Busy weekend for me with hosting Fri and Sat nights. The couple on Fri stayed so late, kind of unexpected, but it was ok.
Then Sat was all day prep. I made a pitcher of mojitos to give each person a glass as they came. It was so good! Refreshing with all the limes. It was a potluck so everybody brought something. Of course, I had a lot of food myself. One thing I did differently instead of making everything myself, I ordered some bao buns from the woman that I met last year who had just opened her restaurant. I ordered 3 types, one with trumpet mushrooms, a fried chicken, and a braised shortrib. These are kind of like small sandwiches, with pickled vegs, fried garnishes and diffferent sauces.
It was so fun to see these women, one came all the way from Boston. There were about 9 of us and about 6 no longer work there. The overwhelming theme is that no one likes the work any more. The only one who does has her own 3 person office that she started last year, and she can make her own hours.
Joan, glad you're able to get back to your exercise relatively quickly. The 2 week diet I go on before vacatons is keto type.
Holly, can't believe summer is almost over.
Jojo, we leave mid Oct for our trip Is your DS moving back to the same area in CA that they lived in before? Good job on starting to walk again!
It's been rainy the past week. I did my volunteering yesterday. Today I'm going to go look at some suitcases for our trip. We think we may need bigger ones since we'll be gone for so long.
I found the old sitcom, 3rd Rock from the Sun, on Amazon Prime. It is hilarious.
PT starts next week, yay!
Sue, yum! That’s too bad. Are they in different careers now? I’m not sure I see myself being a librarian my whole career. It takes so much mental energy. I like to change things up.
Joan, is your mouth feeling better now? I’m getting a lot of grape tomatoes. Cucumbers like to hide. I can’t seem to find them until they’re too big.
Jo Anne, that sounds really pretty. I’m annoyed because it seems like whenever I get my yarn wound at the yarn shop, I run into a knot and have to start all over. Going to wind my own yarn from now on. Great job on the walking.
Holly, I found two cukes the other day that I had not seen the whole past week or so we’ve been home from the beach—OMG, they are way too fat—yes, they do hide—so does zucchini—I have to get out there tonight and pick one I found two days ago—bet it has doubled in size by now. I cut back my tomatoes and still have not fertilized—tomorrow morning—I have to force myself to get out there—should go now but I feel sort of beat.
Sue, a busy weekend for sure—back to back guest nights with the first staying way late—bet you were ready to relax on Sunday! The bao buns sound wonderful. So I know you diet you use is very low carb. I am now really working on my nutrition chart on My Fitness Pal—today I managed to stay under on carbs—and raised my protein by about 20 grams—I think I’ve been a bit two low on protein—with vegetarian you really have to work on that! But it’s hard to get enough calories actually—I am so full now—for breakfast I had my toast, arugula, poached egg. Lunch was a slice of the spinach red pepper quiche that is mostly from egg whites and has almond milk—it had a huge package of spinach so was almost like spinach pie—love it, and an arugula beet salad with some goat cheese. Dinner DH wanted breakfast—so I sauteed onion, tomatoes and a whole package of spinach, made scrambled eggs (his fav) and organic 6 grain pancakes of which I had about 2/3–with blueberries cooked in—no syrup or butter. I also had a smoothie of half kale and half spinach (about 3 cups total), a cup of fresh strawberries, 1/4 banana—now I am so full—for snack I had one RX Bar—they are the ones that are just egg whites, cashews, dates, and dark chocolate—my total calories figuring all the oil and ghee and everything was just under 1200–yesterday I had about 1400 and my scale dropped—sometimes I think having a higher day occasionally helps—and it was all healthy as well. Anyway I am now 2 # over the LT goal that the dr. Set for me—I’d like so much to get about 6 pounds off I’d be so happy. Having read all this new info about fats and carbs, I am going to try this way for a bit and see how I do. I switched to ghee after reading about the nutritional value compared to butter—-and oh, I love cooking with it—it smells and tastes really good. It is so anti inflammatory and so many other great things—just have to be careful because high density of calories. It never burns!
One more day of yucky antibiotic! I will be so thankful to get off them!
Went to my weights class today and DH went again—he really loves the class—finally maybe he will stick with something—my teacher, who has become a good friend, said she is impressed how he listens compared to some of the men who when told to sit up straight and engage their core (much more detailed instruction) just sit and let their gut hang out—there are a few women who do not really follow directions either. Most of us do—glad he is really listening. We don’t sit together—I sit in an area that some don’t like because they cannot see her but I’ve gone so long I know what the prompts mean so can give up the visual contact easier.
A friend of a daughter of a friend died in gastric bypass while I was at the beach—34 years old.
The earth is on fire—reading about Europe’s fires and ours it is just so frightening. Then in Wm Sonoma yesterday looking with WW BF after lunch we were noticing that their expensive vanilla has gone up again—OMG, it is $54 a bottle—the young clerk said, “Just wait—it’s getting worse and worse—the vanilla bean is totally being hit by global warming and getting harder and harder to get—it will be going higher.” I dread to think what hurricane season will be like if this keeps up! Poor Puerto Rico is still without power in some places!
So, JoAnne, I did not know the guy who died in surgery—knew his classmate and her mom. BF’s next door neighbors and their friends (two couples) are going to MX to get lap band surgery for $9000 @ and so this tragedy really emphasized what BF has been trying to tell her neighbor friend—it is not a perfect solution—can be a perfect storm. What is bizarre is this couple next door to BF are in constant money struggles AND neither of them have ever tried WW or any other kind of weight reduction plan to lose weight—they just eat tons of processed foods and desserts—they even buy pies at Costco. It is so stupid it’s beyond stupid! I have two friends, one who switched from eating to alcohol and died of scirolsis of the liver after lap band and was not a big drinker before, the other lost her marraiage and all her money as she became addicted to shopping—took years of counseling to break the hold it had on her. Another person I know weighs about 400# now after getting down to a 4 after lap band. Her health is beyond horrible now and she is only 50. Another person (former teacher) had it twice because she did the same thing and then turned to gambling—lost everything she owned—even her car—had to move away from Vegas to live near her kids—health is now just horrible—she is a year younger than me. It’s just an imperfect solution—and almost no one does serious counseling before or after to deal with their addictive personality. I do have one teacher friend who has managed herself without another addiction—BUT going out to lunch or dinner with her I feel sad—she still loves food—orders things she loves and then can only eat about 1/2 cup altogether and either wastes the rest or takes it home == she got down to a 6 (she is about 5’9”) and now is about a 12–however, she is Mormon and never drank and did do counseling and exercised so that probably saved her from a lot of issues. But I do think she misses feeling “normal”—that constant threat of feeling sick has to be awful.
I am keeping my fingers crossed==best morning so far—yesterday was rough—felt nauseated, headachy, and tired all day even tho it was first day w/o antibiotics. I did look it up and my symtoms were everything that was listed! So thinking today it is more out of my system—I feel nearly normal—a little queasy but nothing as bad as before. Going to make the last batch of zucchini into Vegan zucchini bread—have to use it before it spoils.
Gloomy, rainy day. It's been so rainy and humid this month. I had to get my car washed though, it was really filthy. But it is parked in a covered location so not too much rain will fall on it.
I also volunteered on Thurs. Saturday my sister and BIL came into city to see my 2nd nephew's new apt. He has 2 other roommates, and they each have their own room and bathroom on three different floors. They also each have their own outdoor space, patio, deck, rooftop. I went too and we had brunch a block away from his apt. His girlfriend was visiting from NYC as well. I just can't believe how mature he is!
Holly, no they are all in the same career, that's why the older ones are not happy, the younger ones attitudes are that it's just a job, not a passion like when I was young. I remember 3rd Rock!
Joan, I think going high/low calories work well for weight loss, keeps body guessing. Glad your DH is liking this exercise class! I've read about the vanilla shortage, will hit bakeries and ice cream manufacturing hard. Hope you're feeling even better today. Yes, I'm looking forward to Crazy Rich Asians on Netflix!
Jojo, happy birthday to your DGD! I have been making mental lists of all that I have to do to get ready for the trip, ugh!
I have cataract surgery tomorrow morning, it is in my "bad" eye. Dr said he can improve the vision in it but it will never be perfect. It will always be my weaker eye.
My BF and her DH are headed to Cherry Hill area today—he grew up there and his sister is still somewhere in Philly area—
I made my first Indian dish today—Golden Dal with gingered tomatoes—it looks beautiful—I put it in a 9X13 and will just pop it in the oven for a bit before dinner to warm it up. Making Green beans as well. Going to an Indian restaurant nearby to get an order of naan. I invited DH’s former SIL over—we have been friends for years. She like Indian food—hope it tastes okay!
Walked early this morning—then spent the morning getting Jordan to orthodontist for an hour or so today—then to school.
Dal turned out great—DH “claimed” to like it. We will see—he is very polite around others so today with leftovers is the real test. LOL. Next time I will increase the gingered tomatoes and shallots by half—we loved the intense flavor the topping added to the dish! It’s so healthful—no sugar, no dairy, only veggies and the oil to sizzle and saute the cumin seeds and the tomatoes and shallots. Our XDSIL loved it!
Walked at 6:15 this morning as it was only 80º—had coffee and walked back—DH slept in. Going to see Mama Mia tonight with DD at 7–hardly ever go to a night time movie but she is working till 5.
Sue, I love that you do your weekly volunteering—did you hear about the hurricane lanes being enlarged and Hawaii is threatened with a possible category 5? Yikes!
Mama MIa II was fun—colorful—like a Mediterranean Greek Island colorfest—and just fun—I did not ask DH to go—thought it was a girls’ night out with DD and then she let DGS14 come so — well it made me feel bad that DH then was not going —he too, thought we were just going to have some girl talk time. DGS14 has some social issues—-around adults he tends to “take over”—even his mom gets worn out as he does not have good social sense about allowing others to have ideas and chat without his being the one to sort of take over—so that was a little disappointing—DGS has an aunt (XSOBSIL’s DS) who has the exact same problem—it is almost bizarre how DGS in a group of adults almost mimics her social skills even tho he has spent very little time overall with her—makes you wonder if that is learned or if there is even a genetic link to that type of behavior. DH has always said since he was a little kid that he was going to interact very much like her. I love him dearly and one on one while a whole weekend with him can be exhausting, he is fine but in a group he is a bit frustrating. I always wonder how he is with a bigger group of kids his own age. Not sure. I know that DD’s BF gets a bit frustrated by the end of the week when he comes and DD and he have argued about some things related to this—I tried to tell her the other day that she could build into their week some alone protected time—DGS14 does not want to give that. When DD and I got married we told the kids we were gone every Saturday night without them—and about twice a year went away for about three days without them—DH insisted it would be the only way we would survive! And he was right. In a normal divorce he would have a place to go and spend some time away occasionally but he wants nothing to do with staying with his dad now.
This morning I had to go to Charlotte to get my nightguard. Hopefully it will help keep my jaw from clamping down so hard on my left side. This afternoon I am going to PT for the neck/shoulder and hip pain. Work is wearing me out mentally and physically. I wish I could find the right balance.
Joan, could it be because he is compensating from the lack of attention from his dad? I have an aunt that feels like she just has to talk for the sake of conversation and it can suck the energy out of you, especially if you have hearing loss.
Sue, I hope your cataract surgery went well. I have a cataract that we’re keeping an eye on. Makes me very nervous because it’s in my good eye.
Jo Anne, hope you are able to get some of this beautiful, cooler weather that we are. It’s been so humid all summer.