Archive for March, 2010

In an effort to improve my writing, I’ve been looking into taking some seminars geared towards…wait for it…improving your writing. I know, a very Captain Obvious opening statement if I’ve ever heard, er, written.  The Florida Center for the Literary Arts has an upcoming weekend seminar in May. They’ve sent me an email asking if I was interested in attending and in this email had a link to the schedule as well as the pricing information.  The scheduled listed out several events each day beginning on Thursday and running through Sunday.  The pricing information however, listed out, three and four session prices beginning at $225.  Well, I thought to myself, based on the schedule it appears that it’s $225 per day (three to four sessions were possible within a day). Or, did they mean that is was $225 for three days?!? That definitely seemed too inexpensive.  I figured it was $225 per day (while pricey, still doable).

I sent an email requesting specific pricing details and they responded back that it is $225 per three-hour session. WHAT?! Seriously??  Ugh and double ugh. This event is taking place in downtown Miami and I am not going to drive all the way down there for a three-hour session.  Not and pay $225 for it.  So, back to my original dilemma. I want to take some courses in order to improve my writing.  Short of me taking creative writing classes at the local college (which I may do) I wondered if this is the expected rate for such seminars?

In blog-related news, I am on day three of being OP. Yesterday did not go too well, BUT I wrote down everything I ate and figure as long as I stop it immediately, which I have, then I figure I am still doing well.  Today, I have to sent a big thank you out to my girls who helped me stay in and eat what I brought rather than go out and impulse eat.  Did I take any pictures of my food. Not a chance. Should I have? Yes, because I really like the beans I made and I’m sure you would too if you could see/smell, eat them.


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But I’m not down. For those of you my age and older (at least) you should recognize this. I love listening to the melodic and smooth voice of the late Karen Carpenter.  Enough of that tangent, I’m not down. Because I stayed on plan (OP) all day yesterday. The first time I lasted an entire day in months. Literally.  And I feel great about it. Maybe I’ll start taking pictures of what I eat but, the beautiful part of this for me is that I don’t need to.  I had some pinto beans (homemade) for dinner with 3/4 cup of brown southwestern rice and some shrimp thrown in. I also had about a cup of roasted asparagus.  It was yummy (yes, I used that word, get the fuck over it) and quite satisfying.  I also had a couple of reduced-fat crescent rolls.  They were within my caloric allotment so I wanted them and I had them.

I watched On the Waterfront last night.  It was a good movie and I could see why older generations found Marlon Brando as attractive and they did. He also had a totally different vibe than he did in The Godfather which was surprising to see. I suppose I should have realized it, but there ya go.

It’s pouring rain here with thunder  and lightening and we are under a tornado watch. Good beginning to spring break for the kids isn’t it. hah. Today I’m having a repeat of yesterday’s dinner for lunch. I’ll have a Western Bagel (100 cal) and some egg beaters with a slice of ham for my own take on a “egg mcmuffin”.  Maybe I’ll take pictures.

Time to go and get the canoe out so I can get to the car.  Wish me luck not getting drenched as I make the long walk to the car.

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it’s official. I’ve gained back every pound I lost after the birth of my daughter. Six years ago. Almost seven.

How do I feel about that? Well, in keeping with my think positive thoughts, I’m imagining being able to blog about the weight loss journey that I’ve embarked upon and how I’ll document it all and people will discover me, and I’ll go on Ellen as an example to all 40+ women everywhere that it isn’t that hard to be in shape and healthy and I’ll get a book deal, make millions…

oops.  I went off the deep end a little there.I suppose that long term goals are great aren’t they? But to achieve super-stardom reality-style, I need to get started. This is the part of the post where I would insert a picture of myself.

a now picture…you know, the before kind. Yea, um, so, here it is…

what? Can’t you see it????  I’m sure you will be able to see it, once I’ve lost the weight that is.  I’m an extremely vain person so those in your workout bra type of pictures aren’t something I’m inclined to take. Oh, I have one. I’m just not posting it now. So, to all of the people who were looking forward to the Fatty McFatterstein pic of le moi, sorry to disappoint.

I will however, direct you to my FB page and the picture that was posted of me in Disney. That’s as honest as I’m going to get with the picture portion of this post.

I’ve also not taken any pictures of the food I’ve eaten. I’m counting calories. Yes, I am. I’ve tried eating intuitively, and for those results please see the first paragraph of this post.  But like I said, I’m not going to get upset about it. I don’t like it, thus my motivation to change it.

Breakfast was a gallon of coffee and a Western Bagel w/some butter spray and 1 tbsp of Polanar sugar-free grape spread. I love that stuff. So good, and sugar -free and low-calorie. (appox 250 calories for everything)  For lunch, I had three baked french fries that I snagged off of the cookie sheet for the kids and about 1.5 servings of Progresso New England Clam Chowdah’. Ok, it’s really Chowder, but I like saying it that way. As if I were a real New Englander. That clocked in at about 270 calories. I round up, to 300.  That brings me to 550.

According to my iPhone app, Fat Secret, as well as several other reputable sites, I can have 1500 calories and lose weight. So that’s what I’m going for.  I’ll be honest, I’ve been half-assing it and Mark Sisson said something to the affect about getting half-assed results for a half-assed effort.  I’m paraphrasing.  But I think you get the point. The 6 people who read this blog are pretty smart, so I’m sure you guys know what I mean.

In other non-related news, I’ve got sick children in the house.  I’ve got to somehow make it to the grocery store and to the comic book store to return the toy that J bought yesterday, with his own money I might add.  As soon as he took it out of  the box the foot snapped off. Tears ensued and a promise to return it today was the only way to stop the water flow. Isn’t he a little old to be crying? Yes, he is.   But then, isn’t he too old to be playing with superhero figurines?  I suppose that’s a yes too.

I’m getting ready to begin reading Await Your Reply by Dan Choane.

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Recently I posted about getting about half-way through Empire Falls, the novel, by Richard Russo and just not being able to finish it. I was finding reasons not to read it but I somehow felt like I must muddle through somehow because so many people (whose opinions I respect) loved this book. Loved this author.  After getting literally half-way through the novel, I decided enough was enough. The characters ALL annoyed me and the only one I found I could tolerate was Tick. I suppose I gave her a pass, I mean, she’s a teenager so she is supposed to be somewhat annoying, right?

Anyway, I wrote that I was getting the DVD from Netflix and I intended to watch and see if perhaps I didn’t like the HBO Television adaptation any better.  I mean, it’s HBO so it’s got to be good right?

Apparently not.  I liked all the actors in it. I liked the way the actors got that Maine accent down pat.  And I did find the characters somewhat less annoying. But my reasoning behind that was because they didn’t put into them the detail that the author put into them in the book.  Honestly, I watched the first DVD and was thoroughly unimpressed. I fell asleep twice throughout that first DVD. The second one is on it’s way and I suppose I’ll watch it if for no other reason so I can see how the story ends.  I’m hoping that someone drops a bomb on the city and they all end up dead. Somehow I doubt that is the way it ends.

It’s the only ending that would make me enjoy it though.

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Because I have tomorrow off. The kids spring break begins tomorrow and I am taking it off. I’ve got a full day, but first I need to get through today.

I’ve been up since 430a because J had a school field trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and needed to be at school at no later than 515am.  Mr Paranoid (what I affectionately call him) wanted to be there by 5a “just in case.” He’s worried the buses would leave without him.  I dropped him off at 505a and he made it with plenty of time.  As he got out of the car I watched him walk over to the busses in search of his friends and I realized how fast he is growing up.  I also realized that my older son missed out on this trip (and most others) because of his behavior/grades.  He’s an “adult” now so of course he is over it. He isn’t over, however, the sense of entitlement most people his age (18) feel.  But this isn’t about A, this about J (the 12 year old). I’m a little apprehensive about him and his stash of cash etc. Hopefully, he will take care. And of course have fun. I have very fond memories of my several Disney school field trips. I also have the pictures to document them.  Most of us are still around and I actually am friends with one of my school friends with is nice. I have FB to thank for that.

I’ve got school tonight and expect to get J at school at 10pm-ish.  He is supposed to call when they get off of the turnpike.  Oh yea, and I am supposed to work today.

As I walked up the sideway I realized that it was so quiet outside. Even the air conditioners weren’t purring away.  I suppose that’s because it’s 62 outside and not really humid. Of course, that’s at 5a. Give it a couple of hours, it’s supposed to get up to the 80’s.  Looks like the days of windows wide open are over until the end of the year.  I’m ok with that since we have had a great winter. And by great I mean lots of cold fronts which translates into a lower electric bill.

Did I take advantage of my extra early awakening and do some exercise. I’d love to say I did, but yea, the computer and coffee called to me.  I wonder how many calories you burn while ‘surfing’ the net.

Did I mention I have a work crush?  That is all I’m going to say about that.

What am I reading?  Dan Brown’s Angels & Demon’s and chapter’s of Business Law.  I’m also up to Eleven On Top by Janet Evanovich in the Stephanie Plum series.  I really, really like that series. It’s so funny and easy to read.  I’m on a mission to read up to 15.  I’d like to finish those books within the next few weeks. Since it takes me about 2-3 days to read them I’m sure that won’t be a problem.

what am I eating?  I have no idea.  I don’t have anything cooked or done in the fridge. I’ll be making a plan tonight for the upcoming week because I’m sick of just being where I’m at. I’m ready to get my ass back in gear.  And I’d like to do it before I go to D.C. in a couple of months.

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I spoke with a dear friend to me yesterday and my heart is heavy for the trials that she is currently facing.  I don’t get to speak to this friend often but whenever we do connect it’s simply as if time has stood still since the last time we spoke.  I haven’t known her all my life, but it feels like I have and I hope she knows what an amazing and fabulous person she is.  She has been a blessing to my life and I honestly could not imagine not having her in it.  If she doesn’t know this, she may after this post since I know she read this from time to time. 🙂

I have a lot to be thankful for: my beautiful and healthy children, my job (the fact that I have one and that allows me to support my family as well as being supportive of my career growth), my dear friends and family. Yes, my crazy and dysfunctional family is something I’m thankful for.  I’m also very lucky to have the health to be able to lose the weight I’ve gain in the past year.  I’m not sick, I don’t have physical impediments to stop me, so I’m going to stop stopping me.

Talking to me friend gave me inspiration.  Inspiration to live healthy.

In other random happenings, the cat has an infection. He’s on meds and HOPEFULLY this will stop him from going in the hallway.  I may have to just break down and buy a litter box to keep in the hall. Hopefully the dog doesn’t try to eat it.

Book fair was last night at the little one’s school. OF course we bought books.  I’m thinking of starting a reality tv show called book hoarders, because I think I am.

I’m taking Friday off to be with the kids since it’s their first day of Spring Break.  This post was really much more interesting when I wrote it in the shower.  This is how I roll. I have this fantastic post written in my head and then when I sit down to actually put it down on paper the computer, half of it has left me.  Does that ever happen to you?

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As I’m sitting here having my coffee, I’m watching Good Morning America (see Facebook status about my crush on George S, not that he is on) and they are talking about the healthcare debate. I have very strong political beliefs.  And as such, I typically don’t talk about them.  And I don’t plan on doing so today.

The report on GMA was about the protesters at Capital Hill. I think it’s great that people are protesting and wanting to have a discourse about the issues, in this case, the healthcare bill. BUT, racial and sexual slurs are not political discourse.  It’s really disappointing to realize that here, in 2010, with a black president, we still have this going on.  It sickens me.  But sadly, it doesn’t surprise me. Especially having experienced subtle racism myself just recently.

Enough of the political commentary. I went shopping yesterday and have all kinds of good foods to eat.  Cereal for breakfast, Buffalo Chicken salad for lunch and Baked tilapia for dinner with veggies and brown rice.

I’m finishing up Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich.  I love this series. Stephanie Plum is relatable to all of us and it’s funny to see the mishaps she creates.  The supporting characters are really funny and makes me wonder if New Jersey is really like this. If so, I have definitely misjudged Jersey.  In this book, Stephanie has gotten herself in trouble with a gang and it’s up to Joe Morelli (her handsome and hot boyfriend cop) to save her.  Ranger (the other resident hottie) is MIA the majority of the book. I’ve not finished it yet, so he could make an appearance soon.

If the baked tilapia comes out good, I’ll post the recipe on my recipe page.

I need coffee, more coffee. Have a great Sunday!

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