30 Ruminations

I got this idea from Emily at A Life to Bragg About.

I’m apologizing in advance for the length of this.

1. It’s hard to tell, but I’m actually pretty shy. I have a really hard time meeting new people and stepping outside my comfort zone. I’ve gotten better over the last year, but big groups of people that already know each other really, really intimidate me. I often come across as a bitch because I can be pretty quiet. I often get misinterpreted. Once you get to know me, you’ll probably wish I’d shut up and become that quiet shy person once again. 😉

2. I’m very passionate about my job. I really love my job, and I love helping others as much as I can. I often feel horrible when another office treats my patients badly. I will apologize profusely even though it had nothing to do with me. I often will spend copious amounts of time on the phone with various agencies or other offices so that the patient doesn’t have to.

3. I love my dogs, even when Diva pees on the floor. I can’t imagine our life with out those furry little beasts. They are adorable. No one else gets as excited to see me when I walk in the door as Diva does. She jumps, and jumps, and claws at my leg till I pet her, which is annoying and endearing all at the same time.

4. I really love blogging. I’m not the best blogger, and sometimes I’m sure my posts seem incredibly pointless or boring, but they make me happy. Sometimes I look at my own blog multiple times a day. Ha

5. I have really strong opinions about a lot of topics but you will never see me write about them, or hear me talk about them. I only discuss such things with Chris (isn’t he lucky). He loves and understands me wholeheartedly. He knows where my heart is.  Plus, it’s not worth my time, or your time to start an all out war on my blog, right? right. For the most part, I like to keep my blog light & airy. Yes, I have the occasional sad post about the death of a family member, or someone in our community, but for the most part, It’s important me to keep things light. There is so much crap going on in the world and you can read about it elsewhere.

6. I have a really abnormal fear of death. I don’t think I really need to elaborate. It really horrifies me that I may lose my husband, or one of my parents, or siblings to some disease or accident. I get really upset and I will cry if I think about it to much.

7. My heart is soft, like mushy oatmeal. I cry a lot. Not like, I’m depressed cry a lot. Like, something on TV was really sad and I cried. Or, I think someone is mad at me, and I cry. It’s really ridiculous. I don’t know how this happened because I used to never cry. For the last 5 years I’ve turned into a huge cry baby. It’s so stupid, but I can’t help it.

8. To go along with my soft heart, I wish I could help every homeless person I see. I know this is wildly unpopular but I can’t help it. If a homeless, or maybe they aren’ thomeless but they are down on their luck, stops me in the parking lot and asks me for money, I’ll give it to them If I have cash. At publix on Sunday there was a group of kids and a lady sitting outside with signs that said something about Foster Parents. I gave them the only cash that I had, and I felt bad that I didn’t have more.

9. On Sundays in Pasco county people sell newspapers in the median, if I’m in Pasco on a Sunday I will buy a paper from them. I would buy one from every person I saw if I could. I just have the urge to help someone that is down on their luck. I honestly believe that not all homeless people are out using their money to buy drugs & alcohol. I’ve also thought about asking one of them If I can stand their with them, just to see how it is.

10. I love my job and I have a really, really amazing boss. Never in my life have I ever worked for someone so laid back and kind. It’s quite amazing. I think I’ll stay here forever. I almost didn’t take this job. I was really, really scared to be an office manager. I have 4 years experience in the medical field, but not in management. It is a new practice and there were just so many things that scared me that I didn’t think I could do. I even told the Dr I didn’t think the job was right for me. He totally convinced me that I could do it and that he would do whatever I needed to make sure I had everything I needed to succeed. He has stuck with his word and been by my side 100% of the time. It’s amazing, really.

11. I really love things all Ocean/Beach related. I’ve been fishing since I was big enough to hold a fishing pole. I’ve crossed from Florida to Grand Bahama by personal boat at leat 8 times and only thought we might die once (ha!)

12. Sea creatures do not scare me. Sharks are one of my favorite animals, I think they are absolutely majectic and amazing creatures. I even have a hammerhead shark tattoo!! I love fishing and when I hook into a fish I squeal like a little girl. If I happen to hook into a shark my day is complete. I want to catch a hammerhead soon, before I die, but sooner preferably. Kthanks. I know where to go to catch them, but I need a boat big enough. Anyone with a boat want to take me to Boca Grande Pass? The world record hammerhead was caught there! (I know I’m a total weirdo that I know where the world record hammerhead was caught, I didn’t even have to google it. I just knew.  I’ve fished BGP before, but no sharkies!

13. I believe in spanking as form of punishment for a child. GASP! I know, AH! Spanking! That’s pretty much all I’m going to say about that. See #5.

14. I love a guy in boots & wranglers. If I see a guy in boots & wranglers I’m looking. I don’t care what his face looks like, that’s not what I’m lookin’ at

15. I secretly want Chris to get another motorcyle. I love them, but I’m scared. See #6

16. Is this over yet? Are you thinking the same thing?

17. Very few things gross me out, but watching a baby being born on TV makes me want to vomit hardcore. GROSS!!

18. I worked in an Emergency room downtown Orlando and saw a lot of really cool, and really sad things. I think everyone should work in an Emergency room, in a big city, at least once. It was a very eye opening experience for me that gave me a lot of perspective. Life is short, that’s for sure.

19. God is so good. I firmly believe God is the only reason I have such a wonderful job, and the reason that we are able to have the home that we have.

20. If we had boat loads of money we would not live in the United States. We’d live in a shack some where on the beach in Costa Rica, for real.

21. I want to go to Australia and snorkle on the Great Barrier Reef. I realize there is very little chance this will ever happen, but it’s a good dream 🙂

22. So close.

23. We are getting ready to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. I love(d) our wedding. I absolutely loved getting married on the beach. I wouldn’t change a single thing about the entire day, it was awesome.

24. I bought sweatpants from Sports Authority out of the kids section because they were cheaper. I bought a L because the M was to short. The L’s are to big for me. It makes me sad that kids in America are so obese. I also bought a sweatshirt from Goodwill out of the kids section and i felt like I was stealing from a kid. I only needed the sweatshirt for the start of a race and I refuse to get rid of one of mine.

25. I am not a neat freak by any stretch of the imagination. I try really hard to clean up the house fairly often but I really hate cleaning. I avoid laundry for as long as possible. Thankfully Chris has at least 20 pairs of work jeans so I don’t have to wash his jeans except once or twice  a month. Wow, that is horrible!!

26. I really love getting my hair done, like really. It is one of the most relaxing things ever. (I’ve never had a massage so I can’t compare it to that). I could fall asleep when she is washing my hair. Oh, it helps that she is one of my very good friends and going there is always so therapeutic. It’s worth the money I pay (which is minimal compared to some places). Chris will never understand why I love getting my hair done so much.

27. Chris is awesome.

28. I am totally avoiding doing homework by finishing this up. I’m so close to being done with school I can hardly stand it. I am so over coding all of these medical records. I do it at work, then I have to come home and code some more fake cases. Over it. At least the cases at work are some what interesting.

29. I have some many thoughts about health care and about my job. I really wish I could just put them out there for people to read. I wish that people even had a clue how crazy health care is from the Provider’s perspective. I could probably write a short book, hell maybe a long book, about the things that go on that the average person doesn’t know about and doesn’t understand.

30. This has been pretty fun, and even kind of interesting. I really thought I would have a hard time thinking of 30 things to say about myself. Does it make me self-centered if I didn’t have a hard time with this? I hope not.


Your turn.


Happy Monday Ya’ll


Vloggity vlog

A few days ago I saw a VLOG on Paige’s Blog, Running Around Normal, so of course I had to participate.

Here is my ridiculous attempt at a VLOG. I’ll be honest, this was my 3rd attempt at this. The first one my glasses looked weird, then I let Chris watch it and he told me the answer to one of the questions. So then I had to retape it. In the second one my glasses looked even worse. I looked like I had no eyes behind my glasses, it was ugly. The third take was the final product.

I’m warning you in advance, I am a huge dork.

Accent vlog: Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

  • What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
  • What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
  • What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
  • What do you call gym shoes?
  • What do you say to address a group of people?
  • What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped
  • body and extremely long legs?
  • What do you call your grandparents?
  • What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry
  • groceries at the supermarket?
  • What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
  • What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

SO! Go do your own Accent Vlog.

What do you think, do I have an accent?

Sunday Funday

I love Sundays. They are my favorite day of the week, which may be weird considering we have to go back to work tomorrow. Sunday is the only day of the week that Chris & I have off together and we usually try to take advantage of that by spending the day together.

This morning we slept in until 8:30, then I got up and made us egg & cheese sammiches on bagel thins, yum! These are definitely going to be a favorite in our house!


So, I have mentioned in a few posts that I Was going to do a grocery challenge for myself in the month of February regarding our budget. I lied. It’s not happening. I really want to, but honestly I can not torture myself every Sunday in the name of a few spared dollars.

I’ll give you the run down of what I was going to do.  I am a devoted Publix shopper, my Mom always shopped at Publix and so I’ve always shopped at Publix. When Chris & I first moved in together I never looked at the price of anything when grocery shopping, I just bought what I needed. As I got older wiser I started paying attention to how much money I was actually spending. I also became aware that Walmart generally sells things for cheaper than Publix. I then switched from Publix to Walmart {enter frustration here}. I battled long lines, and morons at Walmart. I can’t stand Walmart “meat” so even when I was shopping at Walmart I still had to go to Publix to get hamburger, chicken & pork chops. Eventually I gave up and went back to Publix with the occasional early morning trip to Walmart (let’s face it, that’s the only time walmart is even a little bit tolerable).

Okay, so my personal challenge. As I said in another post I set a budget for our grocery shopping. Technically I went over in the month of January because of today’s grocery trip. But, today should not count because most of the food will be eaten in February, right?

Anyways, for my challenge I was going to shop @ Walmart for the majority of my groceries to see what what kind of savings I would have. I would shop @ the local farmers market for produce & meat, and then I would shop at Publix only for the Buy-one, Get-one’s. Publix has awesome BOGO every week!

Why I am not doing the challenge after all. I HATE walmart. I tried to start the month out right (even though we are still in January) and shop at Publix only for the BOGO, Farmers market for meat & produce then I went to Walmart for everything else. It took me over an hour, 30 minutes of that was spent standing in line to check out.

Nope. Not happening. My sanity can not tolerate the insanity that is walmart in this city. I will pay extra to push a nice buggy (HA, see my VLOG about this), and not have to navigate through half the population of this town to get some dang bananas. I also hate getting asked if I want a Walmart card everytime I go in there. NO, I don’t want a walmart card, if I wanted one, I’d have one. Stop asking! Do you really think this is my first trip to walmart, and you are the first person to harass me about your darn card! NO!

I will pay $1 more for my bread at publix, and I’ll pay .69cents lb for bananas instead of .54 @ Walmart.

WHEW. Glad I got that out of my system. I was so frazzled when I got home. I told Chris, “forget it, forget it, I was going to try and shop @ walmart in February to save money, but I can’t do it.”

His response. He laughed.


After the grocery shopping debacle we went to Lowes and looked @ paint colors, again. We picked out a blue, it was pretty easy. Lowes has cans of paint that they mixed but for whatever reason someone didn’t buy the paint. They sell them at a discounted price, so we got a gallon of blue pain for $5, SCORE!


This actually makes the color look dark, but it’s not “that” dark. So, we decided to paint 2 walls blue, and the other 2 walls tan.


Not sure which tan.

We also picked out colors for our room, YAY!


I’m excited. Now we just have to get the paint and actually paint. Since Chris was feeling the urge to do things for me today I asked him to hang pictures. We’ve been living here since June and had 2 pictures hung, sadface.


These are in our hall, I love them!


The last three are in our bathroom. We have a little shell obsession.


Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.


Did you get any home projects done this weekend?

Happy Weekend Ya’ll

Time for a new alarm

The running group that I sometimes rarely run with meets Saturday mornings @ 7am. That means I need to leave my house at 6:15 to get there in time. Guess what time I got up this morning?  Yup, 6:15. Great. The alarm went off at 5 for Chris to get up, I hit snooze and then we slept through the alarm for the next hour. That is stupid right?

I think it’s time for a new alarm. I used to never sleep through the alarm. It would wake me up on the first beep and it drove me crazy to listen to it go off for more then 30 seconds. I don’t know If I’m just extra tired, or what, but for the last month I’ve slept through the alarm almost every day.

After I realized making it to the running group wasn’t happening I got up to pack Chris’ lunch then went right back to bed and slept until 9. Oh, and it was grand!

For breakfast I made my very first egg sandwich on a bagel thin. I’m lame and microwaved an egg, ha. I put it on a bagel thin and added some white American cheese. Yum! It was really good, and very filling. I had a cup of water, and a cup of coffee. I let my food digest some, then headed out for my run. Running 9 miles by myself is not exactly ideal, so I took my iPhone and camera, and made the best of the situation.

The weather was almost perfect. There was a slight breeze so in the shade it felt really great, in the sun, it was a little hot. I survived, at least I’m not buried in 4ft of snow. Winking smile 

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Want to see my mile break downs? I thought so:


This run was not easy. I had a really hard time keeping my pace steady, and keeping it where I wanted it. My legs felt really heavy.


Truth time: My left knee and hip are really bothering me. I am really hoping that the knee pain is a result of a tight hip. I guess I am going to need to get a foam roller. I keep putting it off.  I am currently googling hip flexor exercises, any suggestions? Websites? Tips? HELP! 

This week I ran a total of 20 miles, and I had 2 long runs. This week was a trial run for 2 long runs. I don’t think it worked out for me. I think my Monday/Wed/Thurs runs will be 4,6,5 then long run on Saturday or Sunday. Hopefully splitting the miles up like that will relieve some of the stress I’m putting on my legs.


After my run my Dad took me to lunch at a local deli where I had an awesome turkey & avocado wrap, and a frozen strawberry daiquiri! I don’t like strawberries, but this was like a popsicle and it was s tasty!

The last few weekends there has been a guying selling produce on our road for really reasonable prices. I got 3 green peppers, 2 red peppers, and 6 tomatoes for $8. That is a helluva deal!



Happy Saturday Ya’ll

Didn’t want to

My heart is so sad this morning. This morning Sgt. Thomas Baitinger, and Ofc Jeffrey Yaslowitz of the St. Pete Police Dept are being laid to rest.

They were shot and killed Monday morning by a man wanted by the U.S. Marshalls. A U.S. Marshall was also shot, and is expected to be okay.

I have not watched the news very much this week, so I know very little about this story. What I do know, is that 2 men were killed and left behind families.

I wasn’t planning on posting anything about this, but someone on my Twitter mentioned something about the funeral today. Then, i got on the St Pete Times and started reading stories and looking at pictures. Then I thought, “How could I not post something? How could I not honor the memory of these men?” I don’t live in St. Pete, but it’s close enough.

I believe the funeral begins @ 11am. If you are local, and you want to listen to the service, you can listen to it on 970WFLA. There is also an interview that Ofc. Yaslowitz widow gave. I read it, but I can’t listen to it.  I’m already sitting here with tears in my eyes as I look at pictures and read various stories, I can’t imagine listening to a Widow talk. I was planning on listening to the service, but I’m not sure I can do it. For one we have a patient coming @ 10:30, and 11. Secondly, I can’t sit at my desk and cry for the next 2 hrs.

At 11, if you pray, say a prayer for this families. If you don’t pray, then just a nice thought for these families.

It’s Friday Ya’ll

who could complain

I saw this music video on CMT this morning for this song, The Shape I’m In  by Joe Nichols.


I know some folks aren’t fans of country music, but it’s a good song, and it has a great message.

It even has a runner in it, c’mon, you have to watch it.


I really don’t have anything else to say about that. The video brought me to tears this morning.


We have so much to be thankful for.

What are you thankful for today?

Happy Friday Ya’ll


Myth: Scrubs are comfortable- I mean they are, but I have a hard time being comfortable in something that doesn’t fit right.

Fact: I can never, ever, ever find scrubs that fit me

Myth: Scrubs are cheap

Fact: I spent $90 on two sets of scrubs.


Fact: I FINALLY found scrubs that fit me like scrubs should fit.


I must have the most abnormal body shape or something. I don’t know what it is but for the last 5 years I’ve had the worst time finding scrubs that fit me. In fact, every single pair of scrubs pants I own hang off my butt. Most of my tops are to bit and just hang, even when they are XS. What in the world people? I’m not even that small.


Uhm yes, I realize I have black crocs with brown pants. Whatevs. This was my workout fit today, stylish, right? I couldn’t find a scrub top to go with these pants. I only have one, and I have no idea where it was.

These pants are the best fitting pants that I have. They actually aren’t that bad.


This picture isn’t the best, but I really like these scrubs. Yay. If they had that top in a xxs that would have been better, but, they didn’t.  Oh, and why are scrubs so expensive, they are essentially just pajamas. Geesh.

I seriously hate shopping for clothes…of any kind.


I didn’t run tonight. I’ll get it done tomorrow. My hip was sore most of the day. It’s feeling better now, but let’s face it; Jersey Shore is on and I’m not getting up off this couch. I’m already in my pajamas chilaxin’ –


As I said earlier, here is my Babe’s truck. Oh, and it’s only on 33’s. Not 35’s. I don’t think it would fit in the garage if it was on 35’s.


Aww, my sweet little scion.   Yes, we all have some form of red/purple vehicles, weird huh? That’s my Dad’s truck behind my car and it’s reddish.


I’m still thinking about my grocery budget challenge I’m going to do. It’s not really a challenge per say, it’s more of a “which store costs me more” kind of thing.  I didn’t get time to really think about it tonight.

There is this new restaurant in town that I wanted to try out. I thought it was a deli. It’s called The Chef’s Table.. Wrong. That place was packed out. When sat down and looked at the menu and I pretty much decided right then I wasn’t down for paying that much money for some scallops. $16 for some sea scallops, wrong answer. I was totally unprepared for that menu, I was thinking some sammiches or something. Geesh. We left and went to Sonny’s. Lol, not exactly sandwich but I had some tasty chicken wings.


IMG_0427[1] Diva says, “HEY!”

IMG_0428[1]“Let me down, let me down”  — Chris was calling her and she was trying to commit suicide by jumping out of my arms.



I’m done.  More tomorrow.


Happy Jersey Shore night!


Due to  decisions that Chris’ employer made we switched vehicles. He drives a chevy silverado that is lifted and has 35’s? Maybe 33’s, I don’t know, on it. That means crap for gas mileage. My car is awesome on gas mileage, I’ve been tracking it for about a month or two and every time I fill up it’s been consistently between 27-29mpg, holla scion TC! 

Chris has been trying very hard not to drive my car. The decision his company made was at the beginning of December and he’s been refusing to drive my car. Yesterday he had my car because his truck was blocked in the garage by my Dad’s truck. He said it was actually kind of nice to drive my car around and not have to worry about gas. So, the switch has been made. My drive to work is half of what his is. {trust me, I am not upset about this switcharoo, I love his truck.. I feel so badass in it} I don’t have any pictures right now, but i’ll try to get some up later.

I do miss my car a little bit though. There are certain things I love about my car that I can not do in Chris’ truck, for example: Turn the bass up and bumpbumpbump. I admit, I love to have some bump going on. I get excited to see my rearview mirror shake when the bass hits. (yes, i’m that lame). #2. My car is a 5 speed and sometimes shifting gears is fun. It’s not cute when I stall out, but that doesn’t happen that often. #3. I can lean my sit back and ride ghetto. For realz, I ride like that. Chris truck is only a single cab so my seat leanage is minimal, it’s sad. Lastly, it’s my car. I bought brand new in 07 and while I’m ready to get rid of her and get something better, I’m a little bit attached to her. We’ve had some good times.

I am happy to save a little gas money, so I will think of that when I miss driving my car. Okay, actually, I’ll only be driving the truck like 2-3 days. Chris doesn’t work Mondays/Tuesdays and Saturdays I usually drive all over creation so I’ll have my car on Saturdays. But still, I will miss her.

So, my hip is kinda sore today. Crap. I’m debating whether or not to do a 2mile easy run when I get off. That is what my schedule says I’m supposed to do, but my schedule doesn’t know what I’m a little sore from that run it said I had to do yesterday. So, we’ll see. I’m going shopping for new scrubs (i know, exciting!) after work, so the run may just get postponed until Friday.

Okay friends, I have work to do. I’m cooking up a post in my head right now though. It’s the end of January, and I’ve been checking out my mint.com account to see how well we stayed on budget. I have a little challenge for myself next month. That will be coming up next. I know you are so excited you will check your email every 5 minutes to see If I’ve posted something new. 

Do you have a grocery budget? Did you stay with in the limits this January?

Thanks to you

Twitter peeps, I made it through my 8 mile run. I only almost got blown over by the wind once. Okay, fine, I didn’t really but it was pretty windy out there.

After much whining via twitter, and some encouragement from my twitter friends I got my running clothes on and went outside for my mid-week long run.


Then some encouragement:


Isn’t Twitter grand? I also got lots of good lucks on my blog this morning when I wrote about trying to tackle that 8 miles on the treadmill.

I have, like, the greatest boss ever. He told me I could go home early, like, really early. Those were his words, not mine. Originally I felt a little guilty about leaving working any earlier than 4. Then I figured out that if I left @ 3:30 I could be home by 3:50 and out the door on my run a little by 4. SCORE! No treadmill after all rocks my socks. {actually my toes are a little sore after that run}.


I initially went out in a long sleeve shirt and I covered my watch, which was nice. I didn’t look at it at all for the first 3.5 miles. I just ran at a pace that was comfortable to me. I was pleasantly surprised to see 8:30’s!  I came home for a few minutes at mile 3.5 because my stomach was protesting. I changed into a short sleeve shirt and was on the run again.

The wind was pretty strong. It was worse in some places than others. The last 2 miles were absolutely brutal, I am really surprised to see 8:17 for the last two miles.

I had to stop and stretch a few times. I kept getting this killer side pain that would only stop if I stopped, slowed my breathing down, and stretched. annoying. 

I did not feel any hip soreness during my run, but once I cooled down and started doing things around the house  I had some soreness. ick.

I am actually a little bit excited about the Gasparilla 15k right now. If I maintain that pace for the race I will definitely be able to PR.


I didn’t do a plankathon challenge tonight, I will be back at it tomorrow night. Check out Carolyn, she did a video, a partial video. She had some technical difficulties. She’ll be back tomorrow with a full video.


I was totally famished when I got home from my run. I made a bowl of yogurt, granola & blueberries. That lasted for about 5 minutes then I had a banana. I made a super delicious dinner tonight. It was supposed to be Sausage,Potato, Onion & Pepper bake. Well, I didn’t have any peppers so I had to improvise; I used zucchini, onions, mushrooms & potatoes for my “veggies” instead.


I’m watching Dog the Bounty Hunter’s 200th episode, I love this show. I think he has a great story and it’s totally awesome what they do. What’s your favorite reality show?


Happy Wednesday Ya’ll