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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I'm not going to have time to blog tomorrow, so I'm going to get a jump on things.

First: Workout this morning sucked. I made it through 2 of the 3 rounds and then felt like I was going to pass out. Probably should go back to eating something before my workout. On top of this, my MIL decided she was going to sit on the couch and just watch me work out. Uhm. Didn't like that so much. So I quit after round 2 and hung my head between my legs (literally) while my English muffin was in the toaster oven so I didn't pass out. This is the first time since I started doing bells that I wasn't able to finish, and it annoyed me. I've been having low blood sugar issues this past week, which is not normal for me either, and this morning it was a bout of low blood pressure. Not cool, man. Low BP is why I had to quit doing Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred. I will NOT quit bells! I like them, I feel good afterwards, and they make me look good. So, food beforehand from now on.

Second: Had no problems picking MIL up from the Philadelphia airport last night. It was busy, but not ridiculously so, and we got to the terminal with plenty of time, in spite of not realizing that they closed the walkway from the parking garage to Terminal F so we had to walk way far around Terminal E. Even so, parked, grabbed MIL, got back to the car in less than 30 minutes. Not bad at all! They let her take FOUR loaves of bread on the plane with her. I asked her this morning if she brought any clothes in her suitcase or only bread, and she joked that no, she'd just have to walk around naked the rest of the week. Ha! Well played, MIL!

Third: The weather here is crap, but not as crap as some other people have it. Right now it's a mild wintry mix. Not supposed to get bad until after 3 PM. Hubs gets out of work at 3 so he'll be home before the worst of it and I'll just take my time and be extra careful on my way home. We're going out to eat tonight, in spite of the weather. Don Pablos. Mmm, chain Tex-Mex! (I actually really like the food at Don Pablos.)

Fourth: Tomorrow we're going to eat early, around 1 PM, so we have time to digest and relax before heading to my Godmother's farm for dessert around 5. One of those giant loaves of Portuguese sweet bread is going to my Godmother, and the small one is going to my boss, so there will only be one and a corn bread to contend with! (Except for the 3 loaves of sweet bread still in my freezer from when we visited her in June. Anybody want any sweet bread? LOL)

Fifth: Although Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, until this year I've never really given much thought to what I'm thankful for. So I'm going to list a few.

1. I'm thankful for a fully functioning body (minus a missing gall bladder) that I can push and give strength.

2. I'm thankful for the ability to think things through and deal with my emotions in a constructive way, and especially thankful that I'm getting better at this all the time.

3. I'm thankful for a roof over my head, food I can eat, and a job I enjoy, even if it doesn't pay as well as I'd like. I have enough.

4. I'm thankful for you guys here, your amazing support and friendship. SparkPeople is a special place and I am so glad I found it.

5. I'm thankful for the truly special people in my life, the ones that love me in spite of my faults and flaws and let me be me.

(I'm thankful for a few other things, but I won't mention them here.)

So, think about it. What are you thankful for this year?

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SAGE150 11/26/2014 6:43PM

    Those are wonderful things to be thankful for. :-)

I am thankful for still having a roof over my head. Still. Yet to be determined.


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ARRREAGLES 11/26/2014 3:40PM

    1. I am thankful for the beauty of the planet, which constantly reminds me that despite all my first world problems, there is beauty and wonder if you just pause to look
2. I am thankful for the ability to share. Share food with family and friends, share blessings with those less fortunate than I, share coffee with wonderful friends, share ideas and thoughts, share the most personal parts of oneself
3. I am thankful for smiling, and the ability I have to make others smile and their ability to make me smile. I am thankful for the way sentences dance in my head and make me giggle to myself. I am thankful for the people around me who hear the same totally inappropriate things and giggle themselves. I am thankful when those giggles are shared.
4. I am thankful for being able to choose my attitude. For being able to take a crappy thought into a workout and then walk away with a sly smile instead. I am thankful for those moments when I say "I will be better" and can pull myself out of it. More importantly, I'm thankful for when others remind me of this fact in word and action and then exhibit patience while it sinks in.
5. I am thankful for this community, for the people that are in it, and those who share freely and openly and honestly and with great intensity. I am thankful for the help and assistance given to me, and for the totally wonderful, warmth and love I feel from here. And yeah, that means I'm thankful for you too, Andrea.

(thanks for the inspirational blog. I appreciate your sharing it.)

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CATTUTT 11/26/2014 1:30PM

    Oh no, sorry to hear you felt like you were gonna pass out this morning. I know that feeling, and it's not a good one. Maybe it was performance anxiety because your MIL was watching? That might happen to me!

HOpe you have a great Thanksgiving!

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FORZACHANDMATT 11/26/2014 10:36AM

    I am so, so thankful that my mom is doing better after being in the hospital for a month! We have a long road of us but she is so improved and I hope that continues.

I don't like people watching me work out either but love your MIL's comment about walking around naked - haha

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PROPMAN1 11/26/2014 10:34AM

  1. Thankful that my body continues to hold up despite the MS.
2. There will be food on the table.
3. There are people who care for/about me.
4. I have a job.
5. My life could be so much worse...but isn't.


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Another Quickie

Monday, November 24, 2014

So my hubs did something the other day that I told him I was going to blog about, and I haven't, and he keeps asking me about it, haha.

Weds night I came home from work and felt a little cranky because my blood sugar was all weird and messing with me for some reason. I felt weak and moody and ravenous, but I had to cook the food before we ate. He asked me if he could help with anything, so I joked:

"Yes you can peel me a tangerine and feed it to me while I cook."

Well, he did it. And each time he stuck a piece in my mouth he warned me about the seeds. EVERY TIME. Haha. So I figured I would push it a little farther.

"So you know what would make this better? If you were shirtless and fanned me with a palm leaf."

Well it was chilly in the apartment but he HALF TOOK HIS SHIRT OFF and FANNED ME WITH A CUTTING BOARD.


Now if only I could get this treatment all the time...


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JAMIRBLAZE 11/25/2014 8:51AM

    LMAO! emoticon

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SAGE150 11/24/2014 9:49PM

    Yes! Yes! Yes! emoticon

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CATTUTT 11/24/2014 9:25PM

    That made me laugh, what a wonderful hubby you have!

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UNSWEETMAMA 11/24/2014 5:47PM

    Ask and ye shall receive
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FIT4ME41 11/24/2014 5:26PM

    AwesomeSauce hubster!!!!!! emoticon He rocks!!! emoticon

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HONEYBEESBLISS 11/24/2014 4:48PM

    LOL that's awesome!!!

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RODGRODMEDFLOD 11/24/2014 4:08PM

    The sacrifices we are willing to make for the ones we love...

great story!


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Of Afternoon Tea, Renewing Friendships, Pigs and A Cinderella Moment

Monday, November 24, 2014

So if you read me regularly you'll know I am trying to renew some friendships that I've let fall by the wayside. Yesterday I had brunch with my friend Mia. Mia is a very successful hair and makeup stylist. Right now she does mostly weddings, but she just launched a line of makeup so hopefully she'll have a steadier year-round income. She works her butt off and she deserves all the success she gets, because she earns it. However, in hanging out with her yesterday I was reminded of some of the reasons I limit my contact with her at times.

She was driving, and she made the plans. Not knowing plans is something that drives me crazy, but I'm working on it. I'm a little bit of a control freak, but I find that I have a better time when I'm not worried about what we're doing when. Particularly at the Renaissance Faire. I found last year that just wandering around was way more fun than sticking to the strict schedule of shows I used to plan. So I let her plan. She was going to pick me up at 10 and we were going to go have tea. Awesome! I love tea. We were also going to the place that I had my bridal shower, so I knew the place was awesome.

So at 9:45 I get a text asking me what my apartment number was because she was leaving soon. So I send her the info, and I'm ready to go, so I just hang out on the couch and wait. THIRTY FIVE MINUTES LATER I get a text saying she's leaving now. *facepalm* Now I ate breakfast at 7:30, and I'm hungry already. So I eat an apple. It's a good thing I did. She finally arrives at 10:40, and we head out, getting to the tea place at 11:15, and it doesn't open until noon. So we walk up and down the street for 45 minutes talking, which was nice, except she had some opinions on my former friends that I didn't really agree with. So we get to the tea place when it's open, and they are all like "oh, you don't have reservations? uhm, we're kinda full". But they decide they can seat us as long as we don't want quiche or soup. That's fine with me, I just want tea sandwiches, because they are cute and yummy and by now I am ravenous, which is bad.

I got the Orange Blossom Oolong, which I totally need to purchase some of for my home, because orange blossom anything is amazeballs. Love it. So she gushes over my weight loss (I haven't seen her in a looong time) and we talk about our current relationships (she is totally cougaring it with a guy ten years her junior, which is awesome ;) ) and she tells me about a friend we've both known forever (my dad dated this woman's mom for a while so I knew her pretty well back in the day) and how their friendship is one-sided to which I agree because this is why I'm no longer friends with this person. She used to hang out with me only because she could make out with her boyfriends in my basement. Lame.

So tea was fantastic, I ate the whole tray because I was so hungry. There were four little petit four like things, one of which was a brownie, one a tiny piece of cheesecake, one vanilla cake and one I do not remember at all. The second tier was a cranberry orange scone and chocolate gingerbread. The third tier was the tea sandwiches: cucumber cream cheese, chicken salad, egg salad, something that was probably apples and raisins, and a turkey wrap with raspberry dressing.

So anyway, another unique thing about Mia is she has a pig as a pet. In an apartment. So we talked a lot about how pigs are very similar to dogs in intelligence but vastly superior in cleanliness, and she mentioned that her pig smells like a baby's forehead. I find this fascinating, and thus uttered the words: "I need to come over sometime and smell your pig." Thank goodness no one was sitting near us or that would have been weeeeeeird. emoticon

So anyway we wrapped it up and headed home, planning to hang out again soon, since she lives MAYBE 5 miles from me and is mostly free in the wintertime (not wedding season). So that's good. I explained why I had withdrawn a little and she was cool with it. She really is a wonderful, understanding person. We had a great time.

But as always when I have a great time I am a bit gloomy after. I got home around 1:30 and had to go back to my To Do list of things I need to clean before MIL arrives tomorrow. (And yet I am here doing a blog instead of cleaning!)

So I spent the afternoon kneeling on a towel on the kitchen floor steaming my horrible linoleum having a Cinderella moment: dreaming of being somewhere vastly more fun. I think if I could choose a superpower, I might choose the "snapping my fingers and having everything be clean and neat" one. I want to have a clean place, and I suspect it would be cleaner if I lived alone (ladies, amirite?) but there are only so many hours in the day and so many other wonderful things I'd rather be doing.

So today I have to run to Walmart to pick up a few things, then I'm going to workout, then clean off my terrace of my dead tomato plants, steam the shower, vacuum (again - seriously, eff vacuuming), empty the dishwasher, and hopefully somewhere in there pin the quilt together so I can put it away for the week. Already feeling a little stressed. I also feel terribly guilty that I haven't vlogged for you guys in WEEKS. I'm not going to promise anything, but I want to try to take a little video of my MIL speaking Portuguese, if she'll let me.

Anyhoo, gotta run to Walmart before morning rush hour begins (may be too late already)!

TTYL my lovelies. emoticon

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CATTUTT 11/24/2014 3:30PM

    Oh yeah, the chronic lateness thing drives me nuts. My two closest friends that live in Columbus are always late and it makes me wanna kick them in the shin. Sounds like you had a pretty good time with Mia, though.

And good luck getting things done before your MIL arrives!

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HONEYBEESBLISS 11/24/2014 10:58AM

    Ugh I hate the waiting on people too and go figure my own Dad is one of frustrating! But it seems to be rare to find people who are on time, but the absolute worst to me is when I'm waiting and waiting and THEN they let me know they can't make it and cancel... I also hate when people don't even try to make plans with you but expect you to drop everything at once when they suddenly want to hang out with you even after to tell them you need advance notice! LOL

Tea sounded awesome though!!! For me it's hard to find a good tea shop. It's rare to find one that does things the way I like them, I had found one once and enjoyed it for a few years every time I would visit the area and then they ended up closing sad!!! They had the best tea sandwiches and scones! Usually to find scones that pass my pickiness I have to make them myself with european butter and heavy cream!!! LOL At the very least heavy cream!!! LOL

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GSEATON 11/24/2014 10:47AM

    "I need to come over sometime and smell your pig." HAHAHAHAHA! You'll NEVER say that again in your lifetime! Also, YES- EFF vacuuming and YES, our homes would be amazing and clean if we lived alone, LOL! Love your blogs, dear!

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FOR_THE_DUDES 11/24/2014 10:00AM

    My aunt got my young cousins two pigs while they were staying with my family for a summer when I was in college. I named them The Notorious P.I.G. (aka Piggy Smalls) and 2Hog Shakur. My aunt thought that they were pot belly pigs. Turns out that she was wrong. They were just very young hogs. Unlike your friend's pigs, these guys were extremely messy. The most surprising thing to me was how high they could jump. It was pretty incredible actually.

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ANNABELLISABEL 11/24/2014 9:52AM

    first, I love that you wrote amazeballs. lol. It sounds like you're really taking a step in the right direction with this friend too, recognizing flaws but still trying to work together as friends is a very difficult task, I too have had those kind of friend situations.

I can only imagine with MIL coming how stressed you are, hope you have a good time and get to de-stress! :)

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FINCHFEEDER80 11/24/2014 9:47AM

    I have to definitely agree with a PP that chroniclly late is a bit of a pet peeve. But I'm glad you had a good time! I think going to a real tea would be lovely. I kind of occasionally make tea sandwiches on my own; I'll get either regular or herbed cream cheese and slice cucumbers onto it.

Good luck with the cleaning. I've got a house full coming Thursday, and none of my grand plans for the weekend happened. Which means I now get to spend my evenings after work straightening up. I've never been a slob, but I've never been good at being "tidy" either. There's always flotsam and jetsam floating around on flat surfaces.

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VERSESTHATHURT 11/24/2014 9:20AM

    I'm not always good at maintaining friendships either, aside from my BFF. And, I also have horrible linoleum in my kitchen.

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EVIE4NOW 11/24/2014 7:09AM

  It can be fun renewing old friendships. I think you might have timed it wrong with MIL coming and having so much to do. Kinda puts a stress for time on the whole thing. Have fun with her there. (Btw I too have frequently wished I was Samantha and could wiggle my nose or snap my fingers lol.)

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GOLDENRODFARM 11/24/2014 7:02AM

    I am not a control freak but people that are chronically late do bother me, and people that have plans they have not followed through on, like making plans to have tea without knowing reservations would be good. You did well to go with the flow, and still enjoy your time with her. I admit I have let a lot of friendships go by the wayside in the last 10 years or so, but so many of them were stress induced friendships that are better off left at chance encounters lol
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Fruit & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Fruit & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

2 acorn squash, halved and seeded
3/4 cup red quinoa
1 cup onions, chopped
1/2 cup Trader Joes Golden Berry Blend
1 oz. slivered almonds
2 T butter, divided
1 T Garam Masala
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place acorn squash face down on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook quinoa according to package directions. Toss with onions, dried fruit, almonds, garam masala and salt and pepper.

When squash is done, flip over and divide filling between the four halves. (I had more filling than would fit into the four halves, so I stuck it in a small ovenproof dish and baked it alongside then divided it later. Made the quinoa nice and crunchy!)
Top each half with 1/2 tablespoon of butter and return to oven for 30 minutes, or until squash is tender and flavors blended.

Serving Size: Makes 4 servings.

Hubs and I both really liked this. He ate his half with some basmati rice, I ate mine as is. Super good!

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FINCHFEEDER80 11/24/2014 10:14AM

    *drool* The next time my bestie comes over for dinner, I'll have to remember to make this. I don't think I could get the hubs on board for this one. He humors me with a lot of things, but usually not with squashes. Especially as main dishes.

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HONEYBEESBLISS 11/23/2014 4:41PM

    WOO HOOOOO Thank you!!! I'm going to make this as soon as possible!!!

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In A Perfect World...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

...I would be here:

With a cup of hot tea and a good book. And maybe a sexy half-naked man, but honestly today that's optional. I kinda just want to sleep. And not do the 150 things on my to do list.


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BUBBLEJ1 11/23/2014 2:50AM

    Can I have the room next door? Half naked man compulsory? Ohhhh half naked man who gives massages!

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CATTUTT 11/22/2014 9:27PM

    That photo is gorgeous. Even prettier than a half naked hot guy!

Hope you got lots done today!

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ANNIEONLI 11/22/2014 1:25PM

    Bahahahaa!! Half nekkid man....hogging all the comforters?!? Depends on the day ;) LoL I'll take a half glass of wine though! LOL

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