Friday, April 25, 2014
I need advice, dear Spark Friends,
I really like oatmeal, but I rarely eat it. But now, as part of "Amy is trying to reduce her cholesterol" I want to start eating it as part of my breakfast. I'm just having trouble coming up with a protein to pair with it.
I know if I eat a complex carb along with a protein for breakfast I stay fuller longer (something I should have remembered today when I ate a very non complex carb and no protein for breakfast and have felt the lack all day).
So, the question is, what protein pairs well with oatmeal? I'm looking for about 100 calories, and not peanut butter. PB is a trigger food for me - as soon as I eat it I want more, plus it sometimes gives me headaches, PLUS I tried it once with oatmeal and it was gag worthy.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
Thursday, April 24, 2014
I've been meaning to write a catching up post for the last week and a half, and just haven't found the time. That's the story of my life right now - no time for anything!
Okay, so update on me/my life:
* Work has been busy, busy, busy. I like staying busy at work, so that's great. And it hasn't been SO busy that I feel overwhelmed. Which is also great. Another department at work asked me to take lead admin - so I'm learning some trademark regs in regards to sustainable forestry, etc. I'm also studying to get certified as a specialist in MS Word and Excel 2010.
* Home has also been busy, but that's mostly because of:
1. The dog - I probably shouldn't let her take up so much of my time, but she does make me laugh and she does get me outside much more than if I didn't have her, so that's good. Plus, I feel guilty if I don't give her a certain amount of time (which usually ends up being an hour before work and an hour after). And speaking of the dog, she's finally (FINALLY) getting to the point where she takes walks that are more than a few yards. She's a small dog who knows she's small and gets nervous around the road, and since we don't have sidewalks, well... you get the picture
2. Granddaughter - Ona is five already!! We have her for a couple of hours every Tuesday night and from Friday after work until Saturday evening every week. I love her to death, but boy, does she keep me hopping. Even though her father and grandfather are also in the house, she prefers to spend her time at my side.
* Crafting - I am teaching myself different beading techniques. I got interested in making small purses last year (knit and beaded knit) which led me to wanting to try other beading techniques to make them. I am working on a one-needle (square stitch) beaded purse right now. Hubby gave me a purse loom for my birthday that I haven't tried yet, but that's next on my list, along with learning peyote stitch. I'm also alternately working on a knit sampler afghan and sequin Christmas ornaments. All items to be sold when Christmas nears. I find it odd that I love making purses when I don't really care about purses. I only carry utilitarian purses and don't worry about fashion. Go figure.
Hubby and I are doing well. We are trying to figure out something to do for a weekend getaway that won't break the bank and isn't too many hours drive (I'd like three hours tops). We need a weekend break!
Older son - Brian - is doing well. He's still living with us, but has a new woman in his life (she seems really nice). He's also still working on the hubby's crew. He's done really well in the local pool (billiards) league this year and is getting back into Table Tennis
Younger son - Mark - that's always a touchy one to figure out. He didn't even make it through a semester of college, which was no surprise given his track record of depression. Just last week he started training for a new job, so we've got our fingers crossed. With his mental illness, I hope for the best, but expect the not so best. His music, though, has been growing all the time. I just cannot even grasp the way his brain works (musically). It amazes me.
* Writing - I've totally given up. After more than a decade of writing, I've just lost that spark. For the last two years I've thought I'd get it back if I just forced myself to write. Didn't happen. So I'm going to give up my Municipal Liaison duties for National Novel Writing Month and not keep stressing over it. *nods*
I guess that's pretty much it. I've been trying to go back and read some of my Spark Friends' blog posts to catch up on what you all have been up to.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Of course, you know the story: Sparker does well for a while, then starts backsliding, and then quits for a while, and then backslides even more.
Case in point: me
BUT - it's time for me to come back and see old friends and get myself back on track.
Life has been SO busy, but I have to start taking more time for my own health. *nods*
I'm sending hugs to you all, and I'll try to catch up with everyone over the next few days. (((((hugs))))
Friday, August 16, 2013
When life just gets too darn busy, something has to give. I figured I'd use this week as a test to see if I could find the time to Spark and here it's Friday and this is the first chance I've had to get onto the site. Between work and family, it's hard to find even a few extra minutes in a day lately.
So I'm going to officially take a break from Spark People - I do plan on coming back, but it probably won't be until sometime this winter. (Although I can't foresee a huge slow down in any part of my life at this point).
I'll leave my page up, etc., so it'll be easier to transition back when the time comes. Some of you have my personal email address - feel free to use it anytime. Everyone else, just drop me a spark message and I'll try to respond.
*hugs* to all!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
I'm still here, though I haven't been doing well on my program the past couple of weeks - between Mark's depression (he's better for now) and his graduation, it has been hectic and draining.
I was pretty emotional leading up the graduation. It breaks my heart that Mark missed out on his whole senior year and the graduation ceremony. But his mental health comes first.
Anyway, sorry for being so silent lately - when I'm feeling less brittle, I'll be more vocal, I promise.
A couple of pics from the grad party:
The two grads - Mark is sitting down, his cousin Brandon is standing:
And this is what happens when an 11 pound puppy tries to party all day with the big folks:
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