Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Are you ready???

Gosh, I haven't posted in over a week!  I was up a pound at last weigh in anyway.  I'm not even going this week since I had a rough weekend.  I let myself get dehydrated and I'm still fighting the affects of that!

The kid had a dance competition and I swear the people at this school were the most evil hall monitors ever!  They wouldn't even let you take water into the auditorium.  Which wasn't too bad Saturday since Angel only had one dance, and only a few younger girls had solos / duets /etc. So we could roam around and such.  Sunday was the older kids - she had 5 dances of her own plus a vast majority of the rest of the studio.  So we stayed in the auditorium most of the day.  Plus I went out for a couple beers Saturday night = bad.  By the end of Sunday, I had the worst headache and my mouth felt like coppery cotton.  And it didn't help there was that one studio (there always is) that has what seems like 1000 kids which means 3000 dances.  Lots of dances mean lots of awards!   And this particular group had a lot of little girls who were extremely talented in that ear-bleeding / glass-shattering screech that little girls can do.  And they screamed every flippin' time someone went up for an award.  And when the emcee asked their names & studio when getting the awards, these brats would scream into the microphone.  Grr.

So anyhooo.  Oh yeah.  My kid got another injury!  First her knees.  Then her ankles.  Now her hip!  She partially dislocated it while midway thru the first of 3 dances within about 45 minutes.  I had no idea while watching her that anything was wrong.  She said with the adrenaline rush, she felt it pop but was able to keep going.  One of the other moms was able to help her get it back in and I took her to the doctor this morning where she got xrays and a referral to a sports medicine doctor.  yay!  Glad Spring Break is around the corner so she can rest a bit.

Kinda funny that the aquarium at the doctor's office has a skeleton in it!   Heehee!

So anyway, the A to Z Challenge starts tomorrow!!  I have most of my posts thru "L" written and scheduled already and some random other letters for both blogs.  I heard there's over 1500 blogs signed up - I'm sure I'll find a bunch more to follow!


Later!  Tonight we had the school's mandatory "Senior / Parent Meeting" so we can find out about prom dress codes and stuff about graduation and fun stuff like that.  I may cry!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Friend Makin' Monday - FOOOOOOOD

Happy Monday!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!   We had a few happenings this weekend, but it was mostly chill.  I had my Skywarn class Saturday morning, then we took Miss Angela to the park and Randy worked with her for 2 hours on parking the car and turns, etc.  She did really well.  Then Sunday we went out to breakfast and spent quality time at the studio.  I rhinestoned some costumes with another mom while Angel had extra classes.  We finally got done there around 3:30.  She's ready for dress rehearsal tonight and her competition this weekend!

I posted my A to Z Blogging Challenge theme reveal earlier today.  Pretty exciting!  Have you signed up yet?
I set up a "Twitterfeed" thingy so if I have a certain phrase in my post, it'll show up on Twitter.  However, I haven't used the phrase, so it shouldn't show up there.  We'll see!  This is all still new to me.  

Here’s how it works: you copy the questions, answer them and post them to your own blog. Then you come back here, and in the comments, post the link to your blog post with your answers to this week’s questions. If you don’t have a blog of your own, just post your answers in the comments.

Food - oooh.  My favorite thing - clearly!

1. What is your favorite food dish?   We broke out the grill for the first time in 2015 Saturday.  So just about anything grilled.  Meat / fish / veggies - yummy!

2. What is your favorite food type (Italian, Mexican, etc)?  Mmmm.  American!  I like BBQ, burgers, corn on the cob, etc.  I do like some Italian & Mexican & Chinese.

3. What is your favorite snack?  Yogurt.  Fiber One bars.  baby carrots & hummus.  apples. cheese sticks

4. What do you usually eat for breakfast?  Oatmeal.  I mix steel cut & rolled oats so I make it the night before so they can soften.  Then I mix in strawberries or PB2 or whatever the next morning when I get to work.  I can heat it if I want or leave it cold.

5. Do you eat your veggies? What are your favorites?  Love the veggies!  I think squash / zucchini is my favorite.

6. What is your favorite junk food/guilty pleasure? We do this thing we call a Taco Timmy run.  We'll park the car at Tim Horton's then walk 1/2 block to Taco Bell to eat, then stop at Timmy's on the way back to the car and grab a coffee & donut.  Yes - I (cringe) track them.  Most are 7 points.

7. Do you cook most/all of your own food?  I would like cooking more if I didn't have 2 picky-asses in my house with me.  They would be happy with the same boring food all the time.  They act like I'm feeding them arsenic or something if veggies are mentioned and Heaven forbid I try something new (quinoa, anyone?).  But I did get them hooked on whole wheat spaghetti noodles!   Let me tell you - it makes grocery shopping trips SUCK!

8. Are you vegetarian or vegan? If not, have you ever considered or tried it?  Nope and Nope.

9. If you eat meat, do you eat red meat, and if you do, how do you like it cooked?  Medium rare / medium.  I like it pink in the middle.  It seems more tender that way (steaks anyway).

10. Is there a food or a dish that you have always wanted to try and is there a reason you haven’t tried it yet?  I've never tried sushi or Thai or anything like that.  I think when I do (obviously I won't be with the picky family) I'd have to go to someplace who specializes in it.  If I'm going to try something new, I want it to be done right!  I just don't think about trying new stuff when I'm alone, which is why I haven't.

Theme Reveal !!

Drumroll, please!

Just kidding.  I'm linking up over at A-Z Challenge for this year's theme reveal!  This is my health & weight-loss blog but I'm going in a slightly different direction for my April A-Z blogging challenge this year.

I love to read about people who have done something amazing with their life.  I rather envy them, to be honest.

So my theme this year is women who have made a difference.  Who have done something exciting!  They're not necessarily famous, but they have left their mark on the world.  Ladies who deserve to be noticed and remembered. 

Just an FYI - I truly do know my alphabet, but this one is going to look jacked up.  Sometimes I'm going by first name, some by last name.

I'm also posting on my other blog, where I'm telling sea stories from my 8 year stint in the US Navy.  Check it out!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Friend Makin' Monday - St. Patricks Day

Happy Monday!  It was such a nice sunshiney weekend and the snow is melting rapidly!  I was so excited to be out putzing around in the yard and see....
a crocus!!!
I haven't even seen a robin in my yard yet! 

Here’s how it works: you copy the questions, answer them and post them to your own blog. Then you come back here, and in the comments, post the link to your blog post with your answers to this week’s questions. If you don’t have a blog of your own, just post your answers in the comments.

St. Patrick’s Day

1. Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  We do a Girls Night Out thing with the family.  Basically dressing up for dinner in all our obnoxious green and then hanging out at my sister's house.  She told the waitress at the restaurant we were celebrating Dad's birthday and St. Pats at the same time because it was his favorite holiday.  I sure don't remember him doing anything different for St. Pats, but if it makes her happy to think so.....have at it! 

2. Do you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day? If so, post a picture of what you plan to wear tomorrow or have worn in the past that is green.  I will, just for shitz & gigglez.  This is what we did Saturday. 
Even my dog wore a spiffy bowtie. 

3. Do you go out drinking for St. Patrick’s Day?  I had one green beer at the restaurant (we took our own food coloring because we're dorks like that!) and 2 small margaritas at Laurie's house afterward.   But we don't go out being crazy or anything.  Mom tends to be the one who misbehaves, tho!  She tried to order a Bud Light for my daughter and Angel's jaw just dropped! 

4. Have you ever had green beer?  Ooops - answered above.  Yes.  

5. Are you of Irish decent/heritage?  Nope.  I'm mainly Welsh & American Indian (can never remember if its Chippewa or Cherokee).  

6. Have you ever been to Ireland or do you ever plan to go?  That would be really cool, but no plans to go unless we suddenly come into some $$. 

7. Have you ever searched for a 4-leaf clover? If so, did you find one?  Yes, we have lots of clover in your yard and we can usually find one. 

8. Have you ever been to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City?  Nope.  Never been to NYC. 

9. Have you ever been to a St. Patrick’s Day celebration like a Celtic music festival (or other)? No, but I'd love to go to Hot Springs AR to the World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade.  That looks like a hoot!

10. Have you ever met anyone from Ireland or do you have a friend from Ireland?  Not that I know of! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Friend Makin' Monday - Hobbies

Happy Tuesday!  OMG - it's getting WARM !!  I took the dog out for a 2 mile walk with me just wearing jeans & a sweatshirt!  I think we overdid it, tho.  The park is an oval with a path thru the middle.  He kept trying to pull me down that middle path and today I hurt from wearing hiking boots (melting snow = lake-sized puddles everywhere).  He sure slept good last night, tho! 

Oh, and the kid had another dance competition Sunday - if you want, you can read about it HERE.  More trophies!

Alrighty - what do we have today?


Here’s how it works: you copy the questions, answer them and post them to your own blog. Then you come back here, and in the comments, post the link to your blog post with your answers to this week’s questions. If you don’t have a blog of your own, just post your answers in the comments.

1. What do you do for fun?  I read, blog, do cross-stitch, go for walks, go horseback riding when I can.

2. What do you do to relax?  Mainly read.

3. What do you do to waste time?  The Interweb.  'Nuff said!

4. What hobbies do you have that you do regularly?  Reading & cross-stitching.

5. Is your hobby something that could make you money?   Not really.

6. Do you make money from your hobby? Or would you like to?  I wish!

7. Do friends or family make fun of your hobby?  Nope.

8. Is your hobby expensive, moderate, or free to support?   Moderate. There's the initial purchase of materials or books.  Walking is free.  Horseback riding is $0, but costs in labor.  Meaning I usually end up cleaning stalls or helping out with whatever little chores my sister has around her house.

9. How did you first get started with your hobby?  Walking / reading / cross-stitch just happened.  My sister got her first horse when I was 2 and it evolved from there.

10. Is your hobby something that you can do with other people? If so, do you?  Depends on which one.  Walking & riding, yes.  In fact they are more fun with other people. The others, no.