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Friday, July 4, 2008

Weird & Wonderful

I've been telling you about my ever maturing and working teenager. Well, her best friend has a car (a Jeep, I think) and she came to pick her up today so they could run errands. These weren't errands that I and the other mom requested; these were their own errands and they asked each of us if we needed anything.

Amber left looking all cute and grown up and came back loaded down with bags of purchases. They'd been to Barnes and Noble (her friend needed some books for assignments for the upcoming year), Kroger (Amber bought some fruits and healthy drinks for a cleansing she's doing), Wal-Mart (the other day when Amber and I were there we spotted a small Crock-Pot for about $9 that she bought for COLLEGE! and she got some film developed) and I think there were a couple of other things they did.

It's wonderful seeing her independent and responsible; it's also a little weird. I wonder if my mom had the same feelings when she saw me come in carrying my purchases. I remember getting foods that I like or stopping to get something for dinner, which Amber did today. She sent me a text message asking me what I had in mind for dinner. I thought that was so cool and responsible.

What an amazing young woman she is turning out to be. And, I must say, as I've watched her best friend over the years: I am quite impressed with her as well. They are a couple of great gals. :-)

That's Amber's best friend. They've been friends since middle school -- 6th grade, I think. She's a nice young lady and I am happy that Amber has found such a good friend to share things with and hang out with. It's like having another teen-aged daughter (she even calls me mom).

And, there she is, the young lady of the family.


Happy 4th of July

Holidays are a weird time for me. They're nice because I get a pause in my breakneck speed of taking people places, picking them up and doing everything on a certain schedule. But they're also a reminder of the fact that I don't have good friends or family nearby to spend the time with.

We were going to go over Amber's best friend's house for a cookout, which I was kind of looking forward to, but their plans changed. So, the only thing I can think to do that's free is take them to a nearby town's fireworks. It may not be as big and fancy as going to Centennial Park in downtown Atlanta, but it'll be something for them to do.

Going downtown is a major production. You have to get there early and pay for parking then walk forever while being jostled by tons of folks. The one time we went when my 3-year-old was a baby, I had to cover her ears because the fireworks were so loud. I must admit I wanted to cover my ears too! I'm sure they don't remember that and the baby has never been to fireworks so it could be fun for them.

I think I'll have to save up for a grill so the next holiday that rolls around at least we'll be able to cookout ourselves and enjoy something a little different.

Do you cookout on the 4th of July? Do you stay home or visit friends and families? Is there a family tradition you follow?

Whatever you did today, I hope you had a fun 4th of July celebration. Enjoy the long weekend.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wordless Wednesday


175 and holding

My health and weight loss journal

It seems like I have a choice to make: start seriously exercising, keep doing what I'm doing or cut my calories even more. I've been 175 pounds for a few weeks now and my weight loss goal date is getting closer (September 20th = My 40th birthday!).

The first choice seems the best, but I just don't want to do it. It's a combination of being too busy, too lazy, too sore and too tired. I'm always too something. The second choice would leave me where I am, but then that would just be giving up on my goal. And I'm sure the third choice isn't healthy since I'm only eating 1,200 - 1,500 calories each day anyway.

So, at some point, I have to bite the bullet, put the pedal to the metal and get on the bandwagon (are those enough cliches for ya?). I have to jump on that exercise bike and pedal my way to my goal weight.

The good thing is that the teenager finally got the VCR working in the office so I can watch some old VHS tapes while exercising. Maybe that'll be a little motivation. I can say I'm going to exercise, but I will be watching a movie. I can think of it as relaxing.

Yea, uh, that's it.

So, that brings me to my point. You have to hold me accountable. Yes, you! Now this week I've rode 2.6 miles. I'd like to get in at least another 6 miles before Friday.

Okay, wish me luck.

Update on the health front:
I have an appointment late this month at the local Veteran's Hospital in the Women's Wellness Clinic! I am so excited. I used to receive care there about three years ago and also a year prior to that, but they don't care for pregnant patients so I kept having to stop and get other insurance and see an OB/GYN.

I remember the Women's Wellness being a great clinic and the good thing about the VA hospital is that all of the services, for the most part, are in one location. Although the wait time in other clinics is extreme -- or at least it was when I was going there -- at least I got thorough care, was able to see specialists and my medical conditions were pretty well monitored. I haven't been there since I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia so we'll see how that goes.

The downside: Most of the patients are old, retired and male or dependents so I always get quite a few looks especially when I would show up alone and pushing a stroller. Hey, I don't mind ... more people should take advantage of their veteran's benefits, huh?

Monday, June 30, 2008

Is this me?

I saw this at Snow Trapped Southern Girl's blog and had to go check it out. My answers tickled me so that I had to show you. I guess some of it rings true to me and I was surprised by that.

What the Beach Test Says About You
You tend to be a very social person. You live for your friends and family. You can get social burnout occasionally though. You aren't a total extrovert.

You have cold feet when it comes to love. You have a lot of uncertainty until you convince yourself to dive right in.

You are deeply passionate about several things in your life. You're not passionate about much... and the few passions you have are truly obsessions.

Your sense of humor is intellectual and obscure. Only really well educated people get your jokes.

The Beach Test

Motherhood Moments PageRank tag

Carrie tagged me last week to do this one and I am so proud that I didn't forget! LOL

Here is the purpose of it:

With this tag, this will help us get that PR and Authorities back! And for those who already have their PR, and Authorities, doing this tag will help you out more!

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1. Copy and paste this tag from "Start Here" to "End Here."
2. Place your blog's name with your URL at the end of the tag. If you have more than one blog, please add them too! Just make sure that you post this tag in all of your blogs.
3. Tag 5 blogs that is not yet in this post (just to avoid duplications)
4. This is the twist... Go to the 5 blogs that you tagged and comment on any of their posts. Why? So that search engines can crawl to your site.
5. Return to the Momhood Moments blog and leave a comment saying that you joined the tag together with the URL of the tag. I'll be checking on it and add you in the master list.

Momhood Moments Tags You List:1. Momhood Moments 2. Business Mars 3. Concealed Mind 4. 5. Vhiel's Corner 6. Anything and Everything in Between 7. Can of Thoughts 8. moms..... check nyo 9. Mummy Diaries 10. A Little Girl Talk11. Jabber Jaws 12. It's a woman's world!

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Hmmm... I'm not sure who to tag. Do me a favor, k? If you haven't done it, will you do it for me? Thanks! ;-) (Farah, you know I was talking to you, right?! LOL)

Behind the scenes

On Thursday, Amber had her photo session for her senior portraits! Even though we all had to get up early so she could get them finished before she went to work, it was such fun to experience this with her.

I enjoyed helping her (mostly watching her!) fix her hair and make-up then decide on how each outfit looked best. I marvelled at how times had changed and the children now have a choice of how many outfits they will wear. It's an entire photo shoot session.

Here's a little peek at the behind the scenes action. In the first picture, Amber is fixing her hair in the dressing room at the studio.

After getting into her first outfit, she had to sit in the waiting area for a photographer to call her.

Then they took her to the first scene for her "mug shot." Isn't that background cool?

The next scene is the "country porch." I thought these photos turned out so well. Amber, who graduated from Barbizon Modeling School a few years ago, was a natural in each setting.

Then it was time for another make-up adjustment. I was told that this is more of a teal blue shadow and the shadow she had on in the above photo was navy. :)

I don't recall what this background was called, but it is such a classic beautiful look.

Here she's in the graduation drape thingy for the formal shot. We put the pearls on as a choker and as a regular hanging necklace. I think the choker looked fab with her contemporary hair.

I felt like I should close my eyes when she modeled the cap and gown. Isn't it bad luck to see the graduate before the graduation ceremony? LOL. I can't believe my baby will graduate next year.

And... the final shot. Cap and gown.

(When the proofs come back we'll definitely have a hard time deciding which photos to choose.)

This was such a fun day of us laughing and teasing each other. What you didn't get to see (there was no one to take my picture) is me clowning around, making Amber laugh and posing in the settings that they weren't using!

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