Monday, March 26, 2012
Today was a quiet day for me. I was off work so I was able to do all my Sparking early. I am starting to pack for my trip although I donít have much to pack.
When I left the states I brought American snacks like peanut butter and pretzels but those are long gone. So, I had a little room in the suitcase so I did what girls do! I shopped!
I bought some beautiful Pashima scarves at the market for all the women in my family. They are very soft and very long. So, if someone isnít into scarves they can be used on a table as a table runner.
The lady selling them was nearly out so I was only able to get the needed amount and one for me. If I return for the rest of the campaign in the summer I will purchase more. I really like taking back items that are different.
There is a particular gift I love to take home with me and own several now myself. Even my artist son has mentioned how much he likes them. I plan to send one to my new SparkFriend, Mary Lou, and since she reads my blogs I wonít say what the gift is but I would be surprised if she didnít like it. Iíll put a picture of it on my page after I am sure Mary Lou has received hers.
Hubby went looking for a rocket to take home but, bless his heart, (my mother says you can say anything about anyone if you first say ďBless his heartĒ!) he is too cheap to buy one. I know it is a bit on the expensive side but, for crying out loud, he has been here a year and I have been here 8 months! He can afford it. I have learned to buy something I have really liked while travelling because I have regretted most of the times I have thought the item too expensive. You canít run back to that country and buy it later! My thought is that he deserves a reward for being over here away from home etc. Oh well.
Getting very excited about leaving.
Canít wait to see the grandbabies!
Canít wait to put on those flip flops and not carry a backpack everywhere I go!
Iím excited to be going back to my 100 year old home and my wonderful neighbors and friends.
Iím excited to be going back to my quilting.
Iím excited because I will be able to cook what I need to eat and exercise!
Iím excited that we will have the money to work on those three houses we are remodeling.
Iím sure Iíll drive everyone crazy until I get there with my constant talking about it. But, this was a temporary stop in my life. An adventure and a way to make money. Canít complain but thereís nothing like home.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
My internet is becoming very limited now. Since we are leaving here in five days the internet has run out at work and I suspect they will not renew it before we leave. So, I have to come back to the hotel and do my Sparking. I tried my best to get it done but ran out of time and my blogging is the last thing I do. So, todayís blog is a ďTwoferĒ.
Today I want to talk about traveling and eating right.
I am away from home as my friends know. I will be traveling from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on Friday arrive in Moscow on Friday night, travel to Rome, Italy on Saturday and leave there if all goes correctly on Thursday to go home with a quick stop in London.
To others this sounds exciting and although I will experience a couple of great experiences along the way I will also be faced with many eating challenges.
First, although I canít plan my food for most of the time I can plan to eat a light breakfast the day I travel. I will have airline food for lunch so Iíll have to stay away from the dessert they always serve.
When I get to Moscow I am hoping to have a steak. Iíll try to list what I want for dinner on my nutrition tracker for that day because I am fairly certain on that day I can estimate what I will eat at least most of the day. But, Saturday starts the real test.
I have no idea what or when or where I will eat. I am going to stay mindful and choose as well as I can from the choices I have.
On Sunday we will be off and running around Rome. I imagine seafood will be available so Iíll try to choose seafood for dinner.
From Monday to Thursday I will be working where we wonít have any kitchen or restaurant. We will have to get sandwiches from the vendors or vending machine food at work. We will be working nights and in Rome they open their restaurants late. It will be a difficult time to find any food much less the right foods. I will try to maintain portion controls. They usually furnish continental breakfast at the hotel so I will try to squirrel away some fruit and yogurt for my lunches.
I have worked at this location before and it is in an industrial area so even though when you think of Rome you would assume there is an abundance of food choices but where I work there are not.
So this will be a test for me to see if I can control my eating when I have no control of the situation for an entire week.
Then when I return to the states I will be bombarded with American food choices. The smells and the fact that I have been craving American food for 8 months is going to make it a challenge also. I wonít be able to settle in at home where I can cook for over a week after I return.
So, please keep your fingers crossed for me that I can maintain control during the next two weeks.
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