No Thanks, You Can Keep Your Lung Cancer

I can't go on real runs.  Well, I could but I think we all know my stance on choosing between sleep and exercise.  Anyway, I have started running the stairs outside our apartment.  I can do it whether or not Josh is home because if the girls need me I'm right outside the door.  And boy have they needed me mid run.
I try to do it in the morning so I am not competing for the stairs with other people.  Well, most people.  Apparently the smokers are going nuts after going all night without smoking and they come out of woodwork.  One woman came come from her 3rd shift job and told me as she trudged up the stairs while puffing on a cigarette, that she wished she was doing that but just needed some motivation.  How about putting out that cigarette for starters?  Because not only does that make it harder for you to get going it actually makes it harder for me to move as well.  Yeah, Thanks.
There is another neighbor who no kidding, came out and smoked a cigarette, went back in her apartment and then came out and smoked another one before I was done.  I run for 20 minutes.  REALLY?!
I think there should be smoking sections in life.  You can only smoke there, no where else.  Does that infringe on your rights as a person? I don't care!  I mean, we have special areas to take your dog to poop.  Poop wont even kill me.  But you might.  I'll trade you.  Smoke for Poop?  Oh, it's too cold for you and you don't want to go all the way out of the stair well to smoke?  Too freaking bad!!!  This is the outdoors, and you my non friend are ruining it for everyone!   So go kill yourself on your time and not while I'm trying to be healthy!  Can't you see I'm miserable enough doing this without your nicotine floating into my already overtaxed lungs!?


Yoga Day 8

Today I learned not to do 20 minutes of stair running before doing a 45 minute "fun flow".  It made it VERY not fun.


Yoga Day 6

I just did day 6 of my yoga challenge.  It was titled "Tension Release Hip Openers".  MY HIPS HURT!  I can't tell if they are open yet or not. Or honestly what that even means.  I'm not sure I like this day.  Luckily I only have to do it once in the 21 day cycle.  Time to go run my stairs with the Avetts.


I Canned!!...Or Jarred Or Whatever...

Josh got me a pressure and water bath canner for Christmas!!  I am super excited about doing some canning.  It would be more fun if I could grow my own produce but maybe later.

My first attempt was with salsa.  Other then the fact that I didn't cut my peppers and onions quite small enough I am thrilled to announce that all 7 jars sealed!! Now that I have had this nice morale booster I can try something more fun!  Like soup!  Thrilling I know.


Yoga 21 Day Challenge

I don't like yoga.  At all.  I don't find it relaxing, I can't breath, my hips hurt, the "moaning"is NOT happening, and I constantly fall over.
That being said, almost everyone I know that has done it loves it.  Especially my mom.
Over Christmas she had some Kohl's Cash that was set to expire at midnight.  We all know I can't tel free money go to waste so I got on their website and found a 21 day Yoga Journal challenge.  It was supposed to be a nice variety that was good for all levels.
Since I'm old and I should give things a fair shot before I die, I decided to try this.  21 days straight of yoga.  I just did day 4.  Some days have been really hard, some super easy.  It's nice because I really have no idea what to expect so I can't really dread it properly.  So far I have only collapsed out of 1 pose, and fallen out of 2.  Pretty good I'd say.  Isa even joined me yesterday.  My breathing is still TERRIBLE.  I'll keep you posted.


Some Things I Love

Kissing my sleeping babies right before I got to bed
Fully leaded Dr Pepper
Heavy blankets and the fan on at night
Being done working out for the day
A freshly vacuumed floor
The last few minutes of my shower when I turn the hot water WAY up
Showering without interruption
Watching Isa dance
When Emmeline holds my face nose to nose with hers and stairs into my eyes
Watching Josh teach the girls
Hiding and listening to Emmeline play pretend with herself
Honey, sunflower seeds and blueberries
My hair long
Cuddling in PJs until well past lunch time
Having second breakfast
Surprise packages in the mail

Among other things