Monday, March 17, 2014

Tractor Birthday

What a whirlwind week this last week has been. I was in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand for 5 days for a conference for work. That was fun and exhausting. Lots of walking. I averaged over 15,000 steps a day on my pedometer. Lots of interesting people and while we didn't have time to go to the shows, they brought some things to us. We got to see the Rat Pack impersonators and Elvis, Cher and Tina Turner. A couple of really great bands and a performance similar to Cirque du Soleil but to Beatles music. Spectacular show! It's taken me a little while to get it back together. And on the weekend we had to go to Cincinnati for a wedding shower for Tom's nephew and future wife. The wedding is coming up in just a few short weeks. Nice to see family again.
Two weeks ago I started a class that's being offered by the university I work for. The class is free. It's the Diabetes Prevention Program. It's supposed to help you lose 7% of your body weight in 16 weeks. The first week I lost 0.2 pounds; not much. But last week, even being in Las Vegas, I lost 2.6 pounds. It's a real life style change and I am thrilled to be taking the class. I love the instructor and it great to have a support group behind me. And I have to say it's really not that difficult to do, although there are a lot of foods that just aren't on my radar anymore. And that's okay. So I feel like I am off to a great start!

My card tonight is for my FIL's birthday which really is tomorrow but we gave it to him when we saw him on the weekend.
The picture is really off of a blanket package. But he has a FarmAll tractor very much like this one. I jazzed it up a bit with some background paper, a Happy Birthday sentiment from Hero Arts and a coupe of hexagons from Fresh Squeezed. Nothing too complicated since I didn't have much time after I got back from Vegas.
I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by after my long blogging vacation. I am hoping to get back into the swing of things. And I am hoping that spring will decide to peek out really soon. I am tired of heavy coats and no sunshine. Wishing you many days of sunshine ahead!


Stef H said...

glad you're back and that you had a great time. wow! on the diabetes prevention class and the wgt loss!!!! i fell. coming out of church. went down hard on my right knee and tho my knee has not scrape, no bruise, no aches or pains, because i put my arms out to break my fall, both my arms ache. my left arm was giving me trouble anyway and it's really killing me now... right in the muscle (upper arm). i can't raise it to curl my hair or put a shirt over my head. ugh! as for my knee, i can't kneel on it. at least nothing broke. scared the snot out of jade tho. guess i'll be taking it easy and enjoy the nice weather that's finally arrived. ALL THE SNOW IS GONE! yay!!!!

have a great week. oh... fabulous card too!

hugs :)

Sharla said...

Sounds like a crazy busy week in Vegas, glad you got to a few good shows! Great card, I love that you up-cycled something for the image and what a perfect when things come together like that!
Thanks for joining us at Pile It On!!
sharla dt :)

Charlene said...

Sounds like you had a great vacation...congrats on your weight loss. This is such a great male birthday card and I'm sure that your fil loved it. Thanks for playing in our Add a Birthday Sentiment challenge at Digistamps4Joy! We hope you will join us again.
♥ Charlene DS4J DT

Shelly Schmidt said...

That is ALOT of waling- how many miles in that many steps??? Glad you are back from all of your running around- safely....and back to reality! I love Cincinnati- My parents live ~ 20 min away in No. we go there as much as we can. LOVE the card you made- so cool!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Bet, your FIL loved this! So nice that you were able to delivery his card in person!

Glenda Atkins said...

Wow,how great to have been in Vegas and getting all that walking in. Sounds like you are living a busy life and that is good! Have a great week.

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