It just isn’t Christmas without stress and emotional trauma

I am relishing this moment of peace and solitude.

Because the rest of this month is going to be CRAZY HECTIC with a capital FUCK.

There was an accident last week at the restaurant where I work involving a family member and a gas powered smoker.  Long story short (and without giving away too many personal details), the gas ignited when she tried to light it (as she always has in the past) and it blew up in her face resulting in several severe burns.  Luckily, she’ll be alright.  However, it couldn’t have happened at a worse time.  My heart goes out to her.

I’m covering her shifts now until she’s able to work again, but no one really knows how long that will be.  Most definitely until the beginning of the year at least, but probably even longer than that.  My schedule is going to be PACKED for a while, but that’s not really the point.  I’m just glad the situation isn’t any worse than what it is.

The downside to working all the time now is that I’ve been putting off finishing my Christmas shopping and now I need to find some time to squeeze it in before it’s too late.  I’m thinking about just ordering everything off Amazon!  I’ve never been much of an online shopper, but what better time than now to start?

Should be easy enough.

Okay, maybe not THAT easy.  It was worth a try.

In some other unrelated news, I have plans for this blog and countless other things (recipes, craft projects, etc.) but unfortunately I think it will all have to wait until after the new year to come to fruition.  I’m just going to take this time to focus on what’s really important – my family, my job, and (hopefully) making the holidays as happy and exciting as possible.

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Some A’s for your Q’s

First and foremost, I’d like to thank everyone who asked questions on Saturday’s Q&A post!  You have made my life – for pretending to care about my mundane shenanigans. (Just kidding, I know I’m mad interesting yo). Not really. Maybe a little.

ANYWAY.

Here are your questions answered.

Dez asked…

What types of games are you into?

Wii – Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Mario Kart Wii

Xbox 360 – Dance Central 1 & 2. (I once tried playing Call of Duty multiplayer with Josh…I completely suck at it).

Nintendo DS – All the Lego installments…and of course New Super Mario Bros.  I really like Mario games, can you tell?

Phone – I’m totally hooked on Words With Friends!

What made you decide to lose weight?

Last January I saw some candid pictures of me taken at a Christmas gathering and I cringed.  I just decided that I was tired of being tired, overweight, and unhappy with my body.  It was at that point I decided to change it.

What are some of your favorite meals?

Oh man, this will be  tough one because I LOVE to eat.  Some of my favorites are Spaghetti with garlic bread sticks, homemade soups (chicken noodle, vegetable beef, bean & tomato), and chili.  I also love this trio: marinated grilled chicken, green beans, and mashed potatoes!

What turns you off in a friendship?

When the other person has a constant ‘woe is me’ attitude for no good reason and/or they are always unhappy or unappreciative for what they have.  I’m not a fan of pity parties, and I don’t attend the ones I’m invited to.

Sassyray asked…

What’s the last good book you read?

“The Road” by Cormac McCarthy.  Really great read about an ‘end of times’ scenario!

What do you miss most about being a kid?

Being stress and worry free.  Not having to worry about finances, a career, the mortgage, car repair…I remember a time when my biggest complaint about any given day was going to school and learning things.  Maybe even writing some things down on paper.  Man, I had it rough.  If it were only still that simple.  How great would it be just to be able to go back and have NOTHING TO DO except play ‘beach’ with my barbies in the bathroom sink all afternoon until time for dinner – one that I didn’t have to plan for, pay for, or cook…I should really thank my mom more often!

What 2 things could you not live without?

Assuming we’re talking about material possessions here, I’d have to say I could go without most modern day luxuries if I had to – internet, tv, cell phone, etc.  Not saying I would LIKE it (it would totally suck…suck real hard), but I could do it. As long as I still had my family, I’d make it just fine!

 

Sunday nights are for TV

At my house anyway.

We love The Walking Dead and Dexter.  They both come on at the same time and we often have trouble deciding which to watch first! Also, am I alone in being slightly depressed because tonight is the mid season finale of The Walking Dead? :/ Lamesauce.

But speaking of Dexter, I wanted to share this portrait I drew of him last year.  This is the most recent portrait I’ve drawn in quite some time, which kinda sucks because drawing is something I really enjoy doing.  Lately though, it’s just been hard to focus and put any heart into it.  I don’t bother picking up a pencil if I know I won’t have the patience to pay attention the minute details.  I don’t want my drawings to be lackluster.

I’m proud of this one though.

What are some of your favorite TV shows?

(Also, remember to check out my Q&A post!  You’re welcome to ask me any question(s) you want in the comments!)

Ask me anything!

I’ve seen a few people do these Q&A posts and I think it looks like a jolly good time, so I’m gonna do one too!

This is your opportunity to ask me ANY question(s) you want, personal or otherwise.  Just leave them in the comments, and I’ll answer them in one big post sometime this week! 😀

Where milk comes from

I never venture out on or any day around Black Friday.  It’s not that I’m all ‘anti big business’ or whatever.  I’m just anti crazy people, mostly.  I have no desire to risk catching a manslaughter charge over a 75% off pair of ugly boots.  Because that’s what would happen if I was into huge savings and ugly boots.

Instead, the kid and I stayed home, slept in late, and are currently partaking in an engrossing SpongeBob SquarePants marathon.

Also, we had the most interesting conversation over breakfast this morning that I really think I screwed up.  Seven year olds are inherently curious creatures and sometimes they ask questions out of the clear blue that really put you on the spot.  I fumbled over the right words and I’m afraid I sounded too much like a bumbling idiot with my answers for him to ever take me seriously now. Oh well?  Permanent damage there, MOVING ON.

It all started with a glass of milk.

“Milk is made from cows, isn’t it mom?” he asked innocently enough.

“Well no, it’s not MADE from cows, this milk COMES from cows.  As in, they produce it.”

“Oh…what does produce mean?”

“It means they make it. Mama cows. They make it.”  I could already see where this was going.

“How do they make it?”

“Well, when mama cows have babies, they produce milk for the calves to drink.”

“…And then people take some of it for humans to drink too?”

“Yes.”

“Oh…do human moms make milk for their babies too?”

“Yes…”

“Where does it come from?”

“OH uh, well, it comes out of their…it comes from…their breasts…” I said with reasonable hesitation. Wow, I thought to myself, I chose the word ‘breasts’ because I wanted to give him an accurate, mature-ish answer they way I figured most parents would.  But I knew he was going to ask…

“What are breasts?”  I can tell you right now it sounds so weird to hear a 7 year old boy say the word ‘breasts’. So I had to use terms that I knew he was familiar with.

“Their boobs.  It comes out of their boobs.”

“OH LOL BOOBIES. THAT’S FUNNY. LOLOLOLOL.”

Yeah. Boobs he understands, and now he knows a cool new term for the word boobies that he will undoubtedly tell my parents about later. The lesson I learned: When you’re 7, everything regarding boobs is funny and explaining their purpose with proper terms will not keep the conversation from derailing into a gigglefest.

Sigh.

At least I didn’t scare him away from drinking milk ever again. I win?

It’s Thanksgiving and stuff

‘Happy Thanksgiving’ posts are obligatory for us Americans, eh?  I can taste my mom’s famous pumpkin pie as we speak.  But it’s another 9 hours before we go there.  Boo.

Food coma: she’s does it right.

My plans for the day include showering unreasonably early (like right after I get done with this) so that my hair will dry naturally and be in an acceptable condition for styling (it must be pampered before it decides to work with me).  After that we’ll crash in on Josh’s grandmother’s tiny apartment for some yummy foodstuffs, an endless river of desserts, and socializing with his side of the family.

After we get home from there I’ll have to make a mad dash to the kitchen to make some homemade dinner rolls that I offered to make for dinner at MY parent’s house.  The ‘plan-ahead’ part of me told me to make them yesterday so I wouldn’t be rushed and stressed out today. But then I decided that would be quite gross, as you just can’t have day-old bread on Thanksgiving.  So rushed and stressed I shall be!

On an unrelated note: today is the 24th which means only 6 more days until NaBloPoMo is over.  I almost can’t believe I’ve been able to keep up!

Happy Thanksgiving, folks.

 

Be safe if you’re travelling.  Enjoy the time you get to spend with your loved ones today.  It’s a privilege denied to so many.

 

Where I was a year ago

I used to have a pro Flickr account.  I remembered it earlier for absolutely no reason except for the fact that December is coming up and it was last December when my account renewal came due and I didn’t want to pay it again.  I’m cheap.  And lazy.

The last time I uploaded photos to it was November 2010, when I crocheted a hat.

Since then, I’ve lost 50 pounds, give or take a few.  I didn’t realize how noticeable it was until I started comparing pictures of then and now.

Like this one, taken around Halloween of this year.

Wow, holy close up shot, Batman.  You can practically see my hair follicles from here.

ANYWAY

My weight loss is something I don’t really talk about with people IRL, because, well, you can’t really go around saying you’ve lost X amount of pounds without sounding like a pompous ass.  Like you think you’re all special now or something.  Which I certainly don’t think of myself that way, so I rarely mention it.  But there’s never a shortage of people that want to bring it up to ME.  There are a lot of things I’ve learned from the experience, one of which being that when you make changes in your life, like losing a lot of weight, people (family/friends/neighbors/coworkers) really start paying attention to you.  Like really hard sometimes.  They want to know about your routine, what you’re doing differently, what you eat or don’t eat, etc.  Some ask because they genuinely want to know.  Others do it because they like to scrutinize your choices and make you feel inferior for them.  I wasn’t prepared for it at first, but over time I’ve come to expect it and have found myself in the same situations over and over.  Here are a few examples.

The Skeptic

Person A: You’ve lost so much weight, how did you do it?

Me: I work out and watch what I eat.

Person A: *blink blink* *surprise face*

Me: …That’s it.  Really.

Person A: *Skeptical face*

Me: *Annoyed face*

I’ve found that a lot of people don’t fully believe me when I answer them this way.  I can tell what they REALLY wanted me to tell them is that I take some kind of pill or potion, or visited some witch doctor on the bad part of town who did some skinny hocus pocus on me.  Any of those things would apparently make more sense.  It’s annoying, but I’ve come to accept it.  Some people will believe anything other than the fact that you achieved something on your own merits.

The Diet Analyzer

Person B:  You must really miss eating now, huh? HUH? *elbow jab, jab, JAB*

Me: No…actually I still eat quite normally…

Person B: LOL yeah ok, I know you really sit around gnawing on lettuce leaves just wishing you could eat what I eat! HAHA YOU MUST HATE UR LIFE NOW.

Me: …You’re absolutely right.  I really do hate shopping for normal sized clothes again.  And my knee pain? Gone. WHAT A DRAG.

The Been-There-Done-That-And-Failed Guy

Person C: Oh you’ve lost weight. Good for you.  I lost a lot of weight too once but I gained it all back.  You probably will too.

Me: Hmm I probably won’t, actually.  See now I know what to do if I ever DO start gaining a lot of weight back and…

Person C: Nope, no you’re totally going to fail.  It’s cute that you’re trying but I couldn’t do it, so I’m gonna say anything to make you think you can never do it either because I’m insecure and I want you to be in this failboat with me.

Me: *sigh*

So yeah, some people can be total A-holes about it and it can be hard to ignore all the negativity sometimes.  But the experience as a whole as been a positive one for me.

Oh, but there is ONE thing that I miss about being overweight.

Boobs.

That’s right, the ugly truth is that they’re usually the first things to go.  Mine packed their shit and left a long time ago.  OH WELL.  I can’t be an anorexic lettuce cruncher AND have a nice rack, can I?

Remind me to ask the witch doctor about that the next time I go to get my spell reupped.