Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cough Drops: It's what's for lunch!

I am on the third day of a strange sore throat with no additional cold symptoms. A small runny nose and a lack of energy have been hanging around as well. So okay, I have other symptoms but I'm up and functioning....somewhat.

This sore throat is unusual. My throat feels dry and I have this deep cough that isn't persistent but it is annoying. I downed a third of a dose of Nyquil last night so I wouldn't drive my husband (and cat) into another bedroom because of course, lying in bed makes it worse. If I took an entire dose of the "'Quil", I would be passed out for two days. And loopy. In the words of Sweet Brown, "Ain't nobody got time for dat."

So I dug out the cough drops from our cough drop drawer (not kidding) and began to soothe my irritated throat. I have a lot of talking to do at work over the next two day and I seriously doubt I will be able to get through these presentations without hacking nonstop from dry throat syndrome. I was using Halls Warm-Ups in Apple Cider flavor. They are quite delicious and have a filling that cools and warms. Then I realized that they are 15 calories per drop and I had 3 on the 40 minute drive to work. I can easily have 20 of these in one day which means I would have to spend 40 minutes on the bike at the gym just to burn off COUGH DROPS. Oh HELL NO.

After a stop at CVS this morning, I realized that nearly all cough drops are "high" in calories so I'm just screwed. I picked up some Riiiiiiicooooooolaaaaaaaa Honey Lemon (cough suppressant!) which calls for a drop every two hours. I figure if I stop talking for a few hours, I should be able to get by with just drinking water.

Although I do anticipate making an awesome impression on a fairly new group of students this afternoon when I end up talking too much and experience a coughing fit where my eyes water and I start to gag. I'm sure they will fall in love with me after that happens.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I dreamed a dream...

I dreamed a dream
that I owned this purse, when money was good
 and it was worth buying.
I dreamed that it was on my shoulder
I dreamed that Macy's would have it in stock.

When I was young and unafraid
I would have purchased it without second thought.
There were no bills to be paid
no mortgage bill, no responsibility.

But the husbands come at night
with their voices soft as thunder
You don't need to buy that purse
You have 10 sitting in the closet.

And still I'll dream that it will be mine
That we will live the years (or months) together
But there are dreams that can not be
And this purse is one of them.

I had a dream this purse would be
So different than the one I'm currently carrying that is from Kohl's
So much better because it is real leather
Now budget and responsibility has killed the dream I dreamed.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

No Soda for Me in Twenty One Three

Back in 2002 (I think), I stopped drinking soda completely. Growing up, we didn't have tons of soda sitting around the house but I enjoyed drinking it every now and again. Even prior to my 2004 weight loss (RIP Skinny Body) I wanted to try to drop the soda habit all together. And I did, for over 2 years. I didn't have drop of soda.

I kept that going well into 2004 but everything changed when I met my soda loving (now) husband. Dude can throw back some soda. Mt. Dew specifically. Is there anything worse than The Dew? So much sugar! 77 grams to be exact in one 20 ounce bottle. He usually drinks the diet stuff which I think it way worse. Fake sugar? BAD. I spent more time going out to restaurants and movies with my new boyfriend, I found soda sneaking back into my life. It is just so good! I'm a Pepsi girl. I'm a Root Beer girl (Mug or A&W only). I enjoy the occasional Orange soda or Sprite as well.

Recently, I grabbed Diet Coke while going to visit my dad while he was still in the hospital. I'm not sure if it was the long drive or the traffic but within 10 minutes of drinking it, I became irritable, on edge and jittery. It was bizarre but not surprising. I am really sensitive to caffeine and fake sugars. Diet Root Beer turns me into a shaky, breaking-out-into-cold sweats mess.

After that incident, I decided to drop soda for good. It has no nutritional value. In fact, every study shows how harmful soda is to your health. I do believe it is terribly addictive which is why many people have a hard time cutting it out completely. Much like Starbucks. On January 1st, I made the promise to myself that I would not drink any soda. On January 4th, I got a hot dog and Orange soda at Sam's Club. I drank 4 sips of the soda before I realized that I WAS DRINKING SODA. I threw it away.

That moment of forgetfulness aside, I'm proud to say that I haven't had any soda at all and don't plan on it. We had some friends over to watch football this past weekend and there was Diet Cherry Pepsi inches away from me. DCP is my FAVORITE EVER SODA. I resisted. I acted as if it wasn't even there. It is a powerful feeling when you can fight to urge to indulge in something that you know tastes good.

Now, if I can only accomplish fighting the urge to eat candy. That is one battle that I can't seem to win.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Craft Project #4

In my last craft post, I previewed a map framing project that I was planning on doing. I don't have the proper stencils to do the heart shapes so I just decided to use a 3 picture frame with rectangular cut outs for the maps.

I'm a member of AAA so I went to the local office and was able to get the maps that I need free of charge. The three cities I wanted to highlight were the city where we met, the city where we got married and the city where we currently live. Our current city is so small (both in real life and on the map) that it basically fit into the entire rectangle of the photo mat I was using. Hashtag Small town livin'.
I placed the mat that came with the frame on top of the area of the map that I wanted to use. I made sure to center the exact area where we met (my mom's house), where we got married (our wedding venue) and where we currently live (our street) right in the middle. I cut out that part of the map and taped it to the mat.

And now the wall looks like this.....
I think another 11x13 picture should go at the top and a skinny frame (similar to the one with the maps) belongs in the other bare spot. Off to Pinterest for ideas!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Tale of Mr. Bear

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I found this little stuffed bear while cleaning out a closet a few weeks ago. He was dressed in a tux so I think he came attached to a wedding present. Kitty was hanging around while I was cleaning and found herself a new playmate. For as much as she bites him, drags him around the house and even "throws" him in the air with her mouth, I think she loves him. I even caught her grooming him once. No lie.

But last night, Mr. Bear almost met his demise. Luckily, it was just a foot bath and he didn't go in head first. Mr. Bear was dried off and thrown back to the wolf (aka kitty) but she retreated. She felt bad. While he lay there on the kitchen floor, she snuggled with daddy and thought about what she did. I did catch her throwing glances his way every so often though. Kitty is a natural hunter and you must keep your eye on your frienemies at all time.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Craft Projects 1-3

#1: Picture Frame Jewelry Holder
Materials needed:
*Picture frames of your choosing. I went with two Sondrum frames from Ikea; 5x7 and 8x10.
*Spray paint. I used Krylon brand from Michael's in Blue Ocean Breeze, glossy finish.
*Mirror cord. If you look on Pinterest, there are a lot of materials to use to hang your jewelry on. This works well for draping necklaces and hanging earrings that have the hook type wires. In order to attach studs to the wires, I think you would have to pry apart the wiring a bit.
*Staple gun. $13 at Lowe's and another $3 for the staples. I got the 1/4" size.


1. I used deglosser on the pictures frames first so the spray paint would adhere. My husband actually did this step for me!
2. After that dries, apply several coats of your spray paint to the frames.


3. Once they are completely dry, measure and cut your wiring/ribbon/etc. I stapled the mirror cord to the inside edge of the frame. I tend to mess up craft projects so this was the most difficult step for me and I had a mishap that chipped the front of the small frame a bit. I took it back out for a quick spray paint to help cover the chip a bit. It isn't perfect but it doesn't need to be.



4. Hang your jewelry from the wiring and admire your work! I plan to hang the frames from a small side wall next to my dresser. These Ikea frames don't have picture hangers on the back so that is the next step. For now, they are standing up on my dresser.



There is that pesky chip and crack in the frame. Grrrrr.


#2: Dishwashing Motivation
   Recipe: Mix together a dark sense of humor and the insanity of seeing dishes sitting in the sink day after day after day. Find some scrapbooking paper in a drawer and empty out an in use picture frame. This is more important. Download a fun font from Dafont dot com. Print, cut and place next to your sink. See the dishes magically disappear from your sink!

#3: Simple Valentine's Day decor
   Scrapbook paper, picture frames, a surface that often gets used as a crap collector now transformed into a cute space for collectibles and my college diploma. 


All in a weekends time! Up next.......A variation of this, found on Pinterest.
                                                               Source: via Michelle on Pinterest

Friday, January 4, 2013

The War has Shifted

Are you guys aware of "Mommy Wars"? Mommy Wars are, as I understand them, alive and well online and at the playground/play dates/ school pick ups/etc.

"Sammy started reading at 2.5 years old. She is a genius."
"Really? Well Abby took her first steps at 6 months. Her doctor said it was very rare and that she is very advanced."
"Interesting. Drake has mastered playing the piano and he hasn't even been born yet so...."

Breast vs. bottle. Working mom vs. Staying at home. Disposable vs. cloth. I read my fair share of mommy blogs and see these wars brewing all the time. Since I'm not a mommy, I don't get into these. There are no non-mommy wars. If there were, they would sound like this:

"My shampoo is $35 a bottle and makes my hair literally turn into spun silk."
"My shampoo is $10 a bottle and my hair is certified gold. Actual gold."
"I don't even have to wash my hair and it is soft and bouncy and smells like fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.

 But lately, I have noticed that the Mommy Wars have shifted away from mom vs. mom. The Mom's have a new target. Non-moms. Specifically, how they are better/busier/poorer/more stressed/homebound/etc.

Oh, your house is messy because you have kids? My house is messy because I live in it.

Oh, you are tired because of your kids? I'm tired because I wake up at 5:00 a.m., commute 40 minutes to work, work 8 hours, commute 40 minutes home, go to the gym, cook dinner, pick up the house and go to bed. It is called life. We are all tired.

Oh, you are a mom so that makes you a teacher, nurse, coach, organizer, decorator, best friend, multitasker, wonder woman?

Me too. It is calling being alive. In the list of things that we are, we are all so many things. If my list doesn't include "mom" and yours does, I guarantee that my list has things that yours doesn't but that doesn't make me any better/busier/poorer/more stressed/homebound/etc.

This is life. We chose our paths (most of the time). If you decided to produce children, own it. Yes, it is  HUGE responsibility. HUGE. I am not doubting that for a second but to hear/read complaints about it and watch you exclaim about how you are so amazing because you are a mother is difficult. I am not less than. My family is not less than because it doesn't include kids and your family isn't better than mine because you do have kids.

Stop the Wars. I'd like to live in a world where we are all just going about our business, not drawing dividing lines, not giving ourselves labels and stepping down from the pedestals we have built for ourselves based on decisions we have made. Mom, non-mom....


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Mission #1: Accomplished

Somehow we managed to do today what we haven't been able to do for 3 years.

We found art to hang above the buffet. This is amazing. The list of "stuff to do around the house" is growing and maybe because it is 1/1/13 I feel motivated and confident but I think our house is really going to become more functional and comfortable this year.

Top: This is on our kitchen island. A good place for a wallet and keys and cell phones.

Left: Two new vases on the mantle. Our family room needed some color.

Right: Picture above the buffet. We so want something on either side but it is pretty awesome to have this up on the wall!