January 28, 2009

More good news…

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:24 pm by bitsypieces

It’s taking me a while to get my old body back, and I’ve been worried that I’m going to have to spend $$$$ on new clothes.

I had a funeral and memorial service to attend recently, so I decided to see if I could squeeze into some of my pre-pregnancy clothes.  Most were still a little tight, but I was able to fit into one pair of black pants and one dark gray suit.  So obviously I am whittling my waist down a bit, since I don’t think I could have fit into either of those items a month or so ago.


January 27, 2009

Sometimes it pays to pay more…

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:36 pm by bitsypieces

So I had planned a day of pampering, with a fancy pants haircut, pedicure and eyebrow wax.  But two things canceled my plans:  First, I just couldn’t swallow the idea of spending $40 for a pedicure, especially during the middle of winter when my feet are covered with socks.  Second, my grandma died on Wednesday, which means my weekend schedule got very full very fast.

So I skipped the pedicure and eyebrow wax, but I did keep my hair appointment.  (I really really needed a haircut.)

The result: $65 (including tip) later, I LOVED my hair.  Seriously.  The best haircut EVER.

She took off a little more than I normally request, which got rid of all of my dead and fuzzy ends.  Now my hair seems shiny, healthy and soft.  (Although Hubby says it’s almost too short.  Which is crazy, since it reaches my bra strap in the back.)

I’ve come to the conclusion that sometimes it really does pay to pay more.  In this case, I love my hair WAY more than a $14 cut.  Will I got back for another fancy pants cut?  As long as I can afford it.  I felt really great about myself for the first time in a while when I walked out of the salon.

January 24, 2009

Emotional Event

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:58 pm by bitsypieces

My grandmother passed away this week, less than a year after the death of my mother.

I pray that both have found peace in God’s hands, and that they dwell with Him in Heaven for eternity.

Learning to Love my Kitchen

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:47 am by bitsypieces

Despite my foray into baking cakes and cookies, I am not a lover of the kitchen.  The pizza delivery guy is familiar with my house because:

  • Many of my cooking attempts are failures, especially to Hubby with the (so he thinks) gourmet palate.
  • I am lazy.  Cooking meals often involves slicing, dicing, chopping, mincing, peeling, shredding, mixing, stirring, sauteeing, broiling, boiling, roasting… you get the idea.  Too much frakin‘ work!
  • I am lazy.  I hate to clean up pots and pans.  Cooking meals also involves cleaning, scrubbing, scouring, scraping… you get the idea.
  • I hate to plan meals.  Often I buy the ingredients I need for a special meal, only to have the urge for (surprise!) pizza instead.  So the meal ingredients go the waste, since I have a hard time fighting my cravings.

But the truth is, pizza delivery is far more expensive than even a “fancy” meal prepared at home… at least most of the time.  And I actually do possess basic culinary skills (I know what it means to braise, for example).

So I’ve decided to try one new recipe a week from one of the food blogs I love (check out my Yummy Food links).  I have also decided that the recipe I try can be full of fat and full of calories… (because first I have to get Hubby to realize he does enjoy my cooking before I start sneaking in the healthy stuff).

This week I am going to try Chicken Pesto Creme from Hot off the Garlic Press.  Hubby likes chicken.  How can it go wrong?

January 22, 2009

Thank You Notes

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:13 pm by bitsypieces

In the past, I’ve always sent Thank You notes for Christmas gifts.  My mom forced me to do it when I was little, and I’ve carried on the etiquette.  (And yes, Baby will be writing her own Thank You notes someday, too.)

But this year, with Baby and stresses and other such things, I almost thought about skipping the notes.  I don’t remember my mom ever writing notes for gifts that she received.  So I thought:  Now that I’m an adult with a baby of my own, does that mean I can stop writing notes, too?

Unfortunately, I came to the conclusion that I’m still obligated to write a note.  So that’s my plan for the day.  Thank You notes.   And rather than grumble while I write them, I’m going to try to remember that I am extremely fortunate to have so much to be thankful for.

January 21, 2009

Paying for Pampering

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:10 pm by bitsypieces

When it comes to my personal beauty routine, I’ve always been basically a simple gal.  Haircuts are generally $14 Hair Cuttery bargains… and I get one about every 4 months.  Makeup usually consists of some mineral foundation and maybe some lipstick.  I’ll put on some mascara if it’s a special night out (la dee da).  I’ve never had a professional pedicure, and I pluck my eyebrows about twice a year before really special occasions.

The I read The Stay-At-Home Martyr.  And I realized that this kind of casual look may have worked for me when I was without child, but it no longer fit my older-and-more-fatigued personality.  In those days, I could toss on a little sundress and some kitten heel sandals, run a brush through my hair, and my face sans cosmetics would look fresh and clean.  My appearance was that of a young, casual gal who was preparing to jauntily walk to the store for a fruit smoothie while swinging a cute clutch from her wrist.

Now I’m in oversized jeans (to hide what’s left of my baby weight) and flat clunky shoes (so I don’t trip while holding Baby).  My hair’s pulled back in a severe ponytail (so it’s harder for Baby to grab loose strands) and I am carrying a bag that’s just a wee bit smaller than a suitcase and stuffed with plastic toy keys.  Suddenly, my bare face doesn’t look fresh–it just looks tired and matronly.  Rather than looking casual and cute, I look as if I don’t give a damn about my personal appearance.

But since I’ve been pretty good about sticking to a diet and exercise routine (and no, the pounds aren’t melting off yet, thanks for asking), I decided to treat myself to some real beauty.

So this week I have scheduled an afternoon for a professional haircut/style, a pedicure and an eyebrow wax… all at a very fancy pants salon.  I don’t think they’re so fancy that I’ll get a glass of wine with my pedicure (although I should at a price of $40!), but at least I may enjoy a relaxing experience.  I have no idea how much it’s all going to cost in the end… but Hubby told me that I deserve to take this time to pamper myself.

After it’s over, I’ll report back here on the final price and my opinion as to whether or not the experience was worth the cost.

And for those of you wondering about my hairstyle:  I plan on giving the hair designer free rein to do as she thinks is best, as long as she keeps some of the length and doesn’t give me bangs.

January 20, 2009

The Stay-At-Home Martyr

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:00 pm by bitsypieces

I recently purchased the book The Stay-At-Home Martyr.  (It was full price at Borders, but I had a gift certificate so out-of-pocket expense was actually $0.)  Although I don’t consider myself a “martyr” by any stretch of the imagination, lately I have found myself wondering if there’s life outside poo-poo, nipple cream and plastic blocks.

The Stay-At-Home Martyr does a great–and hilarious–job of reminding moms that we are not slaves to our children, and jumping at their every whimper does very little to teach them about real life.  Moreover, taking care of ourselves as women and human beings–as well as taking care of our marriages–is actually one of the best things we can do for our kids.

I highly recommend this book to every mother who wants to reclaim a bit of herself outside of her identity as  “mom.”  Yes, my role as a mother is one of the most important in my life.  But that doesn’t mean I should neglect my role of wife, daughter, sister, friend and woman.

Gee… just writing this post makes me feel more fulfilled.

January 16, 2009

Took my “before” photos…

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:37 pm by bitsypieces

Oh, the humanity!

I thought my wonderful New Year’s resolutions to eat right, exercise and lose weight might lead to a noticeable change in my body.  So I took some “before” photos.  (And no, I’m NOT going to share them.)

I am even keeping them hidden from Hubby.  Ever since Baby, I’ve only permitted him to see me sans clothing in dim light.

These photos are certainly motivating, however.

I am hoping that I’ll look like a post-BFL contestant in a few months.  (Doubtful, though, considering I snack on about half a block of cheese each day.)

I also stepped on the scale today for another cringe-inducing moment.

My weight loss and health journey is documented at www.RefrigeratorRaid.com, mostly because I figure you guys don’t want to listen to me whine and moan about my workouts and diet.  But hey… it’s a big part of my life, so I guess you can expect me to mention it occasionally here, too.

January 14, 2009

Homemade Baby Food

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:24 pm by bitsypieces

So I plan to make Baby’s food homemade for a few different reasons:

  • Cheaper: While jarred baby food isn’t super super expensive, it’s still cheaper to make my own.  Especially since I plan to go organic.
  • Control: Yeah… baby food companies have all kinds of safety measures in place so they don’t get sued.  But if I make my own, I can be pretty darn positive that a) there’s no broken glass/fingers/plastic bits in the food, and b) there’s no hidden chemicals/preservatives/additives.
  • Variety: Though I realize that there are all sorts of baby foods out there, making my own will allow me to easily adapt Baby to our own “tastes,” since I can basically puree the same foods we’re eating.

So I’ve been reading about homemade baby food.  It’s kinda complicated (when to introduce certain foods, nitrates, etc).  Anyone have any good homemade baby food recipes?

January 8, 2009

Almost Spent $80

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:39 pm by bitsypieces

The other day Baby was fussy.  Seriously fussy.  I couldn’t keep her amused.  In a moment of desperation, I logged onto the Internet and *almost* purchased an $80 bouncer/jumper.

Sanity prevailed, however, when I realized that Baby would enjoy this pricey toy for about 3 months.  Not quite long enough to justify the purchase.

And today Baby is happy and relaxed again… and I’m glad I didn’t spend $80 in something that probably would have amused her for about 15 minutes.

But there are times when I feel like I’d spend $100 or $200 if it were the *perfect* always-entertained-Baby toy…

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