Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ten Things Thursday!

Hello, and welcome to totally random Thursday!

1. Any of my readers to Body Pump? There was a new launch released this week, and I did it on Tuesday. Holy freaking calves! Usually these changes to the program are pretty minor, and I don't feel much of a difference. However, lunges are now TWO minutes on each leg, and my calves are still feeling it.
I shall return for more torture soon.

2. My kids enjoy home remodeling shows. I know it's grown-up TV, but it's usually harmless, and I figure maybe one day they'll renovate my home for me, so what the heck.
Well, along with grown-up TV comes grown-up commercials.
I heard my 6 year old telling the 8 year old...
"I think Mom wears those adult diapers. I found one in her purse once!".
Lord help me. I am not ready to have that conversation!

3. I got a bad haircut this week. Normally my husband hates when I go to get a haircut because he prefers long hair. But this time, when he said it's too short in the back, I have to agree with him.
The hairdresser was talking a lot, and not really paying attention apparently.
It's only hair. It'll grow out. *sigh*.

4. I've been seeing a chiropractor regularly for a couple months now. I have to say, it's helping.
Because of the physical nature of my job, I quite often have shoulder and neck pain. I'd learned to live with it for far too long. He's been really working on my neck and I feel so much better.
Yesterday when I got home from a long work day, instead of coming home with a headache and sheer exhaustion, I felt like a normal person and started cleaning up the house. It took me a few minutes of tidying up to realize I'd normally be on the couch rubbing my head, dreading the sound of the school bus coming down the street.
Hooray for the gift of healing hands!

5. Took the girls to the museum today. We were there for FOUR AND A HALF HOURS. I could not get them out of there. We are actually members of a different museum in the city, but had decided to give this one a try for a change. They loved it so much more than the other one. Hubby had called while we were there and I told him about it. He later called back and asked me to buy a membership before I left (they apply what you paid today towards the membership fee), so I did. Now we have 2 museum memberships and a zoo pass.
I hope these kids realize I never had any of these experiences when I was a kid. Ever!

6. I think it there's something fundamentally wrong with getting acne at my age. I am broken out like a teenager. It's crazy! I felt so stupid last week at the store buying soap for acne prone skin, medicated exfoliating scrub, and zit cream. Will that stop when I go through menopause? That sure would be a nice perk.

7. We're taking the kids to the village Halloween celebration tomorrow night. Tons of ativities, hay rides, nature walks, crafts, etc. And, it's all outside. Did you know winter has arrived in Wisconsin? It's effing cold out there people! I don't know why I get myself into this stuff, but you better believe I'll be wearing 2 coats, gloves, boots, and at least one scarf. I am not cut out for this midwestern life!

8. My kids have been asking for parfaits for breakfast these days. They're not cold cereal kind of kids, so any variety in our morning is welcome.
Here's one of their concoctions..

Layers of Greek yogurt, peaches, local honey, bananas, and some granola on top. They came up with this themselves. I'm pretty proud.

9. Today really feels like Saturday since the kids were home with me all day. Must remember not to go to church tomorrow!

10. I'm beat. These kiddos wore me out today. It was good to get out of the house and have fun all day, but I am not 6 years old. I am darn tired! I just might go to bed shortly after tucking them in for the night.
Tomorrow, I clean the house.

Have a great night my dears. Be well.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WTF Wednesday! My Very First One

I don't think I've ever done a WTF Wednesday post, but I sure am in the mood for it today. So here goes.

Why TF do I get myself into these things? There was a posting at work about an employee cook-off.
Make your favorite dish, bring it in to share with your hungry co-workers...maybe there will be a prize, etc.
Why wouldn't I just make some good cookies or brownies, something easy?
No. That wouldn't make sense to me. I have to make a huge, heavy crock pot full of yummy taco soup. It's Fall. My co-workers might like some comfort food. Right?

Well, keep in mind I work in the city, so the parking garage is about a block away from where I actually work. There is sometimes visitor parking available right in front of the building, but of course today it was full.
So, here's me lugging a huge ass crock pot, FULL of taco soup, from the parking garage, down the road, up the stairs, to my building for my lovely work peeps. Stupid me. Sore arms. NEVER AGAIN!
Next time, they get crackers.

WTF is wrong with those darn Blue Bunny people who make healthier, guilt-free dessert products? I bought some no sugar added fudge bars to have on hand for those times that I just have to have some chocolate. The other night I remembered they were in the freezer so I told the hubs I was going to get one and enjoy it after the kids went to bed. Here's our real conversation...

Me: This does NOT taste at all like chocolate
Him: What does it taste like?
Me: It tastes like it needs to be dipped in peanut butter and drizzled with Hershey's syrup
Him: Ok then.
Me: Seriously, YOU could even taste it and it wouldn't bother you (he HATES chocolate).
Him: I think I'll pass

Why TF is it that I can eat tons of crap that's not at all good for me, like M&M's or cereal (hypothetically), but the minute I try to eat something even remotely healthy (like the above mentioned taco soup), I get that stupid phantom gallbladder attack and can't eat another thing the entire rest of the day?
I've been burping beans all afternoon. I can't eat.
Looks like I may have to have one of those darn fudge bars!

WTF have I done wrong? My 6 year old wants to be a Daisy Scout? Lord help me.
I've never encouraged participation in such things, bu of course ALL the other girls are in it, so she must be in it too.
She tells me of her wish after the first 2 meetings have already taken place. Now I have to spend a boat load of money on registration and uniform crap that she's only going to use 8 times, for the monthly meetings from now until June.
Next year she'll be too old for Daisies and will need different uniform crap for Brownies. Great.

Well folks, I think that's it for today. I've ranted enough.
I shall prepare for the kiddos arrival from school now. They have a 4 day weekend, so they're MINE, all mine!

Have a great night.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Man, I totally suck at this blogging thing.
I just can't seem to post during the week. I don't even work full time!

This week I've been doing the whole clean out the closets, pack away the summer stuff, pull out the winter stuff, and iron the stuff that's been in totes all summer.
The girls closets look fabulous. I almost took a picture but then thought that would be a little weird, right? It's just easier for them now. No more 40 degree mornings with them begging me to wear capris and a t-shirt. Out of sight, out of mind. Now, I need to do the same thing with my closet because I don't have enough room for all seasons of clothing being in there at the same time. Too crowded and cluttered.

In other news, my daughter had her 8 year old check up the other day. She did great. The doc asked her if she drinks pop and her answer was "Of course not! I'm not even old enough to drink pop!". Yay kiddo. We all laughed, but I was proud.
Unfortunately, even with all our work getting rid of processed foods, not eating out, and limiting treats, her cholesterol is even higher than it was last year. The doc is concerned. We're having her re-tested in a month, hoping that it was just a bad read.
Unfortunately, we have high cholesterol on both sides of our family. I've been on medication for it for more than 10 years. It's a family curse, and it's now affecting my daughter. I'm so sad about that. She may look just like her Daddy, but she takes after me.

Yesterday I went to my weekly kick boxing class. The instructor didn't like that there was nobody right in front of her, so guess who she yanked over? Yeh. ME. I was directly in front of her for the entire class. You know that means I couldn't half-ass it. I had to kill it the whole time! I thought I would die.
I am so sore today. That'll teach me to be in the front row!

Today I'm takin the girls to the last arts and crafts fair of the season. We go up to this place called "Holy Hill", which is just that, it's a holy place on a hill. Monks live up there somewhere. There's a huge cathedral where you can go to mass if you like. It's a gorgeous drive this time of year with all the colors. We love it. Well, twice each fall they have vendors who come in from all over the state and set up shop. My girls save their allowance all year long so they can go and buy stuff. There's a little old grandma who makes doll clothes, so my girls make that their first stop.
I'm hoping it warms up a little bit, or at least the sun comes out, because towards the end of the day we like to get a cookie, sit on a hay bale, and listen to the live music. It's a great afternoon for me and my sweet girls.
I love creating traditions!

Well, I hear tiny footsteps, which means kiddos are waking up in my house.
So, I leave you with this...

The Loves of my Life

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Weight Gain is no Fun!

Holy smokes, I've been busy!

I really wanted to do a Ten Things Thursday post, and never found the time. Then I had planned to do a Five Things Friday, but same deal, too busy. Ha, so here I am on Sunday morning, when I should be having breakfast, or starting up the elliptical, doing a catch-up post.

I'm off the sugar. AGAIN. I had gotten pretty out of control with the sugar addiction as of late. And, since I've been able to eat normal food again, along with the sugar, the scale jumped up rather quickly. I saw my freak out number on Saturday, and I didn't like the way my pants were feeling.
The first course of action was to stop the sugar madness.

It's been 2 days with no sugar. You know what else has happened? I've stopped snacking on carbs throughout the day. I think the sugar was causing carb cravings too.
I've dropped to just below my freak out number, but not nearly far enough, so I'm sticking to this.

My daughter's birthday was yesterday. I made a nice cake. I did NOT eat any of said cake. I gave the left overs to the neighbors. No temptation in the house.

I should also mention that I didn't make it to the gym last week. Not even once. You know that's not like me, at all!
I had a freelance job on Tuesday that required me to be up and getting ready at 5am. No gym.
On Thursday I had my Upper-GI first thing in the am., so no gym.
On Friday I was so tired, dizzy, and a bit nauseous with a stomache ache from that awful Barium swallow junk, so no gym.

I did the elliptical Friday and yesterday, and will do it again today, but I need to get back to the gym.
I've written the classes on my calendar and highlighted them for this week. I will go all 3 days. No excuses.

As far as I know, the Upper-GI showed nothing of concern. I went to a new place and I actually met the Radiologist, and he had a personality! Who knew? He said everything looks good in there, and he would be sending a full report to both my general doctor and my surgeon. I guess I'm good for another year.

I hear kiddos waking up, so I will leave you with this, a picture of my favorite tree during my favorite time of year. I love the fall colors!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Remember New Food Fridays?

Remember back in January when I started "New Food Friday"? It was my goal to try 52 new recipes this year. One for each week of the year. I started out strong, and then got sick and couldn't tolerate most foods, let alone anything new.
Well, I'm getting back into the new foods and I have lots to share with you.

Since my kids have to bring 2 snacks to school each day, and we're trying our best to get away from packaged, processed foods, I've been trying lots of new recipes. My previously super picky eaters have been really enjoying it!

New Food #10

These healthy pop tarts were a huge hit with the kids. They asked for them for breakfast, lunch and snack, and want to know when I'm making them again.
I can't tell you if they're band friendly because I didn't try them. They are a little 'bready' so I decided to play it safe.
Try it at your own risk.

New Food #11

Now these cheese crackers I've made a few times and we all love them. They're super easy to make and if you use a sharp cheddar, your whole kitchen will smell like a box of Cheez-Its!
They are band friendly if you only eat a couple. I had to stop at 2 even though I made them small, because they're very dense.
Yes, I used real butter, which of course is high in fat, but in my mind it's better than filling my kids with lots of chemicals.

New Food #12

I can't tell you how AWESOME these little peanut butter bites are. They're super easy to make, and full of protein. You can make them peanut free by using coconut oil, but we have no food allergies in my family and we love peanut butter.
I do not use coconut in these since I rarely have it in the house and for me, coconut is not nice to my band.
I tend to make half with the chocolate chips, and half without. That way if the kids want them for breakfast, I give them the chocolate free version.
So yummy!

Double the recipe...they won't last long!
I think that's enough new recipes for one day. I have more, but I'll save some for next Friday.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

TTT, Why Can't I Get My Act Together on Any Other Day?

I NEVER have time to post all the million things running around in my head. Ugh. It's Thursday, so I guess I'll just give it to you by the numbers...Ten Things Thursday!

1. Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE a good bargain. I can sniff a clearance sale a mile away. I ran into Penney's today to do an exchange for my kids and found a rack of boys and girls swim suits for...wait for it...


Yes, I bought 14 of them. My total was $14.97. I was calling people asking them what size their kids wear! 
I might go back tomorrow. I don't think I got enough.

2. I've been trying to do 'random acts of kindness' this month. I have a friend who does that every year during her birthday month and she blogs about it.
I haven't been posting about each act, but have just been trying to do more positive things.
So today, I did my weekly grocery shopping and I always go to the same cashier. She is awesome, and super patient. I always have a tone of price matching and coupons, which takes a lot longer. 
I decided to buy a package of fall-ish cookies from the bakery and give them to her as a thank you. I had them rung up separately and stapled the receipt to the bag, then tried to give them to her. She was so nervous! She said they'd fire her if anyone found out she accepted a gift from a customer.
Really? I can't thank a person for doing an awesome job!? I felt terrible.
So I went to the front end manager, explained what was going on, and he assured me he would make sure she got the cookies and she would not be in trouble. He told me he would put them in the break room with her name on them.
Sheesh, try to do something good and almost get someone fired!

3. I ran my first 10K last Saturday. I've been meaning to write an entire blog post about it, and of course, never find the time.
I finished in 1:27. Hubby tells me that is a great time, especially since the course was super hilly. He did the half marathon so he is well aware of the hills! He said everyone was complaining about the course.
I kept saying this would be my last race, and that I'd be retiring once I got this out of the way.
I have to admit, running that race felt great and as I crossed the finish line, I thought I might want to do it again. I must have lost my mind somewhere out there!
Here's a pic taken at 6:00am, just before leaving for the race...

Had to crop out the hubby. Not sure if he wants his face on here.
I swear, my 2 shirts make me look pregnant. I assure you, I am not.

4. I'm having an Upper-GI and Esophogram next week. I've been banded for 3 years and before I go for my 3 year follow-up, I want to make sure everything is OK in there. I still have some mild heartburn almost every day which is a bit concerning to me. Better to know for sure.

5. It's still about 80 degrees here this week. Seems odd for October, but I'm not hating it. The kids are itching ot wear some of their school clothes that are long sleeve, but they'll just have to suffer through! We actually went out for ice cream the other night and watched the sunset at the beach. That's my kind of fall weather.

6. Poor Kiddo #1, the one with the anxiety problem, forgot I was not picking her up from school today. I get a call at 4pm. from another parent telling me she is at the school and my daughter is crying, wondering where I am. Thankfully the buses hadn't left yet and they were able to get her on it, otherwise I would have had to run to the school to get her, and try to be back home before kiddo #2 got off the bus! So happy that mom happened to have my phone number in her phone.

7. My sister is coming for 5 days next month. I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am. She's the most awesome person I've ever known, and I get to call her my sister. Girl time rocks!

8. Went to the doc last week for a sinus infection. They gave me humongous horse pills of Amoxicillin. I was doing OK cutting them into 1/4 and taking them slowly. Then, one night I took one without eating first and I was up sick all night with stomach cramps and some vomiting. I haven't taken one since and I'm just hoping like heck that the infection is gone. If not, I'll certainly be asking for something different. Enough of yuck-o tummy killing pills.

9. It's almost 8pm. I've been working on this post for several hours!

10. I need to go sit down and watch some mindless television. I'm holding out hope that the new Sean Hayes show is funny, since I was disappointed in the Michael J. Fox premiere last week.

Have a good night folks!