Wednesday, June 22, 2011

MIA or just M???

So, it's been a while.  A lot has been going on.  That's a lie.  I've just neglected to blog lately.  To make up for it though, here is a rundown of what has been going on in my life.

Last week was crazy.  It all started on Tuesday night with something called a "downburst" or a "microburst".  I don't really know what it was called, but it was not fun.  I lost power at the house around 7:30 and just hung out in the dark for the rest of the night.  I've never lost power for an extended period of time so I thought I would be ok.  I could just play on my phone for a while and then it would be back on and all would be good.  Well, all was not good.  I didn't charged my phone at work that day and had run the battery down while listening to music at work (I was around 30% battery at this point).  So me being the smart person I am, I decided I would charge my phone on my laptop.  Well, I quickly realized my laptop wasn't fully charged either.  That battery was also around 30%.  So, I charged my phone as much as I could and hoped it would last throughout the night.  It got up to about 40%.  That didn't last long though because people were trying to check on me and all that stuff.  I set the alarm on my phone and went to bed.

The next morning, I still didn't have power and my phone was at about 8% battery.  I couldn't make it to work.  I took a shower by flashlight and packed my blow dyer and flatiron and went to work.  Yes, I had to fix my hair and put my make-up on at work.  Needless to say, it was not my best hair day.  I made it through the work day though.  I decided I would go to the gym before coming home.  Kandi was an awesome sister and came by the house to check on Boomer and the rest of the house.  Still no power.  On my way home from the gym, I realized just how bad the storm the night before was.  I saw Channel 4 news on the way home.  While laying in the hammock for a while (it felt better outside than it did inside), I saw Channel 5's helicopter circling my neighborhood.  They were all trying to get footage of the storm damage.  They were as close as they were going to get to the downed power poles on 12th & Robinson.  I then decided that since the neighbors were working in their yard, maybe I should work in mine.  So, I swept the driveway and raked up the leaves in the front yard.

I knew it was going to be hot on Thursday, so I took Boomer to Mom's the spend the night Wednesday night.  I think he enjoyed that.  So, I get up Wednesday and get ready for work in the dark again.  I had washed my hair the night before so I didn't think about it.  Well, I have this little swirly thing going on in the back of my head and sometimes the hair likes to stick out.  Sam was not too nice when he saw me Thursday morning.  He made it known that I was definitely NOT having a good hair day.  Oh well, what can you do?  Another uneventful day at work and what do I come home to?  Still no power.  There were only 700 people in Norman left without power and I was one of them.  But having dinner with the Kiker's and Mom made the night that much better.  Power was finally restored 46 hours later and all is now ok.

So, what did I learn from this?  Always be prepared with a charged phone.  Either that or get a charger for the car.  And be ready for any type of storm.  That stuff was scary.  I was ready to get in the closet.  I also learned that I have some of the BEST friends and family anyone could ask for.  I don't know how many offered a bed or an air mattress or a spot on the floor so I wouldn't have to stay at home.  I appreciated all of it!!!  You guys are AWESOME!!!!!

Good news though...I had a job interview at work for a position in HR.  I'm hoping it went OK.  I have a second meeting with them in the morning so hopefully they will make a decision soon.  Positive thoughts!!!

So, now you know why I've been missing lately.  Or you probably didn't even notice...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A little friendly competition...

Starting on Monday (June 13th) I am going to be in a “competition” with Paul and Sam on who can lose the most weight in the next 6 weeks.  I use the term “competition” loosely because we there isn’t anything at stake at the end of this.  Only the fact that whoever wins will have bragging rights over the other two.  We are being fair though and having Tammy weigh us so no one can cheat.  Not that any of us would, but you never know.  It is going to be fun and interesting at the same time.   

I actually started my weight loss around Thanksgiving so I have been working on it a lot longer than the other two.  I’ve been running more and working out at the gym the last few weeks, which has been nice because I’m not getting bored doing the same thing everyday.  My current goal is to be down at least 20 pounds (I’m currently at 18.2) by June 25th, which is the weekend of the Newman Reunion.  That’s only 1.8 pounds in the next two weeks.  If I keep up with my workouts I will meet that goal, no problem.  I’ll let you know if when I get there.  My next goal will be 10-15 more pounds.  Then I will be happy.  It’s going to be a long road and there might be some detours, but I am going to stick with it and say healthy this time.  I don’t need to join Weight Watchers for a 4th time!!

So, for the next few weeks I am going to try and be on my best behavior when it comes to food and working out.  This isn’t going to be as hard as it sounds because I know what I need to be doing, I just don’t always make the right decisions.

I’ll keep you updated on the “competition” and let you know how I’m doing compared to the boys.  Things might get interesting around here…