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A Reader Asks a Question - Part VIII

Posted Oct 21 2010 12:00am

The Splendiferous Liz Hawks wonders: Oh the irony - I posted last week about my own bottom-barrel scraping complete with zombie grocery shopping. I'd love to know this: if you could select one current celebrity and make him/her do anything you'd like for a full day (your own personal puppet), who would you pick and what would they do?

Hmm. Interesting question. I think I might pick someone who needs a slap upside the head of what it takes to actually parent a bunch of kids without a large income at your disposal. I think mostly anyone can parent a lot of kids if they have access to nannies/housekeepers/cooks and maids. Angelina Jolie seems like an involved parent, but I wonder if it'd be so easy without a large income and lots of help. Or maybe let Meredith Viera be me for a day - she always seems so absolutely unruffled, like nothing ever gets under her skin ever. Someone who seems like it's all SO easy and if we just did it like her, we'd NEVER have trouble again. I'd venture to say, it's easier to be a parent when you can pay someone to do a lot of the necessary grunt work for you.

Who would you pick?

Miraculous Mary inquires: favorite i phone apps!

Oh, my iPhone. I love it more than I think is strictly proper. All I want for Christmas is an iPad. (Well, and a Vita Mix, if anyone is buying.... - hey, I've got a birthday coming up!) One of the best things for me is the availabilty of apps. Here are a few of the ones I use all the time, in no particular order.

  • Hipstamatic - perfect for making photos look vintage
  • ColorSplash - photos in black and white with one color pop
  • Lo-Mob - also makes vintage pics
  • ESPN ScoreCenter - keeping track of FOOTBALL GAMES
  • Facebook - because, duh
  • Twitterific
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fandango
  • Amazon Mobile Cart
  • Ebay
  • PANDORA - Love, love, LOVE this
  • Emoji Free - funny emoticons to send in text messages
  • 100 words - I've downladed the HS freshman version for Mackenzie
  • Southwest
  • Typepad - blogging on the go
  • MyLite - a simple flashlight that I use
  • Math Bingo/Math Dr/Pop Math/Times Tables
  • Teach me Kindergarten - Riley's favorite, even though she's outgrown it
  • Grammar Jammers for each level of my kids
  • Redbox
  • Shazam
  • My mobile banking

I think that's enough.:)

Jennifer inquires: Do you think about food all day long? Are you constantly hungry? I only ask this because I am. I'm not overweight by any means. I am 44 though, and I find that it's much harder to lose a few pounds than it was a few years ago. What's your strategy?

What's my strategy? Work out A LOT. That's my only strategy. I don't think about food all the time. I just find that if I'm home, especially on the days that I spend sitting at the computer, I eat more than I should. I have to try to stay busy.

I was constantly, and I do mean CONSTANTLY, hungry when I was taking the prednisone. As soon as I ate something, I wanted something else.

So, I try to stay busy. I eat more if I'm bored, and I try not to put anything off limits. As soon as I say to myself that I won't eat something, it's all I can think about and then I eat it in mass quantities. I try to balance my workouts with my food - and then, as much as I can, I stop thinking about it.

I have a tendency to become, shall we say, obsessive about weight and food.

Do you have any tips for Jennifer?


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