Tuesday, September 29, 2009
So, I walked home from the Day Job today. The Husband’s van is in the shop and he’s working late, so I took the opportunity for a 45 minute walk home. The weather was cool and perfect for a long walk~that uphill part is a challenge, fer sure. But I enjoyed it.
I’m totally in newbie mode, so I’m being really good. I think, too, that I’m really ready to ignore the cake on the counter at work (Lori is taking a cake decorating class on the weekend, so brings the results to work on Monday) and pass up the Egg McMuffin The Husband had this morning. In fact, it’s almost 8pm and I haven’t had all my points for the day.
Off to nom some yogurt!
C’est la vie!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Tomorrow morning, I’m getting in my car and driving to my first Weight Watchers meeting in far too long. I signed up for the monthly pass (which is on a one month free promotion) tonight. I’m desperate to not be this weight anymore. My bulging tummy and butt are pleading for a bigger size and I refuse to buy bigger clothes. I’ve already broken down and bought some cheap, “until I lose the weight” clothes at Walmart. Do you know what it’s like running around in clothes that are supposed to be temporary? They’re never stylish because, after all, they’re meant to be hiding the bulk. So, if I don’t want to go to work nekked, I gotta get my big butt in gear and start losing.
Losing weight is so wonderful. It’s such a relief to feel your clothes getting loose. I want that feeling again and I think I’m really ready to forgo cake and burgers and anything else with too much fat or sugar. I want to make eating right a way of life. I know, I know, I’ve been this route before but not at this age. I’m reading Second Spring by Dr. Mao and realizing the changes in my body and metabolism is really eye opening.
With this monthly pass, besides going to all the meetings you want to, you also get to use the etools on the Weight Watchers site. I’ve put a lot of my info in and I also signed up for the 30 Minute a Day exercise challenge, which I really need.
So, wish me luck and if you’re on the Weight Watchers forums, I’m Bearchick25.
C’est la vie!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Well, it's about time for another book report. Lord knows, I read constantly~well, when I'm not making jewelry, working full time, playing with The Husband and The Kitties, sleeping, etc, etc, not necessarily in that order... So, here it is:
Love Mercy by Earlene Fowler
I've been reading Earlene's Benni Harper series for as long as she's been writing it (the 90's?). She has a light style but usually deals with serious issues. Her characters are people you want to meet and know. Last year, outside of Benni's series, she gave us The Saddlemaker's Wife, which I loved. Again, characters you wish would welcome you into their circle.
So, this year we've got Love Mercy, which is a proper name, not some commandment derivative. The action centers around three women and the men they've loved and lost. Sounds like a romance? Well, in the sense that these women loved these men, yes. But, while there is sentiment to this story, it ain't no romance.
13 months after the death of her beloved Cy, Love Mercy's 18 year old granddaughter, whom she hasn't seen since she was 4, shows up on her doorstep with a broken heart and a stolen banjo. Mel, a recent transplant to Morro Bay from Las Vegas, has a secret she's hiding from her friends that will either make or break their friendship. And Love Mercy's father-in-law, August, is falling victim to dementia. Still sounding romantic to ya?
The book is written from three perspectives, Love Mercy's, Mel's and Rett, the granddaughter's. She captures all three personalities and tells a damn good yarn in the process. The story is fraught with dangers and sadness but it's not melodramatic. The characters are so down to earth that their problems are always relatable.
I enjoyed the hell out of this book. Why? I don't usually read "women's books" like this, that don't center around some cozy mystery. But, since I'll follow Earlene anywhere, I went into this book with a positive attitude. I really liked the relationships between all the main characters and there's so much potential for revisiting them. And Benni and her clan make appearances in this book, too, even though her current storylines are set in the 90's and this book is set in 2008, so that was a treat.
If you like a good story centered around strong women, you'll like both this book and last year's Saddlemaker's Wife. And when you're finished with these, run don't walk to find Benni Harpers' quilting mysteries.
Mare’s Scale of Literary Wickedness
Wicked Boring Yawn-don’t bother
Wicked Good Don’t run any red lights getting to the library but worth reading
Wicked Cool Good enough to spend 50 cents for a library hold so you can be the next to read it
Wicked Awesome So damn good, if your library doesn’t have it, get it from Amazon
C’est la vie!