Sunday, December 23, 2007
I am back from vacation! I missed you all.
My husband and I went to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for a few days alone. It was wonderful to be away from all the kids and pets. The cabin we rented was called Animal House, but home is Animal House. We have our sons and their friends and girlfriends in and out all the time. The pets demand attention. There is always something going on. My husband and I had a great time despite his having a bad cold. We ate out, watched movies, and I made two scrapbooks for Christmas gifts.
On Sunday when we were on our way to Tennessee, our older son called to say that two trees had fallen in our dog's pen and broken the side all the way down. Luckily, our dog was ok. After a few stressful phone calls, our son nailed a tarp over the hole and put one of the trees on the bottom. That is enough to secure the pen since our dog can't walk very well and wouldn't be able to climb out.
On Tuesday, our younger son sent a series of text messages to say that he was sick and throwing up. We texted back and forth about treating his illness and his calling in to work. That was stressful too, but fortunately, he was fine.
We are almost ready for Christmas! I am preparing a recipe gift bag for my mother with my pancake recipe and ingredients. I need to spruce up my older son's girlfriend's gift. I want her gift to be pretty. I need to walk our dog. Tomorrow, I will do the Christmas baking and clean the floor and vacuum. We had breakfast with my parents this morning and after a long discussion, they agreed to come to our house for Christmas Breakfast. They don't really want us coming to their house and that is fine. They didn't decorate for Christmas. They often don't. We picked up the Honey Baked turkey this morning for our Christmas dinner. I sampled some of it on my salad and it was delicious!
I missed you all and I'm looking forward to catching up on your blogs...
Friday, December 14, 2007
Day 1 was wonderful. I tried to sleep a little later than my usual 6:30am. But, my husband woke me up a little after 7:00am to ask me if our younger son should be awake for school. I went to my son's door and asked him and he said that he was getting up in 10 minutes. My younger son had exams today and turned in a paper. I think that he only has one exam left on Monday!
One of our sons' friends was asleep on the couch in the living room, so I tried to be quiet as I prepared my daily Vitatop Oatmeal Pancake. Then, I walked our dog and took a shower. I went to get my hair cut first. I went to Great Clips and only had to wait about 15 minutes. I was happy with that and also with my haircut. Next, I went to Michael's Crafts. Adhesive was on sale at 40% off, so I stocked up. Then, I went to Barnes and Noble. It is a brand new store and very nice. I don't know my way around yet, so all I bought was a nonfat Ginger Latte. Later in the day, I found the Cedar Cove series of paperbacks by Debbie Macomber and bought them. I read the last book in the series and was very interested, so I look forward to getting the other books and reading them in order. My final stop was WalMart. I bought dog food, cat food, a couple of Christmas paperback books, groceries, and a 12" Lodge cast iron frying pan for preparing dinner.
When I got home, my older son and the friend who slept on the couch were just leaving. Yes! I could clean the carpet. So, I changed into my workout clothing and got started. I used the Resolve Heavy Traffic cleaner. I vacuumed each room, applied the cleaner, scrubbed the carpet with a mop and then waited for it to dry so that I could vaccum again. I did the living room, upstairs hallway, stairs, and bedroom. The carpet looks much better! I had quite a workout moving the furniture around.
I made Almond Breeze egg nog this afternoon. It was great! I used 5 cups of Almond Breeze, a 4 serving pack of sugar free fat free pudding mix, 1 teaspoon rum flavoring, and 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg. I really liked it, so I am going to buy more rum flavoring so that I can make more. For some reason, Almond Breeze really fills me up. At 40 calories per cup, it is awesome and satisfies my milk cravings. There is just one rule: don't drink it plain; use it in a recipe!
For dinner, I made a Pampered Chef recipe, Cornbread Chili Skillet. I learned my lesson about using spices, though. I have ruined several Pampered Chef recipes with the wrong spices or too much of a spice, so I skipped the Cajun seasoning called for in the recipe and used chili seasoning instead. My husband, mother-in-law, older son, and girlfriend ate dinner with us. It was nice and everyone seemed to like the recipe. They must have liked it. They certainly ate a lot of it!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I have done so well this week. I have eaten mostly vegetables. Then, today I went to the grocery store. I bought a lot of Christmas goodies to have during vacation. When I got home, I tried the Silk Soy eggnog that I had bought. It was great! I should have stopped there, but I ate 100 calorie gingerbread cookies. They are delicious! I should have stopped there, but then a box came from my company from the Popcorn Factory! I was afraid that someone else would eat my chocolate covered pretzels, so I ate them. I've had all my calories for today. I made healthy soup for dinner, so I will have that tonight and be good tomorrow.
Each of my sons have girlfriends over tonight. I like them both. They are very nice girls. My older son and his girlfriend have been dating for 4 years. We pick on her saying, "When are you going to get a nice boyfriend?" She is like a member of the family. My other son picked on her telling her that she has to knock, but my husband and I told her that she can just walk into the house anytime - well when it's unlocked. She doesn't have a key.
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