Monday, October 20, 2008
More of a real blog later with stuff about stuff. But follow the link to more pictures of the quilt!
Friday, October 17, 2008
So yesterday got a LITTLE better after around 10PM.
But let's go back to the night before -- kinda sucky. Dh was not feeling well... wasn't into a dinner of chicken rice and veggies, but sucked it up and went along with me... even though we followed it up with some tortilla chips later.. :) Then it's time for bed, way later, can't remember when, and sleep was awful.
Turns out, DH wasn't sleeping AT ALL. I awoke at like 3AM to him saying he hasn't been to bed yet. Then again at like 6 and he's like utterly exhausted and has to teach class later that day and can't get to sleep. He struggles with sleep at times ANYWAY, and you know what it's like trying to get to sleep with a cough. You just can't rest because the tickle will NOT GO AWAY. Combine that with someone who already has trouble getting to sleep and he was totally miserable.
So I'm up again, rubbing his back, stroking hair, trying to be soothing and comforting and helping him to go sleep. Eventually he just get's up at about 7:30 and is like, this is stupid. I'm getting up. So he goes and eats a nice breakfast of frozen burritos and goes to work. He tells me he managed a nap in his office for a couple of hours, but that only resulted in being less prepared for class, which he had to leave TWICE for stomach distress!! Then ended class early. He had a horrible unproductive day, and felt like crap when he got home and I'm like -- dude!!! You didn't get any sleep AND you're sick!!! Any other person would have cancelled class or SOMETHING, it's ok you didn't have a great lecture and had to end early. You shouldn't feel bad.
He is very hard on himself -- quite the perfectionist at times.
As for my day. I went back to sleep when he decided to leave, woke up a couple hours later to take a shower and go to the Lady Dr only to find our WATER IS TURNED OFF with no warning. :P Our stupid apt complex likes to do that from time to time for an hour or two. To do some maintenance I'm sure, but it's really irritating. Our last complex would post a big sign the day before they had work done. We never had "Surprise! NO WATER!" anywhere except for this place.
So I wasn't FILTHY or anything, but I like to be super fresh for the Lady Dr's, and that wasn't happening. So I get over there. Have to wait for over an HOUR before I get seen. My appt was at 10, I didn't leave until like quarter to 12.
I tried to find the Salvation Army but came up empty. Went to the fabric store and they have ZERO fringe. So no creating my own flapper dress.
Yesterday I discussed just getting a cute mod-looking dress, doing twiggy style makeup and being the mod-chick. It will be so cute. I just was looking for something less normal looking, but I think with the over the top makeup and fake eyelashes it will be costumey enough. So I went to target -- tried on a few dresses and a pair of skinny jeans. Ended up buying a shirt with elbow length sleeves for $2.24 that could go under a strappy dress should I find one, but could do double duty as a cute black T if I don't need it. For that cheap, who can resist? The dresses were all a bit TOO short. (Hard for my height to find a short dress that ISN'T scandalous.)
ANYWAY. I decided to try out this new "Dress Boutique" in town just to see what it was like. :) I was expecting ridiculously high prices, but really they weren't that bad. I was thinking $200-$300 monstrous prices, but it was more like $45-$65 range for most things. THEN they had a 50% off rack! Unfortunately the things that looked adorable on me were NOT from the clearance rack and I couldn't buy anything, but I will be going back there when I have some money to spend! :D EVERYTHING was totally adorable. I tried on this amazing satiny blue dress with a ruffle down the front. It was so cute I had to take a picture with my cell phone even though it was so short I could never wear it. HAHAHAA. It fit like a dream and I just felt amazing that I could even try on clothes that would fit and look good in a little boutique like that.
Then on to Old Navy where I found a dress for $9.99!!! :D WOOHOO!!
That's it, I got it in Stainless Steel. I think it looks better on me than it does in that picture that's for sure!!! The neckline seems bigger somehow, and I dunno, just looks better. I think it's shorter on me too, though. so maybe that has something to do with it. So picture that, elbow length black top underneath for interest, bright stockings of some kind, cute flats, maybe a belt/longnecklace/bigearrings whatever I can find that's mod looking. A big cuff bracelent maybe. And twiggy makeup.
UM... so yeah. I might also go to the thrift store and buy a velma outfit just in case I change my mind because with how much money I saved on that part of the costume, I think I have enough left for options.
That was the high point of the day.
I had to buy a replacement gas cap for my car and a condolences card for someone at work. :(
Then come home and I was BEAT. I did not want to do anything. I watched TV and then I took a nap after reading a bit. Then DH came home.
Then we were snappy at each other from being so tired. But then we got over it. And by that point we were starving and it was after 10PM. We were planned to go to eat out with relatives, but because DH was having such a horrible time of it and still feeling super sick, we didn't go. But I decided it would be ok for us to splurge on dinner anyway -- he wanted Wendy's. Our stupid Wendy's is ALWAYS OUT OF BAKED POTATOES. I don't think I have ONCE been able to get one there. :( So I got a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, small fries AND a small chili. I know I had too many cal's but it was splurge day so I don't really care.
The one bummer is I didn't run.
Then this morning I was going to run but it was raining.
So I did a workout video. 37 min, 386 calories, so not TOO shabby... but I was trying a new one, didn't like it. Won't do it again. Showered, work.
I'm low on calories a bit. I'm trying my protein powder for the first time. I'm putting .5 scoop in my oatmeal today and seeing how that works. It's vanilla flavored so I'm thinking I might not need the honey on it. We'll see.
Just aiming for making it through the day so we can have a more recuperative weekend.
Good news -- DH slept last night and so did I. so YAY on that.
P.S. -- so after reading Cat's comment, I'm reminded that I really did have some good moments yesterday that I let get overshadowed by the bad stuff. It's important to remember the good things. ALSO -- my DH has agreed to let me start being his food master again. :D YAY!!!! His Dr recommended some Omega 3 supplements cause his cholesterol got worse since his last visit (which was during the eating healthy/excercising phase), so anyway, I think that spurred the change of heart and I'm also excited about that.
P.P.S. -- Also Quilt Pictures THIS WEEKEND! FOR SURE.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
That title is how I feel. Just kinda cruising, today... didn't really feel like doing much. I watched Biggest Loser on TiVo -- stupid thing clipped the ending so I couldn't see the transformation moment. :P But at least I got to watch the rest.
Did ST during the last part of the show -- only 23 minutes, but I burned 205 calories in those 23 minutes so not too shabby!!! I was looking at how low the burn was and feeling discouraged, but when I realized how SHORT an amount of time Iw as actually working out... I feel satisfied with that number. I did a variety of things -- I did 2 sets of 30 KB swings, 2 sets of 12-15 clean and presses on each arm with the KB, and I used the KB for sumo squats with tricep extensions, bent over single arm dumbell rows, and chest presses. Then I did a bunch of other random stuff with dumbbells. I wanted to do more lunges and whatnot, but my left knee started bugging me so I had to cut that down. I should have done more ab stuff, too, I only did dumbbell flys w/ crunches and some bicycle crunches, but not that many of each. I guess I also did plank rows so that is some more core time. But my abs are definitely not spent. I guess that means I can/should work them again tomorrow. :)
Just as planned, fajitas again - this time I used a poblano instead of an anaheim pepper -- are those supposed to be spicy? It was spicier this time, dunno if it was a hotter jalapeno, more chipotle seasoning, or the new pepper variety, but it was delicious. My lips were just burning after I got done eating. HAHAHA. I did cook up a big batch of brown rice to be used throughout the week - YAY. It takes so long that sometimes I don't want to eat it because I want to eat NOW dangit -- but doing it on a night that we're not eating it, so it can take as long as it takes and I don't care, really seemed to be a good idea. We'll be able to have some tonight and dinner will be done in a snap. I'm going for the chicken/rice/veggies format tonight.
I didn't really have an idea what other emoticon to use, so we have the lovely devil face. YAY. I had to do ST at home today because we were expecting a repeat attempt at a Fed Ex delivery we missed yesterday while I was running. So that came in, but then I still had plenty of time before I had to leave for work... I wasn't sure what to do with myself, but I ended up leaving early to go check out some consignment shops downtown to look for a flapper-esque dress and came up empty handed. :(
SO EXCITED because tomorrow I'm OFF and I don't work this weekend, so really today is like... the last real workday of the week. Friday will be a bunch of nonsense I'm sure. HAHAHA. But anyway, tomorrow I've got that Dr's appt, and then dinner later, I plan to do my speedwork running tomorrow, perhaps a fartlek-in-the-park? :D And then I'm going to scour the stores again in hopes of finding/creating a flapper costume. If my efforts fail, I will then look for backup-idea items. I really want to get this costume thing nailed down. I've only got like 2 weeks!!! :D
Happy I worked with my KB, Babybell, today.
OH! I also cleaned out Roomba finally so he could run around today. :)
Glad I finally went to those consignment stores. I've been wanting to for ages and I guess it took costume hunting to get me to go -- there were some really cute items there actually, but I don't have a budget right now for real actual clothing. ;) Gotta remember to keep those places in mind for when I DO.
Um. That's about it I guess.
OH! My concert is next Monday... I don't think I mentioned that yet. Our rehearsal on this past Monday was the last one before the concert -- we're having a reception afterward and I signed up to bring a fruit tray. :D YAY!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
So my DH decided I was going to be his snooze this morning. I kept going to check on him and see if he was getting up and he was like, 5 more minutes, 10 more minutes, 15 more minutes, no I'm gonna get up at 10:30. :P ahhahah :D
I woke up WAY too early after sleeping horribly.
The landscapers at our apartment complex apparently decided that 8-8:30 AM was a great time to start chainsawing down the extra overhanging limbs of all the trees around our apartment. FUN!!!!!!!!! So there was sawing and cutting smaller and leaf blowing all going on. No way I could continue to sleep.
So I get up, make lunches, decide not to disturb DH, but he usually gets up around 9:30 so I check on him and then the human snooze button goes into effect. So I'm eating breakfast, watching TiVo, and running into the bedroom every so often.
I am NOT feeling my run.
But, after DH leaves for work I start watching Biggest Loser Australia and this guy who weighs like 180-something kilograms (396lbs for 180k, so definitely over 400lbs) is performing a challenge where he has to relay run up and down this massive hill carrying a 5kilo (11lb) weight! All the members of his team (and the other team actually) were commenting on how inspirational he is and how if he can carry on, how can they give up?
OH dear me and my getting up off my butt after watching the biggest loser, but I knew that for me today was supposed to be an easy run and although I only had one off day since my long run, I really had no excuse to sit around and be lazy especially seeing this man work so hard. SOOOOOO I went for my run.
Being honest, it did still kinda suck. But I got it done. :) 2.6 miles, completed at about 4.17MPH average. My HR average was 159, a bit higher than I would have liked, but I was getting impatient with my run today. It was hot and sunny out, and I just wanted to get done faster than going so slow allowed -- all that considered, I think I reigned myself in pretty well. There was at least a nice breeze for most of it. 442 calories burned.
Last night I tried something new. I buy storemade tomato sauce to make pasta with, and we usually use half a jar at a time. That can seem like enough sauce when there's no meat, but with meat in the sauce it kinds soaks up all the sauce, or at least adds more surface area for the sauce to cover, and then it's all sauce meager. Which is really not too troublesome for me, but the DH is not a fan. I had a can of crushed tomatoes w/ mushrooms and green peppers in them. The sauce was mushroom and olive! :D So I added the can, a bit of Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil and Garlic seasoning and it tasted really good. :D Good texture, good flavor -- I don't think DH would have known I did anything different if I hadn't told him. I think that might help me stretch some sauce in the future for less.
I'm thinking fajitas again tonight... I don't have a really good plan this week. I have a bunch of chicken breasts in individual bags in the freezer that I can take down to defrost throughout the week, I'm gonna cook some rice for the week tonight I think, and then I have some microwave steam in a bag veggies -- the asparagus again, and a squash/zucchini mix. :D I'm excited about those.
SORRY! STILL NO QUILT PICTURES!!! No excuse but laziness. If all else fails I will be able to take pictures Thursday because I'm taking the day off of work for a Lady Dr. Visit and going to dinner with family at night. :)
Monday, October 13, 2008
So this weekend was a bit of a struggle for me -- mostly Saturday I guess. Things got done, but it was tough being mostly by myself all day long in the house wanting to munch munch munch all day. :P I DID stay within calories, though, and didn't eat anything horrendously bad. Yesterday was much better.
I credit my run yesterday to making yesterday so much better. I also cooked a healthy dinner! :D Tofu+Broccoli stuff.
SO! I putzed around all morning yesterday and then at like 1:30 I was like. I have to go run. And I went. I waited for my DH to wake up because I wanted to make sure he wouldn't wake up and need me, so I could make sure he was set before I left. So that is really the main reason for delay. I took a new path, kind of just running here and there until I felt I had run long enough to go back and be between 5-6 miles total -- and I hit 5.25 miles exactly, so WOOHOO!!! It was a TOUGH kind of a run -- up and down and up and down and up and down. Super hilly. But I completed it in 1hr and 18min, so I was a little over 4MPH, or a bit over 14min miles I think. The weather was kind of threatening rain the whole time, but it was gorgeous in that stormy looking kind of way. Breezy and overcast. :) My FAVORITE kind of weather. Burned like... 971 calories or something? I can't remember, it's on my mapmyrun. Average Heart Rate was 161 I think. I was trying at the beginning to keep it down, but with the hills and unknown territories, and at one point just getting excited about a song that came on... I let myself get carried away sometimes. Plus a sprint to the finish, of course. :) hehehe. Feeling very confident about the Virtual Bunny 10K on Nov 1st. :D (Me and the Bun Buddy Brigade are running a 10K distance in our areas on or around 11/1 and will share our times with each other and whatnot. Fun, right?)
So DH had all kinds of fabulous food requests on Saturday because he was sick. Apparently for him being sick = wanting to eat total crap. Specific Requests: Cake donuts, Kettle Cooked Mesquite BBQ Chips, Spicy Meaty Rotel Dip, and Ginger Ale. (I think that's everything....) OH and orange juice. :) Of course. hahahaha. so I had a very interesting shopping cart full of beautiful produce, sugar free puddings, light ice cream, and crap. HAHAHAHA I made the Spicy Rotel Dip with Extra Lean Ground Turkey and 2% Milk Velveeta. :) It came out to 125 calories for 1/3 of a cup -- which is NOT TOO SHABBY actually. I had some. Oh yes, with the tortilla chips I also had to buy for the purpose. The difference is, I had 1/3 of a cup, then went back for a 2nd 1/3. I ate that 2nd 1/3 mostly with celery. So I did it in good moderation. YAY! I ate HALF of a cake donut yesterday. And really the reason I stopped? I wanted to make sure DH got to have some of the flavor. And when I stopped, it was enough. So craving satisfied, disaster averted. :)
Last night I made the tofu and broccoli dish which was DELICIOUS. My DH, who "hates broccoli", loved it, wanted more, and said that's the best tasting broccoli I've ever had! :D
SO! Here's what it entailed: ( From the Biggest Loser Cookbook)
1 package of Extra Firm Tofu, drained and cut into 1/2" cubes (or something like that. You slice the brick of tofu into slabs about 1/2" thick, place in between paper towels with a plate on top and underneath and something to weight the upper plate on top. Let sit for 30min, then cut into the smaller cubes)
broccoli... I don't remember how much really. I got two bunches.
some chopped up green onions
a couple tsp of minced garlic...
1 tsp of fresh minced ginger
1/2 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp light teriyaki sauce
red pepper flakes (if you want the added spice)
So you start out with a hot skillet/wok, add cooking spray, and add the tofu, green onions, garlic, ginger, olive oil and sesame oil. Cook for about 3 minutes. Then add the chopped up broccoli and continue to cook until the tofu is browned on all sides. Add the teriyaki sauce and pepper flakes if you want to.
I kinda varied from this... I cooked the tofu probably a lot longer before adding the broccoli, added the olive oil and sesame oil at the same time I added the broccoli, and didn't cook that quite as long, but until they were starting to get a bit tender. Added the teriyaki sauce and pepper flakes and cooked a bit longer till everything was well covered. And that's about it. Anyway.
That much made 2 servings. Delicious.
So..... I FINISHED MY QUILT!!! :D Unless I want to go through and actually quilt on it or something, but it's all put together. :D I didn't get a chance to take pictures, but it looks pretty awesome. Maybe I can do that tomorrow morning sometime.
My DH seems to be feeling somewhat better. He was so pitiful and pathetic all weekend! :( Sounded horrible, coughing, periodically running a fever... yeah. Poor thing. But his throat wasn't really sore, so we knew it wasn't strep. So we didn't end up going to the Dr's, but he was not in good shape. Last night he started to sound a little better, though, and I think he got good sleep last night, too. At least BETTER. I'm just crossing my fingers that I don't get struck with the crud, too.
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