A Whole New Fall

It’s OCTOBER!

I may have already told you this a thousand times, but October is one of my FAVORITE months. If I was decisive, it might be my favorite.

And, it’s halfway through! Whaaa??

So far, October has included this:

a short camping trip in Winter Park, CO

and THIS:

a short conference in Buena Vista, CO

a quick visit to THIS:

Bozeman, Montana!

(to get some stuff I left behind–like my snow tires–and to celebrate my dad’s birthday and belatedly celebrate my sister’s!)

So far, October in Colorado is living up to it’s name. Can you believe THIS is real? I’ve seen it with my own two eyes:

courtesy of bing.com/travel.

I love fall.

So far, it’s going by quickly…other recent developments (besides being constantly on the move) include the demise of my second Nook (I think I read too much for the product–thank God for warranties!), the expansion of my resume to include Grant Writing 101 and Editor-in-Chief of the North Lincoln Newsletter for Colorado “I Have a Dream” (CIHAD from now on), a great reunion with friends, and a visit to see Swan Lake at the Colorado Ballet!

Oh, I’m also starting yoga.

Will my body ever bend into this position?

Credit: ©Barry Stone 2005

Well, a girl can dream.

(top ten again)

Here’s to keepin’ the discoveries alive for another week! Read on:

1.Dr. Scholl’s Footmapping Technology. At our local Wal-Mart (ahem) I found this machine that analyzes what kind of feet you have, and guides you to “customized” inserts for your shoes. Since my new job has me running around on my feet constantly, I thought I would give these a try, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them! I have almost zero pain now, when before, after an 11-hour shift, I could barely walk.

2. Orange Dream Smoothie. I have one of these daily now…sometimes I throw in extra protein powder.

3. Adele. As in, the British sensation. I can’t believe it took me so long to discover her–she’s been around a few years–but I’m hooked now!

4. Iowa Girl Eats. A new blog I found about running, eating (with a sweet tooth), and traveling–what’s not to like?

5. The couch to 5K running plan. Wish me luck!

6. Orange Star Flowers. My new favorites!

7. Wendy’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad. Now, I’m not advocating fast food–but this salad is delicious (and not so many calories for the half size!) and I’m determined to replicate it. All of the ingredients with a pomegranate vinaigrette dressing…I’m in love.

8. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm: with Mango Butter! I’ve been in love with Burt’s Bees since I was about twelve (it’s a common love) and I found a new spin on it, with mango butter! Yummy!

9. Lotus Hair Treatment. My mom, as a loyal customer of Avon for years, recently brought a small bottle of this stuff to test out. It even helps with some of my frizz (although nothing can truly defeat my frizz: my hair refuses to be tamed. Just like the girl…) and makes my hair soooo soft.

10.  I’m making this new chicken tonight that I have very high hopes for (is this cheating?) and if it’s delicious, I’ll post the recipe tomorrow. So, as always, stay tuned!

Everything They Say About Exercise is True

And I have to say, it can be really annoying, especially when my inner middle-child rebel instantly wants to do the opposite of what my mother suggests, particularly when she suggests it often and vehemently.

So, in my typical fashion, I ignored her advice for a long time, but I got sick of depending on my traditional traveling illness, as many of you who often frequent airports/third world countries/anywhere that has germs that are foreign to your body can attest to, to provide me with handy shedding of a few extra pounds. Especially now, with no such adventure on the horizon…

This is a long-winded way of saying I have started this new “lifestyle change,” although it’s more of several lifestyle alterations due to my lack of follow-through. I think part of this comes from sheer boredom, but also it’s one of the circumstances of returning from a trip: the slight desperation to avoid being EXACTLY who you were before. Furthermore, I kind of realized I was getting a little curvier and while I am already the voluptuous one in my family (mysteriously, but that’s for another day) I decided that I don’t necessarily want all of these curves, especially the ones on my chest that seem to personally contain every extra bowl of ice cream.

To combat these ice cream pounds (and you know, to stay healthy and live longer and have more energy and all of that, and really, exercise does make me feel so much better…I would insert here that ‘I should have listened to my mother’ but I just can’t) I found an exercise routine that kind of works for me!

It’s in the form of Cardio Ballroom Dancing (you can laugh if you want to–the UPS man sure did when he happened to ring the doorbell during my routine, conveniently during the “shake everything you have!” part) and Pilates in my parent’s living room. And let’s not forget the occasional skiing/hiking jaunt. Skiing is usually fun, despite my two left feet (made worse when attached to pieces of wood), although the season is ending soon. (Not that after my experience today of falling halfway down a cliff and having to climb back up, carting my skis, makes me much enamored of downhill skiing at this point…I so earned this Cadbury egg). But that is one of the keys I’ve found to working out–make it fun! Do I sound too much like a perky gym instructor?

Anyway, stay tuned to see how well the exercise routine goes–so far I’ve been keeping it fairly steady with bribery…it is a lifestyle so hopefully it will become part of my so-called life.

It’ll be a crazy ride–who knows what will happen when I finally get a job, or heaven forbid, a career, and am rudely awakened with the real world custom of time-juggling.