Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I posted my last Weekly Wednesday Challenge update on September 2, 2009.  Then I was back to school and it all fell to shit.

So here I am, summer break, starting over... AGAIN!

Last week was the starting line.  That means... Today is weigh in day.  D
om!  Dom!  Dom!  I lost 7 pounds. I'm trying not to be too excited.  I've been here before.  I know it's just water weight but whatever it's 7 pounds and I am happy about it.

So this week, I'm getting my ass back on that treadmill.  Everyday for at least 30 min.

Wish me the best.  Better yet, join in.  Maybe it will get fun... yeah, right.

Monday, June 28, 2010

I’ve never been jealous of anyone.  I’m happy for others.  I’ll like someone’s new purse or vacation pictures but I don’t ENVY them.  I don’t think you can genuinely wish someone well if you are secretly envious of their life.  Envy equals resentment sooner or later.

In life there are those who are prettier, make more money, have a better vehicle, bigger house, funnier, (no, no, not funnier).  It’s just not something I focus on.  I’m not scanning the room taking inventory of who has more or less than I do.  I’m no better or worse then anyone.

I’m thankful for all God has given me.  I like my job and work with great people.  I have a wonderful husband and two great boys.  It’s not all sunshine and roses.  Gman can drive me bananas, the boys are not picking up after themselves lately, I’m trying to lose weight (again) and it would be great if my job were full time all year long.

I just feel, to constantly bitch about things in life (wanting better, wanting more, wanting different) is to spit in God’s face for all He’s already given.  Why would God bless me with anything if I’m so ungrateful for what He’s already given me?  I’m not talking about, “Man, we need a new dryer (which we do)”, or “I wish we had a nice big deck (which I do)”.  It’s the continuous complaining about

It’s kinda like when you wrap up all those gifts for your kids at Christmas and put them under the tree.  You can’t wait to see those happy faces tear at the paper.  Then they open it and are all, “Thanks, Mom, I love it! Didn’t they have anymore in blue?”  How about when they start counting the presents?  They don’t care if they got the most - they just don't want anyone else to have more.

You will never be happy if you always want what someone else has.  You will never be happy if you are always “counting” the gifts God has given others.  If you focus on what others have you just might miss all He has given to you.

My Keys to Happiness
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Friday, June 25, 2010

According to my local news, Kellogg issued a recall on selected packages of cereals.

Web MD says it is a voluntary recall because of a funky taste and smell from the foil/liner that could cause "possible temporary nausea and diarrhea". 

According to Kellogg, only the packages with the letters "KN" following the "Better If Used Before Date" are recalled.

The following are part of the recall:
                Kellogg's Apple Jacks
Kellogg's Corn Pops
Kellogg's Fruit Loops
Kellogg's Honey Smacks
For a detailed list from Kellogg, click HERE.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

I joined an online discussion recently.  A mom's baby was turning 11 and she was surprised at how fast the time went by.

I responded by telling a story of the boys.  By the time I hit the reply button I was bawling.  Why?  Because time does fly and soon it won't be me, Gman (dh), the boys and Tyson.  M will be moving out soon.  Then it will be...well the nest just won't be the same.

I know it's the way it's supposed to be.  I don't want to keep the birds home FOREVER.  I know this is my problem to get over.  It's just so damn sad and I can't stop crying.  This will be the last time in our lives that we will live under the same roof.  Living so closely together; passing each other in the kitchen and asking where all the clean towels went.

I can't imagine a day going by without seeing them, without talking to them.  Yesterday C told a joke and Gman and I were laughing our asses off before the punchline.  I mean my stomach was aching.  There's always been laughter in our home.  I've always said one of us was going to choke during dinner one day (knocking on wood) because we're such nut jobs.

C's joke: 
There's a janitor, a small bathroom and an old lady. 
And the janitor says, "I'm not cleaning that up."

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Friday, June 18, 2010

I can say how others see me in one sentence - I'm a working (during the school year) married mom with two teen boys and a doberman.

It will take me more than that to tell you how I see myself.  I'm funny. I'm dedicated. I'm optimistic. I love. I'm loved... I'm complicated.

I am a walking contradiction. I'm caring and kind - but I can flip the bitch switch if you push me too far. I love to sing - but I can't do it well and won't "perform" in front of others. I love my job - but I'm glad to have the summers off (public school). I love Jesus - but I could make an old sailor blush with my filthy mouth.

    I have many interests:
God, Family, Friends, Blogging (duh), Cooking, Sims 2 (pc), Movies (all except satan subjects), Music (all), TV (about everything), Crocheting, Being Green (working on it), Gardening (someday), Reading (wish I could read more).

    I blog about many things:
Cleaning / Cooking Tips, Co-Workers, Dreams, Empty Nest, Family, Friends, God, Gratitude, Green Tips, Humor, Life, Loss, Love, Marriage, Obesity, Optimism, Parenting, Pets, Weight Loss, Work, TV, Crocheting...on and on.

Blog How To's say to have a successful blog, you should write on one topic. It's possible. I've seen blogs dedicated to one subject.

This will not work for me. No big surprise, huh? Didn't I tell you I'm complicated?  I can't be the only one though....right?

According to the Today Show, Campbell's is recalling 15 million pounds of Spaghetti O's because of possible under processing.  It effects three varieties:
  • SpaghettiOs - with Meatballs  - 14.75oz cans
  • SpaghettiOs - A to Z with Meatballs - 14.75oz cans
  • SpaghettiOs - Cars Fun Shapes with Meatballs - 14.75oz cans
 Click HERE to read more from Campbell's. 

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

We went to bed early last night (before 10pm - rare).  I had the TV on hoping I could stay up for the news.  I woke up to go to the bathroom and Gman was up too.  The news was on so I was glad I didn't miss it.  As I was washing my hands I looked at the clock.  5:30AM!!!!  WHAT!  I thought it was like 11:10pm.

It wasn't News at 11:00pm.  It was News at 5:00am.  No wonder Gman was up too.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

When our boys were little tykes, we would take turns having one-on-one time with each one. On one of these one-on-ones I took our oldest (5yo at the time) to the drive-in.

You know I don't remember what the first movie was but "Toy Story" was the second movie. By the time it came on my baby boy was out. As the movie started I tried waking him up but he slept through it. I was going to leave but the movie was just too darn cute.

We purchased the video as soon as it came out and it quickly became the boys' favorite, along with "Toy Story 2".

As I saw the ads for "Toy Story 3" I couldn't help but tear up.  It just all went by SO fast!  I miss our movie nights, mattresses on the floor, "tent" taking up half the livingroom.  I miss hearing my boys call me "Mommy".  I miss being the most fabulous person in their lives.

Note to Moms:  Don't worry so much about the dishes in the sink or laundry that needs to be done.  (I am SO glad I didn't make those my first priority.)  Make each day count.  Make each day a good memory in your child's life. 
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Friday, June 11, 2010

I have these two vertical lines that are right between my eyebrows (ok they're wrinkles...I'm a deep thinker whatever makes me feel better right?).

Anyway, I've never really used anything to try to get rid of them. So while at Walmart I decided, what the hell, and I started looking around for wrinkle junk.

Have you ever looked at this crap? It is REALLY expensive. Isn't it bad enough that I'm getting wrinkles. Now I gotta spend 30 bucks on this shit. 

I settled on Garnier Ultra-Lift (deep wrinkle treatment). I paid $12.47 for a teeny tiny tube that will be empty before the end of summer.

I was really surprised.  It worked pretty good. I'll purchase again. It didn't take my wrinkles away (these babies are really deep let me tell ya). It did make them look better though.  I think I'll be slowly switching out my old stuff for more Garnier products.

What are your favorite beauty products?

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Monday, June 7, 2010

I have been a full time stay at home mom. I have been a full time working mom. Although I felt fulfilled doing each (tired too), I also always felt judged by the women standing on that thick green grass over there.When I was a full time stay at home mom it felt as though there were working moms everywhere I went. They made me feel less of a woman because I was at home all day. I must not have any skills to be productive in the real world. As if I got out of bed at noon just in time for my soaps and ate chips all day. My home had to be spotless. If company came over with a dirty dish in the sink I felt that look. You know the one that says, "What have YOU been doing all day?" I also got the look from my husband if dinner wasn't on time.

When I was a full time working mom I felt judged by the stay at home moms. They knew their children better than I did. They had clean homes, clean children and dinner on the table on time every night. They also picked up my slack at school by volunteering all the time. They thought I was selfish because I put a job before my children.

Only now I have embraced who I am as a wife and mother. I am no better no worse than any other mom, working or not. SAHM or working outside the home, we all want the best for our children. We are all doing the best we can... and the grass looks the same on both sides of the fence.

All mothers are working mothers. ~Author Unknown


Quote By Me:

     If you work out of the home - you are still a housewife.
     If you are a stay at home mom - you are still working.
     No matter what society labels you - if you're a mom, you're doing it ALL.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Next month Hubby and I will celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary.  Like all marriages, we have had our ups and downs.

Hubby is funny, caring, kind. He is my rock. He taught me what it feels like to be loved. He taught me how a real marriage works.  I love him so much and I tell him everyday. He makes me laugh and yes he can drive me BANANAS.

My parents divorced when I was seven but kept their on/off relationship going until I was almost 17. On/Off meant moving from one state to another and one school to another. I clearly did not know what it meant to be with someone through the good times and bad.

Don't get me wrong, we've had our share of ups and downs.  I think our glue is humor, patience and kindness.  We don't fight dirty.  We don't let the little things matter.  We make time each day to just be together.  Sometimes that's not until the very end of the day but it still counts.

Through the good times and bad, I've learned the following:
  1. A big, beautiful wedding does NOT equal a big beautiful marriage.
  2. There will be good times AND bad - that's just the way the universe works.
  3. Never talk over the bad times with unmarried friends - they will not give you good advice.
  4. It's not worth it to leave for someone else.  A year later there would be the same dirty socks in the corner and bills on the counter.
  5. As long as our marriage does not include drug/alcohol/physical/emotional abuse it is worth the work.
What are your marriage tips?