Unconscious Mutterings

Unconscious Mutterings is a simple game of free-association. Want to play, too? Go here for the details!

Here we go. The game master says… and I think… ?

  1. Hack :: Chop
  2. Unimpressed :: Meh…
  3. Garden :: Claude Monet
  4. Saliva :: Drool
  5. Ache :: Head
  6. Elect :: Trump
  7. Format :: Outline
  8. Temper :: Tantrum
  9. Snail :: Mail
  10. Holidays :: FUN!

Ahhh… it was nice to have Claude Monet spring to mind!

On these gray and cold winter days, I am utterly grateful for the art of the Impressionist master. Studying one of his works can instantly transport me to the warm, breezy days of summer.

Meadow With Poplars

“For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.” — Claude Monet

I hope you enjoyed this entry — I really had fun probing my mind with the game!

More again soon, my friends…

XoOXoOXoX ~

Christine

TGIF Tunes!

Yes, yes… it’s that time again, kids: Time for TGIF Tunes! I’ll ask a question about music and answer it by posting some of my favorite songs.

This week I gave five answers — it was hard to choose! A lot of great songs fit this category. Want to listen to each tune? Just click on the title and it will play. We’ll have our own listening party.

Here we go…

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

1. Adele — One and Only

2. Commodores — Three Times a Lady

3. B.B. King — Sweet Sixteen

4. Christina Perri — A Thousand Years

5. Bryan Adams — Summer of ’69

I hope you like my selections. If you can think of some more songs, be sure to leave a comment and let me know!

Happy Friday, my friends…

XoOXOoOXxoX ~

Christine

Side Effects

I can’t sleep longer than four hours at a stretch right now and this has been going on for about 10 days. I know exactly what the culprit is: I’m currently going through an anti-depressant medication change.

That’s always a guaranteed fuck-me-up for at least a month.

However, I’m not going to complain too loudly, because I am now completely off a medication that was slowing down my metabolism and making me groggy. And I am now on a new med that is making me alert, less depressed and is helping to control any overeating impulses.

I’ve also effortlessly lost 8 pounds in the past 3 weeks. Color me delighted!

I think this new doctor I’m seeing for my meds — let’s call him Dr. Feelgood — may be on the right track. He’s a lot younger than my previous doctor (who retired) and seems to have a knack for zeroing in on a problem and knowing exactly what to do. I feel like I’m in good hands.

But I’ve got to get some decent sleep, you know? Hopefully things will level out soon.

Yawningly yours… XoxoXOxOXO

Christine

Wordless Wednesday

“Wordless Wednesday” is a visual blogosphere phenomenon. It is a simple blog post featuring an image which conveys a message that speaks for itself without using words. I’m linking this post to Wordless Wednesday. You may go there and find many more links for other bloggers who are participating in the meme.

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. Here is my submission for this week:


Spring Scattering Stars

Edwin Howland Blashfield, 1927

I think it’s beautiful. I hope you enjoy it, too! More again soon, my friends.

XoOXoOXoXO ~

Christine

Shhhhhh…

Look what arrived in the today’s post — she’s a Christmas gift for someone special! Fortunately the bear’s recipient doesn’t read my blog, so it’s going to be a surprise.

This artisan bear is a handmade, one-of-a-kind and comes all the way from Kyiv, Ukraine. The creator is Alla Sheremetyeva — and she has an Etsy shop if you are interested in purchasing a unique bear, too!

This is the second bear that I have purchased from Alla and I can attest to the high-quality and old-world craftsmanship of her teddies. Go to Allateddytoys and look at all of the cuteness.

Hehe. It’s starting to feel Christmas-y around here…

XoXOxOXox ~

Christine

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