Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Random chatter with the ick factor...

I got two more getting to know you cards in the mail. They are so stinking CUTE! The one on the left is from Maren. The one on the right is from Andi. Thank yo so much ladies! I appreciate you! I'm extending the deadline to May 10th for 2 reasons...I haven't gotten many cards, so that gives who ever wants to more time and I'm too busy right now to put the prize together. :o) I will announce the winner on May 11th. (mother's day) My address again...Jolene George P.O. Box 40512 Mesa, AZ. 85274


Do you know why my mini fridge is still full of Pepsi? Because today is day 6 with no Pepsi. I've decided that I get to drink it one day a week. I have yet to decide which day that will be. I guess it depends on my needs or the level of stress I'm under. I have really learned to love water (with my teeny sonic ice) but I do miss the flavor of my sweet Pepsi. I think just maybe I'm a junkie.


In my bathroom I've posted the wall of shame/motivation. I'm definitely a girl who needs to check things off of list. I feel more accomplished. I'm a big time visual learner. I have dropped 1 pound so far. I won't mark it unless it stays down for a couple of days. I've been exercising in my room at night, but I think I'll add walking in the mornings. I had Chad ride is bike around the neighborhood loop. It's 3.5 miles...which may not seem like far to most people, but for me that is a REALLY long ways. I'm going to take my dog Pappi with me because he has gained a considerable amount of weight over the past few years and he loves to go on walks.


This afternoon I went to watch Stacey (one of my young women) play girls softball at the high school. She is an amazing athlete. I was so impressed by her. She is really great at any sport. I got so many great shots of her...even through the chain link fence. I really loved watching her play. Such a darling girl!


Just as I got home from the game, Chad was leaving to meet up with Mark and the guys for their night ride. Yesterday he was on his other motorcycle and he called me saying the valve stem broke on his front tire and I needed to come get him with the trailer. Just so you know, I've never in my life hooked up a trailer. I couldn't just back up to the RV gates and hook up either because it was in the back yard backwards. Cole and I unloaded the junk off of it and pushed it by hand through the rocks, turned it around and pulled it out to the street to hook it up to Kyle's truck. Then getting the hitch securely locked onto the ball and hooking up electrical is a whole nother issue. It took a few minutes but we did it. We then hop in the truck (that has NO AC mind you and it's HOT here now) I look down and the gas tank is empty. PERFECT! Now I need to try to pull into a gas station with a big trailer behind me and do my best not to hit another car or the gas pump. It wasn't easy, but I did it. By this time Chad has been standing in the sun for a good 45 minutes and we still have 20 miles to get to where he is. Added bonus is that he went to country thunder this weekend and got really bad sunburned so just being out in the heat hurts. The majority of his body hadn't seen sunlight the whole time in Afghanistan. So we get to where he is broke down and we load up the motorcycle and he ties it down with ratchet straps. On the way home I hit a significant bump and the bike falls over in the trailer totally cracking the fairing. UGGG! I feel just terrible!


Other random icky things...


Chad was changing his shirt before he left tonight and his chest and back are completely blistered. Looks like water blisters times a million. I took pictures but it looks so gross. Makes me throw up in my mouth....Shudder...


They got all the wood out of Mark's hiney/leg. Now he has a major infection. He says it hurts worse now. They put him on antibiotics.


Cole missed church on Sunday and 2 days of school this week. He's had a cough and runny nose, plus Sunday morning he woke up with these awful and equally gross cold sores from his lips clear up to his nostrils. We've been putting abrevia on several times a day. He says he's not going to school tomorrow either because kids will make fun of him. I'm not sure what school policy is on icky cold cores, so I'll have to call in the morning. I need that boy in school if at all possible!


I teach this Sunday, so the stomach aches are back. I've been studying and preparing.


There is so much on my plate this week. I'll be glad to see Monday come around. I do love my Mondays!

Enough about us.....How are YOU?

15 comments:

Pam said...

Good for you! Keep up the great work and I think one Pepsi a week is a great reward for all your hard work!

Sorry about Chad's sunburn and the motorcycle!

Briana said...

Your posts always scare me about what life will be like when the kids are older...BUSY!!!

Good for you on drinking more water and no Pepsi for 6 whole days, you go girl!

Kimberly said...

Sounds like you have your hands full. I am sure you will do a good job on Sunday. Hope everyone is feeling better in your house soon. Good Luck with your goal of lossing weight.

~Telah said...

Way to go Jolene! Your charts look awesome. I've never heard of so much ickyness...bless your heart (and their's too)!

Patti said...

Yes you were all over the place with this post! Hope Chad & Cole feel better quick! Good luck on the weight loss. I feel your pain girl.

familywithfivekids said...

Can I really still send a card and can I really send one if it's not all cute, but rather basic??? I'd like too!

Diana said...

Glad Chad is enjoying being home!! Sorta!

Congrats on the getting fit! I should have your wall of shame, I'm like you a visual person!

Believe me, things could be worse! Maximize your time but take a sec to look around and enjoy everything you create and are a part of.

Your a great gal Jolene. I wished you lived closer!

Chickenbells said...

Good gravy! The randomness is a messy sort isn't it?! I am so proud that you are taking that first step getting yourself back into shape!! Keep up the good work...pretty soon, those 3+ miles will seem VERY short to you and the dog (it never takes long) just remember to take the time to do this for yourself!

I hope the bike, Cole, the motorcycle and your tummy are all better soon!

Kelly said...

Too bad we didn't know Chad was at Country Thunder. We have gone every year for 6 years!! We could have gotten him back stage and to meet some of the acts and stuff!! We were there all 4 days with the kids too!! Had to come back to town for Lynsey to go to school! Check my blog for pictures!!

velvet brick said...

Bravo to Jolene for being so open and honest about her struggle with weight! I love all that you've set up with the charts, marking off, etc. It is a formula for success, dear friend! Things are going to smooth out for you...sending a hug for you your way! : )
xox
VB

Cecilia Mills said...

I need to cut down my Mountaid Dew intake as well, I just love the taste, but water and ice will have to do! Thanks for the example! You are awesome! I hope your boys feel better soon and I know you will do great on Sunday!!

mindy said...

Welcome home, Chad!

Jolene, you crack me up! You can go out and manhandle and hook up a trailer, drive it through a gas station without running anyone over or starting a large fire, you know what a fairing is and that it can be broken BUT you give yourself a stomachache about teaching on Sunday???? You need to give yourself more credit!

Weather deliciously warm in the Mile High and you can tell by looking at my fingernails that are all raggedy and broken from gardening!

mindy said...

Welcome home, Chad!

Jolene, you crack me up! You can go out and manhandle and hook up a trailer, drive it through a gas station without running anyone over or starting a large fire, you know what a fairing is and that it can be broken BUT you give yourself a stomachache about teaching on Sunday???? You need to give yourself more credit!

Weather deliciously warm in the Mile High and you can tell by looking at my fingernails that are all raggedy and broken from gardening!

Kassie said...

Jolene,
Love the wall of shame! I need one too. I went to Angie's website and it's so inspiring and I may just join up myself. Good Luck! Three years ago I was walking 3 miles every morning and I was loving it! Then it got cold and dark and I haven't ever gotten back to it consistently. I bet you get to where you love it too!

I still want to send a card too! I need a reminder somewhere so I'll remember to make it!

Susie Q said...

You are an inspiration you know that??
Andi's card is so cute! I know you have so enjoyed all of the cards. What a treat!
I am so sorry about the guys...
And you ARE one of my heroes you know. Is there anything you can not accomplish? I doubt it!
You are amazing!

Love,
Sue