Friday, June 25, 2010

Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 10)


One. The last time I did a 7QT was on April 9th. It feels good to get back to a normal blogging schedule. Life is finally settling down and it shouldn’t get crazy again until September at the earliest. Thank Jesus for that!

Two. I went on a crazy spending spree on Sunday. I almost never have money to do that but I still had some money left over after paying bills and putting some money in savings. So, I dropped $60 at American Eagle and then $40 at Target. I really can’t remember the last time I’ve done that for myself. I always feel guilty for spending too much money on myself, especially when I have credit card payments that I need to catch up on. But, sometimes, you just have to treat yourself.

Three. This week has been emotionally draining, to say the least. But I’m happy that I figured out what was bugging me for so long, and that I now have a plan of action. I think it’s going to help my mood and energy levels a lot. Plus, going to be at 9:30 is divine!

Four. Because I’m a glutton for punishment, I bought Jillian Michael’s “No More Trouble Zones” over the weekend. I did the workout on Tuesday and holy Moses, I’m still having trouble just walking without excruciating pain in my thighs and butt. I used 3-lb weights, but I think I can bump it up to 5-lbs because I have no pain in my upper arms or chest area. I want to do this workout twice a week, so I don’t burn out as easily as I usually do with workout DVD’s. Still, I have an intense love for Jillian and her workouts. She’s been the only workout instructor I can find, besides Billy Blanks, that really pushes me to my limits.

Five. Has anyone been watching Last Comic Standing? I mean, seriously, if you’re not, you should be. It came back after a long hiatus and I am so happy it’s back. While I’m not impressed with Craig Robinson as host, the talent is outstanding. I couldn’t find any recent clips on YouTube (other than clips of comedians performing in comedy clubs, with crappy audio) but trust me, you’re missing out. TiVo, DVR, whatever it! Just make sure you watch it this Monday.

Six. Once again, I just have to thank all you girls who have texted me, sent me some amazing e-mails, tweeted me, and sent me comments. It was more than I ever imagined because I thought it was a post where I would get 2-3 comments. I didn’t expect to feel so wrapped up in love and encouragement from everyone and just wanted to give a big thank you and a great big bear hug to you all. You know who you are.

Seven. I feel like I need to start giving myself a Twitter break once a week. I’m easily falling back into old patterns, although I have stopped the habit of checking Twitter when I wake up and reading through every, single tweet that was sent while I was sleeping. It’s crazy how dependent we become on social media and technology!


  1. I'm glad the media fast has put things into perspective for you and that it's becoming easier to recognise old habits. I think this weekend I may go on a little bit of a fast - I'll write my blogs and then maybe that'll be it :)

    And good for you for treating yourself! I always have guilt about spending big chunks of money on myself too, but you're right, you HAVE to once in a while.

    And texting? I think I need to add your # to my contacts! :)

  2. Your #2 two makes me feel so much better...I'm working a 40-hour-per-week paid job this summer, but haven't gotten my first paycheck yet. Meanwhile, I spent WAY too much money at Banana and J. Crew outlets last weekend. But, hey. What are you gonna do? =)

  3. Love "Last Comic Standing"!!! I watched it the other night and hubs walked in-first time in a long time we've agreed on something to watch! I saw John Heffron in a comedy club here, he won the show a long time ago. Enjoy your weekend!

  4. I am a Twitter addict, it's true. But I don't know what I'd do without my daily dose of Spencer and Heidi Twitter drama. :)

  5. Sometimes you totally need a spending spree. I just figured out our budget for July and we may just have money left over. If so, I am using my employee discount and buying new clothes. And then I might buy a book or two. I so cannot wait!

    Have a good weekend Steph!

  6. I ALWAYS feel guilty for splurging on myself. It's funny because I'll go a store, pick up what I want to buy, and then I hesitate to actually purchase it! I'll kinda walk around the store and think about it for a bit.

    I'll have to watch Last Comic Standing; I haven't been watching much TV so far this summer!

    I'm so glad I never got into Twitter. I've never even signed up for it, and I'm sure that if I had, a lot of my free time would be monopolized!

  7. Mini Social media fasts are wonderful! I love my twitter, but I need my quiet time on the weekends and after my blog commenting on Saturday mornings I'm offline until I write my posts on Sunday night. Space to breathe is a really good thing- and it's hard to be creative if you're living in other people's thoughts!

  8. Tell me about it with the technology. I miss letter-writing days (not that I ever had them), and playing outside. Although, I will say, technology is good and cool, but it does have its down sides, like everything else - accept God, of course.

  9. I definitely know how you feel about needing to spend on yourself every once in a while. I did the exact same thing this past weekend... It's crazy how a few new things in your closet can make you feel so great!


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