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Okay, lately work has been … not bad, but … how shall I put this?  Overwhelming.  I often hear the song “Everybody’s Working for the Weekend” playing in my head when things get bad.  I really think the song should be more descriptive… Everybody’s Surviving for the Weekend, Everybody’s Dragging their Asses out of Bed Each Morning for the Weekend, Everybody’s Doing What They Have to Do for the Weekend … but I guess those lyrics just don’t have the same ring.

Don’t get me wrong.  I have a great job.  I am grateful to have the job I have, and I’m grateful to have a job at all.  But, still … there are days … and I’ve had a lot of them the last few weeks.

So, the point?  That I’ve also had two really great weekends the last two weeks.

Last weekend, we went to the Orr Family Farm for a birthday party for Eric’s niece and nephew (they were both born in October).  They are 2 and 4, respectively.  Picture a cute little farm with a playground and petting zoo and ponies and a pumpkin patch and train.  Pretty much a kid’s paradise.  Also, picture 30 kids under 5 running around, and multiply that by about 10 other birthday parties.  Crazy, cute, loud, exhausting, and fun.

this is a train*

After going back to the apartment to clean up (and recover), we met up with my friend and former intern, Laura, who was in town visiting her boyfriend/attending the OU game.  I don’t have a picture of us that day, but here she is on her last day in the office.

she is all business

It was great catching up and hanging out in a non-office setting (aka bar).  :)

The rest of the weekend was pretty chill.  We saw Restrepo Saturday night (recommend!) and I went to the gym Sunday and relaxed at home.

Then the week happened.  But let’s skip ahead to Friday, shall we?

When I got home Friday, I was exhausted, but then Weekend Sarah came alive and all was right with the world.  We cleaned the apartment (necessary) and I cooked dinner (also necessary, but more fun) and watched the first half of Lemmy.  Ah, Lemmy.  You are such a badass.  And a hoarder!  I told Eric and I didn’t think Lemmy and me would make very good roommates.

Then yesterday I woke up early and went to the gym.  Yes, you read that right.  I woke up early on a Saturday and went to the gym!  it.was.glorious.  I really wanted to get a workout in, but we had big plans for the afternoon and I knew I wouldn’t want to go in the evening.  I did my new 5K Circuit, which I am loving, and a few arm exercises.  Simple and effective.  Came home, hopped in the shower, made my favorite banana oatmeal (sliced banana cooked with oats, a little butter and maple syrup, topped with sliced almonds – you can thank me later), and got ready for …

OU/Texas, BABY!  If you don’t know, OU and UT are HUGE rivals, and every year we meet up in Dallas (“neutral” territory since it is halfway in between Norman and Austin) for the big Red River Rivalry.

'cuz we're Number 1**

So, how did it go?  Well, as one announcer said, “this year the Red River Rivalry is a Red River Bloodbath.”  We KILLED them!  (Yes, I love OU.  and Yes, I am ever so slightly competitive).

1 of 7 touchdowns!***

Final score: 55-17, with 3 defensive touchdowns, 4 school records, and 200 more offensive yards than Texas.  Excuse me while I HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.  Just sayin’.

Oh, and I worked on breaking in my most favorite heals ever while we watched the game.  I’m wearing them to a wedding in a few weeks and would rather my feet hurt now than when I am dancing up a storm.  :)

mah shoes!

After the game we had some quiet time …

all tuckered out

After sleepyhead woke up, we hit a coffee shop so Eric could study (sucker) and I played on the internet.  After going home and making Veggilicious Pasta 2.0 …

recipe: take leftover pasta, dump into pan, cover in cheese, bake 30 minutes, et voilà!

We then settled in to watch Catfish.  Have you seen it?  It was really interesting, but I read some stuff later that questioned how much of it was true – or at least, how much of it truly unfolded the way it is depicted in the film.  I don’t want to give anything away for those who haven’t seen it, but for those who have – do you think they really didn’t know until they “found out?”  I read that after a screening, Morgan Spurlock (of Supersize Me fame) went up to the guys and said, “that was the best fake documentary I’ve ever seen.”  I don’t know – some of it seems fishy (oooh – pun!), but I think if anything they realized what was happening earlier than they let on in the film, and decided to let it play out on screen.

Today has been lovely.  It’s been raining steadily since yesterday afternoon.  After the summer from hell, and months of drought, I can’t get enough of the rain!  We had a lazy morning (finished watching Lemmy), and then I hit the gym.  I did a complete strength session (sorry if these breakdowns bore you – skip ahead if you’d like):

  • Warmup: Full body cross ramp – 5 minutes at 20 incline and 12 resistance
  • Seated dips – 2 sets of 12 plus a third set of 9 at 40lbs
  • Hip abductor – 3 sets of 12 at 100lbs
  • Hip adductor – 2 sets of 12 at 85lbs and 1 set of 12 at 70lbs
  • Lateral pull down – 1 set of 12 and 1 set of 5 at 40lbs
  • Prone leg curl – 1 set of 9 at 55lbs (it hurt my back)
  • Side crunches on extension stand – 2 sets of 12 each side
  • Back extensions on stand – 2 sets of 12
  • Pec fly – 1 set of 12 at 40lbs and 2 sets of 12 at 25lbs
  • Seated leg curl – 1 set of 12 at 85lbs and 1 set of 12 at 70lbs
  • Cable row – 2 sets of 12 at 80lbs (or, 40lbs each side)
  • Leg press – 2 sets of 12 at 55lbs and 1 set of 12 at 70lbs
  • Roll ups – 2 sets of 12
  • Lower ab crunches – 2 sets of 12
  • Side crunches – 2 sets of 12

I was definitely getting tired by the end.  I think I’ll take the list with me next time, and try it in reverse order so I’m fresh on the ones I couldn’t give my all today.

Last week I talked about how much I miss running and how I’ve had a hard time getting excited about any other workouts.  I still miss running, but I also feel like I’m turning a corner.  I am really loving my 5K Circuit (although I will need to be sure to keep changing it up so I don’t get bored).  For me, for now, it is the perfect cardio, because A) it’s broken up into four parts, so when I am having a hard time pushing myself to the .5 or mile marker, I just have to remind myself I’m “almost there” and will get to change machines soon, and B) each machine is a different movement (treadmill, cross ramp, bike, and elliptical), so they all target different muscles, rather than just hitting a the same ones for 40 minutes.

I’m also having fun with the strength training, mostly because, like Eric predicted, I can only go up from here, so I have so much to look forward to.  :)

Now, we are back at a coffee shop (perfect activity on a rainy day).  Sometimes I have a hard time Sunday nights not dwelling on the impending work week, but I am trying to focus more on the moment and just chill.  Maybe I’ll bake some cookies tonight…

I hope you are all having a great weekend!  Make it count!

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