I Cooked!

I Cooked!

Those that know me well know that I like cooking about as much as I love spending large amounts of time in the great outdoors (this sentence exudes sarcasm for those that don’t know me well). I am more of a rink girl and much more of a convenient food girl too. My love affair with cheeseburgers goes back to 1992, when I started working at McDonald’s for $4.55/hour. I still love them just as much today – especially with extra pickles. It is common knowledge to my soccer and hockey teammates that without fail, I score goals after consuming one. For instance, way back in 1993, I worked until 2pm (at McDonald’s) and had a soccer game in Truro (about an hour away) that started at 3pm. Our team was playing with the bare minimum of allowable players when I arrived so I was able to run onto the field immediately. Running from the car, I swallowed the last bite of my cheeseburger as I tucked in my soccer jersey (on the back was my favourite number – #19). My team went on to win the game 7-1 or something like that and I scored three goals. A good cheesburger will do that for me.

I recently took a stress in the workplace course and discovered that over the last few years I have experienced just about every single major stressor a person can experience in their life. I have fared okay considering but how do I deal with all that stress? By eating of course! A good cheeseburger alone doesn’t hurt but when accompanied by unecessary caloric intake, that takes a toll on one’s body. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right? Well I did and now I weigh a little more than I should – about 39.5 pounds more actually. Let’s make it clear that I have always been solid and no, that is not just a polite way of saying overweight, I actually mean solid. I think my butt muscles must weigh at least 10 pounds each! I am only 5 ‘ 3 and 3/4″ (that 3/4″ is very important) but I cannot remember ever weighing less than 145 – 150 pounds. I always think it is funny when I get to shop in the petite section of a clothing store even though I know it is because of my Barney Rubble length legs.

I have decided to take control of my eating and today started on the Atkins Diet which claims you can lose up to 15 pounds in the first two weeks. I realize that results vary but if I could lose 15 pounds then I would already weigh only 174.5 pounds by July 22! That would be quite a difference. I did this diet back in August of 2012 and lost 30 pounds so I know it works. Unfortunately stress got the best of me not long after that and so I am pretty much starting from the same point.

One thing I have to say about the Atkins Diet is that it seems that it was made just for me. Most importantly, I can still eat cheeseburgers! I just can’t eat them on the bun in the first few stages. I can also drink my second favourite version of Pepsi – Pepsi Max (the original is my absolute favourite). I can eat bacon, sausages, cheese, eggs, chicken, beef, caesar salad (basically all of my favourite things) and I can lose weight doing it! There are 4 stages to this diet. Stage 1 is the mega fat burning stage that gets your metabolism revved up! I am not going to bore you (in this post anyway) with all the scientific reasons about why it works and why it is not bad for you like people think. I know it works and I know it makes me feel better too – physically and emotionally . The only downfall is the whole having to cook and prepare my meals ahead of time thing. Check out what I made myself last night to bring to work for lunch today. A red pepper stuffed with fried and seasoned steak strips, mushrooms, zuchinni, and cheddar cheese. Cooked at 350 fahrenheit for about 10 minutes, it microwaved perfectly at work today.

Stuffed red pepper with steak, cheese and veggies

Stuffed red pepper with steak, cheese and veggies

 

 

Who in Their Right Mind Would Apply for This Job?

Who in Their Right Mind Would Apply for This Job?

The job description of a mom has been circulating in the internet for years. In fact I think I remember reading it before I even had children which was over ten years ago! For those who have never read it, please see below. I have taken the liberty of changing it to a job description for both moms and dads.

POSITION :
Mother, Mom, Mama, Mommy, Momma, Ma,
Father, Dad, Dada, Daddy, Papa, Pa

JOB DESCRIPTION: Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an, often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT AND PROMOTION: Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE : None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION: Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

BENEFITS: While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.

Author Unknown

No one in their right mind would ever take this job but once you have had four tiny fingers and a thumb wrapped around one of your fingers, once you have been rewarded with your first toothless grin, and once you have experienced making a boo boo feel better with a gentle kiss, no one in their right mind would want to give this job up.

 

Launch Me Ellen Horse Jump!

Launch Me Ellen Horse Jump!

Heidi was here! She flew in on May 31 and had to return to Wichita on Tuesday. It was a short visit but Alison, Beth, Sarah and I enjoyed every minute we spent with her! We all had an amazing weekend together and managed to squeeze in lots of time with animals as well. Besides giving our pet rats – Sir Runs A Lot, Scaredy Rat and In and Out – their very first baths, on Sunday afternoon we spent time with a very special horse named Caper.

Caper is white (with cute brown spots) and much to my daughters’ delight does not mind being drawn on with washable markers! So my three daughters, and all of the adults there, took turns drawing all over his beautiful and bright, white coat. Here is a picture of Alison, Beth and Sarah standing beside Caper after we had all finished our artwork. Notice the words on his left butt cheek.

Alison, Beth and Sarah by a decorated Caper

Alison, Beth and Sarah by a decorated Caper

Please know that the placement of the words are by no means a play on words of “a horse’s ass”. Caper would later be wearing a saddle which would cover most drawings done anywhere but his rear area.

Here is a closeup of the wording:

Caper wants to get Ellen's attention for us too

Caper wants to get Ellen’s attention for us too

Caper is great with children and a very patient horse. All those who wanted to ride him were given the chance. And then Caper got to do what he loves best – jump!!!! Proudly sporting Launch Me Ellen on his left butt cheek, Caper soared over this jump (see below) with ease, bringing our Launch Me Ellen campaign to new heights. Thanks to Caper and Jenn (the rider pictured in the jump), and Sam and Jess, for a great day!

 

Caper gives Launch Me Ellen a new meaning (see his left butt cheek)

Caper gives Launch Me Ellen a new meaning (see his left butt cheek)

 

Have You Hugged Heidi Yet?

Have You Hugged Heidi Yet?

You are one of the lucky ones if you have been hugged by Heidi. Unfortunately Heidi can’t be everywhere to give you a real hug but don’t despair, you can hug her virtually! Simply tweet the word HUG to @HeidiKansas #Hugs4Heidi.

The idea behind Hugs4Heidi is that Heidi lives so far from me that she does not get to give me all the hugs she wants to so she decided to share with you! Heidi has lots of love to give and she is going to be surprising people wherever she goes with hugs. The more hugs she gets, the better the chances that Ellen DeGeneres might hear about her. And if Ellen hears about her, she will hear about me which means she will hear about us and we are hoping she can make our dreams come true! Please spread the word about Hugs4Heidi and get your friends and relatives who can’t hug Heidi for real to give Heidi a virtual hug. Thanks for helping make our dreams come true one hug at a time!

To see how else we are trying to get Ellen’s attention please click on the pretty purple button on the right that says Launch Me Ellen. This will explain our dreams and it even has lyrics to a new theme song that could be a reality series of our life! At the bottom of this post you will see links to “Related Posts”. These posts are all part of Launch Me Ellen, which is our attempt to get Ellen’s attention.

Thanks again for your hugs and for visiting Musings of a Mom!

Why Did the Duck Cross the Road…

Why Did the Duck Cross the Road…

This is what my eldest daughter and I saw while driving past Sullivan’s Pond in Dartmouth today…

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They actually used the crosswalk!

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This last duck stopped to take a drink of freshly fallen rain water before stepping onto the sidewalk!

April 30 – Make out or make love/Spice up video chat

April 30 – Make out or make love/Spice up video chat

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All you local couples today your “task” is to make out or make love – or both! What a hardship! But after spending all month pouring on the romance, your love is blooming and it is time to take advantage of that!

Long distance couples, since you are not physically together you are going to spice up your life by spicing up the video chat. Wear an outfit that your partner finds sexy on you or get all dressed up like you are going on a date. For those who want/need a little more chat topless. Let your imagination be your guide on this one. Most of all enjoy each other! You have spent the whole month of April totally focused on each other and tonight is the night to celebrate how you see fit!

Twitter #aprilshowers30
Terynn @writerbychoice1
Heidi @HeidiKansas

April 28 – Tell your partner about a time they made you feel really loved and/or special

April 28 – Tell your partner about a time they made you feel really loved and/or special

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Tell your partner about a time s/he made you feel really loved/or special. Hopefully there have been far too many of these moments to count, but try to choose the one that stands out to you the most. Tell him/her why it made you feel so loved and/or special. Knowing why makes your partner better equipped to make you feel that way again, and again, and again.

Twitter #aprilshowers30
Terynn @writerbychoice1
Heidi @HeidiKansas

April 29 – More massaging/Discuss your idea of a romantic getaway

April 29 – More massaging/Discuss your idea of a romantic getaway

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Today’s task involves more massaging, either full body or preferred area (chosen by your partner). Massage your partner for at least 10 minutes, and this time lick whipped cream or chocolate syrup or another such thing off your partner’s body sporadically while massaging.

Long distance couples, you are going to have to wait until the next time you are together to enjoy that kind of task with your partner. Today you need to discuss your idea of a romantic getaway with your partner – where you would like to be and what you would like to do.

Twitter #aprilshowers30
Terynn @writerbychoice1
Heidi @HeidiKansas

April 27 – Have a sleepover in living room/on Skype

April 27 – Have a sleepover in living room/on Skype

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Have a sleepover in the living room or a place other than the bed. Long distance couples, keep video chat on all night like you are sleeping together. If not possible, try to chat together until you cannot keep your eyes open any longer.

Twitter #aprilshowers30
Terynn @writerbychoice1
Heidi @HeidiKansas

April 26 – Buy and share a treat together

April 26 – Buy and share a treat together

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On April 5 your task was to buy your partner a meaningful treat. Today the two of you need to purchase and enjoy a treat together.  The challenge here is that you have to come to a mutual agreement on what treat you are going to buy. Long distance couples, you are going to have to go to the store separately but still must make the decision on what to purchase together. You have twice the challenge since you have to decide on something you both will enjoy AND it has to be available where you both live. This is harder than it seems. Heidi and I discovered that what they call Smarties in the United States are what we call Rockets in Canada. The United States does not have our Smarties (which are chocolate candies covered in colourful candy shells – sort of like M & Ms). We have M & Ms in Canada too. Whatever you decide, make sure to enjoy it together on video chat.