News Notes for Saturday

Crochet

Sewing

Eating Disorder

Wine
Hrmph! Obviously, they have not had Livermore sparkling wine

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The Gingerbreadhouse Nightmare Before Christmas

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The walls went together easy enough.
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Pulguito decorating

It started out well. The kids were interested, and I was enthusiastic.

I use Making Great Gingerbread Houses: Delicious Designs from Cabins to Castles, from Lighthouses to Tree Houses as a starting point. It’s a good book with lots of inspiration. The gingerbread recipe tastes good and works great for making houses. The last couple of times I made a house, I used plans from this book. This time, I figured that I had enough experience to wing it. Now, I have enough experience to know that I don’t have enough experience to know.

Instead of using the plans that I had prepared, I decided to fold an 8.5×11 sheet of paper in half and use that as my template for the roofs. I used the same template to cut the pointy sides and that template folded in half to cut the sides of the house. On the pointy sides, I cut the corners out so that the lower ends of the triangle would be at the same height as the house sides. I smashed some lifesavers and put them in the window and door holes and shoved the dough in the oven.

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One wall standing
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Nothing standing

It baked up fine except that the yellow candy windows burned a little. Note to self: check directions for baking the candy next time. I put it together, and it fell apart, leaving one wall standing. I put it together again, and it fell apart with no walls standing this time.

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At least it’s standing.

I get the @#$%ing half-decorated thing back together sans roof. I decided the problem is that I made the roof too steep. It’s great for keeping the snow (aka icing) from sticking, but without nails, the roof slides off, too. I managed to get the roofs to stay on using tubs filled with tangerines. I hoped that once the icing dried, the roofs would stick.

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The final product

No such luck. In the end, I put the roofs inside the house and made up the storebought one from Trader Joe’s. Mine tasted better, and I think it looks better, too, as it damn well should. I think I had a tempertantrum in the kitchen during all this. I’m not sure. I would rather just dissociate from the whole experience.

Willingness To Change

We did this exercise yesterday in group.

Willingness to change

What do I want to change? How motivated am I? How willing am I? What do I think my chances of success are?
1=least, 1o=most

Motivated Willing Success

exercise regulary 3 1 1

no more binging 7 5 5

no more restricting* 10 8 10

3/2** 7 5 9

keep food log 5 1 5

stop weighing myself 10 9 10

*No More Restricting
Why is my willingness to stop an 8 and not a 10? I still want to lose weight.
Why isn’t my willing to stop restricting a 5? Restricting leads to binging, leads to purging behaviors, leads to restricting, leads to binging, and unending spiral into the black depths of the eating disorder.

**3/2
Why is my willingness a 5 and not a 7? Still want to lose weight, still kinda like feeling hungry and the sense of power that gives me. I want my willingness to be higher, but it isn’t.
Why not a 3? 3/2 keeps me from restricting and keeps me healthy.

The stop weighing one is interesting. I think a year ago my motivation would have been a 3, my willingness a 1, and my success a 1. It’s nice to see some progress and gains from all this work.

The Best Pantyhose

A reporter at Slate did a review of several brands of pantyhose. I don’t agree with her findings. A couple of differences between the 2 of us:

  • I wear the color suntan if I want to have a nude hose on. The brands she recommended aren’t dark enough for me.
  • Spanx isn’t big enough in the upper inner thigh area for me, or it’s too big everywhere else. This doesn’t make for comfortable hose.
  • The Victoria Secret brand is just barely big enough which suggests to me that it isn’t going to fit, but I haven’t tried it.

So do I have a recommendation? I like the Leggs brand best overall, but I think this is a highly individual thing, like which jeans fit you best.