Man I want to blog. I want to say something. But nothing comes to mind.
Last week was pretty darn stressful, if you want to know. Everything went as well as it possibly could have really. We had the memorial service for my dad on Saturday afternoon. And I drove home Sunday morning, arriving to SNOW and no electricity! Come on! Anyway, the electricity came back on pretty fast. I unloaded a boatload of stuff out of my car, and then took off to pick up Noah.
Amazingly, I didn’t gain any weight while I was gone. I think its because I ate my own stuff every single day for breakfast and lunch. Dinner and evening snackage was pretty much a crapshoot. The word crap seems to have wormed its way back into my daily, no, hourly conversation. Sorry ’bout that.
And then Monday morning, right back on track with my eating. I amaze myself. I’m trying something new, which does not involve movement, thank goodness, to get some of this weight off. I’ll let you know in a week if its working.
‘Which does not involve movement’–yeah, not a lot of movement going on around here. Between the rain and my general malaise, not a lot of activity going on. Maybe I’ll make myself go to the gym tomorrow. Cammy wrote a really good blog about motivation. And Loretta wrote a wonderful blog comparing the seasons to our weight loss journey. Even in the dead of winter, when it seems nothing is going on, there is still a chance that things will come back to life in the spring.
I’m still catching up on blog reading. I’m trying to finish quilt projects. And actually, I am preparing to put some of my quilts in two different shows. I can’t remember what I told you before. But back in March I went to a wonderful conference called Intersection of Art and Faith. So I met some fellow Christian artists, and that’s how I’ve gotten invited to show my quilts. Who knew? Another of those ‘hidden worlds.’
Did I tell you I’m retiring LOL? Well, the paperwork has been done, and I actually wrote a letter of resignation to my boss. Yikes. That letter made it seem more real than all the papers I had signed the week before. June 28 is my last day of work! I won’t be a neonatal intensive care nurse anymore! It seems so strange, but it also seems like the only thing to do.
Changing the subject to topics much more familiar to me… here’s my eats for the day.
This morning I tried something new–almond meal pancakes. VERY low carb, but kind of costly calorie-wise. I enjoyed these. Not nearly as good as my regular protein pancakes. But they did hold me until noon. That is a good breakfast. The recipe made 5 pancakes–2 1/2 was a nice sized serving at 350 calories. Topped with mashed banana from my freezer, mixed with a little sugar-free syrup. There are a lot of almond meal pancake recipes out there. This is the one I tried. Only I left the agave nectar out. Not really necessary in pancakes.
Strawberries and cottage cheese. How can you improve on that? Oh, you can add some chopped walnuts, that’s how!
Does everything taste better with sauteed onions? And to think that I didn’t eat onions until I was in my late 20’s! That’s just some cut up zucchini along with the onions, and a nice piece of sirloin roast on the side.
Not pictured was my afternoon snack of Spackle 2.0 (I’m still not tired of this stuff. I ate it every single morning in my hotel room last week!) And tonight’s snack is still in the oven. I’m making some of those Crispy Pecans.
I thought I’d end by sharing a little quilt I made a few years ago for my dad. He liked bears a lot. I labeled this “An Old Bear Dreams of Paradise.”
(this quilt is a Ryan McKenna design.)