Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Good Bones.

He groaned a little as he shifted and settled. He couldn't help it these days. It was getting harder to ignore, especially in the winter when he could feel the wind cutting right through him; he was getting old.

He can feel his neighbours eyeing him. Wondering why he's still hanging around. Out with the old and in with the new, as they say. He's seen the neighbourhood change over the years. Getting more posh by the day.

Now everybody just wants the newest version of everything. Coming out with new versions of every damn thing before you've even learned to use the last one. Used to be that people would fix things when they broke; now they just give up on them and throw them away.

There used to be more like him; not terribly flashy, but solid. Dependable. Oh he knows, he looks a little worse for wear, but does that really negate him completely?

He's seen so much. The stories are there to be told, if someone would just stop to listen.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Please Do Not Feed the Animal.

You know those signs at the zoo? The ones that remind you not to feed the animals? Those are there because even if they're not really hungry, if you throw something tasty down to them, they'll eat it. They're on a strict diet, those animals, to make sure that they are getting what they need from their food.

Everyone who's ever tried to lose a bit of weight knows that it can be hard to try and control what you're eating. It's especially hard when you're someone who has trouble saying no to that cupcake, cookie, or second helping of pasta. Even harder when you're worried that you might offend someone.

I'm very polite. I like to make people happy. I like to let them know that I appreciate the things that they do for me. I eat the food they make.

A lot of times, the conversation goes like this:

Well Meaning Friend/Family: I made cookies/cake/muffins/bread! Would you like some?
Me: It looks delicious! I'll just have a small piece.
WMF: Oh... come on, I made a whole plate/cake/dozen! You'll love it! Have some more!
Me: No, really, I'm sort of trying to eat healthy...
WMF: *laugh* It's not going to kill you!
Me: Well, I'm trying to lose a bit of weight actually and...
WMF: *scoff* Oh please! You look fine! Here, have another one/bite/piece!
Me::Oh. Uhm... thanks. Okay.

So I need to tell you something: I need you to let me say no.

It doesn't even matter why it is that I'm trying to eat healthier. Whether it's because I've grown out of my only pair of real pants, or because I just want to feel better, or because I want to be able to run around after my children without yelling at them to stop because Mummy can't breathe - I want to eat healthier, and I need your support.

I know that you're offering these treats out of the goodness of your heart, because you know that I'll enjoy them. I really do appreciate that.

But please; Stop feeding this animal.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Somebody Liebs Me!

I've been given the Liebster award, by Sarah at backtomycountryroots's Blog! Thank you, Sarah!

As with most of these things, there are a few things I've got to do:

“The Liebster Award is for bloggers with under 300 twitter followers and the rules of the award are that the nominee must link back to whoever awarded them, write 11 random facts about themselves, answer the 11 questions from the award giver, and then nominate another 11 bloggers and make up 11 questions for them to answer. It’s a great way for new and undiscovered bloggers to meet new people, get more followers and find some blogs that they want to follow.”

So, first things first, eleven random facts about me:

1. I really like cheesecake. The feeling is not mutual. I have to make sure that I've got nothing planned the next day if I want to eat it, in case it tries to kill me.
2. I spent a lot of time as a child hiding under tables.
3. I got my nose pierced in my first year of university, as a present from my brother. The very first night I had it, I got it caught in the sleeve of my pajamas while getting ready for bed. I had it until Beege was born and then got rid of it because she was fascinated by pulling at it.
4. I hate doing dishes with the fiery passion of 1,000 suns.
5. There are piles on every single surface in my house. I'm hoping to change that.
6. I'm currently listening to "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5. This is unusual.
7. I love making jewellery, but I don't really wear it myself.
8. I should really be doing laundry right now.
9. The first dance song at my wedding was "I Wanna Grow Old With You" by Adam Sandler, featured in the Wedding Singer. Which, in my opinion, is the most perfect first dance song ever.
10. I like having nice things, but I don't use them because I'm worried I'll wreck them. Which is totally ridiculous, I'm realising, because they're just things after all, and what's the point of having them if I'm not going to use them?
11. I'm planning to cut my hair super short and dye parts of it purple. At some point. Again.

11 Questions from Sarah at backtomycountryroots's Blog:

  1.  City or country? I would love to spend winters in the city and summers in the country if I could. I like snow and all, but I also appreciate snow plows and clear driving surfaces.
  2. Flowers or chocolates? Definitely flowers. They cheer me up, and I can't eat them.
  3. Sun or snow? Snow, actually. I wrote sun first, but the more I thought about it, and realised I don't like sweating, or shorts, or sunburns, the more snow felt right.
  4. What couldn’t you live without? (appliance) My kettle. Nothing is comforting like a hot cup of tea.
  5. Whats the first thing you do when you get up? Pee.
  6. Whats the last thing you do at night? Pee.
  7. Whats your favourite band? It depends on the situation. Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Bruno Mars.
  8. What star sign are you? Libra. We are apparently "Loyal, kind, and quiet."
  9. Do you have any pets? I had a lot of pets growing up, but none at the moment. Something about wiping other people's bums for the past seven years has put me off of other things whose crap I'd have to look after.
  10. If you could come back as an animal what would you be and why? A cat. They have it made.
  11. What is your favourite past time? Reading. I'll read almost anything. Sleeping is nice too.

11 Questions for my nominees:

1. If you could learn any one skill overnight, what would it be and why?
2. What music do you listen to when you're feeling down?
3. When's the last time you were stupid happy?
4. If I gave you a t-shirt with a picture of bacon on it, would you wear it?
5. In your opinion, what is the perfect food?
6. Go to a party, or stay home with a book?
7. Who would you most like to be trapped in an elevator with?
8. Do you watch the news? Why, or why not?
9. Servers start singing Happy Birthday to you at a restaurant: Do you cringe and endure, or sing along?
10. Name a singer/song that you're embarrassed to admit you love.
11. If you could be doing anything right now, what would it be?

And Finally, my nominees:

Shannon at Truthfully
Jodee Rose at Da Cheeseblarg
Rae at Not Just Clutter
Jenn at Elemental
Jen at My Adorable Small Town Life
Tasha at Awesomesauce and Other Experiments
Tara at Don't Lick the Deck!

[edit: It has been brought to my attention that a couple of these people may have a few more than 300 Twitter followers. I'm okay with that.]

Monday, January 7, 2013

I Resolve to Make Doable Resolutions.

Wow. That went by pretty quickly. 2012, I mean. Here we are another year older, and it feels like I got nothing done but laundry. And even that was iffy sometimes.

2013. Time for a fresh start. Time to make resolutions! The problem with resolutions being that, in general, I forget about them, then remember, and beat myself up for not doing them. Or they're so overwhelming that I don't know where to start, so I don't bother. So. First resolution: I resolve to tackle things in baby steps.

There will be no weight loss resolution this year. Sometimes I manage it, and sometimes I don't, but usually, I end up resenting the me who thought to write it down in the first place. And besides, the goal is really more about health. You know, being able to run after the children without needing a recovery period, that sort of thing. So: I resolve to eat less crap, and walk more.

I'm not going to resolve to "organise my life". That's kind of unrealistic, since my life tends to circle around other people. People who I can't really control, no matter what I write on the calendar, or emphatically yell at them while waving forgotten hats. So: I resolve to organise my dresser. It can be done.

It's all well and good to decide not to yell at the kids, but again, entirely impractical. I would have to be a saint. And I assure you, I am not. So: I resolve to work on being patient.

And the last one, the big one: I resolve that if I attain these goals, I will attempt to go one step further.

For example, once I've cut down on the crap, I will endeavour to add healthy things to my diet. Once I'm walking more, I'll (perhaps) give jogging a shot. Once I've finished with my dresser, I'll give the closet a shot. That sort of thing.

How about you? Have you made any resolutions for the year?