Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Patrick is finally getting back to his old self. He's off the nebulizer and back on his maintenance inhaler at a slightly higher dose. It's great to see him back to normal. Yesterday was his birthday. He's a big 12 year old now. I made his favorite dinner, sweet & sour chicken. I also found a recipe on allrecipes.com using his favorite ingredients for some cookies, white chocolate coconut haystacks. They turned out great!
Mary, my 10 year old, has had pain in her ear since Friday. Time to go to the doctor. I was actually kind of glad we had to go, so I could step on a reliable scale. I was at work over the weekend. I work at a hospital that usually has around 250-300 patients. I figured I'd go to employee health and that they would have a good medical scale for employees to track their progress. I couldn't have been more disappointed. The scale they had looked like a hand-me-down from a 1950's bathroom. It didn't even have numbers over 100. It just spun around an extra time. My number wasn't good, and then the nurse told me that the scale usually weighs heavy, up to six pounds off. I know they have Weight Watchers where I work. Why can't they invest in a good scale for the employees? Anyway, I got the news I wanted when I took Mary to our small town doctor. I stepped on the scale, the same one for all my measurements so far on SparkPeople.
I'm below the 190 mark, my first mini-goal!!! I had a feeling I had reached that goal. I was able to wear some pants that haven't fit in a few months. It killed me not to blog about it yesterday, but I already blogged about my weekend. Oh, Mary's doing better. We got some antibiotics for her ear infection.
Thank you to all my new friends on SparkPeople. You help me stay motivated and help me to have a positive outlook even when it gets tough to keep at it.
Monday, April 05, 2010
Well, I made it through this incredibly busy weekend! I had a slight meltdown when our company was coming on Saturday morning and I was starting to cook. Brian was busy with a man project and I wanted him to help me. I blew up a little, but quickly apologized when I realized I could handle it myself. How hard is it really to put a frozen pizza in the oven? I made an egg casserole for the adults that turned out wonderfully! The kids were so excited to see each other, they hardly ate.
Sunday morning went very well. I was worried about 8am mass since I worked till 10:30pm. We commute to work and to church, so that adds to the time crunch. Brian got everyone prepared the night before, and got the kids in bed early. No one was fussy. Most parishioners went to midnight Mass, so the church was only half full. We take up a whole pew, so that was nice. The weather was perfect for the egg hunt after mass. The kids had so much fun. We then went out to breakfast and then for a walk. I had some time to burn before going to work. I was in a great mood all day since the morning went so well.
At work I tried to combine two action steps: get your workouts in 10 minute blocks, and exercise somewhere new. I was able to escape for a total of 6 ten minute walks, 2 on Friday, 1 on Sat, and 3 on Sunday. My route includes stairs and a hill. I went up the equivalent of 8 flights of stairs on Sunday.
It's been since Thursday since I've gotten in a full workout, cardio & weights. I'm hopeful that I'll get that done today. Have a great week everyone!
Thursday, April 01, 2010
I thought I'd post now since I'm about to get too busy to do much on SparkPeople this weekend. I'll have to remember to get my login points. I've got a good streak going on that.
Yesterday was a tough day. A headache hit in the middle of the night and I was too groggy to get medicine. It kept me from sleeping well, and I woke up around 4:30am. That made for grumpy mom day. After feeling crummy all morning, I finally got the twins ready after lunch and headed out to pay our property taxes (yuck). Then things started going much better. I took the twins to the park. I am so glad they have each other. They ran around calling each other, "Best Buddy!" I even got a little sun on my face. We got home in time for me to do 33 minutes on the elliptical and then my weights and stretching. I'll have to remember that if I work out, my mood improves dramatically. I was able to warm up the leftovers, take Stevie to his first soccer practice, clean the kitchen, and get the kids in bed without being grumpy. I even encouraged Brian to swim after the kids were in bed (we have an indoor endless pool).
The rest of the week is still busy, but I'm not freaking out any more. We have Holy Thursday mass tonight. I work all weekend and we are having company Saturday morning. There's also Easter mass bright and early at 8am. If possible, I'll try to leave work early on Saturday night. The hospital shouldn't be too busy, it being a holiday weekend. Still, I think I've found the strength and peace of mind to get through.
I hope everyone has a very Happy and Blessed Easter!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Six married men
will be dropped on an island
with one car
and 3 kids each
for six weeks.
Each kid will play two sports
and take either music or dance classes.
There is no fast food.
Each man must
take care of his 3 kids;
keep his assigned house clean,
correct all homework,
complete science projects,
and pay a list of 'pretend' bills
with not enough money.
will have to budget enough money
for groceries each week.
must remember the birthdays
of all their friends and relatives,
and send cards out on time--no emailing.
Each man must also take each child
to a doctor's appointment,
a dentist appointment
and a haircut appointment.
He must make one unscheduled and
inconvenient visit per child to the Emergency Room.
He must also make cookies or cupcakes
for a school function.
Each man will be responsible for
decorating his own assigned house,
planting flowers outside, and keeping it
presentable at all times.
The men will only have access to television
when the kids are asleep and all chores are done.
The men must shave their legs,
wear makeup daily,
adorn themselves with jewelry,
wear uncomfortable yet stylish shoes,
keep fingernails polished,
and eyebrows groomed
During one of the six weeks,
the men will have to endure severe
abdominal cramps, backaches, headaches,
have extreme, unexplained mood swings
but never once complain or slow down
from other duties.
They must attend weekly school meetings
and find time at least once to spend
the afternoon at the park or a similar
They will need to read a book to the kids each night
and in the morning,
brush their teeth and
comb their hair
by 7:30 am.
A test will be given
at the end of the six weeks,
and each father will be required to know
all of the following information:
shoe size, clothes size,
the child's weight at birth,
length, time of birth,
and length of labor,
each child's favorite color,
and what they want to be when they grow up.
The kids vote them off the island based on performance.
The last man wins only if...
has enough energy
to be intimate with his spouse
at a moment's notice.
If the last man does win,
he can play the game over and over and over
again for the next 18-25 years,
eventually earning the right
to be called Mother!
After you get done laughing,
send this to as many females as
you think will get a kick out of it and
as many men as you think can handle it.
Just don't send it back to me....
I'm going to bed.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Brian's test is finally over!! We drove down to Kansas City early (way too early) Saturday morning. Thankfully, his sister Cathy came along. His test took six hours, so we girls went shopping. Cathy knows KC a lot better than me and I really didn't want to spend the day alone. I had such a good time shopping with her. My meals weren't all that healthy: Panera egg souffle & a giant bacon cheeseburger with fries. I think I'm okay with that. I have to take a break every now and then. I didn't snack on anything bad. I was a little upset with the sizes I had to buy, but with everything so form fitting now I have to stick to the larger sizes. I did get some new workout clothes. I also actually got another swimsuit. It doesn't look too bad. I'm really happy with it. Brian and the kids gave me compliments when I wore it last night swimming. I didn't even prod them for the compliments.
Well, today is the start of a busy week. I sure wish I didn't have to work this weekend. Mass on Thursday, work on Friday (I can't make any of the Good Friday ceremonies), company and work on Saturday, Mass either at midnight after work or 8am Sunday, work again on Sunday. If that's not enough, Mikey starts track and Stevie starts soccer. Yikes!
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