Saturday, November 28, 2009

Down to 175 pounds
I now fit into a pair of jeans that I last wore about 15 years ago. Unfortunately it's a pair of jeans that I hate which is the only reason they are still around and weren't worn until they fell apart. Gonna have to hit the thrift store on Monday to try and find some in-between jeans to wear until I hit my goal weight of 155. And wow! I just realized that is only 20 pounds away.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tamales for dinner
I didn't mean for a week to go by between posts, but a lot has happened in that week. Nothing I want to blog about here.

We are having Thanksgiving lunch at my parent's house tomorrow, but I also have a grocery store that needs to be scanned for work. Only problem is that store has reduced hours tomorrow so I haven't figured out how the heck I'm going to scan the store and still have lunch with my folks. But if it turns out I can't get it done in the early morning, then I'll be blowing off the work stuff and hope they cut me some slack and let me finish up on Friday. I'm not putting work before family.

Tamales for dinner tonight. If I ever move to a place where there are no tamales, please let me have friends still here that can send me the stuff to make them.

Monday, November 23, 2009


Layla has been very focused on a particular section of the deck out back for at least a week now...sniffing and scratching in one spot and frequently just staring at the deck all at attention.big ol' bat ears at full extension.
She was particularly frantic about wanting to go out tonight...and on her third trip all hell broke loose.She came flying in the house all bristled up and I went out to investigate and discovered a group of raccoons milling around on the roof of our least 4 of them...maybe 5.It was dark and my flashlight was picking up pairs of glowing , moving eyes...kind of creepy.
As long as they continue living under the deck I'm cool with the coons sharing our yard.Layla , on the other hand is decidedly not.And she is not much bigger than the one I could clearly see.
And as far as those demons...Dec. 1 can't get here fast enough.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

If I were a rich man...
We had our first chilly night of the season. I didn't go outside to check if we hit the 40 degrees Fahrenheit they predicted, but it certainly felt cold enough in the house to me. Which got me to thinking that if I was extremely wealthy then I would be packing up Rob and the dogs, boarding my private jet and flying off to live in another climate until March. But there was a glitch in my fantasy because I had no idea where I might go. Australia? Hawaii? Spain? I have no idea what the weather is like in Spain this time of year, but for some reason that country comes to mind. This is the problem with being broke and not daydreaming about what you would do if money were no object. Instead, I just think, "can't afford it" right away and don't even bother pursuing the fantasy. I not only cheat myself out of a nice daydream, but also stop myself from finding other ways to pull it off should I decide that I really want to do that.

Well, I have to run off to work now, where I'll be wondering, "Where are the best places in the world to live from November to March?" Maybe I'll do a little Internet research on it tonight :)

Monday, November 16, 2009


I too have been lulled into the virtual heroin that is facebook...several of our blogger friends have migrated it is easy to get sucked into the immediacy of the thing...
since getting in on facebook I have:
been reunited with my cousins in England
been reunited with my cousins in Canada
been reunited with some very special people from high school
made peace with an ex and got reunited with a niece I have held in my heart for many many years because of that peace.
So many things have happened it's kind of overwhelming...
now if my sister would call me back...I guess she is mad...or busy...or ?
I'm a pretty good farmer too. Ha!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Poor abandoned blog
I keep promising that I'll get back to regular posting, but I just haven't made the time for it. You could look at my wall on Facebook and think that was where I was spending all my time, but truth is that I don't spend near as much time there as it looks from all my game postings. Unless I'm rearranging my farm in Farmville (which can burn up a couple of hours if you let it), most games take just a few minutes to use up all the energy, money or what-have you and there's nothing left to do until it recharges or the crops grow or the fish mature or the meals cook or whatever. Instead, I tend to spend a lot of time just resting. The physical demands of the job are getting easier, but I'm still exhausted at the end of the day. It's all good though and I expect there will come a time when I'm in enough shape that I will still have energy at end of the day and it won't take all weekend to recover from the week. Plus, it certainly beats the daily mental exhaustion I used to feel from working for the call center.

Let's see, what has happened since October? My best friend's mom died a few weeks ago which was very sad and unexpected. My own dad ended up in the hospital last week with pneumonia and he is now home recovering well, but it has delayed the emergency surgery that might save his eyesight. Not sure what is going to happen now, but the thought that my dad may go completely blind has been weighing heavily on my mind. And also, one of my favorite Aunts died last week. That's the third aunt to die in less than six months. I guess that's to be expected now that everyone is in their 80's.

My paychecks from this new job are teeny-tiny and every time I open one, I try to think of it as getting paid to lose weight and get in shape rather than as a viable means of financial support. I have managed to slow the rapid weight loss by eating more sugar in one weekend than I usually do in three months. Yes, I ate an entire cake last weekend so I only dropped a couple of pounds this week. I did buy another cake for this weekend, but I've only had one piece with ice cream - it just doesn't appeal to me enough to eat an entire cake again. I think that Rob is going to end up eating most of the Hershey's kisses that I put in the freezer and apparently the dogs are going to eat the donuts I bought for weekend breakfast. Gonna have to come up with something that is high in calories, but isn't sweet and doesn't cost much. Cost has pretty much killed the beer drinking idea. Any suggestions?