December 31, 2010

A New Years Eve to remember

Since we've been married, this will be the first New Years Eve that RJ and I spend out on the town.  You can't possibly imagine how excited I am about this!


Our first New Years Eve was spent in Hawaii {on our Honeymoon} and I was 10 weeks pregnant and not really feeling a date night.  Last year we probably just went to bed early, since we had a five month old, and this year we're partying together.  Just like old times.


I can't wait for the amazing relationship changes that we've made happen over the last few weeks and the fun we're going to have as a result.  {more on that later}  I feel so much closer to Hubby already, and I'm ready for us to be best friends with benefits {!} again.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!!  I hope you're all safe and have a great night!

December 30, 2010

Lets ring in the New Year with some Old School memories

This is a fab list I found of some amazing old school niceties that the youngin's of today will never get to experience.  Too bad, because some of these things have a sweet little special place in my heart...and probably yours too.



11 Nostalgic Activities Today's Kids Will Never Experience

Blowing in Nintendo games, the horrible sound of a dial-up modem. Yeah, things sucked. But that's why they were awesome. And kids today will never know it.

Making Mix Tapes

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Kids will never know the satisfaction of putting a cassette in your stereo and waiting for your favorite song to come on, fingers anxiously waiting on the record button. A message to today's children: mixes weren't always made by iTunes based on MATH. We had to work for these. 

Fixing Cassettes With Your Pen

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So you've got your mix tape and you invite your friends over. You announce "Check out this new Naughty By Nature song I recorded from Hot 97," only to press play and hear the worst possible noise. No, I'm not talking about the verse that Vinny raps (that's some Naughty By Nature humor for you). The sound your stereo makes when it eats your tape. The only way to fix it? A pen and tons of patience. 

Blowing in Nintendo Cartridges

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Has there ever been official proof that this even worked? We can all agree that we all looked like idiots treating Excite Bike like a harmonica, right? No big deal. What I wouldn't give to still be huffing that Contra cartridge. 
Then again, I certainly do not miss that friend who would use his lips while blowing on the game. When he came over, he'd be all "I'll fix this" anytime the game froze, only to mouth-rape Mega Man with every slobbery blow.  

Searching for the TV Guide 

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There was once a day where we did not have an "info" button on our remote controls. Instead, we watched the beginning and tried to guess what movie it was. And when we finally realized it was not Major League 2, we would consult our TV Guides. And if we couldn't find it, we would FREAK THE FUCK OUT and blame our siblings for losing it.  Yeah, shit was hard back then. And it made us stronger.

Hearing the Dial-Up Modem Sound Like an Insane Person

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"Heeeoooooooooo Heeeeeoooooooo RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR" - The sound you make when impersonating a modem. Goldblum knew the deal. 

Writing in Cursive

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To be honest with you, I'd be surprised if kids even knew how to hold pencils. Everything's on their texting machines and porn boxes these days. But years ago, when we wanted to look professional, we wrote in cursive. And when we forgot how to write a lower case "f," we just scribbled a print "f" and connected it to the next letter, praying nobody noticed. It was a way of life.  

Mocking Your Friends with Beepers 

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Anybody with a beeper deserved to be mocked. There were a variety of cruel ways to mess with these poor saps, but my personal favorite involved calling said beeper-wearer and leaving the phone number of the girl he had a crush on. The ideal time for this was obviously late at night, when he would undoubtedly rush to the nearest pay phone and call, only to wake up her parents. Never. Got. Old. 

Using Pay Phones

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Speaking of pay phones...yikes. I don't miss these at all. Kids are lucky they no longer have to rely on owning quarters to make urgent phone calls. Though, they do miss out on freaking out squares by dialing a special number and hanging up twice. Yes, that's how you made pay phones ring on their own. Now you know. 

Getting Dysentery (Playing Oregon Trail)

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Granted, I haven't been to a school library in years (and it'd be weird if just for the sake of this nostalgia-fest, I just started showing up at schools and inspected the facilities), but I'm guessing most have fully functioning computers filled with high speed internet and tons of RAM. The latter I assume is something every modern child is familiar with and they trade RAM on the playground like it were pogs. "It's Alf. He's back. In RAM form." Anyway, the point is, our computers couldn't do ANYTHING other than give you the opportunity to play the least educational game ever. Kids will never know the satisfaction of Mary getting dysentery and shooting 800 pounds of buffalo, only to…well you know.  

Deciding Which Search Engine Best Fit Your Needs

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So many options, so little actually availble on the internet yet. I was an Infoseek guy, myself. Buuuuut a lot of people will stand by Dogpile and Alta Vista. But those people were idiots. Infoseek was the way to go. Go ahead, Google it. You'll see. 

Living a Life Where Every Piece of Information is NOT Available at All Times

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I'm so jealous of these kids. So goddamn jealous.

December 26, 2010

How to go from McFattie to McCutie in 10 Days: The Sequel {this time it's for real}

Post-Little Rocker pregnancy I created a helpful post for my lovely readers about how to lose that baby weight and get back to looking and feeling great!  I'm back again with a sequel to that post...but not a conclusion.

October 25, 2010 - Birth Day!

Looking great {in your minds eye} is very important when it comes to feeling great.  If you look the way you aspire to then you will definitely start feeling that way too - and you feel so amazing because of it!  My pregnancy with Little Rocker was rough and my recovery from my emergency Cesarean was terrible, so I wasn't able to get started on losing weight until about October {he was born in July}.  It was terrible, I became depressed, and I ended up getting PostPartum Depression because of it.  This time around I feel great, my recovery was amazingly easy, and I was able to start working out at 6 weeks postpartum.  What a difference this is making in my entire life!


2 Months PP

My body is still holding on to much more weight than I had at this point after Little Rocker, but it's toning up much better and I'm losing inches like crazy!  I didn't think to measure my stomach, thighs, arms, etc before I started working out again but the change is obvious.  My belly is nearly completely gone and I can even see my hip bones start to poke out again.  I'm loving this!  Seriously...LOVING THIS!

I was 169lbs when I began my routine on December 10, 2010 and as of December 26, 2010 I weighed 163lbs.  I also went from a size 16 pant to a size 10 pant.  That's progress baby!

Want to know how I'm losing all this pesky baby weight?  Well, I'll tell you {and maybe I'll show you too}! 


1} As soon as I was allowed by my doctor, I hit the gym.  Your natural feeling is to just relax and let you body heal some more, but when your doctor says it's safe to start working out you should do it.  There are many reasons behind why, but the most obvious reason is that you'll become LAZY if you don't jump right in.  Don't let yourself get too comfortable with just waiting the weight out.  It won't fall off on it's own, and the longer you wait the more difficult it will be to eventually lose it all.

2} Start slow when you begin your workout routine.  Don't just hit the gym and fall right back into your old vigorous routine...you'll kill yourself that way!  You just had a baby, for Heaven's sake, you don't want to destroy yourself and it won't make the weight come off any faster.  I started off by running short sprints {rather than full on 20 minute runs} to allow my heart to get back into shape.  You may find that it's easier for you to take slow 20 minute jogs, or 10 minute jogs.  Those are fine too.  The point is that you do a lot less than what your pre-pregnancy body could handle because your post pregnancy body probably can't handle that type of workout just yet.

3} Hit the machines!  This is a fabulous way to slice off pesky bulge that's hanging around after Baby is born.  If I had taken the time {sorry I didn't think of it earlier} to measure my thighs, stomach, arms, and butt I guarantee you that there are INCHES that have fallen off in just three weeks of working out one to tree times a week.  Don't jump on a machine that you never used before pregnancy until you're ready.  I started out using the same ten machines I most frequently used before becoming pregnant with Monkey Man, and I rotate them each day I go in.

4} It's not a race!  How quickly you get to the pre-pregnancy YOU isn't what matters...it's how you get there.  My very first workout after having Monkey Man was about 25 minutes long.  I ran some sprints for 10 minutes, then I used both the inner and outer thigh abductor machines, because I knew these machines were VERY easy for me.  Pre-Baby I could do 100 reps on the thigh abductors each.  Yeah, my legs were HOT and I desperately want those long slim hotties back, but dammit that takes time!  The worst thing for you to do is attempt 100 reps on a machine you used to be a rockstar on and pulling a hamstring...or worse, tearing something.  Just take your time and let your body build back up to it's old self.

5} Working out your Abs {lower and upper} is the most important thing you can be doing right now.  Your tummy is the ugliest part of your body right now, no doubt, and even if it's really not I know that you're thinking it is.  Miraculously, after my Cesareans my tummy did indeed start shrinking on it's own.  I had no stretch marks after Little Rocker {I do have some ugly ones now, though} and looking back my stomach wasn't too bad right from the start.  That's NOT what I saw.  I saw huge, bulging, wrinkly, ugliness.  I know you might be feeling this way, and I can promise you that ab workouts {consistent workouts weekly} will improve your abs.   

Stay tuned for some ab pointers, because it's usually the area where most people become confused with what to do.

December 25, 2010

It's Christmas Morning!!!

Set of 4 Resin GUITAR ORNAMENTS/BASS/Electric/ACCOUSTIC/FenderMerry Christmas my fabulous friends!  Like an excited kid in a candy shop, here I am up at the crack of dawn waiting for "Santa" to bring in the presents!  Er...out {because they're hidden in our closet}.








Swarovski 2010 Annual Edition Crystal Snowflake OrnamentRJ and I had a nice Christmas Morning talk about how we need to spend more "us time" and we're both really excited for the New Year.  Next Wednesday we're heading to Dave & Busters for some kid-free fun and in a few weeks we're going to the Sabres v. Flyers game.  {I'm a Sabres fan, he's a Flyers fan...} 

If you have any more fun and baby-free ideas that we can try, let me know!  We're looking to enjoy some new things and reconnect our love.

Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy (Medley) (2006 Digital Remaster)Our plans today consist of brunch with my parents, then nap time {for both Little Rocker and Daddy}, then we'll be heading to my Mother-in-Law's house for Christmas Dinner.  Both of RJ's brothers and their wives are here this Christmas, so we're really excited to see them!

Today is going to be great!

Have a wonderful and fabulous day.  Be safe and warm, and I hope you're surrounded by Love today.

December 23, 2010

A Different Christmas Poem

This beautiful Christmas story of a soldier at post will remind you to also pray for our troops {all over the world} who are standing guard of our freedoms on this Christmas day.  Please send them your prayers and strength so that God can lead them home when the time comes.

An interesting article on pain management forwarded to us by our Chiropractor!

Pain Medication Use Nearly Doubles Over Eight-year Period
 
WASHINGTON - A new analysis by The Associated Press says the amount of the five major painkillers sold at retail in the United States rose 90 percent between 1997 and 2005. The AP is using figures from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

More than 200,000 pounds of the drugs were purchased, enough to give 300 milligrams of painkillers to every person in the country.

The DEA figures include nationwide sales and distribution of drugs by hospitals, retail pharmacies, doctors and teaching institutions.

AP investigation found these reasons for the increase:
The population is getting older. As age increases, so does the need for pain medications. In 2000, there were 35 million people older than 65. By 2020, the Census Bureau estimates the number of elderly in the U.S. will reach 54 million.
Drug makers have embarked on unprecedented marketing campaigns. Spending on drug marketing has gone from $11 billion in 1997 to nearly $30 billion in 2005, congressional investigators found. Profit margins among the leading companies routinely have been three and four times higher than in other Fortune 500 industries.
A major change in pain management philosophy is now in its third decade. Doctors who once advised patients that pain is part of the healing process began reversing course in the early 1980s; most now see pain management as an important ingredient in overcoming illness.


Dr. Hirschfelt's comments: 
"What is alarming is that cause and effect is not addressed here. When someone comes to our clinic for care we address the why. What can be causing this problem? Now more than ever the true message of health needs to be heard. Pain is a side effect of not being healthy. Age and pain levels have nothing to do with each other.         The healthier we are the better we heal."

December 22, 2010

The Day The Falls Stood Still

For 6 months in 1969, The Army Corps of Engineers stopped the flow of the American Falls {Niagara Falls} to clean out extensive rock debris that was threatening to make the American Falls cease to exist.  My mom and her younger brother visited Niagara Falls during that time, and they still remember it like it was yesterday.


"Do you remember when we went up to see the Coffer Dams in place and the Falls stilled?  
That memory is still with me.
It was impressive that the Army Corps could still the crescendo of the mighty waterfall."
 

Now, over 40 years later, new photos of this amazing historical event have surfaced.  I hope you enjoy the photos and the video taken of the American Falls standing still!

 

The day Niagara Falls ran dry: Newly-discovered photos show the moment the iconic waterfall came to a standstill

By Graham Smith
Last updated at 8:32 AM on 16th December 2010
It's taken 41 years, but a previously unseen set of photos of the mighty Niagara Falls reduced to nothing more than a barren cliff-top have finally surfaced.
The stark images reveal North America's iconic - and most powerful - waterfall to be almost as dry as a desert.
In June 1969, U.S. engineers diverted the flow of the Niagara River away from the American side of the falls for several months.
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Stark: A completely dry Niagara Falls has never been seen before or since the six months in July 1969 when U.S. engineers set about restructuring the American side of the twin landmark
Stark: A completely dry Niagara Falls has never been seen before or since the six months in July 1969 when U.S. engineers set about restructuring the American side of the twin landmark

Mountain of rubble: This set of photos only recently came to light when Russ Glasson found them in a shoebox in his in-laws' Connecticut garage
Mountain of rubble: This set of photos only recently came to light when Russ Glasson found them in a shoebox in his in-laws' Connecticut garage

Their plan was to remove the large amount of loose rock from the base of the waterfall, an idea which they eventually abandoned due to expense in November of that year.
During the interim, they studied the riverbed and mechanically bolted and strengthened a number of faults to delay the gradual erosion of the American Falls.
The team, made up of U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, blew up their temporary dam in November 1969 and six million cubic feet of water once again thundered over the falls' sides every minute.

Now, after lying unseen for more than four decades, a set of images showing the eerie calm at the American Falls that year have been unearthed by a man from Connecticut.
Plan: The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers studied the riverbed and mechanically bolted and strengthened a number of faults to delay the gradual erosion of the American Falls
Plan: The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers studied the riverbed and mechanically bolted and strengthened a number of faults to delay the gradual erosion of the American Falls

Historical moment: In order to stop the Niagara River running over the American Falls, engineers constructed a dam consisting of 27,800 tons of rock, stopping the water for the first time in 12,000 years
Historical moment: In order to stop the Niagara River running over the American Falls, engineers constructed a dam consisting of 27,800 tons of rock, stopping the water for the first time in 12,000 years

Russ Glasson recently stumbled across the pictures, which were taken by his in-laws, and had been left in an old shoebox in their garage for over four decades.
Mr Glasson said: 'My in-laws took these pictures during the six months through June to November that the Army was working to improve the health of the American Falls.'
Two rockslides from the plate of the falls in 1931 and 1954 had caused a large amount of rock to be collected at the base.
In 1965, reporters at local newspaper Niagara Falls Gazette revealed that the America Falls would eventually cease to flow and stop altogether if the rocks were not removed.
Four years later, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers were charged with de-watering the falls to clean the river bed and to remove any loose rock at the bottom of the falls.
Gradual deterioration: Two rockslides from the plate of the falls in 1931 and 1954 had caused a large amount of rock to be collected at the base
Gradual deterioration: Two rockslides from the plate of the falls in 1931 and 1954 had caused a large amount of rock to be collected at the base

Eerie calm: The temporary dam can be seen in the top-right of this photograph
Eerie calm: The temporary dam can be seen in the top-right of this photograph
Thunderous: The American Falls as they normally appear, with millions of gallons of water hurtling over the edge every minute
Thunderous: The American Falls as they normally appear, with millions of gallons of water hurtling over the edge every minute
To achieve this the army had to build a 600ft dam across the Niagara River, which meant that 60,000 gallons of water that flowed ever second was diverted over the larger Horseshoe Falls which flow entirely on the Canadian side of the border.
The dam itself consisted of 27,800 tons of rock, and on June 12, 1969, after flowing continuously for over 12,000 years, the American Falls stopped.
Over the course of the next six months thousands of visitors flocked to the falls to witness the historic occasion.
Once the engineers had removed the collected rocks from the falls base and made geological testing to make safe the rest, the falls were re-watered on November 25 in front of 2,650 onlookers.

Tourist hotspot: The Maid Of The Mist cruise boat journeys near to the Canadian Falls. The American Falls can be seen in the distance on the left
Tourist hotspot: The Maid Of The Mist cruise boat journeys near to the Canadian Falls. The American Falls can be seen in the distance on the left


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1338793/Niagara-Falls-ran-dry-Photos-moment-iconic-waterfall-came-standstilll.html#ixzz18m7NSb2Z
 
 
 

December 17, 2010

Should I start waking Little Rocker up in the morning?

Soothing Tropical Rain to Help your Baby SleepI'm not sure what the rule of thumb is with waking a sleeping toddler.  I do remember that you should never wake a sleeping baby, so should you never wake a sleeping toddler?  I'm asking because Little Rocker is such a good sleeper that he'll sleep right up to about 11:30am some days.  Don't get me wrong, it's great but I feel like he should be getting up earlier in the day.

His bedtime runs between 8:00pm and 9:30pm, he's usually in bed with the lights out by around 8:45pm, and he does sometime play in his bed before falling asleep.  I'm sure this contributes to his desire to sleep in, but I'm thinking that if I start waking him around 9:45am that he'll play less before sleep.

So what do you think?  Start waking the little dude up or continue to let him sleep the day away?

December 13, 2010

Swingin' Success & Toddler Trifecta

SWINGIN' SUCCESS!


He finally likes the swing!  Monkey Man, that is, and he even slept peacefully in it Saturday night so Mommy and Daddy got to spend some quality time together. 

Do you have any idea how incredibly nice it was to watch a movie and drink a few drinks with my husband?  It's been 14 months since I drank.  That's a long time without even a glass here and there.  RJ and I mixed up some drinks and just cuddled and watched Election, which I had forgotten about how weird that movie is.

Then I gave him a massage and we fell asleep on the couch together.  It was the perfect, relaxing Saturday night, and it was just what we needed!

Sunday he napped in his swing again, so RJ and I both were able to get out of the house {at different times} to get errands done.  I bought the last thing for Monkey Man's nursery, and his beautiful keepsake box from 99 Foxgloves will be arriving today, so his room should be done by this weekend.  I'm so excited to finish it up and take pictures.  Once I'm done I'll be posting about Little Rocker's toddler room and Monkey Man's nursery - with pictures!

I also went to Old Navy and picked up a few of their Jingle Jammies, which are on sale right now for just $8 each!  I got three in size 3T and one in size 5T, for Ryder, and then I bought myself some cute pink and white plaid fleece jammies.  You have until December 18 to get this deal, so if you're interested hurry in!


TODDLER TRIFECTA!

This is a lot less fun and exciting than all that above.  Little Rocker is teething, has a cold, and still has that nasty allergy rash on his bum.  My poor baby!

His rash is getting much better, since his pedi prescribed a stronger anti-fungal.  All the inflammation is gone, from the Hydrocortisone  and A&D.  The actual rash is going down too, so I'm really happy about that.  His bum is still obviously hurting him though, and he's afraid of the shower right now.  I can't figure out if that's because he pooped in it the other day and got freaked out, or if he's afraid of it because the water hurts his bum.  RJ is guessing it's a little bit of both.

The night before last he slept for 16 hours {!}, so we knew something was up, and after his nap I saw a tooth bud {another molar...grrr} and he had a low grade fever.  It was only 99.4, so not a huge deal, but he was very crabby, his cheeks were extremely red, and between that and the fever I decided to give him a little Tylenol.  He was much happier after about twenty minutes.

Today he woke up on time, but I could tell he shouldn't have.  He was cranky right from the start, so after two sippys of milk, a full breakfast, and only about fifteen minutes of playtime I decided it he needed his nap.  He drank half of a third sippy while I rocked him and when I put him in his bed he started sucking his thumb and was out in about ten minutes.  My poor little dude!


Here's to hoping he feels better after his nap!

December 12, 2010

What happens in the tub, stays in the tub...until Mommy cleans it up

Yes!  This really happened, and I forgot to tell you about it.  What fun it was to have my Little Rocker POOP IN THE TUB while we were showing together.  Thank GOD we were showering and I wasn't giving him a bath that night.

See, the poor kid has a nasty rash on his bum {found out he's allergic to pepperoncini ~ my mom mixed some in her meatballs} apparently he had to poop close to his usual bath time and he decided to hold in it until his diaper was off.  I checked him, all systems were go, and I popped him into the shower before getting in myself.

He was just standing there whining, which was weird because he loves showering with RJ or me, so I said "hey, dude, why don't you sit down?" and I helped him sit in his bottom and gave him some bath toys.  He started whining even more once he sat and then stood up quickly...to reveal a huge dump on the floor of the tub.

Oh, yes, he pooped in the tub while we were showering.

He didn't realize that it was still there, I guess he thought I cleaned it up magically, and when he turned around and saw it he became very upset.  He started saying "no, no, nono...nonono, noooooooo" and shaking his head.  It was the cutest thing ever.  Then he started screaming and yelling "UUUPPPP"  {the kid isn't  fan of poop I guess}  So I cleaned him up quickly and we got out.

What a fun shower adventure.