Frank said…#98

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We were watching 2010 The Year We Made Contact

Frank: A dolphin! Seaquest is back!
Me: Oh?
Frank: In 2010 everyone has dolphins in their house. 2010 is going to be a good year.

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I didn’t buy the pretty day planner and here’s why…


Part of my little bit of downtime last weekend
A cozy sweatshirt, hot chocolate with extra marshmallows
and a commissioned project

It’s the end of the year and it always inspires me to be an overall “better” person. To get more done, to do it better, to be more organized, to eat better, to blah blah blah {insert random thing I see as a deficit in myself here}.

See, I want to be a super put together, healthy eater who only enjoys desserts in moderation once a week, really organized, stylish, etc person who does everything she’s supposed to do and excels at everything she tries while still keeping my good and happy heart, love, humor, and natural joie de vivre. (I maybe don’t have realistic expectations of myself, I’m willing to admit that.)

I could probably go through this blog and find lots of “Tried to do something better or challenging for myself and it fell by the wayside” sort of things and we’re not going to because it makes me feel bad. Why does it make me feel bad? Because it makes me feel like I have little stick-to-it-ness (which is sort of true) or that I’m not a competent human being. I find proof in how often I fail at things move on from things and when I think about it, it can be a little disheartening.

I was looking at a fancy schmancy day planner the other day. It was so very pretty. It had organizational tabs, pockets for things, a contact section, stickers, and calendars! It made the office supply geek in my so happy and excited. In my head I thought I could be organized! I could look more professional! I could…I could…but my heart didn’t agree.

Even thought it was on sale, it got returned to the shelf with a chuckle because as much as I told myself that I could use it to be organized and what not, I know in my heart that Google does that for me and carrying around a paper one wasn’t going to make me look more put together if there was nothing in it.  Silly me. Other people’s organizational systems don’t work for me, I shouldn’t force myself into one.

Admitting that to myself was something I consider personal growth – like when I backed out of the craft show last weekend because so much came up and something had to give. The $25 registration fee I was out was worth the bit of sanity I took back.

It sometimes dawns on me I can’t do everything or be everything I might want to be or do and that’s a bit of a hard pill to swallow. I’m a capable human being, damnit, why can’t do just do everything??!?!?!

I’m getting better though. What have you recently admitted to yourself that you might not be able to do?

Reporting in for weigh in day: I’m down 4 lbs and half an inch from each thigh, hips, and waist. My arms and neck have stayed the same and I didn’t measure my bust this morning because I’ve already put on a over the shoulder boulder holder and it has a bit of padding. The girls feel a bit smaller though so there’s that. 

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Frank said…#97

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I have no idea what he was eating, but I’m guessing ice cream…

Frank: I’m going to have one more bite. And by one, I mean two. Like a tandem bicycle.
Me: Okay babe.
Frank: *sings* On a bicycle built for two….

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Last night was a good night so let’s catch up a bit


He’s such a good doggie

I’m finally feeling more like myself after a rather difficult go of things. It wasn’t any one thing that I could put my finger on to fix, but I’ve been off. I think life just got the better of me and to get it all taken care of to the best of my abilities, I just had to put my head down and GO! And this time it wasn’t even like I took on too much, it’s just the point in the year with work etc that it’s all come to head.

Yesterday some major weights started to be lifted off my shoulders and by the time I left yoga, I felt more like myself than I have in a long time. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had good moments – even hours of them, but over all, life has been off.

But now that that’s behind me, onto recent good things from the last few weeks:

  • I’ve worked a lot at the pool. I adore my kiddos but let’s be honest when I say I’m really glad that’s my fun job. I don’t think I have the energy for it full time anymore!
  • We hosted a bunch of people for Thanksgiving and I’ll share my pie crust recipe with you in the next week or so. I have to put my notes together on it first.
  • I signed up for another craft show this coming weekend and if possible, I’m more nervous for this one than the last one. Can I replicate the success of my last show? Do I dare even think I can? Better not so I won’t feel like I let myself down when it doesn’t work out.
  • My evaluation for work was pretty good and they’ve tasked me with something very interesting for the next year. I’ll possibly talk more about it when I figure it out.
  • I’ve been wrapping for American Cancer Society again which is always really fun. I love wrapping presents, seeing the people I’ve wrapped with for the last couple of years, and meeting new ones. What can I say? It delights my little extrovert crafty heart. (If you’re local, we’re at Crossgates Mall, Colonie Center, and at Wilton Mall during mall hours from now until closing on Christmas Eve. They’ll wrap your presents for whatever donation you’d like to give.)
  • I’ve been going to yoga as much as I can and last night was a great class. I did 3 almost half push-ups which is more than I’ve ever done before and did side planks on both sides without modifications. I also didn’t fall over. Yes I cheered for myself in my head for all of that.
  • I didn’t gain any weight over Thanksgiving best I can tell even though I’ve eaten pie almost every day. It’s delicious and I don’t want it to go to waste so I stand by my decision. I’ll report back tomorrow on the official gain/loss. Oh! I didn’t get a chance to share that I’d hit my first 3lb goal, but I did! On to the next 3.

So what have you been up to lately? Did you have a nice holiday?

(By the way, I got a really nice comment on this post sometime yesterday and it delighted me to see that someone loves this frosting as much as I do!)

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Thoughts on the upcoming Thanksgiving


Miracle on Icing
2577 Main St, Lake Placid, New York
If you’re in town, stop by.

The last two weeks have been crazier than my usual acceptable crazy pace. I traveled both north and south for work, seeing my work in a window display in the north but not seeing BatGirl in the south. Both presentations went well, best I know and I met a friend for a cocktails on LN’s bday and some gluten free cupcakes from my friend’s bakery.

I am thankful that my audience was receptive to our presentations and that I have people who like to meet up when I’m nearby. (BatGirl likes to meet up, but this time it just didn’t work out.)

I’m making a list and checking it twice to make sure that we have everything we need for hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner in our home.  We have quite the crew coming and other than the weather, my only real concerns are having enough seats and the turkey being thawed by Thursday morning so it can go in the oven as soon as Frank is done running.

I am thankful that I have lovely people to spend the day with and cook for this holiday season and a home to host them in.

Frank’s doing prep work for veggies and cranberry sauce. I’ll make pies and prep stuffing and sweet potato stuff on Wednesday. We’re also having turkey, Daddy-Os lasagna, sweet potatoes, smashed potatoes, roasted veggies, tossed salad, and both regular and gluten free stuffing, squash and Momm’s Apple pie. I’m also doing gluten free apple and pumpkin which I’m really excited for because my belly doesn’t think I have enough pie in my life. My tuchis disagrees, but they do that often.

I’m thankful to have the ability to make the food that I would like to eat and that I’m in the position to even have to mediate the argument between my tuchis and my belly.

(I’ll try to remember to take photos as I go and post the recipes that work out well.)

I’m incredibly thankful this holiday season for the friendships and loved ones in my life and their unwavering support and love especially when life gets a little crazier, has unpredictable moments, and makes itself a bit more challenging.

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Frank said…#96

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Frank was looking unusually grumpy one day so I asked him if he was okay…

Frank: I’m sorry I didn’t mean to look angry, its my resting bitch face.
Me: You don’t have resting bitch face.
Frank: Yes I do.
Me: Its not bitch face when you’re a guy
Frank: It is so. I’m a total bitch

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Reading More: Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death

A copy of Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger was made available to me by the publisher at no charge to me through NetGalley. The opinions are my own.

From Amazon.

Everyone knows that Rose Kaplan makes the best matzoh ball soup around—she’s a regular matzoh ball maven—so it’s no surprise at the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors when, once again, Mrs. K wins the honor of preparing the beloved dish for the Home’s seder on the first night of Passover.

But when Bertha Finkelstein is discovered facedown in her bowl of soup, her death puts a bit of a pall on the rest of the seder. And things go really meshugge when it comes out that Bertha choked on a diamond earring earlier stolen from resident Daisy Goldfarb. Suddenly Mrs. K is the prime suspect in the police investigation of both theft and murder. Oy vey—it’s a recipe for disaster, unless Rose and her dear friend Ida can summon up the chutzpah to face down the police and solve the mystery themselves.

Ida and Mrs. K are on the case!

Told through Ida’s bubbe like narrative, this story was a bissel nosh for the brain. It wasn’t a great book, but it was a cute story peppered with Yiddish and charming exchanges. I found many of the resolutions too convenient and far-fetched, but it was good for a road trip or late night read.

Is this a book you’d be interested in reading? What do you like to read when you want some bubblegum for your brain?

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Frank said…#95

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Frank was going to McDonald’s for some breakfast and as he was leaving we had the following exchange.

Frank: I’ll be back shortly.
Me: Okay babe.
Frank: If I do not return, avenge me!
Me: [bewildered] And just who am I to avenge you to?
Frank: [rolls eyes] Ronald McDonald.

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Thursday Three – Things to share


Hungover puppy.
Definitely how we used to feel after Lance’s birthday

Howdy ho. I have to make this quick so I can finish weaving tails and get packing for a work trip tomorrow. I didn’t look closely enough at the calendar when I agreed to everything this week so I’m a little all over the place. I’m also a little sad because when this posts, it’s actually Lance’s birthday and I miss him.  I’m totally getting a gf cupcake if I can later to celebrate. Maybe a cocktail too. I’ll have to see how the trip to Lake Placid goes!

Just a few other things to share today:

  1. Frank and I are officially hosting our first Thanksgiving! I’ve done turkey dinners, helped with Thanksgiving before, but this is the first time it’ll be me. Well Daddy-O is bringing lasagna because it’s delicious and why not? Now to figure out what else to make…
  2. I’m officially down 1.4lbs since I last shared. That’s almost halfway to my first 3lb increment. I was down more but yesterday wasn’t my best food, salt and water day and it’s only “official” on Thursdays. I am also cumulatively down 1.5 inches (over 8 total measurements). I’m drinking an insane amount of water, and keeping track of everything in myfitnesspal.
  3. My boss shared a new site and ap with me and I love, Love, LOVE! the concept. It’s called Dyne and they describe themselves as “DYNE is a community marketplace that connects members by making local, sustainable meals convenient. DYNE effortlessly brings hosts and guests together through their shared interest in authentic, home cooked food.” Basically it’s an app for people who want to cook for people who want to eat and to make a little money off it maybe. If you want to cook, you post your menu and price, and someone who wants to eat can see it and pay to join you.  People get rated on both sides and you can look at their profile before you agree. People who cook take care of everything and people who eat don’t have to do anything other than pay and show up. Think of it like a gastro-matching site.
    I think this is a super fun idea and would love for it to take off around here but don’t know that it would yet. Right now it’s only in Seattle, but I could see it getting big in lots of places.

So what’s new with you? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Would you try something like Dyne if it came to your area? Would you cook or eat?

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A productive weekend, photos, and a question for you


It’s hard to tell, but we climbed in our giant pile of leaves.
It was fricken bright out there

Although the pool is open again, I am not teaching this session. I have a lot of reasons why I’m taking a break, but the biggest one is that I just don’t feel like it when I have lots of other things going on. Look at me taking something off my plate and letting someone else take care of it! I call that personal growth. Go me!

I’ve been plugging along on the whole crafting thing, but with one week to go, I threw the crafting into overdrive because I’m not anywhere near where I think I should be for it. I alternate between excitement and anxiety that it’ll be a huge failure. I’m excited to do this and ridiculously nervous that one of two things will happen: a) that everyone will hate my work, think it’s too expensive or just ignore me or b) that it’ll be a huge hit and I will run out (seriously unlikely, I know)  I have a feeling it’ll be somewhere in the middle.


By the really pretty lake before his race.

I took a few breaks for things like food, leaf raking and flower bed clean out (9 bags later the front is done, we won’t talk about the back yard), Frank to run the After the Leaves Have Fallen Half Marathon and I did a bunch of food prep for the week including pasta sauce, steel cut oatmeal, and cooking down some berries that were getting a little iffy looking but made an awesome strawberry sauce.

I also took a nap when I realized I was in danger of poking myself in the eye with my crochet hook as I nodded off into the wrister I was working on. Crafting can be dangerous and I’m sure no one wants a previously drool covered item.


See? Giant piles of leaves.
Ignore the brown spot on the lawn behind me.
That was from the hot water tank weekend.

While I was crafting, I half watched a couple of movies and a bunch of crap that I can’t recall right now. The first was Expecting Amish which was about as awesome as Jesse McCartney and the Lifetime Movie Chanel could make it and the other was the Time Traveler’s Wife which I did not find exceptional in any way other than being sad. It was alright, but I’m glad I didn’t read that book.

Also while crafting, I started thinking about questions to ask my next person for an Interesting People post. I’ve selected my friend Joe who writes professionally about hockey. If you have anything you’d like to ask a professional hockey/sports writer, let me know and I’ll try to include them in the list.

That’s about all the productivity to report for now, did you have a productive weekend?



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