Marc’s Blog has been a little neglected this week. I’ve been busy. I know that sounds a little weird since I am retired and I should have lots of excess time to do just about anything…but that is not the case. It is good, however, to be active and busy. So here is a this-n-that of things that have been going on, not that you have any particular interest in the mundane activities in my life…whatever.
My wife has taken up the hobby of making jewelry for the past year or so. She sells her crafts on Etsy.com. You have to search “jewelrybyrosemarie” (all one word) to see her particular site. Right now is not a good time to go there because I am about to double the inventory so it appears a little empty currently. This is what has been taking up my time. I am her official photographer and webmaster so I’ve been busy trying to compile all the pictures and related info. I hope to have everything done in the next day or so.
But the big gig is her first public show and that comes up next weekend. For local neighbors, friends, relatives and lovers it’ll be at Volunteer Park in Plantation. That’s on the south side of Sunrise about a quarter mile east of Flamingo. There is a farmers market there every Saturday that you may be familiar with. The show is official titled the 7th Annual Festival of Treasures, March 7-8, 10a-4p. There will be all kinds of crafts and custom-made jewelry both outside in tents and inside the main building. Rosemarie will be inside; look for the nice signage and other elaborations I’ve prepared to make her look good. Of course, Rosemarie always looks good on her own, but I made the display presentable.
So I’ve been busy helping her get ready for the big show. I’ve also been sidetracked by the painting of the house which was discussed earlier in another posting. I explained that the Community Association controls the color selections offered to residents and that I had no issue with that. Except this year they’ve put in a new three-color mix for each house and you are not allowed to deviated. Rosemarie and I have deviated. We did not like the third, dark and mismatched color they insist we paint our garage door and front door. We painted these doors the same color as the other trim areas on the house, as we have for the 18 years we’ve lived here. There are at least a dozen or more houses painted with precisely the same two colors as our, but the new three-color rule was not in effect at that time. So we are challenging the rule, especially since the residents were not told about it before it was put into effect. We’ve already gotten our official notice of violation from the Association and I’ve replied with our position and why we wish not to follow the rule. I kept my initial response letter succinct and to the point. I have much more ammunition for expanding my argument should they turn me down, which I am sure they will. When have you ever heard of a home owners associations granting reasonable response to a resident’s challenge. So I shall put on my best lawyer hat and pursue the matter as far as it evolves. Maybe we can have a shoot out-using paint guns.
And finally, some of you may be wondering goes the Zero Belly Diet. It’s still on. I have, however, deviated a little. I have abandoned the daily “smoothie” because the protein powder included in each has just become too unbearable. It is disgusting. I am going to GNC today to see if there is something else that serves the same function to the diet but at least tastes like a subtle poison that I may be able to tolerate. I have also abandoned the menu plan in the book. It is too demanding of prep time and since all the recipes are for multiple portions I wind up freezing the extra meals and recycling them every few days. This isn’t difficult since most of the meals are pretty good.
I’ve added a few ad-lib meals to the mix too. I still use only the ingredients the book endorses for the diet so that’s keeping it “pure” more or less. I even found brown rice pasta (can’t have wheat in this diet) which wasn’t as bad as I anticipated. I plan to continue on with the diet even though it’s a lot of work and I am hungry all the time. But I was hungry all the time before the diet…it’s just that then I went and got something to eat, hence the large belly. Now I have to muster up a lot more discipline. But it appears to be working. I’ve lost about 6-7 pounds in the two weeks I’ve been on it. The cover of the book says “lose up to 16 pounds in two weeks,” but I never believed that in the first play. I wasn’t losing much at all when I was relying only on 4-5 weekly workouts at the gym since October. So this is a major happening to see the bathroom scale scaling down. Again, my goal isn’t so much the weight; it’s where it is. I need to reduce my belly. The goal is to be able to place my chin on my throat, look down and see the space between my feet. Currently, all I see is belly. So for now it’s “carry on…and stick to the diet and exercise.” This may take a few more weeks…then once there, how do I stay there????