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Zombie no more

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I'm not a morning person. Never have been, never will be. Even as a baby, I could stay up all night and sleep late into the morning.

I'm a morning zombie. I wake up slowly, I'm groggy and stagger around gathering things for work. DH wants to chat, I can barely grunt a response. My shower helps, but not a lot, especially as we head into the winter months when it's dark until I arrive at school.

And my stomach wakes up even more slowly than the rest of me. No way can I eat eggs at 6 AM. Most mornings, cereal doesn't tempt me. All through high school I didn't eat breakfast (and often skipped lunch) which is about when I gained a significant amount of weight and developed a weight problem. So I KNOW breakfast is important.

Enter the muffin. A somewhat sweet, fruity, whole grain muffin. Two small homemade muffins, a thermos and travel mug filled with nonfat tea lattes, and I'm good to go. I can eat the muffins before I leave home, or on the road. I drink the tea until lunchtime. I can have this lovely breakfast for about 300-350 calories, depending on the kind of muffin I make.

I've found I can make 24 muffins, share a few with DH, and have enough for 2 work weeks. Orange cranberry with walnuts. Banana with almonds. Zucchini with raisins and nuts. All with oatmeal, whole wheat flour, applesauce - the only fat is from whole eggs (1/6 egg per muffin, I just can't justify throwing away the yolk) and the healthy fat from a sprinkle of nuts. Lots of fiber. Probably half a serving of fruit. I've solved the breakfast problem.

I'm still not talkative in the morning - I still stagger around eyes half opened. But at least I'm getting a good breakfast.

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JLPNURSE 11/12/2009 4:02PM

    I am the same way. I can't eat first thing. Excellent solution.

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PHEBESS 11/11/2009 3:22PM

    Thanks, Carolyn! And yes, I put a few in the fridge, and then put the rest in the fridge. I'll admit, sometimes I have two with a veggie omelette for dinner - I love the muffins too. But since I'm off at school all day, it's easier to not muffin binge.

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CAROLINE1000 11/11/2009 3:14PM

    MMmmm. Muffins. You just inspired me to bake up my own healthy batch (although I think I will have to freeze and defrost them as needed - I fear a muffin-binge!).

Btw. Thanks for the comment on my blog, I just wanted to say that and got sucked into your blog. You seem like a fantastic example and I think I'm gonna friend you!

I am. I know it! I'm doing it! Friend!

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SAPNA. 11/11/2009 2:50PM

    How do you manage to eat just 2? I love muffins so much I just cant resist them.

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SHORTY20 11/11/2009 11:55AM

    Mmm, healthy muffins are yummy!

I'm not a morning person either, but, funny enough, I can eat as soon as I get out of bed. I guess that's good b/c it helps boost my energy some! God bless coffee though, I'm far from an addict, but I do like my daily cup in the morning, it's like a little treat emoticon

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IPILLINI 11/11/2009 8:31AM

  Way to GO!!! Breakfast is an important meal to get you going during the day.

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Poem for the day - e. e. cummings

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

DH and I are going to some friends' home for Thanksgiving - I'm in charge of dessert, DH is in charge of a T-day prayer/reading. It's an ecumenical group, so it needs to be either non-denominational, or interfaith. DH and I were talking last night about what he might read, he said he wants each person to say what they're thankful for. So I shared this with him, my all-time favorite e. e. cummings poem - and he wants me to read it as my part of the T-day prayer.

Here it is, today's poetry moment:

i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue dream of sky;and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday;this is the birth
day of life and love and wings;and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any - lifted from the no
of all nothing - human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

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WATERMELLEN 11/12/2009 8:28PM

    I carry you in my heart . ..

another cumming fave

But this is the one I think about in February and especially that first day of fuzzy green leaves in May!

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PHEBESS 11/11/2009 8:52AM

    I'll try to post more poetry - I've always loved poems.

Did you see the new Levi's "Go Forth" commercial? I don't know who wrote that poem in the new one - maybe Allan Ginsberg? Very choppy, short sentence fragments - but very not e. e. cummings.

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JLPNURSE 11/11/2009 7:06AM

    Beautiful and appropriate.

Makes me wish I remember more of my poetry

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TARABEAR 11/10/2009 4:53PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LSCHULER72 11/10/2009 10:40AM

    Beautiful! I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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CINDYHOUGHTON 11/10/2009 8:56AM

    I have laways loved e e ecummings!

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Dear Ben and Jerry,

Monday, November 09, 2009

It was nice to see you again last night, it's been a while since you visited. I know, we pass each other at the store quite often, we nod and say hello. We don't chat much any more - but that's a good thing. Really, it is. We've become more independent.

So when my husband brought you two home yesterday, well, it was nice to see you. And yes, you were as tasty as ever. I managed to only eat a small serving, not even the usual half a cup. And luckily, DH managed to polish off everything else, while I refrained.

But listen, do me a favor. I know that DH invites you home every time he sees you. I know that he says you just jump into the grocery cart, but I know he really invites you to jump first. But the favor - as much as I love you two, you really don't need to come visit every time DH asks. Really. Occasionally, you could say you have something else to do, somewhere else to be. You could decline. I know you have a life and other friends and other interests - so please, tell DH not today. Not this week. Just occasionally, as in once a month or so.

Because you two are just very difficult to resist, and some days I just can't - you know what I mean?

So I'll see you two for Thanksgiving, but please don't come over until then.

Hugs and kisses, Phebe

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ILOVEROSES 11/10/2009 8:26AM

    Hope they both stay away from you for the next 3 weeks, I mean B & J of course. emoticon

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SHORTY20 11/10/2009 7:44AM

    LOL, love it!

That darn Chubby Hubby is my nemesis!

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JLPNURSE 11/10/2009 6:55AM

    LOL, ah me and B&J go way back, that two-timer

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/9/2009 11:41AM

    Thanks for the laugh, I needed it.

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PHEBESS 11/9/2009 11:41AM

    LOL - I can't decide if it's a good thing I don't have a daughter, or not!

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SAPNA. 11/9/2009 11:29AM

    My DD has left 2 cartons of haagan Daaz in my freezer. The only reason I can resist them is because she would know it was me who ate them. So they sit there safe and sound. Some things are more scary than giving in.

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My orchid is blooming!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

It's my cattelya orchid, which is the most showy orchid - just gorgeous magenta with big blossoms, three or four per stem - I have one stem in bloom, with another stem having four buds coming up!

I have a number of other orchids, including a basic dendrobium - but the cattelya is amazing!

People think orchids are difficult, but they really aren't - they need the right climate (tropical); lots of water but not sitting in water, they need to drain; a little food; light but not a lot of direct sun; and room to grow. Then they flourish.

Kind of like people, I guess.

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ILOVEROSES 11/10/2009 8:25AM

    What a beautiful orchid, the colour is just gorgeous.

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JLPNURSE 11/9/2009 6:39AM

    Beautiful picture

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PHEBESS 11/8/2009 6:51PM

    Yeah, the orchids are just a bonus!

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SAPNA. 11/8/2009 1:56PM

    This is so beautiful. I just love it. You are so lucky to live in a climate where such treasures can be grown and admired.

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I think I need a nap

Saturday, November 07, 2009

By the end of the week, I'm always a little tired. I'm a light sleeper, so things keep me awake or wake me up - the moon shining in, one mosquito, DH getting up early, sirens, whatever. So no matter how many hours of sleep I plan to get, I never quite get that much. And I've hit an age where I can't seem to sleep more than about 7 hrs a night anyway.

But today I'm dragging. I had 36 oz of tea with bkfst, as I almost always do. I had some dark chocolate for a snack. I could just curl up and sleep.

I think I'll do that when I finish my email and my sparking. I'm sure the cat will love that.

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JLPNURSE 11/8/2009 8:17AM

    Naps are the best

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ILOVEROSES 11/8/2009 7:11AM

    It's Sunday so take your nap and enjoy the company of your cat. emoticon

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SAPNA. 11/7/2009 2:27PM

    Another few years and you wont even get that. Every year I seem to sleep less and be more tired.

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PHEBESS 11/7/2009 2:11PM

    Yeah, the alternative is snacking - naps are definitely better for the calories!

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JOANW1 11/7/2009 1:53PM

  Naps are good, they keep you out of the kitchen.


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