Things I Did While My Husband Was At The Broncos Games

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Kevin went to the Broncos game this afternoon! Yay him. And yay me that my presence was not required.

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I’m one of the five people in Denver who doesn’t care about the Broncos. The only reason I wanted them to win today was because Kevin was at the game. Otherwise I would actually prefer that they lost.

First up:

turn up the heat nest

Cranking the heat a little bit!

grande skinny vanilla latte starbucks

A grande skinny vanilla latte. :)

lighting candles

Lit candles in every room.

online shopping lululemon

Did a little online shopping.

pippa c

Took Pippa C for two walks.

wall balls

50 wall balls. (recycled pic since i was home alone and the dogs are worthless when it comes to that!). Watched some YouTube videos on pistol squats.

the weepies

Listened to a LOT of The Weepies.

spicy chili

Made some SPICY turkey chili.

apple pie coconut oil crust

And this little apple pie with coconut oil crust. I’m definitely not a pie crust person, but it was amazing!

What do you do when you have an afternoon home alone? 

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Flowers, Floors, & Perspective

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Well, that’s what I was supposed to do for the January Cure this weekend. I cleaned the floors on Friday…. and then it snowed. Muddy paws galore…

kevin hammering away

And Kevin did a bunch of hammering. So there’s that. By the way, check out my cute new curtain rod & finial on the top of this photo. I got them from UO during a huge Christmas sale, and they look so much better than the ones we originally got from Ikea!!!

So check out that room before….

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You can actually SEE the pawprints before I did the floors! Haha. You can also see the old curtain rod.

rearranging furniture

Green piano obviously didn’t move, but I wanted the keyboard away from the window. And I just didn’t like the choppy angles of everything in the room. We love that mustard yellow couch, but it’s been relegated to our spare room for now. It looks a little cream on cream in this pic, but trust me the green piano helps!! And I’m looking into some more pillows.

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The chair on the bottom right of the pic is actually my desk chair, but it’s a dining chair that’s matchy-matchy with the West Elm settee. I actually want some sort of a printed or patterned chair in the corner.

sugar paper co calendar

Ahhh… fresh new calendar. Love the sugar paper collection available at Target!

pegboard

We also finally got the pegboard on the wall. I want to use it to organize some of my teaching supplies — post-its, pens, stickers, etc. Right now I just have my recital program, a pic of me and my piano teacher, my business cards, and the Colorado Ballet poster up. More to follow…

windows

And my windowsills… where my poor books used to be! They got wet from condensation this winter. Still bummed about that. And I really need a bookshelf!

So got a few things done, but didn’t end up getting flowers because I forgot at Sprouts and the ones at Target were unsurprisingly lousy. I also picked up my cleaning supplies as assigned. :)

What’s your favorite kind of flowers to buy for yourself? And where do you buy them? In January. It’s a good idea, right? This is what AT says:

This might seem like something that is skippable but it is actually a very important part of the Cure. Think of the purchase as a gift to your home. It is an enjoyable, (affordable!) luxury but it goes far beyond just that. The flowers are a visual symbol of your commitment to caring for your home. In the Eight Step Home Cure, Maxwell wrote: As simple as it sounds, the act of buying flowers for your apartment holds great significance and will heal your home on many levels.They are beautiful, they add life to the space, they help to humidify and cleanse the air.

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back to work

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In more ways than one — my business, the gym, and eating well!!!

Sometimes eating according to our goals is just so-so difficult. Take last night’s turkey-bacon-guac burgers for example!

dinner

Okay, maybe the sweet potato fries were partly according to my be-lazy-this-weekend goal, but they’re pretty close.

fruit and nuts

Practically like a deconstructed Larabar!! I love dried unsweetened cherries from the bulk bins at Sprouts. They’re one of the few dried fruits without sugar or oils added.

cardio fix

Went into the rec center today for a little cardio fix. I saw a lot of people out running in the snow. Brrrrrr… I did a 5k ok the treadmill, a few minutes on the rower, and a few minutes trying out some of the new cardio machines they bought at the end of the year. The place was PACKED today. More people than I’ve ever seen. Partly because of the weather and partly because of January, I’m sure!

spicy chili

Spicy chili was good for a cold day. We stocked up on a lot of fresh fruits & vegetables after church today. Hopefully I won’t have to leave my house all week. Just kidding. It’s supposed to warm up. It’s Colorado after all.

razzle dazzle art

Kevin was super handy all week, taking down Christmas stuff, and rearranging stuff on all my walls. This isn’t really how I want things, but I like to have something up. What’s the 17? I started a countdown to the recital last year… I guess that’s how far I got with it! :) The running shoes print I got as a gift for Kevin before we were married!! It says “You Make My Heart Race.” More on his handiwork on my upcoming January Cure post!

steak dinner

And some grass fed steak, sweet potatoes, and salad with Tessemae’s Southwest Ranch for dinner.

So here’s an interesting post on quitting Paleo (by a paleo cookbook author).

Also this:

crossfit games paleo

My excuse to have a few lattes? Especially with my Christmas gift cards?

I’ve been experimenting ever since our super strict paleo challenge didn’t do a whole lot for me (especially in regards to workout energy!!!). The reason Kevin and I try for mostly paleo most of the time is because for US, that mainly means cutting out cookies, candy, Diet Coke, and chips. Haha. For the most part, we don’t really miss grains. Unless they’re in the form of apple crisp. Or cheetos? Sooo….  I always say I miss dairy the most… so I’ve been eating it some. It bothers Kevin a little bit, but not me. I grew up eating ice cream every day (seriously). So I’m kind of a paleo believer. Kind of not. I do love fat now though… yum… fat…. still need to eat more vegetables. And I go back and forth on all the meat consumption. I’m not eating as much now as I did on the challenge (which made me a little sick). But honestly, eating paleo has taught us to eat better quality meat, and I’m thankful for that!!! (Except when I go to remote areas in Minnesota, and It’s super hard to find….) I guess that’s why we call it a spectrum. :)

 

 

princess pipper

Princess Pippa says good night. I’m back to work tomorrow. Kevin has zero sympathy for me since I work from home and have a job I love. But still!! Actually, realistically, I did a ton of work today. Sent out a million emails, schedules, bills, and edited my website. There’s a reason I don’t charge for piano lessons by the hour…

What are you working on? 

P.S. Great pic of the Boykin coming soon….

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January Cure 2014 – Day 1: Create A Project List

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A challenge that’s not related in any way to food or exercise!!!! That’s crazy. I love Apartment Therapy. I read it almost every day. It is they who taught me how to find things on Craigslist and which Ikea furniture is worth it. So I decided to join the January Cure. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do all of the assignments in a timely manner, but it starts with making a list, and that I can handle.

Especially today.

I wanted to be all crazy productive, but I’m sick. Languishing in bed all day. Sick enough that I won’t be able to go to CrossFit tonight. :( That’s very heartbreaking for me because a) I haven’t been to my favorite 7PM class in almost 2 weeks!! I need to see my CrossFit bff, and b) I know they’re going to be doing Curtis P’s without me. So sad. This is the first time ever that I’ve had to skip due to not feeling well. I blame it all on Minnesota. I’m thankful I haven’t been puking like everyone else in my family, but my stomach is not happy! I’ve been napping, chewing peppermint gum, and drinking tea all day.

So anyways. Writing Assignment #1 from bed: To get started, set aside an hour or so to do a walkthrough of your home and make notes on any trouble spots as you move through each room. It’s easiest to organize your list by room – you’ll want sections for all the important areas of your own home, i.e. the entryway, living room, bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. Start at the front door and do a thorough “inspection”, noting each area or item that needs a good cleaning, a de-cluttering or a re-organization.

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Outdoors:

  • Hang new modern house numbers that we bought six months ago (k)

Piano studio:

  • Swap furniture with the pink room We did these first two yesterday! #overachievers
  • Change curtain rod & add finials
  • Organize piano books and get them OUT of the linen closet
  • Decide what to do with my books that used to be in the windowsills
  • Hang pegboard that’s been sitting on the floor for months? Take down Christmas decor & rearrange artwork
  • Think about what light fixture will work in this room. Any ideas?? We hate those dumb ones with ceiling fans

Pink room:

  • Plan shelves for closet
  • Think about a new piece of furniture after we took the west elm settee out. Something I won’t freak out when kids & dogs touch it….Back to Craigslist!

Bathroom:

  • Put something on the walls? I want to paint it, but that Kevin’s dept., and he’s been putting it off.

Kitchen:

  • Figure out a normal way to store produce
  • Hang the artwork that’s sitting on the counter
  • Think about long wall between kitchen & bedrooms? Hang something there?

Our Bedroom:

  • Finish hanging curtains
  • Put new knobs on our dressers (maybe these owls!)
  • Organize my dresser

Spare Room:

  • End table issues?
  • Throw pillows/blankets
  • Not happening this month, but my biggest goal for these two rooms is to get the carpet OUT and remove the dumb popcorn ceiling.

Basement:

  • Organize laundry area

Miscellaneous:

  • Use my white lacquer tray(s) somewhere
  • Twinkle lights? Something festive?!

What house/apartment projects would you MOST like to tackle?

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Sweet & Spicy + NYD Wod At Home

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Exactly what we drank on NYE 2013!

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My parents introduced it to us while we were in Minnesota. My dad drinks about 15 hot chocolates & teas per day during the winter so he is truly an expert. Kevin and I aren’t really tea fans, but this seems to be sooo sweet that you have a hard time believing it’s unsweetened. But it totally is!!! I’m drinking it again right now. It has ROSEHIP in it. That has to be a lot better for you than Diet Coke. :)

The bad news is that everyone in Wabasha has been getting super sick. My sister Hannah was puking the night before we left Wabasha, and now everyone else has been stricken. We think we dodged a bullet, but we haven’t been feeling that great ourselves. *fingerscrossed* because my stomach still feels iffy. Glad I’m off all week!

But that wasn’t going to keep me from working out on New Year’s! Our box was closed so it was the perfect opportunity for me to try out some of my new wod toys!! Kevin got me the 16lb medicine ball for Christmas. Prescribed weight is typically 14lbs for women so he figured it would give me an extra edge to practice with a 16.

fringesport kettlebell and wall ball

The pink Rykas were a Christmas gift from my big brother. I’d never looked at them, but I love them!! I love not tying my shoes. I probably won’t wear them to CrossFit so I won’t ruin them. But I knew nothing I was doing at home would hurt them. I ran an easy 5k with Pippa to warm-up. Happy to be back in Denver weather although it did randomly snow a little bit a while ago.

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Not gonna lie… hiding my abs in all black after Christmas vacation!!!!! :)

20 minutes AMRAP

  • 5 pull-ups (I did mostly strict because it’s hard to do kipping from our bar, as I went along, I gave myself a little hop!)
  • 10 wall balls @ 16lbs
  • 15 kb swings @ 35 lbs

Tried to do a little Instagram video. Cut off my head a lot. I’m new.

I’m about to go take a nap and keep drinking my tea! Happy New Year!

What was your first workout of the year? 

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1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

A strict pull-up. Then 2, 3, 4, & 5 (consecutive, dead hang, not dropping from the bar). #392 was the charm. I highly recommend getting a bar at home, practicing every single day, and using bands.

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2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?


Yes. I made one resolution. Eat more cupcakes. I probably only ate 6-9 all year, but I was still pretty happy. Anytime the situation presented itself to eat a good cupcake (with lots of frosting), I didn’t turn it down. Gigi’s Cupcakes is still my fave.

gigis cupcakes

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?


No, but I could be wrong. I get confused on babies’ ages. Some will be this year though!!!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My Grandma Alice passed away in July. This was our first Christmas without any grandparents. They are very missed.

5. What countries did you visit?

Costa Rica!

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

Right now all I really want is some quiet time at home. :)

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Starting CrossFit was a big deal for us. Our anniversary is coming up in a few months. I hope it buys us flowers.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?


the piano teacher

I’m really proud of my business. I quit & I picked myself, and it was definitely the right decision.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Probably impatience or complacence. Two of my biggest faults.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nope. But Kevin definitely went to the ER in Costa Rica.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Pull-up bar, my Yamaha Clavinova keyboard for my business, my Reebok Nanos

12. Where did most of your money go?

I put a lot back into my business. And into Lululemon. And lots of plane tickets to MN!

13. What did you get really excited about?

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Ummmm…. 55 Reasons CrossFit Makes Me Smile!

14. What song will always remind you of 2013?

The Fox. There’s always some child in my vicinity singing it. Every single time I walk into Target! Also Imagine Dragon’s On Top of The World, which I taught to my fifth graders.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:


– happier or sadder? equally happy, really
– thinner or fatter? more muscular…. but some of my clothes don’t fit
– richer or poorer? about the same, but i guess richer since more student loan is paid off.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?


Playing piano, reading, qt with Kevin, still working on building relationships in CO, hanging out with my friends, praying

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?


Stressing. Sleeping. I’ve gotten into a bad habit of sleeping in!!!

18. How did you spend Christmas?

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In Minnesota — Christmas Eve with the Kreisels & Christmas Day (and Monday) with my side. :)

19. What was your favorite TV program?

Jeopardy!

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

Separate post coming on Friday!

21. What was your favorite music from this year?
  This is the year I started listening to a lot of “Christian” music again. A lot of All Sons & Daughters, Charlie Hall, The Sing Team, and Matt Redman.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?

None. But I don’t really like movies.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Stayed  at home in bed most of the day, and ate three kinds of cake (Kevin had to work). 29. P.S. This wasn’t a bad thing. :)

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

It was pretty satisfying. I would say, learn to chill out about home alone. I kind of go into survival mode when Kevin is traveling for work because I hate being home alone. So I wasted a couple of weeks in the fall with that nonsense.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

Slipping. I’ve worn a lot of workout clothes. And mostly J.Crew Factory for teaching. But I still definitely try to not dress like I’m from Colorado.

26. What kept you sane?

Pippacita and Kevin. :) <3 <3 Many Starbucks gift cards. And my wods.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.


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CrossFit has really been teaching me (it’s a process) to not be such a big baby. I was proud that I was actually looking forward to the chance to try rope climbs. That’s typically something I’d be a total pansy about.

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I’ve also been very encouraged in my faith this year, mainly through the teaching in my church and sharing Tuesday evenings (and a lot of weekends) with members of our gospel community group. Two things I’m looking forward to this year are serving in the kids’ program with Kevin (starting Sunday!!) and finally becoming official partners (members).

Here are a few quotes from my notebooks that I’d like to remember from 2014 (Kevin and I typically journal the sermons):

  • You cannot go too far away. You cannot reject Him enough. You can’t ever go so far that this command does not apply to you if you repent! The command is the same (v.39). And God will make his home with you. The mountains are but a faint stream of the beauty of God. You love your friends? They are but a GLIMMER of the love of God. You were made to dwell with God if you will but repent and receive forgiveness.  (full sermon)
  • (Psalm 23) You will never be without what God the Shepherd determines you need. God does not always lead us into places of comfort and beauty. We want to make the Psalms about our immediate comforts, but the Psalms are about how to endure suffering when nothing else makes sense. How do we know we can trust Him? Isaiah 53:7 He has already led one sheep into that valley, He was crushed that we might not be.  (full sermon)
  • Christianity is not just a new set of morals or a political club. You don’t need to figure out how to get your life in order before you come to Jesus. What it means to be a disciple of Jesus i s that your thirsty. You come to Jesus and drink. Instead, we buy into the devastating myth of self-sufficiency. We are dying of thirst! Our first reaction is to grit our teeth & be angry. But the only requirement is admit that you’re thirsty. (full sermon)

I wouldn’t say that these are things I’ve LEARNED but as Ann Voskamp would say, I’m preaching the gospel to myself.

28. Worst things Boyd has done this year? 

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Ate a LOT of socks & mittens whenever we had company. Chewed not one, not two, but THREE wallets. My two brothers and Kevin have matchy-matchy chew marks. He got half a $20 out of Kelly’s and 3/4 of $5 out of Kevin’s! He also ruined a credit card and ate diaper wipes.

29. Who visited you this year? Kevin’s parents, Kevin’s parents again with our niece & nephew, Josiah multiple times, Amy & Deidre, my mom & AJ, Kelly & Lisa and their three kids!!! We had so much fun with guests & family. And we still haven’t gotten a guest bed… oops!!!!!

30. Blogs I can stop reading:

And many more!

P.S. Survey was via Rage Against Minivan (except 28-30).

Happy New Year!!!!!! Answer one or two or three of the questions!! :)

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