Friday, July 11, 2008

Dog days

It's been a while since I posted. I'm supposed to be workin on my dissertation. It isn't easy going. I'm leaving for seattle next week and I close on my house at the end of the month. All in all this has been a busy summer.

For more info on this past week see:


Monday, March 17, 2008

Weight Loss

Ok. This is not what anyone thinks... Well it might be I don't know. This is NOT a plug about a new diet, or about me trying to lose weight, or about my weight loss goals. This is actually a Bi*ch session.

Hmm. Ok. Yes I am trying to lose weight - but then again what American isn't. This country has become so obsessed with weight. Am I fat? seems to be the question on everyones mind - however nobody is addressing the am I too thin question..

I remember in middle school and high school we had classes about health and eating right. All classes included the obesity issues - but they also talked about anorexia and bulemia. I fear that with the focus being on getting children and adults healthy we are neglecting the children who are the right weight and they are starting on that dangerous road to being too thin.

Ok - what started this rant. I'll explain. I have been looking at healthy ways to start a life style change. One big way for me will be to curb my calorie intake. However, I want to do this the right way to make it a life style change not a yo-yo diet. I have been doing research on how to calculate the number of calories a person needs for basic body function based on height, weight, age, sex, and activity. I have discovered that for me I need about 2400 calories a day to maintain me at my present height and weight. So for me to lose weight based on what I have looked I could drop to about 2000 calories and need to start exercising. None of this is news to me. I've been taught this and told this most of my life. But there are somethings you have to just reach that point by yourself.

My rant starts from some of the comments I am reading on websites that provide these calculations for you when you plug in the right numbers. There are adults and adolescents commenting and asking for advice. One comment was this "I am 5'4 and weight some where around 125 pounds if i want to weight 105 pounds how many calories should i eat a day??" I looked up this BMI. Currently this person's BMI is 20.9 (right in the normal weight category) - the lower weight puts her at 18.0 in the underweight category. Another comment was " if it was so dangerous to eat less than 1,000 a day then why does the calculator tell me i need to eat 920-1120 to lose weight? cant be that bad. thats 5'5" and 115 pounds that i typed in. and the lower the weight goes, the less they tell me to eat - calculator shows as low as 800 something calories per day"

These make me ill. I did leave a comment about less that 1000 calories is usually a medically controlled diet with lab work and all. But the comments were making me sick to my stomach. Numbers have become an obsession. Why should a 5'5" person weigh less that 115 lbs? I don't understand. I did write in my comment on this particular site that if you have a pudge or flabby arms that toning and sculpting might be what you really want because weight loss is not going to make a certain area shrink you lose all over!!!

I don't really have a number in mind accept for a size for clothes. And on top of that it isn't something unrealistic. For those of you who read this and know me - I am not aiming to be a 4 or 6. I would look and BE sick at that size.

Now that I have put in my two cents. I want to ask for comment, criticism, or rude gestures. I would like to know that the rest of the world thinks about this....

Friday, March 07, 2008

Weird Weather

Ok - so for this Louisiana girl the warm Christmas was nothing new - although a little disappointing.

But snow TWICE in March is weird - even for Arkansas. Look at the pictures. As of now about 3 inches and it isn't done yet!! And this is March 7th!!

Friday, January 11, 2008


Hmm.. Wow really has been a while this time. I don't even know where to start.

Ok. Lets start with before Christmas. LP graduated from college. (GO LIL SIS!!) I actually got to come down with the fella for the graduation.

Christmas was nice. The fella had to work so I went home for the week with the puppy (that lil black dog is now 9 months old and 35 lbs I'll have everyone know!!). Had a great christmas.

Birthday was birthday.. Got a new camera. Now I'm 28. I guess I'm in the late 20s now.. It be depressing. I'm almost 30.. WOW.. ok enough with the self reflection.

Qualifying exams (aka Comps, or DCE) were Jan 7 & 8. I will not know how I did until next week sometimes. I'm worried, but I'm allowed to do that. This is basically a comprehensive final exam for ALL my doctoral classes. I can not continue if I don't pass.

Ok enough on that. The fella and I have celebrated 1 year together. Yea for us!!

The biggest thing on my list for 2008 is looking at maybe getting a house. Looking at getting healthier.

Ok - I think I"m done. Have a great weekend. I"ll be at work!

Thursday, June 14, 2007


That's his name! Einstein is the newest addition to my little household. He is a 10 week old terrier mix. He looks like Schnauzer but we can't tell. He has been injured at the Humane Society and he a bad ear. He had stitches yesterday and has a cone on his poor little head.

Sunday, May 27, 2007


Hello once again. This weekend was Riverfest. It was fun - but I"m a little jaded. I'm used to festivals being crafts focused, with food and some music. Here it is Music focused - period. So you have to see which shows you want to watch at camp out at that stage.

Anyway - It was fun. The little princess (LP) came up and went with me and the fella. A friend of the fella came too so we all had a great time. See pics. Anyway - Talk to you later!

Monday, May 14, 2007

It's a Girl!

No - no one missed a significant part of my life. Nobody should panic!

I've been half heartedly looking at convertibles. Didn't want anything expensive, used was ok.. but just wanted a convertible..

Well Thursday I found it! I am the proud owner of a 1997 Mazda Miata and I'm thrilled. She is a standard, runs like a top, and is a blast to drive. See Pictures.

No this isn't a midlife crisis - just something I've been wanting. The joke with my parents is mom trying to explain to dad that I wanted a toy. He didn't understand until mom referred to his boat. He has two modes of transportation. I do too - I kept the other car and this is my fun one! Since then dad has laid off, I've been referring to my little car as "my boat".

I'm working on names and I like something like the U.S.S......

Any suggestions.

I"ll see ya'll later!