With Heartfelt Thanks

“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.” — Dan Lipinski

Have a blessed day, my friends.

XOXoOXoxoX ~
Christine

Weekend Catch All

Not too much going on right now, so this post is going to be a collection of bits and pieces of things that happened this past week. Here we go…

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Are you in the mood to treat yourself to something nice? If you are in the market for shiny little jewelry items, have I got a deal for you! Lisa Leonard Designs is having a 30% off sale on EVERYTHING site-wide! She’s calling it her “Bigger Than Black Friday” sale. I tell you, I could not resist — I bought myself a dainty 14kt gold stacking ring with a tiny blue sapphire in it. It’s so cute, I can’t wait to get it.

The sale just started but I don’t know how long it will last — so if you are interested, you better hop to it!


The first dusting of snow this week has me thinking of the holidays. We’ve made the decision not to put up a Christmas tree this year because of the kitten, Zoe. We *know* that she wouldn’t be able to leave it alone — she’s just that kind of cat. She’s the 6th cat we’ve had and the wildest, most curious one so far.

None of our other cats even thought about messing with the tree. The most they would do is drink the water out of the tree base. Zoe, on the other hand, would be biting light wires, knocking down ornaments and climbing her way to the top the very first day. It’s best that we sit this one out and hope that by next Christmas she won’t be so rambunctious.

Don’t let her innocent face fool you. She’s a little pistol!


Friends, I don’t know how to say it gently, so I’ll just spit it out: My Chicago Blackhawks are sucking the pipe so far this season. We’re 6-7-3 right now and I don’t see things getting better for a while.

This week there was a major shake up in the staff as head coach Joel Quenneville was let go. He was replaced by Jeremy Colliton, who at 33 is the youngest head coach in the NHL today. There is hopeful talk going around that Colliton will be able to relate better to the younger players on the team and light a fire under their asses to get them moving.

I suggest he starts with the defense, because it’s very, very weak. Right now it’s just brutal to be a die-hard fan and watch them play.


Alright, kids, that’s all for now. I hope your weekend is fun and you get to do some things that you love. I’ll write again soon.

XoXOOXOox ~

Christine

TGIF Tunes!

YAY! It’s Friday — time for some music! I’m going to do something a little different this week. I’ll ask myself a question about songs and give three answers. The fun part is, if you click on the title of the song, it will play for you. We can have our own little listening party!

This week’s question is:

Name a song you like with a color in the title.

1. Tommy James & The Shondells — Crystal Blue Persuasion

2. Booker T. & The MGs — Green Onions

3. Prince — Little Red Corvette

I love all of these tunes. Do you have any favorite songs that mention a color in the title? Feel free to list them in the comment section!

I hope my selections get your weekend off to a great start. More again soon, my friends.

XoxooxXOOxo ~

Christine

The First Step

So I did something interesting yesterday afternoon. I went to an introductory class about bariatric weight loss surgeries.

I’ve been considering it for a couple of years now and I’d like to have the vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery. That is the one where the majority of your stomach is removed and you are left with a tube-like looking stomach.

This works for two reasons. First, you can only eat small amounts and you get full quickly. Second, the part of the stomach that is permanently removed is the part that produces hormones that cause you to feel hungry. All of that results in a fairly rapid weight loss. (Diligent patients will lose about 70% of their excess weight the first year.)

I have to say, insurance companies sure don’t make it easy to get approved for the procedure. Also, the surgeons and hospital cover every possible base, too. On average, you have to jump through hoops for three to six months before you are approved. Those hoops include monthly visits with a nutritionist, a psych evaluation, physical therapy sessions, and sometimes 6 months of supervised dieting. Women also have to have a current mammogram (within one year) and if you are over 50, you need to have a colonoscopy.

Hearing all of that didn’t discourage me. I really want to get this done. I’m tired of losing weight only to regain it again. And I’ve got so much that I still want to do in my life but this extra weight is really slowing me down.

The next step is to meet with a member of the bariatric nursing team for an initial physical exam and a discussion of what I want to do. That appointment is on November 28th.

I’ll probably talk about this every once in a while when something comes to mind or when I am in the process of taking another step in the journey. I’ll be sure to keep you updated.

I wish you health and happiness. Please wish it for me, too!

XOxoOXoOX ~

Christine

Wordless Wednesday

“Wordless Wednesday” is a visual blogosphere phenomenon. It is a simple blog post featuring a photo which conveys a message that speaks for itself without using words.

I’m linking this post to Wordless Wednesday and Comedy Plus. You may go there and find many more links for other bloggers who are participating in the meme.

My submission for this week is a digital artwork that I made a few years ago. It’s titled “The Greeters”. I’d really be interested in hearing comments on what people think the image it about.

If you’d like to leave a comment, please click on the title of this post and it will take to you an individual entry page where you may do so.




I hope you enjoy the art!

XoOXoXOxo ~

Christine

Unconscious Mutterings






Patricia, from LunaNina, operates this blog meme. She states:

“Free association is described as a “psychoanalytic procedure in which a person is encouraged to give free rein to his or her thoughts and feelings, verbalizing whatever comes into the mind without monitoring its content.” Over time, this technique is supposed to help bring forth repressed thoughts and feelings that the person can then work through to gain a better sense of self.

That’s an admirable goal, but for the purposes of this exercise, we’re just hoping to have a little fun with the technique. Each week I’ll post ten words to which you can respond to with the first thing that comes to mind.”

Here we go!

  1. Notification :: Email
  2. Vote :: Red
  3. Simmer :: Sauce
  4. Biology :: Sex
  5. Constant :: Persistent
  6. Nail :: Hammer
  7. Filter :: Refine
  8. Curls :: Shirley Temple
  9. Sensation :: Feel
  10. Strap :: Boot



My goodness… Shirley Temple!? Who knew that she was lurking around in my mind? Sneaky little kid.

Heh, that was fun. I think I’ll be doing the Unconscious Mutterings each week!

XOXooxoXO ~

Christine

A Change of Seasons

I’m just sitting here, it’s going on 1 am, and I have Zoe sleeping on me as I write. It’s cold and rainy tonight.

I took this picture earlier this Autumn. It’s the first one I had ever taken with my iPhone (hush up, I’m slow at learning new things) — and I am so glad I have it. It makes me happy every time I look at it. After a very hectic and stressful summer, I managed to capture a moment of peacefulness, playtime, sunshine and light. Zoe, on the left, and Randy, right, were finally starting to trust and like each other — that was an event to savor!

Now Autumn is coming to a close very rapidly. Jerry did all of the end-of-the-season yard work today, making sure everything is buttoned up for the winter. The upcoming week is supposed to be colder, rainy and we may even see some snow as well.

I’ve dreaded Winter in the past. Since my knee replacements, I have a fear of walking on icy sidewalks, so I stay home a lot. Also my chronic depression usually takes a nosedive in the winter, what with there being a lack of sunny days. Winter meant feeling trapped in a dense, gray mental fog with no hope of it ending until the first days of Spring.

But this year seems a little different. I feel more hopeful and at peace with the change of the seasons. Like no matter how deep and dreary the Winter may get, Spring is still just around the corner and I’ll be alright. I’m not certain what has brought on this change, but I’m rather enjoying it.

I hope you like the picture, my friends. More again soon!

XoxoOXOXox~

Christine

He’s Got It Coming

Hello and welcome to Celebrity Bitch Slap! We’ve got a real winner this week, kids.

The notorious celebrity hothead, Alec Baldwin, got his moronic self in trouble again.

According to Page Six, he was waiting for a parking place in downtown Manhattan when some guy swooped in and stole the spot. As the guy was feeding the meter, ol’ Alec went berserk and punched him in the face so hard that he ended up in the hospital.

Baldwin went to jail for the afternoon and now he’s got a court date for the charges of misdemeanor assault and harassment.

What the fuck is this guy’s problem anyway? Who does he think he is? You’d think with all the money he makes he would park in a fucking garage!

Apparently, he could get up to a year in jail — but we know that will never happen. He’ll weasel his way out of it somehow. Maybe have to go through anger management classes *again*. (That’s worked so well in the past, right?)

So, come here, Alec… I’ve got something for you…

That’s for being a creep, a bully, a bad actor, a pompous ass, and an entitled jerk. I could go on, but I am pretty sure that deep down in that black heart of yours, you know exactly what you are.

Thank you for playing Celebrity Bitch Slap!, Alec. You are now dismissed.

Next?!

Christine

TGIF Tunes!

I absolutely love music of all genres, so it was an easy decision to dedicate at least one blog entry per week to it. What better day than Friday? This could really set your mood for the weekend, you know.

This week’s selection is an 80’s tune by Marshall Crenshaw, “Someday, Someway”. It’s bouncy, high-energy and really gets you moving. I find it odd that I don’t remember liking it when it was originally released, because I love it now. I bet you will, too!

Give it a listen…




And that is your first TGIF Tune. I hope you enjoyed it!

XoXOXoxox,

Christine

What’s Cookin’?

I published this recipe in my previous blog and people loved it — so I thought I’d post it again and see if I can get anyone else hooked on these babies. Hehe.

I can’t recall where I got this recipe, but I’ve been making these muffins each fall for several years now. They are terrific – moist, perfectly textured and lots of spicy, pumpkin-y goodness. Try them and I guarantee they will be an instant hit!

Spicy Pumpkin Muffins

2 cups pumpkin puree
2/3 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups white flour
1-2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
– Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
– Mix ingredients in a large bowl in the order given, until thoroughly mixed but not over beaten.
– Fill each cup until almost full.
– Sprinkle tops with a generous pinch of cinnamon-sugar before baking (this really makes them pretty!)
– Bake for 25-30 minutes, then cool on rack.
– Store covered. They also freeze beautifully.

Makes about 2 dozen muffins

I hope you like them! More again soon…

Christine