Meghan Trainor isn’t just about that bass. During a visit to 2DayFM’s “The Dan & Maz Show,” the singer covered Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” on a ukulele, and it’s pretty damn awesome. Trainor even put her own spin on some of …
Super catchy tune sung by a super catchy singer. Almost too much awesome in one video.
I had a pretty amazing weekend. Well actually it was really a pretty amazing 24 hours with my family but here’s your recap.
Friday night was nothing spectacular. I spent my evening at home and cleaned and got my house ready for my family to arrive the next day. Oh yeah I did consume an entire bottle of wine and watched Harry Potter. It was amazing.
Called my brother bright and early to see when he was getting to town because I was so excited to see him. He showed up around 1130.
We went and had an amazing lunch downtown. It was great to sit and catch up just the two of us.
We then took a case of cheap but delicious beer to his friend’s house where we drank, and played darts and washers. And got to hang out with people I hadn’t seen in years. It was perfect.
Parents got to town around 330 so we headed back to my place and had more drinks and snacky snacks before the game. Some of my dear Bozeman friends joined us so we consumed way too many chips and beers in a very short period of time.
We headed up to tailgate for the game around 530. I sent my family and friends off while I went and met up with a family for work. We got them all settled in and then headed out to find my family and consume more beers before the game. Ran into some other friends. Flirted with a boy. It was a great pre-game.
Found my family. My dad was drunk and awesome. Got into the stadium in time for kick off.
Watched our Bobcats kick some butt.
Went to Old Chicago for a very late dinner with family and friends. Again it was perfect. And I ate too much.
The whole family headed to church the next morning. We convinced my dad to go because they have an amazing pipe organ in our church. And we promised him breakfast afterwards.
Cateye breakfast. Oh my gawd so good. If you ever get to Bozeman and need breakfast I highly recommend this place. It’s my favorite place for breakfast.
Went and ran some shopping errands as a family.
Headed out on a short family hike. Got some sunshine and much needed exercise. Then we followed it up with a good fountain Coke and some ice cream treats. It was perfect.
Then sadly around 230 my family had to head to Missoula because they were staying with my Gma before my brother got on his plane today to head back to New York.
Overall it was the perfect 24 hours as family. It was fast and furious and just what I needed. I also needed a two hour nap yesterday because I was complete worn out, but I wouldn’t have changed anything.
So I’m taking up running. Or at least trying to use running as a from of cardio to help me get healthy. My only problem is I suck at it.
Little background. Growing up I was very into athletics. 3 sports a year. Camps all summer. Even dabbled in college volleyball until I realized that the coach was Jeckle and Hyde and I couldn’t deal with the mind games she played. Problem when I quit was I didn’t know how to work out without anyone telling me how to do it. All through life I had coaches telling me when to run, and when to stop. So I gained weight. Lots of it.
I’m finally at a place in my life where I’ve realized that being active and eating well will lead to a healthier life. That’s really want I want. Losing weight is just a happy side effect.
So here’s my question after all that rambling. How do I pace myself. Form is fine and all the mechanics, but I have no idea how to pace myself to go longer distances. My whole life I’ve known one speed and that is “as fast as I can go for as long as I can go.”
Which at this point means I can run about a mile. My times keep getting faster, but I just can’t seem to break that distance barrier. I also have no idea how fast I should be running. Like what a decent mile time would be for someone who is as overweight and out of shape as me.
Right now I can pull off about a 10-10:30 mile, but I’m seriously gassed after that mile, and have to walk a significant amount before I feel rested enough to run more.
So really any suggestions or advice or help would be greatly appreciated. I really don’t enjoy running right now, just because I don’t feel like I get much out of it, and I want to get to a place where I can enjoy it and use it as a tool.
I really do love my job. I’ll start with that so you know that I love what I do. But the first few weeks of every semester drive me to drink.
Drink more would probably be a more accurate statement.
But my too do list is about 15 items deep right now. And while trying to complete those tasks I have a student interrupting me about every 7-10 minutes. Not great quality work time.
And everyone thinks their issues is the most important. No I’m sorry I haven’t sent you tutor information yet. I’m trying to find the best fit for you, because I know you’re difficult to work with. No I haven’t walked over to the bookstore yet to pick up the book that you just asked me for an hour ago. Oh I’m sorry the printers aren’t syncing up with the computers. I’m not an IT genius.
But basically those are my days. Adding more and more bullets on my to do list while only crossing off one or two if I’m lucky.
First episode this morning. Literally as I was sitting down at my computer trying to turn it on.
Student 1: I’m here to get my books. Me: We’re not doing books right now. We have a small window from 1030-1130. Why were you not here on Friday when we were actually doing book checkout? Student 1: Oh well I was in Glacier…. And I have class during that time. Me: Well then one of us will try to find time to take you over to the bookstore to get your books then. It’ll probably be later this week. Student 1: Well I have time from 12-4 today. Me: Well I probably won’t seeing as it’s the first day of classes and other students will have things they need help with. I won’t really have 1/2 an hour to walk you over to get your books. Student 1: Well why don’t you look at your schedule and you can see if you’ll have time this afternoon. Me: I probably won’t. I won’t have 10 minutes of spare time today. I’ll be in touch when one of us actually has time to escort people over to the bookstore. (Then I just stared at her to let her know that she could leave and the discussion was over).
Second episode which happened right after the first student is leaving.
Student 2: Remember on Saturday after our scrimmage when I asked you about getting that book for my class. Well I was wondering if you have it. Me: Nope. I told you one of us would try to go over today to get it, but we’d let you know when we had it. We haven’t gone to the bookstore yet since it’s 830. We’ll let you know.
Don’t worry I’ll keep you updated on all the dumb questions I get asked today by my student-athletes who clearly think I’m just here to serve them and all of their needs that they think of on a whim.
If you see me and something is wrong, you know I have lettuce in my teeth or my fly is down. Please tell me. I’d much rather have that brief moment of embarrassment than wondering how many people have seen me with lettuce in my teeth or my fly was down.
For your viewing pleasure. My life updated in bullet points.
Wednesday of last week I made the trek, and moved to a new place across town. I’ve been trying to get settled in over the weekend but I still manage to have more unpacking to do. Where am I supposed to put all my random nick nacky crap?
My new roommates seem awesome. They are both super laid back and nice so I’m pretty excited about this living situation. Like we’re all friends but we also have totally separate friend groups so we don’t have to worry about spending all of our time together. Like feelings won’t be hurt if someone has plans with other people.
I am paying a little extra each month to have the master bedroom. Totally worth it. It’s massive. And has it’s own bathroom. And two closets which I think are bigger than normal closets. And I have a reading nook. And I could work out in there if I really wanted to. And it’s awesome.
My new house is almost exactly 1 mile from work, so I think while I still have nice weather I’m going to try to walk to work everyday. I’d totally bike, but I don’t own one so walking it is.
I had to come in to work yesterday to actually have 2 hours of peace and quiet to get some projects done.
Move-in and the final orientation starts this Wednesday on campus. Which means school starts next Monday. I will just say I hate the first 3 weeks of school. They are crazy and nuts and my time is not my own during that time. I’m usually lucky if I can find time to eat. So I don’t think working out much will be happening.
I feel like I didn’t do as many things as I wanted to accomplish this summer. When I look back it was a pretty full summer, but with the weather not getting nice until around the 4th I feel like I missed out. I know it’ll still be nice out for a few more weeks, but with football and volleyball games starting my time is less and less my time.
Did I really just complain about having to go to football games? I didn’t mean it. I actually love football Saturdays.
We are taking my grandma to Vegas again over Labor Day weekend. I’m pretty excited. She’s turning 93 in a few weeks, and I just love to watch her come to life while there.
Okay I think that’s it. Or enough to write for right now. Man my life is boring when its on paper like this.
Plain and simple. I’m down 1.8 since last week. That brings my total weight loss to 26.5 lbs.
I’m pretty stoked about that. I’ve also decided that with school coming up, I’m probably going to have a hard time sneaking away at lunch to go get a workout in, so now that I’ve moved closer to campus I’m going to start walking to and from work each day. This will ensure that I walk 2 miles each day.
My friend gets married October 25th and my next goal is 13 lbs away. Hopefully over the next 8 weeks or so I can hit that mark.
“I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect and it’s these things I’d believe in even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all that she should be…. I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything”—F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Someday I want someone to think this way of me).