I spent the afternoon at a "Crock-a-doodle" party. They supply the ceramic piece and paints and you paint it. They take it away and fire it and you get the finished piece. I chose to do the cookie jar and, just as with the mandala, I had to fill in all of the whitespace. The design I ended up with is not exactly the same as I'd had in my head (I imagined something sparse and got a very full picture), but I think it looks ok anyways. I'll take a few pictures when it comes back to me for you.
I had a great time at the party - I met a number of people I hadn't met and saw some people I haven't seen in a long time. It was a lot of fun catching up. I also liked seeing what everyone else was making - they all looked so much better than mine! I'm really glad I went this afternoon :)
Ian bought some software that will help us keep track of our caloric intake and exercise so that we can honestly record what we're eating. Both of us are about 15-20 pounds over what we're supposed to be and the weight just won't come off by doing nothing (our current approach). We set things up so that we want to lose the weight over a year and it figured out what our daily caloric intake should be. It also allows us to "bank" calories to be used within a certain period of time, like a month, for special occasions.
The program allows us to keep track of our measurements, weight, or BMI - whichever we prefer. It seems to be a robust program, and hopefully we'll continue to use it. It works with our recipe software, too, which is cool :).