Thursday, May 27, 2010

Anger Management Anyone?!?!?!?

WOW!!! It has been an exciting and fun filled birthday week!!!

I had girls night out Monday and then Tuesday a planning meeting for three hours after work where everyone sang and then last night had dinner with my bestest buddy and sponsor and to hear an amazing friend lead!

What a week!!!

Also, on my way to the service meeting on Tuesday night I had an interesting interaction!

I was sitting at a light and traffic was HORRIFIC!!!

The minivan in front on me drove across the center lane and into the short turning lane up by the light....I followed. Just the very end of my car way over the turning lane for someone to turn behind me and there was noone anywhere near that lane.

Long story short - my windows were down and radio off enjoying the weather and I hear "excuse me lady?!" I turn around and say "yes...". The car next to and behind me in traffic was an older lady and she says "Do you know you drove across the middle of the road?" I say "yes, there were no cars coming". She started yelling profanities at me like "B" and "Ahole" and I was in total shock!!!!!! I told her I hope her day gets better and she flipped me off!!!!!! I have NEVER been flipped off by the elderly (elderly just an exaggeration in hopes if she reads this post she feels insulted - LOL!!!!)


Anyway, I rolled up my windows and when the light changed she flew past me at about 100 miles an hour - I was going to get the license picture and go to the police...I got behind and zoomed in and got this pic of her license (notice she is not even on the road driving)...and then when I stopped next to the at the next light she flipped me off again and I got a pic of that!!!!!!

I would have been late for my meeting if I would have stopped and shown the license to the cops so I did not!

I just hope her day or life gets better before she kills someone!!!!!

Oh well, there if a first for everything....old people DO FLIP people off!!!

HaHa - just trying to make her mad again if she is reading this!!!!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!!!!

42 years ago today my Mom had me!

What a great day for them!!!! (kidding)

They must have been thrilled!!!

Mom was the first to call and say "Happy Birthday" this AM

I love my family and my birthday!

Thanks Mom and Dad for makin' me! LOL!!!!!!!!!

To start the celebration early last night; I went out with my best girl friends for girls night out. Here are the pics...

This is where we went - based on many GREAT reviews of this was amazing the selection of food and the quality of food - the sushi was AMAZING and they even had frog legs (none of us were bold enough to try them)

This is us on the way out - don't we look WELL FED!!!!!!!

And this is Teri. This is after dinner we went down to the waterfront in Pittsburgh and did a little browsing at the stores. Teri is hillarious - she is a new member on girls night - WE LOVE HER (you can see why) - she keeps us all entertained!!!! WAME!

Monday, May 24, 2010

A Future Balerina?

This past weekend was awesome!!!

I spent the weekend with my family in Columbus, OH

It was my niece Kyleigh's first dance recital and her little sister and brothers second birthday (lovingly refered to as "the twins") on Sunday!

What a fun and awesome weekend!!!

Here are just a few pictures...(I am working on posting the video - still learning...) LOL!

this is Kyleigh and her teacher

Kyleigh and the twins playing after the recital

more playing

and more fun with brothers and sisters

posing with her sister

Princess Snow White after the show

And on a sad note: I went to check on my bird eggs as I was going to be out of town all weekend and guess what I saw......all gone!!!!!!! Empty nest!
All five blue bird eggs are gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Soooooooooooooooooo sad!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Random Dozen

Come Join Linda at Second Cup of Coffee (Woman after my own heart!!!!) for today's Random Dozen!!!

After you read mine, jump over and join in!!!!

It's wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy fun and I can't wait to read everyone's answers!!!

1. What is one really fast, know-by-heart "go-to" meal to fix in a pinch? Angelhair spagetti with shrimp or ground chicken and pesto (I make my own pesto and freeze it into ice cubes then just store in a boggie in the feezer. To use: defrost a few in the microwave and add to cooked spagetti!!!!!

2. What is one item you won't leave home without. (Purse and license do not count.) Cell phone...I check everytime I walk out the door to make sure that I have both (work and personal cell)!!!! Now I am getting a blackberry for work so I am sure I will be even worse!!!

3. Where is one place you never tire of visiting? LA Fitness!!!!!!

4. Share one factoid of your family's history. My mothers side of our family comes from Lachen, Switzerland.

5. Complete this sentence: "Once upon a time I ....was married for 3 months....seriously!!!!!!!!!! LOL

6. If you could win a one year's supply of anything, what would it be? Fage 0% fat yogurt!!! It's pricey and my FAV!!!!!!

7. "One quirky thing you may not know about me is ....I am really OCD with cleaning and cans are all stacked perfectly in the cupboard and EVERYTHING has a place - just ask my poor Walt!! LOL

8. You have one dollar in your pocket. What will you buy? Dental floss picks from the dollar store...I HAVE to have them with me all the time in my purse!!!

9. "One thing that always makes me laugh is my niece and God daughter Kyleigh!! Look how funny she is in this picture - she put on these silly glasses and got soo serious - we were all dying laughing!!!

10. What is one thing you could do today to help yourself reach a personal goal? go to the gym - and I will at lunch today - yippee!!!!!!

11. What is one thing you could do today to bless someone else? Now that I read this question; I will find someone and something and tell you all about it tomorrow on my blog!!!!!!

12. What is one thing you're looking forward to soon? Kyleigh's very first dance recital this weekend and hanging out with alot of my family members this weekend also!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Top Two Tuesday

The Undomestic Momma is hosting Top Two Tuesday!!!

It is top two things you want to do before you die!!!

I am soooooooo excited to see what others pick for this - great topic!!!!

Here we go....My top two are......

1. Skydiving - anywhere - anytime!!!

2. Run and Finish the Pittsburgh Marathon

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Sooo happy it wasn't Russell

I just have to write this post!!!

I love Survivor and have been an avid fan since the first season!!

This season was great as I got to watch a lot of the most hated and most loved players come back again and battle it out in the Heroes vs Villians.
The final was great and I could not have hoped for a better season ending!!!

My only wish was that Russell did not win and sure enough - he DID NOT!!!!!!! Go Sandra!


Honestly, I could not care who won with the exception that I did not want to see Russell win and I am soooo happy that he did not.

I cannot explain why but his arrogance and nastiness is soooo awful (he reminds me of an evil little leprachan) I would have been ticked if he won!

Soooooooooo - yippee for Sandra and CONGRATS!!!!!!!!

Also, super excited to see Boston Rob and Amber have a new baby - sooooooo cute!!!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!

Weekend, Happy Monday and Weigh-in!

YEAH! Happy Monday!!

Happy to report that this week I finally started losing again!! Yippee!!!!!!!!

Weight down 4.4 from last Monday! Yippee!!!

Again, I only worked out two days this week and just stopped eating anything after 6PM!!! What a difference though!

I found my issue and I am soooo happy!!! I guess it will be a few more weeks until the habit of eating at night is broken though.

I get up at least every other commercial to get a snack before I realize that I am not allowed to eat!!!! LOL!!!! Says it all, doesn't it!??!?!

Over the weekend my mother and I went to my Aunt Marti's house and helped her paint her kitchen and dining room. I turned out sooo well!!! I healped with the painting part which was easy - they spent many hours without me stripping the wallpaper (just to be fair about the distribution of work - HA) They made me promise no photos of them so I have included only photos of the painting! LOL!!!! She used a Sherwin Williams color my sister has in her house call "blonde" and it turned out soooooo well - I love it!

First a new photo of the bird box from five eggs...hopefully in a few weeks, baby chicks!!!!!!!

Here is a partial "before"

Here is kitchen "before"

Here is kitchen "after"

Here is living room "after"

Here is a closeup of kitchen cupboards "after"

I hope everyone has an amazing, blessed and productive week!!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Tweaked the Plan...

Happy Friday Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!

So...Anyone who knows me has heard of my struggle over the past few years to finally lose A LOT of extra weight!!

All together I am down a lot (over one hundred pounds) and until the past year or so doing really well.

Over the past year I have struggled a lot- maintained a lot - and gained just a little ....but it has been a yo yo between 10 lbs up and 10 lbds down. I just was not serious about it anymore - got comfortable with less than my best effort!

I have to write this post to solidify it to me - my issue has SOLEY been eating at night!

This past week I started a weight watching "contest" with two close friends (Donna and Colleen)...we are weighing in on Mondays and at the end of each month whichever one of us loses the most that month gets a paid lunch out from the other two. I fingured this would finally get me serious again about losing!!!!!!
I ALWAYS exercise every day and this week since it is the start of this new "contest" and since work has been crazy I have not gone to the gym even one day and I am losing on average a little under a pound a day!!!!!!!! So, here is what I learned...

1. apparently I eat alot at night after 6PM. I am not eating anything after 6PM now and every night this week I am constantly getting up and heading to the kitchen for a little snack - then I catch myself and go sit down. I never realized how one handfuls of almonds, an apple, a skinny cow, a bite of cheese, a bite of Walt's icecream, a gummy worm, a little of this or that, etc. all adds up - each one is little and meaningless calorie wise but after ten trips of that - IT ADDS UP!!! I just never couted those points or paid attention to those calories lately until now - so my issue all along has been the night snacking - WOW!!!!!!! LIGHT BULB GETS BRIGHT!!!!!!

So that is the answer to my Plateau and I must say that every evening is a struggle!!! I keep telling myself I am not hungry and drinking tea and water all night but it is HARD!!!!!!! It is such a habit for me at night to pick in food that I am halfway to the kitchen when I realiaze that I am not allowed to eat anything - LOL!!!!

I just want to lose this weight for good and then maintain!!

I will keep you posted on my progress....I am just sooooo happy to have made this realization and now finally can lose the rest of this weight-if I can keep my mouth shut after 6PM


!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for listening~~~~~~~~

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Happy 17th Birthday Jordan!!!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday to my VERY FIRST NIECE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!
She was born on this day in 1993 and I love her sooooooooooooo much!!!!
She had to wear braces for her legs when she was born and I was soooo scared to hold her at first.
She puked on anyone that dared to hold her and give her a bottle - she literally just gushed after every bottle - it is a miracle that she kept any milk down!
She has always hated bugs, sports and animals and always loved anything girly and clothes!!!!
The only thing she wanted for her 6th birthday was satin sheets for her bed!!!!
She has grown into a beautiful, amazing, smart, talented, funny, and strong-willed young woman!
I LOVE YOU JORDAN ELIZABETH with all my heart and soul!!!!
Thanks for being an amazing niece that I am sooooooooooooooo proud to know and love!!!!!

Jordan with her little sister Jess...

Jordan holding her little sister!!!!!

My sister Kerry, Jordan and Jess

Jordan now!!!!!!!!!!!

and another...

and my ultimate favorite (she makes me sooooo proud)...

Mothers Day Weekend

Sorry I am posting a little late but work was crazzzzzzzy busy yesterday and had lots to do last night at home!
Mothers Day weekend
was an awesome time with family and it was sooo much fun!!!
Any time with family is fun and this was no exception.

Here we go.....

First you know when you are driving in Ohio when you get stuck behind the following for 20 minutes in a no passing zone...

The next photo was when I could actually finally pass - yippee and instead I decided to move to the left lane to get a better picture.....LOL!!!! Apparently someones family is headed out for a fun night at the races!!!!!!!! I just LOVED that they all matched!!!!!!!
This is the adorable Kyleigh holding the adorable Madelyn!!!!!!

and now kissing the adorable Madelyn (was she this sweet to her own brother and sister you ask??......NO!!) LOL

The sweet little Ryan (Twin One)...
and sweet little Aly (Twin Two) (they are getting big wayyyyyyyyyy to fast!!!!!!!!)

Annnnnnnnnnd the woman of honor for the day.....Mommy!!!!!!!!!! This is Mom with three of her grandchildren!

Kyleigh with the coke glasses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Could she look more serious?!?!?!?

And a closeup of the newest edition to our family - Madelyn!!!!!!!

This is Kyleigh with her makeup and hair fixed...we were doing a test run for her dance recital in a few weeks and did not even know if we could curl her hair or not. It fell out quickly but it should last long enough for the show!!!! Sooooo cute but looks wayyyyy to old with her makeup!.....

Not sure what this silly face is but how cute is this?!?!? She make the most hillarious faces and says the cutest things now we all just sit around and laugh all day! What a joy the little children are.....and the grown children!!!!!

And another of my Mommy with just two of her grandkids!!

I LOVE YOU MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!

ICU Nurse it is

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