Thursday, August 04, 2005

I'm back!

Actually, I was back yesterday but I had too much work to catch up on so I didn't get a chance to post an entry.

Well, the results are in, I had a $20.00 gambling limit and I hit one $141.00 jackpot, so I just about made enough to pay for the trip! I am very pleased and feel much better about spending the money. I told my husband we should only take vacations where I have a chance to make back the money it takes to go there! I think he thinks I was kidding!;) Anyway, the trip went well, and the driving wasn't soooooo bad. Took right at 3 hours each way. We had one little mishap in Memphis, TN where the interstate wasn't well marked and veered off without my realizing it, but we ended up running into the road we needed anyway, so all was well. By the time we got there we were all ready for lunch, so we checked into the hotel and then checked out the HUGE buffet right away. YUM! I love being able to take just a little bit of different kinds of food I wouldn't normally pick or eat an entire portion of. They had excellent salad selections with tons of fresh veggies I could throw in. I did indulge a bit, like a piece of fried catfish, but it was planned and I enjoyed every bit of it. I also allowed myself a few bites of dessert which I almost never do since sweets are some of my biggest triggers, but they had a fabulous dessert bar with treats which I wouldn't ordinarily have the opportunity to try. So my daughter and I picked out some of the more decadent looking chocolate concoctions like truffles and tarts and some divine chocolate cake, and each enjoyed 1 or 2 bites of all. Well, she may have had a few more than 1 or 2 bites but that's what I limited myself to. Mmmmm, it was well worth it, and I was very pleased that I managed to stay in control. From there we headed back to the hotel room to rest up a little from the drive, lunch, and the heat! Played a few games we had brought along while I enjoyed some of the complementary coffee from the little coffee pot in the room. After that we went for a dip in the indoor pool, where once again, my lack of insulation proved to be a nuisance. I was absolutely freezing the whole time. You know how you're supposed to get used to the chilly water and you don't notice it anymore? Yea, well not me, I was one big goosebump! But after that we slipped into the warm, bubbly jet tub where I where I blissfully remained until the rest of the crew were sufficiently water-logged and ready to go. *Note to self, must purchase my own jet tub sometime before I die! Ahhhh, it was just wonderful. After that we headed over to the Kids Quest which is an awesome play maze and arcade for kids. It's intended purpose was for parents to drop their children off here for an hourly rate so they could gamble in peace, but we don't leave our child with just anyone so we took a seat at one of the tables and let her run wild and have a blast for an hour. She absolutely loved it, in fact she said she wished it were closer to home so she could have her next b-day party there! Then the next day is when I got to try my luck at the slot machines. While hubby and daughter hit the arcade I headed over to the casino. I've never actually gambled since I've been of legal age to do so, and frankly it was a bit overwhelming with all the lights and noise and various types of machines to explore. In fact, when I went to ask one of the employees a question on how I should get started, her immediate response was to card me. I'm sure she thought no one this stupid could possibly be old enough to gamble! So, of course, I chose to take it as a compliment to my glowing, youthful appearance rather than my apparent ignorance as I tried to convince her that, yes indeed, I really am 28 years old! Anyway, I hit my jackpot on the first machine I tried, and then proceeded to blow through the rest of my twenty dollar limit over the course of the next two hours. And that was just about all I could take of it, I really don't see how people can sit there in that madness for hour after hour after hour. By the last 30 minutes or so I was just going through the motions, trying to use up the last of my credits and waiting for my husband to call and say that they were finally done at the arcade. It was very fun though, just not anything I care to spend an extended period of time doing again. Maybe next time I'll break it up into smaller stints and not try to use up my monetary limit all at one shot. So, after that we met up for lunch at the massive buffet again, where I, unfortunately, allowed myself to get a little more carried away than I had the previous day. My downfall was some sort of chocolate, caramel, walnut, (damn those nuts, they get me every time!) strudel-like pie concoction. OMG!! It was simply amazing. I had only intended to try 1 or 2 bites, but after the first bite I knew I was a gonner. My irrational, food addicted brain took over and started whispering evil little destructive things like, "It's ok, it's just this once and you're always sooooo good. Come on, it won't hurt, you deserve it." Bullshit! Oh well, it could have been much worse. And if I've learned anything throughout my weightloss it's that when stuff like this happens you just have to get up, dust yourself off, and get right back on plan before the "screw it, it's too late now so pass me that pint Ben & Jerry's, and piss off!" mentality sets in. I ended up staying on plan the rest of the day and even got in an extra long work out after the long drive home that evening! Yay me! So, all in all, it ended up being a very nice trip with no real drama to speak of, and I would definitely like to do it again some day. Maybe next time I'll really hit it big!! ;)

In other news, I haven't heard anything back from the Dr. Phil producer yet, but I imagine that could take a while. I think I'll give it a bit longer and then I'm considering sending a letter into Oprah, since I've already got this particular bee stuck in my bonnet. I figure if something like this is gonna happen I need to take the initiative now while I'm still feeling brave. Otherwise, who knows if I'll ever work up the nerve again.

And the kittens are doing wonderfully. Fattening up just as they should and getting cuter by the day (if that's even possible!) We've decided to keep the momma and bring her inside, so we're scheduling a trip to the Vet for shots and de-fleaing ASAP. And we've already found homes for at least three of the five babies once they've weaned, so hopefully we'll find good homes for other two soon as well. In the mean time my daughter is just beside herself with excitement at the prospect of owning her own kitty. She absolutely cannot wait until we can get the flea situation taken care of and we can bring her inside for good. She's even gone so far as to promise to scoop the litterbox daily and be responsible for feedings and whatnot. Hmmm, we'll just see how that one goes! But I think she'll do a good job, she's been waiting for this for a very long time and I don't believe she intends to take it lightly.

Well, I think that's just about enough for now, it's time I go get dinner started!


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