Saturday, December 20, 2014
(This blog is brought to you in part by Ed Sheeran's "Don't" because it is currently stuck in my head for no reason, haha. Probably because I heard it on the radio the other day.)
So I wanted to write a blog yesterday, other than the Ugly Holiday Sweater entry, but work became so crazy I didn't get the chance. While I am definitely exaggerating when I say this: the worse possible thing that could have possibly happen happened at work yesterday. I was asked to call customers about an Ugly Sweater Contest. Ok, ok, I know it's really not that bad. But one of the things I love about my job is rarely having to speak to people on the phone. I am just not comfortable on the phone, unless it's someone I'm really comfortable with. My BESTIE and I don't even talk on the phone. We text. So if you're one of the few people I like talking to on the phone, consider yourself privileged, very privileged! So I had to spend two hours yesterday calling strangers and hoping beyond hope that their voicemail would pick up or their phone would be disconnected. Maybe this is something I should work on in therapy? Haha. Luckily no one was nasty with me.
It was awful. But thank God for Josh. He made me laugh all day and eased the tension. He really is an excellent minion, and I don't know how I'd retain my sanity without him. I was also chatting with another good friend between calls which also helped immensely. Those phone calls really did make the day drag on endlessly though. I would have complained about doing it but I know I'm getting a nice bonus this year (since I print the checks haha).
This morning I made another batch of Fleur de Sel Caramels for the Latke Party tonight. Yes, I made homemade candy before 6 AM. I am super duper excited about this latke party. My boss throws it every year, and we always have a good time. There will be sangria, latkes, homemade kugel made by Josh's wife Andrea, donuts (traditional Hanukkah food), Portuguese Golden Cake ala hubs, Caramels from me, cookies from Watchmaker's wife (easily avoided since they are not great), crudite, etc. I am going to try to eat a bunch of the veggies, and thoroughly enjoy the latkes and kugel, because LATKES AND KUGEL!
I still have not decorated the house. The wreath keeps falling off the front door, probably because the door is textured so the sticky tape thing doesn't have enough adhesive contact, so I'm going to try to fix it tomorrow. Hubs and I have decided to skip the tree this year. He absolutely hates assembling and decorating the tree and so I usually wind up doing it myself. We're going to put up our little vintage ceramic tree though, and put our gifts 'under' that. I'll deal with all that tomorrow. We're going to put up every other decoration we have, just not the tree. It's a compromise, because I seriously let Christmas sneak up on me this year.
The good news is we're going to try to make Christmas a little extra special this year since we're stuck at home without family. Christmas Eve we're going to build a Gingerbread House together (as long as I don't get 'too architectural' about it, he says, haha) and watch The Muppet Christmas Carol, and the day after Christmas we're double dating with Josh and his wife and seeing The Hobbit.
I have plans to keep myself busy over the holiday season so hopefully I don't lose it like I did over Thanksgiving. I've received some wonderful suggestions from you guys regarding my side project. I'm going to forgo the crafty stuff for now, and I'm going to work on a writing project and, in conjunction with that, a cookbook. I'll reveal more details about the writing project once I've got more on it, but if you regularly read my blogs here, I'm pretty sure you'll like it, as it's strongly related to my experience here on SparkPeople.
Ok so back to Thursday (yeah yeah I'm jumping around, deal with it). I got my new bell in the mail on Thursday. It was hilarious. The poor mailman struggled with it. Here is how it came wrapped:
Of course, I was trying to get extra steps in that day, being a non-bells day, so I parked in the public lot as opposed to directly behind the building, so I had the express pleasure of carrying a 30-lb hunk of metal an eighth of a mile in the dark. At least I didn't have Bingley with me, too, that day! I couldn't play with it too much that night as we had a vet appointment for Bing. It was just his yearly checkup and vaccinations, but he's had an intermittent limp so we wanted to get that checked out, too. Poor Bingley does nothing but shake the entire time we're in the waiting room. He HATES the vet's office, and it didn't help that a large dog in the back room was crying loudly and his owner was yelling "BAD DOG" at him repeatedly. Who does this? The poor dog had a tumor the size of a child's head and this guy is screaming at him. Bingley just hid under hub's chair and shook. Doc said there isn't anything wrong with his leg, but we should test him for Lyme's disease and a few other similar things, just in case, so we did, and he's 100% healthy. We're just going to keep an eye on that limp. It's not severe and it's not constant. And him growling sometimes when we pick him up to move him or pull him onto the couch with us is just him not wanting us to do that, and not an injury. He's just mad about it, haha. So all is well in Bingley's World.
Yesterday morning I finally got to play with my new bell! I took it (somewhat) slow and only did the moves I was comfortable doing with the heavier bell, and used my 20 for the rest. Worked out pretty well for the most part: I didn't injure myself, and I only failed a couple of my clean and presses, which are one-handed exercises and thus much harder with an extra 10 lbs at the end of my arm. I did high pulls, one-handed swings and around the body stalls with the smaller bell as well, but did the rest of the exercises with the 30. I'm feeling it today. The workout took me longer than usual (it's a ladder workout, so not timed like my standard workout - you just go through the exercises as quickly as you can without losing form) so I had to skip abs. Will do an extra ab workout tomorrow probably to make up for it, because I'm a bit sore today! My shoulder blade area is sore, quads where they meet the knees, my hips a little, and my armpits. Nothing bad, just some soreness when I move. It's all good!
Well, I think I've blabbed enough for now, but you know me, I'll be back in a day or two with tons more to say.
Have a great Saturday!
Friday, December 19, 2014
Here is my Boss man's sister, Sunny, wearing her Hanukkah sweatshirt!
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
I'm feeling much, MUCH better today, thanks. I'm still not back to normal, but I really think a large majority of my mood is related to hormones this week. (As in, I still have anxiety for a reason I can't define, but if the calendar is right I should feel right as rain in a day or two.)
So anyway, I've been slacking on my menus lately, at least posting them, so here you go:
Sun: Ham (mmm, ham) with Scalloped Potatoes & Broccoli (I do a cheesy scallop sauce and pour it over broccoli and potatoes and bake together, super yum). This always reminds me of my Gran. Plus I have a metric ton of ham left over for future meals!
Mon: Pork Chops marinated with garlic powder, oregano, dried mint, salt, pepper and lemon juice then broiled, and farro salad with feta
Tues: Ethiopian Lentil Stew (yum) with Grands Corn Biscuits (super yum, but I only ate one like a good girl)
Weds: Baked Mojo Chicken Legs, Cilantro Rice & Steamed Broccoli
Thurs: Ham & Bean Soup (always a favorite in my household)
Fri: Creamy Chicken Enchiladas w/ homemade Frijoles Refritos
Sat: Sweet Potato Gnocchi & Tossed Salad
Lots of fart inducing foods this week, with lentils, beans and broccoli!
Eat your freggies, they're GOOD for you!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I am not doing well emotionally today at all. Hubs and I are working on our marriage. We both want it to work, but are somewhat struggling right now with working towards solutions. In the process of working on this, I've had a bit of a downturn in self esteem. I have no idea what I'm good at, other than being pretty self-aware of my emotions and thought process. I guess I'm also good at accomplishing something if I decide I want to, like losing weight or working out. I want to keep improving, but I realize I lack the confidence to put myself out there. I'm afraid to try things and fail, and unless I'm really confident I can do something, I will avoid doing it.
I mentioned recently that I'm going to be getting counseling. I met the therapist yesterday, and we agreed we would try hypnotherapy, since I only have 5 sessions for free through hub's work. I need to come up with five things I want to affect positively. I haven't finished the list yet. I have until Monday. Here's what I have so far:
1. I want to not feel bad when I'm alone, and even want to enjoy my alone time.
2. I want to feel more confidence in my abilities. As in, to feel like I can do things as opposed to can't.
3. I want to be able to be less afraid of change, because change is inevitable and not always bad.
4. I want to be less reactive to other people's moods.
I think I need something to do on the side that is both creative and could maybe potentially earn me some money. I am open to opinions or suggestions for things, but these are the ideas I have not yet totally rejected:
1. Homemade Fleur de Sel caramels. (plain, chocolate, smoked)
2. Writing a cookbook about eating around the world for under 600 calories
3. Making earrings. Because I like earrings. Also, they would be made out of scrap jewelry like broken necklaces and things.
That's about it.
So anyway, it's been a long time since I started this blog, but I'm feeling much better now that it's 4:30 PM. Going to have a chat with my favorite cousin this evening, who recently sent me a little gift in the mail with the most touching thing ever written on the front of the envelope:
With friends like these and this counseling thing, hopefully things will be looking up soon.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
I decided to sign it in fabric pen as opposed to embroidering. Because, well, I'm LAZY.
I also have butter mints drying, and tonight will make Fleur de Sel Caramels and maybe cookies. I'm on a roooooooll.
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