Amanda is a common name and many times in preteen/teenage life, I wish I had an uncommon or unique name. And even though there are still times I get a pang of jealousy when I hear a cool name, I am pretty happy with Amanda. I’m even more happy with why my parents (or should I say my Dad) named me Amanda.
See, my Dad was fond of the actress who played Miss Kitty on the TV show Gunsmoke. Her name was Amanda Blake. When I was born, my Dad decided that I would be named Amanda. He forgot to tell my Mom about the change since they had decided beforehand to name me Lacey Lynnette. To say my Mom was shocked when they handed her “Amanda” is an understatement. My Mom and Dad hardly ever added the “A” sound when pronouncing my name so all my cards, presents and notes where addressed to “Manda” which is the name I prefer.
My middle name is Sue, which is also my Mom’s middle name so I always assumed my middle name came from her. But I have never officially asked my Mom or Dad why they went with Sue.
When me and Mike were pregnant with Raven, we decided to name her after Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “The Raven”. I wanted something unique and always had a fondness for that particular poem of his (though The Black Cat is my favorite). Also, my grandfather (my Mom’s Dad who died when my Mom was 8 months old) was half Native American and the name Raven has Native American ties to it. So I thought it was fitting. Her middle name is Jane, which we named her after my Nan (grandmother who is named Mary Jane) who passed away almost a year ago. Her and Raven where extremely close.
What about you? Are you named after someone, something?
I’m not going to lie, I hate exercising. I like dancing, walking and the like but when it is the sole purpose of exercising, I don’t like it one little bit. I hate it when I start, despise it in the middle and loath it at the end only thankful for finally being done with it.
But after I have completed the workout, I feel good. I feel proud of myself for finishing the entire hour and thank the good Lord I am done with it for the day. And that feeling continues on through the rest of the day. In addition, my entire body feels better and even with the aches and pains that come with exercising aging bones (I’m going to be 32 this year! OMG) it’s a good pain if that makes any sense.
Am I looking forward to the hour workout tomorrow? Hell no! Would I rather be able to lose weight by sitting on my ass, watching movies and eating chocolate? Hell yes! Is that going to happen? Unfortunately no so that means I have to keep exercising in order to get rid of the 10 pounds I have gained these past few months plus an additional 10 to 20 pounds to get to my goal weight of 135 to 140 pounds.
I have so many things I need/want to do and I just cannot seem to fit them all in during the day. I would cut back on sleep but I am one of these people that cannot function properly on a mere 4 or 5 hours of sleep. Even with 8 hours of sleep and the proper dosage of iron pills as prescribed by my doctor, I am still tired. That is mainly due to the almost non-existent iron in my body (I have severe iron- deficiency anemia and my body cannot hold onto iron which means I have no iron reserve and am always tired). Anyway, I need a few extra hours during the day to get everything done. I really envy those who can go! go! go! with only a few hours of sleep. Anyway, it’s almost 1:30am and I should have went to bed a few hours ago. The cats have been reminding me in a not-so-subtle way that they too are ready to hit the hay. Goodnight all!
Over the past few months, I have let myself gain 10 pounds. I am not proud of it and am actually pretty damn disgusted with myself. If I don’t do something about it now, I will end up gaining the remaining 50 pounds back and I defiantly do not want to do that. So, I am back on the wagon and am determined to lose the 10 pounds I gained. If I get to my goal than I am rewarding myself with this Firefly shirt (which is one of my all time favorite tv shows) that I have been wanting for awhile now. Once I lose the 10 pounds than I will try to lose an additional 10 pounds and give myself another reward. I am hoping I can get the 20 pounds lost before June because my all time favorite actor the oh so awesome Bruce Campbell is going to be at the Philadelphia Comic Con and since that’s only a few hours away from me I definitely want to go and maybe have the chance of meeting him and making a complete fool out of myself. But I don’t want to waddle in there with an extra 20 pounds on me. So wish me luck!