Monday, September 26, 2011

We Went Off To The Beach!

0930 hours on Thursday, September 22, 2011…CC and I headed to Ocean City, MD!!  We were so excited.  I haven’t been there in over 20 years-lol!  This past weekend was Sunfest Weekend, which meant lots of arts & crafts type booths and entertainment.  We had originally talked about getting one of the many one day bus trips there for Saturday..but it turned into a girl’s weekend instead.  Our little congratulations to ourselves for our on going Weight Watchers journey.

It’s only a 4 hour drive, but it seems like it takes forever; though I must say traffic wasn’t too bad even at the Bay Bridge.  I had booked us a room at the  Seabonay Motel; one block from the end of the boardwalk.  It’s an older motel, somewhat rundown but it was immaculate – very very clean.  We were pool side and a group of young adults kept us up all night – YAY!!

We did a lot of walking…2 of the days our pedometers clocked us in at 10 miles and 10 extra WW pts!

Highlights:

Dolphins!  Oh I know it’s not unusual to see dolphins in the ocean…but one morning we walked out on the beach and there were LOTS of dolphins swimming by.  You know, they’d jump and you’d see their fins and they’d go back under.  Then a baby dolphin jumped up and back in – and we were like “isn’t that the cutest thing”.  We were quite surprised as to how close they were swimming to shore – the surfers could of actually of touched them if they had wanted to.  Then they began performing.  I’m not kidding you when I say that 2 of them would leap completely up and out of the water (like they do when they jump up for fish at Sea World).  We were overly impressed and damn, neither of us had a camera with us!!

Miche Bag!  One of the booths at the Fest was Miche Bags!  What?  You’ve never heard of a Miche????  Miche’s are handbags with removable covers.  You buy a base and then whenever you want to change the look of your purse..you just change the outer cover.  They are the coolest things!  I bought my first one at a home party.  I like it, but it’s hard sided and I prefer something softer.   So the next party I bought the biggest bag, which I also like but it is a tad too big!  I kept saying if they had one in between that was soft sided – it would be perfect.  And guess what?  They now have one!  YAY!  So naturally, I had to buy it.  Not cheap to get started, but so very worth the investment.  I love my Miches!  I have two different covers for each of my bags, so it's time to add more covers!

Food!  Oh yeah, we ate a lot!  We went to Embers for the seafood buffet one night ( a must stop if you’re ever in Ocean City).  We did Paul Reveres buffet one night only because we were on the Boardwalk and it started to downpour and it was the closest place to get in out of the rain.  We shared Thrasher French Fries (you cannot go to Ocean City and not eat Thrashers) and just some stuff here and there.  Probably over ate,but we’re back on track today!

Deedee Desserts!  Another stand at the Fest.  You take one of her packs and mix it with a tub of cool whip and 2-8oz. blocks of cream cheese.  Pour it in a graham cracker crust and presto – Cheesecake!  Or forgo the crust and just have flavored fluff!  We bought the sugar free flavors and figured we can make it with fat free cool whip and fat free cream cheese to make it Weight Watchers friendly.  As a matter of fact she’s trying to become endorsed by Weight Watchers!

Rain!  Most people aren’t happy about rain at the beach.  We weren’t either, but since our trip wasn’t for lying on the beach, it wasn’t as big of a deal.  One night we head out to the boardwalk and left behind our bags that had our rain jackets and umbrellas in them.  You guessed it – DOWNPOUR.  We bought jackets on the boardwalk…but on the way back to the motel….we had to flag down the Tram.  The Tram was soaked; when I sat down I was sitting in a puddle.  Every time the Tram stopped rain just blew in on us.  It was actually funny and the other people had a good time with it as well.  When we got back to the motel, we were soaked clear to our underwear…and our walking shoes, well mine are still drying out today!

But all in all it was a fun weekend and we're planning on doing it again next year!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

WHAT?????

I suppose if you're trying to lose weight that you've heard of the HCG Diet.  It's a diet where you take a few drops of HGC in order to suppress your appetite and you eat a diet of 500 calories or less a day (of selected food, not just anything you want).  And like a miracle, you'll drop weight.

I'm here to tell you that you'll drop weight eating less than 500 calories a day without the HCG drops.  You'll be starving but you'll lose weight.  Plus there's the added scientific study that less than 1200 calories a day is considered unhealthy.  Originally this diet was designed for HCG injections (which are illegal in some countries, the US included) so someone apparently developed drops instead.

But I'm not writing this to tell you the pros and cons of the HCG Diet, or to even promote it (you notice it isn't on my side bar).  I am here to tell you of their false advertising.

This week Roni, who lost lots of weight on Weight Watchers, has her own cookbook and several websites regarding her weight journey; received an email from another blogger showing her that her Before/After weight photos were on the HCG website!!  If it couldn't get worse....they claimed her name was Darlene and the weight loss was by the HCG Diet!

Seriously, SERIOUSLY???  If your diet is such a success, why would you falsify results??? Where are all those people who have actually lost on this diet?  Can't they use them???

You can read and see the advertisement by clicking Roni's name in the above paragraph and her reaction and response to it.  But this is an example of how companies lie to get your business and make false promises.

There isn't an easy fix to weight issues.  Don't be foolish enough to believe there is.  Do you really only want to eat 500 calories a day of selected food items for the rest of your life?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

So, So - How Is It?

So I know y'all are just sitting on the edge of your seats dying to know how the new bed is, right?  Well, of course you are!!

It is fabulous!!   It's rather tall and Keyser has a little trouble getting into it (bum back leg), but it is very very comfortable - and we all fit in it.  However, this morning I woke up right at the edge of the bed, all the dogs and one cat were smack up against me and hubby had 3/4 of the bed to move around in.  Hmmmm..... we need to make some adjustments there!  But for the most part, it's excellent!!

I now need to readjust the bedroom though.  The bed takes up most of it, and it's somewhat crowded.  My long chest of drawers is going to have to go and I'll convert to a tall one instead.  I want to paint the woodwork white (it's light blue) and I'm not quite sure what to do about the walls.  The walls have wallpapered paneled boards on them.  I guess it's decorative panelling.  The print is a small light blue flower..but it's just so dated.  I'm going to test a small area and see how painting over it will work.  Hubby and I also discovered at Lowe's a covering specifically designed to go over paneling.  Once it's up you can paint any color you like, which is great too; but if I can paint over it, that would be cheapest.  We did paint over wood paneling in the dining room when we moved in.  It's held up pretty good other than in places where it's been hit, then it chips.  That's an issue, but that may not be as big of an issue in the bedroom.

I would like the woodwork white and the walls tan.  I would like to pull up the ugly very worn blue carpet and just leave the hardwood floor, and perhaps just put a large rug under the bed.  My new comforter is tan with a burgandy and black design.  So I'm figuring burgandy curtains and rug.  Someone had made wooden valances at the top of the windows that are blue, I'm thinking of painting them black. 

That's my winter project!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

IN MEMORY....

Where was I on September 11th?  I was at work.  I remember a deputy coming in and saying a plane had hit the World Trade Center.  I remember we watched on tv and when the second plan hit, at first we thought it was just a replay, within seconds we realized it was a second plane.  I remember the Captain coming around and saying the Pentagon was hit and later that another plane was down in Pennsylvania.  I remember sitting with the one Sergeant and watching the towers collapse.  I remember going home and absolutely every tv channel was about the events (even MTV and such).  I remember hubby coming home and wanting to know if he could watch the news because all day he had only had a radio - I remember telling him that every channel was the news.   It was horrifying.

I don't think it's something any of us will likely forget.

Today we remember this horrifying day and pay tribute to all the people who lost their lives.  May they rest in peace.


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Finally.....

Well the bed didn't come in the morning as I hoped.  They called about 8:30 a.m. and said it would be between 1-4 p.m.  DAMN!

That time frame meant we had to miss the Doggie Pool Swim at the pool....I was highly disappointed.  But since the delivery wouldn't be until later; we went to a local furniture store and bought a king size bed frame.  Then we drove through the low income housing area that is right up the hill from us to see if anyone wanted our old set.  We found someone and they came and picked it up last night.  We felt that was a better option than just trashing it as it was still usable.

Hubby had to go into the shop because Verizon was stopping in sometime between 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to look at his phone/internet service as since he switched over to their service on Sept. 2...he's had no phone or internet.  He didn't go to the shop until about 1:00 though and Verizon showed up about 4:00.

My mattress got delivered at 4:30 p.m. (so I could of gone to the doggie pool swim).  Once it was in its place and the delivery guys were gone...Toby and I headed to "The Meadows" for frozen yogurt.  I figured since he missed swimming with the other dogs, he deserved a treat.

The bed is HUGE!  It's tall too.  It takes up the the entire room practically - lol.  But it is oh so comfy and ALL OF US - Hubby, Me, Toby, Keyser, Lucy, Cooper and Joppa - fit in it without being in each others way!  And that was the goal.

Friday, September 9, 2011

It's Coming Tomorrow....

Well the mattress is due to arrive tomorrow and we just discovered that our bed frame doesn't expand to a king size - I was so sure it did.

So after the delivery we will have to go out and get one - geez......

On the up side, I scored a king size sheet set on clearance at Target for $18.00 and since I had a gift card it was FREE!  I then got a $70 sheet set for $20 on sale at JC Penney's.  Hubby bought the mattress cover and pillows.  So we are ready!!  And I can sleep in on Sunday - so the first night will be great.

Hubby's in the process of moving the business....lots a work a head for us.

I'm also ready for CC and my's trip to Ocean City, MD September 22nd-25th and am now in the planning stages for my Spacey trip next year to NYC.  Busy, busy......

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A Mattress Hunting We Went

We use to have a King Sized waterbed.  When we moved into the new house, we decided to get rid of it and purchased a cheap Queen size mattress set.  Because it was cheap, it didn't hold up well.  We decided it was time to purchase a new set and not go cheap this time and we also wanted to go back to a King.

Before vacation we decided to go and see what was out there.  We weren't going to buy until after vacation, but we wanted to look at our options.  We headed to Chambersburg making our first stop Sleepy's.  We were greeted by an over the top salesperson.  We were up front with him - we needed a mattress, wouldn't be buying that day or even making a decision that day, we were just looking at our options.

"Andrew" apparently graduated at the top of the class at Mattress Selling Academy.  He was very informative - actually he told us more than we ever wanted to know.  We eventually agreed on a Simmons and because we found one we could agree on...."Andrew" went into selling mode.  He used every trick in the book other than give it to us free.  It didn't matter to him that he was told time and time again - we weren't buying at this time.  We barely got out the door without he and hubby getting into a fight.  Talk about a hard sale!!

We then headed to Mattress Warehouse .  We walked in the door, immediately the salesman appeared...hubby told him we'd just been through the sales pitch could we just look?  His reply, "Oh, you just came from Sleepy's...I'll be over at the desk if you need me."  We checked out some mattresses, found a few we liked and left.

Since vacation is over and the Labor Day sales are on; yesterday we headed back to Mattress Warehouse.  We found a Simmons we liked there...but Sleepy's was having sales too and hubby wanted to go back.  Yep, you guessed it - Andrew was working and remembered us; he even remembered the bed we had agreed on.  We continue to look; I eventually fell in love with a Sealy but it's price tag (even on sale) was a little steep.  But I knew, hubby would get it for me if I wanted it...but I also knew in order to do that, he'd have to give up the new shed he wanted or finance.  I didn't want him to do that.  We decided to check out some of the cheaper sets, but Andrew pointed out the differences and the "you get what you pay for" speech; after all he had a commission to think of.

Hubby then decided we should head back to Mattress Warehouse and re-look at that bed since it was $100 cheaper.  Andrew immediately told us that if we could get the specs on that mattress in writing with price that he might be able to match the price on the Sealy if they were comparable.

We went back to Mattress Warehouse.  I'll be honest with you, hubby would of spent all day jumping back and forth between the stores negotiating prices if I'd of let him; but I just didn't want to do that quabbling over $100 here and there.  Anyway, we're back in Mattress Warehouse checking out the Simmons bed again.  It's quite comfy and the Sealy is now going out of my head.  Hubby then remembered a mattress we had tried and liked on our original trip there before vacation.  This one was an Eclipse.  I wasn't familiar with that brand, but the bed was very comfortable.  I then went back to the Simmons...then to the Eclipse; I wasn't feeling a difference and the Eclipse was coming in at our price range.  Hubby felt that the Simmons did have a different feel but that it was such a slight difference that it didn't really matter. 

We ask the salesman about the brand.  He explains that Eclipse is actually a very good mattress and when we question that it feels identical to the Simmons, he says it's because it is - the only difference is that Simmons uses real latex where Eclipse uses a synthetic one.  Simmons is a big name, Eclipse is not but that's about it.  He then tells us that the sell price on the Eclipse set is $750.00 - coming in under our original budget.

Now hubby is wondering if we should go back to Sleepy's for negotiating.  I tell him there is no way they will come down to $750 on the Sealy, especially when it's on sale for double that.  I also point out that these people work on commission.  At Sleepy's we were talked out of the cheaper, in our price range mattresses.  Here at Mattress Warehouse the salesman isn't trying to push us in a higher price range.  IMO, that was deal breaker - hubby agrees.

So the Eclipse will be here on Saturday!!  I'm so very excited!  And I certainly wish all shopping experiences involved laying on a bed trying to make a decision.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

It's Ending....

Wow - it's hard to believe that my week at the beach has come to an end and that we'll be packing up to leave tomorrow!  It went by so fast!

But my vacation isn't totally over....we'll get home tomorrow and then pick up the dogs on Saturday morning..I do miss them so!  Then it's some girl time with CC ( haved missed her too) and on Sunday it's a family reunion.  Then Monday is a holiday where I can relax before heading back to work.

We did have beautiful weather here in Myrtle Beach though and some really great food!  Yeah, I  know...I can honestly say I ate more than normal, but I'm ready to get home and get right back on track!  So if you're ever in Myrtle Beach, here's some food recommendations:

Captain George's   You won't find a better seafood buffet then what you'll find here...there's also non-seafood items, a salad bar and a huge dessert bar.  Plan close to $90.00 for two people at this one (that includes the tip) - pricey yes, but worth every cent.

Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery  This is one of our favorite places.  Don't confuse it with the Liberty out on 17, this is the one at Broadway at the Beach.  Everything tastes great here!!

Godfather's Pizza  Yeah, I thought they had all closed down too, but some still exist!  Forget Domino's, Papa John's and Pizza Hut - you want a Godfather's pizza!

Hook's Calabash Seafood  Another seafood buffet (there's many many in Myrtle Beach).  Good selection and tasty food.  You'll spend about $70.00 for two people here.....take some advice, spend the extra and go to Captain George's.  We decided this year that from here on out, that's what we're going to do.  Nothing against Hook's, it has served us well for many years, but we just found something we liked better.

Joe's Crab Shack  This is another great place to eat!  This was our first time and we weren't disappointed!  They even have these great little plastic devices that make eating crab legs a cinch!  There's a Joe's at both Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing.  Well worth the trip.

We are breakfast people when vacationing.  Skip the big names (Denny's, IHOP, Shoney's, etc..) and eat at the independent ones that line 17, you won't be disappointed and they are cheaper! 

And get on that beach!!!  That's what you're there for!