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I KNEW THAT I WOULD, NOW
Oh! I feel good (da nanananana!)

I was gonna post yesterday but first I was at work (no posting allowed (ha! (I just typed aloud) by order of me) and then I was racing to the grocery store to buy ingredients for my super wonderful yummo dinner that I was hosting for my first friends and then I was cooking cooking COOKING like a madwoman, and then I was cleaning up the hot chicken bouillon broth water that I slopped all over the stovetop, the front of the oven and the kitchen floor when I suffered a lapse in judgement and tried to move a frying pan full of said water and chicken breasts with one hand and my right one at that, which is neither my strongest nor my most coordinated, and THEN I was laughing and talking and eating and laughing and talking some more with my good girlfriends until THREE IN THE MORNING so yeah, no posting yesterday, for which I apologize profusely and then attempt to make up for RIGHT NOW!

Hi internets! How are you? Are you having as good a day as I am? Doubtful, because even if you were having a good day, I bet it's not as good as mine! :D

Wanna know why? Do you? Do ya, punk?

hahahahaha!! I crack myself up.

Good thing I'm alone in the house. Not that that's ever stopped me before.

The short list of why I am happy today:
  • I love my girlfriends. I really do. They are so caring and generous and warm.

  • One girlfriend gave me that last little kick of motivation and inspiration I apparently needed and I'll be joining her at Weightwatchers every week. Say what you want about Weightwatchers, but the last time I did it I lost 16 pounds. If I can do it once, darn it, I can do it again, and now I have someone to help me without triggering my "I KNOW" reflex.

  • 2 of my girlfriends stayed overnight and one of them stayed most of the day today and helped me purge my clothes closet (OMG the relics of the 80s! hahaha! It was to laugh! Or cry, whatever) and now I have 7 large bags of clothes and shoes (6.5! Man, my feet were small, pre-children) to donate to charity and 2 large bags of same to pitch. Thank you crackly-aged elastic and stains for making some of those decisions very painless.

  • I FOUND THE CAMERA. You know, the little digital that disappeared after our trip to Scotland? Even though it didn't GO to Scotland? The one that I was so sure had to be somewhere in the house? It was, right in the secret safekeeping spot I had apparently stashed it in right before our trip to Scotland so that just in case someone broke into the house while we were gone, they wouldn't get the camera. ...pause. Ahem.

  • My family comes home tomorrow!
All day the sun has been shining very brightly in a ice-blue winter sky. The moon has been keeping us company, a little more than half-waxed. After the looting and pillaging of the closet, I waved my friend goodbye, jumped in the shower, tried a new shampoo that left Barky feeling very frisky and fresh, and went for a walk. The entire village is coated in ice. Every street is glazed with it. In some places there is gravel and dirt laid down to help with traction but for the most part, the village is just one big 1000-household skating rink.

In many places I had to walk very flat-footed, throwing my hips into a sort of waddle-swing, in others I could step out and stretch, letting my arms rotate freely from my shoulder joints. By the snail trail, 2 small yellow finches (who are actually green!) twittered up ahead of me and hopped from branch to branch just out of reach before finally flitting off into the woods across the frozen stream.

I could hear a chainsaw somewhere nearby and after I rounded the block and passed the horseless pasture, I was dismayed to see the complete dismemberment of one of the biggest, nicest fir trees in the village. It stood majestically at an intersection, and I wanted to ask the men standing there WHY they had cut it down, since it had no sign of disease that I could see, but I chickened out at the last moment and continued disapprovingly past. Maybe it was a threat to the nearby house given the many windstorms we've endured this season.

Starlight Starbright Biggest Birthday Wish I Can Wish Tonight (albeit belated) to my very dear Christina Rosalie!

Really Great Writing Out There Right Now: Still Crazy After All These Years
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mood: happy
music: Rickie Lee Jones—Pirates


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Aren't girlfriends the greatest!!?!!
I think you're right, no one's day could be as good as yours, after girlfriends!
You crack me up too. Thanks. I needed that.

I went back into the closet after dinner, all super motivated and I cleaned out 2 more bags of stuff, and THEN I organized the front hall closet and cleaned out old winter accessories (mittens/scarves/hats). Yay! Now all I have left are the dresser drawers and pants. :)

Woah, you're inspired. Actually, I think it's in the air.
I did a closet clean out the other day and now I've started on the first stack of boxes from the garage!
In the first box I found my daughter's french press. She was looking for it in her boxes when here over the holidays.
In the second box I found the $22 gift certificate from Borders book store that disappeared when I started packing to move a year and a half ago.
Wee.
You are ahead of me though. Go Liz!

YOu found a gift certificate for books?! SCORE!! That's WAY better than just cleaning out things! :D

Yes! It's not a huge gift certificate, but it will buy me a book or two. I remember searching and searching for this thing when I was packing to move, but now it's a treat to find it!
I want to run right over to the bookstore, but I will restrain myself until after I'm released from the veil. (well maybe)

How much longer?? It can't be too much...or? :)

Valentine's Day


Two and a half weeks! If all stays on schedule.
I am feeling two more bone spurs : (
So, if those have to be removed it could change things. I'll find out at the dentist on Wed. if we can work around these two or not.

I won't say anything bad about ww. They are considered the "best" of the weight loss programs with the best results. Right now I use E-diets which I really like, I've lost 14 pounds so far. Ashame about the tree, it always makes me mad to see big, beautiful, old trees cut down to make room for "progress" or whatever. Sounds like you had a blast with you girlfriends, can I borrow them lol ?

Well, you'd have to come all the way to Sweden :)

What a difference a few days make, eh? Maybe it's the great company...all the talking and laughing...until THREE A.M. But most likely, the family coming home... ;)

i need a closet cleaning party too!! :-)

She's available for 100 kronor/hour for de-cluttering and interior design. :)

Camera

Hey, sounds like a very motivating day, and I have to say -
Yeah for Liz!
keep walking, keep talking and keep typing.
great motivation. I might have to get off my butt and clean out the closet next.

Why don´t you give the camera to Karin and tell her to take one picture (just one) everyday to post on her wabsit. (i love that word) wabsit...
sounds like some kind of Yoga move.

You keep going girl.
love your Bro.
Lizardbro - JohannthelurkerMetzger

Re: Camera

I plan on keeping going! :) We'll see what to do about the camera after I have time to confess its reappearance to Anders. :P

My mom has been on weight watchers for a while and she says she is now down to her post-pregnancy weight after I was born (39 years ago!) and she has stayed at that for months. She would, of course, like to get to her pre-pregnancy weight but in her previous weight loss efforts, she would always yo-yo back up to her pre-diet weight. I think if she added some exercise to her routine, she might get there. But she's smaller now than I really ever remember her being and you can see it. Go for it, Liz!

WOW, that is super great of your mom! I hope I can be/stay that motivated :)

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