Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Not the biggest loser, again...

Well, I guess I've proven that having at least four cheat days in a week does not bode well for the waist line.

As you'll see from the results, my line is going in the wrong direction while everyone else's is heading the right way.

Oh well, my excuse is that I'm skinnier than those other two bi-otches, so weight loss doesn't come as easily. Sushi, a super soft taco, wine, jell-o shots and five mini cream cheese pastries have nothing to do with this week's results, I'm sure.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

I Love Splurge Club

During the summer, I decided to try starting a Splurge Club. My original e-mail, sent to about six or seven girls, said we'd start it up once we had 8 or 10 women who wanted to join in on the fun. Well, it took about 48 hours before we had 20 girls who wanted to join. Apparently female companionship is seriously lacking around here.

It's been a long time in the making, but Friday marked our first get together. We had 15 women show up and three others who sent in their cash. This made the pot a total of $360, which we later decided to split between two winners so it didn't take so long for some girls to win. The lucky winners were Kelsey and Kristen, which was perfect since Kelsey needed some cash for work clothes and Kristen will be en route to NYC on Friday!

Because many of the girls didn't know one another, we decided to play a bit of an ice breaker. Everyone grabbed their purses, sat in a circle and had to pull out one item and tell the rest of the group why it was in there, or what it meant to them, etc.

You have no idea some of the things that chicks have rolling around in their purses! At first, everyone was like "I have nothing in my purse"...that is, until they started digging. We had someone with a barbecue-lighter-sized lighter which resembled a match stick, a tent card with the said girl's name on it that'd been in her purse for over a month, a wine cork, lipgloss and matching mirror designed for a key chain, a cork screw and socks. There were several other hilarious things (including an out-of-province, and therefore uncashable, winning scratch ticket), but the jell-o shots and wine have erased my memory.

Once splurge club had ended and the chickies were good and liquored, Kels and I went to bed and left the clean-up for the morning. Saturday meant we spent about five and a half hours shopping. I had no idea it was possible to spend that much time shopping in Fort McMurray, but we did it. Both Kels and I ended up with pretty good hauls. You can check out her post to see the amount of stuff she got with her bucks.

Next month's Splurge Club takes place at Chez Lanette&Kelsey on Halloween! Apparently the plan is to start here with drinks, pick a winner and then crash some big party that's already been planned.

The rest of the weekend has consisted of movie watching, lazing about and room cleaning. Thank goodness this week's a short one (have I mentioned I heart PTOs?), because I can hardly handle the five-day work weeks. Haha.

Adios amigos.

PS - Per Kelsey's post, my four+ cheat days this week have definitely ruined my chances for coming out on top during Tuesday's Biggest Loser weigh in.

My first sushi boat experience

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Biggest Loser Results - Week 1

Today marks the end of week number one of the Kelsey, Lanette, Brody Biggest Loser competition.
Kelsey is leading the way with 2.35 percent of total body weight lost, but as you can see, all three trend lines are pointed in the right direction!
We're off to swimming....ttyl!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Bye bye cook, bye bye maid

This past week has been a bit sad for me. I officially lost my maid and my cook when my sister managed to land a job here in Fort McMurray. It took less than a week for her to become an office b*tch who gets paid pretty good money and gets a housing allowance. Upon hearing this, I began to ponder why I spent five years in school.....but that's a whole other story...and I'm not actually complaining, I have a pretty great job.

This weekend we've watched movies (Kelsey forced me into watching various seasons of The Office, promising I would become addicted, and I, in turn, chose a selection which received accolades at the Cannes Film Festival) and we've tried to stick to a healthy eating regime. I've had Kelsey going to AquaFit (Thursday) and playing squash. Yesterday she stammered: "this is the most vigorous activity I've done in a while....or ever."

I have one other funny Kelsey quote. We were discussing a particular wedding of an Enderby native who is a bit hippiesh. I'm looking at the photos and saying: Why are they all wearing scarves? Kelsey pipes up with her educated explanation: "Because! They're all a bunch of teapots". Now, this may not seem as funny to you as it is to me, but let me tell you, it was pretty hilarious at the time.

In other news, Brodie is going to head up to Fort McMurray for Thanksgiving and my birthday (side note: it's October 11 for those of you who are planning to send gifts). This will be fun - Kelsey and I are planning to prepare a lovely Thanksgiving dinner, complete with all the fixings.

We're heading out to squash now, so I"ll leave you with this nice pic of Kels, blowing up her super fancy air bed (which is essentially two air beds in one and takes up about 90 percent of the floor space in her room).

Ciao bellas.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Racking up the air miles

It seems like I've spent more of my time in airplanes and airports lately than I have at home or at work. At the end of August I flew to and from PEI with Brodie. Then, I spent a few days in Calgary before flying home to Fort McMurray. Three days later I was off to B.C. for a long awaited golf trip with some of my former co-workers and then I was back on a plane to Fort McMurray on Monday.

The last few weeks have been great, though. We saw lots of Brodie's family in PEI and spent lots of time playing cards, which I loved. The return to Calgary was less than fantastic since I had to spend the entire weekend moving Brodie from his place in the S.W. to his new rental place in the N.W. BUT, something great did come out of my time in Calgary: a new house! Brodie and I purchased a nice 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house in NW Calgary (close to Brodie's work and close to the new c-train station that should be operational by the end of the year). We fell in love with it and after seeing several less-than-stellar homes, we were ready to make an offer. We spent some time negotiating back and forth last Monday, but finally secured the house for a price we were happy with. Apparently it was a different story for the sellers. I guess they weren't too impressed with their realtor.

Anyhow, just a few days later, it was time for my trip back home to B.C. Our golf trip to the sunny south Okanagan was amazing. We couldn't have ordered weather like we had if we'd special-ordered it. The sun was shining and the clouds were non-existent. We played nine holes on Friday morning, 36 on Saturday and 18 on Sunday. Judy and I were the only ones to play 36, but with a course as beautiful as Nk'mip and the weather like it was, neither of us could pass up the opportunity.

Now, I'm back in FOrt McMurray and adjusting to life with my sis. So far, so good. Because she's unemployed, it's like having a maid. Supper is cooked when I get home and the house is in great shape. I wish I could pay her to stay unemployed. Unfortunately, I can't meet her demands.

Well, it's past my bedtime, so I better hit the sack. We've purchased Kelsey an air bed (the ULTIMATE air bed), so we are no longer drawing a line down the middle of my bed.

Ciao bellas.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

PEI 2008

Originally uploaded by Lanette14
We're back from our trip to the east coast and can't wait to go back again. More details to come soon...for now, Brodie and I are occupying our time with the purchase of a new home in Calgary. Details to follow.