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Would you bring your vacuum on a road trip?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I spent many years with vacuum cleaners I didn't particularly like. The el cheapo one I bought when I was in my first apartment. The canister one DH had -- I detest canister vacuums. The Magic Devil I really liked at first, but whose attachments started to disintegrate after only 1 year (plus they weren't on board).

And then I got a Dyson. Money well spent, IMHO. I hear the newer ones with the ball are even better, but mine is doing just fine after quite a few years. I only have 2 quibbles with it:

1. No retractable power cord

2. You have to totally take off the power cord in order to use any attachements

So, we are going down to the inlaws house this weekend (they are trying to sell it, they live on the other side of the country now, long story). And my husband wants to take along my vacuum. Would you take your vacuum on a road trip? I'm serious -- I need opinions here, because my intial reaction was he!! no, and not just because I don't want to vacuum.

I also need to find a reasonable hotel in the Centerville area. Because DH also wants to stay the 2 nights in the empty house. I mean totally empty, as in no furniture -- zero, zip, nada.

If I'm driving 4 hours to clean someone else's house -- something I don't even enjoy doing to my own house -- I really do believe the least I deserve in exchange is a bed. I want somewhere I can actually relax.

I know even my MIL, who is also a spendthrift, would tell DH to spring for a hotel. I just haven't had time to search!

What is the wackiest thing you've ever taken on a road trip?

And no, this blog has nothing whatsoever to do with weight loss. Sometimes RL really does get in the way!

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KUNGFOOD 4/25/2010 7:47AM

    Haha what a great blog. Except for the working and booking hotel room parts, I've enjoyed reading the comments others have left and combing memory for the weirdest thing I've ever taken on a trip.

I'd have to say... my father's ashes. Wait. I carried them but was worried it'd be problematic to get on the plane with him. I had to send him USPS since I didn't have proper paperwork.

My dad loved traveling, always open to new adventures, but I don't expect he ever thought that was a likely trip.

I think I'll blog this one.

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EGORDON12020 4/23/2010 5:59PM

    I remember going on a road trip a couple years ago to maine and we took canned pineapple juice, but forgot the can opener. Just glad the campsite sold them! We also packed charcoal. I guess that is a little weird.

When I was in HS we went to FL to visit my grandma and took the tv. Sure glad they have dvd players in mini vans these days!

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IRONGRANNIE 4/23/2010 5:40AM

    I once took some quinces when I was on holiday in Tasmania. I didn't realise they took hours to cook so ended up giving them away!

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CARAMELANGEL247 4/22/2010 11:47PM

    hmmm, i guess the wierdest things I've taken on a trip out to someone elses house was meat and veggies to fix my own seperate meals and I brought my own blow up bed and pillows ect and a hand vaccuum and my daughters potty.

My daughter was potty training and she is so messy that its good to have a portable coordless vac when visiting peoples homes.

Working all day and sleeping on a floor two nights is gonna make for two grumpy people who'll be going for blood by the time you are driving back home. My family once drove from st paul minnesota to nashville tennessee and then down to austin texas and then back to MN by the same route. I love my family but so many hours without alone time and I was running to work top speed the minute the car got home.

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DDHEART 4/22/2010 9:28PM

    Well, we went to FIL's house to clean and pack up stuff after we moved him to his "senior apt with services" and I took a box of cleaning supplies....gloves, towels, cleaners, garbage bags....I thought this was dumb but when we got there we found out BIL took all the garbage bags, paper towels, cleaning stuff and even waste baskets to a thrift store. I don't get into cleaning but cleaning without supplies to do the job? Yeah right. Spent my morning booking hotel room myself....amazing how the hours slipped away while I searched for the best price/location etc. Luck!

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GEODAWG 4/22/2010 8:19PM

    I have bought fresh peas and butter beans in Georgia, shelled them on the way home, then blanched and froze them. I guess that is pretty strange!
You know I have been thinking of getting a Dyson because I hate to vacuum over and over again as I have to do with the one I have now. Good recommendation!
Tell your DH no hotel, no go!!!! Sometimes they just see the money and not the pain it will cause---before and after the trip!!! LOL

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CRAVE_FREE 4/22/2010 5:39PM

    I had the same reaction you did where I wouldn't want to take my vacuum, but I probably would take it. I am thinking about taking 5 lbs dumbbells with me this weekend to my parents house so I can do my shred while away from home!

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HEYRED221 4/22/2010 12:02PM

    That's a new one, taking a vacuum on the road emoticon I'm not sure what the strangest thing I've taken, except for food and always a CASE of water - at least!

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Why not me?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I stole this subject directly from today's skinnyinthecity.com/ newsletter.

The advice comes from Bob Harper, of "The Biggest Loser" fame (and no, I don't watch the show).

So simple, isn't it? It's about taking all your goals and asking yourself why not me? Turning off that negative talk in our heads.

In fact, even before I read the newsletter this morning, I had already practiced why not me? We are going away this weekend. Not really a pleasure trip, we're going to look at my inlaws house on the Cape, make sure the painting was done well, and probably do some tidying up.

DH even wants to stay in the house. Which is empty. And we're not even sure the water is on. I am resistant to this idea. It's going to be a long trip, not a terribly fun one, and frankly, I know we won't be sleeping real well on an air mattress there. Not to mention we'll have to haul bedding with us, etc. etc.

Ok, the above was just me venting.

Where did why not me? come in.

I've been thinking about what sort of food to bring with me. What can keep my on tracck. And I found myself thinking "you always gain when you go away, so maybe your goal ought to be to just accept a small gain".

And then I was like whoa! Did I really just think that? No, I won't go with that attitude. It's a challenge, to be sure, because I'm not sure I'll have access to a fridge or even ice, so things that have to be refrigerated are out.

But I can bring some Ezekiel english muffins, some almond butter, some apples -- there's a healthy breakfast. I can bring a lunch to eat on the way down. And hopefully I can find someplace with healthy salads for lunch -- and then indulge a bit at dinner. I was thinking about bringing a slice from the vegan chocolate chip cookie pie, but I think something a bit lighter is called for when I'm going to be eating out for most of the weekend.

So, remember New Years? Remember those goals? Why not you?

On cookbook maven:

Wondering what your go-to foods for travel are.


My adapted-from-Thrive recovery smoothie/pudding


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BESSHAILE 4/21/2010 11:41AM

    yes. Why not you? The success. The thin woman whose habits are healthy? yeah. Why not?

Hope there is some fun in this weekend too.

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GEODAWG 4/20/2010 6:06PM

    It is good to have a plan for traveling. I just go and think later about what I need to do for nutrition. Good to realize a little planning would be good.

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/20/2010 8:48AM

    I love it that you do a self Q and A to get your answers. More of us need to do that.

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FREELADY 4/20/2010 8:04AM

    Boy, I love these blogs---chock-full of anti-sabotage thinking and practical details that I can implement!

Your focus and courageous living-in-reality is going to take you to your GOAL! Hooray!

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When I get tired of it all . . .

Monday, April 19, 2010

. . . I remind myself of how I felt when I was 29 pounds heavier.

I do my share of whining:

It's too hard.

Why can't I eat what I want to?

Why can't I eat how MUCH I want to?

How come I lose weight so slowly?

How come I'm not losing weight anymore?

The list goes on and on.

But then I remind myself of how I feel now:

I can buy cute clothes now. Might be shallow, but it works!

I have more energy now.

I can easily cross my legs now!

I found my collarbones again.

My blood pressure is oodles lower.

I have more confidence now.

This list goes on & on, too. And when I focus on this list, the hard work gets easier.

What do your lists look like?

What do you do when your lack of progress (or slowness, or backsliding -- whatever!) starts getting you down?

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HEYRED221 4/19/2010 7:57PM

    yes and yes, so true!!!

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FREELADY 4/19/2010 5:07PM

    Love your thoughtful insights!

I can climb bleachers without mortification.
I can sidle by someone in the library stacks.
I can find clothes at second-hand sales.
I sleep much better.
My hips don't keep me awake aching.
My mind has space for many wonderful thoughts besides food.

Great blog!

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GEODAWG 4/19/2010 3:59PM

    Buying cute clothes is not shallow. It means that you like yourself and you like to look your best! Congrats!

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IILAAD65 4/19/2010 2:58PM

    I feel like I have accomplished something for ME!!

Good blog!!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 4/19/2010 1:22PM

    I smile more!

I laugh more!

I live more!

I feel more a live!

I feel more happy!

I feel more confident and content!


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SLIMMERJESSE 4/19/2010 11:37AM

    I could have written this list verbatim! Thanks for the reminders. Have a wonderful day.

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Beauty from the inside out

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Well, yes, of course our beauty comes from the inside.

But I'm talking more about our foundations here. Not content with just brighter clothes, I wanted some brighter foundation garmets, too (sorry if it's TMI, menfolk!).

So I stopped off at Target the other day & stocked up. I have to admit that I really like Target bras. They fit well and they're the right price. I even snagged a couple of clearance ones for $4 and $5 -- pretty astounding since my size (pretty small) tends to sell out quickly.

I walked out with fuschia, with purple, with red. And I must admit it made me feel prettier to know I had them on.

Because I'm so small, I must also admit that I do have a tendency to go braless fairly often -- since mostly I'm hanging out at home, and especially during the winter.

But this was actually how I felt that I knew I'd lost some weight this week -- my bras felt more comfortable.

So if you want to feel pretty from the inside out and don't have a whole lot of money to spend, I highly recommend Target! And don't forget the clearance rack!

Over on cookbook maven:

Check out what I ate at the party last night.


What I ate so I wouldn't eat everything in sight at the party:


And the blogs that spoke to me this week


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GEODAWG 4/17/2010 8:19PM

    I love Target. Go there all the time. Now I will have to check out the bras there! Thanks!

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JETTSTAR999 4/17/2010 9:25AM

  Awesome! Wish there was Target in Canada!

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Getting to know you . . .

Friday, April 16, 2010

. . . or my body is talking to me (which was what I originally was going to title this blog, but then "getting to know you" from "The King & I" got stuck in my head -- odd trivia about me: I actually got to see "The King & I" with Yul Brynner many, many years ago. Awesome).

So yeah, my body definitely talks to me. Um, no, you don't have to call the people with the rubber rooms yet.

Despite my blog yesterday, I was pretty sure I'd lost weight this week. How could I tell? My collarbones and my cheekbones seemed more prominent again. My skin was looking better.

Lately I find I can't seem to tell my weight from my clothes alone. One pair of jeans felt looser. One felt tighter -- seriously, so tight that I ended up switching into the looser jeans later on in the day. Maybe because I've just been pushing liquids so much because of not feeling well. I might actually have to break down & go to the doctor, exept I don't actually have a doctor . . . anyway.

And then I went and took my measurements and they were up. I know I retain fluids around TOM time, which ought to be arriving any moment now. So I seriously just didn't know where I was.

Apparently I should listen to my body more. Because sure enough, even with my mini-binge two nights ago, I was down a good amount this week. Not enough to break the plateau, oh no, that would be asking too much. But it did make me feel better.

Tonight we have our party. I wanted my healthy "Thrive" pancakes this morning (even they just taste so-so), but decided to go with apple oats instead. Not only do I not have control over the food tonight, dinner will be much later than we're used to eating. So I need to make sure to tank up on good food beforehand.

Does your body talk to you?

Do you listen?

What does it tell you?

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GEODAWG 4/16/2010 8:31PM

    Yes my body talks to me. Today it said good job because I actually got into my new swimsuit and it looked good if I do say so myself!

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/16/2010 3:57PM

    I am learning to listen more to what my body says because it tends to be right. Hang in there.

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4DOGNIGHT 4/16/2010 8:39AM

    Knowing what our bodies are trying to tell us is so important on our journey. All those bubbles and groans, squeaks and creaks! Have a great day!

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DDHEART 4/16/2010 8:33AM

    Not only does my body talk to me.....I talk back! emoticon

I woke up this morning thinking about my body's inherent nature and how we need to learn not only how to live with that but how to use it to our advantage...then I saw your blog title and thought....there she goes again, reading my mind! Have a good party tonight....you'll make good choices or at least you'll minimize the less stellar choices...it's life, live it!

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