Thumbs down: Heat waves. We’ve been in a “heat warning” again. Temps for the next few days predicted in the triple digits. The weather is wreaking havoc with my biking since, yes I admit it, I am a wimp. Thumbs up for my climate-controlled basement “gym.”
Thumbs up: Winning. giveaways. Two in one day! A Target gift card thanks to Girly Girl and a huge package of Stevia items thanks to Jody and NuNaturals. (Yes, I am still ingesting a ridiculous amount of artificial sweeteners.) So… I bought a lottery ticket that day, just in case my luck held. Thumbs down that I didn’t win any money and need to put my daydreams of life as a millionaire on hold.
Thumbs undecided: Freebies. I was recently offered a prize package for myself and a second one for my readers but, after much consideration, graciously declined. I don’t get offered freebies very often, so it was hard to say “no.” But I felt that it would have obligated me to write about something I would probably not otherwise write about… so… I’m not writing any more about it than this. But trust me, if it had been something awesome to offer to you, I’d have gone all thumbs up over it.
Thumbs step up: Huge step. Literally. At my recent visit to the internist I kept my sandals on when I stepped on the scale. Thumbs up because I didn’t care (much) that I would weigh a couple of pounds more thanks to those shoes. Thumbs down for the reason I kept them on – germophobia. Yes, I am a bit of a germ freak. Didn’t want to put my bare feet where other bare feet might have gone before me.
Thumbs every which way: Teen stuff. Thumbs up that my son had a good time on his trip with friends camping and canoeing in the wilderness. (He inherited that from his dad, NOT me.) Thumbs down that it took us days and lots of patience to pry any details out of him. Thumbs up that I enjoyed my week-long empty nest preview:) Thumbs both up and down that I’ll be waving goodbye to my baby in less than a month. Thumbs down that one of us is a procrastinator (which he also inherits from his dad) and no dorm room shopping has yet taken place. Thumbs down that he has somehow somewhere sometime lost his glasses, which he only wears on rare occasion when he takes out his contacts, but if he can’t find them we’ll have to get a new pair.
Thumbs down: Teeth. I’ve been having some issues with mine for a while and the bad news is that the dentist can’t pinpoint which tooth or teeth are the culprits. His suggested course of action is to replace the most likely (in his opinion) crown and hope we get it right on the first try. Ouch. Both for me and my bank account. No thanks, Doc. I’ll go with your plan B: wait until it’s unbearable. Thumbs down that on Monday the teen got his wisdom teeth out. Poor baby. Thumbs up that he’s feeling well enough to see the new Harry Potter movie with friends, albeit after popping a prescription pain pill.
Thumbs down: Blog technology. Yes, again. Or still. So is it just me or does it seem like WordPress requires a new update more and more often!? For those of you not using WP.org, every time I have to update, I cross my fingers and hope that my blog doesn’t vanish when I push the button. The latest update took almost a whole day, and I waited, holding my breath, for a very long time. So far, I am not impressed with the new and improved version. What I most dislike is that typing in my editor now doesn’t keep up with my fingers. Also major dislike that lots of my little bells and whistles (aka plugins) are apparently incompatible with this latest version. Sigh.
Thumbs still down: Blog technology. So my past email issue seems to have improved, maybe, but not resolved. Thumbs down that I had to disable the feature that emails you a reply to comments. I’m still replying to most of them but now you have to check back if you want to read what I said. And it is no longer a different color; had to disable that feature too. I hope to try a new version of the auto-email-reply feature someday. More finger crossing will ensue.
Thumbs down. Whipped cream. Not long ago my husband bought a huge amount from Costco. Get your minds out of the gutter, people! My thumbs are down because once I started adding whipped cream to the equation, my former nightly cup of sugar-free pudding morphed into a small binge. Three cups in one day – not normal. Pudding stays; whipped cream goes.
Thumbs up: Winner, winner, strawberry dinner. My favorite summer go-to meal when we’re not eating a family dinner: strawberries and cottage cheese. Major yum. And no cooking – bonus! And, low-cal, low-fat, high fiber. Winner. I’ll be so sad when berry season ends and it’s back to a long, boring winter of apples.
Thumbs down: Gum. Yep, I’m chomping away a bit more than I’d like again. I’m going to stop buying so much; can’t chew what I don’t have:) Maybe I need to go back to chewing pen caps like I did when I was in school. Maybe all this chewing isn’t helping my teeth issues any!
Thumbs “coming about”: Sailing away. We got invited to spend the day with my BIL and his new girlfriend on her boat. I was not eager to go and for days my glass was half full of muddy lake water in anticipation. Heat warnings, sun, swimsuit, food out of my control, sailing, small talk… not my kind of day. Thumbs up that the day was not nearly as horrible as I imagined in my overactive pessimist’s mind. Except for the heat – that was still pretty bad. And the water – which was not only muddy but also filled with dangerous algae (which we knew about thanks to posted warnings not to swim). But otherwise, the day passed quickly and relatively painlessly and not a sunburn in sight.
Thumbs up: My weight. I’m just putting this one on here because I know some of you would be wondering. I did start this as a weight loss blog, after all. I actually have lots of things to say about eating still, but that’s for another day. Basically though, except for a little blip thanks to the sailing day (with two meals and afternoon snacks away from home), I’m maintaining.