Thursday, March 26, 2009

Saying Goodbye- Kind Of

As you know, I've been talking about having my own space for quite some time now, and I've finally made it happen.

I do believe that the 'great crash' of JS, pushed me to actually get that done, as it had been in the 'planning' stages for more than a year, but I just hadn't taken the time to get everything done.

I'm there now. Even though I don't have things the way I want them, my sites are launched. Yes, I did say sites, as in plural. A little more on that in a moment.

Because I am writing there full time now, and because I also have a blog at Keep Connected Live, my prescence here, aside from reading others will probably be very limited.

If you are looking for a great new place to blog, Keep Connected is the place to go. A former JSer is the owner, and he's really working hard to add features and make it a site that we all want to use.

I really admire and support his efforts, so I encourage you to do the same. You won't be sorry you did.

I may or may not link my entries from my sites here. It depends.

What I am in the process of getting done, is adding all of my favorite blogs to my new site so that I can use it as a springboard to visit everyone. It's going to take a little time, but I will get there. In the meantime- don't forget me.

More on the 'sites' thing that I mentioned.

I decided that rather than have one particular site, that I wanted to have different places to write about different things, so at this point I have three different places where you can read.

Most of the information found on each place is different, although sometimes they may overlap a little and you'll find something that you may have already read.

Each place is a part of who I am, and all three together embody somewhat of the complete puzzle of all that is- "ME". Granted, it isn't everything, but I would say that it's close.

So- I present to you- SimplyWizardress- Here you'll find me sharing everyday life- things I do, products that I like, photos, stories about Mister M, recipes, etc..

Through the Tulips- Here you'll find my gratitude lists, stuff about health, fitness, excercise, anything to do with being positive and having a positive outlook.

Last, but certainly not least- the place where things are a little crazy- Little South of Sanity. This is the place where I share things that are a little on the wacky side- or for those moments when my sanity takes a southerly turn. I'll also share crazy stories, or things I come across that I find to be odd.. plus any sort of wacky thing that is happening in my life.

There you have it- a little idea of what you can find at my new places.

These will not be temporary. These will be my permanent blogging homes, so feel free to bookmark or add me to your blogroll if you'd like.

I'm also strongly considering bringing back Wednesdays with Wizzy- which will interview people from across cyberspace , instead of only focusing on bloggers from the former JS or even bloggers in general, although I am leaning towards only interviewing other bloggers. It's still in the 'thinking' stages, but we'll see how it pans out. If it happens, it will be found on Simply Wizardress.

So, as the title explains- this is kind of a goodbye, but not really- the doors are open wide and I'm feeling more inspired than I have been in a long time.

Let's have fun!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Rest of the Story

If you read the previous entry- then you know that Thursday evening we had a little excitment here in Neverland, involving a helicopter zipping around my neighborhood.. Because I have a pretty wild imagination, before I realized they were probably looking for someone, I actually thought they may be having troubles and were going to crash. I know- crazy, but as I previously mentioned, I do have a very vivid imagination.

I do have the rest of the story, and you can read about it here.

It's a gorgeous saturday here in Neverland, so I'm probably not going to be spending much time inside today. This is NOT weather to spend the day indoors. Right now, I'm waiting for Marcel to wake up (he worked all night) so that we can go hiking through the sand dunes, at least that was the plan as of last night. I can't wait.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Excitement in the Neighborhood

Weird stuff happening in our neighborhood tonight. A helicopter flying around, and obviously looking for something, or SOMEONE. This sort of thing NEVER happens in our neighborhood, or even in our town, so something is going on.

You can read more about what's been going on here. (That is the link to one of my three new journals, which are still in the early stages.)

More about the new spaces tomorrow.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Home Alone

I'm hoping that since my favorite guy is working tonight, that I'll have the opportunity to use his laptop and catch up on some of my favorite journals.

It's been a gorgeous day here in Neverland, and in spite of the threatening skies this morning, the day ended with blue skies and sunshine, and not without me spending some time outside with Marcel and Mister M. while I was cooling down after my work out.

There really is something about feeling the sunshine on your face after a winter filled with the lack of sunshine. It makes me much more aware of the little things that I assume are always there, and how easily they are taken for granted.

More from me later- hopefully. If not today, then tomorrow. Lots happening in my world- how about yours?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Getting There

Sorry I haven't been around much lately, but I have been trying and testing things for this new adventure that I'm beginning. I can now officially say that all three places are up and running, but I still am in the tweaking stages, and still trying to decide if I like the layouts I'm currently using or If I'd like to switch to something else.

Eventually i'd love to learn to make my own layouts, but again- first things first.

In the next day or two I'll be adding everyones links, and hopefully (fingers crossed) I'll be much better about keeping up with what's happening in everyones lives.

The blogs are a trio, each with their own little purpose and cause- each of which representing a piece of me, that when put together comes closer to completing the puzzle that is me.

I'm excited, and I look forward to sharing it with y'all.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

It's Official

I've been talking about it for a while, but I've finally make it official. I'm now the proud owner of my very own domain- to be followed directly by two, possibly three others.

It didn't take me but about two seconds to realize just how much I don't know, but with a little bit of work, I was able to do what I'd set out to do, and that's get the blog software set up and running. I'm still in the tweaking stages, but I'll be announcing the link in the near future.

Later, once I have more time, I'll eventually add a photo gallery and actually build a site around the blogs, but right now, the blogs will be enough. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day.

At least now, if things aren't working the way I want them to, the buck stops with moi. It's going to be fun, and a definite challenge to the grey matter. I'm ready for it.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

New Faces of Diet Pepsi (Free Stuff)

This morning I had an email from Pepsi-Cola annoucing an entire line of 'flavors' for Diet Pepsi. Flavors such as Cherry, Vanilla, Lime and Lemon.

Even though I'm a fan of Coke Zero, I thought that the Cherry and Vanilla would be something I'd love to try, and I probably will once they arrive in Neverland.

In the email, was also the following link to print your own pepsi coupon which will allow you to choose one free 12 pack of diet Pepsi, with the purchase of two 12 packs of diet Pepsi. Not a bad deal at all, especially if you can find them on sale somewhere.

Also in the email, was a coupon for a new burger at Arby's called the "Roast Burger", with the purchase of a Diet Pepsi. You can print the coupon here, then take it in to your local Arby's and enjoy!! (Mom & Diddy, I thought this may be something for y'all, even though I know you don't generally drink Diet Pepsi).

I always get excited when I see good deals, or products that I think others may enjoy, so I thought I'd share the wealth.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

On Making a Difference

I heard someone say today in an interview that boils down to that if we are living our lives for us alone then we are wasting our life- that it's not about US but about those around us, and the lives that we can make a difference in.

I agree.

I wonder though, how this society that we live in went from being caring and compassionate of others to a society that is mostly concerned with looking out for Numero Uno?

I believe we ALL should think about ourselves and do what's best for us, but this is far more than that.

Do you ever wonder how this became the ME, ME, ME generation?

I challenge you to be honest with you, and ask yourself if you are part of the problem, or part of the solution. We can't be both, but the positive thing is that it's not too late to turn things around.

Life is short- live it well.

My Gratitude List for March 11, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- Ice cold milk.

2- Marcel and I washing the car together.

3- Mom's who call at just the right moment.

4- Sunshine on my shoulders.

5- Those who understand me, and who genuinely care.

31 Days to a Healthier Diet

March 11- Chew on schedule.

Too much time between meals can drop your energy levels, decrease your metabolism and result in overeating. Space your meals evenly throughout the day and eat a healthy snack in between each meal.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Flashback to the 80's

I mentioned yesterday that Desere and I were out for a 'girls day' today in a city about an hour from here via train. Sure enough- this morning I was up at 6:30 (far earlier than I really wanted to be up), so that I could cook my steel-cut oats, toss in a little cinnamon, vanilla flavored splenda and a dash of milk- eat them, have a soak in the bath, plus get the hair and make-up done before 8:30 ish. Oh, and lets not forget, I also needed to have time to tend my farm over on Facebook. After all, I had crops that needed harvesting and selling. haha

The weather wasn't the greatest today, but Desere and I were armed with umbrellas and ready to take on the hardest of rainfall, as long as the wind didn't start blowing, because that would pretty much render the umbrellas useless.

I thought as I walked from store to store today that I had stepped out of a time machine in the 80's. I couldn't believe some of the things I'd seen- things that I hated during the 80's, that I still hate today- Parachute pants- really? At one point Desere looked at me and said, "Ohhh look." and low and behold if it wasn't a pair of those pants that M.C. Hammer use to wear, only these were black and not white. I couldn't believe my eyes.

Desere and I proceeded to have a conversation on what is regarded as 'in' for this coming season, and I was quick to say that I would be "OUT" because there was NO WAY I'd ever wear any of those things.

One great thing is, bright colors are in for the spring/summer which does make me happy. I saw some wild and colorful prints today that really did scream "LORI". I also found a summer jacket that I practically had a fit over in the store. Desere just laughed and said that it's "ME" without a doubt, and she's right- It's wild, it's whimsical, colorful, and a little bit freaky, but I loved it. It was by some European designer and what I considered to be pricy for a summer jacket, and I didn't buy it. I don't 'need' clothes. When I got home and told Marcel about it- he said if you want it, we'll go back and get it. I'm so tempted- but then again, I can tell you if he sees it, he will change his mind- it's far too wild for his mild manner tastes and I know he'll hate it. I'm tempted though- I've got to find a photo so I can share it. I wish I could remember who the designer was. Luckily, we have one of the same department stores in our neighborhood, so I may see if they have it there, but it's a smaller store, so I doubt it- if I can find it, I'll be sharing the photo. It's too awesome not to share.

In other local news- I was walking through the parking lot at the train station and two little boys were playing soccer. One of them kicked the ball and it was beside Desere's car, so I kicked it as hard as I could towards them and the other end of the parking lot. The ball made it back to them, but my poor toe is still hurting. Apparently Rocket Dog's are NOT shoes to kick a soccer ball in. Ooops :)

My Gratitude List for March 10, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- A fun-filled 'girls day' out with Desere.

2- Wiener Melange coffee from Simon Levelt. YUM!

3- Homemade soup from my mom-in-law, which meant I didn't have to cook today.

4- Umbrellas with smiley faces on rainy days.

5- Childen playing in the rain, oblivious to the cold.

31 Days to a Healthier Diet

March 10- Start at the perimeter of the grocery store.

Fruits, vegetabls, dairy and grains, which should make up the bulk of your diet, are located here. Eating these unprocessed foods boosts your nutritional intake and promotes health.

Monday, March 09, 2009

All Work and Some Play

As per usual these days- things have been extremely busy in Neverland and I don't see things getting any more leisurely in the near future. Granted, it isn't all work and no play, so tomorrow Desere and I will board a train and head off to a destination about an hour and fifteen minutes from here where we'll shop, have lunch, and enjoy spending some time together before she heads back to work in the near future.

I'm in the stages of finally getting my sites off the ground and running. I've been talking with people in terms of hosting, domain names, etc- and it looks like things are finally going to happen. I've decided that in order to challenge the grey matter, that I'm going to attempt to do the site on my own. I built a website years ago without any tools or programs, but strictly on writing the code myself. I've forgotten alot, and alot has progressed since then, but if I did it once, I can do it again- it's just going to take some time.

The blogs will come first- since I think they'll be the easiest to set up, and the sites will be built around them later. When things are ready to be launched, I'll let you know- I'll continue to write here even then, but I want my own space, where I can make the rules and do things the way I want to do them, write about what I want (not that I don't do that now), but things will definitely be different, at least for me.

On the personal front- my period is late. Not by much, just a few days, but I'm generally like clockwork. I know, this may be more information than you wanted to find on my journal (sorry guys), but it's one of the things going on in my world, and one of those little things I wanted to talk about.

No, I don't really think I'm pregnant. I could be, mind you- but I really don't 'feel' pregnant, at least if there's a way one is suppose to 'feel' when they are in the beginning stages of pregnancy. I think it's just one of those hormonal issues, or possibly I could be heading towards the 'menapausal light' at the end of the tunnel. Either way- I'm sure that whatever it is, that everything will be fine, but it has been passing through the grey matter some.

It's almost time for me to wake Marcel from his nap, so I can get him off to work, so I'd better say toodle-loo for now.

Oh, before I go-

My Gratitude List for March 9, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- Confidence.

2- Little notes from friends that warm my heart and make my day smile.

3- Being able to be there for those who mean so much to me.

4- My 'unbiological' sisters, since I've never had a real sister of my own.

5- Learning to avoid toxic situations, and people.

31 Days to a Healthier Diet

March 8- Slow down.

Savoring your food in a calm environment helps you tune-in to your body's signals. You're less likely to overeat and experience problems like acid reflux when you take your time to really enjoy the moment.

March 9- Eat 4-6 servings of vegetables daily.
High in nutrients and low in calories, veggies can help prevent diabetes, stroke, heart disease and more. One serving is equal to 1/2 a cup.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Let The Sun Shine In....

The past two days have been a whirlwind of activity, which started when I woke up yesterday morning to find that the sun was shining. Yes, the sun, that has been ever-so-elusive since we returned from our trip home for the holidays.

I never knew how much I took the sunshine for granted until weeks went by where it didn't shine except maybe an hour a week. Needless to say, I was in pure celebration mode yesterday when I was granted an entire day of sunshine.

Not that I was energyless before, but you remember the old John Denver song called "Sunshine on my Shoulders"? In the song, John sings that Sunshine on his shoulders makes him happy- well that was me yesterday. Just SEEING the sunshine made me happy, and spending almost two hours soaking up the rays and feeling it against my skin had me practically jumping for joy.

After my work out yesterday, I decided to drink my water and have lunch outside, so I donned my favorite sunglasses and headed out. I don't remember noticing that it was 50-55 degrees out, only how warm and delicious the sun felt against my skin.

At a certain point I decided to allow my favorite feline outside with me, and Mister M. and I spent some time outside together. He didn't even seem to get agitated that I was brushing him, something that he generally tires of quickly.

I spent alot of time taking care of various domestic goddess things, and I topped the evening off with a walk together with Desere and a visit filled with laughter. It was a GREAT day.

It's amazing what a little sunshine can do for the soul. I've been ready to take on the world, and imagine how excited I was this morning when I woke up and saw the sun shining again?

I was making plans to spend some more time in the sun, soaking in some Vitamin D, when sadly the sun disappeared and didn't reappear the rest of the day. It gave me the perfect opportunity to zip around the house and take care of many things that I needed to get done, and I'm grateful that all that is now done and I can sit back and relax.

Marcel came home at six tonight, so I'm off to spend some time with him in a few. Tomorrow he'll spend most of the afternoon watching soccer, and then dinner at his moms.

I have lots to talk about, but right now, I really need to run. Before I go---

My Gratitude List for March 7, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- Seeing positive things happening in the lives of those I care about, who have been hurting and struggling.

2- The feel of sunshine on my face.

3- Morning 'wake-up' calls.

4- Marcel coming home at 6 tonight instead of 10.

5- The adorable photos that mom and diddy sent me of my nephew in his Madison costume, and also of 'DOG' the cat, chasing a mouse.

31 Days to a Healthier Diet

March 6- Too busy to cook healthfully?

To save time, use your Crockpot, cook and freeze large batches of food, buy pre-cut or pre-cooked ingredients, and keep organized grocery lists.

March 7- Avoid trans fats.
They increase your risk of heart disease. Foods with 'partially hydrogenated oil' as an ingredient contain trans fat (even if the label says 0 grams) and should be left on the grocery shelf.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Across Time

Many years ago when my brother was a little tyke (he'll be 40 in June) he played George Washington in a school program. During that time, my brother had longish (shoulder length) blond hair, so he didn't need the 'white wig', but what he did need was a costume, one that my mom lovingly made for him- sitting hours at her sewing machine so my brother could be the best George that school had ever seen. Even now, when I see photos of him in 'costume' I can't help but smile. She did a great job, and while I don't remember the others in the program, I feel fairly certain that my brother was the best dressed of them all.

Fast forward 30+ years- my nephew is now in a school program (today in fact) and called my mom and asked my mom if she remembered the George Washington costume she'd made his dad oh so many years ago. She obviously did, and he asked if she'd be willing to make him one for the program. He's not playing George Washington, but another president- the name of which slips my mind at the moment.

My mom had around four days to whip up a costume of presidental proportions for my darling nephew, and she was determined to do just that. My brother had said if it was too much to ask, that they would just rent one for him from a costume shop, but mom was having no part of that, she wanted to be able to give the same gift of love of her handiwork that she'd given my brother more than 30 years ago.

Yesterday he had his 'final fitting', and everything was perfect, down to the little additions to his shoes.

Most children probably wouldn't be interested, but my darling nephew asked mom countless questions about how she created the costume, and how she made her own patterns and the process in getting from the pattern stage to the finished product.

I suspect he wanted all the information so he could share it with his teachers and classmates and say "Look what my grammy made for me, and this is how she did it."

Yesterday- he turned to her as he was leaving after his final fitting and said, "I love you Grammy." Four words that would melt the heart of all 'grammys' and most definitely the heart of my very own dear mommy.

The last thing he wanted- was to know if his "Pap" (otherwise known as my diddy) would come help him get dressed for his program today. Something tells me diddy wouldn't have missed it for the world.

I hope they were able to get pictures.

It wouldn't surprise me, if in 20 or so years, my mom is getting yet another phone call from her then great grandchild, who also happens to need a costume for school- to play yet another president, and I know as long as she's able, mom will be honored.

31 Days to a Healthier Diet

March 5- Drink Water.

It's the only beverage your body really needs and craves. Gradually replace sodas, flavored coffees, sugary drinks and other high calorie liquids with water. Aim for 8-12 cups daily.

My Gratitude List for March 5, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- Longer hours of daylight.

2- Letters from home.

3- Marcel leaving me the same little banana sticker that I left him yesterday.

4- The crocus and daffodils which are beginning to bloom.

5- The smell of fresh brewed coffee.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Little Things

Dinner is in the oven, so I decided while it's cooking that I'd come back and share more of 31 Days to a Healthier Diet.

It's something that I can definitely benefit from, and since I know that it's something we ALL can benefit from, I wanted to share with everyone.

It is yet another dreary day outside in Neverland, yet in spite of the cold weather, cloudy skies, and drizzling rain, my mood is shining!

I'm happy and content- although I've been very worried about several people that I know and love who are struggling at the moment. I can't change their situations, but I can and will continue to pray for them, and be there for them if and when they need me.

Earlier this afternoon I was browsing through a cookbook that the local supermarket puts out monthly. The publications are gratis, and I always browse them and clip out any recipes that I find interesting, or that I think I may make in the future.

I ended up with three or four new recipes, one of which was a dessert that I'm itching to make- but will change to suit the tastes of those I make it for- namely Marcel, but probably won't make until the temps begin to warm a bit.

What I also found was an advertisement for Chiquita bananas, and you know the little blue and yellow circular stickers they put on the bananas? Well there were 'mock' stickers in the magazine, and they said things such as: "You are the best", "I think you're sweet", etc. I decided to clip all nine of them and give them to Marcel at various times.

This afternoon when he came in from work, one of the 'stickers' was lying on his laptop keyboard. It read- "I think you're sweet."

The look on his face when he saw it was priceless, followed with a "Do you really think I'm sweet?" I said that I did 'most' of the time, to which he laughed, and gave me a kiss on my forehead.

The sheets I'd washed were in the dryer, and he took them out of the dryer and made the bed. I offered to help, but he said he'd do it.

It's the little things.

Now before I go..

31 Days to a Healthier Diet

March 3- Enjoy 2-4 servings of fruit each day.

Fruits are rich in nutrients, fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants, all which help prevent disease. One serving is equal to 1/2 cup.

March 4- Know your "red" flag menu words.
Avoid restaurant items described as battered, bottomless, breaded, cheesy, country, crispy, creamy, fried, giant, loaded, smothered, and stuffed.

My Gratitude List for March 4, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- A day at home without having to get out.

2- A husband who truly seems to 'get' the importance of the little things.

3- Samantha's upcoming visit.

4- Rebounding markets.

5- Baby doves, which indicate spring is closer than I think.

A Day in the Life

I am in the process of revamping my work-out program so that I can get the absolute best out of my work-outs. It's going to take time, but I'm hoping to have it done within the next few days, but at least I've made a dent in the direction I'm wanting to go. I lost a significant amount of weight last year, and in the process became fitter and healthier, but I still have some that I want to lose- and my plan is to work towards reaching my goal this year. I know I can do it, but I know it's going to take more work- work that I'm prepared to do.

This morning I've been doing laundry, plus taking advantage of the fact that the house is empty and catching up on household tasks. In a moment, I'll spend a little quality time with the elliptical, and be finished about the time that Marcel gets home from work. Tomorrow, I'll probably do the same, and on the two days following that he'll be working all afternoon and into the early evening hours, I'll have everything done and will be able to spend the time as I see fit.

I've been having the urge to create some new jewelry for spring- plus my book reading has gone down to nihl- and I'd like to do some reading. I go through phases though, where sometimes I can't devour books fast enough, and other times, I don't pick one up for months. It has been one of those 'dry spells', but I want to start reading again.

My computer time- emails and journals will be at the top of that list. I haven't had much time for that lately, mostly because my online time has been spent on facebook and my new obsession 'Farm Town'. I have quite the farm there, and who knew that I had it in me to be a 'farm girl'. It's cute, and some of my dearest friends are my 'neighbors', which makes me smile.

I still have so much to share, but that will come. In the meantime, I'd love to know what's been happening in your world?

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, March 02, 2009


I decided that while Marcel was taking a little after dinner nap, that I'd try to catch up on a few things at the computer. Unfortunately, an hour is not long enough to accomplish everything that I'd hoped to accomplish, which means the 'to do' list is left with a few things that need to be done tomorrow.

Today was 'grocery shopping' day here in Neverland- or at least for Marcel and I. I couldn't help but laugh at him when we went to one of the supermarkets, as they had my favorite toilet paper on sale- 32 rolls to a pack. One package was one price, but if you bought two they were a little less expensive, but buying three was the least expensive- 18 euro, which I knew was a great price.

I had explained to Marcel that they were on sale, but I didn't explain the process of how many we needed to buy, so he protested when I pulled three packages onto the cart. I think he was embarrassed for us to be walking to the check-out with that much T.P., and insisted that we were NOT buying that much. He even went as far as to say that he was NOT going moving another step with that much toilet paper in the cart.

Of course, I thought this to be comical- probably because you don't see the Dutch buying T.P. and that sort of thing in large quantities, but I love a bargain, so I just kept giggling and walking towards the cash register. Since he didn't have much of a choice BUT to join me, he did, but he looked embarrassed, which made me giggle even more. I'm sure the girl at the register thought I was nuts, but it just struck me as comical.

He proceeds to lecture me as we walk out the store saying we don't NEED that much toilet paper, and that he couldn't believe I'd bought that much and that he was SURE it would be on sale again and could have bought it then.

But again, being one that loves a bargain, I just didn't see the point in NOT buying it, when it's something we'll use. Besides, why pay full price when you don't have to?

Yes, it's the little things that entertain us on a day to day basis, although he did finally 'see the light' and understand the symantics behind my over the top T.P. purchase.

I wonder if men do these type of things, or if it's strictly women?

What do y'all think?

Just for the record, I also do it in terms of insurance, interest rates, and the list goes on. I like to be informed and get the best possible 'deal'.

My Gratitude List for March 2, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- A husband who can laugh at the little oddnesses that make me, me.

2- An afternoon of coffee and great conversation with Desere.

3- The sunshine- even if it was for a short time.

4- Solitude.

5- Little things that make me giggle, like the above entry.

31 Days to a Healthier Diet

March 2- Eat Breakfast.

It boosts your energy, metabolism and mental focus. Plus, breakfast eaters consume fewer calories throughout the day than those who skip this meal.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Changing Things Up

It didn't take me long to get tired of the other layout that I had. I liked it, but it still wasn't exactly what I have been looking for, which leads me to this current layout.

I like the look, and it is very much "ME", but I still miss the old sunflower days. One of these days, I'm actually going to try to install PhotoShop and see if it will work with me running Vista now. Maybe then I'll actually create my own layout. I don't think it would be too difficult, since I do actually still have all the files from my old journal.

Things are quiet here in Neverland. Marcel went to his moms for Sunday dinner, and I decided to stay behind and enjoy the solitude. He brought me a plate with green beans and potatoes, and a chicken breast that I now have baking in the oven.

Since they were all having meatballs, and I only buy and eat very lean ground beef, my mother-in-law bought me a chicken breast instead. Lately she's been very respectful in honoring my wishes to eat healthy. I think she finally understood that I was dedicated to my health and a healthier lifestyle and she respects that, and I appreciate it.

I have a load of whites that are almost finished washing- I hear them going through the spin cycle as I type this. After those are finished, I have one more load and the laundry will be completely caught up. One thing that I won't have to think about this week. Yay!

March 1st- Can you believe it?

Since March is National Nutrition Month, I've decided to share with you a daily tip of 31 Days to a Healthier Diet- compliments of Spark People, one of my favorite sites.

As most of you know- I drastically changed my life last year when I started focusing on eating well, excercising, and getting rid of those very unwanted pounds. I haven't completely reached my goal, but I'm getting close, and this will serve as 'food of inspiration' for me, and hopefully for anyone else who is wanting to get 'healthier'. After all, we could all make better and more informed food choices.

March 1st- Keep a food diary.

Before you can improve your diet, you have to know where you stand. Record everything you eat and drink for five days and use these tips to improve your diet a little each day.

Ice Anyone?

I thought this morning when I woke up that the sun was actually shining. It seemed brighter than usual in our bedroom, but I was sadly mistaken when I got up and went into the living room, only to find that it was still dismal and cloudy, but just 'brighter' outside. The clouds have given way to rainfall, and that coupled with the cold weather has me feeling grateful that I don't have anywhere that I need to be today. It IS Sunday, and that means dinner at my mother-in-laws, but since my allergies are giving me a few problems, I've decided to stay home instead.

Last night at 11, the telephone rang. I could tell by the ringtone that it was either my mother-in-law or sister-in-law, so when I looked at the caller-id, I saw that it was my mother-in-laws number. I immediately felt a sense of alarm, because I know my mother-in-law would never call that time of the evening unless something was wrong.

Upon answering the phone, I found that it was my sister-in-law. I'd forgotten that it was actually Saturday and that she spends the night most Saturday nights there, because her husband works nights on Saturdays.

I could tell by the tone of her voice that nothing was wrong, so immediately I felt a sense of relief. She was calling to ask if I had any ice cubes, as she wanted to pour herself a drink and didn't have any.

My immediate thought was, "Are you kidding me?" but I let her know that I only had ice cubes in the summer time, and that was that.

Later, I called Marcel to chat and told him about his sisters call. He couldn't believe that she'd done that, but then retracted that saying that he shouldn't be surprised.

I'm glad that I wasn't sleeping, because quite honestly, I would have been highly annoyed if I had been.

On the positive side- at least there was nothing seriously wrong.

Ice anyone?