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Remembering what I actually like

Saturday, May 18, 2013

I went to see The Great Gatsby with my book group last night. Almost all of us just bought a ticket and headed into the theater, but one person stopped and bought a large popcorn.

I felt very lucky that she was seated at the other end of the row from me.

Every time I go into a movie theater, I have that moment of deep temptation. The movie popcorn smells SO GOOD. I used to buy a large movie popcorn, with butter, and eat pretty much the whole thing myself. I have no self-control in the face of movie popcorn.

And they I would be sick. Nauseated and miserable. It took me YEARS to really recognize that movie popcorn was not a good life choice for me. I simply can't eat it without feeling terrible all the rest of the evening.

The problem is, I still am tempted by the smell of it. When I'm out with hubby to the movies (which is pretty often; we are big movie buffs), he has instructions to remind me how sick it makes me. And so far I have stayed away from it, enjoyed the movie experience, and been completely happy with my choice.

But if I had been seated next to my popcorn-eating friend, I probably would have been tempted to ask for just a little. And then mugged her for the rest of the bucket. So I would have been sick AND embarrassed.

No, far better to be at the other end, away from temptation!

  
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TORIAMAE 5/29/2013 3:23PM

    I have the exact same temptation! And it's even worse and more disgusting for me to have it.

See, I worked at a movie theater when I was in high school. So, I've made the popcorn and know exactly how bad it is.

But worse still...if what they serve is not real butter...I've cleaned out the containers that it is stored in and let me tell you, it is NAUSEATING! It's like you scrape pure salted cholesterol from the container.

But I still crave it when I go to the movies. I could still kill a large by myself. And yes, nine times out of ten, I still want butter.

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PRETTYPITHY 5/29/2013 2:54PM

    I've actually been avoiding the movies for months for just this reason. But we saw Star Trek on Monday and it ended up being a complete non-issue. We ate lunch right before the movie so there was no temptation to snack!

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KANSASROSE67 5/29/2013 2:48PM

    My husband shares the popcoran addiction. I actually hate popcorn, and always have, so it's not an issue for me. But I've had to get over eating peanut m&ms at the movies!

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DOGLADY13 5/25/2013 7:47PM

    I totally understand what you mean about movie popcorn - or any popcorn for that matter. I love it and if I start, I can't stop.

There's a vegetarian restaurant that we go to. They sell "Glad Corn". I call it "Corn Crack". It's the half-popped popcorn kernels that settle to the bottom of the popcorn bowl. Heavily salted. I am utterly and completely defenseless against it. We at there last night and I forced myself to look away from the jar and summon every last ounce of will power that I had to not buy it.

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NINJA_SMOO 5/23/2013 11:09AM

  My fiance was the same. Every movie we went to, he bought popcorn. At some point I decided I wasn't eating corn and he stopped too. That's when he realized that he always felt like crap after eating popcorn. Weird huh? I've fallen off the corn-avoidance wagon, but I've actually been thinking for the last little while that it would be a great habit to work on again. Thanks for the reminder! :) Now my bane is chips :( I need to work on avoiding those too!

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JJARAMILO 5/22/2013 3:54PM

    So .... how was the movie? emoticon

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TATTER3 5/19/2013 10:17PM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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DOTTIEJANE1 5/19/2013 9:19AM

    emoticon emoticon The smell is why the popcorn is here ,they make it at the change f movies to get people over to buy . GLAD it does not work on you.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 5/19/2013 8:36AM

    Good for you! I probably see only one movie a year in the theater, and I have traditionally allowed myself movie popcorn. But next weekend, I am going to see the new Star Trek movie, and I'm going to try to stay strong. I'll be thinking of you! Thanks for the inspiration!

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NELLJONES 5/19/2013 8:19AM

    For what it's worth, movie popcorn hasn't had butter for decades. It's oil with butric acid as butter flavor. And popcorn flavored salt. You didn't miss a thing.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/18/2013 8:31PM

    Great reminder of how it used to be!

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BARCLE 5/18/2013 7:30PM

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BARBARASDIET 5/18/2013 5:54PM

    Glad you resisted. Theater popcorn has never tempted me.

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AUSTRALIA55 5/18/2013 5:06PM

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CAKEMAKERMOM 5/18/2013 4:58PM

    Popcorn is great! But only when air-popped at home. The oil or something at the movie theater makes my stomach hurt for hours and is just not worth it.

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OPTIMIST1948 5/18/2013 4:53PM

    Thankfully my parents at a young age trained me away from the popcorn at movie theatres. I like popcorn, but we eat it at home salted but no butter.

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DATMAMA4 5/18/2013 4:29PM

    Every time popcorn is near, I'm thankful for teeth that are very close together, and therefore difficult to floss when there are popcorn kernel-skins stuck. The extra labor alone is enough to stop me, lol.

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MRSKATEDUVALL 5/18/2013 3:44PM

    the price alone detours me.

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SBN141 5/18/2013 3:43PM

    I know what you mean! I have a 16 oz. industrial size popcorn machine at my house that I have to actively avoid everyday so I don't indulge. It is a problem. Congratulations on resisting the temptation!

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I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Spent over three hours working on the yard. Which included taking my little electric chainsaw and cutting down a couple of "volunteer" trees. It was a lot of heavy work, but I really enjoyed it. Sometimes I think I should have gone into physical labor.

  
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DOGLADY13 5/25/2013 7:41PM

    I am totally impressed. A chain saw?! You rock!

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SLAVEBLUERAVEN 5/21/2013 11:56PM

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 5/17/2013 10:06AM

    Strong woman! emoticon

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JANETRIS 5/17/2013 9:43AM

    What a liberating feeling to get out there and clean up the yard! emoticon

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DOTTIEJANE1 5/17/2013 9:39AM

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NICOLED40 5/16/2013 11:26AM

    I know exactly what you mean! There's nothing like really working hard and physically to make you feel like you've acomplished something. It is intoxicating!

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NATPLUMMER 5/16/2013 8:40AM

    emoticon Do you wear suspenders and a bra? ;-)

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OWL_20 5/16/2013 7:42AM

    LOL at the title of your blog! I felt the same in the garden yesterday. Good work with the volunteer trees--they seem to settle right in and hold on when you pull them out. But especially a good workout!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/16/2013 6:41AM

    Should I call you Paul Bunyan?

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NANA2PRINCESSES 5/16/2013 6:40AM

    When I ran out of firewood in March I purchased an elec. chain saw and was able to keep my stove going during the day (I have a couple acres of woods on my property). Everyone had a fit, but I really enjoyed it. Even though there was a furnace back-up, the heat was cozier. Now am learning the art of rototilling with my little elec. tiller.
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IMREITE 5/16/2013 12:36AM

    sometimes doing a lot of physcial work outside feels great. i love working in my garden. digging, hoeing. grant it iam generally dirty when done.

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TATTER3 5/15/2013 10:30PM

    I'm with you...I just love it!!

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THOMS1 5/15/2013 9:49PM

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STEPBYSTEP_ 5/15/2013 8:30PM

    that's great you enjoyed it; good way to get a great workout in as well emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 5/15/2013 8:18PM

    Good clean sweaty work. Oxymoronic, but satisfying. Kind of like when you get 5 loads of laundry done and the baskets are empty for at least.....5 minutes....

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"Convalescence"

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

First day of actually feeling human again. So what do I do? Two hours of heavy gardening, half an hour of garage cleaning, and 40 minutes of biking.

Can't fathom WHY I'm worn out....

  
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CORNERKICK 5/16/2013 1:10AM

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TATTER3 5/15/2013 10:32PM

    Spark on!!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/15/2013 10:50AM

    Silly girl!

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NELLJONES 5/15/2013 9:51AM

    Doesn't it feel good to get in exercise where you can look out and see a real accomplishment?

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/15/2013 8:35AM

    I am glad you're feeling better. I bet you slept good last night!

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GAILRUU 5/15/2013 8:11AM

    Gardening is great exercise. I will spend most of the day working at it.

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OPTIMIST1948 5/15/2013 6:18AM

    But I bet ya it didnt *feel* like work at the time....

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HILLSLUG98239 5/15/2013 1:13AM

    Is it possible we are twins who were separated at birth?

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MIRA04 5/15/2013 12:08AM

  Great job getting that activity in!

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Back in the saddle

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Daughter Erin and I had a biking date with friends this evening, just a leisurely hour of riding. But it was a gorgeous day, so I decided to bike commute into town this morning. on the way back, I took the detour that takes me through a beautiful park by the lake, but ends with a nasty climb. So when we took the ride down into the gorge where the bike trail is, I was a little trepidatious about the climb back out.

We met up with the other two couples in the parking lot of the marina. "Where did you park?" they asked.

"Um, at home?" (To be fair, we live considerably closer to the park than either of them.) We rode a leisurely 8 miles round-trip and it was fun.

Then I had to face the hill. "I'll meet you at the top," I said to Erin. "I'll be walking up."

We made the climb out! Then to celebrate, Erin and I biked down to a local bar and had drinks, then biked on home.

Total for the evening: 17. Total for the day: 39. Finally over 100 miles on my bike for the year. By this time last year I was well into my 300s, so I have lots of time to make up. But it feels great to be out there again.

  
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OPTIMIST1948 5/15/2013 6:30AM

    You dont have to defend your decision to walk up the hills to me. I'm not one to judge...

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HOPERISING 5/4/2013 11:03AM

    Wow! You are cranking out those miles! One thing that has kept me OFF the bike where i live here in Kenya are the big, steep hills. I can only picture myself walking up every hill, and then coasting down the other side. emoticon Hitting the bar after makes a nice "reward"! I love it!

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MSANITAL 5/1/2013 9:00PM

    great ride.. I am hitting the road tomorrow I get my new bike.. I am so excited.. cannot wait..

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HILLSLUG98239 5/1/2013 7:52PM

    Woo hoo!

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NATPLUMMER 5/1/2013 11:46AM

    Yay!

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 5/1/2013 10:58AM

    Great job! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/1/2013 7:12AM

    Awesome! You know the weather has been a lot different this spring than last year too. Last year, we had a very early spring. This year, most of the country has been abnormally cold. That makes a big difference.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/1/2013 7:05AM

    Awesome! You know the weather has been a lot different this spring than last year too. Last year, we had a very early spring. This year, most of the country has been abnormally cold. That makes a big difference.

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TATTER3 5/1/2013 6:42AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/1/2013 1:53AM

    I can just picture you riding home from the bar! hahaha. glad you had a fun day of fitness!

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DATMAMA4 4/30/2013 11:08PM

    Good job! Every mile counts.

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MNABOY 4/30/2013 9:48PM

    emoticon emoticon like the drinks after!

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The stupid, it burns

Monday, April 29, 2013

I've come up with a new word: irritaining. It's when something aggravating happens, but it's so ridiculous or absurd that you can't help but laugh at it.

In this case, it was a heating bill that came with the acknowledgement that we are now on an automatic deduction program AND a shut-off notice. Because they didn't actually take the payment out last month when we set up the automatic pay. So there they were with the ability to deduct the payment and instead saying they were going to shut off our gas. For, by the way, only one month's payment. The whole bill was less that $200.

Now, I regularly see people with gas bills over $2,000 and have seen them up to $6,000+. And they still have utility service. But OUR $112.52 triggered threats. And they could get the money any time they wanted!

Ferrett called and straightened it out, but there was that moment of staring at this absurd bill and laughing at the damned thing.

Irritaining.

  
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SLAVEBLUERAVEN 5/1/2013 11:34PM

    I'm glad it worked out without getting you stressed out!

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NATPLUMMER 4/30/2013 2:50PM

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 4/30/2013 11:56AM

    I think I would have other words for it...none printable here! LOL!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/30/2013 4:58AM

    You are a lexacargrapher!

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HOPERISING 4/30/2013 12:57AM

    I like the word, I think I might have to steal it. Am thinking it might apply most oftenly to my husband. emoticon

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IMREITE 4/30/2013 12:21AM

    I probably would have gotten to mad to laugh. my company did some auto billing things and we almost got sued. they sort of learned but we still have idiots on the top that keep trying these things.

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CORNERKICK 4/29/2013 10:52PM

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 4/29/2013 10:36PM

    It makes people scratch their heads and wondering what you are saying like it.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/29/2013 8:50PM

    I just love home-made words! Especially ones that are truly useful! I went on auto pay a few years ago because a our electric really did get shut off for not paying it! I got a bill one month and paid it. Then what seemed like a few weeks later I got another bill for the same amount. I threw it away, knowing I had already paid it. Next thing i knew, the guy came over and shut the power off. What the heck is that all about!

Turns out that I had 2 identical bills! What are the odds of running up the same cost 2 months in a row!

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CJJANISS 4/29/2013 8:42PM

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RAPUNZEL53 4/29/2013 8:40PM

  Interesting word!

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