Category Archives: homeownership

That’s gonna hurt in the morning….


So, on January 1, I told myself I had the month of January to prove that I could lose weight without actually going back to WW. At the end of the month, I was actually down 2 pounds. On May 1, I was the exact same weight I was on January 1. Therefore, I dragged myself to my local WW center yesterday and signed my 10-pounds-above-goal butt up again. Part of me feels like a failure. I was so sure that I wouldn’t have to go back to WW after losing the initial weight. And you know, I probably wouldn’t have had to, if I had kept going to meetings and weighing in once a month. But it’s okay…. It is what it is. I’m back and I hope hope hope this will keep me on track. Two days in and I’m doing well, considering this weekend’s events. So, I’m considering yesterday’s weigh in as the starting-over point, and all future weigh-in updates will be calculated using that as a baseline.

Yesterday, Paul’s cousin’s twins turned 1, so we went to the family party. I did really well–I took small servings of things, chose as healthily as I could, and only had a bite of Paul’s slice of cake (which wasn’t particularly great–I’m glad I didn’t eat an entire slice). Plus, add in the fact that I was chasing the cutest 5-year-old ever around the yard while playing catch/”soccer” with him, I’d say I did well.

Today, we went out to lunch with Paul’s parents, sister, and grandma for Mother’s Day. We went to Seasons 52, which I love. All the meals are 475 calories or less. Everything is very fresh and lightly prepared. It was so easy to plan ahead. I picked out what I wanted beforehand (though didn’t plan on the appetizers–but even with those, I stayed with in my Points) and stuck to my plan. I had artichoke-stuffed shrimp and a cookies and cream mini dessert. So yummy.

We got home around 4:45ish, and I changed into some grungy clothes and started work on our garden. Our front walkway has a small planter area alongside of it, and the only things growing in there were some random grasses, moss, and other unidentifiable plants. By 6:15, I had ripped up the 3 patches of grass (which were a complete pain in the grass…), the moss, and the random other growth and planted 3 Hostas in their place. I had also turned up countless worms, spiders, grubs, nails, pieces of plastic, and roofing tiles. Mary Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow…? Paul and I had bought a lot of other flowers to plant out there, too, but after an hour and a half of digging and pulling and crouching and raking, I was exhausted. I just about destroyed our trowel–it got a little bent while I tried to uproot the grasses. Whatever. For $4, you get what you pay for.

In an effort to save a little money on our grocery bill, Paul and I have instituted “TV Dinner Night” at least once a week. We managed to knock $30 off our bill this week. Hopefully that’ll keep up. So, I give you this week’s meal plan:

Sunday: Snacks–late lunch made dinner unnecessary

Monday: Leftovers–Hoisin-Orange Pork Chops with Coconut Rice (8PP total)

Tuesday: HG Sloppy Janes (7PP); Frozen veggies (2PP) (9PP total)

Wednesday: TV Dinner Night (Smart Ones or Healthy Choice…depends…5-7PP); Frozen veggies (2PP) (9PP total)

Thursday: Leftovers from Tuesday (9PP total)

Friday: Paul and I are going to see my school’s play, so dinner out (most likely at Panera). After the play, we’ll be heading to Baker’s Square for pie….mmmm pie. 🙂

I’m trying to summon the energy to do laundry and pack my lunch, but feel like sitting here is a better option for now. I’m a little hungry. Think I’ll find something to eat first. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Hi again…


My repeated apologies for the lengthy hiatus from the blogosphere. Things have been rather hectic with the new house. We’ve been painting and moving and painting and installing closet shelves and painting and cleaning and painting and buying furniture. I might have forgotten to mention that we’ve been painting. I don’t know. What will it feel like to finally have this place DONE? I really can’t imagine it. I’ll let you know in 5 years.

I’m kind of trying to decide in which direction I’d like to take my little blog. I’m feeling lately like I  don’t have anything worthwhile to contribute to the ol’ Internet. I feel silly posting pictures of outfits (I chalk it up, in part, to extreme self-consciousness), and I’m seriously doubting my cooking abilities as of late. So what do I have to offer? Or maybe I’m trying to hard to put myself in a box as far as blogging is concerned.

In the meantime, expect to see some before and after pictures of the house sometime soon, as well as a couple of culinary endeavors. I’ll try to get back to some regular blogging, now that we’re moved in and painting is under control…sort of. 🙂

Oh sad little blog


So, um…. Sorry I haven’t exactly been updating lately. Things have been rather busy, what with the new house taking up all of our time because we have to paint every square inch. (Seriously, what was this lady’s obsession with pink and sponge painting?) We’re preparing to move in this coming weekend, and once we have internet there, and once things calm down a little bit, I’m sure the posts will return.

In the mean time, I just want to tell the world how in love I am with this gorgeous weather. Fall came early! LOVE. But it’s making me want Halloween to come soon so I can throw the awesome Halloween/House Warming party that I’ve been planning in my head ever since we put an offer on the house in June.

Speaking of the house taking all of my time, I was supposed to be there like half an hour ago. I’d better get my butt out the door. The carpet cleaners are coming today (yessss!!!!), and I’ve got a massive to-do list to take care of while I wait for them. (P.S. I’m not playing hookie from work, I promise. We have the day off for Rosh Hashanah.)

Home Sweet Home


Paul and I took some steps toward adulthood last night. We put in an offer on a house. It’s a little scary, buying (or preparing to buy) something that large and expensive, but it’s exciting, too. Now we’re just waiting for all the right approvals to come in. It makes me feel better, though, that the listing status is “Contingent” now. Nobody better look at my house!

Definitely will keep you updated on the progress. It could take a while, though.