Fun news.

So, my daughter is a little actress. She has been in Sleepy Hollow (which the scene was all but cut!) And she’s done a couple local plays, but nothing super big.

Let me back up a few months.

A while back, I submitted Jillian to be an extra on Sleepy Hollow. They immediately wanted her and she did a fitting in Wilmington, which is about an hour from here. That same weekend they were doing open casting calls for the Disney channel. We were yet ALL DAY! We got there at 9:30 and diss not leave until almost 4. It was crazy! Anyways, they took the kids back in groups of 15 or so to read a piece that was from the show Good Luck Charlie, but with the names changed. Jillian ended up beating out Miss Teen Columbia South Carolina for a call back. I was really worried because they were back there FOREVER! And when everyone was coming back, Jillian wasn’t with the group. She was being walked up by one of the assistants. She did her call back, which she was told she did well and that we might hear from them soon. They also told me she needed to have an agent soon.

I went on the prowl for an agent. I made Facebook friends with a guy that was a child actor (Trevor Eyster from Salute Your Shorts) and he had been telling me about different aspects of being a cold actor. One of the first things he told me was NEVER pay for work, and to steer clear of any agency that wants to charge a fee to represent her. They make their money when they find you work. So, when I started getting calls and emails back from more local agencies saying that they wanted money up front, I just wrote them off. Some of them emailed and said they weren’t looking for beginner talent, and that’s fine! But there were some that would say oh yes we want her but it’s going to be $$$ for us to represent her. NOPE!

Well, while I was at work in Friday, I was perusing Facebook and I seen that a talent agency in Charlotte was having an open casting call. I thought, what could it hurt! Worst thing that could happen is that they tell me that I have to pay a fee and I write them of as well. Well, they didn’t.

I submitted her pictures online and within 2 hours (not the 7-10 days it said) I got a response saying they wanted to see her at the open house. I emailed and said we had a prior engagement, which I did… I was having a Scentsy party (which went great btw!) and Charlotte is a 4 hour drive from here. I get an email back asking for a headshot and resume. I send it, and about 10 minutes later I get a phone call from them. They want to know a little more about Jillian, so we start talking. I tell her the sorry about the Disney casting call and she was very pleased. She offered Jillian a contract right then! She said to go ahead and update her online portfolios as them as her agent and they would go ahead and start promoting her! (late winter early spring is busy season for TV around here! Lol)

I’ve just got a couple questions about the contract (mostly the wording is strange and I don’t understand exactly what it’s saying) and once that is cleared up, Jillian will more than likely have an agent! πŸ™‚

Next comes a new portfolio, which a good friends of ours (and Jillians boyfriends mom… Lol) has offered to do. She’s very exited, as we all are!


Official weigh in.

So last night it snowed, and we all know how I feel about snow. (and in case you forgot….. I HATE SNOW!) And I woke up this morning to a wire oasis of doom. Okay. I may be a little over dramatic, but not by much. I got a 5am wake up call from the school informing me of a 2 hour delay…. a whole hour before my alarm was set. A WHILE HOUR OF SLEEP I MISSED! I’m not bitter tho…..

Anyways! On to exciting news! I I have officially lost 30 pounds! I weighed in at 194.0 this morning. Woooohoooo!

Oh yeah! *dances around the room*

In other exciting news! We FINALLY have electric in or matter suite again. It went out quite some time ago and we couldn’t figure out why. One of our friends from church was an electrician before he joined the Maine Corps, so he came over to help us out. Basically, hr said we needed a new wire ran to or room, so that’s what he did!  I bought a new ceiling fan and he installed that too. I love it!

My next project will be my sons room. Since we live in a modular home, the walks are covered in a textured vinyl and I HATE it! Anything that draws my attention away from the “main attraction” drives me batty. The people that owned this house before us painted the walks dark colors and it makes the rooms look small and dreary. I have decided that all rooms will be painted a light color if yellow, blue, or green, excluding the kids rooms. My sons room will be grey with a purple stripe ruining around the wall, and my daughter keeps changing get mind. Latest is she wants hot pink and black, which I think she will hate once she gets it up so I’m trying for something else. Lol Each room will get a new ceiling fan like the one we poor up last night. They are very nice and budget friendly! πŸ™‚

Okay, I guess that’s enough of my decorating talk. πŸ˜‰ I hope everyone has a great weekend! I have a Scentsy party this weekend. I’ve never done one before because I have too many friends that sell it and don’t want to offend anyone, but my friend Nicole ripped me in by saying I could earn a free rooster warmer if I had a party! Lol If you need any Scentsy, let me know and I’ll give you her link so you can have it added to my party and shipped right to your door!


So, yesterday was the Super Bowl for us US football fans! We intended on just having some burgers and brats and some chips, queso, and salsa. (pepperoni crisps for me!) Then we invited a couple of friends over. No big deal! While at church, one of our OTHER friends said he was just going to stay home because his wife was in Florida. So we invited him over as well. So it was 6 of us watching the “Big Game!”

I made WAY too much food. Lol but it was all stuff I can eat (minus the chips and buns)!  We had burgers, brats, mozzarella and tomatoes, queso, salsa, tortilla chips, pepperoni crisps (which were a big hit with the non low Carbers), shrimp, and jalapeno poppers,! There was quite a bit of food left over! We had a fun night.

The game itself was a bit of a disaster. I won’t give any spoilers away since I know SOME people don’t watch live. At one point we got into a discussion about American Idol versus Americas Got Talent. One of or friends said that a singer always wins AGT. We started telling him about Kenichi Ebina that won last year and went to YouTube to watch a couple of his performances. (if you haven’t heard of him, seriously YouTube him. Right now! I’ll wait!)

My puppy decided that the pepperoni crisps were for HER and decided to have a few bites. I was a LITTLE bit upset. Those things were good! Of course, that didn’t make me stop eating them. πŸ˜‰

Overall, we had a great night, joked with friends who were rooting for the loser team, tho THEY didn’t find it as funny. πŸ˜‰ it was a great night, filled with great friends and great food.

This morning I had a leftover cheeseburger for breakfast. Life is good!

Hope everyone had a great week! πŸ˜€

Shame or excitement?

So, I did my official weigh in today. 195.6 That’s 28.4 pounds.

I should be really happy about that, and I am! Don’t get me wrong! I’m super proud of my weight loss and I’m not trying to say that I’m ashamed of myself, but, I guess I’m just ashamed of how I look.

A big big BIG thing for me… I’m sharing a picture of myself. I’m just in my sports bra and a pair of PT shorts. It’s sort of embarrassing, but, I AM proud of my weight loss.


I don’t really know what to say! I know that I will continue to lose weight. I know that I will not be as “plump” the farther I go in my journey. Β Β I really am putting myself out there, which is NOT like me at all. In the past, I’ve posted pictures of my scale, but NEVER of myself!

Now that I’ve exposed all my “fluffiness” to everyone, I guess there are no more secrets, eh? πŸ˜‰

Dirty four letter word


That’s right. I said it! Snow.

I HATE snow and starting tomorrow morning it will snow…. until Wednesday…. up to 20″ of it!

TWENTY INCHES OF SNOW!!!!!! I could go play in the ocean and watch the snow fall. This is the south. It’s not supposed to snow here.

Have I mentioned I hate snow?

I think the only GOOD thing about it is I’m making stroganoff soup tomorrow. That should be fun.

Maybe I will go freeze my buns off and help the neighborhood kids build a giant snowman and put a scarf and hat on him.

Okay… You can stop laughing now  we all know that’s not going to happen.

I told my weatherman that we could no longer be friends. I’m cutting ties! I’m sure he’s real concerned. πŸ˜‰

I’ll post a picture door you guys when it’s done snowing.

Disgusting. Did I mention I hate snow? :-/

My motivation

One of my bloggy buddies made a list of motivators for her weight loss. She wrote about having babies and vacations and some really great things, so, I thought that I would try and write MY motivators up here.

1 This dress (and collar bones)



This was before I met my husband. I had a rather dorky male roommate, and he didn’t want to go to his Marine Corps Ball alone, so he asked if I would go with him. I told him sure, and I picked out a dress I already had (and still have mind you) and went to a friends house and got my hair did. I walked out of the bathroom after I got dressed and he said “Wow….” LOL I kinda miss that.


2 For my family

My family is one of the most important things in the WORLD to me. Β I would do ANYTHING for my family, including my brothers and sisters, their offspring and significant others. Β That’s just how we were raised. You looked out for your family. You took care of your family. I want to be an example to my family so that they want to take steps to be healthier as well. One of my sisters also does Atkins, and she’s lost like 70 pounds so far doing it! SHE’S the one that got ME started!! And for that, I’m eternally grateful, and extremely proud. (And yes… it was the same sister that told me that eating my Double Quarters with fries was going to make my hiney big. It took almost 15 years…. but she was right! πŸ˜‰ )

3 For my wallet

I have an entire closet of clothes that I cannot wear! LITERALLY! I have STACKS of pants that are too small. I have LOADS of tops and skirts and this and that… just can’t wear them because I’m just too big! Hopefully I will get to wear the kick butt pencil skirt and silkie tops that my husband bought me as a “WOOHOO! WAY TO GO!” present the last time I was losing weight. He was so proud of me. I was proud of me too. When I fit in them (because I’ve NEVER worn them before!!!!!!) I WILL be putting a picture up here!

4 For Myself

I just am really not comfortable in the skin I’m in. I’ve always been “large” because I have a large frame (I can’t tell you how many of those guess your weight games I’ve won! LOL), but I never really felt LARGE before. I don’t remember who said it… but one time I heard a guy say “Nah… you can tell if she’s fat by her arms. If her arms are fat, then SHE’S fat!” For some reason that really struck me. It has stayed with me all this time. I’m so very self conscious of my arms for that reason. Even tho I DO have big muscles on my arms… I do have fat too… and the fat it what I want to be rid of. It’s slowly leaving, and I still have a long way to go, but I am getting there and that’s all that matters

5 For my joints

Last year I had Β knee surgery. The surgeon told me that I would NEVER do high impact workouts ever again. That hurt my heart. I used to love to run! I LOVE doing Jillian Michaels (when I’m in shape), and most of all, I LOVE TurboJam! I can’t do ANY of those things?! When I went to my physical therapy, my therapist said that really, ALL movement is high impact. Including walking. He said for me to have THE LEAST amount of stress on my knee possible would be to lose weight and to get in shape by doing yoga, pilates, the elliptical machine, and swimming. The amount that I’ve lost so far is really helping my joints, I can only imagine being at 150 will do!


That’s really all I can think about right now… I guess it’s a bit selfish considering that all but 1 are about me…. but I guess that’s the whole reason behind the list, eh?

Anyone else do this?

Every morning I wake up around 6:15AM. It just happens naturally. It’s strange. I then snuggle with my puppy for a few minutes, then grab my phone to read the entertainment and gossip section of thedigital New York Daily News. Oh sure, sometimes I read the real news, but more often than not it’s just New York news that I could care less about.

Once I’m done with that I listen for the rooster to crow if the hubby isn’t snoring. Then i wait to watch the sun rise from the comfort and warmth of my bed. This mornings sunrise was more orange. Yesterdays was a beautiful pink and mauve.

I don’t know if this is normal, but it’s what I do just about every single morning. It works for me. That is, until my pup decides it’s time to get up and then she puts her big fat head over my face like she’s saying “get up and let me pee before I smother you to death.”