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Did you know that 5:30 is an hour earlier than 6:30?

Saturday, December 05, 2009

And if you show up at 6:30 when everyone else was there at 5:30, you miss the parade? emoticon emoticon Oopsies! My kids were disappointed and I felt bad that they were going to miss out on the parade. But part of me was pretty darn happy to get back in that warm truck (took DH's truck since he has a heater!) and go back to my warm house. Maybe we'll try again next year.

The good news is that I have been working on my Christmas cards and am up to the S's already. Unfortunately, most of my relatives have last names that start with T. emoticon I'll get them done tonight, but gum! Well, I'll get them all signed and addressed. DH didn't make it to the post office (he forgot) so I can't stamp them all. And there are at least two that I know I need their new addresses.

Got some more Christmas shopping done today. Tomorrow, I'll shut myself in my room with boxes and bags and wrapping paper and pull out everything I've gotten so far. I'll compare what I got for each kid to ensure that I've been fair. Then I will wrap the stuff for the tree and stash the stuff for the stockings and cross my fingers that I am done shopping except for a few stocking stuffers.

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CARLANNIE 12/6/2009 9:21AM

    I got a small sense of panic yesterday, because I only have one gift purchased and that's because I bought it in October and stashed it away. I don't even have a clue what to get people this year. OMG. Should I start running around like a chicken with its head cut off yet? Breath in. Breath out. Still 19 days to decide.

WTG on being on top of the ball this year!

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GEEMAWEST 12/5/2009 11:56PM

    I guess you learn something new everyday. I had no idea that 5:30 was an hour earlier than 6:30. Who knew?

I quit doing Xmas cards a long time ago, just too lazy to do all that work knowing that someone is just going to throw it away. I will however, be locking myself in my room to do the wrapping and inventory to make sure I have been fair to all the grandkids. The only ones I haven't shopped for are my son and daughter that live a long distance away. I want to just get them a gift card but hubby doesn't like that idea. But then again he also doesn't want to go out and do any shopping.

Sorry you missed the parade, I guess? Hope the kids will forgive you.

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My curling iron EXPLODED!!!

Friday, December 04, 2009

Okay, so there was a tiny little pop and a quick flash of light. But it did surprise me and my curling iron was not working anymore. Being the practical woman I am, I unplugged my curling iron (in case there was a short) and finished curling my hair before all of the heat dissipated from the iron! LOL! Hey, it was hot, my hair was striaght. What else should I have done?

Anyway, as I was heading into work, the enginerdy part of me took over. I thought "Since the curling iron is ruined anyway, I can take it apart and see if I can fix it." Yay me! I like taking stuff apart and seeing how it works. Worst case, my curling iron still won't work and I'll get the chance to see what a curling iron looks like on the inside. Best case...I fix my curling iron! Not really counting on that, but hey, it could happen.

After I get home from the gym, I go to take a shower and turn on the radio so I can rock out to some tunes. My radio doesn't work. Hmmmm. That's the same outlet that my curling iron was plugged into. Push reset...reset won't push....hmmmm. Go to the other bathroom (it's on the same circuit) and test my daughter's radio. It doesn't work. Hmmmm...push reset again. This time it pushes, but still nothing works. Hmmm...sounds like a fuse popped. So I send the kids out (messy garage, lots of climbing involved) to check the fuse box. The find the right one, reset it and VOILA! My daughter's radio turns on. I go into my bathroom and plug in my curling iron. It worked. emoticon Dang it! I don't get to tear it apart! Bummer...

Maybe it really will explode tomorrow! There's a happy thought! LOL!

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MARLOU4 12/5/2009 3:22PM

    Funny!Glad every thing is working because I believe the radio was next in line for the ATTACK OF THE KILLER SCREWDRIVER. Bahahaha

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AWYEAGLE 12/5/2009 10:52AM

    OMG you are to funny. I work with a bunch of engineers and they are always doing the same thing. Their most recent was taking apart the old coffee machine - believing they could fix it, despite the fact that I told them it still worked but had a crack in the housing for the water and that was why I threw it out.

Sorry you didn't get to take apart the curling iron - no worries it should die sometime in the next 20 years or so. LOL

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CAROLEHZ 12/5/2009 9:13AM

    My first though when I saw your title was ..I can't live with out my curling iron (ahh vanity) so Woo Hoo for using the heat while you had it..I used to cause hair dryers to catch on fire and die fairly frequently but knock on wood we've been good for a long time now...My question is what caused the breaker to trip in the first place? Ignore that and you may be able to take that sucker apart fairly soon.

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ONECOOKIETWO 12/4/2009 11:51PM

    Thanks for the great laugh.
I think you should take the damn thing apart.
Throw caution to the winds.

Unplug it first...

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LITERATURE_NERD 12/4/2009 11:19PM

    This blog was so funny and unexpected! Thanks for sharing!

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Stress did NOT win out today!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

I walked into a royal mess at work today. Okay, so it wasn't really a big mess, but the boss' boss' boss got involved, so it got to be a LOT more important really quickly. I spent the entire day getting our story straight to tell folks outside of our department. Because of the timing, I didn't have lunch until 2:00 (breakfast was at 7:00!).

I did eat an apple and string cheese around 10. Then I started getting hungry and really had to wait for an answer before I could eat my lunch. So, I ate my carrots while I was waiting. And I had five peanuts. When I finally made it to lunch, all I had left was a sandwich and I was HUNGRY! So, I bought some chips. But I did good...I had the Baked Doritos not the full fat ones that were calling my name!

Came home, made dinner and very purposely used the small plate for mine. Ate that and felt like having a cookie. I logged all of my food to see how many calories I had left. Seventeen. No cookie worth eating has only 17 calories. emoticon

So, I did not eat my cookie. BUT...I was in range for calories today!! First time in five days! So, neener neener stress! I won! Bring it on!! No, wait, don't bring it on. I will retire victorious! LOL!

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ONECOOKIETWO 12/4/2009 11:54PM

    wow, good for you for having such willpower and committment to your weight loss.

Can I hire you to lose weight for me, too?

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AWYEAGLE 12/4/2009 10:23AM

    Yeah for you!!! You did really, really great on this. All that stress and bad food staring you in the face and you looked the other way. Great job!

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DOINFINE 12/4/2009 10:14AM

    emoticon Way to track those calories! I usually make the mistake of eating first then tracking later. I can see how your plan makes much more sense and leads to success! emoticon

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I have a Twin today!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Today is my little brother's birthday. We were born in the same in January, him in December. So, for a little over one month, I have a twin. I sent him a note of congratulations...not everyone gets to be twins with me! LOL!

Off to bed so I can get to the gym in the morning....AGAIN!!! Man, I hate that I tell you all that. At least, I hate it at 4:00 in the morning. When I'm done, I don't mind so much! LOL!

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GLOBALKEEWEE 12/3/2009 1:00PM

    AGAIN??? You are on a roll! (Don't tucker yourself out, here...we'd hate for you to use up a whole year's worth of motivation in one week!)

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STEELERCRAZY 12/3/2009 12:43PM

    How cool! Well, happy birthday to your brother! I thought at first you were talking about me...sniff, sniff. Hey, what day is your birthday? Mine's in January, too!! Gonna be (cough, cough) 29 AGAIN this year!!!

Won't be long before you'll be lugging out the suitcase full of birthday candles, huh?

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RWETHAIRYET 12/3/2009 11:12AM

    Isn't it the best feeling....once you're done with the exercising...It's like you're free for the rest of the day!!

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AWYEAGLE 12/3/2009 10:54AM

    How fun - for you anyway. I'm guessing it wasn't much fun for your Mom to have 2 babies that close in age. LOL

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BKNOCK 12/3/2009 10:35AM

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You are doing so awesome!

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I sorta did it and I did do it and I'm gonna do it!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

So, for the week of Thanksgiving, my goal was to stay in my calorie range every day except T-day and to stay under 2800 calories that day. I did really good until T-day. After that, I was WAAAY out of calorie range.

I also planned to work out every day. If you count 7 1/2 hours of shopping on Black Friday, I did that.

I did get up this morning and went to the gym! Yay!! I wasn't sure what that dang noise was when the alarm started ringing, but I figured it out. Dang it! LOL!

AND, I'm gonna do it again tomorrow! I like being home with the family at night. Plus, I need to get to the library tomorrow after work. Hope I remember! Planned to go tonight and remembered at 8:00. Library closes at 8:00. Oops!

kay...things to do, Biggest Loser to watch. Later taters!

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RWETHAIRYET 12/2/2009 1:45PM

    I'm still struggling with that get up and get it done thing...but every other day is definitely an improvement over none at all, lol

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CARLANNIE 12/2/2009 9:28AM

    You have my admiration for working out before work! I am not a morning person. But on the rare occasion that I do, it makes me SO gun-ho for the day! Great job! I had a good exercise day yesterday with a WATP video in the morning, and then treadmill & bike at the Y followed by a not-to-strenuous swim. I was pooped. Who are you rooting for on the Biggest Loser?

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BKNOCK 12/2/2009 6:26AM

    Good job! You can do it, you can do it, Yay!! I hope you like my cheering. Have a great day!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 12/1/2009 11:36PM

    You guys have another series of biggest loser going?? I'm jealous as that program motivates me A LOT!!!! ( here we get the aussie biggest loser)

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GEEMAWEST 12/1/2009 11:14PM

    Good Job, Barb. I also find that working out in the morning works better for me. I also blew it big time around Thanksgiving. I took it as a free for all. What a mistake. I felt horrible, physically and emotionally. Glad I learned my lesson before Xmas. I'll be thinking of you when I am up and exercising at 6:00 tomorrow morning.

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