Guten Morgen, meine Liebchen! I type this from sunny Kingwood, Texas. Actually, it would be sunny if it weren’t for all the damn trees. The town motto is “The Livable Forest”, and after visiting here off and on over the past eighteen years, I have long since decided that I never want to live in the forest. Being surrounded by trees is not my forte. All of the streets in this town are completely overshadowed by loblorry pines. There is something unnatural about all of these trees hiding the stores and houses.
It took us almost nineteen hours to get down here starting Thursday night. We had the dogs in their crate, the kids in the backseat, a trailer with two bins full of everything we need this week. It was a LONG trip, made longer by the horrible drivers that are ubiquitous these days – a cop tailgating and getting angry at Jim for going the speed limit, drivers going slower than the speed minimum on the highways, last-minute merging, construction, and traffic. The trip was made completely worth it by the sight of a couple pushing a stroller, a stroller containing a cat. We saw the same couple over two hours later still walking their cat, but this time it was on a leash. So worth the drive.
Yesterday was the last official day of our juice fast. As I type this, we have not yet had our final weigh-ins so I do not know our final weight loss totals. At the last weigh-in, Jim had lost over 35 pounds, and I am closing in on 25 pounds lost in 40 days. I’ll be posting our “after” pictures on Tumblr later today.
Still no offers. Jim has it on good authority that we will be given our offers on the Monday or Tuesday after we get back into the office. I’m not holding my breath or anything. After this past week, which saw the official announcement that they were selling one manufacturing site and “were assessing” whether to close down or sell the other two in the area, in addition to the sudden and painful departure of the nicest, most well-respected chemist in the entire organization after he expressed his opinions about the acquisition, my feelings about my new company are decidedly unfriendly at the moment.
On the blog, this week I reviewed the following:
- The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveny
- The Stand by Stephen King (audiobook)
- Displaced Persons by Ghita Schwartz
I also gave some quarterly stats on my reading progress. I found them interesting, even if others might not.
For now, I am going to enjoy something other than salad or juice. I have no idea what my “first meal” is going to be but I do know that it will be a fairly small portion because my stomach is definitely smaller than it used to be. That is always a good thing. Have a great Sunday, everyone. Happy reading!
Oh no, not even a Vespa – they were those kinds of scooters that handicapped/old people use!
Thanks, Jenners! The modified juice fast was definitely worth it, and I can see us continuing to follow it in some form or another for a long time to come. We both have another 20 pounds we want to lose.
Thanks, Carrie! We are trying. We both have to check into work this week, so being able to ignore the situation is a little difficult. We are trying to minimize that though.
Wow. Yes, something silly like that makes everything worth it, doesn't it? I'm impressed they were on those scooters so close to the highway. Riding a motorcycle on the highway is intimidating. I can't imagine getting on a feeder road in nothing but a little Vespa!
LOL! That is great! Thanks, Bryan!
I hope you can just enjoy your vacation and not worry about the job situation!
Impressive weight loss!! I hope that it was worth it. And I'm crossing my fingers on those offers!
I love when you see something on a trip that makes all of the travel worth it! After five hours in the car last fall, as we were driving along a divided highway we noticed two people in those scooters (not the kid kind) motoring down the access ride next to the highway. There was not a house or business within a mile!
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Glad you and Jim are able to get away from it all…
…you know what I realized you and Jim really need? Yep, ketchup. It has natural mellowing agents.
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