Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Wednesday HOPS

If you're stopping by for the weight loss portion of today's post, just scroll down.  If you're here for Wednesday Hodge Podge, it's the first HOP today.  If you're here for BOTH, just start reading and keep on to the end!

FIRST is WEDNESDAY HODGE PODGE from Joyce at From This Side of the Pond.  This one is a great way to get to know some wonderful new bloggy friends and learn more about some old ones...not that I'm calling anyone OLD, mind you.   

1. How has your hometown changed since you were a kid? What has changed most about the neighborhood you grew up in?  I do visit my hometown from time to time since my aunt still lives there (but, trust me, if she didn't live there, I'd never go back) and NOT ONE SINGLE THING has changed.  The people are all still a bunch of yahoos (and I am not referring to that yummy-lish chocolate flavored drink). 

2. What song makes you laugh? This one:

3. Are you a fan of Harry Potter? Read the books? Seen any/all of the movies? Will you be standing in line somewhere close to midnight later this week? For those of you playing along today who live outside the US or UK is Harry Potter a phenomenon in your part of the world?  I have not read one single word nor have I seen any of the movies.  HOWEVER, every single one of the lovelies has read every single book (multiple times) and they have seen all the movies on the opening night showings at midnight.  And that includes BestSonInLawEVER!  I have no idea why I haven't read and seen all of it but it just never appealed to me.  My BFF says that if I start I will LOVE them.  Maybe after I finish all the LOST episodes. 

4. If the truth hurts, will you tell a lie? Are we better off as a society in a world that allows no form of deception whatsoever? I hate lying and find it extremely difficult to even think about telling one.  However, I did participate in the telling of Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy...even though I still believe in Santa.  But, outside of that kind of thing, no. I tell people that if they don't want to know, then don't ask me because I'm won't even sugar coat anything.  I don't hate people who don't tell the truth but I don't respect them either.  Besides, do any of us really look that good sporting a Pinocchio nose?

5. What is your favorite 'sauteed in garlic and butter' food? Or garlic and olive oil if that makes you feel better.  Shrimp, dahling.  Of course.

6. Attending any reunions this summer/year? High school? family? Other? Do these events stir up excitement or dread?  I do not attend high school reunions because I still dislike all those people.  I don't attend college ones either--undergrad or grad---but I am in touch with my buds from those days!  Every summer we have my mother's family reunion and I LOVE going to it!  They are just the sweetest, kindest folks you'd ever want to meet!  That's Papa (my great grandfather) in the picture at the reunion back in the early to mid 60s. 

7. Lilac, hydrangea, peony...pick one. Most flowers send my allergies into a frenzy so I don't particularly love the really smelly ones.  But I do love Gerber Daisies.  Love, love, love them!

8. Insert your own random thought here.  Preseason will begin in LESS THAN one month!  Did you read that?!  LESS THAN ONE MONTH!  And I am so ready--but then, I'm ALWAYS READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!  

AND last night Birdie and I went to the Adidas store to get some new walking/running shoes.  Everything was going along quite nicely until I turned around and BAM!  There is was.  A full length mirror.  Immediately my inner voice said, "Look at that!  You're still fat!"  Whereupon I immediately replied, "No shit Sherlock."  Which immediately sent my inner voice into shock and I haven't heard from him since.  (Notice how I call my inner voice a 'him'...hahahahaha).   

AND I enjoyed walking in my new shoes this morning.  BUT, DANG!  It's so humid out there that I thought this might be the day that the weather down here actually kills me!  As a matter of fact, just ignore anything I have said previously about the heat because, compared to today, those days were merely warm.  This kind of heat is one of the reasons I never ask, "Could it get any worse?"  Because the answer is always yes! It was in the 80s at 6:00 am!  Right now (it's only 7:30) it's 83 but, with the humidity, it feels like 93 which means that, by lunch time, hello hundreds!  Which is why I will be inside paying homage to my air conditioner!   

AND, Carol over at Facing 50 with Humour has had her FIRST BOOK PUBLISHED--Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines!  Hop on over there and give her a congratulatory shout!  Major congrats Twin!  I am so proud of you!

AND, you will be glad to know, this ends all my random ramblings.  For today.

The SECOND HOP is from Patrice, at Everyday Ruralty, who hosts Wednesday Words of Weight Loss every Wednesday!  It's a fun HOP that offers encouragement and company on the issue of weight.  It's never too late to join!  Come on, this is your week to join in the FUN!  

  1. Is there someone in your town who makes you turn and walk the other way to avoid  them? Please, please, tell me I'm not alone.  Well, if I lived in the town where I went to high school, I would avoid EVERYONE.  Around here, not so much.  Or, if I do, it's because I have no desire to stand in the heat or at the grocery store and have an indepth conversation about crap I don't care about.  HOWEVER, there are people I knew when, that I would avoid because I would hate to see the look in their eyes when they realized who I was and that I now look like two people instead of one. So, no.  You are NOT alone. 
  2. Have you ever tried juicing?  Yes.  We have a juicer and the juice is fantastic!  It gives you a major rush and energy buzz that stays with you for a couple of hours!  I'm not using it lately though because I don't want to count those calories in my daily intake.
  3. Do you feel better with long hair, short hair, or something in between? I feel better with medium to long hair even though I twist it into one of those buns Patrice mentioned above every single day of my life.  I look like an elephant with a head the size of a mouse when my hair is short. 
  4. Have you ever seen a large fireworks display in person?  Yep. When I was little we used to watch the ones in Charlotte, NC.  When the lovelies were growing up, we always went out to Sullivan's Island and watched the ones in Charleston. 
  5. What's the most unusual meal you have made?  You won't find an unusual meal around here because I'm a regular food person.  If it's foreign or gourmet or uses 'interesting' ingredients?  Then I'm not making it OR eating it!  I don't like unusual food. Or, at least, I don't think I do because I've never actually tasted unusual food. LOL


  1. I've been walking at the gym this week. My neighborhood is atop a mountain and the hills in this heat are ridiculous. They are ridiculous anyway but in the heat they kill me so its the gym for now. Not as much fun but I'm determined!

    Have a great day!

  2. Hi! I popped over from Wednesday Hodgepodge and enjoyed reading all your answers. I've bookmarked your blog so I'll be back again to read more...I'm a new empty nester trying to lose weight and figure out what to do with myself, too. :)

  3. You're amazing, that you would walk in any temperature above 76. It's 52 here this morning, and I think you should do your walking in Wisconsin. I have a class reunion coming up this summer, the one where all the old people get together and try to 'party like it's high school.' Totally does not appeal to me and never did.
    Hope you have a great day. Stay away from the full-length mirrors. You're doing great and the mirror (he) is a liar. lol

    I've got a 3 1/2 year old grandson here all week, so I'm not sure how much I'll get online, but wanted you to know I'm thinking of you in that HEAT!

  4. Walking is an excellent exercise, but you just won't catch me out in the heat. I prefer to doing all of my aerobic activity indoors, even though it's cramp. lol. I'm ready for fall, but not winter. Thanks for the heads up on Carol's book publication. Cool news!

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  5. Good morning Pam. Here it is Wednesday already.
    I agree with reunions, I see who it is I want to see when I want too. I don't do them. I live in the same place I grew up (well one country mile down) but I spend more time in the next town because that is where Jim works and Mike went to school. I see a few "others" once in awhile but like you again, don't need too.
    I love these Q&A's.
    I hope that you have a great day today. Today is our nice day, right now 52* and high of 78* and no humids. Now tomorrow, 100* and rain and will continue that way through the weekend. UGH!!
    New shoes, I am again in the need of a pair but think I'll wait until I start back up at the gym in September that way they'll last the winter if I just wear them there.
    Take care and God Bless!!!

  6. Joyce- Good grief! If we had any hills down here I would be in big trouble because they would kill me for sure! I'd be at the gym too!

    Stacy Lynn- I'm heading over to your blog! Welcome to the empty nest situation---it sucks but you do get used to it!

    Judy- I think you're right! I DO need to do my walking in Wisconsin! Oh how nice to have your grandson with you! I know you'll be busy---talk about exercise! LOL

    Cathy-The heat is brutal! Even at 6:00 am! Isn't that exciting about Carol?!

    Julie- What's all this 52 degree stuff?! Judy has it too! NOT FAIR! LOL Wow, y'all are familiar with 100 degree weather? Amazing. Adidas was having a big sale- buy one get one 50% off!

  7. Good morning, I have been reading these books and they talk about the Low Country, and I never knew what that meant and I think I do now. Wow how cool it would be to visit. You said so much, Harry Potter, Lovely books! The movies are good but the books, just amazing.
    I had to laugh about the mirror and what you said in your head. I feel like that every time I walk by one.
    Oh well we are doing something about it now aren't we?
    Have a great week.
    I enjoyed your answers.

  8. Kim- Thanks! Hey- if you ever want to visit the lowcountry, come on down! We'll put you up!

  9. Great answers! I have NO good excuses for walking here! I had better get out there and do it.

  10. Your bottom must be looking good after all that walking! Well done on keeping it up because if it gets over 26 degrees celsius here I just wilt and have to sit down with a glass of wine, oh sorry, I mean water don't I?
    Who's that old wrinkly person holding a book? Eek it's me...not the most flattering photo but hey the camera never lies! What a surprise to find me here. Thank you ever so much for shouting out about it. Hubby has put a right dampener on my high spirits about it! You have restored them again.
    Thank you dear twin. Where would be without you and my friends here in my laptop?
    I love the video you have posted. I am humming away nicely now.
    I love reading your answers to these questions-considering we have never gone out for a girly night out, we sure know a lot about each other now.
    Thanks Cathy too. Hugs from me and no doubt from Hubby too if he wasn't busy talking to his financial advisor about Standard Life shares - yawn!

  11. You live in my favorite vacation it.
    And yea! Football...can hardly wait...the best thing about Fall!
    All of your answers were right on. Loved the recap of the trip to buy shoes..I have one of those voices--doesn't say much when I'm stuffing my gut but hello when I start trying to diet.
    I might just join in on this other Wednesday blog hop.
    Mama Bear

  12. I really like how you talk to your inner voice, doesn't he know by now, he'd better just shut up? No reunions here, some people are about as dull as they come, old fuddy duds. I'm going to try and do one the hops today. Yeah for Carol too.
    p.s. I can't stand Harry Potter

  13. Too funny about your inner voice being a 'him'. I do believe my inner voice will be transgendering now that I've read this, cuz we girls have to stick together like fat cells and not be dissin' ourselves.

    Kudoes for exercising.

  14. Humph! Reunions are highly over-rated, I think. Even some family types. That's my curmudgeonly thought for today.

    On the plus side. I love how you put your inner self back in his place. Keep up that back-chat!

  15. i'm struggling w/ too much weight and no motivation...
    thanks for your post today...

  16. I have to say it's been so hot here I've skipped out on my walking the last few days. I really must get back to it. Maybe tonight!

  17. Betty-Thanks! Get a pup and you will never stop walking!

    Carol- What can I say? I WISH my bottom looked good! And wine is much more tasty than water, so go for the wine! What’s that husband of yours doing? Is he jealous from all that fame and fortune you are about to come in to? That must be it! If I ever get over there or you over here, we’re going for a girly night and we’re gonna have a blast! Love you Twin!

    Mama-I love being so close to the beach and having that ocean breeze! If you get back this way, let me know! Another football fan?! Awesome! Who’s your team? We would love for you to join in the HOP! The lovelies call me Mama Bear and Hubs is Papa Bear!

    Alessandra-Well, you know how those males are---hard headed and all. LOL

    Zoanna-Transgendering your inner voice makes it all the easier to tell him off! If I gave him Hubs' name I'd really tell him off!

    Stephanie- I avoid all but the family one in August. We are all in touch throughout the year but only gather once…so we can all sweat together. LOL

    skoots- It’s definitely a struggle! I hope you find your motivation soon! Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help!

    Cathy- It’s too hot here to go walking at night, believe it or not! The humidity is even worse after 7:00!

  18. Great post, you made me chuckle! I'm dreading it when my kids move out because I just can't see how on earth we can manage to keep all the stuff they've got now plus all the other stuff they're gonna get later...sheesh!

  19. I love the heat. Think I'm a southerner at heart.

  20. Your answers really made me laugh!
    Can't wait for football to start!

  21. You crack me up. I'm so dang glad you're part of my life!

    The line about flowers sending your allergies off could have been me saying it-right down to the part about daisies. They are one of my all time favorites. My mom's name was Margueritte and there is a daisy by that name, so she always thought they were special too.

    D2 and I have had a good laugh about your conversation with your inner voice. You tell 'em, girlfriend!!!

  22. sterlingsop-And what if they come back later--with dogs and kids and husbands/wives?! Oh NO! LOL

    LynnMarie-You must be!

    Mary- It won't be long now! Maybe with the start of football season, the heat won't be minded quite so much. LOL

    Patrice- Thank you so much! I feel the very same way! I googled the daisy- I love those! And I love the name Margueritte! Glad I could give y'all a laugh!

  23. My daughter and several friends told me the same thing about Harry Potter. They were mistaken.

  24. Beverly- I'm too wrapped up in trying to watch all the LOST episodes anyway! LOL I don't know if I'll ever get around to reading/watching the HP stuff. There are too many other books to read and movies to watch. Plus, I'm already behind so...

  25. I have only seen a few HP movies. Our son loves the movies and I think they saw it last night. Don't think he read the books.
    A few people said shrimp, I'll have to try that! Sweet photo of your papa. We have a few Gerber plants.


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