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Snow/Ice Day

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I woke up to "Let It Snow" on my phone, so I knew that we were off today. Turned off my alarm, snuggled up with my honey, and went back to sleep.

I love snow days.

I started my own little tradition this year... I started making Belgian waffles for breakfast on snow days. They are ridiculously huge, so it's definitely a treat. But I like my new tradition. And I make enough batter so that Brad can have one when he comes back from skiing.

I'm back on the water train today. My glass has been emptied and refilled a bunch of times already today. Every time it gets empty, I go right back and fill it up again. I already feel better - I know that water is super important, but it still amazes me that it can make me feel so much better.

My to-do list wasn't very long today... only three things I had to do. Did two of them, and the third one is super easy.

Exciting stuff:
- I bought a sweater dress yesterday at Talbots for only $36. Yahoo! And it's the first sweater dress I've found that doesn't cling to every lump and bump. I tried it on and immediately knew that it was perfect. I was working really hard not to buy any clothes until next weekend, but it was a super sale and I have been looking for a sweater dress for months.
- Brad has off of work tonight, so we're having a really nice dinner. Veal, butternut squash risotto, beets with blue cheese, and some wine. I think I will make some kind of dessert... We have banana bread, but since I have the day off, what the heck.

Be safe today if you are out on the ice...

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PILLOWFOOL 1/19/2011 12:23AM

    your day sounds wonderful!
the dress sounds awesome. I have always wanted a sweater dress but alas I NEVER found one that didn't make me look twice as big as I am.
I am totally drooling over your dinner! YUMMY.

sorry you couldn't see your brother.... will be be back before he takes the position? or did he already get the job?

if he gets it we will have to get together out here in the Middle East!

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COOPSM 1/18/2011 8:57PM

    Carrie---sure sounds like you had a nice day...hope you enjoyed!!!

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    nice day,Carrie! please post a pic of you in that fab sweater dress!

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ONECOOKIETWO 1/18/2011 1:26PM

    I want to see a pic of you in that sweater dress!
I bet you look like dy-NO-mite!
Have a happy snow day with tasty food.

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PINKCOCONUT 1/18/2011 12:17PM

    Sounds like an awesome day and I love your tradition! Have a great one!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/18/2011 12:02PM

    sounds like an amazing day! belgian waffles are DELICIOUS! yay for a perfect sweater dress! :)

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Sixty-four ounces of water to drink...

Monday, January 17, 2011

sixty-four ounces to drink,
You drink one cup,
fill it back up,
fifty-six ounces of water to drink.

Fifty-six ounces of water to drink...

You get the idea. I've been having trouble getting in all my water... just a few weeks ago, it was easy for me to drink enough. I was even getting close to 100 ounces! That's a lot of water. And I'm not sure if it's because of my lack of water that I'm feeling more run down than usual... I'm sure it's at least a part of it.

But tonight I am determined to get in my water. And it's coming in the form of hot decaf tea. And why not?

So I moved the water pot off the ledge and onto the counter where it's easily accessible. I have a giant mug from my mom - the perfect size for a big cup of tea.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some winter weather tonight... I'd love to have a delay tomorrow.

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DITZYCHICK 1/18/2011 1:32AM

    Love your blog...made me chuckle!

To me, it's kinda like the exercise...sometimes you just don't feel like drinking that water. I too feel a difference though when I don't drink as much as I should. And to think of how little I drank before my Spark Journey! Good for you for making sure you get your proper water intake! CHEERS!!!

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RACING4ME 1/18/2011 12:43AM

    LOL, all I could think of was "there were 8 in the bed and the little one said roll over, roll they all rolled over and one fell out....

Water is your friend:) Glad you are back to thinking about it hon!


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KATZABELLAMAMA 1/17/2011 11:00PM

    I have been thinking of investing in a water cooler for the house to help get my water in. Then that would leave room in the fridge for more healthy food.

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CFMOSS 1/17/2011 8:02PM

    i actually understand - i got out of the habit of drinking water and it's been remarkably hard to return. oh well. yet another hill to conquer.

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Just Sunday.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Well the good news is that my car repair was easy and inexpensive.

Today I am sore sore sore. Did a really intense lower body workout yesterday at the gym and for some reason, my arms are feeling it too. Hm... It might just be a cardio day today.

I have been totally slacking on the water... some days it's so easy for me to drink it all, and some days it's hard for me to even get half of it in. I think I need to go back to having a full glass with me at all times.

Grocery shopping today... there is NOTHING in the house to eat.

- water
- get tomorrow's school things ready
- make a shopping list for tomorrow afternoon (I will be close to a good shopping area tomorrow - doctor's appointment - so I want to pick up some stuff I've been patiently waiting to get)

Have a great day!

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    I am just like you, there are days where I struggle to get in all the water,yet there are days where I go over.

Glad the car repairs were inexpensive. My stomach turns when I think there is something wrong with mine.

Keep up the great work!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/16/2011 5:51PM

    No day off for MLK Day? Aw. I find getting the water in is easier in winter when I drink it in the form of decaf hot tea.

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RUNNINGWILD 1/16/2011 4:45PM

    I put four pretty coloured book rings on my water bottle. For each bottle that I drink, I take a ring off. Since I'm disappointed by the presence of rings at bedtime, I've been improving and drinking all four bottles a day.
:) Enjoy your Sunday!

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ONECOOKIETWO 1/16/2011 3:03PM

    Sunday is one of my favorite days too!

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COOPSM 1/16/2011 12:30PM

    Time to get the bands out again for the wrists??? Good luck on the can do it Carrie...

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PINKCOCONUT 1/16/2011 10:12AM

    Yay! Glad the car worked out!

I still have a horrible time with water during the weekends. My week days are fine as I have a 40oz canteen at my desk but on the weekends? Not so much...

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LMATTHEWS76 1/16/2011 7:55AM

    This is great! I need to plan like that too!

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The To-Do List

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I love to make lists. I frequently include lists of goals in my blogs because I like how simply they lay out my plans for the day. I write lots of lists, too. But toward the end of 2010, I noticed that I was writing lots of lists but not crossing anything off of them. Whatever the reason, my lists' tasks were not getting done and I was just wasting paper.

But in 2011, I am doing the things on my lists. I had a lot to do today - and it all got done. Wahoo! I just sucked it up and did the stuff on my list. And it feels great. All those little things piling up... they are done. And now I can relax. I'm really getting good at relaxing... it's hard for me to not be doing anything. So any time I can spend just sitting on the couch doing nothing is good.

I'm totally craving carbs... I don't feel like going out to get anything, so I may just make a pot of decaf and have a little yogurt. I'd love some chips right about now, though...

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ETTEZEUS 1/15/2011 8:37PM

    Carrie, any chance you'd like to cross things off my To Do list .... you'll make me feel great if you do...... emoticon

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BOBBYD31 1/15/2011 8:27PM

    i love crossing things off but too often i also leave it full. good work

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Of cars, chocolate cupcakes, and comments

Friday, January 14, 2011

I didn't get to reply individually yet, but I just want to say THANK YOU for the support on yesterday's mopey car blog. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person whose car has problems... thank you for taking me out of that bubble!

Brad got a big tray of cupcakes for his birthday from one of the girls at his work. Peanut butter icing, chocolate icing, and coconut icing. YUM. Last night, all I wanted was chocolate. I know i know, I probably should have gone out for a walk or done a yoga workout at home, but really, chocolate was calling to me. So two cupcakes later, I actually felt a little better. And I know I won't eat any more, because today they look like UGH and I feel bad just looking at them. Back to fruit and water today. But thank you, cupcakes, for the delicious comfort.

Called in for my body pump class this morning. It starts next Saturday, and I'm super excited!

Toast is done...

Keep your fingers crossed for an inexpensive and easy car repair!

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ETTEZEUS 1/14/2011 9:30PM

    Yum, a chocolate cupcake sounds really good right now.
Have fun at the Body Pump class!

Did you ever take the pic of your Spartan Sweatshirt?
I don't remember.......

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JUSTBIRDY 1/14/2011 7:55PM

    good luck! emoticon

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    Sometimes we need comfort, right?

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    You are definitely not alone with car issues...I am just lucky because my husband is a mechanic, so I never have to pay someone to fix my problems!!

I completely understand about the cupcakes. I'm sick and on the way to work this morning all I wanted was ice cream because my throat my husband pulled in to McDonalds and got me a chocolate shake! Not the best breakfast food, but it was perfect!!

Good luck with the car repairs!!

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LAURELSPARK 1/14/2011 8:50AM

    My problem is not cupcakes as much as Asian food. I just can't resist! Cars are a moneypit......I hope your repairs don't break the bank.

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OLVAJE 1/14/2011 7:58AM

    LOL I like the humor you approach this with! I also really like the way you accepted your conquest of the cupcake and came right back on track!!!

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