Tuesday, August 16, 2011
This week is a blurring by!
On my $62 Target menu (remember, I based off of what I had at home mainly) I came up with a Cheeseburger Quiche. Now, I LOVE quiche, but wasn't sure if my family would approve.
Ya know what? they DID!!!!
I even made a homemade crust, who knew I was even capable? (ok ok, I knew lol)
Let's see. I also made a ratatouille that was so freaking yumdelish!! Since then I've included the leftovers in my stew for tomorrow.
My folks are up from Texas this week. We went two hours south to some of my family and basically party on the lake. It was really a lot of fun! Now, I have some family members that would make even Jerry Springer blush, but I always love going to catch up on the gossip, meet the new babies, and reflect. My dad has 12 brothers and sisters so since I've accumulated well over 200 cousins and we are loud and big and ... well, we are like the Big Fat Greek Wedding only we're not Greek :o) At least, not that I've been notified as of yet.
I've gotten down my Hip Hop Abs and I'm pretty excited to be starting that. I want to do it WITH my new Slim in 6 series. I should be sweating up a storm here!! wowza! I'm going to try the HIp Hop Abs in the morning.
That's about it...It's about midnight and I still have to get up to take middle one to band, little one to tumblin and buy the oldest our text books. OH!! I forgot.
No. I mean it. I forgot. I was just gonna say something and it left my brain and fizzled right out the nose.
challenges, weight, food, ... I think I covered it...OH, maybe it was something about having another "daughter" out next summer and buying the youngest a planner to make it happen...maybe....I dunno but now I'm ramblin. I need to run, I need coffee, I need....
Clearly I need:
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Strange how life can change in an instant.
There we all were at our annual camping trip in LaPines, Oregon. The trip is relatively important, you see, for it entwines our families from Washington and California. In organizing such an event my husband and I usually take charge of the food portions. We purchase it, organize the menus and bring it all down. This year we purchased food for over 30 people for a week; a hefty bill to be paid back at the camp ground. Good thing as I used my rent money to purchase the foods...
Only the 2nd day in we had a death in the family and seven people left..without their payment. Hubby asked if we should ask them for payment and I said "no". and I still won't ask for it...we even donated another $150 for the funeral. Another couple also didn't pay and said they would send a check. It doesn't "bother" us really as we always have tended to put forth the foods. The point of the whole paragraph REALLY is that in doing so, I put MY intermediate family in a budget crunch for the next two weeks.
When we came back home my daughters and I had to figure out how to purchase groceries for two weeks. I sat down and crunched out a menu; looking online for attractive meals under $10. I also looked up recipes for venison. My husband hunts and I rarely use the meats in fear that I will spend the day cooking and we still order pizza that night....LOL (It's been done!!)
I am proud to say that I came up with 14 meals and shopped at Target. Between the items we still had at home and the menu in my hand I spent (are you ready?) $62 for two weeks. This did NOT include produce, but still...I couldn't help but to do the happy pee pee dance a little.
If that wasn't enough one of the creative meals was done last night...Venison marinated in sweet sauce covered in BACON!!
It was a little overdone, but all three of my girls ate it! (something that rarely seems to happen in this house) They admitted it was a little overdone, but that was okay as it tasted likey jerkey...I think that was a compliment. LOL
Oh, camping: I was worried about the menu as it did consist of hotdogs, burgers, spaghetti and such and I was ever thankful that Tom (hubby) went out of the way to buy me watermelon, cantalope, grapes, and other amounts of fruits as that's mainly what I ate. I tried doing my C25 run. I picked week 2 as that is my favorite playlist and I thought how easy it would be to do the six 90 increments...WRONG!! By increment number two I was gasping and panting and kept trying to push myself forward. I tried going AROUND the campsite roads so no one I knew would see me, but that didn't work....they looked for me and cheered me on. I guess they've never seen a fat lady run and found it encouraging and entertaining.
Truth be known, it was nice to see them cheering me on (I couldn't hear as the playlist was a buzzing away)
I'm pretty sure I couldn't do the increments because of the higher altitudes. I will work on that.
Looking at last years pics and this years...although I've lost 15 pounds I don't see any difference and neither did anyone else. That's okay though. Really. I carried my weight well until it all hit and I will until it all falls off. I know this.
This was last July (2010) I was hoping then to get INTO the 180s (196 lbs)
and this is me IN the 180s hoping for the 170s.
Hopefully I can lose more than 10 pounds this year. I DO have mutant ninja resistor fat cells though and they are EVIL little B@st*rds. I did come home to the scale at 180.2. Not bad.
I wasn't able to get back into the groove of exercising or Spark yet and I'll tell ya why. We began our life routine already. Sort of. First, we went to the funeral (my mom in law was who passed....well, step mom in law, but really)
Then even though the girls don't start school until end of August my Katie has band every single day 8 hours a day for the summer. OMG they are so dedicated!!! Then there's cheer four days a week for the youngest and dance for Kate a different four days a week. My oldest, Panda, and I are looking for school books as our financial aid was denied (booooo) and because that clearly isn't enough to do my husband is happily moving forward with our Humdinger BBQ business. We have an event for the 27th of this month, a ribfest on the 10th of next month and I am in charge of seeking a BBQ competition for us to enter in.
The event on the 27th is a Fundraiser for my daughter's band. I contacted the City of Lincoln to promote it and somehow ended up possibly getting our business a gig every Friday in the town of Rocklin......keep your fingers crossed on that one please as I think that would put hubby into an actual (dare I say it) happy mood for a minute.
Okay! For those of you in Slim in 6 (or not) we will be starting a new challenge on August 21st. That will be our Six weeks of September challenge. For those who don't have a Slim in 6 account, come on over...you just have to work out for 6 weeks is all. I just love the daily interactions... :o)
My oldest is pestering me to visit her in the living room, there are still dishes, my youngest wants a cell phone, there's cheer tonight and I'm creating a homemade hamburger quiche for tonight. The pool has to be cleaned and the garden re-tended to. I hope I can get in a small run just for relaxations' sake!!!!
OH!!! For those who haven't yet to see Katy Perry's new "Last Friday Night" video. It rocks. It freaking has Corey Feldman as her Dad, Debbie Gibson as her Mom and Kenny G as her Uncle. I love artist who appreciate the 80s.
Had to throw that in....go watch it...it's freaking awesome!! Oh, I'll help you. Here's the link. Watch it....I commad you!! (not really...I really wouldn't be that mean, but I hope you watch it) and watch it past the credits, freaking cute.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I had a little fender bender last weekend. The people took off with no insurance and I took it into an autobody shop to get the estimate: $1500. Thank goodness for insurance, right? The check engine light came on the very next day and I hoped it was nothing serious.
Anyhows I had planned on taking the car back in to them at the end of the month. Our family is going to LaPines, OR then and I won't need the car. I NEED the car until then. My youngest has cheer 4 days a week, and my middle has band 2x a week and etc etc. Plus she has her friends here from Washington State and I've been running them ragged, or them me?
Last night after dropping Nikki off at cheer I drove the other 3 girls to Skyzone. I was in the parking lot and the car died. Just flat died...no sputter or nothing. I knew I had to get the engine looked at.
So, after dropping Kate off at her high school I drove over to Duncan's automotive to have them look at the car. $125 for diagnostic before estimate....of course. He can't look at the car until after noon (It's 815am) I wouldn't expect no less. :o)
I walked back to the high school and when her band was over told her we were walking the 5 miles back home. Me in flip flops and her carrying a mellophone!!
We did it though. Two hours later we were both sore and tired (I did stop at the local Starbucks....I can't leave her dehydrated on a five miler) but we did it! According to my iPod pedometer we did 14,898 steps in 2 hours burning 700 calories. According to Spark I wimped out at a mere 500 calories. LOL eh...both burned off the Starbucks as far as I'm concerned.
oh, and it's a sticker!!
But, then I got the call...Duncan said it IS from the accident and that it punctured the air injector and guess what? It's only another grand.
I called my insurance company (I'm sure they just LOVE me by now) and explained the situation. They are going to pick up my car and do their own diagnostic and if it IS related they will reimburse the $125 I have to pay today. There is concern as the check engine light wasn't on that day/...but it was on the next day. so if they declare, I could be screwed a good grand.
I haven't smoked in two years and let me tell you...I sure want one. I don't crave one, but I really want one!! (and there is a difference) UGH!!
So, not only is my car gone I have 4 girls at the house looking at me with blank stares.
alright girls...play rockband, swim, clean, weed or walk. Those are your options until ...um ... at least Saturday.
I just did 5 miles, but I think I'm going for a run. I really realy need a stank.
the blue bug (Iggy) is mine...we posed it next to the cute little pink one! LOL
soooooo I did do something kinda bad. I made my Shepherd's pie yesterday and boy was it gooood. The ONLY reason I put it in Sparkrecipes was because I really didn't know the fat/calorie content in it. Let's just say Blindbatty's REALLY happy I didn't eat anything else that day...gulp...It's like almost 500 a serving!! yikes!! But it IS comfort food at its finest...sighs. Maybe I shoulda stuck with fried chicken? LOL
oh c'mon....like celery makes you feel better!!
No. but a smoothie would? Loaded with protien and bananas?
crud....I hate it when I'm right.
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