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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Graduate

After a year of taking prerequisites, then two years of nursing school; Kayleigh has graduated!!! All her hard work paid off. There were many gatherings she missed because she had to study, and many nights of going to bed early. But she finally did it. We are sooo proud of her. She is taking the holidays off then hitting the books in January. Testing is end of January. And the best part is she has a job already lined up. After she passes her test, she starts working at the local hospital!

The proud parents with Kayleigh at Graduation:

The whole family:

Monday, December 01, 2008

Our 'big ass' Christmas Tree

We got our Christmas Tree today. Every since we have been married, we have always gone to local tree farm and cut our trees. One of the benefits of living in WA State...there a million tree farms! And at the tree farms, you pay AT LEAST $40. And that is just for the basic tree. I always like the nicer ones and end up paying way more. Well last year we went to the Ranger Station (about 11 miles from our house, up the Mountain Loop Highway). Got a permit for $10. And we spent the afternoon driving around the mountains, in the snow, looking for a tree. WE HAD A BLAST. All three kids went and they had so much fun. We stopped several times so the kids could take pictures of the awesome views. And we were WAY UP THERE. (Of course we took a few side roads to test Davids truck out on the trails. It was fun....bouncy....but fun:-)

THIS year, we headed out again. Unfortunantly all the kids had plans for the day, so it was just David and I. It wasn't quite the fun experience as last was POURING rain..nothing like last year when we had tons of snow. But we took the dogs and didn't dwell too much that the kids weren't with us.

We are in the new house so we wanted a really tall tree to fit our vaulted ceilings. We finally spotted the perfect tree!

David proceeds to cut it down then we realize it is REALLY big. So David gets to work on trimming it up a bit.

Now its time to load it in the truck. HOLY SMOKES. It barely fits into the truck. OOPS....looks we did get a bit over zealous.

So it took a bit of finangling to get it into the house...and even more manuevering to make it STAY put! But its up...all decorated and SO BEAUTIFUL. And for TEN DOLLARS.

My nephew Easton said it looked like a monster, the first time he seen it! LOL

Friday, November 28, 2008

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,for it gives you the opportunity to learn. Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,because it means you've made a difference. It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks. Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings. ~~ Author Unknown ~~

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

For YEARS, I have this tradition of making pies the night before Thanksgiving. (I know I'm not the only one!) Even the years when someone else has offered to bring pies....I still make some. Its my little way of having a family tradition that I can count on....and maybe pass on to my girls. (neither who show much interest in cooking. LOL)

I usually make the basic pumpkin, pecan and apple pies. Once in a while I stray and add a new twist to the recipes, but always the same flavors of pie.

FLASHBACK to a few years ago. I had all my ingredients assembled early in the day and was just hanging out...waiting to start. I was watching Oprah and she had Racheal Ray on. They were making Pomegrante Martini's. I got a wild hair; looked up recipe online....and ran out the door to grocery store and liquor store.

Lets just jump ahead a bit and say that I got WASTED...and none of my pies turned out that year. And my family has not let me live that down.

So this year, I making 4 pies. One each of basic pumpkin and pecan. And my sister in law requested a Chocolate Pecan Pie AND a Pumpkin Cream Pie. So that makes four. (no apple this year.)

Its pretty pathetic when I open a bottle of wine and my girls see me and groan "oh no....moms one eat the pies tomorrow!"


BUT...I have managed to maintain a decent buzz while making pies and not get too drunk! I'm sure my pies will turn out!!!

What do you think?????

EDIT: So I typed this as the pies were cooling. Left to go next door....only to come home a few hours later and discovered that the pecan pie was MISSING! After looking around, I found the empty pie plate on the floor. And Jake, the dog, acting very shameful!!! OMG he ate a whole pecan pie! Needless to say, he's sleeping in the garage tonight. Apparently I jinxed myself. I mentioned to Kayleigh about how in our other house, every year the cats would get into the pies...or there would be kitty footprints across the pie. This year we thought we were in the clear with only one cat who spends most of her time outside. Guess Jake just felt it was his turn!

I'm also trying a new side dish recipe. Fresh Corn with Wildrice

I will let you know what the verdict is on my 'drunken recipes'. hehehehehe

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Give grateful for what you have and not dwell on what you don't:-)

Love to all.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


I think the motivation of getting his liscense and possibly a car; have done the trick!! Dylan had a GREAT mid quarter report card last month. 2 A's, 3 B's and one Pass (he is a T/A for a biology class....its pass or fail).

His quarter report card was almost the same....although he dropped one of those B's to a F! I guess he failed to turn in his quarter project. But his teacher emailed me today and said that Dylan has already turned it 25 extra credit assignments to try to make up for it! He said he was on track to raise the grade for the semester.

WAHOO...about time:-)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Skinny Bitch update

Soooo, as the end of the year nears....I guess I should update on my weight loss journey. As of now, I have lost 20 pounds this year. Not as much as I wanted to, but I am happy to report that I have kept it off all year long; even over the Summer which I've always had a tendacy to regain any weight that was lost in the Spring.

I blame my low numbers on my Skinny Bitch partner. The bitch got pregnant this year! LOL, j/k! So her Skinny Bitch journey has been put on hold till the New Year. She will have had her baby during the holidays and ready to get back on track. We will hit the new year running!!

Yah, Yah...I know I can't blame it all on her. I need to take some accountability that I slacked. But I guess ending the year with a 20 pound loss from last year is a success.....RIGHT?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Fight the H8

Fight the H8 in Your State

Auntie, let's bake a cake!!

Yesterday, when I was talking to my nephew I told him that when I watched him today we would bake some cookies or a cake.

Today when he got here, he comes in the house and says "Auntie, let's bake a cake".

So here is Eastons cake....he frosted himself. Did I mention he is THREE????!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Chicken Breasts in Wine Sauce

Hmmm so its 4:45pm and the questions gets asked: "Whats for dinner".

Well...I know I'm making something but just not sure what? So I take a look at the freezer, fridge and pantry. I come up with:

frozen chicken breasts
can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
and some dehydrated mushrooms

Okay..., so I wing it. I hurry around and defrost the chicken breasts in microwave. Gather some flour, oil salt and pepper. Get out the pans, cutting boards and such.

Once the chicken is FINALLY defrosted, I pound out the breasts, season with salt and pepper and dredge in flour. Quickly saute in pan, along with garlic:

Remove chicken to a baking dish then I deglaze the pan with some white wine, stirring up all the yummy brown pieces (and tasting wine at this point is A-OK):

Now I add the mushrooms and let them rehydrate:

Add the cream of mushroom soup and let it simmer for a bit:

Pour sauce over chicken, in baking dish:

Bake till done and then serve over white fluffy rice with green beans on the side:

DELISH!!! And a big hit with the family.

So here is my final recipe and directions:

Chicken Breasts with Wine Sauce

6 boneless chicken breasts
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. canola oil
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
LOTS of fresh garlic, minced
1/2 cup white wine (okay..I might have used more)
handfull of dehydrated mushrooms

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pound chicken breasts to 1/4-inch thickness. Place flour, salt and pepper in a gallon-size ziploc bag. Add chicken breasts to bag and turn to coat. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add garlic. Saute chicken breasts 2-4 minutes per side, just until browned. Transfer to prepared pan. Set aside.

Add mushrooms, more garlic and wine to skillet. Saute 3-4 minutes, scraping up browned bits. Add soup and stir till heated through (Pour over chicken. Bake, covered, for about 30 mins.

Serve over fluffy rice.

Served 6.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Soo, as my title suggest; I am a total random person....full of contradictions and various interests.

~~I love to be a girly girl, get all dressed up in designer jeans and nice jewelry...and go out on the town. Yet the next day you can find me in dirty jeans and a 3 day old tshirt (that I picked up off the closet floor) with greasy hair pulled into a ponytail.

~~I love to shop for clothes, jewelry and fun things like that. Yet my current obsession is being FRUGAL and saving as much money as I can on groceries.

~~I LOVE all the gossip sites. AND I have some defininte views when it comes to politics.

~~I'm a mom yet I love being sexy and things that go with it.

~~I LOVE to cook. I love to find new recipes and try them out. But I also love having someone else do the cooking for in some really good resturants!

Having said all that, there are days where I wonder exactly what this blog is? I have days where I wonder if I should start other blogs: FRUGAL blogs, cooking blogs, family blog? I also wonder if I have readers if they prefer one to the other?

I have finally come to the realization that THIS blog is MY blog. And as the title says...its gonna be RANDOM. For me, blogging is all about a place to journal. Sure its also out there for the world to read, but if its my blog I should feel comfortable with what it is. And not worry about attracting certain readers as opposed to others.

Expect that one day I might talk about my weight loss struggles, another day I might post my grocery savings, the next will be pictures of my recipes and then yet another day might be thoughts and vents. And yes I will post the occasional SEXY topic. (nothing toe curling....LOL)

Its gonna be a variety.....but again....I'm a RANDOM person so my blog should be as well:-)


I have to brag! Trying to save money. So I have been cutting coupons, watching sales ads and reading a lot on the internet.

Yesterday I did my "big" grocery shopping trip. I saved so much, I can't beleive it.
Original price: $208.59
Savings: 125.51
Out of pocket spending: 83.08!!!!!!

Go ME!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Oh such fun! I got to go shopping for clothes today. My sister-in-law (and one of my bestest girlfriends) took me to the mall. It was fun to get out of the house, it was fun to go with a girlfriend to help pick out outfits with, it was fun modeling the clothes for someone else and it was fun going out to lunch. We laughed, chatted and had a great time.

We are going to L.A. for the weekend. We both are Cookie Lee Consultants; she is a full time consultant while I am a Personal Shopper....mostly for MYSELF. Anyway this weekend is their annual convention. So we are heading out of town for that. And of course we needed new clothes for our trip. LOL

So now I feel all fashionable! Unfortunately this is more of a business trip than pleasure. Not a whole lot of site seeing..but we will try to squeeze some in on Sunday before we have to head home.

Now I have only tomorrow to pack, make a grocery list for David, pick up the house AND run last minute errands.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Life keeps getting in the way.

Yes, I have every intention of updating this blog. I always have lots to say. Yet life has been so crazy lately I just haven't had the time to get on here. It frustrates me...but I guess I shouldn't complain that my life is filled with 'busyness' :-)

I've been enjoying Summer. Entertained family from CA; been out of town, several times for relaxing vacations; been busy getting settled into the new house; enjoying lots of family/friends gatherings and birthdays.

Work is slow (Real Estate...blah). I'm working on getting my home office whipped into shape so I can be more efficent.

Done lots of cooking lately. And yes....even....BAKING. Who knew? LOL but I make a pretty mean Apple Crisp and Blueberry Cobbler!!!!

So hopefully I can get here more often. I have tons of recipes to share! Lots of pictures and fun stuff.

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Zen of Sarcasm

The Zen of Sarcasm

1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone.

2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.

3. Its always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.

4. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

5. Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.

6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

7. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.
That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

9. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is probably not for you.

10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment.

12. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

13. Some days you're the bug; some days you're the windshield.

14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.

17. Duct tape is like 'The Force.' It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

18. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.

19. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.

20. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

21. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

22. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Home again...

Ahhh, while I had a wonderful vacation and did not want to return, now that I am home; I am glad. Course it helps that we came home to GREAT weather.

Yesterday I spent the day, unpacking and getting our stuff put away. Oh and did I mention LAUNDRY? Lots of it!

Today I am putting my house back in order. My mom entertained a bit up here and the floors are a diaster. LOL

ALSO....D hasn't been living at home for the last few months. He has been staying with random friends. Well he is now back home too:-) We are still adjusting and there needs to be a major talk between him and his dad; but I am sooo glad he is back home with us!!!

The rest of the week? I'll be preparing my K's 21st BDay Bash on Saturday. Complete with a live band and lots to drink. WAHOO......

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th! My family is enjoying a GREAT week away in a small resort town in Eastern WA. The weather has been WONDERFUL here. So sunny and warm. We are enjoying the sun and lots of time out on the boat.

Yesterdays boat ride was especially fun. I managed to drink a whole pitcher of margarita's all to myself. LOL Today will be more lowkey. BBQ and good friends!!!

Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

An ending....

My beloved Papa passed away in May. A month later we had an amazing Memorial for him (and my Nana who had passed away 10 years before). We chartered a boat and spread their ashes into the Puget Sound. The day was perfectly sunny. As their ashes were released we had Somewhere Over the Rainbow, playing. Then as we circled their ashes and the flowers we had thrown, we listened to My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion.

There is so much I could tell you about him. But I think his obituary sums up almost it all. Other than I loved him so much and will miss him every day!!

Jerry Darling

Jerry Darling, 75, of Granite Falls, Washington unexpectedly died of a sudden heart attack May 15, 2008. He was born in Plankinton, South Dakota on September 3, 1932. His family moved to Los Angeles, California to escape the Great Depression and he grew up in Inglewood, California. As a boy, he became fascinated by airplane development in wartime Los Angeles. World War II left him with many very vivid memories and a sustained pride in our country's accomplishments. He flew in the Air Force during the early 1950s and was stationed in the Mediterranean. After he served his country in the Air Force, Jerry met Betty while they worked together at Douglas Aircraft. They fell deeply in love and married in 1955 and honeymooned in the Deep South. In the early 1960s, he worked on NASA projects. He was particularly proud of a design for a satellite and work he did on the Atlas rocket. Jerry accepted a job offer from Boeing to work on the 747 and they moved from California to Everett in 1966. He was a proud member of Boeing's Incredibles for his work to make the 747 possible. He worked there as a tool design engineer until his retirement in late 1995.
Jerry had a marvelous sense of humor and loved to laugh, joke and tease people, but never in any hurtful way. Handsome and athletic, he aged gracefully and felt fitness was essential to enjoying life. He was a man of very many enthusiasms and hobby's. He enjoyed flying and owned for a time a small acrobatic airplane. He loved sailing, so he owned a 28 ft sailboat and had a home overlooking the Puget Sound. He liked astronomy, so he had a large telescope. He became very passionate about bicycling and rode in the Seattle to Portland bicycle race more than once. He also ran the Seattle Marathon during the time when running was his passion. He learned to scuba dive after retirement and dove on many occasions with his son Steve. He spent many evenings with his daughter, Rhonda, attending plays at the Everett Theater and listening to the Everett Symphony. Painting came easy to Jerry and enjoyed his lessons in the art. He enjoyed playing golf and loved following the tournaments of the PGA. He loved books on history, politics and above all, science. All of these subjects he could discuss with a great depth of knowledge and feeling. He loved his classical music and attended with friends concerts by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and performances by Seattle Opera. He decided shortly after he retired that he would become a hand on a fishing boat in the stormy Gulf of Alaska! He did this for ten weeks and enjoyed every minute telling story's to the family about his adventures.
Jerry was preceded in death by his dear wife, Betty Darling. She died in 1998.
He is survived by his brother, Dr. Jack Darling and Geraldine, of Arlington, WA; children, Rhonda Darling, and Steve and Debra Darling; grandchildren, Jason and Chilly, Christina and Dave, Cassie and Jeremy, Ashley, Jason and Nicky; great-grandchildren, Kayleigh, Dylan, Brenna, Bryce, Easton, Aidan, Chance, Tori, Jordan, and Payton; his brother-in-law, Jerry Tippin and Janice; and all of his nieces and nephews who meant so much to him.
He was a very kind, thoughtful man his many family members and friends will greatly miss. Jerry was deeply loved by his family and those that new him.
At his request, no services will be held. His ashes will be mixed with those of his wife Betty and spread in the Puget Sound within view of the house that he and Betty lived in for so many happy years overlooking the water.

Monday, June 30, 2008

New Beginnings

Sooo, we are finally situated in our new home. OMG...I LOVE IT!!

With all the turmoil of the city wanting to buy our home and then being able to get into this one; its amazing how I feel. I lived in the other home for 10 years. It was our first home we owned. I loved it. I raised my kids there. I learned so much about myself while living there. I was so sad when I knew I would have to move. It will always have a special spot in my heart. The memories and friendships that were made there will be with me FOREVER.

But oddly I have jumped into this move with both feet and haven't looked back. Before we lived 'in town'. Now we live out of town on 6 acres. While I do sometimes miss the hustle/bustle of being in the middle of town (as much hustle/bustle that a small town has) I have adapted to being out in the "country".

While I don't have the sounds of the comings and goings of being in town; I am enjoying experiencing all the new sounds of the country. Birds, owls, coyotes at night, neighboring horses neighing, the rushing through the trees and PEACE and QUIET. I wake up every morning and drink my coffee on the back deck; listening to the birds chirping. At night I love to sit out there and wait to hear the local owl hooting. We've gone for many walks, exploring the neighborhood and trails.

Speaking of birds, I have gone a bit bird crazy. Binoculars, bird books, bird seed and feeders. But it is so fun to be able to spot new birds or the thrill of recognizing frequent visitors to my feeders.

The weirdest change? I am enjoying cleaning. LOL I have a nice routine and the house has been staying spotless. AMAZING. It's a new me!! But I love having my house look so nice:-)

We are still adjusting to it all. New mortgage, bigger "yard" to take care of, and my mom moved in downstairs. (that's an entirely other post!). But I LOVE IT HERE!!!! And I feel so complete right now in our life!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


I'm back in the saddle:-)

I'm moved into our new house and somewhat settled. YIPPE

Now enjoying the nice weather, new deck and some good wine:-)

I've got lots to say...and update......

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Taking leave...without pay

OBVIOUSLY....I'm not around.

Been up to my eyeballs in work, family and teens. So this is an official notice of my "taking a break" from blogging.

I shall return....soon.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

My life...lately

So yes, I have been busy. Oh so busy.

Hmm, lets see. Working hard on this new healthy lifestyle change. Which means lots of exercise, lots of research and lots of reading of all things healthy. I REALLY am enjoying two books. Dr. Oz's 'You on a Diet'. And Bob Greenes 'Best Life Diet'. Both are WONDERFUL books. And neither is a DIET...yet more a way of life.

Okay...what else? Oh...D had surgery on his knee. On VALENTINES DAY. That made for a sucky VDay for me. And I have spent the last 5 days cooped up in the house, answering to his every beck and call. I'm beginning to think he is milking it now.

Been working a lot. Or should I say trying to work a lot. Working hard at drumming up some business. Real Estate is kinda funky right now. So doing everything I can to get more business.

But the big exciting news! My brother and David have been building a brand new house. It is on the property behind my brothers. Originally it was for my mom and then they would sell it in a few years and use the equity for her retirment. that has all changed. She will live in it till the city buys our house and we are ready to buy it! Then she will move into the FULLY, FINISHED downstairs (complete with kitchen). She will have money for live "with us" as she gets older and needs more care.

So now that I know it will be "mine" down the road....I have been spending more time over there helping to get it finished. There are some design changes I will make and paint choices. But I LOVE it. I can't wait. I am already buying stuff for it. (I know..silly me!).

So that has been my life of late. Now that things are all balancing out....I plan on being on the blog more...and reading everyone elses:-)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Monday Weigh In

As of today I have lost 19 pounds since beginning of the year. I am right on track for where I want to be!

AND...I went in Friday to have my bloodwork rechecked. I am proud to say that I have reduced my total cholestral by 43 points! I'm still working on it....but that was AWESOME news to hear!!!

I'm working on a update post for tomorrow. Been busy, busy, busy:-)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Monday Weigh in and other ramblings.....

WAHOO. Another 4 pounds gone forever.
Total of 14 pounds since New Years.
I am 1 pound away from my mini goal!

I've planned out our dinners for the week, so I should be on tract. Breakfast and lunches are usually never a problem but sometimes dinners are. So by making a weekly menu I am hoping that will help.

It's a snowy day here.

I sleep with my cellphone either next to the bed or sometimes under my pillow. (I started this when the kids would be out and I would go to bed early.) ANYWAY, B uses my cell phone to talk to her friends a lot. They send her texts too.

So this morning, at 6:15, I woke up to my cell phone buzzing with a text message. It was B's best friend and it said "WAHOO...NO SCHOOL".

I was thinking WTF? So I get up and look out the window. COMPLETELY covered in snow. WOW. When I let the dogs out, I walked out into it and found out it was solid ice UNDER the snow.

David leaves early for work. He just now got there.....1 1/2 hour later!! I guess tons of roads are closed so he kept having to find an alternate way to get there. He said where he works, it is just dumping and doesn't look like it will stop.

So me and the kids are bunkered down in the house. Even K's college is closed!

I need to go to grocery store later to get meatballs.. I'm thinking I'll walk. Get some exercise, fresh air and enjoy the snow:-)

I'm still hacking...but my allergy pills seem to help.

Sunday, January 27, 2008


So I have been MIA this week. All last week I fought with a sore throat. Woke up every day with one but it would go away soon. Well Thursday it was sore all day long. Then Friday I felt better. But Friday night, I went downhill. Spent all day Saturday on the couch, under a blanket. Today was better but now its sore again and starting to hurt. And my sinuses are all blocked up.

I see a visit to the doctors office in my near future. UGH

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Monday Weigh In

(I've decided to have Monday be my weigh in day and also a day for reflecting here regarding weight loss, health and such. I don't want this to strictly be a weight loss blog so I chose just ONE day a week to check in)

Since I started this new lifestyle change on January 2nd, I have lost 10 pounds! Very motivating. I am sure that a lot of that is 'water' weight...but any bit taken off is gone forever and closer to my goal.

I've been reading lots of motivational books to keep me on track. One common theme in many of them is how the successful people had an "AHA" moment or something in their brain "clicked". Well I feel it! I'm there!

This last few weeks have been fairly easy. I am just making good choices. The other night I went out with a couple friends. One friend ordered dessert and I just had a bite. I felt good about that:-)

My lifestyle change is off to a good start.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Skinny Bitch

My new header: SKINNY BITCH. Thats me:-) girlfriend and I started our new lifestyle change at the beginning of the year. We started talking about how we were to become Skinny Bitches. Then low and behold I see this at the bookstore! I had no idea there was a book out. It just reafirms our motivation!!!!

We aren't calling it a diet. NOPE...its a LIFESTYLE CHANGE. And boy do I feel great. I'm just doing it in small steps but making sureing I ACTUALLY eat my meals, watch my portion sizes, make good choices and get more movement into my daily life. I've lost 5 pounds so far:-)

So I promise to not bombard you with 'dieting' stuff...but I will update from time to time.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

So Lori tagged me a while ago, and I am just getting around to it. LOL (I'll blame the holidays!)

A. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning.
B. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
C. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

5 things I was doing 10 years ago:
1. Putting together an offer on our house!
2. Worrying about and taking care of my sick Nana.
3. Potty training an almost 3 year old.
4. dealing with a POTTY mouthed almost 6 year old.
5. Making friends with the loopies!

5 things on my to-do list today:
1. Pack away all the Holiday decorations that are stacked on the bar.
2. Clean up my bedroom.
3. Clean up my bathroom.
4. Finish reading my latest Stephanie Plum novel.

5 Snacks I enjoy:
1. chips, salsa and guacamole
2. CHEESE!!!!
3. Chocolate....especially dark chocolate.
4. my grampa's popcorn
5. salt and vinegar chips

5 Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
1. buy some land and build a custom home
2. buy a new car
3. donate to children and animal charities
4. go on an AWESOME vacation
5. INVEST the rest.

5 Places I've lived:
1. Everett, WA
2. Granite Falls, WA

5 Jobs I've Had:
1. Track coach for Special Olympics
2. appointment secretary for a photography studio
3. hair dresser
4. day care
5. real estate agent

5 Things People Probably Don't Know About Me:
1. I spend a lot of time day dreaming about being famous
2. I tend to spoil my middle child
3. If my sleaves are long enough I cover my hands when opening up the doors at my daughters school????...and ONLY there?
4. I can't go to sleep till my toes are hanging off the end of the bed.
5. I tend to provoke people into arguing with me.

Okay.....I'm not tagging anyone. But if you wanna do the meme, let me know you did:-)

A New Year...a Fresh Start

2008! WOW....remember when we were kids and we tried to imagine what life would be like in the year 2000? While we aren't hoovering around in space cars 10 feet off the ground, things are definently diffrent from when I was a kid!

Anyway, I've taken the last month to enjoy the holidays and my family. Was on a tighter budget this year so while I missed out on the mad Xmas shopping was nice to not overdo it.

I've set a goal for myself this year:
To become healthier, on the inside AND outside. Course that includes losing weight, taking better care of myself, working on some of my personal demons and issues that follow me. LOL Any progress I make, I will consider a success towards reaching my goal! AND a big part being healthier is writing more. LUCKY YOU GUYS. hehehehe

While I away, I turned 41. Not that big of deal, other than it seems I have TOTALLY lost my eyesight in last month. GEEZ...time for a visit to the eyedoctor. I "see" (barely) glasses in my future. I'm wondering if contacts are an option.....

Tonight David is having family over to celebrate my BDay. So nice of him...but that means pizza, munchies and cake. UGH. So much for DAY ONE of getting healthier. I've vowed to have ONE small slice of pizza and NO appetizers. Wish me luck.