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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Summer of Amber

For some reason, I always relate a little to closely to George Costanza, from the TV show Seinfeld. In one of my early Blog Posts I relived an episode where George finds a perfectly fine pastry in the trash, and proceeds to eat it. My baby goes to 1st Grade in the Fall, which means I should join the ranks of the working again. So this time I can relate to the "Summer of George", where he takes the summer off to focus just on himself. So that is where my last hurrah, my Summer of Amber, comes in.  It ended badly for George Costanza, as many things do for him. He wore dirty clothes, ate too much, and in the end fell due to atrophied muscles (from doing nothing all summer).

What's my plan for the Summer of Amber? Well, I have big plans that don't include Frolf (Frisbee Golf, according to George). Number #1 is my kids. We are planning Mommy School and I plan to get my boys over the reading/spelling hump that they both are struggling with. I want to be a great Mom this summer. I want to do math on the sidewalk with chalk and teach them how to dive properly. I want to play and laugh with them, make homemade popsicles.  They have printed up their own money and written what tasks it will take to earn it. I have them making their beds, wiping down sinks and vacuuming. I feel like in a blink of the eye my little boys will be little men, but I still have this summer. I have big plans.

I will also work on my other writing projects a little bit.  I'll be posting over at Android Mom where I write about Android (Droid, Nexus One, EVO, Incredible) smartphones for Moms, kids and the family and contributing more to Yo!Ladies an e-zine where I contribute articles (somewhat irregularly!).

Diet wise, I am keeping it all the same. For maintenance I am not really changing anything. I am dealing with Kidney Stones right now, and the stress and pain from it have been a diet challenger (I'll write all about that later). But I am holding pretty steady and have finally broken my obsession with weighing everyday. My goal this summer is to just keep on keeping on the Belly Fat Cure. I do want to take my "run/hikes" and turn them into just plain "runs" this summer too. I don't know where I will find the time for that, though. I'll write more about my exercise soon.

I also plan on doing lots of reading, while the kids swim or play at the park. Here are a few of the books I have on my library list or have ordered from Amazon:


What are your big plans for the summer?


  1. Sounds like a great plan! I'm so sorry to hear you're still struggling with the kidney stones. That's no good. My original plan, before I lost my job, was to do Body for Life this summer. Probably no reason why that should change, but I've just been a little thrown off track. The weight's good, I just need to work on my shape.

    So cute you're really dedicating yourself to your kids. A sign of a great mom!

  2. Enjoy your kids this summer. They do grow fast. My "baby boy" turned 19 today! I have 4 kids. The 2 boys (other turns 22 in August) still live @ home. The 2 girls (24 in July and 26 in Sept.) are on their own. Amber- the oldest lives in your old part of the country. She lives in Castle Rock and is finishing 2nd year Med-School at Rocky Vista in Parker CO just outside of Denver. (She is taking her first boards June 16). I still feel so young so I don't know how they got so old. (I'll be 48 June 22.)Sounds like you have a great summer plan.

  3. Hey Amber! Elsa said that the "Primal Blueprint" is excellent and is going to lend it to me. I did get "Good Calories, Bad Calories" (per Jorge's suggestion at our meetings) but the dang thing is like 600 pages or something like that. I want to hear what else Mark Sisson has to say. Now if I could just find time to read....

  4. Reading Good Calories, Bad Calories now. Yes, it is heavy reading and at times dry...but OH SO INTERESTING...The popular belief that fat bodies come from eating fat is blown away. My GF said I'll be a doctor by the time i finish it. Also going to read Women, Food God.

    Have fun with mom and the boys...Adam turns 15 next week and is towering over me. Hug and kiss them everyday!

    My summer plan - ORGANIZE!

  5. Great plan, sista! My summer plans? Reading "How to See Yourself As You Really Are" by the Dalai Lama (maybe the summer of Kim for me) and gotta hit Borders for some lighter reading.

    Hope you are feeling better - cheers to the Summer of Amber!

  6. Kim - I will have to add that book to my library list!

    Misha & Lisa thanks for the warning on the Good/Bad Calories! Im reading it since you recommended it.

    I should have renamed the blog Me & George for the day in honor of George Costanza. <3 him!