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I’m so glad it’s Friday…..

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Friday seems to be the day of the week I look forward to the most….even more than Saturday and Sunday. I like Saturday and Sunday, but Friday is my fave….

Friday is still a work day but it just seems that everyone is more relaxed….maybe it’s because we all know that in 8 hours (or less, depending on the circumstances) we all get to leave our desks and start our 2 day reprieve from the grind….so to speak.

I seem to accomplish more on Fridays than I do any other day of the week…..I think it’s because I work best under pressure and by Friday the pressure is on to get everything caught up that I might have been slacking on all week.  I like to tell people that the shredder is my best friend on Fridays…..anything still sitting on my in-box by Friday afternoon goes directly to the shredder so I can start fresh on Monday morning. (I don’t actually do that by the way.)

Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.  ~Author Unknown

 

From the time I get out of bed on Friday morning I start thinking about how happy I am that Friday is finally here and I can start thinking about the weekend. Nothing spectacular has to be happening on the weekend to make me look forward to it. I still get up early and I still have work to do on weekends but it’s all about my schedule (and my kids, and dogs and husbands schedule) not my work schedule. If I want to sit around in my p.j.’s all morning I can, if I don’t want to start laundry until later, that’s fine too….if I decide I don’t want to do any housework at all, again that’s fine….at least it’s fine right up until I notice how messy things are and wish I had done some work earlier. However I can be totally lazy on the weekend if I want to be.

I basically love Friday because it’s that day that bridges the work week and the weekend. No matter how hectic my Friday might be at work I love it because I know at the end of the day I can put my work aside for two days and do what I want or do nothing if that’s what I want.

Friday’s make me smile.

For the love of food…..

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I was listening to “talk radio” on the drive into work this morning…..because that’s what my husband likes to listen to…..and I get a kick out of some of their morning discussions as well….like this mornings little blurb on food.

They mentioned that Anderson Cooper says food is not really important to him, he eats the same meal everyday….

“I eat the same meal every day for months and months at a time,” he said calling from his office in New York. “For instance I’ve eaten Boston Market, grilled turkey with two sides of corn and a piece of cornbread for the last three or four months every day for lunch.”

http://ryanseacrest.com/2011/09/12/anderson-cooper-eats-boston-markets-turkey-cornbread-every-day-calls-obsession-bizarre-audio/

…..then they had a short discussion on any eating habits they or people they know have.

Well that got me to thinking about food (it seems I think about food often so food is important to me) and eating and am I a creature of habit? Do I eat the same thing everyday, or do I like variety?

Breakfast…..During the week I usually skip it due to laziness and time restrictions in the morning before leaving the house but I will sometimes eat a banana or some other piece of fruit after I get to work. This morning I did have a banana. Breakfast on Saturdays…..Angels Diner with my husband 🙂 …..and yes I order the exact same thing every time…..2 eggs over easy, home fires, bacon, brown toast and coffee…..mmmmm. They have a huge variety on their breakfast menu but I always order the same thing. Clearly my breakfast meal is not important to me because I basically eat the same thing everyday.

Lunch……During the week, a little variety perhaps, although not recently. Recently I have been bringing a wrap for lunch everyday,( I make one for my daughters lunch…yes I make it because she says she “can’t wrap it as good as you do Mom”….yes flattery will get you everything). This morning my co-worker asked me if I brought lunch and when I told her I did she asked if I brought a wrap…..I guess I am a little predictable at lunch time right now. I have some variety at lunch when I either bring left overs from dinner the night before or I don’t make a lunch (due to laziness or lack of food in the fridge) and end up buying some sort of take out.

My lunch wrap....thats the lettuce peeking out of it.

Dinner….when we are home for dinner (or supper) during the week it’s generally meat of some kind, (pork chop, chicken breast, ground beef) with potatoes and a veggie, although every once in a while we have spaghetti with garlic bread (that doesn’t happen often enough as far as the kids are concerned). Boring and predictable but yummy. Weekend dinners are the best!! That’s where the variety comes in……slow cooked pulled pork, baked ham and scalloped potatoes (potato scallop), garlic and herb encrusted prime rib, pot roast with potatoes and carrots (and onions) roasted together, turkey with stuffing and most importantly…..gravy, meatloaf (yes meatloaf is a favourite), meatballs in “yum yum” sauce.

Every time we have one of these meals my husband always says it’s the best meal ever…..doesn’t matter which one we are having….it’s still the best. I take it as a compliment that he likes my cooking……but maybe we like it too much. 🙂 

What we don’t eat in our house is any kind of seafood….no lobster, no shrimp, no scallops or anything that crawls along the ocean floor. People wonder why I don’t eat seafood….  “You grew up on the east coast….how do you not eat seafood?”…..  “I was raised on a beef farm….that’s how.” 🙂

So is food important to me? Heck yes!!! I don’t just eat because I’m hungry……I eat because I love the taste of food!! Especially when it’s any of the above mentioned meals that we have on weekends……and because it tastes so good, I always eat way more than I need to. Those meals are why I am the size I am today….that and laziness.

Life lessons……

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I found this while surfing the web and re posted it because I can appreciate what it says and I know of others who can probably take a good look at the list as well and say “She’s right, I need to appreciate what I have, and stop focusing on things that won’t matter in the end.”

50 Lessons Life Taught Me

By Regina Brett

To celebrate growing older, Regina Brett once wrote “The 45 Lessons Life Taught Me. When she turned 50, she updated the list.

Here it is:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about. 

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying. 

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.


29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.


43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift… 

Regina Brett is the author of God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours. Her book is an inspirational collection of essays and stories about the lessons life taught her along the detours of life. She was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice, in 2009 and 2008 for columns she wrote for The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest newspaper. Learn more at www.reginabrett.com

End of Season Banquet……

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Yesterday was Erika’s End of Season Soccer Banquet put on by the Soccer Club. It’s a great meal of salad, pasta and chicken…oh and buns. 🙂

The girls finished their season in first place so the team will be moving up to OYSL next Season….If she makes the new team there will be more travel…….more travel = more money….I will need a second job.  😛  Or better yet, Erika needs to get a job!!

The pictures didn’t turn out great because of the distance and the lighting…..but I’m posting them anyway:  🙂

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Moms vs friends…….

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When I am up and out the door before 6:00am to walk the dogs, it can be a very quiet and peaceful time (not always)….but this morning was. The dogs aren’t really great conversationalist, and if I am walking along, talking to the dogs and someone does happen to notice us having a conversation, they may find that a little disturbing to say the least……so if the walk is going well I tend to get caught up in my own thoughts. Never sure where those thoughts might take me…..I can seem to be a bit random sometimes…..just ask my husband and my kids, they will certainly vouch for that. (My thought process always follows a pattern in my head, but sometimes the thoughts that I blurt out seem to come from nowhere to those around me). 🙂

This morning I got thinking about all of the people I know who claim to hate their Mother. These people actually use the word “hate” when describing their relationship with their Mom. I’m lucky that I can’t imagine how awful your mom must have been or may still be to you to describe how you feel about her in that way. These people say they don’t call their mom because, “She doesn’t call me, so why should I call her?”, or “I have better things to do than to call my mom, if she wants to talk to me she can call me.” I live a fair distance away from my mom and don’t get to see her very often. I don’t even call her as often as I think I should because I get busy, but I certainly don’t ever not call her because she hasn’t called me.

My mom was fairly strict with me and my siblings when we were growing up compared to some of my friends moms. I would say she took her parenting role very seriously. Growing up there were lots of times that I didn’t necessarily “like” my mom for making me do chores…..such as baking on Saturday mornings, making my bed, doing the dishes, vacuuming, folding laundry and all sorts of other things that I still don’t like to do…..or for not letting me do things I wanted to do…..like hanging out with my friends, talking on the phone forever, leaving the school property at lunch time, etc., etc. Every kid wants to be able to do whatever they want to do, whenever they want to do it, mine certainly do. However I don’t ever recall “hating” my mom.

My mom was always my parent….not my friend. I had friends, I didn’t need my mom to be my friend, I needed her to be my parent…..to say no when it was easier to say yes. That doesn’t mean we didn’t do “friend” things, we did. We went on shopping trips and visits together, we laughed and we cried together, and sometimes we laughed so hard….(at things others would not even find remotely funny)……that it seemed like we were crying. We have had struggles and conflicts, good times and bad times, but the good out weigh the bad a million times over in my memories.

Today, as an adult and as a mom myself, I do think of my mom as my friend. She has stood by me for 48 (almost 49) years. Through every good and bad choice I have ever made, every mistake I have ever made….of which there have been many……she has been there for me. I know my mom has been disappointed by many of my choices over the course of my life, because as a mom we always want our kids to make “smart” choices, but whenever I needed (or still need) my mom, she is there for me.

Every time I hear someone say how much they hate their mom I thank God that in the “Mom Lottery”, I got the best mom a kid could ever have. I’m sure I take my mom for granted sometimes, even though I don’t mean to, but I can’t imagine what my life might be like today if it hadn’t been for her love and guidance when I needed it the most…..everyday!! 🙂

My mom

Thanks Mom….I love you!!!

Fall is here…….

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Fall is finally here :)…….It’s my favourite season by far……

Winter is too cold with too much snow…..

Summer is too hot and dry with too many bugs…….

Spring is too wet and dreary (and muddy back home)…….

But Fall is perfect……. 🙂

The reasons I love Fall:

The temperature is perfect, not too hot and not too cold……just like baby bears porridge…….it’s just right. I love my jeans and hoodies and haven’t worn them all summer. It’s been TOO HOT! It was definitely a shorts and tank top kind of summer. I love being able to walk the dogs at night and early morning without melting. I actually take longer walks….good for me and for them.

Fall is the “pretty” time of year. The leaves change colour before they drop off the trees signifying the coming of winter. The colours don’t stay long but they are beautiful while they last. My favourite is the bright red Maple leaves. Every fall I torture my kids by making them suffer through my “Fall Pics”. They pretended not to like it but they love fall pictures 😛 .  This year however, I don’t think I will be able to get them all together for the traditional pictures…..who will I photograph?

Fall pic from 2005

Thanksgiving is in the fall. I love Thanksgiving…..it’s the food holiday!! What’s not to love about Thanksgiving?…..It’s an excuse to over eat (not that I need one). We have a huge turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, squash, turnip (not for me but my husband likes it), and other veggies. Then there’s dessert. 🙂 Pumpkin and apple pie with whip cream or ice cream….or both, and raspberry cheesecake ….. mmmmmmmm, I can’t wait. I better get cracking on the weight loss over the next two weeks so I can put it all back on with that one meal.

Thanksgiving desserts

Halloween is in the fall, but it’s not something I enjoy very much. 😦 It’s like an opportunity for “older kids” to be greedy little candy hogs. They throw on a mask….or not and go house to house collecting as much candy as they can……..suckers for those guys. My mom used to create the greatest costumes for us when we were kids and while I’m not sure if she actually enjoyed making them and dressing us up, it sure seemed to me like she did. I, on the other hand, have gone to the trouble of making sure my kids had costumes every year to go “Trick or Treating” but it was never something I looked forward to. I don’t mind the pumpkin carving and I actually think the little kids that come to the house in their costumes are adorable as they hold out their little bags waiting for you to throw some candy in it but I’m really glad my kids are all past that stage now. Halloween is ok but not a reason I like fall.

Emma giving "Jack" a thorough inspection last Halloween

My birthday is in the fall. 🙂 Hmmmm, that may or may not be a reason to like fall. It does mean I have marked another year, and they seem to be passing quicker and quicker, but I do like presents……and cake and ice cream! The “BIG” one is coming up for me next year. 🙂 Also, two of my babies were born in the fall so that makes it special!!

My Birthday Cake 2010

Those are the reasons I love fall. If only Fall could last all year, life would be perfect!!

8 Pounds of Butter……

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So I have been trying to drop some pounds since being told I have Sleep Apnea earlier this summer…..I like to eat so it’s not easy. 🙂

I have been getting more exercise by walking the dogs more often (they love it) and have been trying to watch what I eat and hope I eventually meet my goal.

I bought myself a scale in July so I can either depress myself with weight gain or get excited about weight loss…..so far I have been both. There have been many ups and downs. 🙂

Everyone says you should only weigh yourself once a week…..well I’m hopping on that thing every time I walk past it to see if a fraction of a pound has dropped off me somewhere.

As of this morning I have been consistently down 8 pounds from where I started……I didn’t really think that was so much until I put it into perspective……

I have lost 8 pounds of butter from my body….that’s huge!!! Or you could even equate it to losing as much weight as an average new born baby!!

Butter!!.....Imagine 8 of these dropping off your body!!

Yeah Me!! 🙂