Thursday, March 29, 2007

Behold! The Glorious Cupcake!

One of the great joys of working downtown is being able to go to Uwajimaya on my lunch break. I love grabbing a quick bite to eat and then spending the rest of the time perusing the aisles for fun and exciting new products to try. My co-worker Sarah had told me about a microwavable cake that you cook in a mug- a true "cupcake". In my search for the perfect piece of cake, my curiosity got the best of me.

Of course, the cake was nothing to write home about, but half of the fun was the experience itself. And the fact that there was no english on the box, so we really didn't know what we were doing.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Babies in a basket

This is what happens when you come over to our house with kiddos. You've been warned.

Crew Reunion

A coxswain once again.

1997 Crew

This past Friday was the annual Varsity Boat Club banquet and a reunion for me and my 1997 Men's JV boat. It has been 10 years since we won at Nationals and went to Henley and at least 10 years since I've seen a lot of those guys. It was a little nerve-wracking at first- but after a glass of wine and coming to grips with my anxieties- I actually had a great time. Friday night was the dinner- they honored all the boats that swept Nationals that year. I saw a lot of faces that were from all parts of my rowing (coxing) career.

Saturday morning my boat wanted to get together and row again, so we all met at the boathouse and took out an 8. It was very eerie- we fell back into old routines just like that. It all came back to me, which side was port and which was starboard; starts and drills; steering the boat. I was even more impressed with the guys who remembered all the commands and knew exactly what to do when we "weigh 'nuf'd". Blades hung in the air until I said "and down" and they all slapped the water at once. We spent about 30 minutes in the boat, we went through the Cut twice. Even though some of them were out of shape and begging not to do any hard strokes- we all had a great time.

Saturday after the row and watching the Class Day races we headed over to Erik's parents house on Bainbridge Island and sat around laughing, looking at old pictures and re-hashing old crew stories. It made me realize what an amazing year that was and how lucky I was to be a part of all it.

All in all, I am so glad I went to the reunion. I did "weigh myself in" on Saturday morning before the row and I am happy to report that I was 138 pounds. It has been a long haul since October and starting my weight loss experience- but I'm not through yet. I still have a couple more to go and a new goal in mind.

More pictures here! Pictures

Thursday, March 15, 2007


Today Jeremy went to Trophy Cupcake in Wallingford to see if they were worth the $3 a cupcake. What a great husband he is- indulging me in my quest to find the perfect cupcake. We tried a Red Velvet, a Hummingbird, a Cinnamon Sugar and a Cardomon Chai. We couldn't even eat half of the cupcakes- so we cut them into fourths. The cake part was pretty good on most of them- way better than other places I've had (like Crapcake Royale) but the frosting was reeeeally sweet and for my "watching my sugar intake" palatte, it was a little much. But on the whole, a pretty good cupcake. But I'll call them Highway Robbery Cupcakes, because NO CUPCAKE IS WORTH $3. (Unless it's coated in gold).

Saturday, March 10, 2007

New Sizes

I've been horrible about posting, but frankly no one seems to make a fuss, so I assume you've all stopped reading. GOOD. Then I can post about getting new bras.

Since I've lost some weight (22 pounds to date!) I figured it was time to get some new brassiers. I went in to Nordstrom Friday and asked a nice lady to help me out. I picked her out of the all the sales girls because last thing I want is some young, thin hip chick to come into the dressing room with me to see what size the "girls" are. Frankly, the LAST thing I want to do is get nekkid in front of strangers, but it was relatively pain-free. Jeanne was very nice and very sweet and I was out of there in flash with some fantastic new bras from Wacoal (which by the way I had sticker shock over when I saw how much they cost. YIKES). They fit like a dream and I had a gift certificate so I didn't mind too much.

Losing weight has been great, but it has been expensive. I've had to buy new pants, new tops and get my rings sized. But I know it's all worth it. :)