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"I'm not expecting to grow flowers in the desert - "

We had rain last week, which broke the brief heat spell and put us properly into springtime weather. As a result, our rose bushes are in a frenzy of delight and producing flowers like crazy (especially the Carnival and Blue Moon climber), in addition to the orange and grapefruit blossoms, and, overnight, ALL the palo verde trees BURST into bloom - and if you've never seen a palo verde in full bloom, you're missing a treat. They go from plain, apparently leafless green sticks to glorious golden clouds, just beautiful. Many, many flowers in the desert, this time of year.

I don't want to jinx myself, but I lost three pounds! I hope it lasts!

Despite my best intentions, I STILL haven't caught up on all my writing boards. Dang it. I thought I'd have time this week, but so far, not really. I haven't even opened WordPerfect since I had to shut down the computer and try to fix the loading problems with FireFox (more or less fixed).

Yesterday I gave myself a treat of fast food - and I discovered that if you don't eat fast food often, it really IS a treat. I haven't had a Big Mac in I don't know how long, and so therefore when I bit into it, I reacted rather like the Genie in Bernard and the Genie - "Bite my beet root, that is FANTASTIC!" I also couldn't even finish the small fries, making me wonder how I'd managed to EVER eat mondo-extra-supersize-large ones, much less more than once a day!

I was out and about yesterday morning because for some reason the post office makes a tremendous deal about applying for a passport. They have these huge banners up all over the place: "Apply for your US Passport here!" No where on that banner does it say "by appointment only, and these appointments will be for three hours a day, three days a week only, depending on which post office you call." So, several weeks ago, I stand in line for almost a half hour before finding this out. I call for an appointment. The first they can get me is March 28 at 10:30 in the morning. Oooo-kay. I take the morning off. I dick around for several hours before going to the appointment. There are a total of four people in the post office, plus one child about three. I wait in line a few seconds. I say I'm here for my appointment. "Paul will be with you in a moment" (he's with another customer). He calls me forward. I fill out the form. He attaches the pictures, checks my ID. He takes my money. I leave. This took ten minutes.

Why all the fuss?

So I went to lunch and then to work. It was overall a good day. There is also a Farmer's Market during the day on Wednesday at Town & Country, plus Mervyn's Wednesday-only sales, which appear to be amazing. Too bad I had no money left.

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wildrider
Mar. 30th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
Ah, that sentimental old 80's music... I've been humming it since the desert burst into bloom.

My advice to everyone is, sadly, there's no magic trick. All I did was eat less, and exercise more. That's the only thing that's ever worked. Even when I hit these plateaus I just have to stick with it, persevere, continue to work out... and then suddenly it starts to come off again (knock wood). I'm finally down to 150 pounds - I would LIKE to be 135 - 140, so I'm ALMOST there!!!

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wildrider
Mar. 30th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
See, that's the thing. I've always told anyone who asked that I cannot stress the importance of exercise enough. I know, I hated to exercise, too - but at 150 pounds, I'm fitting into a size =SIX=. I'm five pounds heavier than I was in college, but wearing three sizes smaller. I'm aiming to fit consistently into that size six - right now it depends on the maker. Bill Blass sixes fit; Newport News sixes do not (at least, not in pants).

Try building up to your friend's five miles a day. These days I'm up to 40 minutes on the cross-country ski machine, although I only do that two or three times a week. If I were more dedicated I'd probably get results faster.
cornerofmadness
Mar. 30th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
very pretty that tree.

i'm in the passport pain in the ass too. I might just have screwed myself out the summer vacation abroad since it takes so damn much to get a passport
sillymagpie
Mar. 30th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
Eee! Like your icon! :-)
wildrider
Mar. 31st, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
Mom and I were considering a Mediterranean cruise this summer, but between my passport and the cost of airfare to Europe, we may settle for the Caribbean, which also needs the passport - we'll have to see what we end up doing, once the passport actually arrives.

I couldn't believe all the hoopla you have to go through to get the darned thing. Although I suppose... (fear, worry, bother, security issues, blah blah blah...)
cornerofmadness
Apr. 1st, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
i hear you on all accounts
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