July 31, 2004

I have been busy. Grrr I need to get here more often.

Any way Vince has been having really long over time lately. So yesterday I didn't figure I would get to Curves. I go on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Cause they aren't meeting days. And it gives me days in between off from strength training. Then I walk in place at home. Any way I finally broke my plateau too! Well, yesterday Vince was working the 8-4 shift. And he called and asked me if he could work over time. He's never had over time on this shift before, (well only during 9-11) and we need the money this month so I said yes. And I would just do a harder work out at home. Although I was fine with it I was kind of disappointed cause on this shift I don't get to go on Sunday either, I have to wait till Monday then go on Weds, and Friday. And it messes up the whole week, but Curves closes early on Sunday so this week each month I just have to do it out of whack. Then Vince mom called and said she would pick me up and take me. I was so happy! So she took me, and even though she joined on the 9th this was her first work out. She loved it. And said she wanted to go back on Sunday. Really she wanted to go back today, but I told her to give her muscles a rest. So she is going to take me Sunday too! I am so happy about that! So I don't have to have my week out of whack. I hope she sticks with it, and will keep taking me this one Sunday a month at least. So that way I don't have to have my week out of whack, and go on Wednesday which is a meeting day. I really like to have my meeting days off.

Other then that I don't really know what else to talk about. lol I've been eating some new foods. Well, not exactly new just in different ways. I've been experimenting a lot in the kitchen. My new favorite is my version of eggplant Parmesan, I make with eggplant, that I coat lightly with bread crumbs and bake instead of fry. Then I use fat free ricotta, and low calorie spaghetti sauce, and low fat mozzarella cheese. It is so good with spaghetti squash on the side! I have also made chicken parm, using Bocca vegetarian chicken patties and it was AWESOME! I did it the exact same way I did the eggplant one, except the chicken patties were already breaded and cooked. And only 1 starch and one protein window! YEAH!

Then I discovered Keeblers fudge shop ice cream cones. I LOVE THEM! They are one extra window for me (35 calories) on the Richard Simmons plan. And I love to fill them with Skinny cow chocolate peanut butter cookie dough ice cream! Oh my! YUM!!!!!!!

So I've been having fun with my food. And my exercise. And am so so so glad I am finally past that plateau!

Oh yeah and yesterday I hand washed 4 loads of laundry in the bathroom sink to save money. Now that was some upper body exercise! It took me 2 hours. But, I think I will just keep on washing our laundry this way. It's cheaper, and it really wasn't that bad. And I like the way the clothes smell too.

July 19, 2004

I went to Bethel today. We went to 90 Sands (residential/kitchen/dining room), Adams-Printing, and 360 Furman-Shipping. It was a great day. I will add pictures soon!

I went to the literature cabinet, and I looked through the catalog of every thing that we have. I had no idea that they had a book of Questions to use for the My Book of Bible Stories. It was a paper back (like a thick tract). The brother said it was for the sign language brothers to use. I picked one up any way. Because, I have studied the My Book of Bible Stories with many children, and adults for that matter, and always put my questions I made up on sticky notes. I liked having the questions already made up for me. That way I am not missing any important details either! Wow I highly recommend it, if you study with or have small children. It's very neat.

The other thing I learned was that they make special books for prison, the Live Forever, New World Translation Bible, and a few other books come in paper back! Who knew? I never knew this, the whole time I have wrote to friends and family in prison. I always had to rip the covers off to send to them! The sister on the tour said when ever you witness to people in prison, you should contact the society first, and see if they aren't already shipping to that prison, I think she said that there were three thousand prisons that they ship to regularly! WOW!

The other neat thing we learned, was that duplicating of tapes (Watchtower & Awake) will no longer be done by the Society, but by a outside source after October. AND, that they believe with in five years we will no longer have anything on cassette tape, but not only go to CDS but actually we will probably be doing MP3s and DVDs! That was exciting to hear!

I also picked up a DVD in the literature-The Blood Transfusion one.

We had a great day. I packed PB & Jelly sandwiches. So we had a really good time. Pictures soon to come!

July 17, 2004

We are home. We had a great vacation. Then we went to the convention in Richard, Va. It was great! Vince's uncle did the talk for a new release. It was just a wonderful, wonderful convention. Our friends Sherri and Amber were in the drama too, so that was a added bonus that was neat!

I can't wait to get pics up. We have a new member to the family a bunny rabbit, named Strawberry Shortcake. She's the cutest. I will post her website soon. And some new pics of her also.

I'm working on getting my kitchen all decorated and nice. I will probably have pics up soon of it. Can't wait. It should be done in at the most 2 weeks. Then it's off to getting the hallways done! lol Then the living room, then the bathroom, then our bed room. The pantry is still staying nice, so that's a accomplishment!