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Friday, August 12, 2011


1. I have to do some MAJOR cleaning tonight…which is prompting me to ask…what is the absolute worst thing you hate to clean or cleaning chore you hate the most? (vacuuming, dusting, laundry, toilets, floors, etc.)

I hate mopping and loading the dishwasher.  I have no idea why, but I LOATHE this chores.  I'd rather do laundry and clean toilets for an hours than spend 15 minutes mopping or loading the dishwasher!

2. Brown or Black? Fly or Drive? Hot dog or Burger? Gold or Silver?

I like black for all things leather - purses, belts, shoes, etc.  I prefer brown when it comes to actually clothing - it makes me tanner.  However, I have a couple black dresses from Nora that look fabulous on me and I would not trade for brown anything.

I prefer to drive.  I have had bad plane experiences and my husband is terrified!  I look at it this was - with a car wreck there is a good chance you'll walk away...with a plane wreck, well, you're just f'd!

I LIKE WEINERS!  Hamburgers are ok, but you can't beat a big, steamy weiner!

I prefer white gold or silver.  Actually, I have this weird OCD thing with mixing silver (or white gold) and (yellow) gold.  For example, all most of my jewelry is white gold or silver, I will not mix it.  I will not even consider buying a purse or belt that has brass or goldtone hardware beacuse it won't go with my jewelry.  I am the same way about leathers; I will not wear black shoes with a brown purse!  I don't notice this on others, but on me I do not feel "put together" if I mix these things.  Weird, huh?

3. Repeat question: I’m going to pick a person not knowing your relationship with them or even if a relationships exists – and you then try to describe that person in 5 short sentences/words.

Maternal Grandmother




4. Even if you don’t have kids, how do you feel about kids in multiple sports during their school years? Were you in MULTIPLE sports all during school? Forced or by choice?

I was not in multiple sports - I was not athletic.  If my son wants to play multiple sports that will be fine if he is keeping up with his school work, able to get plenty of rest , and is not suffering injuries.  Sports should be fun and recreational as a child - not a job.

5. Repeat question: Summarize your week in real life and in blog land.

Blog land has been uneventful.  I continue to stalk you all while remaining silent.  I feel like I have nothing valuable to contribute.  But I do enjoy getting inspiration from you all!

Real life has been busy!  I am finally getting ahead at work.  Weightloss is back to a plateau after losing 10 lbs in 6 weeks.  ARG!

Friday, July 1, 2011


1. Let's stick with the pictures/exercise and shoe topic and post a picture of (or describe) your work out shoes.
ASICS® GEL-Enduro 4 Women's Trail Running Shoe
These are my first ever running shoes.  I got them at JCP and they are great for a fat and flat footed runner.  Just enough support to be comfortable but I can still feel the road.

2. Again with the summer/hot theme of the week....what does your current swimsuit look like?

My swimsuit looks like a sports bra, tank top, and shorts...because that is what my swimsuit is!  I am not comfortable enough yet to wear a swimsuit.  The sad thig is when I get to goal weight I know this will still be an issue for me.  I have tried some on recently and I am atleast proud that there are plenty of options out there for the size that I am...but I just can't do it yet. 

3. Do you lay out, fake bake, sunless spray tan or use tanning lotion?

I have never used lotion or spray tan.  I live on a farm so in the summer I get some tan just from working outside.  In the winter time, I use my own tanning bed.  It's an older model (10+ years) that my mom bought when I was dad thoguht she had lost her mind.  I bought my parent's house from them last year and the tanning bed came with it. 

4. Describe your week in blogland and in real life.

Blogland: Nada.  I didn't do any blogging but I did follow everyone else and did some commenting.  I recieved a box full of AWESOME dresses and skirts from Nora from A Traveling Bandita.  I have worn two of the dresses now and for the first time since high school I felt hot!!!  I recieved many compliments and just felt good!

Real Life:  Things at work are getting stressful (more so than usual).  I have a grant proposal and a semi-annual report due in three weeks ON TOP of my normal caseload of probationers.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Calorie Question...

How many calories a day are you all eating?  I've been sticking between 1000 and 1500.  I also haave been running every other a day.  I only have lost 1lb in three weeks!  What is the deal!  I am getting discouraged.  I have been within the same 5 lb range since Christmas! Help!

Oh, I tried the shirataki tofu noodles...they were pretty good.  Also, I am in love with Hungry Girl at  I didn't even know she existed until last Friday!

Friday, June 3, 2011


Ok, so there is this older lady I work with that is part-time - only 10 hrs a week.  I have been open about my surgery at work.  This woman is truely a kind person but is as dumb as a rock.  She asks my about what I can eat and how much I have lost on a daily freaking basis.  I am a Probation Officer and have to be a bitch so much that I atleast try to be nice to coworkers - so, I play along with her little game.  Today, like every week, she asks me how much I have lost.  I tell her 81 lbs.  She then says "Wow, I can't believe you have lost that much, you still look the same".  Eighty F'ing Pounds and I still look the SAME!! WTF!!  I swear to you I had to fight the urge to tell her to "Fuck Off", order a pizza, and go to the bathroom to cry.  I do not think this lady is capable of being mean, I honestly believe this is what she thinks.  Three explainations have occured to me 1) She is too dumb to know what she really said, 2) She meant what she said and I haven't lost enough weight to show a big difference to her, or 3) She really is a nice person and didn't see me as the huge tub of lard I was before.  Who knows.  I have got to move past looking to others to validate me.

Catch Up and BYOC

Hello...It's been awhile...again

I've been very frustrated.  I have spent the past month logging my daily calories (ranging from 1000 to 1500 a day).  I also have been jogging 3 days a week.  Guess how much movement I've had on the scale....nada, zilch, zero!   What am I doing wrong!!!!  I'm going to keep at it in hopes that something will give soon. 

Also, why can't I comment?  I thought it got fixed but when I try to comment, it just sends me back to login!

And now for BYOC...

1. If you could pick any name on Earth for yourself – would you change yours and what would it be?

I'm okay with 'Dawn'.  I haven't meet many other women with the same name.  I was they only Dawn in school and I am the only Dawn at work.  I will admitt that I have had a fascination with the name 'Roxy' since I was little girl.  Not Roxanne, just Roxy.  If I were to change me name it would be to something like Roxy, Macy, or Emily.

2. If you’re a worker-outer…what time do you partake in such activities? There are SO many theories about when it’s best and not best to work out….like the morning is better since you have an empty stomach or the night is not good because you won’t be able to sleep…etc, etc. – so I’d like to hear your theories.

I workout when I can.  Usually on run on my days at home (weekends, Tues, or Thurs) and I have to take my two year old in the jogging stroller with me.  We aim for morning because it is cooler - usually 8 to 8:30am.  I do strength training twice a week when I can work it in - which is usually at 5:00am before my son wakes up and I go to work or at 7:00pm while my son and husband are eating dinner.  I am lucky because I have a huge office area in my barn (from when my family ran a business) that my sister and I have turned into a gym.  We have accumulated several pieces of equipment and have a stereo and tv out there.  So, I only have to walk a 100 feet to the gym and can take the baby monitor with me!
3. If you drive a car – what kind is it and if you could drive any car – what would it be?

I drive a Chevy Trailblazer and I am definitely an SUV girl.  I like setting higher than everyone else and having a bigger vehicle makes me feel safer, too.  Heck, I started driving SUVs as a freshman in college.  My first was a 1994 Ford Explorer for $5000 - boy was I proud.  I've had three Ford Explorers and two Chevy Trailblazer.  I actually traded my last Trailblazer in 2007 for a 2006 convertible Mustang because I wanted to try a car...Three month later I traded the Mustang back in for my 2007 Trailblazer.  I actually wish I could afford to drive a bigger SUV - like a Tahoe or Traverse...alas gas prices do not allow this. In a perfect world I would have a big ole fully loaded SUV and a new Camero for fun.  This will never happen...
4. Can you be totally honest in answering this next question and tell me what you think of tattoos? More importantly – what do you think of the people who have tattoos – specifically women?

I have always wanted a tattoo - I just can't think of anything that I am that committed too that I want to part with the money ;-)  I think the placement of a tattoo on a women and the subject determine whether or not I think "yuck" or "cool".  I think cute tattoos on a woman's ankles, feet, chest, or back are cool.  Tattoos on a woman's neck, forearms, wrists, and hands don't do much for me...I don't know why.  Gothic tattoos or  full sleeves on a woman make me think "yuck".  Piercings are a whole different story.  I had a nose ring in college and I have seven holes in my ears.  Tounge rings are even ok.  But the gauging crap I will never understand, Oh,and the peircings in lips and chins gross.
5. Repeat question: Summarize your week in blog land and in real life.

Blog Life - I read everyones blogs daily but I just can't seem to get my blogging mojo going.  I don't know if it's a time thing or if just don't think I have anything worth saying.

Real Life - Still working out and eating well but getting no where.  My son just started his first week of daycare with my Mom.  I am still adjusting to my new work schedule of 3 days in the office for 10 hrs each day and 2 days of working at home for 5 hrs a day.  I will like it once I get used to it.  This week I haven't seen hubby very much as he has been working nights.  He works for a concrete company and in the summer they do night pours for big jobs.  This weekend I am excited to start putting my son's B-day present together - a big redwood outdoor swingset/playset!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Happy Friday!


I am so ready for the weekend.  Work has been crazy this week!

I am excited for tommorrow morning...I get to go shopping!  Now that hubby is back to work, I can go get my son and I some Spring duds.  B is growing like a weed and at 20 mos old he is ready for 3T!  There is this awesome consignment sale going on called Kids Closet that I am going to go to.  Hubby is going to watch B so I can actually think while I shop ;-)  After that, I am going to stop at a nice consignment store and look for some Spring clothes for me.  All my Spring clothes from last year are 2 to 3 sizes too big! 

On the Lap Band front, I got a fill on Tuesday and I think I may finally have it my sweet spot.  I can only eat about 4oz of food and it lasts me for 3-4 hrs.  I finally have to be really careful about chewing.  The negative is I PB'd for the first time :-(  Not fun but you live through it.  I have already lost 3 lbs since Tuesday!

Lately, I have been really into cooking.  I love making new band-friendly recipes and trying to make them family-friendly.  I have been scouring cookbooks in the evening and actually find in relaxing!  I am really tired of not getting dinner on the table until 7:30pm - it's just too late for my toddler.  So, last Saturday afternoon I made 5 meals and froze them.  We have ate them all week and have been done with dinner by 7pm!  So I'm going to make my grocery list and try to do the same for next week. 

Does anybody have any easy band-friendly freezeable recipes to share?

Have a Good Day!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Totally of topic...Cell Phone advice

I am attempting to join the technology age and I am shopping for a smartphone.  I am so confused by the options....

My account in with Verizon and I have narrowed myself down to a HTC Droid or an LG Ally (or Vortex).  Both operate on Droid applications.  Does anyone have any advice and has anyone been able to coordinate thier Microsoft Outlook (the e-mail and calendar) with thier Droid?

Monday, February 28, 2011

My latest "Duh" moment

Good Morning!

I have funny story to share.  I need to preface by saying that I haven't been complimented by a man (other than my husband) since I was like 19. 

So, my son has been sick and his asthma has been acting up.  To the Dr. we go.   The Dr. looks my son over and says he has Brocholitis (sp?) and gives us a script for an antibiotic.  He also wanted to check B's oxygen level just to make sure the at-home breathing treatments are working.  The physician's assistant comes in to do the oxygen monitor.  The PA is good looking!  Anyways, the PA says to my son "You have beautiful eyes, just like your momma".   He then looks at me and smiles.

Now what would you say?  Most women whould probably blush and say "thank you".

Guess what I said...

"Oh, actually I am his mom..."

The cute PA then looks at me with a no-shit-sherlock look and says "I figured that".


My husband damn near rolled on the floor laughing when I told him.  Of course, he redeemed himself by telling me he doesn't understand why I am so shocked because I am beautiful.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Thank you and ABC's

Hello!  Thanks Ronnie for the shout out and thank you to my new followers!  I am excited be a part of the such a great group!  By the way, Tina pointed out that I don't have a "Follow Me" button.  Can someone tell me how to get one of those?

I know I am late to the party, but I thought I's do the ABC's of me survey.  BYOC and surveys are great to get your blogger mojo goin'!

(A) Age: 27
(B) Bed Size: Queen
(C) Chore You Hate: Dishes!  Emptying and loading equally suck!
(D) Dogs? I love my doggie - Harley the Lab ( I should be honest, I hated her until my son was born.  I fell in love with her when I saw how this destructive nuisance could be so sweet, loving, and patient with my baby)
(E) Essential Start Your Day Item: It used to be a Diet Coke, post surgery it is Fuze Pomegranite Acai Berry or Decaf Coffee
(F) Favorite Color: Red
(G) Gold or Silver? Silver

(H) Height: 5'2"

(I) Instruments You Play: I poorly played the clarinet in middle school.  I doubt I have retained it though.
(J) Job Title: Juvenile Probation Officer

(K) Kids: 1 boy (20 mos)
(L) Live: Kansas
(M) Mom's Name: Laurie
(N) Nicknames: Legs (my husband thinks he is funny) and Hud (shortened version of my last name)
(O) Overnight Hospital Stays? Birth of my son and a late night/early morning stay with the Lap-Band because after surgery my oxygen levels were low
(P) Pet Peeve: Liars and self-absorbed people
(Q) Quote from a Movie: Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse.
(R) Right or Left Handed? Right

(S) Siblings: 1 sister - 21
(T) Time You Wake Up? I am for 5am but usually hit the snooze until 5:30am
(U) Underwear: JMS briefs the are WAY too big
(V) Vegetable You Dislike: Cooked Spinach and Water Chesnuts (thats a veggie, right?)
(W) What Makes You Run Late: Long nights with the baby
(X) X-Rays You've Had Done: Kidneys and Teeth

(Y) Yummy Food You Make: Chicken Fajitas and WLS Chicken Nuggets (baked breast marinated in greek yogurt and breaded in Panko crumbs, yum!)
(Z) Zoo, Favorite Animal: Bears (P.S. the Monkeys creep me out and I won't even walk past the snakes!)


Are you a heavy or light sleeper?

HEAVY!  A freaking freight train could go through my bedroom and I would still be snoozin' away!

If you were made into a professor for a day, what topic would you lecture on?

I would probably lecture on antisocial and sociopath characteristics in teens and substance abuse/addiciton.  This would be my choice because it is what I know and have experience speaking about anyways.  If I were to choose something that I just enjoy - it would be US History - post Revolution to World War II.  I am a history geek....

What’s a skill you’ve always wanted that you don’t currently have?

Two things 
1) to play the piano orr guitar - I think it would be wonderful to be able to create music and have that outlet.

2) Math skills! I SUCK at Math.  Like super suck.  In college I got straight A's in all my classes, including upper level Poli Sci, Statistical Analysis, and Soc class,  but fought like hell to get a C in college Algebra.  I really wanted to be a Veterinarian but gave it up early due to having such a hard time with Math.

Have you ever been in a real cat fight?

I have been in a fight, but not a cat fight.  A girl in high school, that was my friend in elementary school, used to make fun of me at lunch for being fat.  One day she sat down next to me and was talking about how I shouldn't be eating and bla bla.  I snapped.  I stood up and dumped my lunch on her head and then broke the tray over head...then I walked straight to the principal office and reported what I had done.  I got sent home for the day.  The next day, the same girl came up to where I was sitting at lunch and attempted to pour her milk on me.  I stopped her by punching her in the face.  Then I got up and walked straight to the principals office and reported what I had done.  We both got sent home for the day.  I did not have any more issues with her.  The interesting thing is that when she was making fun of me for being fat - Iw as only 160 lbs and 5ft 2.  I was chubby, but hell, I will take it now!

Repeat question: Summarize your week in real life and in blog land.

In blog land, I am back!  I am committed to blogging.  Like the band, it is a tool that I have to use correctly if I want help.
In real life, things are getting better.  Hubby is walking around, my son is feeling better, and it is FRIDAY!!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Back in the Saddle

Long time no blog.  I have been following everyone else's blog, but have no made an appearance on my own.  I I haven't been blogging because I have felt like I don't really have anything to contribute.  I have just kinda kept in my own head.  I am at a stand still with my weight loss (since Christmas) and I want to see if blogging will help.  I have had a rough past few month and I think I have been eating my stress.  Maybe if I share my thoughts and feelings through my blog, I won't feel as much need to soothe myself with my Old drug of choice.

Here is a quick update on the past few months:

December 2010
Christmas was good despite being financially strained.  My husband was cut to part-time for the winter - he works in the concrete business.  I'm a probation officer and my caseload increased by 1/3 in a matter of two weeks.  As usual, there was constant talk of cut backs and lay offs.  Our house in town has been for sale for over a year at this point and we are struggling to maintain two houses financially and physically.  My son's asthma has been acting up, too.  I reached 75lbs lost and managed to maintain my weight through the holidays.

January 2011
Our house in town finally sold!  Went through alot of leg work and money getting the sale to go through.  due to the housing market, we lost over $20,000 and had to carry it over on our current mortgage.  My husband was laid off the 2nd week of January (just temporarily until Spring).  Once again, my caseload at work continued to grow -  it is roughly double what is was in November.  On January 24th, my husband fell on ice and broke his ankle.  No more unemployment now, Dr.'s bills coming in, more work at home for me.  I am effectively a single parent with 2 children - 20 mos old and 33 yrs old - with a farm to also keep going.  I only get 5 to 6 hrs of sleep a night and I eat anything I can.  No pounds lost or gained.

February 2011
Continuation of no sleep and lots of work.  Add in sick baby twice and carting my husband all over kingdom come.  I really feel like I'm losing my grip.  The good news is - my husband is in a walking boot and walking as of yesterday.  He is approved to go back to work on Monday.  He is still laid off for the winter but he will be able to collect unemployment again!  I am hoping this will start an upswing for us.  No pounds lost, one pound gained.

My goal for March 2011 is  get back on track - with weight loss, finances, and managing my workload.  I want to "get a grip" again.  I am going to start blogging regularly and hopefully get some followers (Thanks Ronnie for being my one and only follower!).  I need some support in my life right now and I am hoping I have came to the right place!