Sunday, March 16, 2014
Saturdays are always the hardest day for me to remember to eat. I'm always out and about busy getting ready for the week. This particular Saturday I also had a friend's kid's birthday party to go to. I find I'm getting better at talking to people in social situations. I've always been able to randomly talk to strangers anywhere, but party situations tend to be a little different because you're required to be there for at least an hour, causing more situations where you have to talk for a longer period of time. I know part of being more comfortable in this situation is because I've met some of her other friends/family at other parties, so I can be comfortable enough to have small talk with them all. I tend to talk about food and exercise a little too much, but am able to talk about other tings, like one of her friends had a little one I got to hold. I love that I can get my baby fix in those does and not have the baby cravings I had 5 years ago.
Although I got going a little later in the morning (I needed to shower before I got going), I still managed breakfast before walking out the door.
The party had sandwiches already made and a fruit bowl. I'm not a fan of mayo, so I'm glad I only grabbed one small corner. I avoided the cupcakes (even if they were the small ones) because I'm particular about my cake.
My friend lives right near the Mall of America, in fact we drove right past it, both times. I refuse to go into that mall on a weekend, especially in the afternoon. I really didn't have much I needed there, so it wasn't a requirement to go there while we were right near the Mall.
Instead we came back to our town and hit up Target. It seems like half-way through my shopping everyone was getting in so much of a hurry they had to keep cutting me off while I was pushing my cart around. It was annoying that no one even paid attention to the fact I was there.
On the way out (actually this was in the candy isle, I needed more mints for the sick ones in the home, the rest of them got the cold), I decided I wanted a candy bar, probably because I hadn't eaten well enough or had a snack in the last hour before this candy bar. I got good chocolate and, yes, I ate it in the car. My son had a box of candy too and I let him open his in the car too.
My son decided on dinner while we were out, so I picked up those grass fed beef hot dogs I discovered there a couple of weeks ago. The blue corn tortilla chips are also Target brand, organic. If only I could do more organic, but I guess what I'm doing will have a little bit of an impact.
I decided that I wanted a little more right after dinner, so I popped open my box of prunes, these are the bite sized ones.
Perhaps it was because I just hadn't eaten enough all day long that my stomach was still grumbling when we put the kids to bed, so I made up some oatmeal with milk in the microwave and added some Nutella to it for sweetness and chocolate.
All in all, I think my day went well. For some reason my pants fit better, despite the scale going up half a pound that morning. I just may have to do that oatmeal more often, it was really tasty and it filled me up just right. I'm just crossing my fingers that my daughter will be feeling better by Monday.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
It was one of those slow lazy days, but I still managed to get some good housework in. I played with my new steam mop that I got a couple of weeks ago. Man was my floor dirty, I may actually enjoy cleaning the floor with my new toy. It made it easier to get up the sticky spots my kids get on the floor. I can't wait until snowpants season is over so I can really get and keep the floor clean.
I decided to have that sweet bread with my breakfast today. Still yummy, but on the way out of my favor, it may be moldy in the next couple of days anyhow.
I reheated some of last night's veggies and made some bow-tie pasta to toss into it, just a handful.
I was still in the mood for chips, but also wanted something sweet, so I had some dried peaches with them. It was a salty sweet combination for my mid-day snack.
The mid-afternoon snack started with the last mini Reese's cup.
Then turned into a peanut butter sandwich. I'm still looking for a brand of peanut butter that's just peanuts and salt that doesn't melt on my sandwich, the hunt continues. Perhaps this will turn into cookies soon?
My husband was out and about with his paycheck after work, so he picked up dinner from one of the local grocery stores.
We still have some ice cream around the house, so mint chocolate chip ice cream cones all around after dinner today.
After the kids were in bed, my husband and I ended up watching some Dr. Who and since it was a two-parter, we ended up making some air-popped white kernel popcorn for the second part. Tears on that one, Oh Rose!
Some days are hungrier than others and this one was one of those munchies all day type of days. I didn't mention that this was the second day in a row that we got decent enough weather that I went walking outside. I hope it keeps trending this way. Looks like above 0 weather all week long, so this might be a trend!
Friday, March 14, 2014
It got up to 50 F again today. Windows were opened and the kids were off to school again. I managed a morning walk in my "feet" instead of my boots (see my pictures on my page for my "feet"). I'm seeing grass and soon I should be able to pass through the grassy areas without worrying about climbing through the snow. We can't sled anymore for the lack of snow on the top of the hill. I'm hoping this isn't just another teaser spring like we had last year. I actually want the mild warmth to stay for longer rather than a quick heat wave followed by freezing cold again going directly to hot heat. That makes for a short and hard growing season.
I managed breakfast like I usually do, no thought there.
Lunch was just a menagerie of leftovers from the fridge. I don't even heat up the pizza again, I'm a cold pizza the second time around person. Those were lemon pistachios I had and yes, I had the last cream egg, I guess I owe my daughter one now.
My NatureBox showed up. For some reason I wasn't even excited about it this time. Usually I'm waiting for it with bated breath, this month, eh.
I did open the dried peaches right away.
I had another slice of that bread yummy! I got the recipe today.
Cooking is getting boring, so I made some loaded potatoes. My husband really enjoyed the asparagus I cooked for them. I can't wait until my cow shows up and I really need to find some local farmers for eggs and chickens. I'm also waiting for opener fishing so that my husband can catch us some good fish for dinner, we're out of all meat right now and I worry about the sources from the grocery stores.
I'm craving peanut butter. I really want some peanut butter cookies, but for now I had some Reese's mini cups. I never crave peanut butter cookies, they are far from my favorites, but I may just have to make some. I usually hate peanut butter, this is a strange craving.
I didn't have quite 5,000 steps by the time I was getting ready for bed, but the husband was still up painting, so I decided to make that goal. I kept walking until he was done and ended up with 7,000 steps when I was done. I simply paced back and forth in our hallway, once again it doesn't bother my husband, he's into my madness. I'm making strides to get back on track with my fitness. With the spring weather, I'm getting my happiness back and that makes it easier for me to take care of myself. It's been a long hard winter for me between the weather and that sudden severe illness of my son's this and I was depressed for months. I'm looking forward to planting season and the rebirth of the plants and ducklings.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
I was feeling much better, although my cold was obviously still hanging around. My husband managed to go to work, but I still had one kid home because it wasn't a school day. I got a lot of things done, laundry, plant pruning, getting rid of things. My daughter came home in the evening spoiled by Grandma.
I still had breakfast, I managed to stock back up earlier this week because the fruit I normally get was on sale, so I had to stock up and save a few dollars.
I'm trying to get more veggies into my days, so a salad was a good option for lunch. I had a red wine vinaigrette on this salad with a handful of tomato flavored nuts. I also reheated the meatballs, apparently they were really good because my husband had the other ones when he got home. I also am trying to eat up the sweet bread before it goes bad, but also trying not to eat it all in one sitting, I'm bad at that when it's really good bread.
Between all the cleaning I was doing, I had a handful of cookies.
Later I had a craving for chips, so I prepared a small bowl for myself.
I made some homemade waffles for dinner. I realized after making them that I didn't add the oil the recipe called for, so I'll bet I cut a lot of calories out of them while still having good flavor. They came out fine without any oil. That's still real maple syrup, who knew that the real stuff was so much better than that "maple flavored" syrup? I'll never go back.
I headed out after dinner to WalMart (I hate that place, but it's the only place I can find certain things) because the kids have a dress up day on Friday, cowboy themed, and my son didn't have anything that would work for it. I managed a shirt that should work, even though it's a size bigger than he wears, I guess it's harder to find these things when winter is on clearance. I ended up wandering and doing some spur of the moment spending. We'll be warm next winter in new flannel sheets and I have earrings I can wear without them bothering me now that I upgraded to sterling.
I also wandered into the holiday isle, so I found some mini Reese's. My husband was trying to be cute and stacked them up "for my picture" because he doesn't question my madness, but goes with it. These were better than the egg shaped ones.
Although I didn't get out much, I still managed over 5,000 steps for the day. I'm bragging about this because it's been so hard for me to even get that number in lately. I know that I could be aiming for that 10,000 a day, but even when I was aiming for that I was still only averaging 6,500 a day. I'm glad I'm getting active again. It's so much easier to move about when I'm used to moving around.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
When I woke up, my husband was sitting there. Apparently he caught the cold and something at work didn't help to set his breathing off, so he came home and tried to relax, which is hard when your sinuses are draining. Fortunately I was starting to feel better, so I could take care of him and actually do some housework, I managed to get 4 loads of laundry washed, dried, and folded.
I still had breakfast, the surprise of a husband would not throw me off.
I finished off the rest of the lasagne (with my son, we split what was left) for lunch. It's one of my favorite dishes.
I had some more of that yummy sweet bread, apparently it's made with lemon zest.
Between folding laundry, I also had a granola bar.
Just before I made dinner, I had a handful of nuts.
I used the other pound of hamburger we got from the farmer until we get the whole cow. I made some porcupine balls, made with rice, hamburger, garlic, parsley and worcestershire sauce. I also threw some raspberry vinaigrette on my salad.
After dinner, I had conferences with the kids' teachers. Both are doing great and my son will finally get the speech therapy I've been trying to get for him since he entered the school system. If his mom can't understand him, then how is the rest of the world supposed to understand him? I've had to have him repeat his words for me and I still don't understand what he's trying to say many times. I don't understand how it takes this long for those sounds to be abnormal enough to be a problem? I'm glad they're going to help him, even though they could have been helping him for the last 3 years now.
When I got home, I had a handful of prunes. I love them, but only the SunSweet brand. I've tried store brands and none of them are as moist as SunSweet.
I'm glad the cold in my head was finally letting up. I am getting back the energy I need to clean the house properly again. Spring weather gets me in the mood, so I better take it while I can and get all the major dusting and deep cleaning done that I wouldn't normally do.
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