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September 15th, 2010
10:39 am

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I am firing Livejournal
Because I have found blogger.com!

I am tired of having to watch an ad which freezes any other computer other then my laptop before I even get to post anything.

Plus I like the look of my blogger account much better and it appears to be easier to post and alot easier to post pictures!

I will not be deleting this account as I still have people to follow but to follow me you will need to go here

http://rachel-and-brian.blogspot.com/

I still have some work to do so the look of it may change but viola!

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September 8th, 2010
11:53 am

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What Brian and I did on our labor day...
We turned this:


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into that:


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a Black hole:


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into a computer room:


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The aftermath of Katrina:


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To a pretty nice living room/dining room:


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And I swear we aren't Hoarders so please dont turn us into TLC:


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That and a pretty disappointing anniversary dinner at Flamingo Grill ended our Labor Day. Happy Anniversary mommy!

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September 7th, 2010
10:08 am

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Guess what we paid off this month?

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That's right! Brian's car!

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September 2nd, 2010
10:57 am

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Gymnasts videos
UGA gives everyone a week off between sessions and man it was fun having the time off but now I am SORE SORE SORE! My shoulders and my legs mostly. Anyway my idea was to do everything last night and see how I do and have Brodie video tape me next week. Brodie thought I would do just fine this week, turns out he was right. I wasnt as rusty as I thought! I was even doing better in certain areas. We took videos of me on the bars and of me doing front tucks.

The Back Hip Circle:

I didn't realize this is what it was called until last night. They all say the names so fast that I cant figure out what it is. I was thinking it was the back kip circle. Anyway I always HATED the bars because I just could not do anything. I could not hang or even swing let alone pull myself up and do tricks. I also was not improving as fast as I was in other areas. No one else in my class liked it either so we didnt spend that much time on it. Then everyone else quit gymnastics so it has been just Brodie and I for the past several months and I decided I wanted to try the bars again. I had gotten decent in everything else and I wanted to conquer the bars. When we tried it I was remarkably better and soon after began being able to do the Back Hip Circle by myself. I still need a little help getting up but that will come with time. I did not expect Brodie to be taking the video where he did (leaning up against the high bar) so I was a little shocked and my last is definitely the best. I need to keep my legs straight and my hips to the bar. The voice is Brodie :)



Front Tucks:

I didn't do as well in these as I normally do. We had to do like 5 takes just to get these three. I really need to go up higher and flip faster, I think I was just exhausted. When done right I do land on my feet and stand up, without using my hands. Using my hands is very very bad as if I do it completely wrong and land on my hands my wrist/arm/elbo/shoulder could get seriously injured. The first is an almost.





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August 28th, 2010
10:45 am

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I have found my purpose in life
To make Brian laugh so hard his sides hurt.

First was Thursday night. Brian's weight set arrived and its one of the adjustable weight sets. You move a pin basically and depending on where you move it the weight gets heavier or lighter. Each weight is 50lbs so after we got out from eating at Chili's we were going to bring the weight set up stairs. Brian picks up one of the dumb bells and brings it upstairs. I had already brought up all that I could so I thought I would be nice and carry up the second dumb bell. I tried lifting it when it was set to 50lbs and it was too heavy to do it comfortably. Then I had the brilliant idea of moving the pin so it would become 10 lbs...something that I can easily carry up three flights of stairs! So I move the pin and lift the dumb bell and all the metal weights fall off in the car. The car is fine. I am trying to fix it when Brian comes down and asks what happened. I finish telling him my intention and thought process and he busts out laughing. "what were you thinking" is a phrase I heard all that night and have not stopped. I try to explain I didnt think the weights would fall off which just sends him deeper into hysterics. I dont know if I will ever live this one down.

The last one so far happened last night. We were watching, well he was watching, Sports Nation and they were talking about some player who has to get surgery and one guy thought that the surgery would only make him worse. He mentioned how this player wouldnt be able to do it like one cant eat a tablespoon of cinnamon. This is when my ears perk up. I ask Brian why you cant eat a tablespoon of cinnamon as it really doesnt seem like that big of a deal. Meanwhile the talking heads are talking about coughing and spattering but I kind of ignore that thinking they were doing it wrong. Brian says he doesnt know but I should try it and then insists that I do. He goes, grabs a tablespoon and almost fills it up, we were running low on cinnamon. He makes me go over the sink which starts getting me worried but I put the whole tablespoon of cinnamon in my mouth and at first it isnt so bad and try to tell Brian that. But then it starts to burn so there I am standing over the sink trying to speak with cinnamon dust flying out of my mouth. oh man it burned so bad. It had gotten so far back in my throat that i couldnt spit it out or swish it out with water so I am dry heaving into the sink. Brian is busting up laughing at me. I finally got most of it out but man I do not want cinnamon ever ever ever again. ugh

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August 21st, 2010
12:14 pm

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Weight update :)
Sorry with unhappiness of the post before. I was just dealing with the fact that A)I do not have any friends down here and no matter how hard I try I cant seem to find people who want to be my friend, B) even if I did have friends we dont really, responsibly, have the money to do anything, and C) if we were going to be irresponsible and spend money there isnt anything worth spending money on. So I was basically feeling stuck with the only glimmer of change to maybe come would be in December but change may not even come then. I cant say that I am over any of this...this is not the problem I was expecting to have when moving to the beach...I was expecting to have issues getting people to leave since this is one of the nations most popular vacation venues, but I have moved past it for now.

Anyway this post is supposed to be about my diet update. It is also late, couldnt bring myself to do it on Thursday and I ended up pulling a double last night so before I get to work tonight I told myself I had to post it :).

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Anyway that's about it. One of the homeowners who has become like a second Mom to me is coming to town tonight. She always ends up coming when I need her most. The last time she came I was going through the worst week at work and between her and their new puppy Franklin helped me through it. This time its coming right after I was down from such a hard time dealing with the loneliness. I dont think she knows what she has done for me. Usually I dread Saturdays...tonight I am looking forward to it. She lives in Virginia and if we ever end up in Virginia I hope we end up near her.

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August 18th, 2010
05:03 pm

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August has been hard so far
I have thought about blogging but never quite got around. It is hard to figure out what to say and what not to say sometimes. If things are tough you dont want to create a pity party for yourself and when things are going well you dont want to sound like you are gloating and showing off because you dont want your readers to feel bad if they aren't in a good spot in their life. I also dont get in the mood to write alot so when I do...my posts end up being very long. I am going to try to post about weight/diet tomorrow so not to bog down this post.

Everything is fine I have just been very tired, very worn out and very done with this phase in Brian's and my life. I am ready for change and change is still four months away. Brian finished his summer school classes with an A in one and a B in another and has already started his last semester so that is exciting. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays he goes from 12-7 and on Tuesday/Thursdays he has one class from 11-1pm. It is yet a new schedule to get used too.

I have just been in a funk lately...getting sick of never doing anything because of having no friends to do things with and even if we did have the friends we dont have the money. What is there to really blog about when you dont do anything. Now dont get me wrong...we are poor but we are poorer then we should be by choice. Brian and I both agree that we would rather be frugal now and have more later then have more now and be screwed later. Clark Howard, Suze Orman, and Dave Ramsey would be proud and impressed however the side affect is being very bored and lonely. That being said there have been times that Brian and I got cabin fever so bad we attempted to forget the budget and do something but we cant even figure out what to do. It has been overwhelmingly hot and there isn't much to do here.

All the good bloggers have friends and do things or they are on some adventure or goal they are working towards. Brian and I really dont have any of that. I have been reading several blogs lately and have enjoyed them but also realized how little Brian and I really do. We arent in debt so cant blog about how Dave Ramsey is great, we dont dont really have friends to talk about, and the only goal is Brian graduating and getting a job and there is only so much you can blog about that. When we do go places or do something blogging becomes easier but still.

Speaking of money, Brian and I are completely stuck on what to do next and cant seem to find anyone to help. Ramsey deals with people in debt ...and we arent so he is out. Orman is close and I follow what she says for later but what she says is mostly for people to get themselves out of bad situations and Brian and I are in a good situation. Howard just helps you find things for free or cheap and doesnt really give advice. Brian and I are one of the lucky few that arent in debt and we have started and done the basics of investing but are stuck on what now? And no one really seems to be talking/helping people in our situation.

Anyway one of the blogs I have found and enjoy is called Chapters (www.dustyandamy.com). Christine I think you would really enjoy her...I end up thinking of you during alot of it. She is from Texas but is currently in Ga. They are very southern and religious but not so over the top for me. She is also a fitness buff..but a real one. She just opened up her business and is the tiniest, most petite, in shape person I know but yet she isnt afraid to admit she still eats ice cream. She is just real....which is what I enjoy.

I dunno I just am getting tired of A) having nothing to do, and B) having no friends to even just hang out with. Anyway tomorrows post will be the update on the Diet/gymnastics.

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August 13th, 2010
05:20 pm

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Two randoms
Gymnastics is going really well. I had hurt my foot and went to the Podiatrist to have it checked out. I knew it wasnt major but thought as a responsible adult with health insurance I should have it checked out before it became something major.I was right nothing major but I do have to wear a brace during gymnastics. He only gave me one because while he knew it would solve the problem he wasnt sure how I would like having it on while doing gymnastics. Turns out...that brace has been a life saver. I was kinda almost on my way to doing a round off back hand spring by myself before the brace, with the brace I was able to throw the stunt much harder due to not being afraid of hurting my foot so I was able to do it twice on my own. The first time I even almost landed on my feet and I did for a second I was just in so much shock that I let myself fall to my knees. The second time I was so excited I forgot to finish the round off before I went into the back hand spring and landed on my face. :) I have a second brace ordered for my other foot. Here are two pictures of the aftermath. The first picture is a little weird and am only including it because it probably is as close as I could get to what I looked like right after falling on my face the other is a better picture. Oh and landing on my face is good compared to landing on my back....to land on my face I had to get all the way over.

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This next picture mom will recognize immediately but everyone else will need some back story. I have this fascination with growing avocado's. It started in High School when I read a book about growing them (we had a lot of random books) and that became a project. The first one grew and actually became a bit like a tree. It was so big it didnt really fit on the kitchen counter anymore so mom put it outside...then the squirrels ate it and I have tried periodically to recreate it and it hasnt worked. Well Brian and I were trying a recipe with Avocado's so I stole the bit and tried again. It worked! Brian once again put it outside but since we are on the third floor balcony that is enclosed so no squirrels! Right now it is pouring so hard it was reaching the tree and making it bend in a 90 degree angle so I have brought it inside hoping I saved it.

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August 3rd, 2010
08:53 pm

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Grocery budget
Budgeting has been on my mind a lot lately...once I set a goal for myself it is all that I can focus on. This can be a very good thing and a very bad thing.

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July 30th, 2010
11:38 am

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Update on the budget
I was going to wait until August to post this but August isn't coming soon enough for me and it is close enough I think.

it got long..oops
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