Links, Art + Life, and I’m So Last Minute

Okay, let’s start out with the links today!  Some different things to read in case you want to explore some of the weight loss blogosphere.


15 Sneaky Sodium Foods that Sabotage Your Healthy Diet from No Meat Athlete shows you 15 foods that might be messing with your diet. Most Americans get TWICE what they need for sodium, so watch out for these foods and adding extra salt.

Brooke ran a freaking mile! I remember how excited and awesome I felt running my first mile, so I definitely understand her excitement. Congrats!

Jen just discovered kickboxing, which is quite possibly my favorite workout of all time. Seriously, I love kickboxing. I miss it sooo much and can’t wait to eventually start again. I’m glad Jen is enjoying it now!

Weight loss superstars! from Self Magazine. No, not people. (Because honestly, losing weight doesn’t make you worthy of fame.) This list is the 20 best FOODS for weight loss.

Tyler from hit 199.8 pounds the other day. Congrats on reaching your goal Tyler!


Last night I went to support my friend at his senior graphic design art show event. It was all the seniors showing off their final project. He did advertisements and a bike map for Shelby Farms here in Memphis. It made me want to go for a bike ride and today I want to even more! It’s such a beautiful day and that sign he made is taunting me because I’m packing and doing less fun stuff today to get ready to leave tomorrow morning.

Chris's Display

Can you read the last sign? It says “Why don’t bison ride bicycles?” Then the next says “They don’t look good in spandex.”  Hehe. Shelby Farms is home to some bison in addition to be the home of many lakes, walking paths, and bike paths. It’s a great place to be active. Remember when I met up with JackSh*t? That’s where we went to walk.

There were a lot of good projects last night that I enjoyed. One girl created a cookbook with kid friendly recipes. Another did the graphic design for a cupcake place she would like to open. She even made tiny cupcakes in packages to hand out to people! It was such a good idea. I would totally visit her shop if she opened up because her cupcakes were awesome.

Cup Cait

I loved the ones that involved the things I love: exercise/being outside and food. That makes sense, right? I appreciated some of the other projects because they were beautifully designed pieces, but they weren’t as interesting to me because I wasn’t as interested in what they were about. (Like the baby magazine one? Sorry, I wasn’t in the least bit interested.) I like the blending of art into life and on the projects I liked I could see how that worked.



I’m always on time. I don’t do late if I can absolutely help it. I don’t like “making an entrance” and I’d rather be 20 minutes early than 2 minutes late. But I am very last minute about the things I do sometimes.

Like this whole road trip thing. I’m supposed to leave early tomorrow morning so I can get to Nebraska at a relatively normal time to meet Erin for dinner. But because everything is happening at the last minute I might leave late, meaning I will be late to my first stop. I don’t want to be late, but I don’t want to rush.

And I can’t help being last minute with something that I only decided to do on Tuesday!

The plan for today is to try to gather up my stuff making sure I don’t leave anything I need behind. I’m getting my car tonight around 10 pm and then need to pack it up tonight or early tomorrow morning (because I’m not really a morning person). For me that’s cutting it so close! I have to do a lot within just a few hours. I know it’s forced rushing, but really I don’t want to make this trip last forever. I’m ready to be on the other side of the country all ready. I’m really, really excited about this experience. It’s going to be good for me on many different levels.

But it’s almost noon and I haven’t done any of the stuff I should be doing today. I’m leaving even more things to the last possible minute! Like printing out directions. Where am I going? I have no idea at the moment. ;) So I’m off for a while to take care of last minute details and get everything together.

My weekend is going to be full of driving.  Hurray! I also need to download new music today to keep me occupied for the weekend. Good thing I got music suggestions from yall a while ago!


1) Where is your favorite place to drive to? Mine is Cincinnati where some of my family lives. I love driving through the Nashville area and then through Kentucky.

2) What kind of car do you drive? I drive a Mustang (well, that’s my car even though I haven’t been driving it for months). I also ride a scooter. I was told last night I should ride my scooter to Oregon, but I don’t think that would work out. ;)

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  1. Thanks for including me in your links! I feel loved! :o)

    The other links are awesome too!

    Don’t feel bad about being last minute, I’m the same way! I can’t wait to read all about your adventure driving across the states!

    • You are loved! :)

      I’ll try to take lots of good pictures so the recaps are more interesting. ;)

  2. My favorite place to drive recently historically has been from Fremont to Minneapolis, MN. Many of my Mom’s side of the family reside there. I’ve made that drive so many times I could probably do it in my sleep (not recommended, of course). I also really enjoy going to Milwaukee, WI, as I take the more ‘scenic route’ across Southern Wisconsin. This summer, my son and I might take a few mini-road trips to explore some places in Nebraska a bit.

    Whenever you get here, you get here. We’ll go from there. :-)
    .-= Erin´s last blog ..Promises, Promises =-.

    • Sweet! I wish I knew how long it will take me but I have no clue how often I’ll stop, if I’ll hit traffic, etc. I’m so excited to get there and meet you!

  3. I loved the scenery around the Grand Canyon, in Utah and Colorado. Driving along the coast on Maui is pretty nice too:) Mini van for me still.
    .-= WaistingTime´s last blog ..Hunger Pains =-.

  4. Have a wonderful trip! DRIVE SAFELY and hopefully you remember to pack everything. If not, oh well :)

    I drive an Acura RSX and it’s fun for road trips but since it’s manual, I’m usually doing all the driving when we do road trips.

    I hope you have your road trip playlist all ready!
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..Day 95: 100 Vitalicious Calories =-.

    • I am 100% I will forget something. Oh well. At least I know I’m like that and don’t expect myself to remember it all. Hehe.

      My mustang is a manual too so I’ve had several road trips where I did all the driving. This one included. Fun times!

  5. I’m a sucker for driving country back roads… I will take you on a few of those drives. I think my random roadtrips to Northern California are splendid as well. I drive a Honda and I’m ready for something new! Mary, remember when you “drove” it? Haha.

    I am so excited!!! I can’t wait to see your face and give you the biggest hug ever!!!! I hope packing and the drive go smoothly for you!!!

    • I love back roads too. I want to drive more of them next road trip I take. This one just needs to be finished quickly, haha.

      I remember driving the Honda! Oh the driving I did! HAAAA!

      I’m excited too. :) It’s going to be so awesome! Hurray hugs! :)

  6. That art show looked so cool & the funny on the bison.. CUTE!!!!

    You sound ready to get out of dodge as they say….. although I drive an older Toyota Corolla, the ones with no probs!!! It has been so good to me, knock on wood! It is almost 7 years old.

    Hey, my sis lives outside Cinn.

    Have fun Mary!!! ROAD TRIP! I am mentioning your post asking for suggestions on food to eat on the road for my Tuesday post.. which, by the way, will have more reunion pics! :-)

    Have fun!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Food CHOICES & Planning! =-.

  7. I went to the Sr Show this past December, and I was amazed at how many talented designers were in the program. Your friend’s exhibit was awesome! (Only partially because I *love* Shelby Farms.)

    I loved driving in New Mexico. The drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, in particular, was breathtaking. I had stunning views all the way around.

    And you already know what kind of car I drive. :)

    Safe travels, Mary! I know you’re in a hurry, but remember to take time to savor the experience.
    .-= Cammy@TippyToeDiet´s last blog ..WYSIWYG Weekend =-.

  8. 1) I love to drive – absolutely love it. For college I had to drive from Boston to Rochester, NY – kind of boring,because it was all highway driving.
    For spring break my senior year we drove from NY state to Florida – my first real big road trip.
    As I’ve touched on in earlier posts, after college my and my ex-BF drove from Boston to the west coast and back – 10,000 miles/ 6.5 weeks. Only $5K (that was 18 years ago) – It was one of the most amazing trips I’ve ever taken. I would do it again in a heart beat. We mainly took highways because it was a budget trip and we have to be back at the end of the summer so he could go back to school.If he hadn’t had to, who knows what would have happened.

    2) My first car was a used Honda Accord (that’s what we drove in).When I was 26 I bought a new Jeep Wrangler – it was my single chick car after breaking up with said above ex-BF. But after 4 years I needing a commuting car, so I got a Jeep Grand Cherokee. And now my mommy mobile is a Honda Pilot – absolutely love it. Though I really wish I still had my Jeep Wrangler also.