Feb 272011

Welcome to the end of windy February - B and I are spending the weekend on house work… painting and fertilizing, yay!

Yesterday, I ran in the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run 10k, benefiting the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship fund. It was my first 10k race, and I won’t lie, when I passed the 5k turn off I really wished I was turning with them! It was really humid and people were walking all over the place so it was hard to maneuver at times. And, needless to say, that hill was a beast! I succeeded in finishing in 1:11, 11 minutes over my goal, but it’s better than 1:12, right?

Now, on to my resolutions update:

I am doing very well with eating breakfast every day, once you start, it is really hard to stop because a nice healthy breakfast gets you revved and ready for the day. Not to mention, I don’t want my 6 boxes of Special K to go to waste! I mean, I spent some hard earned cash on those babies.

Our neighbor’s orange tree

I had chocolate covered strawberries for breakfast on Valentine’s Day. That counts as eating fresh fruit, right? :) Sarah and I dipped them on Sunday night, so I say it counts. Grapes have been on sale at Randalls and Kroger this month, so that has realyl worked to my benefit. I like when HEB has the mini-grapes, they are really good on baby spinach salads with bacon vinagrette. I picked a lot of oranges from the neighbors tree before the hard freeze hit, they are all wrapped happily in our pantry for use in future Cuban and Brazilian inspired dishes. Not to mention, I usually have one with lunch that comes from the stash of unwrapped oranges – the ones that I pulled the caps off when shucking them from the tree. WHOOPS!

Extremely close to the liking of my car, except mine has 4 doors... HAH

Old Girl, my amazingly paid for and super fast korean sports car, had to visit the ER this month, she has set us back in our snow ball by dollar or three. We are making it work, we are still on track to pay off the other beast of a vehicle and take a much needed vacation to the beach this summer. COME ON SUMMER!

We have been playing volleyball with C a lot. She is trying out for the school team next year and she is super excited/nervous. She is such an amazing volleyball player and she has an amazing coach to build her up in strength and confidence. Her team played in their first tournament this month and they kicked booty, they played 3 sets back to back to back and won 6 of 7 matches. WTG Heat!

In my etsy shop – sweetgum way

sweetgum way is up and running. I am having a lot of fun making these decorative tiles, I love working with the different papers and fabric trims.

Live on the edge: I totally fixed the garage door all by myself. One night we came home from dinner and I noticed the door was not going up on both side at the same rate, “HALT!” I demanded. I inspected. The verdict: Two of the metal hinges were snapped in half. So I googled how to replace a garage door hinge, took pictures of the hinges, so I would forget which kinds to get, headed to Lowe’s for my loot and absolutely came home and save the world according to garage doors. Score one for the girls…

MacGyver's got nothin' on Me!

One thing I did not do in excess this month is coupon/grocery shop. I think I am burnt out, and now that the Extreme Couponers epidemic is out, it is getting more difficult to find that great deal to share. Luckily Mrs. Baird’s has been on sale buy one get one free on alternating weeks at Kroger and Randall’s, so taking/making sandwiches for lunch has been really profiable for the H family.

I am pretty sure that I am leaving something out, Ive tried to make updates through the month, but things happen… you understand right?

How are you doing on your New Year’s goals so far? I hope you find this as an encouragement to get back on the track if you have veered; your aspirations are very important to your life and legacy.

Happy end to February 2011 – Welcome March!

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