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It's been awhile. Honestly, I haven't been really into the whole Livejournal thing for awhile, so I'm not sure how much I'll be on here or not. I think it's coming with age and personal life and so on. So here's a quick update.

I've officially lost 62 pounds. I'm eight pounds away from my first goal of 200. It's weird getting used to this new body. I don't recognize myself physically anymore, but mentally I'm the same and the comfortableness will come with time. I've started taking karate and I take a Bodypump class on Thursdays. I will be super kickass by the summer. I will post pictures soon.

My sister's wedding plans are coming along. I have to do shower stuff and figure out bachelorette stuff too, but the price of airfare is ridiculous right now. I'm hoping to score some good deals soon.

Joe has been doing stand up pretty steadily and he's getting good feedback. I've only seen him once, but he is taking a class and they have a showcase in two weeks, so I'll be able to see him then. I should go out more, but it's hard for me to be out late on weekends, especially with work in the morning.

Work is good. Things are falling into place. I am excited.

Hope you are all doing well.

45 Pounds Gone!

Yup. I have officially lost 45 pounds since I started this weight loss thing. I feel great (well, except for now. I had the bright idea to do Zumba after dinner and I should have waited longer), and by spring I'm going to need a brand new wardrobe.

Here's a picture of my progress. I'll get full-length ones soon enough. Definitely by 50.

Nothing new to report other than snow. We've received about a foot since last week. It snowed and then it melted on the weekend and then Friday afternoon it snowed another 6 inches. The roads are clear and it didn't impede our weekend too much. I'm happy for it. I love my four seasons.


I'm Still Here!

Yes, it's been quite a while since I've updated the old LJ. Hope you are all well.

The holidays were good. We saw the hubby's family the week before as Joe's dad was having hip replacement surgery on the 20th. The niece and nephew are adorable, as always, and we played a few games and opened presents with them. We spent Christmas at my parents' in Pennsylvania. It was a good trip, except for the ridiculousness that was a damaged tire rim. We're still working things out with Toyota regarding our awful service. At any rate, it was a good trip home. Jeremiah was with us for most of the time and my mom treated us to tickets to see "Memphis" at Heinz Hall.

The big news is my sister is engaged. She mentioned something to me around Thanksgiving, but Oswain proposed on the 23rd of December. The wedding's on July 22, so we don't have a lot of time, but Krissy has a lot done. We ordered her wedding dress and my bridesmaids dress while we were in Pittsburgh. It's exciting!

Other than that, things have been pretty standard. Work is going well. Joe and I are great, and we're enjoying the nice weather before winter decides to stick around for good.

Celebrations and Benefits

Lots of good things happening Chez Andsheewas. First, I'm down 20 lbs. since my birthday. That's a 14-lb. drop since I joined SparkPeople. I like this program because it provides practical guidance to real situations. There are no points. There are no meetings. It's just me being accountable for me. And I like that. I'm also concentrating more on building muscle and dropping inches. I'm down two on my waist and one on my hips in about a month. So, I'm hoping for more progress, and that will mean using Christmas gift cards for new pants...a size or two smaller. Yay!

Yesterday was the benefit for Murph's Scholarship Fund. Joe and I volunteered for the event, but because he was in one of the bands, he didn't have to do much once the event started. I was selling basket raffle tickets, which was fine. I decided to run earlier that morning after a week-and-a-half hiatus due to heel tendinitis, but it was a bad idea. I was worried I'd have to be on my feet all morning, but Sue pulled me back to sell the tickets, so I at least had some time to stay off them.

Overall though, the benefit was a huge success. There was an awesome turn-out; the room was packed. The bands sounded great, and we sold a ton of tickets at my table, so I can only imagine how the other fundraisers did. The In-Laws and Sister-in-Law showed up, so they were harassing me at my post. Our best man Mike also came along, but I think he was just excited to see Joe play. I was happy to see the guys up on stage too. I saw them about four months before Murph died, so it was great to see them.

Other than that, life is pretty status quo. We got some Christmas shopping done this morning--just the kids and my mom. I like to start early so I don't have to put Christmas on a credit card and to avoid the crowds. We're gearing up for the holidays and making our plans for travel. Hopefully the weather will be on our side.

Sorry I've been quiet. Hope all is well.


Wow. I haven't posted in awhile. It's been a busy, yet uneventful couple of weeks. Last Monday was Joe's birthday. We went out to dinner at the Weber Grill, which was quite tasty. On the Sunday before, we attempted to go to the planetarium, but the Bears game foiled our plans. We ended up at the Art Institute, which we hadn't been to since our first date in 2007. I managed to qualify for a student membership, so we can go back and essentially pay for it. They had a special exhibit on TASS posters from World War II, which was interesting. Sunday night, Joe tried his hand at stand-up, which went pretty well. He's going to try again, but after the benefit for Murph's scholarship fund in November.

Speaking of the benefit, if you are interested in learning more about it, check out the link: Murph's Gift of Music

This weekend we were pretty low key. We were supposed to see Maria Bamford, but the show was cancelled at the last minute due to illness. Instead, I made Joe a birthday pumpkin pie, and we got the apartment clean and in order. We also went to Michael's and Wal-Mart to help with organizing the apartment. I also got Joe's birthday present, a folding bike, which is on its way to us. We also took a walk around the forest preserve not too far from us.

I have a pretty big presentation on Wednesday this week for work. It's just tips for writing and submitting for my company, but I'm a little nervous. It's a prototype for an author orientation we want to start, so hopefully it will go well. I mean, I should know this stuff, right?

Other than that, it's been status quo. My dad's retirement party is this weekend, so it is going to be a busy one yet again. Other than the benefit, things will be slow until the holidays. Thank god! Hope all is well with you all!

The Best Thing About New York City

Last weekend I flew in to New York City, destination Brooklyn, for the wedding of my friend Billey and her fiancée, Lydia. I was jazzed for this for some many reasons, number one being that Billey and Lydia could be legally married, no partnership, no civil union, but married and all the benefits therein. Like many life decisions, marriage is a personal decision, but it should be a decision open to everyone.

I was excited too because Billey and I go back to high school. I was one of the first people she ever came out to, and she was the first person who ever came out to me. So when she told me she was getting married, I knew I had to be there. It was a great wedding. The ceremony was beautiful, and the evening contained tons of entertainment including a rockabilly band and drag kings. I was glad to be a part of it, and I met some nice people.

Amy met me in NYC Friday night and was my date for the weekend. We also went to Coney Island, where we rode the Cyclone, on which I managed to give myself a nosebleed. We also went to the Prospect Park Zoo, which I was pleasantly surprised by. We also got hot dogs at Nathan's and caught in a few flea markets. All in all a great weekend.

Seriously, New York, you've done well.

Smatterings of Suburbia

Not much happening. Labor Day trip was great. Jeremiah and I shared a birthday celebration. Big ones for us: 5 for him and 30 for me. It was great to spend time with my family, but especially the little guy. He's such a neat kid. Then again, isn't that how I feel about both nephews and the niece?

My friend Nicole gave birth to a boy last week. I got to see her and her husband while we were in Pittsburgh. I am so excited for them. He's just adorable. Haven and Mike found out that they are having a girl last Friday. They had a party and Skyped in a few of us from out of town. It was awesome to talk to everyone for a few hours.

Joe and I bought a new bed last weekend. We got the mattress and box spring for a great deal and then picked up the frame at IKEA. IKEA owes us a part on a bookcase we bought, but for the most part, the same day delivery service was helpful, especially when your only car is a Yaris. The mattress and box spring arrived yesterday. So now we have the guest room mostly set up, and we're just about unpacked, pending the arrival of the bookcase part.

According to Wii Fit I'm down just about 8 lbs since August. I'm sliding into my workout schedule quite easily, and I'm making it through the C25K program little by little. I'm leery about the next few weeks, but if I have to repeat, I have to repeat. I have no set day for a 5K, so this is really for me to do it and to get into a habit.

Next weekend I'll be in NYC for a wedding. Amy is coming up to meet me. I'm excited for this one. Plus it will be good to have some Amy time.

Other than that, life is pretty status quo. I see Dark Shadows is on Netflix, so let's see if it is as awful as I remember.

Getting there

C25K workout 2 a success. I managed to pump up my walking speed to compensate for running too hard too quickly on Monday. That seemed to work out well as I didn't have to cheat on the running intervals. I also didn't cramp up in my feet or my side as quickly. I bought a pair of new running shoes (mine are two years old!) to motivate me on this process. I didn't get a chance to workout yesterday, because I was sitting in a dealership waiting for my car to be tuned up. WEll, it's done now, and we will be safe on our Labor Day travels.

Got to move it!

We're settling into our new digs nicely, and I think all of the physical labor of moving weekend has inspired Joe and I to keep up the momentum. Mike lent Joe his folding bike until he decided if he wanted to buy a bike, which I think will be his birthday present, so he's been riding to the train every morning. I've cut pop out of my diet for the most part. It's been about a month, but I may have a glass when I'm home next weekend. Today I started the Couch to 5K workout. I've decided on MWF I'm going to do those workouts at our complex's workout room and on T and Th I'm going to break out the Wii Fit for some yoga/light muscle training plus whatever I can find OnDemand. I hope I can keep it up. I have an ulterior motive for wanting to get in better shape, but I don't know if I'm ready to admit what that is to myself just yet.

In other news, my birthday weekend was lovely. Joe took me to the Melting Pot (inspiring me to exercise!) and we spent the weekend unpacking and watching Gamera. So far we are loving our new area. It lacks the convenience of the city, but it is lovely all the same.

I also booked my flight for a wedding in New York next month. Exciting!


So yesterday I turned 30.

*shriek sigh scream*

Yeah, whatever. I feel like I took 25 a lot harder than 30, but mainly, I think that was because I was so unsure of myself. I was playing the role of an adult, but not really ready to take that all on. So five years later, I feel I am more confident, more sure, and more loved with every day.

Thanks to all of you who shared birthday loved on Facebook. I've been so lax in my LJ over the past few months, so I apologize for not responding personally. Hopefully I can get back to the groove of things.

Joe is on second shift again, so he didn't get home until after 8 last night, but there was still time for birthday kisses and presents. He got me the MST3K vs. Gamera box set ("Jewelry?" he asked a few weeks ago. "Gamera," said I.) and some random Muppet shenanigans (Dr. Teeth! Yay!). We are going out somewhere on Saturday, and I've been told to girly it up. Exciting.

In other good news, we are in our new place in the burbs. I'm kind of sad to not be in the city anymore, but the commute is hella easier and we have more space for a reasonable price. I feel like I've gained two more hours to my day, so that makes me happy.

Hope all is well in your corner of the globe!


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