Not bad for a fat girl


Doing the Hustle


Can I get a woot-woot? Yes, I did it, I finally won a workweek hustle this week. My fitbit buddy ropes me into this thing each week, and then each week he outperforms me, by a lot. Still, it keeps me moving, even if I do feel like a failure week after week. No, that’s not really true. I don’t feel like a failure, but I don’t feel like a winner either, because, hello, I don’t win. Until now. I WON.

There were several other people in the challenge, but when it came down to the wire, it was my friend and me, with me in the lead. Normally the challenge goes to midnight, but this week it was started by someone in a different time zone, so 9 pm was the deadline. With about an hour to go I was up by a few thousand steps, but my friend can easily crank out that many in a short period of time, so I kept marching in place and generally making myself crazy adding steps. At one point I found myself walking in circles, then in the opposite direction so I wouldn’t fall down. And still, he wouldn’t synch his steps. I know he did it on purpose. He’s diabolical like that.

In the end it didn’t matter, because I won by a comfortable margin, and yes, I did a happy dance. Why? Because I know he’s way better at getting exercise during the week, but this week I really tried hard!

So I enjoyed my victory while it lasted, then accepted the weekend warrior challenge, which I am currently failing at miserably. Hey, I’m tire! I exercised a lot last week!

Oh, and by the way, I do feel a little like a loser, because I’ve lost about thirty pounds since June. Yeah, baby!

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Why Does a Hockey Player Want to Follow Me?

I get notifications form WordPress and Twitter when I get new followers. This isn’t shocking. People click on follow buttons all the time, and while it’s nice to see that new people are discovering what I’m up to, it isn’t exactly groundbreaking news when it happens.

Every once in a while I spend a little time checking out those people, and I often follow them back. Sometimes I’ve already followed them, and they’re following me back. Cool.

Now I’m not someone who lives and dies by the numbers. Yes, I love knowing that my little thoughts are floating around in cyberspace and once in a while some of you lovelies read them, and maybe even respond to them. That really does delight me. But I’m not out to win the busiest blog award (is there such a thing?) or the Twitter tweeter with with the most twaffic (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help it). I’m not in the big leagues in either category, and I’m okay with that.

On Twitter, though, a lot of the people I follow ARE in the big leagues, at least in terms of their chosen professions. I follow big names in education, writing, politics, entertainment, art, and more. I like to see what makes these folks tick, and reading their tweets gives me some insight. The main take away? They tend to work really hard, and they put their pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us.

The other day, as I was looking through the new followers (seriously, it sounds like I’m leading a cult or something… I assure you I am not) I came across a fellow who’s a player in the NHL. Yes, folks, a real live professional hockey player. How cool is that?! I hadn’t followed him, and I’m not a huge hockey fan. I know nothing about his team. I don’t even keep up with the team from my childhood (although I did have hockey pictures on my wall the year they went for the Stanley Cup). I don’t DISLIKE hockey, it’s just not a part of my life. So how did this guy find me?

I don’t know, but I have to assume it was either my wit or my ravishing beauty that hooked him. Still, how he stumbled across something I’ve done is beyond me. I’m amazed at the way the internet works, and this is further proof that some things in the universe will never be explained. In the meantime, go Hurricanes!



Award Mania

Lucky me! I’ve been given a few more awards for just doing what I do. How crazy and fun is that?!

I’m going to be a bit of a cheater, in the interest of saving some time and sanity, and combine thoughts with these awards. I hope the blog award police don’t come track me down and give me a stern talking to.

versatile-bloggerFirst I’d like to thank Zainab at A Mom’s Blog for presenting me with the Versatile Blogger Award. I’d like to think that maybe I actually earned this one, since I do a little of this and a little of that. Her blog is very versatile too, she is inspired by her little guy Nadir and writes about life with him in a lovely way. She is intelligent, creative, and kindhearted. Give her a read! You can also read the rules for this award at the above link.


sisterhood-of-world-blogger-award11Next, I’d like to give a shout out to Darcy at Yadadarcyyada for hooking me up with the Parliament Award and the Sisterhood of the World Blogger’s Award. You have to check out her blog, she’s sharp and tells it like it is. Also, if you’re interested in the rules for those awards, she has them!

parliament-award2Anyway, now I’m supposed to tell you some stuff about me, like why I’m loyal. Well, I just am. If I read your blog regularly I will comment when you move me or make me laugh or challenge me to think of something in new ways. I try to interact with the people who read BulgingButtons in a positive way, and I hope to leave a bit of that positive spirit wherever I land in the blogging world.

parliament-awardSome of you enjoy awards, others kindly turn them down, and others despise them. If you’re in the last camp, oops, sorry. Here are a few blogs I enjoy that come to mind with these awards. There are so many that I read that they don’t all immediately spring to mind. I apologize if I’ve missed you, yet love your blog! I hope you find someone new here to read, they are all worthwhile blogs!

Versatile Bloggers:

Barry Wax

The Drunken Cyclist

The Lovely Photog

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers:

Shards of Silence


The Parliament Award

Tangly Cottage

Just Another F-bomb

Life With Tess

Reinvention of Mama

So here’s the thing, I didn’t exactly follow all the rules, but I did give you a bunch of good blogs that cover a lot of different content. I hope you have fun poking around in them. And if I did happen to send one of those cool awards your way and you don’t want it, no worries. Just know I’m a fan.