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About echoesofwonder

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  • Birthday 10/21/1985

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  1. I love your spoopy poompkin! Cant wait to see what you accomplish with your arms!
  2. Actually really good! I went a different route. My good friend is a distributor for a company that sells protein shakes. They gave me their discount, which thrifty me loves. In the last couple of days, I felt my stomach growl instead of churn in the morning. Sometimes I need to remind myself, this is a small step for big picture goals. Although I went off the deep end as far as being whole30 compliant, I did find that breaking a cycle to start new habits might be necessary. Also, I hope that just getting away from needing smoothies or shakes in the morning is in my near future. I think I finally have some hope. Im refusing to step on the scale until the end of this challenge again. I think I’ll just build that into my next challenge. So, I have a week left, but the amount of self discovery is huge. I’m purposefully adding suspense until next weeks musings and reflection. I love this idea. I used to write out my shopping list for the week, and off on the side what meals I had planned. Then I didn’t even have to think about it, I just picked one. Kinda worked out nicely.
  3. Yep! I’m doing well with it. I took Spanish at the collegiate level several years back. I don’t know why I never stuck with it. Maybe I just need immersion for a while, or maybe an old favorite kids shows but in Spanish? Okay, so (you have to say it like the beginning of this AlbinoBlacksheep flash video from the early 2000’s to get the full effect): Okay so: I’ve been working a crazy amount of hours, decided that I needed to adorn my body in bruises from head to toe (literally) in an epic battle with a pallet (I think it was Pallet:1 Echoes:0), and still manage to get out to walk. Win! Reporting back to everyone keeps me accountable, and being the people pleaser I am, I hate to disappoint. This weekend is adventure weekend, and apparently adventure is not going anywhere as previously planned. My nephew is coming to town to stay, and he loves his auntie so much that I can’t say no. Maybe we’ll be able to hit the park and play together? Indiana is in stage 5 of their back on track plan, so we’re opened to 100% with limited restrictions. What a world we live in right now! Another thing I’m dealing with is a small aversion to food. I haven’t talked about it too much, and it’s one of the reasons I’m not totally sold on paying attention to what I weigh at this point, although I’ve been curious, I stopped regularly stepping on the scale. I used to eat out of boredom, or sadness, or to celebrate, etc. Food was an excuse for the underlying issues in my life. So what happened? I had a huge life change in the last year, and moved back home to pick up the pieces. For the first time since the day I graduated high school, I’m living at home. And, for a couple of weeks I’d go for days without eating. I’d feel sick at the thought of food. Then I started eating one meal a day, and then I’d occasionally throw in a second meal. I’ve never been able to eat breakfast, at least not at a regular breakfast time, because that first meal makes me so so sick. I can drink, I just can’t eat, so now I’m going to throw in breakfast in the form of a smoothie. I’m hoping the added nutrition helps with the depletion of energy that I’ve had lately. I’ve been falling asleep hours before I should which really throws off my sleep schedule. So, fine tuning all the little parts of my life hopefully will help with the bigger picture, the next challenge, and the future goals.
  4. Happy belated birthday new friend! I was saving this for you:
  5. So, at work, I’m part of a little club and didn’t even know it. I started noticing it the last week, but today it became apparent. I have a Jeep. I don’t have a wrangler, I have a compass, but the jeeps all keep parking next to me. One of them backed in (the whole parking lot is empty) just to be in jeep row. Yesterday there was a line of 6 of us... Anyway, I haven’t made it to a park this week. I’ve been working overtime, but Saturday is my day to roam. I’ve also taken up learning Spanish again. I can tell you that I want that jacket, and that it’s too expensive. lol Hope you all have a great day!
  6. I resemble this remark. I have about 5 pairs of various sizes of black slacks, and all the sweaters to layer over the shirts... I have a dress I want so bad, that I’m pretty sure I’d walk and extra 600 miles to make it worth the wait. zomg the dinosaurs!
  7. A short update. Today my knee and I are arguing over who wants to be active. A couple of years ago I landed on my right knee, straight down onto it. I haven’t really had any problems since it happened, until yesterday. I had an exceedingly long day at work, again, and cement and standing for 11 hours just takes a toll on the body anyway. I think just strain, because my calves and hips hurt too. My bank account enjoys it, my body not so much. Or maybe since 35 is right around the corner, my body is kicking on a check engine light? So walking doesn’t sound especially fun today, any ideas? I’ll come up with something regardless, but, it’s always nice to have tools for future dilemmas.
  8. Did someone say wine? https://imgur.com/a/0khMi9Y This is the result of my best friend being a sommelier. Annnnnyway, you’re close enough I could deliver Stronkey. lol
  9. Ummmmmm... please no? I’ll be funnier, I promise... just please... spare me from a *virtual kick*. Go, baby, Go! Also, squats are so much cooler spelled with a z. hehehe.
  10. Well you posted LeVar Burton as Geordi, but all I see is But I totally remember the “The more you know” from NBC. I also think you ruined GI Joe for me. lol Well I *was* supposed to take a motorcycle trip somewhere but my riding buddy injured their knee. So now I’m flying solo, and not ready to make that bike trip on my own yet. I could make it a hike trip. I could go to Vegas. Too many options! North Carolina got moved to December, otherwise I’d just extend my weekend away. ******************************************* Okay so, here’s the state of the union address: I hiked 3 of the 12ish miles I will be hiking at the end of this journey. Along the way, I saw frogs sunning themselves (it was a rather cool day) and I wanted to show you all this park. https://imgur.com/a/WQbIGxt When I was a kid I was convinced fairies lived here. The giant mushroom (that I can walk under and I’m 5’7) used to be hidden. The park was nor taken care of when I was a kid and my cousin and I “discovered” it. There’s a picture of a bridge too. Also wasn’t taken care of until they made it part of the Pumpkinvine trail. This was an old railroad bridge, and I used to think hobos lived under it. I also stumbled on a wedding that people were setting up for, and honestly if I were to ever get married again, it might be cool to get married in the fairy park. I felt accomplished, and then I realized I have a hell of a way to go. I could have walked the 12 miles. I made my sister hike 10 with me, and she pooped out at 8. I had to make the trek back to the car by myself. So here’s the deal. She’s 4 years younger than me and visibly looks more fit than I am. Looks can be deceiving though because I push through being uncomfortable, and she doesn’t. Also, because I promised Snarky some fun Star Trek trivia: My grandpa’s cousin was a redshirt in the original Star Trek series. He appeared in 2 episodes: The Man Trap What Are Little Girls Made Of? https://imgur.com/a/igncPAz He also was a body double for William Shatner in What Are Little Girls Made Of?
  11. okay so I make it up as I go every time. I’ll be sure to try to write it down. I tried it at a restaurant one time and was like, I could do that! So I did... I’ve been competitively baking since I was 8, so I kind of just know how wet I want it to be when going in the oven, which makes for terrible instructions. But, for my new friend, I’ll make it happen. Bacon jam recipe too? That’s something you can make ahead because it takes all day in the crock pot. Plus it makes more than you need so you can have bacon jam on everything... or share the rest.
  12. That’s my birthday meal, every year that I can remember. It is the perfect fall meal, And it’s on the books for Friday. I told my stepmom that I make excellent jalapeño cheddar corn muffins, so that’s going with it. I make them with bacon jam and cinnamon honey butter. It touches every part of the pallet perfectly. Not especially diet friendly, but a good treat.
  13. I was looking back over my goals and I realized that I forgot to post the scary intimate starting details. I wrote them down, but, I didn’t share them. https://imgur.com/a/AaJgXfB And now you know! Please tell me someone else reacts this way when hearing that phrase: GI Joeeeeeee! I have the day off today, and I am dressed to go hiking. Yay. Not sure which way I’m going to head today, but I have a few places in mind. My plans changed for my October away, so now I have to think of something else to do. I could head down to Indianapolis, or down to brown county. I used to have it be a goal to hit all the Indiana state parks in a year. When I met some of my NF friends down by Louisville several years ago, we hit up a state park and did a night hike that was supposed to be a full moon hike. The full moon was completely covered and the terrain is soooo different down south. But I didn’t fall. Anyway, I need to plan *something* or I won’t do anything. Any ideas?
  14. Hey, they’re totally on point! I couldn’t pull that off if I had 3 hours! This is my official look while attempting makeup. Happy vacation!
  15. This has to be the most feel good cartoon series that I never knew existed. I hope your new steroids are working out well. And, just for good measure:
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