Thursday, August 29, 2013


I don't know how or why but I'm not questioning it because life has been pretty much amazing lately.  Nothing in particular great has happened.  I just have this all over sense of calm and contentment with the way things are going.

I have a lot of time to think on a normal basis which is REALLY scary. Day to day I'm driving to and from customers.  Yea I see people in 30 minute or so spans.  People call while I drive but there is a bit of downtime.  And I catch my self just thinking.  I think about work, opportunities,families, friends, my husband (a lot), life, my past, etc. In the evenings Jarad works Monday-Thursday and also during the day on Sundays. I have ALOT of Calista time which accounts for Crazy Saturdays when I'm around people or that's what we attribute it to.  Lately I've been thinking about how I feel I'm more positive on a day to day basis.  I've had coworkers notice it.  I think Jarad has noticed it as well as friends....or I hope.   I think some of it has to do with just being more aware of it thanks to a deep convo/misunderstanding/fight with my dear friend, Katrina about a year ago. But I also think it has to do with my weight loss. On a good day I'm down 20lbs from the beginning of the year and when I was overweight I didn't see it as a problem.  However, when your clothes don't fit good, you've got a muffin top, you secretly don't like how you look in the mirror but you put on a good front or so you think, it all dictates your attitude, life and in turn your relationships with people.

I had stopped working out regularly since the middle of June.  I had scaled back to once or twice a week and I could feel the ugly feelings coming back.  I'm back into 4-5 workouts a week and it's a back...that feeling of pride in myself, my husband, my family, my friends, my work and all I've swagger, as some may call it.  

Mental health is a constant process and for now I'm in a good state.  I'm happy and overwhlemed to have such a great husband, family, friends, job and look forward to where this positive attitude can take me.

"It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy." - Lucille Ball

Monday, August 26, 2013

Half Marathon Weekly Update

It's been about two weeks since I committed to running a half marathon in November and about a week and a half into the training.  I'm following Hal Higdon's novice training schedule.  The first half  week was a struggle but I've found my rhythm with running again. And it feels so good.

I had said new things for running keep me motivated.  I went Saturday with my friend Michelle and got fitted for new running shoes.  I wasn't getting new shoes for motivation though. After 2.5 miles or so I was experiencing tingling, burning in the ball of my feet and toes.  After changing socks (yes I read that could be a culprit), retying my shoelaces by watching a few videos on YouTube and getting running insoles the only thing next was shoes.  I went to Luke's Locker in Cinco Ranch and had a really great experience.  The sales associate asked several questions, measured my feet (one's an 8 and one's an 8 1/2...I'm weird), watched me walk and then brought out three pair to try.  Running shoes are suppose to be a half size to a full size larger than your foot size depending on the shoe brand and how they run to give your foot room to spread and swell.  I tried a pair of Mizuno, Brooks and Asics.  I ended up buying the Brooks which were their Ghost 6. 

That afternoon I took Petey for a walk to try them out.  It's weird at first to have them so much larger but after awhile it feels almost normal and I didn't notice it.  I loved them after the short walk and then loved them even more after my 4 miler on Sunday.  The past two Sundays I've done 4 mile runs and this Sunday's was 6 minutes faster than the week before.  Crazy!! I think the new shoes helped and my new booty shorts also were a lot cooler.  I'm sure those were both factors to the increased speed. ;-)

 I also did a bike ride on Saturday as part of cross training.  It was a nice change to running and will be my cross train exercise of choice since I really don't have many other options. 

What I have realized in the first week is that I need to do a much better job of stretching. My calves have been so sore and tight since Sunday's run.  So that is what I'm going to focus on this week.  It was a good week of training and I look forward to even better one this week.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

3 things I love about Jarad

Last week or so, Holly from Where We Can Live like Jack and Sally posted on Instagram three things she loves about her husband.  I thought I'd follow suit:

- his sense of humor. He can be so funny and a lot of times it's when you least expect it.  It's also pretty intelligent wit...most of the time.
- hard worker. He works hard and plays hard.  Sometimes he plays harder than he works but he gets the job done.
- great friend.  If he can help you with something or you need him for something he's always willing to help.

The list really could go on forever.

What is it you like about your spouse or significant other? Is this person the love of your life? Is that person the person of your dreams?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I've felt like a douche

I read every comment made to my posts and many times want to reply to them.  However, for some reason depending on the browser or whatever I can't respond. In the past I could and would do it on our personal computer but it has taken a sabbatical.  Not sure what's wrong with it but I think it can be fixed.  Just now to find who, the money, etc. My work computer has what the company puts on it and we don't have admin rights therefore we can't upload or update anything.  The browser is an old version of Internet explorer and for some reason it won't publish my responses.  iPad and iPhone I think it has to do with Safari and blah blah blah.  Really i have no idea. So the past day or two I had decided I was going to figure this out one way or another and I have. Yippee!! I downloaded Atomic Lite which is another browser for idevices and I can now respond.  So all this was to say I haven't ignored you and I'm not a douche...most of the time. And thanks for reading!!!!


Monday, August 19, 2013

Confession...I do love flowers

Any girl loves getting flowers. I've been known to say flowers don't matter to me. They don't matter when they are "expected" for holidays like valentines day, anniversary, birthdays. I want them on a random Thursday. I picked up a couple boutiques for my birthday a week or so ago to match the colors of the party, red, purple, green and black. 

The daisies were starting to look dreary so I pulled them out and left what I think is baby's breath or something like it. Cut the stems down and put in a smaller vase. 

Reminds me of our wedding. I think they will last two weeks. Thumbs up Kroger. They weren't that expensive, $3-4 each bundle. I think we will be seeing more fresh flowers in the Upham household in the future. 

Leftover Redo

We had a steak leftover from Saturday night and I was sure Jarad would have eaten it for lunch today but he ate the leftover chicken spaghetti from last night. So I cut the steak thin. Sliced leftover mushrooms.  Measured 3oz of steak, 1/2 cup of mushrooms and 1/4 cup of cheese. I would have used more cheese but painfully refrained. I'm back to using My Fitness Pal (MFP).  I will get rid of this last 10 lbs or so. Cheese is my downfall but I will always eat it if only in moderation.

Added tortillas and made some dang quesadillas. I warmed the steak and mushrooms in my grill pan. Love this thing. My mom got it for me for my birthday. Calphalon from Khol's. I made the quesadillas on a flat cast iron skillet that I think is to make fajitas but it works like a charm for quesadillas. They were yummy.

I'm not good at all in reinventing leftovers but my sister Abbi is a pro. If culinary genius were measured solely by leftover redoes she would be above Julia Child, Wolfgang Puck...well all chefs in my opinion. I need to get more creative in that aspect but I will work at it one quesadilla at a time. 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Unplanned weekends are sometimes the best

It was one of those weekends where we had absolutely nothing planned and we both needed to refuel...refuel our energies, relationship and bodies.

It was so nice to spend a Friday night at home together. We had thought about meeting some friends out but after a late Mexican food lunch and a nap we decided to stay in. We even threw in an impromptu frozen yogurt date later in the evening.

Saturday we got up rested and ready to spend it however. We had a few errands we wanted to get done. Jarad has talked several times about getting a Texas star to go above garage. So we ran to Hobby Lobby and got that and a Ford sign for the garage.  Then we went to Garden Ridge to get a tv console which was my birthday present. Rest of the afternoon was hanging and putting together the tv console. Putting together furniture with your husband is just as good as marriage counseling. 

Safety last is our motto...or was on that day. 

Texans had their second per season game that evening. I was craving steak and potatoes. We invited out newlywed friends Brandon and Michelle over. Cooked some New York strip and rib eye cause we couldn't decide. Mushrooms in the crockpot. Sautéed squash and zucchini. And had the perfect Saturday football night meal. 

Those unplanned weekends can sometimes turn out to be the best ones. Now here's to a great week. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I think I'm crazy

I started running at the beginning of this year and surprisingly like it. I've done several 5ks this year and in years past and can run them without stopping pretty easily now. I did the electric run a week and a half ago in Madison,Wisconsin while visiting a friend. Since we've been back from Mexico I've only been running like once a week. I was sure I wouldn't be able to run the entire thing but we did. It was a pretty cool run. Music, lights, glow in the dark stuff, friends, cooler weather...can't go wrong.

I need motivation though to keep myself running. My motivation seems to be entering races, new gadgets (Got a heart rate monitor for my birthday. Cant wait for it to get here) and new music. I'm not even sure what my longest distance to date is. I think it's somewhere between 3.1 and 4 miles. I've walked longer than that but actually running is another story. So I've been looking for a race to run. Something with a little more challenge...mud run, obstacle run, 10k perhaps. Then I get this yesterday

And I get this

So I guess I'm saying screw you 10K, hello half. And you know when I finish it there will be a 13.1 sticker on the back of my mini van.  

Monday, August 12, 2013

Another year older

This past Saturday was my birthday. We started the day at Top Golf. We had a great time golfing, eating and a little drinking.

This drink was called wormburner and was 60oz of goodness (vanilla vodka, cranberry juice, peach schnapps and sprite). At least the cranberry juice was in there for our bladder health. 

Everyone acted a little crazy but why not. Yolo

My sandal broke and so I had to golf barefoot the rest of the time. Got to do what you got to do. 

On the way home we made a pit stop at the Mexican restaurant by the house. We may be coming regulars here. We invited our waiter to the party at the house but he never showed up. 

The rest of the night was spent at the house hanging out with great friends. The theme was an adult pizza party. I made buffalo chicken dip, take and bake pizzas from Aldi and a white pizza dip that I will for sure make again. 

This is how you're suppose to eat your cake, right? At least I shared.

Barbie was on the cake but petey must think she's his girlfriend now. 

All in all it was a great day and glad we got to spend it with friends and our weird, crazy neighbor, Wilson, which really isn't his name. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Master Bedroom: one room finished

We have been in the house for 3 weeks now and absolutely loving it.  Each part of the house has had their projects to be completed.  Jarad is obsessed with getting the grass to a healthier state.  The very hot weather is not helping but he has determination.  I'm sure some TLC this winter will help the process.  I wanted to work on the master bedroom till completion since it only had some minor things that I wanted to do and i could have some instant gratification.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.

The first project I tackled was turning a coffee table into a bench. There are tons of tutorials floating around Pinterest and I did a combo of several.  I had initially wanted to use a fabric with a mustardy creamy yellow but could not find any fabric that I thought fit the bill. I kept going back to the fabric I finally chose and think it fits well with the other colors and prints in the room.

The other project was painting the dresser.  The side tables are a dark wood color (They could use a redo but I like their rustic aka used look) and the dresser was a light wood color.  I should know the technical wood and colors because of my father and being in the flooring business but I don' I had wanted to paint this dresser for some time.  I didn't like all the different colors of wood that was going on in the room. I typically like mixed furniture and colors but these pieces bothered me.  After picking the fabric for the bench and accent pillows I was able to get the paint for the dresser.  The color chosen was orange...more specific Behr's Falling Leaves from Home Depot.  I didn't want to sand this furniture because I have a lot of that to do when I begin the dining room furniture redo.  So I used a product called Zinsser Cover Stain Oil Primer.  I put two coats on the parts of the dresser that would be seen the most.  One coat may have been sufficient but i figured two wouldn't hurt.  I then put three coats of the colored paint which was a semi gloss enamel. I was hoping to get away with two coats but it didn't look even after just the two coats. I knew going in that I would need several more coats than normal because there was a cross beside the color name on the swatch which means it takes several coats more to get desired color.  The patient guy at Home Depot pointed this out to me.  They probably thought I was crazy because it probably took me an hour to pick out everything and the paint department is only 3 small rows.  I was going to buy new pulls for dresser and had picked out one from Hobby Lobby but those suckers are expensive even with coupon or on sale.  So I bought some bare metal primer by Rustoleum and an oiled bronze color spray paint and fixed them up.  It took one coat of the primer but two of the color.  I really like how it turned out and how it ties everything together.

The rest of the room looks like so.  The pictures were ones we already had.  The paintings were done by my Great Grandmother but Jarad is not a huge fan. They were in the living room but I compromised and moved them to the bedroom.

The drapes are energy efficient blackout curtains.  With Jarad working second shift of sorts he sleeps later in the morning and the windows in this bedroom are east facing. As long as the bathroom door is closed it stays a dungeon in there and the first electric bill was nothing short of amazing...half of the apartment.  

The master bathroom is Jarad's. He has a soaking tub and stand up shower.  I'm sure I will use the tub at some point myself.

One room done and just a few more left to go.  Progress and a sense of completion...for now.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

It's my Birthday....month!!!!

Welcome to August, lovelies. I really can't believe it's once again that wonderful month that encompasses my birthday.  It feels like I was just celebrating my 30th in Lake Charles and Orange with some rather fantastic people but now I get to celebrate what I'm calling "the 10th anniversary of my 21st." The plan is a little top golf in the morning and then a get together at our house. Yes I'm planning the food and well everything but aren't you suppose to do what you love on your birthday?!?! And I love entertaining.  Another thing I love is football. We are inching closer to football season....the first Texans preseason football game...well it's on the eve of my birthday.  What a fantastic way to kick off that weekend...granted that it's on tv. But before football we have to celebrate 31 days of get a day for every year, right??? or was I lied to about that to?!?! (Ask Katrina about my newest realization where all these years I've been thinking one thing about the song, OPP.  I was making it all PC and stuff).  So happy August 1st.