Happy Birthday To Me!

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Yesterday, I had my 30th birthday.  I have now entered a milestone year and can look back on past achievements and future endeavors.

In the past year, I’ve bought a house with Justin, gotten married, assisted Justin in obtaining his permanent residency and we’ve celebrated being together for 6.5 years.

Coming up are even more advancement in my career, we will be initiating surrogacy, and I have another ten years until I hit the big 4-0!

Google helped me to celebrate yesterday with the image above.  We had a low-key evening last night with Justin studying after a nice dinner while I painted even more of our fence.  Mom and Dad came down for the weekend as well and we had a nice time together.  Tonight, Justin and I went to HuHot, where the Grill Warriors treated me to a Happy Birthday and a huge oil fire on the grill for my “birthday candles”!  He had to do it a second time because I didn’t make a wish on the first fireball!

Purdue Strength

Purdue Vigil

Today, a tragedy occurred on campus.  Andrew Boldt, a senior in ECE and TA for ECE 362 was shot and killed by fellow TA Cody Cousins.  The shooting is said to be targeted as no-one else was involved and Cody went outside and waited to be taken into custody.

While completely senseless, the Purdue community has come together to support each other and the family and friends of Andrew.  My thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time.

Myself, I was in class in KNOY which is the next building over from EE where the shooting happened.

Photo source: @MissHabig on twitter

 

Time: A Precious Commodity

ClocksThis year, I have found myself beginning to have ever more commitments.  These additional calendar items have added more pressure to my calendar, yet I do see them as beneficial.

I am a part-time graduate student at Purdue University while also working full-time for the University.  This means that while maintaining a full 40+ hour work-week, I also have two classes which will place considerable time constraints on my calendar as the semester progresses.

Despite this, I have started working out drastically more than ever before.  Since I have started PowerHour, I have yet to miss a single session.  This is also a five-day-a-week commitment.

In addition, Justin and I do still enjoy a life with our doggy, Sparky.  I visit with family from afar when possible as well.

A full schedule can be very stressful and tiring, but the rewards can be large as well.  In my case, this hard work will pay off.  I will end up with a Master degree and a much fitter body.  I’ll be able to live an even better life with Justin, Sparky and our future family.

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PowerHour Workout: Week 1

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This morning at 6AM I went to my fourth PowerHour workout session. This is a one-hour workout that is pretty much non-stop and really pushes you. Cindy Cox, the instructor, makes sure to push you while also making sure your form is correct while providing constant encouragement.

Due to some pretty severe weather this week in the area, the schedule for the past week follows:
Saturday 8AM
Wednesday 6AM
Thursday 7:10PM
Friday 6AM

I am pretty sore after and am quickly finding out how weak my core is. My arms and abs are definitely not able to support my body weight yet but with enough work I will get there.

As Cindy says, you’re not in competition with anyone but yourself. And I’ll try my best to do better than the me from yesterday!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year!  2013 was a productive year for Justin and I so let’s look back!

  • January – Justin’s 28th Birthday
  • January – Sparky’s 3rd Birthday
  • January – St. Louis Vacation
  • March – Justin started work at his new job
  • March – We closed on the purchase of our first house
  • June – Keith’s 29th Birthday
  • August – Denver Vacation
  • October – Justin and I got married in Davenport, Iowa!
  • October – We celebrated our wedding with family and friends while also celebrating our 6th year together as a couple
  • December – First Christmas in our new house and first year actually having a Christmas tree setup

Here’s to a prosperous and adventure-filled 2014!

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