Day Off

Today was my first day off since October 10th. It was definitely needed. I started my day by sleeping in a bit, which felt great. My goal for the day was to get a run in, finish the banenschnitten (Austrian banana dessert,) and work on organizing my kitchen. Fortunately, I got my run in, finished the dessert and made great strides in the kitchen.

I got a new food processor last week since the one we got for our wedding was on its last leg. Despite upgrading to the next model up, the new Cuisinart food processor cost me less than the old one. It also comes with a much better setup. All the accessories including all the very sharp tools are stored thoughtfully in a storage case. I’m excited to use it. Apparently, I’ve been watching the Great British Bake-off too much!

Both boys had games to officiate today, which was nice. They both are very expensive, so I’m excited to have their own spending money. I’m going broke subsidizing their social lives and Chipotle habits. I think the Mayor was just happy to be back on the ice after taking the week off. Fortunately, all of their games this weekend went well. It also gave me some quiet, alone time off at home on my day off. I don’t get much time to myself outside of my workday.

I am excited for the week ahead. Last week was great at work, so I’m excited to carry the momentum forward. Hopefully, the remaining six weeks of AEP are lucrative enough to fund my travel wishes for 2022. Honestly, I cannot wait to get back to Scandinavia and Europe. Obviously, I’ll be making another trip to Utah in the new year, which will be awesome. As for the rest of the night, I’m ready for bed. I don’t know why, but it feels three hours later than it actually is.

Cleared to Play

The Mayor was cleared to play today. I can’t tell you how relieved I am to not be fighting that battle anymore. He’s been absolutely insufferable about going to hockey practice. I guess the upshot is that he’s totally committed to his team. Fortunately, he can get back to practice with a healthy shoulder next week. Thanks to John for making this possible.

Work has been busy, which is great. The days are absolutely flying by and the customers have been wonderful. Sure there’s been a couple of assholes in the mix, but the majority are wonderful people. I’ve had a productive week and looking forward to continuing that level of productivity throughout the remainder of AEP.

My morning workouts, well, they’re going. I’d like to say they’re going well, but I find the runs exponentially more difficult in the early morning. Strangely, the HIIT workouts don’t seem to be as challenging as the run. Fortunately, I will be doing a strength workout tomorrow. It feels so good to be back in a balanced routine. I was a cardio queen for too long, but now I’ve got a nice balanced routine.

One thing I’ve noticed since our trip to Utah is a lack of pain in my foot. In fact, this is the first time since 2018 that I’ve not had pain in my tendon. I guess it finally healed three years later. Aren’t tendon injuries fun? Needless to say, I’m still wearing the orthotics and brace (as needed) to keep the tendon healthy. Anyway, it’s nice to not have pain all the time. I guess I’m finally cleared to play too.

New Schedule

I’ve been adjusting to my new schedule pretty well. Albeit, I’m not loving getting up earlier every morning. I do, however, like getting my workout out of the way in the morning. It has really freed up my evenings. This morning I ran for a mile and half and walked an mile. Tomorrow it will be back to Kayla Itsines HIIT program.

I’m happy to report that work continues to go well. The quality of the leads has gotten better. Moreover, the majority of people I’ve talked to over the past couple of days have been wonderful people. This week I’ve brought back the music videos all day. Metallic has been, and will continue, to fuel my day. Naturally, I’m also drinking plenty of coffee to keep me alert and perky.

Anakin puked on the bed again. This time in the middle of the sale. Unfortunately, it was also nice a chunky. Thankfully, he resourcefully used my pajamas (both the top and bottoms) to cover up his grossness. Obviously, I hadn’t envisioned celebrating my first sale by cleaning up puke. Yet there I was pausing my day to clean up the vomit and start the laundry.

The dogs have also adjusted nicely to my new schedule. Anakin and Athena spend most of their day laying near my desk. Anakin is usually on the bed, while Athena will lay on the floor. Athena really misses Maya and her countenance has shown it. Fortunately, she seems to have turned a corner and again has a pep in her step and a smile on her face. It’s been hard to see Athena grieve her sister, so we’re happy that she’s doing better.

Better Day

Today was a much better day on all fronts. From a productivity standpoint, I had the best sales day of the month today. The headache and stiff muscles that were a source of aggravation earlier in the week have completely abated. And thank god with AEP starting tomorrow, I need to be in tip top shape. After reviewing last year’s AEP results, I’m stoked to see what the next seven weeks will bring.

Of course, nothing makes for a better day than a phone call from Jake. He looked great, but sounded absolutely exhausted. We’re super grateful for technology that allows us to always stay connected. I am definitely missing my boy and would love to be back in Utah spending time with him. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to get back out there until next summer. Oh well, it’s something to look forward to.

I ran this evening and it was fabulous. Naturally, I had hoped it would get easier today. Alas, it did not. I was sucking wind after a half of a mile. Nonetheless, I persevered and ran the whole mile and a half. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be running in the morning before work. My AEP schedule has me working too late to realistically run after work. Monday I’ll be restarting Kayla Itsines HIIT program again. It’s the best exercise program I’ve found to date.

It’s Back

It’s back!!! The NHL regular season kicked off tonight as the Lightning take on the Penguins. I had signed up for Sling to watch the games on ESPN, but it’s still not working. To be honest, I’m less than impressed with Sling so far. It seems to have latency issues and is often very slow to load. Additionally, the orange circle in the middle of screen gets old quick.

My MN Wild and the Florida Panthers will stay their season Friday and Thursday respectively. Hopefully, the Sling debacle will be straightened out by then. Both teams should do well this year and should be fun to watch. The operative word here, of course, is should. Albeit, I learned this weekend that the difference between could and should is confusing for some people.

Friday is all the start of AEP season, which means I’ll be working a 14 hour shift Friday followed by eight mote days of consecutive work. But hey, at least I won’t be bored. Thankfully, it’s only seven weeks long and there’s ton of opportunity to make money. Nevertheless, I’m tired just thinking about it. Fortunately, my puppies will be there every step of the way to keep my company. Anyway, did I mention it’s back!!!

Oh Anakin

Oh Anakin as if my Monday was not already Monday enough, you decided to puke on our white down comforter. Naturally, I watched horrified while I was on the phone with a client. Athena was also concerned and was trying to look up onto the bed to make sure you’re okay. Again I was watching you, so I saw when you grabbed my pajama pants with your mouth and used them to cover up your vomit.

Thankfully, I can’t smell. Otherwise, I’d probably have lost my cookies as well. Fortunately, my phone call was short, so I was able to strip the bedding off my bed and get it into the wash immediately. Sadly, some of the vomit bled through to our memory foam pad. Pro tip, the bissell portable carpet cleaner destroys memory foam pads. Whoops! Oh well, at least there’s no vomit on the pad.

Oh Anakin, you are such a silly puppy. I love working from home and having the dogs chill with me all day. Most days they are well behaved and I don’t have to clean anything up. Moreover, most days Anakin and Athena lay quietly near me. They only get loud when somebody comes to the door. Fortunately, I don’t plan on going to the office anytime soon, so the puppies will be my office mates for the foreseeable future.

Ready To Rest

Well, the tournament is over and I’m ready to rest. Unfortunately, this comes just in time for Monday. Oh the joys of the dawn of a new work week. This Friday AEP starts, so it will be a mad dash for seven weeks. I’ll be working seven days a week for the next seven weeks. At least, I’ll be busy.

I had an interesting incident occur today. A couple of things, I find passive aggressive people annoying. If you have something to say, freaking say it. That being said, however, I find a lack of reading comprehension and critical thinking to be even more aggravating. If I may be so bold as to offer a piece of advice, you should avoid me if the aforementioned items describe you.

The boys had a great game this morning. They won decisively with an 8-0 final. Fortunately, the scoring came from all lines. It was fun to watch how well they can work together. Since they won the semi-final, they were off to the finals this evening. Tonight’s game was against the Flames, who beat the boys 7-2 last night.

Tonight’s game went better, but the boys came up short. They lost 3-0. Nonetheless, it was fun to see how much the team has progressed since the first tournament. The Flames team is now, but by the end of the season our Hawks team will beat them. Moreover, they’ll beat them when it really counts. And now I’m ready to rest.

Hopeful

So I was hopeful that all my high altitude hiking excursions that my runs once I got back would be easier. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. These stinking runs are kicking my butt! Fortunately, I’ve been able to run everyday since we got back. I’m hopeful that by next week the runs will get easier.

As for next week, it marks the start of our busy season at work. Basically, it means I’ll be working 24/7 for the next seven weeks. Oh the joys of AEP. Of course, I complain about it now, but the work is well worth the financial reward. Nonetheless, working 24/7 for seven weeks still stinks. This also means that I’ll have to move my workout schedule around.

My goal is to continue running daily and add the BBG workouts back in. Since I’ll be exceptionally busy, I’ll probably scale back my runs to a mile on my strength training days. Last year, I would run a mile on my break to clear my mind and reset my energy. This proved to be quite the successful strategy. Now I’m off to finish dinner.

Celebrating Melly

Yesterday was all about acclimating to the altitude and celebrating Melly and her 20th birthday. It was fun to have everyone together here in Utah to celebrate with her. We started our day with a nice pancake breakfast in her honor. In fact, we even got to test the AirBnB’s smoke alarms courtesy of the pound of bacon the Hubby cooked.

After breakfast, we headed to Kohl’s to pick up some hiking boots for the boys and a new suitcase for Melly. Goalielocks had forgotten to pack his boots, while the Mayor had outgrown his old pair. While at Kohl’s I found the perfect opal bracelet for Melly. My parents, my hubby and I, Jake and Melly, and Goalielocks and Isa all started dating in October, so I bought both girls a piece of opal jewelry for their birthday. Jake treated us to Chick-Fil-a before we headed to the mall.

We spent the afternoon chilling at the AirBnb. Before we headed to dinner, we played a rousing and endless game of Uno. Apparently, they added a shuffle hand card with the new edition. Consequently, it turned Uno into a never ending game. Nonetheless, it was super fun.

For dinner, we headed to Tokyo Station in downtown Ogden. It’s a hibachi restaurant that happens to be the only one locally that has yum yum sauce. I’m not sure how a hibachi restaurant could function without yum yum sauce. The wait was long since they don’t take reservations, but the food was worth the wait. Most of us has the filet mignon, while Goalielocks and the Mayor had the chicken and shrimp pairing.

After dinner we headed back to the AirBnB to have birthday cake and play games. I had bought a cheesecake for Melly while we were out and about. Additionally, I had some super cute candles delivered with the cake. The card game was a ton of fun although the name escapes me at the moment. This morning we’re headed over to Snow Basin on the east side of the mountains.

Terrific Tuesday

It’s a terrific Tuesday as the Wild finally signed Kirill Kaprizov to a five year deal. Like many Wild fans, I was getting concerned the franchise wasn’t going to get it done. (I would habe bad to eat some crow!)He’s the kind of player that is an absolute game changer for a franchise. Now hopefully he’ll make it to Minny in time for training camp.

It was also a terrific Tuesday at work. Thankfully, the day moved much quicker today than yesterday. Moreover, it’s always good when the sales are coming in easily. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to a week off the phones. By the time I get back, AEP will be just around the corner. Now is the perfect time for a brief respite before the storm.

Not to vaguebook, or in this case vague blog, but we could use some prayers and positive vibes. Tomorrow we have a doctor appointment that we’re praying is the end of the nightmare this week has brought. Hopefully, we’ll have answers and resolution tomorrow, which will help this mama sleep better.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*I’m reading Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel.

*I ran 1.5 miles and walked a mile on the treadmill while watching Curb.

*Three days until I’ll have all my boys in one place!

*We’re tracking the Tropics here in Florida. Fortunately, it still looks like none of these waves will be impacting Florida. Although we still have two systems in the Atlantic Peter followed by Rose.

*Tonight the hubby grilled some ribeyes and potatoes, which were delightfully tasty.

*The word of the day is lithography. One of my favorite examples of lithography is Moulin Rouge by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec.

*I took my puppies including sweet Anakin for a. I put on his harness every morning. Fortunately, we had no run-ins with the toads, lizards or grasshoppers today.