I am keeping busy.

With lots of little stuff. Or big stuff, depending on how ya look at it.

Smashing Fat. I am working out every morning and shedding the L B's. We've been planning meals and cooking dinner every night...and we have been taking the leftovers for lunches. Eating more vegetarian kind of meals...and not meat at every meal. I'm likin' it! We have incorporated a lot more fresh fruit in our daily diet too. Yumm. I make a fresh fruit smoothie for breakfast on the weekends, which have been so refreshing with our warm weather. Yes, we are still having warm weather (for all you readers in other area other than SO CAL).

Heathy choices. I made my doctor appointment for my "yearly" and will get my mammogram once I get the referral from my doctor. Have you ladies had yours this year??

Technology Tricks. Trying to figure out my new Blackberry Tour...and lovin' it. It's a lot easier than I thought it was going to be and I am already hooked on all the conveniences and cool features. Yeah, I can be a gadget geek.

Health Instant Replay. Another new good habit... we switched over to half-caf coffee in the morning...we tried to go cold turkey but we couldn't get off caffeine completely. What can I say...a girl's gotta have her caffeine fix first thing in the morning. It's a baby step.

Social Scene. We are excited about attending the upcoming Brad Paisley concert wtih our friends, Shannon and Jennifer. We had such a blast with them at the Toby Keith concert last month...I know we are going to have another great night together at this one!

Top Gun. I'm also stoked about getting to go to the Miramar Air Show this year! We are going with my high school BFF, Theresa--she had extra tickets and offered them to us! I'm looking forward to seeing her again and getting to hang out with her!

Summertime Still. Last Sunday afternoon, we got to spend some float time in the pool...the water was 86 degrees...it was a "calgon, take me away" kind of afternoon in the water....I was so relaxed when we got out of the pool to make dinner. Happy. Happy.

Looking Forward. I am staying focused with my focus on my goals! What goals have you set or accomplished recently? Please do share.



Weekend mornings are such a welcome change from my "get up before dawn, workout, shower, get to work" routine Monday through Friday.

This morning, I am sipping my second mug of coffee as the morning sunlight slices through the fog and our neighborhood begins to wake up. It's still quiet here this morning. I am planning my day....I browsed the paper and read that it is supposed to be 91 degrees here today, so floating in the pool is high on the list.

I have a short "to-do" list and I am feeling lazy.

We went to the Beach Boys concert last night, which was a blast. During that second half of the concert, they were playing songs that the everyone was singing to...louder than the band. The ages of the crowd were folks in their 70's down to little kids...most were our age. We were sitting behind a family....Dad was in his 70's and three "kids" aged early 20's....the kids were all singing to the songs and one of the kids turned around and high-fived us after one of the songs. It was so great to see multi-generations enjoying the same music.

The Beach Boys is simply a feel good concert.

Today is simply Saturday....and I am feelin' good.



Where has September gone? No, really...what happened to it?

This is not that exciting, but here it what have I been doing this month:

* working

* started the Fat Smash diet on the 8th....I am down 13 pounds

* working out...hitting the treadmill for 30 minutes at 4:40 in the morning, 5 days a week and another brisk 30 minute walk at lunch 5 days a week.

* had my hair appointment for cut and color-- back to brown with a few blond highlights thrown in for good measure--took an inch off the length, but didn't go for the cut I was contemplating...I'm still mulling that over.

* worked on my novel

* celebrated M's 22nd birthday

* signed up for the Croptoberfest scrapbooking event I attend every year

* actually bought two Christmas presents already...but shhhh...not telling who they are for.

* got some new pillow covers for our living room sofa and re-arranged the furniture.

Yep, that about sums it up most of September for me....

Tonight, Bruce and I are going to dinner at the Brigantine and then to the Beach Boys concert at Humphreys, which is an outdoor venue right on the bay. Lots of people sit on their boats and listen to the music.

We'll float in the pool to stay cool this weekend...since we have had record high temperatures. I need to start organizing my photos for my scrapbooking event...I want to be ready to just start placing my photos in my books. Maybe I can get that started over the weekend.

And I am carving out time to work on my writing and churn out some more pages of my novel.

All in all, it's been a very good and productive month at our house! How about at yours? What's been keeping you busy?



I know that this post is very late....but, better late than never!

Here are a few visual snippets our week with the kids.
I snapped this shot of Gracie wearing her Pepaw's Navy ball-cap....look at that smile!

A visit to the San Diego Zoo....

Memaw and Gracie...
Gracie is one tired little girl...with her adorable little graham cracker smeared face....

Gracie's day at the beach...

Lots of backyard pool time in her "wave runner" pool float....

Gracie sporting her "Hollywood" shades with her momma for her day at San Diego Sea World... Petting the rays....
Could she be anymore relaxed and laid back?
T and me....having my youngest home for a visit and seeing him with his brother and sisters and new niece was amazing!

Here is my crew with Grace. Together again! We'd gone out to dinner to celebrate A and my momma's birthdays (A was born on my momma's birthday) and we all posed for family pics! A very fun night with the family!



My daughter, M loves the beach and began learning to surf several years ago. College classes and a full time job has been keepin her busy and she has missed her time on the waves.
This summer has been her return to the waves. She has two more friends that are taking up the sport with her and they have been going out as many days as they can after work and on the weekends.
As M would say, Peace out....