Archive for May, 2011

can we do it all

Monday May 30, 2011

Can we do it all?

And do it all, at once?

The jury is still out on that point, but here’s hoping we can.

Maybe not all perfectly — but doesn’t everyone say perfection is overrated?

Here’s to trying.

Trying to do it all.

At once.

And not all perfectly!

from now on, we will call them splurge days

Friday May 27, 2011

For seven weeks now, we’ve followed the 4 Hour Body/Slow Carb way of living. We’ve had a few splurge meals during the week (Pizza on the Farm, Punch Pizza last week with Stacy, Eden pizza to celebrate 25 years of Oprah…hmmm, sensing a pattern here – do we love PIZZA, or what?!) but for the most part we have been very strong willed about our plan. Our splurge days (not going to call them “cheat days” anymore because it sounds like we are doing something bad) – have been fabulous. We have really really enjoyed the freedom of the day. Last Saturday we got some bagels with honey walnut cream cheese (YUM) and had a date night at Broder’s Pasta Bar in South Minneapolis. It was a-m-a-z-i-n-g, decadent, and delicious. I had a lobster pasta and Jake had a morel mushroom pasta – incredible. Oh and the bread – did I forget to mention the bread?! Dipped in olive oil and asking for a second basket :) We went home full and satisfied and so happy.

Our meals during the week feel great. Lentils are our best friend – we eat them with every meal. I have an avocado a day during breakfast (best source of potassium). Our organic Schultz farm eggs for breakfast are tasty and easy. We have been roasting a whole chicken every Sunday and eating it throughout the week. We also have Thousand Hills grass fed beef burgers with pressed garlic and green onions on a lettuce “bun” and it tastes soooo delicious. When we want to skip the meat protein, we have zucchini “pasta” with an amazing garlic red sauce and it totally satisfies that pasta craving. Every meal has a vegetable – so we make grilled asparagus, or grab some snap peas, roast some onions and carrots, or steam some broccoli. We have been treating ourselves to some very dark 70-77% chocolate as well. Jake is obsessed with dark chocolate and I am really starting to like it as well. One square (or two) for a treat is okay with us. What else are we eating — oh yeah, Chipotle! No rice please but everything else is AOK. Also, a great snack is sprouted almonds. Crunchy, packed full of protein and oh yeah DELICIOUS. Try sprouted almonds, I guarantee you will love them. Also, I am totally drinking Skinnygirl margaritas (instead of wine) when the mood strikes me. Jake enjoys a beer every now and then.

This Saturday (splurge day) Ingman Photography has a huge and exciting wedding at The Walker and Jake is shooting with me! We are eating whatever the guests are eating for dinner, and we even get a wedding cupcake! Perfect. I’m going to pick up bagels again for our mid-morning snack.

In case you care and in case you don’t:

Anne’s starting weight: 139.9
Anne’s overall mood and attitude: Very poor, sad, and tired
Today’s weight: 130.9
Today’s overall mood and attitude: Very happy, optimistic, and fun

Exercise for me has been 1 hour of yoga a week, light arm exercises with 5 lbs weights, 40-120 air squats per day, maybe 20 sit-ups (maybe NOT), and walks with The Jude. With the weather being nicer it feels good to get outside and even is motivating when we need to be inside (basically, I am so glad spring and summer are here), I feel good. Jake climbs once or twice a week and has also been doing arm weights at home plus push-ups and sit-ups.

Jake’s starting weight: 180
Today’s weight: 170
Jake’s overall mood and attitude: Always better than Anne’s

That’s me, freaking out, as Ben describes my equipment to me (right before I climb a mountain) in Colorado last summer — just a fun tidbit about that climb, I cried, and Ben free climbed (no fear) alongside me to take photos. A true friend and brother. Thanks Ben!

p.s. As always, Jake is off in his own world, wondering how they construct belay devices, or something to that effect.

Until we chit chat again. Is anyone out there?

Dear Oprah

Wednesday May 25, 2011

Today, I cried. Oh, did I cry.

It was so heartfelt and so good.

Your life lessons, what you’ve learned. I could listen to you forever.

It felt like a love letter – to us, your viewers, and your loyal fans.

Oh, Oprah. I loved it. I love you.

For me, 4 to 5 will never be the same. And I’m having a hard time figuring out what am I going to do now that you are gone.

But I will take what you’ve inspired in me, just like you always say, When you know better, you do better.

And for that, and so much more – Thank You.

Love, Anne

basically, i was in a tornado

Wednesday May 25, 2011

Theodore Wirth Chalet

On Sunday I was shooting a wedding reception at Theodore Wirth Chalet in Nouth Minneapolis and had one of the most traumatic experiences of my life.

Basically, I was in a tornado.

Well, not exactly in it, but I could practically touch it. And I saw it coming right towards me.

I was in the Theodore Wirth Chalet, a local Blue Grass band is playing, bride and groom are dancing, and family and friends are dancing.

I am standing in the open doorway (because that is a wide open light source and I want to be in control of that area :), after shooting some dance photos I decide to turn around — and look outside.

All day the weather had been crazy — cloudy with powerful downpours of rain, then it would stop and was just normal cloudy and overcast.

As I am turned around, I looked up to see what I think are, birds. I think to myself, “That is strange, those birds look weird.” — I say to the guys next to me, “Look at those birds. Don’t they look strange? They are really high up.”

THEN (maybe a second later) I see what looks like a rectangle swirling around 1000 feet up, and I think to myself, “Wait, birds aren’t rectangular! That is NOT a bird. Is that stuff? Is that a THING???”  And then I say it all OUT LOUD, “That is STUFF. Is that a tornado? THAT IS A TORNADO.”

Random, quick thoughts inside my head, “Why am I just finding out about this right now? It is going to hit us? It really is going to hit us. What is it going to feel like when it hits us?”

I seriously thought the tornado was going to hit us and I couldn’t believe it.

No sirens. No warning. No one telling me to find safety.

Just Blue Grass playing and people dancing.

I turn around, and in that split second I see the fear on the faces of the guests, as they realize what is right outside.

And then the power goes OUT.

It is now crazy pouring outside and I am now officially scared.

Totally and completely freaked out.

I hear people saying “go to the basement” so I grab my camera bag and apparently in the second it took for me to grab my bag — everyone is already in the basement.

I suddenly feel very very alone.

Luckily I’m not – it’s just the groom, the guy that was standing next to me in the doorway, and me, and then I start to cry.

Because I am scared.

The groom is super sweet and grabs my hand and tells me it is going to be okay.

I believe him and we head to the basement.

I give Jake and very quick frantic call and tell him that I just saw a tornado and we are in the basement. I am shaking.

This tornado, that I saw with my very own eyes, ripped through North Minneapolis killing at least 2 people, tore the roofs off houses, took down many huge trees, and smashed countless cars.

I saw it. It was powerful. It was strong.

And it was so scary.

I can still replay the images and hear my thoughts over and over in my head.

It was so bizarre to be that close to it. So freakin’ CRAZY!

But I feel very lucky to be safe and that everyone in the Chalet was fine.

Mother Nature is one tough cookie!

To help support the rebuild efforts in my friends Kai and Tia’s North Minneapolis neighborhood please check out the very cool t-shirt they designed and organized as a fundraiser.

arlo is here

Monday May 23, 2011

Matt and Amanda had a baby boy and his name is, Arlo. Welcome to the world!