Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Eggs and Updates

Happy Easter!  Sorry for my lack of updates over the past several weeks-- busy schedule, spring sickness, my current "single mom" status to the dogs, and my new 6 day work week is mostly to blame. 

This weekend, hubby went up to Buffalo to visit family.  I am very sad I couldn't go, too.  I opted not to join him on account that I will be flying out of town the following weekend for a wedding and had plans to travel to Boston earlier in the month for a bachelorette party (which ended up being moved to the Thursday before the wedding).  Three travel weekends in one month was a little much for me...  but I'm sure he's having a great time and he promised to bring me home some of Buffalo's fineset sponge candy. 

But, despite having Phil being gone so much this month, I have managed to keep pretty busy.  There is: the beach,

Jimmy Buffett concert, Birthday parties, Melting Pot Big Night Out, Easter celebrations with the handsome Waltz men,

and Easter brunch with friends

Hope everyone had a great Easter! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I love manatees.  They are my favorite animal.  And, because the waters are starting to warm back up, we are getting a lot of them in the Bay.  In fact, Lochte, Phelps and I ran into some manatee the other night on our walk.  Lochte was totally freaked out.  It was hilarious.  What a big baby we have.

I didn't have my camera then... but I have had several encounters with these gentle giants in which I did have my camera.  Most of these pictures are from our honeymoon in Key West, where a mama and her calf lived right outside of our little villa. 



Monday, April 4, 2011


Ever heard of P90X? 

It is an extreme home exercise program.  And by "extreme" I mean extremely  difficult.  It's a 90-day program that meant to totally beat you down and build a lot of muscle.  It's also combined with a crazy diet (which I have no intention of following) of protein shakes and bars.  YUCK. 

My friend started doing this program back in November.  She has since lost 4 dress sizes!  No joke. Not that she was that big to begin with... a healthy size 12.  But, she just recently bought a new pair of jeans in size 4 and was so psyched.  After all, she is *almost* forty, has 3 children, a husband, 2 dogs, and a full-time job.  I'm proud of her for losing weight the "right" way.

She has been BEGGING me to try it. And, with the results that she has had, and beach season right around the corner, I figured I'd give it a shot. 

The DVD's came in.  I was feeling so excited and motivated to start the program, so I popped one of them in....

I lasted 28 minutes.  I literally thought I was going to die.  It was probably the best weights work out I've ever had.  Including my college swimming years.  And, I couldn't walk for the next THREE days.  I hobbled around like most of my patients.  One of the doctors at work even suggested I go to the walk-in clinic and get a muscle relaxer.  It was that bad.

Phil laughed at me....a lot.  I encouraged him to try it, knowing that he would be suffering just as much as I was.... he, of course, accepted the challenge.

He BARELY made it through the warm-up.  TEN minutes. Greg Werner would be so ashamed.

Phil limped into the bedroom and said that we needed to work our way up to 60 minutes.  So, we added another 4 weeks to the program!  P118X.  Yes, that sounds much better to me.  I have since worked my way up to 45 minutes 3 times a week (versus 60 minutes 6 times a week). 

Here's to week three and hopefully, completing my first full workout.  HAHA!

Friday, April 1, 2011


It's official.  Phil will be working (temporarily) as the GM (general manager) of a hotel in Orlando!!!!  It's a really nice promotion, and a GREAT opportunity to impress the big owners/boss men.....but the situation isn't ideal because of the long commute...

We aren't sure how long this will be our situation (I guess until they find and train a replacement GM?), but starting MONDAY, Phil will be IN CHARGE of an entire hotel.  Pretty cool, huh?

Rainy Days and Mondays...

....always get me down.  Gotta love the Carpenters!

But, seriously, I'm so SICK of this rain.  I know I shouldn't complain.  The weather here has been picture perfect since January.  Sunny, 70's, no humidity.   But, for the past few days, it has been MONSOONING.  Seriously.  Flooding.  And tornados.  All over the place.  NASTY.  

I have pictures but am having trouble uploading right now.  I will try again later!