-Abe's getting a full-time position has enabled me to scale back my hours at my own job. I'm now working 28 hours hours a week and the reduction in hours has made it so I can be home most days by 2:30 or 3:00. This has given me more time to focus on my role as a mom/homemaker, which has been lovely. I feel soooo much more balanced.
-I've recently become addicted to Jillian Michaels workout videos. I did 30 Day Shred and am currently working on Ripped in 30. They are AMAZING workouts and I can always motivate myself to do them because they're only 30 minutes long. They make me feel strong and energetic and healthy, and I like them so much that I haven't been able to talk myself into switching over to my usual summertime running regimen yet. I also just love Jillian, who gives great motivational speeches during her workouts and is never irritating like Denise Austin. I also have a secret love for her (admittedly melodramatic) reality TV show, Losing it with Jillian.
This was all made possible by my co-worker B.J., who for years has been demonstrating the various exercises Jillian "made" her do during her workouts, and whose enthusiasm for Jillian finally persuaded me to give 'er a try. So thank you, Beej!
-Abe and I recently celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. Abe came home from work one day with a white rose and a little potted succulent plant named Herbina (reminiscent of our first cactus, Herb). Just as I was about to ask what the occasion was, he said, "Happy Anniversary!" And so it was! But I had totally spaced it. However, a few weeks later we really celebrated by spending three luxurious days and nights in Lava Hot Springs. Thank you to my parents, my sista, and Briar for watching the kidlies so we could be freeeeee for a few days.
Here's the birthday poster Briar and the boys made for me while I was at work. :)