Time Flies When You’re Trying to Cheer Up.

**MEMBERS OF THE UBO, UPDATED IN REAL TIME**

1. Whitney
1.5.  Anonymous my sister
2.  Shesten
3.  Anna
4.  Geneva
5.  Jami
6.  Lauren
7.  Alex
8.  RatalieNose
9.  You’re Next!


“I need to go check in with the Wii™ Fit,” I reminded myself not long ago, “It’s been a few days, I think.  It’s gonna be mad at me and tell me my Wii™ Fit age is now 80, and that’s never an easy pill to swallow.”

I kept putting it off, busying myself with laundry and homework and various trifles, until finally I went to check in.  Lo and behold, it had not been just a day or two, but eleven.

Weak sauce.  That’s me.

I was flabbergasted when I saw how long my hiatus had been.  It seemed impossible that it had been such a long break—over a week—but then, that’s how it goes, doesn’t it?  Time flies when you’re having a three-part existential meltdown {Part I, Part II, Part III}.  [I should add a note here, lest you all start worrying about my mental health: I’m fine.  There’s no denying I’ve been feeling a little blue over the last few weeks, but I’m getting happier every day.  When I joke about depression, it’s my way of cheering up, however slightly.  And pretty soon, I’ll stop altogether.  Kay?  Kay.]

The good news is that, over the eleven days, I was able to maintain my weight at 146.  That is saying a lot, because I sort of lost my mind, and a major part of a healthy lifestyle is mind power.

You want my tips for keeping even a semblance of sanity in the face of overwhelming dread and turmoil that is finals week?  I’ll share them with you, because I sharing is caring, and I’m nothing if not a caring soul.  :  )  {I think that’s the first time I’ve ever used a “:  )” in a post on this website!  This is history in the making…}

Cheer Up Charlie Tips:

1.  Move at least 30 minutes a day {even if it’s not on the Wii™ Fit}.

wii_fit-02-1I don’t look nearly this peppy when I’m on the Wii™ Fit.  Image {and witty article} from here.

Most days I just walk.  {I jog, too, but only occasionally [and by “occasionally, I mean three times since January.]}  I’m a firm believer that walking is what’s helped me lose weight since Christmas.

2.  Stock up on DDP™.

diet-dr-pepper-can1

I used this image of the old-school can because it reminds me of simpler times—times when soda cans didn’t need to be revamped every few years to stay delicious.  Image from here.

Don’t even bother trying to track, or limit, DDP™ intake, until the storm has blown over—it’s too disheartening.  I make sure I never run out of DDP™ (because that would be catastrophic during a major study session).  On the other hand, I know I shouldn’t be putting so many legal stimulants into my body, so I’ve cut a deal with myself: I can drink as much as I want, no questions asked, as long as I cancel each DDP™ out with a large glass of water.  Then, when the hurricane is over, I will cut back by 95%.

3.  Plan a vacation to the Cayman Islands.

cayman_islands_beachPlan it, and then do everything in your power to make it happen.  Image from here.

4.  Coordinate a ground-breaking gathering with one of your favourite bloggers. Then try and make that happen, too.

picture-14{Stay tuned for exciting news about the UBO, by the way.}

Along those lines, I’d like to take a poll of who, here, would be willing/able/anxious to come to a party.  (Oh my gosh, this is just like grade school: “Will you come to my party?”  It was pathetic then, and it’s a little pathetic now, too.)  See, here’s the thing.  As you know, I have joined forces with Lauren {of Busy Bee Lauren world-renowned fame} to put together a meet ‘ n greet…a mix ‘n mingle…a get-to-know-our-friends event…during the time I’ll be in Arizona next month.

As excited as I am to meet all of you, I also have a lot of fears:  First, I’m worried I’ll be a dork (which is a very legitimate fear, by the way—I know me).  Second, I’m worried that you’ll see how awkward I really am in person, and I’ll lose every reader I have, except maybe Poor Kyle, but he never comments anyway so where’s the fun in that.  And last, I’m already embarrassed because I suspect a lot more people will be coming to meet Lauren than me.  It’s kind of like Student Council elections, except this is in real time, and I will be able to watch as the numbers strike up against me.  (Insecure much?)

busy-bee-laurenCan you blame me?  There’s really no contest.  Image from here.

Anyway, I have to get over that last one, because Lauren is seriously cool, with pretty pretty hair, and she’s a vegetarian (holy, intimidating!).  It is what it is.

So, aside from all my fears, I’m really going to do this.  I think the awesome will outweigh the scary.

Here’s the question: Who still wants to come, now that we have some details?  {Well, one detail…}

When:  Saturday, May 9, 2009.  Lunchtime.
Where: TBD.  {Somewhere in or around Mesa, AZ.}

See, before we decide if we’ll have it at a restaurant or a house or a park, we need a head count.  So, if you’re interested in coming, please leave a comment on this post (for future updates, make sure to include your email address, which will not be visible to anyone but me and Lauren and probably my tech guy, Poor Kyle {but he’s not a stalker, I swear}).

Several people mentioned that doing it at someone’s house would be fun, but I think that seems like a lot of work for any one person, especially if we get a big turnout.  So we’re also tossing around the idea of a picnic at a park, or Cafe Rio/Costa Vida.  It all depends on you, my friends.  And, of course, if you have any other suggestions of locations or food themes, please don’t hesitate to pipe in—even if you won’t be able to make it, we still appreciate the input.  We value your ideas.

Truly.

(Oh, and readers?  Please don’t leave me hanging here.  If Busy Bee Lauren gets 500 takers and I don’t get even one…I might die of shame.  I am recovering from an existential meltdown, you know.  It wouldn’t be good for my health.)

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I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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23 Responses to Time Flies When You’re Trying to Cheer Up.

  1. Tisha says:

    So jealous!! I so want to come to the gathering. Sadly, Arizona is not an option at the moment. Have fun! And glad you’re getting happy again! Good luck with finals.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m a little hurt. You know I would always read, just like PK. I have never stopped, not even one day. And–AND–I always comment!!! Every single time. So there, PK. :) (Don’t worry; you’re still my favorite brother-in-law.) Anyway, I’m kind of on the fence on this one. I’m not sure if I’ll be there. I mean, if you guys are expecting such a good turn-out, I’d probably feel weird. If it is just a few people I might go. If it’s more, probably not. So under 10 people, I’m in. Over, I’m out. I am too awkward to go out into public, much less in front of people who I hardly even know. Oh, but here’s another suggestion for the location: Ocean Blue. It’s that new yogurt place I’ve been telling you about that’s in Dana Park. Or there’s another yogurt place that just opened up in Riverview. I Haven’t been yet, but I’ve heard it’s wonderful. I’m not sure if the yogurt is made with fructose, though. I’ll check it out and let you know…

  3. Whitney says:

    Im in.

  4. anna says:

    I’ve never even heard of Lauren, which means I’ll be there to see you, in all your dorky glory.

    So I’m a go…

    If your fears come true and only a few people come, I’ll cook for everyone.

  5. Shesten says:

    Me too. I think it’ll be fun.

  6. Chloe says:

    Don’t be afraid.v :) you’re great!
    I’ll be there with you in spirit! (since I’m miles and miles away)
    But when I’ll go to North America, I’ll visit you. I promise. :D

  7. HeatherPride says:

    This sounds like so much fun!! If I were in, say, Elko, Nevada instead of St. Louis, Missouri I would definitely make the drive out to meet you!

  8. Joel says:

    I’ll be in town from the 25th to the 30th of April. So I’m out. But I’m having a get together thing on the 29th if you’re interested… There will be several people so you don’t have to be worried too much about being dorky. Let me know if you’re in town then and interested. If you’re not interested, you can just tell me you’re not in town then. I’ll never know the difference.

  9. Geneva says:

    I should be able to go. I might be blind though because I’m pretty sure I’ll have poked my own eyes out by the ninth of May. Junior high is getting a little rougher lately.

  10. Lauren says:

    Well, of course I am in.

    You are crazy. I just told my mom yesterday, everyone will be there for you.

    And, I may or may not have had meat two days in a row…

  11. Deemarie says:

    Unfortunately, Arizona is not anywhere near Ohio. Now, depending on where you live up north, a half-way meeting might be do-able? Now that I’ve met Jen, I want to meet loads of fun bloggers!!!!! :) By the way, I recently tried DDP for the first time… totally hooked!!

  12. ann marie says:

    I want to meet YOU and Lauren.. and Natalie and Nancy face.. and any other blogger friends in AZ! I have never even been to AZ other than to page (where lake powell is.. ) Most of my family roots are there too.. But in Alpine and Safford etc..
    I need to go down there sometime.. Geesh.

    Hope you have the funnest time! I know YOU will, and it will brighten your spirits!
    Take loads of pictures!!

  13. Jami says:

    I am in! I agree…it all depends on how many people come. I would love to have it at my house, but my house is not capable of holding 500 people. AND my house isn’t that cute.
    AND, you are wonderful!

  14. Kimberly says:

    I so wish I could be there, but alas it’s just not possible for me to afford a plane ticket just after tax season – boo. Yup, no return for us, just lots of money owed. BUT I hope you all have an awesome time and please do take pictures!

  15. Holly Decker says:

    *sigh* i think i just may give up the blog ghost. why even try anymore? i am feeling so out of the loop :(
    but i will always be your blog reader :)

  16. chelsie says:

    If I could come I would, you know I love you. But I am working that Saturday. I’ll see if I can switch again with someone, but that is highly unlikely.

  17. Lauren says:

    Maybe we should change the week? People are all busy because of Mother’s Day…

  18. jethro says:

    i don’t think i’ll make all the meetings, but i consider myself UBO.

    (ddp has a stimulant? caffeine? that’s a drug, girl.)

  19. Alex says:

    Um…A) I am not on that list. I did request to be however. B) For the life of my cannot get myself to even fathom drinking any soda containing the word DIET. C) Can’t wait to meet you!

  20. I am SO in! And I’m very glad that you clarified what day of the week its on. At first I thought it was a school day and I wasn’t sure how my mother would feel about me playing hooky….but that problems solved!!
    princessbelle1616@hotmail.com

  21. raygon says:

    If I could get myself to Mesa on that day, you know I would be there…but seeing as I now live a million miles away, I dont think I will make it. But good luck! Sounds like fun!

  22. Oh, I would be so in, but I have to work on Saturdays…

  23. afton says:

    i realize i’m the worst blogger ever but i have good intentions i promise! i have tons of stories and blog posts in my head! BUT… i do read blogs religiously (yours of course and lauren’s to name two) so can i be in?! it will basically be the party of the year. (and now that i just wrote i read blogs religiously and yet here i am commenting a whole week and a half later i feel a little foolish. but it’s just because i suck at commenting (anything with writing is just not my thing))

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