Monday, September 27, 2010

Yesterday

When I was getting ready for bed last night, I really felt sad that the weekend was over. Well, not so much the weekend but Sunday. I was sad Sunday was over. Rewind. My husband finally had the entire day off of work. He has been working 12-14 hours a day for about 12 days straight. That doesn't leave any time for the two of us to chat and laugh at the end of the day. My weekends were spent alone and I missed being around my favorite guy. Sunday was glorious. We woke up together. We watched some shows on the DVR together. We watched football. I went to Taco Bell to get us lunch. I fell asleep next to him on the couch while he watched Formula 1 racing. We stopped by my sister's house to drop off cupcakes and I watched my husband hold my niece in his arms and try to make her laugh. We drove to our softball game and he encouraged me when a fly ball was headed my direction. I caught the ball. :) We came home and played with kitty. We watched The Amazing Race and the end of the football game. Sunday was oh so awesome. In 11 days, we'll fly off to Hawaii together. To say that I am excited would be an understatement. Oh and I weighed myself this morning. 21.5 pounds lost. I'm not sure my scale is capable of pushing me below 200 pounds but I'm going to work my hardest this week to make it happen!

Friday, September 24, 2010

One Year Ago

I knew September 24th was an important date when I woke up this morning. It has been an entire year since we received the keys to our house. I am a bit dumbfounded that 365 days have come and gone. Where does the time go? I still remember meeting my husband at OUR house, unlocking the door and walking in together. We started making plans right away (rip up the carpet, install hardwood, paint, water the lawn, get a new pantry door, etc, etc) and I learned very quickly that the job of a homeowner is NEVER ending! But I wouldn't have it any other way. I love our house. I love my life in our house.

L.I.E.: Week FIFTEEN

Gained a pound. I doubt I'll be able to lose 10 pounds in the next two weeks unless I drink water and eat plain toast for every single meal. That ain't gonna happen. So I'm going to modify my goal and hope to lose 5 pounds in the next two weeks. Hawaii....Hawaii....Hawaii....Hawaii.... p.s. thanks for not calling me fatty two ton in my previous post about my weight. :)

Friday, September 17, 2010

L.I.E. Week FOURTEEN (disclosure inside)

21 pounds lost! 10.5 to go! I've been thinking recently about posting my weight. There is another blogger I occasionally read who has been trying to lose weight after having her first child. From the beginning, she has been honest and upfront about her weight and I can't help but admire that. So here it goes.......complete honesty and disclosure. Deep breath! The following picture was taken on my birthday, August 11. On this date, I weighed 205 pounds. If you are busy and don't want to pull out a calculator to actually figure out how much I weighed when I started this weight loss project, I'll do the math for you. 221.5 pounds. Thats how much I weighed in June when I cried on the way home from Kohl's. To remind you what 221.5 pounds looks like, here is a picture of what I looked like in May at a work event. I have no idea why I always turn my body to the side. HELLO unflattering angle! As of this morning, I weigh 200.5 pounds. I'm 5'9". The weight is coming off slowly. Partially because I'm not really trying as hard as I was. My work schedule goes back to normal next week so I think my time in the gym will increase and I can get back to making a regular dinner and not eating lunch on the road. I hope that will push me back into weight loss mode so I can lose this final 10.5 pounds before I frolick on Hawaiian beaches in just 3 weeks. There it is. Complete disclosure and honesty about my weight. Kind of scary to put myself out there like this especially since friends and family read my blog. I'm not even sure if my own husband knows how much I weigh since I shield him from the scale. Do your friends know your weight? Do you feel secure enough to openly share your weight with other people? Am I a complete freak for declaring my weight on my blog?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Flashback: Wedding Photos

Everyone loves wedding pictures, right? No? Oh well. My blog, my decision! I finally decided to upload our professional wedding pictures to my flickr account. There are nearly 1,700 pictures and a lot of them are repeats so I'm having to decide which ones to upload so I'm not spending my entire life uploading pictures. First up: Adorable pictures of me and my husband.... If I was into plastering pictures of us around our house (I'm not), this one would be HUGE...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What is Beautiful?

The Fall Television season has kicked off and I was so excited to watch Gossip Girl last night! I turned to the tv to The CW with a few minutes left remaining in 90210 and caught a glimpse of Annalynne McCord in a bra and underwear during a final scene. It seems like someone is on the actress diet because wow.....she is so thin. And then during Gossip Girl, an ad for Victoria's Secret came on. Expecting to see scantily clad women isn't surprising but to see this: A bit shocking. I thought about it a bit more and realized that while I think this woman is very thin, maybe she was just born this way. Kind of like I was born curvy. And by curvy, I mean actually curvy. I love how Gisele Bundchen calls herself curvy. Child please. Big boobs don't mean that you are curvy. Here is the thing: For me, the photo above doesn't make me want to run to Victoria's Secret and go buy underwear. I can't relate to that image and in my estimation, most women in America do not look like that. And guess what? I'm not sure if I would want to. Even when I weighed 155 pounds, I didn't consider myself skinny. I wore a size 10 and was very happy with how I looked. I still had hips and thighs and booty. My stomach wasn't flat and I had flab on my thighs. Now, as I'm significantly heavier than 155 pounds, I appreciate what I have. Some people are born thin. As thin as the woman pictured above. That is just what they know. I wonder if they think about their body shape. I wonder if they wish they were more curvy? In comparison to the VS model above, I am very happy with how I look. I love that when my husband hugs me, he isn't wrapping his arms around bones. I might not like the exact size of my behind but I'm glad I have a visible bottom. My curves make me feel like a woman. Clothes don't hang off of my body. Sure, I have rolls on my stomach and dimples on my thighs. But I just consider that part of my womanly figure. And I thank goodness for that daily.

Monday, September 13, 2010

L.I.E.: Week THIRTEEN

Sorry for being a few days late! My work life is still crazy with working nights and weekends so weighing myself and keeping track of my diet has been very difficult. I was in Southern California from Saturday morning until Sunday late afternoon and well, I'll just say that for dinner Saturday I had a brownie and ice cream. :) and :(
I have today and tomorrow off of work and managed to get myself to the gym this morning for a 45 minute workout. I weighed myself upon my return and was pleased to discover the number of the scale. 20 pounds ya'll!!! I am really surprised but very happy!
With 3.5 weeks until Hawaii, I'm not sure I can lose the 11.5 pounds but I'm going to try.

Friday, September 10, 2010

ScanCafe: Review

Disappointed doesn't even begin to describe how I feel about this experience. I got the email a few weeks ago that 67 of my pictures were scanned. 67 out of over 250. I was told that most of my negatives were damaged. How? Not sure. Those negatives had been inside the plastic sleeves for 6 years. For a company that offers to also scan SLIDES, I fully expected that my 6 year old protected negatives would be a no brainer. Disappointed.
Then I went through the pictures that were able to be scanned. Major sad face. If I had to hand pick 67 pictures to be uploaded, those are not the ones I would pick. Since I couldn't cut the negative strips, I had to send them all in, even the pictures that were less than stellar. What I got back just put a bigger damper on my experience.
I got the cd in the mail yesterday and I am currently uploading them to my flickr account. It turns out, in order to complete the project that I have my heart set on completing, I will either have to 1)scan in the actual pictures myself 2) send the actual pictures away to be scanned. The reason I avoided that option in the first place is because I have all of the pictures in two photo albums, in order of our trip. Taking them out would be a huge hassle and I would have to come up with some system to be able to put them back in the proper spot.
I keep getting emails from Scan Cafe offering a pretty good deal on scanning and I know that my real pictures aren't damaged so it shouldn't be a problem to scan those. I might just end up sending them away. I'll need to do it soon though because my project deadline is Christmas Eve.
Would I recommend ScanCafe? Yes. If you send pictures in to be scanned. Running the risk of sending in your negatives, especially if they are older might result in disappointment.
I don't want to be all Debby Downer, so here are three of the scanned images. These are taken from high atop a hill in Agerola, Italy. The travel agent booked us here when we wanted to be, I don't know, NOT 2,000 ft above sea level. It made for amazing views though. We looked out of our hotel/restaurant window and all we could see was water. Yes, our hotel was mainly a restaurant. Travel agent suckage.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Be Jealous, Be Very Jealous

I can get in my car, drive one hour and see this anytime I want to. Northern Californians might be the luckiest people in the United States. The view of San Francisco from the Marin Headlands is so amazingly gorgeous. A bit windy as you can see in the self portrait but worth every second of walking up the hill, feeling like at any second I could have been blown down the cliff. Come to San Francisco. Skip Los Angeles. Nothing to see there. NorCal is where its at.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Day Ten: One Confession

When I saw this was the assignment for Day Ten, I was a bit worried. The word confession to me means something juicy and secretive but I don't know if I really want to confess my deepest and darkest secrets on my blog. Maybe something silly and slighty embarrassing will do? When I was in first grade, I was eating lunch in the cafeteria. My school was mean and they didn't let you leave the cafeteria until the dismissal bell rang. So even if you were done eating, you had to stay there. Even if you had to go pee really, really, really bad, you had to stay there. On this lovely day, adorable Michelle was wearing a light pink dress with tights and cute black shoes. I recall I was sitting at the end of the table, you know the ones that come down from the walls? And by the end I mean I was sitting in the first spot on the bench. I had to pee. I was done eating my lunch so I got up and tried to leave only to be stopped and told I needed to go back to my seat. I was 6 years old and not a complete snot so I followed instructions and went back to my seat. I was doing the pee-pee dance while sitting there, waiting for the stupid bell to ring but my tiny bladder couldn't handle the waiting. So I peed. In the cafeteria while wearing a dress. I was too ashamed to get up because HELLO I had pee in my cute shoes. The rest of the story gets blurry because I think I blocked it out but I think I finally stood up and found an adult. I explained that I just peed myself and they rushed me down to the office. I sat in that damn office until my mom came to pick me up. By this time, kids were let out of the cafeteria and coming into the office for various reasons where they saw me sitting in a chair. "What's wrong Michelle?" "What happened Michelle" "Why are you sitting in the office crying Michelle." LEAVE ME ALONE YOU JERKS. LEAVE ME ALONE! My mom came to get me and took me home. I was humilated. I probably swore that I would never return to school again in my life. Obviously I got over it and I don't really even remember if kids teased me the next day. But I'll never forget how those idiots at my elementary school wouldn't let an adorable little girl use the bathroom. And yes, I was adorable. Look at my picture:

This was my 7th birthday. I'm sure I learned some serious bladder control by then.

The fun is over! I'm sure my readers know a little bit more about me now. Maybe more than you wanted to know after this post. :)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Day Nine: Two Smileys that describe your life right now

I'm thinking that "smileys" means emoticons. My blogger template doesn't offer emoticons so I found a listing, saved the pictures and cropped out my choices:

This guy describes my life right now because currently, I am working my third night in a row. Next week, I work two nights in a row before flying off with 4 other adults and 22 youth to Southern California for a conference. INSANE TIME!

This guy makes me smile because despite being crazy, tired and stressed at work, I still try to find time to be silly and goofy. :)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Day Eight: 3 Turn Ons

1. A good sense of humor. I believe my husband has the best sense of humor. It is wildly inapporpriate and sometimes I even think he crosses the line but he is an equal opportunity offender. In fact, I still tell him that a comment he made on our first date made me like him even more than I already did. If I repeat it, people might think he is mean but like I said "equal opportunity offender." 2. Close to family members. I think a person having a good relationship with their family is an insight into the type of person they are. Not like you have to be BFF's with your parents and if your mom/dad/sibilings are cahrazy, then I totally get why you wouldn't want to have them in your life but to me, for a man to have a good relationship with his parents tells a lot about him. 3. Hobbies and passion/competitiveness. Its not surprise that I think video games are a silly waste of time but having an interest in something (that doesn't hurt anyone) is pretty sexy. My husband can build computers. Nerdy? Hell yes. But useful and pretty impressive. He also plays in softball leagues and gets really upset when his team doesn't win or he does poorly....just like me. Competitiveness is a huge turn on.

L.I.E.: Week TWELVE

I'm sure I'm breaking some rule of weight loss blogging but this week, I'm giving myself a pass this week. I didn't weigh myself this morning. I love weighing myself but I didn't dare pull the scale out this week. I worked three nights in a row this week, which meant that my work day started at 12 and ended at about 8. I never got a chance to go grocery shopping and I was driving during lunch and at a school during dinner. I made the best choices I could for my meals and only was able to exercise Monday and Wednesday. SUCKAGE. Next week won't be much better as I have two evening work events before leaving for a conference out of town over the weekend but I am going to work my tushy off this weekend, go grocery shopping for lunches, make good dinners and try to get back on track. I'm now 5 weeks away from Hawaii and I'm pretty sure my per week weight loss goal jumped from 2 pounds to 2.5 pounds. Not sure if that is completely doable but I'm going to give it my all. The last few weeks have been tough. I feel like I'm falling off the wagon a bit. Time to run along side it and jump back on!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Day Seven: Four Turn Offs

1. Smoking: Smoking is gross. It smells gross. It looks gross. It is gross. 2. Lack of good relationships: I always find it funny when girls say "I just can't get along with other women" as if the other women are to blame. People who don't have any girlfriends, or any friends or poor relationships with ALL of their family members are not people who I want to invite into my circle. 3. No interest in sports: How can people not like sports at all??? TURN OFF! 4. Liars: Including story tellers. I like to think they are one in the same. Be honest. Don't build yourself up and don't lie. Not attractive.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (no particular order)

1. Chris: There were many moments that took place that led me to my husband. Any one of those moments did not have to happen. I'm so glad they did. I'm not sure where I would be or who I would be with but I can't picture my life with anyone but him by my side. He is amazing. I'm going to cheat a little bit... 2. My family: Mom, dad, sister, brother in law, nieces, grandma's, aunts, uncles and cousins. I adore my family members. Every single one of them. 3. Chris' family: Not only are my in-laws awesome, friendly, welcoming and fun to be around, they also raised a good man. I'm lucky to have them in my life to support and love me (and us). 4. BFF's Stephanie, Melissa and Lisa: I have lots of friends but there is something about people who have known you since you were 12, 17 and 20 that make those friendships special. We don't see each other a lot and we don't talk everyday but they know me so well. 5. My sister: I know, she is family but sisters are more special. Sisters deserve to be singled out. I have the best sister in the world. Our personalities could not be more different but we have so much common ground. I love that we have always been close and are even closer now that we are adults. I'm sad for people without siblings or people who don't have good relationships with their siblings. My sister is my best good friend. And not just because she made me an aunt. :)