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Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Sunshine State

Last week I got to visit my parents in Florida. I have to admit, it was really nice to get some warmer temperatures. Apparently the whole time I was there, it was way cooler than they are used to. It was also slightly overcast the whole time. But I didn't care, it was still nicer than here.

It's been so cold here in New England, that this week, when we got the temperature into the 30's, it actually felt warm! Today it's a nice day, I can see lots of sun peeking out from behind the clouds. The air temp isn't too bad either. This morning it was raining and it was VERY windy. It's still a bit windy, but that sunshine really makes up for it.

And today, unfortunately, I'm at home because Zoe had a fever yesterday. She has a really bad cold (a yucky cough and runny nose). But today besides being a little more subdued, she does seem like she is feeling a little better. 

I have to admit...looking at that sunshine outside does make me wish I had warmer weather coming soon. But it's only the end of January and I have a ways to go before I get that warm weather...

So what did we do in Florida?
We spent most of the time just visiting with my parents. We took one day and went to the zoo (a big hit, Zoe LOVES giraffes, especially because she got to feed some carrots to one) and another day we went to a key lime festival.

But I think Zoe's most favorite thing of all...was going to a playground. There's a great playground for smaller kids (ages 1-5) right down the street from my parents. We went over there on two separate days. She still doesn't like the swings (or the seesaw, which I never liked as a kid either) but she LOVES the slides. She tried every single one. She also enjoyed climbing through the tunnels which doesn't surprise me since she loves her tunnels that I can set up in our living room.

On our second visit to the playground, there was another little girl there, about 4 years old and she wanted to play with Zoe. It took Zoe a little while to warm up to her, but they played together pretty well. The best part about older kids wanting to play with your child? The older child will teach them things.

Zoe's confidence on the slides soared after watching the other little girl climb up the stairs and slide down with no help. Soon Zoe was using the stairs and the railing (instead of crawling like she normally does on stairs) and was sliding down the slide without holding on or my help.
I did manage to catch this all on video...but I didn't catch the cutest thing on video.

At one point the little girl (who also had blonde curly hair) was going up a different route to get to the slide and she called out "I'm going to race Zoe to the slide and I'm going to beat her!" And immediately, my not quite 22 months old child dropped to all fours, raced up the stairs and sat at the slide and looked back at the other little girl with a look that clearly said "Ha! I beat YOU!"

Nah, she doesn't take after me at all...

ZOE DO IT! :)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Where have I been?

So where have I been?  And what have I been up to?

I have been very busy lately. As much as I love to blog and write down my thoughts...I do have a life outside of the internet. Which is tough to remember as I try to keep up with constant news feeds, facebook updates and twitter tweets.

This blogging gig isn't even a gig. I don't get paid for it. I have another job. Well, a real one where I get paid to do work. Then there's my mama job, where I take care of Zoe (and Oscar too!).
And there is also my wife job, where I work on an excellent relationship with my hubby.

With all of that, there is life's curve balls of course.

So what have I been up to?
Well, last week I was on vacation. I tend to not post about my vacation until AFTER I have been there. You never know who is lurking here...ANYWAY.  I went to Florida to visit my parents. They hadn't seen my daughter in a while and we had a great trip. I'll tell you all about that later this week.

I have also been working on something for about six months. Some of you may know that I used to live in a condo. Well, unfortunately, I had to try to short sale the condo. Only that didn't work.
I'll blog more about that this week as well.

And on top of all that?  I'm moving again.

So I will write more about that this week. I just realized I typed "so" an awful lot here.
(sigh)

In the meantime, go check out Askthemotherboard.com today. I had my first product review with Verizon Wireless. I'm really hoping it isn't my last because I LOVE trying out new techie toys. I unfortunately lost the box that it came in. I blame Anthony...but I think he was trying to help me clean the house when he might have recycled it. I can't get too upset with him.

In any case, head on over there and check it out. Do you need access to the internet everywhere you go? A mobile hotspot like the Verizon Wireless Jetpack MiFi might be what you need!

More this week about EVERYTHING going on right now.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

It's that time of year...

It's that time of year again.

If you live in a lot of areas in North America, we are freezing out butts off. It's COLD outside.
If you are like most of the population, you are bummed your team didn't get into the Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl is coming...this is a holiday for my family, we love our football, so it's that time of year. But there's another holiday right after that. Valentine's Day.

Remember last year? I told Anthony that all I wanted was chocolate covered strawberries. I told him a few weeks ago he could do the same thing this year, that would make me really happy.

Then I saw this on Thinkgeek's website:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f32d/?cpg=50851246&msg_id=50851246&et_rid=507976407&linkid=50851246_headline_f32d

I was about to tell Anthony forget the strawberries and get me one of these...but then I saw the price tag. Looks like I'm getting strawberries, but that tank is still really neat.

I apologize for the slow posting lately.
Lots going on offline for me right now.

I will write about it soon!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Average is okay!

Yes please and thank you to the wonderful person who wrote this post over at Mommyish:
http://www.mommyish.com/2013/01/15/child-genius/

Do I want to see my daughter try her hardest at everything? Of course I do.
But I also want her to be relaxed, happy, carefree.

And most important, I want her to be a good person who is kind to others.

I don't talk about work too often, but a few weeks ago I was heartbroken to hear a sixth grader say to his teacher:
"Is there any extra credit work I can do? Can I do it over again? I just have to get a better grade. My father is going to be so mad at me, I can't take this home."
The worst part? Was hearing the real fear in his voice.
This kid is TWELVE years old (maybe 11 or 13). He shouldn't be this stressed out.
I immediately wondered what his blood pressure was like.

Funny, when I was that age, I became uninterested in school work and almost didn't complete an assignment. I'm not really sure where my mind was to be honest...hormones maybe?

Instead of doing homework or cleaning my room I could be found reading a book.
Reading a book?  Probably not the worst of problems for a parent...but I know my parents were frustrated. Not because I wasn't bringing home A's, but because I wasn't trying...AT ALL.

They knew I wasn't doing my best. And I'm sure I'll feel the same way about my daughter.
But if she is doing her best and working hard, I'll be happy with the C's. Your grades in school don't necessarily reflect your success in life. But how you conduct yourself and how you apply yourself...that's different.

And that poor kid I heard? I could tell by the tone of his voice that he was working hard.
I just hope his parents were understanding. He seemed like a good kid.

I feel like today's kids are being dealt with in two ways. One, everyone is special and everyone wins and everyone gets a trophy. And two, get A's or you are worthless.

I'm sure we can find a happy medium yes?


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Yes but no.

I was happy to see that in my Yahoo Mail advertisements there was a reasonable weight loss ad.

I was happy to see:
"Goodbye Size 14. Hello Size 8!"

Size 8 is a totally reasonable size. Not size 2 or size 0.
But I was disappointed that instead of a real person, they used a stick thin cartoon:



Oh well, it was a nice try Sensa.  There is no way that freaky tall cartoon woman is a size 8.
They could use my profile if they want. I'm a size 8 (sort of...Old Navy Jeans says I am!) and I'm short. And round in the middle.  They can use me. :)

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Starbucks Teavana?

http://news.yahoo.com/starbucks-completes-620m-deal-teavana-220021651.html

Whoa. Mind Blown.

Did you read that story?

I love Starbucks..and I don't even drink coffee. I think I just like the coffee house vibe. Maybe I'm a wannabe hipster. I do like their tea drinks (especially a chai tea latte) and the Cool Lime Refresher.

But even more than Starbucks...I love Teavana.  You've probably seen them in the mall. Did you know you can try their tea for free? They usually have 4-5 samples to try. This is all to sucker you into buying some of it of course. And it isn't cheap!  But I always stop and sample.  Sometimes I buy.
I have one of the fancy teapots that they sell too...but don't tell, I got it cheaper on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Cast-Mochi-Bamboo-Green/dp/B000P56QJ4/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1357579755&sr=8-5&keywords=cast+iron+tea+pot

I have one similar to that in blue.

So why am I excited? Because I LOVE that tea, but it's a little pricey. And I have to battle the mall to go get a taste of it. If there was a teavana tea house that I could visit....oooh, that would be nice.

Anthony took me to a fancy tea house in Portland, ME:
http://www.dobrateame.com/

That place is definitely worth a visit if you like tea.  We sat on the floor in one of their Japanese style tables. I can't remember the name of the tea I got there. What I do remember is that it RUINED all other teas for me. It was so smooth, no bitterness at all. Awww...would love some more of that tea...

I think it was this one:
STAROBORSHOV
Our most famous: dark oolong tea shaken with organic simple syrup produces a frothy “head” like a draft beer, but it’s tea only here! Named after the Czech Republic’s famous Staropramen Brewery and Borsov street where Dobra’s second tearoom was located and where this drink was created.  It has a roasted, slightly tannic flavor and is a great thirst quencher. An excellent iced “cocktail”.
I could be wrong. A really good tea is expensive and takes time and care while brewing. It needs to be the exact temperature and steep time for the leaves in the drink. And Teavana does it right ALL the time.

Hmmm...might have to go find a Teavana on my way home today and maybe soon I can find one in my local Starbucks! Until then...must visit Portland again soon...

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Yes, that looks funny.

I just realized that yesterday's post came right after my post about NOT changing. :)

Even though the challenge I joined is called Year 2 Change, I'm really not trying to change anything. I was already working on my fitness and weight loss goals in 2012.

So no worries, no New Year Resolutions.  And no change really either. :)

Monday, January 07, 2013

Year2Change

I was going to blog about Starbucks today, but you will now have to wait until tomorrow.

One of the biggest reasons I successfully lost weight in the past was because I was in a competition with my friend. I had a great support group and there were many friends and family who knew my weight and were watching me and tracking my progress.

Real success comes from support and having a community.  And accountability. I think this is the reason that Weight Watchers works so well for so many.

(Are you a gamer? Check out my cousin's blog post as to why he thinks Weight Watchers works for those who like to play games. http://gained-a-level.blogspot.com/2013/01/weight-watchers-part-1.html)

So am I joining Weight Watchers?  No, their plan doesn't work well for me since I am allergic to so many fruits and vegetables. I just can't get enough calories in their point system.  Instead I have done FOUR things recently to help keep me motivated and moving.

First two things, I joined two separate Biggest Loser contests. This means I am weighing in once a week with someone who doesn't know me well. How does this help? Well...think about how comfortable you are with your family. These are the people who accept you no matter what. It's why you can be at your worst (moody, whiny, etc) with them and then show none of these negative behaviors with other people. Kinda like the kid in school who is an angel for the teacher and horrible at home.

Well, if your family or significant other (or roommate, they are your "urban" family after all) knows your weight or your struggles, they don't always help...because they still like you even if you aren't meeting your goals. However a stranger...someone you don't know...might be disappointed in you...or judge you.  Hopefully they don't...but you know they might.

Which is why joining those contests will help me stay on track. At the very least I won't gain.
First contest ends in a few weeks and the one after that ends at the end of February.

The third thing I did, I made a bet with my mom. We have to workout (ie: go to the gym or an exercise class) four times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes. If we don't, we have to pay the other one $20 for each week we don't do it. I will admit, I slumped the week of Christmas but she let it slide and didn't make me pay. (Merry Christmas! don't worry, I made up for it the following week!) This bet with my mom ends in January. So my first three things will be done with February.

So to keep me going one more month, I have joined Year2Change. You can too!  You could even win a $100 Amazon gift card (yes please!). It's simple, you set a goal and stick to it. I don't even think it has to be weight related. (I made mine exercise related).
http://asgoodeasitgets.com/is-2013-your-year-2-change/

I set a goal of walking 4 miles 4 times a week.  That should help keep my weight stable...or maybe if I'm being really good and eating right, I will lose some weight too.

Reporting in and checking in will keep me accountable. Plus I just want that gift card.
I find that prizes and rewards really help motivate me too. :)  Now I just need someone to pay me a lot of money to lose weight...bet I could get these last 20 pounds off real quick. ;)

Thursday, January 03, 2013

New Year's Resolutions?

I decided to look into past blog posts to see what my other resolutions have been.

I usually want to do things like lose weight. I think one year I decided no more celebrity gossip (never happened). But this year I want a resolution I can stick to. And I think I have found it.


So my resolution this year? None.

I'm perfect just the way I am.

Now I'm going to tell myself that every day when I get on the scale. Or look in the mirror and see some crazy wild mane (think Carrie Bradshaw) and when I get into a bad mood.

Those are all things I have been trying to change...my weight, my mood, my hair. Now I say forget it.

Anthony loves me just the way I am.
Zoe loves me just the way I am.
Oscar definitely loves me just the way I am.

I'm pretty sure everyone else likes me too.

So that's it. I'm going to accept me.

(and I'm going to get on the treadmill 4 days a week and continue to eat healthy and lose weight.)
(and I'm going to try different hair products to tame my hair)
(and I'm going to try really really hard to not be grouchy)

But even if those things don't change...that's okay.  Calvin gets it. :)



Wednesday, January 02, 2013

I miss blogging!

I had a great vacation (sort of...I didn't really get to take time off..and between watching Zoe and family visiting I really didn't take time "off" and relax.).

But I missed blogging!

More coming VERY soon. :)

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