Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Finally Installment of the Weekends Trilogy....

This past Friday....aaaaaand here we go....

·         Take the girls to meet up with their Dad then drive back into the city….meet up with G…I call him G because he’s Indian and his name is so long and complicated that G is what works.
·         G has a great condo in the West Loop where we watched a movie and then at midnight have the brilliant idea to get food at the White Palace Diner…a Chicago institution…I had a skillet that I practically licked clean (BRILLIANT!!!) and then back to his place for more movies til we passed out. 
·         Head home Saturday morning…stop to load up on Starbucks…come home and fall asleep again til noon…get my lazy self up and clean my house
·         Go the the gym and have a great workout
·         Come home with a text message from sorta ex…the remodel on his kitchen was done and did I want to come over and see it tonight…hmmm…now sorta ex is not a smarmy guy…he’s not inviting me over for more so I text him that I have plans but can come by after….knowing he’s stays up all night…he said that was fine. Get this story on how his kitchen got remodeled...he was walking through Lowe's and ran into the Kitchen Crashers Crew...yep...Kitchen Crashers redid his kitchen...I was with him when he got the call that they choose him...I think this his his way of keeping me included. 
·         Get home and get ready to meet a guy a friend of mine thinks I will like. She’s hosting an open house so off I go….we meet and I think my friend doesn’t know me well LOL. He’s a nice guy but…always a but…and I’m going to sound shallow but so be it…he’s clearly overweight…I don’t mind a few pounds but he's got more than a few pounds going on. As bad as this may sound I’ve noticed that working so hard to get myself in shape if the person I may potentially date isn’t into keeping himself up I’m turned off by it. He’s bald, which again isn't something that bugs me but  it doesn’t look good on him. He’s wearing a flannel shirt…he just looks sloppy…its not a good package. Its shallow to be sure but I'm hoping his personality will win me over. 
·         Meanwhile I’ve made plans to meet up with Laura…and then go see sorta ex’s new kitchen…ugh I need a drink to get through this.
·         So man of my dreams over here is yammering on about how cool the music was in the 90s (hence the flannel, I presume) and how he knew all these grunge bands before they became big…he’s a nice guy but there is NOTHING there…so 3 Stellas later I call it a night…he’s nice and we go our separate ways.
·         I text Laura that I will meet her in a bit…but first “I gotta go do something stupid” I go to sorta ex’s…and as always he’s a sweetheart….the kitchen looks amazing…we drink, we talk but that’s all…no funny business which from him I would expect nothing less. He walks me to my car and we part with a hug.
·         I really shouldn’t drive at this point…yes I KNOW but I did…side streets…its not a good explanation but NO WAY am I spending the night at sorta ex’s
·         I text Laura…don’t hear back from her and I head home
·         A beer hangover is not my friend…so spent the morning in bed watching the Property Brothers…speculating on sorta ex’s new girl…depress myself and then go to gym.
·         Crappy workout but I grit through it…leave to go to Laura’s for dinner
·         I like hanging out with Laura and her mom on Sundays…they are always good fun….til its time to drive out and meet the ex and pick up the girls.

Couple of conclusions I've come to...I can't hang out with sorta ex :) don't get me wrong...adore him still but its too recently removed...I need distance. I don't want to speculate on his life, who this mystery girl is...none of it...I want no part of it.  I also don't wanna jump back into the dating game...Once you've dated a good guy...settling for FUCKTARDS ;) isn't gonna work. So gonna just hang back, take care of me and my girls...get ready for Spring :) I've found a decent friend in Jason...the one in Peoria and Chicago we'll see...all I know is that the Horizon looks good and I'm heading for it one snow boot at a time ;) 

Cocused on my workouts and tracked my food...lost 3lbs...I'm begining to look like a lollipop...if the top we're in the middle ;) my ass and upper thighs are still bigger than I'd like...but I can't lose more weight...I've found where I'm comfortable...much more and I'll begin to resemble the giraffe I was in my late teens...not fun. 

This weekend is already shaping up to be another marathon...I'm babysitting Friday night, Saturday girls scouts booth sale at the local grocery store, all family swim play date and pizza after with Jason and his kids. Sunday gotta go to Grandmas...sigh lol. 

Cheers ladies :) Let me know if there is anything you ever want to hear about comments, criticisms...always welcomed :)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

And then there is the following weekend.....

Weekend #2 

·         Friday night was chill out night with the girls…that entails Pizza and movies…we ended up watching The Mysterious Island which was fun for the whole family…I got to watch the ROCK…YUM and the girls focused on the actual movie.

Emily  not to be outdone by her big the lighting in these pics...Twilight in my neighborhood. 

·         Saturday morning was kinda of nuts….I babysat for a neighbor, her kids are sweethearts but 4 kids altogether…whew…we had fun though…I made so much bacon and sausage my place still smells like it.

·         Saturday afternoon Emily had a playdate with her friend Ellie and Mia and I went to the Snowball dance together…where I was not allowed to shake my hips…apparently this is embarrassing to her but she did like that I showed her how to line dance and we did the Marcarena…for the most part though she ignored me, hung out with her friends…but she would find me every once in a while to make sure I was ok. It was fun...My baby is growing so fast…literally, she’s 10 and already almost 5’5.

Best Date EVER!!! 

·         I go pick up Emily and visit a bit with Ellie’s parents while the girls get “5 more minutes” I gotta tell you, I’ve been so lucky…I live in such a great neighborhood….so many lovely parents and kids…who knew, in Chicago :)

·         Next the girls and I are on the train to Grandmas house. My parents had been bugging me to let the girls spend the night so here it was. They both bring their rolling overnight bags and were likely dreaming of all the junk food Grandma would let them have…WOOHOO.

Mom and Emily on the train to Grandmas

·         Get the girls in my parents car then get back on the train to go back to the city.

·         Get home for a quick change and head over to Brauhaus for dinner with my friend Gina and her friends.  I’m running late but I’m pretty sure they are running later and I was right…made it just as they got there.

·         Do you know what is lite to eat at a German restaurant…NOTHING!!! So I went with the Hackbraten…basically…meatloaf and mashed potatoes, dripping in mushroom gravy…SOOOOO YUMMY…thank goodness Gina helped me eat the gravy but I ENHALED this meal…I almost licked the plate.

·         Even better they had this drink called Brauhaus Breeze and lemme tell ya…it was breezy….after two of these I was feeling all kindas o fine

·         After we headed to show called the Blackout diaries…comedians get up and tell their most hilarious drunken stories. During the show they had a Malort tasting…ladies do you know what Malort is? Likely no cause y’all got class…unlike me…LOL. Last summer I go to ex sorta boyfriends house and he and his roommates are already having a good time when I got there. His one roommate immediately starts to bug me that I have to try this shot. We are going to go jet skiing on Lake Michigan so HELLZ YEAH I’ll do a shot…OMG!!! at first its fruity as it goes down but then it turns into gasoline mixed with OFF bug spray…its HORRIBLE. I’m watching these folks at the show like lambs to the slaughter. I couldn’t help myself…I knew Ex Sorta BF was working so I texted him “You will not believe this but I’m at a Malort tasting” that was it…the texts start flying back and forth between us and I am howling. Now I hadn’t spoken to him since the break up but I’m trying to be cool and I think I  was…I did check the messages after I sobered up and they were fine. nooooo lie!!!! 

·         Ok so the comedians are up there and this one guy is doing his skit and he’s got a video of his drunken episode. Now he’s wearing this very plaid stand out shirt…he runs the video and guess what…he’s wearing the shirt in the video…I couldn’t hold back and I yell out “HEY THAT’S THE SAME SHIRT!!” the whole place bursts out in laughter and my friend Gina says to me “OMG you just made this whole set soooo much better”

·         The show ends and one of the comedians comes up and starts talking to us…His name was Mike but Gina kept calling him Steve so he became Mike/Steve. I’m chatting with Mike and he tells me he wants to meet Gina so I introduce them…NOTHING…she couldn’t have been less interested…oh well…he still hangs out with us.

·         We go to the bar across the street and hang out with the show cast…great time but I’m reaching my drink/hang out limit…not to mention Mike/Steve is now hitting on me…YIKES!!! Told him you don’t go for my friend and then me when you strike out…then he starts with how it was me all along….EYES ROLLING…time to go home.

·         Meanwhile sorta ex is texting…sigh…grr…heart LOL. We had a lovely conversation as I passed out. Important thing he sent the last text...somehow it makes me feel better.I know I'm fooling myself that I'm OVER him...I'm not...I'm not crying or pining or anything like that...I think I'm just still mourning something I've lost and it still kinda sucks. 

·         Sunday funday brunch I help to make an assload of bacon and pancakes…nice to see everyone, especially my friend Shauna who was in from Vegas.

·         Leave brunch early and go pick up the girls at my parents. Run errands for my parents and watch part of the Oscars at their house before heading home. 

You know as I write this stuff I'm stunned I do so much...and then I wonder...why do I feel so burned out LOL....Meanwhile I haven't worked out AT between the eating and the drinking...I put on 4lbs...BLEH!!! still under my goal weight but not happy. I have to get back in the swing of things...I mean one week off and 4lbs is not a big deal...but I'm deathly afraid that 4lbs will soon become 20lbs. Well I'll  get back to that soon...right?!?! Stay tuned!!! 

Monday, March 4, 2013

My weekends are made of this….

Im telling ya…I try to cram a lot of life into my lazy weekends and lately its been no exception…so here are some highlights of my last few crazy weekends:

·         Drove my girls down to Peoria to their Dad’s house…he lives just outside of Peoria. I wasn’t looking forward to driving 3 hours out there and then turning around and driving back so a friend of mine Jason suggested we go out to dinner. As luck would have it I meet him on Halloween…who knew anyone would like that Wonder Woman costume…and he happens to live in Peoria. So drop the girls at their Dads…I’m wearing sweats and I have to be in Peoria in 30mins…so I ask my ex if I can use his bathroom to get ready. He looks at me kinda oddly and says sure and then jokes “Whats up? Got a big date?” to which I retort “Do you really wanna know, cause I’ll tell you” that shut him up and I used his bathroom. As I was leaving the girls mentioned how nice I looked and my ex goes “Have fun” and I look at him and said “I WILL” and smiled. Like I said he and I have a good relationship but these moments are priceless LOL.
·         Met Jason at seafood restuarant then we went to a very cool martini bar in a convert train dept…we proceeded to have many, many martinis and a lot of fun.
Monkey Business Martini...EXCELLENT!!!

·         Next day I hit the mall in Peoria and dropped $500 at Victoria’s Secret, Macy’s and Maurices…not a usual thing for me so its worth mentioning.
·         Drive into Chicago during the Autoshow…SUCKING!!!
·         Get home and get ready to go to my girl Bernadette’s house for her nephew’s birthday party. I love her house and her large and loud Puerto Rican family…its like my loud Cuban family J
·         Come back home and get ready to go out with Jason…different Jason…told you this was fun. Ok so this other Jason I met recently through a friend. Fun guy a bit confused…newly divorced. We had a great time but have decided to remain friends…however I’ll keep you posted on that one.
·         Sunday…meet up with G for breakfast…guy friend…nothing more at least not these days. Then meet Liam for lunch…bad move…Liam is on the hunt for….yeah that!!! Love him cause he’s a sweet guy but NO!!! He’s 30 going on 18…luckily though his cousin was home so he behaved himself…whew.
·         Wrapped it up with Dinner at my friend Laura’s catching up and then out to meet the ex for drop off

I’m exhausted ;) but wait there is more…..

You'll have to wait til tomorrow though cause these get crazy long with insanity...but thought I'd show you the new ride....
Loving this car!!! 
Before this weekend started I was 5 lbs under my goal weight so...stay tuned on how this went...after :)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Wonder Woman Resurrected!!!

 Hello my fellow warrior goddesses!!…this is Wonder Woman Resurrected ;) I told you I’d be back in 2013 and here I am…HOLLA J

Was in a bit of a predicament at the end of last year. Started looking over my blog and wondering well…what kinda of blog is this…am I talking about losing weight, am I talking about my journey in the life of a single mom, am I talking about dating….what is my theme…and I’ve decided its gonna be about me warts and all J Most of us live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with images of perfection…in magazines, movies, TV, the Internet, our friends lives on Facebook…lol. Come on you KNOW you look at their pictures and their posts and think “OMG they have it soooo together…I SUCK!!!” I often feel this way…especially when I look at my friend Janet’s page LMAO!!! Nah she’s so great I can’t even be annoyed by that J she deserves all her awesomeness and I can say with all honesty she really is all that…BEEOTCH!!! J

My life resembles the road of most resistance…The DO THIS, NOT THAT (insert my pic here) I don’t know why but if there is a hard way, I’m gonna take it…maybe I need the thrill or the agony of defeat…maybe I’m so non-drama that this provides me with drama…don’t know but others find my stories and my life choices (cough…ex husband cough ;) ) amusing. Now I am sticking to my pledge not to diss my ex…I said the choice was amusing…not tragic J and I’m going to stick with it…not that he won’t make an appearance cause his stories, where I’m involved, are funny J so we’ll go with humor for others and the juggler for me ;)

So whats been up with me…well I broke up with sorta boyfriend…sigh. We broke up at the end of last month. I’ve known for a while now that things between us while fun were not progressing…after a year its time to fish or cut bait…he decided to cut bait…hey if not him it would have been me eventually. He met someone that he wanted to date and rather than string me along he came out and told me….I HEART THAT GUY!!! Seriously the sweetest guy I’ve ever meet. He’s not overly romantic or very expressive but he has a great heart. He’s probably the only guy that I ever broke up with holding hands J that seems weird but there was a realization for both of us, in that moment, that something great was ending and it sucks. Now I know what you maybe thinking “Liz, get your head out of the clouds…he was playing you” but you’d need to know him to know he wouldn’t do that. I know a player, a manipulator, a bad guy…when I see one…or at least I figure it out pretty quickly…NOW J Why did it end…ah the million dollar question…yeah there was the girl he met…but that’s not why…I’m going to wax poetic here and say we were two ships passing on different journeys…WTF Liz, reeeeally? J but its true. We met at the right time and got what we needed from each other at the right time. I needed a sweet guy who was fun and wouldn’t pressure me for more of a relationship than I was ready for. He needed a girl to understand his insane work schedule and just get him…he’s a bit quirky to where others would be annoyed, I’d find adorable J He also needed some fun…and that’s what we had a lot of…FUN. Its over now and I joke that I can’t be angry with him and I’m not…ass, couldn’t even give me my ANGER LOL. There is a funny story coming up about him in my next entry that will tie this up J but still heart him.

What else…hit my goal weight,  smashed it…then gained 4lbs tan, tan, TAAAAAAN!! So I’m above my goal by a 1bs. I’m on the 4th week of my maintenance program with Weight Watchers and this weekend didn’t help me at all J I blame it on the sucky Chicago weather, my lack of working out last week and shoving everything I can into my pie hole…it’s the Trifecta of Weight gain. So what am I gonna do about it….get back to working out and eating sensibly and writing it down…grumble, grumble J I’ve been doing Weight Watchers for a year and a half…you’d think by now I’d get “Hey Liz, you need to write down what you eat” but NOOOOO I think I’m smarter than that or just lazy…nothing worse than a lazy, smart person…that’s worse than a vibrator without batteries (so I’m told ;) ) IT DON’T GET DA JOB DONE!!! I’m sitting here trying to enter everything I ate this weekend…and I’m afraid the weight watchers website is going to virtually smack me J or a cow embedded app will start to MOO MOOO.

Brought a new car J my old car, a 2003 Chevy Impala, is now at my parents house…my father is performing life saving surgery on it to keep her going a few more years J. In other words, he’s changing the oil and the spark plugs…might as well be surgery as far as I’m concern…I don’t get how to do either one.  That car is a TANK!!! 190 thousand miles of HELLZ YEAH!!! J I think it is now going to be either my parent’s second car or the family spare car (everyone in my family seems to always have car issues and no spare J ) or they are going to give it to my basement boy brother (I’d rather they take her out and shoot her…it would be more merciful J ) or somehow my nephew…whose 22 years old, has a job but never any money…will talk my parents into giving it to him. My family, whom I adore, has issues Y’all and no one has any money J so now it’s a death match for a car with a 190k miles on it…rolling my eyes. The fun part is I still hold the title to it…which I will likely sign over to my father but I may hang on to it just long enough to torture all of them with it…if for nothing else but to amuse myself….ah life in a tight knit Cuban family!! J

My new car!!! Is a 2013 Jeep Compass…I spent a year researching what I was going to do…and in typical Liz fashion…at the last minute changed my mind and went a totally different direction. I was going to buy a slightly used Kia Sportage. I wanted a mini SUV, that didn’t look like a mom car, got good mileage and wouldn’t cost a fortune…and that is what I ultimately got. Of course this is what happens when you try to buy a used Kia at a Jeep dealer…the old BAIT AND SWITCH J still though I got a great deal and I’m very happy with it. My guy friends all want to know how I did with the deal…Ummm, whats it to you? I got what I wanted and I’m happy with it…if its to poo poo my negotiation skills or to tell me how much better they could have done…to them I say…F*CK OFF J I’m thrilled, the girls are thrilled…and there you have it.

My girls are FABULOUS!!! They put all my insanity into perspective and own my heart...that being'll see there funny stories here too :)

Ok, not bad for a first entry….tomorrow I will regale you with stories from last and this weekend…be ready to take a deep breath and dive into my madness.