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hodge podge catch-up blog

Friday, November 14, 2014

Nothing momentous going on but thought I would post a catch-up blog.

Funny true story that just happened: One of my twins and I walk into Trader Joe’s where they have a big display of fresh Brussel sprouts on the stalk. DS runs up to them and says kinda loudly, “Mom, Brussel sprouts! Can we get some? Please!” Now, he says this in the same tone of voice that any other child would beg for chocolate cake. A lady looking at the flowers nearby gives me a startled look and smiles. I really don’t like Brussel sprouts but how can I say no now? Lady says, “Gotta love a kid who likes Brussel sprouts.” I guess. I wish it was chocolate cake. *sigh*

Watched a silly, campy action romance last night called D.E.B.S. The premise is there is secret test within the SAT that looks for girls with aptitude to be spies. They send them to a special school to become covert operatives. It’s completely ridiculous and knows it so plays up the camp angle. The romance is between one of the DEBS and a super-villain named Lucy Diamond. If you are looking for some brain candy that will leave you with a smile at the end, then I highly recommend this flick.

Our household has been tapped to host Thanksgiving this year. My sister has hosted the last 3 years, so it’s our turn again. We have had a long enough break that I am actually looking forward to it. I am really looking forward to the fringe benefit of having a completely tidy and clean house. We try not to live in squalor but, ya know, twins. We are going with the classic menu: roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing (we have an awesome sausage stuffing recipe), green bean casserole (I have the BEST make over of the classic recipe and everyone in my fam loves it), maybe a honey baked ham for the non-turkey eaters and pumpkin pie (my sister’s pumpkin pie is to die for). I worry that my menu isn't very exciting, but I love all these dishes and we don’t eat like this any other time of year so I’m going tried and true.

My kids have a project for school to make pine wood derby cars. Apparently this is a big deal in some circles with competitions around the country. Our guys are just doing it within their own class. We have watched videos on YouTube on how to trick out your car, so that will be our project this weekend. Time to don my Mr. Mom tool belt and get busy!

We are trying to decide if we want to remodel our kitchen. Let me rephrase that. We are trying to decide if we want to spend the money to remodel our kitchen. I definitely WANT to. It’s just kinda nerve wracking actually deciding to pull the trigger on it or not. Not helping matters is DW and I have diametrically opposing views on what we should do. I want as many cabinets as I can fit in there, she doesn't. I want darker varnish, she doesn’t. I want to get rid of our old O'Keeffe & Merritt stove (which I grant you is very cool but it’s also not working 100% and trying to find someone to fix a stove built in the 40’s is a challenge and don’t even get my started on trying to cook a Thanksgiving dinner with it) and, yes, you guessed it, she doesn't. Now, I am the cook of the family and I think she is about ready to just say, “Do what you want, honey.” But, I don’t know if I will be able to take it if I hear her sigh sadly every time she walks into my dream kitchen. Ugh. LOL.

I guess I should put some actual spark related content in here. Let’s see… I posted a 5 lb weight loss last week. Holy sh*t! I have no idea what was up with that. I showed a 1 lb gain this week, which is not phasing me a bit because I still kinda feel like last week was a fluke. I am still 100% fired up and happy with my results.
I have been running three days a week. Today something pretty cool happened. At about the 1.5 mile mark I hit a 1 or 2 minute section where my breathing returned to normal and it felt really awesome. It didn't last long but, wow, it was cool. I started huffin’ and puffin’ again but … yeah.

Ok, I think that gets you guys all caught up on what’s shakin’ here. Have a great weekend!
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    Had to laugh about your reaction to your son begging for Brussels sprouts! You know, I used to hate them until I found a fantastic recipe that cooks them with butter/ghee and bacon. What's not to love about butter and bacon?? Roasting them in the oven gives them a really nice flavour. They get browned in the butter and bacon grease and somewhat carmelized. So good! But ... they're not exactly chocolate cake. lol

    Your traditional Thanksgiving feast sounds perfect! And I think spending time with your sis and family will be the highlight of the day. :-)

    Pine wood derby cars - OMG! You have to take pictures! What a blast that's going to be!

    As for your kitchen remodel, I'd definitely take a close look at what Krys had to say on the matter. She's the expert on this. I especially agree with the cabinets. On both quantity and color. Dark cabinets without good lighting and/or lots of windows will make it feel enclosed. I prefer light and airy myself, but we all have different taste in home decor. :-)

    Weighing weekly can be a crap shoot on any given day. As you know, I've started on a new food plan. I know... I still need to blog about it! Anyways, I was looking at a website of a guy who kept track of everything on a daily basis - weight, blood sugar, blood ketone levels. Some weeks he showed a gain, but at the end of the month he had lost nearly 4 pounds. This was his last update after being on this food plan for 12 months, and he was at his goal weight. In fact, I bookmarked that page along with his daily graph to remind me that weight can and will fluctuate. You know how I can get crazy with weighing! And I'm committed to weighing once a week for now.

    You're doing FANTASTIC with your food and exercise, Gyrl!! NSVs like your increased stamina during running are such a rush!! WTG! emoticon
    2362 days ago
    Speaking of Trader Joe's and hodge podge, it is a frozen vegetable mix I like to add to my stir fries.
    2362 days ago
    Awesome job on the running 👍. Myom fixes this broccoli casserole that is amazingly awesome. Almost so good I'm thinking about saving all my calories for that!!
    2362 days ago
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    Great job on the running! My program is definitely on hiatus until next year, so I'm glad to hear of your success! I hope you and your wife find a happy compromise for your kitchen! I agree, that as neat as some of those things sounds, as the primary cook in my household, I want them to function first, and be ascetically pleasing second.

    We're hosting Thanksgiving for the first time, and I'm going pretty traditional on the menu as well. I love traditional Thanksgiving, so I think your menu sounds great! I can't wait for turkey and stuffing!

    Have a great day!
    2363 days ago
    You are AWESOME! Way to go with that 5 lb weight loss.

    And I am a firm believer that the spouse who does the majority of the cooking gets to have the majority of the choices for the kitchen! I cook 98% of the time. I get the frackin' kitchen I want, dang it! (Plus my husband has horrific taste)

    Keep rockin' it!

    2365 days ago
    Feel you on the kitchen remodel - mine needs it badly! Hopefully you guys can come up with a plan that makes you both happy. I understand your feelings on having your dream kitchen and her not liking it so much.
    I'd love to be able to run. I'd like to be able to slip that into conversations, "when I was out running this morning . . ." It was interesting you mentioned your breathing - that's my biggest issue - I think my legs can handle it, but I'm sucking wind after like 30 seconds!
    Congrats on the loss last week!
    2365 days ago
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    OMG.. D.E.B.S... I have not watched that in years, but yes - total campy brain candy goodness!

    Not huffing and puffing while running, even if just for a minute or so, WOW! That is some serious proof of fitness! Very, very cool! Congratulations!
    2365 days ago
    LOVE the hodge podge - and for the record, your menu sounds delish!

    I am having a small (3 people) gathering for Thanksgiving - (sigh). I miss the days of big ol' family gatherings. My son will be with his GF, my daughter with her dad. So me, my brother, and my SO will be on our own. I'm tempted to just order a pre-made dinner. Enjoy your time and family!

    Congrats on the weight loss, but more importantly, on the balance I heard in your blog. Sounds like things are going well!

    2366 days ago
    What an interesting blog!!

    You can never have enough cabinets. But darker ones will make your kitchen look way smaller.

    Yay for brussell sprouts! emoticon The one food I actually can't stand!

    You're doing an amazing job with the exercise and weight loss! Keep up the good work!!

    2366 days ago
    Well sorry for Both of you but I'm switching camps per issue.

    Built In Stove - Classy conversation piece but practical for a family with twins... Nope...It's likely pan's don't fit and the built in isn't high enough to stuff a full bird in there.

    Dark Varnish Cabinets - Take it from a family who makes it's income building houses.. Unless you have whopping windows in your kitchen to let in a lot of light those dark cabinets are doing to make your kitchen feel small.

    Cabinet Count - Stuff as many of those damn things as you can get in there. You can never have enough cabinets. Also if you ever move its a great selling feature,

    I have not seen the movie you mentioned but I'm an action movie chick. I I suppose I would not have expected to.

    Totally with you on the Brussels sprouts, the only good purpose for one of those is whipping them at your little sister or an obnoxious friend.

    Good luck on the Derby Car. I have not had to do one of these yet, but welcome the challenge. We certainly have the tools for it!

    lastly I want to congratulate you on your running ability. Your making great strides and really improving. I think that is fantastic.

    My husband will be home this weekend. Maybe I'll try to run for one minute on the treadmill, while holding on.... That ought to be safe right?


    2366 days ago
    That was an awesome weight loss - congrats! And I love the running story - what an accomplishment!!!

    Best thing in the blog is a kid running for brussel sprouts! I LOVE that :)

    As for the kitchen, you tell wifey that you are the cook - it should be your kitchen!!! I agree that many cabinets are needed.. who wants stuff lying around? But yeah, go for the remodel. It will be worth it & maybe she'll come around once it's done & agree that you made some great choices!

    Finally - your Thanksgiving dinner sounds divine. I hope everything turns out and that the holiday is much enjoyed. We go down to my moms who still enjoys doing the cooking - thankfully! I do not want to take over that job. Enjoy your weekend!
    2366 days ago
    Makes me laugh that you have a Brussels sprouts loving kid, and you don't really love them yourself. I wish I was a Brussels Sprouts lover, but alas, no.

    That movie sounds adorable. I'm not normally one for romance, but throw some action in it and I'm game. And campy movies are the best.

    Sounds like you and your DW have some serious compromising to do if you decide to redo the kitchen. I gotta say, I"m in your camp though... cabinets, cabinets cabinets!

    Congrats on the weight loss you've seen recently, that's awesome. And it's also awesome about the moment of normal breathing while running, that would be a great feeling!

    Good luck with the derby cars!
    2366 days ago
    I saw D.E.B.S. when it came out in theatres. Loved it! Have you seen "But I'm a Cheerleader"? Also amusing and came out at about the same time.

    Good luck with cooking for your family. Cooking makes me upset, even when it is for just me. In fact, my mother will no longer help me cook over the phone. She says I get too "agitated." Like, whatever! If I ever decided to combine cooking with family-time, I would undoubtedly end up in a "facility" for the mentally ill. But I love holidays when others do the cooking (and when alcohol is handy). And I don't mind doing the dishes. Your menu sounds perfect. Maybe throw in an apple salad or something.

    Could you do me a favour and post a photo of your 1940s stove? I know I am going to love it. Right now I am on your wife's side when it comes to kitchen renovations, so I am sorry to be promoting marital discord, but dude, you have a stove from the 1940s!

    2366 days ago
    Hi there kiddo. You are doing great!
    5 lb loss last week and still running. Awesome!

    I know what you mean about the normal breathing, this happens to me once I get into the rhythm of the run. I keep forgetting to take my inhaler because the first few minutes of running I am coughing. (exertion triggered asthma ) The coughing usually fades after about 10 minutes without the inhaler but I really need to use it before I start out.

    A few years back we redid our kitchen and used a design team from Home Depot. It turned out awesome and was less than $10,000.00 which included all new cupboards, counters, new dishwasher and built in micro wave , new flooring and paint. The kitchen and bath are the most expensive rooms in the house to remodel but my goodness a new kitchen always makes for a happy couple for many years to come.

    Susan emoticon emoticon
    2366 days ago
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