Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Over the last few weeks, we have been discussing in ABF being a good steward of what God has given us. I haven't been a good steward with what God has given me. God has really been laying some things on my heart about our finances. The only part of the Bible where God asks for us to test Him is in the area of our finances. So that is what I am going to do. Except my attitude is SO MUCH better than I thought it would be.
In the past - I've given what I could out of what I have left. My feeling was that God knew what I was going through and He understood. I was being trusted with something and I was in disobedience with God. I am taking a baby step to get where I should be. As soon as I decided to do this - I wrote out a check. I couldn't wait to drop it in the bucket at church!! I have never been happier to part with money! It was a beautiful feeling I had. To keep up this discipline, I've written it in my calendar and I'm READY! It's only Tuesday, but I've already written out my check and I can't wait until I can put it in the bucket this Sunday. I am very excited to see what God has in store for me.
I have come to the realization that God wants His best for me - not just good...but His BEST! His best is better than I could ever imagine!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I saw a story on GMA about Stacy Woltmann and read her blog (click here) and have decided to jump back on. I'm going to focus on eating healthy and lower fat and cals. I'll add in exercise and see how I do. Yesterday, I got my fat butt on a treadmill for 30 mins (total of 1.44 miles). I was proud of that accomplishment (I would rather eat dirt than exercise - but I need to do it). I've already made out my grocery list for some healthier food items. I'm not the only one that has discovered this, but it's cheaper to eat terrible. For example, snack options - a bag of grapes is about $4.00 - a bag of Doritos is $2.50. The lean ground beef is almost $3.00 per pound, and the not-so-lean ground beef is $1.88. When a family (my family) has to tighten the belt - we have to make compromises. Sometimes we compromise in the quality, sometimes in the quantity and sometimes in convenience. When we are really poor - we compromise on them all.
I'm not only doing this for myself so that I feel better - but for my son as well. I would like to do more with him and make sure I'm around for a long time. Thanks for the kick in the pants Stacy!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
They did their Fall Assessment a couple of weeks ago. The teachers assess what they know. They go over letters, numbers, counting, shapes, rhyming words, syllables and comprehension (when a story is read aloud without pictures). Cooper's overall score was 91%!! Of the 123 questions on the test, he got 112 RIGHT! Only 11 wrong! Brought tears to my eyes!! I'm so glad that Cooper is doing well and seems to really enjoy school! My sweet little boy is growing up! He's getting so big! I'm so proud!
On the down-side to this - the OCD mother in me wants to spend an hour each night working on the things that he needs to work on to make a 100 on the next test. Is that wrong? I really need to work on my expectations!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I felt horrible last night. I was again cranky and I yelled at Cooper and the stupid dog. I had to work on some Room Mom stuff, and I just wanted to get it done. Both the kid and the dog just kept getting in my way! I stopped and cried out to God to control my anger! I should have don that before I yelled, but sadly, I didn't. I got it done and then I called Cooper in to talk to me. I had to apologize for my anger. I don't need to wonder where his anger comes from! I really need to be more careful!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
On to MIL stories - haven't had one of those in a while. I asked Don to ask his mom not to come over every day. He did. But she continues to come over. She comes over to my house EVERY DAY! Monday through Friday. She is there. I've asked Don why she does this and Don says that she's bored. I can appreciate that I guess, but find another hobby besides coming over to my house to fix my 42 year old husband breakfast and iron his jeans!! She not only does this, but she gives my dog treats and fixes him "special" meals. My dog has a weight problem - STOP FEEDING HIM!! I've asked her to stop and sometimes she denies that she does it - while she stands next to the evidence to the contrary.
Yesterday, when I got home from work, I saw the evidence of my MIL's presence on my coffee table (a stack of mail for us to sort through because she claims to not understand it). On the top of the stack of dead trees, was Cooper's homework. He had already done it! Don looked at it, read the directions out loud and told Cooper, "wait til Mommy gets home so she can help you". Don had to take a phone call in the office, so he left Cooper to watch tv. When he returned, Cooper had gotten his homework supplies and did his homework ALL BY HIMSELF! We were very proud - and he did it correctly! My smart little boy!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Anyway, everything is ready to assemble. Just have to put it in the oven when the guest of honor arrives. I should have known that it would end up like this. I keep believing in people and I keep getting let down. I shouldn't let them bother me.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I will try to blog more - not that anyone reads this - not that I tell anyone that it is here...but just in case someone does.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
We are now getting ready to go to my dad's this weekend - Thursday actually. Cooper is very excited - I just hope we can afford it!
Monday, March 23, 2009
He was so pooped that when we woke up the next morning, he begged to have a jammie day and not go to church. So, I agreed...I kinda needed a jammie day too.
Don got home from SXSW around 5:30 on Sunday and as usual, was just there in the physical - not at all mentally.
My cousins wedding shower is coming up - and I have to figure out something to give! I started knitting this weekend - maybe I can quickly knit up some dishcloths for her.
I am really hoping that Don goes back to work soon! I really miss shopping!!
Friday, March 20, 2009
I've realized that in order for me to change things, I have to do them one at a time - instead of all at once!! For example, I've been trying to be good all around...eat well, exercise, take care of my skin, take my vitamins, improve my overall health, do my nails more, take better care of my hair. I usually try to do all of this all at once, get burned out in a week and go on a binge of food while laying on the couch with bad skin, hair and nails. I've made a slight change. This time, I'm doing things one at a time. I may have done things a little out of order, but this is working for me (for now). I first started with skin. My skincare routine was seriously lacking consistency. I have my routine set in stone (or at least written out in my filofax) and I enjoy following it religiously. Second, I began taking my vitamins regularly. I have found a system that helps me remember to take them - at it too is working. Third, I have worked-out three days this week. I know, it's just one week - but it's a start...and I have been doing good with my other new habits that it's only a matter of time before working out is a habit. Once that goal is achieved, I'll work on eating better. See, one thing at a time. I expect by the end of this journey I will look and feel younger (with great skin, hair and nails and a rockin bod!)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Since today is St. Patrick's day, I am of course wearing green (sweater set). I couldn't bring myself to buy/wear green nail polish, so I opted for a gold-tone (pot of gold at the end of the rainbow - get it?!). It looks cool - but I have the urge to go black before the summer. Perhaps I'll post photos of the black nails and toes!
Back to last night - I went to Trade Secret after work. They were running a special on OPI nail polish...buy 2 get Rapid Dry Spray for free. Great deal (especially with my $10 off to boot!). There is a big sign on the OPI display about the promotion as well as a sandwich board sign on the sidewalk of the store. I had to tell the little girl working there about the promotion. She didn't know. So at the check out, I ask for my free product. She looks around franticly and can't find it. She leaves a message for her manager. Another teenager comes in to work and together, they look for the Rapid Dry Spray. No luck. So the little girl says to me, "maybe if you see the manager she will give you one". So I say to her, "how about you take down my information and have your manager call me". She looks at me like that was the greatest idea she has ever heard. By lunch time today, the manager hadn't called me. So I called her - and again - customer service is severely LACKING! With so many retailers struggling to keep their doors open, I would want to make sure that whatever customers I had - kept coming back!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
I realized today, that each month there is the same type of method to my madness when it comes to my monthly magazine reading. Each month, I thumb through each magazine to see what's inside. I turn each page and look at all the pictures, ads and read the headline of the articles. Then (after my Lucky Magazine arrives) I go through each magazine a little more carefully and I mark things I want to look at more (with the little stickers that are in the Lucky magazine), would like to buy, research or read. Then I go and investigate the things I have marked. I don't know why I do this. It's like the Skittles, it just happens.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
See, internet - this is why I have only one child.
Every morning, the routine is the same...I wash my face with Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Cucumber Lotion, Gycolic Eye Cream, Oil Free Moisturizer w/SPF 17. The evening routine differs:
- Monday and Thursday, I wash with Enzyme Cleansing Gel, I use the Silver Powder for blackheads (works like a DREAM - way better than the duct-tape-like things I used to put on my nose - I think by Biore), then I use Cucumber Lotion, Gycolic Eye Cream and Seaweed Night Cream.
- Tuesday and Saturday, I wash with Enzyme Cleansing Gel, then I exfoliate with Kiwi Face Scrub, and follow that with Cucumber Lotion, Gycolic Eye Cream and Seaweed Night Cream.
- Wednesday and Sunday, I wash with Enzyme Cleansing Gel, then I use Orange Tonic Mask and follow that with Cucumber Lotion, Gycolic Eye Cream and Seaweed Night Cream.
- Friday's I don't use any "speciality" treatments, I just wash with Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Cucumber Lotion, Gycolic Eye Cream, and Seaweed Night Cream.
Can't wait to earn more money to buy more products!
When Don and I were much poorer (not that we are well off by any means!), but I stopped buying "stuff". I hadn't bought make up or skin care (and it showed) in a really long time. I just didn't have the money to do it. Don was working for a while, and I had a little bit to spare. I was able to catch us up a little and have some money to buy these things - and it makes me happy!!
I'm really looking forward to losing weight and buying new clothes - that would make me REALLY happy!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
If this were me - I might have done (and probably have done) the same exact thing! But for what ever reason - this annoyed the crap out of me today! Hopefully it's just that the weather is crappy and I'll be better soon!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
This is the ring that my husband got me for Christmas. I was pleasantly surprised and I wear this all the time. It is such a great accessory and since I wear a lot of black, it goes with most of my wardrobe.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
- Mario Badescu line of skin care. I switched to this line about three weeks ago and I could not be happier. Most of the products I have I bought from Nordstrom's, but I've also ordered twice online. With each online order, I can chose up to three samples - very cool. After using these products for a couple of weeks, my skin has never looked better or felt better. My favorite products are Silver Powder and Special Healing Powder. I have combo/oily skin and have always had blackheads on my nose that have never gone away. Until now. After one application of Silver Powder, they are almost gone! I can't wait to use it again tonight. I have had a problem keeping make up on with my oily skin. It tends to come off or just look splotchy. I use the Special Healing Powder with my regular powder and it stays put! Thank you Mario Badescu! Click here for info on their products.
- I have always been a fan of MAC Cosmetics. I love their range of colors and that they are friendly to the environment. My new favorite product is glitter eyeliner. It's funny how a little glitter can make a girl feel flirty. My all time favorite product is Lip Glass. You can't go wrong and it makes your lips look devine! Click here for more MAC.
- A polished brow frames the face. It's very important to keep this area neat and clean. There has been debate about threading versus waxing eyebrows. The lady doing the threading assured me that threading hurt much less than waxing. SHE WAS WRONG! I cried! That was just an awful experience. I'm going back to waxing for sure.
Since I'm not sure if anyone looks at this, I may post this on facebook too.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
That's the excitement of another year!
On the other side of the coin, Don and I went furniture shopping last night and were overwhelmed with customer service. It really felt like we were at a car lot and being pressured into buying furniture right away. I don't like feeling pressured into buying things...especially expensive furniture.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I have very high expectations for our new President. He made a lot of promises that I'm not sure he can keep. I wouldn't mind being wrong about that.
During the campaign, I had several discussions with friends and coworkers about each candidate. Many were voting for various reasons other than his position on certain issues. I am happy with my vote and my decision, even though I wasn't happy with the outcome.
I am hopeful that he will do a good job. I will continue to pray for him and for our country. May God Bless America.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I realized the other day that I have to start the registration process for Cooper to attend Kindergarten in the fall. And then the panic attack happened - MY BABY IS GOING TO KINDERGARTEN!!! I'm freaking out. It can't be time for him to go to kindergarten yet. He's probably ready. I don't think that I am.
Lots has changed about kindergarten. It's now a full day - from 8:00 am to 3:10 pm. They don't nap. And they have homework. Is school even fun any more? Are we asking our kids to chose a college by the 5th grade so that they can chose classes geared toward their future?
At the same time - I'm excited because this is such an exciting time for Cooper. I'm excited to watch him learn and grow. I want to be involved, know his teachers, know his classmates and their parents. I want to go on field trips and join him for lunch at his school. I am hopeful that I will have the opportunities to do these things with my one and only son.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I've done this before. In previous posts I've documented a short lived weight loss journey. I get excited at the beginning and I lose momentum when I don't lose as much weight as I do in the beginning. I am hopeful that this time will be different.
Friday, January 9, 2009
- If you make a mess, clean it up.
- If the toilet paper falls down, pick it up.
- Do not talk on the phone while in the restroom.
- If you need to poop - please courtesy flush as many times as needed.
- If you spinkle a little on the seat - clean it up before you leave.
- Don't leave the stall until you are certain all items have been flushed.
- Wash your hands before leaving the restroom.
These are just a few guides that I really didn't think needed to be posted, but I was proven wrong by a recent trip to the restroom!!
I really need to figure out the points value of rotel and chips. That is something that I don't want to give up and I need to plan ahead for.
I'll find out my weight soon enough.
I started watching The Biggest Loser on TV the other night. I figure that would be good motivation. I've tried the other approach - watching skinny people on TV - and that just pisses me off and I turn to food. What a vicious cycle.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Today, will be difficult. I have forgotten my lunch. I am really good on WW when I remember my stuff. I was running too late today. I prepared Cooper's lunch - but not mine. Dang it!
Again, I haven't told anyone what I weigh. I know, my Mom knows - and the ladies at WW. That's it. Maybe I'll tell people after I lose LOTS of weight. Maybe I won't. Don't know yet. I am more determined than ever to lose weight for good this year. My 20 year high school reunion is this year. I'm very excited about it and CANNOT believe that it has been 20 years!!