Category Archives: Personal Journal

UPDATE: Which Plate? And the winner is…


Pixie Knits…

Seems that I will be going with the PXE KNTS license plate… I’m very excited.  Although only 5 people voted in my little poll, it was fun to see that I was on the right track. Thank you to those that did vote…

Which Plate? Help me choose my personal license plate…


In case you didn’t know, I’m like really really into knitting now.  Almost to the point where it is a compulsion. Keeping that in mind, and since I’ve also been a pixie for most of my adult life (pixie has been a part of my user name, or computer handle for you old school folks) I have decided to possibly blend the two together.  Keeping this in mind, here are the two license plates that I’ve decided to pick from.  I would like some feedback, so let me know which one you like best!

Plate A: Pixie Knits

Plate B: Knit 1, Yarn Over, Slip Slip Knit

The Pretty Pink Princess Pixie Challenge Goes LIVE!


Today my sister blog, The Pretty Pink Princess Pixie Challenge went live; along with a Twitter account and Facebook page. The Pretty Pink Princess Pixie Challenge is a weight loss and fitness competition between my sister-in-law Barbara (The Princess) and me (The Pixie).

The Princess came up with the idea for the challenge. Our gym offers a weight loss/fitness challenge to members, but due to our schedule we couldn’t participate. So the Princess came up with the idea to use our naturally competitive natures for good instead of evil, and devised our own unofficial, official fitness challenge. With the help of our personal trainers, the Princess and Pixie challenge will soon commence.

The blog will be a place for each of us to share our thoughts about the process, our progress, and just share things that we have to say about each other (smack talking will be a prominent fixture). I plan on sharing my food and exercise journal too.

Please support our challenge, and follow along with us on the blog, Twitter and Facebook.

Bravo to Jerry’s Subs & Pizza – Nutritional Information is very detailed


Guess I won’t be going anytime soon… 😦

Jerry’s Subs & Pizza – Nutritional Information.

Shower Thoughts #76: It’s good to be a veteran


  1. Wow, a lot of people seem to understand that Veteren’s Day isn’t about car and furniture sales… about time.

For all those who have served, are serving, and will serve, thank you. I know you may not see it as a sacrifice because that’s just the way you are, but I just wanted to pass that along. Although I initially enlisted for certain reasons, I came to realize that it was an honor and privalige to serve.  I have been out of the service for 9 years now, but it feels like yesterday. I think about my time in the military everyday, and I’m thankful for the opportunities that I was given then and now because of my service.

The following pictures were taken by me this past April when we took a mini-vacation to Washington, D.C. for spring break.

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Personal Journal #18: Yeah, I know it’s late…


Ok, I know, I know… it’s late.  I just want to post a quick hello to update what’s been going on this weekend.  So in a word, I’ve been busy… I mean really busy. I think I spent almost 8 hours running here and there yesterday (Saturday) doing all sorts of things.

Thankfully I didn’t go anywhere today, but I’ve still been busy.  First thing we did this morning when I got up was clean house.  We had the CEO from the Totally Committed Community Outreach Center (TCCOC) over so that we could help him with some things and show him the work done on the center’s Facebook page and Twitter accounts. There is a website also in the works.

After Larry left, I had to write two memos for school and reply to two message board posts. But first I had to research anti-virus software (yuck!). While I was doing that the trick or treating was in full swing so the door bell was getting a work out.

I also cooked a roast tonight.  It was ok, but I don’t think I’ll do it again for a while.

So this is the last little bit for the night… until next time…

Welcome back to our regularly scheduled program…


After a break from the blogging scene, not that I was ever that prolific, I think it is time for me to make a comeback. I plan on reviving “Shower Thoughts” “Top 3 Tuesday” and various little tidbits along the way.  Starting tomorrow I’ll post the first new installment of the Top 3 and Shower Thoughts.  I’ve also been hitting the gym pretty hard and I’ve been thinking about doing a regular serial having to do with fitness or my personal gym experience.  Let me know what you think. I’m also planning on review some audio books in addition to my musical selections.  Something a little different.  I’ve been “reading” and interesting series, so stay tuned.

For those of you new to My Ordinary Journey, welcome! For those of my few faithful followers, hi there, and welcome back! I hope everyone gets a kick out of my posts.  My hope is to share a laugh or a smile everyday.  So tell me, what has everyone been up to?

I have a new logo too (as you can see from the banner up top). I’m really liking the blue and white color scheme.

Oh, the pain…


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So, I basically took the summer off from my blog.  I didn’t really have much to write about (I still really don’t) and I was short on time;  I was taking a class this summer (Introduction to Project Management) and going to the gym a lot.  I have finished my class, the kids are back in school and I’m still going to the gym.

This particular post is about the joys of accomplishing something, and the pain that goes along with it.  Back in April you may remember that I was diagnosed with some fairly common health problems that can be solved with a change in diet and exercise.  I have been working diligently on making and sticking with those changes.  One way I have accomplished this is to work with a personal trainer.  We go see him twice a week and augment our strength training with him by doing 45-60 minutes of cardio work another 3 days a week.

This last Tuesday was a leg day.  I think it will be the most difficult leg day that we will ever have.  I now hurt in places I rather/shouldn’t speak about.  However, not only did I not stop when gently reminded I could stop and rest, I pushed on, going to my “happy place” (I was really just singing along with the song in my head).  After the workout on Tuesday walking down or up stairs were something of an issue, but nothing serious.  Wednesday I was starting to feel a bit sore, but was able to knock out a 1.5 mile jog for a cardio day. Today, Thursday, I can barely walk.  I guess it’s true that something worth having is worth working for, and I’m literally working my ass off!

My Bucket List


The Bucket List.-

Not that I’m a morbid person, but there are some things that I would like to accomplish before my time is up.  I started my bucket list this morning.  It’s been something that I’ve been floating around in my head for a while now.  I thought it would be a good idea to just get something started on paper.  If you care to check it out, here it is: My Bucket List. I hope I can get to 101 things before I die.

Personal Journal #17: Just plain stalled out


Ugh, this weight loss thing is really not going well. I’ve heard that I would hit a plateau but this is just out of control. I’ve been at the same weight for 3 weeks now. All the while I’ve still maintained my low fat/low sugar diet, made sure my calorie count was between 1400-1600 a day, and I’ve increased my exercise including the cardio. My blood sugar has also been higher lately too.

So, I’m going to change my eating habits again by eating earlier and stepping up the cardio. I’m going to work on doing more reps with less weight for my strength training. I’m also going to start taking my measurements. I figure that even if I’m not “losing weight” I might still be losing inches. It just gives me another metric to use.

So here is where I am today…
Weight: 249
Waist: 48.5″
Hips: 53″
Chest: 42″
Thigh: 27″

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