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Very Moving!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Saturday I was at my office at 8 a.m. to meet with a carpet installer doing some finishing touches . . . (nice of him to be willing to work on the weekend) . . . . And did not get home again until after 10 p.m. having worked all day with DH on moving and reorganizing my office.

Sourcing a new table, carrying it in . . . fantastic find at our local antiques mall (solid oak, central pedestal . . . $60!!)

Purchasing and then installing a new computer keyboard shelf (turned out to be waaaaaay more complicated than we had anticipated). DH is a hero: so fiddly, so exasperating. And he patiently persisted until he got it functioning just right.

Multiple trips upstairs with super heavy boxes: books, files, all kinds of stuff! (DD a big help here).

And then sorting it all out . . . throwing a whack of stuff out . . . getting myself functional for the work week.

All done yet? No -- still need to hang stuff on the walls etc. etc. Some plants would be nice. A new desk lamp? Finishing touches to "make it mine".

But: computer is humming, everything seems to be in hand. I will be able to put in a full week at work.

Speaking of full . . . . . hmmmm. Tracked yesterday and did very very poorly nutrition-wise.

Started the day with a hearty breakfast of DH's special scrambled eggs. His are THE. BEST. Creamy. Made slowly in a double boiler over barely simmering water. With a whack of grated cheese. And we each had two pieces of wholewheat toast, buttered. My second piece with gorgeous raspberry jam.

Lunch was pretty healthy: soup of the week (chicken chili) with Greek yogourt and berries. But a Coffee Crisp chocolate bar made an appearance.

Dinner: microwave chicken pie (horrendous calorie count) during a short moving break at the office. A glass of Chilean white!! Some veggies though; baby carrots, sugar snap peas. A fresh apple.

And: PC vanilla ice cream when I got home, plus hot chocolate.

Total calorie count in excess of 2000. (I'm usually 1200-1500 tops). But: total calories burned (conservatively estimated using the fitness tracker for "moving" and crediting only 5 hours of a 14 hour day) : also in excess of 2000. And no food hangover, none at all. So I'm pretty sure I really did burn it all off.

Feeling lean. But also achy all over: a hot hot soak in my claw foot bath really helped. Looking out the window, listening to the birds also really helped. Definitely some spring sounds out there.

OK: gotta get through the rest of the chores today. There aren't any groceries!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TRAVELGRRL 2/9/2012 7:29PM

    Hey, glad to hear you are usually eating 1200-1500 calories. I've always been told that's "too low". See what they know?

Your office space sounds totally wonderful! Enjoy!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/9/2012 7:13AM

    Moving upstairs Ellen, that will keep you on your toes. By now you will be well ensconced in your new office and only minor additions needed.

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CRYSTALJEM 2/8/2012 10:54PM

    Your office space sounds wonderful. Hope you find your time their productive and satisfying.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 2/7/2012 1:19AM

    Moving into a new office is so exciting and I'm glad you had lots of help.

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FROSTIERACES 2/6/2012 5:46PM

    Hi Ellen! I'm sorry you're feeling achy...so am I. ugh. I dread it. Why so many aches as we get older? I mean really is it that necessary???!! :) I'm here catching up on blogs...

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PENNYAN45 2/6/2012 2:57PM

    Moving upstairs to a new office, with extra room for a newly acquired antique pedestal table, sounds like it might be a promotion.
And your husband sounds like a real gem - helping you with the move and with the setting up of your new office.


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KALIGIRL 2/6/2012 1:36PM

    Sorry for the achy - but emoticon on the calories in/out!

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NANCY- 2/6/2012 12:25PM

    What a productive day! Being so busy, yet being aware of what you were consuming. Being mindful of your actions helps keep you living the healthy lifestyle. Is 80/20 or 90/10? It is what we do the bulk of the time that matters most.

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DBCLARINET 2/6/2012 10:04AM

    Sounds like a busy, busy day! There must have been something in the air -- my husband and I had a similarly productive weekend purchasing furniture to organize our CD collection and practice area, including all those things to help make a place special.

We also overdid it on calories that day. I'm not tracking, but we did have two burgers each on our burger salad, not just one, so I know the kind of damage I did! Ah well, that just means it's time for a lighter day!

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DONNACFIT 2/5/2012 11:05PM

    Loved hearing about your move..the new office sounds great!!

We've had "almost spring" all winter and I'm sure we are going to pay for it during calving..it's not unusual to have winter well into April here..so who knows?

Maybe I'll get some snowshoeing in yet :)

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FREELADY 2/5/2012 4:44PM

    Your blogs are like relaxing with a favorite author's story. What a gift for description . . . I feel like I "watched" your day unfold. It also brings a smile to hear the resilience and teamwork you guys have. Yes, each day is a new adventure. And oh my, I certainly believe you worked off that bit of extra fuel. (And those were moderate choices under the circumstances anyway)

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MEADSBAY 2/5/2012 3:41PM

    I think you ate purty darned well for a moving day!
Besides. our bodies like us to change it up once in a while.
I was up 3 lbs and down 3 lbs this week for no apparent reason- didn't even bother changing my tracker.


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PHEBESS 2/5/2012 2:43PM

    New office sounds wonderful - and YAY for burning all those calories!!!! I love fitness that happens while doing something - painting a room, moving an office, gardening, whatever. It just feels so much better than a treadmill in front of a TV!!!!!

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CMRAND54 2/5/2012 12:21PM

    Your office sounds great. I love the description of your new desk. One of my life goals is to own a claw footed tub! I'd say your food and exercise balanced out pretty well.

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_LINDA 2/5/2012 12:19PM

    A hard, but satisfying day from the sounds of it! How wonderful to get an office makeover! Great deal on the desk!! That sure seems a fussy way to scramble some eggs..but they sound great!
Enjoy your day of rest now!

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VALERIEMAHA 2/5/2012 11:56AM

    I kept waiting for the "moving experience"...all the while reading about your moving...let's hear a big DOH! for me!

What a great family! And sounds like great things accomplished as well. Refurbished digs...what a treat! No guilt on the consumption...you worked damned hard, as your exercise points confirm!!!

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DDOORN 2/5/2012 11:42AM

    Although moving can be quite the challenge there is much to be said for clearing the decks and re-thinking your environment! I'm sure your efforts will pay off for a long time!


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MSSNOWY 2/5/2012 11:02AM

    Love those days when you get all that exercise in aid of doing something useful and realize you actually burned off all the food. Congrats. And congrats on the new office as well. It sounds marvelous. Enjoy!

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TEENY_BIKINI 2/5/2012 10:36AM

    Sounds like you earned that hot soak. I feel like spring is right around the corner as well.

Enjoy the new office.


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Busy Day Coming Up . . . .

Friday, February 03, 2012

. . . but an interesting day too.

And then (ahhhhhh) weekend. With laundry, soup making, gym, skiing: and I hope some office decor decisions too . . .

It's a full life, certainly!

And I'm working hard on getting back to middle 3 by rereading Beck.

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ERIKO1908 2/4/2012 4:30PM

    sounds like it will be a very productive weekend!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/4/2012 3:55AM

    Sounds like a great weekend is beginning. emoticon

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DBCLARINET 2/3/2012 8:29PM

    Yep, listening to your body is really hard! Sometimes I feel like, well, what if I am full, I want more of that delicious *fill in the blank.* Obviously I got myself into trouble because I decided that more exercise was better, even if my body was saying no, I need to rest or change it up.

Sigh, skiing. The one thing that has me really kicking myself is that now I have to sit out all the awesome winter sports, and that was a huge part of why I was so excited to get located in the Northeast. Lesson learned.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/3/2012 2:46PM

    ANYTHING is fun when it is done leisurely on the weekend...enjoy!!

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_LINDA 2/3/2012 12:57PM

    A nice balance of work, fun, exercise and creativity -got to love deciding decor :) Good luck with the Beck, a refresher never hurt anybody -you can do it!
Have a fabulous weekend!!

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MEADSBAY 2/3/2012 12:23PM

    Life is gooooooooooooood!

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NANCY- 2/3/2012 10:56AM

    Sounds like a fun filled weekend. One thing I liked about rereading Beck is being able to refine and hone my skills.

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PHEBESS 2/3/2012 10:01AM

    Busy days are good - keeps your mind active, your body moving, and there often isn't time to get hungry! All in all, a healthy kind of day!

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DDOORN 2/3/2012 9:22AM

    Can't wait here either...tomorrow is Spinning and re-connecting on with colleagues from the psych hospital where I worked for 24 years up until 2006.

I plan to make up a super healthy, yummy pot of chili for SuperBowl with TVP instead of meat. And of course LOTS of beans, tomatoes and other yummy veggies!

Sounds like a great weekend ahead for you too!

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DONNACFIT 2/3/2012 8:31AM

    Enjoy your busy day and your weekend. Thanks for the flower info..more than one person has said its hard to get them to rebloom..

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IPA-RAY 2/3/2012 7:55AM

    A full life is the way to live!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/3/2012 7:46AM

    Best wishes on your new Beck venture! Hope to be back soon.

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A guy what takes his time . . .

Monday, January 30, 2012

That's what Mae West preferred:


And: nothing wrong with a square of Lindt 85% chocolate that takes its time either!!

One 17 g square is just 30 calories.

How slowly can I eat it?

Verrrrrry verrrrry slowly. Little nibbles. Big flavour.

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/1/2012 4:31PM

    emoticon such a saliva inducing blog Ellen. emoticon

Oh dear, I can almost taste that Lindt, now where did I hide it?

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DONNACFIT 1/31/2012 9:30PM

    February thoughts always turn to chocolate... emoticon

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PENNYAN45 1/31/2012 8:36PM

    Leisurely luxuriating.... mmmmm


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NANCY- 1/31/2012 2:23PM

    Oh my! Dangerous territory for me. :)
(Gee mae looks so much younger to me now that I am older. )

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PHEBESS 1/31/2012 11:27AM

    I've "graduated" to Lindt 99% - six squares = about 60 cals, and takes forever to let melt in your mouth, 1 square at a time!

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KALIGIRL 1/31/2012 9:46AM

    Add a glass of cabernet and I'm in heaven!
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DDOORN 1/31/2012 9:01AM

    Hmm...mebbe I should consider trying this. I don't trust myself, however to set those limits...perhaps DW, who has more willpower can be the keeper of the 85%! :-)


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_LINDA 1/31/2012 12:35AM

    Wow! That goes back a few years!!
Yes nothing like Lindt 90% chocolate. Getting on to dark chocolate made me actually crave chocolate less it was so satisfying. I can no longer stand the milk chocolate I used to pig out on. Times and taste change and I am sooo glad I discovered the joys of dark chocolate :))
Thanks for the nostalgia!

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MEADSBAY 1/30/2012 9:27PM

    Is that from Chicago?
Did Christine Aguillera do a version, too?

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The Days are Getting Longer . . .

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Just as I was leaving for work this morning, a very large rabbit ran past my door with ears alert.

. . . . I rarely leave work at 5 p.m., but looking out my office window I can see there is still some daylight at notional "quitting time"!

A few signs that winter . . . and I am loving the winter skiing, truly . . . will not last forever.

Spring will come.

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MEADSBAY 1/29/2012 10:33AM

    Love the added daylight, too.
What a strange winter we are having!
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TRAVELGRRL 1/28/2012 6:40PM

    Can't wait to get out "walking on the road" in the early morning hours!

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KALIGIRL 1/28/2012 8:21AM

    The sun is wonderful!

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PENNYAN45 1/27/2012 10:20PM

    I just commented today to my husband that it was 5:30 and only beginning to get dark.
Longer days!! HOORAY!!

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_LINDA 1/27/2012 3:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Bring on the emoticon emoticon emoticon
I certainly have noticed that too :)) Can you see I am happy about this??
Have a fabulous weekend!!

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DDOORN 1/27/2012 10:20AM

    Can't wait to break out of this outdoor no-man's land between no snow for cross country skiing but too cold and sloppy for cycling! More daylight is always good for the song in one's heart!


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LISALGB 1/27/2012 9:46AM

    Can't wait for spring!!

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NANCY- 1/27/2012 8:03AM

    Ah yes the coming of mud season!!!
I saw a skunk out.. should he/she still be sleeping?
There may be more light but the sun is still so low in the sky casting long shadows.
Indeed, changes are coming.

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SALSIFY 1/27/2012 4:27AM

    It's wonderful that the days are getting longer. I noticed that I didn't come back from walking the dogs in the dark when I took them out the other afternoon. Also the heads of the gulls (or terns?) on the river here are all turning black - which is another sign that spring is nearly here for me!

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/27/2012 3:56AM

    And as your light lengthens, ours begins to shorten. What an amazing system we live in.

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TBANMAN 1/26/2012 11:53PM

    Funny you should blog about this today. As I was leaving for work at 6:30am there was the barest crack of light on the eastern horizon. The days are indeed getting longer.


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HEMIGIRL46 1/26/2012 8:54PM

    Its nice to know that I am not the only person noticing that its getting lighter sooner and darker later! Oh the things we hang on to to get thru winter! LOL

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CMRAND54 1/26/2012 8:39PM

    I am not a winter person at all. Give me lots of sunshine!

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In Soup as in Life . . .

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Yeah. Putting together the best option (most healthful, most delicious) from what you have on hand. And surprising yourself. No two pots the same!!

I just figured out that this is why my random "soup of the week" has been such an enduring concept for me. Duh.

There's that postmodern concept of "bricolage" -- just meaning the assembly of something new from random stuff. Best if the random stuff was selected with a bit of an eye on nutritional quality in the first place, I suppose . . . But those (somewhat) pretentious postmodern theorists weren't on to anything more clever than soup-making. Really.

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/25/2012 2:10PM

    Soup ponderings, yes, a bit like life, pop everything in and hope something wonderful is the end product, something to be proud of, tasty and beneficial to the world. Hopefully never bland or boring, a little spice should never be forgotten.

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LISALGB 1/25/2012 9:56AM

    Soup - THE comfort food!!

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FROSTIERACES 1/25/2012 8:45AM

    Isn't that great to make soup and expect it will be the same, but it isn't and sometimes it's even better than last time!! I love that! I love next day soup as well...yum!

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FREELADY 1/24/2012 10:15PM

    I love how you ponder things and then get me thinking too. Great how you bring ideas together ina meaningful (and intriguing) way.

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PENNYAN45 1/24/2012 9:25PM

    When you think of it, your kind of weekly soup making can be a great metaphor for living.

I'm reminded of a quotation from Theodore Roosevelt:
"Do what you can with what you have."

There is also a folk tale called Stone Soup - in which one person begins with only a stone in the pot - but everyone in the village contributes one or two food items to make a delicious soup that feeds everyone.

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FRACTALMYTH 1/24/2012 2:37PM

    :D My breakfasts are like that these days too... saute whatever veggies I can find in the fridge, top with two eggs and stir until done :D YUM! Looking forwatd to making soup tomorrow - I keep forgetting - but thankfully you keep reminding me!

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SALSIFY 1/24/2012 2:24PM

    Does adding quinoa to my soup make me a post-modernist?

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PHEBESS 1/24/2012 11:06AM

    Wisdom from the soup kitchen!!!!!

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NANCY- 1/24/2012 10:13AM

    When you start with quality it is easier to end up with quality.
Here's to WATERMELLEN, a souper person!

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_LINDA 1/24/2012 9:58AM

    No two of my Mom's soups are the same -its what ever she has left over she wants to get rid of, a good way to use your left overs or veggies that are getting 'tired'.
Love hearing about your creations!

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DDOORN 1/24/2012 8:25AM

    Starting in the kitchen is the first step toward healthier foods...a nod from Pollan & me! :-)


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GROEDER 1/24/2012 7:59AM

    You have it figured out!!!!! We all need to keep on "cooking" in the kitchen and in our lives.

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