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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Food, Food, Glorious Food!

I'm giddy.

Today I'm back on food!

I wanted to be back on food for my trip to New Orleans next week and the doctor saw no reason why I couldn't switch to the moderate program this week.

The moderate program is all food - yes GLORIOUS food!

I'm allowed 1200 calories a day broken out into FDA (no, not USDA, which are unregulated and usually HUGE!) food servings: 5 starches, 2 fruits, 2 dairy, 3 vegetables, 5-6 meats/proteins, 3 fat.

So to fill that requirement today I'll be eating:

  • 1/2 c. oatmeal w/ 2 Splenda packets
  • 1/2 c. fat free cottage cheese w/ pineapple
  • 12 oz. hot coffee w/ 2 tbs. half & half
  • 2 slices diet oatmeal bread
  • 1 tbs. peanut butter
  • 1 tbs. blackberry jam
  • 1 25% less sugar quaker granola bar (cookies & cream - yum!)
  • 1 mega peach (8 oz.)
  • 12 oz. diet soda
  • 4 oz. fish
  • 1.5 c. cooked broccolli
  • 2/3 c. whole wheat pasta with spray butter and salt
  • 8 oz. skim milk
  • Ketchup (for fish and broccolli - can't eat with out it!)
Best part...

  • 1/2 fat free, sugar free chocolate pudding

I'm so happy to eat again! Ya!!

Total for the day is 1100 calories, so not too bad for day 1. I'm also going to get in 40 minutes of walking on what seems like the MOST HUMID DAY OF THE YEAR! So extra points for that!

I'm getting so close to my goal and to make it in such a short amount of time feels great!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Blue wishblade owners - SIGN THE PETITION

I own a Xyron Wishblade cutting machine - it cuts paper for my scrapbooking crafts. It does not work with Microsoft Vista (whats on my new home computer) and Xyron says they won't release the new drivers for Vista unless you purchase a $100 software program. I can not use my cutter without it - its useless. I paid $500 for the machine just 2 years ago and now can't use it unless I pay Xyron even more money!

The problem with how Xyron is handling this problem is that they are continuing to distribute their machine and they were shipping the blue cover wishblades with FULL KNOWLEDGE that Vista was in the final beta stage and would ship soon, and NEVER notified potential buyers that their machines would not work on Vista!! Thats deceitful.

Also, people did not purchase the wishblade software - they purchased a wishblade MACHINE, a peripheral that requires drivers (software) to run. Secondary to that it REQUIRES a computer. For the current software to not support the largest operating system for a computer is not a problem as long as they will provide the free update in a timely manner. Xyron knew about Vista for many many months - anyone creating a peripheral to run on a MS operating system knew. Heck, I write software programs that run on MS operating systems (I actually write in .net, a microsoft framework) and I already know about the NEXT operating system changes, and they're still 2 years out! So for Xyron to wait so long for those changes is nothing less than neglectful on their part - graphtec has drivers out already for a machine that is very similar, why doesn't Xyron?

Wanna know why? Because they've finally found a way to scam people into purchasing their create and cut software - which we don't currently need and limits the creativity of the user greatly.

It borders on illegal what they're doing - especially since the last of the blue cover wishblades sold late last year and Vista shipped just a few short weeks later!

I've created a petition and would like everyone to sign even if you don't own a wishblade. Xyron needs to know they losing customers - current AND potential ones with this scam their pulling!

Sign the petition here:

Thank you for all your help.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Reasons to Celebrate!

We have lots of reasons to celebrate!

Today Shawn, my husband, accepted a new position at EMC corporation as a web programmer which means a nice hefty pay raise! Ya for Shawn! He's sad about leaving his current job but very happy to be trying something new. We went out to dinner to celebrate - something we almost never do.

My work laptop on the other hand is not a reason to celebrate - it died. I'm very sad for many reasons. The first being that I'm not getting another laptop and I now have a desktop. I'll be the only developer without a laptop which in and of itself stinks! The worst of it is that I now don't get the opportunity to do some work related things at home and on the weekends - which is something I actually enjoy doing. I'm really mad about that. Add to that the fact that I can't do my scrapbooking stuff anymore and I'm doubly pissed! The drivers for my cutting machine don't work on Vi$ta, which is on my personal laptop so I had to use my work laptop (which had XP) at home for that - now I don't have that and I'm super sad. The company that makes my cutting machine said they will not be updating the drivers any time soon... they just label themselves 'non-compliant'... great customer service huh?

But enough of that - I've been tagged by Lisa!

8 random facts about me:

1. I spend alot of time/energy/heart in volunteering for siamese cat rescue center. My parents used to show Siamese cats in shows so I've grown up around them. The shelter is based in Virginia but there are volunteers up and down the east coast - I'm the only active Rhode Island volunteer. I do the cat shows where I set up a booth to sell items for the center and talk to people about Siamese cats (and show the obligatory cute cat pictures, of course!) I go to shelters to evaluate cats for our program so that they won't be put to sleep. Siamese cats are very intelligent cats and are very bonded to humans and as a result they don't do well in shelters, they get very scared and won't eat. This doesn't make oneself very desirable to prospective adopters so my organizations goes to the shelter to try and get them into our program and into foster homes that are much quieter and without cages! I also evaluate cats that people are giving up for whatever reason and will also transport cats to adopters or foster parents. The most ironic part of this is that Rhode Island state laws prohibit me from being a cat foster and MA state law prevents cats being brought into the state so I deal with CT and NH ALOT!

We have our cat TiSan from them, we've had him for 6 years now. We also adopted our blue-point Balinese, Layne, in 2002 but she passed away in 2004 from cancer (she was an incredible cat). Shortly after she passed we got Katrina - who was a fun cat but got very dirty after the baby arrived so when we moved into the house Shawn drove her back down to the shelter in Virginia and she was adopted by a woman with no kids, which was a much better situation for her.

2. I was a band geek. My world, as a teenager, revolved around music. I played clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone and piano and was pretty good at all of them. So good in fact that I majored in music education after graduating highschool. I also suffer from TMJ and playing the clarinet (my main instrument) was painful so after my first year, full of pain in my mouth, I came to realize that I wasn't going to make any money as a music educator so I dropped out and went back to school part time/nights for computer science. I still miss my music alot. 3 years ago I sold my clarinet (which I had named Tracy) to a nice man who ran a music school in New Orleans. I used the money to buy skydiving equipment. I heard the school was destroyed in Katrina... I hope Tracy survived.

3. I'm starting to get grey hair. I'm 28... but I consider myself lucky as my mother and her brothers were all salt & pepper colored in their 20s. But I still feel too young! I have dark hair as I'm sure you've seen. Its actually gotten more red as I've gotten older but when I was younger it was easily confused with black. Just today I pulled 3 long grey strands out of my head. Yes, since having Arianna 16 months ago its been stressful - but not as stressful as other times in my life, why grey now!!??? I nearly cried after #3 today...

4. My husband and I met on the internet - before it was cool. We met in an IRC chat room (ya, you probably don't know what that is, its practically non-existent now) called EfNet#advice where people would come in with whatever problem was in their life (relationships, computer, medical, you name it) and everyone else would offer advice or support. I met my husband (his code name was Shadow9) when I was asking about help building web pages. He lived in CA, I lived in MA and we 'met' in September 1999. I traveled to CA to meet him in May of 2000 and he came to live with me in July of 2000 - talk about fast and totally unsafe! I'd probably freak if Arianna did the same thing. But we got married in January 2003 and I never saw that coming from our days in #Advice!

5. I'm scared of bugs in general but I hate spiders. I'm terrified of spiders and we have alot in our home and on our property. I don't care what time of day it is, even if Shawn is sleeping I will wake him up to kill a spider - he hates that but I really will flip out.

6. The one thing in this world that would make me feel safe and happy would be to have no financial commitments - no mortgage, no credit cards, no car payments and money in savings for emergencies and retirement. We're slowly getting there - we've paid off all the loans and credit cards and are working on paying off the cars early (the new job will definitely help with that!) and then we'll work on the savings and retirement. The house is on the very back burner as we want to eventually buy another, bigger, house in a few years.

7. I'm a very jealous person and I hate that about myself. I'm jealous of people with big houses. I'm jealous of people who had normal pregnancies. I'm jealous of people who are fit and thin. I'm jealous of people with lots of friends. I'm jealous of people who are happy with what they have and not envious of others. Its a sad personal trait I hope to work on soon. Someone once told me it'll be easy once I'm in my 30s... for some reason I doubt that.

8. I'm never happy with myself. There is always something that I want changed about the way I look or my professional life or something that I insist will make me happy - also need to work on this. I hope getting older will help change my view on this.

Anyway... thats it. I don't have anyone to tag that hasn't already been tagged - so if you haven't grab this and run with it. Just leave a note that you did it so I can check it out!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Harry Potter

I started at 10 AM yesterday and despite a few short breaks I finished at midnight. All 784 pages.

Its really fantastic. I don't see how children can read it though - its super dark and kind of gorey. Lots of death and blood/guts and sadness. Lots of questions answered and lots of plots 'completed'.

The epilogue at the end was what I was hoping she would include and when I finished I put the book down, sighed. Got a big smile on my face and went to bed.

Great ending to a fabulous series - highly recommend reading them all!

Thursday, July 19, 2007


My orthopedic surgeons office just called. The outpatient facility I was to have this surgery at has decided they are not comfortable with me having the surgery there as they don't feel they can manage problems with my implanted defibrillator.

And they wait until 20 hours before hand to tell me this...

It will be rescheduled for another facility at the end of August now...

Words can not express how angry I am right now.

Time flies!

I can't believe how fast the end of July arrived...

Big Congrats!! to my friend Karen who took the bar exam yesterday - she's DONE! She won't find out how she did until November but at least, for now, she's done!

I've got my leg surgery tomorrow afternoon and I'm looking forward to sitting on the couch all weekend reading Harry Potter...

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Follow up to my original post...

He was found not guilty this morning.

He's super lucky and I hope he realizes that.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Look! My two front teeth

Yes, Arianna has two front teeth - yes, those are the only teeth she has. I've never heard of the top teeth coming in first. We're patiently waiting for others...

...still waiting...

Car seat craziness...

So, the wonderful 'free' car seat I got a few weeks ago turned out to be not as wonderful as I thought... I even spent good money to have a custom car seat cover made for it and the seat won't work, ugh!!

Arianna is now too big for her infant seat - so it was time to transition to the toddler seats and sure enough the buckle was broken. So I did some research and found that Britax makes a seat that is sold under the fisher price label, with a much more affordable price - good news!

The Boulevard in my car, pictured above, is an amazing seat but at almost $300 her back up seat (which is replacing the infant seat) is not worth paying that much again.

So we bought this one and it arrived today - when I get home it should be sitting on our back deck.

This seat is similar to the Britax Marathon seat and will be the nanny's car seat and our back-up.

This still left one small problem - my mom will no longer have a car seat for use in her car for the day she watches Arianna and the afternoon the nanny drops her off there. So in comes the Scenera for my moms car. At only $60 its a great value and rates very well in child safety.

So now, our daughter has 3 different car seats. That's so crazy! But at least she's well protected.

The best part of the new one that arrived today? That custom car seat cover still fits - its so darned cute too, I'll have to take a picture for you to see!

Now we just need to replace all the money in our savings...grr...

Monday, July 16, 2007

Boston Scientific Settles Guidant Lawsuit

I'm not sure if you heard all the media surrounding Guidant corporation and their failure to notify physicians and their families about defective defibrillators or not, so I'll give you a brief synopsis.

A young man (24 years old) died suddenly when his defibrillator (a device which I also have) failed to work as designed. It was determined to be a product defect - one which Guidant corporation knew of, failed to divulge, and tried to cover up.

Boston Scientific purchased Guidant and today the settlement was reached for the 4,000 affected people.

Agreed Settlement: $195 M
Attorney fees: $58 M
Attorney expenses: (not yet submitted)
Total to complaintants: $137 M*
Number of Litigants: 4,000
Amount to each litigant: $34,250*
*To be reduced - amount dependent on attorney expense charges.

The feeling of knowing they almost cost you your life and now won't even pay a third of the surgery cost (typically $110,000)? Priceless!


Nice huh??

Walking...almost, not quite

Arianna has always 'tested developmentally delayed' due to her gross motor skills.

She's always behind.

She didn't start crawling until a week after her first birthday, right about the same time she pulled herself to a stand.

She's been walking, supported, since before she could crawl.

3 weeks ago she took 4 steps, for daddy, all by herself.

Apparantly the shock of doing so was too much - she got a horrified look on her face, promptly sat down and screamed for 10 minutes.

Now we can't even get her to stand up, let alone walk supported.

I didn't walk until I was 19 months but I don't want to see that happen to Arianna... I also didn't learn to ride a bike until I was almost 8 - always been sort of timid about stuff like that. You'd never know it now that I skydive though...

I think a call to PT is in order...

Saturday, July 14, 2007


My goal is to finish the optifast program at the mark where my BMI reaches the 'healthy range'.

Its not my ultimate goal - my ultimate goal is 13 lbs. under that weight, but...

Yesterday I stepped on the scale and I have entered the 'goal decade' - I have stepped into the decade of pounds (10 lb increments) that put me at my healthy BMI - I have 10 lbs. to lose to be considered healthy - 5 lbs. after that is my ultimate goal to finish this program by, but I'd be happy with 10... I haven't seen this decade since before I got pregnant.

I was so excited I had to wake up the hubby to show him... go me!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Lucky little girl

Arianna is lucky enough to have a grandma and grandpa who spoil her rotten.

Last week they picked up a new toy for her, the Laugh & Learn 2-in-1 Learning Kitchen!

I'm a little jealous...

When I was in 4th grade FP just started coming out with the first wave of these kitchen toys and even though I was pushing 10 or 11 I wanted one.

My parents went to Toys R Us and spoke to a nice sales lady who told them that the little tykes kitchen was made so much better, so much safer... for someone who is 5 or 6. Hello??! I'm 11 years old! Well, my parents got the little tykes one and I was very disappointed, but I played with my kitchen for months, every day and was very happy.

Arianna's kitchen is so much cooler, there lights and sounds and so many things to do...

I like playing with it more than she does!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Week 9

Ok, week 9 of OptiFast... and things are gong well. I'm averaging 3 lbs. a week so its going well. I'm really enjoying the progress!

Yesterday Arianna and I went to the Wrentham Outlets with my mother. I am in bad need of clothes (despite 'shopping' in my pre-pregnancy closet) and wanted to get some tops, at least. I got two totally cute tops at Gap and 3 great shirts at the Ann Taylor outlet (including the red tank above). Boy, I had fun, and thats rare when clothes shopping.

Now I have to find shoes....

Friday, July 06, 2007

Fear This!

I swear she looks just as mean and nasty as all the other Raiders fans...

And don't tell Nano (italian for grandpa) that she'll be a Patriots fan... I mean Mom is from Foxborough, home of the Patriots, after all! Heck, grandma and grandpa live only 1 mile from the stadium!

Whats the best part...

of having leg surgery on July 20th?

The fact that I will be 'laid up' for, at least, the weekend, giving me the chance to read the new Harry Potter book which comes out on the 21st!

Woo Hoo! I can't wait!!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Hope you had a great 4th of July!

I hope everyone had a fabulous 4th of July!

Our celebrations started the night before. The town next to my parents was having a fireworks display and so we went to that. They started at 9 o'clock, which is after Arianna's bed time (8 o'clock), but she stayed up anyway. My dad held her as they fireworks went off and, to my surprise, she was grinning and clapping - she seemed to really enjoy them. She fell asleep about half way through and we were quick to pack her up and head home, where she slept until 9 o'clock the next morning! I was really surprised, I almost thought something was wrong that we were able to sleep in so long!

The town we live in has a big parade on the morning of the 4th, so we packed up and walked over to that.

I was really impressed with the parade. It started out with a number of fire trucks from various localities in our town and from neighboring towns. They set off their sirens and made a lot of loud noise. I really thought Arianna would hate the noises, but like the night before she just giggled and clapped.

The parade continued and a number of groups passed by throwing candy to the crowd and waving. I even caught Arianna waving at some of them and got a few smiles and giggles when the clowns came by.

It was so nice to do something so 'normal' with her. I was really glad I was wearing my sunglasses that day. Being around other people, doing something 'normal' with my child, and watching how happy she was really brought a tear to my eye. I felt so foolish getting all weepy but it was really a happy 'mommy moment'.

Eventually a group of revolutionary war reenactors came by with muskets and one group fired the guns RIGHT in front of us. I went to pick up Arianna, sure she'd be in tears, but she wasn't. She just giggled and waved. WOW!

About 2/3 of the way through she started to get fussy and wanted some snacks. I brought puffs and some crackers with me and she ate and was happy.

Before we knew it it was over and we headed home again.

Arianna took a nap while we FINALLY put down mulch in our flower beds and then my parents came over with some sparklers for 'the bebe', and then we had some steaks on the grill.

It was hard coming back into work today as it really felt like Saturday yesterday...

And in case anyone cares (even though no one helped with my previous post), I've decided to go to New Orleans and hope my leg is A-OK by then...

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

I need your opinion

My best friend Karen is getting married in January. She wants 'one last girls only trip' before she gets married. Her friends have been polled and August 10th is the date. The place? New Orleans.

Neagtives to going:
  • Its 2 weeks after my leg surgery, possibly lots of walking involved.
  • The trip will cost about $700 total.
  • Its August, in New Orleans...
  • I don't know the others girls going very well, but they're likable enough
  • It's a weekend away from 'baby duty'.
  • I'm still on the diet so no drinking/eating.
Positives to going:
  • I've never been to New Orleans before.
  • I've never been on a girls only trip.
  • It's a weekend away from 'baby duty'.
  • I'll probably never have this chance again.
I really want to go but right now the negatives far out weight the positives. I'm swaying to saying no but what would you do in my footsteps? It could be really fun!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Arianna's bestest Dad ever!

Love you sweetie - I hope you had a great day! At 28 I may be the 'older woman' (by 7.5 months), but you'll always be the better man! hehe