Monday, October 31, 2011

Blogger Fodder

I finished that website for pictures of Zoe.  Send me a note if you want access!

And now I have plenty to write about...(that is why this post is called "Blogger Fodder" I may be able to write about this all week!)

So what's new?  Well, we have been without power since Saturday evening.  We were hit by the "Snowtober" Noreaster.  Fun fun!  We are learning to get around things like running water (we have a well), no heat and no electricity.  So far, it hasn't been all that bad.

Anthony got out some of our giant stock pots and we filled them with snow and put them on our gas stove (yay for lighters and gas stoves!) With the water heating up and our attempt to heat the house with a fireplace, we got the house up to 70 degrees and humid!  (which was great for my head cold that also appeared at the same time as the storm.)   We aren't sure about the fireplace though.  It seems to be just for looks.  It doesn't seem to produce that much heat, but maybe we just don't know what we are doing?  It has glass door things on it and we can't figure out if they are supposed to be open or closed.  If we open it, sometimes we get smoke in the house.  Eventually we will figure it out.

Because we have well water, we were well prepared for drinking water.  We have a few large bottles of water ready for us to drink.  Which is a good thing as we need it for all of us, making formula and Oscar appreciates some drinking water too.

So all we are really living without is the electricity.  Candlelight and firelight is fun, but it was an early bedtime for all of us last night.  Which I probably needed anyway with my head cold.  And even though I'm still waking up in the middle of the night (and Zoe didn't...) I still feel like I got a really good night's sleep last night.  The gentle hum of my neighbors generators didn't hurt either. :)

The only concern I have now, is the food.  We have a deep freezer in the garage, I'm hoping it stays cold enough to keep that food frozen.  And the fridge in the house.  We haven't opened it yet.  But we probably should today to get the food outside in coolers with the snow. 

We will probably lose the food in the house.  Bummer.  We had some good food in there.

So the power company says to expect a few days, possibly a week without power!  Wish us luck!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Busy busy!

Super busy, I'm sorry I didn't get to post yesterday.  I have a project I am working on for my family (pictures of Zoe online, special website and password) and it's eating up my free time.

And oh yeah, I'm dieting and exercising like before I was pregnant.  Coming on Monday, some pictures that made me say: "ACK!, get back to your diet!!".

And for now, I want to share this.  Everyone have a good weekend and don't feel guilty about gorging on candy.  Unless like me you are on a diet.  Sigh.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Snack Time

It's almost 3pm.   So what are you thinking about?  I'm thinking about a snack!

Craving something sweet? 
Try a sweet fruit like a clementine, or banana or even an apple with some peanut butter.

Craving something salty?
Try a cucumber sprinkled with salt.


I would like to thank today's blog post sponsor for saving me from vending machine-itis.
Mr. Clementine.

You were yummy and sweet.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Looking good.

I have had two people point out that I look pretty good in my hot pink outfit.

Want to hear a confession?  I had my husband take about 20 pictures.  And then I picked the best one.  And of course I picked one where I looked skinny!  And had a smile on my face!

Isn't modern technology wonderful?  However, I am curious....I wonder if there is a correlation between the obesity problem in our country and the invention of the digital camera.  After all, it's pretty easy to delete and get rid of a horrible picture of yourself.  (unless someone posts it on facebook, then they own your picture!)

If no one is facing what they actually look like, how do they know what they actually look like?

I think I have mentioned before how when I look in the mirror, I don't see someone who needs to lose weight.  I look at the mirror and I think "hey!  lookin good!".  It isn't until I face a picture of myself that I realize I need to lose some weight.

Just something for us to all think about. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

2 miles, I may start doing more.

Anonymous asked on my post last Friday if I got in two miles.  I did!  I actually got in just over 2 miles.  I used an app on my super smart phone and was able to log my walk.  I tried to jog with the stroller, but I found any sort of running while holding onto the stroller very difficult.

BUT...if I decide to bring Zoe with me, I can get the same workout as a run, if I double my distance, with a walk.  So instead of jogging/running 2 miles, do 4 instead.

I went to a little neighborhood behind my house that has dead ends, so there was a lot less traffic.  Using my nifty app on my phone I was able to calculate how many times around the neighborhood was two miles.  This neighborhood also has a few tiny inclines which is just perfect.  And almost every house has an electric fence.  So there are all these dogs sitting in their yards watching me, but staying in their yards.  It's kinda funny to see.  I would take a picture of it, but then I would be a wacko casing the neighborhood. :)

So yesterday I went without Zoe and got in my walk/jog.  I would say I jogged for about 1/3 of the distance.  I was actually VERY impressed with myself.  I have never really done any jogging outside and it has been over a year since I was really running.  Go me!  I bought new sneakers and a bright vest to wear while running and I think that got me motivated.  My sister once gave me the advice of buying new workout clothes to motivate yourself to workout.  Well, I know the sneakers and vest worked for me!  Check me out:

Even Oscar looks impressed! (look carefully, you can see him on the bottom of the picture)  This was taken after my walk/jog.  It felt good to be back out there.  And the bright colors will come in handy when I am out on the road.  We don't have street lights and in the twilight hours I want to make sure I am very visible to the traffic.  I also picked up a blinking LED light that I can put on the stroller.  But don't worry, I won't take her out after dark or even in the twilight hours.

So check out that hot pink color?  Are the 80's back or what?  I saw a girl at Sam's Club the other day.  She was wearing leggings, black boots and an oversized HOT pink sweatshirt.  It actually hurt my eyes to look in her direction.  I'm sure she thought she was trendy.  I thought she was retro. :)  Want to know what's actually in?   Check out my sister's blog.  I asked her for advice on leggings.  I want to wear them so bad, so comfy!  But how do I make that outfit appropriate for work?

And not that I want competition, but I want everyone to check out this blog:

They are having a contest to win some Carhartt gear.  But the reason I wanted you to check them out is because apparently today is Food Day.  And I think instead it should be Farmer Appreciation Day.  Because if it were not for the farmers, we wouldn't have food.  Check out Marybeth's post about that:

Wow...huge post today, with links and pictures!  Hopefully I can keep this up all week!

Friday, October 21, 2011


Hey everyone!  I had my second night of boot camp last night.  I walked (or barely managed to make my way) out of there feeling GREAT.  Of course I was sweaty, probably a little stinky and every muscle ached.  But I really did feel good.

I almost felt like I was coming alive once again.  My body DOES remember this stuff and knows what to do.  I just need to get back into it.  For motivation for myself, I went back and re-read all the posts I wrote in the summer of 2010.  It helped me remember what I did before to lose weight and it also reminded me of the good habits I had let go of.

I definitely need to get those good habits back!

So what motivates you?  The other day I read from someone I know "Ain't no motivation like hot guy in the gym motivation!"  Reading that, I cracked up.  So I want to do you motivate yourself?

By the way...what motivates me?  I'll admit it, vanity and a good night's sleep.  When I was working out regularly and eating healthy I had never felt better and I was sleeping better than ever.  So I want a good night's sleep. :)

This afternoon I plan on getting in two miles walking or jogging with Zoe in the stroller.
Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Every muscle in my body aches.  I'm pretty serious.  I even have a headache.

Last night I took advantage of the staircase in our house and went up and then down 10 times each.  I also did lunges, squats, pushups and crunches.  And LOTS of stretching.  And oh yeah, jumping jacks too.

My body says "hey! what are you doing?!"  and  "Oh yeah, I kinda remember this."

And right now it says FEED ME.  That's how I know my hard work is paying off, I'm hungrier than I normally am.  An unfortunate side effect of me successfully losing weight is there are definitely times of feeling hungry.
(see my previous posts about this.)

This is because my body is going to fight me tooth and nail to lose any of this weight.

I'm going to win.  Body, you are going to lose...pounds and inches.

Go Dani Go!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A few things.

I wanted to share a few things today.  First off, boot camp last night was great.  It was hard, my muscles are sore, I nearly fell out of bed instead of getting out of bed...but I feel good.  I didn't think I would be able to run for more than 10 seconds, and guess what?  I ran for about five minutes!  Go me!   Looks like my body remembers how to do these things.  I even feel inspired to try running with Zoe in our stroller!

Dani Do It!  I'm feeling strong and confident.

Things I wanted to share. 

I wanted you to see this article about Things Your Pet Shouldn't Eat.  Not too many people realize things like onions are not good for pets.  And I didn't know about the last one, Xylitol.

And I wanted to share this article about Michelle Obama.  I like that she admits her motivation for eating healthy and exercising is vanity.  :)  Isn't that true for most of us?  Hey, I want to look HOT!  Otherwise why would I torture myself with jumping jacks and lunges and squats?  Oh yeah, it's because I gave in to all the crappy junk food.  Hmmm, maybe I should think twice before I do that again.....okay, back to looking good and Michelle Obama, she share some other good advice too:

And the last thing I want to share is a really scary experience for a blogger that I read about this morning.  It has me reconsidering my blogging.  I have mentioned my name and my family member's names a few times here.  So while I try to stay anonymous, I'm really not.  The majority of my readers know me.
But because of this woman's experience, I feel like I should maybe go "underground" or stop blogging at all.  The internet is wonderful for sharing our lives, but it also opens us up to some seriously wacko people.
Here is the blog post:

Something like that is just so terrifying.  And also scary?  Reading the comments and reading about other people's experiences, including other people having CPS called on them for their blog posts!  What if I had CPS called on me because of some things I have done for my baby?  I don't think I feel comfortable writing about her anymore.  Or the dirty dishes in my sink.   Because apparently if CPS did show up, I can be cited for dirty dishes.  (that's some motivation to get them done!!)

Stories like this make me want to withdraw, unplug and go move into that log cabin in the woods I have always dreamed about.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

No More Junk Food.

Well, no more junk food until I lose the weight. :)

See, my reward at the end will be some junk food.  I just need to decide what junk food will be my reward.  It occurred to me the other day that I got used to eating extra food for my pregnancy and for breast feeding and I never really went back to my diet.

So boot camp starts tonight.  So does my diet.

I have been enjoying everything I won't be enjoying for a while!  Went to Wendy's last night for dinner.  Totally stopped and got an ice cream.  Had a Pepsi today.  Ate some fruit snacks (basically candy!) for a snack this afternoon. was fun, but it's over for now. :)

Don't worry I will let myself have a treat once in a while.  If I didn't, then I would binge and go crazy.
It's just that I have to get back to my old way of eating if I want all the weight to come off again.

Again.  So frustrating to have lost all that weight just to gain it back.  Well, most.  I lost 30, now need to lose about 15 to get back where I was.

It's partly the baby (so I got something really good for my weight gain there!) and it's partly me (oops, my own fault for not exercising and eating crap). 

Wish me luck tonight!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Take a minute. Breathe. Relax.

Every once in a while I will come across something that reminds me I need to sit back and relax.

Stop worrying.

Let the tension go.

Just enjoy the day.

I am going to share an article with you that did that for me today.  Today I will not worry about the dirty dishes or the fact that my baby is waking up at night.  Today I will think about Leontien and what she is about to go through.  Today I will kiss my husband, cuddle my baby and hug my dog.

And I will just enjoy today for what it is.

And maybe make an apple pie.  (hey, it's on my to do list!)

Here is the article.  If you are a parent, you may need tissues.  You were warned!

I think I can take a lesson from this and try to be more of a "dragon mom".  Funny thing...last week I painted a ceramic dragon piggy bank for Zoe.  Coincidence?  Hmmm.

Boot camp starts tomorrow

Boot camp starts tomorrow night for me.  Which means my diet starts tomorrow as well.
It's time for me to reclaim the success I previously had when I lost weight.  Wish me luck!

I didn't get my dessert last Friday.  I might have to make up for it tonight.
I need to get in all the junk I can before tomorrow night! haha.

Busy busy lately, haven't had much time to write.  I'll try to make up for it later.

Happy Monday!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Dessert Day!

Just a quick's been a busy week!

But today is Dessert Day!  So be sure to have your dessert.  (just be sure to finish your dinner first!)

yep...I'm a mom now.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My sister has a blog!

I have mentioned my sister a few times on my blog.  She is an avid reader of my blog and now she has decided to start her own!  You should check it out when you have a moment.  My sister has always been interested in fashion, makeup, and accessories.  In a way that is almost totally opposite of me.  And guess what her blog is about?  It's about all the stuff I have no clue about.  So you can bet I'll be reading it everyday.   Fashion and makeup not your thing?  That's okay, she just posted about decorating as well.  (another thing I have NO idea how to do.)

So go check it out, she's a chemical engineer, so I think her blog is appropriately named.  You really won't meet someone quite like her.  Girly, fashion-forward AND a total nerd.  She would seriously wear some hot pink Barbie heels with her lab coat.  Well, if they allowed heels in that quality-containment thing-a-ma-jiggy that she has to work in sometimes.
Ha!  Look at that...her blog is pink! :)  I really shouldn't have been surprised.  So keep up with her blog too for some smart, scientific and fashion forward topics.

I have already promised her that when I reach my goal weight she can take me shopping for my new wardrobe.  But until then I'll stick to my comfy jeans, t-shirts and knit shirts.  (see?  at least I know I have knit shirts!)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Thanks to a friend, I was able to catch up on Glee!

Thank you!

And that's all for today folks, I'll write more tomorrow. :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Still happy.

Have I talked about my insomnia?  I'm still waking up all night.
And the past week Zoe has been waking up at night too.

Plus I gained a few pounds.

BUT....I'm still feeling very good and happy.

Even though my windshield got hit with a big rock and it looks like I'll need it replaced.  Again.  Yep, just had it replaced a few weeks ago.  (sigh)

But I'm still happy.  Life is good.  I feel very fortunate and lucky to be living the life I have.

I wanted to share this video today.  In a world where children have become spoiled brats (please!  let's go back to strict upbringings where kids had respect for adults!) this child is so obviously grateful and humble and good.  At first while viewing, I thought "wow, this is one lucky kid, it's not even her birthday yet and she is getting all these gifts...."  But her reaction at the end .....well, just watch for yourself.
I might be happy....but I don't think I'm as happy as she is. :)

Friday, October 07, 2011

Boot Camp!

Remember that whole P90X thing I was talking about doing before?

Check here.

Well, I did it a couple of times, but things got in the way and I didn't stick with it.  I just haven't been getting the exercise I need.  So this week, I signed up for a boot camp!  This is a "for-mom's" boot camp.  It's geared towards Mama's looking to lose that baby weight.  They have a two-day a week session and a Saturday morning session.  I had originally thought I would just sign up for the Saturday session, but when I chatted with the ladies about it, they convinced me to sign up for two days.  How did they do that?
I found out that Zoe can go with me to the class if I don't have anyone to watch her.  In fact, a lot of the mom's bring their children.

Perfect!  A big thing holding me back from signing up for a class like this was the fact that I would have to count on Anthony being available when I went to class.  Well, this is the real life, we can't always count on schedules and what-not.  So I signed up!  Zoe may or may not attend with me.

Wish me luck!  This I will stick with, because I just paid for it and I don't want to waste my money.  But also because I want to feel better, sleep better and look better.  And I know a bunch of good healthy exercise will help me get there. :)

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 06, 2011


I was all set today to write a post about being happy.

Just content.

At ease.  I haven't felt this way in a really long time.  I know I had some baby blues and I have definitely had mood swings.  A new baby and lack of sleep will do that to you.  Isn't it crazy that my baby sleeps through the night but I keep waking up all night?  Yeesh.  (well, except for last night, she woke up last night, but she was cold, so I covered her up, gave her a pacifier, and back to sleep she went.  And I went back to bed where I stared at the ceiling hoping to go back to sleep....)

Okay, got off topic there.  But even with all of that, I just felt purely HAPPY today.

I still do.

Even though I discovered something just now that annoyed me.  There are two shows on the Fox network that I like to watch.  And there was a new one I was going to watch.  Then I got free tickets to a show and I missed a night of episodes.  Then I had a chance at seeing the Lion King the other night (whoo hoo!  It was AWESOME!) and I missed another night of episodes.

No biggie.  I'll just watch them online, get caught up and then I'll be all set to watch my shows this season.

But Fox apparently has other plans.  They now delay your ability to watch a show online by EIGHT days.  Which means it will now be IMPOSSIBLE for me to catch up and watch the shows in "real" time with everyone else.

This is where in my opinion and as it pertains to me.....a BIG mistake.  A giant, HUGE mistake.  Because I don't really watch tv.  It has to be a REALLY good show to hook me.  And I got excited by some television shows coming to us this fall.  And last year I got hooked on a new one.  I actually went from watching no shows, to one show, to two shows last year and maybe even THREE this year.

And they were all on Fox.  So I went from none to three.  Good job Fox!

Except that now you screwed it up.  And if these shows now start to look mediocre, I'll stop watching completely.  (shakes head, shame shame)

NOT too bright.  I can understand delaying the show.  Apparently if you have Dish network you can login and watch them sooner.  So fine, delay the shows 4-5 days.  Not 8.  I can't catch up now.   BOOO!

At least the Vampire Diaries hasn't done that.  They even have the last three from last season still available to watch.  And so far Netflix has been fast enough that I have almost caught up to this season.  Looks like I'm back down to ONE show.


I'm still happy though. :)
Love my life.  Love my husband.  Love my baby.  And especially love my dog, he's so cute.

Monday, October 03, 2011

I Love Bacon.

It's one of the reasons I can't be a vegetarian though I have tried.

Why am I posting, I LOVE BACON? 

Well, because I do.  And because this blogger asked me to:

I had a great girls weekend this past weekend.  My sister and my cousins and I all went shopping.  It was a weekend of candles, tag sales, country stores, candy, and plenty of giggles.  It was a good (but wet, it was raining all weekend) time.

Quote from the weekend:

My cousin:  "It's raining."
Me:  "You just told R___ that she wouldn't melt."
My cousin:  "Yeah, but I'm a little bit evil."

Much much much laughter! :)