"Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.
The amount of work is the same." ~Francesca Reigler

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Beautiful Sunny Day


Oh what a beautiful sunny day! It started out a tad cloudy then, boom... Sunshine... Glorious sunshine! See what I mean? It's autumn in Washington, y'all!

Today was a busy day. I woke up, lazed in bed and went to a meeting across town. Then I went to lunch with a friend.

After lunch I visited Barnes and Noble to browse the magazine section while waiting for my hair appointment. I was badly in need of a haircut. My hair is fine, but thick and it gets "big" and goes flat. not fun.

Today I just sat in the chair and told Haileigh to do her thing. NO need to specify what I want, I just want her to do her thing. I came out a pound lighter with pixie short hair... Pair that with my new Zenni plaid glasses and you have cuteness times ten! At least I think so...

Over the past few weeks I've dropped almost ten pounds. Most of it is the usual water weight loss. My appetite has ratcheted down considerably. I don't find myself snacking as much as I usually did. The only thing I can think of that might have changed was that I've started dosing up on Vitamin D and B12. Vitamin D for the winter  when the gray days start. And the B12 for energy.

This morning's dream was interesting. I was on Florida to visit the beach. Evidently some gegeologicalvent occurred and the part of Florida we were visiting "broke off" and started floating and swirling around in the ocean. To make matters worse, I had to go pee. Yes, having to pee during a geological disaster in my dream world is difficult. I had to drive to places to get there. While the land was swirling about in the water. Then the line was oh-so-long. And of course, only one stall!

Thank goodness it was only a sleep dream.

I just got off the phone with hubby. He'll be home Saturday night. I'm glad. I miss him bunches! Hes been working in a pharmaceutical plant, where they have suit up and do the clean room thing. He's been kidding the folks there that he was going to suit up for his flight home. Scary times. To be honest, I wouldn't blame him. But that's a whole nother blog entry and this is my happy place. So I won't go into that here. You can just infer what I mean by not saying anything.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Alive and kicking with no worries and nothing but good luck

Good evening. Dashing this off before I go to bed. Going to bed early tonight. I am beat! I was up late last night and was awakened early this morning.

Ten days after my fall and all is well! I had a bit of foot pain today, but nothing an aleve couldn't handle. Didn't last long at all. Maybe 5-10 minutes. Then gone. I'm still in the boot, but that's fine. I know why I need to wear it.

Today I went to sewing with the ladies. Did our usual Mediterranean place for lunch. The guys who run it are so nice! I had a salad with gyro meat. I wasn't really hungry today, so I didn't finish it. Then after sewing I met a couple friends for an early movie.

I saw Gone Girl. I kept looking and thinking, "I've been there", so I pulled up Mr. Google and learned it was Filmed in Missouri. Then I remembered a friend of mine telling me about the filming of that movie near where she lives. DUH! My two friends enjoyed the film. I thought it was just okay. But then I'm not a "movie" person.

I got home and was puttering around the house. Something kept telling me to open the front door and the lid to the milk box. My delivery is tomorrow. I opened the box to find it full of milk, cottage cheese, and eggs. Warm... Evidently I have messed up my delivery schedule and my every other week order has now become my every week order. Yikes! With the disposal going I promptly took care of the spoiled milk (while losing the rest of my lunch, if you catch my drift). week old milk products are not fun! Tomorrow I will contact my service to have them zero out my account so I can rebuild my standing order. I feel like such a dope, but I am so glad I got that wild hair to check the box.

Tomorrow is my regular scheduled delivery. I'm so glad I checked the box. I don't always leave the lid open, but I like to know when my milk is here. I leave it open and they shut the lid. But somehow the spirits intervened. I ordered myself a treat. Some pink strawberry milk. They had a special going. I'm very pleased with the milk service. It really saves me from hitting the grocery a gazillion times a week/month.

Tomorrow I have dinner plans with another friend. I'm trying out a new "turkey" restaurant. Well, new to me. This should be fun.

Nothing major exciting is going on, unless you count that I bought a yard of fabric for $5 (sale price) and found out I had a $5 credit, So basically I got it for the 42 cents tax. For stuff that is normally priced upwards to $11-12/yard, that's pretty darn good.

Got a good report from the doc today, too. All my bloodwork came back normal. A1c and metabolic panel. No complaints there. Nothing beyond the normal ranges. Thankful for that.

Sooo... I'm counting my blessings about the milk stuff and the fabric today. Also that I'm in good health and heading to bed early. Sleep is good.

All is well here in my world. Still fat, quite happy, and feeling blessed.  :)


Monday, October 13, 2014

Prayers

I just visited a national news website and I noticed they identified who the nurse is in Texas that has tested positive for ebola. My heart sank and I immediately teared up. There by the grace of God goeth my niece, several of my sister-in-laws, and friends. But I'll be honest. The young nurse looks about the same age as my niece who works in a very large hospital.

Luckily my niece's specialization is not in the area that would care for such a patient, but it tugs at my heart nonetheless. The young Texas nurse will definitely be in my prayers.

In addition to those affected by Ebola, please keep all the caregivers and health professionals in your prayers right now. They are dealing with unknown and scary territory. Pray for their safety, wisdom, protection, and healing.

They have a tough road ahead. Very tough, I'm afraid.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Sighs


I've been staying home the last few days. There's no real need to get out, so why bother? On Friday the events of the past week caught up with me. Yesterday I rested again to make sure it sticks. Catching Reign on Netflix. It's about Mary Queen of Scots.

My boot cast is bothering my left leg a bit. I hopefully took care of the issue.

Today I played mad scientist in the kitchen. I made some adobo chicken wings. I used this recipe, I was going to make them crispy style and fry them, but I just stuck with the basis simmered wings.

Ohmyeverlovinggravy -- I love the tangy and savory flavor!!!!!

I've never had adobo chicken before and I figure this was a good start.. I used what I had on hand -- Regular white vinegar and low sodium soy sauce instead of the Filipino brands. The sauce simmers with the wings, infusing them with the rich color and flavor. The bay leaf, garlic, and black pepper add a mellow background to the tang and unami of the vinegar and soy sauce.

This recipe is a keeper! I can't wait to make these for hubby! He's going to love them!

Yes, my lovelies, I found a new food addiction...

I've been having funny dreams lately. This morning's was about me going back to college and being at a fraternity beer party that was busted up by the police. I escaped just before the mayhem began. And yes, I was my current age in the dream. That's what made it equally as funny! Me at a frat party at 52 years old? Hilarious!

Things are pretty quiet around here. VERY quiet. I like that.  Hope it stays that way.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Day of Rest

Today has been dubbed "Day of Rest" for me. This past week has finally caught up with me. I woke up stiff, somewhat sore, but nothing some ice and some aleve and tylenol can't tackle. I'll take it. I've been lucky with this fall. I really haven't had any pain. Most of my knee is still numb, but the doc said that as long as the rest of the leg isn't painful it's okay. The feeling should be back in a few weeks.

So, today calls for some RICE (rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) and a few aleve and tylenol tabs.

I did get to the grocery today and had breakfast with a friend. It felt good to get out. Plus, I got two huge mugs of good coffee out of the deal. Also got to do dinner out last night. Had some good seafood bisque.

Yep, hubby's out east installing a machine at a company in Connecticut. He's actually in my old kindergarten stomping grounds. I should email him my old address and have him drive by my old house and take a photo of it. We only lived there for a little over a year, but it's really the first home I remember.

With hubby gone, I picked up some food at the store. Stuff he doesn't like -- Spaghetti squash (textural thing) and Kale greens (he prefers southern greens). So you know what I'll be eating while he's gone. I'm also going to experiment a bit. I'm intrigued by Filipino food. I want to try Filipino adobo chicken. I'll make it with some wings I have in the freezer. I've been collecting recipes for it on pinterest and I want to give it a try.

I downloaded a fun iPhone/iPad app the other day. I'm a member of a facebook group, and the folks were talking about how entertaining it is. It's called Ghost Radar. According to the app, it reads fluctuations in quantum flux (energy) and reads aloud key words that the flux represents. I pointed my phone at my sewing machine and it shouted out Create" and laughed my butt off. I drove it by a local cemetery yesterday and nothing happened. But I am enjoying it for the entertainment value. And I'll be darned, I forgot to run it around Safeway today. That might've been fun!

It did shout out hubby's name, one daughter's name, and one in-law's name. So you never know. There might be something to it. LOL!

Like I say, entertainment.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Interview Wrap-up

Today was the interview. Major comedy of errors in epic proportion! First, I couldn't find my portfolio of my writing work. Then, my printer broke and I couldn't print copies of my resume or reference list. Ended up buying a new one. Then I got a major hot flash in the interview! Oh, and I found the portfolio later today -- after the interview... It was locked up in the safe.

We won't mention the dream I had this morning about getting fired, either.

God is telling me I need to stay right where I am. I guess I'm okay with that. It was nice to dream for a bit. The sales guy wants a graphic designer that does inside sales. Not my cup of tea. I'm more of a words and behind the scenes person. I'll be sending a thank you note tomorrow with my advice on where to find someone. I'm nice like that.

I am hobbling along. My right knee is still very numb. My broken left foot is starting to turn all sorts of pretty colors. Again, still no pain there. I feel discomfort, but no pain. I will take that. The last time I broke my other foot, it hurt like crazy.

I'm walking better in the boot. But I'm still a fall hazard waiting to happen. I see the foot doc in November for that.  I have a regular checkup scheduled with my primary care doc on Thursday, so I will talk to her about my numb knee.

In the meantime, I'm dosing up on my calcium, vitamin D, and wearing the boot. I'm a good girl. Sometimes I do what I'm told. Sometimes... Tee hee!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Autumn Fall

Look out Jimmy Choo, I got me a designer shoe!

The title is a little play on words today. I had a smackdown with some pavement and the pavement won. Or did it? Time will tell.

It was enough to send two people running to my aid. I don't think anything is broken, but my right knee (the same one I fell on during the cruise), my right elbow and shoulder, and my left foot were involved. Funny, my knee is banged up, bruised, swollen to all get out, but the main injury area is totally numb. Even today. My left foot can't weight bear without pain, but when I touch it it doesn't hurt. That tells me that the foot is just a sprain (edit: went to doc. Got a boot. It's a fracture), The knee puzzles me. I'm sure it will show out in due time.

My pride is more injured than anything. I'm thankful I was wearing blue jeans. That minimized the pavement burn on my knee. Also thankful that no one saw my "London and France" (underpants). I did finish my task at hand (tearfully), then immediately drove home to apply first aid. Now I'm minus two packages of mixed veggies. They make awesome ice packs. Oh well...

I missed last night's guild meeting. I feel bad for leaving my committee in a lurch. I wouldn't have been much help as it was. Evidently I won a group of blocks from the block lottery we had. I can't wait to see them.

Hubby had dinner with one of his service guys last night. Recently Peter, the service guy and his wife went on an Alaskan cruise and had a blast. They did what was called the Un-Cruise. Peter said he'd do it again in a heartbeat. Peter and his wife caught a flight to Ketchikan, where they boarded the boat. I think he said there were about 60 or so passengers and 50 or so crew. The boat was like a large yacht. The cruise was a "Captain's Choice" thing. The Captain chose the itinerary based on what wildlife you could see and the weather. Everyone on the ship were in on the discussion of where to go.

Peter said it was freaking phenomenal. He'd get up in the morning, grab coffee, walk up to the wheelhouse and hang with the crew. (this sounds like a couple of our hubbies, doesn't it?) At one point, they went into a glacial arm, and they took zodiac boats right to the side of the glaciers/icebergs where you could practically touch them! When they came upon a pod of whales, they'd just hang with them while the whales did their thing. He said there were geologists, naturalists, etc. on board who gave detailed lectures/commentary on what they saw. And because of the size of the ship they could be "right there" in the action.

Peter said that while the staterooms were spartan, they were very comfortable. The food was well-prepared, and the crew was extremely accommodating! He even got hot coffee delivered to his hot tub seat one morning! The passengers all got along and had a chance to get to know each other due to the smaller size. Lots of interesting people from all walks of life.

From what I gather, Un-Cruise is developing new itineraries. Peter mentioned the Galapagos Islands. Now wouldn't that be super-cool?