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Good Morning!

5:45am- on my way to the gym! Today is Zumba toning, which is half Zumba half weight intervals. Woo.

This is the view on my way to the gym. The pic doesn’t really so it justice, but I thought I’d share! The water is the Santa Ana river.

Happy Monday!



How was your weekend?

How was your weekend?

Mine was pretty good.

 – Hubby’s check was actually enough to cover the rent. Whew! I was really worried about that. Now we just have to worry about his working this week.. we still don’t know if there is anything for him to do. Ugh. This has gotten way old way fast. He only worked 2 days last week.

– I spent all day Saturday cleaning and doing the laundry so I wouldn’t have to do it on Sunday.

-The racoon that hangs out in our yard was tormenting the dog all weekend. It was sitting on the roof above our porch just watching him Saturday evening. Then last night it was up in one of the really tall pine trees.. but the dog knew it was there, and proceeded to practically climb the tree to try to get it. The silly dog is going to get stuck one of these days. Had I thought ot grab my camera, before I went scaling the steep hill in the dark, it would have been a great picture of the crazy dog in the tree. But alas, I did not. It was a miracle I found a flashlight.

 – Hubby went out early Sunday morning and got me flowers and cards (from him and the girls). I think he was trying to make me breakfast in bed,but the Maniac wanted me to take her downstairs, so I did. She ran into the kitchen to see what he was doing and came back out yelling “Mama!! daddy got you fowers!” It was pretty cute.

– The rest of the day I just kind of lounged around. I caught up on some tv from the DVR. Although, it seems that my day off ended at 6pm, when they all wanted dinner and no one wanted to make any. Oh well.. a mothers work is never done. 😉

– This morning started with being wide awake at 4am. Luckily I fell asleep again, only to wake up at 6:30 for no real apparent reason.

– Sometime in the middle of the night, my Brother-in-law’s Baby Mama posted a rather rude comment on a picture of my Best Friend on my Facebook. I’m not really sure why she felt the need to do that. I deleted it of course. But now, I’m not sure whether I should say anything or just let it go.

 – I thought I heard the Teen in the bathroom at about 7. Which turned out to not be the case – she neglected to set her alarm and didn’t get up until almost 7:30, right about the time I realized that I hadn’t heard her again. Oh well.. maybe it will teach her a lesson about remembering to turn her alarm on. She managed to not be late.

 – Hubby went off to work. Most likely to be home sooner than later. Ugh. Keep your fingers crossed that he has work this week. He’s starting to drive me insane being here all the time.

 – I am scouring the sale ads to see who has Pull Ups on sale. We are almost out, and being that a certain small person refuses to use the potty I have to figure out how to get the best deal I can on the insanely small budget I have for the next two weeks.

Oh well.. I wish you a wonderful Monday. I’m going to go get dressed and go buy some diapers. Big fun.

Oh!! And I almost forgot! Cross one book off of my Summer Reading List! I finished “Bossypants” by Tina Fey on Saturday! Woo hoo! 🙂

Enjoying the Quiet and Some Coffee

It’s a lovely Wednesday morning… I am enjoying some quiet and a cup of coffee before my dear sweet Maniac wakes up.

She was something else yesterday… she was acting like she needed a nap all day long. Whiny, crying at every little thing that didn’t go her way. And even crying at things that went her way. Hopefully today will be better. She’s got a lot going on today!

First, we are headed to story time at the library.  Of course, she has to do her “homework” from last week before we go. They gave her a little sheet to color that had a sandwich on it. (The theme of the day was lunch.) Then we are headed to aMeetUp..which is naturally a MeetUp that only me and my new friend (Who I shall call V.)  are going to, since no one else (out of the 20 people who have joined our group and not come to anything yet) RSVP’d. We are braving the movie theatre to go see Rio! We’ll see how it goes… the Maniac is super excited about the “moo-vee fee-at-er” but I think that’s mostly about the popcorn. I did take her one time last summer.. and she sat through half of it successfully. Maybe she can hang longer this time. We’ll see.

And to make everything ever more fantastic… Hubby isn’t working AGAIN today. UGH. He went in for a while yesterday for a meeting… they swear that he’ll be working Thursday and friday and they have enough work to keep them busy through May.. and then will be in Arizona in June.

Let’s do a little math here…. Last week he worked 3 days. This week he will have worked 2.5 days.  3 days + 2.5 days= not enough money to pay the rent.


We are hoping that he can sweet talk the Payroll lady into giving him a few vacation days early. He boss said it was okay. He gets his new vacation in July, so it’s not that early. Keep your fingers crossed. Otherwise we have to come up with emergency plan B.

The good news is- we got the info in the mail yesterday about renewing our lease and they are not raising the rent! I was a little worried that they were going to. ( the rent was originally about $200 more a month. They lowered it right before we found it.) Thankfully it will remain the same which is a huge relief.

And seriously, how has it been a year since we moved already? CRAZY how time flies!

Oh, and in sad news. I’ve been doing some research. It seems I am going to have to put my dreams of a Cake Pop business on hold for a while. The great lame state of California is not a fan of the in-home bakery business. While, it is not illegal to have one, the Health Department has to approve them and it “rarely” does. What ever.

I did find some commercial kitchen space that you can rent by the hour. I think I’d have to be in a place to make a real huge committment, and have some money to spend.  It’s like $18-$25 an hour, plus a boatload of deposits.And you have to have all your licenses and whatnot… I think I’m going to consider myself in research & development mode and work on my product from my own kitchen and see how it goes.

But I still need to find a way to supplement our income.

Oh well.. I’ll keep looking.

Hmmm.. I think that’s about it for now.  I’m going to finish my coffee, maybe Farmville a little… and if the Maniac is still asleep, I’m going to catch up on some DVR’d shows.. I’m seriously behind!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

The Big 1-3! Part 1: Beib-her-bathroom!

I know I have a million things to do right now, but I wanted to share this while it is still making me giggle! 🙂

I mentioned in an earlier post that I thought it would be funny to Bieb-ify the birthday girls bathroom as her early morning birthday surprise, since I believe she is the only 12-year-old 13-year-old girl on the planet that does not swoon over Justin Bieber.  I have been teasing her a lot about taking her to see his movie “Never Say Never” since it opens today.   So last night, I put Operation: Bieb-her-bathroom into action!

Her bathroom door. It reads "Happy 12th Birthday AGAIN!" And the decorations were left over from her birthday last year.

Her mirrors.. what she saw as she walked in! The mirror says "Have a Bieberific Birthday!"

moving to the right... more Justin!

The shower doors... I put a purple table-cloth behind the doors. For some reason, I associate purple with the Bieb.

The back of the door... it's really 360 degrees of Bieber-ness!

And the last little bit..

Her early morning presents!

She had not idea what was in store for her when she went in to pee. SHe thought the stuff on the door was it! It was AWESOME! I couldn’t stop laughing! It was so hard to keep my poker face until she went inside. 

The look on her face was PRICELESS. Well worth the $10 I spent on Justin Bieber magazines.
She was super excited with her “I’m a Gleek” wristband and t-shirt!  Of course, she wore them to school!  And she’s been dying to read “Beastly” and the Glee novel. I bought just because.   I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned that she is a total bookworm. Well, she’s a bookworm.  She reads and reads and reads and then reads some more.  She will read 2 or three books at a time, which I don’t understand, but whatever works for her.
She is going to be even more excited when she gets her big gift tomorrow!
We got her an eReader. Its pretty darn cool.  It’s more of a “tablet”… I wanted to get something that would be more functional than just for books.  Oh, and here’s he BEST PART….
We are going to wrap it in a hollowed out book. (compliments of my dad).
I’m so evil. But its going to be Legend…… wait for it…… ary!
I can’t wait!
Well.. I have to go make frosting,  then put it on the cake, pick up my hubby at the airport and then do all the other million things on my list!
Happy Friday!

Good Grief.

I think there should be a law about being this aggravated before 8 am and not having any coffee.

UGH.  Almost Teenagers.

As I’m sure everyone knows, the east coast and midwest have been practically shut down because of the blizzard and crazy amounts of snow and ice and seriously cold weather.  Here, in southern California we’ve been fortunate enough to have some pretty nice weather.  We did have some crazy wind yesterday, but overall its been beautiful.  Although it has been pretty chilly at night… getting into the high 30’s or 40’s.

So, on Tuesday when my Almost-Teenager came in from taking care of the dog she was “freezing” because all she was wearing was a t-shirt and a hoodie sweatshirt jacket.  And naturally she “Didn’t have time” to put anything else on under the hoodie. 

Oh, and it was my fault she was cold since I hadn’t gotten to washing her “warmer hoodie” yet.

Yesterday. Same thing. To me, if I had been freezing the day before, I might put on an extra layer or maybe check to see what the weather was like.   I did make her put on an extra layer before we left to take hubby to the airport despite her pleading that she didn’t have time. It may have been 47 degrees when we left, but it was REALLY windy and felt a lot colder.

Which brings me to this morning. Yeesh. Two days of being cold- and what does she do? Puts on a t-shirt under the hoodie. It’s actually only 37 degrees this morning. (but the wind has died down).  It’s COLD.

I make her put another layer on again, despite her protests of “I’m hot by the end of the day!” That is why you have layers- so you can take them off!  Or maybe if you didn’t wear the hoodie ALL.THE.LIVELONG.DAY.  And I told her she had to wear her coat.

“Which one?” she says.Seriously? You only have one coat.

Which I’m assuming she now doesn’t like. Whatever.  She almost burst into tears telling me how it did even make her warm (when she was cold) when she tried it on in the store.

Good grief.

And I guess just to irritate me more, she came in from her dog duties swearing that it wasnt cold. yes, the wind had stopped, but it’s still cold.  I guess I should have just made her wear the coat, but I didn’t care any more and it really wasnt worth fighting about since she was on the verge of being late.

Is it wrong of me to want her to be cold?

So explain this one to me…

This is the second time in as many weeks that I have caught her “Forgetting” to brush her teeth.  I can’t even imagine how many times she hasn’t done it before I caught her.

YUCK. I know that once in a very long while, I do something that throws off my routine and I forget to brush. It happens, I get that. But I don’t think this is one of those times.  I don’t get it.

I honestly believe that she was running 10 minutes late and she decided that she didn’t have time to brush.  That’s what her story was the last time I busted her.

Which prompted a “Basic hygiene” lesson. Things you do no matter what(in no particular order); that come BEFORE spending 20-30 minutes on your hair.

1.Shower/wash hair   2. Wear deodorant  3. Brush your teeth  4. Wash your face 5. Wash your hands after going to the bathroom.

I don’t think it’s too much to ask of her. I don’t want her to turn into the smelly chick with the gross teeth. 

Oh well… maybe tomorrow she will think about it

I’m feeling better now that I’ve vented and had some coffee.

Wishing you a terrific Thursday!


My husband is coming home sometime today. (When that is all depends on how long it takes to get his two flat tires taken care of.  Super fun. )

One of my very best friends is coming tomorrow.

So, I REALLY need to be cleaning the house.

I don’t feel like it.

I need some coffee.

But I don’t feel like making any.

There is laundry that needs done.

I sure don’t feel like doing that.

I have gotten out of bed. That is a step in the right direction.

I did manage to pay some bills… not that I actually felt like doing that… but I like having electricity and water and the internet.

I probably need to go to the grocery store.

And I am pretty sure I need to go buy diapers.

Going out in this crazy wind with a crazy toddler sure doesnt sound like anything I feel like doing right now.

What do I feel like doing?

Hmmm…. eating some ice cream might be nice, with lots of gooey caramel.

Watching something other than Dora the explorer or Spongebob.

Curling up in bed under the covers reading a book- uninterrupted by small people jumping on me, hitting me, or bugging me in any way.

Maybe taking a nap, or a leisurely bubble bath.

I’m obviously living in fantasy land today.. since none of that is going to happen….

Well.. I could make the ice cream happen.

We do have ice cream. And caramel…

Its better than nothing I guess.

Countdown to 50 pounds..

It’s Monday.

I am starting off the new week with a new attitude.

No more grumpy monday mornings for me! (Theoretically that is)

I am trying to be more positive about things.

It is a beautiful morning. It rained last night, so everything was fresh and clean. it was a little chilly, but it was invigorating.

It gave me a little extra boost. We went for an extra long walk. it felt good.

I’m feeling pretty good today. 

The scale claims that I lost some weight this week. I don’t know how accurate my scale is… but if nothing else, it gives me some inspiration to keep going.

I don’t know if I mentioned it, but I started a “diet” last week.

And for me Diet= eating better, eating less and exercising more.

I am using the Lose It! App on my iPhone. It helps you track your calories and exercise to help you reach your weight loss goals. According to it, I will reach my ultimate goal of losing 50 pounds in March if I lose 2 pounds a week.

I think I can handle that. I did pretty good this week considering that there is a giant bucket of Halloween candy sitting in the kitchen.  It was hard to resist on Monday, so I didn’t. I ate way too much of it. But by Friday or so I was pretty over it. If I wanted something sweet, i just had a little tootsie roll or something. Not the 6 peanut butter cups I would normally have let myself eat.


I know it’s a learning process. I am learning that when I’m stressing out, I do totally find myself eating. I had to overcome the urge to bake cookies this morning. The wonderous fall morning made me want delicious freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. mmmm….  droool..

but I’m not going to make them, because I will just eat them.

My immediate goal is to lose 10 pounds by hubby’s company Christmas party.

I think that is realistic and doable.  And my award for meeting that goal: a new outfit to wear to the party. (Should we get to go, since we have babysitting woes usually.)

That is my plan.  I am excited about it. I REALLY need to be less fat.  I don’t normally obsess about it. I try to own it.  I know I should be thinner.. I know it’s not healthy.  I pay 25% more for my health insurance because of my weight. If I can lose 25 pounds  and have a doctor prove I kept it off for 6 months it will go down. crazy huh?

I have finally decided it is time.

I am now 37… headed down that road to 40. I don’t want to worry about my health.  And I just want to feel good.  I don’t want to feel like a big tub of lard.

So there it is. I’ve put it out there… I think I’ve turned a corner. I’m ready to go.

50 pounds here I come!