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Why are Alligators so Ornery?

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

We all know that  famous line from Adam Sandler’s, The Water Boy, “Mamma say alligators are ornery cause they got all them teeth but no toothbrush.”   However, I’ve spent a good bit of my day pondering their orneriness as I searched for them in the lovely, squishy ,marshy places of Hilton Head, South Carolina.

My first stop was a lovely seafood restaurant called, The Crazy Crab. Their food was amazing, as was our wonderful waiter, Rob.  I had about 2-3 ounces of crab meat, along with a very nice tossed salad, minus the dressing.  My husband had an enormous portion of shrimp and grits, along with my remaining crab legs.  My loss is proving to be his gain on this trip!

After our meal was finished, I did some gator hunting around the periphery of the eatery.

I’m pretty certain that I found Nemo in the restaurant’s entryway, but still no monstrous, sharp-toothed reptile!

Nemo?  Is that you?
Nemo? Is that you?


This little beggar is certainly sharp-toothed, but lacks the scales and enormity of a gator!

Grover, one of the rough and tumble kitties of The Crazy Crab! He really knows how to use the charm!

Next, I scanned the marshes for a rascally reptile.

Nice view, but still no luck!
Nice view, but still no luck!

Later, at my father-in-law’s house, I braved the heat to search the ponds around the golf course.  This is where I saw a big one yesterday.

I saw an 8 footer on the banks of this pond yesterday!
I saw an 8 footer on the banks of this pond yesterday!

He was still hiding, so I took the time to stop and enjoy the gorgeous scenery from my late mother-in-law’s back yard.

Geri certainly had an eye for landscaping!
Geri certainly had an eye for landscaping!

And so does Mother Nature!  Check out this Spanish Moss!

The older trees here are covered with this ethereal stuff!  I love it!
The older trees here are covered with this ethereal stuff! I love it!

While I’m enjoying the yard, something catches my eye!  Suddenly, there’s scurrying and the flick of a tail!  I ready my camera and capture this beast…

Yikes!!  Guard your appendages! He's fierce!
Yikes!! Guard your appendages! He’s fierce!

So, today I really did figure out why alligators are so ornery!  They refuse to leave their cool, watery marsh when you finally have your camera ready for the perfect shot!!

When have you missed the perfect shot?  What would you like to see on the other side of your camera’s lens?

**  All uncredited photos lovingly taken by me, Sherri, The Ravenously Disappearing Woman :)!








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The Elusive Alligator

This is not my alligator picture. :(  It's courtesy of the inner web! Tomorrow the elusive retirement community gator will be mine! :) (Photo from
This is not my alligator picture. 😦 It’s courtesy of the inner web! Tomorrow the elusive retirement community gator will be mine! 🙂 (Photo from

Two days in a row I’ve seen an enormous alligator at the entrance of my father-in-law’s community.  Two days in a row I’ve missed out on getting the perfect (or any) shot of him with my camera.

Tomorrow will be the day.  Tomorrow I will be victorious in my gator quest!

For today, I have nothing but a solitary rest stop toad to offer you in the way of vacation pictures!

Behold the fearsome rest stop toad!  Don't turn your back on this little fellow! (Photo by me)
Behold the fearsome rest stop toad! Don’t turn your back on this little fellow! (Photo by me)

Tomorrow, my husband and I are venturing out on our own for lunch.  We plan to get seafood.  I’m a big lover of crab legs, so I’m bringing my food scale to measure out my four ounces of meat!  I’ve been enjoying lots of delicious veggies and my old faithful veggie burgers, as well as my Optifast products.  I’m not having as hard of a time as I thought I might with food.  Exercise isn’t as fun as I’d hoped with no pool, but I’m still managing to take advantage of the fitness room each day. Next week will be much easier with the beach to walk on and a pool.

Hope everyone is doing well! 🙂

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Changes are Coming my Way!

Guess What I’ve Been Eating?

This past weekend in New York, at my doctor’s suggestion, to avoid carrying around a cooler of shakes , I ate a small amount of real food for both lunch and dinner. I actually had no difficulty finding healthy food in Manhattan, as there seem to be places serving fresh, organic fare at every turn. From our last trip to the Museum of Modern Art, I knew that the Terrace Café on the 5th floor had some great healthy choices.  For lunch, I had the Miso Salad, sans dressing, with thinly sliced, grilled beef medallions, cucumbers, avocado, tomatoes, and radishes topping a bed of fresh arugula.  We also ordered an appetizer of Lemon Hummus served with a thin, crispy flatbread.

The avocado was to die for! (Photo by me)
The avocado was to die for! (Photo by me)

Of course, with a shrunken stomach, after four months of nothing but Optifast shakes, I certainly wasn’t able to chow down on the entire salad, but I did manage two pieces of beef and avocado, as well as about a cup of the other veggies.  I also had a teaspoon of the delicious lemon hummus.

After lunch, I had a refreshing cup of Mighty Leaf Tea’s,  Marrakesh Mint for dessert. This tea isn’t available in my area, and I’d never tried it.  The funny thing is,  when I ghost blogged for the organic restaurant, I had to do an entire post on this brand.  (This is why I’m always wary of the blogs of businesses! :))

My husband chose our dinner spot based on our pickup location. Harrington’s Bar and Grill on 31st Street. My choices here were a bit more limited, but it was pouring rain and really chilly, so I was very content to be inside. After much consideration, I chose the grilled herbed salmon salad. It feature grilled, sliced salmon on a bed of romaine, with tomatoes, cucumbers and red and green peppers. I ate one of the small pieces of salmon and about a cup of vegetables.  My salmon loving husband and daughter gladly polished of the rest of the salad for me.

My Grilled Salmon Salad.  The tomatoes were delish!  That's my daughter's grilled veggie sandwich in the background. (Photo by me)
My Grilled Salmon Salad. The tomatoes were delish! That’s my daughter’s grilled veggie sandwich in the background. (Photo by me)

Weight Loss News

I lost a whopping 2.8 pounds at Wednesday’s weigh-in! After a quick high-five celebration from my doctor and nurse, my doctor said she’s ready for me to start making the transition back to food.  This week I’ll be having 4 oz. of lean protein with 1-2 cups of non-starchy vegetables for one of my meals.  I ‘ll still be drinking my shakes, but I’ll have four instead of five. Instead of doing another 9 weeks of Optifast, after this 9 weeks ends in June, I’ll be switching  to a program  called  Weight  Wise.  I’ll have 2 balanced meals and 1 snack of regular food with 2 Optifast shakes per day.  I’ll stay on this plan for two months, seeing my doctor bi-weekly, and the behavior modification specialist the other two weeks of the month.  Then, if I still have more weight to lose, I’ll do another 9 week round of Optifast. At this point, I have 33 more pounds to lose before I reach my goal weight.  By switching up my program, my body won’t become complacent with Optifast.

It’s funny how my relationship with food had changed.  Being back on it, isn’t as thrilling as I’d imagined it would be months ago. I think it has a lot to do with having so many more things in my life to look forward to other than just a meal.  My weight loss has caused me to become more involved with activities and people and those are the things I’m enjoying more. Food is lovely, but it’s just the fuel that gives me the energy I need to embrace life.


I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend with pretty weather~ It’s actually going to be in the high 60s here!  Hooray! 🙂 Anyone have exciting weekend plans?

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I Spy with my Little Eye…

This past weekend we headed off to take a quick nibble of the Big Apple.  My youngest daughter finished college in December and graduates on May 10th.  All she wanted for a graduation present was a trip to the Museum of Modern Art with my husband and I.  What a jewel she is, because her desired destination is one of my favorite places to visit, as well.

Whenever we visit Manhattan, I always hope to spy a celebrity attempting to inconspicuously traverse the busy streets. My greatest hope is to see the lovely Hugh Jackman, who has been my number one celebrity crush for quite some time.

He's so very pretty.
He’s so very pretty.

I, also, wouldn’t be too disappointed if the very tall, blond, and handsome Alexander Skarsgard crossed my path.

Let's face it, Alex, you're the only reason that I still bother with the ill-written mess that is  True Blood.
Let’s face it, Alex, you’re the only reason that I still bother with the ill-written mess that is True Blood.

Fortunately, my adorable husband doesn’t mind my celebrity foolishness.  He even took me to see Hugh Jackman’s Back on Broadway show a few years ago.

This trip, my quick little eye didn’t spy Hugh or Alex, but I did surprise my daughter and husband by seeing Justin Jedlica sitting outside with his luggage, waiting for a friend.  Justin has been a guest on many talk shows and TV specials about plastic surgery.  He is touted as the “Human Ken Doll” because of his extensive plastic surgery.  I first saw him on TLC’s My Strange Addiction series.  While he is a surgical anomaly, he is also very intelligent.  He’s designed surgical implants and works as a surgical consultant.

According to my friends and family, I have fairly large cojones, and had no problem with politely approaching him.  He was so very sweet, and willingly chatted and took pictures with us.

I was all, "Hi, Justin!  Can I take a pic of you?"  And, thankfully, he was agreeable!
I was all, “Hi, Justin! Can I take a pic of you?” And, thankfully, he was agreeable!

My less bold daughter, sweetly introduced herself and I snapped this great shot:

My pretty daughter with Justin Jedlica.
My pretty daughter with Justin Jedlica.

I found out recently that my daughter reads my blog each day on her lunch break.  She kindly gave permission for me to post this picture of her with Justin.

Though I didn’t run into my celebrity crushes, meeting Justin was a lovely experience and I certainly wish him well in his endeavors.

Do you have a celebrity crush?  Have you ever met a celebrity? Tell me about it! 🙂  Have a great day everyone!



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Disappearing into Transition


Nope, this isn't me, but I'm getting there!
Nope, this isn’t me, but I’m getting there!

Yesterday, was my weigh-in day at the bariatric center.  They surprised me by taking my measurements, as well.  I lost another 2.5 pounds and I’ve lost four inches from my chest, six inches from my waist five inches from my hips, and three inches from my upper arms. Woo Hoo!!!

I also met with the dietician and we decided that I’ll make my transition back to food in six weeks.  This makes me really nervous, but she assures me that I’ll still lose weight even though I’ll be slowly adding additional calories to my diet.

Transition is a four-week process and it’s stressed to follow it to the letter, as to avoid any stall in weight loss.  Week 1 involves eliminating 1 shake for 1 serving of a lean protein and a non starch vegetable.

Week 2 still has 4 Optifast products per day, but adds one serving of fruit to be eaten in addition to the existing lean protein and non starch vegetable.

Week 3 includes 3 Optifast products per day, 1 meal that includes 1 serving of lean protein, and 1-2 servings of non starchy vegetables, 1 serving of fruit, and 1 serving of dairy.  The fruit and dairy can be as a snack or part of a meal.

Week 4 features 2 Optifast products per day and 2 meals that include lean proteins and non starchy vegetables, 1 serving of fruit, 1 serving of dairy, and one starch per day. Like with week 3, the fruit and dairy can be used as snacks. Week 4 is the eating plan that I’ll stick with for as long as I want to lose weight.  Once I’m just wanting to maintain my weight, I’ll add 1-2 additional servings of starch.

Transition will bring my caloric intake up to 1000-1100 calories per day.  This is a little scary!  Even more daunting, is that my husband and I will be on vacation during weeks 2 and 3 of my transition.  I’m going armed with my food scale and measuring cups, and luckily, I have access to a kitchen both weeks, so I can cook for myself.  Unfortunately, there may be a few times that I have to eat at a restaurant, but I know some good tricks to keep me out of trouble, and I won’t be shy about bringing my scale and measuring cups to the restaurant with me!

Of course, exercise will still be a very important part of my weight loss regime.  Though my program with the personal trainers will end in four weeks, they’ve educated me in how to use the equipment at the wellness center and have given me a variety of routines to do.

As frightening as transition may seem for me, I know I’ll be ready.  I’ve learned so much about exercise and eating properly.  I’ve also learned to replace my desire to overeat with healthier things like exercising, blogging, crafting, or hanging out with friends and family.   These next weeks will be spent continuing to mentally and physically prepare myself to succeed once transition begins.

I want to thank all of my blogging buddies for your continued love & support. You have no idea how much connecting with all of you means to me! ❤



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Slow on Memories & Odd Things

At least once or twice a year, my husband and I make a trek to Manhattan to just hang out. My hubby grew up right outside of the city and visiting is very nostalgic for him. In addition to meeting up with friends or relatives, still in the area, we sometimes  go to a play, visit a museum, or go shopping. I usually take a ton of pictures when we see or do something new, but the problem is, I don’t get around loading the pics on my computer. Don’t even ask me about the discovered roll of film I developed a few years ago that revealed my now 26 & 23 year-old daughters at ages 10 & 7 at the Washington Zoo. Yep, I’m slow with taking care of my memories. Last night I finally got around to putting the pictures from our November journey on my computer.

During our last trip, we had some time to kill in between planned activities, so we made a quick visit to Obscura, the shop where the Science Channel’s show Oddities is filmed.

Wow!  Just like on TV! (Photo by me)
Wow! Just like on TV !(Photo by me)

I imagined that Obscura would be chocked full of all of the wacky artifacts and people who I’d seen on television. I pictured that we’d kill a few hours checking the droves of antiquities out.   I imagined wrong.  It had some great stuff inside, but the place was only about as big as a one car garage inside! Still, I saw some familiar faces.

Like this guy:

Hmm...He looks familiar. (Photo by me)
Hmm…He looks familiar. I sure wouldn’t want to find him in a dark closet or corner!
(Photo by me)


I recognized this dude, too!

He could certainly haunt your dreams!  (Photo by me)
I’ve seen him somewhere before, too!
(Photo by me)


And this one made me sad.  Poor little thing! 😦

How mooooving!  (Photo by me)
I’m not a fan of stuffed creatures.
(Photo by me)

And then there were these guys:

Creepy! (Photo by me)
(Photo by me)

And this very nice lady:

No, it's not Evan, but this kind lady was more than happy to show us around! (Photo by me)
No, it’s not Evan, but this kind lady was more than happy to show us around! (Photo by me)

Though the shop was small, and didn’t contain as many oddities as we imagined, it was still quite an interesting little stop on our journey.

Are you timely when it comes to developing or downloading your photographs?  What’s an interesting place that you’ve visited lately?