Wednesday, February 27, 2013

1st Birthday Party - Pink/Zebra Minnie Mouse

So I was thinking of a blog topic and even though my daughter's birthday party was back in November I thought I would share her birthday party pics!

I have no crafty bones in my body - I try to be a DIY momma with style but things just don't "click" very often in the DIY world for me!


I was going to make her cake, but honestly I didn't have time or any patience. Her party was at a local hall and her guest list was 75+ people. Talk about enough people to have a small wedding! We wanted to have a big first birthday party - will hopefully be small close friends/family this year for her 2nd.
 
LOVED her cake, and it was exactly what I had envisioned. The Minnie Mouse was a second layer so we had plenty of cake. I had it made at a local grocery store for roughly $80 bucks.
 
 I initially went to a family owned bakery but they were rude and laughed at the pictures I brought them for her cake. Uh... thanks but I will take my business somewhere else.
 
The only downside of a zebra cake is the black icing stains your teeth for a little while! whoops!
 
The smash cake was free
 
 
 
 
Of course she loved the cake, and she even shared some with Daddy!



 
My Mom helped me with the hall decorations:
Pink tablecloth and zebra wrapping paper in the center

Not sure why this is upside down - I can't flip it! Anyways centerpieces were glass jars from the dollar store filled with black and silver straw. We made the Minnie Mouse faces and #1 with foam and hot glued them together. Then we attached a zebra bow from ribbon.

 

We had a Pizza Party - these plates were for chips/pretzels/snacks at each table. Dollar store black plates hot glued together with a bow to look like Minnie Mouse.

Balloons! There was some "helium shortage" so we paid an arm and a leg for these balloons! I had to have them ;-)

No Minnie Mouse Party is complete without a big poster of her!
That Minnie Mouse Balloon lasted about a month in our living room after the party!


I probably should have covered the high chair with something.... anything but I didn't. Oh well... The decorations were zebra fabric and foam hot glued to string around the tray.

Gianna and her cousin.

I purchased her outfit off of Etsy - Embroidery & More shop. You can check out the shop HERE!

Her outfit included the Tutu, onsie with her name embroidered, and the headband. I paid $48. I then found a pair of zebra slippers with a hot pink bow on top on Ebay for $4!! Score!

 
The shoe's hot pink bow, and the tutu's pink tulle don't really match but for $4 bucks I can't complain!
She wasn't sure why everyone was singing to her. haha.. This is the look of pure shock! & Of course the headband was torn off for 90% of the party.
 
Photo Collage of her 1st year I made. All I did was cut several pictures in random shapes and tape the back of them together. I laid them all face down in a large plastic frame from Target $10.  Family canvas photo in our Pittsburgh Steelers gear on the right.
Family Photo - I was exhausted! I felt like a kid on Christmas Eve with no sleep before her big party!
Spoiled Rotten =)
Sound asleep in a sugar coma!
There you have it - my baby girl's first birthday is long gone - I can't say that I am looking forward to her 2nd birthday :(
 
 I don't think I did too "bad" for not being a crafty person ;-)
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Breast Feeding - what they don't tell you!

Hi Everyone!

I am no expert when it comes to breastfeeding, but I can tell you what I know and what worked for me. My cousin (who is more like a sister to me) is pregnant and due in March. She already has one lil girl who is 4 and she did not breastfeed her. All of a sudden she wants to exclusively pump (she is refusing to put baby to breast) for this child and came to me for advice.
 
I went to her house yesterday to give her a breast pump tutorial. Brought back sweet memories of my not so little baby girl - and made me realize I am SO ready for another baby!
 

When I was pregnant with my daughter I had no family members to ask questions to. My mother did not breastfeed me and no other women in my family did it either. Everyone kind of gave me this dumbfounded look when I said I wanted to breastfeed her. I ended up taking a breastfeeding class, which was very useful, and read lots of books. It sounded easy enough so why not. Plus, formula is freaking E.X.P.E.N.S.I.V.E. Also, breastfeeding is supposed to help you lose weight well that shit didn't work for me!

So I had my daughter, and every book I read said that you need to put baby to breast immediately, so that's what I knew I had to do. All I kept thinking was "if I don't put her to my boob I feel like she will never latch on" so I literally pushed her out, she got checked out, and I was immediately asking my midwife if I should start nursing her. That first time was the easiest. She must have been HUNGRY because she was sucking away!! I know she didn't get much and it was only the colostrum but it made me happy that she latched on so easily. When I got to my post partum room (around 2 AM) I told my nurse I didn't want Gianna (my baby) to leave the room but she told me it would be better if I got some rest. I had no idea this was the only rest I was going to get for the next several weeks! I fed her again and then I fell asleep they took her to the nursery for about 4 hours.

I asked to see a lactation consultant to make sure I was doing everything right. These women are very knowledgeable and even gave me tips. I highly recommend seeing one before being discharged. They kick you out of the hospital so damn fast after having a baby. I had been cradle holding her with my boppy pillow to nurse but I always felt like I was suffocating her so I was uncomfortable the whole time.
This is the boppy pillow I have. I used it daily until my daughter was 9 months. 

On the right shows how your back can hurt if you don't position properly. This was my least favorite position
They showed me how to do a football hold which worked much better.

The middle is the football hold which ended up being my favorite. The 3rd one is laying down and I did that position during the night which was more comfortable than sitting up with her.

Things nobody tells you about nursing your baby:
  • It hurts! Everyone told me "if it hurts you aren't doing it right" - well everyone told me I was doing it right and I was still in PAIN. I would cringe when it was feeding time.
  • Don't even waste your money on the Lanolin cream. It did nothing for me!
  • I ended up getting a prescription ointment from the Pediatrician for my cracked nipples. Yes, they crack and bleed until you get used to it. It took me about 3 weeks to get "used" to it.
  • I will spare you cracked and bleeding nipples but just google it - it is horrific!
  • Pumping takes time to set up and time to clean up, then its time to start all over again. A pain in the ass but worth it.
  • Don't waste your money on these bras:
 
  • Instead just cut two little holes out of an old bra - saves a lot of money and more comfortable
  • Start pumping early - I went a whole month without pumping when I first had my daughter and I never got a "stock pile" - something I regret every day.
  • Watch out when your milk comes in - I could soak a T-Shirt in 1 hour full of breastmilk if the baby slept more than a couple hours and I started leaking
  • Your boobs will increase a few cup sizes while nursing, and look like flat pancakes after you dry up.
  • Clogged milk ducts and engorgement are no joke- breastfeed and pump consistently to avoid it
  • If baby is cranky and won't go to sleep I just put her to my boob and she was out in 3 seconds.
 
I'm upset that work got in the way of my breastfeeding - not to mention formula is ridiculously expensive. My insurance covered a free double electric pump but my employer did not give nursing mothers any amenities. It's hard to walk away from a patient who is critically ill to pump when the other nurses who could watch my patients were just as busy with their patients.

My daughter was exclusively nursed for 2 months then nursed and breast milk fed from a bottle for another 2 months until I finally dried up and couldn't do it any longer.

 
 
Most importantly- If hubby won't get up in the middle of the night to help out feeding with the breastmilk you generously left out for him to give to her - squirt him in the face with your milk from your boob. I got so good at it that I was able to squirt him from the bedroom door! haha he learned real quick :)

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Blogger get together

Hi! As I stated last night, I am back to blogging after WINNING a bet with my man and taking 7+ days away from it. I wanted to spice up my blog, so I made a few changes, but overall I think it will always be a work in progress!
 
I recently purchased a Polar Heart Rate Monitor Watch. Since it was my first one, and I don't know much about them yet I settled on this one:
 
I will let you know how I like it once I use it for a few weeks!
 
I'm excited to tell you about my night last night!
 
As I have said before I am a Pittsburgh Blogger (HOLLA!) so I knew I would run into other Pittsburgh Bloggers sooner or later. This is one of the BEST cities around - sorry if you aren't from here! ;-) I'm not sure who found who, who started following who, but I became blogging friends with Katie and Lex.  
 
I always thought about eventually meeting up with other bloggers but we live in a crazy ass world, and it's hard to trust anyone these days. It's sad!
 
 I got an email in the beginning of February:
 
I'm not going to lie, I was nervous! Nothing against either one of them- I love their blogs but like I said we live in a crazy ass world. So we decided to meet last night and I am glad we did!
 
Although we had to battle Pittsburgh Penguin Fans & traffic (we didn't realize our original destination was going to be packed with Pens Fans for the game) we finally met up in a freezing cold parking lot.
 
We enjoyed dinner - chatted - and had lots of laughs. It was a great time and I am glad I went.

 
I borrowed this pic from Katie, don't sue me! haha
 
By the time I picked up my daughter, she was ready for bed, and passed out in the car on the way home.

She loves animal print - or maybe I do.....

 

I stole some cuddles with my thumb sucking baby girl, and put her to bed.



 

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"You blog too much"

"You BLOG too much" - those 4 words came from my loving fiance several days ago. Little did I know, he was watching how much time I spent blogging, how much time I spent reading blogs, and how much time I spent on my phone looking at emails/instagram/facebook/twitter/pinterest... etc etc etc. He told me that I haven't been paying any attention to him wah wah wah and he wanted me to delete it. This is coming from a man who never had a social media site. Not even MySpace back in the day! He knows all about them but chooses not to partake in the fun. I tell him all the time that I will make one for him and he gets pissed - he has no interest in it!
 
So basically he has an iPhone just to get sports updates, don't flip phones do that too?
 
I argued that I do NOT spend THAT much time on here, and explained that it is kind of like an outlet for me. I can talk about anything- I read about interesting things, I am making blog friends, I can vent about weight loss, mommy-hood and life in general. He still doesn't get it.
 
"You couldn't stay off of there for one week" One thing about us, if we make a bet - I am GOING to win. Trust me :) So I responded with "I can stay off of there for more than a week" We made an undisclosed bet and I was forced not to blog for at least a week.

Needless to say, I won! Bow-Chicka-Wow-Wow!
 
I can't say I didn't cheat, because I did read all of your blogs daily. What he doesn't see doesn't hurt!
 
So I am back! I am in the process of changing up some things on the blog, possibly a new title - I am not creative so I can't think of anything catchy. Help me out :)
 
 
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Battle of the Bulge - Fat girl problems

I'm going to break it down
My never-ending list of:
 Fat Girl Problems!
 
I have known for a while that I needed to lose weight and get healthier. I had lots of moments when things happened to me and I knew it was time but it always got shrugged off until....
One of my patients asked me when I was due! My daughter was already a year old and she asked me when I was f*cking due! I was MORTIFIED! I was SO happy nobody else was around to hear her. I explained that I had a newborn at home which is a huge freaking lie, but I had to get out of the convo asap  because I was not pregnant. She just said OK. I don't think she even remembered asking me that question 5 minutes later, she was very confused and the nurse working before me was pregnant so maybe she thought I was her ya I am totally using that as an excuse - it was now the end of my shift so there is no way in hell that she could think I was the nurse from over 10 hours ago. This is when I officially started blogging to put it all out there, no holding back!
 
#1 Skinny Friends
 
I know I am not the only one who feels like this. Now really, if you are not fat, quit complaining about being fat! Around me at least!
 
#2 Muffin Top
 
Ya, I have one! So what? I am working on it but it does not disappear like magic. Mommy's had that belly/muffin top stretched out for 9+ months, I worked "hard" for that muffin top!
 
#3 Cropping Pics

 
I just laughed my ass off going through a ton of pics on facebook! I cropped E.V.E.R.Y. S.I.N.G.L.E. P.I.C.T.U.R.E! The pic above was cropped so you don't see my arm! Then I had to crop off some of him so it was centered and it didn't look like I cropped it. Then I had to make sure the date was cropped off in the bottom corner so that nobody knew it was cropped! Whoever invented cropping was a genius!
 
#4 Thinking you were fat
That's me - about 6 years ago thinking I was fat as hell! What was I thinking? I know I am not a twig there, and I know I never will be (I was born big boned haha) but damn I would kill to look like that again!
Or how about this pic:
I remember being on vacation (about 5 years ago) and I was so mad I didn't bring my shapewear! I am about to pull those jeans out and hang them on my wall for inspiration!
I know I wasn't a skinny minny but seriously, what the hell did I let happen to my body?
 
 
#5 I hate going clothes shopping
I can only go clothes shopping if I am in a great mood about it, which is next to never! Everything I try on has something wrong with it! I end up buying clothes way to big just to hide myself. 
I have not worn the following in over 5 years:
-Shorts
-Skirt
-Dress above the knee
-Tank top
It's ridiculous, and it is freaking HOT in the summer time wearing capris and shirts with sleeves!
 
#6 Public pools and the Beach
Lucky for me, my family usually goes to the Outer Banks for vacation.
 
If you have never been there, it is nice and quiet (depending on which part) and you usually have the beach to yourself. Or there will be another family 100 yards away. It's not like Ocean City Maryland or Myrtle Beach with everyone on top of each other.
We decided to get season passes to a local waterpark/amusement park this year. Ummm to say I am nervous is an understatement. I know my daughter will have a BLAST at the waterpark, but for me to be with her... in a bathing suit... sounds like a recipe for disaster!
 
I have lots more to share! Look for it later this week! 
Do you have any "Fat Girl Problems" you would like to share?
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Saturday, February 9, 2013

I'm going to pull your heart strings

As a mom with a huge heart, I want to share a story with you about a local woman in my community. 

First and foremost, I do not know this woman - I have only heard AMAZING things about her. I am sharing this because we live in a society where we hear so many HORRIBLE things that happen everyday and there is little light shed on people who make a difference in the world. 

Her name is Kate and she (and a few others) started an organization called Project Sweet Peas several years ago - I believe in 2009. Project Sweet Peas helps families in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) deal with day to day struggles that come along with a premature baby or a baby born with defects. They offer comfort and care packages, and offer keepsakes if a family gains an angel. I know people that they have helped and they are seriously amazing!


Just this week,  Project Sweet Peas received a $20,000 check from JP Morgan Chase & Co. through its Chase Community Giving Program. Can you imagine how many families they could help with that money!! You can watch a video clip about it here!

From what I have read, Kate founded this organization after losing a child that was only 3 days old about 6 years ago.  She did not get anything to help her and her family remember her daughter. She knew she had to do something to help other mommy's out there that were going to be in similar situations - that is how Project Sweet Peas was formed. 

Kate then went on to have a miscarriage, and then was blessed with twins and then a son, all three were born premature. Her son (I believe he is 3) is currently getting therapy several days a week. 

Kate has recently taken a leave of absence from Project Sweet Peas - she must now care for herself. She was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I seriously hate that C word. It is such of a horrible thing. Kate recently turned 29. 20 is way too young to have that C word attached. 

As I cried (because I am a SOB) reading her story I came across a Facebook page earlier today entitled "Crawford's Rocking Cancer" This page was set up to inform family, friends, and supporters of her progress. 

As much as I hate Cancer I know that there are fighters out there and they can overcome it! 

I sent some encouraging words to her as a supporter. 

What I saw on that Facebook page today literally had me bawling:



"Dear Friends,
It is with a shattered heart that I share this news with you. I was admitted to the hospital today after my scans. The surgeon came up to my room and shared with Steve and me the test results from my MRI, CT and Bone scans.
The cancer has rapidly spread through my body. It is now in my other breast, liver and 2 places in my spine. I am officially fighting Stage IV (4) breast cancer. Our worst nightmares have just came true . . ."

Why do bad things always happen to good people? This seriously breaks my heart. A devoted Mother to 3 (after losing 2) and wife now has to deal with cancer that has spread throughout her whole body. It gives me chills re-reading it. 

All I am asking is that you hug your kids a little tighter, give your significant other a kiss "just because", and never hesitate to tell the ones you love that you love them. 

Feel free to follow along on her journey and show support through the facebook page linked above!

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Non Scale Victories Linkup

Hi Everyone!
It's Thursday - so I am linking up with KTJ Weighing In and Life by Lex for the
 Non-Scale victories Link-up!!

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I have great news! I have finally decided to buy a gym membership! I told my STB (soon to be) Hubby that he needs to come with me. He usually goes to the gym at work during his lunch break, which is great, but I would rather work out with him.
 
We are going to do a 14 day free trail at LA Fitness and either decide on a membership there or switch over to a different gym that is a little closer to our home. They are both less than 15 minutes away so it doesn't really matter which one we go to.
 
To some of you this may not be a big deal. To me it is a HUGE deal. When I am home trying to work out I can think of 13808258029025 things to do other than work out. It's ridiculous. Or my daughter is hanging all over me and wants held while I am rockin' out to Jillian Michaels. She weights well over 20lbs so I have tried to use her as free weights and do some arm curls. As Mama Laughlin said today "I do the best I can with what I have"
 
Actually paying  for a membership will help me be accountable. In today's world - who wants to pay for something that isn't used. If I am paying for a gym membership I am going to use it!
 
Both gyms have childcare. I am skeptical about leaving my daughter there but first impressions mean everything - so I will see how it goes! Have you used Childcare at your gym??
 
 Family means everything to me - we are doing this together for each other!
 
 
Giveaway Info!
Some of my followers are hosting giveaways! All 3 are newer bloggers {just like me} getting their groove on with their own weight loss journeys
 
Tasha @ A Sunshiny Day will be hosting a giveaway as soon as she reaches 25 followers! Go check her out HERE!
 
Lisa @ Simple Kind of Wonderful will be hosting a giveaway as soon as she reaches 10 followers! Go check her out HERE!
 
Kates @ You Betcha Baby is hosting a giveaway with a pair of running socks! Go check her out Here!
 
 
 
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My Liebster Awards & Giveaway Winner

Heyy!

I was nominated for Two Liebster Awards this week! Thanks to Katie over at KTJ Weighing In and Lisa over at Simple Kind of Wonderful for nominating me!
 
The Rules are simple:
The Nominee must list 11 statements about themself
The Nominee must answer the 11 questions the Nominator asked them
The Nominee must nominate 11 others


Since I like to do things differently and I don't have that many followers yet I will answer all of the questions they both asked in one post, then name my nominations
 
This is a great way to let people know more about each other and gain new followers!!


 
11 Things about ME!
  1. I know I talk about it all the time but I have a daughter named Gianna and she is the my everything. I can't imagine my life without her
  2. When I first met my Fiance I actually couldn't stand him... at all! Then we became friends and the rest is history! <3
  3. I have no plans for my wedding yet - I do not want to be a fatty in a wedding dress - Pictures last a L.I.F.E.T.I.M.E ya know
  4. I played softball, slow pitch and fast pitch, until I graduated highschool. I secretly want to join a bar league over the summer
  5. I fall asleep watching 90% of movies. If I'm not interested within the first 30 minutes I will be snoozing zzZZZzz 
  6. I love being a nurse, but I get really annoyed when men with tattoos ALL OVER THEIR BODIES are afraid of a little tiny needle... really?
  7. I say "UM" a lot and half the time I don't even realize it
  8. I think about blog ideas all day, but then when it's time to write it out I get stumped
  9. My favorite all time vacation was the Bahamas in January of 2008 - a group of 14 of us went down and it was literally a shit show the entire week. I never drank so much in my entire life
  10. Speaking of drinks, I can't believe I get tipsy off of one drink these days!
  11. I nursed my daughter for 3 and a half months and then dried up because it was impossible to pump at work. I cried about it for weeks :( damn hormones! plus formula is expensive!
Here are Katie and Lisa's questions for me:
 
From Katie:
  1. Why did you start Blogging? I found Mama Laughlin's blog on Pinterest a while ago and started reading her blog daily. I had heard of people "blogging" but didn't know much about it. I was amazed at all the support total strangers gave each other so I decided to give it a try - and I love it!
  2. What is your dream vacation? Any vacation away from home with my family is amazing, but I would love to go on an Alaskan Cruise one day
  3. If you won a million dollars what is the first thing you would buy? I would buy more tickets! Check out this story HERE, I read it earlier today
  4. What is your favorite meal? Definitely the Chicken Tortillas at The Cheese Cake Factory - they are delicious with a side of black beans and corn cakes and maybe... just maybe the Tiramasu Cheesecake for dessert - talk about an UNhealthy favorite meal!
  5. What is the most adventerous thing you have ever done? hmm.. I can think of a few things X rated (haha)
  6. Who was the first artist/band you ever saw live in concert? Rascal Flatts with Lady Antebellum
  7. If you had to pick a trainer would you pick Bob Harper or Jillian Michaels and why? I like them both but definitely Jillian Michaels... she is bad A.S.S.
  8. What is your favorite clothing store? I definitely don't have a "favorite" - but I like Kohls, JCPenneys and Old Navy
  9. Do you like Broadway musicals, and if so which is your favorite? I have always wanted to go to NYC to see a Broadway Musical - I haven't gotten there yet!
  10. Who inspires you the most? Definitely all my bloggers I follow - you all are AMAZING and REAL which means a lot during my weightloss journey
  11. Do you have a favorite quote, and if so what is it? My A.L.L time favorite quote is from the one and only Marilyn Monroe "I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.” 
From Lisa
  1. What is your dream vacation? answered above - Alaskan Cruise!
  2. What is your biggest pet peeve? People eating with their mouth open .. ugh!
  3. Looking ahead what is your 5 year plan? being my goal weight! :) Officially married with another baby. Possibly start CRNA school
  4. If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Probably my dad's dad. He passed away when my dad was a teen - I would love to meet the man who I hear so much about
  5. What makes you feel like a kid again? I just took my daughter to Chuck E Cheese for the first time and I definitely felt like I was a kid again!
  6. What is your favorite movie? Taken - I recenlty saw Taken 2 and I wasn't as impressed.
  7. What is your Jam? Bump & Grind all the way!
  8. What is your current ringtone? This is funny, my phone is usually on silent or I only get texts but it rang today and it was Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You! haha I still haven't changed it
  9. What inspired you to start blogging? Question answered above!
  10. What is your favorite memory? Giving birth - it was the best painful moment in my life
  11. Who is your celebrity free pass? Channing Tatum - mmmmm need I say more?

My questions for my nominees!
  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. Describe yourself in 5 words
  3. How much time do you spend a day and/or week blogging?
  4. What's your favorite healthy recipe?
  5. What's your favorite kind of ice cream?
  6. What is your all time favorite work out song?
  7. What was your worst job ever?
  8. Name one thing you could never forgive someone for?
  9. Who is your favorite actor / actress?
  10. If you could have any superhero power what would it be?
  11. What is the nicest thing you have ever done for someone?


My Nominees are:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Check them out!!  
     

    "My Favorite Things" Giveaway winner is Lisa from Simple Kind of Wonderful Thanks to everyone for playing along!


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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Satudray Night Out

My giveaway ends tomorrow! Be sure to enter HERE if you haven't already done so!

If you don't already know, I work every weekend. So my "nightlife" isn't what it used to be... at all! As I was working my 7a-7p shift yesterday I was texting my STB Hubby about going out after work because my Mom offered to watch my daughter. We couldn't decide what to do, so we thought we should go out for dinner and then go from there. Bad idea- by the time I got home from work, got showered, got ready, and dropped my daughter off it was already after 9PM. I was TIRED!

We went to Longhorn Steakhouse and I barely ate. I did have ONE drink and felt completely tipsy afterwards!!
Strawberry Margarita!
I have no idea how I used to have $75 + bar tabs when I was younger!?

Anyways, by the time we left there, it was 11:30 and I was ready for bed! So we ended up going home to watch a movie. Needless to say I passed out before the movie even started. How ridiculous!

I got a rude awakening at 2:30AM... Severe abdominal pain! About a year ago I found out I have gallstones and would need my gallbladder removed. I know it's not a huge surgery but I only had flare ups once every few months so I just dealt with it. Well last night this was the 3rd flare up this week! The ONLY way I can relieve the pain it to make myself throw up. It's disgusting- I could NEVER be bulimic. I need to just go get it taken care of... hopefully soon!


Has everyone heard about Beyonce Lip Syncing at Barack Obamas Inauguration? Apparently it was a HUGE deal because it was ALL OVER EVERY NEWS STATION. I don't understand what the big deal is... or is it just me?
This has nothing to do with politics, strictly Beyonce!
 
I have always liked Beyonce, I think she is classy. I loved her even more when she explained why she lip synced when she was at the Super Bowl XLVII press conference. She started out by singing the National Anthem (amazingly of course) and then asked "any questions?" when she finished the song! ha! I love it!

Then proceeded to say:

“I am a perfectionist, and one thing about me: I practice until my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show and a very, very important, emotional show for me, one of my proudest moments. Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration and I wanted to make him and my country proud. So I decided to sing along with my prerecorded track, which is very common in the music industry. I’m very proud of my performance.”
 
I can't wait to see her perform tonight!
 
 
 
My girl Katie (also from Pittsburgh) from KTJ Weighing In Nominated me for a Liebster Award! I can't wait to blog about it!
 
 
Time for a nap before night shift tonight! I'm still pissed the Pittsburgh Steelers aren't in the Superbowl! :-(

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