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08-01-2003, 12:30 AM
School Days, School Days, dear old golden rule days....

OK, I know that for most of us school is either 1. over, 2. not starting for a couple of months, or 3. something we don't even think about anymore. But, as the summer winds down for some, for me it is OVER!!!! I was wondering what you (or your kids) enjoy about the first day of school! (and the last thread was getting long!)

School started for us this past Wednesday! Mark is a big 1st grader, Drew went back to Preschool, and I actually had students in a class. I'm not teaching as of yet, but I am assisting. I'll do my first lesson next Thursday, and by the following week, I will have completely taken over 4 classes. For those of you who do not know, I am student teaching in a 7th grade Reading and Language Arts classroom. I am really excited about it and the kids seem great (but it's only been 2 days so we'll see...) Mark had a fun first day, but he is so tired that he was uncontrollable tonight. He has been so busy. This is the first time that he has gone to school for the entire day, and he has swimming lessons every night from 6-7, so he is really dragging by the time we get home.

I hope that everyone is doing well.

Holly, have you found a place yet? Don't give up, there is one out there for you and David.

BA, when will your move be done? Living out of a box really stinks.

08-01-2003, 09:46 AM
I can't believe I remembered all the words to the song...

"School days, school days, dear old golden rule days,
Reading, and writing, and 'rithmetic,
Taught to the tune of a hickory stick,
You were my queen in calico,
I was your bashful, barefoot beau,
When you wrote on my slate, 'I love you so,"
When we were a couple of kids."

There's a lot of music stuck in the ol' hindbrain. I was singing old jingles with our houseguest last night. Gem had a handful of raisins, so I started singing

"Lay some happiness on me.
Give me raisins and I'll be
So much happier, you'll see.
Lay some happiness on me.
I think raisins taste just dandy
A natural energy treat.
Raisins are as much fun as candy
And as good to eat."

School is far behind me, and a few years ahead of Gem. So we're rather in a school limbo right now. I might as well enjoy it while I can. I understand it starts getting crazy when they go to school. /grin

One thing I've noticed about food and family lately is that I have to pay more attention to the clock at home. *I* may not need to have snacks out all the time, but Gem needs to eat regularly. Yesterday I picked her up from Grandma's and brought her home. She was all sorts of fussy, and kept bursting into tears for no reason. I thought she may be coming down with something. Finally after both of us were frustrated trying to communicate with each other and failing, she took me by the hand, led me into the kitchen and said "Food, Mommy!"

I had assumed she'd had a snack at Grandma's when she got up from her nap, as usual, but I guess they skipped it that day. So I quickly gave her a little yogurt cup and prepped half a PB&J sandwich. By the time her sandwich and milk were ready, the yogurt was gone. What a difference! She started chattering and singing.

I wish she would eat a wider variety of food. It's hard to give her graham crackers or Cheezits when I don't want to eat them. (Well, I WANT to, but don't need to) It's hard to eat my veggies when she won't even look at them (I keep reminding myself that she's two -- she has plenty of time to learn to eat them). The pediatrician says she has a pretty good diet for a two-year-old -- fruit (especially berries and oranges), milk, cheese, hotdogs, chicken nuggets (the only reason we do drive-thru anymore), whole wheat bread, peanut butter, yogurt, crackers, and of course the ubiquitous Cheerios (Which we call "O's" in public and "Purina Toddler Chow" in private).

I remember the FIGHTS I used to have with my Mom about food. Actually, we didn't fight. She pushed, I refused. I used to sneak loaves of bread out of the bread drawer and hide them in the closet, then go sit in there and eat slice after slice of "squishy white bread". I'd eat off the crusts first, then roll the rest into little pellets and eat them one by one. The epitome of decadence!!

My Mom was of the "cottage cheese and raw veggies" diet crowd. I think they all were at that time. Carbs were BAD -- see, we've gone full circle again. /sigh She gave me those little appetite suppresant candies ("Ayds" I think they were called). She pushed me to get out of the house, even if just to take a walk.

I don't want to obsess over food anymore. I want it to be a healthy, interesting, but not overdone thing in my family. I don't want Gem to go through the micro-managing of food that I grew up with and still try to resist doing. I know more about nutrition, dieting, healthy food, and weird Oriental food plans than anyone has a right to know.

So I need to be aware of what Gem eats, and offer her good foods. But not obsess or take it personally when she doesn't want to eat veggies. She's got lots of time to learn to love healthy food. If I offer it, eventually she'll try it. (At least, that's the plan.)

Sorry to ramble this morning. Just got to thinking... (A dangerous pasttime, I know.)

08-01-2003, 10:14 AM
Denise, You are a much better person than I am!! I would never have the patience for a class full of 7th graders. I'm so glad you like your new job and I know you'll have a great year!! We're getting ready for school here too, but we don't start until August 20th. I started buying school supplies yesterday. I just have to stock up for the whole year when Wal-Mart has them so cheap (notebooks for 9 cents and crayons for 20 cents). That way when they run out in the middle of the school year, I just send them to school supply box to get what they need.

Synger, Too Funny!! I remember the Ayds candy and my mom also gave them to me!! The only problem was that I liked them and would sit down with the whole box!!

I know exactly what you mean, sometimes when I really think about it I realize that part of my problem is that I do eat like a kid and that I have to start eating like an adult. If we go to a buffet, or someplace like that, I fill my plate with the same foods that my kids eat, instead of eating more "grown-up" food.

My mom and I also fought about food and I was put on diets starting at about 5 years old, so I've been careful not to make food an issue with me kids. I just give them plenty of healthy choices and they are really good about eating when they're hungry and stopping when they're full. It means that I spend a lot of time in the kitchen because the little ones are rarely hungry at meal times, but always hungry in between meals. As long as they're not filling up on junk, I just let them eat when they're hungry.

Have to start getting everybody ready for the Y. Hope everyone has a great day!

08-01-2003, 01:01 PM
i, for one, am just ecstatic that i DON'T have school starting soon. yuck, yuck, yuck. being so freshly out of it, i still have a bad taste in my mouth.

but actually, david and i *did* sign up for some cooking classes at the local JC, starting aug 18th. so technically, i'm still going to school. but i'd rather not think of it that way, cuz it's all just for fun.

Goddess Jessica
08-01-2003, 01:31 PM
Holly - Oh a cooking class! How much fun is that? What kind of cooking will you be doing? I keep wanting to sign the Cute Boyfriend and I up for a "Martini & Sushi" class that is offered at a posh place near us but it's expensive.

Synger - Funny how parents influence our eating so much. When I was visiting my mother last week, I learned her new husband doesn't like anything unless it comes from a can! My mother LOVES to cook so this has become a frustrating part of her new life. That evening, she made fresh salmon on the grill with a garlic and ginger marinade and a horshradish sauce on the side. He complained that the skin was still on the fish and it was undercooked (he likes everything well well done), that the sauce was too hot. It was like eating with a 2 year old! Luckily, my mother was a diverse cook and I've carried on that tradition very well. :)

As for school! Well, I'm taking a sailing class with the Cute Boyfriend right now and having a blast. However, I did sign up for my fall classes a couple weeks ago and luckily got into all of them. I have a great mixture of fun classes (film, photography) with some mentally stimulating classes (writing, pysch). I've bumped my hours up to 15 and I've still working 30 hours so this should be interesting. :) I'm still looking forward to a great semester.

08-03-2003, 06:01 PM
I miss school. I like the fall season, everything seems fresh & new. I liked starting the new year, you never knew who was going to be your new friend til the first 2-3 weeks, so anything was possible.

I don't have any of the issues you guys mentioned w/my mom & food. She was actually very very good, encouraging me to eat healthy. We both still eat pretty healthy to this day. She would cut up veggies (carrots, cukes, zukes, peppers, broccoli--which she called trees, and cauliflower--which were flowers) and serve them w/dill dip. She even got some of my friends to eat veggies, when their mothers told her "Oh, she won't eat that." The only thing I would never eat, and will never eat, is celery. Just the smell of raw celery makes me wanna hurl. I put it in soup when I make it, but that's about it. I substitute chopped up water chestnuts in tuna & chicken salad for it. One time @ Girl Scout camp they got me to eat it, only by putting a TON of peanut butter and raisins on it.

My mom's only been heavier the last 10 years, and it's nothing I would consider heavy, even. She could stand to lose 40-60 pounds, but like her daughter, hates to sweat & is completely uncoordinated & klutzy.

Tonight I am cooking for my best friend & his boyfriend @ their house, making a recipe from memory. Beef Spiedini? It was thin steak w/a stuffing inside & bacon wrapped around it. We're having grilled veggies & wheat pasta w/it, and blueberries for dessert. :) (I think I'm sneaking in turkey bacon)

08-04-2003, 12:18 AM
Hi all,

I am going back to school at the end of august and my daughter is starting school at the end of august. I am going to go school shopping as soon as my tax credit comes. I can't wait. My daughter starts Kindergarden and I will be in my second year at school.

My food has been doing good, I'm on my 3rd day of atkins induction and the cravings have set in to the point that my tummy feels all messed up. I can't wait till it goes away! But I have already lost 6lbs so i'm happy.

Well I know this is short, but i must go for now.


08-04-2003, 11:06 AM
Heya everyone,

Well the move is "half" done... we got all the boxes moved on Saturday, of course it was the most humid day we've had all summer. I almost passed out a few times and I'm still trying to recover from getting extremely dehydrated. You just could NOT drink enough.

We completely move out this coming saturday and then I'm also on vacation!! wahoo! Hopefully I'll have access to the net, but no garantees.

Our new place is SO phenomenal - I'm getting really excited.

Oh random question - anyone have any ideas of where I could pick up a whole lot of wooden chopsticks for really cheaply? I'm going to do an oriental theme in the dining room and found a pattern for a really cute table runner made from chopsticks. They don't need to be anything fancy!

Well I gotta run.. i have a ton of stuff to do at work this week to prepare for being on vacation next week - I cannot wait!!

08-04-2003, 12:03 PM
Beth Anne:

I usually can find a package of 12 sets of plain bamboo chopsticks in the Oriental section of my local grocery store. If they're out, I go to a Chinese market in a nearby town, or take an hour lunch and walk to Chinatown to the stores there.

If you have to find chopsticks online, here are some I found for the plain bamboo ones. (If you are looking to spend more money and get nice laquered ones for your table runner, most of these places sell those, too). You didn't say whether you needed Chinese chopsticks (rounded end) or Japanese (tapered to a point end), so this is a mixed bag.

If you don't mind the kind that are together at one end and you have to break them apart, try this (100 for $4.00):

Here's one that you don't have to break apart (100 for $8.60)

If you need a WHOLE LOT of them, you can buy them by the case from Dynasty Wholesale

(There's no such thing as too much research)

08-04-2003, 12:26 PM
Synger - You rock!! thanks SO much for the help...

*** off to browse...

I'm planning to put a plant with a beta fish in it on the runner... I think I can use either japanese or chinese chopsticks and I don't mind breaking them apart either.

08-04-2003, 01:38 PM
Originally posted by Goddess Jessica
Holly - Oh a cooking class! How much fun is that? What kind of cooking will you be doing?

we're taking 3 classes - one is basic, one is "california low fat cooking" and one is "regional chinese food." i'm excited, they start in 2 weeks.

beth anne - what a cute idea! david and i will start thinking how to decorate once we get the furniture in. right now, i just have plain old furnature, a few pictures in frames, and a couple old posters. so we're excited to do REAL decorating.. and have it NOT look like a college apartment. we've got ideas for a tropical jungle bathroom. heh. but the decorating is going to be slow because of money restraints. we'll have to see how much extra $$ we will have a month. we worked out a budget, but of course we have to see how it works in practice as opposed to on paper.

so we get the keys wednesday night, but we're not moving in the big furnature just yet. right now we have the basics with us, plus a mini fridge and the microwave. we're going to be sleeping on the floor. anything to get out of david's parent's house!


alright. to work i go. ;)

08-04-2003, 02:07 PM
Hey BA, maybe I've mentioned that we used to live in Japan? At any rate, we have an Asian theme all over the house, but mostly in the Living Room.

Another great table runner or mantle runner is just using an OBI which is one of the belts that's used with a Kimono. Obi are the right width - about 10 inches or so - and very beautiful.

Anyway, we've done lots of inexpensive things that go with our authentic stuff from Japan. We'll be mixing in stuff from Korea when we go to get our precious Elijah.

I'd like to know about your chopstick runner. Post a pic when you finish it!

08-04-2003, 02:52 PM
Happy Monday!!

Life here is pretty good. I have started off the day on the right track. I am eating well and I went back to curves. At the moment, I am very proud of myself. Now I just need to stick with it in the long run. I know if I could just do what I am doing today, I would be successful. One day at a time. I know I don't have to be perfect, just consistent.

Holly Your classes sound great!! I am going to sign up for a cake decorating class. I know, I know. But Jacob's birthday is coming up and I want to start making him super cool cakes every year. I do pretty good on my own, but I think the class would really help. I made a cake that was ruby slippers once. They were soooo cool!!

BA Sounds like you are being very creative!

Bella Good luck with Atkins! I sure have heard great things about it!!

SAPF I do not miss school at all!! I wasn't a good student.

Funny - none of my food issues have anything to do with my mom. She has always been supportive of me. I am actually very lucky.

Denise good luck with school! I am sure you'll do great!!!

08-04-2003, 03:19 PM
You girls will laugh... the reason for the "Oriental" dining room is that room has this really um.. interesting.. wallpaper. It's navy blue with pink slashes across it and long stemmed flowers... I can't really describe. Anyway, it reminds me of chinese restaurant wallpaper ha ha ha and I saw this REALLY cool show on BBC America where they made a chinese themed room and took some cloth napkins and stenciled chinese characters on them, and used them as wall hangings.. and got inspired. Then I found the pattern for the chopstick runner in a magzine.

An Obi sounds BEAUTIFUL but I have to keep this room 1 year old safe. :) My friend's little girl will be over a lot. I stopped at Home Depot today to buy electrical socket protectors and brackets to attach my bookcase to the wall. Her favorite passtime is pulling all my videos off of the shelf, and in this house the shelf could VERY easily fall over on her if not properly secured. I spent part of this weekend using this cool tubing from Home Depot to hide all the cords in the living room - we had to run the tv wires, phone cord, and 2 speaker wires from one side of the room to the other. It was a little pricey, but came out looking quite neat and nice. I need one more length of tubing to finish off hiding everything and then I'll be done. But its $12 a tube, so it can wait, because its just ugly wires running over the door frame - anything within kid-reach is hidden :)

I plan on taking a "photo tour" of the house when we're moved in, I'll be sure to include posting pictures of my home decorating fun. This is the first house I've ever really wanted to decorate. It's quite fun.

08-04-2003, 05:58 PM
sunday david and i accompanied a few of his friends to the nearby renaissance fair. i wore some fun ren faire garb with my boobs all pushed up and hanging out, david was all dressed up and rather drunk, we ate fun food like 'toad in a hole' (pastry with beef inside) and gyros and turkey legs, watched middle eastern belly dancers and a dumb jousting act, and i got 2 necklaces. we were there from 10 am - 7pm. it was a long, long day. but good.

and last but not least, we found out we get the keys to our place on wednesday. just 2 more nights in david's parent's house. 5 1/2 weeks... isn't htat some horror movie or something? it kinda was for me, too. i can't wait to have our own place. =)

and now it's lunchtime on a very slow day at work. i'm eating my healthy choice and countig my calories, like the good little loser i am. catch ya'll lata!

Goddess Jessica
08-04-2003, 06:36 PM
Holly - That is so funny! I spent the entire weekend working at a Ren Faire. Our folk dance troupe is always being asked to do Ren Faires (they pay us so I reluctantly say yes to them even though I don't like them). The highlight of my weekend was watching the guy who performs before us, the WhipBoy. He did all sorts of tricks with a whip. He was a riot.

Since the Ren Faire occupied most of my weekend, I still feel harried from my trip back east. I have been able to clean my house or go grocery shopping. Agh! Of course, I have sailing class tonight so I'll be starving without any food in the house (except for some swiss cheese and torilla chips! :)). Sometimes it's hard to be good.

08-05-2003, 01:05 PM
yesterday was a GREAT day for me. i ate SO well. i wrote it all down. i drank more than 4 bottles of water (more than 2 liters!). and david and i swam laps AND did a little jog. that's what my days should always be like!

here's to hoping i can keep it up and that it shows positively on the scale!

08-05-2003, 01:27 PM
5 1/2 weeks... isn't htat some horror movie or something?

Uh... horror? I wouldn't say so. It was a psycho-thriller with a sexual bondage/control theme.

Don't ask how I know about it unless you REALLY want to know. :devil:

08-05-2003, 01:29 PM
And it was 9 1/2...don't ask me how I know that, either. :lol:

08-05-2003, 02:17 PM
i've heard of that one. seen it in blockbuster, even. i thought 5 1/2 weeks was a different one. ok, i made it up. i'll make up the plotline now...

5 1/2 weeks: a horror movie about a girl trying to live with her future in-laws and still lose weight.. SCARY!

08-06-2003, 03:05 PM
I am very excited today. For lunch I had...are you ready...are you sitting down...a huge plate of LETTUCE, grilled chicken and mandarin oranges. And I LOVED it!! Not just tolerated the lettuce it as usual, but it was great!! And I am stuffed!! And it couldn't hvae been more than 300-400 calories!! :D :D

08-06-2003, 03:23 PM
I am very excited today. For lunch I had...are you ready...are you sitting down...

THAT CRACKED ME UP!! I'm still laughing, Sandi! LMAO.

Whooh..... well, my computer's back. I've been doing pretty good, diet-wise that is. I am trying a new plan called "eat only when you're actually hungry" so we'll see how that goes. Also, I've been having a REALLY hard time getting my water in. Grrowls. But, I'm good at forcing myself, lol.

Holly -- I couldn't imagine living 5.5 weeks in someone elses house. I always get nervous when I'm a "guest" like I want to do everything perfectly, you know?

I went to my first Renaissance fair last fall and I thought it was the freakiest thing ever. *laughs* I got a cool necklace though.

As far as school DON'T SAY THAT EVIL WORD.... *Cringes* I mean, I used to LOVE school (pre-HS) but now I'm just sooooooooooooooo worried about my grades. Getting a 4.0 freshman year puts a TON of pressure on. When you're at the top you can only go down, right? :?:

Had a family reunion over the weekend.... 160 people I DID NOT KNOW. Or, as I refer to it now "The Bohunk Jamboree" lol.

Have a good one, everyone. -Apryl

08-07-2003, 11:22 AM
Hi guys! Greetings from the maintenance end of weight loss. Yes, I'm still maintaining. Life is pretty good. I love the independence of my new apartment, and I just had a lovely weekend involving roses, wine, dinners at nice restaurants, pastry and coffee, a golf lesson, minigolf, a long walk by the river, and another bouquet of wildflowers. I think I found myself a romantic.

08-07-2003, 11:58 AM
It's been an interesting couple of days. Spent the afternoon Tuesday at a funeral for a friend's mother. Sad, but not unexpected. I ended up spending the evening chatting with our houseguest. It's not so bad when you have a couple glasses of wine in you. /grin One note: When you're aiming for 2000 calories a day, it's probably not a good thing to have almost 900 calories of it in alcohol alone. It was quite an evening. /lol

Then yesterday had to take Gem to the doctor. Turns out she has inherited our allergies. Poor thing. All stuffed up nose and runny, crusty, itchy eyes. So she's got Zyrtec for when it's really bad.

Good part was stopping in Toys R Us for a bed rail (she's in a 'big girl bed' now since she learned to climb out of her crib), and getting a cheap plastic Tball set for her. We spent some time in the early evening out in the back yard hitting (more like knocking) balls off the T with the big bat. She had great fun. I feel better now, since I got her a tricycle last weekend and when we got it put together she was JUST too short to use the pedals. She can reach them, but not work them. So we had to put the trike away until Christas or her third birthday (April). I felt awful having to put it away. Who says guilt isn't a great motivator?

Tried my new Bellydance Slimdown tape last night. At first I thought it would be easy, but when they started moving from arms and shoulders down to hipwork, the heart rate definitely ramped up. I can feel it today in my abs, back, shoulders, and legs. Nice workout for only 30 minutes. Could use more cooldown/stretching. But that's almost always my complaint about video tapes -- especially the short ones.

I've discovered Mcdonald's new salads. I'd been avoiding the place, but we went through the drive-in to get Gem some chicken nuggets. It's practically the only meat the child will eat, other than hot dogs and Healthy Choice breakfast sausage. In fact, when she saw the McDonald's "M" on the wrapper she pointed to it and said "chicken nuggets". Talk about brand consciousness. /shudder Anyway, I decided to give the salad a try. I got the grilled chicken bacon ranch salad. It's about 300 calories without dressing. The packet of regular ranch dressing is, in and of itself, about 300 calories, so I only used about a quarter of the packet. It was nice and refreshing with carrots and tomatoes, and just enough bacon to feel decadent.

08-07-2003, 12:48 PM
jeanne! how exciting! romance is something no one should live without!

as for me,

i took 11,885 steps yesterday! woo! i like this little pedometer thingy.

i also was very proud of myself for my eating. we went to rubio's for dinner last night. it's a baja mexican place that specializes in fish tacos. i got the nutritional info during the day, planned out my meal (health mex mahi mahi (fish) burrito), and i follwed through. my calories yesterday were about 1350. so it's all good.

tonight we have a little bit of organizing to do with the stuff we have at the place (mostly clothes), and tomorrow night we return to davis to get the last of our stuff rounded up. saturday is the big move, and i'll be here permanantly. woo.

08-07-2003, 05:40 PM
Wow, Jeanne! You've been having so much fun. All of that does sound incredibly romantic, except maybe the golf lesson. :)

You've been maintaining now for a couple of months, right? It's so exciting to read how well you're doing.

Goddess Jessica
08-07-2003, 06:40 PM
Jeanne Bout time! Woo hoo! Romance is not dead!

Holly Rubios is great. I love their mahi mahi.

Synger Bellydance is great. I love how sometimes you find muscles you never even knew existed. Like, "Whoa, I'm sore in a place that I thought only fat lived!"

Apryl Yeah the Rennies freak me out too. Especially when they're like, "Omigod, that is not appropriate for the 1600's time frame we are suppose to be representing." I'm like, "Did you take a shower today? Yeah? Well, guess what? you're not authentic then either."

Okay girls, listen to this craziness. I signed up for my fall classes a few weeks ago and now I signed up for two more. Yoga and Strength Training. It means that I have to be at school at 7AM!!!! But it also means that it will effect my grade and since I'm a freak about my grades, I'll make sure my butt is in class on time. Am I crazy for doing this or what???

08-07-2003, 07:20 PM
no jessica, you're awesome!! that is the best way to keep exercising!!

08-07-2003, 08:37 PM
Just wanted to check in for a second and let you guys know I am not disappearing.

We are in the middle of bunches of paperwork - signing, notarizing, sending forms to the BCIS (new title for INS) etc. We are also in a flurry of getting the nursery ready (Curious George!)

I am not going to gain this weight back, and I am not going to ditch the diet.

I miss spending time in here and will be back soon!

08-07-2003, 08:40 PM
Well all, I am happy to report that I am now actually getting around without 5 million snacks a day (could be I just don't have the time). Things are still crazy as ever around here. I don't remember if I told you about my mom coming to visit (she was helping with daycare). Well, Monday morning my aunt passed away, and because of school, I couldn't get back home to go to the funeral. My mom ended up leaving ubbruptly, and I have been scrambling with daycare. We are constantly running with school, swimming lessons, my last college class, and all of the everyday housekeeping stuff. I have found myself having to remind myself that I should have a snack if I don't want to overeat the next meal. I know that I am getting thinner (but I'm afraid to weigh myself still).

Well, sorry I didn't check in with everyone. Just don't have the time right now. Hopefully, I'll have more time soon!

08-08-2003, 11:19 AM
Yesterday was good. The weather held for the most part, and I got a good 40 minutes of walking in. Then I lifted for 45 minutes and tried the standing part of my new Stretch tape. It felt wonderful! (for a more specific review of the stretch tape, see the exercise thread)

Gem was so cute. She isn't allowed downstairs when I lift. We have a split level, so she can look down and see me working out. She had taken off her clothes and was just in a diaper. She sat at the top of the stairs watching me. She lifted and lowered her arms as if she were lifting weights, too! I'm gonna have to be careful to make sure I put all the dumbbells on the floor when I'm done. If I leave one on the bench, and she tries to lift it, she could hurt herself. (If they're on the floor, she just won't be able to lift it at all.) I'm using 8 and 16 pounds, and will probably raise the 8 to 12 in another week or so.

Hunter finally has agreed that we can join the gym in September (I get paid every other week, and get an "extra" paycheck in September this year), and I'm getting excited. My birthday is this weekend, so Gem and I are going shopping tomorrow. I have walking shoes, but when I do cardio tapes or lift at home I do it barefooted (I know, not the best thing to do... /sigh). So my birthday present to myself is gonna be a pair of cross-trainer shoes and a gym bag. Maybe a new sports bra, too, if Lady Foot Locker still carries Champion clothes in plus sizes (I LOVE my Champion sports bras -- much more supportive than the cheap one I got at Target).

So, one of my goals for August is to get more comfortable doing squats and good mornings, since they are the only lifts I'm ashamed to do in public. Something about sticking my big butt out like that... /chuckle

As to Ren Faire, I must admit that I'm into it. I have a number of friends who are "Rennies" who work the local faires each year. Hunter and I used to belong to the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a medieval re-creation group. Until Gem was born, we would camp every August for a week with 10,000 of our closest friends for the big Pennsic War, an SCA event that showcased medieval arts, music, dancing, crafts, and lots of people in heavy armor in the Pennsylvania sun hitting each other with big sticks. The "war" is between the Kingdoms of the East (mid-atlantic US) and the Middle (michigan, indiana, and around there). The winner of each event (battles, arts and sciences competitions, archery and fencing competitions) gains a "war point." The side with the most war points at the end of the war wins. The loser gets Pittsburgh. /lol (The original war was over territory, as all good wars are. The area around Pittsburgh is called The Debatable Lands in the SCA, since it has belonged to both the East and the Middle. More info than you ever wanted to know, eh? /grin)


You're in "garb" all week long. Some people put a LOT of effort into their garb and their campsites, and try to be as "authentic" as they can be. Others just get by with Ren Faire garb and focus more on partying all week long. And there are lots of people in between. We're mostly in-between. We wear "early period" garb -- mostly because I can't sew anything more fancy than that. And we stay in a Coleman tent and use a cooler for our drinks. But I do weave or embroider some of our own trim, and know how to card, spin, and dye wool. I have a number of medieval cookbooks, and know a lot of medieval songs (there's a reason I'm called "synger").

We're hoping we can do Pennsic next year, when Gem's a bit older. Or leave her at Grandma's for the week.

08-08-2003, 05:38 PM
i'm doing my best to listen to my body. it's trying to not be hungry ever, though! yesterday i hit 1179 calories, but that was including a bag of popcorn and a wine cooler!

today is going slow, too. had special k for breakfast, weightwatchers ravioli for lunch. this is good though, as long as i make sure i'm getting 1200 and doing some exercising! i hope to see a great number on wed!

08-09-2003, 02:44 AM
Holly, has anyone here ever told you that you ROCK?
Wow... you work so hard, no wonder the weight is FALLING off!!

08-10-2003, 10:21 PM
Wow, there's so much going on here. I had a lovely weekend. I spent 12 hours on Saturday with a gentleman friend. We went to Church, the grocery store, cooked dinner together, played a bunch of silly board games, and walked for hours in the moonlight. Ahh, that was a nice day. Who would think that such a thing was possible. It was a wonderful day.

Not sure how the weight is going. I don't weigh every day and I've sort of been open to gaining a pound or two. I think I have too, but life is so good right now. I think I may be just slightly "twitterpaited?" Is such a thing possible?