Thursday, September 2, 2010


And so it is Thursday.  Ugh.  Why can't it be Friday?  I am grumpy and tired and people at work are REALLY irritating me.  I recognize it's not their fault I'm grumpy but they're just so annoying.  Two ladies in front of me haven't stopped talking since they got in the office at 6 a.m.  And about stupid things like how rappers and basketball players who rape and beat up women are just oh-so-dreamy.  Gag.  Anyhoo...Patrick was kind enough to hit me with a Happy 101 Award (Ironic that I'm grumpy and accepting a "Happy" award but I digress...). 

Don't those cupcakes look absolutely delicious?!?!?  Mmmmmmmmmmm...frosting is totally a liquid right?

OK so 10 things I like:
  1.  The TV show Dexter - OK...It's completely demented and psycho but I love this show!  The guy who plays Dexter is just so good at being socially awkward, a little creepy but totally worth rooting for.
  2. My gym - yes I said my gym.  Aside from it being way too busy, my gym rocks.  It has lots of classes but it was just renovated so all the equipment is brand new and there are TV's on everything - each treadmill, elliptical, bike, etc has it's own TV that you can hook your earbuds or even your Ipod to.  It rocks.
  3. Baseball - I played softball as a kid and teenager and this is the closest to it on TV.  When I was 8, my grandparents took me to my first major league game...the Cubs.  I've loved going to games ever since.  Watchingon TV is good too...can nap in the middle, wake up and still see who wins.
  4. Blogging - just so therapeutic and gives me something to while away the hours with at work (that's a lot of w's - say that 3 times fast)
  5. News - I'm a news junkie...I admit it...CNN, name it.  Gotta know what's going on in the world
  6. Baking - Love, love, love to bake (and of course, eat what I bake)
  7. Andes Mints - did you know 8 Andes mints has 2g of protein?  I found out this little fun fact when I learned that they melt to a liquid.  I only had 1 so I got .25 g of protein.  Totally worth it.  LOL
  8. South Carolina BBQ - that means pork (not beef brisket, not beef ribs - PORK and real bbq sauce - not ketchupy red goop), rice & hash and skin...drooling just thinking about it.  I will be on regular food and taking a trip to SC in 2 weeks and you can bet I'll be hitting that up!
  9. AZ Sunsets & Sunrises - doesn't matter which one is is...Sun coming up or going down over the dessert floor and ducking behind (or coming up from) the mountains...Beautiful
  10. Dogs - I'm a dog person.  Don't have any of my own yet (we rent - waiting to buy before we get a puppy) but I think they're just so sweet and ask very little of their human family except for love and treats
10 Fantastic Bloggers (hard to choose 10 but here we are):
  1. Lynda
  2. Jen
  3. Mary
  4. Lori
  5. Amanda K.
  6. Grace
  7. Amanda M.
  8. Jennifer
  9. Kristin
  10. Colleen
So there you have it.  Thanks again Patrick!  Still on liquids.  Still hating protein.  Tried 2 different kinds of greek yogurt...not good.  Not sure if it's the flavor or the brands.  May try it again.  We'll see. I told my sister about the lapband yesterday.  She was a little hurt that I didn't tell her earlier but she seemed to understand why I kept it to myself.  She was actually very supportive and said she'd probably do it too if her insurance covered it (she's battled her weight as well).  So it's all good! 

Went to the gym again yesterday.  I was able to do 20 minutes on the elliptical and 40 minutes on the treadmill.  Both at lower levels and speeds than before surgery but there was no pain so that's definitely progress.  I think I need another 2 weeks or so and then I'll be back to where I was.  Have a great day everybody!


amandakiska said...

Thanks for the award! You're so sweet. Us Amandas have to stick together!

Amanda said...

I am soo grouchy today too!! Cheers to that! I am really happy that your sister was so supportive. I bet you feel much better having told her AND having a good reaction! What flavors do you like? What about doing a greek yogurt with a swirl of chocolate?

Kristin said...

Hi there - thanks so much for the award! Sorry the yogurts and protein aren't working for you, but you'll get into a good groove. It takes a while to feel normal again, but it sounds like you're well on your way!

Anonymous said...

Hey! I'm not sure if you had heard this trick or not. It's the one thing I have gained from the surgery support groups. I didn't like the Greek Yogurt either. But - you have to pick a good brand. My fav is Chobani. Oykos (or whatever) is good too. And you have to stir. Stir and stir and stir. Then stir a little more. It's makes the texture more like regular yogurt and takes away a lot of the weird taste. I love it - as long as I do that. Otherwise...hate.

LDswims said...

Thank you for the award! Always such a great compliment to receive!

I always wish it was Friday...except for on Saturday or Sunday...

We are doing pulled pork this weekend and I make my own homemade purely good (and real) BBQ're more than welcome to join... :) Right there with ya on not being too ketchupy...and can't be to sweet...I hate sweet...hated BBQ sauce my whole life until I dabbled with making my own! Turns out it's so easy and way better!

-Grace- said...

Thank you, hun!!!

And those cupcakes look divine...

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the award. It's funny you mention BBQ because I have been craving it and so has the BF. I think we will get some this weekend, even if I have to wait to eat it since I just got a fill. I miss Lexington NC BBQ but I've grown to like the SC stuff too!

Bonnie said...

I LOVE Dexter too. Congrats on your award. Have you tried Chobani greek yogurt with fruit? It's a little high in sugar, but I don't care since protein high and fat low. My favorite is rasberry.

Amanda M. said...

Thanks! I'm not sure what to do because I've never been nominated. But thanks so much!

Patrick said...

That award looks good on you. I enjoy Carolina bbq too but prefer KC bbq when forced to choose. Glad to hear the band chat went well with your sister

Colls said...

Thank you so much for the award. You are too sweet! <3