The End of Month 2

Well, here we go again. This is my third post (you can find the first two here and here) in what I am hoping will be a year-long weight loss journey. So far though the journey has been difficult and the weight loss has been, um, none.

When I decided to bring this up on my blog, I really thought that public accountability would be the kick in the pants I needed to get myself going. Obviously, it hasn't been. The only plus is that I haven't gained any weight.

I can make excuses, this week has been insanely stressful, like stomach aches, headaches, and sore muscle stress. Also, the fact that Tyra Banks wrote a best selling "novel" has sent me into a deep depression.

Or...I can own up to the fact that I have been lazy. At this point I have given up on November (it is the 30th). I am setting my sights on December.

Seriously, Tyra freaking Banks? The book is called Model land. The Lead character is named Tooke. How sad is that?

The Anti-Martha (For Now)

Top Reasons I am Not Martha Stewart

#7. Just last night, I dropped my glass baking dish on my arm, burned myself, broke the glass, and ruined my cookie bars. (No pictures of this, as I was crying over both the pain from the burn and the fact that I ruined my stinking cookie bars.)

#6. When I cut potatoes for a dish, for every five slices that make it in dish, one falls on the floor.

#5. Every cake I have ever made has been from a box and bad.

#4. I have no magazine, TV specials, or sheet line.

#3. My paper flowers are always lop-sided.

#2. My craft projects ALL require a "test-run" before I can reveal the final product.

#1. I dug tissue paper out of the trash to wrap one of J's Christmas gifts.

There are a lot of other reasons I am the Anti-Martha, but....I am trying to grow! For example, I did make a successful Sopapilla Cheesecake and my tile coasters turned out pretty good. I think I can mimic ideas fairly well, but to come up with my own creative reuses of old sweaters, well I just don't have that gene I guess. I will keep working on embracing my inner Marthaness. Hopefully, I will find my deep hidden domestic goddess. She must be in there somewhere, right?

My not-Martha ready tree. Just for fun.

Pinterest to Reality #3

This Pinterest to Reality is a two-fer. Today I tackled the sopapilla cheesecake. 
Pinterest Via My Yellow Umbrella

And the scrapbook/tile coasters.
Pinterest Via Two Girls Being Crafty
The cheesecake is a bit of a misnomer, it is not a traditional cheesecake, but it does mix sugar, vanilla, and cream cheese.
The gang's all here! Crescent rolls, cream cheese, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, and butter.

Step 1: Lay out one can (or 1 1/2) of Crescent rolls.

Step 2: Combine softened cream cheese (2 8 oz pkg), vanilla (1 tsp), and sugar (1 cup).

Step 3: Mix it! Mix it good!

Step 4: Spread the mixture.

Step 5: Cover with the other roll (or roll and 1/2) of crescents.

Step 6: Pour the melted butter over the top, then sprinkle a sugar/cinnamon mixture over it.

Step 7: Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

I have not tasted the finished product yet....but I think my picture looks pretty close to the original!

The other project I undertook today was making coasters using ceramic tile and scrapbook paper. I won't do a step-by-step pictorial of this unless it is requested, but I do want to make a few things clear. All the sites I found that talked about how to do this talk about how cheap it is. It is cheap....if you scrapbook. If you don't, then it is less cheap. I spent 1.74 at Lowe's for 16 white ceramic tiles. Obviously that is incredibly cheap. The tiles were .10 a piece! BUT, I spent 50.00 at Hobby Lobby. I needed Mod Podge, spray Acrylic Sealant, scrapbook paper, and cork board. I made 4 sets though, so I feel like I can divide that 52.00 by 4. Plus, I still have TONS of scrapbook paper and Mod Podge left, so the next time I want to do this project, it will be cheap. If you already have the MP and the paper, then your overall cost will be far less than mine. Anyway, here are my finished sets!
The first set I made, please ignore my ugly blue craft towel.

Set 1. Animal print and red, for Gigi.

Set 2, blue, green, and brown.

Another shot of set 2.

Set 3, birds, flower, brown and blue.

Closer of set 3.

Set 4.

Set 4.

I have to say, I feel like this round of Pinterest to Reality was a good one! My work was pretty close to my inspiration. 

My Week as a Single Mom*

*Technically it was only 3 nights and 4 days, but it felt like a week!!

About a month ago J found out he was going to be attending a conference in California. He works for a local electric company in the accounting/finance department, and the conference was related to their operating system. The conference was going to be held in a little 'ol place called Disneyland. Disneyland!! The most magical place on Earth? Whenever I have to go for training or a conference it is in some 2nd rate hotel, never Disneyland. Technically, they were in Downtown Disney, not the actual park, but still...

We hemmed and hawed about all of us going or not. Generally speaking, most schools have "black-out" days where teachers are discouraged from taking off. The days leading up to major breaks are black-out days. The days J would be gone were the Tuesday-Friday before our Fall (Thanksgiving) Break. We talked it over and decided that A and I would stay for a number of reasons: 1. I technically couldn't ask off anyway. 2. I need to save my days for the chance that A will get sick. 3. Disneyland and plane tickets are expensive.

So with our choice made, I began to work myself up knowing that A and I would be ALONE for 4 days! I know that this probably doesn't seem like a big deal to most people. However, J does a lot around our house. For example, he packs the lunches in the mornings. Usually, A and I leave the house around 7:00, while he does not leave until 7:30, so he packs our lunches and loads us in the car before he gets dressed. He also usually dresses A (I pick out the clothes). Then I, usually, fix her hair. It is a good system, that allows me to get myself ready.

Knowing that J would be gone meant that I would be in charge of getting myself ready, A ready, lunches packed, and the dogs put away. I would also need to make sure A had extra clothes in her school bag.

J being gone also meant that we would be home alone. At night. Alone. You may remember a previous post of mine from way back in September of 2010, A Funny Thing Happened Back on the Farm Last Night, where I discussed how paranoid I can be. I had already made the decision to have A sleep in bed with me, just in case.

So the day arrived. A and I drove J to the airport, got lost trying to leave the airport, stopped and picked up pizza, and finally went home. I immediately checked all the rooms and the windows. I locked the front door, back door, and even the laundry room door that leads to our garage. (This was at 3:30 in the afternoon.) Around 7, I gave A her bath, then we put on our pj's and got a book to read. She feel asleep around 8, and I put her in bed. I put things away, then rechecked all the doors.

This was my pattern every night until Friday.

In the mornings, I got up, got ready, then got A ready. I made things go a bit smoother by picking out our clothes the night before. I would then put the dogs up and then pack our lunches. We made it out the door by 7:00 every morning! I was so impressed with myself.

Those four days made me very thankful that I have J to share the work of raising our daughter. It also made me even more impressed by what single parents do everyday.

Outfits of the Week

So about 3 months ago I mentioned that I would occasionally be doing outfit posts....well now it begins! Part of the reason I want to document my outfits is so I can see what I really wear, how I present myself, and how the outfits I wear REALLY look. What I have decided is that I will take pictures Monday-Thursday morning and then do a picture dump with some helpful commentary on Thursday or Friday. (I won't be taking pictures on Friday because we wear jeans and school shirts on Friday.) To my two's of readers out there, this will be a weekly post, not the main focus of my blog.

A's Clothes from Monday
Dress: Macy's (gift from Coach and JoJo)

A Week That Just Kept Giving

Saturday: Started out great. We went to Hobby Lobby to pick up more tutu material (pictures to come in a later post.) Then we went to a spooky story time at Barnes and Noble. We came home, had lunch, took a nap, and then played outside for a bit. We made a last minute decision to go to the Trunk or Treat in Aubrey. A had a great time. We had a great time. Then, suddenly, things took a turn for the worse. By the time we got home from Denton, A was crying and running a fever. Then she threw up. A and I were up off and on all night.

Sunday: More of the same. We made a decision to keep her home from school as her fever was still come and go.

Monday: J stayed home with A, I went to work.

Tuesday: I stayed home with A. She was still not 100%. I took her to the Dr. No news.

Wednesday: J's mom came up, so A stayed home again. J and I carpooled to work, so I was sans vehicle.

Thursday: Picture day for A. She woke up sullen and pouty. She refused (literally refused) to go to the bathroom before we left the house, and consequently, had an accident on the way to school. She did this while wearing her picture day dress. Luckily it was salvageable. I received the results of my students' most recent test and spent 5 minutes crying in the bathroom.

Friday: Not a bad day, really.

Saturday: Decided to re-cut my bangs, made a mess of my hair.

I am holding out hope though, we have a birthday party to go to tonight. Hopefully, watching A play with her friends will brighten my mood!