Friday, May 30, 2008
Right now, as I type, two little boys are squealing, yelping, and who knows what else upstairs behind a closed door in our "bonus" room. Guess who's not even concerned? Moi! Until I see blood I'm leaving them alone. I'm just thankful they're together and not around me at the moment. Am I a bad mother? Don't answer that! Have a great weekend!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
1- I became a crazy water consuming maniac. Now I've been through periods of drinking lots of water, but it had stopped. So I started drinking a lot. My poor Brita filters were/are doing a workout with me. To be green, I also refill water bottles so I know how much I am drinking, but have also tried to stop purchasing so many bottles. I've started buying the huge 3 qt/ 5.4 oz bottles to keep in the refrigerator. Anyway, my skin looks hydrated.
2- I STOPPED SNACKING. Now this is hard. I think we all tend to snack if we're bored. That's me. And I usually buy those 100 calorie snack packs, but who cares if you're downing 3 bags at a time! So, I just quit cold turkey. Now if I'm hungry I eat 4 or 5 smokehouse flavored Diamond almonds. Yummy. Good fat to consume, too. If I'm hungry making dinner, instead of sampling, I drink a full glass of water. I never skip breakfast anymore. This helps with a.m. snacking.
3- I cut out all soft drinks. My weakness is Diet Coke, albeit caffeine free DC. Carbonated drinks just aren't good for you. They do weird things to your stomach. So have not had one in 3-4 weeks.
4- I dusted off my 12 lb weights and started lifting weights for my skinny arms. I'm trying to tone this post birth body all around. I also go walking with the stroller or use my elliptical machine. I'm doing sit ups on my mega exercise ball as well. Now this feels like a losing battle because I think my stomach muscles are shot, but I'm trying... I feel so much better now that I'm exercising again. I used to be a runner and would like to eventually get back into this as well.
5- I have reduced my portions at meal time. This is a biggie. I think gradually I had been adding more and more food to my plate! I still cook relatively low fat as always (I substitute turkey for beef all the time), but I serve myself much smaller portions. AND I EAT SLOWER.
That's a biggie, too. My stomach doesn't feel like it's missing the extra food. I still indulge my sweet tooth, but I eat a 1/2 cup of ice cream instead of a cup or I eat a Weight Watcher's cookie or one of those fat-free chocolate pudding cups. I try to stop all eating by 7:30. But, the water consumption continues so I'm not tempted to grab a last minute snack at night.
All of these things I had heard/read somewhere or another and they have really helped. I have lost 8 pounds and have kept it off so far. It wasn't so much about the weight as it was the toning to me and just an overall 180 turn from what I had been doing. Try it. It may work for you, too!
I feel so much better about myself and about that bikini. Well, no, that's not happening, but my tankini and I are friends once more.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
1- My Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF-15. Goes on so smoothly and your skin drinks it in.
2- Birthdays! Other people's. Not mine! Happy Birthday 'Lil Brother! He lives in Frankfurt, Germany (looks like a Heineken he's holding) right now. He works for the US State Department stationed at US Consulate in Frankfurt (when he's not snowboarding in Austria, weekending in Rome, etc. Makes me sick with jealousy). Cheers Bro!
3- My boys.... mini#2 cannot keep a shirttail tucked in!
4- Nail Polish. I finally painted my finger nails yesterday. My toes are always painted, but I splurged and painted my nails. Well, I didn't splurge, go to a salon splurge, but took the time to do it myself. I recently bought Revlon's "Raven Red"- great dark shade of red.
5- SEX AND THE CITY movie - 7 day release countdown! I'm doing this right. Next Sunday night (9 days for me to wait) some of the moms from play group are going to dinner and then on to see the movie. Can't wait. It doesn't take much to excite me these days!
Be happy! It's a long weekend! We're staying put with gas in our tanks! We will go to a neighbor's cookout on Sunday. Looking forward to that, too! Happy Friday!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Went out searching for the cell phone today. No luck. I feel lost without it. Did I say that in my last post? Looks like we'll be getting new phones soon. Anyway we still have Atlanta telephone numbers and we've been in NC 20 months! This is a change I think I can handle. However, I will miss the photo I had of mini#1 sitting in my very pregnant lap moments after having his tonsils out. That picture has welcomed me to my phone for 3 years now. Yes, it's definitely time for a new phone though isn't it? I think I want a pink(duh) one.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Ok, got to continue searching for my cell phone. I lost it Saturday. With MIL coming home from the hospital, I went to the grocery store, pharmacy and then to Linen's N Things and Target later in the day with some relatives that stopped by. I'm retracing my steps. This is a real pain in the a$$. I have a feeling I may be getting a late Mother's Day present...a new phone! I feel lost without it!
Have a nice Monday! Or is that an oxymoron?
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Now what I didn't remember was the exact story line. So last night as we finished a chapter I happened to note the title of the next chapter: "Santa Who?" Now that caused my mommy senses to perk up to "high alert". Thank goodness for the mommy senses. I went downstairs, book in hand, and decided that I ought to get a preview of this next chapter. Ah Ha! Just as I suspected! Ms. Blume was about to get ME to tell my child there is no Santa Claus. Oh no. Santa Claus needs to stick around a bit longer at the White house. It's one of the best parts of being a parent in my opinion. It's one of the best parts of being a child! It's magical! Mini#1 just turned 7. I don't know how much longer I have anyway, but Santa will not disintegrate into a puff of smoke on Wednesday, May 7 as I read aloud to my mini. You may be asking yourself, what will Mrs. Pink do? Do not fear. Mrs. Pink has made careful, inconspicuous marks in the book to divert her to a new paragraph or sentences throughout this rocky chapter. An entire section will be omitted. Heavy editing to say the least. I couldn't just skip the chapter because mini#1 saw the title, too and thinks Ms. Blume is covering all of the holidays. So wish me luck and make a mental note about this if you, too want to read this book to your minis. Spread the word to your friends and fellow bloggers. Keep good ole Saint Nick alive as long as you can!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
It's a sad situation, but one we are facing head on and know that God is in control and we continue to have faith in him. This BLOG started at the end of January when MIL was finishing treatments and going back to her home. I had stumbled on other blogs and knew this is what I needed to get out of the blahs I was feeling. It has certainly helped! I've met great people along the way. I still want this to be a source of mental therapy for me so, going forward, I don't want my posts to be as serious as this one is. That's for sure. So I'll try to keep this blog upbeat, but with a touch of the usual cranky, frazzled mom self that you already know I am.
Fridge post will come. I promise. Dare I admit that I still get a little confused downloading pics from our camera (Web pics. I've got those under control. Just not the digitals.)...and Mr. Pink has not been here for any decent amount of time for a week. I kind of hate to say "Um. Honey. Can you please help me download pics for my blog" when he's been sleeping every other night in a hospital chair and then going to work to provide for his family... You think? Ok, sorry this was so long. It's been a long time coming I guess.
Monday, May 5, 2008
She's holding up her pizza box as a shield. Like that helps? This man hurt...for a while! Ouch!
Ok, I've been tagged to show the contents of my fridge. I'll try to get this done is the next day or two. It might be a little scary. Thanks Belle in Bloom. I saw this on One Fabulous Mom and I hoped I wouldn't get tagged for this, but hey, if others can do it, so can I.
Friday, May 2, 2008
So I was tagged a couple of weeks ago by Southern Fried Mom , but I had just done a tag. A lot of chasing around that week! So here goes and sorry so late Southern Mom...
5 things on my to-do list:
1- Go to the grocery store.
2- Finish researching about life insurance so I can get moving on a new policy. Once I stopped working outside the home I lost my life insurance coverage.
3- Keep the minis happy since mini#1 is out of school today for teacher work day. We're going to Build-A-Bear. Mini#1 got a gift card for his birthday. He's been begging to go!
4- Stop by post office for stamps.
5- Buy Mother's Day presents. Do you ladies also end up buying for your mother-in-laws? I do.
5 snacks I enjoy:
1- Brie cheese and reduced fat Triskits.
2- Any form of chocolate. Well except white.
4- Popcorn- movie popcorn is my favorite, but it's usually a bag of 53,000 light butter BOY SCOUT popcorn Mr. Pink suckered us into.
5- Hummus and pita chips.
5 things I'd do if I were a billionaire:
1- Pay off this house.
3- Buy a beach house.
4- Go Shopping for days....in Paris.
5- Travel some more.
Note: I'd also give to charities, resolve world hunger and demand world peace, but I'm not in a pageant so the first 5 answers will work for now.
5 bad habits:
1- My purse is a disaster. Can't seem to have a "clean" purse.
2- My closet (my side anyway) is much like my purse.
3- Worry too much about things I can't control.
4- Bit of a control freak. Funny I listed this after #3.
5- I used to always be on time, but lately, this seems harder to achieve...usually when it involves the minis going with me. Is it just me or do others seem to get in the car and have to run back in the house a million times before you actually leave your driveway?
5 places I've lived:
1- Charlotte, NC
2- Raleigh, NC
3- Smyrna, GA
4- Close to Raleigh, NC
5- no other places.
5 jobs I've had:
1- Gift wrapper at Belk's department store while in high school.
2- Customer Service Agent at an insurance company one summer while in college.
3- Receptionist at a women's breast health center. It was a temp job while in college. Sad and rewarding to see all the women fighting breast cancer.
4-Manager for ocean transportation, mainly imports to US.
5- Stay at home mom.Adding this one. 5 favorite places I've visited:
1- San Francisco, CA
2- New York City, NY
3- Paris, France (Duh! My most favorite!)
4- New Orleans, LA (Just don't go in July. BOILING HOT!)
5- London, England (and Bath, England, quaint!)
Happy Friday! I tag anyone who wants to play along.