Stupid Quizes

You Are a Light Pink Rose

You represent sweetness and grace.

Your vibe: Kind and gentle

Falling in love with you: is like falling in love with a best friend

You Are A Lily

You are a nurturer and all around natural therapist.
People see you as their rock. And they are able to depend on you.
You are a soothing influence. You can make people feel better with a few words.
Your caring has more of an impact than even you realize.

You Are Ani Difranco!

Honest, real, and well liked.
You’re not limited by any boundaries.
“And you can call me crazy
But I think you’re as lazy as white paint on the wall”


butterick top
Butterick 4986

Is that an unflattering picture or what?

I don’t think that top looks that bad in person. It’s Butterick 4986. I modeled it at a BABES event, and they all thought it was great. It’s too small under the bust, and it’s too long in the neckline. Georgene suggested that I turn the neckline into more of a sweetheart neckline by adding little gathers at the side. We’ll see.

I’m not working on this right now. Instead, I have 3 t-shirts in the making. My tried and true (TNT) basic t-shirt is on ‘Tina waiting to be hemmed; it’s out of a lightweight white poly from Joann’s. My raspberry cheongsam is on the cutting table with the shoulders sewn together. I decided to put a facing on this one, where the fronts attach. I don’t like the little sew in snaps, so I’ll need support for whatever closure I decide on. I know, I know, I should have the closure picked out before starting, but I just don’t work like that. And my grey burda twist-top t-shirt is cut out and waiting for its turn to be sewn.

ED update

I met with my ED nurse yesterday. I wanted to talk about changing my food plan. The last time I tried doing this by myself, it was a total disaster. I tried to remove simple carbs from my diet, and within a week, I was binging on chocolate candybars at work. So I tried it, it didn’t work, and I moved on. But now, I was gun-shy, aka hesitant to change my food plan by myself.

I am more hungry in the morning than the afternoon, and I’m not hungry at all at night. Well, a little around dinner, but not like the morning. I wanted to change my plan to have Breakfast (5 – 6 am), Lunch (9 am), Snack (noon), Snack (3-4 pm), and Dinner (6:30 pm). I’m not sure I’m going to do that. We think some of my issues may come from my choice of snacks. I really like to have a yogurt (8 oz) and an apple for snack. As part of getting over the ED, I decided to eat whatever yogurt my husband brought home from the store. Well, he brought home low fat yogurt with added sugar. I used to be fat-phobic, so that was what I would have freaked out about before. I probably wouldn’t have been thrilled with the sugar, empty calories. The ED nurse suspects that my early hunger issues may have to do with the sugar jolt from the yogurt. So I’m going to give it up, that brand, and tell DH to not bring home any more Cost Co yogurt. Instead, I’m going to get non-fat yogurt from Trader Joe’s (probably with live cultures) and pumpkinbutter (delish!) or jelly/jam/fruit spread stuff or if I have time and ability (excuse me, I’ll be back in 20 minutes to this very important meeting, but I have to cut up a melon for my snack) fruit. Now, to find time to go to Trader Joe’s.

I brought cheese sticks instead of yogurt for today, but for Delemeter brought in fresh baked bread and butter, so I ate that instead. Simple carbs, oh, well. No wonder I’m hungry at 10:30. I’ll eat an apple.

Can you say self-torture? I’m at work; I’m supposed to be working; I want to be working, but no, I’m obsessing about food and my eating disorder, what I’m supposed to be eating, what I’m not supposed to be eating, what eating the right/wrong thing does to me. I beat myself up for giving in to temtation and eating the bread. I didn’t follow my foodplan. I even brought string cheese for my snack. Did I eat it? No. Do I beat myself up? Hell, yes. Failure, Stupid, Weak keep whirling in my head. Oh, and it gets better! I could go to the bathroom and throw it all up. Great idea!


And here’s the improvement: I identify those thoughts as distortions. I accept … no, I assert that I had control and that I made a conscious choice to eat the bread. I do NOT go to the bathroom to purge.

I wish the thoughts would stop. I mean, I can stop them, but I wish they never appeared. I wish I didn’t feel guilty/bad/weak/etc when I eat a slice of bread. A slice of bread for God’s sake!

So this isn’t really a thought record, but I’ll end with an affirmation.

I ate the bread; I enjoyed it; it was good; I chose to eat it, and it is good for me to eat small amounts of things that do not meet the maximize nutrients/minimize calories criteria.

Wednesday's Quizes

You Are 84% A Child of the 80s

There’s hardly a moment of the 80s that you missed out on.
Was there ever a better decade? As if!

You Are a Pretty Good Liar

Your lies are somewhat believable, but sometimes you get caught.
Work on keeping your body language and emotions calm. And you’ll be a better liar in no time!

You Are 82% Creative

You are an incredibly creative person. For you, there are no bounds or limits to your creativity.
Your next creation could be something very great… Or at least very cool!

Tuesday's Quizes

You Are a Turkey Sandwich

Conservative and a bit shy, you tend to stick with what you know and trust.
You are very introverted, and you prefer to blend in whenever possible.
Though you may be hard to know well, anyone who does know you considers you a true friend.

Your best friend: The Ham Sandwich

Your mortal enemy: The Tuna Fish Sandwich

I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a result that was more off than this!

You Are a Flawless Beauty!

When it comes to beauty, you spare no expense – and it shows
You’re the kind of woman a man would launch a thousand ships for
It’s hard for anyone to beat you in the beauty department
But remember, it’s okay to show a flaw or too – you’ve got plenty to spare

You Are 36% A Child of the 90s

You are such a child of the nineties. NOT!
Back in the day… well, you weren’t really paying attention.

A few more garden pictures.

Love-in-a-mist and Japanese maple

I’ve had this Japanese maple for almost 20 years. I bought when I was living in a townhouse in Pleasanton. My yard there had zero sun. The townhouse faced northeast. It was 2 stories high, and there were 2 large trees to the southeast. The townhouse was nice and cool.

From there, we moved to a house in Livermore that had zero shade. I had one plant that liked the sun, and all my other plants suffered mightily. After that, we moved to the house we’re in now. There used to be a large cedar tree in our front yard. Heck, it was the front yard. DH was always afraid it would fall on the house, but I thought it kept the house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

The tree was beautiful, but it dropped a layer of detris that was 2 inches thick every year. It was so much work to grow things under it. I was 6 months pregnant, it was hot, and it had taken me an hour to clean up a 10 foot by 1 foot area. That was it for that tree.

Fortunately, the Japanese maple was well established. It has done just fine in the blistering heat of summer.

Shasta Daisy

My mom gave me this shasta daisy. It was growing all over the place in her garden when they moved to Alameda. It’s done really well in my garden.

Some might consider it to be invasive, but you can easily control it. It doesn’t spread far. If you keep it deadheaded, it doesn’t spread at all.

Almonds, coming soon!

Pulguito can’t wait for the almonds. I’m not sure why. He doesn’t particularly like almonds. Perhaps it is because we have been eating the apricots, and they are good. There is nothing like fruit ripened on the tree. The flavor is crisp. And when the fruit is warm from the sun, it is a little piece of heaven.


And I leave with an image of a columbine. Lovely, what?