Sunday, October 27, 2013

11 Weeks Left!

Ok, so I didn't do too well keeping track of my 39th year.  I had some interesting life changes, but all in all it's been a good year.  I realized that I only have about 11 weeks left before I turn 40 and I've put on a few pounds.  My goal is to lose 10 lbs before my birthday.  I'm not sure if I'm PMSing right now and retaining water.  I'll weight myself again next week to see if I really have put on a few too many!  I love not having my period, but I also don't know when I'm ovulating.  Someone told me that I can't get bloated anymore since I don't have a uterus, but I think that my body still has some of the symptoms.  This week my breasts were more tender than usual so that was a little sign that something was up.

I am going to use this blog to keep track of my workouts.  I've been following some people who do this and I think it will be a nice diary to refer back to.  I also just treated myself to a FitBit One.  I had some Target Gift Cards that I've been holding on to.  I've been using a pedometer app on my iPod, but I only use it when I take the dogs on their walks.  I don't wear it when I do my daily activities.  I'm curious to see how much I move throughout the day.  The only bummer is it doesn't track weight lifting activities, yoga, and Pilates.  Another app I am going to start using is the Spark People food and activity tracker.  I hate tracking my food because I know what I'm doing wrong and I don't want to see it.  I started tracking my food today and so far so good.  The nice thing is that the bad snack foods that I kept munching on is all gone.  I ate it all!

Another reason I'm trying to start tracking my activity and food intake is my current state of employment.  I am hoping to get a job soon and it might have me either at a desk or in a car for prolonged periods of time.  This is completely different than my last job.  I was always moving around and never got to sit down.  The only time I sat was to go to the bathroom and that was only if I was lucky!  Now I'm just waiting to see what type of career I will start in my 40's!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Crispy Parmesan Garlic Edamame

Crispy Parmesan Garlic Edamame

I'm off of work right now and waiting for my new business venture to bring me business!  Since I have some free time I've been perusing my pins' from Pinterest.  I've really gotten the itch to cook again and planning our meals.

Our cupboards are a bit bare right now, so I decided to make a Trader Joe's run.  I made my grocery list and started planning some meals for the upcoming weeks.  I think we are realizing that it's more fun to cook at home.  The environment is more or less controlled and we can have our dogs and cats with us!  It's also inexpensive.  Well, depending on what you cook.  Last weekend we decided to splurge and we got filet mignons and shrimp for our mail course and a raspberry, blueberry, and feta salad with sliced almonds.  The grand total for this Sprout's run was $49.  Definitely less than what we would have spent at a restaurant, but still on the pricier side.  

So, here goes my first attempt at Crispy Parmesan Garlic Edamame.  The website made it look really yummy, easy, and healthy!  Will it be a Pinterest Success or Fail?

I wouldn't say it was a complete fail.  I think I will try to make it again.  The recipe said to towel dry the edamame before mixing in all of the ingredients.  I neglected to do this so my title would be Flimsy Parmesan Garlic Edamame.  They were actually pretty yummy, but my hubby wasn't too into eating them.  I will try this recipe one more time.  I think I will toast the edamame prior to mixing it in the parmesan and garlic salt mixture.

I will post photos and an update when I do round 2!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I'm Sticking to My Resolution!

We are nearing the end of the second month of 2013 and I've stuck to it!  I did a little window shopping this afternoon and I was really good.  I went to Ulta to find a cape wrap to color my hair.  They didn't carry anything like that so I headed toward Marshall's to get a cheap T-shirt to use as a cover up.  Well, I remembered my husband needed some new white undershirts so I thought I would use his old one's when I colored my hair and I bought him his new undershirt.  It was a win win shopping trip.  He got new undershirts and I stuck to my resolution!

I don't have much to report on our Bag-O-Fun.  We've had family things the past couple of weekends and this weekend DH is sick.  It sort of sucks because this is a nice long weekend.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Bag-O-Fun 2nd Activity Report : (

Not much to report this week.  I got hurt this weekend so we couldn't do our chosen activity.  I think it will go back into the back to by chosen for another weekend.

Apps I Like Post 1

I took several screen shots of my iPod that show which apps I have been using.
I really like the Pinterest and Pandora app.  The Pinterest app is really easy to use, but I wish you could change the view to landscape.  This is an issue I'm finding on many of the apps that I use.  The Pandora app is a family favorite.  We love how we can choose the type of music we want to listen to and it's free!

In my Social Folder I have 7 apps.  My favorite thus far has been the Google Voice Phone.  You can make phone calls and text from this app.  You do need to be by WiFi, but it's cheaper than being on a 2 year contract with a high monthly fee!  I also learned how to use Messages.  This is Apple's texting app.  We have an iPad and I saw it, but didn't quite know what to do with it.  Since the iPod is mine I've been playing around with the different apps and I'm not worried about messing it up.  I also like Talkatone, but I think this is linked to Google Voice (?).  The Facebook app is nice, but again you can't put it in landscape view and that makes it difficult to type.  This is my opinion.  Messenger on the other hand is linked to Facebook and you can message people and put it in landscape.  I like this, but my wrists and thumbs do get tired.  I have been using Pinger for awhile.  I only text a few people with this app.  I don't normally check it so my friends who do text me on this app know to call if they don't hear back from me in a timely manner : ).  I just really can't get on the texting bandwagon.  I like email better.  The last app that I need to talk about is Twitter.  I don't really get Twitter, but it was neat to use it this morning.  I Tweeted to a news station to find out why a helicopter was circling my neighborhood and the news person got back to me with the information.  Other than that I don't know how to use this app.

Birthday Present from my Mom : )

My mom gave me a new iPod Touch 5th Generation!  I have an older Touch (3rd Gen?).  I realized it was getting slower and didn't have the perks of a camera/video camera.  Also, many of the newer apps and updates wouldn't run correctly.  I've had a couple of weeks to play around with my new toy and I am really happy!  My mom also got me a case and some screen protectors.  I still need to put the protectors on, but I really like having the wallet case.  Here are some pictures of my new toy!

I picked out the pink iPod Touch.  I realized that I really like pink!

Here is the wallet case that I picked out.  The Ipod snaps in easily.  There are also little pockets for credit cards or business cards.  You could probably put in paper money, too.  I haven't tried that yet.  I like having my regular wallet.

Here is another position you can put the iPod in .  You can pop it up if you want to watch a video.  I like to have it propped up when I FaceTime with my mom.

This is really a neat gadget.  I know that lots of people have an iPhone, but I just don't want to pay the high monthly fee.  Having the iPod is like getting all of the perks of an iPhone without the 2 year contract and paying $80-$100 for a plan.  My cell phone plan is really basic.  We have two numbers on the account and pay $78/month if I stay under our minutes.  We don't have texting or data attached to our plan.  It is strictly a phone plan with 700 minutes shared between 2 numbers.  I am learning how to text now.  My next post will be the apps that I really like!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bag-O-Fun 1st Activity Report!

This past weekend was our first activity from our Bag-O-Fun and it was fun!  We had a 3 day weekend and it really did feel nice and long.  I think it was because we did lots of different things.  I finally got back in the water and surfed two times and caught about 6 waves.  Not too exciting, but it's a start.

Right now I'm in the middle of winter cleaning.  Monday I cleaned the house and started to organize.  Now I'm clearing out emails from my work inbox and will start on my personal inbox.  January 2013 is coming to a close and my goal is to have less clutter at the start of February!