Consider the Lilies… or the Dahlias

29 Sep

Taken with my Iphone

Lately, I’ve been keeping fresh flowers on my desk, and today, my lovely coworker gave me this beautiful dahlia.  Things are very tense at work these days, and I think for many of us, the fear of unemployment is our constant companion – I know it is mine.  In addition, I believe that the fear of not having enough is often strongest in those who have always had plenty (that would be me).

This morning, I was looking at the flower, and this verse in Luke 27 came to my mind:

“Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!” (NIV – Luke 27:27,28).

I think that says it all.

Finish Line

21 Sep

Today is the official last day of my 30 day makeover.  Am I a new woman? Did I achieve my physical fitness goals? Let’s see what the numbers say. I lost 3 pounds (not the 10 to 20 promised) and I lost an average of 2.5 inches overall (3 inches in certain areas). I don’t have a 6-pack, but my stomach is more flat.  If I’m honest, I fizzled out somewhere around day 18.  We went to a beautiful indian wedding, with all this delicious indian food and an open bar… What was I supposed to do? Not eat? Yeah right. That’s why I have to go on diets.  Granted, I didn’t eat as much as I could have, so I suppose that’s a small victory.  Also, my social life seems to have perked up lately: I had the ladies group at church on day 22, and dinner with a coworker on day 26, a picnic on day 28… but enough about my failure to follow the diet religiously.  Let’s focus on the positive.

I can actually say, I have enjoyed the workouts. I never thought I would say that. Ever. They are hard, and I still can’t do everything, but I feel strong. And underneath this layer of padding is a lean machine. I went to the gym tonight and did 20 real pushups.  10 of them with my feet on a body ball. I couldn’t do that 30 days ago.  My skin looks really good, and the only difference is this diet. I also think my mood has improved (you’ll have to check with Mr. S on that).

So, to sum up, would I recommend this diet? Yes. And what is my plan going forward? I plan to continue to the workouts, starting from the beginning, day 1.  I will mix it up with classes I like, like yoga and Zumba (I just bought a Groupon for 5 classes for $12 – holla!). And generally work to maintain homeostasis.  I’m also considering taking some martial arts classes because I don’t think I inspire enough fear in those around me. We’ll see.

Powder Room Rules

13 Sep

Dear readers! I apologize for the week of silence. I have to write when inspiration strikes, and I keep missing my windows.  Fortunately for you, the iron is hot right this second.  Today I want to talk about bathroom etiquette. Specifically the Ladies’ Room because I don’t know exactly, nor do I want to guess what misdeeds go on in the Men’s Room.

Some of you reading this know that I have serious public restroom phobias. And despite the absurdness of some of my idiosyncrasies, I believe they make me a better bathroom neighbor.  So here are a few guidelines for public restroom usage.

Sprinkle Tinkle

We’ve all heard of the Sprinkle Tinkle rule, and I’m loathe to say that too many women seem to disregard this edict.  Even worse, I have lately found tinkle around the seat in the ladies room. AROUND THE SEAT! Can someone explain to me how this happens? We are not men, we do not have to aim from a great height.  So, please be neat and wipe the seat AND wherever else your tinkle has landed.

Rule No. 2

Rule No. 2 refers to No. 2.  If your restroom is small and lacks ventilation, don’t do No. 2. It just makes things uncomfortable for everyone.  The perpetrator has to sneak out while no one’s in there, and those who come behind almost pass out from lack of oxygen. Whenever possible, please find another facility in your building.  Try the basement, or better yet wait til you get home.

Courtesy Flush

Public commodes are notorious for leaving bits of tissue behind. Although this is hardly the most egregious of trespasses, it’s the easiest to correct. On principal, I flush twice. Maybe it’s not the most eco-friendly idea, but your coworkers will appreciate the gesture.

The Golden Rule

And finally, the rule to sum them all up: Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Simple as that. Do you like standing in someone else’ pee? If you wait too long to get up from your desk and have to run to the restroom, do you really want to run into 3 different stalls before you find one that’s usable? I don’t think so.

I hope these tips have been instructive. I’m considering printing this and posting this in the restroom here, but that might be well received.

Happy Monday!

This is my confession

3 Sep

Confession time: Mr. S if you’re reading this, cover your eyes.  I sneak and eat chocolate in the bedroom when I think he’s not looking. Am I horrible? Is that horrible? Why do I feel like I have to hide my treats from him? Is HE really judging me, or am I judging myself through his eyes? I think he’s judging me… The bottom line is, if I feel like I can’t openly indulge, then maybe I shouldn’t be indulging at all.

My regime has been going fairly well – which reminds me, I am adopting some new vocabulary words because people seem offended when I tell them I’m on a diet. I am now “en regime” which is the French term for being on a diet. And when I refuse food I will simply say, “I’m watching my figure.” I’m not a large person, I’m mostly very hippy.  And people respond poorly to small-ish people who say they’re on a diet.

As I was saying, my regime has been going well, but the work-outs have not. I mentioned last week that I injured my ankle.  Well yesterday, while performing Back Kicks with Shoulder Press – which if you’re familiar with yoga poses is like the Tuladandasana pose in Bikram only with weights- I literally felt something pop across my mid back.  I sometimes feel a bit like Charlie Brown or Eyore when it comes to working out. In any event, I will take a few days off for my body to recover and get back on the grind.  I am incredibly amazed by how much stronger I do feel.

So, to sum up, I won’t eat my chocolate in the bedroom anymore. I will eat it in the living room.

“If you are not feeling well, if you have not slept, chocolate will revive you. But you have no chocolate! I think of that again and again! My dear, how will you ever manage?”

– Marquise de Sévigné

Bon apetit!

Work Work Work

1 Sep

It has been a very busy 2 days. My parents are visiting, and there was a lot of work that went into preparing the house for guests.  I have several topics, but no time to fully develop my thoughts, so hopefully tonight I can post something with more substance.

In the meantime, while reading through the books at JoAnn’s on Saturday, I came across this quote from Edith Head, who was a costume designer for Hollywood.

Your dresses should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to show you’re a lady.

I like that. I’m going home to work out, and possible start work on another project. We’ll see. My Dad brought me a staple gun and I’m anxious to use it.

Gros Bisous!

Munday Funday

30 Aug

Did you have a good weekend?  I sure did.  It started with a Happy Hour at Roast and ended with Salsa dancing at Sangria. And it was chock full of creativity in between.  And the best part? No Workouts.  That was pretty nice.  I spent something like 2 hours reading books and walking around Jo-Ann Fabrics. Did you just hear a toot-toot? That’s the sound of the dork train I happily rode around Detroit on Saturday.

So you don’t think I really did just spend my entire weekend being nerdy, a photo for you.  My brother-in-law is marrying a lovely gal next year, and I just can’t help myself, I’m always on the lookout for cute ideas.  I saw this post for a Paint Chip Bookmark on Greenbeans’ Crafterole and the wheels of my head started turning.  My brother in law is a painter! Wouldn’t a paint chip bookmark be the PERFECT Save the Date?  So, I went to Home Depot and picked up a few paint chips, and here’s what I came up with.

Aren’t they fantastic?  Now, this is still a work in progress. I would prefer to paper punch the border, but I spent money on my new Project Runway Design Ruler for another project, so I couldn’t buy a punch this weekend.

A few notes:

1. You must use an inkjet printer, the laser printers won’t print on the paint.

2. try to pick paint chips that don’t have long names because they will cut into your print layout.

3. The ink still doesn’t set on the inkjet, but this gives you a chance to use your handy embossing gun and clear powders.  You will need to emboss as soon as it comes out of the printer.

4. I punched two tiny holes in the top for the ribbon

Eh voila! an adorable (and cheap!) Save the Date. I imagine these being mailed in clear envelopes like these.

Wouldn’t you like to get something like that in the mail?

Thanks to Greenbean for letting me use her idea!

Happy Monday!

An ounce of preparation…

27 Aug

is worth a pound of problem solving.  And poor planning is the death of any good diet.  I was at work SUPER late yesterday (til almost midnight) and I still worked out when I got home. But then I overslept this morning and had no food prepared for the day.  So what does that mean? I ate a cookie. And I really hate myself for it, but it was a salty chocolate chip cookie from Avalon International Breads that my coworker brought SPECIFICALLY for me. I don’t like to be rude, so I ate it. And it was delicious. Ah well.  I haven’t fallen off the wagon, I just took a left when I should’ve taken a right.

In other news, here’s a photo of me in my dress at work yesterday. I received several compliments.

I have some projects lined up for the weekend, and hopefully they come out great and I’ll post some pics.

That’s all for now.  Bon weekend.