Health And Fitness Update ~ March 10, 2017

I have decided that not only do I want to share my progress with all of those who wish to read about it but I would also like to share with you recipes that I like, exercises that I am doing, and just anything else that comes to mind that I think might help others.

My newest found addiction was stumbled upon while doing my morning cardio on the treadmill.  I had decided that I wanted to find a knowledgable person who could give me some tips on achieving the goals that I wish to achieve.  And where else to find such a person but the glorious land of YouTube.  I found a girl by the name of Jen Heward and I absolutely am intrigued by everything she has to say.  Below is the first video I watched and I was instantly hooked.

The thing I like about Jen (besides her goofiness) is the fact that she gears towards women and how OUR bodies work.  She also has the same troublesome areas of the body that I do which helps in getting to my goals.

She’s also a great motivator.  If there is a morning…like today for instance…that I just want to sit in my chair, binge watch TV, binge eat, and have nothing to do with exercise, I just pull up one of her videos and am instantly motivated.  Even if it’s just a short workout, it’s still doing something.

If you would like to check out her website which has some awesome recipes and supplements just click here.  I recently purchased the BCAA powder in pink lemonade flavor.  It shipped to me in 2 days (even though it said 5-7) and I tried it out today and loved it!  Not only does it taste great but it gives you energy without the jitters and helps with muscle healing during and after weight training.

I have been trying to keep to a clean eating lifestyle.  It’s going to take some time and serious commitment, especially on days like yesterday when I had to take 3 kids to dentist appointments at the same time, we were there for nearly 3 hours, and by the time I got home they weren’t willing to wait for me to make dinner.  So to avoid them gnawing my arm off, I ordered pizza.  And of course I had to have a piece of said pizza.  And then I decided that since I was already falling off the wagon I mind as well just get off the whole damn wagon completely and indulge myself into a glass, or two, or entire bottle of wine.

And so I did.

My favorite clean eating recipe of the week was my salmon, asparagus, and mushrooms all done in one pan.

Heat the oven to 425*F

Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray with cooking spray

Trim the bottoms of the asparagus

Cut the mushrooms (I used baby portabellas) into quarters

Make sure your salmon is thawed.  The best salmon to use for clean eating is wild caught.  They sell it in the frozen section at War-Mart.

In a good-sized bowl mix together about a cup of olive oil, fresh finely chopped garlic, juice of one lemon, onion powder, and cayenne pepper (optional) **likes her food a little spicey like her sex everyday life.

Mix ingredients well with a whisk

Place the vegetables in the bowl until well coated then arrange them onto the foiled pan making sure you have some liquid left for the salmon (which is set aside for now).  I also thought to myself if I had time and would have thought about it,  I would have marinaded everything in the mixture before hand but I will have to do that next time.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste

Pop the vegetables in the oven for about 10 minutes

Take the pan out and place the salmon on the pan.  Drizzle the rest of the mixture over the fish and veggies and feel free to season the salmon as you wish.  (I use McCormick’s Steak Seasoning for EVERYTHING…I even sprinkled some on the veggies)  Pop the pan back into the oven for about another 5 to 10 minutes depending on how you like your salmon cooked and then plate and enjoy!

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The best things I learned this week are that I should do my weight training before my cardio and that I don’t have to spend hours a day doing cardio.  I also learned that women shouldn’t be afraid to lift heavy.  You will not bulk up like a man unless you take steroids.  In that case you may end up looking like this…

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When I look at that picture I see a man with a blonde wig but who am I to judge what someone wants to look like.  I just want to tone the flabby parts, not turn into the Incredible Hulk.

I also bought some weights and a yoga mat (I’m tired of getting up from the rug in my bedroom to find myself covered in dog hair) from the store this week.  I like to try out some of Jen Heward’s workouts at home before making a fool of myself at the gym.  Let’s face it, no matter how good I think I am doing something right there are times I know I must look like this…

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Until Next Time,

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Workout Wednesdays ~ March 23, 2016

It’s been awhile since I have posted about my health and fitness workout progress.  Not to worry…I haven’t given up on it…just been quite busy piling more and more stuff onto my plate, no pun intended,  and haven’t had a lot of time to write my weekly progress reports.

I am officially down 27 pounds since weighing myself Jan 1, 2016.  And lately I have been asked by a few people what I did to shed it.

First off, I didn’t drink or eat any junk food for an entire month…well 28 days but whose counting close enough.  I really think that this jump started my weight loss and tricked my body.  Just beware that if you are a frequent drinker, then suddenly stop completely, and you are female, it can throw off your cycle.  I am quite certain that’s what has happened to me.

I do a lot of cardio.  As you know I have fallen in love with Zumba.  But I also walk my neighborhood of hills when it’s nice outside, and when it’s not…and there is no Zumba…I resort to the frightful horrifying grievous dreadful treadmill.  Luckily I have learned to tread and blog without falling off (multi-tasking talent I tell ya)  which makes the time go by much faster.

I have also been taking GNC Women’s Ultra Mega Energy And Metabolism.  It’s a 30 day supply separated into one day packets of pills. GNC Women's Ultra Mega Energy Metabolism Pack It doesn’t make me nauseous or jittery and gives me great energy.  And whether or not it’t helping shed the weight, I don’t know, but I have been losing consistently, every week since I started it about a month ago.  The cheapest place I have found to purchase a 30 day supply is Amazon.

I usually take the one day supply about 1 hour before I am about to workout.  And on days that I forget to take it…I can tell.

I also do some weight lifting and weight machines with my cardio.  Usually in the mornings 3 times a week, as it’s always good to let your muscles rest.  In my 40’s my body is really good at letting me know when it has had enough needs rest.  I find a lot of workout routines on Pinterest…if you would like to check out some of the workouts I have found, just check out my workouts board.  I have been trying to add to it frequently.  And when I can’t get to the gym…YouTube is my best friend.  You can find any and all types of workouts there.  I usually like doing my ab workouts at home as I don’t like laying on the gym floor and the mats they provide look like they go way back and would probably be part of a science experiment.

As for what I eat.  My biggest thing is that I try to burn more calories then I consume.  I drink a lot of smoothies which usually consist of a banana, spinach, kale, cucumber, a small amount of frozen fruit variety, and either plain or coconut water.  I also like to throw in some chia and flax seed as it seems to make me feel fuller longer.  Below is one of my favorite meals.  Seared piece of tuna (found in the frozen section at Wal-Mart), and lightly sautéed kale and spinach mix.  Literally takes 5 minutes to make.  The seasoning I use is McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning.  I use it to season pretty much every type of meat eaten in my house.

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I drink A LOT of water!  And I like putting lemon in my water.  And when I am craving some carbonation…I have Perrier water on hand.  I also like to brew green tea and flavor it with just a small amount of light Agave syrup or my local honey.  Consuming your local honey can also help you fight the allergy season of pollens in your local environment.

And even though the Smart Ones and Lean Cuisine meals are not that good for you, I still keep a section of my freezer full of them so that when I am in a hurry (which normally means resorting to fast food), I have them on hand.  Much healthier than fast food.

I have also recently discovered that coconut oil is high in cholesterol.  Therefore if your cholesterol is high…it is better to use light virgin olive oil or canola oil.  I actually found a mixture of both at the grocery store.  I know there has been a hype about coconut oil being the new super oil to go to but not if you are trying to keep your cholesterol under control.

I have started allowing myself cheat days about every 7-10 days.  I consume some yummy, usually full of carbs  food and cocktails and it doesn’t kill me.  I actually think it helps me stay on track as I am not depriving myself of some of the goodies and setting myself up for failure.  I did however for the first 28 days have absolutely no goodies of any kind.

I have been having a lot of fun with my FitBit challenges with friends.  I must say that the fab lady of Bumbi’s Mom has joined my #activitytrackerchallenge

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My best day of steps to date.  My goal is 20,000 in a day and 100,000 in a week.
and I am loving her competitive side and the fact that she now chooses walking over golf carting at work!  You go girl!  Having a little competition amongst friends is a great way to stay motivated.

The biggest difference I have noticed since starting my journey is the fact that I have more energy and when I don’t work out for a couple days I get really grouchy.  I realize that I have to rest sometimes but it’s become a physical and mental challenge for me now.

Below is a current picture that I took about a week ago in a public bathroom.  Don’t ask me why I decided to take a selfie at that particular moment but I did.  And it’s not the best pic since I am wearing a sweatshirt but I can tell the difference from pics of the past.

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Vacation is fast approaching and I am hoping to shed at least 10 more pounds before we go.  It may be a little unrealistic but I am going to try my best.  That way I have some leeway while on our trip.

Happy Hump Day,

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Workout Wednesdays ~ Feb 3, 2016

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This week was a failed one.  Not only did I fall off the wagon but then it came back and ran me over for a second time.

Last Wednesday night we went out with some friends for dinner and I decided to have a beer…which led to 2 or 3 or

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….let’s say I stopped counting.  So of course the next day I was hungover didn’t feel up to par nor did I feel much like working out.  Beer…it does a body good right?  WRONG.

 

Friday morning I went and worked out but it was a struggle.  Let’s face it…in my 40’s it takes more time to recoup from a night of drinking.  Like days instead of hours.  And it just goes to show that what we fuel our bodies with can make or break how we feel.

Then Saturday my hubby and I decided to go into the city for our Valentine’s Day celebration since this weekend is Super Bowl and he will be working the two weekends after that.  Now mind you, we did A LOT of walking that day…cause we were shopping.  I had reached my goal of 20 pounds gone and treated myself to some new workout clothes, workout shoes, and a pair of jeans 2 sizes smaller.

Then we went to dinner…at the Macaroni Grille…where they have bread, and pasta….and WINE!  And let’s just mention the fried calamari too.

Yep I indulged in IT ALL.

There wasn’t even a to go box.

Or any wine left in the bottle.

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Therefore Sunday I didn’t go to the gym…I moved around pretty much like a sloth…never leaving my pajamas or my bed for that matter…and I watched TV ALL. DAY. LONG.  I can’t remember the last time I watched that much TV.   It was cold and snowing outside after already dumping a bunch of snow on us the day before so needless to say it was a day to be stuck in the house and the perfect day to be a lazy ass do nothing.

But Monday’s were made for getting back on track!  And that’s just what I did! 200.gif I went to the gym in the morning and to Zumba in the evening.  Also hit the grocery store in between which is a workout in itself.

This is one day’s worth of tracking.  Yep I am proud!

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So now I am up against trying to decide if I am going to splurge on Super Bowl Sunday.  My team is playing in case you didn’t know!  Let’s take a vote…do I eat pizza and drink beer or do I stick to my guns and stay on track for the remainder of the month?

And don’t forget that Monday Feb 8 is my #activitytrackerchallenge!  I have a few of you motivated to take me up on it let’s get some more!!!  If you missed the details about it you can read them here.

My results for this week are below.  Even with getting off track I still lost almost a pound…therefore the scale as of this morning says the same as it did last Wednesday!  I am ok with that.  Still shooting for 90,000 in a week.  I WILL GET THERE!

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Now get your ass up and get moving!!!

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Revamp…It’s My New Year Word

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I have been reading quite a bit of articles the past couple weeks about how and why making resolutions can often lead to failure.  Of course probably the most common resolution made is that of losing weight or exercising more.

Instead of making resolutions, I switched mine to goals.  Tiny goals that I would set up for myself and when I achieved each one, I would reward myself.  Then I read somewhere about coming up with a word that you want your new year to revolve around.

Therefore, I have chosen the word REVAMP.  The definition of revamp by way of Google is this…

Verb: give new and improved form, structure, or appearance to

Noun: an act of improving the form, structure, or appearance of something

This word describes every resolution decision, proposal, motion, target, objective, intent, wish, dream, aspiration, ambition, desire, plan, purpose, goal that I want to become of 2016.

I am not sure why this year I have decided is my year to revamp my life but something tells me it’s time.  Maybe that’s because I had 3 babies in 3 years time and for most of the last 6 years I have lived in a fog of pure and utter mommy mania.  Feeding them, bathing them, clothing them, scolding them, teaching them…repeat.images.jpeg  Not that I don’t still do some of that stuff… **has already scolded one about 3 times today**, but this is the year they will be 6, 5, and 4 and they have started to become more independent little people and less reliant on me.  No I am not sad about that.  Nope, not even a little bit.

I like the fact that on Saturday mornings my 6 year old can get the cereal and milk out and help his sister’s with getting some breakfast so that mommy here can get to sleep in….if even for an extra 30 minutes.  Sometimes I am awake but just like to be able to lay there and not jump up and get going right away.

They are all in school now.  Granted the girls are home before lunch but those few hours between 8 and 11:30 give me a chance to do whatever it is I feel like doing without dragging anyone along with me.  This makes mommy happy!200.gif

Part of me feels selfish for feeling happy wanting to finally do something for myself but the truth is by always doing for everyone else I was turning into quite the depressed and bitchy individual.  I have even become more of an introvert than what I used to be.  Is that even possible?


So what do I plan to revamp you ask?

Myself ~ I plan to get healthier, eat better, quit drinking so much, quit stressing about things I have no control over, learn to deal with the stress when it does rear it’s ugly head, have more compassion for the human race, revamp my attitude.  Except for the guy who still stands on the corner sidewalk at Wal-Mart…and now he even has an accomplice that stands there with him.  That guy I will just keep giving dirty looks to as I drive past him.  In case you have no clue what I am talking about…you can read all about that here.

My Home ~ We have lived in this house for almost 2 years now and you would think we have lived here for 20 with all the shit crap that has accumulated.  In our old house we had one linen closet ….yes one linen closet, and now we have 3 linen closets, a coat closet, and a very large storage closet and guess what???  THEY ARE ALL FULL!  Of what?  Hell I don’t even know but I plan to do something to revamp that!

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There are also lots of walls in this house.  You would think that because I am a photographer they would be lined with framed photos and memories right?  Wrong.  But I plan to revamp those walls.

My Blogging ~ Since starting this blog I have never really had much of a plan for it.  I still don’t think I have a niche and I have come to terms with the fact that I am just going to blog about whatever brilliant idea pops into my head.  And over the next year plan to revamp a lot of my ideas.

So if you had one word to choose that would sum up your year for 2016….what word would that be?  Let me know in the comments.

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Workout Wednesdays ~ Jan 13, 2016

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I have made it to another Wednesday and sticking to my goal of getting skinnier healthier in 2016.  This last week I have started trying to get to Zumba twice a day/2 to 3 times a week now.  The energy in the class is just so eminent and although I have lost some of that fabulous rhythm I had when I was 20 something…I still have such a good time.

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I am also doing a bit of weight lifting.  The best thing about weight lifting is that even when you’re through your body is still burning calories trying to soothe those worked muscles.

As far as what I am eating these days, I am trying to stick to low carb.  I can’t function without any carbs.  I get way too tired and weak so I do try to eat healthy carbs.  I find that when I am in a hurry and need a quick meal, the Lean Cuisines and Smart Ones meals work best for me.  I know they are not that good for you as they are full of sodium but it’s still better than grabbing a cheeseburger when I am on the go.  But if I had my choice, I would eat fish and greens every night for dinner.  Problem is I have a family to feed and they would get bored if I kept feeding them the same thing every night.  So there are a lot of times I find myself making two different meals.

And for those of you wondering….it is day 13 and still NO ALCOHOL!  **applauds herself** I did however start buying the lime infused Perrier water.  They come in little 8 ounce cans and it seems to do the trick when a craving comes on for some carbonation.  I also put fresh lemons in the cups of water that I drink throughout the day.  Plain water gets very boring after awhile.

My husband and I went to our local watering hole last weekend.  The place where they serve all the good beers in frosty mugs from the tap.  The place that we have NEVER been to without ordering a beer.  And we ordered ice teas with our meal.  Even the waitress who knows us looked a little shocked when neither of us ordered our usual frosty mug of hefeweizen.  **wipes drool**

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My husband commented on the fact that I used both little cup containers of dressing on my salad.  The dressing came on the side and of course he only used one.  I just looked at him…with the look and informed him that I had given up alcohol and all junk food, therefore I was putting dressing on my salad.  Only I believe there were a few cuss words thrown in there as well.

Let’s face it…my usual for that place was a cheeseburger, fries with lots of ranch or even worse…onion rings, and 2-3 large frosty mugs of beer.  And on most occasions I got a dinner salad smothered in ranch to begin with.  So yeah…I wasn’t concerned with the amount of dressing I was using.  I didn’t even finish the salad.

I also refrained from eating the scrumptious looking pizza at my son’s birthday party nor did I have a single piece of cake.  Sweets have never been much of a problem for me but man do I love pizza!

But don’t worry…I will be rewarding myself for all this hard work on Super Bowl Sunday!  That’s Feb 7…24 more days…but who’s counting right?  🙋🏻

All in all the last two weeks haven’t been that hard.  Couple of temptations but I got through them and gave myself a good pat on the back.

Below is a sum of my FitBit stats for the week…

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I encourage all of you to get up and move this week….even if it’s a 20 minute walk or park in the last space at the grocery store.  Just get your bodies moving!

Cheerio!

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Workout Wednesdays ~ Jan 6, 2016

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I started working out last year around Halloween time.  Was doing great, even made it through Thanksgiving and still managed to get to the gym after the turkey holiday.

Then December rolled in and it was like “Oh fuck it, let’s just eat all these goodies and wrap the scale in a box and put it under the Christmas tree.”

And boy did I eat the goodies.

I mean seriously…I can’t let all that yummy stuff that my friends slaved to make go to waste…right???

Oh and that cheesecake….I freaking love cheeeeeeesecaaaaaake.  It doesn’t even need a topping.

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So January is here now, and so is the scale, and everyone is busy making their new year resolutions and here is just a little list of mine.

I decided to quit drinking.  Pick your chin up off the floor…you read that correctly…no more wine, beer, vodka…nadda!  Except for rare special occasions.  Like for instance if the Denver Broncos make it to the Super Bowl this year and win…that will be cause for celebration and lots of ingesting of booze alcohol wine….whatever I shall feel like consuming that day.  Let’s go BRONCOS!

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But there will be no more bottles of wine opened while making dinner and finished before bedtime.  No more cocktails when I have had a really rough day and the kids have disintegrated my nerves.  And no more ice-cold beers on date nights with the hubby.  However, there will still be date nights…most likely at the local movie theatre where no alcohol is served.

I know it’s only been 5 days…but so far so good.  My husband of course thinks there is no way that I am going to give up wine.  Therefore, now it’s turned into a challenge.  **thinks about the lovely taste of a good red wine embracing her palette**

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Ah yes back to reality…I’ve been challenged.

The gym.  The gym will be somewhere I am going to be visiting daily…on Tuesdays and Thursdays it will be twice a day as I am going to take up a Zumba class with my lovely “let’s hope we don’t die laughing or fall on our faces” partner Heather.  I don’t do well with aerobic classes in the fact that I hate repetition, but I have heard a lot of good stuff about Zumba so I gave it a shot…

There was a lot of hip thrusting…dance moves…and me huffing and puffing watching the clock.  Rhythm is also helpful in a Zumba class as every move is to the beat of music.

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There were also these little two-pound weight shaker objects that when you first pick them up you think “oh this is like nothing”. But after swinging them around in the air for an hour they feel like 50 pound weights.  Or maybe I’m just really out of shape.  I remember going to the clubs in my 20’s and 30’s and dancing my ass off and not skipping a beat or breaking a sweat but that was because there was large amounts of alcohol in my body which we all know gives you the energy of a 2-year-old.

All in all I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the Zumba class and highly recommend anyone that has contemplated going to do so.  The part I mentioned about rhythm, yes…it’s good to have but there were plenty of people who didn’t have any and were still there trying.  One lady was like 70 and she was rocking it.

Time to start choosing the right fuel to put in my body.  I ate nothing but crappy food the entire month of December and drank enough booze to open my own bar.  And my body let me know it.

Even getting back to the gym the extra weight I put on makes it that much harder to work out.  Even 5 pounds…just pick up a 5 pound bag of potatoes and imagine yourself carrying all that extra weight around.

I have designated 2016 as my year to fix me.  When you fix yourself first, then you are a better person for those around you.  I will be posting about my progress every Wednesday so stay tuned…

Have you made any goals for 2016?  Let me know in the comments.

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How I Found My Niche

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Hello, Goldilocks!.”

I have always had a job.  A month following my sweet 16th birthday, and after filling out several applications at various places, I was employed.

The job was at “Kmart“.  My boss was a pervert.  I got paid “in cash”every Friday.  That was their policy…an envelope of cash with an earnings slip inside.  For a teenager that is a dangerous concept.  I usually stopped at several different stores before actually making it to my bank account with the change…literally change…that was left over. I quit that job once I had gained enough “working experience” to get another job.  Mainly because I couldn’t handle the “pervert” anymore.  He was about 25 years my senior and a slob.  And all my fellow employees were women…attractive women….with the same complaint of creepiness about him.

My next job was working as a hostess for a hotel restaurant establishment.  If you are ever in the “not so little anymore” town of Rock Springs, WY there is a place there called the “Outlaw Inn“.  It’s been years since I have worked there so I can’t say the food is good anymore beings that the chef who was there when I was there is probably long gone.   But I hear they still serve “rocky mountain oysters” on the menu.  I thoroughly enjoyed working here.  The Chef and his wife were always so nice to me an loved that I could tally up the end of the night quickly and efficiently right down to the penny.  He used to time me with a stop watch and always with a smile on his face.  I was “let go” from there after a new floor manager came into play who’s daughter I didn’t get along well with at school.  “Lou” was very upset with her and the owner and from what I hear was not very pleased with my replacement.  Let’s just say he would be stuck there for hours waiting for her to balance her work sheets.

Here I was …my senior year in high school…and I needed yet another job.  I found one within days at an “answering service”.  This was long before the time of the internet.  I sat at a desk and plugged cords into an actual operator board.  Yes antiquated I know.  I left there to pursue my life in the big city after graduation.

I decided it was time to get a job that I could see myself succeeding at…one that I could somehow venture my foot into the door and make a career out of.  Somehow my crazy head thought about the “medical field”.  I am not fond of dealing with any bodily fluids therefore the “office” part of a medical practice was my best option.

The first doctor I worked for, a rheumatologist, was a slow paced family owned practice with a “maximum” amount of patients seen in a day.  I handled everything at the front desk.  Greeting patients, retrieving their charts, verifying any insurance coverage, answering the phone, checking the patients out and gathering payments.  And all of this recorded on ledger cards via a TYPEWRITER!  Yes you read that right…there was no computer system in that office.  Everything was typed onto a ledger card and filed alphabetically by the last name of the patient.  Once again….antiquated!  I resigned from there due to the fact that after two years of working my ass off I had not seen a raise or any form of medical benefits that I had been promised.

I went on to work for Hitler…another doctor who cared about nothing more then how much money each patient would bring in.   In this office there was a “minimum” amount of patients to be seen and if that amount wasn’t reached there was hell to pay.  This man was a complete whack job…even going to the extent of throwing patient’s charts at us and telling all his office staff how worthless and stupid we all were.  It’s no wonder that some girls would go on break and never return.

I battled through his ignorance and while doing so I attended cosmetology school.  I remember getting my nails done one time and thinking how great it would be to sit around and gossip all day and get paid for it.  Next thing I knew I was no longer the client but the beautician.  And finally I had found my niche.  I worked for myself and loved not having anyone breathing down my neck about this or that.  No perverts, no ignorance, no jealousy…nothing to deal with except for maybe the occasional picky client…but even the worst of those were better then any “authority” I had to deal with before.  For 20 years I built a career and someday…once my youngest has started full days of school…I will return to it…probably still blogging of course.

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