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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? What are you currently reading?  “Twisted Fairy Tales” by Maura McHugh

What did you recently finish reading? “Lost in a good book” (#2 in Thursday Next series) by Jasper Fforde

“Joyland” by Stephen King

“Moranthology” by Caitlin Moran

What do you think you’ll read next? “The Tao of Martha: My year of LIVING; Or, Why I’m Never Getting All That Glitter off the Dog” by Jen Lancaster



It’s not that I have nothing to say…it’s that I simply don’t have the time to say it all. Here I am, trying to slowly do a post on my Kindle, which is considerably slower than on a laptop or a computer. My second stylus since I bought my newest Kindle is tearing apart….I never had this problem with my old stylus.  What am I doing differently?
America’s got talent is playing in the background….actually it’s paused at the moment. There’s a dance act and I haven’t exactly acquired extra eyes to blog and watch dance at the same time.
I still have 10 hours of training to do before Friday since I have taken it off to spend time with my Mom for her birthday, as well as run errands and pay bills, but mostly cause I want to take my Mom out to eat and not feel rushed to get home by 1:30 for training like I always seem to do lately. I did 6 hours straight today…from 12 to 6 and honestly the last thing I wanted to do was blog, but I’m not a quitter. I don’t so much care about others opinions on the matter so much as I have to prove it to myself.
I barely slept last night. Our dog did one loud bark and I struggled to get back to sleep. As I was soon to enter slumber again, one more loud bark sealed my fate. After tossing(oh auto correct, the fact you switched tossing to reading means you know me so well!) and turning, I grabbed my Kindle and read the book on my Kindle that I was halfway through. I am now 11 pages from the end.  Two hours into reading, I stopped to go to sleep again and I did eventually… only to awaken a couple hours later to drive my husband for his weekly meeting with his boss. ~ sighs~ now I wonder how I will sleep tonight…My only comfort is I can sleep in! Thank God!
Monday evening, I went to the library after two specific books. I purposefully didn’t bring a book bag so I wouldn’t end up checking out the whole library, but it didn’t matter…6 books later, I pried myself away to check out…I told myself I had good willpower, but I honestly couldn’t carry anymore! Lol…4 of the books are 7 day loans….I’m not even a quarter into the first one, but I like a challenge. 😉
So this is what a portion of my life is at the moment….welcome inside my mind.
Oh, before I bid my bored readers adieu, I also joined a Facebook book club today that a friend started…because I always need more books added to my never ending “to read” list, right? One day, when I die, I think I will wish to be buried with all the books left I didn’t get to read….this might be an enormous undertaking, but I do wish I could just go on reading for all eternity. 🙂

I don’t like posting that I gained a little back after last week, but hey, it’s the truth.  After finally getting unstuck and down to 281, I went back up a few pounds. So to the evil number on the scale, I stick my tongue out at you! You will not win, though! I shall be back down to 281 soon and even below it! I will not let the scale beat me!

Yes, I know that I turned medieval in my speech for a bit there, but I just wanted to be honest.  It’s not fun to post on a gain, but I also think it’s realistic and people need to hear about the good AND the bad, whether I would rather hide the bad or not.  You may notice on my weight tickers to the side that I didn’t change the number to show a gain.  I have my reasoning behind this.  Seeing 281 on there motivates me to get back there as soon as possible and then lower it!  And I will because I have far from given up on losing a lot more weight. I would LOVE by Christmas to be the size I was back in 2005 or as close as possible to that, which was 250 pounds…So I have almost 30+ pounds to go and 5 months? A little over 6 pounds a month average? Do you think I can do it?  Well…I plan to try my best! 🙂 Root me on!

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Today’s Writing Prompt: First Things First

What is the first thing you do when you wake up every morning?  The first thing I do upon waking is slip on my flip flops and go to the bathroom.  I think that’s probably a very common answer for people when waking up…am I wrong?  The only thing that differs is maybe that I always slip on my flip flops before walking….I am flat footed and it hurts to walk barefoot.  I see people kicking off the shoes and walking barefoot like it’s the most comfortable thing in the world, but to me, it’s painful and I would much rather be wearing comfy flip flops! 🙂


{July 27, 2013}   Weekly Photo Challenge:Refuge

This is a repost from February 2011

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What is a refuge? The dictionary claims a refuge is a shelter or a place of protection, such as from the weather or danger. It also says it can be any place, person, action, or thing that offers or appears to offer protection, help, or relief.

This is a hard theme for me to do a photo for. I think most people jump to the idea of a house being a refuge, but if it’s a true shelter from the storm, it could be pretty much any place that has 4 walls, right? And when you add the element of danger, it makes it harder because a house is not necessarily a sanctuary from danger. In fact, for a lot of people, anywhere but their house is a refuge for them. So then I have to figure out what is my idea of refuge.

Any place with 4 walls is not a true refuge to me. It…

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Happy Anniversary to my husband! 🙂

1. What is your best secret cleaning tip?  How about YOU give me yours? Cause I hate cleaning house…I can do an adequate job when I want to, but I seriously dislike it…If anyone LOVES cleaning, you are welcome to come clean my house all you want! 🙂

2. What is your favorite food to snack on during movie night? If I am at the Theatre and am going to eat anything, then popcorn, but I try to be good and just drink water or a Diet Coke…at home, if I was going to be naughty, pizza lol….but that’s rare anymore, so I just eat my regularly scheduled meal if it happens to coincide with the movie or just drink water and watch…boring, but truth 🙂

3. If it was up to you, what would you have named the royal baby? NOT George…I love the middle name Alexander though…I would have picked THAT as the first name instead …Alexander instead of the first name George

4. If you could be any Disney character who would you choose? I’ve always been a huge fan of Aurora from Sleeping Beauty because of her name and her singing voice.  The song “Once upon a Dream” from that movie is SO beautiful! I don’t know that I would like to sleep for 50 years and wake up to my old family and friends being dead or close to it, though 😦  There’s positives and negatives to each character….and I am not sure why I am thinking just princesses LOL….I will just pick the one I think is more like me and my life…Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”…she has her head in a book constantly, which I love and it is so me.  She has had some bad in her past, but made it through….she falls in love with a Beast and tames him, then she falls in love.  I fell in love with a Bipolar man that can act like a beast at times (LOL), but I have tried to tame him…and I did enough where we got married, so hey…why not? 🙂 I am Belle!

5. What’s the most important part of a healthy relationship?  Honesty!  Seems so cliche, but so true!  NO relationship can last without honesty.  You have to be honest with each other or there’s no trust.  You also have to be honest with yourself about the realities of marriage.  So many young girls get married nowadays with this fantasy of what marriage is and when that fantasy shatters(which I’m sorry, but it will…anyone you says otherwise is dishonest!), then they assume the marriage failed because they picked the wrong one, they divorce, and inevitably try to reclaim the fantasy…..Not to say every divorce is caused this way, but too many are.  NO relationship is going to be a fairy tale.  No relationship is going to be perfect.  Relationships are a roller coaster and you have to put in work to make them WORK…They are NOT easy, but if you put in the effort, you will hopefully be rewarded. 🙂

{July 25, 2013}   One Minute to Finish

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Today’s Writing Prompt: Finish it already!Posted: 25 Jul 2013 03:30 AM PDT

What is something you just need a kick in the pants to finish?

I honestly can’t think of anything I need to fully finish…my first thought was cleaning the house, but that’s not exactly a task you can ever 100% finish.  Most of the things I am working on are a never ending task or have a set ending that I can’t exactly rush, so with that being said, I believe I will go and “finish” the book I have been reading….:) Time to get lost in a good book literally! “Lost in a good book” by Jasper Fforde 🙂


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? What are you currently reading?  “Lost in a good book” (#2 in Thursday Next series) by Jasper Fforde

What did you recently finish reading? “The President’s Vampire” (Book 2 in the Nathaniel Cade series) by Christopher Farnsworth

What do you think you’ll read next? “Joyland” by Stephen King…possibly 😉



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This is yesterday’s prompt, but I picked to answer it today. 🙂

Today’s Writing Prompt: Favorite Actor
Let us hear about your favorite actor! (Or the part he played in a movie you favor!)

My favorite actor that is still living is Johnny Depp.  I just think he is awesome, especially in funny roles, and he’s not bad to look at either! 🙂 I also love that he started out in a band with no interest in acting, and accidentally became a star through a chance audition with a friend for “Nightmare on Elm Street”. It’s awesome how things worked out!

{July 22, 2013}   No weigh in today!

Yep, I decided to skip a weigh in today due to having a full on “cheat” day Saturday when I celebrated my wedding anniversary with my husband.  I also had a ~cough~ unexpected visitor~cough~ show up early yesterday, which also hurts me when it arrives. With both things AND how depressed I was feeling yesterday, I decided it was in my best interest to just wait until next week to do my weigh in.

Yesterday was a very bad day for me emotionally.  I had very good reasons for being depressed.  If you understood my poem from yesterday, then you already know why.  If not, I don’t feel like outright saying it at the moment.  I cried more than I did anything yesterday.  Having depression and starting my period yesterday didn’t help things.  I was down in the dumps majorly, and my whole body felt like a zombie.  It sucked and I can feel the residuals from it still today, but things are a little better.  Having said this, I did not ask for help or advice because people do the “compare” strategy. I, myself, use it so I know others do.  Well, think of this situation…aren’t you lucky? Yea, yea…but another’s situation doesn’t change how you feel and what YOU feel is 100% real and you have a right to feel it, too.  I didn’t want to hear it, honestly.  And I didn’t want to answer questions on WHY I was feeling so depressed.  While I knew some of the factors, I can’t explain deep depression to anyone who has never felt it. And I can’t be fixed when I am deeply depressed.  You can’t cheer me up no matter how much you may think you can.  Sometimes when I  feel depressed, the best thing for me to do is just to deal with on my own.  I know this seems completely unrelated to my weight loss, but this is sort of background to why I’m not posting a weight today.  

After a week of getting back to healthy and by then, hopefully bidding adieu to my period, hopefully I will be in better spirits and the scale will have a good number to show! 🙂

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