Wednesday, March 31, 2010
It's early. 7am. I has one child here and am awaiting the arrival of another here soon. And then another; and then another. I think that's all. But possibly one more. The first two need to leave for school at 8:30. The second two, never. stop. talking. All day long. Senseless and useless ramblings. All day long. I live for nap time on days like today.
Child #2 just arrived. Normally he's my quiet one. He's chatty this am!
So I have the song "If I had a Million Dollars" by Bare Naked Ladies suck in my head. Most especially the part where they say "Haven't you always wanted a monkey?" Just thought I'd pass that along to you.
Ooo. Super excited! I have a friend who is my same height that wants to gift me her road bike! Oh, YES! I really hope it works for me. My friend Tiff has been trying to get me to do bike trips with her for a couple of years now. I may or may not end up a runner, (due to the poor genetics I've been dealt) yet I still try. But what may really happen is that I end up a biker! I have actually dreamed of riding in some races. Feeling the wind whipping against me, helmet on, super-cool shades, super-nasty bike shorts showcasing my big behind, determined look on my face-quickly replaced by smiles-then back again 'cause I swallow a bug. LOL! Seriously, I can't wait to be back on a bike!
I've already been concocting a laundry list of accessories I MUST have!
1. Super-cool helmet! Preferably in pink!
2. Super cool sunglasses that hopefully protect my eyes (contacts) from wind.
3. Crazy bike shorts (for x-tra padding) and super long t-shirts(to prevent butt-crackage--no one wants to see that!).
4. Water bottle.
5. Fingerless gloves. Not sure why. I think they have gel in them to pad your hands a bit.
6. I totally wish a road bike could be outfitted with a basket. So I could carry Toto in it when the tornado strikes! (Okay, I don't have a Toto. Just want a basket).
7. Bell, like the ones you had as a kid that really don't make a loud noise, but are super annoying. And so I can act like I'm the ice cream man.
8. As long as I'm going there... I want streamers!!! And stuff in my spokes!
Fantasy over. Really, I just want to look skinny and cool while riding a bike.
I think I may be done rambling this morning. Except I must tell you that i have been enjoying my coffee in a mug that was purchased for me by my sister-in-law while they were on vacation in Canada. I love this mug. It's a good morning.
Oh! OH! I forgot to mention that I am making 3 cheesecakes (one plain, 2 triple citrus), a lemon layer cake with raspberry curd, and bacon Gruyere scallion muffins, for 3 different occasions this weekend. (one of the cheesecakes is a gift to my next door neighbor). Wish me baking and calorie overload LUCK!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Okay. I know this is soooooo not helpful to dieting. But...
What would you eat if you could choose your very last meal?
I want it all! Gooey nachos or queso and chips from Cheeseburger in Paridise. Chicken Pad Thai with crispy noodles from Foriegn Exchange. Bacon wrapped dates from Lattitudes. My friend Amy's suash ravioli with butter sage sauce. Saag paneer and Naan from any Indian restaurant. A big juicy medium rare filet mignon. Whipped potatoes from The Golden Lamb. Saphetti and meatballs. Triple citrus cheesecake.
YUM. Of course, this meal would KILL me!
Monday, March 29, 2010
I'm not sure I have mentioned my love-hate relationship with the season called spring. I do love warm days and cool nights. Fire-pits and conversation. I hate mud. I hate allergies!
I just read an article about combating them with homeopathic methods. I may have to give it a go. I am so tired of being enslaved to itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, general yuckiness.
The article says boosting the immune system is what is most needed. Using supplements, herbal remedies, and avoiding mucus producing foods (dairy). We have a great local store with very informed people. I will have to start there. I am just a bit worried about the dent this might make in my pocketbook.
Has anyone else tried homeopathy? Any good remedies that work. I have to go back to being consistent about nasal irrigation. (that was another suggestion). But I can not afford to buy HEPA filters/purifiers for my home. I will try adding rosemary to my food and eating more grapes, tomatoes, fish, nuts, oranges and apples. (also suggested).
In the meantime, I will enjoy the sun and I will do so through sneezes and watery eyes.
Friday, March 26, 2010
I made Naan, curried cauliflower, and Basmati rice. I messed up the Naan--I miss read the measuring of the liquids and poured more into the flour than the recipe called for. I realized my error, but it was too late, I couldn't make a new batch because I didn't have anymore plain yogurt. I added more flour and just decided to see what happened. The dough raised (rose?, rised?), and I cooked it. It came out pretty good. I really liked the curried cauliflower. It was mildly spiced (cumin, turmeric, coriander, dry mustard, chili powder) and had lite coconut milk in the sauce. At the end you add lemon and lime juice. I also added some cilantro. I am so surprised at how much I liked it. I also had a store bought Saag Paneer (spinach and cheese) which was also tasty. I need to find a recipe for saag...
All in all, I am so proud that I didn't give up on the Naan. And that I tried something new. I feel invigorated. Now I gotta go "be active". (I just finished an article that said people who approach their day as a "be more active day" burn more calories than people who say "they exercise". It is a better way of looking at it, don't you think?
Thursday, March 25, 2010
This past week I have been challenged to build courage into others. And/or encourage them.
So far so good.
I mean really good.
It is a wonderful feeling to give to others. Even if it's just kind words.
It's funny though. The two people I love most in the World are the two people I have really struggled to find kind words for this week. My daughter and my boyfriend.
I love them. But they are also the people that drive me the most crazy!
I find it much harder to cast aside all my feelings of annoyance to just come up with some encouragement.
I'll figure it out.
It really does feel good to make someone's day!
By the way--You are fabulous! You rock my World. Thank you for reading my sometimes very boring blogs. Thank you for supporting me through this very blah phase in my journey. Thanks for giving me things to rejoice about.
I totally appreciate my Spark friends. Have a smiley day!
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