Thursday, October 6, 2011

Seven Wonders of the World

If someone asked me to list the Seven Wonders of the World, I don't think I could do it. I know The Great Pyramid is one . . . but after that . . .?

Well, the other day, I was in the middle of my Thursday Taxi Service. On Tuesdays, I start driving the kids to their various activities at 3:15 p.m. and don't get done until 8:30 p.m. Just when I was starting to feel a bit frazzled, Ian, who was sitting beside me in the front passenger seat asked, "Mom, do you know what one of the Seven Wonders of the World should be?"

I think I probably responded, "What, Ian?!" through gritted teeth.

He answered very sweetly, "Moms."

OK. Being a mom. Totally worth it!

October 6, 2011

This picture is for all of my family members in California, Arizona, Texas, Indiana, Oklahoma and Ohio. We love you! Don't you want to come visit?!

Food News

I had a thorough food allergy blood test done a couple of weeks ago to see why my body is such a wreck. My results are back. I am now not only a "Silly Yak", but am allergic to the following foods as well:

Oranges, white rice, corn sugar, corn syrup, turkey, alfalfa, and cayenne pepper!

Let me tell you what this means for me:

1) For breakfast everyday I eat Cinnamon Chex. It is made with white rice. I can no longer eat breakfast!
2) For lunch everyday I eat a turkey sandwich on gluten free bread. I am allergic to both the turkey and the bread which is made with white rice. I can no longer eat lunch.
3) For a snack, I love to have Cool Ranch Doritos. They have corn syrup solids in them. I can no longer have a snack.
4) For dinner most days, I have chicken over white rice. I can no longer eat the rice.
5) For dessert, I love to have a Snickers bar. Gluten free. I looked at the package yesterday. Snickers contain corn syrup. I can no longer have dessert.
6) The worst news of all, I can no longer sprinkle cayenne pepper over my food. (that was a joke!)

Basically, my life, as I know it, is over. For six months I have to rid my diet of all of the "allergy" foods. Hopefully, my face will clear up, my immune system will get stronger, and my potty problems will be a thing of the past. Only problem . . . I have NO IDEA what I am going to eat. Here's what my eating plan is for today:

This morning I had cheesy eggs for breakfast. I was gagging. I hate eggs.
I have an exciting lunch planned. Apples dipped in peanut butter and a protein shake.
I have an even more exciting dinner planned. Ham and cheese wrapped in lettuce.
This is going to be fun!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

St. George Marathon 2011

Rode up on the bus at 4:45 a.m. We were all wide awake anticipating the wonderful 26.2 miles which lay ahead of us.

Jill and I each set a world record for stop, drop, and wipe at Mile #17. We were lucky and didn't get kicked off the course for indecent exposure. I think I yelled, "Go, go, go!" while my pants were down. Not sure who I was talking to! Is there a closer way to bond as friends?! You are awesome, Jill!

It was so fun running with Christina! She had the best GU for the race: peanut M&Ms. I'm totally copying her next time!

2 of the original "Angels"! I am so lucky to have Marisa as a friend!

Me and my #1 Fan: My Dad! He drove me all the way home after the race. It was so fun spending the weekend with him in St. George!

I decided to try something new after the race: eat a bag of Kettle Cooked Potato Chips. Totally calmed my stomach. Delivered to me by my dad!

When I saw my dad at the finish line he said, "Vanessa, you just got your PR!" This is me saying, "Who me?!" I was shocked! 3:25:10.