Tuesday, July 29, 2014

KTLO (Keeping the lights on)

I have been in this mode for the past weeks... months. Basically, just doing omy best to make sure what needs to be done to keep work going is happening. Seriously, it's one thing to have that every now and then... but a consistent week after week is just not healthy. It's not just me feel this way, my whole team is feeling the same. Work has been so busy and overwhelming. We have a ridiculous work volume and not enough people. I believe I (and my team) have quoted "barely just keeping my head above water" a few thousand times. No bueno.

Last week, a colleague and I had a heart to heart with my Senior Manager regarding the work load. She completely understood what we were saying and ensured us that her and our manager have already been in discussion about the work load and the need for another person on our team. She recognized the efforts that we have been doing and that we would have some relief soon. Overall, the conversation went really well and made us feel better that leadership is seeing what's happening and are doing something about it.

I think there can be this hesitation on one's part (especially mine) to speak up when you are feeling overwhelmed, because you don't want to come across as weak or a cry baby. I can work myself to death before going to my manager and telling her that I can't do it. Not a good thing. And it's probably in part to past job roles that I've had and my pride that makes this hard for me. Thankfully, I have leaders that do listen and want to have an open relationship with us. Which to me, is what a true leader should do. In the end, your team does the work and keeps things going. If they are not happy and are struggling, the work and quality is going to be affected.

So, I am going to keep pushing through the work load as I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Brooksville, Florida

This weekend we took a little trip to Brooksville for lunch and a little sightseeing. It's about 40 minutes north of us so not too far of a drive. We actually had our engagement pictures done here and loved the downtown. Since then, we had been meaning to go back and visit and finally did it.
Being the tea lovers that we are, we were so excited to see that they have a tea place in that area, The Tilted Teacup. We had lunch there and the food was delish. The place itself was so cute. It's basically and old home converted into a tea room.

While there, the Mr. and I were talking about how awesome it would be to open our own tea place. It would be perfect. For one, we love to go to tea places for high tea. The Mr. loves to cook and with the limited menu, he can perfect and make from scratch. I love to host parties and we would be able to host baby showers, bridal showers, and birthdays. The hours wouldn't be crazy which I appreciate.
After tea, we visited the May Stringer Home which is now a museum. When we went there, we thought we would just walk around but they actually have guided tours. Our inner geeks jumped for joy. Had no idea how big of a role Brooksville played in the Wars, providing food to soldiers etc. It was nice to see all the vintage items although the place was crammed with things. All items that have been donated by people over time. It was almost like being on an episode of Hoarders. Aside from the crowdedness, we had a great time.

Of course, with every historic home or place, there is a haunted story that goes with this place. Apparently, one of the owners baby's died shortly after birth and still resides in this place. I am not one for scary stories. As soon as they mentioned it, I was out. Ha. 


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Review: Spoken For

Finished reading this book last night. I learned about this book from someone's Instagram and thought I would read it. Alyssa is actually a blogger and co-wrote this book with Robin who is the author of the Christian teen series.... Truth be told, did not know of either prior to reading this book. But while browsing Alyssa's website, I learned that she is married to Jefferson Bethke, who made a statement with his "Why I hate Religion" video on Youtube. Over 27 million views. If you haven't seen it, here you go.

Small world.

In each chapter would start with an overall thought, then each author gave their thoughts and used personal experiences to speak to it. Then at the end of each chapter there were questions to think about. This would be great for a girls life group!

The premise behind the book is reminding us to know who we are in Christ. That He has called us to be His. We shouldn't feel that we aren't worthy of His love.

At the end of the second chapter, there is this list of verses from the Bible titled "What God Says About You". A great list to reflect on daily and just to say out loud, professing God's promise over your life. I want to write them either in my planner or some where I can see often.

Chapter 9 "You are Covered" probably hit home for me regarding fear of the future. Knowing that God is in control of everything. I need to be constantly reminded of that. As much as I try to tell myself and state it, I still worry. Drives me nuts. I feel it drain the life out of me and I don't want that. I guess it's all part of life and learning each day.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

What I Wore This Week...

Hey peeps! I was good this week and took OOTD pics. Doing these actually motivates me in the morning to put some more thought into my outfits. Ha.

Decided that I would combine all my pics into one post versus daily.

Dress: Merona from Target (purchased like three or four years ago) / Shoes: Bandolino from TJMaxx

Top: JCPenney / Pants: Express Columnist / Shoes: Michael Kors

Arm Candy: Forever 21 / NY&Co / Swarovski

Top: Lauren Conrad at Kohls / Pants: Express Columnist / Shoes: BCBG from TJMaxx


Monday, July 7, 2014

Meal Plan: Week 4

Monday mornings after a long holiday weekend are always painful. Spoiled being able to sleep in, wear PJs til noon and not have to worry about emails, meetings, phone calls etc. But then Monday comes and reality hits you in the face.... just because you had time off doesn't mean everyone else in the world did. This time, however, I did myself a favor and worked an hour each day to prevent having hundreds of emails waiting for me this morning. Not that will make this day any easier but push off my hyperventilate time to somewhere around 9am.

Anyways, enough woes me... Here is the meal plan for this week.

Sergio is going out for "Guy's Night" on Tuesday so I am keeping dinner easy for me.

Here are pics from last week.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Polar FT4.

I got this baby in the mail on Thursday. It was like Christmas in July!

My new fitness BFF. Isn't she so cute! Still working on a name for her. Suggestions are welcome. 

I had been going back and forth on whether to get this or something like the Fitbit that can be worn all day and monitors your sleep. Some of the people on my work team have this and were raving about it. But then vanity got the best of me. I knew that I wouldn't want to wear that bracelet all day and in work clothes. Won't go well with the rest of my arm candy. So I opted to stay with my original plan, the Polar FT4. 

On Friday morning, I was so excited to go to the gym mainly to test out my new toy. It comes with this chest strap that has the heart monitor. I was a little hesitant about this thinking that it would be annoying. Once I had it on and started my cardio, no problem. I tuck it right under the bottom of by sports bra so it doesn't feel like I have something additional on and stays right in place. 

One thing I learned is that the monitor apparently transmit the signal of my heart rate to the treadmill, so I can easily see it while exercising. 

Another added point, this whole time prior to getting this watch, I thought I was burning 100 calories when in reality I was burning more. The watch has more details of my body (height,weight,age,gender) and can better calculate my calorie burn.

On another note about exercising, I've hit a another milestone folks. I have been able to jog 20 minutes! Get excited people! I see a 5k in my future. Last week I celebrated being able to do 15 minutes. We're movin' on up :)


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Meal Plan: Week 3

I'm a little late on this post. Work has making me work hard for the holiday weekend, which I have been looking forward too! We don't really have any vacation plans except R&R. Although, I could really go for a little getaway to just get out of the daily routine and environment. Just right now is not a good time.

Here is this week's meal plan.

That is what I had planned on Sunday, of course things have been rearranged a little.

Here are pics from last weeks meals.

The Korean Style beef was really good! It was mixed with Bok Choy which was my first time having. Not bad, really not distinct taste but I liked the crunchiness.