15 thing friday – with a bonus!

Back to 15 thing Friday!  Yay!  I’m not so sure it will be informational but I’ve got a lot of ramblings in my mind so we’ll see where this takes us!

1.  Last week I said I was breaking out in hives due to rolling around in the grass – or so I thought.  Well, it hasn’t decreased and in fact has been getting worse.  I would characterize it as out of control at this point.  The other day I turned on a light in my bedroom and noticed there was copious amounts of fuzzy mold on my air conditioning unit.  Super great.  It’s the only thing I can think of that is causing this.  It started when I got back from WA and anything I may have changed hasn’t lined up with the whole timeline.  I’m hoping once maint gets in there and fixes it my immune system will be able to calm down!  OR maybe it’s all psychosomatic and the hives were going away but then I saw the mold and now my MIND is making this happen.

Hmm… I shall ponder this.  Nevertheless, I still need the mold GONE!

2.  Have you seen Ashton Kutcher’s acceptance speech at the Teen Choice Awards?  It’s great.  It’s all over social media so chances are you have seen it but if not, here it is.

3.  I liked this article about getting back on board with a training plan if something causes a derailment.  Especially considering there are times I’ve fallen off of the wagon – it’s nice to know others do too!

4.  The other night I prepared steak!  I find cooking steak a bit intimidating.  Not sure why – perhaps it’s because it seems expensive so I don’t want to screw it up.  Or maybe it’s because I’m concerned I won’t cook it enough and I’ll end up with mad cow disease.

Whatever it is, I faced my fears and seriously, YUM!  I chopped it up, put it in a pan with a bit of butter, salt and pepper and cooked away.  Yay!  So good!

5.  Have you seen the all in one meal  lunch items called “Go Picnic“?  I had one today and it was good.  The total calorie count is around 350ish and there are a number of food items included.  Today I had the black bean one and was pleasantly surprised.

6.  The laundry situation over here is getting dire.  Son of a chicken nugget!  It’s going to take me a few days to get caught up.  I haven’t done laundry is quite some time and I’m getting close to the end of my options.  Any volunteers?

7.  Have you seen or heard of the youtube videos by Parry Gripp?  He creates these very odd songs about strange videos.  There is one called monkey on a segway – very funny and my favorite is hamster on a piano

8.  Last weekend I was on a work retreat in a town about an hour and half away from Kalamazoo.  It was definitely a treat-fest in the food department.  I had a crazy big/good cinnamon roll (that cost $1.85!), a coconut cluster that used to only live in my dreams and a mix of orange and cheesecake fro yo.  Oh!  And a mahi mahi sandwich that is one of the best I’ve ever had.  Seriously, if I lived there staying away from the cinnamon rolls would be a challenge!

9.  My friend had her baby!  It happened a week ago and he was/is a beautiful blonde little guy.  I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a blonde newborn before!  I got to snuggle with him when he was only a day old (I think my ovaries jumped up and down in delight).  He also came into this world as a 10 lb bundle of love!  Congrats L&D!

10.  Truth

working on this...
working on this…

11.  Someday, I hope to do this in my yard!

I mean my thumbs are as brown as tree trunks but it's amazing!
I mean my thumbs are as brown as tree trunks but it’s amazing!

12.  My fabulous friend Kara also started a blog and earlier she wrote this very informative post on monthly meal planning and one big shopping trip.  Her and I were talking about ways to budget and she said she would detail it in a post.  Stop by!  She will also be writing a post on other ways she has learned how to budget.

13.  Running is improving!

14.  Both of these make me quite happy!

trex knittingtrex cooking15.  Buzzfeed about how to take up running!

Bonus!

Have you seen Miley Cyrus’ latest music video?  While I was in WA my niece showed me because she couldn’t believe how ridiculous it was.  And she was right.  Goodness – I was embarassed, grossed out and just didn’t understand why it was necessary.  The song is called “We Can’t Stop” if you are interested in watching… I linked it in case your curiousity gets the best of you!  (But heed my warning!)

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