|Thirteen Things about Jen
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a TT, but since I have so much floating through my head today, eh, it works for me.
1. I’m loving Tyra Banks this week. I am so impressed that a former supermodel would stand up and be honest about her weight. I love that she is 40+ pounds over her supermodel weight, still looks like a million bucks, and is not embarrassed to stand up for herself about it.
2. I bought a new scale at Costco last week. Not only does it have the balls to tell me how much I weigh down to the first decimal place, but it also throws in hydration levels and fat content. Yes, kids, it tells me what percentage of my fat ass is actually fat. And it’s a bad number.
3. I’m tired of thinking about food and nutrition. You’d think with the above comments that this would, again, be all about me. Nope, it’s all about the boys. J has hit the “I’m two and I’m not eating” stage, and A’s ADHD meds kill his appetite. So I’m in a constant state of “who has eaten, what has he eaten, was it enough to sustain him, and for cryin’ out loud, eat the vitamin, it’s a Gummy Bear!” (yes, I give my sons Gummy Bear vitamins, hush) Actually, the boys like the Gummy Bear vitamins. But I have to make sure they both eat a huge breakfast, get snacks, dinner, and bedtime snacks, ’cause A just can’t eat lunch, and J does (or doesn’t do) whatever his brother does (or doesn’t do).
4. If you haven’t tried a Dark Chocolate-covered Altoid, stop what you’re doing (including reading me) and get thee to a store. These are my new favorite thing.
5. Likewise, if you haven’t tried a Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks, stop there on the way to getting the mints. Get it with sugar-free syrup, non-fat milk, and no whip. All the love, none of the guilt.
6. You think you’re tired of hearing about it? I’m tired of living it: It’s Effin’ Snowing AGAIN. And tomorrow is supposed to be a whopping 7 degrees F. So help me, if that damned groundhog sees his shadow tomorrow, you all know what I’m throwing on the grill. Groundhog kabobs, anyone?
7. Some people are better leaders when they are not in a recognized leadership position. In case you missed it, Al Gore was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. And an Oscar nod the same year. Think that’s a first? Prob’ly.
8. In recognition of #7, it’s probably time to start living lighter on this earth. We recycle, we don’t drive a Hummer, but we can do more. I’m starting with replacing our light bulbs with compact flourescent bulbs, but only if I can find ones that simulate sunlight like Reveal bulbs. No point in getting low-energy light bulbs if I just end spending that cash on more anti-depressants.
9. I’m taking an online scrapbooking class at Big Picture Scrapbooking. I love the class, it’s been wonderful, but I am so behind on the class work it’s embarrassing. This is why I laugh maniacly when people ask me if I plan to ever go back to school for my DMA (musical doctorate). Riiight. I can’t find time to work on a class for a hobby, you think I have time and energy for classwork and flute practice? What color is the sky in the little world you live in?
10. Harry Potter comes out July 21st. And I’d link to MuggleNet, but I think their servers are down, can’t imagine why! LOL Supposedly 2 characters die in this last novel. I really do think it will be Harry and Voldemort. Their lives are so intertwined that one cannot survive without the other. But for the record, don’t plan to hear from me from July 21-23. Yes, I’ll have the 600 page book done in 2 days. The house could burn down around my ears and I’d still read.
11. Speaking of reading, I can’t remember the last time I read a book of fiction (probably Harry Potter #6). But right now I’m slowly making my way through Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads by Rosalind Wiseman and YOU! On a Diet by Michae F. Roizen M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz M.D. Queen Bee Moms is a follow up to her first book, Queen Bees and Wannabees (which the movie Mean Girls was based on). Both should be required reading for parents. I have two boys and the books have been eye-opening. YOU! On a Diet is an easy read. It should be, I feel like the authors are writing to 10 year olds, but it’s basically a review of your bodily systems and how to best use them to your advantage to lose weight and be healthy. Wish they’d drop the similes and metaphors, though, they’re driving me batty.
12. Looking back at #9, I do realize I was whining about lack of time and I’m sitting here blogging when I could/should be doing something a little more productive. I’m aware, but I’m still going to write.
13. You know, it was 100+ for quite awhile last summer. And we didn’t have the a/c on because we were finishing the basement and didn’t want to send dust through the entire house. I worked out on the treadmill in the garage (it musta been 120+; I was insane), we had all the windows open, we managed. But I don’t remember being this miserable about the weather. Grumpy, yes, flat-out pissed off about it, no. I have to drive carpool this afternoon. Something tells me I should leave early. Groundhog, don’t you dare screw up tomorrow…
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