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Book Club meeting is in 2 days…

I have missed the last 1..or 2…meetings, ‘cuz things just keep getting in the way. So I really want to make it to this one (especially since they are meeting at the place which makes the most amazing little salads with the even more most amazing not so little olives).

But accomplishing this…it shall be a challenge, because I just got the book.

And I haven’t started it yet.

And I teach a gymnastics class and an acting class the same day as the book club meeting.

And I have a homeschool project I’m working on with Miss A at the mall tomorrow. (more on that later)

And Lil G just woke up from her nap.

Damn.

Something else to waste time on…

I really need to stay away from the internets…I keep finding new ways to devour time…time I should be spending working out, or dusting a ceiling fan.

Tonight, while I was looking for some tutorials on making pictorial montages, I came across this site. Oh my, it was like a toy store…so many things to play with, I wasn’t sure where to begin…

This particular activity caught my eye first though, and here is the initial result:

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I was a good girl and made only 1.

For now.

But I have a feeling I will be wasting a lot of time playing there…and wasting more time posting the products of my idleness here, where you can waste time looking at it.

Don’t feel bad, it’s fun.

It’s why God created the internet.

Really.

To Buy or Not to Buy

This is of course, a question I ask myself often…as I tend to buy way too much of certain items (in fact, I’ve made a list of the top 10 products I purchase to the point of ridiculousness)…but I am rather let’s say frugal, and will often second guess a purchase I am about to make – even if its something I need (like a freakin’ microwave…almost 2 years sans instant reheat-ability now…).

So when I saw what’s up for grabs on the BabySteals site (have you not been? It’s my nirvana for baby indulgences, most notably BabyLegs) I almost clicked “BUY!” right away…then thought some more about it and came here instead.

Today they are selling “Smart Mom Jewlry” …and with Lil’ G’s teeth popping up all over the place, she sure would appreciate the gnawing opportunity. I have my qualms though…first of all, Lil’  G, teething or not,  is already fascinated by necklaces…and I often have to pull her hands away and tell her no before she hurts herself or me in her ardent desire to maul my jewelry. I don’t think I want to suddenly turn around encourage her to play with a necklace. Mixed messages and inconsistent parenting and all that. Second, I consider myself to be a clean person (my husband thinks I get a little crazy with the travel soap sometimes) but in reality  – how sanitary will a necklace I wear all day really be?And what if  perfume and/or lotion get on it? (assuming I had time that day to apply either).

So, while I think it’s an interesting idea…I’m going to pass. It’s just not for me.

Sorry Lil’ G…you’ll have to keep rockin’ out on those fingers.

And yes, those are BabyLegs she's wearing.
And yes, those are BabyLegs she's wearing.

The Bluest Eyes EVER

I may be a tad biased; being the mother of the incredible super awesomeness that is my offspring, but I think it’s pretty fair to say that Lil’ G has the most amazing, stop you in your tracks, blue eyes.

Are they not wondrous?
Are they not wondrous?
Would you be able to avoid smiling back? I didn't think so.
Would you be able to avoid smiling back?
I didn't think so.
I didn't think so.
Even when she's rocking out, those eyes still twinkle.
Even when she's rocking out, those eyes still twinkle.
I think those gorgeous eyes might be glaring at me...I better stop taking pics now.
I think those gorgeous eyes might be glaring at me...I better stop taking pics now.

And for the record, while it’s agreed I may be biased on the sheer awesomeness of their blue-osity, I did not add color or touch up her eyes in any way. I used the slight sharpen tool on a few and PW’s quick edge burn action on one, but that is it my friends. Lil’ G is 100% authentic baby blue perfection.

Amen.

An Idea Made of Awesome that I must Steal (and so can you)

This morning while  Miss A was at her gymnastics class and Lil G’ was napping I decided to do some surfin’ on the internets.

A chase-a-link-athon brought me to a nice little site about organization.

Sifting through, I found an idea I know I have to try. She calls it “pizza box storage.” And that’s exactly what it is. She takes clean, unused pizza boxes (I hope my local pizza shop is as generous with their boxes as hers was) and stores 12×12 scrapbook paper in them. Oh, what a great idea.

I’m going to take this idea and expand on it – storing Miss A’s projects and coloring in them (and letting her color on the box as well).

I already use the cardboard circles that come with frozen pizzas for everything from clocks that help teach telling time, to mobile bases, to planets of the solar system. So why not try this as well? Hmm, what other parts of pizza and its components can I use? My sister used to take the little plastic tables they put on pizzas to keep the cheese from sticking to the top of the box and use them as Barbie furniture.

Aaah, just one more reason to love pizza.

Wii Fit = The Poor Man’s Personal Trainer

“Poor Man’s?!?” You might be saying…but at around $89, Nintendo’s Wii Fit system costs less than one session with a living breathing personal trainer. (Assuming of course, you already own the Wii system).

I had added the Wii Fit to my wish list thinking, it might be cool to try and I am seriously in need of ways to shrink my ASSets.

So hubby got it for me as a Christmas gift, and I am actually really enjoying it.

Since the balance board is essentially a scale, the first thing I wanted to know was…”CAN I HIDE MY PERSONAL INFO (as in weight and BMI) from the rest of the world?!?” My husband will never tell me his web passwords…and I will never tell him my weight.

I did a little googling, and this was a concern for a great many. The short answer is – yes. You can keep your personal info secret with password protection. Concerned as to what my “Mii” character would look like once the stats were added, I test drove it using a chubby looking character my daughter created…an imaginary friend she named “Tina.” I had considered using the Henry VIII mii my husband created, but didn’t think that would be very good for my self-esteem.

Then I did myself (and, thankfully, the Melonie Mii did not inflate like a balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.)

So now I rotate between the two characters, using Tina for Yoga, and Melonie for strength and balance training.

Now that we have that most important issue out of the way – more about the system.

If you are in decent shape, than the cardio option won’t be much of a challenge for you.  I broke a slight sweat during the super hula hoop game, but snoozed through the step aerobics and rhythm boxing. They have running too (my 5 year old loves the 10 minute free run option) but I just don’t like it. I prefer the treadmill…or even better a run outdoors. That’s what I have to target next…my cardio – I was doing awesome while in the BiggestLoser contest (and won, btw) but once the carrot (or in this case, the nearly $500)  wasn’t dangling at the end of the stick anymore…my drive to squeeze in some running EVERYDAY NO MATTER WHAT sort of disappeared.

But back to the Wii – what I do really like is the Yoga. Once you unlock all the poses, you have a 30 minute yoga workout that hits all the areas: back, legs abs, etc. What is awesome about this system is the way the balance board displays how well you hold a pose and if you are properly aligned or not…pretty important to performing yoga correctly and reaping the benefits. However the music is rather lame, it reminds me of something you’d hear in one of those videos you’re forced to watch about employee responsibilities and rights at a crappy mall job. To bypass this, I burned a cd and play that while I workout. If you need some good ideas for yoga tunes, check out my top 10 page.

The balance games are actually quite fun, my favorites are the soccer (I scored a 500 yesterday!) and the table tilt. (You have to watch someone try this game, it is most hilarious.)

The strength training exercises are so-so. Some of them: like the plank, the push-up with side lift, and the jack knife are great and like yoga, hold you accountable for proper form and balance.  A few others, like the triceps dips, don’t transfer well to the system, and I’d prefer to just do stuff like that on my own with weights.

All in all though, I’d have to say the system is a success for me. I like that it keeps track of how long I exercise (you earn credits in a “fit bank”) and chides me if I miss a day or two. Most mornings I have managed to fit in a 20-50 minute workout before Lil’ G wakes up, and that is quite the success indeed.