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Saturday, May 05, 2012

...and enjoying my "last" translate first real day off, yesterday was all about catching up around the house and fending off the overzealous affections of cats, dogs, goats and even surprisingly chickens who all seemed to miss me when I was gone. LOL

Five weeks that seemed life forever filled with stress and worry and lots to do yet still gave me that much uninterrupted quality time with my Mom and Dad even if it involved my fussing more at them about the things we all need to do for our health.

Mom's Dr gave me a book to read, Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, MD. I am just about done with it. I think when I go shopping next as my budget expands with a return to being a DINK *(Double Income No Kids)* household that my Love and I are, I am going to get stuff to make some of the recipes out of the book. It's very simple, really, if limiting of animal proteins, as much as the animal proteins we regularly consume are better than the factory farmed drug induced things that pass for meat and eggs and such for most of the country they should still be limited.

Today is my first solitary "V-day" as Daddy coined them, called for by his Cardiologist at least weekly, for a vegetarian day with very limited low fat/fat free dairy items if you must. I do have to admit that I like my animal proteins at a mouth level but I don't miss them physically like some people say they do. I suppose that's all the more reason to go ahead with their limitation since it doesn't really bother me that much. I DID find a vegan CORN DOG that is finally the answer to my mouth's want for the evil that is corn dog that doesn't make me feel sick after eating it like all the others my food cravings have driven me to consume. They are made my a company called Morning Star Farms. Everything we tried for Daddy's V-days besides the usual oatmeal, nut butter & fruit spread on whole wheat and pot o'beans came from this company and was a FAR cry from some of the non animal protein choices that I remember when I first started doing yoga in college and gave a go at not eating animals through the course of several classes and yoga programs. ALL THAT STUFF TASTED LIKE CARDBOARD! I still flinch at the whole idea of something coming from a box instead of the fridge and cupboards but am willing to let that be my "bad" things like the corn dogs for instance and another I am particularly fond of the "breaded chicken patties" again a form of TVP but apparently someone somewhere along the line did finally figure out a way to make it taste more like chicken and less like the box they put it in!!!

I so thought I would have blogged more at mom's. Turns out maybe I just needed to write whether or not anyone read it or not! LOL I had promised Rob to blog everyday so he'd know what was going on and it's sort of a nostalgia for us from when we lived in Vegas and worked opposite schedules and took public transportation, which only leaves about two hours in a day to see each other if one of us skipped two hours of sleep, I worked for a tech company and we had internet access in the cafeteria so after lunch and a smoke, I'd sit back down at a terminal, (I know some break for someone who sits at a computer all day at the time for work already?!?, Right?), and blog on Myspace. Even though we didn't get to see each other I blogged three times a day and Rob read it and commented and all that. My parents live off the grid seven miles from a town of less than 400 people so there is no DSL!! The timeout on the dial up and/or connectivity issues ate more blogs while I was there than not. I guess it really does just help sometimes to type it all out and let it go!

I got some killer birthday gifts! Strange, it wasn't even anything I thought about. I was so focused on my birthday being the date Daddy saw his cardiac surgeon and might be released to light duty and driving and I was going to get home I never thought of gifts. Having my father still around after an encounter with some of the statistically most fatal cardiac events and getting to go back to my house with my Love and pets and other critters, plants etc seemed like the best gift ever! Imagine my surprise when parents asked what I wanted and I had no clue. It wasn't until I was out in the back yard and later on the back porch doing yoga and almost tipping over trying to hold a pose that needed a block for a prop which I didn't have the balance or the prop to complete and my dad asked what would fix that, my father always Mr. Fix-it that he is responded when I said the pose, Wheel, could be easier to relax into with blocks. He quipped that what I was doing didn't look relaxing at all in fact looked hard and nothing like what remembered of the 1960's "yoga movement" with a bunch of "weird people chanting", this looked more like exercise and work. LOL Either way, he was sappy for a moment and I got one of those, "I'm proud of you for doing things that improve your health, now that I know what a person's supposed to do and all, and that's just what you'll have then." When we went shopping, the day before my birthday actually, his appointment had to be moved, ya know cardiac surgeons and their schedules are always flaky, (or maybe having to unexpectedly open up someone's chest to keep them from dying after they come in on a life flight helicopter just doesn't lend itself to keeping a strict schedule!), anyhow, I'm so rambling here, but when my father found out the blocks were ten bucks he decided that I needed way more than that for my birthday, so as much as I HATE shopping I got sent off with mom to the ladies fitness apparel section for new yoga pants and a top that is actually meant for yoga. OMG! IT'S AMAZING!!!! It doesn't ride up, pinch, bind or even have to have a bra under it, it's all one piece with built in bosom support and my belly doesn't even show a bit during sun salutations!! Also, there was this super cute mat bag with a pretty swirled black screen print abstract design on natural canvas that I love even if my bigger thicker squishy mat doesn't fit it, my thin one does with my straps, bands and yoga clothes! Oh yeah, and the item that started this whole thing off, the yoga blocks! Ahhhhhh stability in difficult poses! I suppose that about sums up the last five weeks of my life when you look at it that way!

Anyhow, at this point I'm blogging to procrastinate. It's cold and windy and yucky looking outside and I still have to get my promised half hour walk in today. I've added over the last five weeks, a daily minimum of half an hour of walking/hiking and a weekly "V-day" usually Saturdays since Dad got out of the hospital but Mom and Dad are going to a friend of Dad's birthday party today so I'm pretty sure they are rescheduling "V-day" to another day this week, along with my usual yoga 3 hours a week and fasting on Sundays. It's a good thing I'm not on a schedule that keeps "regular work week" shifts! I'd have blown that whole "it's the weekend" excuse to eat poorly and binge! My "weekends" are Wednesdays and Thursdays so that's still something I have to deal with.

I'm off to find warm outside hiking gear when I'd just put most of that away in favor of lighter stuff!
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