Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Trapped by a Snuggly Cat

I'm enjoying my first Snow Day as a student teacher, and I'm holed up in my house, in my jammies and bathrobe on the couch. I'm stretching out Jeff's new knit Eagles cap on my "huge" head (see the movie, "So I Married an Axe Murderer") and I'm under the most buttery fleecey blanket I own (thanks Ru or was it Beak who gave it to me?). I'm enjoying catching up with friends on Facebook, and contemplating getting dressed and going to shovel my car out of the garage and salting the sidewalks etc.

I say "contemplating" because I'm trapped by a snuggly cat on the couch. He's weasled his way onto my chest and into the folds of my teal colored, terry cloth bathrobe and he's made a nesty-noodle of himself. That's schoon-speak for "nestled into my bathrobe and curled up into a furry ball of relaxed, purring, fur." He's even managed to ooze his paws out onto my wrist. I'll be trapped hear on the couch until I get up the gumption to move, until I have to go to the bathroom, or until the battery on my laptop dies...whichever happens first.

Eventually, I get to shoveling and baking something warm and delicious. Call me if you want to come over and help. I may need an extrication from the couch.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Working Hard

I start teaching Math tomorrow! Yay! Who thought I could get this excited over DIVISION? Ahhh!!!!! We might have a delay tomorrow because of the weather, but I seriously doubt we'll get a snow day.

Life has changed for me. Now I get up between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. and I'm working until 3:30-4:00 pm at school. Then I come home and write lesson plans! I really enjoy teaching and I love the kids. They are so sweet. I am pretty tired nowadays and I REALLY have to plan ahead of time with my food and exercise.

I'm finally below 185 pounds. I haven't been below 185 for awhile. 25 pounds to go! I'd like to get down to 160-165 lbs. I'm fitting back into my 12s and I'd like to be back into my 10s.

I'm watching The Biggest Loser on TV. That's pretty darn inspirational. It's weigh-in time! I LOVE this part. Gotta go!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Splenda with Fiber

I was watching the tele this morning and Splenda brand no calorie sweetner has introduced a new version of Splenda that includes a gram of fiber in it. Interesting gimmick. If anybody buys this, please let me know how it tastes.

I bought a box of Truvia packets to give it a try because it's supposed to be "all natural." It doesn't taste as good as Splenda. I'm willing to give it away to anyone who wants it (and is willing to pick it up).

That's all I have this morning. Yup. That's about it.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Gains and Losses

I only lost about four ounces over the weekend from not eating well and not exercising. Who'd have thought that hummus and one night of chinese food could turn me into a bit of a blimp? Chicken and broccoli bloat my belly. I had to workout extra hard at the gym tonight and now I can't lift my arms.

The good news is, I got measured today and I've lost almost 4 inches! I'm decidedly losing weight from the top down... 1.5 inches alone off my bust. Heh, heh. My waist didn't change. I'm still 31 inches there, but I've lost weight off my arms, legs and hips. Good times.

I have to get ready for bed. I have a cold, and I have to meet Zilla at the gym at 8:15 a.m. Brutal. Tomorrow...tomorrow...I love yah! Tomorrow! You're only a day away!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

New Year's Humor

Ole and Sven had really 'packed on the pounds' by over-eating during Christmas and the New Year's Holidays, so their doctor put them on the same diet.

'I want you to eat regularly for 2 days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for 2 weeks. The next time I see you, you should have lost at least 5 pounds.'

When the Nordski's returned, they shocked their doctor by having lost nearly 25 POUNDS... each!

'Why, that's positively amazing!' the doctor said. 'Did you follow my instructions?'

Then Ole and Sven nodded and said. . . . . . . 'We vant to tell you though, we taut we was gonna drop dead dat 3rd day.'

'From hunger, you mean?'. . . . . . . . . . . . .

'No, yust from all dat durn skippin!'

Monday, January 5, 2009

Wisdom in a Forture Cookie

"Whatever you want to do, do it. There are only so many tomorrows."

Wisdom visited me one time in the guise of a fortune cookie. She told me not to put off the things I've been wanting to do. It's like that Queen Latifah movie "Last Holiday" (which I really enjoy by the way. It's on my wishlist. Hint. Hint.) where the girl who has worked and saved her money her whole life never spending her money on "possibilities" erroneously discovers she has a brain tumor and has a month to live. She decides to spend her savings and do things she wanted to do, but was waiting to do someday.

It's fitting to think about these things as I ponder New Year's resolutions. I think I'll resolve to live life more fully and not put off the personal satisfaction that comes with doing things! There are always boundaries and balance to be kept in doing so, but I think it's time to freaking live a little bit.

For starters, I want to go for a hot air balloon ride. More on this later.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Mammasan Makes a Visit

Mammasan came for a visit this weekend. It was really good to have her here. My Mom is one of my favorite people. I love her so much, it made it hard to say goodbye and watch her drive away... Sniffle. Sniffle.

My Mom is one of my biggest advocates, and she is my friend. She has supported me and nurtured me my entire life and continues to do so. I would not be who I am today without her loving support and steadfast commitment to raising me. Thank you Mom. I love you.