Archive for December, 2007


Resolve to Love You

Ah, yes. It’s back. It’s that time of year where folks begin to regret the relaxation they experienced over the holidays…and begin to plan their yearly assault on the fat. And the diet industry has been feeding on the soon-to-be more prominent mass hysteria that is the “Lose Weight and Look Great!” resolution.

As I’m lolling in bed this morning, contemplating an old fashioned southern breakfast (eggs, toast, southern style hash browns–the ‘tatoes are cubed and not shredded–grits, sausage, y’know, the usual), I see the now infamous “Diets don’t work” commercial from the Weight Watchers, the Special K commercial where the child mistakes Mom for Santa (*massive sigh*), the NutriSystem commercial where their success stories are participating in a fashion show(the phrase “NutriSexy” was thrown about. I giggled uproariously), and finally, the commercial whose message I’d like to focus on today, the Jenny Craig commercial in which an emotional Valerie Bertinelli says she’ll wake up on January 1 and not worry about her weight.

Ok, first, let me just say any one (man, woman, child, dog, cat) who can wake up on New Year’s and not feel like they have to do a Draconian weight loss program is doin’ big things in life. I just wish that Ms. Bertinelli didn’t have to LOSE weight in order to allow herself the pass on WORRYING about her weight another year.

I sense jaws dropping. It’s a revolutionary thought, isn’t it?

As has been discussed in the Fantasy of Being Thin thread over at Kate’s place, folks hinge so much on being thin they forget to live life. So essentially, the majority of what folks sink into the first of the year is the “I GOTTA lose weight” mantra because they wholeheartedly feel that their lives don’t begin until they fit into any size that’s smaller than the size they wear now. And as a result, if folks fall off the wagon for whatever reason, all of their OTHER goals that they had set for “when I become a size ____” will automatically fall by the wayside. Because you can’t learn another language/how to sew/how to make sushi so on and so forth unless you fit into a size 2, right? Because you can’t love yourself/love your life/ get a husband or wife if you’re fat, right? So folks close themselves into bubbles and shut themselves into corners because they just know their lives will be less enriched without that damned scale saying the right numbers.

One’s sanity, one’s peace of mind, one’s WORTH, cannot be determined by numbers on a scale, y’all. Your waistline does not say anything about the person that you are. So, for the love of sweet creamery butter, do NOT allow the onslaught of new diet/weight-loss ads and the upcoming premiere of the Biggest Loser determine what your resolutions this year are, folks. Resolve to be just like Valerie Bertinelli: wake up tomorrow and NOT worry about your weight.

And if you use up all of your Sanity Watchers points just by tuning in to say, a cartoon or movie on the tube, go over to this thread here and immerse yourself in other folks resolutions…ones that have nothing to do with weight loss and everything to do with living life.

Happy New Year, y’all!


Happy Holidays!


 Merry Christmas, y’all. I hope Santa brings each of you what you’ve asked for. And for those who don’t celebrate…enjoy your day off!


Are Y’all Done Shopping Yet?

Cause this here kitty is.

funny pictures
moar funny pictures

Captioned by yours truly!


Happiness is…

…a warm, relaxing bath. Especially if the water is golden.

Say what? How’d I manage to take a bath in golden water? Heh. Well, sit back for a review of my new favorite place to get bath products, y’all. It’s all at Lush.

First, the disclaimer: These good folks aren’t giving me anything to sing their praises. But since Christmas is practically upon us, and we have to travel to the relatives’ houses (which is the last thing some folks want to do. I know, I know.), I’m all about treating yourself to a great gift to de-stress before and after the encounter.

Now, awhile back, I bought myself some treats at Lush as part of my graduation gift to myself. I tucked them in my toiletry drawer, and well, kinda forgot about them. As I was on my cleaning and decorating spree, I found them, still festively wrapped in their cellophane baggies (and colorful curly ribbon) waiting for me to use. And I thought..shucks. Why not?

So, I grabbed my little baggies and went to take a bath in Mom’s wonderful (huge!) tub.  avobath.jpg Yeah. This lovely sparkly green thing is the Avobath bath bomb. I only used half (cause I wanted to conserve) and it still filled the tub with this pretty green hue. As it’s name implies, there’s avocado oil in it, and it’s scented with bergamot and lemongrass. Very light and clean.

But that wasn’t enough for me. I wanted bubbles. Good thing I had a bubble bath bar. What’s that? Well, it’s bubble bath…in a bar form (heh. simple, ain’t it? :lol:)

 You just crumble bits underneath the running water for all the bubbles you can stand. I only needed about a fourth of my bubble bath bar.

I got this one here: sunnyside.jpg 

Oh, yeah. That golden circle of happiness is the Sunny Side bubble bar. The best thing about it? It leaves wonderous golden swirls in the water. Once your bubbles die down, you can see the swirls as you run your fingers in the water. If the citrus smell doesn’t relax you, the swirls will. The glitter doesn’t stick to you, by the way, so you don’t have to worry about looking like one of your Christmas ornaments. Which is great, because once you get done soaking in the pretty green-gold flecked water, you’re gonna be soft as one of those cuddly teddy bears in the stores. And uber-relaxed, too.

There are many other bath bombs and bubble bars for you to experiment with. When Santa brings me the money I so nicely asked him for, (once I pay bills) I’m gonna go back to Lush and see what else I can find.

So, I take this time to remind all of you (as I reminded myself, in the most round-about way imaginable) to treat yourselves this holiday season. Take time out to relax, especially if you’re gonna have to deal with difficult family members.

All right. Now that I’m done relaxing, I’m gonna get back to my cookie baking (cause happiness is also a warm cookie, dont’cha know.) Happy shopping and Happy Holidays, y’all!


9 Days Till Christmas…

…and decorating in my house is full swing, y’all. Whew. Deck the halls, huh? Well, I believe we’ve decked everything EXCEPT  the halls. So, my stockings I told you about all came out beautifully. I really am gonna put some pictures up for y’all. Really I am. I figured I’d just wait till the house was completely done and do one whole long Christmas post for you.

I love this time of year. It’s nice and frosty (although the Weather Channel tells me we won’t be getting any snow. *sigh*), there are lights up all over the neighborhood, and holiday music is in heavy rotation. What am I up to today? Well, since my money is funny (and my credit won’t get it), I’m giving the gift of delicious this year, and making cookies and cards to send my friends. At the very least, I know folks will indeed appreciate a good box of chocolate chip cookies and stuff. So, to tide you good folks over till the decorating post, I found this little gem on YouTube. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!


Y’all Go Generate Some Good Karma

…and head over to the (very cute and amusing) website Keep Santa Fat. As commenter Rob J says:

Sign the petition and let these people know who really needs to “lighten up”. Also, for every signature collected a pound of food will be donated to America’s Second Harvest.

And I’m all about doing good for someone while taking a stand. So, if you want to help Santa keep his jellyesque belly AND donate some food to the hungry, y’all go click the link above and sign. You can also donate directly to America’s Second Harvest via the site, and any merchandice you buy will also benefit ASH. Ok, so what are y’all waiting for? Go click! 🙂

Ok, back to my Christmas stockings (pictures coming soon!)


My Christmas List

I was always one of those kids who had a mile long list for Santa every year. Once, I took the JC Penney toy catalogue, circled what I wanted, and left it by the fireplace, complete with Post-It notes for easy reference.

What? All I wanted was what I had coming to me. All I wanted was my fair share! (Bonus points if y’all can identify the ‘toon that came from.)

I toyed with the idea of making a Christmas list (yes, folks. At 22, I still make them, mostly at the request of my mother). And when I started writing it…I realized I don’t really want gifts in the general sense of the word. I want intangibles.

For example:

  1. World Peace ( I don’t care that it’s cheesy. I’m sick of folks dying senseless deaths, yo.)
  2. Equality (For fat folks and for thin, for all races and genders…EVERYBODY)
  3. Health care for all, not just those that can afford it
  4. Education for all, not just those that can afford it
  5. Food for all…and not just those who can afford it (I reckon y’all see where this is going, so I’ll stop here.)

Then it got a bit more about me:

  1. I want a job. And not just any job, folks, I want a job that fits me…and it uses my degree fully, and can keep me from being broke.
  2. I want to be able to take pictures and not shy away from the camera.

And after all that…it then turned into something one can buy in a store. Because I want a bike. And a puppy.

Heh. Well, perhaps I’ll get to work on what I’ll get BuddingStarlet for Kwanzaa this year: peace (last year she asked for serenity–I did a Build a Bear and named her Serenity). I’m gonna get a pretty box that says “Peace: open and inhale as needed.” And I’ll wrap it up in pretty paper.

Happy Holiday Shopping, y’all!

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