Archives for May 2012

The Importance of College

I finished my bachelor’s degree in 2002.  I started my college career shortly after high school, and I took at least one class (almost) every semester, with a break of a few years in the middle.  All in all, it took me about 21 years to actually get my degree.

Along the way, I took any courses I could get my respective employers to pay for. I seriously pursued at least four different degree programs, because I switched based on tuition reimbursement policies. I was able to finish because my current employer would pay for an English degree, and I was at the point in my life where I knew that was the degree I wanted. Synergy.

A Brief Status Update (2)

When last we left Betsy, she was contemplating her three goals for 2012. They are:

1) stop eating sugar and get the diabetes under control
2) write every day
3) pay down that debt!

So, how am I doing?

I think I’m doing pretty well, although there’s definitely room for improvement.

1) stop eating sugar and get the diabetes under control

Working In The Garden

So I was out working in the garden today. I had a ton of weeding to do, as you can see from the picture to the left. In fact, I was afraid the garden was mostly weeds, but I was pleased when I found many plants I’d planted as well. The weeds were just more noticeable.

One of my greatest desires is to never have to weed again. All right, so that’s not entirely realistic unless I hire gardening staff. And that’s REALLY not realistic. So until I win the lottery, the weeding must be done.

Wisdom from SIMS

Oft times I find myself the object of ridicule or friendly good-natured mocking for my devotion to my SIMS (I play SIMS 3 and have most of the expansion packs). Say what you will, but those little bundles of computer pixels sure can offer up a lot of good advice about living life. Don’t believe me? Here are some random examples of wisdom from the SIMS:


  • Not many people actually have fun cleaning.


  • You can ignore your friends, but then they’ll all go away and you’ll be sad.


Living Our Story

I think that each of us has a story that we tell ourselves about ourselves. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I think we tell ourselves a story of who we are and how other people see us. Then we live within the plot line of the story we’re telling.

If, for example, in my story, I believe that I am not diabetic then I will act as if I do not have diabetes no matter what the reality of my symptoms are. If I am a writer in my story, then I will write. If, in the story I tell myself about myself, I believe that I am ugly or unworthy, then I will act ugly and unworthy. The story I write about myself is the story I live.


April was a very interesting month around the Palatial Horvath Estate. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. One thing I learned in April is that I’m still a compulsive overeater. I was not magically cured by three months of more sensible eating.

Go figure.

As of the time of writing this blog post, I am 95 days refined sugar free. And that’s awesome. Tracking it day by day has made a chain that’s saved me more than once. Because I don’t want to break the chain, and because I want to be able to mark one more day in my book, I’ve resisted the baked goods and the ice cream. I’ve also managed to stay away from sugar or sugar-like ingredients hidden in food. Go me!