My First Day on Vacation
Friday, September 13, 2013
I am waking up to a chilly start here in Wisconsin! At 6:30 i checked the temp outside...38 degrees! No heat in the three season porch where I slept last night. All windows! To top it off I slept with the ceiling fan on, to help with hot flashes. I had on a summer weight quilt and summer nightgown. BRR. It's been high 80s and low 90s up till the day I left NC. Even here it's been quite warm. I did not really come with warm clothes, even though I know it's a chilly time of year here usually. I'm sure it will be 70 out later today. I packed light, only a carry on and backpack. For a 2 week stay. And half of my suitcase was filled with things I brought for my mom. She said it was like an early Christmas.
The sun is just now peeking through the trees; beautiful. The leaves aren't changing yet. Last night at dusk, outside my parents' window I spotted a family of deer. A buck, doe and 2 young deer. It was beautiful. What a nice welcome to the woods.
Yesterday, my travel day, I ate my usual breakfast. I was to fly over the lunch hour, so I packed a sandwich on a bagel. That was very satisfying. . .gave me something to chew. I knew my dad would take me to the A&W before heading to the house. (I take a regional shuttle from the Twin Cities to a small town, a 45 minute ride, where it drops me off at a hotel parking lot. That's where Dad picks me up, and we have another 45 minute ride to the house) The Root Beer Stand is across the road from where he picks me up, so we HAVE to go there. It's our ritual. Ahead of time I checked out a nutrition menu and decided what I would have that would allow me to also eat whatever they wanted for supper. I got a medium float with diet root beer. only 170 calories!
I didn't snack later, but I really should have. I usually eat at 5 at home, but my parents don't eat until 6. That adds up to a two hour delay for my meal. To top it off they delayed their meal and I didn't get to eat until 6:45, their time. Which meant 2 hours and 45 minutes late for my hunger signals. Now, if I were at home with hubby, I'd be cranky. But I kept myself calm and patient and realized I would really enjoy my food. They wanted to get Mc Donald's! Oh dear! I got on the nutrition chart for Mc D's and decided on the perfect amount of calorie sandwich, and allowed room to snack on a few of their fries. Just a few! But a few was better than trying to suffer and smell theirs and drool. I never eat fries. And of course, they aren't as good as all that anyway.
I stayed within range! We'd gotten take out, and ate it at home. After the meal they ate apple pie cake mom had just taken out of the oven when I walked in the door. I know she made it for me. But I didn't sample it when it was hot. And when they had some after Mc D's, I didn't have any. I was determined to stay within range. Fortunately, it doesn't look all that good. (There was a time not so long ago, that I'd try anything home baked, no matter how it looked. And I would've tried it out of a feeling of obligation.) I don't want to feel coerced into having some.
One thing great is that Mom asked me if I'd lost weight since she last saw me in April. I had lost 6 pounds and firmed up my belly lately. I think that helped her not to push for me to eat her treat. Over the last few years, my dad always apologizes and tries to be sure they aren't tempting me to "go off my diet" That's really sweet of him. They know I'm always working on it.
There is a Fall Festival in town, parade included. I'm going to my mom's quilt guild Quilt Show tomorrow. I think I'll stay away from Festival Food, though I may visit the beer garden and have beer and a brat. I'm in Wisconsin after all! I will include it in my food budget. I'm determined not to gain weight this trip. I lost a pound last time here.
Well, I just wanted to check in. I got to bed before 9 here with the time difference. That's late for me! So I'm awake way before them. That gives me lots of time to Spark. I've been up for 3 hours already and it's only 8:30!
Wish I got a picture of the deer for you!