Friday, July 15, 2011
My kids are visiting their grandparents for one week. And let me tell ya...it is weird. No mid-afternoon texts asking me what to eat for breakfast. No requests to go buy sno-cones and candy. No chores left undone. Nobody taking my stuff and moving it to who knows where. No new messes when I get home.
No one fixing my dinner before I get home. Nobody saying hi mom when I walk in from work. No one to take out the trash on trash day. No one to do all those things I haven't had to do in years! LOL!
So...I had big plans when I found out that the kids would be gone for a week.
Clean their bathroom...I mean really clean it!
Clean out the cupboard below the sink.
Dance around nekkid!
Now (at least, right this minute) I don't feel like doing any of that! I wanna sit on my butt and read. I wanna sleep in. I wanna have no responsibilities for at least one full day! I'm not gonna get any of those. So maybe I should be productive? Or maybe not...
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I have had my heart rate monitor (HRM) for about a year now. Maybe longer. I've used it almost every time I've worked out since I got it. In other words, it is not new.
So imagine my surprise when I heard it beep on Saturday.
I knew that I would be mowing and trimming our yard on Saturday. With our wet spring and busy lives, the lawn hasn't been mowed as consistently as it should. And, when it was mowed, the grass wasn't always bagged (read - not bagged at all!). That combination meant a long mowing session was in my future. Just for giggles (yes, I'm easily entertained) I decided to compare the calorie burn on my HRM with what SP gave me.
Since I wear gloves to trim and mow, I turned on my HRM while I was still in the garage, before staring any machinery. And it beeped! Then...throughout my mowing escapade, when I stopped to empty the bag, I would hear it beep again! Apparently, it is supposed to beep. I just never heard it before! I've always had music going before.
The things you learn when you pay attention to your surroundings. Who'd a thunk it?
Friday, June 24, 2011
I've been wearing the same swimsuit now for about ten years. Maybe twelve. In that time, my weight has fluctuated up and down sixty pounds. The inner lining is still in great shape! However, the outside part can easily be stretched over a foot all of the way around! . Might be time for a new one.
Since this one lasted so long, I decided to go back to the same place and buy a similar suit. I threatened my kids that I was going to get a string bikini. My sweet dear son told me that the thought of his mother in a string bikini made him want to puke. . Nice kid, huh?
Anyway, I was looking for a tank-style suit with upper body support that was flattering (well, relatively flattering. After all, it is a swimsuit!). As soon as I walked in, one of the sales people came over and asked me if I needed any help. I explained what I wanted and she directed me to the right rack. She even guessed my size right! Of course she was about 18 and a size zero, but I let that slide off my back. I was 18 once. I'm much happier at...more than 18!
The sales lady explained the differences in some of the suits and then went away to let me check them out on my own (plus two kids). I grabbed about eight suits and tried them all on. The first suit, a dark purple tank with cross straps in the back, was a maybe. Then a whole bunch of "no's"! The last suit was a dark blue tank with white piping. The straps were actually two straps each (white) and crossed in the back. It comes up high enough in the front that I feel comfortable moving around in it. That was the winner!
I got dressed, gathered the kids, paid for my suit and walked out of there one happy shopper! Oh...and the suit was on sale! I paid about $40 less than I had planned! Win- win for me! Now...time to hit the water park!
Thursday, April 07, 2011
At least in my fantasy world, this would be my perfect day. Well...fantasy world with a little reality thrown in.
First and foremost, the kids will be in school and DH will be at work. Don't get me wrong, I love my family. However, I also love my time to myself. My perfect day is my day to do what I want and that is easier if my family is otherwise occupied.
My first to-do is to sleep in until I feel like getting up. Nothing planned in the morning with a specific time. After I get up, I'll head to the gym. Yes, my perfect day includes exercise.
After the gym, home to get ready and putter until I get hungry. Then it's lunch by myself wherever I want. And more than likely it will be too much food and it will be unhealthy food. Think Chinese buffet or greasy cheeseburger (with bacon!) and fries with fry sauce or ranch. Plus dessert...or dessert later. Depends on how I feel.
Then off for some shopping. I may or may not actually buy anything. Depends on what I find and how much it costs. Mid-afternoon will be a break to sit and read. It might be in a coffee shop (I'd order tea) or a bookstore or home. If at home, I might fall asleep. Not a bad thing!
When I'm ready, I'd head home for dinner. Ideal would be ordering something in or bringing something home so I wouldn't have to cook. And, of course this would be on a Friday so I can stay up late if I want to.
Someone suggested a massage and that sounds heavenly. However, I've never had one and wouldn't know where to go for a good one, plus knowing what kind to ask for. I know I could ask people and get some good ideas. But that's kind of research and I'm not so sure I want to have to research my perfect day.
By the way, going to attempt this next Friday. Wish me luck!
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