Anniversaries, Nesting, and Other Life Happenings

What a week. For some reason, I thought I would be able to get all kinds of schoolwork done this week. That hasn’t happened.

After my family left on Sunday, Jon and I decided to go out for our 2 year anniversary! (After he told me he was going to go watch football with Billy and I was like, “Um, it’s our TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY! You should WANT to spend this evening with your WIFE!”) Since we were still at my parent’s house, he decided to head home to bring all our gifts and I figured it’d be easier to just shower there. When I finally went to leave, my car wouldn’t start! So Jon had to drive all the way back there to jump my car and then he had to go buy a new battery for it so he could replace that before we could even go anywhere! I’m definitely thankful to be married so I have a husband to do those things for me, but what a pain.

We finally made it home, where I decided to try and look somewhat decent. Except I still wore leggings and one of my only maternity shirts that I own, but I put on real boots instead of my “slipper” boots, so at least I tried. And I wore my hair down. Then our two year anniversary looked like this:

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We went to the Sundial Cafe at the top of the Westin. I love going there and we were planning on appetizers and “drinks.” Except none of the appetizers looked good. Now, normally we go to the Melting Pot for our anniversaries since it’s a fun experience and the food is good, but this year, we just didn’t want to spend over $100 for a meal. I decided that since we weren’t going to eat at the Sundial, we should go somewhere new! So we literally spent 25 minutes looking at Yelp/Scoutmob, trying to figure out where to eat, and all I wanted was Willy’s (like, the cheap burrito place similar to Moe’s). I have no idea why I wanted Willy’s since I haven’t been in years and have no idea what they even have to eat, but that was what I wanted. Except it was closed. So we ended up just going to Sushi Nami which is one of our regular date spots (although not lately, since we haven’t been going on dates much these days) and spending like, $70 on dinner anyway, plus our tab from the Sundial, so we should have just had the Melting Pot.

Monday was an errand running day. But I did get to wear another one of my new workout shirts that actually covers my whole belly!

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I also LOVE these shirts! I got it at Marshall’s for $10 and they’re originally $45-$55! It’s 90 Degrees by Reflex. They had a ton there! I wanted to buy some XS so I could still wear them after the baby, but I have enough workout clothes in my regular size, so I refrained. Also, I was wearing a new medium sports bra and I need to buy another one! These girls just don’t want to fit in a small anymore (I usually wear XS but I already sized up once) and the medium felt so nice! My cleavage wasn’t up to my neck and my boobs weren’t squished into my armpits! So I might have to invest in just one more bra that actually fits!

My workout Monday was kind of rough. I did a few minutes on the elliptical and then did some walking lunges with 10# in each hand and some squats while holding the weights. But my back just started really killing me. I was in so much pain walking over to foam roll my back out cause my lower back was spasming! Awful. And it is so frustrating to feel good other than that (my workouts feel much better than a few weeks ago!) but not be able to do anything because of the back pain!

Anyway, the rest of Monday was spent running errands and working on school stuff.

Tuesday I had an OB appointment. I’m so glad that when I told my OB that she was all booked up through the rest of my pregnancy that she told me to fit an appointment in whenever I could! So I get to see her next time and again at my 40 week appointment, which I am super happy about. I definitely want to see her for that last one in case we need to talk about induction, since I’ve been seeing her for years now. Jackson was the same and we still did nothing at the appointment.

I also went to have lunch with Crista on Tuesday. Her grandpa is really sick and probably nearing the end of his life, so we’ve been talking about that a lot lately. I’m glad to have some medical knowledge (especially about heart failure) to share and I’m also glad that we’ve had some more time together lately (she’s on grand jury duty so on her jury duty days, she’s out by 1:30).

For some reason, I decided on Tuesday that Jon and I had to start organizing for the baby. Maybe because our nursery looked like this:

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Just to be clear, the room doesn’t normally look like that. We moved the bed to my parent’s house last week and then brought all the baby stuff home so it ended up looking like a tornado hit. We went to Babies R’ Us and exchanged some gifts and bought a ton of other stuff that hadn’t been purchased for us yet! We dropped all that off and then went to Lowe’s to get some shelving for the closet. I couldn’t even organize any of the stuff in the bedroom because we literally had nowhere to put it! By the time we got the shelf put together, it was 10pm and I just had to get stuff organized!

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I got the closet done at least! I couldn’t decide what to do about clothes since our hand-me-downs have almost filled up our dresser, so I decided to leave the new clothes hanging and hand-me-downs can stay in the dresser.

I was obviously exhausted Wednesday at work since I stayed up working so hard on Jackson’s closet! So no gym Wednesday! Jon and I lazed around a bit and then finally, I decided we needed to try and clean up the rest of the house. We got the crib put together and attempted to clean, but the whole house is just such a disaster right now that it’s overwhelming! We just keep bringing more stuff home or taking more clothes out of the dryer and I just don’t want to clean!

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So, at least we got some of the stuff in the baby’s room cleaned up. We have to take a bookshelf apart in there and get rid of the books and take some nightstands to my mom and dad’s, but overall, it’s not too bad! The rest of our house resembles the first picture of Jackson’s room though. Seriously. It’s that bad. Except for our kitchen, which I have managed to keep clean for the most part. But the rest will take a long time to clean up.

Last night I was in bed by 9. #oldpregnantlady

Today I worked from 7-11 in the ER, but at 11 when I was about to leave, a 3 year old crashed and all the other nurses went to work on that kid while I covered 11 other patients. I didn’t leave till noon and Jon asked me to get his dry cleaning for him to go out of town. I did that, watched him pack for about 20 minutes, and then he left. I was super excited about napping on the couch for some reason, so I curled up as soon as he left and got to snoozing. I got 20 minutes of sleep before Jon called and asked me to see if his backpack and suitcase were in the parking lot of our condo. And they were. I offered to take them down to the airport since I knew he’d miss his flight if he came all the way back home and that would look pretty bad since he’s accompanying a doctor to an educational conference on his product… So instead of sleeping or the gym, I spent an hour in the car dropping off his luggage and dying to pee, but I’m in pajamas and my shirt literally only covers 1/2 my belly so I couldn’t even stop anywhere to go. I mean, who even leaves their suitcases in the parking lot anyway?!?! Only him. But I’m just grateful that he works so hard to make enough money that I can just work my 8 days a month (although I do work more usually) and will be able to stay home (unpaid) with our baby for a little while. So I was glad to drive it all the way to the airport.

Also, while driving there, I watched probably 20-30 planes take off in just that few minutes. It’s just ridiculous how many planes leave Atlanta.

So now I’m home from that fun adventure. I just finished my lunch since I was seriously starving while I was headed to the airport and now I can either work on school stuff, clean the house, or work out. And I will probably choose cleaning and just go to the gym tomorrow. Honestly, my workouts in general just suck so much now that I feel like there isn’t much benefit in going, other than to keep me in the habit of going for as long as possible so it’s easier to get into when Jackson is born. So I might as well get my other stuff done since cleaning up this house isn’t going to be easy and I can only do so much at once before my back starts killing me and I have to take a really long break. This back pain is insane and it is making me really excited to deliver Jackson so it can just stop hurting!

Time to go be productive. Sorry this was so long and boring. Apparently I had a lot to say today.

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(Almost) Two Year Wedding Anniversary

Mine and Jon’s 2 year anniversary is coming up! It’s this Sunday, the 24th. If you care to read about our one year anniversary or our entire (very long) love story, I’ll post a link below.

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Christmas in Iraq, 2008. Also, that cot behind Jon is where we had our first kiss *fireworks* Haha.

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The last post of our love story (the other links are in this one)

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Savannah trip with my parents in late 2009.

I was laying in bed this morning with Tom, excited for Jon to come home tonight! And then I remembered he won’t be home tonight and I probably won’t see him tomorrow night either since I’ll be at my parent’s house. And then I just so totally in love with him randomly and remembered that our two year anniversary is coming up this weekend!

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Fall 2010.

There are definitely days where Jon drives me crazy. Just last weekend I was convinced that I married the wrong person and that there is no way our marriage is ever going to last because we can’t communicate! And really, I think that periodically anyway, especially since being pregnant. I’m a real treat to be married to ūüôā But you know what? No marriage is perfect. I knew when we got married that there would be times where one of us is just completely over our marriage and wants to be done with it. We have an entire life together. It’s naive to think that we’re both going to be happy for the entire marriage.

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Valentine’s Weekend, 2011.

But really, I love him. I’ve known he was “the one” since we first started dating in Iraq in 2008. Even through our break ups, with the longest being over a year, I still never stopped feeling that about him even when I didn’t have any kind of “romantic feelings” for him at all. I just always had a feeling that part of my life was missing, and that part of my life was him.

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Back together again! Braves game in 2013.

Jon really is a man who knows how to love unconditionally. Even when I’m telling him that our marriage will never work, he always reassures me that he didn’t marry me to leave me. He always still shows me the same love. He has always been honest with me and I’ve never had to question him. He takes care of me and loves providing and being the “man of the house.” (Even though I run the house.) He is always supportive of me and my decisions, even when they involve taking a gigantic pay cut just so I could try and get other experience in nursing, in a job that I’m not even planning on staying at.

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The night we got engaged, December 23, 2013.

I’m so grateful to have met him, and especially grateful that we were in Iraq when we met, cause I don’t think our personalities would have ever meshed had we met outside of our deployment! I was far too crazy and too much of a mess before our deployment! When we’re walking along the road and he moves me away from the road or he rubs my back and feet when they hurt, it just reminds me why I love him so much.

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Cabin trip around our wedding, May 2014. (We got courthouse married in January 2014, which is what we actually celebrate as our anniversary.)

Jon really is my rock. I feel like together, we can accomplish anything (well, except for me becoming a world traveling nurse, cause he likes his wife to be at home with him- what’s that all about?!). He really is my other half and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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One of my favorite wedding photos that my brother took of us. That’s my mom in the left side of the photo! I also absolutely loved the photos my brother got of our wedding, even though he wasn’t our photographer. May 24, 2014.

I hope we manage to love each other for the rest of our lives and grow old and saggy together. Although I’m nervous about the changes coming up in our marriage with the addition of a new baby, I also can’t wait for one of Jon’s biggest dreams in life to come true this year: being a father.

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Christmas 2015.

 

 

Pregnant Life, Tea Parties, & Crafting

Hey everybody! I rarely have Monday and Tuesday off, so it’s been a nice change! I typically like to work Tuesday/Thursdays, so it’s rare that I have two days off during the week. I’m working tomorrow though and it’s at my PCU/tele job (I normally have to do tele on weekdays which honestly, I kind of despise). I’m definitely on the countdown for the number of days left at that job! In case you were wondering, I have 6 days left.

Yesterday morning I had picked up from 7-11 in the ER. Thankfully I did cause we were slammed over on the children’s side! I walked into kids in the waiting room and that almost never happens at 7am! I left around 11:30 and headed over to Andrew’s to let his dog out again.

I came home and took another really solid nap for about an hour. My energy levels are apparently remaining super low. Once I finally got up, I threw some clothes on and headed over to Gina’s for some baby shower crafts!

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Gina and I crafted for a bit and then Kassie showed up a little later. We finished up quite a bit of stuff and I headed home to hang out with Jon for the evening. I was feeling pretty miserable with a headache, back pain, too many movements in my belly, and just feeling overall blah. I’m totally understanding now why people get tired of being pregnant. We did watch The Bachelor and talk about how dumb the girls on the show are… It amazes me that there are actually girls out there like that. I’m so glad none of my friends act like that.

This morning I got out of bed at 10am and that’s probably the earliest I’ve been up on my own in awhile. I could have kept on sleeping without a doubt, but knew I needed to get my day started.

I headed over to LA Fitness first thing where I started with no motivation. I was cold this morning and feeling frustrated with not being able to move around like a normal person (even wiping after I pee has become 10x more difficult) and not fitting into any clothes. But I figured I needed to get in some gym time, solely because I don’t want to get out of the habit of working out, even if my gym time is completely unproductive. After 7 minutes on the elliptical, four sets of back squats, and two sets of Russian deadlifts, my back was killing me. I had a little party with the foam roller on my lower back and called it a day. (Also, I read everywhere that you should never get massaged to the point of pain while pregnant, but I just have to ignore that. That foam roller hurts insanely bad on my lower back but I felt about 100x better after I stood up from rolling it out. It reminded me of when I used to get my braces tightened and I would literally chew on wooden clothespins because the pressure just hurt so good!) Also, two people told me I was pregnant today. One lady was like, “I had to look real close to be sure, but you’re pregnant!” and that was all she said about it. Yup. I don’t think this 33 week huge belly is confusing though.

I stopped by Whole Foods after where I felt completely turned off by every single food item I saw. If I could sum up my pregnancy right now, it would look like this:

Things I want to eat: Oranges, pineapple, plain corn tortilla chips, and pepcid tablets. (Fun fact: I don’t even like chips normally.)

Things I want to do: Sleep and get back massages.

Favorite workout: None.

So, tomorrow at work, I’m probably going to be really hungry. All I bought was four pizzas on sale for Jon, a few green beans from the hot bar, and a bean and cheese burrito in hopes of wanting to eat that tomorrow because I still don’t want anything to do with eating meat. I already have pineapple and oranges at home so I’m set with my fruit selection for tomorrow.

I came home, hopped in the shower, and then went to meet up with Crista. Unfortunately, she got some bad news about her grandpa just before we got there, so it wasn’t as upbeat of a day as I was hoping for, but I was totally fine with it. I’m more than happy to spend time with my friends in whatever way and am glad I could be there for her! We went to Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party, which was pretty good! Afterwards we went into a bridal store and looked at wedding dresses for Crista since she’s getting married this October! Definitely good to see her since I feel like we rarely get to hang out anymore and it always seems so rushed when we do! I miss the days of sleepovers and spending all weekend together! How cute is this tea set up?

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I just got home a few minutes ago and am about to start working on some grad school stuff. I think I’m in denial that I’m back in school cause I’ve barely spent any time at all on schoolwork. I just don’t want to! I want to do school stuff about as much as I want to clean my house, and if you all could see my house, you would see just how much I don’t want to do schoolwork, hah.

I need to hire a maid. And somebody to write papers for me.

 

 

 

So much for a money making weekend! Saturday I went into work and it was pretty slow. I think I had 3-4 patients so I kept joking with my supervisor that she should just let me go home. And then she said I could go! I left around 1pm and called Jon to give him a heads up that I was leaving work and that we could spend the day together! Woohoo! Except, I think I was grumpy and Jon was grumpy and we both got home and argued with each other over nothing. And then I was so irritated that we argued when I actually got to leave work early on a weekend that I was just frustrated with that and stayed angry! So it was a disastrous afternoon off, which ended with me running errands and then both of us went to Babies R’ Us and to let Andrew’s dog out. I was seriously exhausted last night, so we were in bed by 10.

Today I went back to work and was scheduled to float for 12 hours. That rarely ever happens! I don’t work with adults much anymore, so they typically don’t schedule me to float. At 7am, my supervisor was asking me if I wanted to go home! I told her I’d stay and somebody else could go, and then she was all, “Just go drink some tea and come find me later.” So I wandered around and chatted everybody up and then at 8:15, I walked past her again and she was like, “Just go home!” Woohoo again! I know I need the money (like, for reals), but how can I not go home on a weekend when Jon and I have so few left together before the baby is born?!

I went home, showered, and then Jon and I went to have breakfast with my mom and dad at J. Christopher’s. It was a lot of fun seeing them this morning actually. I always enjoy spending time with them and really am super grateful to have healthy parents who are going to get to spend so much time with their grandson! Jon and I headed back to their house so Jon could help my dad load up a TV to take to Goodwill and I crashed on the couch. 5am wake-ups are just way too much for me. I do okay if I’m at work, but I totally just crash as soon as I walk out.

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I had Jon get in a picture with me today since we have so few of us together while I’m pregnant! I think this might be our second one total where you can actually see my belly! I should also try and make my hair not look like such a mess right before we take photos.

After that, Jon and I decided to check out Buy Buy Baby cause we’ve never been. I was in cloth diaper heaven, even though they still have a limited selection. Once we left there, we cancelled Jon’s golf membership and came home. I’m not even kidding when I say that as soon as we got home, I took off my shoes and crashed. I think that was the best sleep I’ve had in weeks! I set my alarm so I could sleep for 45 minutes and I seriously felt like I had been asleep forever.

I still wanted to take advantage of some sunlight, so Jon and I decided to finally check out PDK, or DeKalb Peachtree Airport (I have no idea why it’s PDK but isn’t actually named in that order). We live so close to it and see planes land and take off all the time but somehow get distracted whenever we plan on going. Unfortunately, it was super cold when we got there and I think less planes are coming and going on Sunday evenings. Still awesome to check out and one plane did leave and two came in! Definitely need to go back and it’s fun cause they actually have a little playground area! I told Jon I was going to take Jackson and he made fun of me! I just think airplanes are cool! Even if I do hate flying in them!

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We had to go let Andrew’s dog out again (he lives a good 25 minutes away so it’s not like a next-door type of thing) and now we’re home! Jon’s finishing up a game on TV so I assume we’ll do some relaxing together. I picked up a 4 hour shift in the ER tomorrow morning since I decided to miss out on 17 hours of work this weekend and then I’m going to be working on some baby shower stuff with Gina, Kassie, and Laura tomorrow afternoon!

I also figured out my AppleID password and used an app to make a comparison photo of my pregnancy so far!

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9 weeks and 33 weeks. 

Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Village, & Virginia City

Hey-o from Lake Tahoe! Friday was a busy day preparing to leave! I had to work in the morning, went to CrossFit at noon, picked up some books at the library (which I have yet to even open one), and started getting ready for Lake Tahoe. I don’t remember what else happened, but something must have because I was up until 11:30 packing and it’s not even like it took me that long!

Saturday morning was a 4:15 wake up to finish packing and get ready before heading to the airport! For those of you that don’t know this, I am terrified of flying. I absolutely hate taking off and I prefer to take Ambien to make it through a flight, but Jon isn’t that comfortable with me taking it while I’m pregnant. Instead, I just had to suffer through two take offs in one day (also, since we live in Atlanta, I almost never have layovers and we seriously almost didn’t go to Tahoe because I was so terrified of having to take off twice in the same day). I cried almost as soon as we got on the plane and then while taking off the first time, but the rest of the flight was totally smooth and I managed to calm down (thankfully, since it was 4 hours!). Our second flight was totally fine but I was still nervous since flying over the mountains usually means a bumpier flight. It was all good though!

After we landed in Reno, we had to take a bus to Heavenly Village. The bus was late arriving and it was miserably hot. Like, everybody on the bus was stripping and the driver was in his jacket and hat. And I had to pee because I’m pregnant and always have to pee. I was getting so irritated after such a long and stressful travel morning (for me) and then I had to sweat my ass off on a bus when it was like, 30 degrees outside?! I don’t think I have ever been so happy to get off a bus in my entire life. (That’s actually not true. I once rode on a bus for almost three hours in the military and literally almost peed on myself because I had to go so bad.)

We checked in to our hotel, The Grand Residence Marriott, which is super duper nice. For some reason, when I read what the price was for the week, I felt like it was so cheap and such a deal. Then when Jon actually told me what it cost per night, I was like, “Oh, well no wonder this place is so nice.” I don’t understand how I never did the math in my head before we got here.

Jon was dying to watch a football game when we got here and I was exhausted, so I crashed while he watched football. Then we went out and walked around and had dinner at a sushi place (The Naked Fish). The sushi was so-so. I’m reminded every time we travel how good food in Atlanta is, so nothing ever really compares to our regular restaurants. They do make their own soy sauce there which was phenomenal though. For the price of the sushi though, meh. I could have passed. Jon thought his was good though.

After that, we came back to the room and Jon crashed at 7pm and I made it till 8 watching Forensic Files. And we slept all night long (although we woke up a ton) till Sunday morning!

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Yesterday we had a date morning at The Ridge Tahoe Resort. You basically get $100 for going to talk to them about buying a timeshare there. The grounds were beautiful and we were almost sold on buying a timeshare, but with a baby coming, we decided the timing was off. We did end up buying a 4 night, 5 day trip back sometime within the next year though, so I think we’ll be heading out next September to come back to Tahoe. It also freezes our offer on the timeshare, so we’re going to look into it some more and think about it. Also, when we had back next year, we plan on hitting up Yosemite since it’s only 2 1/2 hours from South Lake Tahoe and the weather will be much nicer!

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The view from The Ridge Tahoe.

That basically ate up our morning. Once we got back down to Heavenly Village, we went to get some groceries and then walked over a mile to get coffee. Then we decided not to get coffee there since it ended up being in a smokey casino and we went to Starbuck’s and sat outside. It was another early night in, which I’m kind of loving. Jon had pizza and I ate a ton of cream cheese and crackers (Way Better crackers- OMG- I have to find them in Atlanta), salad, and yogurt. We watched Forensic Files together again (I love having Forensic Files marathons while I’m vacationing! Jon’s not a big fan) and I passed out at 8pm.

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Fountain and gondolas at Heavenly Village.

Today we woke up at 7am and I hit the gym for 20 minutes. Literally. It was sort of pathetic. But at the same time, my stomach has been cramping up so much lately on the lower right side, so the elliptical made me cramp up and then I did a super quick but intense arm workout. I wanted to get back to the room to shower and get ready though and I just barely made my timeline!

Jon and I headed out to rent a car for the day. We wanted to drive around Lake Tahoe since we heard it was so awesome. It was really pretty but so much is closed at this time of the year! Honestly though, I was totally unmotivated to do any hiking or cool sightseeing today anyway. Jackson has been sitting on my bladder all day long, causing me to have to pee nonstop and it’s just so ridiculously uncomfortable to have all of that weight so low in my pelvis. I also tend to have a ton of discomfort right in my stomach area for some reason, and today was no exception and probably worse than usual. I was actually kind of grumpy for a lot of the day because of all these pregnancy related complaints. My bad.

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The view near Heavenly Village of Lake Tahoe. Frozen beach!

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The above two photos are Emerald Bay.

We did have a fantastic breakfast sandwich and breakfast burrito at The Dam Cafe in Tahoe City. That thing was loaded with crispy bacon and I loved it.

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After our lake viewing was done, we headed to Carson City for my Dutch Bros coffee! I got a large decaf kicker and was in absolute heaven. Dutch Bros is like, the number one thing I miss about living in Portland! I’m hoping we can get it again while we’re here but without our own car, it makes things difficult! Coffee in hand, we headed to Virginia City.

Virginia City was cute, but again, a ton of stuff was closed. We walked around a bit and Jon had some drinks at Bucket of Blood Saloon. The saloon was cute, but not much happening. Also, I came in and went right to the restroom, and when I sat down next to Jon at the bar, the bartender never asked if I wanted anything. I felt like it was pretty poor service since there was only one table of people in the entire place and then Jon and me at the bar.

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We left Virginia City after that and went to Safeway to see if they had Tillamook Fireside Smores ice cream, but they didn’t! SAD FACE! That is the best freaking ice cream in this entire world, but I haven’t ever seen it outside of Oregon and Washington! I check pretty much every time I see a Safeway though!

Jon and I came back to the room and I just talked him in to taking the car back without me. We had talked about going out and exploring some more, but instead we rented Fifty Shades of Grey and I think we’re going to settle in and watch that and have another early night in bed. We have dinner to eat in the room again so no need to even head out of the hotel for anything! We’re trying to stay in Georgia time to make this coming Friday easier!

 

Cats, Coffee, Crepes, & CrossFit

OMG so much to say, guys! I’m kidding. Except it has been a really busy week. Oddly enough, I took this week off to finish up my assignments for the semester and I have literally done no work¬†at all¬†related to school so far. But today I¬†have¬†to finish my paper because tomorrow, I have far too much to get done before we head out for vacation!

Anyway, so I can’t recap all my days in detail because that’d be too long and really, nobody cares, I’m sure. This post is brought to you by Tom and me.

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Sometimes you just want to eat a piece of cheese without your cat trying to be all up in your business, but I’m just so happy that this big orange blob is healthy again that I just let him run my entire house and sit anywhere he wants.

In other news, yesterday Jon got had a light day of work so I asked him if we could finally go to Julianna’s Crepes. I have been wanting to go there for so ridiculously long but just never end up going. It’s not really in a convenient part of town for us. But I saw it on a link I had saved and it reminded me how much I wanted to go, so we made it.

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It was so freaking delicious! They have a handful of sweet crepes and a handful of savory crepes. Their Nutella and strawberry crepe was better than a lot of the ones I had in Europe. Their savory one was also really awesome too, so I am seriously excited about going back and trying more of their crepes. They brew Batdorf & Bronson coffee so it really put me in the mood for a latte, but they don’t make lattes there.

Afterwards, I got Jon to stop at Dancing Goats for a Batdorf & Bronson vanilla latte.

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I’m definitely loving Batdorf & Bronson coffee lately. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many places that brew it around here (and make actual coffee drinks- some places make regular pots of coffee with their beans). The coffee is just so smooth though. It reminds me so much of Dutch Bros because Dutch Bros is some of the smoothest coffee I’ve ever had. Even Dutch Bros 911 (which is 6 shots of espresso) is super smooth and not bitter at all.

Speaking of Dutch Bros, there’s one in Carson City, Nevada! And it’s like, a mile off the main road we’re taking to Lake Tahoe! I am SO FREAKING EXCITED! I am definitely going to get some Dutch Bros! I seriously crave it all the time and can never get it, obviously, since it’s a Western US thing. I told Jon I want to open some franchises in Atlanta because Atlantans love their coffee too, but he told me no. #dreamcrusher

Monday night, Jon and I also had a date night together. We went to an older movie theater and saw Spotlight. We were one of three couples in the whole theater! And it was such an old theater and I just loved it. I want to make it our new date spot because it’s close and it was so cute! The movie was pretty good but the end was kind of disappointing. Gina said she saw the movie too and wasn’t a huge fan of it, but it has good reviews.

Tuesday night, Laura and I went and got Buford Hwy foot massages. Buford Hwy is the big international road the runs through the northern end of Atlanta, so anything “Buford Hwy…” usually indicates some sort of foreign experiences. The massages were not really anything special. The people did literally the exact same thing to our feet and I feel like if you’re going to give a massage, you need to make it specific to each person. What my feet need may not be what Laura’s feet need. There was also hardly any pressure and I left wanting Jon to give me a foot massage! But the atmosphere was nice and I decided I need to play spa music at my house more often to help de-stress. I haven’t done it yet though.

Thankfully, Jon did massage my feet when I got home from my foot massage that I actually paid for because he’s the best and he loves me. And then the next day Kassie told me that pregnant women need to be careful with foot massages because it can induce labor. So I googled it and there is so much stuff on google about inducing labor with foot massages! WTF! And the exact spots they showed were the exact spots where I have been sore and that Jon has really been focusing on. (My feet have reached a whole new level of being sore recently.) Good thing he hasn’t put me into labor yet!

Last night, we had our book club meeting at my house. Apparently there is a lot of drama in book club since I joined, since myself and one of the other girls don’t work normal hours. Before they would plan around her, but now there are two people to plan around. It has been so petty. And then at the last minute, one other girl cancelled. So it was Gina, Kassie, Rachel, and me. And we ate pizza and talked and I showed them all the baby clothes that Jon’s parents bought for us. It was just nice to hang to with friends, as always. I do love friend time!

I also made these Paleo pumpkin muffins that are delicious. If you leave out all the spices she mentions and just add cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg, that’s what I did. Except I added a ton of cinnamon. And cooked them for way longer than that says, but they are super good. (I ate all the golden pieces off the tops while they were halfway through cooking. So that’s why every muffin is missing part of the top.)

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Other than that, I managed to stay active this week. Clearly my sugar intake hasn’t decreased, but whatever. I did a 30-40 minute workout at LA Fitness on Tuesday. It was after I made my first French press coffee ever and definitely brewed it far too strong, but it was delicious and I drank all of it. So I killed the elliptical cause my energy was insane and then I felt totally out of it and weird from the caffeine. So the rest of my workout wasn’t that awesome. I went to CrossFit yesterday at my usual ClassPass gym and had to modify the entire thing since I’m trying to be careful not to further separate my abs. And then today I went to a CrossFit gym that I had gone to awhile ago on ClassPass (they didn’t have classes posted for a long time, so I haven’t been in a few months) and the owner was there, who I hadn’t met. But he was fun to talk to and I really liked the atmosphere and energy there today. I’m going back tomorrow, too. I plan on Saturday being an off day, and then our hotel has a gym in Tahoe so I’m taking gym clothes to hopefully work out every day that I’m there.

I also happened to work 4 hours this morning (I was called in) and I’ve already been called in from 7-11a tomorrow. So this afternoon will be my homework day and tomorrow will be my get-shit-done day before our trip.

Eating Unhealthy

Lately, I’ve been totally failing on the eating front. Well, that may be a bit dramatic. I still eat quite a bit of healthy foods, but now I just tend to eat a lot of unhealthy foods too. But I have always been healthy and have always had quite a bit of self control when it comes to eating. Aside from my nightly handful of Enjoy Life chocolate chunks (which I had just recently started eating), I didn’t buy sweets at all. I didn’t bring bread into my house. I stopped eating yogurt because it just is really not friendly to my digestive tract. You know, things like that… Just being in tune with how my body reacted to foods and keeping those things out of the house.

Lately? Well, it’s been quite the eating shit show over here. I used to be able to easily pass up the peppermint bark pretzels and chocolate and peanut butter drizzled popcorn, but now? Those sneaky treats just keep on making their way into my shopping cart, and then I eat them all. Sometimes in one sitting, sometimes in multiple. (Just a side note here: Those peppermint bark pretzels are seriously amazing. I mean, they may be up there as my number one favorite store bought dessert. I can’t even put into words how freaking delicious they are.) I also used to be able to look at the box of Dunkin’ Donuts on the break room table at work and pass them by, but those days are long gone. A donut and three donut holes? Sure. Why not?!

The sad thing about this is that my body is getting accustomed to this type of eating again. I will never forget visiting my sister in Wisconsin a few years back. I had been eating strict Paleo for a solid five months, and I’d say that I ate Paleo 99.9% of the time. I was even eating Paleo at Mexican restaurants, and all I ever want is chips, cheese dip, and a bean burrito. But I¬†stuck to my diet. And I was totally fine with it. I mean, I ate Paleo baked goods occasionally, but I had no problems with eating that way. It became easy. But when I went to visit my sister, we made some muffins and they were so freaking good. I ate three of them. (I could easily kill three muffins now like it’s no big deal.)

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I actually just came across this picture of those exact muffins! They were pumpkin cream cheese muffins. No wonder they were so good!

After my muffin gorge, I went to bed. I woke up  in the middle of the night and was miserable. I was sweating, my heart was racing, I was nauseous, and I felt insanely uncomfortable. It was like there was a rock sitting in my stomach and I had literally never felt that before.

(Another random site note: I was a vegetarian for 13 years and expected to feel that way when I started eating meat again because I thought my body wouldn’t be used to it. Oddly enough, I have never had that reaction to any meat product. The fact that it was so severe to bread after just five months of not eating it was crazy to me.)

I’ll really never forget that experience. Clearly, my body doesn’t tolerate bread. I just never knew it because I had never gone without it before I started eating Paleo. If you read about a lot of food intolerances, you won’t even realize you have them because your body is in a constant state of inflammation. Until you cut the foods out, you won’t notice your body react to them. And I had a major unexpected reaction.

Lately, I notice when I binge eat sugary stuff at home and then sit down and relax, my heart is definitely beating faster than usual. It’s that same response that I had to bread, but it’s not nearly as severe because my body is already constantly inflamed from eating these foods on a daily basis. It just gets worse when I eat a bunch at once.

I have no idea why it suddenly became so hard for me to go back to Paleo. It wasn’t a hard transition the first time around. Then again, I was living on my own, not pregnant, living at a CrossFit gym pretty much, and my best friend who I spent all of my time with was eating Paleo too. I know how much better I feel when I cut out certain foods, but it has been so hard to get back on track. And I know it isn’t time. I was working close to 60 hours a week back then and I was working on my bachelor’s degree online, plus going out all the time. Yet I still managed to shred my own sweet potatoes to make hash every week and cook literally every single thing that I ate.

Anyway, so I have no idea what the point of this was. Maybe that I need to somehow find a way to motivate myself to eat healthier. You would think growing a baby would be enough motivation to make sure he’s growing healthy in there (especially since the effects of glyphosates on babies in utero seem like to they could cause some serious health issues- although I think further research needs to be done and I’m sure Monsanto would have a field day trying to hide those studies). Perhaps I’ll just blog about this more frequently until eating healthy becomes more of a habit again as a way to kind of hold myself responsible. We’ll see.

Fun fact: I also maintained my heaviest weight while eating Paleo. I was 105lbs, but also lifting heavy. I easily grew and maintained muscle though and never used protein powders. So I know I was properly fueling my body for muscle gain.

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I just scrolled through my mobile uploads and found a picture from that time! So much muscle! Man, I miss those days! Also, I forgot how much fun I had back during that single year (2012- when Jon and I were broken up. I also had some harder times, but overall, it was quite the fun year!) And now I’m having a baby and life will NEVER BE THE SAME! Waaahhhh!

Anyway, time to go relax for a few more minutes before heading off to LA Fitness for a quick and easy workout (I’m doing CrossFit for the next 3 days, so nothing crazy today).