Thursday, December 17, 2009

Finals are Finally almost Final

Tyler's last final for the semester is tomorrow! He is amazing and I am so proud of him for working so hard. Seriously-- I'm not sure how he does it. After 2:00 pm tomorrow, Tyler will finally be free! And therefore, we will be free to do whatever we want. :) The partying will finally start with two Christmas parties in one night-- my work party and the Backus family party. Finally it's almost Christmas!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Turbo Kickbox

Wow... what a workout! I just got back from my first turbo kickbox class. It was great! Probably one of my favorites so far. I'll definitely be feeling this one tomorrow. I don't think we stopped moving the whole time! I'm definitely looking forward to next week when I can go again. I think I'll become a regular.

Other news-- I found the greatest ugly sweaters for my company Christmas party on Friday! Tyler and I are SO winning the contest! I'd post pictures, except then my competition would know what they have to live up to. Also, my white elephant gift rocks. I love Christmas. Who started ugly sweater parties and white elephant gift exchanges anyway??

P.S. If you Google ugly sweaters, this is the greatest picture that comes up:

Monday, December 14, 2009

I love Christmas!!

Christmas is the best. I'm just so excited about everything! Mostly to have my husband back. He has been working so hard! This Friday will be his last final for the semester, and then he will be mine for two glorious weeks! He really is amazing. Hopefully I'll be able to get a few days off of work so we can actually spend some time together while he can.

In other news, I've been going to the gym lots lately! I have a goal to go 15 times in December, and I've been 5 so far. Not quite on track, but it's super-fun! I actually went twice on Saturday (long story), and I've been paying for it ever since. Seriously-- My legs are so sore I've been waddling around the office! But I went again tonight and I think it helped. I've lost a pant size already! I think if I cut out the candy at work, I'd really be on my way to getting in shape.

I wish I could write about the awesome things I got Tyler for Christmas! But, in case he happens to glance at my blog, I can't. Let me just say that I fear for Christmases Future trying to measure up to this Christmas! Can't wait to share my awesomeness. Merry Christmas!!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas spirit

This morning I went with Annie and Kathy to Music and the Spoken Word/Mini Christmas Concert. It was amazing! Well, the concert was amazing. Waking up super-early and getting up to Salt Lake through all the snow/slush/rain was quite an adventure. We parked close to an I-15 exit and took Trax into Temple Square. Thanks to Annie's mom being in MoTab, we had great seats! They did most of the songs that they'd performed for their Christmas concert the last three nights. There were tons of dancers, bell-ringers, and little kid choirs in addition to the orchestra and choir! Probably over 1,000 people on stage. Anyway, it was so great. Richard Elliott (I think that's his name) did the most amazing organ solo that seriously made me want to take organ lessons for a minute. (Emphasis on the "for a minute" part.) He was doing so much footwork, crossing his feet to play and everything. Incredible. Natalie Cole was one of the special guests, along with David McCollough (author of 1776 and a few other books I bet) and that was really neat. After the concert, they did a special thank you presentation for them, and they both raved about the Church and how great it was working with them. They both seem like classy individuals. President Monson was there, which was cool. He told Natalie Cole and David McCollough that now they are a part of our "family," and that it's "a pretty good-sized family." What a sweet man.

Seriously, I thought I was in the Christmas spirit before, but now I am way more! I've had songs from Handel's Messiah stuck in my head all day, and I can't stop thinking about how beautifully the Conference Center was decorated. I'm so grateful to be a member of a church that values music and recognizes its power! Like Buddy the Elf says, "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear." Thanks for a wonderful day, Annie!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Ay caramba!

I'm feeling very "south of the border" today. Last night, Tchelsey and I tried a Zumba class at the gym! It was really fun actually. We both made absolute fools of ourselves. The instructor showed us dances from every Latin-American country! We did some salsa, rumba, tango, and lots of others I can't pronounce. I definitely felt it working my core. Tchelsey and I were both a little frustrated this morning though-- neither of us are sore today! I really like feeling sore... makes me feel like I worked hard. When we work hard and we're not sore, what do we have to show for it? Hopefully skinnier waists, eventually. We've both determined we want to try again so we can get better at it. I'm not usually the type of person to just "let loose," especially when I'm a bad dancer. I think going again will help. Anyway, just thought I'd share. I think I'm going to try Turbo Kickbox next... wish me luck!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The waiting is over

I dreaded getting sick when swine flu was all the buzz. I think I even wrote about it! Anyway, it finally happened, and I don't have to wait anymore. I am sick.

Thankfully, it's not swine flu... well, at least I don't think so. But yesterday my throat started hurting, and by the end of the day, I was flushed and feverish! It hit me pretty fast. I stayed home from work today and stayed in bed for most of the day. I got a burst of energy this afternoon and did the dishes, some laundry, and some cleaning, and it knocked me out! Too much, too fast.

I'd better get over whatever this is soon... I'm watching the finale of "The Biggest Loser" right now and I'm feeling like I need to work out!!

P.S. this snow is... well, I have mixed feelings about it. I think it's beautiful, but did there have to be so much???

Sunday, December 6, 2009


That is what happened to me yesterday-- I died. Now, this is really going to expose how out of shape I am, but I guess I can't really hide it anyway. If I walked up a flight of stairs next to you, my secret would be out. I am extremely out of shape!! Here's the story of my brush with death:

This week, Tyler was sweet enough to switch his Gold's Gym pass over to my name. He wasn't using it and it is paid for until next August, so I figured I may as well use it and try to get back in shape. It was a really busy week and I never ended up going to the gym until Saturday-- yesterday. I went to a spinning class with my friend Tchelsey from work. We went to an "Intro Cycle" class to be safe, since neither of us had done it before and we both were super-intimidated. I found that I had EVERY reason to be terrified-- it was crazy hard! I felt good about stopping after 3 minutes, but no. The pain continued. I pedaled through mud with all of my strengh, turned down the resistance when the teacher wasn't looking, and took water breaks every 5 seconds (which is a joke, but the way-- you never really get off the bike, you just get to take your hands off the bars and drink sitting up). I even threw up the NutriGrain bar I had for breakfast (I just discovered those this week... wow they're good)!

But, I have to say, I am pretty proud of myself for going. And for not running out in tears. And for not being super-sore today! Well, not in my legs, at least. The sorest part of me is my rear-end... somebody should really invest in more comfortable seats!!