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Freedom, Death, Rice Cakes

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I'm taking a couple days off work, so I'm in the middle of a 4-day weekend--heaven!

First things first: I've been eating like a maniac. A really, really hungry maniac. I'm still processing the stuff I wrote about in my last post, as well as the unbelievably thoughtful and supportive comments from folks (thank you!). So, even though I ate an entire Toblerone bar and an entire bag of potato chips in two days (!), I'm not letting other things go un-addressed, if that makes any sense! I took a nasty tumble today while I was out walking with a friend, and am currently icing my ankle--it doesn't hurt too badly, but the swelling is icky.

Freedom: I volunteered this weekend, and helped build a fence for a pooch who was tied up for most of every day. I've mentioned this volunteering in other posts, so I won't bore you with it again. The short version: A big, sweet, 9-month old pitbull named Smokey, 30 amazing volunteers, and several tiny, adorable children to visit with during the down times--it was a really, really special day! The moment you un-tether the dog from his chain, and he gets the "Zoomies" is just magnificent. I wish I could say that fence-building was a workout, but with 30 people, no one person does *that* much!

Death: Portland had its first-ever Death Café, and I went on Sunday. For people who aren't familiar with the Death Café movement, it's basically a bunch of people, strangers in this case, meeting up to have a safe, healthy discussion about death. It's not a grief or support group, but just a chance to safely talk about a topic that can otherwise be sad, scary, or contentious. The facilitator of my table was a hospice nurse--she was smart, warm, and so respectful. Some of the people at my table had pretty divergent views about stuff, but we had a great time. There was a lot of laughter, some thinking, and some ideas I'd never heard before. Talking about dying has a way of making living seem more urgent.

Rice Cakes: Yes, Virginia, you really CAN eat too many rice cakes, especially when you slather them with maple almond butter. Seriously, you guys, I have literally become addicted to this snack. I would estimate it at about 250 calories/serving, and I've had 3 today...yikes. I did the same thing at work the other day, too. I know I have trigger foods that shouldn't be in the house (chips, fancy cheese, chocolate anything), but who would've thought rice cakes? And I have no issue portion-controlling nut butters with anything else. I might have peanut butter toast for breakfast, and that's plenty; or I might have an apple with almond butter for a snack, no big deal. But the rice cake/maple almond butter combo has proved too easy and delicious for me, it seems!

Off to bed, now--I haven't had internet for a couple days, so I'll try and catch up on reading blogs as best I can!
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    Forgive me for saying so, but really it takes a great amount of any yummy topping to make rice cakes palatable.
    Kidding! Mostly. Ok, not really, but I've never been a fan even though my hubby likes them a lot. I would do the same thing given the opportunity. We appear to have the same trigger foods (are they universal or what?).

    Congrats on another FFF project! I hope the swelling goes down soon and your ankle is back up and sturdy again.
    1685 days ago
    Thank you for what you did for Smokey. You are an angel!!! emoticon
    1685 days ago
    Well you have been openly frank and honest so all I can say is that if you know what your trigger foods are and you really want to avoid eating them its time to get them out of your house. I know if I have certain things available to me I find a way to rationalize why I should eat them.
    Kudos to you for your volunteer work. I have a 1 1/2 yr old pit mix. He is absolutely adorable, but for one little dog he has a tremendous amount of energy. I have an underground dog fence in my yard so he is allowed to roam freely, but nothing gives him the same satisfaction as being out in the open and being able to run his little tail off!!
    So sorry about your ankle. I hope the swelling goes down soon and that it isn't anything serious. Be sure to ice and elevate and rest it until it is feeling better. Even if it is just a sprain they can be very painful and take a long time to heal if you don't let them rest.
    I hope you find other ways to enjoy the rest of your long weekend. emoticon emoticon
    1686 days ago
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