Monthly Archives: August 2012

My Stephen King Bike Ride

Let’s face it we all want to be in shape….for me it is a work in progress. I came to the realization long ago that I will never have the waif look; I’m Italian and that means I was born with hips and a J-Lo booty, there is nothing I can do about that. 😉 So now my goal is not to be thin but healthy and toned.  I even joined MFP (My Fitness Pal), which is a site that allows you to track your weight, exercise calories etc.  And bonus, I have a great group of gals that encourage me to keep going no matter how many times I have to start over.

Keeping with the exercise theme, yesterday, I got the bright idea that Jay and I should start to ride our bikes in the early morning hours; Jason would go out from 5:00 – 5:30 and I would ride from 5:30 – 6:00.  As I recall – and Jason likes to remind me – my famous last words were “this won’t even feel like we are exercising…it will be more like playing”.

So bright and early, Jason headed out while I got dressed and warmed up. It was so early and I wasn’t fully coherent as I pulled on my trusty black sweats, black hooded jacket and dark blue superman ball cap.  Don’t say it….I know exactly what you’re thinking. I can already visualize my sister’s disapproving head shakes and my brother…well he would just come right out and say it “you wore all black to ride your bike when it was dark out?! You idiot!”  Yes my friends, that was stupid and won’t be repeated.  The only bit of colour on my was my bright orange shoes so at least I had that, right?

Anyways, when Jason came back he gave me a quick summary of how it went: it was cold and it was hard.  Still thinking I was in better shape then I really am, I shot him a quick smile then was off. Headphones on, Flo Rida blaring….oh yeah, good stuff.  It was only when I was about a block away that my CSI-Law and Order-brain kicked in and all the possible dangers of being out at 5:30 in the morning as a thick fog covered most of the streets, wearing all black dawned on me. Anyone with half a brain would have turned around…….anyone but me. Of course, I continued on…..

As I rode through the streets,  street light after street light went off just as I got to them. My eyes widened…and one thought went through my brain: “YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!”. The setting was perfect for a horror movie. You know the kind, where you sit there and yell at the T.V. “TURN AROUND YOU IDIOT!!!” And yet, of course, I continued on.  As my heart raced, I felt a little like this:

I peddled so fast I could feel my legs burning. At one point I even thought I would have to pull over and throw up (yeah that’s a nice image but hey it’s part of the story so had to throw it in). 😉

Rounding the bend I saw my house in site…so close and yet it felt so far away.  Finally I pulled into the driveway and ran up the back steps.

Jason looked at me. “How was it?” he asked with a half-smile.

“The street lights kept going out as got to them….” I panted

“Yeah – that happened to me too” he laughed.

As I stood in the hot shower, I felt a slight smile lingered on my lips….yeah this was scary but boy, it was also a lot of fun. Will I do it tomorrow….OH HELL YEAH! (with brighter clothes, a safety vest and perhaps a flashlight or two) 😉


Tupperwhat?!

That’s right ladies and gents – we are talking about Tupperware and a lot of it. I always laughed at those infomercials which portray a lady looking for Tupperware and as she opens the cupboard door, it all cascades down on her….that was funny, until I opened up the top cupboard door and reenacted the commercial without even meaning to.

Then, everything got moved to a lower cupboard, then in one container under the bakers stand. I even read about using an old cereal box to store the lids – I did not do that one; it would have totally messed with the feng shui of my Tupperware storage. 😉

Unfortunately, all these moves meant Jason was always having to have a Tupperware scavenger hunt whenever he needed a container. And although I tried to play it off as my way of adding a little fun to his life…he wasn’t buying it. 😉

So I came up with another storage plan….that’s right buy an even bigger piece of plastic Tupperware and put it on wheels.

I got this baby from Wal-Mart and it was easy peasy to assemble. First take the wheels out of the plastic bag.

Then turn the container over and insert each wheel into the hole as shown below.

Okay so maybe I didn’t need to take pictures but I just painted my nails and they looked pretty so couldn’t resist. Side note – should have turned the flash off but we can’t win them all right.

Last but not least, is to sort Tupperware according to size and shape .

Then place them into a drawer. Voila! Tupperware is sorted and neatly put away.

Anyone else sorting, storing, and organizing their kitchen?


Strange Things

Let’s begin this post with a little music shall we?

I had planned to post about a small nook in my stairwell and what I was planning on placing there to accentuate the space but I just had to side track and post this instead. If you couldn’t tell by my musical entrance, there has definitely been some strange things happening to me….strange but very good. For this particular post I will let you all peak behind the curtain so to speak and view some behind the scenes in my blog.

Now, I like to think I have the starting’s of a good blog and I am ecstatic when I get 30+ people taking the time out of their day to read what projects I have taken on, what my family is up to, and the occasional ranting when something gets my attention. All that being said, I also am realistic and realize that I just started my blog so I still have a long way to go.

Let’s get to the strange part……all weekend I was hemming and hawing on what I should post, taking pictures of this and that, and so on. Yes, the blog was on my mind and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. All this prep and planning meant that I didn’t have a chance to look at my blog stats, etc. until yesterday.

Per my usual routine, I got a huge cup of steaming hot coffee, opened up my browser and waited for my blog page to load. I didn’t even get to take one sip when I saw the number of views from the day before and my mouth dropped open. Next came the blank stares then the call to my hubby saying “YOU AREN’T GOING TO BELIEVE THIS!”

This is what my normal day looks like, as you can see I usually get 30 hits on a good day.

And this is what Monday looked like…288 hits on Sunday and 235 hits on Monday!!!!

For a little site like mine, this is beyond huge. I can’t even begin to imagine what drew this many people to my site and if anyone could enlighten me, I would greatly appreciate it. All I can really see is that a great number of views came from Facebook – who or where on Facebook is still a mystery.

This may just have to be one of those freak things that turn into a great story on how it all began. So as I continue on my journey, I wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone for visiting and sign out with a little Flo Rida…because even though this may be a freak occurrence, seeing this gives me a good feelin and the motivation to work even harder. Hope you all have a great feelin too and make this day count because you just never know!


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