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Is it rude/wrong of me to make my daughter stay home...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

so I can go out on a date with my husband? Let me start by saying that I do not plan to do it. But I did think about it! emoticon

Saturday's, DH and I have been going out for dinner. Just the two of us. We're not gone long, but we enjoy ourselves and it's nice to have time to ourselves. Since DD is 13 (practically 14!) and DS is 11, we feel comfortable leaving them alone for a couple of hours. More comfy if DD is home since DS has his moments. tee hee

Tomorrow, DD has a birthday party to go to that just happens to be a sleep over. That's Saturday! Do I have to let her go? No. Am I going to? Yes. DH and I will either not go or take the boy or let him stay here. Or who knows. Either way, it's the weekend, so all is good. DD can go be a teen and I'll step up and be the mom...but just for a couple of hours!! LOL!

  
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USERNAMEDD 4/25/2010 7:12PM

  so....

How'd it go with the 2, 3 of you?


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GEEMAWEST 4/25/2010 1:49AM

    I read this a bit late. It's Saturday night, almost 11:00 on the West Coast. So what did you do? I would be very nervous about leaving the 11 year old home alone but all kids are different. Let us know what you did and how it went. Hope you and DH got some time alone somewhere along the line.

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STEELERCRAZY 4/25/2010 12:32AM

    Or you could do what I did and chain 'em up to the doorknobs to the basement and go have your WELL-DESERVED FUN!

OMG! How TERRIBLE I MUST BE!! Whatever...you're the mom and YOU KNOW BEST!!

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AGAINALWAYS 4/24/2010 6:26PM

    Or you could move your dinner date to a lunch date, or have it on Sunday instead.

To my Scottish friend: In the states, the guideline is closer to under 12s, but each state has their own definitions of what the legal age is. I started babysitting when I was 13 for families in my neighborhood. It's really about the maturity of your 13 or 14 year old.

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 4/24/2010 6:03PM

    Um... isn't it illegal to leave an under 14-year-old alone at home? It certainly is here in the UK.
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I know you and your hubby enjoy your date night, but is it really worth getting Social Services involved? I think not. Why not pack your son off to one of his friend's for a sleepover too? That or stay home for once. Have a good weekend anyway.

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BKNOCK 4/24/2010 8:24AM

    Rent him a good movie and go for an early dinner? If your home before dark he should be fine!

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AUNTIEANNE22 4/24/2010 8:04AM

  Kids have to be kids. How often is your daughter gone overnight on a Saturday? I agree that your son may be a little young to leave alone in the evening. I left my son home alone during the day at 11, but he would have been very nervous about being alone in the evening.
How often is it an opportunity for you and your husband to interact with just your son? Take him somewhere kid friendly and let it all hang out.

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CALIMAN1 4/24/2010 2:44AM

    oh come on now...what could your DS possibly do to the house, the cat, the dog, the fish, the television, the curtains, the yard, and the other car in a matter of 2 hours????

Ummmm, maybe you better stay home after all.... emoticon

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I'm getting to be very picky about certain foods.

Friday, April 23, 2010

For example, I worked in a bakery during my junior and senior years of high school. Yes, I tasted every single one of those doughnuts! Had to!! You can't recommend a good donut if you have not personally tasted every variety, right?

Anyway, every morning, the baker would come in and bake the donuts. Some Saturdays, I would pull the morning shift and be there right as the donuts were coming out of the fryer. Do you have any idea how delicious a doughnut, straight out of the fryer and freshly glazed, is? Oh...I do! emoticon And because I do, donuts are not usually a food that I eat. Because they're not fresh. The closest are the Krispy Kremes when the line is running. But most of the time, I'm not willing to spend my calories on donuts.

Another example is candy. If I really think about how the candy will taste, I almost always walk away without buying any. The flavor just isn't quite "it". Most sugar-based foods fall into this category for me.

However, I've never met a cheeseburger that I didn't like (okay, one, but I still go back. What's up with that?) French fries? I don't think you can screw up french fries...even if they've been sitting in the warming bin for awhile and someone puts them back in the fryer to"freshen" them up. I'll eat those! As you can tell, I'm more of a salty cravings kind of girl than sugar.

Any ideas on how to make myself budget those calories on salt as well as I do on sugar? Anyone have a french fry?

  
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RWETHAIRYET 4/23/2010 9:26PM

    I can understand the craving for cheeseburgers and fries...but I'm even picky with those. Every time we go to my favorite hole in the wall breakfast/lunch place, a little place where everything, even the bread is, made from scratch, I HAVE TO get their cheeseburger club and their hand cut french fries. Any other place, especially the fast food junk, is just a waste of calories.
I used to buy and eat donuts...just because, but figured out fairly quickly that I just wasn't enjoying them why waste the calories. But there is a little mom and pop bakery near work that starts making their donuts at midnight, open their doors at 6am and pretty much are sold out of donuts by 8:30 am...On the rare occassion that I can get one of their lemon creams, I enjoy every last bite.
So whatever the craving, I generally just try not to give into it more than once a month.
Chips? those I don't allow in the house, hahaha, because once I start eating them I can't stop. So I only get a small bag when hubby and I are splitting a sub...and we split those too.

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 4/23/2010 10:09AM

    I've never worked around food, although my mother did. She had a job in the canteen of the local biscuit factory (that's cookies to you!) and she would bring home bags full of chocolate biscuits when I was a teenager. I ate more than my fair share of Mint Viscounts, Wagon Wheels (I think you call them Moon Pies), Jammie Dodgers and Royal Edinburgh All-Butter Shortbread. I don't buy biscuits (cookies) very often, as I can't just have a couple, I have to eat the whole packet.

I have a sweet tooth, although I'm a chocolate girl through and through (stick your jelly sweets!). I'll even eat the cheap crap when I'm desperate! I've never eaten a cheeseburger in my life - that plastic cheese is vile and I refuse to ingest it for any reason.
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I do enjoy fries (chips, we call 'em) on occasion, but I never go near McD's, BK or KFC (I've never set foot in KFC and I have no intentions in ever doing so). I prefer chippy chips, which are thick cut potatoes, deep fried in sunflower oil or (if you're really lucky) lard.
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It was fish 'n' chip Friday in the canteen today and I was sorely tempted to partake, but I restrained myself (with great difficulty) and stuck to the soup and salad I'd brought with me. However, that could still change...

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MOCACHOC 4/23/2010 9:59AM

    Goodday,

French fries in moderation aren't that harmful. Make your own and oven back them to take out the fat from grease. Since I've seen Food Nation, Inc. It's a lot I don't like eating. If it doesn't grow naturally or is grass fed which is hard to find these days I don't want to eat it. I shop a lot at the Amish Market to get my fresh fruits, vegetables and meat.

Good Luck

Peace

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LMB-ESQ 4/23/2010 8:44AM

    I'm the same way about pizza. I worked in pizza shops in high school and college. When you make the dough yourself, mix up the sauce, follow special recipes for sausage and meatballs, you get SPOILED!! (Since 1983 I've never found a better recipe for meatballs) LOL Pizza Hut? Dominoes? Ewwww!! Forget it! Those places bring in frozen dough from some central location! There's only one place I really like to order from, a little mom-and-pop place up the street that still makes everything fresh every day. Budgeting it? Ummmm.... LOL I don't even bother. It's one of those things where, when I gotta have it, I gotta have it!

French fries I can pass on, but I'm with you on the cheeseburgers too... the bigger and greasier the better! I just stay away from them but for maybe once a month. I just try to allow for one once in awhile and don't punish myself too much for indulging. What's life if you can't enjoy your food at the same time you're being healthy?

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AUNTIEANNE22 4/23/2010 6:45AM

  I had the same problem after I worked in an ice cream shop one summer.
I never crave french fries because I don't like any of the fast food ones and I never make them at home. I do crave salty foods once in a while, but I usually grab a few chips. My blood pressure is so much better when I don't eat salt that it is a good motivator for me.

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BKNOCK 4/23/2010 5:56AM

    I don't crave cheeseburgers ever, well almost ever! Sometimes I really crave a burger off the grill. Sorry fries are not usually my thing either! I would imagine that you could "fit" it in once in a while though but like I said before, don't eat too much the rest of the day! I worked in a chocolate factory once and for some reason after smelling all of the chocolate I don't crave that too often either!

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I need to leave room for a snack

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I plan my food for the next day fairly religiously. If I have relatively high calorie foods, I will be at the upper end of my calorie range. That generally includes three meals and two snacks. But what about my last snack of the day?

I like knowing that I have some calories left to be able to have a snack after I've worked out and before I go to bed. Not a huge snack, just 100 - 200 calories is plenty. I've noticed that if I don't have that leeway, I feel deprived ALL day! emoticon And because I feel deprived, I have a tendency to overeat on those days (yesterday, for example).

That means I need to make sure that I don't have two (or more) high-calorie meals in one day. OR (and this is a novel idea), I could give myself permission to go a little over. Have that healthy snack and be over by 100 - 200 calories instead of the 600 and up that I go over when I feel deprived. Working on both approaches. Doing good so far! Of course, today was day one! emoticon

  
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RWETHAIRYET 4/23/2010 9:35PM

    I have to have an evening treat...just have too! It's almost a reward for getting through the day. Generally I manage to leave room for it, so I can stay in ranges. But I've learned it's better to have something even if I have been a little over...you're right better a couple hundred over instead of 600.

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 4/22/2010 6:13PM

    Every day is Day 1 for me at the moment.

I know where you're coming from with the bedtime snack thing. If I don't have enough calories for one I start to get twitchy and obsess about food - even if I'm not hungry. It's a form of madness. We'll beat it one of these days... here's hoping it one day soon!
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STEELERCRAZY 4/22/2010 1:13PM

    I'll give you a little trick that works for me. When I'm wanting "something" I have found that the SlimFast shakes work great...but they have a buttload of calories in them. And the sugar is ridiculous. I just switched over to Glucerna. Yes, the diabetic snack shake. It is only 145 calories (for the chocolate ones) and has vitamins, minerals, fiber and low sugar. And it feels me up and keeps the blood glucose from swinging all over the place. Try it....I think it works REALLY well.

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LMB-ESQ 4/22/2010 8:53AM

    Wow! What timing! I was JUST thinking about this yesterday! When I get home at 10 pm from class, I find myself WANTING something. Not a lot, just a little munchie, and I feel deprived if I can't have it. So I've decided that when I'm planning my meals for the day, I'm going to start allowing myself that 100 or so calories as something to look forward to. Yesterday I was just lucky that it worked out and I ate my 70 calorie serving of crackers, and it was perfect. So from now on I'm going to deliberately plan for it. emoticon Nice to know I'm not alone in my thinking!

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BKNOCK 4/22/2010 8:28AM

    I like that evening snack too. I always try to leave space for it! I find that if I have a big meal at lunch time that I don't eat that much for dinner but sometimes it is hard!

I think that you are doing great!

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AUNTIEANNE22 4/22/2010 6:54AM

  I like both plans, but of course being in range is always good.
Can you make it through with just ab apple or some other fruit? That would make you over by less than 100 calories.

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SARAHF_24 4/22/2010 1:04AM

    I always put a night time snack in my tracker. I usually have yogurt and an apple or some fruit. I make sure to make room for that otherwise I feel like I go to bed hungry and I wake up famished!

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88 Books on the wall, 88 books...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Yes, you need to read the title to the tune of 99 bottles of Beer on the Wall. Not that they have anything to do with each other, but it may give you a peek into how my mind works. On second thought...

Anyway, my local library has a reading program for adults. As you finish a book, you write your name, the name of the book you read and your phone number on a slip of paper to enter yourself into the drawing. Every Monday, they pull a certain number of names out of the jar/can/tin. If they draw your name, you can come in a pick out a free book! Of course I play!!!

Since I generally go to the library on Saturdays, I needed a way to keep track of which books I had finished. The solution (for me) was to get one of the larger post-it notes and put it on my book mark. As I finish a book, I write the title on the post-it. On Saturday, I write down the date, enter the books and then cross them off. That helps me know that I did enter the books each week and also gives me a running list of all of the books I've read.

Today, I reached the end of my post-it note. Looking back over the books I read, I noticed that the first date was 3/21...of 2009! (Am I pack rat or what?) Wow, thought I. I've had this post-it note for over one year. I wonder how many books I've read in that year. For those of you who read the title, I'm gonna say you already know the answer to that! LOL!

But, do you also know that the average is 6.7 (almost 6.8) books per month? (I used 13 months if any of you math nerds are following along.) That is 1.69 books per week (average again)! Some folks don't read 1.69 books per year! Not that they should. I just can't imagine why they wouldn't. I enjoy reading, so everyone does, right? emoticon Okay, not!

Of course, the one lady at work who reads as much as I do is out this week. I'll have to remember to share with her what a nerd I am. I mean, she knows I 'm a nerd. This will just reinforce how much of one I am! LOL!!

Happy Reading!!

  
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CARLANNIE 4/23/2010 10:49AM

    The reading doesn't make you a nerd; the averaging your books per time category does! Kinda like my daughter and I figuring out how many people per minute, per hour, per day went on the ride at Splash Mountain. Very nerdy. BTW, the answer is 43,200!

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STEELERCRAZY 4/22/2010 1:09PM

    You know what they say about people who read alot? They say they are really really smart...don't let that go to your head, LOL! But they ARE. You should be proud of your bookworm characteristic. I love to read, too. What kind of genre are you interested in??

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BKNOCK 4/21/2010 3:18PM

    Wow, you do read a lot and wow, you are a nerd!!! I hope that you are having a good day.

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AUNTIEANNE22 4/21/2010 6:36AM

  Wow! You do read a lot. I read in fits and starts. I love to read but my available reading time is limited and I hate to start a book and then get back to it weeks or months later. I'm in that position right now. I started a Nicholas Sparks book last fall, misplaced it, fell and couldn't read, found the book and will now finish it.

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DAV128 4/21/2010 1:28AM

    Sounds like you make reading fun and have others who share your enthusiasm for the written word. I love to read, though I don't quite read as many as 1.6+ per week, I do keep up on my reading list. I have a number of favorite authors and get each of their books as they are published.

Also, to help with my cardio exercise, I started listening to books on tape as I jog or walk. Thus, I always have a printed book, and a book on tape, in progress. So far, I haven't gotten them confused.

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Mojo sucking force field?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Traveled to a nearby town for my daughter's softball game. This town runs their softball program a little differently than my town does. They start the girls on one team when they are fairly young and keep them on that same team throughout their time in the league. There are obviously going to be girls who leave and those who come in, but for the most part, they stay together for years. Because of this, these girls are a team. They know who can do what and they work together really well. This isn't to say that they are unbeatable. They can be beat, but your team has to have it together. It won't be a walk.

My daughter has played on multiple teams with many girls. In doing so, she has learned to play many positions and has gotten to know a lot of different girls. She has also learned how to be part of a team, even if that team changes every year. For the most part, my daughter's team is a good team. There are girls who have been playing for years; others started this year. They all get along and they know how to play the game.

Until they go through the mojo sucking force field. I swear, something about playing this team in their home town sucks all of the mojo out of our girls! LOL! There were more wild throws and missed grounders in the first inning than there has been the whole year to this point. I think part of it is that they psyche themselves out to play this team. After the first inning, they held that team to no more runs. They even scored a few, so it wasn't a total shut out. They even started throwing the ball to each other instead of into space! LOL!!

Does anyone have a reset button for force fields? Or a way to travel around them? I'm not exactly sure where it is, but I'm determined to tear that puppy down!! LOL!

  
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AUNTIEANNE22 4/20/2010 8:08AM

  I wish I could tell you where it is. Even professional teams seem to fall into the same place. Games that should be won are lost because the players psyche themselves out.

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