Memorable Move Day

My husband says to me, “See?  It’s much better and I always have to take you kicking and screaming”.  After 3 moves just to sell our house and move into this one, I would agree that it must be an absolute.  I still don’t know how people do it.  It has taken weeks to setup and move.  Today alone my fitness tracker says I walked 10 miles and moved 23,000 steps.  That’s with hired movers!   I didn’t want to pay for the movers again because it would be the 3rd time and we had minimal stuff in the apartment.  We sold some furniture with Offer Up.   It took 3 men 1 hour to clear the apartment of the 20 boxes I packed and the few pieces of furniture we had.   There was a very large entertainment center that went to a consignment shop as part of the deal and that made it worth it.  It would have been a couple of $100 dollars for me to rent a truck and it would have taken a lot longer.  Besides, my husband’s back couldn’t take it.  I would have never gotten the entertainment center out and that alone was a $170 delivery to the consignment shop, so $400 was money well spent.  This particular company was very good at estimating, the last one was not!

We ate our first meal at the dining room table, there was only three of us and it was Indian food.  And it was comfortable, which is the feeling we were going for despite the room being considered a formal dining room.  We still have boxes everywhere and our guest room is a storage room that needs to be addressed.  My work space off the kitchen is comfortable and bare.  I just noticed that the desk and chair is Rachel Ray home.  That’s pretty appropriate because it is my work space that is designated per plan as the breakfast room.  I can’t wait to complete the design.

Luna is so happy to have the space!  She was blitzing around the backyard.  She now has to learn to potty outside versus the potty pad so it’s like training all over again.  I think she is going to sleep well tonight, today was very busy, she had to be in her cage while the movers were moving and all of the activity had her very excited.

So this is my dream house.  I have no idea how long we will get to stay here.  I was so happy moving into the last house and thought, I really hope we get to stay here.   We stayed there long enough and I’m happy to start a new chapter in a new place.

I am feeling completely overwhelmed with all that needs to be done and I feel like a fish out of water.  So I tried to take an hour to spend with my daughter at the pool in  between purchasing a mower, a weed eater and a grill for the hamburger bbq.  The weed eater died so only half the yard is finished, the table grill was an hour project and then the regulator doesn’t work.  So many projects and things to fix.


Memorable Move Day

Exercise routine changes

I’m really happy about moving to our new home and sad about giving up familiar enjoyable routines.  I have been going to Pilates at the same studio for 5 years.  I know there are studios out there where the instructors are not focused on the student’s correct movement.  I experienced that with Orange Theory.  I tried Club Pilates today and am excited that this studio will be my new home.  Well, not this exact studio, they have a franchise and I will be going to one closer to our new home.  The owner is from Canada and is purely a business man.  He has chosen a good product and the trainers are well trained.  I am going to make a 3 month commitment (once a week) to try it out.  It’s about $20 per class and it’s better than going to a Chiropractor.  Soon, I am going to have to give up my membership to the tennis club.  Tough decisions.


There is a beautiful view of the lake at this studio!  And mirrors, I have been suggesting that for a while at my other studio, not because I want to look at myself, it’s because it’s easier to see if you are in the correct form.

As the summer heats up, cramps become an issue for me.  Last week I lost a tennis match because of cramps.  When the toes cramp and you can’t run.  I drank 2 large pickle juices that kept me from retiring the match.  This week I have to do better.  It was suggested that I try two different things.  One is a drink called The Right Stuff, supposedly developed by NASA and available online.  It’s a super electrolyte additive.  The other is called Hot Shot, per their website, it states that the mouth stimulates the nerve receptors that somehow prevent cramps.  I’m leery on Hot Shot, still willing to try it.  You can buy this at a bike shop.   I didn’t get to play singles this week, so I don’t know if the cramp prevention worked or if I didn’t need it.  I purchased an electrolyte supplement in capsule form at the bike shop, swallowed one before the match and one at the second set.  There was no cramping.  Out of desperation I will try the Hot Shot.

Someone mentioned that you should get paid to work out!  My husband’s company came up with a great idea to do just that.  If you wear a fitness tracker and you participate in moving, working out and healthy habits, you earn points that equate to dollars.  After a couple of months I’m up to $100!  It is possible to get paid to work out!

Exercise routine changes

A different kind of Mother’s Day

There will be no pampering this weekend.  First I have to mention how proud I am of my grad.  My son graduates in a couple of weeks, I’m talking about Lu graduating puppy class.  We completed six weeks of training.  She is doing really well with potty training.  And she did pretty well with learning to look at me (she is very focused to begin with, intense!), will sit, leave it, drop it, walk well on a leash, stay and come.  These are the puppy basics.  We name her toys and she knows which one is the ball, bone and lizard…lizzy.   She was in class with only big dogs and wants to play with everybody, although they all did pretty well paying attention.lunagrad

I have been working on making the house a home.  We ordered new furniture for the dining room and living room and it came in this week.  It’s hard to visualize the end result but it’s getting there.  My husband and I worked together on it and found furniture between 3 stores.  I really like how the dining room is coming together.  The table is 60 inches and will fit 5-6 around it.  This will be very comfortable for our family.  We found a buffet that has a unique finish and iron open doors.  The bench anchors the room and will allow for more seating and a place for people to put their things.  The decor we put on the wall and the window treatments will really pull this room together.


We got a quote for blinds on 12 windows which are not all of them, I’m hoping my husband will let me do it myself.  It’s about $100/per window to order and have them installed, and $50/per window if I do it. With the savings we can have curtains made to frame the windows.

This house features the ability to centralize the media equipment.  In the design concept of the great room, there is no entertainment center.  The set top box and sound equipment can be out of site in a centralized closet.   We spent a lot of money on a really nice entertainment center that we are not moving into this house.  No one wants them these days sadly.  We got a really expensive quote for the setup of the sound system and I’m hoping a friend can do it for less.


I think taking time to find wall decor that will make the house a home will be worth it.  So this is progress.  It’s not complete, it’s moving forward.



A different kind of Mother’s Day

Rite of Passage

My senior is now going through the final ceremonies that complete the chapter of high school.  It’s such a difference with a boy and girl.  I’m glad to be a mom of both.  Prom is different from what I experienced.  My son is very laid back.  I was hoping he would go to prom.  He asked a friend to be his date and he did a promposal with the help of a friend.  His date is going to study in the medical field.  The promposal says, I would be lifeless without you at prom.  It was cute, they went for ice cream at the board walk and his friend had the sign there and they took a picture with it.  The only problem is that the sign was miss spelled.   I used to look at people and their kids and ask, how are they so perfect?  They never make mistakes?  Then, my own hardship taught me that mistakes are an important part of life.  They will be there.  People get so worked up about it.  The lessons you learn from making mistakes are the key.  Life is such a balance, it is important to not make mistakes especially when it really matters and you are going to make them. So was the promposal a fail because the word lifeless was miss spelled?  I say no!  You can’t go through life without trying.  And something so little can be laughed about after the fact.


Next tuxedo rental.  My son and I went to Men’s Warehouse to rent the tux.  I asked him before what color is his date’s dress?  He said grey, and I said light grey or dark grey?  He didn’t know.  When we arrived the sales guy asked the same thing.  I picked silver and hoped it would work out.  My son is a slim build and the slim tuxedos are twice the cost of the regular…it was $200 for his rental.  This is more than my dress cost and my daughter’s at prom!  And we are only renting!

We talked about getting a corsage for his date and I asked my son if he wanted to go with me to the florist across the street to pick it out and order it.  He asked if I would do it for him.  I don’t think this is so bad. When I got there the lady asked me the same thing, what is the color of her dress?  This time my son had sent me a picture of it.  It is actually a smokey grey and sparkly.  I know it would not have been his thing to pick out the bracelet that attaches and the ribbon and flower.  I quickly noticed I didn’t know either and gave the florist the basic info and told her that I trusted her to make it look good.  I think it came out spectacular…


My son went to pick up the tux a day before prom.  Remembering the last picture fiasco, I made sure he was aware I wanted a picture of him in the tuxedo.  It rained, so we had to find a place to take the picture under cover.  I chose a senior living home across the street, it’s a nice place.


You can’t go through life without a little bit of drama.  His date was late and didn’t give him a time to be there.  He had an option to go to dinner with another group, but it sounded like he would be dateless.  I’m glad he waited it out, asked if he could be there at 6:30PM and went to dinner with her.  Prom started at 8PM at a center that is massive with banquet rooms and sporting venues.


The best part is that he came home safe ❤


Rite of Passage

Taking a Break

How is it possible to take a break with so much to do?  We are still moving, which is a big priority.  We have a month and then we are out of the tiny apartment.  The only sad thing is that we are leaving the area where I have built friendships and have long standing workout activities that I love!

Through tennis I have reached out to meet new people in my area and have already joined two teams that are closer to the new home.  Still not giving up my friends!

My daughter really wanted me to visit this weekend.  Sometimes you just got to take the time to do the things that are necessary for your family’s sake.  I visited my daughter and her new dog this weekend.  I’m such an action packed weekend planner and sadly, I’m not sure my daughter appreciates that.  She has finals this week so I thought I’d make her a lasagna that would last for a few meals and help her with a few little things.  I brought the heavy duty vacuum and went with her for the first time to the onsite laundry (she always brings her laundry home).  I really hope she will be comfortable using the onsite machines now.

savannahs pet

She has a rescue pup and I am not thrilled that she wants to bring him to our house.  My issue is shedding and chewing.  I hate the fact that she needs the animals to be happy.  It is what it is.  The dog is nice, it’s just that animals are expensive and are a lot of responsibility.  Recently my dog took my mouse and I couldn’t find the batteries.  Xray’s cost $270 ouch!    Her dog just got neutered and she feels bad leaving the cone on his head, while she wasn’t looking he took out the stitches.  When I got there his incision looked ok.  It’s these kinds of things that make me dread the animal situation.  She also has a cat.

I did my mom thing, helped my daughter with her apartment stuff and made her food.  Finals are this week.


I was going to bring Luna, but with all that was going on with her pup, I didn’t feel it was a good idea.  My little girl got groomed and has been licking one side creating matting that I had to cut out.  I love her so much.


Taking a Break