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Monday, January 28, 2013

Munchie Mondays - Five Minute Chocolate Cake

Today was my first foray into freezer cooking.  I only made a few things, and it turned out to be good that I wasn't trying to cook for the month, because Ladybug wasn't feeling well.  Luckily, the hubster "Jethro" (he picked this name, LOL) was home so I was able to get in the kitchen.

Notice the abundance of vegetables!  I'm "doing right"
 I made pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes and vegetables today and then Cheesy Chicken Penne, Mongolian Beef and Rosemary Pot Roast for the freezer.  The penne almost didn't make it into the freezer.  I did way more "sampling" than anyone should've done.  I'm pretty sure I should call it "mealing".  I "mealed" the penne a lot.  I love sun dried tomatoes, I'm actively fighting the urge to go eat the rest of them out of the jar.
Freezer Goodness!



Other than Jethro proclaiming "Hey!!! It sounds like you're making vegetables!" he loved everything.  Especially the five minute chocolate cake.

Mmmmmmmm Caaaaakkkkeeeee


The recipe calls for a "Large Mug".  My mugs all looked kind of puny, so I used our giant soup mugs, which were perfect.  Especially to add ice cream, whipped cream and sprinkles to.

Ingredients: 
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1 Add dry ingredients to a large coffee mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
2 Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool a little

Recipe from food.com

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Lip Sync?

For those of you who KNOW me, you know I stan for Beyonce.  Well... I stan on a budget.  When it seems like I may just stab everyone, I can listen to B and change my mood. (Unless the song that is on is Listen, in that case, everyone is in trouble!  I have a dream to follow, Curtis!!! oh...) My baby has a Dereon onsie I got from Once Upon a Child that she never wore because apparently it's okay for Beyonce to have thighs but not Ladybug.  Hmph.

Truth is, I don't care if B sang live or not.  It makes me no difference.  We know she can sing. But, when I saw this, I cried.

What she was really singing on top of the background track. 





Friday, January 25, 2013

Virgo Mommydom

In many ways I am a stereotypical Virgo:

  • I'm a perfectionist - I blame a lot of my issues on this.  It's one of the reasons I procrastinate.  It's also why I have such a hard time delegating anything to anyone for any reason.  I'll do it myself, I trust me. 
  • I'm practical/rational -  I think in lines and make the vast majority of my decisions with my head and not my heart.  In fact, when people think with their emotions, it makes me tired. 
  • I'm cautious - Probably to a fault.  No sudden moves people! 
  • I look calm - Every job I've had people have said "You're so calm, you never get stressed out".  They have no clue.  I stay worried, I'm just really good at masking it.
  • I need a schedule - I must have a plan, I don't like surprises and spontaneous is a dirty word that ought not be spoken in my presence.  
While these traits have their upsides for many areas of life, they have some traps when it comes to being a parent.  You see, I have a need to be in control, for things to go according to plan.

Babies do not care about your stupid plan.  Nor do they care about your rational brain, or your need to be in control.   I learned to adapt, and have gotten much better about taking a deep breath and going with the flow.  But not without some bumps in the road.

I'm emotional.  Deal with it.

For example, for weeks before I returned to work from maternity leave, I was focused on getting Ladybug to go to bed earlier.  She naturally went to sleep around 9:30/10 pm, but I was so sure she needed to be asleep earlier.  Never mind that she was like 7 weeks old and really could sleep all day.  What else did she have to do?   So we'd go in her room and we'd be there forever as I'd try to coax her to sleep, and she finally would, around 9:30/10.  Effort fail.  But I kept trying, and trying and trying.  Until I realized that I was driving myself insane.   I gave up, and waited on her clues. She adjusted on her own, and she's had a 7:30 bedtime since a few weeks after I went back to work.

Sleep?  Why would I go to sleep?







Ladybug is getting older and asserting her mini personality.  She'll jack you for all of your food if you let her, and has begun making dinosaur noises when she's upset about something (like you eating your own food).  I try to tell her I'm not impressed.  She is not impressed with my lack of impression.
Yeah, I ate your nachos... so?!



There are a million things that are going to happen that are out of my control, that don't go according to my plan. And that's okay (no it's not), I'm learning to roll with the punches.  There is no such thing as a perfect parent, all you can do is the best you can and that means something different for everyone. For me, my best includes relaxing a bit, and going with the flow.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ex (Errrr?) Size

On Monday, I started to "do right".  I use the term loosely.  But I'm not eating fast food and I'm trying to stick to 1500 calories or less a day.    I want to lose 30 pounds by 6/1, that's less than 2 pounds a week so it is attainable. 

Eating is only half of the battle.  And even though I think about food all the time, and food makes me happy, food is the easier part for me.  You see, I hate exercise even more than I like food.  But, I HAVE to do both.  Have to, even though I really don't want to and I'm sure it's going to suck.

They say you have to learn to love exercise.  I'm pretty sure it'd be easier to learn to love hugging a cactus, but I'm willing to give it a shot (no I'm not, I'm totally lying and I'm going to hate every moment of it).

Starting January 30th, a couple of friends and I will be doing Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred

The results online look fabulous (yes, I know you have to really do it in order for it to work.  yes, I know that sitting on the couch while saying pppffftttt does not count as exercise, although it should).

So I invite you to join me.  We can do this if we work together.

Week 2 - 30 Day Valentine Challenge

Need to catch up? Week 1 can be found here.

I hope last week went well, this week, we're kicking it up a notch

It's easy to get so caught up in Valentine's Day being a "Hallmark" holiday that we can miss out on the opportunity to show the person we love just how important they are.  So, on Tuesdays, I'll be posting a week long Valentine's Challenge.   A few things that will cost you nearly nothing financially, but have potential huge gains.

Week 2 - Let's Get Physical!


Day 8: Tuesday 1/22 - Hugs 
  Do you ever feel as though the walls are starting to close in on you and that you could really use a hug?  I'm sure your special someone does too.   Spend today giving all of the hugs you can.  Physical touch is a beautiful thing and this is a great way to start things slow.

Day 9: Wednesday 1/23 - Manicure/Pedicure
 This one may seem like it's easier for the ladies, but not necessarily.  Offer to give him/her a manicure.  It doesn't have to be professional (although if you can do it, do it).  For the fellas, offer to paint her toe nails.  She knows you're not going to be as good as her nail tech, but the thought and the effort goes far.

Day 10: Thursday 1/24 -Make Out!
 Take it back to high school.  The goal is not to have sex, the goal is everything but sex.  Take your time to enjoy the scenery. When life gets hectic, it is easy to go straight for the goal and miss out on all of the "before".  So work on "before" and only before, or at least have the goal of working on the "before". 

Day 11: Friday 1/25 -Scalp Massage
 Everyone loves it.  If you don't, you should immediately schedule an appointment with a doctor because you are missing out and that's just not fair.  There are few things as relaxing as a scalp massage.  It even works on babies.

**Note: if your significant other just got there hair done, this one isn't going to work for you, repeat day 10

Day 12: Saturday 1/26 - Bath/Shower Time
 You may have done it back in the day, or that one time in Cabo, or that one weekend you drunk that whole box of wine.  Taking joint shower/baths doesn't have to be reserved for that one time you get away every couple of years.  Even if you just have a few minutes when you KNOW the kids are going to be sleep/watching tv/at the neighbors

Day 13: Sunday 1/27 -  Hold Hands
  Take hold of each others hands when ever you can.  Sitting next to each other on the couch, while cooking dinner, at the mall, wherever you are, just grab their hand and enjoy the moment.

Day 14:  Monday 1/28 -Massage
  Break out the oil, light some candles, turn on whatever music settles your spirit and give them a nice massage.  A real one.  Not the fake kind you give just to get into another position, but pretend like you're getting paid for it.

Let me know how it's going. Good luck!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Scandal Blog: The Mysterious Mellie Mel

Mellie Grant is misunderstood.   (end post - LOL)

Her story is not unlike that of a folk hero, Bernie Harris.  Both of them supported their lawyer husband's career, in the process sacrificng their own.  In the end Bernie got left for the other woman, and she enacted her own revenge.
I got your secretary right here!!!!


Mellie played her cards differently.  When we're first let in on their relationship, we see that Olivia had to force Fitz and Mellie to act like they loved each other. We don't know what the cause of the problems was.  Was the campaign taking a toll?  Were they fighting over something petty that neither of them was adult to let go?  Or had they simply grown apart?  We don't know yet.  But we do know that Mellie stood by her man, doing what she thought was best for him, for them.  Although some people say that Mellie's ambition is too much, she's pushing Fitz to work towards his dreams.  We may not understand that push when it comes to being president, but we definitely understand strongly encouraging the men in our lives to finish that class, to go for that promotion, to do what it takes to get to the next level.  She has stepped in every time it seemed as though he was going to falter.  "We haven't cuddled cause we lost a baby", "it's time to improve your approval rating, we're pregnant", "you can't possibly win Ohio, let's fix the election."  Wives step in, that's what we do.  Helpmate.

The thing is, while Mellie was busy working towards their dream (and yes, it had to have been their dream) Fitz was following a different dream.  He figured out that Mellie really wasn't the one for him.  Or at least he doesn't think she is right now.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again.  It's a typical cheating relationship.  Fitz found someone who gave him something that he felt was missing.  And he went all out.   They hid the relationship, and you can tell that at one point Mellie really felt Olivia was a confidant. Whoops.

We know Mellie knew (even if she told herself she didn't) about the relationship before Mr. Secret Service Man outed them.  She had choices.  She could've left Fitz, created the scandal of the century, a sitting president cheating on his wife in the White House.  Think Monica Lewinsky times 10.   But if she destroyed Fitz, she would've destroyed herself, and everything she gave up to help him be the man he wanted to be would've been for nothing.   Hillary Clinton dealt.  The wives of athletes and actors deal.  Heck, the wives of every day people deal.  Maybe because they tell themselves "It's just sex", maybe because ending the relationship would hurt them as much as it would hurt him, maybe it's because they've worked too hard building a life to let another woman take it from them, maybe it's because they really meant it when the said "until death".


Whatever the reason, I believe Mellie has gotten a bad rep. She's no different than a million other wives out there, except her adversary is THE Olivia Pope.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

YOLO

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about "the day before", a friend made the comment that she was glad she'd gotten all the wild and crazy stuff out of her system. And I admitted that I never did, wild and/or crazy.  I maxed all of my credit cards out a couple of times, but I don't think that counts.

For the most part, wild and/or crazy makes me tired.  I don't like to go "out" in the traditional sense.  The idea of going to the club annoys me (people too close, someone might touch me, it's loud), but I enjoy a nice dinner and a movie.

I was encouraged to put together my own YOLO list.  And I thought about it, and thought about it, and thought about it... And I came up with nothing.  I'd want to eat and get in the bed early.  That's the exact opposite of YOLO. 

So, I looked to the song for inspiration (worst choice ever!) First, who knew the name of the song wasn't YOLO? I surely didn't.  I learned:

  • "Maybe she won't, but maybe she will" - I'm not sure how exactly one would apply this in real life.  He's pretty much covered all of the bases, "maybe it won't rain, maybe it will" huh?  This doesn't sound like YOLO.  It sounds like no one knows whats going on.
  • If you happen to be drowning to one part of a woman's anatomy, you can swim to another.  How big is this woman that you have to swim there?  The two things are pretty dang close.
  • They like sitting on a bench, but they don't really play?  That's what losers do.  "We'll just watch" What?  Get off your butt and play the dang game.
YOLO is different for everyone.  If I had my choice I'd read, write, eat (I know) spend time with the fam. and play Keno.  Keno isn't exactly "clubbing hard" but it works for me.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

30 Day Valentine Challenge

This challenge was completely inspired by the fabulous Chanel Ellis, who has a 31 day challenge for the single folks.   This inspired me to create one for those of us who are in relationships.  My husband and I haven't celebrated Valentine's for years.  Well, at least not in the traditional sense.  I always ask for the same thing: dinner and to not have to clean up afterwards.  It doesn't matter what's for dinner.  We have enough stuff.  In fact, we probably have too much stuff, so we do things a little differently. 

That being said, it's easy to get so caught up in Valentine's Day being a "Hallmark" holiday that we can miss out on the opportunity to show the person we love just how important they are.  So, on Tuesdays, I'll be posting a week long Valentine's Challenge.   A few things that will cost you nearly nothing financially, but have potential huge gains.


Week 1 - Gratitude


Day 1: Tuesday 1/15 - Put It In Writing 
 Write that special someone a note.  Yes, write.  With your hands.  Tuck it into someplace they're sure to find it.  In their lunch bag, in the book they're reading, on the dashboard of their car.  It doesn't have to be long, just a little something to let them know that you're thinking about them. If you don't have access to them physically, a text or email can work, but make it different that the correspondence you usually send.

Day 2: Wednesday 1/16 - Say Thank You
 It's so easy to take things for granted.  Does your special someone do something for you every day that you've managed to overlook?  Do they take out the garbage?  Warm up your car?  Lay on your side of the bed so it's not freezing when you get in? Feed the dog?  What ever it is, however how small it may seem, they are doing something for you that makes your life easier.  Take a moment, look into their eyes and say "thank you".  Don't assume they know you appreciate them.

Day 3: Thursday 1/17 - Sing
 Everyone has a song that makes them smile.  Music has a way of moving us when nothing else can.  For example, Neyo's "Sexy Love" sounds like sunshine.  I can be in the worst mood ever and that song can come on and change everything.  Create your own "Say Anything" moment.  It's okay to embarrass yourself a little.  You don't have to be good at singing, you just have to put in the effort.

Day 4: Friday 1/18 - Kiss
 Yep, it's that simple.  Not that "hi, I've been looking at you every day for 10 years" kiss.  A real one.  The kind where you look into each others eyes and then the magic happens and the earth moves. Lasting more than a few seconds. 

Day 5: Saturday 1/19 - Encourage Them
 Has the love of your life been itching to try a new recipe, or a new sport or pick up a new hobby?  Encourage them to do so.   Give them the support they need to be a better "them" which will in turn create a better "us".

Day 6: Sunday 1/20 -  Help
  We all need help sometime.  So step in without asking.  Help them bring in the groceries, or fold the laundry or something else that they usually do solo.

Day 7: Monday 1/21 - Run Game
 Take a few minutes to tell them how you really feel.  Not a quick "love you", but the "you mean the world to me" game you used to run on them back in the day.  You remember, those lines you used to drop to get him/her to spend the night?  Or could get you virtually anything you wanted?  That game, dust it off and use it.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Munchie Mondays - Mac n Cheese with Bacon

Sunday was a two crock pot day.  Could've been a three crock pot day, but then I got tired.

My friends are freezer cooking and I was inspired.  I didn't have the time to do it big and cook for two weeks (oh the time I would save during the week).  And I had a trusty new crock to try.  Although I didn't need a new one, I've been slow cooking more often and since I'm gone for nearly 12 hours a day, things were getting more done than I needed.  There's definitely a different between tender and disintegrating. Solution?  Crockpot with a timer!  Oooohhhh!
  
And it has an  awesome probe so that you can cook by time or to a desired temperature. 

Today's meal, Country Style Ribs (I love everything I've made from this site), Green Beans and Mac n Cheese with BACON!!!!!

The ribs were delicious!  And super tender. And we had Apple Crisp for dessert (I told you I really like this site).

Ribs getting "happy"


My "little" plate

Unfortunately, there is no pretty "before" shot of the mac n cheese.  Mostly because someone (I'm not sure but I think the main suspect looks a lot like me) took a giant chunk out of it for "testing" purposes.

What you need: 
(serves 6 "sides")
8 oz medium shells
4 oz Velveeta, cubed
2 cups shredded cheese (I used a Mexican blend and sharp Cheddar)
1/4c butter, melted
1 egg
1 cup milk
4 strips of bacon cooked, crispy and crumbled
Cooking spray 
Seasoned Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)

How to make it: 
Preheat oven to 350
Spray 1-1/4 quart casserole dish with cooking spray
Prepare shells according to package directions, drain
In a large pot combine all ingredients combining well, transfer contents to casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes, top should be golden brown

I tweak this recipe all of the time, play with different cheeses, or with different meats (such as chicken, ham or skip it altogether). You could use way more bacon (way).   It's a family favorite, even the baby loves it.






Sunday, January 13, 2013

Time out!

It finally happened. I knew it would happen one day. In my case it took nearly 14 months.

Today, was the first day, that I nearly ran out of the house to go to the grocery store.  No, they weren't giving away free stuff, and if they were I wouldn't have trusted it and would have walked away.  Today was the first day that I was happy to have an hour and a half of alone time.  I didn't touch my cell phone, didn't look at Facebook. I just had quiet time in the grocery store. I needed a time out.

Wait!!!!

Nothing happened.  It wasn't a bad morning, or a bad night.  I just needed a mini break.  A little time to not talk to anyone and to have my brain to myself.  What's funny is a have about an hour commute each way to and from work.  And although it's not uncommon to be on the phone with someone, there are many days when I don't have to talk to anyone.  Why doesn't that feel like alone time?  Maybe it's because I'm mentally prepping to get into "work mode" or to get out of it.  Maybe because that's where I do way too much thinking.

I wasn't tempted to keep driving (too lazy to put gas in the car, wouldn't have gotten too far anyway), didn't want to turn in my mommy and wife cards.  Just needed 90 minutes of shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

I needed a time out.  And I took one.  Although I didn't tell anyone that's what it was. I'm horrible at asking for help.  Hor. Ri. Ble. But I took that little moment today because I needed one.

Inhale.  Exhale.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Judging Judgypants

Are you judging?  Or is it just your opinion?

I've seen a lot of conversations lately that go along the lines of:

Person 1: Your lifestyle is dumb and you're a stupid face
Person 2: I'm offended! How dare you judge me?!
Person 1: I'm not judging, it's just my opinion


What's the difference between having an opinion and judging someone?  In my opinion, there is a distinct line between the two:

Opinion: Roses smell bad
Judgement: Because you like roses, you have poor taste

The judging part comes in when it stops being an abstract thought and is directed at someone. I think people like to say "It's just my opinion" because it makes them feel better.  But that doesn't change anything.  We're human, we have opinions, and we judge people based on them.  I'll be the first to admit it.  I judge people all of the time. ALL. THE. TIME.

  • If you wear leggings for pants, I believe you are stupid, and you look like a hussy.
  • If you dress warmly, yet your toddler is wearing capris and a tank top and it is 30 degrees, I think you're a bad parent.
  • If you answer "I don't know" to nearly every question I ask you, I think you're mentally challenged.
  • If you bash a woman for breastfeeding, then claim your superiority because you're no longer eating preservatives, I think you're uniformed and a jackass.
  • If you harp on how bad someone else's life is, but make no effort to improve your own, you are negative energy and not worth my time. 
  • If you are quick to condemn someone else for sinning a different way than you do, yet holler and scream when someone "Judges" you, you need to reevaluate your life.  Yes, the whole thing. 
  • If you believe there's a conspiracy against you, but have not done a single, solitary thing that would warrant someone paying enough attention to you, to even think of a conspiracy to form against you in the first place, you need to get over yourself and grow up. No one is conspiring against you.  You are not that special. 
I try very hard not to get caught up in other people's opinion of me.  Sure family and close friends are a little different, but outside of that.  Pffffttttt.  You live your life your way, and I'll live my life my way.  I would say there's no right or wrong way, but that's not true.  If you're wearing leggings as pants you're definitely making poor life decisions.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Day Before

No!  Not the day before Scandal!!!!! Even though it is the day before Scandal, and I have a "Mellie isn't as evil as we want to think she is" post brewing.  (But if you'd like to see my earlier thoughts on Scandal specifically what Huck did wrong and why it's okay for us to side with the other woman) use the links above. 

Moving on.

Today, on my way home, I heard what I thought was going to be a funny commercial detailing someone's day:

You Wake Up
You Brush Your Teeth
You Go To Work
You Go To A Meeting
You Eat Lunch
You Go To Another Meeting
You Wonder "how am I supposed to get any work done with all of these meetings" (I found this hilarious!!!)
You Go Home
You Eat Dinner

...... The day before an tornado hits is just another day....

WAIT!!!!!! WHAAAAAAATTTTTTT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

(I tried to find the audio clip, but this video also ready.gov shows the same sans the audio)

If you know me, if you really know me, you know I'm a worrier.  In fact, when I'm not worried (thinking, contemplating, plotting) or don't feel the need to worry, I worry about why I'm not worried. I know it's bad and I'm working on it.  Let me say, this dang PSA did not help. I'm sure the goal is to remind people to have flashlights and batteries on hand or something but that's not what I did here.

Life is funny.  It is short and long simultaneously.   You (I) have to find a balance between living your life as if today is the day before and living as though the day before is 50 years from now.  For example, if today really was the day before, I surely would not have gone to work.  I definitely wouldn't have paid my electric bill.  (There's another whole post that could be inserted here about if you think the world is ending tomorrow do you try to stop it?  Or just cuddle with your family?) I absolutely wouldn't have eaten that lunch I brought to work.  But if today isn't the day before, it's probably a good idea that I will still have lights, and can continue to pay for groceries and didn't go out for lunch. 

How do you find that equilibrium?  The balance between YOLO and "I want to see my grandkids graduate from college" is nearly impossible to pin down.  Where is the midpoint between "saving for the future" and "tomorrow's not promised and you can't take it with you?"  You can't live every day like it's the day before, and you can't ignore the fact that today could in fact be the day before.  Do you settle for extra hugs and a few extra minutes on the couch? 

For now - it's extra cuddles.  And looking into a bunker or something.  They've got to be on clearance since the Mayans were wrong.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Truth Hurts



"Your pants are flooding and your socks are too short"  - my husband

They say that "truth hurts".  And most of the time it does, because that "truth" is nearly always negative.  No one sits you down and gives you a dramatic pause before telling you "you look really pretty today" or "your smile makes me happy".  That truth is always something along the lines of "mama I smoked the tv" or "Your girlfriend is testing dude #5 on Maury."

It turns out that the "truth" is very rarely pleasant for anyone.  The person saying the truth really doesn't want to say it, and the person getting told the truth really doesn't want to hear it. And in the end, someone ends up with their feelings hurt because "you can't handle the truth" is more than an awesome line in an awesome movie.
So why do it?  Why put yourself out there to tell someone something they don't want to know in the first place?  Will the truth set them free?  Probably not. If they wanted to be free, they would've freed themselves already. Will the truth set you free?  Maybe. Maybe you get to feel as though you gave it your best, and did the best thing that you could for the other person, allowing them to make their own choice with all the options.  But probably not.

Some truths are easier than others. My comfy yoga pants do flood (but they are soooo comfy) and my ankle socks aren't cutting it and I shouldn't be surprised that my legs get cold.  But I'm totally wearing those pants right now.  I know the truth, yet I choose to ignore it (I"m cheap!).  And that's okay with yoga pants, or at least I'm telling myself its okay. But in other areas in life, it is not, but we do it every day:

  • I haven't had any health issues yet - so this weight is ok
  • I know he/she isn't doing anything positive in my life, but I don't want to be alone
  • I'd move forward if only I had more opportunity, not that I've ever taken advantage of opportunities before
  • Spending money I don't have is ok, even though I'm barely keeping my head above water
  • My circumstances aren't my fault, this is what the world did to me
The most important person to be truthful with is yourself.  You may be able to fool everyone else, but you owe it to you to be real.  Is this really the best you can do?  Is where you are now okay?  Do you really need someone else to tell you you're horrible at making life decisions?  Or can you be truthful with yourself and do better?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Hard work...Dedication

Biggest Loser is back!!! And I'm so excited. Sure it's unreasonable to think you can duplicate the results at home in the same timeframe unless you work out 8 hours a day and have a team of specialists. But it's still inspirational to see people transform their lives. Oh and puke.

If you've never exercise induced vomiting you haven't lived. Or you haven't pushed your body way harder than it was ready to go. It's pretty much the worst thing ever. It's also the best part of the first workout, when everyone falls out and pukes. It's one of my favorite parts , it may be because I'm mean on the inside. It's probably because I'm mean on the inside. Maybe it's metaphoric for purging the bad stuff from your life, but that's totally a stretch.

My December challenge ended horribly. . After my magic week I magically stopped trying. I have to do better.

I'm coming up with a new challenge for myself . It's going to have to include diet and exercise. Even though exercise makes me sad. It'd probably be a good idea to adjust how I feel about exercise. It's about as appealing to me as chitterlings (you shouldn't eat things that were literally full of poo) but I have to deal.

Also Dolvett wears way too many shirts. Way!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New beginnings - Or Not

Today is January 1st,  the day that Americans lie to themselves and declare that starting today, they are going to do better:

  • eat better
  • work out more
  • be nicer to your mother
  • do your laundry on a regular basis as opposed to when you run out of clean draws
  • put gas in your car before the light comes on
  • stop playing on the internet while you're at work
  • lay off the purple drank
It's a new beginning.  The first day of 2013 - and everyone is all new and shiny.

Except we aren't.  Today is yesterday's tomorrow, as it was yesterday and the day before that.  While it is really easy to say that I'm going to be a better person this year, it's unrealistic.   The same things that stopped you from "doing right" yesterday are there today.

  • fattening food tastes good and is typically quick and easy
  • working out requires time and energy and who has that
  • she's still going to do whatever she did that made you cranky in the first place
  • laundry is always going to suck
  • sometimes stopping for gas is a ginormous pain in the butt
  • internet makes work more fun
  • purple drank is delicious and is not just for kids
The above issues don't magically go away because it's 2013.  Your taste buds don't know it's 2013.   And trying to make a dramatic change that doesn't really fit your life or who you are is a set up for failure.  I hate failure, so I choose not to "resolve" anything just because it's 2013.  Yes, there are some things I would like to accomplish.  I'd like to pay off debt, I'd like to be more in shape, I'd like to write more.  But not because it's 2013, because those things are necessary for me to move forward in life.

*Ed note - Not all of the above bullets are autobiographical, but purple drank is delicious.  I should never have bought it.  It's even worse because I sing "purple drank" every time I open a can. Also, because I am a lame, when I say purple drank, I really just mean grape pop.

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