Thursday, June 28, 2012

Little Less Conversation

...a little more action please. All this conversation ain't satisfactionin' me!

That Elvis re-mix was the song that my husband and I used to walk into our wedding reception. And I am going to use it as my theme song for the summer while I try to motivate myself to lose some more weight. I'm doing pretty well with diet, but I'm just not exercising.

I'm starting to wonder if my lack of motivation may be due to some depression or anxiety. Regardless of where it's coming from, I do know that once I get moving, I will feel much better. (mentally and physically...that's the nice part of exercise!)

I'm going to do the couch to 5k program and walk on the off days. (Starting next week, I have a few friends doing this as well.) I'm going to add some more weight lifting and I am going to get that darn punching bag set up. (and I'll post a picture for you here...see, now I wrote about it, now I have to do it.)

Ha!  Dani Do It.

And on the same vein as more action, less talk...I signed up for the Warrior Dash at the end of the summer. It's going to be messy...and hard...and fun. I'm looking forward to it...and I better be in good shape. :)

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


I love pop-tarts. I think they are the opposite of eating an all natural (and when possible organic) food. But I don't care, I love them. They are always a special treat.

However, trying to lose weight and having special treats really don't go together.

So I can thank my sister for introducing me to Pastry Crisps. Tastes similar to a Pop-Tart, without a bazillion calories. And I get my pop-tart craving out of the way. :)

That is all for today.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Artistic Influence

When I was younger, I wanted to be an artist. I wanted to live in a log cabin in the woods and paint and draw all day long.

Needless to say, my parents didn't encourage this idea, and now I am a computer nerd who on occasion still likes to draw. Recently an artist came to my attention, and his artwork captured my eye. It seemed familiar and what I would picture in my own head if I was doing a caricature.

So it wasn't that much of a surprise when I found out he was a fan of the same cartoon that I enjoyed as a teenager. Head on over to Ask the Motherboard to read all about him!

And maybe I'll post some more about art, I would like to get back into it. I just never had the talent or the drive to do much with it. It's that darn Aries personality (I can blame that right?), I'm just not interested in any one thing for very long.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Dawson's Creek

The hair...the music! The fashion....

It's a trip down memory lane. I guess I didn't realize just how much fashion had changed until I started watching it. I didn't remember how much I loved some of those old songs too...

Did you know that Dawson's Creek started in 1998? That is FOURTEEN years ago. And some of the outfits and trends, yep, I totally dressed that way as well. There was one specific hairstyle I remember copying from last night's episode...I wonder if I can get away with it today? haha.

I loved that show. I watched it every week (even though I was away at college). And I thought it was really cool that my parents watched it too. It gave us something to chat about when I came home or spoke to them over the phone.

So why am I talking about this old show? Because I am watching it all over again, from the beginning, and I can thank my subscription to Netflix. And guess what? I'm loving it the second time around too. I can even vaguely remember what happened before...and I STILL love it.

This show was very ground-breaking. Don't believe me?
Look at the subjects covered. Teenage sex, pregnancy, drinking, drugs, homophobia, gay characters, unwed parents, bi-racial couples, marital problems, and death. All topics were covered. And the characters were all very typical, normal teenagers. Well, except for the fact that they spoke in a language that no normal teenager ever would have used. They used very large vocabulary and they all over-analyzed the point that most adults would not even talk like that. And okay, so they got away with things that most teenagers couldn't get away with....but who would watch it otherwise right?

But it paved the way for a movie like Juno....and smart (and smart-mouthed) teenagers.

Anyway...I'm thoroughly enjoying this show, take 2. I did stop watching the show after about the fourth season, I got busy with life after college. But I do remember making special plans to watch the series finale. I always did root for the couple that finally ends up together (I won't ruin it for you if you haven't seen it.).

And I know the show is called Dawson's Creek, but I have to say he is my least favorite character on the show. He is a bit self-centered and waaaay too dramatic. (at least in the first season)

I was always kind of partial to Pacey. :)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I miss my blog!

I miss writing in my blog.

Definitely will be writing more soon. I feel like the world is spinning around really fast and I'm trying to keep up. I think I would rather curl up in a ball and sleep it out than try to keep up. :)

Just a quick note to let you all know that our weight loss bet is off. None of us were on our way to winning, but we did agree that the moral support was awesome. We had been emailing each other every week with an update on our weight and how we were feeling.
We are going to continue to do that and find a new goal for ourselves. We really like checking in with each other. It really does help to have a support system. With my friends support I did lose over 10 pounds.  Can't wait to lose 10 more.

Anyone else out there struggling? Want to email with me to "check-in" on a regular basis so we can help support each other's goals?  Let me know!

In the meantime, I need to hop on the treadmill and then I need to go to bed. So sleeeeepy.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Last Day of Work

Today doesn't feel real to me. It's my last day in this position. I'm really going to miss working here, mostly because of my co-workers.

Wait, what's going on?

I got a new job. I start next week and today is my last day in my "old" job. In previous posts I kept mentioning a change that was coming, but I wasn't ready to talk about it. I normally don't talk about work on my blog.

But I want to write today, if only to record how I feel.

I feel very odd today. Not sure if I am happy or sad. It's hard to be too sad when my leaving has created some great opportunities for my co-workers, people that I really like and I want them to be happy. I'm also happy because my new job will be exactly what my family needs and my new co-workers seem really nice.

If I can remember this far back, this is almost what it felt like on the last day of school, it's sad but happy all at the same time. It's feeling giddy and nervous at the same time. It doesn't hurt that it's almost mid-June and that is when the last day of school came for most of us.

All that's missing is a Field Day. :)

I'm a little nervous about the unknown. But I really do enjoy a challenge and I think I will enjoy learning some new technology and getting to know some new people. Being closer to home will be very nice too.

I am thankful that with modern technology, I'll be able to keep in touch with my old co-workers. When you spend 9 hours a day, five days a week with people, you get to know each other. You become friends as well as co-workers. The professional and personal lines get blurred as you get to know each other's kids and pets names. These are the best kinds of co-workers, people you can count on. It will be easy to miss these kinds of co-workers, but it will also be easy to stay in touch. So today I am definitely feeling sad. Hopefully I won't cry too much. :)

Unless I come up with something may not see a new post for a while. I want to get on a new routine and schedule with the new job. I'm off on a new adventure!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Live and Let Live

I need to learn a lot more about this politician featured on yahoo news today, Richard Tisei.

I like his stance of "live and let live."  Is this the socially liberal, fiscal conservative, yet libertarian candidate I have been seeking? I normally don't get into politics, but I would like for everyone to learn more about this guy:

Monday, June 04, 2012

There is Nothing Under my Bed.

I was reading an article online about books to help your toddler through emotional milestones. Most of the topics are pretty heavy, like the death of a loved one (or pet), or divorce, or staying in the hospital. But one was about nightmares.

It specifically mentioned children worrying about monsters hiding under the bed and my first thought was "monsters can't hide under my bed because my bed is on the floor".

Story time. :)

I used to have a bed that was on a normal frame, with a headboard and foot board. But this set was so old, that every time you rolled over, the entire bed would shake. I started to get nervous about it falling apart. And on more than one occasion, I fell out of it. I blame my husband for wanting to sleep on my side of the bed. And I guess I like my he would move over to cuddle and I would move to get away and before you knew it, I was on the floor.

So to solve both the "shaky bed" problem and the "falling on the floor" problem, we decided to just put our box spring and mattress on the floor. The original plan was to get a modern low to the floor bed frame, but we just can't agree on anything. And we are lazy. So therefore, our bed is on the floor.

I have a "secret" third reason our bed is on the floor. No one (and nothing) can hide under there.

Yes, I am in my thirties and I still believe something might be under the bed to grab my feet when I step off the bed. Maybe I should go get one of those books on nightmares for the toddlers?

I already know that when my daughter gets scared of monsters under the end, I'm just going to put her mattress on the floor as well. See? Problem solved.

Except that one of my "helpful" friends mentioned a paper thin ghost type monster that could just lie in wait for me, squeezed under my mattress. 

Now I'm not getting any sleep tonight!

Friday, June 01, 2012

Three Tree Inn - Geneva, NY

A few weekends ago we went to a wedding in Geneva, New York. This was a very long drive for us. It was made even longer by the stops we had to make along the way.

When we finally arrived at our destination, it was VERY nice to be in such a nice place with a wonderful place to rest while we were there. We stayed at a bed and breakfast (our first choice while traveling). We stayed at a b&b called The Three Tree Inn.  Check out the link:

We had such a nice visit. This b&b is located right in a residential neighborhood, so besides a few barking dogs or children playing (and that one Harley at 3am? what?) it is a very quiet setting. The owners of the inn are extremely friendly and welcoming. They were that perfect combination of helpful and accommodating while leaving you alone to enjoy your visit.

Each room at the inn has it's own private bathroom (a MUST while staying at a bed and breakfast) and beautiful antique furniture. The bed was very comfortable, I did bring my own pillow though. I'm allergic to birds and I like to bring my pillow in case there are down feathers. (And if down feathers are your thing, they have those!)

I had told the owners about my food allergies ahead of time and when it came time to discuss breakfast, they again inquired about my allergies so they could accommodate me. And speaking of breakfast...this is really the best part of staying at a bed and breakfast. We actually had a few guests from the wedding try to convince us that the "cool kids" were staying at a hotel down the street.

I think the real cool kids got the best breakfast in Geneva, NY. :)

We would highly recommend the Three Tree Inn if you decided to visit Geneva.  Why would you visit? Are you into wine?  There were probably over 100 wineries (and a distillery) within a hour's drive. Check it out if you get the chance!

One last thing...I had forgotten my pillow at the Inn when we left. I hadn't realized until we were halfway home. When I called the Inn, they said not a problem, we will mail it to you. Within a week I had my pillow!