Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Random pics from fishing and the fair

Oh what a night.... (X-Post from Random Status Messages)

Are you ready for a story? Well, I have a small tale to tell….

Wayne and I had just settled in for a nice night of sleeping. Well, I wasn’t going to sleep; I was going to watch Jaws on my laptop but had forgotten my earbuds. So I headed back down the stairs to the kitchen flipped on the over the sink light, realized that Riley needed to be let out one more time and then walked over to the side door. As I turned on the 3 lights I always turn on when it’s dark outside, I opened up the outside door. That’s when it happened. I saw a kid or small adult come FLYING OUT OF OUR CAMPER AND TOOK OFF RUNNING INTO THE ORCHARD. Yep. That’s right; some person was in our camper looking for something. Ok, so you ever have those moments when you think you’ll know how to react? Heh. Well, practice them more. Because all I could do is yell bad things. I must have sounded like a like moron. It may have sounded better to others, but what I heard sounded a lot like the teacher from the Charlie Brown cartoons. LOL! I just kept yelling and yelling. Then I ran inside to tell Wayne that someone had been in the camper. While inside I grabbed Wayne’s cell phone and called 911. Once Wayne was dressed, he came down with Cam’s little hockey stick. Not sure what that was for, but, it was better than me standing there yelling at the dark only wearing pajamas. Wayne walked into the camper and the only thing we noticed that was out of place was that the fridge door was open and so were the pantry doors. Apparently this person was looking for food or booze, because there were plenty of better things to take. I dunno. We don’t really know anything at this point. I was 100% convinced t was this one particular kid, but the police seem to think otherwise. I guess I believe them. But if it’s not that kid, it makes it a WHOLE LOT SCARIER. After the police left, we took to locking the cars, the house and of course the camper.

What the hell man? I live in Riverton Township, aka MIDDLE OF NOWHERESVILLE. Shit like this doesn’t happen here, not to people like us. What if that prick had been in the garage instead? What if I had confronted him there? Would I be here to write this post? Gosh, I really hate to think that. I know what all of my bigger city friends are thinking, DUH! Lock your stuff up, can’t trust no one. Well, Ludington isn’t like that. B&E things happen all the time, but…not out here. If it is, it’s usually people that you know, not strangers. I can’t tell you how creeped out I am by all this. I have doubts on whether I will sleep or not tonight. So, have we learned a lesson? Yeah, my shit is locked up. No more living in a dream world. I think part of me is really pissed off that someone ruined that fantasy world for me and for the kids. OH YEAH! Try keeping the kids calm and worry free. Cam is a worry wart, Anna has a million questions and Julia just repeats everything that is said, including my use of a few f-bombs. LOL! Ok, not funny, but it lightened the situation a bit for me.

Well, I’ll update you if I find out anymore. I really should try to sleep. Sweet dreams to the prick that was in our camper, I hope my shrieking voice haunts your nightmares for days to come.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Camping, Tiger's Game, Beach and Parade pictures

Being absent

Soooo....we were gone again this week...camping. It was fun, tiring and I'm oh so glad to be home now. :-) I will update with pictures and s'more stuff later. Here's the link to my new blog (um, don't ya'll make a mad dash over's fairly empty yet.)

I'm sure there are a few of you wondering where I got the name (or maybe you're not, I don't care! lol)....I've got a friend who is on my Yahoo messenger list who checks on my status messages because I typically have some random thing up that means nothing or are just quirky lyrics from songs I like. So I thought that Random Status Messages was a cool title. :-)

Well back to unpacking and laundry. Laters!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Switching gears

Ok...I've decided it's time that I get a blog of my own. Um, not that this blog isn't mine, but I think I'd like to keep this one (ladybugs & red thread) as our family one and make a new one to post all my randomness. A place were I can rant and rave about anything I want. :-) I'll let you know when it's up and ready.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Pentwater High School Homecoming 1991

This was taken in January of 1991. It was my senior homecoming dance. The girl on the left was my best friend Debbie and I haven't seen her in like forever. Ummm yeah, so who is the girl on the right? I don't think I know her. HAHAHA! Yep, that's me. Just thought I throw this out for a good laugh today. Enjoy!

Friday, August 3, 2007

The tale of two July's

First picture was taken July 12th, 2007 and the second picture was taken in July of 2006. What a difference a year makes!
Well, it's now August and so I was thinking about changing the name of the post, but I liked too well. LOL! Anyways, it has taken me some time to decide to post this. It really doesn't have too much to do with our family, but it is a personal struggle for me and I'm really proud of my hard work so here goes...

Right after Julia arrived home, I started to pack on the weight. I was heavy to start with and when you do more eating than exercising, the weight fairy starts to drop hints. Like on my thighs, butt and stomach. 2 pounds here, 5 pounds there. Ugh. It was a ride from hell that I wanted to get off. I really don't know what my highest weight was since I banned scales in my house. In my best estimate I figure I was about 205. Remember, I'm only 5'3". Yikes is right.

So in April when I got the chance to submit a proposal to speak at a conference in North Carolina, I took this as a sign of needing to get my shit together. I was tired of being heavy and just plain tired of being tired. I started exercising, eating better and staying busy. It was really tough at first. There's this vicious cycle I believe people get caught in. Since you're heavy, you don't exercise and if you do exercise, you get more tired. So who in the hell wants to get more tired? LOL!

Slowly but surely the weight has came off. When I started I was a size 20/22 and now I'm a 16. I still have a long way to go, but it's working. I'm so much happier about the way I look and how I feel. I'm not tired all the time, I enjoy getting out and walking and running. I don't miss all the junk food. Well, that's a lie. Haha. I do miss all the over-the-top fatty, greasy, oh-so-bad for you foods. But to be honest, they actually don't taste that great anymore.
Weight issues aren't easy to talk about, in fact...I'm embarrassed to really talk about it. I hated shopping for clothes. I hated getting in a bathing suit. I promised I will not ride my high horse of being thinner. I'm still this fat girl at heart and love to make jokes about it. But on the serious side, watching what I eat is an hour to hour, minute to minute battle for me. Right now there are cookies, chips and soda in my fridge that I swear are calling my name. Like after I had the Bunco ladies over. There was a brand new full 2 liter of Coke. I love Coke. Well, I used to go open the fridge and just stare at it. I knew I didn't need it. But I wanted it. I did that for about a week, till I finally just dumped the damn thing out. Laugh if you will, but it's true. Everyday I get up, I have to make a choice of what I eat. I hate it. But my desire to wear a smaller size and be healthier usually beats out my desire for that cheeseburger. :-)
So there you have it. I'm 178 as of this morning. That's 27 pounds lost if you're counting. YAY!