Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A year-long challenge .... almost!

One of my peeps on the ShrinkingJeans facebook group mentioned a goal she was setting for herself -- to walk the number of miles of her birthdate BY her birthday. (For her that's 615 miles by June 15th.)

I won't be walking mine, necessarily, as it's not always walking-friendly here .... BUT I do hereby declare that I'll get in 1210 miles on my recumbent by MY birthday on December 10th! (My 40th -- YIKES!)

I've been seriously slacking off lately with the whole bike thing. Heck, with the whole EVERYthing.

Two more days and it's on.

Musical Monday - New Year's Edition

Maybe next week I'll remember to post when it's still actually Monday here ....
At least this week I'm only off by 45 minutes or so!!!

Every New Year's Eve I HAVE to watch When Harry Met Sally. When he goes running through the streets at the end to get to her by midnight? Oh the feels. EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It so figures, doesn't it? (And my first Musical Monday!)

Not even three and a half hours have passed since I was lamenting my poor little neglected blog .... and I'm posting. I totally have my dear friend Jacquie to thank since I was poking around her blog and saw her Musical Mondays post ... which got me wondering of what *I* would post if I did it ... which is leading me to do it! (Let's just pretend it's still Monday .... mkay?

It's raining right now ... and from the looks of the forecast it's just going to keep raining.
I want a white Christmas, dangnabbit! 
I live in the Northeast for a REASON!
So I'm actually posting two songs -- in hopes that Mother Nature will take the hint:
May be familiar to you from a Gap commercial from an eon or two ago :)
Holiday Inn is one of my all-time favorite movies -- 
and I can't hear this song without picturing Bing's pipe on the bells!

Poor neglected blog o' mine ....

I know.

Just give me a little while longer.

Maybe next year..... maybe a little sooner than that.....

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

That 4 day weekend?

I said: "I actually plan on sleeping and reading and watching sappy holiday flicks we've dvr-ed off the Hallmark Channel."

And I actually accomplished all three AND made Christmas cookies (which have pretty much all been eaten at this point)!!!

No exercise. Ate whatever without caring.

And I'm absolutely okay with all of it.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Stick a fork in me ...

because I am SO DONE with this week!!! Pretty ridiculous since I've only worked 3 nights this week, but oh so very true. It's been exhausting (and only one of those nights -- being tonight -- was a longer-than-usual shift). At least I have the next 4 nights off. I asked for Thursday night because John has a half-day of school Friday and half-days are really super freaking hard to deal with after working an overnight. I also requested Sunday (and, actually, every Sunday in December) because I have so much "use-it-or-lose-it" paid time off available ... and the use-or-lose deadline is December 31st. Who knows, I may actually bother exercising at some point over the 4 days. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. I actually plan on sleeping and reading and watching sappy holiday flicks we've dvr-ed off the Hallmark Channel.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

This IS supposed to be a "diet" blog, right?

I mean, that's why this really came into existence, isn't it? To chronicle (aka bitch and moan) my whole "healthy journey" hoopla? I only ask because I actually came here tonight to talk about books.


I would just go ahead and start a new blog about such things but then I would probably NEVER come here.

Of course, I'm assuming the few who actually pay attention would probably follow me wherever anyway because you love me .... right?



So, I did it. Started a new blog.

Hopefully I'll be able to keep all my balls in the air and still actually keep updating this with something other than book stuff.

If you want to check the other out, it's The Well-Read Pirate Queen.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Did you know ....

It's almost impossible to follow any sort of eating plan that isn't just "eat" when there's very little food in the house??? I did the best I could but it was SO not easy.

Going grocery shopping this morning after John heads to school to remedy that.

Also hitting the bike today and maybe the Wii since so far I've hit the Wii Fit none at all and only have 11 miles in on the bike.

I've been reading, though. That's one goal I will NEVER slack off on.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Exhausted but still pretty happy

It's another 12 hour shift tonight. I haven't had to do one in a bit and I had almost forgotten how hellish they can be. BUT last night I filled out a bunch of Paid Time Off request forms and it's looking like they've been approved because after I get done with this 12 hours I have three nights off ... then work for three nights ... then I should have FOUR nights off! I'm a bit giddy just thinking about it!

Last night at work I started working on figuring out my books for that A to Z Author Challenge I mentioned
and not only did I figure out what I want to read ... I even loaded them all up onto their own page in my aStore in case anyone else wants to play along! (and this is where I point out the disclaimer over to the right about me making a small percentage of $ whenever you shop from one of my links .... blah blah blah ....)

I'm hoping that tonight I'll get The Reading Thing - 2015 started for here. The more places I declare it to be so the more likely it is to be, ya know? I just need to decide if I'm going in order from A to Z ... backwards from Z to A ... for pulling them out of a hat coffee cup and randomly going at it.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Well, now, THIS could be fun ....

I was just poking around one of the Teams I've joined on SparkPeople and saw that they're just wrapping up an Author Challenge -- the goal being to read a book for every letter of the alphabet. It would be easy enough if it was a TITLE challenge thanks to Sue Grafton (even though she's only up to W so far with X coming sometime in 2015 we think). But oooooh no. It's an AUTHOR challenge. Even if they don't revisit the theme as a group in 2015 I think I might just do it here. Hey ... it'll at least help me plan out the first 26 books of the 2015 Reading Thing (though, based on my other groups there may be additions tucked in to the alphabet plan here and there)!

Now to poke around my 2000+ books on my DropBox to see what letters I might be missing ;)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December Things ... as promised!

(Mostly just copying/pasting this from a post I made in one of my SparkPeople groups this morning!)
Scale Thing: I agreed in a group I'm in on Facebook to stay off of my scale for the month ... aside from yesterday, of course. Started the month at 200.4. Hoping to end the year well into the 190s. I was JUST THERE, too. *sigh* 

Food Thing: Since I can't obsess about the scale I may as well obsess about food, right? (Kidding. Kinda.) I've been toying with the idea of trying carb cycling again. I just haven't decided HOW I want to do it yet. Alternating high and low? 1 high then 2 lows? 1 high, 1 low, 2 "egg fast"/extreme low, 1 low? (That was the original thought. I love eggs.) 2 high, 1 low, 2 extreme, 1 low? 

Fitness Thing: This is where I've totally fallen off the wagon. I got hit with a 10 day visit from Aunt Flo and it's thrown me off kilter for 2 weeks. I need to get back on the recumbent AND dust off the balance board for the Wii. I'm shooting for 250 miles total on the bike and 3 days a week minimum for the Wii Fit Plus. 
and the added bonus for here:

Book Thing: I discovered today that if I read a book a day just out of the ebooks I already have in my possession (and NOT stored in my iTunes or Amazon Clouds -- just my DropBox/computer), I would be set for about 5 1/2 years. I've been threatened with an intervention. I'm just going to keep reading, though .... and try to keep my new acquisitions down to a minimum. (What that "minimum" is all depends on what new releases I may come across .... of course.) That GoodReads group I'm in has been debating between 4 books for our next group read and I'd really like to read all four of them:
I started Rest You Merry on the bus in to work tonight. So far the main character seems to be a bit of a dick (and a compulsive one at that) and I love him. Of course, I'm only 10% into it so far ... but it's typically that first 10% that hooks me (or not).

Aaaah crap.... but not really.

I TOTALLY meant to do the whole "first of the month weigh and measure" thing yesterday. And forgot. I DID do the weigh thing (200.4 -- Meh. It's better than 202 and a LOT better than 212 so I'll take it.), just forgot the measure thing. Maybe today. After the post-work nap. Maybe. I was a little distracted by making John's lunch for tomorrow and then homework time and THEN this happened:

Yeah. Distractions can be very happy things sometimes, huh?

I'll take some mental time today to think up some December goals (besides surviving) and get back to you in about 20 hours or so ...