Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Total Body Transformation

In a rut with your workout? Need a little challenge? Can't get to the gym or take any classes? Plateau-ed?

Go to and order "Total Body Transformation". OMG. Bob Harper.

Seriously, it is the HARDEST workout DVD I have EVER done.

60 minutes. He is angry in this. He is crazy. I LOVED IT!! I'm so sore.

I dare you remember your street address after this workout.
On the whole, my skin has been getting a lot better but about a month ago, I started to get flushed in the face when I eat some mysterious thing and I get little bumpies all over my body.

I feel itchy again. Mentally, I'm trying not to panic. I think it might be gluten. Today is day two of no gluten. I have been reading up on a condition in a small percentage of celiac sufferers (allergic to gluten) called Dermatitis Herpetiformis-instead of making your stomach and intestine cramp and hurt, it manifests through the skin.

In the article, it described the bumps and rashes that form in the exact parts as I have on my skin. And when it reoccurs, it comes back in the same area.

Looking forward, in addition to accupuncture, laser, and nutritional supplements, I am looking for a specialist who will perform this under-the-skin testing to determine if I truly have a gluten allergy. Regular blood and patch testing does not flag this condition. Also, I have an appointment with an allergy doctor with internal medicine specialty. Hopefully he can help provide some insight on why I continue to be sensitive when I wasn't 5 years ago.

I completely understand if you folks want to delete this blog, I have been consumed with my health and haven't had much fun posts. I'm just scared that I will not be able to get a handle on my condition.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

When I heard from my neighbor about a person pepper-spraying a Black Friday Walmart crowd in order to get an X-Box 360 Kinect for $150, I thought "What the hell?!" and have followed the story since last Thursday.

At this time, she has turned herself in to the authorities and no charges have been filed because the police are still questioning the witnesses. You can get a more detailed account of this story.

Here's what I don't hear about that should be mentioned. Why isn't anyone saying right out that THIS IS WRONG? How can this person ever enjoy this X-Box knowing she hurt people to get it? Where is our moral shock over this sin of greed? I am shocked and disgusted.

My hope is anyone hearing this story in front of their kids make a point to discuss this. It's not just about reporting the story-it's putting moral value on the story. I think we are losing this. I don't want my kids to know that adults would sink to this level. That their morals has such a low price.

Growing up poor, we NEVER had one Christmas where we got to open presents. We didn't have presents. It was either have a home and food OR toys and what nots. My parents didn't make excuses for not having it. We didn't feel lessen or undervalued for not having presents to open at Christmas. I NEVER felt my parents didn't love me because I didn't get a present.

Sure it would be nice to have something to share in the conversation after Christmas break at school about what we got but it WAS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD. My parents worked really hard so we could stay together, spent it the best way they knew, and didn't sell their souls to the devil for us to have a stupid toy.

Okay, I had to get this out there. I am sorry if I offended anyone. It's my blog. My rant is over.

Finally. I got a new TV stand!! It's cute, fits in with our dark, traditional furniture in our living room and the BEST part was it didn't cost us an arm and a leg and a divorce over the price!!!

In the past eight years, whenever the topic would come up of buying a new stand, my lovely would mention he only wants real wood furniture. Come on...the lowest I have ever found one I liked all wood was $1000!! No Way this thrifty mom was going for that. So we waited. And waited.

For some reason, this past two months my husband has been opening up to the idea that it doesn't have to be all solid wood. Eventually furniture piece gets nicks and old and not in style why pay a ton on money? He agreed. Finally. So. It was $150 at Shopko!!! I love it.

It's coming together you is my pantry. My lovely is still working on it.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving. I am so grateful for my health, for my family, and for the warmth of my own home.

I thank God for the three Great Loves of my life. My three men. For the lovely hubby whose cheeks are to die for. I literally bounce off of them when I kiss his juicy cheeks. But most, I am thankful for his heart and generosity. Last night when we were talking, I thanked him for driving five hours to meet me.

For boys who are warm and energetic. My love for them has meant the world to me. When the Bible speaks of children as blessings...I get his love for us. I love my boys so much, this love has taught me to not be selfish-putting their needs above mine, for their chubby fingers and drooling mouths reaching for me all the time when they were babies. I will forever be grateful they trusted me enough to reach for me for comfort and love. I get going to the ends of the earth for them.

Hope you are feeling cherished and thankful all year round.

Monday, November 21, 2011

WHAT WAS I THINKING?!! I decided in the middle of the night last night that I would give up coffee.

By 8:30am this morning, I was a nervous wreck looking for my cup of coffee to ease the fog which decided to creep in head due to lack of caffeine.

I have given up fruits, chocolate, bread due to my skin condition. I feel so deprived already. In addition, I'm trying to keep the weight down so I've avoided anything else that wants to stick to my hinny...

Why did I think I can give up coffee?! See what crazy people due when they don't get enough sleep?

Lesson learn. Never, ever make a decision at 1:30 a.m.

So I take back my decision. I will just have to do something else.

Why am I so weak?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Do you Bog?

Shoes I mean. My boys having been wearing Bogs boots for several years. Wonderful boots. Keeps their feet warm (rated to go to -30F) and best of all they are really easy to slip into and take off.

In fact, they wear them all year round because it looks like a rubber boots. So, next spring when REI puts their winter stuff on sale, get yourself a pair. They are worth it.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I know, I know, no one missed another random post from me. I sometimes think, if I didn't have the six subscribers, would I continue? Should I continue? But since I enjoy reading the clevely writting posts from all my Mormon super moms, I have to try.

Just keep trying right?

Now, here's what's up with the Ramblin' On house. Hubby's sick. Koo's sick. I am trying to not get sick. Snow happened which makes me want to hunker down and bake a ton on sweets and eat it with coffee (of course I didn't do it).

Also, we have friends visiting every weekend so far. So, just staying on top of laundry, kids, and germs has me not whipping out anything spectacular or if I did, I haven't been taking pics of them...although I do have one project I just finished that I will have to post.

Thank you if you come back to this snoozer of a blog...I do appreciate it. I'd love to hear from you if you have a blog I'm not aware of.

Here's to hot chocolate and tired kids from playing out in the snow...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Oooohhh laaa laaa lemony cake

I'm sure everyone has this recipe but in case you missed the boat like myself until about 8 years ago, I'll share.

I love lemon flavored sweets. Pass on the chocolate, I'll take the lemon bar, lemon cake, lemon drop, lemonade, lemon, lemon, lemon...okay you get it.

How I got this recipe was walking down the baking isle and overheading a lady tell her daughter how she makes this lemon-jello cake. Of course being the nosy Nelly, I stopped and listened. Then I asked a few pertinent questions and I gathered the ingredients and you bet I made this cake.that.very.same.night.

I made this cake this weekend for friends coming in to town for an overnight visit. Here it is without pictures-but you are getting used to taking my word for it right? (Sorry the cake was eaten before the battery on the camera could fully charge).

Lemony cake

1 yellow cake box (made up and baked up according to package directions for 9 x 13" pan)
1 small package lemon flavored jello gelatin (make according to package but DO NOT REFRIGERATE)
1 small package instant lemon flavored pudding mix
1 cup milk
8 oz container cool whip (slightly thawed)

Make the cake. Cool the cake to room temperature. Pour the jello liquid all over the cake. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Mix pudding mix with milk for 2 minutes. Fold in cool whip and spread over cake. Refrigerate.

If you have time, make it the day before-the lemon jello soaks in the cake and makes it super moist. It's one of my favorite things. Have a good week all.

Friday, November 11, 2011

I can't even express how grateful I am to all men and women in uniform fighting for our country and for our way of life.

Thank you for allowing me to walk around safely. I can't express my gratitude enough.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Yesterday I turned 40. Being forty doesn't bother me. What bothers me is all the hoopla surrounding turning the big 4-0.

No hoopla yesterday was perfect. Spent the day like any other day. Got to go get Dairy Queen with my menfolk. No opening presents, no obnoxious balloons, no cake. Perfect.

I really dislike getting presents. Really. What I hate more is when people asks my husband what he is going to do for my birthday. This is even more annoying.

I like celebrating other people's birthday. I'll put on a party for my kids and hubby because they like it.

As for myself, a perfect birthday is just not celebrating it. It's not about getting old-I just don't like the attention. It makes me very uncomfortable.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Running and Top Shot

One nice thing about running on a treadmill is catching up on your TV shows via I am almost done with season 3 of Top Shot.

Oh, you don't know about this show? It's cool. It's a reality show and it's a shooting competition. I love it.

On the whole, the men and women who've competed are ex-military. It's a pretty good show.

The show runs 43 minutes and I run for that amount of time.

What shows have you been watching that I need to tune in to?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

So dorky but I did it. I am commiting to a Bob Harper challenge. He has a website called and he asks all his viewers to commit to some healthy change.

I feel what's doable for me right now is 30 minutes of exercise and portion control until the end of the year.

My portion control has been out the window as of late and I've been supersizing, supersnacking, superlazy, and getting super numbers on the scale. I need to pull back and remember I don't have to eat like I'm Paul Bunyon.

When the season starts to change and I am stressed, I eat. and eat. and eat. It's a real and embarrassing moment for me in blogland-but that's where I am at.

Anyway, what commitment would you like to challenge yourself? I'd like to cheer you on.

Friday, November 4, 2011

What to do in case of fire?

Today was S.E.'s cub scout meeting. They learned about fire safety and what to do in case of a fire. They crawled, they climbed, and were quizzed on how to get out of your house.

I guess I take it for granted that a fire can happen to anyone. At dinner tonight, S.E. explained what to if you are in your room when I fire is on the other side of your room-"you open the window, kick the screen door, and climb out...oh yeah, before you kick the screen out, put on socks...but if you don't want to put on socks you don't have to".

S.E. loves being a part of a club. I think it's good for all to join something and while he's been in swimming lessons, soccer, AWANA, and various parks and rec programs...he LOVES cub scout.

I think I've found something noncompetitive, independent but still being part of a team activity that fits a thoughtful boy like my S.E.
It's that time once again where I b@!#$ and moan about what I have no control over except my attitude but I do it anyway.

Time change. I dread this time when we pull back an hour. I hated when I was single, hated walking to the bus stop when it was dark. Hated coming home at 4pm and it's dark. And whatever light we get, it's usually a grey and overcast.

Now, with kids. I hate it even more. I hate that they are grumpy for a solid week while they adjust to going to bed at the new 8pm(7pm) but still waking up at the old 6am (5am).

They can't tell time so I think it's my grumpiness rubbing off on my mini-mes. Oh well. If you see me next week and I'm more out of sorts than ever-it's because not only am I in my 40's but I have to deal with no light.

But I'm a big girl, I'll get over it say by Thanksgiving because really inside I'm really thankful.

Do you all have the time change blues like I do?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Short Housewife

Take one short 4' 10" housewife. Take one monster truck with a bed when laid down measures to my shoulder.

Take one hubby this short housewife has a hard time saying "No" to ask "can you help me load up this transmission (weighing at least 300 lbs)...

You do it?!

So for the past week and a half you have really bad backpain and when you try to run you get shooting pain up your back.

This short housewife couldn't figure out why her back hurts...

Once she figures it out, she goes see her magic Chiropractor and with a lot of twisting, pop, snapping of your short body (which she exclaimed excitely b/c you are like a little doll for her). She informs you when you lifted above your waist, you tweaked your pelvis, jacked your back, so your body is not aligned anymore so hmmmm...go figure you have pain from knees to shoulders.

Today, this short housewife got herself back on the treadmill with trepidation.

The short housewife had no pain and she rain. She did hills and speed ladders. She did it with a grateful heart and thanked God for a painfree run.

This short housewife will not be moving anymore motors, headers, cabinets, or whatever else her lovely hubby asks her.

She will skip to her kitchen, whip up a dessert, and take it to a neighbor and ask him for help.