Thursday, August 30, 2007

Perfect bean dip!

1 15 oz can black beans
small onion
1/4 bunch cilantro
4 cloves garlic
1 table spoon tahini
1 teaspoon cummin
2 table spoons lime juice
1 small tomato chopped rough or 1/2 small can of tomato

throw this all into the food processor. I throw one thing at a time starting with onion and cilantro.....

best if you let it chill for about an hour before eating but you don't have to do that.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The things you get roped into...

Jennifer called and ask me if I'd help with the PTO drive. All I need to do is a bulletin board for the 4th grade ( I don't even have a child in the 4th grade), BUT being the nice person that I am ( or sucker), I said OK. No good deed goes unpunished... Well, not only do I have to make a themed bulletin board I have to collect names and put them on this board at least weekly for six weeks...

Right now I'm trying to make a tiger. My theme is Roaring for PTO.

Oh well! After this I'm done! I'll go on field trips or supply snacks the rest of the year.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Getting ready for Halloween and Dead of the Dead celebrations!

This is the first Nichos I've ever made! I LOVE it! something new and unusual for my scrapbook suplies!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Need a change

New template! This blog needed a change! Going to try to focus a little more on scrapboking and crafts. A tad less on weight....famous last words since I'm sort of obsessed with losing weight at this point...BUT there is so much more to life than that!

Going to work on getting another blog going for Halloween! It will be with all Halloween ideas and tips for having a hauntingly good time! I'm so excited about this year! should be the BEST yet!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

My most FAVORITE time of the Year!

It's starting to be that time of the year!!! When this girl's fancy turns to HALLOWEEN!

Today I start working on making my corpse for the Haunted house! Last year I bought a book of the web Corpses for Sale
They make the most realistic gore! I have all the materials to start the skull! I can't wait!

Day one will be painting. (Should I sent this in to Scrapbooks Etc. using scrapping material for other projects? LOL!) I'll be using my acrylic paints brick red, brown and green.

Wish me luck this is my first corpse! last year Jim built me a toe hugger coffin! Isn't he romantic? LOL!

Monday, August 20, 2007


I found this on my old AOL blog:

I'm now 190.6 as of my last weigh in on Friday at Curves. I really rock! WOO HOO, for me! Today I got on my scale at home and it was 185. Helps to be nude and not eat any thing, LOL! Seriously, I am proud of myself. If I keep this up I'll be better than half way to my goal of 148 before Christmas then just 28 more to go.

THAT WAS SEPT 21, 2005 shortly after that I fell of the wagon in a slow slide back up to forward to March 2007...

Guess I'm the queen of do over and over again! I'm pretty much at this point once again only difference is I'm going to the MAC not Curves this time, and my home scale is the the one reading 189.5...

I'm beginning to get those old feelings again about always watching what I put in my mouth, dragging myself to the gym... I Need something to snap me out of it! What's wrong with me? Why get so far and feel like giving up? Maybe it just hormones talking today. Any way I need a JOLT!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Dare I say it looks like rain?

It been HOT here. HOT doesn't really cover it. It's been like a bad fever around here getting to 107. We need some relief! It is usually hot in August in Tennessee but not like this ever in my memory. Pretty soon we're going to be doing a rain dance! I hate to wish the heat away because to tell the truth I've been enjoying it by the pool. I don't want Fall yet! But I don't want any more people to die of heat related deaths. The kids in one school science class baked cookies in a car that's how hot it is.

Feeling HOT, HOT, HOT doesn't cover it!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Tying up the week....

Well, it is Saturday again! I did the personal trainer thing on Thursday because Jim is out of town. I'm going to a group power class instead this morning. I took yesterday off except for a few sit-ups in front of the preseason Titans' game last night. (Woo Hoo!!! football season is here!) I'm at 189.5 now! I hope by Monday I'm 189!

Jim is coming home form Vegas today, from yet another convention. Next time I'm going! With school starting and a new dog in the mix there was no way... That's twice the third is the charm, right? I need my surreal Vegas FIX! Hey maybe by then I'll be in a smaller size and have to go shopping...

It has been piping HOT all week over 100 every day. Courtney has invited friends over to swim today and it looks like RAIN! i feel badly for her but we really NEED the rain! So is it wrong to wish for rain???

Katie gets to try out instruments August 22 for BAND. She has told me she really wants to play the bass clarinet. I think she'll do great! She's really excited about it too! After the rock camp she's really bloomed!

Hey if you know any good lite recipes send them my way! Getting bored with what we have. I want tried and true that you love I have plenty of recipe books but you never know if they are OK or YUMMY! Thanks in advance!

Friday, August 17, 2007


Dilemma, or what the heck would you do? I was walking Danni last night. We go for a nightly walk. Right now it's too hot right now to go during the day, and I'm glad this went down under the cover of night! So I'm walking her and she has this habit of backing her butt up to things and peeing on them instead of squatting really. It is very strange. Funny to watch, well if you are a tad twisted like me. She does this whole weird twist thing. Any way I was being a responsible dog walker and had my bag with to clean any poo that might happen. She walks up to my friends shrubs and backs up and poo happens, BUT it falls through into the inside of the bush. I have no clue how to get it out of the inside of the bush with out scratching the heck out of me and probably damaging the bush. Here I am standing there stunned and clueless. I decided if you can see it doesn't exist, like those bugs that live on eyelids. I can't see them and if Discover channel hadn't clued me in I'd be blissfully ignorant. I just hope no one prunes that bush soon....YUCK!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Woo hoo!

I now weigh 190!!! I'm so pleased! Implementing work out classes and writing down what I eat seems to have done the trick to get me off my plateau at least for now.

I guess I may have been eating too much or just had to step up the work out. Writing down EVERYTHING you eat really makes you conscious of what you put in your mouth. I also found a web site that helps calorie count.
I'm finding it very helpful.

You know what is distressing? I've lost all this weight, BUT still on some of the BMI charts I'm still classified as obese. YIKES! Just a few more pounds and I'm merely over weight...GROAN!

Just 40 more pound to goal weight!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

I guess the squeeky wheel does get the grease!

I guess I had to just whine and complain for my body to hear me. This morning I got on the scale and weighed. 191 maybe 190 1/2!!! Upping my work out did the trick or maybe it was writing down everything I ate either way this morning was a pleasant surprise.

Danni is trying to pry me away from the computer. She thinks she needs to be petted 24/7. she jumped up and was breathing in my ear. Her dewy paws have soaked my nighty. Guess I should just get dressed and walk her.

have a great day!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Struggling with weight loss

I am doing the wavering thing 193 one day, and 195 then 194 back to 193. (I don't consider it real weight gain unless it is over 2 pounds because of water weight.) Drives me nuts when I really haven't eaten anything too bad. I need to remember NO SOY SAUCE. Oh well! I'll keep plugging away at it. I hope to be under 190 at the end of the month, of course I was hoping that for July. Boy how my standards have dropped... Hopefully 3 pounds is doable! I'll be one unhappy camper if not.

It seems like 150 is a LONG way away. Guess I need to remember that we only started in March. Depending on the starting weight I use ( home or gym, beginning of March or mid) I've lost over 30 pounds, 36 (beginning of march home scales). I can't wait till what I have to lose is less then what I've lost. We'll see how the extra work at the gym goes. If that doesn't do the trick I may have to do the Weight Watchers thing or Jenny Craig or Nutra system. The portion control is the issue for me. Guess I need to get some food scales and the measuring cups out. I HATE to do that! I'll probably be amazed at how much more I eat than I think. You know what sucks worse is the pounds are just falling off Jim. We're doing the same thing! I'll die if he ever under weighs me! It is darn close now. He's only got 5 pounds on me. Maybe I'll do the crazy cabbage soup diet thing for a week while he is gone on business.... I'll smell like cabbage after a few days, and no one will want to be around me because of gas, ROFL! TMI? LOL!

One thing that is nice is to be able to share with someone else the whole struggle. So thank you!

:>) Kate

Friday, August 10, 2007

Catching up!

I'm so far behind on my blog thanks to my computer troubles. It seems like so much has happened in a short period of time!

Two weeks ago we went on a camping trip to Center Hill Lake. I tried out one of those new "disposable" camcorders filming the girls tubing on the boat. I place I would never take a tradition one for fear of ruining it. That is SO cool. For $29 you can buy a 20 minute camcorder that you can take any where at CVS. Take it back and they make a disc for you to share. You can play it back erase, pretty much anything you do with a regular camcorder. I think I'll be putting up some of Katie's Rock concert and the tubing.

The camping trip was fun! We are now pretty good at putting up the tent! With the addition of a portable potty and potty tent no long walks to the restrooms. I do think it is a lot to set up for one night... But for the whole weekend it will be just fine. Hopefully we'll get at least one more trip to the lake in this summer. Jim's travel schedule is pretty horrible right now, that kind of SUCKS!

We adopted a pound puppy! Danielle, Danni for short. She is a 5 year old or older Keeshound. Poor baby was a mess! I had her groomed yesterday. She had so many nasty mats they had to just strip the fur. I guess at some point the poor dog had been skunked. She smelled horrible, but we just though it was "pound" smell. It came out when they washed her, so she had to be de-skunked. She smells good now! Looks cute. The bows they put in her hair lasted all of hour. Keeshounds don't do bows... She's still a bit jumpy. If she is asleep don't touch her! she startles and snaps a bit. I think that is from being at the pound or out on her own. Poor baby who knows what happened to her...BUT now she has a loving home.

The girls are back in school Monday full time! Courtney did her HIGH SCHOOL orientation day Thursday. My baby is in HIGH SCHOOL! Unreal! Katie goes to the new elementary school they just built. She'll be in the first "graduating" class from 6th grade. Gorgeous school! I hope she has an even better year this year. Last year was wonderful for Katie.

My weight loss train is parked at the station... 193 for the past two weeks. I need to change up my routine again. GROAN! It is so hard to keep at it when I plateau. Frustrating! Demoralising! This is usually when I fall off the fitness wagon. I figure being good doesn't do me any good any way I might as well EAT!!! Right now working out is so HOT! But I'm going to reach my goal this time! The third time is the charm! As soon as the girls are back at school I'm adding classed to my cardio and personal training. Wish me luck!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Computer problems SUCK!!! other goofy things...

My computer has been the shop since July. I was supposed to get it back August 2nd. Well, the Geek squad SUCKS!!! first the 2nd then 48 hours later now it's Monday. I'll believe it when I see it.

The only thing good about not having my computer is I've got lots of scrapping done!

No, I didn't enter the Memory Makers Masters. Maybe next year.... the wish question was interesting...

Trying to adopt a pound puppy.... CRAZY the hoops they put in the way.... no wonder so many are put to sleep....STUPID!!!

School starts this coming week!!!OMG! It gets earlier every year here!

that's all my bits and pieces right now....