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Camping rain-out - BUMMER!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Oh well!! I don't know who is more disappointed, me or the kids. We were looking forward to this trip for 2 months - a halloween adventure at Jellystone with new friends - trick or treating, a costume contest, site decorating - the whole bowl of candy corn! NOPE - It's a RAIN OUT!

So 20 pounds of candy, 4 sets of halloween lights for the tent...all down the drain. Literally. Now you may think - 20 pounds of candy? Just use it for halloween. Sure! great idea! Only problem here is that we get a total of 2 kids per year!!! NO JOKE! I hope the receipts are still in the bag. The candy has to go back.

We made the right decision too because it's pouring outside. The other family's sister and mom pulled out too - they have pop-ups too. Unfortunately - they rented a cabin and this place is super refunds or switching days. They sure know how to make money.

So here I sit...bumming out. Now I get to - clean my house and mop the floors because my youngest got a hold of a milk cup with no cap and splashed milk everywhere (fun)....go to work tomorrow morning (fun,.fun) ...have my inlaws over for the afternoon because we haven't seen them in a few weeks (fun fun fun)...the list of fun goes on and on....yay. emoticon

Bumming Annie needs to hit the TM bad. But alas, that too shall have to wait because the day of babysitting the cherubs has yet to begin. The more I write, the crappier I feel. It's going to be a looooong day if I don't snap out of it.

The good thing is that the day has just begun and I have the power to change it's outcome. Wish me luck.

Update from this morning's bumout....I had extra energy and angst so I rearranged 2 rooms in my house. Complete swap out of the sitting room and dining room - LOL! The kids were like, "What are you doing that for?" It entertained them and gave me a new sense of coziness that I guess I was longing for. Moved a buffet and piano all by myself!! Was easier than you think, being that we have wood floors. Slow & steady is all. Nothing like resting the eye on something new to give one a sense of peace and accomplishment - especially on a wind swept, rainy day. Made the kids clean up the trashed family room too. Ahhhh - peace has settled over the land again... emoticon

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IAMLION 9/29/2008 8:02AM

    Sorry your camping trip was cancelled! Two days of our weekend plans (our plans started on Thursday) were also rained out. I got to sleep in on Thurs. & Fri. morning. Luckily on Friday evening the rain went away and we were able to get out and enjoy Friday evening & the whole Saturday!

Hope you didn't get stuck with all that candy!!

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AMJSATURN 9/29/2008 12:57AM


I can see you have been plenty busy, new pictures and all. I miss the one of you upside down.

Camping trip rained out too bad. I hope you find the receipt for the candy also.

Enjoy because two more days and October will be knocking at the door.

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TRECECOOKS 9/27/2008 6:38PM

    Sorry for your disappointment, but I'm glad that you could channel the energy productively!!

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OAKBORN 9/26/2008 6:38PM

    Sorry your camping got rained out!

But you are such a blast to read!!

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A no food-log week - What????

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Last Thursday was when I logged my food last because we went camping the next when I got back, well, the "s" hit the fan and I just haven't had time - you know that old chestnut...MOM!! I NEED _____________!!!! Between that and being a football widow on Sunday & Monday, getting the laundry done and cleaning the house, and working...I've slacked on the tracker. Eating the same, just not inputting the stuff.

Now this phase of the SP plan should have been done back, oh - in MAY, but I wasn't there just yet, so the tracking continued up until last week. I can honestly say that I'm not flipping out over this at all. It feels like a natural progression really, which is a good thing. I'm growing up! LOL

I have to also say that if I don't get some TM time in/alone time - I'm a real bitch. From Thursday to yesterday - no me time even though we went camping...very bad, very bad. You'd think I'd be relaxed. I was flying off the handle at the kids and holding grudges against DH for watching foozeball. Like I said - being a bitch. It's amazing what a half hour yesterday at lunch on the treadmill did for me. I went to work that morning high strung and complaining...after lunch was a mellow girl and no complaining. Too funny. Boy, that sounds a bit like before and after you know what...whew! give me a cigarette, I'm spent!

Speaking of that - I treated myself to a trashy witch/demon novel for fun. I'm not in the mood for cerebral Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte or Harry Potter right now. I needed something to get me through the football season and this one has 3 books, thank goodness. It's pretty good, so I"ll probably be done with it in 2 days! Nothing like a trashy novel. Best $7 I've spent in a long time! ROFL My brother is a writer, so delving into a new sci-fi book always makes me think of him. Where do they come up with some of this stuff?

But I digress...back to being mom again! It's 7am and the day has yet to begin! I need to get breakfast and clothes on the kiddies before 7:30 or I'm going to be off-track. The mom bus leaves the station promptly at 8am.

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OAKBORN 9/24/2008 10:06PM

    Hey Annie! I agree totally with you about how important that exercise time is!!

Taking care of yourself is so so important... just remember to take that time! It's NOT selfish, it's good for you!


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FULLOFFAITH 9/24/2008 4:14PM

    You are so funny. Your life sounds a lot like mine. between the Kids and DH def never enough me time. Well glad you got a good book to escape with.

My mom bus leaves at 7:15am. I feel ya on that one. if I get off track throws off the day.

Hang in there and have a good day!!!


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Fall Camping Kick-off

Friday, September 19, 2008

I love that shot of my boys watching the world go by from their was taken in July at Hither Hills State Park. They were watching the neighbors play bocce ball... now imagine 2 families learning that they were from the same town, all because some little boys were cheering from a pop-up bunk! Small world!

As some of you know - I am an avid camper. Our new pop-up turns 1 year old this month and by the end of the year, we will have camped about 9 times! I'd say we've got our money's worth out of it this year.

Our last 4 trips are starting today - quiet family trip on LI for 2 nights. I'll have to work in the morning and commute at 6am, but I'll be back in time for afternoon snack. It'll give Dh & the boys some quality camping time together. The weather should be cool and a fire should feel great - I can't wait!!

So if anyone is wondering why I'm quiet - that's why. Back on Sunday in time for football too! LOL My Dh gets all of his favorite things in one weekend! LMAO!

As for maintaining - I'm not worried...I've noticed a few things since hitting goal. If I eat normally - my natural cal range is 1300-1600 without even thinking too much...which means I don't have to feel any guilt when I have a s'mores or a beer during camping. My SP maintenance range is 1550-1950. It's a nice thing to know when you start maintenance - ranges keep things in perspective.

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IAMLION 9/22/2008 9:46PM

    I love this pic too!! Sooo cute! They are so sweet when they are still, aren't they emoticon

Our family camping trips are done for the year. Now the hubby and I have a few alone time camping trips planned! I love those!! We camp near an island that he hunts on and I get lots and lots of pampering and quiet time! He cooks my breakfast when he returns from the morning hunt, we spend a couple of hours hanging out, he cooks dinner before he leaves for the evening hunt and then it's all about Me, the fire, a good book, snacks and beer!! I can hardly wait for our October trip!! emoticon

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OAKBORN 9/21/2008 10:05PM

    Love that pic!

I miss camping (I like tents and fires!)...


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FULLOFFAITH 9/21/2008 11:05AM

    What a cute picture. I know you are having a good time. I have never been camping. one of these days hopefully.



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Re-evaluation time

Monday, September 15, 2008 some of you can see, I've lost a few more pounds in the past week, for whatever reason. Part being that I'm watching the dairy, part being that I'm exercising again and burning cals, part being that subconsciously I wasn't totally done, part being that I believe that there is an equilibrium that I'll eventually settle at and I'm not there yet....lots of little things.

It's weird to have dropped a few more because I just bought a bunch of new shirts that were slightly snug...I was 150 when I bought them, and to tell you the honest truth, they fit and look better 2 pounds lighter. At 150, I had the side pooch thing - love handles? - that I wasn't really thrilled with...2 pounds down and they were down too...not gone, just down. That makes me happy.

My closet has been completely redone and I can wear everything in it without cringing...that's something very foreign to me. I kept old and added some new, and I'm happy with that. I tossed yet another bag to goodwill - I think it's my 4th one. Trust me, there is still some to go, but I can use what's left to my advantage. I need shoes though....pretty bad.

This week at work, every single person was shocked to see me. I'm in the health field, so people see me sporadically. Every person was like, "Whoa! What have you been up to? You look great!"

We went to a party and I wore something I bought with my sister from Express - a blue fitted button down that had no gap-osis going on and a pair of black wide leg pants... I wore it to work and went right to the party...these are newer friends that we are socializing with now because of school...but I digress. I embraced form fitting clothes in public for the very first time. Talk about diving in with both feet. Our friends openly asked, so I talked about SP the whole time. Even my older friends are a little shocked.

I think my DH is going to throw up soon. I think my co-workers are going to throw up soon. They hear it all the time!

Anyway, I've kind of come to the conclusion that whatever will be, will be. Is maintaining hard? Sort of and yet not, at the same time...I have done it for 2 months. More food is weird to do, especially when you are so used to the "diet thing". Moderation with food and exercise is a balancing act. It's really a personal journey that takes a lot of trial and error. What's good for me, might not be good for you. Is dieting easier? As you can see - for me, yes, it is. Again, a very personal journey. If I knew back then, what I know now, I would have done this when I was 20.

If you think my body is some tight, muscular thing - you are so off base!
It is what it is - a six-pack of well defined fat attached to muscles - I'm just happy the spare tire is gone; arms that wave good-bye after I have stopped waving; cellulite and stretch marks are part of who I am - I accept that one with arms wide open. I don't think I need to go on, you get the picture.

So here's the deal with all this re-evaluation:
- I refuse to let myself go over 150 for the rest of my life if I can possibly help it.
- 150 is a good and happy place - I'm glad I maintained well there
- the uber-ultimate goal of a healthy BMI at 136 pounds is totally doable and if it happens to be my equilibrium spot, then so be it.
- I'm not deliberately dieting to get to 136.
- Just being in the 140s is a thrill for me and I LIKE IT!

I looks like Ms. Done might not be totally done. emoticon

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OAKBORN 9/21/2008 10:10PM

    Frabjous! Absolutely frabjous!!

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IAMLION 9/16/2008 8:04AM

    How awesome!! I am smiling very big for you!! emoticon emoticon

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SFOSTER 9/16/2008 3:12AM

    I agree I always find your posts uplifting and you seem to always post when I need it the most. Thanks for sharing your continued success and encouragement.

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GLAMOURGIRL-9 9/15/2008 1:02PM

    Wow! I can not tell you how inspiring your blog was or how i envy where you are. I can not wait to be 150 ! I can not wait to feel the way you do. It so happens today is my RECOMMITTING day and reading this inspired me more! emoticon

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DREAMNSCHEME 9/15/2008 1:02PM

    Congrats on all your success! emoticon

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9/11 on Long Island

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The news coverage had the names being said on every single channel in our area.

The kids in my husband's school read books and remember the day.

I mentioned the day to my husband and father this morning and said everyone knows exactly where they were and who was around them when they found out what had happened.

Personally, I had just found out I was pregnant with my first child the day before and was on cloud nine...and then my father and I watched in horror as news coverage broke and we saw 2 planes crash into the towers, and stared in disbelief that other planes were involved as well, in other parts of the country.

My husband is a teacher and teaches in a high commuter town. He's taught the kids of the victims of that day for the last 7 years. No one on Long Island doesn't know someone who wasn't there....running for their lives.

The last person I saw today at work, was a broker who was just 2 blocks away from the towers that day. He said he was covered in dust and ran for the Manhattan Bridge to get across into Queens. He saw it all. He and so many others. He described it like he was just there, in the moment.

Many people were affected by this - to think about it is almost insanely scary - not only here, but in Washington and Pennsylvania too, and the ripple effect it caused on all of those poor people on those planes. So many people. So many families.

That's why they read the list...

Sometimes to think of others, on a day like today, puts so many other things into perspective.


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OAKBORN 9/21/2008 10:03PM

    I remember all too well where I was... I had called my parents at about 8 am Central time to discuss visiting them for the weekend... and I was on my way out the door... my dad asked if I knew what had happened and told me I'd better turn on the TV... I saw the footage of the first plane hitting the tower and then the 2nd plane. I knew immediately that it was terrorism and that we would be going to war against someone.

I was listening to the radio on my way to campus (I had just started nursing school a few weeks before) and was crossing the interstate when the first tower fell and the 2nd one fell on my way to school.

My friend's father-in-law was a cabbie in New York and drove into the parking garage under one of the towers that morning and they felt the shudder as arrived and all chose to leave instead of stay...

My brother's office had been on the same side of the Pentagon that was hit, but luckily he'd retired from the Navy a few years earlier.

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NEWKIM1 9/14/2008 8:50AM

    You are so right and I am so touched to read your blog. The 11th was a hard day for me, all the way here in Nebraska, not because I was personally touched by 9/ life was changed forever like so many people...but at the end of the day I had only heard 3 people talk about it, and it was because I asked them "Do you remember where you were when you heard of 9/11" Other than those 3 people no one else talked about it. They may have, just not with me. I just miss the moment of silence EVERYONE should take, I miss the fact that not all flags were at 1/2 staff...I miss the reverence it deserves and it didn't get in Columbus Nebraska.

May God bless all of those who fought that day, God bless those men and women who are defending our country today and in the past.

God Bless you for keeping their memories alive.

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TRECECOOKS 9/12/2008 12:49PM

    I can add nothing. You are so right.

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SFOSTER 9/11/2008 10:29PM

    I too remember exactly where I was and what I was doing the moment we first heard. I wish I had seen more flags flying today but was sadly disappointed. I feel it is a very important day to remember and to take time and reflect.

Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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