Wednesday, July 06, 2011
I had a long and very hot morning, substituting at the Montessori School's summer camp. I was in the toddler room and my son was in the preschool room. I saw him a lot when we were outside, which was much of the time, though. I forgot my sunglasses and my big hat, so I felt pretty unprotected, despite a few shade tents. They did water play today with three kid's pools and the hose squirting water down the slide with a pool at the end, making a water slide.
I ate oatmeal with fruit before leaving in the morning and ate the lunch I'd packed with the kids (turkey sandwich on flat bread, strawberries, cheese stick, yogurt, chocolate almonds). After that, I had an Edy's fruit popsicle (40 cal.) _ ok, two of those. Craving more food, though. Oh, and this morning I checked my weight and was up 2 lbs, which makes no sense based on my food intake.. which is right in the pocket for the calories.. so I think I might be PMSing given how much I've been craving chocolate since last night. That would explain some of the exhaustion level, too. If I had the energy, I'd go make a chocolate pumpkin cake!
I am truly exhausted from the sun and the heat and the high activity going around the playground, changing toddler diapers, and helping some very fussy little ones deal with separation anxiety. I fell asleep in my chair, but Nicholas woke me up . He isn't resting, but he really needs to rest.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Just wrote a long blog and it disappeared. Hrm.
My son is in Montessori Summer Camp - first day. It is in the building we have church in and his classroom is the same classroom he has Religious Education class in. I work here as the Director of Religious Education during the church year. This is probably my last day working for the summer, but I am a substitute for the Montessori School, too.
Started the day right with steel cut oatmeal, strawberries, .5 banana, and a bit of milk. Packed lunch of turkey sandwich on flat wheat bread, carrot sticks, strawberries, and light cheese stick. Doing good so far.
Tired because I'm not used to getting up so early. I am not a morning person and I got used to sleeping in til 9:30 or later. So 7:15 is UGH!!
But here I am.. Back to work now. :)
Have a great day everyone!!! If you read this, please say Hi or some comment. Just let me know you're out there! Thx!
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
The morning was a challenge - big fight with my husband. It all started about money and overdue bills we were looking at, but erupted into insults and shouting. Then he decided he had to go to his office, on the holiday, to try to work. I was really upset. I expect him home on holidays to help with our son, who is quite a challenge a lot of the time. I got hysterically upset because he was just escaping and walking out again when he got upset, which he often does. He came back in to talk to me and I felt a bit better and drove him to work instead of him walking an hour in the high temps. and not getting anything done.
After that I needed to calm down (and stay out of the house because I'd have eaten everything naughty we had just because..) So I decided to go find the strawberry farm. It was about an hour's drive and I got lost several times despite my GPS. I had emailed the owner on the 2nd to ask when they were closing and if they had berries left and they told me they would be open through the fourth. So we went there.. And there was a sign saying "July 3rd - Closed for the Season, See You Next Year!" What?!! I called one of the numbers I had for the farm and got no answer. I could smell the strawberries! I went and took a few for my son who was dying for them..So then I tried the other phone number. The owner answered and I told her the situation about having gotten the email that they'd be open and it was a very long drive and we really wanted some berries. She said we could go help ourselves - pick a couple quarts on her. She felt badly about having given the wrong info (which it turned out came from her husband, which figures. heh).
So in the 90 degree temps Nicholas and I went picking berries. I have never done this before.. not strawberries. They are all ground vines and you have to get way down low to pick them. They were going by and hard to find, actually, so it took well over and hour to pick about 2 quarts. Nicholas didn't help much at all, but he ate a lot of berries - all the ones I put in his box, except about 5 that he saved, and all the ones he did pick - he ate. At least once he got there and started eating them, he didn't complain about it not having a playground or big sandbox or farm animals like the blueberry picking place has. And it was mighty nice to get to have them free. It was a lot of gas and driving to spend for a fruitless trip, so glad it wasn't fruitless!
OH, and as we were leaving I went to look for hand sanitizer in the car trunk - and found the missing COOLER!! OMG! I am embarrassed it was there all along! Well, I didn't dare eat the chicken or cheese sticks or yogurt which has been in the car overnight and all day.. But we did have some things to snack on - almonds and carrot sticks and a few cookies and hard fruit candies and a CapriSun juice for Nicholas. We were both hungry (despite all the strawberries) so was glad for the snack foods. Going on the trip did calm me down.
After we got home my son got more and more difficult. He really needed a nap. He also wanted to squeeze the strawberries by hand into juice, which I felt was a big waste and he had not picked enough himself to warrant that usage. His behavior got worse as the afternoon progressed.
::Pats self on back:: for not giving into emotional eating on such a challenging day. I did my walk (we got rained on again), and my strength training, and the strawberry picking, which was definitely exercise, but had to guess at the calorie burn and probably underestimated that.
Well, overall, just glad to have gotten through it. I coped. Some of it was fun. The strawberries are delicious! And only 43 calories per cup!
Monday, July 04, 2011
"Baby You're a Firework! Come on let your colors burst!"
I really like that song.
Tonight we got to see the fireworks! They were really spectacular, too! The best we've seen in our town in 7 years, I'd say! We went to the game before that and that was good, too. Our team won. Yay!
My son FINALLY took a nap in the afternoon so we were able to go.. and he didn't have even ONE tantrum all night (priceless!)
The bad thing that happened was that our food bag - a mini cooler, filled with a very yummy and healthy meal went missing! My husband lost it between the shuttle and the seats. I don't know how. He is sure he didn't just drop it, but that he set it down and then it disappeared. I walked around looking and asked at the merchandise counter twice (lost and found) and both ticket areas, and all the swag tables. Nothing!
I hope someone enjoyed the meal I packed!! I missed it!! I had packed BBQ chicken (boneless breasts I'd cooked last night), light mozzarella cheese sticks, carrot sticks and baby carrots, Chobani greek yogurts, a few mint oreos (so we wouldn't feel deprived and crave the frozen custard they sell, and a few tootsie rolls and hard fruit candies). Gone gone gone! Mommy was Mad! But then perhaps it was stolen. So I was really glad I had the gift certificate for $15 in merchandise or food. We used that for food.. My husband spent half an hour or more in the food line to get us hand cut french fries (OMG those are good, but not good for you!) and a chicken burger for me, hamburger for him, hot dog for our son. They also had free watermelon there so before we had dinner we all had 3 slices of that. It's the first time we've HAD to buy food and wasn't because I forgot or was lazy packing. It was probably the most balanced meal I've packed for a game, too.
The other ironic thing that happened - we were not able to get the regular close parking. I dropped of my husband and our friend and my son and the stuff and had to park a long ways away. I was annoyed about this at first, but it did allow me to get my second (and third) walk of the day in. On the way out, I told them they needed to walk with me. My husband usually walks from our house to work (over a mile - hilly path.. and he says he walks 2 miles a day, and had NOT walked at all today). Well, he was very upset to have to walk - because he had to carry his very heavy folding chair. Oh well! I also forgot that he is so slow (he does have walking disability, but sometimes I just forget he has to go slow. He seemed to be in really UBER slow mode tonight, though.
Alas, overall, we had a good time, despite the missing food cooler. That still frustrates me, though.
My calories ended up not too much over goal, though.
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Took a walk with my long haired dog (she's a Maltese) and before we had gotten 1/4 way back home, it started to rain.. and before we were 1/2 way home - POURING rain.. UGH. We both got soaking wet. Yuck. I had on the perfect shirt for Independence Day - red with white and blue stars on it.. Classy one, too. Soaked. Oh well. I did get some fitness minutes, but had to cut the last part of the walk off. I was also annoyed I couldn't run - and knew I couldn't manage it.. so I had to just walk a little faster one step at a time.
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