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April the Month + April the Giraffe

A few things:

I’ve spent the past few weeks obsessively watching April the Giraffe. I’d like to say it’s because I want to witness the miracle of life or whatever, but I’m pretty sure I did the same thing a couple of years ago with the Panda Cam at the San Diego Zoo, and no one there was pregnant.

Obviously, productivity is low.

I’ve been eating a lot of vegetables lately, and (shocker), it’s made me feel great. I completed a two-week Dr. Oz diet that involved no caffeine, no alcohol, no sugar, (no fun), no starches, no dairy. The diet was surprisingly easier than I thought it would be, and I feel fantastic. Fantastic enough that I may continue eating like that. I’d be a little less strict with it, but follow those basic guidelines. The biggest surprise was how great I feel without alcohol, and if you’ve known me for any period of time, you’re probably thinking I’m losing my mind. I really enjoyed two weeks off the sauce. My mind feels much clearer, my body feels healthier. As with the eating, I won’t say I’m swearing it off, but I want to remember this feeling for as long as I can.

Once I finished the Dr. Oz diet last Thursday, I signed up for Weight Watchers. I’ve done WW once before, a few years ago, and I had great success with it, so I thought I would give it a go another time. When I started previously, WW had just transitioned into the PP+ system, and now they have moved on to Smart Points. It’s definitely a little bit of a learning curve, but I’ll get there.  I’ve found a bunch of veggie-friendly dishes online, and I’m super excited to try them.

My birthday is Friday. Not sure how I feel about turning 33, but it’s coming, regardless of how I feel about it, so I may as well embrace it. How old do you have to be to get away with lying about your age? Is that an old Hollywood thing for actresses in their forties, or could one pull it off in their thirties? Asking for a friend.

We have a crawfish boil to attend later this month, and I’m trying t come up with a creative, veggie-friendly side or two to bring. I love the potatoes and the corn on the cob, but 1) it’s cooked with the crawfish, and 2) those aren’t exactly the healthiest of sides. I need something hearty that will fill me up, but also something that other people might be tempted to eat. I thought about a soup maybe, like a corn chowder? Or maybe something super simple like this veggie pizza. If anyone has a tried and true crowd pleaser, I’d love to hear about it!

After months of discussing how hard it is to make new friends as a grown-up, I’m finally doing something about it: I’m going to an informational meeting for Northwest Arkansas Junior League. It makes me nervous, like I’m starting rush all over again. In true rush fashion, I remind myself to trust the process. Was that just an Oklahoma thing, or did Panhellenic across the nation tell women that, too?

I found boxes of old books at my parents’ house over the weekend and I’ve read three Fear Street books in the last forty-eight hours.

We found a house. Holla. I’ll definitely talk about it more because I’m in planning/nesting overdrive, but it’s my perfect Princess Palace that also has room for golf clubs and shit. It has a fireplace for me and a garage for Matt and a fenced yard for Louie.

Speaking of Louie, my poor little monkey is in surgery right now. On Friday, when I went to kiss him on the nose before I left for work (yes, I am that dog mom), he yelped and I grabbed his face and then started shaking. He wasn’t eating for drinking and was generally very mopey, and for a dog that literally eats anything and always wags his tail, I was more than a little concerned. Our family vet in Fort Smith was able to get him in, and she’s fairly certain he has an abscessed tooth. So, long story short, I’m a terrible mother and Louie will have some killer drugs.

I paid off two credit cards. TWO. I’m wildly excited about it. Honestly, I’d like to blog about it, and how I’ve one about getting my finances in order, but I think pretending at all that I’m financially responsible would be shallow and insincere. I think we’re all above that.

A couple of April goals:

  • Finish my Adventure Book. Yes, the one I cut my thumb off starting two years ago (see here and here and definitely here). I literally haven’t touched it since my thumb got sewn back together. Worry not, my dad cut the rest of the foam core for me, so it’s mainly just a lot of hot glue. Hopefully I can find pieces without my blood on them.
  • Continue focusing on my health. Guys, I know I keep harping on this, but I feel good. Between my workout classes and eating things that are good for me and ditching things that aren’t, I feel better now than I have in a long time. And it’s pretty cool.
  • Read two books. Even if they’re Goosebumps. Just keep reading.
  • Take pictures. I have this big fancy camera and it sits and collects dust. I used to enjoy taking pictures, and I’d like to get back to it.

Alright, so this was a jumbly post. I almost miss my jumbly posts sometimes, the way I would write before I cared about a “brand” or image. Not everything has to be planned and curated, and I plan to do more of this to help me remember.

#returnoftherambleblog

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  1. Melanie wrote:

    1. Veggie pizza is my fave! I even posted a recipe on my blog last year!

    2. Please tell me how to pay off your credit cards! I need all the help I can get!

    3. Dr. oz diet sounds terrible. I mean….CHEESE!!!!!!!!!!!! bUT THEY ALL SOUND TERRIBLE TO ME, AND i DESPERATELY NEED ONE OR ALL OF THEM!

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    • TylerLucille wrote:

      lol, I was considering blogging about paying down debt, but I’m historically very bad with money, and I wasn’t sure how seriously anyone would take me!

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