Saturday, August 30, 2008

Liar, liar, maternity pants on fire

If this is true, then it is quite something.

Top 5 Friday: Predictions

5) Obama wins election

4) Measure W passes

3) Final 3 at Bryant Park: Korto, Leanne and Joe

2) NL Rookie of the Year: Geovany Sotto (yeah, going out on a limb, I know)

1) WS: Angels over Cubs in 7 games

Friday, August 29, 2008

The pop

In case you're wondering how I've been doing on my quitting pop experiment, I'm doing OK. Yesterday was my first day without any pop OR caffeine! I took some aspirin for a headache in the morning and crashed hard while the boys napped. Today I had some Diet Pepsi with lunch and had considerably more energy in the afternoon.

Eventually I want to get to the point where I don't drink pop at all any more, mostly to keep my kids away from it. I don't really have a problem with using caffeine occasionally, but addiction is never good.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Ha ha!

More prizes ready to go out to whoever catches the gag! (It's even more obvious this time.)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Top 5 Friday

5 questions I have

5) Why aren’t there “exact change” lanes at the toll booths?????

4) How did he get to be president again?

3) Why do so many baby gear items require two hands to operate?

2) Why do so many people (mostly men) feel the need to say “got your hands full!” when they see a mom with more than one kid?

1) When does the choke start?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Top 5 Friday (late because I'm sick)

Top 5 Questions I have about this season of Project Runway:

5) Does Jerrell need to cry every week about the person who gets Auf'd?

4) Will Stella ever actually design something that's not biker-bar wear?

3) Are any of these people actually likable, or are some merely not annoying?

2) How crowded is Mood during regular business hours with ProRun groupies? (If I ever go to NY again, I would totally go on a shopping spree there; though SF seems to have something nearly as good in Britex)

1) Who wants to put bets down now on the final three? (My guesses: Suede, Jerrell and Keith)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

"Mr. President, want to?"

I'm quite sure this is the first time I've actually felt sorry for George W. Bush. Not because of the Costas interview (he deserves whatever Bob throws at him), but look at him in that pic, with his arms frozen at his sides. But wait, it gets worse:

As Jon Stewart put it, this is probably the best decision of his presidency.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

So bitter

This was not a good day. I woke up this morning and got on the scale and I was 3.5 heavier than I was a week ago. Gaining three pounds a week is not acceptable. Nathan thinks it's water weight because I'm not consuming so much of a diuretic. But this says caffeine really isn't a diuretic. So who knows. Then I got some kind of coffee drink at Starbucks. This was the first time I had ever ordered a drink at Starbucks (they do have good pastries). I told the chick at the register my story (need something with caffeine, but no calories, and that doesn't really taste that much like coffee). It took a while but she recommended the skinny-something-or-other. Of course, since it was a coffee drink, it taste like ass. But less like ass than plain coffee. Coffee simply is not tasty. You people can keep telling yourself that it is. But you don't drink it because it tastes good, you drink it because it has caffeine and no calories. Eventually you get so used to it that it seems to taste good. But maybe that's true of NutraSweet, too.

Anyway, I continued to have headaches this afternoon despite Excedrin in the morning and my ass drink with lunch. Nathan thinks it's because of NutraSweet withdrawal, since there's some evidence that's an addictive drug, too. I did have a can and a half of Fresca, though. Anyway, I'm starting to wonder if all this annoying crap is worth it.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Top 5 Friday

Nicknames I Have Had

5) Kiddo

4) Blondie (even when I *didn't* dye it)

3) Chicago

2) Little Buddy

1) Mayor of McGarvey

A special prize will go to anyone who can name the assingor of more than one of these (hint: four are at least somewhat newspaper-related)

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Oh yes, there are headaches

They tend to be at the base of my skull, and into my neck. Seems kind of random. The only caffeine I had today was Excedrin first thing in the morning. I had aspirin a little after lunch and some more around 7.

It'll be a week tomorrow, with just one slip off the wagon: some Diet Coke with my soup-in-a-bread-bowl at Boulanger yesterday. It actually didn't taste that good...

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Maybe I should try to develop a taste for coffee. There are a small number of teas that I like to drink in the winter...

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

day 4

This morning I had a does of Excedrin (two pills = a cup of coffee = two cans of Diet Pepsi) and then a caffeinated Gu while I was riding my bike around 2. And three cans of Fresca. I'm hoping that aspartame will start tasting bad to me.

Monday, August 04, 2008

3 days

It has been more than 72 hours since I had any cola. No Diet Pepsi, no Diet Coke. Just a few cans of diet rootbeer and some Excedrin to ease the transition. I've only needed 2 or 2.5 doses of the Excedrin each day. I hope to back off that starting tomorrow. It's not so much the caffeine that I'll miss, I think, it's just the sweet taste. I simply love love love the taste of Diet Pepsi. Flavorful and no calories. Oh yeah.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

I have gotten so bad at this

The Brew Crew the Cubbies did sweep

But against Pitt on Friday, no peep

But then they prevailed

Lilly and Johnson, fans hailed

And up in the standings they leap

Friday, August 01, 2008

Top Five Fridays

Top Five Things That Are Not OK:

5) Shutting down a lane of 17 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

4) Crying on national TV because your ProRun teammate of three days got Aufed.

3) Scoring less than two runs when you have the bases loaded with no outs.

2) The Cubs getting shut out by the Pirates at Wrigley.

1) Calling yourself Suede and referring to yourself in the third person.


I've finally decided it's time to stop drinking diet soda. There's the drug addiction, the probable cancer-causing agent (though what doesn't cause cancer?) and now the osteoporosis. One of these taken on its own wouldn't be enough, but all taken together, plus the fact that I don't want my kids wanting to drink pop, and I'm actually ready to quit. And I'm excited about the reduction in my carbon footprint, fewer cans and bottles circulating, etc. But I'll miss you, diet pop!

I finished the Diet Pepsi that was in the fridge this morning, and now I'm done. My last one was consumed in the car on the way to Santa Cruz around 10 a.m. I'm using Excedrin to ease the caffeine withdrawl.