Then and Now

I keep meaning to post my before and after picture. I'm down about fifty pounds and while it's hard for me to notice it in the mirror, I can certainly notice it in pictures. The before picture was taken in September and I'd already lost ten pounds from my start weight. I look really different.

"Put Me on a Hell Ride"

The bus stop is directly across the street from work. As I was leaving today, one of the buses I take (there are four routes I take regularly) was pulling up. I thought to myself "SCORE!" No waiting. I board the bus and there are only like 7 people on it. "DOUBLE SCORE!" And then it begins. The bus turned down a street it's never turned down before. I start to get a little concerned, but I thought maybe the bus was just rounding the block. After all, this douchebag flagged it down and made it pull slightly off the main street. Whatever. But then we don't round the block. We go the other way. Someone got up and asked what was going on. Apparently there was some sort of accident. Something fell off a building and hit some people. The road was closed straight ahead. Which meant for a detour. And it meant for ALL TRAFFIC to detour. It took 30 minutes for the bus to go around the detour to get back where it was supposed to be. We sat in traffic for 25 of the 30 minutes. It was infuriating.

I hadn't planned on walking too far home from the bus, but I needed to get off the bus. I got off about a mile and a half from home, which is a good thing. There was this total white trash guy in a wheel chair at the stop where I was getting off. As I pass him, he yells to the bus driver "You goin' to Wal-Marts?" This bus doesn't, but the guy got on the bus anyway. I walked up past three more bus stops and the bus still hadn't passed me. I would have lost my mind if I was forced to sit and wait that much longer.

I'm nothing if I have nothing to whine about.

My title today comes from someone who is very familiar with riding the bus. It's a Wesley Willis song title, fyi.


Yeah, maybe Rehab wouldn't be such a bad thing

This is awesome. Amy is so hopped up on goofballs, I can't even stand it.



I'm about half way to my weight loss goal and I'm damn proud of myself for getting this far. And I learned a lot about myself, my drive and my will power this week. I thought my will power was pretty strong and in check. How else have I managed to drop fifty pounds? Well, I found out differently this week. We've had sweets in the house. The Barefoot Contessa's brownies. And I've been enjoying them. And I've also been enjoying the dark chocolate covered Altoids.

Anyway, I discovered that I thought my will power was pretty strong because I've been avoiding crap like this for many months. But it's only because I haven't had temptations like this in my house. I've had strong enough will power not to buy these things at the supermarket, but not strong enough will power to avoid them when they're brought into my house. Does that make sense? I'm pretty tired.

I ate two brownies tonight (and smeared Cool Whip all over them, too) and then felt really guilty, so I went out for a short walk, which turned into a long walk. I'm doing really well and I'm afraid this is where I start sabotaging things. I need to keep that thought in the front of my head so that I don't.

Tomorrow night is going to be hard because it's Game Night at Lynn & Lori's and it's an excuse to eat bad. Wish me luck.


It's amazing. I really started noticing yesterday that spring is here. Within the last week, the grass has gone from brown to green, the forsythia has finally bloomed, the lilac has leaves, the cherry blossom tree has gone from buds to full blooms.... All it took was a week tha started with heavy rains and ended with sunshine and temps in the high 70s and low 80s. It's still a little early for a lot of garden activity, but I can already see things growing. I'm so glad spring has finally sprung.



I try to work as much overtime as I can bear. I figure, why not. They let me stay late whenver I want, as much as I want. I've gotten used to the extra money (or extra time off, since I earn that, too), but the last week or two, the thought of overtime has been agony. Maybe I'm just burned out on it.



I'm a really bad friend. I admit it freely, want to change, but know I won't. My friend Todd has a blog somewhere 'round these parts that I barely ever look at. I'm linking it to the side of this page so that I remember to go there. And you should, too. Click on the Perhapablog link.



Wow. What a weekend. No, I didn't really do anything, but spring is finally here. You'd never know that we had a massive Nor'easter last weekend. The temps got well up in the 70s. I felt really odd leaving the house with no jacket.

It was a lazy weekend, too. I didn't work, which was nice. Did a little yardwork, took two long walks, went out to eat... Very relaxing.

Next Saturday night we're going to Lynn & Lori's house for Game Night. Ken's decided he's making the Barefoot Contessa's brownies to bring, so we went out and bought the ingredients. He's going to make a batch tonight because it's been so long since the last time he's made them. He's out of practice.

I played with my myspace and my comicspace pages this weekend. Didn't do much, but probably spent time there that I could have been doing something productive instead. I found a couple of my friends on myspace that I didn't know were there. That was exciting.

I burned the last two episodes of Doctor Who to dvd, but haven't watched them yet. Sometime this week I'll get around to it.



Took today off to be here for the plumber. He was done by 9:30am and I could have probably gone into work, but fuck that shit. It's Friday and I deserve a break. I've got about 7 weeks of time saved up at work and I better start taking some of it.

I wish I could say this was a great day off. It wasn't shitty, but it wasn't great. I tried to motivate to do stuff, but it was hard. I started cleaning, but lost interest. I started yard work, but lost interest. I went for a walk and it was good, but it took all afternoon to motivate. I think I'm sleep deprived or something and that's the cause of my troubles. At least that's what I decided today. I'm not going in to work tomorrow and I'm not setting the alarm. I'm going to attempt to sleep in, but I know Ollie will be on me at 6am, licking my face. But that's okay. He's way too cute to be mad at.


Adventures In Plumbing

I'm slipping. I haven't posted anything here since Monday. I want to try to post something every day. I've got to be better.

I have tomorrow off. The plumber is coming to fix some pipes. The pipe that the washer and dishwasher both drain into is backing up and that's not good. The tub is also backing up, but I blame Ken's rapid hair loss on that. Ken may be home tomorrow, too, which I'm not thrilled about. He's been sick since yesterday. He came home early today and is just waking up now from napping. I like my alone time and I might not have any. I'm selfish like that. And not only will I not have alone time, he's sick and likes to be waited on hand and foot when he's sick. When I'm sick, I want the world to be dead and leave me the fuck alone.

And my basement still stinks.


My Monday Afternoon

Just got back from the dentist. When I got my teeth cleaned two weeks ago, a cavity was found, so I had to go back. My face is so numb right now that I could probably bite my lip off and I wouldn't feel it for another hour or so. That's awesome.

Cinnamon Park (2nd Attempt)

I tried posting this video last night, but it never took. Hopefully it will take this time.



What the hell am I doing up still? I've been kind of sleep deprived this week and today I decided to go in and work some overtime. That meant getting up at 5:30 this morning. Normally I take a nap after work on Saturdays, but just as I was laying down, Carol came over and that was that. It's now 11:30 and I'm still up. Got no plans for tomorrow other than sleep, though I do need to go to the grocery store. I would have gone tonight, but I figure all the shelves will be bare. The threat of an April Nor'easter has driven everyone into a fucking panic. "Ooooooo, I need 8 loaves of bread just in case I can't go out for an hour because of the weather...." I hate people.



Alka Seltzer Cold Medicine makes me loopy. I know it makes me loopy, yet I continue to take it at work when I have a cold. And even though it's non-drowsy, it makes me sleepy. What a nice combination, loopy and sleepy. All this while I'm staring blankly at my computer screen. This is what they pay me the big bucks for.


Mr. Buttons

I've started calling Ollie "Mr. Buttons." I don't know where it came from, but it seems to fit him. I have a horrible history of having too many names for my cats. So Mr. Buttons better get used to having many aliases, because it's gonna happen.



I woke up yesterday with a slight sore throat, but I was also feeling icky and I chalked it all up to eating something bad. Well, I feel much better today... except for the throat. It's a little more sore. It's not painful, per se, but I'm very aware of the feeling in my throat. I need to get to bed early again and keep my strength up to fight this. I can't be sick. I'm miserable when I'm sick. Hell, I'm miserable enough when I'm well. :)



I didn't feel all the well today. I don't know what's wrong with me. I think it might be something I ate yesterday, but I really don't know. Ken ate the same stuff as me and he felt fine, so who knows. I'm feeling better now than I have all day. I'm going to go to bed early tonight and try to get a good night's sleep. Hopefully that will help.

Although it wasn't planned, I took the bus in to work today. I usually get a ride from Ken, who drops me off on his way to work. But he got up early to try to book our Disney trip this morning. He called in at 7am and was on hold for 1 hour and 43 minutes before getting through. This morning Disney started a promotion for free dining when you stay there during certain dates. Apparently everyone and their brother jumped at the offer, hence the wait time. But we're booked and I'm so excited. Going for 10 days, the longest vacation I've ever taken. When I worked in retail, getting a week off was near impossible. Now I'm taking a week and a half and no one cares. Can't wait!!!!!!


Fun Game

I originally heard of this from the How Much Do We Love... podcast. I love the idea. Take your mp3 player and list out the first ten songs that come up while in random play. No editing embarrassing songs out of the list. Here's mine:

"It's Only Me (The Wizard of Magicland)" - Barenaked Ladies Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits 1991-2001
"Inventory" - Meryn Cadell Angel Food For Thought
"If" - Dolly Parton Haloes & Horns
"You've Got To Show" - Indigo Girls Become You
"It's Time" - Linda Eder It's Time
"Delicate" - Damien Rice O
"Walking On Sunshine" - Katrina & The Waves Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Volume 15
"Hitchcock" - Phranc Positively Phranc
"What Have You Done" - William Shatner Has Been
"Batman Theme" - The Jam Direction, Reaction, Creation

That's mine for today. What's yours?



The present I bought myself for losing weight arrived in the mail yesterday. My Green Lantern and Shazam t-shirts. I'm so fucking stylish.

Vicki's plane lands at 9:45 tonight. After we pick her up, I'm going to bed. I plan on getting up at 5:30 tomorrow morning to get ready for work. Overtime can be nice as long as I don't think about getting up at 5:30.

Dane, you need to rent Muriel's Wedding.

Even though they all drive me crazy in their individual ways, there is almost no one at work I dislike.

Have you ever read a stranger's blog only because they were hot?

The cats are driving me crazy. This week especially. Maybe they sense springtime in the air and it's driving them crazy, which in turn is driving me crazy.


Into Temptation

I ate cake today. I wasn't going to, but I think I left my will power at home.

And then I had another piece. But the second one was totally not my fault. MJ made Tammy bring me a piece. She got frosting in her eye and didn't see that I already had one. So I blame MJ. Or Tammy. Or Greg for retiring.

But it was worth it.



It dawned on me today that I've been in a bad mood for a few weeks. A seriously bad mood. I'm sure if I asked Ken, he would disagree. He'd tell me I've been in a bad mood for a few years. I'm in a much better mood today and I think it's because I've I know now. Does that make any sense?

So, yeah, today was pretty good. The only thing that would have made it better was my wrists. They've been extra achy today. Not a good thing. At all.

Another thing I realized was I waste a tremendous amount of time doing nothing. The weekend that just passed, for instance, was a bad one. I did NOTHING and while I enjoy doing nothing, this weekend felt extra wasteful. I'm making a resolution to not do this again. I need to do things around the house. God knows there's plenty to do. And I didn't lift a finger to do any of it. I'm entitled to do nothing only if I get something done first. If that makes any sense?


"Cuz You Are On The Welfare"

One of the things I hate is travel planning. Ken's all about it, but I don't like it. He can sit at the computer for hours comparing rates of hotels, airfare, car rentals. Anyway, Ken had me sitting at the computer for two hours this afternoon doing this. He's going to Orlando in May for a work conference and we thought it would be fun for me to go along and spend my days in Disney World while he was at the conference. Unfortunately, it looks like it's going to cost too much money to justify me going. This sucks. I know we're going in September, but a second trip would have been fantastic. If airfare wasn't so much, it would have been a done deal. Oh well. I need to learn not to be so greedy.

I started watching the 3 part Doctor Who extravaganza tonight. The three parts are the actual season premiere, the Doctor Who Confidential, which is a behind the scenes docu about the first ep and finally The Weakest Link featuring actors from Doctor Who. I watched The Weakest Link. I think tomorrow I'll watch the rest. I'm very excited. I'd watch it now, but The Amazing Race is on and I'm addicted to that.