Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Went off the deep end today!

Been slowly gaining weight that is making me miserable!
Bracket creep I call it.
So I finally cracked yesterday and signed up for a gym membership. Did the nutrionist and got the trainer sceduled.
My goal is to lose 25 lbs and 13% body fat.
Very ambitious, but I can do it.
This is a great week to do it, I was already disapointed in not making a DT that I wanted, and there is one more that I really want, but their is very stiff competition, so I am not holding my breath for that one either. So I figured that while I was really grumpy from all of that, I might as well jump all the way into the deep end and just get all my grumpy over with at one big ugly moment!
I have to find a way to cut 500! calories from every day, and or burn those same calories. So I can either give up scrapbooking and get off my a$$ (which is tempting given my lack of success at this time!) or I can suck it up and remove some unnessary calories! WEll, I really love scrapping and don't just do it for the "success", so giving it up won't happen. So that means getting jiggy with my food choices and commitment to exercise!
So if I seem grumpy for the next little while, offer me a baby carrot, pat me on the back and tell me it will be okay!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

A week without...

A week without the internet is like...
a week with no choclate
a week with no tennis
a week with no hugs or kisses from kids
a week with no newspaper
a week without tv
a week without a clue.
It was a long week.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Good Gracious

Okay, I think I have finally gone over the top!
Oh, wait.
I do that everyday, with pretty much everything.
Kind of my personality.
So I am trying really hard to be very appreciative and gracious. Part of this goal for me is letting the people who I appreciate know explicitly why and how I am grateful. So I can also be intense. Very intense to be exact, like scary sometimes.
So if I have frightened you or someone you love with my intensely scary graciousness, I am so sorry!
So an explanation of why this is a goal might be in order. I had found myself with my kind of hectic schedule, postponing letting people know how I felt about what they had done for me. Then it came around to me that I had never thanked someone for something. YIKES!
So embarassed!
So if I have freaked you out, I am sorry and if I blew you off I am so sorry!
So, I am going to have to try to find a happy medium!

So on another note, I did a digi layout last night, and I love it!

I found some flaws, but it is not bad for a beginning effort!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Turning Forty

After our Friday morning tennis the tennis girls took me out to lunch! We had a great time and lunch was delish! I love these girls, we have so much fun together, and they are all each so unique!Friday was a great day!
So Saturday was the official birthday. We had goals. The truck had to get in to be worked on so I could get across the Nevada desert without mishap, I wanted to go find a cool birthday gift and we had dinner plans with my very fun sibs. Should have been a no-brainer! Well Dave got the truck dropped off. We continue with the rest of the day and it just kind of unravels slowly. He hadn't done anything, (don't ask) and so I was a little miffed, but it was still ok in my book because he had planned dinner and was keeping it a secret. So the shop called and told us we could come and get the truck, it is ready. So I throw on this pair of shoes to just ride the 1.5 miles down to the shop. Big mistake!So they are pretty cute shoes, and I love them to just "ride around" in.
We hop into Dave's car. It is a work in progress. A 1989 Porsche 928. I really don't like this car, it smells funny, it is unreliable and uncomfortable! It knows I feel this way, and every time i get into it something happens. My birthday was apparently not to be the exception!
So we get to the shop and my truck (that was supposed to be done) is now overheating and they can't explain why, but it will now not be ready to be picked up until later Monday morning. I am pissed because I was going to leave for Oregon very early Monday so the kids could enjoy the afternoon there. Well, now that is out of the question. I am now also out the car that transports the entire family and we have a family dinner at my aunt's houe scheduled for late Sunday afternoon-POOP! She lives in Ogden which is an hour away, so we have to cancel that as well. My mom was more than a little peeved about that!
But no, that couldn't possibly be the end of the birthday surprises!
The porsche now won't start.
Of course, I mean why would it? It knows I hate it, it is my "old lady" birthday and the day has been in decline from early on. Why not just hammer the nails into the coffin if it has the chance! (ok, I know I am projecting onto an inanimate object, but trust me, it knows!)
So back to the cute shoes.
It is about 105 degrees outside, I am wearing really cute jeans and these fabulous shoes. Now I get to walk the one and a half miles home.
Poor Dave, not a chance he can save this one! He was toast with me.
We walked about a quarter of a mile and I knew that I would never make it.
Thank God (literally) that there was a grocery store on the way. I walked over to it and bought these cool little bad boys!Now at a buck a pair, I should have bought them in every color, but then I would have had to carry them. These saved my feet and Dave's life.
It was a long and miserable walk home and Dave lost about ten pounds from me chewing his a$$ off, but we survived.
My feet were filthy but not blistered or broken!
So these were my birthday gift to myself!
The truck ended up having to stay until Monday late afternoon. They figured out that they had put in a defective part and finally replaced it. The truck was so happy and ran like a champ the whole way to OR and back!
So that was my big 4-0, pretty cool, huh!
Needless to say that everyday after that one is a great one!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Turned forty, traveled and got tagged!

I haven't had a chance to update for about two weeks, well since getting home from CHA.
In that time, I had my fortieth birthday, drove to and from Southern Oregon (about 1600 miles) just the kids and I and got tagged by Christina!
My trip to Oregon was great, we were busy every second! The kids love it there, they swim, play with the dog (a huge mastiff named Duchess) ride the horses, Squizzy, Missy and Tony, and go rafting on the Rogue river. It was good to go out of town for a week and recharge, the kids needed it!

So I have been home a couple of days, getting the kids back and forth from tennis and playing in my scrap room. Laurel made the Skyline tennis team and might even be playing varsity, that would be a great experience for her.

So now that I am moderately caught up with what happened lets do this tagged thing!
1. FIRST NAME? Rebecca my nicknames are Becky, Becca, Bek and beck-n-call.
2. WHO WERE YOU NAMED AFTER? No one that I am aware of.
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? 10 days ago on my fortieth b-day, the husband of my friend who passed away called me because he knew that she would want me to know that I was being thought of. How cool is that?
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Yup, it gets me there.
6. KIDS? Four, Oldest son Tyler he is almost 17, oldest daughter Laurel just turned 15, Youngest daughter Chloe who is 13 and youngest son Carter who just turned 11.
7. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOURSELF? Yea, even though I can be high maintenance I am loyal, great at keeping secrets, patient, kind, and a ton-o-fun!
8. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? Nope, just can't get the hang of it. Blog is the closest I get. I have so many other things that this just isn't high enough on the must do's.
9. Do YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Coulda been. I try to save it for important occasions though.
10. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? yea and they are gross.
11. WOULD YOU EVER BUNGEE JUMP? NO. I am not into public humiliation, I get enough from home. I do enjoy thrills, but that is not on my list.
12. wAHT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Golden Grahams or the old standby Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch.
14. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Yes, I have pushed myself in many ways physically, mentally and spirtually.
15. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Macadamia Nut Crunch by Haagen Das.
16. SHOE SIZE? 7
17. RED OR PINK? Red.
19. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Right now it is a toss between Wendy and Avalanche. For purely selfish reasons I would love to have my dog back snuggling with me all the time. For more realistic reasons, Wendy she is an amazing friend and her kids are to young to not have mom.
20. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? Sure... I'm interested or else I wouldn't have sent it to you in the first place.
21. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW? Blue jean capris and white wedge slides that have tiny leather flowers with chrome snap centers very cute if I do say so myself (the shoes I mean!)
22. LAST THING YOU ATE? Chicken breast and half a club sandwich.
23. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? A tennis match on the tv.
25. FAVORITE SMELL? Gardenia, tuberose, lavender and my fresh baked apple pie.
28. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? LOVE the person who sent this to me! She is amazing, the whole enchilada (Christina Lazar-Schuler) talent, kindness, generousity and patience.
29. FAVORITE DRINK? Frozen Mochas unhealthy but oh so tasty and refreshing!
31. HAIR COLOR? Dark Blonde
32. EYE COLOR? Hazel
33. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No, I have great eyesight (for now!)
34. FAVORITE FOOD? Big juicy filet mignon and king crab!
35. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Pirates of the Caribbean II
36. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Blue t-shirt under white collar T.
37. SUMMER OR WINTER? Both! I love the winter the snow, the cold, skiing and all the great things that come with it. I love the summer with the long days, swimming, hikes and tennis. Can't ever wait for one to end so the other gets here again.
38. HUGS OR KISSES? Very huggy! Kisses from kids are so special, a rarity to be treasure though!
39. FAVORITE DESSERT? Chocolate porcupine (a local pub specialty) Chocolate layer cake with decadent ganache or a good Creme Brulee'
40 WHO IS MOST LIKELY To Respond? I don't know! We shall see!
41. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Not sure about that either to tell the truth!
42. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? Black Wind by Clive Cussler and Ali Edwards latest book the Designers Eye for scrapbooking with patterned paper.
43. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? All the adult tennis tournaments for the year of '06.
44. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? Tennis, Boston Legal Conan and Carson Daly.
46. THE FURTHEST YOU'VE BEEN FROM HOME? Buffalo NY. Actually went all that way and didn't see Niagara Falls, crazy huh!
47. IF YOU WON A ROUND TRIP TICKET TO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO? This is a hard one, Europe, Mediteranean, Egypt, Australia New Zealand....
48. wHAT IS YOUR BEST FEATURE? My husband says my eyes (while thinking of something else I am sure!) I think my smile.
49. WHAT OR WHO DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? I wanted to be a model and a clothing designer (how hilarious is that!)
50. DID YOU LOVE KOOL-AID AS A CHILD, WHICH FLAVOR? Loved Kool-Aid, any flavor that already had the sugar in it was just begging for my finger to be stuck in it!
51. DO YOU HAVE ANY SIBLINGS? Two sisters and a brother.
52. DO YOU THINK YOU LET THE "ONE" GET AWAY? No, he caught me, poor sucker!

Okay so I am tagging Sara Winnick, Mary Kay Seckinger, Suzanne Quillen and Mindy Johnson.
So girls, I would love to see what you got!

And so there it is.