Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy 2008!

Hi, Everyone! Sorry I've been away so long. Some of you might know that I work for a school, so I get extra-long holiday vacations. Today is my first day back at work since my last post.

And yes, I have internet at home, but it's very slow and so I rarely post from there.

Thank you to everyone who send me Christmas/Holiday/New Year's wishes. Y'all are so sweet. I love my bloggy buds. I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season full of yummy food, great presents and lots of love.

Ok, I have lots of news!!!! For the ease my readers, I will write this post in an imaginary interview way, so that all of your questions can be answered. In theory.

So, VB, how was your trip home to The Czarina's for Christmas?

Well, the good news is, I did not kill my mother. WHEW. We got along better than usual, actually. Not that I have a bad relationship with her. I love my mom. But, well, you know how it is. Those of you who have a loving-yet-domineering-control-freak mother know what I mean. I got to hang out with Smurf and my brothers Fungus and Fat Dog, too. I also got to see one of my oldest friends, a girl who lives in NYC. (She lives near Chinatown, if you are curious).

Wait, weren't you going to post about New Orleans again?

Um, yes, but I left my photo CD at home. Sorry. The pics weren't very good, anyway.

So what else is new?

Well, just before I went home for the holidays, if you remember, I was having car problems and was ready to start car shopping. So Czarina called the Pontiac dealership in my hometown. The Belle family has been doing business with them since the 1960s. No joke. Needless to say, we are on a first-name-basis with everyone who works there. They are very trustworthy and the prices kick ass. So she called them to see if they had any used Hondas or Toyotas -- I told her I was never driving another GM car again as long as I live.

Czarina called me back. "Ok, they have a Ponti--"
"Hold up. Time out. No, Mom. I said no more American cars. Japanese only."
"I know, I know. Just listen. They have a Pontiac Vibe, which has a Toyota engine in it. They just stick a GM body on top when they make it."
"I'm listening," I said.
"They said they'd give you $7,000 for your trade-in--"
[Picks up jaw from floor] "Um, did you say '$7,000'?"
"Yup! And it's a 2004 with only 40,000 miles on it! It's red and it has a sunroof!" she gushed.
"SOLD!" I said.

So here is a pic of a car that is identical to mine! I love that it's red, because as you know, I am a major Indiana basketball fan, and red is the team's color. Woo hoo!!!

I miss having a V6 engine and a couple other features, but I'm loving the better gas mileage and sunroof already! Plus, it is SO much more reliable. I can sleep at night now. It's cute, but I am worried that it's kind of a "mom-ish" car. I always imagine myself in a red convertible...

Maybe one day. But for now, I want reliability and good gas mileage!

Yay! That's great! We love your new car and don't think it's "mom-ish" at all! Now, give us what we really want: some updates on CN! What's going on there?

*sigh* He is still wonderful. I will try not to gush too much. I gave him an ipod shuffle for Christmas, because he admired mine so much -- he loves it! I got major girlfriend points. He gave me a DVD I wanted (a horror movie called When a Stranger Calls -- the original one, not the re-make) and a very pretty silver necklace -- it's a heart with teeny tiny diamonds in it. YAY!!! Good boyfriend!!!! He had asked me what I wanted for Christmas, and I replied, "I want you to get me something only a boyfriend would buy." Which, as my female readers know, means, "Jewelry. Preferably real." -- Ok, I'm kidding. It didn't have to be real. So I was pleasantly surprised.

Wow. CN is fantastic. You must feel like the luckiest girl in the world!

He is!!! I am!!!! We are super duper happy!!!!

Ok, now you are making us want to barf, and we like you. Can you stop gushing about Mr. Wonderful?


Any other news?

I got a new cell phone, and it's waaaaay fancier than my old one. Does anyone know a website that is good for ringtones? My provider's website doesn't have some of the songs I want.

My sister got me a gift certificate to Sephora, my most favorite store of all time, as I am a total makeup addict. As much as I lovelovelove it, I am paralyzed with indecision whenever I attempt at making purchases there. I honestly cannot decide. It's like asking a parent which one of their kids is their favorite. So I will hang on to the card for a while.

My brothers gave me Best Buy gift certificates, which will be used to buy more RAM for my home computer. Right now I am operating on a whopping 156k (if I remember correctly -- it's abysmally paltry in any case) and am chomping at the bit to buy some RAM so I can use the Internet from home without wanting to scream at my monitor.

MJ and KT got me yummy coffee that is hard to find. They also got me a gift certificate for dog boarding -- an excellent idea!

OH! I almost forgot!


While I was at home at my mom's house, I was talking to her neighbor. He told me a sad story: his coworker had a Jack Russell terrier and he spoiled the bejeezus out of it. We're talking outfits, pork chops for dinner and a heated dog house. Anyway, one day, while he was at work, someone STOLE his dog!

Aw, that sucks!!!

Yeah, tell me about it. So the neighbor told me this guy was heartbroken and looking for a new dog. "Well........." I said. Then I told him about Toby. How I was sick of him eating my shoes and being hyperactive and how I just don't think Toby is a good fit for me.....etc.

So he told his coworker about Toby, and I gave Toby to him free of charge! He is super happy and was talking baby talk to Toby the last I heard. I'm sure Toby is munching away on filet mignon or something by now. He's hit the doggy jackpot!

Yay! All's well that ends well!

Yes, that is a great ending. Everyone is happy. So, what is your New Year's resolution?

The same one it is every year: lose 40 pounds! Only hopefully this year, I won't stop at 20 pounds and re-gain them back! Argh! I do it every time! And being in a happy relationship is really bad for dieting. I know CN will still like me no matter what I look like (several rough mornings have already proven this theory), which sort of deflates my motivation to eat healthy food. Especially when he takes me out to dinner all the time. Evenings at the gym have been replaced with evenings on the couch, snuggling.

But enough is enough. I'm running out of pants. So I gotta start running on a treadmill. I am breaking in my new running shoes tonight!!!!

And I would like the record to show that I ate a SALAD for lunch today. I. Hate. Salad. But dammit, I'm pissed off at myself, so it's time to shape up.

So yes, Healthy VB is back. Feel free to leave motivating comments for me! They are much appreciated!!!! How do you stay healthy? Have any tips or motivating thoughts for me? I'm having a hard time getting rid of my candy and pushing myself at the gym. I am watching Biggest Loser, because CN swears it motivates you to work out.

I also like to have a fun resolution: This year's fun one is to take more pictures! YAY!!! I know you are excited, because this blog has few, if any pics. But soon, that will change!!!

I want to know your resolutions, too. Share with me!


Matilda Jane said...

I watch The Biggest Loser and eat chocolate.

JP said...

The Biggest Loser is very motivational. Like MJ, I usually snack while watching it. Oh well!

I'm avoiding the gym right now because I'm sure it's crazy packed like it was in January last year. Grrrr!

I'm not the biggest salad fan, but Cosi has the BEST salad. It combines lettuce with grapes, pistachios, pears, dried cranberries, cheese and this delicious sherry shallot dressing. Amazing!

Megan said...


So glad you are back!

cmk said...

Check out for ringtones, etc. Maybe you might find what you're looking for.

I am a complete carb addict, so the only way I'm able to lose weight is by going on the South Beach Diet. Good luck to you on the weight loss!

tallglassofvino said...

the car is not mom-ish at all. Even less so with the hot chick (you!) behind the wheel!

this health-resolution wouldn't really apply to you, but I've sworn that for every glass of wine I wish to enjoy in 2008, I have to have earned it by running/cycling a mile. Maybe you can switch out the bait for something that motivates you!

Happy new year!

* meish * said...

I think you win for most exclamation points in a single blog post :) I'll add some more for good measure!!!!! Sending you good karma to lose those 40 pounds!!!! Have you ever tried Bikram yoga? One class burns hundreds of calories off, seriously!

My new year's resolution is to be MORE environmentally friendly, and I even have a book to push me along my merry way.


Virginia Belle said...

MJ-- that is hilarious. why am i not surprised?

jp-- oh yes, the gym is definitely packed! it will slow down around valentine's day, though. it always does. right now, it's full of my ex-boyfriends (see above). also, what the heck is cosi? a restaurant? that salad does sound good.

megan-- yeah, tell me about it. 'UUUGGGG' is definitely the word! it's nice to be back and get comments! :)

cmk-- thanks!! i'll check it out.

tgov-- thanks! yes, i use that same diet-reward strategy. i only get to eat dessert if i go to the gym! so far, this is working. about 30% of the time....

meish -- yeah, sorry about all the punctuation. it's bugging me, if that makes you feel any better. my gym doesn't have bikram yoga, but tonight i think i will check out the pilates class....i tried pilates once, and it is killer! plus, i bet none of my stupid exes would be caught dead in a pilates class. i can work out in peace! i like your new year's resolution! good luck with it!

Meghan (The Declaration of MY Independence) said...

So glad your back! Love the car!

If you ever need a dieting buddy this chick will be here for you. I'm trying to loose 40-50 myself. Lets do it together!

RWA said...

You need to let us know the next time you're going to take so much time off. Some of us (I won't say who) were worried about you.

New phone...end of your dog problem...fancy necklace...perfect boyfriend...sounds like you had a great Christmas and New Year!

JP said...

Cosi's a restaurant kind of like Panera. It's alright, but I eat there mostly because it's one of the few options near my office. I know they're in DC and Philly, not sure where else.

Smug said...

Try It is totally free and has everything you need at whatever level of detail you need. Plus there are tons of people on the site, so you can post the oddest questions and you will get tons of great answers! I lost 20 pounds before my wedding using the site!! Did I mention that it was totally free??

Phantom Hater said...

Everyone packs on the pounds as a couple. It's so funny how everyone hits the gym at the beginning of the year, and then are done after two months. I took a spin class in LA. I thought I was in decent shape, but that thing kicked my ass. I'm definitely going to add one to my work-out plan.

I watch the Biggest Loser mostly for the tears that follow when one of the contestants finds out they have gained weight instead of losing it.

teahouse said...

That's cool you got a Vibe!! I drive a Toyota Matrix and apparently they're the same mechanic told me that!

Phantom Hater said...

You got a Vibe?? Is it one of the realistic, veiny ones? mean the *car* bad.