Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Updates....oh the updates!

I figure that since I haven't blogged regularly this semseter that I'm waaaaaaaaay overdue for a life update.

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Next week is my last week of law school and school forever for that matter. It blows my mind that this day has finally arrived. I'm excited and scared all the same. There is something to be said for the law school experience.

ANYWAY. The week after that I spend the entire week packing and then we are headed to ARKANSAS! We will celebrate the holidays and then I'll start studying for the bar. This period shall also be known as Sam has no life and Brandon needs lots of prayers.

So that's the sorta logistics for things.

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I am officially halfway through my recovery time for my stress fracture on my right foot. I will say that I can tell a difference in the way my foot feels and I'm so glad that as of this weekend, I only have three more weekends until I can start training again. I will be starting from scratch, but that's okay. It's best for my foot and best for my studying schedule.

Speaking of working out, I think we are going to join the Y when I get there b/c they offer some classes. I really like classes for some reason. I think it's because the weights and other strength training moves are already incorporated into them for me. Plus, I'm not an expert at being fit. Trainers are. And so, it's best that I go to those types of people to teach the classes.

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Sugar and Paisley are doing well. I realize that I haven't talked about them in forever. I just thought y'all should know that shenanigans still abound regularly with these two. It's snowed recently in Michigan and so Paisley's stank face has raised a new notch.

But life is good for them and they cannot complain.

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I think I am going to do my 25 days of Christmas posts this year. I don't know if everything will be all cutesy Christmas, but I will post every day about something. It'll be good practice for me.

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My family is here this week for Thanksgiving in our teeny apartment. But I love it this way. We all have such a good time when we're together and I have LOVED them being here already. We've cooked good meals, had a lot of laughs, and already made a trip to the DQ for some dessert!

Although, apparently, my mother has this grand scheme to go Black Friday shopping. I don't know if y'all know this or not, but I am not a fan of the shopping event that is Black Friday. Don't get me wrong, I can put a hurt on some retail shopping with the best of them, but Black Friday just isn't for me. It's the highest level of passive aggressive and I just can't do that at 3:28 in the morning. I'm just not committed to the cause.

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What are some other updates you need from me? I think I've covered things, but if I haven't, ask away.

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it.


  • I have 12 days left of school. I'm excited to be done, but sad about leaving Michigan. Leaving is a hard thing to process. I move. Then I start studying for the bar. Have a little Christmas. Then officially no life until after the bar. All of this includes so much unknown. 
  • I've had a headache since Saturday night. 
  • I'm looking forward to buying the turkey and stuff for the brine. 
  • My sister bought the Blake Shelton Christmas CD. It's pretty good! 
  • Who else drags butt at 2:30ish every day? Just me?
  • I can't wait for Catching Fire and the new Vince Vaughn movie this Friday! We might even go to the midnight premiere. 
  • Is it wrong that I don't feel like I can play School's Out by Alice Cooper until I know I passed the bar?
  • I'd love to go to the beach.
  • I have a new obsession with booties. I want a pair of peep-toe booties this summer. Of course, that means that I will have to not jack with my toes while running. 
  • I'm about halfway through my recovery period with my stress fracture. Thank goodness! 
Happy Monday! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Back in the CST

Now that I am officially headed back to Central Standard Time, people are starting to ask what I think about moving back to the South. While there is a part of me that's sad to leave Michigan, I really am looking forward to a new beginning.

Our time here in Michigan has brought us so many new experiences - good and bad. We have learned so many different things about ourselves, our relationship, friendship, money, our faith, etc. We also have lived through actual winters. I'll admit that I'm usually crying uncle by February 1 at 12:01am, but either way, I'll definitely miss winter.

We have learned that having our own space has been good for us, but we also have learned that being close to family is VERY important to us. I think God heard us on that when he brought about this Arkansas opportunity in the first place.

I've started to scout out doctors and hair stylists and churches. I'm letting myself look forward to things like good Mexican and Sonic and Chick-Fil-A again. Living without those things these past few years have not been lost on me. I'll have to reign myself in the first few months I'm back so as to not gain a ton of weight.

And this new beginning has lots of promise. I'll admit though, I'm a hard sell. I mean I've lived in Oklahoma and Michigan for crying out loud. And while some people might not consider those great states, they have clearly never lived in either place.

Either way, I'm ready. Hopefully Arkansas is ready too.

Happy Monday!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Healthy Train Tuesday... A Fresh Start

When we fall off the healthy train, it's important to get back up and try again. I recently got back on track and then ate horribly for a few days and pretty much undid my hard work. Eating healthy is a choice I have to make every day. Writing here weekly keeps me super accountable. So here we go...


Total Loss: 71.6 pounds.
Starting Weight: 239 pounds
Current Weight: 167.4
Pounds to goal weight: 17.4



What I noticed was different about my body: Since running isn't an option, I'm going to have to be serious about doing other things like the stationary bike and walking. What I eat will make a difference of course and I need to focus on that just as much. The working out has never been an issue for me. It's the food.
Workouts I did this week: My last run was almost a week and half ago. I go walk tomorrow night. I'm looking forward to it.

Favorite Song of the Week: Snoopy's Christmas. I'm rocking the Christmas tunes hard core right now in the car and I'm digging this song.

Personal Goal for this week:

  • Be active 5 times
  • Finish stuff for nationals.
  • Check off all my to-dos. 
  • No pop for a week. It's time for me to quit pop and I need to be serious about, but I've got to take it in small steps. 

Hope this finds you well! As always if you have questions, I am happy to answer them!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it.


  • My contact case has a turkey on it and says "Happy Thanksgiving." My contact case = cooler than your contact case. 
  • I love Fall Back. I know some people hate it. However, I am a morning person. So more sun in the morning makes for a happier me. It's selfish. I'm aware. I'm sure some day when I have kids, I'll hate it. But for now, I don't. Therefore, I still like it. 
  • I got my hurr did recently. I put in a red that is out of the box for me. I wanted to do it before I graduated because it's the last time I'll be a little risky with my hurr. I've had very mixed reactions. People either love it or hate it. The people that hate it are not shy about their opinion and they are a little rude about it, in my opinion. 
  • Here's my latest theory on Dina returning to RHONJ. Since she is separated from her hubby aka Caroline's husband's brother, she is hurting for money. Also, I think that he called BS on her not talking to Caroline and she didn't like that. Bravo knows that Caroline does well, so that's why she gets her own show. Dina could have had the same had she stayed on the show and not gone off the deep end. 
  • Watched "A Few Good Men" for the first time this weekend. Gosh I love Aaron Sorkin!
  • I go back and forth on whether I want to make New York City Marathon or the Marine Corp Marathon my first. That first one is something really special and I think both of these races have that magical feel. 
  • Only 33 days until my last day of school. I'm gonna make a paper chain. 
Happy Monday! 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Aloha JACK!

I've been thinking awhile about this little space of mine. This past semester has not lent the time for me to blog regularly like I used to. I think that comes with major transition. I also have about a cajillion other things going on as well, so the thing that had to take a back seat was my blogging.

But.

It has given me time to think about why I write. When I started writing 6 months after I married Brandon, it was a way for me to process how my life was going. And it still is. Whenever there was bad or good, this was my place to talk about it.

My family is going through a hard season right now. I don't want to go into the gory details because it's not my story to tell, but my family could really use your prayers. I am swamped with major life changes and don't feel like I can be there for them like I would want. My ability to be there for them is going to remain limited until after the bar. It's part of the life I've chosen. And so I have to rely on God to be in control of the situation.

I don't know if you've been reading here long, but that whole letting go of control isn't exactly a strong suit of mine. I'm from the school that when something goes wrong, I have a moment to be upset about it and then I get after it.

Well, there is only so much I can do because in the next few months my life includes bar application, national competition, finishing externship, moving cross country, the holidays, and then after all of that: I study for the bar.

No time for life. I have a small reprieve from when I move to before I start studying for the bar. I plan to be as in the moment with my family then as possible. But it'll be limited because even then I'll need to start getting used to studying.

And it's in the past two weeks and realistically this semester - because let's be honest, my blogging has sucked this semester - I've realized that this space for me is still about finding the good in the middle of the crazy horrible awful.

My running was a good outlet for that as well. It was my time to think about and process those things that were bothering me, pray about them, and then figure out how I was going to deal with them.. And now that I'm out of that outlet literally thanks to a stress fracture, I can feel myself tensing up again.

Don't worry, I'm going to be on a stationary bike like it's my job in the next few weeks to keep my legs in shape. I'll tell you all about it too.

BUT.

All runners will understand me when I say this: There is just something about the road that calms me. Lacing up my shoes, plugging in my jams and pounding out the world's troubles one step at a time is something that can't be compared.

What does this all mean? I guess the long and the short of it is that I need to come here to process. So that's what I'm going to do. Sometimes it's funny. (And by funny, read I think I'm funny.) Sometimes it's light and fluffy. Sometimes it's hard. But it's all me.

Hope this finds y'all well.

Happy November!
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