Thursday, July 28, 2011

Weigh In Thursday

One of these days I'll get back on track with Weigh In Wednesday. I'm sad to report I gained .4 this week. I can't say I'm completely surprised as I didn't eat great over the weekend. I think I'm back in my routine now so all is good. I've been to Yogalates 3 times this week & was planning to make today the 4th time BUT I forgot my Yoga towels at home. These things are a necessity. It's soooo hot & humid there's no way you can go to class without a towel. I leave work 30 mins. early on Yoga days & I don't have time to go home first. At least I got my 3 classes in & Allison & I will be back to walking the lakes Saturday morning.

I'm going to go ahead & put this out there. I didn't want to say anything in case I chickened out but maybe I won't since I'm blogging about it. My sister-in-law Lydia, has somehow (I'm thinking she has a direct link to the aliens that have invaded my body) convinced me that I need to run a 5K with her. Have I mentioned I don't run? Like ever? She wanted me to run one with her at the end of August. I kept my wits about me & declined. No way do I think I could go from no running to 3.1 miles in 6 wks. She insist I'm wrong. We compromised. I'll be running the "Reindeer Run" with her in December. So at some point in the future I'll be using the C25K app on my phone. A lot of the people in my Yogalates class are runners so I'm hoping all the work I've been doing will help. Please pray for me!!!

In other food related news, I had lots of comments (thanks for that) about Nutella after my last post. What I've learned is I probably won't like it! I don't know if I like hazelnut but I'm thinking I don't. Then the thought of spreading something that taste chocolatey on toast makes me a little sick. It also doesn't sound like it's low cal. Therefore, I won't be trying it. No need to get hooked on anything else that is going to make me gain weight. There's enough of that out there already.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

WTH is Nutella??

I know I may be the only person on the planet that doesn't know what the heck this stuff is. Is is salty? Is it sweet? With a name like Nutella, I immediately think salty but then I saw a recipe somewhere for something that was dessert like & it made me think it was sweet. It's like all of a sudden it's everywhere. I thought it was something new. Then I hear someone say it's been out forever & is next to the peanut butter. Which leads me to believe it's something like peanut butter. I don't like peanut butter unless it's in a Reeses or some other chocolate covered concoction. Some of the blogs I follow have commented on how they love it. I see people tweet about it. Still, I have no clue what it is. Is it fattening? Is it good for dieters? Please someone enlighten me.

On to other news. I still don't know how to operate my car. It's completely ridiculous I know. I know the basics & a few of the extras but there's still a whole lot of stuff I don't know.

Our weekend was nothing to write home about. We dropped the car off at the dealership to get detailed since the detailing guys were gone Thursday night when we bought the car. While that was being done Dean & I ran errands which included buying waders (those things are not cute) for Dean's trip to Alaska (more on that later) & had a fattening lunch at CiCi's Pizza Buffet. Yes, I know, we're big timers. HA! It was convenient & just opening so we knew the pizza would be good & hot & it didn't disappoint.

Once we picked up the car we went to visit our friends Niki & Paul who have a new baby. Well, he's 3 months old now but we hadn't seem him yet. This is Owen.

He's a very happy baby.

We were able to get home before the torrential rain started. I was happy that my car was going to stay clean for longer than a day. We did laundry & I read about the car then went to dinner at Brewbachers. That was our big Saturday night. I swear sometimes I think we're 80.

Sunday, my parents came over. We managed to swim in between more torrential rain. I know I was saying a few weeks ago how we needed rain but this is getting ridiculous. I went to Yogalates. I'm really starting to like the Sunday afternoon class.

This morning I was the "Facebook Fan of the Day" for one of our local morning shows. I've "liked" their channel on FB but I never watch this particular show because I listen to the radio while I get ready for work. My friend sent a text this morning telling me that they showed my picture & told a little about me. It was stuff they gathered from reading my FB post. They said I love to work out. HA!!! What a joke. Yes, I'm going to Yogalates regularly but I can't say I love it. Anyway, my prize is a coffee mug.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

More Vacay

About 8:00 Saturday night it started pouring. We were hoping when we woke up it would be a pretty day. Yeh, well, that was wishful thinking. I woke up several times during the night & it was storming EVERY TIME. This was our view when we woke up.

Nice huh?? After breakfast we decided to go to the movies. The majority of the group wanted to see Harry Potter. The "little girls", as they were known all week, saw Zookeeper & Dean, Jackie & I saw Bad Teacher. It was really funny. I still haven't figured out what the woman was thinking that brought her son with her who looked to be 5 or 6. The movie was rated R for a reason. Crazy. After the movie it was back to the condo to watch the Championship game of the World Cup. I'm not the least bit interested in soccer but it was actually kind of exciting to watch. At least the last few minutes.

The rain finally stopped & Dean, Cliff & I went out to the beach with the "little girls" to catch crabs. I've never done this. Those things were everywhere. Some big & some teeny tiny.
Amelia-Ann & Dean on our way to the beach. I don't know what they were doing. Please ignore the fact that Dean's clothes don't match at all. I normally don't let him out of the house like that but since we were on vacation at the beach I thought it was ok. Not to mention the fact that he would've looked at me like I was crazy if I told him he had to change to go catch crabs.
I caught this one. He was big.
Monday we woke up to an absolutely gorgeous day. We spent the day on the beach. There was a lot of seaweed but we were just thrilled the sun was out. I don't get in the water. Maybe I'll get ankle dip but that's about it. Well, it's amazing what you do when two 12 yr. olds are begging. We bought those big inflatable inner tubes & rode the waves. I've never known of anyone to go to the beach & come home bruised. Everyday, I've found a new bruise. It's the most ridiculous thing ever. Those waves are rough when you're in a tube holding onto other tubes. It was SOOOO MUCH FUN though!

Amelia-Ann was worn out.

Tuesday, it was time to come home. Of course it was another gorgeous day & all the seaweed was gone. Oh well. On the way home we stopped in Ocean Springs, MS & ate at The Shed. It's been on the Food Network a ton of times.

It really does look just like a shed.

I'm not even a huge fan of BBQ but I really enjoyed my lunch. A pulled pork sandwich with slaw & a side of slaw & potato salad.

This is what it looked like inside. If you're in the area you should definitely stop!

We had a great trip & as usual it went by way too fast. I can't believe at this time last week I was on the beach!


Friday, July 22, 2011

My New Ride!

I'll get back to vacay posts later. Most of my pics are still on the camera. Last night we went car shopping. I've been driving my Expedition for almost 7.5 years. While I loved it, it was time for something new. This is what I got.
It's the new Ford Explorer Limited. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! I was having a hard time deciding between black, white & silver but when we got to the dealership they only had 2 & both were black & one had the most horrific interior I've ever seen in my life. That made my decision very easy. I told the salesman that whoever decides what color seats they make needs to be fired. Seriously.

I think I need to take a class to figure out all the features. I'm definitely going to have to read the directions. YUCK! It doesn't even have a key. Just push a button & it starts. It talked to me this morning. It didn't like that I was fooling with the radio while I was driving. This lady came on & said "please use voice activation to prevent distracted driving". It's amazing what they do with cars now. This is what they're calling the "key".

So weird to me. I guess all the new cars have this though. OK so I'm off to read the directions now.

Happy Friday!!!!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Weigh In Wednesday

We're back from the beach. What a bummer. I gained 2.4 lbs. this week. Not a surprise at all. I ate & drank whatever I wanted while we were gone. Fried fish, BBQ, chips, dip, chocolate cake, pina colada's, bushwackers (which incidentally, Portofino has THE best ones EVER!!). You name it, I ate or drank it. Oh well, back on track today starting with Yogalates this afternoon.

So we left Friday morning. The weather was bad in Pensacola so we weren't in a hurry to get there. We stopped at Lambert's (you know, home of the thrown rolls?) & had lunch. For those that don't know, yes, they actually throw the rolls. The rolls are really good too. Now this isn't my type of place normally. It's lots of home cooking. I can eat home cooking at home anytime but I was outnumbered. Luckily, they had fried fish on the menu & some delicious potato salad. After lunch we went to the outlet mall in Foley, AL & did some shopping. I got a couple of pair of capri's, some Reebok shorts (LOVE them, they're sooo comfy) & another pair of flip flops. Yeh, I know, like I needed those. When we left the mall Amelia-Ann & her friend Maddie rode with us to the condo. Oh, how entertaining that was. I think we laughed the entire drive.
They're 12 going on 25. After a stop at Publix for a ridiculous amount of food, we got to the condo & the girls headed to the beach while we checked in. I think it took all of about 3.5 minutes for Amelia-Ann to get stung by a jellyfish. She's tough though & didn't let it slow her down.

Once we got settled in, we played cards & had snacks while Dean grilled burgers & hot dogs.
We were concerned that it was going to rain the entire time we were there. When we woke up Saturday morning it was really cloudy. I went to the gym & walked 4 miles on the treadmill. After getting lost in the resort without my phone for 25 minutes I finally found my way back to the condo. Have I ever mentioned since I got married I have no sense of direction?? Anyway, we had breakfast & headed to the beach. We were lucky that it didn't start raining until later in the afternoon.
This was my view for most of the afternoon. It was fabulous! Once the rain started we went back to the condo for lunch & naps. Since it was raining we decided to go to Mass & then out to dinner.We went to a place called Crabs. It was good. I had this great little drink called Voodoo Juice.
It was rum & lots of fruit juices. SOOOO good!!! Amelia-Ann ordered what was called the "Crab Cluster". She wasn't overjoyed to see that she actually had to open the crabs.
After dinner we headed back to the condo. We played cards for awhile. I learned a new game & thanks to Sheri I'm also addicted to Solitaire on my iPhone.

That about sums up the first couple of days. More later.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Weigh In Wednesday on Thursday

I didn't have time to blog yesterday. I lost .8 again this week. Oh well, a loss is a loss so I'm happy.

Today is my Friday & I'm VERY excited. We leave for the beach tomorrow morning. Yesterday after work I went & got my nails beach ready. I had a mani &  pedi. I tried Shellac for the first time on my fingers. It's supposed to last longer. We'll see. For $5 more I thought I'd give it a try. There are a lot of colors to choose from.

This is called Gotcha. It's a little brighter than what I normally wear on my nails but I thought it would be great for the beach. I didn't realize it until this morning but it matches my purse perfectly! I also didn't notice until I took this picture that I have old hands. On my toes I got OPI's Strawberry Margarita.

Speaking of feet. I entered a contest a few weeks ago on Veronika's blog for Stiletto Hardware & I won! I got all this stuff to make my shoes more comfy.
There are heel pads & ball of the feet pads. If you know me you know all about my cute over comfort mantra. I have some of the most uncomfortable shoes known to man but they're SOOOOO CUTE!!!

Well, as much as I'd like to continue to take pics of my nails & talk about shoes, I have actual work to do.


Sunday, July 10, 2011


We leave for the beach Friday & it can't get here soon enough. I cannot wait to lay around & do absolutely nothing!!

Yesterday, Allison & I met to walk the lakes. We hadn't gone in 2 weeks. Everyone's been busy on the weekends  &  yesterday was no different so we met at 7:00 am. We also thought it would be cooler. Yeh right. It was 80 & really humid.

I had a ton of errands to run. Allison & I made plans to meet up for lunch & then a little shoe shopping. One of my first stops was Super Walmart. I went about 2 years without setting foot in a Super Walmart. I just hate that store. However, I needed to pick something up & I knew they had it & it was convenient so off I went. Want to know what that something was????
It's a CD. Yes, I know I need to move into the 21st century & just download stuff to the iPod on my iPhone but my Expedition is 7 years old & doesn't have an iPod hookup but it does have a 6 disc CD changer. Besides, this came with a DVD & a poster. I didn't know about the poster but when I saw it I told Dean I was going to hang it by our bed. He wasn't amused. HAHA!!! So, of course as soon as I get in the car I put the CD in so I can enjoy the boys while I deal with traffic. Yeh, not happening. I had 6 CD's in the changer so I ejected 1 & when I went to load the new CD it was stuck halfway in & out. Lovely. I got it out but the other 5 weren't moving. Not only would they not move, none of them would play. Great. We're only a few weeks away from trading in the Expedition so of course it decides to break now. Dean spent a lot of time today working on it. Those CD's are NOT coming out but he did get them to play. Someone, whether it's a mechanic at the car dealership or a new owner of my Expedition, is going to have quite a surprise when the CD's finally come out. There are 2 NKOTB, Fuel, Britney Spears & a religious one. HAHA! Nobody can say I don't like a variety of music.

I'd bought a Groupon a few weeks ago for a little store in the mall. I went to spend it yesterday. They had some cute stuff. I got this top.
Last week Wendy, Allison & I were looking at makeup on Sephora's website & we found some stuff on sale. It came in Friday & I love it. It has pretty much every color eye shadow I could ever need & probably some that I don't! 
It has eye shadow, lip gloss, eye liner, blush & bronzer. It's got a great mirror & that black compact looking thing is to interchange the shadows & blush to take with you when you can't bring the whole thing.

Allison & I met at McAllisters for lunch. It was delish. Afterwards, we headed to my favorite store, Shoe Station. UGH! I was so disappointed. I didn't find anything. That NEVER happens. Allison didn't find anything either. We were both looking for a taupe/light tan pair. We headed over to Kohl's since it practically shares a parking lot with Shoe Station. Look what we found!
Cute huh? We each got a pair. We decided to check out DSW just in case we found something we liked better. Everything we saw wasn't as cute & cost more so I think we did good. I did find something in the little clearance room in the back of the store. I've always been lucky in that little area. I got these.
These look black but they're dark brown. I love them & they're actually comfortable! While I was shopping Dean was crabbing with his dad. Once we both got home we went & had dinner at Monjuni's. It's one of my favorite Italian restaurants. They always do Groupon & Living Social too so that's nice. 

Today we worked in the yard awhile & then cooled off in the pool. If you want to call it that. The water was a tad warmer than ideal. I managed to catch up on the Housewives & then went to Yogalates this afternoon.  I never go on Sunday's but I really enjoyed it. I may make it a habit.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Weigh In Thursday

It just doesn't have the same ring to it as Weigh In Wednesday. Oh well. I'm only down .8 pounds this week. I blame July 4th. I weigh just about everyday now just to keep track of things. As of Monday morning I was down 2.8. UGH! I could kick myself. Oh well, I'm back on track now. I was back at Yogalates yesterday & I'll be there again today. Allison & I are walking Saturday too. That's all for now!


Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Last night when I blogged I said how tired I was. Guess what? Today I'm ridiculously sleepy. I managed to keep my eyes open until 9:30 last night. At 12:30 I was wide awake. So wide awake that I laid there looking at the clock & tossing & turning for 2 hours. Finally, at 2:30 I got up & went in another room & read for awhile. I started to get sleepy so I just went to sleep on the sofa. I knew if I got up & went back to bed I'd be awake again. I figure I got about 5 hours of sleep. That may seem like plenty to some people but ideally I need double that. Always have & I doubt it's going to be changing anytime soon. Needless to say, I could lay my head down on my desk & be out in 2 seconds flat. I contribute my lack of sleep to Mucinex D. I'm still not well. I feel much better but my ears are still bothering me & I have sinus pain & pressure. I don't generally take this medicine  in the evenings because I've learned that it keeps me awake. I thought I took it early enough & that I was tired enough for it not to matter. Never doing that again. I called my Dr. this morning & he's calling me in another antibiotic & another z pack of steroids. Oh joy. Hopefully, this will work. We're leaving for the beach in 10 days & I need to be over this.

Last week Angie had pics on her blog & she had on a really cute cover up. She told me she got it at Walmart so off I went. I was excited to find one.
I love the way the bottom isn't cut straight across. The best part? $12 people!!!! I was also able to find a pair of swimsuit bottoms for $10. I didn't take a pic because they're just your basic black bottoms. I also wanted a new beach bag. I went to Royal Standard. They always have a bunch of different types. I had a hard time picking one out but I finally decided on this one.
Yeh, I know the pics aren't good. I was using my phone. It's easier. Anyway, the bag is a light aqua color & I bought a little yellow make up size bag to go with it. Very beachy I thought! Total cost was $23 with tax. I looked at Target Friday night & the ones they had were $20 & not nearly as cute I didn't think.

The Casey Anthony verdict was just announced. Not Guilty. Interesting. I haven't watched the case but I've read about it. Reminds me a lot of the debacle that was OJ's trial. I'll never be convinced he didn't do it.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy July 4th!!

I'm sooo sleepy! I've worn myself out. Yesterday, my parents & my brother & his family came over to swim.

Logan was between bites which is about the only time he's still!

While Logan's mom & dad were gathering up their stuff he was checking out his Nonk's shed.

He wanted to ride my bike.

Then he found Nonk's bat. It was behind rakes & shovels but Logan doesn't miss a thing. He was hollering for a ball in this picture. Look at his arm & you can see what a dark tan he has. I'm so jealous!!

Yesterday evening Allison & her Aunt came over & we did pool aerobics. We'll have to do it more often because we don't get hot!

Speaking of hot, I started the 4th off at Yogalates. I hadn't been in a week and a half because of my sinus infection. I think from now on sick or not I need to make myself go. It was hard! Like really hard! It was also really hot. After I got over the feeling that I was going to die I felt good. I'll be back tomorrow.

Our neighbors had a pool party today. We had hot dogs & nachos & assorted desserts. I'm not a fan of hot dogs at all but I really wanted one today & it was sooo good!! I'm so glad that we love our neighbors so much. Do you have any idea how convenient it is to just walk next door??

I hope everyone had a great 4th!!

I'm linking to Bonnie for her 4th party.


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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Crazy Friday

I should've known when I woke up & thought it was Saturday that it wasn't going to be a good day yesterday. We have a lady that cleans our house every other Friday. When I say a lady I mean 4 ladies. I hired Gilda & she has a team of 3 other ladies that help her. Today was that Friday. So there I sit at my desk & my cell rings. I see it's Salvadore & it hit me...."oh crap, I turned on the alarm!". Salvadore is Gilda's husband/translator.  I've done this several times before but I always remember or Dean calls & says "you didn't turn on the alarm did you?", I say "yes" & haul it home to try to turn it off before they show up. Not this week. It's a wonder I didn't have 4 Mexican ladies passed out in my front yard from heart failure! It was probably only a matter of minutes from happening. When the alarm co. called Dean they'd already dispatched the police. Oops.

We had lots of errands to run this weekend so we decided to go ahead & get some stuff knocked out last night. We went to Chili's for dinner because it's convenient to everywhere we needed to go. Can you say WORST service ever? Ugh!! It took awhile to get our food, he forgot our refills, after we finished eating they tried to bring us someone else's food & when he brought the check not only had he charged us for our food but also for the food they brought out that was someone else's! We finally got everything straight & were on our way. We did our Lowe's, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Sam's, Target, Academy run & then went to visit our friends Stan & Renee. We hung out at their house until almost midnight. For those keeping track, that's 2 Friday's in a row I was out after 12:00!!

This morning was Cael's 5th birthday party. His mom is my good friend Allison. Cael had a swimming party & the kids had a great time.

The birthday boy.

Jill's baby Preston loves the water! He's not scared at all.

Bayleigh, Lane & Cael took turns getting pulled in the tube.

Cael had a Batman party. The cake was really good. Yes, I did have a piece & no it's not on the diet. However, cake is my weakness. I guess I should say icing is my weakness. LOVE IT!! This cake came from Albertson's & it was really good.

Emily enjoyed hanging out, eating cookies & watching the other kiddos. She's not a fan of the water.

The birthday boy opening gifts.
One party down, one to go. Dean's cousin's baby turned 2 & her birthday party was this afternoon.

This is Sammie.

Sammie loves Dora. Her grandpa made her cake. It was DELICIOUS!!!! Yes, I had another piece. Couldn't help it. It was a small piece though.

Sammie with her cousin Cody while everyone sings Happy Birthday.

Sammie with her cousin Emma.

This is me with Dean's cousin/Godchild, Lexie. She's 15 now. When Dean & I started dating she was 2, the same age as Sammie. That is soooo hard for me to believe.

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend!