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Monday, April 14, 2008

Taking a break

I'm going to take a little break from blogging. Not that I have scores of you lined up to read what I've written, but just in case anyone wonders. Between work, kids and school, I don't have the energy for thinking up and/or creating posts right now. Somethings gotta give, and it can't be my job or school and it's NOT gonna be my kids or husband.

My mind was thinking all weekend "Oh, this would be good for my blog" etc. I think if I'm giving it that much thought, what am I NOT thinking about that I should be?

Ah well, no guilt - that's the whole point... I'll be out living my life for a change - haha - and I'll be back when I've got some free time.

Hope you have a terrific week.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I (do not) have the Power!!!

No Thursday Thirteen today, due to the fact that the storms here last night, knocked over some power poles, which left my work with no power. Well, not exactly, but we're running off the generator, and except for the Monitoring center, we have limited lights, and no computers, copy machines, etc. It's pretty pointless being here at all, except that I'm the only one in my dept. who has buttloads of work to do that doesn't involve the computer. i keep trying to talk the others into doing some of it to keep them busy, but no luck.

Anyway, laptop power is low, I didn't charge it last night, because I usually do that here - when the outlets are working, that is.

So, I'm out - My Thursday Thirteen has just become a Friday Fight the Frump.

Have a terrific day.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Silly stuff

I need to get to work uploading pictures from my camera.

I have taken quite a few photos lately, but since they're all being held hostage (by me) in the camera, I'm using old pictures.

Plus, Chipmunk is in town YAY! and in going through all the photos on my computer at work and my laptop, I discovered that I have absolutely NO pictures of the poor child! They're all on the computer at home - which will simply NOT do.

I have lots more to say, but perhaps I'll leave that for another post - since this WAS supposed to be WORDLESS Wednesday.

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Conversations #3 - Mater

Monday, to Grammy, after spelling a long list of words all by himself while doing his "homework":
"This is my dream come true! Mom is going to be so proud of me."

Thursday, after he fell on the sidewalk, and skinned his knees and elbow:
"That's why they call it a sidewalk, you're supposed to walk, not run!"

Showing off his new found ability to read clock times:
"Mom, let me show you how I can tell time! Six O'tock, Twelve O'tock, Four O'tock..."

After I showed him the blanket I am crocheting and asked what he thought:
"Blanket?? It's got HOLES in it..."

On the phone Friday:
Mater: "I'm doing my home work,"
Me: "Really, what are you learning?"
Mater: "I learned that 1 and 2 makes 12"

Friday night as I was putting him to bed:
"Mom, promise me in the morning, I can eat my head?"

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Saturday, April 5, 2008


Budman comes home today!!

This week was difficult. I've learned that three days is about the most I can go without him before losing it - This week was a weird one, that's for sure. I still can't get over the commenter that told me that Budman was in Heaven. THAT was a little weird. and funny. And I'm pretty sure, that Las Vegas is about the furthest you can get from Heaven! LOL . Of course, in true mother nature fashion, my period was scheduled to begin Tuesday, and of course, I told Budman how lucky he was to be missing out on the whole ordeal. Naturally, this did not happen. My "friend" decided to show up TODAY! Budman said it was waiting for him to come home first. What a cruel world we live in. LOL!

I've got a busy day today, I suppose I had better get some laundry done. I'm shipping Possum off to Grandpa H's this morning so that he can help them move. I've GOT to clean my car, and I need to bring out the summer comforter for our bed - I cannot survive another night under the winter one... I've also got to help my Dad put together the new canopy for his back porch. Normally this is something that Budman would handle, but he won't be here, and I don't think Dad needs to be doing it by himself.

Plenty to do before we head up to the airport this evening...

Friday, April 4, 2008

Friday again - You know what that means.

I'm fighting frump.

Well, I don't know if that's what you would call it exactly, but here it is all the same.

I have finally reached a point in my life over the past few years where I was mostly happy with myself - with my body. I'm a little overweight, yes, but I was OK with that. I had this arbitrary number in my head. As long as I don't ever get above ___, then I'm content with the way I am. Budman has done a lot for me in this department, because he thinks I'm beautiful and sexy no matter what I weigh or how I look. And most days, that is all that matters to me. He believes that I am the most beautiful creature on the planet, therefore I am.

But yesterday, I stepped on the scale at work, and THERE. IT. WAS. I have reached THAT weight - the one that I SWORE I would never be. And here's the kicker. I'm going to tell you what it was.

Give me a minute to get brave, though.

Ideally, I want to weigh 135. Realistically, I would settle for 160. Unfortunately, at the moment, I am weighing in at 200 lbs. Whew, there I said it. (deep breaths, Melody, it's OK.) I'm thinking that working on my weight loss in 25 lb. increments is probably a good way to go about this.

So, my Frump Fighting today is more like a quest for Frump Fighting advice. I've read many of the other posts over the past few weeks about exercising, eating right, etc. And I really want to follow them all, but here's the thing:

I don't DO exercise. I could probably manage something small, but heck, I get winded going upstairs. (OMG - how pathetic is that!?!)

I LOVE food (see
yesterday's post) and while I do eat healthy, I also eat everything else. I'm not the one who cooks the evening meals in our house right now, so I don't have any control over what is for dinner. I suppose I could go home and have a salad while everyone else is eating something good, but it's not likely to happen.

I'm not expecting to find some magical weight loss program where I can live exactly as I have, and watch the pounds fall off of me. I know that this does not happen in the real world. The way I see it, I need to cut out back on Dr Pepper and drink more water. I need to eat smaller portions. I need to swear off French Fries completely. AND, I need to begin some sort of exercise program - something simple at first, just to get me started.

Anyone have any ideas that worked for you? Any tips for eating better, cutting fat or recipes that you swear by? Any suggestions on a beginner workout routine? I own a recumbent bike, that decorates the living room, and now that spring is arriving, we are spending a lot more time outside. I will be walking for the Alzheimer's Association in September, but I need to do something before then, of course. I've already mentioned what my daily schedule is like - so I'm not looking forward to spending a lot of time on this, but I HAVE to do something. Now that I've reached 200 lbs. THAT WEIGHT, I MUST to do something.

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Thursday Thirteen 139th - Gourmet Edition

I was at a loss for my Thursday Thirteen, until i got a catalog in the mail last night.

I've never seen this catalog before, and don't remember requesting it, but since I'm a catalog junkie (another little known fact about me), I don't really mind all that much.

Thirteen Things I want to get from igourmet, but probably won't.

1. Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter - Apparently happy cows actually come from Ireland.

2. Gold Label Boneless Serrano Ham - only $249.00 for an 11lb. ham - Heck of a deal!!

3. Organic Maple Flakes Mill - I totally don't know what it is, but I want it...

4. Wild Boar Bacon - Actually, I'm not entirely sure about this one, but it's bacon!

5. Fire Red Chocolate Tortilla Chips - I got nothing clever here, but these actually sound yummy.

6. Kala Namak Fine Ground (Indian Black Salt) - I am ALL about new/different salt varieties.

7. Tete de Moine with Girolle Gift Set - I'm not sure about the cheese, but I love the little ribbons that the girolle makes, so I want it! :-)

8. Two by Two Artisan Buscuits - Since I'm going on an imaginary shopping spree, I guess I'll get something for the kids...

9. Tracklements Beer Mustard - And something for Budman...

10. Cypress Black Lava Mediterranean Salt Flakes - I warned you about the salt obsession.

11. Cat Tongues - How could I NOT want to see what that's all about??

12. European Drinking Chocolate - Look out Nesquick...

13. Trudeau 3 in 1 Fondue Set - It's cheaper than the Ham...

That's 13? Already? I haven't even gotten to the Stuffed Olives or the Coffee!!!

Ah well, there's always next Thursday.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Friends

Budman's Best Friend (Besides me, of course)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008


Last night was my first night without Budman. The kids were fine, they missed him and Monkey and Mater made pictures for me to scan and email to him. We called him at bedtime, so they could say goodnight, and then I talked to him later after he had gone to get some dinner. The two hour time difference is going to be problematic, I can tell.

I've found through the years that when I do something too often, I tend to dream about it. It started with a tremendous Tetris obsession in the 11th grade, and has held true through Solitaire, Bejeweled, Electronic Yahtzee, online poker and other things. I couldn't sleep, and when I did, I dreamed about blogging - and bloggers. Not that I've actually met any of the people whose blogs I read, and now that I've been awake for a while, I can't even remember specifics. Nothing weird, just me having conversations with my blogging friends, and reading the comments that people had left for me. They all looked exactly like whatever pictures on their blog, and didn't change or move. I suppose that might be considered weird. I thought about listing the people in my dream, but I really don't want to freak anyone out.

I'm sure this says something about my mental state, but I don't know what.
Budman needs to hurry home!