Monday, November 26, 2007

It's good to be back!

I tell you, I've felt very special to have some of you asking where I've been. You have left such sweet comments, especially about my poetry and singing! I will only post singing by request, so because of the kind comments I'll post another soon. (No Cool Story, I actually haven't sung in anything other than choirs or a quartet here and there in church for many years, but it still felt good to see your comment!)

I've been here. In my house, but feeling nothing blogworthy that I felt like posting. I won't be gone as long this time. My uncle died unexpectedly of a massive stroke, and even though I haven't seen him for years he was my dad's only sibling (younger) and he took care of my grandparents. He was very healthy and fit, so it's been a huge shock to everyone. We've been figuring out what to do about getting my grandparents to move from NY to the midwest. To be honest I didn't think about blogging or reading them much for a while. I was so pleasantly surprised to see that I was missed, and I'll get around to your blogs as soon as I can! You are all awesome! :D

I started with Christmas shopping, and my family's about done. I did an insane thing: I went shopping Friday morning at 3:50 AM. This after only about 1 1/2 hours sleep. Anyone else give up some of their sanity to go out on Friday? Here's what happened....well, let me back up a bit.

After Thanksgiving dinner at my parent's house, that night we went to an old friend's parents' house for a reunion of sorts. There was a bunch of us that were really close when we were in Mutual, I hadn't seen some of these people for 10 years. It was great catching up, but we didn't get home until almost 1:00 am.

As we were getting ready to leave the gas station to head home at a little past twelve, I had the distinct impression to say a prayer. I told James, and he said a prayer for safety. Afterwards, we got on the road and hadn't been on it for even 5 minutes before we came upon two deer slowly meandering across in front of us. James was able to control the van, brake and swerve enough to miss the last deer's hindquarters by inches. Babaloo was eating some lemon pie that landed upside-down on the floor, and Bugaboo started crying from the shock of almost crashing. James and I were so thankful for being kept safe as James had prayed for. I have no doubt that at the rate those deer were crossing the road, if we hadn't stopped for that quick prayer that we would have hit at least one of them, if not both. I'm so thankful for the promptings of the Holy Ghost!

So after we got home, got the kids into bed and wound down and I went to sleep with my glasses on. James didn't think I'd be able to get out of bed when the alarm went off, but I was up for an adventure. I went because #1. I've never been out on Black Friday before 8:00 am and I'd always wanted to go, and #2. because of the urging of my brother-in-law, who has tons of energy. He convinced me and my sister to go. She's pregnant, so she wasn't as excited to go that early! They picked me up at 3:50, and we headed to the stores. Kohls opened at 4:00 am, and there were a bunch of people waiting. They had 50% off all toys, so I was able to find a couple of things I'd been looking for for Christmas, plus this Safari playset for Bugaboo's birthday in January that he'll LOVE. I'm really impressed with Imaginext toys, they seem so well constructed and like they'll hold up to 5 and 7 year old boys. I also have been looking for a tea set for Princess, and this was perfect. It's so cute, you fill the cups with ice water and they change color to pink where the water is. See? Fruit punch or herbal tea! You can't tell it from the picture, but it's a flower themed set. The saucers resemble leaves.

Then off to Walmart, which was a disappointment. Most of the deals were in the isles, and I can tell you right now that my daughter will never, ever own a floozy Bratz doll and we have no need for Barbie Island Princess bedding or dolls when I got her a Sleeping Beauty doll at Aldi for $6.99. (At two years old, she's obsessed with Sleeping Beauty!) I LOVE Aldi!!!!

More on those Bratz dolls...just the name makes me feel icky. I have had mixed feelings about Barbie, but at least there have been Barbies made to look more like wholesome all-American girls, albeit not with all-American girl measurements. The Bratz dolls look like little vampy tarts. Am I the only one here who feels like that, or am I just nuts?

Next up was the giant hardware-and-more store that was MOBBED. They ran out of carts quickly, so people were dragging trash cans around the store!

It was a bit crazy, and I got a little claustrophobic at times, but it was fun. I never knew grown women would fight about $1.85 fleece blankets. we didn't fight with anyone, but my sister was reaching into the bin and women started jumping on top of her!!! I was looking for her at the time and didn't see her or I would have pulled them off. She's just starting to show with her pregnancy, but I don't think it would have made a difference to them if she was nine months along.

The lady behind us in line was SO kind, she and my sister were trading stories and the lady told her that in Walmart that morning her coat toggle got caught on someone's shopping cart, and the woman kept dragging her and cursing at her as she was begging them to stop so she could get free. Finally a man stepped in and made the crazy cart-pusher stop. I think I'll go again next year, but only if my b-in-law is going again. He's 6 ft tall so I feel safe with him! If I wanted something all I had to do was ask him to get it. It was fun being out while James and the kids were asleep, so I didn't have to worry about getting home.

As far as my weight goes, I thought I had gained a bit but it was that water-weight tricking me again. I hate maintaining, but it's better than gaining. Especially with eating tons of pie on Thanksgiving. I think I need to go to the gym at least 4 times/week to see a decrease. Lately it's been 2-3 times a week, including at least a full hour to hour and a half on Saturday. I've changed in my fat-muscle ratio a bit more in my upper body, but I need to go more to get better results. I've been going by my chiropractor's suggestion to do 1/3 aerobic (elliptical) and 2/3 nautilus machines (weights) for best fat loss. He lost 70 pounds recently so I figured he'd know what would work. I think I actually need more aerobic exercise than that, so I'll keep you posted.


Kimberly said...

Dang you've been busy - good for you for getting out to the gym! My hubby is worried about me joining one because of my...ahem...lack of follow through in the past.

Thanks for all the sweet comments today - you make me feel so good!

mindyluwho said...

I was thinking about you today and wondering what was up with you. When I clicked on my feeds and saw your name highlighted I got all excited!

Wow, how brave of you to go out at that hour. I saw the advertisements for JC Penney opening at 4:00 am and thought that people must be crazy to go out that early, or even at you rank among the crazy ones! I was home sleeping after staying up until 2 am reading!

I'm hitting the gym tomorrow too after a week of indulging!

mindyluwho said...

P.S. I'm with you on the Bratz dolls.

Calamity Jane said...

O.K. I swore off black friday years ago when I found that I was the crazy lady. It did not bring out a side of me I was proud of. Way to go on the deals. I feel a bit envious. Maintaining weight is a great accomplishment during the holiday season. Way to go!

No Cool Story said...

What a cool Bro in law you have! :D
Had I been home for Balck Friday I would have visited Kohls and the Mall, but it wasn't meant to be this year.
BUT I love it when fellow shoppers find good stuff, so YAY!!

Way to go on all that exercise :)