Friday, October 31, 2008

Pumpkin Carving Night At My House!

Those are my three little angels pulling the guts and seeds from their pumpkins we got from the pumpkin patch. They are all alittle squeamish and I have an idea, MOM (that's me) will be the one scraping the insides out...

And this is me with my pumpkin... looks like the perfect time for a nice class of Chianti.

Yum, I can't think of anything better at this time than a nice glass of pumpkin wine to get me through the rest of this carving mess....

And there is Sydney (we call her Muffin) trying to "poke" out her pumpkins eyes with a screwdriver... what can I say?!? Tiff Jr. (I just hope my dad doesn't read this blog and see her using HIS tools...)

And finally we made it to the end with little to no casualties. Great job girls-- your Jack-O-Lanterns look GREAT!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

At least its not my tires!

This is the remote entry to my little sports car. The problem is, it's not working... yea yea I know I just need to change the battery, BUT... I can't figure out how to open the darn thing.

Here is the back side. No, that little seam there does not open-- It does however, have the type of batter I need listed... alot of good that does me!

Here is the side of the thing. I took it into the gym this morning and asked around if anyone knew what to do. Here is some of the advice I got:
John suggested I take it to the dealer
Bob suggested I take it to the jewelry store (any man that tells a woman to go to the jewelry store gets an A in my book).
Pam suggested I just plain buy a new car (I kinda like that one too)
Ruth suggested I take it to Advanced Auto to get it fixed. She said they come out to your car and change out your wipers and your battery and they are very helpful.

Ruth also said If I wear this outfit they would pretty much do anything!

So, Advanced Auto? The Dealership? The Jewelry Store? Help!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

What?!? Garden and Gun?

I was in the gym this morning getting ready for my spin class and I come across this magazine... Yes, I had to look at the cover SEVERAL times-- Garden and Gun?!? Did I read that correctly? Naturally, I had to google search this magazine to find out what the deal is... the web site is this...
Here is what I found out about this magazine:
Fishing, upland bird hunting, skeet and trap, equestrian sports - and the travel, arts, food, and wildlife that go along with this sporting life of taking part or watching - these are the elements that are at the heart of each issue.

Highly visual stories and essays about special places and landscapes in 21st Century Southern America. This is the the pasture, the backyard, the field, the mountain - and the preservation of the South’s natural expanse for future generations.

What I would like to know is... WHO reads this magazine? Is there really a NEED for this magazine? Does anyone already HAVE a subscription to this magazine ?

No Time For Your Ride

I've been super busy and I started to make a Halloween ride for my Wednesday riders, but I didn't get enough time to finish it. We will be doing an old ride today, but here is what we would have done:

Wednesday Halloween Ride (80-mins)

Warm-up: Monster Mash- 3:48
Jog: Somebody’s watching me- 3:59
Seated run- into the night- 3:41
Climb: Highway to Hell- 3:28
Sprints: Devil went down to Georgia- 3:37
Jumps: Purple People Eater- 2:16
Climb: Werewolves of London- 3:21
Jog: Addams groove- 3:59
Run: devil with a blue dress- 3:32
Climb: nightmare on my street- 4:59
Sprints: Frankenstein- 4:47
Jog/ Frozen Jog: Thriller- 5:58
Jumps: Ghostbusters- 4:04 (47)
Climb: super freak- 3:41
Sprints: Welcome to the Jungle- 4:34
Sit/stand/hover- I want candy- 3:16
Jog: crazy- 3:01
Run: Time warp- 3:19
Cool down- spiders and snakes- 3:09 (68) 9 mins

Paralizer- sprints/climb- 3:25
Live and let die- 3:14 jog/run
Lady evil- 4:23 sprints/run
Boogie man- 4:05

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


I know it's getting cold outside when I get into my mini van in the morning and see this... This is the tire information center in my van. I get in in the morning and hit the heated seat button to warm my legs and hope my muscles are ready for class. Just than I hear this terrible sound and this strange looking light comes on my panel. All my tires should be at 32 psi and I have one that is at 29....
This means I have a flat tire and I must put air in them right away. Lucky for me I have "run-flats" and I can continue to drive.

I guess the deal is, when it gets cold outside it causes the PSI of the tires to get low, what a pain this is. How am I supposed to know if I REALLY need air or not? Is it weather related or not? Any advice?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

I took the girls to Casper's Castle on 231 to play on the hay ride, walk through the haunted castle, get their faces painted, and pick out a pumpkin. We all had a great time! Madison and her pumpkin
Brooke and her pumpkin

The girls and my grandmothers friend Goldie in the hay maze!

Sydney getting her face painted

And that's me with some kinda scarecrow!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday... Plan to Work this Week

I'm feeling much better and plan to be at ALL my classes this week. Hope you see you there!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

My Spinners!

My Tuesday/Thursday group decided to get together and create their own spin ride and this is what they came up with:

hey chick,
here is the spin ride for tuesday. Just wanted to show you there are songs that were made after '79, which was before either of us were born. We did include some older songs for those in the class that are old....excuse me thats not politically correct we'll go with youngly challenged. We also could only remember some of the technical terms so the rest of them, well we just made stuff up. Also we limited the country but there is some on there.....I mean hell we are in CULVERT CAOUNTY.

1. When the Sun Goes Down by Kenny Chesney 4:50...............WARM-UP (Still happy 2 be at spin)
2. I Want You to Want Me by Cheap Trick 3:44..........WHEN WE GO UP THE HILL AND YOU TELL US TO KEEP CHANGING GEARS TO HARDER, AND WE CURSE YOUR NAME. (our level of happiness has decreased from 10-8)
3. The Fever by Garth Brooks 3:41..........SPRINTS, REALLY DO I HAVE TO SAY ANYMORE THERE SPRINTS. OR AS I LIKE TO CALL THEM WIND SUCKERS. (level of happiness drastically drops to 4, along with brain function do to lack of oxygen)
4. All Summer Long by Kidd Rock 4:51..........FLAT ROAD RECOVERY WHERE WE ALL SUCK DOWN WATER LIKE WE'VE BEEN IN THE DESERT FOR 6 MONTHS. (level of happiness goes back up to 8)
5. Walk this Way by Aerosmith & run DMC 5:11..........THIS IS THE ONE WHERE YOU YELL SWITCH A-L-O-T. NEXT TIME YOU YELL IT I'M SWITCHING CLASSES. (level of happiness decreases to 6)
6. Kryponite by 3 Doors Down 3:53...........THE DEEP FREEZE, WHERE YOU YELL FREEZE AND WERE ARE SOMEHOW NOT SUPPOSED TO MOVE WHILE WE PEDDLE....YEAH OK! THATS GONNA HAPPEN (level of happiness severly drops to 2)
7. ShiftWork by Kenny Chesney 4:31...........THE HILL (SEE #2 FOR EXPLANATION) (level of happiness drops to -2)
8. Paradise City by Guns and Roses 4:25.........THE HOVER, WHERE WE ARE 2" OFF THE SEAT OF THE BIKE (AT THIS POINT I'M WONDERING WHY THERE IS EVEN A SEAT ON THE BIKE) (there is no level of happiness we are all ready to call our husbands or wives to come pick us up. We have ridden about 12 miles AND WE ARE DONE!)
9. Free and Easy by Dierks Bently 3:18.........FAT ROAD RECOVERY (REVERT BACK TO #4) (leve of happiness returns to 5)
10. Drift Away by Dolby Gray & Uncle Kracker 4:18.........COOL DOWN Thank God!

Well I hope this works for you, I think there is a little something for everybody, and if there isn't Oh Well at least I know the songs.

OK, what do you think? To do this ride or not to do this ride?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My Young Friend

Some of you may know this already, but just over a year ago, I lost a good friend of mine in a motorcycle accident. His name is JB and he was 25 years old. When he died he left behind a 5 year old daughter named Kayla. We recently had a fund raiser for Kayla at a place on Jewell road. I don't' want to make this a sad blog, it is meant to be cute.

OK, this is the place! It's a lawn mower tractor pull! Yes, I'll give you a moment to digest that.

It's a place where they hook up riding lawn mowers and pull a weight behind them to see how far they can go. I guess the one that goes the farthest wins something.

They take this VERY seriously, they had names on their tractors, they were painted and all dolled up... although I'm sure that's not the right word for it.

The funny part about it is... I had NO IDEA what this was. When I got dressed to go, I had on a nice long sleeve shirt, jeans, and a pair of strappy heels.... Um, yea! Everyone got a great kick out of this (I know JB was looking down and laughing) and I had to have the entire 'deal' explained to me SEVERAL times... "what are they going to do?" "Why do they do that?" " Do people bet on this?" Let me tell you, they had their trailers and uniforms, the whole deal... It's the first place I've ever been where I didn't say "Wow, I want one of those"...

Now you know about the little secret on Jewell road and I promise you... You'll never see me there again...

On a last note, YES we raised money for Kayla and everyone had a great time...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

80-min Ride (maybe)

I say maybe because it always depends on our mood and the energy of the class-- I reserve the right to change my mind (ride). Here's what we may do tomorrow:
Another one bites the dust
All star
Should I stay or Should I go
What's your name?
Crocodile Rock
No Satisfaction
I'm your boogie man
Rock this party
Crazy (aerosmith)
Bad Case of Lovin' you
Mr. Brownstone (Love this song)
What I like about you
Kung Foo Fighting
Hawaii- 50
Have a Nice Day
Crazy little thing called love
Queen of Hearts
Gimme Three Steps
Gimme One reason

Poor Spinchick!

Yep, that's me... Still under the weather even though I tried sweating it out Monday and today. Have no fear I am drinking lots of fluids and plan to be in spin tomorrow morning at 915am.

I'm studying Body Pump 67 (that's the new one) for my 4pm class, so I'm planning to be there too!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Negative Calories?!?

Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
One stock of celery has about six calories. If you munch on three stocks of celery, you've consumed 18 calories. Digesting that celery is likely to cost more than 18 calories -- perhaps 25 -- potentially leaving you with a seven-calorie loss. While it's true that every calorie adds up, it's not going to have much of an effect overall. In fact, you'd probably burn more calories going for a walk around the block after a meal.

Unless, the only time you eat celery is with a giant plate of hot wings!!!

This week in spin

Tuesday's Spin Ride Music:

Old Black Water

Take the Monday and Run

Lovin' Every minute of it

Hawaii- 5 0

Cat Scratch Fever

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

I will always Love you

You Ain't seen Nothing Yet

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Have a Nice Day

Queen of Hearts

Gimme Three Steps

Knockin' on Heaven's Door


I had a long weekend of being sick with a head cold and now I wake up to this Monday morning? I think I'll have to go out and get some "snap away" pants to wear over my aerobic clothes!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Questons that haunt me....

Thanks TINA
The one in purple is my favorite!!!

Can you cry under water?
How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?
Why do you have to "put your two cents in"... but it's only a "penny for your thoughts"? Where's that extra penny going to?
Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?
Why does a round pizza come in a square box?
What disease did cured ham actually have?
How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours?
If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?
Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?
Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway.
Why is "bra" singular and "panties" plural?
Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?
If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?
Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane ?
If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?
Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!
If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?
If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?
If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?
Why did you just try singing the two songs above?
Why do they call it an asteroid when it's outside the hemisphere, but call it a hemorrhoid when it's in your butt?
Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Do you?

It's just as important to read food labels as it is to check the expiration date on your milk. You need to know what your putting in your body. Too much sugars? Too many carbs? Not enough calories? What is the serving size?

I've attached a copy of a food label with important information about what to look for when buying foods. Just remember, this isn't something you need to do every time-- find what brand is best for you and get that every time!

Let me know what your find, what surprised you, what you'll be choosing from now on.

Monday, October 13, 2008

I can't get my car home~

They are paving the road that goes to my house and as I was driving home today the pavers were blocking the way, so I had to park my car at the end of the road. Later that afternoon, I had to WALK back to the end of the road to get my car-- in aerobics clothes on my way to my 4pm class... see how much you mean to me? Anyway, as I was on my way to the end of the road I realized that I LITERALLY had to walk UPHILL both ways... Yes, I'm complaining!! As I stood at the bottom of the valley, about 15 driveways from my own and I took a picture of the hill in front of me AND the hill be hind me! Good thing I had tennis shoes on and it wasn't snowing....
You have all run out of excuses in my book-- If I have to walk UPHILL both ways to make it to the gym, than you better be there too!

He Works For Me!

Thanks ANN!!!

A seagull in Marinette , WI has developed the habit of stealing Doritos from a neighborhood convenience store. The seagull waits until the Manager isn't looking, and then walks into t he store and grabs a snack-size bag of cheese Doritos. Once outside, the bag gets ripped open and shared by other birds. The seagull's shoplifting started early this month when he first swooped into the store in Marinette , WI , and helped himself to a bag of Doritos. Since then, he's become a regular. He always takes the same type of chips. The Manager thinks it's great because people are coming to watch the feathered thief make the daily grab and run, and that's good for business, and especially since customers have begun paying for the seagull's stolen bags of Doritos because they think it's so funny. However, the Manager did say, 'This is Wisconsin, and if that seagull starts to grab a 6-pac (beer) to go along with the Doritos, I may have to put a stop to it.'

Now, if I could just get him to grab a few coronas-- alteast he shares with the other birds! Good Sam!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

No Crabby Patties for us.

Here is the response I got from McDonalds reguarding my Grilled Cheese request:

Unsolicited Ideas

Thank you for your interest to share an idea for a product or service that you believe would be beneficial to McDonald's. Please know, however, that it is McDonald's company's policy not to consider unsolicited ideas from anyone other than our corporate employees, franchise owners and dedicated suppliers. It's not that great ideas cannot come from our valued customers. Each year, however, McDonald's receives thousands of unsolicited ideas and proposals for products and services. Due to the mass volume of these unsolicited ideas and the business challenge of determining what is truly a "new" idea versus a concept that is already in development, being tested, or previously considered, we must adhere to a strict policy not to accept or review any unsolicited ideas that come from outside the McDonald's system of our corporate employees, franchise owners and suppliers.

As a result, we must decline your invitation to review your idea, and hope you can understand and appreciate our business reasons for making this company decision. We do, however, greatly appreciate your interest in McDonald's.
I DID however, find the actual Crabby Patty recipe:
Here's an actual recipe: has a recipe made up for Krabby Patties even though they aren't hamburgers like shown in the tv show. In a feature on the DVD release of "Nautical Nonsense and Sponge Buddies", Tom Kenny (the voice of Spongebob) mentioned that there IS a real Krabby Patty recipe, and many fast-food enterpeneurs have tried to ask for it. When the actors who play the characters on the show first signed up, they (quoted by Tom Kenny) "had to sign reams and reams of disclaimers saying that, 'IF the [true] Krabby patty recipe were to ever be revealed to anyone, then... there would be auditions for your character the next day.'"However, in the November 2004 issue of Nickelodeon Magazine, there was an interview with Stephen Hillenburg where Steve reveals that he doesn't know the Krabby Patty recipe.
2 tbsp. finely chopped onion 2 tbsp. finely chopped celery 4-6 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 tsp. thyme 1 lb. frozen imitation crabmeat, (defrosted and finely chopped in a food processor) 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard 2 tbsp. mayonnaise (plus 1 cup for dipping sauce) 2 eggs, lightly beaten Salt and pepper (to taste) 3 tbsp. ketchup (for dipping sauce)
Cooking method:
Step 1 - Sauté the onions and celery in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add the thyme, lower the heat, and cook until the onions are translucent. Step 2 - In a large bowl combine the crabmeat, sautéed onions and celery, bread crumbs, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, egg, salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine. Step 3 - Shape into rounds by using a small ice cream scoop, then gently pat flat. Step 4 - Heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet. Working in batches (2 to 3 crab cakes at a time) place the crab cakes in a skillet and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. You may need to add more oil for the second and third batches. Step 5 - Preheat the oven to 400°F. Transfer the crab cakes to the baking pan and bake for 10 minutes. The crab cakes can be kept in a warm oven for approximately 30 minutes, or they may be reheated at serving time. Serve with a kid-friendly dipping sauce. Mix 1 cup of mayonnaise with 3 tablespoons of ketchup. Try eating it with bread.
Here's the authentic, fictitious list of ingredients:
(Secret Ingredients)2 Seaweed Seed Buns Seahorse meat Patty Sea Lettuce Sea Cheese Onions Tomatoes Mustard and Ketchup Pickles Secret Sauce A pinch of King Neptune's Trident Magic Dust. (Only found in the Cave of Mysterious Matter: Located under Bikini Bottom approximately a half of a mile west) (Fake secret formula)The secret formula was never revealed on the show, this recipe is the one discovered by Sheldon Plankton in Plankton's Army, it was later revealed by Mr. Krabs as a diversion to Plankton. This is not the real recipe:A pinch of salt 3 Teaspoons of chopped onions A cup of love 4 heaping pounds of freshly ground plankton (Most Important) In the same episode Mr. Krabs told Squidward that the formula shown above was not the actual one. Squidward however knew where Mr. Krabs had hidden it, at home, under his mattress. In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Plankton eventually stole it in as part of his evil Plan Z and it was sold at the Chum Bucket, along with free bucket helmets with every purchase.

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Crabby Patty!

I was in line at the bank yesterday and I overheard two 'mothers' talking about taking their children to lunch at McDonald's. The one mother said to the other-- "my daughter eats a cheeseburger with no meat". I said-- "I'm sorry to eavesdrop, but WHAT?". They all laughed and she explained to me that she orders a cheeseburger with no meat from McDonald's-- its just a bun, cheese, ketchup, pickles, and onions. She says her daughter calls it a Crabby Patty.

I've always wondered what a crabby patty looked like! Now we know.

OK, so with this information floating around in my head, I though 'McDonald's should sell grilled cheese sandwiches'. They already have the bun and cheese and kids love 'em. Well, I've sent an email to the corporate offices-- I'll let you know how it turns out.

What do you think they would call them?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


I had to put air in the tires of my mini van today. I have a computer that tells me what the PSI is for each tire, but not one to tell me what it SHOULD be, so I stopped and added air and now I find out that maybe-- just maybe-- I've added too much. Why is this rocket science?

I don't mind adding the air, it's the dirty hands I don't like.

Monday, October 6, 2008

spin music

OK Guys-

I'm working on my spin ride for Wednesday morning and I need some requests. Here's what I have so far:

Jump- Van Halen

Rush- Big audio dynamite

Bad Medicine- Bon Jovi

Photograph/ love bites- Def Leppard

ZZ Top- Cheap Sunglasses

I need at least 18 songs, so send em over.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Fitness is Everything

I want to take a second to remind everyone of the walk this weekend.. A few of our members raised money and are doing this walk....

I also want to add how important it is to be in good shape. You can have all the money in the world, you could send your children and grandchildren to Disneyland/world, but if you can't walk, run, ride, and enjoy the adventure with them--- it's no good. It's so important to get up and get moving.... take a walk, do some squats while you brush your teeth, do sit-ups during the commercials of your favorite show, get to the gym, get out-- get going! ANY exercise is better than NO exercise.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Good Food

I want to talk about Super Supers, a fantastic place for food located in Prince Frederick: Here is the website: and choose prince frederick. They chance their menu often and have different foods in the grab and go section! Here is one for you to try!

My choice of dinner to try this menu:
Poppy Seed Chicken
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size:
1 cup
Servings Per Package:
Full - 12; Regular - 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 210
From Fat: 70
Total Fat: 8g
Trans Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Cholesterol: 60mg
Sodium: 580mg
Total Carbohydrates: 12g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 2g
Protein: 20g
Vitamin A: 2% DV
Vitamin C: 0% DV
Calcium: 2% DV
Iron: 2% DV* Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Description:White chicken meat is diced and then folded into our cheesy Alfredo sauce, topped with crushed butter crackers and poppy seeds. Yummy and beautiful, this is pure comfort food. Oven - 1 hour, 70-75 minutes if frozen.
Cooking Instructions
Preparation: Thaw completely. If frozen or partially frozen, add 15 minutes covered baking time.

Just because you are busy, doesn't mean you can't give your family healthy home-cooked meals! Super Suppers is the answer to the age-old question, "What's For Dinner?" Imagine coming home after a long day and not having to worry about getting dinner on the table. At Super Suppers, we take care of the meal planning, shopping and prep work for you! Not only that, clean-up is a breeze! Select one entrée or many…We make it or you make it…the choice is yours.

Welcome to Super Suppers of Prince Frederick!
Make a home-cooked meal in a fraction of the time with minimal clean-up. Use your afternoon and evening time to pursue your hobbies, interests and goals. (THE GYM)
New October menu featuring Every Day with Rachael Ray recipes begins Wednesday October 1st.

In the meantime we have some other delicious recipes in our Grab "N Go, all ready for you to stock your freezer with.

I love this place and I love the food-- I would love to hear your opnion.