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May 5, 2009

My mind isn’t congealing any thoughts today. So, this is what you get.

It’s raining outside. Yes, this is Seattle. It rains here. Last night it was windy too, and the rain was pounding sideways on the windows. I kind of like that when I’m sleeping. Sort of like white noise, but comforting and cozy. Overcast, rainy days are conducive to a good day at work, as well. No wishing I was outside riding my bike. See, there’s always a glimmer of positivity to be had, right?

This weekend we (my mom and I) had a luncheon to go to and before the luncheon we picked up a friend and got a tour of his beautiful gardens. They were in full bloom – rhodies, dogwood trees, azaleas, just breathtaking. Below I’ll post a few of those photos for my desert friends who probably miss these luscious seasons. (Wendy, that means for you.)

The chiropractor said I have a big ass… contusion… (on my hip) as a result of my fall on Saturday. (No, he really didn’t say it that way, I did when describing it to my Weight Watchers friends last night.) The muscles are all knotted up on the side there and somewhat swollen. If it’s not black and blue now, he said, (and it isn’t) it will be. Great. Good it’s not bikini season. Not like I’d wear a bikini, but still. Again, another positive way to look at things.

Speaking of Weight Watchers, all my precision and tracking paid off at the scale last night. I was down 1.8 and only .2 away from my next milestone of 65 total pounds lost. I was looking for any way to have the scale show a total of 2.0, short of standing there naked. I hit this point about six weeks ago and promptly sat on my laurels. Not happening this time. I also lost enough to change the first two digits of my weight, so that means I only get 21 points a day now.

This morning, I threw out the popcorn – my kryptonite. I don’t like microwave popcorn – I only like the kind you cook on the stove, with oil and butter. I don’t know how I’ve managed to lose 65 pounds eating that crap, but I have. Just think how it might go without it. Wait and see.

I’m focusing more on getting enough sleep, and enough water. We all know about water, but the importance of sleep to aid weight loss and healthy nutrition was always lost on me until recently. Now I find myself falling asleep at the same time each night and waking up at 6:05 on the dot – every morning. Who needs an alarm clock?

I am loving this Jillian Michaels book, Master your Metabolism. It’s so enlightening and is giving me extra education and insight into the right foods to choose for my plan, and finesse my eating so that I can knock off these final 25 pounds.

Mother’s day is Sunday. I have no idea what to do for my mother. I don’t have time to sew, and if I did, I’d need to finish the doggie beds for my brother and make myself some new clothes. My mother has too much enough knick-knacks and crap in her house, I just don’t know what to get her. Any suggestions?

Okay, off to work, folks. Here are the pretty botanical pictures for your viewing pleasure from my friend’s garden.


This (below) is called a Handkerchief tree – those leaves around the dark seed apparently turn white and look like handkerchiefs. My mom had them plant this tree because she saw one like it at Windsor Castle in England and loved it.


Stunning magnolia blossoms


Delicate white azaleas




This one was a hybrid they created themselves.


The kind of ducks I like. No messy residue.


Don’t know what these are called, but they are really pretty.


Happy Tuesday!

  1. shaye3 permalink
    May 5, 2009 8:34 am

    There are always cut flowers for your mom. Or you can plant a rosebush or something in her yard that won’t take a lot of care, but that she can continue to enjoy? Take her out for a mani/pedi or lunch and a movie?

    • May 5, 2009 8:52 am

      Well, she likes movies (I don’t), so maybe I can suffer through that for
      her. 😉 She lives in a condo and I gave her a rosebush in a pot a few years
      ago. Maybe a new one would work. She already gets her own mani/pedis so that
      would be redundant, but maybe I’ll get one (a pedi) for myself. LOL. Thanks!
      Good ideas! I may go with the rosebush for her deck….


  2. May 5, 2009 4:17 pm

    “No wishing I was outside riding my bike.” Symptom of bicyclism. Another symptom is pangs of envy when seeing cyclists pedal by your house. But it does make one appreciate rainy days differently, huh?

    Nice flower pix LM! The ones at the bottom of the page look like some kind of giant trillium. That’s what me and my wife think.

    Happy Mother’s Day

    • May 5, 2009 7:10 pm

      Now, David, that’s an “ism” I don’t mind having! Trillium…yes I think that’s what those are. Aren’t they cute?

  3. May 5, 2009 7:01 pm

    Love the pictures!

    As for the sleep thing…what I wouldn’t give to find that exactly right amount of sleep and set my body to fall asleep and wake up at the same time. I ALMOST NEVER feel like I’ve gotten enough rest–whether I sleep 6 hours a night or 12.

    • May 5, 2009 7:12 pm

      Hi VV – Most of the time I feel like a Mack truck practiced parking on me while I was sleeping, but the internal clock regularity thing has just started recently. I think it has to do with the change in my eating and the increase in my activity. That’s all that’s really changed.

  4. May 13, 2009 2:57 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! These photos are so wet and green and lusciously delicious.
    P.S. David would know what the bottom flowers are. He’s a plant geek. 🙂

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