Friday, September 26, 2014

Struggling

That pretty much sums up life lately (insert large frowny face).

On Labor Day, my father-in-law fell and broke his right hip and that has put him on downward spiral of poor health ever since. He is 91 and the doctors said that his body has suffered a lot of trauma. If only it was just a broken hip, but it's the pneumonia, the congestive heart failure, the urinary tract infection, the 3 surgeries to put the hip back in place, the depression, the warning signs of dementia, not to mention that he hasn't really eaten in 4 weeks, the meds that make him a different person. My sister-in-law deals with the majority of it since she is his primary care giver. I wish I could do more for her. They live 2 hours away, and we try to go as much as we can. With Matt's school and XC schedule and with Mr. Happy's travel it's taxing to say the least, but we do what we can. He has been moved into a rehabilitation center as of 2 days ago. There are good days and then there are not so good days. We continue to pray for comfort and healing.

In the midst of all this, I think Peri-menapause is becoming regular ole menapause. Yep...I'm in hell. I'm HOT and CRANKY! I even stopped exercising because I'm so damn hot. I got in my car a couple of weeks ago and was so hot that I just cried and the more I cried the hotter I got so the more I cried. OMG!! On the up side, I haven't gained any weight back (insert smiley face).

Speaking of weight loss...now my clothes don't fit. I'll be damned if I'm buying all new clothes. So this would be the opportune time to do the 333 challenge or the 10 item wardrobe challenge, right? Well, I'm struggling with that! Damn it! I have made a large dent in my closet. I removed all summer items and packed them away. I'm formulating a plan, a version of the 333. I'm taking into consideration that I work, I live in Hell Florida so weather will vary, and I do not plan to count my jewelry or my shoes as part of the 33 items. Ok, so I'm a cheater. But I have to adjust it to me right? Whatever. I'm struggling to make it work. I want to simplify, live with less, but...


My closet so far...I think I have made great progress. There is obviously more than 33 items. But I have a plan...Maybe if I don't have as much stuff, I won't be as hot. It's worth a shot.

Did I mention that I'm HOT!?!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What's Been Happening or Not Been Happening

Still haven't bought a wallet. I bought one of those little Vera Bradley ID pouches that zips and that is as far as I have managed. I have smaller Louis Vuitton Pouchette that I got years ago. It's almost like a small make-up bag, and I throw my phone and that little ID pouch in there. That's that for now. I've replaced the strap on the LV with a longer leather strap and use it as small cross body bag when I'm not carrying my LV Neverfull.

Maybe this one for Christmas this year? Not sure yet.


I had another peel two weeks ago and a Hdyra-dermabrasion which I LOVED! This time the peel was not bad at all. I did not peel a lot so I did not take daily pictures, but I did manage to go a full 7 days without make-up!! How FREEING!!

Finally! We are having plans drawn up for a fireplace in the family room. My all time favorite fireplace is the one from For The Love of A House


This one is from the barn room on the same blog.


I like this one too that I pinned on one of my boards.


Matt has started back to school and a sense of normalcy has returned...work, school, after school practice, dinner, homework, laundry, etc. Looking forward to fall, football and XC!

GiGi

Friday, July 18, 2014

New Wallet

Last week my car was broken into (window smashed), and my purse was stolen. Although I have other purses. I do not have another wallet. Soooo...I need a new one. Decisions, decisions! Below are some that I'm considering. I haven't bought one yet because I have nothing to put in it! LOL!









Tory Burch is having an additional 20% off sale items this weekend so that may help me with my decision.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Our 4th Celebration

For the past several years, we have gone to Vero Beach for the 4th of July Festivities. This year we stayed at home, and my sweet father-in-law came for a visit while my sister-in-law and her husband went away for the weekend.

My father-in-law loves our group of friends so I decided to have a dinner party on the 5th. That way, I could have an extra day to prepare and just relax on the 4th. Plus, Matt has a new friend who happens to be a young lady, and he was at the beach all day with her. So, we were shuttling back and forth as he doesn't have his license yet. In addition to that, I now have this ADDICTION to Pinterest and was bound and determined to make a patriotic pallet art something or other.



We had 10 people for dinner. Everyone brought a side dish. I made pulled pork sliders and grilled bratwurst. We had a wonderful Flan for dessert and lots of beer. We even had a beer tasting!




The hydrangeas are still hanging in there!


Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th!

GiGi

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Bought A New Bikini!

I made it to within a .5 lb of my target weight and went ahead and bought one! I decided on this LeTarte bikini and can't wait to wear it. I actually found it on Amazon at deep discount! Yahoo!!


My face is continuing to improve. My next peel is scheduled for next week. I am using the product below that I bought from the spa. It has the strongest percentage of hydroquinone that you can get without a prescription which is 2% (4% with prescription).

I use it twice a day.

Later Taters!
GiGi

Monday, June 23, 2014

Day 9 of Being Vain

Loving my skin!







Other than the fact that I could probably use a little botox between my eyes and some filler on my upper lip, I'm happy with the way my skin looks and feels. I have another peel and a hydradermabrasion hydrafacial scheduled for July.

Oh!! I've also reached my goal weight!!! Mr. Happy has lost 25 lbs and looks amazing!! We celebrated this weekend and went shopping. Basically, we have cut out all sugar, carbs and processed foods from our diet. That's not to say that we don't splurge. For example, this Saturday, we walked 3.5 miles to one of our favorite little restaurants for breakfast. I splurged on french toast with fresh strawberries and blueberries. I asked if they would make it with whole wheat toast and sugar free syrup. They said of course and it was delish! I had a salad for lunch and black bean soup for dinner.

M is away at camp. This is his 2nd week. Mr. Happy is away on business again, but I will be heading out on Thursday to join him for a long weekend with 2 other couples. Can't wait!

Later Taters!
GiGi

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Day 6

Still flaky but I wore makeup today!


My skin improves more each day!

GiGi