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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day

As I was looking at the dirty floor today I thought of the quote "nature abhors a vacuum" Just what does that mean? I abhor a vacuum as well, but since when did mother nature buy a hoover?

Craining my brain far back to freshman physical science I remember the quote being interpreted that where there is an empty space it will invariably fill up with something. I have no idea of the history, who thought it up, or why. But while I was frosting my valentine cookies I had a moment to ponder.

Lets say the empty space is my mouth. The natural woman (me) naturally would like to fill it especially when I am in the kitchen.

Valentines Day = Chocolate. Calamity = an eater of Chocolate.

Stragety: I begged my husband "please whatever you do, do not buy me chocolate for V day." Then to fill the vaccuim/void the absence of chocolate would leave on Valentines day I told him "I would like bubble bath and a People (there I said it, I am a gossip monger.) I know that my home will be filled with chocolate no matter what, so to limit my intake I can stop the flow from one artery.

Now - I have to fill my empty mouth and stomach before nature does, and my secret: Spearmint gum in my kitchen drawers, large glasses of ice water, a cup of hot chocolate, fudgecicles in my freezer, and the most important: 3 nice filling healthy meals and 2 healthy snacks.

When I have had to overcome any obsticle, be it a bad habit or a sin, I find that I have to fill up my life with other things. Sitting and thinking about how bad I want the object only leads me to cave. Filling my time with service, excercise, children, spouse or hobbies, makes it harder to put the old vice back in the hole.

For example T.V. time = food, the change: T.V. time = ironing, sock sorting, crocheting, foot rubbing etc. Find your vice, dig it out and then fill the hole in with something better. It is always better to be busy than bored. Boredom brings on eating.

"Nature sucks" There I said it-get it? vacuum pun. Nature sucks stuff right on to your belly, stop the flow, clog up the vacuum. This advice is my Valentines gift to you. I am so grateful to you. It is so fun to find comments in my email box, I love that I have made friends that I have never met. I am grateful that others are willing to struggle right along with me. On this day of love and gratitude I need to say thanks! My life is getting crazy busy right now with church callings, family, school and various commitments so the postings are slowing down a bit, but I feel that this blog is a cherry on top of a very blessed life! Thanks for making it possible.



Michal said...

thanks for posting. and for giving me the imagery of the vacuum sucking up the chocolate and sugar cookies all around! i think i'll go have an apple and some water, considering that i've had a sugar cookie and a see's sucker in the past hour.

Carrot Jello said...

I didn't make any sugar cookies, or get any chocolate for Valentines day.
I got earrings.
And they're not edible.

Yvonne said...

I appreciate this--we really do need to fill the empty spaces. Thank you.

Heffalump said...

I almost got away without eating any chocolate yesterday. I did indulge in two fudgesicles. My problem with those is that I have a hard time just eating one.
Thanks for being here.

mindyluwho said...

As usual, right on the button Calamity. I love your analogy about digging up the vices and filling them with something better. I tend to get stuck in the same old rut/vice. Thanks. And Happy Belated Valentines to you!

Amy said...

I sure do love reading your blog! Thank you for always having an uplifting way of helping us all out! I'm back to losing weight and it's a good feeling. Being able to pull my pants off without unzipping them is a favorite milestone of mine. It tells me I can go down a jean size. It tells me my hard work is paying off.

Trixie said...

Alright. Vacation's over. You need to be back blogging to entertain me. What, with your fancy new library you don't have time to blog? Well, talent like yours can't be waisted (pun intended) off line. I think I speak for many when I say, Back to work sista!