Wednesday, January 30, 2013


I found the coolest menu planning thang.
It was super cool because this week's menu calls for mangoes which I just happened to buy when shopping the other day! Oh yeah, I signed up. I am hoping it will help me get my grocery budget under control ...

I worked out again

Home from our sunny and rainy and wonderful vacation, and out for a walk with the dog. She sure is glad to get out. Here she is after a 4 mile hike. Looks like she is just getting started, doesn't it?

It felt good to get out, I am so glad I live here. I really do like it, but I will admit 85* was wonderful, even in a "tropical storm". -- That's my description of the rain showers we encountered on our trip.

Monday, January 14, 2013

I work out

RunKeeper tells me its been since December 18 that I walked a significant distance (2 or more miles). Looser. My blog tells me I just DON'T FEEL LIKE IT. Regardless, I decided to get out there today (27* ) and walk the dog. Let me re-phrase that. I have decided if I actually get off work at 1:00 I WILL walk the dog. The end. Why the hell not? Okay, confession, I didn't walk her last week. But I had shit to do! We are leaving town Friday and I needed to get some stuff done in preparation for our trip, a late twentieth anniversary cruise. Yes, Imma gonna leave this 27* weather for 85* weather. Go ahead, be jealous!!

It was kind of weird to walk the hills that are normally all dirt and sand and they were all snow and ice. Needless to say, we didn't get as far as usual!

I was thinking on my walk: I'm in much different shape today than I was in November. Walking keeps my thighs a little slimmer and my cardio up, which I TOTALLY noticed on the ice last Friday morning. What I would loosely describe as "workouts" lately have been yoga and some hockey -- not as much as I would like, but some. Hopefully, once we are back from vacation and I am used to my new work schedule, I can resume hockey twice a week, yoga and walks a couple times a week. Hell, I better get back to hockey a couple times a week, I am signed up for three tournaments in February & March!

Anyway, it was a nice walk, very quiet, no birds for the dog to chase and a tad bit slickery. Next time I take those gripper things for my boots!

I may have ended up with a pretty picture for next years' calendar :)

Oh, and what does it mean when a persons name comes up at work, you see her at yoga, then hockey, then she gets in a car crash all within the same week? It's kind of freaking me out in a "Maybe I cursed her" kind of way. But not really, it was a non-injury crash, so just weird coincidence?

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Rules Schmules

I just read this and laughed!
Guess where I fall? ...


Oh, how having kids makes you look back, and forward, and ask yourself so many questions.

Hannah has a friend that pulls the "I don't want to be your friend anymore" business on a pretty regular basis and it makes me so sad because she really adores this friend. And it takes me back to grade school (and beyond) and makes me look at myself and wonder if I was ever that mean. I don't think I was, I kept my words to myself until adulthood, but I probably ACTED that way from time to time (especially if there was a boy involved). So I have a hard time guiding Hannah. What I really want to tell her is not to put so much of her heart into this relationship since it keeps getting broken, but she is as stubborn as I am, and I don't want her to have to learn to open her heart back up later in life like I have had to. So we talk and we cry and I don't know the answers. I try to teach her to use her words (it hurts my feelings when you say you don't want to be my friend) and to be kind (thats okay, I still like you) but will it work? Or will she become a doormat? I doubt that! But I don't want her to go the other way either and join in.

And Bubba. He's eleven now and it's weird. He wants so much, but doesn't want to do the work for it. He needs so much, but should be growing out of that phase, right? He wants to be independent, but falls apart when he can't do something by himself. He is one great big contradiction! AND IT'S EXHAUSTING!!!! We've spent more time in tears and yelling in the past few days than I care to record. Suffice it to say, there has been kid-drama every day for at least ten days... I'm tired out by it and tired of it.

So looking forward to vacation, which may actually be causing the problem. My Honey and I are leaving next week for 10 days to go where it's warm and the kids are not invited. I think, in their own ways they are stressed out which comes out in tears and bad behavior because they don't know how to say they're stressed out and worried about us being gone. I guess we need to come up with some kind of "what to do when you miss mom and dad" thing... Facebook? A journal? Make a photo album for them to look at? A video? Sure sounds like I'm creating a lot of work for myself....

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Twenty seven

Degrees that is. But I got this neato new down jacket I HAD to wear so I took the dog out for a walk. Whatever works, right?

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Ohhh 2013

Dear 2013,
I'm not sure what you have in store for me, or what I have in store for you, but I think we are going to like each other.

I plan to keep on taking pictures, playing hockey and working. Working? Why would I mention working? IDK, it just slipped out of my fingers. I also want to get back on track walking the dog, but its 20* lately and I JUST DON'T FEEL LIKE IT.  I would also like to cook more, turns out I kind of like it (?!), and explore some other creative outlets.... not sure what, but I'm looking.

I also picked up Gretchen Rubin's book THE HAPPINESS PROJECT. Funny story, I then set it on the kitchen counter, face down, left the dog unattended for a few hours and returned to my HAPPINESS book pasted to the counter top by spilled milk (thanks to a combination of Dog and Kids), needless to say I was not happy. I might have yelled and screamed like a two-year-old. However, the whole book is not ruined, just the cover. So I am still reading it and I like it. I might try to cultivate happiness this year. Or rather, identify what makes me happy. I think I spend too much time thinking about what would make me happy and not paying attention to what does make me happy. Make sense? So, instead of a gratitude journal, I am going to keep a happiness journal, I am actually going to write a few things that make me happy each day.

What else? That's it.
Thanks be that the Mayans were wrong.
Happiness to you all,