To tattoo or not to tattoo

My answer is always going to be to tattoo.

Had my first session for my sleeve on Wednesday. It was rough. I didn’t eat enough before I went because I had been running all morning between appointments and doing something for my parents. It just didn’t cross my mind that I needed to eat more than my normal granola bar and protein shake. I also wasn’t feeling 100%. I was just run down after the extended weekend. But we got the outline of the upper arm part done and started filling in the branches and leaves and it looks AMAZING. All of my anxiety is gone about it. I knew it was just nerves because I couldn’t picture it, but it looks sweet. This goes back to the “I can’t visualize things” issue I talked about recently. I’m glad I’m doing this. it’s going to look great.

I did realize today at the appointment that I’m starting to get to the point where I’m more tattooed than not. I mean, I’m not covered, but I’ve gotten a lot of work done this year. We were talking about things I want to do in the future and at one point he goes “oh, we can do this there,” to which I replied “won’t work – remember we put the Deathly Hallows on the other side of the arm,” and he’d just screw up his face and go “crap; I forgot about that.” I’m hoping to add to my left arm and meld all three pieces into a half sleeve. We’re going to have to talk and figure out how to make it work. Again, I know what I want, I just can’t picture how to make it work.

I’m trying to jump back on the diet and exercise bandwagon. I was doing so well, and then last weekend happened. One thing I really need to look into is curbing cravings after running. When I run in the morning I want to eat all. Day. Long. And I will eat anything in sight. I cleaned out my “snack drawer” at work, and making sure I’m taking a lot of things like fruit to snack on throughout the day rather than candy or even peanuts because I’ll blindly just eat if I have that kind of stuff in the drawer. We got a new fridge in the office so I’m thinking I may stock my “section” with some apples and oranges and berries. We currently have no food in the house because I never got to go grocery shopping, so unfortunately I have to buy lunch at work tomorrow. I’m going to edge toward a wrap that I can pile a lot of healthier stuff in rather than something like a grilled cheese with pepper jack and bacon (as good as that sounds). The grocery order this week is full of a lot of healthier options and I’m going to cook at home or prep as much as possible. And now that I’m not in closing hell, I’m going to hit the gym as hard as I can while it’s still open, all while looking into good at-home workouts past what I’m already doing, and look into acquiring some cold weather running gear so at least if I’m home during daylight hours I can go run at the county park that’s close by when and while I can. I can’t run at night as I have limited options in the evening (and it’ll be even colder when it’s dark), so I’m going to have to figure out what I can do, when I can do it.

I got a bunch of baking done yesterday and plan on doing more today – one thing I do for all of the people that we “employ” – hair dresser, tattoo artist, etc., our employees, and friends that don’t get “gifts,” I put cookie boxes together for for the holidays. I’m trying out a few new recipes this year, so we’ll see how these turn out. I’m not the taste-tester for the cookies, Mike is, so he’ll be happy to be home today while I’m baking up a storm. I’m going to try my hand at macarons again. I almost had it last time I tried to make them, but that was almost a year ago. There’s definitely a learning curve to those things, and they’re really unforgiving. But I’m bound and determined to get them right. I’ve got a few different flavor combinations that I’m looking forward to trying.

Baking is one of those things that I really enjoy doing for other people. I don’t eat the vast majority of things that I make, but I enjoy watching or knowing that people enjoy them. My family tends to make the same cookies year after year, and I enjoy experimenting and trying new things. I like learning new techniques and trying new things while they like the old standbys and don’t often deviate from the recipes that are 60 years old. Nothing wrong with that, but I get bored making the same thing year after year. Don’t get me wrong, I make things like chocolate chip and snickerdoodles every year, but I also like to hit the interweb and see what’s new that I haven’t tried, or what sounds interesting.

One major problem that I’m having this week is that I’m exhausted. At least two nights this week I’ve fallen asleep on the couch around 630-7, woken up around 10, and then am up for a few hours before I can fall back asleep. It sucks. And then, of course, the next day I’m tired. I actually asked Mike the other night if I had a fever just to check between that and being constantly cold when I’m at home. The absolute LAST THING I need right now is to be sick. At the end of the day, I’m just tired and cold. I hate winter.

I guess that’s it for today. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Stay safe, friends!

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