Tuesday, October 28, 2014


I fully intended to finish the row this weekend but, no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't finish it. So I took the same attitude for Monday, also to no avail. Now, at the very end of Tuesday, I can officially say I finished the row! Backtracking a bit...here is last Monday's finish:

Here is the end of the row as of tonight:

And here it is total:

Only two rows left and I'm done! Here I go with another intention...I fully intend to finish her by the end of the year.

Monday, October 20, 2014

More stitch work

Didn't do much last week other than work, work, work with a bit of stitching in-between, so I spent most of the weekend doing nothing but stitching!

Started Monday here:

And ended here last night:

I probably could have gotten a bit farther, but I had to watch last night's Once Upon A Time about twelve times and I couldn't get back into stitching once I finally calmed myself. The OCD has to be directed somewhere now that there's not a definite Disney trip on the horizon, Hook and Emma have my undivided attention!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Been a while since I've done this, but I guess it's time to get back into normal routines!

1. What's your favorite time of day? Why?
Definitely night time! I am NOT a morning person and the more the day goes on, the more alive I become (and the harder it gets for me to sleep).

2. Waffle iron, toaster, coffee maker, mixer, blender...which small appliance would you say most needs replacing in your house?
Never had a waffle iron, rarely use the mixer or blender, and can't stand the smell of coffee, so no coffee maker. The toaster is all that is left! It's pretty old and ugly anyway and cheap enough to easily replace (but I don't because it never really gets used either).

3. It's National Grouch Day (October 15)...what's something that makes you feel grouchy?
Dealing with people.

4. Ever been to Canada? Is that a country you'd like to visit? According to Trip Advisor, the top ten best destinations in Canada are-Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria, Calgary, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Whistler, and Halifax. Which city would you most like to see?
I've been to Niagara Falls and around St. Catharine's many years ago, but I would like to go back some day. The Canadian side of Niagara is so much prettier than the American side (which looks like kitsch came to visit and never left). There are other places in Canada I'd like to see, but for now, I'll settle with the Canadian Pavilion at Epcot.

5. What was your favorite food (or one of your favorites) when you were a child? Is that still a favorite?
Pizza and Salsa (although not together) and since I never change, they will always be my favorites.

6. Do you cry easily?

7. Have you started your (gasp!) Christmas shopping? If so when, and how much? If not, when will you even begin thinking about it?
Christmas no longer exists in my world (as far as I'm concerned)...that's my story and I'm sticking to it. I managed to succeed last year for the first time, so hopefully this year will be as quiet. It was always extremely stressful fighting crowds, buying presents, hoping you got the right thing for the right person and hoping they will like it. There is nothing worse than opening presents in front of others, having them stare at you with the same questions and expecting certain reactions out of you. I never liked Christmas food and it saves my mother the trouble of cooking turkey and ham. Then there is the fact you have to get up early so that you have time to load the car and drive to the town where your family live, so good riddance I say!

8. Insert your own random thought here.
How can such a wonderful place like Disney World make you feel so good while you are there and so crappy when you come back?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Disney and Weight

The one area of Disney that I can speak about at this point is how different it is going with a normal body weight versus going as my usual fat self. I have never been thin and never will be, but I am smaller than I have ever been (even if I packed it on a bit during vacation), and it made a noticeable difference on my trip.

Here's my top 5 most-improved Disney experiences being smaller:
5 - Not having to turn sideways to get through turnstiles
4 - Much easier to get in and out of rides
3 - People not looking at your weird for ordering fattening foods
2 - I could stand on a moving bus with no problems
1 - No foot pain or swelling in any way

And my top 5 least-improved Disney experiences being smaller:
5 - Having people smush me on buses rather than me doing the smushing
4 - Roller coaster ride bruises (aka Rock-n-Roller Coaster) way bigger
3 - Harder to sit on concrete or benches because no butt padding
2 - More clothes available in large vs 2xl and not being able to afford them
1 - Couldn't eat as much as I wanted to because I couldn't hold it all

This whole weight loss journey has been a disappointment overall because it hasn't been the "miraculous life-changing event" that everyone always touts weight loss to be. If anything, I've been questioning why I've put myself through all this in the first place simply because I have more problems now than I did before. My headaches get worse the more weight I lose and I've had to get rid of my entire wardrobe of clothing that I have been holding onto since high school (although that might not have been that horrible of a situation). I wasn't unhealthy before, but things are starting to creep up on me like my knee pain has gotten much worse and the loose skin is driving me mad. But the positive experiences I had in Disney World as a thinner person have solidified my resolve to stay a thinner person (even if it might take me forever to take off the extra weight I gained in Disney). My weight loss may not have changed my life completely, but it did help to make Disney World a bit better!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Stitchy Week

I have been drowning myself in stitching to avoid the obvious...vacation is over. It's back to work tomorrow, back to my sucky day-to-day life of nothingness. Without a Disney trip on the horizon, I feel like I have absolutely no purpose on this earth. I'm in that awkward stage where I can't stop thinking about Disney, but I can't deal with post-trip details...aka editing pictures, finding places for new items, etc. At this stage, I wonder why I put myself through it all in the first place. Is a week of pleasure worth the months of planning and the months of depression that follows? Right now, I can't say, but enough blaa, let's get on with the stitching progress.

The Princess And The Pea as of the beginning of the week:

and as of tonight:

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Zachary Binx

Today is a very important day because my oldest baby boy turned 14 years old (in human years, not puppy) and he deserves his props! It seems like only yesterday he came into our house as a baby:
crotch shot

And even if his face is older, he's still my baby boy:

Although baby Bammers thinks it's hilarious his brother is an old codger!

But they still love each other (even if they only show it when they think I'm not looking):
Happy Puppy-Birthday Zachariah, and here's to many more!!!

The Post-Disney Depression is really bad this time and Kate left to go back home to England today, so my mood hasn't been the best for blogging, but celebrating my babykins birth was enough to at least bring me out of funk-town enough to give him a shout out. I can't say when I'll feel like continuing the Disney Reviews (I can't even look at the pictures right now and all my new pins still live in the bag I brought them back in), but my stitching mojo is kicking into high gear, so I might have some progress to show tomorrow night...we'll see.

Have a safe trip home Kate and the boys are missing you already!