Baseball Season

Here we go!  One boy in travel baseball... the other in recreational baseball.  We will be doing a lot of dividing and conquering.  It's all worth it though.  The boys love the game and we love to watch them play.  It will be no fun missing games as I know I will HAVE to miss some (to be at the others) but such is life as a mom of two boys, right? 

Mikey's season just started.  Matthew's team has been practicing hard all winter long.  It payed off today.  We played the team that didn't want Matthew (and thank the Good Lord above they didn't want him).  We WON!  Matthew had an outstanding game today and we are very proud of him.  Our coaches are awesome and I was also so proud of them.  The coach for the opposing team (the team Matthew could have wound up on) was AWFUL!  Screaming and yelling at his players, arguing with the umpires ... sheesh!  And this was "just a scrimmage".  Can you imagine what a "real" game would be like?  Yikes.  We still have some good friends on that team and I was disappointed to see how they were treated.  There were also some people I thought were our friends and have learned they are not.  That's OK ... good to know where you stand with people, right?  I'm sure we'll see our fair share of losses this season but it was wonderful to get a "W" today!

Mikey has had a few practices in his new league.  Some things are different there ... some the same as any other baseball league.  Mikey is happy though and that's all that matters!

I'm SO HAPPY it's BASEBALL season!  Bring on the sunshine and warm weather :)  I'm ready.

22 gone!

22 lbs. gone forever!  I love it!  Still have a good long way to go (42 lbs more) but it feels so good to have gotten this far!  I'm doing a happy dance in my incredibly baggy pants!  LOL!


Still a loser...

Down to 8 lbs and one whole size GONE!  Yay!  The only down side is I have some really cute things I can no longer wear.  Well, I could but they are SUPER baggy (yuck).  I need to get my old clothes bin down from the attic and see if there's anything in there that DOES fit now :)

This week I plan to incorporate a little exercise into the diet.  Just walking but since I've been basically sitting on my ass for 10 years I think that's about right for a start. 

It's still FREEZING cold here in Georgia (WTH??) so I'll be taking to the treadmill.  I'll need to dust it off first.


Here I Am Again

Been away from the blog for a while. Life changes ... ya get busy. Life changes again ... focus changes. I turned 40. Eeep!

So right now we are recovering from Snowpacalypse 2011 here in Georgia. Seriously ... LOTS of snow AND ice on the ground for a WEEK! My office building was closed for 4 days. School was closed for 5. Yes, I nearly lost my mind. I love my boys dearly but seriously? FIVE days in the house? We couldn't go anywhere and even if we wanted to nothing was open. Scott was home Monday and Tuesday so on Tuesday we ventured out to the grocery store. I was glad he drove. The store was very crowded. 2 carts left. BUT - they DID have bread! Have you ever heard of "Bimbo Bread"? It exists... I saw it with my own two eyes. 2 varieties; white and wheat. Hmmm. I passed on it.

I wanted veggies and fruit. I'm on a doctor supervised diet. I've lost over 6 lbs. in one week. Yes. 6 lbs... one week. And I've lost INCHES! It's AMAZING! I feel really good and don't miss my old habits too much. I'd love a glass or two of wine I'm sure. But I love seeing the numbers go down on the scale even more. I "shopped" in my closet today! Got some "new" stuff. And did the happy dance all around the bedroom. Granted these are not "small" clothes but who cares? They are clothes I haven't been able to squeeze my fat ass into for at least 2-3 years. It's a size smaller than what I was in ONE WEEK AGO! Waaahoooo!!! I'll share my diet secret soon ... once I've gone through all the different phases and can honestly say it works. It is NOT easy but seeing results so quickly makes it to where it's not that hard either. I FEEL good. And that's huge!

Oh - also today (it's a SUNDAY) my mailman brought me a package! We haven't had mail delivered all week so I thought it extra sweet he did that! It's my military style had with a HUGE blinged out cross on the top/side of it. I got it from Mom's Bling Company on Facebook. Susan Johnson is the owner and she is a dear friend of MY dear friend B Lavender. I love my new hat and can't wait to rock it atop a MUCH slimmer me soon!

Here's the hat I got today:

Isn't it great? It's very "blingy" and I love that about it. The boys think it's cool too (bonus). I'm excited to wear it!

I also want a "Faith" T-shirt she has for sale. I think I'd prefer long sleeves but we'll see.

As for the boys ... basketball these days. Mikey is a little dynamo! Matthew is a force to be reckoned with for sure but Mikey - geez. Fast and aggressive. Just like in Football. I guess that's good stuff! Matthew is playing Travel Baseball. He loves his team. We are pleased with all of it so far. It won't be a "Crazy" travel team like some are. I like to call it Travel Ball Lite! ha!

I'll try to keep up with the blog better than before. Not than anybody reads it ... but it's probably good for me to. I expect a lot of changes this year ...


Allergies from Hell

Mikey and Scott. Apparently both VERY allergic to outdoor allergens. And this pollen season is awful. :( Scott is being stubborn (what else is new) and refusing to go to the doctor. Mikey is only 7 so has no choice! He woke up one night barely able to breathe so I took him in for a second visit. Lung obstruction ... allergy induced asthma. Crap. So now he has two different inhalers, nose spray and 3 other medications he takes ... oh, and eye drops since most days he's ready to scratch his eyes out. So effing miserable. Hopefully everything will settle down soon and we'll be past the constant coughing, sneezing, wheezing and sniffling that is going in at our house right now.

Carpet Woes (aka Excel Carpet SUCKS)

So when we decided to put the house on the market last year we knew we had to do some minor touch ups. So we painted and did some landscaping and did some editing of furniture. We also got new carpet. We REALLY needed new carpet. So we spent several thousand dollars and went for it. We went with a company our agent recommended. Excel Carpet. THEY SUCK! We had a frieze carpet put in the family room and the dining room. We immeidatley noticed fraying at the thresholds. They told it that was "normal" and would "settle down" eventually. So we let it go. Fast forward to now ... we have BALD spots at the thresholds because the fraying is so bad. The carpet is literally unraveling. Additionally you can pick up the carpet from anywhere around the room. It pulls away from the wall and pops up when I get the vacuum too close to the perimeter of the carpet. We called Excel. Their solution to the threshold issue? Cover it with nasty metal strips. Um, no. I've avoided calling them back because it stresses me out SO badly dealing with them. I think I may just report them to the BBB and let the BBB mediate it. I know they installed the carpet incorrectly (based on research). I should also point out we had to have them come out 4 times AFTER the install to correct multiple other issues due to incorrect installation. Also, they installed a cheap pad instead of the upgraded pad we paid for. I discovered that on my own and they were forced to replace it. I'm still not convinced we have the right pad installed. My opinion is the only way to make this right is for them to refund my money so I can get new carpet installed somewhere else. But they could really give a crap about their customers so I guesss we'll just suck it up and get our carpet replaced AGAIN when we've saved up enough to do so. So if you are reading this and you live in the Atlanta Metro area and ever need new flooring ... steer WAY clear of Excel Carpet.

That was a long break...

Just noticed my last update was December 24th. Hmmm... I was SUPPOSED to be using this as an outlet? Guess I kinda forgot about it with life and all. LOL!

So since December what's been going on? Well basketball season ended and baseball season started FINALLY! Mikey and Matthew both love basketball (much to my chagrin). I think it's my ADD ... I dunno but basketball drives me CRAZY! There are so many damned noises going on ... I usually leave the games with a screaming headache. But my boys love it so I support them. Thank GOD it's baseball season now. Because I love baseball and I love watching my boys play baseball. THEY love baseball.

Work is work. It's kind of miserable. This new department I'm working in, everybody is SO stressed out all the time. LOTS of negative energy going on. It's very draining. So I try my best to get my work done and at the end of the day leave it all behind. So far, so good. I'm SUPER lucky to have a job that pays well and provides good health insurance for my family so I remind myself of that several times a day. Many people would happily trade their stress of not having any income with my stress. I'd rather not trade.