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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Rant Time

If you're not in the mood to hear me bitch then it would be a good time to tune out. 
This happens to be a time in the year when I hear a lot of complaining. Complaining is fine, I do it all the time, but it's on a teeter-totter/seesaw/balance thing that has complaining on one side and action on the other. 
When a person is complaining, I'm all ears because I understand you need to vent/rant/bitch, I get that (just take a look at this post), but complaining needs to be balanced with action. When a person is exerting effort to do their job, succeed in school, work out, etc... the complaining they do is more appreciated because they aren't just whining, but they have actions to back them up. The phrase "actions speak louder than words" really shines here. Think about it: the person who complains about their weight or their school work (me) without having a solid history of taking action on these complaints just sounds like a sad whiny song on repeat. BUT the person who bitches about their weight and is also going to the gym regularly and/or being active outdoors sounds more justified and you can feel more sympathetic towards their complaints. 
Now, I'm far from perfect. I complain all the time, but usually I have actions to go along with them. There are times I don't and I'm just whining to my mom on the phone; that's about the time when Mom tells me to get the fuck of the phone and go do something about it!! That's a true friend =>
Quit with the promises, waiting until......(not now) and plain ol' bitching and go get shit done.
I leave you with my favorite phrase from Nike: JUST DO IT

Rant Over!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Year, New Promises

Let's try keeping them =>

First, as some of you know I've started a vlog and I'd like to keep up with it. I think it's fun and I am pretty sure my family is enjoying it. For those who aren't aware, my family doesn't live close anymore so this is a fun way for them to "see" me more often. OH and I made a vlog on this post! It's at the bottom, check it out!!

Second, I'm a runner and I plan on making some nice PR's this year. I'm doing the Bay-to-Breakers again this year and I'm not holding back! I'm excited to see how I can tear up San Francisco! =>
Bay to Breakers 2011



Third, I want to really get into the Wheel of Time series. I will not be finishing this series by any means this year, so that is not a realistic resolution to make....but I want to start reading it and hopefully finish a book or two between semesters =>

Source: google.com via Glady on Pinterest


Fourth, I am right in the middle of the Jessica Darling series and I want to finish that in the first quarter of the year. Should be simple enough, it's a super easy read and I'm already tied right in the middle of it!!

Source: google.com via Glady on Pinterest


Fifth, my nails. I've made this one before....and I've succeeded before! Sounds weird right? Well after my "1 year anniversary" of not biting my nails, I began biting them again. Pretty lame. I  vow to make it past the one year anniversary this time!!

Sixth, the organization of my craft closet!! It is a total disaster and I plan to make it a fun & organized crafting corner.
(I skipped this in my video, didn't mean to!)
Source: michaels.com via Glady on Pinterest


Seventh, a photo project. Some of you may be aware of my project 365 I did in 2010. Some of you may also know that I had a hard time keeping up with the posting of that project haha. WELL I was talking with Daniel and he came up with project 52 (for the weeks in a year). I'm LOVIN' it! I explain it on my photo blog, check it out!!

Eighth, I want to dedicate more time to yoga. I LOVE yoga, we have our ups and downs (HAHA). Sad, thing is, we don't see each other as often as we used to =<
I am going to make a promise to do yoga as often as I can (the goal is once a day) even if it's just a simple pose or meditation. I'm SOO excited, I miss my yoga =>


For those who aren't aware, that^^ is Tara Stiles, she is AMAZING!! =>

There you have it!! Six more promises to keep. It's Pinky-Promise time!!

Link up your resolutions over at J&M's Eye Candy!!


Friday, December 23, 2011

I Am Me. Who Are You?

I did this little "tag" thing on Youtube on my vlog channel 
It was SO fun, though it is short, it took a LOT of effort because it is stop-motion and I've never done that before. Ehh..I explain it a bit, just watch! If you do it you're own way, I would LOVE to see it!



Don't be scared to subscribe, my channel is lonely haha =>

Thursday, November 3, 2011

11-02-2011

I am a number nerd. I absolutely love stats about anything, I like looking at graphs, charts, averages, whatever. SO about a year ago when I learned about palindrome dates I was thrilled. Now, palindrome dates can be done in a few ways, the way I prefer to recognize is a full 8-digit palindrome date. That being 11-02-2011 can be read the same forward and back. Today is the last 8-digit palindrome date until 2020 (Feb. 2nd). I wanted to do something fun, but Daniel was held at work until noon. Which didn't leave time for an adventure, plus he was pretty exhausted from an unexpected 12 hour shift. To celebrate this palindrome date we went out to Benja's and had ourselves a four-course meal! haha 
So here's the story in photos, we went to the newer location down by the mall:
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Here's the awesome flower at our table:
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The lemon on our waters haha:
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Four-course meal, right? SO here goes: Appetizer potstickers
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Egg drop soup-of-the-day:
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We split yellow curry #3 w/pork and a Benja's fried rice:
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The bowl for the curry was psychedelic:
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Then we finished with the best part, mango sticky rice!!
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Haha we go on dates on palindrome dates, we're weird. 
I thought since it was Wednesday, though I haven't been keeping up with that AT ALL, I would show you what I wore....or try to because Daniel is good at everything electronic EXCEPT cameras haha =>
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Jewelry: Lia Sophia
Sweater: Rue 21
Jeans: super skinny hollister
Boots: Shoe Carnival 

pleated poppy

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Save-A-Sister 10K

Today was the Save-A-Sister 10k, 5k and 1-mile walk. I participated in the 10k. I have a video here of the start. It is a little shaky, but that's what you get when you have to hold the phone way above your head to accommodate for the people walking in front of you. I knew I could do it in under 1.5hrs. I had an unrealistic goal of 1hr only because I saw last years results and found an old friend who completed it in that time. I haven't dedicated enough training for that to work, so I made a more realistic goal of 1:15. Then across the finish line I came with 1:05:47 =>
I'm proud of that and can definitely do it in under an hour next time.
Enjoy the video, the balloons are my favorite part.
Here's a silly photo of me running. This would be loop #2 for the 10k people, so not very many runners at this point.



Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mentally Scary

     530am comes quick. I woke up feeling great and actually looking forward to my LSD (Long, slow distance) run.
     Breakfast was simple: toast and a banana then GU (I tried the tri-berry today). I packed up my mid-run GU and started the mapmyrun app to keep track of me and for easy logging later.
     It's dark when I start around 615am and I've adjusted to that, though it wasn't that way about a month ago. When I head out I focus on mini goals to help me stay in a positive mindset. The first one is reaching "the traffic lights" That's the daylight point. But before I was out of my neighborhood, I was spooked. I swear everything was howling. Cats, dogs and even the chickens! I'm not kidding, the headphones have not been put on faster.
     With music playing I figured the scariness would lessen. Nope. With my ears plugged to the environment my eyes started noticing more..like the weird teenager out walking and the fact that it was darker than normal. With overcast blanketing the sky I had this lonely feeling that I would never see the sun. That is not a positive mantra.
     Just as a note there was a song that had lyrics saying "this doesn't get better" I was like "really??" I've never noticed those words in that song before, but of course they stuck out today.
     Crossing the main street I make it to the main trail. I love the trails because they are wide and the pavement is nice to run on with my Nike's. Then I start seeing, or in fact..not seeing because there aren't any streetlights or trail lights for the path. I was pissed that the cars that have headlights got all the luminescence on the road. It was creepy dark! I started thinking this is a crazy idea, running out here in the dark and without any one around..Plus there was this bird. Yes a bird that looked like a rock on the path..because it was so dark. As I approached the "rock" it flew up just passed my face and I had a freak-out jumping moment. Stupid bird.
     To keep my sanity, I took a walking break about 2 miles sooner than normal to adjust my mindset. I started telling myself that there were going to be others outside soon, then cars and finally the sun will start brightening the trail. I was wrong again.
     My first goal landmark arrived: the traffic lights. What happened? darkness..still. what..the..hell?!? All these events were less than motivating. I figured the happy daylight wasn't going to come anytime soon with the damn overcast. Damn you weather! Just another mental thing to overcome. I can do it.
     Another strange thing..there weren't any walkers, runners or bikers out doing their thing....hmm. I'm starting to feel like there was a memo that I just didn't get.
     Once I reached my second landmark I was super pissed. There's this fishing pond about 2.5 miles out and there's always people out fishing, walking (there's a trail head) or at least cars parked. Nothing. No one. It's still dark. That weird blue-toned light started about here. That does not count as daylight to me. I just figured that at this point there wasn't a happy ending. No sun until after I get home, no people to smile at while running on the trail and no funny people staring from their car.
Glimpse of Daylight-Hope

     Then on the positive side of things..what? there's a positive?!? Yes..positive. I took a look at my phone to see how I was doing. With all the creepy, negative things I was focused on during my run so far..I had not been paying attention to pace/distance..I was doing damn good.
     Jumping forward a mile, it was time for my mid-run GU (tried the mandarin orange). I took a walking break to ingest this stuff, ughalak! the texture makes me want to gag..but the taste actually isn't that bad (well..some of them) back to my light problem. The daylight started coming out and I was feeling great. Amazing how something simple as light can make such a mental difference.
Daylight!!

     After the GU I saw the first people since I left my house, the weird teenager didn't count; it was a couple walking with backpacks on. Then by the time I reached the fountain again I saw an old man sitting to tie his shoe, later another couple running with their dog...who looked like this >>
     Whether it was actually this or not, I have no idea. But you can imagine it put a smile on my face to see this thing with all its hairy goodness running with its tongue out. Glorious.
     Feeling mentally better than when I started, I just focused on getting the rest done, the last half. Of course, that wasn't going to be as easy as I was hoping. I had one of the most stubborn side stitches ever. Lame. I usually can get rid of one pretty quickly..but this one had no intention of letting me run. I was pissed..again. I had the energy to just shoot and I felt great, but then this little thing is stopping me.
     I hate when things are in my way. Eventually, I got the stubborn pain to lessen..but I couldn't get it to go away completely. You can imagine how that put a damper on my pace. Oh well. Getting out there and doing it, regardless of time or distance is the bigger picture for me.
     To sum this up, I want to tell you what helped make sense of most of my running events today..it was Sunday and I had no clue.
     Now is when you laugh at me. I usually run on a Saturday, which is why I'm used to all the activity going on around me. I don't know if the anniversary of 9/11 has people stay indoors as well to make it double-lonely on the road, but the roads and paths were definitely empty. I didn't realize it was Sunday until I got home and Daniel wasn't there....once he arrived I asked why he took so long to get home, wondering if it was another long day at work. He had the most confused face and tone in his voice..then he reminded me that it was Sunday. bam..the "OH" moment. Like a giant light lit a mental tunnel.
     The whole Sunday thing still doesn't fix the fact that it was creepy dark outside, but does make sense of other things. This was only 7 miles for me..it wasn't hard physically at all. Done this before, but it was just mentally challenging.
     Sorry for such a looong post, I just had to share. If you read through this whole thing you deserve a gold star!! Thanks a ton, you guys are champs =>

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Positive

     On the first week of classes I was mad because the professors got switched. I was only taking that class because of the original professor, so you can imagine my temptation to drop it when I found my reason was gone.
     I am super thrilled I didn't drop it!! The professor that took the class over is AMAZING! First, she showed us the "Brain in the Palm of your Hand" which I truly enjoyed, I will dig up the link of its source for you: here is the video of Dr. Dan Siegel showing you what I'm talking about; he does so in the sense of relating it to parenthood, but you can easily understand how this is used in every aspect of life.
    Then she gave us a quote to look into:
 "The mind can change the brain to change the mind.
     It's definitely a favorite of mine and I want it hung up on my wall somewhere. We had to find what it "defines" which wasn't hard. While looking it up I ran into a ton of info from Rick Hanson, who the quote is from. He has a lot of info on mindfulness, which I'm all about! I immediately signed up for his Just One Thing newsletter and rummaged through his Skillful Means wiki to find sources on meditation, psychological practices and more.
     During some recent digging I came across the "Three good things" exercise. I'm in love with this, it's simple and makes a difference in how you think throughout your day.
     Most of us are focused on the negative things going on around us. The idea of this exercise is to focus on the positive things. How do you do it?
1. at night before bed think of three positive things that happened that day.
2. write them down
3. this is important: write down why they were good, why were they positive for you. 
Keep in mind, he says that these things do not have to be huge amazing things, they can be anything from having great toast in the morning to running your first marathon. The reasons can be simple, too. Maybe the toast was so good for you because you bought different bread or a new jelly.
     When I started, on the second day I was thinking about the three things I was going to write about throughout my day. It was really amazing, as things happened I thought to myself, "Oooh! That will be one of my things!" hehe sounds silly, but try it and you'll see! =>

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Good People

     It never ceases to amaze me how just a couple of good people can make for great company.
     I had a Lia Sophia party tonight (for those that don't know, it's jewelry) and I sent out a facebook invite aaaand like a million postcard invites to people at college. Many saying they would come, though I didn't actually expect it to happen.
     When the party bell rang, there were only two guests: my sister-in-law Michelle and a really good friend in college, Lori. There is one other that was supposed to make it that had very good reason not to..she has be excused hehe =>
     My point of this is that as I was hoping for a big show, it was quite small....but the fun-o-meter went up just as high.
It's good to have good people in your life.
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     Aside from all that, if you want to check out the jewelry go here:
https://www.liasophia.com/sites/amymartin1/catalog-intro
and put Glady Dalton in the hostess lookup, you have until Friday the 9th!! =>
The Deal: by 2 get 3rd at half price....the MOST EXPENSIVE is your HALF-OFF piece!! =>

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

WIWW 7/6/11

Today I felt I had no energy..I dragged myself to the gym, sorry no photos of that. I thought the gym would wake me up..it did for just long enough to go Costco shopping. haha..when I got home I was on empty again.
I forced myself to do my stats homework then I thought to jump in the shower to wake myself up....no luck there, either....I then dragged myself to class. SO, nothing exciting here, not even my clothes....haha!!
WIWW 7/6/11
Earrings ~ Lia Sophia
Necklace ~ Lia Sophia
Jeans ~ Victoria's Secret
Shoes ~ Mudd from famous footwear

pleated poppy

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fun Fourth Adventures!

During the day, I took the time to get some things accomplished, like stats homework, organizing photos, editing photos, going to the gym, and just plain catching up! 
Aside from all the busy-work, Daniel and I went down to Mesquite in the evening to have some fun with friends & family. 
Dad made some delicious and giant pork ribs to eat before we headed out to see Mesquite's fireworks display. I have not been very impressed the last couple years with their display, but they surprised me this year with some pretty badass fireworks for such a small town. 
A couple examples:
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Firework Collage
Firework Collage

Something I like to do every year is to have people "write messages" with sparklers!! Everyone enjoys it, even the kids!
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Now, how about some people?? 
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Okay, a few explanations: Kyle is folding his arms because he was mad about some brotherly quarrel that involved that giant K'Nex cube that Adam is holding above his head....umm Ian is shooting the camera with a K'Nex gun he made aaand it looks like I'm attacking Daniel because I was so I could get a photo! haha
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I would explain what my brothers are doing, but I just can't....hehe
Lydia
Lydia was just being an absolute doll for me here while I was getting photos.....lots of thanks to Michelle!!
OH! and doesn't that head piece just look sooo cute!?? That would be the amazing work of J&M's Eye Candy!!
Go check out their shoppe!!

Here's the set on flickr for my Fun Fourth Adventures!
Hope all of you had some Fun, Fantastic, Fourth Adventures!!