Sunday, January 30, 2011

Project Hawaii

With every fiber of my being I did not want to get on the treadmill tonight. However, I did. I am committed to wearing the clothes I WANT to wear in Hawaii this summer, and not the ones I HAVE to wear (because I can't fit into the ones I WANT to wear).

So, after spending the last two days playing at Great Wolf Lodge and walking up and down stairs all day carrying rafts of various sizes for the water slides and walking on cement, which has flared the recurring plantar faciitis pain in my left foot, I got on the treadmill.

Thankfully, today's workout was just a straight cardio walk. No speed or incline intervals.

My foot is screaming right now, but I feel awesome because I didn't make an excuse not to work out. I wanted to. But I didn't.

I love my SIZE 12 canary yellow capri pants...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

And they're off!

Tomorrow morning (weather and flight permitting), my parents are off on the trip of a lifetime... a trip chosen by my dad in celebration of his 70th birthday. They will fly to Los Angeles tomorrow and board a Cunard cruise ship on Saturday to set sail on a leg of Cunard's around the world cruise. Seriously!!

Their intinerary will take them to La Haina and Honolulu, Hawaii, across the International Dateline (where they will lose a day), to Samoa, the Bay of Isles, Auckland, Wellington, and, finally, Syndney, Australia. Once in Australia, they will spend almost another two weeks there. Dad is going to do a bridge climb on the Sydney Harbor Bridge!! On their flight back, they cross the International Dateline again and have a "do-over" on a day. Guess that makes up for the day they lose going.

It really is an amazing trip... as long as they can get out of here and to LA before the ship leaves on Saturday...

SnOMG!! '11

Well, it's not as bad as last year's SnOMG!! (only 8 inches this time... much better than 3 feet), but it has still been interesting.

I have not seen my office in two days, and I'm not sure I'll get there tomorrow, either.

Hubby spent more than four hours trying to get home from an appointment yesterday, when it should've taken him just over an hour. (He was lucky... I have heard way too many stories of seven and eight-hour commutes last night.)

Last night, I manually shoveled the entire driveway and the half of the street that has not been plowed.

This afternoon, I shoveled the mountain of snow created in the middle of the street at the end of the driveway when the plow came back through this morning and plowed the same half of the street that had been previously plowed.

The good news is that my parents made it here unscathed, and as of now their flight is on time for tomorrow morning. Hubby and my dad went to Hubby's office and dug his car out of the parking lot. And J-Mav is fine today (after puking twice yesterday).

School has already been cancelled tomorrow (snow day #4), so the kids now have school on Presidents Day. This is an issue because Keeper Boy has a hockey tournament. But we'll deal with that when we come to it.

Bad news is, it's supposed to snow again tomorrow afternoon. Really?!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Land yacht to the rescue!

Hubby had an appointment in Towson, MD today. That's over an hour away on a perfect weather/traffic day. I don't know how long it took him to get up there this morning, but I know it took him more than four frustrating hours to get back. He had the company car, so he had to go back to the office to get his car. He said there were cars abandoned and stuck everywhere. There was so much traffic on the road that the plows weren't really doing a great job. At one point, it took him over and hour to go less than a mile. When he finally got to his office, he said he was never so happy to see a bathroom. I think he was pretty close to using an empty water bottle! (I don't know that for sure, but I do know he had to go really bad!!)

Anyway, once he made it to the office, he said he was going to hang there for awhile and get some work done and let some people get off the roads before he attempted to come home.

After the kids and I ate dinner, I went out to shovel the driveway, and the half of the street the plow didn't touch (which always seems to be on OUR side of the street), and the plow mountain so Hubby could get the car in the driveway when he got home. When I was almost done, Keeper Boy came out and said Hubby was on the phone and his car was stuck in the parking lot at his office. I told him we'd be there soon.

I was kind of excited to take the Suburban out in snow for the first time. :) I tore the kids away from the Caps game on TV and put some water bottles and snacks in a bag. I didn't know what we were getting into out there. I've been seeing reports on Facebook all day of people being stuck on roads for hours because of all the traffic. I also took J-Mav's bucket, as he's thrown up twice today... once early this morning, and once at dinner. I even briefly contemplated taking the dog, but then I figured I was over-reacting. The boys wanted to stay home, but I said to them, "what happens if something happens and I get stuck while I'm gone? You want to be here by yourselves without us?" They went and get their shoes and coats pretty quickly. :) We set out a little after 9pm.

Other than dodging downed trees and low-hanging limbs, and going around a few abandoned cars, we had no issue getting to Hubby's office and saw very little traffic. All the wacky traffic must be on the major roads, which I avoided. We picked him up, turned around and came home. The truck was great, and now everyone is home safe and sound. It took less than an hour. Under normal conditions, it probably would've taken 25 minutes at that time of night. So... not bad.

The snow has slowed and is supposed to stop completely within an hour or two. Let's hope. School is already cancelled for tomorrow, so I suspect I will be working from my dining room office again tomorrow while I nervously await my parents' arrival. They are driving down here tomorrow at some point because they [hopefully] have a flight out of Dulles early Friday morning for their amazing trip to Australia (via Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, and New Zealand).

Stay warm!!

Project Hawaii

- 35 min on the treadmill (incline intervals)
- 120 min shoveling heavy, wet snow

No Shake Weight today, but I think the snow shoveling covers it.

By the way... snow still sucks.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Project Hawaii

- 6 min with the Shake Weight
- 30 min of yoga and balance exercises on the Wii
- 30 min on the treadmill (speed intervals)

This morning:
- 6 min with the Shake Weight
- 20 min of yoga on the Wii
- 30 min on the treadmill (cardio walk)


Kiss n Ride. IT'S NOT THAT HARD! But every morning that I drop J-Mav off at school, I am amazed by the stupidity of those dropping their kids off. It's very simple:

  • Turn onto the road that runs in front of the school and pull over toward the curb into the "queue."
  • Do not let your children out of the car anywhere but the designated area directly in front of the school... the area BETWEEN the entrance and exit to the school.
  • Do not block the entrance drive for the school as you wait... if you do, the busses cannot get into the drive to drop off children.
  • Pull ALL THE WAY up to the sign that says, "Please pull all the way up to here" (or something similar) so other cars can pull up behind you, thus maximizing number of kids who can be dropped off at one time. The helpers who are out there in the mornings are not standing there waving their arms like windmills and yelling at you to pull all the way up for their health.
  • WAIT until the car(s) in front of you pulls out and THEN pull out behind it. Do not pull out from the middle of a row of cars just because your kid got out of your car faster than someone else's kid.

It's not rocket science. Sheesh!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Project Hawaii

I have nothing much to report for my first update, other than the fact that my last post appears to have inspired Gma G to join WW Online, while I finally quit WW because I'm tired of paying every month and not using it. :-)

My weight has gone up/down within the same four-pound window. Exercise is going well, but I guess I still need to step it up some more. I have done some time on the treadmill (last night I actually ran), some rhythm boxing and aerobics on the Wii, and today I bought a Shake Weight. Yes I did. It's a rather ridiculous contraption, but I can, indeed, feel that I "worked out" for six minutes with it. It's not going to help me lose any weight, but I think it could definitely help tone the arms some.

This week I'm going to concentrate on my eating... I'm doing pretty well with the not snacking. I'm doing okay with the water intake. Not great. Pretty much down to two Diet Cokes per day most days.

So... frustrating so far, but not giving up!

Sunday, January 9, 2011


"The really dumb thing I don't get about football is why they always try to ram through the middle of everyone."

Me, too, J-Mav... me, too. :-)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

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So everyone at work kicked in $5 and we bought like 120 mega-million tickets. I skimmed the numbers this morning and it looks like we won a grand total of about $10. Split among 24 people... looks like I have to go to work today. :-)

P.S. The jackpot is up to $340 million...

Monday, January 3, 2011

Project Hawaii

So, in just less than six months, we'll be in Hawaii for two weeks.

Very tropical weather = need for summer clothes.

Problem: most of my summer clothes are a Size 12. I am not, at this moment, a Size 12. If I am being honest, I am barely, and not even always, a Size 14 at this very moment.

My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to be a Size 12 by the time we go to Hawaii so that my summer clothes, which I really like, by the way, fit me. Six months. I'm guessing anywhere from 15-30 pounds would put me comfortably in a Size 12.

I've decided I'm not going to go by what the scale says. Doesn't matter, as long as my clothes are comfortable. By the way, I have lot of winter clothes that are just hanging around in my closet waiting to be worn again, too. I wonder if my co-workers get tired of seeing me rotate through the same three pairs of pants (black, gray, kacki) and two skirts (both black)? I wonder if I care? Nope, not so much. But it would be nice to wear all the awesome courduroys I have hanging in there!

But I digress.

Size 12. By the end of June. That's the goal.

There are several things that I know I need to do:
1. Drink more water. Drink ANY water, really. I'm lucky if I drink one bottle a day.
2. Drink less Diet Coke. I am down to two a day. OK, sometimes three. I would like to get down to just the one in the morning. I just REALLY love Diet Coke!
3. Work out harder, and possbily longer. This could present a problem because whenever I up the intensity on the treadmill, my right hip starts hurting.
4. Stop making excuses as to why I need to sleep longer instead of getting up and doing some sort of exercise.
5. Watch the snacking. For instance, I was doing great today, until I was sitting here tonight helping Justin with his math homework (yes... I DID have to look at the book and re-teach myself about square roots, thank you very much) and doing stuff for work and the box of After Eight mints that were in my Christmas stocking started calling my name from the kitchen cupboard. Sigh.

OK... so that's the plan. All logical and common sense stuff. Easier said than done. But it CAN be done.

I'm not going to update on any regular basis. But I'll check in periodically, I guess.

Here goes nothin'...

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from our little corner of the world. :-)

1-1-11... pretty cool date.

The first day of my 40th year. How is THAT possible?


This year, we had Christmas in four parts...

Part I, Early Christmas with Grandma & Grandpa
Two weekends before Christmas, Mom and Dad came down for a quick visit. They arrived on Friday, we had "Christmas" on Friday night, and then basically spent the rest of the weekend in hockey rinks. It was a lovely Christmas with very nice and very generous gifts. The boys really liked the toques brought to them from Alaska. They have worn them almost non-stop ever since. Hubby and I have worn our scarves brought from Scotland. Hubby's is black watch plaid, and mine is some plaid that has both the red of my coat and some orange (my favorite color) in it. Love it!

I'm not sure who was more excited about Keeper Boy getting Risk... Keeper Boy or Hubby! And J-Mav got Parcheesi, a favorite from my childhood. Keeper Boy got a new hockey bag -- one made specifically for goalie equipment. ALL of his equipment fits in the bag (as does J-Mav as we found out).

There were lots of awesome gifts... Star Wars Legos for J-Mav, a USB turntable for Hubby, a purse and some plates for my Christmas set for me, the bag for Keeper Boy. And Mom and Dad seemed to really like their gifts, too. I keep hearing that the train puzzle we gave my dad is giving him fits (but that as of this morning he is about 2/3 done with it). Mom loves her Mukluks and the hockey Santa we gave her.

A very good start to our Christmas celebration!

Part II, Christmas with BFF and kids
The night before we left for Ohio, we got together with BFF and her kids N. and V. The kids opened their gifts at BFF's house and we had pizza, and then we all piled into the truck and headed across the river to National Harbor and ICE! It was really cool... tons of ice sculptures, all in the theme of the Grinch!

Highlights of this part of Christmas included a 5-foot goalie fathead for Keeper Boy and a new set of knee hockey nets for J-Mav.

Part III, Christmas Day
Christmas morning was chaotic. With nine people, it took more than two hours to open gifts. We were in Ohio at Gma G's house. Also there (from Hawaii!) were Uncle Hooter (Hubby's brother), Jenrie, and the kids -- J. and P. It was the first time we'd met P. and she was ADORABLE. She wasn't shy around us at all, even though she's almost a year old and had never met us.

Highlights included learning a new game (Blockus), that the kids had learned over the summer when they visited Gma G. And Keeper Boy got the game for Christmas, so we can play here, too. Other highlights were a Kindle for Keeper Boy, an iTouch for J-Mav, and plane tickets for our family to travel to Hawaii this summer to visit Uncle Hooter, Jenrie, and the kids. Can't wait!!

We also celebrated P.'s baptism and 1st birthday (a month early) the day after Christmas. Hubby and I are honored to be her Godparents. :) The following day, we celebrated Gma G's birthday. The guys took the kids sledding one afternoon. And one afternoon Gma G took the boys to see Gulliver's Travels while Hubby and Uncle Hooter saw The Fighter and Jenrie, P., and I went shopping. (No Kohl's on Oahu, so we spent some time there.)

The night before we came home, we all went to Dayton and stayed in a hotel as Uncle Hooter and family had an early flight out of Dayton to go home to Hawaii. Their flight ended up being cancelled. :-( So we all went to brunch and then they went to Cincinnati, where they were able to get a flight out the following day, and we headed home. A long trip home for everyone, but everyone got home safely.

Part IV, Santa
J-Mav had sent Santa a note early in December asking him to leave his and Keeper Boy's gifts at our house rather than delivering them to Ohio. This was because J. and P. wouldn't have room to take their stuff home on the plane and J-Mav didn't think it was fair for he and Keeper Boy to get their gifts and not their cousins. Very empathetic on J-Mav's part. :)

By the time we got home from Dayton, it was after 10pm, so the boys opened their Santa gifts the following morning. They were very excited... Keeper Boy got a new Caps jersey (Neuvirth); J-Mav got a new Cowboys throw-back jersey (Romo), a Star Wars action figure set, and a couple games for his DS. Excitement all around. :)

So I think Christmas is officially over. As I type, we are watching the Winter Classic and the Caps are up 2-1. Hopefully that lead will hold and we will be a happy family tonight! Luckily, the kids don't have school tomorrow, so we are letting them stay up. I guess tomorrow I'll start taking the Christmas decorations down. Today the kids asked if we could just leave the tree up all year. I'd love to!! But I fear that would be a little weird.

In conclusion... Happy New Year!! And remember: only 358 shopping days left until Christmas!!