Sunday, November 30, 2014

Yeah yeah yeah ...

I didn't post yesterday and right now I'm only posting to say that I realize I didn't post yesterday.

Those questions of the day things are proving as frustrating for me as the often-attempted-yet-seldom-completed picture of the day things.

I don't like being told what to do, I guess.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Before I forget and miss another one ....

Today I had too much ______________.

Pain and stress. Salting the black ice at the hotel and then shoveling the snow that fell on top of it several hours later? SO not fun and OH so painful. 

Then I was an hour and a half getting out.


BUT John and I hit Dollar General for the best Black Friday shopping experience ever (we found exactly what we wanted AND were the only non-employees in the store), and I've found a crap-ton of ebooks for myself and Tom's mom and her aunt .... so in spite of the pain and stress it's been a pretty good day overall! 

And now I pop a bunch of Tylenol and hope to be able to move in the morning ....

Thursday, November 27, 2014

It's sooooo quiet!

John spent the night at his grandparents' house for the first time last night. I had the night off so I could have gone to bed as soon as he left but stayed up to FINALLY be able to set up the laptop he's getting for Christmas (it's GORGEOUS, by the way! I'm a bit jealous!) and didn't make it to bed until close to 9. Normally on mornings when we're all home (or we're home but Tom's off to work) we're up and at 'em 6:30 at the latest. Woke up just after 7am to a very quiet house. I miss my monkey.

BUT it helps with the question of the day (I know - I missed yesterday. The question was "do you feel appreciated?" and the answer is yes. Yes, I do.). Today's is another non-question:

"My body is _________________"

It being Thanksgiving and all I'm sure the answer 12 hours from now will be "about to burst at the seams", but right now it's just a little bit achey. Yep, the uterus is still being mean ... AND I have issues with staying in one position for too long (like when I'm sleeping as soundly as I was overnight). It's not as bad as it could be or has been, though, so I'll take it. 

I may take a little walk since there's really not much else to do. Yeah, I could clean but that just seems silly. It's snowing but not very hard and it has been snowing for a while now so everything is blanketed with the white fluffly stuff and it's looking pretty. And, maybe ... yeah. When I get back from my little walk maybe I WILL clean -- John's playroom. He hates doing it and I could get it done fairly easily (especially with coffee in hand and Food Network playing on the tv in there)... 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

So very fitting!

What sound do you hate hearing?
That's the QOTD and my answer isn't your typical nails-on-a-chalkboard ... babies crying ... blah blah blah.

It's the word "don't."

(my favorite version is Scott Bakula's -- which is, sadly, not on YouTube)

Tis the season for a lot of "don't"s around the whole diet/fitness blogosphere/interwebs.

Don't indulge.
Don't have seconds.
Don't eat this.
Don't drink that.
Don't forget to wear the pants that you already can't breathe in so you'll eat less.
Don't forget to add extra exercise if you DID eat this and drink that.


Enjoy yourself. If you enjoy yourself "too much" (as if there IS such a thing), big deal. Start over. Even if it's not until the first of the year. It's a good day to start over .... lots of people do it every year, after all.

Everybody says don't,
Everybody says don't,
Everybody says don't-
It isn't right,
Don't-it isn't nice!
Everybody says don't,
Everybody says don't,
Everybody says don't walk on the grass,
Don't disturb the peace,
Don't skate on the ice.
Well, I 
I say,
Walk on the grass, it was meant to feel!
Tilt at the windmill,
And if you fail, you fail.
Everybody says don't,
Everybody says don't,
Everybody says don't get out of line.
When they say that, then
Lady that's a sign:
Nine times out of ten,
Lady, you are doing just fine!

Make just a ripple.
Come on be brave.
This time a ripple,
Next time a wave
Sometimes you have to start small,
Climbing the tiniest wall,
Maybe you're going to fall-
But it is better than not starting at all!

Everybody says no,
Everybody says stop.
Everybody says mustn't rock the boat,
Mustn't touch a thing!
Everybody says don't,
Everybody says wait,
Everybody says can't fight city hall,
Can't upset the cart,
Can't laugh at the king!
Well, I
Laugh at the kings or they'll make you cry.
Fall if you have to,
But lady, make a noise!
Everybody says don't,
Everybody says can't,
Everybody says wait around for miracles,
That's the way the world is made!
I insist on 
Miracles, if you do them,
Miracles - nothing to them!
I say don't,
Don't be afraid!

Monday, November 24, 2014

So much easier!

Yesterday's question was ridiculous. Today's isn't even a question!
Name the last three things you used today:
Easy peasy! My phone, my ipad, my work computer.

Yep. I'm multitasking yet again.

Now, if only the rest of my day had been this easy. It wasn't awful but that whole uterus thing .... you know. I kinda wish I could just curl up with my book and some cocoa and some ice cream and some mac & cheese and any other comfort foods I could get my hands on. 

Ah well. 

At least I have my book. I can't curl up with it, but at least I can read it. The whole "skipping multiple books" thing hasn't been so bad so far. A few minor storyline details have been spoiled for me but not so badly that I won't want to still read the other books and find out exactly how certain things came about. For now, though, I'm just going to finish up this one ... wait to find out the next one for the group ... and be glad that our ice cream freezer at work isn't stocked ....

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Uhhh ... what???

The question of the day has had me stumped all day.
How do you know?
Know WHAT?
I hate obscure questions. So screw it.

I finished book #7 of Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse Mystery series on the bus in to work tonight. Now, if I want to go along with the discussion that's going to be happening with that GoodReads group I joined I should be starting book #12. I just don't know if I can bring myself to do it. I know the authors (it's a husband/wife team that writes the series) do a good job of playing catch up for background information ... but there are so many little side stories going on all of the time. I know I can always backtrack and read what I've skipped but it may very well drive me batty. I'll try. I will. But .... I'm okay with failing miserably at the attempt.

Oh ... and there's no goal update this week. My goal? To survive Thanksgiving week. Not going to stress about intake or exercise (especially since it's almost time for That Time). Survival is key. And reading. Lots of it.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


Since I'm up and thinking about it, I might as well blog right?

So, the question of the day:
What did you play today?

It's 7:30am and I've been up already for 3 hours. On my day/night off.

John has a cough. It woke him up so he woke up the world.


SO I've been playing the lovely game of "don't flip your shit because you woke up at 4:freaking:30" ... and Sims FreePlay.

I can't help it. I love my Sims.

My town is currently inhabited by the three of us as well as characters from Doctor Who, Agatha Christie novels, and Harry Potter. 

I'm such a nerd.

As it turns out, my kid is, too.

Our big fun plan for this morning? In about an hour we head out the door to take a bus downtown because our school district has hooked up with FirstBook and today he gets to go pick out free books! It says "up to ten books per family" and I'm not sure if he'll be allowed the full ten or less because he's an only child.... but even if it's two books he walks away with and loves it'll be worth the trip!

Friday, November 21, 2014

It's so dang HARD ...

I mentioned early this morning (well, technically, yesterday morning) that I joined a group on GoodReads that was going to throw my planned holiday reading out of whack.

Well ... it's also helping to answer the question of the day!

What did you give up on today?

And today is the day that I (at least temporarily) agree to give up on the obsession for reading books in order. No. Matter. What.

This evening I started reading book #6 of the series in question. I may fly through it and squeeze in #7. And then? On the 24th the discussions open up in the group for .... are you ready for this??? (Am I???) ... 


Oh good grief. I kinda want to do nothing but read between now and then so I have them all done.

It's giving me palpitations. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

My Thing is getting jumbled ... again!

I thought I was all planned out for my end-of-year/holiday reading for this year .... and then just a little bit ago I found & joined a group on GoodReads (and I didn't even realize they HAD groups) that's planning a discussion based on books as yet unpicked ... but it's looking pretty good that one of them will be from the Coffeehouse Mysteries series I've been reading off and on. I may attempt to fly through as much as those as I can in hopes of being at least closer to being caught up! I have this thing about reading series in order if at all possible....

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


The question of the day is:
What inspires you?
It's a tough one right now since I haven't been feeling very inspired to do more than sleep lately. Motivation I have plenty of ... it's the inspiration that's been lacking a bit. They aren't, after all, interchangeable beings.

This is something I definitely have to think on, work on, and touch back on at a later point. 

Midweek update time!

Blog: Stick with the questions from Get It Scrapped -- I seem to be doing pretty okay with this, huh?
Book: Finish the next two Janacek shorts, at least a third of Hercule Poirot's Christmas -- may not happen. I'm just now finishing the first Janacek short for the week. Maybe I'll watch less and read more at work tonight if it doesn't make my eyes too tired.
Diet: Eat more regularly at home AND at work. It was almost 2pm today before I realized I'd only had coffee -- I'm still not eating enough, but I am eating more. That's something, right? Maybe if I start blogging my work lunches again now that the other blog has been revived it'll help ...
Fitness: 200+ again -- Sitting at 95 minutes right now. I keep meaning to Wii Fit Plus or Bike or TurboJam or SOMETHING ... but then we get back to the whole uninspired mess of being me.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What is bothering you?

That's the question of the day and oooooh boy do I have answers!

* My eyeglasses are sitting at home on my desk. I, on the other hand, am at work.
* Windchill. Lots of it.
* Yet ANOTHER half day of school resulting in more screwed up sleep.
* The overwhelming urge to start calculating macro ratios.
* The fan for the heater at work is ridiculously loud. Makes it hard to watch anything.
* The lack of glasses also makes it hard to watch anything without getting a splitting headache.

HOWEVER, life is still good. The scale is slowly crawling back down. John actually volunteered to help clean the kitchen today and it looks fan-damn-tastic. I actually remembered to charge my Boom Cube AND throw it in my bag (with my food!) so I WILL be able to hear whatever I watch. AND I have as much coffee as I want (for free) at work ... and at least 6 more hours before I have to get hit with the windchill (and that's only if our newspaper guy doesn't bother bringing the papers all the way in for me).

Monday, November 17, 2014

Short and sweet

Not to forget the QOTD:
What is your guilty pleasure?

Right now? Egg nog milkshakes fromMcDonald's! Totally NOT diet-friendly .... but that's why they're "guilty pleasures," right?

(And, yes, I'm having my second one in 12 hours right now .....)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

And another week begins ...

First, the question of the day:
Other than your clothes, what was with you the majority of your day?
It was a wonderfully lazy day for the most part. I did walk to/from PriceRite to grab a few odds and ends of groceries (mostly to get ready for the Thanksgiving dessert extravaganza) and the rest of the day was spent catching up on dvr stuff with Tom and tossing in a couple of Christmas movies for good measure. I know, it's only mid-November but we love the fluff that hits Hallmark Channel every year so we watched one of those & Ernest Saves Christmas is on Netflix so we had to do that, too. Which, of course, has nothing to do with the question ... and the answer to that is my phone. It's with me pretty much 24 hours a day. I rarely use it as a phone, though. When we were watching our movies I used it to keep track of Sims FreePlay ... when I was at the grocery store I was using the calculator on it to keep a running total so I didn't spend too much ... it wakes me up from my pre-work naps ... and then on the bus into work I use it to read.

Speaking of reading, I didn't do much this weekend but did finish an excellent short story on the way into work tonight. I read about 5 minutes of it while falling asleep for thee ol' pre-work nap so it was a pretty fast read. It was The Adventure of the Manufactured Miracle by Craig Janacek and is a Christmasy-themed Sherlock Holmes tale written "by" Doctor Watson just as Holmes tales should be. It was pleasantly pleasant and I'm quite glad I have the next two shorts lined up to go. It really makes me want to get my hands on Janacek's full-length novels -- eventually.

On to the goal updates!

They were:
Blog: I kinda feel like I don't even need to set "3 times" ... maybe I'll start trying to write with more substance, though. I used to do a workshop on creative journaling using writing prompts. Maybe I'll think about doing that here. -- Nailed it!
Book: Finish Shakespeare's Champion -- Nailed it!
Diet: Bring something more substantial then oatmeal packets to work! I actually bought a ton of things specifically FOR bringing to work on Friday when I went to the grocery store ... but they don't do a heck of a lot of good when they just sit home in the freezer. -- Totally DIDN'T nail it :(
Fitness: 200+ minutes -- Nailed it with 215!

So this week:
Blog: Stick with the questions from Get It Scrapped
Book: Finish the next two Janacek shorts, at least a third of Hercule Poirot's Christmas
Diet: Eat more regularly at home AND at work. It was almost 2pm today before I realized I'd only had coffee
Fitness: 200+ again

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Well, crap.

I stepped on the scale when I woke up. 202-point-something. When I saw that the question of the day today is "What is your greatest strength?" the first thought in my mind was "Well, obviously not being able to stay below 200."

It'll happen, though. I KNEW that this week was going to be a bad one with the lack of sleep and lack of food going in me like it should. Knowing and doing something about it, though, don't always go hand in hand for me. Obviously.

So, it's 8:50amish Saturday morning and so far I've accomplished making breakfast. John apparently woke up with a bacon craving so woke ME up to make it. I should get on the bike at some point. I would use the Wii Fit Plus but John would have to actually pick up his play room floor. I highly doubt that will happen unless there's a lot of screaming involved. SO I'll get on the bike rather than have a battle. At some point.

Friday, November 14, 2014

It's a face-palm kinda day.

It's been one of those days, you know? Our internet at home is having issues. John had a half day of school and because of the internet issues he and I walked over to Burger King for lunch and wifi after he got home .... so I got ridiculously little sleep. Tomorrow may not be much better because I have to wait for the internet tech guys to come (hoping they show up before I have to take John to the bus stop) AND FedEx. It would be too much to ask that they both show up early so I could get at least a few hours of as-good-as-it-gets sleep in before getting him off of the bus again. 

At least the walk to BK with John helped with my minutes for the week ... and then I opted for the further bus stop to get to work tonight which bumped me over me goal of 200. It was a decent walk in spite of the cold and little bits of snow flurrying about. AND I had food all set and ready to bring in to work tonight. I even had it in my bag so I wouldn't forget .....

and then I grabbed a different bag on my way out the door.

Yep. One of those days.

And the question of the day:
What do you want to tell yourself in one year?

"Good job, kid!" is it.

In one year I hope to be at a healthy weight. I hope to be more physically able. I hope to be completely over actual cigarettes (my darling boy finally convinced me to buy an e-cigarette starter kit today ... definitely will take getting used to but he was adamant and they've worked well for Tom).

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Too Much

Today's question:
What do you have too much of?

Well, weight would be the obvious answer here, now, wouldn't it? I have roughly 35-40 pounds I would like to see gone. More should go according to all of those stupid charts ... but I don't believe them. (Luckily, no doctor I have seen in my adult life has believed them either.)

Other things I have too much of: clutter & clothes. One of these days I'll clear some of the clutter out. Same with clothes. I have a TON of clothes in various sizes that will probably never get worn. I really should sort through and bag up and drop in a donation box somewhere. Oh, and impluse-buy kitchen and fitness gadgets. Some may be tempted to say books .... but those people don't belong in my life.

Speaking of books, how about a mid-week goal update? Shall we?

Blog: I kinda feel like I don't even need to set "3 times" ... maybe I'll start trying to write with more substance, though. I used to do a workshop on creative journaling using writing prompts. Maybe I'll think about doing that here. -- Obviously it's working out pretty well so far. I may even manage to blog on my days off :)
Book: Finish Shakespeare's Champion -- Done! Finished it just before I left work Wednesday morning and started Shakespeare's Christmas on the bus in tonight!
Diet: Bring something more substantial then oatmeal packets to work! -- Doing better. I've done 2 nights of oatmeal, 2 nights of something more.
Fitness: 200+ minutes -- 145 minutes done as of Wednesday night! Half day of school tomorrow for John so lack of sleep for me SO plenty of time to knock off some bike time. I'll get the 200 done and I'll get them done EARLY!

So that's how things are shaping up around here. I haven't hit the scale in a couple of days which is unusual and I blame that on the whole overly-exhausted deal I've been going through. Still not sleeping great and that means I wake up not thinking about anything but coffee. I have a feeling I'm not eating enough again which would normally result in an unhappy scale anyway so maybe it's for the best that I've been forgetting. I should start tracking again... at least until I get my body back into the whole "eating enough to lose" frame of being. I blame that on the exhaustion bit, too. I'm hoping that I'm just having difficulty re-adjusting back to working a full 40+ hour week and that it'll get better soon. Really. Freaking. Soon.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Is "holiday" a cuisine?

The question for the day:

What is your favorite cuisine?

So, really ... is "holiday" considered a cuisine? I guess it is now, at least, because that's my answer. 

Specifically end-of-year holiday cuisine. The warm, hearty, spice-filled, cozy comfort foods that tend to engulf Thanksgiving through New Year's .... and, more often than not, tend to pack on extra poundage.

It looks like we're going to be in charge of desserts for Thanksgiving this year. I could just grab a couple of pies from the grocery store and call it a day but in my family that would be unacceptable on so many levels. Sure, it's not my birth/extended-by-birth family that we're supplying for .... but it still seems wrong to me to take the easy way out if I can manage to pull off something real. We're still a couple of weeks away which is a good thing. It gives me a couple of weeks to stress out over doing something spectacular .... or giving up and buying something before everyone else does and the stores are sold out. 

Maybe I should buy a back-up plan or two just in case.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

So, I lied ....

I've decided to give Tami Taylor's 365 Questions a try from Get It Scrapped and today's question is:

What was the last lie you told? 

Now, as a general rule, I try not to lie. Not about big stuff, anyway. There are little lies I tell on a regular basis, though .... like when someone asks me how I am. About ten minutes ago a guest came by and, of course, asked how I was doing tonight.

"Great!" I say ... because saying "like a steaming pile of poo" probably wouldn't go over too well. No one ever really wants to hear that, do they? Especially not when you're just asking for the sake of making small talk with a stranger. What was I supposed to do? Be honest? Go into a litany about how much I'm not looking forward to my shift ending in the morning because I really dislike the morning bus ride/walk home ... but, at the same time, I wish to hell it would just hurry up and get here because I would really REALLY like to go back to bed and try and get some decent sleep because the last few times I've slept I've apparently done so poorly because I wake up feeling even more exhausted than I was when I laid down. Or maybe I could go off on the fact that my stomach is grumbling and I've already devoured the food that I brought to work and still have 5 1/2 hours left to go and I'm trying really hard not to order something or hit up the ice cream freezer or candy shelf because I would really like to but then I'll kick myself in the face when that turns into the scale climbing back over that dreaded 200 pound mark that I've fought for years to get under.

Yeah, sometimes lying is just easier on everyone involved.

Monday, November 10, 2014

One load of laundry done ....

and about 4 huge ones left to go! Yep ... another one of those nights ... and I need a break so here I am!

First the goal recap and redo:
Blog: 3 times seems to be the magic number for me ... so I'll shoot for 4  -- 3 is the magic number still
Book: Actually finish The Christie Caper -- Finished it AND the next book on my list!
Diet: Not going to worry so much about tracking BUT I do need to make a conscious effort to remember to bring food with me to work so I don't attack our little shop here with all the crap food. Tonight I tossed some instant oatmeal packets into my purse as I was running out the door. -- Last week I did well ... tonight I'm thankful that there were still 2 packets of oatmeal in my purse because I totally didn't think about it!
Fitness: More than 150 minutes. -- 230 minutes, baby!!!

And for this week:
Blog: I kinda feel like I don't even need to set "3 times" ... maybe I'll start trying to write with more substance, though. I used to do a workshop on creative journaling using writing prompts. Maybe I'll think about doing that here.
Book: Finish Shakespeare's Champion
Diet: Bring something more substantial then oatmeal packets to work! I actually bought a ton of things specifically FOR bringing to work on Friday when I went to the grocery store ... but they don't do a heck of a lot of good when they just sit home in the freezer.
Fitness: 200+ minutes

So back to the whole prompt idea for my writing.... I've found a few sites already with writing prompts for every day of the year (like kikki.K, Get It Scrapped and WordPress' DailyPost) and I think I may just attempt it! Now to decide whose to use .... which I'll think about AFTER I get more of this dang laundry done!

Friday, November 7, 2014

I love ....

* uncovering family drama and mysteries over a century old worthy of a PBS/ITV/BBC-ish melodrama
* my beloved LizardBreath for sucking me back into the joy of genealogy kicking and screaming
* the fact that after all this time I can still call Beth "LizardBreath" and probably get nothing more than an eye roll out of her ;)
* Acorn's great big beautiful library of Agatha Christie videos ....  and more, of course, but mostly loving the Christie right now
* having great reading apps like Kindle and Moon+ Reader on my phone because it makes it SO much easier to read in bed or on a poorly lit bus
* being 87.6% through Shakespeare's Landlord and still not having a firm guess as to whodunnit!
* the scale being back under 200 Thursday afternoon when I woke up from my post-work nap
* getting a long walk in before the nap instead of waiting until after ... since it was pouring when I woke up
* direct deposit paychecks .... and the fact that mine should be hitting my account in about 4 hours
* grace periods for certain bills when said bills are due a few days before said paychecks hit
* nights off of work -- which, after tonight, I'll have two of and will get to curl up in bed for as long as I want (or, anyway, as long as the kid & dog will let me)

Don't get me wrong. It's not all rainbows and roses (thank goodness for that! Roses make me sneezy!). I've dropped the ball on the whole photoaday thing for November already. I may pick the ball back up, though. I think I've only missed one day ....

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Well, THAT was unexpected ...

I just finished my book. The one I had figured would take me through most, if not all, of this week. It's 2:43am and I'm at work and have yet to even turn on my ipad to watch something. It got really good when I was on the bus and I couldn't stop until I was done!

So. Cross THAT off the goal list for the week!

Next up? Charlaine Harris' Shakespeare's Landlord. Yes, the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood Charlaine Harris. The whole Lily Bard series (five books total) pre-dates Sookie and a friend of mine recently gifted me the whole set! I remember reading a short story about Lily YEARS ago (like, I was in grad school years ago) in an Ellery Queen Magazine or something along those lines. Why I didn't hunt down the series then I'll never know. Oh. Yeah. Grad school. I was lucky I managed to read the short stories!

So the plan is to read the first three Lily Bards in a row and then dive into various Christmasy fare ... so if you know of a good festive mystery or paranormal or whatever I should add ... let me know!

Anyway. The scale Monday was back up over the 200 mark but I'm okay with that. I tend to jump around a few pounds every week. I know that my body knows how to get back down now, though, and have complete faith that soon it'll do it's jumping on the other side...

NOW I go check on my Sims, watch something Canadian, and refill my coffee ....

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The week that was ...

The goals for this past week .... and how miserably I failed at accomplishing them:

Blog: 3 times -- Done ... but only if you count the post that stated the goals.
Book: Finish The Christie Caper (it's a lengthy one -- might take the whole week) -- only at 40ish %. Didn't get as much reading time as I was expecting!
Diet: TRACK (starting Tuesday since Sunday and Monday are already shot) -- but still not stress about the macros -- Not even close. BUT I did do that whole "Onederland" thing even without the tracking. Hmmm ....
Fitness: 200+ minutes (try try again, right?) -- Ended the week at 150. Our poor recumbent thinks I hate it and the Wii Fit Balance Board, I think, has probably forgotten who I am.

Not a stellar week when all is said and done as far as goal setting and reaching. This week .... I dunno. It's my first week back to having a regular 40 hours and it's probably going to throw me loopy for a bit. BUT we'll try.

Blog: 3 times seems to be the magic number for me ... so I'll shoot for 4 :)
Book: Actually finish The Christie Caper .... which may happen with the extra shift at work ;)
Diet: Not going to worry so much about tracking BUT I do need to make a conscious effort to remember to bring food with me to work so I don't attack our little shop here with all the crap food. Tonight I tossed some instant oatmeal packets into my purse as I was running out the door.
Fitness: More than 150 minutes.