Friday, August 21, 2009

Happy happy to us

I got such a kick out of my student yesterday. We are working on the present continuous right now (am/is/are + verbing) and we were doing this exercise where he had to choose a verb from a small list to fit into a series of sentences with blanks in them. So the sentence he had was "Excuse me, you ___________ on my foot." Guess which verb he decided to put into the blank. I about died laughing as he read it out with the present continuous of the verb come. He was supposed to choose the verb "stand" of course. Good times.

It's sad that I'm almost finished with him. However, he is really trying to get the government to pony up more money for more hours, so maybe I'll be with him longer than anticipated. This is probably a good thing as I just found out that one of our major clients didn't renew the contracts for this session. Although yesterday I got a good lead on working at another college so everything will probably work out. It usually does so I just have to remember that instead of choosing to feel panicky. Because most of our feelings are based on our choice. Like good old Abe said, most people are as happy as they decide to be.

What else? Oh yeah, it's our anniversary (of meeting, not marrying) today and I even remembered. 16 years ago Serge and I met at a Hong Kong nightclub. If it's not raining later, I'm gonna take him over to the botanical garden for their little jazz happy hour they do and then barbeque up some filet mignon for dinner. This will bust my diet but oh well. Oh yeah, I haven't mentioned the diet. I have never dieted to lose weight since I've always been skinny. When I quit smoking I promised myself that I wouldn't worry about anything else, such as weight gain, for at least a year after quitting. Well that one year was up in July. It's been one week now on the diet and I'm down 4 pounds. I don't know if that's good or not. My plan is pretty basic. Eat less. I have just been making sure I don't go over 3000 calories in one day. I was able to do that every day except one, last Sunday, when we went out to breakfast and later in the evening I caved and had a bowl of ice cream with hot fudge and cherries. The thing that has most horrified me is seeing how many calories (and salt) there is in a slice of bread. I had no idea.

23 comments:

Breenlantern said...

Happy meeting anniversary!

Java said...

Happy anniversary! How exciting.

Good luck on the weight reduction. (I hate to use the word "diet.")

Does Serge still smoke? If so, does he have any desire to stop smoking?

lattégirl said...

It could just be me, or perhaps you have some of your readers conditioned to think like this, but the first word I thought your student might have used is "shit."

If you simply cut out the fattiest, saltiest foods, you will see a difference. No more Costco poutines for you.

Happy anniversary!

"Just David!" said...

Happy Anniversary! I have to say as much as you walk, if you're still doing it as much as you did when I was there, I don't see how you could have gained a pound! I'm hovering around 170 and I think it's where I'd like to stay but I don't suggest doing it the way I did! Ha!

Birdie said...

Happy anniversary to both of you!

Are you actually losing weight on 3000 calories a day?! I'd be a blimp on that intake. My weight loss range is 1200-1500 calories a day, maintenance 1800. Men can lose five pounds just by skipping lunch.

You look great, but I know you want to take good care of yourself. Keep it up, kiddo, and congratulations on the continued smoke-free living.

Fatinah said...

you lost 4 lbs eating 3000 calories a day? Ugh - I have to go slit my wrists!!

Happy Anniversary! How exciting - 16 years these days is a lifetime! Hope you enjoyed your filet & your man last night.

How can you have not smoked for a year already? Gosh that went fast! Kudos to you!! For me it was a year in August from being a "social" smoker. Even just leaving that behind feels like a huge weight lifted - so I can just imagine how great you feel!!

David said...

One of the reasons I attend the gym like a circus freak is so I never have to think about how many calories are in a slice of bread. Sounds like the diet is working. Good on you.

GayProf said...

Happy Anniversary!

Like David, I go to the gym only so I can indulge my other habits.

anne marie in philly said...

I agree with lattegirl - my first inclination was "shit"!

"...how many calories (and salt) there is in a slice of bread. I had no idea." - this is why I make my own; I control what goes in there.

happy happy times for you and the handsome serge - congrats!

Mike, Studio city said...

Happy anniversary, we just had our 23rd in July. About those calories, I am 6'1" and if I consume more than 1700 calories a day I gain weight. I count calories and it is amazing how many calories are in bread. A hamburger bun is 240 calories. A box of saltine crackers is around 1300 calories. It's frustrating. By the way, we are so proud of you for not smoking.

Sunshine said...

Happy anniversary, guys! I love your "How I met Serge" stories. I think I must have read it twice or three times. :)

Rebekah said...

3000 a day? Sheesh. It's all that activity you do. Just cut out the processed stuff, and you'll be fine.

You on a diet?

God.

Mark in DE said...

Thanks for the chuckle from the student story! Happy anniversary!! My best to you both.

Thom said...

1. Happy anniversary!

2. But haven't we all been in situations where your student's sentence would have been perfectly appropriate?

3. "I have just been making sure I don't go over 3000 calories in one day." Oh, you poor baby!

Truthspew said...

Happy anniversary to the two of you.

Keyron and I celebrate our 17th year the 2nd of September. Just a couple weeks away.

dirkmancuso said...

Happy anniversary Torn and Serge!

Blobby said...

Eat Less? I don't get this. what is this crazy-assed comment.

I work out SO i can eat ice cream, cookies and drink alcohol. :)

Congratulations on 16 yrs. No small feat. but you already know that.

TJ said...

Happy Anniversary (belated) and here's to many more. Also best of luck on your diet

Frank B said...

But the bread in Montreal is so damn good....

Anonymous said...

happy anniversary of the day you met!
i remember when you met and evryone knows i don't remember a lot!( we all gave it about a year!)
xx
d and n

Larry Ohio said...

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! Greg and I are also at 16 years. It's wonderful!

Fresco said...

Bonne anniversaire, les gars!

LSL said...

Happy, happy meeting anniversary! I can barely stand myself for that long.