Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The shoe variety, not the people-who-are-jerks variety.
Much of my short, young life (I might exaggerate a bit, but you can ignore that) I have been a tomboy. I grew up on a farm with two brothers. When my mom got "dressed up" to go out, she would put on lipstick. That's it. Okay...she would wear clothes too, but no makeup besides lipstick.
I have also worked very physical jobs. Fast food for years and then I worked on the production floor of a large manufacturing plant. Twelve hour shifts, mostly spent on my feet.
Because of these reasons, I have lived my life (note, still short, still young) in tennis shoes. Tennies are comfortable and offer great support and have the added benefit of allowing the wearer to run after small children if needed (or as needed in my case).
In the past four years, I have transitioned from an on-my-feet-all-the-time job to a desk (on-my-butt) job. I rarely go to the production floor any more. I rarely stand for more than 15 minutes at a time (and that's usually when I am walking to a meeting on the other side of the site). AND, I am trying to dress more appropriately for my position. Especially when we have customers or suppliers visit.
The sit-on-my-bum job, combined with nicer pants (that *have* to be long) combined with watching the What Not To Wear show have convinced me that heels are a pretty cool invention. When I wear heels, I feel more feminine. I feel more professional. And I feel like I'm 5'2"!!! I practically tower over my non-heel-wearing former self!
So even though tomorrow is game day (Maaco Bowl - go Boise State!), I will be wearing a pair of heels. Cos I like heels! Who'd a thunk it?
Saturday, December 18, 2010
If you do not want to know how to make meat candy, stop reading now.
If you do not want to know how to make the most delicious, bad for you dessert ever, stop reading now.
If you don't like meat or sugar, stop reading now.
I got this recipe from the Bob and Tom Show, so it's not a very precise recipe. But it is good and I LIKE it!
Lil Smokies, wrapped with bacon, sprinkled with brown sugar, baked at 350' for about 10 minutes. I used ready-to-eat bacon. Next time I'll use uncooked bacon and might need to cook them longer. Oh...and I'll use more brown sugar.
My son was hoping the DH would hate them...so DS could eat them all! LOL!
Let me know if you'll make them and if you do, how'd you like them.
Friday, December 17, 2010
My department at work had our Christmas potluck yesterday. We had smoked turkey and ham. The ham was spiral cut and on a huge bone. Guess who got to bring the bone home? Yep! This gal!
Growing up, I can remember my mom making ham and bean soup. She would soak the beans overnight (after sorting them, of course) and then add a ham bone to the beans and water the next day. I LOVED ham and bean soup. Only now (as a grown up old lady) do I realize that my mom made it because it was cheap and filling. But mostly cos it was cheap! We grew up on a farm and you ate what was available or you went hungry. Nuff said!
So, I have a ham bone and tomorrow is grocery shopping day. I will be buying dry Great Northern beans, sorting them and soaking them overnight. Sunday, I will make my own version of ham and bean soup. It will have beans and ham (duh!) along with onions and celery. Maybe garlic, but only after I taste it (and check with my mom). No potatoes. No carrots. Those are silly fru-fru veggies that do not belong in ham and bean soup. LOL! That, and my DH is allergic to carrots. Small details, I know.
I am oddly excited about making soup. Weird huh? I hope it tastes as good as I remember it does!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Sunday started my week and it was pretty good. Exercised, made PB balls, wrapped presents, stayed in calorie range. All in all a good day.
Monday started pretty good. Exercised, in calorie range, 5+ freggies, got stuff done at work. And then my daughter had a Christmas concert. My daughter and ALL of the other choirs in the high school AND the middle school. Two hours of music. While it was a good concert and I wouldn't have missed it for the world, it did make for a late night.
Tuesday started out okay. Good on exercise, freggies, water, etc. Lunch out with a subcon, so out on calories. Not bad overall. BUT...The Biggest Loser finale was on...until 10:00 in my time zone. I *had* to stay up and watch it! So, late night number two.
And today is only Wednesday. Ugh! Planning to be in bed by about 8:30 tonight to help make up for the two late nights earlier. BTW...since I was tired, I tried to make up for it with sugar and caffeine. Can you guess how well that worked?
Tomorrow is our company's potluck. I'm looking forward to it, but it'll be another day of not being in calorie range. And it's still not Friday. Why is the week before a holiday or a vacation always so long?
Anyway, hope everyone is having a great week. And hope I can stay awake and not over indulge *too* much tomorrow. Sweet dreams all!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday - up at 8:00 (yep, I slept in).
Moxie Java for a gift card.
Home for breakfast and start laundry.
Take the boxer (Abby) in for shots so she can be boarded over Christmas. Poor puppy has an ear infection, so we got meds for that.
Home for lunch.
Rolled two batches of peanut butter balls.
Took both kids to Wal Mart for pants, a couple of presents and a few groceries.
Out to dinner with DH.
After dinner, DS and I went to a friend's Christmas party/open house.
Finally home and in bed around 11:00.
Sunday, up at 6:30 (cos DH was awake) and off to the gym.
Dipped the first four batches of PB balls.
Rolled and dipped four more batches. My work department is having our potluck on Thursday and chocolate peanut butter balls is what I bring. If I don't, I'm not allowed to eat! LOL!
Put ear medicine in Abby's ear. That was exciting, I must say. Not very successful, but exciting! LOL!
Wrap presents while watching a Christmas movie, probably on Lifetime.
Get everything gathered for tomorrow.
Sit and Spark...finally!
Going to bed in about 10 minutes and man am I ready for the rest!
Life is good and I hope it's as good for all of you!
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