Sue, DGD12 was accepted into Philadelphia for summer intensive ballet workshop for five weeks! DH "hinting" about working in a day visit to Philly just to see her---never know whether or not that would happen but am so excited for her. And still she gets done just in time to do almost the whole beach week with us! It's at The Rock School for Dance Education at 1101 S Broad St. Do you know it? She auditioned and was offered a spot right at the audition which is really cool.
JoAnne, I don't think I could do that movie--I have never been able to handle the stress of war movies--never could watch Private Ryan or such similar ones--I just over empathize and cannot manage the images. Beautiful warm day here today---am going to try my regular yoga for first time and then hope to have enough left in me to plant my veggies.
Weight was down another half pound today. I ran out of oatmeal which is what they want me to start my day with so I had half a salmon patty and a slice of homemade whole grain toast unbuttered for breakfast. I think I'll make salmon patties and freeze them---I told DH I could eat one every day for lunch or breakfast and be happily content! I need to make bread again today or tomorrow as well. Not eating anything except that which I make so that I know exactly what's in it.
I was so beat last night--went to bed at about 9:15 which is almost unheard of for me!
Yay Friday! It was a tough week at school. We have the end of quarter deep cleaning of the kitchens to do in A la Carte class, so that means we have to stay later at night to clean. I didn't get home until 10:30 Tues-Thur nights.
My desserts are tiramisu - from an old NYT magazine article on the origins of the dessert, great recipe, vegan chocolate cake from Moosewood Restaurant, and vanilla ice cream with poached pear, poaching liquid glaze, and Dorrie Greenspan almond cookie. I have enough ice cream for next week, and 10 servings of the tiramisu left over, so that lessens some of my prep next week.
Jojo, great job on getting some results on your arms and waist! Cast iron is so heavy, I don't have any of that cookware, there are newer lighter ones that I keep thinking of buying, but I have so much cookware already. I like watching cooking competitions like Top Chef, Master Chef. I do like Anne Burrell on Food Network, she gives great restaurant quality tips, Alton Brown is very good, The Barefood Contessa, and Lydia on PBS
Holly, great that you get a day off on Monday.
Joan, what a wonderful thing to do for Jordan! How is your DH feeling, hope he is better. Broad St is a major street in Phila, I have an idea where the school is. If you visit Philly we can meet up!
Weather is crazy, after warm high 60s-70s temps, snow this morning, now sunny again.
Ex partner and his wife are coming to look at SO's art again (for their house), and afterwards, we're going to a restaurant that I have been wanting to go to for awhile now, it opened over a year ago and always fully booked.
No gym today, slept in. Weight at 118.4 this morning.
Stressful week at work. Going to try not to think about it for the next 3 days. One of my coworkers let me borrow the Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card. I'll have to reread Ender's Game because it has been so long since I've read it.
Watching the ACC basketball tournament. UNC is playing Duke tonight for a chance to get to the championship.
It is supposed to get really cold this week. Makes me sad for my plants that have bloomed too early.
Sue, know you will enjoy and share your dinner---but I wonder--now that you are doing so much yourself beyond what was your hobby before, do you look at eating out differently? Just curious.
I am exhausted---went to the gym and did the dance class (half hour on Fridays, thank goodness) and I had to do it a little less exaggerated just because of stamina--but I did it. Then we did weights class---used stretchy bands today instead of hand weights---really a good workout but thank goodness she didn't do the stand up aerobics first because I was aerobic-ed out by then! LOL
Went to TJ's and came home for lunch---I bought a foil packet of red salmon packed in water---for salad or sandwich---made an open face sandwich on a slice of my bread toasted---with some scallions--OMG, it was so good. So much better than tuna. Then I ran beet greens (from my garden) to my WW BF (20 min drive one way---and planned to just pick up stone ground who. Wheat flour---but of course, realized I needed things from two stores---accidentally passed up my street and had to go another block to do a U turn---all in all I didn't get to start making my bread dough until 4 o'clock! So then it was bread making and dinner making all going on at once. Thank goodness, DH had promised that he would do dishes tonight because I was ready for this moment! Today, my first day without any lying down on the couch--so that's a good sign I guess.
Wore my new online red glasses to the gym today and a few people commented---I feel kind of spunky in them--I know, I'm weird!
Wow, decided to read Fahrenheit 451 which I hate to admit I'd never read before---Oh my gosh---another "slap me in the face" how did the author know this is where we are headed---the technology in it is so like today---virtual reality, talking walls--made me think of Siri--reality tv=-and of course the heavier themes as well---anyway, I'm almost done---really there is so much there to talk about--am going to ask if book club would be willing. DGD16 read it last year for school and I almost read it then. I am astounded that Bradbury could write this in 1953---during the McCarthy era--which is what inspired it---he envisioned things like iPods and virtual tv shows and wall tv's==the book is just a work of art, too--the language--everything. I cannot believe that I went to school and no one expected this book to be read in the 60's in Montana---of course, we didn't really have a library in my little town--a sort of closet with a few books--and the schools were using literature anthologies so you got nothing modern or current. Shame. However, I think it's more meaningful today than then!
Made dinner of WW Panko crusted halibut, stir fry veggies over cauliflower rice (for me) and br. Rice for DH. I love the cauliflower rice under stirfry---just bumps up the flavor another notch!
My weight has not bumped up and down all week---a few more oz. gone this morning---am feeling so good--and have not cheated one single time---I think I'm enjoying my food more because with absolutely no sugar in me every flavor seems heightened. I had steel cut oats this morning instead of regular---love the chewiness.
So sleepy now---hope everyone has a Good Friday evening.
I read Fahrenheit 451 in high school. Makes me think of libraries too because they are shifting more towards technology hubs with less print books. I will say though, even as a digital services librarian, I still prefer print books for pleasure. They're easier on the eyes and better for reading comprehension.
I, too, loved reading from actual books, Holly, but honestly, unless it's large print it's too hard on my eyes now---after an hour of reading my eyes cannot focus on distance for a long time if the print is too small--with my ipad I keep the print relatively large--not huge but certainly easy for my focusing. I miss writing in my books---I used to buy them and then as I read I wrote notes in the margin--underlined things I loved--I do that on my ipad now but there's something about actually writing it--but I do love that I can look at all my ipad notes and find certain ones really easily. DGS12 is reading Fahrenheit 451 now--I think he's way too young to get the full benefit from it---how does a jr high kid get the disconnect in the marriage and appreciate the losses--that old teacher admonishment--Just because you can read it doesn't mean you should read it--comes to mind--teachers sometimes fail to accept that. I think I'm going to read Galileo's Daughter next---always thought I'd like that but never got around to it, Have you read it?
Gotta' go to the gym--stretch and body roller class---sort of like self massage. I am really congested today--more so than the last two days--no idea why. DH still hacking away with the wheeze cough.
Had a nice time with our friends last night. They took a pastel triptych home with them last night to try it out in their dining room.
The restaurant last night was very good, but I had expected too much probably with all the hype about it. Took some of my pork entree home. One of the chef/owner had worked for 4 years at the more formal restaurant where I just interned and I can see some of the similarities in techniques.
Holly, sorry for your stressful week, hope your long weekend will help with that!
Joan, I don't think eating out now is much different from before, except that I'm much more aware of the garnishes and I may be a little more picky. Before I would always compare restaurants to the standards set at some of my best dining experiences, and I'm still doing the same thing now. Glad you are enjoying your food these days! I hope to get back to bread making when school is over and I have more time for cooking at home.
Read Fahrenheit 451 many years ago, should probably read it again given the advances in technology, would give a different perspective.
I'm having a relaxing day, did some homework. Will go to the gym soon.
I have not read that one, but will put it on my list. I've always been fascinated by Galileo. For long term reading, the bright screen bothers my eyes. I have an e-ink Kindle Paperwhite that I use from time to time.
I have felt so much better this week doing the bike often and stretching. Need to continue that.
The gym class really helped with my breathing---was hard at first and then somehow the lungs finally got the message!
Just had romaine and red onion and rotisserie chicken chunks with my red wine vinaigrette for lunch---now munching on jicama---got a really sweet one!
Wondering if JoAnne is ok.
Fairly warm here today---I think we are into full out spring. All the trees leafed out the past few days, fruit flowering treees all in bloom. All my daffodils have been open the past two weeks.
Hope they decide to keep the art==one less for your condo, Sue! LOL
Our friends are playing cards tonight---she called to apologize for not having us over---coudn't have gone anyway---I told BF I figured she didn't want to us to hear it from someone else--just teasing her, cause honestly we do get together with cruise BF's, and some of DH's old school colleagues occasionally and BF is not a part of that--we really don't want them to get this stuff--he has so many other health issues going on with the blood clots and the broken rib and his breathing is never good anyway--would be devastating. We do see them just about every weekend tho' so now it's been 3 weeks with their MX trip and our two weekends of being sick. That's unusual for us.
Just hit a wrong key on quick reply and lost it all - sooo distressing!!!!
Sorry for the absence. Have had DGS4 all weekend. DDIL had a Girl Scout event with DGD11 and DS had a Tiquando (pretty sure I misspelled this) event in Ala. with DGS9. DGS4 was good as gold but so active - he really keeps us on our toes in our old age. He is so much more active than either of our other 2 DGS's were at that age. I guess good to keep us going!
Sue - I only have the one cast iron skillet but feel that I could use it more than I do after watching the show on it. I will have to tune in the Food Network and see if I can find some of those shows. I didn't realize that PBS had some food shows too. PBS is one of my favorite networks and I often feel guilty that I watch it so much and do not support it monetarily. Some day I probably will. I am following Mercy Street now (the second season) and watched the 1st season too. Victoria is sadly over. They only went though the birth of her 1st child - wish they had done her whole life - she is such a fascinating character. I think she had 6 children and really loved Albert - which was so unusual for royal marriages of her time. Maybe they will have a followup series of the rest of her life.
Joan - congratulations to your DGD! Do you think she will dance professionally or it will pass with college approaching. She seems so very talented in dance. Wonderful that you are adjusting so well and enjoying your new diet regime. I couldn't go the toast without butter (well I guess I could if I had too!). I tried the steel cut oats but just couldn't adjust to them and ended up going back to the regular.
Holly - I know what you mean about the flowers. My azaleas are in full bloom and I am so afraid that the cold will destroy them. Maybe not. Everything else is budding. A lot of the trees in full bloom too. I finished the short sleeved light sweater that I was crocheting and have started on a Spring/Summer vest out of a combo cotton/acrylic fingering thread that I got from Knitpicks. I really like this thread and will probably use it again. Thought I might use some of the hotdogs tonight fixed like beans and franks. DH LOVES that kind of thing and it would be easy for a quick meal with some veggie.
Haven't gotten my car back yet - hope it will be Mon. or at latest Tues.
JoAnne, we contribute some to PBS yearly--it is their survival. They may lose some fed. Funding so it may be more important than ever to keep them afloat---I love Victoria and yes, it is a seasoned series so it will begin again next year---I think in the fall in GB. I thought she had 9 kids--but doesn't matter--the series is just so well done and so well acted. The Bronte Sisters will be on Masterpiece Theatre starting the 26th---I will be watching it as well. Yesterday I watched North and South the BBC series of Elizabeth Gaskell's book from the 1850's---I so love that movie---then I got out my ipad and reread the last half of the book which I also love.
I'm now trying to read Candide by Voltaire--never read any of his work--my friend who moved to MX had recommended it--total satire--kind of strange but funny if you catch onto the satire in it.
Lazy Sunday. We got some snow this morning, but it's gone now.
I have to take a medical test tomorrow so I can't have caffeine. I also can't have alcohol for a week prior. The alcohol part hasn't been so bad, but going one day without coffee is complete torture. With alcohol, I'm working towards limiting it to occasionally anyway.
Reading Ender's Game. I remember it being funny back in high school, but now it's even funnier, maybe because the computer programming jokes are more relevant.
I had leftover halibut for lunch with a slice of my dry toast--JoAnne, my homemade bread is st. Ground whole wheat with a cup of rye flower, caraway seeds and a few raw sun seeds so it is very flavorful dry toasted--and heavy. I use molasses as the sweetener in it instead of sugar so it's a darker bread as well. DH and I are so hooked on it--he will eat other breads but honestly, I've almost not had regular bread now for a few years since DS gave me this recipe--it has no fats or oils in it either.
I'm cooking beets in the crock pot and just finished roasting some butternut sq. Crinkle cut fries in the oven---they are like eating candy for me---just toss in very tiny amt. of oil and roast at 425 turning once---great snack! I should try cutting these with my mandoline as buying them this way at TJ's is not cheap at all.
Today is Valerie's birthday.
No weight change today.
Baking salmon for dinner tonight--baked potato for DH, green beans on the side.