Well, our baby is 19 today.  Hard to believe…  We celebrated at her college a couple weekends ago and at dinner last night.  Ate too much! Shopped too much!  She is on spring break. She saw Beauty and the Beast today and said it was phenomenal.  We can’t wait to see it.

The following is my new mantra…

Cutting the Cord

Good golly life has been hectic.  By life, just work really – but that is most of my day and it has been all consuming.  But, I am slowing down – or trying to anyways.  Putting things into perspective.  Going back to me, and just letting things be.  Seems to be just because the political arena seems to be out of control, it doesn’t mean my work like has to follow.  I was becoming a me that I didn’t want to be and I just needed to stop.  We will see how that goes, I am on day 2 🙂

On another front, we cut the cable cord.  Yep we did!  Did lots of research.  We went with an over the air antenna and an over the air DVR.  Yes, it was a bit expensive, but for three months of cable it pays for itself.  My favorite feature is the “D” button that skips the commercials.  It did have a learning curve.  You need to say “new only” shows – or it brings in every season of the show – which is fine unless there are 15 seasons…  Even so, very easy to erase.  So it has only been a little over a month – but a good decision so far.  Mary doesn’t like the little beeping sound the remote makes, but I like it.  What I really liked was paying the bill last night.  Now I will say, when there is a storm there is a disruption in the signal.  I do remember the old days when you tried to wiggle the antenna to get better reception.  Now that it looks like a piece of paper – I don’t know how that would work…  Oh well, there is always some form of replay available.  I will just go login and look at the bill 🙂

Moving On

We are not even one month in and I am having a hard time being optimistic about our state of things.  We are definitely a nation divided and I fear it is only going to get worse.  Going to be a long four years.  I will continue to try to find an up side – cause that is me.

This show and Mary Tyler Moore was part of my childhood.  I always thought she was a trailblazer…


We are off to the gym here in a few minutes.  The house is empty again, it is us and the dogs.  We are blazing our own trails!  Going to ditch cable…  Tired of playing the game and paying the price.  Just have to find a decent internet provider without a package deal…

The cold weather is back.  Last weekend, I raked leaves in shorts and a long sleeved tshirt!  Enjoy!





Up, Up and Away

That was a song from the seventies I think… I don’t know, but that is the way my weight appears to be going.  If one more person says that muscle weighs more… I think I will deck em…  Just saying…  I know, I know…  Stress.  Over working…  Not working out…  It causes it to pile on… Oh yeah… Eating… Drinking…  That too….  Got it.  My four pounds is now up to 7.  And.  I had a donut this morning.  A glorious, glazed donut.  It was yummy.

So, my new skinny to me pants are getting tighter.  I have to get a handle on it.  I know I do.  I need to get done with work before 7pm.  I need to get my keester to the gym and do more than our 2 mile walks in the morning.  I get it.  I upped my weight workout at the gym the other day.  It was a bit intense.  I almost lifted myself up off the seat.  I think I need to dial it back a bit.  The daughter in the Army said she threw up twice while running during her last PT test.  It wasn’t that bad.  I don’t think I could continue to run after throwing up.

We will continue to get to the gym and vow to try some of those machines that you just walk past and ignore.  My goal is to try one new machine a week.  I tried some squatty elliptical machine last week.  This Saturday it will be something else.  Hopefully I won’t throw something out in the process!  Oh, yeah, and we are drinking more water.  Cheers!  7 more to go to get back to the start…


happy new year!!

December came and went in a whirlwind.  Still trying to catch up.

i survived my wisdom teeth extraction.  Of course I got an infection, but antibiotics helped and the pain subsided within days.  Eh.

Had all the kids home but one for Christmas.  With the magic of technology, we were able to see the family and watch them open gifts.  We sure do miss the little granders…

We are back to the gym and back to walking in the morning.  Lack of activity put on four pounds.  That along with my hot flashes is making me quite uncomfortable.

We are frantically trying to watch everything on our DVR so we can get rid of cable.  Yeah the bill that increases each month and is a pain..  we are going without.

Oh yeah, and the day my cheek was so large it looked like I was storing food for the winter.  I took my laptop out at work, it slipped from my hand and landed right on my cell phone and smashed it.  By the end of that day I was about to start crying sitting in the back of the pharmacy waiting on my prescription.  Yeah you know cause after 25 minutes when they didn’t call my name…

So, I have a spankin new phone, two holes in my mouth and four pounds to lose and life is good!


Yep, last weekend we were at the fine resort of the mouse family in Florida for a family wedding.  While the snow is coming down right now, it is hard to believe we were in shorts a few days back.  We had a great time, we just need to slow down a bit.  We are trying to stop and savor, but the pace is a bit quick.

We spent one day in the magic kingdom before we had to get to the rehearsal dinner.  We ate way too much, drank way too much and had a great time.  We came back to 20 degrees and snow on the car.  The dogs are ready for us to stay home.  Our wallet is definately ready for us to stay home!   It was good to see that side of our family and catch up.  It was a beautiful setting for a wedding.  Back to reality…

Phase IV

Well our daughter has moved into phase IV of boot camp.  She said she is in black phase – they went through red, white and blue phase just recently.  Now they all go to their specialty for the final phases of their training.  We spent the past weekend at family day and at her graduation.  We, of course, were beyond proud.  We were fortunate enough to fly out to her graduation.  The first thing she wanted was the biggest chia tea from Starbucks.  She is so fit, and looked so good – even in her BCG’s…  That would be “birth control glasses”…

We  had a  young man from PA come along with us as his parents couldn’t attend the graduation.  It was so nice of Morgan to share her time with us.   Her dad, his wife and Mary and I all went out.  We ate way too much, but we all had a great time.  There is just something about 200+ young men and women reciting a cadence that just gives me goose bumps.

We have been writing actual letters – the kind on paper, that you write with a pen, over the past ten weeks.  She was only given her phone a couple of times, and those times were limited in the amount of time she could talk.  In those letters, she described the day in the life of a newbie.  Young kids, trying to learn discipline, it definately tried her patience.  This was the kid that you said something was blue and she argued that it was really green.  She learned quickly that it was blue.

We are hoping she gets to come home a few days around Christmas.  For now, it was great to see her and see how far she has come in the past ten weeks.  We can only imagine where she will be in the next few years.