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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Life Adjustment

I know I have talked about losing weight before on my blog, don't know when know but just know I must have. I seem to acquire the resolve and then after a week or so I putter out. This time I've started something different that I'm hoping will stick.

First of all, it feels different this time. I feel like I'm ready to put the demons away that have contributed to my weight gain and get on with my life....never had that before.

The Biggest Loser....yes, a tv show is helping my resolve this time as well. I watched it all the time when it was on and kept saying 'if only I could get on that show, I know I could lose weight'. Ok, so why do I need to use that as an excuse? Good question!! I don't...that was silly. Instead I bought The Biggest Loser workout dvd and I've been using it....nearly every day for the last 2 weeks. I've also just bought The Biggest Loser Power Sculpt and am just waiting for it to come in. Let me tell ya, the workout dvd sure gets your blood going. I even walked a 15 minute mile last night...first time I'm proud of myself!!

Also I found this great website (thank to DogwoodKari) that helps you track EVERYTHING. It's awesome. It's called SparkPeople and it fantastic! It really helps when you can see everything in front of's sure helped me. I plan all my meals the day before now, that way it's a no brainer and I can make smarter decisions. Oh, by the way, if you decide to take a look at SparkPeople and you decide to join, look me up. My user name on there is...surprise...jchllm!

Anyway, I've lost a few pounds already and I feel like I'm finally getting things under control. It's about time!!

I hope y'all have a fantastic day and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Crochet Dude's Designs for Guys

Just a little advertisement here. Our favorite Crochet Dude, aka Drew Emborsky, has his very first solo crochet book coming out in the fall. You can preorder it now from Amazon by clicking on the picture...I know I did already.

I helped him out a bit with the book by crocheting something for him so I'm excited to see how it looks in print.
Congrats Drew! And I hope this book makes you rich rich rich!!! ;)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Doggie Sweaters going to be published....

With permission, I can show you the doggy sweaters I'm having published. I'm very proud of them, if I do say so myself. These will all be published in a book of Dog Clothing coming out in the fall 2008 by Annie's Attic.

First, here is what I called a 'Pet Pillow' and as you can see, it passed the test. I barely had enough time to get my camera and Romo was sleeping on it when I got back.

Here is the 'Doggy Football Jersey'. Of course it is in Dallas Cowboys colors and I just had to put my favorite player (Terrell Owens) number on the back of it!

Next is a sweater called 'Handy Dog Sweater'. It is handy because it has a detachable hood and pockets with velcro on the inside to carry those dog biscuits.

And last, but not least, is my favorite.... 'Dreamy Dog Sweater'. It has a detachable hood, booties and rhinestones galore. I just think it's so darned cute. I know I shouldn't toot my own horn, but hey, what the heck?

I will keep you posted and let you know when the book is coming out. Let me tell ya, to be just starting out like I am, to have these accepted has given me confidence to keep going. I'm excited!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Crochet to the rescue

Yup, it's storm season in Texas. There are 4 seasons here.....Summer, Fall, Winter and Storm Season. Right now, it's storm season.

The last few days we've been getting a lot of storms, but this morning we had a 'whopper'! As soon as it passed through, then the power went out. It was 6am. Time for dh to get ready for work and the kids to get ready for school. And when 2 of your kids are teenagers...mirror time is important.

No problem, I'll just get the candles. Ok, where are the candles? I found 1 candle. ONE stinkin' candle!!

So the boys go to the bus, fussing because they couldn't see anything but then 'the girl' gets up (dh drives her to school) and all H-E-double hockey sticks, breaks loose. NO LIGHTS? WHAT DO YOU MEAN NO LIGHTS? HOW AM I GOING TO GET READY?? All of a sudden a crochet hook popped into my head. Trish got me a lighted crochet hook for a swap a while back so I got it and gave it to my daughter. The little sucker actually lit things up quite well. When placed in front of a mirror it really lit things up. Whodathunkit? A crochet hook saved the day!

Of course, she more or less opened the door to leave and the power came back on. Too funny.