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Listening to: Gay Human Bones by Harlem (LOVE this track, link will take you to the youtube video – Check it!)

Now that I’m an adult I get to listen to the crazy stories my kids come home with from school. Even though they are boys and only in grade school, there is usually some sort of scandy-scandy incident that happened over their recess hour and it makes me think about that beloved recess hour… In my day we didn’t have facebook or social networking. We had recess. THAT was where the fun was, ladies and gents. You learned all your gossip and decided who was cool and who wasn’t all in that nice little break in between lunch and the afternoon. Each day was a new adventure. 

What happened to recess? Besides the scandy and gossip, that nice little break to have a little fun and burn off energy before having to sit through the rest of the afternoon was so awesome.

 

  Well, I want recess back! I do! I will hold my breath for recess to make a comeback to adulthood….via the office!!!!! NOW NOW NOW! I want it, I want it, I want it!

 

 

Okay, kidding.. but, wouldn’t it be nice to have some sort of adult recess after lunch to recharge before an afternoon of meetings, conference calls and anything else we do to make that paycheck? Or wait, is the “water cooler breaks” where we run into colleagues in the hall or atrium and spend a few minutes making small talk (which is usually related to work in some way) supposed to be our adult version of a miniature type of recess?

Or perhaps the occasional team builder or activity designed to get the moral boosted is supposed to be replacing recess? I’m glad for these things, don’t get me wrong. I really am lucky to have  a job that allows me a flexible schedule and tries to provide moral boosting type of activities throughout the year to keep employees engaged. But, but, but…. I still miss recess.

Maybe I’ll just make my breaks more entertaining, so they are more like a mini-recess from my desk. Like, instead of walking like I normally do down the hall to the bathroom, I’ll pretend it’s a catwalk and STRUT my way to the bathroom. I’ll stop right before the door and strike a pose before I go in. Eh? That would definitely make the trip a little more fun!

ANYWAY, happy hump day. I still haven’t made it to the gym and doubt I will tonight, but I have made up my mind that when I go back I AM starting C25K over. I know I can run for an hour straight, so that’s not the reason. I’m just going to start it over because it gives me something to look forward to in between running. I can count down the time for the breaks and it makes it go by that much faster. I may not start with week 1, or if I do, I may not walk every time it says to walk, but just having that goal to work towards and having the time broken up more will help with my motivation and keep me busy while the clock ticks by. If anyone has any other suggestions, I’d LOVE to hear them!!!! I just need motivation! I love to run, or at least I did, but I’ve been away for so long that I am just not looking forward to it anymore. I need something to kickstart me, instead of jumping back into running for a long boring ass hour with out anything breaking it up to look forward to. SOS! (HELP!)

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Oh how I love new topics that don’t just flow into my brain on their own! Out on Freshly Pressed I saw an interesting post by Amanda Rudd.

I decided to answer her questions at the end of the post in regards to what tattoo’s do you have and why, etc…. and my comment ended up bringing me back to a fun (and COULDA BEEN CRAZY) memory of my long-lost youth. Okay, it was actually more like ALMOST 14 years ago (I’m not 30 YET!) but seems like forever ago now.

So, I thought I would make my comment into a post as well. Here ya go! (Oh, and check out Amanda’s post, too. It’s pretty awesome and has some really great pics!!)

I have two tattoo’s. Technically, I’ve been tatted three times, but only have two tattoo’s to show for it. (One was a coverup, can you say, OOPSIE DAISY?!)

First tattoo, very long story that I won’t go into right now, was a chinese symbol meaning love and the name Brandon spelled out below the symbol on my back. (In a quick, super quick disclosure, I did get that when I was dating a Brandon. Ended up marrying the same Brandon…and then divorcing him, too. Hence the oopsie! cover)


Speaking of that cover, I ended up getting a design with different sized stars to coverup the name and thenthey touched up the color in the chinese symbol (I still liked THAT) to match.


Other tattoo is unfortunately, a “tramp stamp”. Someone once told me not to call it that, but you know what? I got it, I own it. I’m not a tramp, but that’s what it’s called and that’s how people know exactly where it is without having to say “its right above my arse and below my lower back.” I digress… I did get it before it was popular and nicknamed the “tramp stamp”, in my defense. It’s my chinese horoscope symbol in the middle and a design on either side that flows off of it. (Sorry, can’t find a pic of that and don’t want to ask my hubbs to take a picture of my bum to upload right away. He’s busy and I’m 99% sure that would aggravate him! HA! But, I will try to get a pic uploaded and inserted at some point soon.)

I do love tattoo’s, but my only suggestion would be to sit on whatever decision you end up with for at least a couple of months before taking the plunge. When I was 16, I tried to get a tattoo with my friend from this guy who, get this, did them out of his double wide trailer for $50 hard cash. I was determined to get a green frog because for some weird reason I loved frogs at that time and green was also my favorite color. THANK GOD I decided to be super rebellious and attended a party the night before where some drunken scoundrel ended up stealing my money, so I had nothing to pay mister “I tattoo from my trailer” with. THANK GOD. Coming back to current day, I don’t really care for frogs (at all!) and my favorite color is pink. My, my, how things could have been sticky with my parents when they saw what I was intending to do that next day. I’m so glad a lot of my plans were foiled!!!! …not to mention what kind of diseases I could have ended up with if the guy didn’t have sterile equipment. And, that was almost 14 years ago! I’m scared for what my kids may just try to plot out in this day and age… Ay yi yi…


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