Monday, September 05, 2011
Last night, I tried out the Vegemite that I bought at World Market yesterday... very tasty! I was warned online to try a thin coating, not to slap it on like a thick layer of cherry preserves. NO kidding! But after eating some donuts the thin layer I had helped antidote the cake donuts. Yum!! Was really like eating beef bouillon (and in fact, one of the suggested ways to take it is in a cuppa hot water and about a 1/2 tsp of it and stir it like a savory "tea" drink, much the way my mom used to make us beef bouillon "soup" in a mug on cold winter days.). Then this morning, I spread it thin on some leftover pieces of Naan that my son abandoned here at the house when he went off to Oklahoma.
Allowed myself to just vacuum for about an hour in one corner of our cluttered bedroom. It was dussssssty and cob-webby, really nasty. Rome wasn't built in a day and my house won't be vacuumed in one day. But I estimate I killed off a bunch of baby spider eggs, and maybe a half-million dust mites or other allergenic particles, the stuff that makes my husband and I cough at night when we're trying to sleep - all sucked down in my Dyson! I can't gloat yet until I've emptied the Dyson into the trash (which should go out tomorrow, if they aren't held up a day because of taking today off.). We wouldn't want them to hatch inside the canister.
Sooo the guys are on the way home. Think I'm gonna put the bedroom back together for the night so we can sleep, and will have to work on it another day for more vacuuming.
Sunday, September 04, 2011
Today I spent time with my mom. She's been out of state visiting my brother and his in-laws for the past three weeks. So we had lunch, got a froyo for dessert at Yogurt Xplosions, hung out at Target and World Market, went to see the open captioned version of "The Smurfs (2D", and had dinner at Jose Peppers (not my favorite place but Cheddars parking was too full for my mom to find handicapped access parking)..
Since I was up until 3 am, and slept in until about 10, I had an apple for breakfast and then just had lunch. It was light enough. Just took about 3/4 of it home. And after I got home, I realized I'd forgotten to ask them to substitute the black beans for the pinto beans (pinto beans have lard in them. I got a lardy butt already, I don't need to eat more!). So I guess most of this will end up being trashed. Oh well.
Enough yack and preamble... and on to the subject at hand. I keep thinking I want to, need to..change my SparkPeople handle to something more positive. For starters, the DrPepper company isn't paying me a stipend to advertise their name for free, right? Otherwise, eh well, who knows whether I can be bought for a price?? I can't say I'd never do it for even a million bajillion gazillion dollars, because I've never been put in that position. And the DrPepper company hardly knows or cares whether I exist, or that I want to recant from drinking so much DrPepper in years past, which has contributed to my current pathetic state of body. (not the sole cause of, obviously - much more in the pot than just DrPepper!!)
So then... I thought, what does "Julia" mean??
Looking at my baby name books and scads of online reference, most of them seem to agree that it is of Latin origin, which has trickled down through the various countries and languages into a variety of variations (isn't that redundant?)...a variety of alternate spellings - Yulia, Gillian, Galia, on and on.
Plus, the supposed meaning of Julia (or Julie, but I always liked Julia better and that's my legal name), since it was name of the girls in the Roman family Julius - could mean downy-haired, youthful, soft-haired (which mine is), vivacious (hmm, that's debatable!), or beautiful (I found only exactly ONE website that claimed it meant 'beautiful'). Most sources said "Youthful" or "Downy-haired". I wouldn't necessarily consider the hair on top of my head to be "downy" but I'm a bit squeamish at the idea that they might be referring to other body hair as "downy" - um what? armpits? my legs? gack!! what were they? perverts?!
Next, I looked for SparkPeople user names using "Julia" as all or part of their name - hundreds of user names, most have first name last name, first name middle name, but quite a few have numbers after them. I'm guessing most were variations of birth dates, anniversary dates, or other special dates in their history/herstory. Could also be SAT scores, their area code, secret astrology codes, who knows? I don't think I want to go there with tagging my name with a number.
I looked for SparkPeople names starting with "Beautiful" - well there are hundreds of them, I couldn't go through them all, even at searching 100 names per "page". Beautiful!! That's terrific.
I looked up Youthful and no one has selected "Youthful" to be a part of their name... Hmmm
So I'm kicking around ideas that could reflect a future goal.... JuliaIsYouthful ... YouthfulJulia ... etc (need to research what the maximum number of letters and characters allowed? I counted 15 on some of what looked like the longer names, and msdrpepper is only 10 characters.
Gotta do this right.... no rush.... and I need to rebound or do something to shake a leg here before I go to bed (again, much too late, but I was not home all day!!).
Sunday, September 04, 2011
So I'm home instead of traveling. Yippee!
The guys took a road trip. Long story, but I'm quite okay with it. Got a lot to do, so need to get to bed and get some sleep so I can get started tomorrow!
Went to one of my favorite Mediterranean places today and didn't feel obligated to order the huge dinners I usually have. Just the gyros, with the extra sides of tabbouleh and hummus. (I need to teach this spellchecker that these are good words. Oh. Well I guess it had some good options already available). Ate only half the sandwich, all the tabbouleh and hummus, some of the pita. Plus a bite of my husband's spinach pie. Yum!
Thursday, September 01, 2011
but here is what she did:
(and I can't remember enough of that poem or song to go into phrasing the rest of my day into the same style, so if you're old enough to recognize it, sorry, that parody breaks down now!!)
One loop down, (a "loop" is roughly equivalent to a "city block" in those areas where a block is a long rectangular unit, 16 blocks to the mile east and west, and 8 blocks to the mile north and south. It only works on flat checkerboard pieces of land, such as found in places like Kansas. However, in my community, there were some rolling hills and the farmer who originally platted the area where I live was actually the town drunk, according to the story that one of our former mayor tells. I believe it. On the map, it looks like someone dropped a bowl of cooked spaghetti on the ground. Where it landed, that's how the roads were plotted!! It's a mess!!)
.. so I'm walking this loop, dragging my rear end, all my body parts screeching about not wanting to go to a walk, but my brain desperately wanting some GROWN UP ADULT (you know, Ma and Pa conversation, not "Adult" as in porn!) conversation with my husband. So I kept telling my guts and legs and heart burn etc. to just SHUT UP and walk. Usually I'm kickin' my husband's butt when we walk together because I want to walk fast and he wants to dawdle (he hasn't gotten the concept of HITT (sp? the high intensity interval training, yea, that's it, HIIT, I got double vision...oooops, that's a Foreigner song, not my real eye situation!). We ate kinda late in the evening (AGAIN!) and so then my gut was really aching just as bad after the meal as before the meal... (yea that "heartburn" thing I think is related to my bra. That's a blog for another day.). And so we finish that walk, and I'm kinda looking at him like, do you want to walk longer? because he's slowly recovering from a bout of plantar fasciia - and I know *exactly* how that is because I had a bad bout of it several years ago and I did use a gradual re-introduction to walking again to heal that up. He's doing the same and doing well. So he said he was up for walking longer if I wanted to, but he knew I'd been uncomfortable and had said I wanted to walk longer. But... heh... (okay back up a bit, usually the "longer" loop takes me ohhh 15-18 minutes, today it took longer because I was so uncomfortable and didn't want to really tear things up...by the time we got there and needed to decide if to walk the next "loop" a shorter loop, the pressure was easing off the "heart burn" (which is really a point at the top of my huge post-pregnant 13 year later belly just below my boobs and it doesn't involve my heart, breathing etc that much. It's just where I'm constipated and it's sooo hot that I dehydrate even after drinking a lot of water...and the aloe vera juice that I've been drinking hasn't wiggled on through yet, and then I ate a couple of salads and had NO dessert (we went to Ryan's, you know, major pig-out buffet/smorgasbord kind of joint common in the SouthEast)... so after walking (so this is really bad English, starting off every sentence with "so"..)....some of this was beginning to ease on out...passing gas..shifting...and I wasn't done talking to my husband, wasn't ready to go back and listen to Chatterbox13, the male Unit, who was supposed to be doing his homework even though he knows he got a "get out of jail free" card when the doctor called and said he DID have strep throat after all!!).
And off we went for the next loop (which I have saved on my map tracker as "anonymous"), so the total when we got home was 42 minutes. Was supposed to be a "short walk", remember? And actually it was a short walk because I just walked it waaay slloooowwwwer than I usually do. But at least I walked it.
Time to get my bath and soaky and get some sleep because I really needed it. I didn't sleep well last night. I think it was my first "restless legs syndrome". (DH says I need to get tested for sleep apnea.). But after I gave up and took a soaky bath in epson salts & baking soda & lavendar and took some MSM and the Calcium/Magnesium multi and a B vitamin and my "Circulegs" herbal formula, things settled down and I slept well enough after that. Was just a short night though, because I got up and checked on my SparkPeople emails etc before leaving to go get my mom from the airport (she was happy to be home, BTW.).
Okay so I guess this is all TMI and not very well organized. So much for my delusions of writing...
Whoops, better hurry, it's almost midnight! I'll turn into a pumpkin...
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
This was such a disjointed day... taking hubby over to shop to drop his truck to get a new door release knob thingy (the thing that lets him get OUT of the truck instead of having to roll down the window and reach over and open the door from the outside of the truck)... kid was sick so he stayed home... then I took hubby to work, stayed in town, tried to research places that would have my favorite glasses (I'm facing the prospect of ordering glasses online because Doc didn't have the COLOR of frames that I wanted, and his sort of cute & nerdy new assistant (who replaced the older woman who retired this last winter) just wanted to collect his paycheck, not do any real work! Like, he could have called the rep and ordered the color I wanted.).
So I pulled into the parking lot across the street from where DH works - big shopping center, lots of little pads with smaller shopping centers, but anyway there's a Jo-Ann's Fabric, a PetSmart. a Kohl's, an abandoned LinensNThings, Office Max and the Sam's club. Sat there parked on the tarmac closest to the access road, clear across the lot from the nearest building, and researched some on my phone, with the car idling, thinking it would be a quick check, but knowing how fussy the police are about texting and driving... (no joke! scares me to death too!!). I finally decided to stay parked where I was, kill the engine, and go on in to Sam's (free Wi-fi, free bathroom, free air conditioning!). I was parked roughly 2 or 3 buildings away from Sam's Club (kinda like Costco, for those of you not familiar with Sam's). I didn't set my timer, but I know I was a good 5 minutes hike from the door. Then of course walking around inside and pushing a cart around for 45 minutes or so, two trips to the bathroom, I'll probably call the whole thing a 30 minute walk (kinda felt like how I feel when I do a timed 30 minute walk), and then hike back to the car, pushing the cart over, loading stuff into the trunk, and pushing the empty cart back to the Sam's cart corral, which was at least three lines of parking away (the fresh new blacktop for OfficeMax & Kohl's, where I was parked, ended right at the edge of where Sam's parking begins.).
By then, I had gotten hungry (didn't have much for breakfast) so hubby and I went out for lunch, and had one of these imitation Panera "Pick 2" kinds of lunches at IHOP: a half potroast melt sandwich and the house salad. Salad was okay, uninspired. The sandwich was tasty but I could feel and taste that grease, and later on here on SP I discovered the whole order was supposedly over 1,000 calories. Urk. Glad it was just the half! Tsk tsk
By the way, what is this emoticon representing?
I wish I could blow it up larger. so I could see the finer details, and my reading glasses don't do squat.
Gotta do better!
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