Me from A to Z

When I saw this survey going around on several of the blogs I read — namely Tina’s, Glenneth‘s and Kelly’s — I decided I had to join in on the fun. So here I go, revealing some random facts about myself.

A is for age: 40. I’ll be 41 in October, but I don’t feel a day over 30. (Remember when 30 seemed ancient?)

Bell Pepper Rings filled with eggs and mozzarella.

B is for breakfast today: Eggs in bell pepper rings topped with mozzarella cheese. I found the recipe on the Atkins website.

C is for currently craving: Nothing.  Seriously. One of the things I love about Atkins is that it tames those pesky cravings.

D is for dinner tonight: Cabbage and smoked sausage in the Crock Pot. In honor of St. Paddy’s day, of course. I won’t be drinking green beer, but I can enjoy cabbage.

My St. Patty's Day dinner: Smoked sausage with cabbage.

E is for favorite type of exercise: Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp. Is that a silly/suck-up-y answer? I love bootcamp because signing up has given me the nudge I needed to start an exercise routine again. I lean toward walking and the ellipitical trainer for my cardio.

F is for an irrational fear: That people I love will disappear.

G is for gross food: Umm … none? Hello. Why do you think I have a weight problem? I don’t think I’ve ever met a food I didn’t like. I even enjoyed escargot.

H is for hometown: Albion, Indiana. One stoplight at the junctions of State Roads 8 and 9.

I is for something important: Writing. Someday, I will be a published author.

J is for current favorite jam: Anything by the Black Eyed Peas. They make me want to get up and dance.

My Cocoa, after surgery on her knee.

K is for kids: No human babies — yet. But I do have three fur babies — two cats and a dog.

L is for current location: Flagstaff, Arizona. I’m watching ID on Dish Network and waiting for the snowstorm to move in. We’re expecting two feet this weekend.

M is for the most recent way you spent money: Two five-pound weights and two boxes of Atkins bars at Walmart. This was immediately after I dropped $30 at the local health food store, buying unsweetened coconut milk and chocolate almond milk, tofu shiritaki noodles, chocolate mint water and loaves of new low-carb bread from Julian Bakery. Can’t wait to make some low-carb French toast for breakfast in the morning.

N is for something you need: To do my bootcamp Workout C. Yeah, I put it off again today.

O is for occupation: Journalist and pre-published romance novelist.

P is for pet peeve: Politicians trying to tell me what to do. You don’t want to do X, Y, Z? Fine, but don’t try to stop me from doing it if it’s not physically affecting you.

Q is for a quote: From “The Breakfast Club”: “… demented and sad, but social.” (I believe they were talking about math club. That’s one of my favorite 80s movies.)

R is for random fact about you: I was a band geek. Flute and piccolo.

George Stella's Curried Walnuts make a delicious snack.

S is for favorite healthy snack: Curried Walnuts. Yum!

T is for favorite treat: A root beer float. Made with diet root beer and heavy cream, you have a delicious treat with 1 Net Carb. (Of course, it’s even better made with low-carb ice cream — but that ups the count to 3 Net Carbs.)

U is for something that makes you unique: I’ve never been able to do a cartwheel. Even at my lowest weight, I’m afraid to let my feet lift off the ground.

V is for favorite vegetable: Zucchini. I could eat it every day. Mmmm.

W is for today’s workout: None! I’d intended to tackle Workout C, but there was no time before my romance writer’s group meeting.

X is for X-rays you’ve had: Mostly dental X-rays, but I also had a back X-ray after my car got T-boned by the mall. They diagnosed back strain and gave me some powerful prescription painkillers that I never did crack open.

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: Getting off work at 10 p.m. (That’s early for me.)

Z is for your time zone: Mountain Standard. I have the distinction of living in the only two states in the union that don’t (or didn’t) change time. This is the time of year that Arizona is three hours behind the East Coast, which we love at work, because all those 8:30 game starts become 7:30 starts and we all get to go home earlier. When I lived in Indiana, the bulk of the state left its clocks on the same time all year. I think now the whole state changes its clocks … which I hated when I went to college in Evansville. Getting dark at 4 p.m. sucked.


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