>Preparing for sleep deprivation

>Hubby and I have signed up, yet again, for Boot Camp. This is a 3 day a week, 6-week torture, um exercise program that is offered at our gym. We’ve done this class 3 other times, and it starts at 5:15 AM. Yes, 5:15AM for the non-morning person (that would be me). It’s a great class – we run, do sprints, plyometrics, lift weights, do countless squats and push ups. You get the idea! I enjoy the workout, but I’m always glad when it’s over. I will admit, as much as I loathe the early time, it’s great to be done with a workout before I go to work.

The class starts on Monday, so I really need to prepare for my early 4:45 AM wake-up calls. For the past few weeks, I’ve had a hard time dragging myself out of bed at 7. Oy. Not sure what my deal is. Our dogs have had no problem waking up lately… they have been up and crying to go out by 5:30. Maybe they know our class starts next week!

>Wedding tasks… one year later

>This weekend, I finally took our “guest book” from our wedding to have framed. Yes, it’s been over and year and should have been done by now! Instead of a traditional guest book, we had our guests sign on a document that included a passage read at our wedding, our names and dates. It’s about an 11 x 14 in size. It was nice, because this is something that we will be able to see every day & remember all the nice folks who attended our special day. I wish I had a good photo to show it, but I will include one when it’s finished at the framers.

Other wedding duties included opening a set of sheets that we received as a wedding gift. I washed and dried them & made the bed. I told my hubby that they seemed really big and didn’t fit like our others. Later, while in bed, I couldn’t fall sleep and at the same time, wondering if leaving the ceiling fan on during the day will cause a fire, I looked over & realized that I had turned the sheet the wrong way when I made the bed. DUH. So, I got up, since I was still awake and remade the bed! Hubby didn’t like the way they felt and swears that the thread count on the others that we use are higher. I noticed that he didn’t have any trouble falling asleep!

>The List


My husband and I have an agreement about my “list”. If these men ever come knocking on our door, declaring their undying love for me, hubby has agreed to look the other way, forget & forgive.

Lately, I have a new addition to my list. I haven’t even professed this new love to my husband. It’s Tucker Carlson. (Sigh). I don’t know if it’s his political banter, his preppy ties or that brown flippy hair. With the 2008 political race getting started, I’m sure I will have many opportunities to “see” my new man.

Others on my list include, and in no particular order: John Cusack, Patrick Dempsey, LL Cool J and Anthony Kedis. And all are for different reasons. And just so the record states, Patrick Dempsey has been on my list since “Can’t Buy Me Love” and not the recent Gray’s Anatomy fame.

>Eyebrow Shapage

>I’ve been neglecting the brows as of late… It’s actually been months, which is probably rather scary. Now you are talking to a girl who had never had them waxed until ’99 – don’t know how my Mom forgot that life lesson!

When I was working part-time for a friend who owns a local hair salon, I had Angela, one of the girls who worked there do the monthly shaping. She did a great job, but I’ve since gone back to full time employment and Angela is no longer doing brows. Mine have since been neglected, except when I can steal a few minutes of good sunlight & my Tweezerman’s!

To my surprise, 2 local waxers had left their respective salons to open The Brow Lounge. I love the name and the concept. They only do waxing, and they do all kinds. They also have neat gifts to go along with waxing. They are currently offering a cute Valentines PJ set to go along with your, ahem bikini wax. I wonder what a Brazilian will get you?! Just getting the eyebrows tonight.. not sure what I’ll pick up as a gift for that!

>One order of honery, please

>I had to go to my Doctor yesterday for some kind of cough/upper-respiratory infection thing that had not gone away in 1 1/2 weeks. I’m on the mend with my two prescriptions and hot tea. While in the crowded waiting room, there was an older man who had two ladies with him. He was in a wheel chair with a blanket covering him. He would speak to all of ladies as they came in and if they didn’t respond, he would LOUDLY respond, “What, don’t wanna talk to me?”. He kept telling everyone “I think I’m next”, then “I feel like I might die”. He was finally called back, but I did hear him as he was leaving stating “Coming through…out of my way!”. It was one of the funniest things I have seen lately… He was so cute, but when does one become that honery old guy at the Dr’s.?

>Noteworthy Notes Coupon

>I received a coupon for Noteworthy Notes They have lots of cute address labels, note cards, etc. I love my Boatman Geller damask labels that I ordered!

$10 off any order on Noteworthy Notes over $50* Use promotion code: Jan07
* Order size determined before shipping and taxes. Final sale price will be tabulated and emailed to you prior to our placing your order. Coupon expires: 01/31/07.

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>6 weird things about me

>I should probably ask my husband to answer this for me! Thanks to The Preppy Wedding for tagging me!

1. I sleep with a down comforter and ceiling fan on high, every season of the year. My poor husband can be sweating or freezing, but I love to “cocoon” under the down. If I get hot, I simply stick a leg out.
2. Ever since I had braces, I have been slightly obsessive about brushing my teeth. I keep a toothbrush at work, one in my purse and of course, one at home. I now have the SoniCare that I love. I think I live in fear of something green stuck between my teeth or bad breath.
3. One of my favorite food combinations is sweet and salty. To me, the combination of Wendy’s french fries dipped in a frosty tastes mighty good! I discovered this as child and still revert back to it when I have the chance.
4. If I have a presentation or will be speaking in public, I will try to practice in a mirror or just run through my spiel in my head or out loud. I’m sure this looks very funny when I’m driving while doing this!
5. I am very sentimental about cards, books, photos and really anything on paper. I have saved letters and photos from as early as the 3rd grade. I recently ran across extra wedding invitations (like 30 of them – what am I going to do with these?) and I just couldn’t bear to toss them. I have already saved a few for the scrapbook, etc., but it just made me sad to throw them away.
6. I can pinch with my biggest toe and 2nd toe. It’s not like I can write with my toes or anything, but it comes in handy if my hubby is snoring and he needs a “gentle” reminder to stop!

Most of the blogs that I have seen have already received this tag… so if you haven’t been yet, consider yourself “it”!

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>Downward Facing Dog(s)

>Since I am trying to keep up with my New Year’s Resolution of exercising, last night, I decided to break out one of my Pilates DVD’s. I don’t think I’ve used this since I’ve been married or in a house with multiple dogs! As soon as I rolled out my yoga mat, Zoe decided that she needed to walk all over it. Then when I actually started the DVD and my practice, both dogs were all over me. My hubby was preparing for a business meeting, so he was a little pre-occupied to corrall the dogs. At one point, I looked over and Zeus was literally in the down-dog pose. Of course, all I can do is laugh. They finally quit stepping over me or bringing me toys and just watched… very intent on what “mom” was going to do next.

>Church shoes vs. verses

>As a child, I attended Sunday School every week with my Grandmother, affectionately referred to as Meme. She would pick me up in the morning and I was always impressed by her great shoes. She would drive over in one pair, then change into her “church” shoes, just to come in… then go through the ordeal of changing back into the driving shoes to only replace them with the church shoes once we were safely in the parking lot of the church. I was secretly amazed that she always remembered to make the change! The rest of my family wasn’t overly religious, but I guess Meme wanted to ensure that I was brought up in a church setting.

Our minister spoke yesterday about the many verses and Chapters of the Bible and I realized that the last time I really paid them any attention was while attending Sunday School with Meme. She would sometimes quiz me on the Chapter names and order on our weekly drive. I think I was really only interested in which shoes she was wearing that morning.

I found myself thinking about their importance and if it would be helpful to better know the Bible, the many verses and stories. Or would it just turn me into one of “those” people who can spout out quotes without really understanding their meaning? I have known several people who have read the Bible, cover to cover. Me, not so much. Anyone out there who has added the Bible to their required reading list?

>A game that involves coupons?

>Have any of you used The Grocery Game? I have several friends and acquaintances who use this program religiously and swear that they are now paying for organic milk, fancy vacations and private school tuition by “playing”. I skeptically signed up for a trial membership and will try it out this week. Basically, the premise is that this “program” has figured out the science behind the sales cycle of the major grocery chains and it tells you about coupons that you should use when certain items are on sale to make the most of your savings. You may be buying 10 rolls of paper towels when you don’t particularly need them, but it will still be a savings. So, I clipped coupons today and printed off my list for Harris Teeter, my local store. I’ll be trying it out later this week. As much as I consider myself organized, I just somehow can’t see myself being this disciplined to make it work… or have the storage for the zillions of paper towels that I will need to store!

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