Sunday, November 30, 2008
I go back to work tomorrow after 9 glorious days off. This was the vacation that I was looking forward to for a very long time. September-November is pure madness at my job and days off are few and far between so a long Thanksgiving vacation was highlighted on my calendar. But now it is over. Tomorrow starts another week of that madness but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Let me share: 1. Mondays are easy days for me. I have lots of office time, one place to go and plenty of things to work on. It should go by fast. 2. Tuesday-Thursday is very busy also which hopefully means fast moving days. Friday is partially busy in the afternoon but the morning should give me a chance to finish up some things before the weekend. 3. We are getting our Christmas tree and decorating next weekend. I am very excited about this!! I can't wait to make our place full of snowmen and Santa Claus'. 4. Monday-Thursday of next week looks the same as this week but Friday is our offices' annual Winter Warmup. For the first couple of hours of the day, every department puts out holiday treats, the large conference room has made to order cocoa, cider, coffee and tea. Some people sing caroles around the building. It is very fun. Mostly because we got a huge sugar rush, sit at our desks and shake for an hour and then get to actually working around 12. Not a bad day! 5. The week of the 15th-19th is what I am looking forward to. My work schedule is very light. 95% of my time will be spent in the office and Thursday at 4:00 starts another long vacation. How long? 17 days. Almost double what I just had. WOO-HOOO. Let the holiday's begin!
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 8:19 PM
Friday, November 28, 2008
After reading this article, I think retailers seriously need to rethink Black Friday. There is no reason for this. People are so ruthless and overly excited just to buy things for 10%, 20%, 50% off of a regular price that they trample others. To death. Trample to death, people. In what world does that make sense? Black Friday needs to stop. Stores need to open at regular hours and extend sales for the entire weekend. It is insane that things like this even happen. Insane and sad. Pathetic almost. Rethink Black Friday.
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 9:31 AM
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Do you agree with this list of the top 500 movies of all time? Here is the Top 25. I have italicized each movie that I have watched. Not much. 1. The Godfather (1972) 2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 3. Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back (1980) 4. Shawsank Redemption (1994) 5. Jaws (1975) 6. GoodFellas (1990) 7. Apocalypse Now (1979) 8. Singin' in the Rain (1952) 9. Pulp Fiction (1994) 10. Fight Club (1999) 11. Raging Bull (1980) 12. The Apartment (1960) 13. Chinatown (1974) 14. Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) 15. The Dark Knight (2008) 16. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 17. Taxi Driver (1976) 18. Casablanca (1942) 19. The Godfather: Part II (1974) 20. Blade Runner (1982) 21. The Third Man (1949) 22. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) 23. Back to the Future (1985) 24. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 25. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1967) Here is a rundown of where some of my favorite movies landed on the list: 500. Ocean's Eleven (The Brad Pitt Version) 487: Superbad 482: Scream (seriously?) 445: Dumb and Dumber 436: Beauty and The Beast 433: Good Will Hunting (should be in the top 100) 418: V for Vendetta (not a favorite movie, this movie blew a$$. Horrible) 409: Men in Black (huh? What? No) 402: Little Miss Sunshine ( should be Top 50) 389: Election (I LOVE this movie. So great) 378: Goonies 373: Wall-E 322: Aladdin 319: The Lion King 309: Transformers (Good movie, not better than others already listed..by far) 271: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (this movie is hilarious) 260: Field of Dreams 240: Forrest Gump (Top 50) 211: Moulin Rouge 189: Ghostbusters 172: Wizard of Oz 152: Boogie Nights (:Speechless: Not 152. More like 1,052) 113: Anchorman 88: Ferris Bueller's Day Off 81: Batman Begins 62: The Graduate 47: E.T. 23: Back to the Future This is a good list to look at if you are ever asked, "What are your favorite movies?" There are really no horribly crappy on this list. Sure, there are many of my favorite movies that are not on this list (Little Mermaid, anyone?) but considering they organized 500 films, it is ok. So, what are your favorite movies? Please limit your answer to ten movies. If you give me 500, I will worry about you.
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 3:48 PM
Saturday, November 22, 2008
What a great day for running here in Northern California. It was a very cool day with low fog and a small mist during my 10K race. Great for running, not so great for my mom and niece sitting outside waiting for me to finish. My sister and her husband, Matt, also ran but opted for the 5K course where they finished in 29:50. As for my 10K, I finished in 1 hr 10 minutes and 17 seconds. I had wanted to break the 1:10 mark but 17 seconds over is not too bad considering I didn't have tons of sprint left in me at the end. I feel that I ran a solid race, didn't walk at all and finished with a decent time. 10K's are so much better than half marathons. How much better? Oh about 6.8 miles better. :)
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 3:25 PM
Friday, November 21, 2008
I'm back on the race trail tomorrow with a 10K race in Davis. My sister and her husband are running the 5K race. I ran 6 miles the other night and felt great so I hope to have great success tomorrow. Have a great weekend everyone. I have all next week off of work. Chris' sister is coming to stay with us for a few days which should be fun and allow me not be bored sitting on butt all day.
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 4:52 PM
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Chris and I attended the same high school but didn't know each other. It was a fairly big school and I was two years ahead of him. Not to say I wasn't friends with younger people. Almost all of my friends were in the two classes behind me but Chris was not one of them. I'm sure we crossed paths in the quad every now and again though. Because we attended the same school and grew up in the same area, our pasts have a connection. We remember the same events that happened at our school, the same teachers and the same students. But we also have different viewpoints because we did not travel in the same social circles. He doesn't know what my high school experience was like my freshman and sophomore years and I have no idea what happened at the school his junior and senior years. It is fun to reflect on those days and have two different sets of stories and experiences to draw from. It is great that we can go back to our hometown where our parents live within a 1.2 mile radius of each other and be familiar with our surroundings. It is also pretty cool that my sister, his sister and his brother all went to the same high school but at very different times. We share a common history between the 5 of us. So really, we have 5 views of the past. Do you and your husband/wife share a common history? Do you flash back to your high school days and share stories? Ever bust out those yearbooks and laugh (or cry) at your pictures?
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 7:55 AM
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
During my 6 mile run tonight, I started thinking about how great I felt. I was running at a consistent pace, none of my body parts hurt so bad that I wanted to quit and I thought I might be able to run a bit farther had it not been nearly pitch black dark outside. Seriously, I thought I was going to trip on the sidewalk, fall flat on my face and have to walk home a bloody mess. This made me run faster so I could finish my run in one piece. And although I work out every single day, my ability to run 6 miles and feel great had only 50% to do with my training. The other 50% I attribute to the weather. No sun and a cool breeze. Only a light mist of rain would have made the night complete. I can't run in the sun. If the sun is up, but there is a chill in the air or if the sun is within an hour from setting, sure I can manage. But time after time, I challenge myself (stupidly) to go for my run when the sun is at its highest peak. This often happens on weekends when I don't wake up early enough to go in the morning and don't want to wait until the early evening to get my exercise in. This is what happened on Sunday. I went for a run at 1 p.m. And while it is November, we have typical NorCal weather and it was about 80 degrees. It might as well have been 100 degrees. Boy, was I burning up. I was so mad at myself. I should have known better. But tonight...tonight was perfect. My 10K is on Saturday morning and I can only hope that for the 1 hr and 8 minutes (that is my goal time) that I am running, the sun stays hidden, the cool breezes kicks in and I find some shade to run in just for extra security. With those conditions, I am unstoppable!
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 8:07 PM
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Lets say you were to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. You stumble out of bed, turn on the light, close the door and take care of business. You wash your hands and turn to the door only to find that it won't open. You are sure that the towel hanging over the door has caused it to jam. You start to pull at the towel and when it slides out and the door still doesn't open, you get a bit worried. Not wanting to wake your husband that has to wake up at 4:45 a.m., you try to figure it out yourself but to no avail. You call on your husband and proclaim, "I'm locked in the bathroom." You hear him get up to rescue you. And that is when you turn the lock on the door and release yourself. It was locked. My 1 a.m. brain didn't think to check that in the first place since I didn't turn the lock when I entered the bathroom. Moral of the story: Check the door lock before waking your sleeping husband and attempting to pull the door open for a solid minute. The more you know.
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 7:48 AM
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
When my friend Kim (too lazy to enter link to her website) posted a recipe for chicken in a crock pot, I couldn't resist making it that very night. Turns out it is the best thing ever. I have already made it 3 times and I am growing afraid that my husband thinks I am a one trick pony in the kitchen. But you know what? I don't care. Salsa Chicken is yummy. Here is how you do it. 1. Dump chicken breasts, fillets, tenders into your crockpot 2. Pour a jar of salsa on top of the chicken 3. On low heat, it took 3.5 hours to cook; on high heat, it was done in 1.5-2 hours. There are many ways to eat this delightful meal. Wrap the chicken in a tortilla with some cheese and you have a quesdilla. Calories count: 120 chicken, 130 tortilla, 80 cheese=330 calories Or put the chicken in a taco shell or on a tostada shell, add cheese and you have a yummy, quick, low calorie meal. To spare myself from eye rolls the other night, I decided against throwing my two loves into the crock pot and baked the chicken instead. Chicken in a pan, salsa on top, bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Hmmm, maybe I am a one trick pony but man, I love me some chicken and salsa.
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 7:21 PM
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Blue is my favorite color. When buying new clothes, I always end up buying a shirt in blue no matter how hard I try to steer away from it. But now, I am starting to hate blue because of The Biggest Loser. The blue team is evil. But tonight, there was some justice when one of their teammates twisted things to change the game and sent another blue team person home. I have watched every season of this show and I have never seen people be so involved in the game play aspect. Sure, there is a monetary prize attached to winning but a majority of the people just want to lose the weight, be healthy and live longer lives. But this season, they managed to pick 4 people that are just mean, selfish people. I hope they all go down the next few weeks and get kicked off because honestly, it is hard to watch such a great show when such mean people are attached to it. Yes, this is a silly thing to blog about but it seriously had me fired up tonight. I hope those people are watching themselves on tv and recognize how mean they are.
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 9:49 PM
Monday, November 10, 2008
In order to add some knowledge to my brain and fill my nights with something useful, I have decided to go back to school! I spent some time this weekend browsing the class schedules at two local junior colleges for a class that 1) looked interesting 2) started after 5:00 p.m. 3) didn't involve math 4) was not 4 days a week. I think I found it. I decided to take a class called "Mass Media and Young Children." It meets for 3 hours, one night a week for 5 weeks. The best part? The class is not on the main j.c. campus but just 1 mile away from our apartment at an extension campus. Awesome. A short drive, an interesting class that doesn't last 16 weeks and I get to learn something new? Sounds like fun!! My main reason for taking this class is that my husband will have a busy work schedule in the month of March. He will be working 14 hour days and most likely staying at his parents house for a month to cut down on his commute time. Therefore, I will need something to keep me busy. With class one night a week and studying and papers (I hope! I love papers!), I am looking forward to staying busy and not wallowing in my loneliness for the month. I should get an A+. Happy Monday!
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 10:29 AM
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
What is in store for the Mrs. and Mr. this weekend?
A little bit of this:
Getting together with friends at the second annual "Friends Thanksgiving" hosted by our pals Devin and Ashley of Tea Stain Clothing fame.
A couple of hours doing this:
Many, many hours of laying in this, eyes shut, brain turned off:
And, to top it off, spending some time with this little person:
I hope your weekend is fun, relaxing and filled with friends and family!
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 10:27 AM
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I was looking at Cakewrecks and found myself getting very hungry. Sure those cakes and cupcakes are a horrible mess but geez, that frosting sure does catch my eye and make me want to run to the nearest store and grab a dozen. Just say NO to looking at cake when you are in your first week of trying to lose weight.
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 9:58 AM
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Here are the 5 things that I need to lose weight: 1. Legs-I use my legs to exercise, which causes me to burn additional calories which helps me to lose weight! 2. A food scale-a must have for any weight loss participant. You know the serving size of that cereal you are pouring in the morning? My guess is that you are pouring 2 times the amount you should be having. To get a grasp on the number of calories you are putting into your body each day, a food scale will be your hero. Pick one up at Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond. 3. A notebook- to write down all of your calories. My rule? If I don't know how many calories are in it, I don't eat. So those bagels my boss brings to staff meetings each week sit on the platter, waiting to be enjoyed by others. No nutritional label means I do not eat it. 4. A pen or pencil- to record those calories in the notebook. Always keep one in your car or purse! And the final thing needed to help me lose weight.... 5. Faith and Dedication-I can do it, I will do it and I won't be deterred from reaching my goal. I took a deep breath and stepped on the scale Tuesday morning. Good news! I only have 40 pounds to lose instead of the 50 I guessed. I will weigh in every Monday morning. I am eating between 1700-2000 calories per day this week. I hope to be able to pull off just eating 1700/day starting next week. So far, so good.
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 9:30 PM
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Prove me wrong. I have my doubts about you. I have my concerns about your policies. I do not agree with things you have said and done. I do not condone the people you have associated with. But prove me wrong. Put American first. Sure, change things from what they are now but improve them. Do not make our country a shell of what is once was. Bring our citizens together. Encourage unity. Do not turn my paycheck into a PB&J sandwich by giving it to the homeless guy on Marconi Ave. I work hard for my money and want to keep it to buy a house and support my family. Prove me wrong. Do right by me, even if I did not vote for you. You have high expectations set out for you. Meet them. Exceed them.
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 8:55 PM
Monday, November 3, 2008
I'm going to lose weight. I am. I need to. I had this long blog post planned in my head but since I still can't access blogger at work (grrrr!!!), I am going to keep it short and sweet since my chubby butt has things to do tonight. Since losing 50 pounds in 2004, I am sad to announce that I have gained nearly all of it back. Sad, right? I say nearly because I am too much of a chicken to actually get on the scale and weigh myself although my clothes do all the weighing for me. The verdict? FAT. I thought about disclosing my actual weight on this blog but that thought lasted about as long as chocolate cake lasts in front of my face. Instead, I will tell you that I want to weight 0 pounds. Zero pounds. As in, I am going to say I weigh 50 pounds right now and if, no wait, WHEN, when I lose it all, I will weigh zero (0) pounds. And how exactly do you plan to lose this weight? Simple. Write it down, work it out. Write down everything that goes into my mouth. If I don't know how many calories are in a particular food or beverage, I don't eat it. Every calorie will be accounted for and if I eat the right amount of calories that I need to lose a few pounds a week, I shall be successful! Work it out means that I am going to work out harder. As if training for a half marathon wasn't my chance to lose some weight, right? I had half of it right but I missed the other half. You know, the half where you stop stuffing your face with candy, cookies and such other sugary foods. That is it. I am going to lose weight. Last time, I started January 1st and reached my goal weight by August 1. That is 7 full months. By those calculations, I should weigh 0 pounds by May 1. Ok, nevermind. I'm not thinking by months. I'm thinking by days, pounds, inches and pure sexyness when I look in the mirror. Wish me luck!
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 4:36 PM
Sunday, November 2, 2008
My sister did not post pictures of herself on Halloween but seriously, she is crazy not to. She should be showing off what she worked so hard for...a hot bod!!! My sister as Snow White Chris as a refinery worker aka his new job The cutest family! Matt as Spiderman. He said this picture better not end up on the internet. Whoops. I think he is an awesome guy (and dad) for dressing up. He loves the holidays. Diana and Arrrrr Bob! She thought it was so funny that I was a pirate. We had a nice time looking at the houses decorated for Halloween and trick or treating. Year after year, I enjoy spending time with Diana on Halloween. She said trick or treat and got so excited when she got more candy! I asked her if she thought her mommy looked pretty and her response: " Yes and I look pretty too." Adorable.
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 3:18 PM