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Monday, January 29, 2007

Valentine's day is coming!

I have come to face the fact that i do love valentine's day... i think it's a fun day to celebrate love of any kind... for family, friends, and little chihuahuas!

it's also the day dad proposed to mom... so it will always be a special day in my heart!

i was out this weekend and realized just how happy valentine's decorations make me... i think they're so pretty.

so, in light of my revelation - i have added a valentine's day countdown to my site!



I have an addiction

First, i went to the new walmart supercenter and can i just say... meh. it's not a big deal in my opinion. there were groceries there i wouldn't find at my superstore... but nothing i even bothered to buy. maybe next week when i grocery shop i'll get a few things from there... but i'm not ready to give up my favourite blue menu products just yet! they didn't have smart ones or WW food there... which i was hoping they might.

i did, however, buy pete's tofu. i bought the caramel one but i haven't eaten it yet... i look forward to eating it for dessert tomorrow night!

before i head to bed i decided to add to my newest quiz collection so you may all learn a thing or two about me:

Quiz Me
Alex is my
foxy sweetie pie

Get your sweetheart's pet name @ Quiz Me

Take the 100 Acre Personality Quiz!

discover what candy you are @ quiz me

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Saturday Night LIVE!

my saturday nights can be so dull sometimes... and have i mentioned I LOVE IT???

Here's what I've learned tonight:

Your Relationship is Strong

You've built the foundation of a great relationship, and it would take a lot to shake it.
Through good communication and respect, you have a true love that can last a lifetime.

You Are a Total Girlie Girl

You love looking good, and wooing men with your womanly ways.
You're so feminine, men are in awe of you ... which is a very good thing.

You Are Jennifer Aniston

Girl next door with a free spirit.
You're low key and naturally sexy.
Sweet and approachable, people are attracted to your upbeat attitude.
And even when life doesn't go your way, you always eventually turn things around.

You Have Him Totally Hooked

Your guy is all yours - and happily so.
He loves being around you, and he totally sees you as a couple.
It looks like you two have a great future together - if you want it!

You Don't Need a Man, but You Want One!

You like having a guy in your life, and overall, you prefer not to be single.
You won't go out with a guy out of desperation.. you rather be alone.
However, when you're single, you do tend to obsess a little over dating.
Because no matter how good your single life is, it's better with a great guy around.

I'm so obedient

just doing what i'm told....

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Put... the... muffin... DOWN!

i have eaten 3 muffins today. Now, they are only ONE point each... but THREE? i'm sure there's a help group for people like me. oh wait... there is. it's called weight watchers and i am a member there. i shall get myself to a meeting tomorrow. i think i need a sponsor. i am addicted to food.

may the rest of you have more willpower than i do.

although, alex wanted to go to dinner tonight and i actually resisted (and luckily he completely understands... or tries to at least!). instead we came here and ate a healthy meal (i had soup and yogurt). we are doing good!

photo of the day (taken from my parents' family room window on sunday morning)

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Just keep jogging, just keep jogging...

okay first things first - i am LOVING tara's muffin recipe! I have made 2 batches now, since realizing i ate TWO muffins sunday, yesterday, and will today... since i have the morning off work i decided to get ahead of the game and make another dozen. they are delicious! i will post the recipe later (thanks tara!!)

also, i would now like to make it official... in the mornings i am up to jogging 4.4K! i've been doing it since saturday... so i think i will make that my new distance... i'm well on my way to jogging 5K in 40min (my goal by the late spring).

also, i made the broccoli/cauliflower soup recipe on sunday... i had forgotten how yummy it is. it's so simple. here's the recipe

*Cook 1 head broccoli and 1 head cauliflower in 3 cups of water.
*once they're cooked, keep them in the water and mash them (i recommend mashing them as much as you can to make a thicker soup, rather than a thinner soup with chunks of veg's)
*add 1 tin fat free evaporated milk
*add 1 tin full of skim milk (use the empty evaporated milk tin)
*add 1 pkg cream of broccoli OR cream of cauliflower soup mix

and there you have it! once i've added all the ingredients i let it simmer on the stove for probably 10-15min.
1 cup soup = 1pt
recipe makes approx 10 servings!

NOTE: i don't actually use fresh vegetables.. i use HALF a bag of frozen ones.

alex and i went to the raptors game last night. it was fun. final score:

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Another weekend over...

well, the weekend is pretty much over... although i still have to get this sad butt of mine into the treadmill, make some soup... and i had planned on baking tara's muffin recipe (just like i've been planning to do for the past 5 days!) and maybe bake some chocolate chip cookies and some peanut butter cookies... the peanut butter cookies are so simple. 1 cup light PB, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 egg... so simple!!

this weekend consisted of:

Friday: alex and i stayed in and ordered pizza. the new EDGE VEGGIE from pizza hut is a WW DREAM COME TRUE in my opinion! 8 points for HALF the entire pizza! i ordered my pizza and alex ordered his... and we were able to enjoy pizza hut (which i haven't enjoyed in about a year and a half). we also watched some of his chapelle show dvd (and i kindly fell asleep... although i do find some chapelle show funny).

Saturday: got myself on the treadmill, showered, packed, home to pontypool, to Steph's Grandpa's funeral and then to the luncheon afterwards at the legion.... it was so sad. i had been speaking to steph earlier in the week and i think she was still in shock and wasn't so emotional yet... but she had a tough time on saturday. it broke my heart to see her so sad because i so freshly remember how much it hurts... after some people started leaving the luncheon dad, mom, and myself went and sat with steph and her family (they had been sitting all of the family together at a big table)... poor steph was crying... i wouldn't help but sit there with my arm around her and cry with her... because i know it's sinking in and so overwhelming. i just wish i could take away the pain for her.

after the luncheon i went home with mom and dad and we watched a movie and ate dinner and i fell asleep on the couch (i do NOT stay up late anymore! i'm so sad and old!).

Sunday: woke up in pontypool, had breakfast, watched a movie with mom and dad, then headed out... stopped at michael's craft store to get some stuff for the craft alex and i are embarking on (details later - i'm too lazy to explain it!)... came home, fell asleep on the couch... went out and did my grocery shopping... and here i am! just about to get myself on the treadmill!

i decided to try something new today... i had them at mom's and went out and bought them myself ($1.99 at superstore this week). They're called QUAKER CRISPY DELIGHTS and they're 2pts for a pkg... unfortunately i can't find a picture of them online at this point! but you can get them with chocolate drizzle on them or a cinnamon bun flavour (haven't tried that one, but that's what i bought).

happy week everyone!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

One more...

for those of you who have accused me of being like Charlotte... turns out you're WRONG!!!

girlfriends - take the quiz and post a response letting me know who YOU are most like!

You Are Most Like Carrie!

You're quirky, flirty, and every guy's perfect first date.
But can the guy in question live up to your romantic ideal?
It's tough for you to find the right match - you're more than a little picky.
Never fear... You've got a great group of friends and a
great closet of clothes, no matter what!

Romantic prediction: You'll fall for someone this year...

Totally different from any guy you've dated.

The results of my lunch hour...

i didn't go out on lunch today. and have made the mistake of staying at my desk... here's the result of my free time (who knew i'm so brilliant?):

You Have Your PhD in Men

You understand men almost better than anyone.
You accept that guys are very different, and you read signals well.
Work what you know about men, and your relationships will be blissful.

Welcome to my newest reader!

You know who you are.... because you ROCK! I mean... ROCK ON! (ahhh the old days!). We should get together on some Friday night to BAKE... just as long as there are no over-flowing toilets at your brother's party and we don't run out of gas in your parents' van! (the memories are flooding back now!). "I HATE MARIO"!!!

Thanks for the recipe! I can't wait to try it and I think I'll probably have to pass it on to my mom!!!

Monday, January 15, 2007

New Food Alert!

well, it's not new to others... but i finally remembered to buy the tabouli mix and couscous mix i've been wanting to try. i made both last night. i LOVE both!

i had the tabouli over lettuce and cucumber and tomato today... it was GOOD stuff! i'm going to have the same tomorrow but be adventurous and add cheese.

i made garlic couscous... it is GOOD too... will have it for dinner tomorrow night.

i was ALSO happy to find out that the new orville reddenbacher's smart pop popcorn is CORE (i don't follow core, but like to stick mostly to core foods from time to time).

strawberries are on sale for 1.99 this week at superstore... man, i had a few today for lunch and they tasted like SUMMER... it was delish!

anyway, time for bed so i can make it 3/4 days on the treadmill tomorrow morning (only 4 days this week due to hangover Sunday this week!).

goodnight and good cluck!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

What do you know...

You Are a Light Pink Rose

You represent sweetness and grace.

Your vibe: Kind and gentle

Falling in love with you: is like falling in love with a best friend

Oh Christmas, How I miss Thee

In the spirit of Christmas I decided to take this quiz I came across... I'm sad Christmas is put to rest for another year, but I do look forward to the spring and summer... and next Christmas with additions to the family!

Your Christmas is Most Like: A Very Brady Christmas

For you, it's all about sharing times with family.
Even if you all get a bit cheesy at times.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Victory is mine... this time

Well, this has been a good week. although i'm back at work full time... my treadmill IS FIXED (knock on wood) for good! the guy came out and fixed it and it seems to be great (haven't actually used it yet, but it looks like it's feeling good!). then tonight at weigh in i was down 3.4lbs... not bad for hardly having gone on the treadmill this week.

This weeks photos:

that's my girl (being held by my boy), and my desk area at work.

another thing i'd like to post... YAY for the Smart Ones cakes coming to Canada too now! Today i went to sobey's and bought the smart ones frozen dinners (on special until Feb 2nd - 2 for $5 in ontario), and bought the 3 kinds of 1 point cakes - carrot cake, lemon cake, and chocolate cake. i've tried one of each and then put them in the freezer to save them for a treat. i think my favourite is actually the lemon cake! yummm!!!

and remember the flavoured clover leaf tunas i posted about a while ago? (if not, check the archives, they're here somewhere). well i've determined my 2 favourite flavours (which are only 2 points each). TOMATO AND ONION and GARLIC AND HOT PEPPER... they are delish!!

okay, well now to try to get some sleep. good night my blog-readers (all 1 of you that i think are out there).

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Brenda and Dylan 4EVER!

What did I do today you ask?

90210 season one marathon. Nuff said!

I still have some to watch tomorrow - woohoo!

also got back at the treadmill. it felt great!

now to dispose of the cookies I have baked. alex gets some and i shall freeze the rest for my dad!!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Keep on Movin'... Don't stop!

Well, my first day of my New Year and all it's resolutions. So far, so good! (except for not getting on the treadmill today, but i've got a back up plan!) I'm feeling wide awake. It probably doesn't hurt that I was so groggy this morning that i mistakenly put instant coffee on my oatmeal instead of my flax seed! oops! i'm awake now!! (yes, i still ate the oatmeal!).

here's today's menu thus far:

*oatmeal (2)
*flax seed (0)
*1 tsp instant coffee (0)
*hot chocolate (1)
*coffee mate, 1 tbsp (1)
*2 tangerines (1)

Snack, AM:
*3/4 c. multi grain cheerios (2)

*chicken broth, via bouillon cube (0)
*2 tangerines (1)

Dinner... who knows! haven't spoken to the boyfriend yet!!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Fatty Patty... that's me!!

okay, so i went to WI tonight and was up SIX FRIGGIN POUNDS! holy MOLY! the good news (being the eternal optimist that i am), if i'm being honest - i'm already down EIGHT pounds since new years day... so i know i'll be okay.

Tomorrow marks the first day of my new years resolutions. wouldn't you know it? my cold is getting worse before it gets better. i'm going to get to bed in a few minutes in hopes of getting a good nights sleep and trying the treadmill in the morning. if that doesn't work i'm relying on the weekend with sleeping in and then getting on the treadmill in the afternoon when i tend to feel best right now. but cross your fingers for me that i'll feel well in the morning! my weigh in tonight was the kick in the butt i needed to get back on track!!!

well kids, it's 10:20... do you know where YOUR boyfriend is? because i don't know where mine is! i've only talked to him once today for a few minutes while we were both taking lunch breaks at work... if you see my boyfriend... the hottest boy on earth... please direct him to call his cute (yet expanding) girlfriend!!! i mean, look at this mug? who wouldn't want to call me? HEEHEE!!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Did I mention WHEN my new year starts?

well i was going to make a running tab on how my resolutions are going... but i should clarify. my new year doesn't start until friday morning... the morning AFTER my weigh in from the holidays. so it will be friday i start writing down everything i put in my mouth and going on the treadmill 5 times a week...

BUT in terms of my budget... so far, so good! i'm writing down every penny i spend and checking in with my budget daily! yay me!!

that's all for today... my bed is calling me.

Monday, January 01, 2007

I resolve to...

So, I've come up with a few resolutions for 2007. Here they are, in no particular order:

  1. Get to my GOAL weight
  2. jog at least 3-5 times per week, increasing the intensity as needed
  3. record everything I eat
  4. record every penny I spend
  5. Stick to my budget
Does that sound like a good plan?

Now, just to make everyone's life a little better - here's some photos from the holidays!