A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Celebrity Big Brother (Episodes 4-7)

Hey all! If you missed my first Celebrity Big Brother update for episodes 1-3, you can check it out here. In this post, you will find recaps for episodes 4-7. Enjoy!

**Note: I realize more than 7 episodes of BB have aired. I AM BEHIND!!!! I'll get the next recap up on Thursday, I promise!**

Episode Four

~ Short Recap ~

Omarosa and Keshia were pissed after Chuck was voted out and they were blindsided. They thought Metta turned on them too, but it turns out he just voted wrong. He thought voting for Chuck meant he was voting for Chuck to stay. No, when you vote in the diary room, you are voting for the person you want to evict. 

Omarosa confronted Shannon and Ross has found himself in a bunch of alliances. They played the iconic Bowlerina comp and James threw Ross Omarosa had an asthma attack during the comp and wend to the hospital overnight. She was back just in time for her and Keshia to be nominated at the ceremony. But Ross is thinking about backdooring Shannon...

~ Random Thoughts ~

  • Shannon's voice is so affected.
  •  I really like Mark McGrath.
  • Why do the girls wear ugly knee high socks? Why can pretty people get away with wearing ugly clothes? On them, it is "trendy"...
  • I just found out the Mettas has been arrested for domestic violence. What a piece of shit.

~ Like/Dislike/Neutral ~

Like: Ross, Marissa, Mark, James, Metta, Brandi, Ariadna
Dislike: Omarosa
Neutral: Shannon, Keshia

*Note: When I say I like Metta, I mean on the SHOW. He's a piece of shit IRL.*

~ Random pic you need to see ~

Metta in the DR...

Episode Five

~ Short Recap ~

Eviction night! Ross, Marissa, Ariadna, and Brandi all wanted to backdoor Shannon. Marissa won the veto, which meant she could easily take either Keshia or Omarosa off the block and have Ross put up Shannon. But instead of that epic blindside, Keshia begged to go home because her breast milk was depleting and she had a 1 year old daughter at home. Keshia was voted out unanimously.

~ Random Thoughts ~

  • What a downer episode. I don't want to watch someone quit, I want to watch a blindside!
  •  How about Julie Chen throwing shade at Omarosa by coughing in the intro!? Burn!
  • What is Ariadna wearing!? That long striped skirt and oversized jacket... I hate how pretty people can wear anything and look good.
  • How about Omarosa's Mike Pence comments!?
  • Metta in the hot tub was EVERYTHING!

~ Like/Dislike/Neutral ~

Like: Ross, Marissa, Mark, James, Metta, Brandi, Ariadna
Dislike: Omarosa, Keshia
Neutral: Shannon

~ Julie's Outfit ~

It was an A...

Until I saw the shoes! Shiny blue? They should be black strappies.


Episode Six

~ Short Recap ~

The episode started with some back story on Keshia's decision to leave. The HOH comp was golfing and Ariadna beat James by .01 of a second! Immediately after the comp, the house guests started plotting against Shannon and James... who were clueless. Shannon eventually caught wind of the plot and threw herself a pity party. Ultimately, Ariadna decided to not go for the backdoor and nominate Shannon and James from the get go.

~ Random Thoughts ~

  • I think I love everything about Omarosa. I love hating her, I love laughing at her, I love being annoyed by her, I love being entertained by her, I love watching her play the victim, I love watching her stir shit up, I love watching her be ridiculous... Guys, I am ENTERTAINED by Omarosa!
  • It is hilarious when they play the "dummy music" for Metta.
  • Metta cockblocking Shannon by not leaving the HOH room was a GREAT TACTIC! 
  • Apparently James comes off as a big douche on the live feeds, and he comes off a little douchey on the show, but I really think he is a nice guy and I loved his pep talk to Shannon while she was crying in bed.
  • What in the world was Ariadna wearing at the nomination ceremony?
  • Omarosa looks AWESOME in her black and white dress she wears in the intro.

~ Like/Dislike/Neutral ~

Like: Ross, Marissa, Mark, James, Metta, Brandi, Ariadna, Omarosa
Dislike: Shannon
Neutral: None

Episode Seven

~ Short Recap ~

Shannon was very hurt to be nominated for eviction. The house guests consoled her and she cried. Shannon and James both fought hard to win the Black Box veto and James ultimately came out on top. Omarosa stirred things up by lying to James and then lying about lying. Even so, when James took himself off the block, Ariadna went with the safe choice and put Mark in his place. At the live eviction, the house guests were surprised with messages from home. Shannon was voted out 5-1 (Brandi voted for Mark) and the infamous wall HOH comp began before the show ended.

~ Random Thoughts ~

  • When Omarosa came into the bedroom and Shannon asked her to leave, she said, "I will not be dismissed," and it was hilarious. LADIES we need to be more like this!
  •  Omarosa is so condescending and it is hilarious.
  • I love that the producers are having fun with the show just like they do in the regular seasons. The bit with Marissa and Ross watching James shower was hilarious.
~ Funniest parts of the episode ~
  • Metta and his owl was EVERYTHING!

  • Brandi combing her hair extensions during the James/Omarosa fight.
  • Metta in the DR blaming Shannon for not evicting him week one so he could go home and see his wife.
  • Omarosa losing her pants during the veto comp.

~ Like/Dislike/Neutral ~

Like: Ross, Marissa, Mark, James, Metta, Brandi, Ariadna, Omarosa
Dislike: Shannon
Neutral: None

~ Julie's Outfit ~


I love it all! I know this picture doesn't do it justice.

But what is the weird dot on the upper left side of her necklace? Why is that there?
Tell me your thoughts on Celebrity Big Brother so far! 

Did you like Julie's blue shirt?

What do you think of Omarosa?

Who are you rooting for?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Weekend Wrap Up!


Happy Monday!
I hope you had a great weekend.
My weekend was freaking awesome!

Normally I wake up very excited on Fridays but this morning I was a little nervous. We were having a surprise baby shower for a colleague and I wanted it to go off without a hitch. Then later on in the morning I had a formal observation by my principal. Luckily the baby shower and my observation went well. Now I don't have to worry about those things anymore!

How cute are these cupcakes? They were made by a staff member at our school!
She is so talented!

Oh, I went for my morning run in shorts because it was so warm out!

Work was crazy as normal. Not bad crazy, just "elementary school crazy".

I was so excited to go home and relax. I had blogs to write, a puzzle to finish, news shows to catch up on, and cats to cuddle!

Luckily, the cats came through for me! This was my reward for a crazy day!

From our latest trip to Buddy Boy.

Do you put BBQ chips on your salad?

We were so excited to watch the two hour episode of Big Brother but I was so tired and just did not want to stay up that late! Paul was a good sport and we decided to watch it in the morning. 

Jelly woke me up at 5:31 for food! Thanks, Jelly! So I got up and did my favorite morning activities... blogging and catching up on the news!

This was the first Saturday in a long time where I had absolutely nothing on my agenda. I was thankful.

Of course that doesn't mean I didn't do anything. I went for an 8 mile run, cleaned the whole house, and finished a puzzle I was working on, and started another. We watched the two hour episode of Big Brother from the night before as well.

My run was warmish and sunny. Look what I found laying in the middle of the road... a drumstick!

And I saw a dude taking down his Christmas decorations. "Not yet!" I pleaded with him as I ran by. He laughed.

You're probably wondering why I didn't have Godspell rehearsal this weekend. Well, I quit. It's not a long story but it's not a story to tell on this blog. If you know me in real life, I'll tell you what went on in private. But the short story is I am so relieved to be out of that unhealthy situation.

Later on that night, Paul and I opened a bottle of wine, played cards, and watched the snow fall!

My SIL introduced us to a new game called Set. We always play it first because we're so bad at it and once we have a glass of wine, we really can't even focus and play it anymore!

Then we made dinner and watched Paranormal Activity 2. I don't believe in ghosts, but ghost movies SCARE THE CRAP OUT OF ME! Why!? It doesn't make sense.

For dinner, I had two bags of popcorn, butternut squash soup, and salt.
What a day! I had absolutely NO PLANS but then when I woke up I decided I'd drive up to Millersburg (my hometown) to run and go out to lunch with my mom!

Good morning, Jelly!

Good morning, Cumberland Road!

My run was awesome. I planned on 8 miles but I did 9. My hammy hurt after but it was my own fault. I really pushed my pace so I wouldn't be late for my lunch date!

My mom and I ate at The Wooden Nickle. I had french onion soup, half of my club sandwich, and several wings. I love running long and then eating well!

Then I went up to visit my Grandma. It was her birthday. She's 89 and mighty fine!!!!!!

On my way back home, I stopped to see my Grandma and Pappy and we ended up talking for 2 hours! Time flew because we were having such good conversation.

When I got home, Paul and I ate dinner and watched Paranormal Activity 3. Again, I was too tired to stay up and watch Big Brother...
Tell me something fun you did this weekend!
Have you ever played Set?
Have you tried Apothic Red?
Did you get snow?
Have I asked enough questions?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Knowing isn't caring. ACTING is caring.

I work at an elementary school in a very safe community in Central Pennsylvania. When I am at work, I wonder, "What if a gunman tries to get into my classroom?" I think about this multiple times a day. I'm not kidding.

After Sandy Hook, I cleaned out several cabinets in my classroom. I don't have a closet or a bathroom, but my walls are lined with floor to ceiling cabinets. Obviously I need this space for storage, but I got rid of some things in case I ever need to hide children. I can't hide a whole classroom of kids, but I have room for 4-6.

This is the world we live in. A world where elementary school teachers are clearing out cabinets in case they ever need to hide children from a crazy person with an AR-15.

I've been watching the news about the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida and in between my sobbing tears I am ANGRY. I am VERY FUCKING ANGRY.

But I feel helpless! What am I supposed to do besides call my representatives and vote in EVERY election to support candidates who are willing to work to keep guns out of the hands of crazy people?

Well that's a start, right? That is ACTING. 

So have you called your reps yet? 

Do you vote in EVERY election? (Please don't say "they're all the same". I am so sick of hearing that. You are being willfully ignorant if you don't vote because you think all of the candidates are the same.)

This purpose of this post isn't to convince anyone that we need commonsense gun control (as well as addressing mental health... let's address EVERYTHING!) Why am I not trying to convince you? Because you probably already agree with me! In recent polls, anywhere between 84%-94% believe in universal background checks to purchase firearms.  That's just one example! Most Americans want to make it harder for crazy people to get guns.

What I am trying to convince you of is that we need to take ACTION. Knowing isn't caring. ACTING is caring. 

What can we ACTIVELY do to stop gun violence? I'll start a list, you can contribute in the comments.

1. Write or call your representatives.
2. Vote in every election.
3. Run for office.
4. Support candidates running for office who are not in the pockets of the NRA.

If everyone who cares ACTS, we can get something done!

What action are YOU going to take? 

We cannot bury our heads in the sand.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Weekly Workouts!

Hola! Here were my workouts for the week.

Saturday- 11.5 miles on the Appalachian Trail with Kristen and Anne. We started at Scott's Farm and went North. About halfway up the mountain we turned around because it was really icy. Another runner told us he had gone the whole way up and how to crawl on his hands and knees! After we ran back to Scott's Farm, we headed South for a bit before turning around. Kristen let me borrow her extra yak trax so I wouldn't slip in the snow and ice. The trail was beautiful!

Sunday- Lifting back @ home. It was pouring so I really wasn't feeling a run. I caught up on the news while I got swole!

Band asst. wide grip pull ups- 5x6
Band asst. neutral grip pull ups- 5x8
Row- 5x8x25lb
Bicep curls- 5x10x15lb
Stability ball sit ups- 5x15x15lb
Stability ball pull ins- 5x15
Bicycles- 5x40
Donkey kicks- 5x20
Plank w/ row- 5x8x15lb

Monday- 6 warm late morning miles! I had the day off work to take Paul to his oral surgery. He had four teeth pulled! Anyway, my run was great because it was the first run in a long time that it wasn't FREEZING out. 

Tuesday- 6 morning miles. Just an enjoyable run. Can I just say I am so thankful just to go out, run at a "la la la" pace, and ENJOY IT? I truly love running.

I know, I wear the same jacket and pink long sleeve on every run...

Wednesday- 6 horrible miles. I got my period Tuesday afternoon. Sometimes, during the first 12-36 hours of my period, I feel SICK. I get a horrible lower back ache, nausea, and a fever-y feeling. My back hurt all night and I felt weak and dizzy on my run. It was the worst run I had in a long time. I ran a 9:20 pace and it felt very hard.

Thursday- Lifting chest @ home. I wanted to run but it was raining and time to lift. I ended up "feeling fat" the rest of the day. I hate that feeling.

Friday- 6 humid miles in SHORTS!!! It was nearly 60 degrees and even though it was raining, I hit the streets! I came across a little skunk running across the street. He was so cute! I only ever see skunks in the morning. Where do they hide all day?

Do you ever feel sick on the first day of your period?

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday 5... no, 6!!!! (Random!)

Hey all! I am linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for Friday 5 2.0!

Today, it's 5 6 Random Things!

1. When did my memory get so bad? Something I have noticed over the past couple years is how bad my memory has gotten. Last week, I had a new student in one of my classes. She told me her name, and I literally had to ask her four more times what her name was. Her name wasn't a common name like "Sarah". In fact, it was one of those names I never heard of and was clearly just made up. But still, four times!?

2. I need trail shoes. I've been putting off buying new trail shoes but it is time to bite the bullet. I'm running trail more often and I have noticed that my road shoes just aren't cutting it. I used to wear Mizuno Wave Ascends but this was years ago. I wonder if the shoe is even similar to what it was when I last wore them? I think I am going to have to plan a trip to Appalachian Running Company to try some on.

3. Stuck in between generations. Do you feel like you are stuck between generations? I'm too young for Gen X but I don't feel like a Millennial. Help!

4. Check out this dinosaur!. Before Garmins, before phones, before mp3 players, I ran with THIS dinosaur! 

It was seriously the coolest thing ever to actually be able to run with my disc man. Want to know what I listened to? The Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat sountrack. Over and over and over again!

If you've never been to the nostalgia subreddit, you gotta check it out! That's where I found this beauty.

5. Sleep. When the lack of sleep only plagued me once every couple months or so, I would sometimes take the day off work. Surely I was in no condition to teach a classroom full of children with only 1-2 hours of sleep, right? Well, now that I have sleepless nights one or two nights a week, I can't just not go about my life the next day or else I'd never be going about my life! I just have to suck it up and do what is on the schedule. Some of you ask me if I am really tired after a night of no sleep. I am a little tired, but mostly I feel "blank", if that makes sense?

6. You know that meme... that says: "I'm going to donate these items to Good Will, but first I'm going to drive around with them in my trunk for three months."? Well, I present to you... my trunk.

NO ONE drives straight to Good Will. NO ONE!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What generation are you?
Do you have a good memory?
Favorite reddit threads?