Sunday, January 30, 2011


I meant to get here to blog about my day, but, well, I didn't. So, this is a recap of my weekend as of yesterday.  Long week at work so when I got home Friday, I hit the couch and watched all 343 minutes of Cleopatra. Oh, but before that I cleaned the snow off the car and started it to make sure it was still working.  Contemplated driving out to pick up K but just couldn't convince myself that the roads would be safe enough.
This morning Mom came by and we drove over to DB to check out the new arrivals.  Can you say OT?? Cause that's what I'll be doing in the next few weeks.  Next Saturday we are going back and this time I will try on the three dress, 1 slacks and 2 shirts that caught my eye.  And then we'll start a lay-a-way.
Afterwards, we came back to the house, heated up some chili, made a salad and had lunch. Mom mentioned she wanted to see Red.  I had just seen that name while scrolling down New Movies on Demand. So, that's what we did. Watched Red.  Which, by the way, was funny and entertaining.
Mom left. Mister came home from work and then he went to run errands. He is so cute, called me from the road, like, 40 minutes after leaving. He makes my heart beat.
And that's about it.

Friday, January 28, 2011

One Little Word

I just realize that the end of January is here and I have not posted my One Little Word for this year. You can read and learn more about this concept developed by Ali Edwards, here.
My word this year is simplify

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Snappy Little Title . . .

. . . can't think of one. Sorry.

Hungry. It’s only 10:16 a.m. and I have already consumed 190 calories.  And not good ones either. Two stubby chocolate covered pretzels. I had to buy them. They were for a fundraiser. Then I had to eat them cause I could only think of them sitting in my drawer as I tried to concentrate on work. So I did. And now, I want more. So, instead of sabotaging my so-called life change a/k/a DIET, I surfed the internet for inspiring weight loss blogs and found My Fitness Pal. 

I really like this site.  It is like a free WW (but don’t tell them).  Membership is 100% free.  There are so many features, like an on-line food diary, search-able food database, a personalized diet profile - this was cool and I played with this right away, weight loss tickers and oh, just check it out for yourself, it’s really worth it!
So, I am now eating oatmeal instead of the pretzels and I have a pear for later. Now I need a weight loss ticker.  Off to play some more. Er, I mean work.  Yes. WORK!
My reward (hopefully)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Feeling Good and Spring Cleaning

I mean really good, not just getting over that nasty, stuffy head cold, but really good. Emotionally and physically. Lost a few pounds and I am determined to meet my goal by the end of this month.  Yes!!  I also feel like I have tons of energy and I am ready for spring dog-gone-it!  So much so, that I want to get started on the spring cleaning now.  True, I can’t open the windows yet, but I can start cleaning out cupboards and closets and medicine chests.  I will schedule a VA pick-up for next week and get started this evening.  To help inspire and motivate me, I have been checking out these blogs: Simple Mom and Blog Alice.

Today's Plan is:
A.     The Plan:
              1. Office - 8:00 -5
              2. Home by 7 (hopefully)
              3. Dinner
              6. Clean up Kitchen
              7. What's on the clean routine? - do it
              8. Walk 2 miles
              9. Laundry
            10. Clean up living room
            11. Check the clean routine
            12. Shower
            13. Clean up bathroom
            14. What's on tv?
            15. Bed

B.     To Do:
            1.  Make morning to-do list
            2. Schedule VA for Feb 1 pickup
            3.  Drink 72 oz. water.   
            4.  Make hair appt. - Done. Feb. 2 at 3:00.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Go Steelers!

Rah! Rah! Rah!
Kayla and I have had a delightful (even though we are both a little under the weather) weekend.  We've just been total couch potatoes. What a team! Oh, the fun we have, watching t.v., playing board games, cracking each other up.  In the afternoon, I packed her up and off to Starbuck's we went (a ritual). That child is my soul mate.  We know each other so well!  Then I dropped her off at her Pap's house cause they are gonna watch the Steelers on the road to the Super Bowl.
My Mister was waiting for me when I got back. [insert big grin here]  We had a lovely time. Didn't stay up too late cause we had to get ready for the week.

Friday, January 21, 2011

It's Snowing . . .Again

I am still at home with this head cold but feeling much better today.  Am resting alot but also doing bits of the routine so that the house stays in order and I don't feel as if I am just wasting the days off. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Caught a Cold

I did.  A horrendous sinus, sore throat, chills, yucky cold.  Last year, I was not sick one day. Not one. Oh, well. Doc said it's viral so no meds except for Claritin, Motrin, Tussin and Vicks, which I have lathered all over and now am only attractive to Koala Bears.  So, today I pretty much just medicated and slept.  No bowling for me tonight. Gotta let the neighbors know. And put out the trash.

The snow is falling. Making the streets treacherous. Again. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Is Your Selfish Meter Running?

Seriously.  Running your Selfish Meter is not selfish, as long as you are not running it non-stop.  I work long hours all week.  Including the commute time, I am gone from my home 12+ hours a day.  I haven't time to visit with family or friends Monday through Friday.  Playtime and family time  - it all needs fit into a 20+ hour weekend (4 - Friday, 12 - Saturday and an average of 4 on Sunday).  Whew!  I need some me time.  So, my Selfish Meter is put in use Sunday afternoon/evening.  That's me time. Time I spend with my Mister, time I spend reading, relaxing, pampering and just getting myself together for the week ahead. DO NOT be afraid to use your Selfish Meter!

"Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will."
Zig Ziglar
Today I will positively (i) lose weight, (ii) exercise, and (iii) stick to (da da da) The Plan.  I think that (da da da) The Plan needs an introduction.  Kind of a lead-in, so you know it's coming. Gives you goosebumps, doesn't it? 

So, today's Plan is:
A.     The Plan:
              1. Office - 7:00 -5
              2. 6:45 Starbuck’s (a habit that needs broken). 11 pts.
              3. 11:00 Pick up Jim’s lunch (spicy gumbo, cottage cheese w/pineapple)
              4. 3:00 - snack - orange
              5. Home by (I drove, but it its icy) 6:30????
              6. Dinner by 7:00 (wasabi salmon burger, salad)
              7. Clean up kitchen
              8. Walk 2 miles - 7:30 - 8:00
              9. Zumba and Bollywood workouts
            10. Clean up living room
            11. Check the clean routine
            12. Shower
            13. Clean up bathroom
            14. 15 min declutter in K's room
            15. Top Chef - 10:00
            16. Bed

B.     To Do:
            1.  Make morning to-do list
            2.  Do some laundry!
            3.  Drink 72 oz. water.           
Deconstructing the tree in PPG Square

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Believe in Yourself

Step 1. Believe in Yourself!  I have to be truthful here.  I have no qualms in this field.  I am a very self-assured, self-confident person.  I thank my Mom for this.  She has always believed in me, has always supported me (even when I've made really dumb decisions) and has always, always been here for me.  I have a very can do attitude, probably to the point of conceit (a healthy conceit), which is probably why my Mom always pointedly looks at me and asks, with a hint of sarcasm mind you, "I love me who do you love."  She missed her calling as a stand-up comedian.  My granddaughter, Kayla, has good self esteem.  She likes herself and knows she is beautiful.  Just ask her.  Amanda and I strive to raise her with a feel good, can do attitude.  

Today's affirmation (or mantra if you will): "I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me" (Philippians 4:13).  And I can.  And you can.

The sun is shining today.  Makes me feel good!!! Though the sidewalks were sheets of ice this morning - it's warming up nicely.  But don't get used to it!!!! I hear 8 degrees for Friday.  Brrrrr.... Speaking of things that make me feel good . . . Saw my Mister today. Sigh.  He makes me feel good!

Okay, so today's Plan (let's try to do better, shall we??).  Oh, I decided to post my clean routines on the right side of this blog.  That way there will be no redundancy, or at least not much.

A.     The Plan:
              1. Office - 8:30-5  (Tan at 1) (Eat lunch at noon) or vice versa             
              2. Bus, home by 6:30 (hopefully)
              3. Dinner by 7:00
              4. Clean up kitchen
              5. Walk 2 miles - 7:30 - 8:00
              6. Zumba and Bollywood workouts or just dance
              7. Clean up living room while watching the Biggest Loser - 8:00 - 9:00
              8. Shower
              9. Check Clean Routine List - Bathrooms
            10. 15 min declutter in K's room
            11. The Ultimate Fashion Collection - 10:00 - 11:00
            12. Make morning to-do list
            13. Bed by 11:00

B.     To Do:
            1.  VA pick up tomorrow - get it together!
            2.  Laundry

My Mister treated me to coffee this morning.  He's the best!

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Power of Positive Thinking

My parents have subscribed to Guideposts for as long as I can remember.  One issue had focused on Dr. Peale’s steps to positive thinking which made a huge impression on me.  This past year has been a good/bad year.  The good is I lost 40 pounds, eat better, walk regularly, met a great guy, kids are all settled in their own homes, still love my job, have my own house (thanks Mom and Dad), have a car (thanks Cath!).  The bad is my sister’s 8 month “battle” with cancer.  It was a no contest, cancer had her from the start and took her from us in June.  Mom had a knee replaced, Dad had a heart attack.  M & M lost a fabulous and loving mother, I lost a best friend and loving sister.  It was bad.  It’s still bad, but we cope.  Which brings me to The Power of Positive Thinking.  Which is what I am reaffirming in 2011.  Thinking positively about life, love, health, career.

1.         Lose 10 pounds this month.  I am using WW old points system (it works for me) and I will write down what I eat - I CAN WILL do this.
2.         I enjoy FlyLady and came up with a clean routine plan that works for me, I need to get back to that 28 days makes a habit mode and follow my routine - I WILL do this. I didn't do this.  Will try again tomorrow.
3.         Love - (sigh), no changes here (for now).
4.         Career - Keep on doing what I’m doing. Maybe stay focused more.
5.         Health - aside from losing - EXERCISE. I WILL do this.

So, today’s plan:

1.         The office - 8:00 to 5:00 - check
2.         Breakfast - oatmeal - check
3.         Drink water (oh, did you know you should drink half your weight in water a day?) (12) check
4.         Lunch - cottage cheese with pineapple Went to lunch with Jim. Penn Fish Company. We split a tomato bisque, some fish sandwich and sushi. check
5.         Drink water (24 oz).check
6.         3:00 - Snack - 1 orange check
7.         Drink water (36 oz)
8.         Home by 7:00
9.         Begin clean routine, and 1 load laundry (threw in a load of laundry, took a nap)
10.       Drink water (48 oz, ugh, am I floating yet?)
11.       Exercise - walk 2 miles, body sculpt, zumba  (walked 60 minutes)
12.       Drink water (60 oz)
13.       Dinner - either salad or fast powder (bowl of raisin bran with cranberries thrown in)
14.       Drink water (72 oz - done!)
15.       Shower
16.       If I can make it, watch Tabitha’s salon takeover at 10. (it wasn't on. watched jersey shore and skins)
17.       11:00 - BED (12:00)

Of course all of this is subject to change.

I look to the east. This was taken this morning from the Wharf. It is Station Square.

I look to the west.  Also taken from the Wharf. It is Mt. Washington.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Hanging with K and K today.  Went to the Waterfront this a.m. and had breakfast at Eat n Park. Then B&N, Giant Eagle to get the fixins' for chili, K-Mart where the Joe Boxer p.j.'s were 40% off - K needed a pair for my house, Dollar Store, Starbucks, home.  We just finished watching Easy A.  I am cleaning up the kitchen and starting laundry.  I think the girls are building a fort.  They need darkness for their glow sticks. 
Oh, yeah. Steelers today. Go. Rah. Go. 

Friday, January 14, 2011


Thank goodness it's Friday! I need a few days to recharge and get back to a routine.  The office has been so busy and I've been putting in countless hours.  By the time I get the bus and get home, there is not much time for anything else, plus I am tired.  I need more energy and that means I need more exercise.  K is staying tonight so we will have a fun girly night.  The Steelers play tomorrow and we have our fingers crossed.  I also need to do some grocery shopping and cook for the week.  On that list - chili and cornbread.  YUM!  I am cooking this weekend.  More later . . .

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It Snowed . . .

about 6 inches so far.  Here's how it looked as I walked to the bus this morning:
Nothing much happening. Just work.  Gotta get my outline together. Will post soon!

A.     The Plan:
              1. Office - 8:30-5
              2. Bus, home by 6:30
              3. Dinner by 7:00
              4. Clean up kitchen
              5. Walk 2 miles - 7:30 - 8:00
              6. Zumba and Bollywood workouts
              7. Clean up living room
              8. Read - YOU CAN DO IT
              8. Shower
              9. Clean up bathroom
            10. 15 min declutter in K's room
            11. Top Chef - 10:00
            12. Make morning to-do list
            13. Bed

B.     To Do:
            1.  Read over photography chapter in YOU CAN DO IT!
            2.  Find camera operation booklet - we are gonna learn how to use it!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Start of the Week

Dag, it's cold out. 15 degrees and the threat of 6 inches snow coming our way.  Long day. though Mister and I had a lunch date. That was cool. No snow . . . yet. I though I'd post a few favorite photos.  OH, I downloaded to my iphone - it's my new favorite past time.  

My latest photos:

There are fabulous gingerbread houses behind these windows.
The Street I live on. Walking home from the bus.
The Guard Chickens
One Lump or Two?
Okay, playtime's over.  Back to work.

Til we meet again,


Sunday, January 9, 2011


Warmer today - 20 degrees. Jayme stopped by and we picked up Ben. After they left, I did some Zumba, which I am totally into and will probably be ordering the tapes next week.  On the list today is a whole lot of decluttering (K's room) and more exercise, more pampering.

So, I went to the store for some salad fixings, stopped at Starbucks (dessert first), cooked up some wings and had a great dinner.  Mister and I are gonna cozy up on the couch and watch some tube.  A perfectly fabulous start to a new week.

My clean room (also where I spend the most time). Ahhh, there's nothing like a clean room!

Til tomorrow,

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Spa Weekend

Occasionally, I will have a diy spa weekend.  There is nothing wrong with a little bit of pampering.  And we start this morning.  My goal, by Monday morning, is to be well groomed, rested and lighter (preferably 5 pounds lighter, but that's a bit delusional).  So here is the plan, though I am getting a late start as I 1) slept in; 2) got a call from the boss and needed to do some work; 3) talked to Mom and Amanda; 4) texted with K; 5) checked my emails; 6) checked out the Penguin ticket site for future gift ideas; and 7) generally procrastinated. we go.
1. I ate lunch.
2. I took a nap.  First off, it's 17 degrees here today.  I am so not going outside. Currently, it's 16. Brrr.
3. After the nap, I decided it was time to get serious.  I walked 15 minutes and then I cleaned my room, yes, I even dusted.  It's beautiful and I am proud.  I took pics to upload.
4. Next, the kitchen.  I am almost finished with that room.
REMINDER: Amanda broke the bucket, need to buy a new one tomorrow so that I can wash the floors.
5. Right now, I am going to check out a Billy Blanks, Jr. workout.  Be back soon.
On the exercise front, I did okay today.  There was the 15 minute walk earlier and tonight I did the following: Groove and Burn Disco 15m, Zumba Hip Hop 6m (I really liked this workout), Defined Dancer Abs 12m, and BurnUp HipHop Bolly 13m. 
Had a bowl of Raisin Bran for dinner and now it's time to enter Slumberland.

Til tomorrow!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Day 4 - The Diet

Time to turn in the status for the PreHoliday Fitness Challenge.  Not looking good.  I consumed more than I burned, plus it's winter and the sun is gone by the time I leave the office so I cannot walk my usual route.  I am so looking forward to spring and hitting the pavement again.  So, today I resolve to go back to my Weight Watchers routine - write it down, write it down, write it down.  I will be using the old point system. It works for me.  Of course, I've already consumed 11 points and it's only 8:20 a.m.  I CAN DO THIS!  Oh, my total point value for each day is 19.

A.     The Plan:
         1. Office - 8-5 (6:30)
         2. Tan - 1:00
         3. Bus, home by 7:30
         4. Dinner - 8:00
         5. Bed - 9:30
B.     Research:
         1. diy at home spa
         2. diy detox (for skin)

C.     To Do:
         1.  create at home spa schedule
         2.  create exercise schedule      

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Day 3 - Carrying On

Hoping to make these new changes a habit.  Bear with me.  It may happen yet.

A.     The Plan:
         1. Office - 8-5
         2. Dinner - 6:00
         3. Clean up kitchen  
         4. Clean living room
         5. Bowling - 8:15 to 11:00
         6. Put out trash
         7. Downtime
         8. Bed -12:30

B.     Make note:
         1. New IP address

C.     Misc.
         1. Set up computer for Kaileen.
         2. Did not hear from my Mister today. He works WAAAAAYYY too much.
         3. Oh, but it snowed! 

Go organic!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Day 2 - Getting Organized

I like making lists, I just don't stick to them. Today is different. New year, new day, new way.  That's me.  This was my today list, with modifications.

A.     To check out:

B.     To join:
         1.     Family Circle's Get Fit

C.     Make note: of Joey & Jayme's new phone numbers

D.     The Plan:
         1. Office 8-5 (6:30)
         2. Dinner - 7:30
         3. Clean up kitchen
         4. Talk to Mom, Joey and My Mister
         5. Exercise - Walk 2 miles - 8:45 to 9:15
         6. Laundry
         7. Bath - 9:30
         8. Top Chef - 10:00
         9. Computer/DK/notebook/read time - 11:00
       10. Bed - 12:30

Making the list.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Outline of Life

When I first decided to create a new blog I wondered what I would write about. Then I decided it does not matter.  This is where I will memorialize my every day.  No matter how mundane it can be, and believe me, it can be.  But I want to remember every little thing.  And though I am starting a few days late (fun, play, illness), it's a good day to start.  You see, our family suffered a tragic loss last year, June to be exact, and we are all having a hard time coping.  But life does go on and while we mustn't forget, we must persevere and live like she would have wanted us to.  So, Cathy, I won't forget, I will carry you with me always and live my life, well, the way you know I would and I know that you will support me, all the silliness, the dumb stuff I get myself into, the doomed romances, the sad times and the happy times, as you always have.  I love you my dearest Sister. 

1. To save money
     A.     I really need to work on this.  I spend.  I do.  I love magazines, books, good food, clothes. I have to learn moderation.

2. To lose weight
     A.     Last year, I lost 40 lbs. I felt good, I looked good.  It is a struggle to keep off the weight, but it shouldn't be.
     B.     I will exercise 30 minutes a day.
     C.     I will eat healthy. 
     D.     I will not give up my favorite Starbucks beverage, but I will drink in moderation.

3. To be happy
     A.     In all honesty, I really am a happy person.  For the most part, I love my life.  I love getting up in the morning, going to work (sick, huh?), just being a part of the everyday.  And while I could use more $$ (see 1. A. above), I do fine with what I have. 

     Happened upon this new mag (new to me at least) at the grocery store.  I like it.  Good articles, one in particular on living alone. 

Weekend recap: Friday (New Year's Eve), Mom and I took K and Cammi to Pittsburgh Mills, K got her doll, Cammi got new books, pizza for lunch, oh, I got a few new things at DB.  Then took girls to B&N, Chili's for dinner. Later, Am and family and Joey and family came over. Good food, good company, great fun.  Talked to my Mister a few times. Saturday, K and I went to Mom and Dad's to celebrate Cathy's birthday, then Mom and Liss, B and Mike, K and I went bowling. Later, K and I went to theater to see True Grit. Long day, late night.  She watched Vampires Suck and Eclipse. Sunday, we rested all day, had a Mister type lunch and then I took her home. My Mister visited. Fab weekend!
Oh, Biggest Loser Couples is on.  Til tomorrow,