16 Jan

My random thoughts on a Saturday…

I watched the Secrets from a Stylist special that aired over the summer online today. It brought so many memories back from when I watched it the first time (and live tweeted with Em and the gang – yes, I realize I’m a dork). I remember being in awe with her mad skillz and thought I’d never be so lucky as to have her give me a dose of her styling expertise. I am so lucky. Wow. I can’t wait to see what she does. Seriously. I can’t freaking wait.

The whole house is now completely organized and mostly clean. We did some yard work today and all we have to do is sweep and mop one last time before Monday morning. It was honestly not that hard to organize all the closets and cupboards and drawers. It just took a bit of time, but it feels so amazing. With the beautiful weather today and the windows open with our clean and organized home, I felt so light and free. I need to remember this feeling the next time I’m shoving junk in a drawer or closet.

I’m babysitting the most precious little girl tonight. She is so cute it makes my ovaries ache. I put her to bed and started a little craft project. I made a ribbon flower corsage like this one. Mine is hot pink and a little huge. I wanted it to be big, but I think I took it too far. I’m going to try to make another one that is a bit smaller so it doesn’t scream, “LOOK AT ME!” I want to wear it for filming.

My cousin wants me to post about my outfits, but I have a question for you, my 3 readers: should I just post the outfits on the hangers, or should I try them on and take pics wearing them?

Tomorrow, I’m going to see my friend Kristine and she’s going to do my eyebrows – wax and tint. I got my hair done yesterday and Monday I’ll get a manicure to complete my primping process. I hope I look good on TV. I’m sure even if I do look alright, I won’t be able to watch myself. I wish I wasn’t so critical of myself.

I want to start a blog about pregnancy and babies. I want to have many different people contribute posts about their own stages of TTC or pregnancy, or adoption, or parenthood. I’d like to have men and women bloggers of all different walks of life. Are you interested in something like this? In my head, the bloggers would “retire” from the blog when their child reaches one year old. However, those who already have a child over a year would be able to blog if they were having another. This is just something I’m mulling over (don’t steal my idea, k?).

I want to be a pescatarian (kind of like a vegetarian, but with fish), but I have a really hard time committing to it. For example, last weekend, I went to a friend’s house for her birthday party and they served BBQ chicken. I hadn’t had any chicken in a few days and was trying to eliminate it, but she kept asking if I had eaten any chicken yet and I didn’t want to say, “I don’t eat chicken anymore.” I’d never want to be the one who doesn’t eat this or that or whatever. I don’t want people to feel like they have to make special dishes for me if I eat at their house. I also don’t want my choices to affect my husband. If he wants meat, he should be allowed to have it. If he has it, I’ll have it because I don’t like to make separate meals. Plus, I do love sausage, bacon, burgers, steak… I don’t have to eat it and I don’t want to eat it, but if it is in front of my face, I’m not going to turn it down.

My husband is amazing. I love him so much and am so proud to be his wife. We make a great team. Something really awesome happened this week for him and it has made me realize that maybe everything is falling into place. Maybe it was meant to be that we didn’t get pregnant last year. Maybe the Universe has something even better in store for us. I’m excited to find out.

I usually take power yoga on Sundays at the gym, but this week I’m going to take power yoga and gentle yoga back to back. I loved the class last week so much (the regular instructor is back from vacation) and I think I am at the point where I can handle two hours of yoga, especially with her.

My father-in-law picked up the dogs on Thursday and we won’t see them again until after filming is finished. I miss them so much! They sleep in our bed (shame on us), but that doesn’t fly at grandma and grandpa’s. They’ve been putting them both in our big crate in the garage at night to sleep. Every time I think about it I feel sad. I know they’re fine, but my poor babies! It is really quiet and lonely without dogs in the house. I love it in the morning because they’re not begging us for food at 6:00am, but when I’m home alone it is far too quiet. I’ve realized I hate being completely alone.

4 Responses to “Randomness”

  1. MICHELLE January 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    O M G. I just wrote this REALLY long comment to this post and when I went to post it, I realized Andy was logged in on google, so I clicked log out and it disappeared. Wow. I'm going to try and re-create it.This is my favorite blog post of yours. I love your random thoughts. It made me happy and content, almost as if I can feel how you were feeling when you wrote this.Andy I are in the midst of some major organization too. There was an Oprah episode last wee about the 5 things you have to do this year, and one of the things was organize and simplify by getting rid of stuff. They had this guy on who helped families organize their homes, and he said that without exception, once a room has been organized and stripped down to the bare minimum, if there are kids in the house, they dance in the space. Without exception, and that we should all learn something from this. And it's true. I feel so much better when my house is organized and tidy. We woke up yesterday feeling motivated, went to Do-It Center, bought boxes and plastic storage containers, and started getting rid of stuff and organizing the rest. We plan on dropping it off at Salvation Army. So liberating!I think you should try on the outfits and let us vote!I love the pregnancy / baby blog idea. I would also love to contribute and would be really interested in reading stories from different women and their experiences. Be a pescatarian!! Once you commit to doing it, it's becomes easier because you've made the commitment, and then you'd be breaking a commitment. And don't feel bad about people worrying about having certain foods for you. When I was a vegetarian, people were concerned because they always felt I'd have to have some sort of meat supplement when I didn't need it. I was happy with sides. I got a lot of crap in the beginning for not eating meat, people who know you as a meat eater will give you flack, but after a while, it passes and they become used to who you are. I've also been thinking about cutting out Chicken again, it freaks me out. And I love morning star bacon and the sausage patties. To me it tastes like the real thing, even Carter loves them (and he loves real bacon and sausage).You do have a really awesome husband and I was so honored to be a part of your wedding. Every time I see Mike he is nothing but kind and warm to us. Keep us posted!!

  2. Cameron January 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    of course try them on and take pics.

  3. Erin January 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    I love the random thought thing too, and strangely, I saw that Oprah episode too, and I never, I mean never watch Oprah. The organization guy was cool…he's got his own show on OWN. Anyways…I love the idea of the baby blog. I would love to contribute, so hurry up, Cassius has only 6 more months.

  4. jessica o'brien January 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    i found your blog via emily's twitter + started scrolling away! i saw the comment about becoming a pescaterian + wanted to share some of my experiences as became a vegetarian last year…here is my take on the social + emotional components of being a vegetarian: i had to consider my vegetarianism like it was a religion. i know that sounds super intense, but it helped me feel less guilty about the burden it created. for instance, if someone invited me over to their home and said that it was against their religion for women to have their knees or shoulders revealed, i’d respectfully cover up. if someone said they were not allowed to socialize on sundays, i'd be sure to ask them to lunch on a saturday instead. doesn’t mean that these things are my personal preference or totally convenient, but as my friends, i’d respect their beliefs. when i became a vegetarian in 2010, all i hoped for was that my friends would grant that respect to me.sometimes people will make comment like, “it’s just one meal – why can’t she eat meat?” yet nobody would ever have a buddhist over and say, “it’s just one prayer – why can’t she praise jesus?” it just wouldn’t be expected. so i don’t feel it is unfair for me to expect that people will allow me to decline meat.that said, i do try to make my beliefs as little of a burden to anyone as possible. i don’t expect anyone to cook an extra dish for me at any party or occasion. i’ll happily eat ahead of time, nibble of side dishes, or offer to bring a veggie dish to share. as for your comment about never wanting to be the one who doesn't eat a certain dish, i say worry less about others + more about yourself. i got a hard time from many people when i went vegetarian. some people had good intentions, but overstepped their boundaries, asking me about my diet + protein intake (as obese people sat at the same table, unquestioned) + some people were not as nice, saying, it was stupid or animals didn’t have feelings (which isn’t even the reason i went veg)… people are vocal, defensive + know-it-all’s! but for me, i'm living for myself + what is best for me + my family. i am not living for my coworker, an old acquaintance or even my sibling. so why would i let them dictate my choices?and my tips on the physical / craving element:i was never a meat lover + had given up red meat years back, so the transition was not hard for me. however, my husband loved meat including burgers + bacon + recently went vegetarian also. the first 15-30 days are toughest, then you won't even want the food. i give myself a pass if something sounds good (like my old favorite, fish tacos!), but truly, my body doesn't want it anymore. i was shocked that it was so easy for my husband, but i really think your body adapts.if it is hard for you to stick with, i’d recommend 2 things: 1) i started out first by having “meat free Mondays”. limiting it to 1 day a week helped me learn new meals + be more comfortable with meat-alternatives, but didn’t overwhelm me. 2) i then did a 30 day plan. vegetarian for 30 days. after 30 days, if i wanted, i could go back to normal. it kept the pressure off. plus, when social pressures were getting to me i could just say, “oh I’m trying this thing for a month,” instead of saying “i’m a vegetarian”. that helped me ease into things.i’d really recommend the book “eating animals”. it gave me the stamina to keep going when things were tough + may work for you as well.sorry to go on a rant! i just know how hard it can be to start + stick with it. i would just cheer you on + say to put your foot down + stick with it. it gets easier + easier + easier!

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