Thursday, September 30, 2004

Recaplet

I've been SWAMPED the past few days, but I'm actually gonna take some time for a bit of a recaplet of what's goin' on!

1. Did the Brookfield Zoo Run Run 3k Walk on Sunday with Winston and a couple of Weight Watcher women. We had a good time, finished in about 32 minutes and got to see a bunch of animals. Winston and I spent the day at the zoo and had fun. At lunch, we had some geese begging for food. They were pretty cute.

2. Was up all night on Sunday night sick. I think I finally fell asleep around 6:30 on Monday morning. Woke up at 8 to call in sick then slept till about noon. I did go to class that night, but blech. Besides nasty nausea, I had some other issues that were a bit concerning. It's a bit TMI, so I won't go into the details. But, I did call my doc on Tuesday. She left me a message late Tuesday that I should go see her on Wednesday. Which I did. Turns out I have kidney stones. Yay! Not.

I have hypoparathyroidism due to damage done to my parathyroid glands during my surgeries. I have to take a ton of calcium (2000 mg) for it. My doc told me 2 years ago that it could cause me to be at high risk for kidney stones. So, when I saw her yesterday, her comment? "I've just been waiting for this to happen." So, I have to have a CT scan on Saturday to see how bad it is. And, I have to do a 24 hour urine test. Ever done one of those? Basically, they gave me a big jug and told me to pee in it for 24 hours. Big jug. (Hey, Winston? You see a big orange jug in my fridge, don't touch! Ewww...)

3. Weigh in Tuesday. I was up .6, but then I pee'd and ended up down .2. Guess I had to go bad.

4. This low iodine diet is doing weird things to me. I have been craving sugar in big bad ways. Sugar. Lots of it, please. I want chocolate and ice cream so bad I can barely stand it. And, of course, those are 2 things I can't have.

That's what's the what in the world of Kaffy. What's goin' on with y'all??

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

All About Me

Okay, so I've been really busy lately. I promise some original content soon!

01. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins.
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid. [Does The Pyramid in Memphis count?]
06. Held a tarantula.
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said 'I love you' and meant it
09. Hugged a tree

10. Done a striptease
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Touched an iceberg

20. Slept under the stars
21. Changed a baby's diaper

22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
23. Watched a meteor shower
24. Gotten drunk on champagne
25. Given more than you can afford to charity
26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
28. Had a food fight

29. Bet on a winning horse

30. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
31. Asked out a stranger
32. Had a snowball fight
33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier
34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
35. Held a lamb
36. Enacted a favorite fantasy
37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
38. Taken an ice cold bath
39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
40. Seen a total eclipse

41. Ridden a roller coaster

42. Hit a home run.
43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days
44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors [This is not as exciting as it sounds since all my ancestors are from Alabama.]
47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment

48. Had two hard drives for your computer
49. Visited all 50 states
50. Loved your job for all accounts
51. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
53. Had amazing friends

54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
55. Watched wild whales
56. Stolen a sign
57. Backpacked in Europe
58. Taken a road-trip
59. Rock climbing
60. Lied to foreign government's official in that country to avoid notice

61. Midnight walk on the beach

62. Sky diving
63. Visited Ireland
64. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
66. Visited Japan
67. Benchpressed your own weight
68. Milked a cow
69. Alphabetized your records cds/mp3s

70. Pretended to be a superhero
71. Sung karaoke
72. Lounged around in bed all day

73. Posed nude in front of strangers
74. Scuba diving
75. Got it on to "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
76. Kissed in the rain
77. Played in the mud
78. Played in the rain
79. Gone to a drive-in theater
80. Done something you should regret, but don't regret it


81. Visited the Great Wall of China
82. Discovered that someone who's not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog
83. Dropped Windows in favor of something better
84. Started a business
85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
86. Toured ancient sites
87. Taken a martial arts class
88. Swordfought for the honor of a woman
89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight (One word: "defenestration") [While I haven't played D&D for more than 6 hours, I have played GURPS. Does that count?]

90. Gotten married
91. Been in a movie
92. Crashed a party
93. Loved someone you shouldn't have
94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy

95. Gotten divorced
96. Had sex at the office
97. Gone without food for 5 days
98. Made cookies from scratch
99. Won first prize in a costume contest
100. Ridden a gondola in Venice

101. Gotten a tattoo
102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on
103. Rafted the Snake River
104. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
105. Got flowers for no reason
106. Masturbated in a public place
107. Got so drunk you don't remember anything

108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
109. Performed on stage
110. Been to Las Vegas
111. Recorded music

112. Eaten shark
113. Had a one-night stand
114. Gone to Thailand
115. Seen Siouxsie live (Lollapalooza '91, man. Got the t-shirt to prove it.)
116. Bought a house
117. Been in a combat zone
118. Buried one/both of your parents
119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off
120. Been on a cruise ship

121. Spoken more than one language fluently
122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
123. Bounced a check
124. Performed in Rocky Horror
125. Read - and understood - your credit report
126. Raised children
127. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
128. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
129. Created and named your own constellation of stars
130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
132. Called or written your Congress person
133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over

134. ...more than once? - More than thrice?
135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking

137. Had an abortion or your female partner did
138. Had plastic surgery
139. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived.
140. Wrote articles for a large publication

141. Lost over 100 pounds [Almost...see me again in a few months.]
142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
143. Piloted an airplane

144. Petted a stingray
145. Broken someone's heart
146. Helped an animal give birth
147. Been fired or laid off from a job
148. Won money on a T.V. game show
149. Broken a bone
150. Killed a human being
151. Gone on an African photo safari
152. Ridden a motorcycle
153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100mph
154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
157. Ridden a horse
158. Had major surgery

159. Had sex on a moving train
160. Had a snake as a pet

161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours [I was sick!]
164. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
165. Visited all 7 continents
166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
167. Eaten kangaroo meat
168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
169. Been a sperm or egg donor
170. Eaten sushi
171. Had your picture in the newspaper
172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime

173. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
174. Gotten someone fired for their actions
175. Gone back to school
176. Parasailed
177. Changed your name
178. Petted a cockroach
179. Eaten fried green tomatoes
180. Read The Iliad

181. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them [I stole them from my school's cafeteria. But I gave them back at the end of the school year!]

183. ...and gotten 86'ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
184. Taught yourself an art from scratch [crochet counts, right?]
185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
187. Skipped all your school reunions
188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language

189. Been elected to public office
190. Written your own computer language
191. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
193. Built your own PC from parts
194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
195. Had a booth at a street fair
196: Dyed your hair (oh, PLEASE)
197: Been a DJ

198: Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal
199: Written your own role playing game
200: Been arrested

(Yet another snagged from Da Broad.)

I'm Shiny

The Sun Card
You are the Sun card. The light of the Sun reveals
all. The Sun is joyful and bright, without fear
or reservation. The childish nature of the Sun
allows you to play and feel free. Exploration
can truly take place in the light of day when
nothing is hidden. The Sun's rays fill you with
energy so that you may live life to its
fullest, milking pleasure out of each day. Such
joy and energy can bring wealth and physical
pleasure. To shine in the light of day is to
have confidence, to soak up its rays is to feel
the freedom of a child. Image from: Stevee
Postman. http://www.stevee.com/


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(Snagged from Da Broad.)

Friday, September 24, 2004

Biggest Sammich Evah

Behold, a 180 Point Sammich. Okay, so I totally guessed on the fat grams for that puppy, but the caloric content puts it way up there. 180 freakin' Points! That was figured with 100 g of fat and no fiber. I think I underestimated the fat. Can you imagine??

And, I'm trying to concentrate on the sandwich in order to avoid crying over this New York Times article.

The Republican Party acknowledged yesterday sending mass mailings to residents of two states warning that "liberals" seek to ban the Bible. It said the mailings were part of its effort to mobilize religious voters for President Bush.

In an e-mail message, Christine Iverson, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, confirmed that the party had sent the mailings.

The mailing seeks to appeal to conservative evangelical Protestant pastors and political leaders who say they worry that legal rights for same-sex couples could lead to hate-crimes laws that could be applied against sermons of Bible passages criticizing homosexuality


As we get closer to the election, I just want to curl up in a fetal position and cry. I'm feeling nauseous over this kind of thing and am truly frightened by what will happen to us if Bush is reelected.

I can't talk about this anymore. I need to go puke.

Ayup...

Not denyin' this one.

Lucy
You are Lucy!


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Snagged from Whitters.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Results

Yeah, I knew that it wouldn't be pretty. But, it could have been a lot worse. Up 1 lb. It's not the first time I've gained, and it won't be the last. But, I've stopped the silly peanut butter cups (in fact, I gave away what I had left yesterday so I wouldn't eat any more) and I'm back on the wagon. So, next week I hope to get rid of that 1 lb.

The other results that I want to talk about? The Amazing Race. I love that show with an unholy passion. And, my favorite team won! Chip and Kim were fantastic! And how silly am I that I actually cried a little for them??

At the point where the models and Colin & Christie were headed up the mountain, I thought I would pee from laughing. Brandon telling Nicole to picture Jesus at the top of the mountain and to run to His arms intercut with Colin telling Christie to picture the $1 million.

The Moms did great. I was bummed that they didn't make it to the final 3, but when I saw that challenge? I knew they were out. I give them props. I don't know if I could have climbed that rope. Karen was a trooper, and Linda was so good about being supportive.

At the end when Colin had his little breakdown about how much he loved Christie and that she was the most important thing to him? Puh-leeze. I don't believe that one second. But, I did hear from one of Zoot's commenters that he proposed to her on the Today Show this morning. So who knows?

I still think my favorite line from this season is "My ox is broken!" Yeah, Colin, blame the ox.

Me 'n Bettie Page

Oh, yeah....

You are Bettie Page!
You're Bettie Page!


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(Snagged from Da Broad)

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Facing the Scale

I have weigh in tonight. In about 45 minutes to be exact. And it's not gonna be pretty. I had, shall we say, an indulgent weekend. Not tragic. Could have been worse, really, but it's the first time I've really gone over Points when not being on vacation. I think I felt like I needed a last little hurrah because for the next 2 weeks I have to go on a low iodine diet. It's not fun, but it's only for 2 weeks! Why did my mind tell me it was okay to eat 8 10 peanut butter cups?

Here's the basic guidelines for the low iodine diet. Things to avoid:

*Iodized salt, sea salt, and salty foods. Because it's hard to know which restaurants use iodized salt, you might want to avoid eating out during this time
*All dairy products (milk, sour cream, cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream)
*Margarine
*Egg yolks
*Seafood (fish, shellfish, seaweed, kelp)
*Foods that contain carrageen, agar-agar, algin, or alginate - all of these are made from seaweed
*Many prepared and/or cured meats (ham, bacon, sausage, corned beef, etc)
*Fresh chicken or turkey with broth or additives injected
*Dried fruit
*Canned vegetables
*Commercial bakery products
*Chocolate
*Molasses
*Soy products (soy sauce, soy milk, tofu)
*Any vitamins or supplements that contain iodine
*FD&C red dye #3 - this appears in many foods or pills that are red or brown, including colas

The hardest for me are the chocolate, dairy products, soy, bakery products and not eating out. It's not a horrible diet to follow; it just takes a lot of pre-planning. This time, at least, I'm not off my medication, so I actually have energy and can cook from scratch. The other times I've had to do this, I lived off of salt-free, plain rice cakes and salt-free peanut butter because that's all I had the energy to prepare.

So, off I go. I'll update later and let y'all know the outcome. Blech.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Me?? Athletic??

I have registered for my very first athletic event. I'm walking the Brookfield Zoo Run Run on Sunday. A group from my Weight Watchers meeting have been getting together on Thursdays to walk together, and we're doing the event as a group. There's both a 5k run and a 3k walk. We wanted to walk the 5k, but they won't let us. Something to do with roads being closed for too long if we walk it. Whatever. So, we're doing the 3k walk. I know it's not very much, but a year ago I would have never even thought of doing it. Yay me!

Poopiehead Driver Foiled

On my way home on Friday night (well, actually on my way to Winston's Friday night), I encountered typical Friday night rush hour traffic in downtown Chicago. There is this one on-ramp to the expressway that I have to take that is long, about 1 1/2 miles, and often very backed up. It has taken me 15-20 minutes to get on the expressway from this ramp on more than one occassion. Hell, more than 50 occassions. There are some poopiehead drivers that like to zoom past the traffic on the shoulder. Always makes me 1. nervous because it feels like someone is going to get sideswiped and 2. pissed. Why can't they just wait in line just like everyone else??

So, Friday the car behind me decides to pull to the left shoulder and zoom ahead. But, they were foiled. Foiled, I tell you! There was an SUV in front of me and a wee car in front of the SUV. The Wee Car saw the jackass coming and zipped into the left shoulder blocking Jackass. I laughed. And laughed some more.

Jackass was getting pissed because his devious plan was foiled. So, he zipped behind SUV to the right shoulder. But Wee Car was too fast and wiley. He zipped over to the right shoulder blocking Jackass yet again. More laughing from my car.

Jackass zips back to left shoulder. Wee Car follows and blocks. This happened a good 4 times. I thought I would pee from laughing. It was wonderful!! I could see Jackass getting good and pissed off in his car. He saw me laughing my ass off in his rearview mirror which pissed him off more. And made me laugh harder.

I would like to thank the driver of Wee Car for a lovely rush hour commute on Friday. I was stuck in traffic but laughed my ass off for a good 15 minutes.

Friday, September 17, 2004

I Smell Pretty

In some ways I am a girly girl and in others? Not so much. I sell Mary Kay, but mainly that's because I really dig their skin care line. I'm very rabid about skin care. Mainly because I have oily, acne-prone skin if I don't take care of it every single day. And, even when I do, I still break out when I'm PMSing. Sometimes badly, sometimes not.

Since my surgeries and whatnot, I'm on a supressive dose of Synthroid which makes me a tad hyperthyroid. One of the side effects is that my face is even oilier and breaks out more. So much that my beloved Mary Kay isn't doing the trick anymore. So, I've started using Proactiv. That shit works. While I still have my hormonal break-outs, it is limited to that time of the month instead of breaking out all the time. I still use Mary Kay for things like eye cream and acne gel (for the break out spots) and make-up.

A new find is Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers. It's Burt's Bees Lip Balm with a bit of color thrown in. Love the stuff. It adds a touch of color but still tingles like the lip balm. And, it seems to stay on better than lipstick.

I don't really get into perfume, but I do love my body lotions. Since I don't have very dry skin, the moisturizing aspect is not high on my list of needs. I want a good smell and a lusciously rich cream that's not greasy or sticky. The current list in rotation:

Caswell-Massey's Elixir of Love
Got this from my favorite local apothecary. It's a romantic scent that's not too flowery. It's incredibly thick and a little goes a long way.

Lush's Sympathy for the Skin
I love Lush. This cream is a vanilla and banana scent. It's the color of banana bread batter which is a tad off-putting. But love the smell.

Origin's A Perfect World
Nice clean scent. Very rich lotion that just glides on.

Jaqua's Marshmallow Cocoa Body Butter
I want to lick myself when I wear this. And, no, not in that way. It smells so good.

yummy.

So, while I may not wear make-up every day, I have decent skin and always smell pretty good.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Slow Mind Changes

My office is absolutely freezing today. My fingers are cold and I'm actually shivering. I looked around my office for something to put on, a sweater or something, but I don't have squat.

I looked in my coworker's office. He had a blue sweatshirt hanging up, so I asked him if I could borrow it. He said sure.

As I was putting it on, I realized that I didn't have that moment of trying to figure out if the sweatshirt would fit me. Didn't even cross my mind that it wouldn't. Seventy pounds ago, I wouldn't have asked because I would have known that his shirt would never have fit. One Size Fits All, my ass.

Granted, my coworker is a man, but he's not a big guy by any stretch of the imagination (prolly 5'8" and 170lbs). The sweatshirt fit, but the cool thing for me was that I didn't even pause to think about it fitting or not. I just knew that it would.

Slowly, my mind is catching up to my body. I like moments like this when I can see deep down changes I've made to my insides as well as my outsides.

God is Gonna Get You

In a city where the motto is "Vote early, vote often," tourists need to be particularly watchful. Or not. Cuz then I can continue to laugh my ass off.

This weekend, Winston and I were walking down Michigan Avenue. We passed a "street performer" who was playing one of those shill games. You know, a figure out which cup the ball is under type thing? A small crowd was around him including two young women. Mennonites. Hair up in buns; little white caps; long, shapeless dresses in dark colors; the whole works.

Is there a special place in hell reserved for people who grift Mennonites? And, as someone who stopped, stared, and laughed out loud, do I have to join them?

Monday, September 13, 2004

My Kind of Liberal

I lurve Garrison Keillor. Go here to find out why. Okay, okay, I also love him for the Ketchup Advisory Board and Powdermilk Biscuits and the Adventures of Guy Noir.

Busy Busy Busy

I have been a bad, bad blogger. I haven't updated regularly in a few several days. The reason for this? As much as it is a surprise to me, it seems I may actually have a real life Life now. Not just an internet life. Having a real life Life, as it turns out, is terribly time-consuming.

So, what have I been up to? My life falls into 4 basic categories: work, school, friends, and Winston. Quick updates on all categories:

Work: Is work. Not terribly exciting, but I'm getting fairly busy so I don't have much time to blog from work. I know, I know, I shouldn't be blogging from work to begin with, but I do. Frankly, I'm not that into my work these days and while I do it, I am not gratified by it. So, I don't put in a lot of extra effort. Which leads me to...

School: I view this as a means to an end. I want to get my teaching certificate and I need to take these classes to get it. The classes I'm taking this semester are not terribly exciting. But, I've got a load of reading and writing this semester, so I will need to devote some serious time to it.

Friends: I love my friends. The older I get, the more I realize how lucky I am to have them. As such, I do want to nurture those relationships, so I make time to go out with them and talk on the phone till 11 or 12 with them.

Of course, I then do homework until 1 or 2 to make up for talking on the phone. I do homework in the car if I get somewhere early. I do homework in the bathroom at home so that I am not wasting time just sitting there. If I could take homework with me to the bathroom at work without getting really funny looks, I would. I do homework on my lunch break.

Winston: He deserves his own category. I don't really feel comfortable posting much about him because I don't wanna make our relationship that public (that's why I have a load of unpublished posts about him all for my own reading enjoyment!), but he's wonderful and things are going great with him. I don't know what I did to deserve such a wonderful man.

So, there you go. Between work, friends, and Winston, I spend most of my spare time doing homework or taking care of stupid stuff like cleaning house or cooking or running errands. I'm still on WW, so I'm still planning meals and shopping for groceries and cooking. I'm still trying to work out. I haven't made it to the gym in almost 2 weeks, but I have still ridden my bike and walked, so while I am moving, I'm not moving as much. I need to get my ass to the gym this week. I need to spend some quality time on the Precor.

I promise I will be updating. I enjoy blogging (thanks, Broad, for getting me started) so I do want to keep this up. Just not sure how much. I need to do some serious reassessing of my schedule and figure out how I can fit everything in that I want to do.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

He Makes My Head Hurt

In this article Bush is repeating the tired refrain about the high medical costs being due to the money-grubbing trial lawyers (aka John Edwards). Now, our illustrious president is known for his language issues, but this one takes the cake.

At a rally of cheering supporters in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Bush made his usual pitch for limiting "frivolous lawsuits" that he said drive up the cost of health care and run doctors out of business.

But then he added, "We've got an issue in America. Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country."


I don't even know what that is supposed to mean!

Not only do Bush's language difficulties weaken his position, the Congressional Budget Office negates his position:

The estimated $24 billion in malpractice costs in 2002 accounted for less than 2% of health care spending. "Thus, even a reduction of 25% to 30% in malpractice costs would lower health care costs by only about 0.4% to 0.5%, and the likely effect on health insurance premiums would be comparatively small," the CBO stated in its report, "Limiting Tort Liability for Medical Malpractice."


(Quoted from the AMA.)

As Happy Bunny says, "Make the stupid people shut up."

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Labor Day Croquet

Oh, how I love long weekends! Why can't we have them all the time? And, if we were so lucky as to have long weekends all the time, would we begin to take them for granted and want even longer weekends? Probably, cuz humans are like that.

I ended up calling in sick on Friday. I woke up with a massive headache that I thought was a migraine. Turned out to be a sinus headache and as soon as I took some allergy meds (Zyrtec, I love you), I felt much better. I spent the afternoon cleaning and doing laundry. Had Reader's Theatre rehearsal on Friday night then went out for sushi and ice cream. Yum.

Saturday, I did even more laundry and cleaned some more and made brownies. Why the cleaning frenzy? Well, my apartment really needed it and I threw my annual Croquet Bash on Sunday! It started in 2000 when 2 of my friends began the tradition, but then they moved and their new place had no yard. I took over the event and have been doing it since 2001 (with a break in 2002 cuz I was sick). I have a very very very small apartment (about 475 sf small), so if I'm going to have a party, it needs to be during warm months so I can take advantage of the balcony and yard.

Sunday was the croquet day. Winston and I got up and puttered around a bit then I finished putting together the veggie tray and other noshy items. Folks started arriving around 2:30-ish. We chatted and played a rousing round of croquet. Actually, they played a rousing game of croquet. I never play. I do hostessy things and judge turns. My apartment is on the second floor and the balcony overlooks the yard. The spectators get a great view from up there. This year, we set up chairs and had funeral parlor-type fans with pieces of paper taped to them, numbered 1-5. We would rate each player's turn based on degree of difficulty and execution. It was fun!

At one point, one of my neighbors came out and yelled at us that we were being too loud. I honestly expected her to yell, "Hey you kids! Get offa my lawn!" Honey, it's freakin' 4:30 in the afternoon. Get over yourself.

After the game, it was time to award the prizes.

Winston and I made a trip to the Dollar Store on Saturday to pick up the prizes for Worst Score (a prayer candle to St. Jude, the saint for hopeless and desperate causes), Best Dressed (a bead and marabou feather tiara!), Best Cheerleader (stickers that said things like Wow! and Super!) and Most Contagious Laugh (big ass sunglasses). I love the Dollar Store. So much crap. And all for only $1!!

For the winner of the game, we have Wendell the rotating trophy. Wendell is a bowling trophy that was acquired for the first bash in 2000. Each year, the winner's name gets taped on top of the previous year's winner. The winner then gets to keep the trophy for the year, but they have to relinquish it the next year. Last year, it fell of my table and broke, but Krazy Glue put the little guy back together. We put a Band-Aid around his wrist where the hand holding the bowling ball came off. Wendell is very well-loved, much like the Velveteen Rabbit.

Monday, Winston and I lazed around the house. He, reluctantly, left around 6. I needed to get some homework done, and he's a distraction. A happy distraction. A welcome distraction. But, I had to read about 230 pages of a novel. I read till about 1 am then went to bed. The book is really good (Marabou Stork Nightmares by Irvine Welsh) and when I finish it (only 40 pages to go), I'll write more about it. Not for the squeamish, but it's a fantastic book.

I've had my standard one cup of coffee so far today, but I think I need another. Ta!

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Greek Gods Make Yogurt

Why, oh why, did I never eat Fage yogurt before today? In my ongoing efforts to switch to Core foods, I gave up my usual fat free fruit yogurt for fat free plain yogurt. I'm not a fan of plain yogurt, but my leader recommended Fage which is a Greek brand. It's. So. Good. Thick, creamy, slightly sour. I added some Splenda and blueberries to it and yum! And, even though the carton was 5.3 oz., it kept me full longer than 6-8 oz. of the fruit stuff. It's expensive ($1.69 for one serving carton), but it was so worth it! I think it's going to be a staple on the Kaffy grocery list.

For those counting Points, one carton is 2 Points. Add .5 for the 1/2 cup of blueberries.

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Bahama Mama Challenge Tally for 9/1/2004:

(Dear God, it's SEPTEMBER!)

Points: 31/26
APs Earned: 0
FlexPoints Remaining: 27.5/35
F/V: 5/5
Dairy: 1/2
Water: Yep
Vitamin: Yep
*****
Cardio: 1/5
Strength Training: 0/3

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Freaky Dreams

I had a weird ass dream last night that I don't think I can even fully explain. Let me just say it had to do with Nude Golfing and my friends were Monica & Chandler from Friends and Julian Bashir from DS9. I have a messed up mind.

Went to Trader Joe's tonight after class to get some good stuff for the Core plan. Think I'm gonna hit it starting next week. Still working on getting non-Core food out of the house. And, for the first week, at least, I'm still going to measure and journal, so I'll really be doing a hybrid. I do think that the Core foods are healthier and maybe cutting out the crap will help me out.

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Bahama Mama Challenge Tally for 8/31/2004:

Points: 31.5/26
APs Earned: 3
(30 min cycling = 3)
FlexPoints Remaining: 32.5/35
F/V: 5/5
Dairy: 3/2
Water: Yep
Vitamin: Yep
*****
Cardio: 1/5
Strength Training: 0/3

Weigh in was last night. Down 1.4!! For a total of 70.8!! Can I hear a big Woot?!