Monday, January 25, 2016


It’s Monday.  That means it’s my Weight Watcher’s weigh-in day.  I did not have a good week.  I had bought my birthday cake at Costco the weekend before, knowing that I wasn’t going to be back there again before my birthday.  The plan was to have a piece that night and put the rest in the freezer until my birthday, which I did.  But then I kept taking some out throughout the week because I love cake and just couldn’t resist and while sometimes I’m super motivated and can resist anything, even cake, last week was not one of those times.  And then there was that fabulous dinner out and other splurges.  So I knew it was going to be bad, so I skipped the weigh-in and just went to the meeting.  But I did weigh at home this morning and yes, it was bad.  Starting December 28th, I lost 3.6 pounds by January 8th, and since then, true to form, I have done nothing but gain back 3.8.  But if I have a good day today I’m sure I’ll be down a good chunk tomorrow (1.5 to 2 pounds), but my overall net loss for the month is not going to be anywhere near what I’d hoped.  Sigh.
That’s the negative.  The positive is that I got a Fitbit for my birthday and now I’m all motivated to move more and get lots of steps in.  I also finally got gym access at work, which I think will be much more convenient and I’ll be much more likely to go than when I have to go all the way home first, eat dinner because it’s already 6:30 and I’m starving, and then try to drag myself to the Y.  We’ll see how it goes.
I'm tired of paying all this money and not really trying hard enough to actually follow the plan, or even just my own plan and just use WW for motivation and support (I know what and what not to eat without tracking points).  I have until late March to get my act together and get my money's worth so hopefully I can step it up!  Literally, now that I have my Fitbit!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Birthday Weekend

Today is my birthday!  Paul and I had a date night last night and went to Daniel's Broiler, a restaurant on the top (21st) floor of the Hyatt Hotel in Bellevue with stunning views of Lake Washington and Seattle.  And the food was amazing.  We both had steak because that's what they're known for.  Paul had a rib eye and I had filet mignon and it was SO good.  And we had coconut-something lobster for an appetizer and they gave us a free chocolate molten lava cake for dessert.  I should have taken pictures but I didn't.  After dinner we went into the bar where they have live piano music.  It was a wonderful evening.

Today I slept in until 8:30, then poured myself a cup of coffee and sat down to watch HGTV, my absolute favorite thing to do on a weekend morning.

Then I opened my presents.  I got a new coffee pot (I had mentioned that ours was not functioning properly but turns out it was fine, meanwhile Paul went a bought a new one) and a Fitbit.  I went for a nice walk to break it in and now I'm going to work on all my never-ending projects.  All in all a great weekend.  I can't believe I'm 47.  I am officially in my LATE-40s.  Depressing...

Birthday selfie with the whole gang, minus one cat

Friday, January 22, 2016


This abbreviated post is the result of a night owl child who hogs my computer playing Animal Jam (although I sometimes blog from my phone) and refuses to go to sleep until 10:30.  That is all for now, as I am tired and want to read for awhile before turning in.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Weekend Follow Up

I did pretty good this weekend.  Here is my original list with completed tasks crossed off:
  • Get my driver's license renewed.  Like I said, I tried Saturday morning but they were closed so I went today on my lunch break.
  • Clean the litter box
  • Iron on a bunch of the girls' Girl Scout badges.
  • Work on planning/shopping for their separate rooms.  We went to Ikea on Monday and got a nightstand that matches the girls' existing dresser, then we got another dresser and matching nightstand and some small d├ęcor type stuff.  We were going to get beds too but they weren't going to fit in the car without putting the back seat down which we obviously couldn't do with the girls sitting there.  So Paul will have to go back soon and pick them up, or we might find some we like better online.
  • Organize my closet.
  • Grocery shop. 
  • Organize some drawers
  • Put some pictures in albums or frames
  • Watch the Seahawks!  I missed most of it because I was working in the girls' Sunday school class, but I got to see the best part (a huge comeback from behind but unfortunately it wasn't quite enough.  Oh well, we all knew at the beginning of the season that going to the Superbowl for a 3rd consecutive year was a long shot).
  • Start working on the consignment stuff.  Still haven't done this, but I have until mid-March.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Minor Trauma

I got a call Thursday afternoon from the school nurse.  Olivia had fallen off some bars and hit her face on the ground (whatever that black playground surface is).  Her one remaining front tooth was knocked really loose and bled, and she was bruised and swollen around her nose and mouth.  The school can't give her anything for pain so I had to leave work and go pick her up and take her home.  I was relieved when I saw her because it sounded worse on the phone than it really was.  The next day she lost her tooth.  And we just had Christmas, too, so I guess it's too late to change her wish list.

Then she left a note for the tooth fairy

Saturday, January 16, 2016

This Weekend's To-do List

My list for this weekend:
  • Get my driver's license renewed.  I tried this morning but they are closed today because of the holiday on Monday (I assume since they are already closed every Monday they chose to close today and of course that never occurred to me beforehand.  I'll try again during the week.  I can't do it online because I did last time and you can only do that every other time).
  • Clean the litter box
  • Iron on a bunch of the girls' Girl Scout badges.
  • Work on planning/shopping for their separate rooms.  (The girls currently share a room but we are getting ready to move one of them to our spare room so they each have their own room). 
  • Organize my closet.  Already done!
  • Grocery shop.  Done!
  • Organize some drawers
  • Put some pictures in albums or frames
  • Watch the Seahawks!  Except I'm going to miss some of it because it's my weekend to volunteer in the girls' Sunday School class.
  • Start working on the consignment stuff.
It's a long weekend, too, so hopefully I'll get lots done but most of Monday is going to be spent shopping for stuff for the girls' new rooms and other thing we want for the house.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Weekend Recap

So as I mentioned previously I always go into the weekend with a list of things I hope to accomplish and almost every Sunday evening I still have not done most of the things on that list.  Saturdays are mostly taken up with errands and fixing and cleaning up after meals and Sundays are church in the morning and Bible study in the evening so everything else has to squeeze in around all that.  So I thought it'd be fun to keep track for awhile how much (or little) I manage to check off my list every week.  So here is the list I posted on Friday with completed tasks crossed off: 

  • Clean the litter box
  • Clean the hamster cage
  • Purge/clean/organize the fridge
  • Organize the pantry
  • Return some boots I ordered on Amazon  (I got them packaged up but the UPS store was closed yesterday)
  • Put photos into albums or frames
  • Start organizing/tagging items for the spring consignment sale
  • Read
  • Do some form of exercise
  • Go through the stack of mail/school papers that accumulates on the kitchen counter (I partially did this)
  • Find some new recipes, especially freezer meals
  • Watch the Seahawks!

  • I would have been able to do a little more yesterday but the girls really wanted me to take them shopping in the time between the game and Bible study.  They have been saving up money from the tooth fairy/Christmas/Halloween/Thanksgiving, etc. (all the grandparents usually send cards with money in them for such holidays as Thanksgiving, Halloween, Easter, etc.).  I was a little bummed I couldn't do more yesterday but overall I think I did about as well as I expected or even better.

    Friday, January 8, 2016

    Weekend to-do List

    I'm whined on here before about how I never have time to do much other than work, run errands, fix lunches and help with homework and all that.  I always go into the weekend with a list (either mental or written down) of things I want to get done and usually most items go unchecked.  So I'm starting a new thing where I will document my list every Friday, and then recap every Sunday or Monday to see what I actually accomplished.

    This weekend I want (or have) to:
    • Clean the litter box (done!)
    • Clean the hamster cage
    • Purge/clean/organize the fridge
    • Organize the pantry
    • Return some boots I ordered on Amazon
    • Put photos into albums or frames (pretty sure I won't get to this)
    • Start organizing/tagging items for the spring consignment sale
    • Read
    • Do some form of exercise
    • Go through the stack of mail/school papers that accumulates on the kitchen counter
    • Find some new recipes, especially freezer meals
    • Watch the Seahawks!
    I will report back on Sunday or Monday and we'll see how many of those things I actually did!

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

    2015 Year in Review

    I never write Christmas letters, but almost every year I think that maybe I will the following year but then I still never do.  You're welcome.  I mean, I know they're annoying and most people just roll their eyes at them, but I just have a lot of long distance friends and relatives that I'm pretty out of touch with and it seems like an efficient way to catch up with of bunch people at once.  But I never got around to sending cards this year much less writing a letter.  So here are the things I would have mentioned in my Christmas letter had I written one, in mostly chronological order.
    • I became a permanent, full-time employee after 7 months as a part-time contractor.
    • The girls started gymnastics again and did that until June, then did soccer instead in the fall.  Olivia now wants to get back into gymnastics.
    • The girls turned 7, visited the American Girl store and had a fun party at a pottery painting place.
    • We got a pet hamster.
    • Paul and I had our 9th anniversary and had an overnight get-away while my brother and sister-in-law watched the girls.
    • Family vacation to Colorado to visit Paul's sister.  Horse-back riding, white water rafting and hiking in the breath-taking beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park among the highlights.
    • Many trips to Crescent Bar, like most summers.
    • The girls attended 2 day camps, one through the YMCA and the other through Girl Scouts.  Speaking of Girl Scouts, they bridged to Brownies in June (graduated from Daisies to Brownies).
    • The girls started 2nd grade and are in different classes for the first time, doing very well both socially and academically.
    • The girls started violin lessons which Kayley soon gave up but Olivia is still playing.
    • We hired a housekeeper and my life will never be the same.
    • Olivia got reading glasses.

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

    Weight Watchers Monday ( a day late)

    Ok, so I completely started over with WW right after Christmas.  Monday the 28th was my new Day 1.  My weight at home was exactly the same as when I originally started back in July, and at my meeting I was 1 pound over my original WW starting weight.  But yesterday I was down 3.2 pounds at home and 3.6 at WW.  And it was a week with lots of family functions, too, so I am off to a good start.  But how many times have I said that.  Sigh.  My goal for the month of January is to have a loss every week, no matter how small.  But I'm still going to have cake on my birthday :)


    Saturday, January 2, 2016

    2016 Resolutions

    I always love the start of a new year.  I just love the newness and the opportunity to make a fresh start.  I have lots of ambitions, goals and ideas for this year.  First, my official 2016 New Year's Resolutions:
    •  Lose 20 pounds.  I want and need to lose more but a goal of 20 for the year is good.
    • Read 16 books.  I'm just not on of those people who can read 4 or 5 or 20 books in a month, and lately I hardly read at all so I'm just hoping to get back into reading somewhat regularly
    • Train for another 5K.  I really want to get back into running but now that I'm working full-time and evenings are filled with kid stuff and next-day prep, it's SO hard to find time but I really hope to figure out how to squeeze it in.  I just need to commit to going right after work twice a week, even though that means I won't get home until 7 or so, and then once on the weekend.
    • Drastically reduce my sugar intake.  I eat fairly healthy for most meals but I just eat way too much chocolate and candy.  And I want to start making my own salad dressing, spaghetti sauce, etc. (with what time I have NO idea...) because all the store-bought stuff has tons of added sugar.
    • Improve home organization.
    • Have more date nights.  Now that I'm working full-time and we can afford to a) go out and b) get a babysitter.
    • Go to more movies.
    • Get more massages.  Again, now that I can afford it.
    • Take more pictures.
    • Blog more.

    Other things I want to do this year:
    • Go to one of those painting places.  I think that would be a really fun girls' night.
    • Move the girls into separate bedrooms.  Kayley always stays up way later than Olivia reading or just not able to sleep so I think it would be good to separate them.  As of today they want separate rooms anyway but every time I ask I get a different answer.  If they do end up staying in the same room we are going to get bunk beds.  The only reason we don't have them already is because we got their current beds for free from a friend of Paul's parents.
    • Paint the living and dining rooms.