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Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Oh my gosh ladies was I nearly knocked off my feet when I got on the scales at the doctors office yesterday. Talk about a rude awakening. I stepped up on them and jumped off them quicker than you can say Slim Fast. Well the cute little aide said, “Wait I did not have time to see your weight!” I then tried to just make up a number for her but being a good nurses aide she insisted I step back up. Well I don’t have to tell you but this time I took off my shoes, my bracelet, ear rings and my sweater. It still flashed three of the largest numbers that I have ever seen underneath my bare feet. Huge ladies! I have turned into a short big woman! How did this happen to me? I have always since the birth of my children been too short for my weight but never this short! God in all seriousness I should be at least every bit of 6 ft tall…I knew my uniform was not fitting me well but I kept thinking it was because every time I turn around their adding something to my utility belt so I just figured that had to be it. It could not be pounds adding up from too many sweets.
As I write this now I am looking at a half eaten Twix bar that I bought not an hour after leaving the dang weigh in. Yes I bought candy after seeing this…..have I no shame!!!
I was so upset when the doctor finally came into the room I forgot what I was there to see him about. All I wanted to talk about was my weight and he was not interested in my ranting about what I had just seen in the book in area or whatever they call that room.
He just wanted to look in my ears and throat and have me say AHHHHHHHHH!.....It turns out I have some kind of infection on top of my weight problem. He gave me a prescription and led me to desk where you pay. Shaking his head all the way and not hearing one word I was saying.
So what do I do when I leave his office? I head straight for a Sandwich shop and order a Roast Beef with cheese. My car automatically turns into anywhere that has a flashing sign saying Free WiFi…..yep I had brought my computer because I knew in College Station there would be places I could write you ladies. (Not that I am counting but my bytes roll over at midnight tonight) It was already 3 in the afternoon and no lunch so what’s a girl to do especially since I had to check on all of you. I could not just sit in there and use their internet without eating. After I finished the sandwich I swore that was my meal for the day. No more for me the rest of the day.

I then head toward the way home and there in front of me is Barnes and Nobles. Well books are like food to me. I had to stop and browse and then what do I see but college students all sitting there with their lap tops just typing away so enough of browsing I have to go get mine out of the car. Well two hours later and one book I finally leave the book store.
I felt like a complete fool while I was there though because here are all the young kids sitting at the tables and working away so I go and find a nice little love seat and get all comfy and start browsing your sites. It is so much fun when you’re using someone else’s bytes. Hahahaha
Wouldn’t you know it I am having a great time maybe all 20 minutes of it and this older man comes and sits down beside me with a magazine. We say our polite hellos and I start my browsing again and he says, “Hey watch you looking at on your computer?” I am thinking Geezzzzzzzzzzzzz not me Marie! I smile and say,”OH just some friends sites that I like to browse when I get the chance.” He nods and I go back to you guys. Then before I could change sites he says, “Well I come here to get out of the house and read magazines if I am lucky talk to pretty ladies.” I think I said, “Good for you!” He then mentions that he had never seen me there before. I thought oh no I can’t read and listen to this guy too. So I shut my computer and tell him it was very nice visiting with him but I needed to leave.
I run away but only to another section of the store where all the young kids are with their computers and I squeeze myself in the middle of them thinking they will feel sorry for this ole grandma and give her some room. I felt bad about the little ole man but I was on a mission to find out what my friends had posted on their sites. I said a little prayer while I set there that the little ole man would not see me but I know I stood out like Custer in his last stand.

No one bothered me but the light just was not right on my computer screen and I kept seeing a glare so would you believe I moved again. This time I sat at a table next to two young ladies from I guess Japan and you guessed it they were speaking their language and I was trying to read in English. Not good not good at all. I finally gave up bought the book about Amelia Earhart. I never did get to see the movie Amelia. Why it never came to our little town is beyond me.

So I am driving home and thinking about what am I going to do about my weight. I have never been a big eater but I don’t eat the right foods especially now that I am alone. I am thinking salads. Yes that is what I will have to do is just live off salads now until I die. I am always so happy with myself when I make up my mind to do something.
About an hour down the road I finally am coming into my small town and I spot Dairy Queen. I am too tired to go to the grocery store so I think to myself oh just spurge on one of their salads and shop tomorrow. Well ladies I pull up to the drive in window and they ask what can they get for me and your not going to believe what I ordered. Why I did it is a question I am still asking myself today but I said, “I’ll have a large ice cream cone, Please!” I did bigger than Dallas ordered an ice cream cone. Not a small one or medium but a large one. What in heavens name comes over me when only earlier in the same day I was freaking out about the numbers on the scales. Geezzzzzzzzzzzz Marie!!!

Like Scarlett says, “Tomorrow is another day!”

You ladies no me I hate to get serious but I am not looking forward to going to work tomorrow at all. Over the weekend a young man was arrested for breaking into a home. I was off sick and my partner called me Sunday night and ask me if I had been watching the Houston news. I told him no and he explained to me that this guy he had booked in for burglary had killed five of his family members just hours before he was brought in Sunday. My partner said He was standing near his holding cell and the guy casually said, “Oh now I remember what I did last night, I killed my brother. Turns out it was not only his brother but mother, father, sister and niece. This has been on my mind for two days now because will I have to be around this guy 12 hours every day I work for a long time possibly up to a year. I am already dealing with four young men that killed a doctor so now this. I am actually worried about how I will act around him, No doubt I will be praying that I can be as professional as I can possibly be but I would be lying if I said it will not be easy. What is our world coming too?

Also I wanted to thank everyone that has written a post about the horrible tragedy in Haiti. We all need to really pray for these poor people and to help them if we are able too. May God be with them and give them the strength to make it through this.

Once again ladies thank you for all your wonderful comments, emails and cards. I thank God every night for all of you. Also a big thank you and welcome to my new followers. I hope to visit your sites soon.

Oh and last but not least my sweet precious Christi made it safely home from her business trip to Barcelona, Spain. Hopefully she will send me some pictures and I can share them with all of you. Spain I still can not believe my daughter was in Spain for a week and did not bring me back a Handsome Matador.

Sweet Dreams,



Deb said...

I've been even try to hold your breath to loose a few is definately a mind set thing...glad you finally found a little peace and quiet for some computer time...

LuLu Kellogg said...

OMG now I want some Dairy Queen Vanilla Ice Cream! I can feel my pants getting a wee too snug already!


~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Oh Maggie, you just crack me up! I know extra weight isn't funny but you always manage to make me smile and laugh when I read your blog.

You know I used to be overweight-I lost 68 pounds 20 something years ago and never gained it back. I had been on every diet know to man-You name it-I've been on it. I finally read a book called "Diets don't work" This doctor watched people go on diets, lose the weight then gain it all back plus more. So he started watching naturally thin people eat -They eat like children-when they are done, they are done-I don't know what it was about this logic but it worked for me. All my young adult life I had weight issues that brought me to tears-But after reading that book 68 pounds fell off me without me even realizing it. I didn't even exercise! I've never put the weight back on-I hope you find something that works for you.

Hey, I used to work for a prison-Uck! 60% of our inmates were child molesters! Hated working there. They would even throw urine and feces at the guards-just sick.
I hope you don't have to deal much with that guy that killed his family-Like I said, just sick.

Take care girl and watch out for those fresh acting magazine reading guys at the book stores (well, unless they are stinkin' cute!)

Nezzy said...

Oh my sweet lady, I will join you in prayer that you can have some kind of peace around the criminals you work around. May God grant you peace.

I'm lovin' your weight story. Heeeheehe, ya'll ordered an ice cream cone, not any cone...a LARGE cone. You crack me up, girl!

Christmas is over and I bet you'll get that weight down in no time. Your always welcome to come to the Ponderosa and chase a wild~eyed cow or two. Seem to work on me. LOL!!!

Have a fantastically blessed day dear one!!!

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Life does have its curves. Unfortunately they are on us and in all the wrong places. :)

The problem with food, for most of us, it is an addiction. We find comfort in it just like alchoholics find comfort in drinking. Now here is the problem with that, we can live without alchohol but we cannot live without food. I got slammed with that statement in a Weight Watchers meeting. But if you think about it, it is so true. I guess what I am trying to say is, losing weight can be hard. It can take a serious rethinking of the mind when we want to eat correctly and for many it can't be done without some outside assistance. It took me awhile but I lost 80 pounds on WW. I don't go to the meetings anymore and I probably have put back on 30 pounds but I will tell you those meetings can be an eye opener. And you do learn things that you won't forget. But it is like any of those types of meetings, some are good and some aren't so good. Dynamics plays a big role in it.

I am sorry that you are going to have to be around that guy. My Mom is a retired Superior Court Clerk (mostly criminal cases) and she became pretty thick skinned but there were still some things she just could never get use to.
xxoo, Sue

SharDon Exclusives said...

Maggie, dear Maggie, I have missed you so much! It is good to see you on line again. You will have to be careful with the bytes...ugh! I wish someone could figure out what you could do because the ole' grannies out here miss your humor and we haven't even heard about New Years yet! Keep you chins up and know that you are loved by 199 followers. I haven't even gotten to 100 yet??? You are just too funny for words and everyone loves your job (good stories) but this new inmate will be a struggle for you. I will keep you in my prayers for compassion and tolerance. Be careful, sweet lady, and know we are behind you and it doesn't look too bad from here.

Sis said...

As usual, I loved your post. Here I have been gloomy and worried the whole livelong day. Bedtime just around the corner, so here I sit with a huge mug of coffee and reading Maggie's hilarious tale. There will be no sleep tonight. Hyped up and laughing.

Sounds like there is definitely something wrong with that guy to just casually remember what he did the day before. Walk a wide path around him. When do you intend to retire? You must be very strong; I could never handle a job setting such as yours.

Me....bunny said...

I recently lost 40 lbs but they had to take my gallbladder to prompt Oh Maggie, it's ok..look at it this way, you got hit on at the book must look good. Stay safe and your right...tomorrows another day.


Cherrie said...

I will be praying for you at work! And I need to join you on that diet!

sissie said...

Well I've always heard that single men hang around the book stores! Sounds like that one had his eye on more than books and he was trying to pick you up!LOL
I cannot imagine doing the kind of work that you do. Dealing with criminals everyday, especially the ones who murder. All you can do is ask God for strength to get through it all.
Keep up that great humour and super cool attitude of yours and you'll be alright.

Marla at Always Nesting said...

As I read your post, all I can think is that God has put you where you are for a reason. You are supposed to be a light. You can't redeem all people. Some are not redeemable. However, you can be a light and inspiration to those you work with and those that cross your path in your daily life.

Don't worry about your weight unless it affects your health.

Pat said...

I can totally understand the feeling of seeing those numbers on the scale! I think I've been in some sort of fantasy 'cause I've eaten anything and everything since Thanksgiving. I feel absolutely like a toad. I can't think "diet" or deprivation...makes me crazy. I am just trying to eat healthy and drink tons of water. Eliminating the Pepsi's will help don'tcha think? ;-) We can do this!

I'm just so sorry that you have to be around these criminals. I would find that to be so challenging and figure that prayer would be the only saving grace for me. My heart goes out to you ~ and I'll keep you in my prayers too!

jojo said...

I recently lost a few pounds but I had a cast on my that it's off I'm sure it will all be gained back by weeks end! I'm tall but I could never be tall enough for this weight!
There has been so much tragedy and sick minded people in the world lately. I understand that it will be difficult for you to be around someone like that, it makes me shiver to think about it. You be careful and keep Ms. Pearl at you!!

The Garden of Egan said...

Dang that Ms. Pearl. Really should try to control her eating habits. I mean after all...YOU wouldn't behave that irrationally would you?
I can relate with her and the numbers on the scales. Sheesh. What the *(&#(*& happened?
Looser pants is what's in store if I don't have my mouth wired shut.
HOpe your day is OK tomorrow. Yuck what a tragedy!
You are right...not sure what the world is coming to.

Auntie Cake said...

You always have the best stories for us. I wonder if that man at the book store has a friend who is a judge that likes to go on blind dates???

And, good luck with the man who killed his family. I can't imagine, my hubby also has to deal with a ton of murders at work, I don't know how you guys do it. Especially when they are all cocky and full of themselves. I know I would get in trouble, myself... Don't quite think I would have enough sense to keep my mouth shut when I need too. (That's why I am a stay-at-home mom!!!)

Sares said...

Oops. I had that happen to me a few years ago, I was 15 pounds over what my short stature could comfortably take, which was strange for me because I had always been so thin. I started walking and it gradually started coming off. Now I just need to work on eating healthy for my health. That poor guy in the bookstore!He didn't take the hint very well did he! I am sorry to hear about your work situation, it sounds very tough. I think I would be sick to my stomach around such people. Hang in there and I am sure you will find the strength to do what you need to do. Maybe you'll win the lotto and be able to retire!

farmlady said...

Well, my dear, welcome to the mysterious "Where did this weight come from?" years.

I have a skinny doctor who asked me why I had a problem losing weight...,"What seems to be the problem?" he inquired. I wanted to pick up this "little man" and throw him across the room but if I had done this..., he would have probably just given me an appointment for a psyche evaluation.
The battle is ours. No one is going to help unless you want to spend a lot of money. I've been to them all.
It comes down to a slow and steady resolve..,

I loved your post and I really identified. The last part about the boy killing his family is so sad. I hope you find some way to cope with this. The stress can sometimes be overwhelming. Take care.

Anne~Fiona and Twig said...

Bless your heart, you're dealing with an awful lot right now.

It's hard for me to take care of certain patients when I know they've done something heinous. You're a professional and a genuinely good person, so I know you'll do fine. Still, it's hard.

It sounds like you might be dealing with some emotional eating. I think we all can relate!
But you must still be some kinda hottie if that guy was trying to pick you up at the bookstore! You GO, hot mama! ;-)


Marilyn said...

Well, my Dear.... I will say this. Your job is no doubt your biggest problem to your weight. The reason I say this is my husband is a truck driver & if I could guess you both suffer from irratic hours & no regimented times to eat. This results in "grab n' go" junk food at times. ....just my opinion!!
Gotta' learn to carry good snacks with you....

I don't know how you contend with the evil underbelly of the world. I really don't know if the world is going-to-hell or we just hear more news. Just heard about the man who shot & killed 8 people in Virginia...... Why??
The courts are clogged & most of the lawyers should be in jail themselves but I ultimately blame all the do-gooders who raise their children with the attitude of "My Johnny wouldn't do that". Then the next thing you know Johnny is on a killing spree.... So sad!!
Take Care....

Arkansas Patti said...

Hay, I would have reached over and kissed that guys aging head, then moved off. He totally took the sting out of the doctors office and those faulty scales. I mean,he did state he only hit on "pretty girls."
Don't know how you can stand always being around such nasty people but know someone has to do it. I just hope you have some really nice people to hang out with later to take the stink off. Oh that's right, you have us.

Kim said...

LOL - I totally get your Dairy Queen visit. As soon as I decide I need to lose a few pounds, I spend the next few days gorging on junk food. Duh!!
And as for the 2nd part of your post - I don't know how you do it Girl! After a couple of days at your job I would probably be in a cell next to those guys. I think God gave you your sense of humor for a reason!!

Hootin' Anni said...

LOL....and just this morning I was typing about going to Dairy Queen 'cause my pants on the ground....well, it was part of the Thursday Thunks meme.

I say...I'll eat what I please, thank you very much. It's my life, and if you don't like me as I am...kiss off!! But it's a self esteem thing, I know. If you don't feel right with your weight...then, I wish you all the luck and stamina to loose what you want to loose.

Darla said...

I have only been by here a couple of times and oh how I love your writing!! You are a hoot! There is some serious stuff in here, praying for ya!

Candylei said...

Hi, I found your blog through the french bear and I had to laugh/cry when reading your post. You write what we all feel and do. What you could do is set a date that you are going on the tonight show say 3 months from now and then think of that when you are near food. I joined the gym too and all the men look at me like do you know how to use the equipment? Yes, thank you, I know what I am doing. I think. Anyways, let me know how it goes for you. p.s. Don't weigh yourself again for at least 2 weeks. Better yet throw the scale away. Your clothes will tell you how you're doing.

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

OH Maggie I loved reading your post make me giggle..I too am struggling with my weight..and boy have I gotten short over the years!!! I should be at least 6'5"...oh it is scary..and so I am trying to make better choices..and now that the weather is getting better..i want to get out and start walking..I gotta lose this weight once and for all..and just feel better in general..:)I don't know how you do what you do..but it takes a special person...I don't think I could look at that killer and not say something or hit him...:)have a wonderful day.:)

Obee Designs said...

Oh you who, Maggie,
Put down the ice cream cone!
I have a Happy 101 Award for you over on my blog. It's a thank you for always being so sweet to me and making me happy when you come to visit me!
Enjoy...and enjoy your Twix bar too! :)
Trust me I understand completely. I often say I should be 10 ft tall for what I weight!! Just kidding, of course, but you knew that.
P.S. Good Luck with the wacko murderer. Keep your cool, girlfriend.

Delena said...

What a job you have. I am so glad you can vent on your blog and make us laugh and cry. Good luck with the weight loss, ( I need to lose tons of weight myself) and hang in there with the people you have to deal with. Hugs.

PEA said...

Oh Maggie, I so love your sense of humour! You had me laughing so much reading this post and made me feel so much better knowing that I'm not the only one who complains about her weight and the next minute has a chocolate bar in her hands!!! lol My problem is junk night...while sitting at the computer...not good! My willpower seems to have disappeared and I can't find it!!! I'm 5'3" so even a bit of extra weight shows up a lot. Sigh.

Oh dear, it's no wonder you're not looking forward to going into work. It really must be so hard not to let your emotions get the best of you.

Thank you for being YOU! xoxox

Cozy Little House said...

I rarely make eye contact with people and I move like I'm leaving a fire, so people rarely have the chance to ruin my time at the bookstore. How dare they do that? I love to browse the books, like candy to me, and I don't want to be bothered. Especially not by loud cell phones and the ensuing conversation I don't want to hear. I know what you mean about the weight. I'll lose a little bit, then a few days later weigh again, and yup, it's back!

Kissed by an Angel said...

Take a look at Paul McKenna - I can make you thin!!! It's brilliant!! It works too!!! That way, you will never have to beat yourself up about eating a roast beef and cheese sandwich, or choosing a LARGE (is there any other size??)DQ again!! I think you are great as you are - well in the photo's I saw anyway!!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

My dear sweet friends.....I am off today from the nut house but have to work out here on the ranch...and thank goodness the sun is shining in my little part of the world today.
Thank you all so much for the sweet and helpful comments.
As far as the inmate that is accused of murdering his family he has been so busy talking with detectives that I have had little contact with him. He did speak to me once and ask a question and I just looked at him and walked off. Strange reaction but it is the one I had.
This weight thing is something that I do have to work on because its hard being on your feet all day and carrying a bowling ball around too.
Love to all of you
Stay in touch

cindy said...

Maggie, I fall into the same category as you. I have a good 60 pounds to lose. I gained this all after we lost our son, Joshua, 6 years ago. I really think that I am addicted to eating.
I enjoy your writings.

dharmesh said...

That was a really good post. It helped me to make sense of some of the issues with the subject.

dharmesh said...

That was a really good post. It helped me to make sense of some of the issues with the subject.