Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014.

I have never been overly into Halloween. Just not my thing.

Sure we've done the kid thing, carving pumpkins, getting costumes etc.  When the kids were little we went to Boo at the Zoo every year.

Zach shares my lackadaisical attitude about it.  He decided on his costume last night.  The only reason he is even wearing one at all is because the kids in his class are dressing up and he doesn't want to be the one kid who didn't.  Since he was at a different school last year, no one saw his costume, so he is wearing the same one from last year.



















Reprised or not, I think he makes a great Si!

Logan on the other hand is a whole other being.  He stressed about what his costume was going to be for a good week.  It was always going to be Zombie - something.  The other day he settled on Disco-Zombie.  He had it in his head that he needed zombie make up with a Rainbow afro.

Halloween is not the time to question your child's costume choices.  Who cares.  Let them be whatever.  So off we went to the Halloween costme store last night to get the wig.   I am not the best with Halloween makeup, so we decided to get a zombie mask as well.

The result was greater than the sum of its parts, however,, we all had to conclude that the look was more Zombie Clown than Disco Zombie.  Honestly though, a zombie clown is a bit more terrifying. Clowns already freak me out to begin with.




















The pants are ripped at the knees and the bottoms (not visible int he photo) are cut up as well.  Outside of the wig, the rest of the costume doesn't really lend much to the clown idea, but again... who cares.  Logan's happy and that's all the matters.

Tonight Debbie and I are going to take Seth and Logan around.  Zach is going to go with his hockey buddy Ben Ringer.

I am just glad it's the weekend!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Day 5 Check in and a new plug

Down 6 lbs.

However, I am becoming increasingly aware of the desire to chew something. Last night I juiced a sweet potato.  Had no idea you could do that. I schmucked it in with all of the other produce, so I didn't really notice if it had a specific flavor.

I really want a steak.



















Yesterday Accurate technologies came to move a plug.  When we were setting up all of the electrical at the design center, we envisioned our master bedroom set up similar to the way the show home had.

Not in the same style or anything, but just the placement of the bed, so we had the TV connection set up accordingly so it would work with the bed location.  However, when we moved in we realized that we didn't want the bed there and moved it.    Which is fine, but then the hook up for the tv didn't work at all.

Thus the reason the guys came out to move it.  The good thing is they just added a new plug, but left the old one.  So that means, should we decide to move the bed a a later date, the connection is available.

Now that it is done, I think the inside of the house is done really. We are going to finish the basement, but not for a few years at least.  We want to let the house settle first.  I do want to get the basement tidied up though so that even if it isn't finished, it's usable.

Since I am not marking this weekend, maybe that is a good project.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Day 4 - Check in

Wine me strength.

The cleanse itself is fine. I feel fine, so far I have not had any crazy detox symptoms.  I started to get concerned I wasn't doing the fast right, but it's pretty simple, juice veggie/fruits and drink only that.  Which is what I have been doing.  Apparently though, some people don't get detox symptoms, its not uncommon.  

What I am tired of is juicing. Not the drinking of the juice, the actual juicing itself.   You go through ENORMOUS amounts of produce. It's insane, so a juice fast isn't exactly cheap with buying all of the produce you need.  Second, it's work!  Washing and cutting up all the produce, juicing, cleaning the juicer.... It's endless.

At first when I heard of buying all of your juice for a juice fast, I thought it would easier and cheaper to make it yourself.  Now I understand why people go that route. Ready made juice?  Decadent.

But I am going to soldier on.  Initially we were planning on doing a 10 day fast.  I think we are going to cap the magic at 7.  10 days was just an arbitrary number we had picked at the start anyways, so it didn't really matter.

Since I started the fast Sunday after breakfast, I am going to thoroughly enjoy a Sunday brunch this weekend.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Juice Cleanse Check in - Day 3

I am doing well.

Haven't wanted to gnaw the meat off a coworkers lunch yet, so I'd say I'm doing ok.   It is quite weird not having solid foods.  I haven't been hungry really, but I honestly feel like I should be.  I know I've said that before, but it is a profoundly strange feeling.

But... on the plus side....

DOWN 5 LBS!














It's not a huge amount by any stretch of the imagination and it's also a mere drop in the bucket considering how far I have to go.  But it's a start. A good start.

Onward.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bar Stools and a Glass of Juice

I have been wanting bar stools since we moved in 3 months ago.  We had initially purchased some at Costco, but they were taking forever to come in.

Finally last week they arrived, sorta.  One arrived, with the box sliced open and the leather seat cut.  Awesome.

A call to Costco quickly informed us that the stools are now out of stock.  So we returned the sliced up one and cancelled the others.

Back to the drawing board.  See I wanted eclectic stools, just a little bit different from the norm.  However, I really did not wan to pay the corresponding eclectic price that those designer stools come with.

We decided to hit the TAG warehouse.  I had never been, but they have wholesale furniture from Palliser, Ashley and a number of other places.

Initially, we didn't see much of a selection of stools.  They have lots of couches and chairs, but not so many bar stools.

Just as we were about to leave, Brad found some ones tucked away in the corner.  They didn't quite hit all of our criteria, but they did hit some:

1. Swivel - Yes
2. Rustic looking - Yes
3. Round base - No
4. High Back - No

It doesn't have any fabric on the seat, which I was worried would make it uncomfortable, but surprisingly they are quite comfortable.



















They were listed at $119/each, but we talked the guy down to $105/each.  Not a huge savings, but we were happy with it.

I was curious of the regular price.  I found the stools here:
http://www.wayfair.com/Pinnadel-30-Swivel-Bar-Stool-D542-230-GNT5573.html













and check it!! The regular price is $227 on sale for $148.  So we ever beat the online sale price and no shipping to pay! Woo Hoo!

The stools look great in the house, but I really can't imagine paying $227 for them.  That's crazy!


In other news, I started a juice cleanse.  Why?  Well, I have been feeling rather cruddy as of late and wanted to kick start my system.

Brad and I went out and bought a juicer.  So far I am 24 hrs in without solid food.  I am doing good.  I feel normal.  It's weird though, going on 24 hours without solids you would expect to be hungry, but I'm not.  It is an odd feeling.

It's kind of difficult to do a juice cleanse while working in that you have to take your juice to work. I have also been forewarned of the perils of day 3.  If I had been planning this correctly, I would have coordinated day 3 to be on a weekend, so I could just stay home, but alas, I was not that forward thinking.

What I am hoping is that at the end of the 10 days (how long I hope to last on this thing), I will feel good, maybe even have dropped a few pounds.

Time will tell.




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Cold

Catching a cold in the fall is so common, it's almost part of the season, right up there with comfy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes.









This one is a doozy though.  I started feeling crappy Thursday night.   It is not Tuesday and I am starting to feel like I am on the back end of it.  Still coughing/sneezing and have general malaise for sure, but for the first time in a few days, I don't feel like I am getting worse.

I wasn't able to take any time off to recover though, it just so happens to be the busiest time of our quarter end.  So I was here.












It's Dayquil to get me through the and Nyquil to sleep through the night.

I look forward to the day when I can take a deep breath without it turning into a massive coughing fit.














Friday, October 17, 2014

Has it really been a week already?

First of the wedding was amazing.  The weather was gorgeous for the outdoor ceremony.


Court and Dale looked radiant.  It was such a nice event.  I think I did a decent job as Emcee, so that was nice as well.  The decorations were country rustic and were just amazing.  





 We drove home after the wedding around midnight or so.  I had to work on Sunday and Logan and Zach had hockey.  Made for a very busy day, but Monday was nice.  We didn't have the traditional thanksgiving dinner, but we were all together and that's what matters anyways.

Yesterday night my new dining set arrived.  The table comes with 4 chairs, but we ordered 2 extra.  Then we found out the whole set was discontinued, so  I asked if we could buy the floor model (at a discount of course).  But the problem with that is the floor model only had 4 chairs.

The chairs themselves have a leather seat, so we ordered two complimentary chairs for each end of the table in total leather.  I think it looks quite nice!


Tomorrow my sectional arrives.... CANNOT wait for that!!

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