Saturday, October 30, 2010

Saturday Breakfast

Why is that Saturday breakfasts are so delectable?  I had scrambled eggs and two pieces of toast, and they were delicious.  And I have no idea why I felt the need to tell you that.  Except, perhaps, because there is a calm that comes to me on Saturday mornings that are hard to beat.

So, I decided I will get my kids breakfast for tomorrow.  I'm not doing donuts though.  I'm going with mini-bagels and cream cheese.  I can't afford to waste food and I really like bagels and they last longer than donuts. I also found two cute 24 piece puzzles for them to win as well.  Only two winners, but I'm going to have us solve the puzzle as part of our game.

Meanwhile I'm watching Pride & Prejudice. The 2005, Kiera Knightly version, not the incredible 1995 BBC version.  I actually really like both for many different reasons.  Kids, here's a note though, if you need to know what happened in the book stick with the 1995 version.  Just don't tell anyone I told you that.

Like I said yesterday I am going to the dance tonight so it should be fun.  The only thing is still my make up I tried to do the smokey eye on my own, youtubed some tips, and well, I don't think being a make up artist is in my future.  I am however going to be doing my hair in curlers, so it should look cute for about 15 minutes before it retains only 10% of the curl.

So before I leave you for the day I wanted to post this video for you.  The song is sweet and it is done to one of my favorite shows that I hardly get to watch, Modern Family.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Weekend

I first want to say I hope you all have a very safe weekend.  Second I hope you have one full of delicious treats.

Tonight I'm meeting up with friends for dinner, it should be fun.  Then tomorrow night I did decide to go to the dance.  It should be lots of fun and I'm so ready for something different.  On Sunday I have the Fall Festival and my baby sister, A., said she would do my make up so that should be fun. If I remember I'll take pictures.  I'm the worst at remembering to take them though.

I want to try the smokey eye for tomorrow, but I don't trust myself.  I also want to curl my hair and do some big hair but we'll see if I have the time.  I have lots to do before I go out.  I'm still debating if I should get my Sunday school class breakfast even though they didn't memorize their verses like they were suppose to.  On one hand it teaches them a lesson, but on the other hand they are just kids and I want to inject some fun... who knows.

So I will leave you with my favorite Halloween song of all time!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Slash & Okra Pickles

Two great things.  You can even eat the okra while you listen to Slash, unless of course you try to sing along to the song in which case eating okra probably isn't a good idea.

For those not familiar with it Okra Pickles are pickled okra.  And they are fabulous.  Many people have told me that sounds disgusting and I have converted them to lovers of it.  Now you might have the power to resist, but you are one of the few.

So a dear friend of mine, MetroMommy, invited me to a Halloween dance on Saturday night.  There are only two things stopping me:

1. I don't have a costume (you don't need one, but it is a costume party)
2. I'm single.

The second one probably bothers me the most.  Mainly because I don't want to feel like a third, fifth, seventh wheel.  Whatever the number turns out being I'll still be the odd man out. 

On the other hand this is something I've never done before and something that sounds like a lot of fun.  So this is where I'm stuck.

Don't worry I didn't forget about Slash.

Here's his song with Fergie:  Such greatness.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Getting Ready for Halloween

So at the ripe ole age of near 30 I no longer go Trick or Treating.  However, I do run a booth at my church's annual Fall Festival.  This year I would like to do something fun and different.  (I believe this is my theme of the moment.)  So I thought I would dress up just a little bit more than my normal jeans and a t-shirt outfit I usually wear to the festival.

1. A smokey eye - which I have never done.
2. Let my baby sister do some of her cool/bright eye make up
3. Zombie.

Just kidding on that last one.  Inappropriate.  Funny, but inappropriate.  I'll probably go w/ #2 if I can get my baby sister to do it (she actually gets to go to a party).

If you have any tips or suggestions, feel free to leave them.  They would be much appreciated.

So not much today.  I'm feeling kind of irritated and feisty.  I dont' know about you, but when I'm in that sort of mood its best I not say anything.  My mouth gets me into trouble faster than anything I know.

Meanwhile I picked my sister up yesterday and this song was playing.  And I thought what a great song for my 'I Love You for You' Magazine. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Playing Hookie & Hate

Just weeks ago a poor young man killed himself because he was being outed and tortured for being gay.  And yet today, I read an article about how overweight women earn less than $5,000 a year to their thinner counter parts.  It wasn't so much the article because anyone who has been overweight can tell you about the prejudice.  It was the comments listed that upset me.

I agree there is an obesity epidemic.  I agree that eating healthy foods is very hard, especially when you are broke.  I do have some solutions to that, real solutions, not where you look like your spending the same amount, but is not lasting the same amount of time.  I believe that our jobs and our lifestyles have contributed to our obesity problem here, but I also know that fat people are usually not lazy or stupid. Yes, there are some exceptions of those who have given up the fight and don't even care, but I know that is the exception, not the rule.

All that to say that the amount of comments that were cruel and rude about fat people makes me think that no lesson has been learned.  It has just transferred to a different group.  Does anyone think being cruel to a human being is going to get them to change?  Is that how it is done?  I know it first  hand.  Even though I work out, watch my food in-take, I'm still a size 18, but until my hormone level is balanced there isn't any more that I can do and so I'm punished for something that I can't fix.  (They still don't know if it is caused by my adrenal glands - which can be fixed or my ovaries - which can't be fixed.)

I would love to lose weight and wear even cuter clothes, but I'm not about to let the fact I can't stop me.  And I don't want you to either.  You do have great things going for you.  There is no one on this earth that is like you, you are here to offer a unique contribution.  The hater's voice is loud and in your face, but that is because those who are liars usually scream the loudest.  The truth speaks quietly, but with assertiveness.  Listen to that quiet voice that tells you you are worth it.

If you would like to follow some of my suggestions please do or contribute your own.  These aren't hard to follow and you can certainly switch them up to what you can do.

Work Out:

Power Walk for 30 minutes. - This is where I started.  Once you can walk it without having to stop and breathe push yourself further.  If you don't want to be seen do it in your backyard or in a place where you feel safe.

I actually have a new piece of exercise equipment I'm using and it is kicking my butt.  I'm cool until minute 2 then I'm breathing heavy, but I get to watch TV or listen to music while I do it, and it makes it much easier. (I also like this because on days when I don't want to I can watch or listen to my goals and it gives me the push I need.)


They say you should take your ideal weight and multiply it by 1000 to get your total caloric intake. 
135 x 1000 = 1,350 calories for the day.

Seems tough I took the approach to eliminate just one thing a day for one week.  Once I got used to not needing that item then the next week I took out another item until I got to the caloric intake that was needed (while still working out).

Also if you don't like salads (as I abhor, HATE, lettuce) then make one of the vegetables you do like.  I actually like carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower.  So I eat those with reduced fat dressing.  It's actually not that bad. 

I know the hardest thing to do is start, but give yourself some space and peace and just do one thing that will improve your health.  After the first step the next one is a little easier.

Want to start with me?

Love to you!

Music to get your started:

Monday, October 25, 2010

I'll Take Manhattan

There is a movie made quite awhile ago called, "I'll Take Manhattan' that was based on a book by the same name.  I happen to love both the book and the movie, but the reason I tell you about it now is because there was scene in there that has always stuck with me.  The main character, Maxi, is taking over her father's first magazine and re-vamping it.  She does her own research and by the end of it her conculsion is that none of the magazines love you, just for you.  They constantly tell you ways to improve, to be better, but none of them love you for you.  So, she creates her magazine based on the idea that you are already fabulous.

I would have LOVED to read that magazine, especially since I love to read magazines period.  And since most of the magazines I read are not really about me per se and hardly ever mention what I'm really going through I can get slightly irritated.  When they speak about fashion and call a girl "curvy" who is overweight, but isn't that overwight that irritates me further.  I want a magazine that loves me for me.  So, I think that is what I'm going to do with this blog.  I will turn it into the magazine I always wanted to read.

And guess what?  I love you too.  I don't want to change you, but I do want to encourage you.  If you have tips for me, pass them along.  I'm all ears. 

In that idea I have the mascot, sorta, for this.  It's my dog.  He's a sweetie and although he can get attitude when I've taken him to the groomers or went out of town he loves me.  He just doesn't care what I look like.  Now what I feed him, that matters, but everything else is secondary.

So here's to his attitude in our lives.  I hope you'll join me.

Don't mind him.  He does not like to have his picture taken first thing in the morning.  Another reason we get a long so well except when I need that picture.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Well That Was Weird

Normally my Fridays are very, shall we say, uneventful.  Today however, was not that kind of Friday.  Sure it started out that way, but at about 11:45 it all changed.  I had a client decide he was coming to my office to drop off a CD to me.  Now, I'm in the tech world, there have been very few times in my eleven years of working here that we've had clients come to the office.  So, for about thirty minutes I scrambled like a mad woman to clean my office and the other offices.

All turned out well, but then between all of that I had a ton of phone calls and several support issues to take care of.  Just weird.  Nice, I like being busy, but weird.

Meanwhile I need to get a picture of my little man.  He got shaved yesterday and he is so downright cute when he is shaved. 

Well not much, just enjoying the weekend.

Here is an old Halloween hit for you to enjoy:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lemonade & Funyuns

This is what makes me a happy camper:

That is lemonade in that container (in case you didn't get it from the header).

What else makes me happy? - Now they do have a bit of a potty mouth, but their articles are hilarious.

AskAusiello - who says that a hurricane is coming to OTH.  Hmmm....  I love this show a lot, but I also loved the way it has been written this season for the end... eh.
PopCandy - which is always filled with delicious gems.

1 Cor. 2:6-12.  It was a true revelation for me last night. It makes me understand the Holy Spirit even more.

That is it for the moment.  I hope you too have moments filled with happiness today!

Let me leave you with a little music:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


So today for lunch I was asked if I wanted tuna or chicken (both from a can).  I chose chicken.  I didn't want chicken.  I wanted something else.  Anything but what I have in the kitchen in the office.  Actually what I want is fruit. Yummy, delicious fruit.

Ugh.  I don't even want to finish the conversation about it.

On a happier note I'm getting a massive marketing campaign ready for the coming weeks. CommXTech has some cool things coming out.  I'm quite excited by all of it.  Of course I'm learning as much as I can about SonyVegas and PhotoShop (which I used to know but its been awhile).

Hopefully with each video you will see an improvement.  See kids if you don't have the money to hire someone to do it, and it is necessary, you get to learn it!  Yay.  I'm just kidding I actually like learning new stuff, but it can be overwhelming at time.

Meanwhile I did do my laundry.  So I'll be thankful for that. :D

Music for today:  One of the best lines in a song in my opinion.

"When I think back on all the crap I learned back in High School its a wonder I can think at all."

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Renew and Re-Try

I got a lot of information in a short amount of time, but I do have to thank Cisco for their prize.  Today I met with Paul who does strategic planning and have him anaylize the business to see what's up.  I actually feel re-newed and with some goals in mind I feel ready to re-try the marketing business.

Meanwhile I read where your best sleep is actually taken from 10 pm to 2 am for most human adults.  I put this theory to the test last night with great results.  I hope I get to try again today.  I also hope I remember to do laundry tonight.  Otherwise tomorrows outfit might not be my best.  I'd do a picture but even I don't want that on the internet for all time.

Well not much today.  I wish I could discuss everything I learned today, but I'm still processing it all.  I will let you know if it reaches the results I'm hoping for.

Have you heard this song yet?  I love these mash-ups and this one is just amazing.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Taking Out the Trash

That's not metaphorical.

This is what I mean:

Now a few things to know:

1. Please do not think that Cherry Coke was drank in one setting, or two, or even three.  It's just cheaper to buy it in 2 liter form than in cans or bottles.

2. I do need kleenex.  Badly.  Napkins are rough.

3. I did have Taco Bell for lunch.  It was yummy.

4. I have a hard time remembering I need to take it out.  -- This is not a snobby issue in that I think I'm too good for it.  It's a I really do forget and it doesn't bother me issue, which on some level might be worse.

5. I did actually pull it out of the can and tie it up.  It's taking it to the trash outside where I lack follow-through.

6. I did use an entire post to show you this.

7. Tonight is Mike & Molly on CBS at 8:30 CST.  I really like this show.

8. I'm listening to Deep Purple today.  This video:

9. Lunch break is almost over.

What's sad is that from numbers 7-9 I did forget about the trash.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Standing Up for Myself

I literally start to shake after I have stood up for myself.  Like I haven't eaten all day and my blood sugar dropped unexpectedly and there is no food in sight.  That kind of shake.

Does this happen to anyone else?  It drives me nuts.  I wish I wasn't like that.  I wish it didn't bother me to do it, but it does.  I hate confrontation as a general rule, but there are times when things must be said or done.  Then after I say my piece (or is it peace?) I shake.  It doesn't matter if I'm right, if the other person backs down or fesses up to the wrong doing and corrects it, I shake. 

Does anyone have any pointers?  Do you have something that helps you when you  have to confront wrong doings?

In the meantime, here is one of my favorite confrontations on television.  No judgement.  What I'm saying?  Judge away.  Makes no difference.  This will still be one of my favorite confrontations on television.  The difference now is more will know about.

Again, any pointers would be nice.


Friday, October 8, 2010

From Somone Who Knows

I know that the spotlight this week has been on bullying and it is certainly something that sits very close to home for me.  This goes for anyone who is being bullied, not just because you might be gay, but because you dare to be something different and unique.

This is an open letter to those who are struggling from someone who was there.

Dear Hurting,

I will never forget my junior year of high school.  It was the worst year of my life.  Nothing can compare to it.  I went to school every day with a stomach ache because to me a good day was one where I didn't hear any of the taunts headed my direction.

I was an overweight teenager, with huge boobs, braces, and most certainly 'a nerd'. I was not athletic in any way, nor did I care to be.  I didn't enjoy sports, and I still don't to this day.  I enjoy/enjoyed music, writing, shopping, movies, hanging out with friends, everything but sports.  But, because of my physical appearance, I was constantly made fun of.  "Fat ass, thunder thighs, big boobs, metal face, fatty, etc." were all hurled at me at some point.

I had endured some form of it my freshman and sophomore year, but not to the degree I did my junior year.  I hurt every day, I cried nearly every day, and I merely existed when I was in school.  I would never wish that torment on another human being, including you.  If I could, I would give you a hug right now, but since I can't, you are welcome to talk with me.  I don't have all the answers, nothing that will solve the issue quickly or the way you want, but what I can tell you, what I can show you, is that this is just temporary.

It may feel like it will never end, but it will.  Your life is so precious and the minute you don't think you are valuable as a human being you come talk to me because you are incredibly valuable and I believe it and I haven't met you yet.  Criticism is a coward's way out, and although it is easy to say and not easy to live through it is the truth.  Life is better on the other side of high school.  And please, DO NOT believe that high school is "the best days of your life" if that were true we'd all be in trouble.

The best days are coming, and they will come.  So for now cry, find someone who will listen, and know that you have so much going for you than what is going on right now.  Please don't commit suicide.  You are worth more than that.

Love and Peace,