Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Moving out.

He's 20, he found a job where he's probably going to make some money, and he had decided that he is going to move out of the house.

That would be my stepson. The one who has yet to pay rent this year, since he "has no money".

He told us that he is moving back to Lino Lakes. It appears that his mom and stepfather are not playing well with the neighbors, (his stepfather owns a vending business, so he goes to work at 2am, and the neighbors don't like the diesel starting up at that time, disturbing their peace - at least that't the story that Curt related) so they have decided to move into a different house, and will be remodelling the old house, then renting it to Curt (my stepson). He will be staying there while they are remodeling, for the cost of utilities, then will be paying somewhere around $350/month. It's more than what he pays us, but is closer to Hugo where he will be working... and I hope he decides he really does need to pay rent, 'cause I would hate to see him kicked out.

He got a job as a management trainee for 84 Lumber company. Hopefully they will treat him well, and he will actually figure out what he wants to do with his life.

It was an interesting weekend.

Went to weigh in on Saturday. Yep. Was up. Understandably so, since I ate like there was no tomorrow and did not exercise any the week after the crusie. Honestly, I ate worse last week than I did on the cruise. I think it was because I was paying more attention to what I was doing, plus I made a conscious effort to exercise, and move!

After WW, I went and met Eric for breakfast, then we test-drove a Ford f-25o diesel pickup truck. We are looking to get a new tow vehicle, to replace the Jeep we have that has 175,000 miles on it. I think we found the ticket, but we are waiting a month or two until we purchase, the plan was to get something around the end of April. After the test-drive, it was off to the grocery store to get things like frozen dinners and fresh produce. And I found something really interesting: Light Margarita mix. Looks like it has Splenda in it (ingredients said sucrolose) but it is 10 calories for 4 oz. Happy Dance! And it is actually not all that bad, either! We tried it out at the Pampered Chef Party I went to on Saturday evening.

Sunday, I went running with Corky around Prior Lake. 5 miles. I actually thought it went pretty well, but definately could have run more of it, but this is what happens when you run with others. It took us a little over an hour.

After that, I went home, ate, took a bath, then napped for 2 hours. I guess it wiped me out more than I thought!

So this week is back on plan.

Yesterday, I went and exercised after work, before my board meeting. Ran 4 miles on the treadmill. I also stayed within my points, without using any AP's. I printed out a training schedule for the 1/2 marathon, and I plan to do that to prepare for the race.

Today I have packed my gym bag, and I plan to get in another 3-4 miles before I need to pick up my boss at 5:30. I might actually go at lunch time, but we will see what shakes out.

anyhoo, that's about the sum total.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Grandma's Half Marathon

I got the entry form in the mail yesterday.

Wish me luck, I filled it out and put it in the mail yesterday with my check. It's a lottery draw - they will be drawing 1000 entries today, 2000 entries on March 1st, and 1500 on March 6th. Corky and I ran this last year, and I would really like to finish in under 2 hours this year. It really gets me motivated to run - I know I can't just go out and do this race without much preparation, like I would with a 5K. Kind of scary - I know I can run 3 miles without a problem. Just goes to show you how far I have come. Of course I have gotten away from things and now need to find my way back.

Book club on Wednesday went well. We read the book Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice. It was actually kind of an interesting book, and when you got into it, a fast read. Written from the perspective of a 7-year old's (Jesus) point of view. I have always found the history surrounding the bible and biblical times fascinating. I think one of the most interesting sermons I ever heard was about what it meant that when Joseph found out that Mary was pregnant, if he should "divorce her quietly". Since they were contracted already into marriage, although not yet married, in order to separate, they would have needed to break the contract legally, and the only word we have in English that descirbes this dissolution is "divorce" that is what appears in the translations.

Part of the book club is that the person hosting (this time, me) also cooks the meal. This was the menu:
assorted crackers with hummus and Alouette
Shrimp with coctail sauce
Wasabi Peas

Main Meal:
Curried Mushrooms
Curried Green Lentils
Curried Vegetables
Fish baked in foil with herbs and Sea Salt

Coconut Layer Cake
Cardimum Nut Ice cream

Yep, got into my Indian cookbook again. I love the stuff, but can never make it for just Eric and I because he will not eat it. All of the girls liked the meal, and the best part is I have leftovers for lunch for a couple of days. MMMMM the lentils are awesome, and since I made all of the food, I know it is pretty healthy.

Last night, I pretty much did nothing. Read a fluff book for an hour and a half with a glass of wine, then went to the bedroom to watch the ice skating. Totally ignored the dishes that were in the kitchen, there were too many onWednesday to fit into the dishwasher in one load, totally ignored that I have mounds of laundry (have not done any for about 2 1/2 weeks) to address. I instead, reclined on my NEW bed, and watched the Olympics. Good times. It was too bad about all of the falls for the ice skaters. But, I definately would not have been able to do as well. It completely amazes me what some peope can do!

(I did get up this morning and unload and reload the dishwasher before I came to work. In case you were wondering...)

I suppose, enough of these inane ramblings. I need to get some acutal work done, and I really NEED another cuppa coffee.


Tuesday, February 21, 2006


Well, I went bowling on Sunday, and managed to do something that I have never done before, I bowled a turkey. For those of you who don't know, it means three strikes in a row. I was giggling like a mad woman! I did okay at bowling, a 120, a 94, and a 135. Consistancy is really not my thing!

Eric and I went to go see the latest Harry Potter movie on Sunday night. I wanted popcorn, but was not hungry, so we did not get any. Take those small victories where you can get them!

Yesterday, we went shopping at a furniture store that is going out of business, and we ended up purchasing a new bedroom set. We got it home, and had fun unpacking all of the boxes, putting together the bed frame, repacking clothes into the new dresser, etc. The house really looks like a war zone right now, and I am having people over to my house tomorrow for book club... can you guess what I am going to do tonight? Can we say clean?

Anyhoo, I am sorting through all of my messages at work after being gone for a week, so this is a short one!


Sunday, February 19, 2006

I'm hoooooooome!

It has been a wonderful, relaxing and fabulous week. Where does one begin?

Well, we left the house at 4:50am on Saturday morning to pick up some friends that were carpooling with us to the park and ride to the airport. Much packing of baggage into the cargo area of the Jeep, and strapping on of luggage to the roof ensued.

Flight left at 7:30 am on Saturday. I slept on and off, reading some of the book I had brought. I started chatting with my seat neighbor (the one that was not my husband, of course) and discovered that she was going to be on the same cruise ship, and the fact that she actually lives about 5 blocks from me. She was going on the crusie to get married on the Island of St. Thomas. Very small world.

Landed in Puerto Rico. Met up with all the folks that were in our group and on our flight (16 on the flight - one was joining us on the ship, as she flew in from Mass.) and got ourselves to the dock to begin the embarkation process. It was ridiculously simple. I think it took about 5 minutes. The joy of doing all of the paperwork, forms, other stuff online prior to the trip!

Then, it was off to find something to eat. They kept throwing some snacks at us on the plane, but we were all pretty much ready to eat our arms at that point. A few coctails, trying to get dinner seating better arranged (the stupid travel agent did not request that we all be put at one table or at adjacent tables. Hmmmmm booking a group on a cruise, did she not think that we might want to sit together? Pretty much everyone was sitting at different tables scattered around the dining room - well, in groups of two, as the people in one cabin were sitting together. I could go on about the failings of this particular travel agent, but it would make me irritated again, and I have gotten past it... needless to say, please don't ever use Kathy at Hobbit Travel to make arrangements, becuase she sucks.) Made a tour of the ship, to figure out the lay of the land, wanted to find the running track and the exercise area, so I would know where to go in the early morning. Then we went to a seminar on the SHOPPING that was going to happen the next day in St. Thomas. After that, we were pretty much dead on our feet, and went to our room to unpack and crash.

Sunday, we were in St. Thomas. I got up and was running on the deck at 6:30am, watching as the ship came into port, and the sun was rising. I tell you, there is nothing better - it is such a zen-like experience. St. Thomas we went around to the shops until about noon, then we had arranged a tour of the island with our driver "Bobby". I would have to recommend him. He drove us to see many fabulous areas, gave a history of the island, and the best part, found us a beach where we could go snorkling. They were great to us at Cokie beach - along with the snorkling paraphenelia, they gave us a dog biscut to feed the fish. Sounds weird, but it works!

Monday, we were in St. Maartin. We had made arrangements to go deep sea fishing at 8am, so I did not get up to run in the morning... it was very choppy water, we figure the swells were 6-10 feet. I spent the majority of my time on the boat napping in the cabin, as that was the only thing that seemed to make the nausia go away. I did not actually get sick, but my husband did have the honor of being the only one on the boat that tossed his cookies over the side. Believe me, he will not be getting over that one! He also got a heck of a sunburn on his face, so the pictures from that night (formal night, of course) make him look like a bad rudolph impression, with a bit of reverse raccoon thrown in! We got some guavaberry liquor in St. Maartin, evidently they are known for it, and you cannot purchase it any where else.

Tuesday, we were in Antugua. We did a small amount of shopping, being accosted by taxi drivers almost the whole time. This was the day that all 17 of us had planned on doing an activity together. We all piled into some taxis, and made for Miller's beach. The people that had taken the lead on planning this event had thought we would go to runaway bay, but when we got to the island, we discovered that it was shut down due to some storm damage, and was in the process of being rebuild. It was a beautiful day on the beach. There were lots of different activities there too - a group of 4 of us went out horseback riding on the beach. Yes I have pictures... I even got to canter/gallop a bit, but it was a bit scary, since I was wearing my swimsuit, sitting on a towel, with flip-flops on my feet. Dinner that night was fun too, as it was Valentine's day. The wait staff handed every woman who came into the dining room a rose, so we all got flowers that night. My darling husband also presented me with a plaque reading "An old fisherman lives here, with his best catch." Thoughtful, but then we had to get the darned thing home, which was a bit of a chore.

Wednesday, we were in St. Lucia. 11 of us went on a "jungle tour" to visit a spring-fed waterfall, a banana plantation, and a volcano. Lunch and all the beer and rum punch you wanted was also included in the tour. I will have to say, the lunch that day, was some of the best food we had on the trip. Authentic Caribbean fare, and very tasty too! Eric did not go with us on this trip, but went on another attempt at deep sea fishing. They call it fishing, not catching, for a reason. I think of all of the fishing excursions at both St. Maartin and St. Lucia, there was one small baracuda caught. But, as Eric says, a day on the water beats a day at work anytime!

Thursday, we were in Barbados. On this day we went to snorkle at a couple of shipwrecks, and then on a "4x4" tour of the island. There were definately some interesting moments there. We did some "offroading" experiences that were quite fun and exciting.... although the best part was the man who kept telling his wife: "I'm sure glad you picked out this excursion, because if I had picked it out, I would never hear the end of it!"

Friday, was a day at sea. There was a late breakfast/lunch, some reading of books, drinking of buckets of beer, some line dancing by the pool, and a tango lesson in the late afternoon.

Saturday, was another travel day... off the ship at 9:30, sitting in the airport, waiting for the plane, and arrival in Minnesota at 8pm. From 90 degrees to 5 degrees. Welcome home!

All in all, it was a very good trip. I exercised all but one day, but I did get in a couple of killer workouts. There was no way that I was counting points, or not sampling any food that I wanted, so as of this morning I was up about 4 pounds, but I figure a lot of that has to do with the fact that I have not been drinking enough water.

This week is a short week, so I will get myself back on plan, and get back on track. April 1st, I want to be at 175 at WW. There, I have put it in writing, now I can start planning on how to accomplish it!

Make it a great one! Hope you enjoyed the description, and that it made you jealous!

Friday, February 10, 2006

Girl time

Sometimes you just gotta do it. Even if it means sitting in a smoky bar, drinking half a bottle of wine and eating nachos the day before you plan to weigh in.

It was a fun drive home yesterday. Notice the sarcasm. Yep, it was fine until I hit Maple Grove, where 694 and 94 come together. Then, basically, traffic stopped. I never drove when the snow was falling, but if you are doing 65-70 mph on the freeway, you are bound to catch up with the aftermath of the storm. I swear it took me 45 minutes to go about 10 miles. Had to give up the freeways for sanity reasons.

So I had planned on meeting a friend of mine last night, because she wanted to talk to me about the reason that she had not attended our holiday party, and we ended up getting together around 8:00 at a little local place. It turns out, after 9 years of marriage, she and her husband are getting divorced. She did not want to go to the party at the same time, and he did not want to do "split shifts" so she just decided not to go, because she did not want to attend "with" him. So we sat and chatted about past relationships, and brakeups, and the stupid ass things that men do when you break off a relationship, even if it is what they have been saying what they want. I mean geez... when they get what they want, they decide they want something different... and they say that women are indecisive! I just feel so bad, but I am glad that she is moving forward, if you feel bad about yourself because of a relationship you are in, it is time to move on. And T, if you are reading this, know that I will support you in anything that you need from me.

It just makes me appreciate what I have with my husband all the more. I might get pissy or angry with him for stupid stuff, but we communicate, and talk, and I know that he loves me because of the small things he does every day -
  • Telling me he is running a shortage of kisses.
  • Runing upstairs when he hears me coming in the front door, to greet me with a hug.
  • Calling me randomly, just to tell me he loves me.
  • Being excited when I am not traveling for a week, so he gets to sleep with me every night.
  • Holding my hand when we walk down the sidewalk.

Okay, now that that sap is out of my system....

By this time tomorrow, I will be on an airplane on my way to San Juan. Cruising, here I come!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Shopping Fool

That would be me.

So I got some new shorts at Marshall Field's last week. Well, this Monday eve, I just had to go and try to find some tops to go with my new shorts... and of course I got some various assorted other stuff... although I did get a really cute top for 97 cents. Gotta love the clearance racks!

That, and I broke down and purchased the swimsuit at Kohl's that I had tried on a couple of weeks earlier. It's a two-piece, a tank and a skirt. I think it is very slimming. I also found myslef a new pair of black dress shoes.

On Tuesday, I stopped at the outlet mall on my way through Albertville, and got a couple of really cute pairs of pants for $22. Total. One pair is a pair of lined wool pants, and they look great on me, if I do say so myself. But, since they were not that expensive, I will not feel bad about shrinking out of them!

And last night, I did some more shopping. Found a really cute dress at Herberger's in Fargo. (Can you tell I am traveling for work right now? Gotta love the high speed interenet connections in the hotel). I guess I am about set for the cruise. We leave on Saturday. I am SOOOOOOO excited!

Something else I got last night was a Valentine's present for Eric. I hope he likes it. It is nothing that he has said that he wanted, but he always uses his cell phone to determime the time, and he really hates wearing a real watch. So, I got him a pocket watch. I figure he could use it on the crusie, since we will be turning all cell phones off before we leave for San Juan. I mean, can you imagine what kind of roaming charges you would rack up in the Caribbean?

Well the one thing I have not done well this week is exercise. I got up this morning, and ran on the treadmill in the hotel, but it runs fast, and I could not really gague how far I went. At least I got in 1/2 an hour. I hope to get to spinning class tomorrow morning.

Anyway, I need to hop in the shower, and pack up my stuff, and get to a meeting by 8am. Thankfully it is about 3 minutes from my hotel.


Monday, February 06, 2006

Weekend plans

And they went awry...

So I had planned on going to the Guard room on Friday night, but after the Vulcan Fire Truck Bar Hop, I decided I had had enough fun for the evening, so I went home and crawled into bed. The bar hop was a lot of fun... always nice when you have men hitting on you, makes you feel like you actually look good!

I was, until later Friday evening, planning on doing the run, but figured it would be cold, I would have to pay $23 to participate, and there was nobody that wanted to run with me, so I slept in instead, and read for most of the morning. The afternoon was spent doing laundry and other domestic chores, but the good news is, I have pretty much all of the laundry done, so we should be set until after we get back from the cruise.

Saturday evening, I was also planning on going to the Guard Room, and I met some folks out for dinner prior to going. Then Eric showed up, sans his admittance pin, and we decided that at 9:30 we were old and would rather go home and crawl into bed, and spend some quality time toghether, rather than in a group of drinking people.

Sunday did actually happen as I planned: Got up and ran with Corky at 8:30am. I really enjoyed myself, even if we did not run as much as I probably would have liked. Got home, showered, then went off to the Landmark Center for the last day of Winter Carnival merchandise sales, and to listen to the Army music program. The band was really good! Then it was to home, to do more laundry, and to do some repairs on some clothing that I am bringing on the crusie. And to watch the Superbowl. I also managed to paint my nails (fingers AND toes) and did not smudge one. I am now sporting "red hot" as the color on my digits. Eric thought it was very nice.

Saturday was kind of a bust as far as food went, but Sunday I stayed within my points (no flex!) I think it helped that I did not go anywhere for the game, and resisted temptation that way. I was down 3.6#'s when I weighed in on Friday. I just need to keep it going - Soon I will be able to fit into my smaller clothes!

That's about the excitement. I was domestic girl this weekend. Next weekend, I will be vacation girl!


Friday, February 03, 2006

Race Day!

Well, that was the theme at spinning this morning. Yep, I dragged myself out of bed this morning to go spin. I have the hardest time getting up at oh god early, but boy does it put me in a better frame of mind to start the morning! It was a good class today, was a little dodgy in the beginning, but after I got warmed up, I was off and away.

Getting home was a little more interesting, after fishtailing while going around a corner, I decided I needed to take it easy - but there was someone behind me that insisted driving on my bumper. What makes people turn into idiots in bad weather? So I make it home, walk across the street to my front walk, step up the curb, and immediately I slipped and fell on my knees and an elbow. Nice. Hurt like a bitch. Went in the house and cried to my husband, then sat on the bed all sweaty with ice on my knees and my elbow for about 20 minutes. At least they do feel better! And I hope they continue to feel okay, since I am planning on doing a 5K race tomorrow morning.

Last night, after getting home from driving over the state of Minnesota, I went to a taste test where they had us try some "salty" snacks. They said not to talk about what we ate outside of the room, but I have to say, rosemary would not be my flavor of choice when picking out snack crackers. The last sample was completely awful, not only did they taste weird at first, but then they dissolved into a paste-like substance in my mouth that had absolutely no taste... I was still trying to get the residue out of my molars 15 minutes later. Blek.

And the good news is, the escrow on our house is finally closed! It only took 19 months, but we got the remainder of the money back yesterday. Yay! Just in time for us to go on vacation. Gotta love that timing. I am still pissed off at the stupid Title insurance company that said they were not going to cover the issue - clearly they should have, becuase there was no record of an easement agreement with the old house.... and if you do not have "vehicular access" to the house, that is one of the things that the policy stated that it covered. Bastards.

So after the taste test, I was on the way to the bank with my taste test money, and that check, and figured out that I was going to go right past the library. I checked out 5 books, and got to spend some quality time with them last night - Eric was at a fishing seminar. And, they should cover me until we leave on the cruise, and I got a couple that are going with me too. Eric and I were at Barnes and Noble the other night, and instead of purchasing, I wrote down some titles, and I found a couple at the library. Who would have thought I was miss frugal when it came to books!

It has actually been a good week, WW-wise. I have journaled every day, eaten my dairy, for the most part have eaten my veggies, and gotten plenty of water. The scale did reward me this morning by reading 176. Yep, it did! So I am almost at my mini-goal for my cruise, which was to have the scale read 175 at home. I am planning on going to weigh in today again, since I have the race tomorrow morning. Exercise has been another matter - I ran on Saturday, swam (about 1.25 miles) on Wednesday, and went spinning this morning. Next week I hope to do more.

And I am wearing a size 12 skirt this morning, will wonders never cease!

Make it great!