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Not Much

I haven’t been doing much. Well, ok that’s not really true. I have been keeping myself busy selling off my crap on the facebook group called bidding wars. I’ve made quite a bit of cash. It’s a great way to get rid of stuff without having to take it anywhere. It’s so nice to get rid of some of the clutter around here. I still a few items I want to sell, but the stuff that doesn’t go I will take to the MCC thrift store next week.

What else? Hmmm… Gregg and I started Weight Watchers 2 weeks ago. I am loving it! It’s the easiest diet I have every been on. I have lost 4.5 lbs and Gregg has lost 6.5. Not bad for 2 weeks and enjoying all foods. We even had ice cream!  I didn’t know it was so simple to count points. The best part, it’s free! Yup, that’s right. Free!

Why is it free? Well I guess if you are a geek like me, you will know how to find out everything you need to know online. Sure you can go and pay 65.00 for 3 months of the online weight watchers program, and for some, that might be the easiest thing to do. But I don’t have the cash. So I found sites that explained everything.

I know how many points I can have and I found that with Google I just need to type in my food and ask how many points the item is and I get the help I need. No more lowcarbing for me! No more counting calories either. Just count points.It’s that easy.

Now you know what I’m been doing. Oh, I am also keeping track of my diet on my other blog. Getting Healthy

Nail Art

I was chatting with a friend of mine about doing my nails and he sent me a few links and there was this one video that I thought I just had to try it. It looked so cool and easy to do.

This is the video…

And here are my nails. It’s my first try so it’s a bit messy on the edges. I think next time I will try purples.

 

Wheat Free

Since Christmas I have been eating wheat free. Why? Well, I am allergic to wheat..duh!  I have known this for a few years now, but I have been doing ok with small amounts. My allergist told me that when my allergy flares up all I need to do is avoid that item for 3 months. After that I can add it back into my diet.

The first time I did it, I could eat wheat for about a year after that. Now it flared up in August, but I didnt really thing about it being an allergy. I should have gone through my “bad” list. Instead I went to the doctor and he gave me Zantac for the itchy rash I had developed(remember how itchy I was). The pills helped with the itchiness. Just before Christmas I realized I couldnt eat anything with wheat in it. I would get such a bad tummy ache and I would feel awful all over. My body was ill and trying to reject the wheat.

It’s been almost a month with no wheat and I feel so much better. I stopped taking the Zantac about 8 days ago and no itchiness! So I thought I would have popcorn on Thursday evening. Big mistake. Corn is also on my bad list. Seems I cant have popcorn. My tummy got upset and by morning my IC had flared up. Looks like I will be leaving corn off my diet for 3 months.

Anyways, yesterday we went to Vancouver. Gregg had a dentist appointment. After that we went to Choices food store just off 16th ave. It just so happens that Gregg found out that they have a Rice Bakery. Since he didnt bring the address with him we ended up at Choices only. We needed to drive one more block down the road. Oh well. Choices had stuff too.

I got some Rice bread and rice butter tarts,poppy seed lemon cake and a carrot muffin. I nommed the muffin this morning and it was good! I bought some rice flour, but when I got home I thought about it and figured out that I can make my own rice flour. I have mom’s grain  mill. I’m going to try it out later today.

So here is what I got.

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Muffin not shown since I nommed it already.

One Step at a Time

As you all know, I dont work. And you know the reason why, is cause of my neck injury. Since that happened my life has greatly changed. I have made some very big life changes. I used to be what was called a “biker bitch”. Yes, I was. I had the long bleached blonde hair. I wore the sleazy clothes and even had a Harley to go with the look. I smoked, drank and did drugs. Oh yeah, and I had a very dirty mouth.I got the tattoos to remind me every day of what I used to be. I sometimes regret the tattoos, but they are part of who I am.

Anyways, the reason for this post. I have been having many dreams and nightmares the last few weeks. At first I thought they would just go away. Then I realized why I was having them. Colby’s birthday is on Saturday. When ever I think of Colby a lot, I have nightmares of  his dad(Bob). Bob seems to find his way into my dreams and ruins them. Colby looks so much like Bob that sometimes it hurts to look at him, but I dont love him any less.

I truly love my boys. I have made many decisions based on them. Many of them still hurt and are hard to think about. If I hadn’t of done the things I did, I would not be alive today.

So last week was 11 years that I have been gone from Bob. It doesn’t seem that long. I guess because he invades my sleep a lot. It’s also 10 years that I have been drug free. In the past 11 years I would have to say I have come full circle. I have slowly found myself. I have changed my hair so many times over these years to find the one I feel comfortable with. I finally just found it last month…lol. I thank my niece for that. I have changed my body. Lost all the weight that had followed me most of my adult life. I  had the breast reduction that I had wanted for many years. Now I can go in public and not be ashamed of my size. No need to wear a jacket all the time. I also had the hysterectomy which drastically improved my way of life.

I changed my dirty potty mouth and now “shit” is about the only bad word I use…lol. I also like the word “crap”. My clothes have gone from leathers, black and sleazy to colorful casual patterns. I even own dresses and skirts. As for my look, I am happy with it. I finally like who I see in the mirror.

My stressed, scared and paranoid life is now relaxed, safe and happy. No more looking over my shoulder and wondering who is after me. No more worries about getting hurt. Yes, life has changed.

Now I don’t know if having had this neck injury was a blessing or not, but it definitely made me change. I had no choice. I had to adjust to the new “brain” I was given. I have learned to deal with the constant dizziness. My family has been great over these hard years. Especially mom. But the one I thank the most is Gregg. If he hadn’t of come into my life when he did, I’m not sure where I would be now.

Here I am. In a life that fits me. I have a loving close family. I have a husband that loves me more than all the water in the oceans. I have two grown up boys that love me in spite of leaving them the way I had to. I count myself as very fortunate to have these things and to be able to enjoy them. I am so thankful for every day that I have lived past my 30th birthday. (which I thought would never happen)

Why this post? It sort of went a different route than I had planned…lol I wanted to tell you all about the new business that I am starting. The new step in my life. Finally finding a job that works for me. Oh well, I guess I needed to say all those other things first. Thanks for reading. 🙂

Mom’s 75th Birthday

I finally have a day to relax. I have been so busy this week. My sister and I and with some help from the other women in the family planned a 75th birthday party for our Mom. It was quite a task. There was food to bake and cook. There was the setting up of the amenities room at my sister’s condo complex. There was the invitations that were made by my sister and her daughter. There was the gift. Which took us a couple weeks to all agree on. Then there was the fact that we didn’t want Mom to find out any of the details. We did have to let her know that we were planning a family dinner.

So, Last week I took on a project that I thought would be easy. Well, it was easy but very time consuming. I was going through my google reader and checking on some of the craft bloggers I read daily, and I saw something that I thought would make a great party favor for all the women that came to the birthday lunch we had planned.

I was on the Coterie Blog and saw this post and loved the idea. So I made a list of all I would need and headed out to get the supplies. Instead of Banana bread I did cake mixes. My list was simple.

  • 35 4 inch pots
  • 8 cake mixes
  • ribbons
  • sparkly things

Sounds easy right? Not so! I had to find the pots. Gregg came with me and we went to Wal-Mart and found 16 there. Then it was over to Home Depot, they had none. Then we drove to Rona and got all we needed. After that it was off to the Dollar store for ribbons and decorations. And finally to Save-on Foods to get the cake mixes and eggs and oil and powdered sugar.

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I started with washing all the pots. I ran them through the dishwasher. The next morning I decided that I would white-wash them all. I found some white paint and watered it down and gave them all one coat. They dried and got another coat. That took up most of the day. At about 3pm I started with the decorations. I finished 27 pots by 7pm.

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The next day I started with the baking. I did a test run to see how many pots I would need per cake mix. 4 pots worked well. The baking went pretty good. I only messed up on one pot. Each set of 4 pots baked at 350 c for 35 minutes. Then I pulled them out and put in the next 4pots. While those were baking I removed the cakes out of the pots and let them cool. I washed the 4 pots and started over.

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I then took the cooled cakes and put them into the decorated pots and labels them on the bottom so I knew what flavor it was. I kept rotating between the 2 batches of 4 pots I was using to bake with. All together it took me 6 hours to finish all the baking.

I took a break, had some dinner and a shower. I then started on the icing. That took another 2 hours to do. Then I realized I still needed to get a layered salad ready for the party. I thought my night would never end!

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I finally finished them all. 32 pots decorated and ready to go. In the end it was all worth it. Everyone loved their potted cakes.

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There was a ton of yummy foods to eat. My sister made 2 different fruit punches. We ordered a birthday cake from my Niece’s friend that makes special cakes. We got her to put a big ring on top with all of us 5 kid’s birth stones. Mom didn’t really see the cake until we pointed it out after she has opened the box with the gold family ring we got her as her present. She was so happy I thought she might even cry.

At about 3pm almost all the ladies had left. Then the family started to show up for the BBQ. We all relaxed and a good time as a family. We all laughed and enjoyed the rest of Mom’s day.

Today is her actual birthday. So I called her to wish her a happy day. She is having some friends over for coffee and to eat some more of that yummy cake.

New Page Added

I have added a new page…. TV & Movies. It’s just a list of  TV shows I watch and I’ll be adding Movies and rating them. I’ll also be adding a Books page.

You can check out all my pages above this post. Right under my main banner.

Happy Thoughts

Well yesterday was Valentine’s Day. Gregg and I didn’t do much. Since money is tight we had a nice dinner at home instead of wasting 100.00 at a restaurant. I made arrachera for our dinner, Gregg grilled it. It turned out pretty good, but it was a bit chewy. I think that I will have to beat the crap out of it the next time. The spices tasted good. We added a salad and a baguette.

Before our dinner I had to go see my dentist yet again. I am having problems with one tooth out of the 4 that I had veneers done on. Its amazing how much you really use your front teeth. Even when you are chewing with your molars you still use your front ones. Anyways, I have to get a root canal done. I’ll be going in on March 16th. I will be doing oral sedation again. Why? Well, I need to have a small filling replaced and I need a cleaning. Since I have such a low tolerance for any kind of pain in my mouth its better for me to be doped up. Plus I have the T.M.J. problems and I can’t keep my mouth open for 3 hours. I really don’t want to bite my dentist.

At least the root canal and cleaning are covered by medical. I will have to pay for the sedation which costs about 325.00. Its not that much when you think about it. I’m getting everything done in one sitting instead of having to come back for more visits. After this is all done I will just have to get my night guard made and then do a cleaning once a year. The night guard might have to wait. Medical won’t cover it and I think the whole cost will be close to 500.00. After all that with the dentist, my IC started up. That little bit of stress, thinking about the money and the dental work and what all I will have to do, actually stressed me enough to put me in pain.

So until then its all about the happy thoughts. Happy that I will be free of this tooth pain soon. Happy that is won’t cost too much. What else? Happy that I am feeling better today. The IC is better , but not gone. I had to take my pills yesterday and this morning too. I’m happy its sunny outside. Even though it’s cold. I’m happy I have a comfy bed to go climb into when I am done with this post.

And now I am done!

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Neutrogena UPDATE

I while back I bought the Neutrogena anti-wrinkle cream. Well I have been using it at night but not every night. I used it every night for about 2 weeks and in that time my skin became very dry and itchy. I have sensitive skin. So I changed to using it only 3 times a week. I have noticed a difference on my forehead and right between my eyes. The few wrinkles that I do have are less now.

So I guess you can say that it is working. I have been putting it around my eyes the last couple weeks but no change yet. I don’t know if I will buy it again, might try a different brand. It will be a long time before I will need a new bottle. It seems to last forever. Its worth the money that’s for sure.

(I bought new moisturizer, finally! I’ll do a post in a week about that.)

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