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Changing horses mid-stream...

Since I have been working out more these days I have noticed being on a low/no carb diet that I don't have any fuel to burn. The trainer got onto me about it once, though I quickly told her that I was eating veggies...she lightened a little.

Well, I have come to a decision - since I am working out more of course I could just introduce more carbs back into my diet, but some carbs seem to welcome more carbs, so...I have decided...after talking with Kimberly...that it's start counting points again!!

I have a point tracker on my PDA, which helps a lot and after being on low carb for so long I have learned a lot more about sugar and how it affects your body so that I'll be able to better avoid it - which helps to lower points as well. So, am I going to start eating pasta and bread with every meal??? No - what I have decided to do it only to have one a day, i.e. if I have a sandwich for lunch, then no more carbs (from bread, pasta, rice, potato, etc) for that day. I…

I have a migraine...

I am better now than earlier. I can at least hold my head up now and I am getting better b/c I took some of my miracle drugs. One of my coworkers is out and there is a lot going on today so it is kinda hard for me to go home. I thought by lunch I would be able to leave, but my boss just came in with something, during lunch I am going to lay my head down, turn out my lights, and try to let this get better. I am munching on saltines right now b/c I am still a bit sick to my stomach from it. So, if it's quiet around here...that's why!

Ah...the weekend's over!

It isn't often that you'll see that remark here, but we worked out butts off this weekend!! It's nice to come back into the office to sit down for a while! LOL

I introduced Michael to a new restaurant - Mongolian Cafe. My parents and I used to go to one near their house, but there is also one down the street from my apartment. I went to this one a while back with friends (including Elaine & EJ)! I had been asking Michael to go there for a while, but he kept saying no - he isn't one to jump on trying new food!! But last night he finally said yes and he loved it!!!

Now, if you have never been, let me explain how mongolian cafe works. It's a buffet, but instead of filling your plate and returning to your table with it, you hand it over to the cook b/c the buffet trays are filled with raw food! You pick your rice or noodle (if you desire) and pile it as high as you would like with raw veggies and meats of your choice. Then at the end are about a dozen different choi…


I installed Firefox today and can now see secure sites!!!!!!!!!!!! It was a browser problem - I don't know what, but I don't care b/c it's gone with firefox!!

I still can't get onto messenger at home, but I CAN get to my bank and to work and to gmail now - that was really the bigger issues!

I had been seeing people talk about it, but didn't really have any interest until I realize that was probably my problem after hearing from some of you!!

Thank ya! Thank ya very much!!!

Yay - I can browse freely at home again!!!!

I need tech help again...

I cannot access secure sites from my home computer. I am running ME and have searched for answers, but haven't found them yet. The sites that I currently cannot access are: my bank, work, hotmail (messenger), and now GMAIL...all are secure sites. I removed all the security that I had and installed Norton, but I still cannot get access to these sites. Everytime I try I get PAGE NOT FOUND.

I contaced Microsoft about messenger first b/c I thought it was just messenger, but now I see that it's all secure sites...

Any ideas???

It's Friday...

time for the happy dance!!

(thought I'd introduce a new one this week!!!)

I am sweating my butt off...literally!

Can you sweat off a pound in half an hour??? Before I worked out today I stepped on the scales and it said 183.5...not great, but at least maintaining...then headed into the gym from the locker room with book in hand and got on the EFX for fifteen minutes, then switched to the stair climber for 15 minutes. I think I must have looked like I had just come in from the rain. I was drenched. When I came back in the locker room I stripped, wrapped in a towel, and headed to the showers. On the way, just out of curiosity I stepped on the scale again ~ this time it said 182. That isn't possible, is it? Could I have produced a pound and a half of sweat??? YUCK! and YAY! even though it is water-weight! So...needless to say, I had a good workout!

Since I have been working out so much again, I have noticed that my sugar level is off. I get a bit dizzy at times and feel a little nausea, as if I am about to pass out. I know it's b/c I am not taking in enough carbs to burn so I have added a fe…

What a sweet surprise!

Michael came up today and took me out to lunch! I hadn't felt that great all morning and almost had decided to take today as my day off from the gym and take a nap when he called and said he was on the way!!

What a pick-me-up for the afternoon...Thanks sweetie!

Great workout today!

I did abs today at 11:30 and followed that with Low & Ball (20 minutes of low impact aerobics for cardio- vascular endurance/fat burning and 20 minutes of toning exercises using Resist-A-Balls and resistance equipment. 45 minutes. per the class description). The first part gets your heart rate way up and really works up the sweat then the second part really kicks your butt!!! I limped out!!! Ha Ha!

After showering I headed over to get some lunch - really I wanted the biggest glass of ice water that I could find! I was so thirsty. I didn't have any intentions of getting a hot lunch b/c I was still hot myself, but they had low carb pasta today so I took advantage. She gave me more than a serving size, I am sure, so I am only going to eat about half of it. It has chicken, too so I'll eat all of that and I have a side of cauliflower with cheese sauce on it.

Last night I made chicken fried steaks - on of Michael's favorites. I was just going to slow cook mine instead of batt…

Okay...a while back I made a

brief mention about a project that I was working on. Well...while it isn't 100% complete yet, I thought I would go ahead and roll it out to the public to see!!!

Our Wedding Site

I had been working on it for a while - there are a couple pages that are still under construction, i.e. I don't have the info, pictures, etc, yet ~ and there are others that I am sure I'll add later that I haven't even thought about yet! Anyway...please go take a look! I have enabled comments in lieu of a guestbook. Hmmm...maybe I'll add a guestbook too for general comments! (Can ya recommend a reliable one??) I just thought this would be a great way to share our wedding with family and friends near and far! I hope you like it!

Without trying to sound conceited or anything,

I just have to say that I my blog!!! Ever since I have started blogging I would find this or that on another person's blog and say, "I wish I could do that..." ~ well, I have come to a point where I don't feel the need for anymore changes! On this blog and Jeans as well! Now, don't get me wrong, one day I may want to change up my template a little bit or change out some graphics, but as of this very moment I am completely content!

I don't have as many fans as other blogs, but then I am not as gifted as a writer as some others either! I love my loyal readers - it's like a close-knit little family!!! And Jeans has a pretty good family of readers, too - of course, I am keeping up with it more than before, too! I love the fact that it has evolved from trying to find some interesting story to tell, to just carrying on a conversation! Much of the time that's just how I view it ~ as if I am talking to friends, b/c in a way that's exactly what it is. I…

Every day is a new day! one (yesterday) was very good! Day one (today) has been very good. I have decided that I am going to treat every day as if it's day one all over again! That seems to be the best day b/c you're dedicated and gung ho about whatever it is that you're starting!

Yesterday actually was way low - I didn't eat b'fast, lunch was half eaten, and dinner was green beans and some's was a busy day yesterday! Today I had a good b'fast - bacon, eggs, tomatoes, cheese - all scrambled together. For lunch they were serving pan seared lean sirloin with jasmine rise, lettuce, tomato, and cucumbers...I asked for no rice and a couple extra cucumbers! Yum! (I'm still working on it as I write)...

I worked lower body in the gym today and then did fifteen minutes of cardio - I was way into a book and didn't really want to quit, but I still had to shower and get dressed and grab lunch. While I was down there a coworker spotted me and smiled and told me ho…

I have been playing

with a dollmaker all moring (found at waterlily's) and thought I would share my results!! There was only one long hair that looked like mine, but I thought I would also play around with a shorter hair style, too! These things are so much fun, but so addictive!

Notice the common accessory they ALL share!?!?

Reason #126 to always keep spare batteries:

Last night Michael and I trekked out to pick up something to eat...when it was time to go, Michael clicked his keyless remote to disarm the alarm and nothing happened...Hmmm. OKay, try it again - you didn't hit the right button. Same response ~ nada! The battery in his keyless remote was dead. Now, my keyless remote has to visit the dealer if the battery dies, so my first thought was that we were basically screwed. Fortunately Michael's is different than mine and you can change the battery yourself...trouble is, we didn't have any spare batteries lying around.

We were at Sonic when this happened and down the road was a Randall's, so Michael started walking and I waited at the car. A while later he arrived, sweaty, with two brand new batteries. Yay! We're saved...well, we would have been, but they were the wrong size! Huh!?! About this time Michael's irritation threshold is nearing its peak, so I volunteered to make the second trip over to Randall's where I …

Today is the first day of summer...

or the summer solstice, though I could have sworn it started about a month ago here in Houston. It's HOT! Well, actually more muggy than hot. It the humidity weren't so high out there it wouldn't feel that bad actually...I can take the heat more than the humidity. It's like being sealed up in a plastic bag or something.

Today when I went to work out there were people actually going outside to run in this...bleh! Have at it...I'll sweat indoors during this time of year thank you very much!

My weekends are killing me!

During the week I eat so isn't too hard. Then comes the weekend and I fall off. I had one biscuit and one small pancake and corn this weekend!!! I thought maybe I could just be on induction Monday through Friday and then "low carb" on the weekends, but looking back, what I had wasn't low carb either. I don't know why I have these ups and downs with my diet. I do so well for so long on induction and then all that hard work goes right out the window. And you know it isn't even so much that I crave any of's just more like, "It's there - Okay". It's like I lost that little thing inside my head that told me not to eat it. That told me to care about what it was going to do to my body!

Exercise is going well. I am in the gym at least four days out of the week. Today I did an abs class and then upper body. After this incentive program is over (which is this week) I am going to concentrate more on cardio than weight training. I&#…

Here's a random observation for a Friday morning...

normally I get up and start getting dressed about 30 minutes before I have to leave for work. Yeah, I am rushed a bit, but I always get out the door in plenty of time and make it to work either on time or early. But on days where I get up extra early I am always late. Today I got out of bed an hour before I had to leave. I made some coffee, went out on my patio and watered my plants (my poor, neglected plants), skipped through a few channels on the TV while drinking my coffee, surfed a bit, read my email, and then looked at the clock and realized that I had to be out the door in fifteen minutes!! Unbelievable!

It's always like that with me, whether it's getting ready for work or anything else. If there is something that has to be done I work much better when I am under a tight timeline...when I have all the time in the world I tend to procrastinate even more. I know I have written about this before - at least I think I have.

When I have a project, whether it be here at work or…


Ack...I hate it when that happens.

I was on my way to the bathroom, got side-tracked by a conversation, and came back to my office without going to the bathroom. I remembered when I noticed I was doing the pee-pee dance while I was on the phone. Guess I had better go now!

My weight is going the wrong way.

I haven't posted a lot eating is going the wrong direction; however, my exercise routine is really pickig up. Yesterday I went to abs and then followed that with an intense class that started with low impact step and then moved into a heavy strength training workout. I was drenched afterwards!

Instead of taking Friday off this week I took today to run around with a couple of coworkers. Tomorrow I'll be on legs and follow that with cardio.

My eating is a terrible matter. I haven't "fallen off the wagon" per se...okay, maybe I have. I am not eating pasta and cookies everyday, but I am definitely not in induction phase like I should be. It's frustrating. I don't know why is so hard to do the second (actually third) time around. The very first time I did induction (a year ago last May) I did so well...was very strict. And then when I started it this last time, again...very strict and saw a lot of progress. Now that that fourteen day cycle is over I …

WooHoo...I got a promotion

AND a raise!!!!! Climbin' that ladder! Hee Hee! What a great day to me! I knew it was time for our merit raises, but when I walked in to my boss' office he said, "Wait a minute ~ I left something off..." then wrote something on a sheet of paper...when he handed it to me I knew it was my raise info, but when I read the percentage and what he added I nearly screamed!!! It was twice what I got last year and he had written out my new title!! I was so excited...still am!

The promotion is more a title change than anything else really - a higher authority level, too, but 9/11 of this year will be my four year anniversary...(yeah, my anniversary is on 9-11). We (all the new hires that were a result of the merger) were promised to see some kind of action like this within three years. Well, three years came and went. I had a year and a half grandfathered into my vacation time b/c of past experience so I am at a five year vacation status this year - which is wonderful consider…

I'm back today...

took a day off yesterday to tend to some automotive hijinks w/ Michael!!! I'll fill in the details later - right now I am going downstairs to get some breakfast, I just wanted to say good (wet) morning and that I wasn't really MIA!

I think I need to just bite the bullet

and buy the bullet! (That wasn't corny!)

I love to watch infomercials...I don't know why. I never buy anything from them, though. Usually if it's something that really works it will be in the stores sooner or later. Well, Sunday I watched one for the Magic Bullet...and I want one!!! It's so cool...and I could so make some great low carb fixins with it! Mmmm...the chocolate mousse alone would be worth it (substitute chocolate syrup with cocoa and splenda maybe) - okay, maybe that alone isn't worth it, but I can see a lot of possibilities ~ guess that's the purpose of the infomercial, though, huh?!?! Means they did their job if I want to buy one!! LOL!!

UPDATE: I found it at another site for a tiny amount less ~ I'm sure it'll hit stores sometime, too and be even cheaper.

I cashed in some fitness points today.

I was going to buy some hand weights, but then realized that I could get some of these instead with my health points. Not only would that save me some $$$, but these are a lot more verastile than hand weights - there are a lot more exercises that I can do with them.

I worked our during lunch today - weights for the first half, then ten minutes of cardio, then ended with abs. When I talked to the trainer to get my tubes, I told her how I was wanting so badly to get back in her classes. She complimented me on the fact that I was just back in the gym and told me to take it one step at a time. She's right. I mean, I went from going five mornings a week and two afternoons (sometimes three) to not at all. It's hard b/c when I try to do what I did before, I can't...I physically cannot and it's very discouraging.

Tomorrow she has an interval class during lunch. My daily goal for tomorrow is to attend that class. It's a hi-low class - one that I remember enjoying when I was …

Got breakfast and coffee and work started...

now I can fill ya in on the past three days! Oh, what a wonderful sound - three day weekend (even it yesterday was spent taking care of car troubles)!!!

Friday night Michael and I met up with some friends for dinner and then went out. We had a good time, but could definitely tell that we hadn't been out like that in a while b/c we were both so tired on Saturday. Michael had an early game (softball tournament) Saturday morning. I didn't make it to the first one, but I went shortly after - they didn't have a great tournament this time. I also had errands to run and a busy day scheduled. I had two b'day parties - one for my friend's little boy and another for one of my coworkers. Michael hadn't planned on joining me for either, but his schedule worked out so that he made it to the first one for a couple hours. It was a lot of fun. Lots of little kids running around! After that I dropped him off in time for his next game and then headed up to The Woodlands for the …

I wanted to share my beautiful roses

that Michael brought me yesterday! Have a wonderful weekend!!

Just Gotta Do It

Okay...I was going down at 11:30 to workout - and then I didn't. It's noon now and I am going!

I really have to get back in the habit of working out first thing in the morning. It's too easy to have an excuse at lunch or in the evening!

Away I go...there is a stairclimber waiting on me!

Body Mass Index

According to this BMI calculator (Body Mass Index) to be normal I should weigh between 110 & 150. At my current weight, 182, not only am I overweight, I am clinically obese!! The first weight trainer I ever met with told me that I was obese at 170! current goal is 176 (20 pounds from the 196 I started with) - if/when I reach that I'll shoot for another 20 and hopefully make 150, which has been my secret goal all along. Don't know how achievable that is; therefore, right now I am just going to continue to concentrate on 176 ~ if I could ever break 182!!! Ugh, it's getting harder around here! I was on such a roll losing when I was in ketosis and now I am at a standstill!!!! I know the incentive plan is about weight training, but I think I need to one up my cardio - need to get on the "burn more fat" plan!!!

Virtual MishMish

From kdeweb I found this link to create a virtual model of me! Now, there are some variances, of course. Two main ones - I have bigger boobs and my thighs are bigger - I don't have that gap between my thighs like the model. I will one day, though!!

Actually, the side view shows a bigger stomach than I have...if you take that and put in on my thighs it might be closer to reality!!! LOL!

Anyway, I thought I would share what my virtual model turned out like!

The Big Day

I had such a great time at our wedding!!! That morning I got up early at my parents' house and had breakfast with them. (I'll have to get Michael to update how his morning went since he stayed with his parents). My aunt and uncle that had flown in from California were staying with my parents, too.

After breakfast we all started getting ready and when it was time to leave mother and I were giong ahead in the Excursion and daddy followed with his brother and his wife. We mistakingly took the longer of the routes to the church and I started to get a little panicky the closer we got b/c I realized we were going to be late for the pictures. Mother was getting really nervous (she does that!!) so I started singing and she and I sang the whole way! It was a great way to calm us both down! When we arrived at the church, we were actually only about ten minutes late - so there was no problem!

We started with all my pictures since Michael was going to be arriving soon and then I was ushered…

How We Met

Michael and I met on January 11th, 2003 - I had been invited by some friends from college to go out to a birthday party at SRO's. Now, when people ask I don't tell them we met at a sports bar - I simply say we met through friends!!! Those friends just happened to be at a sports bar!!

The birthday party turned out to be for Michael and another friend of his. When Michael came in he was introduced to me and then later my friend told me how sweet and nice and polite he was! I don't think they had intentions on setting us up, though. Later she told me that Michael wanted to be re-introduced to me, but the guys wanted to know first if I would go out with him or not...I guess if I had said no they weren't going to introduce us again!!!

Needless to say, I said that I would probably go out with him. He was cute and seemed nice, though he hadn't spoken a word to me since he walked in! So...a while passed and we still hadn't been "re-introduced" and I was begi…

Tech help needed!!

I have the two following bits of code for two of my sites - to show an image when hovering over a link.

Here's the question! It appears that the image only appears on links that have already been visited ~ is that correct??? Shouldn't it appear on ALL links when hovering?? I haven't noticed that on other sites before, though so I don't really know!


For Jeans:
a:hover {color: #3399ff; background-image: url(; text-decoration: none;}

For Daily Venting:
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No soup for you!

Well, I didn't make the soup yesterday, but the ribs were delicious - I only ate one b/c I munched on pork skins while they were cooking!!! The cravings have been back since the weekend - only today are they starting to get better - I sound like an addict in rehab or something! And I notice that, like before, I am hungry, but when I get my food I am full after just a little bit of it.

I didn't have breakfast today so by lunch I was getting hungry. I had a ceasar salad w/ some raw cauliflower and most of the went into the garbage. I also had a side of steamed brocoli with cheese. That I was a little bland, though.

I worked out during lunch and am so thirsty now. I got a to-go packet of crystal light peach tea and sprinkled a bit of it in my water - just to change the flavor slightly! Yummy!

Tonight I must go grocery shopping. I don't have any groceries in the house! If Michael wants to go I'll wait on him and we'll both go; otherwise, I guess I'll …

I am Demeter

Animal: Cow
Color: Light brown

Demeter is a mother figure, one of the most "reachable" goddesses. She is a goddess of fertility and crops, associated with grain and bread.

Demeter's daughter Persephone was stolen by Hades. Furious, Demeter caused the natural crop cycle to be disrupted until Hades finally returned her daughter.

Demeter is strong and loving, willing to do what has to be done in order to protect her loved ones.

Which Greek Goddess are you?

(found at Azzy's)

Tonight will be a good soup night!

Today is going to officially be day one all over again. After the Chai revelation yesterday the only way to get back on track is to go 100% induction again - and maybe stay on it this time for more than 14 days, but 14 days is still going to be my "goal" b/c it's easier to look at it in the short term ~ seems more accomplishable (is that a word??).

Michael marinated some ribs yesterday that I think he is going to grille tonight. That sounds really good, but I am also in the mood for some soup since it is so soupy outside!

Read on for the recipe (to make it low carb for me I just forego the tortillas in my bowl)!

I was reading one of

Nina's posts about washing her son's hair and it made me think about how mother used to wash my hair when I was a little girl.

She used to put me up on the counter so that I could lay down with my head in the sink, with a towel on the edge of the sink to go under my neck. Then she would hold my head up so that it wouldn't hurt my neck and turn my head from side to side under the faucet and then use the sprayer to get the hair on th back of my head. Remember now, I have a lot of hair and it was even longer when I was little than it is now!!!

Then she would scoot me back down a little bit so that my head could partially rest on the towel and she would start scrubbing my hair and my scalp with her long fingernails! After it was all lathered up real good, I would scoot back up to get my head under the faucet enough so that she could rinse out the shampoo and then it was repeated with the conditioner. I used to love to get my hair washed b/c it was so relaxing! Even back then I …

Sorry for the silence yesterday!

I am working on a new project and any internet time I had yesterday went to that, with the exception of one post on Jeans! Nope, sorry...can't tell you about the new project, but once I have it where I want it for public view I'll post about it!

We had a good weekend. Friday night we went to see HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban - it was really good, but since I have read all the books I didn't want it to end when it did. I was like, " didn't show this..." and then realized that was from the next book!!! It was Michael's first experience with HP - it wasn't really his speed, but he didn't complain. I was very happy that he took me!

Saturday morning I got up and came back to The Woodlands to a Stampin' Up scrapbook workshop. Kathy was there as a demonstrator and Elaine came, too. It was a lot of fun!! I don't know that I'll use stamps in my scrapbooks, but I definitely want to learn how to make cards ~ specifically Thank You, Birthd…


Yay - our honeymoon has been booked!!! Thanks to our travel agent (daddy) we have a glorious cruise planned for the week after our wedding!

We'll be leaving out of New Orleans on October 3rd onboard the Carnival Conquest. During the cruise we'll be going to Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, & Cozumel, Mexico. I can't I need to start putting together a list of what we have for the trip, and what we'll need to go shopping for!


Well, we're back and we had a great time! We didn't get to make it The Caymans, b/c Hurricane Ivan messed it up pretty badly, so we spent more time in Jamaica and Cozumel and they even gave us a little spending money to compensate! The ship was beautiful and the service was so wonderful! We had beautiful weather until the last 12 hours home and then it started getting a little rough, otherwise it was perfect! Michael and I are ready to go back!!!!

After the reception the limo took us to my parent…

Wedding Party

Maid of Honor ~
Elaine Mesker-Garcia (best friend)

Bridesmaids ~
Hailey Stanley Wooden (niece)
Amanda Stanley (niece)
Ashley Williamson (long time friend)
Alice McKay (long time friend)

Flower Girl ~
Kaydi Smith (great-niece)

Best Man ~
Steven Kubeczka (brother)

Groomsmen ~
Christopher Kubeczka (brother)
Jason Kubeczka (cousin)
Sean McKay (long time friend)
Willie Whittington (long time friend)

Ring Bearers ~
Jordan Wisnoski (cousin)
Parker Williamson (Ashley's son)

Never, EVER Assume

You knot that old say, "You know what happens when you assume???" - well, I made an ass out of myself! I love, love, LOVE it! And I get them Breve (half and half instead of whole milk) at Starbucks. Until now I hadn't looked up the nutritional information about Chai...well, I should have. It won't direct link, but you can look up Starbucks nutritional info here and when you look up a Grande Chai Breve you'll see that it has 49 Carbs!!!!! HOLY COW!!! No wonder I have been craving carbs! I have had three of these babies since Saturday! One each day! Well, no more. Gonna go back to good ole reliable coffee w/ cream!

So, induction has to start completely over for me otherwise I am going to have to deal with these cravings and that would more than likely lead to cheating. I can't officially say that today is Day 1 of another 14 days of induction b/c I had the chai this morning, but the rest of the day has to be carb free and tomorrow will officially be…

Engagement Party

Our engagement party was so much fun!!! It was on May 8th at my sister Teresa's house! They grilled chicken and sausage and had brisket with all the trimmings and a beautiful cake! They also had a few surprises for Michael and me to wear!!! We had a really good turn out and I think everyone had a great time! Everything was pink and red and white ~ my colors! Hailey said she tried to find the most obnoxiously bright pink flowers for my bouquet, turns out they were the same color as my outfit!!

Even though we had been in the "planning process" since February, the party made things feel like they were really starting! It was the first real event for is since we got engaged and I think it was a great success.

Thanks to everyone who helped put it all together for us! The rest of the pictures from the party can be seen here!


We had three very lovely showers!!! (Lovely seems an appropriate word for showers, doesn't it??) I have given several showers for friends in the past, but it is a lot different being on the receiving side! I had a great time at all of them and I hope everyone else did as well!

The first one was held August 21st at Elaine's house. She was a hostess along with all my other bridesmaids! This shower was mostly for all my friends and coworkers and we had a lot of fun! They played a great game there - my mother brought about a dozen pictures of me throughout my life and they got passed around the room and everyone had to guess my age or the year! They also asked a lot of questions about me - to see how well my friends knew me!!! I think my sister won that one!

Our second shower was held on August 22nd - yeah, it was a busy weekend! This one was for Michael's side of the family. His two aunts were the hostesses, but they had a lot of help, too! It went really well and Michael came …

The Proposal

Michael proposed to me on Valentine's Day! We had planned to go out to the Galleria and go ice skating and then have dinner. He had told me that he forgot my present at his house so we would have to make a stop by there before going out to dinner.

We arrived at the Galleria early so that we could stop by the waterwall and just hang out and take some pictures - which can be found here, along with the pictures from dinner that night. We hadn't been there long - took a few pictures and had someone else take a picture of us together after we took their was freeezing!!! Michael had forgot his jacket when he came over that morning so he had borrowed one of mine. After a while of silence, just staring up at the water and holding one another (b/c it was sweet & b/c it was so cold, ha ha) Michael turned me around and said, "You know I didn't bring you down here for nothing..." and I couldn't breathe! I had thought about when we would get engaged, but …

I have gotten away from memes,

but this one was really interesting!

Copy/paste and answer the following questions in the comment box (please):

1. Who are you?
2. Have we ever met?
3. Give me a nickname and explain why you picked it.
4. Describe me in one word.
5. What reminds you of me?
6. If you could give me anything, what would it be?
7. Ever wanted to tell me something but couldn’t?
9. Are you going to put this on your weblog and see what I say about you?
10. What do you love like a fat kid loves cake?
11. What makes you come back here?

found at Emily's

Time to buckle down!

I haven't fallen off the wagon - I told you how I ate this weekend - but I have been static (weight wise) at 182 since May 27th! Not even 1/2 pound gone!! So, today I am getting as serious about my water intake as I have been about induction and am going to track it daily as I did with my induction posts.

Goal: To drink two 32 ounce cups of water during the work day...and anything more at night will also be tracked. 64 ounces - that's 8 cups. That is what we're told we're supposed to drink, right?!?! I have set this goal before...though my approach was a little different. We have 32 ounce cups downstairs and in the mornings I get one (sometimes just ice water, sometimes with Crystal light) - I figure if I can finish one before lunch then I can refill it at lunch and finish it before the day is over. Otherwise, I can drink it on the way home!

That's a reasonable & attainable goal! I just have to stick with it and writing about it daily like I did with induction s…

9:32 am...and I am not awake!

I think I'll go get me a cup of coffee. I have been cleaning up my office all morning, getting it organized, and haven't really got any work done - but at leat I can see where it all is now! I have everything organized in stacks - usually with post it notes on each stack so I know what's going on with each one!! I need to work on my organization skills!

Close was yesterday. All through the holiday I kept thinking it was Tuesday for some reason, so coming back to work Tuesday I was rushing to get things done and then realized I had a whole other day to work on everything! It wasn't such a big deal b/c really I did most of it before I even left on Friday...but it gave me a chance to do some other things that needed to be done on Tuesday and concentrate just on close yesterday!

My office plants need some help. I think I have been over watering one of I cut back on the water and honestly, it doesn't get any better. I have some miracle grow at the house. May…

My honey brought me flowers last night!

Michael walked in yesterday with beautiful, bright, fuschia roses!! I had never seen any such a gorgeous vibrant color before! I was going to bring them with me to work this morning, but decided to enjoy them at home! Maybe I'll bring them tomorrow!! Isn't he a sweetie!?!?

Pictures from this weekend,

as promised, can be found here! But here are a few of my favorites:

$70 later and you don't have to tell me twice not to buy something so big!!!

I'm talking about my parents' Excursion - I have had it since Thursday and just switched back with my mother. They are ready to get rid of it, too ~ but it is going to be needed come October when all my daddy's brothers and families are here for our wedding; otherwise, they would be selling it now! They have had it a couple years and really liked it. It came in handy on long trips and they have mother's Lincoln for running around now daddy has a little work truck, I think it's a Ranger. So, they don't really drive it anymore except up to East Texas b/c they always have it loaded down with stuff!

We were taking too much for my jeep this weekend so we borrowed it...ugh, next time we'll pack lighter!!! It incredibly comfortable for those trips...everyone had so much room and I definitely felt safe in it. Nothing was crammed anywhere at all and the pups had more than enough room to ride in their kennels. It was coming back into town that was awful. Th…