Thursday, October 03, 2013
My posts are getting closer together! OH! so exciting. I may be coming back more than just sporadically! This week has been funcational. (Fun and educational).
I called time of death on the rock candy yesterday. They were not as big as I wanted, but they did set up this time. The first run was 2c of sugar for every cup of water, and it did not work. The second was 3c per cup of water, and it worked a little. The third was 3c of sugar per cup of water and I brought them to a boil for a bit (minute or so instead of just bringing to a boil like the website had said). This worked wonderfully. A couple of days and we had 1/2 inch in diameter rock candies. Daughter came home and saw I had them sitting out to dry and she yanked one for a taste test before dinner. She took two in her lunch today. I allowed it because it was more to show off than nutritional value. We added some food coloring to one set and none to the other so she could see it happening on at least one.
We tried veggie burgers (the bean burger recipes, no matter what I added, always ended up being dry, brittle, and crumbly). Daughter was excited to take them in her lunch, so I did a good job there too! I have done quite a bit this past pay period to eliminated the pastas in our daily meals, we have had them once so far in the last 8 days!
I thought about exercising a couple of times this past week. You know the saying "it is the thought that counts"....well, that's not true. I thought about it, and didn't lose a single pound. What a misleading statement!
I have been continuing my trips to the "crazy" doctor. My husband teases me every time, asking "so, how crazy are you? Less or more than last time". I think I am less so, but he does not think so at all.
Oh! I forgot to tell everyone what a Lucy Ball I am! After I finished frying the veg burgers, I put the olive oil down the drain and ran hot water through it, like any normal person (I think it is normal anyway). But, the entire front of the house is now clogged. I have been through 3 bottles of drain cleaner now, with no luck. Whenever I run water in the kitchen, it fills up the bathtub and front toilet with water. How do I know this? Because I poured the daughter's blue colored sugar water down the sink and it turned the bathtub water blue. COOL! but terribly ineffective from a plumbing standpoint. The bathtub is a deep one, and it is now about half full of standing water. Perhaps the next experiment should be mosquito breeding. I only do what dishes I need for the day and leave the others piling up, because I don't want the tub overflowing :(. Husband shouted at me last night, what did he want me to do?! He even went into the bathroom and waved his hands and yelled "MAGIC!!!" That didn't work. I had so hoped it would. *sigh* I told him I just wanted to be able to wash clothes and do dishes and not have the darned thing backing up onto the floor, so he sent me out for another bottle of drain stuff.... Did not work, of course. But, I have called his attention to the matter at least.
The dogs are still being senile. One likes to play the "I don't hear you" game when you take her out to tinkle. She waits and waits and waits. You can scream her name at her and she will look at you, and continue her senile wandering through the yard. But, when you whisper "Doggie treat" she makes her way to the door. I have a theory that she may believe her name has been changed to "doggie treat". That she has become so senile that she now only answers to this name.
I picked up a larger tank for Daisy last night when I made my run for drain cleaner. She doesn't like her 10 gallon tank. It is too small to dig in. I was going to relocate her today, but daughter saw the tupperware container and asked if I would do it tonight when she was home so she could help. FINE....
She has requested a lizard and a hermit crab to add to the menagerie of experiments she is already running. I refused, of course. I have enough pets to take care of. 2 turtles, 2 senile dogs, and a 3 tier tupperware drawer set made into a mealworm breeding farm. NOT getting any more animals. NO WAY. NOT happening. (She sees a puppy and wants it. she just loves animals that much, and while I encourage her to do things she loves, having a house full of animals is not my idea of a fun time- I always end up picking up the slack and doing the dirty jobs of feeding and changing them and she gets the fun jobs of playing with them). If she starts showing some initiative in the dirty work, then I would be less rigid on this rule. As it is, I feed, bathe, and change all animals.
I have been talking to the husband. An alien concept, completely. The psychologist told me I needed to ask for help, instead of just doing everything all by myself and being a crabby pants my whole life. It is working, they are helping, when I ask. As far as the crabby pants, maybe it takes a while to get out of your system?
I always end up making the psychologist laugh when I am in there. I am just that crazy. A regular ball of fun, I am. Nice, round, ball of fun.
All the goals I have set for myself the past 3 months have been met. Vegetarian without pasta every night, quit smoking, and work on being a family member instead of a family appliance.
I need to work the next 3 months on SQL, exercise, and maybe I will toss personal hygiene on the list too, since I tend to shower irregularly still- it is not like I DO anything to get dirty! Sheesh! But, apparently, bathing on a regular basis is a requirement for mental health. WEIRD! Maybe aim for daily blogs instead of my hit and miss bits as well. But, I don't want to add too much! The bathing may be all I manage to handle! It is right up there with portion control on the list of things I struggle with.