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New site!!!

I finally took the plunge and bought my own domain name. I will no longer be posting here, but at the new cite. So, please update your bookmarks, rss feed, etc. and come on over to the new place! I’m still playing around with formats and tweaking some things here and there. It’s a work in progress and will probably always be a work in progress as I teach myself how to design stuff.

Sometimes Meaningful Ramblings

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My First! Blog! Award! Ever!

Can you tell I’m a little excited?  I received the One Lovely Blog Award from This is Mommyhood . Have I mentioned this is my First! Blog! Award! Ever!? I’m honored and I’m going to pay it forward. Many on this list are not new blogs, but they’re new to me (which be just about every blog since I haven’t been blogging that long!). I hope you’ll take the time to visit them because they are some fantastic writers. Enjoy!

Mommy Boots

My Messy Paradise

Amber Page Writes

Airing my Dirty Laundry

Jenn and Tonica

Chrissy

How to Survive Life in the Suburbs

Mommy Melee

My Kids Might Be Martians

Amy’s Blam

My Pajama Days

Diapers, Dogs and Cooking in Heals

Extreme Adventures in Motherhood

Unmotherly Insights

Issa’s CrazyWorld

Now for the rules for accepting this award…

1. Accept the award. Post it on your blog with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2. Pay it forward to 15 other bloggers that you have newly discovered.

3. Contact those blog owners and let them know they’ve been chosen.

Also, please don’t feel obligated to accept the award. I like your blogs and wanted to share.

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Weight Loss Wednesdays

 

This is a weekly series on my blog to track my weight loss progress. Please feel free to join in. The more support on this journey, the better. Please grab the button from my sidebar and add it to your page if you’re going to join in. I think I’ve figured out this link thing, so if you’re joining in and you have a blog, please link up.

So after last week’s fiasco, I’m back and ready to post some progress on the weight loss front.  Since I started two weeks ago I’ve lost a total of 2.2 pounds.  I’m not thrilled with this progress, but losing any amount is better than gaining.  I had my stress test at the cardiologist on Monday and I go back on Thursday for the results.  I’m hoping everything is fine and that the Dr. will give me the go-ahead to start an exercise program.  At my initial appointment he said I would need to exercise an hour a day.  I think I’m going to have to work up to that a bit.  I’m totally out of shape.  Well, unless you count round.  Round IS  a shape.  I’m not in a position to re-activate my gym membership, but we do have the stationary recumbent bike at home.  I’ll use that.  The weather is finally starting to get a little less horrific down here in Florida, so I also plan to take more walks in the evening.  I may also try to DVR some exercise shows and do those as well.  I need variety or I’ll get bored.

I also wanted to share with you a great website.  It’s Spark People.  This website lets you track your weight, blood sugar, and any measurements you want.  It also has a journal to log all your food and track calories, fat, carbs, etc.  The best part?  It’s completely free!  So far I’ve only scratched the surface of all this website has to offer.  I highly encourage you to check it out.

Now, I have to confess something that may spark debate.  I have ordered Herbalife to kick-start my weight loss.  I did a fair amount of research and talked to my cardiologist about it.  He has okayed it.  I know some might thing it’s cheating in a way, but my view-point is whatever helps and is healthy is okay.  I don’t know how long I’ll stay on it, but I plan to do it for a minimum of 30 days and see where I am.  I will then determine if I want to continue with it or not.

So, how are you all doing with your weight loss programs?

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Never forget

It was one of those defining moments.  Like millions of other people, I will always remember where I was when I heard that the first plane had hit the World Trade Center.  I was at work and had my radio on when I heard.  Then the second plane hit and there was no doubt that this was no accident.  I worked for a law firm at the time; on the 14th floor of a high-rise in downtown Orlando.  Our law firm took up several floors of the building, but ours was the only floor with a conference room with a TV and cable.  Suddenly we had 50+ people crammed into this conference room watching the events unfold on TV.  We watched as another plane hit the Pentagon and again as heroes took over the last of the hi-jacked planes and went down in Pennsylvania.   We watched in horror as people trapped in the World Trade Centers jumped to their death in desperation.  We watched in stunned silence as one tower fell and then the other.

Not knowing what might happen next, they sent us all home for the day.  I didn’t have cable at the time so on my way home I stopped and bought an antenna for my TV.  I watched every second of coverage I could.  Every year there are countless TV documentaries and 9/11 specials. Every year I watch as many as I can.  I do this because I think it’s important that we remember what happened that day.  It’s not easy footage to watch, but that’s also what makes it so important.

The world as we knew it changed that day.  My son has never known a world in which the World Trade Centers stood tall and proud.  His world is not defined by before 9/11 and after 9/11.  It’s imperative that we watch the footage and that our children watch the footage.  We must teach them why this day is so important in our history.  However, we must also teach them compassion, not hate.  It’s so easy to speak hatefully of the men that did this and for those specific people who propagated these attacks, hate them if you want to.  Don’t, however, hate an entire religion based on the actions of a few.  Don’t teach your children to hate an entire religion or group of people because of the actions of a few.  The events  on 9/11 were horrific and should never be forgotten.  They forever changed the way we view our world.  If we let hate and fear take over, we’ve accomplished nothing and given those who murdered just under 3000 people all the power.  Don’t give them that power.  They don’t deserve it.

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Weight Loss Wednesdays

This is the first in a new weekly series on my blog to track my weight loss progress. Please feel free to join in. The more support on this journey, the better. Please grab the button from my sidebar and add it to your page if you’re going to join in. If I ever figure out how to do a linky thing, I’ll add that too. UPDATE: I think I figured out the linky thing.

So, I’ve been confronted with my own mortality, and it sucks.  I’ve battled my weight pretty  much since puberty.  Up until then, I could eat whatever I wanted and never gained weight.  My mom had a hell of a time finding clothes that fit me because I was so skinny.  Then boom!  I could eat whatever I wanted and gain plenty of weight.  I was a chunky kid in middle school and my freshman and sophomore year in high school.  Then, as if by magic, I dropped a bunch of weight my junior year.  I wasn’t trying, it just happened.  I didn’t complain.  My prom dress?  A size 9.  My current size?  Double that.  I tend to be thinner when I’m single and heavier when I’m in a relationship.  I’m in a wonderful relationship and the heaviest I’ve ever been.  I’ve pretty much ignored it.  I’ve always known the weight needed to come off, but I would somehow justify every bite of food I put in my mouth.  I know the secret to losing weight.  Burn  more calories than you consume.  Easier said than done.  I even put my prom picture on the refrigerator door as motivation to stop eating so much.  It hasn’t worked.

Well, I can’t afford to put it off anymore.  I haven’t been feeling that great lately.  I finally broke down and went to the dr.  I am now a diabetic and on medication to control my blood sugar.  I am now on cholesterol medication to lower my 313 cholesterol.  He had to double my thyroid medication to get that under control as well.  I’m on non-steroid anti-inflammatories for the arthritis in my hips.  I’ve been having heart palpitations so he referred me to a cardiologist.  I saw him today.

The cardiologist pulled no punches.  He said I’m 36 going on 56 and that if I do nothing, I will have a major cardiac event within the next ten years.  Ten. Years.  He made it clear in no uncertain terms that if I did not lose the weight on my own, then I would have to have gastric bypass surgery.  Not the lap band.  I’m too effing fat for that.  No, the regular gastric bypass where they make your stomach the size of a walnut.  This?  Scares the shit out of me.  I’m 36 with a 7-year-old son whom I’d like to see grow up.  It’s time to stop the excuses.  It’s time to get serious.  I have 100 pounds to lose.  That number?  Hard for me to wrap my brain around.  I’m starting with smaller goals first.  My first goal will be to lose 25 pounds within the next 3 months.  At roughly 2 pounds a week, it’s a healthy rate in which to lose weight.

I’m not going on a diet.  This has to be a lifestyle change.  I can’t afford for it not to be.  I want to get off this diabetes medication that gives me horrible diarrhea.  I want to get off the cholesterol meds.  I’m 36 and now need a damn day of the week pill case to house all my medications.  Unacceptable.  I’m putting this out here for all the internet (and my 3 readers) to see because I need to be held accountable.  I’m not going to turn this blog into a weight loss blog, but I am going to post my progress every Wednesday.  I created a button for Weight Loss Wednesdays.  If you want to join, please grab it.  I have to share it with the world; it will help keep me honest and on task.  So here goes nothing!

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The boys of fall

Ahhhh, fall.  The crisp, cool air.  The leaves changing colors.  The nights getting longer.  Digging out sweaters and jackets.  All tell-tale signs of fall.  Unless, like me, you live in Florida.  We don’t get any of that except the longer nights.  Today’s high was in the low 90’s.  The humidity was high.  We won’t get a break in the heat and humidity until the end of October/beginning of November.

Still, fall?  One of my favorite times of year.  Football season kicks off fall for me.  I endure the brutal summers longing for football season to start.  The smell of the grass on the field, the sound of pads hitting pads.  The referee’s whistle.  Those are the tell-tale signs of fall for me.  I am a college football fanatic (GO GATORS).  I like pro too, and just drafted my second fantasy football team.

Playing fantasy football definitely changes the way you watch pro football.  Instead of rooting for teams, you tend to root for the players on your fantasy team even if they play for a team you despise.  Still.  I love all of it.  There is nothing like sitting in the Swamp watching the Gators kill an opponent.  I’m really hoping to make it back up to Gainesville this year for a Gator game.  I become my 22 year old self again when I go to a Gator game.  With some of the things that have been going on lately, I’d like to relive some of my 22 year old self’s experiences.

So, while I won’t be digging out sweaters or jackets just yet, and I won’t be seeing any leaves changing colors; I do enjoy the longer nights.  I love going off daylight savings time.  So, what reminds you of fall?

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To my son

Dear Aidan,

Today you start 2nd grade.  Like every other mom with school-aged children, I have spent the last week getting you ready to embark on yet another school year.  I’ve shopped for school supplies, for school clothes, for things to pack in your lunchbox.  After a summer of being able to stay up as late as you want, we started the transition to early bedtimes 2 weeks ago.  Tonight as I put you to bed, it hit me how much you’ve grown.

Just last summer, no matter how late you would stay up, you were awake and bright eyed no later than 7:30am.  This summer?  You stayed up late and slept in late.  This was wonderful for me on the weekends.  This was not so great during the week when I had to wake you up early to drop you off at your dads on my way to work.  You are rapidly moving from little boy to young man.  I often forget that you are almost 8 years old.  To me, you are still that little boy that relies on me for everything.  The truth is, you need me much less than I want to admit.  Yes, you still rely on me to supply your basic needs, but you are your own person.  You have your own likes and dislikes.  You have your own thoughts and ideas.  When did that happen?  I feel like I blinked and you went from infant to 8.

You are sweet, kind and caring.  You are athletic, energetic and sarcastic.  I  have no idea where you get the sarcasm from. I only hope that I’ve taught you that there is a time and a place for the sarcasm, and the classroom isn’t it!  I can imagine the phone calls I’ll get from your teacher should you forget that little lesson.  You are such a loving child.  I revel in the fact that you still tell me you love me 50 times a day no matter where we are and no matter who might overhear you.  I cherish the fact that you still love to hug and love and cuddle.  I know that some day in the not-so-distant future, it will matter who is around, and friends will take precedence over mom time.  If I could press pause on the VCR DVD of life, I’d be mighty tempted to do so.  But time marches on and you’ll continue to grow up.

As you embark on another school year, grab it by the balls and enjoy every second of it.  Don’t rush through the day.  Embrace every single thing this new school year brings you.  Make new friends.  Learn new things.  Be a kid and enjoy it.  Time flies too fast and the responsibilities of adulthood will be here before you know it.    If I could bottle up these years and give them to your adult self, I would.  You don’t realize it until you’re past it how wonderful these years are.

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