Chronicles of a Selfish Mommy

Archive for September 2010

Dear Alcohol (aka Wine),

I’ll admit that first week without was really freeing.  I felt lighter, like I could take on the world.  But then the edge set in, the reality of what I had done.  I had voluntarily let you go.  WHY?!

I recall the conversation.  It’s me, not you.  I had to stand on my own.  With you I am a whole different person, a person that I was sometimes ashamed of being.  We had our good times, but we needed a trial separation, a break (as I called it).  I feared I was becoming too dependant on you.   

These last 3 weeks have been really tough without you.  I look for you when I get home, but you are not there.  Sometimes my mind wanders & I think of those nights when we cuddled on the couch together.  Those were the good times…..

I have learned from this experience.  This 30 day hiatus I imposed on us is well needed.  As is typical with a break-up, I have lost weight.  I threw myself not only into work, but also working out.  My runs have now become easier and faster & my skin looks good.

I know one day we will meet again & maybe we can be friends, but we can no longer be what we once were to each other.  There will need to be new ground rules.  I am stronger now.  I like where I am.  I love who I am without you.  I don’t need you, yet I do enjoy your occasional guest appearances in my life.  Good bye, we made many fond memories together (with plenty I don’t actually remember, which I am grateful for).  It was a good run, we gave it our all.  I will look back fondly & know that the times we shared were good ones.

Till we Meet Again,

Sober Selfish Mommy

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Going for speed….

Well, well, look who upped her ante and decided to break her 5k Personal Record AGAIN this year!  I am SUPER STOKED!  Beyond excited!  This is by far the best time I have EVER had, EVAH!  I honestly cannot believe I broke 9 minute miles!  WOOHOO!

Anyhoo, I signed up for the CASA Superhero 5k Run for Sunday, Sept, 19th.  It was a north race (at the Domain) on the cheap, so I couldn’t pass it up & I had Connor run the Kids’ K to boot.  The race itself was well-organized and had more people than I would have thought registered.  They had lots to eat and drink, good parking, plus kids activities!

It was a nice morning for a run with fair weather.  I set a fast pace up front which I wasn’t expecting and I think that really helped me seal the deal.  When I came to mile 1, I was in total shock to see that I ran it in about 8 min 30 seconds.  Since I did so well, I just decided to push it – WHY NOT?!  I tapered down a bit the next couple of miles, but still faster than my “normal” pace.  When I rounded the corner coming to the course end, I was all alone & I saw that I had about 30 seconds before the 27 min mark – dammit, I was going to come in under 27 minutes….. I pushed harder than I ever had before & did it!  Selfish Dad missed the whole thing bc he was expecting me btw the 28 & 29 min mark – SURPRISE! I came in 7th out of 80 plus in my age group, not too shabby!

 I got to take a couple of days off running the following days since Selfish Daddy went out-of-town for work.  Fortunately, it was definitely what I needed.  I have never felt sick nor sore from running, this time it was different…. so, this is what it feels like to truly push yourself – kinda sucks, but the high is beyond words. 

Here is my breakdown:

The course was short coming in at 3.04 miles and finishing strong with an overall time of 26:46. This is an 8:48 average mile pace! LESS THAN 9 Minute Miles! GASP! The miles break into:

Mile 1 – 8:26, Mile 2 – 8:57, Mile 3 – 9:07, and last .04 – 17 seconds

Just a little something I do in my spare time…..great cause!  Not only was a dear friend impacted, but I also have a cousin who was as well.

Run for life, run for the cure, support the girls!

http://austin.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/AUS_AustinAffiliate?team_id=139243&pg=team&fr_id=1985

I realized that I haven’t said much about my 101 list lately.  Apparently, I am one of the few remaining in my lil network of friends that still has time left…..

Note to self: Next time I decide to do something like this, make sure that the things I want to accomplish are not recurring nor ongoing.  Most of what I have on my list are not things I can just call “done”.  I have to actually just keep on doing them.  My intent was to create some better habits.  Let’s just say that it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks…

Workout 3x per week: A BIG THANK YOU to my good friend over at My Crazy Life!  You are the single reason that I even came close to this goal.  THANK YOU!

Weight Goal: I am THISCLOSE, seriously!  But, honestly, I just don’t want to push myself 10x harder to achieve maybe 2 or 3 more pounds of weight lose.  I just don’t.  There, I said it.

Date Night: The last one of these can be read about in this post.  Enough said

Monthly Mani/Pedi Ritual:  There are just some things a girl’s gotta do.  This is one of them for me.

Read: Let’s see, I read the pretty funny Chelsea Handler book, “Are you there Vodka?  It’s me Chelsea”.  Now I am reading her book, “My Horizontal Life”.  I personally have found this book funnier thus far.

Movie Watching: Um, recently we have seen…Killers, Prince of Persia

Truth be told, there were several things on this list I just don’t even know why I cared.  On top of that, there are a couple that now just taunt me.  For instance, these are the ones I wish I would have been better at because I knew I could have been: Volunteering, cooking more, & donating blood

Finally, there are a group of things I may not get done by the deadline but I want to have plans in place (say like appointments) for.  These little gems are the next in line: removing spider veins, Green Belt Certification, & Microdermabrasion.

Other than that, I just don’t see the remainder of my list being tackled btw now & the end of November. What can I say?  I’m a chick, I change my mind like I change my clothes….

It’s official, I can no longer hang.  I am that uncool woman who thinks she is cool, but really is WAY LAME & totally embarrassing to hang out with.  Yes, I knew this, but now I really, really know it.  Let’s just say this weekend went something like this…

drink too much with the family wake up with pounding headache….

drink too much with friends out on boat, wake up still on boat, but not knowing where the entire day went…. thank goodness there was no flashing nor sun burning & few pictures to commemorate or should I say commiserate? 

While we’re on the subject of boating, let’s talk about how my confidence got knocked to nada…..sometimes I really hate the boat.  Ok, mostly I loathe myself for not working out hard enough & not being able to just put the damn drink down! 

Sigh, I need to grow up.  Selfish Dad claims he stopped drinking because he has responsibilities, guess I better make that my excuse as well.  And I am going on a 30 day drinking boycott which started today.  Nothing like a good detox…maybe I’ll lose weight?

Well, it’s that time again.  The time we start “getting back into the school routine”.  Although I don’t currently have school age kids, I certainly understand the sentiment.  We did some fun things over this summer, nothing too out of the ordinary, but still fun.  Here are our summer adventures, the short short version.

May was a fun month.  Not only did we celebrate Memorial Day Weekend out on the lakes, but we also had the Deustchen Pfest in Plugerville.  This is a week’s worth of fun things like a parade, the 5k, a carnaval, arts & crafts booths, food booths, and music.   The Selfish Family attended the annual parade & 5k.  The parade was your typical small town parade.  Connor loved it because each “float” threw candy!  This is my 3rd yr to participate in the 5k.  I have been supporting it since we moved to Pflugerville.  This was the first year that Connor ran in the Kids’ K and his first race to boot.  He is now totally addicted and desperately wants to run another one.  Also during the month of May, Connor received his advanced Yellow Belt in Karate. Selfish Mommy & Daddy got to take break and celebrate Moni’s 30th B-Day in fun style with super fun games & great food.  Not to mention the Static Aerial Class the girls took to celebrate as well.

June brought us the start of the heatwave.  We tried to get out on the boat as much as possible, but never quite enough for Selfish Dad’s liking.  I ran the Seton Ignite 5k coming in 4th for my age group.  We celebrated our 7th Wedding Anniversary on June 28th by having a nice dinner at Truluck’s sans kiddos.  Honestly, anything would have been great as long as it was free of kids.  The family also went to 2 Zoos this month.  First, the little known and surprisingly fun, Capital of Texas Zoo.  To find this zoo is really hard, I thought for sure we were lost and would run out of gas in the middle of no where.  However, once we found it, the place was really lovely.  The perfect size for small children.  The 2nd Zoo of the month was a return to Cameron Park Zoo in Waco.  This one is more “zoo-like” & still perfect for families with younger kids.  During this month, Selfish Dad did something entirely unselfish and volunteered his time and our boat to host a Ski Camp for foster kids.  It was a 2 day camp that really humbled Selfish Dad & really brings to light all the reasons I love him.  This is also the month Brooke began gymnastics along with Connor who is now an old pro.  Her first foray into organized classes & she didn’t want any of the instructors touching her….I still don’t think she likes it, but does really enjoy the class.

Onward to July, where I ran the Nelson 5k in Georgetown coming in at my new PR time!  Selfish Dad got to hang on the lake with his friends for the 4th weekend & we hosted a lovely BBQ.  Just edging in to round out July, I met up with some high school friends.  Man, I had a blast at dinner with them.  I had never eaten at Kenichi and it was totally fab!  I had these little trio burgers with some spicy sauce – to die!  Also during this month, I had my blue nevis mole removed leaving me with a permanent scare on my back.  Fortunately, no signs of malignancy.  Other than that, we hit the lake a couple of times with kids.  I think during this month, I got a sweet new phone, the EVO.  It is a touch screen which took quite a while to get used to.  Now I am totally addicted and love all the games and apps.  I sincerely do not know how I got along without this phone before.  LOVES!

August has now come & gone.  It’s amazing how the days  just zoom by.  We had our Krejci Family reunion in Moulton, TX.  The lot of us had a good time playing on the old school all metal playground equipment.  Brooke had her 18 month appt in which we found out we have a perfectly happy, healthy little girl.  I thought she was going to be small for her age, but she came in at about 50% tile  for both height and weight.  Connor passed all requirements and now has an orange belt in Karate.  He was asked to begin attending the night class as he is now too advanced for the afternoons.  I had 2 fun GNOs with Tina & Amanda this month.  The first one, we went to Ceramics N More to paint something of our choosing.  I chose the kids initials to put up in our finally completed Game Room.  Yes, we did it.  We converted our guest room into a game room.  We bought yet another TV and some really great cubbies & bins to organzie and store.  We sold Connor’s bedroom furniture and moved the guest room furniture to his room.  The 2nd GNO was complements of Tina.  We got to attend a movie at Gold Class Cinema complete with free drinks, appetizers, and dinner!  The cinema is completely upgraded with plush reclining seats, pillows, good food….great fun!

This brings us to September.  I cannot believe we are in the final stretches of the year!  Connor started his first day of his 2 day a week Pre-K program on Sept 2nd.  He really enjoyed himself and is very much looking forward to Tues/Thurs.  We also started Soccer again.  We were fortunate and kept our team once again.  The coach is amazing and the team & parents are great!  Go Pirates!  Connor is starting Karate in the evenings in a couple of weeks & both kids pick gymnastics back up next week.  We are headed to Sea World on Monday, Labor Day, for an impromptu family get away.  Also on the plate for this month, starting our soccer games, another 5k for me & kids K for Connor, and another fun GNO with Moni!

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This post should have happened several month ago, alas, I am finally getting to it now.  I totally suck at blogging.  Oh well…

We went to a really fun Static Aerial Class to celebrate Moni’s 30th B-Day back in May.  Amanda found a great discount on one of the deal a day sites and we knew we had to give it a shot.  A group of girls traveled to South Austin for this and it was totally worth it! 

We tried our hands at the silk ropes learning multiple tricks & then we gave the circular bar a go for good measure.  There was a trick in there I tried to do which involved handless flipping down towards the ground, but totally was scared and chickened out halfway through.  At least I tried, right? 

 Then not sure I posted about the fun that was Tina’s Bachelorette Party!  We totally nailed this one for Tina.  We found a great little place that help a private pole dancing class for us.  SO MUCH FUN!  Great excercise and super hard to do some of these tricks!

Let’s see, don’t think there is anything else cool nor different I’ve had the pleasure in doing in the recent months…..


101 in 1001 – Ongoing

Continue:
6. Workout 3x per week
7. Keep weight below 130lbs
8. Use Teeth Whitening Trays
10. Volunteer 1x per quarter (3/11)
11. Prepare 1 new recipe a month (15/33)
18. Professional Family Photo once per yr (2/3)
19. Date night every other month (12/18)
32. Keep my sites updated (Facebook, Wordpress, and personal)
33. Family Vacations once per yr (1/3)
34. Monthly Pedicures and Manicures
37. Donate Blood once per quarter (3/11)
38. Spring and Fall Cleanings (3/6)
39. Donate items from those cleanings to Goodwill (3/6)
40. Use all my gift cards
43. Use cloth bags for shopping every chance I get
44. Read one book every other month (31/20)
46. Decorate Home for the Holidays/Seasons
51. Clean out fridge twice a year (3/6)
52. Clean out pantry twice a year (3/6)
53. Take photos at important events
54. Learn and keep tabs on personal and home finances
55. Monthly work performance plan updates (5/33)
56. Update resume yearly or with every job change (2/3)
64. Say a one positive thing for every one negative
92. Give Jeff and kids kisses EVERY day
94. Adhere to my anti-aging cream ritual
99. Wear something OTHER than jeans once a week (144/143)


No Longer Interested:
2. Attend said Church 2x per month (2/66)
22. [PRIVATE]
47. Event Planner courses or readings
82. [PRIVATE]
83. Spend at least once a every OTHER week on boat during warm weather (May-Sept)

101 in 1001 – One Time Event

High Motivation:
12. Landscape Front Yard
13. Landscape Back Yard
16. Remove Spider Veins
17. Update Driver’s License restrictions
26. PGMP Certification
30. Green Belt Certification
31. Repair Acura Leather
35. Participate in an Adventure Race
36. Start kids' College Fund
41. Update my phone and address excel spreadsheet
45. Appraise and insure Rings and earrings
48. Clean out jewelry box
61. Travel outside the US
62. Update MP3 player songs
66. Buy a safe
68. Sift thru mementos to either keep, sale, or donate
71. Try Snowboarding
77. Write will
81. Own a Louis Vuitton Purse
86. Actually catch some air wakeboarding
87. Bunny Hop Switch on wakeboard
88. Give Microdermabrasion a try
90. Beat 5k PR - 28:15 Completed: 7/03/10 28:09
91. Beat 5 Miler PR - 47:13
95. Get back to VEGAS!
98. Come up w/new Morning Shift Plan


Low Motivation:
9. Start Side Business (House Flipping, Event Planner, Book, Vending, Duplex/Apt)
15. Take a Spanish Language Course
27. Resize and Wear Aggie Ring
28. Attend an Aggie Bonfire
29. Attend an Austin Midnight Yell Practice
65. Organize my body & mind by buying & using a treadmill
72. Be an extra in a movie or TV show
80. Wii & Wii Fit
84. Play in Poker tourney that doesn’t include friends nor family
85. Poker moratorium for 3 mths
96. Get someone else to start a list
101. Visit Holly’s place when baby comes

101 in 1001 – Completed

1. Register for a Church Completed: 6/06/08
3. Laser hair removal Completed: 2/24/10
4. Baby #2 Completed: 2/09/09
5. Run a 10k Completed: 4/26/08
14. Take a Creative Arts Class (writing, painting, photography) Completed: 2/12/10 at Painting with a Twist
20. Register Connor for a sport when he’s able Completed: 8/12/09
21. Promotion or Job Change to do so Completed: 5/14/10
23. Find and hire a housekeeper completed: 2/8/08
24. Potty & Bed train Connor
25. Wean Connor from pacifier complete 6/1/09
42. Buy and use a PDA Completed: 6/16/08
49. Crown Molding in dining, living, and master bedroom Completed: 4/2010
50. Built in shoe storage in master closet Completed: Dec 09 as Jeff built them for me!
57. Visit a historical site Completed: 9/5/08
58. Visit a museum Completed: 9/6/08
59. Visit a zoo completed:12/24/07
60. Ride a train Completed: 10/11/09 Riding Thomas the Train & 12/20/09 riding the North Pole Flyer
63. New MP3 headphones Complete: July 09
67. Obtain concealed handgun license completed: 1/27/08
69. New pots and pans completed: 2/28/08
70. Frame Family photo completed: 11/08
73. Pay off one of our vehicles Completed: January '09
74. See a Play Completed: Disney Live 12/19/08, Dora Live 7/22/09, Wicked 8/25/09
75. Vote in the next presidential and local elections completed 10/08
76. Become CPR and First Aid Certified Completed: 4/12/08
78. Ride the Zilker Zephyr Completed: 5/28/08
79. Go on a cruise Completed: 9/14 thru 9/19
89. Get a Facial Completed: 6/4/10
93. Have 2nd Baby’s room finished BEFORE she is born Completed: 2/3/09
97. Get a massage Completed: 6/4/10
100. Visit my brother’s new condo Completed: 3/22/08

Supplemental List

102. Watch 1 Netflix Movie a week (53/143)
103. a canopy tour Completed: 11/14/09 for Amanda's 30th
104. Join the Capital City A&M Club Completed: 4/13/08
105. Attend 2 A&M Club events a year (0/6)
106. Have Jeff hang curtains
107. New bedding for Master Bedroom completed: 1/11/09
108. Kitchen Organization System
109. Be a mentor to someone
110. Do a family year end blog every yr end (1/3)
111. APICS Classes
112. Migrate Connor to new room Completed: 8/21/08
113. Update Workout to a Guest room Completed: 1/14/09
114. Office Furniture: desks, chairs, bookcases Complete: 8/09
115. Visit a Chiropractor
116. Get Moles checked out Completed: 4/29/08
117. ITIL Certification
118. Attend a circus, rodeo, or fair Completed: 8/24/08 circus
119. Create photo books once a year for great-grandparents and grandparents (2/3)
120. Update and organize personal cookbook
121. Fall &/or Holiday Festivals (0/2)
122. Renaissance Faire

The Bucket List

Things I want to do before I die
1. Ride the tallest Roller Coaster, Kingda Ka, in Jackson, NJ at Six Flags Great Adventure
2. Visit Redwood National Park to view the oldest and tallest trees in the world
3. Camp Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to see the tallest geyser eruptions
4. Florida Everglades
5. Smithsonsian Museum in Washington, DC
6. Grand Canyon
7. Pyramids of Giza - Egypt
8. Paris, France and all it's relevant sites
9. Great Wall of China
10. Taj Mahal, India
11. Petra, Jordan
12. Greece & Italy and all their relevant sites
13. Chicchen Itza, Mexico Completed: 9/16/09
14. Statue of Liberty, Hoover Dam, Mount Rushmore, Niegra Falls, Empire State Bldg
15. Britain/England and all it's relevant sites

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