Sunday, January 25, 2009

I Think That the Wii Might Be Right...

Remember the post where the Wii asked me if I found myself tripping when I walked? Well, it proved to be correct today. I am sitting here aching from head to toe because I fell down the steps at church today. How embarrassing is that? I was walking down the stairs from the sanctuary to the basement, where my Sunday School class is held. I still don't know how I fell; I think that I either missed a step or my foot got caught on my long wool coat that I was carrying. Either way, I fell down the rest of the way and landed in a heap at the foot of the stairs. People came running, first aid kits were pulled out-all in all, I made a spectacle of myself and I absolutely hate doing that. Thankfully, I wasn't hurt. One knee got a little skinned up, and I'm kind of aching all over. Hopefully I'll be able to get out bed tomorrow morning! Honestly, I am such a klutz sometimes!!!

Okay, onto more cheerful and less embarrassing topics...

I discovered this week that I am very grumpy when I don't have my wireless internet. We recently bundled our telephone, internet, and satellite and got a free upgrade to a high speed internet in the process. This was great...until we discovered that our wireless router couldn't handle the higher speed internet. So for a couple of days, I was "tied" to a 3 ft. yellow cord in the bedroom or kitchen. Needless to say, I only got on the Internet when I absolutely had to. After two days of fighting with the old router, we broke down and bought a new router and all is right with my world now!

My parents visited this weekend and we had a wonderful time. I took a personal day on Friday so that I could spend the afternoon with them. It turned out to be a cold weekend, so we stayed in most of the time. We had my in-laws over for dinner last night. Mr. P made his potato cheese soup, and I made appetizers and desserts to go along with it. It was definitely my cheat meal of the week, but we had a great time with our families. Mr. P and I are really lucky that both sets of our parents get along great. We always have his parents over when my parents are visiting, and his parents usually come to my parents' house for Thanksgiving.

Mr. P made his soup in this...

our new red crock pot! I love the color because it matches our kitchen perfectly. I love cooking with a crock pot, and a few years ago, I asked for this for Christmas...

I thought it was so pretty and I loved it. However, it seemed like everything I cooked in it burned. I never used it unless I was going to be home all day to keep an eye on the food that was cooking in it, and what good is a crockpot if you can't leave it? We decided that it was the shape of the crock-it is very small at the bottom and then gets wider as it goes up. I don't think that it evenly distributed the heat. Finally the crock cracked, so I took it as a sign to get a new one. Mr. P and I shopped around and found the red one. It has a more uniform size, so hopefully it will function better than the white one.

I put a new comforter set on the guest bed this week. We received this as a housewarming gift from some friends of my parents a couple of years ago. I thought it was a really pretty set, but I had already bought a new set for the master bedroom when we moved in, and it was not the right size for our bed. I've debated on what to do with the set since I received it, and I felt bad that I hadn't used it. I usually keep a quilt that Mr. P's grandmother made on the guest bed, but I thought I might want something heavier for the winter months. I decided to try it out in the guest room, and I'm really happy with the results.

Mom and Dad said that it was very pretty and very warm, so I think that I'll keep this on during the winter months and switch back to Grandma's quilt for the summer months.

My mom and dad brought me the antique chocolate pot and cups from my grandparents' house this weekend. It is an absolutely beautiful set that goes perfectly with my china pattern. It is still packed up in the box, but I will take some pics and post them when I get it unpacked. Such a special gift from them....

The weather people are calling for snow again this week. I love the snow days, but I'll be whining at the end of the school year when we are making them up. .

I think I hear my Aleve bottle calling me...the achiness is starting to settle in.

Have a great evening!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Shopping Finds

I hope that everyone had a good weekend. We certainly did, especially the extra day off on Monday.
Has anyone checked out the new blog Slimmed Down Preppies? It was started by Tammy of Pink Cupcakes and Tab and Hicktowndiva and it is for weight loss tips, support, and successes. I'm a contributor to the blog now, and I put my first post up today. Stop by over there and see us sometime. I know that I need all the help that I can get!

Our shopping trip to Sam's Club was a bust on Saturday, because they weren't open for business yet! Mr. P had signed up for a membership card through his company, so we did get to go in and check on that. But the store won't be open for business until the 22nd.

Our trip to Target was much more successful. They have some of the cutest items in the dollar bins right now. Pink and green sponges, rubber gloves, and lint rollers to name a few.

And they had these cute Valentine's tea towels for only $2.50. I love the cupcake on the front. Don't they look cute hanging on my oven door?

I was also looking for a small ottoman for the great room. I looked at a few at Target and I almost bought a leather one there, but it wasn't quite what I wanted. Imagine my surprise when I found just what I was looking for when I was grocery shopping at Wal-Mart on Sunday afternoon. I love the stripes on this one, and it was only $25! It really matches the color scheme that I have in my great room, and it has storage underneath it. All of the Wii paraphernalia had been getting on my nerves and I was looking for a basket to put it all in. But now I have it neatly stowed in the ottoman!

I have to say, Mr. P was quite patient with all of my shopping. I'm a browser, and he was such a trooper while I wandered around in Target : )


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Hello, stranger! (actually, you should be saying that to me, right?)

Hello, hello dear blogger/readers! I have been so neglectful of my blog lately and I do apologize. School has been extremely busy lately, but that's not my only excuse...I've been Facebooking and I have caught up with so many old friends from elementary school, high school, and college. Oh my, it is addictive!

I hope that everyone is having a nice weekend. It is cold, cold, cold here!

Mr. P and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner out last night. We've been so busy that it had been awhile since the two of us went out and enjoyed a nice dinner together. It just seems like we get home from work (usually late), fix something quick for dinner, watch a little tv, then go to bed and start the whole routine over again the next day. We ate here and I had one of my favorites, a Kentucky hot brown. This restaurant has the second-best hot brown in the state, with the best one being at the Brown Hotel, where the sandwich originated. We also brought home dessert, which for me was a piece of Kentucky pie. I will be logging extra time on Wii Fit for it because it is definitely not healthy food! But honestly, I enjoyed the quiet time with Mr. P more so than the good food. I'm mulling over a big personal decision right now, and this gave us a chance to weigh the pros and cons and have a long conversation about it.

I never posted a Christmas recap, so I'll post pics of gifts and such from time to time. Here are a few recent purchases or gifts.

I found these pink and white polka dotted flannel pajama pants when I was Christmas shopping. They have the cutest navy blue owls embroidered on them, and I immediately thought of The Pink Owl. And even though I was supposed to be shopping for others, I couldn't resist them. Besides, they were on sale and only $9.99. That was justifiable, right?

One of my cute Christmas gifts...

It has a cute little grosgrain ribbon to tie at the waist. I realized that it was a sad little bow that I had tied after the picture.

This is one of my favorite Christmas gifts from Mr. P. We've recently begun attending Sunday school (for more details see this post), and I have been wanting a student bible. This was one of the gifts that Mr. P gave me and I thought it was such a sweet, thoughtful gift.

I see a monogram in the future for the bible cover, don't you?

I also have a new cute sweatshirt for school that I really want to post a picture of, but I need to blur out some of the letters to keep my anonymity of where I work. Does anyone know how to do that? I have tried and tried and I can't figure out how to blur part of a picture. Any experts on that out there?

I had dinner with my friend Lori B the other night. She is one of the two friends in real life that reads my blog, and she playfully fussed at me for not posting lately. So Lori, I'm expecting a comment on this post! Hee hee! Lori is also thinking about starting a blog; I think she should, don't you?

Mr. P and I are on a quest to lose weight and be healthy, so expect a few posts here and there about my progress. One of my strategies is the Wii Fit, and anyone who has a Wii Fit knows about the body test you must take when you start. Well part of the body test is a balance test, and when I took the balance test, here is the message I got:

I am constantly tripping on things, and I have more than one embarrassing story involving me somehow managing not to stay vertical, so this message was absolutely hilarious to Mr. P and I.

Well, we are off to check out the newly-opened Sam's Club in town, and I'm going to try to coax a trip to Target out of Mr. P too. Tonight, we are going over to D and R's house for dinner and games (Wii, cards, and/or board games).

Have a great weekend everyone!


Sunday, January 4, 2009

School Resumes Tomorrow

Well, my lovely winter vacation has come to an end. I hope that all of you have enjoyed your holidays as much as Mr. P and I did. We had some busy times with traveling, visiting, and celebrating, but we also had plenty of time to just relax around the house too. And yes, I will confess that I had a couple of days where I stayed in my PJ's and didn't leave the house! Despite all of that, I am ready to get back to school and into our usual routine.

Well, just as I thought the other day, we are now the owners of a Wii and a Wii Fit. It is a lot of fun, and it has kept Mr. P and I much more active during this rainy weekend. And since we are both anxious to lose some weight in the new year, the Wii Fit is going to be handy to have around for that also.

Well, I need to log off and get everything laid out for the morning. Have a great evening!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone had a very happy New Year's Eve. Ours was pretty low-key, which is my favorite kind of New Year's celebration. We celebrated at our friends' D and R's house, along with our other friends, C and L, along with their kids. We ate snacks, played board games, and played games on the Wii.

The Wii is so much fun! I really wasn't interested in getting one, and Mr. P even asked me before Christmas if I wanted one, and I stupidly said no. But last night, we bowled, played soccer (well, dodged soccer balls), played baseball, and boxed. I took Mr. P down in boxing-yeah! Well, now we are both hooked, so there may be a Wii in the Pink house soon.

I'm taking the rest of the Christmas decorations down today, catching up on laundry, and doing various other household tasks. I have to work tomorrow (boo!), and I'd like to have all of my weekend chores finished today, so that I can work tomorrow, and then relax for the weekend.

Here's to a happy and healthy 2009 for everyone!