Tuesday, November 29, 2011
We drove to Houston and back... spent the night in Ardmore on the way down... stayed in hotel with a kitchenette so mostly grazed on apples, clementines, and grapes, plus some cereals, almond milk, Martinelli Sparkling Apple Cider (yum!).
Then at my brother's, they fixed food and more food in the time-honored Southern Hospitality. Brother smoked a turkey, also FRIED a turkey, and they also had a standard oven backed turkey. (Plus he both fried and smoked turkeys for other friends on the local police force that they work with etc. Sister-in-law and nephew are both Law Enforcement - different departments/units). There was also ham there for the ham eaters, which I didn't bother with. Instead of having green bean casserole, Sister had just plain green beans, and another kettle with plain cooked new potatoes. She also made a seven-layered salad, but put the (pork) bacon off to the side so people could use, or not. She made Black-bottom pie which fortunately wasn't my favorite (although it was delicious), so I was more than pleased to only have one slice.
The Pecan pie...oh my!! It's my favorite still. I don't think I even tried the lemon meringue pie and for sure didn't try the banana cream pie, neither are any that I generally like well enough to feel like I missed anything. Then there was something else... what was it? I couldn't leave it alone. Shoot. I can't remember.* Plus she had some chocolate chip cookies. Yum. But that was pretty much my meal for the day, with a second piece of pecan pie for my "dinner" later that night. Oh yea dressing they had, and some yams...
Then the next day, it was basically leftovers all day whenever anyone wanted anything. They don't really do formal "come here, let's pray for the food, amen, let's eat" kind of things... although I think they did have my brother-in-law the pastor bless the food one meal? I think? Not sure. I didn't hear it nor see people gathering around ahead of time. So I just gave my own thanks privately. Was really kind of surreal. Sister-in-law's sister and other extended family was over. We didn't bring or prepare any food (and I already know I'm a fairly decent pie baker), they kept saying no, because we'd come all that way and was spending money on the hotel etc (due to a mix-up/misunderstanding as to which of my other siblings & their families were already staying at the house.). So oh well.
The nice thing, I guess, was that Sister (in-law) had some sort of stomach sewing gland removing surgery last April and has lost like 80 pounds. She'd had to do a lot of classes and studying nutrition etc. with the hospital classes in order for insurance to approve her surgery, so she was much more low keel about having "high fat foods" than in previous years. Plus there was less, or really NONE of the guilt-attempting "here, eat some more of this so it won't go to waste..." meaning "so it goes to your waist, not mine!" HA!), so that worked out in my favor. I'm thinking much of this had to do with her own parents both dying at relatively young ages, due to side effects related to obesity and improper diet, diabetes and heart disease and all of that interrelated. I'm not exactly sure about her mom, as I think she was gone before I ever met my sister-in-law, and I never got to meet her dad, but I know her dad died suddenly of massive heart failure just a few years after they were married. (I never got to go to their wedding, because it was in December during my Finals exams and I didn't know I could have gotten a dispensation from the Dean's office to take my exams early, just by showing them the wedding invitation. One of my big disappointments in life, missing my brother's wedding 20+ years ago!!). So she's had to face those issues in her life and realize she had to get it together or she was headed square down the same road.
I did bring my rebounder... and I did rebound one time this trip. We also got out and walked around just about every rest stop on the way home.... need to figure out how to track them into the tracker because I don't know what my actual pace was or exact time. It was just a long drive for the two of us, and my mom did drive one small leg of the trip. I really didn't sleep during the time she drove but husband did, so then he took over after that next stop. Or I did? I forget. The miles all blurred together.
I feel bad I didn't get to stop at any of the Oklahoma stops long enough to say "Boy Howdee" to any of my Okie SparkPeople Family. (We usually stop at the Love's stations in N. Oklahoma City, Paul's Valley or Ardmore, sometimes also at the Love's in Guthrie or in Ponca City... many times we also stop at the big Conoco/Dairy Queen at Billings/Marland exit, I forget what number, exit 181? something like that.).
Oooh .... (11:15 pm edit and re-edit, this originally started to be a post in the Rebounder team and so I have NO idea what I was starting to say...)
And so this morning, I was only one pound heavier, but I felt really bloated. My feet have been giving me fits and I discovered that a reflexologist lives just down the road next town over, so she was able to work me into her schedule today. She could tell I was having a lot of sinus and some colon issues. The area that was hurting on my feet is more of an inflamed tender tendon....didn't have any of the "blockages" crud that she could feel the way she could with the other segments of my body. So we both think my original haunch that it was sore because the shoes are worn out!! No way to prove it until "Mama goes Shopping" (that would be me!!) for new Shoes!! (you know how walking shoes more than 500 miles or the recommended numbers, when they get completely shot, you suddenly start getting aches and pains like shin splints etc?? But this time it's my Earth Shoes walking shoes which have lasted Waaay longer than 500 miles...
On the positive side, there are some CyberMonday deals going on right now.... time's awasting. (started to type "dime" as a typo to "time" and realized that it would be just as true that way - "dimes' a-wasting..."?? I'm sure my husband would think I'm wasting too many dimes! Urrrk!).
* - it was the homemade pumpkin roll. Ohhh it was good but I only had 2 thin slices. Not the entire roll. Only because everyone else had already ate up the entire roll before I realized a) that it was there and b) what I had been 'missing' in my life. Ohh boy. It was GOOOD. I have no idea if it was made from scratch or if it was a box kit? It had at least been assembled by hand, to hear them talking about it, but I'm not really certain who made it...I think it was nephew's wife? Will have to ask. But it was goood.... * sigh *