Thursday, April 30, 2009
Library to the rescue I love our local library. It'sreally local- 5 houses down, and across the street. It's a smaller system than we used to have, so there's less wait time, even when there are many holds on a book or movie. Stinky and I walked over there today to pick up "Pinocchio" which he's been requesting ever since the Disney channel started pimping it a month ago.
Sure, you can judge me for letting the TV play babysitter while I'm in pain- but being on valium means I don't care, anyway!
The best part is, though, hearing him slowly turn the pages of the books in the next room while the movie plays in the background. And watching him 'read' a book at the library. "One day.... panda was so mad! Oh no! It broke!"
Monday, April 27, 2009
Stinky's new PJ's are a comination of Habitual's kimono top, and the pants tutorialized (not a word, I know) in SouleMama's book. Check here for a similar tutorial.
The best part is that these bad boys cost me under $4 to make- the fabric is an old sheet, so we're green and supersoft.
And now, for one more picture. I need to go kiss that face.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
The downside of this retaining ability is that he remembers everything. Yesterday, as he woke from his nap, I took his binky out (only for bedtime, remember?). In a sleepy stupor, he whined "You're a toooool, Mommy!"
I was so impressed at how he used it in context, it was hard to make him apologize.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
In the early morning hours today, Stinky fell out of bed. After comforting him, and putting him back, I stumbled back into bed and silently prayed that he'd sleep in because I don't wake up until he calls me from his room. Then I prefer to ease into the morning with a Dr. Pepper and checking blogs.
In an effort to correct my morning sloth tendencies, I'm going to do a simple thing. Get dressed first thing out of bed in the mornings for 21 days. Then I will be able to do the little things, like check the mail when it comes early, because I'll be wearing something other than my bathrobe. Which I am currently wearing. Time to get dressed.
Are you a morning person? What do you do to kick start your day?
Monday, April 20, 2009
I hit up a favorite thrift store, and with a half-off deal, got two used canvasses for $1.50. Sorry to "Nora" and the the artist with the illegible signature, your work has lived a full life. I painted over with white acrylic, then set stinky to work. It kept him busy for almost an hour!
Though we did have one mishap:
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Strawberry Jam, adapted from Someone's in the Kitchen with Mommy by Elaine Magee
1 cup cold water
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 pints fresh, sliced strawberries,
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 lemon juice
In a large pot, stir gelatin in to water and let sit for one minute. Bring to a boil for five minutes. Add remaining ingredients, and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for ten minutes, mashing and stirring occasionally. Pour into a bowl, and allow to cool down before putting jam into containers. Place in the fridge until set. That's it.
It's so good. We had it with dinner, on challah bread (which WBH called "probably the prettiest bread we've ever had" He's a keeper.) . Best of all? It's just one WW point for a quarter cup of this stuff! Which makes your average serving practically nothing!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The 1.2 pounds lost brings me to a total of 6 pounds in four weeks. Not too shabby. I'd like to speed it up, as it would take me another 5 months to reach what I think is my goal weight at this rate, but it's okay if it takes that long, too. What I really want is to get to my goal weight before the end of the roller derby season in October.
We talked about a walking 5k program Weight Watchers has set up. I've decided to challenge myself even more to run in a 5k in my hometown this summer. It's a level course, and I'll be downloading the Couch to 5K podcast tonight.
What worked this week: I tracked everything on paper. Writing it down seems to work better for me than tracking online. I think it solidifies it in my head a little more. Also, I found myself asking "What do I want more?" As in, do I want to stress eat after being asked if I was pregnant at church (because apparently my dress made me look like it, thank you very much), or do I want to eat a small lunch so I can really enjoy Mom's Easter dinner? Do I want to eat laffy taffy, or do I want to have a good loss this week that will give me momentum for the next week? Priorities. They're working for me.
What I plan to work on: Planning my meals for the day ahead of time, starting with dinner (because that's my favorite meal).
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The upside is, it's making me queasy, so I don't want to eat, and tomorrow is weigh-in day. That's terrible. Anyway, here's some cool stuff I've found today:
Stinky may get some Kung-Fu Panda jammies from Habitual's kimono top tutorial
Inchmark's book bag idea might be my go-to baby shower gift.
Manic Mommies' Podcast The Trouble with Boys got me through cleaning my kitchen and gave me a lot to think about. I'm looking forward to reading the book.
Natalie at (No) Sex and the City is living the kind of life I dreamed of as a high-school drama geek. Chick cracks me up.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Oh, and remember the vintage book animal prints I set up? Here they are:
A great tutorial on doing the Around the World quilt can be found here. I used this, and it made it so very easy!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope,
Where there is darkness, only light,
And where there's sadness, ever joy.
O Master grant that I may never seek,
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love with all my soul.
adapted from the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
1: Track everything! Everything! Everything!
2: Commit to not using any flex or activity points two days this week.
3: Practices Monday, Wednesday plus two more workouts.
So that's it. I'm bummed, but it could be worse.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Now he's asking, every day, to "play in sand and pool whole days! Please"
Monday, April 6, 2009
I have felt the need to craft again this week. It's been a while since I seriously sat down and made things. This week, I needed the break. Stinky has been very good at being two. He just goes to extremes. One moment is the end of the world. The next, he snuggles and says "Mommy, you byooful." What's a mama to do?
I finished up several UFO's last week, including these pretties for gifts, the pay-it-forward giveaway, a swap I participated in. I still have 4 more to make- one more for the giveaway, two for the missionaries at church, and one for me. However, the two that needed to be mailed are on their way to their owners, and I hope they'll love them. These are quick, easy, and fun to make! Tutorial is here.
The women who signed up for this one are either students or thinkers of big thinks, and we all need a place to put our thoughts down. I thought these would make that place a little lovelier.
It's beginning to look like spring around here, just in time for WBH to have Spring Break. Hooray!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
What's working: I really blew it this weekend. We ate out a few times, and I didn't track or make good choices. However, I treated the rest of the week as though I had used all of my flex points (an extra calorie allowance we're alotted to use where we choose), and it kept me on track pretty well. And cooking at home! It makes a big difference to know what I'm putting in my food and controlling portions.
Also, a beautiful side effect of this program is that since I'm not eating when bored, to distract myself from the impulse, I clean. My house looks better, I feel better, and the weight is coming off. Win-win-win.
What's not working: not writing things down enough, missing practices. My first week, I took advantage of every opportunity to be active- three practices, two walks, and a trip to the inflatable playhouse. I need to get back to this.
I really love these meetings- they help so much. I'm looking forward to what this week will bring!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I need to do some 'springify-ing.' I have some primroses that I plan to pot with Stinky later on, and keep indoors. Any suggestions?