Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Grateful Heart

Today’s Workout:

3-mile run
50 Tricep Dips
50 Tricep Push-Ups

Today was so rainy and perfect.  I love a good dreary day, but I definitely wish I could have been at home in bed with the Cairns instead of at school!  It would have been so nice to watch crappy TV and perhaps some Disney movies in my pjs with endless cups of coffee.  Are those days over for me?  According to this Buzzfeed, yes.  So far, I actually agree, haha.  We'll see just how horrible exams are in December.

I wanted to show you that I did get a little creative with my porch area.  Remember I told you I wanted it to be cuter?  Well, all it needed was some fall foliage:

I didn't add that weird green stuff on the porch.  That came free with the place.
I also got one of those fancy As Seen On TV hoses, which I love.  You know, the one that stretches when the water is on and then shrinks back down?  They're great.  Gatsby really enjoys peeing on the flowers and the hose.  It’s not ours until he marks it.

Speaking of Gatsby, I believe I promised you a picture of his and Hatter’s wardrobe.  Here it is:

They hang up their nicer garments.
And then they fold jammers and older pieces.

Yeah, they have a few outfits.  And they have at least 8 pairs of doggie pajamas (they're the cutest!).  They’re small dogs, though, and don’t care for cold weather.  Or at least, I project that they don’t care for cold weather.  You’ll get plenty of pictures of them dressed in adorable clothes in the coming months. 

Speaking of outfits, I wore my very favorite outfit that I've worn to school yet.

I wore the sweetest pair of pants, which you can't really see in the picture but are a green jacquard, and my new pirate shoes.  The shoes click when you walk on hard floors, and that is my FAVORITE!!!  I felt pretty swanky!

I'm about to get a little personal.  I found this quote on another blogger’s post yesterday and really love it:

I have decided that I will always be grateful for everything I have, even when things seem tough.  I want to live life to the fullest, and to do that, you have to accept how things are working out in your life.  I am such a lucky girl, with tons of amazing people in my life.  They make me who I am, and I will never forget that.  I will also be thankful for everything I have going on in my life: school, running, my dogs, and so much more.  I feel like I’ve really grown up in the last year, and I’m really coming into my own.  I’ve also never been happier and I think that reminds me to be grateful as well.  Things won't always seem as great as they do presently, so I need to remember this quote when times are hard.  Yes, I had all these thoughts just from reading that quote.  Isn’t it great when that happens?  I think it is.  And that is why this quote is now my personal mantra.

Waking up in such a positive mindset is great, and it framed my whole day.  For example, I helped a turtle cross the road on my way to school.  He was crossing a very narrow two-lane road and was, obviously, moving super slow.  My bleeding heart decided his life was worth me possibly contracting salmonella, so I pulled my car over (which is out of the shop!) and put my emergencies on.  I was a bit afraid that the turtle would end up being one of those crazy, snapping turtles, but he wasn’t.  He just tucked his little head and limbs into his shell and let me carry him to the other side of the road.  He poked his head out upon reaching the grass, and I think he was grateful.  He’ll probably make the above quote his new personal mantra as well.  Too much?  I then jammed out to Roar the remainder of the trip!

I’m still moving along with school and running, and I’m really great health wise.  My mom will be up the weekend after this coming one to celebrate my birthday, so I might get a little crazy until then.  I’m just so excited for her to come up here!  I am going to attempt the spin class again tomorrow night.  I’m hoping I’m a little better this week, but I’ll have a good time regardless.

I hope you are having a wonderful week, and that something touches you like that quote touched me.  That’s always a nice feeling J

Until next time.  Your Daily Cairn:

Let's just look at this face for a minute.  I mean, come on.  He's the cutest thing in the world.


1)  What is your favorite quote?

2)  Do you dress your dogs?  
      - The Cairns really only wear clothes in the winter, and when I need to take some cute pictures of them.

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Luckiest of Days...

Today’s Workout:

100 Push-Ups
Long walks with the Cairns

Can I just tell you that my last name is finally making sense: Chance.  Yep, I've lived with that awesome last name for all of my life, but it's never accurately described me.  Well, now it definitely does.  I don’t want to go to sleep tonight because I’m sad that tomorrow will no longer be the luckiest day for me!  But, I'll always remember 23 September, 2013.  Let’s start from the very beginning (a very good place to start):

Just know that I wish I was wearing an outfit I fashioned out of some old drapes right now.

I woke up to cool weather and some happy dogs.  We went on our morning walk, and then I headed to school.  Once at school I checked my email to find that I had won some running shoe insoles!  Uh, yes!  I’ve needed some for a few weeks (due to my shoe use), but I haven’t been willing to fork over the big bucks.  Now I don’t have to!  I’ll show them to you when they get in J I thought this was enough of a great thing, but my day was only getting started.  At lunch, which was free and delicious, I went to a presentation given by a local bank.  At the welcome table they had a clear house of money and had us guess how much was in there.  The person who got the closest won all of it.  Well, I won!!!  I have NEVER won money before, so this is just fabulous!  It wasn't a teeny sum of money either.  I mean, I can't retire, but I do have some extra cash.  I treated myself to fresh fruit and veggies, haha.  My lucky streak wasn’t over, though: I received some other good news in terms of my financial situation, which lifted an enormous weight from my shoulders.  I’ve been waiting for this news for about two weeks, and have been losing a bit of sleep over it.  Now my problems are solved J Basically, I’ll be able to stay in my apartment, and the Cairns won’t have to start foraging for food (though, I bet Gatsby would actually really like doing that).  Ah, the joys of being a poor law student…I wouldn’t have it any other way!  I’ve also had good luck in terms of my academics, but that isn’t nearly as exciting as the money, plus I’ve been working - HARD - for that luck, so it doesn’t count!  Oh, AND I got lucky with some pretty fabulous sushi (okay, I actually knew it would be good, but still).  This is a horrible paragraph, full of grammatical errors and way too much me talk, but I’m excited, so I just don’t care that much!

I’ve been very vigilant with my push-up challenge, and can now do 50 at one time!  Yes, 50 REAL push-ups!  When I started, I could do 10 girl ones at a time.  My goal is to have Jennifer Aniston arms.  I mean, come on!  They’re amazing!!!  I’m hoping the weather remains the same as it's been the last couple of days for tomorrow.  I’m running out at the trails, and I really wouldn’t mind wearing a long-sleeve!  I love cool-weather running clothes and am ready to use them again.

I’m just now realizing that this post doesn’t have any original pictures, and for that I am truly sorry.  I know you wait all day for some seriously top-shelf photos, and now I’ve gone on and disappointed you.  I’ll make it up to you tomorrow J

I will give your a link to follow.  It's about some cool stuff that happened on a Monday so that we don't hate the day so much.  I happen to love Mondays, but I know I'm a weirdo.

Until next time.  Your Daily Cairn:

I got a new living room rug.  It's so soft and warm; it might be a tad too living for my taste, though.

P.S.  I also might have gotten $10.00 worth of scratch-offs…I won back $3.00 (I had to test my luck a little further).  That’s not the worst that’s ever happened!  I didn't want to include this in my all about me paragraph above because it's proof that the luck seems to be thinning...sad.


1)  Tell me about the luckiest thing that's ever happened to you!

2)  Who is your fitness inspiration?
      - Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow (I think she's weird, but I totally envy her bod), and Lea Michele.