Peppa? (knock knock knock) Peppa? (knock knock knock) Peppa? (knock knock knock)

I’m ba-a-ack! Had a wonderful time in Phoenix, connecting and/or reconnecting with relatives (big shout-outs to Laura and Rachel!), and of course, watching the “Big Bang Theory” finale!

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However, as Rachel and I walked into my parents’ living room to watch Leonard, Sheldon, Amy and the gang say their final goodbyes, we were a tad nonplussed to find that a young neighbor child, Miss Billie, had taken over the sofa and was very, very determined to watch ANOTHER show, something called “Peppa Pig.” So naturally, I had to come up with what is probably the ONLY “Big Bang Theory/Peppa Pig” mashup you’ll ever see on the Internetz or anywhere else. Enjoy!

Oh yeah, I was gonna do a weigh-in too. Here ya go:

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Dang! Well, obviously I’m still adjusting to this “No S” thing. I may go back to calorie counting if the weight keeps going up. Or I could just change my official weigh-in day to Tuesday instead of Monday, to avoid the post-weekend snacking bump. Or maybe count the calories while still doing the No S?

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Yeah, that’s probably the best option! OK, I’ll just get back to my post-vacay routine and see how things go. See ya next week, everyone!

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(*oh and btw, RIP to beloved Internet icon “Grumpy Cat!” Seven is too young for a cat to go, but your memes will live forever!)

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RIP Grumpy Cat, the “Sheldon” of the cat world

On the weigh to vacay!

Hey everyone! As promised, here’s my quickie weigh-in before I hit the road for Parts Unknown*!

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Oh well, not really that surprised to see a bit of a gain. Remember, I’m now doing the “No S Diet” (no snacks, seconds, or sweets, except on days that start with S**) which means I’m eating a little more on weekends. So there’s gonna be a little bit of an adjustment till my Monday weigh-ins get in sync!

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Meanwhile, as I said, I’m headin’ out to spend some quality time with the extended family! Hope you have a great week — see you next Monday!

(*well, Phoenix, ‘kay? Yeah, it’s pretty well known. Just doin’ my part to keep your Monday dramatic!)

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(**S days: Saturday, Sunday, and “special,” which IMHO will DEFINITELY include Thursday evening, aka the SERIES FINALE of the Big Bang Theory!!)

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Better late than never! (Unusual Tuesday weigh-in)

Hey everyone, sorry for the one-day delay on the weigh! Had to sing at a liturgy yesterday morning — usually the weekday liturgies are on Tuesday but for some reason this week was different. And since I’m the only cantor who doesn’t have an actual job, It’s always down to me!

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Oh well, afterwards I went for a nice walk. I’ll share a few photos in a moment, but let’s get THIS out of the way first, ‘k?

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Welp, up a pound, but that’s OK! I gave myself permission to gain a couple of pounds after Easter so guess I’m right on schedule! Next week should see things going back to normal (i.e., back to the ’70s).

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Anyway, after liturgy yesterday I went over to the Sepulveda Basin and did a nice walk on the L.A. River Trail. This basically goes around the edges of the golf course there, so you get a good view of golfers on one side and the river on the other. I spotted this little guy up ahead, and he obligingly sat still for a photo.

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As did this butterfly.

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Not to mention Frasier Crane down there.

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So all in all, it was a nice day. I’m paying for it today, with sore muscles and a blister on each foot — but it was worth it! So how was YOUR Monday?

Rhymin’ Weekly Weigh-In: Post-Bright Week Edition!

Well, howdy everyone, and welcome back! So glad to see y’all again! So didja have a nice Pascha and/or Passover? Me personally, I did Pascha, but finished it off with some leftover Manischewitz Concord Grape Wine, so as to be, y’know, ecumenical.

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(And of course, shout-out to our Eastern Orthodox friends who are just now STARTING their Bright Week! (And btw, we know all that “Old Calendar” stuff is just a clever ruse to take advantage of all our post-Easter & Christmas sales. Whatevs!)

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So anyway, after a nice Bright Week full of yummy treats like REAL CREAM and REAL SUGAR for my coffee, kielbasa up the wazoo (and no, I don’t have a photo!), and cheese cheese cheese, here’s the official weigh-in with a DOUBLE rhyme (to make up for lost time*)!

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Wow, only 0.8 up since two weeks ago — that’s not too shabby! I’m fine with that. In fact, maybe I’ll just grab myself some more cheese…

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Oh all RIGHT, Sistah! Just have some nice, 110-calorie Chobani yogurt, then, ‘k? Geez! Anyway, nice to be back! Hope y’all have a happy Monday!

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(*see what I did there?)

Monday Weigh-In: The Gardening!

Good morning, everyone! Let’s get the weigh-in over with, shall we?

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Whew, that’s a relief — a bit of a loss! My body still seems reluctant to settle for *either* the ’80s or the ’70s — teetering back and forth over the border for quite a while now!

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Maybe I can keep it down with my newfound exercise regime — gardening! Yeah, I’ve learned how to operate our gas lawn mower, which with its balky pull-cord starter should provide a GREAT upper-body workout!

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Not to mention all the cardio from going back and forth, all over both the front AND back yards!

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Also, I’ve been pulling a LOTTA weeds — and let me tell you folks with lush, green lawns a little secret: pulling weeds is ADDICTIVE so you definitely don’t want to get rid of them! There’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting a really good grip on that thick clump of burlock and pulling it JUST RIGHT till you feel that long, slender taproot loosening from the soil beneath … mmm!

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Sorry, what was I thinkin’? Anyway, it’s fun AND it’s exercise! So go find some weeds to pull in YOUR neighborhood today! Your neighbors will be thrilled!

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Have a great week, everyone!

Monday: Weighin’ In With The Boys!

Good morning, everyone! Today’s weigh-in will be short & sweet (like me, tee hee!) ’cause I have an early appointment at everyone’s favorite car repair/parts store!

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What happened was that Thursday morning I was driving merrily down the street, headed for the gym, tra-la-la, not a care in the world, when suddenly, outta nowhere,

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some guy in a parked car opens his driver’s side door, and took out my side mirror! So I’m getting it replaced today. Fortunately, it turns out replacing mirrors is cheaper than I thought, plus it gives me a good excuse to spend some quality time in the most scintillating city on God’s green earth!

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So anyway, here’s the weigh-in:

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Minnesota Kicks, 1976

Oh sigh!! Yeah, it’s kinda “up” again. But y’know what? If people keep smashing bits & pieces of “Decrepit Blue,” I may just have to do more walking and biking, which should help! Win-win, right?

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Anyway, see ya later — I’m headed for that luxurious waiting room! Have a great day!

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Monday Weigh-In: Happy Uncooperative Scales Day!

First, the weigh-in (for all you who are viewing it on a mobile site and don’t have time for all this meme nonsense, harrumph!):

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Yay! That’s actually quite a lot of weight lost since last week!!

Which is a good thing — don’t think by the post title that I’m complaining! However, *yesterday* (Sunday) morning’s weigh-in was a scary 181.0, which means either:

  1. It’s just normal daily weight fluctuations,
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    OR —
  2. the scales have become sentient and are taunting us!
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Yeah, I can’t think of any other explanations, can you? Plus Mr. 50by60 was disappointed by *his* weigh-in this morning, so y’know, it’s GOTTA be the scales, right? The uncooperative scales! We’ll have to do something about that, I think.

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Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! How’s YOUR Monday goin’?

 

 

Monday Weigh-In: Post-Fartlek!

Good morning, everyone, and for those of you who are still struggling to wake up, welcome to Daylight Savings Time 2019!

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We go through this every year, and it never gets easier, does it? Oh well … try to make the best of it! Remember, we’ll get that precious, precious hour returned to us in … oh, let’s see, eight months, I guess.

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Don’t worry, the time’ll just fly by! Meantime, how ’bout that weigh-in?

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Not too shabby! And by the way, remember a couple of weeks ago when I did that post, “Five exercises that sound like they’re … er … something else!!“? Well, how in the world did I leave out FARTLEKS??

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I mean, I’ve actually being DOING them! Whenever I go out on my tentative runs — basically, walking for a while — then deciding to run as fast as I can from, say, that rock over there to that palm tree down there — then slowing back down to a walk again. I had no idea that was a “thing”! But apparently it is!

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If you want to do some fartlek training yourself, go for it! It’s easy and fun! And I’ve signed up for my very first 5K, the Dream Mile Color Run/Walk 2019, at the end of this month, so I’m hoping to use my newly discovered fartlek skills to possibly finish in less than a full hour!

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It is, isn’t it? Feel free to say it to someone at work today, then chuckle as they threaten to bring you up on sexual harassment charges! It’s good, clean fun! Meanwhile, enjoy your Monday, and don’t worry — you WILL get used to this stupid time change (eventually)!

 

Clean Monday: Last Weigh-In Before Pascha!

Good morning, everyone! A happy and blessed “Clean Monday” to my Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic (aka “Orthodox Lite”) friends out there!

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And rather than repeat myself ad nauseum, I’ll just refer you to LAST year’s Clean Monday blog post and let you go on about your day.

Meanwhile, without further adieux, here’s the weigh-in:

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Aw shucks … back in the ’80s! But hey — Lenten fasting is upon us! So obviously that’s a great opportunity to lose some weight … right?

…this is the fundamental basis of Lenten promises. Whatever we give up, we have to ensure that God is kept at the centre of our resolve, and that the primary purpose is to draw near to Him. I will decrease my indulgences or bad habits so that God can increase in glory. NOT: I will decrease my chocolate intake so that I can increase my confidence on the beach, popularity at school or likeness to the celebs.

Oh, OK — and well said! So on that note, whether your Lent starts today, or Wednesday, hope it’s spiritually profitable for you – and not “just another diet”!