Archive for June, 2009

I Hate the Skin

Today I had a Mountain Dew for the first time in over 3 weeks. At first, it was like liquid gold on my tongue; but now, 3 sips later, I’m feeling really disappointed, bloated, and disgusting.  Jason and I have been “dieting” (ie: eating smaller, smarter meals) for the past 3 weeks. He’s done a great job of sticking to the diet (except for weekends…), while I’ve made my own diet up as I go.  I’ve essentially cut out all pop (until today), have been eating low cal – low sugar cereal in the AM, only eat 1/2 chicken breast for dinner, I chow down on lots of veggies, and occasionally throw in a salad with 2 Tbsp of vinagrette dressing.   Snacking is my biggest problem, but I’ve been opting for low-fat/low-cal/low-sugar snacks, and feel pretty good afterwards.  Over all, it’s been really easy.  I simply take smaller portions that I had been previously… and eat anything that’s green except mold and apples.  I hate the skin.

Speaking of skin, since starting the diet I have noticed my skin is “smoother”, although I haven’t lost more than a couple pounds. A big part of my problem is lack of exercise. In addition to apple skins, I also loathe sweat. Especially my own. This makes for a difficult chore of getting rid of excess fat.  I keep exercise clothes and tennis shoes in my desk drawer, in hopes that maybe I’ll make a habit of using our office fitness room.  One week I was really into it and went 3 times that week.  That was 3 weeks ago and since then I’ve only got my heart rate up when mowing, vacuuming, and having sex. 🙂  Guess which chore is my favorite.

So anyway, we are 46 days away from the wedding and I’m about 10 pounds away from my Vegas bikini.  I really dread putting on a small 2 peice in front of all kinds of gorgeous women in sexy suits (HEATHER!).  My office job hasn’t been kind on my second ass, so I’m a little sensitive about showing that area to anyone.  I’m also worried that my wedding dress measurments may be a little off since ordering it 4 months ago. Look out Crash Diet, Kristin’s comin’ thru!

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Happy Birthday, Little Sister!

The wedding is getting closer, and I’m getting so excited!!!  And a bit nervous. Jason and I are like two peas in a pod, and we know basically everything about each other, but we still have a lot to learn. A lot of my baggage is coming out bit by bit… I’m not sure if it’s suprising to him or not.  Or upseting, alarming, or just “nice to know”.  But I’m glad we’re getting down into the nitty gritty of our lives and figuring each other’s kinks out before the big day.

I found a bunch of super cute “vegas” dresses at H&M Castleton yesterday for only $10 and $15 each.  I just modeled them for Jason and he said it looks like that style of dress was made for my body (tight stretchy bottom that is snug on the thighs, loose around the waist).  I can’t wait to weart all my cute outfits! The only things I really need are some short spanx-type shorts to wear under these dresses (I’m not trying to pull a LiLo with the Picachu), a pair of jean shorts, sexy black heels, and a cute small purse.  And maybe some hair extensions, depending on how much mine grows out.  I’ve been taking Biotin to make my hair and nails grow, and it works famously as long as I take it every day.  I can definitely tell/see/feel a difference on the days I forget.

In other news… this weekend is the Fish Fry at the Southport Masonic Lodge. Kara, Jason and I are heading over there soon to hang out with my dad. Dad’s been doing this Freemason thing for I dunno how long… almost 10 years maybe?  And somehow I’ve never gotten roped into working the fish fry, but mom, Nana and Kraig always do. I think Kara has done it some in the past, but now that we’re both “grown up” we totally get out of it.  It’s always yummy, so if you like fish, head over to the fry @ 31/Epler today!

After the fry, Kara and some fam/friends are coming over to our neighborhood pool to celebrate her 22nd bday, which is today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, little sister!!!

Can’t believe how old we are all getting!  I hardly believe I’m older than 22, let alone to think my baby sister is now 22! Yikes!! Kraig will be 18 in September, and that just totally blows my mind. He can’t possibly be an adult yet, can he?!  I have a lot of work to do before I’m ready to let him out into the real world.

I’m planning on Kraig’s senior year being a “Taste of the Real World”.  My goal is to take him to various cities and college campuses to teach him how to:

  1. keep a checkbook and budget
  2. plan an itinerary on a budget
  3. book a hotel room
  4. hail a cab/pay a cabie
  5. buy train tix/take a train/know where to get off the train
  6. drive around a city
  7. find cheap public parking
  8. walk around a city
  9. ASK QUESTIONS
  10. find restaurants/edible food
  11. etc

Sounds like quite a lot of fun!  I’m thinking that I’ll pick a weekend this fall for Kraig & I to go up to Chicago, and I’ll make him take care of the whole trip (except $$, kid doesn’t have a job!) in terms of planning and getting us around, seeing all the museums/ect, and going home with money in our pockets.  If anyone reading this from Chicago would like to give us a free place to sleep AND would like to pretend to be a real hotel so Kraig can practice booking a room, please let me know!

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This Week Brought to You By “Determination”

Life’s been quite busy lately. There’s a lot going on with everyone — heartache, new adventures, a fresh summer ahead, new diets, birthdays, and anniversaries.  Sometimes, with so much going on.. we get overwhelmed and start to lose our gumption to keep movin’ forward.  When you get tired of running errands, facing yet another battle, always being on the go, or whatever this summer may hold for you… never forget what it is you’re working towards. Keep your determination, for seeing it through will be worth it.

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”—Nora Roberts (b. 1950), fiction author

“Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.”—Cynthia Kersey, author, motivational speaker

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember: An amateur built the Ark–professionals built the Titanic.”—Unknown

“Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient. ”—Eugene S. Wilson (1900-1981), Dean of Admissions at Amherst College

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot” —Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. First Lady, diplomat, human rights activist

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What was the reasoning for couples sleeping in separate beds, back in the day?

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Charlie, get outta the closet!

I’m trying to do a better job of keeping up with my blog, so here’s the latest on my activities and interests:

Mondays I go to Indian Creek Christian Church in Franklin Township for a Beth Moore bible study on the book of Daniel.  I absolutely love it. It’s the first bible study I’ve ever done, and I’ve learned so much!!  This one lasts for 12 weeks, and we’re about 1/2 way done.  I want to do another one whenever they do another.  I also work from home on Mondays, so for a while I was doing Pilates with my mom, but it got too expensive for me…

Recently I’ve been working out at the office after work Tuesday thru Friday.  I shouldn’t say “recently” as if it’s a habit.  It’s not.  It happened for the first time last week, and so it’s a very new “activity”.  I am looking for gym memberships so that I can workout AND take classes, and not pay out the wah-zoo. If you have recommendations in the Franklin Township/Southport area, please advise.

So that’s about it.  Jason and I spend much of our time on the couch, watching all the crap we’ve DVR’d.  I watch Girlmore Girls on ABC Family every single day.  I mean it. Every day.  I go nuts without my daily serving of Gilmore Girls.

Charlie is a nutcase, but cute as can be.  No matter what he does, you still think he’s adorable and talk babytalk to him.  For example, today I was trying something new with him and he made a mess on the carpet. He knew he’d done a bad thing, and he cried REAL tears while he was doing it, but couldn’t stop! It was so cute! When he was done, he put himself in timeout in his kennel.  How can you be mad at him?!?  I can’t.  So, he’s rotten and gets his way all the time.  Right now, we’re teaching him “highfive” and we’re going to teach him how to “shake”.  But not your typical “shake’, this is going to be way cooler. Just you wait!

I just had to shoo Charlie outta the closet. He likes to play in small spaces.
OK< I’m going to cuddle with Captain Awesome.  Look for more updates, more often!

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Starting June Off Right

Oh dear!  It’s been quite some time since I’ve blogged!  I’m sorry for being such a slacker.  Life hasn’t really been all that busy… just low-key.  Nothing really to complain about, talk about, brag about, think about.

Work has been busy: I’m authoring a sales certification class, getting approval to implement a learning management system, updating the DT Spoon site, and working on a internal communications program.  It’s hard to keep it all straight sometimes. I’m really struggling with focus and proper time management.  Maybe I need to teach myself a class.. 😉

Home life has been good:  I finally moved all of my stuff into Jason’s house last week. I now have a daunting pile in the garage that I’m slowly but surly working on. Most of it is junk I wanna sell, but stuff isn’t selling on Half.com or eBay.  Charlie gets bigger everyday, still. He’s just over 5 months old and has the attitude of a teenager. Most of the time he’s cute; some days he’s downright ornrey. Captain Awesome is pretty much awesome all the time… except when he insists on sleeping on the couch. I need to let it go, but it totally bothers the crap outta me.

We have 75 days to go until the wedding! =)  Just the other day it was 100… so pretty soon it’ll be 50.. then 25… then we’ll be flying out… landing… get the license… takin’ the elevator up to the top of the tower… and saying “I do”!  AAAAAHHHHH!!!! =)  Scary, but super perfect at the same time.

OK — that’s all I got for now. Gotta get some work done.

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