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So, apparently I came in 3rd in my age division (for women)…? HAHA. We left before the awards because a.) Kelly and I figured there was no way we placed, and b.) it was time for breakfast. Erin informed me of my awesomeness via Facebook, as my computer would not load the refreshed Pumpkin Stampede website. Niiiice.

I just have 2 questions:

1. What happened to all the other women in my age group–why were there only 7 and why were most slower than me?

2. Where’s my medal?!

Weekend Updates


Yesterday was weigh-in day. After last week’s disappointing weigh in, I tried to be careful this week. However…it’s the end of the school year, and there are tons of celebrations going on at school. Our instructional kids held a luncheon for the BOE and admins. I stuck with a salad (loaded with Caesar dressing…) and a small helping of the dessert (death by chocolate…I couldn’t resist). Then, later in the day, one of the teachers I co-teach with and I had an end-of-the-year celebration for our kids. This was easier, though, because we were in charge of what was brought. She likes to keep things healthy, too, so we stuck with fresh fruits with a light dip and Hungry Girl’s Upside Down Pineapple-Applesauce Cake. The cake, while tasty, was a mess. I blame myself. I didn’t wait for it to cool completely. Luckily, this group of kids was working on following directions…and I played it off as a teaching moment. 😉

Anyway, along with all of that nonsense, I peeked at the scale on Thursday and it had budged…but in the wrong direction. So yesterday, when I was down 0.8, I was quite surprised.

This Week’s Weight Loss: -0.8

Total Weight Loss: -4.2

Since I’m updating, and since it’s Sunday, here’s this week’s meal plan:

Sunday: Hamburgers on our new grill (!!!), corn on the cob (8 PP –4 for ground beef, 2 for light bun, 2 for corn); Attempt #2 at HG’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (5 PP)

Monday: Leftover burgers

Tuesday: Lemon-Chicken Oven Bake (lightened up with FF dressing) (8 PP)

Wednesday: Leftover chicken

Thursday: Probably a frozen dinner. But maybe some breakfast-for-dinner action…

Friday: Veggie burgers on the grill

I’m going to have to update you on last Thursday’s Paul-less meal. It was one of my favorite meals when I was vegetarian. Pictures and recipe will be coming.

Hope you’re having a lovely long weekend. Only 8 more days until summer break!

Thankful Thursday: A Good Read


This week, I’m thankful for book recommendations (and the friends who do the recommending).

I’ve been stuck (for lack of a better word) reading chick lit lately, which is always enjoyable. I use reading as a way to unwind and clear my mind at the end of the day. So, mindless reading is always a plus. I’ve been immersing myself in authors like Meg Cabot and Nicholas Sparks, both of whom are wonderful writers, but their books are pretty easy reads.

Last week, a friend recommended I read books by the author Paulo Coelho. And so over the weekend, while I was staring at books at Target (contemplating which Nicholas Sparks easy-read to buy next), I happened to see The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Hmm. So, I picked it up and decided to give it a shot.

Honestly, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s an engaging story, and it’s beautifully written. There’s a lot of spirituality and religion to it as well, which, apparently, I really needed. Simply put, I felt at peace after reading the book.

So, please do yourselves a favor and read this beautiful novel. An added bonus: it’s on the “Buy One, Get one 50% Off” table at Borders right now. 🙂

Frickin’ Nature


In the fall of my junior year of college, my brakes randomly started making a horrible squealing noise one night. I didn’t know what was going on, so I asked my male next door neighbors to please come take a look. One came down with a flashlight, took a look in my wheel well, went back upstairs, and came back with a screwdriver. He pried out a walnut. Some squirrel must’ve thought it was a safe place to store his food for winter. Wrong-o.

Earlier this week, my car stopped spraying out wiper fluid. I assumed that it was out, because I couldn’t get any to either the front or the rear wipers, even when the car was heated up (so I knew it wasn’t frozen). I asked Paul to take a look at it and refill it for me. He just came in from working on my car and said “Well….” Uh oh…this is not a good sign. “You weren’t out of wiper fluid. I found two things in your engine compartment. Guess what they were.” I was feeling a bit panicked…. What on earth could possibly have gotten into my engine? Did I put something in there? No, because I can’t even open the hood of my car…. So, I said I didn’t know.

“Well,” he said, “One of the things I found was an unopened fortune cookie.” WHAT?! “And the other thing I found was a bird’s nest.” EXCUSE ME?! “And the bird’s who built the nest must’ve chewed through the little tubes for your wiper fluid…along with a few other electrical wires in the engine.” DAMMIT!

So, thanks little birdies, you jerks. Paul took apart your home. Go find a new engine.

UPDATE: As I discovered while driving home from Amelia’s apartment tonight, the damn birds ruined my cruise control!

Happy Accidents


The coffee this morning was exceptionally tasty. It was part Ghiradelli Double Chocolate coffee, part Archer Farms Organic Fair Trade Tierra del Sol. Or so I thought. When I was attempting to duplicate the mixture this evening (in preparation for tomorrow), I noticed that what I thought was Tierra del Sol was, in fact, Pumpkin Spice. Whoops. Too bad I had run out of it and could not recreate this morning’s deliciousness. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

(P.S. I realized, after discovering the coffee mix-up, why yesterday’s coffee was no good…. Chocolate Caramel + Pumpkin Pie = blehhhh)