Thumb-Rise, Thumb-Set, Thumb-Rise, Thumb-Set

Thumbs up: College acceptance letters.  My son has gotten several in the past weeks and it has been quite exciting around here.  Thumbs down that he also got his first “rejection.”  He actually got wait-listed, but in his mind it means the same thing.  Thumbs down that I am now feeling the stress of a decision having to be made.

Thumbs down: My first cold in ages.  I don’t do colds well:(  I skipped exercise for the first time since I’ve been back at it post-surgery.  I had an inner debate with myself, trying to decide if I really didn’t fell well enough to workout or if I was just using it as an excuse.  I shouldn’t feel guilty.  Or should I?  Anyhoo, thumbs up that I am back to my regular exercise routine again, tissues in hand.

Thumbs down: Hot from the oven rolls and cookies.  Use your imagination, then imagine worse.  Sigh.  Two days of sugar and white carb overload-apalooza-thon.  Thumbs up for eating well every day for more than a week since.

Thumbs up: My oldest son bought me a tchotchke on his trip to Egypt.  An unexpected, thoughtful surprise.  But what really bowled me over was when he handed his grandmother a necklace he had brought for her and his other grandmother a little tchotchke of her own!  Not only did he think of us on his trip, but he had to lug the stuff back to campus then remember to pack it weeks later for the trip home.  Warmed my heart.

Thumbs down: Same son had trouble flying back to campus after Spring Break.  But he finally got there, later than expected and on a different airlines and only slightly worse for the wear.  The negative side of attending school so far away.  I hope number two son (who also plans to attend college far from his mother) didn’t get scared off by it all!

Thumbs all over the place: The weather.  Spring one day.  Winter again the next.  I’m eagerly waiting for Spring again.

Thumbs down: No more days off school for my teen between now and the end of the year.  Thumbs up that graduation is fast approaching.  Thumbs down that I need to start planning a party.  Which means lots of baking.  Which means lots of temptation.

Thumbs up: Fitblogger.  If you aren’t familiar with this great site that Rita runs, check it out.  Last week my blog and I were featured:)

Thumbs beckoning: I have added an affiliate link to my blog.  Wait – don’t stop reading!  It’s a good one.  Some of you may remember my major malware scare several months back.  For a few days I thought I might lose the whole blog!   Since then I have been having it automatically monitored daily for malware.  If you’d like to do the same, click here or on the Sucuri icon on my sidebar.

Thumbs up: Belated happy birthday to my husband:)  He doesn’t look a day older than he did yesterday.

Thumbs alone: March Madness.  As in I think it is madness how caught up everyone else gets about a little orange ball being dribbled around a court.  There’s been a whole lotta watching and talking (and yelling at the TV) by the men in my life.  And a whole lotta basketball widow time for me.  Thumbs up that last year I had one of my favorite analogy epiphanies during a basketball game and it still resonates with me.




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40 responses to “Thumb-Rise, Thumb-Set, Thumb-Rise, Thumb-Set

  1. Funny how you mention white sugar, white carb fest as a thumbs down/up. I talk about the same thing in my post today only mine isn’t about thumbs. It’s about those things not even needing to go through my mouth – just paste them on my backside and upper thighs. Isn’t the body a wonderful thing? LOL!

    • Karen

      I really feel so much better when I don’t eat them. And I don’t seem to be able to handle them with moderation. But I wonder if I have become a self-fulfilling prophecy in that. Time will tell, I guess.

  2. At least you only had cookies and hot rolls. My husband’s fiftieth birthday party was this weekend. Hubby and I both fell off the bandwagon of healthy eating. Well for me it is healthy eating and for my husband it is not snacking between meals. And not everything got put out for the party. I sent the large costco container of oatmeal cookies back with Ben for him and his friends. But there is a whole bowl of lindt truffles and the rest of the whitefish spread calling. And yes some sugar cookies too that are just waiting for me to eat them. At least I have some left over broccoli and tomatoes too. And grapes and strawberries. So I can feel good about eating a few things. But you can bet this morning for breakfast I’m eating bagels and whitefish spread so the bad eating continues.

    • Karen

      LOL. But I know you and you eat well almost all the rest of the time so this is a tiny blip on the radar. Enjoy! Those truffles and the bagels would tempt me mightily. Glad to hear the party went well.

  3. So much going on Karen! As for temptations coming.. more practice for you to see how well you can do! 😉 I do understand those hot rolls & cookies out of the oven.. glad it does not happen here except for my protein cookies which don’t tempt me like real ones! 🙂

    March madness – my hubby records so I am lucky.. he loves the college BB! Also lucky he is computer guy so he does the whole malware thing!

    • Karen

      Mine tried to help with the malware but he doesn’t know anything about the blog stuff. He is certainly my tech resource though. College ball is also one of the driving forces behind which school my son picks:)

  4. I agree with you on the weather. I’m in Mississippi & the weather has been beautiful all week and then this weekend we were putting the jackets again. People always say if you don’t like the weather in Mississippi, wait until tomorrow, because it will change.

    Stopping by from SITS!

  5. I got the title melody right away–now it’s going to play in my head all day! Thanks. Congrats to your son on his acceptances. My daughter got one “wait list” and got in–she chose another school, though. So nice of S#1 to bring gifts from his travels AND to remember to get them to the recipients. He’s got a good mom behind him, no doubt.

    • Karen

      He got a second wait-list yesterday. These are very, very selective schools. But so far neither are ones that were too high on his list. One school left to hear from, very selective, and one he’d love to go to. Cross fingers.

  6. Congrats to son on the acceptances! This is a very stressful time of the year for college-bound kids … and their parents!

    • Karen

      Truth be told I am uber-stressed today! Right now trying to plan a trip to visit a college halfway across the country. Sigh.

  7. great post and totally checking out the new blog

  8. Ann

    Add my thumbs to yours on the college acceptance letters. Good for him. Reading this made me chuckle because isn’t it grand that our lives are so busy and FULL?

  9. Congrats on the acceptance letters! Tell him as long as it’s not one of his top 2-3 choices ‘wait listing’ him (or worse), it’s all gravy. (I’d saying icing on the cake, but we don’t want to go there. Not that gravy isn’t just as bad. LOL)

    I don’t want to blow a favorite analogy, but college basketball games are two 20 minute halfs…40 min. total. Not 20. 😛

    I, too, love your thumbs up/down posts. 🙂

  10. When I first read the title of this post, I thought you were being clever about exercise. chuckle. I did remember your thumb tallies before I actually got to the post, tho. Still, the visual of working yor thumbs up and down as a legit exercise did make me laugh. 😀


  11. sunnydaze

    Thumbs up about the acceptance letters and well as the gifts from your other DS. Sounds like you’ve raised two great kids.

    Two big thumbs up for this post that made me smile 🙂

  12. Roz

    Hi Karen. What a fun post!!!! Congrats to your son, AWWW to the other son’s lovely gesture!! Have a wonderful day!

  13. Oh how I love your thumbs!
    What nice sons you have.
    I like your affiliate link. I’m checking it out.
    and I’m glad for the review of fitblogger too.

  14. The whole college thing is nothing but stress, isn’t it? And what a great son to bring those gifts back:)

    • Karen

      I think other parents might be more hands off and less stressed. I am just hoping my son is less stressed than I am:)

  15. Aw, you’ve got some good eggs there lady. Good job on the mom thing 😉

  16. Last week my stepdaughter was here for Spring Break…5 pound bag of Reese’s Pieces…it’s gone…not talking about how…but it is.

    I totally understand the palooza-thon you experienced!

  17. Ohhh, warm cookies from the oven are just one of my downfalls. Thumbs up for your awesome sons, though!

  18. I always enjoy these posts! You have an empty nest in your near future, how do you feel about it?

    • Karen

      Surprisingly, I am looking forward to it. But don’t tell my son! I think it is easier with the second one. But, let’s see how I feel come August:0

  19. Congrats to the son on the acceptance letters! One stress gone, and a new one to replace it. 🙂

  20. Nothing specific to say…just that I love your thumbs posts 🙂

  21. Nice thumbs in all directions post. 🙂 Sounds like you have raised such great boys, especially with your eldest thinking of bringing something back for his gramdma too. Hope you feel better soon – whenever I’m run down, processed sugar can be the tipping point to making me ill. BTW, thanks for pointing out your post on Rita’s community – I went back and made a comment. 🙂

    • Karen

      Somewhere I did something right:) And I suspect it doesn’t hurt that my mom sends him lots of care packages and takes him out to lunch whenever he is home. Fostering that special grandmother relationship.

  22. I am not sure when the college stress actually ends. The applications, the choices, the going, the coming back, the homesickness, not to mention the cost! Yikes. I am glad it has been somewhat drama free for my youngest (so far) but now we are going to be starting in on grad school for the older 2…

    Those thumbs of yours going up and down have to count for some calorie burn, right?! I sure wish stress was a calorie burner – we would both be in good shape this year!

    • Karen

      My oldest has not decided yet if he wants to go to grad school or try to get a job. He’s a junior, majoring in engineering. I’m hoping I can be less involved with that but probably not:)

  23. Carbs are absolutely one of the hardest things to avoid. They’re just sooooo delicious. Everything good has carbs! Bread, Pasta, Dairy, Sweets, Ice Cream, Chocolate, Potatoes, Rice. It’s just not fair damn it.

    You got a new follower here ;D

    • Karen

      I know. And I am a self-professed carboholic. But I work hard now to try to get my carbs from the healthiest sources:)

  24. I am with you where the hell is spring. One day it is 60 the next is 35 🙂 STOP TEASING ME mother nature! As for the sugar I am with Jody glad it’s not here, I am sure I would have a hard time resisting. Although my experiment thus far has been successful (I know it’s only been 2 days). I am still hanging in there. When you talk about your sons it clues me in on whats to come in the next couple of years as my son applies for and goes away to college. Not sure if I am ready for that. 🙂

    • Karen

      That college stuff is stressful IMO. But a lot of parents I know are more hands-off and less concerned with it all. Just my nature I guess, combined with a bad case of helicopter mom-itis.

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