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Rainy Days...

I don't like driving on rainy days. I love rainy days, just not driving in them. (I think this is something I have expressed often...)

Jeans didn't ping this afternoon for some reason. Don't know what's going on there. Oh well...

I have three days to close this month and have barely started to prepare. Yikes! Sounds like tomorrow and Monday are going to be awfully busy days. This week snuck up on me and all the work came at once. That's how it always happens, though - right!?!?

Had a nice surprise today, though. A while back I sent out an email to everyone on my contact list warning about a possible virus - and got a reply back from a friend from college that I hadn't heard from in years. Apparently I had an old email address (Yahoo) and he just happened to check that one and decided to respond! I love hearing what people have been up to after not seeing them for a long time!! Anyway, we worked together when we were in college and hadn't seen one another since…


Well, there's a kick in the gut!

If you need to have yourself kick-started then go read this. It'll either make you angry enough to be adamant about your weight loss or it'll make you cry and hide away! Not so much at Emily herself, b/c she's entitled to her opinion and she is being honest - but that it'll make you realize that what you thought everyone was thinking about you is conceivably true!

Me? Well, it made me angry, hurt, sad, and then angry again!!! Angry enough to realize that I just have to take control of myself. Meaning...I need to start working out again. I haven't been good about that at all. On the food side, I'm doing well - on the exercise side I am doing terrible, which is ironic considering how I used to work out five mornings a week and two to three afternoons. I was a BrickHouse!!!!!!!! No kidding! :)

Anyway, I have the food part pretty much on track, I just need to speed up my metabolism by getting my butt back in the gyn!! I have a free gym at work, but I think I'd …


I have been watching America's Next Top Model on Wednesdays. You know, it's funny, before the first Average Joe I never watched reality shows - now I find myself watching several! Besides those two I also like The Apprentice and Average Joe: Hawaii (which is pissing me off), and I want to watch Average Joe 3 when it comes out - I think it's going to be more like The Bachelor (one of the ones I have never watched) b/c in this one Adam is coming back from AJ to find a girl for him. I liked him in AJ, I want to see what the future holds for him.

Anyway, the original content of this post was about Top Model. In yesterday's episode they got makeovers. And not your typical makeover - they got real makeovers! I mean, some of the girls didn't even look like the same person! Sometimes I wish I could do that - have a professional come in and give me pointers on what clothes look the best, how I should wear my hair, and makeup tips! Although, I have to say here, that honestly …

I was bad...

well, not that bad, but I didn't eat good this weekend. I had junk this weekend. Sunday I knew wasn't going to be good b/c I went all day without eating and when you let yourself get that hungry you end up eating whatever - which is what I did. I had Sonic burger and onion rings. Yesterday I was good all day, until after dinner last night and Michael mentioned eating ice cream - and it sounded so, I had ice cream last night even though I knew I shouldn't.

So, I fell off the wagon for a couple days, but I am not giving up. I am back to low cal eating and I am aware that I have weak moments so I am going to be prepared. I am not going to go that long without eating so that I can make healthy eating choices!! And I am going to continue to lose the way I did over the past couple of weeks...hopefully!!!!! I am not going to quit over this one setback!

Back to High School

I had the strangest dream last night - I was back at my HS graduation. For some reason we were just having it this year, even though I graduated in 1995. In my dream, I was late for graduation, too and ran in to be the last one to receive my diploma. After that I was supposed to give a speech b/c I was salutatorian (which I really was), but all the other people kept getting up to talk - random people out of the audience. Eventually all the students had got up and moved other places to sit and finally someone said, "Hey, there's still one student sitting there" - which was me. So, I got up and walked up to the podium. I first apologized for being late, then told everyone that I had a speech prepared, but that I decided to talk about something else to them. I don't remember now what my speech was about, but I know it was good b/c I got a lot of laughs, a lot of applause, and a lot of tears!

You know how people always say, "If I knew then what I knew now..." - …

Pocket Pets

This weekend at Traders Village there were dog breeders all over the we got to see a ton of adorable little puppies!! But the breeder that kept my attention was the one selling Sugar Gliders. I had never seen one of these things before - it was so cute, and so tiny!! I held one for the longest time. The first one was very comfortable being held and climbed all over me - the other was scared and spent most of the time squeaking at me until he got used to being held!! After that he curled up in a tiny little ball in my hand and snoozed!!! I couldn't believe how popular these little guys were when I went surfing for info on the net. There are breeders everywhere. Apparently this is the latest exotic pet trend or something! And not cheap either - these little guys were going for $180 (including cage and food).

My Weekend in a Post

My weekend got off to a good start Friday night (especially since I was sick all week). I drank down the DayQuil on Thursday and Friday and by that evening I was feeling better. I had a great time at the Tiara Happy Hour (and I have pics, but they aren't posted). Saturday was a low key day. Michael worked until 1 then we had lunch and later that evening met up with friends and then all went to a sports bar for a couple hours. Sunday was beautiful and it was spent outdoors. Michael, his brother, and I all spent a couple hours each washing our cars and then picked up Michael's brother's girlfriend and spent about three or four hours at Traders Village. I had never been before so it was interesting. It was somewhat like Canton. After that Michael helped his brother install new speakers in his truck. After spending all day outside and walking around we were ready to sit down for a bit - so needless to say, we didn't go anywhere else. After they left Michael and I rented a


Okay, if it works, then it will be worth it. Can't it work without making me gag, though!!!

This morning I stopped at Walgreens and picked up a bottle of DayQuil (b/c I am not going to be too sick to go out tonight). A friend had taken the NyQuil Cherry flavor and said that it tasted really good. Well, they didn't have cherry in the DayQuil, only the orange colored one - that should have been my first clue. So, I get to the office, pour out the recommended dose and down it - EEEEKKKK! It was the most awful thing I have ever tasted!!!! I am eating plain oatmeal to try to cut the taste now. Bleh! Do they think it won't work unless it makes you want to vomit or something!?!?!?

But, like I said, if it works, it's worth it - b/c I woke up this morning and couldn't hear - at all!! My head is so congested that my ears feel like they have huge cotton balls stuffed in them and I am a bit dizzy - probably have a slight case of vertigo since I have so much fluid in my head! My …


VitaStat Jan. 23 @ 9:13 BP 131/80 Pulse 94 Weight 190.7

I am having plain oatmeal for breakfast today - nothing in it, not that it matters b/c I can't taste anything anyway. Last night Michael made me homemade chicken noodle soup b/c that's what you eat when you're sick! It was very good, but I didn't know that he put pepper in it so I put pepper in my bowl - so, to be putting it lightly, my bowl had a lot of pepper!!! He brought home chocolate chip cookies last night and I took one bite of one (he was dunking them in milk) and gave the rest of it to him. I mean, you can't deny yourself every pleasure b/c then it will consume you, right!!! So, that was the first "sweet" I have had in over a week. I think I need to work out a day when I can have a dessert so that they won't be totally cut out. Maybe Saturdays - we usually eat out on Saturday so I could split a dessert with Michael (he ends up eating the majority of it when we share anyway!) that way I c…

Good Till the Last Drop

then it gets icky!!

I am taking Alka Seltzer Plus Cold today - it helps for a while. I also made me some Lemon Tea. The Alka Seltzer tastes a lot better than it used to until you get to the bottom and then there is always a little bit that didn't quite dissolve and you get a mouthful of grit - bleh!! Coulda done without that!!!

I did make it out for lunch today and Karen and I bought our tiaras for Friday's Tiara Happy Hour. This will be my first one and I am anxious to go so I hope I am feeling better come tomorrow evening.


WooHoo!!! Take a look at my progress report (right side column) - I am down 4.6 pounds!!! It's so much better when you can actually see a change like that!!!

VitaStat: Jan. 22 @ 9:26 BP 122/80 Pulse 97 Weight 191.4

Yay for me!!!!!!!!!!!!

Insalata Rossa

Today is the first day that I have been out to eat since I started counting calories so strictly. I have been averaging anywhere from 600 to 800 calories a day. We went to Macaroni Grill for lunch - I really wanted some of their tomato basil soup, but they didn't have it today. So, instead I had the Insalata Rossa - it had approximately 6 grams of fat, but I only ate half of it and brought the rest with me. I also had a piece of their delicious bread, I know it isn't low cal by any means, but it's so good and I only had a very little bit. So, I don't know how to weigh the salad on a caloric scale - 6 grams of fat (3 actually) is about how many calories - can you even figure things that way!?!?! Either way, it was a delicious meal and low fat to boot!!!


My coworker in the field office called me and said, "You sound froggy." I have a sore throat and a cough. I have been feeling the sore throat coming on for several days, but today is really bad. I thought about staying home today, but I had things to get done...if I feel any worse (or as bad) I think I might stay home tomorrow. I never get sick - not really anyway. I mean, I get a sore throat during this time of year and when I cough I always sound like I am dying, but I never get the flu or fever or any of that stuff. As a matter of fact, in school I only remember staying home once, so I never really take any symptoms that I get too seriously b/c I know it isn't really anything - but I still feel bad.

Anyway, I am going out for lunch today with a coworker and I think I am going to get some tomato basil soup - Mmm, my favorite!!! Soup is great when you aren't feeling too great. My mother used to make me consomme when I wasn't feeling well (I only like it in hot …

Got a Girl's Evening...

Michael is playing basketball this evening, so in the meantime I am going to spend some time at Target doing some browsing!! I am not a big shopper. I really don't like it that much, especially for clothes. I have always wanted a body double to simply do my clothes shopping for me (and use her $$ of course!!) so that when I opened my closet it would always be full of new clothes that I didn't have to look for and try on! I think that's my biggest peeve is trying things on. I'm not clothes shopping tonight, that's why it is going to be fun. I am just going to peruse Target and see what cool new stuff they have - not looking for anything particular! Just want to play for a while. I have to go anyway to pick up something for dinner tonight (I'm making jambalaya) so while I'm there...

I need some scrap book supplies - so I'll probably spend some time looking in that department. Our first crop club meeting was Saturday and I realized I needed something to bet…

New Favorite

Downstairs at Starbucks they occasionally sell bags of pertzels, or gummy bears, or check mix - occasionally they also have wasabi peas. I had never had them before, but they are delicious and equally addicting! I don't know how they are made - baked or fried - but I think they are baked b/c the fat content would be a lot higher I would imagine if they were fried and they aren't greasy! They have a great crunch, which is wonderful b/c I look for something crunchy when I want to snack! Today a coworker brought me a bag of half wasabi peas and half wasabit soy nuts. I hadn't see the soy nuts before - they are just

My Honey Brought Me Coffee

Did I tell you that Michael went to Starbucks the morning of our anniversary to bring me coffee???

This is a big deal b/c he doesn't drink coffee, doesn't know about coffee, and has only been to Starbucks twice in his life - two times with me last month!!! Once we sat at the one in Barnes & Noble and read for a while, then second was just going through the drive-through at the new one by my house. So, this was a big deal - he bought himself a hot chocolate and ordered me a small coffee - that's all he said, just a small coffee! (He didn't know it was tall, grande, and venti or flavors or anything...) I thought it was the most thoughtful thing he could have done - and walked in with roses, cinnamon rolls (cinnamon is my favorite sweet) and Starbucks coffee!!

I don't know why I didn't blog about it when it happened, but I went downstairs just now to get myself a cafe latte and it made me think about my darling venturing into unknown territory to get me somet…

Mmm Mmm Good...

I tried a new slim fast product for lunch today. Up until now I had only had their meal shakes and bars and snack bars, but slim fast has terrific hot meals as well. They have pasta dishes and soups. Today I had the shells and creamy cheese sauce and honestly, it is delicious!! It is very creamy and cheesy and it only has 240 Calories. For breakfast I had a meal bar that had 140 Calories and I have some fruit in the fridge for this afternoon!

Anyway, just had to share how good this was!!!

A Good Weekend

I wasn't bad this weekend, but I did cheat just a little bit! Friday night we were going to a BBQ cook-off and I knew that I would be tempted, so I had a chicken wrap and some yogurt for dinner before leaving...I was too full to do anything more than taste a tiny bit of the BBQ. Saturday I had a scrapbook party at my place so I had to have snacks available, and while I did have a cheese tray, I had a huge tray of fruit, fat free pretzels, and tortilla wraps that weren't nearly as bad - and I stuck mainly to the fruit tray (plus I had my slim fast for breakfast so I wasn't that hungry). Although, by the time the BBQ rolled around that evening I was starting to get quite hungry, but still managed to choose small portions and ate slowly so I was completely satisfied!! On Sunday we grilled for the games and by my suggestion the guys bought all chicken breasts to cook. They had sausage, too which I passed on. I did have one spoonful of potatoes and pasta to accompany my chicken…

Five Questions

Great questions Elaine...and if you want to play, too just read the directions below and leave me a comment to email you five questions!!!

1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

1) You've been to Egypt on several occasions. If I were visiting and could only go to one place in the country, what would you recommend I don't miss?Wow! This is a hard question b/c there is so much to see and it's all wonderful. It would be a shame to miss any of it, but if I could only recommend on thing, then I would have to go with the first wonder of the ancient world...The Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx (they're in the same locale so I'm still naming one place!!!!!). The pyramids are truly a marvel …

My Lab Work is Back

Well, I have good news, bad news, and sad news to report from my doctor's visit.

First, the good news: All of my tests (except one) came back normal.
Next, the bad news: My cholesterol has gone from 144 to 225 in the past year. WHOA!!!! The doctor said I need to lose weight (cut out fats) over the next four weeks and then check it again. Hello!!! I came to the doctor b/c I gained 15 pounds in two months. I eat good, shouldn't I at least be maintaining???? I guess that much of a weight gain is possible in that short amount of time!
Last, the sad news: Since I don't have any issues with my thyroid or anything else that would affect my weight, it is true that gaining 15 pounds in two months is all my fault. Apparently anything that I thought I was doing right, I wasn't.

BUT, now it isn't a matter of wanting to lose weight so much anymore as it is me needing to lose weight. Now it's a matter of quick weight gain that could lead to all kinds of health problems: diabet…

The God's Must be Crazy

When commenting on Kathy's post this morning about the weather, it reminded me of a movie I loved! I wanted to say "the gods must be crazy", which is the movie that I am referring to. That movie was so hysterical. I never did watch the second b/c in my mind that's a movie that cannot have a sequel. It could just never be as good as the first!

Health Update

After much cajoling by my mother, I went to the doctor on Tuesday. My legs, ankles, feet, and hands had been swelling - a lot. I mean to the point that if I took of a pair of socks in the morning, that evening I would still have sock lines around my ankles. This wasn't normal. Also, I have gained about fifteen pounds in the last two months alone. Now, I know I haven't been working out every day, but I haven't stopped completely and I have been watching what I eat. No, I won't really lose weight that way, but I shouldn't gain fifteen pounds in that short of a time period either. Also, I had been having spells where I would turn totally pale and get light-headed (a while back I thought this was b/c of an inner ear issue - vertigo - but it still happens) and shaky. So on Tuesday I called her b/c my ankles were not only swollen, they were rather red, too...she said that was enough, to call a doctor. I was able to get into my new GP (he doesn't take appointments) th…

Classic Movies...

Bold the movies you have seen!!

1. Godfather, The (1972)
2. Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
3. Godfather: Part II, The (1974)

4. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)
5. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)
6. Casablanca (1942)
7. Schindler’s List (1993)

8. Shichinin no samurai (1954)
9. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)
10. Citizen Kane (1941)

Ogres are like onions. They have layers!

I have seen this floating around! I haven't wanted to do it before, but today I feel like it! So read on if you wish!!!

-- Name: Hanna a.k.a. MishMish
-- Birth date: September 13th, 1977
-- Birthplace: Lufkin, Texas
-- Current Location: Houston, Texas
-- Eye Color: Brown
-- Hair Color: Brown
-- Height: 5'5"
-- Righty or Lefty: Right
-- Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Happy Anniversary

My daddy came to the states from Egypt 30 years ago today - and married mother that same year...though he didn't become a citizen until about 3 years later!!! His brother was a travel agent and when he booked daddy's flight he told him the flight would be empty b/c it was a Friday and a lot of people don't want to fly on Friday the 13th.

London, Texas

On the way up this morning someone said it looked like London outside this morning...after I got into my office someone else said the same thing! Well, I don't know about all that, but I know I am engulfed in fog this morning!! I can't see anything outside today! Driving in this morning it was so thick I thought about just waiting it out and coming in later - of course, I didn't!!

We watched Average Joe last night. The first one was good, even though normally I don't like reality shows, so we decided to watch the 2nd one, too. This time, though, I think the Average Joes aren't going to stand as much of a chance, b/c they are bringing in about 8 way-above-average-joes to compete for the girl and if you saw the first episode then you'll agree when I say I think she is going to jump at these new guys. She was PISSED when she first saw the Average Joes get off the bus! I mean, there was so much editing going on when she went out the room it was just one long bleeee…

Another Birthday Already


Someone explain it to me...

because I don't understand how gambling is worse than drug abuse. Pete Rose was banned from baseball for life b/c he gambled on the game; however we have hundreds of players that repeatedly abuse drugs and yet they continue to get 2nd chances. Now, I am not saying what he did was right or excusable, but c'mon! Why don't they ban some of those repeat drug offenders (uh, maybe b/c there wouldn't any athletes left in professional sports!!).
I am a big sports fan and I don't want to see any of the organizations ruined, but isn't that was repeated drug use does!?!?!?!? Pete Rose gambled while he was manager, not while he was a player - and he is a Hall of Fame candidate for his playing. No, I am not "rallying in support" to let him in the hall of fame, I am just trying to be realistic and fair. I don't think he should have been banned while players (too many to list) continue to get chance after chance when they are caught using illegal drugs. Drugs ki…

Yucky Weather; Yucky Mood

Ugh, I hate having to be at work when it's like this outside. This morning I wanted nothing more than to turn off my alarm clock and go right back to sleep. I didn't have a good night's sleep to begin with b/c I spent the first part of it coughing...then have crazy dreams that make me toss and turn all night...then this morning I wake up to the rain. Now we all know the best thing to do when you wake up to rain is to go back to sleep!!! I love bad weather when I can stay in and watch it! So, I have been in a funk all day! I went to the mall during lunch b/c tomorrow is Michael's b'day, otherwise I think I would have napped at my desk. Then had a not-so-good veggie plate from downstairs. My only consolation about today is that it can only get better!!! I made myself a nice cup of hot tea and am awaiting 5:00 (which doesn't seem to want to get here!)...


I am trying to be good about drinking enough water during the day, but I don't like lukewarm water so I am drinking ice water and it's making me shiver!!!'s cold!

For Kathy:

Pilates is going well!! Every time I get through with a workout I start feeling all tall and trim!! I still get that bit of a head rush b/c the blood starts really flowing! The only real negative thing about it is that my neck also starts to hurt.

To be honest, though I didn't do it Monday or Tuesday, but tonight I am - no excuses!!! My biggest problem area right now is my hips and this workout does a great job in that area. In all areas actually! I found a pair of jeans the other day that I can no longer get into so they have become the official "Old Jeans"! My goal is to be able to get into them. I am not going to set a deadline (though summer is pretty realistic) b/c I want to be able to concentrate on each day individually. I have found that is a big part of my problem. I think I start looking too far into the future about what I am going to do instead of doing it!!!

For Kathy:

Pilates is going well!! Every time I get through with a workout I start feeling all tall and trim!! I still get that bit of a head rush b/c the blood starts really flowing! The only real negative thing about it is that my neck also starts to hurt.

To be honest, though I didn't do it Monday or Tuesday, but tonight I am - no excuses!!! My biggest problem area right now is my hips and this workout does a great job in that area. In all areas actually! I found a pair of jeans the other day that I can no longer get into so they have become the official "Old Jeans"! My goal is to be able to get into them. I am not going to set a deadline (though summer is pretty realistic) b/c I want to be able to concentrate on each day individually. I have found that is a big part of my problem. I think I start looking too far into the future about what I am going to do instead of doing it!!!



Drink Up

I am fighting a cold. Not a major one, just a little one. Michael came home from the deer lease with one and of course passed it on to me. This morning I woke up feeling like I had been drinking razor blades. My throat hurt so badly. After a while it eased, though. Then on the way to work this morning my mother called to check on me. She and daddy came to have lunch with me and I told her that I hadn't been feeling well. She told me to be sure and drink plenty of water. Mother was a nurse and always told me to drink lots of OJ, take Vitamin C, and eat soup when I had a cold. She had never told me to drink water before. So, today I did a search on drinking water to help fight colds - there were several articles that said to drink plenty of water, including this one. Of course it makes sense. You need to drink lots of fluids when you are sick, but in the past it has always been juice or soup. I just thought it was funny this morning that she told me that for the first time in 26 yea…


I like to read People Magazine and yesterday I picked up this week's issue. On the cover was this story. I found it a pretty interesting read and real. None of these women did anything that I couldn't do myself. And one of them even has a celebrity for a sister. Now we all know that celebrities have all those secrets that we don't and have access to doctors that work magic to make fat disappear, right?? Well, that's not what she did. She worked hard...and that's what we have to do, too. My sister in law has lost over 100 lbs in 2003 b/c she cut back on what she was eating. She also got a new job where is moving more, but primarily it was the cutback on her food intake that made the difference. My sister lost about 30 lbs last year...doing the same thing. They didn't take miracle drugs or have surgeries or do anything that I can't do myself! I am not going to make a New Year's Resolution to lose 30 lbs. Resolutions never come true!! I am just go…

Ah...A Spa Moment!

Guys beware - chic post ahead!

I keep a couple prodcuts from Bath and Body Works in my office. I have couple different bottles of lotion that I use often. Every once in a while, though, when I really feel like I have to get away from my desk I head to the bathroom sink with my jar of Body Scrub! I use it on my hands and thoroughly scrub and massage them under the hot water for a few minutes then, back at my desk, I lotion them with Body Butter (heavy cream for your hands). It really is very relaxing and takes my mind off of whatever is on my desk for just a few moments. It's all great therapy for your hands, especially during the winter when they dry out so bad! I like Sweet Pea fragrance - it smells really clean!

New Year's Resolutions...Take 1

I never really make New Year's Resolutions b/c I don't really keep them. Though this year I think I might try to.

So...first New Year's Resolution: I am going to shop for Christmas BEFORE December!! I want to have it all done around Thanksgiving this year! It was terrible this year. I was shopping the day before for presents this year - I don't want to do that again. I don't really like to shop as it is and having to fight crowds and rush around to find that perfect gift doesn't make it any better!

Okay, that's the only one that I am going to make for now. I don't want to overload myself on resolutions or anything!! (Really I just decided about an hour ago this was what my New Year's resolution was going to be...)


The holidays are over. Hard to believe they have already come and gone and it's 2004 now! Maybe now the plants in my office will start looking better! I haven't been here enough to keep them 100%!!

2003 was a really good year, though. There were ups and downs of course, but on the whole there were a lot more good times! I am looking forward to going into the new year.

New Year's Eve was spent running around Houston w/ friends. New Year's Day we had lunch at my parents' house. Then Friday morning mother and I headed up to East Texas for the weekend and Michael went to the deer lease for the last weekend of deer season.

Today things are rather quiet in the office, much to my surprise. Close was last week so I am not having to rush around to get things done by deadline. Rather I am taking today to clean up a bit. I have some reports to run that I should have run last week, but other than that it's business as usual! My boss is out today, too so I'll be able to …