Thursday, August 12, 2010
I stole this from MADEMCHE. Here we go...I don't feel like writing a thought provoking blog tonight so here is me being lazy
1. What time did you get up this morning?
around 8:40 AM which is awesome. I love vacation.
2. How do you like your steak?
Medium rare. It freaks me out when people order well-done, it is just wrong. IMO
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
My hunny took me the new twilight Eclipse movie. Yup I am a tween at heart, and I am Team Emmett if you wanted to know
4. What is your favorite TV show?
True blood and Being Human. I also LOVE No Reservations and Bizarre Foods. Anything on the food network is awesome.
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I want to live everywhere. I can never sit still and I move every 2 years. Owning a home was rough for me because I can't be stuck in one place too long. Our next big move will most likely be Medellin, Colombia.
6. What did you have for breakfast?
Egg whites on a Thomas Whole Grain Bagel thin with fresh basil and a side of blueberries we picked on a farm with my niece the day before.
7. What is your favorite cuisine?
One of the things I love about the US is we have access to such a wide variety of foods. I love most Latin food, I obsess about Asian foods and I will try almost anything once. I draw the line at eyeballs, no fear factor items. We cook an American/Colombian hybrid at home which works for both of us. I love to cook and he is a chef so we put a lot of thought into food and stress organic and freshness as much as possible.
8. What foods do you dislike?
Alfredo sauce, cooked green peppers, papaya, Oregano. There are some more random ones but I can't think of it right now. It isn't a huge list lol.
9. Favorite Place to Eat?
Chinatown and home. I can cook almost anything we have in a restaurant. When we go out it is really more to eat foods that we can't duplicate or the ingredients are too much of pain to get. Pho is another favorite of ours but unfortunately there are no vietnamese restaurants close to our new place :(.
10. Favorite dressing?
Blue cheese which is a bummer because I have given it up. I do oil and vinegar now and it works for me. I am not really a big dressing person anyway.
11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
Hyundai Santa Fe. We loved it when we got it because it is an SUV but great on gas. I needed a big car for work. We would love the next car we get to be a hybrid.
12. What are your favorite clothes?
I don't really have a favorite designer but I do lean towards Calvin Klein. I like sleek designs, minimalism. I want a fabulous cut and lines to speak for me. Strong elegance. As clothes are starting to fit me better it is exciting to see the world of fashion open up for me again.
13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
The list of where I want to go is so long I can't even type it all out but an abbreviated list...I am going to Medellin, Colombia in January to plan the wedding that will be the following January. For our honeymoon we are going to San Andres (colombia's hawaii) and either Brazil or Argentina. After we get back our next few vacations include Japan, Hawaii, Alaska, New Zealand and Australia but I am dying to see Prague, Budapest and St.Petersburg, Russia. I am also hoping when my uncle goes back to Ghana I can tag along.
14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
Empty, ALWAYS. I am a realist and I think it is foolish to pretend bad things don't happen. I would rather prepare for the worst. It makes me laugh that I get a lot of emails and comments about how positive of a person I am because I was voted class pessimist in High School lol.
15. Where would you want to retire?
I doubt I will ever retire. I always have to be doing something and I get bored easily. We hope at some point to split the year between Boston and Medellin.
16. Favorite time of day?
Super late at night and very early morning. When the world is quiet it is the only time I can relax. My mind is always running, running, running.
17. Where were you born?
Beverly, Massachusetts. I don't know where I got my adventurous heart because my family are not adventurous people.
18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
None, I love to play, can't sit down long enough to watch.
19. How many siblings?
Younger brother. He is a cool guy and I am discovering we are so much more alike as I get older.
20. Favorite pastime/hobby?
Cooking, salsa dancing, anything art related. I love museums and I make jewelry.
21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this?
I want to hear everyone's!
22. Bird watcher?
I agree with Maun. It is wrong to cage birds. It breaks their hearts and whenever I look at them I have this urge to let them free. How can we do that to them?
23. Are you a morning person or a night person?
My natural clock is to stay up until like 4AM and sleep until 1 or 2 in the afternoon. I know, weird.
24. Do you have any pets?
Yup, my son. A black pug who turned 9 last month. Loki has been with me through it all, my divorce, selling my house, moving to Boston alone. When he goes I will lose my mind.
25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
I am really proud of my progress on SP and we are finally setting a wedding date. We kept putting it off because of time and money and we decided January of 2012 it is. No more waiting. I am getting old to have kids!
26. What did you want to be when you were little?
A lion tamer, then a veterinarian. I got close too. Right down to actually attending school and then I decided I didn't want to be 250K in debt.
27. Do you have children?
Yes, we are going to start trying as soon as we get married. Not literally that second but you know what I mean. :) I will 34 at that point I don't want a high risk pregnancy.
28. Are you a cat or dog person?
dog but I do appreciate cats.
29. Are you married?
Engaged but really it is a formality. We are married in our hearts and I have never been more sure he is the one.
30. Always wear your seat belt?
31. Been in a car accident?
A couple. The worst being 2 days before my senior year of high school. I blew out the discs in my lumbar region of my spine and spent most of my senior year in a full back brace. That is when I gained all my weight.
32. Any pet peeves?
Poor manners, lazy people who are selfish and make their coworkers pick up their slack, IM speak adults need to use words U no who u r. Uggh.
33. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Pepperoni, I am so old school but now I do appreciate different veggies. Nothing better than a well crafted pizza.
34. Favorite Flower?
Orchids and hibiscus.
35. Favorite ice cream?
Mocha or Ben and Jerry's Mint Oreo Cookie. Yummy. Now I am loving frozen yogurts though.
36. Favorite fast food restaurant?
Gag, I guess Dunkin Donuts?
37. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
38. From whom did you get your last email?
Don't remember and I am not going to bother to look
39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
Credit cards are evil and I am not super material
40. Do anything spontaneous lately?
Tomorrow we are driving to NYC with no real plan and doing some touristy stuff and then having dinner with my best friend from college and her hubby. I miss her!
41. Like your job?
Yup, it has its issues but for the most part it is great.
43. What was your favorite vacation?
ten days traveling in rural Costa Rica. I can't wait to take my fiancé for him to see it.
44. Last person you went out to dinner with?
45. What are you listening to right now?
Monstras de rio on TV. Some show about fish attacking people. He loves the discovery channel.
46. What is your favorite color?
Black, which is actually the absence of color as well as pink. I am super girly.
47. How many tattoos do you have?
None and I have no desire to get one. I get bored with shoes after 6 weeks, I can't imagine something permanent on my body.
48. How many people will fill this out?
No idea but I am curious
49. What time did you finish this quiz?
50. Coffee Drinker?
I heart coffee. I used to drink so much that I got hospitalized in college with a caffeine overdose. Now I limit myself to a good sized cup in the AM.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I have been on vacation with the love of my life this week, yes I am a sap, and we took my niece to a local small amusement park. I like it because I went there a million times as a kid and it isn't all corporate like six flags. Let me add at the beginning that I am TERRIFIED of amusement parks. Can you think of a place fat people would rather be less than an amusement park? I would rather be set on fire but anyway my niece is new to the country and has no friends so we wanted to take her for the day. She is 12 and I remember loving going there when I was her age. Off we went, me, my fiancé, my brother in law and my niece. I was so nervous I had a stomach ache. All I could picture was a scenario of "sorry ma'am we can't pull the safety bar down because YOU'RE SO FAT, can you get off the ride please?" over a loud speakers. I know they don't actually use the loud speaker but it was my nightmare and was more dramatic in my head.
The whole way there I tried to smile and be excited and talk myself down and I did a pretty good job but the fear did linger. We got there so early that we got to walk around the park for a bit before the rides started so I cased the place to find one that I thought wouldn't have seat belts. A huge log flume looked promising. When I said I would go on it my fiancé's face lit up and he was so happy. I never go on rides. I always used the lie that it was because of my car accident which is partly true, I can't slam my spine around on insano roller coasters, but please a small log flume is not going to do any damage. When we got into the log car I saw the bar that was supposed to come down and I absolutely panicked. Queue scenario of being thrown off the ride running over and over in my head. The bar came down and click. It locked no problem and I couldn't believe it! I FIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WoooHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
If I had not spent the last 6 weeks on SP this wouldn't have been possible. It was like something clicked in my brain that day. As I scanned the crowd I realized I was far from the largest person around. I no longer stand out as the lone huge person. I am rather normal, still heavy but not grotesque like I keep imagining. People are not staring at me in disgust.
It was a bit of a slap in the face how dramatic I have been. What has been holding me back all this time is not the scorn of others, it was shame I felt about myself. I know I have work to do but I am going to keep doing things that scare me and challenge myself to get past these ridiculous egocentric preoccupations. We spent the whole day going on rides, and I did sit some out, but by choice not fear. Tell me, what have you done lately that scared you?
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Those statistics have always bothered me! I love this article because they are taking a much larger study group and are finding that all that negativity really has so little truth. We can do this and we will. SP is proof of that!
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