Saturday, February 27, 2010

February Diet Re-Cap

Okay so this month is a little discouraging, but that is okay. Here is the re-cap:

Weight Loss: -0.2 pounds
Yup, this means I gained.

Cheats: Way too many... Let's see... I had a doughnut on 2/12/10, we ate out numerous times, last night I even had pizza with extra cheese... Let's not forget the movie theatre cheats. This is something that will look much better for the month of March.

Workouts: Have done some dog walking and started from couch to 5K. Also, major cleaning on basement today which will qualify as a workout given the amount of clean-up needed. Must do better here as well. I am going to get my bike out, possibly even this weekend, we shall see.

Eating Habits: Despite the cheating, I didn't do awful on Monday's through Thursdays. I stayed within the dietary guidelines I have set for myself. Those damn weekends are killer though. A couple of compliments that I have for myself: I have made an awesome chicken chili that will be made again in the near future, am kickin' ass at soups and stews that are low carb/high protein and last for more than just one meal!

Overall: I know that I need to do better. I am actually turning thirty in March (on the 31st) and I would love to give myself another 10 pound loss. So March is going to be much better and much more strict with dieting and exercising. February was a failure, March will not be this way.

And there you have it!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Just Another New Blog Site... Very Good!

Lately I have become a blog stalker. I am happy with this choice as it has lead me to many fascinating sites that help to motivate me, or just make me laugh!
Here is the latest and greatest:


I love it. I will have it on my side bar for future references. It will be titled the same. These people are very clever and wonderful. Check them out!

Kind of a Boring Post

So today I was texted by my home health job and told that my visit with the hard egg patient will no longer require that I cook for her. All of that hard egg cooking practice for absolutely nothing! Oh well, it really made for a good story, and she is a sweetheart. So I now basically go in check her sugar and give her a shot. How simple is that?

For those who don't know... well... it is extremely simple! I can't believe that is all I have to do and I get paid what I get paid.

Work at Terrace Grove was good. I only put in a half day. That was nice leaving at 10:40 this AM. I had great morning too. All of the aides showed up. I was got through the morning med pass without any struggles. I did have a million doctors to call, but I was able to let the nurse who split the shift with me call the meanest doctor. She was really sweet about it too.

Tonight will be a night filled with dog walks and from couch to 5K (woot woot!). I am excited about both. The boys are learning to walk at our sides better and I am fat and need to get my a$$ on the treadmill!

Things that I did that B may say were wrong:
I went shopping at Old Navy right after work. Our bosses have changed our uniforms at work to a lab coat (that is oversized) and a pair of scrub bottoms. We can wear either a scrub top or a cute t-shirt underneath the lab coat. So at Old Navy I found a bunch of V-neck and normal neck tee's for $5.00. I also bought B a couple of shirts that I think will look good on him. He will take them back though.

I do have a funny Arnold picture/movie post to do, and I will. Probably not until tomorrow. The boys are getting groomed in the morning so I will post before and after photos too! I am really impressed with the local business we have come across for our dog's grooming. Perhaps I will include them as well. It will be a doggy-delicious post!

I am going to go as I have spring fever right now and feel like a louse sitting on the couch inside even though it is only 32 degrees outside! (Hey, the sun is out!).

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sunshine Award

So my blog buddy Googie gave me a sunshine award! She is a very sweet girl and I am glad we have met through the blogging world!

So with the Sunshine award you are to highlight 12 blogs that you follow and that give you happiness, or sunshine so to speak. So here are the blogs that I find myself checking daily... I hope I can make it to 12!

1) Raw Chicken (my sister)
2) Yogurt Flavored (my sister in law)
3) B's Momma (my mother in law)
4) Kandice (my friend)
5) Exercise Addicts (another blog I contribute to)
6) Inspirational Runner (just a cool chick)
7) The Toole Tanks (a high school friend who stuck it out with me!)
8) Bryan and Stacey (college pals)
9) Teach (my step mom)
10) Fatchick (this woman doesn't know me, but she is very inspirational)
11) Dee (my brother, even though he doesn't blog much)
12) Steve (my other brother who doesn't blog much)

So the last two, really hardly ever blog, but I love to click their blogs and see their cute little families! So there you go, spread the sunshine if you were highlighted and realize it!

Love to one and all!



Recipe for Home Made Tortilla Chips

My sister gave me a recipe for home made tortilla chips and these things really hit the spot when I am craving something crunchy that is not a vegetable, and they are super yummy when they are hot. Super simple to make as well!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray cookie sheet with nonstick spray.
Cut wheat tortillas with a pizza cutter and arrange on cookie sheet.
Spray over the top of the cut tortilla and flavor. I use salt and garlic powder.
Bake in oven for 12 to 15 minutes.
Enjoy!

I have also thought of baking these for 8 minutes and then taking them out and putting a small slice of 50% fat free cheddar cheese on top and then letting them finish baking. I haven't tried this yet... but it sure sounds good. Especially if you have a fresh salsa dip!

Chicken Chili Recipe

I found this recipe on Googies blog and she found it at about.com. It was super easy to make and super yummy! I even loved the left overs. So here is the recipe!

Ingredients:

1 to 1 and 1/2 lb chicken, cut into 1/2" pieces
1 chopped onion (I used 2 yellow onions diced)
1 15 oz can drained pinto beans you can use white or small red beans too
1 15 oz can drained black beans
1 can stewed tomatoes, Mexican style, (I used 2 cans of Rotel)
1 15 oz can corn (drained and optional)
2 tablespoons chili powder or seasoning mix (I used powder)

Preparation:

In large skillet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, brown chicken and onion over medium heat. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to boil. Reduce to low; simmer for about 20 minutes.

I flavored my chicken with salt and garlic powder. I also added red pepper flakes.



Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hmm, I Have Been Bad!

So I blogged yesterday about a bunch of books that I bought. B made me take them back. Not because he is mean, but because he is smart. We bought the same books for $40.00 cheaper than what I had spent originally. He is just a smart man!

I am excited to get them so that I can start to read them. How great will that be to read again. I just don't do that enough.

So I mentioned that I have been bad, and I really have! I have been eating awful things, and drinking them too. It is not as though I can afford to do this. I am by no means skinny. Geez, I just dunno how to kick this eatin' crap habit. I do so good for so long and then it all goes to pot!

Tonight I will do better. I will make a good dinner for us and it will be yummy. I will not cheat... except I already did. I ate three pieces of red ropes. My favorite. We still have candy in the house from when we went to the movie on Sunday. It is calling my name... I must find will power! One slip up man and all I wanna do is cheat and eat.

In other news...

Arnold hates his mouth spray. Tough crap, he's gettin' it until I feel that it is not working or until it works. It is just gonna have to be one of those things. He is a sweet pup and I don't want him to lose any of his teeth.

At work we got lab coats for the nurses to wear. They are so ugly. Whoever ordered them ordered all larges, x-larges, and 2x-larges. Keep in mind that these are mens sizes. And we have to wear them. My boss thinks that they are ugly as well. She is working on getting us some that are feminine. I am happy about that. I am also happy about the idea of wearing a cute shirt underneath the lab coat rather than a dumb old scrub top. So that is good.

Today I am going to work out. It may just be a jog, it may be a longer jog on the treadmill as I have been meaning to try the from couch to 5k thing. I just don't know why I am so damn lazy lately! I have got to get it together.

Well, that is that. I hope everyone is doing much better than I am!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Friends, Food, Dogs, Books and a Shower Head

We have been doing great lately... except not so much on our diets (gulp). B and I have just been doing a lot with our friends Brett and Stacey. They are great people.

On Friday, I decided to make us all dinner. I found a recipe on Googie's blog and it sounded delicious. It was too. It was a recipe for Chicken Chili. I made it a little bit my own and will post the recipe later. Here is the first photo of the chili. I put more chicken in that it called for.
I then decided it needed something else. So I added a can of corn. It not only made it prettier, it also made it tastier! I love canned corn.
With the chili we made some tortilla chips, recipe thanks to Raw, and yes I will post it. It is quite easy and very yummy.
Before they were cooked:

After:
They were perfect to dip in the chili. We also had baked potato's. I was a bit skeptical on eating a baked potato without any butter, but really, salt and pepper was all it needed. After dinner we just all hung out for a while.

Friday was also the day that Brett and Stacey saved a life. They adopted a dog from the Humane Society that had been short listed for being put down. He is a pit bull, and he is a sweet heart. Brett has been very good to work with him daily. Troy is doing well. And he gets along with their smaller dogs (a yorki named Dax and a fluffy one named Elli). Both their smaller dogs are 15 pounds at most, if that.
Here is Troy:

How could you not love that face? When I went to get this snap shot Brett was teaching him to 'sit'. He is doing quite well. Below is another photo just to gage his size better.
When Arnold first met Troy, he ran up and bit Troy on the chest. Troy didn't really react at all. He didn't growl, snarl, bark, or anything. He just looked at my dog and sat there. Not a very vicious dog at all. Which is interesting because the Humane Society tried to talk Brett and Stacey out of taking this dog as they said he will eat and kill smaller dogs. Not so. Smaller dogs will most likely eat and kill him... just kiddn'.

B and I have decided we really need to work on our dogs temperament much more. We have started this by making them walk next to us or just slightly behind us when we do take them out walking. Arnold is slower to learn this than Gordon. I have faith that they will get this skill soon.

Let's see, what else to tell you.
I had to work at Terrace Grove this last weekend and the shifts were really good. I do have another lil' fella who isn't doing so well, I am afraid he may have passed away since I worked last, which was yesterday. He is a sweetheart, and he will be missed.

On Sunday, after work, Brett, Stacey, B and I went to the movie 'Shutter Island'. It was not at all what I thought it would be. It was still a good show, but I expected a horror film and got a drama with some scary parts. It is good though.

Today was my day off from Terrace Grove. I did a home health visit and had a good time. I also installed our new shower head this evening. Below is a photo of the old one, don't mind the calcium deposits on our dirty little shower head, those things are a pain to clean.
B had bought this shower head about a month ago and has been too busy to install it. So tonight I came across it and B told me that I could probably handle installing it. So I did. And I interrupted him a lot to help me. B was sweet and obliged.
Here it is all hung up and ready to go. After I first turned it on it was leaking where I hadn't tightened it enough, so B had to tighten it better. Now it doesn't leak and I am looking forward to my 4:30 AM shower tomorrow!
Today was also Gordon and Arnold's annual physical/rabies boosters. They did well. Gordon weighs 21 pounds even; Arnold is at 19.7. Gordon got gold stars all across the boards. Arnold however has a lot of plaque on his teeth. We try to brush his teeth, we really do, but he will not allow it most of the time. His fronts are better than his backs, as they should be, he let's us brush them better than the backs. Anyway, I explained this to the vet and he said that Arnold had so much plaque that if we didn't do something about it he will eventually need to have some of his teeth pulled. He then suggested sedating him and having them polish his teeth for a mere $100.00.
We are gonna try something else first. I called a pet place and they suggested this:
Apparently this is a spray that you spray twice a day in your pooches mouth and it gets rid of plaque in 3 to 6 months. The pet store person said that the did a trial run with her poodle who also had awful teeth and that now the teeth are perfectly white. So Arnold got his first sprays tonight. We didn't want Gordon to feel bad so we gave him a couple of squirts too. Gordon's teeth are perfect though. He is better with letting us brush them.

Both the boys are a little tired tonight from their booster shots. The vet said that would happen. It is pretty cute how lethargic they are.
Tonight I also got some books. I am just tired of the same old low-carb recipes, so I bought some stuff to help supplement the p90x diet. Some of the books I feel will really help me keep on my diet rather than cheat on my diet. The 'Panic in Level 4' book is my guilty pleasure book. It looks good and I just need to read more books anyway!

I have also hear good things about the other books as well. I will let you know what I think about them, as if my opinion really matters.
Well, that is our lives thus far. Tomorrow is a work day. Therefore, since the 9:00 PM hour is approaching, I now must get ready for bed and stay there.

I hope all is well with everyone else.

Friday, February 19, 2010

An Egg Blog (Mostly)! :)

Today has been a pretty good day so far. It is my day off from Terrace Grove. However, it is my first day of visits for Primrose. I really had a blast. I ended up laughing at myself (out loud) on my way to my 2nd visit.

My first visit was with a little gal that lives quite close to me. My instructions were simple and basic. Just check the blood sugar, give the insulin, and light meal prep. I have had no formal training with Primrose as they have recently acquired a lot of these diabetic patients due to the recent health care decisions from Obama. Just a quick overview, Obama has made it impossible for medicaid to pay for diabetic patients to live at home and get 3 - 4 home health visits a day. Medicaid can now only pay for one visit. Families are having to supplement this care, and unfortunately we will see most families have to put their loved ones in nursing homes. Some home health agencies had to drop many patients as they were going to be losing money for just one visit per day. Primrose is relatively new and picked up quite a few of these diabetic patients and needed some help, fast. I am happy to help out!

Anyway, I get to my first patients house and after having woken her up, I realize that I have no idea where everything in her house is kept. I had to call the case manager to find out where syringes and things are kept. Easy enough.

After I had given her shots I asked her "What would you like for breakfast?". I thought she was just going to say something easy like cereal or something. Oh no, she wanted an egg over hard. I don't make eggs. B makes eggs. My stomach jumped a little, but I played it cool.
I made her what I thought was an over hard egg. She said it was good, so I guess I did okay. That is what I laughed out loud about in my car. I called B and he laughed at me too. He also told me the proper way to make an egg over hard. Apparently you only need to flip it once and cook it a little longer after it has been flipped.

After talking with him, I went to my next visit. I have never seen these people until today, and the patient in visit number 2 was hard to find. I had no idea who I was looking for but luckily the front desk lady was there to help. He was a sweetheart and I am so happy to have this job!

After my second visit, I decided to go home and practice how to make an egg over hard. Here is how that went.

Step One: Pretty basic. I got out my supplies and set them up like any professional chef would do.
Step Two: Crack the egg in a pre-heated pan. So far so good. I am a master at these two first steps, as you can see!
Step Three: Add some salt and pepper and let it cook. I am still doing pretty awesome.
Step Four: Prepare to flip the egg over WITHOUT breaking the yolk... Um... What? How is this possible? I was able to successfully scoot the egg across the pan, as you see below:
Scooting was easy, but flipping it? Gee whiz. I am sure that I can do this...

Step Five: A SUCCESSFUL egg flip!!!! And yes I was successful in this mornings first egg flip. This morning, I flipped the egg about three times, and this resulted in a yolk breakage.
My egg practice at home was a success though.

Step Six: Celebrate your successful egg flip and cooking the egg over hard with a photo!
Step Seven: Cut into the egg and see how you really did.
Looks pretty good, but oh my, what is that on the right side of my egg?
Whoops! It is liquidy yolk!
Step Eight: Eat it anyway. Even though your diet only allows egg whites. Celebrate your 95% victory and eat that yolk... leave the whites! That's right, I said leave the whites!
Step Nine: First wonder why your font is reddish now, and why you can't fix it... then say 'mmm, I just ate the best, almost hard, egg yolks on the planet!'

Now, onto other things. We bought the cutest banana's in the world. They are perfect for the size smoothie that I usually enjoy in the morning:

Oh, welcome back normal colored font!

Below: Momma banana and baby banana unite! How cute are these things?
Enough about food!

In other things, I finally finished the throw that I made for Dee and Angie. It is a beauty! Here it is draped on our captains seat... for the captain!
Here is a close-up of the detail. It is a pretty easy pattern. I sure like it anyway. I hope they like it!
I really don't have too many other exciting things happening right now. I think that might be obvious as I have spent the better part of my blog all about an egg.

I am getting extreme spring fever! I cannot wait for warm weather. It is gonna be a good, fun, and active spring/summer. I really cannot wait!

Things at Terrace Grove just may start going my way too as far as going back to 12 hour shifts. I am hoping that we can go back. Three shifts a week are nice, and it would be even better for me now that I have this new job. I guess doing 4 days a week throughout March isn't all that bad though.

In other thoughts... I am almost 30! Oh my heck! I should probably have a baby by now, or at least want one. But some days I do, most days I don't. Is there something wrong with me? One of these days I just might have things figured out, but I guess for now it is not so bad to live in the moment.

As for now, it is time to end this post. My love to all out there who actually read my endless bull crap!

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Happy Haps

This last weekend was pretty fun. We hung out with our neighbors and just had a nice relaxing time.
On Saturday we drove down to Lindon and got Brett's new bike. It is pretty nice and we are all excited that he now has a bike that is road-ready. We also all dreamed about spring and summer and just can't wait to get out and cycle!
After Lindon we saw B's parents. That was a fun, but quick visit. From there it was on to SLC to a tattoo convention. That was actually quite interesting. And I honestly must confess... I want a tattoo! There are so many pretty and feminine tattoos out there. And yes, I really do want one. Whether or not I get one is another story.
After the convention, we drove home and just bummed out on our couches and watched programs from Netflix. Very fun and relaxing.
On Sunday (Valentines), we slept late. B and I made a not-so-healthy breakfast. Regular waffles and maple syrup (with sugar...) ugh! Oh well, it tasted good, and, after all, it was a holiday. We later went shopping with Brett and Stacey. I got some very cute purses. Below here is one of them:
And it gets cuter than that, just look at the inside:

And I also got this little cute one. I am currently using it now:
After shopping we all had dinner at our house. B and I moved our table into the living room and we watched more programs. It was very fun. Our neighbors are the best!
Overall it was a very good weekend.
B and I have been drooling over the new road bikes that we want and can't afford until we sell some of our current bikes. We also have been really wanting to plan a trip to Hawaii, yet another fantasy we have been drooling over. One day maybe.

So that is that, short and sweet.

Friday, February 12, 2010

So I For Sure Got the Job!

Things are great!
I was officially offered the job with Primrose Home Health and Hospice yesterday. I went to do my first visit tonight. As it turns out, the family didn't need the visit done tonight. But I went and I met the family and that was good.
I am really excited to be trying a new job. That is great!

I am happy with my other job too. There are still some nurses being drama queens there, but such is life. I think that my schedule will change next week so that I am only working at Terrace Grove 4 days a week. Two shifts at 12 hours a piece and 2 shifts at 8 hours a piece. That is nice. It frees me up for one more day that I can go and do visits with my new job... and that is wonderful!

This weekend is really going to be fun. We just may get to see B's parents too! How fantastic will that be? I am just a happy little lady.

I weighed in today and I haven't lost any more pounds but... I haven't gained any either. This too is good news!

Just a quick update. More blogs to come in the future... with pictures even! But for now I must get back to my ghost show... it is scaring the hell out of me!
Love it!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I Just Might Have...

This will be a picture-less blog. Beware all you who are only in it for the visuals!
Things have been pretty good lately. I may have gotten a new job. Not that I will quit my current job. This is just a job to supplement. It is with a different Home Health/Hospice agency named Primrose. I say different because I was hired at an agency called Integrity, but they lost my stuff after they hired me and never called me for like a month. I was not impressed. I didn't go with them also because I had a very busy schedule when they did contact me.

The opportunity I have with the agency Primrose seems pretty good. I am really excited and I hope that they will take me! They have always been pretty reputable and I would like to be associated with that.

Things at my regular work are good. There is always the nonsense drama between nurses and I hate that. I think the thing I hate the most about my profession is that it is primarily female dominant and therefore very dramatic at times.

This weekend things are gonna be fun. Our neighbor Brett found a bike that he wants to get so B, Brett, Stacey and I will be traveling down to Lindon to get the bike on Saturday. That will be fun to be out and about in a city that has more than 7 popular restaurants. I am excited. Plus, I really love our neighbors. They are some of the funnest people I know. We always have a pretty good time with them.

I must also confess, I have been cheating on my diet a little bit lately. On Super Bowl Sunday our neighbors and us had some junk food. Candy and chips. And today, I had some more chips. I don't feel too bad about it because it hasn't been like binge eating or anything. In fact it has been kind of nice to bring some of those items in to the diet. I don't plan on having these cheats as staples, and having that knowledge helps a lot.

There really has not been too much going on. I think it is nice to have some slow time.

Hope all is well elsewhere.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Another Protein Bar Recipe

This is another protein bar recipe that I got off of the weight loss blog that I follow and contribute to. They look super yummy. I am excited to make them and try them.

Primal Energy Bar.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup pecans
1/4 cup almond or sesame seed meal
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup coconut oil (check your local health food store)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp of raw honey
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries or blueberries

Method:

On a cookie sheet, toast nuts and shredded coconut until golden brown (you may need to shake the tray once or twice to make sure they cook evenly).
Once toasted, pour mixture into a food processor and pulse until nuts are chopped and the mixture becomes coarsely ground.
In a mixing bowl, melt coconut oil and almond butter (about 20 seconds). Remove from microwave and stir until smooth.
Add vanilla extract, honey and sea salt. Mix thoroughly.
Fold in nut mixture and almond (or sesame seed) meal until mixed thoroughly.
Fold in blueberries/cranberries.
Press mixture into an 8 by 4 loaf pan.
Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm.
Cut “loaf” width wise. Should make 6 good-sized bars.
Enjoy! (or, if you don’t plan to eat immediately, you can store the bars in the refrigerator, covered loosely with a paper towel and plastic wrap.



By: Mark Sisson

Todays' Smoothie

Today, and yesterday, I made a very yummy protein smoothie. Here is the super yummy recipe:

1/2 Cup Skim Milk
1/2 Cup Low Fat Chocolate Milk
1 and 1/2 Scoops Chocolate Protein Powder
3 Ice Cubes
3 - 4 Chunks of Frozen Banana Slices

Blend and enjoy!

It is super yummy and has a refreshing creamy taste. I love it! It actually tastes like the egg nog that my dad used to make when I was a kid!
This is super good and super healthy, not to mention, super filling!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Another Protein Pancake Recipe

This is a recipe that I found on the weight loss blog that I have joined. You can find this blog on my sidebar. It was posted by Mark Sisson. It is almost the same as the pancake recipe that I have already posted, but their pancake pictures look much more enticing. Anyway, here it is:

Protein Pancakes:

8 egg whites
1/4 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 scoop protein powder
1 small banana mashed up
cinnamon to taste

Blend all ingredients in the blender. The batter will be very thin, using about 1/3 of a cup, cook like a pancake. they will be kind of like a crepe. Spread with 1 tab of unsweetened almond butter and roll up. I usually make a double batch an freeze. great to grab and go. I like to warm mine up (in the microwave) just a little.




What a Super Fun Night!

Last night B and I drove out to Toole to have dinner with some friends of mine from high school. Brynn and her husband Chad were kind enough to host a party. We had A LOT of fun. It was really good to see these girls again and to just do some basic catch up. Something that we definitely need to do more often in the future. As it turns out too, I am super lucky to have these girls as friends still as I was not a very nice girl in high school.
Below here is a photo of us. From left to right you have:
Kristy, Brynn, Me, Eve, and Monica. Both Brynn and Eve are pregnant right now, and both of them look fantastic! It was really a good time. Thank you Brynn so much for the idea of a get together and for thinking of me as a guest!
Below here is a photo of Brynn and her little boy Trevor. He has quite an arm. Not to mention how cute he is.
Here is a cuter photo of Trevor. He is a doll! He looks so much like Brynn. I am really excited for her and Chad on their 2nd child!
As it turns out Eve and her husband Justin have a mini schnauzer too. His name is Archie, and I regret now that I didn't take his photo. He is a bit bigger than our schnauzers but so darn cute. He is silver. Eve and I have made plans to get together with our dogs and to go out on a search party. I am pretty sure that is what schnauzers were made for... searching.

After the party at Brynns, B and I went to see Dee and Angie. That was a fun visit as well and I wish we would have been able to have stayed longer. The night just seemed to fly. I would have loved to spend more time with both my family and my friends. Bottom line I guess, B and I need to go down to Salt Lake area more often. There are so many people we love down there, and I think they love us! :)

The ride home was good. We drove mostly in rain until we got nearer to the Logan exit. And then of course the rain changed to snow. As we got into Sardine Canyon, the snow flakes were HUGE! I tried to catch some still photos of the snow, but that did not work out so well, so I took a short video to show you what we drove in.
video
Visibility was extremely limited. It was to the point where we had to look more at the tire tread in the road rather than look further out of the windshield. Scary. We did about 2o - 25 mph mostly. In a couple areas we were able to reach 40 mph safely. It took awhile, but B is a very experienced driver and did a fantastic job!

Yesterday I also registered for the 2010 Little Red Riding Hood Bike ride put on up here in Cache Valley. It is a yearly bike ride for girls only and you can donate money in the event and the money goes toward a different type of female cancer. Last year it was a big supporter for breast cancer. I got a little crazy on the registration and I ended up ordering a few items. Here they are below:
This is a front view of the sleeveless jersey that I bought to ride in.

Below here is the back. I think it is super cute!

Below here is a boulero (?). It is for me to wear in the morning as the ride usually starts out cooler than it finishes. I think it is super cute. This is just the front:
And below here is a photo of the back. It says 'Super Red' on it. I am way excited about having that. Plus I ordered everything a size smaller than what I was last year, because my weight loss is going so well. I hope by June I have lost no momentum, however, since I registered so early my jersey and things should ship out to me before the ride so I can exchange if I need to!
And now this is a photo of the shirt you get just for registering to ride. I think it is super cute:
Here is another one you can buy for $10.00 and I like it too, but I didn't purchase it because....
I ended up getting this hoodie:
I wear hoodies quite a bit, so I think this was the better purchase. But who knows, maybe I will change my mind and get the other shirt as well. It is only $10.00.
After having registered for the ride I have been super stoked to go cycling. I really can't wait. I also got Raw to register yesterday and have hopefully recruited Angie as well.

Today has been a pretty good day. We went out with our friends Brett and Stacey to Petsmart to see the Four Paws rescue dogs. They only had three of them there so we went to the Humane Society and fell in love with every dog they had. I love my schnauzers, and I know that I will probably pay for some more pure bred dogs in the future but I also plan on adopting dogs from the Human Society as well. When we have a house and a yard we will be able to do more stuff like that.

Our friends filled out an application to be a foster home for the dogs. How fun. Brett is extremely good with dog training so it makes sense that he wants to do that. They are both good people with big hearts. I am really glad that we are friends with them.

Today I also saw my friend Kandice and her husband Josh. We don't see them enough. I really do like them and want to hang out with them more in the future.

And that is that. I am just sort of hanging out now, blogging and my immediate future plans are to do nothing at all. I have to work tomorrow and that is the extent of my weekend for now. I hope all is well for everyone.

Again, thank you Brynn for a lovely evening. It was so good to see all of the girls!