(It would probably horrify you if you knew how long I had been working on this post, until I finally sat down and said GET IT DONE, SARA to myself...)
It's been a long hot mess of a while since I've updated about my life on this little page o' mine. I really do always think about blogging and keeping a fun little record of my life, but then life happens, and then time just soars away. So yeah, here's me, currently...
Well, today - naked nails. I'm painting them tonight, though! Lately, I've been taking it easy on the crazy nails with the new job and all, but I have started easing myself back into nail art. I've started going for some more bold colors (cobalt blue, neon). So far no one has said anything about my nails at all - good or bad - so I guess I'm free to do whatever! Well, except for one of the professors - she complimented my naked nails yesterday, saying how pretty, healthy, and nice they look! It's funny - they are naked right now because my cuticles are just awful!
More Netflix than anything else, haha! I finally have Derek roped into watching Parks & Rec, which I love! I watched on my own up to season four, but then Derek wanted to watch, so I started over with him. It's been killing me to not pick up where I was, but I'm enjoying watching the other seasons again!
I am also one episode away from finishing SKINS (UK version - duh). I used to watch this show way back when, and I loved it! But then BBC America stopped showing it, so I never finished watching the series. While I was unemployed, I started the series over, and I loved it just as much as the first time!
Also, So You Think You Can Dance started again on June 1! I still absolutely adore this show! I'm intrigued to see how the changes they made to the format this year will change the show. So far, I like that more "street" dancers are getting featured and moving forward - those are my favorite styles of dance!
I also now record @midnight daily, because I love that show, but it makes me laugh so much that I get too much energy to go to bed, ha! So I like to record it and watch it later. Such a funny show!
My sister-in-law got me hooked on a couple of "new adult" (not young adult, but not quite "grown up" either) series - damn her! haha! I only say that because I was so hooked that I couldn't put the books down, so ended up staying up until 3am and 4am on work nights. OOPS. I am finally all caught up on both series, so I can sleep again ;) (yeah right - I still don't sleep)
BUT! The most exciting thing I'm about to read... I was sent a free copy of The Beer Wench's book to review for American Craft Beer! I cannot wait to read it! I'm so freakin' excited! It's called The Beer Wench's Guide to Beer: An Unpretentious Guide - I want to be just like Ashley when I grow up, so I can't wait to actually get to read her book! Now I just have to figure out how to do a book review... ha!
This is one thing I do not like about my new job - it is SO quiet in the office! And apparently we can't listen to music as a group or anything, even though my deductions tell me that the three of our tastes are not too far off from each other. I can listen to my ear buds, but then I miss things going on in the office, plus I feel like "that person" who doesn't want to be a part of the group or something. It makes me crazy at least once a day, though usually more frequently than that. Sometimes I do just say "eff it" and plop in my ear buds...
My current favorite songs are "Electric Love" by BØRNS, "Shut Up & Dance" by Walk The Moon, "Ex's & Oh's" by Elle King, "Tear In My Heart" by Twenty One Pilots, and "My Type" by Saint Motel. A nice alternative variety, if I do say so myself!
My new favorite thing is overnight oats! Even Derek likes them! They are easy to make, delicious, really filling, have a ton of protein, and are just overall really healthful. I'm in love! My favorite so far is: 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup vanilla cashew milk, 1 tablespood vanilla protein powder, and diced peaches. I put them in the fridge overnight and then microwave them for a bit in the morning - then, voila! Yummy and healthy breakfast!
I've also been trying to make my lunches ahead of time - food prep Sundays! Plus we are trying to eat at home more, so I've been making a lot of dinner and a lot of messes in the kitchen - haha!
ALL THE FEELS! Mostly overwhelmed a lot of the time. I have so many job duties and roles, that I am basically learning some new thing that I am responsible for. I am busy all of the time, too. I like my staff, but they can sometimes get frustrating for a few reasons. This new "positive leaf" I'm trying to turn over has served me pretty well, but I don't have the time right now to really work towards creating a more positive office environment and working out the negativity from my group. That frustrates me, too. I am also stressed a lot because it just takes me so long to figure out some of the budget and accounting things that I do. Thank goodness that Derek is only a few clicks on the keyboard away from me and incredibly knowledgeable about the University policies and their accounting system.
I have also been feeling frustrated and stressed about my healthful lifestyle goals/changes. That scale thing I blogged about a few weeks back really bugged me. Since I got the new scale and actually used it, I've lost 5 pounds! No, that isn't much at all, but considering 1.2lbs of those came in a week that I drank more than I want to and was on vacation! So I guess I'm seeing progress, I just had hoped it would be more by this point. Oh well - one day at a time!
Tri-cations! Last weekend, I went to Blue Springs, Missouri, for a triathlon (Luke got 2nd!). This weekend Derek and I are going to Mankato, Minnesota, for another triathlon, and stopping at a few breweries on the way there and back! Then we are also going to most likely go to Luke's triathlon in Chicago on August 29! I cannot wait for that! I wish it wasn't at the beginning of the school year, because I would love to stay there for a few days. Alas, I've been told my position is pretty busy around the start of the school year. Nuts!
|Luke's photo finish in Blue Springs, MO!|
We also just decided that Derek and I will be going to Colorado for a week-long beercation in October! It has been since May 2014 since we have been to Colorado, and my heart and soul miss her deeply! So exciting!
On a different note, I'm planning to chop my hair off again tomorrow! I hate this "in between" length it is at right now, plus my last cut is not growing out the cutest. I also did want it shorter back when I cut it in January, but she was too nervous since I had such long hair. So I think I am going for it this time! Don't worry - I haven't told many people, though, just in case I change my mind ;)
|This morning. Gross. Haha! (cute face, I know)|
Lots of thing, I suppose. Mostly being employed again! haha! Plus paid vacation and sick leave, which I earn more of now than when I was at the University before. Hooray!
Holographic nail polish. Cannot get enough of it!
Teal and aqua. Probably my favorite colors, but I am slowly surrounding my office area with teal and aqua accessories, and I just adore it!
My job. Yeah, it's not easy, nor is it really in my "wheelhouse" so to speak, but I am really enjoying it so far!
Gose. Or Gueze, if you're fancy. That's my newest beer obsession! Don't worry, I'm still on the tequila barrels, but I am also loving the gose style, even though it is not really prevalent in the US right now. The ones I have found have all been delightful! Now, of course, I'm on the hunt for more :D
Water. That's about all I drink anymore. In two days, I will have been Coca-Cola-free for TWO WHOLE MONTHS! This is no small feat, people! I do drink beer occasionally still (duh), and a cup of coffee in the morning, but that's about it. I do definitely feel better sans soda pop, but sometimes my crazy headaches miss the soothing effect of Coke!
I hate to be that person, but I think about work a lot. I've been dreaming about it (anxiety dreams, of course) a lot since I started, which sucks, but it is better than being in my dark rut that I was in during unemployment.
I am also thinking about my nails a lot. This is probably weird. They are growing so fast lately. And I'm so tired of filing them so much, haha! I may just let them grow out a bit more (as I sit here barely being able to type..). My cuticles are also a disaster. I am worried that I am just one of those people who cannot have beautiful and healthy cuticles. Because whenever I try to baby them, they just seem to get worse, and then take forever to heal.
Lots of things! Mostly that I had my own office at work again. I am way too easily distracted by what my staff is doing and by what is happening in the hallway outside of our office. I also just generally hate my desk space - it's so awkward! plus I have a standing desk thing that doesn't really work all that well, and just makes me sit far away from my desk with my keyboard at a weird angle.
|slowly in the process of decluttering & organizing this crazy desk!|
I am also (stupidly, and always) wishing that my extra and unhealthy weight would just disappear, and I could start fresh. I promise I would keep myself healthy this time! I really want to just start running (still), but I feel like I should be in a little better shape before I just dive in - I don't want to hurt myself.
I wish I wasn't so busy these past two weeks in the evenings. My time lately just flies by, whether I am at home or at work, so when I even have one activity or errand in the evening, it feels like I don't have any time to do things that I want to do, like go on the treadmill, read more, get caught up on my full DVR, cook, blog more, write - you name it!
Okay, so it's obviously been forever, so I could go on (in all of these little categories), but I need to get back to it. I took a late lunch that was interrupted because I'm sitting at my desk, but it's time to get back to work! We have a 5:01 club this afternoon, so I can't wait for that!
Hopefully I'll get here again sooner rather than later! If not, I might be on Twitter, and at least lurking around on Instagram and Untappd!