Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Along the Little River Trail - GSMNP
December 3, 2010

Well, well, well, Blog friends of mine............Determined December has turned into Dizzy December.  For those of you old (don't shoot me!!) enough to remember Tommy Roe's 1969 hit song, "Dizzy,"   and the rest of you whom I'm sure can appreciate some Wednesday morning humor, here's what I mean:
Dizzy, I'm so dizzy my head is spinning
Like a whirlpool it never ends
And it's You FOOD makin' it spin
You're making me dizzy

First time that I saw You FOOD, I knew that I just had to make You mine
But it's so hard to talk to IGNORE YOU with PEOPLE BRINGING MORE IN  all the time
I want You for my sweet pet, AND YOU KEEP CRYING "DON'T LEAVE ME YET!"
I'm going round in circles all the time

I finally got to talk to You and I told You just exactly how I felt
Then I held You close to me and kissed You and my heart began to melt
FOOD You've got control on me,cuz I'm so dizzy I can't see
I need to call a doctor for some help

Dizzy, I'm so dizzy my head is spinning
Like a whirlpool it never ends
And it's You FOOD makin' it spin
You're making me dizzy
my head is spinning
Like a whirlpool it never ends
And it's You m FOOD making it spin
You're making me dizzy
you're making me dizzy
I woke up at 4 a.m. this morning with this song spinning around in my head. The dizziness started Sunday evening (at a Christmas party, of course!) when I looked around at the spread being served and realized that this was just the beginning.  There's no need to spell out all the gory details - my circumstances are no different than most of yours.  Mine is only complicated by the fact that my husband is the much loved head of a small department of a close knit community college.  What do college age girls, who have little money to spend on gifts, or the mother's of college age boys do for their Choral Director at Christmas?  Why of course, they make goodies!   Lots of them and large boxes of them.  Mr. B informed me last night that he had two boxes of chocolates, three plates of cookies and a cake in his office.  And their concert, where most of this stuff magically appears, isn't even until Thursday night.  Believe me, there will be more - MUCH MORE!  He knows better than to bring it home, but classes end on Friday and sharing amongst the students will stop!  They are gifts to him and I can't expect him to NOT bring it home!   Oh my, this is making me DIZZY!  BTW, don't spend your valuable time giving me suggestions of what to do with all the goodies.  Believe me, I've experienced 12 years of this - there is nothing you can suggest that I haven't already thought of or done!  And like I said and each of you well know, that's only the tip of the iceberg that ALL of us are facing.  Are any of you dizzy?

At one point on a very depressing Monday afternoon, I came very close to saying I'd just forget it and with the rest of America, start over on January 1.  But there was that little matter of Friday's post and Determined December.   I don't WANT to forget it!  I don't want to start over on January 1.   I am strong, I am invincible, I am WOMAN!   See, I'm so DIZZY, I don't even know which song I'm singing. 

But I do know without a shadow of a doubt, which one I'm ending with.   And it's this one:
I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an' pretend
'cause I've heard it all before
And I've been down there on the floor
No one's ever gonna keep me down again

You can bend but never break me
'cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
'cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul

I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin' arms across the land
But I'm still an embryo
With a long long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

Oh yes I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained (LOST)
If I have to I can face anything

Talk to me friends!  How are you today?  Are you Dizzy or Determined?


  1. Sharon this is a tough time of the year, I agree! I am so determined. I just love the new WW!!!!! It is so much easier for me to follow and my original goal was not to gain weight this month, but now I am determined to lose! Four freaking Christmas parties this week, but so far (2/4 down) I am doing well and the scale is trending downward. We will see. Hang in there!

  2. The second song I know:) The first... nope. I had my first big holiday to-do on Sunday as well. Ate. Ugh. The worst for me will be from the 18th thru Christmas. I guess I have sort of shifted to the mindset that I just want to get through it all without doing any more damage. I won't end the year where I had hoped to end it. So I am ... damage-deterrent-determined and disappointed:)

    Oh yeah - I get that husband thing. There is only so much I feel I can ask my husband to give up due to my lack of control and willpower.

  3. Here's an idea you probably haven't thought of: you could sliver up those tasty delights and mail them out to those of us who don't have bunches of people bringing us decadent holiday treats!

    No? Okay, then, just buckle down and motor your way through. I've done all I can to help. :)

  4. LOL...I'm dizzy and determined Sharon!!! I've had a double ear infection (dizzy) but am pressing in and moving forward (determined). Keep on keepin' on my friend.

  5. Of course, I know both songs. :) A very clever and determined post, I must say. Keep at it, girlfriend. Deb

  6. Not dizzy yet, but I can't eat half of the spreads anyway... but it always amazes me how many people hate all the food that we have at this time of year and yet we still all make it for everyone! :)
    January will be relaxed, right?!

  7. Dizzy is a good word to describe what we are all going through right now! My thoughts run in circles too.

  8. Diet poison. Christmas goodies are just diet poison ... don't drink the kool-aide, Sharon! lol

    Well, I have miniature Belgian chocolate eclairs in my freezer. I feel your pain, trust me.

    Do you know how long those wonderful things would last (pre-diet)? Not even long enough for me to write that I had them.

    Congratulations on NOT quitting, and sticking it out through December, Sharon!! That is a very good decision, and you'll be so glad come January 1st.

    It has been a tough year for you, but staying strong through December puts you back in control. Well done!

  9. Oh, I certainly can understand. My sister used to be married to a postman. Her home looked like a bakery the entire month of December. I couldn't get over it; So glad my husband doesn't come home with things like that becuase it would just be too hard. You sound like you are in a great place and filled with FIRE!! You'll survive it all, I can tell from this post!

  10. I am determined! :) I love this post, Sharon. I am using simplicity to keep me on task. With both life and healthiness. This time of the year can be soooo exhausting and filled with overindulgence if we forget we really are happiest with the simple stuff of life.

  11. I remain determined. I'm older than practically everyone in this blogosphere. For me, if not now, when? I just had a huge treat yesterday -- new, smaller sized knickers (underpants) -- first time in 20 years I've been able to wear a smaller size. That's all the treat I need for the holidays.

  12. Hi, Sharon! I didn't know I can't delete things, that it stays in reader forever.. thanks for that head's up! Yikes! lol You saw me try to say what I said several times, then. I was trying to find the least-snobby way to share what was in my heart. It took me a few renditions. ;) Thanks for your support and I wish you true peace and true happiness....

  13. Isn't the month of December so bittersweet? I love the holidays...but they are so challenging for me! I am on the baking end...I bake every year for gifts for friends, but it's hard to not nibble here and there. My problem is I get so busy with stuff that I don't plan and have good meals ready. Everything is rush rush, grab a bite here...grab a bite there. I can deal with the's the busy-ness that derails me.

    Now I have Anne Murray stuck in my head :P