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Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
7:14 pm
kick your own smaller ass!
Day 23 of ChaLEAN Extreme, and I feel amazing. My arms are looking even more ripped, and the boyfriend pointed out a new cut in my booty! That's the kind of evidence that turns you into a believer.

After ChaLEAN Extreme, I think I'll kick my own cardio ass with the goal of doing this program by fall...

It's on FIRE.
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
9:13 pm
kick your own ass

I'm on Day 17 of this program, and my arms are already more defined, my legs are stronger, and my engery has sky rocketed. If you ever need an amazing workout, go to beachbody.com and check out Chalene Johnson. Turbo Jam, ChaLEAN Extreme, and the upcoming Turbo Fire are AMAZING programs. Phenomenal music, great instruction...you can't help but kick your butt into shape.

My new fitness philosophy: If I'm going to be told I'm intimidating, dammit, I AM GOING TO BE INTIMIDATING. When you see me, you won't ask yourself "could she kick my ass?" because the answer will be yes. The question you'll ask yourself will be "does she want to kick my ass?"
Monday, March 29th, 2010
7:51 pm
stopping the roller coaster
After a very difficult 24 hours, where you feel your emotions spiral out of control, how do you bring yourself back when you don't know how to?

Who knows....all I know is that cooking sirloin, veal, and chicken on the grill brought me back. The wonderful smell that hasn't been around in months, the heaping plate of food that I'm blessed to be able to provide for myself, and the two handsome felines staring at me through my front door while I cooked turned around my horrible day.

And it is incredibly awesome that I can look at all that delicious food and know I get to enjoy every mouthful...because I've taken control of the one thing thats haunted me my entire life. Down 70 pounds, 124 to go.
Monday, February 22nd, 2010
8:53 pm
The update...long overdue
So here's the update as promised.

I've been really happy lately. And honestly, its all based around one thing...I've finally taken control of my body and started to shed this fat. Last fall, just before I turned 30, I decided I don't want to be fat anymore. Actually, it was more like a ton of bricks hit me and said, "You've got another 2/3 of your life to live, and you CANNOT keep living it like you have." On October 26, I walked into my local Medical Weight Loss Clinic, took control, and I sit here today posting this entry officially 60 pounds lighter than when I pushed open those doors that day. Its the best plan I've ever been on.

The highlights:
1) I eat INSANE amounts of food. Its all just good, healthy food. This means I'm only ever hungry because I didn't eat when I was supposed to.
2) They gave me a written guarantee that by Feb. 2011 I will be 150 pounds. My body has responded so well, that I'm actually on pace to finish 8 weeks early and be there by the end of this year. I never realized it, but a deadline is exactly what I needed! No more nebulous "oh you'll get there when you get there at your own pace". Nope, I've got a date. Valentine's Day to be exact. And as I'm doing so well, I've decided New Year's Eve sounds like an even better idea.
3) Anneliese was ready to do this for herself. I totally believe in the program, but I also believe in ME. The best part is that I no longer sit and think "if it happens". I don't believe it will happen. I KNOW IT WILL HAPPEN. I am getting stronger, smaller, and healthier every day. I will be a totally different physical being by this time next year and will continue to be for the rest of my life.

Really, that's about all that's new. But even though its only one thing, its affecting everything. People around me tell me I've inspired them to lead a healthier lifestyle. That blows my mind. I'm just a fat chick working to become a skinny bitch. I'm finally taking control, tackling my demons, and no longer making excuses.

And apparently my self-esteem isn't as low as I thought, because I have no doubt when I get skinny I'm going to be a HOTTIE. I'll be a terror....world, you've been warned.
Monday, February 15th, 2010
3:48 pm
craigslist help
First, I know I haven't posted in forever. While usually this means nothing is happening, I actually have some exciting news that has kept me very busy. I will post shortly, as I know you're all holding your breath to see what I've been up to! (Can't even say that with a straight face....anyway....)

I'm looking to purchase a DVD set from someone on craigslist. I've never done this before, so I wanted the opinion of friends and those who have purchased items from people on craigslist before.

I called the number to ask about the set. I had a slightly difficult time understanding the gentleman, as he had a foreign accent. The description from craigslist was thorough (it was mostly copied from the original item site), so I just wanted to confirm that it is a brand new set. He said it was and he'd be happy to meet me at a public location at the 94 State Street exit. I'm not used to transactions being so short and (potentially) painless. If the price is right, the item is as described (which I'll be able to tell right away, as its either opened or not), and I meet him in a public place during the day....am I missing anything? Is it really supposed to be this easy?
Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
12:03 am
Quote of the Day - Dethklok Style
"We're here to jump-start your economy...with metal." - Nathan Explosion at tonight's Detroit Dethklok show.

Whatever it takes, Nathan. Whatever it takes.
Monday, October 19th, 2009
5:56 pm
The yarn shop I work for needs ideas for simple holiday knits that we can teach as classes. I figured I'd ask you, my people- both knitters and non-knitters, gift givers and recipients -for your thoughts.

What kinds of small projects would you knitters enjoy making for the holidays? What kinds of small gifts would you non-knitters find useful and/or enjoy getting as a gift this holiday season?

Ideas so far....
Christmas tree hat
Stand up table top Christmas tree
Chirstmas character wine bottle toppers
Christmas light ornaments
collection of holiday themed dishcloths/towels
Tea cozies seem to be making a comeback

Pagan and Jewish Peeps, is there a Solstice or Chanukah (and I KNOW I butchered that spelling, sorry!) item that comes to mind?

Any and all ideas welcome! Thanks everyone!
Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
2:25 pm
A week ago, Katrina brought me an adorable black/gray kitten that had found his way onto her dad's porch. Its a good thing he wandered, too, as starvation and fleas were about to end his short life. Long story short, Blitz has a new brother and I've become a momma again! And as Blitz came as a "ready made cat in a box", I need some advice as to how to raise my 8 week old.

In the last few days, he's started pooping on the carpet in front of my bedroom and guest room doors. (These doors remain closed, for now, as all the stuff I inherited from Oma resides there.) He knows where his box is downstairs, as I've seen him use it with no intervention on my part. Last night was the worst instance of carpet defication. I got home at 11pm, let him out of the bathroom where he stays when I'm out, and when I went upstairs at 445am, there were 3 new piles. I go into the bathroom to wash up for work, and when I came out, there was another pile. Four piles in 6 hours seems like a lot, plus now I have to shampoo the carpet for the second time in 3 days.

So my questions....

What are some of the reasons he might be doing this?

How can I make him stop?

I know accidents come with the territory of box training a kitten, but this seems excessive and deliberate. (Twice he's gone during the 15 minutes I'm behind one of the closed doors.) I got some cleaner that is supposed to prevent re-soiling. It didn't work last night - could it be that it needs more than once to be effective? That doesn't seem like a quality product.

Vader (his head looks like an adorable helmet!) is a wonderful little boy, but I have to find a way to stop this. Its ruining my carpet, stinking up my house, and testing my nerves.

Thanks, everyone!
Saturday, June 13th, 2009
4:03 pm
It was still the coolest thing I'll get for my 30th birthday.
Dad took me to Game 7 last night. As those of you who care know, Stanley is taking a detour through Penguin Country on his way home. However, as I pointed out to those on my message list last night, we shall rise again. And the added extra to my "friends" who actually blamed me for the loss or decided to kick me while I was down....we do not forget.

To recap, I've attended every home game of the Western Conference and Stanley Cup finals. That is 7 games from the great Joe Louis Arena. The two men I love the most in this world...my brother and father....have allowed me to have the best time imaginable. It was a blast. Many of my friends got to attend games with me because of my brother having the coolest job of any one I know. I can say that both Chris Chelios and Sidney Crosby have given me tickets, and I've been a part of one great playoff run. Even though we didn't win the Cup, Hockeytown remains strong. Win or no win, Game 7 with my daddy was still the coolest thing I'll get for my 30th birthday. GO WINGS!

And the only thing cooler than having Sidney Crosby "take" you to a game? Having your dad TAKE you to a game.
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
10:28 pm
FYI to all Babylon 5 fans
All seasons (or at least a vast majority) of Babylon 5 are on sale this week at Best Buy for $19.99. The are normally $49.99. I figured that at least one of my friends would appreciate that information.
Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
9:49 pm
I don't remember the last time being sick left me so....useless. Seriously, utterly useless. Whatever this cold/flu thing is, its kicking my ass and kicking it good. Maybe by next week I can be a normal person again.
Sunday, March 8th, 2009
9:47 pm
For the record
I didn't really care for Watchmen. Perhaps its because I've never read the graphic novel or whatever that its based on, but HOW PAINFULLY SLOW CAN ONE MOVIE MOVE THROUGH ITS PLOT?! It was difficult to sit through.

However, we determined that apparently babies like Watchmen. At least that's the only reason we could think of to rationalize why a family (that's right, ENTIRE FAMILY) would bring a less than 6 month old child to see it. I figured that the pacing of the movie was on the kid's level.
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
10:25 pm
Fan Day!
I just got back from Red Wing season ticket holder fan day. I am now in possession of 5 autographed pucks and 1 autographed poster from the following players: Zetterberg, Maltby, Osgood, Hudler, Kopecky, and Leino. I also got to see the locker room, which did not smell bad at all, like Erich said it would. I go to bed a very happy girl.
Sunday, January 18th, 2009
2:44 pm
question of the day
Why would QVC need to send one of their personalities to the inauguration?
Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
10:33 pm
shot in real time
Ladies and gentlemen, the world's fastest knitter. Holy shit.

And no, they did not speed up the tape.

(I had a feeling the fastest knitter in the world was a picker not a thrower.)

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
10:11 pm
Best. Metal. Ever.
There are lots of items, people, and concepts in this world that one can label as "metal" - Arch Enemy, knitted handcuffs, individuality, just to name a few. After much consideration, I'd like to nominate Metalocalypse as being one of THE most metal things ever. The fire, the dragon locomotive, Blackened Blood Coffee, Dimmu Burger, the deth spiders, Kloketeers, and Mordhouse are enough to make a girl weep with joy. I covet the life of my beloved metal gods. Skwisgaar, my cartoon crush, bless you for lovin the big girls! Mr. Small, Sir, I worship the ground you walk on.


That. Is. All.
Saturday, December 6th, 2008
11:14 am
I think I'm pretty safe. Blitz seems to realize that if I'm not around, he starts to be able to see the bottom of his food dish. Though I suppose my assumption about that "omg I'm so cute and potentially confused with you human" look could be wrong. It could really be the cutest death stare ever.

Eh, I'll take my chances.

Is your cat plotting to kill you?
Saturday, November 29th, 2008
6:25 pm
Sarah posted this, and as I participated, I need to post it! I always follow the rules. ;)

Leave your name and
1. I'll respond with something random about you.
2. I'll tell you what song/movie reminds me of you.
3. I'll pick a flavor of jello to wrestle with you in.
4. I'll say something that only makes sense to you and me.
5. I'll tell you my first/clearest memory of you.
6. I'll tell you what animal you remind me of.
7. I'll ask you something that I've always wondered about you.
8. If I do this for you, you must post this on your journal
1:17 am
absolutely disgusting

I know its an extreme situation, but this is what we've come to. I never go shopping on Black Friday morning, and I'm almost ashamed to say, after reading this, that I ventured out for jeans tonight. I honestly used to think we called it Black Friday because of the dark sides of our human nature that were unleashed all to save an almighty dollar. I guess I wasn't entirely wrong.
Thursday, November 20th, 2008
7:32 pm
Does anyone happen to know?
The radio station that the warehouse plays all day is 93.1 Doug FM. (For the record, "we play everything" apparently means "we play nothing newer than 1995". But I digress.) There's a commercial that plays O Fortuna from Carmina Burana over what might potentially be an announcement for an upcoming performance of the piece. However, the music is drowning out the words and I can't tell for sure. I've searched the internets and have not been able to confirm a performance of Carmina Burana in the state of MI. However, I sometimes suck at the internets, so I ask you, my savvy friends, if anyone has heard or could find out if any such performance exists, or if I'm just creating something out of nothing. Carmina Burana is one of the most beautiful compostions I've ever heard and to see it performed again would rock harder than actually having Ozzfest be cool again.

Please help!
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