Tonight’s Observation: Caramel Corn is Good

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I love this fall weather not only for the change and beauty of the weather, but for the food and snacks associated with this time of year.  Take for instance, we have two major holidays to which you dress up, play the role of someone else and receive candy….and the other holiday encourages you to indulge in home cooked meal and have parties to bring people together.  Seriously, the only time I will encourage and promote being anyone but your normal self.  It is good to bust out of our boxes and get the creative juices a flowing!

Boots, sweaters, costumes, football, family and get-togethers!  Transitional changes in the weather, in yourself is you are open to it, and probably being OK with adding a few pounds to the hips from all the goodies….oh they tempt me so badly!  Why must I have a sweet tooth!?  WHHHHYYYYY?

Transitional seasons can make someone feel so alive.  Out with the old and in with the new.  Clean out your house and make room for new growth and development figuratively and literally speaking.  A time to examine your heart and the house you keep.  What a great opportunity for growth and preparation for a second chance?!  Personally, I am trying to focus on listening more.  I need to balance and find quiet moments whether I can find them for five or ten minutes vs. longer extended periods of time is irrelevant.  I just need to find them.

Tonight I found the Caramel Corn just staring at me.  It was just sitting on the table.

I was minding my own business, yet that tricky little something else  got me…..the inner dialog between me and Mr. CC went something like this:

CC: “How YOU doin’?” (eye brow raising)

CatMan: “Um…seriously?  Since when does Caramel Corn talk?”

CC: “Look how incredibly good I look!  ummmhmmm….I am so yummy you just want to take a handful of me and you know….*wink*”  (yes a wink…)

CatMan: “Yeah I am trying to get into shape and you REAAAALLY aren’t helping my cause…so good bye!”

CC: “What?  Wait, wait, wait….just take the lid off and look me in the eyes….I think we are a match and I want you to handle my goods…if you know what I mean…just one whiff…”

 

By this point, I was very inquisitive as to why the Mr. Caramel corn was “talking dirty” to me at the kitchen table…it was very puzzling.  Not to mention disturbing!  BUT maybe he was just taking advantage of my brief moment of weakness.  The CatMan is ONLY human you know…OK so here is how the rest of this went down….

 

CC: “Come on!  I might be a little sticky…BUT I will do you well…I taste so good…just open the lid and smell my sweetness…OH I will never disappoint you CatMan, if you allow me to show you.”

CatMan: “Maybe just a little whiff will be enough…I am not having any Caramel this late at night…”

(opening the lid I was totally sucked in and it was all over from there!!!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rqDkDhkJKQ

 

CC: “Yes, yes….go on…touch me!”

CatMan: “Nope not doing it!  Sorry…..well maybe just one but that’s it….(like I said this is all internal…I am NOT that crazy…)…I can afford just one piece and I will be good….ugh…I am so weak…stupid Caramel Corn…” (I reached my hand in and pulled out a ball of goodness, we made eye contact and I just got weak in the knees…)

CC: “Try a taste.  Just a bite is all…”

CatMan: (staring this little ball down)  ‘Just one’ “ohhhh…you are so good Caramel Corn…” as I chomp myself to a 400 calorie mistake…(I put that piece in my mouth and how satisfying!)

CC: “See how do I taste?  Good, huh?  I told you I would never disappoint you…you kind of like me don’t you?”

What was happening on the inside of my mouth as I just couldn’t resist anymore. Literally the inside of my mouth was doing this:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFz2WkVAk38

Then it was ALL OVER….Mr. Caramel Corn won….and my only response?

CatMan: “Mr. Caramel Corn, you were right about one thing…you are VERY good….Bastard….”

ALL I could do is shake my head in discussed…well there is alway tomorrow right?

So what’s this evening’s observation?  Caramel Corn is good.  sigh…just not very good for my hips!  Darn it!

 

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Being honest with yourself…

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Have you ever had someone who has helped your personal growth or development blossom despite all odds?  I have had a good handful of them.  Herb would be one of them and its fabulous.  He has helped teach me a few things about myself and life that I think would have taken me a lifetime to figure out!

For Herb, a giant reason he is so knowledgeable about life is because he has been around since 1914!!  December 5th, 1914….you do the math!  Well Herb is also a recovering alcoholic.  He claimed sobriety in 1960 and joined AA.  His story of how he quit was a funny and sad one.  One day he was at a pub and had been drinking all day.  He ended up drinking to the point of blacking out, jumping on a train and waking up in New York City!  He was so confused as to what happened that for him, it was his turning point.

He has been so touched by the AA 12 Step Program that he has taught me some of the lessons he learned the hard way.  What an awesome program!  The best piece of advice yet, was about being honest with yourself.  That is the start.

Being honest with yourself is a hard thing for humans.  It allows one to critically look at themselves, critique and accept their faults and failures.  Build upon where they fall short of the Glory of God.  We all fall short but, it is how we handle our short comings, what perspective we keep, and how grounded we can accept ourselves for who and what we are.  Each of us was designed differently.  Uniquely.  Special ordered with a designed mission.  If we are really being honest with ourselves, we realize what matters the most in our life–because that becomes very apparent.  We realize what can be eliminated because in the end it is only fluff.  We also may not know what mission lies ahead, but that is alright because we are secure with ourselves.

I know where I stand.  I know WHO I am.  I know what possibilities lie ahead and most of all I have complete faith in God and myself to know I place my own limitations on what I can and cannot do.  God challenges them daily.  I never thought that in certain circumstances I would be doing all of the stuff I am doing and still surviving!  Coaching, volunteering, working full time…finding time for spiritual growth and family time, social time, and rest and relaxation.  It’s an interesting dynamic.  All about balance.

 

EEPPP! Importance of balance....

 

When you finally are honest with yourself, things become very clear.  I have been so blessed to have many people helping me grow in all facets of my life.  Being grounded, being honest with yourself, and realizing your worth are the first steps to finding that balance.  Next step saying no!  🙂

Now, today is Tuesday.  I am a one woman wrecking crew.  I may be super honest with myself in saying this but I feel like I am drunk!  I am taking everything out in my path.  I slipped and almost fell on my butt walking out to start my car, dumped my drink all over my notebook and desk, Herb called at 8:30am, I was told by a friend that tonight was the only night before the new year that would work for him to get together (I have to work and his gift isn’t ready yet!), and I really wished my voice was solid.  🙂  My case of the Munday’s came a day late…about par for the course!  Today I smile at the chaos going on and thank my lucky stars I am alive!

Song of the day:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOZuxwVk7TU

Have a great day!

CatMan