Friday, April 17, 2015

Weight Loss: Week 10

I weighed in this morning, since I'll be walking my 5K tomorrow. I haven't officially weighed in for two weeks because Kay visited one weekend and I, errrr, partied too much the second weekend.

Weight loss since last weight-in:  3 lbs
Total weight lost:  21.8 lbs

And wouldn't you know it, my jeans still fit the same.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Kitchen Make-Overs

Here's some pictures of our kitchen, taken since we bought the house.

The kitchen we inherited when we bought the house in 2005

From 2007 to 2015

2007 - 2015

April 2015

April 2015

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Six Days that Flew

Where did the last 6 days go? I feel like I have been robbed.

It all started last Friday  when we got up early and set off, excited for a road trip, to go and pick up my cousin Kay from Nashville. We got 10 miles before the transmission went on my car. We recently got new car insurance and they had persuaded us to drop AAA in favor of their break-down service. Stupid mistake (isn't hindsight a wonderful thing). The roadside assistance sent a tow-truck with 1 passenger seat and when I called them back the operator told me to send my car with the truck and call a cab for the family. When I explained that we were stranded on the side of a major freeway she told me that they weren't a cab service and hung up on me.  Throughout all this a state trooper had been with us and he took charge. He sent the first tow truck driver away empty handed, called us a new one, parked behind us so if anyone hit they'd hit his car first, and was just amazing (I have emailed his county office to say how wonderful he was). Finally a second tow-truck driver came and towed us to a mechanic and my neighbor Dave picked us up from there and brought us home.

Shortest road trip ever: 10 miles. But it did take 3 hours. 
Friday afternoon we took the boys swimming and had some fun, since it was supposed to be the start of spring break and not a break-down crapfest.

Some friends of ours in Nashville offered to go and get her & bring Kay to us. They had been planning on coming up to see their daughter  at some point and saw it as a good opportunity. Only thing was, they were stuck in a tornado warning in Nashville and poor Kay was sat in a bathtub, with cushions on her head, tornado sirens going off all around her. It didn't help that she was staying in an AirB&B place with a creepy man.  What must she have thought of her visit at this point.

They all finally rolled into town at 3am Saturday morning and collapsed into bed. The sleeping arrangements were as such: me & Craig on cot/couch in the basement, Nashville friends in our bed, Kay in Jack's bed, Danny in his bed, Jack on a cot in Danny's room, Bethany & Brandon (friend's niece and nephew) on sofa bed in the living room. Yep, we housed nine people for the weekend. Consider also that my kitchen is torn apart and I had a full week of laundry and cleaning that I hadn't done because I was planning on escaping to Nashville for the weekend. Sigh.

On Saturday we smiled and made the best of it: went for a hike, took the kids swimming, and just kept everyone jollying along.

Hiking buddies

4 kids in the whirlpool

Me and Danny
On Sunday morning Kay and I set up an Easter egg hunt in the local park and then the 4 kids came over and searched for them. We also got them Easter baskets. One of the kids doesn't get too much in life and I seriously wanted to adopt him. My boys adored him and he was so sweet and polite. He loved his time with us and sent me a lovely message last night saying he can't wait to come back. It's heartbreaking really.

Painting Easter Eggs

Our Nashville fiends left early Sunday afternoon so I took Kay to Hocking Hills for a hike, which felt good.

Hocking Hills
On Sunday night we went to the Drive-in, which is always great but was COLD

Drive-in Movie

On Sunday night Jack decided he was going to sleep in the living room, so that's what he did.

Monday to today we went to work and ALSO to COSI, Jeni's Ice Cream, the doctors (Jack's feet hurt), the dentist (my 6-month teeth cleaning), shoe shopping, food shopping, Whetstone Park, to dinner at The Rusty Bucket, and finally to the airport today to drop Kay off. We were both sad. She's an amazing woman and I'm going to miss her madly. She's moving from Tulum in Mexico to the Philippines, so who knows when I'll see her again. Thankfully we have Facebook and Instagram and all those other ways to communicate daily. I also want to adopt her cat but no idea how I'd do that.

One last thing. I'm able to travel right now because my fabulous neighbors are letting me drive their car. My car is having a $2,600 transmission rebuilt right now. Ack!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Today we booked another little trip during our trip back to England. We are going to stay in a cottage in the Yorkshire moors at a village called Goathland. It's a quaint little village where Heartbeat is filmed (an English show) but it's also where some of the Harry Potter movies were filmed. Goathland train station and the steam train was "Hogsmeade" How exiting!  We'll only be a few miles on the steam train from Whitby (where Bram Stoker wrote Dracula) and Robin Hood's Bay and Staithes - two breathtakingly beautiful seaside towns.
There's 17 weeks  to go before we set off, but it's hard to contain my excitement.

Goathland Station  (Hogsmeade) 
Robin Hood's Bay