Harro everbody. Well, I started a new challenge this morning. I’m not big on taking on the challenges, but this one was only 10 days and it fit it with something that might possibly improve my life. And it was a challenge by good blogbuddy Jill. The main point being it was only 10 days. You 100 day challenge people GO! Good for you! Ra Ra Shish Boom Ba! (picture me sitting on the sidelines cheering you on.)
So the challenge was simply to get up and do your exercise first thing in the morning. BEFORE COFFEE. I am a person who likes routine. And I really like my morning routine. Get out of bed, put the dogs out, and head to the kitchen to fix my coffee and breakfast. Over to my chair, either to have a quiet time and read, or check out a couple of blogs and my email. My morning routine can take quite a while. And now I have a big white dog who finds my morning routine quite boring.
So we will try this for 10 days and see if walking Noah first will allow me to have some nice peaceful morning time AFTER the walk. Boy, was it hard this morning. I don’t like to get dressed when its cold. Anyway, out we headed for a morning trudge. And Noah did oblige and let me sit and read for a bit after we got home. I have to admit, the coffee really tasted good after having to wait for it.
I tried a recipe I had wanted to try for a long time. Its protein bars from the book The Healthy Hedonist. Last time I tried to make this recipe, I made one too many substitutions, and it turned out more like a fruit dip than ‘bars.’ Weird. Some people said it was substituting whey powder for the soy powder that was listed in the recipe. Anyway, I FINALLY had all the ingredients gathered, and I made these bars today. VERY INTERESTING. And VERY different. I think some of you might like them (Lori, check out the coffee coating, and Pubsgal, minimal sugar/sweetener, but sadly, no nuts.) The author says that three of them (150 calories total) keep her satisfied until late morning. They are a nice consistency to grab and go, will be pretty easy to eat in the car. And pretty darn nice alongside a good cup of coffee. I think this one is a keeper. Here are way too many pictures of these bars, and the recipe is over there on my side bar. Which, BTW, I KNOW is very messy, and hard to read, and eventually I will clean that up.
This morning I finally got around to cleaning out my most used cupboard. It was just a jumble of bags of nuts and other ‘healthy stuff’ that I buy out of the bins, and my bars and all that stuff. I should have taken a before picture so you could appreciate this more. It sure feels good to get things organized.
This is also a very good example of how we can share little snippets of our lives, and still not allow people to see the whole picture. This is pretty much the only place in my house that is this organized at present. But I will say that I am working regularly on organizing, cleaning up clutter, and simplifying (not bringing more clutter in.)
I had a very pretty little salad for lunch, along with two of those little bars.
Pear, goat cheese, and walnuts on a bed of romaine lettuce. Dressing was a mix of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup.
Today, as always, I am tired and a little discouraged after one day of work. I was reading an article in a quilt magazine about Kaffe Fassett, one of the most famous fiber artists in the world. He was a major influence in my knitting ‘career, ‘ and now he is big in the quilting world. Not so much an influence on my quilting, but I still have a great admiration for his body of work. And the article said that at one point early in his career he made the decision to NOT have a car, because the artists he knew who had cars had to hold other jobs to be able to afford them, and he wanted to be able to concentrate on his art. I really love hearing stuff like that from people who have been successful over the long term.
So, I’m not sure why I haven’t been shouting this from my blog on a daily basis, but guess what? 41 WEEKS!!! That is how long it will be until I retire! Wheeeee!!!
I went to see the retirement specialist at work, and she encouraged me to wait until June 30 to retire. Because of some weird rules, it is a much better deal financially. At first, I was, no way. I have to retire NOW. But by the time our appointment was over, I had decided that it would be a good way to end my career. To spend the next 10 months trying to do the very best job I could do every day. To have a positive influence on the young nurses coming up. To be a good example.
And in the meantime, I will have plenty of fun activities to look forward to. Africa is coming up soon. I am planning a trip to Whidbey Island to learn from that quilt artist I am so crazy about! And I think I will go to rug camp next year. The guy who did ‘Fowl Mood’ is teaching, and I love his work as well. I’m planning to start a small group for women on discipleship–might start another blog to go alongside this. 41 weeks will be gone before I know it!
So that’s the news from here. Another day of work tomorrow, and then off for the weekend. Habanada!