Saturday, April 22, 2006

Escargo en automobile?

(Enlarged to show detail!)

To say it's been a little wet in Northern California is an understatement. We had somethhing like 35 days with rain since March 1 which either broke records, or came darn close.

This 1" snail was found at the top of the passenger side window on DH's car which is kept in the garage. It only gets driven rarely, last time was 6 days ago!

We were lucky enough to enjoy a lovely partly cloudy day today, we went into SF to see a fellow workmate perform in a Taiko Drum performance. It was AWESOME! We also enjoyed marvelous Japanese food and Annual Cherry Blossom Festivities and booths.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Over the hill but not 1/2 way there!

Since January 1, 2006 I have lost 31 pounds. To many, it seems like it's not such a big deal. To me, it is HUGE. To get to my goal weight, I need to loose a total of 72.5 pounds so actually I'm not even 1/2 way there. Calculating my average loss, I should reach my goal weight in November.

I am a big girl. Only 5'5" on a good day. My BMI was described as "morbidly obese", enough to scare me for the final time. Oh, like you, I've tried a few diets before. I did Weight Watchers and lost 30 (got pregnant, lol). I tried South Beach twice and each time lost 40, but never learned how to eat a healthy way that could last the rest of my days. Fad diets can be successful, but if you don't learn anything, then why bother!

My success this time is accredited to Food Journaling and being totally honest with myself. My DH and I keep a food journal thru CalorieKing . There is a free 14-day trial if you're interested. I am a firm believer that if you can finally get to the point of admission that you are "morbidly obese", and understand that your quality of life may be diminished by your own eating habits, then you are ready to be totally honest and take charge of yourself. No one drove me to Burger King or McDonalds but ME.

I am eating and eating, and very rarely are hungry. I finally am capable of understanding and applying nutritionial label information to our journalling, it was all Greek to me before! DH and I try to limit our restaurants to once during the week, and once during the weekend, and try to pick places where we will have the greatest opportunity to make good choices.

I guess my point today is for YOU to take a good look at yourself. Do you like what you see? No time like the present to take charge of yourself. I can't describe how I felt this morning, getting into a new pair of pants and not being cut off at the waist by the button..or not having to leave the shirt untucked because the pant's pleats are stretched to the max.

I am happy that I am taking care of ME. Very happy.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Borders "ON" - check!

I have gotten the second set of border strips onto the Bippety Bop quilt pictured a few entries ago. I have also gotten the back pieced, ironed and ready to go. Just need to pick up some batting and get it sandwiched, hopefully this week. I think I will machine quilt with a varigated thread and mimick the wonky square pattern, getting smaller as it approaches the center. I think the outer border will be a utility grid pattern, I expect this quilt will be roughed up a bit.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

No more cold piggies!

I made slippers from this pattern probably 20 years or more ago. (And haven't knitted since!) I've yet to find a satisfactory pair of slippers at the department stores lately so I got busy and made the $4 variety.

I think I need "Knitting for Dummies"...a really basic book with simple patterns. I think I'd like to try something else! I learned to knit in an afterschool program in 6th grade. We made a headband, then graduated to a winter headband/skiband. Unfortunately my skill level remained there with simple knit and purl. I'm thrilled I can cast on and off and knit 2 together, lol.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

UFO Before pic

This is for the PICK 4 UFO Finishing project on Quilt Studio

Grown-Up Fun

DH's Birthday Wish: For both of us to go to Dave N Busters for playtime! We enjoyed awesome Ceasar's Salads and hit the midway for the carnival games. Best carnival I've been to without getting dirty! I'd never been there before and was pleasantly surprised. Skeeball is one of my favorite's, that machine kept spewing tickets, we just couldn't resist. We ended up seeking out a little girl who was playing games with her Daddy...and gave her our 89 tickets. Hope she had a great day too. (89 tickets will buy you 8 rubber erasers or 8 gummy, NO!)