Archive for April, 2006

Gas Rebate, my ass

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

I don’t normally ever write about politics – it’s just something that doesn’t hold my interest for the most part. I have such a fatalistic view of it all and feel it’s not really worth expending any energy on. But opening CNN.com this morning to the headline about every American getting a $100 rebate check to offset gasoline prices really got my blood boiling. First of all – where is this money coming from? We already have a trillion dollar defiicit. The only thing that would work for me would be if this money came from the profit surges of the oil companies like Exxon. So then, I’m reading the article and see they’ve bundled the controversial proposal to open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil exploration with this proposal! WHAT.THE.HELL??? I guess they are banking on everyone’s stupidity and greed to get this through? Wow.

You know what? I don’t want the $100 – just lower the damn gas prices! How about that as an option? Too simple, I guess.

TV Junkie

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Yes! Finally, Kellie Pickler is finally gone. Take that – Vote For The Worst! Now that she’s gone, I will feel sad once any of them leave now.

Just like I cried last night when Fran & Barry left on TAR. I’m such a sap any more. And apparently, a big ole TV junkie! Heh. Which is fine with me since I went for so long without watching any TV at all. I like having my 5 or 6 shows that I DVR and really get into. I’m going to list them now, watch there be way more than 5 or 6! Ha!

  • Sundays I watch Desperate Housewives, Sopranos and Big Love. (Ut oh, not a good sign that there are 3 shows on the first day!)
  • Mondays I watch Deal or No Deal and New Adventures of Old Christine. (Anyone watching this? I love it!! The brother totally steals the show.)
  • Tuesdays I watch American Idol.
  • Wednesdays I watch The Amazing Race, Deal or No Deal and American Idol.
  • Thursdays I watch Survivor and The Office.
  • Fridays I watch Deal or No Deal.
  • Saturdays I finally don’t have a show to watch!

Okay, so that’s 9 different shows, but some are on more than once and I’m becoming a big ole TV addict! Sweet!

We also like to watch movies on the weekends… and when the fall comes, it’s football, football, football! I sometimes try to imagine what it was like for people who lived before the days of TV and radio … and on some level I almost long for that sort of quiet, laidback lifestyle. I don’t necessarily think that all the progress we’ve made as a human race has been progression in the right direction. But, none of it is anything I can change, so I live in the world that I live in today and go about my tasks the way the majority of people do… but I do think about a different way. Maybe I need to go on a vacation to a Quaker farm or something. :-)

Four Years

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

Four years ago today, I decided I was finally sick and tired of being sick and tired where my eating was concerned. I went to my first 12-step meeting and began my journey of recovery for my eating issues. For four years I have not compulsively overeaten. For four years I have not (intentionally) eaten sugar, caffeine or any of my “binge foods”. For four years I have eaten at my meal times and only at my meal times, no in between eating. For four years my life has been getting better, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly – but the progression has definitely been towards the good. I’ve lost almost 110 pounds in the past four years. I haven’t gained and lost, gained and lost, gained and lost – as was my usual pattern in the past.

As a result of putting down all sugar foods, I had to give up alcohol four years ago, too. That was extremely hard and as a result, I learned that I was also an alcoholic. It took me longer to start attending recovery meetings for that addiction, but I eventually did and I’m very grateful for it. There is no way I would have been able to maintain my eating program if I was drinking. So today I celebrate two anniversaries: one of abstinence from compulsive eating and one of sobriety.

My life today is just absolutely beyond my wildest dreams. I could not be where I am today… or have maintained my abstinence from compulsive eating these past 4 years if it were not for the fellowship I have found in my meetings, for the love of program friends, sponsors and sponsees, for the absolute guiding force in my life – God. He is so good.

flowers I went to a meeting this morning and when I came home, I had the loveliest gift on my coffee table. They came from someone I’m sponsoring. It’s so wonderful to have the connections I have with people today… both inside and outside of my recovery programs, who appreciate what a gift it is that I’m in recovery today.

Brainiacs

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Last night was one of those proud parent moments. We got to watch Connor participate in the Reading Olympics for his school. His team did really well and earned a blue ribbon. But, even better than that – for us – was that Connor performed SO well. He was one of the team captains and he just really handled himself like a pro. He acts much older than the other kids, which is pretty astonishing since he was skipped a grade and is one of the youngest in his class. It’s also astonishing that he is one of the youngest and is also the biggest! That boy is 5’8″ already and he’s not even 12 yet. Yikes. When we went to the Franklin Institute last weekend, he put his foot in Shaq’s footstep and it wasn’t THAT much smaller. I think we should start slaughtering cows now to make our own shoes for him.

It was also a nice night because Aric was with us and he had read some of the books the teams were answering questions about… and he knew some of the answers, too! I don’t know why, but it always amazes me when I see my kids’ brains working as they should. I actually thought to myself, “Wow, he read those books AND comprehended them! He’s a genius!” Ha! It’s funny how when it’s our kids doing these things, they are that much more special.

Here’s Connor and his team last night. They were so cute.

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Bobblehead Goodness!

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

OMG. Look what I just got in my email!

We did it!!!! Thanks to you, the Dwight Schrute Bobbleheads are here!!!

As one who signed the Dwight Schrute Bobblehead Petition, you helped to encourage NBC to create a Dwight Schrute Bobblehead. Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you. As a result of all of the petition activity, I have created DwightBobbleheads.com, a place where you can Pre-order a Dwight Bobblehead, read a little bit about the Petition, see the history of the Petition and other things that Office fans would like. Check it out. I am hoping you will like it.

Enjoy,

David Silverlight

A few months ago, I signed a petition for NBC to create a real Dwight Shrute bobblehead after seeing one on the show. And now it looks like I can really get mine! Way too cool.