Monday, December 26, 2005
I tried to put the dvd rack together, but I need another pair of hands. So, I emailed Mom and I think Dad's going to stop by and help me put it together.
I think I saved about $41.00 or so by getting stuff 50% off. That's pretty good.
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Mom and Dad came up about 10am or so. They brought coffee for them since I don't have coffee in my house, and they brought toll house pan cookies, peanut butter fudge and peanut clusters.
Before dinner, we dug into the stockings. Fritz got a couple of squeaky toys and some raw hides. Steffi got some doggy treats and some raw hides. Her raw hides will have to be soaked in water though. She can't chew them normally. Mom got an air freshener, a box of thin mints candy, and a wall hanging cloth calender for the kitchen. Dad got an extension cord, a deck of cards in case their computers crash, and a bag of candy.
I made the rest of the Christmas dinner (yams, green beans, mashed potatoes, the noodles, and gravy) and we sat down to dinner about 12:30 or so. Everything was good. After we were done with round one of dinner, I put the leftovers away into gladware for Mom to take home and for me for later. Mom did a nice thing and washed my dishes. Dad took Fritz for a couple of walks out in the woods.
We let dinner settle for a while. Mom and I tried to take a nap on the couch and Dad played some solitaire on the computer. Then Dad woke us up by asking if Mom was ready to leave. It wasn't even 2pm. So, we opened presents. I got a Fannie Farmer cookbook and a greatest hits cd of country music singer Mark Collie. Dad got a mini flash light that is tied around your head, a couple of pairs of gloves, and an amplifier for the receiver of their phone. Mom got a Randy Travis gospel music cd and a desk lamp. Mom and Dad's joint gift was a small floor rug that almost matches the color of their living room carpet. My sister and brother in law's gifts for us are in transit. In fact I did get my gifts from them just a few minutes ago. The mail carrier misdelivered them to the neighbor. My sister and brother in law and niece and nephew got me two books: Alias-Vigilance and Andromeda - The Attitude of Silence.
So, it was a very good Christmas for us. Hopefully, Mom and Dad will get their presents from my sister and her family and they will love their gifts as much as I love mine.
I'm still stuffed from dinner at noon but hopefully, I will find room for some of those cookies later tonight.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
I was planning to upgrade to the 180 channel package on my satellite dish after the first of the year, but I think I will do it Friday so Dad will have something to watch Saturday when they come up for dinner. And I will have four days to watch all the new channels.
It looks like the weather may cooperate on Saturday and we won't have any snow or ice. I hope that is still the case on Saturday. The evil weathergirl just said there might be snow in the forcast. Blah, blah, blah. They all call for snow around Christmas time. What is the deal with snow on Christmas Day??? Don't they know Jesus was really born in the spring and there wasn't any snow???
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Thursday, December 15, 2005
I did work out this morning, but as usual, I haven't posted my stats. My stats are in the bedroom with the treadmill and I never can remember to bring them in here to the computer. I don't think the workout matters that much - I ate no bake cookies and candy today at work.
Monday, December 12, 2005
Move over, Miss Piggy. Step aside, Porky. It's time to share the swine spotlight with real pigs.
The contributions of an animal that has been reviled, mocked and dined upon for centuries are being recognized in a Xavier University class highlighting American pig history.
"As I was doing research, I found pigs popping up in rather significant settings," said assistant history professor Karim Tiro, who teaches the class.
Few realize that swine sailed to the New World with Columbus, sparked wars between colonists and American Indians and helped pioneer the assembly line, he said.
He covers those and other topics in "A History of the Pig in America with Especial Reference to the City of Cincinnati Otherwise Known as Porkopolis."
The last part of the quirky title refers to a city that has had a love-hate relationship with pigs since its heyday as the center of the U.S. pork-packing industry.
Easy access to river transportation and farmland helped turn Cincinnati into the pork processing capital of the world by the 1840s — and the target of international jokes about its "Porkopolis" image.
Appalled at the sight of pigs being herded or roaming wild through Cincinnati streets in the late 1820s, British author Frances Trollope wrote that she would have liked the city better if the people "had not dealt so very largely with hogs."
"Cincinnati's connection with pigs has always been seen both as a serious economic issue and a point of humor or ridicule," said Dan Hurley, assistant vice president for history for the Cincinnati Museum Center.
The Xavier students say they have learned how pigs and the development of the pork industry reflect broader trends in history. They also have learned to overlook the grins and giggles that often erupt at the mention of their class.
"But when I tell people what we have learned, they don't laugh as much, and they usually think it sounds interesting," said Tara Cleveland, 21.
Virginia DeJohn Anderson, a history professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, taught a class looking at the history of human and animal relationships from antiquity to the present. But she's not aware of any history classes highlighting one animal.
"I don't think many historians in the past have taken animals seriously as historical subjects. That prejudice may be shifting as we are coming to understand how animals have shaped not just the landscape, but also relations among people," Anderson said.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Dad came up today. Mom stayed home. She had a bout of sinus today. Dad changed the oil in their car and fixed my table. He just tightened up all the bolts and stuff. He liked my furniture. I gave him the candy and he took the soda he and mom left behind when they moved out. It was full calorie soda so I'm glad it's gone.
I wrapped their Christmas presents today. I still have to buy Mom something else to make things even, but she won't cooperate and give me hints. I got a present from Mom and Dad in the mail yesterday. It came gift wrapped from walmart.com. Walmart is pretty handy for things like that.
Bo Bice's cd comes out Tuesday. I plan to buy it. I hope it's good. You never know how those things turn out.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Friday, December 09, 2005
I'm supposed to get my furniture delivered tomorrow between 3 and 6 pm. I can't wait for it to get here. I have some cleaning to do tomorrow.
I'm glad the weekend is here. I have serious day off-itis. It will last until February or March.
I have many, many pets now on the Petz game. My dog had three puppies, and my cat had four kittens not too long ago. I now have 16 pets.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
I made Nestle Toll House Pan Cookies tonight. I had two eggs I needed to use before they expired. I think I'll have to take a few to work and freeze much of the rest of them.
I saw INXS on tv tonight. They were on VH1. I think JD was nervous. The cd is good. I'm hoping I'll like more of the songs the more times I play the cd. Right now, I'm watching the Randy Travis concert on the local PBS station. They are having a fund drive.
Monday, December 05, 2005
The car finally got finished at 4:45pm. I had to spend the whole afternoon at my parents' house waiting for it. But I did take a nap or two so the day wasn't a total loss.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
I'm watching the local news right now. They are reporting on the controversy of calling a Christmas Tree a Christmas Tree rather than a Holiday Tree. They interviewed one customer buying a Christmas tree and she said "We're turning into a country of pacifists. We're trying to pacify everybody." Heaven forbid we have peace at Christmas. Sometimes you just can't make these things up.
Tomorrow, if we don't get any snow accumulation, Mom and I may go back to P-Burg for the dining room table and chairs. Dad has to take my car to the mechanic to get my back brakes fixed and Mom has to get her prescriptions taken care of first. I hope I can find a table and chairs I like on this trip and actually buy them. I'm taking my checkbook with me just in case.
Saturday, December 03, 2005
After shopping with Mom, I went to the grocery store and Walmart. At walmart I found another Christmas gift for Mom and Dad. They had a sale on chocolate chips at Krogers - a dollar a bag. I stocked up.
Dad was saying today that he needed to start working out. I hope he does. He needs to get healthier.
I got the electric bill today for the first cold month I've had in the house without Dad here burning the wood stove for heat. Using electric only, the bill is $110.00. That's about 35.00 more than what Dad would pay if he was burning the wood stove for heat. So, I don't think it's too bad. I know some people pay a lot more in electric.
Friday, December 02, 2005
I'm back down to 125 pounds after a two week feeding frenzy. I seriously went off the diet and exercise program there for a while. Hopefully I can get back on track and stay there. I think it's going to help to work out before work in the mornings.
I bought the dvd "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" the other night. I've only managed to watch the trailers and deleted scenes so far. But I think it's going to be good. I don't know when I'll watch it. I have a bad habit of not watching things I record and even though I bought the Van Helsing movie, I haven't watched it. I did see it at the theater. The ending wasn't the greatest for a person who reads romance novels.
Jennifer Garner had her baby. She had a little girl and reports say Garner has named her Violet. The kid will be one of the most beautiful people on earth with those two parents she's got. Hopefully, Violet will get plenty of WV hospitality and down-home sensibility as she grows up.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
I have changed my routine and I now work out right when I get out of bed in the mornings on work days. I am working the 8:30 to 4:30 hours now and I decided to keep getting up at the same time and just do the treadmill in the mornings. I think it's going to work out well. I will have plenty of time to work out for a full episode of Alias (about 43 minutes).
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
Today, I put up the Christmas tree. I was going to wait until Jasmine went back to Florida, but I didn't know when I was going to get time to do it after she left. I dyed my hair today (still not happy with the results) and tried to make a curtain out of old blue jeans. It's still a work in progress. But I didn't do so bad for not having a work surface or a sewing machine, or a measuring tape. I also washed the slip covers for the couch and chair and watched UFO Files on the History channel for much of the day and the 2004 Skin Games (golf) for the other half.
Dad called the guys who do our mechanic work to see if they could work on my car, but he didn't get any answer. I guess they are taking the day off for deer hunting. Dad thinks some kind of brake cylinder is leaking and that's what's causing my trouble.
The one thing I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving: I just found out that in England, you have to pay big money for a license to watch tv. Thank goodness Americans aren't that greedy yet. Sony/BMG is the closest by putting that stupid spyware software on your computers without your knowledge. But they are getting sued and I hope they suffer greatly for that. I guess I'll have to bring in a cd player to work so I can listen to cds since I can't be sure any of them will be safe for the computer.
I got my credit card bill in the mail today. Unfortunately, it still doesn't have all my charges on it. I have to remember to stop charging after the 17th of the month so I can finally get off the credit card merry-go-round. I called the 1-800 number today and I have an available balance of $332.00. That's the least I've ever had available on my credit card. I've spent a lot these last couple of months. My mom and I are going shopping in P-Burg next weekend. Hopefully the credit card people will have processed my payment by then. I'm hoping to look around for a dining room table and chairs.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
I made cranberry sauce for the Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow. We are having dinner at Mom and Dad's new house and my sister and the kids will be there. I'm also bringing home made noodles and a 'mystery' dessert. I want that to be a surprise for my parents. Today it was snowing when I got off work and the ground was white so I parked my car at the road and walked all the way up to the house (about a quarter of a mile).
I'm watching golf right now, but the announce people are getting on my nerves. So, I might surf the channels to see what else is on.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Friday, November 18, 2005
Tomorrow I'm going shopping. I'm thinking of buying some boots to go with bootcut pants that I wear to work. And I have to buy some food to get ready for the Thanksgiving dinner at my parents' house. I'm making the cranberry sauce and the noodles. I might make dessert too. I have a recipe for a chocolate-mexican type cake that I got from a magazine that I want to try.
Last night I watched Alias and the previews for the next episode are incredible for the simple fact that Rachel meets Sark! Talk about a shock. I can't wait to see it. And Sloane has really disappointed me. But truly, the sneaky side of me thinks Sloane is playing the Prophet 5 people and he will come out on top. He is a lot smarter than the way he's been acting this season. Jack is doing great and last night it was really cute to see him putting together Sydney's crib for the baby. And I love the humor in the show. They've written it to be a lot more funny this season. Probably because it looks like this will be the last season. Hopefully, Alias will continue with either tv movies or films and hopefully Balthazar Getty and Rachel Nichols will be in there.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - Updated: 11:05 AM EST
Fans from around the world are mourning the death of World Wrestling Entertainment star Eduardo “Eddie” Guerrero.
Monday, November 14, 2005
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Saturday, November 12, 2005
Anyway, I am up to disc 5 of Season One while working out on the treadmill. I just finished episode 14 this morning. I'll post a treadmill report later when I'm sure I'm done for the day. I think I'll probably get back on there for another episode today.
This past week's episode of Alias, Solo, was a good episode. Very funny and entertaining. I just wonder how long Sloane will put up with being someone else's puppet. I'd say in the next couple of weeks he will snap and Gordon Dean will suffer. At least I hope he suffers. I don't like him at all. And the new chick on the show, character's name is Rachel Gibson, is great. She brings a lot of humor to the show and I can't wait to see what develops between her and Tom Grace. He's cool too. I like him much better than Vaughn. Not that Vaughn didn't serve a purpose on the show, but Boyscout really was a good call sign for Vaughn. I miss Weiss though. How can a man who gets caught on every field assignment get a job heading White House security?
Friday, November 11, 2005
Once at home, I let the dogs out for a bit and walked outside while they were running around. I didn't get on the treadmill today. I probably will tomorrow. Tonight I made spaghetti sauce to freeze so I can have individual spaghetti in the evenings after work once I am completely done with the weightloss plan. I ate a little bit of spaghetti tonight just because I always have to try what I've cooked if it's something I'll eat.
Hopefully, this weekend I will get around to installing the Alias game on the computer and playing with it. I need to put Flight Simulator on here too. I'm just not much of a gamer. I do bring the cats and dogs out every night on my catz/dogz game. But that's because the game says my cats and dogs will run away if I don't play with and feed them every day.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
I don't think Walmart carries any pants smaller than this, so I might be looking at the end of the weightloss saga. I still have a belly though. I think dress pants are sized more conservatively, so I might be able to lose just a little bit more of the belly.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Well, gotta go feed the dogs before the thunderstorms get here and knock out the electric.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Monday, November 07, 2005
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Monday, October 31, 2005
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Saturday: Went shopping. Bought a sweater jacket, a shirt, some socks, a printer for my computer, and a bunch of other stuff. Came home and cleaned some around the house, moved some furniture so I could hook up the printer. A leaf came off some vine-like plant Polly gave me, so I planted the leaf in some dirt to see if it will grow. I don't really have luck doing that. I tried with a leaf from my African Violet and it died. But we'll see what happens. Last night I downloaded some updates for the Norton Internet Security program that came with my computer. Well, my computer is so secure now that the only way I can actually do anything on the internet or get my email is if I turn the Norton thing off. So, it's off. Good thing that was free. I watched the first Tomb Raider movie last night. Getting ready for the next Bond movie since the new Bond played Alex West.
Sunday: So far I have cleaned the carpet in the dining room, worked out on the treadmill, washed up a couple of dishes, taken the dogs for a walk. There are some other things I'd like to do before going back to work. But luckily I have Monday off too (I took that day off) so maybe I'll get more done tomorrow.
Observation: my right ankle has been bothering me this weekend. I can't stand on my toes without it hurting. This is the foot that suffered a broken bone a few years back. I think the height of the heels on my shoes is what's causing the problem. I'll have to switch to the flats for a while and see what happens.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
I did get Season 4 Alias on dvd today in the mail. I've already checked out the bonus features. This dvd rom thing is pretty handy.
And I got another telemarketer call tonight. I think I'll have to just let the answering machine get all the calls. I've named my answering machine Sergio after Sergio Garcia, the golfer. So, if I talk about Sergio taking messages for me, you'll know who it is.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Now I can get back to the week day workouts and come home after work every day instead of traipsing around town looking for a satellite. The dogs will like me being home sooner too.
Monday, October 24, 2005
Well, I got my new phone number today. So, I'm back on the web. Going to all the websites I went to on mom's pc is a different experience. Everything looks so different on this new pc. But at least I'm here. Yay!! Unfortunately, I still don't have a satellite dish. I'm getting very frustrated about the dish issue. You would think dad would have told me about three weeks in advance that he was going to take it on a certain day so I would have the time to either find a store in town who would sell me a dish or to order it direct from the company. But no, just like the man he is, he just up and took it.
Yesterday, I downloaded the software for my digital camera on my new pc and got some pictures of deer that were grazing in the back yard.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Mom and Dad went to a couple of places today to check into Dish Network for me. One place would only do the free equipment with an 18 month contract thing and the other place would sell equipment but the owner was so busy mom said I might have to actually make an appointment to see her. HAH! I found out that Sears and another place in town also do Dish Network, so I think I might stop by them tomorrow after work and find out more. I was tempted to just order it online, but I think I'd be better off talking to a live person.
I haven't called to get set up with internet service on my pc yet. I might do that this weekend. If I do that during the day, then I might get a different tech geek who won't be so slow.
ABC sitcoms are much funnier than NBC.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
The one thing I am missing is Wordperfect software. I think we got that from my brother in law. I don't know if he left the disk with us or if he kept it. I will have to ask mom if she has a copy. The new computer came with Works so I will have something as soon as I install it.
I tried to sign up for Citynet internet service tonight but the guy on the phone (His name is Chad) was just too confused about the idea of mom, the phone number and the computer moving to a new house. Then we got disconnected. So, I figured it was God's way of saying "Miranda, wait until you get your own phone number and then call them. They are tech geeks, don't expect too much from them." And you could tell he was bored with his job. He ran through the questions at lightning speed as if everyone could understand all the words when they are run together that way. Sure, he may have said the same thing hundreds of times before, but this was the first time I heard the speech so he should have spoken a bit clearer.
Dad took the satellite dish today. So, I'm stuck watching the Biggest Loser right now. At least I have the antenna for local channels and I have dvds. But Mom and Dad are supposed to get me a dish to replace the one they took and I'll probably have to help them hook it up tomorrow. This show is interesting. I applaud the weightloss aspect, but you can tell that it's true that if you lose weight too fast, then you have skin hanging on you that won't shrink back.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Sunday, October 16, 2005
I'm off to get some vital information. When Martha is on the local channels since I won't have the dish. Instructions for getting internet service for when I have to sign up for my own service. And Dish Network info that I might need if I have to get my own dish.
Friday, October 14, 2005
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Wednesday, October 05, 2005
PREGNANT GOOF BY MARTHA FOR someone trying to improve her image, Martha Stewart just made a bad boo-boo. The domestic diva is having a baby shower-themed show for actress Jennifer Garner today complete with an audience of expectant mothers. The problem is, her staffers invited more mommies-to-be than they could accommodate. Loads of the infanticipating women were disappointed when they got calls yesterday afternoon telling them they were being dis-invited, due to "high turnout." While they were offered tickets to a future show, one future mom told PAGE SIX, "All ticket holders are pregnant and having babies soon, so another show is not practical." The urbanbaby.com message boards were buzzing with threats to boycott Stewart's products. "I turned down tickets to go to synagogue for Jewish high holidays for this taping," said one. "I've been subscribing to her magazine for more than 10 years, so this really stings," wrote another. After calls from The Post, Stewart's staff reinvited many of the women to watch the show from the green room. A rep for Stewart said, "This was an unfortunate incident. Thanks to PAGE SIX for bringing it to our attention."
Here are my comments: The woman who gave up tickets to the religious celebration: You've disappointed God and your child. I think you should spend more time at that synagogue learning the importance of religion. And the other pregnant woman: sounds like she just wanted the freebies and wasn't a fan of Martha's show, so Martha's better off without her.
Also, my uncle from Indiana will be in this weekend, and whether he knows it or not, he will be moving a lot of the heavy furniture from this house into Mom and Dad's new house. What a way to spend a vacation. So, I will be shopping on Friday for the things I will need when the parents move to their new house. It will be nice to finally buy some things off the list I keep writing. I think I've written that list 4 times now.
And I will probably buy some more clothes to wear to work, even though I'm not quite finished losing weight. My supervisor found out today that no matter how freezing cold we are, no one will change the thermostat. So, I need sweaters or jackets or something. Definitely no skirts.
Many other times I've tried to lose weight through exercise and diet and for some reason it just didn't work. I tried measuring my workouts on the treadmill by distance and time with no results. So, this time, after reading the statistic that there are 3500 calories in one pound, I decided to measure my treadmill workouts by calories burned, since my treadmill counts that. I aim for 300 calories a day on the treadmill. I also read on the internet that there is carryover calorie burn that occurs after you stop working out. That, if you burn 300 calories in your workout, then for the next hour, you'll burn 150 calories, and the hour after that 75 calories. It diminishes by half each hour after your workout ends. I really think measuring calories burned is what did it for me.
As for the diet - I'm a very picky eater. Which means, the only vegetable I eat is a potato. Unfortunately, I've banned potatoes and white bread from my diet. So, my diet is very restrictive and tailored mainly for me. But it's basically the Slimfast plan. I try to eat something every 2 or 3 hours to keep my metabolism up. And I think I added up the calories one day and it's about 1200 to 1400 calories per day. I think. I really believe that you could subsitute Healthy Choice dinners for the Slim Fast stuff and still do this diet. There's no magic in Slim Fast. It's my choice because it has chocolate and sugar in it.
I also keep a spreadsheet that logs my workout stats: distance, time, calories burned. As of today, I've walked a total of 233.66 miles, burned 30,051 calories and walked off 8.59 pounds based on just what the treadmill has calculated. I know I've lost more than 8.59 pounds thanks to the diet, the carryover calorie burn and the extra outside walking I do that isn't included in the stats. I find that when I reach 2 pounds or so with the treadmill stats, then I've lost a dress size.
I caution anyone reading this to check with your doctor before starting any diet and exercise plan. I know if I went to the doctor, he or she would have a heart attack to see this kind of diet. What, no vegetables? LOL!
So, here's the plan in a nutshell:
I mainly just do the treadmill 5 or 6 days a week. I aim to burn 300 calories a day on the treadmill. It takes me about 40 to 45 minutes. On my days off, I switch to weekend warrior mode and double the workouts. And of course there's the slimfast diet. Here's what a typical day looks like:
5:05 AM - 5:30 AM - Pilates workout and 4 pound weights. This is mainly just on work days. Days off I sleep in until about 7:30am and skip this workout.
6AM: Slimfast meal on the go bar, 8 ounces 2%milk, One lunchbox snack-size container of applesauce. Weightsmart Multi-vitamin and 1000 mg of Vitamin C (I take the vitamin C because I believe it might help prevent colds, not so much for diet purposes. Although studies have shown that it revves up the metabolism.)
10:30AM - 4 Reduced fat Triscuits, water
12:30PM - Slimfast meal on the go bar, water
3:45 PM - 5 Reduced Fat Triscuits or a Special K cereal bar, water (I eat right before leaving work because as soon as I get home, I get on the treadmill. I can't work out if I'm hungry so I eat a little something first.)
4:30PM - Treadmill, water
5:15PM - Lean Pocket or homemade dinner*, water
7:00PM - Small bowl of low fat ice cream (Krogers has FMW half gallons for $0.99 each)
8:00PM - 6 Reduced Fat triscuits w/low fat melted cheese, water
9:30PM - one lunchbox snack-size container of mandarin oranges
10:00PM - Bed.
Sometimes I change the evening snacking to low fat popcorn or an 8oz glass of chocolate milk. I try to stay away from the popcorn though because people say your body doesn't break it down well - I don't know if it's an old wives tale but it doesn't hurt to listen to it and vary my snacking options.
* right now dinner is shredded baked chicken and low fat shredded cheese melted between two corn tortillas, but it could be Barilla whole grain pasta (the kind with the omega 3 added in) with low fat italian dressing or spaghetti sauce, or healthy choice dinners. On the weekends, I sometimes switch and eat the dinner for lunch and the slimfast bar for supper. When I'm at home, I tend to munch more so if I put more calories (and more non-sugar calories) in the middle of the day, it might keep me from munching during the day.
Sprinkled throughout the day is the munching of Gobstoppers hard candy or Sweetarts. This doesn't mean a whole box full of candy in one day, however. I get by on one piece now and then.
On the weekends and days off, I try to do more than 300 calories on the treadmill.
And while I drink water with everything - I don't think I get the 8- 8oz glasses a day like they say you're supposed to have. I drink about a liter at work every day and a couple of 8 ounce glasses at home. I do drink caffeine free diet soda on the weekends, but I also try to get in some water if I'm working out.
So, that's what's helping me lose the weight. I hope Janet and anyone else who's interested also have success in their weight loss no matter what plan they decide to use :)
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Change of subject: Mom and Dad once again harped on my size tonight. So, I broke down and told them how much I weigh. I weighed myself Monday morning because I know I'm nearing the end of the weightloss experience and I need to come up with a target weight to finish with. After I told Mom and Dad how much I weighed, they seemed satisfied that I was still sufficiently fat enough to work out, so hopefully I won't be getting harrassed anymore. Today at work everyone in the kitchen was commenting about my weightloss and they were asking April how I was accomplishing it. I don't take lunch in the kitchen so I missed it all. But poor April had to answer the questions and she doesn't really know what I do on my diet. But then, I always get asked where she is and how she's doing when she's off from work, so it's good that she gets to be my keeper once in a while. LOL! It's funny how the people at work think if you work well with someone that you're each other's best friends and spend all your time together or something. April and I never spend time together outside of work and during her whole broken leg experience, I never had her phone number, home email address or anything. But people would still ask me how she was doing and if I'd heard from her. Funny how offices work that way.
Monday, October 03, 2005
Jennifer Garner is supposed to be on Martha Stewart's daily show tomorrow. I will definitely watch that. There will be plenty of new mommie and baby stuff on the show and it will be cute watching Jennifer learning and participating.
I plan to go shopping Friday for a bunch of stuff. Things I will need once Mom and Dad move out, regular grocery shopping and maybe clothes shopping. I also need to wash and wax my car and do my laundry and on top of that, this weekend is a big golf weekend.
Sunday, October 02, 2005
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Friday, September 30, 2005
Today at the team meeting, the regional manager emphasized that pajamas and full, head to toe camoflage is unacceptable business attire to be worn under the new dress code. She said that she expected us to be mature about the dress code and if we didn't like the new dress code then we could get a new job. That last part she phrased a little bit nicer. So, it will be interesting to see who wears what on Monday. The regional manager said I looked very nice today. It was one of my new outfits. I think she's happy that I started complying with the new dress code a week early.
I've been watching Martha Stewart's daytime show and this week has been pretty entertaining. Conan O'Brien was on and they did a comedy skit. They were riding horses and Conan was dressed as a Fabio-like romance novel cover man. Conan said at one point, "Martha, that long ride has made me hungry. And not for food." And Martha acted like she was swooning. It was hilarious. And today's episode has wild animals from Busch Gardens. Martha's hands-on with the animals and she's not even upset that the animals are eating the plants in her garden set. I think she might be more concerned that the animals might not be eating good plants. And Martha asked the one question that I've never heard any other interviewer ask. She asked where the animals and the woman from Busch Gardens stay when they are in New York. Apparently they are staying all on one floor of the Ritz Carlton. I don't think the zebra is staying there, but I could be wrong. Martha really loves animals. You can tell by watching this episode.
Last night, Alias's first episode of the season aired. We are supposed to believe Michael Vaughn died, but I think Jack and Sydney faked his death so he could heal from the hundreds of gunshot wounds he received when the bad guys tried to kill him. No one ever really dies on Alias so I expect to see Vaughn back at some point.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Once again Mom and Dad are hounding me about the amount of weight I've lost. You would think after knowing me for over 30 years, they would know that I don't work out because I love it. I will stop eventually because I am inherently lazy.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Monday, September 26, 2005
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Tonight the Martha Stewart Apprentice show starts on NBC. If it isn't boring, I plan to watch it every week. I already watch her daily daytime syndicated show.
Last night I had to make no-bake cookies for work today so I didn't work out. Today at work, I was only slightly bad with the pot luck lunch. I had small amounts of nachos, tomatoes, carrots, and mashed potatoes and no desserts. I think I did ok.
Monday, September 19, 2005
Dad just gave the dogs some pork chop meat and steffi got choked. He knows better than to give them unapproved food, but he does it anyway. You can't tell him anything. That's just like a man.
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Saturday, September 17, 2005
I dyed my hair today. It doesn't look all that different. I deliberately chose a color close to mine so if I screwed it up, it wouldn't look so bad. It's only temporary and will wash out within a couple of weeks. But I like it. It's a little bit red. I will have to practice more with it.
I finally got my Alias Calendar from Walmart.com today. The stupid mailman folded it and stuffed it in the mail box. I guess Alias is just jinxed for some reason.
Friday, September 16, 2005
I've been watching Martha Stewart's show all week this week. I think she's doing great.
I'm saying that I've lost another dress size. I'm skipping the jeans buying part this time so I can't say for certain, but my stats support another dress size lost. That's 4 dress sizes so far.
I still haven't gotten my calendar that I ordered from Walmart.com. When I do finally get it, I plan to send a very terse email to walmart.com commenting on their poor customer service. I didn't get an apology or a refund, discount or anything for them NOT mailing out my purchase for a whole two months. They've had my money for those two months, they should have to pay me interest on that.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
Lincoln Holiday On It's Way Out
Republican state lawmakers aren't at all happy with a bill that eliminates the birthday of former President Abraham Lincoln as a state holiday.
The bill, introduced by the governor, has widespread support in the House of Delegates and State Senate. It would combine the Lincoln and Washington state holidays in February and make the day after Thanksgiving an official state holiday.
Senate Republicans wanted to name the day after Thanksgiving holiday after Lincoln, but were turned back by Senate Democrats. The name of that holiday will be Family Values Day.
Senate Majority Leader Vic Sprouse says the former president is being unfairly targeted by democrats because he was republican. Sprouse says what Lincoln did for the nation, and West Virginia in particular, transcends politics.
Mercer County Senator Don Caruth reminded fellow senators of the Lincoln Walks at Midnight Statue outside the state capitol. "That statue is there to depict the suffering of Abraham Lincoln over the debate about whether West Virginia should have statehood into the union."
Raleigh County Senator Russ Weeks says a vote to eliminate Lincoln's holiday is nothing more than the re-assassination of the popular former president.
The Senate approved the holiday changes on a partisan 21-13 vote.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Monday, September 05, 2005
Sunday, September 04, 2005
I also went back outside today for more walking up and down the driveway. It's a good sunny day here so I figured I should get outside and enjoy the weather.
Dad is once again telling me that I need to stop dieting. *sigh*
Saturday, September 03, 2005
A co-worker told me on Friday that she didn't want me to tell the boss when she isn't doing her job right. Duh. What co-worker does want you to tell the boss when they are screwing up? In fact, this co-worker tried her best to antagonize me into a fight with her. But I ignored her. Which is probably going to tick her of even more. Oh well, I am an expert at giving people exactly what they ask for and letting them find out that it's 10 times worse than what they had before. So, we will see just how much she comes to regret her request. I've already got something in mind for Tuesday when I get back to work.
Walmart still hasn't sent me the Alias wall calendar I ordered back in April. It was a pre-order and I was supposed to have received it by July 31st. But the listing on the website said after I ordered it that the release date was supposed to be Aug. 31st so I waited until September 1st to see if Walmart was going to process the order and ship out my calendar. They didn't. So, I contacted them and asked them when I would be getting the calendar. Their preliminary response was "be patient, we have been disrupted by Hurricane Katrina". I love how the hurricane is being blamed for everything now. I'm betting that co-worker I talked about above will be blaming Katrina for all her screw-ups.
Friday, September 02, 2005
Avoid High Speeds: As your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag increases in an exponential fashion. Driving 62 mph (100 km/h) vs 75 mph (120 km/h) will reduce fuel consumption by about 15%. Do Not Accelerate or Brake Hard: By anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20%. Keep Tires Properly Inflated: Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tire under inflated by 2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1%. Use A/C Sparingly: When the air conditioner is on it puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used (by about 20%). The defrost position on most vehicles also uses the air conditioner. Keep Windows Closed: Windows open, especially at highway speeds, increase drag and result in decreased fuel economy of up to 10%. Service Vehicle Regularly: Proper maintenance avoids poor fuel economy related to dirty air filters, old spark plugs or low fluid levels. Use Cruise Control: Maintaining a constant speed over long distances often saves gas. Avoid Heavy Loads: Remove the sand bags from your trunk in the spring and pack lightly for long trips. Avoid Long Idles: If you anticipate being stopped for more than 1 minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for this time. Purchase a Fuel Efficient Vehicle: When buying a new vehicle examine the vehicle's rated fuel efficiency. Usually choosing a small vehicle with a manual transmission will provide you with great fuel economy.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Monday, August 29, 2005
I tried something new today. I ate more for supper than I usually do. I think I will try to cut out some of the snacking I do by eating a little more for supper. I'll let you know how hungry I get tonight.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
2) On Larry King Live, a reporter noted that some dolphins from an aquarium were moved to a hotel swimming pool to try to keep them safe. I hope the animals down there survive.
3) A representative from the Red Cross said that this storm will probably stretch their resources to the limit and beyond. Now would be a good time for President Bush to start focusing on our country instead of Saddam Hussein's. Whoohoo, there's a constitution over there. That will comfort all those people stranded in the football stadium down there in New Orleans. But I guess President Bush figures if the storm doesn't hit Florida, then it's not a problem.
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Friday, August 26, 2005
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Saturday, August 20, 2005
They are showing the results show now so I will have to wait to see who gets voted off the show.