Sunday, March 15, 2015

Weight Watchers Cereal Review

A few weeks ago I received an email from BzzAgent asking if I would be interested in reviewing the new Weight Watchers Cereal. Who doesn't like cereal? I said, sign me up!

I received a box of the Frosted Shredded Wheat and the Oat Clusters with Cherries and Almonds. I received both of these for free along with some coupons to share but all opinions are my own.

I give both of these a big thumbs down. Weight Watchers has been trying for years to produce "healthy" foods that people can use on their weight loss journey. Weight Watchers advertises that for only 3pp these cereals fit into a healthy diet. 

I'm going to leave my opinion about Weight Watchers off this post, I'll just talk about the cereal.

When I opened the box of Oat Cluster Cereal, my initial thought was, "Damn this is sweet". Then I looked at the ingredients and saw why.


Corn, whole grain wheat, sugar, cherries(cherries, sugar, glycerin), whole grained oats, almonds,corn syrup, contains 2% or less of salt, malt extract, molasses, cinnamon, honey, natural and artificial flavor, baking soda, caramel color, bht(to preserve freshness). Vitamins and minerals: vitamin b1(thiamine mono nitrate), vitamin b2(riboflavin) niacin, vitamin b6, folic acid, vitamin b12, vitamin a, palmitate, vitamin c, vitamin d, reduced iron, zinc
Corn syrup, molasses and honey. When it comes to weight loss, maybe not having 3 different sweeteners is a good idea? Maybe that's just me. I was really disappointed in the number of junk ingredients listed. Ugh. I'm not a fan of eating high fructose corn syrup at all. All the GMOs and junk in our food is what's making us fat

After my first handful. I didn't try it again.

As for the Frosted Shredded Wheat with Protein, guess what the added protein is, soy. Yep, soy, so that cereal was a no go for me. Kev tried it and he was unimpressed. 

Sorry folks, I can't stand behind any of these products. Want a good cereal, go to Whole Foods and find something with less junk.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Raleigh Comic Con and Pondering

Does anyone else have a month that really, really sucks? As in, there was some sort of horrible loss(es) during the month and each year you just want to make through the month unscathed? That's what March is like for us. Please Lord, let us just make it out of March alive. Anywho, March started on Sunday and so far so good! Three days in but I don't want to jinx it.

OK, I have a few things to confess, well they aren't really confessions, more like things to ponder.

I started the Whole last week and so far so good! I decided to join a first timer group on Facebook and for the most part, it's been really interesting and helpful. But there have been some posts and comments that have just boggled my mind. I mean really, if someone chooses to not follow the program, chill out, but instead they're throwing fits on-line.

I posted this picture of Trader Joe's plantain chips to see if the oil was compliant. It wasn't and someone went on a tangent about "people" looking for a substitute for chips and anything chip-like wasn't acceptable.... First of all child, slow your roll and get away from the computer, If a question about a chip triggers that kind of response, you've got some issues. #LetItGo

I do have 2 other cats and they're both neurotic. You know how people have cats and sometimes cats have people? I am Godiva's person. Ever since we got her as a kitten, I was her person. I promise that if you come to my house, the cat will be about 5 feet from me at all times. No lie. You could also pet her for hours and hours and hours and she would be absolutely fine. She's also still pulling all the hair off her backside. I think the cone of shame is in her future again, Or kitty Prozac.

I had a great idea to put a cat sweater on her to keep her from eating her but fur, If she had a sweater or pants to cover the areas she won't leave alone, it would solve my problem. I can make this happen. #CatPants

My freshman year of college I went to a small all-women's college in Virginia, Sweet Briar College. The other day, the College announced that after 114 years, they would be closing their doors and the this year's would be the last class to graduate. I'm really bummed to hear that, even though I left after a year and ran away to Pitt, it was a great school and I have so many fond memories of that year. It's really unfortunate that after such a long and rich history, they were unable to keep the school going, It really stinks. #RIPSweetBriar

The last few days Kev has been watching Colombo on Netflix. I'm a little young to get Colombo but he really likes it. Here's the thing, I had NO idea how long those dang episodes were. Really, each episode is mini series length. The other day, I called him when I left the gym and he just started an episode. I drove to Whole Foods, shopped, ran into a friend, chatted, came home, took a bath, made dinner, ate it and Colombo STILL hadn't solved the dang case. It was like 3 hours later. #DangColombo

This month Raleigh is hosting it's first Comic Con. I'm not a sci-fi person by any stretch of the imagination but we're definitely going, WHY???

Because David Tennant!!! OMG YEEEESSSS!!!! Seriously, Doctor Who is the only sci-fi thing I give 2 shakes about and 10 was the BEST. Kev is totally down to go as well because you know who else is coming??

Shatner.YES SHATNER is coming too, Kev is a huge Trek fan and loves him some Shatner, Yes, we are going and will totally push anyone who gets in the way of our respective fangirling. I never though I would be excited about going to Comic Con...

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Can we rewind the weekend?

Unfortunately that's not a good thing, I'd like to rewind the weekend, start over and skip it entirely.

Last week was just a complete and utter mess. Two snow days during the last week of the month is the last thing a Sales Manager wants to see. We left early on Tuesday, normal time on Weds, late open on Thursday and I couldn't get out of my driveway. Friday was normal but it was still Friday when most of them had been off the day before. Oy. 

I started off the weekend with a trip to the gym, I'm currently on a 5 day streak of weights/cardio, yay me. I was also involved in many a conversations about that damn dress. It was only ever white and gold for me.

I'm a horrible person, but for me, there is nothing funnier than a Stevie Wonder joke. I think it was all of those "Truly Tasteless" Joke Books I read as a kid.  

After the gym we just chilled and watched some Netflix and went to bed. Friday morning when I went to feed the cats, I noticed that Titus seemed a little lethargic but didn't think anything of it. He was always cranky and thought he was just being his fat self. When we work up Saturday morning we discovered that he's passed away overnight. You were such a jerk but we loved you a lot. RIP T-man. I wrote a tribute to him here.

We were pretty bummed the rest of the weekend. Saturday morning, Kev took Titus to the vet so they could take care of him, I'd have liked to have buried him under the blueberry bush but the ground was frozen and covered with snow. 

After he got back I headed to the gym to take my mind off Titus.When I got back, our friend had dropped off her two dogs for us to watch for the weekend. 

For the next two days, this was what I saw every time I took a bite of food.

Raine would be the best diet companion, you'd get tired of her staring at you every time you ate and eventually you'd stop eating all together. lol

I got home, Kev went to play racquetball and I got my nails done. I even went to a buy one, get two pair free, shoe sale and walked away empty handed. I couldn't even buy shoes.

Since we were really bummed out, we thought a nice dinner out would be a nice thing, I'm doing Whole 30 and thought that a steakhouse would be the best bet. Hey, you can't go wrong with steak and some steamed veggies. We'd looked on Open Table for an open reservation and found one at Jimmy V's Steakhouse in Cary. 

Don't go there! We had one of the absolute worst meals and restaurant experiences there. I think this is hands down, one of our top three worst. I won't go onto much detail, you can read my Yelp review here. In a nutshell, my steak was horribly overcooked and the manager argued with me that it wasn't. Absolutely got into it with me in the middle of the restaurant. Triangle peeps, there are at least 5 better steakhouses in the area, do yourselves a favor and go somewhere else. 

Sunday morning we woke up to another winter wonderland, Freezing rain and ice covered everything, the trees, the cars, the stairs, the driveway... Awesome. Fun fact, my Jetta is sooooo much better in the snow than Kev's CR-V. I can power though the sludge in the cul du sac and get up our driveway. Kev is just stuck at the bottom of the hill. I attribute new tires and the elusive 5th cylinder. Love me some German engineering.

Church was cancelled for Kev and I got to work prepping Whole 30 food for the week.

I had a spaghetti squash that had been sitting in my pantry for at least two months. (DO THEY EVER GO BAD?!?!). cooked that, some purple sweet potatoes, ground turkey and I turned a head of cauliflower into "cauliflower rice". I'm going to pretend that it is. I put a good bit of ghee in there, which is Whole30 compliant and adds the taste of buttery goodness.

I made a "Pizza" casserole with the squash, ground turkey, compliant marinara sauce, onions, 2 eggs and nutritional yeast.

I'm eating some now and it's not bad, It needs a little more flavor though, I think ground beef or sausage would be a little more flavorful, I'm still going to eat it though. :) 

Another day at the gym, food prep, a trip to Trader Joe's and doing laundry. Really exciting, right?

Sorry to be a downer, I'm usually full of a little more sunshine. Hopefully this will be a better week.

BTW, Happy Birthday to my little Brother! Have an awesome day!!

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Best Worst Cat Ever

Saturday morning we woke up to find that our cranky old man had passed away in the middle of the night. Titus was our first cat, an enormous pain in the ass and had more personality than any animal I've ever met.

In the spring of 2007 Kev and I decided to get a cat. We'd both had cats growing up and thought that it would be a good idea. I was a proponent of going to the animal shelter and Kev wanted craigslist. Because cats are free there.... FYI, free cats aren't really free. 

He found a lady who'd rescued a stray who they estimated to be about 6 months old. She said his name was Elmo and couldn't keep him. We took one look at the cranky kitten with the crooked tail and knew that 1. He was coming home with us and 2. He needed a new name. We thought about Rocky (because I fricking love Rocky) but decided that he needed a warrior's name. Titus it was.

I always swore that Titus was once a man, reincarnated into a cat. I figured he wasn't that nice of a person in his previous life and got stuck as a cat to redeem himself. I'm not sure he did though, lol,

Titus always did what he wanted, when he wanted, everyone else be damned. When we were still at our old house, we were interviewing someone from Merry Maids to potentially clean the house. Titus walked by and she said. "Oh, I didn't realize you had a cat, I didn't smell anything. I'm really allergic". The minute she said allergic, he stopped, turned around, jumped up on the table and started rubbing on her. That cat was NEVER a lover, he could take or leave most people. I know in my soul that he heard her say she was allergic and went over on purpose. We just apologized and explained that he was a terrible jerk.

We eventually got 2 more cats and the dog and Titus could have taken or left all of them. He probably would have been happiest as an only kitty. 

He really wasn't a fan when we got Cleo and he started spraying all over the house. It was tough but we decided the only way to keep him was to transition him into an outside kitty, which we did got 6 months. Until the neighbors complained that he was terrorizing their cats. Sigh... So once again we worked on transitioning him into a 100% indoor kitty, which he'd never been. Needless to say, he wasn't a fan. 

I used to say that owning Titus was like having Stockholm Syndrome. He tormented you and held you captive but you still loved him.

He was absolutely fine until the very end. He was fat, ate a ton, used the litter box, jumped on laps, everything. Last Weds we caught him peeing on the door and we stuck him in the garage for a few days. He had a heated bed, down blanket and space heater in there, and I was sure he'd be warm enough. Friday morning I went to feed him and he was just laying on the cat bed. He looked a little lethargic but not sick. Friday night I mentioned to Kev that we should check on him and we didn't. I don't know if we would have been able to help or caught what was wrong in time but when we went into the garage on Saturday morning and saw that he'd passed away.

I always thought he'd outlive all of us. He'd be 35 years old and still wrecking havoc in the kitty nursing home. I thought that when he went he'd be found surrounded by empty bottles of booze, hookers and blow, or the cat equivalent.

Rest in Peace buddy, living with you was always an adventure. No matter how many cats we have in the future, there will never be another one like you. I hope you have lots of things to pee on and people to piss off in kitty heaven. We'll miss you T-man.
Friday, February 27, 2015

Whole 30 and cr2f Prints

I'M TIRED OF BEING COLD! I get it, I'm not in the Northeast and the 6 inches of snow is just moderately inconvenient but really, winter, really? I'm just not equipped to handle the winter anymore. I don't have any super warm clothes and most of my sweatshirts are from college. Including the one I'm currently wearing and that was a long ass time ago.

There's a driveway under there.

To say I've been lacking in the motivation department would be an understatement. I've been buried in all sorts of work and the gym and good eating has really fallen by the wayside.

We even have this super awesome weight thing at the house, have I ever used it? Nope, no idea how, Funny story, it was in the house when we came to look at it. The previous owners had moved everything out except that. AND they moved out over a year before. Well, Kev decided he wanted it and we asked for it to convey. The owners protested and Kev kept pushing, Yea, we took their weight equipment. It would be better if we actually used it, 

Well, there aren't that many weeks to go until we get on a plane and head overseas and I'll be dammed if I'm going to look like a pudgy American. 

Instead I'm taking a 2 prong approach. I reached out to @loseitconkatie about one of her exercise programs. If you don't follow her on Instagram, you totally should. She's amazing. I'm 2 days in and OMG are my abs and shoulders sore, It's a good burn. I've committed to that for 30 days and I'm also starting the Whole 30 program.

Between the workouts and food, I'll be damned if I don't lose some weight and inches.

Of course I'm the one who starts the Whole 30 in the middle of a snowstorm. I though I would use my spiralizer to make sweet potato chips.

30 minutes later, burned to a crisp.

At least I did have the presence of mind to cook up some chicken and sweet potatoes last night. I think easy food is going to be the key. As long as I have easy protein sources to grab, I'll be fine, (hopefully) No bread, booze or refined treats.

There's going to be a lot more of this in my future.

I have to tell you about one of my favorite things. Since I won't be drinking delicious booze or driving into a jar of nut butter over the next 30 days, I might as well look at something pretty.

About a year ago, my friend Carrie started up an Etsy shop where she makes and sells super awesome prints. She's also a super talented photographer who did my profile picture. 

I really love the state ones. It's a great way to commemorate your hometown, where you and your Sig-O met, a honeymoon or even a favorite vacation. Carrie, I need one for our trip to Germany and France. :)

She's already made 2 for me and I love them so much, Both are KD related and this one is for the chapter I was initiated at.

This one is for my time as CAB Chair at NC State.

I could talk all day about how you should have her make you one but the real reason why I'm sharing is because she just added a new line of metallic prints! You all know I love me something shiny and I'm in love with her new designs.

She asked me if there was a certain phrase or song lyric that was special to Kevin and I. Unfortunately no, because we suck at things like that. A few months ago it took us 3 days to remember what song we first danced to at our wedding, Worst case scenario we were going to ask our moms, because they would know... It was Babe by Styx.

Well, we don't have a song but Kev had a great line that I feel needs to be immortalized...

I could keep her shop in business just with Kev's quotes.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Oh look, another snowy day here in NC. Monday afternoon I checked the weather forecast and it called for snow on Tuesday afternoon, but only for an hour. Tuesday I woke up to a winter wonderland and it snowed all. fricking. day.

Our CEO was in town which meant no early dismissal but it also means that Sales people are too pre-occupied with what's happening outside to make sales. Grrr.

The good news is that during our drive back from the mountains I had plenty of time to think about blog posts and  most importantly, confessions.

The weekend before last was the annual Krispy Kreme challenge here in Raleigh. You run 2.5 miles, eat a dozen donuts and run back. That's the competitive version. If you just want to run it, you can go down, eat as many donuts as you want, and run back. Every year I have a bunch of friends do this race and there is no way in hell I would ever. ever. do it. Why? Because I'm not that fast of a runner. I'll get down to the donuts and by then most of the people will have already gotten down, eaten their donuts, and started the run back. You know what that means? Nothing but vomit. I think the run back will be flanked on both sides with people vomiting along the side of the road. Both of my interns ran it and yes, it was happening everywhere. #NoWayNoChance

I have to park in the same area of a parking lot depending on the store. For Target I always park along the side of the store, Whole Foods is the middle row, at the mall, it's only by the entrance near H&M. When Kev drives, he parks in different places and it makes me crazy.

When we take road trips I constantly think about the people who live in those tiny towns. What do they do for a living, where do they shop? I really can't stop thinking about it. On our way to the casino, there was nothing. Absolutely nothing. Why isn't there a grocery store along the way? It makes absolutely no sense to me. Kev explains that most people in the US don't live in cities, but they have to have a place to shop dangit! #NothingForMilesAndMiles

I also can't stop thinking about what I would do if I lived in the mountains in the boonies with nothing around. All I could come up with was that I would stand on my porch, holding a warm mug of beverage in both hands, inhaling deeply. I would also shop online, a lot. That's all I could come up with. #DrinkingCoffeeWithBothHands

There are all kinds of lists floating around about things that were popular in the 90s, like beanie babies. I remember back in the heyday I had one that was apparently really popular and I sold it to some random guy in for $80. I met him in a DQ parking lot like I was dealing meth. Nope, just a stuffed toy. In hindsight, that might not have been the best decision that guy ever made. #BeanieBabiesWereABadInvestment

Like this couple in dividing their Beanie Babies during their divorce proceedings

Did you collect anything that's now worthless? lol

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Weekend Casino!

We are FINALLY thawing out down here in NC. I know everyone else in the Northeast is still digging out, and getting snowed in, and digging out again but for us poor folks in the South we can't handle this! We get snow one day and it's 50 degrees and melts the next. This time it stuck around for DAYS. I mean DAYS! My driveway was covered in ice and snow until it got warm enough to melt today. We don't own rock salt or a snow shovel, No need. Thankfully we're resilient down here.

Since we were a little stir crazy, Kev and I decided to take a weekend trip to Asheville and then off to Harrah's Cherokee Casino. I left work at 1230pm, got home, did the dishes, packed, and off we went!

I found these in the backseat of Kev's car and couldn't have been happier. Nothing says road trip like a bad of delicious Starburst.

We got into Asheville around 630 and had reservations at the Chestnut which was AMAZING.

Their version of a classic Cosmo. A little tart but really tasty.

Kev and I shared this platter of house-made meats and local cheeses. Asheville is really into their delicious hippie food.

Then I ordered the smoked salon "medium plate" for dinner. It was yum.

While we were at dinner, Carmen Sandiego walked in. I know it was cold, but she was fully decked out in her red coat and hat. 

She's in Asheville NC. Probably gone by now, but definitely was there.

We stayed over and when we got up, went to the Sunny Point Cafe. If you're in Asheville, you MUST stop here! It's absolutely one of the best breakfast places ever. Kev actually rates it as his 2nd most favorite breakfast place, which if you know Kev, that's saying a LOT.

I got the organic carrot pancake and bacon. It was one of the best things ever.

Then we got into the car and drove to Harrah's Cherokee, It was about 90 minutes away and we had to take a twisty, windy goat path to get there.

I have to say, I wasn't impressed, and that's not just because I didn't win anything. There isn't anything for miles and hardly any shops in the entire place. Really, there were 2 places to look at and they weren't awesome. I'm happy to gamble but I like taking a break and looking at things. There were no things.

Honestly, for as ling as it took to get there, I would have rather gone the extra 3 hours to Atlantic City. Or I would have stayed in Asheville and eaten more delicious hippie food and looked in the ecletic shops.

After a long day of not winning, we headed to the hotel and before we knew it, time to leave.

Of course we had to stop back in Asheville for another hippie breakfast. Yay.

It's was nice to spend time with Kev and go on a little road trip but I'm happy to be back. AND while we were gone, the snow melted. :)

Before I head out, please stop and check out my friend Kristen's Go Fund Me Page. She's been plagued with some medical issues and could really use some help. Anything would be appreciated!

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