August 27, 2007

Try Something Different Day

First, you must go congratulate Becky Fay, who had a BABY, a cute little NEWBORN baby who makes MY baby look like a huge hulking TODDLER, practically. Oh, newborns. You are like crack to me.

Henry, practically a toddler

Today must be Try Something Different Day, because I have been MIXING IT UP all morning. First, I was bored by the idea of jogging (heck, I've done it TWELVE WHOLE TIMES, no wonder I'm suffused with ennui), so Rob and William and I did Tae Bo instead. That is to say, we flailed around with a Tae Bo DVD playing in the background--it's difficult to get the hang of it at first. I used to do Tae Bo a number of years ago, but then during my pregnancy I switched to Denise Austin ("Come on, I KNOW you can do it! You're doing GREAT! Can't you just FEEL your muscles WAKING UP to a GREAT NEW DAY?"), who offers a milder, less sweaty workout. After William was born, I thought I should start Tae Bo again, but I couldn't face watching that same one ("We did it in one unrehearsed take, so you can wincingly anticipate our mistakes every! single! time!") so I ordered a different workout. And then never did it, not even once. Until today!

Then, during my shower, I tried something NEW with my shampoo and conditioning procedure! Check it: I used the L'Oreal Vive Pro Nutri Gloss shampoo (which I bought because the bottle is gorgeous pink and because Erica promised it would give me shampoo-commercial hair), but--wait for it--didn't use the conditioner. Then, after I towel-dried my hair, I put in a small quantity of the conditioner as if it were a leave-in conditioner. I am waiting on the edge of my seat to see how this turns out. It could go either way!

THEN, I parted my hair on the other side! Yes! Normally I part it on the high left, and today I parted it medium right! I KNOW! But I said to myself, "Self, if you're not living Xtreme, you're not living."

Several of you commented yesterday on our big-ass clock. It is indeed enormous. In fact, it is so enormous, we lived for months mentally changing the time by an hour, because we couldn't get ourselves to take the thing down to change it for "fall back." Fortunately, "spring ahead" came along and now the clock is right again! Problem solved! I said, PROBLEM SOLVED.

39 comments:

tulipmom said...

You are a f-ing riot!

Denise Austin makes me wanna puke.

Henry's shoes have got to be the st thing I've seen (well, besides him, of course) in ages.

tulipmom said...

a f-ing

an f-ing

yes, an

it's so hard to be grammatically correct these days!

Tessie said...

Hmm, I hadn't thought of changing the time, that must be problematic indeed.

I guess I pictured you and the kids forming some kind of human chain and dangling off the balcony.

This is what I love about being a procrastinator...half of the time, as the saying goes, "by turning, turning, you come round right"!

nowheymama said...

My something new was to involve Katherine in going through the items in her dresser and closet today. Usually I remove outgrown outfits in the dead of night, but today I let her help.

Am I Xtreme, or what?

pinks & blues girls said...

Haha! Great post! I used to do Tae-Bo all the time, but it really annoyed me on some tapes when Billy Blanks would stop mid-workout to go over correct form on his daughter (that skinny girl in the front of all his workouts). Denise Austin, I believe, has a smile tattooed onto her face. There is no other explanation, except heroin.

Jane, P&B Girls

Swistle said...

Jane-- Also, how does Denise Austin look EXACTLY THE SAME now as she did when I was in high school more than 15 years ago? That's not possible.

Kelli in the Mirror said...

Henry is so delicious I want to nibble on his extremities. And I LOVE his shoes.

Erica said...

First of all - Those Shoes Are Adorable!!!!

Secondly - Good job with the Tae Bo. That shit kicks my ass.

Finally - You must let me know how the "Nutri Gloss conditioner as leave-in conditioner" experiment works.

PS - I love the pretty pink bottles, too : )

jonniker said...

"Practically a toddler"

SNORT! Oh yeah, Swistle. Get that boy enrolled in college, stat!

Misty said...

That. Boy. Is. Soooo. CUTE! Love the outfit. LOVE Love LOVE it.

Black Sheeped said...

I heart you.

MadMad said...

Hysterical! And that clock/time change thing? You are MY KIND of housekeeper!

Sara said...

Oh yes, that Henry....he's HUGE!! A toddler indeed...... you make me laugh.

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On a side note, Cait got the pink cowboy boots for her bday, and a cowboy hat to match. Pictures coming tonight.....she's darling.

Jenny H. said...

Thanks for the giggle.

I needed that.

Annie. said...

A toddler?! He's not even mobile yet... at all!

You look so good. Have you been exercising? Did you change your hair?

That's how I solved the same problem with the clock in my car.

alienbea said...

You are killing me with those adorable Henry pictures! I have become completely addicted and get cranky if I don't get my daily Henry. :)

Devan said...

Problem solved indeed. *giggle*

Devan said...

Oh, and Henry - super cute! LOVE the shoes!!!

the Girls' Moma said...

Ok, that boy is so cute it makes my ovaries tingle. Love his little chin!

I HATE when I forget to use conditioner -- I'd like to know how that leave-in experiment works, too!

AndreAnna said...

You have got to stop posting pictures of your newborn. They are like crack, and you're like a pusher!

"C'mon, honey, it's cool. Everyone else is doing it. Why can't we?"

Omaha Mama said...

Tae Bo. Lots of counting, yes? My roommate and I used to make the trailer that we lived in (yes, a trailer, in a trailer park) shake when we worked out together with Billy on the tv. Good times.

Your baby is simply adorable. Handsome. Well-dressed. He does look so big and aware. Funny how that happens so FAST!

Kelsey said...

The shoes, the shoes, I have officially died of the cute.

jen said...

I think once he has a "hairstyle" he's not a new born anymore!

The clock in my thermostat is wrong this half of the year.. mostly because it's right the half of the year that the automatic timer on the thermostat turns the heat on and off.

JMH said...

I. LOVE. BABY SHOES! So sweet.

Tae Bo is OK, but I think he moves to fast for the natural world. You should try Turbo Jam. It's a great combo of Tae Bo with a Denise Austin type instructor (but MUCH less annoying) and the music is better.

el-e-e said...

I said to my husband, "COME LOOK at this baby. This is someone else's baby... someone you don't know... but you have to agree he is the CUTEST baby of all time."

He agreed.

Emblita said...

Can't wait to hear the outcome of your conditioning experiment!
And oh god is Henry just adorable! So small and cute :p

Swistle said...

JMH- I know, he goes WAY too fast! But I remember the last time I was doing Tae Bo, after I'd done it awhile I could keep up. It's really hard at first. I wish I could find the Turbo Jam DVD available for regular purchase--I can only find it through "Marketplace Sellers" on Amazon, or on eBay.

Swistle said...

The conditioning thing worked! It didn't seem much different than using conditioner the regular way.

Sara said...

I just wanted to say that I too parted my hair differently today, and my day has been horrible so far.

I'm switching back tomorrow.

Shannon said...

He does look big! Elise will be 4 months old tomorrow! Yikes!

I do the whole hour ahead guess until time changes and the clocks are right again, too.

Kelsey said...

Swistle,

I saw your comment about the Turbo Jam DVD. I can't speak for ebay, but I have had LOTS of success with marketplace sellers on amazon.com. I look for people who are well rated over at least a couple hundred ratings. I have probably ordered over 100 items this way (um, you can ask why over email if you choose!) and only had one problem which amazon quickly resolved.

I am sure there are others with horror stories, but I wanted to let you know what worked for me.

Swistle said...

Kelsey- I use Marketplace, too, but sometimes if the supply is low, the prices are way too high. And then the items don't qualify for free shipping, which, *pout.*

JMH said...

Swistle: I got my Turbo Jam from beachbody.com. I think the DVD was around $30, BUT it had 5 workouts on it! That is only $6 per workout video (which is how I convinced my husband that I needed to buy it :)

4andcounting said...

He is the cutest baby on the planet. Will you share his cuteness with my baby?

CAQuincy said...

I can't stand the cuteness! You are indeed, a pusher! [I MUST concentrate on horrible last trimester of last baby! MUST RESIST!]

My Buddy Mimi said...

I'm stalled out on the 5K program too. I discovered that I can run about one mile but not a single step farther. But hey, I am running one mile, which is better than the couch. So we'll see how self-motivated I am from here on out.

Misguided Mommy said...

swistle first of all...two days with now post are you okay?

second...whats the deal has all this running made you quit baking or what!

Swistle said...

Misguided Mommy- I know, I know! I'm still here! Working on the mint chocolate brownie recipe.

My Buddy Mimi- A mile is awesome. I'd love to say, all casual-like, "Yeah, just ran a mile, you know."

JHM- THAT IS VERY USEFUL INFO. I was thinking it was just ONE workout, so I was cheesing out about the price. This changes EVERYTHING.

Christine said...

Love you Swistle.

Indeed I was sent this on youtube and the woman reminded me of you for some obvious reasons.

Hope you find this funny, and not offensive, but here goes!


http://youtube.com/watch?v=Y6rE0EakhG8