Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello world

Well, as always, it’s nice to drop a line to anyone who is still following. I have no CLUE where June went. The first two weeks were fairly uneventful and then BAM! Residential Camps that I work with over the summer at Iowa State kicked in. By the time I got home there was barely enough energy to function as a wife and fury mom to my Corgi let alone grab my computer to get a post in.

S.L.A.C.K.E.R……. I know.

Here’s what’s been going on in my life over the past month.

  1. Iowa RAIN… like every flipping day. Can we get a clear day, please.
  2. Our Garden is BEAUTIFUL and PLENTIFUL (Must show photos soon!)
  3. My chicks hate me. I suppose I never had chicks before that hatched through the actual mother hen. I’ve always done it through an incubator which rocked because then the chicks imprinted to me. NOT SO MUCH WITH MOMMA AROUND.
  4. July 4th is FRIDAY which means 4 day weekend and the BOONE SPEEDWAY Trailer Races! Best Hill Billy way to spend Independence Day EVER!
  5. This Sunday will test my love of teenagers and life itself. Myself & 5 co-workers are taking 60 students to Washington, DC for our annual Out Of State Adventure. Pray for my SANITY.

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This is not much of a post but I’ll be back more often! I PROMISE! Also, if I’ve neglected to comment of at your blogs, I apologies but I’m still reading!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

5 Things I did Before 7am

 

  1. 5:20am Went on a 1.5 mile run with Winston down our dirt road and back
  2. 5:50am Showered & picked out ONE outfit that I actually stuck with
  3. 6:15am Enjoyed a bowl of Cheerios
  4. 6:30am Made the bed
  5. 6:42am In my Jeep headed to work.

Today was the beginning of my new summer routine. It’s been entirely too hot out after work to get any motivation to run so I needed to take a different approach which involves cutting 30 minutes of sleep out of my usual routine.

This morning I was a little hesitant. I immediately threw my running gear on and got out the door before I could change my mind.

The air was nice and crisp, the roads quiet, and the sun has just begun to rise to the East.

Winston ran with me while taking short breaks to sprinkle his goodies on random grass along the road. We even spotted a doe crossing on the way back towards the house.

I’m hoping this can become a habit. It’s 1:07pm on my lunch break and I feel Fan-Freakin-Tastic! Minus - how slow the day is going being in the office all week.

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Do you exercise in the mornings or afternoons? What keeps you motivated?

Monday, June 2, 2014

iPhone or Bust

In December I took a hard look at some things in life I could start to cut out. Think of it as a Life Cleanse if you will. One of the items in my life that I felt was suffocating my mental focus, my wallet, and my ability to think was my iPhone. I justified having it as a way to “connect” to family and friends that I don’t have close by. Facebook was there to guide me with daily hourly updates, Instagram to feed my addiction to what I couldn’t see on Facebook, and Candy Crush to kill whatever time I had in waiting in a line or during a commercial break. In all reality I was losing any ability to connect with the real things going on around me in my life.

I realized it was a problem when my husband was begging me to “put the phone down”. Too many times we spent our evenings next to each other on the couch with me looking down at my phone to try and “feel” apart of everyone’s lives. Connecting without any REAL connections.

I decided after speaking to {G} that I would cancel my iPhone and order an old school … non-smart phone.

Enter the Basic Ace-ic

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I bought it on e-bay for $20 bucks and dropped my phone bill from $80.00 a month to $40.00.

Lets just say this lasted until June 1st. Yes… I BUSTED.

The idea was great… the reality not so much.

Instead of dis-connecting I ended up using my work iPhone to feed my bad habits instead. I’m not a usual text heavy person… really… I only sent and recieved 121 text last month. Not a texter but if I thought group messages were annoying prior on the iPhone… I was in for a major headache with this phone. It broke up all the group messages into separate messages. FML. Not only was that annoying but some picture messages would come through and others wouldn’t.

Taking photos became an issue. I would carry my work iphone and my basic because if anyone wanted to reach me I would need my regular phone… however if I wanted to capture a moment I was left with a camera from 2006 and would need the capabilities that the iphone had with me. Yikes.

I realized on Sunday that I could still cut back on this tech addiction without having to lose the tech benefits. Here’s what I learned in my 6 months of disconnecting from a smart phone.

  1. Unplug yourself. By putting my phone in another room I was able to connect to those around me. At first it will feel like you’ve lost a limb but over time you will be happy that you are connecting to the people around you instead of those on social media that don’t need you the most.
  2. Get rid of the Apps that trigger your addiction patterns. Good Bye Candy Crush. Seriously, I could’ve read 10 books that feed my sole instead of the endless amount of time and frustration I spent trying to get to the next level that WILL NEVER END.
  3. Look Up. Why are we wasting time reading about what others are doing? We should be embracing life and add to the quality of what we want out of it.
  4. Technology can make life easier at times. Checking voicemail has never been such a damn task. *86…. ring ring ring… please enter your pass code… final a message. Thank you smart phones for making this a lot less hectic. Sounds ridiculous but going back to those steps was a pain. Even after 6 months I would forget.. is it *86 or *68 or *48. FAIL.

After two days back on my iphone I felt a weight lift off. It’s silly to say that but sometimes I think it is too hard to go back in time. Have you heard Miranda Lambert’s newest single, “Automatic”? She is speaking to this exact topic. Wasn’t life so much simpler when everything wasn’t so automatic.

Yes, Miranda it was.. until I bought that iPhone.