Well, its off to the woods I go for the weekend. I am having a difficulty time packing; I want look cute even in the woods. I am glad this place has showers and our campsite is on a nice lake. Not to mention it's only until Sunday... I will be able to live.
As some of you may know, I applied for new job last week. The title of the job is Youth and Family Director for the YMCA. The job description and qualifications indicated they were looking for the following:
1. Bachelor's degree in education or recreation- CHECK
2. Ability to work with children of all ages- CHECK
3. Experience in Non for Profit Management- CHECK
4. Managing a non for profit budget- CHECK
5. Experience fundraising and grant writing- CHECK
So, as you can see, I feel as if I am qualified for this job. I can't stop thinking about it. I think it would be absolutely perfect for me. I would be in charge of implementing programs and activities for kids, teenagers, and families; right up my alley, plus it is contains the health wellness aspect that I love. Plus, I would love to bring the Girls on the Run program to this YMCA.
I catch myself daydreaming several times a day about this job; what programs I will implement, what the people will be like, what my office might look like, etc. I am crazy, I know. I don't even have an interview yet. The job posting closed last night at midnight, so I should hear from them in the next couple weeks.
I am trying not to get my hopes up too high. I know that I am young and that may be a downfall. I will also be in charge of managing staff and being 25 years old may be a disadvantage for me. But I am keeping my fingers crossed and saying my prayers. I know God has great things in store for me and my career; I just need to have patience and wait for Him.
I have wanted either a Labradoodle or Goldendoodle for as long as I can remember. I love that fact that they don't shed and they are hyperallergenic. I also did a lot of research on them and learned that they are good with kids (for the future, of course) and very smart dogs.
Well, I had been begging Mr. Hoosier for a dog since we were engaged (June 2008), and he always told me that I needed to wait until after the wedding. So, I agreed. Although, he had told me several times that I would not be getting a labradoodle or a goldendoodle because he could not fathom paying that much money for a dog when we could get one from the humane shelter. He has such a good heart! I figured then, that I would just get a lab and be perfectly content, and just have to get over the shedding. I didn't bring up the dog want for awhile until...
It was the Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 2008) and Mr. Hoosier and I had his parents and sister over for dinner. His mom had brought over the county paper in which she had written some articles. After they left I decided to look through the classifieds at the dogs for sale. I had no intentions; I was just looking. I saw a few adds for Labradoodles and called on them because I just wanted to look; I thought it would be fun. All of the places had already sold their dogs... besides one place. I called there and asked if we could come out after church on Sunday.
It was a rainy, cold, Sunday. We got out of church, called the Breeder and got directions to drive to look at the puppies. It was about an hour drive from our house. It was this small town in the middle of no where. The breeder's facility was off from the road, and we took this windy dirt road back to the house. When we pulled up we heard 8 little labradoodles barking. They litter was black and brown. All of the brown puppies were spoken for, but that didn't matter because we weren't getting one. Out of the litter, there were three black labradoodles that were not spoken for. There was the runt, one that had really curly hair, and one that looked just like a black lab and not much resemblance of a labradoodle. Mr. Hoosier and I talked to the breeder for awhile and then left. We got his card and told him when we were ready to buy a dog we would be calling him. After all, Mr. Hoosier thought they were adorable, and he liked the idea of no shedding despite the price.
We then left the breeder's and drove home. We were about one mile down the road and he looked at me and said, "What if this is our Christmas gift to each other?" I remember being so excited, and then asking if he was serious. I looked up and realized he had purposely missed our turn. He was for real! We turned around and drove back to get our puppy. We called the breeder to tell him we were coming back. But then, we didn't know which one we wanted. We drove past the breeder's so we could discuss which one to get. After about 5 minutes of contemplation, we decided on the runt; she was so precious!
We picked her up and I held her half of the way home while Mr. Hoosier drove. Then, we switched because I was afraid of doo doo on my Anne Klein coat. Afterall, I was still in my nice church clothes. The whole way home we discussed what we were going to name her and the fact that we couldn't believe we just brought a dog! We tossed around many different names: we thought about INDY for the Colts, Nikkie because our first date was at the Nickel Plate, and many other names that dealt with the Colts or the Hoosiers. We then decided on BAILEY; named after Damon Bailey #22 who was a great IU Basketball player in the 90's. Mr. Hoosier and I both remember watching him when we were kids. It was the perfect name for our little puppy!
We then drove home and realized we didn't have a cage, no food, etc. We gave her a quick bath (she smelled like the puppy kennel), and then went to the pet store. We purchased all the necessities to take care of her. We played with her all night! We even purchased bells that day to put on our back sliding door to help potty train her. She still to this day rings the doors when she has to go potty. That day, she also watched her first Colts game!!!
Bailey is now 35 pounds and is doing great. We love her! We enjoy taking her on walks to the ice cream shop. She loves to play fetch with Mr. Hoosier and take my dirty socks out of my laundry basket. She does a wonderful job with her dog friends. This weekend she is going to the in-laws while we are camping.
December 2008- This is me and Bailey at my Aunt's house on Christmas Day! She was so little then!
- First day of training for group exercise; I am pumped to have my own class.
- Marathon Dilemma: thinking about running a full marathon here in Indy in November. Originally I had planned for my first one to be the Marine Corps in October 2010. My thinking behind it was that if I am going to train for and run 26.2 it better be an exciting one. Now, I am thinking about doing both because the girl I run with is running the full in November; I was only going to do the half in November. Decisions, decisions....
- Eat Clean Sloppy Joes and Eat Clean Sweet Potato Fries are on the menu for dinner tonight...mmmm
- Excited to camp this weekend :) I want to take my bike!
- Summer school ends Friday; not excited for regular school year to start.
- However, I am pumped for school shopping :) JCREW, GAP, EXPRESS, and POLO here I come! I already got a head start by picking up a couple shirts from Express last week; way cute, and on SALE!!!
- I love my husband!
- I am getting excited for football season! Nothing beats cheering on the COLTS on Sunday afternoons.
- I also like fall and bringing out my sweaters :)
- Chili makes me happy too; especially my husband's.
- Maybe I should change the name of my blog from Preppy Hoosier to FitnessFreak... seems as if that is all I talk about.... Thoughts???
- I really want a new full time job; one in health and wellness.
- I am really anxious for Mr. Hoosier and I to find a church and become involved; its been heavy on my mind.
Another weekend is coming to an end, which means the closer it is getting for me to go back to the regular school year. I am dreading it! Teachers have to report August 5 and the kids the 10th. I don't ever remember starting school that early. How about you?
As school begins, and I have been dreading it, I have been really starting to focus on a career change. I know that teaching is not my thing and I will not be one of those "lifers". I really want to get into health and wellness. I went to Ball State (my alma mater) on Thursday to meet with an advisor. I want to go back to school to become a registered dietician. Ball State is 50 minutes from my house and the closest of the only three schools in the state that offer the degree. I was hoping that I could take some classes at night and in the summer when I am off work because we cannot afford for me to quit my job now and go back to school full time. Unfortunately, not many classes are offered at night. I can take about five science classes at the commuter campus here in Indy and they will transfer. So, I am not sure when exactly I will begin my degree to become an RD, but I have decided that is what I DO want to go back to school for; it is just frustrating that it will take so long.
When I got home from BSU on Thursday, I did a little job searching on the internet. I found a job that would really fit me and help me move in the direction of health and wellness. So, I applied for the job. The job title is Family and Youth Program and Director at the YMCA. I sent them my resume. They are taking resumes until the 22nd and will then begin the interview process. So, now begins the waiting game, and who knows what will happen, but it was a good chance to take. Some people might think I am crazy because I will have to work 12 months of the year, but I believe that if you LOVE your job, then 12 months won't matter.
On to the weekend, and what a wonderful weekend it was! I have the BEST husband. Friday night Mr. Hoosier came home from work, and had stopped at the seafood market. He brought home some fresh shrimp cocktail and salmon. He grilled the salmon, cooked mashed potatoes, and broccoli. I stopped at Encore Desserts and picked up a piece of cheese cake for each of us; it was the least I could do after his wonderful dinner planning skills. We had a nice dinner and then sat on the porch and enjoyed a few glasses of wine.
Saturday morning we slept in until 10am; thank you to the wine, I am sure! We then went golfing. Mr. Hoosier is a good golfer, and me on the other hand, well not so good. I used to golf when I was younger, but not so much anymore. I promised Mr. Hoosier that I would go with him. So, we went. It was fun! I am not very good and got very frustrated, but overall, a good time. I will admit, I want to continue golfing. Part of me wants to continue it because I am competitive and want to get better. The other part of me.... wants to continue because I LOVE the PREPPY golf clothes. I am horrible, I know.
After golfing we stopped at Bed Bath and Beyond and picked up the rest of the things for our main bathroom. IT IS OFFICIALLY FINISHED!!! The bedrooms and our bathroom is the only thing left! I am so excited! Saturday night A & J came over and we played cards and had a few drinks. It was a fun night!
Today, we went to breakfast and then church. I think we FINALLY found a church we will call "ours". I am so relieved. Finding a church has been a daunting task for us. I grew up Catholic and Mr. Hoosier grew up Free Methodist. He is also a Pastor's Kid and came from a small congregation where as I came from a big one. We are glad to have finally agreed on a place we we can both grow spiritually!
After church, we went grocery shopping and then came home to watch the British Open. I really enjoyed watching golf as well. My dad would be so proud of me! After the Open we went on a 4 mile run and then I did Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. If you haven't tried it, I highly suggest it. It is a short, but tough 20 minute workout. It combines strength, abs, and cardio in a circuit format. All you need is the video and a set of free weights.
We were supposed to have a co-ed softball game tonight, but it was cancelled because of the weather... boo.
My goal for this week is to blog more often. I don't want to bore you all with such long blogs of my life. I am also going to try to do the shred each day, and get in a total of 12 miles this week! I also start my training for my Group Exercise, so we will see how it goes.
Keep your fingers crossed for the job I applied for!
As some of you may know, and others may not, I am so very interested in fitness and nutrition. In fact, I have plans to go back to school to become a registered dietician. I have been trying to get into teaching group exercise classes for awhile now, but with no luck.
Then, one day after my honeymoon I was the Group Exercise Coordinator at my gym (YMCA). I never run into her because I am always there in evening and she is during the day. Well, since school is out I was working out in the afternoon. I went up to her, introduced myself and asked her about any positions to teach Group Exercise (Group X); she had me fill out an application on the spot. Well, after a few weeks of constant communication with the Group X Coordinator, I had an interview yesterday and was hired on the spot! I am so pumped. I will be teaching a strength and endurance class, interval class, and a class for young girls that also contains a nutrition component.
Although this job will only be 4 hours a week; this job is all about opportunity. I am hoping that this job will just open doors for my future. I love fitness, I love nutrition, and childhood obesity is a strong interest of mine and such a sad epidemic in our country. I can't wait to see where this opportunity takes me. I am excited to get going, and to meet other people who are interested in the same things as me.
One other exciting thing about this job- my supervisor, the Group X coordinator is awesome! She, like me, is so enthralled by Tosca Reno and the Eat Clean Diet. We talked about it in our interview for about 30 minutes; I was pumped! She also has done fitness competitions, and was talking to me about doing one as well. That is something I have thought about before; maybe I will do one some day.... but after my full marathon, of course! :)
It is a rainy Saturday here in Indiana. It had been hot all week, and now this. I had all intentions on a run this morning, maybe a bike ride with my husband, and the pool today, but thanks to the rain I have found my butt right on the couch. Mr. Hoosier has been so nice to hang a piece of art in the kitchen for me and put the blinds back up in the kitchen.
Tonight, we are going over to a friend's to celebrate the birthday of one of Mr. Hoosier's fraternity brothers- it should be a good time. They also have a baby, so I am looking forward to getting my baby fix.
Yesterday, I bought a bicycle off of craigslist. I have been wanting one for a long time and I finally got one. I didn't want to spend too much money because I want to see how much I will actually ride, and if I continue to ride a lot I will buy a really nice one next summer. After buying the bike I went for a nice ride yesterday. I just rode in and out of the neighborhoods around our house- it was relaxing and a good cross training exercise for my running. I really think i am going to enjoy it.
I also was out shopping and came across an ottoman for our house. I have been looking for one for a long time and just can't find the one I want. We have dark brown couches and I don't want a dark brown ottoman- it would be too hard to try to match them. So, I came across this one yesterday, bought it, packed it up in the jeep, carried it (by myself) into the house, and it didn't work. It didn't look good at all!!! So, back to ottoman searching I go.
Last night Mr. Hoosier and I went out to get some chicken wings and a couple beers. We had a fun time!
We received our wedding pictures on Thursday- wow, they are wonderful! I will be posting some soon! Our photographer did such an incredible job. He will also be putting together a coffee table book with our favorites. I can't wait!
We also had our good friends A & J over for dinner Thursday night. We finalized our plans for our camping trip in two weeks. Yes, I am going camping; like real tent camping. A & J, as well as my husband, are all giving me a hard time about camping. They are very interested to see how I do camping. They think I am too... what is the word, I am looking for? They probably think I am too PREPPY to go camping. I don't know guys, what DO you think of me and camping???
The truth is, I can camp. I enjoy camping, just not for any longer than two days, so its a good think we are leaving Friday night and coming back Sunday morning. As a young girl, I never camped. I didn't like camping, my mom didn't like camping, so we never went camping. My dad loves to camp. Then, when my parents got a divorce, I had my first experience camping. My dad would pack up the camping equipment and take the three of us camping. There are such good memories of the four of us (my Dad, sister, and brother) camping. It took me awhile to get used to it. I remember my first trip: I was in the seventh grade and my dad was so pissed at me because I packed a whole entire suitcase for a weekend of CAMPING!! I brought a hair dryer, curling iron (yes, a curling iron it was the 90's), and all the make-up I was allowed to wear at that time in my life. I brought tons of clothes; I brought athletic shorts, tee shirts, and gym shoes, but I also took my cute Limited Too outfits for at night. What did I think I was going to do on a campground with cute outfits for at night? I have no clue! We had many camping trips, just the four of us and I became better at camping. Our camping trips were great memories for me.
We eventually began taking camping trips with my dad's whole family; all of his siblings and all of my cousins. We did this for many, many years. We went to the same campground every year. I remember playing truth or dare in the tent with my cousins; thank you for the embarrassing moments Ash. It was the campground that I also had my first drink of beer; contrary to popular belief it wasn't purposeful and I hated it! It was also camping that I broke my braces multiple times for trying to eat corn on the cob.
As I entered high school, it wasn't "cool" to just hang out with your family. My cousins were too "kiddie" for me, even though they are only 3-5 years younger than me, but then it was a big difference. Might I add before I go on that they are now some of my best friends, we talk about every other day, and they were bridesmaids in my wedding. Anyway, I began to bring my very best friend, since the 6th grade, E, with me camping. We were both boy crazy and there was a teen dance at the campgrounds. I then went back to bringing my cute clothes for at night to the campground. We would walk up to the showers to get ready, make-up and all. In the years of E coming camping with us, we got in trouble for sneaking out of the tent to meet up with some boys, sneaking alcohol, and we got our golf cart taken away for driving recklessly. We continued this regimen every year throughout high school. The last time we went camping was our Freshman year in college; that was the last time I have been camping.
The memories had at the campgrounds with just the four of us, the whole family, and my best friend are memories I will never forget. Not to mention those trips have prepared me to "blow" everyone out of the water in two weeks when we go. They aren't going to know what to do with my mad camping skills. (I hope everyone is sensing the sarcasm there.)
I will be sure to let you all know how the trip goes....
Although, they do want me to fish! FISH? I have NEVER been fishing, I don't really have the desire, but I might appease my husband.
Started summer school on Monday as well as training for my next Half Marathon in October. I ran 3.4 miles with a friend on Monday, did cycling class for my cross training on Tuesday, and had a rest day today. We also continued our painting endeavor; which I don't enjoy all that much, but it has to be finished before I return to full-time school in August (yes, the kids go back to school August 10th)!!
Since I don't too many interesting things to write about I thought I would do a survey that I got from a friend...
Here it goes...
A - Age: 25 B - Bed size: queen C - Chore you hate: folding laundry.... I can start a load, put it in the dryer, BUT I DESPSE folding it D - Dog's names: Bailey... named after the famous Indiana Hoosier #22 Damon Bailey E - Essential start your day item: Coffee and some type of fruit F - Favorite color: pink, of course G - Gold or Silver: silver or white gold H - Height: 5' 3... I used to mind being short back when I was a volleyball player, but now I don't mind I - Instruments you play: none... my husband claims to play the piano... mind you we have one in our home; he has never played it J - Job title: Special Education Teacher K - Kid(s): None... yet.... but someday L - Living arrangements: Just me, my husband, and our pup... paradise, if you ask me M - Mom's name: Gail N - Nicknames: Hol, Hollister O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: partial thyroid removal when I was 17 P - Pet Peeve: hmmm... people that can't drive in the snow... we live in Indiana they should know how to do this by now Q - Quote from a movie: I don't memorize quotes. I have watched The Holiday 100 times and can't remember a quote from the movie R - Right or left handed: right S - Siblings: brother, Zachary(19)- sister, Courtney (18)- sister-in-law, Hannah (21) T - Time you wake up: well, I was waking up at 9 everyday, but since summer school started I have been getting up at 6:15 U- First word that comes to your mind for "U": Umbrella V - Vegetable you dislike: peas W - Ways you run late: hit the snooze button too many times or getting in my car and realizing I have to get gas before I go anywhere X - X-rays you've had: a few... one on my arm when I was little and my teeth Y - Yummy food you make: I would like to say I am a good cook so I make a lot of yummy food. Tonight I made salmon, mashed potatoes, and green beans. My husband also loves my lasagna. Z - Zoo favorite: Monkeys or Dolphins
Well, back to the paining I go. We almost have the main living area (foyer, hallways, kitchen, living room, etc.) finished! Hooray!
So, six months after my initial post and attempt to blog my wedding plan adventures, I am now a Mrs. I apologize for not continuing my blog throughout the wedding planning progress. Wedding plans got busy, I had to complete my two year teaching portfolio, and this blog was the last of my worries.
Although I didn't blog the wedding planning process I will post pictures when I receive them from my photographer.
I have decided to continue my blog based solely on my everyday life as a married woman! Married life, so far, has been fabulous and I am so very blessed to have the most loving husband.
Since the wedding...
Mr. Preppy Hoosier and I headed off to Puerta Vallarta for 7 days in paradise. My aunt gave us her time share as a wedding gift and it was fabulous! We relaxed A LOT, read, lounged by the pool, floated around the lazy river, swam with the dolphins, took an excursion to an uninhabited island, and took the bus into the city. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with my husband.
We then returned to our cozy home in Indy and began the process of de-bachelorizing our home. Mister bought the house 2 years ago and as a bachelor, didn't do any decorating. Therefore, my summer off from school has been spent making the house "our home". It has been wonderful and is all coming together thanks to family and wonderful friends who spent last Saturday covering our walls in paint.
So far this is what has been done:
1. All the wedding gifts have been put away and placed in our home.
2. New furniture (sofa & loveseat, end table, & sofa table)
3. Trim and doors in main areas have been painted.
4. Neutral color in main areas is finished.
5. Accent wall in living room is finished.
6. Accent color in coves is finished.
7. One coat on one accent wall in the kitchen.
To be finished before I start school in the fall (that is the goal anyway):
1. Neutral color in hall way.
2. Accent walls both finished in kitchen.
3. Paint and trim in main bathroom.
4. Paint and trim in master bathroom.
5. Paint and trim in all bedrooms.
6. Find an order oversized ottoman for the sofa instead of a coffee table.
These are the BIG items I still want to finish; I am confident we will get it done. Of course there are little things like hanging pictures & art, buying accent decorations, etc, but I think all that is a process... all depends on when I find the perfect items.
I will keep you all updated on the process and life here in the Hoosier state!!! Hope everyone is well!!!!
Have a great Holiday weekend- the Mister and I are headed up North to spend some time with my family!!!
Here I am, a preppy Indiana girl who loves her family, friends, staying fit, learning and literacy! Here are my thoughts, my adventures, and my life as fifth grade teacher trying to enjoy life while reflecting on it too!