Tuesday, August 25, 2009
It's late Monday night, I've taken my shower, washed my hair and sitting in front of the computer wondering where did my week go?! It's like 7 days just flew by.
The good: I had a lot of fun this past week w/family & friends, picking figs & vegies, working in my gardens, making 'pico-de-gallo' w/fresh tomatoes & jalapenos; cooking zucchini-fig bread, fussing w/my pop; having a cookout on Sunday. I made a new friend w/the Ca. Native Plant Society. I got the back patio section of house painted. My beater truck is back from the mechanic (this time for good -for a while I hope.)
The bad: I consumed way more calories than I should have. I was over on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & now today. Bread, burgers, chips-n-salsa (fresh -from my vegie garden!), gin & tonics, margaritas, Sierra Nevada beer & apple pie & ice cream were part of many of the things I consumed.
The ugly: I don't even want to post what the scale said tonight (it was not pretty). My uncle was kiiled in auto accident this past Tuesday & this has brought up a variety of very sad memories and problems involving a cousin of mine that I love a lot, but who is deeply troubled and is continuing to trouble family & me in the most sad bizarre ways. I am at a loss of what to do about this situation; and have obviously been preoccupied w/worrying about this more than I realized.
In fact kind of bummed just thinking about it again as I write.
Monday, August 17, 2009
The fig tree in my neighbor-girlfriends back yard is on its 2nd round of fig production, so she & my pop & I picked figs until we ran out of buckets. We came home with 5 1-gallon ice cream buckets full of figs.
I love to wash them and stick them in the frig for cool sweet snack, treat or desert on hot summer days. They are delicious! I actually ate 17 figs for breakfast this morning, and when another friend came by I sent him home with a bag of figs. I didn't track any of the figs I've been eating until this morning; and found out 1 medium size fig is about 35 calories; so my figgy breakfast of 17 figs cumulated to 629 calories worth of figs. So I have decided it's official - I am a fig pig.
I've decided now that I need to find some fig recipes so I can bake up some fig goodies and possibly freeze for future treats. Anyway, I need fig recipes now!
Friday, August 14, 2009
We had a great walk in Land Park this morning. EVASOMA, and friends Christin & Allison joined us at the zoo.
When we headed north we saw that there were about 15 people up on the amphitheater stage doing tai-chi. As we chatted we realized that we were all interested in tai-chi, so we made a detour over to the amphitheater & met up with the instructor Janny Wu. She is now out here every Monday, Thursday & Friday morning. Her web site is: www.Yang24Taichi.com. I don't have time right now, but I will be investigating her site and am wondering if any SparkPeeps are currently involved in TaiChi in Sacramento area?
EVASOMA & Christine also told me that they get out and walk Land Park around 8:30 am on Monday & Thursday mornings too. So I've updated the SacramentoSparkles general discussion topic "Walking in Sacramento" to note this, so if Mon/Thurs mornings might fit into your schedule better - please think about contacting them.
EVASOMA & Christine also are thinking about possibly getting together for a Spark Horror Movie fest in October, so if that's something you might be interested in helping them with please Spark Mail them ASAP.
Back to Land Park: we also noted an increased number of people walking in the park. It was so lovely, to see other smiling faces at the park; exchange 'good mornings'; it was just refreshing to just rub shoulders with so many super people: older, younger, mom's w/strollers, joggers, runners, and dog walkers too!
All I can say is get out and walk in a park near you!
Ta-Ta for now.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, I connected w/Sacramento Spark peeps SMASHY1 & SHASTA11 for early (11am) lunch at the Panera Bread restaurant (3328 El Camino Ave.). First and foremost we wanted to meet each other in person, and wanted to provide other local Sacramento Spark folks and opportunity to join us. Secondly, we wanted to check out Panera Bread's menu, ambiance and service for future meet ups.
Panera Bread restaurants does have menu nutritional information* on the web for viewing/downloading. SHASTA11 took the time to print out copies for all of us to review/use for our lunch selections. I was happy to find the 'Half Strawberry Poppyseed" hand tossed salad (only 80 calories & 3 g of fat) and the "Half Asiago Roast Beef on Asiago Cheese" signature sandwich (only 360 cal. & 16 g of fat). I also noted that they had 2 nice vegetarian sandwich options (the 'Tomato & Mozzarella on Ciabatta', 'Mediterranean Veggie on Tomato Basil') and several vegetarian soup options as well.
The strawberry poppy seed salad was yummy. The half salad include 4 giant blueberries , about 3 beautifully sliced giant strawberries, 6 mandarin orange slices, a 1/2 cup of pecan halves, mixed w/romain lettuce and a slightly sweet poppy seed dressing. YUMMY! (But the home version of this salad would include a lot more blueberries, of course.)
We all agreed it was a good location with easy access and parking. The restaurant has a nice out door eating area (if weather permits) and neat & clean indoor area that offers customers booth or table seating. We'll definitely be going again.
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