I could have blogged about…

by Jen on November 13, 2012

I have a million and one topic ideas in my head right now…

- Stress and your stomach
- How to become a yoga teacher
- How to break into group fitness/personal training
- WTF is wrong with 2012 and why does everyone seem to be dealing with major shit?
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course review
- Taking care of you so you can be there for others
- CrossFit as cross training
- The CrossFit causes injuries myth
- TONS of yoga related topics

The list goes on and on and on.

But for tonight, the paint drama continues. I finally heeded some of your advice and painted onto white walls. Game changing. Thank you for the suggestion.

Picture #1 is the paint directly on the dark walls (liveable green on the left, the other two have been ruled out), picture #2 is Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray up top and Sherwin Williams Liveable Green on the bottom. Picture # 3 is another swatch of liveable green. After swearing off green, I am kind of loving it now that it doesn’t look so minty. And now I’m considering repainting the living room and hall because the gray which was actually blue is NOT growing on me as I’d hoped. In the meantime, my painter thinks I’m certifiably crazy and is texting and calling for updates on whether or not I’ve made up my mind.

Dinners have been equally as crazy as my paint selection process given that I have not restocked after the great pantry/fridge/freezer sweep of 2012. Last night I sauteed chicken, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and chick peas with olive oil and vegetable broth and ate it over spinach with parmesan. Random. Delicious.

I’m kind of proud of tonight’s random concoction. I had a box of Far East Basil Pearled Cous Cous. I cooked it and then added to it 1/2 of an avocado pureed in the food processor with salt, olive oil and lemon juice for a spin on the popular creamy avocado pasta that’s been circulating the blog world. Then I mixed in a chopped up salmon patty from Whole Foods, fresh parsley and baby spinach. I topped it all with parmesan. It’s not the most beautiful dinner in the world but it sure did taste great.

Oh, and today I didn’t work out because I had my hair unexpectedly cut and colored. I called to make an appointment this morning and it was either come in today or wait for weeks. I hauled my booty over there ASAP. The situation with my hair could NOT wait for weeks. And who wants to work out after you’ve had your hair freshly colored, cut and blown out? That totally defeats the purpose. Even though I had absolutely nowhere to go tonight.

While at the salon I got into a lengthy discussion with my amazing stylist Jason (who also owns the salon and has been in the biz forever) about male v. female hair stylists. I shared with him that my favorite stylists have always been men because I feel like they never pressure me to cut my long hair and have so much more attention to detail. Also, I think you have to really love hair to be a guy who does hair versus a girl who sees it as an easy choice but doesn’t have a passion for it.

Jason shared a great point that for guys it’s like building something…you have to do it methodically and just right. He also talked about the whole communication issue between men and women and how guys get that sometimes we just need to bitch about something but god forbid they try to do anything about it or change it. So much psychology in cutting hair. It was a highly entertaining appointment.

Okay, that’s enough randomness for one night. My true colors shining through. ;)

 

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ashlee November 13, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Love your true colors especially the one about 2012.
You cut and color looks so cute! I agree about women hairstylist always trying to convince you to chop off your long hair. I also have put much thought into hairstylist and how to find a good one.

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2 Alaina November 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I love your hair! My stylist is a woman (Danielle) but she’s been cutting my hair for a couple years now so she really knows what I like and what will also look good with my face shape.

Your pearl couscous dish reminds me of a spinach risotto I had at a local Italian restaurant a while back. Ah, I can taste it now. :-P

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3 Marie November 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I agree about 2012! I love your hair! My stylist is female but I love her; she’s the only one who makes long hair look good and she never pushes me to cut it shorter. I’ve had the opposite experience with male stylists who put in tons of weird layers. Oh! I took my first BodyPump today and LOVED it! It was rough but I loved it. I had to go back and read your info post about it last night. :)

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4 Bridget November 13, 2012 at 10:56 pm

But, really, WTF IS wrong with 2012? I mean seriously. Haircut day for me, too, which is always a nice treat :)

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5 Ale November 13, 2012 at 11:47 pm

I really like your new haircut/colour. It makes your hair look silky and luxurious.
And pitching in on the whole paint situation, I personally think the Amazing Grey would be a better colour than the Liveable Green because it’ll be easier to coordinate with furniture. You can always accent a room with pillows/throws but a strong wall colour can throw things off… or make you redesign the room.

p.s. I really enjoyed how this post came together. It’s like organized chaos. ;)

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6 Addy @ Six-Kick Switch November 14, 2012 at 12:04 am

Ohhhh, you’re gonna hate me for saying so but I think I like the gray instead of the green (SW Amazing Gray?). It just looks warmer….and especially if its a bedroom, I feel like warmer is better. But that’s just me talking! Love your hair, as usual – it is a funny thing that hair salons instantly become a therapist’s office….

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7 Julie November 14, 2012 at 12:09 am

Love Salon 42…Jason is the master of color and has been cutting & coloring my hair for several years . Your hair looks great!

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8 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) November 14, 2012 at 6:32 am

Goshhhh you’re making me want to paint my entire house. It’s so mismatched! I probably just haven’t done it yet because I’m worse at picking paint colors than you are ;)

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9 Amy November 14, 2012 at 6:39 am

Amen to the 2012 comment!

Your hair looks gorgeous. I’m getting mine done next week and can’t wait!

I had left a comment on another post about a couple of your recipes I was trying. Happy to report the white chicken chili turned out so good! I know on your recipe you mentioned that you thought it could be fixed in the crock pot though you had never tried this. I made mine in the crock pot and I think it worked out just fine! Thanks so much for your recipes!

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10 Paige @ The Balancing Act November 14, 2012 at 8:10 am

Ooooh…I would definitely like to read about the stress/stomach connection and the CrossFit/injuries myth. Love this post, too, of course! :)

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11 Steph November 14, 2012 at 8:32 am

Well, I won’t be much help with your paint drama, but your hair looks great! I would love to hear about how to break into group fitness/personal training, especially if you know anything about getting into it from a completely different career path. Like…I have an engineering degree but would really rather pursue a career that I’m passionate about rather than something that I’m ok at but totally sucks.

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12 Julie November 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

Love the cut/color, & I always look forward to yogaaaaaaaaaaaaa posts so bring them on! :)

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13 Kira November 14, 2012 at 11:32 am

I just painted my bedroom Behr Valley Mist and LOVE it. It’s the perfect balance of green, blue and grey in my opinion. Super calming and just beautiful — looks similar to your Livable Green with just a little less green! Sorry to add to more paint chaos in your life!

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14 Laura @ LauraLikesDesign November 14, 2012 at 11:38 am

I would love to read your take on stress and the stomach!

Your hair looks so pretty! Nothing like a fresh ‘do!

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15 Grace @ Practicing Grace November 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Your 2012 comment and the salon scene are hilarious!! I always dress up and put makeup on for my hair appt–I feel like the male salon owner judges my outfits. Adding avocado is a great idea–I’m doing that for my quinoa soon!

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16 Audrey @ Healthy Auds N' Ends November 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Ahh Jen, you seriously are an inspiration for making more creative and delicious meals! Both of those dinners sound delicious. Also, I’m already so excited for your upcoming posts about any and all of the topics you mentioned at the beginning of this post!

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17 Carmen November 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm

2012…so true, the year of drama it seems!

I’d love to read what you have to say about breaking into the fitness industry/yoga teaching from a completely different career. It is time for a change for me and this is something I would love to be able to consider.

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18 She Rocks Fitness November 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm

OMG I totally agree with you on all the shit that is going on in the world right now! It’s like one thing after another and it sometimes is emotionally/physically exhausting. I know I should be so grateful for all that I have, but sometimes we have our moments and November is one of those moments. :)

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19 Hayley @ Running Down the Runway November 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I think the happiest day of my life will be January 1, 2013. This year has been awful!

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20 jennyv November 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

The best stylist I ever had was male! He said he got into hair by default — he actually had been going to art school and into sculpture. Somehow he found his way to the world of hair and he’s phenomenal!

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21 Angie King November 14, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Can’t go wrong with Amazing Gray. My kitchen cabinets are actually this color!!! Love reading your blog and especially love seeing what you eat every day. Overnight oats, my fav!!!

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22 Bethany November 15, 2012 at 10:35 am

Stress and your stomach
- WTF is wrong with 2012 and why does everyone seem to be dealing with major shit?
- Taking care of you so you can be there for others

these are all topics that should DEFINITELY be addressed in future posts! :)

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23 LeAnne November 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Um..yeah…2012 has kinda sucked! Please blog about stress and the stomach – I am a firm believer they are linked, and am always looking for ways to control one…so the other doesn’t get flared up! Cute hair btw :)

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24 SK November 28, 2012 at 3:13 am

I would love to read about breaking into the fitness industry in group exercise/personal training. Hearing about the crossfit causes injuries would be good to read as well.

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