Good Friday Five: 5 things I’ll get to eat again after today!

Hey, everyone, a blessed Good Friday / Passover / “just plain Saturday” to all my Christian, Jewish, and “none of the above” readers!

Hope you won’t feel betrayed but I’m keeping this post a little shorter than usual in honor of the day. Basically, Lent is almost over, and by Monday I’ll be able to eat a whole bunch of stuff I’ve managed to avoid (more or less) during most of Lent.

And I’m certainly not going to have all these things every day, during every meal (though hmmm … maybe … nah!!). Still, it’s nice to know that, with a clear conscience, I’ll be able to indulge once again in:

  1. Buddig slices! Those 90-calorie packs are a great alternative to a 250-calorie bag of potato chips, any day of the week.
  2. String cheese! At less than 100 calories, a really juicy, stringy string cheese is not only delicious, it’s entertaining!
  3. Real cream for my coffee! Nothing against the Almond Milk industrial complex, but frankly, a 40-calorie teaspoon of real heavy whipping cream makes your coffee taste a LOT better than a 30-calorie CUP of their “almond water”!

  4. Real butter! As I’ve mentioned before, I have no problem with “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!!!!” spray, which goes surprisingly well with freshly popped popcorn. However, once in a while, I do love the rich, creamy taste of freshly churned butter. Well, okay, freshly churned a few months ago, before it was frozen and dumped into the grocery store.

    Still, it’s a lovely treat, especially when drizzled onto freshly scrambled eggs, which brings me, of course, to:

  5. EGGS!!!
    Yes, the Incredible Edible Egg makes a dynamic, multicolored comeback this weekend, and I for one welcome our new cackleberry overlords! Especially fried, sunny-side up, with a slice or two of hot, sizzling bacon … mmm …
    bacon eggs.jpg
    and oh yeah, bacon would be #6, if I hadn’t limited myself to five today. Ah, the perils of the blogger!
    sizzling bacon

So that’s it, everyone, my Good Friday Five! Whatever you’re celebrating this weekend, I hope it’s a truly Good one! See you Monday for what will undoubtedly be a rather bloated weigh-in!


Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-In: Fat Lent!

Sigh … OK, let’s get this over with:


Well, you never know! Here I was thinking I’d lose a lot of weight during Lent (because of the fasting and the abstinence and all that good stuff). And yet, during the last couple of weeks, I’ve actually managed to gain BACK a pound or so!

Hmm … perhaps my efforts were insufficient. Also, perhaps I’ve been scarfing down too many carbs, in the form of seemingly innocuous things like crackers (Saltines) and nondairy “yogurt” substitutes.

Next week, I’ll be back to normal eating (Buddig, I’m lookin’ at you!) and we’ll see if that has any effect.

And I’d like to make this post longer, but there’s an anxious cat purring around my ankles, telepathically begging for breakfast. So I’ll have to keep this short! Have a great week, everyone!


Friday Five: More Lame Excuses

Welp, another Friday, another round of finding reasons not to write my blog post today. Still, I gotta write SOMETHING, if only to keep all my rich foreign investors happy. So here goes, my five lame excuses for putting off my blog today!

  1. The weather. Most of the week, it’s been pouring down rain out here in beautiful, sunny Southern California. This morning, the clouds are receding and the sun is shining. So how in the world am I supposed to write anything??
  2. My health. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been coughing and hacking and wheezing my way through my annual Bout O’Bronchitis. This morning, I’m still coughing a bit, but I feel a little better. So how in the world am I supposed to write anything??
  3. The stock market. I currently own eight stocks, and several of them went down this week. They’re starting to go back up now. But honestly, given all that volatility, how in the world am I supposed to write anything??
  4. Family problems. After months of blissful ignorance (whether willful or accidental, I can’t say), a couple of my blood relatives actually managed to stumble across this very blog you’re reading right now. Given that, how in the world am I supposed to write anything??
  5. Fear of commitment. Earlier this week, I signed up for a free basic membership in an online writing class, where I made a commitment to write at least one blog post this week, on a day OTHER than Monday or Friday, that was completely free of memes and images. I completely failed to do that. Given that failure, how in the world am I supposed to write anything??

So, as you can see, I’ve got some pretty plausible reasons for not writing a “Friday Five” this week! Still, as Homer Simpson once opined, “Hope springs internal!”, so perhaps NEXT week, we’ll get back to normal.


By Stannered [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

(But then again, given the fact that I DID actually make it through this post with only one image — EXACTLY as promised in item #5 — how in the world am I supposed to write anything ELSE??)

Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-in: Minor Setback Monday

Well, yesterday morning my daily weigh-in was UNDER 200 pounds, so I was SURE today’s blog post would be titled “Milestone Monday!!!” and I’d thrill my dozens of readers by finally going under the magic two-oh-oh.

Alas, I blush to report, ’tis not to be. Without further adieux, here’s the skinny on the fat:

oh no.jpg

Yeah, it’s a teeny-tiny li’l gain. Oh well, that’s really not anything to ruin a Monday over, right? I mean, what have I been saying all these months? Weigh yourself every day and use the average, as recommended in A Workout Routine, right? I get that, I really do.

However, since I’m committed to putting my actual Monday weight in my blog post, so you get that real-time experience, you’ll just have to be patient and stick with me through all the ups and downs. It can be frustrating.

But I have faith. I know that if I stick with my plan — counting my calories and walking regularly — that number WILL go back down. And eventually, I’ll stop dancing back and forth across the border, and put that “200” squarely in the rear-view mirror!

Hey, I was thinking maybe later in the week, I’d post a couple of photos of how I actually count my calories. Would you be interested in that? Well, tough, I’m gonna do it anyway!

Meanwhile, have a great Monday!

Friday Five: Memes, shopping, bronchitis, and more!

  1. It’s Friday, Friday, Gotta Get Down on Friday! – First and of course most important, happy Friday to all of you! Hope your week has gone well, and that least one of you has won tons of $$ in the lottery so you can take the rest of us out for drinks later. No? Oh well … there’s always next week, right? Keep buyin’ the tickets! KEEP BUYIN’ THE TICKETS!!

    Ronshelley at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

  2. Blogging – I’d like to pass along some important info re: the fair use of images. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed I use a lot of memes, funny pictures, etc. to illustrate various points I’m making. Well, it came to my attention earlier this week via this troubling article that this is kind of a BIG no-no. So from this point on, I’m going to try to use more of my own photos, artwork, and images, rather than rely on other people’s (or at least make 100% sure they’re available to reuse without a license or permission or anything of a legal nature). Who knows – I might even use more of my OWN WORDS! Literacy – what a concept, amiright?


    Friendly turtle I met the other day along the Arroyo Simi Bike Path!

  3. Clothes shopping – some people love it, some people hate it. I tend to fall into the latter group. I used to think it was because nothing ever fit me due to my size. However, yesterday I went to a “Ross” in Simi Valley, and tried on at least 10 different tops and dresses. Well, guess what? They ALL fit – and they all looked CRAPPY! I finally wound up buying a pair of leggings that both fit AND didn’t look hideous. But frankly, I coulda done that online. Although that doesn’t always work out either. Maybe it’s time to rejoin that nudist colony …
  4. Bronchitis – I’ve had chronic bronchitis for years, and it tends to flare up when the weather gets damp. Well, we’ve had an unusual amount of rain here in Southern California over the past couple of weeks (more than three drops is “unusual” here), and more on the way. So not only do we get to wake up to the beautiful, gentle sound of raindrops falling on the roof, we also get to hear a lot of this: HAACCKK wheeze wheeze cough cough couuugghhh (spittoo). Rinse and repeat. Summer can’t get here soon enough for me … warm, dry, hot summer … mmm …


    Summer sun, I’m missin’ you! (taken by yours truly one bright hot day last summer)

  5. Exercising with Bronchitis – One of the many downsides of #4 (along with the rising cost of Kleenex) is that when my bronchitis is active, my body isn’t supposed to be. Which means all those long, lovely walks I’ve been enjoying so much over the past few months are verboten. Which is really triggering some conflicting feelings in me. I love the walks, and I really want to do more. However, I also love BREATHING, and I’d like to do more of that, too. So (sigh!) I’ve decided to compromise. I’ll walk, but only indoors, preferably strolling down the aisles of a bookstore or library.


    Taken by yours truly at Prospero’s Books in the Westport area of Kansas City, MO, on my rainy 2014 visit!

That’s it, folks, your Friday Five! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

(unused Pingback of the Day: Wrinkle!)


By Joe Haupt from USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-In: Daylight Savings Time edition

“Spring forward, fall back!” Such a captivating idea, isn’t it? Just adjusting time a wee bit, because science!


As kids, didn’t we think that was just the neatest thing? Twice a year, we assumed complete control over time itself! Doctor Who, Doc Brown, and Rick, all rolled up into one.

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Created by Niall Byrne – copies/T-shirts available!

One minute, it’s 9:00 at night. Then, we just SAY it’s 10:00 (or 8:00, and suddenly, it’s 10:00 (or 8:00)! How magical is that?


Flash forward about 20-30 years, and that kid is no longer a Time Lord. That kid has a job and a mortgage and a tight schedule, and changing the time twice a year? Just plain ANNOYING, that’s what it is. Time Lord Schmime Lord.


But till recently, it seemed like one of those things that was set in stone, decreed from above and unchangeable.


However, more and more U.S. states have rejected the Tyranny of the Time Lords, so there’s hope!


So anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, my weigh-in! Here goes – ready?


Yeah, I’m skatin’ right on the edge of the big Two-Oh-Oh, folks!! That means NEXT Monday’s weigh-in should be super-fantabu-awesome! Unless I screw up and eat KFC every day, which PROBABLY won’t happen. But y’know, gotta keep a LITTLE suspense going in this blog, right?


Meanwhile, enjoy your week, and remember – save that daylight because, uh, America!!

Friday Five: Mucinex edition

Sorry to post this so late in the day, folks. Frankly, I was wondering if I was going to be able to write anything at all. I’m still struggling with this cold/allergy/bronchitis or whatever.


The main thing I’m dealing with now is … well, here are some titles I debated using/parodying for my post title, which might give you a clue:

  1. How Green Was My Valley
    green kleenex
  2. Soylent Green
  3. Green Eggs and Ham
  4. The Green Mile
  5. Fried Green Tomatoes

I think you get the idea! (And hey, add a little chicken broth to those tomatoes, and I’m all over ’em!)


Anyway, it’s been a rough week, but I’m getting better. And on the bright side, being sick like this means my appetite hasn’t been that great, so I should have a FANTASTIC weigh-in on Monday! See you then – and please, try to stay healthy yourself – there’s a lot of crap going around!


Somewhat subdued Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-in

Good morning, everyone, and happy Monday!

This won’t be my typical long, rambling, meme-filled post, for a couple of reasons (one sad, one annoying) which I’ll get to in a moment, but first – let’s do this!


Yeah, I’m happy about that!

I’m not so happy about the fact that I’ve caught my hubby’s cold, and we’re both hacking and wheezing this morning. That’s the annoying reason.

The sad reason is my aunt/godmother passed away last night. I hadn’t seen her for a few years (last time was a trip to Kansas City in 2014). I’m glad I got to see her then, as she was still pretty coherent and still very funny. Here’s a photo I took of her then.


She was a heckuva gal! RIP, Anna Banana, you’ll be missed!

That’s all I’m gonna post today, folks, but hang in there, I’ll be back and funnier on Friday, I promise! Have a great week!

Friday Five: Take a hike, pal!

Let me set the scene for you:

1) it’s raining;
2) my husband’s home from work with a terrible cold;
3) the cats are extremely annoyed by all that water falling out of the sky;
4) I’ve got a delicious pile of “Big Nate” books to enjoy;
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5) most important of all, my Friday Five blog post is overdue!!

So as you can see, I’ve got a lot of very, very good reasons NOT to go for a walk today!

However — as I just told my husband, who’s arisen from his bed of pain to cough up the *other* lung — I might go out later anyway, if only to the library, a paltry half a mile. Even though it’s raining, I kinda sorta wanna DO it!

That’s what makes walking, as your primary and regular exercise, so appealing, so addictive, and so below the radar as far as some of the more active fitness gurus are concerned. Sure, they’ll concede that walking is “nice,” you know, good for the elderly and the senile. However, as a way to lose weight, they’re the first to point out that walking only burns a few calories compared to their OWN exercise of choice: hoisting a ’57 Buick above their heads.


But let me tell you something that people who walk regularly — if not every day, at least a few days a week — learn pretty quickly: walking is ADDICTIVE! in a way that other, more calorie-burning exercises are not.

And don’t get me wrong — if you enjoy running, weight-lifting, swimming, cycling, etc., then Mazel Tov, I say! Go for it! However, for me, I just find it way easier to put on my comfy shoes, grab a water bottle, and saunter down the block towards whatever adventure may await me, than to do any of those other things.

Walking just seems way more “user-friendly,” if that makes sense. And even though, yeah, on an hourly basis, it does burn fewer calories than those other, more strenuous exercises, I just don’t really want to DO any of those other exercises for more than an hour or two at a time, if that. Whereas I DO want to walk for a long, long time, and every day, if possible! So, ipso facto ergo sum, over time, I’ll burn more calories long-term just walking than I will with any of those other, “better” exercises.

Well, I’ve rambled on enough for this blog/hike … and my hubby and kitties are clamoring for my attention … so I’ll just stop here and give you my unsolicited advice: if you’re looking for the best exercise, take a hike. Yes, even if it’s raining!