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.
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
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.
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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