Monday, July 26, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Joys in life include: fetch, chewing on bones, and sticking her head out the window. Here she is on the boat, a little wet from the ride. She just loves the wind blowing in her face!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
MondayI ate a simple breakfast of PB on toast and a small apple. For lunch: tuna sandwich, grapes, and pretzels. Work was a little hectic (Mondays always are) so I treated myself with a small mocha…yum! After work, ate a protein bar before I headed to the gym. For dinner, grilled chicken with lemon, basil, and olive oil marinate, roasted red potatoes and veggies.
WednesdayThis was our 2-month ‘anniversary’. Yay! For breakfast and lunch, I practically had the same boring stuff I always have. But for dinner I made Pioneer Woman’s amazing Summer Stir-fry that Josh and I love! We have made this multiple times; it’s one of the few ways I can get Josh to eat veggies.
Gym: Treadmill for 45 minutes-running/walking. Abs and lots of stretching! I love stretching!
ThursdayJosh made waffles for breakfast! Yum! Since I ate so heavy that morning, I packed an extra healthy lunch: roasted potatoes, squash and zucchini, grapes, an apple, and a protein bar (latter two I ate later in the day).
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
No. Not the thriller-film from 2009 starring Gerard Butler, but the Xbox playing-first person shooting-monster slaying-gamer.
Wikipedia (a horrendous and un-reputable? reference) casually describes gamers as those who "spend much of their leisure time playing or learning about games." This is an understatement. We get gaming magazines mailed to our house; we currently own unfathomable amounts of games, an Xbox, a Playstation 3, a Wii, a Super Nintendo, and a Sega Genesis (the later two are completely old school and totally awesome)… and he is trying to convince me we need more.
This is NOT my husband or his friends. My husband is extremely hot. I just thought the picture was really funny.
When dating/engaged/married to a gamer you enter a different world, usually against your will. I have been living in this world for 6 years now, and I have come to understand a few rules, which one must respect:
1. For quality “friend time”, all you need is Internet connection, a console and headset. Living in different time zones isn’t a concern. Boys don’t need to talk about their day or what they plan to do that weekend; they just want to strategize on blowing stuff up.
2. If you want your relationship to stay amicable, tolerate this ‘friend time’ without nagging or complaints. They all need their guy time (in appropriate amounts); don’t be the one to try and take this away.
3. Pretend like you care, and even ask if you can give it try. They get a kick out of you pressing random buttons and screwing up their kill-points. It’s kinda like how they pretend to care about our rants on Edward vs. Jacob. Return the favor.
4. Never, and I mean never, step or walk in front of the TV.
And lastly, 5. Be glad it isn’t hunting or fishing he is obsessed with, which takes him far away for weekends on end. I get to snuggle and fall asleep on his lap AND he gets guy-time: Cha-Ching
In the end, you have to learn to love the things they love. They appreciate the effort and you might find yourself enjoying it a little.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
This morning I woke up and made my first trip to the Fort Smith Farmers Market. Oh, how I love Famers Market! There is something exciting about local farmers getting together and selling their week’s work- something so simple and genuine. “Here is the product of my land.” They say. “See how fresh and organic?” You see their sun kissed hands and the dedication in their eyes….LOVE IT!
I was able to get this amazing assortment of fresh veggies and herbs for a small little penny: mint, basil, flowers, squash, zucchini, bell peppers, and potatoes.
I can’t wait to use the fresh mint in some tea! A little lady had some lemon basil that smelled heavenly! I would have bought some if I had any clue what to do with it. I should have bought it anyways just to have the scent overtake my house…I can’t express to you how divine it was! Maybe next week…
This week starts a new chapter in the Clark Abode (or so I am telling myself). As of today, I am throwing out the sweets and junk food. This means, yes, I am even throwing out the amazing chocolate sheet cake. (Recipe from The Pioneer Woman- the most amazing woman on the planet. I have become comfortable in the kitchen because of her and plan to dedicate at least one blog posting to this wonder-woman)
I hate to admit this, but Mr. Clarkbar and I have gained 5 pounds since being married. 5 pounds! What!?? We swore we weren't going to be 'those newlyweds' that let themselves go. We swore we were going to eat healthy and exercise everyday. HAHA. I now laugh at our innocents. These first few months I have loved cooking for my husband. I would make the most evil things just to hear him 'ooh' and 'aah'. And the gym? Why go to the gym when you can just snuggle together on the couch? And our waistlines have suffered because of it.
So, I am promising you that this week will be full of exercising and healthy eating. And to keep me honest, I will keep track of my activities and keep a log of what goes into my mouth, and report to you (if there is anyone reading this to report to) by the weeks end.
Not gonna lie, kinda nervous about my dedication...
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Jacob and brother Chris after barely dodging the killer garr.
Josh helped clean up the boat before we headed back to the house. Isn't he just so dang adorable.