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Am I an idiot? October 31, 2007

Filed under: hungryhungryhippo — airingdirtylaundry @ 11:33 am

The answer is yes.

Yes, I am an idiot.

Who the heck starts a diet watching what they eat the week of Halloween AND when they have a certain monthly visitor?

Me, that’s who.

I was able to curb my candy cravings a little by buying candy that I don’t really like and I put it in the dining room last night to keep it out of plain sight.  One thing that may save me is that we’re not going to be home during trick-or-treat.  So no mindless snacking, one-for-you-one-for-me, like usual.  That should help.  And since we’re just leaving a basket of candy on our porch, hopefully some really greedy obnoxious kid without parental supervision will come along and totally clean us out so that there’s nothing left for me to think about eating later.

Mike really loves trick-or-treat and is really going to miss not being there.  But his step-mother’s mother-in-law from her first marriage (I know, I lost you) died this past weekend and the viewing is tonight.  I’m more than a little creeped out about being in a funeral home on Halloween night. The woman died at the age of 96, lived alone, had no illnesses, was not on any medication, and was not even under the care of a physician.  She had just had her driver’s license renewed recently and got herself around to where she needed to go.  Amazing.

I’ll bet she didn’t get to the age of 96 and still in excellent health by pigging out on Halloween candy.


A new lifestyle October 29, 2007

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LaLo speaks the truth

My nephew LaLo pulled on my PJ shirt this weekend and told me I have a big belly.  This is coming from the mouth  of a 2 1/2 year old, so I didn’t break down and cry like I would have if someone older (you know, like 3 or 4) would have said the same thing.

But the truth hurts.

I’ve always been somewhat of a pear shape, but in the past year, I’ve added an apple to the middle of the pear and the upper section of the pear has gotten bigger.  Even the very top of the pear–my head–has gained an extra chin or two. Or three.

I’ve been ignoring it for the most part.  Sure, when I would step on the scale and see that I was only 5 pounds away from THAT NUMBER THAT I WILL NEVER REACH BECAUSE ONLY FAT PEOPLE WEIGH THAT MUCH, I would think “Wow, I need to get off my ass (literally) and do something about that.”

That was 2 months ago.  I haven’t dared to step on the scale since.  I know I’ve surpassed THAT NUMBER, because I can feel it.  I get winded when I run up a flight of stairs (if you can call that running), I’m tired all of the time, and my clothes don’t fit very well or at all. 

Something that OMSH wrote 6 weeks ago really affected me.  She called me selfish and it hurt.  She didn’t call me selfish personally because she doesn’t know me, but if she wants to, that would be probably help.  The more people that I have smacking my hand as I reach for a cookie, the better.  Because I’m thinking “one more won’t hurt.”  But eventually one more WILL hurt.  

I don’t have a medical condition that’s causing me to be overweight (and I’m still using the word “overweight” because the word “obese” scares me).  I have nothing to blame, and no one to blame except for myself.  I am chosing myself over everything and everyone else.

So today’s the day.  I’m trying it again.  Except that I didn’t get up when my alarm went off at 4:50 this morning and get my fat butt on the treadmill before getting ready for work.  Oh, and I didn’t get on the scale this morning, either. Baby steps, right?  I can do this–I’ve done it before.  My problem is that I STOP doing it when I get to a weight/size that I feel more comfortable with.  I don’t make a lifestyle change, I just go on a diet.  And then I go off.  And then I get disgusted and go back on.

So this time I need to make it a way of life.  I don’t have the guts to post my weight on my blog like OMSH did, but I’m thinking that if I’m posting updates on here about my progress, at least I’ll have some incentive to continue on the right track.


LiLo’s 5th birthday

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opening gifts making treats air hockey

What a great (but exhausting) weekend!  Mike and I aren’t used to running around after 2 very active kids.  LiLo had basketball practice in the morning, a tea party in the morning that was a joint birthday party with her friend Ella, barely took a nap, helped make the treats and crafts for her 2nd party, and then off we went to the bouncy place for her second birthday party.  Then back home so that she could open the gifts we had brought for her.  Kind of sad that your 5 year old niece has more of a social life than you do!

 We were exhausted that night and I made my way upstairs by about 1AM.  Usually when we visit them we’re up until 4Am or so, but I just didn’t have any energy left.  Mike and I aren’t used to the constant activity a 5 year old and a 2 1/2 year old demand!

The drive back yesterday was uneventful.  My sister-in-law JLo and her boyfriend AT slept in the backseat most of the way.  Mike dozed off and on until the Steeler game came on the radio.  It was a beautiful bright fall day and we took the scenic route through the hills of VA, WV, MD, and PA.  I drove the entire way back and admired the colors of the trees and the views along the way.  A wonderful weekend.  And now, back to reality! 


Weekend plans October 25, 2007

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What am I doing this weekend?  Early Saturday morning, we’re getting up and making the 6-hour trek to the suburbs of Richmond to visit Mike’s brother’s family.  Our neice, who I will refer to as LiLo, is turning 5 and although we’ll miss her tea party that morning, we’ll be there in plenty of time for her party at a “bounce house” place (think Chuckie Cheese without the big stuffed mouse).  We haven’t seen LiLo or our nephew LaLo since the beginning of August, when they were in town for a few days.

Here are the two darlings together:

LiLo and LaLo

I can’t wait!  Especially since the weather is supposed to cooperate and be sunny and almost 80 degrees!


NaBloPoMo October 24, 2007

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Sure . . .I’ll try anything once.  Don’t know what the heck I’m thinking, though.  Mike and I are spending Thanksgiving in Vegas and will also be away the first weekend in November.  I may just be setting myself up to fail.  NO WAY am I taking our laptop on vacation, and I’m not so sure that I want to set my vacation schedule around the hotel’s business center hours.  But I’ll give it a go and see what happens . . .


Psycho cyber-stalker killer’s victims all listed in blogroll!

Filed under: blogging — airingdirtylaundry @ 10:55 am

Just kidding.  I’m in a newspaper-headline, attention-grabbing kinda mood today. 

I recently read Kerflop’s post about the demise (and now resurgence) of her blogroll.  Being new to blogging, I wondered about the politics behind it all for awhile now (“awhile” meaning the measly 2 1/2 months my blog has been in existence).  When setting up my blog initially, I went in and immediately linked to all of the blogs that I had been reading.  Some were funny, some were crazy, and some were an interesting read.

As the days passed, I thought more about it.  My first thought was that the linkee would be flattered–who doesn’t like to see their name in print (except for in the police blotter or the obituaries.  But I guess you wouldn’t get to see your own name in the obituaries, so that doesn’t really count).  But then I thought, “what if the linkee checks out the linker’s website and feels violated that they’ve been linked by someone that they don’t jibe with or oppose their views with every fiber of their being?”  I know I would be shocked to end up on some crazed psychopathic maniac’s website and see my blog listed on their blogroll!  Maybe that’s an extreme example, but you get my drift.

There are a lot of politics involved in the blogroll, and I’m the type of person who really doesn’t want to offend anyone, especially people I don’t know “in real life”.  So if you see your blog listed in my blogroll, and have a problem with it, feel free to tell me to remove it.  I will continue to read every word you write and stalk you (just kidding!), but if you’re not comfortable with me linking you, I’d rather know.

On the other hand, that’s what you get for blasting your daily life and random thoughts all over the internet!  There’s a certain vulnerability when you have a blog, and I guess you have to be prepared to deal with it.

Me, personally?  I’d be flattered to be listed on someone’s blogroll.  Even if it is a psychopathic killer.


Incredibly HUGE (but fun) meme! October 23, 2007

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This one’s called “Everyone’s Weird”.  Pretty much self-explanatory.

1. What kind of SOAP is in your bathtub right now?  Dial White.  According to my husband, there will never be another kind of soap in our house.  God forbid they stop making it.

2. Do you have any watermelon in your refrigerator? Nope.  Hello, we’re on the verge of winter here!

3. What would you change about your living room? Add an area rug, buy new furniture, decorate better.  The only thing I’m really happy about is the paint color!

4. Are the dishes in your dishwasher clean or dirty? Dirty.

5. What is in your fridge? Activa yogurt, about half a gallon of milk that’s a few days away from it’s expiration date, beer, green tea, lettuce, cucumbers, and that’s about it.  Grocery trip is tonight so we’re at the stage where the fridge is almost bare.

6. White or wheat bread? Wheat.

7. What is on top of your refrigerator? The glass that goes into a picture frame.  Even though there’s no kiddos in our house, it was about the only safe place to put it.

8. What color or design is on your shower curtain? Master bathroom has a frosted glass shower door, but the hall bathroom has a burgundy/gold/green pattern to it that sounds horrible but is actually pretty cool.

9. How many plants are in your home? None IN my home, but a few potted mums outside.  I have a black thumb and 2 cats that like to eat any form of vegetation, so no plant is safe in my house. 

10. Is your bed made right now? You could ask this question every day, and the only time you’d get a “yes” is when we have company coming over.

11. Comet or Soft Scrub? I’ve used both in the past and am not impressed with either.

12. Is your closet organized? More than I ever thought it would be.

13. Can you describe your flashlight? What the heck kind of question is this?  We have 45 flashlights of every shape, size, and color, but can never find one of them when the power goes out.

14. Do you drink out of glass or plastic most of the time at home? Glass.

15. Do you have iced tea made in a pitcher right now? Yes.

16. If you have a garage, is it cluttered? YES, YES, YES.  I’m too embarrassed to even post a picture.

17. Curtains or blinds? We have blinds everywhere for privacy, but one of these days I’ll get around to making curtains having curtains made.

18. How many pillows do you sleep with? At least 2 and sometimes 3. One for my head, body pillow, and sometimes I hug another pillow to me and put my back up against the body pillow.

19. Do you sleep with any lights on at night? Small, weak nightlight in the bathroom for when I get up in the middle of the night. Otherwise, the darker, the better.

20. How often do you vacuum? When I win the PINK DYSON, I will vacuum every day, I promise!  Until then, only when absolutely necessary.

21. Standard toothbrush or electric? Standard, although I do have an electric.

22. What color is your toothbrush? White and green.

23. Do you have a welcome mat on your front porch? Yes–a housewarming gift from a friend.

24. What is in your oven right now? Hopefully nothing.

25. Is there anything under your bed? Cat hair.  Does that count?

26. Chore you hate doing the most? CLEANING. THE. BATHROOM.

27. What retro items are in your home? Whatever we have, it’s in boxes in the basement that we STILL haven’t unpacked.

28. Do you have a separate room that you use as an office? Not really–a sitting room off of our bedroom that has a desk in it.  But it’s not really an office.

29. How many mirrors are in your home? 6

30. Do you have any hidden emergency money around your home? Not unless you count the 2 jugs of loose change that we’ve accumulated.

31. What color are your walls? Kitchen and family room are a tan color that has a greenish cast to it by lamplight; dining room is dark blue; living room is “stadium red”; and one of the bedrooms is yellow (hopefully a nursery one day).  The rest of the house will get painted this winter when the painting fairy comes to visit.

32. Do you keep any kind of protection weapons in your home? Pocketknife maybe, but nothing I’d consider to be a real weapon.

33. What does your home smell like right now? Bayberry candle that I had lit for awhile last night (to cover the scent of cat poop emanating from the laundry room litter box).

34. Favorite candle scent? Vanilla

35. What kind of pickles (if any) are in your refrigerator right now? Kosher dill.

36. What color is your favorite Bible? Dark red.

37. Ever been on your roof? No, and I don’t intend to EVER be on the roof unless there’s a flood.

38. Do you own a stereo? Yes.

39. How many TVs do you have? Four in the house and 2 in the basement (not being used).  We’re not crazy, we’ve just inherited a lot of TVs over the years.

40. How many house phones? Three.

41. Do you have a housekeeper? Yes.  She and I share the same name, the same lack of interest in housekeeping, and the same tolerance for dirt and grime.  I suck She sucks at housecleaning.

42. What style do you decorate in? I call it “elegant country”.  Not roosters/ducks/cows kind of country, just rustic kind of stuff.

43. Do you like solid colors in furniture or prints? Solids or muted prints.

44. Is there a smoke detector in your home. Yes, I think there are 2 downstairs and one in each bedroom.

45. In case of fire, what are the items in your house which you’d grab if you only could make one quick trip? Define “quick”!  I’d definitely take our mini-safe that has important documents and the cats.  But if I had the time–albums of pictures that haven’t been scanned yet and our “memory box” where we toss ticket stubs and mementos.

Wow, this is time-consuming.  If you want to do it, feel free, but grab yourself a tall drink and a light snack for the adventure!


The long-awaited benefit post October 22, 2007

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Oz accepting the Humanitarian of the Year award

Mike and I both lost our mothers to cancer–his in 1998 and mine in 2001.  Our families both dealt with it in different ways–his discussed things in depth and mine treated it like the elephant in the room.  Their illnesses were very different–length, effects, treatments–but had some commonalities.  One of which was the American Cancer Society. 

One day in 2002, Mike and I were sitting at the bar at a country club waiting for some friends to meet us for dinner and we were talking about sponsoring a golf outing and having the proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.  I wasn’t too enthralled by the idea.  I don’t golf, so I wanted to do something that I’d be interested in too.

Months later, Mike was turning 30, and instead of having a traditional birthday party for him, we decided to ask everyone to bring a donation for the American Cancer Society instead of a gift.  During the planning stages, we decided to do a 50/50 and were able to scrounge up enough prizes to have a raffle.  We invited family and close friends, had a great time, and raised somewhere around $1000. 

That was when we decided to do it every year, and make it a stand-alone affair, unrelated to Mike’s birthday.  The next year, we put a little more effort into it and raised a few thousand dollars.  Each year, the benefit has grown.  We now get about 150-200 people the night of the event, and donations coming in from those who can’t attend.  We spend months planning it, enjoy every minute, and always have an empty feeling that night after it’s all over.

The last 2 years, we’ve raised around $6000.  This year our only hope was to beat that, and we did!  Donations are still coming in, but we should be somewhere around $9000.  More than we ever thought we could raise!

Oz (in the picture above), was a big help to us this year.  He raised $2000 on his own through co-workers and friends.  This year we made him the “Humanitarian of the Year”, but he didn’t do it for the attention or the cheap bowling alley pro shop plaque.  He did it because his life has been affected by cancer.  He’s lost family, friends, and co-workers to cancer.  And he made it a point this year of doing everything he could to raise money.  What an inspiration he is!

I dream of the day where our benefit is a $200-a-plate fancy affair with celebrities in attendance and silent auction items that raise $9000 on their own.  But 40 years from now, when Mike and I are still hosting it a Pittsburgh bar, still getting the same people to come, and still raising an amount that isn’t but a drop in the big bucket of cancer fund-raising, I think we’ll still be proud of what we’re doing and who we’re doing it for–our mothers, gone before they were 50, who will never know their grandchildren.


A Pink Dyson?!?!?!

Filed under: giveaways — airingdirtylaundry @ 9:32 am

I want it.  I want it soooo bad I can TASTE it!  (It doesn’t taste very good by the way–kind of metallic and plastic).  All of a sudden, pink is my favorite color and I have an urge to vacuum!

I’m supposed to encourage others to enter, but please don’t.  BECAUSE I WANT IT.  I will sell my soul for it (just kidding, devil–just a figure of speech!).  You can go look at it, but if you get it instead of me, I will be very very angry.  And we all know what happens when I get angry, don’t we?

Please, please, please!  There’s a year’s worth of cat hair clogging up my carpets that my chintzy generic vacuum just can’t suck up.  I’d be able to go back to walking on our carpet in BARE FEET instead of having to wear socks. 

And the biggest reason for wanting the pink Dyson?  Vacuuming is the only chore that Mike really ENJOYS (I think it’s the noise/machinery thing).  And I know I would ENJOY watching him with a pink Dyson!


8 Random Things October 21, 2007

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I’ve been tagged by my Swaparooni buddy, The Angel Forever

Here are the rules–you list 8 random things about you and then tag a few other people to do it, with links to their blog.  Then leave a comment that they’ve been tagged.  Here are my 8 random things:

1. I met my husband in college at the University of Pittsburgh.  One of my roommates sophomore year, Heather (who was randomly assigned to live with us), ended up dating a guy she had gone to high school with, MikeG.  MikeG and my Mike were roommates.  The rest is history.  Heather and MikeG were married at Heinz Chapel at Pitt in 1998; Mike and I were married there the next year.

2.  I’m a coupon-cutter.  I have a system.  Every Sunday while Mike is watching football, I cut that week’s coupons from the Sunday paper, put them in my organizer, and then make up that week’s shopping list.  I use an envelope to write up the grocery list after looking through my grocery store’s weekly ads, and then look through my organizer to find coupons. The coupons then go in the envelope.  Some weeks I go really crazy and plan out each night’s dinner in advance, using post-it notes to mark recipes in cookbooks, and then making sure that whatever ingredients I need are on my list.  And the list is in order based on the way my grocery store is organized.  Crazy, I know.  But I end up saving a lot of time at the store, and I usually save about 15% to 20% off my bill.  And it satisfies some of my OCD urges!

3. I’m fairly good at fantasy football.  Or maybe everyone in my league is NOT good.  Either way, I’m 5-1 so far this year and today’s matchup should be a fairly easy win.  My only loss this year was last week, to Mike.

4. As much as I love hanging out with my friends, I’m a loner at heart.  I have no problem spending a whole day by myself (although that rarely happens!), going shopping by myself, and even eating in a sit-down restaurant by myself.  Sometimes I really welcome my “alone time”.

5. I love to dance, much to the chagrin of my husband.  Thankfully, it only happens when I’ve had too much to drink and someone to dance with, and Mike is sometimes able to talk some sense into me and make me stop.  If nothing else, it’s great exercise! 

6.  I have widely varied music tastes–VERY widely varied!  One day it’s blues, the next it’s rap, the next it’s 80s.  I can listen to and like just about anything.

7. My favorite day of the year is always the day after the benefit that Mike and I run for the American Cancer Society (more on that later).  We tally up the proceeds, do all of the paperwork and write out thank-you notes, and then spend the rest of the day relaxing and doing whatever we want to.  And we re-hash the events of the night before. If we can, we usually take that Monday off work and continue our celebration.  On Sunday this year, we went to a local restaurant for a light dinner and a drink, and then went to the casino and ended up at Sheetz getting MTOs at 4AM.  At random times throughout the night, we would just look at each other and smile, happy that this year’s benefit was such a success.  Monday entailed a fantastic Japanese lunch and more relaxing!  A perfect 2-day celebration before returning to work on Tuesday.

8. I like to cut the grass, although I rarely get the chance.  Mike HATES to cut the grass, and I ususally have to BEG him to do it.  Yes–we’re that family.  The one with the perpetually overgrown lawn.  If I could get the lawnmower started on my own, I would just do it myself.  I welcome the noise, the comfort in seeing the progress being made, and the “alone time”.  But until I can get the mower started on my own, it will continue to be a power struggle.  Me asking Mike to start the mower for me and him feeling that he has to do it himself because it’s a “manly” chore.

OK, there’s my 8 random things!  Now I’m going to tag 2 others–Dutch Blitz and A Day in the Life . . .

Thanks for including me, The Angel Forever!