Friday, February 29, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Things I didn't eat:
We had baked potatoes one day...and I LOVE bacon on them, ranch dressing, etc.
This is the bacon I made:
This book was the Pageturners selection for February. It was easy to read but difficult to understand. Honestly, I didn't love it. I didn't hate it either. I like books I can relate to. I am probably a more well-rounded person having read it but I wouldn't pick it as a "fun" read. It's short and can be completed quickly but I would recommend researching some philosophical terms in addition, such as the absurd and existentialism. Even though I didn't LOVE the book we had an excellent discussion. Professor Mark Huston, who chose the book came and had a lot of insight to contribute which I really appreciated. I enjoyed hearing about the book from his perspective. We had about 10 (!) people at the event which was wonderful. I recommend it for a group who want a deep discussion.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
In an ode to Sister Skinny, one of my fave new blogs, I am introducing my own "things I didn't eat," category. Last night was soooo tempting. I had had a rough day and felt like giving in. However...I didn't. Since Valentine's day we have a full candy jar and I have an over-active sweet tooth.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
My calm, sweet-tempered, good-natured baby had to have some testing for her kidney today. She was so brave. We spent a lot of time in waiting rooms and I realized I had joined this subculture of parents with sick children. All these sweet little kids with different problems, some apparent on the outside, some not. Like Lucy...she looks perfectly normal...who would know she has a "duplicated system," on her left kidney? Turns out that it's not causing any trouble. All her urine is going the right way so we can stop giving her the antibiotics. I am thankful that all her health problems have turned out to be fine and that she is such a sweet girl. She not only looks just like my husband, she acts like him too. I come from a long line of over-reactors. Tony, like his father, is very diplomatic, calm, and easy-going. I'm worried about the baby coming to us with flapping arms and wringing hands. First they did an ultrasound on her abdomen which she didn't really like but got through it, and then for the bad part the voiding cystourethrogram (vcug). They strapped her naked to this board, with her hands tied up above her head. Then they inserted a tiny catheter. They played some music and she was fine, but then the dr. came in and they started doing the x-rays. They needed to see her bladder empty to make sure none of her urine was going back up into her kidneys. When they moved her, like a little baby rotisserie, she started to scream! And she pretty much didn't stop until they were completely finished and I was able to pick her up. I held her hand and stroked her face. Poor thing. She fell asleep before we checked out and she's been out ever since. I can't wait until she wakes up and we can play.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
We ran errands, watched movies, and we made this recipe that was Tony's great-Grandma would make. It involves ham and endive. A lot of endive.
First I had to wash it. All of it.
Lucy got into it.
really into it.
I really didn't think all of it would fit in the pot...but it did.
and the result was yummy!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
"The towel will all the hair in it."
"I didn't know there was a towel with all the hair in it."
Today after my workout, I was all sweaty and put on my hoodie. By the time I got back to the apartment my arms were really itchy. I took a look...now my sweaty body is covered in little tiny hairs. Nice.
Well, unfortunately I didn't get my long, Saturday workout like I had hoped. :( Although I did make a breakthrough in my eating habits. I used to just eat pretty much anything. I love to snack and consequently eat a lot of junk. I watched Ratatouille this weekend and the following conversation hit me:
Anton Ego: You're a bit slow for someone in the fast lane.
Linguini: And... you're thin for someone who likes food!
Anton Ego: I don't LIKE food, I LOVE it. If I don't LOVE it, I don't SWALLOW.
courtesy of imdb.com
I realized if I don't like it...I don't have to eat it. I don't have to clean my plate. So...Tony's Mom and Dad were here this weekend and we went to Whole Foods. Which, I decided will be part of my mansion in the Celestial Kingdom. Anyway...they had great samples, one of which was this spinach artichoke spread which was amazing. I had three samples. I searched and searched for a recipe online but only came up with other people looking for the recipe. Anyway...after that we went to Culver's. I love greasy hamburgers and fries so I was a little worried. However, I remembered that I don't really like their french fries. They are just like oven fries. So...I decided to go for the fried chicken. It came with green beans, mashed potatoes (almost as good as fries) and a roll. I thought about the samples I'd already eaten, and realized all I really wanted was the chicken and the mashed potatoes. I bit into the potatoes and they were really subpar...so I decided not to eat them. I ate the chicken, a bit of the green beans and that was it. Then...we went to Cold Stone! Talk about temptation. I decided to order the fat free sweet cream. I knew it wouldn't be as good so I added raspberries. Unfortunately something was wrong with the raspberries and instead of freezing and getting ice-y (you know what I mean) they were plastic-y. Gross. I ate a few bites and called it good. When I start eating healthier it usually takes awhile for junk food to stop looking good and this time, it hasn't taken long at all and I'm feeling great. Today---I worked out, had my best run/walk yet! 2 miles in 23 minutes 24 seconds. YEAH!
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Well, like I said the other day, I’m ready to attack the last of the baby weight…and then some. Today I went to the fitness center at our apartment complex. It turns out they put in all new equipment which was great. I used my iPod with Nike+ system, which I loved. I walked/jogged for 30 minutes and went for just over a mile and a half. In the fitness center they have mirrors lining the walls…which really just inspired me to work harder. I kept looking in the mirror at my butt and hips thinking, “whose are those?” So, I’ve decided they don’t belong to me and I’m giving them back to Hilda...she is my pregnancy butt-double, and she needs them back. Lucy came with me…she was asleep when we left the apartment but was awake by the time I got walking, luckily she just quietly stared at me the whole time. I had forgotten how good it feels to exercise and how much I hate wearing my glasses when I sweat because they slide all over. I’ve been watching, The Biggest Loser this season and when my workout became difficult I just imagined Jillian yelling at me to work harder…it was good motivation. I came home and did my Kathy Smith weight workout---which really kicked my butt…it was great. Then I did some stretching and on to my homework. I am hoping this motivation I’ve been feeling sticks around for a while, and that maybe by blogging about my progress I’ll feel more accountable. I’m pondering the idea of setting a weekly goal where if I make it to the fitness center Monday through Friday, then Saturday I can reward myself with a Lucy-free longer workout. I know it sounds silly to be rewarding my workouts with another workout but it makes sense to me. I’m not going to put a number goal on here or even a size, because I just don’t want to be accountable to a number…I get too stressed out about it…so I’m going to go for a goal like doing a 5k this summer and doing it faster than I did 3 years ago…which shouldn’t be too hard because it was a sad 34 minutes…but it was my best. Stay tuned.
Monday, February 04, 2008
|Part of Speech:||adjective 4|
|Synonyms:||dandy, divine, glorious, groovy, hunky-dory*, keen, marvelous, neat, nifty, sensational, swell|
|Antonyms:||bad, no good, uncool|
|Source:||Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.3.1)|
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* = informal or slang
Saturday, February 02, 2008
I made some baked spaghetti tonight for dinner. I read over a few recipes, took a little of this and a little of that, and made my own. It turned out great and was so easy. You could easily make changes to accommodate your own taste.
1 lb. ground beef
1 T. onion flakes (approx.)
1 lb. thin spaghetti
1 can diced tomatoes (drained)
1 jar spaghetti sauce
6 mushrooms sliced (because that’s what I had)
1 8oz. package Colby jack cheese, shredded (we like things cheesy)
Preheat oven to 350. Cook noodles to al dente. Brown the ground beef with onion flakes. Once the meat is brown, add the mushrooms, and cook until tender. In a large mixing bowl (or in your meat pan, whichever is easier, it was easier for me to use a bowl) mix the tomatoes, sauce, and meat until fairly homogenous. Add the noodles and mix as best you can. Grease the bottom of a casserole dish (I have no idea what the sizes are...I have big, small, and square...I used the small and it was a tight fit) . Put down half of the noodle/meat mixture. Cover with a layer of cheese. Add 2nd half of meat/noodles and the rest of the cheese, or enough to cover. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. This made enough for probably 8 medium sized servings.
It was a great "Italian Casserole." You could very easily feed a large group. Also, I think it would be good with chicken and Alfredo sauce. Also, I used co-jack cheese because that's what I had, but it would have been better with a really good melty cheese, like "melting cheese" or maybe mozzarella since it’s Italian.