Getting better by the day, still coughing though. I'm trying to take it easy and not exert myself, I don't want this hanging on longer than it has to. I went for a short walk today. Think I'll be able to get to the gym tomorrow. About 2 weeks ago, I think I was borderline starting to get sick but I kept going to the gym and then really got sick.
Jojo, I'm so glad that your DH is doing well with food/exercise lately! I know that you have been trying to get him to do that for a long time.
Joan, good job on all the healthy meals! I know that you and your family are really into games...just found out today that my second nephew and girlfriend are really into games, oftentimes with her parents when my nephew goes to visit her almost every other weekend. I got sick a few days after Christmas, so Christmas was fine with my family at my sister's house.
Holly, 2 courses will be hard with full time job! I was part time at work when I started culinary school. No way I could have done it working full time.
I leave for our next cruise at the end of February. This time is going to go by fast!
Go Eagles! I missed this time at home last year in Jan/Feb because of the cruise. I'm so stressed for Sunday already, lol
Wow, you must have actually caught the flu, Sue! Hope you are feeling lots better by today!
Holly, how long is your trip? Will be anxious to hear about it.
Wonder what is going on with JoAnne. Hope all is well.
I had another clay class on Saturday (went then instead of Thursday) and it was an awesome class—only 4 of us which was really nice—I made a “luncheon set”—well it was supposed to be—I decided on a serving plate with a matching bowl for dip—like for veggies. OMG, I went and finished it off today, smoothing edges, etc., and I made a second bowl for it today—the plate is a very fat cat and I made the bowl into a mouse—I searched pictures on Pinterest before this started (way back in August) and saved them—one was a picture of a cat like this and I had found a bowl that I thought was cute and had ears like a mouse—I modified it a bit—both my bowls and plate are done by pinching—I can hardly wait to glaze—I think it’s going to make a really cute little set. Now I’m psyched and want to go do some more—I joined the studio so I could have unlimited time down there to work—plan to go a couple days a week and make more of what I learn about so I can improve. Have not done any glazing yet but am asking lots of questions and trying to learn about it so I don’t ruin my stuff!
Just made a gluten free orange cake—someone at the studio gave me the recipe—OMG, it’s so good—has two whole oranges in it—peeling and all—you boil the oranges in the microwave for 15 minutes and then seed them and chop in the food processor. It uses almond meal instead of flour. I have all these oranges from Sacramento and may make up some of these and freeze them for desserts for company ahead of time!
DH caught the cold—so we didn’t go anywhere this weekend.
Holly, has you class started yet?
Walked this morning—some guy almost ran over me—I said some expletive—OMG then I saw what the truck was—and it was our friends we do dinners with. Suddenly I got a text with this really urgent apology—I apologized back and told him I only realized it was him after I cursed the heck out of that reckless driver—LOL—apologized even though he was totally at fault and had I not been looking up completely he would have hit and killed me—it was that close and he was going fast accelerating on a left turn—I think he felt really terrible and must have been deeply distracted as I was very visible. OMG it was frightening really. So many pedestrians get hit in Vegas.
Joan/ - glad you did not get injured by the car. I noticed that when the kids lived near Berkeley, the pedestrians were really brazen and took no responsibility crossing streets etc. Even though they have right of way, you would think they would try to make sure they were safe whenever stepping out. The students were the worst. I know your situation was completely different but just reminded me of how it is there. Was good that the man apologized- and hopefully will be more careful.
Sue - seems like you just got home! And will soon be going again!
Holly - just finished 2 scarves that my DDIL Asked me to make. Now working on socks for DH
Cold here!! But to warm the end of week- hooray!
Remodeling almost done- he will be through by Monday. It is looking so good. Excited about the new bed but cannot get it delivered until the 23rd
Need to weigh DH and see where he is.
Christmas decorations are still up. Just can’t think about putting them away til the workmen are out of the house.
JoAnne, getting excited to see your remodel pics if you post on FB! How are you feeling? Digestion ok?
Can hardly wait to get my hair cut tomorrow afternoon—it’s so thick and getting too long to spike up. The texture is so different—I will say my hair stays styled all day once I sort of freshen it up in the morning. Has so much more body!
I went to the clay studio yesterday afternoon and made another cat plate—not done with it as it is too soft to finish—hopefully Saturday I can go and finish it up. Will do class again tomorrow night—maybe—if my friend wants to go Saturday in stead I will get her to drive herself and then I can stay after and work on my cat plate finishing. We have a play Sunday night and I have a NOW meeting Sunday afternoon so cannot go then.
I am loving the clay work—don’t know if I’ll ever get good at getting a nice smooth finish but I am trying. I am drawing tons of things I want to try when hom in the evening. Watching You Tube videos to learn about glazing techniques and get more ideas for handbuilding.
My gym friend who I gave the h. Aides to thinks her cancer is back in her other breast! She had a CT scan on Wed and they won’t get a report for two weeks! But she has pain and it’s not going away—I’m so scared for her—I just so love her—she is like a rennassance woman—she’s in late 70’s and takes college courses all the time and reads like crazy, loves to cook like you, Sue—and just went through that jaw replacement—OMG, I am so hoping not.
I’m really tired. Tried some Beyond Meat chicken strips and made fajitas tonight—oh they were so good—I love the Beyond Meat products because they aren’t based on soy—they use pea protein which is very high protein content—and their crumbles hold up in soups and chilies and tacos—their patties we really love. Most of the time I don’t use processed stuff but need a few “go to’s” to make life less about hours of cooking!
I keep waking up at about 5 am—don’t know why—then I’m so tired in the evenings!
Joan - doesn’ sound good for your friend. Soooo sorry!
I have noticed the pea protein used in the earth balance spread that I use to replace butter. The spread has no hydrogenated oils and I have wondered what they use to make the oils hard - maybe the pea protein?
He bedroom and bath are finished! Just waiting on my shower door and the bed - both next week. I guess we won’t really move back in til next week when we can fully use them. The
Went to clay class last night and made a fat horse—made a sphere out of two pinch pots and then put chunky legs on and a tiny head ==goal was to make an animal everyone could identify without putting normal scale parts on or lots of detail.
Loved this project==have been drawing out more ideas off and on all day—will go again tomorrow and make another one. And clean up my cat plate project which was too wet to finish up last night. I’m loving my class—DH not very happy to have me going—doesn’t say much but I can tell-yet if I stay here nothing different will happen—so I am no longer passing up the opportunity.
What a week. Off to a bit of a rocky start with grad school trying to keep up with all of the tasks and reading. Definitely a different world doing it fully online while also working full time. When I did my library science master’s, online learning was just getting going.
Joan, your hair looks great! Sounds like a fun class.
Jo Anne, the triangular shawl I’m working on now is going slowly, but I think it will turn out really pretty. I’m using KnitPicks Chroma varigated yarn. Exciting about the remodel!
Coughing still hanging on. My neighbor told me she went to her Dr and doc said this thing going around lasts from 4 to 6 weeks. I'm at 3 1/2 weeks. I did start going to the gym 2 days ago, not full steam, walking slower and 4 miles instead of 6.
Jojo, renovation is so exciting! Glad it's going well.
Joan, so scary about the guy turning! That happened to me once, a woman was looking right as she was turning left onto 1 way street and I was crossing the street at the time. She saw me last minute as I scrambled away (I'm very aware when I walk the city streets) and she was very apologetic, but I told her she could have very easily hit me. So great that you are enjoying the clay studio.
Holly, yes this trip we are going from Hong Kong to Dubai. In spring of 2017 we did the Dubai to Athens leg of that trip. Very excited to go to some places I haven't been to before - Vietnam, Cambodia, Myammar, India We had some stops in Israel in our Dubai/Athens cruise. Are you going with your travel friend?
Tonight we're having a neighbor couple over for wine and cheese. Very casual. Hope we don't get too much snow tonight.
Everyone -stay warm! We had some snow flurries today. Sue- I hope your weather doesn’t get too bad. Those would be really interesting places to see!
Joan your classes sound fun. Always good to learn something new.
Holly- going to school and working at the same time is a challenge, I know. You will be glad you have done it though when you are finished. I have used that yarn a lot. It comes out pretty but I don’t think it is as soft as some of the other- probably more durable though.
Have been watching second season of Victoria. It is so good- Really enjoying it. She had such a fascinating life. I love history!
DH helped our church pick up homeless from downtown Atlanta at some of the shelters that overflow when the weather gets so cold. Will be down to 21 tonight- we provide sleeping areas and breakfast for them. He has to go tomorrow morning to help take them back to the shelters downtown- they are two ministries that help them find jobs as well as shelter them. When the weather gets so bad they overflow. If the temp. Is this low tomorrow night the church may do it again. They bright abought 50 people back to the church. At least those 50 will be warm tonight.
Thank goodness for you and your husband doing that and your church—i cannot imagine being on the streets—it is getting pretty chilly here as well—nothing like back east of course but I think there is a storm pushing in from the north and it’s really dropped in temps from this morning.
I saw that it is to get down to 12º in NYC tonight. Brr.
We took Jordan out for about an hour or so of driving—then went to lunch at this neat Korean coffee shop—it’s so awesome there. He doesn’t have school today but has to tutor from 1 to 7 pm. He and I had a chance to talk about some things that had been worrying me—discovered he missed the deadline for getting his vaccinations for school—so we will do that this week. Also trying to decide whether he signs up for the Honors program at UNLV—he has some reservations—we are both going to call and ask questions. His mom showed up in town last week—she left or got kicked out of the boyfriend’s place in San Diego—showed up here—at her sisters and then sort of manipulated them to come to her and she got in the car and said she was going “home” with them (here I thought the sister threw her out). Justin gave her a chance—he lived with her till age 10 so he remembers her—but after seeing what she had in mind for three days he told her he was taking her back to her sister’s—she was leaving everynight and staying out till 3 or 4 am and then waking them up to get back in—no effort to help them by acting maternal—Justin felt that she was not really interested in them, just mooching (his word) and when they got up the next morning (which he told her he would be delivering her to aunt’s) she was gone and only took her backpack—and has disappeared. So essentially she may be on the street unless she found a way to get back to CA—so sad—I think my suspicion that she may have had drug issues and what not may not be far off. Jordan and I talked about the ambiguity they are all feeling—she is a biological mom and you have so set a boundary—really hard emotionally to reconcile all. However, I’m so proud of Justin—at 24 he is making adult decisions to protect the life they have—I so worried she was drug involved and would get busted and drag them into a problem. Really sad. Jordan has no connection with her—says he has no memories of ever living with her—he talked about foregoing a grad party for fear she would show up—but we fixed that concept—will only have a peer party—and not do it on graduation day—he doesn’t even want to go out to dinner after graduation for fear she will find out and show up. Wow, some heavy duty stuff.
I have been so busy doing my clay projects and going into the studio to learn more and finish up things. I brought my fat cat plates home and sanded them to smooth out some more—and today I hope to paint them with underglaze so I can get them in the studio and fired. I must get some things off my shelf in the studio or I can’t make anything else! Saturday I went to the studio for about five hours and made the cutest ever elephant with a fat body—DD in Sac gave me an idea==I’m making it a punker elephant girl—she has ear piercings and a big hole for an earring and a nose ring in the bottom of her trunk—and I will put two tattoos on her—then I will make a punker mouse guy with a Mohawk and piercings and a tattoo on his ear and a spikey collar—I think they are going to be so funny. I just hope so much that they don’t blow up in the kiln or anything!
I had a friend over for dinner last night and ate too much—tasted too much along the way—ugh. Better management today for sure. I made the parsnip pear soup again last night and a veggie quiche with leeks and red pepper and onion and spinach—good leftovers for lunch. I make it with half egg whites and only two T of jarlburg cheese so it’s pretty conservative calorie wise. I made a new dessert—Italian Almond Pear Cake—OMG it is so good—three whole fresh raw pears on top of the batter and they migrate down and the cake works over and around them—then topped the last ten minutes with sliced almonds—-and there is a cup of ground almonds and a small amount of flour in the cake—it is truly delicious. I will make it for book club next month!
JoAnne, I heard you have terrible weather coming—is that true for your area?
Sue I hope that your cold or whatever it was is gone by now—wow, I was so surprised when you said it was hanging on so long. It doesn’t seem as tho you get things like that very often.
My friends (she from yoga, he a singer/entertainer who is featured on those big RC ships) were on that ship that had to come back to port because of an epidemic level norovirus (I don’t know how it’s spelled) and they were so fortunate because they were one of the few who didn’t get it!
Holly, when do you leave for Israel—noticed your post about pillows for flying and wondered if it isn’t soon?