Saturday, August 21, 2010

Quote of the Day

From Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

"You can bring into your life more power, more wealth, more health, more happiness and more joy by learning to contact and release the hidden power of your subconscious mind," Joseph Murphy tells us from The Power of Your Subconscious Mind.
"The main point to remember is once the subconscious mind accepts an idea, it begins to execute it," Dr. Murphy explains,"It works by association of ideas and uses every bit of knowledge that you have gathered in your life-time to bring about its purpose.  It draws on the infinite power, energy, and wisdom within you.  It lines up all the laws of nature to its way.  Sometimes it seems to bring about an immediate solution to your difficulties, but at other times, it may take days, weeks or longer....Its ways are past finding out." 

Wow!  Good stuff!  I have read similar ideas in other places, also in relation to writing and trying to figure out plot snarls and whatnot.  To basically think of the problem, concentrate on it or even write it down right before bed, then push it from your mind and go to sleep.  In the morning, you should have an inkling.  Sometimes I wake up and an idea is already forming in my mind as I open my eyes!  Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 nights in a row of thinking on it before a brilliant solution presents itself!  :)  Try it!

Once Again, I am Exhausted...

Wow.
What a week.
My boys had high fevers off and on from Monday through Thursday.  My final project was due Tuesday and they couldn't have kept me hopping any more than if I'd given them a freaken bell to ring!  I know they didn't feel good (stomach complaints too!) but man, I was movin movin from the time I got up until the time I went to bed!  AND my new life drawing class started Thursday with assignments due Friday, Saturday, Sunday (tomorrow) and this Tuesday.  PLUS like a dumbass, I was trying to just get rid of my Mary Kay inventory and be done with it so I emailed my clients with a list and of course I then get orders that need filling! DUH.  I am soooo tired.  I didn't even START the assignment that was due today until about 6:30pm!! Go me!! But it only took me about 2.5 hours to draw it and scan it, so not as bad as I thought to slap-dash that sucker together! This class is going to be way challenging.

And you know what JUST occurred to me?? Yeah, Ian starts school Wednesday---yes, THIS Wednesday!! I knew it was coming up but then I got so busy....sigh.  I feel like all I've done is: fix meals, clean up meals, nurse the baby, put her to bed, do dishes, do laundry, nurse the baby, fix another meal.  Repeat 3-4 times a day!  So aggravating!! SO, I'm gonna go take a shower and get me some ice cream and watch last night's Pillars of the Earth---fantastic show by the by, I'll do a review of that one shortly!! ---and then SLEEP!!! Maybe I can sleep in tomorrow...maybe? Please God?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

7 Weeks and Counting....

Since I started my health make-over and you know what I've lost?? I'll tell you what I've lost!  A whopping 2 pounds! However, in all fairness, my consistency in walking has dropped off sharply and my sleeping schedule is out of whack.  I'm staying up too late and getting up too late, especially the last 3 weeks or so.  Jay was gone for 2 of them, so I wasn't getting much of anything done during the day and would stay up late into the night to get stuff done for school or whatever. 
On the other hand, I have noticed my body shape changing and some of my clothes are fitting me better.  I took my measurements probably 6 weeks ago and I took them again yesterday.  Here are the (embarrassing) results:

1st measurement session:
Bustline: 35 inches
Waistline: 39 inches (hey!! Don't judge!)
Hips: 41 inches

2nd measurement session:
Bustline: 32 inches
Waistline: 35 inches
Hips: 39 inches

So, even though I'm only down to 130 lbs, my body is obviously, you know, shifting the fat around.
Once again, my goal is 120lbs or so.  I finally went down and rode the stationary bike for 20 minutes.  It is a hand-me-down from my grandfather and of course, he had to have all the cool gadgets! :)  So it takes your heart rate and clocks your speed and distance and all that good stuff. 
I rode for 20 minutes
I rode 5.35 miles and burned just over 250 calories (and 79 fat calories).
then I lifted some weights, concentrating on my arms.  I used my tension band on my legs (all quad and glute exercises from when I had knee surgery, to strengthen those muscles so I wouldn't hurt or strain my knee by assisting those muscles to take tension and/or help correct poor alignment).  I had on my mp3 player and enjoyed the lack of demands that comes with working out at 9 o'clock at night! 
45 minutes flew by.
Now I'm hungry.
So into a bowl went a little of this, a little of that:
Low Fat Cheezits
Sunflower Seeds, out of the shell, no salt
Whole natural almonds
Craisins
Kettle Corn, organic (just a handful!....or two...)

Look, I'm doing the best I can.  I understand that if I want to lose more weight, I have to do more, whether that's more exercise or better eating, but I am a busy mom and I am just taking this one day at a time.  Some days, really good, other days, crash and burn.  Had a baggie of Skittles today, for example, and about an hour later, boy was my stomach complaining. 
Maybe white sugar is the devil!
Anybody want 2 packets of Skittles?  I'm too cheap to throw them away! lol
Tomorrow, another chance! :)
Good night!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Quote of the Day:

"Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans;  that the moment one definitely commits to oneself, then Providence moves too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.  A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way." 


--William Hutchinson Murray, leader of the Scottish Himalayan Expedition team that scaled Mt. Everest in 1951

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Where Can I Put This?


I might add this to my panel on the right ------------------------->  What do you think?
Thanks Kelly-friend for letting me "borrow" this! :)  kiss kiss!

Just a Heads Up!

It's fiiiiinaaaaallllsss week!! So I will be engrossed in my project for the next 8 days or so!  It's a Skittles diplay.  Don't laugh.  It is important design work.  People must be able to get their Skittles out!  It is imperative!  Speaking of which, I need to buy more for the project, to have some to set inside when I'm done.  I've eaten 2 out of the 3 packages already.  Those suckers are addictive.  I wonder what's in them?...you know, besides the high fructose corn syrup?

At any rate, this MAY mean less posts for you to read.  Now, wait a minute, no whining, I said, MAY.  On the other hand, I might be so stressed out that I stop and take a break and blog! :)

At this exact moment though, I need to eat because my stomach's growling (cleaning, nursing, walking, AND yard work today!! Need more calories....where's that last bag of skittles....) and get a shower cuz I stinky!
xoxo

How to Shave Your Cat

Step 1:  Make sure you have someone with you.  This is imperative.  They can corroborate events.  Staunch blood.  Sit on cat. Help you mop up water spills.

Step 2:  Move the cat's water bowls.

Step 3:  Shut cat into small space with you, like your laundry room.  This way, even if he gets away from you, he can be dragged back to within reach of the clippers' cord.  Linoleum is good, less traction.  Declawed cat is better.

Step 4:  Use sharp scissors to cut away as many mats as possible, it makes shaving easier.  Make sure you don't cut their skin.  They don't like that.

Step 5:  Shave cat with no guard on the clippers, so you can get up under the mats.  Bald spots may occur, but this is a hazard of the shaving process especially when the cat doesn't want to be shaved. 

Step 6:  Try to go over the whole back end area so bald spots don't look so obvious.

Step 7:  You and partner release cat at count of 3.  Jump out of the way.  You're done! :) 

Alternative:  Take cat to shelter with mats intact and tell them you found this poor neglected (but obviously overfed??) cat but your kids are allergic and you can't keep him.

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