Barnmouse Blitherings


PICKING THE BAR UP OFF THE GROUND

Lately I think I’ve run out of interesting or the-least-bit funny stories or things to write about.  Like, the last four months or so.  Give or take a month.  Yes.  The bar, while already set fairly low, somehow ended up on the floor among the dust bunnies and the dog-hair tumbleweeds where it was kicked around and jumped over and I think maybe I tripped over it once.

Now that it’s the beginning of a new year (okay, 16 days late, but who’s counting?) and I’m going to attempt to pick the bar up off the ground and set it at a moderate level.  Hopefully, I will occasionally make it over the bar instead of landing flat on my face as I am want to do.  But be prepared to watch me fall on my face, most likely time and time again.  I hope to eventually get so good at jumping over the bar that I can do it in heels without messing up my hair or smearing my lipstick.  *note to self: start wearing lipstick*

So on to the New Year’s Resolutions that I promised…um…let’s just say “earlier” and leave it at that.

New Year’s Resolution #1 (or “numero uno” as I like to refer to it)  To be able to jog/run for 10 minutes without stopping.  This resolution includes several things I’d like to accomplish and become a part of my daily life and who I am, all in one, seemingly obtainable goal.  They include, but are probably not limited to: 1)keeping my back in good shape seeing as how I just got it back into working order with the help of a brilliant physical therapist.  It’s kept me from doing way too many things over the 10 years that I have apparently had a twisted, tilted pelvis and “ass bone” (because I can’t remember what that’s called), and several lower vertebrates were trying to pretend that they were one and would not move independently of each other.  I can now move, lay down flat, and sit without pain and without my bones jarring together when I jog!  2) The ever popular “get into shape” resolution, which has always been a part of my resolutions, but with such a bad back, I was limited in which exercises and how much I could do.  I know I’ll probably never be a size 2, but I can definitely be healthier and less face it, more svelte (look at me with the fancy words!) than I am now.  I would love to feel more confident in my own skin and hopefully the jogging/running will help accomplish that.  3) I love the outdoors.  I hope that when I can increase my jogging speed and time (from the 4 miles and hour for 8 minutes I’m at right now) to be able to just bolt out my front door and run along some of the fantastic trails we have around here.  That’s  one of the “lifestyle” things I was talking about.  There are more of these things, but I think this is enough explanation for one resolution.

New Year’s Resolution #2 – Go to the gym at least 3 times a week.  Obviously this goes along with the first resolution, so not too much explaining is needed here.

New Year’s Resolution #3 – Do my back and neck stretches and exercises at least 3 times a week.  In order to keep my back/pelvis/ass bone/blah blah blah in shape and to get the muscles around that area stronger so that I don’t end up on the couch for days at a time again, my physical therapist gave me *sigh* a LOT of exercises to do (some on a yoga ball!  Yay!  Fun!), one of which, I hate.  I really do.  I HATE this exercise.  I really like a few of them and am pretty neutral on the rest.  Anyway, I need to do them.  I know I need to do them.  But still I put it off.  Also, my neck and shoulders have been getting really sore and stiff lately, so she gave me some stretches that will help with that.  So I need to do them.  Or they will not help.  I’m hoping that by putting this out there that it will push me to do them.  *fingers crossed*

New Year’s Resolution #4 – Finish the baby blanket I’m making for a friend of mine.  I still have a hard time believing that I have friends that I went to preschool/kindergarten on up with that have kids and are having kids.  I mean, yes, I’m 26.  I know that in my head, but in my well…in another part of my head, I think I’m still 16 or so.  A very good friend of mine already has two…TWO kids and now, my very bestest friend from kindergarten or so on to high school is having a baby.  So, even though we definitely drifted apart and even kind of disliked each other for awhile there after a misunderstanding or whatever, we kind of reconnected a few years ago, so now that I know more than one dang crochet stitch (okay, okay….I know three) I’m making her a baby blanket.  I started it long enough ago that I should have finished four of them by now, but I’m still working on it.  I’m hoping to have it done before the child is in school.  Hee.

New Year’s Resolution #5 (I know, this is getting long) – Try a new dog treat recipe at least once a month.  This would obviously be for the benefit of Canine Confections (my dog treat business I’m trying to get started).  I should probably like, you know, try to sell them or something too.  Hmm. 

New Year’s Resolution #6 (or as this one is known “Enough damn resolutions already!) – Blog every day of 2008!!!  And not just blog.  Blog well!  Blog interesting!  Blog funny!  Blog stuff people other than my mom would want to read!!  And every day too!  Running and exercises are going to be cheese next to this.

So there you have it.  My new year’s resolutions for 2008.  Did you make any?  How about last year?  How did they turn out?  Speak up Dudes!  I’m all stuffed up and sick and trying not to sneeze out a lung and also boooooorrrrrrrrrred.  So I’m interested!  Really!  (in all honesty, I’m interested in all the comments you leave.  I’m like a little kid waiting for the ice cream van.  Empty email is so very depressing.  Especially when you’re sick and have nothing better to do than check my inbox every 30 seconds.)

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My new year’s resolution is a bit odd. I am going to try to stand/walk/sit straighter. My boyfriend says I slouch to much and I slouch like my mom! But that is it, just one.
Six is a lot of resolutions to keep up…I hope you succeed!

Comment by Carina

I guess I made two resolutions. One is the same one that I made last year… and sets the bar pretty low. It was simply to cut out all alcohol and most processed sugar and added sugar, for two weeks. Just to get me past the BIG bowl of chocolate that my mother-in-law left, and the copious amounts of wine that I had been drinking.

The second is to take one picture that is worthy of framing.

Comment by rhiannon

Carina – yes…6 is definitely a lot! But a few of them tie in together so I’m hoping that will help me not be too overwhelmed. The no slouching thing is excellent! I’ve been trying to do that since I got my back all straightened out. Used to be that kind of slouching was the only comfortable way for me to sit sometimes. Now I try to sit up straight when I sit and stand. (when I think about it!) Good luck! 🙂

rhiannon – a big bowl of chocolate? I could use that right about now! LOL And taking a picture that is frame-worthy is a great resolution! I think we should all do that.

Comment by barnmouse

i always do a double take when i see someone my age with a baby. or ESPECIALLY someone younger than me. it’s like, wow when did they get a baby sister.. oh wait.. yeah, its THEIR kid. holy F#ing heL! i guess that means I’m still young huh if i think i’m too young to have kids? i dont know, anyway, i get how you’re feeling. and i hope you can get ‘working out’ totally fit into your life. i have been following along with a tv program and i may have lost a couple of pounds, but mostly i’ve gained lean muscle and strength, which is AWESOME, and truly, weight loss, SHOULD come from the lean muscle a bit later on. now i’m pondering a summer vacation, can i look good enough by then for a bikini? hmm..

Comment by jill

jill – The guy who owns our gym (former MMA guy) was talking to me when I signed up and he was saying that 5 pounds of muscle burns and extraordinary amount of calories a day…DOING NOTHING!!! So yeah, with muscle mass comes more calories being burnt! Yay!

I do the “can I look good by the summer time” thing too. In the winter, a nice chunky sweater hides so much that when you put on a summer shirt it’s like “WHOA! Where did that tummy come from!?!?”. LOL!

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