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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
(This blog brought to you in part by Arctic Monkeys' R U Mine? because I was lucky enough to hear it on the radio during my morning debacle.)
It's not even noon yet and my morning has been a little nuts.
Like every Wednesday, I got up at 5, emptied my bladder, made coffee, weighed myself (170.0 ugh) and sat down to read some stuff on my phone. Bingley curled up with me, and was mad when I got up to make myself a cup of coffee, but settled back down when I got back to the couch. Around 6 I got on my workout gear, warmed up to a couple songs on my jogging playlist and hit the bell.
I squatted lower during swings, tried to do more high elbows, worked on my form for toe touches/windmills, squatted reaaaal low for squat press, made the bell touch the ground for sumo deads and finally got my rhythm down for lunge fig 8s, and I did 26 in a minute. Probably could have done more but I lost my balance because I am perpetually unbalanced.
Then I did 3 sets of 90 second elbow planks, Russian twists and side crunches (I love the stretch in my side during side crunches, feels good man). I hopped in the shower and threw my breakfast in the toaster oven. All good so far. All GREAT so far. It changes from here.
So I dress, pack my lunch, ready the dog, grab the can of coffee I bought for work. I was trying to get out the door early and thus get to work early so I could get a spot behind the building and avoid having to pay for parking for the third time this week. I get in the car just before 9 and make it to work around 9:15ish. All the spots are taken. WTF. So I put on my flashers and put Bingley inside the back room so I can go park. When I get back into the car I realize... I DON'T HAVE MY EFFING LUNCH. OR MY EFFING COFFEE. And while I have the $2 I need to pay for parking, I am otherwise out of cash.
So instead of parking and putting coffee and lunch on my credit card, I drive the EFF home to get my LUNCH, because I know it tastes WAY BETTER than anything I could buy in this stupid town, haha. This was the point where I heard R U Mine? on the radio and I just cranked it and sang along and bopped my head and chose my mood.
So got home, grabbed stuff, got back in the car, drove back to work, parked in the pay lot, hauled butt toward the building, made coffee, and grabbed Bingley to empty him. As I locked the door behind me to go outside I realized in my haste to get in the building (it's COLD out there, you guys) I had forgotten to PAY for the parking, lol. I have no IDEA where my head is this morning. (Okay, that's a lie, I know exactly where it is.) So I paid for parking. I emptied the dog. My fingers froze a little. I made it back into work. By now it's after 10.
Throughout all of this I'm in a fantastic mood. And it gets better, because I sold something on my personal eBay account, which will be money for either a heavier kettlebell or a new corset, depending on how much I can collect. So the person used the Buy It Now option to purchase the item for 69.99, but before paying for it, sends me a message saying they'll pay $50. What? Hell to the no. That's not how it works. So I manage not to flip out on them and explain that since they purchased it for 69.99, that's what they would have to pay, totally expecting the person to give me crap and have to cancel the transaction. But in a weird, out of the ordinary way the person actually PAID for it AND apologized. That threw me for a loop. I work on eBay every day, and that just does NOT happen. But, I'm happy! So I packed it and shipped it.
And despite all this crazy weirdness I'm still in a freaking amazing mood and loving every minute of it. I just have to make sure Saleswoman doesn't ruin it for me.
Okay, hungry now. Must EAT!
Get An Email Alert Each Time ADARKARA Posts