Bob absolutely hates having his picture taken. Every single time he notices a camera aimed at him he either covers his face or attempts to run before the picture is snapped.
While he was getting ready for the black tie gala, I was able to get some good shots of him "running" from the camera. I converted to black & white and LOVE the way they turned out:
I think these will make a great scrapbook layout! :)
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Bob absolutely hates having his picture taken. Every single time he notices a camera aimed at him he either covers his face or attempts to run before the picture is snapped.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
As some of you know, I use the Grocery Game to help save money on our grocery bill. Well, the only grocery store available to me through the Grocery Game will be closing. Jewel-Osco stores in Wisconsin are for sale. Five of them were sold to Roundy's and will become Pick 'n Save (They closed today and will reopen Friday). The remaining ten are still on the market. If they do not find a buyer, they will close on March 23.
I may drop Jewel before my next billing date. I would still be able to use that list for about five weeks before they close. They have already changed store hours to 8am-9pm. They will not issue rainchecks which I think translates to we aren't going to stock enough sale items to keep customers happy. I don't want go there just to find out the items I really wanted are gone.
I sure hope they add another grocery store before or soon after the Jewel stores close. It just makes my grocery shopping SO easy!
Saved: $35.74* (or 57.4%)
*Does not include the $10 off you next order coupon that printed when I checked out today!
Monday, January 29, 2007
A local tv news crew was heading out to do a story about the danger of thin ice. Call it their reminder of even though we have had some cold recently it hasn't been enough to make lakes safe to drive on.
The driver thought she was on a snow covered road, but it turned out to be a channel. The driver was the only one in the vehicle, and she wasn't injured.
They even made Good Morning America this morning!
I like the this one!
Too bad Bob is blurry, and there's a camera in it.
I don't know what it is about them, but I LOVE those mirror shots!
Friday, January 26, 2007
Today is the third anniversary of the day I changed my eating habits. I struggled with weight most of my life. I was tired, uncomfortable, and unhealthy! I knew I needed to make a change so I did! I had wonderful success and lost 69 pounds in about 18 months.
One of the old habits has crept back (skipping meals), and with it I found a few of those lost pounds. I started tracking EVERYTHING I eat and am making sure I am getting enough calories. (Did you know your body will go into starvation mode if you don't get enough calories and losing weight will be difficult?)
I know once I am back to eating as I should and regular workouts those pounds may come off. If they don't, I am okay with it. As long as I am doing healthy things for my body, my body will decide what weight it is comfortable at. In the beginning, it was about the number on the scale and on the tag of my jeans. It was a big step, but I have come to realize good health doesn't have a magic number.
If I can do, it anyone can!!!!
Workout: 15 minutes treadmill, 20 mintues upright bike, and 30 minutes elliptical (back to weights on Monday!)
Thursday, January 25, 2007
1. GASS shoes
2. Banana Clips
3. Diaper Shorts -- Made of a long strip of material with ties on each end. To wear: tie the front "panel" around your waist with the tie in the back. This will leave the back "panel" hanging down in front of you. Bring the fabric up between your legs just like a diaper to cover your behind...lol. Wrap ties from both panels around to the front of your waist and tie in a nice little bow. These were usually made of safari print fabrics. I think they took about 15 minutes to make so I had about 10 pair...lol!
4. Jelly Shoes -- I even had a pair of them in HIGH heels! UGH! To wear with my diaper shorts of course!
5. Leg warmers
6. Ear cuffs -- A metal cuff that slid on and fit closely around the cartilage of the ear. Usually they had a charm of some sort on them.
7. Moon boots
8. Roach Clip Hair Clips -- A roach clip decorated with leather strips, beads and colorful feathers. We wore them in our hair, clipped to a belt loop or a purse. I was so naive; I didn't know what these were "really" used for until about 10 years ago...lol!!
9. Satin running or boxing shorts with matching tube tops. YIKES!
10. Terry cloth anything -- In sixth grade, I had a dress with a red & white striped knit bodice and white terry cloth skirt. It was supposed to look like a two piece outfit. Man, that thing was hideous!
11. Big hair and LOTS of AquaNet.
12. Express off the shoulder sweatshirt and matching spandex pants. The color of Express and the pants were bright pink, turquoise, orange or green. Mine was the turquoise!
13. Swatch watches (nope not just one...lol) with the swatch bands.
I could go on and on! Remember wearing about four or five shirts? A turtleneck, a polo or two, with an oxford or two over those and the collars up on all of them! LOL!! Talk about layering!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I finally got back to the Y after a long break! It felt good to be working out again. I didn't realize how much I had missed it! The strep & sinus infection are all cleared up, and I won't allow myself anymore excuses. :)
Workout today: 35 minutes on treadmill* & 35 minutes on upright bike!
*I hate the treadmill, but all my favorite machines (the ellipticals) were being used. :(
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
I wasn't able to find the shoes I posted yesterday in my size. I am not going to run around to three more malls. I have enough to do this week without spending another day or two running around town. Here they are:
(Again, the picture is in a color other than black (red) so it is easier to see the details.)
Monday, January 22, 2007
I found the shoes I wanted for the gala. Of course, they didn't have them in my size at the mall I was at today. Luckily, I live in an area with 5 malls who all have this store. It's just my luck that the one closest to me doesn't have my size in stock.
(The image is actually steel luster.
I used this color for the image because it was easier to see the detail.)
Friday, January 19, 2007
During the Packers season there was really no talk of Brett Favre's retirement. Last season was a different story. Mostly due to their record. It was a pitiful 4-12. This season was better at 8-8 and narrowly missing the playoffs. So there really wasn't much talk about his retirement. That is until his interview after the last game of the season against the Bears. Favre cried and was extremely emotional.
Now every time he does something it is analyzed by the media. Last week he didn't renew a membership at some country club; that meant he wasn't coming back. This week the talk is about hiring a cleaning lady so that means he is coming back. Would they just stop and talk about it when he makes his decision? Grrrr!
At least they aren't calling it "TractorWatch" like last year!
I hit the mall yesterday afternoon and found my dress for the Winter Gala in about 45 minutes. I tried on seven or eight dresses. The one I picked was the second I tried on and knew the second I slid it over my head. I kept going just to be sure.
Before Christmas I saw this dress and have had it stuck in my head since. I had my heart set on it and was hoping I would still be able to find it in my size now. I did find it in my size, but it accentuated ALL the wrong places on me. The waist is pleated which made the full skirt add WAY too many inches to my backside. It would be darling on someone with the right shape.
The second dress is Jones New York. It fits perfectly in all the right places. It camouflages all the spots that need a little camouflaging. The chiffon & lightweight satin with deco faux brooch was the winner!
I wasn't able to find an image of the dress online and hanging on the hanger doesn't do it much justice.
The dress is made of a light weight black satin. The straps and the fabric draping from the faux brooch are chiffon. The straps cross in the back. I LOVE the bodice on this baby!
Bob wasn't too crazy about me wanting a red dress for this event, but what does he know about fashion? The little black dress isn't just black anymore...lol!
I still need to find shoes and jewelry. Do you think if I called Harry Winston or Fred Leighton, one of them would would loan me a couple baubles? LOL!!
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
1. Only women get breast cancer. (About 1% of those diagnosed with breast cancer are men.)
2. Only those with a family history of breast cancer are at risk. ( While a person with a family history of breast cancer is at a higher than average risk of developing breast cancer, over 80% of those diagnosed with breast cancer have no identifiable risk factors for the disease.)
3. All breast lumps are cancerous. (80% of breast lumps are caused by non-cancerous changes in the breast.)
4. Small breasted women cannot get breast cancer. (The amount of breast tissue does not affect the risk of developing breast cancer.)
5. If a lump is painful, it is not cancerous. (Up to 10% of breast cancers are associated with pain. Pain is very rarely the only evidence of a breast tumor.)
6. A breast cancer diagnosis means the breast will be lost. (A lumpectomy followed by radiation is commonly used to treat early stage breast cancers.)
7. Underwire bras cause breast cancer. (A book called Dressed to Kill suggested wearing an underwire bra could cause breast cancer. The authors attributed the high rate of breast cancer in North America to the face that most North American women wear bras. They failed to take into account any other genetic, environmental, or social factors that could contribute to the breast cancer risk.
8. Mastectomy insures breast cancer will be eliminated forever. (A mastectomy does not guarantee that breast cancer will not recur. Some will experience recurrence at the site of the scar. There is also the possibility the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes of other parts of the body.)
9. Older patients diagnosed with breast cancer do not need "full" treatment. (The mortality rate among older women with breast cancer is increasing because many older women do not receive full breast cancer treatment at the time of diagnosis. Though breast cancer generally has a slow rate of growth, it can also be an aggressive, fast-moving disease that can metastasize (spread) quickly to other parts of the body.)
10. A mammogram prevents breast cancer. (A mammogram cannot prevent breast cancer; however mammography is an excellent tool to screen for and detect the disease at an early stage.)
11. A mammogram causes breast cancer. (A mammogram is a safe procedure that uses extremely low levels of radiation to create detailed images of the breast.)
12. Mammography always finds breast cancer when it is curable. (Mammography is the most accurate screening tool for breast cancer. While annual screening mammograms will detect the vast majority of breast cancers, some cancers are extremely aggressive and can metastasize (spread) to other areas of the body before they are detected by mammogram.)
13. Mammography is 100% accurate in early breast cancer detection. (It is estimated that mammography detects 85% to 90% of all breast cancers. While the vast majority of abnormalities are detected by mammography, some are simply not detectable. For example, sometimes an irregularity goes undetected because surrounding breast tissue is the same density as the irregular tissue. If a patient has a lump or other change and the mammogram is "negative" (interpreted as not suspicious or cancerous), the patient should still pursue that finding with her physician.)
*If you would like to read more about breast cancer myths/facts, you can find more here. If you want to read a the story of a survivor who inspires, read Carolynn's story of breast cancer during pregnancy at pinkribbonmiracle.com.
Supper tonight was delicious! I made this recipe one other time, but this time it was even better. Rachael Ray's chicken enchiladas and spanish rice (made with brown rice, of course)!
I took my last dose of antibiotic tonight. I have been able to eat without any swelling in my salivary gland the since Saturday afternoon. It seems to have been an infection again. So strange that it happened again a year later almost to the day. I did a little reading online and my symptoms seem to point to the infection rather than something like a stone. Did you know you can get stones that block your salivary gland? I had no idea.
Bob has been having trouble with one of his knees for a couple months now. He went to Dr. Schwab, the doctor he sees for the avascular necrosis (AVN) in his hips, who ordered x-rays. The x-rays didn't show any AVN which is good news. The trouble he is having is similar to how his hips were before he was diagnosed with AVN. Since the x-rays didn't show anything Dr. Schwab wanted an MRI. The MRI show either a cyst of edema on a bone near the hamstring. He would like to see Bob again after about six weeks of physical therapy.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
|I Am Big Black Boots!|
You can be best described as: attitude
You've got lots of it - and you love to give it
A guy has to be pretty gusty to hit on you
But if he's your type, you'll warm up... a little
So, What Kind of Shoe Are You?
I'll also add that a guy has to be pretty gutsy to hit on me because I am married not because of the attitude...rofl!
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Yeah -- winter is back!
The National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan [WI] has issued a winter storm warning, which is in effect from 6 pm this evening to 6 pm cst Monday.
Expect snow, possibly mixing with some sleet, to begin early this evening before quickly changing over to all snow by 10 pm. The heaviest snowfall is expected to fall between 10 pm and 4 am when snowfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches will be possible. During the early morning hours, the precipitation is expected to mix with or changeover to a combination of sleet, freezing drizzle, and snow, especially south of line from Milwaukee, to Madison, to Dodgeville. Some additional light snow will fall from late Monday morning until afternoon as some colder air filters into the region.
Storm total snowfall accumulations by Monday evening will range from 4 to 6 inches, with some locally higher snow amounts possible along the lakeshore counties, due to moisture enhancement off the warmer waters of Lake Michigan.
Friday, January 12, 2007
As some of you might remember, last winter at just about this time I got some weird thing where my face just in front of my ear and down to my neck swelled up. It would change in size quite rapidly. At one point, I stood in front of the mirror and could actually see it getting larger.
It was right before New Year's so I didn't wait to see what would happen. I figured it would get worse right about the time the doctor's office was closed for the holiday. I saw my doctor who was just as baffled as I. He wrote a prescription for an antibiotic and gave me instructions to wait 24 hours before taking to see if it would start to clear up on its own. I waited those 24 hours he suggested, and it got worse. After two pills, it pretty much clear up and by the time the antibiotic was gone it was better.
Last Friday afternoon, I got that familiar tenderness just in front of my ear. It's not something I feel all the time, but it was tender when I was washing my face. Sunday evening while eating dinner that tenderness turned to a tingle, a familiar feeling from last year also. It was the same feeling as when I watched that area swell in the mirror. I moved my hair and told Bob to watch. He didn't believe me last winter when I told him I could see it get larger. It freaked him out and he was ready to run out of the restaurant to take me to the ER. It went down shortly after, but I had already decided I would be calling the doctor first thing Monday morning. I felt fine other than that annoyance.
I saw the doctor Monday afternoon. As I waited in the waiting room for my doctor, I noticed my throat was feeling a raw, I was beginning to feel feverish and a sinus headache. The doctor is still baffled by the swelling thing, but I do have strep and a sinus infection. If this other problem doesn't clear up after I am done with this round of antibiotics, the doctor wants to see me to follow-up it. He thought it was very strange that it happened one year later almost to the day. He said it could be that I got in early enough last time that whatever I was coming down with hadn't taken hold and the antibiotic beat it before it got a chance to. However, he also said it could just be completely coincodential that they both happened at the same time. It could be a problem with one of my salivary glands (he mentioned this last winter as well).
Due to this swelling thing I cannot chew foods. The swelling will go down and if I chew something it pops right back up. I didn't have any swelling at all until I had one tiny piece of cheese. I thought I was over the hurdle, but no such luck. I am so sick of oatmeal, scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, soup, pudding, etc. One the bright side, I have lost 6 lbs this week without working out for one minute.
The laundry looks like at mountain, the tree is still up (I think it's the only one left in the neighborhood). I don't feel like doing anything, but curling up on the couch and sleeping.
ETA: Oh my, I just reread my entry after I hit publish. I sound like a big whiner! I promise I am not! Usually, I am one who takes things in stride for what they are. I know there are many out there with worse ailments than some little infections. Please forgive my momentary lapse there.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
1. Rocks -- This was my very first collection. My favorites were pieces of glass worn down from the sand & water in Lake Michigan. (past collection)
2. Scottish Terriers -- I had blankets, pins, stationary, blown glass, framed prints, and ceramic items. (past collection)
3. Frogs -- The swim team I was on in high school used a frog as their mascot. This turned into a collection of mostly pins and stuffed animals. There was a huge stuffed frog that would travel from event to event with us. A senior would pass it on to a freshman at the year end banquet. It was passed down to me. I passed it on as well. I wonder if that frog is still around. (past collection)
4. VC Andrews books -- This started after seeing the movie Flowers in the Attic. I think I was the only girl in school who hadn't read that book until the movie came out. (past collection)
5. Small picture frames -- silver vintage & vintage looking frames. They hold pictures no larger than about 3.5 X 5 inches. (current collection)
6. Vases -- Pottery type from the 1940s and 1950s such as McCoy, Abigdon, Red Wing, Haeger, etc. Mostly in white, pink/peach, and green. (current collection)
7. Hull Sunglow -- The yellow with pink floral design. I have wallpockets, mixing bowls, salt & pepper shakers, pitchers and a covered casserole dish. (current collection)
8. Universal Cambrigde Laurella -- This is know as "poorman's" Fiesta in the dish collecting world. The colors are similar to the original Fiestaware dishes, but the design along the edge of plate is laurel leaves and bows. I am missing the nested mixing bowls and the salad serving forks. I have never seen the salad forks, and have only run across the mixing bowls once. Sadly, I lost that auction. Other than those I have at least one piece of every item that was made for this set. My favorite piece by far is the covered casserole dish which is in MINT condition. (current collection)
9. Just the Right Shoe -- You don't even want to know how many of these I have...lol! While this is a current collection, I don't add to it as much as I once did. I did make a few really GREAT friends through a wonderful online community because of this collection. Since Take a Seat was the creation of the same artist as Just the Right Shoe I will include it here. It is still one of my collections, but this portion of the line has been discontinued.
10. Lefton Rustic Daisy -- My mom & dad were given the cookie jar as a wedding gift from my aunt & uncle. A few years ago my mom gave me the cookie jar and we both have added pieces to go along with it since then. (current collection)
11. Pink ribbon/breast cancer products -- I have shirts, jeans, hats, pins, blankets, pillows, ornaments, stationary, blown glass, magnets, figurines, and probably a few things I am forgetting. (current collection)
12. Capodimonte -- This collection originally belonged to my husband's great aunt. I have added one piece. You can read about that thrilling find here and see the collection here. (current collection)
13. Universal Cambridge Mount Vernon -- This set belonged to my husband's grandmother. It was made in the 40s. (current collection)
ETA: I know I haven't listed at least two other collections, but this list might end up being endless if I listed all my collections...lol!!
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
I was checking to see if there was an update on Benny when I saw this sad news.
Hamilton, 49, dies after battle with neck cancer
By Ryan Smithson, NASCAR.COM
January 8, 2007
Bobby Hamilton, the 2004 Craftsman Truck Series champion and a four-time winner in the Cup Series, died Sunday. He was 49.
Hamilton, a native of Nashville, Tenn., had been battling cancer for nearly a year. He announced in March 2006 that he was undergoing treatment for neck cancer. He immediately turned over his driving duties in the Craftsman Truck Series to his son, Bobby Hamilton Jr.
"He will be greatly missed as a husband, a father, a grandfather, an owner and a friend," Hamilton's family said in a statement. "We want to thank everyone for their love and support of our racing operation and the outpouring of care and concern during his cancer battle. One of Bobby's greatest loves in life was racing and we will continue on in his honor."
Liz Allison, a family friend who co-hosted a radio show with Hamilton, said he was at home with his family in Mount Juliet, Tenn., when he died.
In addition to Bobby Jr., Hamilton is survived by wife Lori and a granddaughter.
If you are interested in reading the rest of the article, it can can be found here on nascar.com.
The middle school Olivia attends is on the same campus as the high school. After a $42 million ticket from tax payers and a couple years of construction, it opened in September 2004. Since that time there have been a minimum of three bomb threats per year. Finally, the school got smart and instead of canceling classes they would be evacuated to a nearby church, elementary school, and the YMCA.
Over the weekend there was another threat left on an answering machine. Now the idiots who decided to call in the threat have made it possible for each and every student on that campus to not be able to carry school bags or purses of any kind on to school property. The only bags allowed are lunch bags which must be the small paper ones.
It may sound like we live in an unsafe area. The opposite is true. It is very safe. We just have too many immature kids who think this would be a fun way to get a "free" day off of school. Most of the other kids who have called in the threats have been caught. Unfortunately, their sentences/punishments don't get much publicity so they never learn.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
We were actually home ALL day today. That NEVER happens on a Saturday! It was nice. I spent the day taking down the rest of the outdoor lights and the Christmas things in the kitchen and family room. All that is left is the tree and my Jim Shore Nativity. The tree will be taken down on Monday. I will probably leave the Nativity up for a few more days.
It was fun to bring a few different things out in the kitchen! Some of those "heirloom" pieces from my mom are now very happy on one of our counters.
Friday, January 05, 2007
I have posted a couple entries about Benny Parsons. Back in July he annouced he was diagnosed with lung cancer and in October said his cancer was in full remission. Unfortunately, he has been in the ICU at a Charlotte hospital since the day after Christmas due to complications stemming from his lung cancer battle. You can read the complete articale a nascar.com .
Did your team miss the playoffs like my Packers did? If so and you are looking for someone to back, you can get an answer here!
I already knew I would be backing the Jets, Chargers, and Saints. The little quiz told me the Jets were the perfect team for me. I decided to try the test again. The second time around I was asked different questions. The result of the second test was the Chiefs. I will not be cheering for the Chiefs. That is one of those teams you never like, but don't know why.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
1. Pick out tile, counter top, and vanity for upstairs bathroom.
2. Declutter, organize, and clean the basement.
3. Take donations to Salvation Army Donation Center.
4. Buy shelving system for basement.
5. List good items just taking up space on eBay.
6. Organize printed photos in albums.
7. Finish organizing digital photos.
8. BACK UP new newly organized photos!
9. Take more pictures.
10. Scrap at least one page per week (either digital or paper).
11. Buy dress for 2007 Reinhart Winter Gala.
12. Help Bob pick out his tuxedo for the Gala.
13. Attend 2007 Winter Gala on January 27 and have fun!
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
This story ran on our local news this evening. Poor little Bella!
Italian Greyhound Needs New Home After Christmas Injury
MILWAUKEE -- A puppy injured over the holidays is looking for a new home to start the new year.
Bella, an Italian greyhound, broke her right front leg during the commotion of opening presents on Christmas morning.
Her owners could not afford the surgery to fix the leg, so they gave her to the Wisconsin Humane Society.
Bella will have the surgery Thursday and will start looking for a new home shortly after that.
The Humane Society is trying to raise the $4,500 it costs for the surgery.
You can get more information about Bella and the fundraising efforts by visiting http://wihumane.org.