Hey friends! How was your weekend?
I’m really bummed that our family cabin trip is over, partly because it was such a fun, relaxing time and partly because it’s the last mini-vacay we have planned for the year.
But my travel itch has officially been scratched (gross?) and I’m content with chilling out for awhile. Plus, it’s not like I don’t have anything exciting to look forward to. (Keep reading for plenty of examples!)
Before I get into all that, here are a few more pics from the weekend…
By Saturday (Day 2), we were kinda getting cabin fever (hahaha—RIGHT?) so we headed into the teensy town of Wautoma, WI in search of a park or something. Instead, we found this gem:
An ancient-looking drive-in with a strange little sea of lost toys in the backyard:
I’d never seen anything like this, and it made zero sense to me—most of the toy sets were chipped or broken in some way (like it was the city dump for toy sets?) and so clustered together that you could barely even get to some of them.
And then there was this rickety merry-go-round thing…
This adult toy (haha)…
Mason’s favorite part was the mini-golf course/toddler obstacle course.
There were also a couple of photo op spots (that looked like they existed for no other purpose whatsoever):
The poor kids were forced to endure so, so many staged pics over the weekend. When Grandma presented them with matching outfits, this was a must:
They weren’t that into it. The attempt with Grandma and Grandpa went slightly better…
By the end, they were both approaching critical meltdown.
A few more random pics…
Confession: I own a very nice DSLR, and even had it with me, but was too lazy to pull it out once (coupled with the sad fact that I don’t know how to use it well).
So my apologies for putting you through all these blurry, low quality camera phone pics…I swear I’m going to go to Camera School (aka asking my photographer friend to teach me some things) very, very soon.
I gotta say, this one turned out pretty nice for a camera phone:
Typically, I’d mope around being wistful on a post-vacay Monday, but this time, I have way too much going on in my brain.
For example, all of a sudden the Healthy Living Summit is 4 DAYS AWAY???
I’m one of those people who sees ALL future events as distant, distant happenings until they’re literally sitting on top of me. Which is not a great habit, especially when you’re attending a blogging conference and don’t realize until less than a week prior that you have ZERO BUSINESS CARDS. No!!
I’ve been *meaning* to make cards all summer, but per standard procrastinators’ protocol, I kept alternately putting it off and then forgetting about it, in this big mad cycle fueled by both laziness and intimidation at the process. (Obviously, the cards have to be the bomb.com, and I’m no graphic designer.)
Does anyone have any recommendations for a way I can get cards made and delivered in, like, 2 days??? If not, you lucky HLS attendees might be getting some fancy handwritten Healthy Nest post-it notes this weekend!
Along with the card debacle, there’s this (probably all too common) healthy living blog conference stressor: How am I going to attend all these workouts without looking completely sweaty and disgusting during all the other events??
Like, I want to attend the late afternoon cardio class on Friday, but the thought of wriggling my sweaty body into a dress for the cocktail party afterwards (not to mention trying to do something with lifeless post-workout hair) isn’t that inviting.
Let’s just say I won’t look like this.
Since I’ll be staying with friends in the cities, rather than at the hotel, I won’t even have a room to bop up to if I need to freshen up/shower, so all costume changes will have to happen in a random hotel bathroom (I guess?).
So does any HLS attendee out there with a hotel room want to adopt me for the weekend?? There might be a Healthy Nest post-it note in it for you! (Haha…but seriously, I’ll compensate in drinks!)
As if all that wasn’t stressful enough (haha), here are a couple other things on my brain this week:
—My job situation. As you might remember, I’m job hunting. I haven’t wanted to talk about it until I had something concrete to say (like, say, “I got a job”), but I do have a second interview this week and I’m getting pretty excited about the opportunity. Fingers crossed that it goes well! (And if you never hear of it again, you can assume the worst and pretend I never mentioned it—ha.)
—NASM. I’ll admit, I’m not keeping up with my personal trainer studies as well as I’d hoped. I’d like to blame all of our recent traveling, but I think the real reason is that I’m stuck in a doozy of a chapter and I’m having trouble getting through it. When I think about studying, I don’t think of learning more interesting tidbits like these—I think of memorizing dozens of names of teeny, tiny body parts (that I’m not sure I really need to know) and an endless list of biology-heavy terminology.
To be perfectly honest, I haven’t been thrilled with the way NASM presents their information. Maybe it’s the old technical writer in me, but all I’m ever thinking about is how they could have written this sentence or explained that example in a much more straightforward, easy-to-read way, or they could have turned this huge chunk of dense text into a nice bulleted list, or they could have used much more friendly, simple language in this science-heavy section.
But maybe I’ve just been removed from the academic world for too long. I know academics love their heavy, vocab-loaded, complex-sentence-ridden academic language.
Anyway, I’m about halfway through the book and still have a lot of work to do. Plus, I need to schedule my CPR training (not to mention the test itself). I’m shooting for a November test date, and I still think that’s reasonable, but I do need to crank up the studying efforts ASAP.
—Fit Moms 4 Life. Preparations for the 6-week challenge are really ramping up, and I’m getting excited! I haven’t even launched my “marketing” efforts and I’ve already gotten two e-mails from interested participants. (I have no idea how they found me!) All I need is 3 people to get my initial investment in the program back, and I’d love a group of 8-10 local women.
I’m honestly going to be baffled if women aren’t lining up to get involved in this program. I think it’s so well-designed and has the potential to be so powerful in people’s lives that the only reason I can think of that they might not be interested (besides the $99 investment) is that I haven’t explained things well enough.
So here’s to explaining things well and, hopefully, changing lives!
—More writing! I’m a writer, and writers need to write. Obviously, this blog is my main outlet for that, but I’ve been dreaming about writing a novel since I was 10. Lately, I’ve been getting more and more serious about it. I’ve had a plotline, characters, and lots of backstory brewing in my head for well over a year now, and I’m finally at a point where I want to start outlining the thing.
Last night, I actually downloaded a trial version of a well-respected writing program called Scrivener, which is like a super, super tricked-out Word document. I started puttering around with it and getting crazy excited…could this thing actually happen??
I also started doing some time calculations. If I want to write an 80,000-word book (a decent, average length, from what I can tell), I could write just 2,000 words a week (for reference: there are already over 1300 words in this blog post) and get the thing drafted in 40 weeks. Which means I could be sitting here with a fully drafted novel in less than a year.
So those are a few of the things on my brain right now…what’s something spinning around in yours?? It’s cathartic to share. :)
Have a great week!