Sunday, October 28, 2012
How's that for an unusual recipe? Got this one from a co-worker. It sounded very interesting, and I just had to try it out. I was surprised at how easy and how tasty it was!
Equipment: one crockpot. I used the largest of my three.
1. One pumpkin that will fit in your slow cooker. I got the width just right, but had to trim a bit off the top to put the lid on.
2. Your favorite meatloaf recipe. I used a very simple one: 1 lb ground turkey, pkg of onion soup mix, 1 c plain bread crumbs, and two eggs.
Directions: Make sure your pumpkin fits in your pot. Cut top off pumpkin, removing stem if it has one, and scoop out the seeds. Fill pumpkin with meatloaf mixture and put the top of the pumpkin back on. DO NOT ADD WATER. Cook on low for 8 hrs. I added an hour because I'd prepared it the night before and refrigerated it. To remove pumpkin from crockpot, I used two large serving spoons to lift it onto a plate. Remove pumpkin lid and cut in 8 pieces as you would a pie. Each wedge of meatloaf nests in its wedge of pumpkin. The combination is amazingly good!
Friday, October 19, 2012
I am SO glad it's Friday. I've just come from another job-related computer class. I have so many new things to remember that my mind is on overload. It WILL get easier, I know it will.
If I get at my short to-do list, I may actually get in a nap before leaving for tonight's concert at church. We have a guest organist, David Briggs, and are performing Louis Vierne's Messe Solonnelle with him.
Exercise. Doing really good here. Not as much as I'd like, but I'm finding ways to squeeze in as many extras as possible by walking on breaks, stetching when I sit, and fidgeting when I can. :-) I was once at a teachers' workshop that addressed fidgeting students, and some number was given for how many calories fidgeters burn in a year's time. The point was that fidgeters tend to be thinner--more nervous?--people. So, FIDGET! Move something whenever possible! Have also had a couple of early morning starlight walks with husband in lieu of my usual AM SP video(s).
Not so successful:
Not every night, but too many, I'm having trouble with voracious snacking. It happens when I'm really tired, and I'm sure it's emotional comfort eating.
4:55 edit - 45 min nap with time for an 8 min core SP video. Off to sing!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
My husband and I look forward to this annual event nearby. In fact, we're near enough to walk, so we did.
I LOVE Greek food, but am staying motivated by the Fall 5% Challenge, so I ordered a combination platter, immediately asked for a take-home box, and packed up enough for two more lunches that I'll take to work on Mon & Tues. With what I did eat, lunch came out to just under or just about 500 calories, as best I could estimate. And we got in a 40 min walk to add to the 30 fitness minutes I already have today.
I resisted the beautiful jewelry--and the icons. I have a small gallery of them already. I bought a book and a small stocking-stuffer gift. We glanced at the baked goods section and did not stop, in spite of the baklava calling. I'll have some another time.
Friday, October 12, 2012
For those who've asked, YES! I love my job. So much about it is ideal for me--7 hr work day, school calendar which allows me to make my annual retreat in the summer as well as fit with husband's vacation, M-F which means I can keep my Wed/Thur/Sun choir job, getting off at 3:30 which makes it easier to schedule appointments without taking off work, and a reasonable commute when I listen to choir music or audio books. I'm currently enjoying Jane Austen's Emma in the car.
The work itself is satisfying. I'm at a resource center for ESE students. In this first week and a half, I've taken one online class, am in the middle of another, and spent Wed at the local tech school. My very basic tech skills are multiplying. I still have a LOT to learn, but am not letting it overwhelm me. An iPad came with the job, so I'm learning about that, too. I think husband is jealous!
I'm getting by so well because of all the helpful suggestions so many of you have made. My mornings are relatively unstressful because I do as much as possible the night before. My crockpot is cooking dinner right now, and the house will smell wonderful when I get home and am greeted by three hungry and lonesome cats. They miss me being at home.
All that said, I'm very grateful that today is Friday and that I don't have to pack my food or set my alarm tonight.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Whew! I've been busy learning new things. I'm in the middle of my second online class and spent yesterday at a tech school taking a class.
Going to bed earlier
Getting up early enough to
have some quiet meditative time
fix coffee and take my own
Planning ahead in the evening by
packing my lunch and snacks
setting out my clothes, including workout clothes to put on first thing
knowing what's for dinner
writing myself notes about anything I have to remember on the way home
Getting in extra exercise at my desk, on breaks and lunch
Not so successful:
Urge to munch before bedtime when I'm really really tired - did NOT give in tonight
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