From the oldest to the youngest.

If there is one thing that could bring me out of my unintentional blogging hiatus, it is the birthday of my very dear friend Beth WA! There is no better friend in the world than this lovely lady.  She is a shining example of a person who has a true appreciation and understanding of what it means to be a good friend.  She is quick to offer reassurance, support, or whatever other just-right think you need to hear, right when you need to hear it. She has been the glue that has held together our amazing group of friends for over twenty years.  She is, without a doubt, the most caring and selfless person I know.  She is funny, and smart, and she has excellent taste in Otterboxes. I couldn’t ask for a better person to share friendship, life, and a blog to which I rarely contribute.  And she doesn’t even judge me.  I love you Beth WA!

Love,

Beth FS

Emergency blog post about something delicious…

Oh, Beth FS, how I love thee… Once again you have steered me in a food direction that is nothing short of heavenly.
Here is the equation. (note: the recipe she told me about called for fig jam but I only had strawberry)

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Plus

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Plus

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Plus butter, equals

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It ain’t pretty but it was the best birthday lunch ever. (Except the birthday lunch in Huntington Beach, CA, when my best friend Tracy and I drank our lunch, road our bikes home and she rode into a parked van.)

Seriously….this combination was heavenly….

And now I am 37.

Today is the day I turn 37.  I am the last of my friends from high school, in my grade, to turn 37.  I can no longer bask in being “younger” than them.  I recently spent the weekend with them celebrating my best friend Tracy’s birthday with a girls’ weekend.  It was a blast.  These ladies are my loves.  We’ve been in love more for over 20 years.  Here are a few pictures of what we were doing…

A little dancing…

taking lots of pictures…

More dancing…

lots of EATING!

more picture taking…

and LOTS and LOTS of girl talk.

It’s kind of a joke that Beth FS and I have similar taste in a lot of things.  We often buy the same things separately, and then realize it happened later.  For instance, we both have the same Otter Box – the pink and gray one – on our white iPhones.  This is a small example, but it seems to happen often.  So, it was kind of funny when we both got ready to go out on Saturday night.

This is what happened…

Chevron Sisters

Anyway, spending the weekend with these girls is very uplifting, and always thought provoking.  I always find myself examining my life after hearing about all of theirs.  You see, my friends are no slouches.  They are beautiful, successful, fun, great moms, loving wives, and just all around awesome people.  For me, this is good and bad depending on the state of my mind when entering it.  Sometimes, instead of just enjoying the moments, I find myself comparing my life to theirs.  Usually, with the way I treat myself, I am finding all of the ways I am inadequate.  You see, I have this voice in my head that is so mean to myself.  I’ve talked about it briefly before in regards to exercise, but not with everything else.

And then, I log onto facebook, and Weight Watchers has posted this:

And so, I got to thinking about these comparisons I make.  I need to just look at my own life, and be grateful.  I am truly blessed.  I have a home that I love, a husband that I adore, and a job that I am meant to do, even if it will never make me rich in money, it makes me rich in spirit.  And plus, I get summers off.  Bonus.

So, for my 38th year, I am going to be nicer to myself.  I am going to treat myself to exercise, I am going to feed myself food that fuels me, and not drains me. I am going to stay in our budget.  I am going to try all of my new recipes! I am going to give it my all at work.   I am going to be nice to me.  I am going to accept myself like I accept all of my friends, family, and loved ones.  I am going to give myself a break.  I am going to hang out more with the people I love, and travel more.  I am going to work on living in the moment.

I read this thing the other day that says if you worry, you are living in the past, and if you are anxious, you are living in the future, so be happy and live in the present.  Those kind of quotes are hokey, but it really struck a chord with me.

So, here is to a new phase…the be kind and grateful phase.

I hope you are all having a lovely Friday! It won’t be long now until I am counting down to Fridays for the weekend.  But, for now, I am enjoying my summer.  One day at a time.

xoxox, Beth WA

PS  Recently I made a brief outline about what I would blog about each day of the week.  I am loosely sticking to it.  For example, today I was supposed to write about the actual exercise I did this week.  And, I didn’t do a damn thing.  I was sick Monday-Wednesday, but let’s be honest, I probably wouldn’t have worked out anyway.  HA HA.  But, since I am nice to myself now, I ain’t gonna hate on myself about it. Right???

sites i’ve seen…

Well, my plan for Mondays was to do a meal plan, and since I don’t have one this week, as I am going out of town on Thursday, and I ordered pizza tonight, I didn’t do a blog about it.

For Tuesdays, I gather up my favorite links of the week.

First, I found this combination interesting – peanuts and coke – and even more interesting, I can’t believe I hadn’t heard about it before.  I am not sure I could eat this as much as love sweet and salty.  I just can’t picture the flavor and texture of this.  Although, I said the same thing about beer margaritas, and that didn’t stop me from downing them like they were going out of style!

This was just a post on buzzfeed that I found hilarious.  I am new to buzzfeed, and am in the honeymoon phase.

Perez Hilton posted this awesomely hilarious video about that song by Gotye.  Seriously, when it first came out I thought it was an inside joke that everybody but me understood.  But, now, I love singing along to it.  Especially since my mom accidentally made it her “ring BACK” tone instead of her ringer, so I hear it often.

I’ve always loved Katie Holmes, since the days of Dawson’s Creek, so I liked this particular post. (Buzzfeed, again.)

I try not to just be a hater of scientology, but truthfully, it scares me.  And so does Tom Cruise.  This article fed my fears.  Probably because it was CNN instead of Perez, or PopSugar where I get most of my “news.”  (No offense to either, of course)

And lastly, a feel good video.  Taco Bell rules.

 

Happy Tuesday.

love, beth WA

Exercise: Combination Friday/Saturday Post

I have a weird relationship with exercise.  I love it.  I hate it.  You see, I love the way I feel after exercise, and in fact, I love most forms of exercise.  But, there is this damn voice inside my head that I have to fight each day to exercise.  Sometimes the fight lasts hours, sometimes minutes.  And sometimes, the voice wins, and I don’t exercise at all.

It seems like the more days I exercise in a row, the easier the fight with the voice is.  However, if I skip just ONE day, it’s like starting from scratch.  I don’t know why that is.

This is why I am so happy to have found this “water walking” with one of my bff’s.  I love going, and don’t think about not going.  And it has given me the motivation and energy to exercise on the off days.  If you’ve ever read the book, The Spark, by the founder of sparkpeople.com, he talks about doing only 10 minutes of exercise or physical activity but doing it EVERY single day.  He says that using the success from that small victory helps build momentum for bigger victories.  And that when you commit to those ten minutes, often you end up doing more.  The book is actually excellent and based on a bunch of brain research.

But, anyway-

here is what i did for exercise this week:

Tuesday:  Walk 60 minutes in water

Wednesday: Walk 60 minutes outside

Thursday: Walk 90 minutes in water

Friday: not a darn thing

Saturday: Walk 60 or so minutes in water (it started thundering so it ended early)

My plan for this week:

Sunday: Either Walk or do one of my Exercise Videos, start push up challenge APP on iPad.

Monday: Either Walk or do one of my Exercise Videos, start push up challenge APP on iPad.

Tuesday:  Water Walking

Wednesday: Either Walk or do one of my Exercise Videos, start push up challenge APP on iPad.

Thursday: Water Walking

Friday: I will be at a hotel, and maybe if I feel like it I will walk on their treadmill or in their pool.

Saturday: I will be walking around with friends on my girls’ weekend!

 

Thursday’s Post

The days of summer are so relaxing, but they go by so quickly.  On Thursday I was planning on writing about the new recipe I tried this week.  It wasn’t all that healthy, but it was delicious.  I knew this because, normally, my husband does not speak during dinner.  Any attempts at conversation by me are greeted with, “I’m eating.”  So, when I made this recipe – Taco Pasta – and he stopped mid dinner more than once to tell me how good it was, I knew I had “done good.”

Also, the only picture I took was before I added the pasta, the cream cheese, and the sour cream.  My presentation was quite beautiful with a bit of sharp cheddar and cilantro.  Shoot.  I need a lot of work as far as living life as a “blogger.”  HA HA.

Here is the only photo evidence:

Taco Pasta before Pasta was added.

 

I hope everybody had a great Thursday!

Beth WA

Pretend this is Wednesday.

I can’t believe Wednesday is over already.  I am going to do a WIAW, or What I Ate Wednesday in pictures:

Blueberry Oat Pancakes with Kodiak Mix, Chia Seeds, and White Chocolate Chips

 

I didn’t eat all 4, but I made too much batter, so I froze 2 of them.

 

A HUMONGOUS greek salad from a sandwch place where
I was picking up my husband’s lunch as he was working from home.

I had to cut up some of the toppings because they were too big.

 

At some point I had 2 peppermint patties and a popsicle. Not all together – but throughout the day.

 

Homemade pizza with pre-bought frozen crust. My favorite. MMMM….

I had strawberries, blueberries and cool whip as a snack before bed, but I didn’t photograph it.  Oops.

 

And, that is what I ate on Wednesday.

I am off to eat breakfast before I head to swim-walking, AKA chatting with my friend!

-Beth WA