Saturday, January 30, 2010

I'm a Quitter!

I made it through an entire month without drinking any soda! I won't lie. There were times that I struggled. Like when I went to a work conference and there were cans of soda everywhere I looked. And not just any soda. Mug Root Beer. Ohhhh.Emmmm.Geeeee. I stared at the cans, imagined the taste but decided to be strong! Soda is tasty but has NO nutritional value and it actually bad for you through and through. I highly recommend cutting soda from your life. And in the spirit of being a quitter, I am going to quit something else in February but I need your help. I was thinking of quitting candy but with Valentine's Day coming up, I need to eat 12 brazillion pounds of Conversation Hearts. Yes, I need to. Don't you?? So I have two options: Starbucks or Fast Food. Fast Food does not include restaurant food although I am trying to 1) cut back on going out to eat and 2)make smarter choices when I am at a restaurant. VOTE in the comments. Starbucks or Fast Food? What should I quit in February?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

More Furniture!

Dining room table (without the leaf). I can't wait for the family dinners!
Ottoman in the family room. A nice place to rest my feet. And it has a drawer to hold our gazillion remote controls!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Lunch time surgery

Ok, so maybe I didn't have surgery but in my mind, when you have to get something numbed, it is surgery. So there. I did have surgery at lunch. For the past year (or longer) I have had this mole on my upper arm. It didn't look like a normal freckle and I kept thinking about how I really should get this checked out but well, ignorance is bliss, right? No, that is dumb. Ignorance is dumb. So I made an appointment with my doctor to get it checked out. He looked over it, said that he was 98% sure it was nothing but sent me to the dermatologist just to make sure. He said the derm would be able to look at it and know it was nothing in 10 seconds. "You'll be in and out of there pretty fast." (Thats what she said). My appointment is at 2:15 and since it is Kaiser, I don't get back into the exam room until 2:40. The nurse asks me if I have had any sunburns in my life (DUH) and when I say yes she says I should remove my clothes so the doctor can examine my back and legs. WHAT? I'm not getting naked. I have a mole. On my arm. I don't want to get naked. But I did and seriously considered putting my clothes back on the more I thought about it. THE MOLE IS ON MY ARM. Doogie Howser said I would be out in a minute. My doctor is about 15.5 years old. Seriously. The Pimple Popper M.D. (name that tv show) came in and look at the mole, looked at my arms, my back, my legs and gave me some options. He said he is sure it is fine but we might as well remove it. BARF. I don't want to have anything removed from my body unless I get a pencil stuck in my ear or something. I wanted to say "No, I'm cool. It should be fine. Bye!" But he is a doctor (I examined his certifications that were hanging on the wall, just to be sure) so I followed his advice. He gave me two options: numb and scrape or numb and hole punch. HOLE PUNCH? What the heck is going on???? Doogie is so dead next time I see him. He did not warn me about this. I said "well you are the doctor so whatever you think". He wanted to go with the hole punch. FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC. I put my clothes back on (FINALLY) and the nurse came in the start prepping the area. "You'll need to get a stitch also." BARF. Worse day ever. It was 3:00, I hadn't eaten for hours and felt like I was going to pass out and cry. At the same time. They laid me down, cleaned the area, got the needle out to numb me and I closed my eyes, waiting to be hole punched like a freakin' legal document. I swore I was going to pass out. And since I was laying down with my eyes closed, they wouldn't notice and then I would fall off the table and really hurt myself. When I opened my eyes, the nurse was putting on the bandages. WHAT? Did they decide not to do it after all? I didn't feel a damn thing. That numbing stuff is gooooooood. So they are going to send my mole to get tested and they'll let me know what the deal is in a week. And that is my lunch time surgery story.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Shred with me!

I started the 30 Day Shred way back in May 2009 and made it through about 15 days before life got carried away (excuses!!!) and I stopped. The sad thing is that I could feel myself getting stronger and by stopping, I erased all that hard work. And when we got really deep into the process of buying our house, packing and moving, I completely stopped exercising which for me is just strange. I love working out. I love going to a gym and getting sweaty and tired. I miss it a lot. When I finally decided last week to dig out the 30 Day Shred dvd, find the remote and the cords to plug the dvd player into the spare tv upstairs, I told myself that this time, I wouldn't give up. Even if I couldn't find 25 minutes to shred each and every night, I would keep on going. I started last Sunday and today I finished Day 5! I even jumped to Level 2 because Level 1 bores me after a while. I needed a bit more of a challenge and I'll tell you, Level 2 is more than a challenge. I could barely lift my arms up to shampoo my hair 20 minutes later. For those of you interested in Shredding, I saw the dvd at Costco for $7.99. You can also order it from Amazon. Tell me: Are you a shredder? Have you completed the entire 30 days and all 3 levels?

Around The House

Did I ever show off our pantry door?
And our wall o pictures! Love.
And the only room in our house that is really complete. The formal living room with a view from the loft.
And the amazing flying kitty!
She also dances....

Christmas!

Yes, Christmas was nearly a month ago and I am just now getting around to blogging pictures from the big days. Cut me some slack! First up, my family on Christmas Eve....
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Chris' family on Christmas morning...
Always a kid!
Christmas was so great! We hosted at our house for Christmas Eve and it was so much fun. I'm already excited for Christmas 2010!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Catch Up

Almost a week between blog posts. That never happens! I just couldn't find the words within me to type anything last week so I hope I am forgiven for my absence. What have you missed? I'll tell you.... -I made it through my first week back at work after 16 days off. I was in quite a daze during the week and only worked 2 full days. So today felt like my real first day back. Work picks up and doesn't stop until June so I am mentally preparing myself to be go go go all the time. -I did some post Christmas shopping at Victoria's Secret last weekend. I seriously needed to replenish my collection of unmentionables and with a hefty gift card, I was able to do that. My niece and sister tagged along for the shopping and Diana said "thats a lot of underwear" several times. -I started doing the 30 Day Shred again Sunday night and I find myself very sore today. I had to work late tonight so I will pick it back up tomorrow night and hopefully I can stop by poor eating habits to actually see results. -Speaking of poor eating habits, I am 12 days free of soda! Go me! -I downloaded the Words With Friends app and love playing it throughout the day when I get a chance. Scrabble is my favorite board game and even though I'm not very good at it, I feel like it is keeping my brain sharp! -My Brother In Law's basketball team has won 11 games in a row. I had a chance to go to a game last Friday and it was fun to see them win. Actually, I didn't see most of the game since I had a 4.5 year old on my lap the entire time. But I wouldn't exchange that for anything. -We watched "Jesus Camp" last night. Wow. Interesting and weird. Check it out sometime. And if you have seen it, what did you think about it? -Oxy the kitty is doing very well. She loves to play and sit on our laps and nap. She likes to crawl on our chests and give us kisses. It is so cute. She has been such a great companion and she feels like part of the family already. I barely remember life without her! I think that is all that has been going on with me. I promise to get back to posting more regularly. I actually never did a Christmas recap post so I'll get around to doing that sometime this week. I want to show off the fun pictures that I took. We hosted and had such a great time with my family. -

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Mourning and Surviving

The past 48 hours have been very difficult. I worked half a day yesterday and couldn't get home to my husband and Oxy fast enough. I needed to be with them. We had lunch, ran some errands, came home and just relaxed together. We tried to keep our minds off of the pain we feel in our hearts but that pain is always there. I feel it in my chest, in my stomach, all the way down to my toes. I'll be honest, I'm not a church going person. I've been to church in my lifetime but I wouldn't classify myself as religious. I'm spiritual. I want to believe there is a higher power out there, pulling strings, making things happen for a reason. But any doubt or question I have disappears when tragic circumstances happen. When my grandma died in 2007, there was a thunder storm the night of her death. And a small earthquake centered very close to the hospital where she passed. I like to think that was her telling her family that she made it to Heaven! On Sunday, after our friend passed away, I was standing outside the hospital with our group of friends. It was a cloudy, foggy day. And as we stood there, in tears, in silence, the sun peaked out from the clouds, over the very top of that hospital and I felt the warmth on my face. I felt Jonathan telling us he made it to Heaven. I believe that those moments were meant to happen. I believe those moments were our loved ones communicating with us. I have to believe that a higher power has those moments worked out long before we see them happen. I googled "bible quotes for mourning" and saw this: Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. In order to help me through this time, I am going to open my heart and take those words into my mind. Because Jonathan would have done that. He would have looked to the Bible to comfort him. And even though I'm not a church going person, he was and his beliefs can comfort us while we mourn.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Life

Over the past few weeks, I have witnessed something that I will never forget. I have witnessed a wife, a family go through tragedy. I have witnessed a wife do what no wife ever wants to do. Sit by her husbands hospital bed, holding his hand, willing him to survive. And he was surviving. Day after day, after the doctors said there was no more hope, he pulled through. But in a waiting room full of people this morning at 11:24, he could hold on no more and our dear friend, my husband's best friend, the person responsible for my relationship with my husband, passed on. Jonathan: You will be missed every single day. Your laugh, your love of your family, your love of the Lord, your love of your friends and of course, the love of the UFC will never be out of our minds. I always said that I owed you big time for setting me up on a blind date with your best friend. I never had a chance to pay you back but you will always be in my thoughts and we will do whatever we can to support your wife and two kids. The past few weeks has taught me something so valuable. It has taught me that you should show the most love you can to those around you. You should appreciate every single day. You should do your very best to live for today. Hug your spouse before bed and when you leave for work. Kiss them as soon as you walk through the door after work. Put petty arguments to the side. Just love life. Love each other.