Sunday, November 21, 2010
Hi! One of my dear Spark friends posted this quiz so I've reposted it with my answers in brackets. Maybe you will learn a thing or two about me!
1. Who used to be your superhero when you were a child?
(Mr. Dressup and Finnigan....couldn't stand Finnigan's sidekick Casey!)
2. Most hated chore on the chore list?
3. If you were to start your own restaurant, what would it be called?
(The Sweating Ass Cafe...this has been a joke between my husband and I for years...we would put a donkey on our sign to make it more appropriate!)
4. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?
(Yes, Peaches' blanket that is now hogged by Maddy)
5. If you had to only eat three things for the rest of your life, day in and day out, what would they be?
(Popcorn, peanut butter and apples).
6. What are you listening to right now?
(The sound of Maddy snoring and Louisa whining because "Daddy" is outdoors and didn't take her!)
7. What's the last sporting event you watched?
(Something from the 2100 Olympics!)
8. When was the last time you drove out of town?
(Yesterday I drove about 1 hour to finish up my Christmas shopping with my Mom)
9. Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days?
(No, our local theatre is closed more than it is open so I haven't seen a movie in a theatre in about 5 years!)
10. What was the last thing you had to drink?
11. Last food that you ate?
(A raisin tea biscuit from Tim Hortons)
12. If you were a time traveler and could only go back in time or forward in time, which would you choose?
(Back! I think I would go back to the 1920's so I could see my 97 year old grandmother as a little girl)
13. . If you could tell your best friend one thing that you can't stand about him/her what would it be?
(That she is a lying cheat.....don't go there! She was finally caught by her husband and it was just today that I had a chance to talk to him and to reassure him that he can't take all the blame....aren't you sorry you asked this question!)
14. If you were to be famous what would you like to be known for?
(For establishing a retirement home for aged, homeless dogs)
15. What does your last text message say?
(Probably asking my cousin if she wanted a coffee at delivered to her at work)
16. How early do you start holiday shopping?
(I shop all year round because I find I can always find things for people on my list when I'm not really looking!
17. If you wrote a movie, what would the title be?
(A children's movie called "Hamilton's Home for Homeless Huskies")
18. When did you first realize you needed to change your lifestyle food-wise?
(When my brother was home this summer and I didn't have the stamina to keep up)
19. What color ink do you prefer to write with?
20. What was your favorite toy as a child?
(I was given a pink stuffed rabbit by my grandmother. I carried it everywhere and Mom had to patch it up so many times. When my father died 4 years ago, all that was left of "Rabbie" was a three-inch scrap of pink fluff. I took Rabbie out of the tissue paper and wrapped two milkbones into the fluff before tucking the works into Dad's shirt pocket. Rabbie, the milkbones and Dad were cremated on July 7th, 2006)
Friday, November 19, 2010
Okay, I'm letting you all know that I've officially lost my mind. My Spark times are usually early in the mornings and early evenings but last night I was out with my mom so I missed checking in.
Anyway, I logged in this morning to see if anybody replied to my blog about the outfit I was hoping to wear to the college's staff Christmas party. Guess what, I must have dreamed I posted it! It was going to be a toss up between a top I already own or a new one I bought yesterday on sale. And, yes, I'm going to wear bottoms but that decision is already made....black pants.
What I find the funniest about this is how much all of you are becoming an integral part of my life! You have all helped me through this lifestyle change by your encouragement and support. Now I'm dreaming about you guys!
So here is the deal...I have a grey longish blouse with sparklies on the shoulders that apparently I bought in a moment of pure insanity as I feel too young in it. It finally fits across the tummy area and my mom says it slims me down. Or, I found a dark purple satin tank top over which I was going to wear a little mini sweater (the ones that fit over your shoulders). It was on sale and I figure I can wear it again.
By now, I bet you are all rolling your eyes. The issue is that I still "see" myself as bigger and as the person who hid behind bagging clothes. The grey top exposes me in many ways as I feel like I'm pretending to be someone I'm not quite comfortable with. I don't mean it exposes flesh...my arms are bare and that is about it.
Has anybody else encountered this? There clothes become too big (yeah) but they don't want to get out of their comfortable rut? Both colors and styles are new to me as I usually wear earth tones. How do you learn to accept and embrace the new you instead of clinging on to the safer old you? Then I worry that people will think I'm putting on airs if I dress different than I usually do. Maybe deep down I am afraid that the old me will be victorious and that somehow I will go back to that mindset and accompanying body issues.
Once again, thanks for reading! You guys are truly a special bunch to me!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I thought of today's blog idea while standing in line for my morning cup of coffee at Tim Hortons.
Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) I was standing behind an old classmate of mine who made my life a living hell when I was in elementary school. There she was, standing almost 6 feet tall, skinny as a rake, dressed like a stick of gum, and pretty as a model pretending we were best buddies.
I smiled and made conversation but all the while my husband's voice was in my ear saying "Susan, you are all that but as an added bonus you've got a wonderful personality and that is something money can't buy". Okay, so maybe I'm not 6 feet tall, nor pretty but I always thought telling somebody they had a great personality was like telling somebody that they had a great FACE for radio. You know, the backhand compliment!
I'm not saying I have a great personality but I think I'm fairly friendly and can strike up a conversation with just about anybody. I think this is why people have a hard time believing that I am clinically depressed.
Anyway, I'm slowly, albeit, very slowly learning to accept compliments and not to automatically think a compliment means that something else is wrong with me. Yesterday I was in the staff room and a male colleague said, "wow, Susan, you're after losing some weight" and I graciously said, "thank you" instead of thinking "oh my god, he noticed how fat I had let myself become"
I'm learning there are many different components to beauty. I could go and have a total body makeover but I'd still be me on the inside. I'd still have self-esteem issues and second guess myself. This program is teaching me how to embrace myself....lumps and all!
Thanks for reading!
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