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I need a Sonic intervention

At what point does a habit become an addiction?

I have this, um, friend.  We’ll call her Judi.  And she just discovered Sonic’s slushes for the first time.

Having heard of them for quite some time (The Pioneer Woman is a fan), Judi’s friend convinced her to swing by the new Sonic in town on the way home from the baseball game on Saturday night.   It’s less than 2 miles from his place, and not out of the way.  It was there that she got her first grape slush, and it was all that she had hoped for.

She dropped her friend off and headed home, savoring the grapey goodness slowly so as not to get brain freeze.  However, when she walked in the door of her house, one of the cats was overzealous in his greeting and her precious slush was dropped.  The bottom blew out of the cup, and all the delicious grapeness was sprayed all over the back hall.  The horror!

Judi, being an optimist, wasn’t going to let this ruin her day.  Half a slush is better than no slush at all, right?  The next day she was headed back down to her friends place again, to meet up with a group to watch the Red Wings play.   This was the perfect opportunity to swing by Sonic and get a brand new replacement grape slush.  Yum.  She was the envy of all at the party. (Well, Mark at least)

Today, Judi’s three-day neck cramp needed some TLC.  Why not head to Brad’s place to use the pool/hottub?  Oh, and while there, why not pick up another slush to refresh herself?  (Actually, that part was Brad’s idea, but she got on board with it right quick).  Today, just to mix it up, Judi got Cranberry.  It was good.  But it was no grape.

That Judi.  She’s a wild one!

Now, Judi finds herself wanting to explore the whole gamut of icy beverages at Sonic: Creamslushes, Other Slush flavors, Limeades….. So many possibilities!

Before Judi heads down that way again tonight, should she be wary of this innocent habit becoming a stronger addiction?  At what point is a Sonic intervention called for?

Please help me her!


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Day 11

What does day 11 of unemployment look like? Apparently it can’t sleep, but is tired a lot. Also, some serious ADD going on here. I bounce between websites, facebook, reading a novel, jotting down notes to things I may forget, and thinking about what to eat.

On the topic of eating: Apparently I have a problem with that. I’m used to having a schedule. You get up at x time. Then go to work. Make some coffee. Have a bowl of oatmeal or something at my desk. Lunch Break. Back to work with a snack in the afternoon. Home. Dinner. Random-life-things. Bedtime.

Rinse and repeat.

Without my usual schedule, I find that I simply “forget” to eat. Really? That’s possible? Chatting with a friend on instant messenger the other night, I realized that I was hungry. But, given that it was close to midnight, it was too late to have a real “dinner”. So I grabbed a light granola bar and called it a night.

If it weren’t for granola bars, I don’t know how I’d make it in this world! There is always one in my purse, my briefcase, my car console.

Luckily I have some at home, too. To tide me over until my schedule get’s back on track.  Hopefully that’s sooner rather than later

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Wednesday night haiku

Dinner with girlfriends
Wasabi, sushi, ginger.
Laughter, talking. Yum.

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T.G.I.H (Thank Goodness It’s Halloween!)

Its time for the Great Pumpkin!

It's time for the Great Pumpkin!

Oh, yeah – and it’s also Friday. 🙂

I can finally breathe a sigh of relief.   What a long, crazy week it’s been!   To recap briefly:

1.) Sudden re-appearance of the job opportunity that I didn’t get hired for previously.

2.) Pressure by multiple parties to reapply

3.) Series of long, challenging interviews.  (Which weren’t so bad, really)

4.) Stress of finding out that if I got this job I would immediately be packing up and heading to New Jersey for three weeks.

5.) Waking up each morning this week (except for today) feeling sick to my stomach, and actually getting ill twice.

6.) And finally, today – finding out that my coworker beat me out for the job.


Phew!  I’m actually relieved.  First off – I had some stiff competition.  Neither of us felt like we had an idea of which way it would go.  I couldn’t ask for a better person to be up against!  Secondly – she wanted it more than I did.  And that’s the truth. 

I didn’t share much here about what was going on in my chaotic brain regarding this opportunity.  Mostly because I was using my blog as an escape from the crazy talk in my mind!  Let’s just say that there were pros and cons about this particular territory.  Up until yesterday I wasn’t sure if I’d even accept the position if it was offered to me. 

So, like the last time I posted about this job: Phew!  I’m glad it’s over. 

Plus I walked away with a better grasp of not only the interview process, but where I feel my next steps are in my career.  This latest position was thisclose to being what I wanted – but my heart wasn’t really into it.  I am ready to hold out for the role where I can really SHINE.


And as an added bonus: today is one of my favorite days of the year.  I can splurge on ridiculous amounts of chocolate and candy.  Yee-haw!  Especially Snickers and Bottle Caps.  yum!  Oh how I love thee, elusive Bottle Cap!



In honor of this great holiday, I’m taking my first poll.  What’s your favorite Halloween treat???  Let me know!


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The other day I shared about my upcoming trip to West Pokot, Kenya.  (Actually – we’re not sure if we’ll be in East or West Pokot, but we think it’s West this year.  Flexibility is key here!)

I also mentioned that it is less than 40 days away.  37 or 36 days as of today, depending on where you count from.  To start preparing myself for this trip I have decided to do a 40 day “fast”.  This is to get my heart, mind & body prepared for the types of sacrifices that will be asked of me daily while in country.

I decided to fast from something that is kind of a luxury.  And by “kind of”  I mean – daily necessity for me. 



Yes, friends, I’m talking about chocolate. 

One of my favorite things in the whole wide world.  Something that I enjoy regularly, and crave almost daily.  I needed to pick something that would actually be a real sacrifice for me and not just some lame attempt at fasting.

Monday night I hit the gym, then went to grab a hot fudge sundae for dinner with my girlfriend (and DSW) Chrissy.  I needed one last fix before my vacation from all things cocoa.  Great workout (killer!). Great dessert. Great company.  Monday was a good day. 🙂  The rest of the days have been a little tougher.  I have had to curb myself at least once a day.  But I’ve been good about it – avoiding temptation wherever possible.

Today, however, I slipped.  Ugh.  And only 4 days in – that’s only 10% of my time frame.  In my defense, it was a mistake.  I simply forgot!  A coworker brought in Dunkin Donuts munchkins this morning and I grabbed a regular glazed and chocolate glazed to take with me to my desk.  It was a full two hours later before I realized my error.  Doh!

So – now I try again.  Let’s see if I can do better for the remaining 90% of this trial.  Wish me luck – I’m gonna need all I can get!

Happy Holiday weekend!


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I scream for Fried!

Beth and I decided to go South-of-the-Border for our latest I Scream 08 sampling. We split a fried ice cream at Grand Azteca after New Community last Wednesday. (yes, I am a posting slacker, thankyouverymuch).

Yum! I am a huge fan of the stuff. Not only is there Ice cream! But there is cinnamon, and fudge, and whipped topping, and sprinkles, and-And-AND: all wrapped in a crispy fried shell. Definitely a plus over waffle cones!!

I took a picture with my cell phone, but I don’t think it really does justice to the “Muy Bueno” ice cream!



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I Scream summer

For the second year, my friend Beth and I have set a summer challenge for ourselves.  But we tend to have a slightly off-center mind set compared to most people we know.

The average person wants to exercise more, or look great in a bathing suit, or travel somewhere exotic… 

Those goals are all good and noble.  And I would like to achieve all of those as well.  They play small roles in my master plan.  But what I am really looking for is something that screams “Greatness”.

And that something, my friends, is the I Scream Summer challenge 2k8.  Oh yes – for the length of summer (which began last Friday) Beth and I would like to try a new/different ice cream flavor each week.  Now there’s a goal I can really get behind!

(Of course – it also has to tie in with my increased running goal or else I’ll just be really getting a big behind.) 🙂

So to kick off the season we went to Woolies in Rochester Hills for our first cones.  Beth got Superman (a perennial favorite of hers).  I opted for the guest flavor of the week: Cappucino Crunch.  Sadly – I had to get it in a bowl instead of a cone since it was a little too soft.

Overall – 3.5 stars.  It was good, but not great.  (Although the company was fabulous!) Maybe the cone would have bumped it up a little.

Any suggestions of great flavors or ice cream stands are gratefully accepted.  It’s a tough goal – and I hope to really stretch myself as a human being this summer. 

ed. note: Stretching myself this summer hopefully only applies to my potential for fun – and not my waistline! 🙂

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