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Buffalo - the meat, not the city

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Every so often...I get an hankerin' for something. Sometimes it is reaaaaaly reaaaallly hard not to have_______________________ (insert item here) but most of the time, if I wait it out, and drink my water, and get busy with something or other....the hankerin' will go away...and then I know that it was probably more a moment of weakness because of stress, emotion or whathaveyou.

Now CRAVINGS...well those...well those, I usually just have to get it out of the way if it keeps occurring day after day after day. For example: a cheeseburger...just. a. cheeseburger. Keep your fries, give me the cheeseburger kind of craving. OMG, the last 2 weeks it was all I could think of, especially at night....very very strange. But then, really, it went away just as fast as it came....Today, however, I was in a diner with my friend, and I figured "better get it now or it's probably not going to happen until spring!" Our other friend - opened her mouth and just said, "How about the buffalo cheeseburger instead. They are really good here. Lower cholesterol, lower fat...I like them, you won't know the difference." REEEAALLY?? seriously, really? Well, I figured I'd give it a shot, even if we were in the local yolkal town diner. ( PS...I don't really like eating tons of beef just b/c of the calories/fat per size ratio...I eat it, but not that much anymore.)

I fell in love. emoticon

Dang but it was good!!!! I don't think I will ever get a beef hamburger again if the other is offered...especially after I put it into the Nutrition Tracker! It was insane the difference between the two! Go ahead, plug will squeal with delight!!

It's nice to try something new and be pleasantly pleased with the outcome. This was one of them.

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YAMINOKODOMO 2/2/2011 10:11AM

    I have tried a buffalo burger and yea they are really not bad! I liked it a lot!

I totally get you tho! I am good most of the time but when I get those cravings its torture! lol

Glad you enjoyed the burger!

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HEALTH4LYFE 2/1/2011 10:17PM

    All this talk about burgers and cheeseburgers has got me salivating for something. emoticon

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LUCKY89071 2/1/2011 9:16PM

    I LOVE buffalo burgers!!!! My family used to eat them when we had to have hamburgers. I completely forgot about them , thanks for reminding me!

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The Surprise Party

Friday, January 28, 2011

I owe SUCHAHOOT the low-down on a surprise 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!!


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!

So awesome!!

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!!

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SUCHAHOOT 2/11/2011 8:27PM

    Ahh, you guys are soo cute! YOu did a wonderful job and it sounds like you all had a GREAT time! What a sweet thing to do for your honey. You rock, Miss Anne!!

(sry I was forever getting over here to see you. I've been missing out.)

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FULLOFFAITH 1/31/2011 12:13PM

    Oh Glad it turned out. I beat the look on his face was priceless emoticon.

Your picture is adorable you make a really cute couple.


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YAMINOKODOMO 1/28/2011 7:06PM

    Aww you are such an awesome wife! I bet your husband loves you to death for doing this for him!

I am glad it all went as planned and you guys had such a great time!

You won Best Wife of the Year award! emoticon

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HEALTH4LYFE 1/28/2011 6:00PM

    What a great story! And both you and DH look very engaged and happy in the photo. Glad everything worked out. emoticon

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OAKBORN 1/28/2011 4:03PM

    So glad your party came off without a hitch! Sounds like it was an ab-fab blast too for all involved!


He's lucky to have you! And your love for him shows through!

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from out of the blue...

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'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 has gotten's just, what's a good word to use here....oh yea, it's cyclical!!

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SUCHAHOOT 1/25/2011 7:47PM

    Hey Girlie!
I think it is wonderful that the two of you work out together or just plain support each other to do it separately. MY DH and I exercise separately, but support each other to make it happen!

I'm pretty sure mom guilt is part and parcel with the whole Mom gig!!

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HEALTH4LYFE 1/24/2011 9:52PM

    how fortunate you and DH can share in a healthier lifestyle. I keep doing, hoping some of my example will run over into my DH's life... but not yet. It has, as well as some peer pressure I imagine, run over into Brendan's (son) life. He looks Great!

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AMJSATURN 1/21/2011 12:06AM

    emoticon,Go momma !!,
I think you are healthy with the momma guilt.

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SUZYWM 1/20/2011 4:10PM


Good job Mama! The kids definiely rule my schedule. If you & hubby can help each other, that's just cool!

Have a great day!

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OAKBORN 1/19/2011 10:11AM

    It's so much easier "together"... Mark and I have inspired one another quite often.

Good for the HubbyMan! Good for you!

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DWEXCEL 1/19/2011 7:02AM

    Way to Go Girlfriend! And I'm thinking what good examples Mommy and Daddy are setting for those young boys to follow! emoticon

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

my bathroom wallpaper! Get your minds out of the gutter!

emoticon 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 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'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!

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FULLOFFAITH 1/16/2011 11:32PM

    emoticon You got me with the title my mind is always in the gutter emoticon.

so funny I was just talking to a close friend who I have been thru emoticon with and I asked this very same question. why do we set these goals/challenges and we seem to give in within a week or two never seeing it thru. and then trying again over and over again. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon.

2012 Is our year to finish what we started.


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YAMINOKODOMO 1/13/2011 4:33PM

    lol I was like ooooooh is she going to talk about strip classes or something! lol!

That's what happens, we stop we go we stop we go but all that matters is starting up again and getting s*** done! LOL And that's what you are doin! You got your burst of energy and you mind just clicked and now you are ready to take on the world! er.... the bathroom at least emoticon

Just think of the finishing results of the bathroom! Its gonna look bootiful, your gonna strip away all those layers and make it into a place where you will love just walking in and admiring, where you know all your hard work payed off and you cant imagine WHY you let it take so long! Sort of like losing the weight and getting to your goal eh emoticon

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JANNIEWANNIE 1/13/2011 3:26PM

    Catchy title! I also have many piles of half-finished projects. I think I have adult attention deficit disorder. Anyway, keeping picking at the walls and you will get there. Myself, I like a more leisurely approach to life now that I am retired. My ability to rush into things has died a natural death I believe. But day by day, I keep going at my own pace. Hugs from J in central Illinois.

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OAKBORN 1/13/2011 2:41PM

    I thought we were back to Sprockets!

And you never answered my question!

I do too many proggies just like you described, my entire house is half-finished everything, including cleaning... but my gum I managed to clean those shelves and move them upstairs... but I didn't realize I'd gotten enough furniture polish on the floor to turn it into a skating rink... and my poor Son in law got injured... emoticon

Get that bathroom! You will win! emoticon

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TASOGAREBAN 1/13/2011 2:02PM

    You TEASE!! I was so excited that when I found out you were teasing I blanked out on the rest of your blog, hahahahahahahahahah!

I'm just kidding, lady. :)

People are all sorts of different. Since hitting goal, I've completely lost motivation to the point that I come out disappointed in myself and no longer even appreciate how far I've come. I think a low maintenance attitude has its own perks especially in regards to maintenance. Are you still looking to lose? Are you looking to maintain? At this point I can't even really answer those questions because I'm so blah, lol! But how about you? Maybe you need a pick me up?

ALso, surprisingly, stripping walls DOES burn calories! GASP! OH SNAP! Hahahahahahaha!

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/13/2011 1:19PM

    well... ya know... you lose the weight, you feel sexy.. what was a girl to think?

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/13/2011 1:19PM

    well... ya know... you lose the weight, you feel sexy.. what was a girl to think?

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too quiet

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 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 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.

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OAKBORN 1/12/2011 11:37AM

    Thanks my friend for having a meditative blog so I don't have to!

It seems I can't meditate much these days... I start out thoughtful and my brain wanders into the minutiae of everyday life or worrying or something.

It's also tough to find a free space in a houseful.

My fat girl is always nagging at me too. Although, righ now she is managing to keep my hand away from the doughnuts and mac & cheese... because I do am a carb queen!

Hang in there! I think I'm gonna go write my own blog entry, you have inspired me.

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FULLOFFAITH 1/12/2011 12:28AM

    emoticon. going to Disneyland with the Kids this summer is at the top of my list. My daughter is 7 and to see the look on her face for the first time will be priceless.



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SASSYSACY 1/10/2011 5:17PM

    I simply love your blogs...always insightful AND motivational!

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AMJSATURN 1/10/2011 2:43PM

    Annie ...

You always have the most meditative thoughts. Thanks for sharing I loved it and I can relate.

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