Saturday, December 01, 2012
It's after 9:00, time for bed. I spent much of today presenting an Advent retreat. I drank lots and lots of coffee. This evening I feel the peace that I spoke of....
I'd left my non-cooking husband with directions for one of my two favorite ultra-easy crockpot dinners. This one is pork loin, cut up in chunks, one bottle of French dressing, and a can of whole berry cranberry sauce. Mix; dump in pot, and some hours later, come home to delectable dinner. Husband says if he can do it, it's foolproof.
End of Fall 5% challenge. I did not meet my goal, actually gained a pound. Starting the challenge about the same time I started my new job was...well, to be honest, just too much. I need to reassess and find what works for me now. Working full time + commute + more commute in the other direction 3x a week for choir is draining. I've made one adjustment this week. As of January, I will be going to only one weeknight rehearsal, not two, but continuing to sing two Sunday services. The weeknights are the hardest. On rehearsal nights, I spend 2 to 2 1/2 hrs on the road. Cutting back on one rehearsal will help some. This is temporary till after Easter. Then I'll see what I want/need to do after that. Hopefully, this will make it do-able in the meanwhile.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
From David Fleming's contemporary version of The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola:
"Our only desire and one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to God's deepening life in me."
Monday, November 26, 2012
Welll, I am not within the day's calorie range, but made some reasonable choices.
Beef tips & tortellone - boxed up half for tomorrow's lunch
Decaf + half & half in lieu of dessert
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Nothing like creative cookery, and my thrifty Dutch and German ancestors would be proud of me. I had made raw cranberryorange nut relish for Thanksgiving dinner and gave the leftovers to daughters, telling them I could make some more for me and husband.
Well, I do have another bag of berries in the 'fridge, but remembered that there was also a bag in the freezer that I kept meaning to throw out--left from the holidays LAST year. Hmm. I took the bag out of the freezer; the berries looked pretty good. I looked up SP's recipe I'd seen last week for cooked orange cranberry relish and went at it. The berries were only a tiny bit dried out, but plumped up nicely with the orange/sugar/water mixture. Husband was amazed when I 'fessed up about them being left from last year!
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
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.
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