Tuesday, November 01, 2011
We are learning more about the West Coast culture. Halloween is a big deal here and lasts several days. All ages dress in costumes, decorate their yards and houses, carve pumpkins, have parties, fireworks, etc.
Thursday I helped out with the kindergarten field trip to the Pumpkin Patch. It was fun to be with hundreds of excited kids and take home some pumpkins. Saturday night we had friends to dinner, and were surprised when they arrived in costumes and gave us a beautifully carved pumpkin they made for us. By Sunday we were getting into it - trip to the $ Store for pumpkin carving tool kit, a princess tiara for me and fireman hat for hubby. We carved our pumpkins, put an orange bandanna on Kali and taught her to retrieve a plastic severed hand and took a few pictures. Monday morning I helped at the kindergarten class and wore my tiara. Last night we were stocked with candy and ready to meet the neighborhood kids. I was concerned we would have leftover candies, but by 8 PM we'd have 100 kids and all the candy was gone. We blew out the candles in the Jack O'Lanterns and shut off the lights and listened to the fireworks.
Where we lived before, shopping was limited, and things like eye glasses never went on sale. Yesterday glasses were on sale 1/2 price, so hubby and I each got a pair and he got prescription sunglasses too. Those 3 pair of glasses in total were less than he paid for his one pair of glasses 3 years ago.
We ordered the new windows for our house which will be installed in 6 weeks. The exterior was painted a couple of weeks ago and new laundry appliances are on the way so we are getting started.
I was looking at the recreation center online brochure to find more activities to add to the water aerobics I am doing. I want to start a daily 8 week exercise streak, so that means everyday till Dec. 26th. Even a 10 minute dog walk will qualify as exercise. I am not setting the bar too high, success will be measured by just doing it!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Living on the west coast and pursuing new interests, wow still hard to believe. I have an entourage now, my 3 year old grand daughter and hubby. I have little Kennedy 4 days a week and hubby 7.
Each day is different but to make it work, we do have some structure. In the morning we go to the gym, and I go to water aerobics while hubby takes Kennedy to Roaming Rascals, an indoor playground for pre-schoolers. Then at 10:30 we switch, I go to Roaming Rascals and hubby goes to the gym, so we all get our morning exercise. Other days we go to Strong Start, the pre-kindergarten elementary school program, and hubby and I trade off there too as the gym is a short drive away. Through Kennedy we are meeting parents and grandparents. At water aerobics I am getting to know a few other women.
This Saturday night we are having 4 long time friends over for dinner. We have limited furniture so it's definitely a kitchen party! Next week I am going to the Newcomers' Dinner and will get signed up for Bon Appetite and card nights. I am looking forward to meeting new friends!
My weigh ins this month -
I still have a very bad cold, 3.5 weeks now. Yesterday I rested after exercising and today feel better. Today we are going to shop for a washer and dryer. The existing appliances are old and the dryer does not shut off - yes my jeans all shrunk and I can't wear them!!!
I am living the happily ever after and working at it everyday to establish good routines and habits.
Have a wonderful weekend and sleep in if you can!
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