Actions have consequences.period


YAY! Everybody loves flamingos!

I actually didn’t buy these to put them in our, uh, front rocks? I bought these for my BFFs “Christmas Hawaiian birthday party in July.” They were in a target back in the garage and Chris thought I bought them for our yard. So I came home one day and and they were sitting out by our front palm tree.
I went by the grocery store after work to look for a bottle of wine. I saw this bottle of Keel n Curley Key Lime Key West wine the other day and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Unfortunately it seems the only Publix that carries it is the one I saw it in. That publix is not on my way anywhere so I’ve been scoping out other Publix’s. No luck.

I settled for this cute bottle instead.


If you know me even a little bit you should know the exact reason I bought this wine. I don’t even really like white wine, but the bottle is just so dang cute!

If you watch the Casey Anthony trial, or watch the news, you have probably seen the jackass that was arrested today after court for flicking off the Prosecutor.

Oopsie dumbass. I was on twitter while all of this was going on and there was a broad range of emotion going on. Many people were saying that Judge Perry was a little harsh. Me? I think Perry was spot on. Good for him for punishing this 28 yr old “kid.” I honestly could not stop laughing.
I was watching HLN after work today and Jane Mitchell Velez was saying (or someone on her show) said that the Judge did this kid a favor by teaching him a lesson. By teaching him that there are consequences to our actions. Also showing that the court room is a serious place.
If the guy has watched the trial at all he should now know that JP ain’t playin’ no games in his courtroom.

My generation and the generation under mine are brats. Not all of us, but a lot of us. Seriously. Go to your local sheriffs department page and check out the current arrests for the day. How many of them are under the age of 30? Excuse me while I go check:  9 out of 22, two of the 9 were born in 1996.

I get that kids get arrested for stupid things… but some of the things I saw grand theft, domestic violence, agg assault, petty theft. I saw the same people arrested for the same thing more than once in the same week. I mean really?

If you don’t remember anything else from this post. Remember this:

Daily work out

Today we went for a 3 mile run. Chris said he was dreading the run all day, but he went anyways. What a trooper. I would have settled for 2, but he wanted to do 3. So, we did.

Any run is a successful run, right?

its friday


Sometimes I should listen when I talk

I’ll skip the “yay it’s Thursday” and cut straight to the chase.

Recently Chris has started running with me. After our first run together he was a little discouraged, or frustrated by his performance.  Initially he told me he wanted to go out and run 3 miles. This isn’t my first rodeo with Chris, so I suggested 2 miles, and he agreed that was probably a better idea.

I will say that our run was successful, but Chris was frustrated. I think he was expecting to just go out and bang out 2 miles, easy peasy. It didn’t quite work out like that. We stopped to stretch, and then we walked a few times as well. Honestly, I was pretty impressed that he was able to run as far as he did. It’s not that he is out of shape- His job is really physical, but he is not in running shape. I mean, his legs got tired quick, and he was really struggling to get his breathing under control

. walk blog

I have no idea how he was doing this, but he was timing his breaths with every step. Uhm. Hyperventilate much? When we finished our run he was still frustrated. He thought he would do better. He was annoyed that he had to stop and walk. I tried to reassure him that he did great, and that the heat is a big factor in breathing, and feeling tired vs. not tired during a run.

Plus. Hello, it’s your first run in a year.

Our second run was slightly more successful. We set out for two miles. It was a little cooler this time, this might have been the run in the rain. I don’t remember if that was our 2nd or third run. When we started out, I told Chris, “We should just focus on distance, and worry about speed later.” Chris already has speed goals in mind (overachiever status). He agreed that we would focus on finishing 2 miles with out stopping no matter what pace we had to run. We had a much better run. His breathing was much more controlled, and I think he enjoyed the run a little more.

just run

I think sometimes we get caught up in the numbers. Pace, pace, pace, it’s all we think about on any given run.

Since I’ve been struggling with pretty much every single run since the heat has set in, my pace has not been my friend. It’s been the main reason I don’t want to run.

Maybe I should just take my own advice. “focus on distance, and worry about speed later.” Obviously I can’t stick with mantra forever. I do have speed/time related goals, but for now, during the summer, I can focus on just adding on the miles. I have to build up my mileage.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not an elite runner. I run for fun. I run because it makes me feel good. I run because it makes me feel empowered. I run because I like ice cream.

I don’t get paid to run. When running isn’t fun any more, something has got to give.

Daily work out

So yesterday I took my own advice. I set out on a 4 mile run solo. I haven’t run 4 miles in over 2 months. Please, you don’t need to tell me how lame that is. — I felt comfortable with running a pace that was just comfortable, and that would allow me to complete the run. I told myself that it’s okay to run slow(er). It’s okay to stop and walk. It’s okay. Just enjoy the time spent out running. Complete the run.
and I did.

Sorry this post is so lengthy. I guess I had a lot to say today?

It’s time for bed. I had a 9:30 date with my bed.


Success & Failure all in the same day.whew!

I’m really digging my new lay out. If you read in google reader flip over for a sec and check it out. – I’m sure you are thinking, “What? You just changed your lay out, Jena. You change your lay outs way to often.”

Whatever Dudes. I reserve the right to change it as often as I want until I find one that I truly love. I like the other one because it was “lighter” than the one before that- but it was to light and airy. I needed something with a little brighter colors. I really LOVE the header on this one, and the font of the title.

Daily work out

I am, like, the most excited wife on the planet right now!
Chris and I went running tonight.


He ran 3 whole miles. YAY! It was really exciting! He said that he was feeling tired, but I pushed motivated him to the finish! We ran 3miles in 28:59, 9:39 pace!

So, in May I created goals and did pretty well at sticking to them. I kind of continued May’s goals into June and I did okay at them. For July I’m going to create a challenge, and I almost feel like I’m setting myself up for failure by doing this, but I need to get my butt in gear.

1. continue w/ the decrease in coffee. In addition to limiting the number of cups I drink; I need to stop drinking it late at night. I never put two & two together, but I think that might have something to do with my lack of sleep. I know this kind of seems like a DUH sort of thing- but, I never think that caffeine affects me. I just like the way coffee tastes- and I don’t always have sleeping issues, just lately. I’ve been drinking coffee at night for a while.

2. Work out 5-6 days a week. I was doing really well with getting in work outs when I couldn’t run. But, now that I can run the Xtraining has pretty much stopped. When I initially thought of this goal I thought I would try to work out every day in July, but let’s be real, that is probably asking a little much. I would like to work out 6 days a week, with one rest day, but I think even that is pushing it. I don’t mean running 6 days a week. I mean, any work out, whether it’s running or doing a DVD.

I think goal # 2 is a big enough goal in itself. I don’t want to put to much on my plate just yet.

So, about those fails for today. I’ve been really wanting a black bean burger. I love black beans.. I think it’s weird how much I love them. But, I don’t really have a lot of great recipes for them. I have a good black bean soup recipe, but it’s to hot for soup right now. So I thought I would get creative and make my own recipe up.

I’m not sure why I thought this was a good idea. I’m not creative, and I have no idea what ingredients do what.. Alas, my black bean burgers were not a raving success. And then, as if that wasn’t bad enough, I burnt the heck out of my sweet potato fry things. Like, burnt them so bad the smoke alarm went off. That has NEVER happened before. I’ve never burnt anything so bad the smoke alarm went off. I feel like I’ve been initiated into a club of some sort.

Do you have  a black bean burger recipe that you love?

Help an un-creative, non-recipe creating girl out!!!


Gotta get some sleep, yo!

Crisis Averted

Can you believe it’s already June 28th?

This totally blows my mind. Where has this year gone? With every day that passes, the more excited I get about our upcoming vacation.

Then you’ll be seeing that little picture when you come to my blog!
I haven’t decided yet what to do while I’m gone. Guest posts? Maybe. Post myself? Maybe. If I can figure out a good, safe way to get my computer there then I might consider it. I’ll probably have to sneak it on the boat. My Dad says we have to PACK LIGHT.


Today I nearly had a blog meltdown. I did something that made a big ol’ mess out of my blog for the majority of the day. I bought my domain through blue host, but use a wordpress layout. I really don’t know how to explain it- but I thought I was going to be re-routing my old blog to the new blog. Wrong. I did the exact opposite. It doesn’t really sound like a big deal, but I couldn’t log into the dashboard for the new blog so I couldn’t un-do what I did.

Ugh. I contacted bluehost and she told me that she could restore it from the last back up, and that it would take 15 minutes. GREAT.

Well. She apparently didn’t do it right, or at all because 4 hours later it still wasn’t fixed. I contacted bluehost again and this time they did the restore correctly. I was so happy to see my regular layout back in business. YAY!

running plans

I have a some what new, and not all that smart plan for my upcoming half-marathon season.I mentioned about a month ago that I registered for the Women’s Running Magazine Half Marathon in St. Pete. That race is at the end of November, the weekend before or after Thanksgiving I think.

I was previously contemplating whether or not I should run the Halloween Halfathon. After someone mentioned that I would end up racing instead of just relaxing I decided against that half. Well, that was until Jenny asked me if I was planning on doing that race. It’s two weeks after her 2nd full marathon, so it would be a good recovery/easy run for her. Right now, I am planning on doing it. We would run together and just enjoy the run and the company. No racing. I know we can do it…I will wait until the last minute to register to see how I’m doing with training and to see how my knee feels.

OOTD Anyone?

Today I wore a dress I haven’t work in years. I don’t love it, but today it seemed to fit how I was feeling. Pretty tropically, and loose fitting. After yesterday’s buffet-a-palooza, I need something that wasn’t to constricting.


What the heck is up with the way I’m standing?

Kind of a little to revealing for work, so I added a cute little white cardigan thing on top to make it a little more professional. I don’t know if flip flops fall under “professional” but I was rocking them. I also wore my hair in that awesome bun. It was definitely just one of those days where easier was better.
I think the last time I wore this dress was for our engagement pictures in 2007.


I have no running tales to report. I felt like junk when I  got home from work. I ate a bunch of cantaloupe right before I left work and it made me feel icky. I don’t know if it was just to sweet or what, but I felt awful. Plus, my blog was broke, and that was totally making me angry. And, if you want one more excuse, Chris wasn’t running today so I wanted to wait until he could go tomorrow.

33 days & counting

Blog is broke

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. You’ve been redirected back to the old blog. I somehow managed to break the other one.

This blog crap is tricky. I contacted bluehost, and they said that they restored the blog from the last time it was backed up, which was last night, but still no luck.

Still broken.

I can’t even post in, so I’m posting here.

I’m annoyed to say the least. bleh.

Unproductivity continued

Happy Sunday Friends!

I woke up at 10am! That is making up for getting up at 6am on a Saturday. I can’t remember the last time I actually slept till 10am.

I’m pretty sure I know why I’ve slept better the last two nights. I changed the blanket that was on our bed. I am

We are currently watching a History Channel documentary on Jim Jones. What the what was wrong with that guy?



I am totally weird when it comes to what kind of blanket is on our bed. I have to have a heavy comforter or I can’t sleep.

I know this because for the last month we’ve had a light light quilt and I’ve barely slept. This is not the first time we’ve gone through this routine.

Chris gets really hot at night so we’ve switched the blanket to a lighter quilt, but then I can’t sleep so we’ve switched it back. I try to be accommodating but not sleeping is wearing on me. So for the last two nights I put the guest comforter on our bed.




The weather is nasty so we have no plans for any outdoor activities. I might try to go for a run tonight if the weather cooperates. I obviously don’t mind the rain anymore, but running in 200% humidity isn’t happening.


We went to lunch/dinner at Fresh Harvest in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino down in Tampa. It’s about an hour drive there, and then we stood in line for 1hr 40 minutes.. I know, who does that? Us apparently. We’ve never been before so I guess it was worth it.

I’m quite positive I ate my weight in food, which is okay by me.. But, there will be no run happening. I’m currently planted on the couch in sweatpants (Stretchy waistbands rock!)

HR buffet

please note: I shared that gigantic plate of shrimp, and that top middle picture is actually Chris’ dessert that I shared with him.but everything else I ate. mmmmmm. Oh, besides that porkchop.That wasn’t good.


Tomorrow should be a little more productive in the running department.


Do you have any Sunday night traditions?

Chris & I watch fishing shows. I genuinely enjoy watching fishing shows, and they start at 7pm. It’s a good way to wind down after a long weekend.


Live life, yo!

bad intentions

How come during the week I feel like I could sleep all day, but on the weekend sleeping in is not happening.

I got up at 5:45 to make Chris’ lunch (what a good wife). Then I could not go back to sleep for the life of me. I tossed and turned.

My tummy was also growling.


I got up and made my regular breakfast of oatmeal with fresh blueberries.

Which leads me to this question: Do you eat the same breakfast on the weekend as you do during the week?

My answer varies depending on what we are doing. If I’m just hanging out at the house on Saturday then I usually eat my regular oatmeal w/ blueberries. If we have plans I find something quick. Banana? Blueberry muffin? sure.

I was pretty stoked that the Casey Anthony Trial was on from 9-5 today. I had my butt firmly planted on the couch at 9am to make sure I didn’t miss a second.


I missed a major argument and the next thing I know they were recessing at like 9:30am.

Total fail. I was planning on sitting on the couch doing nothing all day.

I didn’t do anything overly exciting once I finally got off the couch.

Went grocery shopping in Chris’ truck.. which interesting since it’s a single cab. Kind of makes putting groceries in the car a little challenging, but I got it figured out.

I had intentions of making blueberry muffins, and some bread today…but. That didn’t happen either.

After eating junk and drinking ZERO ounces of water I thought it would be a grand idea to go running.

It was cloudy and I was hoping it would rain. No luck.

I busted out a little over two miles.  I  was planning on between 3-4, but my knee was developing a new pain so rather than exacerbating that I called it a day.

I came home and walked sideways on the treadmill for 10 minutes- I’ve been slacking on my PT exercises.. by slacking I mean, haven’t done any at all since my discharge.seriousfail.

I did a few other PT things, then called it a day.

Not sure what tomorrow will bring, hopefully a longer run.


What did you do today? Was it as lazy as my Saturday? Any good work outs?


Peace & Hair Grease

I feel refreshed.

It’s 9:30pm and I’m drinking coffee.

Hi, my name is Jena, and I’m addicted to coffee.

I’ve really been sucking at the blog lately, sorry about that.

jena iq 4

This week has been extra lame in the work out department. I went running. twice. Nothing else. That is horrible.

After today’s run I am feeling rejuvenated and ready to get back in the running game.


Chris said he wanted to run today so we waited until 7pm and then headed out for a 2 mile run. We decided that we would focus on distance, rather than speed. Earlier this week when we ran we went out to fast, and Chris got worn out quickly, plus his breathing was a hot mess so that wasn’t helping.

I have no idea why but he was trying to take a breath with every step.. Hyperventilate much?

Today his breathing was much better, plus, it was 100 degrees out while we were running.

It was actually pouring rain. It started raining almost as soon as we started out on our run. It was also thundering & lightening, but it was pretty far away.

We went out and back 2.25 miles. Then Chris got the bike and went back out. He dropped the bike on the side of the road and ran with me a little bit more. All in all I ran 3.74 miles, which is my longest run since March.


I now completely understand why people enjoy running in the rain. It was so refreshing. There was no humidity. Man, it felt so nice. I’m hoping for rain all week so I can have more awesome runs.

I feel totally refreshed now. I’m ready to start running again… Until tomorrow when it’s hot as heck again and I’m melting a quarter mile in.


Happy Weekend

excuse me while I step on my soap box

I just got back from dinner and I’m floating in a sea of sushi!

(note: this is not a picture of our sushi.)

mmmm. I think I could live on sushi. All kinds. I don’t know if I have a favorite, I love it all.

Rainbow roll? Yes please
Spicy Tuna
Super Crunch
Shrimp Tempura

yes, yes, and yes pleeeeasseee!!!!!


I am happy to report that I got a short run in before we left for dinner. Chris told me that he wanted to go for a 3 mile run. I talked him into 2 miles. He hasn’t run in months, and I thought 3 miles, in this heat would be a little much.

He did really, really well! I was a proud little wifey! We run 2 miles in 21:30…whatever that pace is.


Today was a really frustrating day at work. I spent 3 hours trying to find home health CARE for a patient.

It’s unbelievable that in the county I live in there are 70 home health agencies, but only ONE of them accepts Medicaid. It’s unacceptable, in my opinion.

I won’t go into all the details because it’s boring and long, but I think it’s completely unacceptable that health CARE providers are not willing, or can’t actually hold up their end of the bargain on that whole CARING thing.

It’s sickening how much of health care is actually about the money and less about the caring.

I’ve worked at my job for a little over a year and it’s been a little bit of a rude awaking.

Don’t get it twisted, I adore my job. It’s great. It’s just that healthcare is such a depressing situation.

What REALLY REALLY pisses me off: Home health agencies come into my office 3-4x/wk soliciting. They want me to know that their agency is the best. That they will do this, this and this for MEDICARE patients, and maybe even some other commercial insurance patients but they wouldn’t shake a stick at a medicaid patient.

Don’t come to me and ask for patient’s when you can’t/won’t see the patient that I ask you to see.

I get it.

Medicaid is awful. It’s hard to deal with, authorization are nearly impossible, and getting paid is almost an act of congress. Then when you do get paid you’re still in the negative.

For example: If it costs an office $67/per patient, and they only get paid $42/patient then they aren’t in the negative, right?

I get it.


We are in healthcare. We are in the business of helping people and taking care of them.

Unfortunately it’s not actually like that. The government, insurances & a plethora of medical malpractice lawsuits have made it impossible to just care for a patient.


stepping down.


Not sure what’s on the work out menu tomorrow.

Maybe a little treadmill action? We’ll see if Chris wants to run tomorrow.

Live yo life



It’s getting’ hot in herre

(bahahaha. I seriously LOL’d when I saw this)

I’ve been a bad blogger. I haven’t done anything blog related since Sunday night. I just haven’t felt like it, which is weird for me, but it is what it is.

I don’t have to much to report on the running & work out front.

Monday I went for an extremely hot 3 mile run. I knew it was hot out, but I didn’t know how hot.

When I got back to the house I checked weather dot com and I was rudely informed that it was:

88. BUT felt like 98.

Uhm.pardon me?

lesson learned. Check the dang weather before you try to go running.

Even though the heat was pretty miserable, I’ll dare to say that I had a decent run. I had to stop 3 times to get some water and stretch, but over all I’m content with my run.


Nothing really to brag about. I’m just happy I actually went outside and ran.

Tuesday I opted out of doing anything and cleaned up the house some.

Today I’m not sure what kind of work out will happen. We are supposed to be going out to dinner for Chris’ b-day. Maybe I should have thought of that yesterday when I was skipping a work out. Hmph.

Yesterday’s cleaning sesh was focused on our shower. I picked up the living room and cleaned the counters, but the shower got a work up.

Water spots are really difficult to get off glass. Like, really. I’ve never had a shower w/ glass before so I had no clue.

Yesterday I used Lime Away or something like that (Green bottle?). I sprayed it on the glass, like a lot a lot a lot, like it run down the glass then wiped it off. That seemed to work pretty well. There are a few little spots, but it’s 99.9% better than it was.

Do you have a glass shower? What have you found that works miracles?

Oh. You know what happened this weekend?

It was our 1yr anniversary in our house?! Can you believe that!? If you’ve been reading for a while then you were around when we were building our house! I can’t believe it’s already been a year!

You can see pictures/progress of the house in my home blog here.
I haven’t updated it since we moved in.

In other news:

I’m dying of anticipation over our trip in August.


I think I have ADD.

I was writing this post. Then my cousin sent me a g-chat message.

totally forgot about this blog.


So now I have to leave for work.

Dear Self,

get it together.


Happy Wednesday!