Saturday, August 1, 2015

Friday randoms

Ok, it's Saturday & I'm late .... but that's because my computer/ internet/ router has been giving me fits. My son thinks it's the router & I do think he's right, because instead of 2 stories up in my room, I am now in the basement RIGHT NEXT to it & my computer is fine. Although, I still can't seem to get the pictures I wanted to post. Guess my phone pix will do.

Anyhoo, here are my randoms for the week:

1: Despite the computer issues, I've had a good week! Last week Saturday was especially fun. My older son & I trekked to Milwaukee {where it's been construction season for the last year} for Brady St Days (an east side festival) & German Fest. I enjoy both, but I don't think he loved either. The east side is too ... east side-ish for his taste, & I think he thought they were going to recreate an entire German town for German fest. Basically though, it's Summerfest with Amercanized German food LOL.




Brady St Festival - whole street blocked off & filled with music, crafts, food & drink


German Fest, on the Summerfest grounds by the lake. Here my son is eating the best. pretzel. ever!

2: Since we did go to two different festivals that day, my final step count on Fitbit that day was 18,406 - I believe that's a record for me!

3: Next week is both my & my younger son's birthday. He was born two days before my birthday. Talk about a great birthday present! Well ok, the c-section was kind of un-fun .... but well worth it :)  I took Thursday & Friday off so we could have a 4 day celebration, can't wait! 

4: I got my hair cut & highlighted on Wednesday. My "summer" highlights, even though summer is more than half over. Even though this is not me in the photo (although it could be, my hair is the same length & styled very similar), it's the photo I sent to my stylist & the result is EXACTLY the same. Love her!




5: I don't know if this is national news or not, but it seems there is some kind of lion running around the streets of Milwaukee. There have been many reports & sightings, & just a couple of days ago police also spotted it but weren't quick enough to catch it. Of  course, there are all sorts of funnies about this situation floating around the internet.



I hope you all have a super fun weekend!! It's August already!! Yikes!!! 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - HOT

Happy hump day! And hump day = Wordless Wednesday! 



This about sums it up for me. I like summer & all it offers, but I don't do "hot" very well. I feel like I'm melting. I actually took this photo a few summers ago. Clearly, it was a steamy day. This poor squirrel just sacked out on our deck railing & didn't move. I think if I had gone out with a mister & some ice water, he would have welcomed me with open arms. Paws. 

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday randoms

TGIF! It has been a loooong week! Mostly good.... just long. Here are my 5 random tidbits for the week:

1: Baseball season is over. Sad .... but I think it was just long enough. These poor kids were rained out so many times, so we had to squeeze in make up games whenever we could. They lost their last game, but they fought hard & ended up in 2nd place. So proud of my boy!





2: Our reservations for Disney have been made for next year! I can't wait, we went 3 years ago & had the best time ever. I'm especially excited to visit Universal again & spend some time at Diagon Alley (or is it diagonally? LOL)

3: I've really been into makeup the last couple of years. I spent 11 years at home with my kids, & I went with the natural look more often than I probably should have. Since I've been working I've slowly gotten back into actually caring what I look like. This includes make up, hair & clothes. In fact, where I used to follow just crafty blogs, these days my favorites are all about beauty. One thing that's been on my wish list for a long time is the Urban Decay Naked Palette
However, I am still very frugal & just couldn't justify the price tag. I've been searching for a good dupe & I think I found it. These palettes found their way into my home this week, & I'm thrilled! 





I used them the past couple of days & I love them. I had done some research before buying, & I didn't read too many negatives so I went for it. The less-than-$10 on Amazon price tag didn't hurt. If you're looking for some UD Naked dupes, give these a try!

4: Speaking of work (I think I briefly mentioned work in #3), I celebrated 5 years at my job this week! Wow, that went fast! I love my job & I love my co-workers & I'm so happy to have found my forever place. 


5: I didn't gain weight this week. Since I've been rapidly gaining the last few months, I'm happy to get through a week without gaining any more. Yes kids, this is what working out 3-4 times a week will get you. #itsnotmuscle


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Hope you have a spectacular weekend!! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

A quiet weekend

For I think the first time this summer, we didn't have a ton of plans for the weekend. Well, we HAD planned to go to the county fair on Saturday, but a big ole storm came through here Saturday afternoon, & I pretty much lost my desire to leave the house even after it stopped. The humidity rose sky high & everything was .... well, WET. Ick. So we skipped it. This is the first year in 5 years we haven't gone. We've been in 4H the last few years & the boys have always had projects in the fair. We sorta decided to NOT this year. Fine by me, there was a lot less stresss in the house than there usually is the week of the fair. 

So .... we stayed home & just enjoyed the yard. I really have so much work to do in the yard, but I don't do well in humidity. I will not be moving south any time soon.





I have no idea what kind of bug this is ... but he was enjoying my flower & I thought he was rather unique. 




My lovely petunias .... one of the many plants that do well in pots for me, but not in the ground. I'm thinking we have B-A-D soil.




Rose breasted grosbeak .... nice of him to pose for me!





And these guys .... omg they made me laugh. The turkey babies were taking dirt baths :)  They are SO cute when they're little! 



We're building a fire pit & my kids had just finished raking the dirt smooth so we could lay the brick. This guy probably thought "Hey!! Really nice of you guys to make it pretty for us, thanks!"

That's really all I did this weekend ... take pictures in my yard LOL. We all need to just relax once in a while, right? 

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What did you do this weekend?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

My brother's 50th

I wish I could say I can't believe my brother is now 50 & how time flies & all that .... but since I just met him last year .... that wouldn't make much sense lol.

So the day after we went to Summerfest & didn't get home until almost 1:00 am (way too old for this chick), we ventured to Madison for my brother's 50th birthday party. For someone who didn't know if he was going to do *anything* special for his birthday, it was quite a party. I got to meet his dad & his other sister (also named Michelle) ... I was so nervious about those meetings, but they were both super nice & I can't wait to get to know them better. 




My sister in law loaded me up with Sangria. Wasn't even sure I like Sangria, I'm not very wine-y ... but it was good. Well ok, it was tart, but after about the 10th cup (as you can see the cups were *small*) I really liked it! And how about that "table". We have stumps in our yard .... never thought of making them into little tables. #anotherproject



This is Dooley, their Golden Retriever/ Maremma mix. One of the most beautiful, most gentle dogs I've ever met. He's HUGE ... it seems the bigger the dog, the bigger the baby. 


And this is Lily, the beagledor they acquired last summer. She's pretty small, which is a good thing because as you can see, she loves laps! 



Here's my brother and me, after about my 5th cup of Sangria. Which is probably why I'm leaning LOL ...



Happy 50th to my brother .... it was a great day .... & another late one! We didn't get home until about 1:00 am. Again. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wordless Wednesday ~ Blood Moon

When my son & I were coming home from a festival the other night, he said "Holy cow! Look at the moon!" I looked up & saw this:



Whoa ..... a blood moon!! So cool! I was "oohing" & "aahing" all the way home. Even though it was almost midnight when we got home .... I trekked outside with my camera & tripod, & got this shot:



This blood moon was a bit different than the usual ~ this one was caused by the wildfires in Canada rather than a lunar eclipse. You can read about it HERE

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fourth of July fun

To say that I had THE most fun this weekend that I've had in a long time is an understatement. We had something going on every day except today, thankfully. I needed today to recuperate. I'm almost happy to go to work tomorrow to get some rest! 

I will do a separate post for each day .... because you know .... I'm a little wordy AND I like to share pictures :)

So we'll start with Wednesday. After hubby & I got home from work, we drove downtown & attended a little music festival in Milwaukee called Summerfest. Perhaps you've heard of it?? OK, it's actually the world's largest music festival. 11 days .... 11 stages ... big names, smaller names & in between names. I used to go every year, a few times each year, when I was a young whippersnapper. Then we had kids, & we just didn't go anymore. I do have to say, it's probably not a place I'd take small children. People do, and they do have a kids area. But, the amount of beer & um.... other things (I'm pretty sure I got high just walking through the crowd) make it not so G rated.

But my 16 year old really wanted to go see Halestorm, so we went. He met some friends there, & my hubby & I just hung back & enjoyed the concert as well. Again, not exactly G rated, but since he listens to them all the time nothing was really too surprising.

Here are a few pictures from our day (all taken with my phone so not the best, but you'll get the idea):




We had perfect weather -- 63 degrees & sunny. 




My son was extremely disgruntled when I asked him to stand in front of the fountain for a picture. I reminded him of how much these tickets cost, the painful drive downtown (construction, construction construction) & the very late night that would be had by all of us. Look, I got a picture :)





Sitting on the lakefront. That's the main stage pavilion behind him. I believe Kendrick Lamar was the big act that night. Um, no thanks.



This was our stage for the night .... the Harley stage! Can you see the cycles on the stage? 




Harley-Davidson is one of our biggest accounts at work so I had to take this picture (that's my hubby).



We spent so much on this day, why not spend a little more & get some t-shirts .... we HAD to, right? 




I wish I could have gotten a better picture of Halestorm. We really weren't that far from the stage, but we were way to the side so it was hard to get a good picture. They really were awesome & boy, do they draw a crowd! I think there were more people here for this concert than the main stage! 

We ended up getting home around 1:00 am. The first of a few late nights..... which I have discovered I am way too old for! 

Have you ever been to Summerfest?? If so, who did you see? 

Next up ... a 50th birthday party in Madison. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My attempts at fitness

I have never been a runner. I could walk forEVER .... but running just wasn't my thing. Shin splints ..... cramps .... & the fact that I really don't sweat so my face turns purple .... all the things I have to look forward to if I try to run.


In January I joined a gym. However, I was sick 3 times in 2 months, which means I kept having to start over. I've gained 5 pounds since that day I joined. And do NOT tell me it's muscle. This body has nooo muscle.


What do I do at the gym?? Everything. Except the evilliptical. And I haven't tried any of the classes yet, but I will. I walk or run on the treadmill, I bike, I spend about 1/2 hour on the weight machines. Maybe I'm doing it all wrong. Or, maybe I'm just defective. 

I'm not overweight. I'm the one that perpetually needs to lose 10 pounds. Well, now it's 15 because of the 5 the gym made me put on. I just want to be healthy.



When I joined the gym, I bought a Fitbit. I've been trying for the last 1/2 hour to get a screen shot of my dashboard from my phone onto my computer, to no avail. I'm getting irritated. Does irritation burn calories?

Anyway .... between the Fitbit & the gym, & now summer & all the yard work I've been doing, I figure I should be a size -4. Unfortunately I'm still in the positives. Double digits. Ouch. 

So..... this post is about nothing more than my frustration with my journey. I thought I'd lose those 10 pounds and get fit & healthy in the process. Instead, I've gained weight, & still can't run more than 1/2 mile. 

What do you do for your health?? Do you belong to a gym? If so, do you like to mix it up, or do you stick to one or two things?? Classes?? Or, are you one of those who eats 80,943 calories a day & doesn't work out, & is a size 2? If so, please don't comment, just move along to the next blog.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday already


Yep.

I'm always sad to see the weekend come to an end. But like death & taxes, Mondays are a sure thing. 

Friday night I was supposed to go to a local festival, but a headache got the better of me. My son went.... which means I still stayed up late waiting for him to come home. The whole driving thing just never gets easier for a mom, does it? 

Saturday was a good day. Got up EARLY {ok, 7 is early for me on a Saturday. I relish my weekends just because I don't have to get up at 5:30 for work. I wish I were a morning person, but I'm just not. Never have been, never will be} to take my son to his baseball practice. After that I went to the gym & worked my butt off {I wish I could work this butt off!} and THEN I came home & mowed our front yard!! There's something about friends that are OLDER than me getting WAY more steps on their Fitbit that really motivates me. I had 11,000 steps in by 2:00, when I had to stop mowing for the day & get ready for a partayyyy.

And I just may have had one or five of these ....



Our neighbors had a grad party for their son. Geez, he was just a wee one when we moved here ... times does go so fast. But it was fun watching all the boys in the neighborhood hang out together .... talking ... playing "volleyball frisbee" (is that a thing?? Or did they make that up??). Nice to see nobody on their phones or ipods, socializing in person, running around & having a great time. They are a great group of kids & I'm proud of the young men they have become. 

And feeding the dog is always fun too ...



Again, even though I came home around 10 because I was exhausted ... I stayed up to wait for my child to come home. He only had to walk about 100 feet, but I was not going to sleep until my little chickadee was home safely. 

And we won't mention what time that was. 

Today was hot & humid .... icky .... I can't do humidity. I was going to finish the lawn but I about melted just running to the garden shop. So I stayed in & caught up on laundry & other various unfun things. 

I am going to watch an episode or 2 of "Breaking Bad" (am I the last to watch this show?) then going to bed early. Must rest up in order to face .... monday .... sigh ...



Elwood says "have a great week!"

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Ha! This week I'm posting Wordless Wednesday ON Wednesday :) 

Oh, you thought Wordless Wednesday meant no words?? You must be new here.

This is my mom's cat, Puddy.






Not Putty, as in Silly Putty. Puddy, as in Seinfeld. 






She adopted him a few years ago from the Humane Society where she volunteers. We think he's part Maine Coon.





Whatever he is, he is very photogenic. I love taking pictures of him! 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

It's not Wednesday, it's Thursday!

Which makes me late for Wordless Wednesday! My bad ...





Moss rose from my garden ..... one of my favorite flowers. Maybe because they remind me of my grandma. She used to grow them all the time & when we first bought our house & I started gardening, this is what she would start indoors for me. 

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