Saturday, May 24, 2014
So, I wanted my kids (and myself) to enjoy a really cool celestial spectacle...meteor shower. Last night was supposed to be a really spectacular shower of meteors from about 2am to 4am in the US. So, we camped out in the back yard. Roasted marshmallows. We star gazed for a pretty long time and then the kids and I got tired. We went to sleep about 11pm. My husband set the alarm for 2:30am. So, I woke up, went inside and made a cup of coffee and laid on the chaise lounge in the back yard. It was so peaceful. Until the nocturnal half of nature woke up. Good gracious, I just wanted to yell, "Shut up!" to whatever animals were rummaging through the woods, croaking, etc. A bird was screaming something about a "ground round" and then the owls started...actually the owls are pretty cool. It was insane. I was wondering, "How in the world is my family asleep right now?"
So, I toughed it out for about 2 hours and 2 cups of coffee. I saw a measly 4 meteors and what I guess were 2 satellites. The meteors were really bright and lasted about 3 seconds each...like the beginning of a fire cracker before it explodes. But 2 hours and 4 meteors?!
When my husband and i were dating, we were driving in the middle of the night, I guess. All of a sudden, there were a ton of falling stars...we thought it was the end of the world. I called my older sister, she knows everything. She seemed irritated with my idiocy and sighed, "It's a meteor shower." Oh...yay! Not the end of the world. But, I really wanted my kids to see that kind of meteor shower last night. Maybe some other time.
It was very peaceful. But like I said, when nature got way too loud, I got my kids inside so they could sleep very late...which we all did.
Friday, May 23, 2014
I was looking at the different food pyramids in different cultures with a student and we were noticing the difference between the different countries and the importance that they put on different food groups. Then I stumbled upon this website (which I have seen before), but I never noticed the recipes on the site. They all look pretty good.
The recipes also don't look that hard. There are also pictures that help with deciding if you want to make that food. Who knew the government had good recipes? hehe
Friday, April 04, 2014
Woke up in the middle of the night in a panic. I had a dream that I was leaving the grocery store and a man asked if he could help me in the parking lot. I had a bad feeling and ran to my car and got in and locked the door while he chased me. When I woke up my whole body was flooded with stress hormones...I could feel it just take over and wash over my entire body. Since it was a fight or flight type of situation, and I was lying in bed, I realized that it can't be that great for my body at all. I felt lousy. I was awake for a long time after that. I wasn't afraid or anything, I know it came from watching Ringer the night before. But ouch, that was a pain.
Happy things at night before bed. I used to read the Mitford books...they were so boring and not scary or stressful, but just happy. Very good going to sleep books. (Oh, and I mean boring in a good way...no stress, no real sadness, anger, etc, just pretty upbeat and even keel.
Hope i sleep better tonight.
Friday, February 21, 2014
A little blah today (for two weeks, I guess). It happens. I'm fine. I am trying to slow down on the caffeine (so mostly decaf now...only residual caffeine in my coffee at this point...this is to keep my self from losing bladder control when I run...sounds disgusting, but I figured this out the hard way...caffeine really messes with a person's bladder). So, I guess that's kind of good, but I am so tired.
I am moving to a more vegan diet...not entirely...and I am not forcing my kids to do this. My son loves his spinach/onion sausage and other son loves his egg/turkey bacon bagel. But, I am eating way more oatmeal, veggies, fruit, grains, beans, lentils. It's really a cheaper way to eat...I thought eating this way would be expensive, but meat, cheese and junk is pretty expensive. I am using up everything in my kitchen, however. I am not one of those that throws everything out to start fresh, because I don't know how this will turn out anyway. But so far, I'm tired.
I missed a week and a half of running because of bad weather and then just exhaustion. I did try and run earlier in the week and I was miserable. I was up to week 6 and now I feel like I have to start over at week 1.
Went to a botanical garden yesterday and walked for about 4 hours (slowly most of the time) and was fine. But running seems to be eluding me.
Oh and by the way, if you like Nutter Butter cookies, I found that if you take lite Wasa crackers (the kind with no holes), and add peanut butter and maybe a little honey, it taste like one of those cookies. Delish!
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Last night I watched the Biggest Loser and the preOlympic show. I love these things and the superbowl (which was kind of a let down) was just this week too. So many sports and health shows packed into one week. So, you might find it strange that I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies to watch these things (well, last night I did). I mean, serious cookies...butter.
The uh ohs are that I ate way too many and this morning it feels like a rock on my guts and I am so tired because i was wired last night.
The other uh oh was that when the winner walked out, I felt let down...she looked anorexic. I hate judging people, but 105 pounds?! Seriously?! She won with a possible illness? I stayed up late because I really wanted to see how she had progressed...she looked great at the end of the show...she should have stayed that weight. I felt cheated somehow and sad when I went to bed. Don't mean to put that much stock in this show, but I like watching most of these people change their lives for the better...like Tumi...she looked awesome!!!
Another uh oh...I stayed up until 1...I have to stop doing this. I am so tired and I am supposed to run week 5, day 2 of the Couch to 5k which is 8 minutes of running two times with a walking break. By Friday, I have to run 20 minutes of running with no breaks. Ugh. I find it hard to jog too slowly right now...I started running with a friend and she runs fast. We have since gone our own ways (because she runs inside and I run outside) but I still have that faster pace in my mind.
Anyway, I am going to hate it today, because I can't eat (too tired and icky guts from cookies) and I'm tired. I've done the other runs with exhaustion. I told my mom I will be dangerous if I can get enough sleep, eat more often and drink plenty of water.
The yay is that even though I had the cookies, I really didn't binge. I can't call it that...well, I can't. I ate about 4, maybe 5 and I actually threw the rest away this morning. My husband doesn't eat much sweets and my kids can't have gluten...so, they're gone.
I need to be more disciplined about sleep and eating more often and cutting out caffeine...then I will truly FEEL better.
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