Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Trip To San Fran: We drove down to San Fran in July for my birthday. It was truly one of my favorite vacations. we were able to do so much and try so many new things. as well as we got to spend time with mats family all of whom i hadn't met yet. This whole trip we absolutely magical!
Trip To Vegas: For Mat's birthday i totally surprised him with a trip to Vegas! although it was a cheaper trip to Vegas we still managed to do thing we hadn't done down there including taking in a show!
Lazy Summer days at the truller: Laura and her family were so kind as to let us spend a lot of our summer up at their trailer this summer! It was so relaxing and really brought all of us girls together! We look forward to making more memories there in the summer of '09
My Birthday presents: I came up with the idea of spending time with my friends rather then getting actually gifts i can unwrap. it was so amazing to spend time with each one of my friends doing so many amazing things!
Moving: although moving was a super stressful event this year i lived through it and really enjoy our new home! He have been able to save and get better and better furniture and it is so fun to think back on where we came from and where we are not in terms of our home. i know we will look back when we are old and gray and remember the good times we had with our twin bed as a couch and old old old hand me down coffee tables. the TV stand and desk that literally fell apart when we touched them.
The summer in general: the summer of '08 is one i will remember and carry with me forever. gone are the days of being a care free kid on summer vacation but this is a summer that we made the most that of what time we had. it seem like every day off we had was filled with time in the sun. we laid by the pool, we went inter tubing, i made it to both the evergreen and Puyallup fairs, jet skiing on lake Campbell, hiking to the straight of Juan DE Fuca! all of these memories and more are what made the summer of '08 one of the best of my life!
Along with the good come the bad... though not too many
Snow!: the snow that we had this years was completely over whelming and brought many people i know to near break downs We were too happy to see the snow go and though there are still mounts of snow on the side of the roads as we enter the new year we can only hope we have seen the worst of it this winter season.
Car troubles: thought my life wasn't too unconvinced by needing new tires and a new starter it was a small bump in the road in my year. it truly is amazing how well i dealt with it though and it not have to relay on my parents to help me is really what made this situation one i will remember for a long time.
Ending Friendships: i am a friend who puts 110% into my relationship. I am constantly thinking as a we.. how would my AND my friends best benefit but when i come have a friend that doesn't seem to put the same effort into a friendship with me a begin to feel used and invalid so i did the best thing for me and that was to end the relationship before i had to go through anymore heartache
While there are so many other amazing things that happened this year these are the few i could think of on the spot! I loved 2008 and i can't wait to see what 2009 has to bring me!!!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
My gramz gives each of us stockings every year for christmas. these stockings are filled with so many fun yet totally random things. it is always a thrill opening them each year. this year my gramz included this pengine thing you build by floding and glueing paper. So that was my project today and let me tel lyou it pretty much took all day long! i think an but over 5 hours! i'm not sure if i build it correctly or not but it turned out pretty cute and it was a fun challange!
anyways i have just tommorow i get everything ready and hope everything goes smoothly and everyone has fun!
wish me luck!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
My Girls came over on the 23rd to do our gift exchange. I roasted a whole chicken with a honey cranberry glaze and made mashed potatoes. Kristin made Caesar salad.. the dressing from scratch which was pretty yummy! we all enjoyed the dinner a lot then we watched a couple Christmas movies. 'tas the night before Christmas is one we watched that was LOOSELY based on the tale and it was pretty much horrible! about mice and a clock and we really couldn't get into it! but we watched the Flintstones Christmas and the Grinch who stole Christmas.. two classics! We opened our gifts and boy did we get all that we had hoped for.. and more! We are pretty good shoppers on a thirty dollar budget! It is always so nice to be able to get together with then and hang out. I can't wait till new years now!!
Christmas Eve Mat and i worked but when we got home we had a dinner of steaks and jalapeno cheese grits and we watched two versions of A Christmas Carol. We opened our presents and boy did we both do well there as well. I got almost everything off mat's list for him and he got some really great stuff for me! My favorite gifts were my Dandelion pj's and slippers from Victoria secret and my purse from express! he also got me a car stereo that i much need and am very excited to get it installed asap! of course that all depends on when we can get our cars out of the parking lot!
Christmas day we also made sure to make extra special. We woke up and had French toast for breakfast. We layed around and watched it's a wonderful life and Family Man. i was upset because i wasn't going to be able to see my family and my parents weren't willing to come to our house (even though i had talked to them twice and they had been out on the roads they had said were undrivable !!!!!!) We went to mat's moms house to enjoy a yummy Christmas dinner with his family. his brother and their two kids were there which always makes things more fun. We hung out for a while playing with the kids and stuff and then headed out to make our Christmas day movie.
We saw Benjamin Button. Such a great movie! The story is so original and inspiring it brought tears to my eyes... lol. The only bad part was that less then half way through the movie i had to pee and there was no way out of our seat without climbing over thousands of people. So i squirmed in my seat and took a lot of deep breathes and booked it to the restroom once the movie was over!
All of these get together's we really great and made my Christmas really special but i really do have an empty spot that i wasn't able to see my family. I can't imagine living in another state and not being able to see anyone over the holidays let alone being in the same state and not being able to see anyone simply because of snow! I hope that i get to see a family member soon and i hope we can recreate the holiday magic and i was missing!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
since we've got no place to go
LET IT SNOW
LET IS SNOW
LET IT SNOW!!!
Well we do have places to go and it is a little frightful outside... It snowed at our house last night about 4 inches while we were at work. I left work early so i wouldn't have to drive home in it (even though Kirkland didn't get any snow last night.) Then i wake up this morning to snow falling down in Kirkland in buckets full! What am i to do.. i HAVE TO WORK! pretty much not only because i have given away too many hours this week but also because there is no calling in because of snow in my job. People have to buy food and the grocery store is the one place they are going to go in the snow.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Today we finally got our tree... We hadn't gotten one yet because Mat wanted a real tree and so we had to wait so it wouldn't be dead on Christmas. But Mat finally broke down and realized all the benefits of a fake tree. We got a pretty great one with white lights already attached so over all it wasn't too much work! It was so much fun decorating it. We lite a fire and had how the Grinch Stole Christmas on the TV. I think it turned out pretty well too!
I picked her up after she got off work and we headed to Seattle. We ice skated at the holiday ice skating rink at the center. it was so much fun with all the fun holiday lights and music. We skated for a while but our feet and legs got pretty soar. We then rode the fun carousel that was right outside the skating rink! It was so much fun to do, bring back so many fun memories! we then ate lunch in the center house bistro. The food was amazing. Also in the center house was more fun holiday stuff. There was a small town and train set that was absolutely amazing to look at. There was no detail they didn't miss. All the little people that had up there were too much fun!
We then headed to REI. it was a little tricky trying to get there because i had forgot the directions at home but after making a few circles around Seattle and then finally calling my gramz we found our way. We arrived early and were able to watch as a couple of kids climbed the wall. and finally it was out turn. The instructor showed us a couple different paths we could take and we decided on ours.
Laura went first and made it all the way to the top of the wall... a pretty amazing feat if i do say so myself. i went second and was frightened right from the start! i knew i wasn't going to make it to the top but i was willing to give it a try...
I started my climb and my to my surprise i was WAY harder and WAY scarier then i had imagined! I was only able to get a little way up the wall before fear took over. It wasn't so much the fact that i was so high and really had nothing to do with being tired but i just couldn't imagine getting any higher then having to lean back and come back down that really scared me. I know that i will do better next time and now that i am an REI member it is only $5 per climb so i will be trying it out more often.
Over all i think the day went really well and i think Laura really enjoyed herself! I'm glad we've decided to do these days for our birthdays. It builds memories that can never be replaced!
Well Tara, Kristin and I got together on Monday and did our holiday baking! we each picked out the recipes we wanted to do and gathered our materials together and we set forth at Tara's house. She has a pretty large kitchen and we still managed to take up pretty much all the room in there as well as the entire dining room table! It was eleven hours of baking fun! we gave pretty much all of it away because we knew we didn't want to eat it all. It was fun to make tins for my co-workers. Kristin also brought a large try of goodies for the break room. I unfortunately brought a tray home for mat and because he wasn't eating it i ended up eating a bit more then needed! I'm sure it will show on the scale on Sunday!!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
So my reward for 15 lbs lost is a hard cover book and a day of reading. while I don't know when i'd possibly have time to read for a whole day I would like to get a book. I have been looking online cause I want to make it a good choice... some web sites I have looked at are chicklit.com and chicklitchicks.com... can u tell the kind of books I like reading?
I have been doing this and trying my hardest and been trying to be encouraging to the friends who are doing this with me. I just hope that if the others don't continue that I will stay strong and finally reach my ultimate goal. I know I can do it and right now it seems like I can make it! wish me luck!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Welcome to a Tour of the holiday decorations in my home... i know i have another posting of the decorations but the pictures were from my phone and it didn't show all (of the very few) decorations i have... I still need to put up our tree and wrap all of our presents to really fill our house with love and warmth but i think we are onto a pretty great start! i guess every year i will buy more and one day i will have a truely decked out christmas house! that is my goal at least!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Twas The Month After Christmas" (Dieting)
Twas the month after Christmas,
and all through the house,
Nothing would fit me,
not even a blouse.
The cookies I'd nibbled,
the eggnog I'd taste,
At the holiday parties,
had gone to my waist.
When I got on the scales,
there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store,
(less a walk than a lumber).
I'd remember the marvelous,
meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces,
and beef nicely rared,
The wine and the rum balls,
the bread and the cheese,
and the way I'd never said,
"No, thank you, please."
As I dressed myself,
in my husband's old shirt,
and prepared once again,
to do battle with dirt,
I said to myself,
as I only can
"You can spend a winter
disguised as a man!"
So-away with the last,
of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the fruit cake,
every cracker and chip.
Every last bit of food,
that I like must be banished
Till all the additional,
ounces have vanished.
I won't have a cookie,
not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew,
on a long celery stick.
I won't have hot biscuits,,
or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot,
and quietly cry.
I'm hungry, I'm lonesome,
and life is a bore-
But isn't that what,
January is for?
Unable to giggle,
no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all,
and to all a good diet!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
anyway the weigh in.... DRUM ROLL~ i lost 1.5 lbs! i am so so so happy with this! i was just hoping not to gain but to lose is really great... i really owe it all to my walks. i swear they make all the difference! they are so easy i have developed a lop that i walk through the neighbor hood behind my apartments and it take my zune and just get going.. pretty relaxing really.
Today i am back on track and keeping points. I started the day off with an hour long walk... i walked my loops twice. I woke up and kept debating on if i wanted to go b/c i just enjoyed being lazy and sitting around my house but i was sitting on my computer and the new episode of Five Hundy was up and i figured what was better sitting at home on the computer listening to them report on their trip to Vegas or taking a walk while listening. So i took an hour long walk that lasted most of their pod cast and the time just flew by because all i was thinking about was my love of Vegas and all the things i wanted to do on our next trip!
So this week i have big hopes for and i really want to keep up my walks so i vow to at least go on one more walk! i work 11-8 three days this week so those days i won't be able to... i would never get up early enough and i don't really want to walk when it is dark! wish me luck!
Week 1: -4 lbs
Week 2: -4.5lbs
Week 3: -1.5lbs
Week 4: -1lb
week 5: -1.5lbs
Total: -12.5 lbs
Friday, November 28, 2008
Well i have to say that i had one of the best thanksgivings I've had in a long time. Not really sure what made it so great this year but it was just nice. Mat and I had to work in the morning from 10am to 2pm but hey, holiday pay! then we headed to my parents house where my family was there. It was just a warm and inviting time and i was comfortable and happy... i even carved the turkey thank you very much!!!! My cousins Halley and Ally and her son Terrence where there. i have to say holidays with little kids just seem more festive. i don't know what it is about it. We had to run soon after dinner (missing the games portion of the night) because we were heading over to Mats family's house. We spent time with his brother, his girlfriend and their two kids and him mom Melvin and his grandma! It was so nice and it was fun playing with baby terry who is just learning to walk...kinda. It's funny that my cousins kid and mats brothers kid have the same name, of course mats nephew is a Jr. All the food we had was great and super filling... it kept me full during our all night shop-athon!
We bought the paper when getting off work and saved to look at it till we got home. we mapped out our plan of attack... well kinda... We first went to Micheal's because they had a Thursday night coupon in the add. I got some Christmas decorations and our Christmas cards... which i will hopefully work on today! Then we came back home thinking that we wouldn't be starting to shop till four when Kohl's opened but we saw that the Seattle Premium outlets were open at midnight so we figured we would head down there just to till time... if we had gone to sleep we probably wouldn't have gotten up to shop. The outlets is where we came across the worst crowds of the day. i stood line line for almost two hours but i got some pretty great deals and so did mat ( of course he bought stuff all for himself!) we then headed to Kohl's where we were able to meet Tara standing in line toward the front. We got in and out of there in like fifteen/twenty minutes with a king size down comforter ($25) Flannel Sheets ($20) a Christmas door mat and a hooded towel for mats niece! it was a success! then we headed to JC Penny's because it was the only thing open that early and got a few other gifts. After that we headed to Best Buy and were in and out of that pretty quickly as well... the line moved pretty fast. Then we headed to the mall where we split up. mat walked over to target and got him mom a digital camera while i shopped at the mall for him. We were all done by 7am.. basically b/c i has spent my allowance for the day ( i didn't want to over do it and have no money left!)
Over all every single thing we did went smoothly and really relaxed. I had such a great time and really enjoyed every minute of it!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I am thankful for my boyfriend mat. He is always patient and understand, my greatest support and the love of my life. I don't know where i would be without him. we have gone through so much together and grown a lot. I love him more and more everyday!
i am thankful for My girlfriends. Each and every one of them has their own unique spirit that talks to me and understand a different aspect of my personality! I know i could go to any single one of them for advice and get just what i want to hear. I love the hours we have spent together talking and laughing!
I am thankful for my parents. Though we aren't the closest of families i know that if i ever needed them they would be there to help me out in any way they could. i have learned alot from them and I know that i turned out to be the person i am because of them!
I am thankful to have my job and still be getting 40 hours. even though it my not be a glamurous job in some peoples eyes and i may not love it every single minute i'm there. I have security and in these days where the economy is struggling and every day on the news you hear about hundreds of people losing their job i take comfort in knowing people will always need food. and when they can't afford to go out to eat they will come to the grocery store!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Week 1: -4 lbs
Week 2: -4.5 lbs
Week 3: -1.5lbs
Week 4: -1lb
Thursday, November 20, 2008
It's all about open and free communication, today. You've got to say what you feel as soon as you feel it! It's time to liberate your mind and free yourself to say whatever comes to mind at the moment it pops up in your brain. You're open to the fact that once or twice you might say something silly. You might stick your foot in your mouth, but so what? That's a small price to pay for feeling free and open with the people you'll be dealing with, today. Embarrassment can bring people closer.
I am a blunt, say how i feel, kind of person... i, a lot of times, say things that could have been said in a better way and been more affective. something I'll have to work on, not only for my personal life but for my professional life as well. but for the most part i just wanna say what i have to say because if you try to say it nicely the point doesn't get across or i don't get to say all that i need to say. i need to find a balance... and i will one day... i am a work in progress... remember that!
my grams e-mail sign off quote: Be who you are and say what you feel--Those who mind don't matter & those that matter don't mind.---T.G.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I think learning to do things that aren't based around foot is really something I need to work on... it is hard though when u r surrounded by skinny people who can eat whatever they want and they do base things around food.
anyways it was a great reward and now I am working toward my next reward which is buying a hardcover book and having a guilt free day to myself of reading and relaxing... NO CLEANING OR COOKING!
wish me luck
Monday, November 17, 2008
Well i have been taking an AME class for four weeks now through work. Achieving Management Excellence is a class that help you figure out your strengths as a manager and how you can just them to your advantages. They teach you a lot of tools for you to take back with you on how to manage your employees and better move forward in management. I thought the class was very helpful to me. I feel i still have A LOT to learn to be a really great manager but i have the drive to be successful and i think this is something that i really am going to be able to work with for the rest of my life. I learned not only things that i am good at but things i didn't realize i did while managing. One thing i took out of the class what that i need to SLOW DOWN! i am constantly feeling like i am in a rush to get things done and under control that i don't take time to properly coach people.
The class although at times seemed to drag on was good. I constantly wanted to be the one to answer the question but then there were other times when no one else would answer and for some reason i felt the need to answer... even though i hadn't thought of an answer and found myself talking without any real direction of what i was saying and ending up just feeling like a fool. i would tell myself i not going to answer another question all day.... but then i couldn't hold back and i would answer again. i don't know if this is a good or bad trait for me.. maybe another skill i need to work on (oral communication) but over all i came out of the class feeling better about myself and the direction i am taking.
Now i still don't know if or when I'll be turned into a second assistant but i have decided that i don't have to rush it. It will happen when I'm ready and it will be all the better so that i don't get over whelmed.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
You are feeling -- and looking -- extremely good today, and your positive energy will only grow with every social encounter you have. So talk it up and get your flirt on -- shine your bright smile on everyone you meet, and you will make their day! Expect a lot of double takes and slack jaws wherever you go. By the end of the day you might even feel embarrassed at all of the attention you've been getting, but why fight it? The fact is, you are one hot ticket.
a few things i was proud of myself this week for:
*i grilled veggies: asparagus, zucchini, and red peepers. i had planned on eating them through out the week but ended up eating them all yesterday for lunch before work with some Texas toast. then when i got home i made a grilled panini with the red peppers i had left! amazing for a girl who doesn't like veggies! i even bought more for today or tomorrow!
*i portioned out my snack foods! I have two boxes of reduced fat Cheese It's (b/c i was so excited that they came out with RF white cheddar i had to buy a second box) but anyways i portioned out the boxes with a fun mix of the two flavors so i could just grab and go and know how many points i was eating! i also did it with my reduced fat wheat thins so i could eat it with my laughing cow cheese wedge and not have to sit and count the crackers!
*whenever i was thirsty at work i didn't buy a pop as i usually drink.... i got a large glass of water from Starbucks and kept refilling it all night. i also made glasses of lemon aid at home so it felt like drinking something sweet... I've been doin pretty well not drinking much pop these days... too bad i have eight two liters sitting in my house!
So now is the start of a new weekand i am feeling like i will be pretty sucessful! i hope to fit into my black pencil skirt for new years! how hot would that be! yow!
Friday, November 14, 2008
all I need to do now is poop! I swear it has been a week since I've had a good BM and it has upset my tummy... lucky today I have felt a bit better but still no good poos for me! I blame all the string cheese I ate last week... I guess
oh well wish me luck wit my weigh in this Sunday... I will of course keep u updated.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
wish me luck i know this is a lot to learn about lil ol me but hey I'm getting better i just gotta do it in my own time (i guess)