Wednesday, October 26, 2011

He's In The Army Now

The other week I got to witness something quite memorable and honorable. My 20 year old cousin became a US Marine. It was a privilege to be at the graduation ceremony, and get more insight into how the US Army is designed and works. Here are some pictures of the day!

This is my Nan... This photo is hysterical to me because she refuses to have her picture taken. Always. This photo happened a little accidental. But I think we now have a solution to her taking pictures. She can be the Wilson on Home Improvement of our family. We love you Nan!

A proud PopPop

Silly boys :)

The band. They were so far away, but they were a blast!

My cousin is in this group here.

A full fledged Marine now

My cousin and uncle

Aaron & his proud girlfriend

The proud mama

Well done Aaron! We love you lots, and are so proud of you!

Peace out

Monday, October 17, 2011

Always Save

Last night I wrote this long post about some of the ways that I have been challenged, and am learning. It's a sequel to a post a did a little while ago. However, I forgot to press save and it got deleted. Blarg! Always remember to save, people. Always!

(p.s., I will reconstruct the post, because it was good. Also, I have another post to write that is mostly a picture post. I know it's been a while since I posted pictures on here.)

Saturday, October 15, 2011


I have a problem. Of the feline kind. You see, my younger sister got a cat last year. His name is Peanut. Fast forward to the present. My sister left for Italy to study abroad for the year almost two months ago, and my aunt is now housing the cat because my parents had to get rid of their house and can't keep him.
But here is where the problem lies. My aunt has a cat of her own, and Peanut isn't getting along with him. She is trying to keep them apart, but she can't keep Peanut for much longer at all. My sister can't come up with anyone who can take Peanut until she gets back in May. I can't take him, and I can't think of anyone either.
Does anyone have any ideas of how to deal with this situation, or know of anyone who would temporarily like to house a cat? He is recently neutered, so I am not sure why he is not getting along with the other cat. He is affectionate and sweet with people, and this behavior of not getting along with other animals is something that has started since my sister left. It makes me believe that it's an attachment thing. But, I have never had a cat before and basically know nothing about them. Any advice out there?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Feeling Lighter

I realized that I haven't blogged about something that I've been working towards since April of this year. I've been eating health and exercising. And by eating healthy, I mean limiting my caloric intake and making much healthier choices in what I eat. For example, eating lots more veggies, leaner meats, smaller portions, planning out my meals, looking at nutrition facts at restaurants before I decide what to eat, really not emotionally eating, and keeping track of it all on a phone app. I've also created the habit of getting up early before work and exercising for 50 minutes. And I really do exercise 5 days a week.
I don't share all this to brag, to bring any focus on myself or to make anyone else feel bad about themselves. I just wasn't happy with some problem areas that I felt like I had, and knew that it wasn't healthy to not watch my weight as I have an office job and sit a lot of the day. It's really easy to let your fall onto a slippery slope with eating out at the office and not being active. I've been so pleased that it's gone so well. I weighed myself about 2 weeks ago, and I had lost 20 pounds since I started in April. I was shocked that I've lost so much weight sticking with this, and that I haven't had to change anything in my health routine to continue to loose weight. It's been work and discipline, but it hasn't been the most horrible thing I've had to do. This is because I'm also not denying myself completely of things I love, not totally getting upset at myself for not being able to stick to watching my calories ect. 100% of the time; but I will choose to allow myself a small portion of something I love and be able to step away from it and enjoy it more because it's more of a decadence, and not a treat that I let myself get away with having every day...and if I do have a day where I don't completely stick to it, I don't get upset because one meal out of 21 I have a week isn't going to break any weight maintenance. It's been so fun to shop and feel even more comfortable in clothes, look better and feel like I am at a healthy weight. So, be encouraged and know that with some work, focus and discipline you can accomplish your healthy weight goals...and by healthy, I mean being at a healthy weight, and healthy mindset about your weight too.