Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

I was hoping to try to make it look like explosives were coming out of the hot pepper jar, but then I realized I don't have any kind of program that allows me to tinker on this computer. Darn. So, you get poppets looking at what I can only assume is explosively hot pepper. I don't know because I don't eat it. Note that I've got my new Christmas poppet in this photo. Left to right are Nicola (aka Nikky), Simone, Molly and Poppet (who has informed me that she would like to be called "Poppy"). I snapped this photo at the Nichols Hills Hideaway Pizza restaurant, here in Oklahoma, before ditching my camera, again. A camera is just one thing too many to deal with in a hospital, and there's not much to photograph, anyway. Sad, but true.

Here are the girls with the pizza. Can you say, "Oh, my gosh, talk about a way to shove yourself into New Year's Diet Mode?" Gah. It was soooo good. Definitely look up Hideaway Pizza, if you find yourself in my home state. No wonder I hated leaving.

New exercise plan (aka, "Sneaky Hawaiian Photo Moment"):

Seriously, it looked fun. I probably should have jumped up when they gave lessons, but I'm just a wee bit too shy for that.

Wishing all of my blog buddies a Happy 2008, full of great books, terrific pizza, peak health and excellent booty-shaking opportunities (with or without grass and coconuts in the exercise wardrobe).

Bookfool, about to go on a book- and food- diet (wish me luck)


  1. Well, belly dancing is supposed to be very good for you, so I'd imagine hula dancing is too.

    I hope you have the best year possibly, Nancy.


  2. A BIG Happy New Year wish to you, too! ;D

  3. Have a wonderful New Year, Nancy!

  4. CJ,

    I'd do either belly dancing or the hula. Why not. But, actually, I bought an exercise tape called Samba Party Workout, yesterday. It's really fun. I tried not to jump too hard on the hotel floor.

    Thanks. I wish you a fine year of reading, writing and blogging, CJ!


    Thank you! May the best books on the library shelves fall magically into your lap. :)


    Thank you! I wish you a great year with loads of fine reading and a chance to move to a house you love (I'm wishing that for myself, also). :)

  5. What could be better than pizza for a New Year's dinner? Seriously, at least you have all the food groups covered!!

    I hope your new year is a fantastic one!!

  6. The food diet might work out for you, but I'm not holding my breath that you'll stick to the book diet. :) I know I'd never be able to stick to that! Happy New Year. (I've gotta get a grass skirt!)

  7. Happy New Year and best wishes to you. The hula looks like a fun way to exercise. Hmmm.

  8. Happy New Year!

    Everyone over at ANovelChallenge yahoo group was wondering if you're going to be hosting another Chunkster Challenge this year. There was quite a bit of interest on the list! Let us know!

  9. A food AND book diet? Surely, you mean a purchasing diet, not a reading diet?

    The poppet/pizza pic (onomodoPOEIA), makes me hungry!

  10. Happy New Year to you! I'm going on a book diet as well-no new books until I've read all the ones I own. *sigh* It'll be good for me, though. And your poppets are adorable...mine are getting frustrated, I keep forgetting to put them in pictures!

  11. Happy New Year to you, Nancyroo!! I hope 2008 is full of wonderful surprises for you. Because what's better than a wonderful surprise?!

  12. Happy New Year!!! I hope you had a great 2007 and an even better 2008. Your blog is one of my favorites and I'm glad that we've become blogging friends.

  13. Stephanie,

    I agree. Unfortunately, I had that pizza several days ago and forgot the leftovers when I went to my mother's house (left them in her fridge). Darn. I could have used some breakfast pizza, this morning. LOL

    Thanks! I wish you a wonderful year, too!


    So far, the food diet has been a bust and the book diet just hurts. I keep thinking of titles I'd like to get my mitts on. And, it's only Day 1! Argh. But, hey, I made it. I'm in for the night. You definitely need a grass skirt. :)


    Thanks! Happy New Year to you, also. Yeah, the hula looked fun. I wonder if there's a hula video, out there. I just got a Samba dance video and it's tres cool.


    Happy New Year! I'm not going to be able to host a challenge, this year, thanks to the fact that my mother is seriously ill and will continue to need care, possibly for the rest of her life. I'm hoping to do so in 2009, though. I'll zip over to tell you, in case you don't see my reply.


    Well, of course I mean a purchasing diet. Heavens. Without reading, I might as well just step in front of a truck; it would surely kill me not to read.

    That was a really good pizza. I'm so sad that I left the leftovers in my mother's fridge. Happy New Year!


    Happy New Year! Wahoo - I'm not the only book dieter! It would probably take me a decade to read all the books I own, so I'm not going *quite* that far, but I'm going to try my level best not to bring any more into my house. We can support each other. I think we'll both need it - there are always so many great-looking new books to tempt a bibliophile.

    My poppets were getting frustrated, too. And, now, they're just going to have to be patient, since I'm without a camera, poor things. They're such fun, aren't they?

    Hey Andi,

    Thanks! Happy New Year to you, too! I like that: Nancyroo. LOL Cute. Surprises are great; I wish a year full of great surprises right back at ya. :)


    Thank you! Happy New Year to you, too! I wish you a safe, fun, happy Italian year. And, thanks, I'm so glad we've become blog friends, too! Your blog is one of my favorites, also - I've been missing it. I have hardly any computer time, right now - I'm in computer withdrawal.

  14. Wishing you and your colorful friends (including the new green poppet) a most happy new year! Wishing your mom better health, and your family enough of your presence. And last but not least, wishing you time to read all those books you already have ... plus time to blog about them for our benefit. Ummm, that sounds a bit self-centered, doesn't it? Well, the shoe fits, so I guess I must wear it. I miss you when you aren't here blogging for us.

  15. Well, Nancy, if I do those booty-shaking moments without the coconuts and grass skirts I'll be a little bare! Not to mention very cold. Thanks for the wishes for a good year. Here's hoping you enjoy all the best in 2008.

  16. Bonnie,

    Thank you from all of us (including Nikky - we're getting big on nicknames, now) for the New Year's wishes and I'm sure my mother will be grateful for the wishes for her health. I find it rather gratifying that my family misses me when I'm away. LOL I do miss them, though, too. I find that I turn the TV on for company - totally weird, for me.

    Thanks for the blogging time wishes, also. I hope I'll find some time, soon, but most of my day is spent at the hospital, which is not only totally boring and not a little smelly, but also currently devoid of space in the waiting room, since one very large family descended and has camped out, necessitating a new sign warning that the waiting room is not a place to flop for the night. It hasn't gotten rid of anybody, though, and all the chairs are taken. I need to go on a waiting room hunt.

    I'll try my best to blog when I can. I'm anxious to finish Getting Stoned with Savages so that I can write something in my new calendar. Although, actually, I can't find my new calendar. Hmmm, it's around here, somewhere, I think.


    Alternative active-wear design is acceptable as a substitute for grass and coconuts. Or, you can go around wiggling in the nude. Up to you. I think Kookie and I are ready to seek out the grass skirts.

    Thanks for the good wishes. Happy 2008!

  17. I feel like they should be saying, "Ooohh" like the aliens in toy story.

  18. MyUtopia,

    LOL! I can just imagine that. You picked the perfect sound effect for poppets admiring a pizza. :)

  19. What a yummy-looking pizza!! Great shot of the poppets admiring the pie.

    I think I'd probably hurt myself if I tried to do the hula. I'll stick to the treadmill. ;)

    Good luck with the food & book diet. And a very, very Happy New Year to you!

  20. Hi Les,

    It was delicious - seriously, the best pizza I've had in eons. And, thank you. :)

    Hmmm, injury is probably a distinct possibility when starting the hula in your 40's, although it looked like the movements we re really fluid. I haven't had time to see if there's a hula video, out there. LOL

    So far, so good on the book diet. It's a little more difficult to do the food part when you don't have a kitchen. Maybe I'll get out of a hotel, soon.

  21. Happy New Year to you too!
    That pizza looks fantastic! I haven't had a really good pizza for awhile.. hmmm... I feel the beginnings of a craving coming on!
    Good luck with your diets!

  22. Nat,

    Thanks, Happy New Year to you, also!!

    I've been hacking away at a Mexican pizza (with tomatoes, lettuce cheddar cheese and black olives), all weekend. I'd share if you were here. Is good pizza hard to find in Japan (or impossible)?

    Thank you - so far, so good on the book diet. I've bought my one book for January and I'm enjoying it. The food diet isn't going so well because I've discovered I don't want to cook and really am disinterested in food until I suddenly realize I'm starving. So, I'm exercising. Wait till I get back to a hotel room, though - that'll go right out the window. LOL

  23. Thanks. Next time I'm in the neighbourhood I'll stop by for some pizza! ;)
    I wouldn't say it's impossible to find good pizza here but it is hard and there aren't any good ones near us unfortunately. :(

  24. Nat,

    You should definitely drop by Hideaway, if you're ever in this area. In the meantime, I'll shush. Don't want to drive you nuts. Of course, I had to drive about 600 miles for that pizza, so I can sort of relate - we can get it easily, but not necessarily really good pizza, you know?


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