Catch Up

Work has definitely picked up for the season.  I worked until 3am last night (eeeerrr, this morning).  I had to work late because of volume and I had four major print jobs.  When I turned to third shift and headed home I got a panicked call that my coverage called out sick and the person calling “needed help”  So when I got home about 12:30 am I logged back in for a few hours.

That was just Tuesday,  both Monday and Tuesday there was barely time to think at work because of the volume.  Tonight is a bit better.  Three of the four jobs last night cleared to print today.  Two others have pushed and although there is an hour left of my shift I have enough time try to blog.

Saturday I drove out to see the girls.  Take the baby some clothes we had picked up and a new book on birds.  I spent about six hours visiting and then headed home.  On the way I stopped and picked up a painting we had re-framed.  The price was Cra-Cra and Lori got it for me for my birthday but I am loving it above my dresser.   We now have two very large paintings done by our friend Char in a very small bedroom but it is great.  Lori worked all day Saturday prepping for classes and grading papers.  Poof, Saturday was gone.

Sunday we had a concert downtown the Vox Womens Chorus was singing.  Initially the show was at 4pm.  We thought we might get dinner downtown after.  However they moved it up to 2 because of the Oscars.  So not much else happened on Sunday before and after I managed to get laundry done, a little food cooked for the week and visit with my brother who stopped by.  (It is an Oscars kinda town.)

Monday-Today is already recapped and I am running on four hours sleep and all of these days have run into one another.  I did manage to make my own Whole30 hollandaise sauce this week with Ghee.  I have enjoyed it with poached eggs, smoked salmon and avocado two days in a row and I just may again tomorrow.


Sugar Sugar everywhere

My co-workers, nearly all of them, either currently have a cold or in the last month have had the flu and or cold.

It was the night before last that I felt that first throat scratchy precursor to a cold.  So yesterday I stopped and got some Umcka.  However in standard Whole30 routine I checked out the ingredients prior to taking it.  Maltodextrin is a sugar made from corn, sometimes wheat.

Why?  Also why didn’t I check it at the store instead of after I got home?  Obviously I did not take it.  I also am not getting rid of it because I may take it in the future or Lori may take it soon if the coughing, hacking students infect her.

Instead I went this morning and got two ginger shots, had one then and put the other in my fridge for tonight.  My throat is already better and no sugar included.  The cayenne pepper in it burns the throat but I felt much better after I took it.


Cutting out the sugar has been the best and hardest part of this process.  It is in everything.  Even my mustard had to leave the house and I found one without sugar.

On another note to continue to share food photos, I will post this mornings breakfast.  Simply because the poached eggs were terrific and if you eat with your eyes first I thought this one was a beauty.





Food Prep…round 2…company

I don’t even know what to title this thing.

I am on day 35, just kept right on chugging with Whole30.  Maybe I’ll reintegrate some things after the 4th of March.  Will just have to wait and see.  There are currently no cravings bad enough to reintroduce anything.  Convenience is the only thing that is tempting.  Like being able to pop toast in the toaster and call it breakfast.

Food prepping and shopping have been my biggest hurdles.  But with planning and taking a little time every few days it is doable.

Having the CSA deliver a new round of veggies helped today.  I only had to shop for protein to get through the rest of the week and that was easy enough to squeeze in after the gym.

Now my nieces Taylor and Maria are doing Whole30 as well so there are lots of texts, food ideas and support.  I now also have an Instagram where I have been putting all the food pics, mostly to not bore you and get ideas from others doing the same thing.

Here are some of the vegetables delivered today along with some food prep.  Watch for beets and romanesco this weekend.

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Whole 30 Meals

I am not quite to half way through the Whole 30.  My camera is way to full of food photos as I check in with every meal to the group I am doing this with.

I have been finding it easier than some of the people in my group.  One guy started over today for the 3rd time.   The hardest part for me is the cutting out of legumes and rice.

It is definitely a plan that when your one you must be able to cook.  All processed foods are out and so many things that you think you would be able to eat has sugar in them.  Cutting out all sugar for the thirty days is the crux of this thirty days.

Food in the New Year

I made my usual New Years day meal.  Black eyed peas with collard greens and corn bread.  My brother Dale came by to have New/Year and Birthday dinner with us.  He is a new year baby.

I can’t tell you when I started this tradition.  But it has stuck.  This years version was extraordinarily yummy.  I was very happy with the soup even though I didn’t soak the peas and got started late on everything because of all the painting and the stove and fridge being in the middle of the room.

I was also very thankful because in just a few days (today in fact) I am starting Whole30.  Now I don’t talk much here about my eating, exercising, ect.  That is on another blog that has so many cobwebs on it from lack of use I am just putting this here.

It all started with my friend Maria who is going for her Health Coaching Certificate.  She needs 2 “clients” to practice with for 90-day periods.  She asked me if I would do this with her since our ENTIRE friendship is based on nutrition and exercise.

Then at the cabin over Christmas talking with family there are plans being implemented by several to “improve” or “take back” or “FillInTheVerb” their lives this year and I was asked what my plan was and didn’t have one.

Just last weekend when I was having my first consultation with Maria she asked if I wanted to do this Whole30 challenge with a group of people starting on January 4th.  After a brief summary I agreed.

Then once off the call I looked up the program and ordered the book.  Because if I am doing this I and All-In.

The “jist” is eat all real food for the month.  Just NO: Sugar (all formats); Dairy; Grains and Rice.  So this includes beans which are one of my go-to protein sources.  Also no Soy, which is in absolutely everything.

There is a text group I am in and got lots of pictures of people’s food today, so I in turn took photos of mine.  Lori roasted a spaghetti squash for me last night and today before work I prepped some more food.

This will be going on for 29 more days.  I can’t promise that I won’t blog about it again because this seriously is taking up a lot of brain space right now.


Mish Mosh November

Well out of 30 days I managed to blog for 28.  Not bad considering this month started with our removing the tree in the front yard.  Starting a new Ikebana class on the weekends and my friend Katherine in town for a weekend.  A trip out to Palm Springs to see friends.  Going to the Vox Womens Courus concert.  Shopping, planning and cooking for Thanksgiving.  The sudden illness, decline and death of my dad.  Let us not forget about the outside kitty.  Needless to say, the month was packed.  December is shaping up about the same way, perhaps less blogging.


Outside kitty is still there and still outside.  Until we can get her to a vet and be sure she doesn’t have feline leukemia, outside is where she is staying.  She seems to have gotten over her trauma of us trying to cage her a few weeks ago.  She now runs up when I go outside and wants to be petted.  Today she was playing through the bars of the kitty condo and our skittish cat dashed out of the frame when I went to take a picture.

Besides outside kitty still happening so is Thanksgiving, sorta.  I made a Turkey breast today before leaving for work.  On our way out on Thanksgiving night we had very near zero leftovers.  I have been wanting a turkey sandwich all week so I made us a turkey breast for the weekend.  It may actually be better than the one I made on thanksgiving.  The sandwich I made before even taking a photograph was great!



Delaying the days discomfort

Today I did not read or hear any news until after 1pm.  Thirteen hours of news free zone.

I did not look at my delivered Washington Post or LA Times in my email, I did not look at twitter and I kept the radio off MSNBC and on a jazz station.

I had an 80 minute massage scheduled at 9:00 a.m. and started the relaxing part before getting out of bed by just ignoring reality for a few additional hours.

We were at the spa early and as I sat with cucumbers on my tired eyelids and just focused on my breathing and relaxing.  That kind of breathing you do in yoga to get through discomfort.  Like when your ankle bones are stacked on each other and the floor and it starts to hurt.  It was Janice in Seattle that thought me to live through the discomfort.  Not to move or try to fix it, just to breath and accept that life is sometimes painful.

That technique I use if I’m too hot or cold or some other discomfort that I just need to get through.

The news cycle takes more than breath however.  So once I was to work I fired off some faxes and emails against the upcoming tax plan.

After getting caught up on the events of twelve hours of sleeping and massage and driving to work I dove into Thanksgiving shopping planning for the items I am making and reveled in my massage from this morning.