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30 Days of Thankful- Day 18 & 19

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I'm going to be spotty... or spottier than usual... on these this week because I'm visiting my parents. All my stuff is at home to take pics of, so I have nothing here. Sorry. The next few will be bland.

Day 18, Nov. 18
Today I am thankful for my fun magazines- Eating Well and Cooking Light

I used to have 4 or 5 magazine subscriptions. The only ones I ever really read cover-to-cover were these two cooking magazines. And then I read something by Coach Nicole, and I'm not sure what it was as it was such a long time ago (whether a blog or status update or article written by her, I'm not sure!) that said something about having subscriptions to magazines that don't necessarily make you feel good about yourself or even your journey. The other two magazines I subscribed to were Women's Health and Shape... Actually there was a third one called Bust that was very indie/feminist- that one was good, just REALLY expensive. Those two magazines always show some ultra-skinny celebrity on the cover in a bikini. Granted they tie in how those celebs supposedly keep that figure by interviewing them about their diet and exercise regimen. The reality is, knowing what I know about nutrition and exercise, is that there has to be something else, something unhealthy, going on for them to THAT thin and still eat the way they supposedly do. So, I finally ditched those. I'm still getting Women's Health as my subscription hasn't run out yet, but my Shape subscription did and I didn't renew. So, I'll stick with my cooking magazines. I always like them around to generate ideas. I rarely follow their recipes to a T unless it's something that looks incredible as-is or is a baked good, 'cause I'm not so good at baking. They always talk about ethnic cuisines or places to go for good food in a certain city. They'll feature vegetables or fruits in several recipes to show outside-the-recipe-card thinking. I like that. Thanks magazines, for existing!

Day 19, Nov. 19th
Today I am thankful for GOOD BOOKS!

I am, or used to be, an avid reader. College tends to take up a lot of time normally spent on "fun" reading... replaces it with boring readings about the Mongolian expansion in the Orient or the long-winded writings of Immanuel Kant. I read a lot of fiction. I guess I'd rather use my reading as entertainment than as always learning about something. Sometimes the brain needs a rest! I really like reading Stephen King. He's wordy, so it takes a while to read something of his. And, recently, a book of his I've been waiting for was finally released in paperback. It's part of his Dark Tower series, which is one of the best series I've read. It's not scary, or horror, like he usually writes. It's more fantasy. And it's really good. So, I'm anxious to get a hold of that book and start reading! I'm also a classic lit type person. I stocked up when Borders went out of business (got about 40 books!) and the majority are classics- Frankenstein, Dracula, Siddhartha, Journey to the Center of the Earth- to name a few. I've never read the Harry Potter series (the shame!) and would like to, so I'll be gearing up to do that in the near future. So, I have the books to read or a to-read list. I just need to remember to carve out some fun time to do it.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/22/2012 7:17AM

    I love magazines and books! Reading is what keeps me going being shut in alot!
Love Tara French, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Lee Child, Jonathan Kellerman and so many others (Maeve Binchy and Elizabeth Berg)!!!!

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/20/2012 12:52PM

    I used to subscribe to subscribe to Bon Appetit. great magazine. I'd occasionally pick up a copy of Gourmet. another great cooking mag. Of course, neither or them are in business anymore ! boo... My brother used to get Cook's Illustrated. These days, I just watch America's Test Kitchen on PBS. I love the PBS cooking shows.

And I hate to say it, but I bought more than my fair share of books when Borders went out too. It felt like I was picking over a carcass like a vulture. great deals, but I'm always sad when a bookstore goes out of business.

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 17

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Day 17, Nov. 17
Today I am thankful for my little "niece".

I had a wonderful visit with the cutest little bundle of joy! It was nice to spend time with her just me, her mommy, and baby. I hemmed a pair of pants for my friend (yay, my first bite since posting my flyers!) and we spent a good deal of the afternoon together just catching up and enjoying the company of everyone. Even kitty came and joined in on the action. I simply love that little girl. She's truly a blessing.

During yesterday's visit. (Approx. 5 mos)

Just a few weeks after she was born.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/22/2012 7:21AM

    Adorable...both of you!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 11/19/2012 12:54PM

    Awww a very nice auntie and neice photo. Don't think I have any photos of me and my neice and nephew. Sad!! Now they are grown! Your neice is adorable and you are looking great too!!

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/18/2012 3:21PM

    Now that is a happy baby !! too cute.


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DIANER2014 11/18/2012 1:42PM

    She's adorable! emoticon

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ABB698 11/18/2012 1:37PM

    aww, she's a doll! And woo hoo for the business from the flyer!!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/18/2012 12:15PM

    What a cutie!

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/18/2012 9:08AM

    Aww she's so cute! I love babies, they're just adorable.

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TCANNO 11/18/2012 4:52AM

    She is lovely

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 15 & 16

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I'll post 17 tonight. It's been a very busy few days. I'm trying to get all my homework and household stuff done this week because I'm heading to my parent's house for the holiday on Sunday. I'll be spending a whole week with my family, including a sober mom! Yay!

Day 15, Nov. 15
Today I am thankful for jackets.

Some women obsess over shoes. Some over purses. Some over shades of red nail polish. I obsess over jackets. Sad, really, since I live in Southern California, the land of no seasons (particularly winter). But, I sure do love a good coat. I have several that I wear on the regular, and a few I keep put away (mostly because I haven't fit into them in some time). I regularly wear the big green trench-like coat, fuzzy leopard print, and green corduroy sport coat. I keep my letterman's jacket put away (I lettered in the performing arts academy I was in, as well as played powder puff football one year), the tan/orangey suede coat [top right] stays packed away- hence all the wrinkles- and my long red jacket that I got from a thrift shop stays in storage as well. Its some sort of polyester fabric that I'm pretty sure was once paired with an equally vintage leisure suit. I have more jackets than this, these are just the highlights. And certainly don't include the hoodies! I do need a peacoat to round out my collection.

Jackets... I love you.

Day 16, Nov. 16
Today I am thankful for the non-meat proteins of garbanzo beans and lentils.

I am allergic to beans. Well, all the ones that seem to fall into the kidney shaped realm anyway- kidney, black, pinto, navy, cannelini... Sad. Somehow, though, my body seems to be okay with garbanzo beans and lentils. Also, I do fine with nuts, so it's not a full-blown legume allergy. Maybe it's more of a food intolerance. Anyway, I'm glad I have these options when Meatless Monday comes around or I'm just down to watch my cholesterol intake. I use these puppies quite a bit (which is why I keep so many lentils in my pantry) and I always have no less than 2 cans of garbanzos.

Thanks you two for not killing me when I eat you.

Homemade kalamata olive and artichoke hummus

Cooked lentils to go in my Vegan Lentil Chili

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/22/2012 7:23AM

    LOL... hey, there is nothing wrong with this collection!
Love the food...and meatless Monday!
Enjoy time with. Your Mom!

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RORYLYONS 11/17/2012 5:13PM

    I love my jackets too....Been busy cleaning the house for the visiting family expected this week...Have a Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/17/2012 1:37PM

    I really enjoy blazers. I understand your love of jackets. (smiling)

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 14

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Day 14, Nov. 14
Today I am thankful for my good health.

Yes, I've been sick for the last few weeks, although feeling tons better lately. Still with some runny nose issues, but really, feeling much more normal. Plus, it's not like I have anything seriously wrong with me. I'm not malnourished, no cancer, no heart disease, no terminal or debilitating illness of any sort. For all intents and purposes, I am healthy. I feel great being healthy. I have a life I am able to live because I am healthy. So, I am certainly thankful for my good health. Because there are a lot of people out there that aren't healthy.

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DIANER2014 11/16/2012 8:09PM

    Good for you! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/15/2012 8:19AM

    Good for you! Yes, I never take my good health for granted. It's truly a gift. Have a wonderful day.

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LANAHAUTH21 11/14/2012 11:57PM

  It does feel good to be healthy.

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 12 & 13

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Yeah, it's a two-fer today. I was so tired yesterday that when I took my sleeping pill before bed, I passed out in 10 minutes! Needless to say, I was unable to post a blog in my sleep. Next time, I'll work on it.

Day 12, Nov. 12
Today I am thankful for my feetie pajamas.

They were a birthday present from my mom last year. And they. are. awesome! They're so warm and comfortable. And so totally me! They're green with shamrocks all over. Polar fleece. And the coolest thing you ever did see. Since I was sick on Halloween and unable to dress up, but still had to pass out candy, I wore my onesie. Everyone that came to my door to take my candy loved it. My cousins are jealous of it. I just think it's the bees knees. For reals.


Day 13, Nov. 13
Today I am thankful for the television show Futurama.

I am a huge, rabid fan of this show. I remember watching it when it first aired way back in the day, when I was still in high school. I remember being very disappointed when it was canceled. Then, when He-'mate and I first moved in together 3 years ago at our apartment, we were wandering around a Fry's and found ourselves in the DVD section. He came across the complete series (it's split up into 4 volumes of the old stuff). I had to nudge him toward buying it, but really, it didn't take much convincing. It was a decision he never regretted. We watched that show rabidly until Netflix made it available for instant streaming. Then, our rabidness turned into downright obsession. I'm pretty sure that's all we watched for a solid month or two. I still watch that show almost every night. We were beyond thrilled when it was decided to bring the series back to life after 10 years. We've been faithful watchers of the new stuff, too. And it's always my favorite panel to sit through at Comic-Con. I met and shook the hands of Matt Groening, the creator, and David X. Cohen, a writer/producer for the show. It was like meeting a rock star for me! So, thank you Futurama for the mindless entertainment and escape. It is appreciated!

Futurama brain slug slowly eating away my intelligence with David X. Cohen, his son, and He-'mate.

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MOWINELADY 11/14/2012 10:29AM

    Love the PJs

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/14/2012 8:35AM

    Yes, feeties are so warm and wonderful. Enjoy!

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LEANJEAN6 11/14/2012 6:16AM

    You look so cute in the PJ's---Great blog--Lynda emoticon

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