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This is CLASSIC...murphy's law, I tell ya!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Some of you may know that my Christmas Present from my hubby was going to go see a show in NYC on Sat...which is tomorrow...which is when a BLIZZARD is going to hit LONG ISLAND where I live....making travel hazardous and dangerous and bla bla blah...BAH HUMBUG!

Everyone is saying..."go anyway"..."stay in the city, the kids are all taken care of"....suuuure....easy for them to say.

Here's my dilemma, which is CLASSIC me...I say, yeah, what a great idea!!...and then, the second thoughts hit me like a LIRR traincar!
#1 It's expensive to stay in the city.
#2 what if the weather gets WORSE and we really really are stuck looooonger than we want to and it takes forever to get back anyway.
#3 If we go home right after the show, we'll miss all the snow that is going to hit if we stayed over night which would bring my fearof #2 to life. We'll still have snow, just not as much if we left right away.
#4 - Do they cancel Broadway shows in a blizzard???? Hubby has to call for that info to find out b/c it's a surprise and I have no idea what we are even seeing, or else I'd do it right now.

Writing helps me work things out. This is the mental me talking...not the "hey I can do anything!" Annie that hangs out here most of the time.

UUGGGHHH!!!!! Crud!!! I don't know what to DO!!!

The excitement of having an adventure is there, but no offense, hotels in the city creep me out.....one word: bedbugs. Eww! emoticon

Sheesh! I think I'm going to have hubby call the theater now & in the morning to see what they say about the storm and refunded or postponed shows. At least that way, we'll have an idea on that front.

Oh boy.

Wish I had a crystal ball.

Murphy's law: we cancel our plans and the darned thing misses Long Island by those 100 miles they are talking about.

Murphy's law: we go and the 100 miles is the other way and it's the biggest blizzard in Long Island's history and we are stuck in Manhattan - 58 miles from our lovely warm home.

Crud.

To be continued........

  
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TASOGAREBAN 12/19/2009 2:23PM

    Well the snow started here about an hour ago and it's fairly light but the wind is just pushing everything all over. Who knows how it's going to be later. Wish you the best and hope it all works out!

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SHERWARE 12/19/2009 12:18AM

    All I can say is "GOOD LUCK." Hope it turns out the way you want it to. emoticon

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OAKBORN 12/18/2009 10:21PM

    You will make the right decision...

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KATRINAKAT23 12/18/2009 5:22PM

  Hi Annie:

I hope the storm misses you whichever you decide. If you go let us know how it went.

Kat

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Resisted the temptation

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

OMG...EVIL flitted thru my brain today. Pure EVIL emoticon

I went to BB&B today to get some hair glaze and shampoo and it was right around lunchtime. There in front of me was BURGER KING! No line at the drivethru too. The thought flitted across my consciuosness "Go ahead...it's been a while...it's right there....you DESERVE it....you've been SO good...blah blah blah evile blah..." it said sweetly...beaconing...

I turned around SO FAST and drove right home for lunch.

Honestly, the next 2 weeks are going to be SO hard with food and celebrating with family. The only way I'm going to maintain everything through it all is going to be a) save my calories for those days and b) be extra conscious of eating healthy on those 'regular' days, which is hard to do with all of the yummy cheeses, crackers, dips and booze around (These are my downfalls lately).

This weekend is like seasonal kickoff....Hubby & I are going into NYC to see a show (a surprise Xmas present to me) and we have reservations at a steakhouse. That is going to blow me out of the water foodwise. Sunday is the cookieswap with my sisters & cousin...which means pizza! AAAAH!

Just thinking about the Christmas week is insane { forget about the Eve and the Day itself - sheesh!} - my girlfriend is coming over for a few days/nights with her family (SO excited about that) and then we'll be heading north to our other dear friends house for New Year. Everything is probably going to revolve around food and drink! LOL

We all have that going on this time of year...I guess we just have to be smart about our choices - even more so! In the meantime...I'm going to resist those evil thoughts. You'd think they'd go away completely...sorry, to tell you....but they don't.

OK - pledging to myself to resist evil when not at the appropriate time.
- I will not eat cheese & crackers alone anymore
- I will not make cocktails unless we have guests over or even if one of my kids has a whining fit for 5 hours straight
- I will drink all of my water
- I will practice breathing for at least 5 minutes a day
- I will not..scratch that...I will try not to yell when the kids are driving me nuts
- I will only order healthy takeout if that is the only option before me

I think that's it....for now...

Good luck everybody...'tis the season, but watch those reasons!!!

  
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GLOBALKEEWEE 12/16/2009 5:30PM

    Congratulations on resisting the Burger King...it sounds like you have WAY BETTER splurges planned. Spend those calories where they really count, I say!

Have a great *season* and stick to your plan. We're behind you!
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/16/2009 3:00PM

    My "today" is totally shot, lol. But I don't do this often and I am prepared to forgive myself.

We are going to have days like this as long as we have to eat to nourish the body.

WTG on resisting BK!! Did you get back to BB&B?

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TASOGAREBAN 12/16/2009 2:31PM

    Wooooo, congrats on that willpower! I was actually laughing at the beginning of the blog because of the way you described it but I do applaud you. :)

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ANNALISA73 12/16/2009 1:33PM

    This was funny!...I like how you write very animated :) emoticon

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ITGALLO 12/16/2009 1:20PM

    Wow, what a great and insightful plan. You have really thought this out and are ready to face the holidays. I, too, have been dreading the holidays. Your plan will help me as well. Every time I pass a Burger King, In and Out Burger, McDonalds, Wendy's Subway--I face temptation and moral dilemma. Good for you that you resisted and have great activities to surround your holiday. Enjoy and best wishes, Ilene emoticon

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The final reward

Monday, December 14, 2009

OK...so at 25 pounds, I bought some Lia Sophia jewelry that I love and wear all the time. So in honor of the last goal hit...I treated myself to some more. MY Xmas present to myself and a treat that will keep me focused on WHY I did this in the first place and to STAY there forever more.

I wore the necklace yesterday and last night....I didn't know how it was going to be because it's a flat style & all my others have all flipped on me - it's 5 different gold shapes linked together and then a leather cord attached to each side which hooks in the back. It's called 'Shapeshifter' - how fitting, huh?

Well, the thing felt great all day, like I didn't even have it on. My hair didn't get trapped in the clasp; it stayed right where itshoud be; it didn't flip over; it felt warm and cozy all day.

I've found my everyday necklace to wear with anything...whenever. LOVE it. Wish I could post a pick...the necklace site won't let me. :( Guess I'll have to post my own! LOL Which I tried below...can't really see it...but it's gold & shiny!

Revised 12/14/09 10pm
That's my MIL in the pic with me at my nephew's birthday party. I've seen her go up and down 5 times over the last 12 years and now her hip is giving her problems and she's pre-diabetic and her cholesterol is high. After not discussing my weightloss for over a year with me, she finally said how proud she was that I kept it off. It's a hard subject for her. It's hard for me to help someone who is smart but who doesn't want to listen to someone younger. I love her to pieces and it breaks my heart to see her hurting and struggling. All the more reason to stay where I am...maybe one day she will ask me how. Sadly, until then, the ball is in her court.

  
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DWEXCEL 12/15/2009 6:56AM

    And, you know she will...at some time. So you just keep on doing your thing, and sooner or later, one day she will ask you how you did it. Is that your necklace there in the pic?

What a wonderful way to reward yourself.

Luv ya!
Donna

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TASOGAREBAN 12/14/2009 11:16AM

    LOL isn't it great when you find that one perfect piece! And I hate getting my hair caught in anything, it's an immediate turn off for me. Woohoo and congrats!

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I LOVE MY MAN!

Monday, December 07, 2009

So after a hideous start to the day...my dear hubby came home and we started going thru our Den meeting routine...and I asked him nicely to please do the meeting...he is my second in command after all.

You see...he's a teacher and usually the last thing he wants to do is be around kids who'd rather not listen because it's the end of the day; and teach after school hours because he is basically shot at the end of the day. Being a teacher isn't easy - I can tell you from first hand witnessing that it is a draining job. Most days, he wants to just decompress when he gets home...and we have 3 little boys who want our attention, so usually, that doesn't happen! LOL

Well - he knew my day...and he came in and did the whole meeting about tools to perfection. He is truly gifted and I am so lucky to have him at my side...especially after this horrible day...nay week, of just plain mental yuk.

I LOVE YOU BABE!! emoticon You are the emoticon

  
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MARINEMAMA 12/11/2009 6:24AM

    AWWWW....Men are great!!

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HEALTH4LYFE 12/7/2009 9:43PM

    Yeah for you for asking and double yeah to DH for accepting. What a great guy you have. Hope tomorrow is much better!

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SUCHAHOOT 12/7/2009 9:39PM

    Yea for awesome guys! I'm lovin' mine too! emoticon

Aww, renewing your vows, Oakborn! I love it!

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OAKBORN 12/7/2009 9:35PM

    They sure can come through sometimes or say the sweetest things when you need them to, don't they?

Markle asked me to renew vows on our 25th today..

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Remember to breathe!! Remember to breathe!!

Monday, December 07, 2009

OMG!!!!

Ever have a morning that just kicks off B-A-D BAD???

The house was cold this morning...the heat said 'ON' but it was 60. So I emailed the company who does our oil deliveries {which are supposed to be automatic} to order oil.

Guess what? The heat is on...we have oil...and now I'm getting a delivery. Oh well...better to do it now before it really does run out, right?

My middle son...the 5 hyear old drama-king...he comes into the bedroom looking like it's the end of the world. OMG - He has A RUNNY NOSE!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

I swear to all that is holy on this earth...it took every ounce of my being to control myself. The incessant whining...the single use tissue pile that just kept growing and growing in the trash bin and on the floor...the inconsolable NONSENSE! of it all! emoticon

We got thru the morning with the aid of some allergy medicine to dry him up a bit...but the damage to me was done. I can't breathe.

No, not really "can't breathe", but you know what I mean. I have to physically remind myself to inhale deeply to calm down. The kids are gone a half hour and I'm still practicing breathing.

Tonight is a den meeting with scouts. The subject.....TOOLS. An intro to tools. In my dining room. On my table. Thirteen 7-8 year olds who do not listen well.

BREATHE emoticon C'mon BREATHE!!!! emoticon DEEPER!! emoticon

So my day is a sandwich of fun. emoticon

I'm going to practice my breathing...go on the treadmill...and start my day over in a more positive light. emoticon

Really, what else can one do? Blessings to be counted...my health, my kids & husband's health, my extended family's health, my home, my friends, I can pay my bills, I have food on the table.

Restarting the day right NOW.

Hope you have a good one too!
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ANNIEONLI 12/7/2009 9:22PM

    Thanks so much ladies!!!!

I think a major thing is that it's the TOM coming up....it seems like every other month I LOSE MY MIND!! I couldn't even tell you if I raised my voice once last month. Go figure!!

Anyway...much much better now.

Ommmm. Breathing...breathing....breathing.
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SUCHAHOOT 12/7/2009 11:37AM

    Here's another from Thich Nhat Hanh. A favorite of mine...

Breathing i, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment,
I know this is a wonderful moment.

Have a lovely day!
Karen

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OAKBORN 12/7/2009 10:04AM

    Yep... breathing... some days it's moment to moment... and just remembering to breathe.

Hugs!

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VALERIEMAHA 12/7/2009 9:52AM

    "Restarting the day right NOW." That's it! We can (and do, really) start over each moment with each new moment, each "now," each opportunity to be mindful of the one and only precious moment we have. YAY! (Wish I could remember that!)

Some of beloved teacher Thich Nhat Hanh's gathas, or verses, (1st line is the inhale, 2nd line the exhale, etc.) to help remembering to breathe:

GETTING THROUGH THE DAY:
Breathing in I know I am breathing in
Breathing out I know I am breathing out.
Breathing in
Breathing out

WAKING UP:
Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment
and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion

BRUSHING TEETH
Brushing my teeth and rinsing my mouth,
I vow to speak purely and lovingly.
When my mouth is fragrant with right speech,
a flower blooms in the garden of my heart.

MEDITATING OR WALKING:
I have arrived.
I am home.
In the here,
In the now.

SMILING AT YOUR ANGER:
Breathing in, I know that anger makes me ugly.
Breathing out, I do not want to be contorted by anger.
Breathing in, I know I must take care of myself.
Breathing out, I know loving kindness is the only answer.

WALKING MEDITATION:
Words can travel thousands of miles.
May my words create mutual understanding and love.
May they be as beautiful as gems,
as lovely as flowers.

TALKING ON THE TELEPHONE:
The mind can go in a thousand directions.
But on this beautiful path, I walk in peace.
With each step, a gentle wind blows.
With each step, a flower blooms.

AND A BONUS! ONE OF MY FAVORITE MEAL PRAYERS:
This food is the gift of the whole universe - the earth the sky, and much hard work.
May we eat in mindfulness so as to be worthy to receive it.
May we transform our unskillful states of mind and learn to eat with moderation.
May we take only foods that nourish us and prevent illness.
We accept this food to realize the path of understanding and love and joy.

Blessed be!
xox
Maha


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BZYBOYSMOM 12/7/2009 9:41AM

    God love you and enjoy the Scout meeting and keep breathing!!

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