Friday, May 31, 2013

Don't you just love it ..

.. when your GPS puts you in the middle of an apparent field - and then spins your (virtual) car because it's confused about where you are?  It might have scared me if I hadn't actually known where I was all on my own!

I depend on this technology way too much!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Okay so .. I'm mad.

My lap-band surgery was a few months short of 2 years ago now.  The time has gone by quickly and there have been many changes in my life, as well as ups and downs.  But one thing that has remained the same is my weight.  Well that's not entirely true.  It has gone down by about 10 lbs and up 10, down 5, up 10 ... !  Saying I am frustrated is a colossal understatement.

Trying to figure out why this hasn't worked for me is hard to understand or explain but basically the band is supposed to make me feel like my stomach is smaller so I get full faster.  Instead it just feels like there is a lump in my throat that makes eating uncomfortable and sometimes painful.  That might stop some people from eating, but following instructions and taking small bites and chewing well allows me to eat most foods.  And my hunger is still the same.  Whatever signals were supposed to change - have not.

I am still not the most disciplined eater, obviously, but I have changed a lot of things that I eat and am
constantly trying to do better.  But when I get frustrated it is my nature to dive into something bad for me.  At least I am honest about it and strive to change my habits.

After thinking about it and reviewing my options I decided I want to have the band removed.  I mean - this is just uncomfortable and frustrating for me.  I know it has worked for many people but apparently I am not one of them.  I am considering other options but at this point that is not my main concern.  My main concern is getting the band removed and upon calling my new insurance company (new because of the new job) I was told my plan does not cover any kind of bariatric surgery.  I cannot believe that I have a medical appliance inside my body that my insurance will not cover the removal of.  I mean - this is 2013 - is that even possible?

Anyway, I am past the point of annoyance, disappointment and frustration and have reached the anger stage.

I do some of my best work when I am angry.  Stay tuned.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Instagram and the decline of western civilization

View from my bedroom window.
Blogs have taken a back seat lately, there have been days that my laptop hasn't even been turned on.  GASP!  That's unheard of!  It would be great to say I've been off on some wonderful vacation or brokering world peace or something, but the truth is - I've been geeking out on Instagram.  I know.  I'm late to ALL the parties.

Yes I follow all kinds of cat people, shabby chic people, and pretty photos people.  There are a sprinkling of celebrities, and yes my own gallery is chock full of kitty pictures too.  But what gives me pause is when some young girl likes one of my pictures so I look at her photos
You can't SEE me!
to see if there is anything to like in return.

It's appalling to see how many young girls (high school, probably) post suggestive pictures of themselves on the Internet and social media.  Oh yes they have clothes on, and no they aren't usually outright lewd.  But these girls seem to have the objective of looking attractive -- by looking as sexy as they can online.  What happened to innocence?  Self respect?  The sad thing is - my view would be considered totally out of step, un-hip and out of touch.  Because so much of that behavior has become the norm.  The young boys?  Picture after picture of them holding their phones while they take pictures of their baby 6-packs in the mirror.  It's all about the physical.

I remember being in high school, I remember being young.  I remember wanting people to stop being so uptight about things and thinking - anything goes - as long as you
Another cat in a box
aren't hurting anyone else.

But then I grew up.

Now I know that as a society we do need rules.  Not about whether or not we can eat trans-fats or drink uber large cups of sugary pop.  We need to bring back a conscience.  Not a conscience that says we should tolerate everything and everyone but a conscience that makes us have some basic sense of right and wrong, good and bad, and for God's sake there should be some boundaries for behavior where not every single thing is acceptable because we don't want to judge someone else.
Apple blossoms from my back yard.

Hyper-tolerance and political correctness have made it very difficult for ordinary folks to look at something and say - I don't agree with that.  I think that's wrong.  Even when they do feel that way.  There is no balance anymore and we are sliding so far in one direction that I wonder if we can ever get back to center again.

And no, when I see those young girls who like a picture of one of my cats, I cannot bring myself to like one of their photos in return.  Somehow that would be tacit approval of how they are presenting themselves.

Can't do it.  Won't do it.  And what those girls represent makes me incredibly sad.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013

Maxine Monday

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Starting a new series!

Well not exactly.  But when I got nothin' - I still want to post something.  And I want to give it a clever title and all that so I'm going to title those posts "When I got nothin'".  Clever, right?  And then I'm going to give you a little piece of wisdom, sarcasm, cuteness or something.  Anything!  Because it's not pretty when I got nothin', so here - here is .. something.  Enjoy.