Praise the baby Jesus.

Thank the good Lord.

And all that.  I made it through another full week to MONDAY.

To be honest, these last 6 weeks have solidly kicked my ass.  Physically, mentally, emotionally, and for sure spiritually!  So to recap, I am in school full time (Macroeconomics, Business Communications, and Chemistry/Chemistry lab).  I work full time, teach 6-8 classes a week at Gold’s Gym and find time to kill it at Iron Tribe Fitness.  So.  There is a lot on my plate and I for sure have to practice to keep everything in perfect balance.  And it really is, as long as I stick to “the schedule” .  But the thing is.  I don’t like that.  I truly love being foot-loose and fancy free.  My old boss didn’t care if I took 2 hour lunches on Fridays, and I always appreciated that!  But now, I don’t get that luxury because Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, I have class on my lunch hour.  And Thursdays  I teach three fitness classes because that is what I want to do.

But readers, I really want you to know.  This is not a complaint.  I love my life.  I am doing EXACTLY what I want to do truly!  I want to be in school.  I want to teach fitness, and I want to have time to myself to workout on my own.  There are people who DON’T think I can do it all.  I have had a couple of people in the last week tell me that I am doing too much.  That I can’t possible be happy being this busy and something has to give.  And to those people, I say – Look.  I am doing what I want to. And when I am tired, I need you to say, you CAN do this instead of encouraging me to stop.  I feel that this year is going to be very rewarding because I AM putting in my time.  Being single allows me so much more to take advantage of without having to check in with anyone or schedule around two people.  Don’t get me wrong – I get lonely LOTS not having a partner in crime and most times at night for the 5 seconds before I fall asleep, but I have these really fabulous friends who share everything with me so those times of being lonely and left out are few and far between.

SO to update what has happened in the past month!

1) Sold my car (the excellent Volvo) and in the asking price, actually traded out for another car.  So.  I netted a few dollars, got out of a car payment AND got a cute car!  When I had originally tried to sell my car, I was sharing with someone that I wanted this EXACT transaction to happen.  Of course I was laughed at (its normal! People forget how determined I am) and it took about 6 months but I now own a Infiniti QX4 with 155,000 miles on it, one owner (who happened to be an attorney-father of someone I went to high school with). And – freed up some income.  Damn those car payments.  I am not sure that I will have one again!

2) I am moving (on Friday!).  Again.  Back to my side of town 😉  Its actually about 2 miles from where I own a house.  But I am not responsible for land-lording stuff/house ownership stuff which frees me up to maximize my time for other things.  Plus my new roomies are REALLY cute – my age, one has a fashion degree, the other a marketing degree (so our brains work!).  One does CrossFit and understands that side, the other is in Marketing so I feel connected that way!  Plus, I just had a great feeling about the two.  And I have a front porch!

3)  I have had three tests in three different classes.  It’s a good benchmark for me.  I am not sure I am going to get the 4.0 I was thinking of – instead my goal is becoming more about the actual degree and graduating.  Like just physically graduating.  This will for sure be a year of learning!

4) I am finding myself more beautiful.  I know that sounds SO conceited   I get it.  But I am actively trying to be more positive about myself.

5)  I have been eating Paleo for over a year now.  Best.  Change. Ever.  But I must tell you.  This is not a damn diet.  I’m not cutting calories, I am certainly NOT counting calories, I don’t write down what I eat and I don’t eat all day long.  I have a longer post coming up soon about this.  But I don’t think you can call something a “diet” if its just a way of eating.  I don’t eat dairy unless I am at a restaurant and feel like ordering it.  I don’t eat grains, legumes and stay far away from the sugar demon.  And it has taken a FULL YEAR but I don’t crave sugar like I used to.  For instance, yesterday I had a piece of cake – it was from Gia’s and had some buttercreme- caramel icing on it.  Small sliver, ate some of the cake and most of the icing and then that was enough.  I swear that my body is running so well right now that I can hear when it is full and has had enough SO clearly.


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the world as it is now

No, I WILL NOT talk about CFA except for to say that I am SO irritated by the “stand” most Christians have made. I am NOT going to be that ugly especially when I think that I don’t think that’s what was intended by CFA’s stance.  But they have made some big time dollars!  I believe that Jesus came to save all sinners.  And that all this ugly yelling to people is just that.  UGLY.


I am starting a new series today.  Called, Internet Dating.  I cannot talk about anything other than yes, I am on, and the CRAZINESS of people on here.  One Word.  CREEEEEEEPERS.  So, now I am enjoying my membership for what it is – CRAY CRAY entertainment in the biggest sense.  And Lawdy-Be – what is better than me sharing my experiences with you!


So there is a feature on called “winking”.  Basically its a way to let the other party know you are “interested” without putting any effort into it.  It annoys the CRAP out of me if people just “wink” and then don’t say a word.  It’s exactly like being whistled at on the street.  I’ve never understood why people don’t just use their WORDS.


So today’s email comes from “John Doe1”

He emailed you.

Yesterday at 3:48 PM
I’m like being direct to the point: I’m a complete package, so I’ve been told … looks, intelligence, personality, financially stable, fun and most importantly I know how to treat a woman!
And I REALLY wish I could show you a picture of this D-bag, but I just cannot.  Let’s just say he is 54, looks like a greasy Italian and is wearing a Gold Chain in his picture.  With his pot belly hanging out.
Something kinda like this…

Really JD1 – Complete Package?!  I cannot WAIT to meet you and know that you will pay all my bills.  Actually, do you think you could just write me a check and send it to my Post Office Box?  That would be great.  No, don’t worry about filling in the “Pay to the order of” Portion.  I will just fill that in myself…..

the book and THE BOOK

The Facebook, that is.  TOTAL love and hate for the social medium.  I mean, how many other websites can make as MANY changes as they have in the past 10 years, their users continue to HATE it, and yet, they still make millions, and are continuing to grow.  It is almost disgusting, right??

I swear I get off it, then get back on, then get off it again and hate it and then love it!  I ADORE it for my work at the gym – for reminding people of upcoming events, for asking friends on referrals of cleaning ladies and recipes and the newest movie out.  But I hate how obsessive I get over it!  And the FEELINGS hurt.  I swear.   I know I am not the only woman, because I have talked to other about it.  No, it’s not like I have to be invited to everything.  But it is ummmmm….I don’t think hurtful is the right word.  Unnerving? Bothersome? Catty??  When people check in and didn’t invite you.  And TRUST ME I am the queen of having parties and dinners and such things, so I GET intimate gatherings.  My thing is, why tag someone in it.  I KNOW I am guilty of it, and I hope I have never been so careless to hurt someone’s feelings, but do you see how I just spent 5 minutes writing about the emotions that a CHECK-IN on FACEBOOK CREATES??  yeah, so.  I am off it for now.

HOW I KNOW FACEBOOK HAS TAKEN OVER THE WORLD, or the annoyance of deactivating my account:
  • I no longer can sign into Spotify (You are REQUIRED to have the book)
  • I continue to miss events that are posted….sales, specials, lunches….ok ok ok.  So maybe being off of Facebook will help me save money!
  • My “discount” sites are COMPLETELY linked to the book.  So I had to email customer service to have it “unlinked”
  • I truly feel like people won’t know that I am teaching classes.  Even though I have taught for six years at the SAME GYM and 90% of my participants text me to let me know if they are or aren’t coming, etc.  And lo-and-behold I’ve taught 6 classes this week and had people at EVERY SINGLE ONE.

SO what is this chick doing with her spare time you ask?

  • Spending time in the Word – THE BOOK
  • Praying
  • Texting ALL of her friends (ok, so maybe that hasn’t changes)
  • Trying to get a better life plan together.  I am DYING to go to Nursing School.  Could you PU-LEASE buy my house so that I can make this happen?  K Thanks.
  • Cooked More
  • Trying to shake off the emotional habit of CARING about what everyone is doing at every single time.
  • Eating EXTRODINARY AMOUNTS OF WATERMELON.  Which probably has nothing to do with being off of Facebook, but it would REALLY help me if I could figure out a reason WHY I am eating so much of it.  Its.  Amazing.

brain candy




I kinda have this strange love for incredible trashy tv.

yup.  And, sometimes its things like this…

So last summer, when I was ALL SORTS of laid up in a bed and lived at my mom’s and my sister lived with me…She would come and visit and we would watch this show.  IT IS SO RIDICULOUS.  I mean.  SO RIDIC-U-LOUS.
I can’t help but drool over these under-aged hotties.  AND OMG.  And they are shirtless, like OMG all the time.  Plus the heroine (who can be SUCH a B) – it a total bad-a with weaponry.  So.  Yeah.  My name is Ruth and I am addicted to stupid, worthless brain candy.

Scouring the web this week I have found sites that will let you into that dark recess that is my mind.  Scary, yo.

  1. I know I am KINDA obsessed with Melicious….because she tots Kick-A.  And I want a standing desk.  And she makes really awesome mayo.  AND she’s absolutely gorgeous!  So, bookmark her, won’t you?
  2. The NEW Batman Trailer.  I mean like OMG WOOT WOOT. 
  3. Pine-Sol (just really because I like it.  Not because I search it all the time.)
  4. Umm have you heard of this new diet?  It’s totally awesome.  And VERY FACTUAL.  Please check out the Practitioners portion.Jasmuheen (born Ellen Greve) was a prominent advocate of breatharianism in the 1990s. She claimed “I can go for months and months without having anything at all other than a cup of tea. My body runs on a different kind of nourishment.” Interviewers found her house stocked with food.
  5. Ummmmmmmmm i know i know I KNOW.  Lululemon has SWIMSUITS.   Yet another reason to join Millionaire Matchmaker.
  6. This chick makes me laugh.  but MOSTLY because that DOG is killing me!  A Dog! With a Manuscript!  SHUTYOURFACESOFREAKINGCUTE.

prolonged and usually abnormal inability to get enough sleep

THAT is the Marrion-Webster definition of insomnia.


Let’s review a little scenario here.

  • Not working out for a week
  • Steroid shot
  • Steroid pack
  • Hydrocodone cough syrup for three days
  • NyQuil for stuffy nose, aches, pains, etc

What does that equal?


It equals THIS:

  1. Two restless dogs

  2. 3 loads of laundry
  3. One clean bathroom
  4. One clean pantry (no more un-Paleo foods)
  5. Empty and Filled Dishwasher
  6. 6 episodes of The IT Crowd (FLIPPING HYSTERICAL).
  7. Clean Sheets
  8. Clean Oven
  9. Clean Hallway
  10. Snack at 2:15a
  11. AND Every. SINGLE. PIECE of Grout and Tile in my kitchen floor has been cleaned with Pine-Sol and an old electric toothbrush

FAMOUS! {meeting Ree Drummond}

We got to meet Ree Drummond last night!!  YES THAT REE!  YES THAT ONE TOO!  Oh, I think I could probably find her a few places more, but that is all I can publicly admit to stalking her.

So, I have known she was coming to the ‘Ham for a while, but did not KNOW that Books-A-Million put on SUCH an organized show!

Facts about Book Signings at BAM:

1) Go the day before (or whenever you call and ask and they tell you!) To go get tickets to wait in line.  So you wait in line to get a ticket to wait in line.  Got that?  (Thanks Momma for waiting in line!)

2) Make SURE you have a post-it in the front of your book with your name or whoever it is that you want it signed to (I’m not sure she would just sign ANYTHING you put in there….But you know Ree pretty much goes with the flow).  (Thanks Momma for getting our cookbooks!)

3) Make SURE you have a receipt of buying the cookbook.  In this case, we had the sticker price on the front.  But they WILL CHECK IT.  (Thanks Momma for making sure they didn’t think we were thieving the books!)

4) Get in line.  Try not to think about how sweaty you just got teaching RPM.  Allow your momma and sister to tell you that you really DON’T look as bad as you think you do.  At least I had my cute Lululemon on!  (THANK YOU SO MUCH Momma for getting in line for me and Boo so we could just hop on in!)

5) Get book signed with REE and YOUR PICTURE DONE!  And then encourage your sister to ask her about Cowboy Josh, because he needs a Blonde from Birmingham to add to his Ranch Life!  (thanks MOMMA!)

6) Have dinner and allow your momma to pay.  Then order food that comes on the LARGEST SERVING DISH in the restaurant.

7) Wait, that last one is just for us 😉  And in case you couldn’t tell, we could not have been able to go if my dear sweet mother had not taken time out of her day to make it possible!  She also let my dogs out AND did my dishes yesterday!  She is THE BEST.

Ree was ABSOLUTELY GRACIOUS to everyone!  There may have been a woman in front of us who had a photo album of her 7+ Bassets, and a story and and and…And Ree did NOT blink.  She just is the sweetest to everyone!  I think we all wanted to shout, I think I could be your best friend!  We love you!  We didn’t 😉  But I wish she was our friend!

And I am thinking of sending Becca to Oklahoma to see if she can find Cowboy Josh….Anyone want to contribute???