Saturday, August 23, 2008

Marital Discord

"So when you shave what are you doing?" Mr F asks accusatorially

"What do you mean?... I'm switching the blades... that is your blade on the windowsill." Mrs F responds

Then thinking she gets where he's going with this she adds "You are shaving your beard, I am shaving what few hairs remain in my armpits... I do not think I am the one who is dulling the blade."

Mr F smiles sheepishly and replies simply "Oh... I guess not."

Friday, August 22, 2008

Or Maybe God Is Talking To Kid...

As I walk into the room Kid announces "We're like... 'hey, I'm ancient'."
Revealing, yet again, her bizarre mix of teen slang and religious/mythological obsessions.

"You're ancient?" I repeat not sure where Kid was going to take the discussion.

To which Kid quickly adds "Yeah that's what Israelites do... and we're Israelites in this game."

Oh I should have guessed....

Coincidence or Voice of God... You Decide


This past week two different bloggy friends, Supermom & Preppy Mama, bestowed a blog award upon me. I really, really, appreciate it ladies. Unfortunately I'm a loser and decided long ago that I *can't* pass these things on. I don't know what to say other than I'm CRAZY and I stress an inordinate amount about who to pass these on to and whose imaginary feelings might get hurt in the process (I said crazy).

But I do want to take this time to thank every single one of you out there in the internets. This has been a very difficult couple of weeks... okay months... and having your friendship and support, which is very real to me, has made an immeasurable difference. Whether you comment or not please know that I do appreciate your stopping by and sharing in my life.

Now if you haven't already done so go forth and get to know Supermom (hey she's from Asheville) and Preppy Mama (hey she's way more creative than I am).

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Dark Side

Well I did it. I crossed over.

First things first... Walmart had the biggest shopping carts I had ever seen! I had no problem fitting my huge purse, Kid, and all the stuff I could ever want to buy in there. Clever Walmart very clever... but I'm not falling for it!

Overall I will say that aesthetically Walmart has nothing on Target. It's akin to Meijer or Kmart. This SuperCenter had almost no organic foods so I wasn't able to do a price comparison there... but I can say that the prices on a whole are very similar to Target's. You are not saving more by shopping there. While somethings were a bit cheaper others (like $3 more for diapers!) were a bit more expensive.

One thing I found to be hilarious was the staging of this nightstand in the furniture department. What's wrong with this picture?

I don't think I've ever even seen an ashtray at Target... much less one used in an alluring bedside tablescape!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Kid Cooks

"Magical Peanut Butter Cookies"
adapted from Paula Dean

1/2 c peanut butter
1/2 c sugar
1/2 beaten egg
1/2 t vanilla

Mix peanut butter & sugar together with wooden spoon.
Add egg & vanilla and mix thoroughly.
Roll tablespoonfuls of dough by hand and place on a cookie sheet.
Dip fork in flour or sugar and press tops.
Bake at 350 for 12 minutes.
Cool on sheets and sprinkle tops with sugar.

Make 9 cookies at 140 calories each.

Sneaky Chef

Monday, August 18, 2008

This Week The Plan

Okay so last week went straight in the crapper. I did not do a weekly plan and I ended up totally sabotaging myself and gaining back the 2 pounds I had lost the week before! How many times do I need to go through this before I just suck it up and get back on board? The truth is I just HATE having to do one more thing. And I hate that I can't succeed without it. And I hate being told what to do... even by myself... and I just resist doing it.... even though I know I'm hurting myself in the process.

This week will be different... right?! Yes. I'm serious now. I'm pissed at myself and I'm going to channel it back into my weight loss efforts. Plus I finally got my treadmill hooked up last night and was already able to get a workout in. Now to break the peanut butter cookie habit I've picked up the last few weeks...


Monday - Pasta (back to the GI portion control!), turkey meatballs, sauteed squash & peppers

Tuesday - Cornflake Crusted Tilapia, garlic & sherry steamed carrots

Wednesday - Brown Sugar & Ginger Salmon, spring rolls, veggie stirfry

Thursday - pork tenderloin, green beans & rice

Friday - pancake night

Saturday - pizza

Sunday - Tomato & Basil Quiche, salad

Diet & Exercise:
Still calorie counting on the food diary blog. Now that I've got the treadmill I'm going for 6 - 30 minute hill interval walks. I haven't worked out in nearly 3 months so I'm starting with 30 minutes and hopefully by next week I'll get that back up to 60 minutes.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

So Here's What's Going On...

Moving is stressful. More stressful than I had remembered. Made all the worse by the fact that I have no local support system. Yes I know in time that will change... but that is "in time" as in not any help to me NOW when I am in fact in need of support.
Add to all that that the house is chaotic and in various states of unpacked/packed/and just plain filthy since who's going to bother cleaning a toilet when you haven't even found a place to store your toilet paper?!

On top of all that is the fact that Mr F's job is a bit more time consuming than I had thought it would be. At his old job he would actually call me... to chat no less... he was a constant presence on the blog. In many ways our marriage was better than ever lately because he was able to stay up to date on all my homebound on goings. Now he's got a glass office... and... um... he can't exactly hang out on the wife's blog all day. Fine I get that. I do. The problem with all this is that we went from best friends to mere acquaintances practically over night... and during the time when I need a friend most. He's the only person I know and he doesn't have time to talk to me. See? Well Mr F didn't... and that's creating some extra tension on the home front ;) He wasn't really getting that while he got a new job with fun people and locations to scout... I lost my whole social network... and with his busier hours I felt like he wasn't being my friend anymore either.

I realize a lot of families live a life like this. One where one parent comes home in time to tuck their kids in bed and then works some more. I get that not everyone has time to "chat" at work... but this is like a 180 out of nowhere for us. And I was feeling very isolated before Mr F decided to go all antisocial on me. It's made me really regret moving here and I'm not sure the job is worth the loss of family time. I'm not sure Mr F would have thought so either if he'd had time to process everything before we just up and came down here. I'm regretting enrolling Kid in the private school and wishing I'd invested the same amount in a camper so I could travel with the kids instead of being stuck here... alone.

Things will change. I know. But that isn't immediate. It takes a long time to establish roots somewhere. I've been out exploring and doing the things "you're supposed to do" around here... and it's something to do... but it isn't fulfilling. I'm still alone. I still have no one to talk to. I might as well be in a foreign land where I don't speak the language. And I'm not just saying that... I really feel out of my element here. It is the weirdest feeling.
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