What I Learned This Week

Hard work pays off

King Tut had a cleft palate, club foot and malaria? That’s not what I pictured at all.

Fugu! (Excuse me?)

Crack(Berries) are not Wack

I Just Can’t Help Myself

Are you a Smartphone user? I say Smartphone user instead of “Do you use a Smartphone?” because it’s comparable to a drug. I am a CrackBerry user. I had to laugh when I saw this clip of Jerry Seinfeld making fun of us:

Having an incredibly awesome phone has ruined me forever. I don’t know what I would do without it! What a tragedy it would be if I couldn’t immediately look up the contents of V8 Splash when I wanted to. Right? Not only do I break out into a cold sweat when I can’t find my phone, I’m completely addicted to the LED light. I can feel when it is going to start blinking. It’s like I have LED light spidey senses. And when it does blink, I check it within the first few seconds. I can’t help myself. Even when I try not to check it, I start immediately wondering….

Is it an email? I wonder if it’s my gmail or work email. It could be a text… Or maybe a Facebook notification? Maybe it’s an old friend I haven’t heard from in years! Or my husband. Maybe he wants to go out tonight. Should I get a babysitter?

The little red light calls to me. It’s LED ADD. Willing me to pick up my BlackBerry and check it. So I do. And it’s….my daily HGTV eNewsletter. Darn.


I’ve been really, really busy lately and when I get too busy, I don’t blog. Which I hate. So this week, I’m doing a slash/slash/slash post which = Aloha Friday #16/What I Learned This Week/The Diet – Post 4, Day 32.

Aloha Friday

Kailani at An Island Life does Aloha Friday and here is what she has to say:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

My question to you is:

When you don’t have time to blog, do you write things down and try to blog about them later? Or do you just let them go?

I write things down…but I’m so far behind I don’t know if I’ll ever really post about them! Besides, who wants to hear my thoughts on American Idol Season 8 anyway?

What I Learned This Week

It’s not my birthday that make me feel old, it’s my kids birthdays. Especially when my baby turns 7…going on 17.

Lila 7th Bdaysm

You can see the glass half full or half empty. I chose half full.

Beyonce really is the hottest chick in the gamewearing Jay Z’s chain.

The Diet – Post 4, Day 32

So…I’ve been a bad girl. Last week was a really hard week for me.

#1 – I’m a stress eater. I was feeling stressed about lots of things; planning a birthday party, PTA/Primary duties, regular old motherly/household duties, etc. I’m mean, seriously – how many outfits are my kids wearing a day?? Does anyone else do 10 loads of laundry every few days?? And who has time to fold it all??

#2 – When I’m busy, it’s hard to eat every 2-3 hours. I had a couple of slip ups too. I ate 3 pieces of Papa John’s pizza and a container of garlic sauce at Lila’s birthday party. I’m PRETTY sure that wasn’t part of the diet plan. Although the garlic is healthy…right? Right? Ok, who am I kidding. I get a FAIL stamp on my head for last week.

I was really anxious about going to weigh in because I’d been so bad. But believe it or not, I was actually still down 2 pounds! I’ll take it. And I was down 4 inches around his hips and waist after 2 weeks! Hooray! So it’s working even though I’m not making it any easier on myself. I feel a renewed sense of motivation this week. 2 reasons why:

#1: (Why am I always making lists?…) Skyler gave me a very specific diet plan to follow for the next week. I love it because it’s easier for me to follow something that tells me EXACTLY what to do.

#2: The new CD we are listening to helps you figure out what makes you feel stressed out by identifying self-sabotaging and limiting beliefs. Basically – am I stressed because I think I should be stressed? I don’t know. I enjoy doing all the things I do. Sometimes I just feel like it all comes at once. Maybe it’s all in my mind and I do have the time and resources to get it all done. Can I just change my attitude about it? We’ll see what I learn. If anything, I’ve already learned that these Mastering The Mind hypno-therapy CD’s put me into a coma. But I always seem to wake up right when they are done. Kinda creepy. Kinda interesting.

I’ve made a new and exciting goal for myself: I want to run in the Utah Valley Marathon! Who’s with me? When I was running intervals on the treadmill last night, I was able to do 5 sets at 8 MPH, my fastest yet! :) My friend Erica told me how much she loves to run fast (10 MPH) and I used to think she was crazy. Now I’m beginning to understand…

We’ll see what the next week brings! I’m feeling good…so bring it on!

The Diet – Post 3, Day 15

Yesterday was a weigh-in/measurement day and I only lost 1/2 pound. However, I lost 2% body fat and at least 1/2 inch off each measurement! And that’s more important to me than the number on the scale. The real reason I started this program was to get fit, healthy and feel good about myself. Here are the main things I learned this week:

#1: I’m wasn’t eating enough. Strange but true! After IdealShape posted an example meal plan of what a 130 pound person should be eating, I was shocked. For example, the breakfast is listed as:

2 Egg Whites
1 whole omega-3 Eggs
4 Strips Extra Lean Turkey Bacon
3/4 cup chopped mushrooms
1/4 cup onions
1/3 cup green peppers
1/4 cup tomatoes
1 oz Cheese

Do you realize how big of an omelet this makes? It’s HUGE! Not to mention the fact you are also supposed to eat 4 strips of turkey bacon. (Which is surprisingly good) The plan is to eat a snack 2-3 hours after you eat this monster omelet and repeat 3 more times throughout the day. So I’ve thrown up my arms and said, “Ok, ok. I’ll eat until I’m full if I have to.” Eating this much also takes a lot of planning. If you aren’t ready, you are going to get off-track really easy. On the days I didn’t take the time to plan out my day, I’ve found that when it comes time for me to eat I’m too indecisive about what to eat. Then more time passes and I find myself starving and ready to eat a cold hot dog. Not good.

#2: I like water. This is a big thing for me. I don’t really like the way water tastes and would only drink plain water when I was super thirsty. I would say I had a small addiction to Crystal Light. But Skyler said even though it contains a sugar substitute and very few calories, it can still give you cravings. I decided to go cold turkey and cut it out while I get myself back into shape. I’ve only had plain water to drink for the last 2 weeks! This is something I haven’t done before with any diet. I’m guessing I would have to attribute some of this to the Mastering the Mind CD I’ve been listening to. It walks me through looking forward to starting my day with a glass of water – and I do. We’ll see what else I uncover as I get a little further into the program. I was also surprised to find that 8 glasses isn’t really that much. I’ve been drinking around about 10-12 glasses a day. I’m getting used to it and the peeing like a banshee is finally starting to subside. (I don’t really know how a banshee pees, but it sounds like a lot :) )

#3: I don’t have narcolepsy, I was just being lazy. My energy levels have gone WAY up. Last week I didn’t have the urge to take a 2 PM nap with my kids like I usually do. I feel great and I’m sure my husband has been pleased with my rise in production.

So far, so good! I can’t believe I’m starting my 3rd week and I still feel like I’m going strong. I’m usually about ready to give up by now. I feel like this could be a great week so stay tuned for my results next Monday.

Brobee Likes To Dance

And Max likes to ignore him.

A Resolution?…Hmmm…

Happy New Year! Since Januray 1st is National Hangover Day, I think today marks the first real day of the year. Even if you didn’t drink and party on New Years Eve, you probably have a hangover from something….food, kids on a massive sugar high, Diet Coke, Ryan Seacreast. I have a Band Hero hangover. I think I need to go to the Doc on Monday and see if I pulled something in my wrist from frantic over-strumming. Of course, everyone is asking about my resolution. If a resolution is a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner, well…that’s a problem for me. I’m totally indecisive and moody. If I can’t even decide how my day is going to go, how can I possibly decide to do something for an entire year?? Not gonna happen. So I decide to live my life by the seat of my pants as usual. Here’s to seeing great things happen in 2010!

Mobile Blogging

I’ve been using Facebook more than blogging the past few months because I can easily update it from my BlackBerry while I’m on the go (or while I’m hiding from my kids for some peace and quiet in the pantry). I just discovered the WordPress app and I’m giving it a try! (from the pantry) Will mobile blogging work for me? Stay tuned…

Blogging from the pantry

Blogging from the pantry

Pottery Barn Kids Didn’t Grow Up In A Barn

When I get a new Pottery Barn Kids catalog, my mind starts to scream, “Look at that dresser! It’s so cute! I must have that for my girls!” And I’m promptly snapped back into reality when I realize my entire home probably costs less than the contents of the room blaring at me from the magazine pages. They seriously want $99 for some polka dots sheets? Just sheets, not even pillowcases. My kids are going to pee on them twice a week! Or $1,099 (a special, no less!) for a bunk bed. I’m sure at some point during childhood, one of my dear children will scrawl POOP on the bottom of the top bunk with a Sharpie. I wonder if anyone who has ever purchased the Darcy Dresser and Changing Table regretted the $949.00 purchase as they were scrubbing what seems like gallons worth of mustard yellow baby excrement from it’s elegant, shaped pewter handles. Pottery Barn Kids may not have grown up in a barn, but my kids have certainly grown up like kids. I don’t worry about the $4 sheets my kids pee on or the $20 bookshelf that has BUM scratched in the side. Like it or not, we’re messy and happy.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This Is A Test

This post is a test. Not only to try out my new but still incomplete site design, but also to see if anyone out there is still checking my blog. It has been too long since I posted last… Almost 3 months!

An Open Letter To Murphy

Dear Murphy -

Someone (besides me) must have really disliked you. Murphy’s Law – anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Nice namesake. Well, I hate you and your stupid law. I know I shouldn’t have left the water bottle filled with red Crystal Light within sight of an 11 month old. But if it weren’t for your law, my baby would never find a way to obtain the bottle, open it and dump the entire contents on a basket of freshly washed clothes in a matter of seconds. White clothes, for that matter.

Can’t you append your law to give exemptions to frazzled mothers on their last strand of sanity? If I have to scrub poo off the wall again within in the next decade it will be too soon.