Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Following a very interesting experience bathing Miss Kitty, I've been running into a lot of work conflicts, trying to finish up my assignments and projects for the leadership academy, and putting in lots of overtime with the food cooperative.
Which means Miss Kitty is starting to feel neglected.
And when Miss Kitty feels neglected, she starts going out of her way to get attention. Which is why I've had a kitty climbing all over me at all hours of the night, waking me up to play and dragging her toys into the bed, and attacking my feet to try to get attention!
I'm making a concerted effort to carve out more time to play with her, but whenever Miss Kitty gives me attitude, I pull out my camera - she's so cute!!
Right after her bath last month:
Waiting for me when I got home from work today:
Miss Kitty looks MAD...I'd better watch my back tonight!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Happy Mothers Day!!
I'm pretty tired today, but I've made a great start to the 5% Challenge! Yesterday began with a two-hour work day at the community garden (10-noon), then I headed over to the new cooperative grocery space (we're moving to a MUCH bigger space!!) and spackled, sanded, swept, and cleaned from 1-4. Then it was home to shower and change, and back to the cooperative for the first Mosey Down Main Street (downtown Lafayette festival) - I set up and tore down my table and supplies, walked about for about an hour, then helped a friend tear down his table.
And even though a big part of me REALLY wanted to go straight home and to bed, I went out to a bonfire with the guy I've been seeing. It was a lot of fun - but it was 3 this morning when I finally got home and went to bed!!
So Mother's day started a little late for me. I slept in a bit!
I got my mom a gorgeous orchid - pure white petals, and a pale bluish-purple center. And when I arrived at my parents house, she was just getting ready to pull weeds - so I got in yet more gardening this afternoon! We ate lunch and watched a movie, and I did some crunches and pushups and such, and now we're getting ready to go out to her BFFs house for a mother's day grill-out - featuring veggie kebabs!!
It's been a tiring - but EXCELLENT - weekend, and a great way to start off the 5% challenge!!
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
This will be my third 5% challenge!
The first challenge, I started at 160 pounds - my goal was to lose 8 pounds. I lost 2, so just a little more than 1% of my body weight
But the challenge ran through Thanksgiving, and I did overindulge. So I know how it happened. Of course, I didn't fix the problem during Christmas and New Years - I regained the weight I had lost, plus another 7-ish pounds!
Which leads me to the second 5% challenge - I started at 166.7, aiming to lose about 8.5 pounds. And this time, I got down to 161 - I lost 5.7 pounds, about 3%!
April was rough on me, but I'm starting the third challenge in almost exactly the same place as I finished the last challenge! My goal will be to lose about 8.5 pounds.
I'll be doing my first official weigh-in, and measuring, this Saturday - I'll post the results, and we'll see if I can lose 5% this time around!
Friday, May 03, 2013
This morning, I had to take my car into the shop to get some work done. So I decided that I would walk while I waited!
The mechanic's shop is only about a mile away from my parents' house, and then it is only a couple of blocks to one of the pedestrian entrances to Happy Hollow park...so during the time when my car was being fixed, I hiked out to my parents for a bottle of water, hiked the entire length of the park, and was almost back to the parents house when I got a call from the mechanic that my car was ready. Perfect timing - and I made it almost 5.75 miles in the slightly-less-than-two-hour wait!!
Plus, the park is beautiful!
Then I went home and finished up the the raw walnut and mushroom stuffing for today's potluck at the food cooperative. It's pretty simple, but there are specific instructions on how to mix in the food processor - so lots of pics!
Once I finished, I refrigerated the stuffing for a couple of hours while I took a nap! Then I stuffed the stuffing into romaine leaves and headed to the potluck! It was a vegan-themed potluck - there was bread, a garlic mustard and lentil stew, beans, and an entire buffet of different sprouted beans and grains...YUM!!
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Today was EXACTLY what I needed to start recharging myself!
Standard recipes are so hard - especially the way I cook! Which is add a dash of this and mix until it looks right, then cook it until it smells right....well, I'm not quite that bad, but you get my drift! So instead of just the recipes, here is a mini-photo-journal chronicling my food experiments (cooking AND gardening)!
I started off by soaking beans and marinading mushrooms! One of my recipes - a favorite for tomorrow's potluck at the cooperative - is a raw walnut and mushroom stuffing: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
The mushrooms need to marinade overnight, so I turned my attention to a mock chicken salad, made with tempeh: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
Pictured here, 1 serving served in a pita pocket - aka my lunch!
Then I cooked the beans. I had rehydrated/sprouted black beans and garbanzo beans today. I started with the garbanzo beans, and made a roasted red pepper hummus: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
Then I made black bean burgers - this is an adaptation of the recipe I created for the community garden party last summer, and is still a summertime favorite for me! For more of a "meaty" taste, substitute peppers with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme - also a delicious version, I just didn't use it this time!
After I finished cooking and stocking the fridge with healthy, homemade food, I headed to my community garden plot. I hadn't been in more than 3 weeks, thanks to my crazy schedule - and in that time, it has frozen, hailed, stormed, flooded - so my hopes weren't high for any of my first plantings to still be alive. But I needed to till the rest of the plot (I had only tilled one row), get in my tomato and pepper seedlings, and plant more lettuce, swiss chard, radishes, and arugula.
I was very pleasantly surprised to find several greens had actually sprouted - they're still tiny, but they lived! Check out what I accomplished in the two hours I spent at the garden today!
My new seedlings!
The greens that sprouted despite the crazy IN weather!
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