Friday, November 30, 2007

In pursuit of the perfect car ride

As the kids' arm spans grow, so does our desire to get a new car.

Right now, we have 2 cars: a Hyundai Santa Fe (which I we use to cart the kids around and has become their mobile sparring ring) and a Hyundai Elantra (which Dave uses for work and when one of us has the glorious chance to go someplace without the kids....and date nights). We have been making noise about getting rid of the Santa Fe and getting a minivan for almost a year now, and the end of the year is the best time to buy.

But, minivans? Yeah. They are expensive. And there are so many to choose from. We love the Hyundais...they have been really good to us and they have great warranties. So now that they have a minivan, the Entourage was the first car we looked at.

But I keep getting seduced with terms like Dodge and Grand Caravan and Stow 'n' Go.

And Dave doesn't want to get a used car because he "doesn't want to inherit someone else's problems". Which is fine with me because, I got problems of my own.

And as my problems' arm spans grow, so does our desire to get a new car.

So I ask all of you loyal readers, what kind of car do you drive? Do you like it? What would you change about it? If you hate it but it's still running, can I just have it?

That'd be swell. Thanks!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Dave and I are still trying to plan a vacation for sometime next year. We were originally thinking about Hawaii...but I don't think that's going to happen. We've decided to take another cruise and are just trying to hammer out a date. I'm getting pretty anxious because, well, I wanna be on vacation. Because vacations are pretty cool. Especially when there are no diapers to change and the only food I'll be cutting is my own.

I've already shared 13 places I would travel to if I had unlimited are 13 vacations I've actually been on...

Stratford, Canada - This was in my senior year of high school. They play host to the annual Stratford Shakespeare Festival and our drama club took a "field trip" up there. Talk about some good theatre... We saw The Mikado, A Midsummer Night's Dream (in the round... extraordinary), and The Importance of Being Earnest. Those last two shows became and have stayed 2 of my favorite stage shows.

Southern Caribbean Cruise - Our first cruise ever, and we loved it. We took the Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas. We sailed from San Juan, Puerto Rico and our ports of call were Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas...Philipsburg, St. Maarten...St. John's, Antigua...Castries, St. Lucia...and Bridgetown, Barbados. Despite the tropical storm that passed us off the coast of St. Maarten (it was a tad windy that day), we had a great time.

Western Caribbean Cruise - Cruise #2, once again with Royal Caribbean, this time on Explorer of the Seas...which made us realize we could become quite accustomed to this whole cruising thing. This time, we left from Miami, Florida and sailed to Labadee, Haiti...Ocho Rios, Jamaica...George Town, Grand Cayman(we'd go back here in a heartbeat)...and Cozumel, Mexico.

Tokyo & Hiroshima, Japan - Dave was doing so much work over there that when he got word that he might not be going back for a while, we booked me a ticket to go with him. It was unbelievable. I experienced my first earthquake, ate Sweet & Sour Squid, navigated the Tokyo subway system by myself without getting very lost, and saw sights like this in Miyajima.

San Diego, California - This would mark Jake's first...and to date, only...plane trip. Those two facts are not a coincidence. He was 18 months old and...let's just say that neither Dave or I deal well with strssed out, cranky kids. My brother was able to fly down from San Francisco for a few days while we were there, so that definitely made it worthwhile.

Cancun, Mexico - We took an all-inclusive Apple Vacation and have been forever spoiled. There's nothing like swimming in a pool with a drink in your hand. We couldn't get over how blue the water was. It was beautiful.

San Francisco, California - I consider this to be my first "adult" trip. I went out there with a friend from high school and it was just the two of us. We stayed with my brother for a few days and then went on to stay with her aunt for a few days. There's nothing more exhausting than walking across The Golden Gate Bridge only to find out that the only way back to walk. That was fun.

New York City, NY - A weekend full of shows with Dave and 3 of our best "couple friends". Good times were had by all. We saw The Music Man (and I had my picture taken with Robert Sean Leonard), Les Miserables, and Our Sinatra.

Washington, DC - We had an exchange student my senior year of high school, and we wanted her to see the nation's capital so away we went. I remember nothing from this trip, except for a sign by the exit of a Smithsonian cafeteria that read "Do you have: your keys, your wallet, your purse, your kids". I always thought it was kind of funny that they listed kids last.

Mt. Washington, New Hampshire - I went, I climbed, I cried, I ate. Good trip.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - I remember nothing about this trip except for the tacky tourist gift shops and the huge miniature golf courses that seemed to exist on every single corner.

Orlando, Florida - I've never been a huge Mickey Mouse fan, but I have enjoyed my trips to Disney World. But did you know that there are other theme parks, there? I thoroughly enjoyed getting my hair singed off on the Jaws ride at Universal Studios.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - This was our honeymoon. Another all-inclusive. It was a new resort just recently cut out of the jungle. Which might explain why I ended up with over 80 mosquito bites the first night and why we both ended up in the doctor's office to get antibiotics just in case the mosquito bites got infected. Not to mention the unbearable humidity. And the bug that Dave got just before we left from getting some of the the local water in his mouth. Fun, fun, fun. It was a wonderful way to start a marriage!!

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LW 08 - Week 10

I am up one pound this week, which I am totally cool with. Considering the mass quantities of food on Thanksgiving, being sick, and Jake being sick, I think I did pretty well. I've been on the treadmill a lot more in the past week than I have been in a while. I tried doing some light weights, but my hand is still a little sore when I lifted so I'll still have to take it slow.

I ordered myself Fitness magazine several weeks ago, but I haven't started getting it yet. I'm really anxious for it to come because I came up with what I think will be a workable plan. One of my problems is that I get bored really easily when it comes to working out. I figure if I stick to the workout in the magazine, I'll have a new routine every month. Hopefully that'll work for me, but I won't know until I start getting the magazine!!

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11/21/07 weight: 157
11/28/07 weight: 158
This week's goal - Post to my own blog before visiting others.

Winning Outcome for Lose Weight in 2008 Challenge
“I will to maintain my weight between 154 lbs and 157 lbs throughout this challenge. I will increase weight training to 2 times a week. I will continue to do cardio work for 3 or 4 days a week. I will walk between 8,000 and 10,000 steps a day EVERY DAY.”

Wordless Wednesday - Leaves

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Christmastime is here!

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The tree is up (in a new location this year...I think we finally found a permanent home for it on the 3rd try)...

...complete with ornaments that Emma helped hang. It's hard to tell from this picture, but she felt the need to hang all of the ornaments we gave her on only 3 branches...

...and the stockings are hung...

...and the nativities are out...

O.K. Now it feels like Christmastime!!

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Silent Night

I have a confession to make. And it may make you hate me. But I have to get it off my chest and I refuse to feel ashamed for it...

I don't like Christmas music very much.

I like a good song every once in a while and there are definitely ones that make me cry every single time I hear them. Really, you haven't heard "O Holy Night" until you've heard Christine sing it in a candlelit church without a sound coming from the congregation. Gets me every time.

And I enjoy listening to A Charlie Brown Christmas (performed bye the wonderful Vince Guaraldi Trio) because I like the Vince Guaraldi Trio....not just because it's Christmas.

But to sit down and just have Christmas music playing in the background? It makes me want to get up and put in a different CD or change the radio station. We have one radio station in town that starts playing continuous Christmas favorites in mid-October. Or maybe it just feels that way, but they do play them for a REALLY long time.

I like to listen to music because I actually like the performer or band, not just because it's a certain season.

Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas....just not the "continuous Christmas favorites". So I am resigned to wait patiently until December 26th when the world returns to it's regularly scheduled programming.

Oh, and Bah Humbug.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Making a list and checking it twice

To all of you crazy sleep deprived determined folks out there who got up at last night to go shopping, I commend you. I don't really understand you, but I commend you. That takes courage.

I have my shopping list almost all done, except for Emma. I just don't have her figured out yet. She doesn't play with toys really, but she loves her some stuffed animals. I hate to spend her budget all on Care Bears though, so we might have to do some serious thinking on that one.

Serious thinking is not my strong suit. So maybe Care Bears aren't so bad. Or a Cabbage Patch Kid with red hair....oooh...I'm liking that idea.

Anyway, once I have my shopping list totally done, I'll hopefully be able to get everything I need on Amazon. Gotta love free shipping...and not having to leave the house to face all the crazy sleep deprived determined folks out there hitting the stores.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! Today's list is terribly unoriginal and I have a feeling that it will be one you see a lot today! Here are 13 foods that will be on our Thanksgiving table. Evidently, if you like stuffing or dressing, my house is the place to be!

  1. Turkey

  2. Stuffing

  3. Stove Top Dressing (not to be confused with stuffing if you ask my husband)

  4. Some muffin thing made from stuffing (or dressing) that my sister is bringing. I have no idea what to expect from this one. She likes Rachel Ray so it might be this Apple and Onion and Stuffin' Muffin

  5. Cranberry Sauce (probably with the ridged lines from the can still on it)

  6. Corn

  7. California Vegetable Bake

  8. Mashed Potatoes

  9. Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  10. Oriental Ramen Salad (that is some good stuff. I'll have to watch myself on this one)

  11. Pumpkin Pie

  12. Apple Pie

  13. Duncan Hines Spice Cake with Lemon Icing (to celebrate my mom's birthday which is also tomorrow)

And the only part I'm making is the Stove Top and the spice cake. Gotta love it when all my stuff comes from a box!

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LW 08 - Week 9

First things first. Can I just say how excited I am that weigh-in is the day BEFORE Thanksgiving? Not that I'm going to blow it, but still. That's some great planning.

I did pretty well this week. I'm down a pound, which I'm very happy with considering everyone has been sick. But the Whooping Cough never reared it's ugly head so that's another thing to be very happy about. And before last night, I didn't have a single piece of Halloween candy. But really, what is it about the day before a weigh in (no matter what day the weigh in is) that leads me to overeat? I don't get it and it's still something that I struggle with.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Good luck on the choices that you make! And if those choices are bad ones, just pick up and start again on Friday. You can do it!!

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11/14/07 weight: 158
11/21/07 weight: 157

This week's goal - 2 Dairy Servings Every Day and not overeating on Tuesday nights.

Winning Outcome for Lose Weight in 2008 Challenge
“I will to maintain my weight between 154 lbs and 157 lbs throughout this challenge. I will increase weight training to 2 times a week. I will continue to do cardio work for 3 or 4 days a week. I will walk between 8,000 and 10,000 steps a day EVERY DAY.”

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Children of Eden

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Last Tuesday, I had mentioned that I was auditioning for a part in our church's yearly musical. For Dinner Theatre 2008, we are putting on Children of Eden.

Act 1 is a the story of Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel. Act 2 is about Noah and the flood.

I got cast as Eve. The songs are written for a soprano. I'm an alto. And I sing in 12 songs in Act 1 alone. In Act 2, I'll become a member of the chorus.

I'm freaking out a little bit because, well, I'm an alto and the songs are for a soprano. Did I just say that? If I did, it bears repeating. Because I'm an alto. Not a soprano. I'm just saying. Also, one of my best friends is playing Adam. And I have to kiss him.

And I'm not sure if you know the story of Adam and Eve, but they spend the first part of time in Eden...naked. We'll see how the costumers are going to pull that one off.

I'm anxious to get the music and script and get going with rehearsals. We'll start rehearsing in January and the show will be in March. But it'll be here before I know it.

Monday, November 19, 2007

A Time That Changed Me

When I was in grade school, it became very apparent that I was going to need braces at some point. My teeth were beyond crooked, my jaw "clicked" every time I ate, and my sister yelled at me almost nightly to chew with my mouth closed. It was obvious things were not growing the way they were supposed to, so we made the appointment with the orthodontist.

Little did my parents and I know what a huge ordeal we had just undertaken. The orthodontist hinted very early on that I may need oral surgery. He said he would give my braces four years to do their job and that we would reevaluate when those two years were up. I got my braces on in the spring of my 8th grade year. I remember that my class was taking a field trip to a nearby high school to watch their "student performance" of their spring musical. I missed the first act because I was getting my braces on. I wished I had missed the 2nd act so that I could go home and tear my teeth out.

Over the course of the next four years, I made my monthly visits to the orthodontists' office. In that time, I even had to go get an adult tooth extracted because it was not coming in. But when the four years was up, the changes that needed to occur to avoid oral surgery didn't happen. So we scheduled the surgery. I would have my top and bottom jaw broken and pinned back together in 4 places. I would be wired shut for at least 6 weeks, during which time, my diet would be limited to anything I could suck through a straw or otherwise get around my clenched teeth.

I had the surgery the summer between my junior and senior years of high school and spent my 17th birthday with my jaw wired shut. I had countless follow up visits. My parents had to rearrange the living arrangements at our house because I wasn't allowed to sleep by myself in case I started choking or had to be sick. My equilibrium was thrown completely off kilter because of the swelling and how close the surgery had been to my sinuses. I had to learn to talk and articulate without moving my jaw. My sister and I joked that I had turned a major corner when I was able to pronounce "Philip's Milk of Magnesia". I wouldn't let my mom take pictures of me because of how hideous I felt I looked with all the bruising and swelling. To this day, I ask my husband, Dave, to check my chin for spilled food because I never regained full feeling there.

And through it all, my mom and dad showed me what it was to be a parent. If it weren't for them, I'm not sure how I would have made it through that surgery and the two more surgeries that became necessary. From rolling me over in bed when I didn't have the energy to do it myself, to picking me up from the bathroom floor because I had fainted yet again, to putting Peanut Butter Cream Pie and vanilla ice cream in blender to celebrate my 17th birthday, they exemplify what it means to love.

As you prepare this week for your Thanksgiving holiday, don't forget to take the time to remember those people and times in your life that have changed you. Without those experiences, whether good or bad, you would not be who you are today.

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Friday, November 16, 2007


For the past 2 or 3 weeks, there has been a Whooping Cough outbreak in our school district. The majority of the cases are in the high schools (49 out of the 55 reported cases) with the other 6 scattered throughout the rest of the district.

I haven't really been too concerned about it because the preschool Jake and Emma go to is actually in another district. On top of that, I think we are the only people at the preschool from our district so I didn't really think about "cross-contamination" or anything like that.

Because I live in a bubble...and it burst yesterday

The preschool has had 2 reported cases of Whooping Cough in the last 3 days. Just to give you an idea of how that might affect us: there are 4 rooms in the preschool (basically, it's one hallway of our church). Jake's and Emma's classes occupy the rooms on the left side of the hall. The kids who are sick are in the classrooms on the right side of the hall. Because Jake is in the 4 year old class, he actually gets to switch rooms once a day with the class...across the hall.

Have I ever mentioned I'm a hypochondriac? If I get a hangnail, I'm convinced that in a week I'll drop over dead of pneumonia (which I found out yesterday our pastor has). Evidently hypochondria crosses generational lines because know i just "KNOW" that Jake and Emma will both have Whooping Cough within the week. Never mind that they don't actually have to go back to school next week because of Thanksgiving. I just "KNOW" that they are going to get it.

Did you know that Whooping Cough has a 9-21 day incubation period? And that it can last for 2-10 weeks? And that it sounds like this? And that it can cause cracked ribs and pneumonia?

Even anyone has any spare surgical masks and Lysol that you could send my way, I would be most appreciative.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Between my hand, the kids, and the weather (we seem to have skipped fall and gone straight to winter in Ohio), I seem to have found myself in the middle of a pessimist streak. As I was sitting here thinking of what I was going to do for my Thursday Thirteen, I decided I needed to do something positive....

Here are 13 things that make me laugh out loud:
1. Emma smacking herself in the head. I know it sounds cruel, but when she sits at the dinner table and does it for 5 minutes straight, it gets to be kind of funny.
2. My 67 year old father's hysterical laughter caused by the first two minutes of the following clip:

3. Most any segment of Who's Line Is It, Anyway? Here's a particularly good one...

4. Listening to Dave trying to do an English accent. French he can do. English...not so much.
6. When Dave tries to teach me whatever dance move he has to learn for any show he's in.
7. The fact that (even though I'm an alto) I was just cast in a a soprano. This should be good.
8. Jacob's dancing. That boy's got moves.
9. Sitting around eating Chinese food (Crab Rangoon, anyone?) with my two best friends talking about who has more gray hair.
10. Baby Blues comic strip.
Baby Blues
11. Quite often, my own stupidity.
12. Jake and Emma laughing. Together. Because they're playing nicely.
13. It's violent, but it makes me laugh every time...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

LW 08 - Week 8

My hand is doing a lot better this week and I even went bowling today without much pain (although I did wear my brace) so I'm feeling pretty good about life. And after last Saturday when i had had 2 huge bowls of Life Cereal and a fun size Snickers 9:30am...I decided I need to make some changes.

So I have journaled everything that has gone into my mouth for the past 4 days and I am back up to 7500 - 8500 steps a day on my pedometer. I still can't really do any weight lifting with my right hand, so that'll have to wait...but I'm down 1.5 lbs this week. I'm pretty excited about that.

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11/7/07 weight: 159.5
11/14/07 weight: 158
This week's goal - No Halloween candy

Winning Outcome for Lose Weight in 2008 Challenge
“I will to maintain my weight between 154 lbs and 157 lbs throughout this challenge. I will increase weight training to 2 times a week. I will continue to do cardio work for 3 or 4 days a week. I will walk between 8,000 and 10,000 steps a day EVERY DAY.”

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Wordless Wednesday - Corn Maze

I know this last one is green, but we were in a green tent. Just look at the size of that head of cabbage!!

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Audition Time!

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In my effort to find all things bad in my life, I totally forgot to mention that I had an audition on Sunday!

Every year, my church puts on a full scale musical (usually 30-40 people involved on stage alone) and this year we are doing Children of Eden. The auditions were on Sunday and again tonight and I should know sometime this week (hopefully) if I got a part.

I kind of fumbled the auditions because they changed the format at the last minute and I didn't realize it was changed. And then I left my audition music at home...which means I had to sight read a piece of music I had never seen before. Good fun!

I think I did O.K., but we'll see when the cast list comes out!

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Monday, November 12, 2007

The glass is just EMPTY!

I was sitting here today thinking about what I was going to blog about, because I had "writer's block". My first actual thought was:

"I've got nothing to blog about...nothing bad has happened..."


For tomorrow's installment, maybe I'll do something crazy and blog about how WELL everything is going.

I know, it'll be a stretch.

Christmas Giveaways!

Christmas Giveaway 2007 Sweepstakes

5 Minutes for Mom is at it again with the giveaways! Click on the button above and it will take you to the post that lists all the giveaways they are hosting until 11/25. Check it out!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Taking a breather...

Thankfully, my hand is feeling much better today so I thought I'd try to write a post with substance...and type with 2 hands. It's the little things in life, really...

The last few weeks, I have not been paying very much attention to my calendar when it comes to scheduling new things. This is everything I've had to do this week:

Sunday: Sang at 9:30am service, home by 11:00 and back out the door by 11:05 to go to the grocery. Got home by 1pm, out the door by 2:15pm to take Jake to Christmas Pageant rehearsal, back home to make dinner, after dinner made a snack for monthly Mom's group get together on Monday morning. I made enough to hopefully last 2 or 3 days at our house (Jake loves him some muffins).

Monday: Went to Mom's group from 9:15am to 11:15am. Relaxed (read: blogged) in the afternoon. Made dinner and then went to another meeting Monday night.

Tuesday: Took Jake to school and then ate an unbelievably unhealthy a really good breakfast in the car. I shopped at Wal-Mart for nearly 2 hours then picked the only self-checkout lane that was broken. I picked Jake up from school, took both kids to the bad spelling daycare, so I could go to the doctor about my hand. I called my parents once I got to the doctor to ask them if they could pick the kids up from the bad spelling daycare because the doctor was 45 minutes behind. I waited 45 minutes for them to tell me that I have tendinitis and a possible chipped bone in my hand. On the way to the x-ray facility, I stopped and ate an unbelievably unhealthy a really good lunch in the car. I waited 30 minutes to get x-rays and then went to the pharmacy to pick up an ungodly sized pill bottle and wrist brace. While picking up my prescription, I remembered that I was supposed to bring snack for bowling on Wednesday and picked up an unbelievably unhealthy a really good cinnamon pound cake and grapes. I called Dave to ask him to pick up an unbelievably unhealthy a really good dinner on the way home (hey, at least I was sitting at a table this time).

Wednesday: I took the kids to school and went to bowling...even though I couldn't bowl. I ate too much unbelievably unhealthy really good cinnamon pound cake and grapes. I came home and had lunch and then put the kids down for naps. I tried to read and comment on blogs while trying to mouse and type only using my left hand. I finally had a decent meal for dinner and headed off to choir practice until 9pm. Come home and had ice cream.

Thursday: Took Jake to school and came home with Emma nothing. I finally started feeling a little normal with my hand. Got a call to confirm that our furniture will be arriving between 9:30am and 1:30pm tomorrow. Got another call to confirm that our microwave will be repaired between 1:00pm and 5:00pm tomorrow. Got another call to confirm that the kids have to be at the doctor at 10:00am tomorrow. Got some stuff done around the house and remembered that I was supposed to bring snack for the preschool board meeting that night. Since the first batch of muffins didn't make it past Tuesday, I made more muffins, hopefully to last 2 or 3 days at our house (Jake really loves him some muffins). I went and had an unbelievably HEALTHY lunch with Dave and the kids. Relaxed (read: blogged) in the afternoon. Ate dinner and headed off to preschool meeting where 2 other people also thought it was there turn to bring in snack. I had 1 brownie, 2 muffins, 2 cookies, and 3 pieces of Halloween candy...then tried not to explode during the meeting.

Friday: In light of the furniture being delivered at the exact same time that the kids had to be at the doctor, Dave had to work from home this morning. I Took the kids to the doctor and came home. The furniture was delivered 30 minutes after I got home, and we realized the furniture showroom must be much more spacious than our sunroom because the chairs look huge. We wiped the half chewed carrots off the brand new chairs because Emma spits a little when she talks with carrots in her mouth. I put Emma to bed late because the microwave repair guy got there right when I would normally be putting her down. I paid the microwave repair guy and thanked heaven that one of the two parts that broke had a 5 year warranty (instead of 1 year like the rest of the microwave) and actually costs more than the microwave itself. I put Jake down for his nap and realize that I REALLY want to type something...anything...with two hands and put up an insanely long rambling post...

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

LW 08 - Week 7

This'll be a short hand is pretty sore today. Weight stayed the same this week. I did average about 7k steps a day last week so that's a definite improvement. This week, I would honestly be happy if I maintain. I'm pretty bummed about my hand so I don't feel like doing much of anything...

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10/31/07 weight: 159.5
11/7/07 weight: 159.5

This week's goal - Maintain

Winning Outcome for Lose Weight in 2008 Challenge
“I will maintain my weight between 154 lbs and 157 lbs throughout this challenge. I will increase weight training to 2 times a week. I will continue to do cardio work for 3 or 4 days a week. I will walk between 8,000 and 10,000 steps a day EVERY DAY.”

Wordless Wednesday - Goggles

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Medically necessary blogging break

You know it's been a bad day when you come home with a bottle like this...

that's actually as big as your hand...

which now has to wear one of these 12 hours a day:

After a week and a half of wrist pain, I finally went to the doctor today. After ordering an x-ray and determining that there was no break, I've been diagnosed with tendinitis in my wrist so I'll be taking the rest of the week off save for a few short posts...using the mouse and typing with your left hand is a lot harder than it sounds!

Monday, November 5, 2007

My Growing Boy

I think we are in the midst of a pretty major growth spurt for Jacob. It remains to be seen, though, if it will manifest itself in some serious weight gain or some serious inches gained. And at 4 years old, he's got pounds and inches to spare on most of his peers.

As of today, he's 3' 8.5" and weighs 48.5 pounds. That's 94th % and 93rd % respectively. And he just started wearing size 6 clothes. For the first time at Target, we had to cross the aisle. Honestly, we probably could have crossed 6 months ago, but my son is only 4 and I had a hard time wrapping my mind around that.

The other day for lunch he had 3 hot dogs, a yogurt, fruit, and 2 glasses of milk. Yesterday, it was 2 sandwiches, yogurt, fruit and pretzels. He finishes what used to be a full meal, and then promptly asks for more.

I'm not sure I can keep up with him at this rate. I might just have to start showing him how to cook, because Dave and I can't keep the food coming fast enough for him.

Oh wait. I guess someone needs to show me how to cook first...

Friday, November 2, 2007

We have 2 winners!

Well, the Fall Y'all Giveaway is officially least on this blog, and we have 2 winners!

The winner of the $25 Ticketmaster G.C. was Amy at Home for Them.

The winner of $30 worth of Organizing Bags was Helene at The Sun-Kissed Home

Congratulations, ladies, and thanks to all of you who entered!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

It's official. My mind is total and complete sludge today. Ain't a whole lot going on upstairs so I'll need to do a super simple Thursday Thirteen list. Here are 13 songs that are on my iPod:

  1. A Piece of Eight - Children of Eden soundtrack
  2. So Much to Say - Dave Matthews Band
  3. You're All I Need to Get By - Marvin Gaye
  4. Nightingale - Norah Jones
  5. Life, in a Nutshell - Bare Naked Ladies
  6. Little Miss S - Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians
  7. Marry the Man - Guys and Dolls Soundtrack
  8. Sweet Baby James - James Taylor
  9. Inside Out - Phil Collins
  10. Only in Dreams - Weezer
  11. Shadows of the Night - Pat Benetar
  12. Waterloo - Abba
  13. When Tomorrow Comes - The Eurythmics
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