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The proof is in the pictures!

See!  I have been stitching!

Hannah Beeby

Today marks six months since I lost my sweetie baby.  The last photo I have of him on my camera is on Christmas Eve when we gave him and HarleyQuinn their new toys.    He loved squeakie balls and is nibbling on his new one (while trying to hide Harley’s pink bunny).

Christmas Bandit

Here is Harley a couple of months later curled up on one of Bandit’s blankets.  Doesn’t she look so lonely!

Harley Sunshine

I miss him very, very much, and I know Harley does too.

Booty Buddies

She’s learning to keep my spot in the stitching chair warmed up though 🙂

Harley Chair

This week (when I’m not stitching 😉 ) I’m reading Angela Knight’s Warlord/Warfem books.

Oops, where did it go?

I swear I wrote up a post a week ago!  I even agonized over what author to share.  Of course other than that I can’t remember a single thing I wrote about since my life has been so boring lately.  However, that has changed a teensy bit.

I have stitched!  and played in my stash!  and cleaned up my dungeon some!  and bought stash!

This past Thursday and Friday were vacation days for me.  I had a week of use it or lose it vacation and am taking a day here and there for some long weekends.  (I am keeping a week saved for Christmas)  I thought I was going to be spending them with Kahuna but he got called into work and while I was fairly lazy those two days I did get all my laundry done and I played in the dungeon for a bit.

Friday night I did some major damage in the dungeon.  I had thought to start a new project on Saturday but the one I wanted to stitch, believe it or not, I didn’t have fibers for!  😆  I didn’t feel like fondling my fabric either.

Saturday I drove up to the all day stitch in at Melissa and Darla‘s LNS — Needlepoints, Ltd.   Darla had no clue I was coming and it was wonderful to see her bright face when I rounded the corner.  I brought FAS, Justine, and Hannah Beeby with me but ended up just stitching on Hannah.  I started her in Hawaii and haven’t touched her since.  I was stitching on FAS when Bandit died and I haven’t stitched at all since then.  I can honestly swear that stitching on Saturday, after playing in the dungeon on Friday, my stitching mojo is back!  I had a very good time and stitched until my butt went numb – 3 times 😉  Anyway, I’m planning on attending all the other stitch ins through the rest of the year.  I’m also going to be taking my Mary Wigham chart up (and the pillow from my stitching chair) and pull fibers on the 29th.

Sunday, I watched baseball, and I stitched!  Didn’t even feel guilty about it either.  Nope, no guilt.

As soon as I hit “post” I’m off to sit and stitch some before heading to bed…after I sort out the dungeon some more.  Believe me this dungeon sorting is going to take some time….I’m hunting for my thingy that goes to my camera so I can upload some pictures.  I don’t want to have to climb the mountain in the dungeon that’s between me and the cord whatsit to connect my camera to the computer since that will take me in the opposite direction I’m already sorting.  How’s that for logic?

My author for this post is Leah Brooke.

But wait! There's more!!!

I was headed out the door to a concert when I had to end the previous post.

I do have one more tattoo to share, that I got this past Wednesday.


It looks rather yukky right now since it’s so new.  It’s all white ink so once it’s healed it will probably barely show, and that’s what I wanted.  I know it’s there, Kahuna knows it’s there, and that’s what matters most.

Yesterday we went to a country concert.  Bomshel, James Otto, and Joe Nichols. Yummy!  Before we went to see The Half Blood Prince.  Yowzer!  Today we went to a jazz concert.  Ollie Silk  ,Peter White, and Mindy Abair.   We just got home from that.

As soon as I hit send I’m planting my butt before the TV for TrueBlood.  Sigh…tomorrow is Monday, already!

Oh, and before I forget, my current author to share is Tymber Dalton.  Go forth and read 😉

Almost there!

In a phone conversation I had with my dad last Sunday (Father’s Day) I discussed getting ‘old.’   When he asked me how old I was going to be I could hear my mom telling him in the background and for a split second I panicked!  I didn’t want to say it out loud — not because it made me feel old, but because it freaked me out how old my turning 50 makes my parents!

I have sort of given up on adding to my ’50’ list!  I can’t think of anything else I want to put on there.  I figure if things pop into my head, I’ll add them.  I have been working on the list though.  Today I have an appointment with my nice tattoo guy 😉  for my ankle.  I’m also going to show him a couple of elements for a possible 3rd tattoo.  Just a little something for  Bandit.

The fair is in town and we’ve been twice.  We buy tickets through the base that gets us in everyday, for very little money.  So far we’ve seen Patty Smythe (love that old broad!) and the B-52s.  That concert was a blast!  Tonight we’re going to see Clink Black….gotta get me some cowboy eye candy.  I like his music, but the best part will be all those tightly wrapped Wrangler butts (did I say that out loud!?!).  Yummmmmmy!

I was concerned the fair being here would interfer with my weight loss efforts, but even though I’ve ‘endulged’ I haven’t gone overboard and I’ve still managed to lose almost 9 pounds this month.  Better yet,  I tried on several pairs of jeans I’ve been hoarding in my closet and I could get in to 3 of them.  I’ve tossed them in the wash and we’ll see how that goes after the dryer shrinks them down.

So, did anyone run out and buy a Maya Banks book?  Next up is J.R. Ward.  I’m getting ready to start her books over… in about 5 minutes.

P.S.  While leaving the fairgrounds Wednesday night Kahuna asked me to start stitching again.  He wants me to enter something in the fair next year 😀

Getting started on the 50

Believe it or not, I have only come up with 20 things for my challenge list so far! 😆 It’s harder than I thought it would be. There’s a mix of things (there’s no particular priority or order) and I’ll be putting them in their own tab to keep track but so far I’ve come up with:

1. ankle tattoo (I have a great design in mind and am meeting with the artist this coming Saturday. This tattoo will be at the beginning of my 50th year.)
2. lose 50 pounds (I’ve already started on this!)
3. back tattoo (I have some design elements I’ll be putting together. Some more of that ‘this is who I am stuff. Right now there are 4 elements involved…barbed wire, peace rose, dagger, and the Marine Corps emblem 😉 This will be at the end of my 50th year.)
4. re-learn to ride motorcycle (it seems almost every guy I ever dated had a motorcycle. I learned to ride on a dirtbike. Kahuna has a Harley but since I think it’s too heavy for me, I don’t know how I’m going to accomplish this, but we’ll figure something out.)
5. pay off CC #1
6. pay off CC #2
7. pay off CC #3
8. pay off CC #4
9. pay off CC #5 (all 5 of these CC’s carry small to medium balances that I tend to pay off and then recharge. I’m determined to pay them off and cancel them this year.)
10. purge closet (hopefully this will be easy with that 50 pound weight loss I’m working on.)
11. stitch ( 😆 how sad is it that I have to add this to my list?)
12. intro an author a week on blog ( I’m starting this one today.)
13. blog 2x a month
14. go to gym weekly
15. bike
16. swim
17. run
18. 5k (I skipped last year because of my PF issue, but I’m hoping to participate in the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving)
19. eat more organic
20. Change my ‘puppy’ avatar 🙁

So that’s what I have so far. I’d love suggestions. I’m having brain freeze!

The reduced working hours have worked out okay the first week. I think Boss is going to have more problems adjusting than me 😉 I made it to the gym twice last week. I had plans for Tuesday, we went out on Thursday, and Friday was supposed to be a gym day, but we settled a H.U.G.E. case Friday morning and we went out for margaritas at lunch. I hope I can find what I filed after that 😆 Needless to say I didn’t attempt the gym after drinking alcohol.

Friday night we went to a small Mexican food place just opened on the base. The food was cheap and very good! After that Kahuna and I finished off a half-bottle of Patron…one shot at a time.

Saturday was a do nothing day for me and with the exception of running out to COSTCO and doing some laundry, I did just exactly that…nothing. Today was much the same, except Kahuna and I hit up Henry’s for some groceries. (oh wait! another something for my list!)

As to my posting authors, a word of caution. I have some very adult tendancies when it comes to what I like to lose myself in. I spent too many years reading college books and my mind is majorly in the ‘gutter’ so to speak now that I read for pleasure so forewarned is forearmed 😉 Also remember….this is who I am. If you have a question regarding a subject matter you may get introduced to, I’m always happy to discuss it OFF THE BLOG. Just post a comment and I’ll email you if you don’t already have my email address.

My first author is Maya Banks …. Enjoy 😉

So, where was I? Oh, yeah!

Thank you for your emails this past week. I’m sorry I turned off comments, but I just didn’t want to have a bunch of comments that made me feel like everyone felt sorry for me. I don’t feel sorry for myself that I’ve made this decision – in fact, I’ve had a great stressfree week, knowing what I had waiting for me the upcoming weekend.

This is the first Saturday in a long time that I have absolutely no obligations.  The ONLY thing I have to do this weekend is go grocery shopping.  That leaves lot a ton of room for catching up on my DVR’d stuff, stitching 😉 and maybe a load of laundry or two. I do plan to ride this weekend though.

Kahuna has been fighting off ‘pneumonia’ since the weekend before last.  He finally went to the doctor and had his lungs xrayed this past Thursday.  Thankfully they are clear.  He got pneumonia (for the first time) in bootcamp 100 years ago and didn’t have it again until about 1999, when he got it twice in a 3 month span and has had it (what feels like) every other year since then.  It scares me and I get all hovery and naggy about going to the doctor.  So he’s hanging out in the garage doing some tweaking to his tri-bike instead of surfing like he really would rather be doing trying not to cough up a lung.

I watched the first episode of Fringe bright and early this morning and thought it good enough to keep watching it.  In the past I seemed to miss out on a lot of early showings because we go to bed so early and everything is on at 10:00 p.m. here.  That’s changed a bit since we finally broke down and got a DVR.  I have a couple of West Wing DVDs waiting for me to stitch to today, and this afternoon will find me in front of the TV watching the LSU/Auburn game.  Need I say . . . Geaux Tigers? 

So, where was I?

Training – I finally bit the dust and rode on heavy traffic roads this week.  The first attempt I swear there were a couple of times I actually closed my eyes and prayed that I wouldn’t get run over.  There are a LOT of road-ragers living here that hate cyclists.  I survived and will do it again this week – at a further distance.  Kahuna goes with me and that helps me feel safe.  At least if I get run over, I’ll have a witness 😉

Work – going okay.  The paralegal who went out on extended sick leave 2 weeks after I started returned about 4 weeks ago to work 4 hours a day.  It’s definitely taken a lot of work load off me and I’m starting to get a tiny bit into what I was hired for…personal injury litigation. I’ll miss the criminal work, though.

Reading – I’ll be updating my Books tab (up top) some time this afternoon.  I have several things to add.  I even read the Twighlight saga twice over the past month.  I’m looking forward to the movie release in December.  Have I said lately how much I love my Kindle?  Right now I have some books by James Grippando waiting.  I like his books that feature the character criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck.   The first book in the series is The Pardon.

Stitching – working on French Alphabet Sampler this weekend.  Before and after photos will be posted soon-ish.  I’m pondering what to take with me to Hawaii next month.  Probably Hannah Beebe since I’m embarrassingly behind (read = not even started) in the stitch-a-long I started and am thinking of also taking Mimi’s Tape Measure kit.  I’ve also pulled out 3 things to have Jill Rensel frame and will make a final decision on that by the end of the weekend.

Stash – I added to my collection this week too. I’ve just now started collecting the Drawn Thread Chartpacks for Sampler of Stitches and received ABC and DEF. I also got Homespun Elegance Delivering Needlewares and Home is Where You Hang Your Needleswork; and Katidid Designs Come Gather (the colors match my dining room).

Puppies – they *trapped* a gopher this morning. It was on the other side of the fence and was a very brave critter. Every time it popped its head out of the ground Harley would spaz and bark like there was a grizzly bear over there. Bandit supervised the whole time. Kahuna said it even kept poking its head out of the ground at him when he was getting the trap ready to push into the tunnel. It was rather a large one as our gophers go and it’s now in the trash bin waiting on the Monday morning garbage truck. It was hard work and the puppies are now recouperating in the sunbeams coming through the windows.

Today I became a tree hugger…

…of sorts.  I bought a Kindle.  It took a lot of thinking to part with the money, but as I was wandering around the bookstore, pulling out books I wanted to read, and then returning them to the shelves because I knew I didn’t have the space for them, and felt guilty about the ones I’ve been trying to get rid of, I decided enough was enough and I did it.  I’ve spent the better part of the last couple of hours looking up books on Amazon to see if they’re offered for Kindle and so far every single one of the books I’ve been wanting to buy is available!  I am already fantasizing about what to do with all the time I’ll have left over now that I won’t have to spend it dusting books 😉

Reading is a luxury

Annette posted a book meme that grabbed my attention.  I find I spend my time wanting to read while I’m stitching and then wanting to stitch while I’m reading.  I know there are audio books, but I just love turning the pages of a good book.  I don’t know that I’ve ever listened to a book that I haven’t actually read.

Look at the list of (100) books below. Bold the ones you’ve read.
Italicize the ones you want to read. Leave blank the ones that you aren’t
interested in. (Movies don’t count.)

1.The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25 . Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) – this happens to be next up in my reading
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

I got up at 4:45 to swim this morning.  I need to get up earlier if I want to continue doing this since I forgot about the the amount of traffic that’s trying to get on the base in the mornings when I return.  Tomorrow is treadmill day.  I’ve changed the orthotics in my shoes and am hoping I won’t be limping around the office tomorrow afterward since this will be the first full session on the treadmill since being released by the doctor.

Gearing up for a long weekend

Friday sure got here fast and I’m ready to go home and start my long weekend.  Kahuna just left from bringing me Taco Bell.  Not exactly waistline friendly, but I have $1 and no time to go to the bank.  There’s a Taco Bell on the base by where he works so since he got off early today he was kind enough to drive by and drop off some food.  Actually, he hung around long enough to eat with me before he left.

And just to backtrack to yesterday for a minute, my Kahuna Marine surprised me!  He brought me the most beautiful bouquet of creamy orange roses for Valentine’s Day.  I have to stick my nose in them everytime I walk by.  They are so gorgeous.

We had unexpected storms yesterday that left roads closed due to snow and mudslides.  Today’s temperatures are low but the sky is a clear blue.  I hope it stays that way all weekend because Kahuna has a lot of cycling and running to do.  It’s just 6 weeks to his half-ironman.  I think he’s getting excited.  I know I am, and I’m just volunteering!

So what’s up with me for the weekend?

  • I’m going to do my best to stay off the computer this weekend, except to post more stuff 4Sale.  I was rather surprised how fast I got the SB stuff together last night, but that’s the way it should be when you’re organized.  I think my The Silver Lining items are organized already, so hopefully that’ll be painfree.
  • I’m going to try to get rid of some books on this weekend.  If you have experience with it, leave a comment, please.
  • I want to get a lot of stitching done this weekend.
    • Get RR piece in the mail.
    • Get my lessons done on Ann Holewll.
    • Get the fibers needed for Hannah Beeby.
  • I’ve decided to quit putting of starting HOHRH and will pull my fabric and get it measured out to start the first block.  Who knows, it may even get some stitches.
  • French Alphabet Sampler desperately needs attention!

We’re headed to the pool tonight after supper and then maybe settle in with the puppies and watch a movie.  Have a great weekend all.  Oh, and don’t forget…..Gentlemen, start your engines!  Woohoo!

Weekend recap

Melissa came to visit yesterday and we shopped until I had a blister on my foot.  I can honestly say I was home for about an hour and a half from the time I got out of bed, until she left.  I had a mani/pedicure appointment first thing and was home less than 30 minutes when she came driving up.  We went to lunch and then headed to Barnes and Nobles, Ulta, Avenue, Henry’s (I’m in love!), came home ate  some supper and then headed back out to Sports Authority and Bed, Bath and Beyond.  I slept great last night.

I had my first weigh-in after returning to WW this morning.  Down .6#  While a lot of people may be discouraged by this small amount I was fine with it.  I never worry too much about how many points I’m eating the first week since I’m really just getting myself in the habit of being accountable.  I also use the first week to gauge if how I’m eating is going to work for me.  I managed to have 10 weekly points left over, but there were a couple of days I felt like I was starving and wanted to eat everything in sight. 

Since my meeting is at 9 a.m. I’m making sure my grocery list is ready the night before so I can hit the Commissary as soon as I leave the meeting.  This will help keep me motivated to stay with my grocery list and not pick up something that I probably really don’t need.  I have noticed over the past month or so that I’m more and more shopping from the perimeter of the store.  I would guess 90%.  I’m also buying pre-cut fruits and veggies since that seems to be the biggest deterent to me, the chopping.

I’m stalking the postman right now for the cast-iron bra and wicking top I ordered. As soon as they arrive I will have the perfect ensemble to start my Couch to 5K program. One of my purchases yesterday was a watch to help me track laps – and yes, Melissa Husband set it up for me last night 🙂 A little off the subject, but still in the way of fitness, is the current book I’m reading. I picked it up before my surgery because on some blog (which I cannot remember) I read before my surgery it received high reviews. It’s called Slow Fat Triathlete by Jayne Willams, and I highly recommend it as one of the funniest books I’ve ever read in my life. I’ve gleaned information from it too since she is a “fat” triathlete and gives great references on where we big girls can buy perfect exercise clothing.

I sat and paid bills today since Friday was payday.  I’ve been working on paying off my CCs and currently have 4.  None are maxed out, but they’re all higher than the zero balance I want on them.  I’m focusing on my WaMu card right now and I’ve put another $159 toward it.

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