Pardeemom

My life as a woman, wife and mother.

20 Years!

Good morning! The sun has finally peeked out from all the rain clouds! That means I can head out for my first little walk soon.

So, what’s 20 years you ask? Well, I graduated from High School in 1993, so that means my 20 year class reunion is this summer. I have yet to attend any class reunions, 5 year – no way, 10 year – eh, 15 year – almost went since I was in town for my stepdad’s funeral. This morning I log onto Facebook and see the invite. I told myself I was going to go this year. So, I booked the hotel room! I have to tell hubby yet tonight since he’ll need that Friday off work to drive to Minnesota.

How am I feeling about going? Well, I had a handful of close friends in my class. We were a class of 52 students. My best friend Rachel and I have known each other since the summer before Kindergarten started. My other close friend is Janel and we try to get together about once a year or so. In high school I was overweight, never had a boyfriend, but was well liked. I am thankful that I didn’t get caught up in the drama of dating since a lot of girls just swapped around boyfriends since there weren’t many to go around! LOL

What’s different now? Well, I’m married for 15 years, I have two beautiful daughters, a nice home, stability and better health. I’m not the same person I was in high school, yet I have a feeling I’ll go there feeling less than confident. It’s something I can work on for the next two months, confidence.

My hometown is small, like 2000 people small. It does have a hotel now and when I checked online all the rooms were booked. Ugg…I checked around in neighboring towns, which are all 29-30 minutes away. Then I thought, I’ll just call and see. Thankfully they have some rooms available. I got the suite so we’ll have a fridge and microwave. Being there from a Friday afternoon – Sunday morning is going to require some food from home. I can not possibly eat out for that many meals and feel good physically. The hotel has a pool and hot tub, and the fitness room is iffy. Someone online posted about not being able to get the key or something. I figure I know the town well enough to get a run in each morning and have it amount to a good workout.

Oh, the weekend of the reunion is also the weekend of Riverside Days. I guess it’s some type of weekend-long party in the Riverside Park. I don’t really remember having them when I lived there so it must be something new. A lot has really changed in my hometown. I haven’t been there since 2008 when my stepdad died. I was in town that weekend of the reunion but decided to head home before it started since I’d had enough emotional drainage the entire week I was there.

Alright, enough talk about that. Moving on…..

Yesterday C let me pull out her tooth before school. Dilemma time, how to swap the tooth for the money last night. I knew the girls were in C’s bedroom conspiring about the whole tooth fairy thing. For one, they slept together in C’s bed, that never happens! Then the tooth was moved from the headboard to who knows where! I did try to find it once during the night, but no luck. So this morning before I woke them up, I moved the pillow that I could now access since they toss and turn and there it was! I quickly got the ‘exchange’ box and swapped them out. Of course C is questioning me about it this morning. I finally told her it was me, but I don’t think she believes me! LOL Whatever, it’s too stressful to be the tooth fairy anyway! πŸ˜›

My morning workout was a 20 minute program on the treadmill, ab work and then a 12 minute run on the treadmill. It’s going to be in the 80’s today and I’m going to head out soon for a mile walk. Then this afternoon when L is at piano lessons, C and I will walk for 20-30 minutes around town while we wait. That’ll be enough activity for me today.

Hubby had his first day of work yesterday. It went okay. He’s not a real talkative type guy, but he said it was just okay. Today he is working on another job they have, but still about the same distance from home. His dad is still in the hospital and if he gets out today hubby will pick him up after work.

I think that’s my novel for this morning! Enjoy the great weather!

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Fried Cheese!

Good Monday morning! Things are strange around here. Hubby is at work and I’m alone. I haven’t been ‘alone’ inΒ a few months. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m happy to have hubby working and making money, but I’ll miss having him around.

This weekend when I was in Madison checking out the Farmer’s Market, I can across fried cheese. I tried a sample of the pizza flavored cheese. It was freakin’ awesome! So I decided to try to recreate it a bit at home. I took a Weight Watchers Jalepeno string cheese, cut it up and fried it in a pan (dry pan). This is what it looked like.

fried cheese

The verdict? It was good when it was still warm, once it cooled off it was okay. I’ll do it again though.

Yesterday I also worked in the garden a bit. I raked out garden #2 and L helped me pull some of the weeds. The surprising thing was I did NOT even ask for help, she just volunteered! That is major progress in our family. I think it helped that C was over at a friend’s house for a playdate and L was feeling a bit lonely. I’ll use that to my advantage!

My morning workout was 10 minutes on the elliptical and then Level 3 of Ripped in 30 with Jillian. I’m also headed to Zumba in a little bit. Home scale said 148.8#. I’m hoping that holds steady for Wednesday’s weigh-in.

Here’s my week….

  • Monday – Zumba, errands
  • Tuesday – L has piano
  • Wednesday – RIPPED, Work Weight Watchers, p/u L from Talent Show rehearsal
  • Thursday – p/u L from Art Club, work Weight Watchers
  • Friday – Zumba?, Talent Show at night

Enjoy the warm weather!

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Crazylegs 2013!

Good Sunday morning!

Yesterday was a great day! I got up at 4:30am and did 32 minutes on the treadmill along with some ab exercises. Brandy picked me up at 6:45am and we headed down to Vicki’s house. We were all driving down to Madison together to walk in the Crazylegs race.

We got to Madison pretty early and walked around the square to check out the Farmer’s Market and the State Capitol building. The walk started at 10am, but by the time we actually crossed the starting line it was 10:15am. It took us just over 30 minutes to walk to Camp Randall Stadium. It was pretty awesome to be there with so many people! The music was pretty decent too, lots of 80’s music. We sat around for a bit to people watch. At that point we had been walking around for almost 3 hours! I was thankful to sit for a bit.

For lunch we all went to Applebee’s. We were going to try to eat some where on the square, but most of them only serve Brunch on Saturdays. I got home around 2pm and we walked over to my friend Tami’s house. She was having a garage sale so I used it as a good excuse to get the girls outside and walking! hehe While we were thereΒ we set up a playdate for this morning for the 8 year old girls.

Yesterday afternoon my MIL called to say my FIL was going back down to Madison to the hospital. I hope to hear more news about how he is doing today. I had bad dreams about the outcome and I only hope I am wrong.

This morning is a day off for me. I’ve earned 30 Activity Points in the past 3 days and I just want to ‘be’ today. Yeah, I’ll walk around a little bit and maybe do some gardening later on when it gets a bit warmer, but no hard-core cardio for me today. The scale was at 148.4# which is fantastic. I weigh-in on Wednesday and I’d like it to be a good one for May.

I’ll leave you with some photos from yesterday!

crazylegs 2013

brandy crazy

045vicki crazy

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Friday! Trying Wordle

Good afternoon! The sun is out today and it’s beautiful! I’m headed outside to enjoy it.

So I stole this idea from Julie. For some reason I’m not smart enough to get it to show up! πŸ˜›

Angie’s April Wordle

http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/6641249/Untitled

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Let’s recap the day now that I’m on here. πŸ™‚

My morning workout was 20 minutes on the elliptical and then Workout 8 with Jillian. Not too hard, but I can not do one move with the weights. Oh well, I adapted and did it without them.

Instead of Zumba this morning hubby and I went for a 40 minute walk and then did some shopping for the weekend.

L is having one friend stay over tonight. I had to get a few snacky food items that can double up for lunches next week. I also went to get Wreck-It Ralph and Mr. Popper’s Penguins. C just finished reading Mr. Popper this week in school and L read it 2 years ago. We’ve already seen this movie, but I thought it would be more fun for C since she’s read the book. The bonus was when we went to checkout the man said the first movie was FREE and the other was 1/2 price! 53 cents later and we had 2 movies. Sweet deal!

After lunch today I got outside and tackled my flower beds. They were full of dead plants from last fall. In about an hour I got them all cleaned up and ready for the new flowers to emerge. Right now the crocus, tulips and hyacinths are out, but not flowered. Next on my list is to get my vegetable gardens planned out.

It’s official, hubby goes back to work on Monday. It’s an hour drive, which is a bummer, but the wage is good and he’ll be done at 3:30pm, which means he’s home by 4:45 at the latest. That works out really well with our families schedule. I’m still not sure when I’ll start training at the library, but at least I know I have a job. πŸ™‚

When supper was done and we had the dishes done, hubby and I went for a walk around the loop. I definitely got in my activity today.

Tomorrow morning is Crazylegs.Β I’m doing the 2 mile walk with 2 other ladies from Weight Watchers. We are going out for lunch afterwards and we’ve all made a pact to eat well. πŸ™‚ Staying on track is key and since two of us work for WW we couldn’t set a bad example for our member. LOL

I’ve decided to treat tomorrow morning like a weekday. I’m getting up at 4:30am and doing a short run on the treadmill. I just don’t want to feel like 2 miles wasn’t ‘enough’ of a workout for me. I’m thinking Sunday may turn into a day of rest. We’ll see.

That’s it from me. I’m hoping to continue to enjoy this beautiful weather!

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Friday Eve

I don’t have much to report these days. I’m still working out, weighing myself when I want to, eating pretty well.

I did attend a new class yesterday called R.I.P.P.E.D. It is taught by the Zumba instructor but it definately is NOT Zumba. We did weights, plyometrics, abs, intervals, etc. It was a fun time and the 60 minutes flew by.

I worked Weight Watchers yesterday. The new leader is coming into his own and for that I’m grateful. We had about 24 people stay for the meeting and I didn’t remember to check how many people weighed in. My coworker Cheryl brought me some clothes yesterday. I was just thinking I’d like a new zippered sweatshirt, well, she brought me 4 of them! I think we have an intuition with each other because when I emailed her about the girls having head lice she said she was just thinking about that for some reason. Strange coinsidence.

I work WW tonight and I’m happy to be back after staying home last week. I miss seeing everyone that attends the meetings.

Friday night L is having at least one friend stay over. The other one comes from divorced parents and the mom was hoping to spend some time with her daughter, so we’ll see about her. I leave early Saturday morning to carpool down to Crazylegs in Madison. That means hubby will be in charge of breakfast and getting the girl(s) home in the morning. He’s fine with it. πŸ™‚

No other news to report. I’m hoping to get out into the sunshine at some point today. The next week looks awesome for weather.

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It’s going to be a great day!

Good morning! I had a really nice, low-key weekend. We are head lice free! Thank goodness.

My workout this morning was 15 minutes on the elliptical and then I couldn’t decide what to do. I’m tired of Jillian’s workout 5 & 6, sooooo I decided to pop in workout 7! Eak! Tough, but much more exciting than 6. I’m glad I did it but my arms were trembling and twitching like crazy. My only hope is that Zumba +Toning this morning won’t render my arms useless! πŸ˜› The home scale is 148.4# which is great considering I had more points yesterday. I decided to get in my ‘healthy’ fats and hit up the cashews a bit. πŸ˜› Yummy! Sadly, they are high in points.

At 1pm today I meet with the library director, my boss, Shannon. I’m excited to get the paperwork done and find out when I’ll be able to work. The shifts are 9-1, 1-5, 5-close, Saturdays are 9-2. Anyway, she asked that I come in with requested time off so that she can get me on the schedule AND work around mine. I love the flexibility.

Hubby got a call last night from his new boss, Jim. He won’t need hubby to start until next week. He’s going to mail him the paperwork to fill out though. I’m excited for hubby to have a job again. His new boss sounds like a great guy and it seems he runs his business very professionally. Always a plus.

I’m unsure of how my week is going to pan out with starting to work at the library, but here’s what I have tentatively planned.

  • Monday – Zumba, 1pm library
  • Tuesday – L’s piano
  • Wednesday – RIPPED, work Weight Watchers
  • Thursday – work Weight Watchers
  • Friday – Zumba, sleepover at our house if I don’t work.
  • Saturday – Crazylegs! 2 mile walk
  • Sunday – rest

It also looks that by the weekend it will be in the upper 60’s and sunny! I’m so looking forward to that. Enjoy your day!

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Sunny Sunny!

The sun is out today! Woot! I love it! Sadly, it’s NOT warm. Blergg…

I started my day by sleeping in until almost 5:30am. At first I thought I overslept and the girls had school. Then I remembered it’s Saturday! πŸ™‚

I got in my workout at home. I did Workout 5 of Jillian’s 90 Day Revolution and then I went to Zumba for an hour. My weight was 148.8#.

After Zumba I stopped at Walgreen’s for a few items that are on sale. I ran into my friend’s husband and their two girls. They were selling Tootsie Rolls for the Knights of Columbus. So I bought some. πŸ™‚

When I got home I decided the girls and I needed to go around the neighborhood and sell some fundraiser items. We only hit up 3 homes of people we know well, the 4th person wasn’t home. Hubby was gone for a walk and the sun just motivated me to get outdoors, even though my hands were freezing.

So, we have a small issue in our household with the girls constantly wanting to be on their tablets. So, I of course kicked them off when I got home at 10:15 am and told them they aren’t going on for a long time. Instead I have them doing a project. I have an uncle that lives in Long Beach, CA and he likes to write the girls letters and they write back. Well, I said they should put their artistic skills to use and we can mail him a goodie package of artwork! He loves that sort of thing. The bonus is, they are NOT on their tablets and they are being creative and having FUN! πŸ™‚

A lice update – yesterday afternoon I rechecked L’s hair, nothing! I rechecked C’s hair and found a few eggs and 1 live one! Only 1! To me that means we are almost done with this thing! I shampoo C’s hair again on Monday and after that I’m going to just keep checking periodically. I’m thankful this time around the head lice isn’t as bad.

Monday I go in to the library to fill out my paperwork and have them copy my ID and SSC. After that I’ll learn what my training schedule is going to be. I’m excited to get to work! πŸ™‚

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I have ‘another’ job!

Good afternoon! I just got the phone call that the public library wants to hire me! I’m so excited! I get to go in Monday to complete all the paperwork and discuss my hours. Right now they are working on an addition to the existing library. They are adding a children’s wing and that’s where I will primarily work. It’s scheduled to be done on August 1st (weather permitting) and for now I’ll be training in the existing library. Obviously there will be a lot of things for me to learn and I’m excited to get started. One of the best parts about working in the children’s area is I get to work with a wonderful librarian and friend, Dawn. She is the Children’s Librarian and my girls went to her for story time. She also runs the summer reading program and the special Saturday programs at the library. While my girls are getting older now and we don’t attend as many of them, I know all the hard work that goes into getting these things put together.

I will still work at Weight Watchers too. My schedule should be flexible enough for that to happen. I’ll work out all those details on Monday. I’m just excited to have something to do that I love and to keep me busy! πŸ˜›

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Nothing new…

Good morning! My day started with sleeping in! Yep, day of rest for me. I almost feel guilty about it, but yesterday’s workout has left my arms and pecs sore. Plus, the weather is cold and rainy and I just feel like sitting around. πŸ˜› I did get on the scale even though I ate more than necessary yesterday, 149.6#. Good.

Yesterday I worked the Weight Watchers meeting with the new leader and his wife (and Cheryl). It was good. They are super nice people, but I’m a control freak and like things done my way. LOL I did okay though and they’ll get how things work here. I’m not working tonight, Cheryl is filling in for me. Thankfully I got her to do it since last night when I was checking C’s hair I found more live lice. Small, tiny, hard to see, but I got them out. I’m happy to report that I only found 5-6 eggs and the live ones I found were way to young to lay eggs. Yes, I know A LOT about head lice. I checked L’s hair again and found a few eggs, nothing alive though. Hubby checked my head since I have itches by association! Again, just dandruff.

I’m hoping to hear today or tomorrow about the library job. Even though it’s part-time and only 4 hour shifts, I would LOVE it! Getting out of the house, working with people and being busy! The bonus is earning some money while I do that.

Nothing else to talk about. Enjoy your day!

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Are things looking up?

Good evening! I think things in our lives are finally on the upswing.

Let’s see…let’s back up to last night….I’m in the bathroom and my head feels itchy. Yep. I run the comb through and BAM 2 lice, lices, louse? Whatever! They were there. So I got out the lice shampoo and went to town. After the 10 minutes I washed it out and hubby combed through my hair. No eggs, no nits, no lice. Hmm… Of course I had dreams (nightmares) of them all over my head, crawling on my face, etc. Ugg…I hate it. Thankfully this morning when I recombed my hair AND this afternoon after hubby looked at my head again, there is nothing. I will be reshampooing in the 7-10 days you can bet on it!

So, after my fitful night of sleep I got up to get my workout on. Now my lower back has been sore lately. I think it’s from the DVDs of Jillian’s that I am on. Good, bad? Who knows, all I know is I obviously could stand to strengthen my lower back. So this morning I opted for running. 35 minutes total, broken up into 2 chunks with some hula hooping in between. The home scale said 147.8#! Yippee! Now to learn from this that a binge is NOT worth it!

I had a job interview at the library this morning. 1 and a half hours long! I almost think I’m a sho-in! πŸ˜› She is interviewing 5 people and hiring 2-3 with the 3rd not starting right away. *fingers crossed* but I had great vibes, plus I practically live at the library! LOL It’s a part-time position with 4 hour shifts, but I’m all for it, I imagine those 4 hours would fly by!

While I was at my interview, hubby was at his. Sadly, that job just won’t work out financially. So after that he stopped by his old employer. He gave hubby some names of masonry crews that are hiring around here. He called one of them and it’s ‘almost’ a given that he’ll hire him. The man is going to call this weekend and he may not need him next week, but possibly the week after. *fingers crossed* on this one too!

It looks like we should have some more money in the near future! It would be nice to stash away some extra cash. Hubby talks about wanting to buy a gas efficient car someday. His truck is 13 years old and has almost 200,000 miles, it’s rusting through a bit too!

This afternoon I took advantage of the sun and warmish weather and went for a mile walk around the neighborhood. It was nice to get some sunshine!

L went back to school today and you’d never know she was down for the count all day Sunday.

I briefly looked at C’s hair after school and didn’t see anything. I’m still giving her a thorough going over tonight though.

Tomorrow morning there is no Zumba. 😦 Boo to that. I work Weight Watchers at noon and it will be interesting with the new leader being in place. I’m going to attempt Zumba at 4pm tomorrow though.

That’s it from me, enjoy the night!

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