Wednesday, May 29, 2013

So What! Wednesday

Linking up with Shannon for So What! Wednesday!
This week I am saying So What! if...
* I don't think that Jenelle is entertaining anymore now that she isn't with that douche bag husband of her and seems to be relatively clean. There goes my daily entertainment. Although...I guess I'm happy she is getting her life together...FINALLY!
* I think that Justin Bieber is a turd. Big A and I have daily discussions about what shenanigans he has pulled so far that day. Honestly, I think he is a privileged rich & famous little boy who thinks he is untouchable. Newsflash turd: most celebrities that acted like you at your age are in and out of rehab or washed up nobodys...or BOTH. Get it together.
* I apparently have strong opinions on celebrities these days.
* Speaking on celebrities. Did you see Britney on the cover of Shape this month? Home girl is getting her groove back.
Take notes Bieber, Britney cut the shit and got her stuff back together.
* I am so incredibly excited about dinner tonight. Big A is taking me out to our favorite restaurant and I can taste the lobster ravioli already. He said that I did such a good job with the cookout and working hard on the pool that I deserve a delicious meal. Can't fight the man when he's right! Haha. He's so good to me.
* I am taking a half day on Friday purely because it is supposed to be 90 degrees out and I want to sit out by my pool and day drink. Haha. And I told Boss Man this. Good thing he is so understanding...and isn't planning on being in the building anyway. Holler.
* I continuously think that we have one more week in May. I have no idea why. I keep thinking that June is NEXT weekend. I'm pretty sure I'm losing it.
* I'm kicking myself for not letting Boss Man buy me breakfast. Now I'm STARVING and I have to pay for it myself. BOOOOO!
* It legit bothers me when people stop in front of my desk and have this big, long, loud conversations. You all have nice offices. And there's like 12,000 conference rooms. Egads people, move along.
* I have a stack of surveys that I'm supposed to input the data into a spreadsheet and I haven't touched them yet today. To be fair Boss Man has been walking around the building discussing which printers we do/do not need and then deciding that they are all fine where they are. And there are blogs. Ya know. Important things.
* Big A let his alarm go off as long as I did in the morning I would probably punch him in the throat. It goes off for  the first time at 5:00 AM and I usually get up around 6:15 (*cough*6:40*cough*). It goes off every 9 minutes during that time. Yesterday was apparently too much for him since he kept shoving me to turn it off. Can't blame the man. I should probably thank him for not smothering me in my sleep over the past 6 years. (But then again, sometimes he doesn't realize that what I'm doing is annoying until I point it out and then he's all, "yeah that was ridiculous"...maybe I'll just thank him myself...)
* These people from the god damn DoubleTree don't call me back today I'm going to go ape shit. Numerous phone calls, messages, emails, etc. have gone unreturned to answer questions about a charge for a hotel room that I did not use. I'm sorry people... I spent a good chunk of money at your hotel for my wedding 8 months ago...I think you could let one room slide. Assholes. (To be fair, it isn't the hotel I got married at, but STILL, they are a chain, they have my money too!)
Alright, that's enough for today. I should probably actually work. Maybe get myself some breakfast. And fix my phone that shut off when I accidentally chucked it on the ground. Whoops. (We might not be making it until August for my upgrade. haha)
Hope everyone has a lovely Wednesday!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Recap

If you're like me, you're hating the fact that you are back at work today.
I mean... I know we all got an extra day off and all, but seriously...3 days isn't enough.
Plus, short weeks always FEEL the longest. Which is totally unfair.
I hope all of you lovelies had a nice weekend.
Ours was busy. Crazy busy.
Friday, Big A and I had a romantic dinner of Burger King while sitting in his truck in the pouring rain. After that, we took a romantic stroll through BJ's. Holding hands, gazing into each other's eyes, it was pretty magical.
Or what really happened was it took Big A about 0.3 seconds to be annoyed with all of the people there and me to just beg him to get ME a membership so that I don't have to take him with me anymore.
Yeah...that sounds more realistic.
We stocked up on all of the cook-out supplies that we needed and headed home. To of course, unpack everything in the pouring rain. It was fun. Who needs a shower?
Saturday, was another day of rain, rain, and more rain. It took until almost June for Massachusetts to realize that we never really had Spring. So bring on the rain and the pollen.
Mumsie and I ran around doing errands. A little coffee here, the pool store there, more pool crap, attempting to find curtains. Ya know, the Saturday usual. It wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't so cold and rainy. It just sucked getting in and out of the car in the rain. And you KNOW that no one knows how to drive in the rain, so everyone is ridiculous. And you might as well park 8,000 miles away because then at least you don't have to deal with the assholes when you are getting out.
Can you tell that I'm totally a people person?
After that, I started cleaning the house a bit and Big A came home. We headed over to Jackums house for a lovely evening with her, her hubs, Baby M (of course), N & J. It was nice to hang out and catch up. Except for Baby M MUCH preferred the boys and I would be lying if I said that it didn't break my heart a bit. I'm supposed to be her favorite.
I don't think she got that memo.
Blurry picture, but super BFFs. She grabbed his hand and wanted to walk with him while holding it. I may or may not have cried...
We didn't stay too late because we knew that we had a big day the next day.
Sunday morning we woke up early and got to work. I cleaned the house. Big A mowed the lawn. We got everything ready for the "P Memorial Day Extravaganza" (because we all know cookouts and BBQs are boring...Extravaganzas are where it is at).
We had a great time with everyone! It was seriously so much fun. We had about 30 people there, which was a nice little group. Everyone pitched in bringing bits of food so we has TONS to eat. Big A and I were SO SO thankful to everyone for helping out.
Little by little people started to leave and I think the last people left around 10:30, which was nice since it started at 1:00, so we were ready to go inside.
I was super smart and made sure to shove lots of food down my throat and chug water like a champ, so I did NOT repeat last week's performance of "K-Dawg can't hang".
I woke up Monday morning feeling FABULOUS. Made myself an iced coffee and relaxed a little before I got to work. I was super smart AGAIN and had pretty much cleaned everything up the night before so I didn't have to worry about gross food sitting out all night.
I spent the day cleaning the pool... AGAIN. We had some pump trouble, but my super handy husband fixed it. I think we need to buy a new one anyway, but at least this one seems to be hanging on until we can. Slowly, but surely it is coming along. I'm hoping it is all set for the 90 degree temps we are supposed to get this weekend.
Check it out!
And that's all I got for you. Sorry for the one picture and one screen shot. We were super busy so I don't have ANY pictures. I kind of wish that I had given someone my camera and told them to go around taking pictures, but whatever...we live and we learn.
Now I'm back to ignoring the large amounts of work I am supposed to be doing.
Hope ya'll had a fabulous long weekend!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday's Letters

First and foremost...does anyone have any idea on how to get rid of all the Spam comments I'm getting. I don't want to do the whole word verification thing because I know that I HATE it when people have it. Heeeeeelp!
Dear KG, are a rock star. Not only did you fight with the craziness that is my pool for me, drive me to not one, but two, but THREE stores looking for a part, helped me wrangle the suicidal frogs, AND skim my pool in the rain at 9:00 at night, BUT you did it all with a smile. I will buy you a pony. Thanks for being a friend and being there to help without me even having to ask (because you know I won't! Haha)
Dear Grimm, WTF?! Didn't you JUST come back on? And now you are on break for the Summer. AND we have no idea what is happening with Nick?
Dear Big A, sometimes I want to punch you in the face. Sometimes I just want to smooch you. Thanks for always keeping things interesting. You're the best!
Dear House, I don't know when you got so pretty, but I'm digging the plants. We thought we were going to have to do all this work to the yard, but looks like the people that owned it before us were on it. I LOVE the pretty purple flowers!

Dear Pool, I know you are supposed to be a lot of work, but shit god damn, stop busting my balls. I will get the right stuff and then you will stop messing with me. Deal?
See all that stuff at the bottom? That covered the ENTIRE pool. It is a work in process.

See this? This is what I SHOULD be doing.
Dear Boss Man, normally I would find your request for a magnetic safety cone strange. BUT, giving that it is Friday and this week has sucked, I will gladly accept the responsibility to ride around and go look for a magnetic safety cone. And get a sprinkles donut...and an iced coffee...
Dear Lady at Work, when you asked me what I could possibly have to be stressed about I wanted to scream. Or hit something. Or someone. I didn't want to get into the whole explanation, but if you saw my schedule this week at work alone, you wouldn't have asked that question. Forget everything I do OUT of work. ARGH!
Dear Mr. Fresh, I love a good rain storm as much as the next one, but if you could not walk all around the yard at night right before bed and get SOAKED and then jump up ON the bed, that would be swell. Thanks Buddy! (Oh and Happy Almost Birthday Dude!)
Dear Weather, feel free to cooperate this weekend. And by cooperate I mean this whole rain and 50 degree bullshit won't fly. I need sun. Warmth. I'll settle for 70's but feel free to go crazy in the 80's. Smooches.
Dear 3 Day Weekend, I would like to make out with you.
That is all. Hope you all have a fun long weekend filled with sun, burgers, and way too much beer!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bringing Sexy Back: Settling

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It's Thursday and you know what that means...
Time for another "Bringing Sexy Back" with Megan and I. Our weekly link-up to hold ourselves accountable for dropping those LBs!
Today I'm going to talk about selling yourself short.
Most days, KG and I go for a walk on our lunch breaks. We do about 2.5-3.0 miles of huffing and puffing around that circle that our office buildings are located on and chat.
We talk about our guys, our lives, and mostly our weight loss and exercise routine. We hold each other accountable. We lift each other up when we are down. We support each other. We are pretty bad ass like that.
We were chatting the other day and I told her that I had finally got to a point where I was comfortable. I had come a long way. I was more comfortable in my skin. I felt good. Obviously I wanted to tone up a bit more, but if my weight never changed I was OK.
And I was telling the truth...for the most part.
The reality though? This isn't anywhere near my goal weight. My body isn't anywhere near where I want it to be. YES, I have come a long way. YES, I am MORE comfortable than I was before, but this isn't where I want to be.
Then I realized it. I was selling myself short. I was settling for good enough.That's not how I want to live my life. That ISN'T how I live my life. So why would I do it now?
Then I got frustrated. Knowing that if I hadn't been so lazy and hadn't settled for where I am now, I would have been closer to my goal.
I wasn't seeing a difference in my weight for awhile, no matter how hard I tried. I would go up and down with the same 3 lbs, but that was it. I was seeing more definition, which was good. I was losing inches, which was good. But there's no way that I'm going to see the body type that I want at the weight that I'm at.
So... rather than work harder, keeping at it, and/or doing something different...I settled.
And that's not fair to me. That's not fair to anyone. I wouldn't do this in ANY other aspect of my life. If it wasn't what I wanted, I would try harder. I would do MORE. I would find some way to change it. To make it different. To make it what I want. I know that I may not ever get everything that I want, but being happy with reality and SETTLING are two different things.
So, I'm making more of an effort. Watching what I eat more. Watching how much I'm moving. I've been keeping up with my squat/plank challenge (except for last night, but I spent two hours cleaning the pool, so no, I was not about to bust out my squats and drop down into a plank) which I am proud of. I'm taking pictures to show the before and after (but apparently you don't see a HUGE difference in a week...go figure...sometimes I'm still looking for that magic potion, that miracle worker) so hopefully there will be a difference.
That's what I got for you guys today. Do you ever settle? Are you settling now? What do you do when you realize that what you are doing isn't what you really want?
Link up below and let Megan and I know how you are Bringing Sexy Back this week!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

So What! Wednesday

Linking up with Shannon for another So What! Wednesday!
This week I am saying So What! if...
* I am absolutely clueless when it comes to owning a pool and I already don't want to do it. I'm sure I'll get the hang of it, but there's a whole lot to remember and honestly I'm nervous I'm going to blow up the pool. I mean...if anyone could it would be me. Thankfully a friend of a friend is helping us and I could not be more grateful for his help...and not thinking I'm a total idiot...
* In keeping with the pool theme...I tried to clean the pool last night and it ended in disaster. The hose unhooked from the vacuum and I couldn't get it back on. And then it started to thunder and lightning and then the torrential downpour, so I just went inside. When I think of how I want to die, it isn't at 27 getting struck by lightning while trying to clean my pool. Just sayin...
* I showered and did my hair & make-up because I am facilitating training with one of the other girls from my work today and she resembles Barbie. I figured that if I couldn't have her body, clothes, hair, and make-up skills I could at least try not to look like a homeless man.
* I got halfway through the new exercise routine that KG told me about and punked out. To be fair, I was in the middle of cooking dinner so I don't know why I thought I could sneak in a work-out.
* I then got incredibly mad at myself for being such a slacker because if I had just kept up with it I would have reached my goal a LONG time ago, instead of being stuck around 170 right now. I know my body is losing inches, but the number matters too. I wish I didn't settle for "good enough" all the time.
* I want to smack myself in the face for the last one I just wrote. Wah wah wah. Get over it girl and DO something about it.
* I just remembered on my way to work that Big A and I have to go shopping for our Memorial Day cookout. Whoops! People don't really need plates and forks and such, right?! I mean... if eating with our hands was good enough for the cave men then it is good enough for me.
* I don't want to facilitate training today. I was really looking forward to it until I found out that some of the "big wigs" are deciding to "stop by" today. Ugh. Nothing like pressure, right?!
Alright, that's enough for today. I gotta run to my meeting so I actually look like I know what I'm doing. Wish me luck that I don't trip and fall on my face or something.
Head on over to Shannon's blog and link up!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Weekend Recap: A little shopping, a fun wedding, and dinosaur noises

Oh man, what a weekend.
Friday we didn't do much. A couple of beers, The Office series finale, and some take out. We are a wild couple of kids, I tell ya!
Saturday, I met up with Mumsie for our normal routine of Starbucks and shopping.
Although, we were on a mission this time. I needed to find a dress to wear to the wedding we were going to that night. Yeah...Last Minute Larry over here. BUT... to be fair, I do my best work under pressure.
I had looked on Friday, but the only dress that I found was this one and I didn't love it enough for the $60 price tag. I mean... I know that $60 for a dress isn't bad, but I only loved it about $30 worth! Haha.
Luckily, Mom and I are professionals so we were able to find not one, but TWO dresses (We have another wedding to go to in June. It is a beach/day wedding so that is a totally different attire than an evening/yacht club attire. I have no idea why I'm so big on those types of "rules" when you can normally find my in dirty jeans and flip flops, but whatever!)
The green one looks completely different on. I would NEVER have tried it on if my mom didn't make me, but I am SO glad that I did.
I ended up getting both dresses for $80! Not too shabby if you ask me. AND there was this woman in the dressing room who stopped me on my way out and told me I would be a FOOL not to purchase both of the dresses because they looked amazing and were obviously meant for me. Now...I don't know if TJ Maxx planted that woman there, but if they did they are geniuses because I was planning on buying them before she said something, but I was DEFINITELY buying them after talking with her.
I headed home after that to start to make myself look somewhat presentable. Natural beauty takes time ya know!
I then realized that I had remembered the time wrong on the invitation and it was at 6:30 NOT 5:30, so I was pretty excited to gain an hour. Took some of the pressure off.
Big A and I got ready in record time and looked quite dashing if I do say so myself. He went out and bought himself 2 new shirts before he came home. One matched my dress almost perfectly and the other one will look amazing with my green dress. I'm pretty sure that is another sign that we are soul mates.
I had a little fun reminiscing when I put my wedding jewelery on. The earrings and bracelets when perfect with my outfit, so I figured what the hell. Not sense in having them sit in a box for the rest of time. I found my hair clip that I wore too and threw that in my hair as well. I think it looked pretty good. I was excited to wear them all again and remember our special day.
Ignore my outdated bathroom. It's on the mile long list of house renovations that need to be done.
We met up with our friends D & K and headed out to the wedding. We were a bit nervous about traffic and getting lost, but we ended up getting there with almost an hour to spare and sat out by the water and had a couple beers.
And I made Big A take pictures! HA!
The wedding was gorgeous. I loved the little gazebo thing that they got married in. The water was beautiful. And it was so nice to see two people so in love getting married. I love love!
After the ceremony, we headed to the reception and the food was Ah-MAZING! Seriously. You know how some wedding food is OK, or pretty good? This food was ridiculous. The appetizers were amazing. Then they had a buffet, which I'm not usually a fan of because it can cause some lines, but they had this thing planned! There was Chicken Picatta and then Prime Rib. Veggies, rice, potatoes. Then there was a separate section for salad with all of these different options. And then ANOTHER station for pasta. Alfredo AND tortellini in a red sauce. AMAZING. I definitely stuffed my face full of food because I was STARVING!
The night was fun. We chatted, we drank, we danced. It was a great time!
We ended up driving home because we had a lot to do on Sunday and it was hard to find someone to watch Mr. Fresh overnight. Well...that's not true. My brother was going to watch him, but I felt bad that he would be stuck at the house all night!
We all hung out for a minute or two when we got home and then K & I decided that we were exhausted and told the boys it was time to say good night. Haha.
Sunday morning... oh Sunday morning...
Sunday I played a little game called "Living in the Land of the Lost" remember that show? Except, in this game it was the complete loss of appetite and doing anything other than lying down on the couch moaning for someone to please put me out of my misery. And the only dinosaur noises were the ones coming from me in the bathroom.
It was horrible. I didn't think I drank that much, but apparently I can't hang like I used to. I hated myself, and my life, for about 96% of yesterday. I went to bed feeling fine on Saturday night, I NEVER would have guessed that I would wake up so sick.
By about 3:00 I was able to stop throwing up, and actually eat some food. By about 8:30 I finally felt a bit like a human again. Big A got a good laugh out of some of my statements that I made yesterday:
I'm never drinking again.
I hate myself.
Please just put me out of my misery and smother me with a pillow.
Why the hell do people do this to themselves?
Why would anyone drink alcohol EVER? This is the worst!
If I had a time machine I would go back to last night and punch myself in the face.
It was a good day.
Thankfully, I'm feeling back to tip top shape today. Although the thought of alcohol still makes me want to toss my cookies. Blech.
So let's recap:
* Boring Friday
* Bargain shopping for dresses
* Fun wedding
* I'm not 21 anymore
And that was that. Hope everyone else had a fabulous weekend and that I'm the only one who lost my lunch (and breakfast...and dinner...and everything...)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday's Letters

Linking up with Ashley for Friday's Letters!
Dear Friday, you suck. Seriously. I woke up this morning and immediately hit myself in my OPEN eye with the zipper on my sweatshirt before my feet even touched the floor, had to avoid multiple car accidents because the douchenozzle in front of me jacked on his breaks to let everyone pull out in front of him, and walked into work to the Boss Man saying "I was going to chew you out about something, but I can't remember, so you can look forward to that later". Granted, the last part turned out to be something ridiculous, but still. Eff you Friday. Be NICE!
Dear Big A, sometimes I think that you try to be the most annoying person on the face of this planet. And most of the time when you "try" I think you succeed. However, I can't help but laugh at you which only encourages you more.
Dear Self, why must you always wait until the last minute to do something. You have a wedding to go to on Saturday and nothing to wear. So, naturally, you should run around like a chicken without ahead on Saturday to find one. Well done.
Dear Evan S. from Sprint, getting my hopes up about an early upgrade wasn't nice. Making it seem like it was only going to cost me $36 wasn't nice. Making me ask the same question 12,000 times to finally get the right answer wasn't nice. Then telling me it would really cost me $175 to upgrade early, plus the $36 for the regular upgrade fee, wasn't nice. And THEN telling me that you would pay me for my current phone so it wouldn't be that bad, and THEN telling me you would pay me $13 for my current phone? Totally not cool. Thank you for smashing my dreams.
Dear Person Who Has an Alarm Set on Their Phone that Sounds like the Nuclear Melt Down Alarm, please don't leave your desk when your alarm is going to go off soon. We can all hear it and you are nowhere to be found. 
Dear Boss Man, you are by far my favorite. old boss used to call me on nice Fridays and tell me to go home early. Maybe you could be like him. Thoughts?
Dear Pool, I heart you. So very much. I can't wait until you are all sparkly clean!
Dear Blogger, WTF?! Why are you still being weird about uploading pics? Ridiculous.
Alright, that's enough fro today. I'm going to try to get though the rest of the day without hurting myself...or getting in trouble.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bringing Sexy Back

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It's Thursday and you know what that means!!!
It is time to link up with Megan and I to tell us how you are Bringing YOUR Sexy Back!
I've been slacking ladies. Well...kind of.
I've been slacking in the general sense of "working out". I go for my daily walks with KG. I take Mr. Fresh for walks. But other than that... I haven't done anything that was specifically FOR exercise.
With that being said... I also have barely sat down either.
We have been SO busy and I know I said it before, but I almost welcome Monday mornings because at least it means that I can sit for a few minutes every so often.
Although work has been a mad house too, so I'm not too worried about it.
I have still been watching what I eat and actually craving the healthy food, which I'm loving. But, I can't really attribute that to me actually being healthy, it is definitely the warm weather that does it to me. I don't eat as much. I don't eat as much heavy stuff. I won't complain though, makes hanging out in a bathing suit a lot less scary.
I recently came across this blog post written by Skinny Meg. It is about "5 Things That Keep You Fat". She had some interesting points. The thing that got me most was the Harris-Benedict Equation. I did mine and it told me that I should be eating around 1500 calories a day. Which is a far cry from the 1200 I was shooting for. My problem is that it feels like a LOT of food.
I mean, don't get me wrong, I can eat 1500 calories no problem on a bad day. My problem is eating 1500 GOOD calories a day. It was a lot of food for me. I felt like I was constantly eating and I don't like that. I'm not usually one to eat when I'm not hungry (which is only a partial lie...I may snack here and there if someone has something delicious, but I hardly ever get MYSELF something to eat if I'm not hungry). 
Does anyone else have some more information on this? I would love to hear more. I just want to make sure that I am doing this RIGHT.
A new thing I'm starting is this Squat/Plank challenge that I found on a Mama Laughlin group (I know it sounds like I'm all Mama Laughlin/Skinny Meg crazed, but truth be told, those women know what they are talking about. I mean, their before and after pictures speak for themselves). I saw some before/after pictures of women who had just been doing it for two weeks and I was hooked.
I couldn't believe the difference! It was amazing. I have never stared at a woman's ass for so long! I was impressed. So... I obviously had to do it. Except, I did day one, and skipped day two... whoops! I'm going to do Day 2 & 3 today as punishment. I'm sure I'll never skip a day again. I want to take Before pics to for comparison, but I haven't been able to muster up the courage to get my pasty cottage cheese ass in a bathing suit when it is 40 degrees out and raining.
I typed it all up for you lovely ladies in case you are interested:
Lastly... I think I'm going to drink the kool-aid and do an Advocare cleanse. Mateya sent me some Spark samples that I am dying to try, so I definitely will be doing that, and I think that I am going to do the cleanse starting after Memorial Day. It is only 10 days. I think I can do it, I just need to prepare.
That's it for this week. I'm still hanging in there, just trying to keep it low key so I don't burn myself out. I've been feeling like my body is different even though the scale hasn't moved so I'm trying not to focus on the number. (Plus...everyone keeps telling me that I look like I'm losing weight and while it technically isn't true, there's nothing more a woman wants to hear than "you look skinny")
Also... I tried on my "goal" shorts that I bought last year, and those mother effers not only fit, but they actually zipped AND buttoned and I didn't want to vomit looking at myself in the mirror. I'm hoping that the squat challenge will help a little with the chunky thigh area, but I'm not hating them as it. (I just might wear them only when I'm alone haha!) So I'm pretty happy about that.
That's it for today ladies! Sorry it was so late today, work has been NUTS and apparently "I need to go write my blog post" isn't a good enough reason to blow someone off. Whoops!
Now it's your turn. Link up with Megan and I and show us how you are Bringing Sexy Back!!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Weekend Recap

Good Morning Lovers!
This morning started off just down right lovely. I was actually on time for work today.
I know. It is a Christmas miracle.
This weekend was a good one. Busy. But good.

Friday when I got home, it was GORGEOUS, so Mr. Fresh and I headed out for a walk. We went a different way to avoid some people and about a thousand dogs that live down the road we usually walk down and it was so nice and peaceful where we were. This is what we got to see while walking:

Friday was Wine Night. Which is ALWAYS a good time. Good food. Good wine. Good people. I had a blast as always. The weather was downright gorgeous so it was nice to not have to dress up in a snow suit for once in my life.
I was exhausted when I was heading home, but that's always a sign of a good night. Plus, I had the week from hell so it was only a matter of time. I woke up Saturday morning with a massive headache, which was totally not fair from the two glasses of wine that I had. That was a two bottle headache. Trust me...I know. Luckily it went away quickly (which a two bottle headache does NOT) so it was nice to actually be able to enjoy my day since it was jam packed.
Saturday I woke up, made some pasta salad for Baby M's First Birthday Party and I made the cupcakes for my mom's birthday.
Then I met Mumsie for manicures and pedicures, because, duh, it was her birthday and she needed to be fabulous. And NO ONE likes getting those alone, so I had to be a super awesome daughter and go with her.
After that I scurried on home, met up with N and J$ and headed out to Baby M's Birthday Party. We had a lot of fun even though it was raining. It was on and off so we got to enjoy some time outside as well, so that was nice. I got to see Jackums gorgeous house again. And Baby M was as cute/fresh as ever. It has been so much fun to watch her grow!

Such a difference. The top two were when she was brand new. The bottom is her amazing Birthday cake! And then the Birthday girl herself!!!
After that, I scurried on home again and made the frosting for my mom's cupcakes. Then Big A and I got ready and headed out to the Outback to meet up with my family for dinner. It was delicious. I've never had a bad meal at that place. Delish! We went back to Mama and Papa's house after and enjoyed the delicious cupcakes. I made the Skinny Girl Moscato Cupcakes. I used a different recipe for the icing, but it was still amazing. I'm not a huge fan of cupcakes but these weren't overly sweet which was nice.

Sunday, Big A and I woke up bright and early(ish) and got to work. I went grocery shopping and cleaned the house. He mowed the lawn. We got everything ready just in time for my family and his to show up for our first joint Mother's Day!!! I figured rather than running around to different places and trying to match schedules that we would just combine everything and all get to see each other. We had a lovely little brunch with homemade quiche, fruit w/ fruit dip, mini powdered donuts, mini bagels, coffee crumb cake, and a raspberry twist danish thing. It was all delicious. And we can't forget the mimosas!

Of course, I have no pictures of anything from Sunday. I like to think that I was having too good of a time to take pictures.
Thankfully, the rain stopped well before everyone got there so we were able to hang out outside for awhile, which was really nice. After that, everyone headed home. Mom and I went to Home Depot to get stain for the picnic table. It is almost finished, I just need to put a clear coat on it. I'm so excited for it to be done.
We got back and I got to work on the table and she went home to do stuff around her house. Big A hung out in the garage for awhile and then he came in for dinner. We exchanged cards since yesterday was our 6 year anniversary. We have a new anniversary now, so we didn't do an all out celebration, but it was our anniversary for a long time AND the day that we got engaged, so it will always have a special place in our hearts.
We spent the rest of the night catching up on our shows for a little bit and headed off to bed. I know, we are pretty exciting.
Our weekend seem to be filled with so much lately. I find myself almost excited to go back to work because I actually get to sit down for a little bit. Haha. And it isn't looking like that is going to stop any time soon. We have a wedding this weekend and then the following weekend is Memorial Day. I can't believe that we are almost halfway through May already.
Time is flying.
Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday's Letters

Doing Friday's letters today, only more in a "things that have made me giggle" kind of way.
Dear Self, I'm so proud of you for your impeccable observant skills. You managed to get ready, leave the house, get in your car, and put it in drive before you realized that you were still wearing your fuzzy slippers this morning. Not quite sure how that would have gone over at work, but you came through on this one. Proud of you.
Dear Boss Man, answering an e-mail I sent you asking if you wanted to go to a meeting with, "I don't know. That's my birthday. I probably won't even be sober" was pretty much the best thing ever. If that's the first e-mail you read in a day, how can your day NOT be good.
Dear N, thank you for laughing at my incredible jokes. When we saw that half man/half otter on TV last night and I said, "He 'otter' know better than to do that again" I appreciate you being a good sport and laughing. Although, how could you not, it was pretty much the best joke EVER.
Dear Mr. Fresh, this wasn't funny last night, but today it is a little more. I love the way that you FEVERISHLY were eating the frozen yogurt out of the bowl last night, make sure that you got every last drop. However, you may need to pay a little better attention next time since my toe is most definitely not a strawberry that fell out. BUT... I admire your commitment to eating every last drop. Can't say I haven't accidentally bit someone before in a feeding frenzy. Like Mother like dog I suppose.
Now onto things that make me mad.
Dear Work, I get that we have to have training. I do. I totally understand. But whose brilliant idea was to have it from 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM on a Friday afternoon. Don't you people know that I mentally check out of work by about 7:20 AM on Fridays? Also... it has been raining for days. Today it is supposed to be sunny and almost 80... and I'm going to be sitting in a freezing training room? BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
Dear Guy at Work I Don't Like, you might want to remember that you catch more flies with honey rather than vinegar. Seeing as how I have control over most things in this office, being on my good side might help. Maybe if you didn't treat the rest of us like we were your servants, then the next time you needed something we might have been able to help... like I dunno...with something as simple as a stash of pens. Pretty sure I have an entire closet full of pens. But it was funny watching you walk around and borrow pen by pen from everyone in the office.
Dear Person Who Has Been Calling a Co-Worker's Line for the past 3 weeks, she isn't fucking here. She won't be here for at least another week. She is offsite. No this is NOT her home phone number. No I will NOT give you her home phone number. Calling multiple times a day will only get you the same answer. She ain't here. Also, I have caller ID. I know it is you every.single.time.
And that's all for today. I was all happy and cherry until I started complaining. Haha. It is too early to be grumpy. Makes for a LONG day.
Have a good weekend folks. I'll be non-stop this weekend. It's Mama's birthday, Baby Moo's First Birthday, Mother's Day, and Big A and I's Dating/Engagement Anniversary. It is a busy one. I can't figure out if I'm dreading or looking forward to Monday! Haha!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Bringing Sexy Back: Week 7 - Healthy Eating

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Welcome back to another Bringing Sexy Back Link-up with Megan and I.

This week I'm focusing on food. (What else is new?)

I had been doing OK with working out and keeping moving, but none of that was going to make a difference if I didn't watch what I ate.

Especially with the fact that I have been craving healthier food lately anyway, (minus the mini eclair that I just HAD to have). I avoid grocery shopping like the plague so I don't go very often, when I is expensive. Especially this time.

I walked through the aisles and normally grab some quick, easy go-to meals.
1. Ham steak with au gratin potatoes.
2. Turkey kielbasa with cheddar and broccoli noodles.
(For just a couple examples)

I know that I can have both of those meals cooked in about 30 minutes and they are super easy. BUT... they are loaded with carbs, and sodium, and while the turkey kielbasa isn't THAT bad, I was just sick of putting all of this processed junk in my body.

So, I went a got lean meats, lots of veggies, lots of fruit. I even got shrimp to make with a meal that I cooked on the grill. (I paired it with Caribbean rice, which was some calories, but the shrimp and marinade were almost nothing).

We are eating good. Here's what the past couple days have looked like:

Breakfast: Breakfast Cups (Egg beaters, turkey sausage, and a lil Mexican blend cheese)
Snack: Strawberries, grapes, and watermelon.
Lunch: Salad with tuna (made with fat free Miracle whip, def cuts down on the calories)
Dinner: So far it has been The Hawaiian shrimp with Caribbean rice, last night it was shishkabobs (steak tips, onion, pepper, potatoes) and chipotle sweet potato fries.

We have been eating good. And we FEEL better.

People have been commenting on how Big A looks thinner. Which sucks for two reasons because he always slims down quick in the Summer anyway, and I'm the one who is actually working to slim down and he's getting the credit. Jerk. Haha.

Other than that, I've been watching the drinking. A little glass of wine here, a beer there. Nothing crazy. I would like to cut it out all together, but c'mon, you can't cook on the grill and NOT have an adult beverage. I'm pretty sure it is the rules.

I'm pretty excited about how I've noticed a change in me. It hasn't been that hard to stay within my allotted calories. I do about 1200-1300 on a normal night, which is good for me. Weekends have been a little harder, but that's with the alcohol. I think if I make sure to at least get in a good workout on the weekends then I won't feel so bad about going over.

And that's what I got for you this week. No workout talk. No weight loss talk (although I HAVE lost a pound this week. Holler). Just some good 'ol healthy eating talk. It really does make all the difference. I'm feeling myself become SMALLER just by watching what I'm eating. Now if I could only get myself to do some ab exercises to get rid of the last little bit of pooch then I would be golden. I'm good with the rest. My thighs will never be small. BUT a flat stomach is what I need most. Haha.

How did you all do this week?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

So What! Wednesday


Linking up with Shannon for another So What! Wednesday!
(Sidenote: I just got curious to see how many SWW posts I've actually done...this will be #91! Woah!)
This week I am saying So What! if...
* I spent a bazillion dollars at the grocery store last night. In my defense, I hadn't been in awhile. And I got all sorts of super healthy food, which is typically more expensive. It couldn't be that bad if Big A didn't even blink an eye at it. Haha.
* Big A asked me a couple times how much I spent and I totally just blew him off. But rather than needle me, like I would have done to him, he just waited patiently for me to confess. I wish I knew how to do that. I need to know all information NOW and the more you don't want to tell me the more I want to know.
* I'm excited to read one of the articles that a co-worker wrote because I know he is FAMOUS for messing up spelling, grammar, etc. and no one catches it. A) She's a beast. So... I don't feel bad. B) No one needs my help with articles because of her. C) I'm a bitch. There. I said it.
* I'm SOOO looking forward to Wine Night on Friday. It is always SO much fun. It is at Mrs. C's house, which I'm pretty excited about because we always play the dancing game on Kinect. And it means that I can't get white girl wasted because I have to drive home. Which is great because I have a super busy Saturday/Sunday.
* I have mixed emotions about this weekend. We have a Jackums' baby girl's 1st birthday part on Saturday. Then my momma's birthday at night. Then Sunday is Mother's Day, split between the two families, and then Sunday night I think we are trying to just do dinner or something because it is our 6 year anniversary. I know that we have a new anniversary now, but that date will always be special. Soo... lots of fun stuff, but lots of stuff!
* I haven't worked out once this week. In fact, I haven't worked out since Thursday Wednesday. I've been super active and been watching what I eat, so I haven't completely failed. I'm just so busy and just so exhausted. I know. Excuses, excuses, but I have lost a pound this week... so... I'm not complaining. Haha.
* I seriously want to smooch this woman that I work with for helping me out with a big project. She keeps saying it is no big deal, and not to worry about it, but what she doesn't understand is that with the 8 BILLION other things on my plate, that one would have made me lose my mind. So it IS a big deal. I told her I would buy her a present. I just need to figure out what.
* I question people's printing intentions before I let them map to my printer at work. I'm sick of everyone using it, clogging it up, wasting the paper, not checking the paper, not checking the toner, etc. etc. My job isn't to maintain this printer. And if I'm using it, then I will totally check to see if it needs something. However, I'm not here to clean up any one's mess. So... I ask them before I let them use it. I can't wait until we get our new one. Then I won't have to share EVER!!!
* Every night I hit a "wall" when it comes to being tired. I'm cranky, I don't want to talk to anyone, I don't want anyone near me, I don't want the lights on, I don't want the TV on, etc. etc. And it is literally like a light switch. BOOM and I'm done. And every night my poor husband has to deal with his cranky, tired wife. Poor man. He deals with me very well though. As long as he doesn't get in the way of my sleep, then I'm cool.
* I just deleted some one's printing job off the printer because they couldn't be bothered to come load the right size paper and I'm not doing it for them. Yes... I have a problem with my printer. I do not share well with others.
* I have e-mails from days ago that I haven't even read. I can't be bothered. And I can't add anything else to my to do list. My boss already asked me if I was losing my mind. I think I'm over-worked already.
* I'm pissed that it is supposed to rain at some point every day for the next 5 days. I thought the weather and I had an understanding. Nice weather. Sunshine. Warm. Not cold and rainy. BOOOOOOOO.
* I planned a dinner for tonight that needs to be cooked on the grill knowing that it will be raining. Wow. I'm a dummy!
Alright, that's enough for today. It is becoming more of a Whiny Wednesday instead of a So What! Wednesday. Which definitely means that it should be a Winey Wednesday. Lord knows I need it after this week. Work is insane and I've been non-stop at home. I'm exhausted. N asked me the other night how I go to bed so late and get up so early and actually function. For the most part, it is fine. Except during times like this, then I'm just on a countdown to self-destruct.
Head on over to Shannon's blog and link up!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Weekend Recap

We had ourselves a busy little weekend. Seriously. I'm rocking a sick raccoon-eye sunburn on my face and I could probably use another day or three to rest. This whole homeowner thing is no joke!
Friday, we kept it simple. A little takeout food and a little visit with N & J.
Saturday was super busy! Pa Dukes and my Brosiff got started on fencing in the back yard. I can't wait until it is done! Then poor Mr. Fresh will never have to be on a leash at home again!!!
Mumsie and I did a quick trip to Home Depot to pick up some extra supplies for the boys. Then we picked up lunch a beer. Essentials.
Can I do a little sidenote for a minute? What is up with the women at Home Depot? Most of them, I saw walking around in their high heels, their skinny jeans, hair done, make-up done. You are at Home Depot. Seriously. I'm wearing scrubby clothes that sometimes involve jeans with giant holes in them because those are my shit-kicking clothes. Ya know... the ones you wear when you are doing home improvement activities...that don't involve skinny jeans or high heels. I just don't get it.
Mumsie and I fed the boys and then got to work stripping the paint off the picnic table. A few years ago, we got a free picnic table from a friend. I worked hard to sand it and paint it, but never quite got around to sealing it. Which, is kind of a big no no when you live in New England and the table is outside. (And when you leave it in the basement your douche bag neighbor puts all over her gross crap on it constantly. Don't worry, I went in every day and threw her stuff on the floor until she stopped doing it. Which I know, makes me sound like a douche bag, but trust me, that woman opened that can of worms first).
This is what it looked like when we first got it and then when I redid it:
And then it got destroyed. This is a progress shot from Saturday. Since then has been sanded completely (minus some finishing touches) and the bottom has been cleaned and painted. I just need to stain the top and then actually seal it!
I didn't sit down until about 9:45 that night and then shoved food down my throat. I was exhausted.
Sunday we were up early for our first car show of the year. Ugh. I HATE getting up early on weekends. It is the most pointless thing, EVER!
So we headed downtown where the show was and met up with some friends. Walked around and saw the cars. It was a good time. Except apparently I didn't remember what the sun does, hence the sunburn. In my defense it was a bit chilly out, so who would think of a sunburn? I was wearing a sweatshirt. You shouldn't get sunburns in sweatshirts.
Also... there was a couple women there who need to take a special class with the Home Depot women. Short skirts, nylons, high heels, fancy shirt, hair and make-up a car show. Aren't your feet KILLING you? Plus, it was cold... are you COLD?
I'll never get it.
Anyway...we headed home and puttered around. Checked on the fence progress. I cleaned my car from top to bottom. Vacuuming. Dusting. Armor All. Window cleaning. That B is SPARKLING! It was a little hard with the vacuuming when Mr. Fresh kept jumping in the backseat, but we eventually made it through.
Big A mowed the front lawn. This isn't our front lawn... it is our backyard, BUT isn't he cute mowing the lawn. Haha.  
Then Big A's parents stopped by. And N & J. And we all chatted for a bit. And then everyone left and my mom and Nanny showed up for dinner.
We had tacos in honor of Cinco de Mayo. And they were delicious. AAAAAAAAAND I lost a little weight, which is probably like 12,000 lbs more really because I ate tacos last night and my body is probably confused.
Then Big A and I collapsed on the couch and were in bed by 11. Which is good for us, because usually we are up until at least 11:30, much to my dismay.
Some other fun things I found when looking for pictures for this post. I was cleaning out some of my files and got this message:

Its "children"??? Weird.
And super fitting since I had not one, but TWO sprinkles donuts this weekend. Don't worry. They both made my stomach hurt. I'll learn eventually. A IM conversation with Mumsie. Isn't she helpful?

That's all for today lovers. Eventually I have to actually work. Ugh. I hate work. Why can't I just get paid to stay home and do whatever I want?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday's Letters

Haven't done a Friday's Letters in a couple of weeks.
Dear Work, would you like to explain to me why you are so freaking crazy? Or whose ridiculous idea it was to plan EVERYTHING at the same time. I mean... really? Woof.
Dear Boss Man, thanks for approving my overtime for this month. I'm looking forward to my large paycheck. I am NOT looking forward to working through my lunch breaks, missing my daily walks, and working until 5:00 PM. Boooooooo.
Dear Healthy Eating, you're going pretty well. I just wish that you could somehow incorporate salt, butter, ranch dressing, ketchup, and cheese, because I need at least one of those on EVERYTHING. But those calories suck. Figure it out.
Dear People, why do you have to be so weird? Seriously? Can't everyone be fucking normal? I mean... not completely normal, that doesn't exist, but I just don't get why everyone can't just pipe the fuck down. (I heart Jenna Marbles. I'll admit it!)
Dear Weekend, you are busy. Very busy. And so is the next one, and the next one, and the next one. Soo... I'll see you in June?
Dear Big A, I still believe I should get a Mother's Day present from Mr. Fresh. Just sayin'. Especially after cleaning up after him when he was sick. Also, I know our dating anniversary doesn't count anymore, but no girl has ever turned down diamonds.
Dear Co-Workers, I have enjoyed you all being out of the office for the past 4 weeks. And I will enjoy you being out of the office for the next 2. And when you come back... don't take it personally if I am a grump. I take that back. Take it personally. It is your fault that you are loud and interrupt my calm environment. And ask me dumb questions. And touch my shit. And yeah. Go away.
Dear Post Secret, thank you for always being so amazing. And letting me find this little gem.
Except change her to him. Mr. Fresh would be offended if I referred to him as a girl. Especially since he still has all of his man hood.
Dear Warm Weather, please stay forever. I <3 p="" you.="">
Dear Blogger, why have you been such a pain in the ass lately? You drive me nuts. If you were a person I would punch you in the face.
Alright. That's all for today. Have a fabulous weekend lovers!!!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bringing Sexy Back: Week 6

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Welcome to another "Bringing Sexy Back" Thursday! If it is your first time here, then, welcome! Megan and I have been doing this link-up for the past couple weeks to hold ourselves accountable for shedding that dreaded "winter weight" (apparently winter lasted from 2008-2012/2013 for me...) and get ready for Summer!
This week I decided to quit my whining and get off my ass and do something about it. I was moving before, but I wasn't really WORKING. So I made a plan.
Monday: Couch to 5K
Tuesday: Jillian DVD
Wednesday: Couch to 5K
Thursday: Jillian DVD
Friday: Couch to 5K
Sunday: Rest or Make-up Day
And let me tell you. There is not a single day this week that I have wanted to work out. It was a struggle. Especially yesterday. My legs hurt. My body hurt. I had a shitty day at work and all I wanted to do was drink wine.
BUT... I forced myself to get on the treadmill and DO it. I then drank wine, but I felt better knowing I worked out first. Haha.
Tuesday I had a date with my old friend Miss. Jillian. I was pleasantly surprised when her workout didn't KILL me. I mean, the jump squat things are ridiculous, but I substituted some other moves during that time. I kept moving, that's what is important (not her ridiculous move that no one can do).
Here's my favorite. LOVE the kettle bell workout. (I also love the kickboxing one, but it KILLS my back)
And in the interest of full disclosure, this was what was behind my DVD when I was taking the picture. A cheeseburger. Yep. However... I make them myself, so I can control the calories a little more. AND I made a salad with it instead of sweet potato fries (bag salads are so gross. I don't know why I EVER buy them!)
I've been working hard to keep up with my workouts and stay on schedule. There's a certain someone in the house who doesn't approve of my workouts. Apparently he loves me just the way I am.

Yeah. Do you know how hard it is to workout with a dog in your lap?
Also... he hates the treadmill. He steals shit while I'm on it. Or just stands there next to it and barks. It's fun.
Also in the interest of full disclosure...I thought I would get a bit real here. No hiding behind yoga pants. Here's a pic from this past weekend before we headed to the pool. I was proud of myself for how far I had come and how I had absolutely NO issues going to a public pool and walking around in a bathing suit. It was a big moment. I thought of how I was a couple years ago and I would have just stayed in my hotel room under a big sweatshirt. I NEVER would have gone to the pool and I would have totally missed out.

A little comparison. I barely took any pictures CLOTHED let alone in a bathing suit back then, but here's the pic from last weekend compared to a pic from our Engagement party in September 2011. There should be more of a difference, but some asshole gained 10 lbs after getting married. Whatever. 20 months later. Wow.

I know I'm never going to be stick thin. I know I won't ever have tiny little thighs and small hips. BUT.. I also know that I CAN be healthy.

I signed up for the online medical records system that my doctor's office has and it lets you see all of your stats from the past 10 years. I was looking through how great I was doing compared to a couple years ago when it hit me...2008...I was 147 lbs.


My goal right now is 155 and I couldn't imagine myself being any smaller than that. I thought it was impossible. Apparently not. It kind of hit me even more because I remember specifically being 156 when I realized that I was gaining weight. I didn't even realize that I had gained 10 lbs at that point. I don't ever want to do that again. I know I keep saying that, but I really don't.

I don't want to be fighting with my weight my entire life. I want to be active, healthy. I want healthy eating and exercise to be a normal part of my life. I want to be at a point where I am just maintaining my weight. I know I can get there. I need to just stop eating cheeseburgers and drinking so much wine. Which is super hard because it is Summer and that's all I want to do.

My friend KG and I have a mantra we remind ourselves when we hate life and just want to give up:

"Bikini, Bikini, Bikini"

It works. The reason I got on the treadmill last night? Some skinny little bitch posting her pictures of herself at the beach in her bathing suit. (For the record...she isn't a bitch at all. She IS skinny and little, but not a bitch... I'm just jealous. Haha). So I got myself off my couch and got changed.

Bikini. Bikini. Bikini.

There's 24 days until our Memorial Day cookout where we will hopefully have nice enough weather to finally use the pool. Which means I have a little over 3 weeks until there is a possibility that I will be in my bathing suit in front of a large amount of people.

So... I have 3 weeks to lose 25 lbs.

Haha. Just kidding.

My current goal is to lose 5 lbs by then. Small goal. But harder than one would think.

So... 21 days. 5 lbs. Workouts 5 days a week, with 1 wild card day for SOME activity, and 1 off day. I do really need to watch my portions and my eating. I think I'm switching to just salads for lunch. I always get a better workout when I'm eating lighter during the day.

And that's all my rambling for today. Head on over to Megan's blog and check out her post for today. And don't forget to link-up below!

(Sidenote: We had some problems with the link last week, so if you linked up, we didn't know about it. Hopefully we got it fixed this week!)