About the Worrywart

A Worrywart’s Guide to Weight, Sex, and Marriage (and Motherhood) aka How to Raise Adrenaline Starved Thrill-seekers and Still be Fat and Happy . . . it took me most of the day to think of that (a Step class, a 2.5 mile jog down Lake Street, and a drive to Walgreens for a bag of candy corn).

This is my third title – I’ve learned a lot about blogging since the first title. For instance, people like original, catchy titles like Brainrant or Brown Sugar Britches. imageI’m very envious of the Brainrant blog title because it defines perfectly what a blog is; an online brain rant. I’ve been reading a lot of blogs and have come to realize brain rants, like all forms of expression (painting, poetry, music, literature . . . ) come in myriad shapes and sizes.

Not all rants are worthy of publication, yet here we are with our brains splattered across the Internet; countless “works of art”  posted on the wall of the World Wide Web like finger paintings lovingly taped to the refrigerator door.

I have been splattering my thoughts around all of my life. Before blogs, I had email, before email I had journals, and before journals I had tantrums; it just all had to come out. Hence, it makes perfect sense to me how JK Rowling had seven Harry Potter books just sitting in her brain waiting to be written.

Oh, how I wish I had a Harry and a Hogwarts trying to bust out of my brain instead of thoughts on the recent appearance of an extra layer of droopy skin over my left eye. Suffice it to say, I’m no JK Rowling, however, I do aspire to refine my rants so they are more tolerable to read, therefore, I have decided to change things up.

imageIn addition to original, catchy titles, readers like to be wooed by intriguing, introductory sentences (aka a hook), “As the children whined, I mouthed to Tony, ‘I’m having a margarita tonight’. . . .” Folks like lots of photos, not so many words (a problem for a parenthetical thinker), and simplicity.

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Nonetheless, readers want content as well, preferably witty, meaningful, well written content with correct spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. What defines witty and meaningful depends on the reader.

For instance, I loved this exchange between father and son from Mostly Bright Ideas: Don’t Ask, Don’t Yell because I have had this conversation so many times:

‘”So,” I say, “when you told me that chapter fourteen definitely wouldn’t be on the test and that you didn’t need to study it, I guess you misunderstood your teacher.”’

“What does that have to do with anything?” he demands. “Why are you even saying this?”

“Because you ended up with a thirty-seven.”

“Thirty-nine, Dad! I got a thirty-nine! Where did you hear that it was a thirty-seven? This is what I hate about people. When they say things and they don’t know what they’re talking about!”

One of my all time favorite lines comes from my friend Annie’s blog AnnieAgain because it truly defines what marriage is for us mid-lifers (when one makes it past all of the weight and sex stuff – long story . . . ):

“Rich developed a nasty little Achilles bursitis last year, so we are both often limping home at night, and it has created yet another bond between us.”

For the longest time, I had been worried (fancy that) about how obsessed we all are (especially my college age children and their “friends”) with our communal blathering rather than say reading a newspaper or listening to Robert Reich discuss the economy or understanding why we should give a darn about foreign policy. It wasn’t until a I received comments from a Russian guy who graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1981 and the Indian guy studying physics at MIT, regarding something I had written about motherhood, that I realized how significant this communal blathering is.

Ultimately, I think this common thread of humanity and humility may be the best thing that has ever happened to this little planet of ours; a world wide community is forming right before our eyes (yeah, I just got that, yesterday).

BTW: Folks don’t like it when one gets too sappy, but they do enjoy charts so here is my workout plan to prep for the 10K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving . . .

Well, the Turkey Trot is over and after all of this working out, I have injured my knee AND have gained FIVE pounds!

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
10/31 Golden Gate Bridge 3.4 Spin SF Noon StepWeights
Lake St. 2.5
Spin SF Noon Step SFWeights
Circle 2
RestWSU Golden Gate Park 4.5
11/7 Golden Gate Bridge 3.4. Spin SF Noon Step
Lake St. 2.5
Tai Chi
Spin SF Noon Step SFWeights
Circle 2
? 5
11/14 Golden Gate Bridge 3.4 Spin SF Noon Step
Lake St. 2.5
Tai Chi
Spin SF Noon Step SFWeights
Circle 2
? 5.5
11/21 Golden Gate Bridge 3.4 Spin SF Noon Rest 10 K Camelback Mt.ASU

33 thoughts on “About the Worrywart”

  1. Yes, we do like charts, You crack me up !

  2. Shauna said:

    i laughed out loud reading this. We are so lucky to live in a time of great communication. Now we have to filter out all the garbage and love the great lines that come shining through. Thanks for helping to filter!

  3. Hey WW, just read your post to me. Instructions followed. That is so odd, I just picked that post out of so many. Maybe I was attracted to the title. Let me know how you are, if you want. patricemj@comcast.net. It’s amazing how the soul searches through space for other little bits of matter.

  4. It stunned me when I turned on my computer. Odd and amazing.
    As for me – I am sure I will write about it, but I didn’t want to have a long personal comment on your post. Thank you.

    These are the follow up post for Heart Break (they are not in my sidebar)
    Potpourri http://worrywarts-guide-to-weight-sex-and-marriage.com/2011/07/14/potpourri-danger/

    Urgent http://worrywarts-guide-to-weight-sex-and-marriage.com/2011/07/19/urgent-deadly-new-drug-craze/

  5. Hello there worrywarts,

    I particularly like how you conclude this “about page” with Ultimately, I think this common thread of humanity and humility may be the best thing that has ever happened to this little planet of ours; a world wide community is forming right before our eyes (yeah, I just got that, yesterday).

    Now I’m off to read more of your posts.


  6. So happy I stumbled upon you. I am novice blogger and you answered so many questions I have. Trial and error is good but guidance from another is much easier. When I have a minute, I intend to rethink what I am doing. You also reminded me I need to start running again!!

  7. Hi WW, I nominated you for the Liebster award…just wanted to let you know. Don’t worry about doing the ping back, honestly, there are a lot of awards flying around.

    • I was just writing a nice long response to you (on your blog) and managed to lose it by clicking badly (no better way to describe it). This happens to me all of the time. I’ve decided it is the universe’s way of telling me I talk too much, so I think I will go to bed now and start a fresh long response tomorrow. Until then, thank you!

  8. hey you, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award…I hope that’s OK. I’ve noticed people really like you …a lot. pj

  9. I really enjoy your blog so please accept the Versatile Blogger Award from me. There is more information in my current post.

  10. Hi ww, I’ve been meaning to reply to your wonderful words for ages! Not sure why, but perhaps it has something to do with my memory, or lack thereof, or maybe I’m just a little lazy in my down time? No need to worry though, I have enojoyed reading your insights. Keep up the good work, ks

  11. Thank you for your thoughtful comments on my blog; I’m enjoying poking around yours and trying to figure out who is who. I’m subscribing … Cheers! MJ

  12. Thats an impressive chart for training! I can’t imagine you gained weight doing that…unless there were a lot of hot pretzel stands along the route. You’ll get ’em next year! We have a5K turkey Trot if that will help you? And some free beer after the race at our running club. ~ we think it helps motivate you to finish fast.

    Take care of that ankle!

  13. Stumbled upon your blog and I will most definitely be back! Great outlook on blogging and humanity in general (the chart makes me happy too).

  14. Hi there – I have nominated you for the HUG Award.

    For further information please refer to my nomination post (http://30yearsofgrowingpains.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/a-hug-to-cherish/) and the general information on the HUG Award here (http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/comment-page-1/#comment-484)


  15. OK, I just want to let you know you have been on my mind and I’m embarressed to admit that your absence has even put me into a bit of a funk in my real life. It feels like my leader has left the country or something.

    I know you’ve got a lot going on and I worry about you…you are stuck in my mind and heart now. I hope your children are OK? And Tony is OK and and and.

    This isn’t meant to guilt you at all…it’s more to say I’m overly dependent upon your something that I can’t put into words. You really make me feel so not alone. And that means so much to me. You gave me courage to write and share myself. I realize I can’t just do that. I need to feel like someone who cares, I mean really really cares, is there to hear what I have to say. You have this way of making me and probably everyone else feel like all the stuff they say matters. You are so open and vulnerable and made it OK for me to write that way too. Thank you! xxxxxooooo My heart is with you!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. I did ;)

    I am thinking of you.

  17. I have just stumbled across your blog and I think I’m in love. THANK YOU! I am now stalking, I mean, following you.

  18. I am so envious of your user name. It should really be mine.

  19. Hi Worry Wart! I am the husband of Patrice (The Heartbreak of Invention). I am sorry to say I have not read much of your blog, and I’m not commenting on it here, but on WordPress I can’t find any other way of writing anyone a private message, so I’m resorting to commenting here. You can feel free to remove it, because I’m just asking a favor here…

    For our 20th anniversary, I’m compiling all Patrice’s blog writing into a book which I am printing through blurb.com. It’s been a fun project. For the back cover of the book, I’m hoping to include “words of praise” from others, like you see on the back covers of real books. So I’m hitting up some of her WordPress buddies.

    Would you be so kind as to take a moment to write up something complimentary about Patrice’s writing that I can excerpt on the back cover of this book? Also, let me know how you want your name to read, whether to use “Worrywart” or your real name or whatever you like.

    I’m only buying 3 copies of this book, one for her, our daughter, and an extra for safety. I would print more, but it’s SO expensive (about $50 per copy!!). Anyway, if you could put a couple sentences together that would be great. In order to get it in time for our anniversary trip I need to send it to be published probably this week, so time is a little bit of the essence.

    Thanks so much!

    • So sweet of you. . . This is where Patrice and I met, not sure how: http://patricemj.wordpress.com/2011/11/24/photo-shoot-with-black-dog-and-broken-dishes/ Please feel free to include my comment albeit very naive. However, then I read her entire blog and this is what I had to say: . . . do you have a book? It needs to be written. I have been reading you all morning. I wish you could have observed me as I read, the single tear that slipped down my cheek as I learned who Grace was, the way I was transported to the tiny town in Eastern Washington watching the woman take a drag of her cigarette (I could smell the aisle of the grocery store), wondering why I never figured out that Samantha’s husband was the bad guy not her mother, wondering if I ever knew someone named Patrice and played doctor with her or built a fox hole in the field behind her house, relating more than you can possibly know to the isolation you felt in your college classes, thinking how brilliant you are . . . now another tear.

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