Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lost: The Complete Collection in pictures

We spent an embarrassing amount of time last night staging and taking pictures of our new baby. We call her LOST: The Complete Collection. Kind of a long name but it fits. Behold....... FAVORITE!!!! What a beauty, right?? Chris said we need to get some sort of glass display case for it. Big THANKS to my mom for gifting this to me (us) for my birthday. It is glorious! And while we were taking pictures of an inanimate object, kitty did not like that we weren't paying attention to her. How cute is she, even blurry?

Day Five: 6 things you wish you'd never done

Ummm my family reads this blog so I gotta keep this clean. :) 1. Just say no to tramp stamps. 2. Played on the playground after school in the 1st grade. I broke my arm. 3. Walked a mile on a twisted ankle. It still hurts to this day and that happened 12 years ago! 4. Ick. Man, this is really difficult. There aren't many things in my life that I regret..... 5. Spend money to see Mr. 3000. That movie sucked. 6. Ran that red light in college. I swear it was green! I had to ride around with a dented car. Not hot.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Day Four: Seven Things That Cross Your Mind A lot

1. How would things have turned out if I would have written down the dorm building I thought I wanted to live in at college? 2. What if I wouldn't have moved back home after college? 3. Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway? 4. I'm sure vegetables aren't that bad, I should try a few. 5. Man, that Coconut Foot Cream from Burt's Bees works really well. 6. What can't Taco Bell be good for you? 7. I wonder when my body will decide to function as its supposed to and make things happen!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Day Three: 8 Ways To Win My Heart

1. Chocolate. Bring me chocolate. 2. Love my family. 3. Watch chick flicks with me. 4. Do the dishes without me asking you to do them. 5. Allow me to be weird and silly. 6. Kiss me goodbye in the morning and hug me hello at the end of the workday. 7. Make me laugh more than I've ever laughed before. 8. Encourage me to be my best.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Day Two

Nine Things About Yourself 1. I am 90% deaf in my left ear due to nerve damage that occured the summer of 1996. 2. I competed in Ironkids twice (right, mom? It was twice, wasn't it?) 3. No fewer than 15 random people have asked if me and my sister are twins. We are three years apart. 4. I went to a taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2000. I got seated in the front section, went on stage before the show and met Jay and he even winked at me during a commercial break. Team Conan. 5. I've climbed to the top of the Statue of Liberty and the Leaning Tower of Pisa 6. I really love my iphone 7. When I was 7 years old, I was eating lunch with my sister at home. We were having hamburgers. She made me laugh and I started choking on the hamburger patty. My dad had to use the heimlich maneuver on me. Eating anything after that was scary and I had a hard time swallowing vitamins for a long time. I also no longer wanted to come close to laughing when I was eating. 8. I was involved in so many activities when I was growing up. Swim team, gymnastics class, track and field, ballet, tap, tennis camp, all sports camp. We were very active kids. 9. We never owned a video game console. No Atari. No Nintendo. No video games. We had an Apple Computer. I would play Oregon Trail and Lemonade Stand and use the word processor. I credit early computer use with my ability to type really fast.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Day One

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now. (Names not included) 1. I look forward to laughing with you for many, many, many years 2. Your absence in our life hurts my heart 3. You both bring a smile to my face everytime I see you 4. Thanks for your endless support throughout my life. From Ironkids to co-ed recreation softball. I can always count on you guys to be there for me. 5. Maybe we are twins?! 6. You are the perfect addition to our family 7. I wish you lived closer so we could share hostess cupcakes again 8. The invitation you gave me means more to me than you will know 9. You keep me sane in an insane environment 10. Why did you two stop being friends?


I was able to lose the 3 pounds I gained over the past two weeks as well as an additional pound. My total weight loss is 19.5 pounds! Here are before and after pictures in the same outfit...
The lighting in the second picture isn't great but those are the same jeans!
To be honest, I'm nowhere NEAR my ideal weight. Believe it or not, I could still stand to lose another 45 pounds. I'd be happy with another 25 though. Heck, another 19.5 pounds would sit fine with me! But I am realizing that every pound lost is a gift and I am going to continue pushing myself towards my initial goal of 30 pounds lost. I'm going to move that up to 31.5 pounds because it will make the goal weight a round number.
2 pounds a week for the next 6 weeks. I'm looking forward to sharing my progress with you!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Ten Days

Are you in a blogging slump? Here is a fun blogging activity to help you hit "publish post" again! Over the next 10 days, blog about the items on this list: Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now. Day Two: Nine things about yourself. Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart. Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot. Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done. Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever) Day Seven: Four turn offs. Day Eight: Three turn ons. Day Nine: Two smileys that describe your life right now. Day Ten: One confession My Day One will start tomorrow and Day Ten will fall on Monday September 6. Feel free to copy and paste the list above onto your own blog!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fall TV Schedule

I can't believe how fast this summer has gone by! I'm not so sad to see summer go since fall means cooler weather and more television shows to watch! The premiere days of a lot of my favorite shows were announced a few weeks ago so here is my 2010-2011 tv watching schedule. I hope my dvr is ready to go! Premiere dates are in parentheses. Mondays (9/13): 9:00 Gossip Girl Tuesdays (9/14): 10:00 Parenthood (9/21): 8:00 Biggest Loser (not sure if I'll watch this anymore) Wednesdays (9/15): 7:00 Survivor (new day; usually on Thursdays) (9/22): 9:00 Modern Family Thursdays (9/23):8:30 The Office 9:00 30 rock 10:00 The apprentice Saturdays (9.25): 11:30 Saturday Night Live Sundays (9/26): 8:00 Amazing race 9:00 Family Guy What tv shows are you excited for? Any shows you are dropping from your normal viewing schedule?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Randoms

Today really feels like a Monday. I got plenty of sleep yet feel very tired. Talking isn't on the top of my list of things to do today yet I have a staff meeting soon. Everyone in my office seems so chipper. Did they win the lottery this weekend? Why so happy? -I went to a birthday party for a 3 year old and 1 year old this weekend. They are brothers born 3 days apart so a combined party at this age is the best idea. Holy craziness! My best friend and her husband held it down quite well despite kids running around, massive green frosting on her 1 year old's face and a flurry of gift opening. It was also fun to see the kids play in the indoor bouncy house and we tried really hard not to look like weirdos since we were the only people there without kids. -I've said it before and I'll say it again, weekend naps are the best! -My husband got rib eye steaks to bbq for dinner Saturday night. His bbqing was great but I don't care for this cut of meat. It is too fatty and I hate having to carve around the fat to get to the actual meat. He is going to get me a different cut next time because I do love me some steak. -Curb Your Enthusiasm just gets better and better. The episodes were watched this weekend were outstanding. And I must say, that initially, it seems that Larry David is the crazy one but in some cases (SOME cases) he is actually normal. A person taking his jacket out of his car to wear at a night time beach gathering? Crazy! Larry stealing flowers from his friend's mom's roadside memorial? Crazy Larry! -If I wasn't such a control freak (and cheap) I would really consider hiring a housecleaning service. After a 4.4 mile run/walk Sunday morning, I was so overwhelmed with where to start cleaning our house. There was so much to be done. Husband tackled the yardwork while I cleaned the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. I cleaned the wood floors (that was tough) and did 4 loads of laundry. Then I took a nap! -My first game back at softball after a two week break sucked. I got on base twice but I couldn't get a good distance on the ball. I hit these stupid little infield bloopers. I advanced some runners and scored once and we won but I really want to get ahold of the ball like the end of last season! -I had a cheeseburger and fries from Wendy's last night....and I loved every second of it.

Friday, August 20, 2010

L.I.E.: Week NINE and TEN

YAWNNNNNNN. So tired. Don't go to softball games at 9:10 p.m. when you have to wake up at 5:20 a.m. Bad decision. Last week (week 9) I was out of town from Tuesday-Friday for work. Being out of town doesn't do great things for staying motivated. I did go for two 2.35 mile walks but I also ate nachos, drank alcohol and ate chocolate cake and pastries. I didn't bother to weigh myself at all last week. My clothes didn't feel tighter but I was once again scared of the scale. Week 9: Scratched from the record. Week 10 has been spent trying to get back in the saddle but I seem to be walking along side the horse, holding the saddle instead of jumping on the horse, grabbing the saddle with both hands and going for a long, successful ride. My very routine schedule was out of whack and I'm slowly getting back into form. I stepped on the scale this morning and found that I was up 2 pounds from my last weigh in on August 6th. We all have our set backs, right? I'm 7 weeks from Hawaii and I would love to try to lose 2 pounds a week. If I accomplish that, I will have lost 30.5 pounds by the time we board the airplane to Kona. 2 pounds isn't easy though. I have said this before but I really mean it this time: I'm adding weight training into my workout routine, starting tonight. I swearsies.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Beloit Mindset List

Have you seen this list? It comes out at the beginning of each school year to make old people feel older and young people feel younger. It actually explains a bit of the generation gap so when college professors start spouting off about a small pop culture reference from the 70's they will understand that their students weren't alive then. I pulled up the list from the college freshman class of 2002. Technically, I graduated in December of 2001 but the list doesn't go back that far. I bolded the things that aren't true in my case. 1.The people starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1980. (79 to be exact) 2.They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan era, and did not know he had ever been shot. 3.They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged. (But I remember watching footage on tv and being sad) 4.Black Monday 1987 is as significant to them as the Great Depression. 5.There has only been one Pope. They can only remember one other president. 6.They were 11 when the Soviet Union broke apart, and do not remember the Cold War. 7.They have never feared a nuclear war. "The Day After" is a pill to them—not a movie. 8.They are too young to remember the Space Shuttle Challenger blowing up. (Duh, they did an episode of Punky Brewster about this. Of course I remember it) 9.Their lifetime has always included AIDS. 10.They never had a polio shot, and likely, do not know what it is. 11.Bottle caps have not always been screw off, but have always been plastic. They have no idea what a pull top can looks like. (Really? I have a 12 pack of canned Diet Pepsi in a cooler right now) 12.Atari pre-dates them, as do vinyl albums. (We had a lot of records!) 13.The expression "you sound like a broken record" means nothing to them. 14.They have never owned a record player. (We totally had a record player and I used it. We had Beatles albums and Simon and Garfunkel) 15.They have likely never played Pac Man, and have never heard of "Pong."(My dentist had these games in his office) 16.Star Wars looks very fake to them, and the special effects are pathetic. (My husband LAUGHS at the graphics!) 17.There have always been red M&Ms, and blue ones are not new. What do you mean there used to be beige ones? (I remember beige!) 18.They may never have heard of an 8-track, and chances are they've never heard or seen one. 19.The compact disc was introduced when they were one year old. 20.As far as they know, stamps have always cost about 32 cents. 21.They have always had an answering machine. 22.Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen a black & white TV. 23.They have always had cable. 24.There have always been VCRs, but they have no idea what Beta is. 25.They cannot fathom what it was like not having a remote control. 26.They were born the year Walkmen were introduced by Sony. 27.Roller-skating has always meant in-line for them. (I prefer old school roller skates) 28."The Tonight Show" has always been with Jay Leno. ( I recall Carson's last season. I read about it). 29.They have no idea when or why Jordache jeans were cool. (WRONG) 30.Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave. (WRONG) 31.They have never seen Larry Bird play, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a football player. (WRONG) 32.They never took a swim and thought about Jaws. (WRONG) 33.The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as WWI and WWII or even the Civil War. 34.They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in Iran. 35.They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are. 36.They don't know who Mork was, or where he was from. 37.They never heard the terms "Where's the Beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a Camel" or "De plane, de plane!" (Really? I'm getting angry at this list. Did they think we lived underground?) 38.They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea who J.R. is. (My parents let us sleep in the living room some nights and we would pretend to sleep but actually be watching Dallas right along with them!) 39.The Titanic was found? I thought we always knew where it was. 40.Michael Jackson has always been white. 41.Kansas, Boston, Chicago, America, and Alabama are all places—not music groups. 42.McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers. 43.There has always been MTV, and it has always included non-musical shows. (Oh no. I recall 90% music videos even though I was SO not allowed to watch MTV)

So this list pretty much sucks. I'm offended that they don't think kids were keen enough to remember Challenger exploding considering there was a teacher aboard. And "where's the beef"? Did they think no one had a tv set? There were only so many channels back then so we saw the same ads over and over again. And not knowing who Larry Bird and Kareem are is the most absurd thing on this list.

Monday, August 16, 2010

TV Talk

Over the past few weeks, I've been setting the dvr to record every episode of Gilmore Girls that airs. That is about 5 episodes a week. The weekday episodes are in Season 6 and the weekend episodes are in Season 7. I've watched these many, many times before but I really love this show. And I'm just waiting for the finale episode where Rory says to Lorelai: "Mom, you've given me everything I need." Tears. So many tears. ________________________________________________________________ My wonderful husband gifted me with Seasons 4-7 of Curb Your Enthusiasm and to that, I award him Husband of the Year!!! Even though he started watching the dvd's when I went to bed and was away at a work conference, he is fine with re-watching episodes so I can catch up. Please rent or buy these dvd's and watch this show. It is hilarious. Beyond hilarious. Perhaps one of the best comedies to ever be on television.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Birthday in Santa Cruz

I was at a work conference in Santa Cruz last week and my birthday just happened to take place during the trip. Here are some pictures.... I went to the boardwalk with my work bestie Lindsay on Tuesday The great thing about Santa Cruz is when you act silly in public, no one looks at you funny because generally, everyone there is WEIRD. After a long day of the conference, we went out for my birthday. More pictures to come when Lindsay uploads her pictures. Having DSLR is great but not so fun to lug around. So excited...and scared. Like Jesse Spano. We purchased a piece of chocolate covered bacon at a candy shop and gave it a try. It was really gross. Do not recommend. Despite being away from home and my family on my birthday, it was a pretty good trip. Other than the massive heartburn I got from eating and drinking too much, I had a great birthday.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Goodbye 30

A year ago, I woke up and turned 30. During my 30th year, I..... Bought a house Moved into the house Counted my blessings Travelled to new places Celebrated Christmas for the first time with a BIG Christmas tree Got a new family member Experience the loss of a friend and horrible heartache Had a lunch time surgery Watched my favorite show begin and end Took a little trip with my husband to the coast Celebrated our two year wedding anniversary Started a fun (and currently slacking big time) project Woke up and smelled the fat Discovered my new favorite candy Had an awesome birthday party It has been an interesting year! There are wishes that didn't come true, changes I would like to have made and goals that went unaccomplished. But my 30th year wasn't as terrifying as I thought it would be. While THIRTY ONE YEARS OLD sounds pretty ancient, I'm hoping to embrace life a bit more over the next 365 days. Hoping for those wishes to come true, changes to be made and goals to be accomplished. I'm hoping to live, love and laugh more every day and welcome challenges with open arms. Today is my birthday.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fortunate Jewelry WINNER

The winner is commenter #1....sunflowerramos!
Email me at michelle at seemichelleblog dot com and I will send the necklace to you as soon as I receive it from Fortunate Jewelry. Thanks for entering the contest and make sure to visit their shop and make a purchase! Not only are the necklaces really cool but the founders of the company are good friends of ours!!

Friday, August 6, 2010


Yesterday, I pulled out a pair of jeans that were buried in my drawer. They are a size down from my current jeans. The jeans I was going to wear to work were a big baggy so I decided to give the old jeans a try. They fit! They were slightly tight around the waist but don't worry, I didn't have a visible muffin top. I was so happy to fit into these jeans and really don't remember when I wore them last. As I stood on the scale this morning, I was happy to see a 1.5 pound loss from last week. That makes 18.5 pounds in 8 weeks. Next week will be tough. Actually, starting tomorrow, I will be challenged. We are having my birthday party celebration tomorrow and Tuesday I go out of town for 4 days for a work conference. I will be at this conference for my birthday and I intend to eat a plate of nachos and NOT log them into my Lose It app! I am going to do my best to make smart choices but eating out nearly every meal will be tough. I don't expect to see a loss next week but hope I don't see a gain either. Don't forget to enter THIS CONTEST before Monday at 5:00. Who doesn't like free stuff?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Eating like a girl

You know those scenes in movies and tv shows when a couple goes out to dinner and the female orders a side salad and water while the male orders a ribeye with extra rib plus mashers with extra gravy and a tall cold beer with extra hops? Why is our society set up to think that women have to eat like rabbits and men have to eat like, well, non rabbits? Is it that women don't want to seem like pigs who are platinum members of the Clean Plate Club? And who cares if we are? Why can't women be hungry? Why do we have to resort to eating a pile of leafs while men get the joy of feasting on a delicious slice of prime rib? Obviously I am generalizing. 9 times out of 10, I'm cleaning my plate while my husband doesn't finish his meal which, HELLO, is the reason why I am trying to lose weight today. It gets me thinking about smarter ways to eat without having to always order a salad. Here are some ideas: 1. Plan ahead! I have been looking at online menus before going out to eat for years. I can be indecisive when it comes to picking out my meal and I don't want to be that person holding up the entire table because I can't decide. And with the nutritional information available online, it is easier to make smart decisions and not get side tracked by the daily special. 2. SHARE. Have you seen some of the portions at these restaurants? And the prices are enough to make me scrunch up my nose and shake my head. An order of spaghetti and meatballs at any Italian restaurant is big enough to be divided among at least 3 people. If you go back to this post, you can see what one serving of pasta looks like. A shared spaghetti dish and a couple pieces of bread will leave you feeling satisfied and not like a stuffed manicotti shell. 3. May I have a box now please? Repeat after me: May I have a box now please? As soon as your food is put in front of you and before the waiter disappears for the next 30 minutes, ask for a box. Immediately place half (or more) of your meal into the box and put aside. Chances are, if you had a side salad or soup and a piece of bread or chips/salsa before your entree was placed in front of you, you really don't need to eat your entire meal. Those leftovers will make a nice lunch the next day. 2 meals for the price of 1. You may feel a little dainty about doing these things but ignore those feelings. If these practices were more common, perhaps our society wouldn't be full of fatties stuffing Cheesecake Factory sized portions into their pieholes and then complaining about how sick they feel from eating too much. Eating like a girl doesn't mean you have to eat leafs for lunch and dinner. Eating like a girl means that you eat smart. Don't forget to enter THIS CONTEST before Monday at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fortunate Jewelry Giveaway

I have these awesome friends that have a couple of very cool businesses. Devin, the co-owner, sent me a necklace from their Fortunate Jewerly Collection. I thought the idea around this necklace was so unique that I asked if he would like to do a giveaway on my blog. What is a Fortunate necklace? It’s an real fortune formed inside a solid, clear circular pendant. The fortune pendant is displayed on a metal ball chain necklace. This necklace can be shortened to be a bracelet, key chain charm, book mark, or a gift bag charm. So versatile!
Entering to win this awesome prize is easy. Simply click over to the website and take a look at the options. Luck, Love, Chance, Life. Pick a chain color option: Silver, Black, Red or Gold. Leave me a comment in this post telling me what your fortune option and chain color option are before 5:00 PM on Monday August 9, 2010.
I will announce a winner Tuesday August 10 by 10:00 AM.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The 8 Week Itch

I've been doing my best, ya'll. I've been pushing thoughts of pizza and cake and soda into the depths of my large brain, trying to put them in a deep dark cavern away from the part of my brain that craves such delicious yummyness. Let me show you an exact diagram of my brain:

As you can see, I have a tough battle ahead of me. The way my brain is constructed, I simply must have junk food at least 50% of the time. I'm not sure if some sort of brain surgeon can help with this so I think I'm on my own.

For 7 weeks, I've been doing ok. Actually, for the first 3 weeks I totally rocked at denying all natural cravings but for the last 4, I've slowly reintroduced SMALL amounts of the treats I love into my diet on a limited basis. Damn you pretzel M&M's! Damn you wedding cake! And damn you Caramello that was calling my name at Walmart on Sunday. Again, the brain diagram. I'm fighting biology.

I find myself coming up with reasons why ordering pizza for dinner wouldn't be such a bad idea. I'll have only have one slice, I tell myself when I know that is completely impossible and three slices will disappear possibly before the pizza even gets delivered to my front door. Thats how much I love pizza. Another cross section of my brain on a day when I really want pizza. So 5 out of 7 days of the week my brain looks like this:

I guess I just need to refocus and recommit. I need to tell myself and that darn brain of mine that I know what is best for it. I need to fight all natural instincts and realize that pizza brain does not result in weight loss. I feel so confident in my progress that I'd like to see how far I can go by the time we go to Hawaii in October. That gives me 9 weeks to focus.focus.focus.

Shed the weight and change my brain. I'm not sure which will be more difficult.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

My Silly Family

This is what I got when I asked for a nice picture to be taken this weekend at my cousin's wedding: But we do recover well: My cousin made a beautiful bride and it was a great wedding!!