Friday, September 27, 2013

Glasses for everyone in my house it seems

The parent teacher conference yesterday wasn't as bad as I feared thankfully. Hubby was able to get off so that we could both go in and talk to her. She told us a story about how B went straight to red that day.

It seems he was working on a project and was almost done when she announced that time was up. My precious little angel shouted out "DAMMIT"  :X    Whoops! She said it was hard not to laugh since he did use it appropriately. LOL

While we were there we asked for an update of his evaluation. We (and her) had done our part by filling out a Conner's Test a few weeks ago. She called to see what was going on because she didn't even know and it turns out that he failed the vision test. They were planning on retesting him next week but they didn't notify her or us. With the school system your child has to pass both a vision and hearing test before they will continue with evaluations (We knew this from when A was tested for gifted but didn't know it worked the same) After the meeting we took the boys to the mall to get his eyes looked at. (Pediatricians office hadn't noticed anything at his May appt. but B can be squirrely when he doesn't want to cooperate)  Turns out it was a great thing to take him as his vision is terrible!  Way worse than A's is even. EKKK!  We had no idea. He shall be sporting some glasses in about three weeks. Once we make sure the prescription is good then I will be ordering many pairs for both children online.

Yes, I said online.

 I have found the magic of Zenni Optical.  Like you, I have seen the ads to order glasses online cheap. I poo-poo'ed the idea in my head though. At one point I got a email about doing a sponsored post for one of the online companies. I deleted it after I read it so I don't even know who it was from. (Every once and a while I get a sponsored post request but they are usually crappy and get deleted)

When I had my mommy day a few weeks ago my girlfriend was raving about Zenni and how the whole office orders from there. Since I had a fresh prescription in my hand I decided to try it. I ordered a $6.95 pair (plus $4.95 tint of purple) and a $15.95 pair (plus $4.95 tint of blue)  It took them 13 days to arrive and I LOVE THEM!  I will fully admit the cheaper pair are kinda flimsy. I would not get this type for the kids. (think reading glasses in frame strength)  For me though they are great. The other pair I got the tint done as dark as possible and use them as custom made sunglasses.  They are wonderful! 

I mean really? two pairs of glasses plus shipping for $37.75. Fantastic! Oh- and because I am super lazy I didn't even pay by credit card because then I would have had to get out of bed.  I used paypal to pay for the glasses. :)

*This is not a sponsored post nor did I receive anything from them- I am just that happy with my order*

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

1408 days

The total number of days between Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 and Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 is 1,408 days.

This is equal to exactly 3 years, 10 months, and 8 days.

1,408 days is equal to 201 weeks and 1 day.
The total time span from 2009-11-17 to 2013-09-25 is 33,792 hours.
This is equivalent to 2,027,520 minutes.
You can also convert 1,408 days to 121,651,200 seconds.
Today is 9/25/2013 and 11/17/2009 is exactly 1408 days before today.

These are screen shots of my profile on the body media web site.

 I did reactivate my account this morning as you can see. I also weighed in a day early so that my numbers would be accurate.

 I ran into some not so pleasant news while looking at my historical WI's. (see above)  It has been 1408 days since I have last weighed as much as I do now. You can see by the purple shading under that it just goes up, up, and up.  :(

Just wow.


I ended up with a fever last night.

Playing out in the rain probably did not help that but there wasn't much I could do about it. 
I cleared out the fridge like I said I was going to and then went to the dump. 
Went to Publix to get more fruits/veggies and it started pouring when I was checking out. Loaded the groceries in the trunk in the rain and life went on. Left to pick up the boys from extended day from there. By the time I got to the school it was really pouring. Got the boys in the car with them being wussies about getting wet. Arrived home to it still raining really bad. Parked as close as I could to the house and got the kids inside. Then I had to get the groceries from the trunk. After the first trip (of me setting them in the door way and the kids walking to kitchen) I was over the sopping shirt and I took it off.

 Oh yes I did!

 I made three more trips of about 10 feet to the trunk in just my bra and capris.  Haha!  I figured even if any of my neighbors were glancing out the window that the rain would make it blurry anyway. I immediately took a quick shower. Wet from warm rain= icky.  Wet from warm shower= normal.  Unloaded all the groceries and then mopped up the mess all the water and shoes made.  Then of course I remembered that hubby wasn't going to be coming home till later which left me to deal with my hellions alone with a fever.  He was smart enough to bring me home a starbucks (for this morning) at least.  (I like to put a latte in the fridge overnight so it is cold but not watered down the next day)

If anyone was keeping track I did end up tossing the chicken. I decided not to chance eating it and was going to shred it for the dogs but then the fever hit and I said screw that noise. 

I feel better today but still have a low grade fever. Three more days of vacation left.  Tomorrow I have a parent teacher conference with B's teacher. That should be fun. NOT  

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Stay-cation is turning into a Sick-cation

Well the first two days were great.

 I woke up with a sore throat on Monday and it has just progressed on. :(  I had plans on stuff I wanted to get done and instead it is nothing getting done. The only think I have accomplished is washing dishes and washing one load of laundry. That load is still in the dryer though. I do have the washer loaded with a 2nd load but I am not ready to start it yet. I have to make sure I will be committed enough to swap it first. Yeah- stupid I know. LOL  I do have a chicken in the oven but I am not sure if we can eat it or it will be dog food. I cannot smell- Organic whole chicken- two days past the sell by date. It wasn't slimy at all though so I figured I would chance it.

I wanted to wake up early this week and just go, go, go. Instead it has been raining each day and I have slept, slept, slept. I know I could still get up and go while being sick since it appears to be a head cold. However head colds tend to turn into chest things if I am not careful. I have been sitting here thinking that this might not be so bad if I had a marathon of something to watch. I try to watch new things but nothing ropes me in. I have even tried to watch older shows like Charmed and I just lose interest.

Aww man! I just remembered hubby will be home late today so it will just be me and the kiddos.

Karen over at has broken out her new (to her) body bugg (now gowearfit)

I am tempted to reactivate mine just for the heck of it. She is the little devil in my ear chiming to DO IT, DO IT. I don't know if it will help me out any but I figure it cannot hurt either.

Ohh I just had an idea on something I can do that NEEDS to be done and that will not be to taxing on my sicky self. Off to clean the fridge!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Story time Sunday

Yeah, first day of Fall!

I woke up to two boys fighting over who's turn it was on the XBOX. @@  I knew that I didn't want to listen to that all day. I laid in bed trying to figure out what we could do today. An idea, then a phone call asking if it was OK and we were off.  

We went down to Tampa area to visit with my momma. We hadn't seen her in a long time and we figured it would be a great way to spend the day. We also figured we could hit Red Robin on the way home. YUMMMMM

My mom brought out a large box of pictures for me to look through. These were all pictures she had sent to her mom over the years that were mailed back to her when her mom passed on. I kept zeroing in on the ones of me that my mom had sent when I was in my teens. I remember back then thinking I was sooooo fat!!  I would have been about a size 10/12 then. I was studying my jaw line in the pictures and I couldn't believe how thin I was. The pictures stopped at 16 in which I can see that I started to gain a little there.  I was trying to think about it on the way home as far as why I would have gained then. The only thing I could think of was that I was working then so I was probably eating to much fast food. I had my own money then which we all know equals freedom to a teen. My first job was at a movie theater as well so unlimited popcorn (popped in coconut oil yummy) and unlimited cherry coke didn't help either. 

Odd thing is I remember myself as being fat pretty much my whole life. I know my mom has made comments to me before that I was not. I see now that I was overweight (short in sz. 12) but not obese which is what the word overweight mean't to me. I know that technically the weight I was at was obese classification but I never truly felt obese till I crossed that 190 lb mark. 

This picture below I would have been about 160-ish in. I couldn't tell you my exact weight because I never got on a scale. You can see I did a lovely 3 month stint at Wendy's in Collegeville PA. Wait? What? She was in PA? you might be thinking. Something you probably do not know about me. I am not sure if I ever mentioned it or not. I was in the Navy.  I joined the Navy to basically break free of a co-pendant relationship I had with my first ever boyfriend. (Who was a DB stringing me along while he had a new GF)

 I joined with the best of intentions and a ASVAB score that qualified me for Nuclear Navy.  I chose a different route and signed up for a 6 year term. Never made it out of boot camp. I left the week before battle stations. I was sick almost the entire time. Going from Miami, FL to Great Lakes, Illinois during Novemeber with snow on the ground was a shock to my system. I wasn't myself the entire time I was in there. I was a meek little mouse which is sooo not my style. One day when I was in medical for tendinitis the DR asked me if I wanted to be there. I started crying hysterically and I. could. not. stop. They sent me for lunch and by the time I came back I was still crying. They signed off on my discharge papers and I went to mommy's house in PA. I only stayed there for 3 months coming out of my shell shocked brain washing. I wanted to go back to FL and see the loser ex. (I could smack myself for that) All I knew was Miami and I wanted to go home something fierce. 

I went back- finally met someone new and broke off the unhealthy relationship with the ex. Was in a year relationship with him till it went down hill. Was single for a while then decided to up and move to Central FL as my brother lived up here. As you know I met hubby on AOL two weeks before I moved here and the rest is history. 

I was going to crop out my little brother but then I figured why bother.  He is 19 now so he looks a wee bit different. LOL  This picture is about 14 years old.

Friday, September 20, 2013


I am officially ON VACATION!  YEAH!  Of course it is a stay-cation with nothing planned. It is a week that I do not have to go to work though so I am thrilled!

I have a new little hobby lately. I set up a 10 gallon tank to keep feeder fish in for the turtle and snakes. Well I kinda fell in love with the feeder guppies.  I might have gotten a little to excited about the concept of baby fish and picked up a very pregnant female guppy. She might have had babies the same night I bought her. LOL  I have about 40 itty bitty babies quarantined for safety in the tank. I will try and post up some pictures tomorrow for you all.

I am going to bed nice and early.  I am hoping to wake up full of energy ready to tackle whatever my heart desires. :)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WI tomorrow

I expect that it will be a good one after last weeks zero.

Even with the pie that husband brought home from Yoder's  in Sarasota. (Combo of @@ and YUMMY!) He volunteered  last Saturday with a friend at the Life's A Beach Triathlon.

I am so grumpy that I was trapped at work while he was out having fun. You may remember I volunteered at a race in Jan of 2012 and I really enjoyed it. I was uber jealous of him all day. I mean really- He gets to be the student trainer at work (which he adores), he gets to watch sports all day. (which he adores) While I have to work to pay the bills.  GRRRR

Yes, I have the green eyes I admit it!  LOL  I am still behind on my bloggy reading.  One day I will catch up I promise!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Goose egg

As you can see I stayed the same this week.  I have no complaints about that as my eating has not been that great and I have a certain visitor on her way out.  

B got his first official referral today. Ugh, this child of mine! We are currently working with the school to get him evaluated. Once we have that in our hands we will follow the next course of action. 

I am so behind on blog reading hence why you haven't heard from me lately. Hope to catch up on my reading in the next day or two. On the plus side though I washed three loads of laundry and surface cleaned the house today. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Another mentality shift lightbulb

On Saturday afternoon I met a girlfriend for a early dinner as I mentioned in my last post.

I had eaten nothing up to that point of the day and it was 5:30pm. (I did have a Starbucks iced latte though so I had consumed calories) I was just starting to feel hungry when we were seated. My gf could not understand how I hadn't eaten anything all day. She said she is starving every day about noon and then again at 6 pm. I explained to her that I left the house early and I am not a breakfast eater. I ran around on my day off and never even thought about food because I was occupied. I tried to explain to her about how I used to live to eat and now I try and eat to live.

When we were walking through the mall we were remarking on how good the cinnamon roasted pecans smelled. I had a touch of internal dialogue (Ummm I want... NO, SUGAR!!, you already had some today in the latte. Are you trying to start an avalanche?) Then we walked past the Aunt Annie's pretzel stand. They too smelled divine. I was able to ignore those thoughts a little easier though. We did our browsing at the mall as you know then split up for her to go home and me more shopping.

I went to Kohls and then Walmart. I didn't get home until after 1 am. I was kinda laughing to myself that I needed to email my friend about how it was so late and I hadn't eaten again and that I wasn't hungry. Then I had a moment. One of those "Holy crap how my mentality has changed" moments. I say that as before a typical day for me would have been. Starbucks, sushi, roasted nuts, 2 pretzels (one salt with cheese and one almond with glaze) eaten spaced apart but during the same day, possibly another starbucks, then I would have gotten a Sonic meal deal for dinner at 11:30 pm.  Not because I was hungry-  just because it tastes yummy.  (o.O)  No wonder I was pushing 250 pounds!  I never let myself get hungry.  I just ate and ate and ate.  Talk about an eye opener.

Disclaimer: Since I am low carbing I eat when I am hungry not just because the clock says I should.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Mommy relax day.

First I had to hit up the auto store as hubby's car has been getting slower and slower upon start up when the engine cranks. Auto store tested the battery and it was almost dead. Replaced the battery as it would suck to be stranded on Mommy Day.  LOL  Our battery was 3 yrs old and had a 11/10 sticker on it. On the counter there was the same kind with a 7/10. I mentioned it to the sale rep and he said he had noticed the same thing. After the car was fixed I popped on over to Eyeglass World.  Momma has been wanting contacts again for a while. I haven't had them in almost eight years. Turns out my eye's haven't changed much since my last eyeglass appointment 3 yrs ago. As far as contacts go I will have the same script in each eye so that will be nice for buying them. The trial pair I am in now are .25 higher than what I should have due to them only having one of what I need. After I left the eyeglass place (right next store to auto place) the rep was changing another battery. He told me I started a avalanche and they were all the same kind of battery. Whoops!
Temporary sunglasses

I them popped over to Target for sunglasses. The entire time I was dealing with an earworm. The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades. LOL Contacts refract more light into the eye (according to eye Dr) so not only was I seeing HD but super bright. No sunglasses as to what I wanted and I only ended up with one thing. I planned on being out all day and what I needed to buy wouldn't have lasted in the car (crayons). I did have a PSL though. Slurp, slurp, slurp. Naughty mommy as far as the sugar but it sure was good. :)

After Target I went to Ulta to pick up some nail polisher remover pads. I had tried to remove the polish from my tootsies earlier and it seems my remover is to old because it sucks. Ended up getting talked into a haircut while I was there. While I was talking to the hairdresser about my hair I did mention that we had a round of lice in June but they should be eradicated. She checked my hair and said all was well. (Yeah! Always paranoid about that now) We proceeded with the haircut and were making small talk. As she was blow drying my hair she said "Oh, there's one" I immediately went CRAP! Started the internal freak out of OMG I thought we got rid of them. ZOMG  ZOMG ZOMG. She is being so cool about this, I thought salons had to go on red alert if someone walked in with lice.  Then I was like WAIT A MIN! In our small talk I had asked her if she saw any grey hairs. She had told me no she didn't. Every time I get a haircut I ask because I have yet to see one. So I asked if she mean't a gray hair and she said yes. Ohmygoodnessthankgoodness! LOL
So I now know I have at least one gray hair. Not to bad for being the ripe old age of 36. After my cut I grabbed the polish remover pads, a few clearance lip crayons, and a mini tweezerman. Used my coupon so the lip crayons were free.

Then I was off to the day spa that I had a GC to from my birthday. I used a nail polish remover pad in the parking lot.  They rock! Then proceeded to have a 30 minute deep tissue shoulder massage then a basic pedicure.  

Met a girlfriend for an early sushi dinner. Her birthday was yesterday and we hadn't gotten together in forever. We then hit the mall for sunglasses and hit the mother load at FYE of all places. All of their sunglasses were marked down to $2 each. SCORE!  My girlfriend ended up going home and I hit up Kohl's. I spent like two hours there strolling around and looking for clearance. I originally went to look at clearance purses and I was not dissapointed.  Then I hit Wallyworld for a while and home. Loooooong day!
These two pretty girls now live with me.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Not even a month into the school year and I have been called by the teacher and now the dean. B is very immature for his age. Always wants things his way and he isn't afraid to throw a fit/whine. His teacher called me to basically make sure there was nothing wrong with him (like hypersensitive) two weeks ago. He tends to not like loud noises or things touching him sometimes. I see that as more of an attention thing though. She warned me that he may be getting lots of yellows and reds for not following directions. I told her I was expecting that so no worries. She said that she will concentrate on making sure that he understands that it is her way. Of course with 25 students in the class I know it isn't easy for her. I told her to please let me know if she thinks he should be evaluated for anything as she has more experience than us. (A is a quiet, obedient child)  That afternoon I discussed it with the after school care supervisor as she works at the old VPK B attended also and knows him. She agreed that it was a immature/ attention thing when I told her how I view it.  I thought life would move on and things would get better.

 Cue today- 9:25am phone call from the dean telling me that B was in his office for spitting. He told me B would not talk to him and tell him what was doing on. He asked if I wanted to talk to him and I told him sure but he isn't a phone talker. He held the phone up and I told B that he was the boss and he needs to talk to him. Then I started to ask if he was scared and I could hear his fast breathing. (broke my heart as I knew he was terrified) The dean told me it was a warning this time. Siiigh. I wanted to run right out of work to get him but I knew that he needed to experience the fear and realize there are consequences for his actions.  I got out of work early and picked up some feeder fish for the reptiles and then the boys. When I got to the school the after school care supervisor pulled me aside to tell me that B wasn't listening or following directions and that if he doesn't start that he will not be able to stay in the program. She recommend I speak to guidance about getting him tested for something. Well $%&@!  Had the sit down talk with him which of course I don't know how much he will retain. Siiigh.  After he did his homework and sat around bored for a while (no electronics or anything for punishment) I had him do this.

Hubby is at the school watching a volleyball game so it is just me and the kids.
This is last nights dinner. Baked cod with my sauteed cabbage.

Monday, September 2, 2013

New respect.

It is after midnight currently. So officially I am writing this post to you early Tuesday morning. Anyway a few minutes ago  I was laying in bed thinking about how late it is and the fact that I need to sleep. I happened to flip over (I move- a lot) and felt a slight twinge of back muscle pull. That immediately reminded me of how poopy my Friday night was.  I cannot sleep as the memory is here in my brain so here I am to blog about it and hopefully be able to get it off my mind. It is still a bit of a twilight memory even though I was wide awake during some and the last part.

I went to bed Friday night at a normal hour (for me) and went to sleep pretty fast. I half woke up each time I rolled from my left to right side. I half woke up because I was in pain. My back was not feeling good but I was sleeping and wasn't fully conscious. I woke up at 4am in extreme pain. My entire center back on both sides was hurting really badly. Every twist and turn I was literally saying "ow, ow, ow" As I was laying in bed I was mentally freaking out. Even thought I am fat I have never had back problems. I was laying there thinking that this must be how people feel when they have back issues and oh my word now I get it.  I mentally rated my pain a solid 7 and told myself if it got any higher I was hobbling myself to the ER. (I have a pretty high pain tolerance) Then I felt dumb "Excuse me nurse- My back really hurts" so self treatment it was.

I got up and very slowly moved around grabbing the walls and what not looking for pain reliever. I finally remembered that I had some generic aleve so I went to find that. I read the instructions and took two and went and laid back down hoping that this worked. I was wondering how in the heck I was going to be able to go to work in the morning. I decided that if I felt the same in the morning I was calling out. (I have been there going on seven years and have only called out twice and both times it was from B being admitted to the hospital at 6w and 8w for unexplained fevers) I tried to relax and let the medicine do it's job. It took freaking forever because as we all know the more pain you are in the harder it is for the medicine to kick in. (Says she that didn't know she had to ask for her own meds after having a c-section with B)  I eventually slipped back to sleep and woke up at 6am with my back still in pain but more of a 5 at that point. I was hoping that in the two more hours of sleep I knew I could get before work that I would feel even better. I was right.  I woke up at 8:20 and my back pain was more of a 3 so it was getting better. I got ready and headed off to work with a tender back. Mind you the entire time I was saying "ow, ow, ow"  LOL  By the time noon rolled around I was feeling almost normal. Noon is when the medication was due to wear off so I wasn't sure what to expect. By the evening it was like it never happened.

I don't know what the heck caused it (I didn't do anything odd Friday that would pull a muscle or anything) but I sure hope to never have to deal with that pain again. I totally have a new respect for people with back injuries now though. Saturday and Sunday night were normal. My back feels tense now but I think it is more of the reliving the memory of it all.

I should probably just treat this as a journal post and mark it private but what the heck- public it is. Maybe one of ya'll have experienced the same thing and have some insight.


A whole lot of nothing

is what is happening today in my house.  Well that isn't totally true I guess.  Hubby is out on his long run and I did try a new recipe.  I tried to make oopsie rolls. They are ok I guess but nothing to write home about. I took a picture of them on the pan before baking but forgot one after. Pic is on hubby's phone though and he is out for 9 miles. LOL  I did manage to finally saute the two heads of cabbage that I bought a few days ago. Such a cheap/filling/low carb option for those of us trying to watch our weight. :)  Having it pre-cooked allows me to portion out some for myself with my protein for dinner. That frees me up to make something starchy for hubby if I feel like it. He is a runner that loves his starches.  

I finally figured out why B was not eating his full lunch. It turns out that he is eating the free school lunch. (Our county is part of a test program in which Elementary students eat lunch free) Silly child!