's Day, and I've actually worn this combination several times in the past couple of years.  So this outfit isn't exactly a new combination, but it is one of my favorites.

My Outfit:
Cardigan - Mossimo at Target
Shoes - Steve Madden from TJ Maxx

Song of the Day:



Well, I've been talking about it for what feels like forever (especially in real life), but I finally did it.  I chopped off all my hair.  I spent 9 months thinking about what it would be like to cut my hair.  I worried, I weighed the pros and cons, I talked myself into it and out of it, and then finally, finally, I picked up the phone and made an appointment with my hairdresser (then had 3 more weeks to worry over my decision).  It took a lot of courage considering I've always had super long hair and I decided not to go with a flapper girl bob, but with a super short pixie cut instead.  Go big or go home, right?

I'm really surprised I went through with it.  Some people suggested I just cut a little off every few months to see if I liked having shorter and shorter hair, but I'm pretty much an all or nothing type person.  Plus if I chopped a little off at a time I wouldn't have my long braid to keep to commemorate such a huge change.  I would've loved to donate my hair, but it's been color processed and places won't accept anything except natural hair.  Bummer because such long hair is so hard to come by (and the wig makers are just going to color process it anyway).

I was surprisingly calm as my appointment date neared.  I would have moments of sheer panic as the date raced towards me, but everyone around me was 100% supportive and understanding of my little moments of crazy.  For the most part I was pretty Zen about the whole thing.  Dennis knew I would need someone there with me (in the extreme likelihood of my inevitable tears), so he went in to work extra early the day of my appointment and got off early enough to make my appointment.  I have the best husband ever.

As nervous as I was all week leading up to the big day, once I actually sat in the chair, I felt okay.  When Ricky, my hairdresser, started cutting my braid, I thought I was going to panic, freak out, and immediately regret my decision.  But I was okay, and actually felt pretty good.  It's only been a couple of days since The Cut and I'm still trying to figure out exactly how I feel about the whole thing.  I like having short hair, though.  I definitely don't regret my decision.  I think my bangs ended up a little too short, and the back ended up a little too long (I like the length of my bangs in the lower right hand picture), but hair grows (and can be cut), so I'm going to have fun playing with my hair as it grows and changes.

Here's to another thing done on my 101 list!  Now let the growing begin!


Couch to 5K: Week 3

Well, I made it through Week 3!  I have now officially gone farther with the Couch to 5K program than any of the other times I've tried!  Woooo hooooo!!!  This week wasn't quite as hard as I expected it to be, but running for 3 minutes at a time definitely wasn't the easiest thing I've ever done.  The first two weeks, I could fantasize about someday, maybe, possibly running a half or full marathon.  Week three's struggle with running for 3 minutes definitely brought me back to reality.  But despite the struggle, I'm still enjoying running.  For now, at least!  The weather was a little weird this week, too, swinging from cool to cold to warm.  At least I'm getting to try running in all kinds of weather....but in one week?

Day 1:  I was nervous about today.  I told myself to just go out there, follow the voice prompts on the app and not look at the timer; stay out of my own head and just run.  I pretty much did that, but now the app tells me how much time I have remaining on the runs.  "Two minutes to go..." and then an eternity later "One minute to go..."  This was both a blessing and a curse.  I wasn't expecting that, so it played with my head a little since I was really trying to ignore all things time based, but I was still able to get through all the run intervals without having to walk.  And the wind, OMG, the WIND!!!  A cold front was on it's way in and was trying to blow me off the running path and into the golf course/street/gutter/trees.  I felt like someone was pushing their hand on my forehead.  Frustrating, but my pace was still mostly consistent with last week.

Day 2:  Today was an important day.  Possibly the most important day.  I've never managed to get to Day 2 of Week 3, so despite the very cold conditions, I bundled myself and Jack up and made myself get out there and run.  And I felt okay.  I don't mind running in the cold (in fact I've run in much colder conditions before) and I actually kind of like it.  Jack took his mittens off and his hands were freezing when we got done; I guess I'll just have to tape them to his hoodie next time.  Live and learn.  I'm not sure if I'm ready to progress to Week 4 yet.  I might repeat Week 3 again and maybe that way Week 4 won't be quite at painful.  It wasn't as windy today (thankfully!)

Day 3:  Dennis was off work today and came running with me.  This was fantastic because I didn't have to push the stroller!!!  Let me repeat:  I didn't have to push the stroller!!!  It was glorious.  It was everything I hoped it would be.  Not pushing the stroller could've ended up one of two ways:  one, the run would be easier and faster, but I would still pace myself and get through the whole run or two, I would go crazy and run balls-to-the-wall blowing out my legs and causing my heart to explode leaving me a dead lump of meat on the side of the jogging trail.  I was hoping for the first option but expecting the second.  Imagine my surprise when the first option became a reality!  I'm not 100% sure if the pace/distance/time are accurate because halfway through the warm-up I accidentally hit a button on my phone and the warm-up restarted.  So I did a little bit more of the warm-up, then manually skipped ahead to the first run segment.  Looking at the map and total workout time makes me think I simply cut the total warm-up time by about 1 minute, but I'm so surprised at my pace that I question if everything was accurate.  But the most important part of today was I didn't have to push the stroller!!!  Oh, and I was able to take a couple of pictures of where I run.

I looked ahead to Week 4, and the plan is to run for 4 minutes, then run for 8 minutes!  I don't know if I'm physically able to run for 8 minutes or not, but I know I'm not psychologically ready for that challenge, so I'm definitely going to repeat Week 3.  Then, whether or not I like it, I'm going to take on Week 4.  I'm still feeling mostly good about running and I'm still enjoying it.  I also signed up for Daily Mile to track my total miles for the year and I installed a nifty widget to my sidebar that displays my total miles.  Now, to head to the park!


Day in the Life, February 1, 2014

Happy Anniversary to my Day in the Life posts!  Last February, I finally did a photo an hour post, after wanting to do one for a long time.  I loved it so much that I kept doing it every month, and there's no end in sight.  Last year I linked up with Simply Rebekah and I'm glad that she's hosting another link up this month.  If you've been thinking about doing a photo an hour post, there's still time to link up with Rebekah!  And, you guessed it, the photos are taken with Instagram, and my profile is still private!

This month, the first fell on a Saturday, and Dennis and I were both off from work.  We ended up running errands and doing work around the house.  Thrilling, I know, but that's life!  When we got home, Dennis did some more work to the tenant's bathroom, and I watched Jack and tried to get some stuff done around the house.  Jack wasn't being very cooperative, though; it' took me over an hour just to fold a load of laundry.  I was not at my best emotionally, and was on the verge of snapping all afternoon.  Not my proudest Mommy moment.  But that's also just a part of life sometimes.  Today I'm already feeling much better.

7:45 am
8:45 am
Jack wakes up
9:45 am
Jack investigates Brutus
10:45 am
11:45 am
Chinese buffet
12:45 pm
1:45 pm
on the road again
2:45 pm
nap time
3:45 pm
Jack and kitten
4:45 pm
laundry assistant
5:45 pm
painting assistant
6:45 pm
looking for mates
7:45 pm
8:45 pm
helping Daddy cook
9:45 pm
ignoring dishes while Daddy bathes Jack
10:45 pm
finishing dishes; about to put Jack to bed

I didn't get any pictures of 11:45 (Jack finally asleep), or the movie we started watching after.  I fell asleep during the movie and at some point ended up in bed (don't remember).  Jack nursed once during the night, then I was up (on my own!) at 7:30 the next morning.  No wonder I feel tired!

7:45 am
breakfast for the mind
So there you have it!  Go take your pics and link up with Simply Rebekah to see some other Day in the Life posts!

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