Monday, July 09, 2007

On Wednesday, to celebrate the 4th, we went to Old Sturbridge Village- a recreation village set between 1790 and 1840. All of the pictures on this post are from our visit there. It was a great chance to play with the camera and try to learn the settings. Unfortunately I over-exposed one event. I thought I had fixed the settings halfway through, but apparently not. Nothing major, so I'm not too concerned. I'll just have to practice more so that don't mess things up on our upcoming vacations.

While we were there, we rediscovered badminton, although at the Village it was Battledore and Shuttlecock and was played with paddles (similar in size to ping pong paddles). On the way home we stopped at the store to pick up our own badminton set. And since Wednesday we have played almost every day- and twice on Saturday.

There was another game there called The Graces that we also enjoyed- and picked up a set to play at home (although we haven't played yet). However, my skills at badminton are far superior to my skills at the Graces.

It's weird to me to be so into a sport- I am not an athletic person at all. If we keep up with the badminton I may even get a better racket. I question the quality of the racket that came in the set for $12. The racket I want is pink and costs about $50.

This weekend I also got a new bikini. It's very cute- black with a skull and crossbones on the top front and another on the bottom back. And since I already had purchased pirate scrapbook paper with no use in sight, I now have a reason to use that paper. Right?

However, I am realizing that perhaps my time for wearing a bikini is coming to an end. It's hardly a skimpy one, yet I seem to have some rolls of fat hanging out. Aaargh! I'm not used to that at all!

So, any suggestions on ways to loose a few pounds- especially in the tummy, butt, or hips? I guess I knew this was happening as I've noticed my weight gaining and my old clothes no longer fitting, but it still comes as a shock to me.

And my final update for the weekend-I finally got some scrapping done! Christmas Album, Mom's birthday, and Easter. The Christmas Album had been dragging for weeks and weeks. Such a weight off my shoulders to have that done. The other two layouts- nothing spectacular about them, but I was able to use some new products on them and it was a nice way to get the creative juices flowing a bit. Next up on the scrapping front is my trip to Chicago in April. I think I have about 4 pages worth of photos. Just one problem- no room for journaling. Not so sure what I want to do about that. The journaling that was on my blog earlier this month is about 4 pages long. I may just print out the journaling and tuck it into the page protector behind the LO. Either that or LOTS of hidden journaling.


Tracy said...

I also find myself wondering why I am still in a bikini! I htink we are all critical of ourselves.

Beleive it or not, playing badminton will help to tone you up. The extra cardio will help, even if you are not moving a million miles and hour. Taking walks is also a good way to drop a few extra pounds. Especially if you are not athletically inclined.
What ever you do choose to do, take it slow, you don't want to over do it!

Tami said...

i think if you can wear it, wear it! someday you wont' want to when you are chasing your kids around....anyway, i loved my yoga ball and the dvd-it wiped my tummy up! i can make a copy for you, they sell those balls at tj maxx, etc

~Mel said...

I'm quite proud of you for being so caught up with your scrapping.

Loved hearing about OSV again - it's a quick step back to childhood!

What's your favorite picture from the day with the new camera?

Katie said...

Love that picture of the sheep! Awesome! If ever in doubt about the settings...put it in full auto...and then see what settings the camers picks...great way to learn. :)

You have been very busy with all those albums...go girl!

Vanessa B. said...

Keep wearing that bikini, girl! And my tried and true lose a couple pounds routine is to go light on the carbs and eat them early in the day. For dinner I have veggies and protein and have nothing to eat after 8pm, that's it. And tons of water.

Christine said...

my favorite is the rooster!