Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Woah! It's Wednesday??

Well anyway here's what I love...
Do yourself a HUGE favor and read/listen to BOSSYPANTS by Tina Fey
Flipping hilarious you can thank me later!! I plan on listening to it again soon.
(yes i bought the audiobook to listen to, she's the narrator and it's hilarious to hear her tell the story in her voice!)
Another love--- thank YOU HBO & Showtime for the premieres of True Blood, The Big C, & Weeds.
Please, please bring on Dexter soon.
Signed, your favorite couch potato- AJ ;)

Let me expand on what I love...

Facebook now has a history feature. I was able to find all of my & Tamaras past conversations via Facebook and this snapshot is one of the last messages she sent me on FB. The last thing she said to me in general was on Halloween last year.

Also a big "thank you" to gmail for it's history holding. I found several old emails between us. Two personal favorites were of her talking about how much she was in love with Willie & the other was of her talking about how much fun she had on one particular girls night. :)

So, I love memories and photos because sometimes that is all you have left.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What I'm wondering Wednesday...

I often ponder on life's greatest mysteries. It's a favorite past time of constructive daydreaming/lollygagging.
I have several questions for God; but more on that later.
I have a question for the masses... The smart masses ;)<I> <-- at a quick glance I thought I typed smart asses. HA! </I>

--- My dear friend Donna's new found sleek shape has encouraged me to rejoin Weight Watchers online. It's been well over a year since I've done and they now have a points plus program.
Apparently all fruits and veggies are 0-1 point. Which I was/am totally stoked about. What's this? I get to binge on strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, raspberries, oranges, cherries, bananas and apples all day long and it's OK?! Sweeeeeeeeettttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!
But then I thought... HEY those things have calories too! Heck like an apple is almost 100 calories. How do I get to eat hundreds of calories I'm fruit/veggies daily and it's okay? What is the catch?!

So I'm asking the masses--- what's the catch?

I'm serious when I say binge on fruit. James and I can kill fruit like nobodies business. I alone devoured a medium size watermelon in 3 days. James can man handle a gallon of blueberries on his own in 24 hrs.

How can a person eat all of this fruit and it not go against their daily points???
************** this smart {m}ass may have found the answer!
Note on from CEO

David Kirchhoff, President and CEO of Weight Watchers International, introduces the new PointsPlus™ program.

Why change a great program?
We first launched the POINTS® program in 1997, and it marked a whole new era for Weight Watchers. The POINTS program took a major step forward in helping our members by providing a tool to guide healthy choices in an infinite array of eating environments. Counting POINTS values provided critical help to our members in:

Learning better food choices
Learning proper portion size
Keeping track of those hidden bites, licks and tastes throughout the day
Maintaining an energy deficit
Research has shown that budgeting and keeping track of our food and exercise is a critical part of developing healthier habits and lifestyle change. The currency of the original POINTS formula was based primarily on calories with a penalty for fat and a bonus for fiber. During its 13 years, many, many, many people had terrific success following it. So why change such a great program?

We asked ourselves that very question about three years ago. The simple answer is that understanding about weight loss has grown significantly over the past 10 years. Further, we have grown to learn even more about the difficulty in making healthy choices and achieving sustained weight loss in a food environment that seems to conspire against us. This so-called “obesogenic” environment is one in which we find ourselves surrounded by multiplying food choices in the grocery store and in restaurants. Too many of these choices seem to entice us to excess sugars, fat and sodium as well as ever-increasing portions. All of this began to suggest that we needed a better set of tools to help us cope in our daily world.

Some of the recent areas of advancement in understanding include:

Conversion cost. It has been known for decades that the body has to work harder to process some foods more than others. For example, protein and carbohydrates rich in fiber take much more work to process than refined carbohydrates and fats. This means that some foods leave our bodies with fewer calories to use for fuel. While the knowledge has been there for years, weight-loss diets have traditionally been based simply on calories.
Energy density and satiety. Research has shown that we tend to eat the same volume of food each day. Eating foods that have a low energy density (e.g., relatively few calories per volume of food) leads to having a greater feeling of fullness and satisfaction. Furthermore, research has also shown that some nutrients, particularly protein and fiber, provide greater satiety than others, such as sugars and fat.
Complexity of choice. It’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed each day by the horde of messages, often seemingly conflicting, about the latest nutrition fad. Watch out for saturated fats! Watch your sodium! Carbs are bad! No wait, all fat is bad! Our lives move too fast to think about all of this stuff too much. It would be far better if there were a food plan that did the homework for us.
Knowing all of the above was reason enough for us to recognize the need to give the POINTS program a long awaited refresh. However, the best reason I can think of is this: Empty calories. The bottom line is that an energy deficit is still at the heart of weight loss. The issue is that calorie-counting has become unhelpful. When we have a 100-calorie apple in one hand and a 100-calorie pack of cookies in the other, and we view them as being “the same” because the calories are the same, it says everything that needs to be said about the limitations of just using calories in guiding food choices. We needed a program that recognized that calories are most definitely not created equal. We knew that counting, budgeting and planning still made fundamental sense, but we wanted a better and more accurate currency. We wanted a POINTS formula that was much more “opinionated” about food choices beyond just calories.

Introducing the PointsPlus program
Our new PointsPlus program is by far our biggest advancement since the launch of the POINTS program 13 years ago. It has a completely new formula, a new set of food rules and nutrition guides built into a simple, easy-to-use plan.

Philosophically, the PointsPlus program is allowing us to step in front and into the future. We are taking a stand for unprocessed food. We are taking a stand for fruits and vegetables. We still recognize the need for a lot of flexibility and some indulgences, but just in a much smarter way. It’s a modern approach that gives us all the ammunition we need to survive and thrive in an often unforgiving food environment. It allows us a way of making choices that will leave us feeling satisfied, more energetic, more in control and give us the edge to lose weight and maintain that loss in a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle.

I totally understand that some of you will be excited and eager while others will be stressed and anxious. Change is hard, particularly when you’ve already been having success. But remember, it’s still fundamentally about counting, so it’s not completely different. As well, new PointsPlus values mean a new chance to better understand the choices you are making. It’s an opportunity to dive in and be “new” again. Trust me, you will get the hang of it quickly, and then you will be ready to fly even higher.

For meetings members and Weight Watchers Online subscribers making the transition, here is my advice based on seeing many beta testers of this new program:

Treat it as the all-new program that it is. While the PointsPlus system is still based on counting, the formula underlying it is completely different. This means that most of the values have changed, including your PointsPlus range (which is higher) and the PointsPlus values for most foods (also higher). Avoid the temptation to do a “hybrid” program that uses elements of the old POINTS program and elements of the new PointsPlus program. Trust me, they don’t mix well together.
Enjoy the fact that fruits have a PointsPlus value of 0, but don’t go completely crazy. Only 10 percent of Americans eat the recommended amount of fruit, so most of us are not at risk of eating too much fruit on the new program. However, if you already eat a lot of fruit each day, doubling or tripling that will result in slower weight loss. When in doubt, use common sense, listen to your body’s signals (eat some fruit because you’re truly hungry, not because you can), and avoid mindless grazing (one of my personal pitfalls).
If you are new to Weight Watchers or coming back after a long hiatus, I think you will love — and thrive on — this new program.

Welcome to the future!



Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Lovin'

Mama Kat's writing workshop

In honor of summer "officially" starting...
I've decided to pick: Create a bucket list of 50 things you want to do this summer (with or without the kids!)

** since we both work FT+ in the summer realistically I can shoot for a bucket list of 25.

1. Sleep till noon!
2. Stay up past midnight watching a movie with James
3. Take Hank out on the boat
4. Go to the lake with Quentin & Carlie
5. Spend a weekend away
6. Start AND finish a book!
7. Go to the movies
8. Go dancing with my girl friends
9. go to LR to see Ashley!
10. Spend a Saturday/Sunday with my mom
11. Watch all the SNL's in my Netflix query.
12. Have margaritas with Donna
13. Act like a newlywed with my husband all over again ref. #1, #15, #18, #2.
14. F-I-S-H!!!
15. Plan our honeymoon and get reservations
16. Finish my wedding scrapbook
17. Dive off a high-dive
18. Drink a couple-o-sixers with meh husband
19. Go to a bluegrass show at Chelseas or Georges
20. Get rid of at least 50 items of clothing
21. Have some quality time with my hammock
22. Convince James to shave his beard (just so I can say I did)
23. Convince James to immediately start growing the beard back
24. Go to SDC with the Jechs & Samples
25. SELL THE SPEC HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- April Jech

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What I'm loving Wednesday!

Happy birthday to Hankerton! He's two human years old today!
I love these kiddos! It's a pleasure getting to see them twice last week!
Started stumbling... Still figuring it out one thing I know is that its neat!
Flipboard on my iPad... Makes silly things I read look pretty neat & snazzy!
Montages! Fun stuff for the OCD!

I got a new desk at work! I LOVE it, it's exactly what I needed!
A favorite pic of mine {I get to look at it 1k times a day at work}
I love my girlfriends and we miss our T every EVERY day.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Our Wedding On Wedding Wire!

Our Wedding was featured on Wedding Wire's Blog!!!!!
Check it out... to see the real deal click HERE!!!
The lady I corresponded with was so sweet, she was so excited to see the photos and said on twitter "some real good idea's to snag!"  that meant so much to me as I searched long and hard stalking several wedding websites for ideas. Now HOPEFULLY some brides will gain inspiration from our wedding!!!

April, the bride, did a lot of the details herself, with help from family friends.  Her DIY projects included the programs, guest card holder, and centerpieces.  Each piece of their wedding was a project, and the end result was a combination of elements that made up the personalities of the couple.  The first look and couple photos were taken on the family farm, a place that both the bride and groom cherish. We love the attention to each detail, and the photos of the couple by the barn are so adorable! Thank you to the Bride for sharing their beautiful day with us, and Miles Witt Boyer for the gorgeous photos that captured the day so perfectly!

Photographer- Miles Witt Boyer | Wedding Dress- Prom & Bridal Gallery  | Cakes- Ricks Bakery | Florist- Huntsville Florist/ Theresa Thompson (a dear friend) | Wedding Coordinator- our family friend, Sharon Lewis | Hair Stylist- another dear friend, Brittany Lewis  | Church- First United Methodist Church, Eureka Springs, AR | Reception- Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center | Tablecloths and Candle Holders- Eventures | DJ- Brock Entertainment (DJ Drew) | Videographer- Imagine Film Company /Aaron Szabo | Lighting- Apollo Event Group

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What I'm loving Wednesday!

I'm borrowing this Wednesday post from my buddy--- Jess
In hopes that maybe I'll do this once in awhile on Wednesdays!

Loving my new lens!!!

Loving the iPhone app- Instagram- makes my silly pictures appear cooler than theRez tually are, and I'm happy with that!

We just finished the entire Six Feet Under series. I'm so glad we watched it, when it origionally aired on HBO I was way too young to appreciate it {although I had no trouble appreciating The Sopranos around the same time}
///side note I repeated all of The Sopranos a couple years ago with meh husss-bun

Lastly I got a new phone today, it's time for the storm trooper iPhone 3G to lay it down. Enter the new/notexactlycustomtoapriljustyet iPhone 4- White Ninja
*key* Carl Douglas' "Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting"
New ringtone? I think yes!

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Just wanted to post a quick little blip before I leave to meet the exterminator/restoration man... We have a pack rat in/around our house!! James opened the guest bedroom's bathroom cabinet a couple days ago and found four acorns towards the front of the cabinet in a line! We first assumed squirrel because of the acorn then we thought mouse/rat made more sense...
Talking to our trapper neighbor yesterday he thinks it's a pack rat... So my mind went back In time to when my grandma had her own set o problems with a pack rat... My grandma had some issues with her Mercedes she kept taking her car into the dealership complaining of electrical issues - AC, Lights, Radio etc etc. After a few trips to the dealership they discovered it was a pack rat! Little did she know one took up residence under her hood and in her garage. Her pack rat would take things from the car, wires and the like and line them up in the garage, sound familiar? Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm under the impression that pack rats are like hippies... They take something of yours, but in exchange leave you something (aka an acorn) in return. I wonder what our lil friend has taken of ours...

I'm praying the guy I'm about to meet is a lot like Dale Gribble!

Here we go!