Sunday, November 29, 2009

A thanksgiving with no cooking and no dishes

Holidays are a bit different for us since Ryan started working for the FAA. Working holidays will probably be a regular part of our lives until he retires.

We decided that until we have some kiddos, we would rather take time off from work in the warm months when the driving is better and we can actually do things with family besides stay inside to avoid the bitter cold.

So since we moved to Colorado, I've worked every single holiday. Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 4th, etc. It works out pretty well for me. We both get more money for working holidays and it allows us extra days off when we want them.

So this year, Ryan joined me at my work for Thanksgiving dinner. I eat free and it only cost $3 for his meal ticket. We had turkey, excellent stuffing, green beans and pumpkin pie. I did miss having potatoes and a roll, but overall it was a great Thanksgiving. Ryan got to watch football while I put in some hours at work. And the best part of the day - no cooking and no dishes!

Friday, November 27, 2009

I think we might have overpaid

Ryan and I have both on many occasions promised that we will never join the masses that purchase the 4th of July t-shirts at Old Navy. I'm not sure why this started. Perhaps it was the trendy thing to do in Provo and we wanted nothing to do with it.

This week we were down in Denver after a temple trip and we needed to pick up a few things from Craig's list. Ryan meant to bring a shirt to change into but that was one of the many things forgotten that day.

We decided to stop by a Walmart or Ross and just buy the cheapest t-shirt we could. I was hoping to spend less than $5.

We decided to pop into Old Navy...we haven't been inside this store in at least 8 or 9 years. After browsing the racks for a few minutes, we made our way back to the clearance racks.

And this is what I found...

for the amazing price of $.27!!!!!!!

(Even the DI is not that cheap)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Healthy Living

A few weeks ago Ryan and I decided to start living a more healthy lifestyle again. There was a time in our lives that we went to the gym 5 days a week and were careful about what we ate. This lasted about 9 months until I went to Europe and then we never got back into our routine after that break.

We started again last spring, but then working in the backyard consumed every waking moment of our lives. Now that it is bitter cold here and we can no longer work outside with any degree of comfort, we decided to focus on living a healthier lifestyle.

This is not just about losing weight or a diet. It's about our overall health. We are eating more fruits and vegetables. In fact, I came home from work to find Ryan eating some carrots as a snack. (if you pass out from shock, I understand).

And we've been sure to drink the needed amount of water as well. We have water bottles all over the house. I'm pretty sure the only room we don't have a water bottle in is the bathroom and that's only because we can drink from the tap if needed. (just kidding).

We've started treadmilling every day as well.

And the results have been amazing. From the first night we started treadmilling, both of us have slept amazingly well. I was having some problems sleeping and Ryan was waking up with a sore hip. But not now.

We both lost 5 pounds in first week. We've since leveled off but it's on a steady decline. And we both have more energy during the day and sleep better at night. And the best part is we wake up feeling rested.

And it's much easier to do it when we are working together. It's easier for me to go down to the cold basement to do treadmill when I'm home alone knowing that Ryan did treadmill earlier in the day.

So the experts are right...exercise and eating right are good for you.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Our Book Report

I've been reading Little Women at work. I never realized what a long book it is. It took me a bit to get into it, but I'm really into it now. It's taken me about 5 weeks reading for 30 minutes 3 days a week. I'm about 2/3 of the way through and thoroughly enjoying it.

I also had to break down and read Anne of the Windy Poplars since they didn't have it on CD. It was interesting to see what parts of the book made into the movie and how things got switched up. (Mom - you really need to read them). I also tried to listen to Treasure Island, but I couldn't get into it. It's still sitting in my desk drawer at work. Currently I have 3 books and 5 books on CD in my drawer at work waiting for me. Too bad lunch is only 30 minutes a day.

At home I've be reading a travel book about Chicago. I really want to go visit there. It's only 15 hours driving, 1 long day...but that trip will have to wait for a while.

Ryan's been reading these books in the Hunger Games series. He's really into them. He had the book on hold for 6 weeks before he got to check it out. Now he's miserable knowing he has to wait another year until the next one in the series even comes out.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Broncos, the Avs and Goodwill

On Saturday morning, Ryan's friend (and mine) Kenley flew in to visit with two of his friends. The guys really wanted to go on a tour of the Broncos Stadium so I tagged along as well for this. It was pretty cool to see our tax dollars at work. We got to go everywhere except the owners box and the Broncos locker room. We did get to see the visitors locker room, the expensive suites, the huge room that holds all the beer (and stinks like it too), and the press area. We got to go down to the field and take pictures, not on the grass but off to the side.

Afterwards the boys went to the Avalanche game. Ryan's not an Avalanche fan but he loves all sports and Kenley is a big Avalache fan. They tried to get Ryan to root for the Avalanche but Ryan said he'd root for the team that scored first. 3 minutes into the game Vancouver scored and so he rooted for them the rest of the game which ended up being a good choice because they won 8-4. Ryan said everyone had a fun time even though the Avalanche got crushed.

After I left the guys, I stopped by Goodwill to do a little thrift store shopping but it just isn't the same alone. I need my sisters to make it a good trip. I did pick up a cute Berenstain Bears book (the one about getting honey). I love the Berenstain Bears books. I'm getting quite the collection of them.

I tried on a few things, but I couldn't pay full price for a thrift store item when I knew next weekend everything would be 50% off. I avoid paying full price for anything even at a thrift store. Only weeks until my trip home. My sisters have already planned our thrift store shopping day. I can't wait!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Head of giraffe, legs of a zebra and body of horse Part 2

We went to the zoo on the last free day of the year which just happened to be veterans day. I went in to work early so we could fit a temple trip in before the zoo. The zoo was super crowded as is any free day, but the weather was perfect for the zoo. The sun was shining and it was in the 60's which is warm for November here.

We got to see our favorite animal (remember that post from January?). The animal that has the legs of a zebra, body of a horse and head of a giraffe. We can never remember what it is called, but this time we took pictures. Next time we'll try to remember what it is called.

We also got to see feeding time with the penguins. The caretaker also told us some interesting facts. He pointed out which ones were molting and the younger ones had different coloring than the older ones. They don't just randomly feed the penguins, they actually track how much each one eats. Some of them he had to coax them to eat the fish. Others just scarfed it down whole.

We saw 2 other families from our neighborhood there - gotta love free day! Although we were about the only people there without kids. Is it weird that we like going to the zoo and we don't have kids?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Crafting is good for the soul

I don't really have much to say about last week except that we experienced some disappointment in our efforts to have a family. I know the adoption journey is full of ups and downs, hopes and disappointments, and lots of waiting. Infertility treatment is a lot the same. Lots of waiting. We have spent much of the past 5 years of our lives focusing on infertility treatment and adoption. We still hope that one way or another we'll have a kiddo or two.

We consoled ourselves with fruit smoothies and ice cream every night and we did absolutely nothing all week.

By Friday night I felt the need to craft and craft I did. I spent the weekend in my crafting room making this fleece quilt. You can read the details here .

Crafting is good for my soul. It makes me forget about my troubles and it keeps me busy. Which is what I needed this week.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Wicked and some weather

We've been waiting for this week ever since my birthday when Ryan gave me tickets to Wicked for Wednesday night. I was listening to the soundtrack almost daily at work and I was getting really excited. I had a cute outfit picked out...we were going to dress up and go to dinner before the show. It was going to be a perfect date night for us. Then we got hit with a big snowstorm starting Wednesday morning and it was a big storm. So first, there went my cute outfit. I was not about to walk around in the snow and freezing weather in my cute black dress.

We left early to get down there in the snow so we could park and still go to dinner. The theatre is right downtown a couple blocks from the downtown mall area, the 16th Street Mall. We parked and walked a couple of blocks to Chili's for dinner. I was still recovering from good old H1N1 and was having a hard time breathing that night. Every time we passed a smoker I couldn't breath. And when we were waiting to cross the street I was breathing all that exhaust in and I thought I would cough up my lung right there. It was nice to get inside and breath normally again

I love the show Wicked. I have only seen 2 others shows, both in Salt Lake years ago. I saw Phantom of the Opera and Les Mis with my mom and sister. I liked Phantom from what I can remember and Les Mis was okay. But nothing compares to Wicked in my book.

When we saw it in LA, we were on the very front row off to the left. (We won the raffle for $25 front row tickets). We were so close that I could see everything. The sweat on the actors faces, the details of their costumes, the shoes, socks, hair and what was going on on the side of the stage. I was fascinated by being so close. Sometimes I got so caught up in looking at things, I forgot to pay attention to the plot.

This time we were in the balcony in the middle. They were actually not too bad of seats besides being scrunched in way too tight with little or no leg room. During intermission, we noticed a couple go down and sit in the empty box seats off the right side. We started plotting how we could get down there. Ryan went and asked and for the 2nd half, we sat in the box seats. I have to say, I'm not sure how much the box seats cost, but the view was not that great, but we had plenty of space. No little kid kicking the back of my chair now. But it was fun to sit there. I still love the show and I picked up on a few things I missed the first time around. Overall, I would say I liked the performance and actors in LA better. I was not to fond of the Denver Fiyero and Glinda. But it was still such an amazing show and I loved it more. Makes we want to go see it again in another city.