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Proclaiming we need to double the hours in the day!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Seriously...there isn't enough hours in the darn day/week/month. Welcome to my world. My day is starting at 4:15-4:45am (variance due to the fact that I am compulsive and evidently a bit of a worry wart). I am up, drag my arse up to dress, grab meds, check email to see what I can answer while I pull on my socks. I leave my house at 5:15. I arrive at 5:30 to find this child AWAKE and full of smiles and demanding attention and ELMO. I scramble for coffee, clean house, entertain child and dog (boston terrier) and ponder the fact the Barney is kinda creepy in the way I am pretty sure he is a freak hiding behind that slightly overshaped purple dinosaur outfit. Eventually the child goes to take a nap - for 20 minutes to an hour (if I am blessed). In that time I manage to get some reading and writing done for my Al Anon and do some laundry. Girl wakes up and then we get ready to go to my house since I have Abe who is in major depression from his schedule being blown out of the water. We drive to my house - I watch my little one "dance" to the music. This girl LOVES music. She taps her toes and pumps her fist to dance music. She bounces her head and then switches to rocking her head to rap/r&b (because the beat changes up frequently). She rocks back and forth to alternative music. She clearly is her mom and Noni's kid - she LOVES her music.

Girlfriend still isn't walking and her "talking" still isn't clear beyond mama, dog, and yelling at the dog (jeez go figure..lol). Considering she was slow to crawl, a preemie, and considering the circumstances of her environment - I am not panicking quite yet. I took her to her doc appointment and I have a referral for her to be evaluated when I want it. They recognize the situation and that there is no consistency between the two households. My guess is she will walk at any point here - it is just quicker for her to crawl right now.

I am basically going from their house, spending time at my place to clean and hang out with Abe. I either walk Abe if the weather is good with the baby (which lately the weather has sucked)..or we hang until late afternoon (and I do Sparks), I bring Abe to take Aliegh home, get her fed and changed, finish up babysitting, and then walk Abe at our old beach.

I struggle these days with workouts...struggling with balance...struggling with feeling like I have a life that isn't revolving around the daughter and the baby. I think struggling is the key word. Diet is hanging in there but I think that is due to having a strong sense of knowing what is working for me which is South Beach. I have found another beach to walk Abe which is only 10 minutes drive from my house (I live 10 minutes walking from one beach or 10 minutes drive to another) and it is much more accessible for me. I can walk Abe and I can walk Abe and take Ali in the jogging stroller on that beach. My guess is that it will help lessen some of the stress right now. That and eventually hearing that day care assistance has been approved and lined up....

I apologize to my teams - you have been neglected horribly from me. I just haven't found my balance yet. Honestly I have found myself pushing myself to go to bed early (ie normal bedtime is 1130pm earliest for me and I have pushed myself to go to bed by 930 and 10pm) because I really need to rest my body somehow which is collapsing on me. The other component is my sanity - I NEED processing time. That time where my brain can just flow and process all the crap of the day. I don't do well when I feel like I am pushed up against the wall and well of late - that is exactly where my back has been.

I missed a yearly event I normally go to this weekend due to a combination of I had a baby and the weather sucked. If it had just been me, I would have gone - but there was no way I was going to bring Aliegh out into potentially bad weather. Next weekend I have the weekend off (as does the mister who took it off per my request a month ago). I have a weekend of Pride festivities to attend to and normally that is a family filled activity. It will be family oriented but at this point, I seriously need to recharge and take some "me" time so it will be slightly less family and bit more focused on finding some relaxation on my part.

*hugs* here is to all my friends - may you have a good week!

Aliegh and Abe "sunning" themselves on the deck and Abe going for a kiss

And my sentiments (and Aliegh's on the week's summation):

  
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-SHAWN- 4/20/2013 3:54PM

    You're a great 'manager', I know you'll make it all work and find time for you :-)


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KANOE10 4/16/2012 7:06AM

    My goodness you have a full full day. Your little girl is adorable as is Abe. However, you must be exhausted taking care of that little bolt of energy! It is very nice of you to help your daughter out. Hope the day care option comes through soon if that is what you want. I am glad you are able to get to the beach and walk.
You are doing well to even stick to South beach during all of this.

Hope you take care of yourself and figure out a way to re-charge and get some needed rest!

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HHUSTON 6/24/2011 11:18PM

    YOU time. Badly needed.....(((HUGS)))

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MIKENMEANA 8/10/2010 6:11AM

    You sure got your hands full! Hang in there, it won't be like this forever!

Mike

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MUSIC66 7/29/2010 9:26PM

    sorry things are so hegtice for you at the momment.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/7/2010 7:59PM

    Balance is something I have been working on as well recently. Hope you are finding some in your life now.
Cyndi

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HUGS2013 6/30/2010 6:38PM

    Aliegh sure is growing and I can see that she has Abe wrapped around her finger. Girl, I don't see how you do what you do on any given day. I am glad to see you cut back where you can so that you can get some much needed rest. You don't want to fall out from the stress. You still get more done than the average person ever thought about doing so you deserve a bunch of pats on the back! Do what you can, when you can but most of all don't forget to take care of yourself in the process! Thanks for all you have done and all you do to support all of us on Spark! I still think that you are secretly Superwoman! Big Hugs, Deanie

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HEATHHILL 6/30/2010 2:27PM

    Hang in there! You are swamped, but you can manage, I just know you can!

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TAT2EDCARE_BEAR 6/28/2010 5:57AM

    those pictures are priceless! dogs and babies are my weakness! hugs to you that balance comes back into your life and that you can find the much needed 'me' time that you deserve!

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MSEMBERSTORM 6/25/2010 11:51PM

    Sounds like you need some "me" time. Hugs gal! Keep up the good work and enjoy as much as you can. I bet Little Miss Aleigh is going to be wearing the bottoms of some sneakers soon. You are going to need all the energy you can get.
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SLIMNANA 6/22/2010 11:35AM

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God Bless You!

Try and catch up on that much needed rest while you still can, because that little angel of yours will be hitting the ground running any day now.
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KIERAE 6/21/2010 9:25PM

    LOL I had to laugh at Aliegh "responding" to your facebook Pam. She hears my text message beep and she grabs the phone, hits reply and send in 1 second flat (and she has a DEATH grip on the phone). Everyone now knows if they get blank texts from me - its Aliegh saying HI!!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 6/21/2010 8:13PM

    Aliegh has the world's best gramma.

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LMB-ESQ 6/21/2010 4:31PM

    Oh they are cute! And I feel your pain. I hope things will settle down for you soon. I wish I could help with your request about the team leadership; I just can't take anything else on right now either. Can you spell S - A - I - N - I - T - Y??? Well, no, I guess I can't!

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LILABEL 6/21/2010 11:14AM

    Those days with a wee one are indeed crazy-making! So so so so hard to do anything other than take care of baby. She's beautiful, though, and you're doing such a wonderful thing helping out your daughter and granddaughter with your special and selfless brand of Kieraecare.

And you're a fabulous team leader, too; don't worry for a second about that!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 6/21/2010 10:38AM

    Glad you will have some weekend time. You are so devoted to Aliegh and remember to stay devoted to yourself. Mr. Abe will survive and I know you will make sure he is getting his beach time--just make sure it is on your time. What are your non-negotiable that you need daily or weekly to stay sane? Try to keep them at the top of your list.

I hear you on going to bed early--I love staying up till all hours either reading or online, but can't sleep in and my body hurts when I don't get enough rest.

School's out for me now Yahoo! I've neglected my body this school year, so now I can focus on healthy eating and either walking or going to Curves daily.

Happy solsitice day!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/21/2010 9:50AM

    Hang in there. Things will get better. Aliegh is adorable and I love the picture of her and Abe.

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MUSIC66 6/21/2010 1:05AM

    GREAT BLOG.NICE PHOTO,S.

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Perpetually playing catch up

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Life has been challenging. It seems I am lucky if I have 5 minutes to myself these days. My calendar has changed from a weekly version to an hourly version just so I don't forget to do something. So what has changed? Well in a nutshell - Aliegh.

Aliegh's parents are alcoholics/addicts. Only one is in recovery and fortunately the other (the dad) is rarely in the picture. My daughter is in a deferred program due to two DUI's. To say it has been challenging doesn't even touch it. She hasn't managed to stay sober since she is a binge drinker and continuously thinks it's okay to have one drink. Normally her binge behavior has been about once a month. Well last month it was once a week where she lost her glasses and her droid cell phone EACH time (yes you calculate the monetary cost of those binges for someone collecting unemployment emoticon ).


We took action and removed Aliegh from my daughter (even though she never drank around Aliegh, I just wasn't willing to risk it since her decision making was clearly messed up). It was the only way I knew I could get her attention to the seriousness of all of this. I basically told her she either had to work her program or drink - but I was keeping Aliegh until I saw her actually working her program. And that is what I did for a couple weeks while mama decided attending 2 meetings a day, getting sponsors and actually being HONEST with her counselor was in order. When I returned Aliegh, I stressed that I was in zero tolerance mode - meaning IF it happens again, we WILL go to court for custody and I would report her (ie she would go to jail for 90 days minimum to a year).

Having a 14 month old around 24/7 at my age is....tiring..lol! Trying to do any work online, Sparks, tend to the house, attend my Al Anon meetings, walk Abe daily, AND fit in an hour at the gym - CHALLENGING. Dear god - how did I have a "life" when my kids were young?? emoticon

So once Aliegh returned home, I still had to babysit every day (except Friday-Sun) and play taxi cab (since mama can't drive and the bus system sucks out here). Now mama starts work Monday morning and doesn't have any day care assistance from the state set up yet (takes about a month for approval). So guess whose it? You betcha...

Starting tomorrow, I will be rolling out of bed at 5:15 to be at her house by 6am. She works 730am-4pm. She still has AA/NA meetings to attend and outpatient treatment on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. So basically I will have Aliegh until 6 most nights and overnight on Wednesdays. I won't be able to attend a couple of my meetings - limited to only Sunday morning ones. I haven't figured out how I am going to fit in Abe's hour walk and my gym time but somehow, I will manage.

The downside to all of this: well I have wiped out my right elbow and right shoulder. They are already replaced and well there is this little thing about a weight limit which Ms Aliegh has kinda bypassed quite awhile ago. I saw the orthopedic surgeon who confirmed they both need to be revised and no I can't do them at the same time (DRATS but I had to ask)...evidently they can be complicated due to I don't have alot of bone to work with. The idea of being laid up (I am right handed and I own a stick shift so wouldn't be able to drive) doesn't make me happy and ISN'T going to happen until I soak up the last of the beach time this summer. I have an elbow brace to help support the joint but it is horrible (can't put it on myself) and makes me look/feel like the Terminator..lol. And it is far from fashion forward - it just clashes with everything!


So all of THIS is why my presence has been sparse on Spark's. I am still here - I check my mail via my cell phone but I don't have a smartphone yet (no upgrade until September) so I can't actually respond to threads when I am not home since my daughter doesn't have internet (unless I manage to find an unsecured network). So please send me any extra energy you have because if I have a month of this, I am SOOO going to need it!

And this is my pride and joy:



Watching the Sounders lose their soccer game - she sums up my feelings:

  
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-SHAWN- 8/19/2012 5:32PM

    Hope this all gets worked out for the best... Seems like you're a tough cookie ;-)

My youngest grandson is living with me. he'll be 13 in a few weeks, he's taller then me. Brain injured and post transplant (in diapers) and has a G-Tube.
I was only suppose to have him till my daughter graduated, well that was nearly 3 years ago! She's gainfully employed as an R.N. at HOAG Hospital in Newport Beach, CA. has been married to her one and only for the past 20 years, and I haven't had one day off in all this time :-(


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MYRENAISSANCE09 6/1/2010 9:25PM

  I am so sorry you have so much to deal with right now! Your granddaughter is so precious, it comes through on the pictures you have posted. So sorry you are having problems with your shoulder and arm. I will keep you all in my thoughts and let us know how it goes, whenever you have time.

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KIERAE 5/24/2010 9:32PM

    Regarding the walking - yup I plan on watching Aliegh at her place in the morning and then going to pick up Abe (about 20 minutes drive) and we will hit the beach if the tide is right (have a beach stroller) or walk the back streets around my daughter's place. It is just figuring out the timing (and the driving back and forth..lol). My gym does have daycare but very limited hours. Right now Aliegh melts down when I leave so it will be a hit or miss on that one since they have a 15 minute melt down rule. I am figuring if I get the dog walked...I can always workout after I get done babysitting (which varies from 545pm to 9). I may drag my workout dvds over there for the couple of late nights I do have to babysit versus working out. Survived day #1 - Aliegh entertained folks with all my ringtones in Walmart. There is something about a baby rocking out to "It's Raining Men" that can't help but make you chuckle. emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/24/2010 6:37PM

    Such a cutie! I hope mom continues to get the help she needs with her addiction. I hope you find the energy to get everything done. Could you walk Abe with Alleigh in a stroller? That way you could multitask a bit of it.
Wishing you lots of energy!
Good luck!
Cyndi

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CRESIDA 5/24/2010 3:55PM

    Oh my goodness - look how big she's gotten. What a little cutey! She's so lucky to have a grandma like you. You guys will be in my thoughts.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/24/2010 8:48AM

    The Spark fairies unsubscribed me from pretty much every thread I was following, but I'll do my best with the SB team. I'm sorry I've been away so much too. I've been in training for three of the last five weeks... but the break from family has been heavenly, to be honest. You deserve a medal for all you do for yours. Your granddaughter is going grow into an amazing woman, thanks to you.

"...how did I have a 'life' when my kids were young?"

You didn't! That's why you're now a sexy grandma!







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HEATHHILL 5/24/2010 8:38AM

    You are truly amazing. I thought my life was busy......well, it is, but not like yours is! Your granddaughter is unbelievably luck to have a grandma like you.

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STARTSPARKING 5/24/2010 3:15AM

    Bless you for all you do for your daughter and Aliegh. They are so fortunate to have you in their lives. Good luck to your daughter as she reclaims her life. While you spend so much time and energy taking care of your family, please be sure to take time for yourself. I'm sending lots of positive energy your way, my friend.
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250STRONG 5/23/2010 11:42PM

    Yep you have a lot going on! Keep your chin up lady!

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GRATEFUL4TODAY 5/23/2010 10:16PM

    I'm glad to hear your daughter is taking some positive steps! Giving her your help and support right now is so important both to her and cute little Aliegh. Can you walk Abe and push a stroller at the same time? How about child care at your gym? I pray all thing work out and that your daughter is able to stick with her program for herself and her daughter. Don't worry about us! We will all work to support one another here in the group. Drop in and let us know how you are when you can! emoticon

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LLTS01 5/23/2010 9:57PM

    We're thinking of you and I hope you muster all the energy in the world for that little girl. She is worth it and you rock!
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KIERAE 5/23/2010 9:12PM

    Thanks so much Tish - you always do anyways! And yes - one smile from the peanut and grandmama melts. She is a hoot (and a toot lately..lol).

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MSEMBERSTORM 5/23/2010 9:09PM

    Awwww. She is so cute! Gal you have alot on your plate. I admire your strength. Take care of yourself!

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KLEE76 5/23/2010 8:44PM

    She is so adorable. I bet just one smile from that precious face makes everything worthwhile.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/23/2010 7:53PM

    She is getting cuter every day. So sorry to hear about your daughter and your health problems. But you are one tough lady and you will make it.

I have been dealing with the internet connection from H--- but I will try to help people on the South Beach group when I am around.

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DEE797 5/23/2010 4:01PM

    WOW! You have been busy. So glad you took action and got your dd's attention. Your granddaughter is just adorable. Sorry to hear about your elbow and shoulder. I know Abe will understand about the walks. Do hope it all works out.
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Festival time and fashion crisis

Thursday, April 22, 2010

So I have been shopping. I am attending the "ball" portion of the Seattle Erotic Art Festival. I have gone to the art exhibit every year for the last several years and last year was my first time going to the evening events. An old friend and I are going this year since he has never gone (my spousal unit doesn't do BIG crowds so he is always happy someone is willing..lol). Of course attending means fashion crisis. Last year I wore a black lace vintage (40's) dress. You see pretty much all kinds of attire (including the outrageous - which I am still giggling about seeing some of those outfits mingling with the "opera" crowd outside of the Seattle Center). So this year I decided to be a little more "daring" since I am a bit more comfortable in my own skin and I purchased a corset from an online store in the UK. Risky in the sense that UK sizing is much smaller than us yanks but I went straight off my measurements (and prayed..lol). They had great shipping ($6 to the USA) and some great clothes by the way (Asos.com). Well I got the corset and it's really well made (silver grey). Tried it on today and it looks fab and makes me look tiny which is a trip. "Back flab" wasn't too bad which was a relief. Flappy arms be damned! emoticon

Now I have to decide what to wear WITH it. I have a short skirt which would look cute. But now there is a new wrinkle into the evening. I have season soccer tickets to the Seattle Sounders and there is a game that night. So my friend and I are going to go to the game prior to attending this shindig (hey soccer is a PRIORITY!). Thing is that it is an outdoor stadium..lol. His response: wear layers. Easy for HIM to say. So thinking the skirt is out. I picked up a pair of 510 Levi jeans which are the super skinny style (SUPER SUPER skinny - like my knees aren't sure they can breathe..lol) so I may wear those with the corset (and a sweater AND a jacket). I will be the chick with the "perfect" posture turning blue since I won't be able to breathe AND be freezing.

Another option: I also was at Walmart today and was perusing the little girl's sales rack and found a pair of shiny black tights which would also work (for $3). I figured for $3 wearing them once is fine. Just not sure if I am brave enough for all of that "shiny" look. So the debate is on. The other dilemma is shoes. I don't do heels (everyone laughs hysterically around me at the thought but honest - I did do heels at one time...back in the dinosaur ages). So I am searching for something appropriate AND comfy since I will be not only going to a soccer game BUT probably hoofing it several blocks across Seattle. Shindig is on the 1st so I have another week to ponder and change my mind a million times!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/3/2010 3:16PM

    I'm still waiting for pics!

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MSEMBERSTORM 4/26/2010 10:14PM

    Yep got to see the pics! Maybe see if you can find some comfy lace up boots or something like that. Just a thought.

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LLTS01 4/24/2010 11:07AM

    Whatever you do- we want to see pictures.

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REALLYRED1 4/23/2010 12:46PM

    What about adding leggings under skirt? I see funky ones on sale all the time. A short jacket would be cute. You could either go punk rock with it or a tux-style jacket may work. You could always do tuxedo pants and jacket.

That sounds like so much fun!

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KLEE76 4/23/2010 9:07AM

    I can't wait to see pictures!!

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MTNHIKER1971 4/22/2010 11:23PM

    Sounds very interesting. Hopefully, you'll take some pictures of the final result.

Love your sparkpage picture by the way

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/22/2010 9:57PM

    I love the corset. It is fantastic. I have no fashion sense so I would be no help but the corset looks like it would go with anything. Maybe the tights, short skirt, corset, and some Mary Jane Shoes. Or boots.

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KIERAE 4/22/2010 9:52PM

    I own boots but they are brown. I love boots - my preference for shoes is on the more androgenous side of things. I have been looking at the shorter type boots lately, amongst the low heeled strappy sandal like things (which are SO not conducive to walking any distance). I am seriously trying not to invest a boatload of $ on this since I only go once a year. Skinny jeans - I will wear. A short skirt I will wear during the summer to muck with folks (because that is how I roll emoticon ). Anything else becomes a murky, dear god...territory~!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 4/22/2010 9:45PM

    I'm no fashioniesta. Since you asked for opinions. Skirt with tights and short jacket. For shoes you might want a nice low to mid heel boot. Think it would look fab.
Cyndi

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KIERAE 4/22/2010 9:37PM

    hehe I KNEW that was coming...need to have someone lace me up in the damn thing AGAIN (my daughter has volunteered to do it the event night). emoticon

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 4/22/2010 9:29PM

    I can't give good advice until I see YOU in the corset, K.

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KIERAE 4/22/2010 9:23PM

    I thought about the tights and the skirt - still looking at jacket options but the short jacket idea works (and then of course possibly the SOCCER stadium coat I wear to the games since it is a night game, likely be chilly AND could rain. I might get a few raised eyebrows from my season ticket compadres but the bottom line is GO SOUNDERS! emoticon

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COSMIC_ENERGY 4/22/2010 9:18PM

    Shiny tights and the little black skirt! A lttle bolero (?) jacket (short). No one needs to be totaling squished.

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March for Babies

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Last week we found out that our local Key bank was participating in the March for Babies walk on April 17th and the tellers were doing it in honor of Delaney, Aliegh's big sister who died at 10 days old. Delaney was born two months prematurely (her mama had started labor when she was only 6 months along and managed to last for another month). She was just a little over 4 pounds when she died 10 days later. Ms Aliegh was also born early but at least she stayed put until the eighth month. We are thankful she is so healthy!

So our tellers asked us if we wanted to join their team in the walk. My daughter did the walk in 2008 after Delaney had died and it was a positive experience for her. I haven't been able to walk due to the two surgeries on my feet/ankles but this year is different. I am healed, I am healthy, and I am going to do it. I haven't walked more than a couple miles max in several years so walking 6 miles will be interesting. I have set my goals and hopefully will meet or exceed them. If you want to donate to the cause, I would appreciate you visiting my goal page. If you can't, then send my feet some healthy walking vibes because my guess is I am going to seriously need a major foot rub when it is all over!

My March for Babies page: www.marchforbabies.org/4Delaney

And of course I can't forget my latest pics of Ms Aliegh

Aliegh going to give Abe a kiss:

  
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LLTS01 3/24/2010 10:03PM

    I am sure the cause will keep you walking the 6 miles.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 3/24/2010 8:20PM

    Done! You'll do well-no doubt!

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MSEMBERSTORM 3/24/2010 3:19PM

    Aliegh is such a heart breaker. She is so cute! Yeah on the walk. I think that is wonderful!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/24/2010 2:23PM

    Good luck with your walk. I know you will be able to complete it. What a great way to remember Delaney. Aliegh of course is such a cutie. Great pics.
Cyndi

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 3/24/2010 1:23PM

    What a great cause. Enjoy the walk.

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TWEETYKC00 3/24/2010 12:42PM

    what a pair!! i hope your walk goes well.

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KIERAE 3/24/2010 12:34PM

    LOL I swear he has "thinned" down to a svelte 100ish pounds but yes still a manatee in comparison! He lets her MAUL him (in exchange for food no doubt) and man she adores him - pretty sure they have their own language.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/24/2010 12:31PM

    What a cutie!! She makes Abe look the size of a manatee. LOL.

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Redefining "rustic"

Sunday, January 31, 2010

As most my South Beach folks know (and anybody who reads my stuff), I have been on a bread baking kick. This is unusual for me since I am on plan that basically keeps an eye on how many servings of carbs you eat and of course the type. I figured out along my SB adventures that I don't go out of my way to eat pasta or rice. 1/2 cup serving size just does nothing for me so I don't bother. I eat it rarely (ie maybe once every 4 - 6 months). I do eat bread - normally whole wheat pita or Orowheat Thins but I keep it at one serving every day max.

So I dusted off the bread machine which I have had for several years but have lent it out (for a couple years to my girlfriend) and just recently had to insist to my hubby that NO it wasn't being freecycled (since we were moving and HE was trying to whittle down my kitchen...HA!). I made a loaf and enjoyed it but it got my cooking curiousity going. I love a good sourdough and I happened across a food blog about sourdough starters. And away I went! I spent a couple weeks trying to get my sourdough starter to the right "sour". It took me awhile - particularly since Abe decided it smelled too good and he knocked it over and ate it. emoticon

As with most newbie sourdough bakers, I just could not bring myself to toss out my starter that I had to pull out in order to feed it. So I did what any good baker does - I made bread. I made bread sticks (Aliegh loves), pizza dough, several loafs of various types (experimenting with recipes), and made croutons OUT of the bread. Yup that is ALOT of bread. The good thing is my hubby needs carbs so he just changed up what carbs he was eating and started eating the bread. I have been providing bread to both my kids' households and my friends in the old neighborhood. The other good thing is I have figured out several recipes that our sourdough and wheat (or multigrain) based.

I love cooking and I have found like I love baking bread - not bread machine type but the actual kneading, shaping, etc. We figure it is meeting one of my creative needs. I like working with my hands and normally am involved with some kind of artistic endeavor. But for awhile now, I just haven't found anything that has peaked my interest other than my cooking. So this works for me now.

We laugh because the joke in the household is I am giving "rustic" bread a whole new definition. I can't draw a straight line, I don't follow recipes to the "T", and I have NEVER made anything that looks exactly like picture. So I am thrilled when a loaf of bread at least LOOKS like bread...

Pumpkin Sourdough Bread:


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Vegetarian Chili (because yes I do cook something besides bread):
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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And Ms Aliegh who LOVES helping:

  
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LILABEL 2/11/2010 9:47PM

    That looks delicious! (And I've been thinking about maybe making some bread down the road, too, as I am still not really sure what premades bread to buy...they all make me hungry after! LOL.)

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HUGS2013 2/6/2010 1:23PM

    UMMMM Breeeeaaad! That looks so good and that veggie chili too.
Man, that baby is getting to be a big girl. She looks pretty healthy to me. I bet she has you all wrapped up, Grandma!

That was funny about Abe eating the starter. Go Abe! emoticon If he's like our spaniel he tries to make sure that any food that is eaten by the grand is shared with doggie too. Dogs, Kids and food just all kinda go together!

I'm envying those lucky recipients of baked goods! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 2/2/2010 1:03PM

    Ooh! It all looks fabulous. You found a great creative outlet and creative ways to use and share you talents. Wish you lived close by so I could have some LOL!
Cyndi

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/1/2010 11:25AM

    Okay, send the bread, send the chili, send the grand baby. I don't have any of them. emoticon

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 2/1/2010 11:17AM

    Yummers!

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MAMAGOSS 2/1/2010 8:45AM

    You need to share your successful starter recipe and the multi grain sourdough loaf recipe - I would love to get "creative" in the kitchen with that!

What a cute helper mine is small grey and has feathers and spends a great deal of time poking at my ankles with his beak to get my attention when I'm trying ot cook LOL!

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KIERAE 2/1/2010 1:09AM

    Ms Aliegh throws a fit if I am in the kitchen and she isn't in that darn corner "helping" in some way. Of course our definitions of helping changes every day (as she launched a jar off the counter and was shocked at the end result..and my response!). The loaf is massive but skinny when ya cut it - hard to keep bread from "spreading" during the proof process without being in a pan - hence the rustic tag..lol. That's my story and I am sticking to it! emoticon

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ART4TAB 2/1/2010 12:34AM

    OMG I have never seen such a massive loaf!!! (well the picture makes it look that way, yummy) but I am staying clear! Baby is so sweet and cute! Good little helpers make life nice:)

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SPARKLINGHOPE 1/31/2010 10:44PM

    I love homemade bread but never made myself. I can make other things too though emoticon

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GOKATHRYN 1/31/2010 10:37PM

    I went on a sourdough bread baking kick years ago. Everyone at church was sharing starters! I enjoy baking bread, rolls and cinnamon rolls for my family, but only during the holidays. Else I would be in even worse shape! LOL Have fun and enjoy your dough therapy;) emoticon

Kathryn

Oh, and Ms Aliegh is delicious!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 1/31/2010 9:15PM

    Sourdough pumpkin--did you post the recipe yet? Yum!

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LLTS01 1/31/2010 9:07PM

    I love baking too and I made a pot of Vegetarian Chili today too. I was thinking of starting to bake for others just the other day. But once I bake it, I will have to eat it. Your bread looks great.
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MSEMBERSTORM 1/31/2010 9:03PM

    This is awesome. I have never made bread but hope to sometime soon. Your little angel is so cute and growing up so fast! Wow!

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KERLYNP 1/31/2010 8:54PM

  looks yummy,gonna check it out

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