New Year, New Chapter

Well this is awkward.

I’ve been gone for a bit. Two whole holidays went by and I didn’t even check in to discuss my lack of exercise and abundance of indulgences. I apologize.

And as I contemplated all the different ways to post about how nice it was to hang with the fam, sneak in some Jillian dvds during my stay in Small Town, USA, declared salad detox as soon as I got home, and snuck one or two drinks too many over New Years, I had an epiphany.

Ok, fine. Epiphany seems way too epic.

I had a deep thought.

Ok, fine. I was thinking.

Yes, thinking. For at least a fleeting moment.

- I’m not training for anything. Or even signed up for a race yet.
- Work rumors are that January and February are going to be slammed. After writing for a full 8 hours every day, the last thing I want to do is look at a computer screen at home. Or at least look at a computer screen and be productive. Facebooking doesn’t count.
- A lot of my free time has been spent with a person of interest. And although I sometimes enjoyed poking fun at bad first dates in the past, I’d rather not jinx myself by discussing something that’s going well. Plus my mom reads this. Let’s be serious, guys.

So here we are. I have nothing I want to write about at the moment.

We could drag this out a little longer with random posts that have nothing to do with anything of interest. Or maybe a few meaningless surveys or lists that you don’t really care to read, but would anyway out of the kindness of your hearts (you guys are super sweet like that).

But why waste your time and mine?

So I’ll get to the point. This is what we call a hiatus. A break for Miss Amy. Maybe I’ll check in from time to time. Maybe I’ll be back in full force in a month or so. I’m not sure. The element of surprise seems fun. ;)

Until then, feel free to follow my snark on twitter (@amysrandomness). Or instagram (same handle).

Soooo…. Happy 2013, everyone!

Excuse me while I go now to eat egg whites and salad all day and plan out the next week of working off the excess that was New Years Eve/Day.

Peace out, kids. I’ll see ya soon.

A Month Left

Oh hey there, everyone!

Since it’s now December, and instead of just concerning myself with everyday stressors, I’m also now taking on the holidays and “oh yeah, those new years resolutions” and the sinking feeling that comes with them.1293795564417_8876790

For a good laugh, let’s see how I’ve been doing:

1. Cook some sort of fish. I never have. For some reason or another, it freaks me out.

I totally did this. I’m too lazy to hunt down the post, but it was a salmon filet from Trader Joe’s and it turned out mediocre. It didn’t kill me. So it still counts.

2. Go on vacation somewhere. Did this last year by hitting Vegas. Twice if you count the bachelorette I attended there, too. Enjoyed myself a little too much. Need to make taking time off to travel a regular thing…

I took a few extended weekends. Does that count? There was a trip to Washington DC and Boston with the sister wives. A wedding weekend in Indianapolis. A race in Geneva, Wisconsin. Maybe if you merge them all together, it counts? Almost win.

3. Beat my 8k time. It was so frustrating to have a goal of breaking 40 minutes and to finish my last 8k in 40:00:00. Now the question is, who’s doing it with me???

I did not do one 8k this year. Not one. However, I PR’d with a new 5k and half marathon time. We’ll call it another almost win.

4. Figure out my new iPhone. This could take all year. Tech savvy I am not…

I love love love my iphone. And I sort of hate myself for it because I feel so cliché. But it’s true. I love it. And I’m getting better. Win.

5. Bake with yeast. I’m more of a fan of the quick bread variety. Yeast seems like a temperamental ingredient. However, if I really do want to claim to be a “baker”, I should probably grow a pair and man up.

I have not done this. Yet. I still have almost a month. And this seems much more likely to happen than the 8k thing…

6. Run two more half marathons. Thought I had figured out which ones I’d be doing. Now I’m not so sure. Either way, two decent ones shouldn’t be hard to find.

I ran 3, bitches!  The Chi Town Half Marathon where I was totally miserable with stomach cramps. The Chicago Half Marathon where I PR’d like a boss. And the ZOOMA Half Marathon that was one giant hill. BOOM.

7. Master the crow pose in yoga. Not that I’m planning on being a yoga master any time soon, I don’t really even enjoy it, but I bet the crow pose would be an impressive party trick…

I have done yoga maybe twice this entire year. And it was Jillian Michaels yoga. So you decide if that counts. I do not see this happening. I should really just give up. I hate yoga and need to admit it.

8. See a Chicago Bulls game. I heart basketball. The Bulls are my favorite NBA team. Why hasn’t this happened yet?

Took my brother for his birthday. Two birds with one stone kind of deal. WIN!

9. Eat more cookies. It may be hard to beat my consumption from last year. But I’m willing to try.

I’d call this a toss-up. Probably didn’t bake more… but that doesn’t mean consumption was down…

10. Marry a Prince. Kate Middleton did it. Why can’t I?

Well… I’m still in my budget friendly apartment in Chicago, so this clearly did not happen. I’m not so upset about it. Prince Harry seems like a handful who can’t keep his clothes on. What a hot mess. And I’m dating someone who I like better anyway. Win.

All in all, I’m proud of my accomplishments. Especially since the list was practically forgotten about a week after it was written…

Happy Friday, folks!

Back to work in more ways than one…

I’m glad you guys like the resolutions post. Originally, I had planned to do “12 in 2012″, but I’m obviously not as ambitious as originally thought and settled with 10.

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Oh well.

Also, if any of you have connections and could help me track down a prince to marry (resolution #10), that would be just lovely. Thanks in advance!

Anyway, it’s back to work for this chick. Back to work. After 12 days off. Sigh…

At least it’s a short week?

No? Not convincing enough? Well crap.

Either way, back to work we go. But before I overload on coffee and read a thousand emails that will surely keep me busy until this afternoon, let’s chat about this fantastic new year we’re currently in. Shall we?

Like any other crazed and delusional kid with new years resolutions, I do want to try and consider this week as a way to kick off a great year of (hopefully) good things.

Starting with a semi-overhaul on healthy habits. I say “semi” because I consider myself decently healthy already and also because my life is not complete without cookies. I meant what I said yesterday- more is always better.

But there’s a time and place for everything. Cookies can wait for now. This week is all about focusing in on the eats. Starting as of yesterday because January 1st/New Years Day/National Hangover Day/Rest Day was spent eating a combo of ice cream and chips and dip. I told my visiting friend that she was an enabler.

Although it’s not like I minded.

Anyway, as luck would have it, I won a sweet giveaway from Tracey and received coupons for free Bertolli frozen soup meals.Granted, quite a few pre-packaged soup meals are high in sodium, but how awesome is free food? Especially when it’s good free food?Seriously, the only real issue I have is the sodium content and maybe the price being a little high- I’d have to watch for sales before being willing throw it in the cart. Other than that, it was delicious, filling, and a serving was definitely enough for me. Each package comes with two servings. That means, in my singledom, I get free dinner and lunch for the next day. Sometimes it pays to be attracted to boys who never call before 6:00 pm. Holla’.

So the soup/salad meals are going well. As are other aspects of my health kick.

After a fabulous rest day, the ice cream and chips seemed to give me the needed energy to hit up the gym and log 4.6 miles. With this whole wanting to “run a faster 8k” thing in my head, I was able to start at 8:40 and work my way down to 7:53 over the span of miles. Can’t say I’ve been tracking pace time as of late, but this is as good of a time to start as any, right?

Oh dear. Maybe I really am getting serious about this whole New Years thing.

Now if only everyone else would get less serious about those New Years resolutions so I wouldn’t have to fight the crowds for a treadmill….

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10 in 2012

I know what you may be thinking.

“This sounds awfully like a resolutions post, Amy. A little cliche, don’t you think?”

And I’ll respond to your question.

It is. So what? Bug off.

I do what I want.

And in 2012, apparently I am able to come up with 12 things I want to do. So that’s neat.

1. Cook some sort of fish. I never have. For some reason or another, it freaks me out.

2. Go on vacation somewhere. Did this last year by hitting Vegas. Twice if you count the bachelorette I attended there, too. Enjoyed myself a little too much. Need to make taking time off to travel a regular thing…

3. Beat my 8k time. It was so frustrating to have a goal of breaking 40 minutes and to finish my last 8k in 40:00:00. Now the question is, who’s doing it with me???

4. Figure out my new iPhone. This could take all year. Tech savvy I am not…

5. Bake with yeast. I’m more of a fan of the quick bread variety. Yeast seems like a tempremental ingredient. However, if I really do want to claim to be a “baker”, I should probably grow a pair and man up.

6. Run two more half marathons. Thought I had figured out which ones I’d be doing. Now I’m not so sure. Either way, two decent ones shouldn’t be hard to find.

7. Master the crow pose in yoga. Not that I’m planning on being a yoga master any time soon, I don’t really even enjoy it, but I bet the crow pose would be an impressive party trick…

8. See a Chicago Bulls game. I heart basketball. The Bulls are my favorite NBA team. Why hasn’t this happened yet?

9. Eat more cookies. It may be hard to beat my consumption from last year. But I’m willing to try.

10. Marry a Prince. Kate Middleton did it. Why can’t I?

*That last one is negotiable. Maybe I’d settle for “date someone who acts princely” or “meet a boy who doesn’t suck” could be substituted in later on if necessary.

Clearly I don’t take resolutions OVERLY seriously. But they are a nice way to reflect and think about a few things I want in my life.

Something I was able to do while my lovely friend Laura was visiting. Yesterday was a rest day in every way possible. We did a little shopping. A little gossiping. And got a weird craving for ice cream while out to pick up a few red boxes.

Ice cream cravings in the middle of winter are a little strange, but we were celebrating National Hangover Day properly, and didn’t question it.

So now that the holiday break is almost over, I guess it’s time to get serious and down to business,  huh?

Well. Gimme one more day…

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