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I'm a single mom with two great kids living near Dallas, Texas. This is my life; day to day things that are probably only important to me. This is my record of my ups, my downs and the road that I've taken along the way. For whatever reason YOU'RE here, I hope you find something you can enjoy and/or relate to. God bless.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006


Last Friday night, my neighbor, Cindy, had one of her Pampered Chef parties. I love Cindy, I don't think there is anyone any genuinely sweeter or kinder than Cindy. Which, is the only reason I can justify my going to her Pampered Chef parties, since I do not cook, and still I've never left without spending under $70 ~ $80. Just the way of the world. But, Mark loves everything I've bought and we do use everything that's been purchased.
I'm off track...again.
At Cindy's party, there was a woman talking about a work out regime she does called T-Tapp. Most of the women at the party were members at 24 Hour Fitness, except for the woman who does T-Tapp. This lady had great arms and she was demonstrating one of the exercises she said she had seen improve her upper arms greatly. Well, women love to have great upper arms, not so much muscular, but fit and structured. Someone asked her to show a few other T-Tapp exercises and she did. One was called a HoeDown...sort of like the country dance...lifting knees high in different directions while you move back and forth as going in and out of a circle. She said she'd seen quick toning in her hip to upper thigh area since doing this exercise.
I, always curious, got on-line and watched some of the videos from the T-Tapp website, to make sure I remembered the moves correctly. Well, the one for the arms irritated my shoulder, so took it easy on it, however the hoedown was kind of fun and new to me from anything else I do. This morning...my left hip is pulled way to the left and I can barely move my leg. I did not over do it, it was my first time trying this and I know better. But man, pain. And here I was trying to really take it easy on my shoulder, lol. I've got this shooting pain from the left side of my lower back, into my hip and down to my knee.
As I was walking Mark out this morning (yeah, takes more than excruciating pain to keep me from walking my guy to his truck in the mornings, lol) I was explaining to him about the 'hoedown' exercise and why I was walking like one of the living dead and he starts laughing. At the time, I'm thinking...okay, he's been more sensitive. When he turns to look at me and saw the "I wish I had something to hit you upside your head" look on my face, Mark raises his arm up and starts waving his hand at our sleeping neighbors, saying "did you have to start yelling 'Ho' down, help...ho' down!!"? He was still laughing as he drove off down the road without a kiss goodbye.


Blogger DaBich said...

LOL, good thing for Mark, you LOVE him ;)
I'm much too lazy to exercise. I AM however, watching what I shovel into my mouth, and my stomach. Lost 24 pounds since March =D

7:43 AM  
Blogger samuru999 said...

Ouch! Hope you will feel better soon Kathi... Men! What are we to do with them? Guess you'll still keep him though...huh?

8:14 AM  
Blogger Johnnie Avocado said...

Guys are "Fixers", not "talkers". Give him a problem to fix, he'll fix it. In this case, he loves you, feels bad for you, would fix it if he could, but it's already happened, so you may as well laugh. I personally love how my wife always has a "flavor of the month" when it comes to workout/entertainment. She always gets hurt and moves to the next "greatest thing" I can only laugh.
Being hurt is a drag, but the body heals...somewhat:P Maybe you need to start in on it slower.

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL....LOL....Oh Kathi, you should of chased him down for you kiss goodbye...jk...just messing w/ ya. So you going to continue with the exercises? How is Cindy doing, tell her I say hi, next time you see her? And what about Kelley, was she there? I havent seen or talked to either of them, since Kelley and I moved out of Allen.


oh by the way take it easy today

8:36 AM  
Blogger Leesa said...

You have shooting pain, ~deb has neck problems. And I actually have some sort of neck problem - probably stress on my part.

8:45 AM  
Blogger kathi said...

dabich ~ yup, good thing, lol. And 24 since March? Do tell.

samuru999 ~ yeah, I'll keep him. At this age, it's hard to break in a new one. :)

johnnie ~ and you prove why I titled this 'Men....'. Thanks for bringing my point home for me. :)

abi ~ hon, it was me who didn't want the kiss...and could you see me running down the road after him for anything? You know me better than that.
Kelly wasn't there, Cindy is good, she just got back from vacationing in Paris and had a great time. I'll tell them you said "Hi". Love you, and you betcha I'll take it easy. :)

8:46 AM  
Blogger kathi said...

leesa ~ wow, we're such a threesome, if only we felt better, lol.
That's going to get me in trouble, I can hear it now. KIDDING PEOPLE!!

8:50 AM  
Blogger ~Deb said...

Oooooh Dani's gonna call you a perverted heathen Kathi if you don't stop flirting with the thought of an ORGIE! haha!!! Now that's some HOEdown! ;)

Feel better! And wish me well with my neck. It's our neck against your hips...err..... yeh, we'll get better...

9:24 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

A few new exercises put in a bad way like that? Hahaha! The hoedown can't be THAT strenous.

Shame on you for withholding the morning loving from Mark. He was just trying to keep it light. "Hoe down..help!" Funny!

Go return those gifts to Cindy and make an appt for a full body massage.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

That pampered chef is the devil I tell ya. They always trick me into buying something really expensive that I dont need. But the parties are fun..and they feed you.

I have to tell you that I am dying laughing at the ho down!

10:29 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

When I do actually stop laughing I'll consider feeling sorry for ya.


10:47 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

sorry your stoved up, sounds miserable. :-( Mark probably felt safe knowing that you couldn't chase him down. hehe
But there's something I don't understand. Could you explain this upper arm thing...

I don't have upper arms. I have a wingspan....

Feel better!!!

10:49 AM  
Blogger DaBich said...

Kathi, it's in two things...portion control, and cutting out junk.
I don't starve, I still eat some "junk" now and then, and still manage to lose weight SLOWLY. I hear it's the best way. I joined Sparkpeople.com and that got me started on the right track.

P.S. Make it up to Mark later on...

11:28 AM  
Blogger kathi said...

deb ~ yeah, my humor sucks. Uhhhmmm, I mean it's poor. :)

shawn ~ I'm telling you...men, it's a genetic need to have your butt kicked. :) They weren't strenous at all! I don't know, it must just be the way I did them. Apparently, my body doesn't bend that way. :)

1:44 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

anne ~ I know, I never really wanna go, but can't leave once I get there. And honest, everything I buy I think 'Mark or the boys would love that'. Seriously. Last night, Mark taught Charlie how to make home made salsa...it was sooooo good. All my guys like to cook. I'm a lucky lady...thus the reason I need that Hoedown I suppose, lol.

mike ~ again...men

lisa ~ hadn't thought about that, the loveable jerk. :)
The arms thing was called the hitchhiker. You stand with your arms out so you're body is like a T and your thumbs are up like your hitching. Extend your arms a bit back, as far back as they're comfortable and still at that T angle. Then twist your arm up and down so that your thumb is facing up and then as far down as you can get it. You can get this, I think, at t-tapp.com :) My right rotator cuff is torn, so I have to be really careful with it.

dabich ~ sparkpeople.com, thank you :) and yeah, I will ;)

1:51 PM  
Blogger SmileDragon said...

AAAaaah, ha ha ha, ho down. I'm sorry Kathi, that's funny. ;) Hope you are feeling better! Drink lots of water!

2:07 PM  
Blogger ~Deb said...

Wait, something I have to comment on are those awful 'parties'. The Pampered Chef, the tupperware and Mary Kay b/s. I can't deal with invitations that are based on 'making sales'. I know people have to make money and all, but I detest anyone of these parties.

I once went to a "Christmas Around the World" party and was stuck talking to a bunch of gossipy hens all night. Beverages were not of "Deb's" kind if you get my drift. They were ""REFRESHMENTS""!

I know... I need AA. ASAP!

3:23 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

crystal ~ yeah, I'll give ya that it was funny, smartass.

deb ~ you know, I feel the exact same way! Except for my friend, Cindy. She's a single mom of 2 with a full time job just trying to make ends meet. PLUS, her house is always spotless (she's very clean) :). I'd do anything to support her.

4:08 PM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

soak in tub with epsom salt OR even better salt from the Deep Sea; it is a little more expensive than epsom salt but soooo worth it! My ex got in a really bad car accident and I bought a tub of it and made him soak for at least 20 mins for like two weeks and the doctor was really impressed with his muscle relax and jis healing, he was such a pampered brat... but anyway I am so sorry! The fact that it actually was called the Ho down is pretty funny you gotta admit :D You should see me after I do a set of stadiums (about a gazzillion set staircase) oohhweee do I walk funny for the next two days. It's always worse the second day so make sure to stretch lots to prevent that!



4:28 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

huneeb ~ STRETCHING...that's what I didn't do!!!! Dang, girl...thank you!

4:34 PM  
Blogger Everything Nice said...

At first, I felt REALLY guilty for laughing about your hoedown dance...

(man them pampered chef ladies can be a down-right hoot, can't they?)

But then I see I wasn't the only one that got a nice belly jarring chuckle out of it so I'm hoping I wont be persecuted for snickering a LOT.

I am SO doing that when I get home... for serious. I think it's exactly what we need around the house.... my husband will NOT know what to do with me :)

man, thanks Kathi for your comment... I'll be sticking around for awhile. I love your blog home :)

5:51 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

en ~ nah, no persecution here. I'm pretty much use to people laughing at me. I laugh at me too! *who wouldn't?*

Yeah, your post on your kids privates (oh, hush people, go read it for yourself)was the only time I've ever heard anyone have the same...'situation' as mine.

Thanks for your kind words, appreciated.

6:03 PM  
Blogger ell said...

sorry you're hurting kathi - i've never heard of t-tapp. i guess it's the next big thing. anything to keep those jiggly arms toned and tight has to be good.

now for you - a nice long soak ought to do the trick! feel better!

6:38 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

ell ~ thanks, I'm better already. Tomorrow, I'll be stretching first! I'm such a goofball!

7:26 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

oh man kathi

don't lift your leg so high either :)

8:20 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

sass ~ if only I could, sass, if only I could.

10:38 PM  
Blogger Heart Of Darkness said...

Kathi, send me a video with those arm-exercises, so I can get rid of my wings! :)

(okay, not to give myself a bad rep, it's not like I risk flying off whenever it's windy, it's more of... not as fit as it could be?)


1:54 AM  
Blogger Everything Nice said...

Well we need to stick together then. Maybe start a coffee clutch of mothers with hung kids.

I'll have to think on a good ackronym.

And are you kidding? This is a great blog :)

10:09 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

hey kathi? cas is okay, he just answered my comment from his phone. puter down.

11:56 AM  
Blogger ~Deb said...

Where's my neurotic Christian Texan?

I need something to read Kath! Come on!


2:38 PM  

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