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...)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

The haircut from hell...

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I want to tell you why you should NEVER go to Holiday Hair in the Capital City Mall. Yes, this is the same place where they burned my lip with wax. Why did I go back? Well, I had been there many times and only got burned by that one person. When I went back to tell the manager I was unhappy, she gave me my money back. Plus, I really needed a haircut. My SIL has been cutting my hair but I know she is busy right now and I didn't want to bother her.

Here is my experience... Copy pasted nearly directly from my Yelp review and my message to the salon manager. I changed the stylist's name, but if you want to know her real name, pm me and I will let you know so you can avoid her at all costs.

Here we go.

I received very unprofessional service from my stylist, J. My appointment was at 4:00pm but she was working with another client and I wasn't seen until 4:20pm. Because of the delay, I opted to skip the eyebrow waxing and only get my haircut. (I was on a tight schedule to get home.) When sat me down at the shampoo area and asked what I was getting that day, I told her of my choice to skip the eyebrow waxing because I was on a time crunch. This clearly annoyed her and she ordered me to sit back for my shampoo. 

gave me the fastest shampoo ever. She was borderline rough and she splashed water on my face. I was questioning whether I should say something because I felt weird about it but I did not say anything. She took me over for my haircut and was very short with me. I was trying to describe what I wanted and when I asked her questions, she would give one word answers. I felt uncomfortable because I am normally one who wants some guidance from my stylist. But J was not in the mood to talk or be helpful. Here's an example of one of our conversations.

"I think I have had stylists texturize my hair, where the top is several different lengths. I don't know if I'm using the right word." I said.

"It doesn't matter if you're using the right word," J snapped.

"Okay, well do you know what I mean?" I asked.

She ignored me and started cutting. 

began to cut my hair frantically. There is no other way to describe it. I wanted to leave, but then I would have a half done haircut. It was the most uncomfortable experience I ever had at a salon. I was scared of what my hair would look like because she was cutting so fast. A fellow stylist could tell was annoyed because when she passed by she said, "Love you Janet" and Janet replied, "Love you too." It was so passive aggressive. 

Oh, she also caught my cartilage earring in her scissors because she was cutting too fast.

I would describe my cut as "okay", mainly because would not communicate with me and help me get my desired look. She was also cutting so fast and didn't even show me the back of my hair.

It was the ODDEST experience of my life. I don't know why she was so angry with me for not wanting my eyebrows waxed. As soon as I mentioned I was pressed for time, she was angry.

And no, she never apologized for seeing me 20 minutes late for my appointment.
I'm mad at myself for not leaving, but I was scared to have a half done haircut!

What would you have done?

Is there anywhere else I should post my review?

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Weekly Workouts

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All in all, I'm proud of my week.

Saturday- 8 miles at Boyd's Big Tree Preserve. We were celebrating Kristen's birthday with a trail run! I haven't run these trails forever and forgot how pretty they were! I saw some old running friends and met some new ones. It was cold (high 40s/low 50s) and rainy, but I enjoyed every second. My back wasn't bothering me either.

Confession: We went to Knoebels that day and I did NOT make time for my PT exercises. This is my first day just skipping them all together. I will do them tomorrow morning.

Sunday- 6 treadmill miles and PT exercises. It now takes me a full hour to do all of my PT exercises, stretching, and foam rolling. This workout was rough because my toe got infected from cutting my toenail too short. As I type this, I am soaking it in warm salt water. I really hope it dies down. I guess it's my fault for running on it.

Monday- 6 miles on the road. Ow. My back hurt. WHY CAN I RUN TRAIL AND TREADMILL AND FEEL GOOD BUT THE MINUTE I GET ON THE ROAD, IT HURTS!? I had PT after work and found out that I only have to do 20 minutes of exercises from now on. Yay! My toe is back to normal.

Tuesday- Lifting at the gym and THE STAIR CLIMBER. I was going to stay home and do some deck of cards workouts in the carport, but of course I woke up at 1:17am and never fell back asleep. What does one do with all that extra time? Go to the gym.

Wednesday- 2 deck of cards workouts in my carport and PT appointment in the afternoon. It was cold this morning and I had to wear gloves! (I was still in shorts though.) PT was intense... he has me doing freaking jump squats, one legged dead lifts... I needed a sweat towel today! Hoping my knee feels okay tomorrow...

Thursday- 6 pain free neighborhood miles. My PT wanted to to test it out. There is no rhyme or reason why this run felt so good. And my knee is fine from all the jump squats! I'm down to PT once a week.

Friday- Lifting at PF. I also mixed in some of my more intense PT exercises like thrusters, split squats, and jump squats. But other than that, no cardio as I plan to run some trail miles this weekend!

How were your workouts this week?

Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday 5!

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

Friday!? Already!?

Even though this week was... eventful... it did fly by, which is a good thing. This is what I'm going to tell you about this week:

1. The good.
2. The bad.
3. The ugly.
4. The weird.
5. The excitement for the weekend.

Here we gooooooo.....

1. The good: I had to think hard on this one. I know, I am ashamed as well. I have a wonderful life and I am TRULY LUCKY to have a husband, cats, family, friends, and a good job. But thinking about "The good" from the week? Oh, I got it! I felt supported by my colleagues. That is PRICELESS.

2. The bad: I got really crappy sleep. Like 2-3 hours a couple nights. Can you believe I have learned to function on that little bit of sleep?

3. The ugly: I flipped my SHIT at work the other day. It was not a proud moment. Don't worry, I reflected and I CORRECTED!

4. The weird: I did jump squats (prescribed by my PT) and I have NO IT BAND OR KNEE PAIN. WTF!? This can be classified as "The weird" and also "The AWESOME"!!!!!

5. The excitement for the weekend: My bro and SIL's Fall Party (family time!) and my friend Andrea's Baby Shower (friend time!). Can't wait to connect with awesome people.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also, thank to my friend Kristen for posting this on my Facebook wall. It was the first thing I saw when my alarm went off at 5:30 this am and all I thought about was how I didn't want to get up!
Tell me the good, the bad, the ugly, the weird, and the excitement for your weekend!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Hello, Thursday.

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Hello, Thursday warriors! I typed this post up yesterday but realized I didn't write an introduction. Why do I have time to write an introduction this morning? Because I got crappy sleep again so I just gave up, got up, and made coffee. Don't worry, I'm going to make an appointment with a doctor. I need to sleep. This cannot continue. I'm really not a good teacher when I only get 2-3 hours of sleep.

Thank you all for your blogging suggestions! I am hoping my lack of passion and creativity is just a phase because I would be really sad if I gave up blogging. Maybe I need to REVAMP my blog? I have had the same design and same pictures as my header since my blog started. I am just not very tech savvy so I don't know how to do it well. I wonder how much it would cost to have someone design a website for me? That could be kind of cool. Consider me seriously thinking about it.

I will look into your suggestions about the Instagram Stories, but I know nothing about it. I deleted Instagram awhile ago. I will have to check it out on a day I am feeling like messing around with my phone. I hate learning new technology. Are any of my local friends good with Instagram who can show me how?

Today was a much better day at work than yesterday. I did some self reflection and tried to change some of the ways I teach and some of the ways I react to certain situations. That seemed to help. I mean, I can't change other people's behaviors, but we can change how I react to them.

When I got to school today, my friend Katrina surprised me with a sign she made me. I am putting it in my classroom. It was so sweet of her to do and I really needed it!

I slept well last night. When Paul asked me how I slept (a daily question of a concerned husband), I said I slept well but I took a sleeping pill. Does a good night sleep count if you take a pill? I really needed it. It is only 25mg of diphenhydramine. Nothing crazy. It's what's in Tylenol pm or similar.

I'm typing this post while I cook up some squash and eggplant for dinner. Paul made BBQ chicken, so the veggies are going to taste really good paired with that. Here's a cooking selfie!

Don't mind my hair. It's getting cut on Friday.

Here is Jelly on his basement bed... falling out of it...

How often do you get your hair cut?
What's your favorite squash type veggie?
Tell me about one of your favorite coworkers!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


On Monday night I fell asleep sometime after 11pm and woke up on Tuesday morning at 1:17am... and never fell back asleep.

If I get a couple good nights of sleep in a row, it's inevitable that I will have a terrible night like this. It is also inevitable it will be on a day where I teach all my normal music classes, chorus, an instrumental lesson, and then 4 piano lessons after school.

So what does one do with all that extra time in the morning? I drank coffee, blogged, caught up on the news, and watched Monday's episode of The View.

Senator Ben Sasse's appearance on The View enraged me and had me shouting "You're a piece of shit!!!!" at the television before it was even 5am. (Sorry, Paul.) In his segment, he mansplained to the women how he supports the Me Too movement and still voted to confirm Kavanaugh. I really wanted to punch him. And I very rarely want to punch people. But when I do want to punch someone, it's usually a Republican senator.

Work was really tough. It was one of those days where I questioned SERIOUSLY whether I can be a teacher for another 21 years. I definitely can't do my job the way it is now for 21 more years. It's only October and I'm about to have a nervous breakdown. I feel bad complaining because a lot of my colleagues are struggling right now. I'm not the only one.

Also, this is going to sound crazy, but I have been having serious thoughts about discontinuing my blog. I don't have anything to write about anymore, and I think I know why- I am too busy to sit down and be creative. I've also lost a little bit of interest in it... documenting my life like this. I mean, time doing something you enjoy is never time wasted, but if I'm not enjoying it anymore, then it is wasted time. I don't know if I'm enjoying it at the moment or not.

I'm mulling it around. And I know what you're going to say... Keep the blog, just don't blog every day. But you know me by now. I'm an all or nothing type of person...

Do you envision yourself at your job for the rest of your career? How long will that be?

Who was the last person you wanted to punch? Be honest!!!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Monday, monday, monday... MOOOOOONDAY!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger... You all know I don't mind Mondays. I'm usually refreshed from the weekend so I have energy. Also, I don't have piano lessons after school on Mondays, so at 3:40 I am freeeeee!

Except yesterday I wasn't free. I had PT after work. But at least when I'm there I just have to do my exercises and get a back massage. That's not too terrible. Honestly, after teaching all day, it's exciting to go somewhere that I'm NOT in charge.

Some great things happened yesterday! First of all, I showed up to work all dressed up, only to find out it was "comfy cozy day". So you know what I did? I changed into my PT clothes! (Sneakers, leggings, and a dry tec tee.) I think I should always keep a "comfy cozy" outfit in my classroom... just in case!

Then, during my lunch period, I wrote SEVEN LESSON PLANS. I know what you are thinking... "How did you do that!?" Don't ask questions. Just accept this wonderful news!

At PT, my therapist told me I no longer have to do all of my exercises every day. I just need to pick a handful and do about 20 minutes worth of exercises. This is really good news because I am up to an hour of exercises per day!

When I finally got home from PT (traaaaaffic) I relaxed with chips, hummus, wine and CNN.

Life is good sometimes.
How was your Monday?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Weekend Wrap Up!

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It was a busy weekend...
And it's going to be a busy week. :(
I'm not recovered yet...

Oh dear Jelly, thank you for waking me up at 3:17. Thanks to you, I had ample time to eff around on the computer, lift at the gym, and make it to work around 7am... nearly an hour before I am required to be there.

I have to get more sleeping pills. I am all out, and I really need them like once a week. I am okay with taking them occasionally, but I don't want it to be a nightly ritual. (Don't suggest melatonin. It gave me insane diarrhea for 3 months straight one time...)

Oh, at the gym, I almost went ape shit in the locker room because there were two women having a conversation while getting ready and they were practically SCREAMING. I just couldn't take it. I showered, got dressed, put gel in my hair, and skipped the makeup. If I stayed longer, I would have punched someone and have gotten kicked out of the gym.

Work was absolutely terrible. My classes just chatted and chatted and chatted... it was not good. I ended up having to get out my "grumpy voice" and being a big old bitch. I did not enjoy teaching today. Not one bit.

After work, I had physical therapy. I got some new exercises that are more challenging. My PT also told me I'm extremely fit, which made me feel good... particularly because you go to PT to fix your weaknesses, not to glow about your strengths. So it was nice to hear something POSITIVE in PT. (Please don't think I mean I was seeking out compliments... I just mean whenever I go to PT, I feel broken and weak, because that's why I'm there! So it was nice to hear something good about what my body is capable of.)

On the way home from my appointment, I stopped and got us Wendy's for dinner. We don't eat a lot of fast food so this was a treat! I didn't eat right away though.

I had a 6 piece nugget, two junior cheeseburger deluxes, and a small frosty. That is A LOT of food. However, I am eating a lot less during the week because I simply DO. NOT. HAVE. TIME. when I am at work. I know, I am the girl that always makes time to eat. But I am busy, stressed, and I just don't have a big lunch or snack throughout the day like I used to. Once the weekend rolls around, my body is ready to make up those calories.

I know fast food is technically gross, not good for you, and not good for the climate.
However, there is absolutely NOTHING that's like a Wendy's junior cheeseburger deluxe!!!

I slept very shitty but still got up when my alarm went off at 6:30. I was meeting Kristen and a bunch of other people at Boyd's Big Tree Preserve for a trail run to celebrate her 40th birthday! I heard it was archery season, so I put on all the orange I owned...

It was a weird run because I did 1.5 miles before everyone got there, 5.5 with the group, and then an extra mile with one other person I met that day to make it an even 8 miles for the morning.

I forgot how pretty it is at Boyd's. As you can probably tell from the picture, it was cold, rainy, and foggy. But I love a good trail run no matter the weather!

Me and the birthday girl!

After the run, I drove straight home to shower. Then we headed to Knoebels for their Halloween Fun weekend with my parents, Tyler's family, and Debby's sister Suzy and husband Josh. It was freaking cold! It was mid 50s but I am just always cold... 

 Clementine and Clark on the Kiddie Whip!


Clark is getting bigger so he is able to ride more rides now!

 The corn pit is always a hit.

 Ellie and Aunt Suzy

Oh Grandpa!

Grandpa and Clem

 He's a big, big boy!

 The first time he rode this, he slid down onto the floor before the ride started. The attendant marched over to his car, pointed to Clark, and yelled, "Whose child is this?????"

 Mom and Dad/Grandpa and Nanny

 Ferris Wheel Fun!

 Josh and Suzy

It was a busy, fun filled day at Knoebel's. The kids got to ride a bunch of rides. I rode the Cosmotron with Ellie twice (that's our thing) and I rode the Grand Carousel with the girls as well. Clementine didn't want me to hold onto her, and I didn't. But I did stand beside her. The next time we go to Knoebels, it will be in the summer, and I think Clementine will be big enough that I can just ride the horse beside her.

Puddle jumping in the fall? Why not!?

 Clementine did the Haunted House for the very first time!

Knoebels' Haunted House is VERY scary. Clementine kept it together throughout the ride but broke down soon after this picture. "It was scary!" she said. Tyler cheered her up enough to get a picture with the skeleton!

Tyler and Debby

Aunt Suzy!

Uncle Paul!

Uncle Josh!

Auntie Megan!

I ate some really good food at the park. I had a chicken cheese steak, cheddar broccoli soup, 1.5 pieces of pizza, and some kettle corn. Oh man, it was all so good and worth the calories!

Fun Fact: The night before Knoebels, Debby sent me "Flat Ellie, Flat Clark, and Flat Clementine".

Of course I had to send her a picture of Flat Auntie Megan...

There was so much to do today. I made a list and got right to it. 

"Outer order, inner calm" is my mantra these days... Plus I have been REALLY slacking on housework, errands, cooking, and all that other stuff that's important to share in a marriage.

After all the errands were run, the house was cleaned, and the food was cooked, I felt like I was ready for the busy week ahead.

I did spent quite a long time at the gym today. It takes me an hour to do all of my PT exercises, stretching, and foam rolling- 40 min before my run and 20 min after. Then of course I had to do my ACTUAL workout (6 treadmill miles). I played around with the speed.

My toe is infected from cutting the nail to short and the run REALLY angered it. When I got home, I soaked it in warm, salty water. It really sucked.
What's your favorite gross/unhealthy fast food?

What's the most annoying thing that you see/hear in your gym locker room?

Did you ever have an infected toe? How did you ease the pain?