Filling in the Blanks ~ February 25, 2014

BlanksIn an attempt to breathe some new life into blogging, I’ve been thinking about ways I could mix things up. I need some things I could post on a regular basis that could be quick and fun. One thought that kept recurring was to post the answers to a weekly list of questions. This feature had several names before I settled on calling it Filling in the Blanks. These basic sentences will largely remain the same, but I may mix things up from time to time by adding new blanks. If there is something you’d like to know about me on a weekly basis, by all means let me know. I can’t make any promises, but I’m here to please. If you’d like to fill in your own blanks, feel free to do so. Now let’s fill in some blanks:

I’m reading Katherine by Anya Seton.

My book club meeting isn’t until March 11th, but there’s like a million words to each page. I’ve enjoyed Seton’s other books and this is supposed to be one of her best.

I’m listening to The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon and narrated by Cassandra Campbell and Kathe Mazur.

I’m about a third of the way through this thriller and it’s fantastic. I credit it for keeping me awake on my drive into work on Friday. I was exhausted that morning and it was rainy and overcast. If I weren’t so creaped out by the story and the narrators’ performances, I would have fallen asleep. This audiobook saves lives!

My musical preferences are Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend.

I don’t know what rock I’ve been living under, but if it weren’t for my husband putting this album on while cleaning over the weekend, I wouldn’t have known what all of the fuss was about. I immediately demanded that he load all of their albums on my phone.

I’m crafting an afghan to match my new furniture, some Cumberbunnies, and an afghan for my church group.

I promise a picture next week. Right now my phone and my projects are too far away.

I’m thinking about Lent.

I’m going to be going to Vegas during Lent this year, so I have to choose my Lenten sacrifices carefully. My friend and I have started our list. So far we have agreed to give up female strippers, paying for sex, and David Copperfield. It will be difficult, especially David Copperfield part, but we shall soldier on like good Catholics.

In all seriousness, I have been giving Lent a lot of thought this year. It’s been a long time since I’ve set this time aside to atone for my wrongdoings and to work to become a better person. This year it feels especially important to me to make this Lent count. There’s a lot of things in my life that I need to straighten out and I don’t want to look back at this season as yet another wasted opportunity. I’m ready to grow, no matter how difficult I find the pruning to be.

My weight loss journey is at its first crisis point.

With my mother-in-law first being hospitalized and then passing away, I’ve recently spent a good bit of January functioning as a single parent. With her passing, being snowed in alone with my kids, and then the funeral, my weight loss efforts fell to the side. I weighed in this past Thursday and had gained almost 5 pounds. I know that this is a journey and not a race, but I’ve since had trouble getting back on track. I will be honest and say that I’m facing the first crisis of my weight loss journey. I’m in this for the long haul, though. Giving up will do nothing for me and I’ve already reaped so many health benefits it would be crazy to let my current dip in enthusiasm to become the trend. It’s funny how I know logically that the past two weeks have been extraordinarily stressful yet there’s a louder part of me that is screaming, “You messed up and you always mess up!” I don’t get this thing I have with being perfect in terms of following my Weight Watchers plan when I don’t have those same types of compunctions in other areas of my life. I’m trying to push past them, though. I tracked everything yesterday and plan on doing so here on out. I hope to have a more upbeat report next week.

I’m loving tulips.


I’m looking forward to my life getting back into a good routine.


  • At 2014.02.25 07:58, Traci said:

    I’m glad you didn’t give up male strippers for Lent; gotta keep options open. Bravo!

    you’ll be back on track soon! These snowed in months have been challenging to many.

    • At 2014.02.25 10:55, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

      Don’t let the blip in your weight loss journey derail you. Stress does that to everyone! Hopefully we’ll have some spring weather soon and it will help you get back on track.

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      • At 2014.02.25 11:54, Anita said:

        A trip to Vegas sounds fun, I’ve never been for any real time, and when Kevin is there he’s always busy working. I’m a lapsed Catholic at best these days and I haven’t given Lent much thought. I personally think the outward giving up is less important than the more internal giving or reflection.
        I’ve been up and down the weight loss journey a billion times, you can get back on that horse, slow and steady wins the race and you’ve seen so many good things….hang in there. xo

        • At 2014.02.25 13:30, Ellison Weist said:

          My sympathy for the loss of your mother-in-law, Jennifer. I’ve been meaning to congratulate you on your weight loss. You’re so right to say it’s a journey so be kind to yourself and continue on.

          I agree that KATHERINE is Seton’s best and hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And hooray for tulips!

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