Thursday, June 30, 2011

Weight Loss Wednesday

I am so behind in blogging!  My life is craziness right now...that is no excuse.  I am rededicating myself to the blog...starting NOW.
Ok -this week I gained .2.  Ugh.  Last week I forgot to post but I gained .2.  So, basically I gained half a pound in two weeks.  Not bad right?  Not really when you look at the overall picture, but that means that for two weeks I didn't lose and I feel off track. 

I need to put this back at the TOP of my list as a priority.  I am happy I didn't gain (because I got rip-roarin drunk on Saturday and enjoyed every second of it), but I have worked too hard to get de-railed now. 




I can do it.  I can do it.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wedding update and giving thanks

Yesterday was my bridal shower hosted by my side of the family.  What can I say?  Have you ever been in a room full of people that you love to death and they have traveled near and far just to see and support you?  It's an incredible feeling and it kind of made me want to explode (in a good way). 

THANK YOU to my sisters, aunts, cousins, and mom who threw me this amazing shower.  I feel so incredibly loved and supported and I just want to pass it around and share the love!  My good friend that drove in from Cleveland asked me after the shower what my favorite gift was.  I thought about it for a minute and had to really formulate how I wanted to express in words what I was feeling.

My favorite gift was not one that I opened, but rather that everyone was TOGETHER in one space at one time:  no cell phones, no agenda, just food, drinks, cake and laughing (and hugging and pictures, etc..).  It was a beautiful day and my heart was melting.  As I have gotten older, I am lucky enough to have held on to many friends but also made some new ones along the way.  It was spectacular to see all of the groups come together and be able to meet each other.  Do you have friends that don't know each other but you KNOW they would love one another and be instant friends if they actually did meet?  I felt like that happened yesterday times one hundred.

Thank you again for everything.  The wedding festivities have officially started and we got engaged exactly one year ago today.  Having family and friends is truly a blessing and I am so very blessed.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

People are Crazy

Kroger on Glendale, yesterday around lunchtime.

I was walking into the vestibule area and I notice a guy probably in his 20s riding a bicycle out of the store.  I notice a few things about this gentleman:

1)  He was riding a bicycle in Kroger.
2)  He had on a man-satchel that looked liked the Vera Bradley my future MIL wears.  It's purple.
3)  He had an enormous gash on his forehead that was bleeding down his forehead.

I probably stopped and stared.  I sometimes can't think that hard while walking.  It's like being in a total daydream thinking about what actually happened when that call came over the PA in the store:  "Clean up in aisle 5, bring a mop and bucket!"

Monday, June 20, 2011

Happy Father's Day Dad!

For Father's Day, my Dad just asked for a story from our childhood involving him.  So many came to mind, and I had a hard time narrowing it down, but I chose this one and wanted to share.  Happy Father's Day Dad - love you!

For Dad
Father’s Day 6.19.11

I remember always watching great movies with Dad - Goonies, Gremlins, Adventures in Babysitting, Flight of the Navigator, Back to the Future, Morris and the Disappearing Bag, Fur Coat Club, Baby, The Gods Must be Crazy, just to name a few classics. I have my Dad to thank for my love of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings and we always liked watching X-Files together and of course 24 (I know it’s a TV show, but hey, it’s Jack Bauer!) We liked the action adventure fun kind of movies and often occurring in these movies are gross or scary sections...but that’s ok because watching gross or scary stuff fits into the Jim Dandar model of “play rough be tough,” that means, if you are tough enough to watch it, you can handle it.

One day we watched Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and to this day, the Indy movies are some of my favorites. The second Indy movie in particular though is the most unusual of the Jones Trilogy as it covers child slavery, voodoo, and snakes...why does it always have to be snakes??

So....the scene of the Palace Dinner features menu delicacies such as chilled monkey brains, eyeball soup and “snake surprise,” where a large boa constrictor is sliced open and squad of baby snakes slither out of the big snake's body to be eaten by the dinner guests with their bare hands. SO GROSS, especially as a child, and possibly traumatic, but it’s alright, because we were watching with Dad so we could always laugh about it.

After the movie, Dad made us lunch....Top Ramen (that what we call ramen noodles). Normally a favorite, that day the noodles resembled the “snake surprise” a little too much. Most likely the only time I didn’t have an appetite as a kid. Dad probably got a laugh out of it and we did too, for many years to come. It’s the “gift that keeps on giving,” another model of my Dad’s.

Thanks for all the fun and the lessons Dad!


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Blog Fun!

Attended a wedding last night and to my surprise (and pleasure) I ran into Turtle Parade!!  Great to see you Sarah...and good thing there were no tall bar stools at the Hilton.

Friday, June 17, 2011

This kind of thing makes my day. TGIF!

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Office Bathroom

The rules of the bathroom are unclear.  Let's face it, bathroom etiquette, especially in the workplace, can be awkward at best.  For instance: 

We have two one-person restrooms so you cannot tell that the restroom is occupied.  If only there was a light that illuminated "occupied" as occurs on airplanes.  Just imagine, you are inside the one-person bathroom doing your business, minding your own business and.....KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK!  Women are notorious for three quick raps. 

Now what?  Should you:
A)  Scream, "Just a minute!"
B)  Courtesy flush to make a sound
C)  Cough loudly
D)  Hit the hand dryer

I mean, it's awkward.  The person-in-wait is just standing there when you come out so you have another forced uncomfortable exchange.  Let's also address those that just go back to work without washing their hands, and they know that you know, and still this occurs.  Hello?  The hand dryer is as loud as a Mack truck.  Even if you don't wash your hands that touch all the electronics that I touch, at least hit the dryer so I feel like you did.  Disgusting. 

Weight Loss Wednesday

It's Sunday....

I have really been slacking on my blog, but wanted to post my progress from this week.
Lost 1.6! 

This week's topic was about tracking and how we hold ourselves accountable.

I have been slacking on tracking too!!  Letting a busy life run you is no way to be.  Keeping on track with your routines is best and while difficult especially when you have a lot going on, leads to success.

Do you write down or journal what you eat?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Elephants on Parade

All I can say is, "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"  This little male elephant was born at the Toledo Zoo on late Friday night and I had the pleasure of seeing him in person today as he was on exhibit already with his mother.  Baby Elephant was so curious, running and playing, he even got his little foot stuck in a tire!  It was ridiculously adorable.  He hasn't quite figured out his trunk yet and the back of his ears are still pink!  He is kind of fuzzy all over and looks like a little toy...well, that's relative since he weighs 305 lbs but he appears so TEENY compared to his mama Renee.

My advice?  Get to the Zoo to see this little sweetie!  You will for sure shriek out loud at the sight of the precious pachyderm.  I don't care what you say, you will.

Monday, June 6, 2011


For Danny's birthday, I wanted to get him something fun, something unique, something...pirate-y!  Well, it turns out I happen to know a caricaturist and a very good one at that.  So my buddy sketched this amazing drawing of Danny as a pirate!  Isn't it so cute?  He even signed his name in the corner and added a matte so we could sign it.  

See the resemblance?

Happy Birthday Danny!

This is ridiculous, and there is NO excuse for wishing the love of your life a TARDY Happy Birthday.  However....

I love you so much and your birthday party was so fun (more on that later)!  Here's to a successful year...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ridin' the Storm Out

Memorial Day weekend - a storm was brewing as we are leaving Clark Lake in Irish Hills.  My Dad says we can beat it if we drive 60 as an average on the way home.  If the Mustache says we can beat it, we are confident.

So, on the way home, the sky looks ok in front of us and behind us a little dark.  My sister was still at the lake and said the wind had really kicked up and a tornado had touched down in Vandercook which was North of the lake.  *Driving faster*

The sky grew darker and more green and purple all at once but now it was to the south (we needed to head south but still had about 20 miles east to go on M-50).  We turned on the radio so we could hear what has happening and just as we heard the announcer say, "A tornado warning has been issued for Monroe county," I see a Monroe County sign whiz by.  OH CRAP.  Thank God I wasn't driving because driving and peeing your pants is a terrible combination.

So, sirens, purple swirly sky, two lane highway, 9 miles to go to Dundee, and we have been advised to take shelter.  Driving about 90.  Talk about scary.  Praying.  This was the exact spot where a tornado ripped through last year and devastated a strip of houses and businesses last year.  *Extreme stress*

Finally, we reach commercial buildings in Dundee.  That 9 miles seemed to take years.  We tore into a tractor & supply store parking lot (I don't even think we locked the doors) banged on the doors, and they let us in.  We then ran to the corner of the store and breathed sighs of relief.  I felt like I rand a marathon (well, at least a 5k).  Looking around, people were just minding their own business, shopping away, to the Muzak of the store.  I guess they didn't have the horrible car ride we did. 

Later we talked to my renegade Dad.  My fiancee says to him - "If you wanted the wedding off, there are other ways to make it not happen other than driving us into a TORNADO!"  LOL.  Thanks Mustache!