my little man!

zephyr just brought home a live hopping mouse 🙂

it was the exact same size as his toy mice and he brought it up the stairs with a very cheerful mew, set it down for his cat parents to survey and all of a sudden is started running! it appeared unharmed, and zephyr helped us corral it until david caught it.

we spent some time marvelling over the unharmed and very cute creature and then released him back outside, farther out of cat territory.

i don’t think zephyr knows to kill them…he just keeps bringing us live, unharmed things 🙂

returning to the world

mmmm….so much to tell…

busting my ass last week was well worth the sunday-tuesday i took off.

dre arrived on saturday night…and on the way to the airport, i realized that the oncoming traffic on I5 (a *4* lane highway!) was down to *1* lane! so the way back was traffic-jamalicious, but it gave us much time to chitchat in the car…and there *was* forward motion, so it wasnt so bad – only an additional hour.
read the tasty details of our weekend!

Oh the Glory!


i get a dre today!


maybe it was the coffee, but i am sooooo energized and bouncy today!

the scale greeted me this morning with the AMAZING number of <drumroll please> 121!

that means that in just slightly less than 3 weeks of conscious effort watching what i eat and my hot date with “8 minutes in the morning” every day, i have lost 7 pounds 🙂

just in time to bare my midriff in my gypsy silks for the ren faire tomorrow!

also on the Exciting News front, zephyr (the “baby” cat of the family…2 years old, but experiencing his first summer as an outdoor cat) brought home his first “prize”! yesterday, he came in the sliding glass door of the balcony bearing a baby snake who was as yet unharmed. we were all rather shocked and it was a priceless moment 🙂

makes me wonder how well he will take to being restricted to a house again 🙂

off to work so i can PLAY PLAY PLAY when andre gets here 🙂

can i sign up for cloning?

there is so much to do and so little belen to go around! i am running so slow this morning…

because i am blessed with wonderful visiting austinites this summer, bob & alex came over last night and hung out. they just moved to LA, but took a trip up to seattle to hang out for a bit. its always great to hang out with bob, and now that he has such a lovely lass on his arm, it doubles the pleasure 😉 we were up late chatting and my poor ass still had to be out of bed by 8. i managed to actually get up by 8:40 🙂

i have been slammed at work, and i just had a client call me and say “hey, you know that project you bid 20 hours to do? well, we kind of need it by 2pm your time today, so can you just throw it together?” <looks at the clock that reads 10am> ARGH! yes, sure, i can be your superhero.

andre arrives at 11pm tomorrow!


so today must also incorporate

1) going to walmart for remaining things on the “Need For Optimal Camping” list
2) hitting the last 2 state parks on our list to scout out the perfect place to camp
3) making the grocery list and accomplishing it 🙂
4) assisting in preparing for the saturday afternoon bbq my roommates are throwing.
5) dropping bob & alex at the ferry to go back to seattle

yah, thats it…just that and a full day of work 🙂

so how about that cloning???

on the bright side, there continues to be less of me to love 🙂 123 and counting. i picked up a whole box of the adkins advantage chocolate & peanut butter snak bars. i had 1 last week and almost died at the goodness! i have never had a snack bar that didnt taste like ass 🙂

so i feel the tug of my day. must depart! and you guys wonder why i never post! *i* never have time to procrastinate in my work days! 🙂

the weekend that almost wasnt

i must say that i am mighty glad that my weekend redeemed itself. it was barrelling down the Shitty Weekend road rapidly, and then came screaching to a halt 🙂

on friday afternoon, we packed up the car for camping and then proceeded to deck ourselves out for our dinner out to the Capitale in olympia. its the restraunt that was below our apartment there, and it has the most amazing food! we had 7:30 reservations and sat outside in the evening cool and enjoyed a variety of amazing food and a great bottle of zin. all in all, i did not *completely* abandon my Good Eating, but i put a rather big dent in it…

we spent the night at chris and melissa’s and gamed a bit 🙂

saturday morning we woke up at 8ish, and were on the road to St Helens by 9:30 (only an hour later than i meant to 😉 this is where the weekend started its southward descent. you see, we were *hell-bent* on finding a camping spot.

yes, at a big tourist attraction on a saturday.

stop laughing.

and since we were fixated on the camping rather than hiking lovely trails, seeing breathtaking sights or enjoying the majestic beauty surrounding us, we drive for hours…literally…with no luck. there were sites available at a privately owned (read “corporate ass-rapers”) site that was so ugly and overpriced and run like a nazi death-camp that we just couldnt bear to give them our money.

so it was 5ish, and we were pissed off, cranky, and tired. we drove the never-ending 30 miles up to the famous st helens look-outs and spirit lake. we took the requisite pictures and then grumbled our way back down with the intention of heading back to chris’s and gaming.

and on the way out, we decided to check out the last campgrounds.

and lo and behold, not only were there a few spots, but they were lovely. really really lovely.

so camping won. and within 10 minutes, we were chirpy, happy people, setting up camp, planning dinner and snuggling in for the night.

<SIGHS> after a dinner of beef shish kabab and mushrooms & sweet onions roasted in butter, the world was so right. it was just what i needed to melt a week of work away…a roaring fire, layers of warm clothes, easy conversation and most of all, the peace and serenity of the woods. i couldnt even grumble about the porta-potties.

and again, it seemed i was right on plan for my diet, but alas, one simply cannot have a campfire without smores. so after 2 weeks of being carb-deprived, those smores tasted like the most exotic ambrosia ever consumed. sad, i know, but i just cannot feel guilty about something i enjoyed so much.

mid-week last week, i was at 124, and i figure tomorrow, i can weigh in and just nod and smile. after all, this week i am PMS girl and there is no point in taking anything too seriously because its all probably wacky hormones anyway 🙂

look for pictures of the trip on my blogger

but now i take the much needed shower and tuck myself into bed.

finally, a weekend!

my god, has this been a long week! with 50 *billable* hours under my belt (this does not include management salary time and misc time lost in the cracks), my computer owned my soul this week 🙂 this explains the vast silence of my livejournal.

speaking of VAST, i take such joy in the fact that almost *every* time david and i play VAST around an uninitiated person, at some point they ask “who *is* this…they are so good!” 🙂

so my first week of The New Lifestyle has been really good. i think i have finally gotten the proper types of food i enjoy eating, and the effects of drinking 100+ oz. of water a day and eating good healthy food has made for a very stable and productive girl.

the 8 Minutes exercise routines are sooooooooooo painfully easy to accomplish and they leave my muscles that perfect flavor of sore 🙂 it makes me know i am doing something right!

read more of my random chirping


Since the very first moment that anassadeina gave me a taste, i was hooked in a deep, lustful, possessive way. i wanted what she had. and yet she held out on me. i suspect she was keeping me coming back for more by withholding what i wanted unless it came from her. she liked that glowing look in my eye when she offered to give it to me…

but behold, last night i succeeded in recreating a very close approximation of her Chicken Curry Soup.


i have an entire vat of the yummy stuff in my fridge, waiting patiently to be ingested for the healthy, delicious meal it is.


beautiful day in the neighborhood

after a highly enjoyable weekend of camping, my batteries are fully recharged, but i am dragging a little 🙂

while i wasn’t an angel with my food consumption (who can resist a smore??? but i only had 1 each night! 🙂 i did very well because of the pre-planning of food to bring. leaving home the chips, muffins, and typical carb evils did a lot to help. instead, it was a smorgesbourg of jerky, hard boiled eggs, meat, nuts, fresh fruit, lunchmeat and cheeses. any burger or sandwich was on 1/2 a bun. considering i am not well versed in this yet, i do feel pretty good about the general nutrition of the weekend.

we hiked beautiful trails through the forest along the creek. the trees are so majestic there…and when you are hiking with 2 boys, you stray off the path occassionally 😉 that meant climbing up and down some pretty good inclines. i certainly had a stairmaster workout!

after the hell week i had, it was just what the dr ordered.

we were home by noon on sunday, and i couldnt resist spending the afternoon clearing out the sunny weedy flower bed across from the porch…this involved a shovel, a big ass rake and lots of time on my knees pulling out rocks. it was a mess! and then i put some good soil in and planted sunflower and daisy seeds. mmmmmmmm……quality time in the dirt 🙂

by the end of the afternoon, i had 2 days of camping grime on me and an afternoon of Dirt Love and was completely exhausted. so i stumbled over to the newly hung hammock and took a *most* satisfying nap in the cool breeze.

i was awoken by our hungry household and we got sushi to bring home and eat on the porch.

the epitome of a satisfying weekend 🙂

this morning marks the beginning of the “official” effort at being good to myself. want the details?

how it all began

hi 🙂

so i sit in the chilly morning air of the pacific northwest, drinking hot coffee and reflecting on the insane amount of stuff i have to do today, this week, this month, etc.

and i feel a little like a cheating bitch, knowing that my blogger would love to have even more updates than it already gets…i always swore i would never split my journalling between 2 sources.

and yet here i am.

why am i cheating on my blogger?