Friday, January 30, 2009
Also, with my low-carb thing, I have a hard time with my dinner plate. I am a traditional - meat, veggie, starch girl. That is what a dinner plate looks like to me. Well, I am not eating starches at dinner. So my options are to serve it, and just leave a gap on my plate - or come up with alternatives. One I found this week was cauliflower "rice". Basically you use a cheese grater and grate some cauliflower down to little grains (like rice). Put them in a bowl with a cover and microwave for 4-5 minutes. Remove, add some butter and maybe soy sauce - and its kinda like rice. Definitely still has a cauliflower flavor - but not bad.
So there you go - fun with cauliflower. Enjoy!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
We had the first real snow yesterday. And it wasn't much - an inch or two (which is now covered in ice!). But the kids loved it. Here they are playing when we got home from work/school (in the dark!).
And of course it had to be followed up with hot chocolate. Except they don't like hot chocolate. (well, Big Man does). So we had Disney colored "hot chocolate drink" - it comes in pink, blue and purple and tastes more like hot vanilla. But only Big Man liked his - but they all liked the idea, which I guess is what counts. DH finished the girls ones for them!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Mommy Tags (well that is what I call them)- these are great necklaces with the names of your kids on them. Love mine, wear it alot, and very reasonably priced. Hop on over to Lisa Leonard. http://lisaleonardonline.com/
Another great one are these - I LOVE these. They are really cute necklaces, and my girls love em. Got them new ones for Valentine's day. Also got them for many little girls I know - so if I know you IRL, check with me before you buy! These are DIRT CHEAP too, and so CUTE! visit the girlie shop at http://fourgirlieshop.blogspot.com/
That's what I got for now!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I have been carrying my camera around everywhere and trying to take as many photos of my life as possible. My biggest fear is that this will demonstrate how completely boring my life is. Oh well...I think it will be interesting to see. Shutterfly even has a cool kind of kit to help you make a digital scrapbook.
Will let you know how it turns out. But in the meantime, if you see me taking pictures of random crap - you know why!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I may also enter the Betty Crocker Mix It Up contest - but I have to get a move on - deadline is February 15th. That one is doctoring cookie mix. I can DEFINITELY do that.
Anyone else in with me? I will share my recipes here once I am not selected as a winner.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
We had a blast at Disney without the kids! We only ended up with a few hours at the Magic Kingdom on Friday (I hit a traffic jam on the way back from working), but we made the highlights - Buzz Lightyear, Stitch's Escape, Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Snow White and of course, Wishes - the fireworks show. We also made our own custom Mickey ears. Mine were pink with fake fur on the edge - silver ears with rhinestones all around the edges, Minnie on each ear, and an "Its my birthday" sticker with a crown on top. Kathy's was similar.
We each got a "its my birthday" badge when we got our free admission - which caused every single "cast member" (employee) to say "Happy Birthday Megan" all day long. What fun!
On Saturday we had a blast at Disney Hollywood Studios. We woke up early for Extra Magical Hours and managed to ride 2x on the Rock n Roller Coaster - oh my Gosh- amazing - 0 to 60mph in like 2 seconds. AWESOME! We also got on Toy Story Mania - SOOOOOOO FUN. You get to shoot at carnival style shooting targets and play against your riding partner. It was really fun. We also saw the High School Musical 3 show, the parade, rode the Great Movie Ride, saw the Magic of Animation, Muppets 3d (welcome to my paaahhhk), etc. We didn't do Tower of Terror, as I am just not into falling rides.
I highly recommend the Disney free on your birthday gig. It was really great, such a blast!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Barack Obama is the President of the United States. I get chills just typing that. Could it have been a greater day?
We had a viewing party with some close friends today. Ate one of Obama's favorite foods (chili), I made Michelle Obama's shortbread cookies, we drank Hawaiian beer, played Obama Bingo, and toasted with Champagne.
The kids had Obama coloring pages, and we did did Inauguration trivia.
But most importantly - we watched and listened, were inspired and had hope. A great day for our nation.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
We are staying at Port Orleans, French Quarter, and I am interested to see how it is. We plan to hit Magic Kingdom Friday and Disney Hollywood Studios Saturday.
Wasn't going to tell the kids, but I did. Promised to bring back fun stuff. Will definitely be stopping by Once Upon a Toy to get the My Little Pony stuff for the girls. Big Man will probably get some kind of Mickey toy. B specifically asked for cotton candy.
Can't wait to ride the roller coasters and such over and over again! YAYYYY!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
- rice krispy treat
- multiple pony tail holders
- pink sash from Bippiti Boppiti Hair Boutique
- package of fruit snacks
- a green crayon
- Excedrin tension headache medicine
The fridge in my office also contains a sippy cup of milk (i found a week or so ago in my purse after daycare dropoff).
Monday, January 12, 2009
Obviously we need to work on the pronounciation of the ABCs, but at least he got the melody right!
(this is from my digital camera. I CANNOT figure out how to get it not to be sideways. Anyone have an ideas??!!)
Friday, January 9, 2009
Their favorite is definitely We Got the Beat. Now whenever we get in the car, Big Man starts yelling "we got beat! we got beat!" - he wants to hear it all the time. He even played drums the other night when we were playing the game. I was playing guitar and was trying to help him by telling him which drum (they are colored) he should hit. I would say "yellow" - he would say, "no red". He scored a 7% on his best time out. But hey - maybe we can get him singing We Got the Beat soon!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
But what is getting to me know is my current attitude towards exercise. Over the weekend DH bought me "My Fitness Coach" for the Wii. And it is great! It doesn't require the Wii Fit (which I still hope to get for my birthday - hint hint), but is a personalized exercise program. You have to fill in all your pertinent information (including taking measurements!!) and complete a fitness test (how many situps/pushups in x time, resting pulse, pulse after 2 min of cardio, etc). Then it personalizes an exercise program based upon your goals. It is really cool.
I also love the Thirty Day Shred by Jillian Michaels. Quite a workout and only 20 minutes.
But the scary thing is that since Sunday - I have not only worked out every day - but 3 days I have worked out 2x (morning and evening). I have NEVER done that in my life. Seriously. I don't know what has gotten into me, but I like it!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
A former colleague of mine committed suicide on Sunday. He was only in his early 30s. He had gone through a divorce in the last year, and had recently lost his job. Apparently he had also just broken up with his girlfriend. But his friends were with him the night before, and nobody had any idea. So sad ....such a waste.
A current colleague of mine who is just the sweetest funniest guy in the world had an operation for a brain tumor yesterday. Looks to be cancer. Unreal. At our recent conference in Florida we had all agreed that he was just the funniest guy. Keeping our fingers crossed.
Sometimes life is just sad.
Monday, January 5, 2009
This morning I got up earlier and got hammered by Jillian on the 30-day Shred. Killer. Tonight I want to try a custom work out on Fitness Coach.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Saw this meme here, and thought I would do it too. I apologize for the weird spacing - blogger is being strange.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
hmmm...take the girls to DisneyWorld. Makes me think I need to try more new stuff!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't think I really had any. For 2009 I want to keep losing weight (and keep it off) and exercise regularly.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Sabrina had baby Emma - yay!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Election day - forever.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
losing 37 lbs
9. What was your biggest failure?
on and off exercising
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
nope - except a silly cold I've had since Thanksgiving.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My red circle purse from a street vendor in Paris.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
The American people for making the right political choice - finally!!!
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Bigots and close-minded people during the election who completely lied and made stuff up.
14. Where did most of your money go?
where did it not? vacations, toys, silly stuff (oh yeah, mortgage and daycare too!)
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
our vacations - PARIS! and Disney. SOOOO AWESOME!
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
man, this is hard! It might be Bon Jovi's Livin on a Prayer after hearing K and Lizzie scream it out on Rock Band.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? SAME
b) thinner or fatter? THINNER - YAYYY ME!
c) richer or poorer? SAME (made more money, spent more money)
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
complain - yell at the kids
20. How did you spend Christmas Hanukkah?
at home with family and friends - perfect
21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
more and more with my kids, DH, and friends
22. What was your favorite TV program?
hmm...Brothers and Sisters or Entourage (on netflix)
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
24. What was the best book you read?
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
ROCK BAND 2!!!
26. What did you want and get?
Rock Band 2. A Wii.
27. What did you want and not get?
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Mamma Mia - sing along version
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
turned 40. Think I had some dim sum and good dinners. And of course, my Paris trip!!!
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
can't think of anything
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
32. What kept you sane?
my amazing girlfriends!
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
hmmm...jon stewart? still a sucker for Brad Pitt
34. What political issue stirred you the most?
our amazing election. And my very strong feelings on the differences of the candidates
35. Who did you miss?
my mom, as usual. Duffy who lives to far away.
36. Who was the best new person you met?
didn't meet a lot of people - reconnected with some from Facebook.
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
you can have it all - if you pace yourself.
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
man that's hard. Maybe - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
My word is WILL. As is will power, and I WILL. It is being positive about everything and having the ability to accomplish. I WILL get back into running. I WILL continue my weightloss. I WILL find happiness in the little things, I WILL do it all, I WILL organize my house, I WILL I WILL I WILL.
WILL. I will. that is my 2009 goal.