Every season is magical.

At the beginning of the winter season I was worried it was going to be a mild winter. I really wanted to play in the snow. My two goals for the season 1) make a snow angel and 2) make a snowman.

That first snow day I was so excited. I played in the snow and made a snow angel. First goal down! But the snow was too fluffy to make a snowman.

Each snowfall added to the last making huge snowpiles on the sidewalks and streets. But it was the untouched snow that really got me excited. I’m not sure what it was but I really liked leaving my boot print or hand print or writing something in the untouched snow.

When it snowed on the first day of spring it was like a final farewell from Jack Frost for the year.

I will miss the snow and the magical, child-like excitement that went along with fresh snowfall.

Now I can get ready for spring. I can’t wait to take walks (reading breaks on benches) in Central Park or ride my bike through the city.

I need to make plans for all the things goals I want to accomplish this spring. NYC needs to be explored!

Each season brings out a new me. A new, hopeful, ready to tackle anything me.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is one of the few books that my dad and I read. He bought it on his Kindle and he liked them so much he was able to lend them to me through Amazon.

We knew right away that Donald Sutherland would be perfect for President Snow, but the others we would have to see before deciding. The first movie didn’t disappoint.

Mockingjay hits the big screens today and I can’t wait to see it next week. The books will always hold a special place in the library of my heart.

I really enjoyed this Buzzfeed article by Kristin Harris because some of these quotes were my favorites too. Did your favorite quote make the list?

The 10 Most Popular Quotes From “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”

“And if we burn, you burn with us!” posted on Nov. 20, 2014, at 5:08 p.m.

According to Amazon Kindle, these are the passages that readers highlight the most in Mockingjay, the third and final book in The Hunger Games trilogy.












Watch Katniss and Peeta come to life on the big screen when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 hits today!

The 10 Most Popular Quotes From "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay"

Teleportation fantasy

Now that Daylight Saving Time has come to an end, it’s dark when I leave work. Which is OK, but after a long day at work I associate darkness with bedtime. Then I think of the trek home and really wish I had the power to teleport straight to my apartment.

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When I’m too tired or — I’ll just say it — lazy, I like to fantasize about teleporting. My life would be so much easier. I could sleep in; I could travel all over the world; visit friends in an instant. Grocery shopping would be a breeze because I wouldn’t have to lug bags of food for blocks. And laundry! I could pop in and out during a commercial break! My hair would always look perfect because it would never be out in the elements. Life would be great and lovely.

Then I think, “If I could teleport, I would get SO FAT!” That thought brings the wonderful fantasy crashing to an end. Not only would I get fat but my bones would become brittle causing me to teleport more; then I would just get worse. It would become a vicious cycle that I couldn’t teleport out.

Don’t you just hate it when one of your superpower fantasies is ruined by logic?

Cozy and Warm

This morning was really cold and windy but I was cozy and warm in my apartment. Even though I moved in this week, all my furniture is in storage as I wait for renovations to start and end. I have my sleeping bag and lawn chairs and that’s pretty much it. It reminds me of camping. When I say camping I mean sleeping in a tent that took an hour and some frustrated cursing to put up.

Wind blows tent away

I love camping! I love being out in nature (even though I’m allergic to most of it), cooking over a campfire and scaring myself silly by letting my imagination run wild at unknown sounds in the dark.

One of the last times I went camping I brought my pug, Buddy, who couldn’t see the forest for all the trees he had to pee on. He had to hike his leg on every single tree and it wasn’t until later that I realized his bladder was totally empty but he kept on going through the motions. I had to rein him before he became seriously dehydrated.

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Most parks have bathrooms and Big Bend National Park has some really nice ones. But I did see something outside the bathroom that still gives me the heebie jeebies. A nest of Daddy Longlegs! There had to be hundreds of these opiliones in a cluster right outside the bathroom door and they were pulsating. When I went back before going to bed they were no longer there! I had never wanted the power to fly or hover more in my life because I knew those little spiders were crawling everywhere.

My night didn’t end there. As I was safe in my zipped up tent and warm in my sleeping bag with my protective pug by my side – in the sleeping bag because he was extremely spoiled – I heard something outside. Bud came tearing out of the sleeping bag, stepping all over my face and arms to bark at what ever was outside the tent. The way he was barking you would think it was a bear but no, it was raccoons. Everything was tucked in ice chests and other things that were raccoon proof. However, the next morning I found out nothing is truly raccoon proof. The raccoons were able to get in to the ice chest and they took the locked egg case. Buddy found it a little way from our campsite and the contraption that promised it was raccoon proof was now laying open and all the eggs were gone.

All in all it was a great camping trip and I love that my current apartment situation has brought those fun memories to the surface again. Plus, it makes me really thankful for take-out, kitchen appliances and spider-free bathrooms!

Oddly, all that was better than the one time I was in a Mississippi state park where I slept in a cabin only to wake up covered in mice. But that’s for another blog post.

Fell off the diet and it was finger lickin’ good!

Breaking Bad High Five

The first week of the diet is finally over. It was hard. I really wanted half & half in my coffee. So you know what I did? I put it in my coffee and tea. WHOA! I also added a little milk to my scrambled eggs to make them fluffier.

Keanu Woah

I decided I was going to make this diet work for ME—not me work for the diet. I made a few changes to make it more tolerable. Besides that little bit of dairy I decided that if I was really craving something I would have it, but just a little bit. If I keep denying myself all the goodies I see walking the streets of Manhattan I may eat a FAMILY sized bag of potato chips instead of a single serving. Or a whole cake instead of the glass of milk I really wanted. (I’ve learned that when I crave sweets its really the milk I want and not the sweet. Not really sure why.)

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Plus, these little give-ins help my sanity. I am the kind of person who doesn’t like to be told that I can’t do something. Even if the person telling me is me! Yep, I was real pleasant growing up, just ask my parents.

Glass Case

So, I figured I would do my best to follow the plan but I wouldn’t make myself go crazy trying to stick to it. When I weighed myself on Friday I lost 4 pounds. So that miniature ice cream bar or small bag of chips or can of Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, that I had for dinner because my throat hurt, didn’t do as much damage as I thought it would.

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I was so proud of myself. Then Saturday night rolled around and my roommate had a gift certificate to Bartolino’s Italian Ristorante. I thought I died and went to a Dean Martin heaven. I had Fettuccine Alfredo and two glasses of Chianti. Oh. So. Good.


I told myself I would be better the next day. But my plans went awry when I discovered some unwanted guests had come through an open, yet screened-in window to visit our kitchen overnight. I still had to eat so I went to the deli down the street and got a lox and bagel.

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After some industrial strength cleaning to the apartment I got ready for a potluck. The title of the evite on Facebook was T’s Fried Chicken. I already knew going in I was in trouble but I didn’t care. T is from Georgia and I really wanted some southern fried chicken. Let me tell you, it was finger lickin’ good and well worth it. You know what else was worth it? The homemade mac & cheese with it’s creamy goodness and hint of heat; the cooked greens with pieces of chicken in it; the ever-so-moist cornbread; and the buttery Popeye’s biscuits! Even the dish I brought, Tuna Noodle Salad, was worth it. If you are going to throw the diet out the window you might as well go ahead and throw it out of the state.

fried chicken

But my fall off the wagon has not derailed me. I will start again. I will not torment myself because I ate food that was not on the diet. This diet will work for me and not the other way around. And if it doesn’t, then, it’s not the diet for me.

Let's Do This

Eat like a Cavewoman

Judging You

“When are you due?” was a common question women in Texas would ask me. My response would be a stern look while saying in a deadpan tone, “I’m not pregnant, just fat. Thanks for noticing.” No matter how many times I was asked this offending question I never thought I needed to lose weight. I like my body just the way it is. I earned this body, flaws and all.

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However, in a few months I will enter into a new age bracket that comes with more body responsibility. So it’s time I start taking better care of it so I can avoid some genetic pitfalls like diabetes, glaucoma, and cancer. Plus, one of my best friends is getting married next year and I want to look kickass in my bridesmaid dress.


To accomplish this I have decided to start The Paleo Diet, which I am basing off the book Paleo for Beginners: Essentials to Get Started by John Chatham. It’s the 7-day beginner plan. Other diets have never seemed to work for me. I figured this one might because as a kid my mom made meals that were heavy on the protein and vegetables and I was a skinny thing.

George Takei Oh My

Plus, the diet seems reasonable and easy to follow. Meat, vegetables and fruit are the staples of this diet. No bread, dairy, grains, legumes or starchy vegetables are allowed. Which means no potatoes, and I love potatoes. This diet may be harder than I thought because I also can’t have high–salt meats and snacks such as beef jerky or hotdogs. Good thing baseball season is almost over because I can’t go to a game and NOT get a hotdog.

Batman Hotdog

This 69-page book covers a lot of information. It gives a brief synopsis on the history of the Paleo Diet, which was actually created in 1975 by gastroenterologist Dr. Walter Voegtlin. At that time it was called The Stone Age Diet. Voegtlin documented how his patients with Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome showed “significant health improvements” when they followed a diet that included “large quantities of animal fats and proteins and very small quantities of carbohydrates.”

This book claims that this version of the Paleo Diet “intends to closely duplicated the nutritional makeup of a Paleolithic diet without being unrealistic, difficult or complicated.” Even though some people wanted to be more authentic: “While there are a few Paleo followers who do literally hunt, gather or forage all of their food most people don’t have the motivation or time for that level of authenticity.”

Ain't nobody got time for that

The book states that the reason this diet works is the “Paleo methods align your diet with your body’s historical genetic programming. You can boost your metabolic rate, speed healthy and complete digestion, regulate some of the hormones related to energy and fat storage and reduce hunger and cravings for unhealthy foods.” Don’t worry it has an easy to follow list of all the allowed and not allowed food.

It also has a chapter titled, “Set Yourself Up for Success” that gives you “the tools to get geared up, motivated and ready to begin.”

Peter Dance Lalala

There is also a chapter that gives you 7-daily steps to help you prepare for the diet. My favorite was the “Clean House” step. Instead of giving away the forbidden foods I just went ahead and ate them all. It was a great week! Just in case you haven’t heard Twinkies are now in stores!


The book helps you out even more by having recipes and eating plans.

To keep myself accountable I will log the weight I have lost from the previous week in a blog post. Feel free to join me on this less-fat adventure and tell me about your journey.


Day 3: Birmingham, AL to Savannah, GA; I need a bed ASAP!

After my panic attack over the empty gas tank debacle; I checked the gas gauge every few minutes on Tuesday. I would be listening to CODE by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs and then I would feel the panic creep back in.
Birmingham to Savannah is about a six hour drive but it took longer because there was a huge traffic jam in Atlanta. A stretcher was being pulled to a person in a pickup truck and the other car, which was facing against traffic, looked liked an accordion. The accident had been moved to the left side of the road but rubberneckers were drastically slowing traffic.


I also stopped to get Krystal Burgers for lunch. If you have never heard of Krystal Burgers they are kind of like White Castle Burgers but with more grease.

Other than that it was a pretty boring drive. Interstate driving is really great for listening to books. I set my cruise control and pressed play. The only thing to look at along this drive are trees and other cars.
exhaustedHowever, my body felt completely different. By the time I got to my room in Savannah I could barely move; my body was sore and I was extremely sleepy. I crashed on the bed and slept for five hours! It was FRACKING AWESOME. I really needed that nap.

By the time I woke up it was too late to do anything so I just went back to bed. Yep, I spent my first night in beautiful Savannah, Georgia asleep in bed.