Monday, June 29, 2009


The rules:

1. Respond and rework; answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your invention, add one more question of your own.

2. Tag other people.

What is your current obsession?
working out

What are you wearing today? black converse sun dress, flip flops

What would you eat for your last meal? raclette with cornichons, cocktail onions, potatoes, baguette, argentinian red wine

What are you listening to right now? velociraptor screeching "MOMMY!"

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?

Which language do you want to learn? Spanish - it would come in very handy in south texas, but don't tell the monsieur

What do you love most about where you currently live? 5 minutes from Seaworld

What style is your current home decorated in? mid-century messy

If you were a time traveler what era would you live in? 1940's

What is your favorite color? red ... for now

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe? old navy wide leg yoga pants

What were you doing ten years ago? living alone, climbing the corporate ladder, partying and being very irresponsible

If you had $300 now, what would you spend it on? give me $300 and we'll see

What are you going to do after this? pick up Primrose for shopping!

What are your favorite films? kung fu

Your favorite books? fiction that keeps me thinking about it long after its over

Do you collect anything? bookmarks, shot glasses when i travel

What makes you follow a blog? snarky posts, mostly women in the same boat as i - families - gals i relate to

What was the most enjoyable thing you did today? slept in

Ann's Question:
What makes you comment on a blog? its like visiting with someone

Amy's Question:
What is your favorite thing to do when you have some free time?
edit photos or nap

Tonya's Question:
What is a talent you wished you had?
i wish i was a good singer

Kyooty's question :
If you could be any other animal other then Human, what would you be?
cat - they nap a lot and if they are feeling sassy, no one gives them trouble about their attitude. everyone just says, "oh, she's just being a cat."

My question:
What's your favorite form of exercise?

Pearl at KC Wilson's
Laufa from Morgan Madness
Ginny Marie at Lemon Drop Pie

HASAY: Slow but Steady

I love to jog.

I am a night person.

It is a thousand degrees outside with a thousand percent humidity.

Due to the heat, I hadn't jogged for about a month until last week.

By God's mercy - I have been up and at 'em at 6am to jog. Trust me - this doesn't happen by my own will or discipline. At 6am it is already humid and hot but the sun isn't directly overhead yet so jogging is feasible. Thanks to the humidity it feels like jogging on the bottom of a swimming pool. Thanks to cold water, I can cope.

When I used to run at night I thought people in my neighborhood are jerks. I would always say hi and smile as I flitted past and in return, they would glare in my general direction. Now I realize that they are all morning people. In the a.m. everyone is really friendly. There's the cop leaving for work, the retired old dude working on his lawn, about 12 other joggers (11 of whom are women), several people walking their dogs, a few dogs walking their people, and one or two people retrieving their newspaper in embarrassing morning attire (still friendly).

I'm not promising to be a morning person convert - last night I went to bed at 1am - but I don't mind doing this for a while (at least until winter).

Nutrition aspect of losing weight is going swimmingly. I found which has several tools for helping you stay within your calorie range for weight loss.

In other news, I am down 2 pounds.

And finally .... please pray for RAIN (preferably around 6:15am during one of my runs)! I can't remember the last time we had a good rain. San Antonio's auqifier is so sad and whittling away.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

FFF: Smart People

Its that time again! Time to play Funky Foto Flashback! Every Thursday us shutter bugs and the offspring of shutter bugs show off our favorite pics of the past.

From Adventures of the Grigg Boys

Here is hubs and my FIL being very smart and studious. Obviously, this was in France, just look at the those socks!


What about you? What vintage pics do you have to show off?

Here are some over achievers at the self-deprecating business...

Casey at HAGAY
Mrs. Bear at Outnumbered Two to One

(still mad at Mr. Linky, so we'll be doing this Sprite's Keeper's way for a while.)

Monday, June 22, 2009

RTT: Belated HASAY and random movie thoughts and more

hello and welcome to my edition of random tuesday thoughts combined with a late hasay update.

what is RTT? Random Tuesday Thoughts is the brain child of Keely who is easily capable of blowing out the brains of many a brain eating zombie.

what is HASAY? hasay is casey's amazing online weight loss complainer's forum - er - i speak for myself, i mean support group.

Ok, now let's get down to business.

Seriously, I'm considering switching medications. I have been eating healthier than ever before in my life and working out consistently and this morning i learned that i gained 1.5 pounds. Then I lit my scale on fire. WHY???????

I Am Legend is a very stressful movie. My heart rate goes up, I hold my breath. Nevermind that I have seen it twice before and I know what happens.

S. Darko - Donnie Darko's sister's movie - is creepy and spooky and cheesy and dumb. I think there were two VERY different people contributing to it.

Where did all the Kung Fu movies go? Aren't we due for one for the summer releases? Instead I am rewatching House of the Flying Daggers and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon for the umpteenth time.

I have finally caved in to popular opinion - Colin Farrell - while very good looking is not a good actor. There I said it. I'm sorry, Colin.

I want to see a remake of The Philadelphia Story and I want George Clooney to play Cary Grant's role.

speaking of creepy - this is the seedy hotel room hubs and i recently stayed at in georgia.

since we drove 2,000 miles in three days, here are some random shots as i got bored

Thus concludes today's belated - and brief - HASAY and RTT.


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Army Guys

caught gabriel playing with his army guys

he caught me taking pictures of me catching him play with army guys.

so he did cobra pose.

then started goofing for the camera

he has always enjoyed organizing

apparently there were no survivors

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

FFF: Twerp

circa: 1982

some museum in Chicago

much to my shagrin, we went to every single bless-ed museum in Chicago. Check out the 'tude i have towards my brother! He was right, I was a twerp. Thankfully, I have outgrown it.

Please play along! Every Thursday, us self-deprecating types get on our blogs and post some embarrassing picture of us or our loved ones. Some of the more sophisticated bloggers post classy, vintage pics. Just choose your category and run with it!

Leave your link in your comment and let the good times roll!

the first post rolled in in the first few minutes of the day (I haven't even gone to bed yet)

Mrs. Bear at Outnumbered Two to One
Casey at Half as Good as You
KP at The Grove (late link, my bad)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

FFF: mom

Hey, it's Thursday again! That means that its Funky Foto Flashback!

circa: early 1970's

I have no idea when or where this was taken but its one of my favorite pictures of my mom. She looks so happy.

Ok, now its your turn!

Post your vintage pic on your blog and link up in your comments. Mr. Linky is still being retarded.

I'm on my way out of dodge so it might be a couple of days before I can stop by to comment but rest assured that I will! Here are some who played before I have to pack in a whirlwind for myself, my kids and hubs.

Monday, June 8, 2009

RTT: picture pages

Baby Jason and Rohan

Last soccer game.

Ethan makes breakfast.

Gabriel and his cousin Sofia at Seaworld. We went to Seaworld 3 times last week! Twice with Sofia (and company) and once with some friends, the Gillig's.

For some real authentic random thoughts, go here. This chick, if you don't already know her, is the bees knees.


HASAY: margheritas, naps and other excuses

HASAY is the brilliant online support group for struggling dieters and exercisers the world over.

Do you know what happens when you are 31 years old and take naps instead of working out for 2 weeks?

Do you know what happens when you take Paxil?

Do you know what happens when your friends, inspired by the summer heat, pour you refreshing, frozen adult beverages?

Do you know what happens when sadness overcomes you and you just figure that you might as well not exercise because who cares?

The answer: WEIGHT GAIN

Today, out of pity for my own mental health and the waist line of my summer wardrobe - I got back on the horse. Thankfully my food intake wasn't totally ruined - with the exception of adult beverages.

This was my wagon...

(adapted from P90X - which i have been doing off and on since 2007)

exercise: 1st round reps / 2nd round reps

push ups 10 / 10

wide fly pull ups* 8 / 7

military push ups 10/10**

reverse grip pull ups* 8 / 6

wide fly push ups 8 / 5**

closed grip pull ups* 7 / 3

decline push ups 8 / 6

heavy pants (8lb weights) 12 / 8

diamond push ups 3** / 4**

lawn mowers (8lb weights) 12 / 10

dive bombers 3 / 3

* with a chair to support the weight of my legs

** on knees

Tune in next week for week two of being on the wagon ... or not.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Spin Cycle: Love Story

It all began with a boy and a girl

they did a lot of this

and this

and some of this.

then they got engaged

then they got pregnant!

so they moved the wedding up.

the baby was born.

they moved to texas.

they had another baby!

this is that same boy and girl now - only with a little more in their backpacks.

For more Love themed spin cycles, visit Sprite's Keeper.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

FFF: Take me out to the ball game

Woooooo Woooooo! All aboard! The Funky Foto Flashback train is leaving the station!

Its baseball season! We are on our way to a Cardinal's game - at the old Busch Stadium.

circa:1988, age11

Have any fun, embarrassing pictures from days gone by? All we do here at Funky Foto Flashback is post a vintage picture, snag the button from the sidebar and leave your link in your comment. Its so easy and so fun - why wouldn't you want to play?

We play every Thursday. If you can't join us today, join us next week!
Look who's already in the game!

Casey at HASAY
Mrs. Bear at Outnumbered Two to One

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

6X6 meme and a tangent about Canadians

I've been tagged by Kyooty (which I just realized translates to cutey ... I thought it was coyote all along! i thought, 'wow, this coyote chick is really bad arse' oops - must be the language barrier). Speaking of Canadians, I have never met one I didn't like. NEVER. So in a way, I want to move to Canada but then again, if I am living IN Canada, I'll likely meet at least one I don't like - statistically speaking, right? I don't think I want to ruin this 31 year streak! Ok, I did work with a guy that was from Canada but he moved here as a kid and he was kind of a single minded dope but he managed to just barely stay on my good side and keep the good image of his people.

So back to this meme.

I am supposed to tag 6 people.

Krista at The Grove

Green Jello who is cursed with an interesting life

Pearl of the KC Wilsons


Laufa amidst the Morgan Madness

Ginny Marie at Lemon Drop Pie

Your mission, should you choose to accept is to go to your picture folder and pick the sixth picture from the sixth folder.

My folders are on a massive external hard drive that holds only the raw image files. So I tracked down the sixth picture from the sixth folder and then coopied the image location from Picasa to post the edited, internet sized picture. TMI?

This is from my old camera, which as you can tell from the quality was a point and shoot.

From Adventures of the Grigg Boys

Lost Maples (and more here) - last November. It is a really big deal to find leaves changing in southern texas. We drove to this park because we heard the hiking was great and the leaves were pretty. It did not disappoint.

Monday, June 1, 2009

RTT: Oh just random stuff

I spent a half an hour trying to think in rhyme because that's how I imagine Jen from Sprite's Keeper thinks. Its very frustrating for a novice like myself.

Gabriel: "Is home where you cuddle?"


You know that song by Jack Johnson on the Curious George soundtrack, Jungle Gym? Gabriel was singing along with it but kept singing 'chocolate chip' in place of jungle gym. It was super cute.

Jungle Gym (Feat. G. Love) - Jack Johnson


Me: Dad, I tried calling you ten times today. I even called your cell phone - why don't you answer?

Dad: I didn't know you called (muffling in the background) oh, it looks like your mom put my cell on vibrate. How do you turn on the ringer on this thing?

Me: Press and hold the pound button.

Dad: Is that the one that looks like a tic tac toe board?

Me: Yes.

Dad: I don't think that worked. Now it says, "Normal Profile On"

Me: Yes, it worked. That's what its supposed to say.

Dad: Ok, well hang up and call me on my cell phone.

(I hang up, dial his cell phone, he hangs up on me - I call his home phone back)

Dad: Hey! I told you to call my cell phone!

Me: I did but you hung up on me.

Dad: No, I didn't. I just closed my phone.

Me: That hangs it up, dad.

Dad: Oh, well, I guess its working now.

Me: It was working all along.


Good thing my dad doesn't read my blog.


My dad only reads my blog if my mom makes him - so mom, don't tell dad to read this post. Not that he could find my blog since you are out of town. But still.....


I got my self deprecating sense of humor from my dad. He really is a good sport.


Gabriel upon leaving Seaworld: Mom, I'm tired. When we get home can we watch shows and cuddle?

(the answer is always 'yes' even if my house is a mess and even though dinner won't cook itself - that is my favorite thing to do! from what i understand from more experienced moms, is that this cuddling thing comes to an end so i want to get as much in as possible)


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