Friday, February 26, 2010

Welcome To My World

Trivia sucked so bad last night. I swear. Sometimes I get SO frustrated. I can’t hear in there half the time, people gripe when I don’t say their answers and I screw up the answer half the time. In short, we were terrible. I still had fun but my goodness I would like to win would make me feel a little smarter.

I don’t have much to say today. My grandmother and aunt are coming to visit from Chattanooga tomorrow and I’m pretty excited. I don’t have too many major weekend plans.

The only thing I did really want to say was how obnoxious I think the phrase, “welcome to my world,” is to me. I say it I am speaking to myself. I know that there is such a thing as empathy but when you are trying to tell someone your problems and their immediate reaction is, “welcome to my world,” you kind of want to smack them...or is that just me? I know some people mean well but I know someone that literally won’t let you make the conversation about yourself. You could go, “My head hurts,” and she would go, “Welcome to my world, you have no idea.” Not only does this person have a headache but they are going to pass out and die at any moment. This is with every conversation...EVERY conversation. I just don’t understand why people WANT to win the “I have it worse,” game. It really chaps my behind. I am going to make a concerted effort to NOT say that phrase or undercut people when they are telling me a problem. If you want the conversation to be that one sided...get a blog. Anyway, that was a reaction to a really obnoxious girl I overheard at Newk’s last night.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! I love FRIDAY!

“Dust bowl, Bible belt
Got more churches than trees
Raise me, praise me, couldn't save me
Couldn't keep me on my knees
Oh, boy, rave on down loop 289
That'll be the day you see me back
In this fool's paradise
Temptation's strong
(Salvation's gone)
I'm on my way
To hell's half acre
How will I ever
How will I ever
Get to heaven now
Throwing stones from the top of your rock
Thinking no one can see
The secrets you hide behind
Your southern hospitality
On the strip the kids get lit
So they can have a real good time
Come Sunday they can just take their pick
From the crucifix skyline
Temptation's strong
(Salvation's gone)
I'm on my way
To hell's half acre
How will I ever
How will I ever
Get to heaven now” Lubbock or Leave It- Dixie Chicks

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thinking Ahead

I am patting myself on the back right now for the very productive week I’ve had. I got all caught up on TV and watched about 30 minutes of Inglorious Basterds. I’m weird...I watch movies in stages...who has 2-1/2 hours to sit and watch a movie? I know that most people wouldn’t consider that productivity but I certainly do. I also cleaned my bathroom, vacuumed and did some laundry. I’d say that is an overall good night. I even got up and made a real dinner with a chicken sandwich, green beans, broccoli and low fat macaroni and cheese. It was pretty good. Tonight is trivia night. I’ve started following the people that do the trivia around the state on the Facebook and they give a hint every week. This is the first week that I’ve been able to see the hint and all that it said was “Ned Flanders family...” I’ve only seen maybe one complete episode of the Simpsons in my life but I knew that Ned Flanders was from the show. I’m glad I saw the hint because I would have had NO idea what the answer was. Believe it or not, Ned Flanders Family has its own Wikipedia entry so I think I now have all the knowledge I need to get the answer right. I probably shouldn’t have admitted that I went into research mode for bar trivia...but I judge me if you will.

I made our reservations for Moulin Rouge today. My mom, brother, my brother’s girlfriend, Jordan and I are all going to see the show while we are in Paris. The tickets are pretty expensive but it’s a once in a lifetime sort of thing. The closer March 13th gets, the more excited I get. I have been looking on Wikipedia for German beers and Parisian cafes and that makes it seem more real. I keep forgetting how far away we will seems crazy. I have been looking forward to eating what the crap I want to in Paris. I sort of envisioned myself with a load of croissants in my backpack, a handful of frites and brie in one hand and crusty bread in the other. I am sure that I will partake in many pastries. I was all worried about gaining weight but I think I will be walking...A LOT. Also, in terms of actual meals...I looked at a few menus for some cafes and um, the French love fish...and rabbit. Here’s the thing...unless fish is deep fried or comes out of a can and then mixed with half a cup of mayo...I’m not usually interested. Also, rabbits? No. I will try things...I really will...but it doesn’t seem like I will be enjoying Paris for the exquisite French cuisine. I’ve seen Julie & Julia and aside from the desserts, I wasn’t interested in any of that stuff. I will try some things so I am not too closed minded but I think I will be enjoying the German food far more than the French...maybe I’m wrong.

Well, I better not get TOO excited right now seeing as how I still have over two weeks left but TRUST me when I tell you I am getting in list/itinerary mode and once I get’s hard for me to stop. I get pretty determined and kind of scary when I need to plan something. We are all going to be somewhat poor when this is done but only live once (according to many people).

Wish us luck at trivia...I’ve studied and we’ve got lots going excuses (except for that people cheat a lot there)!

“If you think about it, your favorite memories, the most important moments in your life... were you alone? Life's better with company.” Ryan Bingham, Up in the Air

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Come Here Often?

Nichole & I went to see In the Loop last night. I thought it was really good. It was a British movie which I like but it was kind of loud in the place which made it difficult to understand them at times. Overall, I thought the movie was hilarious...those British people are crazy funny sometimes. I also thought it was cool that Tony Soprano and Veda from My Girl were in it. I definitely see why it was nominated for stuff. Evidently I had added the movie to my Netflix queue and unfortunately it’s already on the way to me. I will send it right back so hopefully I don’t waste too much time. I won’t get to see every Oscar movie but my plan is to watch Inglorious Basterds over the next two days and then supposedly I’m getting District 9 and The Hurt Locker next so if I can get all that done next week...I will have seen most of the big ones (except Precious and Blindside of course). Maybe I can fit in a movie next Saturday somewhere in Birmingham...I really want to do my best to see as many as I can...I think it’s fun!

Before we went to the movie, we went to Moe’s. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this but a couple times ago...the guy totally knew I wanted chicken. Several of the shift managers look at me like we are old friends and makes me feel fat. I mean I shouldn’t be recognizable to the staff at Moe’s but apparently I am. I love that place...I crave it EVERY day. Well, last night when I told the girl I wanted sour cream, she goes “There is a 50 cent charge for that, is that OK?” They never actually charge for the sour cream (I hope that’s not like a VIP thing) but naturally I said, “Yes, that’s fine.” And she goes, “Yeah, I figured it would be, I’ve seen you in here before.” Well, of course she has. I KNOW how stupid it sounds but that cracked me up...and then devastated me. I don’t want to be KNOWN at ANY food establishment. The last time I was there before last night, the cashier was all up in my life...asking me about first I thought it was because he was flirting though I was confused because I don’t get that too often but Stacey definitely thought he was flirting. He even came around to our table while we were eating to ask us if we need more chips...umm...they don’t do that at Moe’s. Maybe he wasn’t flirting (though the thought of free Moe’s MAY have crossed my mind)...maybe the head Moe’s dude is all, “Pay special attention to the frequent extra nice to them.” Anyway, I mostly just thought it was funny. I have had several experiences with folks in the food industry who feel the need to make commentary on how much you’ve eaten or how hungry you are or how things are big enough to share. PSHHH! Just give me my food and leave me alone.

That being said, I still absolutely love Moe’s and I try to fit them into my schedule on a regular basis.

Tonight is going to be a TV catch up night for me. I need to watch Brothers & Sisters, American Idol (which I still plan to discuss when the top 12 is decided) and I need to start on Inglorious Basterds (that is quite an undertaking). I also plan on cleaning a bit. So-there’s that.

I think that’s all for today. I heard the song below earlier and it kind of pumped me up for the whole diet/exercise thing. I’ve done well this week except for the soup binge of 2010 that happened yesterday. Here’s hoping I can lose one or two before Paris on the 13th!

Have a great day!

“'Cause it makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
It makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter
Made me learn a little bit faster
Made my skin a little bit thicker
Makes me that much smarter
So thanks for making me a fighter.” Fighter-Christina Aguilera

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We Thought Pink On Friday!

As I said yesterday, I had a fun weekend but wanted to wait until today to tell you about it because I have a few pics to share. Aside from the fact that I enjoyed BBQ, Zaxby’s and steak (not all in one meal), I also went to the pink meet Friday night with Jordan and his family. I think I already told y’all that the Alabama Gymnastics team holds a pink meet every year in order to raise money for breast cancer. My mom and Oma love the gym meets and so does Jordan’s family. Honestly, I like going alright but it’s not my favorite sport to go to...but I love the pink meet. I love everything the coach/team/university does for breast cancer. This year, they honored Jordan’s Aunt Angel at the meet. Her husband and children got to light a candle in a little ceremony before the meet and they mentioned her on the jumbotron before the meet started. It was so cool. It was one of those bittersweet moments because while all the Pittmans and Burnettes were there in her honor, it was just a reminder that she wasn’t there. She loved gymnastics. Anyway, it was really sweet and the whole thing was cool. They wear pink outfits, light luminaries outside and change all of the street lights to pink. I posted some pictures so you can see. You will also see a picture of Linda Fikes. She is a cancer survivor as well...and also Angel’s cousin...and also a VERY nice lady! It was a nice night. I know that I won’t ever go to a pink meet and NOT think of Angel.

Here are the pics:

Tonight, I’m going to see In The Loop with Nichole at the Bama Theatre. I think it is nominated for writing at the Oscars. It’s supposed to be pretty funny. We are going to Moe’s beforehand so that always makes me happy. I went to Newk’s for lunch with my Mom. I looked up the nutrition facts before we went and supposedly the bowl of chicken and dumpling soup was only 3 points. I got there and it was a GIANT bowl of soup. There is no way that thing was only 3 points...I ate most of it though. When you put it in front of me...I can’t even help it. It was SO good.

One last thing...please say a prayer or think good thoughts about my friend Stacey and her son Alex. Alex is 3 and he has a hernia. He is having it removed tomorrow so if y’all could remember him for me that’d be great!

I typed up the lyrics below and I just realized they may be slightly inappropriate but they go with the pink theme!

“’s my new obsession...yeah’s not even a question... was love at first site...yeah
Pink...when I turn out the light
Yeah,’s like red but not quite
And I think everything is going to be alright
No matter what we do tonight.” Pink-Aerosmith

Monday, February 22, 2010

I wish I were a bird (or not fat) so I could fly far, far away

Despite the fact that I was up .8 pounds on Saturday, this weekend was pretty good (I will have a couple pictures to share tomorrow so I will save the details for then). I have come to terms with the fact that I will not lose weight every week. Admittedly, it is VERY frustrating that I worked so hard last week and still didn’t lose weight. I had one night where I wasn’t great. I guess if I want to lose, there is no room for error. I am attempting to have an error free week and so far, so good (I realize it’s only Monday). I am not ready to give up just because I’m stuck...even if I think about throwing it all away every once in awhile and eating double whoppers for snacks and whole buckets of chicken for dinner and entire cheesecakes for dessert...believe me...I’ve thought about it...but no...this is a test (as my mom said) and I WILL persevere.

Pep talk complete...Next.

Recognize this guy?

Yeah. That’s Kevin Smith. I know him as the guy who directed or wrote movies like Clerks, Dogma, Chasing Amy (which I try to pretend never existed), Zac And Miri Make A Porno (this is my personal favorite and oddly enough I think he said this was his least favorite of his) and many, MANY other movies for a let’s say...”specific” group of people. I would say that I’m a fan...though some of his movies are a little much. Some of you may know him only as “Silent Bob.” Some of you may not know him at all but many of you know him now as that director dude that wasn’t allowed to fly on a Southwest plane. I know, I know I’m about a week late on this story and I do apologize...I’ve been busy. Evidently, if you didn’t already know, Kevin Smith was asked to leave a Southwest plane because he was too fat to fly.

I would venture to say that 75% of the people (at least in Alabama) are wider than your average plane seat. I don’t know if I’ve told you this but before I lost weight...I was a milkshake and a bag of M & M’s away from an extension belt. I fit fine now but I always used to imagine the nasty things people might be thinking as I walked on the plane. Southwest is first come first serve so there are no assigned seats. I know that I wouldn’t want to see a Kevin Smith-sized or even a me-sized person coming towards me on a Southwest flight...those planes are TINY. I get it...some folks don’t fit “comfortably” in plane seats or roller coasters or other things. In this case though, I think they made a very “big” mistake. In more cases or not these days, the size of the bums on many people has grown and to kick someone off the plane who had already paid, seated himself AND put the armchairs down is just tacky. I’ve never been one for public humiliation. In fact, I think it’s a quick way to send people religion, sports and yes...planes. I won’t say that I won’t ride on a Southwest plane ever again. I support Kevin Smith but I’m also poor and Southwest flights are pretty cheap but I will give a big, “SHAME!” There...I feel like I’ve done my duty. Hang in there Kevin pressure...but I would HIGHLY recommend Weight’ll be allowed to stay on planes in NO time.

I need to do some SERIOUS TV watching tonight but not until I fit in another exercise session. I feel so hardcore...I WILL LOSE WEIGHT IN FEBRUARY DANGIT.

Have a great night!

“Baby, you’ve got the sort of laugh that waters me
And makes me grow tall and strong and proud and flattens me
I find you stunning but you are running me down
My love’s too big for you my love, my loves too big for you my love.

And if I was stronger then I would tell you no
And if I was stronger then I would leave this show
And if I was stronger then I would up and go
But here I am and here we go again.” Sort Of-Ingrid Michaelson

Friday, February 19, 2010

Power of Pink!

I'm going to the pink meet tonight with Jordan and his family. For those of you who don't know, The University of Alabama gymnastics team holds a special meet every year where everyone gets together and wears pink in support of breast cancer research. It should be a good time! It has made me think of Jordan's Aunt Angel a lot today. Angel, a young, beautiful mother of 3, lost her life to cancer very recently and events like this are often bittersweet. I am wearing pink in her honor today! I hope y'all have a great weekend!

"Have I been sleeping?
I’ve been so still
Afraid of crumbling
Have I been careless?
Dismissing all the distant rumblings
Take me where I am supposed to be
To comprehend the things that I can’t see

Cause I need to move
I need to wake up
I need to change
I need to shake up
I need to speak out
Something’s got to break up
I’ve been asleep
And " need to wake up
Now" I Need To Wake Up- Melissa Etheridge

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Reviews Are In...

This blog will be basically reviews of things I’ve watched the past few days...because I think you DESERVE to know.

First, I did the Flirty Girl Fitness. It was bad on SO many levels. To begin with, I felt RIDICULOUS doing it. I’m a very outgoing person but something about spanking an invisible person in my living room while completely alone felt a little strange. Also, the girls on there are emaciated. I mean I understand that you would want athletic girls on the video but I could count their ribs. The lead girl is very annoying, the instructions were bad and honestly, I didn’t feel very worked out. I probably could have gotten more into it but most of the stuff kind of hurt my knees and hips. I haven’t tried the actual routine they have you do or the chair dance video. I may give it a shot but honestly, I don’t think it’s going to be my thing.

Second, I was just going to briefly tell you about “When In Rome.” It’s that movie with Josh Duhamel and Kristen Bell. I saw it with Stacey the other night. I will say that this movie won’t be winning any Oscars but I thought it was really cute and I’m not ashamed to say that the highlight of the whole movie is just watching Josh Duhamel. I think he’s precious. It’s odd because I usually am not attracted to tall guys...I even have a slight fear if they are REALLY tall but I love him and Vince Vaughn. If you like romantic’s a cute one...if you don’t...don’t waste your time.

Third and finally, I Netflixed Up and watched it last night:

Ok-I’ve only seen a few of the nominated movies but I definitely think this was my favorite. I loved Avatar...I really did but this movie really touched’s sweet and sad and ADORABLE. I know it’s a kids movie but if y’all haven’t seen it...please go see it!

Alright-It’s trivia night...wish us luck...we are missing people tonight.

“Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
But it don't snow here
It stays pretty green
I'm going to make a lot of money
Then I'm going to quit this crazy scene
I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on” River-Joni Mitchell

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

To tan or not to tan? I choose not.

I’ll skip the play by play of the last day or so (I’ll discuss “When In Rome” tomorrow and I didn’t get to do Flirty Girl Fitness last night so I will also save it for tomorrow) and go right into a rant.

I know people who judge others for the way they dress and look. Now, don’t get me wrong, if your clothes are extremely tight or your boobs are out at work, I’ve been known to judge. I’m not always perfect and YES I do talk about people but I know some folks who will call you out for the way you fix your hair or whether you tan or not. “Oh my God, she wears her hair back every day” or “I can’t believe she NEVER wears heels!” I mean get a grip. What kills me is when people look you up and down and then express disdain for what you are wearing or even worse, they passively insult what someone else has on that is similar to what you are wearing.

I just wish that people had something better to do than to examine how I dress or how tan I am. I think the tanning one pisses me off the most. Who decided that tanning yourself into oblivion was the modern/best way to look? For those who DO tan, that’s your prerogative. For me, I am WAY to claustrophobic to go to a tanning bed/booth. I have been a few times but I really don’t like it. During the summer, I lay out a little bit but it’s too hot to lay there for hours...I guess it’s just not my thing. I have had many people look me up and down when I’ve worn a skirt or dress and said, I just can’t wear anything like that right now because I’m too white. That’s what you want to do. If you WANT to be tan, that’s fine...I just don’t really care. I will admit that I think I look my best when I’ve been in the sun a few hours and I have that rosy cheek thing going on and I definitely look forward to those days in the summer. I can guarantee you I’ve spent enough time gathering harmful UV rays because I have the freckles to prove it...I just don’t want to look like this one day:

I am perfectly content with my legs looking like this:

That’s fresh mozzarella in case you were wondering.

I’ve been around enough artificial sweeteners and tobacco products in my life to cause many types of cancer, I don’t need to get melanoma on top of that just because someone said we have to be tan to be pretty.

I hope I’m not offending those people who go to the tanning bed because that is not my intention. The only thing that I ask is that you keep an open mind and not judge those who don’t tan...AND don’t think you HAVE to tan to be cute. In my opinion, I think some of the most beautiful women are pale:

So-For me, I think I will stay OUT of the tanning bed (and NO, I was not saying I look like them because I don’t tan, I didn’t say it was beautiful to be pasty white AND fat). I really hope I don’t eat my words one day but my lack of extra money will certainly help. What do y’all think? I guess on the other hand, you only live once and if that’s what makes you feel pretty...then by all means.

I hope y’all have a great night!

“A face without freckles is like a sky without stars
Why waste a second not loving who you are
Those little imperfections make you beautiful, lovable, valuable,
They show your personality inside your heart
Reflecting who you are!” Freckles-Natasha Bedingfield

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

See a penny pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck!

It was a strange/hectic day. For some reason, I woke up last night at 11:45 and somehow thought that it was 5:30am. Because I thought this was the time, I proceeded to get up, turn the light on, brush my teeth and right before I threw gym clothes on and drove to the gym, I realized it was still before midnight. Lol...once I realized what I had done, it was funny, I’m just glad that I didn’t drive to the gym...that would have been awkward.

Also, I just found a penny, heads up. I didn’t pick it up though because it was in the bathroom at work. I mean, sure I would LOVE some good luck and all but not at the risk of contracting some sort of VD. I mean the penny WAS heads up but it was grimy and stuck to the floor. I think the superstition, karma gods will understand and not give me bad luck or anything. I prefer to keep my fingers OFF of the bathroom floor.

I am very happy right now because I made it through another work day this week without physically injuring myself or someone else. Work has been extremely busy (which I’m grateful for-job security) so I feel like my head is swimming at the end of every day. I am also happy because I am about to go to Moe’s (Welcome to Moe’s!)and see When In Rome with Stacey.

The plan is to also try the Flirty Girl Fitness DVD when I get home but it may be too late...that junk may have to wait until tomorrow. I did the 20 minute Jillian Michaels workout again last night and I have to say...I really think it’s making a difference...I think perhaps I have lost a little in inches...maybe it’s just the pants I’m wearing.

I know that’s sort of a short recap but I’m pretty tired. Hopefully tomorrow I can report on the movie When In Rome and also the Flirty Girl DVD.

Have a good afternoon!

“Baby you'll find
There's only one love
Yours and mine
I've got so much love

And needing you so
My love for you
I'll never let go
I've got so much love

All I want is to hold you
Let me show how much I love you baby
I don't mind and I don't mind
Girl I love you
There's no one above you

You are the sun
You are the rain
That makes my life this foolish game
You need to know
I love you so
And I'd do it all again and again

Tell me it's true
I can't believe you do what you do
I've got so much love
And my love you'll see
We'll stay together, just you and me
I've got so much love

Only you
Tell me how to love you baby
I don't mind and I don't mind
Girl, I love you
Always thinking of you

You are the sun
You are the rain
That makes my life this foolish game
You need to know
I love you so
And I'd do it all again and again

I know you know the way I feel
And I need your love for always
Cause when I'm with you
I fall in love
Again and again and again, Baby.” You Are-Lionel Richie

Monday, February 15, 2010

Where Is The Love?

I had an AWESOME weekend y’all. First, I went to see Crazy Heart Friday night with Jordan. It was pretty good. I was very tired so I thought it was a little slow at times. My summation is pretty much that I think Jeff Bridges deserves the Oscar nod and Maggie Gyllenhaal does not. I like the title song a lot and I kind of thought it was a mix between The Wrestler from last year and Walk the Line. Overall, I really liked it but was not blown away.

Saturday morning I went to Weight Watchers and I lost 2.6 Pounds! That made up for the weight I gained the week before plus a little extra. I was extremely pleased. I think the extra exercise I did really paid off. I then proceeded to go eat at a breakfast buffet so the rest of the weekend was a bust in terms of my diet. I think I have devised a system. For every cheat day, I will add an extra exercise session one night during the week. I cheated 2 days in a row this weekend so this week, in addition to my four mornings of elliptical, I will work out in some way at night...I will probably be bad this weekend too so we will see how this system works.

Saturday night I rode up (in style) to Birmingham with Nish and Jodi to see the Black Eyed Peas. We met Shelley at the J. Clyde (I think that’s how you spell it) and ate and then went to the concert. Basically, I loved it. It was like being at the club except the people are actually there. I had a GREAT time and I’m very appreciative to Nish for the whole night AND letting me stay over.

Sunday, I drove up to Birmingham so Jordan and I could go to the Cheesecake Factory (see I told you all dieting rules went out the window) and it was AWESOME! Great food AND great company. Both Jordan and my parents gave me iTunes gift cards as Valentines so I am very much looking forward to cashing those in.

Anyway, I had a great time and I posted some blurry concert pics and one of me and Jordan yesterday but before I go, I wanted to show you a pick of the new snack I found:

These little chocolate cupcakes come 3 to a pack and are only 1 point on Weight Watchers (thanks to Stacey for telling me about these)! It’s odd because there are other flavors but the chocolate ones are the only ones that are only 1 point. I’m guessing the other flavors are two. I won’t lie...they don’t taste like a Swiss Roll or anything but they are pretty good and a very good size snack for one point.

Here are the pics:

"What's wrong with the world, mama
People livin' like they ain't got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that'll bring you trauma
Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin'
In the USA, the big CIA
The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you're bound to get irate, yeah
Madness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love" Where is the Love-The Black Eyed Peas

Friday, February 12, 2010


At about 8:30 this morning this was the image of our “Snowmageddon” or as Jon Stewart called it “Snowtorious B.I.G.”

Whooptido. I will say that it is coming down harder now and it looks like it may be starting to stick on certain leaves and cars. I just get so irritated because the weather people always freak out and make it seem like it might REALLY snow this time. I guess after living in Alabama now for about 13 years, I have become sort of cynical about the possibility of snow. Usually, they are very accurate during tornado season (which is pretty much November through May) but when it comes to snow, it’s like they are kids that are just desperate for the fun stuff to come down.

Anyway, I am very glad that is Friday. We got 5th place in Trivia again last night! I think that’s fine because we get a point and I also think it’s pretty impressive considering all of the cheating that goes on during the night by other teams. I really hope that the weather doesn’t get too bad because that would mean Jordan couldn’t come down here. Hopefully, everything will work out. It should be a great weekend.

As you know, I gained weight last week. I’m really hoping that I do NOT gain weight tomorrow...that would crush me. I did pretty well this week. I exercised extra and only went a little over in points one day (which I felt bad about). I know this is ridiculous but I would especially HATE to gain weight on Valentine’s weekend. I mean what a TERRIBLE weekend to feel fat. Even when I had a “romantic” Valentine, it’s never been a holiday that means that much to me. I kind of feel like you should express your love for people EVERY day. I mean, I know that’s easier said than done and I LOVE that Jordan and I celebrate but sometimes Valentine’s Day seems a bit...contrived. I’m not usually the bitter single person that complains about the holiday because I’m perfectly fine with people celebrating it. I think I’m rambling on about this because maybe...I do wish I could celebrate it with someone but honestly, I’m used to disappointing Valentine’s Days at this point. I didn’t intend for that last sentence to sound so emo because I’m really OK. LOL. Maybe I should join the “Screw Valentine’s Day and everything it stands for” bandwagon...I just think that’s a little cliché for a single 20 something don’t you? The only disappointing love is the love that you can’t have. There are people in love that can’t work up the courage to tell the other person and there are people that have worked up the courage but the love is unrequited. There are people who are married who are in love with someone else and there are people who are in love with someone from another culture or race whose family would disown them if they followed through. There are people we have loved that have died and there are people we have loved who have moved away. So, I guess when you are single on Valentine’s Day, you aren’t upset because OTHER people ARE in love, you are upset about the LACK of love that you are getting from the person you really want it from...whether you know them, can’t have them, don’t know them yet...or whatever. I hope that if you ARE celebrating that you have a WONDERFUL weekend...if you aren’t celebrating and you plan on eating multiple Reese Cup Hearts instead...have fun with that too!

I get plenty of love from my family and friends and I’m very excited about seeing everyone this weekend!

Also, I want to give Nichole a shout out (since she never gets on Facebook)-she made me 3 CD’s of music I don’t know that she thought I would like and I think she is right on track because so far...all of it is AWESOME! Also, I’m very proud of her because she is embarking on the Grad School Finding Journey and things are going well for her so far!

Have a great weekend y’all!

“God, I feel like hell tonight
Tears of rage I cannot lie
I'd be the last to help you understand
Are you strong enough to be my man?

Nothing's true and nothing's right
So let me be alone tonight
Cause you can't change the way I am
Are you strong enough to be my man?

Lie to me
I promise I'll believe
Lie to me
But please don't leave

I have a face I cannot show
I make the rules up as I go
Just try and love me if you can
Are you strong enough to be my man?

When I've shown you that I just don't care
When I'm throwing punches in the air
When I'm broken down and I can't stand
Would you be MAN ENOUGH to be my man?

Lie to me
I promise I'll believe
Lie to me
But please don't leave” Strong Enough-Sheryl Crow

Here's a picture of the snow now. It's not a GREAT picture but it is getting a bit more "snow-ish" out there.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Blog For Nish ;)

I am writing this right now and everything on my body hurts because I just did the Jillian Michaels' 20 minute workout for the second time this week. I didn't get to workout this morning because I went to bed at about 1 am so I had no choice but to workout tonight. Let me tell you...that woman is INSANE. It is a VERY intense 20 minutes. Wow. Everything hurts but I guess that's good because I think that means it's working. On the other hand, the impact of that exercise makes me worry about my 40 minute elliptical run every morning because I don't really have any problems with it. I guess there is no such thing as bad exercise as long as you aren't injuring yourself.

In other news, I went to the John Mayer concert last night in Birmingham with Nish, Jodi & Shelly. I had a great time! I was a little tired to begin with and that turned into a LOT tired later in the almost fell asleep a couple of times. I had seen John Mayer before and he is a great musician. Honestly, I don't know his music other than his top 40 stuff but I could listen to him play guitar anytime. Michael Franti opened for him and I thought he was GREAT! I will definitely be checking out some more of his music.

While I was watching John Mayer, I was unaware of his "N" word slip up which I have to say is SO obnoxious. Really? You are going to say the "N" word and think you can get away with it? Really? Are you stupid? Do you WANT to ruin your career? Nothing screws up a career like dropping the "N" bomb. I personally think the word should be removed from everyone's vocabulary in any form but you HAVE to know by now that you can't say that. I don't care what he meant by it...shame on you John Mayer...I may sneek and listen to "Say What You Need To Say" and "Waiting On The World To Change" from time to time but you can bet I won't be a public defender of Mr. Mayer cute and talented as he may be.

I provided a couple of pics from last night! I am really excited because Saturday we get to go see the Black Eyed Peas and apparently Ludacris is opening! I am SOOOOO excited!

Hopefully I won't be TOO sore.


"This one goes out to you and yours
I say hey I'll be gone today
But I'll be back all around the way
It seems like everywhere I go
The more I see
the less I know
But I know one thing
That I love you
I love you
I love you
I love you

I’ve been a lot of places all around the way
I’ve seen a lot joy and I’ve seen a lot of pain
but I don’t want to write a love song for the world,
I just want to write a song about a boy and a girl
Junkies on the corner always calling my name
And the kids on the corner playing ghetto games
When I saw you getting down well I hoped it was you
And when I looked into your eyes I knew it was true
I say Hey I'll be gone today
But I'll be back all around the way
It seems like everywhere I go
The more I see
the less I know
But I know one thing
That I love you
I love you
I love you
I love you" Say Hey-Michael Franti

Monday, February 8, 2010

Back To Business

I got my car back y’all! I want to give a shout out to my Oma for letting me borrow her car while mine was in the shop after my wreck! I really appreciate it...but it sure does feel good to have my car back. I also want to give a shout out to Horton’s Garage for not only making my car look like new, but for also cleaning it inside and out! They did all that in a week! Now, I have to find out if my car is may be giving it up again really soon. Apparently I have two recall possibilities...nice.

Alert the media-I GAINED weight last week. For some reason, I thought I could continue going over a couple points here and there, cheating on Saturdays AND Sundays and still lose weight. I’m pretty sure I know that is NOT how it works. It went okay for a couple of weeks...I even lost weight but this week it caught up with me. So, I had to have an emergency pep talk with myself. If I don’t stick to the plan Monday-Saturday, I’m going to take away cheat day for awhile. I’m giving myself a few weeks to do better before I do anything like though because out of the 7ish months I’ve been doing this, I’ve only gained weight two times...that’s not too shabby. I think I should be fine if I count what I’m supposed to do. Yes, it’s hard sometimes and yes, counting everything means I don’t get to eat everything that I want but um...I knew that from the start...that it wouldn’t always be easy (I even skipped the Baby Shower Cake Saturday that I had been looking forward to all week). Luckily, I have NOT decided to throw away cheat day yet because you should have seen the food my mom made for the super bowl. It was completely ridiculous. The menu included: Barbecue Nachos, Homemade Potato Skins, Chicken Wings, Mini-Patty Melts and chocolate, peanut butter cup cookies. I It was delicious. Oh, and congrats to the Saints on winning. Honestly, I’m not very invested in professional sports at all but I had decided to pull for the Saints because New Orleans is one of my ABSOLUTE favorite congrats guys! Also, cutest family ever:

If you guys haven’t seen the pictures/videos of Drew Brees with his son after need to look them sweet.

I am getting a bit impatient with the weight loss. I know what I said above and I mean it. I need to give myself a swift kick in the behind. At the same time, the thought that I have a year, maybe more before I get even close to what I want is frustrating. I would like to lose about...oh I don’t know...40 pounds...RIGHT NOW! I want 40 pounds down to be my new starting point. Ugh, I need motivation. One thing motivating me right now is the fact that I plan on choosing a different type of workout to try at night once a week. I am still going to do the elliptical 4 times a week but it won’t kill me to try new things. I think I’m going to start with a video that Cass bought:

She’s from The Biggest Loser and even though she gets on my nerves, the workout is only 20 minutes and it’s supposed to kick your butt.

Next week I might try something that up until this point has been a colossal waste of money:

I ordered the DVD only from this place because I thought it might be fun and of course they sent me and charged me for a feather boa and a weighted ball. Um, I don’t need a feather boa to work out. Anyway, I had to send it all back and it took forever for them to take the charges off. What’s worse is that I haven’t even opened the dang DVD.

Also, it’s getting closer and closer to summer and I have a pool at my apartment and that’s always fun. Finally, I want to practice actual running from time to time even though it is usually a very painful experience.

I think I will lose more weight trying something new in addition to the exercise I get so I’m excited to try.

I will report these as I do them.

Have a great night!

"If I could reach the stars I'd pull one down for you
Shine it on my heart so you could see the truth
That this love I have inside is everything it seems
But for now I find it's only in my dreams

That I can change the world
I would be the sunlight in your universe
You will think my love was really something good
Baby if I could change the world

If I could be king even for a day
I'd take you as my queen I'd have it no other way
And our love will rule in this kingdom we have made
Till then I'd be a fool wishin' for the day

That I can change the world
I would be the sunlight in your universe
You will think my love was really something good
Baby if I could change the world
Baby if I could change the world" Change The World-Eric Clapton

Friday, February 5, 2010

Everybody's Workin' For The Weekend

We made it to the weekend! I’m very happy! I think I will lay low tonight. I am SO tired and I have to get up early in the morning. You never know though...things have a way of presenting themselves. I am going to this baby shower tomorrow for a girl I used to go to church with. Here’s the thing...I’m not trying to be offensive but baby showers...aren’t really my thing. I don’t know...I’m no good at looking excited about the lifetime commitment a person is about to make with someone they don’t even know yet. That’s sounds awful right? Again, I love my friends kids (Whitney, Stacey) but at this point in my This may sound terrible and I apologize to Dana (the pregnant one) if she ever reads this but the fact there will be cake at this shower may have been a substantial factor towards my decision to go. I decided when I first got the invitation that I would just have to cheat and have the cake...especially if I lose weight at the weigh-in tomorrow (not guaranteed). Cake is almost up there with ranch as far as food that I love to eat.

The official trivia league started yesterday which means last night was the first point opportunity of the year. We got 5th place which means we got 1 point! Hey, we may not have won but the fact that we got a point is good! If we could get 1 or more points every week...we might really have a shot when it comes to the regional qualifying stuff. We have stopped going to Buffalo Wild Wings for trivia and have temporarily or permanently (depending on everyone else on the team) switched to another place. The bar is called Wilhagan’s and they do it on Thursdays instead of Wednesdays. Really, it doesn’t matter but most of us were in the mood for a change of scenery and the host is a friend and he takes music requests (ones that he approves of) so we thought we would give it a shot.

I am excited about the activities among me in the next couple of months...all of them...on a large or small scale. I am going to two concerts next week...John Mayer and the Black Eyed Peas...very excited about both. I am getting to go to the Cheesecake Factory (my fave) for lunch on Valentine’s Day with the best Valentine ever: Jordan. (I will probably blog about my bitter, single disdain for the holiday next week) I am probably going to the casino with my dad on the 19th to see Clint Black. Last but certainly not least...SPRING BREAK IN PARIS!

I know I mention this a lot but as fun as all that also means that I will be spending money. I posed this question on facebook where I asked folks if they knew of legal ways to make extra money. Someone said I could write a Harlequin romance...apparently it’s decent pay...there’s a thought. I think that if I want to write one I should probably read one first. Someone else suggested that I teach some adult ed classes on the side...I am definitely thinking I need to pursue these kinds of things. I not only have bills that I will be paying for the long haul...I also have current expenses that I need to make a dent in. I know that some would say that I need to stop doing all those things and I get that and I have been making cuts here and there and will probably be cutting out more but at the same only live once and I love to experience everything. I love to travel and see live music in any capacity and that means I will spend money.

I think I will kick this weekend off with a bath tonight...sounds good. I hope you all have a great weekend!

“Last night
I was pouring out my heart
Like a waterfall to you
And with one kiss
I was a runaway train
Flying off the track to you
I love you came flooding out
I couldn’t make it stop
I couldn’t shut my mouth.
I felt like a fool then lied and said I was sorry, but

I unapologize
I meant every word
Won’t take back the way I feel about you
Can’t unsay what you heard
Cause you heard me right
And I won’t try to fighting back and hide my feelings for you
I unapologize” Unapologize-Carrie Underwood (I love this song especially because I think it’s awesome when artists make up words!)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dog Day Afternoon

Hello! Somehow, I have lost a day in a vacuum or something because I thought it was Tuesday all day today and Monday all day yesterday. The good news is that Saturday will be a pleasant surprise when I find out it's not Friday. It has been CUHrazy at work lately. Honestly, I like to keep as busy as possible...makes the day go by fast. I am about to watch American Idol. I can NOT wait until the auditions are over and the top 12 or 24 or however many are weeded out so I can pick a favorite. I wish y'all were lucky enough to see a certain "American Idol" dance that a certain friend mine does to the intro music. Priceless.

Quick question...if you had a dog and that dog lifted its leg and peed a little in the corner of your bedroom...would you think to already peed a little in my bedroom...I think he should just go ahead and cover the place...would you want him to pee on your bed and clothes in addition to the corner since you were already going to have to clean that corner up? Um, no. So, if that's the case...then why is it that when we dieters succumb to a biscuit in the morning, or a piece of chocolate cake after lunch, we decide to screw it all and cheat the whole day? I'm TOTALLY guilty of this. I did it Saturday. I made a conscience decision to cheat the whole day because I knew I would be going over my points that night. Even though I have a tendency to have this mindset, I think the concept is ridiculous. I'd like to say that I will make an effort not to ditch Weight Watchers for a whole day or week because I have an extra piece of ham on my sandwich but I think that having those moments is all part of the process. Sometimes, we need to feel it's your best to get back on the horse every time...even if it's every meal...YOU CAN DO IT!

So-I've been putting out a lot of money the past couple of weeks and it's only going to get better when I get to take my dog to the vet for his shots (not the one that I mentioned above that peed in a corner) and that usually costs at least $100. Has everything always cost at least $100? Was there ever a time when things weren't this expensive? Oh well...TOMORROW IS TRIVIA NIGHT. It is especially cool because the trivia league "officially" starts tomorrow. There are points available every week and a regional competition at the end of the year...truth be told...we aren't that great but we have fun and who knows??? Maybe we will make it to the next level. Good night! Sleep tight!

Here's a few pics of my Pacey...he lives with my parents but I pay child support...he costs a lot but I LOVE him (interesting how one dog analogy turned into a whole theme...I can't help it). He doesn't like to be woken up or dressed up...but he loves treats and to be sweet.

"It's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a dog
It's been a hard day's night, I should be sleeping like a log
But when I get home to you I find the things that you do
Will make me feel alright

You know I work all day to get you money to buy you things
And it's worth it just to hear you say you're gonna give me everything
So why on earth should I moan, 'cause when I get you alone
You know I feel okay
When I'm home everything seems to be right
When I'm home feeling you holding me tight,tight,yeah
It's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a dog
It's been a hard day's night, I should be sleeping like a log
But when I get home to you I find the things that you do
Will make me feel alright" A Hard Days Night-The Beatles

Monday, February 1, 2010

Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

It's been a few days since I've blogged. Sorry for the delay. It's the weirdest thing. I think that if I post in the middle of the day, people MAY get the idea that I type these blogs at work...which is JUST preposterous! Anyway, I will be blogging a bit later which inevitably means I won't be blogging EVERY day...and I think that's OK. There are but a precious few out there that value every word I say...I'm not one of them. Like a relationship, if it starts out too much/too won't last. So, I think it's OK if I miss a day here and there...which also goes with my theme of getting back on my poetry bandwagon (hopefully).

There may also be just a smidge...a TINY, insignificant, smidge of shame that I am experiencing as a result of the nasty, fattening weekend that I had. I lost 2 pounds (miraculously) last week and for some reason, I took that as a complete license to eat what the crap I wanted to. It was weird because I don't usually do that but Saturdays are harder now than they were during football season. I'm not real sure what all that is about but I think it's a sort of "slump." I had a massive, juicy steak on Saturday night and then my mother made fried pork chops last night AND fried rice AND fried okra. It was seriously one of the most memorable meals I've had. I have got to remember that when my birthday comes around.

Since I was bad this weekend, my plans are to be extra good this week (sometimes I feel like I sound like a broken record). I've started off great because despite my obnoxious insomnia last night, I got up, worked out and did great on points today. Before I go...I wanted to share a couple new finds least they are new to me.


Here's the thing...I don't even like beans but I thought I would try it since it was mixed with cheese...I actually liked it. The best part is that according to the nutrition facts, which I'm still a little skeptical about but don't really know what to do, you can eat one serving for 45 calories. You can have 3 servings for 3 points because the beans have fiber which helps...mix that with a 2 point serving of Baked Tostitos and you get a 5 point snack...may sound like a lot but it's a BIG snack...and you could always have only one or two servings but I'm always thinking of ways to have more food.


This is the 2 point dessert I had tonight. It's half a serving of angel food cake (which is still about an inch thick piece of cake). It also has about a fourth of a cup of blueberries (zero points) and a couple of tablespoons of lite cool whip (which I prefer to regular and one serving is also zero points). It tastes great, filling, it's something different and...just...yum!

Ok-I hope you all try these and forgive my slack!

Have a great night.

Sometimes the lyrics don't have a thing to do with the blog...sometimes their just in my head...and sometimes...I gotta post the whole thing.

"I am color...blind
Coffee black and egg white
Pull me out from inside
I am ready
I am ready
I am ready
I am
taffy stuck, tongue tied
Stuttered shook and uptied
Pull me out from inside
I am ready
I am ready
I am ready
I am...fine
I am covered in skin
No one gets to come in
Pull me out from inside
I am folded, and unfolded, and unfolding
I am
Coffee black and egg white
Pull me out from inside
I am ready
I am ready
I am ready
I am fine
I am fine
I am fine"

I Am Ready For Love-Counting Crows