December 01, 2009

i picked up my new glasses today. they are a little darker than i thought they would be, but michelle thinks they look nice, so i trust her. i had a slight change in my prescription and i can tell a difference with my new glasses.

december is here and it is getting cold here. you can see michelle next to the fire behind me and i have on 2 hooded sweatshirts on. today is take out the trash day and i am hoping that i won’t have to help because it is also raining. i am hoping for freezing rain or snow, but that’s not happenin’.

November 23, 2009 do you think a 52 year old woman could look this cool?

no i cannot, especially since i scan images upside down.

November 14, 2009


i didn’t post yesterday, but the big thing that was on friday the 13th is…..that the countdown to the wedding begins. a year from now will be michelle and dru’s wedding.



dru’s clothes…ordered

most importantly, budget…given

now for all the infinite details. let’s get it started (black eyed peas, which is on tonight with the beautiful january jones…can’t wait)

poor dru. we went all the way to dallas for him to try on pants and shirts at j crew for the upcoming nuptials and there wasn’t anything in his size and none of the pants to try on! best part of the day…dinner at chuy’s. sorry dru.

November 12, 2009

ALSO, tonight i went with mary to the lone star international film festival with ‘guest of mary stamm’ vip pass (yes, i felt very cool). we saw touching home. it was a good film and there was q & a which was interesting, too. and, behind us was tommy hunter, pitcher for the texas rangers. he gave a ranger shirt to the director, writer & actor twin brothers before the film since texas rangers sponsered the movie. so, i had to get an autograph. then, i called jason to let him know and he wants to know why i am such a celebrity magnet, but i really am not….just a celebrity athlete magnet. since i was in the movie theatre with tommy hunter, and another time with jerry jones and then there is the photo of me and paul pierce, and the time we were in the elevator at the mandarin with some pro basketball player that i can’t remember his name (jason hasn’t forgiven me yet for that). so, yeah i’ve met some athletes. but for all the times i have been in manhatten, i have yet to see any actors. i’m such a celebrity whore star struck.

wedding dress. check. this was an article in our fluffy newspaper magazine - indulge. tomorrow is a big day for us. more on that tomorrow (duh).

November 04, 2009

this is the reason why i am on weight watchers, walking with my walking buddy I, and working out with THE BEST TRAINER EVER. K does the best she can do with an old, a very old, 52 year old. i mean, seriously, look at me. even scott is trying to figure out what happened.

i was hooked on tall lattes with one raw sugar at starbucks. in fact, that’s what the downtown starbucks knew me as - tall latte w/1 raw sugar. i always thought that a latte is a latte is a latte. i’ve had lattes at other places and they are just as good as starbucks. i am sure that others will disagree. i’ve had them at jo’s cafe which doesn’t taste different, but has better atmosphere on south congress and i’ve had them at joe domingos, too. BUT, i then had a latte at via quadronno on e 73rd nyc…just as an after thought…for dessert after a great tuna salad…and…IT WAS THE BEST LATTE I HAD EVER HAD! in fact, as sister laura and i walked to the met, that’s all i kept saying, “THIS IS THE BEST LATTE, EVER!” if daughter michelle was with us, she would be telling me that i was talking too loud. but, it was the best latte…………..ever.

September 22, 2009

ughhhhhhhhh……i just ate a whole bag of chips! i have been on weight watchers for 3 1/2 months & still can’t seem to eat just a portion of chips. i am recording this in my blog, hoping i will remember how i feel right now. my stomach really hurts. i am hoping this apple will cut through all the fat. i ate well in seattle, but didn’t eat till i felt sick like right now. plus, we walked up a lot of hills after each meal. seattle is more slanty than san francisco.

another sweet from seattle. a really nice person at vu suggested le panier bakery for bread and beechers for cheese for deliciousness. what he forgot to suggest are the really good french macaroons there. they were really pretty and really yummy (the baguette and the signature cheese was equally yummy)

September 21, 2009

just back from seattle and it was i can sum it up in this little photo of heaven….cupcake from cupcake royale. the very best cupcake that was ever made. this is a carrot cake one (without pineapple or coconut….hello… is CARROT cake) and later i had the mountain huckleberry.mmmmmmmmmmm….so very very very good

i sent them an email telling them how very sad i was not to ever have another one again. do you think that they will feel sorry for me and send me a cupcake or maybe a recipe, IF i promise never ever to share it with anyone?

September 13, 2009

Today, Sunday

As usual Dr Boring was NOT boring in Sunday School and had a great start to Matthew 1:1 & 2. One of many things he said was about people in general and for example, that Adam & Eve wanted to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge. That they wanted to be more than what all the other parts of the garden of Eden were. And that brought to my mind the quote from Marlon Brando’s character from The Waterfront … “I could’ve been a contender…I could have been somebody.” And in the play last night, Three Days of Rain, one of the characters goes mad and one reason was because she, too, wanted to be somebody. She wanted to be significant and contribute to society. Isn’t that why vimeo, youtube, facebook, twitter and blogs exist? To make us feel significant? It’s weird that all this happened to me in just 2 days. hmmmmmm…..

September 09, 2009

Is it wrong to really love an object? Because I really really like my new sunglasses. Now that I have said that, Murphy’s Law dictates that I will soon lose, step or sit on them. I hope not because I really really love these sunglasses! (PS I just got through working out at the gym and am a leetle pale and sweaty. I am sure I look much cooler in these than the photo indicates! heh heh)

April 06, 2009

determination, discipline and drive

this is what it takes to stay on a diet and exercise regime.

these words have never been used to describe me.

the closest descriptive word to the above used to describe me is stubborn.

March 30, 2009

ahhhhhhh…the yellow swimsuit…i loved that swimsuit. it had a textured yellow fabric. it really enhanced the tan and i loved the back. it had a big round opening with 3 different colored buttons that buttoned the top of the opening up to the back of the neck. 

this was the summer after 8th grade and we took our very first trip outside of texas and oklahoma. we went to visit some friends in la jolla, ca. i felt very awkward in that i was taller than everyone but my dad. my brother john (with the glasses) was only a year younger than me. i grew 3 inches that summer. i was 5’8” which is how tall i am now. it’s funny how i felt then, but now i look back and think i would love to be like that again (sigh).

this was a turning point in my life. i never obsessed with my weight or figure until then. this is where i begun hoping that i would be pretty and started thinking about my clothes. until then, i remember having favorite dresses that i would wear over and over again, but not really think that much about it. it was more fun just to worry about not being bored. after the summer of the yellow swimsuit, i would start obsessing about not having breasts, having very long and skinny arms (oh to have skinny arms!), and working on a smile like cheryl tiegs (i would never have her figure).

my dad is cleaning out the attic and has given me a box of my stuff. i have mixed feelings about it. i love looking at the old photos and cards that mom and dad have kept. i feel somewhat embarrassed about other things: my report cards (my course load wasn’t near what my children had in high school) and my letters to mom and dad from college are kinda’ funny & poignant, yet since i didn’t do well in school academically and it was not one of the happiest times of my life. although you would be able to tell if you read the letters.

and, look at my handprint! it says Ann 1960 which means i was 3 years old. what a wide chubby hand i had or should i say have. like my feet, i have very wide hands…not lebron james wide, but wide none the less.  

here is a sneak peek of why i must lose a bunch of weight. my stomach is HUGE. i am running with the wii program and it is boring. i am not a runner and here is where i would rank the wii running in place. from most fun to least: 1. not running at all, 2.running with a friend, 3.running on a track, 4.running on a treadmill and 5.running in place with wii. my son jason said he would run with me…well not WITH me exactly. we will be running at different speeds around the track. this will be way more fun than with wii. i am not saying that i don’t like wii fit…no…i love the step exercise.

March 29, 2009

these are my shoes. i do have some that are put away for the winter, but not a lot. my collection is colorful (i do have a row of black shoes above the grey row), but i do not have anything like jane and judy aldredge (click on shoes). i just cannot spend a lot of money on shoes. most of mine were on sale or very inexpensive (the most i’ve ever spent is about $120). i am too hard on my shoes. 

today, i cleaned out my closet for the warmer season. i promised michelle that i would not write depressing blogs, however, i must say that of all my clothes in here, i can wear 1 dress, some of my shirts & sweaters and all but 1 pair of shoes (sigh). i will be working on that. watch for tomorrow.

this is the other half of my closet and yes it is that small. 

January 22, 2009

Something different happened to me today. A man came up to me in the bookstore and told me that I was a very pretty lady and not only that, I have very pretty feet because I am wearing heels. And, not very women wear heels anymore.???????? I was pleased with the compliment, but why? I am not especially pretty and I am really overweight right now (just joined Weight Watchers today). And my shoes? Well they are a bit (okay…a lot) scuffed up and ordinary, and I am pleased to note that I have developed veiny old lady’s feet. Hunh!??? So, why? Why the complement? Was he hitting on me? Not likely. Did he truly mean the compliment? Or was it a new year’s resolution to say something nice to someone everyday and today it was my turn. This is the most likely answer, so now I need to pay it forward.