Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Random Thoughts

I suppose it would be considered churlish of me to complain about the weather, but I'm going to do it anyway.  G'ma was cold as we left the pod-castle this morning.  "Mommy, it's in the mid-60's and it's January," was met with "SO??? It's cold."

I could wax eloquent about how frail she is getting.  Instead, I'm just going to agree with her.  It's dreary and rainy and cooler than it ought to be.

There, I've said it. I will move on.
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This is a slow sports week for my boys.  They are on tenterhooks, following every scrap of information as their 49'ers head toward the Super Bowl. For those of you unable to add your own two cents to the water cooler patter (and you know who you are), here are the highlights: the coaches are brothers who always look ready to surprise the other with a noogie.  No, the Patriots are not playing, the Baltimore Ravens (actually the faux-Cleveland Browns, but that's another tale for another time) apparently will be carrying out God's plan as they swoop to victory on Sunday.

That's Ray Lewis's story, and he's sticking to it.  Personally, I'd like to think about that being as having more important matters to tend.... although maybe Ray's church of football is across the street from Annie Savoy's Church of Baseball.  I wonder....
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Slow progress can impede the best of intentions. Pedicure to pedicure, my neighbor and I commiserated. She'd been on Weight Watchers since October. She'd only lost 14 pounds and she was discouraged.  Having hauled my achy hip up onto the massage chair with movements that were the antithesis of grace, I shared her pain.  Two years on and I'm still creaking along.

But, as I reminded my new friend that one pound per week will be 52 pounds next October, that slow and steady wins the race, that you have to set achievable goals and be satisfied with the interim steps, that she was trying and that was the main thing, I realized that one year ago I needed two hands to get one leg up there with me.

She never knew she was a mirror
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The back-to-back freezing nights last week took a toll on my plants.  The lantana are shells of their former selves, droopy and brown and matted.  I knew better than to leave the adenium out in the chill, and its soggy trunk fills me with remorse.  The theoretically-evergreen Mexican Bird of Paradise is leafless and an interesting shade of ecru.  It bends, so it's not dead, but if this is livin'.....

I would take pictures for you, but it's too ugly out there (cf paragraph 1)
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6 comments:

  1. It is cold, but it will be Arizona Hot before we know it. Tell your neighbor to stick with Weight Watchers, I have been a member since last January and I have lost 54 lbs and my husband has lost 60 lbs. It is slow going, but I keep at it. You, dear lady have done so well in these past two years. Keep walking, your head high, your back straight.

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    1. Ellyn, you and your husband are the living embodiments of slow and steady wins the race. How lucky you were to have your spouse along for the ride. You had your own personal cheering section...kind of like you denizens are for me in my recovery.

      Thanks for the kind words.
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  2. I agree with Ellyn about WW. I'm on it too and have lost 20 lbs. It's totally worth it and the right way to go. And you are right, WW advises losing 1 - 2 lbs a week; so in no time, the weight-loss will add up. It's also hard to stay on track over the holidays. That was my problem.

    It's supposed to be in the mid-60's tomorrow in DC; and I'm so looking forward to it. We are supposed to also have severe thunderstorms.

    I have a hard time getting interested in the Super Bowl when it isn't my team. I'm glad hockey is back--even if it's a shorter season.

    Happy Tuesday.


    Megan xxx

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    1. You are looking forward to that which annoys me :) Both hockey and 60's and rain are on my Oh No Not Again list :) But, for you, Megan, I will be thrilled <3
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  3. G'ma kept the weight off with WW, too, as her middle age spread tried to grow out of hand. It's a lifestyle change and that's what we were bemoaning. We want the results... and we want them NOW!!
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  4. Our weather in the Willamette Valley has been one foggy or rainy day after another for weeks. I got a nice break in Central Oregon but it was cold there pretty snow or not. I am ready for spring. No, I'm ready for summer. It's a long way off. Your post makes me wonder how our plants are doing around the Tucson pool. We have renters in there and they aren't complaining as they said it would be worse where they came down from. They also let us know the dryer went out which requires a new one arranged long distance. In changing the cover on one of my eBooks, I had the publishing program at Amazon lock up. Not sure when that'll work again and in the meantime the book may look available but not be. The uy who helps out with anything that goes wrong in Tucson was at the doctor's office today with something wrong...

    Maybe this is a time to whine ;)

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