Hair Cuts and Tracking Journals

Good morning! I hesitate to even blog since there is just not much to report. Work, eat, sleep, watch a show, play a game, do chores…

I DID go back to my hairdresser and get my hair cut again. While my hair really hadn’t grown out enough to get it much to this cut, it’s at least close. I told her of my dilemma, that I had been unhappy with it but then liked that I had to do very little to style it and then after a couple of weeks ended up loving it. So I told her she could cut it again, but maybe not quite as short. But here were the pics I showed her and she got it as close as she could, with my hair not having grown out enough to do the look totally – but it’s close. It’s just that she had to blow it dry and use a round brush for about 12 min of styling to get it as flat as this. Mine will look more feathered b/c I won’t be having time to blow dry and style it straight. But that is ok as I like a little curl when it starts to grow out.

I think she kept the duck tail in the back though. I told her I didn’t really care one way or the other. I think it is there though. I’ll have to look again this morning. Didn’t pay too much attention last night.

After I got my hair cut we had some errands to run (liquor store for wine and fondue for our French weekend with Don and Lisa) and also the grocery store for our ingredients. Cooking night is tonight after work. So we ate out yesterday at a Chinese restaurant. I’m thinking “why did we do that?” with the Corona virus. I know there are not many cases from here in the US, and that flights from China have been cancelled, but can’t those folks travel to other countries and fly in from there? Or do they turn their passports away? I hear they rotate people in and out of the Chinese restaurants to work so…..hopefully it’ll be ok.

I’m not sure what it is I’m beginning at or not needing to give up on. Maybe it’s my quest for RVing and Travel. lol. A dream in the back of my mind always. That is not really a “fortune” but advice. I guess they ran out of fortunes. lol

George’s “fortune” was that his kindness comes from inside. I said that is good to know, that the other stuff is just on the surface, lol lol lol lol. He didn’t laugh. He said “what other stuff”. I said “you know – the assholedness stuff”. lol I quickly followed with “oh you don’t act much like one anymore”. He said “gee thanks”. I said “no really that is a compliment”. Anyway, I was trying to be funny. But, maybe it didn’t come across. That’s ok. I often don’t laugh at his stuff either. It is true, we have had our moments.

So I looked for a template to begin tracking some things just for my own curiosity, health wise. I think I know the answers already but I’m going to do a health tracker (a study) on my self. It will entail food, supplements, sleep, pain, symptoms, weight, stomach issues, and yes even poop types, lol. I looked at several on line that I thought I may print out. But I ended up buying a little book on Amazon that will track 2 months at least. That will get me started. It was only $11.99 and will do. It seems the millennials create their own journals with lettering and fancy pen strokes and drawings, lol. I considered that but decided I didn’t want to create the wheel and didn’t have that much creative time.

I really do want to lose some more weight. I think not having the nuts and eliminating the popcorn will turn out to be a blessing in that. So there is some good to come out of this. But I miss my nuts terribly and the popcorn I haven’t really had a craving for, miraculously, but I will at some point.

I have had some pain this week and I was nervous that the diverticulitis issues were coming back but they did not. It would be horrible to have that happen on our foodie weekend. I will have to be careful and not over do it though and not stuff myself this weekend. I’ve added more fruit in the diet. We eat a lot of rice and potatoes and greens. I hope the diabetic issues do not flair over the white rice, white potatoes, and fruit. I’m hoping that by eating the fruits and veggies it will even out. I bought whole grain bread the other day trying to eat healthy. Bought a brand with no nuts or seeds but lo and behold – it had those little whole grain pods in there which were like seeds and I didn’t notice until after I’d already eaten one. So I don’t know what to do there about eating bread. I’m trying to cut it out for the most part and just eat crackers – as whole grain as I can get w/o nuts and seeds. I end up eating a lot of peanut butter b/c it is smooth. But I can’t eat that every day.

I bought apples and an orange at the store last night and also pineapple tidbits. Very high in sugar on that can of pineapple but at least it’s natural sugar.

I haven’t even opened up the last doc visit numbers. I figure what is the point. I heard it pretty much incorporates the last six months which had Thanksgiving, Christmas, Birthdaying and such – so it likely won’t be pretty. I guess I do need to look at it. Maybe the numbers will be going in the right direction. Maybe it will surprise me. Maybe it will be better. One day I’ll look. I just don’t want to be depressed. I’ve tried for so long and have been eating better but changing from 50 50 eating good/bad and 70/30 good/bad didn’t do a whole lot for me. Lost a bit of weight, some numbers got better, then the next time stayed the same – after putting so much effort toward it. So I just have to keep tweaking to find what works. Exercise helps when I can get that worked in. I’m sure. But the Isagenix system has helped more than anything to at least keep me feeling good, energized, help maintain the weight loss, and keep muscles built up and mind fog gone and depression at bay. I just struggle with those shakes in the winter.

So it’s a struggle and I am going to try to get to the bottom of what works and what doesn’t work. I do know it’s more complicated though – it gets down into the micro-nutritional substances (or lack thereof) – or the chemistry, if you will, of what is inside that dish you just ate at Olive Garden – what oils, margarine or butter, or substances went in the making of that dish. I might not lose weight based on the fact that the chicken dish I just ate was sautéed in veggie oil, or the green beans I ate were soggy with margarine. It’s never simple. But I’m going to try and make some notes on all the things I go to for food and see how I feel after eating each and try to see some trends. Not the most controlled study ever – but if I eat spaghetti at home fixed the way I like it and with the style of pasta I like – do I bloat to kingdom come? Have pain the next day? Lose sleep that night? As we go about our normal patterns of eating, I will look for trigger points.

I have been seeing some pain in my arms in the last week despite the Isagenix, however sometimes I’ve not had the shakes as much and occasionally skip the night vitamins – so I’ve been trying to drink more and take my supplements and that seems to help. I’m not getting as much protein and that is the culprit I think.

I just don’t have a lot of anything interesting to report today. The coffee is good and no pics really of anything remotely interesting. I’m going back for more coffee here in a second.

We have warmer temps coming, although mixed with rain. And my trip with Katy is only 2 weeks away. A little nervous about being on a plane with a bunch a folks and going thru airports but it is what it is. I’m just glad to get some fun time with my girl, eating out and shopping. There is that eating out – I love cuisine and that makes it hard to try new things when you have to watch what you eat. But I’ll do my best to do my best.

Will spring ever get here? It’s just been dreary weather or cold. March is coming – and the winds of change will surely be blowing the cold away and the warm in. Just give us some pretty days Lord?

So glad it’s Friday! What all you all doing this weekend? Whatever it is, enjoy yourself. I’ll take pics of our wonderful time with friends.

Charcoal Bags, Cleanse Day and Inactive Statuses

Here’s a quick update. While at Mom’s Fri and Saturday I continued my throat clearing which has become quite the problem. My nose remains partially stuffy and I am always having to clear my throat. I don’t like to take anything as I don’t want to put all those chemicals in my body. So Mom suggested to put charcoal bags around me. She bought them for me. And I laid them around me in the office yesterday. It’s been raining so much it might be the moisture. I did not hardly clear my throat at all yesterday. I can’t imagine them working that fast. They are like little bean bags only they are charcoal bags. So I’ve put them all around. I will put some in my car also. See if you can spot them.

You can see a bit of mold by the window. I also need to buy some Clorox cleanup I guess to spray away that mold. Often this ledge gets wet as it leaks and gets damp under the paint. This will help. I know I’ll end up getting bleach on my clothes. Maybe I can do it on a Friday and wear old jeans and a t-shirt, lol. But I’m glad the cleaning of the throat continually subsided. If this doesn’t work I’ll have to take some meds. It’s not in my head but in the back of my nose and throat. Drives me bananas. I know there have been leaks (now fixed) down at the edge of my office so there could be mold up there. But this charcoal is supposed to help with that. It also clears odors, bacteria, as well as moisture. So the little bags are placed around me.

I did a cleanse day yesterday. I got as far into it as I could, but by 8 p.m. I was needing to eat. I had gone to Hobby Lobby after work and found a few things for the house – and thoroughly loved looking at all the things. They had everything with wall decor half off. And rugs were too. But I also did a lot of running around at home – ironing, putting up the decor I bought, wrapping gifts for this weekend, changing sheets on the bed, getting into my sports bra and out of it (took more energy than running a marathon), and so by the time I sat down I was needing some protein. So I ended up having some peanut butter and crackers. I never beat myself up though. I did great all day long and it felt good (not hunger) with the regimen options available – I even got to have bone broth and dark chocolate infused with green tea. It was awesome. But by day’s end I needed a little something.

You get to have up to 10 points on a cleanse day. I switched off the program at 8 p.m. though with the peanut butter and crackers. lol. I still feel like it did good. The goal is for a lower calorie day and that is what I had.

I got up this morning to upload my maintenance photos with Isagenix for my challenge. And my account said I was inactive b/c I had not bought 100 BV in the last 30 days. I beg to differ! I bought 103 BV b/w Feb 4 and Feb 8. So I will call them today and find out why they are not adding it up right. I specifically go in every weekend and make sure I’m not going inactive so I can get my $200 after my challenge. So I will call them today and find out what is up. I don’t want this to mess me up in getting my free product. I’ve been very careful to make sure I stay with the 100 w/in 30 days. But somehow they are off. I just went back to my order history and can prove it’s been 100. I ordered more today that I was going to order over the weekend. But I have some things running out and hopefully that will kick it back to active.

I did get pretty sleepy after that bone broth yesterday. I was cold most all day too which is typical of cleanse day as your liver is being detoxified. So I put my wool shawl on, had the hot bone broth with collagen and got so warm and comfy that I was about to nod off! lol. So I had to go get coffee from the break room.

Anyway, I was kinda moody last night I guess. George was asking me questions and was wondering if we needed to take two soups to the Irelands Saturday. I made a smirk w/o even thinking about it. I guess I was thinking two soups is not appropriate. As I began to think through it – he cut me off and said “no your face says it all”. I tried to explain but he was done I think, so I said “well you know my feelings better than me anyway, right? (lol) so I don’t need to explain”. He always likes to tell me how I feel, so I figure he must know. So why explain? He also wanted to watch something on TV but wasn’t really committal about what it would be and I wasn’t in the mood to make any decisions. I didn’t want to play a cross off game to decide or take 10 minutes to debate it so I just grabbed the control and began watching shows I wanted to watch. Now that I think through it – maybe it wasn’t me that was in a bad mood. I was just going about my day. And Roger says, I think I’ll just lay here while ya’ll decide to do whatever…..

And I guess I better go so I can knock this payroll out. It’s good to see the sky is lighter outside and good to see that it’s light when I leave work – now if we can just get the sun to shine. It’s mostly cloudy and gray all week – we are lucky to get in a sunny day. I appreciate it so much when we do. Now this summer will be all hot and dry and we’ll be wishing for gray and rain. That is the way it goes. The ebb and flow of life.

So it’s Testy Tuesday but maybe since I had my PB and Crackers last night, I won’t be Testy. I am going to be Testy with Isagenix if they don’t fix my Inactive status and wipe it from the record. We gonna have a talk. Let’s hope it goes well. If not I may not do these challenges anymore and just not worry about what I order when. I am ordering enough that it supports the program. But sometimes it matters as I’m about right at the border of it. So if I order something a week early it might make me get the free products as opposing to waiting til next week. So I always gage it and time it right. So they will need to fix this. It will bother me til it’s fixed. Yeah, I’m testy. Yep!

I’ll be doing a Strawberry shake here in a few. And I’ll have chicken salad for lunch. If I have time to get it made.

Take care!

Relaxing Sunday

So today at 4:30 a.m. I awoke, well rested and ready to get up and get the day started. I had a full night’s sleep and was shocked it was already 4:30. So I got up and had some quite time, made the coffee, got laundry started, took Maisy out and made their breakfast.

I did a devo this morning, reading in Romans.

Also I began reading (had to start over) the “We’re the Russo’s” kindle book on their RV adventures. I feel like I am right there with them. I think I made it 6 chapters in before the sun ever came up. I love my Adventures in Recliner Travels. They are always fun. lol. And non-expensive.

George got up about 6:30 – ish and I did more laundry and worked some in the house. I’ve been looking at my to do list and I either don’t want to do it or it’s something George has to do. But it’s been one of those days where I am not pushing to do much of anything.

I do need to do my maintenance photos for Isagenix this week but honestly I may wait til later. I have all week to post. My to do list is pretty piddly right now and I’m loving it. I still have to have a to do list though if not – I’ll never do these things until I just have to. But mostly now at 57 I really need a list to remember what all it was that I want or need to do. Here it is. Pretty laid back right now.

So it’s been a good time to read and watch shows and work on the house. I love this relaxed time period we’ve been in. I feel like I’ve needed it for a long time.

I’m sorry I’ve not had much of any pics to share lately. I’ll have plenty coming up soon. We’ve just not been up to a lot lately.

I am going to work on my photo transfer. And try to find out where my PSP files went to. They are supposed to be on the thumb drive that is plugged into the USB port on the back side of this iMac. But they are not showing. So I’m going to have to get on the laptop and see what the deal is. It may just be that those files will not show up on here, but the folder is not even showing. So many things to get used to.

I want to get out and take a lot of photos and I guess I’ll just mainly be doing photos instead of graphics anyway. But I’d still like to know those files are ok at least on my other computer (windows laptop). I can do a lot with Pixalator via the iMac with photos and want to integrate possibly to doing more Vlogging as time goes on and interesting times are there to for that. No one wants video of boring moments which plenty of my week involves at times, lol. But mainly I’m wanting to experiment so when we do travel I will know how to make some enjoyable videos. And I can integrate them with this blog which accepts YOUTube as the medium for video material.

I have subscribed to a lot of Tech YouTube videos and am grateful that such things exist for learning as others put themselves out there for us to learn and showing us how. You all know that I could have a total month of just being in the house and not ever getting bored right? I mean yeah, I’d probably want to venture out to eat or shop once or twice or get groceries – but I could HOLE myself up and be totally happy for quite a while with all that I want to do. Once I did everything on my list, read a few books, wrote a book or two or three, and played all the games, worked a few crosswords, cooked a few meals, watched a few shows, cleaned the house, washed every stitch of laundry, played with dogs, did Bible devos, shopped online, and planned my year out completely – I’d be ready to emerge! lol. I am so much of a geek. I love it. I have a smile on my face just thinking about all that.

And I’ve been missing John Grisham. I’m about ready to read another one of his books. So I am grateful to have had some downtime in the last few weeks.

I felt bad today that George was saying it would be hard to have the November dates off for our mountains of NC trip if we were going to Texas for Thanksgiving. I said “what?” He didn’t listen to me when I said that we would not be able to do this again next year (now this year). I told him several times. My immediate boss gave up on her PTO time to allow me to have it last year. I told her she could do it this year. And it was a bad time for me to take it anyway. It was a tough week for her. So I said we’d not do it this year. I told him that. We can go next spring or summer or maybe even next Thanksgiving – but I at least have to give my boss a chance to have it off. I also want to go rent a cabin this fall in Waynesville area since we are not going. I had been looking at Cabins out that way to see if we could get something between there and Asheville. I may look closer to Asheville. But anyway, I felt bad that he was developing plans to go back at Thanksgiving again. I would love to do that, but I’m trying to be fair and accommodating to the people that accommodated ME. He always thinks I don’t hear what he says. I don’t think he hears or intakes anything I say.

So I have cleanse day tomorrow, and I’m going to run an errand and do my maintenance photos for Isagenix. Enough to keep me busy and try to keep me from eating. lol And on Thursday I have a hair cut and we are going out to eat and then to the store. And Friday night is a cooking night for our French weekend with our friends. I’m cooking a French potato dish.

The other nights are fairly free.

Not much else to tell. I am going to get off of here and work on my photo update here on the iMac. Need to move my photos to the iMac for the ones I want to save so I can delete them from my phone. I had a lot of them. But need to get some off so I have plenty of room for new pics for March and May trips.

Ya’ll have a good week. I will try to take more pics of things that happen during the week for the blog. Just have not been focused to do that. I know the blog is more interesting with photos.

Home from Mom’s

Well, I was looking to add photos from my visit with Mom and realized —shoot —I didn’t snap any. OH well. Our time went very quickly and we had a good time.

I actually got off early Friday and took a half day of PTO. It was just a good time to do it. Since I’d not planned on doing this, I was unable to reach Mom to let her know I’d be in town early. She was out running some errands. So I used the opportunity to grab lunch at Moe’s Southwest Grill and also head to Kohl’s and a few other shops that were in the strip mall there at Spring Hill, TN.

I ended up buying a couple of tops. One was on sale and a winter top and the other I didn’t even try on as I saw on the way out of the dressing room, lol. It’s a summer top and was more $ but by looking at it, it looked like it would work. I have receipt and will return it up here if needed. But I think it’ll work.

Then I headed on to Mom’s. We hung out for a while and then went to Ruby Tuesday’s. We had the salad bar and one of the best ever 6 oz sirloins. It was cooked to perfection and the first steak I’ve had since having the diverticulitis and coming out of that. Oh my word it was so good. I think all we ever need is just a small one. We had all the goodness from their salad bar and also a baked potato. I loved every morsel.

I was teasing Mom and threatening to get the $2 mini margarita. But I know she doesn’t like it when we drink. When on our turf we do, on hers we don’t. But she said “if you want it get it – just remember you are driving”. I said “well then if you don’t care, I’ll get the $5 house wine”. So she was fine with it. And I thoroughly enjoyed that glass of wine and our conversation. We talked a lot about my great uncle, Uncle Carl Voss, and his being a captain on a yacht, where he took Roosevelt out once on it and several other famous folks. I was like….what???? He did??? She said Howard Hughes tried to buy the boat but wanted Uncle Carl to be the captain if he bought it and Uncle Carl said No he would stay with the Davis family that owned the boat. This was a long long time ago. Uncle Carl no longer living. But with my love of the ocean – this just intrigues me so. Apparently the Davis family was really good to my great uncle Carl. They knew him from a gas station he worked at and they thought he was a good honest guy and they sent him through the schooling it required to be a captain. The provided housing for his home base and for his wife while he traveled with them. It’s amazing how you find out this stuff as you get older that you never knew. I always knew he was a captain but didn’t know all the good details! I wish I knew more. Mom should let me order wine more often so we can sit and talk. I wish she would have some, lol.

So overnight apparently Mom had a breathing spell. She had forgotten to take her fluid pill the day before but she said overnight she got up and did a breathing treatment – she has an inhaler and that helped. She said she almost came and asked me to take her to ER. But I knew none of this until morning. Mom had coffee ready for me when I got up. Bless her. She hardly has any herself. She knows how much I love it. As we checked our phones and iPads, we talked about her breathing issue. But she was good she said. We fixed breakfast. And then I got up and helped clean in some hard to get to spots with the vacuum on all the floors both carpet and linoleum. She has a device that does a good job on both and really lite weight. I cleaned the bathrooms surfaces and toilets. And I put together a lamp she bought that was still in the box. I tried to figure out her “Hey Google” grocery list so it would record her list on the phone, but she had so many google accounts – maybe three of them set up with various emails – plus she has android phone and tablets. I have iPhone. I felt bad but I couldn’t get it figured out. And I didn’t want to mess anything up. But I think she has different things on different accounts. She was going to play with it. But I truly believe that might be the culprit. It was time for me to head home so next time we will try again. I hate we have two different softwares. But we do.

Anyway, on the way home I stopped at Chic Filet and got a bit for the road, took my BP meds, found a way to charge my phone without the car charger (where the heck is my car charger?). I guess I need to order another one b/c I need it. It might be in George’s car or it could have been taken during a valet park or something. I just never remove it from my car, but I might have taken it in George’s car recently. Since I had a charger (iPhone) in my suitcase, I was able to plug it in from there to my auto Alexa as it had an extra slot. I guess that is what I need to do – just keep an extra iPhone charger in the car since I can’t use the auto plug anyway as the Alexa is already plugged into it. Anyway, finally on the road it took about an hour and 15 to get home. Not too bad. It’s horrible most of the time trying to get through traffic.

So I discovered we had a raccoon getting on the front porch. I kept seeing the shadow and was convinced it was a ground hog. Several who saw it said it was a raccoon and I refused to believe it but he came on the porch when the light was on. Here’s that masked bandit! lol

We just have all kinds of things going on in our front yard overnight. Deer, raccoon, fox, groundhogs – I smell skunks – and of course the possum. I guess the word is….we have some good stuff! Little Bit got after the raccoon and chased it away.

I saw this on FB last night and saved this. Mom and I laughed so hard. I think Donna a blog buddy shared it on FB. Good one Donna W!

Sorry no pics much. I feel bad. But I did have a grand time with Mom and I’m glad to be home to do some things here.

Already today since I’ve been home (3 hours) I’ve rebooted laundry, done my Isagenix order, did my Target order, and have done this blog entry.

I ended up cancelling George’s auto ship through Isagenix. When I logged in today to my Isagenix I saw that I had turned back into an Associate from Consultant, which is fine. I knew I’d go backwards as people drop off from being my customers. So it’s been the plan all along to cancel him from under me (people enroll their spouses to have an extra person, lol). So I cancelled it as I was ordering much under him anyway. Sometimes if I was a few points off and needing something, I’d order under him and then get paid as I’d met enough BV. I’ve ridden the wave longer than I thought. However, I did think I had one more payment coming as I was close, but it didn’t work out and I’m ok with that. Now I can concentrate all my orders just on my account since I have no reason to order under George anymore as I’m not selling it anymore unless someone just jumps me to have it, lol. It’s a great system and I love it and will continue to use everything I can. I believe in it. I just have to watch what I eat now and having to be picky based on my condition. No nut pieces. But I will continue to do the shakes and vitamins and hydrates and cleanses and energy drinks. When I don’t use it I can feel it. So I did my order to renew my vitamins today. I just wish they would release a new shake or two. But for now I’m good with the basics.

I forgot and had strawberries today with my Chic Filet fruit. Those little seeds are just so small, I can’t imagine them being a problem.

Anyway, I also cancelled my International selling license with Isagenix. I had never used it anyway. If someone underneath me had ever sold to anyone outside the US – in order to get commission I bought the membership. I had worked with someone from the UK for a while but it never came to fruition so I stopped it from auto renewing. I tried to cancel my Associate license (to sell) – it’s only $29 a year and if I cancelled it I’d have to set up another account and I didn’t want to do that. So I’ll stay on as an “Associate” and be able to see if I want to. And the pricing is no different to order though. So that was interesting to find out. I just didn’t want to pay the fee if I’m not going to sell it. But I do NOT want to set up another account. I’ll just keep as an Associate and pay the fee and be ready to serve if anyone is interested. It’s too good not to share but I’m not good at the convincing people so I’m not begging. People can contact me directly if they want it – otherwise I’m not wasting my precious time. Since George doesn’t want to RV much then there is no since in me going through all that. I would have to earn an RV if he would retire and tour out with me but he’s not game for that so….forget it.

So it is 6:10 and I’m going to go do something else for a while and relax. George is fixing pork chops for dinner.

Ya’ll take care!

Mindful of Food and an Overnight Trip

Good morning! Nothing really new and exciting to post about. It’s just been a busy little week – work, do errands, take care of doggies, watch a quick show with George while we eat dinner, sleep, and repeat.

The weeks they go by so fast. Just blink and the day is gone. We have some sun this week, enough to help morale, but then here comes another gray day.

I’ve really made efforts at eating fruits and veggies and I to take the Vitamin C. I remember most days to take the vitamins, and that does help you to see more of the sunny side of life and push through the grayness of winter.

I also started taking the Isagenix Pro Biotics and Digestive Enzymes, but I often forget to take them at the recommended times. I think of it after I eat and you are supposed to take it either on an empty stomach (Probiotics) or right before a meal (digestive enzymes).

I’ve had a lot of rice this week – mostly brown rice. George fixed stir fry last night with the remaining veggies and through in some spinach. My goal is to find dishes where you work with veggies into it. And I am trying to learn to like fruit for snack. I am keeping the baked whole grain gold fish on hand for when I need a crunch.

I am having to cut some of the Isagenix snacks out of my diet. The snack bars have nuts in them and I’m just having to cut out anything with nuts and seeds. The potato chip like snacks, are just really heavy on my stomach and they are very dense cracker wafers – packed with protein but they have always sat heavy on my stomach. I had them also the day I became inflamed and although they were not likely the culprit – I can’t get it out of my mind. So I will likely give those up. And I’m having to give up the Birthday Cake shake too b/c it has those little sprinkles in it that are really little veggie pieces. But it will act like a seed. I also had that the day of the attack. I had also had popcorn that week so it’s hard to say but I can’t see putting any of these back into my diet. The meal replacement breakfast bars are something I will hold on to because if they have nuts they are ground into it. They are kinda heavy but they are probably ok. But I’m having to rethink what I eat and also it’s very challenging to keep it all around me at the times I need it. It takes some effort and planning so I don’t end up eating bad things or the wrong things. So a lot of energy going into this.

Just when you think you have life figured out it throws you a curve ball. I love my Isagenix but I’m having to watch anything that has morsels in it that could be a problem. There is controversy over the nut seed popcorn dilemma with diverticulitis as the more recent studies say it’s ok. But when it happens 3 times and popcorn was involved and numerous other things – it’s just hard to say. I just don’t want the problem again. But there is a definite gut issue going on with our society with all these processed foods that we cannot eat – refined sugars, flowers, oils, and processed meats and other foods. Doctor’s and society are bound to fix the symptoms but we need to focus on the problems.

It’s a struggle b/c we are addicted to these processed foods. But I’m doing the best I can to try to change my mindset to what is good and healthy. And that will solve all the issues.

Well I go to Mom’s today. So my goal is to try to get in a bit earlier and leave earlier before the afternoon traffic sets in. It is always nutzoid trying to get down there. We are going to have a girls nite.

I asked George what he was having while I was gone – with this freezer full of food. He wasn’t sure. I told him that was very unlike him b/c he ALWAYS has a meal planned. Often several nights out. He agreed it was unusual. Mom and I are going out to get a salad tonight and I think she has a coupon for a meal to go with it. And I’m not sure what we decided about tomorrow morning. I’ll eat breakfast and see if she needs me to do anything or clean anything or go get anything and then I’ll head home and get our laundry done, Target order done, Amazon order done, and plan next week’s eating some. I also need to wrap our gifts for “Christmas with the Irelands” which we are late this year planning. But that is the following weekend.

I also have my hair cut one night next week which I decided to keep.

My long weekend trip with Katy is coming up in about 3 weeks.

Well, I need to finish getting ready, finish up my final packing for my quick overnight stay with Mom, and then head to work. Going for another cup of coffee.

Here’s a pic of Maisy in my lap last night. She was unsettled last night and wanted in my lap which is rare. And not sure I shared this pic of both of them. If I did here it is again. It was taken this week.

So what you doing this weekend? Anything special?

Greyness, Winter Wardrobe, Orzo, and What to Eat!

Good morning! A mid week entry here. It amazes me how the weeks go by so fast, especially with my payroll job. I blink and the day is over. And having less frustrations and surprises in my day suits my soul. Dealing with numbers is black and white. There is a right answer. No more trying to make white or black out of grey matter.

The only grey right now is this weather. It has been the chilliest winter and the greyest one it seems. I notice that my wardrobe does not have many warm things in it. I think my office is a bit colder than the other one. Not by much but a little. I almost bought a little heater for my office, but…the lamps in there warm it up just enough I think. So I put off buying one. I know they prefer us not to have them, but some do because you have to keep warm. But next year I need to work on my winter wardrobe. I need some long sleeve shirts and something that is not just black or grey, but things with color. I bought some sweaters in Breckenridge, TX while we were there and thank goodness I did because they have been critical. I don’t wear a lot of sweaters as I get hot in them, but these are breathable ones and not quite as hot. I’ve needed them on the cold days. In 2018 – 2 years ago from yesterday we had a record high of 76 or so. I think that is what I heard the weather radio say – here in the Nashville area. Wow. Anyway, I’m struggling with my winter wardrobe. I’m not happy when I get dressed and think ughhhh I don’t want to wear that. I usually enjoy my wardrobe and getting dressed. I also am downgrading my clothes a bit. Not being in HR and now in the corner office where it’s quiet and no one sees me – I’m happy with non dressier clothes. I’ve actually sent to Thred Up some of my dressier pieces. I’m saving some for dressier occasions but really just don’t have the need to dress up anymore. My shoes have all been changed to comfortable solid tennis shoe like shoes – all black and all white for more comfort and that helps with the stand up desk when I stand. I just don’t ever go shop much unless we are on vacation or Christmas shopping. But I might sneak out for a shopping run at some point and see what is on sale.

I fixed a couple of boiled eggs for breakfast yesterday. The little egg steamer travels. It’s auto shut off safety feature is nice also. But I don’t leave it there. I brought it back home. There are some days when you want a hot breakfast of sorts and just don’t have time. So I grabbed the box and took it to work yesterday and it cooked up in just a few minutes while I worked on payroll. lol

I’ve had “fix Orzo” on the list for a while. You know I love my pasta and Orzo is just tiny pasta. But if you are going to eat pasta, it’s good to have some healthy stuff in there. It has cucumber and garbanzo beans, feta cheese, and instead of tomato – I put a red bell pepper which added wonderful flavor. It has scallions. It has garlic and oregano and salt and pepper. And for the dressing it is olive oil, red wine vinegar and dijon mustard. I didn’t add a layer of sweet, but just followed the recipe. The seasonings went into the dressings by the way and then you poured over and tossed it. I really like using dijon mustard in a dressing for my salads. I think this is my go to now, but I usually add honey to it and also add onion powder. I thought this turned out great. We ate a lot of it. There’s a little bowl left. lol

I am going to keep up with my recipes. I enjoy cooking some. I just let George know the weekend before so he doesn’t get his plans all in the works with meat thawing and such. I am also doing a spaghetti night this week. I am also looking at recipe books for trying some more upcoming things. I had lasagna on the list but took it off for now. I just don’t need to be eating big huge slabs of pasta layers. lol. But I tell ya, I’m about in the mood for tacos. lol

Red pepper is the new tomato for me. No seeds in the part you eat. I can totally see enjoying red pepper in a taco instead of tomato. Wish I had thought of it before. It certainly has more taste than the store bought tomatoes.

The pic above is blurry but I wanted you to see how Maisy had made herself a bed. She had her eyes buried in the covers a bit earlier. Roger probably taught her to do this. He fixes a bed where he can “turn the lights out” by sticking his eyeballs under the covers. She looked so cute in her little homemade bed she made for herself.

Those ears. lol. She is such a sweety.

Oh, I said something on a post that Beth Moore posted about her book. She had talked about an emotional chapter. It’s the one I’m on right now. I said so and she “liked it”. It thrilled me to death. Beth Moore has been the most influential in my Bible studies.

Like my lock screen pic? It was taken at Katy’s around Thanksgiving. I needed something with more color besides a snow pic. lol. We have snow in our forecast but probably going to be south and east of us. We are all so ready for Spring.

Well, I better get ready and find something I’m in the mood to wear and get on into work. I have been sipping coffee and sitting in my waffle robe. That is the best part of the morning for me….robe, coffee, and blog (if I get to).

Oh, one other thought. I have noticed that I started to become weary worrying about what I can eat, what I should eat, what I shouldn’t eat and so forth. I had to give up some of my Isagenix snack bars to a coworker yesterday b/c they have nuts in them. I’m pretty much not going to get to do many “trail bar” types of things. I can’t do shakes every day either. I just can’t do cold shakes on cold mornings much. I can do oatmeal but…I’m needing protein. I used to eat nuts afterward or throw nuts in them. So I can’t have nuts now and that really hampers the protein thing in the mornings. I need some ideas.

I’m also going to do some research on Stevia. Isagenix uses a lot of it. It’s supposedly safe and natural, but does it allow nutrients to absorb and metabolize properly as it relates to proper digestion and not causing sugar/diabetes issues. The other sugar substitutes tricks the body and causes problems b/c it thinks it’s getting sugar. I have like two cases of BEA in my storage room. I love the stuff but am slowing down drinking it b/c I have a feeling it not doing me any good. It’s filled with nutrition and vitamins though. If it’s getting absorbed. I guess I can eat a spoonful of peanut butter with the oatmeal. I can still have peanut butter. I have been eating hummus. And for my crunch needs I’ve used the whole grain gold fish – as a snack. I also have my Isagenix chip like snacks. I had one of those the day I came down with the diverticulitis – although I’m sure it’s not the cause – it had probably started happening days before – but these have very unique tastes anyway and are very heavy. They have a lot of protein but I don’t want these every day either. So I feel like a kid but I’m munching on gold fish some during the day. Or crackers and hummus. I’ll figure it out.

I always blog too long. Gotta hurry now but getting more coffee! Ahhh I just hate to slip out of the warm comfy robe. Can’t I just wear my waffle robe to work? lol

Still Celebrating Valentine’s – We just like to Eat!

I went back and read yesterday’s entry and thought I better clarify – no there is no announcement of any business George and I are involved in that is closing – I just posted yesterday based on the dream I had, which always makes you wonder why you dreamed it and I went on from there to say what had happened in the past and what COULD happen in the future. However, I know nothing of any business closing! So no worries! That I am aware of anyway, which is never much because news is not usually shared until the final hour or afterward, anyway lol. I don’t want someone saying I’m spreading rumors. So hear ye hear ye and take heart. It.Was.A.Dream. Repeat.It.was.a.dream!!!!!!! When I re-read it I thought….some bored troublemaker is going to cause an issue over this so let’s clear THAT up RIGHT NOW! 😉 Got it? A.DREAM.

Now we can proceed to today’s post.

George brought an interesting breakfast yesterday. Something made in the air fryer with eggs and sausage. They were made in the muffin pan. I wasn’t sure I was ready to take on sausage just yet, but it was good. We had it with rice.

Then for our 3rd and final Valentine weekend dinner, we had Mori Mori – b/c it was on the list and I crossed it off but George really wanted to eat there. lol. So we went out an extra time. No, he is not just spoiled. We all are. Everyone gets their way.

One of the reason I marked this off was b/c I enjoy a hot dinner and I was thinking it was primarily sushi and with all I’ve had going on I was NOT eating that. I didn’t even want a Poke Bowl. But they did have something I could eat and I liked it very much. I got a meal that had soup and salad (ginger dressing – yum). He got Sake but I had green tea.

I thoroughly enjoyed our eating out. I will say that Mori Mori has good food. They served my salad in a chipped/broken dish though which I did not notice until I had finished. And the service was slow. George’s drink came out 12 min before mine did. We liked to never got the bill. They only had one or two servers on a big weekend. Anyway, we’ll go back b/c the food is good and George loves their sushi. I found something hot to eat, so I’ll be happy. But I hope they improve a bit so they will stay open. If they let these things slide, no one will want to come there. There was a broken bench in the waiting area too. Maybe it just happened but it was unsafe and unsightly. Sorry, yes there are people in the world like me who notice and mention these things. lol George began to defend them and I said “no I’ve eaten out enough in my life to know what the protocol is of acceptable and unacceptable. Yes the food was great. But…Yes they need to improve. Broken dishes, benches, and problems with service. It’s just the Facts. And some pretty big issues too. But no, I didn’t complain. I just observed and blogged about it. lol. It’s what I do. I’m an introvert.

Well, off to get ready for work. And get more coffee. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. I did a lot of the to do list that was fun! Now I need to do some housework during the week – mainly laundry, sheet changing, and vacuuming. I’m going to try and do a cleanse day today. However, I think I may be getting a bladder infection so if I keep hurting I may have to switch off the cleanse day for yogurt and cranberry. I guess the antibiotics are still in my system. I’m not sure if I should cleanse or not really but maybe it is what I need. It’s been a long while.

OK, I”ll pop in later in the week. I’ll be headed to Mom’s Friday and looking forward to seeing her.