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Make a top ten list of favorite things to do you haven’t done in over a year Post-A-Day Topic 107

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Oh MAN there are a lot of things I haven’t done (that I love doing) in over a year! Mostly due to my mommy status but also because I’m living in a foreign country and still don’t have the confidence to get around and get out there like I do when I’m home. Ok top 10:

1. Go to a concert-I love live music and really there are a lots of music genres that are kid friendly enough to take the whole family. I can totally do this, I just need to find the music…and get a driver’s licence. Which brings me to number two…

2. Drive-I used to love driving. I would go for long drives to the lake, mountains, or just around town. Here in Italy, I don’t drive. I never learned to drive a stick-shift and learning in this crazy environment has proven pretty difficult for me. Automatics are just not that common here. In fact, I have yet to see one although I’m told they exist. Italians are crazy drivers, very aggressive and uncaring of how the laws state you should actually drive. The more time that goes by, the harder it will be for me. As it is, more than 2 years have passed and I’ve only taken a short trip around the block. In America I drove across states, through blizzards, deserts, mountains, everything. Here I have a hard time turning left. Pfft.

3. Eat Indian food-Italian food is great but when it’s all there is, you get used to it. In the bigger Italian cities like Rome, for example, you can find all kinds of awesome ethnic fare but here in Pescara, it’s just not happening. Indian food is a favorite of mine and I miss it quite a bit.

4. Fit into my size 6 jeans-I WILL get into you jeans, Oh yes, I will wear you again!

5. Drink a mojito on a sweltering Italian Summer evening-How I skipped this last Summer is impossible for me to answer. I was just too busy coraling my youngster I guess. I’ll just have to have a double this time 😉

6. Ride on a boat-It’s been AGES since I was on  boat. The last time was in the Summer of 2006. I have a thing for bodies of water so of course floating on one is a great way for me to spend a day….or 10

7. Go fishing-it’s not really the fishing part I like so much, although I’m a GREAT fisher(wo)man, but more the whole day spent outside with a picnic lunch and drinks in a cooler, ahhhhhhhhh

8. Fly-I actually hate flying, I just like going places. I need a vacation!

9. Drink a proper chocolate malt milkshake-mmmmmmmm milk shake. Pfffft what do Italians know about milkshakes?? Nothing! That’s what!

10. Sleep in-Wait….What is that? Did I just type that?? I think I know that term but I’m not real sure……


I’m Fat

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Gone are the days of weekend fasting to fit back into my jeans. It used to be so damn easy. A few sit-ups here, a few push-ups there, a salad or two and VOILA! slim trim me was lookin’ good. I’ve got a post pregnancy body and I’m over 30, the two factors that make getting in shape for a woman so difficult. Actually, my baby is 19 months old now, can I still say “post-pregnancy” anything? It kind of implies that I’m a month out of the hospital and just now getting my body back together when in reality it’s been OVER A FUCKING YEAR and I’m still the same slob that rolled out of the maternity ward. It wasn’t until recently that I found my stay-at-home-mom groove. I worked since I was 15 years old and have always been very independent so being a housewife and mommy has not been an easy transition. After finding the time to freshen the bathroom, change sheets, wash dishes, wash clothes, sweep, mop, cook, iron, feed, change, teach, and tickle, there’s just not that much time left over for ME. The real me. The “me” I was before motherhood before marriage. I used to know what I liked, what I wanted from life. Now I have no idea. Well, I HAD no idea. This blog is turning into something I look forward to working on. I write while my baby sleeps and sure it’s 1:08am but I’m happy. Fulfilling my desire to voice anything and everything through my rapidly clicking fingertips. It’s led me to want other things for myself, like HEALTH. Which brings me back to my point. I need to get fit and I need to start now. No more “tomorrows” I need it TODAY! I spent the earlier part of the night reading up on Weight Watchers and it seems there are enough recipes to be found online to enable me to participate in the program without actually having to pay to join the official site…score one for the web savvy mama! I’ve already taken to doing moderate exercise about 3-4 times a week and eating a pretty restricted diet-which I hate. So I was happy to see that there are some tasty options through the program. So here’s to the new and improved me! Well, I guess we’ll see just how “improved” I’ll be in a month or so. Until next time.

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