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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

I spent my Halloween weekend chasing after aliens

handing out candy to interesting people I found on the street

dodging full cans of beer being thrown at me my obnoxious college boys (not even an interesting story)

and looking for things which were haunted.

You'd think after all that I'd lose weight, but I gained a pound and a half.


•If you embarrass yourself by picking up candy along the parade route for your little cousin, make sure said cousin gets said candy

•Don't go looking for candy, it will find you

•Although it's true you can run but you can't hide, at least you're burning calories

•Many things go well with apples, including an entire bucket of Halloween candy

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JOMOLSON 11/4/2009 11:07PM

    Thanks, Janey.

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JANEYINMADTOWN 11/4/2009 10:17PM

    Great pix..thanks!

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JOMOLSON 11/4/2009 9:31PM

    Hey Yami, I love your icon. Too bad there's just more candy in my room. I can't even walk in the entrance way without the UPS guy delivering candy to me.

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YAMINOKODOMO 11/4/2009 6:17PM

    lol I have candy left over from halloween also and its little snickers bars and twix bars and every time i walk past the candy in my kitchen my hand involuntarily tries to grab one but once I realize what its doing I run back into my room and lock myself in lol!

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JOMOLSON 11/4/2009 5:30PM

    Don't know how after handing it out for three days I ended up with more. All but one lonely little green sucker is gone now. (Dumped off the last of it at someone's hospital bed yesterday).

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LIKEAWREN 11/4/2009 5:21PM

    JOMOLSON: step away from the candy!


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JOMOLSON 11/4/2009 4:50PM

    Tiring, could have had my car smacked by a can of beer, but not too bad. I think the UFO parade was the best of the lot.

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Know What Else Is Scary?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A. Those giant bags of candy that surface four months before Halloween.

You can't be without sufficient treats on Halloween (although our only trick-or-treaters will have to sit and shake a paw first—I could still be talking about humans) so you always end up with too much delicious candy. The treat bowl on top of the fridge is for both humans and canines (and the dog down the hall knows it), but pets and candy don't really mix.

"Discarded Pet Toy," One of my Favorite State Street Costumes

That's it, I have no solution, but I'll be on my second round of Halloween treats and chances are slim (ha) I'll get any two-legged trick-or-treaters here. I've been pretty successful in giving away leftovers (mostly because I've had a candy blog for three years), but who am I fooling putting out bowls of seasonal candy ahead of time?

State Street is another matter entirely. If you're not from Madison (WI) you may not be familiar with the ritual of youthful drinking and pyromania that was Halloween on State Street (the UW-Madison campus).

You Get a Lot of This Sort of Nonsense

Not to worry, the kids are all roped off now, the trees are no longer being lit on fire, and the renamed "Freakfest" has mostly likely contributed to a decline in arrests and destruction. More pertinently there's a night for the old folks such a myself to wander the area the night before and take photos.

It's the one night a year I'll be able to walk it off in a crowd that should be doing the same. This year I'm wearing my new pedometer and giving away candy.

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/30/2009 2:35AM

    They have spirit emoticon emoticon


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JOMOLSON 10/29/2009 11:10PM

    The college kids go nuts, but they're behind a fence on the day of (Freakfest), and I usually go to "Parents Night" the night before, which is tmw.

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YAMINOKODOMO 10/29/2009 10:46PM

    lol I like the discarded pet toy costume lol! Sounds like ur area gets crrrrrazy for halloween lol

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JANEYINMADTOWN 10/29/2009 9:00PM

    Too funny!


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JOMOLSON 10/29/2009 8:59PM

    Hey Carol, you got that right, can't wait till tmw. Was going to go down there today, but thought better cuz of the weather. Are you braving it on Saturday?

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DANCINGCAROL 10/29/2009 5:15PM

Was downtown today comparing notes on some sorta-costumed folk with my man and I said, "They got one foot in reality and 1 foot in Halloween". By tomorrow they will be divin' in head first. :^)

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JOMOLSON 10/29/2009 3:01PM

    Thanks, PM (that reminds me, I'm gonna be late—cool name).

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JOMOLSON 10/29/2009 3:00PM

    Hi Grammie, maybe the trick is buying candy I don't like...wonder what that would be.

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GRAMMIE1959 10/29/2009 1:46PM

    WOW The candy rushes in--the pounds creep on ;)

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PMWALKER 10/29/2009 1:00PM

    Nice photos! They made me laugh....

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Do you know what's really scary?

•Cutting your hair to lose weight
•Clipping your nails to lose weight
•Holding your breath and standing really straight on the scale at the doctor's office to try and manipulate the scale
•The scale thing works and the person weighing you still looks horrified
•Trying to look taller in order to look thinner

•Wishing you had more hands just for eating candy

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JOMOLSON 10/26/2009 8:24PM

    Thanks, Yamin, Janey, and Wren. emoticon

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JANEYINMADTOWN 10/25/2009 6:16PM

    Thank you for the smile!

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LIKEAWREN 10/25/2009 12:58PM

    Thanks for the Sunday morning laugh!


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JOMOLSON 10/24/2009 5:52PM

    Wow, Poet, that's some difference, both the scale and height. I'm trying to figure out the difference between scales right now without breaking down and buying my own.

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BAREFOOTPOET 10/24/2009 5:48PM

    So many things we try to loose weight. My doctors scales have always been 10 pounds off, He says they are correct and I say I am 5'5" the doctor says I am 5'2". The doctor and I have argued over this for years.

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JOMOLSON 10/24/2009 5:42PM

    Thanks, howdoI, but sadly, all true.

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    LOL! You are too funny! emoticon

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Sunny Gloom

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A gloomy day today, but I like gloom and there are some good things piling up (which means hideous things are close at hand).
Starting out small, I changed my desktop wallpaper to a black and white foggy cliff top reminiscent of "Rebecca".
Seemingly miniscule, but "big" to me: I lost two pounds even. I was just gaining weight after losing a literal buttload (similar to a stone), so to me, huge, no pun intended.

This guy had part of his tail cut off and they thought he might have more cancer. My cuz wrote he was "cancer free" on my wall today. Poor boy is intent on ripping out his stitches.

I drove to Devil's Lake and saw some nice foliage and frolicking. No rattlers, but I did come across a grass snake at Governor Nelson last week (that's a very good thing).

Finally saw the latest Harry Potter movie and enjoyed it while I was watching, but left feeling a little cheated. I hadn't been to the movies in a very long time. I think they're too expensive and the ratio of annoying audience members to you is high—if it's you and one other person, chances are they'll be on their cell phone, rattle popcorn seeds, and shake a big gulp's worth of ice throughout the film.
My favorite is the guy who gets out his car keys during the big climax and starts to twirl them until the closing credits. Where is he going? Why doesn't he just leave? Why now? Why didn't I stay home?
Good: Lost 2 pounds even
Bad: Am eating an "early lunch" which means a second "late lunch" too close to breakfast which included noshing on pumpkin pie from the pie tin and cold bbq pork ribs as I write this entry
Good: I planned that meal with beef ribs and many a vege
Bad: That doesn't really change anything
Good: Cujo the chocolate lab is cancer free
Bad: He needs to see a dietitian and get his own blog on Spark

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JOMOLSON 10/22/2009 11:40AM

    Thanks, Janey.

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JANEYINMADTOWN 10/21/2009 11:35AM

    Congrats on the 2 lbs down...keep on keepin on!

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JOMOLSON 10/20/2009 11:28PM

    Aw, Carol, I bet you do. One of the dogs I sat for was a frequent guest blogger on my candy blog. (He's the lab on my Spark page wearing the Nerds Rope necklace.)

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DANCINGCAROL 10/20/2009 7:46PM

    Congrats on the 2 pounds! And the cancer-free part is good. I will read your dog's blog when it comes out. Brilliant. I bet there is a place for doggy blogs on the internet. If not, please invent it. :^) I miss my old dog.

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JOMOLSON 10/20/2009 1:43PM

    Me too, Wren, and I hadn't seen any for awhile. I think it's good luck. Unusual for this time of year you think?

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LIKEAWREN 10/20/2009 1:13PM

    I love seeing little snakes when I'm out on my walks.


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JOMOLSON 10/20/2009 1:09PM

    No, he really does, you'd know what I meant if you met him. Drive-ins rock and so much easier to sneak stuff in. I'm not happy unless I'm sneaking stuff in, even if I don't eat it. emoticon

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YAMINOKODOMO 10/20/2009 12:46PM

    lmao! I love how Cujo needs his own blog on spark lol But yea I totally know what you mean with the movies. I think when my boyfriend and I go to the movies we pretty much spend 30-35 bucks. That includes the tickets and soda and popcorn.
We had went to a drive-in in PA during the summer, and we spent 21 bucks on the tickets popcorn, soday, coffee, AND a hot dog! I was amazed! Really, I hadnt seen a price like that for the movies in years! lol its crazy.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

I got sunshine, on a cloudy daaay. Actually I got cinnamon raisin bagel crisps—130 Calories, 5 g Fat, 85 mg Sodium, 19 g Carbs, 0 g Fiber for six—and the 6 oz bag is almost gone. Overeating is overeating no matter how it's packaged.

Someone was blogging about candy corn today and it got me thinking—I could really go for an entire bag of candy corn—I mean to say that temptation is not only out there, it's just about shoved down our throats every day.

I got refocused after an appointment to discuss my abysmal cholesterol levels yesterday—unfortunately now I'm not only focused on vitamins and exercise, but toasted ham sandwiches, strawberries dipped in melted chocolate, and how everything tastes better with butter and margarine and caramel pellets.

Then it hit me—I'm trying to make things taste better. I should stop doing that (and mindlessly eating crumbs off my shirt like a golden retriever because let's face it, sometimes it's NOT food).

Apropos of Nothing
Speaking of song lyrics, I'm going through old mp3s and listening to the Uppity Saffire Blues Women, here are some of my favorites lines:

~Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean I'm not out to get you
~You sewed a lot of b*tch seeds, now it's harvest time (you got a bumper crop coming in)
~How can I say I miss you when I can't get you to leave
~It's time for me to put out the dog and find me a brand new cat
and my favorite:
~There's lightening in these thunder thighs

Good: There's a little lightening left in these thunder thighs
Bad: Lightening and pool water don't mix
Good: I'm back in the pool on a limited basis
Bad: I think someone changed all the pools from 25 meters to 40 meters when I wasn't looking
Good: Swimming, to say the least, has not been my friend
Bad: A pool of cool blue water is as tempting as a fried green bean

Question: Is it harder for people to lose a lot of weight (a lot, a lot) or just a little? Think about it, you only have a few pounds to shed, why not let it slide. On the other hand you're in crisis mode with a world of reasons and motivation to lose a LOT of weight.
Bonus Question: Do you think it would be easier to resist temptation without a sense of smell?

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JOMOLSON 10/16/2009 12:40PM

    Yeah, Yamin, that's the idea and it's cruel. Wasn't there a program or movie in Smell-O-Vision or was that something on The Simpsons?

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YAMINOKODOMO 10/16/2009 12:20PM

    I think it would be easier to resist temptation without the sense of smell AND taste lol. I was watching tv with my boyfriend and a mcdonalds commercial came on showing a nice juicy burger. I practically cried. I was like "They need to make a healthy channel that has all these awsome shows that the other channels have but with commercials showing healthy foods..." lol I think its a good idea. All these commercials get me tempted into getting all the food they show...

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JOMOLSON 10/15/2009 11:37PM

    I came home with three bags of candy corn tonight and a lovely little orange candy bowl. It all looks quite festive.
I'm not too cool in the pool right now, but I have been working out on land every day.

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LIKEAWREN 10/15/2009 11:31PM

    JOMOLSON: you are the most tempted Spark Blogger I've ever read! Now put down the candy corn and get back in the pool!


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