Wednesday, July 18, 2012
wow, I haven't done one of these since MySpace! LOL They are going around on my feed and I do enjoy reading them, so here goes.
that, and there's really nothing new in my world. I'm getting ready to go camping with my hub's work and all their families for the weekend. My oldest has narrowed it down to 3 places, hoping one of them picks her (In San Fran you don't pick a place, they pick you) and still waiting to hear word from our lender, which won't be until after August or so (exasperating!!)
anyhow, not that this will tell you who I am, but enjoy. If you need to know more, why, just ask!!!
I saw a few of these on my feed so I figured I'd do it!
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Yes. The Song "Corinna Corinna"
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
the last time I got on the scale? no...um...OH! I remember, I broke down in my science class with my daughter and threw a paper at the teacher. So, 5 months ago. "ish"
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
If I take my time, like three hours to write my name I like it, otherwise I say "how in the heck did my hand write that??"
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
I am not into lunch meat at all. But if I have to choose it'd be either pastrami or corned beef.
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
yep, three girls, a grown man, and two dogs. What do you mean I can't count my husband??
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Wouldn't the crazy girl off of The Breakfast Club? totally.
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
Probably too much.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yes I do and it surprises me how many of you do too!!
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Not on purpose I wouldn't !! I can't even get into a ferris wheel or elevator without creating a scene fueled with terror.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
granola, or Grape Nuts.....frosted mini's are good too.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Nope...especially in the arms...weakling, legs are awesome though, spiritually, stronger than I realize (aren't we all?) emotionally, I wonder. LOL
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Mocha Almond Fudge gets me every time.
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
How they treat people. Really. I tend to be a wallflower and if I hear excessive cackle and gossip I walk away, but if I hear something "nice" I tend to try and blend. weird, but after years of being beat up, you learn to pick and choose.
15. RED OR PINK?
for what? A sunburn would obviously be pink and not red, but I want my lobster cooked red and not pink.
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
A constant fear of the outside world. It's true. I do. I fear what people think of me, I fear controversy, I fear confrontations....Hey, I'm working on it!!
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
probaby the ones who don't reciprocate it...I know. I know. see question 16. Thank God for Kim :p Bet she never knew she was my anchor.
18. WHAT IS THE PAUL MCKENNA TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
19. ANY TATTOOS?
No although I have several Duran Duran pictures incase I ever get the guts...
19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
light blue.....now I wish I had my hot pink ones I plan on buying...that seems so much more fun to point out then light blue...dirty light blue to beat.
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Was last night: Amy's Light & Lean black bean and cheese enchilada with veggie rice. It was so freaking good for a "tv dinner". I am impressed!!
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
I kid you not, Pandora just started playing "Rio" by Duran Duran. God Bless America!!! :p
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
I'd be the mushed up mess that kids have squished together and tore the papers off of and kindof melted into a glob on colors everywhere in the bottom of the box.
23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Sauteing garlic, coffee beans, baked goodies coming from the oven, the fair foods lingering in the air, and yes, the harbor. I love the smell of the harbor.
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
Volkswagon Service. My bug needs help again.
25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Football. There's nothing like getting friends over with (even healthy) foods and shouting and fun times....
27. HAIR COLOR?
today is Sandy blonde, I have a brownish red available, but my goal weight will be blue/pink. You know it.
28. EYE COLOR?
For me? I tend to favor brown. There's something about brown eyes that make me melt. Oh, Mine? they're green.
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
30. FAVORITE FOOD?
Silly question. If I had a favorite, I probably wouldn't be on Spark trying to lose the weight. Food goes IN MY BELLY because it's ALL my favorite!!1 Nom Nom Nom, but, if I had to narrow it down to a few: warm brownies, chocolate frosting, coffees, Ruffles original, chili cheese rice (I can eat that all day), notice there was nothing on the "healthy" menu???
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Neither, just one that sticks with me for a couple of days. Whether it be a comedy, romance, or drama, or whatever. Just good.
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
At home was "The Big Miracle" GREAT MOVIE by the way and at a theatre was, was, gosh I think it was too long ago...I remember there was the Miley Cyrus movie but could have sworn I've seen one since...Harry Potter!! That's it.
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
White with wolves on it. I strangely get a LOT of compliments on this thing.
34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Today is summer, but it will soon be winter! Very good.
35. HUGS OR KISSES?
don't both entail touching? I used to love both, but apparently those kind of things get one into trouble so I'll say neither. :p
36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
I thought I answered this with favorite foods, but okay: warm chocolate brownies, chocolate frosting, Ruffles original potato chips.
37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
I'm guessing this is a "prefer" question? I prefer to sit on the couch and watch people do these things. But, as I have to pick from one of these two: ST It doesn't put me out of breath as much.
38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
I'm on the computer.
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
I'm not. But looking forward to the textbook associated with Forensic Anthropology!!
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
42. FAVORITE SOUND?
Children laughing, 80s music playing in the background, the neighbors washing machine agitating through the walls (it's comforting and I know I don't have to move the clothes to the dryer)
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
I don't know, I'm still trying to get there. :p
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
It was in fact, NOT in a barn, but a hospital. True. California.
47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
Why do you want to know? I paid my taxes!! Who are you?? What do you want? California
48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
I wish I had one, but all of California houses around here are mud color....so I'll say mud.
49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
blue. Geeeeez, is the person who created this quiz trying to find me or something???
50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
Sure. why not.
Friday, July 13, 2012
The other day I went to the gym and attempted to do my Week 3 of C25 on the treadmill. Like the rest of the world, we are in a hot one (triple digits) and I thought being in the A/C building would be a great way to escape the heat. I think the rest of the Lincoln/Rocklin/Roseville area had the same idea as it was PACKED!! Strangely enough I couldn't even do a mile. I got off the treadmill and went to the bike instead.
Getting the itch to get back into things (I do have a dress to go for) I wanted to get out and run. I've been seeing people around the area running at all times of the day so I thought "what the heck" and prepared to go out.
First thing first. My clothes. You all know how much fun I have with my clothing so I thought today I would keep it simple.....hmmm.
I put on a pair of Capri's and a t-shirt.
Not workout clothes. Regular cotton Capri's with a button and POCKETS!!
blue and white polka dotted ones
See, my logic was this.
it has pockets.
Anyhow I have a question for you guys. I did my week 3 of running today in the heat. I really wanted to get in my miles to log and half way through I got pretty tired. So tired that on my way back I didn't do the three minute run....
here's the thing. I still made it back in the same time it took me to run there.
aka: I run as fast (or slow) as I walk.
How is it then that so much effort goes into running when one is running at the same speed as walking? Anyone get this??
So I don't slip out of my regimen I'm going to walk tomorrow. I've noticed that if I stop for ONE day of any sort of routine, I'm done for a long long long time. I'm pretty sure this is why I never finish the C25. It's every other day. LOL so, tomorrow I will "walk" the area so I'm still in a routine. I like that idea. Maybe I can drag my girls out...I'll bribe em with a Jamba Juice.
OH Wait!! Tomorrow is orientation day for my oldest at San Francisco State!!..eh, I'll still get it in...promise. I love getting out...It's so my time to think. Today's was weird though. I kept thinking of people telling me how bad running was for me and how I've been working on this forever and how I'll never get it. I don't know why I thought those ... probably to push myself harder.
Let's see, speaking of school I emailed the guidance counselor and asked for help in determining a major for me. I asked since Deaf Studies were so impossible to obtain classes for what major was I the closest to? I informed them that I also wanted to look into some sort of career in nursing, but not as a nurse and listed what I wanted to do.
I am the closest in obtaining a degree in Social and Behavioral Science and was requested for obtain a degree in Natural or Biological Sciences.
So, that's what I'm doing!
My daughters are laughing at me. "mom, those are the things that always plague you and now you are going for it" to which I reply "yeah, kind of like my fitness, huh?" LOL
So, I'm pretty darn tooting excited! As excited as when I first started. My classes include this semester Forensic Anthropology!!! woo hoo!!
Well, I guess I'm going to get to work on my place...really....really really. LOL I keep Sparking instead so I blame you for my dirty place!
no. not really.
Going to wash my Capri's and get them ready for next time. They worked pretty good.
Take that athletic clothes!!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Not really. I love Charlie Brown.
So, I heard something today.
It was a rumor I had heard before floating around on Spark. Those awful rumors. The kind you turn a deaf ear to because you just can't imagine the horror of it to be true.
But I heard it again, and again. Then on Facebook, so I knew it had to be true.
Diet Pepsi is bad for me.
I know...I know....shhhhh......calm down. I was in shock too. I thought "it's okay, we still have our coffee" but you know what? we don't. Cuz it's the word
yes, it's true. It's not just "Diet Pepsi" but pretty much anything "sugar free"
Now, so I don't get into trouble I'm merely going to say that it's really really bad for you and not go into the statistical rumor fact thingie given to me like "65% more liklihood to develop type 2 diabetes and other health problems" from the show "The Doctors" and the horror of this one "ingredients include addictive ingredients and chemicals such as flame retardent"..
I just ran out of vices.
so, does this mean if I don't drink my Diet Pepsi I could potentally be a fire hazard?
Maybe that's it cuz after a few weeks of no coffee, no Diet Pepsi, no sugar free items (which means no sugar free coffee mate hence the no coffee) no meats, no sodium, no processed foods, no chemically enhanced foods, no smoking, no drinking
I should be hot!
Like "D*MN" hot!!
I better be.
Or I'm going to be the healthiest dead chick alive.
Monday, July 02, 2012
I was hoping to get a picture that could compare the summers weight loss. Ah well, I still have July which is when our big camp outs were anyhow. It does look like, though, by scales value that it's literally been 10 pound loss a year. So, for those who think weight loss is forever slow...this turtle probably has ya beat. LOL
It's okay though. I know that for MYSELF it is age, lack of consistency, and the fact that I've NEVER exercised before starting Spark. Everyday I'm learning new tidbits of what things to eat, the addictions of chemicals and processed foods. I'm forever learning that exercise CAN be fun and I just have to find what I like.
AND, I've learned something else. That by NOT radically resorting to dangerous surgeries and radical fad diets, I am also encouraging my teenage girls to eat healthy.
We were watching the end of Season 3's the Biggest Loser (never seen it) and they were asking teenagers what certain vegetables were: brussel sprouts, eggplants, kale, etc. A LOT of the kids had no idea what they were looking at. My girls knew every single vegetable, have eaten them and enjoy them.
All of my girls participate in activities that keep them busy. Skating, marching band, Dance, cheer, swimming and even our video games are active (Wii). I didn't force this upon them. I TAUGHT them, mainly by example and some with questions. I don't want to say they still don't suffer insecurities. Actually, I am pretty sure this is a normal part of being a teenager until they can identify with themselves. But, I feel pretty secure that weight and health is educated and instilled enough to make good decisions. God above I hope.
While learning about this, I came across a site and want to give particular kudos to this company: Dove.
I am, what I would consider, a teenage advocate. I defend all kids by nature, but tend to be a little more aggressive when it comes to the welfare of teenagers. I don't know why. Maybe it was because of my own insecure issues. A skinny girl beat up daily, and I do mean daily on the bus, at school, at home....it didn't matter. I guess I just had the look of "human punching bag" at the time. But I also saw things in my neighborhood, at my school that I could never forget. A friend who miscarried several times in fear of talking to her mother. A Jr High girl who couldn't have been more than 14 carrying her baby as if it were a rag doll into school. Girls starving themselves, girls cutting themselves, girls sleeping with boys because it "means love" and boys...boys abused and running away...it was rough...even for the glorious 80s I love.
So yes...when someone says or do something negative regarding their teenagers I get ruffled....actually according to some of my friends and my girls...it when you hear my voice the loudest. I get emotional at dance recitals, talent shows, band concerts, and sports because I FEEL all of the hard work everyone puts in to it...as if they were all my own kids. My friends become my family and their kids become OUR kids. I'm a real believer in "it takes a village to raise a child".
See, people have a very misguided conception of teenagers. It becomes the age of "ah, no more paying babysitters" but they forget.......it becomes the age of "I really need my mother/father the MOST"
This is the age of identifying oneself so they WILL color their hair and go goth and rebel and then switch THAT up. Every single one of my girls "skipped assignments" around this time, every single one obtained a voice out of nowhere. They want to see who they are, how far they can push, and it's up to US to say "its okay to feel this way, but here are the dangers" and discuss things openly with them and yes, show them the consequences to their actions. Number one advice I can give?? Quit trying to regain your control. Honestly, you never had it in the first place. Work with them as a person because the moment you lose control by trying to gain it, well, you lose everything. GUIDE them through the different choices they make. My ballet girl/band chick may switch to acting/teaching or something and it will be up to me to help her even if I disagree with every fiber of my being. Because like an infant, she is touching, exploring and assessing her strengths and weaknesses. Some kids need it more than others. Teenagers are my second favorite ages because it's when you see the people they WANT to be trying to come out.
Dove has begun a campaign for young girls. Actually, it's been around for awhile, but it is still going. It shows the intense work going into covering a supermodels. They work at portraying "real" women in their ads, and they have classes that help girls identify with being a girl and not with media image. I just think that is "neat". It makes me proud to know that like me, others are gearing up and looking at girls beyond sex and babies. More voices need to encourage all teenagers that it's okay to experience lower body images and this is how to eat healthy and exercise. AND SHOW THEM!
**Dove: beauty distorted** (youtube)
I love listening to people on here say "my son ran with me" and "my daughter went to the gym with me" or "my kids helped in the kitchen" This is how it starts!!
I love that girls contacted Nordstrom and said "Get rid of this crap" and Nordstrom listened! Go girl power .. I really dislike Disney though. Horrible. But my youngest seems to like it.
Maybe we can give our kids the self image we wanted for ourselves. Maybe they won't have to live in fear of lower mortality rates than their parents. Maybe we can eventually teach supermodels how to eat....now, wouldn't THAT be something? Maybe the schools will catch on? Maybe pizza will disappear from the "veggie" category (really?? really??)
I don't know. I can't say that all this rambling of mine will help prevent teenage pregnancies in Jr. High and bullying throughout life. But, I'd like to think that if our kids are encouraged by us and believe in themselves, maybe they can encourage others to do so as well. Maybe someday proper eating and healthy habits will be just as routine as teeth brushing for everyone.
Wasn't I talking about Yosemite or something.
Dang it....I did it again .
Thursday, June 21, 2012
I thought it was the lack of coffee yesterday. I get like that once in awhile. A little blue, a little out of sorts. Nothing major, nothing bad...just "off" ya know?
I was like that the last few days wandering around lost in my own thoughts and I tell my Kate "you know what bugs me? When you give 90% and text and Facebook and call and the moment you stop, no one ever acknowledges your existence." She agreed and we talked about how by moving here we seemed to have lost our inner circle status.
See, for a bit when we lived in Washington, we had what so many people dreamed of. I had people coming and going at my house at all hours like they were family, because they WERE. My friends knew more about my kids then my my own relatives. People would come through the door "honey I'm home" and I'd offer them a drink...coffee brewing, conversations flowing, and cards every Friday no matter what. It was what you saw on sitcoms and wished for. We had it.
Because times change, Zach moved to Southern Cali, Travis moved home to San Antonio, then Kim met her superman :o) and moved to the East Coast, then Daniel followed his brother and soon after we moved to California before Bonnie hit Spokane. I joke with them sometimes how the universe just couldn't handle all of us in one state and moved us across the nation.
And although I have family in California, it's not the same. They are all over an hour away and frankly, hubby's not into "visiting" family. Especially in Stockton (it IS scary, but I figure it's mostly my family so it's okay LOL **I have over 108 cousins alone**)
So, anyway....I was kind of upset because one of my friends never responds anymore unless I text her repeatedly or she's bored or something, I don't know. Always "too busy" with the boyfriend and ... well, how can people just be too busy to take 30 seconds out of their day? How? I try and take the time to say "hello" on Spark and I don't even KNOW you !! LOL so, we were talking how if I left Facebook and I quit texting.....how many would reply back? and most importantly, what did I do to piss all these people off? What was WRONG with me??
About that time I received a text
"...Had a potluck today...I had small amounts of food and was stuffed...."
I didn't say I was looking for anything mushy, silly! LOL but it was a voice, a voice reaching out to ME when I needed it the most. And she didn't even know it.
I told her, "you made my day and didn't even know it" You know why? Because. Because she took 10 seconds of her whole day to tell me about hers. To say "hey, I haven't forgotten you even though we are 100s of miles apart" She responded later that night with her Dad's death....then I felt stupid. Because all this time I had been waiting for words, and now I couldn't be there with HER. To share in her grief.
I people watch at the malls and at various places I am at and I wonder. How is it that we can all share the same planet and none of us dare to look at each other in the eyes? Is it the fears of the few creepers that keep us from establishing new villages of friendships?
Everyday I look on my Spark and I wonder about all of you. I read your blogs and mark your comments. I wonder if you are as lonely as I can be or if there is a support system around you. I live vicariously though all of you. It's so strange that we live in a world of social networking and yet, we can all feel so alone.
I think of my friend and wish I could be with her again. I wish I could lend a shoulder from across the 48 states and let her know, not just through text, how much I love and miss her. I wish her husband, her, my husband and I could be sitting around playing cards while the girls are off doing their own social networking. We would laugh real loud about the Seahawks and plan our gym trip for the next morning....maybe the boys would discuss golf.
If you have a friend out there.....take a minute right now and let them know. Take ten freaking seconds a day and say "hey, I'm thinking of you" It could mean the world to them.
I know it did me.
And yes, as of date....she is still the only one who has managed an acknowledgement.
I love her so much for that.
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