May 21, 2009

Who's to Blame?

So through some weird process or another, I was alerted to the fact that someone I know (and is possibly/absolutely related to me) was "tagged" in some recent prom photos. What I found while perusing said pictures was kind of disturbing. I'm no fashion plate, admittedly quite the opposite (as evidenced by my ever-slouching dress socks). But Christ on a Cracker are these some hideous prom dresses. Every single one of them!

May 19, 2009


Mom's coming to spend the rest of the week with (me) the beach. I cleaned the nooks and crannies of the stove and the area between the fridge and the wall. I washed everything that could be shrunk, bleached, or fed to my malevolent dryer. I mowed my square of grass in the backyard and attempted to pull as many weeds out of the flower garden as humanly possible. I left the coffee pot out with the coffee nearby so she wouldn't have to rummage, and sticky noted her very own personal box of Cheez-its.

I shoved every late bill into a shoebox into the far nether regions of my closet and attempted to clean out my car.

Is there anything I'm forgetting?

May 18, 2009


It's funny how having several one dollar bills in your purse/pockets makes you feel like you have lots of money, but really it's only like eight dollars.

May 8, 2009

Mid Years Notes and Pontifications

I feel like 2009 is slipping away from me. The first 5 months of it that is.

What happened?
Well I tried some things in 2008 that failed. I have never been one to fall off the horse and lay there, but at the same time - I felt like the horse kicked me off, ate all the grass, and then returned with other horses to trample me. I'm relying heavy on metaphor here - quite simply I needed a break. So I fell off the horse and laid there.

I twitter now for the EF part of OEF. But now, I'm starting to feel the pangs of missed chronicles and abbreviated writing.

I'm going to halt Weight Watchers storyline. Turns out the system works better when I let go and let flow. It is working, I'm proud of myself, but I'm afraid it's just boring to read about. I've been 25 days without a full-blown can or sip or even hint of Mt. Dew and that in itself was an insurmountable feat. If I don't have the beach appearance by July that I want, I'm just going to wear hose. But who cares anyway, seriously - it's so hot!

Wine festival was a blast. This was my 4th in my whole time living here. Going into the first one, I was not a huge fan of wine. But after 1 tasting and 1 as general admittance and 3rd as non-drinking designated driver, I think I've found my "wine" at the Horton and Wintergreen tables. It's nice to look at the people sipping, swallowing, swishing, and in some rare cases - spitting (meh) and not feel like I'M the outsider for actually getting a glass and enjoying it.

I am vaguely aware that my impending wisdom tooth removal is scaring me. I've had it done before while being awake, and I made it through that okay. But the general post crap feeling (that and last time I nearly passed out in Hooters waiting for my friends to-go Wing tray) and days of mush food is not helping me look forward to it at all. It may just be the annoyance that this tooth waited to drop until after I had my others removed and that this could possibly be over with. This will make 4 and barring some mutant dragon tooth, hopefully until I have dentures this will be the last major teeth issue until my 50's. Fingers crossed.

The Geek Squad at Best Buy is officially on my "people-who-are-delusional-about-their-lot-in-life" list. I went there with a broken component on my external hard-drive, also known as my orange friend that travels with me everywhere. They basically opened it up, poked around at it and wanted to charge for $270 for something that only cost $50 to begin with, and give me no guarantee that they could save my files (after having opened it and exposed it's inner parts). I was passed from useless help, to useless help, with sales people trying to sell me crap I didn't need. At the end, with some advice from a friend, I ordered what I needed from Amazon for $15 bucks and upon it's 2/3 week shipping arrival..I'm looking forward to attempting to fix it myself. I'm not sure what "training" they have, but I'm thinking - I have google and some good friends to help me out hopefully my orange best friend will be back up and running in the next couple of weeks.

I seen a skit about a guy who was shunned by the lady that worked at a lotion kiosk, and he said..
"You can't shun me, it's the end of the line for you are essentially in a cardboard box with a register..there's no higher or lower..IT'S A KIOSK."

May 4, 2009


My new nephuppy (neice-puppy) Roxy.
Ya know, since we love to showcase animals..for no reason.

May 1, 2009

WW - Week 2/3

I threw this graphic together to show the different before and after points values and habits and included Hungry, since he is with me all the time.

Before I joined WW, their “points” system seemed to be shrouded in secrecy. I tried counting calories, but calories aren’t always a true reflection alone of foods real value. Yeah, something might be a 100 calories, but if it’s only 100 cal for a 1/4 of a cup is it worth it? Especially if it takes 7 1/4 cups to fill you up? And what about fat? They don’t put the fat values on there for decoration.

So to un-shroud the mystery -

Based on your current weight, height, & lifestyle you are given a certain amount of points you are allowed to eat a day. You may earn additional points for rigorous exercise (and I do mean rigorous) and you are given 35 freebie points to use through the week. A slider tool that helps determine points values of food and you can purchase books that give the values of varying foods that you eat everyday.

Week one I adhered to my allotted points a day. I didn’t go over at all and I got 3.lbs lighter.

Week two wasn’t so stellar in terms of weight loss. ( there was Beerfest.)
I didn’t break the rules per se, but I didn’t adhere to a diet of lettuce leaves and carrot sticks either. It’s been the general consensus - that you should try to be learning how to eat better on the whole so that when the food goes away it’ll stay. Nothing lost, but nothing GAINED.

Some recent frustrations I’m having are:

1. I’m losing interest in SALAD. It’s 0 points. So in theory you can eat as much as you like, but at some point your appetite cries out Mercy! I’m not a rabbit.

2. Eating healthy is expensive, especially when you’re not used regularly grocery shopping. Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger=$99 cents. Grilled Chicken Sandwich=$3.23.

3. Exercise doesn’t burn quite as many points as it burns calories.

Some recent victories:
Looser pants! Woot! I have learned I can survive without Mt. Dew (gasp), that wheat bread isn’t the devil (Bobby Bouche), and that mustard is a pretty groovy topping.