Showing posts from August, 2010

Ready To Be Fit

I joined the ready to be fit program at the Y.  After an introduction to the nautilus machines I was given a personalized key that fits in each machine.  When I go in to work out I put my key in the computer by the door and it tells me what to do first.  After my treadmill warmup the treadmill tells me which machine to use next.  Each weight machine tells me exactly how many reps and how much weight to lift and then counts the reps and even tracks my seat position number and range of motion.  It's very high tech and I think I'm going to like it once I let my trainer know she put too much freaking weight on the plan.  I'm a bit stiff today.

Mad Face

Somebody's mad that the new bones I bought are heavy and don't taste very good.

Old Wethersfield 10K

I ran my first 10K today.  My time was 1:13:03 which is 98.8% of double my first 5K time.  How did I manage that without trying?


The head on the left smells like a combination of:
L'Oreal kids orange shampoo
chocolate  1% milk
Golden Retriever

The head on the right smells like a combination of:
funky stuffed monkey
Johnson's baby shampoo
whole milk
stinky binky
Golden Retriever

The big head below smells like a combination of:
Pert Plus
pre-adolescent funk
Golden Retriever
weeds (Allan put him to work yesterday)

And I wish I could bottle it and preserve it forever!

Kid City

With less than a week to go until school starts, we packed a lunch and spent the day at Kid City.  A good time was had by all!

Soccer Socks & Shin Guards

David is going to play soccer this Fall.  I knew we had a pair of preschool soccer socks with sleeves for removable shin guards.  It took me an hour to find them.  I found one shin guard in the housewares section of the basement.  I found another on a shelf near the wrapping paper.  I found one sock in with the 'shoes' plastic bin and the final sock took me the most time to find.  Why I thought to look in Alex's current sock drawer evades me but there it was.  In the process I found a pair of boots that will fit Thomas this winter and three pairs of shoes that he has already outgrown ;(

Three Smiles

#1: I had to replace my gym lock because I lost 18-0-18.  I was so afraid to get a difficult to remember combination that I almost bought a key lock (and I hate carrying the key) I was thrilled to discover the lock I bought is 17-1-17! There's enough wiggle room in those locks that I can even use 18-0-18.

#2:  I put on a pair of jeans I bought last spring and they are too big!

#3: I reached into the pocket of said jeans and found a $20 bill!!

Flying Sausages

I just made homemade Uncrustable sandwiches to put in the freezer for lunch packing. Mine cost 12 cents, Smuckers sells them for around 75 cents each.

I fed them to the kids for lunch and David didn't hear me right when I said they're flying saucers so he was calling them flying sausages.

PaperBack Swap

My sister introduced me to PaperBack Swap.  When you sign up and list ten books you get two credits.  Then when another member selects your book you mail it to them at your expense (cheap, media mail, usually $2-$3) and when they get it your account gets another credit.  For each credit you can select a book from their available library and the other member will mail it to you.  I've used their printed wrappers that you print out and put stamps on and I don't even have to go to the post office.  It's so easy!

Tobacco Barns

When we first moved to Connecticut last Fall we noticed the beautiful brown tobacco barns.  But what we'd missed is the open sides and tobacco drying that is going on now.  I wanted to get a picture but didn't want to stop traffic to do so, click here to see what I'm talking about.

The tractors loaded with the tobacco are really cool too, I found this picture from Providence Acres Farm
The boys love watching them go by on the highway, I did too the first time now it's kind of annoying because they're slow!


Too bad these shoes won't be available at the company store.

Why Allan Was Home Early

Email:Any more talk around here of spas, pedicures, hairstyles, and products and I’m gonna puke!

4 Year Stats

Alex: 45" 46 lb
David: 40.5" 35.8 lb

Alex at 3 yrs 41.25" 40 lb
David at 3 yrs 37.5"  31 lb

Running Partners

I've said, "Hi girls!" to these cows enough times that when I ran by on Tuesday they started running with me.  It kinda freaked Nugget out but I thought it was cool.


I'm down to one LEGO set in my mother's stash.  I had to use two of these this afternoon while I finished making supper.

9 Years

59 inches, 79.6 lbs!

Young Man

Our new YMCA opened yesterday!  We took advantage of the warm water kids' pool.  Alex passed his deep water certification so he can swim in the lap pool.  Then I put the kids in the child watch while I hit the treadmill.  Thomas cried off and on and he was only there twenty minutes.  You better get used to it, little buddy!

Lake George

Day 1: 2 hour drive to Renssalear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY walk around the campus long enough for the boys to complain.  Discover that tuition is $39,600 per year; be glad the boys hated it.  Drive 45 minutes to Six Flags Great Escape.  Have fun.  Drive to very cool Adirondack Pub and Brewery for dinner.  Check into hotel.  Collapse.
Day 2: Suffer through hotel breakfast (note to self, in the future look for hotels that don't have complimentary continental breakfast so you won't feel obligated to eat it!)
Go to Usher Park Beach, a small, lifeguarded, sandy, free beach.  Watch Thomas dig in the sand and do the usual train driving in a new environment.  Watch David bury Alex in the sand.
Go to Red Lobster for lunch, endure complaints from Alex that he doesn't like seafood.  Return to Six Flags to discover that we somehow missed half the park.  Drive 3 hours home, stopping for turnpike pizza on the way.  Vow to return to the diet ASAP.


We made a homemade hummingbird feeder and set it out over the weekend.  We've had what I believe is the same visitor several times but every time I get close with the camera she flies away.


Last night David fell down the stairs and got a gash above his left eye.  There was blood everywhere and the wound was small but very deep and didn't look like it wanted to close on it's own.

I called his doctor hoping there was an urgent care nearby and he said kids have to go to a real emergency room for stitches.

So we did and luckily they were able to use dermabond and glue it shut.  He was such a brave little guy.

We're spending the weekend in Lake George, NY and now we have a booboo to keep dry.

Happy Meal

I'll have to try the frappe next time!

Iced Coffee

Since I gave up Diet Coke (in the home) my iced coffee has become even more important.  I prefer it 'regular' which in New England means cream and sugar and lots of both.  I tinkered with this recipe for weeks, trying to come up with the right combination of taste and reduced calories.

Keurig my K-cup filled with Starbucks cafe verona ground coffee
Copco straw cup filled with ice (24 ounce capacity)
Brew Keurig's iced setting
Add 1 cup skim milk
Add 2 tablespoons french vanilla coffeemate
Stir and enjoy!  It's only 160 calories or 3 WW punts.


In an attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records, Alex, David and Grandma spent yesterday evening covering our deck with chalk.  After seeing their disappointment this morning I almost felt bad for wishing for a strong rain overnight ;)

45 Years

Today is Allan's parents' 45th anniversary.  We forced them onto a train with our three boys followed by a boat ride (right near the front and 2/3 of the boys can't swim) followed by another train ride.  I think they are smiling here because the trip is almost over!

Imagine...the same person for forty five years.

Four Years & 15.5 lbs

Today is David's birthday although he's been insisting he has been four since 7/25 when we had cake for him in ND. We'll have cake and presents tomorrow after Grandpa & Grandma arrive.

And I've hit the 15.5 lb weight loss mark. I've been at it for almost three months but slow and steady is okay with me. I'm running the Hershey Half Marathon on Oct 3 so my training schedule is starting to build in intensity which really helps with the weight loss. I don't have a goal because I've never been this fit/muscular and I can't guess where it'll all settle out. Allan is down as well and we're hoping to get to run together for the first time since kids while his parents are here.


With Alex and David at camp today Allan, Thomas and I enjoyed lunch at the Olive Garden.  I love to eat out but with three monkeys it has lost all appeal.  I spend most of the time correcting behavior/manners or at the very least on patrol.

Today we parked Thomas in front of a plate of chicken fingers, french fries and spaghetti and he was as good as gold.

Corn & Crab Chowder

2 pieces bacon, diced
1/2 medium onion, chopped
4 ounces white wine
6 ears corn
16 ounce package imitation crabmeat cut into bite size pieces
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup half and half
salt and pepper
*Saute bacon in large soup pot until crisp.  Add onion and cook until tender.  Stir in wine to deglaze the pan.  Add corn and salt and cook for about two minutes.  Add chicken broth and boil then simmer for 8-10 minutes.
Stir in crab and half and half and cook to heat through.  Salt and pepper to taste.

I should have taken a picture of my ingenious corn removing contraption.  I took an angel food cake pan and put the cover of my cooking spray over the tube (the cob kept falling through the hole without this) and then stood the corn on top of the cooking spray cover and as I used the knife to cut the corn off it all landed (fairly) neatly in the cake pan.

I see I'm not the first person to come up with this idea.


David painted this birdhouse at camp yesterday.  While they were drying at camp overnight a flock of birds happened to have made themselves comfortable.


We dropped Alex off at scout camp last night.  We will return to reclaim him on Friday.

This morning David went to camp at his preschool from 9:00 (!) to 1:00 (!) and now that we're back home Thomas is at camp crib from 1:15-3:15.

And I'm going to camp out in the laundry room for the rest of the day and hopefully get a handle on the piles of dirty clothes.