Oh geez, I’ve signed up for a boot camp next week!  Roman McDonald of Birmingham’s Firm Body Boot Camps was kind enough to offer me a few sessions if I wrote about my experience here on The Jen West Quest.  It took me a few weeks to decide to do it, as I was very concerned about my knee injury from earlier this year.  Roman is very aware, since I’ve told him about 5,000 times now, and he is going to help me work around it if it becomes a problem.  My schedule is going to be next Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 6:30 a.m. in Homewood Park (but pa-lease, don’t come watch me…).  I will be sure to take photos and videos to document my experience.   I’m actually a little nervous about it, as I haven’t done any strength training in a looooooong time.  I guess you have to start somewhere.  And only someone like me starts a boot camp after bikini season is over with.  😀  In all honesty though, I’ve always been a big believer in getting fit for the winter as that’s when we are put in the most compromising situations with food.  That’s why I really like training for the Mercedes half or full marathon in February, as it requires you to start preparing during the holiday season.  Exercising when it’s cold outside is no fun, but when you have a goal it can be much easier and a lot more fun.  I am going to send Roman some fun Q&A questions for him to answer in my post for Friday morning, then first thing Monday I’m a changed woman forever.  Dun dun dun…

I think I love my bed too much, as I never seem to want to get out of it in the mornings.  Last night, I went to bed at a ridiculous time, 8:45, only to wake up at about 3:30 a.m. wide awake for about an hour.  I eventually fell back asleep and I’m still in it at 7:30 as I write this.  It’s just sooooo comfortable (even though it is on the short end).  I eat cereal in it, I read in it, I write my blog in it, I play on my laptop in it, I watch TV in it… just entirely too many things.  🙂  Or maybe it’s not such a bad thing that I have a place that brings me so much comfort.  I think the real issue is that I prefer to spend all of my time upstairs.  I literally don’t do anything in the bottom part of my mini home unless I have company over.  Since I spend all of my time upstairs, there is no where else to sit other than my bed.    So I need to either get more seating, or actually start hanging out in other parts of my home.  I don’t want my bed to become too associated with “awake” activities, because soon I feel like I won’t be able to sleep as well in it as well.

I have a strange feeling that I’m not going to live in this place for much longer than a year, two tops.  While I love it dearly, it feels very temporary for me… like a transitional place.  It’s like I am here just to rest sometimes.  I seem to write a lot about this little carriage house, more so than any other place I’ve ever lived.  It’s so simple, clean, quiet and welcoming.  I love it so much.  I swear you guys are going to get sick of hearing about it soon, if you aren’t already…