Annual Update? (at this rate)

I don’t always update my blog, but when I do it’s hard to find a place to start because I take such huge breaks!

Golly, where have I been? Let’s see…

I am one year away from a Bachelors in Accounting (gross I know). I got promoted. My baby is a full blown toddler now in all his terrifying glory. I am perpetually tired. Yoga? HAH! Yeah not at all….

I took a huge jump this weekend and did away with the Pacifier on Friday night. It is insane how much of a crutch a paci becomes not only for the child, but for the parents! I was terrified that first night but now I am  so insanely proud of my son and myself for doing away with something that has been such a necessary part of his life since birth.

I have my own office at work now and that has been a blessing in so many ways…The ability to “create my space” has done wonders for my mood at work. Also, while it was  not intentional..one morning I came to learn that a hangover can be much easier overcome in the privacy of your own office. Nobody heard me  gag, saw me fall asleep briefly, or watched me chug tomato juice, water, and coffee all successively.  While that is not something I wish to do ever again, it’s good to know that the space can accommodate my varying needs.

I’m “into” essential oils… yeah I know…what a slave to society. But I’m gonna tell you, the shit smells great.

I”m in a fantastic mood today because the weather is warming up and Earth is coming back to life and we can all come out of hibernation now. Vitamin D deprivation is serious people…how many of you deal with the Winter Blues? I know I do.

 

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Spaghetti Squash: Cooking the Damn Thing

Spaghetti squash…ahh yes that massive yellow mound in the produce section whose label seems ironic and misleading. The first time I bought spaghetti squash I had my reservations. I had no idea what was going to happen when I cooked that sucker, but the results were amazing and have changed my pasta game forever.

Two important facts about spaghetti squash:

  1. It’s not cheap. One squash is $4.00-5.00 which serves two people. But at 31 calories a cup it’s worth it.
  2. Cutting this squash in half is no easy task…at least for me. I have to pre-bake it whole for 15 minutes just so I can cut it in two.

The How To:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Bake whole for 15 minutes (unless you want to be macho and cut it raw..good luck)
  • Cut  the squash in half length-wiseSpaghetti squash (curcurbita pepo)
  • Scoop out the seeds, drizzle with olive oil and add some salt and pepper
  • Place the two halves face down in a baking dish and add a small amount of water to coat the bottom (so it doesn’t dry out)
  • Bake for 40 minutes
  • Use a fork to scrape the spaghetti squash out..or leave it in and add your sauce to the squash for a super fancy, Pinterest worthy meal!

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Flexibility: Inside and Out

As I may have mentioned a few times before, yoga is becoming a much bigger part of my life.I mean I’ve always loved it…and yoga pants, but only recently have I been able to silence my mind in such a way that my soul and my heart are reaping the benefits as well.

Doing yoga as a mom of a baby turned toddler is…challenging. There is no “finding a silent place in your mind”. The irony is that yoga should be giving me the patience to be okay with this(not so easy at first).

With this said, I wait until Baby Boy is asleep and then I travel deep into my zen zone. I typically come out of my practice feeling drunk on peace and contentment, wondering why I don’t do this shit every night.  Right now my teacher is Adriene…that is “Yoga With Adriene”, the Youtube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene.

She is just awesome…I mean really.This woman has taught me to approach yoga with the intention of feeling good, not straining my poses and fighting my body the entire time. I’m a better aspiring yogi because of it that’s for sure. The last mantra I worked with was “I Surrender” and that one stayed with me for a few days following and seriously saved my mood more than once. The meaning I gave this mantra was,

“I Surrender..to the way my life is and the things I can’t control”.

Is there a mom out there that couldn’t use this mantra? Seriously!

I will try to get some pictures of me in my practice next time, but for now I wanted to share my favorite poses this week, child’s pose (always) and crow pose:

Breaking the Silence

It has been quite some time since my last post! This time away  gave me so much space to grow and I am excited for what is to come in the future. Baby Boy continues to amaze me every day. At 9 months he is crawling, climbing, taking steps, saying “Mama” (heart melts), and doing so many other things! I have really found my “Mom Flow” and no longer rely on Google to tell me what I’m doing wrong or right. This has been one of the best changes in my opinion. The concepts of freedom and diversity are constantly being overrun by what we read on the internet. The new hook is “12 Things You are Doing Wrong” or “How To Do This the Right Way”.  Remember that there is never one set way to do something; there are always options, alternatives, and personal preferences. This world is not as black and white as they make it out to be!

Be You and Do You.

Today I’m going to work on cleaning up my site, but keep your eyes open for future posts about my experiences with clean-ish eating, parenting, wife life, and yoga!

 

 

 

A Message From Above

Scrolling through Instagram this morning a quote caught my eye,

“Children are not distractions from more important work, they are the most important work”    – C.S. Lewis

This hit me hard because I think that it’s so easy to lose sight of that and I’m definitely a culprit. How many weekends do you realize that your son has been craving playtime and attention and all you have done is housework, leaving him in his bouncy chair to watch.

This quote showed itself to me at the perfect time, because:

  • It’s Friday and my weekend starts this evening
  • The house is a WRECK and I had very big plans to fix that
  • Now I’m realizing that a clean house doesn’t raise a child, a present mother does
  • The mess might just have stick around for a bit
  • I’m ready to get off work and see my son

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Down and Out, But Blessed Nonetheless

My first week of the New Year was spent at home sick. This is my first day back to work and I am actually glad to get out and back to the grind. Being as sick as I was around a 5 month old was a terrifying and exhausting challenge, every time he sneezed my heart would drop thinking “Oh dear god, he has caught The Sickness!” Thankfully, I had really great help:

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The Husband and Baby Boy= My Life

I feel like I have been on a three week vacation and although some of it was unpleasant, it’s been nice. Nevertheless, I think it is time I become a useful member of society again, put the sweats away, and maybe even put on some makeup. I am glad to feel well enough to really start challenging myself with some Yoga, because I think I’ve exhausted Child’s Pose and Cat Cow this week. I am also really looking forward to being able to kiss my husband and my son, lately we have been acting as if I have the plague.

This “extended” vacation also gave me a great chance to spend a RIDICULOUS amount of time with my family and I loved it. They are my reason for waking up every morning and life would be so dull without them.

The End of an Era

We are in the last days of 2015 and the Christmas season is a wrap! My vacation consisted of

  • Pajamas
  • Goldschlagger
  • FOOD FOOD FOOD
  • Naps with Baby Boy
  • Nights spent with The Husband

I feel recharged, rejuvenated, and ready to walk into 2016 with my head held high.

Nana will be watching Baby Boy for New Years Eve, allowing me the great opportunity to attend the New Years party at My Husband’s bar! This will be a great improvement from last year’s, which was spent on my couch, pregnant and hormonal.

I haven’t had time to post anything fun, any recipes and I certainly haven’t had the time to craft. This is partly because I made my family my priority over the holidays and tried to stay far, far away from the internet.

Also, I am trying to do so many things with myself right now. I am trying to remodel what I have inside if that makes any sense. My goal for this new year is to become more mindful, aware, and patient. I also have this INSANE desire to start taking my YOGA much more seriously and becoming more mentally and physically flexible.

I think all of these changes will make me a better mom and wife.

With all of this said, I am going to move this blog down my list of priorities and just try to… be for a while.

My life in an office bulletin board nutshell:

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Stuck At An Impasse

Happy Holidays!!! Christmas is just days away now and I haven’t been able to post a lot of the stuff I had wanted to. That’s life though, right? I’m going to try not to stress it because the holidays are about other, more important things. I will be glad when things go back to normal though. I have really tried hard this Christmas to be my best, to  make everyone happy, to schedule everything perfectly, to decorate lavishly, to buy the perfect gifts….

I don’t think any of my work matters though. I promise I had planned a really bubbly post this morning, but now I see that the gray storm clouds are rolling in to take its place.

The Christmas decorations are just something I have to find time to put away in a couple of weeks. Our”perfect” schedule is actually one EXHAUSTING day of driving everywhere and slowly pissing Baby Boy off more and more, each time we put him back in his car seat. I am BROKE and my Husband has already gotten half of his gifts somehow, (out of necessity, but still)  and now I feel like his Christmas morning is going to suck.

I’m not sure I’m going to find time to carry on the tradition of baking Snicker Doodles.

I’m upset that I’m so upset over everything right now. I should be singing Christmas songs, spreading cheer, but all I want to do is shit on the tinsel go to the beach.

           

I imagine by the end of today or tomorrow I will be back in the spirit. Maybe I will find time to bake, maybe The Husband will love what gifts are left to be opened on Christmas morning.

But for today, Bah Humbug.