Monday, December 17, 2007

Crazy Quick Blog

Cuz I know you can’t possibly have time to read it, and I don’t have time to write it, but since it’s kind of been a tradition for well, I don’t know, THREE FREAKING YEARS NOW, I guess I’ll post something real quick here.


You too? Yeah. You too.

Let’s see. Tukey’s sick. Had to pick him up from school. Supposed to take Diva on a field trip tomorrow, one in which the parent has to drive oneself and not go on the bus. WTF kind of field trip is that? But I guess that’s a good thing. Who really wants to be on a bus with a bunch of screaming-hyped-up-Santa’s-coming-in-one-week third graders going on a field trip? Yeah, glad I’m going in my own car. But wasn’t sure I was going to go since Tukey is under the weather, but neighbor extraordinaire, (pick one, they all rock) came to the rescue.

Another neighbor’s dad passed away so I was busy organizing meals for the family, cuz that’s another thing we do in our ‘hood besides cookie exchanges and drinking. It’s sad, especially this time of year.

I’m also in the throes of trying to get these dang packages together and shipped out so I don’t have to pay priority shipping and was waiting for last-minute things to arrive in order to send them out.

And on top of all that, yes, I’m crazy, and am hosting another smaller neighborhood “Adam” party here Sunday evening. Why not have a party a week after hosting another party. All the shit’s still out. Right. Yes, I am Manic. I am shaking my head as I type, thinking, what the hell am I thinking. Why do I overschedule. What am I trying to prove. What am I doing? Why am I doing this?


I guess I enjoy it.

Some housecleaning necessary blog-talk.

Be on the look-out for my friend Eileen Cook’s book (hey, that’s kinda funny, like it’s a cookbook, but it’s not a cook book, but it is a Cook Book cuz it’s Cook’s Book…)

Anyway, UNPREDICTABLE by Eileen Cook will be debuting in February and you’ll definitely want to pick up this book. Just trust me on it. Have I ever, ever, EVER steered you wrong on a book recommendation? No. I haven’t. And don’t worry, I’ll be reminding you again when it comes closer to Eileen’s debut date. And Eileen will be here in Chicago late February, right when it’ll be perfectly chilling and freezing and probably icy stormy and snowy, and you can bet I’ll be front and center cheering her on as she reads something hopefully smutty and hilarious from her debut novel. And hopefully, all you Chicago readers would want to join me for this fun event! Go Eileen!

You can also read the first chapter by going here: Chapter One: Unpredictable.

Another great woman, another cyber pal of mine, Kim Stagliano, who I am just as certain would be a real-life pal of mine if we were to live near one another, is holding a contest on her blog right here. Yes, just simply click RIGHT HERE to win some fun teaching products for kids. Go Now! Tell her Manic sent you. Please! Pretty please. She rocks. She’s awesome. She’s funny as hell! You’ll love her! I promise.

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Now on to the fat-ass recap of the week. With all the cookies around, I was really going to be thrilled if I managed to just not tip the scale in either direction; if that little needle just teetered on that exact same spot it had been on the week previous. When I got there, my palms were sweaty, and I admit, I get very nervous before stepping onto the scale. My heart does race a little, I feel truly nervous. And… I wear the EXACT.SAME.CLOTHING. Every single time. No matter what. Since I started out this time in the winter, I wear like work-out pants, but they are capri-mid-length, because even I don’t want long pants on when I weigh in. And I have on a short-sleeve Life is Good shirt. Cuz, I need to be reminded. That life is good.

Damn. This is not your regular Crazy Quick Blog I had intended it to be.


OK, so, first, let me tell you some of the things I ate this week. Oh, screw it. Some of you already know what I lost because you read the comment trail. I thought the chick wrote down the exact same number as last week after I got on the scale, and I was like, “OK. That’s cool.” Then she said, “Good job.” I was like, “Good job?” For staying the same. The she said, “You lost 2.2.”

Yay me!

With an eighteen-hundred-plus cookie exchange included!

And here’s some of the stuff I got to eat and ENJOY this past week, cuz it’s all about writing everything down, and tracking those points, right? RIGHT!

The first night, we went to Carrabba’s and I had Shrimp Scampi, and I asked them to go easy on the lemon butter sauce, and instead of eating all EIGHT pieces of garlic bread, I only ate one piece. The guy even came back to clear our plate and was like, “You’re not going to finish it?” We told him we were starting our New Year’s resolutions early. I also did have another piece of bread, a $15 freaking glass of wine, that made me LOOPY! But it was some damn good wine! And an awesome dish I had been craving of crushed tomatoes, grilled chicken, pasta, garlic, white wine, easy olive oil. I took half of it home and ate the rest for lunch the next day.

I also ate this plate of two hot dogs with buns and these chips:

Total points for THIS WHOLE PLATE – SIX!
The kids keep asking me: "Mom, why do you keep taking pictures of all your food?"

Grilled peppers, onions and goat cheese pita pizzas, like four points total.

There was one day where I had like 10 points left over. I had the big dilemma of NEEDING to find something to eat. My WW gal pal suggested I needed some dairy or some protein. Here was a hard thing to figure out. Should I go to McDonald’s and get a sundae or a hamburger?!?!? Can you believe it? I went, and had a vanilla cone for three points, and that was all I was going to eat, but then Tukey didn’t like his cheeseburger, so I ate three bites of it, called it three points, and called it a day!

And let me tell you, I had my share of cookies, but I made sure to make myself accountable for everything I put into my mouth…. GET YOUR FILTHY MINDS OUT OF THE GUTTER YOU PERVERTS WHO READ THIS AND CRAVE LINES LIKE THAT!

OK, that’s all, so much for a crazy quick blog. Now it’s back to wrapping, and planning for Santa, and field trips, and making sure kids aren’t sick, and trips to the post office, and not overindulging, and Christmas parties (other people’s, and one I’m hosting), and remembering ‘the reason for the season, and being thankful for friends and family, and still figuring out how to fit in the laundry, the cleaning, the cooking, the planning, the oh my oh mee oh my when can I get a vacation……

Already I’m ready for school to start back up and it’s not even out yet!

I’ll try to fit in another post before Santa and his reindeer visit but if not…

Oh, who the hell am I kiddin’? I’ll be back!

Peace UP and goodwill toward men! And women too, cuz we just totally ROCK!

Here's to being stress-free--want a tip--go knock back some egg nog!


Anonymous said...

Hoping life gets less stressful soon... (I think the own car on the 'field trip' is a start). And can I just say HOW BADLY I want a HOT DOG or like 10 now?!!! YUM.

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

I wonder how many people I can get to eat hot dogs on Tuesday after they read this post? The hot dogs I eat on WW are Hebrew National 96% FF and the buns are Healthy Life (NOT Healthy Choice.) Buns are one point each. The hot dogs are also one point each. If I wanted to, I could probably eat three a night! Two is a stretch though! But yummy!!!! And I'm all about the quantity!

Anonymous said...

Yummo Those Hot dogs look good!! We don't have stuff like that over here....

Hope your week gets less busy (yeah right who am I kidding)

I have Reeses coming to my house!! Thanks to USA foods!! :)

Oh and 40 weeks is up and ready for some pimping at moovingbooks... Like Pimp it girl


MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Ramble--you gotta give me the link!!!! I'm too lazy to go back and try to find it again! : )

And how rude of ME cuz you're like PIMPING MY WRITING!!!

Carrie Wilson Link said...

LOVE that you can't wait for school to start back up and it's not out yet, ME TOO! Are we twins separated at birth?

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Ramble, and how can you not have hot dogs over there? How un-American! Oh, wait, I get it, you're NOT IN AMERICA!

Carrie--WE MUST BE! But I'm guessing there's probably a bunch of us, so maybe we're septuplets separated at birth, cuz I'm sure there are a lotta moms already wanting winter break to be OVER! Hahah

Cecily R said...

So, after I read your last post about cookies and exchanges and parties I had a dream about having one of my own and it STRESSFUL. Mostly because I only had Sprite and everyone was mad at me because they had read your blog and my party wasn't as fun.

Shitola is still one of my new favorite words.

Anonymous said...

Like the look of that goats cheese thing, but you can keep the hot dogs!

KATE said...

Manic! I'm SO SO proud of you! Good job!!! You are totally inspiring me to try out WW again. (I wasn't too successful the first time!) Good job sweetie, even to stay the same during the holidays would be fabulous, but YOU"RE LOSING! You freaking rock!!
I hope Tukey is feeling better!

Anonymous said...

Hey Manic,

We have hot dogs but they are so not American HotDogs!!! And they are called Cheerio's (the little ones) and have this weird RED skin on them.... Yuck!!!

Okay the link...

or the forum

Kim Rossi Stagliano said...

2.2 and GOOD FOR YOU! That's fab! And those hot dogs? Are they Vienna Beef dogs? Oh my God I miss those! Worth flying into Chicago just to grab one at the airport! :) Enjoy the field trip today. (Like you don't have a million things to do at home.)

Thanks for the pimp, by the way. Come win the DVD' AND a fabulous kids' book - I'm hosting a National Book Award winner today on my blog. (Gosh, my chest is puffed so far out you can almost see it!)

Irene said...

Good job on the willpower! I have no willpower. I eat in moderation, but I can't even imagine denying myself certain foods. I would be miserable. If I want a big ole plate of wings along with a few cold beers.

I just try to eat less, but move more, like run or bike.

T with Honey said...

You managed to lose weight with all those cookies in the house? And with the stress of throwing holiday parties (plural!)??

You ROCK!!!!!!!!
And why am I suddenly craving hot dogs? I wonder what they're serving in the cafe today.

March2theSea said...

The Hot dogs look better...and worth the 2 extra points....

Tanya said...

I just had to laugh at your kids comment about taking pictures of food. :)

TTQ said...

Xanax has no points. I love my xanax. After Christmas shopping and coming home empty handed to face the wrapping mess I made yesterday, I needed it.

Unknown said...

Congrats on the weightloss! I want to come live in your neighborhood (or just find one like it around here since I'm really not much for snow).

Andie said...

wow. I hope you get it all done. I'm tired just reading all of that.

Eileen said...

2.2?! You are my freaking hero.

Then there is the fact that I love you for pimping my book. You look good in a purple velvet hat with a feather. Pimp baby pimp.

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Eileen, don't forget the zebra-striped coat, which I do have one, by the way--that would totally complement the pimp-mama outfit. I might just have to gear up to wear that!

Kate said...

I've had those hot dogs and they're GOOD. Congrats on the weight loss! That's especially impressive this time of year and after having 3 billion homemade cookies at your house.

I hear you about being ready for the kids to be back in school again already and they're not even out yet. I'm on the other side and so ready for 2 whole weeks without anyone else's kids giving me attitude.

I'm with you on stress. Doing Xmas cards for the first time this year and I bit off way more than I can chew. We just finished decorating my tree, parents are coming to visit Thursday night, all fam for dinner Saturday and I have to grade finals and essays before Friday. Today I had a major meltdown in Academy because no one would help me find where they find the swimming goggles. Yeah, I know they're seasonal, but this is TX, it's 80 freaking degrees outside and you're a SPORTING GOODS STORE. After driving home and smashing my phone against the dashboard, I got on the couch and threw back a Klonopin. Less fatty than eggnog, right? ;)

Kate said...

P.S. BTW, what's in season right now is hunting supplies so they were lucky I didn't really go nuts, surrounded as I was by all those guns.

Michelle Kemper Brownlow said...

Hey chiquita!
I am comin' over for the goat cheese fajitas!!
Holy Crap!
My mouth is watering!!
Tell your kids to leave you alone...I WAAAAANT/NEEEEED the pictures!!

The Gang's Momma! said...

Thanks for the heads up on the book contest. It sounds like good food for a kid's brain!

Way to go on the WW loss - 2.2 during the holidays is HUGE!

Cookie exchange sounds and looks amazing - a great idea for a neighborhood party. May have to try that one out here . . . Guess I'll have to figure out who is who first :)

Merry, Merry!

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

I love the Xanax = 0 points comment!

Kate, what's a klonopin? Maybe I should google it? Or GOGGLE it... ha, hope you laughed!

Don't worry, I took MORE PICS last night of my wrap--beans, cheese, fresh avocado, bean and corn salsa, and FF sour cream. My kids are getting used to the photos. I think I may have a future in food photog!

And the total weight loss since I started is 4.8... gotta keep it up. Don't want to gain! Yikes! Parties this weekend. Ugh.

Kate said...

Hehe! You made me laugh--thanks!

Klonopin is like Xanax and it's only temporary. But it WORKS. :)

cubmommy said...

Way to go on the will power. I don't have any right now. Is it wrong eating doughnuts while watching The Biggest Loser finale?

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...


Oh, sooo wrong, but sooo hilarious. YOu had me laughing out loud!! Seriously!

That's a great one!

Monnik said...

you, my dear, are a crazywoman.