Friday, June 27, 2008
I started the antibiotics last night and am feeling really crappy now. It causes nausea and diarrhea which is much worse than the symptoms I had from the lump. I don't think I'll even be able to work out today--maybe not for a few days. But maybe I'll lose weight from being sick...
Anyway, update on ranks later.
UPDATE: For the week, I came in a lowly #13. Overall, I am holding strong at #6.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Andrew doesn't get home until Saturday night, but he was able to call last night using someone's cell phone. It was so good to hear from him. He made it to the top of Mount Whitney!! Mt. Whitney is the highest summit in the lower 48 states! (Interestingly, it's only 76 miles west of the lowest point in the lower 48...weird, huh?) It's about 22 miles roundtrip; he wasn't sure if he was going to hike the whole thing or not (he was thinking of just going 6 miles to the base camp), but he did. I'm so proud of him! That must bring a huge feeling of accomplishment. I haven't even hiked Mt. Timp. Maybe next summer!
Andrew said that he even woke up at 4:30 AM to take pictures!! (But it was actually 3:30 AM Pacific Standard Time...oops! Heh, heh. He had to wait for a couple of hours for the sun.) For anyone who knows Andrew, you will know how big of an accomplishment that is, too. He is NOT a morning person. Anyway, good job--all around!
For those of you who didn't know me in my teenage years, I was ADDICTED to tanning (in the sun or the tanning booth--wherever I could get it!). I was DARK. My brothers actually had an intervention one summer when we were on vacation. They told me it was kind of disgusting (they said it in a nice way). That shocked me a little, and I think I toned it down a bit after that. It wasn't until I dated a red head in college and heard the horror stories of his father's skin cancer, that I finally decided to stop. I've been nice and pasty ever since (except on my mission when I had no choice but be in the sun for hours and hours at a time). Part of me still yearns to tan, but I kind of think skin cancer might be inevitable for me, and it really freaks me out!! So, I'm good for now...but I have a good many suckers to keep my eyes on!!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I was reminded of junior high when one of my friends always invited me to go swimming. She had a twin that I didn't particularly like hanging out with, and so I would always come up with excuses not to go. I still remember what she wrote in my yearbook: "If you're not too busy tanning or mowing the lawn this summer maybe we can go swimming." Ha--my excuse to not go swimming was because I was tanning! How lame!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
The victims! (Notice both kids swatting the gnats.)
Even in her sleep she can't escape the bites! (They were swarming around her head; there is one on her cheek in this picture.)
Get them off! GET THEM OFF!!
My lovely "gnatty" hair. :) It is getting long! Any ideas on what style to give it are welcome. I want to keep it long.
Poor Kate! She looks like she has the chicken pox! She had bites ALL OVER her head! She was pretty miserable on the way back until we stopped at Chick-Fil-A to visit Uncle Austin. He bought her two little cow stuffed animals that totally brightened her day!
Ahh, I am grateful to be writing this from home after a nice shower. Our family camped out with my old roomie, Shannon, and her family (Zack and Oliver) at Antelope Island in Salt Lake. Antelope Island is so gorgeous! But the blood-sucking gnats were awful!! The kids were wimpering and constantly swatting/scratching their heads. Poor things! We had planned on going on a short walk to explore, but we quickly all decided that a game in a tent sounded much nicer. We had forgotten to bring a game, though, so we drove to Walmart (not too far from there, surprisingly) to pick up Catch Phrase. After getting a taste of the gnat-free, air conditioned environment for a little while, we were then all in the mood for a little ice cream down the street. Doesn't this sound like a great camp out? :) We did eventually mosey back to the island after deciding against seeing a movie. Ha!
Luckily, we were able to see the sunset, and the gnats flew back to whatever hole they came from long enough for us to play a few rounds of our game outside.
Sadly, Andrew and I forgot our tent cover and the full moon was like a spotlight on us all night. As I got Kate ready for bed, I realized that the milk I had gotten at the store (THAT same day) was almost 10 days expired. Blast! I sent her to bed with a bottle of blue Gatorade that (big surprise) did nothing to settle her down. She was wired and wouldn't go to bed until 12:30am.
The best part, though, came when we woke up bright and early in the morning to swarms of gnats chewing on our flesh!! What the --?? We realized the netting on the tent was stretched slightly in one area--where the gnats ushered in a few hundred of their pals for breakfast (us). Kate was swatting them off in her sleep; we didn't want to wake her, so we covered her as best we could, grabbed some food, and ran for the car. When we went back to check on Kate, she was standing alone in the middle of the tent with a very bewildered look.
Needless to say, we packed up pretty early and went for a drive around the island. My foolish plan to go wading in the Salt Lake did NOT come to fruition. We didn't even get near it. It's a shame the state can't figure out a way to do a mass extermination of those things. We noticed later an electronic sign "welcoming" campers that read, "Bugs! BUGS! BUGS are BAD on the island!" Noted.
It was great to be able to see Shannon/Zack/Oliver, though, on their vacation from MA. It was definitely a memorable time!
Friday, June 20, 2008
It's a constant battle, but I'm going to love it when I get to my goal weight, and can tell that fat devil me to shove it.
I'm leaving to Antelope Island for the night at 2pm, so I hope I get the results back by then. I would hate to leave Larson (my most devoted reader on Fridays) unsatisfied on Results Day!! :) Thanks for the support!
UPDATE: Woohoo! I came in at #2 for the week and moved up to #6 for overall! So far I've lost 7.5% of my starting weight (I've lost 13.5 lbs since starting the Biggest Loser Contest). The sad part is that the leaders (#1 and #2) of the contest have lost in the 10th and 11th percentile already! Either they will have to really screw up or I'd have to really start shedding some major pounds in order to catch up. If I could finish in the top 3 I would be thrilled! The top three split the pot.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Was anybody else as excited as we were when the new Coldplay CD (Viva La Vida) came out on Tuesday? I love it! Andrew likes their previous stuff more than this album, but I haven't decided yet. One thing's for sure--this album reminds us both a lot of U2. I've read before that Chris Martin (lead singer) listens to a lot of U2 and gets inspiration from them. You can definitely hear the influence on this CD. I don't think that's a bad thing, though.
They're coming to SLC in November--but tickets are EXPENSIVE. We'll have to pass.
Above is their video for "Violet Hill" from the new CD. Enjoy!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
It's been years since I've gotten into an accident where it was my fault. I don't know what happened. I looked both ways, started to turn right, and BAM! Somehow I turned right into a huge SUV! How did I miss that?! I still just don't get it. The lady was pretty nice, but overly freaked out (I thought). But she did have to swerve to miss from really hitting me...and that would be freaky (so glad she swerved!). My bumper got a little banged up and her hub cap was scratched pretty nicely; other than that, I didn't see anything. She thinks she heard a strange noise, but I'm not sure why that would be. She kept saying it was a brand new car and she couldn't believe it--so glad her kids weren't with her, etc. Kate was happily reading a book the whole time. Anyway, she wouldn't just take my insurance info--she had to call the police, and we had to wait there in the blazing heat until he arrived to tell us to just exchange information. 'Sigh.' My insurance will probably go up, but there was no major damage and no one was hurt--thank goodness. I don't know where my head was! Accidents (when it's my fault) just really make me feel pretty stupid.
Actually, for the record, this is only the second accident that was MY fault (unless I'm missing one, Dad...we're only counting hitting another person--not inanimate objects or animals...). The last one was in Omaha (probably when I was 19 or so) when I was pulling out of my driveway a bit recklessly and ran right into someone. Two in twelve years of driving isn't so bad, right?
Monday, June 16, 2008
Tib 's theme for "My Favorite Monday" today is our favorite thing about summer. This summer I am going to choose camping. It hasn't been that in the past, but I'm really excited about being a "camping family." Camping/exploring is really Andrew's favorite thing to do, and I am really starting to love it, too. Especially after seeing how much Kate loved it at Kodachrome Basin State Park in April. I think it's a great thing we will always be able to look forward to in the spring/summer. Of course, Andrew goes in the dead of winter, too--but I think we'll wait for summer to go along.
This weekend we are going to Antelope Island in Salt Lake for one night, then Andrew leaves for California next week (with some guys from school) to hike Mt. Whitney. Andrew hasn't decided yet if he will hike it or spend his time taking pictures of it instead. Either way--fun! Then we are planning another camp out with my sister's fam at Payson Lakes, and then to CO to visit Ellen (Andrew's mom) for more camping! This is really the Summer O' Camping--woohoo!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
However, strangely enough, I was actually kind of happy with this result. I decided to change up my workout this week--different cardio exercise and some weights added in. It is a really hardcore workout! I was really sore for days. But I started gaining weight! I gained about 2 pounds (maybe muscle?)! For most of the week, I was expecting today's weigh in to be a real disaster. So making it back down to what I was last week actually feels pretty good.
But, of course, I'm still severely disappointed. I tried REALLY hard this week. My ranking numbers are sure to really take a plunge. But I'm sticking with it and hopefully my body will get used to a new routine and start losing again.
UPDATE: Not as bad as I thought! I am at #28 for the week, and #8 overall. I can't believe I didn't go down more for my overall ranking. Yay!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
P.S. I read an article recently that said oil would likely rise to $150/barrel by July 4th. Seems like just last month when everyone was freaking out about it reaching $100/barrel. It's really going up fast.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Kate loves her Berenstain Bears Learn to Share book. I loved the Berenstain Bears books, too, when I was growing up. I loved to collect them through Scholastic. Kate has us read this one to her all the time, and has recently started "reading" it to herself. She usually goes through each page and points to different things for us to say what it is. I was glad to get some video of it--but she is kind of speed reading in this one. She also shows off some of her vocab-- "all done" and "again." She hasn't been saying much else yet--besides banana. She really hasn't shown much interest in trying to talk. Hopefully soon!