Monday, September 22, 2008

Pee Fairy Delivers: Sleep Mode Distracted

So, I writing this post in the middle of the night because once again the Pee Fairy has given me a bladder full of (well, pee of course) and I was forced to get out of my comfy bed with my warm husband to relieve myself, only to discover that now I am WIDE AWAKE!

It is okay; I know that their are hundreds of women just like me out there and are probably searching for 'funny insomnia posts' online as we speak.

It is so unfair; when we are younger, we have little children who continually keep us from getting a full night's sleep. When they become teenagers and start to drive, we try to stay up until the curfew hour only to find we cannot fall asleep once they are home, safe and have gone to bed. Now that my youngest child is off to college and I am an official empty nest Mom, I now get to "experience" an extended period of pre-menopausal conditions like insomnia and an occasional hot flash.

What gives? Who created us? (Okay maybe that's not fair, but I am tired and a little fuzzy).

Here's my favorite thing about the whole sleep issue and gaining weight issue: Studies show that is it good to get a full 7 to 8 hours sleep each night if you want to lose weight. The articles say, "make sure that you get your sleep or you will have difficulty losing those unwanted pounds". Well, just how do they propose we do that? It's not like we say, "I sure could use another layer of fat around my thighs and stomach, so I think I'll set my alarm for 3:00 AM!"

Time to go. It is morning now and the puppy wants his daily walk and any minute Bill will be coming out to get the newspaper. And I am ready for another fun-filled fuzzy day!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

DreamcatcherLisa: City North

Go to: DreamcatcherLisa: City North for more information.

Lisa Eshleman has gotten me so jazzed about the newest shopping center called CityNorth being built in my area. Now I won't have to waste so much gas driving down to Scottsdale Fashion Square when I need a new outfit or gift!

Lisa is a very active real estate agent for the Desert Ridge area and she believes that this shopping center, once complete, is going to make this area an even more desirable place to live and own a home. She and her husband work together; their company is called DreamCatchers. Isn't that just the cutest name for someone who sells homes for a living?

Sometimes it is hard for me to believe that this town needs another shopping center, but I forget just how fast this area is still growing. I have new neighbors all the time.

I guess I had better start saving my pennies.......

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

What Men between the ages of 18-35 and Empty Nest Moms have in Common

* Both groups think about sex every minute of the day.

What Men between the ages of 18-35 and Empty Nest Moms Do NOT have in Common:

* Men gladly admit they think about sex this often but most empty nest moms will not;

* Men accept this phenomenon while the women make an appointment with their doctor or psychologist to see what's wrong;

* Depending on their individual situation (married, single, in a relationship), men strategize on how to turn their sexual thoughts into actions while the women (married, single or in a relationship), having lost the age old excuse of "not now, the children are around", practice new excuses in the mirror to themselves;

* Men know they are in prime shape and health at this time in their lives while the empty nest moms wonder whether their bodies (even when in excellent shape and health) will still be considered sexy and desirable;

Just in case you are wondering, this study is not based on any scientific research or study. If you are interested in actual recent studies about sexual health and receive tips on achieving a happy sexual life, I suggest you click over to a favorite blog of mine on this subject: Sexual Health Guide. Check out the list on why daily sex is good for you.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Top 3 Places I Want to go to for Happy Hour Tonight

Get an Old Style beer and a hot dog at Murphy's Bleachers Bar, Chicago, Illinois

Join the crowd at Murphy's Bleachers

The Yard House, Desert Ridge Marketplace, Phoenix, Arizona
So many beers, so little time!

George's at the Cove, La Jolla, California (newly remodeled!)
Happy memories spent with my friend Kim and feasting on grilled mussels.

The View at George's at the Cove. Need I say more?

It's Friday, the last day of yet another grueling week of work. It's time to unwind and begin what is supposed to be a relaxing weekend. No matter what your weekend is filled with, it is always fun to sneek in a Happy Hour (or two)before your weekend begins.

When the kids were at home, it was the break between my career work and my home work: the kids overnight sleepovers, followed by unending soccer tournaments, throw in a few birthday parties and sometimes attend Church. I enjoyed the adult time and sipped (okay, I admit it, I guzzled) a nice pinot noir and chatted with girlfriends. It made the transition from work to home smooth and easy.

Now that I blog at home with no one here but my golden retriever puppy to distract me all day, my reasoning behind going to happy hour has changed dramatically.

Happy Hour is good for me because:
* It makes me get out of my pj's and shower; and

* I can practice my language skills with people, not just, "drop it, time to get busy or do you want to go for a walk?", words I say to my pup all day long.

Assuming I could go to Happy Hour anywhere in the world tonight, my top 3 selections for this week are:

Murphy's Bleachers Bar, Chicago, Illinois
Yard House, Phoenix, Arizona
George's at the Cove, La Jolla, California

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Presidential Political Blogs Are a Big Distraction

Yesterday from 8:00 am until 3:45 pm I read political blog post after blog post from Hang Right Politics to the Huffington Post. I don't favor or prefer the stuffy conservative blogs or the angry liberal blogs, I just understand that there is a certain percentage of people in each party that can only see black or white (no pun intended). The blogs are, however, very addicting. Why just yesterday, I read the whole charter for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, discovered there is a large group called the Log Cabin Republicans and saw 400 hundred pictures of Sarah Palin. I know the statements made and the designer clothes the potential first ladies wear. I think both Michelle and Cindy have interesting style selections except for one ugly yellow dress and one flowers-around the neck dress. "Gaffe" seemed to be the word of the day and was repeated on hundreds of blogs.

For a break, I watched youtube video after video, some funny and some ridiculous. My favorite was a spoof between McCain and Palin. I watched it several times and sent to several friends.

As I pulled my bottom off the chair at 3:45 pm realizing that I had company coming for dinner and I still needed to go to the store and clean house, I determined that I shouldn't read so many blogs in one day. It is a big distraction from the other things I am supposed to be doing. Maybe I learned a thing or two or maybe I just wasted a day in my life, but its just the distraction I needed. I did not think about my new empty nest status all day.