Callie and the Bear

When I was a little girl, I had a security blanket. It was a pink and white blanket my mom made for me, and I took it everywhere with me.

My cats have security blankets too. For Dizzy, it’s a rope he drags around the house. We’ll find it in various rooms or laying by their food and water bowls in the kitchen. Callie’s security blanket is one of my teddy bears. This bear is bigger than she is, yet she drags it everywhere. One morning we woke up to find that she had brought it up on the bed. She’ll also jump up on the desk, grab its leg in her mouth and move it onto the floor.

callie and bear

I’m thinking about getting a bear just for her. That way she can have her fun, and I can keep *my* bear kitty slobber-free.

Weight Watchers: Week 7

Result: -1.4
Total: -6.2

Wow, it’s sure been a while since I posted an update. I could say it was because I’ve had a few fluctuations, but it’s mainly because I just forgot.

Today, though, I’m pretty proud of myself. A 1.4 pound loss *after* Thanksgiving. I was nervous during the whole holiday weekend, even though I still counted my points. I knew I hadn’t gone over my allotted weekly points, but I’ve had weeks before when I dipped into my weekly points and ended up gaining weight at my weigh-in. Plus, it’s my tom, so I was sure that would make it more likely that I would gain.

So now I am 3.8 pounds away from 10 pounds. That’s unbelieveable to me. I’ve started to see a difference in how I look, even though that varies from outfit to outfit. And, I’m feeling good about myself now. And that’s the whole reason I’m doing this.

The Biggest Loser’s First Villain

The Biggest Loser is one of my favorite reality shows. Sure, the product placement is over the top, but it’s got a great purpose and it’s really helping people. And, it’s a much nicer show than some of the other reality programs. There’s never really been a vindictive contestant.

Until this season, that is.

For most of the season, I disliked Heba. Her nothing-can-touch-us attitude really annoyed me. I still don’t like her, but now my disdain is aimed more toward Vicky. I don’t remember anyone as horrible as her since Omarosa on The Apprentice. When I saw this story on Yahoo! today I had to laugh. Apparently, someone else feels the same way as me. I don’t know how she can watch this show and hold her head up high. She calls herself a role model, and that disgusts me. She’s just a mean person. I understand she was upset when her husband was eliminated, but turning around and putting revenge signs on other peoples’ doors was over the line in my opinion.

Every Tuesday I hope that it will be Vicky’s night to go home. Unfortunately, though, I think she just might make it to the finals. If she ends up being The Biggest Loser I may not be able to watch anymore. Does anyone share the same feeling?

New Blog?

I’m thinking about starting a separate blog to chronicle our battle with infertility. I feel that would allow me to include more without weighing down this blog. What do you all think? Would you read a separate blog or should I just keep everything here?


Yesterday, I walked down to Quiznos for my daily Baked Lays and Diet Mtn. Dew snack. I’m a regular, so the two managers who are there in the afternoons know me.

As I was filling my cup at the drink station, one of the managers came out from the back, stood next to me and started picking at her teeth. Then, she turned to me and said, “There! I finally got it! That piece of roast beef has been bothering me all day.”

Yes, this is a person who makes food for customers. I can never eat there again.

Happy Holidays

I am always *so* ready to be home after holiday traveling. We always have a great time with our families, but by the time we leave I am definitely ready to be home with my cats and sleeping in my own bed.

Our travels for Thanksgiving began Thursday morning. I had to work, so we left from the station and headed to my parents’ house. We visited and helped finish the preparations for Thanksgiving dinner, and then sat down for a nice dinner with my grandparents and parents. It was fun just hanging out and talking.

After lunch, we headed back across the driveway to my parents’ house where Joe and I vegged out and watched tv for the rest of the afternoon. That evening, headed to the movie theater — our Thanksgiving Day tradition — and saw “Transporter 3”, which we really liked.

On Friday, Joe and I headed out to the mall after breakfast. We hadn’t planned on going shopping because I hate dealing with crowds, but I found a winter coat at J.C. Penney on sale from $180 to $40 and, since I needed a coat, I decided I couldn’t let that deal pass by. Then, we hit Barnes and Noble and McKay, the fabulous used bookstore in Chattanooga, and came away with enough books to last for a year.

After our shopping excursion, we packed up our things and left to go to Joe’s parents’ cabin in Blue Ridge. We discovered the last time we drove from the cabin to my parents’ house that it’s a pretty straight shot from Cleveland, Tenn., where my parents live. You hit Georgia not too far past the Ocoee River in Polk County, and Blue Ridge is about another 20 minutes or so from there. Plus, one side of the main street going through Copperhill, Tenn. is in Tennesse and the other is in Georgia. Of course, being the dorks that we are, we had to get pictures.

me in two states

There were a lot of people at the cabin when we arrived — 14 to be exact. It was hectic, but it was great. Nana was there along with her brother and sister-in-law from South Carolina and their daughter, son-in-law and grandson; and Nana’s brother-in-law and his wife were there from Florida, as were their son and his partner, who live in Atlanta. And, of course, Joe’s parents, and Rachel and Dave were there. It was a great gathering.




We had fun, but we were glad to escape to a family friend’s house where we were staying. The next day, we took a group picture before people started leaving. It’s hard to corral that many people, but we did it and got a great picture.


On Saturday night, Joe and I headed back to meet some friends in Kennesaw. Joe’s best friend Philip and his wife, Nayeli, were visiting from Arizona, and we hadn’t seen them in a year or so. Joe’s other friend Jon and his wife, Michelle, came too. The three guys hadn’t been together since our wedding!

jon, joe, phil


And yes, I was the odd person out in the picture since my hubby took it. Ha! It was a great weekend, but I was very happy to get home. That is until I tried to download our pictures and found out that our card reader had stopped reading. Luckily, we got that fixed by Sunday night and now all is well in our world.