Thursday, August 29, 2013

Friend Making Monday...on Thursday

 I was down with a summer cold at the beginning of this week so I'm just now feeling human enough to blog but I wanted to join Friend Making Monday at All the Weigh!

Questions and Answers
1.  What is a typical weekday like for you?  My weekdays are basically the same.  Hubs and I get up (always later than we should) and rush around to get ready.  We leave (later than we should) and ride to work together.  We work about 25-30 minutes away from home.  I drop off Hubs on my way in and get to work (later than I should).  I work 8-5.  I then pic Hubs back up and we head home.  We are fairly boring.  We get home and I made dinner while we do some basics like start laundry or straighten up the house.  We sit and eat together (in the living room watching tv but together nonetheless).  Then sometimes we keep watching tv or go our separate ways.  I'm an internet addict so I'm always online while watching tv.  So, basic couch potato. 

2.  Name one song that never fails to make you happy and one song that you always listen to when you’re sad.  There are so many songs that I go too.  Lately I have been on an oldies 50s and 60s.  Almost any upbeat song from those decades can get me dancing.

3.  Did you watch the VMA’s last night?  Yes but on DVR so I had control of my situation.  Although I, like many others, stared in horrible at Miley Cyrus.  I just couldn't turn it off and now I just can't un-see it.  Sad.

4.  Share at least two skills that you possess.
I'm a fairly decent photographer.  I love to cook and think I'm fairly good at it.  Don't ask me to bake.

5.  Share one thing that you wish you had the confidence to do.  My parents are karaoke nuts.  They say I'm pretty good when I do it.  But I get nervous with the attention of being the one singing.

6. Tell us about one insecurity that people might be surprised that you have.  I don't like being in front of people or being the center of attention.  I think it has to do with my weight and self image.

7.  If you could be the CEO of any company, which one would you choose to lead?  A photography company providing affordable yet artistic photo sessions.

8. List at least three hobbies that make you happy.  Photography or just looking at old family pictures.  Reading.  Sewing.  Planning vacations.

9.  Is there someone in your life that you wish you could say “I love you” to? I think people should just say it more often in general.

10.  Share one cool thing that happened over the weekend. 
I went shopping for my mom's birthday present.  I found it in the first store.  I left happy.  If you know me and my mother, this was a huge fete!

Just This Once...

Eating clean and healthy (not that I'm 100% clean or healthy) is a work in progress but it is also a lifestyle change.  I am not dieting.  My goal is to eat less processed foods with less sugar and absolutely no poison sugar substitutes like saccharin and aspartame.  And lower fats and calories per meal.  I get frustrated because of course a Big Mac from McDonald's is quick and easy (not to mention delicious) but it's so so bad.  I know that I will feel better if I go home and my own dinner. 

But never do I get as frustrated as when people who know my preferred diet say "you can eat it just this once."  I don't want that cupcake.  I won't enjoy it, I'll feel guilty, and worst of all, it will drive my blood sugar sky high.  I am fighting so hard to prevent going on insulin for the rest of my life.  That cupcake "just this once" isn't worth it.  I don't completely limit myself.  I do have treats (this week I discovered that Keebler makes Samoas like the Girl Scouts).  I enjoy those treats from time to time.  But leave me alone.  I'm not asking you to follow my plan.  And I don't keep you from eating yours. 

I guess what I think is that people may not understand why I am careful and strict but don't ask me to leave my path.  There are plenty of obstacles that we, as humans, create for ourselves.  Please just let me follow my own path.  I am not doing without.  I'm actually very well.  Very full.  And getting healthier every day that passes.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

Another week is here!  We are eating out of the freezer and pantry this week.  No more grocery stops until Friday!  Going unprepared to the grocery store for a 2 week trip will bite you hard toward the end of the 2 weeks!  But that's why we have a pantry!

Here is our menu...

Saturday - On Your Own.  I had Kraut and Weinies and Fried Okra

Sunday - Shrimp Boil with new potatoes and corn on the cob and hushpuppies

Monday - Grilled chicken, baked potatoes, broccoli and cheese

Tuesday - Out!  We are going out to eat then to see Kellie Pickler in concert.  Should be a fun night!

Wednesday - Onion Baked Chicken, green beans, corn on the cob, and new potatoes

Thursday - Grilled Chicken, asparagus, and rice

Friday - Grocery night! 

So my menu is not very inspiring this week so you better believe I'm checking out's Menu Plan Monday for some new dinner inspiration!

Friend Making Monday

I have followed Kinley at All the Weigh for a while and thought I would jump in to her Friend Making Monday. 

School Days
1. What was your favorite subject in school?  History for sure.
2. Did you attend elementary school and high school in the same town? Yes and No.  My family moved from AL to CA when I was in the 2nd grade but we returned when I was in the 6th grade and I continued on to graduate. 

3. Are you still friends with anyone that you met during school?  My oldest friends are all friends I made in the 7th grade.  We still keep in touch and talk often.  We were inseperable during school and I definitely see us always staying in touch.

4. What activities were you involved in as a student? I was a band nerd for sure.  But I joined the yearbook staff when I was a senior and definitely wished I would have joined earlier. 

5. Did you bring your lunch, or did you get it at school? I never brought my lunch.  I think most days I was just happy I made it to school.  A morning person I was not!

6. Did you enjoy shopping for clothing and school supplies?  Yes I think so.  Getting to pick out all new shiny things for a new year was always fun.
7. Name a song or a band that reminds you of high school. many!  Early Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, Hootie and the Blowfish, Sarah Maclachlan ("I Will Remember You" was my senior class song)
8. Did you like school? I did.  I never dreaded it or hated it like some people. 
9. How long have you been out of school?  High School - 13 years.  But College...oh 3 months!
10. What did you like most about school? What did you dislike most about school?  I liked being with my friends probably the most.  I didn't really appreciate learning until I was older and in college.  I sort of coasted by in high school.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

How on earth is it August already?  This year is flying by!  I thought when I finished school in May that my life would slow down a bit.  But not at all!  This month may be quieter than July but still some fun things to look forward to.  Hubs and I are going to see Kellie Pickler in a few weeks then we will celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary.  And then we will end the month celebrating my mom's birthday.

Here is our menu plan for this week...

Saturday - Dinner and a movie!  Date Night!

Sunday - Fried Rice, Chinese Chicken Salad, and Egg Rolls

Monday - Smoked Sausage (turkey) and kraut, sauteed zucchini, pinto beans

Tuesday - Skinny Chicken Pot Pie

Wednesday - Chicken and Dumplings and green beans

Thursday - Tacos (with some amazingly delicious low carp tortilla shells)

Friday - Grocery  night!

For hundreds of menu ideas, check out's Menu Plan Monday.