Friday, January 28, 2011
I owe SUCHAHOOT the low-down on a surprise party...so here it goes!!! LoL
Last Saturday was the 22nd...which happened to be the date of a rescheduled holiday party for my husband's co-workers so they could see our house (finally) after oh, 3 or 4 years of living here! LoL It ALSO happens to be one month exactly before my husband's 4oth birthday.
Well, he had been hemming & hawwing about doing something for his 40th for MONTHS now, because I had told him that when I turn 40, I want to do something with my girlfriends, in turn to be fair, he could go have fun with his friends....which would be something like golfing. Well, after his last comment of "I guess I won't do anything." I decided that that was IT!
and then I noticed the dates of the party...and I thought....HECK, why not! I called in the ranks: got emails from his coworker, got the cake ordered to his sister, got the emails for his bowling buds and Monday night football dudes....and WHALLAH - itstant Surprise party!!
The only glitch was that it was going to be at my house...with him there entertaining his coworkers...and I had to keep the non-workers at bay (with emails) until they were all gathered outside my front door in freezing cold weather. I had faith in those coordinating emails and the people involved......and you know what??? IT WORKED!!
I GOT HIM!!!
He opened the front door and a huge "SURPRISE" was screamed by everyone and then the uber-party began!
A flurry of people rushed in, coats were everywhere, food was brought in, balloons, audio speakers, 4 extra cases of beer, cake, laughter and smiling faces all were there for my hubby!
Yup, I will admit I was a hot mess worried wreck about if there would be enough food & drink...but family pulls together and it all worked out. My tummy was in a turmoil though for a good hour....until I had a good stiff drink instead of the sour junk I was sipping. Amazing what a shot does for ones nerves when they are 'fried'!! After that I finally relaxed and had a darned good time.
The best surprise was one of our really good friends happened to be in town from NC for that weekend and they came to the party too!!! It was just SO good to hang out with her...especially in the same place where we spent so many Friday and Saturday nights during high school!
I couldn't have pulled it off without everyone's help...that is for sure!!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I got my exercise Spark back today!!! FINALLY
As some of you may know, I am a cyclical exerciser: when I find the time, I do it consistently until one of the following things happen: I get sick as in a head/chest cold (first & most common derailer) or I just get too busy with 'life' (which is easy when I am concentrating on my studies in addition to work & family).
Getting back on that horse is the hardest part of my journey...and it's just the way it is right now, so I accept that with open arms. One day, that will change too, but for now - it is fine. Cyclical is fine.
So my inspiration today happens to be my husband. After working on his maintenance, he has finally decided to try and exercise! He has his own hangups which could be a separate blog on it's own....but mainly anxiety has held him back in that department. So nice and slow...and steady, he has made the leap to just start moving once again!! Very cool! Very proud of him!! and all is well!! No anxiety!
What is exciting to me is that we can do this part together! Inspire one another to get on the treadmill and onto the mat and the machine while the other takes care of the kids upstairs. That takes all the mom-guilt out of the equation completely. You can laugh about the 'mom guilt' if you want....it's what I like to call that pull I have to get home, even though everyone is just fine with daddy....the pull toward the family just to be near one another, even though an hour of exercise would be more beneficial than hanging out watching "Phineas and Ferb" on TV. I have lots of "mom guilt" going on....it has gotten better....it's just, what's a good word to use here....oh yea, it's cyclical!!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
my bathroom wallpaper! Get your minds out of the gutter!
Teeheeheee...bet I got a bunch of you on that one!
But seriously, I am stripping my wallpapper in the bathroom. SO glamorous right?!?! It's been in this state of un-finished-ness since I ripped the peeling paper back a few months ago...then let it sit...then did a wall...then let it sit...then I did another wall....now I'm on the home stretch of getting all of it off....but then, I have to wash/sand the glue off of the now bare walls.
Such a pain.
and then I was thinking....it's just like this journey here. I start. I stop. I start. I stop. Honestly it is a terribly bad habit...but it is one that has been part of my mindset for a long time. Others I know (and admire a bit) plug away and want things "just so" before a certain date. Me - yeah, not so much. Are my "standards" in this regard skewed? or am I just that relaxed and low-maintenance now that I am older?
Eesh, who knows. I wish I had the drive to have higher standards on some things, but when I do, and things do NOT come out the way I want them to, I have gotten terribly disappointed in the past. Is my low-maintenance attitude part of a coping mechanism to avoid disappointment? or am I too much of a realist, where things are never going to be perfect...ever?
Anyway...this is what goes through my head when I am doing a mundane task like stripping wallpaper.
Now to continue and finish the task...I want the room to be painted by May. The way it's going, it might actually get done!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Do a reflective blog...or not.
I am thinking NOT today. The house is quiet right now...the kids are all out & hubby is at work. I'm prepping for my Cubscout den meeting tonight - building pinewood derby racecar stands...and while I have grandios plans in my head, they never seem to come to fruition when dealing with 9 to 11 8-year-old boys. I guess over the last few years of doing this I make my plans and have learned to 'roll with the punches' when the meeting I planned so carefully goes a little bit awry and off schedule. Not like the kids notice or see it, but I see it...and it always works out in the end. Anyway, I digress.....
When it is too quiet, I tend to ponder and think too much, rather than just "be" quiet & in the moment. Do you have any idea what I could be getting done right now?? tons of stuff, including exercise, but today is not an ooomph day. It's a meh, errr...huh...whatev kind of a day. Not like it should be at all, because of all of the planning & sorting I have to do, but nonetheless, it is.
Slowly, I am getting things done - more out of necessity than want. My "wants" as of late are really not going to happen, and maybe that is pissing me off. We were talking about bucket lists the other day at dinner. Thai food was a mall scratch off of my personal list, but it wasn't OMG! THAT WAS SO AWESOME! - it was more like, well, it was OK, I'll try something more adventurous next time. Maybe that is my problem right now....not enough adventure. More rut-like than anything...and that might be because of the winter weather too. Maybe it's more...
So back to the bucket. I think this year, I am going to venture out and do some new things. I already have Atlantic City planned with my sisters and another time with my BFF for her 40th b-day. So we can almost scratch that one off. Just getting away with the girls will be fun! Another thing on my list is to learn the Argentine Tango....super sexy dance. Unfortunately the hubby isn't into that....I think I will have to settle on a Zumba class or DVD instead. The biggest thing is to go to Disney with the kids this summer....we are hemming & hawwing on how to go about doing this (Hemming & hawwing is a talent of ours...indecision at its best). Another thing is to meet up with a Sparkbud of mine...distance is the problem....but it's on the bucket list, so eventually that one will be done in time.
With all this quiet other things come into play...worries mostly. The self-conscious fat chick rears her ugly head at these times, Trust me, she squeeks and is quiet almost instantaneously, but still...she reminds me she is there. The witch. Staring at me on the kitchen counter are boxes of baked goods....my nemesis. The only thing keeping me from eating them with a vengeance is that I am going to give them to my scouts tonight and I need enough to go around! LoL I must really be hormonal for all this to be going on in! LOL
Oh my....my non-reflective blog became reflective! ROFL.....guess I needed to just get it out. What's funny is that this is barely a scratch on the surface of what I am really thinking right now! These thoughts too shall pass.
But now...I really better get back to setting up this meeting before I get my littlest man back from pre-school.
Friday, January 07, 2011
You can take the title any which way you want...LoL
For some it's WELCOME BACK!!! Spark is still here...and as you can see, so am I...nice to see you again!
and for others it's WELL, COME BACK it's been way too long...Spark is still here, waiting patiently to be used as the tool that it is...and if you need my help on your journey, well, feel free to just ask!
on both accounts, I am happy to see you here!
I'm going to apply this to me as well...I'm back from my own hiatus from Spark as well. I like to say that when I don't contact people I care about for a while - well, that "life sometimes gets in the way".
But I always come back...to use those trackers that keep me on point. To refresh the support that is VITAL to losing weight, getting fit and maintaining that forward progress. I think that is why this time losing weight was successful - because of the support system here at Spark.
I saw the Biggest Loser last week and it was the reunion show...the best thing that was stressed at that table from the success stories and from Jillian Michaels was that the support system is an important part of the journey. It was nice to see and hear that. While the personal journey is certainly an INDIVIDUALone that you alone control...sometimes it is the people around us that will be the biggest tool to pick up the spirit in order to keep going forward those 2 steps when you stumbles back the one.
Welcome back Sparkers.....make 2011 the healthiest one yet!!!
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