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03 December 2008 @ 09:32 pm
OK, I am amused  
I saw the "Twelve Days of LiveJournal" meme going around my flist and thought it was sort of silly and wasn't going to bother with it. But on a whim, I plugged in my username and was so tickled by the results that I'm going to post them after all:

On the twelfth day of Christmas, miss_sophia sent to me...
Twelve marauders drumming
Eleven oasis piping
Ten crookshanks a-singing
Nine beets burninating
Eight prongs a-reading
Seven cats a-writing
Six languages a-knitting
Five arcti-i-i-ic monkeys
Four sparkly vampires
Three bertie botts
Two douglas adams
...and a roswell in a pam beesly.
Get your own Twelve Days:

If I can't get sparklepeen for Christmas, I at least want to see beets burninate. Or wait, four sparkly vampires, y'all! DOES THAT MEAN FOUR SPARKLEPEENS??? OH MY EDWARD!

In other TwiLOL news, Edward Cullen is Santa Claus. I may have to write this fic. I mean, homeboy went to medical school twice, so why wouldn't he take a stint filling in for Saint Nick so the poor old man can get a Christmas holiday of his own for once?

In other other news, I have made two resolutions. I don't do the whole New Year's resolution thing, because if something needs to be resolved, it should be resolved when it needs to be resolved, and I hate setting myself up for disappointment in such an official manner. Anyway, resolutely, I resolve the following (and OK, I'm making it somewhat official here so that the peer pressure keeps me focused and...resolute):

(1) I shall lose 20 pounds by May. I've got 15 pounds of baby weight still lingering on me, and that sucks. I miss my old jeans and that really cute pair of low-riding khaki trousers. And even though I've bought new pants (trouser pants, not undawears, for you Brits), they just don't seem to fit properly. I'm constantly making sure I'm not showing my coin slot to the world when I sit down on the floor (which I do all the time, given that I have an active 8-month-old), and my love handles constantly spilleth over. If I lose 20 pounds, that'll put me well below where I was prior to getting pregnant, given that the 3 to 5 pounds I gained in my gargantuan boobs isn't going to come off until I wean Meghan, which won't be happening for a while. (And that's IF it comes off the boobs, but right now I can't bear to consider the possibility that it won't!)

I'm also going to go on ahead and admit that I chose May not primarily because it's the start of summer (i.e., swimsuit season), but because LeakyCon is in May and Azkatraz is in July, and it just wouldn't do for Hermione to be rockin' a round booty and a post-baby belly. YES, I'M LOSING WEIGHT PARTLY FOR THE SAKE OF COSPLAYING. SHUT UP. Unfortunately, there's little I can do to stop Hermione from having Madam Rosmerta's rack, but hopefully binding those suckers up in an ace bandage or something will help when the time comes.

Jack promised he'd hook up the Wii Fit (because I'm too lazy and/or retarded to do it myself) tomorrow, and we may go to the gym on Saturday (for the first time in like two years). I'm not going to diet, aside from trying to choose more healthy options when I'm tempted towards other stuff, because (a) the holidays are coming up and I refuse to deprive myself, and (b) for the most part I eat well already, and more importantly, you're not supposed to go on much of a diet when you're breastfeeding. So I can't cut out carbs completely or anything like that (which I wouldn't do anyway; I believe more in eating whole, well-balanced meals), but I can make sure I don't go for the milkshake when I'm craving it, or that I choose the salmon instead of the manicotti. When I was pregnant, I ate whatever I felt like; I let my body dictate what I needed. But now I'm going to be more careful, so that I cut out any unnecessary excesses (LOL, redundant phrase is redundant). It'll be a little tricky with the holidays coming up, but my main goal will be to enjoy in small amounts. Anyway, I'm going to attack the weight mainly with exercise, because all I really need is to kickstart my metabolism again. I have time to exercise after Meghan goes to bed, and even if the gym doesn't end up working out (although given that they've got a babysitting program, I may try to go a couple of times a week), the Wii Fit is always there, and whatever I do on it will be more than I do now (which mainly consists of chasing after Meghan all day -- quite a physical activity, but apparently not enough!).

(2) I will reread the entire Harry Potter series WITHOUT TAKING NOTES. As I said in a previous post, I really need to reread the series so I can get back to writing my poor, abandoned uberfic, as well as pursue other plotbunnies I've had over the years. In addition, I committed myself to writing two fics for a crack!fic fest, and I've got only about a month and a half before they are due...and I REALLY need to do that reread in order to write something good. I actually started my reread a good several weeks ago, but that's where the problem with the note taking came in: As I read, I kept adding thoughts and ideas that came to mind to two lists of notes, one for general observations (e.g., Ch. 1 p. 12: McGonagall: “…but how in the name of heaven did Harry survive?” Not 'how in the name of Merlin'. :); Ch. 1 p. 14: Sirius’s motorcycle is loud and huge. And I’m surprised Dumbledore didn’t recognize it. Or maybe Sirius didn’t parade it around in front of him – could it be a violation in the same way that the Weasleys’ car was? Then again, Dumbledore asks only where Hagrid got the motorcycle, so maybe he suspects Sirius and is starting to put two and two together?) and one for plotbunnies.

I'm not the fastest reader in the world to begin with (I used to read quickly, but now I enjoy absorbing the prose as fully as possible, which requires time), and then taking notes slammed my reading pace to a crawl. On top of that, because I was taking these notes in a Word file on my computer, I couldn't just open my book and read anywhere; I had to have my laptop near me or else I wouldn't want to bother reading. I did just download a voice-recorder app for my iPhone, so that I can use that to take notes (my intention was to use it when I'm listening to the audio version of the books -- another project that is currently stalled, but for a different, and now rectified, reason), but you know what? I need to get over it. This reread is not going to happen if I get all nerdy and perfectionistic about it. I really enjoy taking the notes, but I am hereby resolving to save all note taking for a second reread, because I really need to make it past Chapter 2 in a book that shouldn't be a slow read! Right now, I just need to reabsorb the canon. Yes, nifty thoughts and ideas may occur to me as I read, but the majority of them will be more than likely to recur during a future reread, and any that get lost will be supplanted by better ones anyway. Yes, I'm still trying to convince myself of this, but the bottom line is that I need to reread these books, and I will enjoy doing so without the pressure I'm putting on myself to note down every single thought and plotbunny that occurs to me.

And because it is now in my LiveJournal, it must happen. DONE. And with that, I'm off to fiddle around on LJ a little more and then force myself to restart Sorcerer's Stone (yes, I know, wrong title, but I don't have a British version of that book yet *adds Brit versions of HP books to Christmas wishlist, just under "SPARKLEPEEN"*) with the benefit of an open laptop next to me. I daresay it just might be a tad more enjoyable. ;)

ETA: Via punk_rock_nerd, "Proposition 8 - The Musical" (with some very special celebs!):

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die
Current Mood: resolute
alabastardalabastard on December 4th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
I used to be a nutritionist and personal trainer, so if you need any tips, just holler.

Cannot wait to see you again, whatever you weigh, you will rock as Hermione!

The films are all on this weekend, hurrah, and I want to reread the books before LeakyCon as well.

Off to the pod, been seriously lacking in sleepage this week.
Miss Sophia: Hermione in the librarymiss_sophia on December 6th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
Awww, thank you, I just might take you up on that!

Cannot wait to see you again, whatever you weigh, you will rock as Hermione!

And thanks for that, too. Although the weight annoys me, I don't typically dwell on it, but...you know what? I really needed to hear that. :)

Hope you got some good sleep! I can't believe you have to wake up so early for work. :/
alabastardalabastard on December 6th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Bloody cells never sleep, so I have to be there at crazy o'clock regularly.

Stealth Mexi Geek-Nerd: HIS WIFE IS A HORSEsithwitch13 on December 4th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
Whoo rereads! And no, I don't think losing weight to cosplay is sad--it's one of the main reasons I've been trying to lose some extra belly jiggle. Because nothing draws attention like a bright blue jiggly belly D:

How does the Wii Fit work, anyway? I've been meaning to ask someone for months but nobody's mentioned it on their LJ since it came out. Scott mocks it, but I can't be assed to go outside and work out. I hate gyms.
Miss Sophia: CL fandom always accessiblemiss_sophia on December 6th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
Well, I haven't actually used the Wii Fit. It's still in its box. >.< SNAKE MOON MUST HOOK IT UP TOMORROW! But I've seen a friend use it, so I've got a little bit of experience in that respect. Basically, it has a bunch of different activities you can do on it, from step aerobics and pushups to yoga and "balance games," which are like swinging your hips while your Mii tries to keep a hula hoop going or...how to explain this one...OK, you know those games where you have this wooden box with a 3-D maze in it, and you have to move a silver ball from one side to the other by turning and tilting the box? Well, there's a version of that, but your body is what you use to simulate the turning and tilting.

And all the while you're doing this, the Wii Fit board keeps track of your weight, time spent exercising, calories burned, etc. It gives you updates each time you use it, letting you know how you're doing with weight loss and harassing you when it's been a while since your last workout.

I'm still somewhat skeptical that you can lose a lot of weight on it, but people have done it. And I think the bottom line is that if you use it to exercise for half an hour a day, that's half an hour of exercise more than you were getting before. So it might not be like using an elliptical machine for that amount of time, but at least you're burning some calories, and if you're consistent, you'll see results.

I also hate gyms, so the idea of doing some silly, fun games for a workout in my own home is appealing. I've played some of the more physical games on the Wii, like the boxing one that comes with it, and I found myself sweating without feeling all put out that I was exercising. So I am holding out hope for the Wii Fit...IF FREAKIN' SNAKE MOON EVER HOOKS THAT SHIT UP!

I also have DDR for it, and that's a great calorie burner too (and has a workout mode), but I'm literally the worst DDR player ever, and I fall over my own feet, so...yeah, sparing myself that embarrassment. ;)
[ JESSI ]princessjessia on December 4th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
I'm going to go around singing "five arcti-i-i-ic monkeys" now because of this, as that is seriously the best phrase ever.

As for the BFing boobs increase issue, I can't promise you they'll go back to how they were before (seriously, if you've ever seen the movie The Sweetest Thing? You will now have a better understanding of Cameron D's character crying about "22, 28, 22, 28!"), but they will get smaller again after a few months. That whole "it took nine months to get your body into this, give it nine months to get back out of it" that applies to pregnancy weight is also a good rule for the boobs issue.
Miss Sophia: Seinfeld - Serenity nowmiss_sophia on December 6th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
HAHA, yes, I was loving that one, too!

Dude, I will take any smaller I can get!!! At this point, F cup is starting to look good! And I also don't care anymore how saggy or weird they'll be. As long as I can fold 'em up into something smaller than I'm wearing now, we're all good...at least until I finish having kids and get a reduction!
author_by_night: Fourthdoctorauthor_by_night on December 4th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
Hee, thanks for linking to my LJ! That was an amusing thread.

I LOVED the Prop 8 - The Musical. Very funny. I'm contemplating putting it on Facebook, but it's not subtle enough... a lot of people from my college are there - the type of people who Prop 8 - The Musical makes fun of. If it were subtler though, I could get the point across without generating drama...

Edited at 2008-12-04 03:26 am (UTC)
Miss Sophia: Rufus dreamily looks out windowmiss_sophia on December 6th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
Funny you should mention Facebook, because one of my friends linked a bunch of us to that video through Facebook. However, the vast majority of my friends are as liberal as I am, so as far as I know, the comments were all "YAY!"
Spicedogs: GK-GoodGriefspicedogs on December 4th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Baby, you and I have to go at it furiously. I gained weight this month. I am starting with Curves again. I have to finish Twilight. I will do it this weekend.I will grind my teeth, but read it and then onto HP again.
madame sosostris: accessible!shantih on December 4th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
Hehehe, you have to finish it before we see the movie.
Miss Sophia: Twilight - Edward Maybellinemiss_sophia on December 6th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
Heh, and now that we've dined at City Lite again....

I think we will have to look out for each other. Don't let each other eat stuff that hinders weight loss. And make sure that we eat at places with healthy choices...or, preferably, at home. I'm glad you're gonna do Curves again now that your foot has been healed for ages. That was really working for you.

I am going to force Jack to hook up that damn Wii Fit tomorrow!!!

And yes, read Twilight so you can SUFFER WITH ME! And then HP! I fulfilled my end of the bargain with LOST! ;)
Marie of Romania: coffeemiss_daizy on December 4th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Any motivation to get in shape is a good one. Care to pass one along this way? I keep doing well all day and then out comes the glass of wine and the bag of pretzels at night.
Miss Sophia: CL fandom always accessiblemiss_sophia on December 6th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
My motivation tends to stem from the amount of belly flab I find myself able to pinch. And my dismay at seeing numbers on the scale that were perfectly fine during pregnancy, but completely inconceivable beforehand!

Actually, one thing that worked for me in the past when I wanted to lose 5 pounds here or there (ahhh, the good ol' days!) was to fill myself up with water. Whenever I got the urge to snack, I'd just drink water. After a while, I got used to not eating random stuff; it's just been harder since the pregnancy, since I'm still BFing and cannot afford to let myself feel hungry. Another thing I'm doing now is making myself wait when I get an urge to eat something I shouldn't. As in, "OK, if you still want it in 15 minutes, you can have it, but you have to wait that 15 minutes." I often find that once the 15 minutes is up, the craving has passed.

But heh, I'm not really one to speak after all, given that I haven't actually lost the weight yet! XD
~Lirpa~: Little Locke Wizardkatje0711 on December 4th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
I don't do the whole New Year's resolution thing, because if something needs to be resolved, it should be resolved when it needs to be resolved, and I hate setting myself up for disappointment in such an official manner. Anyway, resolutely, I resolve the following

Now, I see your perfectionism peeking through. ;)

I've been trying to lose weight, too. You can do exercises with Meghan, you know. Laying on your back, lifting her up, etc...

I have a friend who had a boob reduction after she was Hermione one year, so you should be all set. ;)
Miss Sophia: Hermione in the librarymiss_sophia on December 6th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
HAHA, the sad thing is, I didn't even see the perfectionism there, but YOU'RE RIGHT! *facepalm*

With respect to exercise, the real question is, can I use Meghan as a thigh abductor??? At the very least, I should do some reps with her! Prescription: 30 Meghan lifts a day!

Oh, I am SOOOO getting a reduction after I'm done with the whole childbearing thing if these suckers don't go back down to where they were. Your friend should've gotten the boob reduction beforehand, though! ;)
~Lirpa~: Laugh Deskatje0711 on December 6th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)

You missed my point. She he hadn't had the reduction and was still perefectly fine as Hermione. IN fact, she won the costume contest. Then again, maybe she won because of her boobs. LOL
Miss Sophia: Hermione says boys are so stupidmiss_sophia on December 8th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
HA, I suppose that depends on who the judges were!
automatic door: loveautomaticdoor on December 8th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
For the record, I always pictured Hermione as being curvier/maybe even a bit overweight--she was a bookworm who sat around all day. Definitely not a gym-going athlete. :)
Miss Sophia: Hermione in the librarymiss_sophia on December 8th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
Well, this is true; she certainly was no Quidditch player. Unfortunately, she didn't have pornstar boobs, but, well, there are some things that not even magic can change! :P
automatic doorautomaticdoor on December 8th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
Maybe Harry was too much of a gentleman to comment? ;)
Miss Sophia: Hermione says boys are so stupidmiss_sophia on December 8th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
Ah, but Malfoy certainly wouldn't have been (unless her teeth were that distracting)!