Friday, July 27, 2007

Goin' Down In A Blaze Of Glory

Devon & I leaving tomorrow for Seattle to visit my family for 2 weeks. I am really looking forward to it and generally, visiting my family is nice and relaxing.

Just in case my plane crashes and I don't return, I just wanted to tell you all.



I will be on a writing hiatus while I am gone. I may have some guest posts, but other than that, I am going to rest, relax and have fun with my family.

Shhhh...don't tell Devon but I am pretty sure that I am going to take him to Wild Waves with my friend Jade and her kids or maybe with my brother-in-law and his kids. We shall see.

I hope that when I return that my blogger block will be gone and that I can return in full force.
Have a fantastic couple of weeks and I will write to you soon.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Beauty and Weight Loss

I had two great things happen yesterday. Both of them made me feel like a million bucks, so at the end of the day, I was a 2 million dollar woman.

After work yesterday I went to my WW meeting and am down another 3.6 pounds for a total of 13.7 in 6 weeks. I LOVE it!!! I don't feel deprived and am finding awesome and very easy ways to eat things that I enjoy but modify it so that it is much healthier.

I found a fantastic webside that gives really good alternatives to your favorite high fat, high calorie foods. I made their chicken strips and they were awesome. Almost as good as the deep fried ones. These were dipped in egg beaters, rolled in ground up Fiber One cereal and baked in the oven. It reduced the calories from about 1100 to 200. Devon gave them a 7 out of 10.

Last night I went to karaoke and was sitting at a table with the normal peeps drinking individual pitchers of water and having a lot of fun. I got up and sang All That Jazz by Catherine Zeta-Jones and noticed that there was a really good looking guy TOTALLY checking me out.

At first I thought it was a fluke but every time I looked his way, he would catch my eye and smile at me. This hasn't happened in a very long time if you remove the dirty old leering men from the mix.

I was reduced to junior high behavior with my friends Jen & Poppy. I turned to Jen and told her that I thought that the guy was checking me out. She confirmed my suspicions.

For the rest of the night, we exchanged smiles and looks. When I got up to sing, he would turn his chair around to watch me and was effusive in his applause when I was done.

Around midnight he and his friends got up from their table and he came over and asked me what my name was. I introduced myself and he told me that his name was Jed. He had light brownish blonde hair with blue eyes. He stood about 6 feet tall and had a nice, athletic build.

Jed: " I just wanted to come over and say hello and tell you how beautiful you are."

(Me??? Beautiful???? ***SWOON***)

Me: " Really? Wow! Thank you! That was very nice" (as you can see, I was VERY well spoken LOL)

Jed: "Well my friends are leaving and it was nice to meet you" and he starts to walk away

Me: "Wait, do you have a phone number?"

Jed: "I am not looking right now, I just went through a divorce. I just wanted to tell that you are beautiful."

We said our goodbyes and after he left I was mentally kicking myself for not giving him my number and telling him to call me when he was ready to start looking.

I went home with a syrupy smile on my face and am still walking around here with a two million dollar smile on my face.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Hump Day Hottie

Guest post number three. Yeah I get to do another HDH. This week is easy, it is me. I nominate myself. Okay, fantasy over. The real HDH.

This is another male because Rachel would hurt me if went with another women. Sorry guys.
This weeks HDH has an interesting past.

His childhood was a tough one. At the age of 8 his father died of a brain tumor and he attempted suicide several times and suffered from depression. At the age of 9 he was a victim of molestation. This goes to show that even with a rough start things can turn around drastically.

One of his early roles was as a Taxi driver in the Coneheads movie. He has been in over 25 movies since the 90’s. He has also produced 7 different movies, TV shows or musicals. This along with about 75 other cinematic endeavors makes up most of his public persona.

His favorite trademark is his Buddy Holly Sun Glasses. They are now used as a prop since he has undergone Lasik surgery. That is cheating. Don’t wear them just to be sexy. That is my shtick.

He was born at 7pm on May 23-1958 in the Midwest and is one of 3 boys. At one point in his life he was a member of the US Marine Corps for six years and even competed in the WWF 30-man royal rumble on January 21, 2001.

He has been roasted at the New York Friars club and attended Kent State. He even received an honorary PhD from Cleveland State in 2000.

He received a star on the Hollywood walk of Fame and bought his childhood home with the paycheck from one of the shows he was a cast member of. He even has his name mentioned in a song by Bowl of Soup. Never heard of them but now I am hungry, thanks. This HDH was even portrayed as a member of the Sim, House Party in 2001.

He is a sports fan and even made an appearance on The Best Damn Sports Show Ever. In addition to this he is an avid video gamer. He has at least 30 computers, 6 PS2’s, 4XBOX’s, and several other game consoles. I want to go to his house for a gaming weekend. Who is with me?

During the run of the Show that he is most remembered for was coming back from a break from filming he showed up with his hair dyed blond and his nipples pierced the production company was a little worried but they worked most of it into a plot line for the show.

He has not had much public exposure lately, (not the indecent kind) but it has just been announced that he is the new host of The Price Is Right.

This weeks Hump Day Hottie is ~ Drew Carey

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Emotional Eating

I got into a huge argument with my son last night that lasted about 30 minutes or so. There was yelling, crying and hurtful things said on both our parts. I never thought that parenting would be so hard. I am so scared what his teen years are going to be like.

He is only 9 right now, but MAN can he push and push and push. He is so disrespectful towards me and I let him know in no uncertain terms that this behavior is going to stop and it will stop now or he can go live with his dad.

Before anyone says anything, I KNOW that I am the adult and that I should behave in the manner that I expect my son to behave. I felt horrible for the way that I behaved and I apologized profusely to him and he did the same to me.

Anyway ~ after this emotional rollercoaster, we both sat down with a bowl of ice cream (I did measure mine and apply the points) and talked calmly for the first time that night.

I was pleased that we were able to have a real discussion but was really upset with myself for eating emotionally and that in a way I am showing my child how to eat emotionally as well.

I am still pretty emotionally fragile about the entire episode and am wallowing in guilt.

On a good note, I have been on Weight Watchers since June 13th and have lost a total of 10.1 pounds.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Sense Of Community

***Due to my current issues with blogger block, my friend Anne sent me this post that she wrote. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did***** ~ Rachel

Last Friday was the funeral for Officer Bob Kozminski. He was a young police officer killed in the line of duty Sunday morning in Grand Rapids . I couldn’t help but notice all week long there has been coverage of this young man’s life and tragic death. Last Friday there was definitely an out pouring of community support. Officer Kozminski left behind a 3 year old daughter.

The local Family Fare (grocery store) is taking donations, their church is taking donations and helping with food & music, several local BW3s donated 20% of Friday's profits. A Faith Hill & Tim McGraw after party concert turned benefit. Tim McGraw donated $5000 as well. It is heartwarming to see such an outpouring of good will to one family in a time of deep sorrow, loss, and need.

But it got me thinking. Would the same help be extended to my family if I was killed or died suddenly or tragically? Would funds be gathered to help my widow support my two children? Would the community at large even notice? (I know my close friends, family, and co-workers would)

It seems that, as a whole, we have lost our sense of community. Those of us destined to be ordinary, regular, everyday folk do not receive the same attention as the elite few. It used to be that if your neighbor, or a member of your church, or immediate community fell on hard times the community at large pitched in to help out. The only place this seems to happen anymore are communities like the Amish or Mennonite, and those select few who belong to the elite club.

Where’s your sense of community? How do we become good neighbors and good stewards of faith to those in need? We certainly seem to have lost something that was good.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Hump Day Hottie

This is an actor who graduated from Redwood High in Larkspur, CA. In his senior year elections he was voted, "Least Likely to succeed." He then went on to briefly study political science then he went to Juilliard for theater.

He was born on July 21st 1951 in Chicago IL and was an over weight child. Many of his voices now have roots in his childhood.

He has 3 children from 2 wives.

Other famous people from his high school are Erin Gray(Silver Spoons) and Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills 90210).

He is following in the footsteps of his idol Jonathan Winters.

His mind is always running at warp speed. Infact he was supposed to be on Star Trek but had to cancel because of scheduling conflicts.

He has appeared in comedies, dramas, on T.V. and in animated features. An interesting fact about this person is that in a comedy he is clean shaven and in a drama he usually sports a beard.

His career changed when his instructor at Juilliard told him he was wasting his talent and to try stand up. His first T.V. exposure was on Happy Days and he got the part when the director (Garry Marshall) told him to sit down and he sat on his head.

He counts Whoopi Goldberg and Christopher Reeves as two of his friends. In fact he visited Reeves in the Hospital dressed in scrubs, with a clip board and using a Russian Accent. Reeves stated this was the first time since the accident that he had laughed. Near the end of Reeves life he even helped out with the bills and dedicated his Cecil B. Demille award to him.

He, along with Bette Midler, were guests on the final episode of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

He has Welsh and Scottish heritage and early on in his career stated he was from Scotland when he was asked. This fact does appear in some of his early writeups.

He has been in over 100 films, T.V. shows, shorts, animated features and sound tracks.

This actor and this weeks HDH was choosen because of his recent bought with Alcohol and rehab.

He was sober for 20 years and started drinking again. On August 9th 2006 he entered rehab. In my opinion it takes a lot to get clean again and admit it publicly. On difference in how he is dealing with it and how other Hollywood types do is he is not using it to further a career but to bring awareness to this disease.

This weeks Hump Day Hottie is ~ Robin Williams

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Too Much Of A Good Thing

America has always been known for it's independent spirit. We are going to do it our way and no one is going to tell us otherwise.

In many ways this is a fantastic part of our society. We are always striving to improve and are willing to take risks to be successful in one part of our life or another. The individual business owner, the person who changes job fields to do something that they love rather than just have a job, the person who chooses to live a clutter free life and not to bow down to the current standards of society, but do their own thing instead.

Unfortunately, this independent spirit also has drawbacks. Rarely do we as a nation come to a consesus about anything, whether it be the best type of medical care, cell phone systems or vehicle regulations. This causes us to be woefully behind the rest of the industrialized worlds when it comes to things like technology, the reduction of pollutants in the air and universal health care along with a myriad of other issues.

At what point do we celebrate our independence but also temper that independence with common sense smarts that allow us to get the best of both worlds?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Hump Day Hottie ~ Guest Post

Here is this weeks HDH. Since Rachel is having a Blog block I get to choose.

This actress (of course I would choose a woman) is the youngest of four sisters. I wonder if the rest of them are as hot as she is.

She grew up on a ranch in Corpus Christi Texas and attended Texas A&M-Kingsville. She graduated with a BA in Kinesiology. What the heck is that?

She started her acting career by entering a talent contest that brought her to LA. American Idol or America's got talent would be lucky if they found someone like her.

Her timing and persistence finally paid off the role of Isabella on the Young and the Restless. She has also played in, The Dead Will Tell opposite Anne Heche and in a modern L.A. Dragnet. She has been in the theatrical production of What the Rabbit Saw.

She has been voted by Variety as one of the Ten Faces to Watch, Rolling Stone's People of the Year, TV's Hot 11 and TV Guide's New Faces of Fall.

She is expanding her acting ability soon in Harsh Times and the Sentinel. She is also co producing and staring in a comedy varitey show called Hot Tamales Live. Sounds like some other kind of show but who am I to judge?

She was actively involved in the ill fated John Kerry-John Edwards campaign. Her pastimes include cooking, reading Latino literature and history and Salsa Dancing.

Too bad she is married.

This weeks HDH courtesy of Dennis is.....................................

This weeks Hump Day Hottie is ~ Eva Longoria

Monday, July 09, 2007

This summer is going by so incredibly fast. It seems that I am busier this summer than I can remember for a very long time.

Friday I went with Devon, Funny Girl & Aria to see Evan Almighty. It was pretty good.

Then Saturday I had two birthday parties to go to. One was for Ami's 10th birthday. She came down from Nova Scotia last weekend (I went with her mom Ann to Toronto to pick her up) and this was the first time that Devon saw her and they got along really well.

Then I left that party and went to an adult birthday party. I think I was just about the only sober person there except for the kids that were playing downstairs.

One woman was there that was just plastered. Running into walls and stumbling everywhere. I haven't ever understood why people think that it is fun to get that drunk. Tipsy is fun, but drunk like that just makes you look pathetic.

Sunday, Devon and I went swimming for an hour and then went over to Rico & Don't house for Sunday dinner. It was a rude awakening when I found out that 2 ozs of spaghetti was 240 calories. My spaghetti alone was 11 points. I did get away relatively low with the garlic bread that I made. I used a whole wheat english muffin, butter spray and garlic salt and made my own. It was really tasty and only 1 point (for both halves) instead of 5 points for 1 slice of regular garlic bread.

I actually gained 2 lbs. last week but since it was that time of the month I didn't beat myself up about it.

Today when I put on a pair of pants that I hadn't worn since I started WW I was pleased to notice that they were w bit looser than the last time that I wore them.

How is everyone else enjoying their summer?

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

I Will Defeat The Wild Cat

Either last summer or the summer prior to that I went to Michigan's Adventure with Funny Girl, Anne and our kids.We were having a great time riding the rides and hanging out together.

We had been riding some of the roller coasters and decided to go on the Wild Cat which is an older, wooden roller coaster.We got in line and waited our turn.

I got into a seat with Devon and started to buckle my seat belt. It wouldn't buckle.I twisted this way and that way trying to get the damn buckle into the slot and nothing would work.

I was wedged in so tightly (there was a divider between the seats) that I could barely get my fingers in there to try and maneuver the belt.Finally, I was informed that I had to get off of the ride if I couldn't buckle the belt.

Mortified, I got off of the ride and had to stand on the other side, across from the other people in line and wait for the ride to finish so that I could get off with my party.

I stood there for what seemed like the longest roller coaster ride in the world until it finally rolled back into the loading and unloading area and my friends and son got off.

That was the first time that my weight had prevented me from doing something with my friends and family.

By the end of this summer, I am going to go back to Michigan's Adventure, ride that damn ride and smile the whole way.