Monday, October 22, 2018

Patio Watch

Breakfast and a Delivery
I was ready for bed last night and slep fine until 1:30 or so. I got up to pee and laid back down to find myself completely unable to get back to sleep. I rolled round, thinking about everything (landscaping, color of the patio, Halloween costume that isn't looking right, the job search, the client work I do have) until Kev's alarm went off early. He headed off to work in the 5AM hour and I dozed off and on until my alarm went off at 6:45. I lounged until 7 because I was tired from not a great amount of sleep but made myself get up. I dressed for PiYO and made eggs for breakfast. I had a spice cookie to round it out. And then a porta potty was delivered for the landscaping crews. It would live right at the edge of the street for the next 3 weeks.

Protein Shake
The electrician arrived just before 8 and got a hole drilled from an outlet in the living room to the outside of the house. I put a piece of blue duct tape over it and the landscapers will now know where to dig the trench out to the smoker. As he was leaving the concrete guys arrived and got to it. It was 8:30 when they began the jack-hammering, just in time for me to get to the gym. PiYO was hard and I was glad to get home. The crew had finished the breaking up of the old concrete and were constructing the patio form. I changed and made a protein shake for snack and left for a doctor's appointment. On the way I dropped off three bags of leaves, making it to the office at 12:30, early. The appt was good, me deciding not to continue with the Metformin. Doc says I don't need it so I'll go back in six months for a bood test and see if I want to try it again.

Lunch with a Patio Outline
After the endocrinologist visit I stopped at JoAnn fabric to find something to add to my costume to make the skirt stiffer. I stopped at the store for propane refill and a few groceries, got home and  the concrete guys were leaving for the day. I had to eat so cut up a bell pepper and dipped baba gannoush with it. I had three slices of salami and a few olives with it and it was a perfect lunch. I attempted to work but then saw a landscape guy in the back yard. He was the owner of the company checking on the patio form. I chatted with him for a bit and Dany asked about a walk around 4:30. I changed and we did the medium loop, me wanting to get back to get dinner prepared.

Favorite Casserole for Dinner
Tonight was Creamy Beef Casserole, and I think it's my most favorite thing right now. I riced a cauliflower and got it cooked in the micro. I browned one and a half pounds of beef and stirred in salsa verde when done. To the cooked cauli I added a container of small curd cottage cheese, 4%, half cup of full fat sour cream and a bunch of chopped green onions. I stirred in one cup of Mexican blend cheese and poured it all into the baking dish. I baked for 15 minutes at 375, which browned the cheese really well, and proceeded to eat a lot of it while watching Poldark and The Durrells of Corfu on Masterpiece. I chatted with Kev, finished the Durrells and watched some HGTV before going to bed.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sunday Morning Begins
We got in around 10 and were in bed by 10:30. I had a great night of sleep and woke at 7. We were out of bed by 7:15 and we went down to feed the babies. I hadn't fed them their wet food before we left for the show last night and they were anxious to get it. I cut up sausage and got it cooking while the Kev made coffee. He made the eggs while I finished yesterday's blog, too tired to finish up last night before bed. I then checked out the Halloween costume, thinking of what needed to be done. Kev made scrambled eggs to go with the sausage and after breakfast I made a batch of these Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes, which don't stay hole-y. So Pumpkin Spice Cookies. And also there was no pumpkin in them so just "Spice Cookies" fits the bill much better. It's the official flavor of fall and they came out of the oven looking nice.

Girl's Crafy Day
I changed and made a quick cream cheese icing for some of the cookies that I was taking over to Dany's for our Girls Crafty Catch Up Day. Susan couldn't join because she was getting sick, and the only member that didn't come. I worked on the dog art order and got it mostly finished up, YAY! Dany had a snack I'd probably never try and I'm now so glad I did. Baba ghanoush using yellow bell pepper for the dipper. Just divine and I will have more of that around the house. For lunch I had about a cup of Dany's lovely chili with a sprinkle of cheddar on top. I had two Spice Cookies which I could taste a little of and the texture was great.

Costume Prep and Later Dinner
We left around 3PM and I continued work on the costume with Kev's help. We left the house, me dropping him to get a hair cut whil I zipped over to Michael's for supplies. We got back home and did some work and I tried on the outfit and it's just not right. We made another Michel's run for more supplies and made changes to the outfit. It needs work so I'll dabble this week. We got back home around 7 which means I started dinner late. Kev grilled up burgers and I made Brussels in bacon fat. We ate around 7:45, which was delicious. I then I had another spice cookie and worked a bit more on the costume before we went to bed around 9:30.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Arts Month Continues

Kitty in the Fridge
It was all I could do to stay away until 9:30. My body and soul were so tired. I fell asleep instantly and didn't wake until 3:30 when of course I had to pee. It took until around 4:30 for me to start to doze and when I did I remember hearing Kev get up. I tossed until I heard him get back in bed around 5:30 and then dozed until 8. I didn't get out of bed until 9 and even then could have lingered longer. I dressed and Kev made coffee to which I had about 1/2 cup with my creamer and Splenda. Kev got bacon and eggs cooked for a lovely breakfast and soon after we were done we saw Tom the landscaper in the back yard. The concrete guy joined him and they spray painted out the patio shape, adjusting the size as needed. We chose stain colors and the patio will done Monday and Tuesday.

Lunch during Costume Making
As Tom was leaving our painter Greg pulled up, perfect timing. He was fixing up the area that was under the deck so it will be nice and ready for the patio. While he was starting his set up Kev helped me get my set up ready for Halloween costume making. I started outside spray painting my boots gold and then went in to begin thinking about the dress. I took a lunch break with Kev and Greg, Kev picked up Mexican food for them and I made a salad with stuff in the fridge. Rest of the Sprink Mix, creamy garlic dressing, pepperoni, feta, black olives and red onion. Kev helped with the costume and when we got to a stand still, ran out of an item I needed more of, I ordered more and had a yogurt as we waited for pick up time.

Arts Night Out with Shawarma
We drove to Longmont to the Michael's there. It's a bit further but the drive is nice and the area is easy to get in and out of. We got home and Painter Greg was done and gone leaving the back of the house looking like there had never been a deck. We did a tad more work on the costume before it was time to head up for a shower. Tonight we were driving to South Denver for a Wonderbound ballet called Wicked Bayou. We made a stop for dinner at our fave, FelFel Mediterranean where we both had a Chicken Shawarma salad. We each also had one falafel that I dipped in tzatziki. I could taste, since there was heavy garlic, and was very happy about that. The show began just after 7:30 and the band playing was The Widow's Bane. They were so perfect for this show, which was kinda dark and ominous. This was their best ballet yet as the music really made you feel the performance.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Best Sleep Ever

Extra Cheeky Kitties
It was 9PM and I could barely keep my eyeballs open last night. I swear that call removed the stress from my body and it felt like I had a workout. I was asleep in no time, certainly well before the sleep music was set to go off at thirty minutes. And I vaguely remember the Kev getting in, he says around midnight, by muttering a hello. And I didn't budge until 6:30 this morning when I heard Kev get up, and I had to pee. We lounged in the totally comfortable bed with the kitties until 8 when we had to pry ourselves out. I fed babies and got bacon cooking. I made fried eggs and sipped maybe 1/4c coffee.

Post Leaf Pick-up Snack
Around 9:30 I changed and went out to do the first round of clean up in the front yard. The snow did dump a nice load of leaves last weekend so I'm hoping there will only be two rounds this year. I finished up at noon and was hungry. I grabbed a yogurt and enjoyed it on the couch while Remi played hilariously with the catnip mouse.

Veggie Lunch
When I got done with the snack I loaded the car with bags of leaves and ran them to the leaf drop in our neighboring town. When I got home it was 1PM and time for lunch. I heated the rest of the leftover chili for the Kev, heated squash for me and made a salad with spring greens, creamy garlic dressing, avocado, mushroom, black olives, red onion and feta. I ate while watching Will and Grace and at 1:40 I left for my much anticipated massage.

After Soup Night
After an hour and a half I felt so so much better. I got home, took a shower, lounged for a while and then got dressed to go to a neighborhood soup night down the street at 6. This was a neat idea to get to know neighbors. Me and Kev and Dany walked over together with our bowls and spoons in hand (It was a BYOBS - Bring Your Own Bowl and Spoon.) I had a half of a small crock of chicken artichoke soup and met nice community members. We got home at 7 and were hungry. I cooked us up a burger patty on the stove and heated the last of the squash. I then had a few slices of apple along with a TBSP of peanut butter as we watched The Good Place

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Off my Shoulders

I knew it would be a night of restless sleep and it was. I watched HGTV until after 11:30 and likely didn't get to sleep until 1AM. I tossed and turned and woke at 6 to pee. I laid back down until 7 but was awake and sunggled the babies. I got up and dressed, still pretty distracted from yesterday's crazy. I fed the kitties and got bacon cooking in the oven. I ate it with yogurt topped with two strawberries. At 9 I changed and went to dance. I didn't think I had the energy before class began but once the music started it appeared like it always does.

Leftover Lunch - Again
I burned 662 calories in today's class and was ready to get home for a shower. But before that shower I called Dad to see how he was feeling. He had been sick for sure. We chatted for a little and then I told him about the hurtful email. I then told him I'd only call his cell phone to talk, not the house. I also decided that I wouldn't go to their house to visit. I would have lunch or a movie or vacation with Dad but stepmonster was being eliminated from my life, as much as I could control. I felt better making the call and the decision and I then finished off the remainder of the Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole, thankful that I had it around.

Leftover Dinner
I took Remi to the vet at 12:30. He has a mass on his leg where the rabies shot was and it had grown. The vet wasn't that concerned so we'll keep an eye on it. I watched a Hallmark movie called Under the Autumn Moon.  When it was over I made a grocery run and sliced up some strawberries. At 4:30 I had a call with a new Life Path Healer (clairvoyant) and it really gave me some peace. For dinner I had leftover chilidog bowl with cheese and watched another Hallmark movie, Season for Love, all about Texas BBQ. The commercials for Countdown to Christmas were playing and I am jassed, and even teared up that the first Christmas movie would be Oct 26. I can't wait! I'll definitely watch all 22 new ones this year. I was ready for be by 9:30 and I knew I'd be sleeping better tonight. I'll report back.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

What a Day

Leftover Lunch
Life is funny. You never know when you'll get a fireball tossed your way.

I went to sleep easily but woke at 3 to pee and then tossed and turned for a while before dozing off and on the rest of the morning. I got up at 8, dressed, made the bed, fed kitties and did regular morning things. I was starting to think about breakfast when I went to the couch where the computer was to check email while I was deciding. And in came the fireball. It came in the form of an email from my stepmother that basically stated how I don't care about my Dad and how much she loves me and wishes me peace and happiness. It was all bullshit and successfully did what she meant it to. Amped me up. I forwarded it to my Dad with the words "Thought you'd like to see what your wife sent me. I'm appalled." and that was it. I talked with Kev, with Aunt Joy, with Mom, with Rhon and then it was 12:30 and I was hungry. I had leftover casserole, stewed some more and then watched The Voice and This is Us to try and get my mind of of it, which didn't work.

Late Late Dinner
It was around 3 when Kev called to check on me. He asked if I at least went out for a walk to which I replied "nah I haven't felt like it." After we hung up I thought about it and texted Dany about a walk. I'm glad she said yes because if she wouldn't have I likely would not have gotten out at all. We did the medium loop and it was a nice sunny day. I chatted with Mama and ate a crap ton of trail mix, which gave me a stomach ache, showered, got into my PJs and watched Shameless.  I then moved on to Grey's Anatomy and then The Durrells in Corfu. Lis helped me tighten up my cover letter and I applied for a job, which would mean a giant career change, but it's something I adore, new homes. It was 10PM before I finally got hungry so I had a small crock of leftover chili. I watched HGTV for an hour to let the food digest before hitting the bed.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Sniffer on Strike

Peek-a-boo Egg and a Sleepy Baby
I went up to bed just after 11. The Kev had been sleeping for a while. After I put on my PJs and brushed my teeth I saw the new bottle of Kaboom sitting on the counter. I thought "I'll get a head start on the shower cleaning and let it soak overnight." And then sprayed it down. I got into bed and ten minutes later Kev woke confused as to why he was smelling strong cleaning products. I told him what I'd done and do you know I didn't smell it? If I could I likely wouldn't have sprayed much. He had to get up and run the shower to get rid of it so the smell would die down and he could go back to sleep. I felt terrible but OMG how crazy that I couldn't smell bleach. Not an ounce.

We did get to sleep and slept very well until the alarm went off at 7. It took me a bit to get moving and wasn't up until 7:15 or so. I dressed, got coffee brewing, fed kitties and got bacon cooking. I made fried eggs and after we ate it was soon time for Kev to head to work. I changed and went to dance.

Dance and Post Dance Food
I got home, pulled up some dead plants and then met our painter, who I've worked with for years. He had a look at the back of the house where the deck was and said he could fix it right up in about a half day's time. When he left I showered and got in my comfies. I cooked squash and onions and had some with the leftover burger from yesterday. I watched the Bagster truck pick up the deck debris, which was cool with it's long robotic arm, and then watched Will & Grace. Once it was over I headed up to the office to work on dog art.

Casserole Night
I went downstairs close to 6PM and cut up a cauliflower to boil. Tonight was Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole. I cooked two chicken breasts seasoned with salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin and shredded it up. I mixed it with the cooked cauli when it was done. In another bowl I mixed 8oz of softened cream cheese, 8oz sour cream, a drained can of Rotel, 1c Mexican blend shredded cheese and a jar of salsa verde. I mixed all together and dumped into a casserole dish. I sprinkled the other cup of Mexican blend on top and backed on 375 for about 45 minutes. I ate while watching Poldark and then turned on HGTV while I browsed the job boards the rest of the night, which was bleak.

Monday, October 15, 2018


Monday Morning
I went up to bed first last night to try to fall asleep before Kev came up. He falls asleep so fast that he'll be snoring and I'm still awake and takes me a heck of a time to doze off. I did get to sleep and it was a great sleep until I woke at 5AM. I got up to pee and found out that it was only 1AM. What in the heck...I went back to sleep until almost 7:30 but only because I was in a dream where I rode with some women to Columbus, Miss to my Aunt's school where she was talking in front of a giant room full of kids. When done she saw me walk in and we were both so excited and started dancing and laughing. It was really joyful. Some woman was riding a bike to the gathering carrying a casserole in her left hand. And I was impressed. I got up and cooked bacon which I had with a low carb yogurt and a few sips of coffee. I still can't taste much, not even bacon, but it's becoming the new norm and I'm adjusting to it. I then changed and made it to PiYO after a couple weeks away.

Burger and Quick Salad Lunch
Oh man my shoulders took a beating in class but the workout did ease the weird back I've had after all the deck piece hauling. I got home for a shower, made a grocery list and me and Kev eventually ran over to the store. When we got in it was noon and we were both hungry. I made up burger patties which Kev grilled. I melted on sharp cheddar and made a quick salad tossed in a creamy garlic dressing that I got while in Louisiana and added black olives and feta on top. It was a delicious lunch. At 3 I needed a snack and had another yogurt, lemon this time because it sounded so creamy and cool. When done we went out to Home Depot for a window well cover. I had forgotten all about the deck being gone and it was wide open. Kev installed it along with the locking system that you had to buy separately, of course. We felt much better once that was done.

Chilly Chili Night
Around 5PM I got dinner going. Kev wanted chili and I was super glad to make it. It would be 18 degrees tonight so it was kinda perfect. I cut up a yellow onion and a bell pepper, and then an extra bell pepper because it just sounded good, and cooked them until soft. I added in 2 pounds of lean ground beef to brown and when done dumped in two ans of fire roasted diced tomatoes with green chiles and a small can of tomato sauce. I seasoned with chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, a splash of vinegar, a bit of Splenda to cut the tang and let it all simmer until we were ready to eat around 6:45. I browned up a whole pack of hot dogs and stirred them into the pot of chili. I topped mine with a dollop of sour cream and some sharp cheddar. I could taste sass but not much else but I enjoyed it. I had a few Stevia chocolate mini chips for dessert. Could not taste them but they are fun to finish off dinner with. We watched an episode of Alton Brown's Good Eats - Reloaded about steaks and learned some good stuff! We then watched The Voice while I browsed the job posts and actually applied for a real full time job.

Oh and O.M.G at the front yard after the snow. Leaves are smushed on every single thing. Such a giant mess. Fall is definitely a love hate season.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

First Snow of the Season

Blueberry Chia Pancake Snowy Morn
I had half of a tint Coke Zero with pizza last night and wasn't thinking about the caffeine in it. This meant that it took some time to get to sleep but overall slept great once I finally did. I got up at 3 to pee and too a peek out of my office window to see if there was snow, and there was. The back yard was completely covered. I crawled back in bed and Kev asked if there was snow, I said yes and we zonked back out. I heard Kev get up at 6:30 and know he also checked the snow conditions. I got up at 7:30 and when I opened the blinds it was coming down good. Light, steady but coming down heavy. It was like Christmas morning. I dressed in my warms, with flannel pullover and went down to feed the babies. Kev had coffee made and I got bacon in the oven. When done I went on to make a batch of Chia Seed Pancakes with Blueberry Compote. It was much thicker than a syrup today but so so tasty, as always.

Date at the Ballet
A good bit of snow had come down already and would continue until early afternoon. After the breakfast dishes were all cleaned up Kev went out to shovel. There was a good 3 or so inches already on the ground. Laundry was done and it was soon time to get ready for an afternoon at the ballet. We dressed and made bento boxes to take with us. A couple hard boiled eggs, Colby jack, a couple Duke's and a few almonds. At 1PM we went into the building, checked my coat and had a glass of hot tea while we waited for the inner theater to open up.

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The show started at 2 and there was two intermissions, wrapping up at 5. We collected my coat and it seemed to have warmed up when we stepped outside. The traffic was light and we made it home with no trouble. We were both super ready for some dinner when got to the house so we got into our comfies and Kev heated a pot of gumbo that we thawed just for this evening. We knew it would be amazing on a cold snowy night and we wouldn't have to cook. I had two bowl and then an Atkins bar followed by some trail mix. We watched two episodes of Kidding and then the Astros game before heading off to bed.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Deck Gone

Saturday Morning
We got in from CaH night after midnight and I washed face, brushed teeth, got in my jammies, finished yesterday's blog and was asleep by 1AM. And I slept until 7 something! Solid sleep was amazing. I dozed until 8 before getting up and rolling. I dressed in the work clothes from yesterday, fed the big baby boys, got bacon in the oven and grated some Colby jack. I scrambled the eggs, melted the cheese in the butter and poured eggs on top. It was a bit too much cheese, if that is a real thing, so Kev says. I couldn't taste it completely but it did throw the texture off. I cut Kev's pre-football watching and coffee drinking short so he could get outside and unscrew.I got the smaller drill and we removed all screws on the floor planks. Once removed I hauled all to the front to the garage or the Bagsters.

Lunch After Demo
Dany and David appeared ready to assist, bless them! And holy crap that was huge. All together the deck was completely demoed. I ran to the grocery to pick up beef and salad for lunch and feeding them was the least we could do. Kev grilled up the burgers and on the lettuces we added red onion, avocado and feta. I mixed it all with Sensation dressing and we feasted. After lunch they headed out and Kev watched the A&M game, coming out to get some of the last bits done during commercials. A guy came to pick up the redwood planks that I listed on Facebook and I'm super glad he's making his kids a playset with it all.

Hard-earned Dinner
While Kev watched the game I went over to help a neighbor bundle and haul limbs from the tree they cut down. When the game was over we finished clearing the last few pieces of the deck. Kev cut the posts that were in the ground and I added them to the second Bagster, that was now full. Had that guy not collected the floor planks we would have had to purchase a third.Kev then went to help neighbor friends blow out the sprinkler systems and I showered. We pulled the plants into the garage and ran to get some insulation foam. Kev then filled all the bolt/screw holes on the house where the deck was attached. The house will need some light repair and painting so will need to find a handyman. I made a pepperoni and veggie pizza along with a nice side salad. We  were ready to sit and veg. We watched The Good Place and then Kidding and the rest of the night I researched decorative stuff for the back of the house. Shutters, arbor over door ideas, firepits. Squee!