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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 1

Cee, from the blog Cee’s Photography, has decided that the answer to the question “Can one have too many challenges?” is a definite and resounding “Don’t be silly. Of course not.” She probably came to this conclusion because although she already hosts many wonderful challenges on her blog ( Share Your World, Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge, Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge) people were asking her to host yet another challenge. And since one can never have too many challenges she was happy to oblige and has now started hosting Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge. 🙂 *

*Disclaimer: This may or may not be an accurate depiction of how this new challenge came to be as I have not actually asked Cee what her opinion is of whether or not one can have too many challenges. Think of the above story as an “artist’s rendering” of the birth of this challenge. 😉

While reading the description of what this new challenge is about the part about “your pet being totally silly” jumped out at me. So this week my submissions are going to photos of my cat Teddy Bear and his cat nip filled mouse.

I call this series “Fierce Hunter” 😉

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Posted in Food, Mental Health, Weight

National Eating Disorder Awareness week 2014


I never thought that actually losing some weight would trigger anorexic thoughts. Most of the time when I feel like I need to start restricting my diet it’s when I notice that I have gained some weight. But when I noticed that I had lost some weight a couple months ago I started having thoughts of restricting my diet to see just how low I could get my weight to go. I didn’t act on these thoughts and thought that I had come to terms with the fact that my body was losing weight and would eventually stabilize.

Until I happened to weigh myself a few days ago that is. The scale said 149 lbs and I freaked out about the fact that I was in the 140s and immediately started wondering if I restricted my diet, could I get my scale to say 145? It’s only 4 more lbs. And it has kind of been one of my “goal” weights and a weight that I never thought I’d actually see. I say one of my goal weights, because I know that as soon as I hit that I’d be focusing on getting down to 135, and then 125, and then 115…

Distorted Body Image

But here’s another way of looking at it. I am only 4 lbs away from 145 lbs. Why is that not good enough? Why is seeing a specific number on my scale so goddamn important?


And why, when I see that my body has been naturally losing weight on it’s own do I not take away the lesson that I don’t need to starve myself in order to lose weight? And even if I did get down to a certain weight because I starved myself, what then? I wouldn’t be able to maintain that weight, and in fact would probably gain more weight back once I did start eating because my body will think that it needs to compensate for the fact that there isn’t enough food available for me to eat.

I have come too far to go back to disordered eating. I do not need it in my life. My life is better without it.

NEDA color quotesFashion Modelseating disorders aren't coolFatspiration #80I refuse to waste my life for a bikiniYou are strong, brave, amazingjudging defines youFatspiration #104Fatspiration #180eating without guiltFatspiration #65



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A glimpse inside my illusion: Week 8…

These are my responses to this week’s questions in Cee’s Share Your World writing challenge.

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?

Money can't buy happiness

I would have to go with the $10,000 for myself. It would solve a lot of problems in my life right now. Plus, it would help to put me in a position to be able to give to others more regularly, through charitable donations instead of only once when I was given money to do so.

You can buy cupcakes

When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?

I hope that when I’m 90 years old my husband and I will still be together. We’ve  talked about how when we’re old we’ll have loud conversations in public pretending to mishear what the other one has said, or quite possibly actually mishearing what the other one has said… 😉 So when I’m 90 what will matter most to me will be my marriage, my sense of humor, my health and my friendships.

Friends till we're senile

Candy factories of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?

I’m not really sure what I’d want it to be. I know it would be something with chocolate, but I’d miss all the non-chocolate candies… When it comes to candies, I love variety.

Domo Candy

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

My umbrella is hanging on a nail on the wall of my garage right next to the door leading to the entryway of our townhouse. Then there is also the umbrella that is in one of the pockets of my husbands pack. However, most of the time these umbrellas don’t normally get a lot of use. Other than how I hate getting my glasses wet,  a little rain doesn’t bother me.


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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White…

Here are my submissions for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week. The topic this week is white.

Snow can be pretty.

The Jordan River in Murray, UT. Taken on a walking trail behind my apartment complex.


Also the Jordan River in Murray, UT. Taken from a bridge on the same walking trail.


A fountain in a frozen over, snow covered pond that I can see from my townhouse.


My cat, Teddy Bear, in a sun spot.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Orange….

Here are my submissions for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week. The topic this week is the color orange. At first I wasn’t sure if I would really have anything to contribute this week because I don’t really have a lot of orange things, but then over the last couple of days I found myself noticing all the things in my townhouse that had orange in them that I could photograph. I could have gone through some of my older photos looking for the color orange, but I just recently got a new smartphone with a better camera (5 megapixels) and I wanted to try it out.


The bricks in our fireplace.

Fridge Magnets

All of these fridge magnets have orange in them somewhere.


I’m counting the gold on this dragonfly as orange. Close enough, right?

Hear,see, speak no evil

My “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” frogs cross-stitch.

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A glimpse inside my illusion: Week 7…

Here are my answers for this week’s set of questions for Cee’s Share Your World writing challenge.


What is your favorite couch potato activity: readings, watching movies, watching sports, napping, anything on TV, computer games, play cards, or other?

Pretty much all of the above, except the watching sports thing. Since my husband and I upgraded our smartphones last week we’ve spent a lot of time playing games on our new phones. In fact, last weekend that’s pretty much all we did… it was a wonderfully lazy weekend.


What is your favorite toppings on pizza?

Cheese, mushrooms, onions, cheese, olives, bacon, cheese. I also have had and liked anchovies on my pizza years ago, but haven’t had the chance to have it again since. Oh, and did I mention that I like extra cheese on my pizza?


What is is favorite genre of movie or book?


Horror would definitely be my favorite genre for movies and books. I also really like science fiction and fantasy for both as well. I love disaster movies, especially the post-apocalyptic type. I have very little patience for dramas or romantic comedies, and would much rather watch an action movie than a “chick-flick”.

…That being said, I am in the middle of catching up on the Twilight Saga movies right now. I have seen some of them, but can’t remember how far I got in the series, so am now starting over from the beginning. The first movie was worse than I remember it being, the second seemed a bit better, we’ll see how I feel about the third once my husband borrows it from his coworker… Yes, I do have issues with the whole “sparkly vampire” thing, but what can I say, I liked the books…


My favorite books would be pretty much any Stephen King book, the Wheel Of Time Series by Robert Jordan, Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and Lives of the Mayfair Witches series, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter series, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Twilight saga, Hunger Games trilogy… I could go on and on… I am currently reading the Ender’s Game Series (or Enderverse or Ender saga, whatever you want to call it) by Orson Scott Card, which will be followed by the Shadow saga by the same author.  I can never be without a book to read.

Do you prefer eating the frosting of the cake first?

I prefer to eat the frosting with the cake.


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A glimpse inside my illusion: Week 6…

Here’s my answers for this weeks questions for Cee’s Share Your World Challenge over on her Cee’s Photography blog.

Have you watched or plan to watch any of the 2014 Winter Olympics?


(Yes, I’m aware that this picture doesn’t quite fit the questions being asked. But this is my blog, so I’ll use it in this post anyway.)

What is your favorite winter Olympic event? Would you ever want to be an expert in that sport?

I don’t have a favorite winter Olympic event.

(And yes, I am aware that football is not a winter Olympic event.)

Have you ever met an Olympic Athlete?

Not that I know of.

(Are you sensing a pattern with the pictures included in this post?)

Do you have a favorite athlete? Name sport.

I’m not really into sports at all… So nope, no favorite athlete.

sport for people who don't like sports

What is your favorite exercise or sport? Is there a reason why?


Ah, here’s a question I can actually answer. The only form of exercise that I really like is walking. And it’s a good thing that I enjoy walking, because it is my main form of transportation. My husband and I don’t own a car, so anytime that we need to go anywhere we walk there. Even when we are going to use public transportation to get to somewhere too far away to walk to, there’s still usually a fair amount of walking involved since the Trax station is about a mile away from our townhouse. And most of the time I will opt to walk instead of take public transportation for things that are closer that public transportation would be an option for. The closest grocery store is also about a mile away from us as well. We do rent a car via some car share services that are out here for the larger shopping trips, but for most trips to the store we walk there and back. My perspective about what is “too far” away to walk to has changed greatly in the years that we haven’t had a car. When my husband and I tell people that something 2 or 3 miles away is “not too bad of a walk” we tend to get looked at like we’ve lost our minds.