Monday, February 23, 2009

Monday Morning Meme and More!

I base most of my fashion sense on what doesn't itch. ~Gilda Radner

1. Does blogging make you fat? Do you find yourself sitting around and eating more since you started your blog? Or do you get so caught up in the whole blogging routine that you forget to eat?

Let me just make one thing very clear: I never forget to eat. I wish I did now and then, but food and I? We are tight. BFFs.

Now, it's not BLOGGING that makes me sit around on my rapidly increasing rear -- it's the LASR/WC website. Yeppers... that sucker is very labor intensive, and it's all computer based. So, yikes. One of the ladies who is participating in JaNoWriMo can write and walk on her treadmill. I need to figure out how to do something like that!!

2. The one topic I will not touch on my blog is __________. Why? What sorts of topics do you receive the most comments on? What sorts of topics do you receive the least number of comments on?

I don't talk about politics or religion -- too easy to get a flame war going on either of those things. I have very, very strong views on both subjects, but don't feel the need to share them here. And, typically I get most comments on topics of a personal nature (like my post, below, about Dakota passing her Good Citizen class, for instance). Least number? My guest bloggers. I guess it's because my readers don't KNOW the person, so unless something specific really resonates, they don't feel the need to comment.

3. Spring is coming. How is your wardrobe? What sorts of clothes do you usually wear in the spring? Where do you normally shop for your clothes? How successful are you in finding clothes for yourself?

I just bought four new long-sleeved T-shirts at the LL Bean Outlet's President's Day sale -- everything in the store was 30% off (be still my heart). Spring and winter clothing isn't all that different for me... temps here still stay cold until May, when I switch to summer clothes. The only real difference is the jacket I wear when I go outside (no more heavy winter coat, now I'll wear my lined windbreaker or fleece jacket).

I typically try to shop for my clothes at higher end stores, but from the sales rack. The fact is, you really do get what you pay for, and a T-shirt from WalMart is utterly different than a T-shirt from LL Bean. OTOH, the frugal side of me refuses to pay $29 for a T-shirt -- so, I wait, and I watch and I scoop them when they are $8 each (oh, yes I did!). I shop at Macys and Kohls and Lands End, but only from the sales rack. I truthfully don't even LOOK at the full-priced clothing.

Yes, I am cheap frugal and wise.

And, finding clothing for myself is very, very difficult because I really dislike the styles (and have for the last 5-6 years). I don't like tight clothes (and, dear heavens, do normal people look good in those skin tight shirts? The answer, folks, is NO.), and I have long legs and arms and no waist to speak of. So shirts? Finding them not tight with sleeves that actually go down to my wrists? HA. And pants? If they fit in the waist, they're baggy in the butt. If they fit my butt, they're so tight in the waist I can't breathe. And, I'm not even going to talk about the fact that most of them are practically Capri's on me.

Oh. Woe.

4. We should treat every day as a special gift - we’re alive, right? What made this past week special for you? (And if you’ve already talked about that special something on your blog, then think of something else - something little perhaps, but had a big impact on you or your loved ones).

These questions are so hard for me. I'm a naturally negative and depressed person, so it's not instinctive to look at the bright spots. Um... Hey, Dakota passed her Good Citizen test!! And, we didn't lose power last night, despite the fact the lights flickered and we lost our satellite signal. Those are good, right?


We did get whomped with snow... several inches of the heavy, wet, white stuff. And, yes, our lights flickered a bunch. I was a wreck. I don't know if I'll ever get over losing power for so long during the ice storm in December!

I woke up this a.m. around four and couldn't hear the hum of the fridge. I leaped up and checked the lights. On. Phew.

I don't take electricity for granted ANY MORE.



Ceri Hebert said...

I haven't even looked outside yet. It's too dark to see what we got. Whatever we got I'll have to trudge through to get to and from work for the next 2 days. Got rid of one car and will pick up a "new" truck Wednesday but DH will need my van for work 'til then.

We didn't get a flicker

Jodi said...

I'm with you on the frugal side! I have a hard time paying full price for things now! I go to the clearance racks first.

Diane Craver said...

Yeah, I'm thinking blogging and writing is not a great thing for me. After age 40 your metabolism really does slow down or mine did anyhow. :) I need to make time to exercise. I don't eat while blogging or writing though which is good.

I agree with you - I avoid certain topics on my blog.

Well, my daughter coming home for the weekend from college was a special gift until she called me after she returned to college and has the nasty flu we all had earlier in Dec. and January. She wanted to know if any of us were ill. She got back to college before she became ill. So far none of us have gotten it the second time.

MomJane said...

I am faced with pouring rain as I head out this morning. Beats snow, but is still not great.

I don't even want to talk about eating. I want to munch all the time, and have to constantly remind myself that I can not eat and get thin. YUK !!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm a naturally negative and depressed person

Babe, that might be geography, not personality.

Just sayin'.

I always laugh at my most popular posts. The first is the travel articles, then the Wii articles. But of the personal stuff? My hair. Especially the day I posted pictures of it flat-ironed. Just tickles me.

And you and I DEFINITELY need to talk about the whole clothing/pants thing. I've got your solution on the pants: head back to the outlet mall, hit the Tommy Hilfiger store. The Boyfriend Pant. I kid you not. Pay full price if you have to. Totally worth it. My sister SWEARS by them.

Also, look for low-rise or mid-rise pants. The waistbands are designed to sit lower, so the butt/waist dilemma disappears.

Brandy said...

Ah, another frugal person! I try to look on the bright side for many things, but it gets hard. *G*
I don't eat much while on the computer, but I do down liquids like crazy, well, that's all the time. *G*

I hope you have a nice day!