Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Likes and Dislikes

Some random likes and dislikes of mine.....

1.  Flavored salts.  Have you tried these?  They are great!  I keep a bunch on my table in a cute wooden carrier.

2.  My job.  I am completing five years there and really like what I am doing.  I'm so thankful I can go work at a place I enjoy.

3.  Volleyball.  Specifically when my daughter makes her first choice team for the club volleyball season.

4.  Brussels Sprouts.  This is my new favorite vegetable.  I like to cut the ends off and remove any bad outer leaves.  Then cut in half length wise, spray with olive oil and sprinkle with Kosher salt then bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes until brown.  Hmm hmm good.

5.  The political season has ended!  Enough said.

6.  Words with Friends. 

7.  My son receiving his acceptance letter to the college of his choice.  And by the way, the only one he applied to.

1.  Volleyball tryouts.  The whole process is nerve wracking and stressful.  So many girls vying for so few spots.
2.  Anything with Christmas before Thanksgiving.  I'm sick of seeing Christmas trees, ornaments and hearing Christmas music before Thanksgiving.  Let's celebrate one holiday before the other shows up.

3.  House cleaning.  And my house reflects this dislike, unfortunately.

4.  Scooping the backyard (we have dogs).  Sorry about that one.  Just did it since it is not currently raining

5.  The political season. 

Hopefully these were not the typical answers you were expecting.  So what are some things you like, or dislike, that not too many others would know about you?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

College Search

A few weeks ago I took my son to preview a college.  Having a senior in high school has a whole new set of issues to worry about, plan, many things to keep track of.  A few months ago he wasn't sure what he wanted to do after graduation.  Junior year is a very tough year, academically.  Coming into his senior year he was getting pretty tired of school. 

Who really knows what they want to do with their life at 17?  Not many kids do.  So he went from taking a year off next year to looking at a trade to now the engineering field.  He was looking at one university out of state until I talked with a coworker, who mentioned another university to consider.  As we looked into that school more, my son realized he wanted to pursue that school. 

We decided to take a day off and head over to check it out.  I loved it!  But better yet, my son loved it!  He already applied and we are waiting for the acceptance.   The more we looked at the school and talked about it, the more it was feeling right.  We had many friends tell us they know people who went there and how much they got out of their education and a successful career. 

I'm still a bit shocked that I have a kid who will be old enough to graduate from high school.  It doesn't seem possible.  But I look at him and am so proud of him.  My baby boy really is becoming such a fine man. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Workouts - This is Pathetic


I've made a discovery.  Maybe it's more of a revelation.  It is not significant and doesn't change the world but does make a difference to me.  I don't know why I didn't figure this out a long time ago. 

What have you discovered, you ask?  I don't like to work out to videos (or DVDs).   Earth shattering, I know.  I have quite a few DVDs and kept avoiding them at all costs.  Silly I know.  There is no reason for it. 

To make this discovery even more pathetic....I also figured out that even though I know how to use the weight machines I seem to not be able to come up with my own workout plan.  I tend to do the same few exercises over and over.  I finally figured out that my successful workouts are ones that are mapped out for me.  I used to follow a blog that almost every day had a workout routine.  Unfortunately, that blog is no longer active. 

I need your help.  Do you follow a blog that provides a new workout routine most days?  I don't have Facebook so I need a blog.  I also don't have a smartphone so an app won't work for me either.  I like cardio (I am not a big runner, and when I do it's almost always on the treadmill) and I like weights.  Any ideas you can shoot my way would be greatly appreciated.