Friday, October 31, 2008
Of course the rest of the day was nice, beautiful, sunny, and warm, but I can dream a little, can't I? Frost makes me feel like snow. Snow reminds me of winter. Winter makes me dream of mittens, and skiing, and eggnog lattes at Starbucks, and sweaters, and... Christmas! We may have just had our first frost, but it is enough to look like Christmas to me!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Bath & Body Works sells the bottles of scented oil in the same scents as their lotions and body washes. You are supposed to use a few drops of oil, and then burn a tealight candle underneath. In my experience the scent can be a little strong. A friend shared her secret with me: use only one drop of oil and add a couple drops of water to dilute. It is not necessary to add new drops of scent everytime you want to make the house smell lovely. I only add new oil when the other is visible gone.
Unscented tealights are available in a bag of 50 for around $2 at Wal-Mart. I keep a few tealights with my matches in m kitchen drawer. After a meal, I just light up the candle and leave the oil burner on the table. When I come home...no more yucky food odor! It works for me! Check out more ideas over at Rocks in My Dryer.
This is my scented oil warmer. There are more styles available at the Bath & Body Works website.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
"Every facet of my life is to be governed by faith."
It's something we all know, but we're not so great at living it. I love the word facet. It's very descriptive. It's something to think about!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I am now halfway through my first week in Phase 2, but I am pleased to report that in Phase 1 my weight loss totalled 9 pounds! In addition to following the meal plan (which does not seem at all like a "diet" but rather just healthy eating that I track daily) I also work out for thirty minutes three times a week at my local Curves.
You can find out more about the Curves meal plan in the book "Curves on the Go" by Gary Heavin, the founder of Curves. (I picked this book up for $3.97 in the discount section of my local bookstore). This is the follow-up book to "Permanent Results without Permanent Dieting." Curves On the Go gives further instruction o how to carry out the Curves meal plan in an on-the-go lifestyle. You can also visit http://www.curves.com/ for more information about the Curves Plan.
Happy weight loss!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
After graduating from college we spent three days and two nights in New York City on a vacation with my family. We were not able to see the Brooklyn Bridge on that visit. Ben and I stopped for a night in NYC on our return trip from the Meader wedding. We arrived in the afternoon and checked into our bed & breakfast (which turned out to be very good, considering it was going out a limb when we reserved it). The rain had cleared temporarily but was still threatening. We put on our sneakers and caught the subway from Queens to the Brooklyn Bridge.
As we began walking the rain drizzled a little bit. It was dark so the bridge was lit and beautiful. When you put it all together - NYC, a walk with my husband, the light rain, the lights, and the kiss (did I mention I got a kiss in the middle of the bridge?) - it was very romantic and enjoyable.
Once on the Manhattan side we went to Times Square and enjoyed people watching. We also got matching "I *heart* NY" T-shirts. I have wanted one of the those shirts for some time. Then we headed back to Queens for some pizza and a video. The pizza was really good - probably because it was one of those "cash only" kind of places. Maybe the Mafia runs it or something. Anyway, it was good pizza. It was even good cold and squished the next day in the car on the way home.
Just a funny note to make you smile. Since the rain was imminent we brought our umbrella along. When I bought the umbrella (one of those nice big ones that doesn't break on the second use) I brought home a nice plain, sensible, boring navy blue one -- to please my husband. Unbeknownst to me, Ben has a fetish for brightly colored rainbow umbrellas. So we exchanged the sensible one for the happy one. It's fine in Virginia Beach, but it doesn't go over so great on the subways in NYC - especially since Ben was the one carrying it! Several people looked at us and snickered. So...when God takes us to NYC we will go buy that sensible, blue umbrella again and leave the gayly colored one behind!
Andrea on the Brooklyn Bridge
Ben on the Brooklyn Bridge