What I did right today- Day 72

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Welcome back from Christmas, everybody. And thanks to everyone who responded to my whine-fest of a blog from late last night. It felt good just to vent all of that and today I'm feeling a little calmer. Tomorrow I go out of town overnight, but I'm going to go to get medical attention for my ankle on Tuesday.

Today I stayed within my calories (barely!), and baked yet another batch of cookies to take to the party I'm going to tomorrow (hence the being out of town thing.) I also worked on a song for the Celtic band I'll be singing with. Gaelic is haaaard.

Last night I also wound up making a list of goals for the new year. Call them early resolutions, but it was more of a "where do I want to be at this time next year, and how do I get there?" It helped me to organize my thoughts and calm down.

Oh, and Christmas! Christmas was awesome. It was a total calorie meltdown, but it's CHRISTMAS and I don't care, as long as it doesn't become weeks of binging. And so far it hasn't- true, I've been skating close to the edge calorie-wise, thanks to copious cookies, but I haven't gone over except on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, which was the plan.

For Christmas I got a programmable rice cooker, which should be very helpful in fixing oatmeal in the morning and rice when I'm the one cooking dinner, or needing a good lunch to take with me to work. I also got the wonderful and weird cookbook Momofuku (did you know you can make dashi with bacon instead of smoked fish?), a hard cheese-making kit, and various and sundry other books. Because I really, really like books! One of them was a nice surprise; my mom got me a book by a local author I happen to know. James Morrow- excellent sci fi (Nebula nominated, in fact) and some historical fiction/fantasy. And possibly best of all, I got the full Black Adder collection of DVDs. That's every season of the show, all the specials/movies, and extra features including a commentary with Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry, and other excellent people.
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    I'm glad your Christmas was good! Let me know how the rice cooker turns out, I've been eyeing one for myself! Cheesemaking kit - woo! Can't wait to hear about your cheese experiments. My Christmas was pretty nice, too, and it was great to get to see my whole family. I got a nice cast iron grill pan and I am looking forward to grilling some salmon for myself this week. I also got some lovely handmade soaps - glad my mom finally got the memo that I am a soap addict!

    Sorry to hear about your ankles - hopefully the doctor will have not-too-bad news for you. It is so disappointing when things don't work out as you wish, but you've still made amazing progress even if you don't get to run this month. Just think about how different you are now compared with earlier in the year!
    3006 days ago
    Oooo, Momofuku! I've been eyeballing that since before its release date. Let me know how it is!

    I'm glad that you had a wonderful Christmas :) Mine was pretty good too, after some initial growling between Carl and I. I have a number of gift cards that I will be spending this week, and two new Wii fitness games.

    Christmas is not Christmas without indulging in tons of high calorie foods! I stuck to my calorie range Christmas Eve, but not Christmas Day or yesterday. I had meant to be good yesterday, but delicious snack food was my undoing. I'm back on track today.

    I'm not sure whether I'll be doing New Year's resolutions. I usually don't, because I've never kept one. It feels like jinxing myself.
    3008 days ago
    I am glad to hear that you had a good Christmas! Have a great time tomorrow!

    3008 days ago
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