Well, I’ve loaded a bunch of pictures into this post that have nothing to do with going to Africa. But it seems that that is what is foremost on my mind. Whether I want it to be or not. One week from today at this time I will be in Birmingham, Alabama. That’s where the group will meet for orientation. Then we will all leave together for Kenya. Its starting to seem more real. Because the people in my church are LOVING talking about this trip! I was a little excited earlier today. Now I’m just tired. After church I decided to do a little of the shopping for the trip. Exciting stuff like DEET mosquito spray. I have gotten 3 different travel pillows now. I only need two (one for my lower back and one for my neck–I’m determined to be comfortable on this trip LOL.)
Ooh, I scored so bigtime at the thrift store! Got four shirts that were marked $3.50 , but when I got up to the counter they were having a ‘special.’ Only $1 each. The weather is supposed to be 70-90 there, so I needed a few lightweight shirts. And, I got a practically brand new beautiful black knit dress. All designer stuff! And it all fits now. I was also thinking I wished I had a few more of those sleeveless t-shirts that I liked so much from WalMart this past summer. And wouldn’t you know it, WalMart had a sale rack–got a couple of them for $2 each.
Christmas decorating was so simple this year. Instead of dragging 7 tubs of decorations from the storage shed to the house, I just rummaged through a few of the tubs out in the shed and carried in a few of my favorite decorations. No tree this year due to you-know-who. Although you-know-who has been pretty darn good about the decorations I did bring in. He was very curious, but then left them alone.
In spite of the *(*%%$&*%&*() rain, I have kept up with my exercise. Plenty of walks, and half an hour at the gym about every other day. There was one day in there where I stacked a cord of very heavy wet oak. Ouch.
Noah in the back seat on the way home from our walk:
Sophie and Monk are not fans of the rain:
Tonight I had a cup of peppermint coffee from Trader Joes (coffee with peppermint leaves, vanilla beans, and a dash of peppercorns–yummy):
And tried out a new recipe from the Nutrition Action Healthletter:
Simple recipe, but so delicious: one pound of green beans steamed (you know I boiled them,) one onion sliced thin and browned in 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1/8 tsp salt, and 1/4 cup sliced almonds. So decadent. Why would anyone want to make that old mushroom soup green bean recipe? BTW, that is a salad plate. But I did have a double serving of beans along side a regular serving of ham.
And now for a little truthful food talk. AAAAARRGH! I am eating too much food. Too many extras. Too many sweets. Two more days of work, two more parties. THE END. I am hoping to eat really clean on the three days before I leave. I am pretty sure food is not the main feature of this trip.
I have been a little worried that, as Cammy put it, “I’ll get off the health(ier) bus and lose my lifetime boarding pass.” That’s one reason I have been so faithful with the exercise. Not so I can ‘eat more.’ No, just to remind myself of who I am now. So I weighed myself at the gym, and I am just 2.5 pounds over my current goal weight. Okay. Moving on. Hopefully.
Oh. That fruitcake I made the other day? I delivered it to my mom yesterday, so I got to taste it. A-MA-ZING. Not ‘diet’ food in any way, shape or form. I might put the recipe up over there on the other blog just so I have a record of it for myself. Pretty sure I can keep Mom happy with one of these big boys each year. And like I told someone, most people who say they don’t like fruitcake are like a person who has only eaten Whitman’s chocolates and declares “I don’t like chocolates.”
Gonna sign out for now, and relax for a few before going to bed. I’ll check back in in a few days!