Monday, December 31, 2012

Me A-Z aka Lazy Post

I cannot seem to get my head together this morning so I'm jumping on the bandwagon and using this as my easy lazy post. I love anything that is "A-Z" since those are also my initials.

A. Age: 38

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore you hate: Washing dishes and cleaning the bathrooms. I so need a maid. 

D. Dogs: No, I'm not zoned for dogs. (Bonus if you can name that movie)

E. Essential start to your day: A shower, I just can't wake up without one.

F. Favorite color: Orange

G. Gold or Silver: I have always been partial to gold as I thought it looked better with my skin tone, but lately am starting to like silver a lot.

H. Height: 5'4"

I. Instruments you play: None at present time. I used to play the cornet in grade school and I taught myself to play Fur Elise on the piano in high school. Wasted talent, I tell you.

J. Job Title: Benefits Administrator - doesn't even describe what I do at all

K. Kids: Five - Hannah, Cordelia, Paige, Elsa and Emmeline

L. Live: Kansas City, MO

M. Married: Used to be

N. Nicknames: Manda Panda

O. Overnight hospital stays: Appendicitis when I was 3, Pneumonia when I was 7, and all the girls' births
P. Pet peeve: There are just so many... Slow drivers in the fast lane, women who talk on their phones in the bathroom, incorrect grammar, to name a few.
Q. Quote: Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Suess  

R. Righty or Lefty: Righty, although 4 of my 5 girls are left-handed. Weird.

S. Siblings: 2 sisters, 1 brother, 3 step-sisters

T. Time you wake up: 5:00-5:30AM

U. University attended: Baker University in the tiny town of Baldwin City, KS

V. Vegetables you dislike: Mushrooms and olives of any color

W. What makes you run late: Time mismanagement, I am pretty much never on time.

X. X-rays you've had: My back (by my chiropractor), and my teeth. I have never broken any bones.

Y. Yummy food: Mexican and Breakfast foods are the best. 

Z. Zoo animal favorite: Elephants
No wild parties for me tonight as I couldn't get a babysitter and we are expected to get 2-4 inches of snow. I'd rather not chance bad weather with potential drunk drivers thrown in the mix. So, I'll be watching Ryan Seacrest, drinking champagne at home tonight.
NPR did a little musical montage this morning from all the musicians that had passed away this year. The montage began with Dick Clark announcing American Bandstand and ended with him saying Happy New Year. I couldn't help but to get a little teary eyed. Will anyone else be missing Dick Clark as the ball drops tonight?
Happy New Year to all! Have fun and be safe!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday Randoms

Not too much going on today, I'm at work with nothing to do listening to my coworker bitch some more. It was so nice when he was on vacation.

I'm meeting up with my sister today to have lunch and exchange some gifts. She wasn't able to be at our parents' the same time as we were due to work, so we're doing it today. I'm thinking that I want to try and schedule a dinner or lunch with her once a month. We just don't get together enough even though we live in the same city. She and her boyfriend of 2 1/2 years just broke up so we need to drink some wine and laugh a lot. Best breakup remedy ever.

Miss Emmeline is not a morning person. She also needs to ease into things which does not work out well when Jason gets her up and starts taking off her jammies. Pretty much every morning starts with her screaming bloody murder. She will then run to me and hug my leg and glare at him like he'd been sticking her with knives. So, basically every morning is a huge fun fest at our house.

Jason's Nana has a really thick southern accent and she was on the phone talking about someone who was "retired". The only thing was, it sounded like she was saying they were "retard". She said it about 5 or 6 times too, so we were all cracking up by the end of that phone call. Oh, Nana. I love accents.

My Paleo/no carb eating has been going well and I was back down to 149 when I stepped on the scale this morning. Woo hoo! I only have three more pounds to lose by next Wednesday for my DietBet challenge. I think I've got this as long as NYE doesn't derail me. We were invited to a party, but my babysitter still hasn't accepted so I don't know if we are going to be able to go or not. Normally, I don't really care about going out, but this year I want to get all dolled up. I want to squeeze my ass and my boobs into a tight dress so I can show off my hard work. I'll be on the lookout for one on my shopping trip tomorrow.

That's about all I got today, folks. I do want to give a shout out to my new followers, though. Hello and Welcome! So glad that you stopped by. I'll leave you with a picture of me and my cutie patootie boyfriend. He really is such a great guy.

Happy Friday everyone! Any exciting weekend plans?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Lucky Me

When people learn that I have five daughters, their reactions are pretty typical. "Oh my Gawd, you don't look old enough to have five daughters!" (my personal favorite) "Think of all those weddings you'll have to pay for". (is this 1955?) or "5 Girls! How do you do it?" (my most hated question of all time). I will usually answer with a noncommittal shrug, "I don't know, I just do it" or I will give the explanation that my four oldest do not actually live with me full time as my ex has custody. Cue awkward silence, head nod and them going about their business.

People seem to have difficulty with the non-traditional family dynamic that I have going on. Weird as it may be though, it works for me. And although I miss my girls like crazy, not seeing them every day has made me into a better mother. I feel like I tolerate more and I am more affectionate. That really isn't too tough though because I love hugs and kisses. I also believe that I lucked out when it comes to my girls. They are sweet and responsible (mostly), respectful of others and generally helpful. They're not perfect (what kid is?) and they each have their moments, but I wouldn't trade them for the world.

Teenagers can be obnoxious, loud and cause you to go prematurely gray. (unless you're lucky enough to be a redhead) However, at 16, Hannah is a dream teen. She does great in school, has a good circle of friends and is very trustworthy. She is also bossy and opinionated, but let's face it, she has 4 younger sisters. Of course she's bossy. Hannah was 13 when her dad and I got divorced and that is not an easy age in any respect. She and I used to fight about everything. Both of us believed that we were right and neither would back down. Can you tell that I'm also the oldest? Once I no longer saw her every day (and she got older) I realized that it wasn't worth it to fight over the little things. Who cares how the dishes get put in the dishwasher as long as they get clean? (Seriously, this was an issue for me). We have a much better relationship now and I like to think that she can come talk to me about anything. If she ever feels like talking about her feelings, that is (which is pretty much never).

This past weekend, she received a text from one of her friends who just had a baby. I asked her if this girl was in her grade and she said yes. That really made me stop and think and be thankful for the fact that I don't have to be a grandmother at 38. I know she's going to make mistakes and that's okay, but give me another 10 years before you spring that surprise on me.

When she was younger, someone described her as having an old soul. I think this fits her perfectly. She cares about her friends deeply, but is grounded enough to know what she wants to get out of life. She makes good grades, both because she is intelligent, but she also said that she doesn't want to disappoint her dad and I. She is making smart choices and I could not be prouder of her. She is beautiful both inside and out and I am so lucky that she's my oldest daughter.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas trip #2 done

We had a very quick, but very nice visit in Joplin the past couple of days. There was no family drama (hooray) and everyone got some great gifts. Miss Em got tons of new clothes, which she really needed and I think we have officially OD'd on Dora the Exporer. Sorry for the lack of pictures, all of the ones I took were dark and/or blurry. I am so not cut out to be a photographer.

This girl got several gift cards to Kohl's so guess who's going to go shopping this weekend? I am so freaking excited, I can't even tell you. I am even following this girl and this girl's advice and making a list of what I want to try and buy. Hopefully this will help me from wandering around the store for five hours not being able to make up my mind. (Speaking from experience here).

Now that Christmas festivities (and food) are done, it is time to get back on the scale. Not a pretty picture my friends, I weighed in at 152 this morning. This means that I have managed to gain back the three pounds I'd lost this month and I have one week to lose 6 pounds in order to win my DietBet. I have decided that the only (healthy) way to do that is to get back to Paleo eating. I am going to cut out all the carbs, dairy and sugar from my diet and get back to running. We'll see what the scale shows next week.

What are your plans for finishing the year strong?

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas trip #1: Complete

Our first round of Holiday Fun actually went pretty well this past weekend. I picked up the girls on Thursday night to try and minimize the amount of driving on Friday. I worked a half day on Friday and actually got taken out to lunch with a group of people by one of our vendors. I had a delicious Ahi Tuna Salad and totally cleaned my plate.

Anyway, once I got home, we got the car packed up and headed out for our four hour trip across Missouri. The trip went really smoothly and we only had to stop once for a potty break. Can I just say again that built-in DVD players in vehicles is the BEST INVENTION EVER.

My parents' house is actually in a very rural area and the road out there is quite treacherous. We made it okay even though their driveway was a sheet of ice. My sister and brother-in-law, who had driven down from Chicago, managed to get stuck on the driveway and Dad and Jason had to go out and help rescue their car.

Emmeline, Paige and my nephew Rowan who looks unsure about the picture taking
I managed to eat like it was going out of style, but it was worth it. Such delicious food and desserts that I couldn't pass up. I did get one workout in and I took full advantage of the hot tub. The girls were a little jealous since they didn't bring their swimsuits and tried to lock me out of the house.

Be jealous
We celebrated Saturday night and opened all the presents and the girls got some great gifts. My sister bought them all Toms shoes and so we had to get a picture. Of course, I was thinking about getting the shoes in the picture and completely forgot to get one of all their faces. I'm terrible when it comes to pictures.
Even Rowan got little Toms
My sister, Rachel and my brother were unable to come this weekend due to work schedules so the house was a little less full than normal. We had a good time, though. I wish I had remembered to take a least one picture with Angie, though. We got back late last night and getting up this morning to go to work was not easy. I may have fallen asleep on the drive in.

We are headed down to Joplin tonight to have our second Christmas with Jason's family. I'm hoping that the family drama is kept to a minimum, but we shall see. It is a shorter drive this time, but it will be a short trip since we have to head back tomorrow night to finish out the work week.

Merry Christmas to everyone and safe travels!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Linkup


Today, I am linking up with Sarah and Heather for a special Holiday vlog. I know you can't get enough of me vlogging, especially when I can't get the camera angled correctly. Oh well, enjoy!

Apparently, I managed to miss two of the questions so I'll answer them now because I'm lazy and I didn't want to do the video over. My favorite holiday movie is a toss up between Love Actually and The Ref. We don't really have any special holiday traditions, but my mom always used to let us open one gift the on Christmas Eve and it was almost always pajamas. I've tried to carry that tradition on with my kids.

My AMiL (almost Mother in Law) made the cutest Advent calendar for Emmeline and she has gotten the biggest kick out of it. She used plastic baby food container and glued them onto cardboard and then put candy and fruit snacks under all the days. It turned out really neat. She looks forward to opening one every day.

Of course, me being not Catholic, I have no idea what the purpose of an Advent calendar is other than some sort of countdown until Christmas. Anyone care to enlighten me?

Although I am currently sans religion at the moment, I actually do have very strong feelings about God. I've considered writing an entire post on them, but it probably wouldn't be too popular. Let's just say that me and God haven't been on the best of terms for a while. Another time, perhaps. I'll sum up by saying, "I believe that you believe, but I don't believe what you believe".

Looking forward to seeing everyone else's vlogs!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I won a Hubby! (not really)

I didn't really have anything for today, so thank you to Hubby Jack for giving me content for my post. He has graciously created a blogger award for the women bloggers that he stalks. I, unfortunately, did not make the original cut (I must have been in the bathroom or something), but that will not stop me from asking for a special category all my own. Yeah, I'm special all right.


In true procrastinator form, I started Christmas shopping this week. Have I mentioned how much I despise shopping? Thank goodness for Amazon and free super saver shipping. I just have a few more presents to buy and then I will be done. Off to Costco and Target I go. I know that the girls are going to get tons of stuff from the family, so I didn't go overboard for them. I think one or two meaningful gifts are way more important than a bunch of shit they don't want or will use. Jason and I decided not to exchange gifts again (we usually don't). We'd rather spend the money on the girls and we'll get ourselves something nice when tax time rolls around. (I'm thinking new tattoos.)

Busy weekend coming up for us and a lot of driving. I'm picking up the girls tomorrow night and then we are driving the 4 hours across Missouri to visit my parents' for the weekend. I absolutely love visiting their house, it is always so warm and inviting. My stepmom likes to cook for three times the amount of people that will be there, though, but damn it is good food. After we come back Sunday night and I drop the older girls off with their dad, we will then head down to Joplin to spend Christmas Eve and day with Jason's family. No rest for the weary, though as we both have to be back to work on Wednesday morning. If you need me, I'll be the comatose one at my desk.

Anyone else doing an ungodly amount of travelling for the holidays?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

It's a Good Day

I sit next to a guy a work who tends to be a little overdramatic about um, EVERYTHNG. I have heard the drama about his cell phone and his new car and don't get me started on his family. I know more about this man that I think I should. This morning, though, he was back in rare form. Apparently, he had his year end review and it did not go well. Now don't get me wrong, he is a great employee with a ton of knowledge and is always helping people out. Turns out that all the extra stuff he does didn't really count for much in the grand scheme of things. Or so I've gleaned from the 6 or so times I've heard the story this morning. I'm thinking about printing this out and laying it on his desk. Subtle, eh?

Anyway, moving on to bigger and better things. I stepped on the scale Sunday morning and saw this:

That's right, I have finally hit the 30lb mark and am in the 140's!!! I couldn't believe it and had to step on the scale like three times to make sure it was right. And sure, the scale showed a different number this morning, but whatever, IT TOTALLY COUNTS. I have almost lost the equivalent of my cute little toddler, who weighs in at 31 pounds. I have to say that this is probably one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life (and I've given birth 5 times), but it is totally worth it. I still have about 14 lbs left until I hit my goal weight, and then I'll evaluate whether or not I want to lose more. Jason is worried that I'm going to become too skinny, but I reassured him that I'm not going to lose my curves, nor would I want to.

I got on the treadmill last night without a specific goal in mind. Ultimately, I want to get up to 4 miles (and beyond), but I am not going to stress myself out about it. I started running and kept going until I couldn't go anymore. I thought about stopping after 2, but pushed myself and got in a full 3 miles. I'll take it. I have found my next 5K that I want to run. They actually have a 5K and 10K available, but I don't know if I'll be ready for a 10K by the end of January. We'll see.

Now, I know that Holly loves her some before and after pics, so here are my progression pics so far.
Starting weight - 179 lbs

10 lbs lost - 169 lbs

20 lbs lost - 159 lbs

30 lbs lost - 149
 Notice the smile in the last pictures? I'm finally getting to the point where I'm happy with how I look. Funny thing though, it doesn't really sink in how much you've lost until you look back.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Beaten by a 2 year old

I had set two goals for myself to accomplish this past weekend and managed to fail at both. The first was to have a full day of potty training bootcamp for Miss Emmeline with the hopes that she would be fully trained by the time the weekend was up. The other was to run four miles.

Certain departments at work were offering overtime and giving away $50 gift cards to anyone who worked four hours of OT or more. Jason, being the machine that he is, decided to bleed them dry take advantage of it and ended up working 24 hours of OT for the whole weekend. Since I knew that I was going to be home alone with Miss Em, I devised a grand plan for potty training. Home girl had other ideas, though. She decided to be stubborn and pretty much refuse to tell me when she had to pee. I had her in underwear the whole day (except for naptime) and she went through 5 pairs of undies. So, I cleaned up pee from her high chair, the couch, the floor and the bed. Lucky me. Sooooooo frustrating to know that she knows that she needs to go on the toilet and refuses to do so.

This was right before she started grunting and trying to poop in her pants.
We received a package from Aunt Lulu and she had fun with the packing peanuts.
Goal #2 was to get on the treadmill and run a full 4 miles, which I have not done before. However, my stomach started acting up Saturday afternoon, so I didn't really eat much that night and I didn't work out at all. Sunday, I was feeling better so when Em when down for a nap, I got my run on. It did not go well, though. I hit a wall after 2 miles and slowed to a walk. I tried to run again after 1/4 mile, but couldn't get back into it. I was really disappointed in myself because I really want to get better with my running.

Last night, I decided to get crazy in the kitchen. I made this delicious recipe from SkinnyTaste. This is the second time I've made it and it is definitely a favorite. I just leave the tomatoes off of Jason's. I also made some Peanut Butter & Chocolate chip cookies. I had picked up some Peanut Butter & Chocolate chips at the grocery store (impulse buy, they were on sale!) and Jason asked me to make him some. Since I am the "Best Girlfriend Ever" (I totally need that on a mug), I whipped them up last night. Then, because I am superwoman, I also made PW's Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos to bring to work today for our team food day. I rolled them up last night and then popped them in the oven this morning and of course, I had to taste test. Wouldn't want to bring anything that was sub-par. As I expected, delicious. I'm going to try not to gorge myself on all the food today. I have a surprise that I'll share with you all tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

So, it's Wednesday

Blah. Got on the scale this morning and immediately got right back off. I cannot get out of the 150's to save my life. It is so frustrating. Of course, I know that it is my eating habits that I need to get in check. Paleo has been falling way, way by the wayside. Yesterday, we received a gift basket from one of our vendors at work and I could not stop shovelling chocolate covered cherries in my pie hole.

I have been getting runs/walks in, but I would love to step it up and work out like Megan or Elle Noel. These women are amazing. I need one of them to come to my house and kick my ass. I was going to get up early this morning and work out with Jillian, but I pussed out. My alarm went off and got snoozed five times before I actually got up.

My motivation seems to have flown out the window and I want it back. I want to get down in the 140's and don't want to lose my $20 on my DietBet. It seems to me that people are totally cheating on that, though and it pisses me off. There were a few players that had hit their goal weight after 4 days. Come on, really? Plus, I don't understand why people are still able to sign up. I feel like that once the official start date has come and gone, you shouldn't be able to add any more players. Alright, I'll stop my little bitchfest now.

Darci is hosting a Santa Fail linkup, but since I am a horrible mother who never taken her kids to see Santa, I shall not be participating. I am looking forward so seeing everyone else's fun pictures, though.

It is amazing what you can find when you Google Image something. I love this picture.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Weekend fun

My funky mood finally subsided so I ended up having a pretty good weekend. I came home Friday to find my new bib holder from Megan in the mail. She had a contest on Instagram on Thanksgiving and I won! I never win anything so this was pretty cool. Now, I have to get signed up for more races so I can get more bibs.

Saturday morning started off with Jason and I heading over to the nature trail to get in a good walk. No running, but it was still a good 3 mile hike. Then, girls and I headed over to my aunt's house for our annual sugar cookie making bonanza. She hosts this every year and the girls always look forward to it. I may have caved and eaten a few cookies, but didn't get out of control by any means. Emmeline was in heaven with all the M&M's and I had to watch Cordie who kept going back for more candy. I swear that girl is always hungry, but it is probably just the age. Pre-teen angst has officially set in. Here are a few pictures from the fun.
My cousin Sammy, holding Emmeline, is the same age as Cordie, but about 4 inches taller.

Sunday, Jason and I got back out to the trail since our built in babysitters were here. Too bad they can't be with us all the time. It was a little colder out today. I guess our mild winter is going away and the colder temperatures are here to stay. Boo.

The girls and I got out the Christmas decorations and put the tree up (finally). I pretty much sat back and let them go at it. I used to be really anal retentive about where the decorations should be placed, but at some point I figured there is no reason for that. Let them have fun and what does it matter if a couple ornaments are too close together? We also cleaned off the mantle and I rearranged a few pictures. Maybe someday I'll get crazy with the decorating with garland and knick-knacks and bric-a-brac, but for now I'll keep it low key. I am still broke after all.

Little stinker can't keep her hands off the ornaments.
We also hit the thrift store so Hannah could continue her search for an ugly Christmas sweater. Apparently, all the ones in Topeka have been snatched up already. She managed to find a really great cardigan. It even had shoulder pads. Actually, Paige was the one who spied it and grabbed it for her. Good thing too, as there was another girl on the same hunt in the store.

In other news, I have jumped on the Keek bandwagon. It seems to be the new cool thing, so of course I had to be a part of it. I haven't submitted any videos yet, but I'll get right on that.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Bathroom creepers

I am in super grouch mode this week. It seems like things keep piling on the shit stack. TOM isn't helping either. I generally am not a stressed person, I'm pretty laid back and go with the flow. However, Christmas stresses me out. That is to say, Christmas shopping stresses me out. We are just a struggling financially right now and while I know I have it better than a lot of people (have you read some of the Pay It Forward stories that Mama, Aly and Holly have posted? Sobfest!) it doesn't make it easier when I look at my bank account.

Last night I went to Wal-Mart to pick up a few items and Jason got super pissed at me for buying beer and wine. I know I shouldn't have wasted the money, but sometimes you just gotta self medicate. I have very few vices, but alcohol is definitely one of them and I'm not giving that up anytime soon.

Alright, I'll stop boring you with my "poor me" tales and switch to snarky pet peeves. We have a very large women's bathroom at work with like 10 stalls. I absolutely cannot stand it when I am in there and someone else comes in and sits in the stall right next to me. Are you freaking kidding me, creeper? Go poop somewhere else and leave me in peace. It has definitely gotten worse since I moved to a different floor, too. Apparently, the 4th floor has a lot more women who like to creep on you in the bathroom. I may start going downstairs just for some quiet time. You may have noticed that my bathroom pics have stopped. This is because someone is ALWAYS in there. I took one today anyway. You're welcome.

Excuse the boring outfit
 I was going to link up with Lora today for her recipe swap, but I realized that most of my recipes are taken from other people and I don't want to claim credit. I may do another post later if something comes to me.

Lastly today, I would like to wish a Happy Birthday to Miss Olive Betty. This little girl turns 1 year old today and her momma has posted some adorable pictures.
Forgive the blurriness, she wouldn't stand still

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Social Media does work

Last weigh-in Wednesday for a while. Today was the last day for the MLFitcamp Challenge. I was at 152.4 today so I didn't lose any this week. I am actually okay with that for now and plan on kicking it back into gear so I can rock the DietBet Challenge. There is over $5700 at stake here and for that, I can definitely lose 6 lbs this month. Just no more free cake in the break room at work, please.

Okay, so maybe I'm late to the party on this one, but I'm still going to share anyway. Recently, I have been privy to the power of social media for myself. Now, I'm on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and Tumblr so I consider myself "linked in". Oh yeah, I'm on that too. However, I hadn't ever really benefited, so to speak, from all my connections. You may remember this post where I talked about Jason buying me a pair of running pants from his favorite store, REI. Well, I had a person from the company contact me and send me a $50 gift card! How cool is that? Completely unexpected, but such a great surprise. I'm still loving the pants, btw.

My second interaction involves Hulu+. Jason and I cancelled cable earlier this year as a way to save some money and so we have basic subscriptions to Netflix and Hulu+ so we can watch the shows that we want. The applications are viewable on TV through our Wii so we don't have to watch on our crappy computer. Recently, the shows on Hulu have been unbearably painful to watch as they stop to buffer every 10-15 seconds or so. Watching a 24 minute show in just under an hour is a little ridiculous. I sent a tweet to @hulu and actually got a response back from Hulu Support. I was both shocked and pleased. They gave me suggestions for getting it to work again and while I haven't tried them all yet, it is just really nice to know that there are companies out there who are willing to use "unconventional" method to reach out to their customers.

I'm still working on getting into the Christmas spirit. It hasn't hit me yet. I used to love this time of year and now it just stresses me out. I hate shopping and I feel like I am horrible at picking out gifts for people. Plus, I always wait until the last minute and end up more broke than usual. Ugh. I have the girls this weekend, though so I'll probably get out all the decorations and let them put up the tree. We will also be going to my aunt's house for her annual sugar cookie making party so that should be a lot of fun. Hopefully, baby girl is feeling better by then. Her cold has progressed into an ear infection so we had a little trip to the dr. yesterday morning. She's on antibiotics, so I'm hoping it will clear up soon. In the meantime, she has been very clingy to me and whiny. Oh, and then there's this:

All. Goddamned. Day. Kill me.

Monday, December 3, 2012

St. Louis Trip and meeting new friends

I had one of the best weekends I've had in a long time. Friday morning, I got up with all kinds of good intentions of getting my workout in, getting the tire on the car fixed and going shopping. Didn't quite work out like I planned, however. Everything got done, just not in the order I had planned. Oh well. I did make it out for a little bit of shopping at Old Navy (the cornerstone of my wardrobe) for a cute outfit for the blogger meet up. I have determined that I am just not built for super skinny jeans. Trying to squeeze my legs into these pants was like trying to stuff sausage casings. Not pretty. I did, however manage to find a lovely pair of size 6 jeans that fit perfectly! Yes, size 6. I almost fell on the floor.

You can't see the huge muffin top that is cascading over the waistband of these skinny pants.
 Once I got back, I headed out for St. Louis. The drive was pretty uneventful and I got there right on time. Holly had so graciously offered for me to stay at her house and she was just as fun and sweet in person as she is on her blog. Amy came over and we all drove over to the restaurant together. It was pretty quiet at first, but more people started arriving, and I got to meet Courtney, Melanie, Becky, Elizabeth, Kim, Janice, Chris, Keisha and a few others whose names and blogs I didn't catch. We all started talking more and really just had an absolute blast. It was great to meet all these wonderful women and swap kid stories and vasectomy stories and really connect.

After dinner, they pulled all the tables away and turned up the music for some dancing. Here is where the people watching was most entertaining. There was one guy who was a dancing machine. He was grinding on everything that moved or didn't move for that matter. I caught him grinding up against the fireplace at one point. He was really nice though and assured me he wasn't drunk. I don't think his boyfriend agreed with him.

Holly and Courtney getting down with Dancing Machine
 The next morning I offered to help Holly with whatever she needed for the party, but she declined my help. I did not see any of the psycho Holly that I had been reading about, she seemed perfectly calm to me. Chris assured me that is was because I was there, otherwise she would have been screaming at him to bring the crockpot in from the car. Haven and Olive are just adorable and I had fun playing with them a little bit. Haven is quite mischievous, however, as he let his baby sister out the front door and managed to walk in the bathroom as I was getting in the shower. Holly and Chris, I'm sorry if your child is scarred for life after seeing me naked.

On my way back home, I decided to go ahead and take a detour to go visit my parents. They only live about an hour north of STL and I don't see them that often so I thought it would be a good idea. I actually made the majority of the drive in silence which was pretty peaceful as I drove through the small towns. Part of the reason for this was because it is practically impossible to find a decent radio station in rural Missouri that isn't Country, Classic Rock or Gospel.

I'm glad I made the drive up there. My step-mom was putting up Christmas decorations with my nieces and we had a nice chat. My dad was working at his store as he has been super busy with deer season. Both of them commented on my weight loss and told me I was looking good.

Yesterday was a pretty lazy day and I really didn't want it to end. I did get my run, my squats and my plank in, though so I wasn't a complete slug. Apparently, there was quite the kerfuffle on the Fitcamp facebook page last Friday night. I caught some of the after effects as I was catching up on posts yesterday. I'm glad I missed it, though. I do not care for online drama.

How was your weekend? Any drama in your life that you'd rather avoid?