2014 year in review

January

Honestly I don’t remember anything from the first month of the year, except I had a horrible run at 3M.  It was Shiner all over again.  I could not breathe for anything.  I finished and was SO glad to be done.  And I spent some time with ODB which was SO nice.

February

February was crazy.  More than 1 ice storm.  Bought a house by myself, on my birthday. Ran Austin for the first time ever and I felt fine, but my time was disappointing.  My godson turned 1.  I had an admirer hot on my tail and I was not thrilled about that.  Went to see ODB.

March

Another crazy ice storm.  ODB came to my house for the first time and I LOVED every second of it.  He helped me do so many things!  SXSW, I went to see Jimmy Kimmel, met Adam Carolla, and went to Rachel Ray’s party.  Less time and less music but still a fun year. Big work trip.

April

Another work trip, got to see ODB.  San Francisco for LUNA.  Fried my iphone and had to get another.

May

To be honest, I don’t remember anything except missing the Drive By Truckers concert.

June-July

The most  days I think I’ve ever had with ODB in one month!  Vacations, 2 trips here to see me, one there to see him.  Our first vacation together and we didn’t kill each other (and it was amazing).  Saw my college roomie.  Big work function.  Took some added duties at work.

August

Other than Dessert Dash, drawing a blank with August.  I do know it was HOT.

September

Sister’s bday.  It’s the beginning of the year at work, I don’t remember much.  Ran relay and I did pretty horrible.

October

Several work trips.  Several ODB trips. Several really good runs.

November

Another work trip.  BIG speedbump for ODB and I.  Made it through and I love him even more after all of it.  Several ODB trips.

December

LOTS of ODB (not enough).  LOTS of work.  Christmas with family.  Time with my BFF and godson.  An extended drive down 290 (smirk).   And I closed the door on someone who no longer deserves to be part of my life.

In 2015 I look forward to the story that will be written.  It is my hope that my love for ODB continues to grow, I get to see my godson more, and I spend less time worrying about work and more time enjoying life.  CHEERS!

Fun Facts Friday

This edition is very random to say the least.

  • My kitties don’t seem to mind the puppy friend in our house (roomie’s dog)
  • My roomie has the same bedspread as me.
  • I was in Waco all week, it’s growing on me, but I wouldn’t want to live there
  • I had a good time getting to know new people on my trip
  • I missed ODB terribly.  I miss him every day.  I haven’t seen him in over a month and it makes me very sad.  We are both just so busy, we’ve not been able to make our schedules mesh
  • I got a promotion 🙂
  • I got hit on A LOT this week.
  • I told ODB everything that happened this week.  He was not amused by my admirers.
  • Apparently I don’t speak guy talk or think like a man.  He’s teaching me how to do this better.
  • I finally had a swim that made me feel like a REAL swimmer!  Unfortunately my breathing on and off land still sucks pretty bad
  • ODB had a rough week.  This pains me 😦
  • I need to find a Halloween costume.  We always do a Halloween party for our LUNA end of year celebration.
  • I’m bummed that I couldn’t go to SA to see Adam Carolla tonight.  I REALLY wanted to go.  I’ve met him but have never seen him live.
  • I have a lot of work to do at home this weekend.  That also includes getting caught up on sleep and work.

Ay Ay Ay!

The last week has been a blur.

Friday-helped mom finish sister’s birthday shopping.  Cooked parents dinner at sister’s house.  Made her GF magic bar cupcakes.

Saturday-relay race.  I got severely dehydrated and ran pretty dang slow.  Then stupid me didn’t drink up until 2 pm.  Went out for sister’s birthday.

Sunday-my shoulders were so sore I couldn’t move, guessing it was from my dehydration.  I went to the gym but couldn’t do much of anything.

Monday-Wednesday-blur.  Work was super busy.  I tried to run Tuesday but only had time for 2 miles, which was brutal.  Started getting in a funk this morning and I can see it lasting for the next week.  I keep fighting it, but can’t shake it.  My heart is hurting pretty badly right now.  I know how to make it better, but I don’t see that happening.  That hurts even more. I want to magically fix everything and to live happily (most of the time) ever after.  I want my fairy tale damn it!

Never heard back from Dr. L, which makes me sad.  I have no idea what to do now.  I can’t wait 2 more months to see him and keep buying stuff that may not be helping me.  May be trying my mom’s Dr. in SA soon.

I am probably not renewing my domain in a few weeks, so it may be back to https://melissadishes.wordpress.com.  Will keep you posted.

Finally Friday

Thank goodness it’s Friday.  Like seriously.

Monday-worked late on special project.  Why? Because my coworker sucks and the biggies know it, but for some reason they still have this person in one of my former roles.  I know I set the bar high, but come on.

Started feeling bad about 2.  Fought nausea the whole way home.  Got a little sick.  Went to bed super early to try to make it go away.  No such luck.  REALLY sick at 9 pm.

Tuesday-felt like death.  Had a low fever.  My whole body was sore.  I suspect food poisoning.  I only think I made it to work in one piece because ODB was on the phone with me.  I only went for a big presentation.  I got sent home at 8 and my presentation postponed.  Luckily ODB stayed on the phone with me on way home. I was only able to eat cereal and corn cakes (like rice cake).   i don’t usually eat either, so I had to go grab them quickly.   Everything else seriously made me gag.  I slept almost all day.

Wednesday:  Woke up feeling SO much better.  Not 100%.  I still wasn’t able to eat much but it was improvement.  Tried soup at lunch, and I could only find something rich at HEB which was NOT good.   Worked super late. That night I threw away ALL food from my office and my fridge.  I have NO idea what caused it.

Thursday: Even better, still not 100%.  Swam at lunch, my first workout of week.  Ate normal food.  Even had a date with sister to eat and watch Sons of Anarchy.  Not sure I convinced her with that first episode this season!

Friday:  Friday is the WORST day of the week at work.  We really have to work for our weekends, lol.  My appetite caught up with me from earlier in the week!  Attempted cardio at lunch, could feel I wasn’t 100%, but maybe 80%.  Worked with my girls at packet pickup for a race all afternoon and evening.

Hope to wake up Saturday or Sunday and be back to normal 🙂   It’s unreal how a little food poisoning can lay you out on your ass for a week!

Saturday smiles

I headed home Friday later than planned.  Wasn’t feeling the greatest, but I had a hair appt and family commitments on Saturday.  I missed my race Friday night which was a bummer, but one of my friends was able to sub my spot in our relay.

Didn’t sleep well at home, which is nothing new.  I usually sleep crummy when I go home.  Started feeling better mid-morning, despite the heat and humidity.  Mom and I took some special event historic tours in my hometown, which was really cool.  

Went to see my godson after lunch.  It had been a month since I had seen him last, which was way too long.  We had fun watching Cookie Monster, playing basketball, and being silly.

It was only about 24 hours but it was time well spent.

Back at my house now, drove through tons of rain to get here.  NOTHING North of Austin.  Bummer.

Tomorrow you will find me prepping for the week, cleaning, and praying for rain!

Happy is…

I had a wonderful last 2 days.  Absolutely perfect.  My heart is happy and full.

Happiness is…

  • getting a solid sweaty run in, even if it was un-scenic and miserable.  Didn’t make it to my favorite spot at all 😦
  • having people who care about you
  • early check in at your hotel.  Like 7 hours early!
  • shoe shopping at the mall with a great partner, even if I didn’t find any black work shoes
  • 2 breakfast dates
  • feeling great about yourself
  • yummy fish tacos
  • dumb reality tv on stations I don’t have at home
  • homemade pork chops and bacon wrapped jalapenos
  • hugs, lots of hugs
  • reading every cd in the convenience store just because
  • new running shoes $90 off!
  • serious conversations from the heart
  • being told you are beautiful by more than one person in the same day.  Only one matters, by the way.
  • laughing so hard you cry
  • drinks from Buccee’s
  • a new trinket for my room
  • crying from being overwhelmed by someone’s heart
  • sleeping so hard through the night that your arm hurts when you wake up
  • no traffic on the way back to Austin

EXACTLY what I needed.  I could use even a fraction of that goodness permanently 😉

Do I have to go back to work?

 

 

I had a good day

Today is the best I’ve felt in forever.  Yesterday wasn’t shabby, but today was pretty dang good.  Did I mention that I wasn’t holding on to a ton of water either day?  Yeah, that was a super huge plus!

I did about half my usual weights at the gym today, followed by a short swim.  I made huge progress with the swimming, not being winded and doing more freestyle.  Success!  I was short on time because of my clinic today, so I was trying to just fit everything in.

On to the venue to set up for our aqua jogging clinic.  I wasn’t able to get into the water last year.  This year I almost didn’t make it because there wasn’t enough noodles and belts to go around (which reminds me all the noodles I bought last year are at my old house).  We had a great turnout!  No including our coaches, we had 17 gals and 1 guy.  Fish really put us through the wringer with a 32 minute workout.  At the end she gave the option to go without flotation.     You better believe I tossed my noodle.  It was HARD but good.  I need to find a pool deep enough to do it in and be able to keep correct form.  Today was a good reminder that it’s good cross training and not just for injuries.  Plus you can do speed, intervals, and drills with it.

Afterward everyone went their own way.  I went to lunch with one of my friends at WF.  We were joined by 2 more friends later on.  My boss had given me a $15 gift card there for covering her vacation.  You better believe that whole dang thing went toward a salad.  I even got the smallest container they have and I still made a $18 salad.   Worth every penny because it’s 100% stuff I LOVE.  

Now on to prep for the week and chores.  It was a good weekend.  There are a few things that would have made it better, like seeing Radney Foster, and more of my favorite people!

Happy in Houston

I honestly think Houston is my favorite work trip location….

  • I love my coworkers in our office here
  • So many friends of mine in Houston, including people I don’t see enough and work friends
  • Food.  Good food.  Hard decisions where to eat.  I somehow always gravitate to Phoenicia and Whole Foods.  They are easy and quick and my go to at least once per trip here.
  • I love running in new places.  I drove to Rice University twice this week.
  • Dinner dates with friends
  • Guess I need to add that I am apparently get applause for no reason for entering meetings 🙂
  • It’s so nice to be out of the office!

SXSW: Rachael Ray Feedback 2014

How is it that I have never been to this event?  Maybe it has to do with the early start time and my former other half not doing mornings.

It was a lot of fun.  Next year we will get there earlier.  We only got in earlier than we should have, because I have a sweet friend.  We still would have gotten in but it would have taken longer.IMG_1450[1]

The drink lines were easy.  The food lines were a mess.  We may have not been at the end of the food line when we got in.  It was hard to tell.  But EVERYONE who got in, got food from what I could tell.  When we left at 3 pm, the line was still all of the way around the block.  OUCH!IMG_1447[1]

Music was behind on schedule but well organized.  Two outdoor stages.  When one stopped, the other started.  Well until Blondie.  I am not sure why they didn’t get on stage on time.  The music was good.  Bob didn’t play enough but he played my favorite song of his.  Rachael’s husband’s band, The Cringe was good, i’d never heard them.  He called her out from the stage and it was super sweet.  AWWW.  IMG_1420[1]

Here’s the scoop on the grub and the recipes that I think match with her descriptions from her signs and her talking about the food on Kimmel earlier this week :

Chow ChowIMG_1378[1] IMG_1379[1]

7 Hour Smoked Brisket
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Whisky WingsIMG_1382[1] IMG_1383[1]

All of mine were sans bread.  Guess what?  Bread makes a great serving vessel.  But so do fingers 😉

I will be making a couple of these things myself in the future!  Yummers as she would say!IMG_1375[1]

There was no dessert!  I wanted dessert.  Instead I had more grapefruit and vodka.