Pumpkin Spice & Desk Jobs: The Story of My Day

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I love Autumn. There is a crispness in the air that I can never quite describe but it invigorates my soul. It is still pretty damn warm in Colorado, but as the sun sets and that gorgeous moon peaks its majestic head around the clouds, I can feel it. While watching the furry butt of my curious corgi go romping around the yard and the urge for myself to go pee grows strong, I can feel that crispness of Autumn. I am pretty proud of myself for going until September 2nd before I started demanding Pumpkin Spice Everything. I even got a text message from Caribou telling me I could indulge in the pumpkin before anyone else because I got perks (I am a pretty big deal). This morning, though, I looked to my husband and muttered the words every husband wants to hear: “I want to be naughty.” With a raised brow, he looks at me. Before he gets too far into the fantasy (though I am pretty sure he knows me better than I know myself), I whisper (or said really loudly in excitement because who I am kidding) “I want pumpkin iced coffee.”

I made it to September 2nd, folks. I am going to give myself a pat on the back now. And this whole week is my Birthday Week because yunno it should be a week long celebration because I SURVIVED A WHOLE YEAR. It’s been a roller-coaster, man, and as much as I love those adrenaline-inducing rides, I have been feeling anything but rejuvenated. Which is why I am blogging again because I need to find my voice, dammit. I know it is around here somewhere so I am just going to spew word vomit until I find it (you aren’t happy right now that you are reading this are you? That’s fine. You can stop anytime).

I am looking at you CRITIC. Right in your eyeballs.

I am looking at you CRITIC. Right in your eyeballs.

So my mind has basically turned into the mush over the past few years. It turned into real mush when I started working a desk job. Do not get me wrong (people who I may work with who stumble upon this and are like AHH!), I love my job. I love my co-workers and I love knowing without me there things can turn into chaos really quickly (and at the same time, I hate it). I get to indirectly help change people’s lives for the better by getting them through the doors and seeing our world of dog training. And trust me, we have made some miracles happen! We are one of the few dog training places that take in really aggressive dogs because normally behind every aggressive dog is a family who really does love the dog but was either misinformed about the dog when they adopted him/her or it is just in the dog’s genetics. And we are always completely honest with people so it makes me feel good to see that…

But on the other hand, desk jobs are so repetitive that my mind just goes on autopilot. I am not even really aware of what is happening and I hate that feeling. I like to be engaged and have my mind going but 90% of the time I am stuck in my closet, away from the world. I am a person who does thrive on building ideas with people. I LOVE BRAINSTORMING. I love knowing anything is a possibility but when you get stuck in a rut, you start just seeing dirt walls and not the world of green, butterflies, and unicorns (oh they are out there).

Thanks, Oprah. A gentle reminder that a house needs to be cleaned so that weird smell can go away. It's somewhere.

Thanks, Oprah. A gentle reminder that a house needs to be cleaned so that weird smell can go away. It’s somewhere.

Also, I am sitting, A LOT. And it is showing, people. My focus on health is so scattered because I am on autopilot and I am sitting for the majority of the day. I am tempted to ask my boss to ditch the chair and get one of those fun bouncy balls you can sit on? Just bounce my way to productiveness. I wonder what he will say. I am sure I can make a good argument for it. Anyway, I miss going on really nice nature walks. One good thing about Maine is that it was pretty easy to get to nature. Here in Colorado, it does take some effort to get to open spaces (at least where I live). So this is kind of where I am at in life. Desk job and the simple pleasures of pumpkin spice. Take joy where you can get it.

Where’s My Insulation? Oh wait…

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So here in the wonderful state of Maine, Autumn is already starting. The temperature drops down into the 40’s at night and their is a crispness to the air that I am feeling a lot more than I was feeling last year. I remember being able to wear short sleeve shirts well into October and feeling fairly warm with only a sweatshirt on even though it was 20 degrees outside. I used to think I was pretty bad ass for being able to handle the cold as such, but now I realized I was just extremely overweight. This autumn has a completely different feel. I am absolutely freezing! Where did all my insulation go? Why am I no longer a cold-fighting bad ass? I am definitely going to have to to some fall clothing shopping and try to figure out this whole layers thing because that is definitely what I am needing right about now.

Also, does anyone else get extremely hungry when the weather gets colder? Because I just feel like eating EVERYTHING. It doesn’t matter what it is. I just chowed down on an apple and some peanut butter. I just want to eat constantly. So I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this? Or maybe I am just crazy.

Luckily I will be getting one last taste of summer because the husband and I are going on an epic road trip starting Thursday! My brother and his wife are having a baby shower on Saturday at their  home in Virginia Beach, and we have decided to go down and celebrate! Yee haw! I am so excited to get to hang out with my brother! But it is going to be a very long trip… 14+ hours hanging out with my love! Hopefully it won’t be too traumatic. I don’t have a lot of city driving experience. There is going to be a lot of coffee and 80’s rock. Be excited!

So here are some pictures of what I have been eating and seeing lately!

Look at the leaves!

350 Calories of vegetarian nacho goodness!

I tried this new fruit bar! It was actually really tasty!

Now can people give me some suggestions for some yummy but healthy road trip food?