CLMANCHESTER's SparkPeople Blog CLMANCHESTER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'm Still Here - And Evolving Crazy busy but in so many positive ways. <BR> <BR> So what have I been doing? <BR> <BR> My priority has been getting to the gym. I have taken an inventory of my attempts over the years and came to the conclusion that I haven't really applied myself to exercising. I have worked myself up to 100+ minutes a day at the gym, except when weather is bad like today. Those days require a home workout. Going to the gym is a 45 minute commute each way, so that is why I am making sure my workouts are i... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:26:26 EST Blogging is So Not In My Sphere Right Now I miss blogging here but honestly, while we are working on Peter Pan, I am wiped out when I get home. I am fitting in my full time job, driving with my youngest to get in those annoying 40 hours of driving time, going to the gym, and working on our Spring Musical 20+ hours a week. <BR> <BR> I have a vacation coming up and hoping to catch up on my program. I'm still working it, just the blogging is on the back burner. <BR> <BR> Sorry all! Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:33:13 EST 1/28/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (Getting Back On Track) Wow, I slipped up and didn't post here for a couple of days. I also didn't go to the gym for a couple of days and I wasn't completely on tracking my food. <BR> <BR> I have been EXTREMELY busy the last few days. I know it isn't an excuse, but it is the truth. Friday was the drama competition, and I won Best Director! I still think I'm taking this off my plate for next year. <BR> <BR> Saturday we went to an SCA event, my first in months. It was so much fun and I got to reconnect with friends ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:22:57 EST 1/23/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (New Measurements) I just realized that I had the wrong date on yesterday's gratitude entry, we'll blame the headache. I feel like myself today, but what a busy day! I was still catching up on grading from being sick, but I got my grades in for the term with hours to spare. <BR> <BR> The new term has started with new students and has gone pretty smooth so far. <BR> <BR> When I got home I decided to update measurements and discovered that I lost an inch and a half around my waist, that puts me 13 inches away f... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 20:31:53 EST 1/21/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (Zomig) I am grateful for the invention of Zomig. I have been battling this migraine since 4 AM. I worked both jobs today, came home and finished a project for Friday's show. <BR> <BR> Now I'm in bed waiting for Zomig to kick in. How did people get rid of these before Zomig? Tue, 22 Jan 2013 19:21:17 EST It's What's Missing That Might Pack On The Pounds I keep asking myself if I'm tracking and exercising, why am I gaining? <BR> <BR> I looked over my tracking history and noticed that I m way below my suggested fat intake. I know that seems counter intuitive, but it might be the problem. <BR> <BR> I turned on the meal suggestions. The main thing I'm adding in will be walnuts. Actually it is a food highly recommended for diabetics. Also peanut butter. <BR> <BR> Going by SP suggestions, it looks like I'll be eating more too. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:01:30 EST 1/21/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (Walking Uphill) Over a year ago I stopped going on walks with my husband and dogs because we live on top of a hill and going up that hill would give me terrible chest pain and I would usually end up throwing up at the end of the walk. <BR> <BR> I still have this upper respitory thing, and although I had a great day yesterday, today was tough and I ended up sleeping off most of today. When it was time to walk the dogs, I went. I wanted to face the hill. <BR> <BR> I was able to keep up with him and the dogs.... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:22:32 EST 1/20/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (A Day With My Daughter) Yesterday when I woke up, I felt great. I dressed for the gym and decided to wash the bedding I had lived in for the previous two days. I went down the stairs with a bundle of bedding and up the stairs huffing and puffing, dizzy, ready to sleep. Gym was out of the question. I took down Christmas decorations, I went to a friend's kick off party for her new Pamper Chef business. Came home and found the house was cleaned and bleached down by hubby. I took a very peaceful nap. Picked my daughter ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 23:10:42 EST 1/19/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (No More Fever) I have been battling fevers for the last 24 hours. It has kept me in bed, out of the gym, off of SparkPeople, etc. I didn't do any blood sugar readings yesterday, or log my food. They had me on vicadin for the back pain and as a cough suppressant, but I think it is also an appetite suppressant. I spend most of the day just sleeping. Eating was the last thing I wanted to do, and most of the food I ate yesterday was so the Advil would not upset my stomach, and I had to force myself to eat that ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 08:01:06 EST 1/16/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (Emergency Room Doctors) Yeah, another gratitude entry that is a day late, but for good reason. I was in the ER last night. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I woke up with a headache, and a little cough. No biggie, went to work. As the day went on, the headache got bigger, and the cough got deeper, and I got tired. Obviously, something was hitting me. Then, due to all the snow dumped on us through the school day, after school activities all canceled, so I didn't have to go to the night job directing for the drama competition. I ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:20:46 EST 1/15/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (Insightful Coworker) I gained 7.6 pounds this month. My A1C did drop from 10.6 to 9.8, which is still too high. <BR> <BR> Just what I feared .... I was so good but I feel like I've been slapped in the face. <BR> <BR> I was sharing this fear with a coworker before I left for the appointment and he asked "do you watch Biggest Loser?" <BR> "Yes" <BR> "In week two, it slows down for them. Some lose nothing. Some even gain. They have a team of people helping them, and they struggle. I figure a week for them is like ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 20:36:53 EST What If You Are Good And Gain Weight? I'm getting nervous because I'm leaving soon to go to the doctor. I use the doctor's scale for my official weigh-ins. <BR> <BR> At the last visit I was at my lowest weight in 10 years. Which is what got be back to SparkPeople because I wanted to get even lower. <BR> <BR> I snuck in to the school nurse's office for a quick weigh-in. I've been doing this on and off over the past couple of weeks. Her scale inches up for me every day and today, according to her scale, I'm over 230 again. <BR> ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:11:26 EST The Space One Day's Worth Of Food Takes Up I just grabbed a snack out of my lunch bag and realized that I have fit all my food for a single day in this one lunch bag. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of my bag. FYI, I don't go through the two liters of Diet Coke a day, I just put it next to the bag as reference. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I brought my day's worth of food with me because I won't be home tonight until nearly 9:00 PM. I put every food I planned for this day in t... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:07:17 EST 1/14/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (AB CRUNCHER) I'm not directing this competition next year. These kids don't show up, when they do, they complain about everything. I'm talking to the department director and telling her to replace me after this year. I'd rather put my energy into Spring musical. <BR> <BR> I went to tonight's practice after going to the gym. I was feeling so great but walked in to an empty auditorium. <BR> <BR> When things were falling apart at practice I kept thinking "I'd rather be at the gym" then I realized that I'd ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:28:35 EST A POTB For Me - Avoiding Ice Cream The last 24 hours have been so difficult that I could feel the emotional cravings (on top of physical hunger) taking over. I wanted ice cream soooooooooo bad. I even thought about going to Cumby's to get a pint of my turtle coffee caramel ice cream. <BR> <BR> It didn't help that hubby was craving ice cream too. <BR> <BR> No, I was determined not to do it. I could hear that voice in my head "your friend just died, you need ice cream, you deserve to feel numb, ice cream helps, get ice cream".... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 19:36:37 EST 1/13/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (Meals For The Week ... Links to Recipes) It's been a difficult day. I'm still digesting the news of her passing. It was hard to be on Facebook today because all my friends on there who knew her, were talking about her. <BR> <BR> On Sundays I like to do my meal planning for the week. So this morning that's what I did. I took on a challenge to minimize my grocery shopping by trying a new site: <BR> <BR> You put in the ingredients you already have on hand, and it generates a recipe database of what you can make ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 18:12:08 EST 1/12/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (The Sadness Is Overwhelming) I know the date in the title is yesterday's date, but I couldn't pull myself together last night to blog. <BR> <BR> My mentor died last night. <BR> <BR> I have previously blogged about her illness and that she was dying. I have kept her in my meditations since hearing the news of her illness. When you hear of something like this, you know the hope of recovery is impossible, you hope instead for a painless exit from this life. <BR> <BR> Her license plate said B-KIND and she lived that mantr... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:21:40 EST 1/11/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (My Amazing Body) My body is an amazing instrument. <BR> <BR> For years I have been abusing it with junk food and a sedentary lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I have cursed it, I have been jealous of others who possessed the type of body I wanted, I have resented it, damaged it, medicated it, weighed it, measured it, loathed it, criticized it, regretted it, hid it, and hated it. <BR> <BR> Tonight I celebrate it! <BR> <BR> With all I have done to this body, it gets out of bed each day. It gets me where I need to go. I ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:06:21 EST 1/10/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (My Husband) This is short because my ear pain has returned so I am in bed on the meds that will help the fluids drain. This is an ongoing problem. I see my Dr on Tuesday, and I think we need to talk about seeing an ENT. When this ear starts to hurt, it radiates into my neck, chest, and head. I could workout yesterday through the migraine, but not this pain. <BR> <BR> I celebrate my husband today because he puts up with my health issues and still tells me he loves me every day. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:10:39 EST The Flu (A Poem) (not the best poem, but an observation set to a rhythm) <BR> <BR> The Flu <BR> Is In Our School <BR> <BR> The Emails Are Stacking <BR> They Sure Aren't Slacking <BR> <BR> So Many Have Said <BR> "What Work Can We Do While We're Stuck In Bed?" <BR> <BR> The Nurse's Office Is Across The Hall <BR> The Kids Are Lined Up On The Wall <BR> <BR> Every Hour We Send Home More <BR> It's Like The School Has A Revolving Door <BR> <BR> When They're Sick, They Do Not Learn <BR> And Next Week We Have Mi... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:34:43 EST 1/9/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (Working Through The Pain) I woke up with a headache, worked all day with it (at both jobs) and then did my workout ... Most of it. I did my 35 minute cardio, a ten minute break in the massage chair, then started the circuit but stopped at the third station because I had a small asthma attack. I managed to get to my inhaler and decided that my body was sending me some strong signals. <BR> <BR> I celebrate that I worked through this mild headache until I couldn't anymore. The old me would have used the headache as an ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 20:04:52 EST Why Am I Hungry After I Eat? Does this happen to anyone else? <BR> <BR> Today I'm nervous to let my sugars fall down low again and end up binging like I did yesterday. I haven't been able to get to the drug store to buy glucose tabs, so I made sure I packed a bunch of healthy snacks with at least 15 carbs and 100 calories so that I would have go to food that is measured. No cookies for me today. <BR> <BR> Third block is my planning period, so I try to eat a snack during that block to get me to lunch. Today I was a litt... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 10:44:57 EST 1/8/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (Every Failure Contains a Lesson) I was having a great day. My sugars were staying under 200 (I've had regular sugar readings in the past of 600+ ... and have spent much time in the ER), I was sticking to the plan, it was all going well until about an hour before the end of the school day. I started feeling ill, not right. In fact, my first thought was that I was getting the flu. It's going around, and this season is scary, so I went straight to thinking it was the flu. <BR> <BR> I have a couch in my classroom (long story re... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 22:01:19 EST 1/7/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (How Does This Happen?) The last time I took my measurements was December 2011. I bought a tape measure today and took them again. I weigh less than I did in December 2011, and I'm down two sizes in my jeans so I figured "This is going to be exciting!" <BR> <BR> Gain 3.5 inches: My waist measurement went from 43 inches to 46.5 inches. <BR> Gain 3.5 inches: My hip measurement went from 48 inches to 51.5 inches. <BR> Loss 9 inches: My thigh measurement went from 32 inches to 23 (this one really shocked me, but I have... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 20:53:56 EST The NSV That Nobody Notices :( I put on a pair of pants this morning that I bought slightly tight because the next size up was too loose. This morning when I put them on they looked and felt tailor made. <BR> <BR> My hubby didn't notice. <BR> <BR> My daughter didn't notice. <BR> <BR> And the women at work that notice and comment on every good thing that's going on, didn't say a thing. <BR> <BR> I had hoped someone would notice that the pants I'm wearing aren't sliding off my butt like a 15 year old boy's jeans, or tha... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 10:55:41 EST 1/6/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (I Heard It On The Radio) I like to get as much cooking out of the way on Sundays as I can, even if it is just prep work. Tonight I made tonight's dinner and tomorrow's dinner. I also made a soup in the crock-pot to divide up for the week. Soup is a great snack in the winter, and a super way to sneak in extra servings of vegetables. <BR> <BR> I had up my SparkRecipe when I saw an ad about listening to Spark Radio. I clicked on it and found a series of podcasts. I decided to listen to it while cooking. <BR> <BR> It's... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 18:38:32 EST 1/5/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (Divide the food, conquer the challenge!) I spent much of today with hubby. Right after lunch we went to the gym. Today was a cardio day. Then grocery shopping. When he comes with me, it always costs twice as much. Market Basket was I N S A N E and my daughter called for a ride to work, so we had to check out without finishing the list. I brought her to work then finished at a different store. On Facebook, others were complaining about the bigger than usual crowds at Market Baskets in other locations throughout the state. Someone els... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 22:12:30 EST 1/4/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (Peace of Mind) Relatively speaking, today was pleasant. I got through my work day without any incidents. Friend is home from the hospital and resting nicely at her sister's house. I held a productive play practice. I worked out (warm-up and circuit). Long term insulin finally came in. Short term will be in on Monday. Came home and zapped some leftover turkey for dinner. Now I'm relaxing because new episodes of my two favorite shows are on tonight. <BR> <BR> Today I celebrate my peace of mind. <BR> <BR> Oh... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 20:52:29 EST 1/3/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (Also Know As When I woke up this morning my first thought was "Tomorrow is behind me, a fresh start today. Stress be gone." <BR> <BR> I knew I was going to be away from home for 14 hours, so I planned my food out and brought it with me so I would be on track. <BR> <BR> Breakfast .... check <BR> Lunch ... check <BR> Snack ... check <BR> <BR> Then came the email. <BR> <BR> I have felt privileged for my entire teaching career to work for a superintendent who truly cares about the community that I work an... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 22:59:19 EST 1/2/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today (Chaos is Temporary, but Choices are Forever) I had a really long and difficult day. It was one of those day when I wanted to throw my arms in the air and say "F*** IT". <BR> <BR> Here's how it went down: 4 AM phone rang for hubby, called into work. He gets up and starts getting ready, and he isn't quiet, so now I'm awake too. Work calls back to cancel the call, but I can't go back to sleep. Get to work after an 11 day vacation, starts with a meeting right off the bat. When I leave that meeting, I find out that my best friend at work is... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 22:28:12 EST Best Friend Hospitalized When I got to work this morning, the first thing I found out was that my best friend at work was hospitalized last night with pneumonia. <BR> <BR> She and I have very similar medical issues, and are on many of the same medications. I nearly died of pneumonia when I was 24. I'm so not in the game at work today thinking about her. <BR> <BR> She is also the director of our Spring Musical (in which I am stage manager each year). This is the week we start planning the auditions. We've been doing... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 08:44:17 EST 1/1/13 What I Choose To Celebrate Today Today I joined a gym. I did 30 minutes of cardio on one of those kick your butt machines. <BR> <BR> Here's how I did ... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> (I don't know why it is upside down or how to fix it, sorry.) <BR> <BR> Then I had an appointment with the gym provided personal trainer. He set me up with a circuit program for toning. I have absolutely no core strength. We'll change that! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow night's dinner is in the oven. Th... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:23:26 EST 12/31/2012 What I Choose To Celebrate Today The last day of 2012 proved a good day. The sugar levels are going down, my infection is visibly getting better, I tripled my workout time over yesterday, and I committed myself to the January Jumpstart Challenge. <BR> <BR> If you have read previous years of my blog, you know that I was a candidate for weight loss surgery. I'm too close to the low end of the BMI requirements. I qualify, but a ten pound loss would unqualify me. I met with a dietitian during my absence from SP, and she would h... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:53:15 EST Today's Fitness - 30 minutes I did the 10 minute video that I did yesterday, and I tried a 20 minute Yogilates video. I really liked the Yogilates, and discovered for a big girl that I'm pretty flexible. Exercise always seems so stressful, but I'm feeling very relaxed right now. I'm getting ready to have lunch, call in my insulin refills, and do some housework. Also need to take down Christmas decorations <BR> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=35 </link> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:02:00 EST Joined January Jumpstart Bootcamp I joined the newest Bootcamp this morning. I'm hoping this will help me get into the exercise habit. <BR> <BR> I joined the team that will do at least one SP video a day. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 07:16:58 EST 12/30/2012 What I Choose To Celebrate Today Today I went and had my nails done with my youngest daughter. We also did the grocery shopping for the week. <BR> <BR> What I choose to celebrate today was my ability to say NO to leftover Christmas cookies, KFC popcorn chicken offered to me, and seconds on dinner. I did a ten minute workout. I managed my sugars well, and had one of the lowest readings I've had in months (140 bedtime reading). <BR> <BR> Meals are planned for tomorrow. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 21:09:44 EST Ten Minute Workout Exercise is not my forte but today I fired up YouTube and found coach Nicole on there and did her ten minute bathing suit boot camp, day 1. I'm not looking to get into a bathing suit (yet), but I liked that it didn't require weights or equipment. I think I could even do this one at work if needed. <BR> <BR> I plan on building up to longer workouts, but for now I just need to start moving. I have a friend that teaches Zumba in town, I think I'll contact her to find out when and how much she c... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 17:24:35 EST Medication Confusion I take approximately 20 medications a day. This morning I couldn't find my AM medication for my thyroid, which is the first one I take each day. I found an empty bottle where it should be and called in a refill. After calling in that refill, I realized that it was the wrong medication. I only knew that because after calling it in, I read the pill description and it was the wrong color and shape. I don't know my pills by their on bottle name, and I can't remember what half of them do. <BR> <B... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 09:00:39 EST 12/29/2012 What I Choose To Celebrate Today Today I made a choice to take control of what I put in my body. So much in our life and world is out of our control, that it is empowering to think I can have complete control over at least one thing in my life .... What I put in my body. <BR> <BR> This is my lowest weight in ten years. I can keep it that way by taking control. <BR> <BR> I know that eating right is only one of the factors, I need to move. Another goal is 10 minutes of intentional movement. I can do it with a ten minute work... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 00:28:23 EST Back Again - Goodbye 2012 I keep coming back because SP does work. <BR> <BR> I am at my lowest weight in ten years. Unfortunately, illness got me her. <BR> <BR> I have so many illnesses related to my weight that I need to take control of my weight in order to get well again. <BR> <BR> There are so many things in life we do not have control of, but we do control what we put in our mouth. When things are at their worst, I need to remind myself that THIS I have ultimate control over. What I decide to feed my body is m... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 20:50:51 EST It's The Little Things When you are obese, you have to adjust to use everyday things because the world is not designed for you. For example, I am using my iPad to do this entry and I need to use a stylus because my fingers are too big for the touchscreen icons. It is even worse when I try to type on my Kindle Fire and a major reason why I hate texting. When I use a public bathroom, I prefer the handicap stall because in a regular stall, it's hard to move around properly. Something I have become very used to is the ... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 10:00:30 EST 7 Pounds Down I went to my first appointment with my diabetes educator. I lost seven pounds in the last month! Imagine if I had exercised? Imagine if it wasn't the holiday season? Wow! <BR> <BR> So my reward for losing weight? She cut back my carbs, cut out a snack and reduced my fats. <BR> <BR> So now I have to readjust my groups to reflect the new counts. I will start with these new carb and fat counts tomorrow. I wish thatSP would let me change my ranges manually to reflect what she assigned but they ... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 17:01:30 EST When Stress Arrives & Six Minutes of Joy A bad day for my oldest. She logged on to her SAT prep class (she is trying to raise her math score for scholarships) and her expensive calculator was broken. Then during sixth period I was called to the office from my classroom to be handed her brand new kindle fire. Seems she left it in a bathroom and they thought it was mine because my name is on the account that it is registered to. Side note: I told her not to bring it to school because her iPod was stolen two years ago and another stude... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 20:34:19 EST One Year Later, 5 Inches Smaller On the scale not a pound lost but on the advice of another sparker, I took my measurements at the beginning of 2011. A couple of days ago I remeasured for the year end and discovered that I lost 5 inches around my hip and several inches around my waist. Not a single inch gone from my arms or legs. <BR> <BR> I went shopping at Goodwill and bought jeans for my younger daughter. I thought she was a size 18 but my mistake, she is a 16, so the jeans I bought for her were too big. On a whim I trie... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 21:42:25 EST I thought I Lost 45 Pounds .... but NOOOOOOOOO! My husband bought a scale online. I weighed myself and was just over 230. Just like the doctor's office. Each day it would go down 2 pounds. It finally hit 220. I couldn't believe it. I made my husband look, he said "Yup, 220". My oldest was mad because the scale told her she was 130, the highest she's ever been. My husband said his weight was high on it but that he thought he had gained weight which is why he bought the scale. For them their weights were higher than expected, for me it was g... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 09:11:10 EST What a Difference I have been following my Endo's recommendations all day. I have brought my carbs to 45 per meal, added a snack, and reduced to 15 carbs per snack. Now in all honesty, I am actually eating less carbs and calories than before the recommendation but reducing the carbs per snack and adding a snack has really made a difference in my appetite. I still have a snack left and I'm debating whether or not I need to eat it. I'm not hungry. If I am not hungry still by 10PM, I won't eat it. Sometimes hunge... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 20:43:27 EST Spreading Out The Carbs! At today's visit the doctor readjusted my carbs. I am to stay below 45 carbs for my 3 meals and he wants to add a snack, but drop the carbs down to 15 carbs per each snack (3 a day). <BR> <BR> SparkPeople diabetics program does not allow me to change my carb goals, so the suggested meals and snacks need to be adjusted. Which stinks because it seems like so much more work. So I erased all my old groupings and started new groupings of food to make planning quicker in the long run. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 23:08:37 EST Met With The Endocrinologist Today was the day I added a new doctor to supplement the care I've been getting. Being told that I had to see this doctor because my diabetes was too difficult to get under control made me feel like a real failure. After meeting with him, and he told me that tracking my carbs and regular readings was improving my situation, I felt better about the visit. <BR> <BR> I have gained four pounds. He explained that the inches I lost and weight I've gained reflects that my dehydration is clearing up... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:15:24 EST What I am NOT Thankful for Today I am not thankful for my bad health. I am thankful that I have tools to help me combat it, or at least control it. I am thankful that I have family that is caring and understanding. I am thankful that I have a warm home to live in, a fridge full of healthy food and clothes on my back. <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving is one of my least favorite holidays. I always thought of it as a day to decorate for Christmas, once I got back from the family hosted meal. I always hated how my mom would watch what I ... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 08:21:37 EST Keeping Pretzel Day Today's High: 176 <BR> Today's Low: 98 <BR> Today's Pat on the Back: I resisted going to McDonald's for a McCafe while I was out shopping at the outlets. <BR> <BR> I went shopping with my 17 year old tonight. We used the Kohl's cash to get free Christmas ornaments for the new theme we're doing this year. We also picked up our Christmas hand soap at Bath and Body Works. I bought a tomato slicer and new containers (the ones with the lids that snap to the bottom so they don't get lost). We boug... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:43:05 EST