I had an awesome Friday! I’m here to tell you all about it.

First of all, I am SORE!! Remember I said I was trying new things and making a good choice every day? Read more on that here.

Anyway, I met my personal trainer for the first time on Thursday – she is PHENOMENAL and super patient with me. She has helped with biggest loser challenges at the wellness center and overall shares her talent and love for fitness with everyone which I think is just so cool. We just went through some basic sets, 45 seconds of work/reps and then a 15 second rest. She helped me with my form to make sure I wasn’t “cheating” and I was working the right muscle group. We met for about an hour, I had to lay down for a bit in there because I honestly hadn’t pushed myself that hard in years. So today, I am FEELING IT.

Bright and early, Gannon had a follow up with the Ear nose and throat specialist to see if he needs to get tubes back in. His hearing is good, no fluid behind the ears, but both tubes that were placed in February are out. Did you know tubes only last about that long? That’s why carver needed so many sets.

Mom tagged along to get her COVID swab before her colonoscopy next week. I got us both a chai tea latte from the new Starbucks in hyvee. You can read more on my healthy grocery haul here.

We stopped at a few of my favorite stores – Decorah is such a cute town and I LOVE their local “makers market” called Rendered Unique. I was eyeing this GORGEOUS cabinet in the store:

Then Gannon and I headed home and snack on my new favorite ice cream:

And he found my sunglasses…

and we took a nap because I was scheduled to work tonight. I was just about to walk out the door when I got a text that said I’m “mandatory flex” which means I’m on call and they don’t need me to come in right now. AWESOME! I get to spend the night with my boys! And that also means that I don’t have to sleep all day tomorrow!

Which is GOOD because I’m pretty far behind on housework with all of Gannons appointments and my orthodontist appointment earlier this week. Laundry needs some help and I just don’t get to see Carver as much as I’d like now that he is in school. So I’m glad to have a night off.

We decided to go on a walk with mom. Carver rode his bike, we stopped at the park, we chatted with some neighbors. Carver helped my moms neighbors clean up pine cones (always looking for work!)

and we all had a grand old time! We stopped to say hi to our friend Marlene, Waucoma’s city clerk who was working late. Carver was saying hi to EVERYONE including the smokers outside of the bar ?? we gotta home and he said “mom, that was such a great walk.” I agree Carv.

So overall, we had a great Friday and I hope tomorrow is a productive day and I so hope I’m not so sore! I can’t wait to see my progress with my fitness!



  1. Ellie
    October 3, 2020 / 4:55 pm

    Congratulations on working with a trainer! I’m sure you will find that very helpful as you work on developing a healthy lifestyle. Most of us know what to do but seeing someone and being accountable makes a big difference.

    Glad you had a night off to relax, spend time with your mom and Carver just being together.

  2. Bonnie Lippincott
    October 3, 2020 / 6:27 pm

    I love reading your blog! It’s so refreshing to read about every day life in the Midwest. I came from your moms blog and I love both blogs.

    My only problem is the typeface you are using. It is such a light gray. It is really hard to read. But I keep reading.!

    • Jan
      October 3, 2020 / 9:22 pm

      I totally agree with the light gray being very hard to read.

    • pam
      October 3, 2020 / 10:26 pm

      I agree. Unfortunately lots of blogs and message boards are going to the light gray for some reason.

  3. Sally
    October 3, 2020 / 6:35 pm

    I was wondering about Gannon. Has his fever subsided? Last we heard he was screaming so much and had fever for 8 days and his white blood cell count was very low. Did they say “yes” to tubes again? Sorry, but I still feel like his grandmother. ❤️

  4. Helen A
    October 3, 2020 / 9:08 pm

    That’s a wonderful post! I’m so glad you all had a wonderful Friday 😀

  5. Sally A warren
    October 3, 2020 / 11:19 pm

    I meant to also say “yay” for taking the next step and getting started with a trainer! It’s amazing what a difference it can make to have someone making sure you are doing everything correctly from the start. I enjoyed your healthy snacks discussion. I am proud of myself for preferring frozen yogurt over ice cream!!Kalissa, your second “flashback” post (about your dad’s last few days) ……has me wiping the tears.

  6. Kim J LeMere
    October 4, 2020 / 5:03 am

    Having a personnel trainer can make you keep on task and on track, good for you. I used one for 3 years and was really made to be accountable. I’m so glad you took advantage of the good weather and walked you cute town, the days are limited for sure. Our son needed tubes numerous times after his ears healed and his tubes fell out, maybe that what happened with Gannon. Glad he is better.

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