Wednesday, June 16, 2010


You may or may not know this about me. But, my passion is music. Once upon a time, I started taking lessons when I was in 1st grade. I kept this up until my senior year of high school. My teacher got me involved in several Piano Guild's and competitions. I even played for 2 weddings while I was in high school.

Then I went off to college.....

I had a music scholarship for trombone with the Wind Emsemble. This was great, but extremely time consuming. 3 hour rehearsals 3 times/week, plus sectional rehearsals 1/week. With nursing being the degree I was pursueing, I chose to quit band.

Not having access to a piano, I just kind of let go of it.

However, no matter what - upon visiting home -- my sister Lisa & I battle for "piano time". For we both have a strong love for playing piano!

Well, for the past year or so - this "loss" has been hard on me. Seriously. Every week in church, I cry real tears. I miss piano so much.


This weekend, we went to Phoenix for the Diamondback's game. We always go with Ryan's boss & wife. We stay at the house of a man who is a supplier to my husband's company. He has a gorgeous house filled with incredible antiques.

I happened to notice a beautiful, breath-takingly beautiful, piano. So I asked about it -- and QUITE the story goes along with this piano. The story will come another day on that one ;)

But he offered I play. Now, the piano hasn't been tuned in about 10 years. So needless to say, it didn't sound the greatest. So he pulled out an electric keyboard so I could put on a mini concert.

Well, that turned into -- 1 1/2 hours of me in the living room re-connecting with the piano and sipping wine. He was absolutely overjoyed to see someone taking appreciation. And Ryan was overjoyed to see me get back "in-touch" with an old love: the piano.

So, the next morning we packed up our stuff, and headed home. The whole drive, Ryan seemed very anxious to get home and unpack.................

I was dreading it.

Until we get home, and he says "Go in the house and unpack our bags - I need to work on something in the garage!"

....seemed odd....

Until I hear him yell, "Abby, come in the garage - I need help getting some stuff out of the trunk."

I come out to the garage to find the electronic keyboard, with about 10 books worth of piano music!!!

This surprise brought tears to my eyes!

So, I am in quite a happy place lately. After a tense, long day of clinicals -- it is incredible to come home and just "pound the ole' ivories"!!

It's not a real piano, but it's exactly what I need to get back into things!

So I am happy as a clam these days!

Wellness Wednesday: Don't "Leg" behind ;)

So today my Wellness Wednesday focus in legs! My favorite muscle in the whole body to work out!

Now, obviously running, biking, elipicalling it will tone your legs and burn fat. But, adding some weight/resistance training will really do it! Plus, if you get good muscle in your legs and butt? -- that will burn tons of calories! So here are a few of my favorites. It's my "garage leg burn-out". Meaning...I do all this in our garage.

1. Jump rope 100 jumps (regular jumps - both legs)
2. Skip jump rope x 60 (Right leg first)
3. Skip jump rope x 60 (Left Leg first
***The jump ropes get your calves & heart!
4. Lunges 15 each leg (3 times) - holding weight as tolerated
5. Resistance/stretchy band steps
   ***Place a stretchy resistance band around your ankles and walk side ways
   ***15 steps to the Right, 15 steps to the left
6. Squats + Shoulder Press (15 repititions x 3)
   ***Holding a bar or weights squat butt to the floor (knees directly over ankles)
   ***When standing back up, lift weights over your head straight up
7. Jump Squats (15 jumps x 3)
   ***squat butt to floor (ankles under knees), from sqaut - jump striaght up to ceiling explosively
8. Hamstring Curls (15 X 3 each leg)
    ***Get on hands and knees
    ***Place weight (about 10-20 lbs) inside knees and hold onto it
    ***pump foot towards the ceiling
9. Criss-Cross Jump
    ****Place jump-rope on floor in straight line
    ***Hope across the "line" left and right forwards and backwards X 5
10. Jump Ropes X 100

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ten On Tuesday

Ryan & I had a fantastic weekend. Recap-Post to comeWhich was essential! Especailly since this week we are currently experiencing is a rough one! I am taking a quick break for studying for some sanity, however - so here's my 10!

1. What would the title of your autobiography be?
Diaries of Dear Abby

2. What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever heard a child say or seen him/her do?
Oh jeez, there are so many comments my nephews have said that make me laugh. I don't even know where to start. All of them have their one liners that will never be forgotten!

*Tear*. I miss them sooo much!

3. What is your favorite kids game to play?
Hmm....I think I'm going to have to say Candyland. I just get excited about the different characters.
4. If you got invited to a potluck BBQ tomorrow, what would you bring?
I would whip up some home-made salsa or guacamole. And I would make some type of salad (either an interesting quinoa or taboulleh salad). If they wanted deserts, I would whip up either a key lime or Lemonade pie! (Which I will be attempting to do this weekend.)

5. If your ears are pierced, how old were you when you got your ears pierced?
I think I was in 3rd or 4th grade. Not positive, though.

6. If you were celebrating your 30th anniversary, where would you want to go?
Back to the resort where we had our Honeymoon - Cancun. Or Italy. Or a Hawiian Cruise.

7. What one blogger would you love to meet and why? And what would you want to plan to do with them?
I would love to meet up with Lisa Yarns. I'd plan a run around the Chain of Lakes in Minnesota, then we would get coffee, and maybe cook a fun dinner in and meet up with family OR go to Nami in Minneapolis for some sushi!

8. On a scale from 1-10, how good at you at home decor? (Pictures welcome.)
Probably like a 3-4. Let's not talk about home decor. My house is very bland. My kitchen is alright, it's cute. But the rest - very very bland. This house is being rented - so I have no ambition to spend money on decorating if we are only going to be here until like January! But when we have a home, then things will change and that number may increase.

9. Do you have good fingernails?
Now that I live in AZ, and not in the cold climates of ND - yes! My nails are strong and healthy. I can't have them too long because that just screams germs! (especially being in the hospital)

10. Pickles: Dill or sweet? Baby, spears, or chips? Plain or on a burger?
Sweet pickles are just wrong. Pickles, in my opinion, need to be strong and vinegary! I personally like not the baby/spears/chips - but the BIG dills. Mmm. I also like Jalepeno Baby Dills. I like them plain, on burger, on sandwich, on salad, on anything. I love pickles!