Archive for January, 2010

Health Care Horror

Alex and I like most Americans have had our companies offer us new health care plans this year, and like most new health care plans out there theyr’e worse than the ones we had currently. We’re all now paying more for less, which is infuriating.

I’ve had a taxing past two days on the phone with my doctor’s office, pharmacies, and my new insurance company. YAY. If you were to ask me what happened with those phone calls I don’t think I could tell you, it’s now a blur of back and forth and back and forth and back again. I’m tired and done with what I need to do. I could possibly find better prices and more convenience elsewhere but I’m incapable of BS anymore and the thought of picking up the phone one more time and pressing ‘1’ to speak to the pharmacist makes me want to vom.

The bottom line, I’m now paying $100 more for three months of a prescription than I was three months ago. amazing.

January 28, 2010 at 6:51 pm 4 comments


One day I will bake this cake. Just throwing that out there…if only I owned some fancy piping bags and tips. I’ll think of something. hoot.

January 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm 8 comments

Fitness-Week 1 wrap up

If you refer back to this post from last week you can view my suggested day by day plan. I’m happy to report back that I followed that to a T and am on track this week to do the same, had a very challenging pool work out this morning with lots of sprint work and kick board drills.

My body feels surprisingly great, last Monday’s boot camp gave a whole new meaning to the word “sore.” But the soreness has gone away and I’m ready to do it all over again :-)

January 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

Moroccan Patterns

I could spend all day in this mosque examining and enjoying the insanity of these patterns. Sheesh I can’t even imagine the blinding amount of time that took. But thanks to whomever with the patience of a god.

January 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm 3 comments

Getting My Fitness On

Last week I was contacted via Facebook by a good friend from High School that I used to swim with. He informed me that his cousin runs Camp Gladiator here in Austin and that I should come out and give them a shot. For those of you not in the know Camp Gladiator is a boot camp (something huge here in Austin) where a group of people gather in a parking lot, park, soccer fields, etc before or after work and do a wide range of running drills, ab work, jump rope, weight training, basically any form of conditioning that will kick yo ass into shape. Oh, and did I mention that Ally (owner of Camp Gladiator) won American Gladiator in 2008…no?

I went last night with a group of co-workers and friends to my first camp at a close by grouping of sports fields. I definitely used muscles that I hadn’t used since high school and came home with freezing hands and sore muscles. A hot bath and a couple of Tylenol seemed to do the trick as I wasn’t completely immobile this morning.

I’m pairing these boot camp work outs with my swimming of course. Schedule goes as follows:

Monday: swim 5:30 am (2.5ish miles) boot camp at 6:10 pm
Tuesday: long walk with hubs and Saci and AMERICAN IDOL BABY :-)
Wednesday: same as Monday
Thursday: work out at office gym on lunch break for 45 min.
Friday: swim 5:30 am (2.5ish miles)
Saturday: Jazzercise with mom at 9:30 am
Sunday: work out at Cedar Park rec center for 1 hr.

The above has definitely been the most I’ve worked out since high school. Don’t know how long it will last or why I’m on this sudden kick…but it feels good!

January 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm 2 comments

This Condo Sings Sweet Nothings to me

Upon scouring one of my favorite blogs the above image provided me with shear comfort, pleasantries, and WANT of everything in the space. An artist in Chicago lives here and MUST call me first when he decides to have a fire sale. The colors, textures, and composition of everything in his home sends chills through my designer bones. Help me.

Go here to see the entire house tour. be careful.

January 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm 2 comments


We searched new and obscure places last night to find my ugly doll key chain. It was really important to me :-) ha. And we found it after Alex suggested a spot that at first I deemed silly…Saci’s kennel. Yes, my dog is a thief, she deemed the plush key chain so similar to her other toys that it must be hers.

Because our dog is perfect and amazing there was no damage whatsoever, she just needed something to sleep with at night. So cute. Mystery solved.

January 7, 2010 at 7:13 pm 3 comments

Lost…and Found?

I HATE when I lose stuff. Mostly because it happens so infrequently because of my super duper organization skills…so that when it does happen I can’t imagine how. Just the other night I was given something that was so sweet and cute and something I’ve been wanting for a long time. I accepted the gift, got in the car, drove home, and GONE. It’s nowhere to be seen…I’ve torn the house apart (Alex too) and we’ve come up empty handed.

The same thing recently happened with one of our really nice garment bags that we spent quite a good deal of cash on. It was the best garment bag ever too…and it’s M.I.A. What gives yo? I always put everything back where it belongs, everything has a spot…….ARGHHH!

So guess what I’ll be doing when I get home AGAIN…yup, searching high and low for said item. I bought another one similar to it online (it’s one of those things you can never have enough of), I’m hoping that since I threw in the towel and bought a new one, that it will show up as soon as that package arrives.

…You know your life isn’t THAT bad when your biggest issue is that you can’t find an Ugly Doll key chain. Yup, I live a pretty stress free life over here :-)

January 5, 2010 at 5:40 pm 3 comments

See ya 2009

2009 was good to us…Alex and me that is. Of course the market could have been better and we could have won the lottery and the skies could have rained puppies…but none of that happened. We did however, enjoy our first home for its first year, keep and work at our jobs, and I beat Alex in checkers 4 times. We played a grand total of 7 games…but who’s counting.

So thank you 2009 you weren’t amazing but you didn’t totally suck either. Thanks for keeping me motivated as I returned to competitive swimming for the first time in seven years. Waking up at 5am three times a week and swimming at least two miles wasn’t the easiest but I did it and I way proud of myself for it. It was my New Year’s resolution last year PSBTW. And since I pride myself on a two things; (1) my amazing immune system and (2) being able to keep New Year’s resolutions…I’m going to throw 2010’s resolution out there. I came up with it about 28 minutes ago…I’m going to cook at least one recipe out of each and every one of my cookbooks. I buy them or receive them and RARELY cook out of them. I’m not much of a recipe girl…I like to stray from them (a trait I KNOW I get from my mother) or I have a dish in mind that I know I want to cook and I’ll just hit up I have yet to count all of the cookbooks I own…but there really aren’t that many. If I had to guess I’d say…10. So yes, this is a very doable resolution…but last year’s was freakin’ hard and I’m still going at it.

The crackle of premature fireworks just sounded in the background and the dog just freaked out. We’re off to get ready for a fancy New Year’s party at a friend’s house. So ciao for now…be safe tonight peeps and see ya in 2010!

January 1, 2010 at 3:49 am 3 comments


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