Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Good and Bad of Pinterest

By now I think everyone knows of Pinterest, or as my husband refers to it, "that picture website your always on."  I will admit, it is a good way to give my mind a break every now and then.  I would say I mainly "pin" food and drink ideas on there.  Lets be honest, I am never going to get around to making any of the crafts I have seen on there.  But I have already used some of the recipes.  I have learned a few things already, some are good, some are bad (nothing with only three ingredients is going to taste that great), and some are just weird.

Here are a few recipes from Pinterest that I will not be trying any time soon.

I don't care how much you love chocolate, this just looks gross.  Who eats chocolate pancakes for breakfast?  And you wonder why America is getting fatter, don't eat chocolate pancakes with chocolate syrup on top.

What is with all of the rainbow deserts?

There's Rainbow Cake.

Rainbow Cake with Rainbow Frosting.

Rainbow Pancakes

Rainbow Cheesecake

Rainbow Cookies

Rainbow Cupcakes

Really, does all our food need to be rainbow colored?  Who is making a 6 layer cake?  I have never in my life made a layer cake.  Is all that food coloring really safe to eat, or good for you?

Okay, I'm done with my rant.  I will go back to loving Pinterest for what it is.  

Friday, February 24, 2012

Forced Diet

I am dying!

Ok, maybe I'm not dying, but I am sure I will utter those words again this afternoon.

The hubby and I are getting life insurance, and today we have to do our insurance health physical.  Which means we have to fast for 8 hours prior to taking the test.  And being the smart people that we are, we scheduled our for 4 pm today.  So we had breakfast, and then nothing else but water until our test.

I can tell you now that we are both not going to be pleasant to be around come 4pm.  I don't do well with out food.  And there better be something yummy planned for dinner, because I am going to be starving.

The good news, maybe a day without food will help my waist line a little.  Who am I kidding, when I stuff my face for dinner I am sure the day will be a wash.  I may though shrink my stomach.  We had a discussion about this in our office the other day.  If you shrink your stomach you eat less later on.  It may be an old wives tale, but I believe in it.

Well, wish me luck that I don't go postal on someone this afternoon from a lack of food (or pass out, that is probably more likely).

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sad Laura

What could possibly make my friend Laura have such a look of despair and sadness?

Was Ryan Reynolds involved in a horrible, disfiguring accident?
Nope, he's fine.

Did K-State loose another basketball game on Saturday?
Nope, they beat Baylor!

Did we run out of wine, beer, beer-ritas, etc.?
Nope, the drinks were flowing all weekend long.

So what was it that could make Laura so sad?

One Word


That's right, we ended up at a karaoke bar on Saturday night.  None of our group actually participated in the singing, but boy did we laugh at those that did.

There was the man that sang show tunes, complete with jazz hands.

There was the man that sang a tribute to Whitney Houston, it was very off key/pitch/just bad.

There was the little old man, Larry, that sang old love songs.

There was the woman that thought she was going to be discovered singing karaoke.  She was also wearing an interesting shirt, we called her "Parachute Shirt."

There was the man in a Canadian Tuxedo (jeans, jean jacket, jean shirt).  He didn't sing, but his outfit was awesome.

I am fully aware, and prepared for the fact that posting this picture of Laura on the internet, will result in pay back in some form or another on her blog.  

Love ya' Laura!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hangman Rules

Recently in our office we got a giant whiteboard to keep track of all of our files going in and out.  I think everyone still holds on from childhood the joy of writing and drawing on the whiteboard.  So of course the minute the board when up, someone suggested playing hangman on it.  So now we have an office game of hangman going.  Different people put up the puzzle and periodically as you walk by the board, you can guess a letter.  It has been fun so far, but it is apparent that we need rules for this sort of thing.

Hangman Rules

1.  There are no categories.  This is not Wheel of Fortune, it's Hangman.  Just start guessing letters.

2.  You can only guess one letter at a time.  Someone (cough, Phil, cough) feels the need to put 5 letters up at once.

3.  It must be in English, but the use of proper English is not necessary.  So far most of the puzzles have been inside jokes and sayings from around the office.

4.  Names are except able puzzles.  Not that I can say I always spell the names correctly.  Opps.

5.  There is no money involved.  Again this is NOT Wheel of Fortune, just a friendly game of Hangman.

6.  You cannot write in just words you have figured out.  Keep it to yourself, and keep guessing letters until you have the whole puzzle.

I am glad we have established these rules, I will be posting them in the office shortly.  :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

8 Month, 5 Day Anniversary

My husband and I recently celebrated our 8 Month and 5 Day Anniversary.


You don't celebrate the 8 Month and 5 Day Anniversary!?!

It is customary to celebrate the 8 Month and 5 Day Anniversary with a gift.

1st Year is Paper
5th Year is Wood
10th Year is Tin
20th Year is China
30th Year is Pearl
40th Year is Ruby
50th Year is Gold
60th Year is Diamond

8 Month and 5 Days is Wedding Band!

It is so pretty! I love it!

And I really love it with my engagement ring!

Now you may be asking why I didn't receive my wedding ring on my wedding day?  Well, a month before our wedding, my husband and I both quit our jobs to start a new business.  We had money saved up, but with out jobs I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a ring at that time, so I just used my engagement ring when we got married (took it off, put it right back on).  See, a ring does not make you married.  This January we were back down in Fort Worth, where we originally purchased my engagement ring and decided to order my wedding band, and a few weeks later it came in the mail.

One more quick story about my rings.  The center stone in my engagement ring is a family heirloom.  It was my grandmothers, from her wedding ring.  She died when my dad was young.  My Grandpa then wore the diamond in a ring until he died.  I then inherited the diamond.  My parents held on to it until I got engaged.  I always knew I wanted to use it in my engagement ring.  It means so much to me to have a little piece of my family with me always.  A piece of the past I never knew, a piece of my family I have now, and a piece of the family I am creating with my husband.  It makes me smile every time I look at my hand.

Happy 8 Month and 5 Day Anniversary!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Challenge - Final

Well, we have come to the end of our little challenge, the "Looking Hot for Our Hunky Husbands" challenge.  And I have to say I am a little disappointed in my effort.

And the final number is. . .


My starting weight was 157.4, so I lost a pound.  One sad little pound.

Congratulations to Laura!

I don't even have to do the math to know I lost.  Laura will now be sporting something very nice from Victoria's Secret.

I would like to apologize to my husband for Not Looking So Hot For My Hunky Husband.

The challenge may be over, but I will continue to try and eat healthier and exercise more.  I will keep you posted on my progress.

Laura and I will be celebrating our (little) success this weekend with our Hunky Husbands.  I am sure pictures and a post will follow.

Until next time.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

What's Your Name?

My husband and I work together, live together, spending practically all day, every day together.  It is a little much some days.  But after spending all that time together you tend to run out of things to talk about, so we talk to our dogs.  While talking to our dogs (and for our dogs), we have come up with a few nicknames for our fur babies.  Here are a few.

For Cooper:
Coop Dogg
Coop De Ville
Water Buffalo
Toothless Wonder
Idiot Savant 
Big Ears
Nervous Nelly
Chatter Boxer
And our all time favorite. . .

For Derby:
Dirty Derby
Derb Bot
German Bagel
Baby Derby
And my mom's favorite. . .
Javier, the Mexican Street Dog

I know we are slowly loosing our minds, and I think I am okay with that.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Challenge - Week 3

Being a business owner and a trophy wife at the same time is tough.  I am sure my husband will agree with this statement.

Last week was not kind to me on the scale, and I really though I wasn't doing that bad.

Previous week's weight: 155.4 lbs.

Current week's weight: 160.2 lbs.

That's right I gained.  It was a tough week for both challengers.

I am really a little disappointed in myself, I thought doing this Challenge would help kick my butt in gear and make me want to work out and eat better and be a winner, but that just hasn't happened.

Life and our business have gotten in the way.  I work out of town every week.  Even when I have intentions of working out after work, our client asks us to have drinks after work.  Then I am usually starving and make another not so great choice while eating out.  Not to mention the extremely limited healthy food choices at the restaurants in Pratt.  I can't eat another iceberg lettuce salad with cheese, 2 slices of cucumber, 2 cherry tomatoes and croutons.

I know these are all excuses, and others just like me are able to do all this and more.  This is the last week of the Challenge and I am going to give it all that I can this week (not counting what I ate at the Super Bowl Party yesterday).

The good news is I am not really over weight, but I do want to be healthier and more in shape.  I want to stop this slow upward climb my weight is on before it does become a problem I really have to deal with.

Laura, we can turn this around!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Game Eye

A year ago I learned a new term, Game Eye.  Game Eye is the ability to spot wild game while out hunting, or driving by at highway speeds.  I learned this when we moved to Wyoming last year and would see antelope every where.  Apparently my husband has a very good game eye, as he was told this by some fellow hunters.  I, on the other hand, have a horrible game eye.  I probably saw half as many antelope in Wyoming then my husband did.

When we are driving some where, my husband will point out all kinds of wildlife.  Even when he tells me where to look I still can't see anything.  Half the time I just nod and agree, because I don't want to admit that I can't see a damn thing.  I think growing up in the city has really hampered my game eye development.

Now that I drive back and forth across Kansas on a regular basis people always tell me to watch out for deer.  I don't know how to "watch out" for deer.  Unless that deer is standing in the middle of the road already, I am never going to see it.  I always nod and say okay, but I never drive any differently or "watch out" any differently.

So a couple of weeks ago while driving across Kansas at 5:00 in the morning, I decided I was going to try extra hard to "watch out" for deer.  I was driving along, and it was still pitch black outside, and all of a sudden I see a deer just a little ways off the road in the ditch.  I was so excited that I saw the deer the I screamed " I saw it! I saw a deer!"  Apparently this is not the appropriate reaction to seeing a deer, as everyone laughed at me for it latter when I was telling my Great Deer Spotting Story.

A week later I was driving back across Kansas, this time at night, and just off to the side of the road I saw a whole family of deer.  Sadly, I had the same reaction as before, screaming for joy at seeing the deer.  Oh well.

Watch out Kansas wildlife, my Game Eye is improving.