Tuesday Time!

Happy Tuesday my friends!

First off, I want to start off this post by saying how proud I am of my good friend, Alex, for telling her story of growing up with, getting treatment for and recovering from anorexia. I’m also honored to be able to tell her story. If you haven’t seen the first two posts, you can visit them at the link below. Part 3 will be posted on Thursday.

Growing Up Alex series

So, little update in my world. Tomorrow will be a “What’s On My Mind Wednesday” post, so today will be more of a “This Is What Is Going On Today and this Past Weekend”

1. If you didn’t know, it’s going to snow tomorrow. IT’S MARCH 25TH and it’s going to snow. There is something wrong with this picture. I know it’s not unheard of, but still. It’s almost April. Not cool mother nature. Not cool.

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2. Sam Summer is out. This made me extremely happy. And also a bit sad, because it’s not quite warm enough to enjoy one in the sun. However, I will happily enjoy one in bed, while reading a book until it gets warm out. Also – “The Bean Trees” was quite good. I can’t believe I never read anything by Barbara Kingsolver before this book.

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3. Butter Pecan Iced Coffee is also back at Dunkin’ Donuts. This also has made me really happy. It has not made my wallet so happy though. Oh well. A minor splurge this week… then back to buying coffee on Fridays only.

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4. It may not be warm yet, but it’s the perfect time of year for a walk on the beach. Which I did on Saturday with my mom. No tourists yet. :::sigh::: I love living by the water. It’s my happy place (besides the barn of course).

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And that is all for today. Stay tuned – tomorrow is “What’s On My Mind Wednesday”!

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What’s On My Mind Wednesday

Yep – I am introducing a new ‘weekly’ (I say that loosely) post. Essentially, it’s an update post with a fun title and a little of what’s going on in my head. There are always lots of things going through my head so it will be a way for me to express it. Off we go!

My foot: Yes, this has made a regular appearance on the blog since September. And hopefully soon, the appearance of the issues will disappear and be replaced with happy exercise and possibly even running posts! Keep those fingers (and toes) crossed for being pain-free within a week! Why you ask? I went to my ortho yesterday and he gave me a cortisone shot.

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I knew this was probably going to happen since last week, and I was essentially dreading it since the moment I decided to do it. I’ve heard horror stories about the shot itself, but how much they helped in the end. So I prepped myself for the pain about to come my way. And the dreaded needle that was to be inserted into the joint of my foot. I hate needles.

Lucky for me, I didn’t feel a thing. And the so-called ‘giant needle’ was teeny. Like the smallest needle I’ve ever seen. Honestly, my foot pain has been worse than that shot.

So today, it’s turning all kinds of fun colors. It’s sore, but not the same kind of sore it’s been. It’s definitely more of a ‘you had a needle jammed into your foot’ sore. But this morning was the first morning since September, that I didn’t wake up and hobble to the kitchen because of how stiff and sore my foot was. I started to hobble, out of habit, and then realized that I had no pain. It was stiff, but not hurting. My morning immediately got awesome because for the first time in six months, I could see a light at the end of the tunnel.

And for the record, I’ve been diagonsed with synovitis.

Missing Malayasian Jet: I’m sure this is on most of your minds. This story fascinates me. And not in a good way. I’m GLUED to the reports. I’m anxiously awaiting news that SOMETHING was found. I just can’t wrap my head around how a jet carrying over 230 people can just disappear without a trace. I know things happen and it can cause a plane to disintegrate or crash, but wouldn’t they have found SOMETHING by now?! Anyways, my thoughts are with all those involved. It’s a horrible situation and I pray that they have answers soon.

Spring: I need spring. I need warm weather. I need the sun. It was 55 here yesterday. And I was practically ready to bust out the flip flops and shorts. (Okay, maybe not the shorts.) I had my sunroof open and let the sun just beat in on me. I felt so rejuvenated and happy yesterday. I caught an amazing sunrise on the way to work, and it was just a good day.

Copyright: eryn e photography; please no stealing

Copyright: eryn e photography; please no stealing

Today it’s back in the thirties and we’re supposedly getting 1-3 inches of snow overnight. It’s raining now. I want the sun back.

Books: No words needed. This book is available 4/1. You should pre-order it. It’s pretty awesome.

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Fashion by Mayhem: If you haven’t seen this blog or Instagram, check it out. I’m kind of in love with it. This little girl is amazing, and probably a future fashion designer. I just hope when she makes it big someday she continues to use Mayhem as her name. It’s pretty awesome. They’ve been featured on Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Today, among others. Below is one of my favorites… I did a screenshot of their IG page, but make sure you go check them out for yourself. They are amazing.

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Tropical vacation vision board dress – LOVE

Instagram: If you didn’t know, I love social media. So much, in fact, that along with my Master’s in Marketing, I have a graduate certificate in social media marketing. Unfortunately, Instagram was still pretty new to the game when I got my degree, and we focused more on Facebook and Twitter.

Needless to say, I’m trying to learn as much as possible as marketing successfully on Instagram, both professionally and personally. My personal one is a lot like this blog, just a glimpse at my life (it’s to the right of this post), but I still try to post things on their that people would enjoy seeing. I want pretty, whimsical and fun things on there, but can never achieve the effect I see on others.

Any ways, my current goal is to build my own personal Instagram up. I love it, and it’s easily become my favorite social media tool. I’m always working to build my professional (work) one. I would love to hear any thoughts/suggestions/ideas you have for both! I’m not a fan of doing the ‘follow4follow’, ‘like4like’ on my work page, so but haven’t tried it on my personal.

Also – I can’t stand the people that follow you, just to have you follow them back, and once you follow them, they promptly unfollow you…..

If you follow me, please don’t unfollow me once I follow you. It’s just rude. And totally spammy. (Rant over.)

If anyone has any thoughts/suggestions/ideas, please comment below. Would love to hear your thoughts.

PS – Follow me at erynecarter06 – I usually follow back.

Okay, What’s On My Mind Wednesday is officially over. 🙂

Feet, Activity, GF and Books – A Round Up

Well hi there!

I figured I would do a little update post today as opposed to a ranting post, a learning post or a post about someone else. I mean, this is after all a look into my world! I mean, I do the other posts because let’s face it, my life is pretty ho-hum every day. I have the same routine for the most part – get up, go to work, go to the gym/work out (if I don’t do it in the AM), eat dinner, go to bed and do it all over again the next day. Hence why I try to throw some different things in the blog!

Update time.

The foot: If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, then you would know that I’ve been fighting a foot injury since September ’13. I was diagnosed with metatarsalgia, a possible neuroma, and finally a stress fracture. After nearly 3 months a boot, and not feeling any better, I moved to see an orthopedic and began following a new treatment plan. He felt it wasn’t a stress fracture and just an overuse injury, and prescribed PT and orthotics. Since I can’t really afford orthotics, I bought regular inserts to help with the issue.

I’ve been in physical therapy for just about a month, and unfortunately, there is has been no improvement. We’ve tried stretching twice a day, heat, ice, ultrasound, elec stim and massage. I get temporarily relief day of, but then the pain comes back. Thankfully (or maybe not…) the pain has localized, and PT is thinking it’s a inflammation issue. I go back to the doctor next week and we can start working on the next steps. I REALLLYYYY don’t want to get into cortisone shots if I don’t have too, so I’m hoping he will suggest something else. I guess we will see! I mean, if he thinks it will help, obviously I’m going to probably do it.

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The view from my table this AM.

The good news with all of this is I haven’t been letting the pain keep from being active. I’m still going to the gym, but just doing the elliptical, arc trainer or bike, and still riding when I can (as long as the pain isn’t bad). I think at this point, if I couldn’t be doing something, I would be going crazy. And having the 100 Days of Active is keeping me motivated too!

And that leads me too…

100 Days of Active: So far…. I have completed, 4 days out of the 100. Thankfully I figured out that it was like 110 days to my birthday, so it gave me a couple of days to play with. Unfortunately, I was already negotiating my own goal on day 2…. but now I’m getting into my groove. Today will be day 5 with 104 days until my birthday! I was hoping to ride tonight, but with the foot pain pretty bad today, looks like I’ll be doing my laps at the grocery store with some pilates when I get home!

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Last night’s work out. My goal is always to do a 5K on the elliptical. I’ve been doing them in just about 37 minutes. Last night I did it in 35! (My HRM went a little longer than the workout!)

Gluten-Free: Two words that seem to be everywhere these days. And as of this week, I guess I can add it to the list of things about me too. Yep, I’ve gone GF. Well, I’m trying.  It’s only really day 1, since I ate a ravioli yesterday (and proceeded to die after),

After a lot of trial and error, it appears that I have a sensitivity to gluten. To the point that when I eat things with it, I pretty much feel like I’m dying. So I’m trying to stay away from it. Which is hard. Because I love bread, bagels, crackers, cookies, pizza, calzones, beer…. pretty much all things gluten. But I know if I really do have an intolerance, I’m only going to feel better. So that’s my focus. Thankfully, there are so many good GF foods and recipes out there now… it’s become so common that it’s easy to handle these days. I’m just completely overwhelmed right now, but hoping I’ll feel less that way as the days go on. I know my body already feels less bloated and angry. So that’s a win!

Last night's dinner - Tuna with sriacha, celery and tomatoes on lettuce with a dill pickle on the side!

Last night’s dinner – Tuna with sriacha, celery and tomatoes on lettuce with a dill pickle on the side!

eryn e photography: I never post photo business updates here anymore, but it is part of my world, so here you go. I’m excited for my 3rd year in business and I’m hoping this will turn out to be my busiest year yet. I’m already starting to book up, and I’m excited to expand my client base. Having said that, if you read this and are in the MA/NH/ME area, and are interested in having photos done, I’d love to chat with you! You can visit my website for more information, e-mail me, or leave me a message in the comments and I’ll get back to you. I’m also running mini-sessions on May 4th in Newburyport if anyone is interested (see flyer below!)

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E-mail me if interested and in the area!

Book Goal: I’ve read 18 books out of my 100 goal. I’m on book 19 now. If I keep this up, I’ll definitely make 100 books by the end of 2014. Check one more thing off of my bucket list. I’m currently reading ‘The Man Who Left‘ by Theresa Weir. If you ever want to keep up with things I’m reading, feel free to friend me on GoodReads! My goal on there says I’m behind, but it’s because a couple of books I’ve read I couldn’t find on GoodReads.

Alright, I think that’s good on the updates.

Have a wonderful day!

Eryn

Book Review Day!

I love books. Seriously, it’s a problem. I’m always reading. When I’m not reading, I’m usually editing photos from a recent photography session. When I’m not doing that, I’m either sleeping, exercising (when I’m not injured), and/or spending time with my fiancé. I’m pretty sure a good portion of my salary goes to books (and clothes!), but I’d say that’s a pretty okay thing to be spending my hard-earned money on!

Last year I read 83 books. My goal for 2013 is 100. I’m semi-on track, but let’s just say I need to cruise through about 40 books before December 31st. If this injury keeps up, I probably won’t have too hard of a time reaching that goal. One of things I’m most excited about with the reinstatement of the blog (one of many!) is book reviews! Maybe not always a review of sorts, but perhaps a quick “I’m reading :insert book name here:” or a “Just finished :insert book name here: by :author’s name: and it was ______”. Anyways, you catch my drift.

First up, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Now, I read this my junior year of high school (10 years ago!) and when it popped up on Barnes and Noble for like $.99, I couldn’t help but purchase and re-read.

In my opinion, “The Great Gatsby” may be one of the greatest pieces of fiction ever written. I loved it the first time I read it and enjoyed it the second time. The synopsis below was based off of the write-up on GoodReads.

Set during the Jazz era of America in the 1920’s,  the story focuses on Jay Gatsby, a wealthy, self-made millionaire,  who met Daisy Buchanan before leaving for World War I. The book takes place 5 years later after Gatsby returns, purchases a lavish Mansion in West Egg on Long Island Sound, directly across the sound from Daisy Buchanan’s home with her now husband Tom.  Daisy’s husband Tom is  a bully, yet extremely rich and Gatsby devotes himself  to the pursuit of Daisy.  To do so, he would throw lavish parties at his mansion and wait for her to appear.  (Source)

This book is just an oldie, but a goodie. It ranks up there with “The Grapes of Wrath” and “The Catcher in the Rye” for me. Every now and then, I love a good American classic and this one just hit the spot for me. I made me want to jump back in time to the good old days of Jazz, lavish parties and big fancy dresses. Since I was child, I’ve been mesmerized by that lifestyle and have always loved reading about it. Even now as an adult, I love visiting the mansions in Newport, Rhode Island because it reminds of an bygone era. I WISH we still had parties like that!

Anyways, despite enjoying it, I had moments where I felt it could have moved a bit faster. 3 ½ stars  in my book!

If you ever wonder what I’m currently reading, make sure to check out the ‘GoodReads’ side bar. I keep it as up to date as possible!