I’m a huge fan of Just Me, Drazil and Sheniqua, and I’m playing along with her Bring Your Own Crazy. It’s five little questions you can answer in your own blog to give your blogging brain a break.

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1. Name a Valentine gift you would NOT want to receive.

Whoa – back the truck up here.  Why would anyone turn down a gift of any kind?  It’s a gift! A surprise!  Somebody was thinking about you! That being said, I’d love to receive a Valentine’s gift of any kind. Mr. Pea?  Not so great on gift giving. He leans towards the practical, techie stuff – rarely anything romantic, frilly or fun.  I suspect I’ll get the dishwasher repaired as a Valentine’s gift. Which is really okay, because there are a lot of people living in my house, most of whom only wash the dishes by hand with a lot of grumbling and whining, including myself.

2. What’s your vacation personality? Do you act/eat/talk/do things differently or completely opposite from when you are not on vacation?

Vacation? Uh, yeah.  Doesn’t happen very often.  That house full of grumbling dishwashing teens?  They eat a lot.  Traveling with a crowd can be very, very expensive. When we do go on vacation, though, I am pretty much the same as I am at home.  Laid back and smiling because those same teens are so absolutely silly when they’re set free from the constraints of school, chores and other activities.

3. Describe yourself in 5 POSITIVE words.


4. Do you have any phobias or irrational fears or dislikes?

Heights!  Oh lordy, I’m afraid of heights.  It’s a great source of amusement to those teens when I’ll try to be brave and go up on that tower thingie at Six Flags.  I usually end up screaming.

5. Repeat question: Summarize your week in blog land and in real life.

It’s been a long, difficult week at the Pea House.  The Architect has been sick, Princess Pea is edgy waiting for the ONE college acceptance letter she really wants, Mr. Pea and I have been dealing with work demands and stresses and did I mention that the dishwasher died?  It’s been limping along since last summer, but it’s finally and totally dead. Just another kitchen annoyance to go along with the semi-functioning oven. Oh!  And the cable box bit the dust, too.  They’re sending us a new one, which is two days late. AND – the bathroom heater blew up this morning.  Literally blew up, with sparks and everything.  Just so you know, our home ISN’T falling apart and yes, we’re all okay.  The things that are giving up the ghost are at least fifteen years old or older, because Mr. Pea and I are frugal types who don’t replace appliances for style or aesthetic purposes – they only get replaced when they are dead beyond our own ability to repair them ourselves.

Blogland threw a gem in my lap this week.  Josie over at Yum Yucky mentioned keeping a journal of all the stuff she DOESN’T eat. I love love love that!  I spend a lot of time  berating myself for the indulgent things that I do eat, and that is just too danged negative. I do NOT need any negativity in my life, especially from inside my own head.  I need  to praise myself for what I’m not eating, instead.  Like this:


I am seriously going to set up a blog to record what I don’t eat. Thumb my nose at the temptation and the evilness of food pushers. Seriously…stay tuned.

Bring Your Own Crazy.  Keep the Faith.

EMail Anglea Pea


Conversations With the Inner Brat – Crazy

Why do you keep doing this?  I mean, you’ve been doing an excellent job of maintaining for months, but you haven’t lost any more weight.

I know, Olivia.  It stinks.

Seriously!  You just got out of an hour-long class where Mr. Bryan made you swing weights, do squats and a bazillion push-ups. You also have bruises on your arms from the kettle bells, and all that work isn’t making you any lighter!

Class is fun, Olivia, and it was only eighty push ups. I’m building some core strength and toning my muscles.  Don’t my biceps look great?

So what.  

We can’t give up. We have to keep fighting.

Fighting!  Like hitting and biting and scratching? I can do that!

I’m sure you can, Olivia, but there will be no biting and scratching.  It messes up teeth and manicures.  Hitting?  You can do that, but only with punching bags or for practicing self-defense with Mr. Bryan if he’s wearing the padded suit. Or for bad guys if we ever meet them.

But you said Fighting!!  I’m mad about all this work and I want to fight. Kick. Scream. Slap someone silly.

It means we will be persistent, Olivia.  Stubborn, mule-headed.  We will keep on eating sensibly and exercising until we are the healthiest us we can be. No matter what the scale says.

Olivia, Leading the WayOkayFine.  You’re crazy, you know.  Why the heck did you go and sign up for a 50 Mile Bike Race?  It’s off in the middle of nowhere on unmarked country lanes.  I’ll have to be the guide and we’re going to get LOST!

Come On, Olivia!  You know The Architect really wanted to do this race, and because I’m a responsible parent, I signed up with him.  We’ll go out this weekend and drive the course to be sure it isn’t too terrible. Besides, I’m pretty sure Mr. Pea will come along and play Sag Vehicle while The Architect and I race. Oh, and there’s always GPS!!

Be crazy brave. Keep the Faith.

EMail Anglea Pea



I’m a huge fan of Just Me, Drazil and Sheniqua.  I need a Friday topic to keep me inspired for weekly blogging, so I’m playing along with her Bring Your Own Crazy. It’s five little questions you can answer in your own blog to give your blogging brain a break.

Copy, paste and enjoy!

This week’s topic?  The Holidays

1. How do you feel about NY resolutions? Do you make them? Do you forget about them quickly? Do they help you?

Love them.  I make them every year – at the beginning of December.  Just because I’m a type A personality. I don’t forget them quickly, and yes, they do help me stay focused.

2. Did you put up a Christmas tree? How many? Is it still up?

Of Course!  We have a ginormous Christmas tree in the living room. My living room ceiling is ten feet tall, and the angel’s halo brushes up against it.  There are thousands of ornaments, more than twenty-eight years worth of collecting and creating.  There’s also a small tree in the sun room.  They are both down and packed away – *sniff*.  It’s so sad to take them down every year.

3. How many total Christmases did you choose to have to attend outside of your home?

None!  Christmas to New Year is the Pea Family’s recharging time. We spend Christmas Eve with our most wonderful friends, then we come home, unplug from the world, tackle big house projects and enjoy each other’s company until after New Year’s Day.

4. What are you most looking forward to this year?

Goal Weight! Mountain Biking! Kitchen Remodel!  New Flooring!

5. Repeat question: Summarize your week in real life and in blogland this week.

Real life has been a bit draggy.  It’s hard to come back to work and concentrate after several weeks of celebrating the holidays.  The upside is that the weather has been spectacular – warm and sunny, perfect for getting some outdoor exercise! This week also ushered in the E2E Challenge, another fourteen week journey building healthy life habits.

Bring Your Own Crazy.  Keep the Faith.

EMail Anglea Pea