Wednesday, December 22, 2010
We had a scary day yesterday when my son dropped a cup out of the cabinet that was made of glass and cut his hand two times, but he is okay and the cuts aren't deep enough for stitches or anything. I think he tried to catch it and apparently caught it after it broke. Yikes!
Another scary thing was a local Charlotte, NC news station that I had the tv turned on to went blank (I was on the internet at the time with the tv running in the background) and it stayed black for a few minutes so I turned the channel only to find out that the news station was black because some lady walked into the news studio with a gun so the employees had to leave immediately and reach safety. Everyone is okay and they arrested the lady (who didn't shoot anyone and thankfully no one was hurt), but wow, what a crazy, scary day!!!
The countdown for Christmas is on, wow, only 3 days until the big day! The kids are going to a cute holiday decoration class at the local library this week that is completely free (awesome). I love our little local library, as small as it is. Everyone knows you by name and it makes you feel like a part of a community when you go there.
I still haven't done any holiday baking at all, but no shock, my husband baked a cake last night and made homemade cream cheese frosting since we don't have any. Thank goodness regular cake is not my weakness or I'd be in trouble since that's his favorite (because it's easy and foolproof, LOL) dessert to make.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I got groceries for the last time (I hope) before Christmas yesterday and also stopped by Old Navy and found myself some cute long-sleeved shirt hoodies and a sweater. They were all on sale (of course, LOL) and I had a coupon, so while it wasn't as cheap as going to the thrift store, it was faster and less crowded and much closer to home. Old Navy items (shirts anyway) must run pretty big because I ended up with small and extra small in the items I bought. I know I'm not that small so it has to be the way they are made. I've never really shopped at that store much in the past (except for my son) so it was a new experience for me.
I picked up a few grocery things for the family at Wal-Mart including some fattening egg nog for my husband and son, but also found a few new things to eat for me this week. I found some Ruth's (I think it's a southern brand) 50% Less Fat pimento cheese that tastes pretty yummy and I don't even eat the full 2 tbsp. serving. I love cheese so much, but have to limit how much I eat to stay within calories, so this was nice to rediscover.
I didn't find too much more as far as new items for me to try because it was pretty busy there at the store and I just wanted to get out of there and back home. I'm on the lookout though and keep looking at the emails that Hungry Girl sends me to see new products that I might be interested in trying to make my food intake a little "jazzier", LOL.
I woke up around 2:30 am this morning because my husband kept opening the doors and going outside to look for the lunar eclipse, but we weren't able to see it because it was so cloudy, which is a bummer.
I can't believe it is only 4 days til Christmas, where has the time gone? It's crazy how fast this month went and it seems like it was only just Thanksgiving. I'm a little excited because they are mentioning that we "might" get a little bit of snow or something similar on Christmas day although I'm sure it will probably only be for those in the North Carolina mountains, but I can dream of a white Christmas. :-)
Monday, December 20, 2010
Today my husband is on vacation (yippee!!!) and I may run to a few clothes stores to see if they have any good long-sleeved shirts that can keep me warmer than I'm being kept right now. We're keeping our heat on pretty high (I really hate to see our bill) and I'm having to wear a long-sleeved shirt and a coat to stay warm inside. I even broke out one of the electric blankets I bought last year at Black Friday sales and that has helped, but I can't carry it around with me outside. :-)
I bought a few long-sleeved shirts at the thrift store throughout the year, but not as many as I did short-sleeved so I feel the need to reward myself with some new ones. Hopefully I'll be lucky and find the perfect ones and at a great price too.
I may look for some new "low calorie" foods or drinks today as well. I'm really not bored with what I normally eat, but since it's the Christmas season I want to buy or make something for "me" that I can eat that isn't crazy in calories.
I found a recipe for the corn chowder soup that we ate 3 years ago (before I was watching what I eat and watching my weight) from a famous restaurant in the Pigeon Forge area and think I will make that for everyone on Christmas Eve. Since they will be having that yummy soup, I want to find something that I can eat at the same time that won't cause me to feel deprived or left out.
I think something "new" will fit the bill, but don't have a clue what it will be yet. Any suggestions on "low-calorie" foods or recipes that you like to make and enjoy eating? I'm not a huge sweets fan, so not really looking for those type of things although I do enjoy the diet hot chocolate (25 calories) that I bought to warm me up when I'm freezing. I'm more of a savory-food lover and am perfectly happy with fruit or things like that for dessert, so if you have some savory type food that you love and can suggest, please let me know.
Just so you know my taste buds, LOL, I regularly eat hummus (Trader Joe's fan), black bean and corn salsa, chicken sausage, Greek yogurt, almonds, egg whites, veggies, fruit, whole wheat bread products, natural peanut butter & occasionally almond butter, Laughing Cow cheese & other cheeses, fish, cinnamon almonds, Triscuits, etc.
I'm not big into apple cider either so haven't bought the diet apple cider I've seen in the stores. I may try the soy eggnog I saw in the store the other day, but don't know if it tastes good or not. Has anyone had that?
Any suggestions are appreciated! Merry Christmas to everyone!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
They are predicting a sleet/snow flurry and later changing to rain weather system coming through later today. I don't think it's cold enough (except late at night) for it stick so don't think it will be an issue, but I am excited even if it doesn't stick to have a chance of snow before Christmas.
I officially got the last Christmas gift for my kids yesterday (earrings for my daughter) so I'm relieved that I'm done. We got them at Kohl's 60% off and I had some Kohl Kash that I had to use before Monday so they ended up being very cheap. There was no way I was going to Kohl's this weekend with today being the busiest shopping day other than Black Friday so it had to be yesterday that I got it done and especially since we were already in the area at our orthodontist's office visit. I'm glad to say that his orthodontist said that my son was doing great with his braces and brushing so my husband (who is the one who helps him with flossing) was happy to receive that news as well.
Black Friday was enough of a mob for me, and I prefer not being trampled especially since I'm done and have everything that my husband and I planned on. I can't tell you how happy I am that it's officially complete and I don't have to keep waiting on a good price for something that I have on our list. I've saved a pretty good amount of money on the things we've purchased other than one gift my husband bought for my son that is the same price regardless of where you purchase it.
I've been trying to cook more lately even though I haven't had a lot of energy and the family is thankful for that since they've been eating a lot of convenience foods lately (soup in the can, sandwiches, etc.). I haven't cooked any Christmas cookies yet which feels sort of strange in a way because that is what "everyone" does, but I plan to make home made pumpkin pie (I'll try to lower the fat for me and the family) and other items for Christmas day so I figure that's enough sweets, especially since my husband is known to cook cakes, etc. when I don't have anything sweet available.
It drives me nuts because he complains if I make sweets, but if I don't make them he makes them instead. My son is trying to lose some weight because his pants are getting tight on him (he gains in his tummy) and I keep trying to help him and told him to start small by just drinking more water than he does and to cut down on sweets. I buy lots of fresh fruit (whatever we like that is in season and not terribly expensive) and luckily he is a pretty big fruit lover although he doesn't believe fruit is a dessert, LOL.
I'm so thankful that my children are able to celebrate Christmas without guilt and with joy and hopefully will have great memories of Christmas's past. I hope it is something that they can share with their families when they are old enough to have them and they can relate the Christmas traditions they enjoyed as children to their own children.
It is so weird for my husband to ask me sometimes about Christmas when I was little because he even forgets sometimes that we didn't get to celebrate it. The kids do the same thing as well as friends who know I didn't get to celebrate, but I guess we get so wrapped up in the season that we assume everyone enjoyed the great excitement as a kid. I can see the excitement on my children's faces and sort of feel what it would be like, and it's important to me that it's something they appreciate and enjoy and don't take for granted although I'm sure they do.
I'm going to enjoy the last week before Christmas and slow down and savor the holiday season. I'm going to take in the great smells (evergreen, cool brisk mornings, spices, etc.) and try to make each day full of the holiday spirit of love and peace. I wish the same to all my Spark friends!!!
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