Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Stole this from Amy's blog. Funny.

She's flirting with me....

So yesterday I went to Costco to order the girls cake (yippee!) and after paying for the other stuff I bought I decided I wanted to try their pizza. I parked my cart, waited in line and then got my food and soda. I sat down at one of the tables. There I was, sitting there minding my business and eating my pizza (pretty good, by the way) when this mother and her 4-ish year old son sat at the table next to me. She told him to behave and sit quietly while she went to the counter to order their food. He was pretty well behaved....sat still for the most part but kept yelling "L, M, N, O, P!" and would start laughing. Every time he yelled it you could hear people giggle at how cute it/he was. The way we sat, we were facing each other. Every once in a while I'd smile at him like I would at any cute kid. He smiled back and then acted all shy. A few minutes and a few acts of shyness later, his mom turned from the counter and said, "Gabriel, are you flirting with the lady?" Gabriel got all kinds of embarrassed and yelled, "No Mommy! I'm not flirting," and refused to look at me again. His mom joked around with him about it for a few seconds then turned back to get her food. It was probably 2 or 3 minutes later while I had, of course, a huge bite of pizza in my mouth, that at the top of his lungs, Gabriel screams "Mommy!!" She turns around thinking something was wrong and asks what his problem was. At the top of his lungs, he yells, "Mommy, that lady (pointing at me) is flirting with me!" I almost gagged. First, because I was completely and totally embarrassed by a 4 year old. Secondly, because it made me laugh but I was mid-swallow so I started coughing. Mom, without missing a beat asked, "is that true, Gabriel?" I thought then he'd deny it, but nope...he said, "Yes Mommy, she (still pointing at me) keeps flirting with me." Mom said, "OK, well you'll have to take it up with your father." Right on cue, in walks dad. At this point I was honestly starting to think this was some sort of hidden camera set up or something. Dad looked at Gabriel and said, "whats the problem?" Oh, might I add, Gabriel's parents are my age, maybe a few years older. Gabriel continued with the flirting story to his dad, who then looked at me and asked if it was true. I don't think I even answered....all I know is my cheeks burned from being so blushed. Once Gabriel stopped talking I kinda looked around....yeah, the entire "food court" and a bunch of people who were standing at the registers were looking at us. We apparently were the entertainment. Wives were whispering to their husbands that "the little boy just screamed that lady in the Maryland sweatshirt was flirting with him." Every did their little chuckle and smile while I still sat there wanting to crawl under the table because a 4 year old embarrassed me. Why is it so much funnier when it happens to someone else?

Oh, and yippee! Spell check is working again!

I got 5!

Weigh in yesterday: lost .8 lbs. That puts me at 5.6 lost...I got my 5lb star!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Good to know....

if anyone wants to write about being nauseated, I've been made aware by Christy my phrase/spelling of was all wrong. I was supposed to be speaking Latin: ad nauseam--to the point of nausea. Now that we're all a little smarter.... :)

My "I'm tired and want to be sleeping but the citizens of this county won't let me so this will be the topic of the night" post

My warning: I'm tired and thinking at work. That said, take what I type with a grain of salt.
The topic of the night: trust. I found out this weekend I have two friends I didn't even really know I had. These are the kind of friends that show up at your door with two 6 packs of ice cold beer in tow when you're having a bad day. They sit and listen to your drama and then give you their input and somehow make it all seem a little better. For the first time in a long time I wasn't worried about talking. I wasn't worried something would be used against me. I wasn't worried how it would be taken. I knew that I could say whatever I needed to say and move on. I knew what I had to say or vent about was going no further than us. I got to tell them things only a very select few (primarily family, Laura and Brian) know about. I found two friends that I actually trust. And I'm excited about that.

Now, on the other do you know when that trust has been taken advantage of? We've all told those little white lies, but what about something big? Saying something hurtful or possibly dangerous you swore you wouldn't? Or for that matter, not saying something when you know you should?

Theres all kinds of "trust breaking." I just watched something on News Channel 8 this afternoon about a guy who I think worked at a school --- very respected, everyone loved and trusted him, and then it comes out that he sexually assaulted a 12 year old. Hes the kinda guy that you look at and say, "he would never do that, he'd never hurt anyone, especially a kid," but he did. How do you accept that? I look back at my life and think about some of the trust bonds I've broken. I didn't understand when I was younger why my parents were so mad at me when I got caught at a party I wasn't supposed to be at. Of course, I lied. I told them I wasn't there when they confronted me. But, they knew I was and new I was lying. They had proof. They told me they couldn't trust me to tell the truth. They said if I just told them the truth right off the bat when they confronted me, I would have been in less trouble then if lied and denied. That year I got in trouble for lying, not for being at the party. I was grounded from November until May or June.

I had a friend recently who I thought I very much respected and trusted (and vice versa, of course)--I was wrong. That friend abused that trust between us and then lied when confronted, very much like I did to my parents when I was 15 and at the party I wasn't supposed to be at. This one incident has caused me to look back at our entire friendship and pick it to pieces. Were my deep dark secrets between us not really secrets? How many people know about what we talked about? Were our conversations not as sincere as I thought they were? Was this person telling me what I wanted to hear then talk the opposite when I wasn't around? Were the stories they said they had about me with other people the "whole" story or just the parts I'd want to hear/know of course, to spare my feelings, I'm sure. Let me tell you, I haven't felt hurt like that in a long time. Actually it feels worse than hurt. I felt (I guess still do) naive and stupid and well, disrespected. And I don't even like that word....its way overused. But it sucked---I'm not even sure what sucks more. Being hurt or re-evaluating an entire friendship for its validity. Now I'm left wondering if this incident ruined us. Is our friendship over? Can I ever look at this person the same way again? Is there any chance of gaining that trust back and if so how does that happen? Or, does this turn into one of those friendships that get tossed aside like so many others in our lives? The problem I'm having now in dealing or I guess trying to deal with this issue is that no matter how mad I am, I still deep down value our friendship. I want to go back to how we were, but then I think about the issue that got me all upset and I go back to wanting never to speak to them again. I'm hoping it passes. I wish I could be my parents and "ground" them. Punish them so they learn their lesson, you know?

K, I'm done thinking. I should be a philosopher because I overthink myself to nauseum...ask Brian. I dont know if thats even a word. . :) ha. Anywho, WW this week....well, it was bad then I did pretty well for the weekend. I had a touch of the sick thing going on this weekend, so I didn't overindulge in anything food wise. Maybe I'll do a meeting Tuesday or Wednesday. I pray I finally got to 5lbs!!

Big news though: Im at work and wearing my little girl uniform pants. And they fit and they're comfortable even while sitting. I'm super-duper excited. And my ass looks pretty good in them too. HA.

K, I gotta go on a call :( Somedays I really hate 911.


Thursday, February 21, 2008

I don't like this feeling....

I feel a binge coming on. I want junk food! So far today I had a tuna sub from Subway and now I just found myself in the drive thru at Wendys. I'm not happy about that. Thankfully, I could have ordered something worse than I did, but still... Problem is I still want something, even after eating that. I have a craving but can't put my finger on it. Ughh! Very frustrating.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Our progress so far.

We got a lot of work done over the past few days. The girls room is painted and bead board is up. The ceiling is primed as is part of the bead board. Everything just needs its final coat of paint and then the laminate goes in. Brandon's room is all done except for some touching up on the trim. Its now being used for storage for all the other projects upstairs. Hopefully his bed will make it here by the weekend.
The basement is coming along, but I swear this is not the color paint I picked out. But after spending lots on it, its going to stay this color. We opted not to carpet the basement...we found laminate tiles (pergo tiles) for less than $3/sq ft which was cheaper than the carpet we were looking at. I should have the basement completely painted by tomorrow, then the flooring goes in eventually.
We still have to decide what we're doing with our room but that will come with time.

Boca Burgers

I keep finding recipes that include Boca Burgers. Do they taste anything like meat? I'm very hesitant to try....

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I'd like to schedule an appointment....

pathetic, isn't it? Everything is always scheduled. Work schedules, appointments, phone calls, dinner, relationships, hell, sometimes I think I have to schedule in when I'm going to go to the bathroom.

I remember when I was a teenager, the phone in my house didn't ring more than two times before my sister or I answered. We didn't have caller ID---we had no idea who it was before picking it up. Now, if I even get my lazy ass up to check the caller ID , I rarely answer the phone. Oh, then theres the calls to the cell I never hear because I forget to turn the ringer back on when I get in the house. On the flip side, I can't complain, really because I call no one. Email and text messages, baby. We've come to live in such an inpersonal lifestyle and again, its pathetic.

I talked to someone yesterday who was one of my closest friends in college. He and I talked and/or saw each other every single day--actually, we probably talked to each other on the phone at least 3 times a day. College being what it is, we all eventually found our "soulmates" got married and moved away. And, along with moving away went our communication. Its been forever since I actually last saw this person and a phone conversation? Yeah, I can't even tell you. Its been that long.

Same goes with my best friend, Laura. We spent, I swear, almost every waking minute together when we were younger. The phones were attached to our ears. We get to see each other a few times a year now, but our phone conversations went from a few times a day to a few times a month. Texting and emailing has replaced a lot of that.

My excuse for no phone calls/visits (besides the fact that most of my friends live forever and a day away)? Maybe they're busy. Or sleeping. Watching a movie---no one likes being interrupted during a movie. Or maybe they're going to want to talk for like two hours. I don't have two hours to talk, so instead of telling them I can't talk that long, I just won't call at all. Then there's the "you never call" conversation, which ironically the person complaining that the other never calls, usually never picks up the phone and dials either.

Now don't get me wrong, a lot of communication can be made through an email. Sometimes its better than a phonecall----no emotions thrown in, just the cut and dry facts. But, then there's the all the stuff we're lacking in emails. The actual communication---back and forth communication. Emails doesn't usually happen in real time, so there's a time lag. Then, theres no real opinions interjected, and lets be honest, some emails, like mine, are usually so long and have questions throughout that the reader probably only remembers to answer 2 or 3 of them leaving all my others unanswered.

So while technology is great, I wonder sometimes how much better life would be without it. I think I'd be more involved in peoples lives. Maybe I wouldn't have to "schedule" a time to talk. I'd actually call friends on the phone and maybe during that conversation we'd decide last minute we were hungry and wanted to meet in 15 minutes at a diner and have a nice afternoon. But instead, 26 hours after I sent an email, someone will find out that we decided on painting the girls bedroom purple---oh, Laura, by the way, the girls bedroom is going to be purple, and the flooring in Brandon's room turned out really nice. :)

Monday, February 18, 2008


Congratulations to my sister, Leigh. As of last night, she is now engaged to Jimi.

I lost almost 3 boxes of laminate flooring....

In the process of getting the house ready for Brian and Company to move in, we've been ditching some unused stuff. We've been pretty successful at selling quite a bit of stuff thats just been taking up space and collecting dust on Craig's List. In the basement we found 3 boxes of unused laminate flooring and posted it for sale. A guy in TX contacted us and wants to buy all three boxes and have it shipped to him. So, in the process of trying to give him an estimate for shipping, I had to weigh it. And weighing the long rectangular boxes was a little awkward for my little scale, so I had to weigh myself, then weigh myself holding the flooring and then determine the difference to ultimately figure out how much the flooring weighs. Ok, Sarah where are you going with this?

The boxes are freakin' heavy. They're not heavy like, ugh, I can't lift this heavy but its very compact so its just cumbersome. It was only when I determined each box to be 27 pounds did I realize how much of a favor I did to my body by losing weight. This morning, I could barely tolerate holding the box of flooring for two minutes before I got "tired." And carrying it up the steps to get to the scale? Yeah, no chance I'd be doing any stair climbing contest with that stuff in tow. 27 pounds and I got tired. To think there was a point in my life where I was carrying around the weight of almost 3 of those boxes ALL THE TIME! Its no wonder I always felt like crap. No wonder going up the stairs sucked.

We all have our frustrations like I did after my WI this morning. Only .2 pounds this week and only .4 pounds another. But I think a lot of us forget all those "onlys" add up and eventually they add up to a crazy annoying box of laminate flooring (so to speak.....). When you feel like your weight loss is nearing non-existant, go pick up a box of kitty litter or a large bag of dog food --- then think about how many "boxes" or "bags" you've been carrying around and then lost. Instead of people saying "I lost 80 pounds," maybe they'll start saying "I lost almost 4 boxes of kitty litter!!"

Still no 5 :(

Feeling much better this morning--I weighed in too. I should be happy because the scale went down....but only .2 lbs. So, that means I still haven't met my 5 lb goal yet. However, I can't really complain because looking back, I ate a lot of crap this week and have done little to no physical activity....and a loss is definitely better than a gain. Maybe next week. Good news though---I'm officially 166.8. I haven't been 166 in a LONG time.

Spring is almost here. The "Opening March 1st" sign is in Rita's window.

Nothing much more exciting to write now. I'm home from work and super sleepy so its off for nappy time now. Then, time for more painting. Fun, fun!!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

yet again...

I'm sick again (or maybe still....) :( My throat hurts, my ears itch, I'm achy and I'm not happy about it. Going on 2 days now. I'm at work but hopefully on my way out early. All I want to do is sleep, not take care of other sick people.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day, Brian. Even though its not always easy, I am very happy you came into my life. A&F.

And, Happy Valentine's Day to everyone else. Cyber smooches all around!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Finally, a loss....

I weighed in at 167 which means I lost 1.4 pounds since January 22nd. Of course I wish it was more, but its better than a gain which is what I've been doing recently. That brings me to a total of 4.6 lbs since going back on WW. I wish I had another layer of clothing to remove---I figure a shirt or a pair of socks is .4 lbs....then I could have gotten my 5lbs! :) There's always next week....

Sunday, February 10, 2008


Nope, I'm not there yet. But Becky is. I'm really happy for her. Its funny how certain goals mean so much to you. Based on her blog, I'd venture to say stepping into the 150's was one of hers. I remember how excited, no make that ECSTATIC, I was when I was "less than 220", then "less than 200", then "less than 180." I think after that, I haven't really had any big goals. I've hung around the 175 mark for so many years and lost and gained the same 5-7 pounds that when I got into the 160's it wasn't that big a deal to me. I think because I have the wrong thinking....instead of being excited and saying, I'll never be "more than 170" as I did with all my other goals/milestones, I look at it like, "well, I'm 168 today, but might back at 170 tomorrow."

Anyway, all I can say is, look out for when I'm "less than 160!" That means I'm in the 150s and I haven't seen those numbers (well, from me stepping on the scale) since I played basketball in high maybe 11 years ago? Thats going to be one of those "ecstatic" milestones.

Also, how supportive of a friend is Anna? That's just awesome. People laugh about my doing WW while some are impressed or envious of the progress I've made over the years, but I've never had a friend that is that supportive to remember a milestone such as that. And being honest, I can't say I'm probably that friend either. But, I do think thats really cool. From what I think I've read in the past they have a little friendly competitioin going on with WW. Good for them. I hope both keep up the good work.

My WW update: I'm so OP its not even funny. I am even impressing myself. Lent is kicking me in the is that cruise that Bri and I recently booked. How excited are we? Not sure how smart it is to stick a WW "fat girl" on a boat full of buffets. I might need to bring my little girl pants for when we get on and pair of big girl pants for when we get off. Regardless, I'm super excited. I've never been on a cruise before and I can't wait for heat and sun and pools and relaxing!! Just thought of it...I'm going to need a bathing suit! :( I hate shopping to begin with, but thats the worst of them all!

Kinda changing the subject, yesterday, I had to take a girl that got sick at a track meet to the hospital. She had the most amazing legs in the world. Since she was running at the meet, she obviously works works hard, much harder than I'm willing to work, to have legs like that. But, as I was sitting there I couldn't help but wish I could just pop off her legs like Bella does her Barbie doll's legs and then stick them on to my body. :) Kinda gross, but I'd have some hot ass legs!!

Friday, February 8, 2008

I always forget!

I'm not what you'd call an extremely religious person. But there are a few things I follow---why I choose to follow these things as compared to others, I have no idea. First off, communion. I won't receive communion during mass if I haven't been to confession after missing mass. Its kind of ironic, really, because I rarely go to mass. Usually its because of work, but the rest of the times I have no excuse. Secondly, lent. I follow lent. I don't know why, but I always give something up. Like one year it was Diet Pepsi. Note to self: NEVER do that again! But on the flip side, I get really mad at myself because I don't remember to not eat meat on Friday's. Its not because I'm being a rebel....I really just usually forget what day it is. Like today. I forgot it was Friday and I ate turkey sausage for breakfast. Then I got an email from Laura saying she loves lent because it gives her a reason to eat fish, pizza and pierogies on Fridays. Umm, maybe that just answered my "why do I like lent?" question. Its almost mandatory (at least in NE Pa) that you eat pizza and pierogies on Fridays. Anyway, back to my rant, now I'm pissed at myself because I ate sausage. This year for Lent I'm not giving up one particular thing like I've done int he past. In 3rd grade I gave up peas. I don't like peas to begin with. I had a very successful Lent. But the more I started to understand to premise behind Lent I started to give up things I actually liked (loved) like Diet Pepsi, fries, anything fried, pizza, etc. This year, I'm going to just do my WW faithfully. Its something I haven't been able to do lately. And I figure if I do it, I'm most definitely giving up something I really want (probably more fries/pizza). Its only 40 days, and a few of them are gone already. Maybe this will be the motivation I need to stay on track. That and my other new motivation is sitting in the chair at the hair salon. I know this has happened to someone think you look all cute and then whammo! You sit in the chair at the salon with the big mirror in front of you and you almost say out loud: "Who the hell do those thighs and ass belong to?" as you realize you "spread out" in the chair. Ugh! :(

Slowly but surely....

progress is being made. Brandon's room is all painted with the exception of the trim and the door. Today we have to pull up the carpet and possibly start to put down laminate. I got lucky and found "oops" paint at Home Depot yesterday, so the girls room only cost me $5 to paint. It's purple....not what we were initially planning on but it will work, especially at that price! Their carpet needs pulled up and laminate put down, as well. Then its work time in the basement and our bedroom. Hopefully in the next few days I'll get some pictures of our progress. Good news is we haven't killed each other yet! Yeah for family projects.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

How sad is it..

that I can't wait til the girls birthday party on March 1st because there will be a BJs/Costco birthday cake there?

Monday, February 4, 2008


Here are some of my favorite recipes. Most are adjusted to be WW friendlier. If you're not into WW, know that if I use something like Splenda you can use regular sugar, or regular "fat" stuff can be used in place of fat free (FF) stuff I use.

Fruit Salsa
POINTS® Value: 1
Servings: 8 (approx 1/2 c each)

2 large kiwifruit
1 cups strawberries
2 Tbsp apple jelly
2 medium Granny Smith apple(s)
2 Tbsp McNeil Nutritionals Splenda brown sugar blend
1/2 cup Tropicana Light 'N Healthy Orange juice beverage with pulp

Peel/core apples, then dice.
Peel, then dice kiwi.
Slice strawberries to make 1 cup, can dice afterwards if desired.
Put all fruit in bowl
Add OJ, brown sugar and apple jelly to bowl and mix.
Refrigerate til cool.

NOT INCLUDED IN POINT VALUE:Serve with cinnamon/sugar tortilla chips (wet top side of a tortilla and sprinkle w/ cinn/sugar---slice like a pizza then back til crispy @ 350). Or serve over waffles/pancakes instead of syrup.

Banana chocolate chip (bundt cake or bread)
POINTS® Value: 4
Servings: 16

4 medium ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup Egg Beaters
1 package yellow cake dry mix (18.25 oz box, plain, no pudding type)
3/4 cup semisweet choc. chips
1/3 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce

Preheat oven to 350.
Mash bananas.
Combine all ingredients in large bowl then beat--30 seconds on low and then 2 minutes on med speed.
If making bread, pour into 2 greased/floured loaf pans. Bake for 30-35 min.
If making Bundt cake, pour into greased/floured cake pan and bake for 45 minutes.
Remove from oven, let cool 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Gnocchi w/ Sausage and Spinach
Adjusted to be WW friendly from a Real Simple recipe
4 svgs/10 points each (per Recipe Builder)

4 serving gnocchi (any should do frozen, dried, etc.)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 pound lean sweet Italian turkey sausage (casings removed)
5-6 oz baby spinach
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3/4 cup reduced-fat parmesan
1 tsp minced garlic

Cook gnocchi according to package directions, reserve 1/4 c cooking liquid. In large pot, heat oil in skillet, add onion saute til soft (5 min). Remove casings from turkey. Crumble sausage and cook til browned, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic, spinach, salt and pepper and cook tossing frequently until spinach wilts, about 3 minutes. Add drained gnocchi, the reserved cooking liquid and the Parmesan. Mix everything together, divide among 4 bowls.

Mom's Wimpies (sloppy joes)
8 svgs; 4 points each (not counting bun)
(I think it makes more than 8 svgs---I usually eat on small roll, so I get more servings. If you use Kaiser/hard roll I think the 8 svgs would be more accurate.)

2 pounds raw 93% lean ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
12 oz chili sauce (get plain, not zesty or anything)
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp Splenda
1 tsp yellow mustard

Brown meat. Combine all other ingredients then mix w/ meat. Heat til warm. Serve on roll. (Roll not counted in points value).

Baked Apples
1-2 points depending on size of apple

1 apple (I use Granny Smith)
Spray butter (ICBINB)
1 or 2 packets Splenda (or sugar, about 1/2 - 1 tea)
1tsp cinnamon (or to taste)

Peel and core the apple. Put in small bowl then spray top and inside of apple with a few sprays of butter spray. Sprinkle with Splenda/sugar and cinnamon. Microwave for 3 minutes

To make it taste like Apple pie, top with some FF vanilla frozen yogurt. Add the points, though.

Sausage "McMuffin"
4 points, 1 svg
Really fast/easy and the protein/fiber keeps me full.

1 multi grain Light English muffin (or any 1 point English muffin)
2 patties (1 svg) Jimmy Dean turkey breakfast sausage

Toast the muffin and microwave the 2 patties for 35 seconds. Spray some butter spray on muffin, add the sausage and enjoy. (I add a little ketchup too.)

Chicken Marsala (from
POINTS® Value: 4
Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 18 min
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

2 tsp olive oil
1 cup mushroom(s), fresh, sliced
1 pound uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, four 4 oz pieces
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup wine, Marsala variety
1 1/4 cup canned beef broth, reduced-sodium, divided
1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and sauté until tender and releasing liquid, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, place chicken on a plate and season both sides with thyme, salt and pepper. Move mushrooms to outer edge of skillet once cooked. Place chicken in center of skillet and sauté until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Add wine to skillet; simmer 1 minute. Add 3/4 cup of broth and simmer, uncovered, until chicken is tender and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Dissolve cornstarch in remaining 1/2 cup of broth in a small bowl; add to skillet. Simmer until sauce thickens, stirring constantly and incorporating mushrooms into the liquid, about 1 minute. Serve chicken with mushroom sauce spooned over top. Yields about 3 ounces of chicken and 1/3 cup of sauce per serving.

Every once in a while its okay to pretend....

I'm going to pretend yesterday didn't happen, okay? I didn't go to a party and I didn't endulge in complete yumminess. There was nothing made of cream cheese or sour cream, there wasn't any Buffalo Chicken dip (which if there was, I wouldn't be sitting here trying to figure out a way to make it low points), and of course, there were no desserts---and there was absolutely NO BJ's cake. Brian and I sat at home, stared at the TV watching CNN and ate celery all night. No dip. Yep! That's exactly how last night went. Ha. Yeah right.

We went to a friend of Brian's house for their Super Bowl party. It was fun and I think Brian really enjoyed it. Its the first time in many years that he got to hang out with his old friends. I got to meet some people he talks about all the time and he seemed genuinely excited to be there. It was a little awkward for me....I'm not exactly a social butterfly that can talk to anyone and get them to talk back. I'm very jealous of people that can do that. I did make friends with one lady, but unfortunately it was next to the crockpot full of some sort of delicious creamy sausage dip. We claimed it as ours. :)

The crockpot full of yummy dip got me thinking about Amy's blog and her request for crockpot recipes. Today, I'm extremely lazy---I don't even want to go out to the store. Since its garbage day I cleaned out the fridge/freezer and came across some frozen country ribs and a 3/4 full bottle of light BBQ sauce. I decided to lug out the ol' crockpot and whip up some BBQ ribs. I went on and on to Amy about how great a crockpot is, but realized I haven't used it in forever. With all the projects we're working on around the house, especially in the upcoming weeks, I think I'm going to try to use it a little more. Cooking will be one less thing I'll have to worry about, plus its an almost guarantee of leftovers for lunch the next day! And it will save a little $$----no ordering bad for you carryout while you're up to your ears in paint!

If you have any good crockpot recipes, either post or email to

Saturday, February 2, 2008

WW update.

Bad. No weigh in because of work. I was doing well yesterday, OP and everything. Then on the ride home at midnite from work I was so tired I pulled over at McDonalds for a diet coke only. But the nice lady handed me a bag with chicken fingers and fries. I don't know what happened. Maybe I fell dosed off and talked in my sleep to the drive thru lady or something to get all that extra stuff. I couldn't let it go to waste, because lets face it, there are starving kids in Ethopia. Today I missed breakfast, had tuna, fries AND chips at lunch---oh and French Onion soup which was delish but I'm feeling a bit "full" I think from all the sodium. I don't normally have that problem, but from reading about others and sodium intake effects I'm thinking I may have overdid it a bit. Supper wasn't bad. Oh, except for the Texas Toast garlic bread and then the brownie. Yeah, so bad. Tomorrow's a new day, though. And conveniently, the Super Bowl (or the NFL as Taylor calls it). We actually found friends that invited us to a party so we're going. I already know there will be ribs, shrimp, etc. I'm in charge of bringing a dessert. Unfortunately, I could do without dessert so I probably won't even eat what I bring. I'm thinking about making fruit salsa w/ cinnamon-sugar tortilla chips and banana-chocolate chip bread. I'm eating light early so I can mildly indulge at the party---pray I keep my will power up. I need to find the water and lemon early on in the night.

How excited am I?

Pretty damn excited. I just finished sewing a duvet cover for Taylors bed. I know, I know, its not a prom dress or anything. I just had to sew 3 1/2 sides together to make a glorified pillow case, but still.... I stress myself out over stupid details, and now that this cover is completed I feel much better. Plus its super cute. No pictures yet, but hopefully soon. I still have another to make for Bella, but I need to get another flat sheet first. Taylor picked out what material she wanted it made with today and was pretty excited about it so that made me feel better. I was a little worried how their room was going to work out. I think I was trying too hard to make a theme for it. The theme is just "girl." Walls will be pink w/ white bead board. The comforters are reversible, either pink or primarily pink stripes. By their bunks they'll have their "personal" areas and the rest of the room, we'll work out once we get to that point.

Tomorrow Bri and Brandon are finishing the painting in Brandon's room and pulling out the carpet. The laminate may get started tomorrow or sometime this week. Then we move onto the girls room. The basement still looks like a "volcano" per Taylor. Interesting, I thought it was looking better.