Sunday, February 19, 2017

O glorious weekend!

We've been enjoying record-high temps here in SE Michigan the last couple days and have been loving every minute of it!!  Except for the monster sinus headaches I woke up with Saturday & Sunday due to barometer changes (insert eye roll), 
it's been so nice!  
Sunrise from the parking lot at work Friday.  I'm so glad my desk isn't in the front wing of the building.  With views like this?  My mornings would be totally non-productive and my Instagram feed would be all sunrises! 

Randy took Friday off work and he took Miss Angela out car shopping.  Happily, they were successful!  He took her to a couple different lots where we saw possible cars last weekend.  She test drove a couple and she very wisely chose one she could pay for entirely by herself!  
She drove when we went out to dinner to celebrate!
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Meet Gertrude - a 2005 Pontiac G6 GT.  
She needs new brakes, so she'll be going into the shop tomorrow, but other than that - the few minor things she needed Randy did yesterday.  

It's good timing, since now she doesn't start her new job until the 27th - the restaurant she'll be hostessing at shut down for remodelling so they felt it was pointless for her to work a couple days just to have 10+ days off.  And it's mid-winter break for the local school district, which means no dance.  But I'm sure they'll have a couple classes thrown in there because competitions are starting soon. 
I spent a bit of time cleaning up sticks in the yard.  I thought about raking the front yard, but I'm sure we'll probably have a blizzard yet and another 4 feet of snow dumped on us.  It was hard to remember that it's still February! 
This pretty baby is the only one who wanted to stop and pose for me!
The cats enjoyed open windows.  Maddie was really watching that squirrel. 

Today, Randy & I went out to breakfast, then to a craft / antique mall to browse.  Surprised that neither of us saw anything that had to come home with us. 
When we got home, he went off to a friend's house to play radio and Angel & I took Jack to Holland Ponds, a local nature trail.  
We thought it would be a lot muddier than it was. 
It was nice to see the ponds full to the top.  When I was there last fall, they were low and swampy. 
I think Jack was unhappy to find his favorite place to wade still frozen!  That's OK, he was still plenty muddy enough when I dried him off at the car. Angel's in giving him a bath right now, I'm not sure if he was gassy or the mud was that compost-y but he is a stinky boy!!

Hope you've all had a great weekend, too!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Weigh-in 021417

Woohoo, down a very unexpected 2.7 lbs tonight!  
That makes my total loss back down to over 40 lbs since the day I started this journey.   
I'd been feeling down & blah the last couple days.  Lots of drama at home with the kid, financial worries, dental work.  Yeah.  Life in general.  So I really wasn't expecting to see anything good on the scale at all.  

btw, is it sad to be ready for your kid to leave the nest?  As I see it, she has 2 options.  The day after the dance recital in June, pay a visit to our local armed forces recruiter (remember, I was in the Navy so I'm OK with this) or ship her off to her bio dad's house in Nebraska.  
John, if you're reading this - it's your turn!!

Anyhoo.  Thanks to playing chauffeur, I haven't gotten to the gym yet this week.  I had 2 temporary crowns put on at the dentist yesterday so I sure as hell didn't feel like doing much of anything anyway.  2 on the right side, one on top and one on bottom.  So I was numbed from eyeball to jaw, including half my nose.  Once the numbness wore off, the places I got the anesthesia shots hurt like crazy and today the teeth themselves hurt.  But this is all normal.  It happens every time I go in.  I hate it.  It sucks. 

Tomorrow night is Zumba at the studio.  Apparently they have 2 classes going on at the same time.  I used to do Nancy's class - she's pretty hard-core and I would be dripping sweat when I was done.  Now there's a Julie who does more aerobics with her Zumba so I'm curious to see how her class is.  The owner of the studio and some of the other studio moms prefer her, so I'll give it a try. 

So yeah, it's time for bed.  I'm going thru that phase where I'm having a hard time sleeping again so I need to do something about it. 
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Costumes & old friends

It's after midnight, but I keep thinking it's Saturday night.  
I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Miss Angela being mobile on her own!  Going back to doing the dance studio shuttle 4 days this week is very time consuming!  Monday, Wednesday and Saturday I could actually just drop her off & go back later, since she's there for 3+ hours. Thursday is only one class, so I stayed. 

On the plus side.  Most of the dances are done, they're just polishing them for competition next month.  And the costumes are starting to come in.  I love to see the costumes!  She is loving hiphop line.  They're wearing work boots, ripped jeans and (from what I've researched because being former military, this is what I do) actual real Army surplus camo jackets!  They're doing a compilation of songs and calling it Girl Power.   
They sensed the camera.....

Then she was noticing how much she'll stand out in the Clue production as Miss Peacock.  Most everyone else is wearing darker colors, Miss Scarlett is wearing red with black lace over it.  Col Mustard is wearing a dark gold jacket and black plants.  Miss Plum (they're all Misses) is in dark purple and Miss Green is in dark green. The detectives and weapons are all in black.  The littlest girls are maids and are in white, as well as the butler  Then there's Angel.....
 In glowing teal!  
I'm still not too thrilled that they having her doing a back walk-over on a dining room table and doing a toe-touch off of it, especially after seeing her almost fall off of it. And right now she carries a plastic knife the size of something Michael Myers carries in horror movies, but will soon have a smaller one. 

Today after she got out of class, we went car shopping.  She got an idea of what is out there for sale and what she likes vs what she can afford.  Sorry, Sunshine - the 2017 Mustang for $33K is just a wee bit out of your range!  We have a couple other places to check out tomorrow.  She starts her new job Tuesday, so we need to find something quick!  

I was poking around ebay and found a couple pins that I wanted for my Navy shadowbox and updated it. They're the shiny ones along the left side, middle.  I was so exited to find the postal hat pin like I used to wear on the back of my command ballcaps - until someone broke into my car and stole my nasty, sweaty, smelly ballcap with my pin on it! I looked on ebay a bunch of times, but I must not have been using the right phrases to search by.  I also got the 2nd class (my rank) pin that went of the front of my ballcap.  
Ew.  I should have taken a better picture after I actually attached each thing neatly instead of them just lying there.  But I'm pretty happy with it.  Randy had to get in on my "I love me" wall so there's his Arkansas constable stuff in there, too. 
 The patch on the upper right is for WestPac '95 - the cruise around the western Pacific.
The darker plaque on the lower left is for decommissioning the Canopus and the white plaque at the bottom I got from the Lincoln when I reenlisted.  
These should have gone on a jacket, but I was in Bahrain working when we could have ordered them and (squinting evilly at former coworkers, wherever they may be) I never found out about them.  I probably could find a place online to get one now if I really wanted.  

Why have I just noticed all the different colored frames???  These are in the hall, but the ones in the rest of the living room I have painted black.  I sense a weekend project coming up once it gets warm.
OMG - I'm so looking forward to Memorial Day!  I will be getting together with my 2 partners in crime from my Canopus days!  We haven't seen each other since decommissioning in November 1994.  Thanks to the wonders of Facebook, Laura (in the middle) & I found each other a long time ago.  Gin (on the right) just got on there about 6 months ago.  So I'm going to drive to Cincinnati to pick up Laura, then we're going to road trip to Houston to spend a week with Ginnie!  This is gonna be a hoot!

Are you doing anything fun this weekend?

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