Saturday, August 18, 2007

Tag, You're It!

So, Jimmy Moore of the "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" blog went and "blog-tagged" me. Normally, I'd rank this up there with annoying chain letters and phone calls with automated messages.... BUT it IS Jimmy, and I love his blogs, so I consider it an honor - hehe. Besides, I haven't blogged in a long while, so it's the perfect kick in the pants for me to update it - thanks, Jimmy!

So.... I have to come up with 8 interesting things about myself? Yeesh, I'm feeling pretty dull lately, but here goes:

1. I'm starting a new career!! This coming Monday will be my first day as a teacher. I'm so excited!!! And this also explains why I've been feeling so dull as of late - so much work to do!!

2. I am a football FREAK. I LIVE for football season. Don't even try to pry me off the couch and away from the TV on Sundays and Monday nights. My team? DA BEARS!!!

3. I am incredibly opinionated when it comes to the names parents give their children. And I feel I've earned that right because I myself am the victim of having been given an unusual first name. And let me tell you - I'M the one who has to live with it, and I'M the one who has to put up with the constant misspronunciations and spellings. And you know who DOESN'T have to deal with it?? The parents who named me!!! (I still love 'em, though. Sigh.) To all the parents out there - YOU ARE NOT THE ONE WHO HAS TO LIVE WITH YOUR CHILD'S NAME!!! My biggest naming pet peeve??? When parents give their child a common name, but spell it "differently" (I call it just spelling it just plain "wrong") because they want their child to be unique. Parents, all that does is sentence your child to a life other people assuming (as they very well should be able to) that Jennifer spells her name just like that, and NOT as "Genypher" or something equally dumb. If you wanted a unique name, then make up an original name! Don't mess around with the common ones!!! Your poor child spends probably a good 5 years of their life correcting people. GRRRRR!!! Okay, I feel better now :) Whew!

4. I am also a HUGE tennis fan. No, I don't have a clue how to play, but someday I'd love to take lessons. My favorite surface is the clay court, and so I love watching the French Open. I was also fortunate enough to intern in London for 3 months a few summers ago, and so of COURSE I made sure to visit the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon - truly the church of the tennis!

5. I love extra-dark chocolate. And wine. 'Nuff said.

6. I have to sleep with the ceiling fan on, which is right above our bed. I have to be able to feel the air circulating, and I love the fact that the fan's constant hum blocks out random noise from bumps in the night.

7. I swore up and down in high school after a band trip to Walt Disney World (yeah, I was a band geek) that I NEVER needed to go back to Florida for ANY reason - TOO HOT!!! And now look at me. God really does have a sense of humor. My husband unfortunately is stationed here, and well...... the things we do for love.

8. I'm not a picky eater AT ALL (probably contributes to my love of food and thus my weight problem). I only say no to olives and pickles. Or anything pickled, really. EW!! And yet my favorite salad dressing is oil and vinegar..... go figure.

As for my 8 unsuspecting tag-victims, we'll give these a try:

1. Big Daddy D

2. Sherrie from Pinch Of ...

3. PJ's The Divine Lowcarb!

4. The Sugar Plump Fairy

5. Stumbling to Bethlehem

6. Mr. and Mrs. Fat

7. Calianna

8. The Steaks Are High

And now for the damage as of late (although I'm down from having topped out recently at 208!):


Jimmy Moore said...

Mission accomplished, Mrs. B! I missed reading your blog, but now that you're teaching I tee-totally understand. CONGRATS!

Hmmmm, you love football, hate stupid names parents give their kids, LOVE tennis (Nadal is gonna beat Federer one of these days in a Grand Slam event!), enjoy dark chocolate, have to have the ceiling fan on when you sleep, was in the band in high school, and ain't picky with your food.

Believe it or not, every single one of those facts is true about me, too! Small world.

Welcome back and be sure to keep posting when you can. I'd love to see you sharing your weight loss progress at "30-In-30" again, too! :D

Breadless MrsB said...

Thank you, thank you, Jimmy - you're always so good with the encouragement!! And YES - SMALL WORLD!!

I've once again revamped my eating/exercise strategies BECAUSE OF my new teaching job. I'd be MISERABLE right now if I weren't eating well. I've got to have energy all day, and that just SO DOES NOT HAPPEN when I've fallen off the wagon (as we all know, high carb = low/no energy in the long run). Plus, I did NOT expect the schedule change, eating-wise. I discovered that I have about 15 minutes during the day to wolf down lunch 'cause I can't be eating in front of the kids if I expect them to have no food. No time for snacks of any kind. So I'm really doing my best to take care of myself - making sure I have lunches that can be quickly eaten in between periods and right after school. That's the latest with me!! Who knew?! So much I never thought about before that a teacher goes through!

Jimmy Moore said...

I was a substitute teacher a couple of years before I started low-carb. I couldn't wait for my free period to EAT and then after school. It's hard...that and having to go to the bathroom. :-~

Breadless MrsB said...

Wow, I didn't know that about you, Jimmy! Yes, bathroom breaks are tough. My students are always asking to go to the bathroom, and it's so hard to keep myself from saying "Hey, if I have to hold it, then you have to hold it." I'm finding that eating and bathroom breaks have to be strategically planned. Actually, someone told me recently that teachers have a very high UTI rate because of the no-bathroom-break issue. Interesting.

Big Daddy D said...

Okay, Okay.... see Post on Big Daddy D's Low Carb Life (