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In everything give thanks...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I have a big fat gratitude list:

VERY grateful for FT job after over 2 years without job

Grateful for my family:
Husband who is so supportive, helpful, and a thoroughly nice person
Daughters nearby
Mom and boyfriend nearby
Sister and sister's family nearby
Better relationship now with husband's Canadian family

Grateful for what I've done right today. I have to keep reminding myself of those things. I've been so down on myself for not keeping up very well with SP. Working full time plus is a major transition for me, and I still haven't gotten into a solid routine that includes everything that's important to me. I feel guilty for not keeping up with friends, for struggling with food and exercise. Exercise has got to be in the morning; I'm just too tired when I get home. But I'm still adjusting to getting up much earlier for my commute and am having trouble doing anything in the mornings besides the basics of getting dressed, grabbling my lunch, and heading out the door. I'm counting on it getting easier with time.

Very grateful for this week off, except for choir tonight, tomorrow AM service, and Sunday services. I spent Monday at work-related classes, did next to nothing yesterday except REST, and got a lot done today, like laundry, cleaning the pantry, and getting a headstart on what I'm bringing for dinner tomorrow.

I am grateful that in spite of everything, I've hung in there with SP the best I can. I feel bad about not contributing more to Starfish Fall 5% Challenge team. I could easily get into real pity party mode. But I'm not. I'm counting some more blessings before I have dinner with husband and leave for choir.

1. Leftover pea soup for dinner
2. Lots of bargains when shopping this morning
3. All the pleasant people I've encountered today from the receptionist at the chiropracter to the young woman who took my groceries to the car
4. My entertaining cats who are loving having me at home
5. For my clean, organized, and well-stocked pantry
6. For being finished with trimming 54 cat claws - three cats' worth. Two of the three are two-person jobs.
7. For weather that is Florida perfection
8. Good friends and neighbors
9. For the computer I'm typing on that was generously given to me after my previous one suffered a disaster
10. For the time to sit here and write a blog today

However you celebrate, friends, HAPPY THANKSGIVING. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SORTIZA99 11/24/2012 1:00AM

    We need to count our blessings indeed.
Happy thanksgiving day.

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ELSCO55 11/22/2012 8:02PM

    Happy Thanksgiving

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ROXYZMOM 11/22/2012 7:05AM

    Very nice! Don't worry - you will get a schedule down, it just takes time. Lunch break seems to be working for me to fit in exercise right now. I pack everything the night before. I am very thankful to have met you! You are doing great!!

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1EMMA2011 11/22/2012 2:05AM

    Great blog post! Happy all is going well in your job!! You only deserve good things!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/21/2012 6:21PM

    I am thankful that I met you

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ILOVEMALI 11/21/2012 4:50PM

  We all have so much to be grateful for. And we don't have to dig very deeply to find it! Happy Thanksgiving!

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DEBBYNATION 11/21/2012 4:29PM

    I agree - count your blessings! :)

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Crockpot Pumpkin Meatloaf

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!

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MOVEITMARY 11/10/2012 11:10PM

    I've posted a photo on my blog. This is one of those recipes that will make me look forward to fall all year round.

Thank you SABLENESS!

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MOVEITMARY 11/10/2012 1:38PM

    The pumpkin meatloaf looked so good this morning, I wanted to eat it for breakfast! Really looking forward to lunchtime.
I will make a blog post later today about how it came out, with photos.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 11/10/2012 12:28AM

    I like it, I'm going to try it too!

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MOVEITMARY 11/9/2012 9:43PM

    It is in the slow cooker now... I have an oval shaped cooker so used two small pumpkins. Can't wait to see how they come out!!!!

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4LEEFCLOVER 11/4/2012 12:14PM

    Mmmmmm...that does sound good! I can imagine many variations. Simple and elegant at the same time. Thanks for sharing this!

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MOVEITMARY 11/2/2012 12:15AM

    Definitely trying this. Yummmm!!! emoticon

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1EMMA2011 10/30/2012 5:56PM

    Wow! How creative!! Sounds so yummy. Hope the hurricane was gentle to you. emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 10/29/2012 9:49PM

    That's different! I may try that one.

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ILOVEMALI 10/29/2012 2:17PM

  Interesting recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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MADAMES 10/29/2012 11:11AM

    I love the crock pot and anything pumpkin...I'll have to try this one.

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SOPHIEDO13 10/29/2012 12:36AM

    What an unusual recipe, sounds delicious I'll have to try that emoticon

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LIS193 10/29/2012 12:35AM

    That sounds delicious!

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NDTEACHER1 10/28/2012 10:49PM

    Hmmm...I love pumpkin and meatloaf, never thought of putting the two together!

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KOKITTY 10/28/2012 10:27PM

    Sounds super delicious! I may have to give this one a try! Been meaning to bust out the crock pot soon anyways...

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ELSCO55 10/28/2012 10:25PM

    Souoonds interesting

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FRIDAY! Class & Concert

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!

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ROXYZMOM 10/28/2012 9:20AM

    You are doing great! I love how you are mindful of moving while adjusting to a new schedule. I will bet those 10 minute videos are helping - can you do one at lunch break? Maybe you can "spark" co-workers to join you!!

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4LEEFCLOVER 10/27/2012 12:34PM

    You're doing great! Congratulations on a successful week! Sounds like you are giving yourself a good balance of activities. emoticon

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POETLKNG2LOSE 10/23/2012 10:49PM

    You can do it; don't give up on yourself. Try snacking on veggies or fruit or popcorn like Emma suggested. And relax and do something fun and enjoyable. emoticon emoticon Sorry about the duplicates just get rid of one.

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ILOVEMALI 10/20/2012 3:39AM

  You can do this!!

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MAYBER 10/19/2012 7:57PM

    You are dedicated and determined
You will achieve
One day at a time

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1EMMA2011 10/19/2012 6:16PM

    Awesome! I can't wait to hear about the concert! emoticon I don't know if this helps, every night I have air popped popcorn... it's low in calories... just helps me some... Enjoy your weekend emoticon

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KOKITTY 10/19/2012 4:54PM

    Way to go on getting in your exercise! Good luck with your concert tonight!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 10/19/2012 4:22PM

    I have had for a long time problem with night time snacking. Now what I do is plan one snack for after dinner and have it at about 8:00. Some nights all i can think about is that snack but it keeps me from doing mindless snacking.

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Greek Fall Festival

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.

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4LEEFCLOVER 10/19/2012 11:54AM

    Mmmm..Greek food! How about some music too? Great job managing your calories and exercise!

I will to aim to do similar at the workshop I will be at on Saturday. They alway have a buffet lunch with fruit cobbler for desert. Moderation is doable, and planning ahead helps.

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KAI_ZEN 10/15/2012 12:32PM

    Great job resisting temptation while enjoying yourself! I love Greek festivals but missed the one here in my new hometown. Probably a good thing I'll have to wait a year, as I'm pretty sure I would not have done as well as you.

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ROXYZMOM 10/13/2012 9:45PM

    Did you dance to Greek music? My best friend in high school was Greek. I have the best memories from our friendship. We are still friends - 31 years later- she said she wod take me to Greece - its on my bucket list. Great job dividing your food up / you rock!

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ILOVEMALI 10/13/2012 8:27PM

  We walked by a Greek festival in Santa Cruz a few weeks ago. Everything smelled so good!

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KOKITTY 10/13/2012 7:14PM

    A Greek festival? That sounds amazing! I'm super sad my favorite Greek place isn't close by, but you've definitely inspired me to look around and see if there is a Festival in my area!

Way to go on packing up your food to go and making the deliciousness last!!!

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GEORGE815 10/13/2012 3:57PM

    We have a Greek Festival also. Good for you that you can walk there. Great to kill 2 birds with one stone. Only 500 calories per meal. Fantastic. I have had the baklava before. How did you walk by it? What discipline.

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MADAMES 10/13/2012 3:55PM

    We love a Greek Festival, and we haven't been in a number of years! Yay for you...I don't know that I have ever been able to pass up the Greek pastries in years past!
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Working Woman Friday

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.

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KAI_ZEN 10/15/2012 12:29PM

    Yay! Great to hear the good report. I hope your weekend was refreshing and you've been able to hit the ground running.

Here's to a great week!

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MADAMES 10/13/2012 3:57PM

    Glad it is all working out so well!

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PEPPYPATTI 10/13/2012 2:35PM

    How awesome for you!!!! That sounds so ideal for what you need right now. I can just hear the happiness in your voice.
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ILOVEMALI 10/12/2012 5:13PM

  So happy for you!

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DLDMIL 10/12/2012 2:33PM

    Congrats on your new job and updating your tech skills. Love that you were given an IPad for your job.

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1EMMA2011 10/12/2012 2:11PM

    emoticon Enjoy your weekend!!

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