Monday Fun

Todd and Taylor are on their way to a Christian Youth Conference in Tennessee so this week is all about me and Katie. Today started out with a trip to the hospital for pre-admission. Exciting, isn’t it?

Katie sat in the waiting reading a magazine and listening to her iPod. I went back to have my blood drawn and when I walked out the nurse followed me. She was holding about 8 baggies with four tubes of blood in each one. Katie’s eyes got huge and when I sat down she said, “Was that all from you?”

After that we went to Handel’s – best ice cream place on the planet. I should have started this post by saying I’ve lost 6.5 pounds in the last two weeks on Weight Watchers. I’ve been so good, but I had a scoop of ice cream anyway. Chocoholic Peanut Butter Crunch. It was divine.

Then it was off to Bed, Bath and Beyond to make a return. We were two empty spaces away from a little Subaru and when we got out the Subaru’s alarm went off. We were nowhere near the car so I didn’t think we’d set it off. When we came back out I hit my little remote to unlock the doors and the Subaru alarm went back off. When I pressed the lock button it stopped. So Katie and I sat in our car for about 5 minutes hitting unlock and then lock and the alarm would go off each time I hit unlock and then stop when I hit lock. It was the funniest thing. In a way it was sad, though, that she and I found so much entertainment in the whole thing.

We finished off the afternoon by going to King of Prussia Mall. Hit a few stores and bought Katie clothes – because somewhere I already established that it’s fun buying the cute little clothes for her that I wish I could wear. I did buy myself a pair of fuzzy, hot pink, thong-type slippers, though, and the thought of wearing them this evening is thrilling.

Tomorrow is an outlet mall, a huge antique mall and the dermatologist’s. The real fun will start on Wednesday, however. The Philadelphia Art Museum and then Thursday we’ll go to New York City for two days.

I think after this week I’m going to be ready for a little R&R at the hospital.


  1. Katybug on June 25, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Jen, I’m with you. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to buy clothes for Audrey because I know I’ll never be able to wear the cute stuff she can!!! :-)Your story about the Subaru is hilarious!!! It reminds me of a trip hubby took with a buddy. They were playing golf & had rented a car. My dear considerate husband–who also happens to be the ultimate prankster–decided to play a trick on someone. So he & his buddy hid around a corner where they could see their rental and had a clear shot with the remote. There were three guys hanging around his car just talking. Hubby presses the trunk button and it opens. One very well meaning guy reaches over and closed the trunk. Their conversation continues and hubby presses the button again. Someone closes the trunk and starts chatting again. This went on for about 20 minutes, with the trunk popping open every few minutes and interrupting their conversation! Cash said that was one of the highlights of his trip. 🙂

  2. Katybug on June 25, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Oh yeah, and congrats on the 6.5 lbs!!!!

  3. radioactive girl on June 25, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    Are you going to self donate blood before your surgery? I did and it was the first time I ever donated blood. They didn’t need it, but they told me it would be good to have just in case. Because that is very reassuring, right?Have fun with your fun stuff, and good luck with the surgery! I did not find it too much different from a c-section, except they don’t give you a baby afterwards.

  4. angela on June 25, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    Have a great time in New York, Jen. With your sense of humor you’re sure to find a joke around every corner. I once gave my keys to a friend to go get my car. He unlocked a car that looked like mine, but couldn’t start the ignition. It wasn’t my car. I think there were some Saturns recalled for that same reason a few years ago. And my dad tells the story of how when he was little if you pushed the remote to open your garage, all the garages on the street opened.

  5. Lynilu on June 25, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    Jenster, first of all, thanks for the visit to my blog.I’ve read only a couple of your posts, and I’m already interested and impressed! I’m sure that I’ll be back to read more. Meanwhile, good luck with the surgery. Never is that a fun thing. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I look forward to getting to “know” you better.Vaya con dios.

  6. Lynilu on June 25, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    PS – Oh, and thanks a lot … now I have to go have some ice cream. 😉 and good going on the weight loss!

  7. Lori on June 26, 2007 at 12:16 am

    Congrats on the weight loss! That’s awesome!I love having one on one time with my kids. What’s even better is how much they really love it. Have a great week!

  8. Burg on June 26, 2007 at 12:43 am

    Ice cream has become my kryptonite. After you posted that picture of that last ice cream I searched until I found a Cold Stone Creamery somewhere in my area. I’ll be getting one of those soon…

  9. Eileen on June 26, 2007 at 12:59 am

    Hi Jenster, I know what you mean about buying those cute girly clothes, for the kids knowing I can’t wear them. Living through them I guess. Love that you got the pink slippers thou, hope you wore them tonight!!! I think it is very funny about the car alarm. I am surprised the owner of the car didn’t get a little “alarmed”….so much for great technology. Sounds like you have a pretty full and fun week planned. Have a blast, but I know you will. You deserve it, so do it. You will get plenty of R&R at the hospital. By the way, having my hystorectomy was the best thing I ever did. There is a great Web site called hysto sister or something like that, if I could spell better. It has a ton of resources and support and such. You take care and congrats. on the 6 pound, but I am glad you still ate the ice cream. Summer is not the time to cut out ice cream completely. Love ya, Eileen

  10. Swishy on June 26, 2007 at 1:34 am

    SO FUN! (except for the blood 🙂 ) And YAY on the 6.5 pounds (every 0.1 counts!) That’s awesome. I’m very impressed! I’m back on the “be good” wagon today and all I can think about is how much FOOD I want to eat!

  11. Rosie on June 26, 2007 at 4:21 am

    Every pound is a milestone. Good for you. Weight Watchers has always worked for me because you get to eat real food.I always say I have to get home to recover from our vacations. Don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to a hospital stay to recoop.Have a great week with Katie. NYC sounds divine!

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  13. Monnik on June 26, 2007 at 8:28 am

    congrats on your success with WW!!I love to buy my teenager clothes too. She’s so darned cute, that everything looks great on her.I am SO jealous of your mother-daughter trip to NYC. Brie (my 13 year old) has been BEGGING me to take her, but we live in Iowa, so it’s a bit of a trip. We’re going to Buffalo this week for vacation (my dad is getting married there) and she’s incensed that we can’t just ‘swing’ by NYC while we’re out East. I totally would if it were just the two of us, but it’s the whole fam, including my brothers and their families, etc. Plus, my husband HATES, and I mean HATES… big cities, so he isn’t game. I think I might plan a weekend trip for her 16th birthday. Just the two of us… Anyway, have fun on your trip, and good luck on your sugery next week if I don’t get to post anything before then…

  14. Jenster on June 26, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Katybug – I love the story about your husband! That sounds like something I might do. LOLRadioactive Girl – No, I’m not donating my own blood. I can see how it’s a very good idea, but with all my surgeries I never have.Angela – I’m old enough to remember the garage door debacle! LOLLynilu – I’m so glad you came to visit! I hope you enjoyed your ice cream!Lori – Like my mom said, this week is a week Katie will always remember. :o)Burg – I can’t wait to hear about your Cold Stone experience! lolEileen – You’re the third person to tell me about hystersisters! lol It is a great site. And every woman I’ve talked to who has had a hysterectomy has said it was the best thing ever. *whew*Swishy – Thanks! This is going to be a hard week for being good. Hello… New York Cheesecake?? If I can just maintain this week I’ll be happy!Rosie – WW really is a great program and very doable, isn’t it?Monnik – NYC is one of the things I love about living here. We’re only about two hours away so it’s convenient for us. Katie and I went for just a day last November and had a blast. I think NYC for a 16th birthday would be awesome!

  15. Trish on June 26, 2007 at 9:32 am

    LOL I would have totally done the same thing with the Subaru.

  16. Dance Chica on June 26, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    It’s good to have a little ice cream every now and then. Ice cream makes everything feel better. 😛 And you’re going to NY? How cool. I live close but I’ve never been.

  17. Bookwormom on June 26, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Jenster- Congrats on the weight loss! Every little bit helps. 🙂 Have a good time in NY & hope your travelers return safe and sound.

  18. Lainey-Paney on June 26, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    R&R at the hospital…yeah, right.That for some reason seemed like the LAST thing I got at the hospital….

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