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30 Days of Thankful- Day 8

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Day 8, Nov. 8
Today I am thankful that I have the internet.

For reals. There are some countries in this world that don't have internet, don't allow their citizens to access certain websites, or have the worst internet speed ever. I'm extremely lucky that I have freedom to access anything I want all at the touch of a keyboard. I can do homework, research recipes, be part of a fabulous online health/weight loss community, watch television, read stories/articles/books/magazines, and more. The possibilities are endless. I can scarcely remember a time before the internet was so widespread. I'm grateful to have the internet.

Researching Master's Degree programs in Nutrition!

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SMILINGTREE 11/9/2012 9:13AM

    The modem from my cable company that makes my phone and internet work died for a few days last week. I read like 3 or 4 books and worried a lot.

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ABB698 11/9/2012 2:07AM

    Life without the internet would just plain suck! Think of all the people we wouldn't have met, and that the wealth of information is so readily available to us. Imagine that we used to have to looks things up in books! LOL
Glad your posole had hominy. Otherwise it just would have been soup. :) LOL about 1/2 xican, my hubby always tells people I'm Mexican too....but the guys version is Mexican by injection....lmao! I can make some mean Spanish rice and Nopales though. Have you ever eaten Nopales?

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/9/2012 12:39AM

    Oh Jilly! Amen! I am very much a shut in, and if I did not have Internet and my IPad I would be lost! And It truly keeps me from eating...I get so busy with anything from emails, Facebook, SparkPeople & friends (like you :-) and so much information...that I can forget to eat :-0
Love ya!
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MITCHDY 11/8/2012 11:47PM

    I really like the 30 days of thankful. I think I will do the same... so important to realize all we are blessed for!!

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/8/2012 11:46PM

  You have just stated the positive about the internet.

I teach a 3-4 grade girls class, and get great crafts and additional materials to supplement my lesson materials. emoticon

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 7

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Day 7, Nov. 7th
Today I am thankful that I know how to cook delicious, healthy meals.

I always feel so much better when I know what is in my food. Processed foods (aka junk), fast food, even restaurant food... if I eat too much of any of those, I can feel it. My body is more sluggish. My digestive system derps. My immune system takes a dive. Since I've been cooking at home more, I can control what goes into my food and I can eat a meal knowing it is healthy, wholesome, nutritious, and the tastiest thing I could ever put in my mouth! I enjoy trying new ingredients, different cuisines, vegetarian dishes, and elaborate feasts.

Tonight I made Mexican posole with pork sirloin (very lean cut of pork) and low sodium chicken broth. I had plenty of fresh fixin's to mix in: cabbage, radishes, green onions, cilantro, avocado, and lime wedges. As well as rice, tostada shells, and a dollop of sour cream.

I've done vegan lentil chili (low cal, fat, high protein!), my own tortellini with part skim ricotta cheese, grilled pizza on whole wheat dough and weighed down with tons of veggies, lemon chicken saltimbocca with whole wheat pasta, trussed up chickens, and I make my own marinara and BBQ sauce! I am grateful to be able to do what I need to do in the kitchen to keep me nourished and healthy.

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JILLYBEAN25 11/8/2012 11:48PM

    Blast! I forgot to list it! I did add hominy to my posole!

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ABB698 11/8/2012 10:30PM

    Your posole looks fab but where's the hominy? I love hominy! That pizza looks super yum! You are a good cook, very good talent to have! emoticon

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/8/2012 3:09PM

    YUM !! I love looking at your cooking blogs. They are yummy as well as informative.


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ARUNNINGKAT 11/8/2012 11:35AM

    Your food looks so good! You dear are making me hungry and inspired, but mostly hungry. emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/8/2012 10:46AM

    Yum yum yum!! You are very talented! I've never cooked a whole chicken before, it kind of freaks me out!

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JACKIE542 11/8/2012 8:54AM

    Good job, it is always better to cook our own. All look great! emoticon emoticon

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 6

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Sorry this is late. I'll post day 7 later tonight. I really like using these as a way to unwind from my day. Plus, going to bed reflecting on something I'm grateful for... yeah, win/win.

Day 6, Nov. 6th
Today I am grateful to be an American with the right to vote for my elected officials.

This post isn't about the politics. In fact, to date, only one person knows who I voted for (besides me and God). I'm still not going to say for the time being. This is what I posted as my Facebook status last night:

There are a lot of really ecstatic people in America tonight and a lot of really disappointed people. This country, it's leaders, and it's citizens should always be a regular fixture in your prayers, no matter who is president and no matter what the state of this union is. Have faith that things are as they should be and always, always pray.

Okay, hopefully that helped ya'll a little. ONWARD! I am 29 years old (for the next 30 years) and this was the first time I ever voted. I'm sad to say that it took me so long to realize its importance, but proud to say I actually did vote this election! I was already disillusioned with politics, not interested, not trusting of politicians, etc. starting from my youth. And the reality is, none of that has changed. I don't trust ANY politician. I think our system is pretty flawed. I don't care to sit and talk about anything relating to politics for 5 minutes, let alone hours on end. I can safely say I AM SO GLAD THIS ELECTION IS OVER!!! What made this time different? Well, to be honest, I wanted to vote in the last election, but it was my first year at UCSD and I was pretty confused about how to go about doing so in a new city, plus I had no idea what address I was registered under at that time, and so I just let it go. This time, I was able to get my act together and re-register. Super awesome! This time several key ideas that were focused on (or only somewhat so in a few cases) by the candidates were very important to me. I can't tell you what they are since they'd reveal who I voted for, but one offered what I was looking for and the other really didn't. And, oddly enough, the state of the economy was low on my list of importance.

Either way, I'm glad I was able to cast my vote, participate in the election process, do my duty as a proud American, and get a really good buzz from the huge rum and coke I made my roommate and I because the tension as the numbers were rolling in was palpable. We were so on edge and stressed out! But, now I'm glad things are over. We stayed up to see the speeches from both candidates and then my kitty and I turned in for the night.

Casting my very first ballot!

We voted! They gave me TWO stickers since I was a voting n00b!

Oh, yeah, I "drunkenly" made an All-American, borrowed from other countries, healthy dinner to help alleviate the tension further, since cooking is relaxing for me. Turkey burgers on wheat buns with reduced fat cheese, home made baked fries, and a green salad with ranch dressing made from olive oil mayo and fat free soured milk (also I added fresh parsley and green onion to freshen up the taste).

Kitty is a total bed hog! 4:30am and I wake up on the other side of my bed.

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ABB698 11/7/2012 10:37PM

    emoticon on your first vote! emoticon

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DIANER2014 11/7/2012 9:47PM

    Congrats on voting! Your food really does look good! Like the pictures.

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 11/7/2012 5:26PM

    Congrats on your first vote! You look so cute in the picture :)

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/7/2012 4:24PM

    Your voting picture is so cute and you look so proud! I'm so glad the election is over, too.

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NEWSGIRL2177 11/7/2012 4:06PM

    OMG, I love your voting photo SO MUCH!! That's awesome.

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JBINAUSTIN 11/7/2012 3:16PM

    Thanks for voting.

My cats don't hog the bed, they hog the humans in bed. Yesterday I woke up with three cats lined up in a row: ankles, lap, chest. I felt like a mattress. :-)

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ARUNNINGKAT 11/7/2012 2:03PM

    Congrats on your first vote! Your food looks super yummy!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/7/2012 1:52PM

    I, too, am grateful for the privilege of voting! I also voted and agree we need to pray for our country and to be guided in the right direction and for the right way to go about things!
I love the meal you made...yum! I loved the pictures...you are so cute!
And Kitty (M&M) makes me laugh...our Alice is also a bed hog but I love feeling her there and hearing her purr!
Love & Hugs,

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 5

Monday, November 05, 2012

Day 5, Nov. 5th
Today I am thankful for Halls throat/cough drops.

No, really, I've been fighting some cold for a few weeks now and NOTHING seems to be helping me. Unfortunately, I can't afford to go to the doc. Prolly not anything that can be done anyway. I don't have a fever, no real signs of infection... just a hangers-on of a cold. Just when I think I'm pulling out of it, something happens to say otherwise. This weekend it was a sore throat. I've also had some inner sinus congestion that's making my head feel full, if that makes sense. So, these Halls drops with the effervescing power contained within has both soothed my throat and helped to relieve the sinus pressure I've been feeling. I still have to go about my daily life- practicum, chores, cooking, caring for kitty, etc. whether I'm sick or not, so these little throat drops have been a real lifesaver.

And, they boost my morale by printing encouraging things on the wrapper. HA!

That ghost used to contain Skittles. Now it vomits out my cough drops. AMUSING!!!

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NEWSGIRL2177 11/6/2012 10:50AM

    I hope you feel better soon!

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JSALERNO 11/6/2012 6:09AM

    emoticon CUTE!

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JBINAUSTIN 11/6/2012 3:53AM

    A cough drop with an encouraging message--what will they think of next? I hope you get over your cold or whatever soon.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/5/2012 11:56PM

    Hey, sometimes, and often in my opinion, it is the little things in life that truly make a difference...a smile, a note, a cup of your favourite tea...a cough drop!
Have you tried the saline spray for your sinus congestion...very helpful! Can get it cheap at drug store. And I love sugar free Vitamin C drops (lozenge)! So sorry you can't get rid of it...I hate how long they can hang on...and to bad no universal health care, so you could at least get checked out! Boo!
Healing Hugs!

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 4

Monday, November 05, 2012

Day 4, Nov. 4th
Today I am thankful for my college education.

And really, that's saying a lot, considering it's done almost nothing for me. I can't remember a point in my life where I wasn't absolutely certain I'd have a Bachelor's Degree someday, and since junior high, I knew it would be in theatre. So, really, my degree is the accomplishment of a personal goal as opposed to a professional one. I'd have loved to use my degree in theatre to actually, ya know... work in a theatre. But, alas, this business really is about WHO you know, not WHAT you know. And I don't know anyone. And I don't want to leave San Diego.

Besides all that, I am grateful for my education in OTHER ways... particularly with this upcoming election. I learned in my classes how to think critically, analyze evidence, and to never take information for face value. I need to know that what I'm reading/hearing comes from a reliable, reputable source. I listened to the debates with skepticism, questioned everything, and am doing so as I research the various propositions that need to be voted on here in California. And I feel I'm able to make an educated decision without all the shiny carrots being dangled in front of me to distract me from the issues (or reality).

I also wouldn't be the person I am today without all the experiences I had in college. A leader of sorts (running a very successful social club that I essentially started from scratch with a friend), ambassador to the transfer students at my particular college for 2 years (essentially the face and representative of that population), and all the hard work I did in various classes, shows, workshops, etc. I wouldn't trade that for the world. I'm looked up to and a role model for my siblings, my parents, my grandmother is proud of me...

Also, already having a Bachelor's Degree means I can go straight into a Master's program without having to get another Bachelor's, even though it's in a different field. Woohoo!

So, I am thankful for my college education. Even if that degree is just a pretty paper in a pretty frame.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/5/2012 5:39PM

    Awesome blogs, Jill! It's always refreshing to read about things people are thankful for!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/5/2012 12:38PM

    I am proud of you! I have always said getting the degree is the real education!
I had the same issue with my degree in Sociology/Psychology many years ago with
Not being able to find a work for over a year after graduating! But, I, too, have no regret
At getting my degree and feel it made me who I am today!
I, too, am grateful!

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MOWINELADY 11/5/2012 8:34AM

    Congrats on your accomplishment and having such a great outlook on life.

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JBINAUSTIN 11/5/2012 12:33AM

    I didn't even frame my diploma. I use my B.S. in Botany to identify plants for my garden. But all that coursework turned out to be handy as a technical writer, where I was basically a student of new technology over and over and over again. So it wasn't wasted, just not direct.

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MARYJEANSL 11/5/2012 12:26AM

  I know what you mean - I feel the same way.

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