Day of Blah

January 29, 2009 at 9:34 pm (Undefined)

Lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by life. It’s dawned on me that I’m going to be done school in a little over 3 months and I don’t know what I want to do with myself. Sure I’ve got an offer for a permanent position with my current work, but the more I work there, the more I feel it’s not what I really want to be doing. Not that I really know what I want from life, I’m hoping that eventually I’ll get some kind of sign. If only it would come soon, or I’d have enough money to try a bunch of new things until I found my purpose.

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Good Weekend, Hectic Week

January 20, 2009 at 5:44 am (Undefined, Weight) (, )

This past weekend I went home, again, against my better judgement. I had already made plans to get my hair cut, help my bf get new glasses and go to a friend’s surprise party so I couldn’t just say no. Luckily this weekend I was totally able to stay on track (with of course a little piece of chocolate cake) and this morning I was down 0.4! I’m so happy because being back I tend to go out to eat a lot and it’s hard to know exactly how many points I’m eating. I’m just really happy I was able to stick to good choices and monitor my hunger.

Now that I’m home, it’s time to hit the ground running and get all my assignments and reports done. I’ve got something due in every class! Today I finished one assignment (due today) and just finished doing a last minute read of a report (due at midnight) so I’m glad that over with. Now it’s on to the report due Thursday and the assignment for Friday morning. I really hope my textbook comes in the mail in the next few days!

This weeks goals are to continue eating within my points and learning from my past time challenges by starting assignments as soon as they are posted. I guess I better get back to it then 🙂

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Need for an update

January 15, 2009 at 3:48 am (Undefined) (, , )

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted and much has happened, so here goes!

The last week and a bit I’ve been getting back into running with my best friend. Is it ever nice to have a running buddy! Last Tuesday was our first night out and it was POURING rain. We were absolutely soaked when we got home but we drove to Timmy’s and had nice steaming bowls of soup and a donut 🙂 We also decided to meet again on Thursday, rain or shine. Thursday was so cold (for the climate) and my legs were sore from lack of stretching (oops, we learned our lesson) but we went out for another hour. Tuesday I decided it’s about time I got some outdoor running pants, so I’m now the proud owner of reflective running tights! I feel like such a pro 😉 Since it was Tuesday, I even got to try them out and they are so comfy! It also seems that Tuesday is our Timmy’s night, cuz after our run we walked around the corner for another bowl of soup and donut. It feels so good to be out exercising and spending time with my best friend.

This week has been a little more challenging food wise. Friday night, we did movie night because my bf had bought my parents everything they needed, gift certificates for pizza and movies, beer, orange soda (for my sister), caramel popcorn and chocolates! I petitioned for beef taco thin crust pizza (3pts a slice) and got some low-fat kettle corn (3pts for 3.5 cups) but I still gained a pound the next day 😦 Saturday I hopped on the ferry home for a quick visit and got to have sushi lunch (yum) and then unexpectedly dim sum in the morning. Not the best meal to have on a diet, but I managed to get some gai lan for most of my meal and splurged on a sesame ball and a bbq pork steam bun (two of my fav chinese foods!) I was really good and had a salad for dinner while I waited for the ferry back to school. Monday I’d gained another pound, which I thought was good, but I really wanted to be down 2 lbs this week. Monday and Tuesday went well, I made turkey stroganoff (with whole wheat, yolk free egg noodles!!) and was back down to Friday’s weight but Mom decided to get fish and chips tonight. I told her that I would just have one piece of fish and some chips (15 pts, just what I had left!), but of course, she decided to get zucchini sticks for me (which I think are worse than chips sometimes!) I made myself some steamed broccoli and took one piece of fish, a small stack of chips and, because I have a weakness, an oyster. I was really happy to have the broccoli because it really filled out my plate, but I’m worried that I’m going back up tomorrow and won’t be able to work it off by WI Friday morning 😦 But I’m going to get right back on track tomorrow with my whole wheat banana bread and soy milk breakfast and fruit and veggie snacks throughout the day!

School is also getting crazy. I’ve got an assignment and two reports due next week! It’s been a challenge finding time to work on them at since my parents’ house is not well designed for multi-adult living. The living room is the only real work place and the only room with decent heat, the farther down the hall you go (towards my bedroom) the colder it gets. I feel like I’m living in a fridge sometimes! Luckily the school is decent to work at during the day and there are people that are able to help, yay!

So that’s me in a nutshell for the last week.

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So Slowly…

January 6, 2009 at 7:51 pm (Food, Undefined) (, , )

I don’t know if it’s just me, but this week is going so slowly! I am constantly thinking that it’s Wednesday or Thursday but alas, it’s only Tuesday. How did Monday feel so long?? Am I crazy?

I’m feeling much better this week since getting back on track with counting my points. I’d like to feel great accomplishment with this thought, but I still think it’s Thursday and over half the week is gone, so I’ve only really been back on track for two days. But the last two days were great, I took over the kitchen last night and made greek food! Spanikopitas (the frozen ones from Costco), lamb patties (ground lamb with mint, paprika and oregano), greek rice risotto (it was supposed to be pilaf but I put in a bit too much stock to counter the carrot and onion I added) and greek salad. It was delish and only 10 points for the meal! Yay!

I’m also down 4lbs on the home scale since Sunday, so I’m really happy for that too. Got to keep up the motivation and I’ll be back down to the 180’s by WI Friday!

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Day 1

January 5, 2009 at 6:50 pm (Undefined) ()

Back at school and back on track! Although technically it’s day 2 for being on track. I’m starting to think that moving home will not be as difficult as I predicted. I’m doing ok on food so far, my parents have some health conscious foods that I was able to pull together for snack and lunch today so that makes me happy. Next week I’ll be able to have more input on food purchases, I wonder what I should ask for?

It does feel odd being back in school. It was nice to get the extra 30 min of sleep this morning. Also nice to WALK to school! My parent’s live a 10 min walk away, so that’s automatically 20 min of activity a day! Since I’m a year behind everyone I once knew, there are lots of new faces. Fortunately, there are some old acquaintances too, which is awesome because my first class required us to form our own groups.

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October is Here!!

October 3, 2008 at 5:13 pm (Undefined) (, , )

It is finally October, I love this time of year! I am such a fall fanatic. I love the colours of the trees as they change from spring green to reds and oranges and browns. I really should break out the camera again and go for a walk in the neighbourhood before all the leaves fall and it starts to rain continously. I love the rain and the cold weather. Call me crazy but bundling up in a warm blanket and reading a good book on the couch or just sitting and watching the rain fall with a cup of warm tea or apple cider is one of my favourite things to do. I love that I can finally start wearing cozy sweaters and long sleeve shirts and jackets and hoodies and scarfs and hats without people thinking that I’m crazy. Fall is wonderful!

But my most favourite thing about fall is the food. I love all the fresh apples and pumpkins and butternut squashes. It means that I can make fresh apple pie, pumpking pie (a specialty of mine I’m told), apple-cranberry cider, chai tea, beef stew with biscuits, oatmeal with raisins and apples, gingerbread cake, pumpkin loaf, chili, chicken and mushroom casserole, mushroom soup, butternut squash soup, all the yummy “stick to your ribs and warm you from the inside” foods. I think my project for this weekend is going to be to make slow-cooker beef stew and a soup of some kind (bring on the ReBar cookbook!) It is so nice to be able to heat up a bowl of soup when you’re tired and cold and hungry. I’m also going to have to make something yummy to bring to work for treats on Monday. Hmmm, baking weekend, can’t wait to find recipes and share!

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Grandma’s Fabric

October 3, 2008 at 4:58 pm (Undefined) (, , )

Last Saturday I went home to visit my mom and help her clean out her parents house. My grandmother passed away almost 2 years ago and Mom, her siblings, and Granddad have all been cleaning and sorting and chucking and donating piles and piles and piles of stuff from the house since then. How did they collect so much stuff? I vow never to collect that much, I will only aquire things if I need them or if I could use them in the forseeable future.

My grandmother was the most amazing person, she was fabulously active and creative (but you’d have to be with 4 kids and job as an elementary school teacher!) I will always remember Grandma sewing, she would make just about anything and everything you could possibly need. She sewed shirts, nighties, skating costumes, dresses, pants, gloves, hats, jackets, etc. for all of her kids and grandkids. She would also take just about every quilting class available and started some fabulous quilts (she had my knack for starting things and not quite finishing them.) So needless to say, her fabric stash was monumental. I kid you not, if you put all the fabric she had together, it would fill a bedroom, wall to wall and floor to ceiling! Not to mention a small rainbow of threads to match. She had every kind of fabric imaginable, from terry cloth to batiks, fleece to flannel, cottons to silks.

Saturday though was all about going through her newest aquisitions, which was my personal favourite fabric time period, because Grandma had started to do free stitching workshops (which required many texture coloured fabrics in similar colours to create landscapes and underwater fish quilts), Japanese style quilts (with such beautiful prints!) and she’d started liking the bright coloured batik patterned fabric that I adore. Mom and I found some absolutely perfect fabrics (yes, I do have a purpose for these fabrics!) and we even found some of Grandma’s finished wall hangings that Mom had been looking for, including a Grand Canyon, the Tea House, a rainbow rocket ship to the stars (I think it was called Reach for the Stars) and another Japanese inspired blue quilt. I can not wait to have time to start making quilts again, it is really something I’d like to do to remember my grandma by.

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Into the 21st Century

September 21, 2008 at 11:46 pm (Undefined) ()

So yesterday, I finally had enough of people looking at me like I was from another planet (including my boyfriend’s mom, the IT guy at work, a business client, etc.) and I bought a microwave. I have lived for four of the last five years without a microwave because it really wasn’t that necessary to me to have one. Every once in a while I thought it would be nice to make a bag of microwave popcorn or heat up a pizza pocket in 2 minutes (rather than 45 min in the oven) but overall I was pretty ok with the lack of micro waves in my kitchen.

Now my brand new, 1.1 cubic foot, 1100W GE Microwave oven sits happily on my counter waiting for me to remember to go to the store and get popcorn or pizza pops. That or my famous Fudgy Sauced Pudding (recipe to follow) or caramel sauce to put on ice cream. Right, I need to get a microwave cookbook.

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TGIF…

September 20, 2008 at 1:32 am (Undefined) (, , )

Today was an especially long and challenging. I was supposed to go to Nanaimo for work, but late in the evening it was cancelled. I was sooo excited about not getting up at 4am to catch the 6:20am ferry! When I got to work today, I was told that we were going to go ahead with the meeting in Nanaimo. So drive to the ferry, get on the ferry, meet with my boss and discover that we may not actually be able to get our work done, get off on the other side, meet with clients, reschedule for another day (yay work on Sundays), get back on the ferry, drive home. I’m so happy traffic was amazing on the drive home and I got back within an hour.

Now I’m debating what to make for dinner. Should I try making bubble tea? I finally got all the ingredients (even the straws!) The pearls need an hour to boil… hmmmm. Also not such a dinner food. Maybe I can find a good recipe for mushroom cream sauce to toss with orzo and prawns. If I find something, I’ll finally start my recipe page to share.

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Hello world!

September 16, 2008 at 11:59 pm (Undefined) ()

So I had this random desire to start a blog. As with all random feelings, I had to follow through.

I claim this place as a place to rant, share, amuse and question. Anything goes here, whatever comes into my head.

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