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Under the Tuscan Sun

Captain's Log, Stardate 06.21.2006

Blog book giveaway:
My Thursday book giveaway is A SOUNDING BRASS by Shelley Bates.
My Monday book giveaway is WAKING LAZARUS by TL Hines.
You can still enter both giveaways. Just post a comment on each of those blog posts. On Thursday, I'll draw the winner for A SOUNDING BRASS and post the title for another book I'm giving away. Stay tuned.

I'd love to go to Italy: I've been watching a few movies now that I turned in my manuscript to my editor. I finally got to see Under the Tuscan Sun. Beautiful scenes, and very quirky characters.

It was as funny as I thought it would be—a nice, light movie. Not a romance, more of a travel chick-lit. Certainly not slow-paced, yet interspersed with dramatic shots of Italy’s landscape.

I loved the ending the best--when she looks around at the house and realizes what she's gotten for herself. It was a very poignant moment.

And man, I want to look like Diane Lane when I’m inching toward 40.


I’ve been so good about doing my Denise Austin exercise programs that I injured my quad muscle. Yeah, I’m brilliant. Please pray it heals quickly.

And speaking of prayers and healing, my good knee (not the surgery knee) is clicking. It’s not painful, and I have friends whose knees click and they still play volleyball, but I just don’t like it. And it does hurt sometimes when I do certain bending movements. Please pray it heals. I’m doing more leg exercises to help strengthen the muscles around the knee.

My eating has been okay, but I can’t seem to get my calorie count below 1600-1700 a day. Much of those calories are vegetables, so I guess that’s good, but my calorie count for my height and weight and bone structure is supposed to be 1300-1400 a day. Man, I need more discipline.

Oh, and I’ve been eating less salt. I don’t have high blood pressure, but I’m doing it out of vanity. When I eat more salt, my body bloats and I feel fat, but if I eat less salt, my body doesn’t bloat. Isn’t that just the most pathetic reason you’ve ever heard?

Blogging: I decided to not post on Saturdays. I think I post too often. I mean, people have enough to read without hearing from me seven days a week. Fridays will be my Blog Bible Study posts.


  1. People tell me I look EXACTLY like Diane Lane. I hear it all the time. Well, the inching toward 40 part anyway.

  2. I love that movie! My daughter and I rented it one time when my husband went on a business trip. My girlfriend was shocked that I would let my teenage daughter what THAT movie! I don't really know what the problem was. I'm over 40 and would love to look like Diane Lane, even a little! Oh, and I love your blog.

  3. I think your reason for not eating salt is perfectly valid, and I think it's great that you have the self-discipline to do that. I have a huge salt weakness (love them chips!)...but eating too much salty, processed food bloats me up too (and high bp isn't an issue with me either).

  4. Thanks Camy, now I know what to rent this weekend. Sometimes I think I've already rented everything.

    PS. Now what am I going to read on Saturdays?

  5. Camy,

    You need to come visit. We live ONE HOUR away from Italy, not much farther to Tuscany. And this part of France used to be Italy, so where we live looks like it too.

  6. Our 16 yr old is in England visiting our oldest right now and they're going to Italy during the first week of July. I'm so jealous! I told her to take lots and lots of pictures and video. But she refused to "lug" around the video camera. :( I'll be okay with just pictures though.

    I don't have a BP problem, but I'm supposed to watch my salt intake because my feet and ankles swell with too much salt or caffeine. (Notice I say supposed to, lol.)

  7. And I don't think you post too often.

  8. Just before we were married, my (Italian) husband visited Paris and I went to London. We promised each other we'd go to Italy the following year...but baby #1 showed up. Fifteen years later, and three kids, we've yet to go. I'm thinking it's time!

  9. Then I guess we both need more discipline: me for exercising, you for eating or as the case is not eating.

    That'll be my prayer for both of us. Also for both your knees but especially the one that starting to give you problems.

    Maybe I was influenced by my early years of having little to eat but I usually eat to exist. Sometimes, I have to remind myself to do so. There have been a few times when I'd wolf down anything, including sweet stuff. At other times, like right now, just thinking of something sweet makes me shudder.

  10. Yeah, I want to look like her too when I inch toward 40. Oh, wait! I'm already there. Waaaaaaaaaaaah!!!

  11. I loved Under the Tuscan Sun! Made me wish I could move to Italy and live in a house like that. Of course, I'd want it already fixed up when I moved in, but wow! The scenery! (Forty??? I seem to remember being forty once. A looooong time ago!)


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