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30 Days of Thankful- Day 27

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day 27, Nov. 27th
Today I am thankful for reusable water bottles

I totally forgot my favorite water bottle when I went home for Thanksgiving. It was pretty awful. I felt so lost and thirsty without it! I take a full water bottle with me everywhere. Currently my favorite bottle is a green, double-walled insulated Camelback. I like it because it doesn't leak at all. You have to bite the mouth piece to suck out the water, which means I can use it on the treadmill or while walking and not worry about spilling water all down my front. I'm not coordinated enough to be able to drink and walk simultaneously. I always have to stop. But, with this bottle, I can easily drink and not miss my stride. WOO! Plus, I'm always carrying it in my hands, so I'm always reminded to drink water from it. Double WOO! I do have some stainless steel bottles that I like, too. They were my first loves. I have one from my specific college at UCSD (Eleanor Roosevelt, WHAT!) and a purple one that has a sort of wide mouth, which I like. Bottom line, I'm never without a water bottle where ever I go (except, of course, when I walk out the door without it for a week away to. the. desert!) I hate buying bottled water and having all that plastic waste. If I do that, I reuse my bottles until they are practically falling apart and withering away. But, the green-conscious hippy inside me screams in pain when I go disposable bottle.

Lou digs my purple water bottle with the wide mouth.

My fave bottle. Rawr.

  
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MOWINELADY 11/28/2012 11:39AM

    Thanks for the insight into the different water bottles. I also have some water bottles that I like to use.

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JSALERNO 11/28/2012 6:31AM

    SWEET

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/28/2012 5:08AM

    Hey my Friend!
There are a couple things in my life I want to accomplish...being a vegetarian (I am not a big meat eater and can do a day a week, like yesterday) but I do like meat, but have a conscience about it and am going to continue to make it a goal! Also, to be more green...like the water bottle! And now they have made the bottles so thin (I know, it is better) but they make so much noise, it should help me to change! Can you tell me your brand of your green one? Looks good! Like the non leak aspect!
Thanks for the motivation on changing the bottle!
Love,
Mary
P.S. Love your blue nails and that vacation Kitty Face!

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 26

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Day 26, Nov. 26th
Today I am thankful for cocoa butter

Particularly that jar of super rich, thick Palmer's Cocoa Butter. Thanks to practicum and the ridiculous amount of time I spend in the kitchen at home, I wash my hands upwards of a dozen times a day (usually more). That takes it's toll on my poor hands. Not too long ago I couldn't even go into the kitchen at my facility because my hands were so dry they were peeling all over the place. Kinda gross, so I was told to stay out so none of my dry hand flakes would find it's way into some poor soul's pureed ham. Gross. Both my skin and the pureed ham. Anyway, I switched all the hand soaps at home with aloe moisturizing ones, but it wasn't enough. There wasn't enough hand lotion in the world to get my hands back to normal. So, I had to pull out the big guns. Cocoa butter! It helps my hands sooooooooo much! I used to have a set of cotton gloves to wear with lotion overnight, but those seem to have gotten lost between my first apartment and here. I'll have to look for another pair. In the meantime, slathering on the thick creme helps each night. Thank goodness there's something out there without water as it's first ingredient! (Useless hand lotion is mostly water!)

I should be a hand model... a peely skin hand model.

  
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DIANER2014 11/27/2012 10:20PM

    Great choice! That's the only thing that works for me.

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MOWINELADY 11/27/2012 9:52AM

    Thanks for the info on the cocoa butter.

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JACKIE542 11/27/2012 9:24AM

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TOGEMON 11/27/2012 9:09AM

    Ooh I should try this... I like shea butter but haven't tried cocoa butter.

I didn't know that most lotions were mostly water! That explains why I don't like most of them... they're too runny. The only kind I've found that I really like is a shea butter and oatmeal one.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/27/2012 4:19AM

    I will have to give this a try as I have dry skin everywhere!
But on my face the only thing that helped return my skin to normal was
Lubriderm Intensive Repair!
Love & Hugs,
Mary


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JBINAUSTIN 11/27/2012 1:38AM

    Yikes, another fear for my old age--dry skin flakes in my puréed ham. Or, for that matter, puréed anything.

Glad you found something that works. I've never tried straight cocoa butter. A friend gave me 100% shea butter for my scaly winter skin and that worked well too.

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 23, 24, 25

Monday, November 26, 2012

So, now that I'm back in San Diego, I should be able to do this on the regular. In the meantime, here are the three I'm behind on.

Day 23, Nov. 23rd
Today I am thankful for Target stores.

Yes, I am. Especially because I know the merchandise runs pretty much across the board at each store. Something that's pretty important to me when I go to a Target store. I need to have access to the same products I'm used to getting no matter where the Target store is that I happen to be at that time. I'm not entirely sure I'm making sense, but at least I know what I'm talking about. Not to mention I just love the way their stores are arranged and what sorts of things they carry. I wish they had a sewing section like Wal-Mart... other than that, Target is my favorite "all-purpose" store to shop.

My last shopping trip to Target resulted in me carrying around an adorable sleepy toddler!

Day 24, Nov 24th
Today I am thankful for naps

And boy did I need one. Staying up late and waking up early to help with family business is exhausting. I never really felt like I was resting or recuperating during my break for Thanksgiving. On Saturday, I woke up early for no reason and couldn't fall back asleep. So, I did some chores around the kitchen while everyone was asleep. Then, I called my grandmother to see if she wanted to go to lunch or walk around a mall or something. We ended up doing both. By 4pm, I was wandering through the mall with my eyelids at half-mast. I was wondering if I'd just fall asleep standing there. Luckily, my granny was getting tired, too, so we left. I sat down with my mom for a moment and realized I wasn't going to make it. So, I went to take a nap. I woke up feeling so much better! Made some dinner for the fam bam and called it a night. I fell asleep only an hour later than I had been all week. Woo!

I did miss having a shiny beast to snuggle with.

Day 25, Nov 25th
Today I am thankful for other people's wheels

Particularly since I don't have any of my own. I am doubly thankful for when I can borrow their wheels. But, in this week's instance, I'm grateful my granny and aunt where willing to drive to San Diego to come pick me up and then do it again 1 week later to drop me off. The fact that my granny has a fuel efficient, shiny new vehicle is particularly helpful since its almost 2 hours of driving time through a mountain range, most of it heading uphill to get to San Diego from my humble little hometown. That's a 4 hour drive in one day of winding mountainous roads. I'm thankful they have the wheels to do it (and more thankful that they're willing to help me out!)

My granny's old wheels. Not so good for getting up and down mountains. I don't have a photo of her new ride.

  
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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/26/2012 11:47AM

    I love Target, too! Except I always buy more things that I really "need"!

It sounds like you were a great help to your family and I'm sure they are very thankful for you!

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SMILINGTREE 11/26/2012 9:17AM

    Even though it sounds like it was a tiring "break" it also sounds like you had some good times. Hope all is well this week, and you continue to see the good stuff (it always makes me feel better).

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/26/2012 8:56AM

    Where is your hometown, in the Coachella Valley? Nice pics. Thanks for sharing.

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JSALERNO 11/26/2012 4:43AM

    emoticon TARGET

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/26/2012 4:42AM

    Those are great things to be thankful for...
Enjoying these blogs!
Have a great week, Jilly!
Love & Hugs,
Mary

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 21 & 22

Friday, November 23, 2012

Of course the holiday this week has made keeping up with this blog series difficult, but I'm still kickin' it. Plus, being at my parent's for the week...

Day 21, Nov. 21st
Today I am thankful for pumpkin

Like most folks around this time, I am crazy for pumpkin! It just tastes like fall. It tastes like cooler weather, bonfires, orange and red leaves, and comfort. I've been gaga over pumpkin and pumpkin products. I bought a pumpkin spice creamer for my coffee, but found I like it better in plain black hot tea. So delicious! Then, Thomas brand bagels makes a pumpkin spice bagel (claims there's REAL pumpkin in it, but who really knows...) that are soooooo delicious with a smear of neufchatel cream cheese and some homemade apple butter. Yum! And, of course, all the wonderful things that can be made with pumpkin puree- muffins, cakes, pancakes or waffles, gratins, etc. For this Thanksgiving I made pumpkin whoopie pies. They're always a hit with my family and oh so delicious! I filled them with a vanilla bean cream cheese filling. Oh, pumpkin, you are so amazing!


Day 22, Nov. 22nd
Today I am thankful for my family

That includes my extended family. I don't have a pic because we take yearly family portraits at Christmas. But, I love my family! We always have so much fun when we get together. I was very lucky to be raised close to my cousins, so when we're all in the same room, we never stop laughing and joking and having a great time. My life is always so crazy and I'm always so laid back, I always have some insane story to tell at Thanksgiving. This year I regaled them with the story of the raccoon that stole my cat food. We just laughed for hours last night. I'm surprised we were actually able to eat anything! Seems like we never shut up. Obviously our celebrations are formally informal. We serve food buffet style, but we all sit down at one long table, say grace, and eat together. Quite impressive because there is usually more than 20 of us at dinner! It's loud and warm and so much fun having my family. This year we were blessed to have some new faces, and bummed that some regulars weren't present. My uncle and his family decided to change things up this holiday, so they didn't come to dinner. That's 8 people less than normal. But, my sister-in-law's family joined us, as well as my brother's girlfriend, my cousin's girlfriend, and my best friend (but, she's a regular anyway!). So, we still had a full house. My cousins came up with a wonderful idea for this holiday, and that's what I took a pic of for this blog. I'm thankful as all hell for my wonderful family.

Most of these say they're grateful for family and friends. I was thankful for "Your" Mother and Angry Smiles (inside joke). Someone was thankful for my delicious food. I didn't recognize the handwriting, so I don't know who that was! My brother was thankful for my other brother's beard. It was a fun way to start the night.

  
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JSALERNO 11/24/2012 5:11AM

    I LOVE PUMPKIN

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/23/2012 10:54PM

    Just beautiful! Brought back some memories for me of family gatherings!
You are blessed!
Love you!
Hugs,
Mary

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 20

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Day 20, Nov. 20th
Today I am thankful for Hostess brand snack cakes.

I know. They're really terrible for you. Full of terrible ingredients, most of which aren't even pronounceable. They're full of fat. Sugar. Hydrogenated oils. Some even have beef fat. I get it. The thing is Hostess cakes (especially for me the Twinkie and the Ding Dong) are childhood nostalgia in a plastic or foil wrapper. And it's not like I ate them all the time. I did go through an odd period of time where I kept a box of Twinkies at my desk at work in case I needed a fix in the afternoon. Took me forever and a half to go through a whole box. I always enjoyed the hockey puck shaped foil wrapped Ding Dong in my lunch as a kid. It was a rare treat, but a fun one. So, it is disappointing that another company has fallen victim to the times. Hostess is an American icon. Its sad to see it go.

My Hostess stash after doing a Hostess run the day it was announced they'd be shutting their doors. THIS IS NOT ALL MINE! My portion is the top (none of the boxes) and only one of the donettes bags. No, I'm not selling any of these. Freezing them or handing them out to my family.

If you want to continue reading this, I actually have a pretty amusing story about Twinkies. Before stashing them in my desk, I'd stash them in my room at home. I was probably about 19 years old... Well, one day my mom caught one of my beasts, rest his soul, trying to bust into the box of Twinkies in my room. She shooed him off and thought nothing of it. A short time later, she was coming home from running errands or picking up my brothers or something. I was at work or school. There was a random, lone Twinkie sitting in the middle of the floor in the middle of the living room. Mom, quite understandably, was confused by this. So, she approached the Twinkie and picked it up to inspect it. In one of the rounded Twinkie corners, there appeared to have been some sort of small explosion. The wrapper was frayed and there was a little chunk of snack cake missing from that side. It looked like a tiny bomb had gone off and blown out the corner. It was hilarious! The beast, Mart, had finally broken into that Twinkie box, helped himself to a cake, chewed his way through the wrapper, sampled it, and decided he didn't want it after all.

It was this beast! Mr. Thanks-for-the-clean-basket-of-laundry-for
-me-to-sleep-in. He was a good cat, though. Been gone for 4 years. I'll never forget that Twinkie.

  
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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/22/2012 7:19AM

    Oh, it is just shocking....
You needed stash!
Love the kitty story!
Hugs,
Mary

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JBINAUSTIN 11/21/2012 12:14PM

    My husband is a big Hostess fan. He stocks up on SnoBalls whenever he finds them. Halloween is orange SnoBall time!

My cats like the cream filling in SnoBalls and cupcakes. They're not allowed to have chocolate but they want that too.

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JSALERNO 11/21/2012 5:49AM

    I HAVEN'T EATEN A HOSTESS PRODUCT SINCE I WAS A KID. I ALWAYS LIKED LITTLE DEBBIE'S BETTER.

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