Post It Note Tuesday – Cell Phones

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Where Is The Food????

Okay I’m not really starving, but I am facing a harsh reality.  There is a big reason my butt is growing so big and my jeans are getting snug:  mega portions!

Over the past 3 days I’ve been adding my foods to my SparkPeople nutrition tracker and noticing that if I actually measure out my portions, holy heffers no wonder I’m weighing in at 170!!!!  Okay so I know if we eat appropriate portions we’d likely all start dropping pounds, but DAMN!  I measured out my Special K cereal this morning, 3/4 cup and 1/2 cup of vitamin D milk.   Then I looked at the tiny bowl in which it was waiting for me to dive in.  Tiny bowl is what I chose so that it appeared full.  It was full.  It still appeared rather small…too small.  It isn’t hard to see that my usual portion would be about 3 times that much.  SIGH.

I have had  no major issued getting my water intake up to the 64 ounces a day, that is a piece of cake for me.  But taking time to measure out my foods is another story, and staying focused.  My pink heart post it note on my mirror still is a #1.  I didn’t go on with my workouts.  I know I know,  don’t give up, just do it today and start over.  I AM going to do that!   It is hard to establish a new routine and stick to it though, and I’m quickly meeting my resistance on the road to a more fit self.  I refuse to give up!

One place I DO need to starve myself is my social network addictions connections.  It likely is somewhat related to my expanding bum!   Last night Diva Mom, Boo, me and my daughter had dinner then went shopping for a bit.  I went out of the door without my most prized appendage…my cell  phone.  I  experienced varying degrees of withdraw, especially when we had to stop at the Verizon store on the way to Target.  There, in a valley of cell phones, I was naked.  I had to touch my daughter’s for a moment so I could keep breathing and hold back the panic attack.  Then when we came home we watched Police Women of Cincinnati, CSI: NY, and then CSI (we DVR’d them).  When I crawled in bed I realized my usual nightlight was not glowing from the desk…my laptop.  I had gone an entire evening from the time I left the office without being on the computer.  I think hell must of experienced a frost warning, the Packers may win the Super Bowl, and I should go buy a lottery ticket.  An entire evening without the computer??? Be afraid, be VERY afraid.

Time to get my life train back on the track from its derailment.  Obviously I’ve gotten my priorities in life completely out of whack, but now it is time to refocus!

On that note, time to change the sheets, get myself together, and go buy yarn. I have blankets to finish!

Meet Me On Monday

Blogging is a funny thing…we tell our most intimate thoughts for all to read and yet most of the time I find myself sitting and wondering, “who is this person!?” I know them…but yet I don’t know them! I want to know who the person is behind all those words so I thought of a great way for all of us to “meet” each other!

Every Sunday Never Growing Old will post five get to know you questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!! (go to her page to link in!)

“Its a great way to to meet new friends and for others to get to know me better….one Monday at a time!!!”….as quoted by the Chacogirl!!

She will make this SIMPLE and FUN!!!

She will add a linky on her page so we can follow who participates and get to know them better!! Be sure to link the POST and not just your whole blog!

Questions:

1. What is your favorite pasta dish?
2. What is the last thing you do before going to bed?
3. How many nights a week do you go out to eat?
4. Are you an avid book reader?
5. Would you rather have x-ray vision or bionic hearing?

What is your favorite pasta dish?

My ex-husbands stuffed-shells with meat…OMG that man is a fantastic cook and that by far is my favorite pasta dish!  Hmm…wonder if we in the Diva Den could pay him to make it for us?

What is the last thing you do before going to bed?

I  always make one last check of Twitter and Email via my cell phone, then I check-in on Foursquare into my big, comfy bed!!!

How many nights a week do you go out to eat?

It is rare we go out to eat in the Diva Den.  IF we do, maybe once every two weeks, usually payday, but most of the time we eat at home, preferring home cooked meals and our together time around the dining room table.

Are you an avid book reader?

YES! Though I have to be careful or I will end up staying awake half the night lost in a good book so I try to limit reading books until the weekend.

Would you rather have x-ray vision or bionic hearing?

Hearing!!! My hearing is kinda bad as it is, one ear in particular so I have a very difficult time hearing if there is a lot of background noise.  Bionic hearing would be awesome!

Filomena Scalise / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Meet Me On Monday – 7th Edition

Welcome to the 7th edition of “Meet Me On Monday!”

Blogging is a funny thing…we tell our most intimate thoughts for all to read and yet most of the time I find myself sitting and wondering, “who is this person!?”  I know them…but yet I don’t know them!  I want to know who the person is behind all those words so I thought of a great way for all of us to “meet” each other!

Every Monday our host, Java, will post five get to know you questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!! Just go to her site (click the icon above or her name) to get the questions and to link up  to those that participate in this blog meme.

1. What one food could you eat every single day?

I think we have established that Chipotle is a favorite  so we’ll deal  with my snack crack addiction, POPCORN!!!!  I could, and often DO eat  popcorn daily.


2. Do you wear glasses or contacts?

Primarily it is contacts.  I generally wear them entirely too  long during the day, and then when I do  take them out I wear my glasses as I cannot see 2 feet from my face and beyond.  Trouble is with age has come the problem if  I correct my distance  with the contacts or glasses,  I  need help reading.  So during the day I wear contacts and pull on readers as needed.  Kinda sucks.

3. What kind of cell phone do you have?

I am a confessed crackberry addict!!! My cell phone is a BlackBerry and I love it,  it is  like having a micro mini of my laptop with me wherever I go! Mine is a BlackBerry Tour, though  the photo is  a Curve.

4. What did you have for dinner last night?

STEAK! Dad buys and we  grill them and have him for dinner a few times a month.  It was YUMMY!!

5. What is your favorite candy?

Oh wow that is so hard to nail down to just one.  My favorite can vary with my mood, PMS, etc. I LOVE dark chocolate, Mounds Bars, Brach’s candy corn (especially mixed with dry roasted peanuts), M&M’s are awesome, and Payday candy bars…like I said, too hard to nail down, but suffice to say I have a sweet tooth and I LOVE candy!

Rasmus Thomsen / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Cold Turkey From Pixel Addictions

Not to be confused with Cyber Crack addiction (social media like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, FourSquare, etc) Pixel Addiction is what I call my dependency upon computer games, especially those that invaded my existence via my Facebook and Myspace.

It all started out innocently enough when I saw something in my feed about YoVille and decided to check it out.  A little virtual world where I could design my character to look like me.  Once I had created myself I was placed in a three room apartment with windows.  No curtains mind you, but I had windows. The apartment had a living room, kitchen and bedroom.  Not a bathroom in sight so I wrongly assumed that in YoVille no one needs to shower or use the facilities.  But then upon reaching their version of a hardware store while out strolling the town, I discovered bathtubs, showers, toilets and sinks.  Seems you have to play and level up to earn a bathroom.  But that was okay, I was already working in the factory there saving up coins, and doing all kinds of things to level up and soon I had 2 bathrooms, a guest bedroom and a balcony over looking the virtual ocean.  Next I discovered I could buy houses! That became my quest, to earn all the coins possible by working in the factory, getting friends to join so my ‘salary’ was higher, doing various things in YoVille and get a house.  Every so often a themed house was introduced into the game, really cool ones like haunted houses, mafia mansions, sea side bungalows, all neat ones everyone wants  but those all required paying up with real money.  And so, in a moment of greedy weakness, I actually purchased Yo Cash…yes with real dollars I purchased virtual money to buy virtual homes and merchandise.  Sad I know, but I was trying to keep up with the Yo-Jones.  My life was now scheduled around when my bakery goods at the sweets factory would be finished so that I did not return to smoking ovens and charred cookies.  Ah but it got worse….

While feeding that addiction I got sucked into Farmville.  A friend needed me to join so they could expand their farm, I could just be a warm body they said, no need to actually play the game.  Yeah right.  Next thing I know I’m planting crops, harvesting fruits and flowers, and working toward building barns, horse stables, houses, ponds, milking cows, collecting eggs from chickens and so on.  My life began to revolve around planting and harvesting times so that I was awake, or home, so as not to log in and discover my crops had withered in the fields.  I had to coordinate those times against the bakery over in YoVille as even in virtual realities I could not be in 2 places at one time.  I thought it was just me, but then I was receiving texts from friends and my offspring while I was still unemployed, they provided log in detail so I could harvest their crops for them!  I became a field-sitter over their farming empires.

Next came Vampire Wars and Mafia Wars.  Vampire wars just  never held my interest, though I tried.  I had been all too hooked on a novel series by Christine Feehan about vampires that was so full of HOT, steamy scenes and romance, full of intense action, this made the game more than lame.  Mafia Wars I got into for the purpose of helping my sister start taking out some of the others in the game that messed with her.  I had more time while unemployed to build my mafia up and get strong, and take care of her account as well.  I began to live for wiping out poor, lower leveled players hotels and casinos, leaving them penniless and unable to rebuild, waa haa haaa!!!!

And then I really crossed into the hardcore pixel addictions, the heroin of computer games, World Of Warcraft.  My brother is a huge fanatic, as are my niece, Diva Jeanne, and my sister, Diva Boo.  So I jumped in and gave it a shot.  I admit, the graphics are outstanding, the game is fantastic and I did enjoy the time playing with the Divas because we could all play together in this fascinating virtual land.  But I just could not get into it, not like they do, and not enough for me to spend $15 a month to play.  I really wanted to be into it.  I enjoy games, I even named my kitten, Pixel, because she was just a little black dot in the world like a pixel on the computer screen.  But I could not stick with it.  Maybe that was the beginning of the end?  I have watched my sister and niece spend hours playing the game together on their computers, it sucks you in completely and takes over your life. My brother told me there is WOW group – widows of warcraft, for the wives of those guys that play the game non-stop, but I don’t think they take cats into their support group, so I had to stop before Pixel starved to death. I couldn’t do it.

I went back to feeding my cattle, chickens and sheep, back to harvesting vegetables and flowers.  I returned to my apartment in the virtual city and dusted off the furniture and went back to the virtual employment where I made widgets in the factory.  I started hunting treasure on islands in a new virtual game, Treasure Isle, and again I was letting my life revolve around a few million pixels on a screen.

Between my cyber crack fixations to social media, the pixel dependency, my blogs and then a JOB, something had to give.   I can feed the social media while on the go, it all comes across my BlackBerry, and if it is good enough for the President of the United States to be a CrackBerry addict, then it is good enough for me.  I can even blog with the WordPress application for my phone.  The games cannot be played on the go, so they got the axe.  I went cold turkey completely.  For weeks now I’ve not logged on to any of them.  I never said so much as ‘see ya around’ to my hundreds of livestock, didn’t toss sheets over the furnishings in the city, didn’t even lock the doors.  I never checked to see if the parrots had enough to eat on the island, or shake the sand out of my cute little virtual sneakers…I just never went back.  By now the dog on the farm has ran away, and it costs real money to buy him back so wherever he landed in that virtual dog pound, guess that is his problem.

I am finally free of those little virtual worlds…