Saturday, August 18, 2018

Burning Soul

OMG Oatmeal
Sleep was pretty decent last night again. I did wake at 5:45 when one of the dogs barked and laid in the bed with my eyes closed until the alarm went off at 6:15. I got up and dressed and went to walk the dogs with Dad. When done the dogs went inside and I went for my longer walk. I only did a couple miles today because, lord have mercy, the sun was coming up fast and it was hot as Hades. I cooled off a little by the fan and then made some bacon. Dad made some oatmeal and I actually had some, about 1/2 cup. I melted in some butter, sprinkled on cinnamon and a pink packet and enjoyed it so much. I had a half cup of coffee with some Amaretto creamer to round out the morning meal.

BK Patties
I helped Dad in the yard and mowed the front yard. They've got this terrible electric mower, with a damned cord, that scalped the grass. And it was on the highest setting. Dad took the mower twice for a couple rows and towards the end he managed the cord while I mowed. I sat in front of the fan and guzzled water when done blowing off the driveway, glad I didn't actually melt. I was so hot I was sure I scorched my soul. I showered and dressed and it was soon time for me and Dad to run to the Apple store for his Genius bar appointment. We stopped at Burger King on the way and he treated me to a couple patties. BK was not the best.

Burger with Grilled Veggies
The nice folks at the Apple store removed Dad's hard drive for free and we left with a couple new things. We stopped at Best Buy for another thing and then at the fruit stand to get veggies for dinner. We got back to the house and, with help from the magical Kev, got B's new computer updated. Kev got 1 Password installed and I taught Dad and B how to use it. There's only two passwords in there for now but it's a start. When done, around 4:30, I had my dinner. Dad had grilled bacon and cheddar burger patties and he and B had already eaten at 4. I wanted to wait until computer was done. I had my patty along with a grilled mix of squash, zucchini, onion, bell pepper, mushroom and red potato and then I cleaned up my dishes. B wasn't feeling good so she went to bed around 5:30. Dad and I  picked out a movie called Some Kind of Beautiful and it was super cute. At 7:30 we paused the movie and took the dogs on a stroll. When we got in I had a few bites of those awesome veggies and then had a small handful of cherries. This is what happens when I eat dinner at 4:30.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Finally, THE Salad

Post Walk Breakfasting
Sleep was really good and solid last night. My alarm went of at 6:15 and I got up and dressed. Dad and I walked the dogs on their half mile, or so, loop and when we got back to the house I grabbed my shades, phone, earbuds and sprayed with mosquito spray and off I went on my longer walk. When I got back I had done almost 5 miles and was ready for some breakfast. B had already cooked up some bacon and scrambled the eggs and I cooked them in some butter. She's sneaky with the bacon. She cuts the slices in half, easier to cook in the an I know, but then calls a half 1 slice. I ain't fallin' for that and had four halves=2 slices. I'm such a glutton. After breakfast I ran a few errands with Dad, one was a stio by his office and chatted with a man I han't seen in decades. He was the stepfather to an old dear friend of mine in high school and had recently started working at my Dad's office. What a surprise.

FINALLY, Chicken Shawarma Salad
We ran a couple more places and then back to the house where I showered and helped them clean their big mirrors. They couldn't get the streaks gone so Dad gave me newspaper and off I went. I cleaned all the mirrors in the house while I was at it and then Dad fixed a dining chair. At 1 we ordered Albasha chicken shawarma salads and I couldn't contain my excitement. I dream of it and when I finished every last bite of the big salad I grinned. There's plnty of chicken and plenty of lettuce and plenty of feta and plenty of dressing. All in just the perfect proportions. Stepmom can't believe that I can finish a whole salad by myself and doens't understand that with very regular exercise I get hungry.

Dinner Pickings
After lunch Dad I I ran a couple more errands. Two groceries where I picked up cherries, Atkins bars and a bottle of that dressing from last night that I'll take home with me. We got back to the house and I chilled, and read some Outlander, in the dark den on the couch where it was nice and cool. The wind picked up and I thought we'd get some rain but no.  The rest of the afternoon brought a few dog walkings and at 7:30 I needed a snack. I finished off some pulled pork Dad had, about 1/4c and about a TBSP of some really great BBQ sauce on it. I then had cherries, a sugar free toffee square and a teaspoon of PB. We watched a really good movie called Hostiles before I went to bed around 10:30.

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Early Breakfast Pre-Flight
It took me forever to get to sleep last night. My mind was wandering a lot and I couldn't turn it off. I got a good few hours worth of sleep though and actually woke around 5:40 before the alarm was set to go off at 6. I lounged for a tad bit of time and did get up right at 6. I showered and dressed and finished packing and then went down to get the morning things done. Fed babies, watered flowers, got bacon cooking in the oven. Made three scrambled eggs to go with it. After I ate and cleaned the dishes I scooped the litter and fed the fish downstairs. I made a quick run to the grocery to get Kev a few food items and then loaded the suitcase and left the house at 7:40 for the airport.

On-Flight Lunching
I got off the tollway at the wrong exit and dang if the entire road was closed. I had to get back on the toll, in the wrong direction, and do a big loop. I finally made it to the new parking spot that Kev's company has to use and got to the airport with plenty of time to spare. Southwest was opening a new set of kiosks right as I walked up so there was no wait at all. Security wasn't bad. I planned to walk the airport for some movement today but the terminal was too warm, my backpack was already sweating my back, plus I didn't wear totally optimal shoes. We boarded just as I walked up to the gate and I took my window seat and we were off. I had the little lunch box I made with hard boiled egg, a Babybel, Colby jack, Duke's sausages and almonds and I ordered a Coke Zero to drink.

Good Little Salad
We landed in Nawlins 20 minutes early. When the bags got to us they were wet. A big rain swooped up fast as it wasn't raining when we hit the ground. I went out to sit on a bench and got a fierce humidity bath. Dad picked me up and we drove through some hard rains to get to his house. I put my bag in my room and we visited for a while and at 6 I had some dinner. A bowl of iceberg lettuce with deli turkey on top. They had a good dressing called Sal & Judy's Creole Sicilian. It was like a more seasoned Ranch and low carb made it even better. I finished that bowl and went on to polish off the bit of iceberg lift that stepmom cut for me and dad. It was actually pretty tasty. Dad and I watched The Quiet Man with John Wayne, one we both love, and paused to take the dogs for a quick jaunt down the street. I had about a teaspoon of peanut butter, which had a fair amount of sugar,  and a last few almonds I had left from lunch as we watched and the movie was over just after 9. I got in my jammies, washed my face and brushed my teeth and I hit the sack by 10.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A Blip of a Day

After our Early Morning Hike
When I woke this morning at 5:45, when the alarm went off, I had no clue just how fast the day was buzz by. Well I kinda had an idea but in real life it was a time warp. I didn't get to sleep until around 1AM and no clue why. I honestly thought I would sleep like a baby. Maybe it's the menopause thing screwing with me. I wouldn't doubt it as it's screwing with everything else. Anyway, it felt like I had just gotten to sleep when that alarm went off. I guess I kinda did. I got up and dressed and the cool thing is that the Kev did too and we went to Boulder for the loop hike. We met Y & J, J only showed because Kev was there, and it was such a nice way to start the day. We got home and I made bacon and eggs. Kev washed and cut up strawberries and man it was nice having him home for breakfast on a Wednesday! I then watered flowers, fed kitties and got a load of clothes in the wash.

Lunch Shake
I started packing a bag and gosh it was soon time to get Kev off to work. We ran an errand on the way and I got home form dropping him off close to noon. I packed a little more and at 12:30 made a quick lunch shake. In it was half an avocado, 1/2c coconut milk, 1c unsweetened almond milk, 2TBSP cacao powder, 2TBSP Splenda, 1/2 tsp vanilla, pinch of salt and ice. I finished it fairly quickly and was out the door for my monthly facial.

Snack in Car
Clean face was headed home and I arrived around 2:30. I answered a bit of email, paid some bills, grabbed three slices of salami and a Babybel and was out again for my monthly massage. Yes it happened to stack up all today. Oh I was so ready for that massage. It feels like 4 weeks drag ass by so slowly until I can get another. I left feeling so much better.

Leftover Burger with Salad Dinner
I had a 5:30 appt at the nail shop for a mani and pedi and was in the area at 5 ont he way home and thought I'd pull in. I ended up sitting there until 6:15 like a dummy. The were short on workers and had appointments in front of me. I should have left and gone back but nah. I played on my phone until it was my time. I left at 7. I go thome and was hungry for some food so I heated a leftover burger and made a salad with feta, fresh cucumber form my plant and a dressing made of red wine vinegar, EVOO, Dijon and Stevia. I ate and then had to make a post office run to retun an Amazon package. I ordered some overalls that were too small and too short.

Chocolate Milk Nightcap
I got home, mostly finished packing and made a glass of chocolate milk to wind down the busy day. I mixed 1c unsweetened almond milk, 2TBSP Splenda, 1TBSP cacao powder, 1/8tsp raspberry extract and 3 ice cubes to cool it off. It was totally perfect. I sipped it while answering some email form a client and watching the latest episode of Younger. I crawled into bed at 11, later than I wanted.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Rain Dance

Fuel for Dance
I actually slept good last night! I didn't get up in the night to pee or anything. And I didn't even turn on sleep music. I read for a little while and then just went to sleep. It was amazing. I woke at 6 something and ran across this link to this video from a 10 year vegan that ended up healing himself with beef. I'm a total believer and I like how real and honest he is about it. And funny. I got up, dressed, made the bed, fed the kitties, watered the flowers and made three scrambled eggs to go with my bacon. I then gathered the trash and put it out before changing and heading on over to the gym for dance.

Burger and Slaw
The hour was great. It felt good to sweat and move and remember moves. Dance really works everything, mind, body and soul. I got home for a cool shower, dressed and went to the office to begin work, which didn't happen right away. I got sidetracked reading health blogs and before I knew it it was after 12 and I was getting hungry. I went down and heated last night's leftover burger patty and had the rest of the coleslaw from Sunday. I ate while watching The Proposal and then, finally, went up to work at 1PM.

Repeat Dinner
I was busy all afternoon. I was trying to get a big project done and was well on the way. At 2:30 I had an Atkins snack bar, which gave me the farts as usual, but it's always great. I worked until almost 7PM and then called it quits for the day. I went down to feed the kitties some dinner and got burger patties on the stove for myself. A rain storm blew in which thwarted my plans for grilling. I made a salad and had the exact same meal as last night. I even had cherries for dessert and first watched So You Think You Can Dance. I ended the night with Bachelor in Paradise and waited for the Kev to get home.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Holy Yum - Italian wrap

Blueberry Breakfast Shake
Sleep was pretty decent last night. I woke in the early morning to pee and then briefly at 4:45 when the Lev left for work. I woke next at 6:45 and texted Kev before his plane took off. I lounged until 7:30 and then got up and going. I fed the kitties and watered flowers and then decided I wanted a breakfast shake. I opened the fridge and no almond milk. And no coconut milk. This meant I had to go to the store. So I did. I got home and put together a modified version of this blueberry chia shake. I mixed 1/2c canned coconut milk, 1c unsweetened almond milk, 1/4c frozen blueberries, 1/2 tsp vanilla, Splenda, 1 TBSP chia seeds and a cup of ice. I need to find blueberry extract to get it blueberrier tasting.

Italian Wrap was Crazy Good
I sipped my breakfast shake and watched last night's Sharp Objects. When done I decided to get my movement in for the day since the afternoon would be filled with good work. I put on my shoes, drove to the lake and ended up walking 6 miles. I got home, took a shower and it was time for some lunch. I knew I had that savory egg wrap (this recipe but instead of sweetener and cinnamon I used onion powder and parsley) in the fridge and it was waiting just for today. I mixed a teaspoon of avocado mayo with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and some Italian seasoning. I spread it on the wrap. I added on three slices of Genoa salami and some pepperoni, banana pepper slices, thinly sliced red onion and lettuce. It was lights out divine. I had some of the homemade coleslaw with it and decided that I need to keep the wraps around.

PM Snack
I cleaned up the dishes and went up to the office to get to work. I got up every hour when my watch reminded me to, I'm really starting to appreciate that, and around 2:30 went down to get a snack. I had a Babybel and some almonds and ate up at my desk, where the sleepy babies were.

Burger and Salad Dinner
I continued working until around 6 and went downstairs to feed the babies some dinner. At 6:30 I was ready to start my own dinner. I cooked up a couple burger patties and melted on Colby jack. I topped with leftover mushrooms and it was delicious. I made a salad with green leaf lettuce, red onion and went out to pick a cucumber, which I added on half of it cut up. I made a quick dressing with EVOO, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and a little Splenda. I washed up a few cherries and ate them while watching an episode of Dietland, chatted with the Kev and then started Bachelor in Paradise. It's the fun, addictive show of the summer.

Sunday, August 12, 2018


Oh So Good Breakfast Tacos
I woke first at 11:20, just knowing it was around 2AM. I woke next at 1:30 to pee, then at 5 when Kev was on his phone, then 6 something and then finally close to 8. We were going to go do a short loop hike early but opted against it since Kev had to check in at 7 on the dot for his Southwest flight. Got to get that decent boarding number and all. I slowly got moving. I filled my water tumbler and then watered flowers. I put bacon in the oven and then made a small batch of savory egg crepes. This morning we'd have fresh breakfast tacos. The crepes are a perfect sub for flour tortillas and so much better for us being mainly egg and a little cream cheese. I grated extra sharp cheddar on the crepes and added on fried up eggs, instead of scrambled this time. We really liked the texture they added. The bacon topped it off and man were the perfect on this pretty Sunday morning.

We planned to hang around the house today and I wanted it to be a leisurely one. No gym or bigger workout for me as I've been getting in workouts most days lately and felt like a break. I washed the kitchen rugs, hung them outside to dry and me and Kev pulled weeds. I then vacuumed up the baby hair and cleaned the bathrooms while Kev cleaned the big fish tank. I made a recipe someone posted in a Facebook group that seemed intruiging. I couldn't quickly find the recipe in a search so I'll post it here. It's very worth making this sugar free dark chocolate almond bark to keep around.

The Crack

3TBSP granulated Swerve
2TBSP salted butter
1c almonds
1/4 tsp vanilla
Pinch salt
6oz Lily’s chocolate chips (Stevia sweetened)
1/2oz cacao butter or 1TBSP coconut oil

1. Line baking sheet with parchment

2. In saucepan combine Swerve and butter until dissolved. Add almonds and bring to a boil. Cook without stirring until the butter darkens to a rich amber color.

3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt. Spread almonds in a single layer on the pan and let cool for 20 mins. Break up the almonds with your hands.

4. Melt chocolate chips and cacao butter in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Add almonds and toss to coat well. Spread mixture on the same parchment pan to about 9 square inches.

5. Refrigerate until set, about 30 mins. Break into pieces.

Burger Patty Lunch
I watched Waitress the movie and around 1:30 we were ready for a little lunch. I cooked up burger patties on the stove and seasoned one side with salt and Montreal seasoning and the other with salt and that butter seasoning.  They cooked for five minutes on one side without touching, the other side for five minutes without touching. I added white cheddar on to melt for another two minutes and they were gone fast. I think I like all Montreal seasoning instead of the mix but it was still tasty.

Kev's Smoked Ribs
The rest of the afternoon I hunted online for other pieces to my Halloween costume. Talk about a serious challenge. If I was a tiny thin person I'd have been done within 30 minutes but that's not the case. I have found all of the key components and will see what happens when they arrive. I know there will be embellishments and modifications to the max. I'm talking cutting, taping, gluing, sequining. At 6PM I got up and made a batch of coleslaw to go with the fabulous ribs that Kev smoked today. He tossed one rack on and it's was perfect for the two of us. They were so nice and meaty and the twang of the coleslaw dressing I made went well with the pork. Once the dishes were cleaned we put on our shoes and headed out for a nice evening walk.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

A House to See

Post Walk Dining
Oh yeah sleep was good. I didn't wake until 4:30 to pee and went right back to sleep until 6. I heard Kev stir and I thought I was going to sleep late today but my mind wanted to go for a walk. And Kev was totally up for it. We dressed and headed out into the cool morning. It was so nice out with a light breeze and no one up yet. We did a long walk into the neighboring town and back, total was close to 6 miles. It was great and we were nice and hungry when we got home. Kev made coffee and I had a cup with creamer and almond milk. I cooked up bacon in the oven and watered flowers. I then fried up the last two eggs and heated the last two hard boiled eggs I had in the fridge. We had one of each along with the bacon and the day was off and running.

Lunch shake and New Kitty Perch
I sipped my coffee on the couch for a while when I perused Zillow listings that had come in my email, as I do most days. And today I saw a house that intrigued me. I went to my laptop to see it larger than on my phone and immediately had Kev take a look. I texted our realtor and she set up an appointment to see it at 5PM today. We then made a pet store run where we found a new tall perch for the babies and then on to Costco. We left with our meats and headed home where I made a shake with half avocado, almond milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, Splenda and ice.

Snack and a Remi
We made a fish water and eggs store run to Natural Grocers, where they have the $1.99 eggs. We got home and I washed up the lettuce I got. I chilled on the couch with my water and was fidgety until it was time to go see that house. I read that the neighborhood it's in is Denver area's most popular. We met our sweet realtor there and the house had great curb appeal. The lot is fab and the bones are fab but it needs to be gutted and redone. Some investor will scoop up this house and redo it.

Steak Night
We got home just after 6 and Kev started the grill. I prepped some zucchini and he seasoned the NY strip steaks with this new stuff we found at Costco called Kinder's Buttery Steakhouse Seasoning. It is delicious and will also be so yummy on burgers. I sauteed up some mushrooms in butter and Coconut Aminos to go on the meat and for dessert we had brownie with the rest of the ice cream. Perfection. We watched a new show called Castaways before going to bed.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Ready for Sleep

Cheesy Egg Muffins After Hike
Oh man it was a pitiful night of no sleep. I dozed off around 11:30 and woke, what seemed like, every15 minutes. I got up at 1:30 to pee and back to tossing until the alarm went off at 5:45. I know tonight I'll get some much needed good sleep so I got up and dressed. I put my hiking shoes on, grabbed my water and headed to Boulder for the 3 mile loop. I was slow to get started but ended up beating my time by about 10 minutes. Me and YEN typically do the loop in 1 hr 15 mins. Wednesday I did it in 1 hr and today in 50 mins. I got home at 7:45 and put some bacon int he oven, fed the babies and watered the flowers. I chatted with Kev a bit and we were talking about the egg muffins. He said "cut them in half" and then I said "and fry them in some butter!" so I did. I also melted on a little extra sharp cheddar and it helped greatly. I ate all but one, watching American Woman before cleaning the dishes and going up to the office for some work.

Leftover Cube Steak Schnitzel Lunch
I had a short call at 9:30 about a little project, got a tad of work squeezed in and at 10:30 left to get my hair did. I love my hair girl. She has the same name as my Mama and is such a doll. We always talk about the shows we watch, because we  both watch a lot of the same ones. She and her boyfriend are leaving for two weeks in Italy and I can't wait to chat at my October appointment about it. She's been before, her parents lived in Naples for a good while, but she loves it and will be there as her man sees it for the first time. I got home at 12:45 and was really hungry. Before the hair appt I thought I was going to have a shake for lunch but ended up needing food. I heated two of last night's cube steaks and mixed a little sriracha mayo for dipping. I watched the pilot of Dietland all the way through till the end and think I'll keep going. First episodes sometimes aren't the best. I cleaned up  my few dishes and went up to work.

Bento and Brownies
I was solidly busy on the little project from that call this morning. Around 5:45 I called it quits and went out to mow the yards. The grass had grown so tall with the little rain we had it was a bit nuts. A few areas took a couple passes with the mower and now it looks so much better. I went in for a shower and then Kev made it home from work. I heated him the remaining cube steak and mashed cauli and made myself a bento with two hard boiled eggs, 2 slices salami, a slice of Colby jack, almonds and my cucumber salad. Dessert was heated brownies with homemade vanilla ice cream. We agreed that it tasted like what we remember a lava cake to be like and licked our little bowls clean. We watched some TV and were very ready for bed at 9. I have really been ready since late morning but resisted a nap today so I'd sleep good tonight.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Moody Thursday Morning

Quick Breakfast
It was another night of very restless sleep. I got up at 3:30 to pee and laid back down for more tossing and turning until I woke and got up at 7:30. Me and Teddy made the bed and then went down to get the babies some breakfast. I watered flowers and heated two egg muffins. I made a sour cream and salsa mix for dipping and it was what it needed. The muffins are a wee bit bland so the salsa added a little extra umph. I somehow ended up watching an old episode of The Love Boat before going up to change for dance.

Leftover Lunch
I was in a bit of a down mood this morning. TMI alert, this is my second month with no monthly visitor. It's been like clockwork my entire life so this is definitely the beginning of the end. I've been in peri-menopause since my 30s, thanks to the endometriosis, and for some reason the end of it all struck me today. It's so final. Hormones are no lie today. My girls cheered me up at the gym though. A couple favorite songs were played and there were hugs. I got home for a shower, dressed and heated the leftover burger patty and the rest of the squash. I watched Flip or Flop Vegas on HGTV, had a handful of cherries before I had to leave to get Scooty's oil change.

Beef Schnitzel & Cherries
I left the dealer at 2PM and stopped at Bath & Body Works. All the lovely fall smells are in, and I smelled em up. I wasn't quite ready to buy any fall so picked up my usual hand soaps and wallflowers to last me a while. I then got home and into the kitchen to cook. I made a batch of brownies and ate four bite-sized squares, because duh. I made a little cucumber and red onion salad with my home-grown cuke and put it in the fridge. I also made a batch of vanilla ice cream and will leave it plain, no fruit, to go with the brownies this weekend when Kev can enjoy. I made cube steak schnitzel along with mashed cauli for dinner and then had cherries as I shopped for Aspen Jazz Fest gear. It's coming up Labor Day weekend and it should be a super fun girls weekend. I brushed the babies and crawled into bed around 9:30.