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You can’t expect people to understand your eating habits…

This is a topic I’ve been wanting to discuss for a while now.  I was at Subway a few weeks ago.  There was someone ordering ahead of me.  She ordered 2 Veggie Delight sandwiches.  From the get-go, this girl had an attitude with the “sandwich artist.”  She acted very snooty and I was already wanting to punch this chick in the throat.  If there are 2 jobs everyone on this planet should work at least once in their life, it’s food service and retail.  And I’ve done both, so I always try to be as respectful as I can to those “serving” me, as long as they are respectful toward me.  Anyway, the sandwich artist asked the customer if she wanted the sandwiches toasted.  She replied yes, so the artist proceeded to put the sandwiches on the toasting tray.  Then all hell broke loose.  The customer was like “really?  did you really just do that?  I want to cancel my order please.”  I had no idea what this girl’s problem was.  She then explained to the sandwich artist that she ordered veggie delight sandwiches and “you just put them on the same tray used to toast sandwiches with meat…you cut my sandwich with the same knife used to cut sandwiches with meat…” and on and on and on.  

Once she started explaining all of this to the sandwich artist, I fully understood.  This girl is an all-out vegan.  Okay, that’s cool…but you are at SUBWAY.  You cannot expect everyone else to understand your specific dietary needs. Being vegan or vegetarian is not the norm so you can’t expect people to understand that they should use completely separate utensils or trays or whatever else.  I am totally down with vegans and veggie lovers…it’s just my opinion that you shouldn’t be so absurdly rude to someone making your sandwich because they don’t even understand what the word vegan entails.  Hell, I didn’t until I worked with someone that was vegan.  It blew my mind that she didn’t want honey in her tea.  Then I started asking all sorts of questions so that I could understand.  

Moral of my story…don’t get mad at your sandwich maker because they don’t understand your eating habits.  I understood where this girl was coming from but for her to talk in such a derogatory manner to the Subway worker for not understanding that she was a vegan was just uncalled for.  And it’s not like this girl made it known that she was a vegan.  I order veggie sandwiches all the time–but not because I’m vegan.  So I’m sure this employee just thought she was ordering a veggie sandwich–nothing else.  

What do you vegans and/or vegetarians think about this?  Have you ever had to explain to someone in a restaurant your specific needs?

 

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The Things You See at the Fair…

Get ready for picture overload, y’all.  I’ll try to keep the commentary to a minimum (but I’m not making any promises).  After my friend Beth’s baby shower brunch yesterday morning, Matt and I decided to hit up a local fair.  But first, check out this hot mama…

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Hey girl, heeyyyyy

photo 1 (7)Now, about the fair.  We had the BEST time.  I have noticed lately that Matt and I haven’t been doing things alone much.  There was a time when we did everything alone and didn’t socialize much.  Now I feel like we are socializing a little too much, if there is such a thing.  I miss our one-on-one date time.  Any other wives/fiances/girlfriends/husband/boyfriends out there that feel the same way?  Anyway, we had such a great day.  The weather was perfect.  As soon as we walked in the gate (which one of us got in for free!–thanks to the nice parking lot guy), we hit up the first food station we saw.

photo 3 (4)It was glorious.  Look at those beautiful colors.  Matt got an enormous corn dog (but we couldn’t handle all the batter) and I got a chicken on a stick basket.  As we sat there eating, I noticed a girl taking a break from whatever carni job she was doing.  I also noticed that fact that she was taking a selfie of not her face…but a tattoo on her BOOB.  I’m talking it was OUT there.  I almost saw the whole thing.  As a side note, my favorite quote of the day, “I can’t wait for the livestock exhibit afert we eat all this.”  After we recovered from all of that, we just started walking and people watching.  After we made one loop around, we decided we weren’t ready to end our date just yet.  So we took another loop and I am so glad we did–we made it just in time for the best animal show I’ve ever seen.  I was like a kid on Christmas morning.

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I can’t wait to post this on a Wednesday…

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Mini horses…now I want one.

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Yep, that tiger is jumping through fire. You go boy.

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I’m also glad we took another loop around because the livestock exhibit had opened.  It was closed our first time around.  I found the cow I want.  She seems cute.  Reminds me of my cat…don’t ask.

photo 3 (5)We also saw a brand new baby…this mama was cleaning up her calf that was born at 4:30 yesterday morning.  The guys running the show said it was very rare to witness this!

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Yesterday was seriously just one of my favorite days with Matt.  We are going to have to remember to do things like that more often, just the two of us.  I also realized we have an obsession with food.  I mean, I always knew that we had a love for food–and usually not the good kind.  But we seriously walked around the fair saying “OMG, a fried oreo.  OMG, giant slices of pizza.  OMG, quesadillas!  OMMMMGGGG, a doughnut burger!”  We refrained from partaking in any extras since we ate as soon as we got there.  But next time, we are going to take it easy.  Just get a little something from like every food stand.  Because that’s normal.  And healthy.

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Alright, I’m off to watch the Sunday usuals.  I promise I’ll have Miley pics soon.  I took NONE with my own phone.  Fail.  Hope you had a happy Sunday!

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Trying to spin it all INTO control…

In my last post, I mentioned “time…schedules…ugh…that’s a story for another day.”  Well guess what y’all?  It’s ANOTHER DAY!  And I’m ready to tell that story.  Like most of you, my weeks are usually planned ahead of time. There never seems to be enough time.  I thought once I got done with grad school, free time would just be never-ending for me, since I was used to never having any. What I have learned is that all the time I spent in school and thought I would have as free time just gets filled up with other things.  As I type this, I know that sounds like duh…it is your free time, Logan.  You fill it up with what you want. Yes, that’s true.  I am the controller of the almighty calendar.  Basically, I spread myself WAY too thin and it gets incredibly exhausting.

With the position I hold at work, I’m expected to be active in the community.  I like to be active in the community–it’s just the people and things that get pushed to the wayside so that I can be active that eat at my soul.  I am a Chamber Ambassador, a member of the local Young Professionals group, on the events committee for a downtown development association, now I’m participating in this Dancing with the Stars deal, not to mention the fact that I work full-time, teach spin classes, and oh yeah, I have a husband, a family, and friends that all want to be part of my life (and I want them in my life).  Most of the Chamber and Young Professionals events are on Thursday nights, when I want to be at home group. I hate to have to tell my home group that I can’t come talk about the Lord because I’m busy schmoozing with other professionals.  BUT, I know I have control of that.  I guess my problem is getting a grasp on that whole saying “no” thing.

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Yesterday, for instance, I worked all day, changed at work and got dolled up for our Dancing with the Aiken Stars program pictures, then went to dance practice. What time did I leave my house yesterday?  Ohhhhh, 7:30 am. What time did I get home?  Hmmmm, around 10 pm.  I never ate dinner and Matt was ready to go to sleep when I got home, hence, we barely spoke all day.  I know there are people that do this all the time.  Yes, I’m used to it because I did it for almost 2 straight years while in grad school.  But I miss being home.  I miss Matt.  I think about how I haven’t snuggled with my cat-children lately.  The house is a wreck. Here’s the million dollar question–How on earth could I manage all of this AND have a child?  Ha, not happening.  So when people want to know what we are waiting on…I mean just think about everything I said.  I barely have the energy to take care of myself.  Much less a little squirt.  The thought completely overwhelms me.  Yes, it is my choice to participate in these events and be on these committees.  I basically have no idea what point I’m trying to reach here.

Oh, what about working out, Logan?  What about half-marathon training?  Yes, please tell me how that is supposed to happen.  I have a wedding rehearsal tonight, we are going to Clemson tomorrow for the game which will be an all day affair, I have a church event to work from 12-1 on Sunday, then a 90 minute spin class from 2:30-4, dance practice from 5-6, then Sunday dinner.  Oh and I’m supposed to sleep too.  Check email, put out fires, all that good stuff. I think what bothers me is when people say “there is NO excuse.”  Pardon me, but yes the hell there is.  I have definitely been lazy when I could have been productive. I won’t deny that.  But aren’t we allowed to be lazy?  Oh, and I don’t even cook my husband dinner because I’m NEVER HOME.  Thank God it doesn’t bother him that he doesn’t have a hot meal waiting on him when he gets home from work.

Our first Clemson game together.

Our first Clemson game together.

I think it all goes back to that post I wrote about priorities a while back.  I haven’t quite gotten them all straightened out but I’m working on it.  First and foremost, I am going to have to start saying “no” to some of this work stuff.  The fact that Matt called me yesterday and asked me when I would be home and I said “probably 10” and then he said “gah, you are spreading yourself to thin, I miss you” really bothered me and made me feel all fuzzy at the same time.  He’s right…I spread myself way too thin.

Oh!  Another thing I wanted to complain about today…to all you ladies out there: are we really expected to handle all of the parental relationships for ourselves and our significant others??  God knows I love my family and my in-laws, and this isn’t me throwing Matt under the bus, but is it normal for the ladies to have to handle everything when it comes to making plans with them?  They just want to spend time with us which is GREAT (it could be that we have parents that don’t give a rip).  But it is immensely overwhelming to think that I have to manage all of those relationships and if I say “no” to any of them, I take myself on a guilt trip.

Sorry, this was incredibly long-winded.  But it’s something I’ve wanted to discuss for a long time.  It sounds mostly negative-I know.  I am grateful to have a busy life and people that care about me.  And I’m totally looking forward to my busy weekend.  Again, I’m not sure I made absolutely ANY sense here.  Thanks for hanging in there with me anyway!

Happy Friday!!

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Let’s Get Personal…

This is probably the most personal post I’ve ever written.  Not sure how I feel about opening up this much but hey, I need a therapy session and I’m broke.  So here goes…

This weekend was full of fun times, let downs, fun times again, let downs again, and then some reflecting on my part. Friday was so much fun.  We celebrated Bess’ birthday and everyone had a great time.

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Disregard the burrito eating. Boys and pictures…

As you all know, I was supposed to run a 5k Saturday morning.  Well, I’m not going to get into the details but we had a family emergency that kept me up half the night and the race never happened for me.  I also ended up with a dead cell phone and no charger so I didn’t wake up in time to tell my friends that were running with me what was going on.  I literally called them 6 minutes before the race began.  They were completely understanding but I was a basket case all morning.  I felt like I had let my friends down.  It seriously ate a hole through me.  I know that things happen.  And that’s what I have to remind myself…things are going to happen that are out of my control.  There is nothing I can do and I have to learn a better way to deal with that.  After balling my eyes out and running around the house thinking I could make it to the race in 6 minutes, I hung up the running shorts and knew I had failed…at least that’s how I felt. Then I began to obsess about “what would I say on the blog?”  “What do I tell people who ask how the race went?”  I came to the conclusion of who freakin’ cares.  I don’t have to explain anything if I don’t want to and so now here I am trying to explain…oh the irony.

Despite the madness and tears, I also had other people depending on me and Matt to go to a football game.  So I hopped in the shower and out the door we went.  I’m glad I had to keep moving; otherwise, I would have probably been a cry baby all day and just brought myself down more.  The game was fun.  It just rained practically all day and kinda put a damper on the day…

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Thankful for dresses like this…they dry quickly!

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The stands started emptying out when the rain got heavy…

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Rain or no rain, still my favorite place on earth.

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Matt–the ultimate creepy photobomber.

photo (59)After the game, we found a good spot to eat and decided to head on home.  We had every intention of being 20-somethings in downtown Athens but we were tired, damp, and ready for clean, comfy clothes.  Matt and I ended up in bed at 8 pm and didn’t move until around 10:30 the next morning.  We have done that for the last 2 Saturday nights and I can truly say it feels awesome.  It’s quality time together and we get to recharge for the week ahead.  

Yesterday, I went through another inside-Logan’s-head-battle and finally cried enough to convince Matt to make me breakfast 🙂  The inner battle I constantly face is people-pleasing.  I don’t want this post to get too long so I am going to focus on priorities more next time but I think I really need to evaluate who I place in my life and where I place them. Right now, this is what I believe the pecking order looks like:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Matt
  • Me
  • God

Work and gym fit in there somewhere too.  Probably around the “me” line.  But this is what I believe my pecking order should look like:

  • God
  • Matt
  • Me
  • Family
  • Friends

I focus so much on making sure other people happy that I don’t focus on what’s actually important in my life.  I don’t focus on the one person who should get my full attention–my husband.  I’ve always been a people-pleaser and I have always cared way too much about what people think–did what I say hurt their feelings? Did what I say make them mad?  Did me cancelling that plan hinder my friendship with that person?  Yes, people should care about those things to an extent but I OBSESS about them.  Some people don’t care about that stuff at all. Anyway, I don’t want to get into this too much in one post so until next time…does anyone have any advice?  Or does anyone understand where I’m coming from?  Come on y’all, this was totally a pity party post…make me feel better 😉

On a positive note, I’ve had a great Monday and I hope you have too.  And one thing that has kept me positive today is something a friend told me yesterday…don’t dwell on what you didn’t do right today or if you didn’t do enough–focus on how you can make tomorrow better.  

 

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Time to Regroup & Refocus.

It’s almost that time of the week…half way there.  I am super pumped for this weekend.  Not only am I running my first race since my last half-marathon in February, but we are headed to Athens to see the Bulldogs play.  Basically, that means I have to run a quick 5K and get my butt home and in the shower ASAP…it’s a 12:30 game!  But that’s alright…we will make it in time to tailgate for an hour or so and then we can hit downtown Athens after the game.  This game is a way for us to celebrate a friend’s birthday…so I can’t wait for Saturday.

Since this is my first race in 7 months, you can guess what I haven’t been doing…if you guessed running, I’m buying you a cheeseburger.  The last time I hit the pavement was about a month ago.  So yeah, this oughta be an interesting race.  I did come home from work today and decided I would get at least 3 miles in to make sure I wouldn’t actually die on Saturday.  I made 3.17 miles.  But I won’t tell you my time.  

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It wasn’t terrible but definitely not what I’m used to.  I have a feeling, though, that I’ll get my butt in gear on Saturday.  Races always push you a little harder.  

Speaking of races, it really is time to get my butt in gear.  I have a 5K this weekend, the Pretty Muddy Mud Run in October, and then a half-marathon in November.  Yep…it’s time to start training…I’m totally behind.  I guess I keep thinking that since I’ve done it twice before, I can do it again.  But what I’ve found out about running is once you stop, or slow down, it’s hard as HELL to get yourself back together.  I really hope the 5K this weekend will give me the motivation to start getting some long runs in.  Otherwise, the Savannah half is going to be a comical disaster…

Last night I taught Spin30…here’s my playlist and what I looked like aftewards:

photo (4)photo (51)Not that you necessarily care what I looked like afterwards…I just have a thing about pictures.  And I wanted to prove that I sweat like an overweight football player.

By the way, I have started posting updates to my Spinning page on the blog so check it out from time to time for playlists and routines.  I’ll leave you with this flattering photo…this is how I decided to relax after work, running, and dinner. A little homemade wine while sitting in the bed ain’t never hurt nobody 😉

photo (34)How did you relax tonight?  And if you didn’t, make a date for yourself this week!

 

 

 

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What I’ve learned so far…

Before I get to the point of this post, I want to share my playlist from yesterday’s Ripped Ride class…

photo (1) photo (31)I’ll post the specifics for each song later…we had a great class!

So, I have been blogging since July 2nd…almost at the two month mark.  It seems like much longer already!  But I wanted to reflect on a few things I have learned and noticed over the last two months.  It’s a short list but I think it will be interesting to see how it grows in the future…

  1. People like pictures.  Okay, like pictures.  A lot.  One thing I can’t stand is to read a lengthy post with no pictures.  I’m like a child…didn’t you want to read all the books with pictures when you were little?  I don’t think that changes much as we get older.  I don’t care if it’s a picture of the sky.  Or a selfie.  (We all know you take selfies in the car…)
  2. People like food.  This is one area that I need to work on…but hey, I never said my blog would be about eating healthy or recipes.  I. Don’t. Cook.  I’m like the wife from Talladega Nights, except I’m not as rich, hot, or bitchy.  People love recipes and seeing pictures of food.  I do have a folder in my email where I save most of your posts with good recipes (by good, I mean those that my husband and I would consider eating).  In the back of my mind, though, I know I may not ever refer to them.  Not because I don’t like them or appreciate the effort you put in to sharing them…but because i. don’t. cook.  One day…one day…
  3. People like real.  It is obviously hard to get to know someone via blog posts…so don’t make it all about the fitness or all about the diet.  I want to get to know you outside of all that.  Maybe I’m just creepy.  We all have an intended focus for our blogs but it’s okay to sometimes go outside of that realm.  The only thing that I am keeping off limits with my blog is my marriage.  It could be the best relationship in the world but you won’t read much about it.  That’s just something I don’t feel should be shared with a bunch of strangers, even if I feel like I know some of you.  Some people say wayyyy too much via social media about their spouse and marriage and it causes problems.  I’m sorry, good or bad, sharing it with the world via social media includes very fine boundaries.  Now, what I do like are success stories.  Those can be inspiring.  So, your marriage fell off track and you fixed it? Great, you may help others that are in your previous position.  Pissed off at your spouse and want to bad-mouth them? Keep that off the internet.  It’s called respect.  If you’re doing it in a joking manner, that’s one thing.  But I think you guys know what I’m talking about.  No one likes a Debbie Downer, a Negative Nancy, a Fun Sucker…okay, I’ll stop.

Like I said, it’s a short list.  And this is just what I’ve noticed over the last two months that like (and dislike) about blogging…you may completely disagree and that’s fine.  Please tell me about it, whether you agree or not! (Seriously though, just give me pictures.  I’m like a child…why do you think I’m addicted to Instagram and not Facebook?  Pictures, people, pictures! :)) Happy Hump Hump Hump Day!!

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Friday & Saturday.

Heyyyy party people.  Hope you had a fun Friday night.  I did no working out of the sort…unless you count dancing at the old people bar a workout.  Hey, I did get my glisten on.  Oh and I saw this on the way home from work yesterday…

miataI first thought, “Oh no!  They were loading up their trash to take to the dump and forgot about a bag.  Hope it doesn’t fly off, hit my car, and pollute the world!” But no, they did this intentionally.  It was tied to the car.  This, my friends, is why you don’t buy Matchbox size cars for the real world.  It doesn’t work. Unless you count that trash setup as working. #rantover

After Matt got home from work, we headed to where we typically go on Friday nights, El Alazan.  It’s been our favorite Mexican place for years, despite the fact it is a good 15 minute or longer drive.  Who cares…best Mex around!

Matt and Chunky

Matt and Chunky

Meg and I enjoying our jumbo.

Meg and I enjoying our jumbo.

Then we were off to our local old people bar.  I love old people hangouts.  By old, I mean my parents’ age and up.  I don’t think that is actually old but that’s just how we call it around here.  Anyway, this particular bar/dance club has been managed by a dozen different people and been given a dozen different names.  We kinda think it sucks now.  It used to be a lot of fun but now, not so much.  Since we had to pay a cover, though, we made the most of it and danced our booties off.  This bar isn’t downtown so that is really the only reason we go there.  Sometimes we like to stay away from downtown bars.

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Bess, Lindsey, and me!

We had a great night out with friends and then we were up this morning to head to my friend’s little girl’s 1st birthday party…

Me and Beth Ann

Me and Beth Ann

Matt with baby Kinley

Matt with baby Kinley

Baby K really enjoyed her cake!

Baby K really enjoyed her cake!

Now we are home.  Matt is napping, I’m blogging and doing laundry (simultaneously–yes, I’m that good), and we are waiting on my dad to meet up with us for a few drinks.  Then we are off to Dusty and Tori’s house!  Doesn’t look like I will get a workout in today but I’m okay with that…there’s always Sunday!!  🙂

 

 

 

 

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