Monday, November 23, 2015

DIY Errythang

Exciting things on the homefront!

We are getting the carpet installed upstairs in the next few weeks. You know you're an adult when carpet installation gets you excited like Friday nights used to. 

I was accepted to Penn State.

I'm hoping to start in the spring. When I left to go overseas in 2013, I was in the middle of my junior year at Texas A&M. While I have my Associate's, I have always had every intention of finishing my Bachelor's. Amazing opportunities kept presenting themselves though (in working overseas and then as an affiliate owner in Connecticut when I came home), so school was put on the back burner. 

Now that I'm settling down and establishing some roots again, my education is my priority. I'm blessed to have the opportunity to attend such a prestigious college. 

I'll still be able to do what I love as a full-time student. Blog, train, coach CrossFit, and work remotely with nutrition clients and athletes. 

Renovating the house has definitely become a priority. I've been working on a lot of furniture pieces, refinishing and painting them. My latest endeavor was re-painting this hutch that Travis's great-grandpa built. It houses some of his favorite Army memorabilia. 

I just finished two night stands, a desk and have a dresser waiting for me out in the garage ... 

Travis also slaved to finish our back patio last week. Literally, he worked until almost midnight one evening, for fear the rain would ruin it if the stones weren't laid. 

We broke it in just right. :)

I am currently obsessed with all things high waisted. Lululemon, you've ruined me. 

And I darkened my hair. I know I am so back and forth about blonde and brunette. But I think I found a color that I really like. It enhances my skin tone, instead of making me feel pale and washed out. 

I used this color with a 20 developer. I started with my roots, and then foiled about half of my head, leaving a lot of my blonde for highlights. Does anyone else color their hair at home? I absolutely hate sitting in a salon chair for as long as it takes (4+ hours with my long hair). 

Training is going well! I recently hit some PR's on the strength front. 200 pound clean, 195 power clean, and a 155lb snatch. My shoulder is feeling 90% better, with just some niggling pain during toes to bar. But now my elbow is giving me grief again. It's an on and off again kind of pain. Sometimes a 2 on the pain scale, and times like last night, a 10. I couldn't get comfortable to save my life; I can't extend it or close it all the way without a lot of pain. I had the Compex on it for over an hour, and I have started icing it this morning. I'll modify my training for the next few days to hope it heals. 

Is it possible to have Golfer's AND Tennis elbow? Pain on the inside and outside of the elbow?

I wish I could find a good Chiro in my area that offers Graston and ART. I will do my own soft tissue work and compression along with ice and rest. 

I'm off to the gym. 

Happy Monday! 

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