Gym & Siesta Key

After CMU today, I went to the gym and hopped on the elliptical.  I only did 30 mins, but I kept my hooded sweatshirt on to keep the heat in. I did some reps on the hip abductor and then went home. I needed to get home in time to watch Siesta Key.

When I got home, I threw some chicken thighs in the oven, and then Andrew walked in the door. Finally, I got to sit down drink my protein shake and watch Siesta Key.

I love Laguna Beach and The Hills type “reality” tv. It’s my guilty pleasure. I could binge-watch those types of shows over and over again. Of course, at the end of the episode, they show the scenes for next week and they always leave me hanging.

After Siesta Key, I got a shower and then got ready for bed. Andrew stayed up to watch the State of the Union. I totally forgot it was even on.

A Day Cut Short

After CMU today, I went home and changed into sweats and crashed on the couch until around 4:30pm. I don’t know why, but I was so tired.  I didn’t sleep that well over the weekend, so I guess my body was trying to catch up.

Shortly after I woke up, Drew came home. He felt bad that I wasn’t feeling 100%. I heated up some leftovers for us for dinner. Then we hung out and watched reruns of the Office until it was time for bed.


Hair Appt & Lunch

This morning, I had a hair appt with Misty at 9:00am. I stopped and got us Starbucks on the way. Once I arrived, I described to her how I wanted only a little dark at my roots, but more blonde. She double processed me and of course I love it! (picture to be posted soon).

After my hair appt, I went to lunch with my mom at this place called Zoup. There is all kinds of homemade soups and sandwiches. It is like a Panera, but I think it is so much better than Panera. I had the tomato bisque with half a club sandwich. My mom had the tomato bisque mixed with broccoli cheddar, and half of a sandwich. I treated my mom to lunch. I do not get to do it very often, but she deserves it.

After lunch, I stopped at the beer distributor and picked up a sampler pack of the Truly spiked lemonades. Drew and I have been wanting to try them, but just never being able to find them.

Once I got home, I did the laundry. I took an hour nap on the couch and just wanted to take some time for self-care. Drew was working from home. When he was done working, we ordered pizza and wings. We got caught up on our shows; Tell me a Story, and Riverdale. One more episode of Tell me a Story, then I am cancelling CBS All Access. It is like $7.00 a month, which is not bad, but we have so many streaming services (Disney+, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix).

It was such a relaxing Friday!

2nd Spin Class

After CMU today, I went home changed for spin class, then heated up some keto hamburger casserole from last night. I hung out for a while, and watched Jersey Shore reruns before heading out the door to spin class.

Once I arrived to RMU, I parked at the campus recreation center, and swiped my card at the front desk. I walked into the spin room and saw John was there stretching. I greeted him with a “what’s up.” I picked out a spin bike in the back next to two other girls. We chatted about the semester being almost over and thanksgiving break. I adjusted my bike a  little. I forget how to do this. The last time I did Spin was almost a year ago. It was last year at Winterfest.

Once class started, we hit the ground running full force. John is a great spin instructor. He plays awesome tunes and keeps us motivated to make it through the class. I probably didn’t push as hard as I could, but I already got my walking in today. I walked from Pitt to CMU and back to Pitt to where I parked my car, so my legs were already worked out! It was a good class over all. I was sweaty after and that is how I know I got a great work out. As soon as I got off the bike, my legs started to feel like jello.

After class, John and I talked about things I could assist with in the Spring semester. He and Maureen still want to utilize my help with events even though my internship class will be complicated and my hours will no longer count towards my internship. I was glad to hear that I was still going to be able to help as needed. Ideally, I would love to work at RMU full-time after graduate school. I am so grateful to John and to Maureen for giving me the opportunities to be involved and to build my social capital.


Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra

After my team meeting, I attended my first Yoga Nidra session. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did google it and it seems pretty relaxing.

When I arrived to the campus rec center, I checked in at the front desk, then went upstairs to the studio. I took my shoes off upon entry, and laid out my yoga mat. I sat down on the mat, prepared for my first Yoga Nidra session. I was given a blanket and a bolster pillow for under my knees.

The instructor explained to us that Yoga Nidra is a meditative sleep yoga. You lay on your back the whole time, and she guides us through the meditation. I was excited. The bolster pillow helps to support your lower back, while you are laying flat. The blanket is to keep you warm, because when the body is totally at rest it becomes chilly.

After the session ended, I was so relaxed. It is hard to shut down and reboot, but it felt so good. I do recall at times it was hard to keep the thoughts at bay, and just be totally present it must take some practice. I am looking forward to attending another session as soon as possible.


Hair Appt

Hair Appt

Call me crazy, but I still went to my hair appt on Saturday. Misty is amazing and with the holidays coming it would be hard to get an appointment. I desperately needed my hair done. I went back to blonde, but I still kept my dark roots.  I love my blonde! I am finding that breathing is easier. No wheezing.

When I got home, I did some laundry and laid back down. I didn’t want to do too much. My hair appt was my big event.

Annual Eye Appt

This morning, Andrew and I both had eye appts. I was prepared to get dilated. I want my eyes to stay healthy. When I went back to the examining room, and they did the eye tests, etc. The doctor said, I had a slight prescription. I was a little bummed at first. I did notice I was struggling a bit with some of the tests with the different lenses. At one point, I couldn’t decide if 5 or 6 was sharper.

At the end, he told me that I am slightly near-sided and he thinks a small prescription lens and a pair of glasses would help make things a bit sharper, and help me better able to see at night. Sometimes at night, when I am driving there is a definite glare with the lights, and if it is raining. It is worse. I was sort of excited for classes, but kind of disappointed.

After he put the dilating drops in my eyes, I went out to look at glasses, while I waited for my pupils to dilate. The doctor explained to Drew the need for a small prescription and how a pair of glasses could a. help make things sharper to see far away and b. help with driving at night, and eliminate the glare. Drew didn’t seem to mind. Pitt has excellent insurance when it comes to vision. Plus he put aside extra money in the FSA.

When I was looking at glasses, I decided on the Burberry frames. I can’t wait to go get them. I was excited to pick them up. I have to wait 10 days!

After the eye appointment, we went home too relax and check on the dogs. Andrew’s car was back at the Autobody, and was going to be ready in the evening, so. I wanted to make sure I rested my eyes so I could drive when it was time to get his car.