Where art thou, Romeo?

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I do apologize for not writing sooner! I have been rather busy with having went on “vacation” and the holiday that just passed. By “vacation” I mean no work, but definitely no laziness. I like my time to be lazy, which is what I’ve been doing as much as possible since I got back from said vacation other than work. And which is why I haven’t blogged. I know, excuses excuses.

When you go on vacations (away from home—to other states) sometimes you realize how much you dislike where you live. I went away to another state that was just different. I’ve lived there before and didn’t miss it until I moved to the “big city”.

Isn’t that how it always works?

It was quiet there. Peaceful. Wide open spaces. I enjoyed it.

I got back home and it was just…loud and irritating for some reason. No wide open spaces to be seen.

But then I start thinking– in every place you go, you will find some flaws to it. Everything and everywhere has flaws.

So I am thankful (I know it’s a bit late for this post) for what I have now. My home, my family, my friends, my possessions that make life a bit easier every day. And even though those things are not glamorous, they are still MINE.

Sorry this post wasn’t about finding my Romeo, but I had to get your attention somehow. ;D

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Some days are like Crisco

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Some days I really feel like a giant tub of lard. Like Crisco. Or a bowl of bacon fat.

Not every day. Just some days.

Like today. Like right now.

Maybe it’s because I’m wearing a bunch of clothes. Because it’s in the 40s outside.

Or…

Maybe it’s because I saw my already thin friend do a “before and after” picture of her before and after she started a certain exercise program.

Now she’s thin-NER and getting abs/fit.

Not fair.

One day I hope that I can find a diet and exercise regimen I actually enjoy and don’t get burned out on. And where I can still eat.

One can only hope.

Funny–how my last post revolved around food.

Now I don’t even want to look at food.

Must be a love-hate relationship. Damn.

C

A minute on your lips, forever…you know the rest

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I love food. All kinds of food.

My days revolve around food- mostly for nutritional value, but then again who am I kidding?

I love the taste of food.

When I’m home, I plan meals and after I’m done eating I start planning the next one.

When I’m working, I don’t think about food nearly as much, but I still think about it. Especially when my stomach feels like a gurgling vortex of starvation.

Now, I am one of the “lucky” ones who suffers from sugar lows if I don’t eat. Especially after inhaling a cup of coffee.

So?

Does our world revolve around food?

Think about all of the obese people out there. Then think about all of the people out there with eating disorders.

Both of those are heavily food related. Either eating too much (like me I guess) OR eating not close to enough. And yes I know eating disorders are in the category of mental disorders.

Larger people sometimes eat their feelings (I’ve been guilty of this in the past) because they THINK they are “fat”. Thinner people don’t eat because they have the fear of getting “fat”.

Both S-U-C-K. Neither are healthy. Both have so many health risks.

Of course obesity can run in the family, but still.

So I guess food can be both a blessing and a curse.

I mean, cupcakes, sodas, and potato chips are definitely curses- once they end up on your hips. Or clogging your arteries.

But damn they taste good.

So there, I’ve confessed- I love food. It’s the bees knees, the cat’s pajamas, the tits, and any other catch phrases you can think of.

Come to think of it…not real sure why I wrote this blog…

Happy Veterans Day, btw. Thanks to all who have served this country. Seriously, thank you.

C

Bar observations

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Tonight while out with coworkers and our friends, I noticed some semi-humorous behavior that I doubt people know that bystanders see.

I see things a lot of people don’t know I see. That’s the funny part about being out in public- you just never know who’s looking…

1) My managers’ girlfriend would sneak a kiss obviously on his lips when she thought girls were paying him too much attention- even though none of us were hitting on him in the slightest.

2) A girl who used to work at my location sat between her girlfriend and her male ex lover (also coworker that moved locations) and flirted shamelessly with him. I noticed girlfriends’ reactions.

3) How much guys can be nerds/dorks but still be sexy at the same time. Must be the passion behind their nerd talk. Star Wars, anyone?

4) My gay BFF has finally crossed the threshold of physical contact with me. Hands constantly on my arm and leg in a loving way (not romantic) while conversing and it didn’t bother me one bit.

5) The table next to us was such an odd mix that they didn’t look like they belonged together. They probably thought that about us.

6) I don’t like gin martinis. Apparently you need to enjoy the taste of gin in order to. Oops.

So there ya have it. Next time you go out, take a look around. You’ll see some interesting stuff.

C

Something different: Connecting my dots

I started following The Daily Post a few weeks ago and honestly didn’t read too many of them. I decided to change that today by actually blogging about a prompt they put up.

This made her smile.” For some reason, this sentence (taken from page 82 in Blood and Chocolate) gives me a romantic vibe. I don’t really like that because I’m not a very romantic person at all. In fact, when I was younger and had little boyfriends or you could say crushes and they would give me presents like boxes of chocolate or something, I would give them back. Now I understand the look on their faces when I did that. It was mean and insulting, but hey I was young and had no idea how that whole thing worked. Now I do.

So this sentence could either go like this…”The young woman had finally caught the eye of the stud next door. This made her smile.” OR…”The young woman had finally been chosen as the team’s head LMT! This made her smile.”

I don’t know. I kind of like the first one better because if one of my goals had come true then I would not only be SMILING, but also jumping for joy, screaming, smiling, telling everyone I knew, and so on.

If you think about it, there are a lot of things that make people smile. But what kind of smile is it? A genuine teeth-showing smile or a toothless smile (grin)? I guess I’ll assume it’s a teeth-showing smile. Am I over-thinking this too much? HA! Nah…

Things that make me genuinely smile:

1. food

2. when I win an argument

3. seeing friends

4. when my dad picks on me (I pretend to hate it)

5. when my mom calls me to talk (not rhetorically bludgeon me)

6. my dog

7. getting a text from someone you’ve been meaning to talk to

8. buying presents that I know that person will love

9. getting 100% on an exam

10. when someone tells me they love me

 

So I guess I am a sucker.

I can live with that…

C

Thank you

Well as usual I ate way more than I should’ve today and loved every single minute of it. From the fried turkeys to the pecan pies, everything was absolutely delicious.

Besides the food, I enjoyed visiting with my family that I don’t see as often as I’d like. I must have one of the most entertaining families ever. We are all unique and bring something special to the mix when we get together. They really do crack me up. The stories they tell and the way they tell them are priceless. They keep a smile on my face.

I am truly thankful for my family. I can’t tell you where I would be or what type of person I would be today without them.

XoXo
-C-

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

In exactly 1 week people will be opening their doors to kids cheerfully saying “trick or treat!” with their eyes sparkling with the hope that you’ll fill their plastic pumpkins full of delicious candy. That’s not the only holiday October is known for. Besides Breast Cancer Awareness month, October is also the month of National Popcorn Popping and a variety of others.

I can honestly say I got in the spirit last week. I popped a bag of popcorn. It was great.

I felt since Halloween and Breast Cancer Awareness take up most of the spotlight in October that I should research a few other holidays that no one gives any credit to. Of course Breast Cancer has a right to have it’s own month since it’s a spawn of Satan. Moving along…

October:

  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
  • American Pharmacist Month
  • Apple Jack Month
  • Awareness Month
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Clergy Appreciation Month
  • Computer Learning Month
  • Cookie Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Eat Country Ham Month
  • International Drum Month
  • Lupus Awareness Month
  • National Diabetes Month
  • National Pizza Month
  • National Vegetarian Month
  • National Popcorn Popping Month
  • Sarcastic Month
  • Seafood Month

Crazy, huh? I would like to know when these became special enough (besides the medical related ones) to have their own month. Cookie month? Seafood month? I can tell we like our food groups. I actually ate seafood tonight so I am definitely feeling the spirit. Fish and crab cakes. Mmm, good.

Read more about the interesting holidays and such in October here.

When Halloween comes, if I’m not working, I will be patiently waiting in my living room with a bowl of candy for the little children who decide to visit. My dad informed me that I will be busy since apparently cars full of “poor” kids will be dropped off in the wealthier (we aren’t even close but our neighbor is) neighborhoods. People, or I should say the parents, have no shame. If any of them give me any trouble I’ll dress up like a scary figment of their imagination. That’s mean though. Maybe I’ll just throw on a mask.

I mustache you a question. Are you jealous of my bushy eyebrows?

Or turn the porch light off and engorge myself in the leftover candy bowl. The worst thing of all would be to fill the bowl with fruit instead of candy. The children would be running and screaming from my house. Muahahahaha!

Decisions, decisions.

Happy Hump Day!

-C-

There’s something about fall

Fall is my favorite season because…

A Louisiana Fall

1. the colors of the changing leaves are just breathtaking

2. the temperature changes from scalding to tolerable. Dare I say…enjoyable?

3. there’s some sort of giddiness present in the air that you can’t miss and can’t resist joining in on

4. the clothes in the back of your closet or in bins under your bed get to come out and play. Hello cashmere, oh how I’ve missed you

5. the day when you can dress up as whatever you want without being harshly judged is right around the corner. Slutty? Why yes, thank you

6. the holidays give you an excuse to eat yummy, artery clogging foods that I’m sure would normally be a giant no-no otherwise

7. there’s an excuse to go wild and buy tons of presents for yourself…oops I mean other people

8. trips to family get-togethers soon packs your schedule and you actually like it

9. those few extra pounds you put on from all of the previously mentioned yummy foods are able to be covered up without any extra effort. Good bye Spanx, hello freedom

10. the major holidays means vacation time. Hmm, where should I go this year? Hawaii or… Hawaii?

Because of how beautiful it is outside, I think I will go walk my dog. Like actually walk her.

-C-

A quick excursion down to New Orleans

Everyone has to do it at least once in their lives. New Orleans has been a city gossiped about for centuries, with reason of course. Today my dad and I took a quick trip down to “The Big Easy”. The drive went well and was only an hour and a half. Thankfully.

The sun was shining, the heat index was increasing, and the people were friendly. Even though I look like a baked chicken right now, I had fun.

Walking a few blocks from a nice (and reasonably priced) parking lot, we made our way to the French Quarter area. I must say, for a hurricane just passing through there, I didn’t notice at all. It looked as beautiful as ever. I loved the greenery hanging from every balcony, the trees on every block. It was just gorgeous. I know, I know…it’s hard to believe since it’s the Mardi Gras party city once a year, but it’s true. We didn’t make our way down to Bourbon Street. That’ll be for another trip. Possibly one WITHOUT my dad so I can taste the local…cuisine.

We did however visit the French Market. Even though there weren’t a lot of tourists around town it looked as if all of them were in that one strip of sidewalk. I did enjoy checking out all of the different booths and interesting people who ran them. I could spend quite a few bucks in there. Yep. We decided to high tail it when a foreign guy followed us around for a little bit trying to sell us items. No means no.

After that, sweaty and hungry, we landed at the Gazebo Cafe which is a lovely outside restaurant with the most delicious muffaletta’s ever! And they have jazz bands playing too which gives it the right atmosphere. If you visit NOLA, you must try one. And when I say one I clearly mean a half or a fourth of one because they are huge! I could only eat a fourth. I know, I’m a wuss. Our waiter was an interesting little guy until he called me my dad’s wife. Eww. Sadly, that happened twice today.

After finishing our delicious sandwich, we strolled on to the candy shop a few feet away and scrounged us up a couple award-winning pecan pralines. I must say, they tasted GOOD.

Even though I would have liked to have visited Bourbon Street and a few other areas, I did enjoy our short trip. They had tons of adorable hotels to stay at right in the midst of the French Quarter if you do plan to make a weekend of it or whatever. I do plan on going on a haunted cemetery tour of New Orleans sometime soon. That’s right up my alley.

So if you’re ever down in the deep south of Louisiana you should totally stop by. Parking is cheap, the food is great, the atmosphere is 1 of a kind. You will enjoy it, but I do warn you…if you go around a holiday be ready for a crowd. But you already knew that. 😉

-C-

How to get what YOU want

I am really beginning to like the Oprah magazine newsletters I get in my e-mail. Although I don’t read them all, some do catch my eye. This one in particular did today. The title of the article was 4 Steps to Aha!: How to Figure Out Exactly What You Want. I started to read it thinking it was going to be something complicated and/or expensive, but it turns out it’s not. The author Martha Beck said there are 4 steps to figure out what you want and to get what you want. I thought this would be a good way to start off your work week…

When you look at these steps they don’t seem to be that tricky if only you focus and concentrate on what you want. It seems I am always wanting something I can’t have. One of the hardest moments in life sometimes is finding out exactly what you want. Kind of like when you’re hungry…you know you’re hungry, but you just can’t seem to pinpoint what exactly you want to eat. It frustrates you making you get irritated and at times so irritated you scream or throw things and then pout.

This is a summary of the article. The full article is here http://www.oprah.com/spirit/How-to-Figure-Out-What-You-Want-in-Life

I figured if you didn’t want to go exploring on the internet, I’d bring it right here to you.

Step 1: Pushback– the moment when you start complaining about something. You need to figure out what exactly you are complaining about. Figure out the flaws in the issue precisely so that you can eliminate them or accept them. “The more specific you are about what upsets you, and why, the clearer you can make your desires.” said Martha. This makes perfect sense if you think about it. We get mad at least once everyday and then complain about it. That’s human nature, but figuring out what exactly is making us mad opens the door to getting over it.

Step 2: Possibilities– After you’ve complained about the Pushback, use your imagination to put yourself in a different environment or situation. Like if you don’t like being stuck at home on a Saturday night with no vehicle imagine you’re in a different city doing something you like or whatever. For me, it would be New York City and I would be roaming the sidewalks of Central Park. “Each time you feel your Pushback, ride that energy and use it to imagine outrageously awesome Possibilities” Martha said.

Step 3: Preferences– “If you stay loose and relaxed as you’re conjuring Possibilities, you’ll notice that some of them leave you feeling intrigued, curious, a bit lighter” said Martha. Focus on exactly what your preferences are. Having feelings, like curiosity, will draw you into finding out more information about that specific want allowing you to see all of the possibilities.

Step 4: Pinpoints– “If you’re playful and patient, the Preferences forming in your consciousness will eventually become clear enough to describe in words” Martha said. This will allow you to pinpoint exactly what you want. For example, instead of just wanting food you’ll want a turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato, salt, pepper, mayonnaise, and mustard on toasted bread with a side of potato chips and a Coke. Now of course my examples are not the biggest life dilemmas you’ll come across, but you should begin to see what she’s talking about. After you have pinpointed what you want, sit and ponder it for awhile, asking yourself, “what would be even better than that?”

I know I added in a few quotes, but I felt I was not able to explain these steps as well as the author. Go figure! I hope these steps hit home and make you realize what exactly you want in life so that you may be happy and fulfilled some day!

Happy Monday!

-Candice-