Saturday, January 28, 2006

Trip is almost finalized and in the books

Well, things are progressing pretty well for our cruise. I can hardly wait. We have our cruise picked, excursions have been bought, room has been assigned. We have our plane tickets to Tampa and back along with a hotel room the night before our ship sails. You'd think that was everything but it's not. We have now gotten everything ready for our Passports. They are being processed as we speak. Now we just have to worry about getting them back before our plane leaves the state.

I can't believe we are so close. I am sooooo excited. We had to send them Hubby's citizenship papers which kind of worries us. If we don't get the passports in time, we will have no way to prove that he is a citizen of the US even though he has been since he was about 10 and served in our military. It is illegal to make copies of the paper - I guess it's easy to make changes (no clue, and would not want or even think to try it).

Now I just have to worry about packing. I don't know what to pack. I have two skirts I just bought that will be great for dinners in the dining room. I just don't know what blouse or shirt to wear with them. I might have to buy something. I also don't know what to wear for our excursions. I guess I'll take some capris and tank tops and wear a bathing suit underneath. One of the excursions is a sweatlodge. I am looking forward to that but have no idea what to wear for it. I guess I will take flip flops and some canvas deck shoes along with heeled sandals. I have no idea what to wear for the formal dinner on ship. I may have to go to Ross's or Marshall's a few weeks before the cruise and get something (that way, I will know that it fits). I also need to buy tank tops. The ones I currently have show evry bulge and I really don't want to be showing that to anyone. I need to see how my capris look - it's been a while since I have worn them and I really don't want to wear shorts.

I need to get my legs and arms waxed before we go and get my nails done. I do the nail thing every 3 weeks now anyway.


It's Saturday morning. I've been up since 8:30. I have done a load of dishes (in the dishwasher of course). I have washed the counters and our coffee pot. I did homework for my Monday night class, my Tuesday class, and taken the online quiz for my Thursday class. Not too shabby since it is only 11:00 now. Bob just got up about 45 minutes ago (he was catching up on sleep he missed due to working 36 hours in a row last week). I still have to find the answers to about 50 questions in my Business Law class for Monday and study for a test on that day. It shouldn't take too long. I have also calculated the hours I have worked for my internship from Dec 1 - last Friday. I have to send those hours in with those that I work next week. Next week starts the actual class. I will be fiven a written assignment on Monday for that class that will be due the Wednesday of the following week along with the hours I worked that week. I think this class is going to be a pain. It's bad enough I have to work 300 hours, but to do a written assignment along with it - when you're working and going to school along with having a family, it doesn't leave much time for "extra work" (read that as "busy work). Oh, well. there isn't anything I can do about it. I just need to suck it up.

Hubby and I are now getting ready to go out to lunch and see Underworld Evolutions. We loved the first movie and have seen it numerous times. I hope this one is just as good. I am really looking forward to it.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Airfare has been found

We now have our flights booked. Not sure that was going to be so easy since we are flying into Florida during Spring Break. We got it, though. Had to pay almost $600 for two tickets for two, but we got it. Thank god for credit cards. Dad will be sending me a check Monday for the cruise. He is even adding a bit in for the excursions. We had to put it all on our credit card, so when we get his check, we will put it toward our credit card and come out almost even. Not too shabby.

I can't wait. We need to find which pier the ship leaves from so we can get a hotel room that isn't too far away.

I also need to figure out what I need/want to pack for the trip. Thankfully, I just bought two peasant skirts I can take. They fit right now, but should look cuter in a month or so. I also bought some cute spring looking blouses that will look cute with those skirts and with jeans/shorts. I need to buy a pair of shorts or two.

I also need to get something to wear for the formal dinner on board. I'm thinking of getting a black pant suit that way, I can also wear it for interviews and to work. Need to get a cute blouse to wear with it on the cruise. I think I'll wait until after my next weigh in to do that. It will give me about 2 weeks to get clothes that will look good while I'm there.

WooHoo! Can't wait.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Monthly Weigh In

Well, I did it. I got myself weighed and measured today at Curves. I have to say that I was a little disappointed and almost brought to tears but realized that losing something is better than losing nothing.

I lost 1.5 inches in my waist, .5 inches in my abdomen, .5 inches in my hips, and 2 inches in my arms (one inch per arm) for a total of 4.5 inches lost.

I also lost 1.4 pounds, .94 body fat pounds, and .20% body fat.

Not too shabby for someone who does nothing but the work out 3 times a week - we have been going out to eat pretty often this week (it was my first week back in classes and not sure when I need to cook to make sure it's ready before I go). Not too shabby.


The BEST graduation gift EVER! As a graduation gift for me from college, my parents are giving my husband and I a cruise - I've wanted to go on one for many years but haven't done it yet. Since our anniversay (9) falls during spring break my parents are letting us take the cruise before my actual graduation. Heck, I'm 37 years old. After this semester, I am only lacking 3 classes to graduate - two of which are electives. There is no way I am not going to finish this summer.

We made the reservations last night. We are going to Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. We picked one excursion at each port. In Costa Maya, we are going on the "Mayan Reality Tour" where we will see Mayan ruins in the midst of a Mayan village. We will be visiting a Mayan home and learn about their customs, folklore, and all sorts of neat things.

While we are in Cozumel, we will be doing the Steamlodge thing. It's a cleansing/relaxation ritual that was reserved for the "upper crust" of the Mayan civilization. I am really looking forward to that ritual. There is another ruin that can be visited while on this excursion. And once you are finished with the steam lodge, you lay in a hammock eating Mayan fruit, drinking Mayan fruit drinks. I think it will be very interesting, relaxing, and inspiring.

I am so looking forward to this whole trip. Now we just have to find airfare and a hotel room for the night before the cruise. :-)

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Great Website This site is hilarious. The owner of this site is an absolute genius and knows quite a bit about just about everything. So many people take things (life) way too seriously. If anyone goes to this site, you need to read the dumb dumb emails section after reading the entire first page. My husband and I laughed our butts off.

The most amazing thing to me is that so many people get upset over NOTHING! So what if a guy wants to sell an origami boulder. He isn't hurting anyone. It is crazy - the people that complain the most about the author's grammar misspell the most words. One went so far as to state that the first amendment is the "freedom of religion" instead of the "freedom of speech." The owner of the site returns insults with these people (including using knowledge of the companies they work for - or where their email originated). These people just don't get it. It's funny, he's making a statement about art. PERIOD. There's nothing more to it, but people get so bent out of shape over nothing. It's ridiculous and hilarious.

If you need a good laugh, I recommend the site. Please be warned that some people did resort to using foul language.


I worked out at Curves today. I love that place. I have only been going for a month now, but I have gone down two shirt sizes. I ordered a shirt from Curves after I first started there, but now that I have the shirt, it's a little too big. I'm going to wear it anyway - probably on the weekends. I can't afford to buy clothes every month.

I get weighed and measured Friday. I will post my results here after I get back. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

School Started

Well, it's been about a week since I've blogged anything. I've been busy working aobut 20 hours last week because I'm starting an internship for school. This is my last full semester before I graduate in August. I will be graduating college exactly 19 years, 1 month and 1 day from the day I graduated from high school. I can't wait. I think my parents are inviting their best friends to my graduation. Fine by me - maybe that means more gifts. haha.

Anyway, my first class this semester started this afternoon at 4:30. It's gonna be a good class. I have found that most of my Office Management classes are easy for me - hello! I've been in the work force for almost 20 years (I can't believe I'm that old). Anyway, it's nice to know I have a 4.0 GPA in my major and a 3.8 GPA overall. I guess it means more to do well since I had to take out student loans to go back to school and since I waited so long to go back to school.

I have Business Law tomorrow and Monday afternoon (4:10-5:35), Problems in Office Management on Thursday afternoon (4:30-7:30), and a non-Office Management class in Management Monday night (6:00-9:00). I'm not expecting any of these classes to be hard. They total 12 hours and my internship is another 3 hours (to work 300 hours this semester). In February, I start a golf class for another credit - so I will be taking a total of 16 hours this semester. I have always wanted to play golf, but I just can't seem to do it. I figured since I have to have a 1-hour class, I might as well make it something that I want to learn that my husband and I can do together. :-)

My husband is great with all of this. He's 6 years younger than I am, and he finished college in 2002 after being out of school for about 5 years. He knows that getting a degree and walking down the aisle in a cap and gown mean a LOT to me.


On another note, I found out today that Miranda (yes, the same one I have a shortcut to on my sidebar) has added me to her sites of note as well. So, welcome to everyone who may read this blog. I hope you find something worth taking with you and that as I go through life and share what I have learned or am still learning that it may help you as you go through whatever you are currently going through in your life or will open a window and shine a ray of hope on your problems.

"No life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it." This is one of my favorite sayings. To me, this means that if you take things with a grain of salt and not let everything bother you, your life will be easier because your problems will not seem so bad after all - not to say that you aren't or will not go through some tough and trying times. This also reminds me that no matter how bad your life may seem, we need to realize that somewhere, someone is going through something worse than you are. Instead of concentrating on everything in your life that's going wrong, try to remember the things that are going right and think of others that are going through harder times than you are.

I will try to write more often. With graduation around the corner, time may be more pressing, but I will do my best - I promise. Please feel free to leave comments and to check out my earlier posts. They may help you as I have written quite a bit about my feelings and some struggles I've gone through and continue to go through. Have a great day.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Resolution Update

Well, I have kept active with working out at Curves for the past three weeks. I can't wait for next week when I get weighed and measured. Mom lost 8 inches in her first month. I can't wait to see what I have lost.

Classes start next week. I'm trying to figure out my schedule for work, school, allergy shots (can't take the same day I work out), and Curves. I have one class that doesn't start until Feb 10th (it's a Friday only class - bginner golf). I'm looking forward to it.

I'll write down my schedule a little later. I've got to tell you, my period was nothing this month and I think it's because I've been working out. Definitely gonna have to keep this up.

I'm wondering how much I can lose from now until August without dieting if I just continue to work out three times a week and start making healthier choices in my food intake. I think I'll go from now until April and see how it goes. That way, I have plenty of time to go on a diet and lose weight before graduation in August. Four months exercise only and then I will have four months to diet if exercise alone isn't enough to get where I would like to be.

Where I want to be has nothing to do with a number (weight) but how I feel about me. I also want to be able to get into smaller clothes and enjoy shopping again.