When I Feel My Dumbest

I love my George Foreman. The grill gets so much use in the winter time.

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Last night I “grilled” up some salmon on it, making a little tray out of tinfoil for my grilling vehicle. I also grilled a steak for Shane.

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It turned out great! Perfectly cooked, and paired with some honey mustard sauce made from Greek yogurt, honey, and spicy brown mustard.

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Alongside some roasted broccoli and cauliflower, it was a very tasty dinner.

Workout & Breakfast

This morning I crawled out of bed, coffee’d, BCAA’d and headed to the gym for some sprints. I was actually quite sore from yesterday’s workout, so took my time warming up with some walking and then jogging for a good 15 minutes.

Then, I completed this workout, and did about 10 sprints in between easy jogging to get in my intense cardio for workout for the work week.

Back home, I refueled with a cherry smoothie:

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This contained milk, vanilla Jay Robb protein powder, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 c. frozen dark cherries, ice, and then topped with almond meal. Delicious.

From breakfast to a little conversation I had with my mom yesterday…

When I Feel My Dumbest

I’m one of those people who talks to my mom nearly every single day – at least every other day. On my way to and from work, I have a solid 20 minutes of no interruptions, and if I’m not listening to CNN radio, then I’m likely on the phone with my mom or a friend.

Yesterday on my way home from work, we got to talking leaving ridiculous voicemails. I proclaimed myself the worst voicemailer in the history of the universe. I swear, I feel my dumbest after leaving goofy, rambling voicemails.

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They typically start with an excited greeting “Hiiiii, __(insert name)__! It’s me Paige” then go on to continuous rambling for a minute or so, before finally making my point, and then rounding it out with a zinger like, “so, ummm, just call me back when you can! Ok! Thanks! Ok byyyye!”

Yeah, notsoswift.  There are some times after I leave a voicemail where I just shake my head in shame. Luckily, these fly off the seat of my pants voicemails are usually left on friends and family’s message systems. I tend to rehearse if it’s going to be important, and even then can’t make any promises Winking smile

Also – this makes me completely aware of those who leave good voicemails, and I’ve been known to actually compliment people who I hear leave awesome voicemail messages.

Please tell me I’m not alone on this.

OK, I need to go boost my confidence again. I suppose my workplace is a good place to get that job done, so I should probably go get ready. Have a good one!

Are you good at leaving voicemails? If so, teach me your ways, oh wise one!

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Comments

  1. I’m eating Jay Robb in my oatmeal as I type haha..I love it!

    I’m the most AWKWARD at leaving voicemails! It’s bad..I ramble and never know how to end a conversation with myself. I mean, the mailbox. It’s bad! You may have found your match with the most awkward VM person ever hahah

  2. I am not the best at voice mails either! I get nervous and sometimes forget why I called. If it is important or work related I definitely write it down or go in with a plan.

  3. I feel your pain – I can be incredibly awkward on the phone!

    That cherry smoothie sounds amazing – I haven’t had cherries for way too long!

  4. HA! The only reason I’m a decent vmail leaver is because I have to do it a lot for work so I can put on the professional “tone” for stuff like that. BUT – when I”m calling a friend? All bets are off, oddly enough. My vmails are always like sooooooo…..anywayyyyy. haha.

  5. I talk to my Mom almost every day too :) I used to call it when coming home from work but now we have a distracted driving law, which means no cell phones while driving!
    I hate leaving voicemail, and rarely do – probably cause I hate getting it too.. No reason really, I am just odd ;)

  6. I hate leaving voicemails! My husband makes fun of me all the time if he hears me leaving one. Apparently my voice goes up an octave or two and I sound like a flaky, teenager. Awesome.

  7. Here’s a quirky thing about me… at work, I am the QUEEN of professional voicemails. It’s a skill.

    At home when calling friends? Uh. I ramble on and on about stupid stuff and cut myself off by ending it with a question-like statement or just trailing off… it’s so bad!

    • Exactly!! If I’m calling clients for training or managers at the office, I’m fine. But calling friends? Yeah, all of the sudden it’s a 2 minute message about NOTHING.

  8. eh, just leave a text saying you called. problem solved!!

  9. I suck at leaving messages – and I talk real fast so I have to try to remember to say my phone number. Twice.

    Fail.

  10. Hahahaha I leave the WORST voicemails! I always sound like an idiot.

  11. I’m very bad at leaving voicemails! I don’t have to do it often but hate leaving them when someone else is listening. It’s like I get nervous about my voicemail “performance”! I’m always wondering if they are judging me for stumbling over my words as I leave the voicemail and that makes me more nervous and rambling haha.

    That honey mustard sauce sounds amazing with the salmon!

  12. I talk to my family every single day since we live on opposite sides of the country. When I leave voicemails it’s usually in a funny voice that way no matter what I say it sounds silly :)

  13. I used to be awful, but now that I talk on the phone all day at work, I’ve gotten a lot better. Trust me one too many people don’t repeat their phone number or don’t say who they work for and you learn quickly what to say in a VM.

  14. I’m alsoooo quite bad at leaving non-awkward messages! Haha

  15. I have this ridiculous, and completely irrational fear of the phone. Calling people I don’t know gives me anxiety, so leaving voicemails is pretty much my nightmare. I can’t even explain how much I love the glory that is the text message. Sadly at work I can’t text customers, so I have to leave a ton of voicemails and if I don’t think about what I’m going to say first, it winds up being complete nonsense. I’ve started leaving my cell number before instead of the office one. Thats embarassing.

  16. I hate leaving voicemails, but try to keep them succinct. Mine are normally: “Hi Name! This is Deva – I was calling to see how you have been. Today I can chat before X or after X so if you can, give me a call back! Bye!”

    Sometimes, I add a personal note: “I miss you – it’s been forever!” and sometimes I don’t.

  17. I’m not a fan of talking on the phone, period. And leaving a VM makes me so anxious. I have to do it all the time at work and tend to write down my points before calling because otherwise who knows where I’ll end up going or saying? Awful.

  18. i LOVE my george foreman too! like you said, especially during the winter months. in fact, salmon is on the menu for dinner tonight… i might just have to grill it on the foreman! ;)

  19. My George Foreman saves me as a college kid, I love it! I am the worst voicemail leaver… it’s such a circular conversation every single time!

  20. That smoothie looks incredible- hey, wanna drive up to Chicago and make me one? I’m not great at leaving voicemails either. I’m actually really good at them when I’m at work, but I tend to leave really stupid voicemails for friends. I’ve come to accept it.

  21. Glad to hear I’m not the only awkward message leaver. I often forget to leave a call back number so I have to call again. So the lucky person gets too messages!

  22. I love Jay Robb protein powder (the egg white especially) and you are the first blogger I’ve come across that has ever mentioned it! Hooray!

    I am definitely not good at voicemails- but try to keep them short. There’s usually a few “ums” in there. My mom is the worst- her v/ms are always a few minutes long… get to the point already! :)

    • Really?! I love the taste! I’ve never tried the egg white one. I loved the brown rice one before it cbecame discontinued though.

  23. Ahhh I am the same way!! I’m so glad to hear there’s someone in the same boat!

    One time I left a voicemail to let my job know I was quitting (I don’t know what I was thinking. I was in high school) and at the end of the message, I said, “Thank you, Michelle” (my name is Michelle)… like I was signing a letter or something. No clue. I always feel like an idiot after leaving a voicemail and want to go back and erase it.

  24. I feel the same way about leaving voicemail’s. It’s like every bit of knowledge I have about a proper sentence leaves me. So I just don’t do it! ; )

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