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Scary Day Yesterday!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

We had a scary day yesterday when my son dropped a cup out of the cabinet that was made of glass and cut his hand two times, but he is okay and the cuts aren't deep enough for stitches or anything. I think he tried to catch it and apparently caught it after it broke. Yikes!

Another scary thing was a local Charlotte, NC news station that I had the tv turned on to went blank (I was on the internet at the time with the tv running in the background) and it stayed black for a few minutes so I turned the channel only to find out that the news station was black because some lady walked into the news studio with a gun so the employees had to leave immediately and reach safety. Everyone is okay and they arrested the lady (who didn't shoot anyone and thankfully no one was hurt), but wow, what a crazy, scary day!!!

The countdown for Christmas is on, wow, only 3 days until the big day! The kids are going to a cute holiday decoration class at the local library this week that is completely free (awesome). I love our little local library, as small as it is. Everyone knows you by name and it makes you feel like a part of a community when you go there.

I still haven't done any holiday baking at all, but no shock, my husband baked a cake last night and made homemade cream cheese frosting since we don't have any. Thank goodness regular cake is not my weakness or I'd be in trouble since that's his favorite (because it's easy and foolproof, LOL) dessert to make.

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KISSFAN1 12/23/2010 7:38AM

    Thanks everyone, I am very thankful he wasn't seriously hurt either. I remember a long time ago I accidentally broke some glass and threw it in the trash can in our kitchen and my mother later picked up the trash bag to close it and the glass cut a tendon in half on her foot because she was barefoot and put the bag on her foot to tie it up.

She had to be rushed to the emergency room and have it stitched back together. We lived in the country so we didn't have garbage service, you had to take all the garbage in your car to a big dumpster a couple of miles down the road so there was no way to take it to an outside trash can (we didn't have one) and I was so young that I didn't even think of someone cutting themselves on the glass inside the bag.

I felt so guilty and so upset because I felt it was my fault so I feel that same anxious feeling when something happens with glass. Luckily nothing that terrible happened to my son and he's fine, but I made sure that the trash bag was taken to the garbage can this time right away so no one had the same experience.

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MEMES74 12/22/2010 9:16AM

    Glad your son wasn't hurt, we have changed over to all plastic cups at our house...because it never fails just about once a week a glass was being broken.

It is not safe anywhere in the public these days..their are crazies everywhere...

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MARPET44 12/22/2010 8:53AM

    So glad that your son wasn't seriously injured. Have a safe and Blessed Christmas.

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KISSFAN1 12/22/2010 8:47AM

    Thank you, I'm very glad as well because it was scary seeing all that blood on his hands! Something parents never want to see. Merry Christmas (if you celebrate) to you! emoticon

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QUADCMOM 12/22/2010 8:17AM

    I'm glad your son wasn't seriously hurt by the cup. I hope you have a better day today.

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Went Clothes & Grocery Shopping Yesterday

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I got groceries for the last time (I hope) before Christmas yesterday and also stopped by Old Navy and found myself some cute long-sleeved shirt hoodies and a sweater. They were all on sale (of course, LOL) and I had a coupon, so while it wasn't as cheap as going to the thrift store, it was faster and less crowded and much closer to home. Old Navy items (shirts anyway) must run pretty big because I ended up with small and extra small in the items I bought. I know I'm not that small so it has to be the way they are made. I've never really shopped at that store much in the past (except for my son) so it was a new experience for me.

I picked up a few grocery things for the family at Wal-Mart including some fattening egg nog for my husband and son, but also found a few new things to eat for me this week. I found some Ruth's (I think it's a southern brand) 50% Less Fat pimento cheese that tastes pretty yummy and I don't even eat the full 2 tbsp. serving. I love cheese so much, but have to limit how much I eat to stay within calories, so this was nice to rediscover.

I didn't find too much more as far as new items for me to try because it was pretty busy there at the store and I just wanted to get out of there and back home. I'm on the lookout though and keep looking at the emails that Hungry Girl sends me to see new products that I might be interested in trying to make my food intake a little "jazzier", LOL.

I woke up around 2:30 am this morning because my husband kept opening the doors and going outside to look for the lunar eclipse, but we weren't able to see it because it was so cloudy, which is a bummer.

I can't believe it is only 4 days til Christmas, where has the time gone? It's crazy how fast this month went and it seems like it was only just Thanksgiving. I'm a little excited because they are mentioning that we "might" get a little bit of snow or something similar on Christmas day although I'm sure it will probably only be for those in the North Carolina mountains, but I can dream of a white Christmas. :-)

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KISSFAN1 12/24/2010 10:29AM

    Suze - I'm glad you finally got to go to a Harris Teeter and that your son loved it. I love it too although it's a little on the pricy side, but not when I have super double coupon weeks, LOL.

We have a few ornaments on the tree that the kids made at the library and also at a local museum. Yesterday my daughter had a ball making Christmas ornaments at the library (for free).

Have a wonderful Christmas and I'm glad that you've got all your shopping done and you can relax with your family. Merry Christmas my friend and I hope you get some of that snow they are predicting for us! emoticon emoticon

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SUZYMARC 12/23/2010 6:03PM

    Yes, we too are hoping for a White Christmas. I think you just find it hard to believe how small you've gotten and its a real shock when you have to buy smaller sizes. I can relate I do the same thing. emoticon

I hear you on not wanting to go out any longer for shopping needs. I talked it over with the guys here and took stock of our pantry and fridge to make a detailed list on what was needed for the next few days special meals. We did that shopping last night.

Do you have a lot of Christmas decorations on your tree that the kids made? I do on mine and I love them.

I agree time has seem to flown by all of the sudden, but I am thankful that I was able to keep up. You still continue to amaze me with your shopping deals, and oh, today while we were in New Bern I finally made it into a Harris Teeter. Its is now my son's favorite store, since it was loaded with exotic foods we don't normally find around our local grocery stores.

Make sure you bundle up if that snow hits. I wish my husband baked and frosted a cake here. Maybe one day.

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KISSFAN1 12/21/2010 2:56PM

    Amanda - I bet she is, LOL. I am envious of any snow she may get though and I love the mountains with snow so much! Happy holidays!

Cheryl - I bet that was beautiful! We hardly ever get snow on Christmas day around here, it's usually January or February when snow comes (if it comes).

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-CHERYL 12/21/2010 12:53PM

    Yeah that's the only time I like snow. I remember on e Christmas eve we were at midnight mass and it was snowing when we left the church, it was beautiful.
Which is silly because Jesus didn't have snow! I guess the childhood and Santa memories call for snow!

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AMANDAMUGNSTIK 12/21/2010 8:51AM

    Yay for new clothes!!! My mom is in the NC mountains and she is freezing her but off!

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Need to Find A Few Food Rewards that Are Low-Calorie, Suggestions?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Today my husband is on vacation (yippee!!!) and I may run to a few clothes stores to see if they have any good long-sleeved shirts that can keep me warmer than I'm being kept right now. We're keeping our heat on pretty high (I really hate to see our bill) and I'm having to wear a long-sleeved shirt and a coat to stay warm inside. I even broke out one of the electric blankets I bought last year at Black Friday sales and that has helped, but I can't carry it around with me outside. :-)

I bought a few long-sleeved shirts at the thrift store throughout the year, but not as many as I did short-sleeved so I feel the need to reward myself with some new ones. Hopefully I'll be lucky and find the perfect ones and at a great price too.

I may look for some new "low calorie" foods or drinks today as well. I'm really not bored with what I normally eat, but since it's the Christmas season I want to buy or make something for "me" that I can eat that isn't crazy in calories.

I found a recipe for the corn chowder soup that we ate 3 years ago (before I was watching what I eat and watching my weight) from a famous restaurant in the Pigeon Forge area and think I will make that for everyone on Christmas Eve. Since they will be having that yummy soup, I want to find something that I can eat at the same time that won't cause me to feel deprived or left out.

I think something "new" will fit the bill, but don't have a clue what it will be yet. Any suggestions on "low-calorie" foods or recipes that you like to make and enjoy eating? I'm not a huge sweets fan, so not really looking for those type of things although I do enjoy the diet hot chocolate (25 calories) that I bought to warm me up when I'm freezing. I'm more of a savory-food lover and am perfectly happy with fruit or things like that for dessert, so if you have some savory type food that you love and can suggest, please let me know.

Just so you know my taste buds, LOL, I regularly eat hummus (Trader Joe's fan), black bean and corn salsa, chicken sausage, Greek yogurt, almonds, egg whites, veggies, fruit, whole wheat bread products, natural peanut butter & occasionally almond butter, Laughing Cow cheese & other cheeses, fish, cinnamon almonds, Triscuits, etc.

I'm not big into apple cider either so haven't bought the diet apple cider I've seen in the stores. I may try the soy eggnog I saw in the store the other day, but don't know if it tastes good or not. Has anyone had that?

Any suggestions are appreciated! Merry Christmas to everyone!

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KISSFAN1 12/21/2010 8:35AM

    I'll have to get me some of those after Christmas when I stop by Sam's Club (I think that's where I saw them). I'm not braving the crowds of people before Christmas at this point unless it's an emergency and I have to, LOL.

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ANAIS57 12/20/2010 8:36PM

    cuddle duds! i love them... just got some and have worn them the last couple days. i was getting chilled after snowshoeing cause my sweaters would get damp and i couldn't warm up at all the rest of the day. the materials in my cuddle duds wick away the moisture. love love love them.

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KISSFAN1 12/20/2010 7:10PM

    Cheryl - Thanks for the suggestion on the thermals, you're probably right, I need some thermals as well. :-) I'll have to find those thin ones you mentioned. I've seen some that are made of a different material (not sure what) than you normally see and I think they were called Cuddle Duds or something like that.

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-CHERYL 12/20/2010 11:11AM

    I love the Greek yogurts! Especially Fage,yum!

Publix has a low fat apple pie yogurt that is one of my treats. I love humus with the Snyder pretzle chips too.
It sounds like you need some thermals, or long johns. Cabela's has a woman's set made of silk that's thin but toasty warm!

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Had a Good Day Yesterday

Sunday, December 19, 2010

We actually got some snow and sleet flurries yesterday off and on throughout the day although it didn't stick much (except a little bit on top of the house and on the side of the road). It was really coming down hard when I went shopping in a small nearby town (which was not super crowded like I know the other town near me was since that town has all the major stores at it unlike the town I went to).

I picked up some last minute items for Christmas dinner and a few cute Christmas items at Mighty Dollar and I am now officially done! What a relief and now I'm just going to enjoy each day leading up to Christmas. I hope that we can make it at least one day this upcoming week to the North Carolina mountains if the weather is not too bad so that I can get the Christmas "feeling" I've been looking for.

Another positive thing is I slept like a baby last night (well not like my children when they were babies/toddlers because they didn't sleep much at all, LOL) and got at total of 10 hours sleep, which is amazing! I can't remember the last time I even got 8 hours, much less 10!

I'm just so excited about Christmas this year for some reason and I'm so happy that I feel that way. Merry Christmas to all my friends who celebrate and I hope this Christmas/holiday season is your best ever!

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KISSFAN1 12/19/2010 11:03AM

    EMPTYNESTER60 - I'm so glad you had a good day yesterday as well. That sounds like a lot of fun you had with your daughter! Merry Christmas to you and yours!


RIDLEYRIDER - I think I finally found it after all these years as an adult. I didn't get to celebrate Christmas or other holidays growing up so I guess that's part of the reason I'm so slow at learning how to enjoy it like I should. :-)

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KISSFAN1 12/19/2010 11:01AM

    Memes74 - I'm about 2 hours from the mountains so you're probably closer to the mountains than me. I love the mountains, especially around winter/Christmas time. Merry Christmas to your family as well! emoticon

JUICYLOVESNERDS - The same thing usually happens to me as well, but this year I want to savor and enjoy the days leading up to Christmas. I just love everything about this time of year, well except for the high traffic and crowds, LOL!

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MEMES74 12/19/2010 8:53AM

    Glad you had a good day...I live in North Carolina at the foothills..I love the mountains!!

Merry Christmas to you and your family..


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  Glad to hear you had a good day.
I never seem to have the Christmas spirit anymore - Christmas just springs out of nowhere it seems and I'm not prepared!

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RIDLEYRIDER 12/19/2010 8:28AM

  Sounds like you have the true holiday spirit this year! Good for you! emoticon

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EMPTYNESTER60 12/19/2010 8:26AM

    I am so glad that you had such a good day yesterday - I did too. My daughter came over & we had a wrapping party, went out for lunch & then finished wrapping everything (except what I got for her, of course LOL). Later I picked up the last thing I needed to get for my grandson so I'm pretty much done shopping and you're right - it feels good to be able to just relax and enjoy the music & smells & friends & family. Enjoy this week & your family. You've worked hard to be able to relax.

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The Christmas Season

Saturday, December 18, 2010

They are predicting a sleet/snow flurry and later changing to rain weather system coming through later today. I don't think it's cold enough (except late at night) for it stick so don't think it will be an issue, but I am excited even if it doesn't stick to have a chance of snow before Christmas.

I officially got the last Christmas gift for my kids yesterday (earrings for my daughter) so I'm relieved that I'm done. We got them at Kohl's 60% off and I had some Kohl Kash that I had to use before Monday so they ended up being very cheap. There was no way I was going to Kohl's this weekend with today being the busiest shopping day other than Black Friday so it had to be yesterday that I got it done and especially since we were already in the area at our orthodontist's office visit. I'm glad to say that his orthodontist said that my son was doing great with his braces and brushing so my husband (who is the one who helps him with flossing) was happy to receive that news as well.

Black Friday was enough of a mob for me, and I prefer not being trampled especially since I'm done and have everything that my husband and I planned on. I can't tell you how happy I am that it's officially complete and I don't have to keep waiting on a good price for something that I have on our list. I've saved a pretty good amount of money on the things we've purchased other than one gift my husband bought for my son that is the same price regardless of where you purchase it.

I've been trying to cook more lately even though I haven't had a lot of energy and the family is thankful for that since they've been eating a lot of convenience foods lately (soup in the can, sandwiches, etc.). I haven't cooked any Christmas cookies yet which feels sort of strange in a way because that is what "everyone" does, but I plan to make home made pumpkin pie (I'll try to lower the fat for me and the family) and other items for Christmas day so I figure that's enough sweets, especially since my husband is known to cook cakes, etc. when I don't have anything sweet available.

It drives me nuts because he complains if I make sweets, but if I don't make them he makes them instead. My son is trying to lose some weight because his pants are getting tight on him (he gains in his tummy) and I keep trying to help him and told him to start small by just drinking more water than he does and to cut down on sweets. I buy lots of fresh fruit (whatever we like that is in season and not terribly expensive) and luckily he is a pretty big fruit lover although he doesn't believe fruit is a dessert, LOL.

I'm so thankful that my children are able to celebrate Christmas without guilt and with joy and hopefully will have great memories of Christmas's past. I hope it is something that they can share with their families when they are old enough to have them and they can relate the Christmas traditions they enjoyed as children to their own children.

It is so weird for my husband to ask me sometimes about Christmas when I was little because he even forgets sometimes that we didn't get to celebrate it. The kids do the same thing as well as friends who know I didn't get to celebrate, but I guess we get so wrapped up in the season that we assume everyone enjoyed the great excitement as a kid. I can see the excitement on my children's faces and sort of feel what it would be like, and it's important to me that it's something they appreciate and enjoy and don't take for granted although I'm sure they do.

I'm going to enjoy the last week before Christmas and slow down and savor the holiday season. I'm going to take in the great smells (evergreen, cool brisk mornings, spices, etc.) and try to make each day full of the holiday spirit of love and peace. I wish the same to all my Spark friends!!!

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KISSFAN1 12/18/2010 9:35AM

    Emptynester - Unfortunately I have been waking up around 4:00 and 4:30 am lately but lie in the bed hoping to get back to sleep, but it almost never happens, so I give up and get online instead, LOL. Thank you so much, you're special as well and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Tammy - Ack!!! I would be hyperventilating about now if I didn't have things already done and wrapped, but I'm one of those people who hates waiting to the last minute because it stresses me out big time to do that, LOL. Good luck on the shopping today, I hope it's not too crowded and you find everything you need/want today. emoticon

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BNBLYNNE 12/18/2010 8:16AM

    Enjoy. I still have shopping to do today and did not wrap anything yet.

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EMPTYNESTER60 12/18/2010 7:21AM

    You are up very early this morning SparkFriend! That is emoticon that you have all of your shopping done and were able to get bargains on most of the things you bought. I'm almost done, just need to get something for my son-in-law and he is being very uncooperative about letting anyone know what he wants. I hate to just give a gift card - would much rather give him something he really needs. Enjoy your family and this wonderful Christmas season - you are very special. Hope you get the snow you are wanting - it is so pretty to look at as long as it doesn't get icy.

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