In August 2004, I just bought a new house and got a new puppy, a three month old Border Collie named Blackie.
Then I met Patra and everything changed. Patra had three cats and a bird. The Border Collies didn't mind the cats and the bird but they weren't happy that they were losing their precious spots on the bed at night. Blackie hung onto his spot on the right side of the bed, Patra got stuck in the middle, and I got the left side with a kitty cat who slept on my head. We got married and moved to a bigger house in Dallas with a huge backyard and everyone was content. However, we lost two kitties the first year and then got another one who's never left the house. The dogs made do with the new house by playing in the back yard while Blackie would run with me at White Rock Lake and White Rock Creek.
Update: Blackie's running days are officially over. Arthritis in both hips and his right rear knee. Doc has him on pain medication and supplements to manage the arthritis. Now we wait and see how he does on the medication.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
Paul was rear-ended in our NEW CAR this week. It was a 4 car pile-up.
What a pain.
The woman driving the Mercedes, who didn't even hit the breaks before ramming into him, was accusing everyone but herself. She was the sole reason for the pile-up. She hit Paul, pushing him into the car in front of him, and so on... and so on....
While is doesn't look all that bad in these photos, the reality was worse.
About $7600 worse.
I have some fun pictures of the boys too. Christopher has embraced roll playing. Sean loves his toy animals. Sometimes these two activities go together like peas and carrots...
but most of the time it doesn't.
And now, in no particular order... THE BOYS:
Dr. Phlegm is accepting new patients.
(yes, he chose that name himself)
An Officer and a Pirate
The Sully's are hugging! I promise it didn't last.
Chris in the bunker with his helmet.
Christopher's first selfie
Sean hugging a creepy height-limit character
My knight in shining armor with eye protection
Sean fell asleep watching Sharkboy and Lavagirl.
Christopher watching TV in his fort.
The flags really bring the whole thing together.
Christopher fishing in the Goldfish pond.
Sean is showing Pop how his fingernail is growing back.
Also, he's showing him the wrong fingernail.
Of all the toys in Guitarget (Target), this was his choice.
A tired Fireman Christopher is being beamed up.
Paul and I were watching Castle before going to bed, Sean woke up and came into the living room. He landed here and fell back asleep. Just like this.
Christopher either ate a blue sucker or he's turning into a Smurf.
Sean asleep at Red Pepper (Chili's) AGAIN.
Sean sitting on Grandpa Jay and Nunu's tombstone at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
Sean throwing the ball and letting Christopher play catch.
I'm having a margarita.
Christopher being a "Cooker" at Alice's house.
He's modeling a LOVELY apron which he wouldn't take off.
I have no idea how this happened.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Has anyone tried any Detox/Slimming Body Wraps? I had seriously been considering trying it since I have a little saggy skin where my C-section was. (sorry guys - TMI alert a little late ) The main goal of a detox wrap is to aid your body in detoxifying your skin and fat cells to help you trim a few inches from your stomach, thighs, arms, buttocks, neck and face. You can also reduce the appearance of cellulite and firm up loose skin. Who doesn't want that?
I came across THIS blog, by Mandy Gladden, on Facebook. She did some research and found Plexus's Fast Relief Cream and the Body Cream have many of the same ingredients found in various other wraps on the market. In fact, our creams have even more natural detoxifying ingredients than most wraps out there! You mean, I can make my own wrap?? Yes... Yes you can!
It was time for an experiment.
I worked late last night so by the time I'd gotten home, got the boys fed, and fixed something for myself, it was 9:00pm before I could try this out. We didn't have a tape measure, or at least one the wasn't metal and stiff, so I improvised. I got some ribbon and wrapped it around my belly which was the area I wanted to test. I cut a length of it that fit snugly, but not tightly, around me. Now, when I finish the hour long experiment, I will use that ribbon and see if it's loose and measure the difference. That was the plan anyways.
I undressed, took one pump of each cream, and slathered them on my belly and around my back. I intended on wrapping myself with Saran Wrap since it's what I had handy, but thought I'd ask Paul to help me. He said, "Wait, let me get this straight. You're going to wrap yourself up in Saran Wrap." I said yes. He said "You know, you're supposed to surprise me at the door when I come home from a long day at work like that. You're doing it wrong." I just rolled my eyes and told him to roll me up. He did, but giggled the whole time.
I thought we had it tight enough, but almost immediately it started to slip and slide. So, I improvised again. I had a full body girdle because, well, you never know when you might need one. Like now. I pulled it on over the Saran Wrap. This actually worked great. Paul lost interest around this point. :-)
It was now 9:05pm. I went upstairs to do a little work while I waited for the hour to pass. At about 9:10pm I felt an intense tingling. Was it working?? Maybe! Then at 9:28pm the tingling actually got a little stronger. It was almost, but not quite, uncomfortable. I actually like the way it felt. No pain no gain, right?
At 10:05pm I went downstairs to unwrap myself and see if I had any success. With my crude measuring method, it looked like I was down at least a 1/4"! That may not seem like much, but I call it a success! This morning when I woke up I thought I'd see if I'd ballooned back out, but now it showed a loss of closer to 1/2"! They say the benefits of the wrap will keep working for up to 48 hours.
I will repeat the process on my thighs next. Maybe I'll have pictures for that one. Maybe.