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A Few Disjointed End of the Year Thoughts

First I must pose a question.  Why is it that all the Christmas toys are ripped open within five minutes, yet the job of freeing said toys from their prison like packaging can take half a day or more?

What kind of sick twisted individual devised packaging that is not only childproof, but also most assuredly adult proof.  Scissors will not do the job alone.  Nay.  One must also employ needle nosed pliers, bolt cutters, and dynamite to boot.

I’m writing to Mattel, and carbon copying Hasbro and Fisher Price to complain bitterly about nearly loosing two perfectly good typing fingers.

Other than that, it was a perfectly lovely Christmas morning.

Moving on.

I would now like to publicly apologize to my 4 year old nephew for the trauma he suffered when he saw the “Bambi Meets Godzilla” clip on my blog this week.

A personal note to Aunt Trish:  Anything that starts with “Bambi Meets Godzilla” IS NOT GOING TO END WELL.  It’s always best to shoo the children away before coming to this blog.  You of all people know what I’m capable of.

Aunt DeeDee

Allrightythen.  Just prior to Christmas, I took an unscientific poll to see who wanted to join me on my quest to lose a few unwanted pounds.  Because misery loves company.

And more than a few of you are also willing to also enjoy the public humiliation of locking arms with me and tempting that ugly entity called will power.

I am ever so grateful.  I never would want to enter that battle alone.

I will be doing the South Beach eating plan.  And notice that I did not use the word d-i-e-t.  Because that’s a 4 letter word that I chose not to use.  This being a family friendly blog and all.

I’m simply on a quest to be healthier.  And in the process, hopefully find my will power again.

And my waistline.

Also.  THIS IS NOT A NEW YEARS RESOLUTION.  If I were to call it that, I would fail.  It just happens to all around the first part of the year, by happy coincidence.


Pssst, I actually started on Monday.  I didn’t really intend to, but I ate a foot long chili cheese dog courtesy of Sonic on Sunday night and I knew right then and there that I’d hit a very hard wall.

And double-pssst, I’m at the end of day 2 and am doing just fine.  No one in my house has been injured.  Or worse.  I even went to Carrabbas last night and ate CARB FREE!  No bread or croutons.  That is some sort of end of the year Carrabbas miracle.

Anyhoo, I’ll put up Mr. Linky on Friday, January 9th, and I invite you all to talk about your goals, fears, tips, recipes, or thoughts in your own post.  If you’ve chosen to accept this mission.

You don’t have to follow South Beach, some of you love Weight Watchers, or are in the “Zone”, etc.  Whatever is the healthiest choice for you.

And you don’t have to have a blog to participate.  The comments section would work just fine!

Now I’m going to take the rest of the week off to mentally prepare myself for the start of school next week.  I’ll be reposting some memorable moments from 2008.

And lastly, thank you to all of you for a really great blogging year.  I am so very blessed to know that I don’t struggle alone.  Thank you for supporting me, and for your wonderful blogs and comments.  My heart is full.

Have a wonderfully blessed New Year!


16 Responses to A Few Disjointed End of the Year Thoughts

  • Happy New Year! I hope it’s a great one filled with limited amounts of toys that cause you to nearly lose an appendage.

  • good luck with the beach. Any eating plan with the word beach in it is for me. I started this week two and promptly lost 3 of the 5 pounds I porked on during the holidays. I wish they would all come off that quickly. I’ve really developed a taste for cabbage sauteed in olive oil!

  • I can’t believe I typed in “two” instead of “too”. I’m losing it.

  • Thanks for the great year of blogging. I’ll be following along in your quest to become healthier and thinner at the waist. I’ve been exercising since Dec 23rd and will add in eating better on the 5th (when the kids go back to school and I go to the grocery store, there is logic to that date). I’ll looking forward to a trip to Hawaii in March and my goal is to be 15 pounds lighter and a little toner. Best of luck to you!

  • School next week! Agh, no more lazy mornings. I have no lesson plans for next week yet, either! I guess I will wing it, cause I am not doing it this week.

    BTW, if all your kids can have dairy, here is a great easy breakfast: a carton of cottage cheese in the blender, add just enough milk that it starts to move and get smooth. Pour in a trickle of Agave syrup (or splenda, if no one is allergic to corn) and a teaspoon of vanilla or some cocoa powder (unsweetened, of course), and then announce to the kids that they are having milk shakes for breakfast. Once you are out of phase 1, you can add fruit and have other flavors. Strawberry milkshake for breakfast, yum! (except mine is allergic to citric acid, and can’t have strawberries).

  • Thought this might be of help next year:

    “Amazon.com has launched “Frustration-Free Packaging,” a new initiative designed to make it easier for customers to liberate products from their packages. Amazon is focusing first on two kinds of items: those enclosed in hard plastic cases known as “clamshells” and those secured with plastic-coated wire ties, commonly used in toy packaging… Customers can order select items from Fisher-Price, Mattel, Microsoft and Transcend in the new Frustration-Free Packaging for immediate delivery. The current collection of Frustration-Free products can be seen by going to http://www.amazon.com/packaging

  • Happy New Year! I can’t wait to see what 2009 has in store for you, well me as I read your adventures. And when you send the letter to the toy companies, please sign my name to. I would love to know who’s brilliant idea it was to put those freakin’ twist ties on every stinkin’ little piece! My fingers are still raw from Christmas morning.

  • I’m so proud that you have a few days on the Beach and no one is dead yet! Keep it up, May 2009 bring you peach, joy and happeness in your life. I’ll be keeping up with all of your adventures! You bring laughter into my life! Lynn Marie

  • Have you heard Sara Groves’ “O Holy Night” album? She has a really cute song on it titled “Toy Packaging.” It’s all about that same frustration. She even mentions dynamite…

    I certainly could use a little time with the Beach, but ugh, I’m just not sure I’m up for it yet. I’ll follow your progress and maybe that will inspire me.

    Happy New Year.

  • Good luck on the South Beach diet…oops, I mean PLAN. Yikes.

    Hope you have a great New Year!

  • Found your blog while blog hopping. I love that you talked about the toys being trapped in their boxes. My awesome mom took all the toys out before wrapping them… it was the best idea… she said it too an hour!!

  • Thank you for sharing about your life. I am glad that I found your blog. Happy New Year, good luck with your food choices.

  • Your writing is so entertaining! I will be coming back for sure.
    Happy New Year!
    Sara Groves sang a song called “Christmas Toy Packaging” Histerical!! You should see if it’s on itunes, and give it a listen.

  • I started low-carbing it last Wednesday. I’m glad to find someone else on this quest too. I’ll check back on Friday for your post.
    Thanks! (Cute blog design by the way!)

  • This a post from a week ago. I’ve been doing low-carb since Jan. 1. Have had too many diets fail, so I’m kind of nervous about whether I will succeed or not. My weight is a hugely (no pun intended!) emotional issue for me…need support! Thanks for this!


  • Oops! Meant to post that with the Mr. Linky post. Sorry!