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Monday, January 31, 2011

luv / hate relationships.

well since it is february and its all about LUV (and my birthday, which of course most people will forget because it is not a leap year this year, if you are wondering...this is a HINT, don't forget me!)...i thought i would share with you some of my luv / hate relationships...

- old navy. cute kids clothes, right??!! but why is it that either:

#1. everytime i buy something on sale, i go to the register and it doesn't ring up on sale and i have to tell the cash register girl and she changes it or she says nope, you must have been looking at the wrong sign (even though the outfit was literally sitting on top of the sign).

#2. so i go ahead and buy the kids clothes and then 24-48 hours later, everything is on-sale...a good 30-40% off (yes i know i can take my receipt back and get the difference, but another trip...). anyways, it leaves me confused and hatin.

- cooking.

man, i get in these phases where i am a rock-star...trying new recipes (mostly only those who have been successfully attempted & made by my fabulous sisters or sister-in-laws) and even making a few recipes ahead of the game and freezing them in the freezer. but then it just gets buggin sometimes and i get in a rut...you have to BUY it and PREPARE it and SERVE it and CLEAN it up and so on and so forth. it's literallytiring thinking about it and i mean if someone asked me what is the most annoying question you can think of, my answer just might be:
"what is for dinner?" AHHHHHHHHHHH. help me.

but then j. cam's skills are minimal and i can only survive on a few nights of eggs & cinnamon toast or frozen pizza, so back to the kitchen i go because i really do luv to cook, the way you feel after you serve a yummy meal, and to have fun convo at the dinner table.

- cell phones.

i luv my cell phone, um lUv. it saved me in san diego when i could talk endlessly to my sisters and mom when i was going through a hard time & not able to travel home much. it allows us to keep updated so easily and quickly with one another. it's fun. the apps, let's not even start right...they are ridiculously cool and creative and unbelievable.

but last week when i was coaching a young women's basketball game and when the girls subbed in and out of the game, they went right to their cell phones when they were on the sidelines, my eyes started opening a little. i thought, what are they doing?...but then, mostly, i started asking myself the same question...what am I doing? how much am i "into" my phone. how many days of the week do i check that phone first thing in the morning, before i do anything else. it can be consuming. then, a couple nights ago i watched extreme makeover: home addition and i took this pledge...im embarrassed to say that i have texted while driving, ive entered an address into a gps while driving. sometimes the things we luv can become the very things we hate if we let them consume us.

- people watching at the gym

...it's fun...it's sometimes funny...it's interesting...it's sometimes inspiring...i feel lucky to have one so close to my house, i got a super slick deal on my membership & it includes daycare (holla!), it's an adequate alternative to the great outdoors in the dreary winter months...BUT

im freaking out lately...it's like i go to the gym and i must be going at the wrong times because there are hardly any open treadmills, workout equipment in general (except for the lame stuff nobody wants, you know what i mean) and then i look at the peeps on the treadmills and they are on their cell phones (*see luv / hate comment above...), laughing and chit chatting to their neighbor at 2.5 speed, continuously putting their hair (and by hair, i mean extensions) up and down from a pony tail...i want to yell "hello people, either start kicking your trash or get off the machine so i can start kicking my own...its called a workout & time is precious." okay that was kinda harsh and slightly rude but don't worry because it bites me in the hiney everytime i think those things because i usually end up right next to the person with ripe b.o.

i'd LUV to hear about your luv / hate relationships...or can you relate to any of mine...

do you text when you drive?
i don't anymore. i even talked to my girls about it, so they will help by also not bothering me so much when i drive (with changing dvds, treats, yelling, etc).
? do you want to take the pledge, click here.

what's your favorite recipe right now?
lately i have been obsessed with soups (they are easy andi can throw them in the crock pot...my sister lindsey has a killer white chicken chili recipe, let me know if you are interested).

where do you like to shop for kids clothes?
i usually shop at target & old navy. i always hear people getting great deals at macy's (yes, you nachelle), where do you get the best deals?

do you usually end up next to the person with b.o.?
yes, 50% of the time.

I put this at the bottom, in hopes you would read that whole post :)

your books are ready for you!!! i will send them first thing in the morning!
If you are still interested in reading along with me, I will happily email you the reading chart...I think you guys would luv it!


Angie said...

I liked reading these, Cam.

I need to commit to start answering my phone. I never do. I love my phone but I always let it go to voicemail. I text at lights but I should stop that too. I don't have girls to keep me honest!

You should come to my gym. Oh.my.goodness. There are some crazy-crazy body-builder women (and men). Sometimes I wonder if they are real. I'm pretty sure one of the guys I saw wasn't.

I love you! Fun to read your favorite things.

Ming said...

Wahoo I won!!! I NEVER win anything! I'm so excited. Yes, please send me your reading chart and I will try my best to follow along.

I too do not text and drive. Good stuff.

I don't ever get put by the BO guy. Luckily. Sounds terrible. The time I'm in the gym is the same time all the really old people work out. I'm always so impressed by the fact that they are in the gym at their age. Inspiring. And generally they don't get in my way too much. I wish the rec center had free day care, but at least I have your sweet card you passed on to me to help for a little while. :)

Melissa said...

I love your posts! I never text while driving because I still have an old ghetto phone that I have a really hard time texting on. I'm waiting on my iphone 4 - which I can't get until May because of some contract reason or something.

You have to try these recipe blogs (if you haven't already) I make their stuff every night and have not been disappointed once:


I LOVE LOVE LOVE my YMCA gym. I'm so into Body Combat, I would do it every day all day if I could.

And, I'm a little embarrassed to admit this (not really) all my kids' clothes come from goodwill - seriously. I hate that they stain clothes the first time they wear them, so I don't feel bad about it/get anxiety over them ruining their clothes because I only pay $1for it at goodwill. And they have some really nice clothes - you'd never guess that's where their clothes come from. All Gap, Gymboree, Old Navy, etc.

Shelli said...

I'll send you some delish soup recipes. Remind me! Let's see...love and hate: I too love being able to keep in touch with the phone or send a quick text, but I hate them in the hands of teens. Kent calls them the electronic binkies of this generation. An obsession that really bugs. And I have a teen. Aargh. I love bedtime--getting those critters into a spot to stay still for the next 9 hours, but hate the fight leading up to it. Again, aargh. And family night: Love the concept, love when we actually have fun, love the treats and if we ever get a message out of it; hate the fight the ensues guaranteed. Triple aargh. And I love your blog... and you guys. No hate relationship there.

Nachelle said...

Cam, I love reading your posts, hate that I can't hear your rants in person!

I also do not text while driving, however I do need to do better about GPS and taking care of kids. Pass along the chicken chili recipe, ugh I hate cooking ruts! You know I love a good deal, but I am with you most of my kids clothes come from Target, Old Navy and Gap. Which are all hit and miss on sales too. Do love this time of the year with end of the season clearances though.

TeamWalbruch said...

I am usually next to you at the gym - do I have BO? :) Luv ya Cam!

KESLER KREW...Cami said...

ang - "oh.my.goodness" hahahah! luv you ang, hope you are enjoying the florida sunshine!

mind - so did you get it??? what do you think? are you up for the challenge? oh those good old HR rec centers, everybody wears deodrant in HR :)

melissa! thanks for the awesome, awesome websites! and your thriftyness (is that a word?) on the kidos clothes is smart and inspiring!

shelli: def. send me the soup recipes!!! i luv how you wray girls are amazing cooks...we need to do a new wray recipe book!

white chicken chili
- 3-15oz cans of white kidney beans (drain 2, put the entire other one in, with water and all)
- 2 1/2c cooked chicken (i use the canned chicken from costco and its awesome!)
- 1 c chopped white onion
- 1 1/2c chopped red, green, or yellow sweet pepper
- 2 cans green chili
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 2 1/2c chicken broth
*Stir in slow cooker = 4 to 5 hours high
8-10 hour low
*serve with cheese & LIME tortilla chips!

emily: i forgot you read this blog.
JK~! you def. dont have the B.O.....best workout partner ever!

KESLER KREW...Cami said...

also wanted to add, thanks for not coming down hard on me on the texting and driving even though i know most of you wanted to punch me in the face. i have been very proud of myself the past week and half...when i have had the urge (mindlessly) to grab my phone, i think of you guys who read this and my pledge!

Deb said...

OK....I am laughing my head off! I love the "gym" love/hate thing...and the final comment about "ripe b.o."...classic! So, so funny! I'm going to laugh about that one for a while! We still need to somehow get together...I think we're close!

KESLER KREW...Cami said...

deb! tell me you know what i am talking about :) haha
excited to see you all for the girls get together!!!!! we need to get together more! i'm all about it!