Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday citar

While we were running errands yesterday Veronica came across this giant Teddy Bear! She wanted it soooo bad that I felt bad saying no. I loathe stuffed animals, but the girls adore them. Maybe Santa will have to come through for her. Look at this sad little face!!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

It's coming!! (Holidailies 2013)

Rumor is that Holidailies 2013 is going to kick off soon.  I've been checking the website every day to see if signups are happening!!  The FB page says "soon," so it is coming... soon.  What is it?  A blog posting project.  Post something daily every day during December.  It doesn't have to be holiday related, but it helps get in the holiday spirit!  It can be a picture, a few sentences, or ten paragraphs - you decide! You can pick the prompt of the day or just go out on your own.  I've lost count of how many years I have participated...  this will  be my fifth maybe?  It's fun reading through everyone's holiday posts, and hopefully it will bring some life back to this blog.

I'll be sure to share when signups start.  Won't you join us??
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lemon bundt cake

Half with icing, half with out! Me, of a people, has a child who does not like icing of any kind!!!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Final results!!!

Friday I had my final follow up to my SmartLipo procedure I had done back in July of 2012.  You can read a little more about it here.  I won't lie.  The first few days and weeks were rough with lots of pain and I had to wonder what had I done to myself?!?  Oh, the pain.  I literally woke up from the procedure CRYING!!!  For a week I felt and looked like I had been hit by a truck.  

See??

Holy bruising huh?????  And my legs were not even touched but for some reason the bruising drained into my legs....  But I felt as bad as this looks!!  

And oh... the garment.  The miserable garment!!!  Being bound up in that thing 24 hrs a day was one of the WORST things ever.  And after the few times I did take it off so I could breathe (ahhhh) putting it back on seemed impossible!!!  Zippers and hooks and.... squeeeeeze.  What a relief when I was able to ditch the 'straight jacket!'  

In time the bruising faded.  The pain subsided.  The swelling came and went from time to time.  But those two stubborn lumps in the front stayed.  Most obvious to me, of course.  We waited in hopes they'd resolve on their own.... but they did not.  In lieu of a feared painful revision, I was offered Exilis.  I was doubtful, but anything was worth a shot.  

Friday was my 4 month post Exilis mark.  My 16th month post Smart Lipo mark.  I had my very last follow up -- and here are my final results!!!!  I do wish my stomach was perfect.... but fixing such a small area would likely cause problems and more unevenness.  SO, this is it.  And the loaded question -- was it worth it????  I would have to say YES. 












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Saturday, November 09, 2013

Baking powder biscuits

Best breakfast on chilly fall mornings: from scratch baking powder biscuits and a cup of hot Community coffee!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Santa's Secret Workshop. New Orleans, LA - A Review

Last year we took Val and Roni to New Orleans to visit Santa's Secret Workshop.   This is the review that I posted afterwards.

 I've been curious about it for a couple of years now.  It's held in a huge mansion on Canal Street called Mystere Mansion,  and is home to The Mortuary during Halloween.   Santa's Secret Workshop is heavily advertised on TV and radio and it sounds like a fun family oriented event.

I decided to just buy tickets onsite because the fees for online purchases are outrageous.  You can also purchase VIP tickets to bypass the line for the tune of $25+fees per person.  For the four of us that would have been $116.  No thanks.  Even with my 25% discount coupon it was $51 at the ticket booth.

Starting from the beginning, we arrived just before noon when it opened.  A very small crowd was waiting for the gate to open.  There is one sign directing you to purchase tickets.  But, just getting to the ticket booth was quite an ordeal.  The whole crowd control/entrance procedure is very strange.  Everything is roped off and only a few people are allowed to pass GO at a time.  We waited and waited just to buy tickets, and only 1 person at a time at 15+ intervals was allowed to approach the ticket booth.  The other line was for pre-purchased tickets, and even that was the same.  You'd get to a certain point, and would dead end at a rope and had to stop.  And wait 15 minutes for someone to let you go the next five feet.  Then repeat.  I am not sure what the purpose of that is??

Keep in mind, IT WAS NOT THAT BUSY.  From the time we arrived, bought tickets, made it through all the 'check points', and finally through the entrance gate..... it was one hour and thirty minutes.  Can way say tired and bored and cranky kids by now.  There was some "entertainment" while in line.... but it wasn't very entertaining.

I had hopes that it was going to be something good and worth the cash and worth the wait.  It was at best, cute.  Basically, you walk from room to room and are greeted by characters - Mrs. Clause, elves, etc.  They tell you a bit about their job - mail, wrapping gifts, etc.  After about 3 minutes you are rushed off to the next room.  I understand the reasoning behind letting only a few people in at a time in an attempt to make the visit more personal.  Honestly, there wasn't anything spectacular about any of it.  It took less than 30 minutes from beginning to end.  We barely got to look at the decorations in each room, as we were hurried out to the next stop.  To make matters worse, at the end you either buy a $15 photo package and see Santa....  or you don't get to see Santa at all.  Isn't that the point of going to Santa's workshop -- to SEE SANTA????  But even after dishing out all that money to get in, you have to PAY TO SEE SANTA??????   What a rip off.   I am SO GLAD I did not purchase the VIP tickets.

I've asked the girls a few times what their favorite part was, to which I am met with blank stares...  If a five and almost eight year old wasn't impressed, that says a lot.

If you are still considering going, pack up the kids and go see what it is all about.  Perhaps if the wait wasn't so ridiculously long, perhaps if the price was reasonable...  the cuteness of it all would make it worth while.  Otherwise, one visit was more than enough for me.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Today's treat is....

M & M cookies!! Made with none other than a few if the many mini bags of M & Ms we had for Halloween!

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Facebook....

Really curious... who is posting links to my blog on Facebook??  And why??


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Sunday Citar

Happy Sunday, y'all! 

At the Lafourche Central Market:


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Friday, November 01, 2013

Trick or Treat!

Of all nights to be under a severe weather watch, it is not what we wanted for Halloween night!!  Thankfully the local authorities came to their senses (somewhat) and moved trick-or-treating to an hour earlier.  The bad part is not everyone got that message and at 5pm (start time) most of our working neighbors weren't home!!  We had to circle the block twice since most houses were empty the first round.  The girls racked up on candy AND literally minutes after we got home the rain started. All and all, it was a fun night!! Because of the threat of rain, I didn't bring my camera out.  I didn't really get any good pics of the girls' costumes.  Val was a funky skeleton and Roni was an LSU cheerleader.  As for me:



Here they are waiting for ToT time: 



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